Iceland, a very underrated and often forgotten country is becoming one of the most popular travel destinations of today. Home to dramatic volcanoes, sand beaches, and massive glaciers is this country of extreme contrasts. Iceland was originally formed from volcanic eruptions 18 million years ago, making it the youngest country in Europe.
What to Do
Hiking & Trekking
Iceland is known for its extensive hiking locations and trekking programs throughout the rocky and glacial topography of the island. The Laugavegur Trek is perhaps the most popular destination for explorers with 5 day trekking programs that calls for many overnight cabin stays. But, if you are looking for day trips there are plenty of shorter trips like Esjan which is a fairly short car ride from Reykjavik, the capital.
Hot Springs & Geysers
Iceland is home to many Hot Springs and Geysers throughout the island. This can be attributed to the fact that Iceland lays on top of a mixture of geothermal activity. Depending on location, the temperatures of the Hot Springs vary all over the island. The most popular hot spring is the Blue Lagoon, which is considered the “eiffel tower” of Iceland and can be a bit packed at times. Some other key locations include Reykjadalur, a hot spring river and Seljavallalaug, a mountainside hot spring pool. Both of which are a bit less traveled.
Where to Stay- Reykjavik, Iceland- Capital
Reykjavik Residence Hotel- This accommodation system is in the heart of the nation’s capital and offers both Hotel and Apartment style residences. The buildings are a short walk from the National Gallery of Iceland and the famous Harpa Concert Hall.
Kvosin Downtown Hotel– This unique 1900s set boutique hotel is also located in the capital city of Reykjavik. The accommodation offerings range from studio apartments to multiple bedroom apartments for groups of all sizes. The Hotel arranges glacier walks and Northern Lights viewing for guests.
Alda Hotel Reykjavik- Known as an “upscale” establishment is this capital city hotel. With a premiere location on the Laugavegur shopping street this is one of the more popular destination for travelers. The hotel is also within walking distance of all the city’s main attractions except the clubs, which allows the premises to be quiet and peaceful.
How to Get There
Iceland is a short 3-4 hour flight from European countries and about 5-6 hours from the United States. Most flights arrive in the Keflavik International Airport which is about 1 hour away from the capital city. There is around 25 airlines that offer flights to Iceland and that number is growing, with increased vacationers making the trek up to the island.