Iceland is perfect for the great outdoors – just not the sunbaked variety. Due to the collision of temperate Atlantic air and chill Arctic blasts, Iceland's weather, just like its extraordinary landscape, feels constantly in flux.
If you think British weather is changeable, you probably haven't been to Iceland. But you should: despite frequent rain and overcast skies, temperatures are mild enough (around 0°C-12°C through much of the country) to enjoy year-round Iceland's feast for the eyes.
Start, as many visitors do, with the otherworldly hot spring spas such as the Blue Lagoon before trekking across Lord of the Rings-like stretches of territory. Here, waves of frozen lava morph into the sensual blue and white curves of a glacier, all to the roar of some of Europe's mightiest waterfalls.
Iceland might be popular these days but you'll find it cheapest and less crowded in May and September, even if the weather can be at its breeziest.