A New Island with an Ancient History, Alive with Movement
Glaciers falling into fields, an underground heating system, volcanos, hot springs, geysers, waterfalls and a people both fiery and fun.
34 Degrees between Tectonic Plates
BRING A SENSE OF WONDER AND A SENSE OF HUMOR
Iceland Air is a dream airline, and a terrific primer before you get there. Formidable online entertainment, each jet is named after a volcano and the safety video is a work of art.
The Airport as well: Shiny, new and mountains of sandwiches.
GET A CAR
White knuckling as it can be, the best way to cover some ground. The Ring Road is mostly in great shape minus a few spots off the beaten path, but that's why you have a car (4WD essential) with snow tires and why you brought your sense of humor
QUIT COMPLAINING ON HOW EXPENSIVE IT IS
Food, drink, tours, gas - expensive, it's a remote island, and no one's getting rich off of it. Deal with it. Getting here from the US is a lot closer than Europe, and the aria-inducing scenery, the crystal clear drinking water (minus a little scent), and the hilarious and homey charm - all free.
There is no guarantee, but if you luck out like we did, whoa lawd. Viking Magic, straight from The Gods. March and October are the best months: enough light and fewer clouds.
TRY SOMETHING NEW
Minke whale, Reindeer, Puffin, Fermented Shark and Horse (?!) are some delicacies here. We did the first four.
For When In Iceland: Ice Cream, Fish'n'Chips, SOUPS, Bread, Lamb, Coffee, Sandwiches
TALK TO ICELANDERS BUT GOOD LUCK WITH THE LANGUAGE
Fiery, fantastic, and so funny, these former/ forever Vikings are remarkably patient for being so cool. Their English is probably better than yours, as is their Danish and probably German. They take enormous pride in their unique land, and found that a little curiosity and respect goes a long way. A gap stop epicenter, Reykjavik is a hub of folks from all over the world taking in the subtle and not so subtle magic of Iceland.