There is a TON of information about Iceland travel out there nowadays. When I was planning my first trip, I spent weeks soaking up as much information as possible. I had pages and pages of notes and Iceland travel tips that I had gotten from all over the internet. After my trip, I got questions from several people about visiting Iceland, so I decided to condense all my best tips for Iceland travel into one mega-post. This is that post.
And because I’m a budget-conscious traveler, of course the majority of my tips are going to steer toward Iceland travel tips for travelers on a budget. Since Iceland has a reputation for being pretty expensive, these tips will not only help you learn the best ways to plan your itinerary and enjoy your time in Iceland, they’ll also help you save some money!
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It’s a long one, folks. I wasn’t kidding. Here’s a table of contents to help direct you!
1. Why Visit Iceland?
2. Who Should Visit Iceland?
3. Getting to Iceland
4. General Iceland Travel Tips
5. Accommodation in Iceland
6. Food and Drink in Iceland
7. Iceland Car Rentals and Driving
8. Attractions and Tours in Iceland
9. Money and Paying for Things in Iceland
10. What to Wear in Iceland
11. Planning an Iceland Trip
Why Visit Iceland?
I guess a good way to start off a mega-post about Iceland is to address why people should even go. Recently, tourism in Iceland has been on the rise as budget airlines have offered insanely low prices, and more big-name travel publications have showcased Iceland as a top destination.
But why? Why is it so special?
I can tell you why I went: Many travelers I follow online have claimed Iceland as one of their favorite countries and I wanted to see what all the hullaballoo was about. And also…I found a cheap flight.
Quite honestly, I was skeptical. I really didn’t expect Iceland to live up to all the hype- how great could waterfalls and hot springs really be?
Pretty dang great, you guys.
My takeaway from Iceland was this: Iceland is incredibly unique. The landscape, the waterfalls, the hot springs- Iceland is a breath of fresh air for travelers who have been to one too many European capitals or Asian temples. Iceland has a natural beauty that people don’t get to see very often, and I think that’s why people love it so much. At least, that’s I why I love it so much.
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Who should visit Iceland?
I mean, I’m not going to say there are people who shouldn’t go to Iceland. Everyone should visit Iceland. It’s amazing. But there are a few types of people who I think would especially benefit from traveling in Iceland.
Bored, seasoned travelers: Like I mentioned above, seasoned travelers who have ventured around the globe often get sick of seeing similar things in every place they visit. Every European capital has its market, its main square, it’s looming church, it’s street art, etc. But Iceland’s natural elements give bored travelers something new to
Newbie travelers: If you’re new to the travel scene, oh boy Iceland is going to spoil you. Iceland has great tourism infrastructure and is set up nicely for people who don’t get to travel much. Pretty much everyone speaks English, road signs and information are in English, and the culture is not as difficult to navigate as many other countries. If you’re going abroad for the first time, Iceland is a great starter country.
Solo female travelers: Now, I’m an advocate for the idea that solo female travelers can go anywhere they dang well
Getting to Iceland
Obviously, getting to Iceland is going to depend on where you’re coming from. There are a number of flights that go between Iceland and continental Europe every day. And with the rise in popularity of Iceland as a tourist destination, more United States-based airlines have added Iceland to their routes.
Iceland Airport Confusion
Travelers to Iceland can sometimes get a little confused. There is an airport in the capital city, called Reykjavik Airport (RKV). This airport mostly serves as a hub for flights within Iceland, and some flights to Greenland. Almost all international flights coming into Iceland will land at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), which is about 45 minutes away from Reykjavik. Even though your flight itinerary may say you’re landing in Reykjavik, you are most likely landing at the larger airport in Keflavik.
But don’t panic! There are multiple bus companies that can take you from Keflavik International Airport to Reykjavik City Center. If you’re picking up a rental car, choose KEF as your pickup and drop off location.
General Iceland Travel Tips
The secret of Iceland is out, you guys. Don’t expect to touch down at the airport and be the only foreigner in a sea of Icelanders. At the main tourist spots, you are going to have to deal with crowding, but there are plenty of more off the beaten path places you can visit where the tourist buses don’t go.
