First things first,
What is boutique travel?
By definition, boutique refers to “a business serving a sophisticated or specialized clientele.” A boutique tour operator, such as us at Obsidian, are typically one with a honed and highbrow focus.
And where is Iceland?
Iceland is located in the North Atlantic Ocean just south of the Arctic Circle. It lies about 970 kilometers west of Norway and about 287 kilometers southeast from Greenland. Iceland is geologically a part of both the North American Plate and the Eurasian Plate.
So, how does it sound exploring all of Iceland?
All you have to do is give us a general idea of what you are expecting and we will take care of the rest.
We book your hotel, plan out your days, take you on amazing adventures.
But when should you travel?
You can travel all year round.
Iceland is great and beautiful in all seasons. The main season lasts from mid May until early September, during this time there are longer daylight hours. Traveling to Iceland during “off” season, winter - spring and late autumn, can truly be amazing. But in July most interior and highland routes are open, those routes are great for an epic sightseeing tour.
What is there to do besides nature?
Well, nature is obviously a really big part of the Icelandic experience.
But Reykjavík is one of the liveliest, safest, most sophisticated and modern cities there is. Both the nightlife and the cultural activities have earned an exciting reputation.
Our second largest town in Iceland, Akureyri, up north is also a must see while here.
For those who want to see both city and nature, the wilds begin just outside urban communities and we offer a wide range of tours and activities that take you from the city and into the nature all around our spectacular country.
Little bit about the weather,
Iceland is not considered a warm place by any normal standards. But thanks to the Gulf stream temperatures stay pretty moderate throughout the year.
The average for July is around 12°C in Reykjavík, it’s usually a bit warmer in the north and the east of Iceland.
Also it doesn’t snow as much in Iceland as you might think, especially in Reykjavík, very little snow to be seen in the city even though it’s during winter.
However in the north and east of Iceland and the West Fjords, there is more snow during winter.
A big factor with the weather in Iceland is how unpredictable it can be, you can really experience every variation in a couple of days, especially during late autumn and early spring.
Fun facts about our little island and the people who live on it.
A majority of Icelanders believe in elves.
There is a volcanic eruption every 4 years on average.
Beer remained illegal in Iceland until 1989.
The Icelandic language remains unchanged from ancient Norse. That means 1,000-year-old texts are still easily read.
Babies in Iceland are routinely left outside to nap.
60% of the Icelandic population lives in Reykjavík.
Iceland had the first democratically elected female and openly gay Prime Ministers.
But there aren’t any McDonald’s Restaurants anywhere in Iceland.
Iceland was one of the last places on earth to be settled by humans.
Iceland is home to one of the world’s oldest democracies; established in 930.
Mosquitoes do not exist in Iceland.
In Iceland owning a pet snake, lizard or turtle is against the law.
Icelandic telephone directories list Icelanders by first name alphabetically.
Raw puffin heart is considered a delicacy.
Vatnajökull National Park is the largest in Europe.
Icelandic government offered an island to Björk, but she turned down the offer.
As late as 1413 Icelanders used dried fish as a unit of money.
The highland interior of the country is uninhabited.
Icelanders formally address others exclusively by their first names, even their prime minister.
Iceland - Statistics (but still fun).
Population: 332,529 (January 2016)
Religion: 86% Evangelical Lutheran.
Total area: 103,000 square kilometers / 39,756 square miles.
President: Mr. Gudni Th. Johannesson (since 1st August 2016)
Form of Government: Republic since 17 June 17 1944.
Independent since 1 December 1918.
Approximately 7,250 square kilometers of Iceland is covered with glaciers.
Hvannadalshnjukur is Iceland’s highest peak (2110 m).
Jokulsarlon glacial reservoir is Iceland’s deepest lake (284 m).
An average Icelandic male is 1,80 m, 88 kg and 33.9 years old.
An average Icelandic female is 1,67 m, 73 kg and 35.3 years old.
- For two to three months in summer there is continuous daylight in Iceland.