Destination Overview

ICELAND

Iceland is a country of extreme contrasts and dramatic landscapes. Widely known as “the land of fire and ice,” Iceland is home to some of the largest glaciers in Europe and some of the world’s most active volcanoes. Diverse and beautiful, the Icelandic landscape is characterised by a huge number of waterfalls, geysers, volcanoes, black sand beaches, and steaming lava fields, reminiscent of an almost alien landscape.

Capital

Reykjavik

Time

GMT +0

Currency

Icelandic króna

Language

Icelandic,English

Religion

Christianity

Population

0.37 Million

International Airports

Reykjavik

Weather

Thanks to the Gulf Stream, Iceland enjoys a cool, temperate maritime climate with refreshing summers and mild winters. Summers are pleasant, with average temperatures between 10-13 °C (50-55 °F) and daylight that extends far into the night. Winters are mild with an average temperature around 0 °C (32 °F).

Top Highlights

Volcanoes

Volcanic activity is a fact of life in Iceland. People have learned to live with both its geothermal energy and a dramatic natural environment - and even entertainment. Plan your trip to the centre of the Earth and experience the volcanic beauty of Iceland. Descend into the bottom of a dormant volcano and admire the beauty of Icelandic nature.

The Northern Lights

The extreme dark of the Icelandic winter has a few perks. Between September and April, people in Iceland are treated to a magnificent natural display: the phenomenon of aurora borealis, or what we commonly call the Northern Lights. The Northern Lights are a spectacular natural phenomenon, often seen dancing around in fantastic colours across the Icelandic Arctic sky.

Ice Caves

Iceland is the perfect location for an ice cave adventure. Some of Iceland is covered by glaciers and the climate is perfect for ice caves to form as flow tunnels by meltwater. Nothing compares to being inside a blue ice cave enjoying nature's architecture at its best. A visit to an ice cave is an unforgettable experience.

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Top Places to Visit

The Westfjords

One of Iceland's best-kept secrets is undoubtedly the country's northwest corner, named the Westfjords. Isolation and sparse population have preserved the unspoiled nature of the Westfjords and Icelandic folklore culture.

South Iceland

Iceland is a country full of geological contrasts and they are best visible in the South, where geothermal heat meets glacial cold. In the Southwest and the Golden Circle Area, the heat is on, providing the energy for Iceland’s many greenhouses and swimming pools.

The Reykjanes Peninsula

The Reykjanes peninsula is a geological wonder, where lighthouses outnumber villages. Besides hosting the Keflavík International Airport and, just a few minutes away, the spectacular Blue Lagoon, and the Fagradalsfjall volcano, the Reykjanes peninsula is a destination.

Reykjavik

Reykjavík is the natural starting point for any visit to Iceland, and not undeservedly so. The capital is world-renowned for its culture, history, and natural beauty on all fronts.

East Iceland

Discover the wonders of East Iceland, home to the country's largest forest, lush farmlands and an assortment of streams and mountains. Thanks to the East's fjords and their natural harbours, a variety of picturesque fishing villages border the coast.

West Iceland

West Iceland is one of Iceland's most geologically diverse regions. Its natural wonders are a nearly exhaustive sampling of all that Iceland offers, ranging from slumbering volcanoes and majestic waterfalls to various flora and wildlife.

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