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Destination Guide Iceland

Iceland, a land of fire and ice, is known for its dramatic landscapes that include volcanoes, geysers, hot springs, and lava fields. The country is a paradise for nature lovers, adventure seekers, and those fascinated by Norse mythology and Viking history.

Highlights & Must-See Attractions

  1. Reykjavik: Iceland’s capital combines colorful buildings, creative culture, and a bustling nightlife scene. Don’t miss the iconic Hallgrímskirkja church and the National and Saga museums, which trace Iceland’s Viking history.
  2. The Blue Lagoon: Located in a lava field near Grindavík, this geothermal spa is one of Iceland’s most famous attractions. Its milky-blue water offers a stark contrast to the surrounding black lava field and grey skies.
  3. Golden Circle Route: This popular tourist route covers about 300 kilometers, looping from Reykjavik into central Iceland and back. The route includes Þingvellir National Park, the Gullfoss Waterfall, and the geothermal area in Haukadalur, which contains the famous geysers, Geysir and Strokkur.
  4. Vatnajökull National Park: Known for its large glaciers, ice caves, and diverse landscapes, this national park offers some of the most accessible glacier hiking and ice caving experiences in Iceland.
  5. Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon: A stunning glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs. Nearby, you can visit Diamond Beach, where icebergs wash up on the black sand shore.

Our lesser-known favourites

  1. Westfjords: Remote and stunningly beautiful, the Westfjords are less visited by tourists and offer dramatic landscapes, from towering cliffs to deep fjords.
  2. Snæfellsnes Peninsula: Often called ‘Iceland in Miniature’ because of its diverse sights, including the famous Snæfellsjökull volcano, beautiful coastlines, and the charming fishing villages.
  3. Askja Caldera: Located in the central highlands, visiting Askja offers a challenging but rewarding adventure deep into Iceland’s wild interior.
  4. Landmannalaugar: Known for its natural geothermal hot springs and stunning hiking trails, it’s a colorful rhyolite mountain region that transforms into vibrant hues.

Did you know?

  • Iceland has one of the world’s highest concentrations of active volcanoes.
  • It’s one of the best places in the world to witness the Northern Lights, particularly from September to April.

Food and Cuisine

  • Hákarl (Fermented Shark): Considered a national dish, this fermented shark meat is an acquired taste traditionally eaten during the Þorrablót midwinter festival.
  • Skyr: A dairy product similar to yogurt, skyr has been a part of Icelandic cuisine for over a thousand years.
  • Lamb: Widely regarded as especially delicious due to the sheep’s free-range mountain grazing, Icelandic lamb is a must-try, often served grilled or as part of hearty stews.
  • Plokkfiskur: A traditional Icelandic fish stew, typically made with boiled cod or haddock mixed with potatoes, flour, milk, and onions.

Practical Information

  • Best Season to Visit: Summer (June to August) is the best time for hiking and exploring as the weather is mildest and the days are longest.
  • Winter (November to March) is ideal for aurora hunting and experiencing snowy landscapes.
  • Temperature:
  • Summer average is about 10°C (50°F).
  • Winter temperatures can drop below -10°C (14°F) especially in the north and interior.
  • Visa Requirements: Iceland is part of the Schengen Agreement. Visitors from many countries can enter visa-free for up to 90 days. Check the latest requirements based on your nationality.
  • Access from Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Direct flights are available from Dubai and Abu Dhabi to various cities in Kerala like Kochi, Trivandrum, and Kozhikode. The flight duration is approximately 4 hours, making it a convenient destination for a quick getaway or an extended vacation.

In conclusion, Kerala is a blend of breathtaking landscapes, rich culture, and culinary delights. It’s a destination that promises a plethora of experiences, making it a must-visit for any travel enthusiast. The warmth of its people and the serenity of its environment beckon travelers for an unforgettable journey.

Getting ready for departure

  • Local Currency: Icelandic Króna (ISK). Cards are widely accepted, but having some cash is advisable, especially in remote areas.
  • Culture & Dress Code: Weather can change rapidly, so dress in layers and be prepared for all conditions.
  • Language: Icelandic is the official language, but English is widely spoken, especially in tourist areas.
  • Electronics: Iceland uses type C and F plugs, and the standard voltage is 230 V.
  • Local emergency numbers: Police/Emergency: 112.

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