We sent great friends Janet and Sandy on a customized tour of Iceland - They had a blast!
Iceland is an island country of Scandinavian heritage located in the North Atlantic Ocean. Breathtaking natural beauty and otherworldly landscapes are what attracted Janet and Sandy, and they weren't disappointed!
Wildlife, especially birds
Glacial valleys and rivers
Countless and varied waterfalls at every turn
Volcanic black sand beaches
Geothermal hot springs
A culture of outdoor exploration
Puffin on a coastal cliff
Tips for Your Iceland Summer Adventure
Here are a few notes that the girls passed along for anyone headed to Iceland in the summer.
Don't bother getting cash/local currency at the airport
Use credit cards for everything
Get a small SUV due to all the gravel roads, steep hills and small stream crossings encountered
Don't purchase the prepaid gas cards as they don't save you any money or time at the pump
Dress comfortably and to stay warm and dry
All the locals dress like they just stepped out of an REI and are always ready to go for a walk or hike
Coastal weather is consistently mostly cloudy, damp and cool with light drizzle (not rain) being common
Inland weather is similar, but very unpredictable with sudden storms and rapidly falling temperatures possible
Amazing fish and lamb are staples
Vegetables while available are uncommon other than potatoes
Food is relatively expensive with prices equivalent to what you'd pay in an airport ($8 for a hotdog or sandwich in a gas station)
Over 23 hours of daylight at summer solstice in June
Take an eye mask to block out all light as most lodging rooms do not completely block it out around windows
Liquor stores are only open for a few select hours per day and hours vary depending on your location
Friday seems to be the exception with very extended hours ahead of the weekend
KEF - Keflavik International Airport is about 45 minutes west of Reykjavik
Arrive at the airport at least 3 hours prior to departure as it is very small and gets packed during the summer tourist season
Glacial valley with a rainbow
How They Did It
The ladies wanted to do a lot of hiking on a self-guided adventure on their own leisurely schedule away from large tour groups and crowds.
We mapped out the key sights of each area they wanted to explore, completed drive time estimates and reserved their flights, car and lodging throughout.
Dates: 24 May to 4 June 2017
Flights: Minneapolis > Reykjavik (6 hours)
Car: Toyota RAV4
Four Destinations (West & North Central):
Some TV and Films Shot in Iceland
Many television shows and cinematic films are shot in Iceland due to its stunning landscapes that are often larger than life or stark.