Home to some of the world’s most beautiful natural landscapes, Iceland is a magical place to visit in the winter months.
During the Icelandic winter, the whole country transforms with holidaymakers arriving from all over the world seeking to experience the wonder of this beautiful holiday destination.
1. The Blue Lagoon
Perhaps the most relaxing place in the entire country, the famous Blue Lagoon is a geothermal wonder.
Climbing into the pools, you will be greeted by generously warm thermal waters.
Picking a good spot to relax, you can then admire the surrounding lava field landscape and let the mineral-rich waters work their magic.
As well as enjoying the therapeutic benefits of the water, guests also have access to handily placed buckets of clay that you can apply to your skin.
Avoiding the cold and staying in the water as much as possible, the lagoon even has its own bar that you swim to for a little refreshment or two.
2. Gullfoss Waterfall
One of the world’s most popular touring trails, the Golden Circle route takes holidaymakers on a grand adventure visiting some of Iceland’s greatest natural landmarks.
Chief amongst them, Gullfoss Waterfall is true demonstration of the sheer power of nature.
You will more than likely hear the waterfall before you see it with the water making a thunderous sound as its hurtles down two drops eventually crashing back down into Hvita river.
3. Hallgrimskirka Church
Lively Reykjavik is a fantastic place to visit and is, in fact, the world’s most northerly capital.
A magnificent landmark and one of the country’s best-known buildings, Hallgrímskirkja Church is a rather striking piece of architecture.
Standing in Reykjavik since the 1970s, the church rises high into the skyline and has a distinctive design taking inspiration from naturally occurring columns of basalt rock.
Standing guard outside the church is a statue of the celebrated explorer Leif Erikson, believed to be the first European to set foot on the North American continent.
Those brave enough can even climb to the top of the church. The ideal reward for your efforts, you will be welcomed by spectacular views of the city and coastline.
4. The Northern Lights
A key reason why many decide to travel to Iceland is to go out in search of the Northern Lights.
Although visible in parts of the UK, Iceland’s wide-open spaces are ideal for viewing the natural light dance also known as the Aurora Borealis phenomenon.
Waiting until dark, the featured guided tour sees holidaymakers being taken out into the wilderness away from signs of civilisation to some incredible vantage points where you can take in this glorious light display in a tranquil, calming setting.
5. Thingvellir National Park
A wonderful protected park and also part of the famed Golden Circle, visiting Thingvellir National Park gives holidaymakers the rare chance to walk between two continents.
The point where the North American and European tectonic continental plates meet, the plates have risen up out of the Earth here, creating a mini canyon.
This is a truly rare sight and a magical photo opportunity.
Elsewhere in this glorious park, other impressive places to visit include Lake Myvatn and the park’s only other waterfall, Öxarárfoss.
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*discounts on bookings taken until 12th October 2019.