As restrictions begin to ease and the possibility of travel grows increasingly closer, Iceland stands out as one of the best-bet ‘green light’ countries with low case numbers, a solid vaccination programme, and flexible entry requirements. It also happens that summer is one of the best times to visit the country with 24 hours of daylight in some areas, not to mention warmer and drier weather. The flight from London to Reykjavik takes just over three hours, making it a great option for a long weekend. Here are some ideas for how to spend your time in the naturally socially distanced land of fire and ice.
Thanks to its dramatic North Atlantic climate, Iceland is a near-mystical land of wild natural wonders that will soon have you belting out the Frozen soundtrack at the top of your lungs.
The Blue Lagoon, located in an otherworldly UNESCO Global Geopark and lava field, is one of Iceland’s biggest tourist attractions, but don’t let its popularity put you off— there are ways to get around the crowds.
To have the best and most private experience at this National Geographic ‘wonder of the world’, skip the day pass to the busy public Blue Lagoon; and instead, check into a one-of-a-kind hotel with a focus on space and seclusion. The Retreat at Blue Lagoon (+354 420 8700; bluelagoon.com) is an all-suite luxury hotel with all of the benefits of the Blue Lagoon but none of the crowds. Along with luxurious, roomy suites, guests also get free, unrestricted access to a private section of the Blue Lagoon that’s only open to those staying at the hotel. For the ultimate private dip in the medicinal, milky blue geothermal waters, The Retreat even offers four suites with personal lagoon pools—how’s that for social distancing?
To add to the surreal experience of the silica-rich geothermal hot spring, book a Morning Floatation session – a guided aquatic spa treatment which takes place in a secluded area of The Retreat’s lagoon before it opens to the public.