With a population less than most major cities, Iceland is a nation of seclusion and escape, floating out on its own in Northern Europe. But with its solitude comes wonder and delight, because the tiny island is also home to a whole host of natural wonders that'll stick with you forever. Let's let the pictures do the talking...
The Northern Lights
The natural light display is a true wonder of our world, and Iceland is a prime viewing spot to catch a glimpse of the dancing sky. Although the lights can appear anytime between late September to April, October to November and February to March are considered optimum periods.
Relax in the warm waters of this geothermal spa while admiring the unique and stunning surroundings. The lagoon is fed by a nearby geothermal plant, whose water is also used to run turbines to generate electricity as well as for medicinal purposes.
The Golden Circle is a route that loops 300km round from Reykjavik into central Iceland, taking in a host of wonderful spots along the way such as the Þingvellir national park, the Gullfoss waterfall ('golden falls'), and the geothermally active Haukadalur valley , which contains the geysers Geysir and Strokkur - the latter continues to erupt every 10 minutes.
Straddling a lava field formed in a 1477 eruption, Landmannalaugar is a hiking trail known for its geothermal hot springs and surrounding landscape.
The huge mammals are often seen in the pristine waters off Reykjavik, with Minke and Humpback whales the most common two spotted.
Aside from when you're exploring with captivation, Iceland is also home to a right ol' variety of music festivals, including the charming Secret Solstice, which takes place during the summer solstice meaning the sun doesn't set for 72 hours. That's right, you can literally party somewhere the sun never sets!