Hot springs, cold winters and lava define the landscape of this naturally spectacular nation. The drama of Iceland's ever-evolving geography is enough to take visitors by surprise and have them gushing on afterwards to anyone who will listen! Witness some of nature's most beautiful creations with glaciers, mountain peaks, waterfalls, geysers, lagoons and beaches. Make sure you bring the camera charger; you'll be stuck between being photo-happy and a state of absolute awe.
A flight to Iceland will last around three hours if you are travelling from a southern UK city. Reykjavik flights will have you arrive at Keflavik International Airport which is 45 minutes from the capital and only two miles from the town of Keflavik. Hofn flights are operated domestically and can get you out to this fishing village once you have completed your primary flight to Iceland.
Unfortunately there are only a few airlines that provide flights to Iceland from the UK; these include British Airways, Icelandair and WOW Air. As such, finding cheap flights to Iceland can be quite tricky. Your best bet would be to keep an eye out for holiday package deals or book very far in advance.
It is often considered better to book a rental car to travel long distances as it may be cheaper than using buses or getting air transfers domestically. Of course flying is considerably quicker and so those with little time on their hands might be better suited with air travel. Intrepid explorers often choose to use bicycles to get across the country, although adverse weather conditions may keep the more timid away from this option.
Iceland is best known for its natural beauty. To this end, you will be struggling to fit all of its attractions in! Start at the famous Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa that you will have no doubt seen in numerous tourist ads for Iceland. The spa's waters are supposed to be extra beneficial for sufferers of psoriasis and there are many spa treatments on offer.
Then make your way to the east to see the stunning and majestic Gullfoss waterfall, which tumbles down into a canyon and produces a wall of spray. If you're lucky, you might get treated to a rainbow arcing over the waterfall! Nearby is the explosive Geysir and Strokkur geysers; get ready to take some memorable snaps.
Further to the east is the Thingvellir or Pingvellir National Park; it is here that the Icelandic parliament has its origins. The park has many hiking trails to choose from, as well as horse riding, camping and even angling. Make sure you spend some time at the Visitor Centre, where you can learn about the park's history through television and audio displays; admission is free.
One of the more elusive sights of the world, the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights are a spectacularly beautiful phenomena witnessed only in certain areas, such as northern Scandinavia and Canada. There are several Iceland tours that are designed for visitors to be able to see the dancing lights in the night sky; the experience comes at a cost but it is certainly a once-in-a-lifetime thing!