Iceland is a country of sharp contrasts. A place where fire and ice co-exist. Where dark winters are offset by the summer’s midnight sun. A country where insular existence has spurred rich and vibrant culture. Immediately after arriving to the world’s most northerly capital, Reykjavik, you may fall helplessly in love that you will never want to leave. Reykjavik is filled with excellent museums, captivating art, rich culinary choices, funky cafes and plenty of natural spas. However, as soon as you see the backdrop of snow-topped mountains, churning seas and unreal nature, you’d want to discover beyond the Icelandic capital.
Make sure to book yourself a place on the Golden Circle Tour, which visits some of Iceland’s most stunning sights with the Geysir geothermal area, where the Stokkur geyser shoots a column of water up to 30 metres (98 ft.) into the air every 4-8 minutes in a thrilling display of nature’s forces. Then visit the Gullfoss waterfall, which tumbles and plunges into a crevice some 32 m (105 ft.) deep. Finish the day off with a visit to the historical and geological wonder Thingvellir National Park, where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates are pulling apart at a rate of a few centimetres per year.
If you are lucky enough to have more time in Iceland, then don’t miss whale watching (May – September), Northern Lights (mid-September to mid-April), Landmannalaugar (the multicolored rhyolite mountains, lava fields and the famous Hekla volcano) or the Skaftafell Ice Cave in Vatnajökull National Park (overwhelmingly beautiful ice caves attracting adventurers).
Fly directly from Edinburgh to Reykjavik on a NEW Wow Air service on Wednesdays and Sundays and connect to North America from £125 one way. Also, you can fly to Iceland on current easyJet service on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.