Tips for First Time Iceland Travelers

Tips for First Time Iceland Travelers

Visit Iceland 

While I have never been to Iceland myself, it is somewhere I have wanted to go since I was little.  I was born in Denmark and many vikings made their way to Iceland. Thisis an amazing place, full of natural beauty and untouched from the world in many ways. It is number one on my bucket list and I’ve been researching like crazy for the last few years. If you’d like to head there someday, you need these tips on your radar. Check out these tips for first time Iceland travelers.

Study Iceland- Know what to expect

Before you head to Iceland, you will want to do some research on this beautiful land. From just the land, you would think it’s just completely land made from ice. Not true. Iceland has the most amazing views, waterfalls, mountains, geysers, and so much more. Before you visit, it’s wise to know what kind of beauty you will be viewing. There are  so many different landscapes in one country. It’s an indescribable place.

Cost of Living

Those who visit Iceland do say that it’s a bit more expensive than the USA. Gas is one thing that is more expensive there than here. Keep this in mind as you will probably do a lot of traveling while in Iceland. Food is also something that costs a little more than here in America. This is something you’ll want to factor in as you travel to Iceland. Most food served in Iceland has a seafood flare.

People Here do Speak English

Most people are afraid to visit another country because they aren’t sure of the other languages being spoken. Many Icelanders speak English as well as their native language. It never hurts to know a few words of another language, so don’t be shy about learning. However, there is no need to panic because there are English speaking people in Iceland.


Weather is Finicky

Weather in the beautiful land of Iceland can be a bit unpredictable. If you’re traveling here for the first time, you should prep for all weather. To put this in better words, dress appropriately. If it’s raining your whole trip, you don’t want to miss out. Oh, and while you’re in Iceland, make sure you look up, down, and all around you. You don’t want to miss out on any of the views.

Check out the waterfalls

Iceland has a lot of waterfalls. However, these waterfalls will soak you! If you dare to get close enough, you will need proper rain gear. You don’t want to spend the whole day wet. Although, seeing beauty this up close and personal is worth it.


Don’t Overbook Yourself

There is so much to do and see in Iceland, you probably won’t have enough time for everything. The best thing is to not overbook yourself. Allow time for adventures, but also allow time to relax. A lot of people who visit Iceland recommend checking out The Blue Lagoon. It’s a natural beauty, but also quite touristy – however- many recommend it because it is that amazing. Heted pools are quite common in Iceland, make sure you visit one.


Ask the Locals

Whenever heading somewhere, like Iceland, it’s easy to do everything that’s advertised by the tourist agencies. However, asking the locals will always get you a better experience. Ask local Icelanders where the best places to eat and visit are. I always get the best experiences from people who work and live where I’m visiting. It only makes sense, doesn’t it?


So many things, so little time

One thing you will notice about heading to Iceland is that there is so much to do and so little time. From my friends who have visited Iceland, here are some activities they recommend.

  • Whale watching
  • Hiking
  • Trying different Iceland foods
  • Drive around The Golden circle

To the everyday person, visiting Iceland seems overwhelming. There is an endless amount of things to see and do. My advice is to plan several trips to Iceland. Since it’s one of the most beautiful places on earth, you won’t regret this decision. Visiting Iceland for the first time, may look different for everyone. However, here is an awesome list of 12 amazing things to do on a first time visit to Iceland. These people have been to Iceland and conquered its amazingness.


Also, before you head to Iceland, here are some tips you’ll want to keep in mind. Iceland is a beautiful and majestic place. It’s famous for its natural beauty but also for the friendly locals. It’s always nice when you visit a new place and instantly feel welcome.

My advice to you is to plan out your visit as much as possible. However, remaining flexible is also a good idea. You may see less than what you intended, but embrace the journey and have fun.

Looking at the list of things there are to do in Iceland makes my heart happy. I’m a hiker at heart and I see so many hiking opportunities.

Have you been to Iceland? What tips would you give the first time Iceland traveler?


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Kathy Dalton
Go Adventure Mom’s found, Kathy Dalton, launched Go Adventure Mom in 2012 in an effort to bring women together that love travel and the outdoors. As a former ski instructor, Kathy has taken her love for outdoor recreation and through the power of social media has created a platform to share her passion with the world. As a mom of three, Kathy loves to share her family adventures in Utah, cross-country skiing up Millcreek Canyon, skiing in the Wasatch Mountains, camping in Grand Teton National Park and camping in the Uintas. Kathy has been featured in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Parents and Parenting magazine. Kathy is a regular contributor to Visit Salt Lake and is a tip contributor on TripAdvisor.
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