Iceland Travel Guide - Travel Insights and Tips

Traveling to Iceland? Our detailed Iceland insights, blogs and travel tips will help you plan the best trip.

An out-of-this-world land of natural hot springs, rugged mountains, volcanoes, waterfalls, and the northern lights, a trip to Iceland guarantees a magical experience to visitors. This beautiful island, with its warm, welcoming people, has not only incredible sights but also a plethora of engaging and fun activities. Here is our all-inclusive Iceland travel guide, which tells you everything you need to know about planning a trip to Iceland.

Start off by discovering how long to stay in Iceland and the best time to visit Iceland. If we were to recommend, we would say that Iceland in December allows you to experience its fabulous winter glory, while the glimmering northern lights take over the skies of Iceland in October. When it comes to what to see and visit in Iceland, we have got your back. From the vibrant capital of Reykjavik and the Myvatn Nature Baths to the classical Maelifell Volcano and the multicolored Landmannalaugar, our travel guide has documented all the intriguing places to visit in the country, just for you.

Taking an epic road trip, walking on a glacier, visiting the roaring waterfalls, journeying into the quirky landscape of the highlands, and hiking through a scenic trail, all these make the list of the top things to do in Iceland in our guide that will come in handy throughout your journey. 

Top Destinations in Iceland

Discover the highlights of Iceland.

Go Sightseeing in Reykjavik

Go Sightseeing in Reykjavik

Experience the enchanting charm of Reykjavik, a vibrant city brimming with cultural treasures and natural wonders on a sightseeing tour. From awe-inspiring landmarks to captivating museums, Reykjavik offers an array of sights that will leave you spellbound. Immerse yourself in the rich history and unique architecture as you embark on an unforgettable journey through this Icelandic capital.

Embark on a Golden Circle Tour

Embark on a Golden Circle Tour

Embark on a Golden Circle Tour and witness awe-inspiring natural wonders. Explore Thingvellir National Park's rift valley, marvel at the majestic Gullfoss waterfall, and experience the erupting Strokkur geyser. Visit Kerið crater's vibrant volcanic landscape and immerse yourself in Hveragerði's geothermal park. With so much to explore, you'll have a gala time in Iceland's Golden Circle.

Wander Through the South Coast of Iceland

Wander Through the South Coast of Iceland

Discover Iceland's enchanting South Coast, where breathtaking waterfalls, black sand beaches, and mighty glaciers await. Marvel at Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls, walk on Reynisfjara's dramatic black sand beach, and explore Sólheimajökull glacier. Encounter puffins, seals, and maybe even whales. Immerse yourself in Iceland's stunning natural beauty.

What to do in Iceland

Top things to do in Iceland

Top Things to Do in Iceland

Top Things to Do in Iceland

Aptly called the “Land of Fire and Ice,” Iceland is a country that fascinates visitors with diverse attractions, each equally enchanting in its own right. Whether it be the active Mount Hekla volcano, the picturesque terrains leading to the Th...Read more

What to See and Visit in Iceland

What to See and Visit in Iceland

Iceland is an absolute paradise on earth, a treat for nature and adventure lovers. Whether its glaciers tours, ice cave tours, amazing volcanoes, or beautiful waterfalls, this heavenly destination is simply waiting to be explored. In this article we&rsquo...Read more

Top 12 Things to Do in Reykjavik

Top 12 Things to Do in Reykjavik

Reykjavik is a capital city unlike any other, even amongst its Scandinavian neighbours. Though a very small city, with a population of just over 200,000 people, the city is bursting with life and culture. With colourful homes, fascinating museums, and a v...Read more

10 Things to Do Around Lake Myvatn

10 Things to Do Around Lake Myvatn

Few places on earth feature such stunning landscapes and biological diversity as Iceland’s Lake Myvatn. This shallow lake and the wetlands around it is almost a world in itself, full of natural wonders waiting to be explored. With so much to see in...Read more

Top Things to Do in North Iceland

Top Things to Do in North Iceland

Situated on the edge of the Arctic Circle, North Iceland is known for its raw, untamed beauty. While South Iceland boasts accessible and touristy sites, an Iceland trip to the north unveils a realm of diverse terrains with many hidden gems. As you drive t...Read more

When to visit Iceland

Read the below travel guides to find the best time to visit Iceland.

