A place where the earth resembles what we imagine the moon might look like up close, Iceland is a destination unlike most. Long-haired ponies frolic in fields by the sea, strong winds blow through green pastures and explosions of boiling water erupt from rocky land.
In a large van with a group of friends, I traversed across Iceland’s beautifully scenic landscape. Stopping off to bathe in its thermal lagoons, hike on its picture-perfect outcrops and feast my eyes on red-tinted volcanic craters filled with hot waters, my travelling troupe and I lapped up the fresh air of this magical place.
The streets of its capital city, Reykjavik, are lined with quaint stores, bakeries, cafes and even vegan-friendly eateries. Beyond the town’s centre, visitors can climb a church clock tower to take in the view over the picture-book looking houses and out to the sea.
The catch? Iceland will certainly pinch your pockets for all your pennies. But, don’t let that put you off. You can do plenty of sightseeing without paying entry fees, it’s just the food and extras that can add up. If you’re not able to drive, or hire a car, it might be best to book a coach tour to take you to the must-see spots across the country. It’s best if you reserve a good week or so to explore, because it’s expansive (and, you won’t want to leave!).
Have you visited Iceland? What did you love most?