Tips for Traveling Iceland
Iceland is a majestic country, full to the brim with epic views, waterfalls and numerous outdoor activities. A few important items for your trip to Iceland are listed below!
- Bring sunglasses or a flashlight - Depending on what season you travel to Iceland the hours of daylight differ. In summer, the sun never fully goes down before coming right back up leaving you with almost 18 hours of daylight & 6 hour sunsets. In winter the sun comes up for a total of 3 to 5 hours and goes right back down.
- Travel with people - The tours, as well as, everything else is expensive in Iceland. It is cheapest to go with a group of people so you can split the costs & rent a car. This allows you to be on your own schedule and makes it cheaper for all!
- Buy groceries - Visit the grocery store instead of paying upwards of $30 bucks per meal.
- Go in winter if you want to see the Northern Lights
- Go in summer if you want the best weather for hiking
- Bring warm & water resistant clothes - no matter what season it is Iceland is cold. Bundle up and be sure to bring a rain jacket.
- Don't get money out of the ATM - Credit cards are accepted just about everywhere. There is no need for cash! Be aware Iceland is the 5th most expensive country in the world so don't be surprised if your burger or salad costs upwards of 30 dollars.
- Book accomodation in advance - Iceland fills up especially in the summer. I recommend booking with a host on couch surfing or AirBnb in advance, especially in places like Vik and Hofn so you aren't stuck driving in and out of Reykjavik every time you go sight seeing.
- Plan your trip out in advance - Iceland is huge so it's good to have certain destinations picked out that you want to see. Download MapsMe and look for the points of interest, waterfalls, hikes, hot springs & creeks. I will list all of my favorites in my Iceland entry coming soon.
- Rent a car - The best way to see Iceland is by car especially if you want to hit all the spots on your own time.
- Fill up your water bottles, don't buy new ones - The tap water is great in Iceland there is no need to be buying bottled water. Reduce, reuse, recycle.
- Use couch surfing! Save over $50 on accommodation per night by using couch surfing app. It is a great way to meet locals.
- Skip the Blue Lagoon - It is a tourist trap with too many people and costs more than $70 dollars to visit for one day. My host told me it was all industrial waste and wasn't even natural. I recommend going to check it out, you can walk straight in and visit the cafe if you want a pricey meal snap a few pictures and go find a natural hot spring/creek.
Stay dry, stay warm & bring a good camera! No filter is necessary in Iceland.