After storming through Euro 2016, it seems Iceland can do no wrong. Emerging as one of the most exciting and inspirational travel destinations of 2016, this tiny nation is firmly on the map. If you’re looking for ideas for your next trip, look no further than Iceland. Here are just some of the reasons intrepid tourists are flocking there in droves.
The Northern Lights
Ask a group of people to name their travel bucket list top 10 and you’ll find that most include the Northern Lights. This natural phenomenon is a breathtaking sight, which has to be seen to be believed. You can see the lights in Scandinavia, Iceland, and the very north of the USA and Canada when conditions are right. To see the lights, you need activity combined with clear, dark skies. If you’re lucky, you’ll be greeted with a magical, mystical sight of brightly colored lights dancing across the sky. If you’re traveling to Iceland, the best time to see the lights is between November and March. You can organize tours when you get there or book in advance. Many package holidays include Northern Lights bus or boat trips. You’ll find more information at www.theaurorazone.com.
The Blue Lagoon
If you’re looking to relax and unwind in the most sensational surroundings, the Blue Lagoon is the place to be. Bob around in the soothing warm waters, treat your skin to a face mask or grab a refreshing drink from the bar. Add lunch or an overnight stay if you’re eager to push the boat out. Get there early to avoid the crowds or visit later in the day and catch the sunset.
The Golden Circle
The Golden Circle is an area packed with geographical features and mesmerizingly beautiful scenery. On a Golden Circle tour, you’ll see the geysers in action and visit Gullfoss waterfall. Listen to the torrents of water thundering down, and watch the mist rise as the sun comes up. Keep your eyes peeled for the Icelandic wild horses. If you’re an animal fan, you can book horse riding, whale watching, and puffin spotting tours.
Are you an adrenaline junkie? If so, why not combine your Golden Circle tour with a snowmobiling adventure on Langjokull glacier? Speed over the powdery white snow taking in the incredible mountain views as you go. This tour is weather dependent. The conditions out on the glacier can change very quickly, and strong winds and snowfall may put pay to your plans. You’ll find the latest forecasts at http://en.vedur.is/weather/forecasts/areas/.
Reykjavik is a charming, fascinating city. By day, you can while away hours browsing the craft shops, galleries, and gift stores. By night, there’s a lively scene, especially on the weekends. Eating and drinking are expensive, but you’re guaranteed a good night.
Are you a fan of action and adventure? Does the prospect of snowmobiling, ice climbing or glacier walking fill you with excitement? Do you love getting out and about, trying new things and experiencing different cultures? If so, Iceland will most definitely be your cup of tea. What are you waiting for? Start planning the adventure of a lifetime now!