Home to volcanic beaches, chic green living, Viking culture and out-of-this-world Northern Lights, get yourself to the Land of Fire and Ice, stat.
Icelanders often speak of trolls, elves and other hidden people who inhabit their land, and who can blame them? This magical country packed with erupting geysers, crater lakes and dazzling waterfalls looks like it’s straight from a fairy tale. That’s not to mention the glacier lagoons and lakes so pristine you can literally drink from them. So whether you take a dip in the legendary Blue Lagoon, hike through shimmering ice caves, camp under the Northern Lights, or indulge in some of Iceland’s weird and unusual food, this fascinating Nordic island will leave you spellbound.
Iceland travel highlights
Dripping with Nordic cool, this cosmopolitan capital city is all about hip bars, underground galleries, futuristic architecture and an epic music scene.
Thingvellir National Park
Created by two tectonic plates slowly ripping apart, this national park has incredible water-filled rifts, canyons and grass-covered lava fields.
Thorsmork (Thor’s Valley)
Hidden between mountains and glaciers is an outdoor playground as mystical as a Norse god. Hike past steaming volcanoes, rocky gorges and hot springs.
Vatnajokull National Park
Tackle one of Europe’s largest ice caps and marvel at ice caves on a glacier walk.
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Accommodation in Iceland
Hotel rooms start to look the same after a while, don’t you think? Half the fun of travel is experiencing a destination just like the locals – including where they sleep. Wherever possible, Geckos Adventures uses unique and traditional accommodation to create a truly authentic experience.
Camping: Camping is a bit of a summer tradition with Icelanders. Immerse yourself in the country’s epic scenery, get to know the locals and minimise your ecological footprint by camping during your Iceland adventure. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights swirling above your tent!
Iceland travel FAQs
Australia: No – not required
Belgium: No – not required
Canada: No – not required
Germany: No – not required
Ireland: No – not required
Netherlands: No – not required
New Zealand: No – not required
South Africa: Yes – in advance
Switzerland: No – not required
United Kingdom: No – not required
USA: No – not required
Travellers from most nations do not require a visa to visit Iceland for stays of up to 90 days, although travellers from South Africa are required to obtain a visa in advance from the Royal Danish Embassy in Pretoria. Please check their website for more information about visa requirements.
It’s generally a good idea to make sure your passport is valid for at least six months following your departure date from Iceland and has a couple of blank pages for stamps.
Hotels, restaurants and cafes automatically add a service fee to the bill so tipping extra isn’t expected in Iceland.
Internet is easy to access at internet cafes and Wi-Fi hotspots in larger cities and towns, although access may be limited in rural and remote areas.
Mobile phone coverage is good in major cities and urban areas, but may not be available in rural and remote parts. Ensure global roaming is activated with your service provider before leaving home.
Modern, flushable toilets are the norm in Iceland. You may need to pay a small fee to use public toilets.
Hotdog from a street stall = USD 4
Bottle of local beer = USD 5.50 – 7.50
Simple lunch at a cafe restaurant = USD 5 - 14
Sit-down dinner at a restaurant = USD 19 - 38
Tap water is safe to drink in Iceland. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, pack a reusable bottle.
Credit cards are wide accepted throughout the country. In fact, Iceland is practically a cashless society, as most locals prefer to pay with card. You should have no problem using your credit card at shops, guesthouses, supermarkets, restaurants, cafes and with taxis.
ATMs are easy to find in Iceland’s cities and villages. They generally accept most foreign cards.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling with Geckos are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of your trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.
For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance
Jan 1: New Year’s Day
April 13: Maundy Thursday
April 14: Good Friday
April 17: Easter Monday
May 1: Labour Day
May 25: Ascension Day
June 5: Whit Monday
June 17: Independence Day
Aug 7: Commerce Day
Dec 24: Christmas Eve
Dec 25: Christmas
Dec 26: Boxing Day
For a current list of public holidays in Iceland go to: https://www.worldtravelguide.net/guides/europe/iceland/public-holidays/
Iceland is a welcoming destination for LGBTQI-travellers. Icelanders tend to have very open and accepting attitudes towards homosexuality, gay marriage is legal, and several prominent cultural figures are openly gay. Same-sex couples should have no problem walking hand-in-hand on city streets. The gay scene is quite low-key, however, even in Reykjavik.
Spring and summer are the best time to visit Iceland. July and August are the warmest months, and are also the busiest tourist seasons. Days are long, with only brief nights. Crowds decrease in September as the weather becomes unpredictable and the countryside becomes less accessible, although brilliant fall colours and the awe-inspiring Northern Lights becomes visible during this period. Winters in Iceland are challenging. Reykjavik experiences an average of just three sunny days in January, when temperatures hover around freezing and bone-chilling winds are the norm.