Cheap flights to Iceland

The ‘otherworldly’ landscape of Iceland is one of its most prominent attractions. Mysterious and ethereal, even day and night aren’t as they should be in the land of the Midnight sun.

Breathtaking spectacles and natural wonders abound. In Iceland visitors can see whales swimming serenely off the coastal waters while up in the sky, a magnetic charge creates the awe-inspiring, dancing Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights – best enjoyed from an outdoor hot tub!

Rugged and beautiful, the waterfalls and glaciers of Iceland’s interior mark its seasons, while the ancient lava fields of the north denote its age. In the capital Reykjavik in the south west of Iceland, cafes line Austurvöllur Square; a favourite haunt of locals. Öskjuhlíð hill provides panoramic views while the Botanic Gardens offer some solitude from city life. The National Gallery, the Art museum and Museum of Photography provide ample in the way of culture.

Away from the city in the West Fjords the people become fewer and the landscapes wilder. Barren, uninhabited Landmannalaugar gives visitors a taste of Iceland’s most desolate space while to the north, dramatic lava fields are sights of strange beauty. At Thingvellir National Park is it possible to see where the tectonic plates of North America and Europe are being torn apart. Visitors can even snorkel between them for a once in a lifetime experience.

The highest mountain, Hvannadalshnúkur stands in Vatnajökull National Park while Lake Mývatn near Akureyri has the unfortunate nickname, ‘the Gates of Hell’ owing to the steam that rises from its glorious thermal waters. The famous Blue Lagoon is an absolute must on the to-do list. In this geothermal natural spa it is possible to sip a cocktail while soaking in its heavenly milky blue waters. For an alternative water feature visit Strokkur, Iceland’s most lively steamy spring with 40 metre high geysers jetting from the ground every few minutes; or the spectacular Golden Falls at the edge of Iceland’s interior. Said to be the most beautiful in the country, their double cascade thunders into the river below.

Aside from its natural beauty, Iceland has an endless array of fun things to do, from drinking in Art Deco Ice bars and dining in delicious fish restaurants to skidoo or dog sledding across Langjokull glacier and hiking on magical glacial treks.

Fly In

Keflavik International Airport is the largest airport in Iceland by a long way. Hire cars and taxis are available from outside the terminal building every day, but local buses are a more efficient and less expensive way to travel. The Airport Express bus takes visitors to Keflavik city centre just 5km away and then further afield to the capital city of Reykjavik. The Flybus departs 30-45 minutes after the arrival of each flight and also takes passengers to Reykjavik in a journey time of approximately 45 minutes.

What you need to know – 150

Currency: Icelandic Krona (ISK)

Visas: UK passport holders do not require a visa to enter Iceland for a stay of up to three months. All that is required is a passport that is valid for the entirety of the stay. In fact, British Citizens are entitled to live and work in Iceland with a residence or work permit which can be obtain from the Directorate of Immigration in Iceland. Schengen Agreement members also do not require a visa to travel to Iceland. Other countries not mentioned above may require a visa. It is advisable to check with the local embassy of the Foreign Office website for more information on individual visa requirements.

Laws: As of 2007, Iceland has made smoking in indoor public places such as cafes, restaurants, bars, offices and hotels, illegal. Agree or not, whale meat is available to eat and buy in Iceland however, visitors should note that any attempt to import this into the UK is highly illegal. A fine of up to £5000 and a custodial sentence could be incurred. The legal age for drinking alcohol in Iceland is 20 and the drink driving laws are extremely strict.

Best times to Visit

The best months to see whales off the coast of Iceland are May to September; for the Northern Lights, between September and January. The midnight sun begins mid May to early August as the darkness disappears. In June the sun never fully sets. Summer is usually sunny with temperatures of up to 17 degrees Celsius while winter can see temperatures between 7 degrees and minus 10. The Winter Festival and Winter Lights Festival have snow scooters, downhill skiing, poetry and exhibitions and are both definitely worth a visit. Don’t miss the Viking Festival in Hafnarfjörður for Viking culture, ships, food, storytelling and more. Iceland hosts so many more arts, music and food festivals throughout the year. If visiting in December be prepared for only 2 to 3 hours of daylight per day, as the sun begins to set almost the moment it has risen. 

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