The land of fire and ice is an unforgettable, once in a lifetime destination. Iceland can be visited all year round, but offers completely different experiences depending on when you visit.
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In the winter look for the Northern lights, frozen waterfalls and geothermal baths. In the summer it is light for most of the day, so take a midnight sun tour, check out the wildlife and go hiking.
Situated just below the Arctic Circle, and only a three hour flight from London, Iceland is the most sparsely populated country in Europe with approximately 360,000 inhabitants. It is the place to go if you are seeking unspoilt, natural beauty, natural wonders and outdoor adventures.
WHY SHOULD I VISIT ICELAND?
1. Northern Lights
Iceland is one of the best places in the world to see the mystical green lights of the Aurora Borealis, usually best from September to mid April.
2. Natural Scenery
There are more than 100 volcanoes on Iceland and Europe’s largest glacier. Landmannalauger, in the Highlands, has scenic hiking trails, lava fields and hot springs. Here you will find Iceland’s 2nd highest waterfall, Haifoss, and Ljotipollur explosion crater and lake.
The Golden Circle is a 300km tourist route in Southern Iceland. Highlights include the Gulfoss waterfall with its two sets of falls, Geysir with its 70m water spout, Strokkur hot springs and Thingvellir, the site of the Iceland’s parliament from 930 AD to 1798. It’s also the home of Iceland’s 2nd largest lake,Thingvallavatn.
Reynisfjara is a black pebble beach near the southernmost village of Vik, with caves, rock formations and basalt cliffs and also a location used in Star Wars and Game of Thrones. Diamond beach is stunning and covered with ice ‘diamonds’ all year round. Black Sand beach is famous for its basalt columns.
3. Wildlife and Whale Watching
With a Reykjavik tour you may spot more than 20 species of whales and dolphins in the peak season from April to October. Puffin tours are available too.
4. Outdoor adventures
There are many guided hiking tours for all levels and abilities to the mountains and glaciers. Try a horse riding tour on Icelandic horses originally bought over by the Vikings when Iceland was first colonised. Myvatn Lake is popular with birdwatchers.
Walk, dive or snorkel between the America and European tectonic plates, at the Silfra fissure in Thingvellir Natural Park, which are moving apart 2.5 cms every year. It’s regularly voted as one of the world’s top 5 dive sites.
Relax in Iceland’s most popular tourist attraction, the man made Blue Lagoon outdoor geothermal pool and spa.
Cosmopolitan Reykjavik is the most northerly capital in the world. It offers great food, particularly lamb and seafood, and a good nightlife. Take a lift up the tower of the stunning Hallgrimskikya
Cathedral for impressive 360 degree views.
Reykjavik is also an art and cultural centre, with several museums and galleries to explore, including the Viking museum. Take in a concert at the architecturally stunning Harpa concert hall and conference centre which opened in 2011. Reykjavik is also the centre for tours, which include a Game of Thrones location day tour.