Unique and exciting destination to discover, Iceland is a nature lover’s dream. Nicknamed "land of ice and fire", this country will surprise you with its glaciers, active volcanoes, geysers, national parks and horses. Did you know that access to all national parks is free in Iceland? Another fun fact: it doesn’t get dark during summer nights from mid-May to the end of July because this island is located near the Arctic Circle. The sun is present 24 hours a day. Did you know that for the past few years Iceland has been ranked among the ten happiest countries in the world? Visiting Iceland should definitely be on everyone's bucket list!
The Blue Lagoon is one of the most popular activities in Iceland. Located in the middle of a lava field, this geothermal spa, created in 1976, is actually a large artificial lake with an average water temperature of 39 °C. This place is definitely worth a visit with its beautiful scenery and turquoise blue water. Rich in silica, algae, and mineral salt, the milky-blue water strengthens, renews, and moisturizes the skin. Treat yourself to a moment of relaxation in this blue paradise after an exciting stay in Iceland. Please note that it is very important to book your entry ticket several weeks in advance.
The Golden Circle is a popular route between three of Iceland’s most visited attractions: the Þingvellir National Park, the Gullfoss waterfall and the Geysir in the Haukadalur Valley. Þingvellir National Park is the site of the first parliament as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its geological, cultural and historical importance. The site is located along the border of the American and European tectonic plates. Some scenes from the Game of Thrones series were even filmed in this national park. Gullfoss Waterfall is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country with its 32 m high and 70 m wide. Finally, you will have the chance to admire a geyser in the Haukadalur Valley. This natural phenomenon, the Geysir, propels a hot spring up to 170 m high.
Due to its geographical position, Iceland is one of the best places to observe northern lights. This natural phenomenon can be seen in the off-season from September to mid-April. Here is a great reason to visit this country outside the summer months! In addition, you will be able to experience short days. The nights are longer and the sun doesn't come out very often, but you will have the unique chance to witness a most impressive show. These green colors in a night sky will remain engraved in your memory for a long time.
Are you a beach fan? You should absolutely stop at the famous black pebble beach, Reynisfjara. This beach is quite different from the beaches we are used to, but it will still amaze you. In the southeast part of Iceland, you should discover the Diamond Beach, which is a little less known. Blocks of ice which look like diamonds can be seen on this black sand beach. What an impressive sight!
Reykjavik is the capital and the largest city in the country. With its warm atmosphere and colorful Nordic houses, this place will quickly become a favorite. You can easily visit it in one day. Start your visit with a walk along the main street, Laugavegur Street. This place is simply spectacular! Tere you find the Icelandic spirit: Icelanders are known to be calm, eccentric and artistic. Trendy cafés, stores and bars are part of the entertainment. Take a moment as well to visit the Hallgrimskirkja Church. Its architecture was inspired by lava formations. From the church's bell tower, you will have a magnificent view of the entire city of Reykjavik.
The country's official currency is the Icelandic Krona (ISK). Visa and Europay cards are accepted almost everywhere, but American Express cards are not widely accepted.
You will need a power adapter and maybe a converter. Electrical outlets used in Iceland are not the same as in Canada. Voltage is 230V and frequency is 50Hz. Make sure your devices mention the words "INPUT: 100-240V, 50/60Hz" otherwise you will need a converter.
It is strongly recommended that your Canadian passport be valid for at least 6 months after the date of your return from travel. For more information, visit the Government of Canada's website.
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