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Iceland

A volcanic masterpiece

Iceland tailor-made holidays

Introduction

Iceland holidays literally burst with natural attractions; active volcanoes, geysers and thermal pools hint at the explosive force here whilst great glaciers continue to carve and sculpt the dramatic landscape and the Northern Lights put on a surreal show in the skies above.

Reykjavik, the world's most northerly capital, is a cultural powerhouse, with art galleries, museums and a coffee culture to rival anywhere. At night the city jumps to a vibrant music scene whilst on weekends the locals maintain the tradition of the runtur, the legendary Icelandic pub-crawl.

Outside the capital, the Blue Lagoon, set amidst a black lava field in the heart of the volcanic wilderness is a popular attraction for people who want to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of the mineral-rich waters.

To see the main sights take a tour of the Golden Circle, which encompasses the gushing pools of Geysir, the giant double waterfall of Gulfoss and the rugged rift valley at Pingvellir, site of the ancient parliament, the Althing.

The more adventurous should travel to the western fjords to stand on Europe's most westerly point and see sea birds in vast numbers. Cruise to the Westman Islands to find puffins though. Walkers should take the opportunity to trek on Vatnajokull, Europe's largest ice cap, although a skidoo safari here or dogsled trips on the icecaps at Myrdalsjokull are marginally less taxing.

 

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At a glance

Flying time from UK
2½ hours

Time zone
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Currency
Icelandic krona (Ikr) = 100 aurar

Language
Icelandic

Travel advice
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Top itineraries in Iceland

Seljalandsfoss, Iceland

Highlights of Iceland Self-Drive

10-day tailor-made self-drive from £1,705 pp incl. flights

Explore the best of Iceland on an action packed road trip around its circumference. Expect everything from the classics of Reykjavik and the Golden Circle to the off-the-beaten-track wonders of the Eastfjord and the south-coast waterfalls.

Strokkur geyser in Iceland

Journey Around Iceland

8-day Escorted tour from £2,305 pp incl. flights

Explore vibrant cities, glaciers, lagoons and volcanic landscapes on this seven-day escorted tour around Iceland.

Northern Lights, Thingvellir National Park, Iceland

Romantic Iceland & the Northern Lights

5-day tailor-made holiday from £1,295 pp incl. flights

From a secluded, luxury stay to visiting a geothermal spa and spotting the Northern Lights from an outdoor hot tub, this Iceland escape is full of romance. You'll also explore the natural wonders of the Golden Circle before ending with Reykjavik's historic charm.

Puffins at Svalbard

North Iceland Odyssey

7-day tailor-made holiday from £1,150 pp incl. flights

Combine Reykjavik's city buzz and the icons of the Golden Circle with the lesser-visited gems of Northern Iceland. After an included soak in the Blue Lagoon, an epic road trip will see you among mighty waterfalls, lakes and fjords.

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Top places to stay in Iceland

Hotel Skuggi, Reykjavik

Hotel Skuggi, Reykjavik

Contemporary hotel

Located within easy reach of all of Reykjavik’s popular sites and city centre, the Hotel Skuggi offers comfortable rooms, a restaurant and an abundance of excursions and tours in the surrounding area.

Silver Explorer

Silver Explorer

Luxury cruise ship

Silversea’s purpose-built expedition ship Silver Explorer is designed specifically for navigating the waters of some of the world’s remotest destinations; it’s just as comfortable in the earth’s polar regions as it is here in the tropical waters of the Caribbean.

Hotel Siglo

Siglo Hotel, Siglufjordur

Contemporary hotel

Located in the heart of a cultural marina, Siglo Hotel is situated in Siglufjordur, a historic fishing town and commands views of the majestic mountain circle and quaint village

Hotel Husafell

Hotel Husafell, West Iceland

Contemporary hotel

Surrounded by Iceland’s natural wonders: glaciers, lava caves, geothermal spas, waterfalls and the Northern Lights, Hotel Husafell commands a prime location in West Iceland and offers comfortable accommodation, traditional cuisine and an array of activities to satisfy any adventurer

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Where to go in Iceland

Reykjavik, Iceland

Reykjavik

Reykjavik is a capital city with the feel of a small town. Brightly painted houses of corrugated iron dominate the city skyline and skyscrapers are virtually unheard of here. The buildings cluster around the Tjornin Lake, a spot that's at once tranquil and the bustling heart of the city.

South Iceland

Southern Iceland still resonates in the international consciousness as the home of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, famous for the spectacular 2011 eruptions that grounded planes across Europe. The largest eruption of recent years, this event served as a reminder of Iceland's turbulent past and drew t…

Siglufjorour, Northern Iceland

North Iceland

The north has its own version of the popular Golden Circle route, known as the Diamond Circle; the main difference between this and the route in the south is that the Diamond circle circumvents the crowds.

Westfjords, Iceland

West Fjords

The West Fjords, where arctic foxes roam beneath the Northern Lights, have been heralded as one of the most spectacular and isolated landscapes in Europe.

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When to go to Iceland

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Weather in Iceland is very unpredictable. Blue and sunny days can turn grey and foggy in a very short time, so if you're trekking, be prepared for all types of weather and take a map and a compass. The high season runs between June and August when, at times, it's light for 24 hours of the day, which improves the local mood no end. Warmer weather opens up mountain roads and trails that are closed during the winter months and Icelanders leave the towns and head from the countryside homes and lakeside cabins. The winter months, October to April, are dark and can be bitterly cold. Heavy snow closes interior roads and blizzards and whiteouts can …

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Iceland articles

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    How to photograph the Northern Lights

    Photographing the Northern Lights is a challenging, yet rewarding experience. Here we take a look at the how's, where's, why's and when's to give you the very best chance of returning from your Aurora adventures with a series of pictures to be proud of.

  • Northern Lights, Thingvellir National Park, Iceland

    The best places to see the Northern Lights

    Where are the best places to see the Northern Lights? We pick out the best Northern Lights holiday destinations across northern Scandinavia, Iceland and Greenland.

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    Best places to see the Midnight Sun 2020-2021

    If you want to bask in 24-hour sunlight, follow our guide to the best places to experience the Midnight Sun around the world.

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    The world's best driving holidays

    We take a look at the world's best driving holidays, with everything from Iceland's geological drama to America's greatest road trips. Each has been carefully selected by our destination experts, reporting back from the road.

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