Is Iceland the safest country to travel to in 2020?
Is Iceland the safest country to travel to in 2020?
As many countries begin to relax their assembly restrictions and lift their travel bans, we can expect to be allowed to travel again soon. But where should we go? Which country is safe to explore in the post-pandemic era?
The last chaotic months we have lived will constantly remind us of the need to be safe, clean and stress free, and this also applies to vacations! Wherever you choose to go on vacation, we recommend a place with therapeutic powers, tranquil landscapes and an open space full of magnificent views. And that leaves us with an answer – Iceland.
How Iceland coped with the COVID-19 pandemic
With the first case of COVID-19 confirmed at the end of February, Iceland has been fighting the coronavirus epidemic from the start and now, 3 months later, it claims a major victory against the coronavirus pandemic. Iceland plans to reopen its doors to foreign travelers on June 15.
Iceland started testing and screening in late January, a month before the first Icelandic patient, who contracted the disease during a ski trip to northern Italy. To date, Iceland has only two active cases, with 1,791 recoveries. In the past two weeks, a maximum of one confirmed case has been reported each day, but unfortunately a total of 10 people have died from the virus. Without exhausting its medical resources, Iceland has managed to contain the epidemic. Chief epidemiologist Þórólfur Guðnason told The New York Times that he did not expect the recovery to be as rapid.
With rigorous approaches leading to massive testing, contact tracing, isolation of infected people and a strict ban on public assembly for three months, a sense of normalcy has finally returned to Iceland.
The main lessons to be learned are cooperation, transparency and trust in the science behind the evidence. From the outset, key roles were assigned to the organizations concerned, which were clear about their respective responsibilities. A hotline has been set up to respond to public concerns, requests and requests. A range of approaches, such as tests, quarantine, isolation or hospitalization, was then implemented, depending on the level of urgency of each case.
The public has entered a stricter assembly ban, as a maximum crowd of 20 people is allowed to be in the same space. Despite a tiny fraction of the dissenting voices, the majority of Icelanders practiced social distancing in an orderly fashion, to practice solidarity and protect the vulnerable.
Local news reported that the yeast packages were all sold because everyone was at home baking.
Two trials from the national hospital and a private biotechnology company, deCODE Genetics, helped measure infections. The National Hospital was responsible for testing symptomatic cases. For the rest of the population, who were not ordered to remain in self-quarantine, they were offered the opportunity to organize a free test with deCODE online. As of May 22, nearly 60,000 residents had been screened for coronavirus, nearly 16% of the total Icelandic population.
Meanwhile, studies are still underway on the behavior of the virus, as scientists are still trying to find out more about this newly emerging virus. As a result, more information is shared with the medical community, increasing the chances of a faster and more effective long-term solution.
The level of professionalism that Iceland demonstrated during the crisis demonstrates the benefits of living in a small nation. We can now say that Iceland has reached the other end of the coronavirus pandemic tunnel and is looking forward to opening its borders in mid-June.
Hope remains strong and will depend on the effectiveness of the continuous analysis of the situation. Iceland plans to conduct coronavirus testing for all incoming travelers at Keflavik International Airport. Plans and details are being worked out on how to handle a more complex situation, as tourists arrive later when continental European countries become borderless and global air traffic begins to gradually increase.
In this spirit, the current atmosphere in Iceland is uplifting and full of hope. Summer is fast approaching and the bright colors and the pleasant sun have arrived in time to sweep the gloom of this year so far.
So if Iceland is ready, we want to make sure you are too!
Iceland is a family destination filled with adventures
The incredible landscapes and sites of Iceland have attracted many visitors, especially photographers and filmmakers, to visit the land of fire and ice to give their projects a surreal and striking visual touch. It’s a common feeling for people who have visited Iceland. Each traveler finds something that satisfies their enthusiasm.
With massive glaciers along the south coast, extraordinary views of the central highlands, the soothing water of geothermal spas and the roaring sound of free-falling waterfalls, Iceland makes a vacation perfect for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. As an adventurer, we have access to travel all around and through the many natural Icelandic landscapes.
Glacier hiking and ice climbing are essential if you want to experience the wonders of Iceland up close. Taking a helicopter tour of the world’s only accessible volcanic magma chamber is simply marvelous. Walking through an old lava tunnel with a lighthouse is simply amazing. You can experience all of these incredible things in Iceland, creating your vacation once in a lifetime.
Iceland is also an animal paradise. Atlantic puffins, arctic terns, reindeer, seals and arctic foxes, to name a few. The wild and vast nature shelters these animals. In summer, when a trip on the ring road is more pleasant because of the longer daylight hours and the mild weather, we will take a panoramic tour of the south coast, where we can find breathtaking attractions and diverse wildlife. We can take a boat ride or kayak over the serene water of the Icelandic crown jewel, the lagoon of the Jokulsarlon glacier, passing the giant floating blue icebergs, watching the massive glacier in the distance, while Arctic terns chirp near the coast and seals swim in the distance.
Travel with class
The luxury of traveling to Iceland is not only to travel in a small group on a personalized itinerary, it is to enjoy the serene nature and spend a moment of tranquility in the midst of incredible views. It’s about putting yourself in some of the most amazing and unique landscapes, taking time to stop thinking about your daily stress and routine, and taking a moment out of the busy world for a while.
