The land of ice and fire is a majestic mix of great outdoors, nature spots and rich culture. With 360,000 people living in an area of 103,000 square kilometres, Iceland is perfect to escape the crowds, relax and enjoy pristine nature. If you’re trying to decide your first destination after the travel restrictions will be lifted, you should also know that Iceland is the safest country to visit right now having topped the safety index for safe travel for the 12th year in a row! Sounds interesting? With everyone’s safety and security as their top priority, Iceland came up with an organized plan that will allow tourists to return starting from June 15. Read on and learn everything you need to know before you start planning!
Where to stay
For our guests’ peace of mind, we have recently reviewed and enhanced our procedures and we have created a cleanliness and disinfection Safety Protocol in partnership with SGS, a worldwide leader in health and safety. Our beautiful Reykjavik hotels, Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel, Reykjavik and Radisson Blu Saga Hotel, Reykjavik are ready to safely host our guests.
Winter in Iceland
Iceland is beautiful and worth a visit all year round, but if you prefer going during a quieter time then don’t miss the chance to go during shoulder season (May and September) or during Winter.
1. Northern Lights
The long Icelandic winter nights are perfect to witness the Northern Lights. You can either book a tour to go out of town and escape light pollution or you can try your luck and wait for the Aurora Borealis in one of Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel, Reykjavik’s panoramic suites or at the stylish Radisson Blu Saga Hotel, Reykjavik.
2. Diamond beach
If you’re visiting in May or September, you’ll have the unique opportunity to explore the famous Diamond Beach without many tourists. See the massive icebergs floating around in the Jökulsárlón lagoon from the beach or take a boat tour to see these natural wonders up close! This beautiful nature spot is a 6-hour drive from Reykjavik so we recommend staying for 2-3 days to really enjoy the visit!
3. Literary heritage and museums
Designated UNESCO City of Literature in 2011, the city of Reykjavik has created a literary map to show you all the areas you shouldn’t miss if you want to learn more about famous poet Tómas Gudmundsson, the Neighbourhood of Gods and the many bookshops and libraries in the city center. To complete your tour, you should pay a visit to the city’s best museums like Reykjavik’s Art Museum, the largest one in Iceland, or the Reykjavik City Museum, including 5 exhibitions like the Museum of Photography and The Settlement Exhibition, showcasing the oldest relics of human habitation in the city. While you’ll still have to social distance inside museums and public areas, you can certainly get close to some of the best art in the country while you visit the capital!
Summer in Iceland
If you can’t wait to visit Iceland during Summer, read on to learn more about the many spectacular activities the country has to offer!
1. Take a road trip around Ring Road
A road trip around the world-famous Ring Road should be at the top of your Iceland bucket list! Known for scenic views, majestic waterfalls and incredible lagoons, the Ring Road is the ideal place to drive around during Iceland’s long summer days. The 24 hours daylight will give you extra energy and time to discover the island To learn more about other wonderful experiences you could live while in Iceland, read our blog here.
Reykjavik’s great outdoors make it the perfect destination for adventurous tourists. Go on a hike on the Hekla volcano, see the geysers, try whale watching just outside the capital or simply take a walk in the nature for an unforgettable experience. Discover everything Reykjavik has to offer on our blog.
3. Famous filming locations
All movie fans should travel at least once to Iceland to see some of the most famous filming locations from Game of Thrones, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Star Wars and James Bond, to name only a few. Iceland’s scenic outdoors and fantastic nature make it the perfect place for filmmakers and its current safety measures make it an even more attractive destination to shoot new movies and TV series.The European Film Awards 2020 will be held in the capital this December together with a series of events taking place at the Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre.
If you want to learn more about Iceland before your trip, make sure to watch The Fire Saga, a Eurovision comedy starring Will Farell and Rachel McAdams that Netflix will be releasing on June 26.
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