Iceland Travel Guides for Backpackers

Iceland: The best of Arctic Coast Way

Iceland: History of discovering new worlds, the Era of strong fearless Vikings, Elves and Trolls coming out their hiding places only after sunset, fascinating geological history of mountain ridges, fjords, glaciers, wild rivers, gushing waterfalls, sleeping or active volcanoes, impenetrable fog, deadly lava and ash, geothermal springs, fascinating flora, and fauna – all of this creates one huge symbiosis of the current manifestation of life in Iceland. Enclave whipped by the wind and ocean waves. Land not dominated by man, but rules being dictated by nature. Geographical phenomenon. Breath-taking, dynamic, drastic, almost surreal Iceland. Arctic Coast Way, freshly opened on […]
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Top things to do in Iceland

Iceland is a one-of-a-kind trip. The landscape constantly changes and nature shows herself from her best side. If you’re looking for adventure, this country won’t disappoint you at all. Iceland is indeed one adventure you’ll talk about forever. Its capital, Reykjavík, is definitely a city well worth visiting. It has a lot more to offer that you might think. You will find anything from exhibitions and tours to family days out. I would highly recommend going especially to: Perlan – Wonders of Iceland Perlan – Wonders of Iceland can offer an ice cave, an immersive planetarium experience, a panoramic view of Reykjavík from the […]
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Amazing Glacier Lagoons In South Iceland

Last 6 years Iceland became really popular travel destination and a large number of tourists are coming every year. One of the most unique region for me and I believe for all Iceland is located 380 -420 km South East from Reykjavik. This is exactly the area where I spent most of my last 5 years. I highly recommend to everyone who is visiting Iceland to see this region, because no matter where you are going in Iceland you will never see such an amazing landscape, 2 breath-taking glacier lagoons with a lot of icebergs and seals, a diamond beach […]
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Two Girls in Iceland: 6-Day Winter Itinerary

As I looked out of the plane, I thought to myself this is really ‘Ice-Land’ as I saw the extensive white landmass beneath me. As two women traveling halfway across the world, Iceland in winter gave us the thrill of going from 32°C at the southern tip of India to-14 °C at the brink of the Arctic, experience the power of gale force winds and hike Europe’s most voluminous icecap. Living up to its name, ‘Land of Fire and Ice’ it is one place where you get to see volcanoes, geysers, lava caves, beaches, glaciers dwelling on a single land mass. […]
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Explore Iceland: Best Locations in the South!

Last summer I was given a golden ticket – a trip to Iceland. I have never imagined to find myself in such a country, I have never planned or dreamed of it, simply because I knew that a further trip from my home country Lithuania can get quite expensive. I was already grateful to get to see nearby destinations. However, one Saturday morning I was in a café at IKEA with my family. Suddenly, a remarkable idea popped into my mom’s head – she offered to visit my godfather, who has lived in Iceland for some time. I didn’t expect […]
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Iceland: A Hunt For Waterfalls and Hot Springs

As you may well know, the weather in Iceland is little to be desired. It is very cold, even in the Summer season, which is when we decided to embark upon a 2 week road trip in this beautiful country. From day one the skies were grey, moody yet somewhat mystical. The days are long with only 3 hours of dusk before dawn approaches at 3am. This gives a wonderful energising feeling and a lot of energy to embark upon many wonderous journeys to some of the most beautiful waterfalls and hot springs one could find. The cool misty air […]
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South Iceland Weekend Road Trip

The Icelandic countryside is like you’ve stepped onto another world. I am lucky enough to have a good friend living in Reykjavík who took me on a road trip along the south coast in the spring. I got to see so much more of Iceland’s otherworldly landscapes than I anticipated and I was struck by all of it. These were our stops along the way.   Geysir Hot Spring & Haukadalur Geothermal Area   We started our road trip from Reykjavík and drove up Road 36 to see some of the Golden Circle. We went straight to the top past […]
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Reykjavík (Iceland) on a budget

Iceland the most beautiful country  in the world I went to Iceland with a friend to do a workcamp on a sustainable farm, close to Reykjavík. To explore the city we got there a few days before the camp started. Because we are students and broke I have some tips for you to save money on your accomodation. But before I start with this I just want to tell you even if you  just thought about going to Iceland for a second: DO IT! It is really the most beautiful country I have ever been to and even if it […]
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Reykjavik, Iceland: How to get the best experience

One of my favourite countries I visited abroad was Iceland. We went to the largest city that I still, do not know how to pronounce – Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital. I arrived in complete awe! This city was such a treat to explore. Lately, Iceland has become such a popular country, I thought what a perfect opportunity to ease the stress of all travel planning and give the low down of what to expect, what to do, and how to have the perfect experience in. First things first… Flying to Iceland: For the past couple years, flights to Iceland have been […]
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Snæfellsnes peninsula : The most hidden Icelandic wonder

Snæfellsnes, a relatively long peninsula in the western part of Iceland, has been my home since last August. I have been playing with the idea of visiting Iceland for a very long time. Life happens, people change, only this amazing nature around us tries its best to stay the same. Last summer, my greatest journey has started, and hopefully, will never come to its end. Immediately after landing on this magical island, I fell in love with the incredible Icelandic nature, the generosity of Icelanders and, most importantly, the unique way of life you cannot find anywhere else. Honestly, sometimes, I […]
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Reykjadalur Hot Springs: An Icy Winter Hike

