Outstanding Natural Beauty of Iceland

04 Sep 2015

If glaciers, fjords, lava fields, waterfalls, geysers, hot springs and of course volcanoes are your thing, the outstanding natural beauty of Iceland is for you.

Just a 3 hour flight from London to Reykjavik with a choice of scheduled and low cost carriers it is easy to hop on a cheap flight to Iceland, also Icelandair's NEW all year-round service between Reykjavik and Aberdeen starts in 2016, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, making it even more convenient.

The first thing that hits you when you get off the plane is the wind, at any time of year it is windy in Iceland and even in the summer months it is cold so pack your layers and be prepared! Alternatively you can buy one of the famous handmade Icelandic sweaters you will see all the locals wearing them not just the tourists.

To get the full experience of Iceland it is a good idea to hire a car, there is one major road that circles the island, so it is hard to get lost, but beware driving conditions, particularly in winter are harsh, there are many single lane bridges that span the lava fields and if visibility is low you can end up in tricky situations.

All flights to Iceland arrive in Reykjavik the colourful capital city, the people unlike the weather are warm and friendly and most speak good English, there are a good selection of hotels in the capital to suit all budgets, but if you want to stay outside of the city you will have to find a guesthouse or B&B as there are very few hotels around the island.


The main attractions of Iceland are part of the landscape, you could be forgiven for thinking you are on another planet when exploring the lava fields and geothermal fields with hot lava and erupting steam plumes. An hour and a half drive out of Reykjavik is Gullfoss (golden falls) a breath taking 32m deep 20m wide waterfall system.


Another side trip from Reykjavik worth taking in is The Blue Lagoon, a naturally heated geothermal spa that also has healing properties for many skin conditions. The list of natural features of this rugged landscape goes on and on but for an even more spectacular sight you have to look up to the skies, Iceland is possibly the best place on the planet to see the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis.


The best way to see this natural phenomenon is to escape the city and book into a guest house or B&B where there is less light pollution and the best time to do this is between September and March if you are prepared to brave the cold winters, failing that fly on Icelandair's Hekla Aurora a Northern Lights themed aircraft with interior lighting mimicking the display and a painted livery to match.