We're quickly approaching the 2014 holiday vacation season and you're still not sure where you'll go to escape the in-laws. Iceland may not be the first destination that pops into your mind, but trust me, there is much more to Iceland than flight-canceling volcano eruptions, Bjork, and some bank crisis. A winter vacation in Iceland is the perfect way to avoid the hustle and bustle of other popular holiday destinations. Explore the historic city of Reykjavik while enjoying all its modern luxury's, witness the eye-popping native wonders of Icelandic nature, and explore a rapidly changing natural landscape with a 4x4 rental vehicle in Iceland.
Let's start by dispelling a few myths about Iceland, for one; even though it's located just a few miles south of the Artic circle, you may be surprised to learn that the winter temperatures are often warmer than Boston, New York, and London. Prior to the 2008 financial crisis, travelers noted that lodging in Iceland was comparable to prices in Norway, arguably one of the most expensive nations on average for lodging accommodations; this is simply not the case any more. Traveler's can certainly find a clean, well-situated hotel in Reykjavik (it may be disguised as a big IKEA showroom) for under $100 a night, and ambitious travelers exploring Iceland's back country can get a sleeping bag rate (no sheets or bedding in your room) for typically half or even less the normal room rate. If you're comfortable spending more, you can easily get a penthouse luxury apartment with hot tub and amazing view of Reykjavik for around $200 per night. Not bad at all when compared to the likes of New York, Paris, and London.
In this writer's opinion, a winter vacation to Iceland trumps a summer one, as there are several distinct benefits of touring the country in the winter. For one, there are less travelers visiting Iceland in the winter, airfare is cheap, lodging is cheaper, and there are fewer tourists fighting over the limited rental cars and cutting each other in line at the various spas. Speaking of spas and hot springs, they are everywhere in Iceland; and they are particularly enjoyable on a freezing winter day. I've never understood the point of sitting in a 100 degree hot tub on a 90 degree summer day. Driving in the summer in Iceland is a small adventure in its own right, but during the winter, it's downright epic. Most tourists visiting Iceland in the winter opt for a professional guide, who you can shell out over $500 dollars a day to for their services, but a 4X4 SUV rental, a good map, and a government-issued guidebook is a fraction of the cost and will allow you to see the volcano that erupted in 2010, various waterfalls, geysers, the national park, and the coastline all in a single day.
At first glance, Iceland might not appear to be your ideal winter vacation destination, but its combination of natural wonders and contemporary luxuries make it a superb place to explore on your next vacation. If you've already decided you'll be traveling to Europe for this holiday season but still have not been persuaded to exclusively visit Iceland, you may be intrigued to know that IcelandAir includes Reykjavik as a stopover on the way to Europe at no extra charge with most fares. Book your airfare to Europe with Auto Europe and take advantage of this promotion and explore multiple destinations on your holiday vacation!