A sprawling wilderness of narrow fjords, steep rocky peaks and glacial passes, where herds of wild reindeer roam the hills, roads tunnel through the cliffs and vast woodlands blanket the valleys, visiting Iceland’s East Fjords feels like traveling to the end of the earth and if you’re looking to get off-the-beaten-track, there’s nowhere more appealing.
Sculpted from volcanic activity more than 10 million years ago, Iceland’s West Fjords are the country’s oldest landmass and remain one of its most visually stunning regions – an expanse of snow-capped mountains, soaring sea cliffs and glacial passes encircled by fjords. With difficult-to-navigate terrain and an abundance of 4WD-only tracks, the remote West Fjords are all-too-often left off tourist itineraries, but the adventurous few who do venture out west will find plenty of opportunities to get off-the-beaten-track.
Increasingly, campervans are becoming a popular way to see Iceland. Driving the Ring Road that encircles Iceland has long been a common activity for visitors and with so many beautiful landscapes to explore, the freedom of a campervan is enticing. Campgrounds are plentiful and, unless a sign tells you otherwise, you can wild camp just […]
Since merging with the northern Jökulsárgljúfur National Park and Skaftafell National Park in the southwest back in 2008, Vatnajökull National Park has become not only Iceland’s largest National Park, but the second largest in Europe, encompassing the entire Vatnajökull glacier (Europe’s largest glacier). A striking landscape of glacial lakes, waterfalls and snow-capped mountains, this is one of the best places for hiking in Iceland, as well as offering plenty of options for glacier walking, ice climbing and boat trips.
With its close proximity to the Arctic Circle and long, dark winters, Icelandic weather is notoriously unpredictable but there’s plenty of fun to be had in Iceland whenever you choose to travel. Whether you’re hoping to view the northern lights, explore off the beaten track or make the most of off-season prices, there are a number of factors to consider when planning your trip. To help you weigh up the pros and cons and decide when to go to Iceland, here’s a rundown of what to expect throughout the seasons.
Stranded in the Atlantic Ocean between West Europe and Greenland and just kilometers from the Arctic Circle, you can’t get much more remote than Iceland, but those looking to get off-the-beaten track will find ample opportunities in the Land of Fire and Ice. It’s not only the mainland that draws adventurers, intrepid travelers can also explore the islands of Iceland – around 30 small islands and isles dotted around the coastline and harboring some of the country’s most varied bird and sea life.