Reynisfjara is the most famous black sand beach in Iceland. Here’s why this striking beach, a short distance from Vik, should be at the top of your Iceland itinerary. Reynisfjara (also called Vik Beach) is one of Iceland’s ridiculously striking landscapes. If you read the site often, you’ll know that Iceland is one of those …
Iceland Travel Guide
Iceland has emerged in the past decade as one of Europe’s hottest (coolest?) travel destinations.
But what makes it so special?
If you are planning a visit to Iceland, prepare yourself for stunning waterfalls, and, depending on which time of year you visit, the chance to peek at the Northern Lights.
Read these comprehensive Iceland travel guides, articles and tips.
From the best time to travel to Iceland, how much a trip to Iceland costs, what you need to pack and Iceland’s hidden gems, to a peek at Iceland’s beautiful beaches and waterfalls– here’s what you need to know to plan your trip.
A trip around the Golden Circle is a must do activity when in Iceland. Check out the breathtaking Gullfoss Waterfall as a priority – it’s one of Iceland’s most famous attractions and for good reason.
Other stops on the Golden Circle circuit include Þingvellir National Park, the location where the continental plates meet, Geysir and Strokkur geysers.
The South Coast
I can only describe Iceland’s South Coast as one spectacular view after another.
Seemingly unending landscapes, shaped by millennia of volcanic activity, have resulted in black sand beaches like Reynisfyara, the Reynisdrangar sea stacks and the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon.
That’s before you even start on the waterfalls – Seljalandsfoss, Svartifoss, Skogafoss – some are perched jauntily at the side of the road, others take a bit more hunting out, all of them are highlights on any Iceland travel itinerary.
Take some time out to explore Reykjavik’s thriving buzz.
From art, to music and spectacular attractions, there’s plenty to do and see in the Icelandic capital.
You won’t be able to miss the towering Hallgrímskirkja church, which offers 360-degree views over the whole city. The stunning architecture is inspired by Svartifoss waterfall in South Iceland and is truly unique in design.
There’s plenty of culture on offer, including museums, galleries and the famous Harpa Concert and Conference Hall, which in itself is an architectural masterpiece. Not to mention a penis museum. Yep, you read that right.
This humble fishing port, with a small population of 18000 people, is a surprising Icelandic gem that’s definitely worth visiting. It’s a great spot to hang out in some independent cafes of teahouses or have a shop around in the boutiques or craft stores.
Grundarfjordur may not be the most talked about town in Snæfellsnes but it’s filled with plenty of nature lead activities. This town is home to one of the most famous mountains in Iceland, Kirkjufell and is real sight to behold.
This is the ideal place to slip on some hiking boots and get exploring. You’ll see stunning waterfalls, hike nature trails and catch glimpses of the local wildlife. You can also take boat trips in the summer months and go deep sea fishing.
In summer, you can also be treated to a ‘Viking Reenactment’ by the Viking Association as they transform the town into their stage.
The Blue Lagoon
This geothermal spa is one of Iceland’s biggest attractions. With a picturesque backdrop and gorgeously warm water to swim in, it’s no wonder.
Not only is the water great for relaxing in, but locals swear by the fact that it nourishes the skin.
That said, one local driver I met joked that everyone came out of the Blue Lagoon looking like a troll… who knows. There’s only one way to find out and that’s giving it a go yourself.
Mention Iceland and I guarantee that the Northern Lights are among the first things you think of. But how easy is it to see the lights? And when is the best time to see the Northern Lights in Iceland? Read this in-depth guide – with everything you need to know to plan your trip. Oh, …
Iceland isn’t exactly known as a beach destination. After all, why would you get excited about beaches in a country where the temperature rarely pushes over 20 degrees? Well here are 11 incredible Iceland beaches that might just change your mind. Colourful sands ranging from black, red and gold. Breathtaking views of crystal seas and …
Wondering where to stay in Iceland? This helpful guide will walk you through the top destinations, resorts, and tips for Iceland’s best places to stay. Iceland is one of those places that looks like it’s been ripped out of a George R.R. Martin novel (well, it’s more like the other way around). But where do …
Planning a trip filled with hiking in Iceland? Discover the best trails to add to your itinerary with this (very handy) guide. It’s no secret that Iceland is home to one of the most dramatic landscapes you’ll find nearly anywhere on the globe. From volcanic mountains to glacier lagoons, this natural beauty is what makes …
Visiting Iceland? Read on to discover the top Iceland travel tips and essential advice you need to help you plan your trip. Iceland has had somewhat of a tourism boom in recent years – mainly thanks to social media and the sheer number of posts dedicated to the country’s beauty. And I’m not surprised. The …
Heading to Iceland and not sure what to pack? Read my step-by-step Iceland packing list to help you plan the perfect trip. Hey peeps. So you’re heading to Iceland. LUCKY YOU. Iceland has got to go down as one of my favourite trips from this year. Landscapes, adventures, waterfalls, black sand beaches, glaciers… You name …
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Discover these incredible day trips from Reykjavik, Iceland, with this handy guide. With the surge of low-cost flights to Europe with layovers in Iceland, Reykjavik can be a perfect place to explore. Iceland’s beautiful landscapes, vast open roads, and incredible sunsets are the reason it is becoming one of the world’s main tourism hotspots. While …
Ready to discover Iceland’s Golden Circle? Here’s what you need to know before you go. If I haven’t made it clear by now, I simply love Iceland. Every inch of the country is worthy of praise. From Iceland’s hot springs that emanate tranquillity to its near magical landmarks, you must see to believe. I think …