Why I Want To Visit Iceland


Mummy says… I recently wrote a post about why Iceland is a great place to visit with children and it got me thinking about how I would love to visit Iceland on my own too! I am planning a couple of solo trips next year, after I realised how much I needed a break following my mini cruise earlier this year.

Iceland is a hugely popular destination at the moment, and I would love to visit to see it for myself.

Iceland, Northern lIghts

So, the top reasons why I want to visit Iceland are:

  1. To see the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). This has been a dream of mine for years now. The best time is from October to April.
  2. To visit the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa. This is Iceland’s most popular tourist attraction, and is about 20 minutes from Reykjavik. The water of the Blue Lagoon has silica algae and minerals in it and is reported to be super beneficial for the skin. The water is actually white but looks blue due to the silica reflecting the sunlight.
  3. To travel the “Golden Circle” route, including the
    1. Gullfoss waterfall, or the ‘Golden Waterfall’, which is a beautiful two-tiered 32 metre waterfall that drops into a narrow 70 metre deep canyon which is 2.5 kilometres long. I can park in the car park and follow a footpath to a viewing platform to get a spectacular view.
    2. Geysir hot springs area. Here there are boiling mud pits, exploding geysers and Strokkur which shoots water 30 metres into the air every few minutes.
    3. Þingvellir National Park which is a UNESCO World Heritage centre.
  4. To visit Reykjavik, the worlds most Northerly city. It has almost 24 hours of sunlight during the summer! The best time to visit for the most sunshine is June, July and August. I can cover most of the city by foot.
  5. To hike up Thorsmork, a mountain ridge in Iceland named after the Norse god, Thor. My sons would be SO impressed (they love Thor!) It’s a very popular hiking area with glaciers, mountain summits, and waterfalls.
  6. To see the waterfalls. One of the most popular natural attractions in Iceland is the waterfalls.

Blue Lagoon, Iceland,

As well as these well known attractions, I have found some lesser known places which look awesome:

  1. Hofsos infinity swimming pool. Set in the hillside in the tiny town of Tröllaskagi in a peninsula in the North of Iceland. There are stunning views of the nearby fjord from the pool.
  2. Siglufjörður village, near Tröllaskagi. It used to be the worlds largest herring fishing town, this beautiful place is surrounded by mountains on three sides.
  3. Rauðisandur beach. I would love to see this beach for myself, whose sand is red but can also look very yellow, white or orange depending on the light.
  4. Here are a few other relatively unknown places I would love to visit too:

There are no trains in Iceland so I would be best hiring a car, or joining guided bus tours.  I quite fancy hiring a car to explore at my own pace. I would also love to stay in one of the cabins in Iceland. The main airport is less than a three hour flight from the UK.


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Have you ever visited Iceland? I would love to hear where you favourite places are.


  1. I just want to visit Iceland for the Northern Lights, but I could add some of the other things into the trip too! Great suggestions! 🙂

  2. You would absolutely love the Blue Lagoon. It’s amazing in winter looking at the snow capped mountains whilst bathing in your swimsuit. I loved it
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  3. See, now I want to visit Iceland and for all the reasons you listed. I didn’t know Iceland was so cool! Another place to add to my bucket list:)

  4. I have been following one of my favourite photographers and his travel journal to Iceland. I hope I can do the same. There are some cool sights I really want to photograph.

    I hope you get to visit there soon.

    John M

  5. I’ve never visited Iceland but it has been on my wishlist for the longest time too. Seeing the Northern Lights and all the waterfalls is a dream of mine.
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  6. I really want to go to Iceland. It just looks stunning. My friend went for her hen do but unfortunately I couldn’t afford it x

  7. This is definitely a place on my bucket list. I doubt I will ever go though 🙁 we have discussed about going on honeymoon here, but then also we have to get married first haha!

  8. I am completely fascinated with Iceland and definitely want to go soon. My sister and brother in law are going next month, so I’ll forward this post for them. Like you, I’d love to take B and I’d love to go on my own, too. Each way gives such a different perspective!

    Kat x

  9. Always wanted to visit – love to see the lights
    and see all the natural beauty

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