Are you planning a trip to Iceland? My favorite Iceland travel tips will help you get ready for an amazing trip. These are the 25 things to know before you go to Iceland.
1. Road Trip or Reykjavik?
First, decide what type of trip to Iceland do you want? In the winter season, most people stay in Reykjavik for 3 to 4 days and take day trips. In the summer, many travelers drive the ring road and sleep along the way. Parts of the ring road are closed in the winter.
2. Maximize your chances of seeing the Northern Lights
If you are staying in Reykjavik in the winter, book the northern lights tour for the first night of your arrival. If the weather is inclement you’ll get a chance to go the next night and the next free of charge. Northern lights can be hard to capture, learn more about how to photograph Northern Lights.
3. Read the reviews!
Always check out online reviews for car rental car companies in Iceland. Some companies can be shady. This is an Iceland travel tip that can save you a lot!
4. Get Auto I
If you rent a car get the
5. Save Money at Happy Hour:
Reykjavik is expensive. At happy hour (4 to 6) drinks and food are half prices.
6. Read the Airline Fine Print:
When you book your flight to Iceland read the fine print. Many airlines to Iceland do not include a carry on or a checked bag in your ticket. This means you might have to pay more for even a small bag
7. Pay for Your Bags Online:
If you purchase basic economy fare, paying for your bag online is significantly cheaper than doing so at the airport.
8. Eat at gas stations:
Many gas stations host small restaurants. The food at gas stations is fresh, cheap and good. Its the best way to keep get yourself fueled while you are on the road.
9. Reserve the Blue Lagoon Early:
Book Blue Lagoon tickets at least a month in advance. If you are short on time, book the shuttle to take you from the airport to Blue Lagoon and afterward to your hotel.
10. Bring warm clothes
Even if you are travelling in the summer, bundle up. Weather changes quickly and without warning. A hat, gloves and a jacket are a must – even in the summer.
11. Campgrounds are plentiful
If you are comfortable with camping bring a tent. You can sleep virtually anywhere – most hotels and many private homes offer their grounds as camping sites. The cost is usually about $10. If there is no campground nearby you can camp anywhere.
12. Do the golden circle first
If you are doing the road trip, do the golden circle first. Its just not very impressive compared to all the other incredible things you’ll see.
13. Maybe skip the golden circle
If you are pressed for time and are doing the ring road, don’t bother with the golden circle. Compared to the other sites on the ring road
14. Budget well
Iceland is one of the most expensive countries in the world. A Very low budget trip will run about $1000 a person for a week.
15. Get ready for hitchhikers
Hitchhiking in Iceland is very common. Feel free to pick up passengers – or try it yourself for an ultimate budget trip.
16. Drink the Water
Iceland’s water is clean and tasty – bring your own water bottle and fill it up in gas stations and stores.
17. You don’t need much cash
Almost all merchants take credit cards. If you need some cash with you get it at an ATM machine – even with bank fees its cheaper than exchange rates.
18. Follow the tunnel rules
Ever seen 2 way tunnels with 1 lane? You will in Iceland. Drivers take turns letting each other pass. Be nice and play by the rules.
19. Do not speed – especially in the tunnels
Tunnels are equipped with speeding cameras. If you see a flash – you just got a free picture. The ticket will come in the mail in about 3 weeks. Be careful!
20. Beware of the dark
If you are visiting in the winter you’ll only get a few hours of daylight per day. This can be exhausting and depressing if you are not used to the environment. Get yourself ready.
21. Get a Lopapeysa
The iconic Icelandic sweaters are perfect for Iceland – no matter the time of the year. They make a great
22. Bring a rainjacket
In addition to a warmer coat, grab a rain jacket with you. These are perfect if you want to get close to waterfalls.
23. Hiking shoes are a must
Do not skimp on your shoes. Iceland is wet, and the rocks are very slippery. The last thing you want is to find yourself at the wrong end of a waterfall.
24. Just knock
If you really need shelter for the night just knock on someone’s door. Iceland is very safe and many people will let you sleep at their farmhouse or they will refer you to the village bed and breakfast.
25. You don’t need a car in the winter
If you are staying in Reykjavik, save yourself the money and the hassle and take day trips with tour companies instead.
26. Bonus Iceland Travel Tip: Behave yourself
In the summer, Iceland’s population swells to double its year-round size. As you can imagine, not all tourists behave themselves. Be kind, considerate and respectful and the local people will be glad to welcome you.
I hope you have enjoyed these Iceland travel tips! Don’t forget to share on social! Thank you for reading and see you on the road –
Viktoria aka Travel Tipster.