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.
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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 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.
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.
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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5 day south coast adventure in march, Iceland - Feb 27 - Mar 3, 2017
Our trip to Iceland couldn't have been more perfect. To start with, it is a beautiful country and we were very fortunate to have had perfectly clear weather the entire 5 days we were there in February/March, after what we had been told was a very rainy winter. 18 inches of snow fell just before we arrived, and the Northern lights were out every night, making it a winter wonderland. That part was sheer luck, but on top of that, the trip was as smooth as we could have hoped. Our driver was... read more
Hi , we are a couple in there early 30 , we booked the flight and are looking at airbnb for appartement we think that we want to be in downtown reykjavik, we are looking for a amazing trip to see as much ad we can during are time frame in iceland, we re...
— Traveler looking to visit Iceland in March 2017
We were in Iceland in May 2015 and saw the Blue Lagoon, Reykjannes peninsula, Golden Circle, Thingvellir, Selfoss, Skogafoss and did a glacier hike (might have been Sandfellsjokull area) and walked on black basalt beach near Vik. We are returning to see...
— Traveler looking to visit Iceland in January 2017
Northern Lights, Volcanos, blue lagoon, Silfra fissure Glaciers and Glacial lagoons, south shore rock formations, waterfalls and to see other amazing wildlife and nature. This is for our honeymoon. Would love to see as much as we can in iceland during the...
— Traveler looking to visit Iceland in March 2017
Mother (56 yrs) -Daughter (24 yrs) trip - include glacier hiking, snorkeling, subterranean caves, northern lights, blue lagoon, geothermal pools, museums, waterfalls, flying into and out of Reykjavik. 4x4 vehicle rental, self-guided adventure, active and...
— Traveler looking to visit Iceland in February 2017
Hi, I'm planning a trip for 3 athletic people (mid-thirties) for the beginning of July. We are looking for a trip that has really great hiking with minimal hut staying in (<3 nights). In particular I am interested in Hvannadalshnukur. Potentially also...
— Traveler looking to visit Iceland in July 2017