Known as “The Land of Fire and Ice,” Iceland is a land of extremes – extreme landscapes, extreme weather, and extreme adventure. The country has become increasingly popular in the last few years, and is very tourist-friendly.
You can visit Iceland at any time of year, with the country experiencing the Midnight Sun during the summer months and the Northern Lights in the winter.
Iceland quick facts
Language: Icelandic, though English is widely spoken
Currency: Icelandic Krona (ISK)
Capital city: Reykjavik
Country size: 103,000 sq. km (40,000 sq. miles)
High season: Summer
Getting around in Iceland
The most popular way to travel in Iceland is by renting a car or campervan and traveling the Ring Road around the country. This road trip is best done in the summer months.
Because of Iceland’s small size, though, you CAN base yourself in Reykjavik and take day/overnight trips from there. See: A 10-Day Itinerary for Iceland in Winter (Without Renting a Car) There is not, however, a strong public transportation network in Iceland.
Where to stay in Iceland
Since Reykjavik is Iceland’s largest city, you’ll find the most accommodation options there.
Budget accommodation: The most popular hostel in Reykjavik is Kex Hostel. ( | )
Mid-range accommodation: On my last trip to Iceland, I stayed at the Rey Apartments and really loved it. It’s central location meant I could get around Reykjavik on foot, and having a small kitchen to prepare meals in meant I saved some money on food. (Read TripAdvisor reviews | )
Luxury accommodation: The Black Pearl Apartments are rated #1 in Reykjavik on TripAdvisor. ( | )