A constant presence in lists of the world's natural wonders, the Blue Lagoon - Iceland’s most famous thermal bath - is a magical sight with pearly blue waters dotted against a landscape of black lava rock. The steaming pools can get pretty crowded, so visit early in the morning or late in the evening for a relaxing soak with cocktails from the swim-up bar. There a spa treatments available, or you can DIY like the locals and slather yourself in chalky white silt from the lagoon bed, which supposedly has anti-ageing properties.
Iceland is a destination that comes with great expectations, but that’s no biggie. Why feel the pressure when you know you’ve got steaming geothermal pools, smouldering volcanoes and unique museums in your back pocket? The back pocket analogy isn’t entirely accurate as this wild wonderland thrusts its main attractions front and centre, so maybe it is a little more accurate to say that Iceland has the dancing Northern Lights in its back pocket. Imagine a world where the Northern Lights, the Northern Lights, are a cherry on top? That’s Iceland. The best things to do here are out of this world.
Reykjavik remains one of the most enchanting capital cities on the planet and is a fantastic base from which to explore the rest of the country and its frozen landscapes, colourful fishing villages and all the rest. Sure, Iceland is weird, but that is sort of the point, and the best way to make the most of this place is to let it wash over you. You’re going to fall in love with Iceland.