The latest fashion in tourist destinations, Iceland is expecting you with winds, rain and cold but super friendly people! Reykjavik is the main city and according to some the only one. There’s only one decent road in Iceland and that’s from the airport to the city of Reykjavik. Just outside, sort of, the airport the Blue Lagoon resort is located, quite convenient for a tourist attraction of some fame.
A rugged beauty, unspoiled and with a volcanic temperament, Iceland is a hidden treasure for introverts and photographers. Hiking is big in Iceland and if we were to believe the rumours, highly rewarding from a scenic point of view. There are volcanos in Iceland. Quite a few and pretty much at every corner, and right behind you… so some research it’s more than necessary when going on an adventure in Iceland. The tourist agencies in Iceland are offering trips around the island, whale watching tours and something somewhat unique to Iceland: puffin watching tours as well.
Icelanders speak decent English and with an accent difficult to imitate. Although the Icelandic language is basically the old Norse of the Vikings, murdering and pillaging activities have ceased for quite some time so the country is safe and peaceful.
If you happen to speak a Scandinavian language you will understand some basic Icelandic but don’t get carried away, English is the main communication tool with locals. A short flight from Toronto, Montreal or Boston, London, Denmark or Norway, Iceland is accessible from both sides of the Atlantic.
OVERRATED (Be warned!): -Weather lives up to its reputation. It’s common to wear a jacket in July. -Iceland has promoted tourism for a while now and as a consequence it has become quite expensive. -Driving outside main cities is a challenge due to the always changing weather and the road conditions. -While Iceland has it’s hot water sources to thank for the free energy, the water stinks. Sulphur to precise. -The Blue Lagoon outside the Reykjavik airport is expensive and very crowded. -Most of the fruits and veggies are at a premium price since they have to be imported -Alcohol is very expensive.
UNDERRATED (Cool unknown facts): -Iceland needs time to be explored and it will not disappoint with its magic beauty -Icelanders are one of the most friendly and helpful people in the world. -The whale and puffin watching trips are a must do. -The Icelandic lamb is a delicacy and must be tasted! -Everyone (almost) speaks English and if you speak another Scandinavian language, you’ll do well there. Many locals speak Danish. -Glaciers. -Icelandic horses are an old breed endemic to Iceland and visiting a farm with horses it’s a fantastic experience.
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