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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.

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...

Travel operator Halldor Bjarkason
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active 19 hours 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...

Travel operator Midgard Adventure Team
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active 21 hours 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...

Travel operator Edda Sigurðardóttir
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active 5 mins ago

Edda Sigurðardóttir

I am a travel consultant specialized in both self drive and private guided tours. I am an experienced and educated horse trainer and know the horse industry quite well in Iceland. About horse...


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Trip Reviews for Iceland

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

30th birthday trip two sisters traveling together, Iceland - Jul 31 - Aug 6, 2017

Traveler: Aishley H. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

However, one detail that would've been nice to have is the suggested resturants closing times so I could have planned dinner better, as I was usually arriving just in time.

Preeti was AMAZING, available everyday until my last day of trip. It made things really flexible as I altered my trip when learning new sites to see as I met fellow travelers.

Iceland trip, Iceland - Jul 14 - Jul 20, 2017

Traveler: maria s. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

Well, it was between really good and perfect. We had a great time. The itinerary allowed us to see everything without feeling too overwhelmed. We only missed one thing on the super rainy and windy day. We are already planning our return trip! Turns out that where we spent our first night (and also our last) is a great place for seeing the northern lights, we are thinking of coming back for that, hopefully this winter. Thank you for your help in everything, you made our trip trouble free and memorable.

Weekend at glacier lagoon, Iceland - Jul 11 - Jul 17, 2017

Traveler: Joan F. - Local specialist: Chris McCarty

Chris from Kimkim was a tremendous help, from beginning to end. He helped with all kinds of planning, even calling hotels I had booked separately to make sure they had the right kind of beds ready. Kimkim literally made the difference between a high anxiety trip and a relaxed one. Very highly recommended!

Chris went above and beyond what I would have expected. As a result, the trip was both better and easier than it would have been without his help.

Example Trip Requests

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Active Family Trip to Iceland

Hello. Kids are 7, 9, and 10 years old. Family is super active and is into natural beauty, hiking, and wildlife. I am planning to rent a car, but don't need to. We don't need to sleep in the same place every night. My kids want to see animals (whales...

Family of 2 adults and 3 children visited Iceland in July 2017

3-4 Day Private Tour in Iceland

We are a retired couple, and we are visiting Iceland for around 3-4 days and we would like a private tour to drive us to see the waterfalls, geysers, blue lagoon, black beaches, midnight sun, northern lights if possible and stay in the capital to look at...

A couple visited Iceland in August 2017

Iceland Driving, Hiking, Camping

Hello! A friend and myself are traveling within the dates specified and are looking for a good itinerary to follow. We're primarily going for the landscape and would primarily like to hike, camp in remote, interesting areas and coastlines as well as maybe...

Group of 2 friends visited Iceland in June 2017

Southwest-east Iceland self drive

Our first trip to Iceland and want to explore the great sights, to take pictures and to experience the beauty and nature of Iceland. Would prefer to drive less than 2-3 hours per day. We are pretty adventurous and like out of the way destinations but...

A couple looking to visit Iceland in September 2017

Self Drive Road Trip in Iceland: Landscapes, Waterfalls, Spas and Hiking

I want to do a self driving tour to see landscapes, geothermals, waterfalls, spas, hiking, Puffins and Whales Black sand beach and basalt cliff formations Travelled the world extensively but first trip to Iceland Both of us are vegetarian but would like...

A couple visited Iceland in July 2017