The wrath of fire and the endurance of ice are the quintessence of a country so sublime. Known as ‘The Land of Fire and Ice’, Iceland is nothing less than a magical phenomenon.
It is one of the ten greenest economies in the world and is committed to renewable energy, which makes up for at least 85 percent of the country’s primary energy source.
The four elements of fire, water, air and earth come together in this spectacular land that engulfs you into sheer splendour. The lush green valleys, fiery volcanoes, black sand beaches and glacier-cut fjords are right out of a fantasy.
Located in the North Atlantic Ocean and south of the Arctic Circle, it is virtually away from human existence and most of its natural treasure is intact. One of the greenest countries on earth, Iceland is known for its exceptional quality of life.
Its rich culture comprises of creatively inclined people who primarily indulge in acting, writing, painting and sculpting. With every corner of this picturesque destination exuding brilliance, it is every nature lover’s delight and a traveler’s aspiration.
The sparsely populated country with its culture resting on Scandinavian heritage is nothing short of paradise. So be prepared, because it might just take your breath away.
Why Iceland ?
Because the country exudes adventure, beauty and spectacular natural phenomena!
Led Zeppelin wrote a song about it and if a country can inspire any form of art, then there must be something extremely extraordinary about it. The sparse population and an incredible amalgamation of geological conditions make it a must-visit vacation destination.
Despite the frigid weather conditions, swimming is the most liked activity of Iceland. The capital city of Reykjavik has an enormous public swimming pool which hosts all kinds of people, from retirees to office workers and children. What can be more magical than sitting in an outdoor hot tub and gazing at the snow?
Iceland gives you some of the most unexpected experiences. The Golden Circle Iceland tour is another unforgettable experience that you will witness. The region is full of lava fields, waterfalls, geysirs, hot springs, horses, glaciers, whales and what not.
Why should you visit Iceland? There is absolutely no reason not to.
You can reach Iceland via waterways or airways. However, to save time on travel, flights are the best mode of transport to opt for. Several flights from across the globe land in Iceland and you can select the one that best suits your time, pocket and comfort.
A weekly ferry service is run by Faroe Islands’ Smyril Line between Denmark and Iceland. Passengers under 26 years of age and senior citizens enjoy good discounts. The ferry cost is about 500-600 euros per person, which is not bad considering that you give airport hassles a royal miss! Here is the catalog.
Another plus is seeing whales and dolphins along the way. However, a ferry trip is for someone who has a lot of time and doesn’t mind travelling overnight and more to reach Iceland. Also, be aware that from Seydisfjordur (the Iceland port), Reykjavik is around 700 Km.
The service is more reliable between April and October. Although it does operate in other months, it might end up getting cancelled most times owing to bad weather.
Icelandair has several flights round the year to Reykjavik from multiple cities in Europe, North America and UK. Another airline that offers regular service to Reykjavik from USA and UK is WOW Air. British Airways and easyJet also offer nonstop flights from UK to Iceland.
Other regular airlines are Jet Airways and Qatar Airways that have one or more stops in between. The flight you take will depend on which part of the world you are coming from. However, these are among some of the most reliable airlines flying to Iceland.
Since Iceland’s weather is unstable and may fluctuate upto four times a day, visiting the cold country at any time of the year is not a bad idea. Your time of travel will also largely depend on what you wish to see or do.
The winters can be more than just ‘chilling’ and temperatures may easily plummet to 30 below zero. If you are not someone who likes the idea of becoming an Eskimo, you should skip winters.
If northern lights are on your ‘to-do’ list, then September to April is when you should schedule your visit. If you always wanted the days to be longer and last for 24 hours then your dream can become a reality from late May to end of July.
The best time for reasonable climate and hotel fares, would be May and September. So primarily, whatever is on your checklist for Iceland will decide the time of the year you should be packing your bags.