General Information about Iceland
To make your holiday as smooth as possible, we’ve outlined some general information that may be helpful to you when planning your next getaway to Iceland.
Food & Drink
During trips to Iceland, visitors are always keen to try the unique and varied cusine that includes Hangikjöt (smoked lamb), fish dishes and ein með öllu-the iconic Icelandic lamb hot dogs which are topped with several delicious sauces. Many of the dishes in Iceland have developed from the Viking age and commonly include fish, meat and potatoes. If you're feeling really adventurous the local delicacy Svið involves a partial sheep's head cured in lactic acid.
The climate of Iceland is known for being quite chilly. The coldest month of the year is January with temperatures rarely getting above freezing. Rain and stormy weather are common in the winter months. Be sure to always bring a jacket and umbrella as the weather can change on a whim.
The Blue Lagoon, a man-made geothermal spa, is located in a lava field on the Reykjanes Peninsula. The geothermal water originates 2,000 metres below the surface, where freshwater and seawater combine at extreme temperatures. It is then harnessed via drilling holes at a nearby geothermal power plant, to create electricity and hot water. On its way to the surface, the water picks up silica and minerals, before emerging at a soothing 38°C, perfect for a relaxing and re-energising bathe.
Thingvellir National Park and UNESCO World Heritage Site
Þingvellir National Park is Iceland’s most important historical site, where the Vikings established the world’s first democratic parliament in AD 930. The spectacularly beautiful National Park, in a vast rift valley with waterfalls, rivers and lakes, is situated at the point where the North American and Eurasian continental plates meet.
The world’s northernmost capital, with a population of 120,000, is home to sites such as The Pearl visitor centre with its Saga Museum, Hallgrímskirkja Church, Reykjavík Harbour, Reykjavík 101 Centre and Solfar Viking Ship Sculpture. Known as the ‘Little city with the big heart’, Reykjavík can be easily explored in foot. There’s a lively café-culture and thriving art and music scenes, while in the various city museums, Iceland’s culture and history is preserved and displayed.
The Northern Lights
The main event on a trip to Iceland is undoubetedly the once-in-a-lifetime chance of seeing the Northern Lights. After exploring the city, there is an evening excursion to hunt for the incredible Aurora Borealis, a stunning colourful natural display that lights up the night sky. This elusive and unpredictable occurrence is never guaranteed but our experienced guides are the best in the business when it comes to analysing the weather patterns and atmospheric conditions to determine the best time and place to see the lights.