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Known for its dramatic landscapes of volcanoes, geysers, hot springs and lava fields, Iceland is one of the world’s most unique destinations. And with the Northern Lights, a rich Viking history and charming capital city, it draws visitors from all over the world.
The warmer weather and midnight sun make the summer a good time to go to Iceland, as it opens up your options for visiting many of the outdoor attractions.
However, if you want to see the spectacular northern lights, then February to March and again from September to October are the best times to go. Iceland flights book up faster in these popular periods, so you’re advised to get your tickets sooner rather than later.
For whale watching, May to September is a good time, and July and August are best suited to hiking holidays.
Winters in Iceland can be long and dark but do offer a greater chance of seeing the lights. But road closures can make some areas difficult to access at this time.
Expedia can help you to find cheap flights to Iceland.
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There are numerous flights to Iceland from UK airports, with often several options for flights each day.
The main international airport in Iceland is Keflavik, being the main hub for air transport and dealing with around eight million passengers a year (despite Iceland’s population only being around 350,000). It is located around 30 miles to the southwest of Reykjavik and has three runways.
In addition, flying is a very popular way to get around in Iceland, with most of the larger towns and cities having small airports for internal flights. Some of the larger commercial airport options include Akureyri, Hornafjorou and Reykjavik.
Direct flights to Iceland are available from a number of different carriers.
Planes in Iceland are like trains in other countries, forming the main form of transport outside of road travel. But be aware that landing can be a little bumpy in some of the fjords.
A rental car is a great way of getting around although it can be a little costly in high season. However, visitors can see the majority of Iceland’s major sites with just a two-wheel drive vehicle in the summer months.
There are bus services connecting the main urban areas offering a cheaper alternative to flights. Organised bus tours are a good option for taking in the sights.
In the cities, depending on the weather, cycling can be a good way of getting around.
The volcanic activity in Iceland makes it one of the world’s most unique destinations, with geothermal activity providing a range of sightseeing and leisure activities. The Blue Lagoon’s geothermal spa is perhaps the most famous sight in Iceland. You can go and watch Geysir and Strokkur erupt in spectacular fashion, happening roughly every five minutes. And the Gullfoss waterfall is equally stunning.
The Pingvelllir National Park is a landscape of lava fields, traversed by rivers and streams, and the site of Iceland’s parliament since the 10th century.
The Vatnajokull glacier is the largest in Europe and, of course, the Northern Lights are another major attraction, bringing people from all over the world.
If you have a British passport then you do not need a visa for visits to Iceland of up to three months in duration. For longer stays you will need to get a work or residence permit.
If driving, be aware that distances between cities are big and the windy roads are often subject to hazardous conditions.