To the dark side
Iceland has fewer than 300,000 souls, so there is no light pollution to obscure a view. When the spectacle is over, the lava land beneath is worth exploring: geysers of hot water and steam spurt from the earth, and waterfalls thunder in basalt canyons. And don't miss a dip in the soothing waters of the Blue Lagoon.
Arctic Experience has put together a trip to the best eclipse vantage point, Skalafell. Prices for a three-night weekend break start from pound;463 per person, based on two sharing, and include return flights from Heathrow or Glasgow, transfers, three nights' accommodation with breakfast and all airport taxes. Details: 01737 214 214; www.arctic-experience.co.uk.