Nowadays tourists flock to Iceland because it is so unspoilt and offbeat but the influx hasn’t spoiled the natural charms of this remote island far out in the northern Atlantic.
In the depths of winter, take a walk outside the bright lights of the capital Reykjevik and hope to see the northern lights, also known as aurora borealis, when the sky forms moving curtains of green, blue and yellow ionized light.
In winter, the sun lurks around the horizons only for a few hours, rising in the late morning and settting in the early afternoon. The weather can be chilly, but temperatures are moderated by the Atlantic Gulf Stream that swirls around the island’s shores, insulating it from the harsher weather that usually plunges temperatures to well below zero in these far north latitudes.
Summer is a time of unwinding and opening in Iceland, as it is in the Nordic countries generally. As spring blossoms push through the iron-hard earth, the mood lightens and the intesity of winter gives way to the joy of new growth.