Iceland is an island country of the Atlantic Ocean in the extreme north west of Europe. With a total population of only about 320,000 people; the vast majority are found in and around the capital city of Reykjavik on the south-west coast. The main landmarks of the capital are the Icelandic parliament buildings, National Museum of Iceland and the Reykjavik Art Museum. Reykjavik's nightlife is probably the liveliest characteristic of the city but beware; most locals drink at home before going out late as the price of alcohol is so expensive.

This is certainly not a hot country and temperatures average only about 10°C even during the summer months of June through August. Outside of the capital, the other main reason for visiting the country is to enjoy the three main national parks on offer. Fans of natural history will enjoy learning about the island's active volcanoes which have left an indelible mark on the country's geography. There are a number of stunning glacial rivers and of course mountain and winter sports are very popular as is sauna and spa culture. Iceland has certainly developed a reputation for being an alternative holiday destination for those seeking more than a simple sun, sea and sand affair.

Cities of Iceland