Iceland

An Introduction To Iceland

The Land of Fire & Ice...

Iceland seems to be on everyones wishlist right now. A soaring demand in recent years has been sparked by peoples desire for adventure and to discover our planets untamed beauty.

The dramatic landscapes and the ability to witness the Northern Lights are just a couple of reasons why people are flocking to Iceland. There are giant geysers, spectacular waterfalls, wilderness that remain relatively uncrowded and untouched and then there is also the capital Reykjavik boasting a wonderful art and music scene aswll as a wealth of  cultural and historical attractions.

Picking the time to visit is important as if you want long daylight hours and the mildest weather then May to September is best. For the northern lights, plan to go between October and mid-April when the nights are dark.

Getting Around...

The best and most common way for getting out and about is to hire a car or take an organised private or group trip and therefore utilising the expertise of a local guide.

In towns the best options are by taxi, bus, simply walking, or hiring a bike.

The Reykjavik bus system is excellent and reasonable.

Top 9 Sights & Attractions...

The Great Geysir
The Great Geyser in Iceland climbs to over 70 metres in height and was the first geyser known to man. A must see when visiting. 

The Blue Lagoon
Why not spend a few hours in this natural spa. The milky blue colours of one of Iceland’s most famous sights is caused by the silica and sulphur minerals in the hot waters and is a great place to relax and unwind.

Hallgrimskirkja
Hallgrimskirkja is the tallest church in Iceland and overlooks the city of Reykjavik.

Askja
The Askja caldera is in the Dyngjufjoll mountains, north of the Vatnajokull glacier. Alongside the caldera there is a geothermal lake where you can have a swim. Around this area there is a barren stark landcape where NASA’s Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin trained before their landing on the moon in 1969.

Thorsmork National Park
A fantastic place to hike and view the three glaciers that surround Thorsmork with imposing mountains, wild rivers and creeks.

Thingvellir National Park
Part of Iceland’s Golden Circle and a UNESCO World Heritage Site due featuring the worlds oldest parliament.

Vatnajokull National Park
One of the largest national parks in all of europe where visitors can experience geysers and the elements of fire and ice that the country is renowned.

The Northern Lights
From September through until March the Aurora Borealis or the northern lights needs little introduction. One of lifes incredible natural events and a must see (if they come out to play).

Whale Watching
The country is of course famous for whale watching! There are some fantastic organises excursions from Reykjavik or Husavik to hopefully see orcas, humpbacks, minke whales or even if you are really lucky the largest mammal on earth – the blue whale. 

Essential information

Iceland Flag

Continent:                         Europe

Capital:
Reykjavik

Time Difference:              Local Time + 0 hour

Currency: 
                          Icelandic Krona

 

Flight Time:
2h 45m from London

Visa:                                    
No (FCO Advice)

Language:                          Icelandic

Vaccinations:
None required

 

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