Iceland is nature at its most rugged and raw. And thanks to new luxury hotels, private houses and unique experiences, you can now explore its volcanoes and glaciers with us in comfort and style. Our top five reasons to visit:
You’ll find jaw-dropping scenery around every corner. There are steaming lava fields, bubbling mud pools, plummeting fjords, black sand beaches, active volcanoes and dramatic icecaps all waiting to be explored. And depending on which season you visit, it looks like a different country. In winter, blankets of snow cover the ground and waterfalls are frozen. In summer, the fields are a luscious green and purple Lupina flowers bloom as far as the eye can see.
Action and Adventure
Glide across vast glaciers on a snowmobile, put on your crampons for an ice hike or head off-road for a 4×4 all-terrain super jeep adventure. You can soar over volcanic peaks by helicopter or even descend to the depths of a dormant crater. There’s also the chance to go riding on the famous pure breed Icelandic horses. No trip is complete without taking a revitalising dip in the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon.
During the winter months, Iceland’s clear night skies can light up with the wondrous glow of the Northern Lights. The best way to experience this natural phenomenon is by staying in a remote private lodge, 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.
Midnight Summer Sun
Visit Iceland in summer to experience the Midnight Sun, where the sun never really sets. The long days mean you have almost limitless opportunity to get out and explore the island in all its glory. Watching the Midnight Sun brighten up the night sky with vibrant colours is an unforgettable experience.
Easy Access & Stopovers
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 wellness escape to the new Retreat at Blue Lagoon hotel.