Iceland - Discoveries the Entire Year

 

Iceland is not only closer than you think, but far different than you ever imagined. Where else can you witness such marvels of Mother Nature as a tremendous icecap and several glaciers, spouting geysers and steaming solfataras, volcanoes (hopefully dormant), raging rivers and magnificent waterfalls, a multitude of birds, cavorting whales just offshore and many other surprises. And don´t let the name deceive you. Summers are surprisingly warm, when the sun shines virtually round the clock, and winters not as cold as you might expect. Every part of the year has its own special attractions, character and charm. Regardless of when you visit, be assured that the warmth shown by Icelanders, their desire to share their culture and the efforts made to make your stay as pleasant as possible will, like the spectacular landscape, never be forgotten.

 

Is it difficult to get to Iceland?

Not at all! Frequent flights operate to Iceland from main cities in Europe and North America and many gateways are served daily. The Faroe Islands’ Smyril Line maintains throughout the year a regular scheduled cruise- and car-ferry service to Iceland from Denmark and Norway.

 

Travel around

Domestic Transportation is also easy. Regular scheduled flights are from Reykjavík to major domestic airports in all parts of the country. A number of ferry lines operate services to various islands and fjords. Regular sightseeing tours are also available by ferries during the summer. There is an extensive bus service to most parts of the country and to the highlands, as well as a large number of organized bus tours. Reservations are not necessary and tickets can be bought either at the bus station or from the driver. There are several car rental agencies in Iceland. Cars can be booked through a travel agent or an airline, at airports or directly after arrival in Iceland. Many types of cars are available, from small family cars to powerful 4-wheel-drive vehicles.

 

Accommodation

There are hotels and guesthouses to suit all tastes and budgets, from the most luxurious to the simple and sufficient. Other types of accommodation include farmhouse accommodation, hostels, cottages, camping, private accommodation and more.

 

Tours & Activities

Iceland is an ideal destination for today's active tourist. The following is a list of some of the many activities available.

Whale watching - The cool clear North Atlantic encircling Iceland is teeming with whales of various sizes and species. Already thousands of tourists have enjoyed whale watching from various sites around the country. The whale watching ports are all around the coastline.

Bird Watching - Some places in Iceland are a paradise for bird-watchers. Látrabjarg in the West Fjords is the largest birdcliff known in the world. A great variety of cliff-nesting species can be found there, including the largest razorbill colony in the world. The Westman Islands are known for many kinds of seabirds, and are home to Iceland's largest puffin population. Lake Mývatn in the north has more species of breeding ducks than any other place in Europe. The great skua colony on the sands in south Iceland is the largest in the world. Seabirds such as puffins can be seen in many places, as well as eiders, Arctic terns, waders and passerine birds. Some tour operators organize tours for bird-watchers in early summer.

Horse Riding - Numerous farms and tour operators throughout Iceland offer horse riding tours from 1 hour up to 10 days (see brochure from the Farm Holiday Service). Please note that all equestrian equipment must be disinfected before arrival.

Fishing and Hunting - Iceland is famous for its salmon and trout fishing. The main season for salmon fishing is from around June 20th to mid-September. Trout fishing varies from one river/lake to the next, but the normal season is from April/May until late September/October. During winter, ice-fishing is quite popular. For salmon fishing, permits must be reserved well in advance, but trout fishing permits can be obtained at short notice, often the same day. Sea angling is also becoming a popular sport in Iceland. The season begins late in May and lasts until the end of August with several tournaments in different parts of the country. For further information please contact local tourist information centres and travel agencies... Search Angling

Glacier Tours - Tours on a glacier with snowmobiles or super-jeep is an unforgettable experience - whatever the season.

Golf - All the major golf courses in Iceland are open to visitors. Green fees are moderate.

River rafting - Thrills and spills in swirling glacial waters.

 

Iceland offers a great variety of tours, some covering large parts of the country, others small areas at a time. There are traditional tours as well as tours quite different from what can be experienced elsewhere. There are nature tours with striking landscapes, young lava fields, roaring waterfalls and majestic glacial ice-caps. In addition, there are organized day tours, and weekend and holiday tours all year round with Icelandic touring clubs where the emphasis is on hiking. Travelling into the uninhabited interior of Iceland is limited to the months of July and August, except for some specially organized winter tours. Winter tours in Iceland are unforgettable: there is skiing for both beginners and the experienced, glacier tours on snowmobile or super jeeps, and ice-fishing.

 

Natural Wonders

Much of Iceland is still taking shape before your very eyes — raw, dramatic landscapes born from volcanic eruptions and carved out by glaciers. Other parts have hardly changed since the first Viking settlers saw them more than 1,100 years ago. You’ll experience wilderness and wildlife, energy and total calm, within easy reach wherever you stay, even on day trips. Iceland - Nature the Way Nature Made It.

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