Iceland Travel Guide
Iceland… the land of fire and ice. Though the country may look small on a map, Iceland is filled with some of Europe’s best outdoor adventures. In Iceland you can drive the Ring Road, walk on a glacier, explore geothermal hot springs, admire grand waterfalls, and hike some of the most scenic trails in the world. Whether you are here for a memorable road trip, an epic hiking adventure, or if you want to get off the beaten path, Iceland is full of wonderful experiences.

Iceland Itineraries

If you are planning a trip to Iceland, here are a few travel itineraries to help get you started.

Places to Go in Iceland

For a full list of things to do in Iceland, take a look at our Iceland Bucket List. You can also explore the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, journey into the highlands to visit Kerlingarfjöll, see puffins, explore the amazing south coast sights, or take a day trip from Reykjavík.

Adventures in Iceland

If you are looking for adventure, you have a lot to choose from in Iceland.

Landmannalaugar

If you enjoy hiking, like the idea of going off-the-beaten-path, or just want to see a very unique landscape, put Landmannalaugar high on your list. This area of Iceland is famous for its colorful rhyolite mountains and epic day hikes. It makes a great day trip from the Golden Circle.

Waterfalls in Iceland

Visiting and photographing the many waterfalls is one of the best things to do in Iceland. Some can be visited with a short, easy walk from the parking lot and others can only be seen from a hiking trail. Get an overview of Iceland's best waterfalls in our Guide to the Waterfalls in Iceland or take a look at our detailed guides for more in-depth information.
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20 Best Waterfalls in Iceland & Their Exact Locations

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Skógafoss and the Amazing Waterfall Way Hike

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Iceland Travel Advice

Whether you plan to be here for just a few days on a long layover or spend an extended amount of time exploring the island, there are some things you should know before you go to Iceland. Here are our Iceland travel tips, tips to help you have the best experience while in Iceland.

Top Experiences in Iceland

The Ring Road. Driving the Ring Road is one of the best ways to see many of Iceland’s highlights. You will find waterfalls, glaciers, hiking trails, charming towns, and so much more along this road trip.

Tour the Golden Circle. The Golden Circle includes three of Iceland’s most popular spots: Gullfoss, the Geysir Geothermal Area, and Thingvellir National Park. You can self-drive the loop or take a tour from Reykjavik.

Explore Landmannalaugar. Landmannalaugar is an area in Iceland that is famous for its colorful rhyolite mountains and epic day hikes. Geothermal hot springs, lava fields, and unique hiking trails attract adventurous travelers all summer long.

See the Northern Lights. From September to April the northern lights are visible over Iceland. For the best viewing experience, see them from the Golden Circle, the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, or along the Ring Road.

Skógafoss. Skógafoss is one of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls. This waterfall is massive and to truly appreciate its size, you can stand right in front of it and witness its power.

Fimmvörðuháls Hike. The Fimmvörðuháls hike is Iceland’s best day hike. 26 waterfalls, 1 volcano, 2 glaciers, and 3 unique landscapes all combine for one of the most extraordinary hiking experiences on the planet.

The Blue Lagoon. Jump into Iceland’s natural geothermal spa just outside of Reykjavík. You can also enjoy delicious meals, skin-care treatments, saunas, and massages.

Dettifoss and Selfoss. Dettifoss is one of Europe’s most powerful waterfalls. Just a short walk upstream is elegant Selfoss.

Walk on a Glacier. You can walk on Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier, or you can walk on Sólheimajökull, a glacier on the south coast that is popular with day trippers from Reykjavík.

Snaefellsnes Peninsula. On the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, photograph Kirkjufell, walk through a lava tube, see nesting birds along dramatic coastal cliffs, visit black sand beaches, drive out to remote lighthouses, visit quaint coastal towns, and see the famous Budir black church.

Kerlingarfjöll and the Hveradalir Geothermal Area. Kerlingarfjöll is a mountain range located in Iceland’s central highlands. Tucked away within this mountain range is Hveradalir, a geothermal wonderland of steaming vents, boiling mud pools, and rainbow-colored hot springs.

How Many Days Do You Need in Iceland?

For the best experience, plan on spending at least 7 days in Iceland. This gives you enough time to visit the south coast, Reykjavík, and the Golden Circle.

With more time (10 days or longer) you can drive the entire Ring Road around Iceland which is a fantastic experience. If you have two weeks, not only can you drive the entire Ring Road, but you can also add on a few off the beaten path locations.

Best Time to Visit Iceland

It is best to visit Iceland from May through September, when the days are long and the roads are clear of snow. Landmannalaugar and Kerlingarfjoll are only open during this time of year. Just keep in mind that this is also the busiest time to visit Iceland, so make your hotel and rental car reservations well in advance.

If you want good weather and lower crowds, September is a good month to visit Iceland, but some unpaved roads and F-roads can close in mid-September.

It’s possible to drive the Ring Road year-round, but during the winter months, snow and whiteout conditions are likely. You should rent a 4×4 and you should have experience driving in snow and ice.

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