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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 daylight is limited and the nights are long, you can experience some truly unique adventures without the big crowds of the peak season.

2-Week Ring Road Self-Drive Itinerary: Highlights of Iceland and the Remote Westfjords

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.

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.

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 Preeti Bhide
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Preeti Bhide

Travel is an experience that enriches our lives and is essential for all of us to grow as individuals. Personally I love my holidays to be slower paced with time to stop and smell the flowers; a...

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Travel operator Christina Degener
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active 17 mins ago

Christina Degener

I am originally from Germany and have a Master degree in International Business. I first came to Iceland for an internship in 2007 and immediately felt home on this small island in the North...

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Travel operator Arnar Steinn Thorsteinsson
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Arnar Steinn Thorsteinsson

I am the sales manager at Nonni Travel since May this year. I´ve been in the travel business in Iceland since 2006 and watched it grow first hand. I emphasize promoting places and experiences away...

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Travel operator Halldor Bjarkason
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active 20 mins 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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Trip Reviews for Iceland

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Northern lights and see iceland, Iceland - Oct 11 - Oct 18, 2017

Traveler: Pam L. - Local specialist: Arnar Steinn Thorsteinsson

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

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 inexperienced guide that wasn't well organized with food and bathroom stops and didn't inform us well of all the places we went. e.g. there was one stop listed on the itinerary, kind of a big deal for that location, and he never mentioned it or took us the 50 meters on the other side of the trees to see it. I just happened to stop there with another group, unscheduled, where that guide did show us and give the story. The other 2-day guide was the best, i can't imagine having a better guide. It felt like the first guide wasn't properly trained and we were the unfortunate beneficiaries of his being new at this.

But as far as Kimkim arrangements, superb. If I see airfare sales in the future I will defiantely keep Iceland and Kimkim in mind for my plans.

Iceland adventure, Iceland - Sep 11 - Sep 21, 2017

Traveler: scott p. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

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

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 of the guesthouse...she had great meal suggestions and also her recommendations of what to see and the tours was excellent. Again, the itinerary was worth its weight in gold...and having a place to stay at the end of a long day was a premium. Also, the restaurant suggestions were fantastic....here are a couple of my favorites...Bjargarsteinn was amazing...don't miss this one. great meal and for Iceland, reasonable...which is saying something...Sjavarborg was very good but the cowshed was fantastic, go when the cows are brought in...fresh warm milk...Humarhofnin had amazing Lobster - a must. Reykjavik has a LOT of good restaurants and Kaldi Bar for great unfiltered beers...

We also did a detour on our drive around the Island and stopped at restaurant Fridheimar - for tomato soup bread and other tomato greenhouse specialties. I would include this on the itinerary...

The Glacier Hike was awesome - we ended up with a personal guide, just my wife and I and since we were in great shape we did the 3 hour tour in about 2 and 1/2 hours...I would recommend this....

The Baths at Myvtan were awesome...as well - go at night to see northern sunset and stay for northern lights...long yes, but relaxing...have a beer while you bathe...

PS - also recommend the Into the Volcano tour...pricey, but frankly worth it...has to be seen.

Adventure with the girls, Iceland - Sep 13 - Sep 20, 2017

Traveler: Shannon H. - Local specialist: Chris McCarty

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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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.

Chris provided exactly what we asked for, and went above and beyond when we needed last minute help and changes. His timeline gave us plenty to do on each day, and while we couldn't quite fit in every single thing, it was nice to know we already had our next destination planned and there was no time spent wondering where to go next.

Example Trip Requests

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Self-Drive Iceland Vacation

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

Iceland Winter Adventure 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

10 year Anniversary Iceland Road Trip

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

Family Winter Trip to Iceland

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

60th birthday surprise for Dad!

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