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Summer holidays in the land of fire and ice

Added 21 Mar 2014
Summer holidays in the land of fire and ice
 

With its glaciers, hot springs, volcanoes and chilly-sounding name, Iceland may not be the first destination that comes to mind when planning your summer holidays.

However, the stunning natural beauty and extraordinary landscape of this rugged Atlantic island actually make it the ideal holiday location for a summer getaway with a difference.

Iceland in the summer

iceland landscapeWith mild daytime temperatures and the northern sun shining well into the night, summer in Iceland is truly magical.

Nature and wildlife spring into action as the weather warms, transforming the incredible landscape into a kaleidoscope of colour and cacophony of sound.

The midnight sun, which shines all night in early summer, gives the evening landscape a unique atmosphere, and provides visitors with the opportunity to experience 24-hour daylight.

Though day time temperatures average about 15˚C, the mercury has been known to rise to a sweltering 30.5˚C, plenty warm enough to top up the tan on one of the island’s beaches and maybe even take a dip in the glacial waters.  

Summer highlights

iceland blue lagoon

For nature lovers, one of the highlights of any summer trip to Iceland has to be a whale-watching trip.

During the summer months, whales head to the rich Icelandic waters to feed on the plentiful food available there, giving visitors the perfect opportunity for spotting these magnificent animals.

Boat trips take visitors along the coast, providing the perfect opportunity for whale-watching as well as the chance to see this spectacular island from a different perspective.

Another of Iceland’s unique draws is the Blue Lagoon. Its revitalising, warm waters and stunning location make the lagoon the perfect place for a recuperating dip after your long journey, and as it’s only about 20 minutes from the airport, you can always stop in for another soak on your way home.

Once you’ve fully relaxed in the mineral waters of the lagoon, you’ll have the energy to get out and explore the country’s other natural highlights which include the Geysir Geothermal Area, famous for its erupting Great Geysir, Dettifos, the largest waterfall in Europe and the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Reykjavik

iceland reykjavik

Once you’ve explored all of the natural sights and attractions that Iceland has to offer, it’s time to head to the big city to experience a bit of traditional Icelandic culture.

As far as capitals go, Reykjavik isn’t huge with a population of just 120,000. However, what it lacks in size it more than makes up for in character, and no trip to Iceland is complete without a few days exploring the city.

Sample some famous Icelandic cuisine, take a stroll down to the old harbour or simply wander around the pretty streets, soaking up the unique atmosphere of the world’s most northerly capital.

At night, the city really comes alive with thousands of people descending on Reykjavik’s bars and clubs which are packed with lively partygoers well into the small hours.

Though Iceland may be small, it packs a big punch when it comes to attractions, many of which are at their very best during the summer months.

So, if you want to see something a little different on your annual getaway this year, book one of our tours to Iceland and experience some of the most dramatic, volcanic and breathtaking creations Mother Nature has to offer.