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Country in Review: A Private Traveler’s Guide to Iceland

We’ve got good news: Iceland is trending down after its explosive popularity (and subsequent crowds) in recent years.

Some have speculated this is due to Icelandic budget airline WOW Air ceasing operations in March 2019. It’s now more difficult for the general public to travel to Iceland, due to a lack of low-cost carrier access—making it the ideal time for private aviation travelers to plan a visit.

Use our private traveler’s guide to Iceland for an introduction to this stunning Nordic treasure!

Fast Facts About Iceland:

Iceland is an island nation located between Greenland and Norway, at the point where the Arctic Ocean meets the North Atlantic. The capital of Iceland is Reykjavík, but other popular destinations include Þingvellir, Jökulsárlón, Mývatn, and Vik. Iceland is easily recognizable for its dramatic landscape of glaciers, volcanoes, geysers, and hot springs.

The small Icelandic island of Grímsey, off the main island’s northern coast, is located within the bounds of the Arctic Circle. Make sure to pack layers: the sub-polar climate of Iceland means that it remains chilly all year long. Summer sees milder weather and nearly 24 hours of sunlight.

In Iceland, the currency is the króna, and Icelandic is the official national language.

Icelanders can’t just name their children whatever they please—to preserve their culture, there is a list of approved Icelandic names from which to choose. Any special requests or new names must be approved by the Icelandic Naming Committee.

In addition, surnames in Iceland don’t work the same way they do in much of the rest of the Western world. A person’s last name is typically formed from the first name of their father or mother rather than taking the patrilineal surname.

What To Do In Iceland:

The Blue Lagoon—a volcanic spa with iconic light blue waters—is the natural attraction Iceland is most famous for. Book a 4-hour Retreat Spa package for exclusive entry and a more privatized experience or book a room at the Blue Lagoon’s luxury hotel for an even more immersive stay.

Other activities to soak in the stunning natural scenery of Iceland include horseback riding, whale watching, glacier hiking, ice caving, spotting waterfalls and fjords, and chasing the Northern lights.

If you dare, try a bite of hákarl, Iceland’s national dish of fermented shark meat. Wash it down with a shot of brennivín, Iceland’s signature liquor and the traditional accompaniment to hákarl. Brennivín is a type of schnapps flavored with caraway seeds and made from fermented potato mash.

Getting To Iceland:

Keflavík Airport (KEF), also known as Reykjavík–Keflavík Airport, is the largest airport in Iceland and the main international hub. However, if you’re seeking a more remote getaway, there are smaller airports peppering the island, so you can fly closer to your final destination.

If you are looking for a unique getaway, please connect with us to get an on-demand charter quote today.

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