Updated on 2nd July 2019
Iceland is a magical place. Jon Snow's favorite country to shoot at. GOT fans, remember “beyond the wall” scenes?
Iceland is the perfect place to run away from crowds, pollution (sound/air) and chaos. I personally remember being in total awe for the entire five days I was there. Fresh oxygen, raw nature, miles and miles of roads to ourselves: total bliss. Iceland isn't easy to plan; it has so much to offer! Geysers, waterfalls, ice caves, northern lights, volcanoes, rainbow mountains, just rainbows, black sand beaches, glaciers, heck diamond beaches....it's got it all.
Best time to visit
April to October
For northern lights & ice caves, pick April or October.
$2k-$4k per couple, depends on where you are flying from & the duration.
Scenic, Adventure, Solitude
People who love nature, exploring, & are okay with cold weather.
Best places to stay
1 Euro is approx 140 Icelandic krona
Getting to Iceland
Iceland has one airport: Keflavík international airport which is 50 mins drive from it’s capital, Reykjavik. There are plenty of flights to Iceland from USA or London. If you are visiting Iceland from Non-European countries, we recommend that you combine it with a big european city like London. That way you can get to explore a new country that is superbly scenic as well as chill, shop and party in fantastic location like London.
It’s best to move around Iceland and change hotels as you travel. Iceland has ALOT to offer which requires quite a bit of driving. There is just one main road, “Ring Road” that runs across the entire country with opportunities to take small detours to see different places. Also driving is highly recommended. There are limited public transport options. You can take guided tours as well but we find that the joy of driving with your family through this paradise that Iceland is, is truly something else. Camper vehicles can be good idea too so as to not tie yourself to any accommodation.
You can check out car rentals at Lagoon Cars or Cars Iceland. Understand that driving a car in Iceland is different from other countries given the icy conditions and limited well paved roads. Thus always get the extra insurance! Renting online and picking up from KEF airport should come out to be the cheapest. But do drive! :)
Places on Google Map
We recommend you to definitely do the red colored spots
Make Reykjavik your base if you are doing guided tours and not driving by yourself; most tours leave from there. Some of the tours may have accommodation included so check tours first before booking accommodation.
If you are driving then divide your time between Reykjavik and Vik.
Top places to stay in Reykjavik:
Top places to stay in Vik:
Top things to do
Black Sand Beach (Reynisfjara)
Golden Circle - Gullfoss, Geysir, Thingvellir national park (optional Silfra diving)
If time permits:
Snæfellsnes peninsula & Kirkjufell
Vatnajokull ice caves (during winter)
Northern Lights (during winter)
Landmannalaugar (access via guided tours..don't drive by yourself).
Shop for icelandic wool sweater
Kex Hostel Restaurant
Easter Iceland (including Vik)
Restaurant Sudur Vik
Icelandic Skyr yogurt (sooo good)