They call it “the land of fire and ice”, a land of cinematic beauty: with a dramatic range of landscapes from immense glaciers, black-sand beaches, pristine wilderness to wiggling fjords, volcanoes and geothermal pools.
What can one do and see in Iceland? Well, how about whale-watching; taking a dip in the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon, chic fine dining; hiking the highlands; viewing Europe's largest glacier, Vatnajokull; fishing the rivers; taming one of the great wild Icelandic horses; river-rafting; exploring the ice on a snow-scooter; shopping for designer wear, souvenirs and gourmet foods; joining the descendants of the vikings in the Summer Solstice Festival at Hafnarfjorour; visiting the northerly island of Grimsey to cross the Arctic Circle; and visiting the recreated medieval farm at Stong, to name but a few! Iceland is an outdoor enthusiasts’ dream come true.
The capital city, Reykjavik means 'smoky', but in the case of Iceland's pristine capital (which is Europe's most northerly capital city) the smoke is not smog, but rather steam from the underground springs that warm the city. Reykjavik has a well-deserved reputation for being the cleanest, most invigorating city in Europe, where the standard of living is one of the highest in the world. The city may be small, but it is full of interesting attractions, from galleries and museums to thermal bathing spots, and the nightlife is second to none.