Travel insurance customers looking for a good-value holiday will find Iceland is more affordable than ever before, according to Lonely Planet. An editor at the popular travel guide said British holidaymakers heading to the country will get a good exchange rate for Icelandic krona.
"That means that everything from hotels to restaurants to the famously expensive pints of beer are much more in range of most of us," he explained.
It is part of Europe and is located exactly over the mid Atlantic ridge which could also make it part of America. Traditionally it has a historic of Nordic and Celtic culture relying mainly on fishing and agriculture for wealth.
Iceland is a geologically young land with many active volcanoes. These in turn lead to the many geysers and hot spa pools on the island. The residents have turned this volcanic activity to their advantage by using the geothermal energy to heat their homes and domestic water.
One of the most important reasons to visit the island is the wealth of wildlife both in and out of the sea. Whale watching is one of the most popular tourist activities. The success rates of seeing the world’s largest mammals in their natural habitat are much greater than 95%. The most common whales spotted are the friendly minke whales but also blue whales, humpback whales, sei and fin whales, killer whales and of course a number of dolphins including white beaks and harbor porpoises.
Iceland is a paradise for birdwatchers. Latrabjarg in the West Fjords is the largest bird cliff in the world. A great variety of cliff-nesting species can be found there, including the largest razorbill colony in the world. The Westman Islands are also famous for many kinds of seabirds, and are home to the world’s largest puffin population.
Reykjavik is the world’s most northerly capital city and has the features of a modern, forward-looking society which are complemented by a close connection to beautiful nature right on the city's doorstep.
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