Iceland travel guide | Everything you need to know for a holiday in Iceland

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One of the countries you must travel to is Iceland. The natural fairy-tale landscapes, the light show provided by Aurora borealis and delicious fish and seafood dishes are just some of the reasons why you should plan a trip to the island country. We help you have the most pleasant vacation possible and provide you, as usual, with a complete guide with everything you need to know before going to Iceland.

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Transfers Iceland - What do you use to move around Iceland?

Regardless of the airport where you land, you have several transfer options:

  • Flybus – It has many stops, including bus stations where you can take another bus to your destination if you are not staying in Reykjavik. The ticket price, schedule, and stops are available on website. You can also purchase your ticket there.
  • Car rental – in the airport you will find agencies that offer car rental services, but if you want to get an idea before your trip, you can find details here.

Accommodation Iceland - Where to stay in Iceland

We recommend that you opt, for a start, for a place to stay in Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland. In addition to the fact that you have a lot of sights to see in the area, from the city you can take the bus to several destinations in Iceland. You can even opt for day trips in the surroundings. In addition, in Reykjavik, you can find many accommodation possibilities. Prices are not cheap, but Iceland is known for its high fares. To find a more affordable place, you have to make your reservation months in advance. If you want to visit the city on foot, you can opt for accommodation in the center. Some accommodation options with different rates and facilities in Reykjavik would be:

If you intend to stay for a while in other areas of the country, here are some useful suggestions:

Iceland tourist attractions - What to visit in Iceland

Reykjavík

It should not be missing from the list of tourist attractions that you must tick off on your trip to Iceland Reykjavík, the capital of the island, the largest city in this country and the northernmost capital in the world. One day is enough to enjoy the beauty of the city, taking it in stride. If, however, you want to visit some museums and attractions in the area or plan to make trips to other cities, you will need a few extra days. Reykjavík it is a city of contrasts, combining fascinating historical buildings built of stone and wood with modern architecture. It is a real pleasure to walk around this city! We recommend that you opt for walking. All the main attractions in the city center are located quite close to each other. If you don't feel like walking, you can also take public buses.

Hallgrimskirkja church

It is the largest church in Iceland, its tower being visible from almost any point in Reykjavik. It has an impressive architecture both outside and inside. The main reason why we recommend you to visit it is the superb panorama of the city that you can enjoy if you climb the church tower. Fortunately, you can get there easily by elevator. The church is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and the tower from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The ticket price for an adult is ISK. 1200 (approx. EUR 8).

Einar Jonsson Museum

It is dedicated to the works of the sculptor Einar Jonsson. It is an oasis of calm in the middle of the city. The museum is open every day except Monday from 12:00 to 17:00 and the price of a ticket for an adult is ISK. 1500 (approx. EUR 10).

Skolavordustigur and Laugavegur

It's the main streets in the city that you have to take in your stride. Here you can find shops, restaurants and cafes. On Skolavordustigur, is located Hallgrimskirkja church. The capital is also notable for its night clubs. The best clubbing area in town is on the high street, Sure enough.

Lake Tjornin

Tjörnin (Pond) is one of Reykjavík's most popular locations, almost impossible to miss given its central location. The surrounding area represents the best of the capital's character, radiating a delicate balance between authentic urban development and enchanting nature.

City Hall

The building itself, as the architects conceived Reykjavík City Hall primarily as an interface where the contrasts of nature and city intertwine into a complex, three-dimensional whole. The town hall is located on the northern shore of lake "Tjörnin" in the historic center of Reykjavík.

Parliament building

The Althing (general assembly in Icelandic) is Iceland's supreme national parliament. It is one of the oldest surviving parliaments in the world. The Althing was founded in 930 at Thingvellir, located about 45 kilometers from what later became the country's capital. The current parliament building was built in 1881 from Icelandic hewn stone.

Reykjavik Cathedral

Reykjavík Cathedral is the mother church of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Iceland, as well as the parish church of the old city center and surroundings. It is located at Austurvöllur and next to it is the Althing (parliament house). Since the parliament of Iceland, the church was resurrected in 1845, each session of the parliament has begun with a Liturgy at the cathedral, and from there the dean of the cathedral leads the members of the parliament to the parliament house.

