- Iceland Luxury holidays
Iceland can be a magical and mesmerising place, from its volcanic activity to the Northern Lights overhead, and even its climate is relatively moderate given its northerly latitude. One of the few places on the planet where you can watch lava flows and glacial rivers too, it's a truly unique landscape, and one that attracts tourists looking for something a bit different than the normal sunny beach holiday, city break or river cruise.
Aurora watching in Iceland
Iceland is a popular place from which to look skyward in the hope of seeing the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, but there are a few things you can do to improve your chances, especially if you're staying in Reykjavik. The first is to get out of the city - strong Aurora displays are enough to shine through the light pollution, but if you can make the short journey to a darker spot outside of the city, it should improve your chances of seeing the lights. Several of the countryside hotels are ideal for this, as it can be pitch dark within just a few steps out of the door.
The land of fire and ice
Iceland, as the name suggests, has its fair share of ice, and glaciers and glacial lakes cover about one seventh of its total surface area. However, despite being close to the Arctic, the island usually escapes any major ice formations along its coastline. At the same time, it is one of the most active volcanic regions in the world too, and this helps to give the island its energy security. The volcanic activity has been harnessed to provide geothermal energy, ensuring that almost all power used by Iceland's population is renewable.
When should I visit Iceland?
Iceland is far from being a warm destination, but ocean currents prevent it from being as cold as it might otherwise be, given its position close to the Arctic Circle. There is quite a temperature range from winter to summer, with highs of up to 13°C and winter lows of several degrees below zero. Officially the highest temperature ever recorded is over 30°C, but that was in 1939 - and the lowest temperature on record, -38°C, dates back even further to 1918. If you hope to see the Northern Lights, avoid the summer and the 'land of the midnight sun', and instead stick to the period from September through until April, ideally when clear skies are forecasted.
What's on offer on a luxury holiday?
Luxury holidays to Iceland are all about taking time out for you. If you want to take a dip in the famous hot springs, it's there waiting for you. If you want a room with a view over the spectacular Icelandic mountains, your luxury hotel will make it happen. The object of a luxury holiday is to be a little self-indulgent and enjoy a taste of the finer things in life, so paying that little bit extra for a luxury package is well worth it. Iceland offers excellent service, attentive yet non-invasive, which is so important to luxury holidays, and while you won't see palm trees waving in the wind, you will have some of the most breath-taking views in the world, right from your hotel room.