The ‘land of fire and ice’ is a bubbling cauldron of geological wonder, from spouting geysers to geothermal pools and jagged rocks shaped by years of mysterious tectonic processes. Its small population are a people secure in their own identity, based on their reading of the ‘Sagas of Icelanders’ – a unique chronicle of the family life and history of Iceland. Wander through Reykjavik’s boutique shopping streets lined with colourful old buildings and shop for cosy traditional knitwear before taking a pit stop to people-watch at one of the city’s gourmet coffeehouses.
Discover the natural world on this small city’s doorstep by taking a harbour cruise to spot nesting puffins, then pamper yourself with a relaxing dip in the Blue Lagoon’s soothing, steaming waters. Take a road trip through mountains and valleys, passing the small mountain ponies that are unique to this isle on the way to Snæfellsjökull where the Atlantic Ocean crashes against the rugged cliffs. Hike over the glaciers of Skaftafell, sail amongst the flawless blue icebergs of Jökulsárlón and go whale watching from the pretty fishing village of Húsavík. As night falls, charge your glass with traditional Icelandic Schnapps and turn your eyes to the night sky in the hope of catching a glimpse of the colourful hues of the Northern Lights as they dance across the sky.