If you follow any avid travelers on Instagram, chances are that you have seen a LOT of photos of Iceland. A Nordic island nation, Iceland is defined by dramatic landscapes, black beaches, active volcanos, boiling geysers, and crystal blue hot springs, all of which make this country a true paradise for photographers and adventurers alike. Combine that with Iceland’s massive glaciers and spectacular seafood, it’s no wonder that this country has quickly become one of the hottest travel destinations of the new year. (Oh, and did I mention the amazing flight deals?!)
So the only question you really need to ask yourself is, “When do I go?!?”
November to February
November to March are some of chilliest and darkest months in Iceland. The peak of the winter season, these months see few hours of daylight and often bring lots of precipitation. But before you let the cold weather talk you out of visiting the country during these months, think again! Not only do the winter months mean MAJOR savings, but the darkness actually makes conditions ideal for seeing the awe-inspiring Aurora Borealis. And don’t forget the amazing Christmas celebrations markets and celebrations in December! So pack your thermal gear and get ready for an amazing winter vacation!
February to April
Along with the warming temperatures and extended daylight hours also come the incredible Orcas. These killer whales visit Iceland from February to early April every year, and specialists lead boat tours and wildlife excursions to make the most of this magical experience. Getting up close and personal with these unbelievable animals is an experience not to be missed.
May to August
Known as the “high tourist season,” summer in Iceland may mean a few more crowds, but for a good reason! During the peak of summer, Iceland sees almost 21 hours of daylight, with the sun rising around 3 a.m. and setting just before midnight. This season may not be ideal for seeing the Northern Lights, but it is perfect for extra hours of sightseeing and adventure, as well as experiencing all of the incredible wildlife that Iceland has to offer. But it’s important to bring an eye mask so you don’t lose any sleep!
Iceland provides incredible travel excursions for tourists all year round, depending on the type of experience you are looking for! From geysers to glaciers, the nature’s miracles are on full display in Iceland. Comment below and let us know when you’ll be planning your trip to Iceland!
Its hard to imagine travel, especially solo travel, before our beloved Instagram- so we put together this handy guide for your next trip to Iceland. Make all of your followers jealous with these unreal landscapes and spectacular views. I mean, if it’s not on the ‘gram did it even happen?
Curious about this Nordic island nation? Iceland is widely known as “The Land of Fire and Ice.” This country is home to some of the largest glaciers in Europe, and some of the world's most active volcanoes. Volcanoes and glaciers and no forest, oh my! This destination offers more eco-friendly activities. Iceland burns very few fossil fuels and instead uses geothermal heating! Here are 10 reasons why Iceland should be your next travel destination!
Contrary to its name, Iceland is home to not only some of the world’s largest glaciers, but also some of the most active volcanoes! The island has slowly heated up over time. 8000 years ago, Iceland was completely buried under ice. This isn’t the only contrast you’ll find throughout Iceland. Depending on your season of travel, Iceland offers long summer days with up to 24 hours of daylight and short winter days to the minimum of just a few hours of sun!
If you follow any avid travelers on Instagram, chances are that you have seen a LOT of photos of Iceland. A Nordic island nation, Iceland is defined by dramatic landscapes, black beaches, active volcanos, boiling geysers, and crystal blue hot springs, all of which make this country a true paradise for photographers and adventurers, alike. (Oh, and did I mention the amazing flight deals?!) So the only question you really need to ask yourself is, “When do I go?!?”
Whatever the season, Iceland is an adventure that can only be truly appreciated outdoors, so enjoy a front row seat at nature’s wonders but be prepared to spend the majority of your trip outside. And dress accordingly! Here’s an essential guide of what to pack for Iceland, no matter what time of year you choose to go.
In the most recent years, Iceland has become one of the most popular travel destinations on the map. Offering vast, out-of-this-world landscapes, rich Scandinavian culture, and affordable travel costs, it’s easy to figure out why Iceland has landed a spot at the top of everyone’s bucket list! So before booking your own getaway to the land of fire and ice, look into the benefits of choosing a fully developed and specially curated trip over the stress of planning and budgeting an experience of your own!
