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Iceland truly lives up to its reputation as a ‘land of fire and ice’, and truly is like nowhere else in the world.  Thundering waterfalls, lava fields, glacial lagoons and black sand deserts jostling with fertile farmland, quaint villages and diverse birdlife, Iceland is sure to impress! Explore some of the most geographically diverse scenery, from volcanoes and waterfalls to a variety of flora and fauna.

Iceland’s south is popular for travellers who include ‘The Golden Circle’ route, which covers stunning coastlines, pretty towns, waterfalls and thermal areas. Travelling further north nearing the Arctic Circle the midnight sun is incredible!

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 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 Hekla volcano join forces to create an ‘other planet’ landscape.  No wonder it’s popular with those keen on hiking and horse-riding.

 

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.

June to August 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.

In Iceland, I was able to explore some of the country’s more remote destinations on a self-drive journey, taking in some incredible views along the way. Highlights included the famous puffin colony in Borgarfjörður Eystri, passing by a field of Icelandic horses with their foals, and heading out for a day walk in Landmannalaugar, with its multi-coloured mountains and geothermal activity. Sparkling water in the harbour at Husavik and watching an Icelandic football game with the locals during their magical Euro tournament run was also a real treat.

Dorothy Chambers, Travel Designer

Currency Krona

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 & 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.

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Hurtigruten Island Hopping Around the Arctic

European Arctic, Iceland, Norway, Scandinavia 13 Days / 12 Nights 25 May 2022
Cruise with Hurtigruten

Visit a selection of ports, fjords and scenic areas as your expedition team bring every part of your journey to life with key insights...

Arctic Iceland Self-Drive

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One of the highlights of this trip is the chance to explore the new Arctic Coast Way. This beautiful route is Iceland's first official...

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Canada, Canadian Arctic, European Arctic, Greenland, Iceland 20 Days / 19 Nights
with Quark Expeditions

Early booking offers for cruises departing in 2022 & 2023

The rugged beauty of these pristine places will have you marveling at the soaring cliffs of Sam Ford Fjord and the dazzling icebergs dotting...

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Iceland, Scandinavia 9 Days / 8 Nights
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Visit all of Iceland's main attractions along the Ring Road escorted by a professional local guide. With so much to discover and explore in...

Essential Greenland: Southern Coasts & Disko Bay
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European Arctic, Greenland, Iceland 15 Days/14 Nights
with Quark Expeditions

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Each visit to the picturesque villages and Norse ruins that dot the shoreline will immerse you in Greenland's distinct culture and history, while the...

Greenland Adventure
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Greenland, Iceland, Scandinavia 9 Days / 8 Nights
with Quark Expeditions

Early booking offers for cruises departing in 2022 & 2023

This one-of-a-kind voyage by sea, land and air, will immerse you in the stark, majestic landscape of Greenland. Cruise aboard Quark Expeditions' brand...

Iceland's Northern Lights

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To see the aurora borealis in all its glory requires a great deal of patience and luck but the stunning light show is definitely...

Iceland's Spectactular West Self-Drive

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Get the total Icelandic experience in a completely different way on this self-drive tour of one of Iceland's most enchanting and lesser known regions.

Luxury Iceland: Summer in Style

Iceland, Scandinavia 11 Days / 10 Nights

Travel with a private driver-guide to experience the extraordinary highlights of Iceland. Some truly exclusive experiences include a stay on an untouched private island,

Luxury Iceland: Winter in Style

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Experience the best that Iceland has to offer in the winter season, returning each evening to the comfort of upgraded rooms in carefully selected...

Luxury Iceland: Summer Self Drive Adventure

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Explore Iceland at your own pace, taking in the unique landscapes which greet you at every turn. From bubbling geothermal areas to thundering waterfalls...

Three Arctic Islands: Iceland, Greenland & Spitsbergen
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European Arctic, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Scandinavia 15 Days / 14 Nights
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The towering cliffs, iconic wildlife, massive glaciers and swaths of untouched tundra of these three Arctic tours de force never cease to impress. The...

Under The Northern Lights: Exploring Iceland & East Greenland

European Arctic, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, Scandinavia 14 Days / 13 Nights
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Early booking offers for cruises departing in 2022 & 2023

You'll discover diverse and dramatically rugged landscapes in rich iconic arctic wildlife.

Highlights include: Being immersed in the untamed beauty of the Arctic,

Winter Iceland Delights
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Iceland, Scandinavia 7 Days / 6 Nights
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This tour is a fantastic combination of our absolute favourite things to do in Iceland, from the iconic sites of the South and West...