Despite being 66° north of the Arctic Circle, the landscape of Iceland is not only greener than its name would suggest, but black sand beaches, active volcanoes, vast glaciers, boiling geysers and thundering waterfalls all add to its appeal. Add a rich mix of Norse cultural history and you have a fascinating destination just three hours away by plane.
Why we like Iceland?
With a population of just 300,000 in a country the size of Ireland and most of its energy captured from geothermal activity, Iceland must rate as one of the most pristine environments in the western world. Add to that an abundance of fresh fish, a growing number of internationally acclaimed chefs, some truly beautiful landscapes and chic hotels and it is not surprising that Iceland has firmly put its school geography class image behind it.
What to expect on your holiday to Iceland
We think the very best way to experience Iceland is with a private guide who can show you the many hidden surprises this magical country conjures up. One of the most exciting excursions on offer in Iceland, being driven in a ‘super-jeep’ through rivers, up the sides of volcanoes, and deep into the heart of the wild highlands is a must. Self-drive is also a pleasure in Iceland. Although the car ownership per head of population is very high, there are just two main roads which are largely empty. Iceland is a great destination for a long weekend, which would quickly fill with sights, activities and adventures. During the long summer days, you could try: fishing for sea trout or salmon, kayaking, horse riding, 4x4 adventures, snow-mobiling on glaciers, exploring active volcanoes and always with a comfortable hotel and excellent food.
An understanding of nature and the elements form two important parts of the Icelandic national psyche. This is a country in which they say that if you don’t like the weather, just wait five minutes and it will change. You have to understand that you do not visit Iceland for the weather. The weather may not be great but this in itself brings opportunities.
Some ideas for an Iceland holiday
Beyond the ordinary
Ever wondered what the inside of a volcano looks like? Visit Thrihnjukagigur (say again?) and journey to the centre of the earth...
To say that Iceland is a spectacularly beautiful island is bordering on understatement. So varied and extreme is its scenery that there are many ways to enjoy it; however, a helicopter ride is the most pleasurable of all. It is invigorating and exhilarating to fly in a helicopter but to do so over such dramatic scenery is a sheer delight. To fly over the tear in the crust that separates the American tectonic plate from the European tectonic plate is very special.
OUR ICELAND EXPERTISE
Joe, our Iceland expert, has sampled reindeer carpaccio - a big thumbs up – gazed in awe at the world’s second largest geyser, walked behind thundering waterfalls, photographed glacier lagoons, trekked for days on end through the highlands, and stayed in some really fabulous boutique hotels whilst travelling around Iceland. Joe loves Iceland, loves sharing his knowledge of this remarkable country and designing holidays to Iceland.