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Saving money in Iceland can be a challenging task. Here are no less than 19 tips on how to spend less in Iceland and avoid expensive tourist traps.
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Looking for ways to save money in expensive Iceland? How about not spending any. Here are ten good ideas of what to do for free in the capital, Reykjavik.
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Iceland is an expensive country to visit and there's no way around it. However, these are great tips if you're traveling on a budget.
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The best way to start a day in Reykjavík? With a kleina, snúður, or flatkaka. This guide to local bakeries highlights some of the best places to find Icelandic breads and pastries.
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Reykjavik has got a lot of fabulous restaurants but the price tag is often way too high. Here's a helpful article if you are looking for a decent restaurant in the capital without having to break the bank.
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Road tripping in Iceland on a tight budget is easier than you think, especially if you decide to camp along the way instead of spending your money on hotels. This article offers useful tips on how to save money while travelling in Iceland.
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Eating out in Reykjavik is generally quite expensive. There are nevertheless a few great options for good street food that are also budget-friendly.
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Although flights to Iceland are getting cheaper, the food and accommodation is still expensive. This article offers some advice on how to save money during your trip to Iceland.
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Eating out in Reykjavík is a great experience but it can also empty out your wallet pretty quickly. If you have access to a kitchen you should definitely consider cooking "at home". Here's a guide to Reykjavik's supermarkets and grocery stores.
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If you're traveling on a budget and looking for a few ideas for free things to do in Akureyri, the "capital" of North Iceland, this article is for you.
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Looking for ways to save money on your road trip in an expensive country like Iceland? This guide provides a few helpful tips for your preparation.
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Iceland is probably one of the safest places in the world to hitchhike. Here's a quick, solid travel guide with some best practices.
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Here's a super helpful map of all camping sites in Iceland from the official tourist information in Iceland.
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A fun, super helpful list of tips, tricks and ideas to keep in mind for a camping trip in Iceland. A personal journey from a Californian travel blogger.
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It is absolutely possible to save some money on rental cars and hitchhike your way around Iceland instead. It's also a nice way to get to know the locals better. Here's a blog post on hitchhiking in Icelnad.
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Paying attention to statues and other outdoor art while travelling can be a great way to learn about the history and the culture of the place that you are visiting. Here are some of Reykjavik's greatest outdoor statues.
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If you're looking for a guide on what's noteworthy in Reykjavik in terms of architecture and design, this article is exactly what you are looking for.
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Ten great natural hot springs that are more authentic and natural than the most famous tourist attraction in Iceland, the Blue Lagoon.
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Looking for a list of all museums in Iceland with a link to their websites (if they have one...)? Here you go!
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No matter what day it is, there is always a great chance that you’ll find an exciting music event in Reykjavik during your stay. We chose some fantastic ongoing music events in the city that you should definitely check out when you are in town.
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The mountain view from Reykjavík is simply stunning. The capital is surrounded by mountains you can hike from nearly all sides—Mt. Esja and the legendary Snæfellsjökull glacier...
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Heiðmörk is a forested parkland just 30 minutes away from Reykjavik. The area is ideal for all kinds of outdoor activities and hasn't been discovered by tourists yet.
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The stunning and the strange combine in the buildings of Iceland's capital. A walk around the downtown area shows off some unusual designs and hidden gems of Reykjavik's architecture.
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Some great insights and things to know before heading to Iceland for a camping trip by a local transplant in Iceland!
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A local travel company shares their opinion on what are the top ten campgrounds in Iceland. Voila!
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This blog post explains camping regulations in Iceland. It is cheap and easy to camp in Iceland but there are some restrictions that you should be familiar with.
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This blogger decided to camp during her travels around Iceland. Here's a detailed itinerary, some useful information and inspiring pictures.
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The churches of Iceland are one of the most unexpectedly picturesque sights in the country. Old and new, urban and (very) remote, these churches span 200 years of rural ecclesiastic architecture.
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The tap water in Iceland is as clean and pure as you could imagine. Why waste your time and money on buying bottled water, that is basically the same water you'd get from the tap?
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Imagine Peace Tower is a powerful art piece by Yoko Ono, located on the island of Videy. It takes just a couple of minutes to go by ferry to Videy from Reykjavik Sundahöfn Harbour.
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If you're looking to learn where the fashionable hipsters in Iceland dress up, this guide has all the best local spots in Reykjavik.
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Autumn leaves are not a common sight in Iceland, but there are a few great options. Most people go to Thingvellir, a national park rich in history and tourists, but the alternative is Heiðmörk which is closer to Reykjavik.
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Running in Reykjavik is surprisingly nice and a great way to explore the city. If you are a runner travelling to Reykjavik, here are a few suggestions for you how to plan your 5k route.
