Let Iceland inspire you in 2015!
If you’re looking for adventure this year, look to Iceland and its deserved fame for the natural attractions it has on offer. Eerily spectacular, awe-inspiring or simply beautiful to behold, this island nation is home to some magnificent sights and incredible experiences. The best time to visit Iceland is during the summer, when darkness never truly comes, letting you witness the magic of the ‘midnight sun’.
Lying in the North Atlantic, Iceland is rugged, sparsely-populated nation with a surprisingly temperate climate, given its latitude, thanks in part to the warming effects of the Gulf Stream. Icelandic culture, from its cuisine to its literature, draws deeply from both its maritime heritage and its close ties with the rest of Scandinavia. All in all, the combination of its fantastic landscape and the good cheer of its people makes this island a great tourist draw.
The Flexicover Team suggests some amazing experiences you might want to try if you visit Iceland this year!
Swimming in the Blue Lagoon
This man-made geothermal spa is located just 50 minutes drive from Reykjavik and is one of the most popular Icelandic tourist attractions – it’s one of the few places on Earth you can swim in warm water (around 37–39°C) throughout the whole year. The crystal clear and mineral rich waters of this spa are said to have a number of healing properties and a marvellous restorative effect on skin. And if dipping into the heated waters with a bracing chill around you isn’t tempting enough, the sight of the aquamarine lagoon gleaming within the dark lava field that surrounds it provides a memory of the stark beauty that abounds here.
Joining a rúntur
Reykjavik is renowned for its nightlife, with many young tourists heading here just to sample its clubs and bar scene. A rúntur (literally a ‘round tour’) is the colloquial term for the weekend bar crawl through the city, usually on and around Laugavegur (the capital’s primary commercial street). Icelanders really know how to party – a rúntur may only start around midnight and includes revellers bar-hopping until the small hours of the morning. Though it may seem like a wild experience, people are generally friendly and there’s plenty of fun to be had, if you’re in the mood for some intense Scandinavian revelry!
Watching a geyser spout
It is said that geysers across the world all take their name from the periodically hot water spouting phenomenon called Geysir in the Haukadalur valley in southern Iceland. Whilst it’s quite famous (spouting boiling water up to 70m high), it rarely spouts these days but there are plenty of other geysers in the area to visit, the most popular being Strokkur, which erupts about every five minutes. Other notable ones include Fata, Konungshver, Oþerrishola (famous for its weather predicting nature) and Smidur, this last of which can be stimulated to spout by adding a soap solution! All make for amazing sights and a visit to the geyser fields is considered one of the best Icelandic excursions.
Whale watching in Iceland is one of the most popular tourist activities and one you shouldn’t miss if you get the chance. There are a number of tours available, both from Reykjavik and further north in Husavik. In fact, due to the nature of the oceans around it, Iceland is regarded as one of the best places to spot these gentle giants of the sea and Husavik is known as the ‘whale watching capital of the world’. Around 23 different whale species frequent these water, including both minke and humpback whales, and the success rate of summer tours is reckoned to be about 90%. The moment you actually sight a breaching whale is definitely one to be treasured!
Witnessing the Northern Lights
The Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis, are a spectacular phenomenon that set the skies ablaze in a glorious display of colour. Resulting from electrically-charged solar particles interacting with the Earth’s atmosphere in polar magnetic regions, flashes of white, green and purple light spark and dazzle viewers with multicolour majesty. They can be quite unpredictable and elusive though. From mid-April to September is the best time to go on a northern lights tour in Iceland to catch a glimpse, although this also coincides with the low tourist season and many other natural attractions may not be open to visitors.
If you’re planning on an Icelandic holiday in 2015 for a summer vacation or even going especially for a northern lights holiday, we at Flexicover Direct, are committed to providing you the highest level of protection to ensure that you are safe and secure, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year when away.