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23 Reasons Why Iceland is By Far the Best Country on Earth

Iceland is home to dreamlike exquisiteness.

The tiny Nordic island country is absolutely out-of-this world. Testament to this is its immense attraction to most the blockbuster Sci-fi movies around. Game of Thrones, Thor, Oblivion and Noah classic blockbusters all trace their casting to the surreal icy countryside of Iceland.

It is a fantasy land. With a mere 40,000 Sq. Mile area of mystic landscape available to explore, visitors to Iceland are treated to incredibly gratifying sights and activities.


You can travel from one coast to the next in just a few hours as you encounter the out of this world topography.

Citizens of Iceland were furthermore rated among the happiest people on earth by World happiness report, well! (giggle!).

Here are just some of the reasons Iceland is the by far the best country in the world.

  1. The Blue Lagoon


Built in the 1970s in the true Icelandic landscape, the Blue Lagoon Geothermal spa offers a really refreshing spa experience. The spa was originally only built as a geothermal power plant. The pools surrounding the lava fields were soon discovered to possess skin healing powers. Blue Lagoon is currently one of the most visited places on earth.

  1. Iceland is where “the Journey to the Center of the Earth” begins


The fictitious novel by Jules Verne started at the 700,000-year-old glacier-topped spectacular stratovolcano in Western Iceland – Snæfellsjökull. Visit the entrance to the center of the earth and feel what the characters must have felt, peering into it.

  1. It’s home to adorable Puffins


Puffins from the Westman Island attempt to fly over the north Atlantic every August. Distracted by lights from the towns, they end up in the town of Heimaey. The townspeople in turn scoop and help them make their way to the shores of the Atlantic. You could join in to the Puffin euphoria alongside your children.

  1. “Hidden” People under the Rocks

The myth of hidden people under the rocky landscape is used to justify the harsh terrain of Ireland. So much so that they forbid constructions in order to preserve the natural countryside. Absolute music to your venturesome ears, this one.

  1. Iceland is host to thousands of charming water falls


Tiny as it is, Iceland houses immense numbers of  extremely powerful fantasy-like waterfalls. Better still, it has the largest waterfall complex in the whole of Europe (no kidding!). Witness the magic of the North Atlantic climate releasing its snow down the magnificent slopes.

  1. The most famous restaurant is actually a hotdog stand at Reykjavik

What’s the favorite dish in Iceland? Fermented Shark? No, not exactly! It’s actually the sumptuous hotdogs from Baejarins Beztu Pylsur. You get to enjoy the delicacy at the renowned Icelandic hot dog in a stand in downtown Reykjavik.

  1. Because you get to see the Midnight Sun


There is actually a midnight sun in Iceland! Let’s just say you don’t know miracles until you see them. The three day fanciful occurrence (the sun doesn’t set at all) in the summer is celebrated with the Solstice festival. You are more than welcome to join in the festivities.

  1. The picturesque houses in downtown Reykjavik


Reykjavik is the absolute wonderland of Iceland. The endless stretch of impressive houses littering the town will most definitely be a feast for your eyes. The candy-like painted houses is an absolute fairytale to be viewed aerially.

  1. Iceland is a happy Nation


Iceland was recently rated one of the happiest countries on earth by the world happiness report.  Furthermore, it was also voted the world’s friendliest country. Need I say more?

  1. Safest country on the planet is most definitely Iceland


The first ever police killing of an Icelandic citizen occurred in 2013. Even better, the police publicly apologized for the tragic act. We even believe that’s the last of its nature, ever.

And talking about the Police of Iceland, care to check their Instagram account? It’s got some rather silly posts lately.

Friendly and with such sense of humor; the original true meaning of policing.

  1. Iceland is actually an active volcanic Island


Due to its location on the mid-Atlantic Ridge, Iceland has up to 130 active volcanic mountains. This means it’s likely you can see  hot lava spout out of the centuries-old volcanic mountains in real time.

  1. The terrain of Iceland is vast and magical


Ironically, Iceland has the largest desert in Europe. Seriously though, Ice-Land? Well that’s how vast and different the beautiful country to the North Pole can get. Enjoy heartwarming views of the unearthly cosmic terrains and the pristine view as the sun sets behind the volcanic mountains.

  1. Their proud Language is Icelandic, uncorrupted for over a millennium


The Icelanders remained conservative with their history-rich Icelandic language which has stayed new and untouched for over a thousand years. They still read Sagas of Ancient Iceland to this day.

  1. Friendliness to women


Iceland has, for nearly a decade now, continuously won the award for the country with the narrowest gender gap in the world. Female tourists, now you know.

  1. Quiet traffic-less roads


This only means one thing; quiet drive time on the unscathed countryside exploring the beauties of the lunar-like landscape.

  1. Volcano magma chamber accessible with an elevator


Mind-boggling, right? Well it’s only in Iceland you get to encounter magic and this is just one of them. You are actually lifted directly into the magma chamber. If you are daring enough, that is!

  1. The island country has never had a military


We are not messing with you. Iceland has actually never had a military and neither has she been a part of any conflicts. Well, maybe the brief “cod war” they once fought. It was basically about fish.

  1. The Northern Lights


Being northwards as it is, this is one of the best places to watch the miraculous polar lights. The aurora opens you to the fight between the earth’s gaseous matter and the sun’s charged Nano-particles.

  1. Jon Gnarr ran for the mayor of Reykjavik, and won


Comedian Jon Gnarr won the mayoral seat of the Icelandic capital with the Slogan ‘Best Party’! One manifesto was to put polar bears into a local zoo.

 

  1. Most homes In Iceland are connected to geothermal power

Enjoy the evergreens of the candy-colored Icelandic homes, softly heated with geothermal energy.

  1. Home to the highest writer-to-total-citizens ratio in the world

With the most books published per citizens, Iceland is the ultimate destination for the literature enthusiasts. Besides that, Reykjavik is now an official UNESCO City of literature.

  1. Geothermally heated swimming pools


Because it’s Ice-land, it obviously needed this. But still we must say it; Iceland has built geothermal heated outdoor pools where the party doesn’t stop no matter what time of year. What more should we say?

  1. The Moon-like landscape of Iceland


Iceland’s landscape is so unearthly it was used by the legendary Neil Armstrong to practice for moon landing. You honestly won’t even believe it’s real when you watch it in Interstellar. Well it’s actually clearly real, but only in Iceland.

Do you need any more reason to visit the world’s finest country yet?

 

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Originally posted 2017-03-30 06:41:17.

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