Solfar (Sun Voyager)

It is the most visited sculpture in the city, symbolizing the promise of undiscovered territory. It is designed by Jón Gunnar Árnason and is located near the water's edge, which offers a dreamy view.

Harpa Concert Hall & Conference Center

It is an impressive glass building with a unique architecture. It attracts with the light show it offers when it is reflected in it. You can visit it by going to one of the events that take place there.

Perlan Museum

It gives you the opportunity to learn a lot of interesting things about volcanoes, walk through a real ice tunnel and see the Northern Lights. If you don't have the opportunity to see it in reality on your trip through Iceland, this is an option. The museum is open from 09:00 to 22:00 and the price of a ticket for an adult with access to all attractions in the museum is ISK. 4690 (approx. EUR 30).

FlyOver Iceland

Thanks to technology, you will have a unique experience where you can "fly" and see the island through a bird's eye view. This attraction is located in the Grandi area, a 20-minute walk from Harpa. In its vicinity, it is located Whale Museum, The Saga Museum and Reykjavik Maritime Museum. FlyOver Iceland is open daily from 11:00 to 20:00 and the price of a ticket for an adult is ISK. 4990 (approx. EUR 34).

Whale Museum

You will have the opportunity to discover a lot of interesting things about whales and look at models in real format. The museum is open from 10:00 to 17:00 and the ticket price for an adult is ISK. 3400 (approx. EUR 23). Apart from these, we also recommend the following tourist attractions!

The Saga Museum

From the time of the first settlers, history is brought to life in a unique and exciting way. The Saga Museum intimately recreates key moments in Icelandic history, moments that determined the fate of the people and offers a compelling view of how Icelanders have lived for more than a millennium.

Maritime Museum

This waterfront museum explores Iceland's dramatic relationship with the sea and how the ocean has shaped a nation. Explore the museum and enjoy the terrace views over the harbor.

Sky Lagoon

It is a geothermal lagoon located by the ocean. Not only does it give you a fascinating sight that you must see if you visit Iceland, but you can enjoy a real treat by admiring the colors of the sky. Sky Lagoon is a 10-minute drive from the city center. You can opt for the spa or full services (transportation from the city center + spa). Pricing for full services starts at ISK. 8990 (approx. EUR 60).

Blue Lagoon

It is a unique ecosystem in the world, which is worth visiting. The lagoon water is a natural geothermal water renowned for its healing properties. Inside the lagoon is the best medical spa in the world. You can get here by car and it will take approx. 45 minutes from the city center. Balls are available on the site and their price varies according to your preferences.

Golden Circle

It is the most popular circuit in Iceland, taking in Tingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall, Haukadalur Hot Springs area and Kerio Crater. You can visit the Golden Circle by car or opt for a tour from Reykjavik.

South Coast – Vik Beaches

It's another incredibly beautiful area that you need to add to your Iceland must-see list. Vik is a small picturesque town that offers dreamy views for nature lovers and mountain hikers. In the vicinity of the city, there are the volcanic black sand beaches of Solheimasandur and the Reynisdrangar and Dyrholaey rock formations.

Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon

It is a must visit place in Iceland. The landscapes are spectacular and the glaciers are constantly moving, always offering another fabulous image. Here you can visit Diamond Beach and the smaller Fjallsarlon lagoon.

Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Another area worth visiting is the Snaefellsnes peninsula, where you will find many interesting attractions to visit. In the Snaefellsjokull National Park, there is also the Snaefellsjokull volcano, considered one of the symbols of Iceland. On clear days, the volcano can be seen even from Reykjavik, 120 km away. To visit the area you need a car or you can opt for a day trip from Reykjavik.

Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls

Along with Gullfoss Waterfall in Iceland, there are many waterfalls worth visiting. Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss are some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country.

Lake Myvatn

The lake is in a former volcanic caldera formed about 2300 years ago, and the surrounding landscape is built of volcanic formations. The image it creates is fascinating!

Husavik

The city is known worldwide as the Whale Capital of Iceland. In recent years, whales have been seen here by most of the tourists who have visited it.

