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  • Starr Wlodarski

Destination Spotlight: Iceland

Iceland has become an increasingly popular destination for luxury travelers. It is the perfect trip for seasoned travelers, solo travelers, or adventurous families looking for a unique experience. Iceland is considered to be one of the safest countries on earth, so it is a popular destination for solo female travelers.

An Icelandic vacation can be filled with outdoor adventure or laid back and focused on its vibrant art and restaurant scenes. Regardless of what brings you to Iceland, it’s guaranteed to be a vacation you will never forget.

Most visitors are attracted to Iceland’s unique and varied landscape – this ice-capped, unspoiled, land is almost indescribable. Iceland’s dramatic vistas take center stage in many movies and tv shows. Its spectacular black volcanic fields, rocky beaches, majestic mountains, impressive glaciers, and vast areas of pristine snow have been the setting for productions such as Interstellar, Thor: The Dark World, Journey to the Center of the Earth, and Game of Thrones.

With its location on the rim of the Arctic Circle, it is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. Some of the exciting activities include…

• Swimming in the warm aquamarine waters of the Blue Lagoon while surrounded by lava fields covered with snow • Exploring the black volcanic rock, dramatic geysers, lava tube caves, and red-hot lava fields • Relaxing in one of the many hot springs • Freshwater diving between tectonic plates in the Silfra fissure • Taking a geothermal bread-baking class • A four-wheel drive tour of the rugged glacial valley of Thorsmork • Discovering glacial lakes and hike, or even snowmobile, across ancient glaciers • Taking in the dramatic view of frozen waterfalls from a helicopter tour • Going fishing in the Eastern Fjords and spotting the puffins • Learning about fairies and elves at the Skogar Museum • And of course, the awe-inspiring beauty of the Northern Lights

Choosing the best time to visit Iceland depends on what you hope to see and do on your trip. During winter your adventure will include the frozen waterfalls, glacier hiking, and even scuba diving in the ice fissures. The best time to view the Northern Lights is between December and April.

Winters in Iceland are not as extreme as you might think. The Icelandic winter is relatively mild for its latitude. The lowlands of southern Iceland average around 0 °C (32 °F), while the highlands average around −10 °C (14 °F). The winter weather is often subject to abrupt and dramatic changes, so it is best to plan to be flexible in the event of a shift in the availability of activities due to weather.

During the summer from May to July, you can experience the “midnight sun” which peaks on June 21st with the summer solstice where the sun is visible for 24 hours. Spring and summer are best for exploring the mountains, camping, fishing, and whale watching. Keep in mind that June through August are the busiest travel times for Iceland so you will want to plan your trip well in advance.

The summer weather is quite mild, and though it is considered “warm” to Icelanders, you are likely to want to have a sweater or light jacket with you each day. The average high during the peak of the summer season is 10°C (50°F), and even on the warmest days it rarely gets above (68°F).

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