Planning a trip to Iceland? After a brief stint living in Iceland and multiple trips back, we’re experts on what to see, what to do, the Northern Lights, where to stay and more all throughout our favorite country. To help you plan your trip to the land of fire and ice, we’ve put together this resource page with all of our Iceland tips.
Each attraction we’ve been to and written about is represented here on our interactive map. Just click the spot you want to go to and a new tab will open with our article full of helpful tips and information on that spot. You can also browse by the categories below and shop our packing essentials. Happy Iceland trip planning!
Must Do Guided Adventure Tours in Iceland
- Silfra: Snorkeling Between the Continents
- Glacier Hiking on Sólheimajökull
- Kayaking in Iceland’s Westfjords
Free Things to Do in Iceland
- Iceland’s Highest Waterfall: Glymur Waterfall
- Gullfoss Waterfall
- Þingvellir National Park
- Reykjanesviti: Icleand’s Oldest Lighthouse
- Hólmsbergsviti Lighthouse
- Seltún Hot Springs
- Lief the Lucky Bridge
Northern Lights in Iceland
Where We Recommend Staying in Iceland
- Hilton Reykjavik Nordica (Reykjavik)
- Northern Lights Inn (near Blue Lagoon)
- Hotel Berg (Keflavik)
- Hotel Ranga (Hella, South Coast)
- Volcano Hotel (Vik)
- Hali Country Hotel (near Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon)
- Silfurberg Guesthouse (East Fjords)
- Vogafjós Guesthouse (Myvatn, North Iceland)
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International Airport: Keflavík International Airport KEF
Getting from the airport to Reykjavik: Iceland is really best explored with your own rental car or camper, but if you prefer not to drive there are shuttles to Reykjavik that leave 35-40 minutes after each arriving flight on Flybus and Gray Line.
Getting around Iceland: There is not much public transportation to get around Iceland; it’s a country best explored by renting your own car or camper. We recommend SADcars, who rents very inexpensively by renting used, but well maintained cars. Go Iceland rents newer cars at affordable prices.
KuKu Campers combines transportation with a place to stay with their recognizable camper vans.
You can also book various excursions and multi-day trips to explore Iceland’s natural wonders if you’re not comfortable exploring on your own. We recommend Arctic Adventures.
Alternatively, hitchhiking is a popular and safe way to get around without a car.
Weather: Iceland actually experiences relatively mild winters thanks to the warm North Atlantic Current and cool summers. One thing you can be sure of, though, is that you’ll experience just about every kind of weather and you’ll experience all in the same day. It can go from cloudless blue skies to wind and sideways rain in the blink of an eye.
Jennifer’s Packing Essentials for Iceland in Winter
Tim’s Packing Essentials for Iceland in Winter
Jennifer’s Packing Essentials for Iceland in Spring, Summer and Fall
Tim’s Packing Essentials for Iceland in Spring, Summer and Fall
Our Other Packing Essentials for Iceland
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