Iceland Vacations

From its towering volcanoes to its ice-blue glaciers, Iceland is geologically intense. Glaciers cover over one-tenth of the surface of Iceland, especially throughout much of its center. The English word 'geyser' came from the Iceland sight Geysir, a spouting stream of volcanically heated water. Geysir is one-third of the Golden Circle, along with ... Read more
the glacial waterfalls at Gulffoss and the volcanic park at Þingvellir, also the first home to Iceland's parliament (the world's oldest and longest running, dating from 930 to 1798 AD). The most visited natural attraction in Iceland is the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal pool and medical spa where the mineral-rich Iceland sea water (naturally heated a perfect 98 to 102F) is a proven treatment for skin conditions like psoriasis. Iceland also boasts one of the most quirky capitals in Europe: Reykjavik. With only about four hours of daylight in the end of December, residents have become experts at enjoying themselves. A heady nightlife exists in summer and winter, but New Year's Eve is understandably popular. At midnight, families light literally millions of fireworks, welcoming the returning sun in the new year.

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Iceland things to do and experiences

  • Blue Lagoon
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  • Gullfoss
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  • Thingvellir (Þingvellir) National Park
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  • Geysir
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There’s a tourism power button for Iceland, and it gets switched on in June. Nature turns up the heat to about 55F (13C), museums open, the interior of the country thaws out and becomes accessible by road, and ... Read more
the sun hangs around for 20-hour stretches to ensure that the parties and festivities can carry on well into the night. Then, just as suddenly, someone turns the power off in September and the crowds scatter. Those with a daring spirit will find the off season to have many draws of its own, including the Northern Lights, a stimulating cultural calendar in Reykjavík, and a number of world renown spas that are open year-round. Did we mention that the off season also comes with a much smaller price tag?

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Safety

Solo Female Travel Tips

Iceland is extremely safe, and a "great place for a solo trip." "Almost everyone speaks English, and transportation is easy to navigate." The rural areas (which is most of the country) are safe, quiet, and peaceful. "Crime is almost nonexistent." For ... Read more
those traveling alone for the first time, "Iceland is a great place to start."

Trip by Skyscanner surveyed its Solo Female Traveller Tribe to compile woman-to-woman safety tips for this destination. While no one destination is ever completely safe or unsafe, our hope is that this information will allow users to make their own decisions with better information.

LGBTQ Tips

"This country is so LGBT friendly it is astounding." 'If anything, it's the other tourists who may be more queerphobic than the locals!'

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destination is ever completely safe or unsafe, our hope is that this information will allow users to make their own decisions with better information.

Iceland reviews & trip reports

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Foster City, California, USA

Iceland has beautiful natural landscapes formed from two tectonic plates crossing here, causing volcanic activity. You can see many lava fields, volcanic rock walls and geysers as a result of it.

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Chicago, Illinois, USA

Iceland is one of my favorite places to visit. It has very easy access as far as international travel is concerned, and you can accomplish a lot in a short period of time. It is perfect for a long-weekend getaway or a week+ trip.

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New York City, New York State, USA

Iceland is like no place I have ever been. In May of 2016, two friends and I spent 12 days in this beautiful country. We started in Reykjavik, spending our first two days visiting the Blue Lagoon and exploring the capital city's artsy streets and marveling at the local architecture. Our third day was spent on a drive around the Golden Circle, which included Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park, Geysir hot spring area, and Gullfoss waterfall. After that, we embarked on our long drive on the country's famed Ring Road, which looped around Icelands most famous landmarks and through some awe-inspiring landscapes and breathtaking vistas. I've had friends and co-workers ask me for Iceland recommendations and say "oh, I'm going to 4 days, what should I see?" and I have offerings, but my best recommendation is to stay longer. One can never truly experience Iceland in such a short time and if they can't leave the confines of the capital or it's immediate surroundings. There such an amazing country to explore and it is so varied and different from one region to the next. Time and a car are the best ways to experience Iceland, in my opinion.

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Mohave Valley, Arizona

We got married in Borgarnes and honeymooned in Akureyri. We drove across the island. The people were kind, the air clean, and the views stunning. While here I lost my purse. An older gentleman helped us look for it. Lo and behold, it was at the police station. No one steals. My only fear is trashy people trashing this lovely place.

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London, UK

Iceland is extremely safe, and a "great place for a solo trip." English is widely spoken, transportation is easy to navigate, and the rural areas (which is most of the country) are safe, quiet, and peaceful. "Crime is almost nonexistent." Iceland is a great place for first-time solo travelers to get their feet wet.

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Quezon City, Philippines

The land of fire and ice. A land of contrasts. Iceland, with its dramatic landscape, is a nature lover's paradise. It is an unforgettable and unique experience.

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New York City, New York State, USA

An amazing country of natural landscapes, from volcanoes to lakes to waterfalls. Whilst Reykjavik is an amazing city, getting a car and driving to see the Country is hugely advised.

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Lakewood, Colorado, USA

I had no idea how stunningly beautiful Iceland is. Between the stark volcanic rock and deep blue oceans lies miles of fluffy moss that looks otherworldly.

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Denver, Colorado, USA

Iceland is a chilled out country that is familiar, yet beautifully unique at the same time. We visited during the Winter for a few days (the week of Christmas) in the hopes of spotting the Northern Lights en route to London. We reached three very important conclusions after our visit: 1. next time come in the summer so we can hike the beautiful landscape, 2. do more research before we visit again (we were admittedly under prepared compared to our usual travels), and 3. and perhaps most importantly... pay the extra money for a GPS with our rental car! The street names are like 25 letters long with no vowels... there is no way you will easily remember which streets to turn on and where you are headed. Trust me.

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San Diego

Iceland reminded me of a northern version of New Zealand: it's beautiful, dramatic, and intense. The landscape is unlike most others on Earth, and you'll find yourself becoming intimate with the planet's secrets here. From gushing geysers to roaring waterfalls, black sand beaches to steaming mounds in the ground, hulking glaciers to ominous, looming volcanoes, Iceland has it all. The best way to explore this magnificent country is by camper van - don't bother with hostels, just become one with Mother Nature and explore her masterpiece in the land of fire and ice.

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