Iceland is a country that stays with you for it’s martian landscape, 360 views and ever changing weather. It treats you to sights that no camera can ever capture perfectly. Hollywood came here years ago and now uses it’s amazing backdrop to color sci-fi films and you can see it everywhere you go from the fjords, to the volcanoes to the ubiquitous lava fields.
The summer are the best months to visit, they afford 20+ hours of sunlight each day. Imagine seeing the sun in the night sky and realizing it’s 10 pm. Summers are mild but not chilly, temperatures reach well into the 70’s but Iceland is known for it’s weather about face and just wait 5 minutes and you will see a new system roll in. Late May and mid-September are the most economical months to go to Iceland as prices are just under high-season rates of June, July and August. Iceland had 1.3 million tourists visit in 2015 and while it is still the least visited country in Europe, it is fast becoming one of the most popular.
- Reykjavik – The capital and hub for all culinary and cultural happenings. Stop at the Harpa, the music hall, to hear a concert or the harbor for hearty fish and chips or just check out the multi-colored Reykjavik homes in red, yellow and blue. Walking around this compact capital is easy and navigable. Tip: Buy a bus pass for a couple days and ride them into the less touristy parts of the city and see the Reykjavik neighborhoods.
- Golden Circle – Called the Golden Circle because of the sheer amount of attractions here: Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall and Geysir. Thingvellir (spelled locally as Þingvellir) is the birthplace of Icelandic democracy and sits on 2 shifting tectonic plates, Gullfoss is the largest falls in Europe and Geysir is geothermal field with 2 accompanying geysers that erupt every 5-8 minutes.
- Whale Watching – A fun pastime for those on their 1st visit Iceland. You can find several outfits in Reykjavik that offer whale tours and many will refund your money if no whales are had that day.
- Blue Lagoon – It should be on every 1st timers list. A natural geothermal spa created by runoff from a nearby geothermal power plant. Known for healing minerals like silica and sulfur, the naturally heated water was turned into a luxury spa which has become the most visited place in Iceland. Tip: Make a reservation to go here, they have a strict quota limit.
- Vik – Home of the famous black volcanic sand beaches and worth a stop to see it’s eerie calm, plus you pass Skogafoss waterfalls and the famous Eyjafjallajokull volcano (the one responsible for shutting down airport traffic in 2010) on Highway 1 coming from Reykjavik. Tip: Allocate an entire day for this, Vik is 180 km from Reykjavik and you will want to stop and see on all the amazing things on the drive.
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