Welcome to Iceland Travel Guide
Planning a trip to Iceland? You are at the right place. In this Iceland Travel Guide, we share our best Iceland posts and resources to help plan your trip!
Iceland is a wonderful country, located on the continent of Europe.
With tons of stopover flights and cheaper airfares via IcelandAir, it makes Iceland the desired destination for a quick trip or a weekend getaway.
Quick Facts Iceland Travel
✔️ Capital City - Reykjavik
✔️ Population - 364,134
✔️ Iceland Tourist Visa - Schengen
✔️ Currency - Kronas/ISK
✔️ Language - Icelandic, but English is widely spoken
Our Iceland Travel Guides
✔️ Planning a trip to Iceland - Here is a detailed guide to planning a trip to Iceland
✔️ Iceland Itinerary - A detailed 3-day trip itinerary
✔️ Reyjkavik - A budget guide to the capital city
✔️ Airbnb Picks - Best Iceland Airbnbs to stay in
✔️ Guided Tours - An elaborate guide to all types of tours in Iceland, in all seasons
✔️ Iceland in October - All the activities to do in October in Iceland
✔️ Winter Tours - Guide to tours to take in winter Iceland
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Getting ready for Iceland - Travel Visa
Iceland (and Norway) belong to the Nordic Passport Union and follow the Schengen Agreement.
🗸 If you require to get a Schengen visa for most countries in Europe, then you will need it for Iceland as well.
🗸 Nationals of EEA (European Economic Area) countries need not apply for a visa; however, they do need to carry their valid passport.
🗸 For citizens of the United States and Canada, no visa is required. US and Canadian passport holders can enter and stay in Iceland for up to 90 days for tourist or business purposes without a visa.
Flight Tips for Iceland
The international airport to Iceland is located in Keflavik Airport, which is located 45 minutes from the capital city. It is also about 20 minutes from the famous Blue Lagoon Spa.
If you are renting a car, you can reserve car rentals and pick them up from the airport. There are bus transfers available from the airport to Reykjavik.
Note: Departure from Keflavik Airport is a pain if you have bags to check-in. The waiting time and line-ups are long. So arrive at the airport early if you have to check-in bags. The less you carry on your flight to Iceland- the better. Budget airlines in Europe have a strict baggage limitation and you will have to pay additional for bags.
Best time to travel to Iceland
🗸 Peak Seasons - Iceland has a concentrated tourist season, from mid-June through August, which is summer months in the country.
🗸 Off Seasons - Spring, fall, and winter are the best time to visit as crowds and prices are dramatically lower for airfares, car rentals, and accommodations.
🗸 Our Pick - Late September - October is the best time to visit Iceland, as it is a crossover season - giving you the best of summer and winter, minus the crowds.
Weather in Iceland
Iceland experiences all the seasons, however, what is true in all months is that it is windy and slightly unpredictable. And so carrying warm clothing (like a light windbreaker jacket or a light fleece jacket) is recommended at all times of the year!
Iceland in winter, comes with its own challenges, especially if you are keen on driving on the F roads, or Ring Roads.
If you are visiting Iceland for a short trip in the winter, consider staying in Reykjavik - the capital city, and then venture on day tours from here. You don’t need to have access to a private car to enjoy Iceland.
Note: Rental cars in Iceland will be a manual transmission, if you require auto cars, ensure you book in advance. Your Credit card/insurance provider may/may not cover Icelandic road conditions, check to confirm what is covered before your trip
Where to stay in Iceland?
Staying in Reykjavik is ideal, and from here you can venture to other parts of the country.
Taking Iceland Guided Tours
The best way to explore Iceland at any time of the year is by taking guided tours. They are well organized, safe, and great use of time while you are in Iceland for a stop-over or a short trip.
If you are planning your first trip to Iceland, we highly recommend considering a tour. Get all the scoop on Iceland Tours here
🗸 If you are booking multiple tours, you can score a discount
🗸 Try booking your tours online, to save more. This is also a great way to budget your trip to Iceland
🗸 The most popular tour is the Golden Circle Route, which covers a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a geyser, and the beautiful Gulfoss Waterfalls. It is a day tour and can be undertaken at any time of the year. The tour is for 6 hours and is ideal for your stop-over itinerary
🗸 Tours in lava or ice caves are conducted and led by a guide. You can reach the glacier or the park by car, but there is no way to explore the caves without a guide.
🗸 Amazing tour in Iceland also includes multi-day tours where you can explore the length and breadth of the country for 8-10 days. Options are available to explore Greenland and Iceland together.
What to see in Iceland?
Iceland is an amazing destination. Although a small country, Iceland is perfect for outdoors, road trips, and slow travel and quick getaways at the same time.
🗸 Most popular attractions in Iceland are - South Coast, including the popular Golden Circle Route. There are tons of tours available, which makes it easy to include sightseeing for a quick 2 to 3-day trip.
🗸 Reykjavik is often ignored. But we highly recommend visiting this offbeat capital city. Food is expensive, but you can arrange a food tour to experience all of Icelandic cuisine and drinks. There are a few museums including the City Museum which is worth a visit.
🗸 Visiting hot springs like the Blue Lagoon, swimming pools are quite popular. Myrtvan hot springs is another must-visit.
🗸 After the south coast, the eastern part of Iceland is a tourist favorite!
What to eat in Iceland?
Iceland food prices are exorbitantly high. But did you know that some of the best food in Iceland can be purchased in grocery stores and they are pretty affordable?
🗸 Try these items at a grocery store (budget food Iceland) - Skyr (one of the popular dairy products), dark rye bread (crust-less bread made by baking underground, near a geyser), Icelandic chocolate, dry fish or fermented shark (Icelandic road trip snacks)
🗸 Popular Delicacies in Iceland include traditional lamp soup - served with bread, Plokkfiskur - fish served with mashed potatoes, Icelandic hot dog or Plysur
🗸 Ice creams are popular. You can try an ice-cream at a grocery store or a place like Valdi's
Safety in Iceland
Iceland is a beautiful country, and its uniqueness lies in the fact that no natural sight is barricaded. It is free of obstructions, so use your judgment while exploring and stay safe. Check the local news to be aware of any possible (natural) dangers.
Iceland is one of the safest and peaceful countries in the world. International relations with Iceland are stable. Internally, Iceland is the safest due to its low population.