A holiday in Iceland is an adventure with nature in all its spectacular, powerful glory. A land of wondrous beauty, Iceland boasts some of the most diverse and breath-taking scenery and natural elements that the world has to offer.
This is a land of the great outdoors, retaining its long held sense of wilderness – a country of wide open space, of rugged, unspoiled landscape that remains free from any great human intervention. To holiday in Iceland is a chance to get away from the crowds, the mass population centres of other European neighbours.
Iceland is the most sparsely populated country in Europe – geographically larger than Scotland and yet home to barely 300,000 people (less than the population of Cardiff), the majority of whom are settled within the city limits of the capital Reykjavik.
With the combination of dazzling glacial plains and towering, snow-capped volcanoes Iceland really is the land of fire and ice. The vibrant geo-thermal activity combines with its sub-arctic location to provide wondrous hot springs with spectacular bursting geysers and bubbling, boiling mud pools giving you a truly special natural land of adventure and scenery.
A place for lovers of the great outdoors, Iceland can boast some of the most jaw-dropping landscapes on earth. From sprawling, white glaciers and the calm, brilliance of their icy lagoons, to the giant, craters and lava fields from its volcanic region to spectacular coastlines that teem with wild sea-life and of course the enchanting natural springs, magnificent geysers that spurt hot bursts of water into the air every 15 minutes.
The most sparsely populated country in Europe, little more than 300,000 people living in a country geographically larger than Scotland; Iceland retains the feeling of wilderness, of remoteness. Most of the inhabitants live within the region of the capital, Reykjavik meaning that vast areas of the country remain uninhabited providing mile after mile of untouched, natural beauty. A place of inspiration for artists and photographers, a therapeutic land of fresh air and natural health. Iceland boasts rich variety for those who wish to get close to nature, from the natural elements to the diversity of its wildlife, be it arctic vegetation or the awesome spectacle of migrating whales. And for the adventurous then there are the mountains and ski-slopes, the volcanoes and the glaciers to savour.
As for the capital itself, Reykjavik is the world’s most northern capital city and with a population of around 200,000 is the home for two thirds of all Icelanders. A city that combines the traditional with a splash of modernity – the old streets teeming with rapacious night-life for example, with those who visit rarely having cause for complaint. Proud of both its Viking heritage and a natural artisan appeal Reykjavik nevertheless grasps the nettle of modernity and you’ll find plenty of the familiar names and amenities that you’d expect of a modern city. It’s a city, like the country as a whole, that is shaped by its environment – bright, endless days of summer, harsh, dark arctic winters – all of which help make for a unique identity and compelling destination for those who want to combine the treats of a European city break with a look into the vast wilderness of Iceland’s astonishing interior.
For those looking to sample the unique delights of Iceland then there are direct flights to Reykjavik from London Heathrow throughout the year. Search now for the best priced flights to Reykjavik and you could soon be on your way to fabulous, life-affirming northern adventure.