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Luxury Travel in Iceland

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There is a reason Iceland has topped lists as the happiest place on earth. Largely uninhabited, Iceland is a land where trolls and fairies are rumored to wander the painted hills, jump the ice crevices, bathe in the natural hot springs, and scale the misty cliffs. Somehow, once there, this seems entirely possible. Traveling to Iceland is like being transported to a parallel world where every waking moment is filled with adventure, incredible landscapes, folklore, and understated pleasures. A luxury vacation in Iceland will make you believe in the magical again.

The adventurous at heart will find unending opportunities for an adrenaline rush: the rivers call-out to rafters, fishers, divers, and snorkelers; the mountains, volcanoes, and glaciers beg to be hiked, climbed, skied, and snowboarded; the oceans to be surfed; the caves to be explored; and the barren highlands to be traversed. For families wishing to go on a luxury tour of Iceland, whale watching in the steely grey ocean, riding treks on Iceland’s gentle wooly ponies, and puffin spotting along the rocky shorelines will delight visitors of all ages. Where else in the world can you watch aurora borealis from a natural hot spring, spend the morning on a moss-dotted snow bank, the afternoon hunting waterfalls, and stay in a self-sustaining luxury hotel built into a hillside or off the edge of a rock slab?

A luxury vacation in Iceland will introduce you this country’s wonders and have you returning again and again. A short flight from major northeast cities, Iceland is close enough for a weekend getaway yet varied enough for an extended stay. 1Papaya’s luxury tour specialists will ensure your custom private luxury trip in Iceland will be one filled with the beautiful, the enchanted, and the memorable.

A hidden treasure since the days of its discovery by Norwegian explorers, Iceland is a hotbed of surprises—even beyond volcano Eyjafjallajokull and the famous steaming Blue Lagoon. According to legend, the misnomer for this green land was intentional, a deterrent to settlers who might want to intrude on the Vikings’ newfound haven.

Now, like a bud unfurling in the spring, it grows ever greater on the consciousness of global travelers as more Americans flock to this country than there are residents. Since 2010, travel to this once virtually unknown destination has erupted like the geysers you’ll find in its Golden Circle, making there no hotter place to explore than Iceland.

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Reykjavik, Iceland
The northernmost capital of a sovereign state, you’d think that this city would be a reflection of its untamed geography. However, Iceland is a destination that defies all expectations, and its largest city is no exception. Safe, clean, and green by design. A nightlife that makes the most of the summer’s midnight sun and celestial phenomena that make chill winter evenings magical. Geothermal spas and beaches like the Blue Lagoon and Nautholsvik, set against volcanic craters and forest reserves. For browsing, the second-largest mall in the country and museums, both indoor and open-air. And for adventure … well, look anywhere. There are bike trails and coastlines to zip past, salmon and trout to be fished for, whales and puffins to meet, and horses and cars to take off-road.

Best time to visit Iceland
Midnight sun and warmer temperatures make summer the best season to visit Iceland. Although hikers will want to consider July and August as the best time to visit Iceland whereas February, March, September and October are typically the best time to visit Iceland for the Northern Lights.

Fun Fact: Before there was A Song of Fire and Ice, there was this land of fire and ice. Its dynamic landscape includes glaciers, volcanoes, hot springs, and geysers … but its climate is actually cool, temperate, and surprisingly mild in the winter while refreshing in the summer.

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