With its spectacular landscapes, warm volcanic thermal baths and breathtaking wildlife, a visit to Iceland is an extraordinary experience.
With its extreme northerly location the quality of the light throughout the year is very striking; in the summer months you will experience 24 hours of daylight and in the winter months the extraordinary phenomenon of the Northern Lights!
There is also a dramatic variety of scenery and wildlife from whales and artic birds which congregate near Akureyri in the north of the island during the summer, to the lunar landscapes of the south marked with glaciers and volcanoes.
Reykjavik is a compact and approachable capital city with some amazing restaurants. Reykjavik has a number of attractions and excursions for the visitor, the striking modern Hallgrimskirkja Church and a spectacular new concert hall.
If you are taking a short break you must visit the Golden Circle, this is an array of the most beautiful waterfalls at Gullfoss and Seljalandfoss, with its spectacular coastal cliffs, sea birds and wild flowers; geysers at Geysir and the National Park at Thingvellir are all certainly worth visiting.
The scenery to the south of the capital is unique – including the largest glacier in Iceland and the volcanoes of Eyjafjallajokull and Mount Hekla.
There are cruising companies that circumnavigate Iceland, stopping along the way including the Faroe Islands and featuring a full programme of chamber music, concerts, talks, and interviews with the artists.
Akureyri in the north of Iceland is a very remote region of dramatic terrain dotted with volcanoes and rock formations, thermal springs and deep fjords.
The gateway to this area is the small town of Akureyri nestled on the side of a great fjord. In the winter this area is surrounded by deep snow and enveloped in long nights, whilst the summer months offer opportunities to experience a region rich in wildlife – from the birdlife which comes to breed at Lake Myvatn, to Iceland’s best whale spotting at Husavik.
So much to see in Iceland for so many visitors with differing tastes.
There are a range of hotels to suit all tastes and budgets, although the accommodation outside of Reykjavik is mostly simple and functional.
This destination will prove to be a great City Break with a difference!