26 September 2023

Lonely Planet’s Experience Guides: Iceland

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Reviewed by Rama Gaind.

Price: $34.99.

Far from being a traditional guide book, Lonely Planet’s Experience series launches an original way to travel. There are no pages of listings, opening hours and phone numbers because they are better checked online.

Inside this book is a curated collection of unforgettable experiences, so you can create a unique trip that suits your interests and fits your schedule. You are introduced to local experts, astonished by things you hadn’t thought of and become unexpectedly impressed with fresh perspectives on well-known sights.

Stare at dancing lights in the night sky. Climb glaciers and visit volcanoes old and new. Circumnavigate the island by car or bike. Keep that secret spot to yourself. Meet saga heroes and trace Viking voyages. Switch the rental car for pedal power and save. Savour fresh flavours of the sea. Kayak along the coast or sail out in search of whales. Hike in pristine wilderness. Feel pampered in nature’s hot springs and thermal pools. Explore snow fields and backcountry skiing. This is Iceland.

It’s no wonder this is the Land of Fire and Ice with active volcanoes, sparkling lagoons, spell-binding Northern Lights and impossibly black beaches. An Iceland vacation promises unique experiences not found anywhere else in the world: taking control of the wheel on the Ring Road or trekking through magical ice caves on the south coast.

The capital city of Reykjavik is the most northerly capital in the world and it’s the best place to start your journey along the Ring Road. Make your way to Skaftaftell National Park, discover the sights through the Golden Circle (in the southern part of the island) visit Gullfoss Waterfall and see the Northern Lights.

Name the most northerly capital in the world. If yours is a lucky entry, you could win a copy of Lonely Planet’s Experience Guides: Ireland. Entries should be sent to [email protected] by Monday, 3 October 2022. Names of the winners will be announced in Frank Cassidy’s PS-sssst…! column on 4 October 2022.

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