Iceland is the land of lava from all it’s volcanoes, beautiful waterfalls as well as geysers and hot springs. Whales enjoy the waters along the coast and the puffin birds the cliffs along the shores. Whenever you need to digest all the grand nature, Reykjavik awaits you with cool club and nice restaurants!
The most popular time to visit the Island is the summer, but there is something special to visit Iceland in winter. The days may never there where real daylight, but the winter-clad landscapes are amazing!
Best time to visit Iceland
Thanks to the Gulf Stream passes Islands west coast, it never really neither hot nor cold in Iceland. However, the weather can change quickly, which always must be prepared for. Average temperature in Reykjavik in January is +1 oC, while in July is +13 oC.
Getting to Iceland
Icelandair flies daily from Copenhagen, Stockholm and Oslo.
Iceland Express flies daily from Copenhagen.
In the Summertime Iceland Express also flies two times per week from Gothenburg and four times per week from Stockholm.
The Keflavík Airport is located 50 km south of Reykjavik.
Address: 235 Keflavik International Airport, Iceland
Phone: +354 (0)425 0600
» Keflavik Airport website
Sightseeing on Iceland
One of the main sightseeing rounds in Iceland, but almost like a must. Expect a day for this. Sightseeing company offers package trips, but it’s also easy to get around by car yourself. Depending on the season, it is always good to check vägrapporterna before you venture out on the roads.
During the golden circle you can experience several of the largest and best-known places in Iceland.
Þingvellir National Park
or Tingvalla is one of the most historical places in Iceland. Here you can see with the naked eye how litosfärplattorna drift apart. West Island belongs to the North American plate, while Eastern Island is part of the Eurasian plate. The two plates are separated by 5 mm per year. Framed by beautiful mountains with snowy peaks and intensely green moss and grass on the plain below, including a river that pulls through it all. Þingvellir church is beautifully situated in the middle of this majestic landscape.
The area is great and you can run down and experience the mighty precipices down to the same ground level as the church is located. Here are also some walking routes that lead one to beautiful Öxarafoss waterfall, but do not stay for many hours when the Golden Circle has more to offer – and a mighty waterfall coming later in the round.
High and sudden puff of smoke in the sky clearly visible when approaching the mighty geysern Geysir. Park at Geysir Center and walk the last bit to geysrarna. Here are several small bubbling sources but the most fascinating is the largest and most active geysern Strokku, which can blow up to 70 feet of water and steam. Geysir has given this phenomenon the name worldwide, Geyser.
» Geysir center website
How beautiful waterfalls may be, it is not always something you run your legs off to see. Gullfoss (Golden falls) do something extra, a very powerful waterfall that should not be missed. It is about 15 minutes drive away from Geysir Center. The water falls in two stages: first just over 10 meters, and then about 20 meters further down in a 20 meters long and 2.5 km long gorge. In winter it can be bitterly cold but oh so pretty to look at the frozen waterfall.
Blue Lagoon (Bláa Lónið)
In the middle of a landscape of lava from Reykjavik city and Keflavik airport, this world famous geothermal spa. It is an exotic experience to the middle of this dark landscape climb down into the turquoise steaming water that always keeps closer to 40 degrees year round. The water contains many minerals and outdoor available vessel with white clay that is said to be good for the complexion. On the day the water is beautiful blue, but evenings can be something speicellt. To lie and float in hot Beat, despite the chill in the air, while admiring the beautiful auroras.
Blue Lagoon has developed her own skincare range which is of course also available for purchase at the facility, which also has conference and restaurant.
» Blue Lagoon website
Bathe in hot springs
To bathe in the hot springs is a natural and important part of the Icelanders. And you do not spend money on admission to the Blue Lagoon. There are many opportunities for cheaper admission or free swimming in nature.
There are several companies offering glacier tours on the island. There are also different types of tours, the adventurous, for example, try ice climbing. The most common place for glacier tours are Sólheimajökull.
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Enjoy a lovely boat ride at the Island and enjoy the amazing experience of seeing dolphins up close. There is a 90 percent chance of seeing whales and dolphins on these tours. Moby Dick Whale Watch runs from April to October.
» Moby Dick Whale Watch website
Hvalstöðin – Whale Watching Centre
Hvalstöðin Whale Watching Centre offers three-hour whale watching with output from Reykjavík harbor. From April to October runs excursions 1-3 times per day.
» Hvalstöðin Whale Watching Centre website
Iceland Excursions offers day trips by bus or Super Jeep. Over 100 destinations including Gullfoss, Geysir, Blue Lagoon, etc.
» Iceland Excursions website
Landing in a wintry Iceland at Reykjavík-Keflavík Airport
Geysir in the winter, Iceland
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