Although conventional wisdom would suggest that Iceland inherited its name because of its climate, many people are surprised to find that this island is remarkably warm for its latitude. Indeed, thanks to the Gulf Stream, in winter, this breathtaking Nordic nation is often significantly milder than many locations much further south in Europe or North America, and only a few degrees colder, on average, than much of the UK.
Iceland is known for its substantial puffin population, and is home to numerous volcanoes that are now the source of more than 80% of the country's energy. In June and July, the north of the country receives constant daylight, which inspires many residents to partake in some midnight golf, even when the weather is less than ideal.
Iceland is famous for its natural landscapes. Even if you’re staying in the city, you’ll be sure to see some amazing scenery. But the best way to take in country’s beauty is with an Iceland national park holiday. The country has three national parks, including Thingvellir - home to the world’s oldest parliament - and Snæfellsjökull, which includes fascinating sights like volcanoes and black sandy beaches. Perhaps the most spectacular though is Vatnajökull, which takes its name from a vast glacier at its heart, and covers more than 10% of Iceland’s total landmass – making it the second largest national park in Europe.
If you're considering visiting Iceland with your family, summer is probably the best time to visit. The warmest weather for holidays in Iceland generally arrives in July and August, as well as long daylight hours. Both months are great for horse riding or waterfall excursions. However, if you're after cheap holidays in Iceland, off-season breaks are preferable. Try booking from January to May for cut-price accommodation. And if you want a romantic break, Christmas is an option, too. Sure, it's cold, but Reykjavik caters for a festive crowd with ice skating, markets, and exceptional food.
Iceland is separated from the UK by 850 miles of the Atlantic Ocean, so there's only really one travel option: flying. Fortunately, flights arrive at Keflavik Airport from Edinburgh, Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Luton and Glasgow all year-round. Flights take around 3 hours 15 minutes, and when you book Iceland holidays deals can keep travel and accommodation costs low. So it's an easy destination to reach. Even better, there's no time difference between the UK and Iceland.
Seafaring Vikings, bloody sagas, the Northern Lights, cosy sweaters, the music of Bjork, courageous footballers - Iceland means a lot of things to different people. But the nation is probably most famous among travellers due to its exquisite coastline, glaciers, and waterfalls, as well as its thermal pools, and almost treeless, otherworldy environment. Nowadays, you can add in a globally-respected food culture and a cosmopolitan culture which makes every visitor feel right at home. So it's a destination with plenty to offer, that's for sure.