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The Sun in Iceland
Because of Iceland’s northerly location and the Earth’s tilted axis, the sun works a little bit differently. In the summer, the sun barely dips below the horizon, making it light for pretty much 24 hours a day. This is great for travelers, because the sunlight really maximizes the amount of time you can spend adventuring. In wintertime however, Iceland sees very little sunlight- as little as 5 hours in the day.
As you plan your travel itineraries, keep this in mind. If you’re traveling in winter, try not to overpack your days with activities because you may end up adventuring in the dark!
The weather in Iceland is extremely unpredictable. When I visited, the weather forecast showed rain all day, every day. But instead, we only had some light sprinkling on two different days and even one full day of warm sunshine! As you plan your trip to Iceland, schedule in a few “flex” days with no particular plans. This way if the weather turns out bad or if a tour gets canceled because of weather, you don’t have to completely reconstruct your travel itinerary. Planning for flex days will allow you to be flexible with the weather and ensure that the weather in Iceland doesn’t completely ruin your trip.
The deal with water
Tap water in Iceland typically comes from two different sources. Most of Iceland’s hot water for showering comes from geothermal water plants, which is why it has an eggy, sulfuric odor. This water is completely safe to use, but it’s not recommended for drinking.
Cold water from the tap comes straight from natural springs. It is some of the freshest and purest water you’ll ever taste. When you go to fill your water bottle at the tap, let the water run for a little bit until the water no longer has the eggy smell to it. This will ensure that your drinking water is clean and tasty!
When packing for Iceland, it’s important to bring your own refillable water bottle. There’s no reason to purchase bottled water in Iceland when the taps provide such fresh water. Plus, it saves you money!
The potty predicament
Iceland has pretty decent tourism infrastructure, but if there’s one thing it lacks, it’s public toilets. You can find free public toilets around Reykjavik- just look for dark green time-machine-looking vessels. And you can usually find toilets near popular tourist spots, but these can be a bit spaced out and sometimes have a fee to use. But if you’re going hiking or venturing off the beaten path, make sure to empty your tank, because odds are there
When visiting Iceland, the key is to use the free potties whenever you spot them. Because the alternative can risk harm to Iceland’s fragile nature and quite frankly, is a bit gross.
As with any country you visit, it’s important to respect the locals. They are very proud of their country and it’s natural beauty. And while they’re generally happy to share Iceland’s beauty with visitors, it’s important to remember that you are a guest of their home.
Overtourism has contributed to changes in the environment as well as contributed to pricing surges around the country. These are kinds of things can be frustrating for locals, so please be courteous and do what you can to minimize your impact on their homeland.
Accommodation in Iceland
There are tons of accommodation options in Iceland. Truthfully, it can be a bit overwhelming to narrow down where to stay during your time in Iceland. Your budget is going to be a huge deciding factor in where you end up staying. Iceland has its fair share of luxury hotels, but I have a feeling you ended up here hoping for some tips on saving money in Iceland. Here are a few tips for saving money on accommodation in Iceland!
Book a place with a kitchen
As we’ll explore in the next section, the costs for eating out in Iceland can add up quickly. Therefore, booking accommodation that gives you access to a kitchen will help cut your overall travel costs. You can find lots of AirBnbs with kitchens you can use, and there are a number of hostels that also have community kitchens for your use.
AirBnb in Iceland
Renting an AirBnb can be an affordable option for Iceland. You can choose between getting your own apartment style place, or take a room in a local’s home. You do need to be careful using AirBnb in Iceland, though. The government has been cracking down on hosts that aren’t following the rules, and there have been issues with locals’ housing costs rising due to the number of people turning their homes into short-term vacation rentals for tourists.
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Hostels in Iceland
Normally, I’m a huge supporter of staying in hostels when traveling. Iceland has lots of hostels, but they fill up quickly! In addition, many of the locations are not much cheaper than staying in an AirBnb. If you do want to stay in a hostel environment, click the link below to search for hostels in Iceland. Remember to book early to avoid more expensive prices!
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Stay outside of Reykjavik city center
Just like with most places, if you’re wanting to save money on accommodation, try looking at places outside of the city center. If you’re renting a car in Iceland, it may even be easier to find a place to stay outside of Reykjavik where you don’t have to worry about paying for parking. Reykjavik is a very walkable city, so even if you do stay on the outskirts, you won’t necessarily have to drive into the city to go sightseeing. You can also take advantage of the public transportation system or even rent a bicycle!
