If you’re after natural drama, look no further than Iceland holidays. Volcanoes and glaciers dot this epic island’s surface, and North Atlantic waves scour its shores. Visitors are waking up to its unique culture and inspiring landscapes – showcased in numerous films and TV shows, including Game of Thrones.
Most holidays to Iceland start in Reykjavík, the world’s northernmost capital, home to engaging museums and lively bars and cafés. Reykjavík is a good base for the Golden Circle – a famous itinerary that takes in cascading waterfalls, bubbling geysers and the world’s oldest parliament. South-east of here are some of the country’s most photogenic attractions (and there’s serious competition), including black sand beaches and Jökulsárlón, a lagoon of huge floating icebergs.
There’s plenty to see elsewhere. The beautiful, winding Westfjords are a favourite of intrepid visitors, while the north is home to Iceland’s relaxed second city, Akureyri, and the country’s finest scenery – vast fjords, snowy peaks and surreal lava fields. Further afield are the quiet Eastfjords and the remote Highlands – a vast wilderness in Iceland’s interior that’s accessible only in summer. Wherever you go, you’ll find delicious local produce (including lamb and seafood). You can hike, horse ride, kayak, explore glacial caves, seek out the Northern Lights and watch whales, though the grand scenery makes it easy to enjoy just staring out of your car window. If you look hard enough at these supercharged landscapes, you may even start to believe the local legends of trolls, ghosts and elves.
Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, is one of the most popular regions in Iceland and boasts an array of cultural offerings including an abundance of trendy restaurants, cafes and bars. Whether you visit in winter or summer, you're sure to find yourself immersed in the local culture and a visit just wouldn't be complete without ticking off a museum or a gallery. If you're looking for a city break with a difference, you really can't go wrong with Reykjavik.
Iceland has so much to offer and really isn't just a winter destination. For starters there's the Blue Lagoon, one of 25 wonders of the world. The Blue Lagoon is a place where the powers of geothermal seawater create transformational spa journeys. This small country is also made up of countless awe-inspiring natural attractions, including glaciers and hot springs.
There is far more to Iceland than just the nature. Icelandic culture is just as diverse as the landscape. For such a small country, Iceland certainly packs in the galleries, museums and theatres, all of which are worth a visit. The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland, also called the National Church, is also a must-see, you truly have to see it to believe it.
Iceland’s northern lights are one of its major attractions and the chance to watch the auroas light up the sky is high up on many people's bucket list. Tours for the chance to see the northern lights run between September and April. November - January are the darkest nights and you can seek the the aurora borealis from any time from mid-afternoon, right through until nearly noon.
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