This list of the best tips for traveling to Iceland It will help you organize a trip to a country full of spectacular landscapes that will leave you speechless.
This country, known as the land of ice and fire, in which natural wonders such as volcanoes, glaciers, waterfalls and geysers are mixed, is perfect for a circular route by car or motorhome, depending on your preferences.
For us, along with New Zealand, it is the best place in the world to enjoy the wildest nature in its purest form and although tourism has increased a lot in recent years, we consider it an essential for any traveler.
Based on the experience of our trip to Iceland in 14 days for free, we have made this selection of what we believe are the 10 essential tips for traveling to Iceland. We start!
1. What is the best time?
Although everything depends on what you are looking for, in general, we could say that the best time to make a trip to Iceland is the summer months, when the temperature is pleasant and there is less chance of rain and snow. Also during this time all the roads are open and according to the month, you can enjoy 24 hours of light thanks to the natural phenomenon of the midnight sun.
Autumn and spring are also good times, when temperatures are still bearable, there is less tourism than in summer and prices for accommodation and car rental are lower.
In winter the temperature is below zero, many mountain and secondary roads are closed by snow and there are very few hours of light. This season is only recommended if you want to do winter activities such as cross-country skiing, see the icy waterfalls or visit the incredible ice caves.
It is important to remember that if you travel between mid-September and mid-April, you have the possibility to see northern lights in Iceland, one of the best places in the world to observe this phenomenon that illuminates the sky green.
Iceland is one of the safest countries in the world, although as in all trips and places in the world, common sense must be used.
One of the moments when you have to be more careful is when you rent the car and choose between tourism, motorhome or 4 × 4.
If you rent the first two you have to take into account that any damage that occurs to the vehicle traveling on unpaved roads marked with an F (very common in Iceland) will not enter the insurance. We also recommend being attentive and not leaving valuable things visible inside the car when we leave it parked for an excursion, not because of the danger of the Icelanders, but for other tourists.
Another of the moments when you have to be very cautious is to take a bath in a non-tourist thermal well if you don't see the allowed sign before. If you want to take a bath, before doing so, ask a local to make sure.
The same precaution must be taken when approaching a geyser or fumaroles, as they are unpredictable and can splash boiling water.
In the case of vaccines, there is no obligation to travel to Iceland, but it is highly recommended to have good travel insurance
We always travel insured with Mondo, with whom we carry a totally adequate insurance to the needs that we will have on the trip.
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