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Marooned at the top of the world in the North Atlantic and with a population of less than 350,000, Iceland is the most sparsely populated country in Europe, yet still manages to find its way to the top of every bucket list - and for good reason. From its mighty ice-topped mountains and volcanoes, to its geothermal lagoons, sparkling glaciers and of course its world famous light display, the aurora borealis, Iceland is quite simply breathtaking. Not only has it been the backdrop to global hit TV shows such as Game of Thrones and films like Star Wars, Thor and Prometheus, but it also offers a wealth of culture and cuisine. With average temperatures ranging from well below zero in the winter to low/mid-teens in the summer, this isn’t the go to destination for sun worshippers, but that’s not why you head there. The climate does vary across different parts of the island with the south coast typically warmer, windier and wetter than the north. Icelandic cuisine revolves around lamb, fish and dairy products with very little use of herbs and spices, though more common in recent years with the aid of greenhouses. Ãžorramatur (a selection of traditional dishes) is a great way to try the local cuisine, but if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, why not go for hškarl (cured shark), singed sheep heads or even Puffin, a local delicacy.
When to visit
If you're planning a holiday in Iceland, our top picks for the best time to travel would be May
Iceland's nature wakes from its long winter slumber in May. Lush green hills welcome the millions of puffins returning to the island to breed. The whale watching season is also well underway.
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3 Days in Iceland Itinerary: See the Best of Iceland
8th July 2023 by Eat Sleep Breathe Travel
it is hard to believe that not long ago, Iceland was relatively unknown. However, due to the popular television series Game of Thrones, the country has become much more widely recognised. When I first visited in 2012, people were more confused than interested. Comparing the Iceland of 2012 to the Iceland of today, it is clear to see how much the country has changed....
The Do's and Don'ts of Iceland's Blue Lagoon
8th July 2023 by Eat Sleep Breathe Travel
The Blue Lagoon of Iceland is a sight to behold, with its milky-blue waters set against a volcanic backdrop. The thought of being able to relax and soothe aching muscles in the warm waters is an added bonus. It is easy to see why this is one of the first places that comes to mind when Iceland is mentioned....
The Best Northern Lights Tour in Iceland
14th February 2023 by Where is Tara?
I decided to book a solo trip to Iceland at the end of November 2022, with the sole purpose of seeing the Northern Lights. Fortunately, I was lucky enough to witness them on two out of the three nights I was there, despite their unpredictable nature. If you are considering a trip to Iceland to see the Northern Lights, I highly recommend it....
Iceland in the Summer – Exciting things to do
17th November 2022 by Journalist On The Run
When planning a trip to Iceland, otherwise known as the land of Fire and Ice, there is no perfect time to visit. Each season offers unique things to do and beautiful places to see. The most popular time to visit Iceland, however, is in summer, the country’s high season. Iceland is located between Greenland and the North Atlantic Sea. It is characterized by plateau land with high mountain peaks, ice fields and volcanoes. Iceland has a coastline created out of fjords carved out of glaciers and...
What to pack for winter in Iceland
30th November 2017 by The Daily S'elf
Before my first trip there, I had no idea what to pack for winter in Iceland. It just looks so cold, but it was actually the same temperature as Ireland the week I went and I flounce about Dublin all winter (and summer for that matter) in just a leather jacket. Would I need thermals and a base layer? Specialist boots for snow and ice? Ski clothes for snowshoeing? Fancy stuff for going out at night in Reykjavik? I hadn’t a clue. Now, I’m much more confident and ready to share my tips about...
Westfjords of Iceland vlog
13th March 2016 by The Daily S'elf
My completely solo trip to one of the remote parts of Iceland, March 2016. I flew to Iceland with WOW Air and then caught the domestic Icelandair flight to Isafjordur where I stayed at the Isafjordur Hotel. Snowshoeing was with the Westfjordian...
Weather in Iceland
Our month-by-month guide to the weather and climate in Iceland