Iceland is an island located in the North Atlantic Sea, famous for its active volcanoes, hot springs and geysers. Much of Iceland is covered with lava fields, this combined with an abundance of waterfalls and glaciers makes for some pretty spectacular scenery. Whether you fancy exploring the countryside, whale watching or horse riding there's Iceland holidays for everyone to enjoy, all year round. A must do for anyone visiting the island is a trip to the outdoor Blue Lagoon geothermal spa which is located in the heart of the Svartsengi Resource Park.
There are direct flights to Iceland from London Heathrow and several other major UK airports. The journey takes between two to three hours. Iceland flights from the UK land in Iceland's international airport in Keflavik which is located approximately 45-60 minute drive from Iceland's capital city, Reykjavik.
Catching a bus or getting in a taxi are your best ways of reaching the city centre. The most reliable bus service is Flybus which takes around 35-55 minutes to reach Reykjavik - tickets must be bought before boarding and cost around IK1500 each way. If you are travelling in a group, a taxi may be the cheaper option and there are plenty readily available from outside the airport terminal. A taxi costs between ISK 7500-9000 and takes roughly 30-45 minutes to get to the city centre.
You can enjoy an Iceland holiday all year round, although during the winter months there can be as little as four to six hours daylight, while in the summer months it never gets completely dark so you may want to take an eye mask to help you sleep!
In the past Iceland's been a pretty pricey city to visit, but following the country's financial collapse, it has got cheaper with prices coming down so you don't have to spend a fortune during your Iceland holiday. The best way to pick up a cheap hotel in Iceland is by booking in advance and looking for accommodation in Reykjavik. It's also a good idea to wait until you arrive to change money as you will get a much better exchange rate than you would at home.
Imported goods such as beers and wines are still costly, so opt for local brands such as Vífillfell and Ölvisholt Brewery to keep costs down. If you want to pick up a bargain head to Bónus or Krónan stores as they offer heavily discounted goods compared to the bigger shops. For cheap eats, avoid places like McDonalds which can be expensive and pick up a pylsa or hot dog instead which are sold in most convenience stores around the city.
Updated 5th March 2014
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