ICELAND



ICELAND

Welcome to Iceland
Fire battles ice on an unforgiving battlefield called Iceland, creating one of the most breathtaking landscapes known to man

Yes, fellow travelers, Iceland is exactly what you expect it to be and more. A lot more. This fascinating island emerged from an underwater volcanic eruption hundreds of thousands of years ago, bringing to life a unique ecosystem homing and outstanding number of majestic waterfalls, dramatic black sand beaches, and numerous jaw-dropping landscapes. Not to forget the privileged location in which Iceland sits on the map; right on the Arctic circle, becoming one of the few exclusive locations in the world to witness the incredible Northern Lights.

It is no wonder Iceland’s popularity is growing rapidly amongst travelers looking for nature’s most astonishing creations while snapping that Instagram picture-perfect shot. A road trip around Iceland’s infamous Ring Road 1 it’s just as exciting as it sounds and you’ll be blown away on each curve – guaranteed. Whether you’re seeking the midnight sun or want to be starstruck by the Aurora Borealis, Iceland is the one country every traveler should visit. Again and again and again.

ICELAND ESSENTIAL TRAVEL INFO

Everything Starts Here. Start Taking Notes and Learn the Basic About Iceland
LANGUAGES

Icelandic & English

CAPITAL CITY

Reykjavik

CURRENCY

Icelandic króna (ISK)

SOCKET

Type C

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TRAVEL DIFFICULTY

 

EASY 

WOMAN TRAVELER

 

Yes

GAY FRIENDLY

 

Yes

FAMILY ORIENTATED

 

Yes

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Essential Travel Information You Should Know While Planning Your Trip to Iceland
WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT ICELAND?

Great news! Iceland is an all-year destination however, you’ll be experiencing two different worlds when visiting it during the summer or winter. Iceland gets packed during the warm summer days of July through August, for obvious reasons. Winters are usually very cold and due to snow and rain some bridges along the Ring Road might be closed, obstructing your way to complete de full circle. Spring and Autumn are the ideal time to come to Iceland. Temperatures are pleasant, you’ll encounter fewer travelers and the colors, the colors you’ll see are just WOW!

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS TO VISIT ICELAND?

For those wondering what are the travel requirements to visit Iceland;

EU Citizens
UK passport holders are exempt from visa to visit Iceland, while other nationals of the European Union such as Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland and Sweden may enter Iceland presenting national identity cards.

Other Nationalities
A visa is required to visit Iceland for most nationalities, please visit the website of the Icelandic Directorate of Immigration for the complete list.

THE ULTIMATE EXPERIENCES IN ICELAND

Top thing to do in Iceland
1

AKUREYRI

  • 10,000-11,000 ISK (aprox.)
  • All year round.

 

Ready for some Whale Watching? Humpback whales and Minke whales swim freely in the waters off the cost of Akureyri all year round. It’s an incredible opportunity to witness with your own eyes these magnificent animals in their natural habitat. Who knows, you might be lucky enough to see them breach.

2

DC3 Plane Wreckage

  • No entrance fee.
  • Best light during sunrise & sunset. Also great for night photography.
  • The plane wrekage is located 45 min. walk from the parking.

You’ve probably seen hundreds of pictures of the DC-3 US Navy plane wreck on Instagram. And yes, it is located on the black sand beach of Solheimasandur, Iceland. Fortunately, no one died in the accident back in ’73 but the plane wreckage was left to rot on this isolated beach, converting it into a fascinating spot for photographers.

3

Dyrhólaey

  • No entrance fee.
  • Best light during sunrise & sunset.

 

Dyrhólaey homes a –nearly– 100-year-old lighthouse and offers a stunning viewing point that allows you to take a glance at one of Iceland’s most renowned black sand beaches, and let me tell you this, the views from up there are simply gorgeous. 

4

Gljufrabui

  • Parking fee.
  • Usually with low natural light.
  • Water boots & waterproof camera bag.

 

 

Gljúfrafoss is most likely to be one of the most incredible waterfalls you’ll ever visit anywhere. Located near big sister Seljalandsfoss, behind the thick walls of a small canyon, this spectacular waterfall promises to be a delightful challenge for travelers willing to witness its beauty by walking through the narrow canyon entrance and — probably — getting soaking wet.

5

Godafoss

  • No entrance fee.
  • Best light during sunrise & sunset.

 

Goðafoss, meaning “Waterfall of the Gods” in English, is one of the most fascinating and majestic Icelandic waterfalls located in the Northeast region of Iceland. Countless myths and legends are linked to Goðafoss since the year 999 when Christianity was established as the official religion in the country.

6

Hverir

  • No entrance fee.
  • Best light during sunset.

