Thundering waterfalls, lava fields, glacial lagoons and black sand deserts jostling with fertile farmland, quaint villages and diverse birdlife, Iceland is sure to impress!
With so much to see, here are our top five places to visit in Iceland:
The Blue Lagoon Bathe in the aquamarine waters of this man-made geothermal spa near Reykjavik, maintained at 40 degrees C year-round. Even more spectacular when surrounded by ice and snow, the lagoon’s rich mineral content is said to have healing qualities.
Gullfoss Waterfall Located in a canyon, the river Hvítá plunges down three stepped terraces to spectacular effect. The ‘untouched’ feeling extends to the fact that there are no guard rails to be seen – just a natural surroundings.
Akureyri This bustling northern port town boasts some of the finest timber buildings in the country, beautifully restored to their original glory.
The Westfjords Region Hike along red sands, sail the fjords to deserted villages teeming in wildlife. See puffins on Latrabjarg cliffs, and soak in hot springs under the Midnight Sun.
Landmannalaugar Multi-coloured mountains, vast lava fields and the Kela volcano join forces to create an ‘other planet’ landscape. No wonder it’s popular with those keen on hiking and horse-riding.
Iceland truly lives up to its reputation as a ‘land of fire and ice’, and truly is like nowhere else in the world. Check out our ideas for touring the hot spots, and see how much you can cover in our best-selling round-trip tour from Reykjavik.
The question of when to go is quite a pertinent one, as winter in Reykjavik hovers between minus 3 degrees C by night and an edgy 2 degrees C by day. Many sights in remote areas can be rendered inaccessible in winter. May and June are the most popular months, with lower rainfall. However Iceland’s weather is very unpredictable – think Auckland, but with far more dramatic changes in temperature! Have at least four layers of clothing on hand at any time!
The phenomenon of Northern Lights are best viewed in remote places, so Iceland is ideal, and the best time for viewing is from mid-September to mid-April.
Language Icelandic; English widely spoken
Why we love it We love the natural drama of the land! From volcanoes and glaciers, to waterfalls, remote islands, red and black sand beaches to fjords and towering cliffs teeming with Puffins, this is nature on steroids! It’s perfect for the traveller seeking to extend their horizons and find the ‘next new thing’.
Weather During October to April there are brief spurts of daylight and long nights. Winter activities on offer include skiing, snowshoeing, visiting ice caves and of course the spectacular Northern Lights.
If you prefer fewer crowds visit in May or September. You’ll experience breezier weather, cloudless days and occasional snows in the interior.
The high season is June through to August and it can be quite busy as visitors flock to Iceland, especially to Reykjavík and the south. Enjoy endless daylight, plentiful festivals, and a multitude of activities on offer.
Festivals and events There are many festivals in Iceland and they are all over the country, all throughout the year.
Health* There are currently no health requirements to enter Iceland.
Notes *Please be aware that Health information is subject to change at any time and you should always double check these requirements at the time of booking and before travel.