Holidays to Iceland offer a host of natural wonders – picture in your mind’s eye erupting geysers, volcanic landscapes, and thermal lagoons. What’s more, it is all set under some of the best skies for taking in the incredible Northern Lights.
Iceland presents a mix of mountains, glaciers, hot springs, geysers, volcanoes and lava fields. All of these natural wonders are not short on supply when it comes to Iceland. This island is spectacular, situated on the edge of the Arctic Circle; it is one of the world’s most geologically active places. What is more, in winter, it is one of the best bets for witnessing the amazing Northern Lights.
Experience the great outdoors on Iceland holidays. There multiple ways to get close to nature here and among the most popular destination for a daytrip is what is known as the ‘Golden Circle’, a circuit taking in 300 kilometers (186 miles) that includes impressive waterfalls, areas of tectonic ridges, and what is believed to be the world’s first geyser. Among the must-dos is the Blue Lagoon, it is a massive natural geothermal hot tub with a water temperature that hovers around 37 degrees Celsius (98.6 Fahrenheit).
Reykjavik represents the most northerly capital city in the world and it cosmopolitan in style while retaining its traditional charm. Houses constructed of corrugated iron are found here painted in multiple rainbow shades, world-class restaurants serve fine cuisine, while hip clubs and bars make sure Reykjavik’s party town reputation remains intact.
Discover on holidays in Iceland that it is a country with two distinct and separate tourist seasons. Summer months lure visitors wanting good road tripping conditions and midnight sun. The winter months are perfect for vacationers wanting to witness the spectacle of the Northern Lights. This is due to the fact daylight hours are shorter and the sky is darker – in the middle of January, the sun rises at 11am and sets about 4.30pm. As a result of these short days, temperatures are cold, falling to as low -10 degrees Celsius (14 Fahrenheit). Be prepared by taking thermal clothing, a high-quality coat and warm boots.
To experience the best of Iceland holidays, here is a suggested itinerary.
Depending on the time you arrive on your holidays to Iceland, you may be able to join the Reykjavik City Tour to discover the highlights of the capital city. By evening, you can scan the sky for the famous Northern Lights. It pays to check with your hotel’s reception desk about 6pm to find out if a tour will be operating. In favorable weather, you will be collected from your hotel around 9pm, and the tour starts at 9.30pm. You will likely spend several hours searching for the elusive Aurora Borealis. However if the weather changes or is not great, the Northern Lights Tour can be rescheduled for another night, when you will have a better chance of witnessing them. Instead, you can experience Reykjavik’s vibrant nightlife.
Take in the sights of the Golden Circle on day two of holidays in Iceland. This 300-kilometre (186-mile) circuit takes an entire day to explore, you should arrange to be picked up about 8.30am for a 9am start. You will discover Thingvellir National Park, which extends over the border of the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. This is a World Heritage Site and is the home of Iceland’s largest lake. The tour continues to Gullfoss – a massive glacial waterfall – and Strokkur – an active geyser. Since you are away all day, lunch is included. You will be dropped back to your hotel about 4.30pm.
How you spend your third day is up to you. However, a good idea is to book an additional excursion and explore inside a glacier, soak in the Blue Lagoon or go snowmobiling. There are also excursions to go whale-watching and a Mountain Super Jeeps tour. Or you can just while away the hours in colorful Reykjavik, where you will find unique microbreweries, seafood restaurants and the impressive multi-million-dollar Harpa concert hall.
Day four to seven
If you have booked four nights to stay on Iceland holidays, you have even more time for exploration. Sample Icelandic cuisine at a Viking festival, take a quad bike ride or to polish up your photography skills, join the South Shore Tour and take snaps of the incredibly dramatic landscape. It is worth noting some excursions are only available for bookings at a resort.
Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital is usually where most travelers base themselves and a stay here on holidays in Iceland places one of the most contemporary cities in Europe in the palm of your hand. What’s more you easy access to the spectacular countryside. The most northerly capital in the world, Reykjavik is a blend of traditional Nordic atmosphere and a modern attitude.
Reykjavik and wider Iceland has multiple accommodation options from great suites in the capital through to private or shared guest houses through to farm stays. However, options for accommodation outside of the Reykjavik area tend to be more limited especially in winter since there are less tourists and family-run accommodation usually close for the season.
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On holidays to Iceland, the weather wildly unpredictable. In the summer there is a high chance of sunny and bright days, and the temperature can climb to 17 degrees Celsius (63 Fahrenheit), but that good weather gets frequently interrupted by misty and wet spells and temperatures can fall to as low as 10 degrees Celsius (50 Fahrenheit). When you are considering when is the best time to visit Iceland, it pays to bear in mind most attractions and museums only open from late May to early September, it is also at these times when buses run their fullest schedule. Because almost all of Iceland is situated south of the Arctic Circle, the country does not experience a true Midnight Sun. The nights are very light from the middle of May to early August across the entire country but in the north of the country the sun does not fully set in June. From September through to January, Aurora Borealis or The Northern Lights are often seen throughout the country. In winter the temperatures change from 7 degrees Celsius to 8 degrees Celsius either side of freezing and daylight becomes limited to only a few hours – in Reykjavík, the sun does not rise until about 11am in December; and it is already moving slowly towards the horizon again after 1pm.
Leifur Eiríksson International Air Terminal is situated in Keflavík (48 kilometers or 30 miles from Reykjavik) and is the gateway to Iceland for most passenger flights following a three to five hour flight from the rest of Europe or a five to seven hour flight from the US and Canada. It is open 24 hours per day and all retail sales and services operated in departures are in the duty-free zone and are duty- and tax-free.
Progressing through the terminal, even on busy days, is easy. Arriving passengers walk straight downstairs to arrivals where, unlike most international airports, tax- and duty-free goods are available upon arrival.
Bus services operate between Reykjavík and the airport. They leave Reykjavík about 2.5 hours before flight departures. The drive from the airport to city is about 40-50 minutes.
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Iceland has a reputation for being expensive, but Iceland holiday package does not have to break the bank. If you have a limited budget here are a few tips to help you save money.
Hitchhike — on holidays in Iceland is known as being one of the world’s safest and easiest countries for hitchhikers. While you can get a ride throughout the whole country, it is even easier in the southern part.
Carry a water bottle — Iceland’s water is extremely clean and drinkable. There is no reason to buy water in Iceland.
Keep your alcohol consumption low on holidays to Iceland, because of high taxes, it is very expensive to drink in Iceland.
Food is also known to be very expensive on Iceland holidays and if you have the option to cook yourself, the cost of groceries for about three days can cost about the same as one meal in a restaurant.
Iceland is one of the most unique destinations on planet earth – a land of sheep, dazzling Northern Light displays, and volcanoes and other natural geothermal wonders with seemingly unpronounceable names (try Eyjafjallajökull).
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