I went to Iceland last January. yes, it was the dead of winter. people usually say to this, "you went to iceland?" to which I say "yes. and you should, too" - here are some reasons why. (photos from list app image search / not photos by me!!!)
  1. it's a four hour flight from Boston
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    honestly you could just make it a long weekend, which is what I did, ~$700 incl hotel and flight
  2. if you go in the winter, as I did...
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    there are only about 6 hours of daylight and the air is about -5000000 degrees with the brutal windchill of an island in the middle of the sea, but I believe it's a very authentic and unforgettable way to experience the country
  3. and you get MAJOR perks such as:
  4. puffins
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  5. the colors of everything
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    I think about things I saw there almost every day
  6. walking around a version of earth that looks like this
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  7. and this
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  8. and this
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  9. better visibility of the northern lights
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    which we saw! and it's thrilling! we jumped up and down!
  10. magical Icelandic horses everywhere
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  11. the geothermic hot pots at the public baths are so satisfying when it's freezing out
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    ($4 admission?)
  12. the blue lagoon is even more beautiful
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    but it's swarmed with tourists either way. take the good & the bad
  13. you can go ice climbing on a glacier
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    (we did)
  14. you can go snorkeling between continental plates and feel like a badass
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    (we did - with a guide and dry suits, don't do anything stupider. ps we loved it)
  15. you can drink to stay warm
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    (we did!!!!)
  16. you can wander around marveling
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  17. that a place exists where the sky is always strange
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  18. these sweaters are common
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    tbh you'll probably buy one
  19. the food is pretty great even though nothing grows there outdoors
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    lots of Icelandic greenhouses. as vegetarians, we were surprised we had so many options - def more than in alaska
  20. beware: there are volcanoes
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  21. they spell their country name in a way that makes a lot more sense than the name we've given it
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    look! they call it ISLAND. ISLAND!!!! makes sense
  22. yes, it's cold. really, really cold.
  23. you could go another time of year
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    there's a road around the whole country (the ring road) you could road trip on.
  24. Summer's supposed to be beautiful, too
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    probably more you can do
  25. like elf seeking
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  26. seeing the north when roads are otherwise impassible
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  27. (the roads in winter look like a movie version of heaven but that's dangerous)
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    this is the only photo from this list I took myself. for more of my iceland photos (not as good as the ones from image search): THE FARTHEST I'VE TRAVELED ✈️🚙
  28. doing more stuff outside without the temperature killing you dead?
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    these cliffs are natural cubic
  29. I want to go back to the island
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