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ICELAND TRAVEL MAP
ICELAND TRAVEL GUIDE AND TRAVEL TIPS
This travel report about Iceland illustrates a tour through the most interesting areas of the country, including some places not affected by mass tourism such as the region of fjords (Isafjordur) and the Westmann Islands. Since Air Iceland connects Reykjavik city airport, which is located within easy walking distance from the city center, with the most important cities in Iceland, instead of renting a car, as usual for those visiting this country in autonomy, I chose a guest-house in a convenient location near the airport and I used the plane almost every day to go to the various areas of interest, returning to Reykjavik in the evening. These day tours from Reykjavik, which may include air transport, are particularly convenient for single travellers who can not share the cost for renting a car.
WHAT TO DO AND WHAT TO SEE IN ICELAND?
Iceland is an island of very recent formation located in the North Atlantic, created by the turbulent action of undersea volcanoes along the Mid-Atlantic ridge that separates European and North American plates. With an area just slightly larger than Scotland or South Carolina, but with a population of only 322,000 (at 2013), Iceland looks like as largely uninhabited country, covered for 10% by glaciers and showing a subarctic climate due to its position quite close to the Arctic Circle. Consisting almost entirely of volcanic rocks of various types, dotted with calderas, geysers, hot and sulphurous springs, Iceland is an ideal destination for travellers interested in extreme landscapes and outdoor holidays in close contact with nature. Depending on the season, tourists can admire beautiful and unusual scenery, watch the northern lights, make excursions to spot whales and other cetaceans, participate in trekking of varying length or difficulty, or simply wander around in a car among the various attractions.
WHAT ARE THE MAIN ATTRACTIONS IN ICELAND?
Iceland is a real gem with lots of places that are worth a visit. Summarized below you will find a list of the most important Iceland tourist attractions, that should not be missed from any itinerary:
HOW TO GET TO ICELAND?
Getting to Iceland is quite easy thanks to the extensive route network operated by Icelandair. The most important hubs in Europe and North America have at least one non-stop daily flight onto Iceland, with weekly flights added also onto minor hubs during summer (high season). International flights operate onto Keflavik airport, about 40 kilometres from Reykjavik, while most domestic flights operate from Reykjavik city airport, a structure conveniently located within walking distance from most of Reykjavik downtown. Transfers from and to Keflavik airport are offered by bus companies and most tour packages to Iceland already include airport transfers.
WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO GO TO ICELAND?
For its interesting geology made of volcanic rocks of various shapes and colors, it is advisable to go to Iceland during the short summer, when the snow has melted even at higher altitudes. Going to Iceland between late June and early September (high season in Iceland) allows to fully appreciate the diverse landscape, otherwise hidden by the snow. However, there are places suitable to be visited even in winter, such as the Golden Circle and the Blue Lagoon, while the very short winter days offer more opportunities to watch the northern lights without having to wake up in the middle of the night. Recently, many tour operators specialized in trips to Iceland, are offering a growing number of tours even in the winter, for fans of ice and snow.
OTHER TRAVEL TIPS USEFUL TO KNOW BEFORE GOING TO ICELAND
Below you will find a list of more Iceland travel tips useful to know while organizing a trip to this interesting country:
ICELAND PICTURES AND TRIP REVIEW
|<<-- GO Day tour from Reykjavik by bus, known as "Golden Circle Tour" to the most interesting places near the Iceland's capital. Visit the impressive Gullfoss waterfalls, the Geyser national park and the fault where European and American plates meet together.|
|<<-- GO Excursion to the top of Hekla volcano in Iceland, by snow cat. The tour leaves from Reykjavik and requires almost a full day.|
|<<-- GO Flight from Reykjavik to Hofn, followed by a Super Jeep tour over Vatnajokull glacier, the continental Europe largest glacier.|
|<<-- GO Day tour to Akureyri, visiting the Myvatn lake area with its hot springs, and the beautiful Godafoss waterfalls.|
|<<-- GO Day tour to Isafjordur by mountain bike and kayak. The north-west of Iceland is very different from the rest of the country, because of the deep fjords of glacial origin.|
|<<-- GO The Westmann islands are interesting because of their odd geological history made of sudden volcanic eruptions and islands coming out from the ocean in just one day.|
|<<-- GO Reykjavik city tour by tourist bus, followed by an excursion to the geothermal areas of Reykjanes peninsula and by a bath into the Blue Lagoon.|