 

 

No, this is not the Moon, Mars or another planet other than the one we live; this is Hverir, Iceland. This colorful and spectacular land is home to boiling puddles of grey mud, noisy natural chimneys, hot springs and, I can’t forget to mention, an intense smell of sulfur. Neither of us will probably ever visit another planet but I’m pretty sure visiting Hverir is the closest we’ll get to it.

7

Kolugljufur

  • No entrance fee.
  • Best light during daytime.

Iceland will surprise you anywhere, anytime. Kolugljufur is one of those examples. This yet-another-incredible canyon is the perfect pitstop for those travelers traveling with a bit more time, seeking new spots to discover in Iceland.

8

Hvitserkur

  • No entrance fee.
  • Best light during sunset.

 

 

What do you see? An elephant? A rhino? Well, Hvitserkur is simply an incredible rock formation resembling –according to many— a dragon drinking water.  It is located on a dramatically beautiful black sand beach making it without a doubt, one of the most beautiful places you’ll find in Iceland. You might want to hike all the way down to the beach for a chance to spot some Icelandic seals.

9

Stokksnes

  • 800 ISK donation for the local farm.
  • Best light during daytime.

Stokksnes is just incredible. Its spiky mountain tops combined with black sand beach gives the impression of almost as if you are being transported back to the Jurassic era. You can walk along the beach or walk through the black sand dunes to snap great photos from different angles of this stunning piece of art of nature.

10

Seljalandsfoss

  • Parking fee.
  • Best light during sunset.
  • Waterproof camera bag & rain poncho.

Seljalandsfoss’ beauty is just as WOW as hearing its name for the first time. This is without exception, the one waterfall you won’t want to miss while visiting Iceland. This majestic waterfall is like a playground for nature lovers and photographers alike who choose to witness its magic during sunset. The reason is pretty clear, isn’t it? 😉

11

Kirkujufellsfoss

  • No entrance fee.
  • Best light during sunrise.

 

Kirkujufelssfoss is one of Iceland’s most recognized stamps for obvious reasons. It provides a unique picture-perfect view of the Kirkujufell mountain and Kirkujufellfoss all in one frame. The experience gets even better if you manage to be there for sunrise and witness how the sun reveals from behind Kirkujufell mountain. A truly amazing pleasure for our eyes.

12

Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach

  • No entrance fee.
  • Best light during sunrise and/or daytime.

It is no wonder that Reynisfjara is considered to be one of the most beautiful black sand beaches on the planet; the incredible basalt stacks and the ferocious waves breaking on shore, make this incredible place one of Iceland’s most dangerous, beautiful and emblematic postcards. But what really draw people here are the 3 basalt columns sitting off the shoreline of Reynisfjara called Reynisdrangar, notoriously known as the Three Trolls, and all the bizarre myths and stories, you won’t want to miss, surrounding the creation of these columns.

13

DETTIFOSS

  • No entrance fee.
  • Best light during daytime.

By now we are all well aware of the great number of beautiful waterfalls spread throughout Iceland. But none of them can brag about being the most powerful waterfall in Europe; until Dettifoss steps in the scene that is. Dettifoss is a massive waterfall located in Northeast Iceland and thanks to its 100 meters width and 44 meters drop, this majestic fall is considered to be the most powerful waterfall in the European continent.

14

Hengifoss

  • No entrance fee.
  • Best light during daytime.
  • It takes approximately 40 minutes to walk to the waterfall from the parking.

When it comes down to waterfalls, Iceland has got a handful of astonishing ones. That’s a fact! And to keep adding more exciting waterfalls to the list, here is the beautiful Hengifoss; considered to be the second highest waterfall in Iceland. Reaching Hengifoss by foot is quite a journey of its own that can easily take you up to 1+ hours walking uphill. But I can guarantee all the efforts are rewarded when you finally reach the top.

15

Skaftafell National Park

  • Parking fee.
  • Best light during daytime or sunset.

If I haven’t expressed enough how astonishing Iceland colors are, let me try to make it clearer here. Skaftafell National Park is an explosive combination of all colors you can think of applied to plants, flowers, and mountains. It is simply breathtaking. Not to mention the sunset colors you might experience from there.

16

Jokulsarlon Glacier & Diamond Beach

  • No entrance fee.
  • Best light during sunset.

Imagine you have to your right a stunning glacier. Now imagine you have to your left a black sand beach with hundreds of giant diamond rocks. Imagine no more. This scenario is as real as it gets and you can only find it in Iceland. Jokulsarlon is one of Iceland’s most iconic glaciers and right in front of it sits Diamond Beach, a beautiful black sand beach that has been homing all the loose glacier pieces that detaches from Jokulsarlon, giving it the name of Diamond Beach.

