Iceland

Iceland

In the North Atlantic, Iceland is a group of islands. Iceland is a nation with pronounced climatic, physical, and cultural distinctions as a result of its location on the tectonic border between North America and Europe, which is constantly moving. Numerous hot geysers heat many of the country’s homes and buildings and allow for year-round hothouse farming. The offshore Gulf Stream also keeps the region’s uncharacteristically mild climate for one of the world’s most northerly inhabited areas. Sparkling glaciers cover the country, including Europe’s largest Vatna Glacier (Vatnajökull).

Iceland was founded over a thousand years ago by a Norse and Celtic mixed culture during the Viking age of exploration. The original settlement, which was mostly made up of Norwegian sailors and adventurers, stimulated more expeditions to Greenland and the coast of North America (which the Norse called Vinland). Iceland has historically maintained a significant part of European culture despite being isolated from Scotland, its nearest neighbor in Europe, by around 500 miles (800 km). The Icelandic sagas, which represent a European perspective while respecting the history and traditions of a people far distant from continental centers of trade and culture, are recognized as among the best literary accomplishments of the Middle Ages. The bulk of the sagas describe brave acts that people performed when the island was first colonized.

What is the best time to visit Iceland

Climate Iceland in June — July
It probably won’t come as a shock to learn that the summer is prime season for traveling to countries with plenty of outdoor attractions. This is true worldwide, but in Iceland it is extremely pronounced. Summer is the best season to visit a nation noted for its cold weather and brisk winds. Weather like this is ideal for outdoor activities like hiking, even though “warm” in Iceland is “moderate” elsewhere. In the summer, when the roads are open, hikers have easier access to paths that were previously closed for the winter. The months of June and July are prime time for seeing marine mammals including humpback whales, minke whales, blue whales, and even dolphins. As an added bonus, summer has almost 24 hours of daylight, which is great (unless you’re trying to sleep, in which case, it’s not so great).

Climate Iceland in September — October
The Blue Lagoon and other well-known public hot springs in Iceland are accessible and pleasurable at any time of year, but the early autumn is the best time to see the country’s many hidden springs. To escape the crowds and make the most of your time at Iceland’s hundreds of little hot springs that are directly tied to the continents’ underground geothermal activity, plan your trip during spring. The popular Blue Lagoon, and the even more recent Sky Lagoon, are at their least relaxing and most crowded in the summer and winter, respectively.

Climate Iceland in October — March
When trying to see the northern lights, darkness is your best bet. Although your chances of viewing the lights are low at any time of year, winter is your best bet. During these months, the sun sets earlier and the sky are darker than at any other time of year. Perhaps it seems illogical to go on a vacation to Iceland in the winter, when there is less time for sightseeing due to the shorter days. Even so, it will be well worth it to see the northern lights over Iceland’s already breathtaking scenery. Be careful to dress in layers.

Climate Iceland in June — September
Good weather usually ushers in festival time. Travel to Iceland between June and September to see the country’s stunning natural landscapes and unique culture. The Icelandic National Day is the biggest party of the year. Icelanders commemorate their freedom from the Danish every June with parades, music, and a reading of traditional poetry.

There is also a festival honoring the longest day of the year, the Secret Solstice Festival, which takes place in June. The celebration continues far into the morning as many remain up to see the midnight sun. As would be expected, tonight is one of the craziest times to go out in Iceland.

Icelanders celebrate Pride in August, with most of the festivities concentrated in the nation’s capital, Reykjavik. Weeklong celebrations including parades, costume contests, workshops, and talks. The greatest parade of Pride Week takes place on the Saturday, and the whole city is decorated in rainbow colors for the occasion.

Climate Iceland in November — February
Travel to Iceland in the winter if you don’t care about creature comforts and want to see the country at its most raw and unforgiving. The “genuine” Iceland, some may say, is the Iceland found away from the crowds rather than by renting a vehicle and driving the Ring Road and stopping at every waterfall along the way. Put on your crampons and visit Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon in the winter. Hiking on the sparkling ice with views of the snow-covered countryside will give you a feeling of adventure that you can’t get from sitting in a vehicle. Get off the beaten path and into the real Iceland on a snowmobile. Rarely visited by tourists, Iceland’s highlands provide some of the country’s most breathtaking scenery, including the unparalleled thrill of speeding through ice fields and lakes against the backdrop of snow-capped mountains.