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Exploring the hot pools of Iceland is one of the most unique experiences the country has to offer. Here are five hot pools that are open all year, and easy to reach in a day’s drive from Reykjavík.
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For visitors and residents alike, social dancing provides an entertaining and energetic night out. The Reykjavík swing dance scene, along with salsa and blues, is open to dancers of all levels.
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A trip through the terrain covered by Njáll's Saga, one of the most famous, and most colourful, of the Icelandic Family Sagas, brings visitors through some stunning places in Southwestern Iceland.
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If you have an Instagram-account, you will be posting a lot while you are in Iceland. There's something truly unique and picturesque everywhere you look so it was difficult to choose the best spots.
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Are you adventurous enough to go camping in Iceland in winter? Just make sure you realize what you are getting yourself into! This article is a great start.
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While you will not find a lot of details or information in this article, it features 20 excellent photos from a camping trip which give you a great feel for it.
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Short but great article from a couple of travelers who visited Iceland and wrote about their experience with camping in the Capital, Reykjavik.
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The Camping Card is a smart, cheaper way to get access to 40 campsites all over Iceland if you are planning a longer camping trip around Iceland.
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It is hard not to notice Mt. Esja when you're in Reykjavik. This beautiful mountain is a favourite amongst locals and it's a surprisingly easy and fun to hike. The view from the top isn't bad either.
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Eating out in Iceland is usually an expensive experience. Anyhow, there are good restaurants that serve reasonably priced food. Here's an article on the top four budget-friendly restaurants in Reykjavik.
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The currency in Iceland is called "The Icelandic Króna". Here's a very informative article for those who want to learn about the Króna.
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Most people that travel to Iceland don’t make long stops in Reykjavík. If you can tear your eyes from the beautiful mountains surrounding the city, you will notice that downtown Reykjavík is literally covered with outdoor art.
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Although some might consider Snæfellsnes peninsula nothing but a detour on the traditional Ring-road road trip, it is well worth exploring. The region is a favorite amongst many Icelanders due to its magical and diverse landscape.
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Before renting a car in Iceland, do your research. Don't be one of the tourists who the search and rescue team needs to pick up. Pretty please :)
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A detailed guide with everything you need to know about hiking up to Reykjadalur, a hot spring river perfect for bathing in the nature!
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This blogger explains in detail how much money she spent in Iceland and on what. I think it gives you a good idea about prices in Iceland and helps you figure out how to plan your budget before visiting Iceland.
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Here's a comprehensive guide to the thrift stores of Reykjavik including a review about each store.
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The Golden Circle is one of the most popular destinations in Iceland and in summer it's easy to do it own your own. Here's how.
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You don't have to go far from the city to connect with Mother Nature. There are numerous options for hikes just minutes away from the capital.
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While this isn't exactly a travel story or an article, this website is a helpful local repository of most, if not all, campsite in Iceland.
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A Douglas DC-3 crashed on the black beach of Sólheimasandur on the south coast of Iceland in 1973. Fortunately, there were no casualties, but the wreck still remains untouched on the shore.
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Most visitors in Iceland try to stop by at the famous Glacier Lagoon, Jökulsárlón, but unfortunately many miss out on a really cool black sand beach right next to it!
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If you are looking to explore Iceland in winter, without renting a car and driving by yourself, this travel guide gives you some great ideas. Based on a 10 day personal itinerary.
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All travellers face the problem of dirty laundry every now and then. There is only one place that has self-service laundry in Reykjavik—The Laundromat Café.
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The Reykjanes Peninsula is mostly known for being a home to the Keflavik International Airport and the Blue Lagoon. Nevertheless, there is an abundance of interesting attractions in the area that most tourists dismiss. Here's a guide to some of them.
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Here are some excellent suggestions for destinations that are a great alternative to the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland.
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Stunning photos and the basic information you need to know about the Geysir geothermal area in Haukadalur Valley in Southern Iceland.
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Do you dare? Sea swimming is a surprisingly common activity amongst locals in Iceland and if you're up for an adventure, it's worth trying at least once!
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Berry picking is probably not on top of most visitors's to-do list. However, you'll find many locals picking berries in the fall and its a unique activity.
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Fjaðrárgljúfur is a gorgeous canyon in the southeastern part of Iceland, not far from the ring road. If you are road-tripping in the area, this destination is a must-see.
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Seljavallalaug is the first swimming pool that was built in Iceland. The pool, which is located near Seljalandsfoss in South Iceland and filled with warm geothermal water, is still relatively undiscovered by tourists.
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The hike to Glymur is an excellent half-day hike in Hvalfjordur, only about an hour outside of Reykjavik and a short-detour from the ring road.
