Travel to Reykjavik, ICELAND

During my brief visit to Iceland, the worst thing that happened was slipping on the ice and landing on my butt. So wear warm boots with a good grip!

Although Iceland might not be the most popular vacation spot, more and more Canadians are making their way to this Nordic island for its incredible landscapes of volcanoes, lava fields, glaciers, waterfalls, and mountains. You’ll also have a chance to see one the Seven Natural Wonders of the World — the Northern Lights — especially if you’re visiting between September and April.

Landlubbers can stay on shore and meander through the picturesque towns that look like toy villages, while those more daring can hit the water and go whale watching. And if you want to paint the place red, Iceland’s capital Reykjavik is known for its nightlife. One way to really get your fill of the Icelandic culture is to time your trip around Thorrablot, a food festival that takes place mid-January. What used to be a religious sacrificial festival is now an event for locals to gather and celebrate over drinks and traditional Icelandic foods like pickled ram’s testicles, boiled sheep head, and fermented shark.

DID YOU KNOW? Iceland has been ranked as the most peaceful country in the world for six years in a row, according to the Global Peace Index.

SAFETY NOTE: Iceland has a low crime rate with rare instances of violent crime, although downtown Reykjavik can be rowdy late at night when people leave the clubs and bars. Call 1717 for the Icelandic Red Cross, a 24-hour helpline for those with anxiety, depression, or suicidal thoughts. Take care when driving in rural areas between October and April — daylight hours are limited, and road conditions can change rapidly, so always inform someone of your travel plans. Call 112 for police and medical emergencies.