Iceland is a land of fire and ice. Nowhere else can you find a more diversified, contrasted and extraordinary nature. Even with a location barely below the Artic Circle, the winters on the island can be warmer than in New York or Vienna. The landscape is rough but at the same time romantic: steep cliffs plunging precipitously into narrow fjords, deep canyons, extensive glaciers, black sand-beaches, grumbled vulcanos and boiling geysers represent the island.
Get further information about the history, sightseeing-tipps or shopping possibilities on the following pages. We also provide you with practical information and a map to prepare yourself for your next Iceland-adventure.
How do Icelanders live?
The capital Reykjavik is one of the cleanest places you will ever visit. But ironically, translated it means “Smoky Bay”. Because smoke, or rather steam, was the first thing the city founder Ingolfur Arnarson saw rising from the thermal hot springs in the 9th century. Today, this steam is used for heating up the whole city of Reykjavik. But besides clean and fresh air, Reykjavik also offers neat restaurants where you can find the freshest of fish. If there is no show running at the national theatre, you will find the inhabitants of Reykjavik sitting at home on the couch with a good book. The Icelanders are famous for publishing books; they publish more books per capita than any other nation in the world. They love to write, read and tell stories, especially about their famous trolls and sagas.
After days of “city life”, you may want to see something else. But you do not have to go far because Iceland is the less densely populated country Euopes (only 334.000 inhabitants). Most of the townspeople owe a country house, which they use in their free time for fishing or observing birds. But whoever is interested in “real” wilderness needs to visit the Westman Islands in the South. The youngest island is Surtsey. All of the sudden, it appeared after a volcanic eruption in 1963 and is still unhabitated. It is a paradise for birds, plants and wild flowers.
In the past thousand years, the people have been influenced by many terrible forces of nature and by history. Black Death, hunger and natural catastrophes have formed the character of the Northener and Celts, which settled down in Iceland first. These influences developed a tough and vigorous folk, in which Nordic fatalism and self-confidence is combined with sensitivity and curiosity of the Celts.
I travelled to Iceland through Iceland Pro Travel, and booked their âGuided Iceland Circleâ tour, lasting a week.Â Iceland Pro Travel had been recommended to me by my brother who has booked trips through them several times.Â TheYM, Buckinghamshire, UK September 2018
Just to say âthank youâ. Fabulous few days and loved Reykjavik and all went to plan!Kevin Murphy, Kent. January 2018
I liked the three accommodations, getting stronger from the cold, eating lamb most days and and indulging an appetizer w/ mayonnaise & dill, raw salmon, & ginger ice cream. WOW! So good on the eyes as we traveled across the beautifulArlene Jordan. November 2017
Dear Bergey, I wanted to write to thank you all at Iceland ProTravel for arranging our five day stopover.Â We had a wonderful time and both fell in love with your incredible country. The trip to the Blue Lagoon was er - interesting!Â WeShelagh Boughton. November 2017
Dear Bergey and all involved with planning our trip to Iceland last month. We had the best time, and all went without a hitch. What an amazing and varied country it is; each region so different. so interesting, and friendly folk. We wanted to sendHappy travellers. October 2017
Hi Stefania. Just wanted to let you know our holiday in Iceland was absolutely fantastic. We loved the amazing ever changing landscape. All our hotels and trips worked well. Our guides at Grimsey (Raghnahildur known as Gaga) and on the superjeepAnne and Richard, London. June 2016
Hello Stefania. I just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thank you so much for organizing our trip to Iceland last week. We had the most fabulous time and have fallen in love with the country and can't wait to go back ! Everything was perfectKerri Tilson, Norwich. January 2016
Iceland ProTravel helped plan and book my recent trip to Iceland and provided both me and my partner an excellent service which enabled us to see some amazing sights and experiences on the tours ProTravel arranged for us in advance. Great value forGemma Smith, London. January 2016
I am writing to thank you for the great Northern Lights City Break you arranged for us in Iceland last week. Everything was arranged to perfection. The Hotel Fron exceeded our expectations, the location was just perfect, surrounded by thoseAlan Keggie, Penarth. January 2014
I wanted to thank you for booking and guiding us with our booking for Iceland. We had the best time. We would love to go there again. All the tours we booked were excellent!Sherry Kanwar, London. January 2014
Many thanks for organising our recent holiday to Iceland.The hotels/ farm guesthouses were comfortable and had everything we required. Most of all, we found the scenery spectacular in its variety and beauty, whatever the weather. We packed as muchClaire, Manchester. July 2013
Well, we're back from holiday and had a really good time. It was a pleasant surprise that the weather was much better in Iceland than here in the U.K! And the Hotel Borg and it's staff were excellent.Howard, London April 2013
Just to let you know we are back from Iceland and we had a marvellous time. The tour was excellent, very full and well organised, we really felt we had seen a really good part of Iceland , can not fault anything, the hotels were as described, 2/3Neill and Kathleen, Sleaford. March 2013
Have just got back from a truly memorable holiday in Iceland. The trip was made truly special by Einar our fantastic Icelandic guide. Einar is very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about his homeland and his enthusiasm rubbed off on the group. WeRita Crane, England. February 2013
I just wanted to write and say how much we enjoyed our holiday in Iceland. We had a wonderful time and really very good weather for most of the days. The scenery was fantastic and Jeff has some really beautiful photographs which will keep itThea and Jeff Pine, Berkshire. August 2012
Just wanted to say what an absolutely fantastic time we had in Iceland. Brilliant country and such nice people. Perfect holiday for older children with so much to see. And the sun shone every day. Thank you so much for organising us such a goodClaire Lee, Stockport. August 2012
....thanks for organising my trip for me to your beautiful home country. My camera was red hot! The capital is also a perfect size to spend a few days in and see the sights and sample the lovely food. All the connections and pickups were on timeIain Wyllie, Scotland. July 2012
We had a great time. Both Alison and I absolutely fell in love with Iceland. Thank you so much for all your help !Stephen Jones, Cheshire. June 2012