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There are several hiking routes around Skaftafell, Vatnajokull National Park, and each has it’s own appeal. In Skaftafell you are guaranteed to have a memorable hike, and here are some of our favorite routes.
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Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon is probably one of the most unique sights in Iceland. Here's a blog post full of amazing pictures and information on this heavenly place.
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The Seljavallalaug swimming pool is often overlooked by tourists despite being very close to the ring road. This blog posts offers information on this truly unique pool and a detailed map with directions how to get there.
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Tourist traps aren't very common in Iceland but there are certain things that tourists need to look out for (bottled water, expensive grocery stores and "fake" beer, to name a few). Here's a list of Iceland's tourist traps.
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The jet black beaches of Iceland are stunning in its own unique way. In this article, you can read about the best black beaches to visit in Iceland.
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If you're looking for a few relatively easy winter day-hikes near Reykjavik, here are a few great options.
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While this article is in Icelandic (sorry), the map within the article is one of the best ones we've found about places near Reykjavik which are good for Northern lights spotting. The map was created by a local, Árni Tryggvason.
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Before buying a tour or venturing out on your own to see the northern lights, you better check the forecast to see if there's even a chance to see it. Here's how to use the forecast.
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If you're looking for a story of how to get out of the city and experiencing wild Reindeers in the East Fjords, this article is a great read.
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The locals in Iceland love their swimming pools, and you can be sure to find one in every neighborhood of the city. Here's how to choose between them.
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Over the last decade, Iceland's nature has become increasingly popular for critically acclaimed international movies and TV shows. Here's a list of a few.
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If you want to know what you'll see on the Golden Circle, this article is all you need - with 58 beautiful pictures of this popular self-drive tour.
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Falling into tourist traps is probably the most annoying thing about of travelling. I hope this article will teach you a thing or two about the most common tourist traps in Iceland.
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Skaftafell National Park is undoubtedly one of Iceland's most beautiful regions: The majestic Vatnajökull Glacier towers over green valleys in the east and vast black sands in the south.
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Most visitors in Iceland stop by the world famous Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, but fewer know that very close by is another excellent glacier lagoon called Fjallsárlón.
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This article features a great overview of the Glacier Lagoon, with awe-inspiring photos of what you could expect to see on a good weather day.
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If you are travelling to Iceland in the winter chances are high that you are going to see some northern lights dancing up in the sky. Here's an informative article on where it's best to see them and how to photograph them.
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Here is an excellent list of nine things to see on your next Iceland trip, which many people aren't aware of and drive right by without a stop.
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There are not many Geysers in the world. They are one of nature's true marvels, and in Iceland you'll have the opportunity to see them up close, in all shapes and sizes.
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There are loads of hot springs in Iceland you can bathe in. The Blue Lagoon might be the most famous one but there are many more options. Most of them do not have an entrance fee so it is well worth it to do some research.
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If you are travelling to the famous Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, be sure you don't miss the beautiful "diamond beach" of Breiðamerkursandur, which is just across the street from the Lagoon.
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There are some gorgeous beaches in all regions of Iceland and some of them are actually suitable for sunbathing. Check out this post for some inspiration and info.
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A great overview of the Dimmuborgir lava fields in North Iceland, by Lake Myvatn.
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This list of small natural, geothermal hot springs in South Iceland, has a few more remote lesser-known options to check out.
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Snorralaug is a natural geothermal hot spring in the tiny town of Reykholt, where some famous vikings from the Icelandic Saga's used to take a bath.
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Excellent step-by-step guide with pictures and a map, to help you locate this famous plane wreckage.
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While this is a page about a local project called "Friends of water", focused on maintenance of geothermal pools, it's also an excellent list of pools to visit in the Westfjords.
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Due to its remoteness, the Westfjords of Iceland are commonly dismissed by tourists. The region is in fact absolutely stunning, like this article illustrates.
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In this article, you can read about a few interesting sites in Iceland that aren't popular (yet) with tourists.
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Icelanders are known to be very keen on all kinds of snacks, candy and quick bites. Here's an article about the best authentic snacks you can get in Iceland. They are all yummy, we promise!
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Here's a list of eight attractions near the renowned Golden Circle that are mostly overlooked by travellers. If you are driving yourself, these destinations are well worth a little detour from the usual Golden Circle route.
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There is so much more that South Iceland has to offer other than the Blue Lagoon and the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. If you want to experience something more unique, this article might help you to find the right places to visit.
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While some of these "hidden gems" are gaining popularity fast, this article provide some great ideas of places to visit in Iceland where you still won't see any big-tour busses!
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If you're planning to photograph the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) in Iceland, this guide is the perfect starting point.