Visitors walk along a grassy ridge in Iceland's Highlands.

Iceland Highlands Travel Planning

Iceland’s uninhabited interior is home to an otherworldly landscape that must be seen to be believed. The scenery is wild and the land unforgiving; ensure your travel preparations are through before you strike out.

Lebowski Bar in Reykjavík.

The Best of Reykjavík’s Nightlife

Reykjavík may be small, but its nightlife is epic. Whether you’re up for some live music, want to dance, or a classic pub crawl, Reykjavík will not disappoint. Here’s where and when to hit the streets.

Campsite in Þingvellir National Park.

Iceland’s Golden Circle

Encompassing three classically Icelandic sights in South Iceland, the Golden Circle gives you a slice of Icelandic history at Þingvellir, a view of Iceland’s bubbling geothermal activity at Geysir, and a peek of a roaring, powerful waterfall at Gullfoss.

A woman at the annual Viking Festival in Hafnarfjörður.

12 Best Annual Festivals in Iceland

There’s always something going on in Iceland—and whether it’s the Viking Festival in June celebrating the country’s roots, or the huge Iceland Airwaves music festival in the autumn, there’s something for everyone. Here’s a round-up of the 12 best annual festivals and events.

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.