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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.

Make the Most of Your Time in Iceland

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Reykjavik, Iceland
How Many Days Should You 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...

2 Weeks in Iceland - 2 Unique Itineraries
2 Weeks in Iceland - 2 Unique Itineraries

Glaciers, waterfalls, and wildlife like you've never seen: fourteen days is plenty of time to experience Iceland beyond what you'll find in any guidebook—both on and off 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

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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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Our Latest Iceland Content

Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall, Iceland
Ultimate Iceland Itineraries: 5, 7, 10 & 14 Days

When it comes to planning the perfect Iceland itinerary, we have you covered. Our researchers scouted the island, our Iceland experts chipped in, and then we asked travelers themselves what cool sights and chill activities most thrill them. Then we assessed how much time most travelers are likely to have. We put all these ingredients together to come up with a satisfying hlaðborð (smorgasbord) of itineraries. Read on for our top recommendations for itineraries of 5, 7, 10, and 14 days.

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 all (while escaping the crowds): discover glaciers and waterfalls, stay in remote farmhouses, hike breathtaking trails, and do Reykjavik like a local. Read on to learn what it's like to plan a trip with kimkim, starting with customizing the perfect itinerary.

Black Sand Beach near Vík
Iceland's Golden Cirlce in Winter - 6 Days

This winter tour through Iceland's south coast explores some of the country's most beautiful scenery, stopping at the waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, and Gullfoss, as well as the black-sand beach of Reynisfjara to observe the Dyrhólaey sea stacks. You'll hike along glaciers in Vatnajökull National Park and stop to admire the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, all while hoping to catch the northern lights in the evening. Explore the capital city of Reykjavik and the popular village of Vík, ending the trip with a soak in the milky waters of the Blue Lagoon.

Iceland Travel Maps

Get the lay of land, and understand distances between the places you want to visit
Where To Go in Iceland: the Best Sights and Activities Region by Region
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Explore Iceland in 5 days - Seven Optimized Itineraries to help you make the most of your Short Trip to Iceland
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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 16 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 Halldor Bjarkason
active 12 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...

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Travel specialist Sotiria Prodromiti
active 1 day ago

Sotiria Prodromiti

While visiting Iceland, I fell in love with this very unique country. The wilderness of the landscape added to the welcoming people make it easy to love it and want to return again and again. I...

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Travel specialist Caroline Bjarnason
active 1 day ago

Caroline Bjarnason

I am based in the north of Iceland and I specialize in tailor-made tours to Iceland, Greenland and The Faroe Islands, for both individuals and groups. At Nonni Travel, we work closely with clients...

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Trip Reviews for Iceland

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Great Experience for Personalized Icelandic Vacation · Iceland - Mar 8 - Mar 13, 2020

Traveler: Rob P. - Local specialist: Anuj Mahat

Anuj was a great resource in helping to customize our Iceland vacation to match our expectations throughout the planning process. After our trip began, having Anuj supporting our trip was invaluable. Our trip was to the northern part of Iceland in mid-March which meant we had to adapt to weather, road closures, etc. and Anuj was there with us each step of the way helping us to cancel and rebook lodging, tours, etc. as we adapted our itinerary in real time to accommodate the weather. The... read more

Anuj was a great resource in helping to customize our Iceland vacation to match our expectations throughout the planning process. After our trip began, having Anuj supporting our trip was invaluable. Our trip was to the northern part of Iceland in mid-March which meant we had to adapt to weather, road closures, etc. and Anuj was there with us each step of the way helping us to cancel and rebook lodging, tours, etc. as we adapted our itinerary in real time to accommodate the weather. The end result was the Icelandic adventure that we were seeking that helped us to really experience the villages, people and landscapes that are Iceland.

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Anuj Mahat, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Rob,
Thank you so very much for the kind words. I appreciate it. It is truly gratifying to know that I was able to match your expectations and provide you and Stacy have a great experience of Northern Iceland. I look forward to helping you organize your next adventure trip to Iceland.
kindest regards,
Anuj

Chris

Winter wonderland · Iceland - Mar 2 - Mar 8, 2020

Traveler: Chris J. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

Preeti, did a fantastic job of scheduling our day to day activities. She is very experienced in this line of work. She somehow managed to almost perfectly time our stops with the time we had each day. Thanks and we will be using kimkims services again.

