Iceland Travel Guide
Planning a trip to Iceland, but not sure where to start? This guide is for you!
Iceland is a unique place, one that impresses every visitor beyond expectations. It’s a country that has a lot to offer even to the most seasoned travelers. Iceland also transforms every season and no two trips here will ever be exactly the same. One thing is certain – no matter when or how you choose to visit Iceland, this magical place will not disappoint.
Maybe you are still undecided about visiting Iceland and are looking for travel inspiration? Or maybe you are planning your Iceland trip itinerary and don’t know where to start? Or maybe you just need some practical advice or reassurance for your upcoming trip to Iceland… You should be able to find all the information you are looking for in our Iceland travel guide.
To make your Iceland trip planning and research easier, I created this page that bundles up all our blog posts about traveling to Iceland. From sample trip itineraries and detailed guides to some of the nicest places in Iceland to practical tips and packing lists for all seasons… This travel guide should help you plan your own perfect trip to Iceland!
Our Iceland travel blog is a result of multiple trips to Iceland. Road tripping around the Ring Road in Iceland in spring, in summer, and in autumn, visiting the Icelandic highlands, exploring Iceland in winter – we’ve done it all.
Below you can find a big selection of articles filled with travel stories, inspiring images, and experience-based tips that will help you plan your own dream trip to Iceland. Our Iceland travel guide. Take a look!
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Practical Information for Visiting Iceland
2021 Update: Iceland is opening up for international travelers. If you have been fully vaccinated with an approved vaccine or had a recent covid infection, you can now visit Iceland without quarantine. For all the details and required documents, please check the official website covid.is.
Here you can find some practical advice for your trip to Iceland. From budget tips to packing lists and everything else you may want to know before traveling to Iceland.
- Iceland Travel Tips
- How Expensive is Iceland (+ How To Save Money)
- What to Pack and What to Wear in Iceland in Summer
- What to Pack and What to Wear in Iceland in Winter
- How to Get to Reykjavik from Keflavik Airport (Complete Guide to Airport Transfers)
Iceland Itinerary Suggestions
Here you can find our suggestions for some of the best itineraries in Iceland.
- Iceland Itinerary (Suggestions from 1 to 14 days)
- Iceland Winter Trip Itinerary (Covers all the highlights of the South Coast in 7 days in winter months, when daylight is limited)
- Iceland 4 Days Itinerary (Perfect for the first trip to Iceland, covers all the highlights of the South Coast)
- Iceland 10 Days Itinerary (West, North and the Highlands – a mix of well-known places and off the beaten path destinations)
When to Go to Iceland
Iceland is magical in any season. It’s also so completely different in winter than it is in summer that it’s like two different countries.
If you are not sure when to visit Iceland, take a look at our articles below – they should help you decide.
Iceland in Winter
- Iceland Winter Itinerary
- Driving in Iceland in Winter
- Top 5 Winter Experiences in Iceland
- Northern Lights in Iceland (Complete Guide and FAQ)
- How To See and Photograph The Northern Lights
- My Favorite Photos from Iceland
Iceland Travel Inspiration & Destination Guides
Here you can find more detailed guides to different areas and activities in Iceland. Check it out!
Reykjavik & South Iceland
- Is Reykjavik Worth Visiting
- Perlan Museum in Reykjavik
- Reykjavik Hotels Guide
- Reykjanes Peninsula
- Westman Islands – Visiting Heimaey Island
- Glacier Hiking in Iceland
- Snæfellsnes Peninsula
- Best Things to Do in Snaefellsnes Peninsula
- Westfjords Itinerary
- Raudasandur Beach – Westfjords
- Dynjandi Waterfall
- See The Best of Iceland’s Highlands with a Private Driver – 4 Day Itinerary (Bucket list trip, one of my favorite trips ever. If you are looking for something truly unique and want to get off the beaten path in Iceland, check it out!)