Cities in Iceland tour Package

Reykjavík
Akureyri
Ísafjörður
Vik
Húsavík
Selfoss
Seydisfjordur
Kópavogur
Hafnarfjordur

Reykjavík

Reykjavk is the biggest and capital city of Iceland. Located in the southwestern region of Iceland, on the Seltjarnar Peninsula, it overlooks Faxa Bay’s southeasterly tip.

It is believed that the Norseman Ingólfur Arnarson established Reykjavk (which translates to “Bay of Smokes”) around 874. It was a sleepy fishing community and commercial outpost until the turn of the century. On August 18, 1786, it became the administrative capital of the Danish-ruled island and was given city rights. The Althingi (parliament) has been located in Reykjavk since 1843; it served as the capital of self-governing Iceland under the Danish monarch from 1918 to 1944, and then of the independent Republic of Iceland from 1944 until present day.

To put it simply, Reykjavk is Iceland’s most important city. It’s the country’s largest fishing port and home to about half of the country’s manufacturing. Keflavk, located 20 miles (32 km) to the west-southwest, is home to an international airport. Products including processed fish and food, equipment, and metalware are all made in Reykjavk. The city’s strikingly contemporary and clean aesthetic is due in large part to its extensive use of concrete and the use of hot water pumped in from neighboring hot springs.Here are few things to see in Reykjavk during Iceland tour package-

  • Sun Voyager
  • Perlan
  • Hallgrímskirkja
  • National Museum of Iceland
  • The Settlement Exhibition
  • Laugardalslaug
  • Harpan
  • Árbær Open Air Museum
  • The Icelandic Phallological Museum (Hið Íslenzka Reðasafn)

Akureyri

Akureyri is the country’s second-most populated city overall, behind the Capital Area. The term “city” may be rather generous, given the area’s low population (20 000). Despite Reykjavik’s official status, the Icelandic people often refer to Akureyri as “the Capital of the North.”

Akureyri, sometimes called the “Capital of North Iceland,” is a bustling fishing port and transportation center. Although settlement in the area now known as Akureyri started as early as the 9th century, the town did not get its municipal charter until 1786. The village was used as a staging area by the Allies during WWII. Most Icelanders fled to the cities after the conflict, which sparked even greater urbanization.

An ice-free harbor and mild winters were crucial to the growth of the city, and these features of the local environment are a consequence of its geographical location.

Pubs and restaurants including “Greifinn,” “Bautinn,” “RUB 23 Steak/Sushi,” “Kung Fu sushi bar,” and “Götubarinn” contribute to Akureyri’s vibrant cultural scene. Vefarinn, an Icelandic folk dance troupe, was founded in Akureyri. Akureyri, unlike its southern twin Reykjavk, is a thriving center of traditional culture. Numerous midsummer celebrations are held in and around Akureyri. Gásir, site of an annual July medieval fair, serves as an excellent illustration. The Akureyri International Music Festival returned for its fourth year in 2009. The city has one of the largest libraries in the United States.

Ísafjörður

Located in the northwest of the country, safjörur is the most populous community in Iceland’s Westfjords. The region’s commercial, fishing, and tourist activity all converge there, making it something of a de facto metropolis.

Explore the West Fjords and learn more about this fascinating area.

Skutulsfjörur is a smaller fjord that connects to safjarardjp, the bigger fjord, through a spit. With a population of around 2,600, the community is one of the few in the Icelandic Westfjords big enough to qualify as a town.

Safjörur: A Brief Overview of Its Past
Skutulsfjörur was initially established by a man named Helgi Magri Hrólfsson in the 9th century, as recorded in Iceland’s Book of Settlement. Safjördur had explosive growth once it developed become a commercial trade center in the early 16th century. Official city status was achieved in 1786.

The local folk museum in safjörur is housed in the oldest home in Iceland, which dates back to 1734. In addition, the neighborhood is home to the largest concentration of historic wood frame buildings in the country, most of which were built in the 18th century by international merchants. Both Tjöruhs and Turnhs have been repurposed, with the former now serving as a seafood restaurant and the latter as a marine museum, respectively.

One of Iceland’s most productive fishing areas, Safjörur has been for a long time. As a result of a combination of causes, including a fishing ban enacted in the 1980s, a decrease in fish populations, and monopolization by larger fisheries in Reykjavk, the population of the city has fallen significantly.