Skaftafell National Park

It is located in the eastern part of the island and is the most visited place in Iceland. At the same time, it is also the largest European national park. It is of incredible natural beauty.

Thingvellir National Park

It is a place of magnificent natural beauty and fascinating geological attractions, being inscribed in the UNESCO heritage. The area has been declared a national park and is under state protection.

Reykjanes Peninsula

This area offers you, as you are already used to Iceland, incomparable natural landscapes. You can visit Valahnukamol Rocks, Reykjnesviti lighthouse and Seltun Geothermal Area, the bridge between continents, Strandarkirkja and Gardur, Krysuvikurberg rocks.

Akureyri

It is the second largest city in northern Iceland and an important fishing center and port. It is home to the northernmost Botanical Garden, an 18-hole golf course and the Grenjatharstathir Folk Museum, also known as the Icelandic folk music museum. In the vicinity of the city, there are the mountains Sulur and Hlisarfjall, but also the twin waterfalls Gothafoss (Waterfalls of the Gods).

Isafjordur

It is another town in the north-west of Iceland, whose name would translate as ice fjord. Even if the city is small, you won't find the broken landscapes from the story anywhere else.

Stykkisholmur

A town that enjoys a beautiful center decorated with old houses and fascinating landscapes is Stykkisholmur. From here, you can take the ferry to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, where you can admire the magnificent cliffs of Londrangar or the black sand beaches of Djupalonssandur. In the area, you will also find the most beautiful waterfall in Iceland – Dynjandi Waterfall.

Patreksfjordur

Patreksfjordur is an Icelandic village in the Westfjords with a small number of inhabitants, whose main activity is fishing. It is an ideal location for scenic hikes.

Holmavik

It is a village in the west of Iceland. Contrary to the dimensions, here you will find all the facilities. Camping ground, various accommodation and restaurants. There is a swimming pool, various excursions available such as sailing and horseback riding, and the surrounding mountains offer endless opportunities for hiking and opportunities to enjoy unspoiled nature. Here you can also visit the Museum of Icelandic Witchcraft.

Hofn

It is located in the south-east of Iceland and is the most famous fishing port. The city is located on a peninsula bounded by the sea and the Vatnsjokull Glacier, considered to be the largest in volume in Europe. In the city, there are 3 museums representative of Icelandic culture: the Glacier Museum, the Nautical Museum and the Museum of Ethnography. Of course, Iceland enjoys a lot of tourist attractions and you will probably need several trips to this wonderful country to visit as many points of interest as possible. Every place has a story and a dream landscape.

Aurora borealis

It is one of the most fascinating creations of nature that everyone who visits Iceland during the winter months wants to admire. Fortunately, the northern lights can be seen in Iceland during 6 months (from September to March) if the weather conditions are favorable. You can see it wherever the sky is clear, cloudless and starry. You have to get away from the cities and all the buildings that emit pollution and you have a chance to see the northern lights. Iceland offers many natural places that give you the opportunity to admire this splendor of nature.

Gastronomy & Restaurants

Everything is quite expensive in Iceland, including food. However, you should try a few specialties before you leave this fascinating country.

The "must-try" category includes celebrities pylsa,Icelandic hot dogs, and the best place to try them is Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur ("The best hot dogs in town"), located in Reykjavik. Fish and potatoes is another must-try specialty. An affordable place with delicious fish dishes is 101 Reykjavik Street Food. For fish and potatoes you will pay ISK. 2050 (approx. EUR 14). Other traditional specialties would be: Hakarl – fermented shark, Svid - sheep's head

In addition to the two restaurants already mentioned, in Reykjavik, you can also eat very well at the following:

  • Islenski Barinn – you can try "slensk kjotsupa" (meat soup) here
  • Brygjan Cafe – it's a few minutes from the Blue Lagoon and can be a good stopover.
  • Drangar Restaurant – is located in Vik. We recommend you have dinner here. It will be special!
  • Otto Matur & Drykkur – is in Hofn. You can try salmon or other fish delicacies.
  • Rub 23 – is in Akureyri. The best choice here is sushi!

With such an interesting travel guide, your holiday in Iceland promises to be a real success. Give yourself the necessary time to check off everything you propose and enjoy every moment!

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