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 daylight is limited and the nights are long, you can experience some truly unique adventures without the big crowds of the peak 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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Northern lights and see iceland, Iceland - Oct 11 - Oct 18, 2017
I would definitely look to Kimkim again for traveling overseas. The trip was very well organized and the team did a great job working with my budget and making arrangements, communicating with me and answering questions.
There was only one thing that wasn't 100% but still not bad. 2 tour companies merged in Iceland and my voucher said one company would be picking me up but it was actually the other companies bus that came and he was a bit late. That one 2-day tour had a young... read more
Iceland adventure, Iceland - Sep 11 - Sep 21, 2017
Preeti - was excellent in her suggestions - having the detailed itenerary everyday with where to go, what to see, suggestions on where to eat and a hotel a the end of the day was invaluable...and imo the best way to see Iceland. The booking process was very smooth - I only wish there was more disclosure on actual cost of the trip abd some of the hotels - i.e so you could perhaps upgrade if desired, etc...
Preeti did an amazing job. We had one issue that was not her fault, but was the fault... read more
Adventure with the girls, Iceland - Sep 13 - Sep 20, 2017
I am SO glad we used Kimkim to organize our trip. I can't believe how quickly the time passed between booking our flights and when it was actually time to fly out. All of that planning I thought I'd have time to do disappeared in 6 months. It was so convenient to have an idea of the distances to travel, what to see and where, things to skip when we were short on time, and the highlights of each location. It brought a lot of peace of mind and much-needed structure to our road trip.
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We would like to do a self-drive tour. Some extra things we are looking to do are: snowmobiling, Grimsley Island for the arctic circle ferry ride, glacier hike, the blue lagoon, zodiac tour in glacier bay, and we need a car that would fit 4 adults with 4-5...
Group of 4 friends looking to visit Iceland in May 2018
My family wants to see the northern lights, glaciers, frozen waterfalls, blue lagoon, cathedral, and hidden gems only locals know. My husband and 1 are in our mid 30's, our son is 6, my brother in law is in his early 30's and my inlaws are in there early...
Family of 5 adults and 1 child looking to visit Iceland in January 2018
My husband and I will be celebrating our ten year anniversary next year. We want to do the Ring Road road trip with two of our close friends to celebrate! We are all from Texas! We would love to have a quick vow renewal ceremony somewhere special along the...
Group of 4 friends looking to visit Iceland in April 2018
We are two families traveling together to explore Iceland in winter. We would like to explore Reykjavik and explore the Icelandic culture. The most important activity that we would like to do is viewing the northern lights. Aside from that, we would like...
Group of 4 adults and 2 children looking to visit Iceland in December 2017
We have four grown-up children, two of whom have steady partners. We are wanting to give my husband a trip to Iceland next year for his birthday. He has always wanted to visit Iceland and we tease him about it so have decided it would be the perfect family...
Family of 8 looking to visit Iceland in June 2018