Tips and Tricks for getting the most out of your trip to Iceland

Iceland was a place that has always been on my bucket list. But I didn’t think I would wind up anytime soon. It wasn’t till my friend pushed me to book a weekend trip there that I hopped on a plane to Iceland. I was happy that she convinced me to come because it was one of the most magnificent places that I had seen in a while. 

Need To Know: Getting Around Iceland

Iceland is not as large of a country that you probably imagine. However, it’s a little tricky to get around because public transportation is scarce if you are outside of Reykjavik. The best thing I ever did was renting a car. Renting a car gives you the ability to be in charge of your own timeline. You have the freedom to move around being able to explore the entire country. 

Skogasfoss Waterfall Iceland

Need To Know: How to Prepare for the Weather in Iceland

Weather is a topic I have to talk about when it comes to Iceland. I traveled there at the end of April/beginning of May. Even though it was warm back home I still had to make sure that I was covered up in layers. The temperature stayed chilly throughout the day. The sun would set around 10pm which makes it a little impossible to see the Northern Lights. The best time to see the Northern Lights is heading there between October to February. 

Need To Know: Where to Stay in Iceland

Most people think that they need to stay in Reykjavik when visiting. Don’t silo yourself to just staying in the main city, get out, and explore the country.

We found Airbnb helpful and enjoyed our experience when we stayed on a horse farm. If you’re too scared to check out Airbnb, there are a ton of hotels that you can look into. Be warned Iceland is an expensive country, so check out the budget hotels. They are a lot nicer than what we would expect in the US. 

Need To Know: Icelandic Currency

Iceland is a very expensive country, the reason being is that the country has to import everything. While you can use a credit card over there, I suggest that you try to take out cash. Their currency, Icelandic Krona, is stronger than the US dollar.

Need To Know: Places to See in Iceland

While traveling around Iceland you go to take in the glaciers, waterfalls, and mountains. One of the best ways to take it in is to road trip around the Golden Circle, which can easily be a day trip. If you have more time try Ring Road.

While the Golden Circle and Ring Road are central roads to navigate through there are also other routes to be able to see other views around Iceland. If you choose to drive south you can check out Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, and a pit stop at Skogafoss and Selijandsfoss Waterfalls. Skogafoss Waterfall has about 527 step climb to get the perfect view. Selijandsfoss’s perfect view requires a flat road walk behind the waterfall. Fair warning be prepare to get soaked.  

Need To Know: Excursions in Iceland

While you’re able to explore the waterfalls, glaciers, and other national landscapes, other excursions will be able to tackle your adventurous side. You can go on a glacier hike at Solheimajokull, kayak at Diamond Beach, ride ATVs in the heart of Iceland, and descend into a volcano at Thrihukagigur. 

Another excursion to take if the weather pertains and is a little bit on the warmer side is horseback riding. Horseback riding in Iceland is different because Icelandic horses are different than most normal horses. While driving through the country these horses are everywhere so if you don’t want to actually ride them, pull over on your drive and hang out with them.

There’s something magical about Iceland and I’m glad I got the opportunity to take the leap of faith and book a trip over there. I was only able to spend a long weekend in Iceland, but it’s worth another trip and I’m excited at the possibility to go back!

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