17

Krafla Viti Crater

  • No entrance fee.
  • Best light during daytime.

As part of the long list of surreal Icelandic landscapes that will make your jaw drop sits Krafla Viti Crater, a caldera filled with a bluish lagoon. Viti might not be as popular as Kerid crater, located in the Golden Circle, but it has nothing to be jealous about its fellow crater. In fact, Viti offers the advantage of being located far from where short-term visitors tend to visit, making it even more special.

18

Skogafoss

  • No entrance fee.
  • Best light on sunny days to capture the rainbow.

When it comes to waterfalls Iceland has probably the most astonishing and beautiful falls in the world, and Skogafoss is one of them. This gorgeous waterfall is considered to be one of Iceland’s biggest waterfalls with a drop of 60 meters (200 ft). But the highlight of this beauty isn’t precisely its height; on sunny days a rainbow —or at times even a double rainbow— is clearly visible due to the amount of water it sprays adding that magic touch to an already perfect landscape.

19

Kerið

  • 300-400 ISK (aprox.)
  • Best light during sunrise.
  • Part of The Golden Circle route.

One of the most popular attractions you’ll find along the Golden Circle is the Kerid Crater. Kerid is an incredibly colorful crater of red volcanic rock – rather than black like other craters – filled with a green lagoon inside. Its color combination is utterly fascinating. Due to its short distance from Reykjavik, expect to stumble upon many other travelers. But despite being at times too crowded, it’s worth the time to walk around the rim contemplating the crater and the landscape.

20

Strokkur (Geysir)

  • No entrance fee.
  • Best light on sunny days.
  • Part of The Golden Circle route.

Iceland’s gifts to us wouldn’t be complete without some geyser action, right? Let me introduce you to Stokkur, Iceland’s most famous geyser. Stokkur is also located in the Golden Circle route, therefore, it’s a necessary stop along the way to see its eruption that occurs every 6-10 seconds approximately and at times reaching up to 40 meters high.

21

Gullfoss

  • No entrance fee.
  • Best light during daytime.
  • Part of The Golden Circle route.

Gullfoss, meaning “Golden Falls” in English, is one of Iceland’s most visited attractions for two main reasons; one: it lays along the Golden Circle route, two: it’s located near Iceland’s capital city Reykjavík, making it extremely accessible to reach, especially for those short-term travelers traveling on a tight schedule.

OTHER EXPERIENCES IN ICELAND

Blue Lagoon

  • Starting at 6,990 ISK.
  • Pre-booking is required. Make sure you visit Blue Lagoon's website for bookings.
  • Part of The Golden Circle route.

Þingvellir

  • Parking fee.
  • Best light during daytime.
  • Part of The Golden Circle route.

SUGGESTED ITINERARIES IN ICELAND

Iceland itinerary maps created to help you plan your road trip

3 DAYS

3 DAYS ICELAND ITINERARY

Reykjavik
Blue Lagoon
Hvergerdi
Selfoss
Pinvellir
Strokkur (geysir)
Gulfoss

7 DAYS

7 DAYS ICELAND ITINERARY

Reykjavik
Blue Lagoon
Hvergerdi
Selfoss
Pinvellir
Strokkur (Geysir)
Gullfoss
Helgafellssveit
Kirkjufell
DC 3 Plane Wreck
Skogafoss
Reynisfjara
Dyrhólaey
Skaftafell

15 DAYS

15 DAYS ICELAND ITINERARY

Reykjavik
Blue Lagoon
Hvergerdi
Selfoss
Pinvellir
Strokkur (Geysir)
Gullfoss
Helgafellssveit
Kirkjufell
DC 3 Plane Wreck
Skogafoss
Reynisfjara
Dyrhólaey
Skaftafell
Diamon Beach
Stokksnes
Seyd
Seyðisfjörður
Hengifoss
Dettifoss
Hverir
Akureyri
Mÿvatn Lake
Hvítserkur
Helgafellssveit
Kirkjufell

  • Whichever route you chose make sure to check WWW.ROAD.IS for the latest roads and weather update in Iceland.
  • Winds can get pretty strong in some regions in Iceland. Be careful when opening the door and stepping out of your vehicle.
  • The infamous Ring Road is known as "1" on the maps.

RECOMMENDED GEARS FOR ICELAND

Rain boots

Rain poncho

Flashlight

Waterproof camera bag

ICELAND
THUMBS UP

  • Friendly locals
  • Breathtaking landscapes
  • Surreal sightseeing
  • Nature lives up to any expectation
  • Easy to travel around the country
  • Safety
  • Pricey Accommodations
  • Narrow Roads

ICELAND
THUMBS DOWN

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