LAND OF SAGAS
A Rich Literary Tradition
Iceland has a rich literary tradition dating as far back as the nation’s settlement 1100 years ago. The country’s 12th and 13th century sagas — heroic tales of family feuds, adventures and heroism — are revered as both historical and literary works of art and have inspired modern tales from the Lord of the Rings to Wagner’s four operas, The Ring of the Nibelung.
Iceland’s only Nobel Prize winner, Halldór Laxness, was recognized in the field of literature in 1955. The country publishes more books per capita than any other nation on Earth. And its capital, Reykjavik, is the world’s first non-native English speaking UNESCO City of Literature.
WILD AND WONDERFUL
An Unforgettable Setting
While it has a strong literary tradition, Iceland’s natural attractions are justifiably world famous. Within just a short drive of the picturesque capital, you’ll find moss-covered lava fields, snow capped peaks, steaming geothermal fields, powerful glacial rivers, and photogenic waterfalls.
A modern, safe, and friendly country, Iceland is an easy-to-reach destination. It is just a three-hour flight from the UK, and five hours from the East Coast of North America — and stopovers in the country are free for up to a week if you are travelling from one continent to the other with Icelandair.
Iceland in Spring
As they say in Iceland: If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes. Relatively dry and bright, April temperatures average at 5 C/ 40 F. But we recommend bringing a warm parka and/or rain gear with you, just in case.
In late April, the days stretch to well after 10 p.m. The season is too late for organized tours to find the northern lights though.