Why Iceland Should Be Your Next Big Vacation

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Iceland might not be the first place you think of when planning your next vacation, but these pictures might just change your mind.

To paraphrase Shakespeare, Iceland might be small, but Iceland is fierce.

The island nation is often referred to as the "Land of Fire and Ice." Why? In Iceland, you can visit a glacier and also come close to some of the most active volcanoes in the world.

There are beaches with black sand and vast open lands filled with flowers.

Visit at the right time and the sky will be a rainbow of colors, courtesy the northern lights. At other times, Iceland's position close to the Arctic Circle will mean 24 hours of daylight.

Click through to see some of the awesomeness that awaits.
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Remember the old cliché? Greenland is covered in ice and Iceland is covered in green.

This is Lake Myvatn, in Kálfaströnd.
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Those lights are hikers heading to Mt. Esja, across the bay from Reykjavik. Not your thing? Reykjavik is a pretty happening spot, too.
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Geysir is Icelandic for geyser. There are hot springs and boiling mud pits. It's like a spa. A really big spa.
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A black-sand beach and a misty morning make for the perfect spot to catch up on your dream journal.
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This looks like a painting. It's not.
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The northern lights are like a rainbow straight to your soul.
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Glaciers and volcanoes can make the coolest caves.
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Take the road less travelled. Seriously, take it.
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TLC sang, "Don't go chasing waterfalls." The trio couldn't have meant these.
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Again with the waterfalls. Stop it, Iceland. We can't even.
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