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You might not get a frozen voulevant, but you will get glaciers, volcanoes and natural bubbling spas in the Land of Fire and Ice.

Iceland is a veritable mix of fascinating geological activity. Nicknamed the Land of Fire and Ice, the landscape is largely a plateau of lava fields, interspersed with the odd volcano, river or waterfall, all with the potent smell of sulphur lingering in the air. It’s also a country with two very disparate seasons. In the winter you’re lucky to get five hours of daylight, whereas in the summer there’s effectively 24 hours of sunshine, leading to the natural phenomenon of a midnight sun.

With a strong Nordic identity, this unique country is largely explorable via its coastline. Although the mostly uninhabited interior can be penetrated by guided tours during the summer months when, like a giant causeway, the snow and ice recedes to allow access to this mountainous and otherworldly region.

Reykjavik:

Given that the only flights to Iceland from the UK land in Keflavik, which is close by to Reykjavik, it’s more than likely that the world’s northernmost capital city will be on every traveller’s list of places to see. Reykjavik also doubles up as a base for further exploration, with tours of the Golden Circle (a 300km loop into central Iceland and back) and to the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa running throughout the week.

Things to do: The Lutheran Hallgrímskirkja church resembles the basalt lava flows of Iceland’s landscape and is a focal point of the city. The Perlan is another landmark building, boasting a viewing deck where, on a clear day, you can see across the tops of Icelandic houses to the dramatic Mt Esja.

Going out: At times it may not seem like there’s much of a nighttime buzz, but don’t be fooled - Reykjavik-ians are known for turning up late to venues, with weekend nights out often not getting started until gone midnight. The vibrant Bakkus is a favourite among hipsters, while B5 boasts a great wine list.

Where to stay: Hip and trendy, and with a covetable location in downtown Reykjavik, the KEX hostel has base rates of £15 for a single bed in a 10-person dorm.

Ísafjörður:

The main dwelling for those living in the north-west, Ísafjörður is home to a university as well as a bevy of sports and music festivals. The remote nature reserve of the Hornstrandir peninsula is also accessible by boat during the summer months.

Things to do: People often make the trek up solely to explore the Westfjords region. Being on the tip of the Arctic wilderness, the fjords could seem rather isolating if not for the teeming wildlife, from arctic foxes to whales.

Going out: Edinborg dishes up a selection of hearty meals during the day, but it’s also the place to head to in the evenings for a drink.

Where to stay: Gentle Space Guest Apartments provides living space for up to five people, with balcony views across the mountains from £115 per night.

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