09 January 2020
The beauty Iceland’s tourism is that it is accessible and enjoyable all year round. Despite the lack of opportunity to get a sun tan, with temperatures hovering around freezing point in the winter and 12°C in summer, the land of fire and ice is more an attraction for the eyes, not the skin.
Jaw-dropping vistas, incredible natural attractions and bucket list destinations are all a part of what makes this country so special. The only problem is trying to narrow down your choices to fit the time you have there – so here are some Icelandic highlights that you can enjoy
The Golden Circle is without a doubt the must-see attraction for any Icelandic itinerary. Their holy trinity comprises of Thingvellir National Park, where visitors can see the converging lines of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, the powerful Gullfoss, Europe’s largest waterfall by volume, and the erupting hot springs at Geysir. If you’re going to do one thing on your trip to Iceland, make sure it’s this!
Another hotspot, quite literally, is the Blue Lagoon. This geothermal spa is set in a lava field in Grindavík and in addition to its luminous blue waters, there are a range of lounges, spa amenities and treatments that visitors can enjoy.
The waters are rich in minerals such as silica and sulphur and bathing in the Blue Lagoon is renowned for its health benefits. As well as being a natural wonder, the Blue Lagoon is one of Europe’s most relaxing spots.
Iceland is renowned for being one of the best destinations to catch a glimpse of the amazing Aurora Borealis, more commonly known as the Northern Lights. See these amazing green lights dance across the night’s sky on one of a number of excursions on offer.
The aurora is usually at the height of its activity from November to March, and anyone wanting to see them will be better planning their trip to Iceland at that time of year.
There are so many options for exciting extras on an Icerland adventure! Snorkel between two continents at Slifra, which is also known for having the world’s clearest water, ride a snowmobile across one of Iceland’s 200-plus glaciers, go whale watching off the western coast or visit a man-made ice tunnel inside Langjökull, as you go Into the Glacier.
Iceland has only one city – Reykjavík. The world’s northernmost capital might not have the allure of other big-ticket attractions, but there is plenty to see and do.
In addition to being the cultural and arts hub of a nation, Reykjavík offers visitors plenty in the way of activities and events year-round. Whether it’s swimming, museums, high street shopping or simply taking in the mountainous surroundings which provide the stunning backdrop to city life, there’s something for everyone in Reykjavík.
Take a trip to Lutheran church and national landmark Hallgrímskirkja, find out more about Icelandic history at the National Museum of Iceland, or take a ferry ride to Videy Island where Yoko Ono’s Imagine Peace Tower stands.