As a visitor destination, Iceland’s popularity has grown considerably in recent years. It’s little wonder because the planet’s 18th largest island punches well above its weight in terms of natural wonders and outdoor experiences.
The natural place to start is the vibrant and buzzing capital city Reykjavik. It’s a great base from which to explore some of the islands greatest geological wonders. The Golden Circle is an absolute “must-do” experience which encompasses the UNESCO World Heritage site at Þingvellir National Park, the spectacular waterfall at Gullfoss and Geysir’s hot springs and, yes you guessed it, geysers.
A trip to Iceland wouldn’t be complete without a dip in the Blue Lagoon or a spot of whale watching and once you escape the bright lights of Reykjavik, the Northern Lights are often visible in the night sky. Hotels such as Ranga and the appropriately named Northern Light Inn enjoy dark skies and have become synonymous with Aurora hunting.
Iceland’s recent popularity means that Reykjavik has become very popular as a base so if you prefer somewhere a bit more off the beaten track then try Snaefellsnes Peninsula. This western region is often described as “Little Iceland” because it encapsulates all the island’s geographical and geological features in a far more condensed area.
An increasingly popular way to see the island is on a small-ship cruise. With a number of land and sea excursions, you get to see the absolute best of what is an absolutely fascinating island.