Destination Spotlight: Iceland – Land of Fire and Ice

16 Nov 2016

Iceland is a country known for its natural wonders, epic sagas, heroic legends and rich history. It’s a land of volcanoes and glaciers, geothermal areas, roaring rivers, majestic waterfalls, and beautiful lakes. The capital Reykjavik is the most northerly capital city of the world. The entire island has a human population of a little over 300,000 people and is one of the safest countries in the world.

A well-rounded and full trip to Iceland is possible in the span of four to five days, with short flights less than five hours from the East Coast. However, to really explore and immerse yourself if the beauty of Iceland, a full week is recommended.

Snaefellsnes, Iceland

Each season brings special pleasures to traveling in Iceland.

The high season for visiting is June – August with endless daylight, plentiful festivals and busy activities. Visitors descend en masse, especially to Reykjavík and the south. Prices peak and accommodation and car-rental bookings are essential. Interior mountain roads open to 4WDs and hikers are welcome.

Reykjavik, Capital of Iceland

Spring and Fall brings breezier weather with occasional snows in the interior, but also offers optimal visiting conditions if you prefer fewer crowds and lower prices over cloudless days.

Northern Lights viewing, Iceland

Winter brings its own delights especially if Northern Light viewing is on your radar. Winter activities include skiing, snowshoeing and visiting ice caves. Mountain roads and some minor roads shut due to weather conditions. Be aware that only brief moments of daylight will peak through as this is the season of long dark nights.

Icelandic horses

Recommended Highlights of Iceland:

  • Pursue one of nature’s greatest spectacles, The Northern Lights.
  • Bask in the beauty of Lake Myvatn and the stunning scenery that surrounds it with volcanic craters throughout teeming with bird life and geothermal activity.
  • Visit the Waterfall of the Gods, locally known as Goðafoss and relax in the Geysir hot springs area.
  • Discover the stunning landscapes and charming villages of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.
  • Explore the impressive Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot springs.
  • See the amazing landscapes of the Landmannalaugar Highlands.
  • Spend some peaceful time at the Blue Lagoon, an incredible geothermal spa, set in an otherworldly area where lava and thermal water meet and complement each other.
  • Visit Thingvellir National Park, a World Heritage Site and the most historic site in all of Iceland.
  • Explore the wine bars, museums and quaint architecture in Reykjavik.

Vik -Town in Southern Iceland

Choices for exploring Iceland abound.

Choose a nature oriented tour to see whales, reindeer and a huge amount of amazing birdlife. Adventure tours can take you skiing, hiking, caving and even diving. Take the luxury route and indulge in luxury thermal spas and gourmet dining experiences.

Acendas Travel works with travel partners that offer touring by small yacht, overland group tours and individual self-drive tours.