A country of fire and ice, Iceland is a combination of beautiful brushstrokes of lime greens, turquoise blues and sunset reds, so whether you want to see the Northern Lights, follow in the footsteps of ancient Vikings on the Golden Circle, bathe in the Blue Lagoon, climb through awe-inspiring glaciers or go hiking under the Midnight Sun, this Arctic wonderland will leave you mesmerised by its mystical splendour.
A magical island marooned at the top of the world, Iceland is a country of sharp contrasts, where nature reigns supreme - where the incredible blue glaciers offset the smouldering volcanoes, where the dark winter’s day and the colourful and dramatic Northern Lights - one of nature's most incredible spectacles - are followed by the summer’s Midnight Sun.
With only 20% of the country habitable, the main hub is Iceland’s capital Reykjavik, first settled by Vikings in 874AD. Framed by the dramatically dominating Mount Esja to the north and Faxafloi Bay to the west, Reykjavik not only showcases a tantalising taste of Iceland’s natural beauty, but also hosts celebrated rock festivals, countless famed restaurants and a vibrantly varied culture. And you simply can't miss the famous Blue Lagoon - dramatically sited on a lava field in Grindavik on the Reykjanes peninsula, at this beautiful geothermal spa you can luxuriate in natural hot waters, treat your face to a natural mud pack and sip on a cocktail as you take in in the incredible views.
Aside from Iceland’s cosmopolitan capital, the outlying dwellings towards Snaefellsnes Peninsula and west Iceland are small with fishing hamlets and farming towns nestled along the coastal fringes. The Interior, Iceland’s uninhabited eastern highlands and southern coast, is predominantly covered in lava fields, ash deserts and the frigid vastness of Vatnajokull, the largest ice cap in the country, covering more than 8% of Iceland. Stark, windswept and raw, this barren land is unlike any other with its mindblowingly cinematic vistas, infinitely grey horizons and geothermal blue lagoons. Perfect for fjord excursions, whitewater rafting and hiking, north Iceland is also not to be missed, with its colossal collection of powerful waterfalls, glacial rivers, ancient mountains and dramatic volcanic canyons.