Barren lava fields, bubbling hot springs, and sophisticated cities make up the unforgettable scenery of Iceland. With the bright lights of the Aurora Borealis overhead and the active volcanoes in the distance, this is a majestic landscape that's constantly shifting and changing. The capital city of Reykjavik is a hotbed of cultural activity, with plenty of museums, stylish pubs, and artisan shops to explore along its cobblestoned streets. Indulge in some good natured banter with its friendly residents before venturing out of the city for a dip in the steaming Blue Lagoon health spa or a horseback ride through Iceland's alien wilderness.
Reykjavik is Iceland's capital city, well known for its relaxed lifestyle, independent boutiques, and charming colourful houses. It is quite compact, making it easy to reach all of the main shops, bars, and cultural attractions from Reykjavik's hotels. One of the greatest pleasures in Reykjavik is exploring it on foot, allowing you to enjoy the unique architecture and go window shopping in its independent boutiques around areas like Laugavegur. Enjoy a traditional runtur pub-crawl before getting a good night's rest for a day of exploration. Further areas to stay include the northern capital of Akureyri, or the whale watching centre of Husavik. For brief Iceland holidays, you'll also find a number of hotels located near the Keflavik airport.
Holidays in Iceland appeal primarily to those interested in drinking in its natural beauty and making the most of this unique environment. The height of the tourist season runs from the middle of June through August, yet there is a distinct charm even in winter and Reykjavik comes alive over the holidays with its twinkling Christmas lights and celebrations. The Aurora Borealis shines brightly in winter, despite the lack of daylight. If you're interested in exploring Iceland's arts and culture, a tour in the summer is best when the museums are open and numerous cultural festivals take place, from jazz to literature.
Iceland's spectacular scenery is always open for business, however, and you can admire this throughout the year with visits to attractions like the Gullfoss waterfall or Europe's largest glacier, Vatnajokull. Admire the spray of geysers by day and enjoy the down-home feeling of Reykjavik's cosy pubs at night. Here you'll also find restaurants making the most of freshly caught seafood, with lamb and dairy also playing central roles in Icelandic cuisine.
A Year-round Holiday Destination
Reykjavik serves as an ideal starting point for most Iceland holidays, with many tours departing from here. Spot whales on a boat tour or explore the city's main attractions, including the towering Hallgrimskirkja church and Lake Tjornin. Stroll past the city's colourful and diminutive houses and do a bit of shopping in the centre.
As you venture outside of the city to explore Iceland's stunning countryside, it's not hard to believe the local legends that these fields are home to creatures like elves, trolls, and giants. Visit Snaefellsjokull National Park to see the ice-coated volcanic crater that served as the setting for 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth,' or venture to the region of Myvatn to view sulphuric steam escaping from the ground. The Blue Lagoon is a must-see attraction on any holiday to Iceland, with its milky blue waters appearing out of nowhere in the middle of a barren lava field.
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