For the last few years or so this island nation in the Northern Atlantic has become a seriously popular tourist destination with thousands upon thousands of visitors flocking to its shores every year. And unlike most widely popular tourist hot spots, Iceland doesn’t boast fantastic weather (average annual rainfall is high and the mean annual temperature is a dismal 5°C) or a plethora of UNESCO Word Heritage Sites but what it does have is absolutely fantastic landscapes.

Visiting the wild, rugged and untamed country of Iceland is a bit like stepping into a fantasy novel since you’ll never have seen anything quite like it before. The sparsely populated island with under 350,000 people obviously has a lot of wide empty spaces and it’s these that draw visitors from all over the world. Practically speaking, it is also not in the worst of locations since it is not too long a flight for visitors from Europe or from North America. Iceland is really profiting from this tourist boom and it is true that thanks to its insular economy, prices can be sky high there so if possible check out good flight deals and package options. Check out some codes in the link to see if you can save on a trip: So now that leads us onto just exactly where you should be heading to in Iceland.

It is inevitable that you will be landing in the capital and largest Icelandic city of Reykjavik on your trip, which is located on the south-east coast of the island. This city is actual the most northerly capital of a sovereign state in the world which is undeniably impressive, and has an interesting history that can be traced right back to the Vikings and through to the prosperity of the whaling era. Surrounded by Esja, the mountain range to the north of the city and looking out into the Atlantic, Reykjavik has many culture sites to visit as well as a lively nightlife on the weekends. Take time to visit one of the geothermal spas nearby which are one of the most popular attractions in the country.

There is a whole lot of Iceland outwith of Reykjavik and one of the most awe-inspiring spots has to be the black beach of Vik. The village of Vik is the most southernmost village of Iceland and is approximately 180km south of the capital. The black basalt beach is not only one of the wettest places in Iceland, but also one of the most spectacular beaches in the world, even though you won’t be enjoying any sunbathing! Take the time to check it out and discover for yourself.

Also located along the southern coast of this Nordic nation is the National Park of Skaftafell which holds volcanoes, glaciers, challenging hiking trails, waterfalls and camping sites. If you love being out and about in a sort of prehistoric landscape, then this national park really does have it all. So remember to take your hiking boots along with you on the trip!