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Introducing Iceland

When is the best time to visit?
Choosing the right time to visit Iceland depends on what you would like to see and do. To see the Northern Lights, visit in winter—and thus brave ultra-short days and brisk weather. If your goal is to hike, road trip, and otherwise explore outdoors, the best times are late spring and early fall. Summer months bring great weather and long days, but also attract big tourist crowds. Learn more

Where should I 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. Learn more

How many days do I need?
You can have an epic Iceland experience when you spend at least 5 days. Shorter trips are possible but won’t give you enough time to explore beyond the Reykjavik area and the western section of the South Coast. With 8 days or more, you can complete the famous Ring Road and see sights that most tourists miss, like Godafoss Waterfall, the unique volcanic hotspots surrounding Lake Myvatn, and the Westfjords. Learn more

Getting around in Iceland
Most travelers drive themselves in Iceland during the summer season (Mid-April to November), and some opt for small group or guided tours during the winter season when weather, wind, and limited daylight can make driving more difficult. The Ring Road is Iceland's iconic multi-day road trip (typically 7-10 days), with many opportunities to extend further to more remote areas such as the highlands, the Westfjords, and northern coast. Learn more

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Iceland Tours & Itineraries

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Entering Goðaland (the "Land of Gods") during the descent to Thórsmörk
Map of Fimmvörðuháls Hike - The Ultimate Guide to one of Iceland's Best Day Hikes
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, this is it. 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.

Explore Iceland on a road trip of a lifetime
Map of 2-Week Ring Road Self-Drive Itinerary: Highlights of Iceland and the Remote Westfjords
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.

Walk behind Seljalandsfoss on the South Coast
Map of 3 Days in Iceland: Blue Lagoon, South Coast, Reykjavik - 3-day itinerary
3 Days in Iceland: Blue Lagoon, South Coast, Reykjavik - 3-day itinerary

If you are short on time, or perhaps you are looking for an extended layover on your way from Europe to North America or vice versa, your options in Iceland are limited to closer to Reykjavik. Here is a 3-day itinerary that will still let you experience some of the spectacular beauty of Iceland.

Godafoss Waterfall in Northern Iceland
Map of Iceland Relaxed Ring Road Adventure - 10 Days
Iceland Relaxed Ring Road Adventure - 10 Days

With 10 days on the road, you can discover a variety of regions and landscapes as you loop around Iceland's famous Route 1 (Ring Road). This moderately paced self-drive itinerary will take you to the best spots along the 828-mile (1,332 km) route with stops in its two biggest cities, as well as volcanoes, waterfalls, lava fields, black sand beaches, small fishing towns, and massive glaciers, as well as major attractions in the Golden Circle. This is going to be one gorgeous ride!

Make the Most of Your Time in Iceland

Have a fixed number of days? Maximize the things to see and do during your visit
Reykjavik, Iceland
How Many Days to Spend in Iceland

You can have an epic Iceland experience when you spend 5 days or more in Iceland. Shorter trips are possible but won’t give you enough time to really explore beyond the...

Iceland Travel Essentials

All you need to know to get started planning the perfect trip
Midnight sun setting on Mt. Kirkjufell
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...

Gullfoss Falls - Iceland's second largest waterfall
5 Best Things to Do in Iceland

Dubbed the Land of Ice and Fire, Iceland is a delight for all of your senses, from the deep chill of the air to the smoky smell of the volcanoes to the sights and sounds of the...

Skogafoss waterfall, Iceland
How Kimkim Trips Works in Iceland

Travelers love Iceland for its wild landscapes, Reykjavik's cultural charms, and the seasonal magic of the Northern Lights. Work with a kimkim travel specialist to experience it...

Iceland Travel Advice

Read our detailed insights to make sure you have the best trip
A view over Glymur Falls
Guide to Hiking Glymur Falls

The trail to the majestic Glymur Waterfall offers all kinds of challenges - but the stunning views from the top are well worth the adventure. Get to the trailhead prepared for...

Iceland Destination Guides

Detailed travel guides for the main regions of the country

Iceland Travel Interviews

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Best Things to do in Iceland

Unique things to do, curated by kimkim specialists
Hikers in Landmannalaugar
Map of The Best Multi-Day Treks in Iceland
The Best Multi-Day Treks in Iceland

Iceland is a world-class hiking destination. Its colored mountains, green valleys, and windswept cliffs provide the perfect setting for epic multi-day hikes. Since most...

