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Make the most of your trip to Iceland

Iceland, known as "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.

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 Extended Ring Road Drive: Highlights of Iceland and the Remote Westfjords

With 2 weeks in Iceland, you can see a lot. 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.

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
5731 messages
active 36 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 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 Matthías Ólafsson
417 messages
active 5 days ago

Matthías Ólafsson

Matthías is a native Icelander who, from an early age, was taught to love and respect the unique surroundings in which he was raised. Despite not having reached 25 years of age, Matthías has...

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Travel operator Kristín Sævarsdóttir
147 messages
active 3 days ago

Kristín Sævarsdóttir

I do try to emphasise on slow travelling, enjoying the moment but still getting the most out of it.

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Trip Reviews for Iceland

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Aurora and more, Iceland - Jan 13 - Jan 16, 2017

Traveler: Jean M. - Local specialist: Chris McCarty

Chris was incredibly responsive and helpful. Great trip, great planning, and great follow-through.

We asked a lot of questions and he patiently got responses to all, and he helped us resolve a dispute that was not of his making.

Get lost in nature, Iceland - Dec 17 - Dec 21, 2016

Traveler: Pedro G. - Local specialist: Chris McCarty

I admire your professionalism and the attention, was amazing in trusting you guys our trip.

40th birthday shortbreak, Iceland - Dec 16 - Dec 18, 2016

Traveler: L H. - Local specialist: Bjorn Gudmundsson

So we are on our return now from our wonderful yet short trip. Nothing but praise and recommendation for the service and itinerary drawn together here. Thank you so much for the clear communication, ease of service, thoughtfulness and assistance. Everything went so well and with ease. My husband has really enjoyed his birthday surprise.

We were very pleased with the Northern Lights Tour by Amazing Tours. So much better than the mini-bus Tours on offer everywhere else. The guys we had... read more

So we are on our return now from our wonderful yet short trip. Nothing but praise and recommendation for the service and itinerary drawn together here. Thank you so much for the clear communication, ease of service, thoughtfulness and assistance. Everything went so well and with ease. My husband has really enjoyed his birthday surprise.

We were very pleased with the Northern Lights Tour by Amazing Tours. So much better than the mini-bus Tours on offer everywhere else. The guys we had running the evening (Nori? And his brother), were engaging and interesting. They added in a visit to a waterfall. Just really cool; we felt we had lucked out having them as our guides. So thank you, I am quite sure we will use you again. Our trip was outstanding. Best wishes to all involved in working with us.

Trip Requests

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“Looking for a simple, yet authentic experience of winter Iceland”

Hi, I'm Late 20s Traveling solo. On a budget. I'm okay with shared rooms, guest houses, no fuss. No hotels booked yet. Flexible to move around. Looking for a simple, yet authentic experience of winter Iceland. 12/18/2016 7:30AM- 12/25/2016 7:00AM....

— Traveler looking to visit Iceland in December 2016

“Family Adventure to Iceland in Winter”

We are an adventurous family, 2 adults, children ages 20, 17 and 13. We definitely would like photo opportunies for the northern lights with dSLR. We definitely would like to experience the blue lagoon or a similar bathing hot spring. Very interested in...

— Traveler looking to visit Iceland in March 2017

“Iceland stopover for 4 or 5 days”

We are planning a trip to Scotland with a stop over in Iceland for 4 or 5 days. We don't know if we will see Iceland on the way to Scotland or on the way home. We are a group of 8 retired Canadians. 4 ladies and 4 gentlemen. We would like to try the hot...

— Traveler looking to visit Iceland in September 2017

“Prefer small group or private exclusive guided tour packed with activities, maximizing every minu...”

I am travelling with my friend; leaving husband and kids behind to see Iceland and get out there. Both very fit (marathon runners and skiers), adventorous and not scared of long walks, kayaking, ice climbing...whatever to experience what a local fan would...

— Traveler looking to visit Iceland in November 2016

“Iceland or Bust: I am an adventurer with limited mobility”

I have limited mobility with my left knee. I cannot do any hiking, ice climbing, or traversing glaciers (unfortunately). I am an adventurer though. I want to see: Northern Lights, Snowmobiling, Bars, No hiking, Swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving Bunji...

— Traveler looking to visit Iceland in December 2016