13 August 2018
With its glassy glaciers, hot thermal springs, spectacular geysers, active volcanoes, lava fields, stunning waterfalls and snow-capped mountains, Iceland is indeed the original ‘land of fire and ice’. The second largest island in Europe, Iceland lies close to the Arctic Circle northwest of Scotland and south of Greenland, and it is primarily the unique and wonderful natural phenomena that draw visitors to the country.
Best time to visit Iceland
As the name suggests, Iceland’s climate is cold, but not as cold as might be expected because of the passing warm waters of the Gulf Stream, which regulate the climate. During the summer months there is almost continuous daylight; early spring and late autumn feature long twilights. The Northern Lights are often visible in autumn and early winter. The best time to visit Iceland depends on the desired activity: generally summer is the most pleasant time to visit but the Northern Lights are a big draw card in the colder months.
Recommended length of stay: Anything from two nights to two weeks to fully explore this incredible country
Local currency: Icelandic Krona (ISK)
Top three experiences
Explore the Golden Circle by Super Jeep and snowmobile
Take in Iceland’s top three attractions in one day; Þingvellir National Park – famous for its clear view of the tectonic plates being pulled apart; Geysir which erupts every five to seven minutes; and the breathtaking sight of Gullfoss Waterfall. In addition to the sights, experience a thrilling Snowmobile ride on Langjökull, Iceland’s second largest glacier. All of this done by our fantastic modified Super Jeeps.
Siglufjörður is a charming little fishing village and the experiences there are second to none. Sea-kayak in a fjord, ride around on a fat bike, snowshoe into the forest, or simply soak in the outdoor hot tub in the evening after a busy day – overseeing the fjord.
Whale watching in summer
Summer is ideal for whale watching; experience the adventure of a lifetime on a specially engineered boat that allows you to search a larger area, increasing your likelihood of seeing whales, dolphins and birdlife.
Where would you like to visit on your next adventure? Contact your local Travel Counsellor for a tailor-made holiday, or read our Authentic Encounters brochure for more inspiration.