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Iceland is a place of extremes. Known as ‘the land of fire and ice’, it’s home to lava-filled volcanoes, mighty glaciers, sweeping scenery and more adventures than you can shake a stick at, writes Katie McGonagle. With plenty of cheap flights to Reykjavik it’s an easy weekend away, whether you’re thinking of a romantic escape or a quick trip with the kids. However, check out our top 10 list of things to do in Iceland and you might find yourself wanting to stick around a bit longer… Tick off the northern lights These dancing lights in the sky have been the object of fascination for centuries, and it’s no different today. Iceland is one of the prime places to spot them, especially if you visit between September and April when they’re at their most visible. For the best chance of a sighting, get away from the bright lights of Reykjavik on a guided excursion – a bit of local knowledge goes a long way to finding the best spots to see the lights. Alternatively you could hire a car, although you’ll need to be comfortable with driving in icy conditions. Another option is to head to the harbour and sail out to sea, giving you the best chance of a sighting on a clear night. Have a whale of a time If you fancy hopping on a boat by day, too, then you could spot some of the minke and humpback whales that frequent the waters around Iceland’s coasts. Some tours claim a 90% success rate on sightings, so be sure to have your camera charged and binoculars at the ready. There are dozens of boat trips departing from Reykjavik, some taking as little as two hours while others spend a half-day out at sea. As well as whales, look out for the white-beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises that are a common sight in the North Atlantic. Take a Golden Circle tour If you do nothing else in Iceland, do this. In one day, you’ll get a glimpse of Iceland’s other-worldly landscapes, tick off its most beautiful scenery, and understand a little more about the nation’s history. Visit Thingvellir National Park first, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which hosted the world’s oldest existing parliament. Next, prepare to be amazed by the power of Gullfoss waterfall, where...Read More
Just because you’ve left it late, doesn’t mean you can’t still find a bargain break this February half-term. In fact, there are still some incredibly good deals out there! From familiar favourites like the Algarve and the Canary Islands to exciting adventures in Dubai and New York, we’ve found some amazing last-minute half-term holidays for this February. All prices were correct at the time of writing and are subject to change. Algarve – £82pp From Birmingham on February 13 for 6 nights The Algarve might just be the pick of the bargain bunch this half-term. Not only can you find holidays at ridiculously low prices, but in-resort costs remain low, despite Portugal being in the euro zone. The region itself is packed with great beaches for kids to explore, lively resorts in Lagos and Albufeira, rugged interior walking paths and the opportunity for water sports and boat excursions on the coast. Tenerife – £264pp From Manchester on February 13 for 6 nights With action-packed resorts such as Playa Las Americas and Los Cristianos, miles and miles of beaches and an interior that looks like a set from the Martian, Tenerife really does have the lot when it comes to family holidays. And with high temperatures of 20C and eight hours of sun even in February, this late winter sun spot is the perfect tonic to wet and windy Blighty. Disneyland Paris – £112pp From London Gatwick on February 15 for 3 nights Disneyland Paris ticks all the boxes for a last-minute half-term trip that won’t break the bank and is also great fun for all the family. By sticking to three nights (which should be more than enough time for the kids to meet Mickey and co) and flying mid-week, you can keep costs relatively low. Plus, you can break up the theme-park fun with a day trip to Paris, which is only an hour away by train. Dubai – £353pp From London Heathrow on February 11 for 7 nights Dubai might sound like an odd choice for a family holiday, but really it’s just one huge playground, with beaches, amazing water parks and futuristic architecture – perfect for kids and adults alike! Yes, Dubai itself is not cheap. However, if you’re planning a bit of an extravagant trip this half-term and are...Read More