In the past few years, travel through Iceland has spiked. Adventures from all over the globe have come to see the green summers and waterfalls as well as the icy winters and geothermal hot springs. This wide range of attractions has earned Iceland the reputation for being “the land of fire and ice.” When some friends and I hiked to Reykjadalur Hot Springs in December, 2017, the beautiful land truly lived up to its name. What Are the Reykjadalur Hot Springs? The Reykjadalur Hot Springs are unique in the fact that they are found at the intersection of a glacier […]
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Iceland Roadtrip: Must See Waterfalls You Can't Miss

By now you've seen the pictures. You know that Iceland is beautiful. It offers a rugged, natural, and dangerous beauty that can't be found anywhere else. Iceland is chalk-full of sweeping, icy landscapes, glaciers flowing through valleys, volcano and lava fields, coastlines featuring black sand beaches that stretch on for miles and miles, and of course waterfalls. There are hundreds and hundreds, maybe even thousands of waterfalls packed into this tiny island nation. There are so many waterfalls that a good portion of them go unnamed, they'll be marked on your google map as a blue river, but nothing will […]
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How to Hitchhike in Iceland

#1: Be as unassuming as possible As a teenage girl with unicorn hair (seriously, it's pink and purple), a hat that resembles cat ears, and hardly pushing 5ft, 3in makes this task really really easy. Don't fret! There are ways to appear cute and cuddly. Try wearing yellow, pink, or blue. Just something to catch a driver’s eye and brighten up your look. Anything that makes you happy should make them happy too. Refer to tips two and three as well.   #2: Smile and wave boys, smile and wave Channel those cartoon penguins folks. Smile politely, try to avoid […]
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Iceland – A Frozen Adventure Playground

Iceland is very quickly becoming one of the trendiest places to visit in Europe, and with very good reason. This up-and-coming tourist destination was described to me by a native Icelander during my visit as “just like New Zealand without steroids.” Now firstly, if you want a mental picture of this Icelander, just think of a towering Viking warrior and you're pretty much there, an image that goes for a lot of the population actually. And secondly, as a Kiwi myself this was a humbling statement to hear, but also something I have to admit I disagree with somewhat. Iceland […]
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Iceland: the day when I first saw a whale

Iceland. August. The journey takes only 2 weeks, not enough to explore this amazing country. I want to visit every corner, every town, every top, go through all the glaciers, to see as much as possible, but time was limited. TAKE A RISK OR NOT? When I flew there, I knew that one day should be devoted to watching whales. But which day? How to guess the weather? From what city is better to sail? And where will guarantee that I will see them? The answer is: nowhere. No one will give you the guarantee that tomorrow will be great […]
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Iceland: Natural Paradise

Introduction Almost a year ago, my three flat mates and I made a spontaneous decision that I will never ever regret. Realizing that it is our last year as flat mates, we decided to take a trip together and none other than Iceland was our country of choice. Just as many other passionate travel addicts, I have a bucket list of countries I want to visit and Iceland was always near the top of that list and our trip to this beautiful country was one of the most incredible ones I have ever taken. I always say that a trip […]
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Iceland in Winter: A one week travel guide

Iceland: Why should you go in Winter? Iceland was somewhere I had always wanted to go, the first thing that drew me to it was the thought of seeing the Northern Lights but the more I looked into Iceland the more it seemed to offer. The only problem was it was January- mid winter in Iceland and the thought of a country with 'Ice' in the name in the middle of winter was scary. As it turns out, yes it was cold, really cold sometimes and yes it was short days but there were so many benefits to travelling Iceland […]
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Iceland : The Land of Fire and Ice

  Last October  2015, I decided to embark on my grandest adventure till date- a solo backpacking trip across Iceland. This island nation, situated close to the North Pole, is sparsely populated with only 3,00,000 people living in it. It is also the youngest landmass on Earth, which makes it geologically very active. Read on to find out more about this stunning land of raging volcanoes, spitting Geysers , northern lights and magnificent beauty. Reykjavik   Harbour at Reykjavik   Enjoying my Icelandic breakfast at Bergsson Mathus, a restaurant in downtown Reykjavik […]
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Reykjavik, Iceland: Gay bars, waterfalls and Mum

Reykjavik, Iceland. Iceland. Such a refreshing, beautiful country. Of course like most people I've only touched the tip of the iceberg and only been to the South West. I went to Iceland with my family, and a few family friends, we stayed in a house that we rented for the week in the middle of nowhere. Scary, but amazing, we had beautiful views. We were on the top of a hill and so could see out for miles and it was just beautifully green. Plus since Iceland is naturally heated by volcanoes, our house had underfloor heating and it […]
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The Top Attractions You Definitely Can't Miss in Reykjavik!

I think I can truly tell you that Reykjavík is my favourite city so far. It holds a very special place in my heart and I'm pretty sure it will capture you too, if you let it. This UNESCO City of Literature manages to combine both a village charm as well as its city vibrance. From late-night bars to simple Nordic-style churches, the Smoking Cove has it all. Here is a list of what I would call the top sights in Reykjavík City Centre (walking distance). Enjoy! Hallgrímskirkja: Hallgrímskirkja is probably Reykjavík's most notorious landmark. Standing 73 metres tall, it […]
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First impressions when coming to Iceland

Perhaps, you think you know something about Iceland. Well, let me tell you, you know nothing (like Jon Snow). Iceland, the land of Ice and Fire is a complete surprise in all possible ways. I spend five weeks in the country and let me tell you, it was surely not enough. Iceland is a place full of nature, good night life, weird food, amazing music and unforgettable landscapes, all of these come in a combination because you can totally enjoy a night a club and after the party watch the Northern Lights while walking home.   The view The first thing you notice when landing, or […]
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