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Iceland, "the Land of Fire and Ice", should be on every adventure traveler’s bucket list. Learn why

When is the best time to visit?
To maximize daylight and explore Iceland’s nature go from May to September, although it gets crowded in the middle of summer. To see the Northern lights go from September to March. Read more

Where to go in Iceland?
Iceland has much more to offer than the popular (and crowded) Golden Circle and South Coast areas. We highly recommend exploring Iceland’s remote regions such as Snaefellsnes Peninsula, the Westfjords, Lake Myvatn, and the East Fjords. See our recommended tours & itineraries to get ideas on how to plan your trip to Iceland.

How many days do I need?
The short answer is that you need at least 5 days to explore some of Iceland's epic nature, ideally more. More details

Iceland Travel Insights

Light snowfall on Vik, in the south of Iceland

Iceland in Winter: How to make the most of limited daylight

Want to spend your holidays in a winter wonderland, see the northern lights, take a dogsled or snowmobile tour, hike on a glacier, or climb through ice caves? Iceland is the perfect place to spend some time this winter. While the days are limited and the nights are long, you can experience some truly unique adventures without the big crowds of the high season.

2-Week Ring Road Self-Drive Itinerary: Highlights of Iceland and the Remote Westfjords

With 2 weeks in Iceland, you can complete the entire ring road and add some great detours. This grand tour will take you to all the best places giving you plenty of time to hike, explore, and soak it all in. This 14-day itinerary covers all the major regions except the highlands, which you can see with a couple more days or by spending less time in some of the areas below.

Entering Goðaland (the "Land of Gods") during the descent to Thórsmörk

Fimmvörðuháls Hike - The Ultimate Guide to one of Iceland's Best Day Hikes

If you’re looking for a great one-day hike that combines the best of Iceland into a single trek, look no further. The Fimmvörðuháls trail takes you through some of the most dramatic scenery Iceland has to offer, from a series of canyon waterfalls to a volcanic moonscape. Keep in mind: this day-hike is as long as it is rewarding.

Midnight sun setting on Mt. Kirkjufell

When is the Best Time of Year To Visit Iceland?

Given the rapidly increasing popularity of Iceland as travel destination, the question "When is the best time of year to go to Iceland?" has become as much about taking into account the right weather conditions as it is about avoiding the crowds and finding available accommodation at reasonable rates. Depending on how you weigh these factors, and what you would like to do in Iceland, we'll help you decide which season is right for you.

Where To Go in Iceland: the Best Sights and Activities Region by Region

Don’t just stick to the Golden Circle and South Coast. You may see some great sights, but you’ll spend a lot of time in lines and waiting for people to get out of your pictures. To see a side of Iceland fewer travelers see, spend some time in Snaefellsnes, the Westfjords, or the North of the country. You’ll appreciate more of Iceland’s beauty and culture than you can by sticking to the most-visited areas.

Glymur falls, Iceland's tallest waterfall (photo by Chris McCarty)

Best Waterfall Hikes in Iceland

Iceland is home to many incredible waterfalls, with several just off the main tourist roads. While this makes for easy access, it also means lots of people crowding around all trying to take the same photo. With a little extra time, you can leave the crowds behind and hit the trail to explore some of Iceland’s hidden wonders on your own.

Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel specialists with a passion for Iceland
Travel operator Chris McCarty
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Chris McCarty

I'm currently traveling all over Iceland to find the best things to do away from the crowds. I'm mostly focusing on Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Westfjords, and North. The best way to experience...

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Travel operator Halldor Bjarkason
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Halldor Bjarkason

I am Icelandic and have always enjoyed travelling around my strikingly beautiful country. I have also lived in a few different parts of the world and travelled a fair amount internationally, and at...

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Travel operator Bjorn Gudmundsson
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Bjorn Gudmundsson

I am born and raised in Iceland and I know my country well by experience. I have travelled all over Iceland many times and I know nothing better than traveling around the Icelandic countryside with...

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Travel operator Midgard Adventure Team
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Midgard Adventure Team

Midgard Adventure is located in the small town of Hvolsvöllur, central South Iceland. This is in the heart of Katla Geopark and is thus in the heart of many magnificent and varied sceneries. The...

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Trip Reviews for Iceland

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Iceland adventure, Iceland - Jun 1 - Jun 12, 2017

Traveler: Sara V. - Local specialist: Chris McCarty

I do have some feedback, really for North Sailing, but wanted to share here too since they are a partner of KimKim. We went on a whale watching tour which departed from Husavik. The seas were rough on the day of our reservations. When we checked in, the person assisting noted this to us - I was not sure exactly what this meant. They had already canceled some of the other trips that day.

