We’re hoping to hop to Iceland in the next year or two—It’s a short five-hour plane ride away, and while it maintains a pretty wicked cost of living, there are a variety of really decent, well-priced options for staying in Rekjavik and still getting out to see some of the otherworldly natural wonders Iceland offers up to the nearly 700,000 tourists who visit annually. For instance, many bundled packages—flight, hotel, and some excursions—I’ve come across hover around $1,000 bucks for four to six days. This travel-loving, penny-pinching cheapskate finds that fairly drool-worthy.
In addition to its beautiful landscape, Iceland is consistently ranked as one of the safest countries in the world and repeatedly lands on the top of the Global Peace Index, which monitors factors like weapons control, relationship with neighboring nations, and general levels of democracy. And, oh, P.S. unemployment in Iceland is currently running at under 4%, a level we can only dream about here in the U.S. No wonder the country is constantly finding itself peering down on the rest of us suckers from its perch atop the World Happiness Index. Sheesh.
I mean, on the other side is the fact summer days average about 55 degrees; winter months are almost completely daylight-less; and apparently pickled herring is like a big deal. But then I’m like, meh, yeah, but they have harp seals there, so I’ll just wear a headlamp and like a giant parka. Sign me up!
Have you been to Iceland? Gimme the good, the bad, and everything in between!