Iceland Fly & drive
‘ICELAND IS GREEN…
Fire and ice, volcanoes and glaciers – these are the inescapable dichotomies of
life on this North Atlantic island. Situated on tectonic plates that continually
shift, leaving violent scars on the landscape, Iceland is on the dividing line
between the continents of Europe and America. The terrain is at once stark and
surreal, awesome and wondrous, forming the perfect backdrop for life driven by
nature and conquered but not tamed by man.
Warmed by Gulf Stream currents, Iceland’s temperature is milder than the name
suggests. While winter nights glow with Northern Lights and linger until
mid-morning, springtime brings long daylight hours that blend into endless days
of summer under the incredible Midnight Sun.
ENJOYING THE CAPITAL CITY
Reykjavik is the world’s northernmost capital city, with a growing population of
120,000 that expands to 180,000 including the entire metropolitan area. Tourism
is the fastest-growing industry, and the wide range of accommodations, from
large and sophisticated to small and quaint, illustrates the Icelanders’
willingness to meet the demands of their visitors.
Restaurants feature outstanding international cuisine, focusing on pure, fresh
ingredients. Lamb and seafood are the specialties, and their preparation is
unsurpassed; Icelandic chefs study their craft in culinary institutes around the
globe and apply their skills with a deft and creative touch making the dishes
uniquely Icelandic. Visitors to Iceland should also know that taxes and tips are
included in the prices shown on the menus!
Cultural events run the gamut from symphonies and opera to punk and rap – music
is an enormous part of Icelandic life! The favorite pastime, however, is
swimming, and geothermal - heated outdoor swimming pools are found throughout
the city and countryside – open year ‘round, so don’t forget your bathing suit
while on vacation in Iceland!
Round out your stay with a visit to some of Reykjavik’s numerous galleries and
museums, including several that focus on the country’s Viking history and
ICELAND’S BLUE LAGOON
One of the most interesting and least expected sights in Iceland is the Blue
Lagoon. Situated just minutes from the airport, with a name that evokes images
of tropical waterfalls and lush greenery, this Blue Lagoon is something every
visitor on travel to Iceland must experience.
A stone-covered path to the lagoon is heated to keep it free of ice and snow on
even the coldest winter day. After a brief stop in state-of the-art bathhouse
facilities, you’re ready to relax in this natural hot tub. A heavy mist rises
from the warm water, and as darkness approaches, dim lights lend an eerie glow
to the surrounding lava rocks. Once refreshed, enjoy a gourmet meal in the café
before returning to civilization.
Keflavik International Airport as comforting, cozy and having a friendly
atmosphere. Travelers also noted the airport's huge range of duty free stores
and great value shopping. With approximately 130 airports involved, The ACI
survey is the world's leading index for airport customer satisfaction ratings.
Due to the
strong value of the U.S. Dollar against the Icelandic Kronur, Iceland is one of
a Top 10 Best Value Destination.