Consider camping during the right season
Camping in Iceland can be another way to save costs! There are public camping sites all over the country, with a range of amenities depending on where you are. There are even some sites that sit adjacent some of Iceland’s most scenic attractions. Obviously, this option is best if you’re not visiting in winter or the rainy months.
Depending on the site, there are a number of ways you can camp in Iceland. You can bring along your tent and all your camping gear. Or, if you’re packing lightly for Iceland, there are companies there where you can rent all the camping gear you need. If tenting it is not quite your style, don’t worry! Some campsites have small cabins you can rent. Or, many people choose to reserve a camper van that allows them to drive around Iceland and sleep inside the van.
Note that free camping is NOT allowed in Iceland! Reservations are recommended, especially during the peak season.
Food and Drink in Iceland
In all honesty, this is an area where I don’t have a ton of knowledge. I was so intimidated by the costs of eating out, that we didn’t eat a single meal at a restaurant. Aside from a few snacks, a sample of a famous Icelandic hot dog, and some free lobster soup I got from a guy on the street, all my food was shopped for and prepared by me. So if you’re here looking for some restaurant recommendations, I sadly have no personal recommendations for you. But I do have a few tips on saving money on food in Iceland without having to starve yourself!
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Restaurants and Eating out
Okay, okay, I know I said I didn’t have any restaurant recommendations. But if you don’t have access to a kitchen and eating out is your only option, my budget-friendly tip is to make use of those daily happy hour specials. There are lots of places in Reykjavik that offer discounts during non-peak meal times. If you can schedule your eating around those, that will help you save some money.
My second tip on eating out in Iceland is a bit of a controversial one. While researching your trip, you may have seen a few places where they recommend trying puffin and whale meat, touting it as a “local” delicacy. Let me just clear this up- Nobody in Iceland sits down to a nice puffin steak on a Sunday afternoon. No Icelandic family invites the neighbors over for juicy whale burgers. This is just stuff that’s sold to tourists who think it’s cool. And it encourages Iceland’s already very controversial whaling industry. If your restaurant has these dishes on the menu, maybe just skip ’em, okay?
So if you’ve followed my advice and have procured yourself the use of a kitchen while in Iceland, this means you’ll need to go grocery shopping. Grocery shopping is one of my favorite things to do when I travel, so I found my time in the grocery store in Iceland to be quite enjoyable.
If you’re on a budget, you’re going to want to shop at a store called Bonus. It’s very similar to an Aldi with more off-brand foods and not a ton of choices. But prices are lower than you’ll find at other grocery stores. There are many Bonus locations, so I wouldn’t worry too much about having to stop at the first one you see. But if for some reason you can’t find a Bonus for your grocery needs, or maybe you have an aversion to its strange pink pig logo, you could also hit up a store called Kronan- it’s pretty similar.
When making your shopping list, there are a few things to keep in mind in order to keep costs low. First, meats and produce tend to be the most expensive grocery items. If you can go without meat for your time in Iceland, it will save you a good chunk of money. Stick to simple meals that don’t require a lot of ingredients, like pasta, PB and J, or oatmeal. Splurge a little on fruits and veg as necessary.
Also, make sure to bring your own bags to the store with you! Iceland is a pretty environmentally conscious place, and they’ll charge you to use their plastic bags. I just brought my packable backpack and put everything in there!
If you’re a booze drinker, you’ll need to do a little pre-planning to get your alcohol. The easiest and cheapest way is to buy it in the Duty-Free area of the Keflavik Airport before you exit. Otherwise, you have to buy wine and spirits at specially licensed shops, and there are none in central Reykjavík. Any alcohol stronger than 2.25% is sold at state-owned stores called Vinbúdin, which are only open from 11-6, Monday through Saturday.
Iceland Rental Cars and Driving
To rent a car, or to not rent a car- THAT is the question of visiting Iceland. It’s a question I mulled over quite a bit while planning my own Iceland trip, but in the end, I decided the freedom to go and explore on my own timeline was worth the cost.
Iceland does not currently have Uber or any other ridesharing services. There are taxis, but they can be quite expensive. Buses are available and can take you to pretty much all the popular tourist sites, but they can fill up quickly during tourist season, and run less often during low seasons. So if you don’t want to worry about all the logistics of getting around Iceland- I found renting a car to be easiest.
