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 is 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.
If you didn’t know of its existence, you’d be forgiven for thinking it a make-believe world where mighty beasts roam free and warriors fight for the hands of fair maidens, no wonder then, that its impressive landscapes have been home to global hit TV shows sun as Game of Thrones and films like Star Wars, Thor and Prometheus among others.
Don’t assume that its impressive outdoors is all that Iceland has to offer, however. Live music, literature, art and fine cuisine are just few things that you’ll find when you head indoors.
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 thats 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.
The majority of Icelandic cuisine revolves around lamb, fish and dairy products with very little use of herbs and spices. Fruit and vegetables are scarce owing to the climate, though more common in recent years with the aid of greenhouses. Þorramatur (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 hákarl (cured shark), singed sheep heads or even Puffin, a local delicacy.
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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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30th November 2017 by The Daily S'elfWhat to pack for winter in Iceland
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...
13th March 2016 by The Daily S'elfWestfjords of Iceland vlog
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...
1st September 2015 by Wandering OnWhy Iceland is on our bucket list
Incredible hiking, jaw-dropping scenery, glaciers to explore, tectonic plates to dive between; why in the name of travel would Iceland not be on our bucket list? We’ve looked longingly at Facebook posts, drooled over Instagram photos, gotten lost in articles and watched it come to life on our computer screens in videos. However, as for most out there, this isn’t enough! It simply reaffirms why we want to visit this incredible country. And for the outdoor enthusiast, adventure traveller or...
Weather in Iceland
Our month-by-month guide to the weather and climate in Iceland