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The island of Iceland is a stunning and sparsely populated country in the high up reaches of the northern hemisphere. Famous for its rugged scenery, harsh winter temperatures and captivating volcanic pools, Iceland is, quite literally, a country which is still being created. It’s a huge, volcanic space where geysers shoot up from the bowels of the earth, boiling pools of mud glug and pop, ice-topped volcanoes growl and glaciers run roads through the mountains. Its eerie and energetic forces serve to remind humankind of its complete insignificance in the greater scheme of things. With its crisp clean air, lunar landscapes and breath-taking views, Iceland is certainly a force to be reckoned with.
It's the huge range of natural attractions that make Iceland once of the most loved vacation destinations in the world. Soak away the stresses of life in a geothermal lagoon before taking a casual stroll across a sparkling glacier. Then turn out in the early hours of the morning whilst it’s still dark to catch a glimpse of the stunning aurora borealis (Northern Lights).
Iceland is magical, mystical and has a lasting effect on all who visit. With a high concentration of poets, authors, inventors, artists and musicians it’s not hard to see where they draw their inspiration.
Here are five things you may not have known about Iceland, which you’ll want to make note of before packing your bags:Time Difference: UTC +0 hoursCurrency: Icelandic krónaNative Language: IcelandicWeather: Iceland does not have a rainy season, but precipitation peaks in October to February, with the southern and western parts receiving the most rainfall. The North, East and Interior experience colder winter temperatures but warmer summers, and noticeably less snow and rain.Sales Tax: 24%
Here’s everything you’ll need to know about flying to Iceland from Canada, including flight times and entry requirements.
Flights from Canada to Iceland generally take around six hours, with direct flights available from Toronto.
Flights from other cities in Canada, such as Vancouver and Calgary, will have to take indirect routes, which will take a little longer.
Canadian citizens do not need a visa for travel to Iceland, they simply need a valid passport. However, visa-free travel only applies to stays of up to 90 days in any 180-day period.
The following airlines offer direct flights from Canada to Iceland:
- Air Canada
- WOW Air
- Iceland Air
If you’ve never visited Iceland before and are wondering what the ‘must-see’ sights and attractions are, here are our top ten:
- Blue Lagoon
- Jokulsarlon Lagoon
- Skaftafell National Park
- Black Sand Beach
- Golden Circle Route
- Reykjadalur Hot Springs
- Northern Lights Tour
- Dettifoss Waterfall
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