What you should know about Iceland
Iceland is an island of 103,000 square kilometres. The highest peak, Hvannadalshnúkur, measures 2119 m. Iceland lies on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and is a real hot spot of volcanic and geothermal activity. The natural hot water provides a large part of the population with affordable and clean energy. (Photo by: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center)
Iceland follows GMT throughout the year.
It may sound unbelievable, but temperatures in Iceland are not extreme. This is mainly due to the warm North Atlantic current. Winters are rather mild, and summers are cool. The average temperature in winter is -5 ° C, and in the summer it is around 15 ° C.
In December there are only 4 hours of sunlight per day. In June you can enjoy 22 hours of sunlight. If you cannot sleep easily with much light in the room, then be sure to bring a mask to cover your eyes.
Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)
The best time to see the Northern Lights in Iceland is from September to April. This mesmerising natural phenomenon is best observed during cold and clear nights. The farther north you are in Iceland, the more likely you get to see the Northern Lights. The Mývatn area is ideal.
Iceland has about 330,000 inhabitants, of which 66% live in and around the capital of Reykjavík. The remainder of the population lives along the coasts. The inland is therefore virtually uninhabited.