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.
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Iceland, "the Land of Fire and Ice", should be on every adventure traveler’s bucket list. Learn why
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
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.
The Northern Lights are breathtaking…and elusive. Follow these tips to increase the chances you will see Mother Nature’s glorious display.
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.
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.
Explore Iceland in 5 days - Seven Optimized Itineraries to help you make the most of your Short Trip to Iceland
Have only 5 days to explore Iceland? Most people stay in and around Reykjavik and do day trips, While there are plenty of great things to see and do in that area, staying near Reykjavik will have you experience Iceland along with all the crowds and tour buses.
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.
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.
Explore the best of the west and south with this 7-9 day itinerary. Hike through lava fields, along cliffs, and up volcanoes in Snaefellsnes. Walk behind waterfalls, on black sand beaches, and on glaciers in the south, and finish with a tour of the famous Golden Circle with tips to avoid the big crowds.
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Iceland adventure, Iceland - Jun 1 - Jun 12, 2017
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
Where to go in iceland: the best sights and activities region by region, Iceland - May 25 - Jun 5, 2017
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
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
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
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
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
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
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