Iceland: Land of the Vikings, this historic and enchanting country is steeped in culture and history, making it the ultimate tourist destination. We’re thrilled to be launching this incredible destination as part of our Air & Space Adventure holiday programme. There’s never a bad time of year to visit with such a wide variety of adventures to undertake and experiences to embark upon and we've rounded up our top picks.
The Blue Lagoon:
Perhaps one of Iceland’s most iconic attractions is the world-renowned Blue Lagoon spa. Open year-round, the milky blue water is a pleasant contrast to the surrounding black lava fields. The water is an average temperature of 39 degrees Celsius all year round and is full of natural minerals such as silica that is great for the skin, with the spa often being used as a retreat for those with severe psoriasis to obtain natural and lasting treatment. Open all year round, the lagoon is most popular in the evenings, throughout summer to witness the midnight sun and in winter to enjoy the Northern Lights from the comfort of the lagoon. It’s important to remember that The Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland’s most popular attractions and sells out daily, so we ensure our clients’ visits are booked well in advance so they don’t miss out on a visit to this unique and intriguing spa.
Reykjavik City Tours:
Reykjavik, the capital city of Iceland is full of sightseeing opportunities and impressive architecture to behold. One of Reykjavik’s most well-known landmarks is the Hallgrímskirkja church. Standing 244ft high, Hallgrímskirkja is not just the tallest church in Iceland but one of the tallest structures in the country. There are also a variety of interesting art galleries and museums to view throughout the city including their famous chocolate museum. One of our favourite ways to discover Reykjavik is by bike. With such little traffic and great opportunities to veer off to the lava fields and countryside, the opportunities are endless. We can organise a plethora of options to enjoy in Reykjavik such as horse riding through the countryside, quad biking along the coastline and even helicopter tours over the city.
The Golden Circle
A must-see attraction in Iceland is The Golden Circle, made up of three locations; Thingvellir National park, the Gullfoss Waterfall and the Geysir Geothermal Area of Southwest Iceland. Thingvelliir National Park is a recognised UNESCO World Heritage Site located a short drive from Rykjavik. Not only is this a park full of beautiful wildlife and dramatic geology but it’s made unique by its location in the middle of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Iceland is the only country where you can observe the effects of tectonic drift above sea level, allowing you to stand on two different plates at the same time. The next stop on your tour of the Golden Circle will be the Geysir Geothermal Area. A fascinating natural phenomenon, this area is home to the first documented geyser in Europe as well as other highly active geysers, expelling water up to 132ft high. The geothermal activity makes the area a unique sight to visit with hot pools, clay pots, fumaroles and a vividly coloured landscape from the minerals in the earth. The Gullfoss waterfall is the final stop on the Golden Circle, providing stunning views in the winter when frozen over and known for showcasing enchanting rainbows in the summer through the sunlight, this is a visual spectacle not to be missed.
Often considered one of the modern day wonders of the world, The Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis is another exciting attraction of Iceland. Viewable from many exciting locations around Iceland, the Northern lights is a natural phenomenon that definitely deserves a spot on your bucket list. Only visible throughout the winter months in Iceland, with 24-hours of darkness you can enjoy the lights from many of the aforementioned locations.
A country with incredible history, geology and even 24-hours of either sunlight or darkness, Iceland is a land of opportunities with so much to explore. Make sure to check out our tailored experiences or enquire to help us create a bespoke Iceland experience just for you.
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