"There are few places on earth where the amenities—and even luxuries—of the modern age sit in such close proximity to nature in its most untamed and thrilling state"
Iceland’s spectacular landscape is the product of millennia of gradual, and sometimes explosive, change. Glaciers, thermal springs, waterfalls and volcanoes have moulded the island into a place of dramatic and austere beauty, and its relative isolation from the rest of the world has lent it a distinctive atmosphere and majestic character.
The Icelandic people have long relied on the sea as the bedrock of their economy, diet and culture, and the rugged charms of the land are central to the country’s sense of identity. Perhaps its the sky that makes Iceland an irresistible destination, the Northern Lights - which should be on everyones bucket list are a spectacle of such powerful beauty that anyone lucky enough to witness them will never forget the experience. All over the country there is a chance to see the northern lights, but the best viewing times are when the nights are clear and dark between late August and mid-April.
Mix tradition with luxury
There are few places on earth where the amenities—and even luxuries—of the modern age sit in such close proximity to nature in its most untamed and thrilling state. The capital, Reykjavik, is a very modern city with all the facilities, comforts and attractions, but it is remarkably quick and easy to escape its cosmopolitan poise and find yourself surrounded by raw, unspoilt wilderness.
"As well as the country’s spectacular natural wonders, there is an impressive variety of cultural highlights on offer."
A literary heritage that stretches back over centuries, a vibrant musical tradition that encompasses everything from opera to avant-garde electronica, a thriving art scene that embraces the cutting-edge and the traditional, and a world-class culinary offering. Icelandic food is delicious and sophisticated, relying heavily on the two staples; lamb—a product of the country’s rich pastureland—and fish from the surrounding oceans.
A great way to work off the calories from Iceland’s tempting food is by exploring its many natural wonders. Seljalandsfoss is likely the country’s most picturesque waterfall and the natural rock formations at Dyrhólaey, the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon and the black volcanic beach at Reynisfjara are all unmissable landmarks. The famous Blue Lagoon is also an undoubted highlight of the trip.
Iceland has become increasingly popular with travellers over the past few years. Its bold and singular characteristics truly set it apart from the rest of Europe—if you are curious, adventurous and appreciate beauty, Iceland is a must.
For your chance to experience the majesty of the Northern Lights, Reader’s Digest Guided Tours are offering a seven-day tour that explores Reykjavik, Thingvellir National Park, Geysir, Eyjafjallajokull Volcano, Vik and the Blue Lagoon. To find out more click here or phone 0800 804 8373.