What to See in Iceland?
Although Iceland is a small island beneath the Arctic Circle, it is full of extremely diverse natural landscapes. "If we can't go to the exoplanet, then go to Iceland, since the scenery there is not supposed to be on earth", someone says this.
Generally, 12-14 days can cover almost all important sites in this magic country. If you have a limited duration of 4-6 days, then the Golden Circle and the south coast shall not be missed. The natural scenic spots are diverse and compact in these two areas, including national parks, waterfalls, volcanoes, glaciers, glacier lakes and black sand beaches.
If you have more than 6 days, then the trip can be extended further to the rugged East Fjords. The moon-like land training place for astronauts - Lake Myvatn Area, the whale watching capital - Husavik, and the most turbulent waterfall in Europe - Dettifoss, are all located in North Iceland. The Snæfellsnes Peninsula in the west enjoys the reputation of "Iceland in miniature", as well as the highland in the central area, all these make Iceland a must-see destination. Our Iceland tour packages can be tailored according to your duration, please contact our travel consultant for more details.
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When is the Best Time to Visit Iceland?
There is an "Ice" in the word of Iceland, but actually it is not that cold. Due to the influence of the North Atlantic warm current and its special geological structure, Iceland is rich in geothermal resources. The heat from the earth's crust offsets the Arctic coldness.
The temperature in Iceland is generally between -5-0°C (23-32°F) in winter, and occasionally -10°C (14°F) or even lower. It is between 12-18°C (53-64°F) in summer, and can reach more than 20°C (68°F) sometimes. There are strong wind in all seasons, when the wind comes up, you should wear enough clothes to keep warm even in summer. And the weather is really capricious, it is clear and sunny now but may be foggy with heavy rain the next moment. In a word, each season has its own beauty, and our Iceland vacation packages could take you to travel around this magic country in all seasons.
Apr - May (Spring): The average temperature is between 0-10°C (32-50°F). With the melting of snow but still can be seen from distance, migratory birds fly in and puffins return to Iceland, good for bird watching. Flowers are in full bloom, Iceland begins to show its vitality.
June - Aug (Summer): The average temperature is between 10-15°C (50-59°F). High season for Iceland tours, travelers can enjoy the most beautiful Iceland with super long sunshine, and it is suitable to visit the whole country including some remote areas such as the West Fjords.
Sep - Oct (Autumn): The average temperature is between 0-10°C (32-50°F) but with stronger wind and more rainfall than those in spring.
Nov - Mar (Winter): The weather is very changeable, and there is an ultimate sense of "the end of the world", which is pursued by many people. With the shortest sunshine, it is a unique experience in the Arctic Circle to soak in hot springs and watch the aurora.
Do I Need a Visa to Visit Iceland?
Iceland is a member of the Schengen Agreement. A valid Schengen visa is required to go to Iceland. Once the applicant has obtained a visa from any of a Schengen country, he/she can travel freely in all Schengen countries during the validity period of the visa.
If you have multi destinations, you should apply for a visa from the Embassy of the destination country with the longest stay time. If you have the same length of stay in two countries but will enter Iceland first, you should contact the Icelandic embassy for a Schengen visa.
The countries participating in the Schengen Agreement are: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.
No visa is needed to enter Iceland under the following circumstances, please double consult with the Icelandic Directorate of Immigration.
Citizens of Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand do not need a visa to visit Iceland.
If you have a residence permit or re-entry permit issued by other Schengen countries, there is no need to apply for an additional Schengen visa to enter Iceland or other Schengen countries.
For those who hold a residence card issued under the European and American free movement laws, no visa is needed to enter Iceland.
For those who want to apply for a Schengen Visa for first time, it is recommended to submit the application as early as possible within three months. In most cases, the Danish Embassy can process visa applications on behalf of Iceland.
How to Get to and Travel Around Iceland?
Iceland is an island country, and there are two airports near the capital city Reykjavik. The main airport is Keflavik International Airport (KEF). It is about 50 kilometers away from Reykjavik, and almost all international flights land here. The other one is Reykjavik Airport (RKV), which is only about 3 kilometers away from the city center, and mainly serves domestic flights, as well as flights to Greenland and the Faroe Islands.
There is no subway, no trams, and no trains in Iceland. Few bus trips, and taxis need to be reserved in advance. From Keflavik International Airport to the city center or the Blue Lagoon, the airport shuttle is more practical. For the other travel plans, the most economical and convenient way to do Iceland tours is to rent a car or travel with an agency.
What to Pack for an Iceland Vacation Package?
The climate in Iceland is changeable, whether you take a short tour or a long journey to the remote areas, the clothes which can keep warm and prevent water are recommended, such as waterproof storm suit, thermal underwear, glove, scarf, hat, waterproof hiking boots, climbing shoes, climbing pants, etc. Eye shades for the midnight sun, glasses, swimsuits and sunscreen are also recommended, as well as the converter if you come from countries outside of Europe.
Is Iceland a Safe Country to Travel?
Yes. Iceland is a very safe country for travelling. Moreover, we will provide professional driver guide for all our Iceland tour packages.