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A tourist (hopefully) wild camping legally in Iceland
Camping in Iceland is one of the most popular ways to explore the country. It also provides a cheap alternative to staying at hotels. With prices of around $10-15 per night per person to stay at a campsite, there just no comparison. But Iceland Camping might be a little different than what you’re used to. In many countries (like...
F208 in Landmannalaugar Iceland
Anyone driving in Iceland will quickly learn a thing or two about the country’s roads. To start, Iceland’s Ring Road (Route 1) circumnavigates the island. It's a paved, two-lane highway that any vehicle can drive on. When you decide to go further inland and enter the Highlands, you'll need to drive on Iceland's F-roads. But what exactly is an F-road?...
View of Akureyri and glacier from the bay
Iceland's Second City is a cozy little town of 18,000 in the northern part of the country. Resting at the foot of the Eyjafjörður fjord, this charming municipality is a must-stop destination on any trip around Iceland’s Ring Road. With the colorful wooden houses that are so quintessentially Icelandic and an iconic church designed by Iceland's most famous architect, there...
The are lots of hiking trails in Landmannalaugar besides Laugavegur
Landmannalaugar is an area in Iceland blessed with breathtaking natural landscapes. The colorful surfaces of the rhyolite mountains at Brennisteinsalda, the black lava fields of Laugahraun, and the rolling green meadows of this very special territory beckon hikers and other outdoor enthusiasts year after year. The most popular hiking trail here is the Laugavegur trail, which stretches from Landmannalaugar...
Mountains and road in car rearview mirror in Iceland with times and distances
How long does it take to drive to the Blue Lagoon, Vatnajökull National Park, or around the Golden Circle? Well, like many things in life, the answer is “it depends”. When driving in Iceland and seeing how long it takes to drive to Iceland's most popular attractions, there are many more factors to consider than simply driving distances. Everything...
Colorful, bubbling mud and rocks in Hverir in Iceland's Diamond Circle
Many people who come to Iceland on vacation have a short 5-day or 7-day itinerary. This usually gives them just enough time to explore Reykjavik, soak in the healing waters of the Blue Lagoon, and explore popular areas like Vatnajökull National Park and Reynisfjara in the south or Snaefellsnes Peninsula in the west. While it’s no secret that south Iceland...
Bubbling mud at the Hverir geothermal area near Lake Mývatn
Tucked away in northeast Iceland is Lake Mývatn, a popular destination among tourists and locals alike. The volcanic lake, with hues of turquoise and azure, is part of Iceland’s Diamond Circle route. While many visitors make their way along the south shore on their trip to Iceland, those who take a full trip around Iceland’s Ring Road are in...
Delicious breakfast treats at the bakery counter
For early risers, there’s nothing better than strolling the through the city, bright and early, with a nice cup of coffee and a pastry for breakfast. Why not head to a bakery in downtown Reykjavik and enjoy the city’s quaint buildings and parks with an equally delicious baked good? Enter Sandholt Bakery and Eatery. While it’s not Reykjavik’s oldest...
Green pump at gas station in Iceland
Driving around Iceland on the country’s 1,333 km (828 mi) Ring Road means spending a fair bit of time at the local petrol stations along the way. No Iceland itinerary would be complete without having to stop your vehicle, stretch, grab some Icelandic hot dogs, take photos, and then get back on the open road. If you have never...
Vatnajökull National Park is home to Europe's largest glacier and spectacular ice caves and glacier caves
In the last few years, social media has exploded with photos of otherworldly landscapes of lava fields, imposing emerald mountains with snow-capped peaks, and thrilling slow-motion footage of frost covered gloves gliding over polar blue ice covered walls. I’m a sucker for both slow-motion footage and ice, and posts with Icelandic glacier caves in places like Vatnajökull National Park...

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