Iceland Holidays Destination Information
Iceland may not be the first choice for a city break but a quick visit to the city of Reykjavik might just change your mind. The land of Fire and Ice as it is known because of it’s Volcanoes, hot springs and cracking glaciers. Less than 3 hours from London it sits in its own wilderness environment with lava fields, erupting geysers and wild flashing lights in the skyline above. A stunning country to visit with naturally raw beauty, sweeping landscapes, snow topped mountains and rugged wilderness.
Reykjavik city Break
Reykjavik is the most popular destination for a 3 night stay as it really gives you a taste for this beautiful country. Flights are under 3 hours from London and depart early morning and return late evening on certain days of the week. Using these flights allows you to fit in the perfect tour of Reykjavik and visit some of the sights outside the city such as the Blue Lagoon and the Northern lights. A city tour of Reykjavik will normally include a visit it to Hallgrímskirkja Cathedral, the Sun Voyager boat sculpture and of course endless photo opportunities of the Scandinavian hut. or a visit to Perlan glass dome where a 360 viewing platform provides some of the best places for sightseeing in Reykjavik.
Eating and Drinking in Iceland
Food and Alcoholic drink can be expensive due to the high taxes so if you are on a budget just have a check of the prices before ordering. Fastfood is the way to keep the costs down and soft drinks, if budget is not a concern then there are some great bars and restaurants to try. Consider Ostabudin a Scandinavian seafood restaurant which is very popular and is open for lunch or dinner walk-ins lunchtime or reservations for the evenings. If you are looking for fish at its best then where better than the Fish Market Restaurant which has an extensive menu of fish dishes such as grilled mink whale, smoked puffin and Artic Char as well as a very tempting cocktail list.
What to see out of the city of Reykjavik
There are many things to consider doping outside the city of Rekjavik but the most popular are listed below: A must is to visit the famous Blue Lagoon a geothermal spa with water temperatures of 37-40C year round which originates from 2,000 metres below the surface and is a combination of sea and fresh water. It gets its name Blue Lagoon because the water is, guess what? BLUE! Its the silica and the sunlight that gives it that colour and in summertime it can appear green due to the algae that multiplies with the help of the sunlight! Book a day trip from the city of Reykjavik that will include your coach transfer and entrance fee into the lagoon and a mud mask. Other cost to consider at the Lagoon are spa treatments, in water massages, lockers for your clothes and food and drink. There are a choice of restaurants and bars from the Blue Cafe with light snacks to the Lava restaurant that is built into the lava cliffs and offers one very memorable meal. If you are a Game of Thrones fan then Iceland wont disappoint as the tour takes you to various locations where you can experience Iceland’s gems of nature just like the cast members. Take in the wonderful vistas, experience the spray of the dancing waterfalls, and wonder at the solitude of the land and the stunning panoramas. Whale watching is one of the many sights to see, but did you know you can also see Harbour porpoises and White-beaked dolphins? Trips go daily and last approximately 3-3.5 hours. Northern Lights Tours can be taken by sea or land and can be done daily between September and April which last for approximately 4 hours. Iceland is one of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights which are caused by the collision of solar wind and magnetospheric charged particles. Other trips include; Glacier walking/Hiking tours, Puffin watching, Visit Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot spring area, Boat tour on Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, Sea Angling and white water rafting to name but a few.
Best time to go to Iceland
If you are going to see the Northern Lights then between September and April is the best time to visit. For a warmer enviorment consider the months of June to end of August, it is busy then and some prices such as the Blue Lagoon are at their highest.
How to get to Iceland from UK
Scheduled airlines as well as low cost carriers offer daily flights to Reykjavik starting from as low as £45 per person
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