Menu Close


Iceland is epic and full of incredible natural wonders: glaciers, geysers, waterfalls, and more. Iceland is one of the countries we could visit again and again and never get bored. Below you can find guides on exploring some of the best sites in Iceland including itineraries and hiking guides as well as some general information to help you plan an amazing trip.

Iceland at a Glance

Weather: Iceland experiences a subarctic climate with cold temperatures year-round, averaging around 37º F (3º C). Expect a mix of cloudy and clear days, with the possibility of snow and rain, particularly from October to April.

Best Time to Visit: June to August is the peak season: the weather is relatively mild and the days are long, with nearly 24 hours of daylight.

Currency and Tipping: Icelandic Króna (ISK) is the official currency. Tipping is not customary in Iceland, as service charges are usually included in the bill.

Must Eat: Try the national dish, Hákarl (fermented shark), along with other Icelandic specialties like lamb soup and skyr.

Power Up: Plug type F, 230 V.

Language: Icelandic is the official language, but English is widely spoken and understood.

Popular Activities: Exploring glaciers and volcanoes, relaxing in geothermal hot springs, witnessing the Northern Lights, and enjoying the unique landscape and wildlife.

Iceland Itineraries

Best Time of Year to Visit Iceland

Iceland is great to visit throughout the year. In general, temperatures vary only slightly between summer and winter, but the biggest difference is in the amount of sunlight. In June, there is almost no darkness, and in December the sun never rises. Visit in the winter for incredible northern lights and in the summer the long days are perfect for exploring. Most of the information below is about visiting Iceland during the summer.

How Long do You Need to Visit Iceland

In order to completely see the best sites in Iceland, you need 10-14 days. This gives you time to drive the ring road, explore the interior and see a few additional sites. If you don’t have 2 weeks to explore Iceland, you can still plan an amazing 5 day trip along the Southern Coast or a 7 day trip around Iceland’s Ring Road.

One last option is to add a stop in Iceland as a layover. We did this recently coming back from Europe. Most layovers are just a few hours, but you can also arrange for up to a few days. Even a few hours gives you the chance to take a dip in the Blue Lagoon and with a whole day, you can even tour the Golden Circle.

What do you Pack for a Trip to Iceland in the Summer

The temperatures and conditions can be quite chilly in Iceland, even in the summertime. Make sure you pack rain gear and plenty of layers that dry quickly. You should make sure you have a good pair or waterproof boots for hiking.

For full suggestions, see A Complete Iceland Summer Packing List: Everything Your Need.

Explore Iceland’s Natural Wonders:

  • Take a trek to a waterfall
  • Visit Þingvellir National Park: Explore the historic and geological significance of this UNESCO World Heritage site, where you can see the rift between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates.
  • Golden Circle: Visit iconic sites such as Geysir, Gullfoss waterfall, and Þingvellir National Park.
  • South Coast Tour: See stunning waterfalls like Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, the black sand beaches of Reynisfjara, and the impressive Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.

Enjoy the Water:

  • Snorkeling in Silfra: Discover the crystal-clear waters between two tectonic plates in Þingvellir National Park.
  • Glacier Kayaking: Paddle through the serene waters around icebergs at Jökulsárlón or Fjallsárlón glacier lagoons.
  • Blue Lagoon: Unwind in the famous geothermal spa with its milky-blue waters and luxurious amenities.
  • Secret Lagoon: Enjoy a more rustic hot spring experience in Flúðir, surrounded by natural beauty.

Whale Watching:

  • Reykjavík and Húsavík: Take a boat tour to see whales and dolphins in their natural habitat, with Húsavík being one of the best spots in the world for whale watching.

Explore Icelandic Culture and Geology

  • Reykjavík City Tour: Discover the vibrant capital city with its museums, galleries, and historic sites.
  • Saga Museum: Learn about Iceland’s Viking history and legends through life-like exhibits.
  • Skaftafell Ice Cave Tour: Explore stunning ice caves in Vatnajökull National Park.
  • Lava Fields: Walk through the otherworldly landscapes of Eldhraun, one of the largest lava fields in the world.

Amazing Destinations on Iceland’s Golden Circle and Ring Road

Book A Trip to Iceland

Let Chasing ADVNTR plan and book an incredible vacation to Iceland. Fill out a booking request and get started today.

Want to book your own adventure? Start with searching for hotels and build your vacation from there.

Pin it to Save for Later

Get Inspired for your Next Adventure

Our weekly newsletter is full of hidden gems, destination ideas, first hand experience and travel deals.

For a limited time, get your FREE ebook: 100 Adventures of a Lifetime when you join our newsletter

This will close in 0 seconds