Iceland (i/ˈaɪslənd/; Icelandic: Ísland pronounced: [ˈistlant]) is a Nordic island country in the North Atlantic Ocean. It has a population of 332,529 and an area of 103,000 km2 (40,000 sq mi), making it the most sparsely populated country in Europe. The capital and largest city is Reykjavík. Reykjavík and the surrounding areas in the south-west of the country are home to over two-thirds of the population. Iceland is volcanically and geologically active. The interior consists of a plateau characterised by sand and lava fields, mountains and glaciers, while many glacial rivers flow to the sea through the lowlands. Iceland is warmed by the Gulf Stream and has a temperate climate, despite a high latitude just outside the Arctic Circle. Its high latitude and marine influence still keeps summers chilly, with most of the archipelago having a tundra climate.
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We travelled to Iceland in the European winter of 2017. Iceland with kids was a great place to explore the natural environment. Travelling in Iceland was very easy with car hire. Iceland attractions are easily reached independently or on a tour. We went on a Northern Lights tour in Iceland. You will find many things to do in Reykjavik and the surrounding areas. Please take the time look at our Iceland travel guides page.
The Blue Lagoon Reykjavik trip is one of the most popular things to do in Iceland. No visit to Iceland is complete with a trip to the Blue Lagoon. But do you know how to get to the Blue Lagoon from Reykjavik? We have all the Blue Lagoon Reykjavik options for you in...
In what seemed like the dead of the night we all sat quietly in the lobby of the Downtown Reykjavik Apartments at 6.30am waiting to be picked up for our Reykjavik city sightseeing tour. In winter in Iceland 6.30 am is still like 3 odd hours away from daylight coming...
Both the girls were keen as to visit the Blue Lagoon on our family trip to Iceland. They had both seen pictures of it on the internet when they looked up things to do in Iceland with kids. When we were planning a trip to Iceland I found there was not a lot of...
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No one can deny it...Iceland is a massive hot destination right now. From gorgeous waterfalls to epic sun rises you can't go wrong with an Iceland family holiday. It is a photographers dream, it has lava fields, geysers and Northern lights, every single place you go...read more
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I started to write this as a guide to families who were thinking of going on a Northern Lights Tour in Iceland while they were on vacation in Iceland in winter but then I realised that so many people we went on the Northern Lights Tour with were as blind to what was...read more
As our family trip to Iceland was organised and our visit to the Blue Lagoon was confirmed I started to worry. It is one of the hottest places to go in Iceland and many stories have been written that it was overrated, not what they expected and overpriced. Would we...read more
There are so many things written about Iceland what to do and what not to do. Everyone has a different idea and expectation when they get there. We visited Iceland in January. We were told it was an expensive place to visit but we were still not prepared for the cost...read more
When planning our trip to Reykjavik we thought it is best if we look around for a Northern Lights tour in Iceland. After all, we didn't want to go travelling in Iceland in the middle of the night with no idea what we were looking for. January was the best time to...read more