Iceland: A Travel Guide | Charlotte Anne: A Luxury Travel & Life-style Weblog


Iceland leaves you spellbound as you wander from a spot to one more spot. Iceland is high-priced, correct, but do not let high-priced costs place you off from exploring what this nation has to supply. It is a nation outstanding in quite a few approaches, bursting with a assortment and richness of mesmerizing landscapes, from ravishing tundra to divine fjords, to the amazing northern lights, than can beguile any person in an unrivaled fantasy. You will be left questioning, “How could such a smaller island supply diverse and jaw-dropping landscapes?”.

Here’s my travel guide to the “Land of Ice and Fire”…

How to get there

There are direct flights to Keflavik, Iceland’s principal airport, from United Kingdom through Icelandair, Copenhagen through WOW air, Oslo through SAS, Hongkong through Finnair, and much more.

If you are coming from the Philippines and want to save dollars on flights. You can fly throughout the least expensive month of March (off-peak, but northern lights season) from Manila to Keflavik airport with two layovers, which can only price you much more or much less than PHP30,000.

Most travellers head straight to Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital and Keflavik airport is situated an hour away from Reykjavik.


To get to the city center, you truly have 4 alternatives:

  • Public bus: Strætó is Iceland’s public bus technique and it runs Bus 55 from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik route. Just appear for the BUS 55 signage ourside the terminal. This is by far the least expensive choice to get to the capital, on the other hand if you are in a hurry this may well not be excellent as it is not frequent as the private buses.
  • Flybus or Grayline Bus: You can conveniently spot Flybus or Grayline bus booths by the terminal exit. It is slightly pricier than the public bus and it can be as high-priced as the mini-bus shuttle if you want to be dropped off to your hotel.
    • Fare:
      • Gray-line (per way):
        • to Grayline station – EUR20
        • to your hotel – EUR24
      • Flybus (per way):
        • to Grayline station – EUR20
        • to your hotel – EUR24
  • Mini-bus or shuttle: There are shuttle solutions that would take you straight to your hotel.
  • Rent a vehicle: If you can drive and have an international driving license, you may well want to look at this. If you are with a buddy or group of pals, renting a vehicle is the least expensive and the most hassle-free way to get about Iceland. You can avail a vehicle rental service ahead of your flight or you can also rent at the airport.

Receiving about

Bus: You can discover Iceland by bus, which is the most favored public transportation in the nation. There are substantial network of neighborhood buses connecting all the suburbs, and operating to Akranes, Borgarnes, Hveragerði, Selfoss and Hvalfjarðarsveit. There are also neighborhood buses that operates in Akureyri, Ísafjörður, and the Reykjanesbær and Eastfjords area.

Taxi: Most taxis in Iceland operate in the Reykjavík location, but quite a few of the bigger towns also supply solutions. Outdoors of Reykjavík, it is ordinarily sensible to prebook. Taxis are metered and can be pricey. Tipping is not anticipated. At the time of study, there had been no Uber and Lyft solutions in Iceland (but).

Auto rental: Renting a vehicle and driving on your personal offers you unparalleled freedom to discover the nation. Driving is straightforward and the roads are fairly totally free of heavy site visitors. If you program to drive on your personal to remote regions, retain in thoughts that gas stations are scarce and 4-wheel drive automobiles are required.

Issues to do

There are tons of issues to do in the  Land of Ice and Fire so boredom is in no way an choice. Right here are my prime five exclusive tours for you to attempt on your personal:

1. Pamper oneself at Myvatn Nature Bath

Following a extended day of exploring a foreign land, I recommend to reward oneself a geothermal spa. Myvatn is much more quieter and less expensive than the renowned Blue Lagoon outdoors Reykjavik. Pamper oneself with the most relaxing organic bath. The water from the underground hot springs reacher 37-39 degrees celsius and it is useful for wellness and skin. You can also gram some neighborhood geyser bread that they sell at the small cafe and unwind.

Admission charge: four,000 ISK throughout peak season, and ISK3,500 throughout off season.

Myvatn Nature Bath. Photo through

two. Tick your “See the Northern Lights” off your bucket list

As a girl coming from a tropical island in the South East of Asia, getting to knowledge the Northern Lights is surely on my bucket list. Receiving to witness this jaw-dropping organic phenomenon, becoming hypnotized with the dancing myriad of colors up above the dark sky, is 1 of the most magical moment that will occur to any person.

