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!

Iceland trip itinerary suggestions - from one day to two weeks
Best Iceland winter day trips from Reykjavik
One of the most popular day tours in Iceland is a Golden Circle trip

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Practical Information for Visiting Iceland

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 Itinerary Suggestions

Here you can find our suggestions for some of the best itineraries in Iceland.

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 Travel Inspiration & Destination Guides

Here you can find more detailed guides to different areas and activities in Iceland. Check it out!

Reykjavik & South Iceland

West Iceland

North Iceland

Icelandic Highlands

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!

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. 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!

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.

Airbnb is also available in Iceland.

Car Rental in Iceland

If you are looking to rent a car in Iceland, I can highly recommend Lagoon Car Rental. It’s a family-run local car- and camper rental company. They offer a great selection of cars at competitive prices. What’s more important, the booking process is very easy, transparent, and there are no hidden fees. You know exactly what you’re paying for, which car you’re getting, what roads you can drive with the specific type of car, and what is or isn’t covered by your selected insurance. This is the company where we rent our car when we travel to Iceland.

If you want to be sure you’re getting the most competitive rates, I recommend using this car rental search engine to check for the best deals for car rental. We use this site to book our rental cars for many destinations worldwide. Just don’t forget to budget for extra insurance costs and remember that this search engine doesn’t include many smaller local companies, like the Lagoon Car Rental mentioned above. So it’s always good to compare.

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.

Travel Insurance

It’s important that you are well covered when traveling, so good travel insurance is a must. Here you can find more information about how to find the best international travel insurance.

Nearby Destinations

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.

Here you can find inspiration for your trip to the Faroe Islands and here you can find some tips and itinerary for visiting Greenland.

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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