5 Reasons to Visit Iceland
With everything from glacier hikes to the Northern Lights, Iceland is an adventure playground ready to be explored at any time of year
Iceland is nature at its most raw and rugged, conveniently reached in less than three hours from London. And thanks to a raft of new luxury hotels and unique experiences, you can now explore its volcanoes and glaciers in true comfort and style. Check out our top five reasons to visit.
“Because it sits on a shifting tectonic plate boundary, Iceland is amazingly getting bigger year on year.”
More time for adventure
Visit Iceland in the peak summer months of June, July and August and you’ll get to experience the Midnight Sun, when the sun never really sets but casts an ever-present glow across everything around.
The long days mean you have almost limitless opportunity to get out and explore the island in all its wondrous glory.
Gaze in awe at the Aurora Borealis
During the winter months, Iceland’s clear night skies can light up with the ethereal glow of the Northern Lights. The best way to experience this natural phenomenon is by staying in a remote lodge or hotel, well away from all artificial lights, where you’ll enjoy the best standards of service the island has to offer.
Watch from the warmth of your outdoor hot tub as vivid streaks of green and blue fill the heavens in a nocturnal rainbow of kaleidoscopic colour.
Get back to nature
Icelandic scenery is nature at its most cinematic, with jaw-dropping views around almost every corner. You’ll find endless lava fields, bubbling mud pools, plummeting fjords, black-sand beaches, active volcanoes and dramatic icecaps all waiting to be explored.
In winter, blankets of snow cover the ground and waterfalls are frozen, creating a winter wonderland like nowhere else on earth. In summer, waterfalls swell with the melting ice flow, fields are a luscious green and purple Lupina flowers bloom as far as the eye can see.
ACTION & ADVENTURE
Get your heart racing
Iceland was built for those who love adventure. Roar across vast glaciers on a snowmobile tour. Don your crampons and venture into ice caves and mighty crevasses. Soar over lava fields and active volcanoes on a helicopter tour. See spurting geysers and thunderous waterfalls.
Descend into the depths of a dormant volcano. Spot seals and puffins, dolphins and whales. Bike beneath the glow of the Midnight Sun. Catch Atlantic salmon and Arctic char in the wild rivers of the north.
Or snorkel in the gap between the tectonic plates of Europe and North America, where glacial water has been filtered for decades by porous lava rock, affording breathtaking visibility of over 100 metres.
Comings & Goings
Sitting just outside the Arctic Circle, Iceland is less than a three-hour flight from the UK. With plenty of direct flights and no time difference, it’s incredibly accessible for both a weekend break or longer stay.
Iceland also makes a great stopover on the way to, or from, the USA. Direct flights to New York take less than six hours, meaning you can easily combine retail therapy on Fifth Avenue with a luxury wellness escape at The Retreat at Blue Lagoon, or a Northern Lights vigil at Torfhus Retreat.
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Family Fun in the Midnight Sun
With 24 hours of daylight and few experiences off limits to young visitors, Iceland is perfect for a family summer getaway.
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