Even if you don't consider yourself an Instagram aficionado, you have to admit, holiday posts rake in a lot more likes than a picture snapped at your local brunch spot.
There's something so exciting about posting from abroad: suddenly, every street corner is Instagrammable. And in our experience, folks back home seem to think so too.
Now, take that generic vacation Insta-magic and times it by 10. That's what you get when you take a trip to Iceland — a location that could very well be the most Instagram-friendly place on earth.
Getting there from Australia won't be cheap — Iceland is literally on the other side of the world. On average, a return flight from Sydney will set you back $2,000 or more. However, low-cost airline WOW Air recently held a competition, offering the winner a three month all expenses paid trip to Iceland. If you're already in Europe, you can tack a Contiki trip onto your stay, meaning you can see the key sites in five days.
The four experiences on our Iceland bucket list? The northern lights, Blue Lagoon, Vatnajokull National Park, Skaterfell Crystal Cave and black sand beaches.
The Northern Lights are a sight to be seen. In order to catch a glimpse, the lights need to be active. To increase your chances of seeing them, travel outside of the city and turn off the lights. You'll also need a clear sky, of course.
Blue Lagoon is Iceland's answer to Bondi Icebergs. This naturally occurring lake boasts temperatures around 39 degrees — so even in the depths of the frozen artic, you'll be a happy camper. (Err, swimmer.) Plus, the mineral-rich water has a ton of skincare benefits.
Vatnajokull National Park
At Vatnajokull National Park, huge chunks of ice wash up in the surf. Judging by these Insta-posts, it's a pretty epic experience.
Skaftafell Crystal Cave
Well I never… The jaw dropping ice caves in the Vatnajökull region are a sight to be seen. To sign yourself up for the Skaftafell Crystal Cave experience, you'll need to visit in winter.
Black sand beaches
Don't get us wrong, we love Australia's long-stretching white sandy beaches — but the black sand beaches of Iceland are a Sports Illustrated shoot waiting to happen.