Iceland is a Nordic island country marking the juncture between the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans, on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The country has a population of about 320,000 and a total area of 103,000 km2 (40,000 sq mi), which makes it the most sparsely populated country in Europe. The capital and largest city is Reykjavík, with the surrounding areas in the southwestern region of the country being home to two-thirds of the countrys population. Reykjavik is the most northern capital in the world. Iceland is volcanically and geologically active. The interior consists mainly of a plateau characterised by sand and lava fields, mountains and glaciers, while many glacial rivers flow to the sea through the lowlands. Iceland is warmed by the Gulf Stream and has a temperate climate despite a high latitude just outside the Arctic Circle.
When to go:
The best time to go to Iceland are the warmest months... June, July, and August.
Average monthly temperature (°C)
+1hr (GMT +2 from the last Sunday in March to the Saturday before the last Sunday in October).
Swedish, Lapp and English.
Kronor/Krona or Crown (SEK).
British citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least three months beyond the period of intended stay in Iceland.
There are direct flights from the UK to Reykjavik in Iceland. The Keflavik International Airport is situated 31 miles (50km) southwest of Reykjavik and flights from London take approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes.
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