Marooned at the top of the world in the North Atlantic and with a population of less than 350,000, Iceland is the most sparsely populated country in Europe, yet is still manages to find its way to the top of every bucket list, and for good reason.
From its mighty ice topped mountains and volcanoes, to its geothermal lagoons, sparkling glaciers and of course its world famous light display, the aurora borealis, Iceland is quite simply breathtaking.
If you didn’t know of its existence, you’d be forgiven for thinking it a make believe world where mighty beasts roam free and warriors fight for the hands of fair maidens, no wonder then, that its impressive landscapes have been home to global hit TV shows sun as Game of Thrones and films like Star Wars, Thor and Prometheus among others.
Don’t assume that its impressive outdoors is all that Iceland has to offer however. Live music, literature, art and fine cuisine are just few things that you’ll find when you head indoors.
With average temperatures ranging from well below zero in the winter to low/mid-teens in the summer, this isn’t the go to destination for sun worshippers, but thats not why you head there. The climate does vary across different parts of the island with the south coast typically warmer, windier and wetter than the north.
The majority of Icelandic cuisine revolves around lamb, fish and dairy products with very little use of herbs and spices. Fruit and vegetables are scarce owing to the climate, though more common in recent years with the aid of greenhouses. Þorramatur (a selection of traditional dishes) is a great way to try the local cuisine, but if you;re feeling particularly adventurous, why not go for hákarl (cured shark), singed sheep heads or even Puffin, a local delicacy.
There’s so much to do and see in Iceland from the great outdoors to immersing yourself in the local culture, there really is no excuse not to book your next trip now.
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