If you’re an adventurous sort looking for a holiday to get your adrenalin pumping, why not visit Iceland this year? Creeping up in the tourism stakes, but not yet a major player, Iceland is vast enough to avoid any crowds. It also offers some of the most spectacular scenery you’re ever likely to see. Throw in activities and experiences aplenty and you’ve got an ideal adventure holiday destination.
When to go
Iceland is blessed with distinguished seasons. A visitor in the winter months will enjoy a completely different experience to a traveller in summer. In the winter, the days are short, and there’s a healthy covering of snow on the ground. Temperatures regularly plunge below zero, and there are all kinds of snow-based activities on offer. In the summer, temperatures reach double figures and the days are long and clear. Reykjavik hosts a stunning firework display for New Year’s Eve, which may be appealing for those looking to party and enjoy the outdoor life. The whale watching season runs from April to September. Those wishing to see the Northern Lights are encouraged to visit between September and March.
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What to do
There is so much to see and do in Iceland that it’s tricky to know where to begin. Winter activities include glacier walking, snowmobiling and ice climbing. Hiking is a popular pursuit in the warmer months, and you can also enjoy horseback riding and caving. Reykjavik boasts a vibrant nightlife at the weekends, and it’s charming centre is well worth a visit. Look out for handmade wooly jumpers and quirky arts and crafts. The Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland’s premium attractions. Book before you go and enjoy a lazy day bobbing about in the thermal waters. Arrive before sunrise in the winter for breathtaking views. The Golden Circle is another outstanding day trip, which takes in Gullfoss waterfall and the hot springs.
If you fancy getting off the beaten track, hire a car, grab a map and hit the deserted roads. Thingvellir National Park offers magical views in every direction and comes highly recommended by the experts at Ridgemont Outfitters.
What to pack
Iceland is very cold and you will need thermals and plenty of layers. Take a sturdy pair of walking boots, thick socks and a waterproof jacket.
You will also need a hat, gloves and fleeces. It’s a good idea to bring a guidebook and you will definitely need a camera to capture those beautiful views.
How to get there
Regular flights run from airports in the UK to Keflavik airport all year-round. The journey from the airport to Reykjavik centre takes around 40 minutes.
Why it’s special
You’ll fall in love with Iceland before you even hit the runway tarmac. The views stretch for miles, and you’ll be transported to a mysterious, wonderful land of mountains, rivers and glaciers. Expect a warm welcome from the Icelandic people, who are fiercely proud of their heritage and the natural wonders on display. This is a special place. You don’t need to worry about dressing up or looking good. You can focus entirely on seeing the sights and enjoying the experiences.
If you’re looking for a holiday you’ll never forget, Iceland could be the perfect choice.