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Iceland’s Viking Past: The Settlements and The Sagas

Iceland's Vikings contributed to their history, language, and culture
Iceland is a unique place for many reasons. Not only is it a small island with fiery, active volcanoes and frosty glaciers, it also has a fascinating history. To me, one of the most interesting things about Iceland is that the modern-day inhabitants descended from the Vikings. This is not hyperbole. These Nordic conquerors settled the island in the...

Driving in Iceland: How Much Does Gas Cost?

How much does gas cost in Iceland?
When putting together a budget for your Iceland road trip, there are several things to keep in mind. You need to figure out the cost of hotel and car rental, or campervan and motorhome rental if you decide to go that route. Whichever option you choose, the price of fuel will also take up a large swath of your...

The Haunting DC-3 Plane Wreck at Sólheimasandur Beach

Iceland's iconic Sólheimasandur beach plane crash site
Along the windswept volcanic coasts of South Iceland's Sólheimasandur beach lay the remains of the Douglas DC-3 plane wreck. The white fuselage of the abandoned military aircraft rests in stark contrast against the black sand beaches and surrounding landscape. It’s a haunting sight and has become one of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland. It’s actually quite easy...

How Long Does It Take to Drive Around Iceland’s Ring Road?

How long does it take to drive around Iceland's Ring Road?
Anyone planning a road trip in Iceland will quickly discover that the country was made for driving. The Ring Road that encircles the small Nordic island also happens to pass by the majority of its most iconic and well-known attractions. This makes it extremely easy to plan a 5-day, 7-day or 10-day itinerary that encapsulates the country’s most popular...

Top 4 Reasons to Do an Iceland Campervan Road Trip

A couple enjoying breakfast during their Iceland campervan road trip
Let's just get right to it. There are certain things that should be on everyone's bucket list. If a campervan road trip through Iceland isn't on yours, get that list out right now and jot this one down. There are plenty of reasons to take a spin around Iceland’s Ring Road in a campervan, and we’ll cover some of...

Main Stops on Iceland’s Ring Road: West Iceland and the Westfjords

Iceland's famous Westfjords
West Iceland is a region that quite frankly doesn’t get as much love as the rest of the country. It’s not nearly as famous as the South. It also doesn’t have the dozens of natural attractions found around North Iceland’s Diamond Circle route. But don’t think that this means West Iceland has nothing to offer! The Westfjords are in...

Tourism in Iceland: Horror Stories and How You Can Be Different

Icelandic woman shocked at bad tourist behavior
Iceland has experienced a tourism boom that it was not entirely prepared for. As a result, many tourists come here and behave in ways that are at best, not entirely respectful, and at worst, downright destructive. You know you are...and I see you. So while the majority of visitors to the island are on their best behavior and generally...

How Dark is Iceland in the Winter?

Beautiful Icelandic landscape in winter at dusk
Iceland is a land of stark contrasts and great extremes. It’s known as the Land of Fire and Ice due to the rich diversity of its landscapes. Thanks to its northern latitude, there is also a broad spectrum regarding the number of daylight hours. The seemingly neverending daylight of summer’s Midnight Sun is quite a change from the short,...

Main Stops on Iceland’s Ring Road: North Iceland and Akureyri

Sheep walking on the Ring Road in North Iceland
We’re winding up our trip around Iceland’s Ring Road. We started off in Reykjavik and nearby attractions, made our way down and traveled across the South Coast and then headed up north towards the Diamond Circle route. Let’s continue our exploration of North Iceland by visiting “Capital of the North” Akureyri, newly-built pagan monument Arctic Henge, Dalvík, home of...

Main Stops on Iceland’s Ring Road: The Diamond Circle

Icelandic Godafoss waterfall at sunset
For travelers driving around Iceland’s Ring Road, one of the must-see destinations is the Diamond Circle route. The circuit is made up of about a dozen natural wonders all concentrated close to Route 1 in northeast Iceland. The majority of tourists who come to visit this part of Iceland stay in the area for four to five days. There’s...

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