One of the last places on Earth to be reached by human settlers, and used as the filming location for numerous films and television shows like Game of Thrones, Star Trek and James Bond, Iceland is like no other place on this planet. Formed by volcanic rock and shaped over millions of years by Atlantic winds, the rugged beauty of this pearl can only be matched by the warmth and friendliness of its locals. With the mesmerising Northern Lights, hot springs, active geysers and volcanos, visit Iceland for an experience that is out of this world.
Iceland has one of the smallest populations in Europe, with just over 332,000 people living mostly in the capital, Reykjavik. Here you will find stunning wooden houses, historic Viking remains as well as modern architecture and chic Nordic restaurants. In the city centre, spend hours exploring winding roads and classic Scandinavian architecture, take in the views from the top of the impressive Hallgrímskirkja church, or dive into Iceland’s mythical past at the immersive Saga Museum. Outside the city limits, experience the island’s natural beauty with whale watching, or opt for a day trip into wild, open landscapes that stretch as far as the eye can see.
Immediately west of the city, visit the natural wonder that is the geothermal Blue Lagoon. The colour and texture of the warm water is caused by a unique mix of minerals, silica and algae; spend a day floating in the sky blue lagoon, feeling the heat of the water complement the cool Icelandic air. Iceland is also one of the few places in the world where the Northern Lights are visible. Visit between September and early April to witness the stunning colours draped across the horizon; complete darkness makes it easier to see this marvel of the sky.
While on the island, taste delicious local food fit for Vikings. Start the day with a large bowl of Icelandic yoghurt known as skyr, and add some berries or honey for a filling breakfast that will keep you going until lunch. Though the local cuisine is mainly lamb and fish, you may be surprised to hear that Iceland makes amazing hot-dogs! If, while in Reykjavik, you stumble across one of the Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur stands, make sure to try one of their signature hot dogs loaded with trimmings, or ‘ein með öllu’, as the locals would say (extra points for pronunciation).
With dramatic icy landscapes and challenging weather, Iceland is one of the most beautiful places on earth and makes for a completely unique holiday. There is a lot to see and do, with a whole host of geothermal springs available for when you feel the need to relax. Fleetway Travel specialises in holidays to suit all budgets. Our Iceland holidays are perfect for travellers looking for something different to the usual beach break. An Iceland holiday will reveal some of the wonders of Mother Nature, and if you visit Iceland at the right time, you can see the Northern Lights too.
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