From the cool bars of Reykjavik to the frozen vastness of the Golden Circle, this enchanting country should be on everyone’s holiday wish list...
Want to know why Iceland holidays should be up there on your bucket list of travel experiences? Well, let us explain. We could go on all day about the amazing landscapes, with immense waterfalls in one direction and exploding geysers in the other. We could wax lyrical about the welcoming locals and hip nightlife of Reykjavik. We could even try to explain the intense and soulful feeling you get when the winter night suddenly dances to the tune of the northern lights. But really, it’s best if you snap up one of our terrific Iceland holiday deals to experience this majestic destination for yourself.
Iceland is located between the chilly waters of the Arctic and North Atlantic Oceans. There are plenty of direct flights to Iceland from UK airports and it takes only two and a half hours to reach Keflavik International Airport, from where the capital city of Reykjavik is 45 minutes by road.
Reykjavik is a fantastic base for Iceland breaks. The city is awash with bars, pubs, shops, restaurants, and lively music joints. Coach tours of the Golden Circle also depart regularly from the city, enabling visitors to see the natural splendour of Iceland; attractions include the thundering waters of Gullfoss and the frequent eruptions of Strokkur – neighbour to the Great Geysir. The hot waters of the Blue Lagoon are also within easy reach.
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There is a lot to consider when it comes to organising a holiday in Iceland. Read on to find out more…
The weather in Iceland is mild in summer and extremely cold in winter, with rainfall to be expected at any time. But the major thing to think about here is the length of the days. In summer, the sun is high in the sky and nights are extremely short – in June, there can be just three hours between sunset and sunrise. In winter, daylight hours can number just four. However, the summer visitors who benefit from long hours of daylight have no chance of catching the amazing light show that is the Aurora Borealis. Instead, it is holidaymakers arriving between September and April who have the best odds of seeing this unpredictable display. The longer nights of deepest winter might prove to be more successful, but then those winter skies are often full of rain and snow clouds – you really have to be lucky to catch a glimpse of one of nature’s most mesmerising spectacles.
Cheap holidays to Iceland are easier to find in the quieter tourism months between September and May. The best advice is to book well in advance, whenever you plan to travel.
Iceland dishes up an appetising platter of annual events. Check out what’s on during your visit…
Hafnarfjordur Viking Festival; June: Showcasing everything that you ever wanted to know about Viking culture, this popular event is a brilliant day out for all the family. Play games, have a go at archery, swig mead, witness grizzly battles… it’s an unexpected but delightful Icelandic tradition.
Landsmot; June/July: Also known as the National Icelandic Horse Competition, Landsmot is a chance to see the magnificent Icelandic horses in their element. There are plenty of horse trials to watch, as well as music and dance shows. The competition is held in Hella, which is an hour from Reykjavik by road. Book car hire in Iceland to get there with ease.
Iceland Airwaves; October/November: As if Reykjavik wasn’t cool enough, this delicious smorgasbord of musical entertainment involves venues around the capital welcoming hot acts for five days of non-stop partying.
How will you spend your time in Iceland? Here are just a few ideas…
Kids and teens: Youngsters will go gaga for the geysers of Iceland. The Great Geysir (after which all others are named) only erupts every few years, but nearby Strokkur puts on a show every few minutes. You’ll have to drag them away…
Romance: Whether you are lounging together on the grass at a summer music festival, or huddled together gazing at the northern lights in the middle of winter, there is romance aplenty in Iceland.
Relaxing: Take a long soak in the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon, doing a few lengths every now and then, having your shoulder muscles pummelled under a jet of water or applying a slathering of silica mud. Get there early or stay late to avoid the crowds.
Active types: Iceland offers endless opportunities to get a sweat on in the great outdoors. Cycling, hiking, horse riding, diving, sledding, climbing, caving… the list goes on. And there are plenty of day trips available from Reykjavik.
Free and cheap: Iceland is an expensive place to stay, eat and drink. So for a cheap day out, take in the lively flea market in Reykjavik before sampling one of Iceland’s famous hot dogs. At just a few pounds, it’s a taste sensation that won’t break the bank and is available from small kiosks all over the city.