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Iceland in November: Winter Weather, Tips, and More

Iceland in November: Winter Weather, Tips, and More

November is when winter officially starts in Iceland. The “Land of Ice and Fire” is bejeweled with pristine icy terrains during this time. From ice caving in Katla to skiing in Seljalandsdalur to embarking on an Iceland Northern Lights tour in...Read more

Iceland in October: Weather and Outdoor Adventures

Iceland in October: Weather and Outdoor Adventures

October marks the transition period in Iceland when the warm summer temperatures gradually make way for colder winter conditions. This is the time when mountain trails in some parts of the country start closing off, but opportunities still abound for seve...Read more

Iceland in August: Weather, Tips, and More

Iceland in August: Weather, Tips, and More

August is one of the best months to tour Iceland. It is officially the last summer month, and the weather in Iceland in August is glorious — with warm days (certainly by Iceland’s chilly standards) and lots of daylight. Iceland’s weather...Read more

Iceland in July: Weather, Outdoor Adventures, and More

Iceland in July: Weather, Outdoor Adventures, and More

July falls right in the middle of Iceland’s summer, and it is one of the best times to visit the country. The days are warm and long, and every nook and cranny of the country is open for exploration. From whale-watching to hiking to attending summer...Read more

Iceland in June: Sunny Weather, Hiking Season, and More!

Iceland in June: Sunny Weather, Hiking Season, and More!

June marks the beginning of all things exciting in Iceland. It is the first summer month, the start of peak tourist season, and the month when you can witness the midnight sun phenomenon. June is when days are long — the longest in the year, and the...Read more

Iceland in May: Spring Weather and Enchanting Scenery

Iceland in May: Spring Weather and Enchanting Scenery

May is a lovely time to tour Iceland. Winter is long over, but it is not quite summer yet, which means pleasant spring weather conditions. Since most of the winter snow has melted by May, many of the country’s inaccessible mountain paths are open, a...Read more

Iceland at a Glance

Quick facts about Iceland.

CAPITAL CITY

Reykjavík is the capital city of Iceland and the northernmost capital of the world. Reykjavik is a small city relative to other capitals in the world. It is also a Unesco City of Literature, the first non-native English city to gain such a status.

SIZE

103,000 km². This makes Iceland the second largest island in Europe after Great Britain and the 18th largest in the world. Iceland spans roughly 500 km from west to east and 300 km from north to south.

COUNTRY CODE

+354 is the country code for Iceland when making a call from another country.

CURRENCY

The official currency of Iceland is the krona (ISK). While exchange booths are readily available in Iceland, many hotels and restaurants accept US dollars, Canadian dollars, and euros, as well as the currencies of Norway, Sweden, and Denmark. Paying with cards is common in Iceland.

MAIN AIRPORT

Keflavik International Airport is the main airport in Iceland that serves both domestic and international flights. It is on the Reykjanes Peninsula, 50 km from the capital city. Over 30 leading airlines, including Icelandair, serve this airport with scheduled flights to over 90 destinations. COD: KEF. Closest City: Njardvik

VISAS

US, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, and British passport holders are all exempt from visas for up to 90 days. Iceland is a member of the Schengen region, a group of 26 European nations with similar entry and exit rules that permit unrestricted travel between members.

LANGUAGE

The official language of Iceland is Icelandic, which is an Indo-European language. English speakers, however, will have no problem conversing with the locals, as it is widely spoken in major cities. Iceland is additionally home to 11 other spoken languages. Learning a few welcoming and essential phrases of the Icelandic language (Hello - Halló, thank you - Takk) is nevertheless a great way to integrate with the community.

EMERGENCY CONTACT

When there is an emergency, call 112. It is supported by civil defense, police, fire, ambulance, rescue teams, kid protection committees, and coast guards. They can be reached through phone, message, or even the 112 Iceland app. By tapping the red emergency button, the app will instantly text the contact center with your GPS location.

