3 Reasons to Visit Iceland Other Than the Northern Lights

Spanish paraglider Horacio Llorens was in the news recently when he fulfilled his lifelong dream to paraglide with the Aurora Borealis as a backdrop. Despite the sub-zero temperature and the long hours of waiting in cold weather, an image of him dancing with green lights of this phenomenon was captured. Indeed, a trip to the Northern Lights is one of the dreams of many travelers. However, there is more to Iceland than just being the most accessible and affordable place to see the Northern Lights.

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Here are 3 other reasons to visit Iceland:

  1. Geothermal Spa

A trip to Iceland is not complete without having the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa experience. Situated in a lava field on the Raykjanes Peninsula, this spa is said to have healing capabilities since it is rich with minerals such as silica and sulfur. Here, you can book a room at the Blue Lagoon Clinic with heated bathroom floors, comfortable beds and a private lagoon. More than 400,000 tourists visit this attraction yearly.

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  1. Strokkur Geyser

Another natural occurrence to experience while in Iceland is the eruption of boiling water that comes from the surface of the earth. It is one of the landmarks in a geothermal area known as Haukadalur. Almost every 10 minutes, tourists can witness the eruption where around 100 feet of scalding water shoots up in the air.

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  1. Gulfoss Waterfall

Located off the main road, this amazing waterfall is a fast and moving body of water that falls at about 100 feet and creates a thick mist as well as spectacular rainbows. Right from the parking area, there is a long descend onto a staircase so you can look down on the windy and roaring cascade of water. Considered to be the climax of a Golden Circle day you can take.

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Iceland offers many natural wonders other worth discovering. This is why including this destination in your travel list should not be ignored.

Photos by: NASA’s Marshall Space Flight CenterSarah_AckermanBerit WatkinAntonio Caiazzo

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