Iceland means new and different things for you to see and do,
whatever the season. Every part of the year has its own special
attractions, character and charm. And don’t let the name
deceive you - Iceland can be very warm in summer when the sun
shines virtually round the clock, while in January the average
temperature is about 0°C.
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.
Icelanders are proud that they still speak the ancient language of
the Vikings, but they certainly don’t just live in the past.
Their cherished ancient heritage lives on in harmony with the most
exciting innovations from the world of arts and culture today. This
refreshing mix of local, traditional, progressive and cosmopolitan
culture appeals to almost every taste.
You can interact with Iceland’s world of natural wonders in
endless ways. Some activities, such as swimming in
geothermally-heated pools, are part of the everyday life-style.
Others are ideal ways to relax from the stress and cares of modern
life. Yet others offer you the challenge of the mightiest forces
that nature can muster through river rafting, glacier exploration
by snow scooter and a host of other new and sensational ways,
within easy reach of the city. Many people seize the opportunity of
a cultural event such as a concert in Iceland to take a break with
unimaginable combinations of other leisure attractions in a
sizzling new environment.
On your Own
Travellers visit Iceland today for exactly the same reasons that
motivated the Vikings who discovered the place in the ninth century
- the love of freedom. Whether your delight is in vast, untouched
and uninhabited expanses of landscape, or strolling around town
making friends, you’ll fell free in Iceland. And a whole host
of travel options are available. You can travel the 1,340 km Ring
Road in part or in full, or head out to see the sights on fjords
and peninsulas that branch out all over the country.
Local accommodation is
available to suit every taste and budget, ranging from quality
hotels in larger towns, through summer hotels (regional school
premises) with beds or room for sleeping bags, to guesthouses, farm
accommodation and campsites with standard facilities.
Car rental has become a
big favourite in recent years. A wide range of vehicles can be
rented, including 4WD, but drivers are advised not to venture alone
where there are unbridged rivers on the tracks.
With its pristine natural environment, clean water and
pollution-free atmosphere, Iceland in not just a place to feast
your eyes on. This fresh and refreshing environment also produces
quality food that is the ultimate in good taste.
Icelandic seafood is
unrivalled for its quality. Restaurants offer a wide selection of
fish harvested fresh from the ocean daily, salmon is available both
wild and farmed, and the lobster is a treat you’ll wonder how
you ever lived without. Highland lamb has a flavour reminiscent of
game after grazing in the wild on highland pastures rich in herbs,
and is hormone-free, reared on small environment-friendly
include ptarmigan and reindeer (early winter), while a range of
seabirds are included among traditional foods now served up to
exciting gourmet standards. And don’t forget to round things
off with a dessert of skyr (a type of curds), preferably served
with fresh bilberries and cream.
Shopping is something of a national pastime in Iceland and eagerly
shared with its visitors. While the general price level is similar
to the other Nordic countries, "smart" cosmopolitan buyers will
love Iceland for its particularly competitive fashion wear and
designer labels. Tax-free shopping is widespread and the souvenirs
- particularly wool, handicrafts and gourmet foods - are
always something new and exciting in Iceland, whatever the time of
(Source: Icelandic Tourist