Earlier this year, I won a trip to Reykjavik, Iceland through the Acanela sweepstakes. I’ll first say, I’ve never entered into a sweepstakes before, let alone any contests. I’ve always been skeptical, thinking that no one actually ever won any trips. But two weeks later, I received an email confirming the trip. And 6 months after that, my boyfriend, Peter, and I finally set off in late October for a long weekend in Iceland.
There’s something incredibly special about traveling solo. For many, the idea of visiting a new country all alone is terrifying, but solo travel can be a priceless period of self-reflection, education, and growth. Facing your fears and putting yourself out there is so worth it, and it’s the best way to truly immerse yourself in a new culture. There’s nothing quite as rewarding as traveling solo—it’s an unforgettable adventure that everyone should experience at least once. Keep reading to learn the best countries for solo travel!
Visiting Iceland in August offers incredible wildlife-viewing opportunities (the Puffins migration & whale watching are at their peak), a myriad of festivals & cultural events, and absolutely beautiful weather. August marks the end of the summer, and therefore is one of the most temperate months to travel to Iceland with pleasant temperatures, little rainfall, and opportunities to experience both the Midnight Sun and the Northern Lights.
One of the best parts of traveling is trying new foods that are unique to the area you are visiting. Finding something delicious that you can’t get at home can be an adventure on its own. Here are ten sweet treats worth trying in different parts of the world.
Iceland’s Ring Road is one of the best ways to see the country. The 828-mile journey travels along the country’s perimeter via Route 1, giving travelers an in-depth look into its diverse beauty. From flat farmlands to rugged mountains and stunning waterfalls, there’s never-ending natural wonder at every turn. With so much to see, planning a trip can easily become overwhelming, but we've but together an itinerary taking you to the top highlights of Iceland’s Ring Road. Read on!
While Spring Break carries with it the connotation of warm destinations as the season transitions from Winter to Spring, there are plenty of destinations that can provide an equally good Spring Break experience. We’ve listed below our top 10 Spring Break Destinations for 2018!
In 1972, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization—UNESCO for short—created a program to protect culturally and historically significant sites across the globe. Today there are over 1,000 World Heritage Sites, from ancient ruins to natural wonders, and the possibilities for your next adventure are endless. Keep reading for the top 10 UNESCO World Heritage Sites to visit in 2018!
We took a moment to catch up with our Iceland Sweepstakes Winner Katie, to discover the highlights of her trip. Read more about the Golden Circle, Gulfoss Waterfall, and Blue Lagoon.
Iceland has become one of the world’s top travel destinations, and with good reason. It’s a land of never-ending wonder. From milky, turquoise lagoons to bubbling geysers and rushing waterfalls to sprawling, grassy hills, the natural beauty is unmatched. If you’re planning a trip to this breathtaking country, or even a journey to Northern Scandinavia, packing can be overwhelming. Here’s a packing list of all the essentials you won’t want to forget on your next trip to Iceland!
Christmas—a time for family gatherings, festive cheer, and good food. More than 160 countries in the world celebrate Christmas, each with their own unique rituals and culinary traditions. From Peru to Italy, check out how these 8 countries like to feast on this special day!
Iceland has been one of the most popular travel destinations of 2017, and it’s easy to see why! The land of fire and ice has captured visitors’ imaginations with its plethora of natural wonders, from volcanoes to glaciers to lush green landscapes. Though many of these locations might be difficult to pronounce, they’re some of the most scenic places in the entire world. Book your flight and get your camera ready!
Packing for Europe (or any trip) is often a love/hate relationship. We love it because it signals a new adventure, but loathe it because the stress of forgetting something haunts us. The balance between packing too little and too much is a fine one. To ease the tension, our Founder & CEO, Kylie Chenn, has a few tips on how to pack for your trip to Europe. Watch as she walks us through packing for her trip to Europe - including Iceland, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, and Greece.