Things to do in Safjörur during Iceland tour package –

Wild Westfjords
Isafjordur Maritime Museum
Visit Downtown Isafjordur
Hiking, Biking, and Kayaking

Vik - Iceland

When most people think about Iceland, they immediately think of the capital city, Reykjavik. When Reykjavik is an exceptionally cool destination to visit and should be visited while in Iceland, there are many other great spots on the island that should be seen and explored, like Vk Mrdal, Iceland’s southernmost sea front settlement. Things to see in Vik during Iceland tour package.

Black Sand Beach
Dyrholaey
Reynisfjara Beach
Solheimajokull Glacier
Mýrdalsjökull Glacier
Reyniskirkja Church
Reynisfjall
Hjorleifshofoi

Húsavík

The village of Hsavk is located on the eastern shore of Skjálfandi Bay (Skjálfandi means Shaky), which is recognized as the Whale Capital of Iceland. Whales have been observed on 98% of all whale-watching expeditions in recent years.

Hsavk is also the location of the first house erected in Iceland by Swedish viking Garar Svavarsson in the year 860. Hsavk is centrally positioned for day visits to most of Iceland’s major sites, is part of the Arctic Coast Way, and serves as the starting point for the Diamond Circle.

Hsavk was a major inspiration for the song Hsavk, my Hometown, which was featured in the 2020 Netflix film Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.Things to do in Hsavk during Iceland tour packages.

Húsavík Whale Museum
Geosea – Geothermal Sea Baths
Salka whale watching
North Sailing – Húsavík Whale Watching
Gentle Giants – Húsavík Whale Watching
Húsavík Wooden Church
Scandinavia Travel North ehf
Gamli Baukur

Selfoss

Selfoss is a town in South Iceland with a population of around 6,512 people, lying on the banks of the Olfusá River, one of Iceland’s major rivers. The town is a hub of trade, farming, horticulture, and small businesses in South Iceland.

Explore a diverse range of South Coast adventures in Iceland.

It is the largest town in Iceland’s southwest, 50 kilometers (31 miles) from Reykjavik. It is one of the last stations before reaching the South Coast on the Ring Road, which encircle the nation.Things to do in Selfross during Iceland tour package.

Kerid Crater
Sundhöll Selfoss
Selfosskirkja
Skyrland
Ride With Locals
Hótel Skálholt
Núpshestar – Riding Tours Iceland
Ölfusárbrú

Seydisfjordur

This serene town has a relaxing environment and provides a variety of cultural and outdoor activities, unique culinary experiences, and varied stores for families and explorers to enjoy. It is nestled between Mt. Bjólfur (1085m) and Strandartindur (1010m). The little town center is notable for its numerous original early-nineteenth-century timber buildings and attractive location surrounding the lagoon. The town spans along the fjord’s south side, but along the shoreline, there is access to the sea, rocky beaches, a puffin colony, and relics of earlier activity.
Visit Seydisfjordur and enjoy the thriving art scene, guided excursions, and wonderful hiking routes. Enjoy the local food and the atmosphere of our one-of-a-kind town. Lonely Planet recommends Seydisfjordur as one of the best places to visit in Iceland.These are the things to do in Seydisfjordur during  Iceland tour package.

Skaftfell – Center for Visual Art
Gufu waterfall
Tvísöngur
Blóðberg
Skálanes
Stafdalur Ski Station
Exploring Seyðisfjörður

Kópavogur

The town’s oldest indications of inhabitation, estimated to date from the 9th century, may be found near the Kópavogslaekur creek at the foot of the bay. There is a big region of ancient ruins around Lake Elliavatn that fascinates archaeologists on a regular basis. Although the area has long been populated, the name Kópavogur appears in written sources for the first time in 1523. Kársnes, Digranes, Smárinn, Ffuhvammur, and Vatnsendi are now different areas of the ever-expanding town.

Kópavogur is a municipality in Iceland’s Capital Region. It is the largest of the towns around Reykjavik City, as well as the second most populous municipality in Iceland, with approximately 32000 persons.

Hafnarfjordur

The town’s name translates to “harbour-fjord,” and Hafnarfjörur has a huge harbor that is utilized for imports, exports, and fishing. It also features some of the most important industrial regions in the region around the capital.
It is, nonetheless, a distinct town with its own center and own town identity. Most of the suburbs have arisen between these two towns, forming a sort of second center of gravity in the larger Reykjavik region (or the greater Hafnarfjörur area, as some people call it).