Iceland Just Announced As the World's Safest Vacation Destination, According to New Study

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Barbados and the United Arab Emirates follow close behind. 

It's not hard to pinpoint what's been drawing tens of millions of adventurous travelers to Iceland as of late; northern lights, lagoons, geysers, and a burgeoning culinary and cocktail scene.

And there's never been a better time to visit than right now. The country was just announced as the safest vacation destination for travelers, according to a new report by UK consumer's association Which Travel?.  

The study looked at crime rates as well as the risk of natural disasters, health issues in the country, and the likelihood of a terrorist attack across 20 popular vacation destinations including the U.S.A, France, and Italy.

Statistics were taken and analyzed from the World Economic Fund for crime rates, the World Risk Report for the likelihood of major natural disasters, the NHS Fit for Travel website for health risks, and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) assessment of terrorism risk levels.

Of the 20 popular destinations they analyzed, Iceland came out on top (despite experiencing around 500 earthquakes a week and housing several active volcanoes). The United Arab Emirates and Singapore are also considered extremely safe, with low crime numbers, and Barbados has an even lower risk of natural disasters than Iceland. 

Scroll through the complete lists below. 

Crime risk (from better to worse)

  1. Iceland
  2. UAE 
  3. Singapore 
  4. Spain 
  5. Australia 
  6. Canada 
  7. Japan  
  8. Morocco  
  9. Jordan 
  10. Barbados  
  11. Greece  
  12. Vietnam 
  13. France 
  14. Italy  
  15. US  
  16. Mexico  
  17. India 
  18. Thailand 
  19. Turkey 
  20. South Africa 

Risk of natural disaster (from less likely to more likely)

  1. Barbados
  2. Iceland
  3. UAE
  4. Singapore
  5. France
  6. Canada
  7. Spain
  8. US
  9. Australia
  10. Italy
  11. Jordan
  12. Turkey
  13. South Africa
  14. Mexico
  15. Thailand
  16. Morocco
  17. India
  18. Greece
  19. Vietnam
  20. Japan

Full data can be downloaded from