Now, if you’re visiting in winter, you’ll also want to consider your own driving skills. If you’re not used to driving in extreme winter conditions, then Iceland is probably not the place to give it your first try. Otherwise, there’s not much that’s different or complicated about self-driving in Iceland.
Getting your rental car
Because renting a car in Iceland is a popular thing to do, there are SO many car rental companies. When it comes to budget, this is not necessarily the place where you want to skimp out. Spending the absolute minimum on a rental car in Iceland may not be the best idea. I’m not saying you need to shell out ALL the dollars, but use good judgment when booking your rental car in Iceland.
Before picking up our rental car, I read dozens of horror stories about people getting charged hidden fees, cars that weren’t in good condition, and lots of poor customer service. Needless to say, I scared myself. I ended up having a good experience, but I learned the ways to make sure I didn’t get myself in trouble with my Iceland rental car company.
Possibly the most important thing to do is to read EVERYTHING carefully. Read about all the insurance options. Read about their age policies. Read about their rules for payment and credit card use. Read it all.
Car rental insurance in Iceland
There is much more that can damage your car in Iceland besides a collision. Many environmental factors can cause damage to cars in Iceland, which is not something most of us have to think about while driving around at home. The wind can cause lots of damage. The sand and ash can scratch up the paint. The unpaved roads and many potholes can do serious damage to the car if you’re not careful.
Iceland is one of those places where it’s really just worth it to buy the extra insurance so you don’t have to worry about all the ways your rental car can get damaged. Make sure to read all your car insurance papers thoroughly so you know what things are and are not covered.
Pro Tip: Take photos of your rental car and inspect it yourself thoroughly before driving away from the rental office. Also, check that tires are not dull. These will help you tremendously if a sleazy rental car agent tries to charge you for damages that you didn’t cause!
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At the gas pump
There are a few things you’ll want to know about filling up your rental car at the gas stations in Iceland. First, be careful selecting the “fill tank” option at the pump. This places a hold on your account for a large sum of money, and you won’t have access to those funds again for several days.
You may also encounter an issue where the pump will ask for a PIN for a credit card. If you don’t have one, as is the case with many in the United States, you won’t be able to use that card at the pump.
To get around this, there are a few solutions. First, you can choose to prepay for your gas inside the station. However not every station is open all the time so don’t rely on this as your only option. You can also purchase a pre-paid gas card from an N1 station. Then you can use that card at any time at any N1 station.
Also, driving in Iceland was my first time ever having to deal with diesel fuel. I wasn’t driving a huge car, but diesel was actually cheaper to buy than regular fuel when I was there. But if, like me, this will be your first time filling up for diesel, here’s an extra special tip for you: Look around for a glove or mitt to wear before pumping the fuel. Otherwise, you’ll get it all over your hands when you take it out of the car. And it’s really hard to get off. And you’ll forget it’s on your hands. And you’ll eat a sandwich. And your lips will go numb. Good times.
Tips for Driving in Iceland
When it comes to driving in Iceland, there are a few things that are helpful to know. First, like with anywhere else, read up on Icelandic driving laws and road signs before hitting the streets. It just makes life easier on everyone.
You may be tempted to save some money by reserving a rental car that drives in manual gear. But if you don’t drive in manual at home, please don’t make Iceland your time to try it out.
You’ll want to keep your car pretty full of gas. Once you get an hour or two away from Reykjavik, gas stations become less frequent. You don’t want to be the guy that runs out of gas in the middle of nowhere!
When getting in and out of your car, hold onto your door. The wind in Iceland can be so strong that it blows the door open wider than it’s meant to open. This will cause damage to the car and result in your owing money to the rental company.
If you’re not used to driving in wintry conditions, maybe think twice about renting a car in winter. This isn’t really the place to just wing it. Driving on icy roads, in white-out conditions can get really dangerous, even for experienced winter drivers.
Know where you’re going to drive before reserving your car. There are certain roads in Iceland that require 4×4 vehicles to handle the more challenging terrain (called F Roads).
Navigating in Iceland is not difficult- especially if you’re not really venturing off the tourist track. If you need the help of electronic navigation, you can either rent a GPS with your car or download an offline map to your smartphone. I downloaded Google Maps and had no issues using it.
