Iceland is a country of sharp contrasts. A place where fire and ice co-exist. Where dark winters and the prospect of seeing The Northern Lights are offset by the summer’s midnight sun. A country where insular existence has spurred a rich and vibrant culture.
Located in the North-Atlantic ocean close to the Arctic Circle, Iceland is very much a bridge between the mighty continents of Europe and North America. It takes approximately three hours to fly from London to Reykjavík. Thanks to the Gulf Stream, Iceland enjoys a cool, temperate maritime climate, with refreshing summers and surprisingly mild temperatures in winter.
Icelandic culture has been shaped by isolation and the extreme forces of nature. These conditions have created a resilient people, where the sense of tradition is strong, and the bond with nature is tight.
It may be one of Europe’s smallest capitals, but it puts many others to shame with its wealth of attractions. In close proximity are geysers, caves, hot springs and glaciers. The city centre reflects the cultural and creative diversity of Iceland’s small population.
Explore Iceland by car
Discover the whole of Iceland on a self-drive adventure. Each region has its signature highlights. The impressive coastline of the south, contrasts with the dramatic eastern fjords. Visit Dettifoss and Myvatn’s mystical marvels in the north, then relish the peace and tranquillity presented by the Snaefellsnes Peninsula in the west.
Winter and the Northern Lights
Iceland is a year-round destination, but the winter months bring their own sort of magic. It’s the best time to hunt for the beautiful Northern Lights. It’s also one of the best times to experience the warm, soothing waters of the Blue Lagoon, made even more marvellous when it’s snowing outside!