Let’s get this out of the way – there is no one-size-fits-all itinerary for ten days in Iceland. Where you should go, how long you should stay, and what you should see and do will depend on a number of factors. So before you even start thinking about how to plan your trip, think about these factors first.What time of year are you coming to visit? In winter, some areas will be completely inaccessible while others will require a 4WD
In the early days of Iceland’s settlement, the people had to make do with what they could scrape from the country’s unforgiving land or frigid sea. They had to be creative. While modern Icelanders have the luxury of using imported goods from around the world to create inventive and delicious dishes, some of the most famous Icelandic foods still use those old recipes handed down from the early generations hundreds of years ago.
While you could sample everything from Mexican and
Generally speaking, staying near Keflavik airport isn’t ideal for tourists. The airport is close to an hour from the city of Reykjavik (though only a few minutes from the famed Blue Lagoon in southwest Iceland. However, if you are arriving very late or departing very early and want to stay close by, these are your best options.
Bed and Breakfast Keflavik
Rooms at B&B Keflavik, which is located five minutes from the airport, include free breakfast, free parking, free wi-fi, and private
Autumn begins Iceland’s off-season, after the peak travel season of mid-June to late August. But that doesn’t mean it’s a bad time to visit. While you won’t see the Midnight Sun, temperatures will be lower, and some areas will no longer be accessible, there’s still plenty of reason to explore Iceland in the fall.
In September, the Northern Lights make their first appearance; in the beginning of the month you’ll still have some nice, sunny days with highs around 10°C (50°F)
Vik is the southernmost village in Iceland, located off the Ring Road about 180 kilometers from Reykjavik. Despite its small size of about 300 people, it’s one of the largest villages in south Iceland and the largest for about 50 miles. There’s a supermarket, bank, post office, campground, hostel and three other lodging accommodations, plus a restaurant, church, and popular wool factory.
In truth, there’s not much to see and do here, yet Vik remains a popular stop on the Ring
Though I live in Chicago, there’s no place I feel more at home in than Iceland. From the moment I saw the lights of Keflavik airport blinking in the darkness after the (surprisingly short) flight from New York, it just felt familiar, comfortable. Since then that feeling has only gotten stronger. Though I spend most of my days in an apartment thousands of miles away, my heart is in Reykjavik. So when National Geographic asked me to complete their “I