It might be just a 3-hour flight from the UK, but Iceland feels like another planet entirely. Volcanoes with unpronounceable names tower above magnificent glaciers, while hot springs and dreamy lagoons dot the rocky terrain, and waterfalls (literally thousands of them) pour crystal-clear water into rivers that run through lush green fields.
And if all that wasn’t enough, there’s a light show thrown into the mix – the Northern Lights, one of nature’s more magical displays, is at its most active and visible here.
It’s not all about the natural world though. Reykjavik, Europe’s most northerly capital, is everything you’d want a city-break destination to be – cute, compact and walkable, with a winning mix of cutting-edge restaurants, historic and cultural attractions, not to mention some extremely friendly and laid-back locals.
No wonder this place is a favourite with Travelzoo staff and members alike.
Seasonal extremes make Iceland a great year-round destination. During the mild summer months (max 14°C) the midnight sun makes sightseeing a 24-hours-a-day possibility. The winter months can be extremely cold, but this is also the best time to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.
The weather can be unpredictable and you can often encounter all four seasons in one day so pack layers, waterproofs, hiking boots and swimming gear (the thermal pools stay open come rain, shine or snow). Click here for more info on the best time to visit Iceland.
The unit of currency in Iceland is the krona. There’s no denying that Iceland can be expensive – that’s what happens when you’re a small island and have to import pretty much everything.
That’s not to say an Iceland holiday can’t be done on a budget – it just requires planning. If you need to save money, consider using the excellent public transport system (or joining a tour) instead of hiring a car. We also recommend keeping an eye on Travelzoo for package deals, as these will frequently include some of your meals and free up money to spend on other things.
There are four airlines currently offering direct flights from the UK to Reykjavik: Wow Air, British Airways, Icelandair and easyJet.
The busiest time to travel is during the summer (July and August) and prices are typically highest at this time. The months between high and low season (May-September) as well as winter, can be great times to bag a bargain.
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