Icelandic tourism has grown exponentially in just the past few years, with figures from the Icelandic board for tourism suggesting an uplift of over 100% in the number of visitors to the country between 2010 and 2015, from c. 488,000 to nearly 1.3 million a year. As the appeal of visitors to the island has increased, so too has the availability of travel options and accommodation. Flights to Iceland from the UK are relatively cheap, in comparison to flights to other, similarly remote, locations and excellent accommodation is now readily available in the capital, Reykjavík, and beyond. There are also a number of cruise options available from the UK direct or via Scandinavia.
If you are cursed with the inborn genetic sequence of the explorer, then Iceland is calling to you. Here are a few reasons why. The island is a dwelling of two frighteningly powerful, magnificent and opposing force – fire and ice. As molten heat of more than 1000 ◦C emerges from deep within the island, it battles through the icy mountains, carving valleys through the glacial terrain, as gravity leads it on an epic search for lower ground.
Into the Wild
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