Iceland is a popular stop-over for travellers en route to Europe and for modern travellers who choose adventure over piña coladas on the beach.

One of the best ways to get around Iceland, a small, safe, and relatively rural country, is by car. The Icelandic road trip might be one of the most breathtaking in the world. Visit this country during late spring and summer – any other time of the years, and you could get caught in a flash snowstorm. With unpredictable weather, you may find yourself far from foreign currency exchange during your trip, so be sure to order some before heading out.

Iceland’s Ring Road takes you around the circumference of the island, by impressive waterfalls, turquoise lagoons, and green fields dotted with shaggy horses. Keep your eyes peeled as it gets dark – Iceland is a great place to spot the northern lights.

Not yet convinced? Perhaps these four sights will persuade to travel to stunning Iceland this year.

Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach

Located on the south coast of the island, this black beach has made headlines around the world. The sand at Reynisfjara is comprised of eroded volcanic rock, giving it its dark color. This beach has powerful waves and towering sea stacks, too.

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

As it sounds, it’s a lagoon full of glaciers. View it from the shore or navigate the ice blocks by boat. There are plenty of tour companies that will get you up close and personal with these magnificent ice cubes.

Skogafoss Waterfall

Skogafoss is 60 meters tall and 25 meters wide, making it an extremely powerful chute. This waterfall is just a two-hour drive from Reykjavik, the nation’s capital – great for a day trip away from the city or as part of a road trip. Ambitious travellers can climb to the top of the falls for a view like none other.

Lake Myvatn

Lake Myvatn is a volcanic body of water on the northern shore of Iceland. It features deep blue water surrounded by a bright green. Stop at the Myvatn Nature Baths, human-made heated pools that are rich in minerals and, thus, therapeutic.

In Iceland, you can find hot springs just about every town on your route. Be   sure to buy currency online prior to departure, as there can be inconveniences with international credit cards at some gas stations and other services, particularly in rural areas.

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