Iceland is a destination like no other – a magical abode. It has beautiful landscape of endless adventures. Known as the “land of fire and ice”, it is home to some of the world’s most active volcanoes. Several of Europe’s largest glaciers are located in Iceland. Being the land of light and darkness here summer days has constant daylight, while winters are dark with daylight of a few hours. Iceland bursts at the seams with creativity. Icelanders are young at heart. Also they preserve their history and numerous old traditions.
It is an island lying in the North Atlantic Ocean. Greenland is nearest neighboring country. And it is 286 km away. Similarly Faroe Islands is 420 km away. Additionally Scotland is 795 km. And Norway is 950 km. Here the Arctic Circle runs just north of Iceland. Grímsey is a small but inhabited island. Located from the north coast of Iceland. This island lies along the Arctic Circle. Flight from New York to Iceland takes 5 Hrs. 3 to 4 hours to fly from Western Europe.
Population however is only 335,000. Iceland represents the lowest population in Europe. The nation’s capital is Reykjavík. 2/3 of the population live in the Reykjavík. The rural areas are sparsely settled. Other than Reykjavik the most populous town is Akureyri. It has only 18,000 residents. The rest of the population also lives near the coast. The middle of the country has lower temperatures.
Dressing for the weather
Weather is notoriously unpredictable. Hence it’s important that travelers prepare for any conditions. Thus you should dress in sturdy shoes and in several clothing layers. Therefore one can add or take off according to the situation. Always have in handy a wind- and water-resistant outer layer. In winter there can be perilous ice, it is easy and advisable to put cleats or other gear on shoes.