The Land of Fire and Ice is a stunning destination perfect for travellers thirsting for a grand adventure. Teeming with wild, glacial beauty and possessing a quirky culture full of myth and legend, there's much more to Iceland than vikings and volcanoes. Experience the eclectic arts and music scene of Reykjavik, marvel at geothermal geysers and spectacular waterfalls, visit isolated, coastal villages and see the surreal Northern Lights - Iceland is full of the unexpected.
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Fire and Iceland
Posted on Wed, 02 Jan 2013 by Sue Elliot
Anna Harvie discovered that there's a lot more to Iceland than fire and ice, no matter what time of year you travel...Read more
Iceland for everyone
Posted on Tue, 30 Nov 2010 by Sue Elliot
When you ask your friend what they did last weekend, “Went to Iceland” probably isn’t the answer you expected. Intrepid’s Katy Rockett made an impromptu trip to one of Intrepid’s [...]Read more
At a glance
- Trips Available:
- Capital city:
- Reykjavik (population 103,000)
- Time zone:
- (GMT) Monrovia, Reykjavik
- Type C (European 2-pin) Type F (German 2-pin, side clip earth)
- Dialing code:
Best time to visit Iceland
Spring and summer are considered optimal times to visit Iceland. The early spring months bring warmer days, while summer offers long daylight hours with only brief nights. In the summer season, July and August are the warmest months and are the busiest tourist seasons. In September, tourism tends to slow down as the weather becomes unpredictable and the countryside is usually less accessible. However, there are plenty of attractions for the off-peak traveller, including the beauty of autumn colours and the awe-inspiring Northern Lights. As to be expected, winters in Iceland can be challenging. During late December there's about four and a half hours of daylight and it's usually cloudy. In January, there are on average three sunny days in Reykjavík, with temperatures hovering around freezing point, often accompanied by chilling winds.
Geography and environment
Top 5 Natural Phenomena of Iceland
1. Northern Lights
The Northern Hemisphere's Aurora Borealis has captivated and intrigued people for eons. This stunning, natural light display that runs along magnetic fields brings hypnotic green, yellow and red shades to the night sky in Iceland from September to March. As one of nature's most magnificent triumphs, this is one unforgettable spectacle.
2. Golden Falls
Known locally as Gullfoss, this spectacular, three-tiered waterfall drops suddenly into a deep cavern, creating a dramatic landscape like no other. Surrounded by lush, green countryside, the mist and spray create rainbows in the air providing brilliant photo opportunities.
3. Blue Lagoon
The mineral-rich, azure waters of the Blue Lagoon are a magnificent sight to behold and are even better to soak in. Relaxing in the warm waters while admiring the sublime moonscape is a quintessential Iceland experience that just must be done.
4. Lake Myvatn
This awesome area in northern Iceland was birthed from volcanic eruptions millions of years ago and continues to be shaped by volcanic activity to this day. The combination of strange lava formations, thermal caves and a sprawling lake dotted with craters and rising rocks makes for an eerie yet beautiful landscape.
5. Glacier Lagoon
Also known as Jokulsarlon, this monumental glacier lake is the largest in Iceland. Featuring a parade of large and small blue icebergs floating on and under the pure, icy water, this lagoon is so exceptionally beautiful that it has been used as a backdrop for Hollywood films, a set for reality television shows and has even featured on a postage stamp.
FAQs on Iceland
Glass of beer = 600-800 ISK
Simply lunch at a cafe = 500-1500 ISK
Dinner in a restaurant = 2000-4000 ISK
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Mar 28 Maundy Thursday
Mar 29 Good Friday
Apr 1 Easter Monday
Apr 25 First Day of Summer
May 1 Labour Day
May 9 Ascension
May 20 Whit Monday
Jun 17 National Day
Aug 5 Commerce Day
Dec 24 Christmas Eve
Dec 25 Christmas
Dec 31 New Year's Eve
Please note these dates are for 2013. For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/Iceland/public-holidays
Australia: No - Not required
Belgium: No - Not required
Canada: No - Not required
Germany: No - Not required
Ireland: No - Not required
Netherlands: No - Not required
New Zealand: No - Not required
South Africa: Yes - in advance
Switzerland: No - Not required
UK: No - Not required
USA: No - Not required
Health and Safety
Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:
From New Zealand?
Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/
Go to: http://travel.state.gov/
Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/
The World Health Organisation
also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/
Iceland Travel Tips
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
Top responsible travel tips for Iceland
1. Be considerate of Iceland’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.
2. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.
3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.
4. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.
5. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.
6. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.
7. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.
|Waking Up in Iceland||Paul Sullivan|
|The Tricking of Freya||Christina Sunley|
|Viking Age Iceland||Jesse L Bycock|
|Jar City||Arnaldur Indridason|
|The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman||Nancy Marie Brown|