Iceland Travel Guide
Iceland is the perfect destination for a seasoned traveler, a first-time solo traveler, or an adventurous family looking to road trip around the island. With friendly locals, stunning scenery, tons of adventure, and a lively tourism scene, you should experience Iceland at least once in your lifetime. I’ve been back twice now, and every trip brings something new.
The highlights of my trips have been a road trip around Iceland’s Ring Road, scuba diving the Silfra Fissure, exploring the Golden Circle, trying local seafood in Reykjavik, and of course, lounging in the Blue Lagoon and other hot springs around the island. There is no shortage of adventure in Iceland!
The best time to travel to Iceland all depends on what you want to do. From April to May, it’s spring, and it’s a great time to explore the outdoors.
The summer months of June to August are one of the busiest periods for Iceland, being peak tourist season and the best time of year for hiking on the island. However, it is the most expensive time to visit, so be sure to book your flights and accommodation in advance.
October to September things start cooling down, but it’s still possible to drive the Ring Road. Mid-winter you’ll be limited on where you can travel due to the snow, but it’s the best time to experience the Northern Lights in Iceland.
Check out The Best Time to Travel to Iceland for complete details!
What To Expect
Language: The main language spoken is Icelandic, as well as English in touristy areas.
Currency: The currency in Iceland is the Icelandic króna, but many places will also accept the Euro and the US Dollar.
NOTE: Iceland can get VERY expensive, so be sure to check out my Tips for Traveling Iceland on a Budget!
Credit Cards and ATMs: Icelanders tend to pay for almost everything with credit or debit cards, so you don’t need to worry about carrying too much cash around with you. However, you’ll need a card that uses the chip and pin method.
Plugs: The plugs in Iceland are Type F. The standard voltage is 230 V, and the standard frequency is 50Hz. I recommend buying a universal adapter (make sure it has surge protection) and using a converter for hair dryers and hot tools.
Safety: In my opinion, Iceland is one of the best destinations for solo female travelers! It’s safe to walk around by yourself, and crime levels are super low.
*European Travel Alert*
Starting sometime around November 2023, US travelers between 18-70 years old will need to fill out an ETIAS visa-waiver form prior to their trip, and pay a €7 ($7.25) entry fee, to travel to European countries within the Schengen Area. It’s a quick form, and you will most likely receive instant approval—but it’s important to plan and submit ahead.
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Our Experience as a Lesbian Couple
As a lesbian couple, Iceland is one of our all-time favorite travel destinations. The country has excellent LGBTQ+ laws, marriage equality, and high acceptance rates among the public. We felt incredibly safe, welcomed, and celebrated as an out and open same-sex couple during our trip. We highly recommend checking out the gay scene in Reykjavik, and enjoying everything the country has to offer!
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