Iceland

Iceland Travel Guide

Once you visit Iceland, a land of gushing geysers where the sky glitters with the Northern Lights, you may understand why some of its residents are convinced that fairies and giants still roam the earth, or at least their corner of it. Iceland's landscapes are dramatic and strange, perfect for avid photo-takers, and the country remains relatively uncrowded, even at peak tourist season. As otherworldly as it may sound, travel to Iceland is actually quite easy - and when you're ready to go, our Iceland travel guide will lead you to all the magical spots of this unique country.

Things Not to Miss in Iceland

From a relaxing spa visit at the Blue Lagoon to the otherworldly vistas offered by the country's many national parks, visitors to Iceland should pack their itineraries full of breathtaking sights, including:

• The Blue Lagoon

• The Culture House in Reykjavik

• Reykjavik's buzzing nightlife

• Porsmörk National Park

• The Great Geysir

• Thingvellir National Park

• Vatnajökull National Park

• The Northern Lights (in the winter)

• Whale Watching (in the summer)

When to Go to Iceland

While winter may strike some as an odd time to visit Iceland, you will be able to find bargain fares and room rates at that time, and if the Northern Lights are on your bucket list, it's the perfect time to visit. For most travelers, however, summer is the time to go, when there are long days, music festivals, and highs in the 50s - which is positively balmy for Iceland. Even the whales know this is the ideal time to visit the country.

Articles about Iceland

Garðar Ólafsson says it best: "Iceland is such an amazing country that everyone should witness with their own eyes." To help those who have never been—or travelers who have and want to relive its beauty—the Iceland-based photographer put together ...
%image2 Tunneling all the way through Langjökull, Into the Glacier's ice cave stretches for 550 meters, nearly 30 meters below the surface. Let's just say it's not for the claustrophobic. But if enclosed spaces are no big deal, and you're curio...
%image2 Tunneling all the way through Langjökull, Into the Glacier's ice cave stretches for 550 meters, nearly 30 meters below the surface. Let's just say it's not for the claustrophobic. But if enclosed spaces are no big deal, and you're curio...
Icelandair has decided to make its stopover program more enticing by appealing to that most Nordic of pursuits, of living in a lighthouse on a rugged stretch of coastline. Book a stopover through the carrier, and they’ll set you up with a night at...
Filmmaker Henry Jun Wah Lee was at the right place at the right time during a solar maximum over Iceland last March. (A bit of background: a solar maximum is a time in the 11-year solar cycle of the sun where an increase in sun spots and irradianc...
Iceland is having a moment. This past May, more than 20,000 American tourists made a stop in the country, increasing 2014’s numbers by 76 percent. This isn’t the first year the country has seen a jump like this. In 2014, the number of U.S. tourist...
Sometimes when researching travel plans, all one really wants is a local to spill all of their neighborhood secrets. Iceland gets it. Promote Iceland, public-private partnership meant to promote Iceland businesses has created a network of regional...
Last September, my husband and I embarked on a road trip in Iceland, which took us west to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula (which I wrote about here), around the Golden Circle, and east to the glacial lake of Jökulsárlón. On our last day before heading...
Last September, my husband and I embarked on a road trip in Iceland, which took us west to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula (which I wrote about here), around the Golden Circle, and east to the glacial lake of Jökulsárlón. On our last day before heading...
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