Iceland Travel Guide
From towering volcanoes and black-sand beaches to 200-foot waterfalls and everything in between, Iceland is an adventure lover’s dream.
Mother Nature’s playground
Sometimes nature can be a bit of a showoff, and there may not be anywhere on Earth where that’s more apparent than Iceland. The Land of Fire and Ice is chock-full of natural wonders and stark examples of Mother Nature’s self-expression. Experience the raw power of the Atlantic Ocean as its waves crash into the black sand of Reynisfjara Beach. Feel the life affirming sensation of mist on your face as it escapes the roaring cascades of famous waterfalls like Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. Gaze with awe at once-in-a-lifetime sights, like the 100-foot eruptions of Strokkur Geyser, the stunning geographical features of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, and the breathtaking Northern Lights.
Iceland and excitement go hand in hand, but a full day hiking volcanoes and chasing waterfalls would be enough to wear out even famed Norse explorer Leif Eriksson. Lucky for him (and you), Iceland’s aptitude for adventure is matched by its fascination with relaxation. As the authority on all things ultimate, we’ve deemed Iceland’s geothermal pools the ultimate way to unwind and rejuvenate. Ease your way into the mineral enriched seawater, and let your tired muscles melt into the naturally heated haven that awaits. It’s the best way to end a day, or as Icelanders say: “The raisin at the end of the hot dog.”
It’s been argued that to an extent, once you’ve seen one major city, you’ve seen them all. To whoever said that, Reykjavík would like a word. This city’s resume of unique features is almost as long as the list of published authors who call it home (10% of its populace)! Whether it’s the old public restroom that’s been converted into the Icelandic Museum of Punk, the towering steeple of the Hallgrímskirkja Cathedral, or the Icelandic...ahem...Phallological Museum—Reykjavík is beloved by city slickers and non-metropolitans alike.
Exploring Iceland is mostly just asking yourself, is this real life?
Planet Earth: Iceland
Who knew you could live inside a nature documentary?
Keep your eyes peeled for “sneaker waves” at Reynisfjara Beach
History or folklore?
Locals are so passionate about both, it can be tricky to tell them apart.
Visit the site of the world’s first parliament at Thingvellir National Park
Lights, camera, Iceland
See the spots where some of your favorite films and television shows came to life.
Help defeat the First Order at Starkiller Base AKA Eyjafjallajökull
Flights. Accommodations. Activities. Rockstar Tour Director that can help you pronounce Eyjafjallajökull.
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Currency: Icelandic króna
Most ‘Grammable: Seljalandsfoss
Epic Spa Day: The Blue Lagoon
Cutest Encounter: Puffins
Drink up: Viking beer
Eat up: Famous Icelandic hot dog
Elves or Trolls?: Yes
What’s that smell?: Sulfur from all the geysers
Phrases to know
Hello: Halló (hah-loh)
Goodbye: Bless (bles)
Thank you: Takk (tahk)
Cheers: Skál (sk-ohl)
Please: Vinsamlegast (vihn-sahm-lay-gast)
I come completely from the mountains: Ég kem alveg af fjöllum (meaning you don’t know what’s going on!)
The raisin at the end of the hot dog: Rúsínan í pylsuendanum (similar to the cherry on top)
Eat like a local
Bonus points if you eat with a local.
Rich and creamy like Greek yogurt but with a milder taste.
The ultimate Iceland getaway
Less than a week, more than meets the eye.