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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.

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.

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

3 Days in Iceland: Blue Lagoon, South Coast, Reykjavik - 3-day itinerary
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...

7 Days in Iceland - 3 Unique Itinerary Ideas
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7 Days in Iceland - 3 Unique Itinerary Ideas

Iceland doesn't need a London, Paris, or Rome to fill any travel itinerary — budget, luxe, adventure, or otherwise. With no shortage of beautiful landscapes, untamed wildlife,...

Iceland Travel Essentials

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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...

Discover waterfalls of Iceland's south coast
Options for Touring Iceland

From natural phenomena like geysers and glaciers to Reykjavík’s buzzing cultural and dining scene, you’ll want to make the most of your trip to Iceland. Learn about your options...

Iceland Travel Advice

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Iceland Destination Guides

Detailed travel guides for the main regions of the country
Highlights of the Icelandic Eastfjords
Highlights of the Icelandic Eastfjords

In Iceland’s Eastfjords, you’ll find many peaceful fjords, small fishing villages, and scenic trails tucked away in the hollow of towering mountains. Often overshadowed by more...

Iceland Travel Interviews

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Glymur Falls
Map of Escape to West & North Iceland - 9 Days
Escape to West & North Iceland - 9 Days

Visit the best of the west and north regions of Iceland on this nine-day trip. Skip the summer crowds headed south—this route is not recommended for winter travel, however. Visit the black-sand beaches and fishing towns in the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, go on scenic hikes to Dettifoss and Asbyri Canyon, and take in the incredible sights around Lake Mývatn. Enjoy time in the Arctic Coast and less-populated Northeast, along with some whale watching in Husavik. On the way back to the capital, stop in West Iceland’s Borgarnes, and take a memorable hike to Glymur Falls.

Thorsmork Valley
Map of Snaefellsnes Peninsula, South Coast, Westman Islands, Thorsmork, & More - 9 Days
Snaefellsnes Peninsula, South Coast, Westman Islands, Thorsmork, & More - 9 Days

In nine days, enjoy Iceland's best waterfalls, black-sand beaches, cliffs, fishing towns, and hiking in the highlands, along with a trip to a locals’ island hideaway. The itinerary includes minimal driving, scenic trails, and a nice balance of popular sights—like the Golden Circle, South Coast, and Thorsmork—and lesser-known gems—including the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Westman Islands. Explore several glaciers, soak in hot springs and warm lagoons, enjoy the highlights of the capital city, and more.

Landmannalaugar
Map of The Laugavegur Trek - 8 Days
The Laugavegur Trek - 8 Days

Discover Iceland's famous Laugavegur Trail on this eight-day adventure. Journey through an active geothermal world of lava fields, the Rhyolite Mountains, and snow-covered passes. Cross through a black-sand desert and reach the enchanting, native forestry. Enjoy the wild and rare flora and fauna, typical Icelandic food, and hot springs. This back-to-basics camping trek follows a rhythm designed to maximize your connection to—and enjoyment of—this unique environment. Available as a guided or self-guided tour, luggage transport can be arranged if you prefer to trek with just a day pack.

Iceland Travel Maps

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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

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Travel specialist Pauline Odinot
active 1 day ago

Pauline Odinot

Originally from France, I have always felt close to nature and that's how Iceland became my adopted country. Traveling is about where you go, but I believe this is also about who you travel...

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Travel specialist Preeti Bhide
active 2 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 Michele Bardasi
active 31 mins ago

Michele Bardasi

When I travel, it's important for me to have an authentic experience in order to enjoy the places I visit, especially in nature. When I plan trips for others too, I aim for this.

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Travel specialist Emanuela Grieco
active 15 mins 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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Trip Reviews for Iceland

The latest reviews by travelers who booked their trip on kimkim

Preeti did a fabulous job!!!! Everything was ... · Iceland - Oct 11 - Oct 20, 2019

Traveler: Mary Ellen C. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

Preeti did a fabulous job!!!! Everything was terrific! Very well organized and detailed.....
The only activity that we didn’t enjoy as much as everything else was the ice cave tour. The “ice cave” itself was interesting but we didn’t know that it involved a good 45 minute + drive to and from the meeting point to get to the cave (it was not a very enjoyable ride at all).

All of the hotels/accommodations were great.
We would definitely recommend Preeti!
Mary Ellen

Amazing Trip Planning · Iceland - Oct 3 - Oct 10, 2019

Traveler: Aaron R. - Local specialist: Preeti Bhide

Preeti and the team were fantastic and answered all of our questions and created a unique and memorable trip for us. I want to go to Iceland again and I know who I am going to ask for help in the future!

Could not have done it without YOU! · Iceland - Oct 18 - Oct 25, 2019

Traveler: Sam W. - Local specialist: Pauline Odinot

Thank you all for an amazing adventure in Iceland, your attention to detail, flexibility, and quick responses made us feel very safe as we dealt with snow, cars, and accommodations! Pauline picked even better varied accommodations than we thought were possible and we loved each one! Gauksmyri with its dear sweet horses, tour group of friendly strangers and delicious food were delightful. Vogafjos Farm Resort in the Myvatn area made geothermal baths, cozy warm wood cabins, and gourmet food... read more

Thank you all for an amazing adventure in Iceland, your attention to detail, flexibility, and quick responses made us feel very safe as we dealt with snow, cars, and accommodations! Pauline picked even better varied accommodations than we thought were possible and we loved each one! Gauksmyri with its dear sweet horses, tour group of friendly strangers and delicious food were delightful. Vogafjos Farm Resort in the Myvatn area made geothermal baths, cozy warm wood cabins, and gourmet food go with snow, friendly guests and cows unforgettable! Could not ask for more! You all are so knowledgeable and caring, we are truly thrilled you took us on and made our journey so fabulous! Many thanks!

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Pauline Odinot, local specialist, responded to this review:

Thank you Sam for this great review!
It was a pleasure putting your trip together to a less visited place, the North. I am glad you liked the accomodation as I know it was an important point of your trip :)
The weather has not been the best while you were here but hey, this is Iceland!!