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Iceland Offers the Ultimate Golfing Vacation in the Land of the Midnight Sun

Iceland Offers the Ultimate Golfing Vacation in the Land of the Midnight SunIceland Offers the Ultimate Golfing Vacation in the Land of the Midnight Sun

If you're looking for a unique golf adventure combined with a holiday that's filled with some of the most spectacular scenery on the planet, Iceland may be the perfect destination. Here, golfers can enjoy the experience of a lifetime, playing golf at midnight while surrounded by lava fields, towering mountains, and sweeping ocean views.

When not on the course, there are plenty of sights to see, including a geyser area featuring "the Great Geysir," rivaling our own Old Faithful in Yellowstone National Park, as well as the famed Glacial Lagoon, towering waterfalls, and much more.

Getting there

Iceland's national airline is Icelandair, with direct flights from the U.S. flying out of New York City and Orlando to its capital, Reykjavik.

There are few public transportation options, no rail system, and with the nation's most beautiful sights found in remote areas far from the major cities, your best bet is to rent a car. Be sure to compare costs and make your reservation in advance for the best deal; most major car rental agencies -- including Avis, Budget, and Hertz -- operate out of the Reykjavik Airport.

Iceland Offers the Ultimate Golfing Vacation in the Land of the Midnight SunIceland Offers the Ultimate Golfing Vacation in the Land of the Midnight Sun

Golf courses

With more than 50 courses in Iceland, there are many options for 24-hour golf. Most are open from May to September, before the Arctic chill kicks in.

Just 20 minutes outside Reykjavik you'll find the world-championship course Oddur, one of the finest in the nation. Surrounded by lava fields and in the midst of nesting birds, you'll feel as if you're worlds away from the chaos of the city. The course started out as a nine-hole but in 1997, it became a par 71 18-holer.

A 25-minute drive south of the airport will bring you to Keilir Golf Course in Hafnarfjordur, also built on an impressive lava field, with dramatic Atlantic ocean views and the water coming into play on a number of holes. For an even more remote experience, head to Akureyri Golf Club in the northeast region of Iceland.

Akureyri is situated at the head of Eyjafjordur Bay -- about 240 miles from Reykjavik -- and considered the capital of the north. The Arctic Open is held here each June, with this year's event taking place from June 27-29, 2013. In June, this is the best course at which to experience 24-hour daylight, with many golfers teeing off at midnight and wrapping up at 4 a.m.

Iceland Offers the Ultimate Golfing Vacation in the Land of the Midnight SunIceland Offers the Ultimate Golfing Vacation in the Land of the Midnight Sun

Must-see Iceland sights

A visit to Thingvellir National Park, situated on the northern shore of Iceland's largest lake, Þingvallavatn, allows travelers to view the continental drift, including its cracks -- with one a veritable canyon.

The stunning geyser Strokkur erupts about every five minutes, putting on a dramatic show that sometimes even surpasses that of Old Faithful. Golden Falls is Iceland's most famous and one of the most magnificent on earth. The water plunges down a three-step staircase and then cascades 100 feet into a deep crevice. Its glowing hue is derived from the glacial sediment.

If you enjoy fishing, the brilliantly blue-colored River Sog is famed for its salmon, and most will achieve a successful catch or two in its waters.

Iceland is a must-see destination that should be on any avid golfer's travel list.

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