Reasons Why You Should Visit Iceland This Spring
Iceland is most often seen as a winter (think Northern Lights and blankets of white) destination or summer (endless days and al fresco dining) adventure, but there's a lot to be said for visiting now, just as spring has sprung. It's only a three hour flight from London - here are 29 of the many reasons to go and visit...
1. It’s even weirder than you imagine
Yes, we know you know this, but nothing prepares you for the sheer wackiness of Iceland’s geography. Expect lonely lava plains, steaming hillocks and an all-pervading scent of egg – and that’s just the drive from the airport. This land of spurty geysers and feisty volcanoes is where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates collide, resulting in some of the eeriest rock formations and black sand beaches you’ll ever clap eyes on – usually with their very own sulphur-scented smoke effects.
2. But it feels like home
Iceland looks otherworldly, but it’s also nicely familiar too. Yes, you can dine on fermented shark and puffin burgers, and more people there are said to believe in trolls and fairies than in any organised religion; but equally, everyone speaks excellent English, they’re obsessed with horses, and do a very nice line in woolly jumpers.
3. It’s amazing for road trips
With quiet, well-maintained roads and invigorating scenery, this is prime road trip territory – even though the speed limit is a modest 90km/h on the highway. Still, when you’re trundling along at 55mph, there’s plenty of opportunity to gawp at Iceland’s superlative scenery.
4. And perfect for cycling
Whether you want to test your mettle on challenging hill climbs or take an easy ride over flat stream-strewn plains, Iceland’s bike trails are varied and gloriously crowd-free.
5. But horseback is the best way to get around
“Iceland’s horses are small, very hardy and are blessed with an extra gear,” discovered television presenter and Telegraph Travel columnist Fiona Bruce when she ventured to Reykjavik. “Whereas all other horses walk, trot, canter and gallop, in Iceland they have an extra four-beat gait called a tolt.” Once you’ve found your rhythm, travelling by horseback offers both a thrilling ride and a profound connection with the natural landscape.
Discover more at telegraph.co.uk