Iceland offers visitors an experience of a lifetime. Its wild and unique natural beauty has created a playground for all sorts of outdoor pursuits. Swim in the geothermal heated pools, go whale watching off the coast, trek into the heart of the lava landscapes on the famous Icelandic horses, and bask in the glow of the Aurora Borealis during the winter months. Icelandic cuisine is exciting and fiercely traditional and intriguing, with seafood taking center stage – i.e. fermented shark is a famous dish among the locals. The culture is unmistakably creative, independent, nature-minded and friendly – with the balance of work and play perfectly calibrated. Fly straight into the capital city of Reykjavik, a logical starting point of your journey, and explore one of Europe’s most unique capital cities.
FLIGHTS TO ICELAND WITH SAS
SAS offers multiple direct flights to Copenhagen from departure locations in the US including Boston, Chicago, Miami, New York, San Francisco and Washington DC. From the 27th of March, 2016 you can fly directly from Copenhagen to Reykjavik. The flight takes approximately 3 hours. When you book your flight with SAS, enjoy a number of benefits and amenities. Children can take advantage of a discount of up to 90% depending on the child’s age. In addition, when you book early using our low fare calendar, you can lock in the lowest prices. As well, enjoy a 24-hour right of revocation and a full refund.
AN EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME
Iceland’s dense concentration of natural beauty is unlike any other country on the planet. Mountains, rivers, waterfalls, volcanoes and hot springs intertwine to create a landscape that is intriguing for any visitor, especially those with a deep love of nature. Aside from the bustling capital city, the rest of the country is dotted with small towns, idyllic farms and traditional fishing villages. The country’s interior, on the other hand, is virtually completely uninhabited, dominated by the natural forces – from vast ice fields to volatile active volcanoes. Venture to the western section for a vast expanse of rugged fjords and lush green valleys. And if you visit Iceland in the wintertime, make sure to see the Northern Lights – one of nature's most beautiful phenomena.
ACTIVE VOLCANOES AND HOT SPRINGS
Iceland sits upon one of the world’s most volcanically active hot spots, creating a magical scene that looks like it hopped of the film reel from a sci-fi movie set. It’s the only place on earth where you can venture inside of a volcano’s magna chamber – a stomach churning experience into the dark depths of the Thrihnukagigur. Or, take your chances trekking into the lava fields at Krafla, Iceland’s most active volcano – steam hisses from the grounds, acid-green pools bubble and the smell of sulfur lurks in the air.
Once you’ve had enough thrill-seeking adventure, unwind in one of Iceland’s many natural hot springs. The Blue Lagoon is the most famous – an oasis in the middle of a lava field outside of Reykjavik. The lagoon is geothermally heated to stay at a balmy temperature of 36 to 39 degrees Celsius (96 to 102 degrees Fahrenheit). The water also contains natural active ingredients to help you relax and unwind. A popular option for travelers is to join a volcanic safari. There are many guided tours taking visitors along – and up – some of Iceland's largest volcanoes such as Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull, which was made famous in 2010 when its ash clouds shut down aviation across most of Europe.
SEE WILD ORCAS AND HUMPBACK WHALES ON A WHALE SAFARI
Experience some of the word’s largest creatures, right off the coast of Iceland. The country is surrounded by the North Atlantic Ocean and the Greenland Sea – both of which have rich underwater life teeming with limitless species od fish and whales. Húsavík, 45 minutes' drive from Akureyri, is the country’s top whale watching destination. It’s located at the merge of two river estuaries, causing a huge algae bloom providing a buffet of delicacies for many whale species. The Minke, humpback, Orca and blue whale are commonly spotted from the whale watching tours, which typically run from Húsavík April to November.
CITY VIBE IN REYKJAVIK
Iceland boasts the world’s most northerly capital city – otherwise known as Reykjavik – teeming with quirky, creative souls, bright and cheery buildings, a well developed art and cultural scene, vast shopping opportunities and a nightlife that can only be described as truly epic. Nearly two-thirds of Iceland’s entire population lives in the greater Reykjavik area, tucked into the bay overlooked by Mt. Esja, and it has developed into a cosmopolitan city that packs a punch for its comparatively diminutive size. Exploring the city is more about strolling through its picturesque streets, warming up in a corner café with a hot mug of coffee, than hustling from attraction to attraction. The massive white church in the city center, Hallgrímskirkja, dominates the city-skyline and is one of Reykjavik’s most iconic sites. Visit some of the many museums and galleries within the city to get a dose of the local creative culture and if you feel too stressed by the urban vibes, just head to the local hot spring for an instant boost of relaxation.
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