Whale watching is available all year round in Iceland
Top 12 Family Activities in Iceland

Iceland is a magical place for children - from horseback riding to volcanoes to whale watching, the options for families are endless. Family travel is easy and safe in Iceland...

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Father and son hopping on rocks and enjoying Skógafoss waterfall in Iceland
Map of 2 Weeks in Iceland - 4 Family-Friendly Itinerary Ideas
2 Weeks in Iceland - 4 Family-Friendly Itinerary Ideas

With two weeks in Iceland, you can make a complete loop around the country on a wintry adventure perfect for older children or stick to a northwest road trip to unplug and recharge while hiking, horseback riding, and soaking in geothermal pools. First-time travelers to Iceland can opt for a scenic tour of Snæfellsnes, Golden Circle, and the Westman Islands, while those ready to get well off the beaten path should opt for a trip to the Westfjords.

Iceland
Map of South Iceland Family Road Trip: Snaefellsnes, Golden Circle & Westman Islands - 14 Days
South Iceland Family Road Trip: Snaefellsnes, Golden Circle & Westman Islands - 14 Days

Experience the best of Iceland on this 14-day family road trip that combines thrilling icy excursions and memorable encounters with whales and puffins. Uncover the treasures of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula before spending quality family time together as you explore the waterfalls, secret lagoons, and geysers of Iceland's Golden Circle at your own pace. Spend a relaxed couple of days on volcanic Heimaey Island before an exhilarating simulated flight ride in Reykjavík completes your adventure.

Have fun with the kids riding Icelandic horses
Map of  Iceland's Wild West & Arctic North Family Road Trip - 14 Days
Iceland's Wild West & Arctic North Family Road Trip - 14 Days

Switch off your devices and reconnect with your family on this captivating two-week Icelandic road trip. Touch down in Reykjavík, where you'll explore 8,000-year-old glittering lava tunnels before heading west to immerse yourselves in nature, waterfalls, and the untouched Westfjords. Along the way, hike icy glaciers, ride Icelandic horses across stunning vistas, and enjoy quality time with the kids as you venture across vast fjords, red-sand beaches, and peninsulas rich in Norse mythology.

Iceland Travel Maps

Get the lay of land, and understand distances between the places you want to visit
Iceland map: Where To Go in Iceland: the Best Sights and Activities Region by Region
Where To Go in Iceland: the Best Sights and Activities Region by Region
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Iceland map: Explore Iceland in 5 days - Seven Optimized Itineraries to help you make the most of your Short Trip to Iceland
Explore Iceland in 5 days - Seven Optimized Itineraries to help you make the most of your Short Trip to Iceland
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Iceland map: 7 Days in Iceland - 4 Unique Road Trip Itineraries
7 Days in Iceland - 4 Unique Road Trip Itineraries
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Meet our Local Travel Specialists

Experienced travel agents with a passion for Iceland
Travel specialist Preeti Bhide
active 10 hours ago

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 specialist Emanuela Grieco
active 14 hours ago

Emanuela Grieco

I am an Italian Travel Designer mostly based in Iceland. Traveling has been my passion since I was young, being always fascinated by other cultures and people. In 2005, after living and...

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Travel specialist Terry Stanley
active 1 day ago

Terry Stanley

I am Icelandic-Canadian, working remotely from the west coast of Canada (only a non-stop flight away). I have emphatically embraced my Icelandic heritage, continually learning, and experiencing,...

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Travel specialist Halldor Bjarkason
active 6 days 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

Jenny was responsive and understanding of mos...
Iceland | Mar 21 - Mar 26, 2023

Katie
Katie F.
Westminster, MD | Reviewed on Mar 31, 2023

Jenny was responsive and understanding of most of what we were looking for during our time in Iceland. I was skeptical of some of the process and how the system and planning worked. Everything was so well coordinated and she was very responsive when we had one hiccup in Iceland. It was a terrific and busy trip that we won't soon forget! Thankful for KimKim and Jenny! read more

Jenny was responsive and understanding of most of what we were looking for during our time in Iceland. I was skeptical of some of the process and how the system and planning worked. Everything was so well coordinated and she was very responsive when we had one hiccup in Iceland. It was a terrific and busy trip that we won't soon forget! Thankful for KimKim and Jenny!

