Where is Iceland?

Iceland is an island positioned at between 64° and 66° north. Within the North Atlantic ocean, on the map you can find it situated midway between North America and mainland Europe.

Directly to its west is the autonomous Danish territory of Greenland; whilst to the east lie another Danish territory, the Faroe Islands, which incidentally can be visited my on route to Denmark by taking a boat from the town of Seyðisfjörður in the East Fjords. Travelling further east, its closest neighbour on mainland Europe is Norway. 

The average flight time from Iceland to the east coast of the USA is 6 hours making it an easily accessible layover destination. It can take as little as 2 hours and 30 minutes to reach our closest neighbours on mainland Europe, making it a perfect gate-way to numerous incredible countries

The Nordic Connection

Photo by Myllan

Iceland is often referred to as a Nordic country which is a term that also applies to Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, as well as the Faroe Islands and Greenland.

With a deeply rooted and fascinating historic ties with its Scandinavian cousins on the European mainland having been a territory of both Norway and Denmark, Iceland formally gained its independence from Denmark in 1944.

The Icelandic independence day is now celebrated every year on 17th June.