I just got back from a trip to Iceland and let me tell you — that question mark in this blog post title should be an exclamation mark. You want to go to Iceland! The people are very friendly, the food is interesting, it’s easy to navigate, and the scenery is breathtaking. If you really are interested, let me offer a few tips:
Tourism has become the number one industry in Iceland over the past few years. It’s not a coincidence that you might have seen a few Iceland travel deals popping up. I took Wow Air, which is a discount airline. I got an amazing deal, but don’t forget that you do get what you pay for. In other words, make sure you bring a book and eat before you board, because any extras are not included with the flight. From Baltimore, Maryland to Keflavik, Iceland, the flight time was about 6 hours.
Keflavik is about 45 minutes from Reykjavik, so you will need to arrange for a transfer. I had no problem doing this at the airport when I landed, though you can also do it in advance.
Reykjavik is a neat city, but it’s not the reason you want to go to Iceland. You want to go to see the beautiful landscapes: volcanoes and glaciers almost side by side. Beautiful waterfalls. Towering snow capped mountains. I would suggest spending a day or two tops in the capital city, and then getting out to explore the country. You can do this in one of two ways–
The Ring Road: Route 1, known as the Ring Road, will take you all around the country. If you have about a week, I’d recommend this. There are tons of itineraries you can find online or in travel guides that will tell you information on where to spend the night and what sites you have to see.
Tour companies: Because I was there just under a week, I opted for this plan. I spent a couple of days in the city and then I booked individual tours that took me to see some of the major sites via daily bus tours. The two biggest tour companies I saw were Reykjavik Excursions and Grey Line Iceland. I did tours with both of these companies and there were both terrific. Both have numerous and varied excursions to meet your travel style. I recommend doing a Golden Circle Tour, which takes you to the Þingvellir national park, the Gullfoss waterfall, and Geysir.
And if you can — the Northern Lights! But I’ll talk about that in another blog post.
Let me know if you have any questions. Have you ever been to Iceland? What was your favorite part? If you haven’t been, do you want to go? Why?