Imagine relaxing in a naturally heated thermal pool surrounded by a frozen arctic landscape. Picture yourself viewing some of the world’s most spectacular natural phenomena such as geysers and hot springs. Or see yourself watching magnificent whales frolicking in clear icy waters. All this and more could be yours with a short break to one of the world’s most unique destinations: Iceland.
What are the main activities?
A short break to Iceland usually lasts for three or four days, but it’s amazing how much can be crammed into such a short time. Operators such as Transun (‘Like’ them on Facebook) offer several activities that are included in the price of your package:
Whale-watching in the midnight sun
Whale-watching in the warm glow of the midnight sun is one of the most popular attractions. You will be taken by boat to one of the best sites for seeing whales, where you can then relax and see these amazing creatures in their natural environment. There is plenty of other wildlife, such as seabirds, to entertain you too.
Take a dip in the Blue Lagoon
The celebrated Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spring where naturally heated water (totally renewed every 40 hours) rises from 2,000m below the earth’s surface. Here you can soak in the warmth of the water whilst enjoying panoramic views across the surrounding area. Rich in minerals, and including the chance for a massage from a soothing waterfall, this pool is the perfect way to unwind.
View the volcanic landscape
Take en evening tour to see some of Iceland’s fantastic natural volcanic features, such as tectonic plates, erupting geysers, and gurgling mud pools, all lit by the midnight sun.
Sample a delicious meal
Enjoy a late dinner, with the sun lighting your way back to your hotel, whatever the time.
What about extra excursions?
If all that isn’t enough for you, then why not consider one of the many optional extra excursions, designed to suit nature lovers and thrill seekers alike? If you fancy an adrenaline kick, then you could opt for a dazzling helicopter flight across Iceland’s unique landscape, taking in the capital city of Reykjavik, or view the spectacular lava trail on horseback. Take a boat tour to view the puffins, or a jeep safari round the Thorsmark National Park. Try your hand at sea angling, snorkelling or explore the subterranean landscape by caving.
When should I visit?
To make the most of the midnight sun, you need to visit Iceland during the summer months. To have the best chance of seeing whales, the best time to visit Iceland is between June and August.
How do I get there?
Short break packages include flights and accommodation, and flights depart from a range of regional UK airports. Companies such as Transun are experienced operators, and will ensure that your accommodation is up to scratch, and that your short break runs smoothly.
Iceland can offer you a unique experience, where you can see unforgettable sights and enjoy a break that is packed with unusual adventures that will live long in your memory.