Traveling to Iceland is a magical and one-of-a-kind experience. This place has become very trendy and popular to visit, so chances are you know someone who has gone recently and absolutely raved about it.
While there are certain things that are on your list already, since this country is known for some famous landmarks, there are some cool activities, restaurant recommendations, and tips on the local currency that can assist you when making travel arrangements.
Here is a travel guide to Iceland: 10 things to know while planning your trip.
Visit The Blue Lagoon And See Black Sand At Djúpalón Beach in Snæfellsjökull National Park
Visiting the Blue Lagoon in Iceland has to be on your list. Just imagine visiting a place where there is black lava around a geothermal spa. According to Guide to Iceland, it's accessible from Reykjavík by car (it'll take half an hour) and it's located in the Reykjanes Peninsula.
You can also visit Djúpalón Beach in Snæfellsjökull National Park, which has black sand, as The Crazy Tourist says. There are also some interesting rocks here.
September, October, February, And March Are Ideal Times To Go
What's the best time of the year to go to Iceland? As Responsible Travel explains, it depends what is on your must-do list. For instance, the Northern Lights are a super popular travel attraction, and the website recommends September, October, February, and March as good months for that.
The website suggests making sure to dress warmly if traveling to Iceland in the winter months.
Stay At Midgardur by Center Hotels
When thinking about which hotel to stay in during your Iceland trip, Midgardur by Center Hotels would be really awesome. It's very contemporary in design and because it's located on Laugavegur, which Trip Advisor calls "the main shopping street in Reykjavik," it would be tough to find a better place.
Breakfast is free of cost if you're staying at the hotel, which is good to hear, and you'll also get Wi-Fi free of charge.
You can also stroll over to a cafe called Emilie And The Cool Kids, which has both a compelling, adorable name and many pastries to choose from. Browse their social media and see delicious cookies, bagels, and other treats. You just might find yourself walking over here every day during your stay.
Base Yourself Out Of Reykjavik, Iceland
Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland and a good city to base yourself out of during your vacation. According to Arctic Adventures, "It is among the cleanest, greenest, and safest cities in the world." The city has a population of 123,000 and the name means "smoky bay."
This location will allow you to see all the famous landmarks that you're interested in, and you'll be perfectly oriented since you can easily access restaurants, stores, and more.
Enjoy Different Fish Dishes While In Iceland
Locals in Iceland eat a lot of fish, and visiting this incredible country will mean trying some different fish dishes.
Resto is definitely worth dining at in Iceland as the food looks incredible and the food is always nicely composed on the plate as well. Trip Advisor reviews mention the cod, fish soup, and lamb as being amazing.
You'll also want to check out 101 Reykjavik Street Food. With a cool bright yellow exterior, this restaurant is well-known and beloved for fish and chips.
A Car Rental Will Be Super Helpful In Iceland
According to the blogger behind Iceland With A View, a car rental is a really good idea when you're visiting Iceland. While you can take cabs in Reykjavík, you can't take an Uber.
You can also go on a bus tour or rent a bike, but it seems like having a car would be really useful.
Experience The Northern Lights And Winter Lights Festival
If you want to go to Iceland, chances are you really want to see the Northern Lights. According to Visit Reykjavik, these lights are viewed in the winter months and also referred to as "Aurora Borealis." The website describes this beautifully: "twirling gently in shades of milky green, or occasionally blazing in a wild and multi-coloured dance across the night sky."
Since Iceland is such a magical place, tourists will also be interested in the Winter Lights Festival, which takes place in February. This festival has lights of all colors, which will be amazing to see, but also some art shows. Traveling is all about seeing new things and these two iconic experiences will be something to truly write home about.
The Currency In Iceland Is The Krona And Leaving Tips Isn't Generally Done
The currency used in Iceland is the Krona (or ISK), as Follow Me Away explains. The website also gives travelers this great advice: credit cards can be used here and so if you don't want to exchange your country's money for cash, you don't have to.
You might be wondering if you should tip during your trip to Iceland. Trip Savvy explains that restaurant cheques have a 15 percent tip on them, so people aren't generally going to leave tips. If you really want to, 10 percent should be good.
Find A Flight Deal In February
February is a time of the year when tourists can find flight deals to Iceland, as Cheap Flights explains. Finding a planet ticket with two months to spare is also good advice from this website.
A Wednesday afternoon plane ticket is also the advice given if you want to watch your dollars. February is a good time of year to go to Iceland so the fact that you could find a good flight deal, too, is really awesome.
The History Of Iceland
Learning a bit about the history of Iceland is totally fascinating and will make tourists even more excited to travel there. Arctic Adventures said that Iceland was founded by Ingólfr Arnarson in 874 AD.
There are a lot of interesting details about this place. During the years 1924-1984, no dogs were allowed in Iceland, so residents have always had cats. And you won't find any McDonald's or Starbucks locations in Iceland.