The Perfect Travel Guide to Iceland

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Advisor - Lauren Martin
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Lauren Martin

  • International Travel

  • Iceland

  • Reykjavik

  • Adventure Travel

  • Boutique Travel

  • Countryside

  • Local Food

  • Outdoors

The Blue Lagoon filled with people in Iceland.
Curator’s statement

Iceland is like an other-worldly planet. If adventure is what you seek, look no further! Enjoy a road trip around the country at your own pace: waterfalls, glaciers, hot springs and hiking galore. With weather that can be unpredictable, you can experience all four seasons within one 24-hour period. With a huge culinary scene, you can spend all day hiking and exploring followed by a warm soak and a delicious meal. This is the perfect trip to take solo, with your partner, a family or even a group.

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Things to do in Iceland

A small house in the middle of nowhere in Iceland.

Blue Lagoon: Relax in the blue thermal waters of the infamous luxury hot springs Blue Lagoon.

Myvatn Nature Baths: Similar thermal waters to the Blue Lagoon, but this one is up North and less crowded.

Reykjavik: The capital city of Iceland is full of great food, street art and even a visit to the Harpa music hall.

Akureyri: The largest city up North in Iceland. However, it has a small and quaint feeling. During the winter months, take a dog sled ride or just visit and snuggle the pups.

Husavik: This is the furthest city up north and the whale watching capitol of the country.

Waterfalls: There are so many to visit! The top choices along the ring road (the main road around the entire country:) Gulfoss, Skogafoss, Seljalandsfos and Dettifoss.

Geysers: Visit the big geyser that erupts every 10 minutes, so you're not likely to ever miss it.

Skaftafell: Visit this national park and walk on a glacier.

Jokulsarlon Glacier Beach: Also known as diamond beach, this beach features icey blue waters with chunks of glacier and icebergs floating around. Take a boat ride through them!

Bjorbodin Beer Spa: Not only can you drink your weight in Icelandic brewed beer, you can bathe in it! Enjoy a soak in your own personal warm tub of beer with your own unlimited supply of beer (not the same beer you are soaking in!) finished with a warm bathroom and quick nap in the relaxation room.

Places to eat & drink in Iceland

Icelandic hot dog.

Geysir Restaurant: A must-visit while visiting Geysir in Thingvellier Park.

Lebowski Bar: Come here for a fun atmosphere, amazing burgers and white Russian cocktails in Reykjavik.

Pilsur: Make sure to check out the infamous hotdog stands sprinkled throughout Reykjavik and Akureyri.

Restaurant Salka: Amazing food in Husavik. Try the langoustine!

Reykjavik Fish and Chips: The name speaks for itself. This restaurant makes the most delicious fish and chips I've ever had.

Bryna: Come here for Icelandic ice cream! I don't care how cold it is outside, this delicious ice cream shop that lets you choose your own toppings is a must visit in Iceland.

Need to Know

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