Most tourists visit Iceland during the winter period to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights. Iceland is an amazing country that is famous for being the Land of the Midnight Sun. It’s close to the Arctic Circle so the sun does not set in the summer months. Well, it almost doesn’t set! A 24-hour drive is perfect for visiting the Ring Road that circles the country. And since we all know, the journey is more important than the destination, this is entirely true for Iceland. Visiting this country includes bathing in natural hot springs, marveling at the majestic waterfalls, dancing on the snowy mountains, exploring volcanic lava fields, and learning more about their Viking culture and history. Let’s see how you would plan a whole trip before you even get there. Or after you get there! Doesn’t make much of a difference.
Rent a Car For Your Road Trip
It depends on which airport you land at since you’ll have to manage your trip to the desired destination. After you collect your luggage, you’ll need to find a car rental in Iceland, unless you have some friends and family there that are expecting you and already got you covered with the transport. One word of advice, a small car wouldn’t be a good option in Iceland since there are many tours you’d like to attend. Like visit waterfalls, offbeat villages and often these places are surrounded with gravel roads.
When renting a car, make sure it includes ash and snow coverage because the country is known for its unpredictable weather conditions. And having a car with heated seats is even better.
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The Ring Road Tour
The untamed Icelandic wilderness can be seen while exploring the Golden Circle. If you want the proper nature experience, you need to visit first the Thingvellir National Park where you’d get to see a lot of ancient sites. The tectonic plates where Europe and North America meet are just a natural wonder. The rift is visible and you can actually cross the continents!
As the next stop on this itinerary, we would suggest visiting the Geysir hot spring area. This is the original Geysir after which all of the rest were named, however, it is dormant for a long time. Do not worry! There are other hot springs you can enjoy at! And all of these attractions are free. Including the parking.
Hike to The Glacier
If you want to spend a day with a typical Icelandic experience, we’d like to introduce to you the Glacier hikes. These Arctic adventures can take you on a hiking trip on the gorgeous blue ice glacier, dusted with volcanic ash. Seeing a glacier that close is a unique experience, so you need to add this to your itinerary list. Make sure your clothes are warm and waterproof because it rains almost ⅔ of the year.
What To Pack
Whether you are planning to stay in Reykjavik, you need to learn what to pack for the trip. Regardless of the season, you are traveling in, there are some tips and advice for proper packing. Some things are essential to pack, like sturdy boots, layers of clothing that include base layers, jumpers, thermal tops and leggings, t-shirts, long-sleeved shirts, windproof and rainproof coats, and much more. You might need swimming gear if you plan on swimming in some of the lakes. Do not forget your passport and boarding pass!
Since you can expect all kinds of weather, packing can be a bit complicated. Pack light. As lighter as you can! On the other hand, if you are visiting Iceland in the summer, make sure it’s in July. This month is extremely popular for trips to Iceland. Summer packing is not easy as well. Some of the obvious items you can take with you are t-shirts, trousers, shoes, socks, and the best party outfit for a night out in Reykjavik!
What Not To Wear
There are some rules on what not to wear when traveling to Iceland. Iceland’s climate is milder than you’d expect. However, do not wear less than three layers of clothing because you’ll be exposed to the brutal wind and rain weather conditions. To ensure maximum cold protection, it’s good to have thermal gear layers. At any cost, do not wear thin socks and slippery shoes. These can make your life hard. And wearing a thin sock is a real killer.
Forget about the fancy clothing. Even if you are going on a night out, outings in the cities do not require a lot of dressing up. Keep it simple and warm. Bars in Reykjavik are not strict with dress codes, make sure you have enough layers to keep you warm and cozy. And enjoy the trip!