WHAT'S UNIQUE

Iceland is known as the land of fire and ice, as it is home to the largest glaciers in Europe and the most active volcanoes in the world. This is also the only place in the world where you can snorkel in the space between two tectonic plates. This is because Iceland is located where the North American and the Eurasian plates meet.

How long to stay in Iceland

Read about the ideal duration to stay in Iceland.

Two weeks in Iceland: Top 4 Recommendations

Two weeks in Iceland: Top 4 Recommendations

While you could spend months on an Iceland trip, exploring glaciers, lakes, fjords, and off-the-beaten trails, a more realistic and ideal timeframe to fully immerse yourself in the country's breathtaking and diverse landscape would be two weeks. If you sp...Read more

3 Days in Iceland: Top 3 Itinerary Recommendations

3 Days in Iceland: Top 3 Itinerary Recommendations

Thinking of an Iceland trip but can’t spare more than three days? Well, we have some great short itinerary ideas that you may be interested in. Ideally, it takes at least a week to explore all the popular sites and hidden treasures of Iceland. But i...Read more

How Long to Stay in Iceland

How Long to Stay in Iceland

It’s no secret that Iceland has become an essential destination on every traveler’s bucket list. This northern wonderland boasts some of the most fantastic scenery of the northern hemisphere, including glaciers, volcanoes, and ice caves, forci...Read more

7 Days in Iceland: 7 Unique Itineraries

7 Days in Iceland: 7 Unique Itineraries

Covering all of Iceland's major destinations in just one week seems challenging, but you can make the most of your trip by strategically choosing an itinerary that aligns with your interests. Experience classic attractions on the Golden Circle and South C...Read more

FAQs for Iceland

Read the most frequently asked questions and answers about traveling to Iceland below.

  • Is it expensive to travel to Iceland? How does credit card system work?
  • What is the best time of year to visit Iceland?
  • What currency is used in Iceland?
  • Is a visa required when traveling to Iceland? Is Iceland a safe location to visit?
  • Is English spoken in Iceland? Is it better to learn some basic communication phrases?

Sustainable Travel – How to travel through Iceland responsibly

In line with Bookmundi's vision, we wish to provide our travelers with a sustainable travel experience through Iceland. As part of this effort, we carbon offset any Iceland tour that you purchase through us. You can read more details about our carbon offsetting efforts.

Here's what you can do to travel to Iceland more responsibly:

  • Carbon-offset your trip to Iceland via Icelandair, an airline committed to sustainable air travel. The moment your tour starts in Iceland, and if you have purchased your tour through Bookmundi, we will carbon-offset your tour from its starting point to its ending point. You can also use the public transportation system or rent a hybrid or electric vehicle to travel inside the country.
  • While you are in Iceland, make a small contribution to Landvernd, a leading NGO aimed at conserving the pristine natural landscapes of Iceland including glaciers, volcanoes, and the wilderness. You can also volunteer with Earthwatch on their Iceland project targeted at protecting killer whales.
  • To travel responsibly in Iceland, you can purchase goods and services that bear eco-labels and restrict your meat consumption. Since the water in Iceland is as pure as it gets, purchasing bottled water is also unnecessary.

Iceland travel tips and insight

  • Many hostels in Iceland, like other Scandinavian countries, impose a cost for bed sheets if you do not bring your own (pillows are free). Most hostels charge a linen fee that starts at 1350 ISK, but many hostels are starting to provide it for free these days.
  • Iceland is a very safe place to travel to. The only dangers are a negligible amount of minor crime and constantly shifting weather. Here, the wind is strong and can take your car's doors off. Surprisingly, this is a common phenomenon. So, when renting a car, always make sure you have full insurance coverage.
  • Iceland has harsh penalties for drug possession and drunk driving. Also, smoking is not permitted in restaurants, or on public transportation.
  • If you are traveling to Iceland from June to August, make sure to book your hotels and airlines well in advance. Summer is the best time for a road trip to Iceland, as the winter season could be quite dangerous. Traveling between October and April to best spot the Northern Lights.
  • Iceland will be chilly no matter when you visit. Ensure that your luggage is well-stocked with layers, including thermal underwear, cozy socks, scarves, and gloves.

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Andrés Úlfur HelgusonTravel Expert in Iceland
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