Its landscape forged by fire and ice, Iceland is a country of extremes. Steaming lava fields and bubbling mud pools contrast with plummeting fjords and black sand beaches. Active volcanoes and dramatic icecaps complete an ever-changing landscape which simply begs to be explored. Although just a three-hour flight from the UK, it feels like you’ve arrived in another world.
Iceland is a land of adventure. Glide across the vast Langjokull glacier on a thrilling snowmobile excursion. Soar over volcanic peaks by helicopter or descend to the depths of dormant Thrihnukagigur crater. Put on your crampons for an ice hike. Go horse-riding under the Midnight Sun. Then sit back in your luxury vehicle as our expert guides take you on a tour of the thundering waterfalls and hot spouting geysers of the Golden Circle region.
The world’s northernmost capital city, Reykjavik packs in plenty of culture despite its diminutive size. Reykjavik Art Museum houses a diverse range of modern art, while the Culture House and National Museum trace the island’s fascinating heritage. It’s also home to a vibrant restaurant scene. And no trip to Iceland is complete without a revitalising soak in the geothermal waters of the nearby Blue Lagoon.
During the winter months, Iceland’s clear night skies can light up with the wondrous glow of the Northern Lights. There’s no better way to experience this natural phenomenon than 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.
When to go
Iceland is a year-round destination. Visit from May to September for warmer temperatures and to experience the almost constant daylight known as the Midnight Sun. You can see humpback, minke and sometimes blue whales at this time too. Glimpse the Northern Lights at any time from September to April, though the darkest skies come between November and February.