Rizqi

An remarkable experience of Adventure and Hospitality · Iceland - Feb 4 - Feb 12, 2020

Traveler: Rizqi S. - Local specialist: Emanuela Grieco

It is one thing to book and adventure into the unknown to try to figure it out for yourself. It was my intention to do so, but the reality is that it helps to have somebody at least give a map or a general guide of what to look out for.

It is another thing when you can have a specialist help carefully curate an experience. First, I'd like to mention that the magical experience of my trip was only emphasized by the incredible knowledge and hospitality of the agent who helped me - Emanuela... read more

It is one thing to book and adventure into the unknown to try to figure it out for yourself. It was my intention to do so, but the reality is that it helps to have somebody at least give a map or a general guide of what to look out for.

It is another thing when you can have a specialist help carefully curate an experience. First, I'd like to mention that the magical experience of my trip was only emphasized by the incredible knowledge and hospitality of the agent who helped me - Emanuela Grieco.

As master of her product, she skillfully curated a self-driving tour which allowed me the gleefully roam the Western and Southern regions of Iceland in the winter time, while still feeling like I was taken care of. To be in communication with a professional throughout my travel, helped ease any sort of travel anxiety that may have come up, allowing me to fully focus on the magic that solo travel in Iceland can bring. It was truest sense of hospitality one could experience from a travel agent, similar to that of experiencing a Michelin 3 star restaurant or 5 - star hotel accommodation.

From the initial conversation of attempting to book this experience, I was tended to in regards to what I was looking. I gave a budget and picked out a few things I wanted to experience. I knew that I wanted to go to drive myself to explore the island, experience Blue Lagoon, Snorkel, tour an ice cave, snowmobile on a glacier and see the northern lights.

I let her know what I had booked personally - a plane ticket, a 4WD car rental and my first night stay. She was able to intelligently fill in the rest. Honestly, I only booked those things first before I even considered using KimKim and to be frank, I probably didn't even need to do that!

It was quite the itinerary that I had intended to experience and Emanuela thoughtfully crafted a driving tour which allowed me to systematically experience all of these activities while making positive progress of exploration along the way. Simple, effective accommodations were booked along the way essentially allowing me the mission of getting from point A to point B while experiencing the freedom of the self drive tour that I had envisioned.

Her route took me from landing in Keflavik, directly to the Blue Lagoon. Stayed my first night in Reykjavik (booked by me) and followed a walking tour of the city that was provided by her. The next day I started my drive towards West Iceland and the Saga town. I was trepidatious at first, driving into the unknown, but as soon as I caught my first glimpse of the magic of Iceland (everywhere), I knew that I just had to trust the plan that was set before me.

From the Snæfellsnes Peninsula to Thingvellir National Park, to the majestic waterfalls of the south to the magical beaches of the South, sprinkled in with snorkeling and some off road super jeep adventures and some super thoughtful accommodations I was truly ensconced by the natural wonders of the country. I was able to see the Northern Lights dance on my final night to boot!

As a person who is relatively frugal about travel and all of the details that come with it, I took the opportunity to fully dive in and let a professional create an experience for me. I regret absolutely nothing and can only encourage other to trust and let the professional do what they do. It was worth every penny.

If you are on the fence, at least just start the conversation and see what unfolds. The professionalism and skill and knowledge that Emanuela and the convenience that Kim Kim provides will successfully finish it for you.

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Emanuela Grieco, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Rizqi,
thank you for your kind words and great review
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It fulfills me of happiness to read you had an amazing time in Iceland.

It was truly a pleasure to stay in touch and follow you on your road trip on the days you were traveling, exploring and sharing your enthusiasm about Iceland and your trip plan we created together.

I hope to have you back in Iceland soon again to keep exploring the rest of the island.

All the best till then,
Emanuela