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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Do's And Don'ts In Iceland You Need To Know

Iceland is where the world goes to experience many of mother nature’s marvels. From geysers, glaciers and erupting volcanoes to beaches of black lava--you’ll find it all in Iceland. You’ll also see beautiful Icelandic horses, which are a pony-sized wild horse breed native to the island.
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It’s one of the best places on earth to view the northern lights, and the land is kept pristine and protected, making it a majestic hotspot for breathtaking views. As such, traveling and sightseeing in Iceland requires one to respect local customs and the environment, but also taking responsibility for your own safety on the terrain.

Do: Bring the right clothes & gear

Packing for your trip to Iceland is all about being safe and using common sense. If you plan to go hiking, don’t just check the forecast, but consult a proper hiking gear packing list for the time of year you’re visiting in. Even if you’re not planning to hike, you’d want to be able to keep warm outdoors if you had no access to a car or building, for safety reasons. Having the right gear opens you up to more opportunities to explore the natural environment of Iceland, such as its nature reserves where you can go camping and hiking and even see wildlife up close.


Do: Spend time in Reykjavik

Don’t leave Iceland without exploring its capital city, Reykjavik. The city has several museums and tourist destinations, such as Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral, the Harpa Concert Hall and the National Museum of Iceland. You’ll also want to explore the quaint streets of Reykjavik, known for colorful rooftops, nightlife, boutique shops and good restaurants. Speaking of restaurants, you should definitely visit the world’s most famous hot dog stand in Iceland. Yes, there’s a famous hot dog stand in Iceland called BaejarinsBeztuPylsur, and in fact, it’s the country’s most frequented restaurant. People queue up for the taste of these hot dogs, so be sure to buy two.
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Don’t: Drive off-road

Renting a car for your stay in Iceland is a great idea, but when you’re sightseeing in nature, be sure to avoid driving off-road. Off-road driving is illegal, unsafe and it hurts the natural environment Icelanders wish to preserve. No matter what type of vehicle you have, it’s critical you stay on marked roads at all times.

DON’T be surprised if the weather affects your plans. 

No matter the location, Iceland’s weather is volatile, even in popular tourist spots. Always check the forecast, but also keep in mind that the sunniest of days can turn into blizzards. Despite forecasts, you can’t plan for the fog that rolls in on the day your tour is scheduled or rain that shows up when you had planned to go hiking. With that in mind, plan to be flexible and have backup ideas in case the weather cancels your original plans.

18 travelers' comments:

Candysfarmhousepantry said...

We our trip to Iceland. Pack for layers. Food is expensive so go to grocery store and cook if you can.

Joanna Brittain said...

It looks like a wonderful place to visit. You've offered up some great tips for those traveling to Iceland.

Carol Cassara said...

It's really nice there! I haven't been in a long time and it would be great to go back and explore all the lovely sights again. It's really important to prepare for everything, especially the weather.

valmg @ Mom Knows It All said...

I'd love to be able to travel to Iceland one day. I know someone that went that said it was beautiful. There are so many brightly colored roofs in that picture, it's cheery.

Gisele said...

Iceland sounds like a wonderful place to visit. I've heard that it is very green in spite of it's name. That is so wonderful that they take care of their environment. I wish the US government would follow suit.

Ashley @Irishred02 said...

I had no idea there was a famous hot dog stand in iceland. I would love to visit there, it looks beautiful.

Alli Smith said...

Iceland is such a beautiful place to visit. I've never been and I enjoyed learning things about Iceland that I didn't know. I'd love to visit some day.

AiringMyLaundry said...

I hope to go to Iceland one day. I'll keep these tips in mind. I'd so go to that hot dog stand!

Lisa said...

I have always wanted to visit Iceland. These are some wonderful tips! The only thing I would worry about is the unpredictable weather.

NPC said...

This has been on my to do list for a long time. Thanks for all the tips!

The Super Mom Life said...

Iceland is on my list of must sees. I hope to be able to experience the beauty one day!

Our Family World said...

It was only until recently that I got so interested with Iceland. I did not know that it was such a pretty place! Thanks for sharing this article. Who knows I might be able to have an opportunity to visit!

Reesa Lewandowski said...

Everytime I see pictures of Iceland I just get wanderlust! It looks so pretty and amazing! And how funny is it that you found a fun hot dog stand there!

Tomi Clark said...

Iceland has never been on my travel bucket list but you've peaked my interest. Looks like an interesting place to visit.

Debra Hawkins said...

Iceland is on my bucket list for sure! I hope to take my husband there sometime soon!

Sara Welch said...

I have always want ed to go there. I love the culture they have.

Kita Bryant said...

Iceland is an absolutely unreal place. The pictures that come from there always blow my mind.

Ricci Ellis said...

Oh Gish I would love to go to Iceland one day!! These are all great tips for when I get there some day!!

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