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6 things in Iceland to stick on your bucket list

By Rebecca Browning

Just three hours from UK, Iceland is full of spine tingling views in every direction. The Land of Fire and Ice boasts active volcanoes, geysers, giant waterfalls, glaciers and lava fields. Here are six things you need to put on your bucket list.

Northern Lights

1. The Northern Lights

Any time between September and mid April, you can see the Northern Lights over Iceland. The Aurora Borealis is arguably nature’s most dazzling light show, and there are plenty of specialist guides who constantly monitor weather conditions and can ensure you’re in the best location at the right time.

BlueLagoon

2. The Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa rich in minerals, including silica and sulphur, which are believed to have healing powers. The temperature of the milky white waters remains a constant 37ºC-40°C all year-round.

GoldenCircle

3. The Golden Circle

This classic tour route combines three of Iceland’s most popular landmarks: Thingvellir National Park, Geysir and Strokkur geysers and Gullfoss waterfall. Thingvellir is the only place on Earth where you can stand on the American tectonic plate and see Europe. These plates are slowly drifting apart and are creating deep fissures in the ground. Situated in Thingvellir is also Lake Thingvallavatn, the largest lake in Iceland. The Strokkur geyser blows high steam about every 10 minutes.

Reykjavik

4. Reykjavik

Reykjavik, the world’s most northerly capital, is a creative city with frenetic nightlife and colourful Lego-like buildings. Places to visit include the Harpa concert hall, Hallgrimskirkja church and Hofdi House, where the 1986 Reykjavik Summit meeting of presidents helped to end the Cold War. 

SouthShore

5. The South Shore

The South Shore is a touring route that includes the chance to see the notorious Eyjafjallajökull volcano (it caused all those flight delays in 2010), walk behind the Seljalandsfoss Waterfall and climb over the Myrdalsjokull glacier. The Laugarvegur trek was voted best trek in the world by National Geographic. 

SelfDrive

6. Drive a Land Rover

A great way to see many of Iceland’s natural wonders, take to the wheel of a Land Rover Discovery and drive through challenging snow and ice conditions on a self-driving adventure with the help of an instructor.

Check out Abercrombie & Kent for more Iceland holiday ideas.

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