IT'S CLOSER THAN YOU THINK
Getting to Iceland is surprisingly easy and affordable. It’s centrally located between North America and Europe making it the perfect place to stopover en route to your next destination. In fact, Icelandair lets you stopover up to 7 nights for no additional airfare. A few years ago we had a 5-hour direct flight from Toronto to Reykjavik for $500 round trip.
If you’re travelling with children, the short flight makes it a reasonable amount of time for kids of any age. We visited Iceland before my daughter turned 2 years old so she had to share a seat with us on the flight. Before we had even made it to our seats, the flight attendants had asked a few people to shift around so our daughter could have her very own seat next to us. They just made it happen without any request. We were blown away by their hospitality.
REYKJAVIK - ICELAND'S CAPITAL CITY
Reykjavik is the small but beautiful capital of Iceland, which boasts a cool music scene, great nightlife and is a mere stone’s throw from many incredible natural wonders. If you’re happy to make Reykjavik your home base while you’re visiting Iceland you can easily rent a car and make day trips to view any number of beautiful locations the country has to offer. Within a 2-hour drive of Reykjavik you can see volcanoes, waterfalls, mountains, Icelandic horses, black sand beaches, geysers, and the Northern Lights. And if glaciers are your thing they are only a short distance further.
A PHOTOGRAPHER'S DREAM
Iceland boasts breaktaking views and jaw-dropping natural beauty at every turn. It truly is a photographer’s dream. Here are a few highlights:
• Blue Lagoon
A geothermal spa with warm, mineral-rich waters said to be great for skin health. The glowing blue water is a beautiful contrast between the volcanic rock and modern architecture of the facility. Located 30 minutes from Reykjavik and only 15 minites from the airport it’s a great place to start or end your trip.
• Icelandic Horses
These robust and friendly horses are easy to find as you drive through the country. During our last visit, we often stopped at the side of the road to photograph these horses as they grazed in the fields. More often than not they immediately approached us to get a better look.
• The Northern Lights
Best time to view is in September/October or March/April. Something Iceland is famous for.
Wouldn’t it be cool to hike on an actual glacier? Well you can do just that in Iceland. And with the glaciers melting at an alarming rate, there’s even more reason to see them before they completely disappear.
There is a feeling of peace when travelling through Iceland that many of us are unaccustomed to. During the course of our day trips through the countryside, it was common that we wouldn't encounter another car for 30 minutes at a time. It felt like the entire country was for us to enjoy alone.
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