An extraordinary landscape full of opportunities
The island nation of Iceland is best known for its remarkable alien landscapes, its vast fishing industry, its vibrant music scene and its party capital Reykjavik. The definitive geological landscapes of Iceland, with its geysers, volcanoes and hot springs, were first discovered by Norwegian settlers in the 9th century. Iceland has since developed a very distinct cultural heritage that draws from traditional Norse customs, as well as the islanders’ own traditions and liberal free-thinking outlook. Visitors to the capital Reykjavik soon discover that the Icelanders’ spirited self-sufficiency is equally balanced by their work-hard-play-hard attitude. The lively nightlife of Reykjavik’s Laugavegur Street is easily matched by the limitless fun to be had in the stunning Icelandic outdoors; from river rafting and whale watching, to horse riding and 4x4 glacier tours.
Holidays in Iceland are simply unforgettable, and the experiences that are open to visitors are often unique to this amazing island. Stay in the capital Reykjavik to enjoy the cool café culture that turns into a vibrant party scene as the evening advances.
When to Go?
Spring is a good time to visit but many of the highland routes are still closed from the winter. There are plenty of trips and tours to enjoy in the summer, but accommodation and guided tours become pricier in this peak season. Between June and August the sun only touches the horizon at midnight, so it never actually gets completely dark. Visit in winter for the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights.
How to get there?
International flights to Reykjavik actually fly into Keflavik Airport (KEF), about 30 miles from the capital. There are two airlines operating flights to Keflavik. The Icelandic flag carrier Icelandair flies from Heathrow, Glasgow International, Manchester and East Midlands Airport. Low cost airline Iceland Express flies to Keflavik from Birmingham, Gatwick and Stansted. Flights to other destinations such as Isafjordur (IFJ) in the northwest require an internal flight from the tiny Reykjavik Airport (RKV).
Reykjavik is the perfect base from which to organise holidays in Iceland. Enjoy stunning views of the city and the beautiful scenery from the Perlan building, which has a revolving restaurant on the top floor. Take a trip to the Great Geysir in the Haukadalur Valley, an amazing natural hot spring that gave us the English word for ‘geyser’. Spend some time browsing in the National Gallery of Iceland before hitting the bars around Laugavegur Street to join in the fun with the locals. Visit Iceland in winter to see the incredible Northern Lights.