Attractions and Tours in Iceland
Iceland has a number of unique attractions and tours for visitors. From magnificent waterfalls and hot springs, to the Northern Lights and puffin-watching, there is a TON to do in Iceland! As you begin to fill your Iceland travel itinerary with different attractions and tours, here are a few tips to keep in mind.
The Northern Lights
If you’re planning a trip to Iceland to see the Northern Lights, you should probably know this: they don’t show up every night. In fact, conditions generally have to be really perfect to see a crystal clear light show. So if you are planning a Northern Lights tour, make sure to have a little wiggle room in your itinerary in case you have to reschedule for another night when conditions are better.
Also, in order to see the Northern Lights, it needs to be dark. During the winter months when the sun is set the longest, is when you’ll have the best chance of seeing them. You may be able to see them in early spring or late fall too. But if you’re visiting in summer, don’t plan on seeing the light at all!
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The Blue Lagoon
Iceland’s Blue Lagoon is one of the most-visited attractions, but there are mixed reviews about whether or not it’s worth the price tag. I was a skeptic too, when I visited. But I found that if you have the money and the time, it’s worth visiting at least once. If you are looking for something a little cheaper or less visited, Iceland has plenty of other options too!
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Other Tips for Attractions and Tours
If you do visit the Blue Lagoon in Iceland, or any of the country’s other hot springs and public pools, it is expected that you will shower off before entering the pools. This means sans bathing suit. It might feel weird, but rest assured that no one is checking you out, and it’s the best way to clean off your nasty body oils before getting in the water and sharing them with everyone else.
When booking tours, you’ll want to book your spots early. You can risk it and try to book with the tour companies while you’re in Iceland, but during the busy season, you run the risk of tours being sold out. Plus, you can sometimes get a cheaper price if you book early!
If you’re wanting to do a tour to see some of Iceland’s fantastic wildlife, double check and make sure you’re visiting in the right season for it. The best time to go whale watching is from April to October, with the peak time in June, July, and August. If you want to see puffins, head to the coastal regions during May, June, July, and August.
Lastly, when visiting all the other beautiful attractions and scenic places in Iceland, please make sure to stay on the marked paths to avoid damaging the fragile environment.
Money and Paying for T
hings in Iceland
Paying for things in different countries can sometimes be a bit confusing, but Iceland is very modern with its payment acceptance. Here are a few useful tips for accessing your money and paying for things in Iceland.
Credit and Debit Cards
Most everywhere will take credit and debit cards, with the most prominently accepted ones being Mastercard and Visa (as is the case with most places.) Even when it comes to paying for parking at different places, you can pay with a card.
One thing to keep in mind is that if you plan on using a credit card, you may need a PIN to use it in Iceland. If your credit card doesn’t have a PIN, contact your bank a few weeks ahead of your trip to ask for one.
As with any international trip, you’ll want to be well informed about your card services’ policies on ATM fees, Foreign Transaction Fees, and other fees that may be applied while using your card in another country. These fees can really add up and be quite a shock if you’re not informed about them.
ATMs and Cash
Even if you plan on using your cards for the majority of your purchases, it won’t hurt to have just a little cash on hand. Public restrooms that charge fees will not take card payments, so it’s helpful to get some cash and make a small purchase to have coins for the toilets.
If you’d rather use cash instead of cards in Iceland, that is an option as well. There are a number of ATMs in Reykjavik, in the airport, and at different places throughout the country. Of course, it will save you the most money in ATM fees if you go once and withdraw what you’ll need for your stay in Iceland.
Pro Tip: Do not exchange cash at the airport. This is almost always a no-no when traveling, as the exchange rate is pretty much guaranteed to be crap. Instead, plan to withdraw Icelandic Krona at an ATM. This will give you a much better exchange rate and the ATM fees will cost you less money in the long-run.
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It’s helpful to know the exchange rate before you go to the ATM. The machine will ask you how much you want in Icelandic Krona, so you’ll want to know approximately how much the Krona is worth compared to your home currency.
If you’re wondering how much you’ll need to get out, it depends on what expenses you foresee. If you’re eating out every day, booking tours and attractions using cash, etc., you’re going to need a pretty hefty amount of cash. But I personally only used Krona for little things: ice cream, restrooms, hot chocolate, etc. I only got out $50 USD in Krona for 5 days, and had to consciously remember to use it.
