Reasons to Put Iceland on Your Travel List - Now More than Ever
by Tyler Zajacz, President & CEO Tours of Distinction
Spring is finally in the air and there is some light at the end of the tunnel. There is no stopping letting one’s mind wander and dream about things to look forward to. When thinking of travel some of us might be thinking of places with wide-open spaces, clean air and water, a place that has a good healthcare system, and, a place where you can unwind and relax. One country that should be considered for your next trip in this post-pandemic world is Iceland with its open roads, magnificent vistas, amazing natural attractions, and clean air. Here are six reasons why Iceland should be at the top of your list when you start traveling again.
Short Airplane Ride - Iceland is an island conveniently located in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean and is only a five-hour flight from Boston’s Logan Airport and, five and a half hours from New York. Another perk is that the time difference is only four hours ahead of Boston.
Fewer People - Iceland’s population is very small, (360,000 people) and the country is comparatively large. There is a great sense of community spirit but everyone has quite a bit of space. In Iceland, the streets of downtown Reykjavik are wide and spacious making social distancing easy. Once you leave Reykjavik, visitors encounter even fewer people and will see vast open expanses of unspoiled natural beauty.
Iceland is All About Hygiene - One result of the pandemic is that we are all a little more conscious about hygiene. Iceland ranks near the top of lists of the healthiest nations in the world. Icelanders pride themselves on keeping water clear of harmful bacteria. There are many posters from the National Center for Hygiene, Food Control, and Environmental Health in five languages that guide visitors on how to wash before entering a pool or hot spring. The water is under strict supervision and checked three times a day. Good hygiene has been practiced throughout the country for centuries.
Everything is Smaller - As a small nation, you won’t find enormous hotels or people living in high-density cities. There is plenty of space for everyone! If you are looking for a destination that is not crowded and long to experience the wide-open beauty of
nature, Iceland could be the perfect destination for you.
Two Fabulous Seasons - Iceland basically has two seasons, summer and winter, and both have their charm. As the land of the midnight sun, Iceland is one of the best places on earth to see the Northern Lights which is the highlight of the summer season. In the winter, visitors can go see snow-covered waterfalls, visit a natural ice cave, or go snowmobiling on glaciers. And, of course, relaxing in one of Iceland’s hot springs is a year-round pleasure.
How Iceland Handled the Pandemic - A+! The Icelandic government and health experts were quick to take action and the country has done extensive testing on their small population. As a matter of fact, according to OECD, Iceland has the highest Covid-19 testing in the world.
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