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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
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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 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 Halldor Bjarkason
326 messages
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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 Midgard Adventure Team
186 messages
active 28 mins ago

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, Iceland - Mar 3 - Mar 10, 2017

Traveler: Mike M. - Local specialist: Chris McCarty

Chris was there to help me with everything with a fast response!

About to be stranded in iceland, Iceland - Mar 8 - Mar 11, 2017

Traveler: Lori G. - Local specialist: Midgard Adventure Team

The Guides were fantastic and I was impressed Harpa put it together exactly to our needs with so little notice

5 day south coast adventure in march, Iceland - Feb 27 - Mar 3, 2017

Traveler: Kristin C. - Local specialist: Midgard Adventure Team

Our trip to Iceland couldn't have been more perfect. To start with, it is a beautiful country and we were very fortunate to have had perfectly clear weather the entire 5 days we were there in February/March, after what we had been told was a very rainy winter. 18 inches of snow fell just before we arrived, and the Northern lights were out every night, making it a winter wonderland. That part was sheer luck, but on top of that, the trip was as smooth as we could have hoped. Our driver was... read more

Our trip to Iceland couldn't have been more perfect. To start with, it is a beautiful country and we were very fortunate to have had perfectly clear weather the entire 5 days we were there in February/March, after what we had been told was a very rainy winter. 18 inches of snow fell just before we arrived, and the Northern lights were out every night, making it a winter wonderland. That part was sheer luck, but on top of that, the trip was as smooth as we could have hoped. Our driver was waiting at the airport and took us right to our hotel which we had booked the previous night because of our very early morning arrival. The first day in Reykavik we planned on our own. The next 4 days were planned by the kimkim operator. We had private tours of the Golden Circle and the south coast, and a group tour to the Thorsmark wilderness area. On the final day we took a quick tour of the Reykjanes peninsula and then a stop at the Blue Lagoon before heading to the airport. We had 2 guides for those 4 days, and both were very friendly and knowledgeable and made everything run so smoothly that we didn't have to worry about a thing. We felt very lucky that our guide for the south coast tour had grown up in the area, and he took us to see places where his family had lived and told us the stories behind them. Although we did some of the usual tourist things, we loved also going to a few places where we didn't see another person. The hike up the mountain where his great-great grandfather had a farm was spectacular. We appreciated his flexibility in changing the plan on the last day when we were tired and wanted to get back to the hotel a little bit earlier than planned.

The only thing I would have changed about our trip was the trip to the Blue Lagoon, but that is in hindsight. We had heard a lot about it and felt like we had to go see what it was all about, but it was too crowded and too touristy for our tastes. The hot lagoon was a unique experience, but if I had to do it over again I would try one of the natural springs out in the countryside instead, and save a lot of money too!

As far as the planning process, I have tried several different online travel planning services, and I really like the way kimkim uses a back and forth conversation to plan the details. It's much quicker than other services that start with a formal proposal, which then has to be laboriously modified if you want changes. For our Iceland trip, the local operator started with a general plan, then narrowed down the details, and then presented a completed proposal. Most of my communication was with the local tour operator, but on 2 occasions when there was a breakdown in communication the Kimkim team stepped in and sorted it out quickly. I hope kimkim adds more locations to their offerings. I will use it again.

A couple of very small details that could have been improved - our trip to Thorsmark was 1-1/2 hours longer than described. It seemed as if our guide added on some things at the end to give us our money's worth, but we were tired and would have been happy to end on time. Part of the reason we were so tired was because on our hike the guide raced ahead of the group instead of going at our pace. We weren't all 20-somethings who hike glaciers in our spare time, and it isn't much fun hiking if you are worried about keeping up! A final small detail - water in the jeep would have been nice. But these were small things. Overall the trip was amazing.

Trip Requests

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“Northern Lights, Reykjavik, Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle”

Hi , we are a couple in there early 30 , we booked the flight and are looking at airbnb for appartement we think that we want to be in downtown reykjavik, we are looking for a amazing trip to see as much ad we can during are time frame in iceland, we re...

— Traveler looking to visit Iceland in March 2017

“Iceland in Winter to see Aurora Borealis”

We were in Iceland in May 2015 and saw the Blue Lagoon, Reykjannes peninsula, Golden Circle, Thingvellir, Selfoss, Skogafoss and did a glacier hike (might have been Sandfellsjokull area) and walked on black basalt beach near Vik. We are returning to see...

— Traveler looking to visit Iceland in January 2017

“Iceland Trip for our Honeymoon”

Northern Lights, Volcanos, blue lagoon, Silfra fissure Glaciers and Glacial lagoons, south shore rock formations, waterfalls and to see other amazing wildlife and nature. This is for our honeymoon. Would love to see as much as we can in iceland during the...

— Traveler looking to visit Iceland in March 2017

“Self-Guided Birthday Adventure Excursion”

Mother (56 yrs) -Daughter (24 yrs) trip - include glacier hiking, snorkeling, subterranean caves, northern lights, blue lagoon, geothermal pools, museums, waterfalls, flying into and out of Reykjavik. 4x4 vehicle rental, self-guided adventure, active and...

— Traveler looking to visit Iceland in February 2017

“14 days hiking trip in Iceland”

Hi, I'm planning a trip for 3 athletic people (mid-thirties) for the beginning of July. We are looking for a trip that has really great hiking with minimal hut staying in (<3 nights). In particular I am interested in Hvannadalshnukur. Potentially also...

— Traveler looking to visit Iceland in July 2017