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West Iceland “One Of The Top Regions In The World” To Visit

Published October 29, 2015

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Alisa Kalyanova

Lonely Planet has bestowed West Iceland with the honour of being “one of the top regions in the world” to visit, due in large part to the great variety the terrain provides.

Lonely Planet’s “Best In Travel” for 2016 is imminent, giving travellers the world over destinations highly recommended by Lonely Planet staff that might otherwise be overlooked. This year, West Iceland has made the grade.

West Iceland’s ranking was in large part due to “all the best of Iceland’s off-the-charts wildlife and nature: cloud-shrouded glaciers, rugged lava fields crisscrossed by gigantic lava tubes, gushing waterfalls and lush green fields, perfect for horse riding.”

Tom Hall, a Lonely Planet contributor, adds: “West Iceland may be just a short two-hour drive from Iceland’s capital, Reykjavik, but it’s remained largely off tourists’ radars. In 2016 we can finally expect the west to get the international fanfare it deserves. There are new cafes and guesthouses popping up and Into The Glacier, its new man-made ice cave in the Langjökull glacier, is now open to the public and is already beginning to put this stunning region on the map for travellers. Get there before everybody else does!”

In fact, West Iceland was only edged out by Transylvania, Romania as a Top Region to visit. At the same time, West Iceland ranked higher than places in France, Italy, New Zealand, and other prominent locations.

If you’re still not convinced, Grapevine has also written extensively on what makes this region of the country such an awesome place to visit.

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