WHERE TO TRAVEL IN 2020 AFTER COVID-19 CRISIS?
The coronavirus or COVID-19 pandemic worldwide has caused unimaginable changes in all aspects of our lives: our relationships with others, the economy, work, digitization, etc. And also, of course, our way of traveling. The tourism sector faces an unprecedented challenge: Will we travel again as before? Where to travel while the coronavirus crisis remains a threat? How to travel safely from now on? Images of crowded beaches, endless queues in front of the most famous museums and tourist attractions, crowds at airports during the high season, they are already a part of the past. With or without COVID-19 those images were far from what we all want when we think about traveling, packing for our next destination. But every crisis is also a new opportunity, and that "new normal" to which we are heading now can result in a more sincere new way of traveling, that respects nature and the environment, that does not transform local culture and that is more about taking your time to really see and know what is in right in front of our eyes. And this brings us to the most important question, where can we travel in 2020 after the COVID-19 crisis? To Iceland!
WHY TRAVEL TO ICELAND IN 2020 AFTER THE COVID-19 EPIDEMIC
There are so many reasons to travel to Iceland anytime of year. The nature on Iceland is world renowned and nature lovers and enthusiasts have flocked to Iceland steadily for the past decade or so to enjoy what Icelandic people have known for centuries. And now, even more so in our current global crisis of COVID-19, Iceland is still the best country in the world to visit after the coronavirus epidemic. Find out why this incredible country should be #1 on your list of places to visit after the coronavirus crisis.
Management of COVID-10 Epidemic
Iceland has been featured in media around the world for its flawless management of the COVID-19 pandemic. These are the measures that have been carried out:
- Early definition of high risk areas.
- Quarantine requirement for all residents who returned from abroad.
- Carrying out of large-scale tests to detect COVID-19.
- High infection tracking rate (more than 95% to date).
- Quarantine requirement for anyone who has been in contact with infected people
- Ban on larger meetings (limit of 20 people at the time, 50 people now)
- School and university closings and limited opening of primary and preschool schools.
- Active and effective communication with the general public, including daily press briefings.
All of the above mentioned steps taken by the Icelandic government ensured that Iceland's citizens and residents were well taken care of and the economy and society in general suffered as few losses as was possible. Undoubtedly what has brought Iceland all the coverage has been that more than 13% of its population has been analyzed for coronavirus, a much higher figure than anywhere else in the world.
Demographics of Iceland
The low population density of Iceland is one of the leading reasons that the coronavirus in Iceland has been manage so well and why it is a safe country to travel in 2020 after the COVID-19 crisis. The current population of Iceland is just about 340,00 people, putting it at number 180 in the world for population size. The area of Iceland is 103,000km2 which gives it a population density of 3 per km2 (9 per miles2), among the lowest in the world. Most of the population (94.4%) of Icelanders live in urban areas, with 120,000 living in the capital of Reykjavik.
First Class Medical Services
The medical and social systems in place in Iceland are some of the highest quality in the world. Icelanders pay a very steep tax rate (85%) which allows the country to fund many of these social and welfare systems, allowing the residents and citizens to have access to incredible medical facilities and world-class doctors and staff.
Best Natural Beauty in the World.
The natural geography and geological formation of Iceland have helped maintain Iceland as a natural wonderland before before and during the current coronavirus epidemic. Being an island quite far from any other country or landmass, Iceland has remained fairly isolated on many fronts. It has made getting to more difficult for travelers at anytime and it also means that there have been less opportunities for COVID-19 to reach the shores of Iceland.
But aside from that. Iceland has always sought to maintain its natural beauty in its original state. This is why there are many restrictions set in place to protect the glaciers, mountains, beaches and volcanic areas in Iceland, so as to ensure that they will exist for years and centuries to come.
Ideal for 'Social Distance Travel' via Car or Motorhome
The size, shape and layout of Iceland makes it perfect for one particular form of travel: road trips! Road trips generally include several friends or family members spending several days to several weeks together in a car, campervan or motorhome as they travel across a vast expanse of land. Iceland is perfect for this type of travel, which fits in perfectly with the social distancing norms which are sure to remain, even after the COVID-19 epidemic begins to wane.
Iceland has one major highway which follows the coast for the most part in a complete circle around the whole country. Highway - 1 or the Ring Road features all of the very best highlights of Iceland such as the Golden Circle, South Coast, Vatnajokull Glacier, Jokurlsarlon Glacier Lagoon, the Eastern Fiords, Lake Myvatn, Husavik, the Western Fiords and Snaefellsnes Peninsula. It is possible to see all of these incredible locations without backtracking or losing time or distance because they are all located right on or off the Ring Road.
Renting a motorhome or a campervan to take a week or two to travel around Iceland means that you and your travel companions will hardly ever need to come into contacts with other tourists or locals. Hiring a car and staying at hotels which are located in remote and rural towns and villages offers nearly the same benefits, with only slightly more human interactions upon checking into the hotel. However, it should be noted that most hotels are quite small and do not host many guests at one time, so there is no fear of mass crowds.
Come See Why Iceland is Where to Travel in 2020 After the Coronavirus Crisis
So if you are starting to get an itch to travel and you and your friends or family are looking for the perfect destination for a safe country to travel in after the coronavirus crisis has died down, then look no further than Iceland, where you will experience the most beautiful natural landscapes in the world without the fear of large crowds or unsafe conditions. Stop dreaming and come to Iceland!
Responsibility: Although Iceland is an ideal destination, we ask that you be a responsible tourist and that you always respect nature and follow the WHO's hygienic recommendations. Every natural environment is fragile and vulnerable, so it is essential that you treat it with caution and respect. ID 821.