Iceland, the Scandinavian island nation that sits comfortably beside its Nordic neighbours, is a fantastic holiday destination any time of the year. Whether you want a balmy Scandi summer or are happy to brave sub-zero temperatures for their legendary winters, there’s so much to see and do during your stay. If you’re all about Iceland, here’s our guide to the best stops to make during your trip.
Reykjavik is the capital city of Iceland. With its surrounding suburbs, the city is actually home to around two-thirds of the Icelandic population. The city prides itself on being a place to recharge, restore and refuel – so it’s certainly worth planning some time there. Pop down to one of the city’s famous galleries, museums and contemporary exhibits, or take a walking tour around the city to explore its natural parklands and spaces.
And of course, don’t forget to put in a night out. Most bars in Reykjavik run Happy Hours that last up to three hours!
Take a dip in the Blue Lagoon
Formed by tranquil, geothermal seawater, this hotel and spa offer allows you to recharge and relax in amongst stunning natural scenery.
Built within volcanic earth, you can swim in the famous healing waters and take full use of the spa’s other services, like sauna, massage, facials and more. It’s all designed to help you feel healed and nourished – taking some real-time self-care.
See the Northern Lights
One of the reasons Iceland is such a popular tourist destination is undoubtedly the demonstration of aurora borealis, otherwise known as the Northern Lights.
A once-in-a-lifetime experience, dancing light in multiple colours shifts around the sky as though fluid and makes for an incredible nighttime experience. Seeing the lights is a matter of luck, however, so you have to hope for a little luck (and perfect conditions) when you go.
Get a local Icelandic dinner
Icelandic cuisine, now considered a major player in the European scene, prioritises fresh, local ingredients, creating traditional dishes with a modern flair. Fish is usually on the menu, especially smoked or salted, as well as Flautbrauo or Leaf Bread. Icelanders are also voracious cheese eaters, so look out for any of the 100 different types that the country produces!
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