With so many adventures to take on and so much to see, Iceland is where you want to be after all the chaos that subsides.
When is the best time to visit Iceland
The word on the street is that winter and summer are high seasons when it comes to visiting Iceland, the same generally applies to many places around the world. For Iceland, in particular, any season can be a good time, when planning the best trip with the best guide.
The four seasons of Iceland are not as distinctive as they can be in many other countries, but there are still a few subtle nuances for each month, so let’s review the highlights of each season in Iceland, and you can decide when is the best time for you.
Spring full of hope
For the first signs of spring, the temperature gradually begins to rise towards the end of March. Slowly but surely, the trees and the moss begin to bud. Unmelted snow remains in the wild, and snowy weather can still hit parts of the country from time to time. Driving south or west, we can see that the mountains of muted green colors still have patches of white snow superimposed, it is a very unique view.
For an Icelandic spring from April to May, Iceland gradually becomes greener when the flowers start to bloom. In Reykjavik’s public parks, the birds return, breaking the silence of winter with their joyful songs, and the meadow becomes more colorful. Daylight hours are getting longer, varying between 1 and 8 p.m. each day, so travelers will have plenty of time to visit near and far.
Although still considered out of season, the hiking season begins very soon. Other popular spring activities include tourism, volcanic caving, glacier hiking, snowmobiling, geothermal hot spring baths, snorkeling, diving, and helicopter tours.
From June to August, Iceland welcomes summer with great expectations. The length of daylight extends to the maximum on the summer solstice for 24 hours, which is the famous phenomenon of the midnight sun. On the weather side, it is also the most pleasant season because the temperature can reach up to 20 degrees Celsius (68 ° F).
The colors of nature take on their most vibrant hues. The central highlands open to visitors thanks to the 4×4 driving of the rugged terrain, we travel through the magnificent landscapes of the hot geothermal valleys and mountains rich in minerals. We walk to the Glymur waterfall, one of the highest waterfalls in western Iceland, and visit the Snaefellsnes peninsula, nicknamed “miniature Iceland”. In summer, the West Fjords, a remote but popular region in the northwest of Iceland where there are many hidden gems, become friendly. We can even see arctic foxes and explore the “edge” of Europe.
For summer, the most popular activities include tours of the Icelandic ring road, multi-day sightseeing adventures, fly fishing tours, luxury highland superjeep tours, spa experiences natural geothermal, whale watching, hiking, glacier hiking and ice climbing, kayaking, boat trips on the glacial lagoon, puffin watching and horseback riding.
Iceland doesn’t have many forests with tall, tall trees, but the fall foliage in Iceland definitely matches the rich colors you’re used to. The landscapes and attractions make the fall scene even more charming and captivating.
Starting in late August, the average daily temperature drops from 11 ° C to around 8 ° C (52 ° F – 47 ° F) in September and around 4.5 ° C (40 ° F) in late October. As Iceland returns to normal daylight hours, we still have enough light to travel around Iceland, especially in the north and east region, the vast wilderness is teeming with wildlife and extraordinary sites.
And don’t forget the Northern Lights. From the end of October, when dark nights are observed, we can finally start hunting the northern lights, which starts the northern lights season which ends in March.
As Iceland’s tourist season starts to slow down in the fall, this is actually the best time to visit if you plan to travel at your own pace. Take a wonderful vacation and personalize it, because Iceland has something unique for everyone.
The most popular activities in Iceland’s fall season are Northern Lights Hunting, Sightseeing Tours, Tours around Iceland, Glacier Hike and Ice Climbing, Hiking, Sightseeing of the interior volcano and caving.
Winter in Iceland is long but incredibly beautiful. From November to the following March, when the temperature drops in November, the length of daylight also begins to shorten. The landscape takes on a golden brown hue. The average daily temperature drops from around 4 ° C (39 ° F) in early winter to around -6 ° C (21.2 ° F) in January, and warms up slightly in March. Although Iceland is located near the location of the Arctic Circle, the Icelandic winter is not really very cold thanks to the warm Gulf Gulf.
It is the season to visit the magnificent glacier by exploring the ice caves of the blue glacier. It takes summer for ice melt and wind to form ice caves, then cold winter temperatures to stabilize it, making it accessible to visitors. It is one of the tourist highlights and real adventures in Iceland. The size, intricate texture and crystal blue colors are absolutely fascinating. It’s also the best time to see the Northern Lights. As the night lengthens, there is a greater chance of seeing the northern lights.
Icelandic winter makes nature a paradise. The spectacular sunrise and sunset with soft, delicate hues and long shadows are Iceland’s winter signature. It’s also the best lighting for photographers.
The most popular winter activities in Iceland are the Northern Lights tours, glacier caving adventures, glacier trekking and ice climbing, snowmobiling, geothermal spas and multi-day tourist adventures.
We hope that with the information provided, you will know a little more about Iceland. Words cannot match the real magnificence of Icelandic nature, you really need to see it with your own eyes to believe it. Make Iceland your next travel destination as it is adventurous, family friendly and safe. And with that, Iceland awaits your arrival.
Sigurður Sindri Magnússon is the owner of Deluxe Iceland. Deluxe Iceland is a luxury travel agency and licensed tour operator based in Iceland.
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