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Exploring Iceland: What You Need to Know Before Your Adventure

Embarking on a journey to Iceland is like stepping into a world of natural wonders and breathtaking landscapes. After spending a week exploring this enchanting country, my husband and I discovered many pros and cons of traveling to Iceland, along with some invaluable tips to enhance the experience. Whether you're a seasoned traveler or planning your first Icelandic adventure, here's what you need to know:

Pros of Iceland:

  1. Convenience of Apple Pay: Apple Pay is widely accepted throughout Iceland, making transactions seamless and hassle-free.

  2. Vast Open Spaces: Prepare to be awestruck by Iceland's expansive landscapes, where dramatic vistas unfold at every turn.

  3. Delectable Hot Dogs and Ice Cream: Treat your taste buds to authentic Icelandic hot dogs served with fried onions, and indulge in creamy Icelandic ice cream.

  4. Low Traffic and Roundabouts: Navigating Icelandic roads is a breeze with minimal traffic and plenty of roundabouts, allowing for smooth travel.

  5. High-Quality Tap Water: Enjoy crystal-clear and clean water straight from the tap, perfect for staying hydrated during your adventures.

  6. English-Speaking Locals: Communicating with locals is a breeze as most Icelanders speak English fluently, eliminating any language barriers.

  7. Diverse Scenery: From majestic waterfalls to rugged coastlines and volcanic landscapes, Iceland offers a diverse array of stunning scenery to explore.

Cons of Iceland:

  1. High Cost of Food: Be prepared for pricey meals, as dining out in Iceland can be expensive compared to other destinations.

  2. Unpredictable Weather: Iceland's weather can be unpredictable and changes frequently. The need to have the correct clothing with you at all times is important.

  3. Expensive Gas Prices: Fuel costs in Iceland are higher compared to many other countries, so budget accordingly when renting a car.

  4. Need for Rental Car: While a rental car provides the freedom to explore at your own pace, it comes at a hefty price, especially with limited availability. But renting a car is highly recommended.

  5. Limited Amenities Outside Towns: Once you venture beyond urban areas, amenities such as gas stations, stores, and restrooms become scarce, so plan accordingly.

Essential Tips for Your Icelandic Adventure:

  • Rent a Car: Explore Iceland's wonders at your own pace by renting a car for flexibility and convenience.

  • Utilize Apple Pay: Simplify transactions by using Apple Pay for seamless payments.

  • Stay Hydrated: Bring a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated throughout your journey.

  • Pack Snacks for Day Trips: Save money and time by packing snacks and drinks for day trips.

  • Try Icelandic Cuisine: Sample local delicacies like Icelandic hot dogs and ice cream for an authentic culinary experience.

  • Plan for Airport Wait Time: Allocate extra time upon landing at KEF Airport for rental car pickup.

  • Visit SKY Lagoon: Experience luxury and relaxation at SKY Lagoon, a must-visit near Reykjavik.

  • Book Reservations: Secure reservations in advance for popular attractions and restaurants like the Tomato Soup Greenhouse Restaurant.

  • Embrace the Outdoors: Dress in layers and invest in waterproof gear for outdoor adventures, no matter the season.

  • Enjoy Local Amenities: Take advantage of complimentary breakfast at accommodations and stock up on supplies at local grocery stores.

From majestic waterfalls to charming villages and captivating wildlife, Iceland offers a treasure trove of experiences waiting to be discovered. With these tips in mind, embark on your Icelandic adventure prepared for a journey filled with wonder, excitement, and unforgettable memories. Safe travels and enjoy every moment of your Icelandic escapade!

Iceland is one of my all-time favorite vacations we have taken. It's INCREDIBLE!

I'm a Travel Agent and Blogger specializing in Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Line, Universal, SeaWorld, Virgin Voyages, and Royal Caribbean Cruise Line. It is my passion to use my travel knowledge and love of travel in a way that inspires people to travel more.

If you are thinking about planning a trip please get in touch with me. I love talking about Disney & Travel!!! My planning services are complimentary when you book with me!

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Happy Travels!

Travel with Debbie D


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