The greatest time to catch the lights are from mid-September to mid-April. Here’s a tip from a neighborhood: the evening have to be as dark as feasible, to small or no cloud cover, and it would also be greatest to remain away from city lights, so remote areas is an choice. To witness this in complete glory, it calls for a lot of patience and luck.


three. Go chasing waterfalls

Iceland is dotted with the most wonderful waterfalls you have ever laid your eyes on. There is Dettifoss, situated in the north and it is viewed as the most effective waterfall in Europe. Gullfoss is 1 of the most significant waterfalls in the nation and is amongst the Golden Circle tourist route. There is Seljalandsfoss with its 1 of a sort glory, and then there is Godafoss, Skogafoss, and Svartifoss. So if you like chasing waterfalls, you are going to like Iceland.

Skogafoss Waterfall, Iceland


four. Go nature bathing with Iceland’s Golden Circle tourist route

Iceland’s Golden Circle is a preferred previous time for travellers that would take you to 3 jaw-dropping places in southwest Iceland: Gullfoss waterfall, the Geysir Geothermal Region and the Thingvellir National Park.

The Thingvellir National Park is also a UNESCO Globe Heritage Site and it is very most likely that this would be the very first quit on the Golden Circle tour. The second quit is the Geysir Geothermal Region situated in Haukadalur valley and rewards you with a amazing normal earth floor show with just about every thing going for it. And the final quit but not the least is the Gullfoss waterfall and it is 1 of the country’s signature waterfall and according to what I have study the rushing water of Gullfoss appears like a golden waterfall when the sun hits the water on a sunny day.

All 3 websites can be visited inside a day.

Thingvellir National Park

Geysir Geothermal Region

five. Take a class at the Icelandic Elf College

The Icelandic Elf College (recognized as Álfaskólinn in Iceland) is a college that teaches students and guests about the Icelandic folklore. It delivers courses on all sorts of mysterious creatures in Iceland, from hidden individuals to elves, trolls, gnomes, all the way more than to fairies. It is situated in the country’s capital, Reykjavik, and run by Magnús Skarphéðinsson. According to Wikipedia, he “organizes 5 hour extended educational excursions for guests, and finishes the tour with coffee and pancakes at the college.” Not poor for a three-four hour lecture worth EU54.

So if you happen to be into strange and out-of-the-ordinary like me, then you may well want to verify this out.

Exactly where to remain:

Iceland delivers a wide variety of accommodation alternatives from hostels, trip rentals, farm stays to complete service hotels. If you want a less expensive choice, of course, hostels can be excellent (can be as low as  USD20 throughout off-season). Having said that, if you do not want to bother an individual with your snores and want a much more comfy spot, then Airbnb would be greatest. You can also couch surf in Iceland.

An Airbnb in Rejavik

When to stop by:

Iceland is a excellent nation to stop by any time of the year and delivers a lot to do throughout all 4 seasons. It has a concentrated tourist throughout summer season season, peaking from mid-June till August. If you want to discover a lot of what Iceland has to supply, the summer season months is excellent, as roads major to the farthest corners are open and there are much more public transportation alternatives. It delivers a pleasant temperature and much more daylight, that could imply much more hour for exploring. Having said that, throughout summer season, prepare for the high-priced to be much more high-priced.

Spring, fall, and even winter are as exclusive as summer season season. Throughout off-season, specifically throughout the winter, the costs are drastically decrease for airfares, accommodations, and vehicle rentals. If you are immediately after the Northern Lights, you may well want to stop by from mid-September to mid-March.

If you stop by in December-February, prepare for shorter days and typical zero degrees.

Fjaðrárgljúfur, iceland

The Verdict

The Land of Fire and ice has a lot of remarkable landscapes, activities, and surprises to supply, so boredom will in no way be an choice. Feast your eyes with Icelandic wanders that will retain you coming back for much more. Not happy but, right here are 52 amazing pictures of Iceland that will enchant you to stop by the nation.

Kirkjufell, Iceland

What do you assume of Iceland? Would you like to stop by? Why or why not? How was it?


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