We were provided with the jumpers, raincoats, and gloves. The waves were about 10 feet high and a number... read more

I do have some feedback, really for North Sailing, but wanted to share here too since they are a partner of KimKim. We went on a whale watching tour which departed from Husavik. The seas were rough on the day of our reservations. When we checked in, the person assisting noted this to us - I was not sure exactly what this meant. They had already canceled some of the other trips that day.

We were provided with the jumpers, raincoats, and gloves. The waves were about 10 feet high and a number of them broke partially over the bow of the boat. There was no rain. The boat seemed to rock side to side at roughly a 20-degree angle. My mom (70 yrs-old), who was for a short time next to the side about mid-way down, noted that the sea level was about 2 1/2 to 3 feet from the top of the boat railing. Our backpacks were placed on a bench in front of the captain's control room (bridge on larger ships) and with one of the tips went sliding off and hit the side of the boat where my mom was standing. My husband followed shortly thereafter. He was also seated on the same bench. He slammed into my mom and she sustained a knee injury - it still needs to be diagnosed but it is either a sprain or possibly a minor tear.

After that, one of the guides was very helpful in helping my mom (I was too sick to assist). She made sure she had a raincoat and gloves and brought her to a better location on the boat (top deck). I was sick nearly the whole time. I am susceptible to motion sickness so I knew this would be a possibility; however, over the course of the trip about 2/3 of the approximately 24 guests had thrown up at least once.

That all being said, we did see whales. My perspective is that the decision to go out was not a good call. The conditions I would say were unsafe - considering that it is not unfathomable that someone could have gone overboard which would be pretty terminal (the life ring would not do much in those kinds of seas) - and the majority of the guests were sick. In the cafe afterward, some of the guests appeared pretty stunned - starring into space. Please pass along to North Sailing.

Overall, we were very happy with Chris' work on the Iceland trip. He provided valuable input that really shaped the trip itinerary. We ended up going around the ring road which we would not have thought of if Chris had not suggested it. We are so glad we did! Having information on the sites was very helpful and of course having someone knowledgeable about lodging and booking the accommodations, car rental, and activities was super!

Where to go in iceland: the best sights and activities region by region, Iceland - May 25 - Jun 5, 2017

Traveler: Julie D. - Local specialist: Halldor Bjarkason

Thank you so much to the KimKim team for putting together such an amazing vacation for us. Everything was customized to exactly what we wanted. An extra special thanks for working with us through our 2-day flight cancellation/travel delay issues!

Halldor was great!

Fimmvörðuháls hike - the ultimate guide to one of iceland's best day hikes, Iceland - May 27 - May 31, 2017

Traveler: Linda V. - Local specialist: Midgard Adventure Team

Great facilities. Friendly staff. Flexible about moving us from a rainy day to a sunny one. right. She is delightful and informative.

Our guide Becca was wonderful. She tailored the trip to us just

Example Trip Requests

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Iceland Self Drive Tour for Family with Young Children

We are a family of 4 - me, my husband, our 5 year old son, and our toddler daughter. We would like to go on a self-drive tour of the ring road. This tour should include all of the major highlights of the ring road and several opportunities to search for...

Family of 2 adults and 2 children visited Iceland in April 2017

Iceland in Winter with Kids: Northern Lights and Ice Caves

We are heading to Iceland with our 2 and 4 year old. We love adventure and are looking to do as much as we can with the kids in winter (we are from Boston so we are used to winter). We really want to see the northern lights, so that is a priority, but...

Family of 2 adults and 2 children visited Iceland in March 2017

Snaefellsnes Peninsula, NYE in Reykjavik, Golden Circle, South Coast

In a last minute decision, my boyfriend and I may be coming to Iceland for New Years and a few surrounding days. Seeing (now) how busy everything seems.... was hoping for some insight on what's even possible around then? If it is possible, we would love...

A couple visited Iceland in December 2016

5-day Iceland excursion

My husband and I would like to see unique places, volcano, thermal springs and northern light. We love physical activity and fit to do so - not so extreme though. We don't have accommodation yet since we are not so specific on the geographical location...

A couple looking to visit Iceland in November 2017

Iceland Self-Drive Tour by Land Rover

We are interested in 'Self-Guided Iceland Grand Tour by Land Rover' or Jeep (automatic transmission, not manual) We are adventurous, fit and fairly experienced travellers. (He has travelled solo throughout Europe; I have travelled in a family group around...

A couple looking to visit Iceland in August 2017