Flights to Iceland
Iceland is an island country situated in the North Atlantic Ocean between Greenland and Europe. It’s considered to be a part of Europe and is a member of the European Economic Area. Famous for its glaciers, geysers and other fantastic scenery, Iceland makes a great destination for a holiday!
International flights to Iceland will arrive in the Keflavik International Airport (airport code: RKV) located about 40 km from the capital Reykjavik. Your journey from South Africa will require indirect flights with at least one connection. Flights with one stop are offered by KLM via Amsterdam. Other indirect flights with two stops are available from airlines such as Virgin Atlantic Airways, British Airways, South African Airways, BMI, Swiss, and Air France. The second connection for these airlines is either via London or Amsterdam.
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The Tourist Attractions of Iceland:
Iceland is a very beautiful country, with a small, though friendly population. Only its relative remoteness has stopped it from being more popular with tourists than it is, however, more airlines are offering affordable flights to Iceland now so this may change.
Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland and the country’s only city. Its claim to fame is that it is the northernmost capital city in the world! This is where many visitors will start their Icelandic experience, and though many stay relatively close to the city, the rest of Iceland shouldn’t be discounted.
Reykjavik is a very attractive city, particularly the Old Town where visitors will find brightly coloured houses, which harp back to more simple times. This area is great just for strolling around and taking in the buildings and the scenery. Other attractions in the city include the National Museum of Iceland, the Culture House, the National Cathedral, and the Church with wonderful views from the tower, and parliament.
National Parks of Iceland
Iceland has a total of three national parks. These include the largest national park in Europe which was formerly two parks combined to make one, and covers 12% of Iceland’s land area. This is Vatnajokull National Park and has several amazing sights to see – Vatnajokull is the largest glacier in Iceland, whilst Hvannadalshnukur is Iceland’s highest mountain. There is also Europe’s most powerful waterfall here, called Dettifoss.
Eingvellir National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is most famous for being the home of the world’s longest running parliament, which was established in 930 AD! The old parliament site is the main attractions, though little remains of it, plus hiking and admiring the dramatic landscape are popular too.
The third national park in Iceland is Snaefellsjokull, in southern Iceland. The main feature of this park is an ice filled volcanic crater which was used as the setting for the Jules Verne novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth.
The origin of the English word ‘geyser’, this is one of Iceland’s popular attractions – a geothermal hotspot with erupting geysers. Great Geysir erupts far less now than it used to, but Strokker, nearby, is said to erupt as frequently as every five minutes.
When Should You Visit?:
Despite the name, Iceland isn’t an icy land all throughout the year! Winters are in fact very mild for this latitude, thanks to the North Atlantic Current which brings warm air with it. Having said this, don’t expect hot weather in the summer, and be prepared for changes as Iceland’s weather can be very changeable.