25 Photos That Prove That Iceland is Magical

Arnarstapi village in Iceland

When it comes to “hot” and “trending” destinations, in recent years Iceland has been right up there near the top of all the lists.

What used to be one of the most expensive countries to visit in Europe suddenly became much more affordable after a financial collapse in 2008. And, while financial crisis is never something to be joyful about, tourists have certainly benefitted from the affects of Iceland’s struggles. While the country still isn’t “cheap” by any standards, it’s now much more affordable for the average person to visit.

I planned my first visit to Iceland in early 2012, when Iceland was slowly getting back on its feet but before it became an “it” destination. I remember people asking me why the hell I wanted to go to Iceland (and in winter, no less). But as soon as I came home and showed them photos, they got it.

Iceland is wild and raw; it truly is the Land of Fire and Ice, where Mother Nature reigns supreme.

And it’s also one of the most magical places on earth.

Don’t believe me? I think these photos should prove it:

Jokulsarlon in Iceland

Jokulsarlon, the glacier lagoon where huge chunks of blue ice calve off Vatnajokull (Iceland’s largest glacier) and eventually float out to sea.

Djúpalónssandur Beach in Iceland

Sometimes, it just looks like the moon.

Sunset in Iceland

In the winter months, sunsets can last for an hour, painting everything the light touches orange and pink.

Sunrise at the Blue Lagoon in Iceland

Sunrises can be equally as colorful, like this one at the famous Blue Lagoon.

Arnarstapi on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula in Iceland

There are tiny fishing villages that look like something directly off a postcard. This is Arnarstapi on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

Gljúfrabúi Waterfall in Iceland

There are hidden waterfalls.

Hraunfossar in Iceland

And waterfalls that flow out through the porous rock of lava fields.

Behind Seljalandsfoss waterfall in Iceland

And other waterfalls that you can walk behind, like Seljalandsfoss.

Ice cave beneath Vatnajokull glacier

There are also ice caves in the glaciers, like this big blue beauty beneath Vatnajokull.

Snaefellsnes Peninsula coastal walk

Are you convinced that Iceland is magical yet?

Iceland lava field

A rainbow stretching over the thick green moss that covers a lava field.

Volcanic crater in Iceland

You’ll find signs of volcanoes everywhere, like this colorful crater.

Glacier ice beach in Iceland

The beaches are mostly black, but that’s not sand you see – it’s volcanic ash. (And yes, that’s bits of glacier on this beach near Jokulsarlon, too.)

Seljalandsfoss waterfall in Iceland

The colors are all at once muted and neon.

Sunset at Gerðuberg basalt columns in Iceland

Could you ask for a better sunset than the sun slowly dipping behind the Gerðuberg basalt columns?

Mýrdalsjökull glacier in Iceland

In Iceland, you find glaciers on top of active volcanoes, covered in a thin layer of black ash.

Strokkur geyser in Iceland

You’ll also find geysers! Strokkur, pictured here, erupts every 6-7 minutes, 24 hours per day, 365 days per year.

Snorkeling Silfra in Iceland

You can also snorkel the clear blue water of Silfra, the rift caused by the separation of two of earth’s tectonic plates. EPIC.

Arnarstapi on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula in Iceland

Again, those postcard views…

Djúpalónssandur Beach in Iceland

The beaches here aren’t for sunbathing. They’re where Mother Nature shows her true power. On Djúpalónssandur Beach, you’ll find the remains of more than one shipwreck.

Gatklettur arch in Iceland

Along the coast, you can find beautiful sea arches like Gatklettur.

Reynisfjara beach in Iceland

You’ll also find these basalt columns everywhere – they’re formed when hot lava meets the sea and cools.

Iceland landscape

No matter where you are, you can count on rounding a corner and coming face to face with a view like this.

Gullfoss in Iceland

Another of Iceland’s famous waterfalls. This is Gullfoss, part of the famous Golden Circle.

Reykjavik, Iceland

Even the capital city of Reykjavik looks magical, especially under a dusting of fresh snow.

So, are you convinced? Do you understand why everyone who’s visited Iceland has gone so crazy over it?

Iceland is definitely magical, and it has certainly cast its spell on me. Even after two trips there, I know I’m not done.

I’ll be back.

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And if you’re planning an adventurous trip around Iceland, be sure to invest in a good travel insurance policy! That way everything from lost luggage to a bad accident is covered – because you just never know! I recommend World Nomads for basic (and really affordable) travel insurance.

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