Fancy climbing the largest glacier in Europe, or indulging in some geothermal swimming? How about midnight golfing? Iceland promises all this and more!
The second largest island in Europe, Iceland sits on the edge of the Arctic Circle and atop one of the most volcanically active hot spots in the world. Iceland tourism offers a slice of nature’s many marvels that often elude us, city-dwellers from other parts of the globe.
And contrary to what the name suggests, the place is not that chilly. Although it does snow in the winters (October-April), the average temperature is about -0.5°C, with plenty of seasonal activities.
If you are looking for an exotic family vacation, we recommend Iceland. Here’s why:
A trip to Iceland is best started with a stay at its picture-perfect capital city, Reykjavik, which houses almost two-thirds of the country’s sparse population. Surrounded by majestic mountains and the grand North Atlantic Sea, Reykjavik offers a glimpse into the vibrant culture that’s known as much for its historic museums as for its experimental cuisine.
To experience Iceland’s nightlife, head to any of the late-night parties. The home-grown bands will give you a taste of the ingenious music scene.
It literally means “The People’s Pool” and there’s no better place than Landmannalaugar to watch the grand spectacle of lava fields and multi-coloured landscapes.
Renowned for its natural geothermal baths, Landmannalaugar has served as a relaxation hub for weary travellers since times immemorial. Even today, hikers and tourists find solace in these naturally occurring hot pools that are known to ease the body’s fatigue. Watching the many-hued rhyolite mountains is an experience in itself!
The Blue Lagoon
The Blue Lagoon
It comes as surprise to most travellers that one of the most famous geothermal spas in Iceland is actually man-made. The Blue Lagoon, believed to have natural healing powers, is actually the result of a happy accident, courtesy the neighbouring geothermal power plant.
Barely 40 minutes’ drive from Reykjavík, it’s worth visiting this geothermal spa with seawater rich in silica and minerals. Your skin will thank you!
No Iceland tour can be complete without a visit to the Golden Waterfall, or Gullfoss Waterfall. The iconic tourist attraction offers an impressive view of the natural beauty of the region. Located in South Iceland on the Hvita River, the water drops down to 32 metres in two stages and finally, reaches up to 70 metres in the canyon. It’s quite a sight, especially on a clear day when you can spot a dazzling rainbow over the falls!
If you have always been curious to see what the Northern Lights (or Aurora Borealis) look like, Iceland is the best place to witness the spectacular astronomical phenomena. Imagine watching the sky being painted in fantastic colours as charged gas particles released from the sun’s atmosphere collide with each other when they enter the earth.
You are most likely to spot the Northern Lights in Iceland from August to April – sometimes even without having to leave the comforts of Reykjavik.