Tipping in Iceland
Visitors from the United States may struggle with the “no-tipping” culture of Iceland. I know it may seem like you’re being rude by not leaving a tip, but there are times when leaving a tip can insinuate that you think service workers are not making enough money, or that you’re just flaunting your own riches.
In fact, many times your bill will already have a service fee or gratuity added. Icelanders won’t be offended if you do tip, but they will probably think it’s weird.
An exception to this rule is tour guides. You may tip your tour guides for excellent service while in Iceland. But restaurant employees, taxi drivers, bartenders, etc., should not be tipped.
What to Wear in Iceland
There are a lot of questions out there about what to wear in Iceland. With the weather being fairly unpredicatble at any given time, it’s not easy to know exactly what to bring.
Your packing needs will depend greatly on what time of year you’re visiting Iceland and what activities you plan on doing while there. In winter, you’ll want waterproof boots with good traction, and layers of warm clothing. It will also help to have a more waterproof outer layer for adventuring in the snow and wind. In spring and fall, you’ll want to be prepared for rain and wind. Pack warm layers that you can easily shed, but that will provide good protection from cold winds.
In summer, the sun comes out more and you don’t have to worry quite as much about avoiding the freezing weather. During this time of year, you can get away with not having a fully waterproof wardrobe. Instead, just pack an extra set of clothes on day trips in case you get wet.
The best part about traveling in Iceland is that you don’t have to worry as much about sweating through your clothes. This means you can wear and re-wear your layers multiple times through your visit. That way, you can save a bit more space when packing.
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Planning an Iceland Trip
When it comes to planning an Iceland trip, it’s really tempting to cram as much as possible into your visit. If you really want to see everything Iceland has to offer, you’re probably best just moving to Iceland! But as you piece together your itinerary, keeping all these Iceland travel tips in mind, there are a couple more things to consider.
Length of trip
It should be pretty self-explanatory that the length of your trip will determine how much of Iceland you’ll get to see. If you’re in Iceland for less than a week don’t even think about driving the Ring Road around the country. Sure, you could make it in time, but you will have had to skip out on a lot of amazing stops along the way. Luckily, if you don’t have a long time in Iceland there are still plenty of amazing day-trips you can do from Reykjavik!
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Time of year
There are so many things to see and experience that are dependant on the time of year, so odds are after one visit, you’ll have to plan another during the opposite time of year. Winter in Iceland is magical, no doubt, but you’ll also have to schedule in some “thaw-out” time after exploring the outdoors. And summertime draws larger tourist crowds, so you’ll have to leave room to navigate a little extra traffic on the main roads. But if there are one or two things in Iceland that you’re just DYING to experience, make sure to go at the right time of year to experience them!
What kind of activities you enjoy
Listen, if you really don’t like horseback riding and you never have, don’t think that just because you’re in Iceland horseback riding will be any more enjoyable. If you’re not a hiker, don’t commit yourself to one of Iceland’s multi-day hiking tours. There is a ton of diversity in things to do in Iceland, make sure you fill your itinerary with things you enjoy doing.
Like I’ve said all throughout this post- Iceland will probably not be kind to your travel funds. And that’s okay. Every krona I spent was 100% worth it. But, if you’re traveling to Iceland on a budget, like I did, it’s perfectly okay to skip the organized tours and concentrate on the free stuff. I spent a whole day in Reykjavik without spending anything! And another day driving around the Reykjanes Peninsula finding free things to do near Keflavik Airport! No matter what your budget, you are going to have an amazing time in Iceland!
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Woo, you guys. We made it! Congrats to you for sticking through it!
I hope that these 50+ Iceland travel tips are helpful as you plan your dream trip to Iceland. Since my visit was short, I only got to see a small amount of the amazing places around Iceland. Places like Diamond Beach, Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Akureyri, and Myvatn are all still places I’d like to go back and see.
But that’s part of the magic of Iceland. I think every person I know who has been there is dying to go back another time. While it may be overwhelming trying to plan your first trip, trust me when I say no matter how much you try to do everything while in Iceland, you’ll still want to return and see more.
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Iceland has been on my bucket list for quite some time now. But yes, somehow the price tag always puts me off. But I think I really need to get my act together soon and book a trip. It looks so stunning, really don’t want to miss out any more. Thanks for those budget tips, will be a great help once we start planning our trip.