A herd of sheep crossing the Ring Road in souther Iceland. Photo © Alexeys/Dreamstime.

Driving in Iceland

Having access to a car gives you the ultimate freedom in seeing Iceland on your own schedule. Use these tips on renting a car, respecting road conditions, and the rules of the road to make it a smooth ride.

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Moon Reykjavík

Iceland resident Jenna Gottlieb reveals the local secrets of the capital of her adopted country, from the colorful galleries and humming restaurants of the city to the nearby basalt rock peaks and gorgeous views of mount Esja. Gottlieb recommends unique trip ideas like “Reykjavik: The Urban Experience.” Complete with detailed information on enjoying the perfect […]

Clothing is not cheap in Iceland. Photo © Alexeys/Dreamstime.

Packing for your Trip to Iceland

How you pack depends on where you plan to go and what you’re going to do on the island. If you’re going for a “city-break” long weekend to Reykjavík, you can afford to pack light; however, if you plan on an extended stay that includes camping, packing light is not an option. Here are some suggestions and tips for your time in Iceland.

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Helpful French Phrases for Travelers

What many mistake for snootiness in Paris actually an ingrained social formality that, from an outsider’s perspective, can feel very old-fashioned. People still greet their neighbors cordially and hold doors for each other regardless of gender. If you want to make a good first impression and feel like a local tout de suite (immediately), commit these phrases to memory and employ them liberally.

Winter in Iceland. Photo © Jenna Gottlieb.

Weather and Climate in Iceland

Iceland isn’t as cold as you may think. The Gulf Steam works to moderate Iceland’s climate, but doesn’t mean calm, as it’s also responsible for the frequent weather changes. Weather here is not casual conversation, but serious business; it can change rapidly, from calm winds and sunny skies to rain, snow, sleet and back to calm wind and sunny skies, all in the same hour. It’s unpredictable, frustrating, exhilarating, and confusing for many tourists, but Icelanders have learned to adapt and go with the flow.

Whale-watching near Húsavík. Photo © Filip Fuxa/123rf.

Iceland’s Best Wildlife-Watching

Iceland offers some of the best whale-watching and bird-watching opportunities in the world’s northern reaches. But there’s more to the island’s wildlife than just the star attractions—seals and reindeer are also worth seeking out.

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How to Use North American Electronics in France

If you choose to bring your electronics with you when you make the move, you’ll need a series of transformers, adapters, and regional setting work-arounds to make them work in France. Expert author Aurelia d’Andrea explains everything you need to know, and advice on making the switch to PAL electronics.

A puffin in North Iceland. Photo © Bjorn Ludviksson/Dreamstime.

Iceland’s Animals

Iceland may not be known for its land mammals—other than sheep, cows, horses, reindeer, and arctic fox—but animals in the ocean and sky are varied and ample. Here’s a look at what you’ll find in the water and the air; whale- and bird-watchers will be delighted with the sheer number of species!

A sunny day at Gullfoss Falls in Iceland.

Ring Road Trip: The Best of Iceland

The most accessible route around the country is the Ring Road, encircling the island and connecting many of the most popular attractions. On this best of Iceland road trip, you’ll be driving clockwise from Keflavík International Airport. To avoid road closures from snow, this trip is best done in the summer!

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London’s History: The Blitz

From September 1940 to May 1941, Britain and its population had to endure sustained bombing by the Germans—an event that is referred to as “the Blitz” (German for “lightning”). In town, you can still see the scars of where the bombs fell, knocking out a few houses in a terrace of older properties.