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Iceland: A Volcanic Hotspot (more in pics)

''Home to some of the world’s largest glaciers, active volcanoes and natural wonders''

Also called ‘Land of Opposites’, its landscape comprise geysers, black sand beaches, waterfalls and steaming lava fields. The beauty of this place is unique and breath-taking indeed and full of sites which one would have otherwise imagined only in dreams. In summers, days last for almost 24 hours and winters see only few hours of daylight.

LOCATION : Iceland is a North Atlantic island and the westernmost country in Europe, midway between North America and mainland Europe.

WHEN TO GO : Summers are the best time which extends from June to August, when the sun is above horizon the entire day. During summers, weather is mild and refreshing. During this time, routes to highlands are open and the place sees maximum tourists flocking in. For those in love with snow, period between November to March months will be ideal and when airfares too are reasonably low. Since days are short during winters, not many outings can be planned.

ATTRACTIONS : •Summer months ideal for whale watching in North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans
•Hike across the diverse highlands
•Spectacular view of Northern Lights between September and April
•Bird watching along the coasts
•Exploring caves formed due to volcanic eruptions
•Ice climbing on the glaciers
•Stylish bars, restaurants and shops and nightlife in Reykjavík

GETTING THERE : Regular flights of Aeroflot, KLM Royal Dutch, Virgin Atlantic, Lufthansa, British Airways and Jet Airways to Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland, are available from New Delhi.

ICELANDIC CUISINES : Most famous cuisines are smoked lamb and shark meat besides other meat and fish products due to its proximity to the sea. Also dairy products including Skyr - a type of soft cheese and pylsa hot dog are a must try. Iceland's food has Scandinavian and European influences.

WORD OF CAUTION : Although it’s safe to travel to Iceland but, the place is prone to natural hazards. So, one should be prepared for unpredictable weather changes and for possible dangers. Do take weather forecasts seriously if travelling from one region to another within Iceland. Always carry proper equipment if looking for adventure and consult your tour operator or an expert in this area before pursing any activity. Warm clothes are recommended. Make sure you book accommodation in advance in peak season.

Source / Review By : Katarina Gobo

Katarina is an avid traveller

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