Explore Iceland this winter

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With one of the most rugged landscapes on earth, Iceland is a ‘must see’ destination for many travellers. Whilst the country’s capital, Reykjavik, has a lively tourist atmosphere, it is also the cultural heart of Iceland. With a wealth of museums, architecture and nightspots, tourists won’t be disappointed.

Of course, many people travel to Iceland in order to visit natural sites. Árnessýsla, in the south of the country, is home to Geysir which is one of the most visited parts of Iceland. With a natural hot spring geyser and mountains further inland, most visitors describe a visit to the area as unforgettable.

If you’re keen to try something new while you’re away, snowmobiling across the Icelandic landscape might be at the top of your list. Available in numerous locations, you take in the sights whilst speeding across the snow. With glacier hiking and cave tours also on offer, you can fill your days with as many activities as you’d like or simply choose to relax in one of the many luxurious hotels.

Another significant attraction in Iceland is the opportunity to see the Northern Lights. Most visible from mid-September to April, winter makes the ideal time for a trip to the North Atlantic. Similarly, the opportunity to take a whale-watching expedition is extremely popular with tourists. In fact, many people choose Iceland as their holiday destination simply because of the excursions available. With many hotels arranging viewing trips, many holidaymakers choose to take advantage of the scenic routes available.

Protecting your health when you’re away

Whenever you’re travelling away from home, it’s important to ensure that you can access medical care if you need to. Whilst most people won’t need medical assistance on holiday, it’s invaluable if you suffer an unexpected injury or become unwell during your stay.

Due to this, it’s important to arrange holiday insurance before you leave for the airport. Whilst holiday insurance can be extremely beneficial, you should also arrange for EHIC renewal before you leave if your E111 card is out of date.

Getting the medical help you need

A European Health Insurance Card enables EU citizens to access state-funded medical treatment when they’re abroad. Valid in EU states, it will also entitle you to access care in Iceland. Although the country is not a member of the EU, it is a member of the European Free Trade Association and, therefore, it is considered part of the European Economic Area.

With many insurers requiring you to travel with a European Health Insurance Card, you’ll want to process your e111 card renewal before you arrange your winter break.

Photo: Tindfjallajokull - Iceland - Landscape photography by Giuseppe Milo (www.pixael.com) licensed under Creative commons 2