Activity Reviews
Crystal Blue Ice Cave
Iceland

Our tour guide Tate was amazing and made this a terrific experience we won't soon forget!

Quality of Experience
Small group, unique experience, adventurous, but safe!
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Tate was an expert, funny, and very personable
Transport
Myrdalsjokull glacier snowmobiling
Iceland

The only reason I give it 4 stars is because we didn't actually get to go on the snowmobiles due to a snow storm the day prior to our experience. The super jeep would not be able to pass through the snow. They had to pivot and take us on the ATVs. We were very disappointed, but had a really good time on the ATVs anyway. They did offer a full refund, scheduling a different day with snowmobiles as an alternative, but we couldn't schedule another day so we decided on the ATVs. It was still a terrific experience!

Quality of Experience
Guides, Drivers and Staff
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Blue Lagoon
Iceland
Quality of Experience
Local specialist: Jenny Booth

An absolutely breathtaking adventure of a lifetime.
Iceland | Mar 20 - Mar 27, 2023

Joseph
Joseph B.
Dahlonega, GA | Reviewed on Mar 28, 2023

One of the most amazing trips I’ve ever taken, all thanks to our fantastic specialist Guðmundur. He is top-notch, and I can not wait to book with him again when I return with my sister next year. We could not only see all the tourist highlights, but he also gave us many options to make our memories. Our hotels were spectacular, and we never had an issue with any bookings he made. He was always available to us to answer questions and offer assistance whenever we needed it, especially during... read more

One of the most amazing trips I’ve ever taken, all thanks to our fantastic specialist Guðmundur. He is top-notch, and I can not wait to book with him again when I return with my sister next year. We could not only see all the tourist highlights, but he also gave us many options to make our memories. Our hotels were spectacular, and we never had an issue with any bookings he made. He was always available to us to answer questions and offer assistance whenever we needed it, especially during our very small emergency.
One of my favorite tours was the ice caves and our tour guide, Palé. He spoke several languages and could communicate in both English and Spanish so everyone could listen; he got to know us all individually and helped us interact with each other.
Having to depart Iceland was immensely heartbreaking because there are many things to love, mainly the warmth of its people.💔🥲

Hotel Review
Apótek Hotel Reykjavík by Keahotels
Reykjavík

Apótek hotel is an excellent location for touring the city, a short distance from a parking garage, with spectacular accommodations, and breakfast buffet, and dinner.

Authenticity & Character
The design of the hotel was modern with very helpful and friendly front desk staff.
Location
It's close to all the main attractions
Staff
Very professional and helpful.
Cleanliness & Comfort
I was extremely comfortable and our rooms were spacious.
Activity Review
Hverir Geothermal Area
Iceland

Wonderful hidden secret with cordial staff. I'm so glad we got to experience this area.

Quality of Experience
It was very relaxing.
Guides, Drivers and Staff
Tony the bartender gave me excellent recommendations for my return trip.
Transport
Local specialist: Guðmundur Óli Pálmason
Guðmundur Óli
Guðmundur Óli Pálmason
Local specialist in Iceland | Reviewed on Mar 29, 2023

Haha yes you got the full Icelandic experience. Now that your car has been stuck in the snow I believe you're entitled to and Icelandic citizenship haha.
It was amazing meeting you both! We all miss you and we can't wait to see you again!

Gummie made sure we had everything we needed,...
Iceland | Mar 20 - Mar 27, 2023

Alicia
Alicia B.
Houston, TX | Reviewed on Mar 28, 2023

Gummie made sure we had everything we needed, and took very good care of us. Also thank you Silvia and Pauli. Pauli was the best tour guide at the Blue Ice Cave. read more

Gummie made sure we had everything we needed, and took very good care of us. Also thank you Silvia and Pauli. Pauli was the best tour guide at the Blue Ice Cave.

Hotel Review
Fosshotel Stykkisholmur
Stykkishólmur

This hotel had the cleanest rooms, friendly staff. Receptionist called our rooms to come outside to see the northern lights, which made your trip complete. The food was good as well. The lamb was excellent

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Local specialist: Guðmundur Óli Pálmason
Guðmundur Óli
Guðmundur Óli Pálmason
Local specialist in Iceland | Reviewed on Mar 31, 2023

I can't wait to see you both back in Iceland! It was so wonderful running into you and meeting up!