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Make the most of your trip to Iceland

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.

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.

Unique Ways to Explore Iceland in 5 days

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.

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
9743 messages
active 44 mins ago

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
722 messages
active 5 hours ago

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
473 messages

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 Edda Sigurðardóttir
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active 2 days ago

Edda Sigurðardóttir

I am a travel consultant specialized in both self drive and private guided tours. I am an experienced and educated horse trainer and know the horse industry quite well in Iceland. About horse...

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Why book on kimkim

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We work with only the very best professional Iceland travel specialists who are certified to conduct their travel business in the destination of your choice.

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Using our messaging interface, you will work together with your designated local specialist to customize your trip to meet your exact requirements.

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Trip Reviews for Iceland

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Top 12 family activities in iceland, Iceland - Apr 14 - Apr 18, 2017

Traveler: Jennifer R. - Local specialist: Chris McCarty

I was really pleased with the itinerary put together for us. We weren't able to do everything but we did almost everything and found some other interesting additions along the way.

Family trip , Iceland - Mar 26 - Apr 1, 2017

Traveler: Laura G. - Local specialist: Chris McCarty

We had the BEST time! Thanks so much Chris!

Iceland in winter, Iceland - Mar 16 - Mar 19, 2017

Traveler: Grace L. - Local specialist: Chris McCarty

Chris was very helpful and insightful. Always repsonded promptly.

Loved his suggestions and his possible itineraries he laid out for us. There were options and comments to help us gauge how we can cover all that we intended to see.

Example Trip Requests

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“4 days in Iceland with our kids”

Traveling with our two children, ages 13 and 10. Both are active but one sometimes struggles with car rides. We would like to maximize the four days we have and haven't sorted out accommodation yet or what to do. Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle and the...

— Traveler looking to visit Iceland in April 2017

“Honeymoon adventure in Iceland”

Hi, we are looking for a special honeymoon! Want to pack in lots of activities, including: Blue lagoon-spa day, Northern lights, Dog sledding, Snow mobiling, Opera, Local activities, Natural wonders--waterfalls, geysers, National museum, Local Immersing...

— Traveler looking to visit Iceland in March 2017

“Private tour of Iceland to explore beautiful scenery”

My husband and I would like a trip to explore the beautiful scenery of Iceland, preferably a private tour or very small group, experiencing off the beaten path accommodations or excursions. Easy to moderate activity levels. We definitely want to bathe in...

— Traveler looking to visit Iceland in May 2017

“One day Fimmvörðuháls Hike in July”

Hi, we are interesting in doing this one day hike in July. Is this something we can do on our own or do we need a guide? Is there a fee, do we need a reservation or do we just show up on any day that suits us? Is it possible to do this hike by catching a...

— Traveler looking to visit Iceland in July 2017

“Northern lights and blue lagoon”

Couple looking for a relaxing getaway to Iceland for northern lights hopefully and hotsprings and snowmobile. We're hoping to use Reykjavik as our base as we're looking at airbnb accommodation. It'll be our first time therefore we'll want to cover as much...

— Traveler looking to visit Iceland in October 2017