- How to Visit Haifoss Waterfall (Can Do On Your Own)
TIP: Below is a short video featuring some of our favorite places in Iceland. Check it out for some inspiration on where to go!
Best Tours and Day Trips in Iceland
There are so many organized tours, excursions, and activities in Iceland that it’s often difficult to know where to even start. I, therefore, created some guides where I selected the very best price-quality tours available. Take a look below!
- Best Guided Tours in Iceland (All Seasons)
- Best Iceland Day Trips from Reykjavik in Winter
- Amazing Half Day Tours from Reykjavik
TIP: For our own trips, we book pretty much all our day tours and organized activities via GetYourGuide. It’s our favorite one-stop-shop for all organized tours because they have the best customer service and cancelation policy we have ever seen. Booking directly with a local company usually means that you can’t cancel for free, let alone get a refund in case something goes wrong (as recent events and one very user-unfriendly local Icelandic company recently proved…). For that, it’s always helpful to have a strong intermediary and GYG is the best one we know.
Another good website, specifically for tours in Iceland, is Guide to Iceland. There you can find pretty much every tour available in the country and their cancelation policy for one day tours is also rather flexible.
Camping in Iceland
If you are planning to camp in Iceland, make sure to read this guide. It should answer all your questions!
Accommodation in Iceland
If I can give you one piece of advice is to book your Iceland accommodation well in advance. Take a look below for some tips!
- Where to Stay in Iceland: Iceland accommodation guide for Reykjavik and along the Ring Road
- Where to Stay in Reykjavik: Complete guide to Reykjavik hotels
- Where to Stay on Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Booking.com is our first resource when booking accommodation for all our trips, also in Iceland. They have the best selection of hotels, B&Bs, and privately-owned accommodations. Furthermore, they also have the most transparent booking system with the biggest flexibility in terms of cancelations.
TIP: Using the map below, you can compare hotels and short-term rental accommodations all over Iceland. Simply insert your travel dates and group size, and you can zoom in and out to find the best deals at any location. Check it out!
Car Rental in Iceland
If you are looking to rent a car in Iceland, I recommend renting your car via the RentalCars website. Not only can you compare different providers and find the best deals, but you are also much better protected in case a local company goes bankrupt as it recently happened with our favorite local provider in Iceland.
Since the travel market is so uncertain at the moment, it’s best to stick to the biggest companies with the most flexible cancelation policies.
We use this site to book our rental cars for many destinations worldwide. Recently, we had to cancel two car rental contracts because of canceled trips and RentalCars fully reimbursed us both times, even though one of the bookings was completely paid for and the other one had a couple of hundred of euros non-refundable deposit. That’s the kind of company I don’t hesitate to recommend to all our readers!
Getting to Iceland
Iceland is more accessible than ever before. There are too many flight options to even try to list them here. I advise to use the most popular flight search engines to find the best deal for your trip.
If you live in Europe and want to visit Iceland in your own car, that’s also possible. For that, you’ll have to take a car ferry from Denmark via the Faroe Islands, to Iceland. It’s a long trip, however, so I’d only recommend doing this if you are planning to stay in Iceland for at least 3-4 weeks.
It’s important that you are well covered when traveling, so good travel insurance is a must.
We recommend World Nomads insurance for any trip. Their rates are very competitive, the coverage is great, and customer service – impeccable. You can easily get a quote online with just a few clicks – check it out!
Here you can read more about travel insurance and real-life experiences with World Nomads.
If you are visiting Iceland and have some extra time to spare, you may want to also look into visiting the Faroe Islands and/or Greenland. Both are easy to get to from Iceland.
Not sure where to go? Check out our guide to Iceland vs. Greenland
TIP: If you are planning a trip to Iceland, join our Facebook Group for Iceland and Scandinavia Travel. We have lots of members who know the region quite well and should be able to help you with the practical side of planning a trip to Iceland and other Nordic countries.
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