Non-Touristy

Let's avoid these crowds, shall we...

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Flatey used to be home to hundreds of Icelanders but now it consists of one farm and a few guesthouses and cottages. It's full of wildlife and surrounded by thousands of small islands scattered around the fjord.
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Have you ever wondered what the people of Reykjavik do on their off days? Here's your plan on how to spend the day in the charming capital of Iceland like a local.
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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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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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If you think the Blue Lagoon is the only option for a geothermal pool experience in Iceland, you're wrong! There are countless geothermal pools, rivers and ponds in Iceland and many are relatively unknown, like this one.
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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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There was a change in the landscape in the Holuhraun area after the eruption in 2014. New lava field was formed and a geothermal pool emerged.
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The town of Seyðisfjörður is a must see if you are planning to visit the East Fjords of Iceland. Despite having only 650 inhabitants, the town is bustling with culture and arts and not to mention the stunning nature surrounding it.
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Lónsörævi is still mostly not on the map for most tourists visiting Iceland. It's a hidden gem which we highly recommend if you're up for an adventure - it's hard to get to!
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If you're looking for what you need to be aware of prior to Airwaves, or where to drink, or how to prepare. This is your survival guide.
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A personal story from a road trip to Iceland, touching up on some very remote parts of the country that are worth a closer look.
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The nature reserve in Lónsöræfi is a remote, off-the-beaten-track, hidden gem in Southeast Iceland. A wilderness adventure like few others.
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The micro brewery and craft beer scene in Iceland has been growing fast in the past few years. Here are a few great ones to try out.
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If you happen to be visiting during one of these 10 major festivals in Iceland, you're in for a treat! Music and local cultural events leaving lasting memories.
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A good guide about the Kjölur highland road for a summer drive. Tips on where to stop along the way and what you need to know beforehand.
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Located in the Highlands of Iceland, Kerlingarfjöll Mountains are a unique destination. There are various options for hikes and there are several geothermal pools to bathe in in the area.
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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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Mjóifjörður Fjord, in the Eastfjords of Iceland, is home to around 20 people. Sailing this remote fjord is simply unforgettable.
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Holaskjol Waterfall is surrounded with basalt columns, lava and green moss. It is one of Iceland's less known waterfalls, located in the Highlands.
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This blogger stumbled upon the beautiful Sigöldugljúfur Canyon by a coincidence. The blog post contains information about how to get to this beautiful, off-the-beaten-track destination.
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"The Golden Circle" is an extremely popular tourist day trip in Iceland. There are beautiful attractions on the way but these places tend to be crowded with tourists. Here's an article about a great alternative to "The Golden Circle".
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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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Hvalfjordur is a fjord just north of Reykjavik. If you are driving north from Reykjavik, you might as well skip the Hvalfardargöng Tunnel and drive the fjord instead, since there are so many beautiful attractions in the area.
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Are you thinking about going to the highlands of Iceland? Check out this informative article about Kjölur, Strýtur and Hveravellir which are all breathtaking destinations in the highlands.
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North Iceland is full of surprises. If you are visiting the northern part of Iceland and you want to experience something other than the typical tourist attractions, check out this great compilation of "off the beaten track" destinations in North Iceland.
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Kjalvegur is a higland hike that is no less interesting than the Laugavegur with stunning landscape and gorgeous glacier view.
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Hveravellir is one of the most remarkable attractions of the highlands of Iceland. With good hiking routes and stunning landscape all around, it is probably one of the most interesting geothermal areas to visit in Iceland.
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Neskaupstaður is an old fishing village, characterised by gorgeous mountains and the serene Nordfjörður fjord. It's authenticity will take your breath away.
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If you're traveling to Iceland in winter, you'll have a wonderful experience visiting north Iceland - a true winter wonderland. Here's a good guide to help you prepare.
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This travel story takes you on a journey through unique remote places, tiny fisherman villages and rugged wilderness of the Westfjords in Iceland during summer.
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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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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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This itinerary is based on a road trip I went on in early June. I decided to focus on natural geothermal pools and hiking during the trip.
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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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During this day tour you will have a chance to see some of the most remote parts of the Westfjords while exploring the picturesque landscape and visiting small fishing villages rich with history and culture.
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This inspiring blog post is full of beautiful photos and colourful descriptions of the Kerlingarfjöll area in the Highlands of Iceland.
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Hiking in the Highlands of Iceland is a unique experience. If you love hiking, you should consider some of these highland treks suggested in this article.
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Beer was prohibited in Iceland until 1989, but since then the beer-culture has been blossoming. Craft beer has been gaining popularity the past years and is sold in many bars.
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Being alone in Iceland's magnificent nature is a life-altering experience for many travellers. Here's an article listing the best places to visit if you want to strengthen your bonds with Mother Earth.
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Thjofafoss Waterfall is absolutely beautiful, despite being relatively unknown. It is situated in remote mountainous landscape in South Iceland but it is well worth a detour. More info in this blog post.
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If you like bathing in the nature, Iceland has plenty to offer. There are unique spots to go swimming all over the country and some of them totally undiscovered by tourists. This article reveals four exciting swim spots in Iceland.
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Rauðisandur is a truly unique beach in the Westfjords of Iceland. It's characterized by its rust red color, its remoteness and the beauty of the surrounding mountains and cliffs.
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Thjofafoss and Hjalparfoss aren't among Iceland's most famous waterfalls, perhaps due to their remote location. If you are travelling to Iceland's Central Highlands, you should definitely take your time to visit them.
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Are you ready for some unique adventures? This blog post contains a list of seven off-the-beaten-track destinations in Iceland that are both interesting, beautiful and relatively tourist-free.
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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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Hornstrandir Nature Reserve is one of the most remote places in Iceland, being located at the northernmost tip of the Westfjords. Hornstrandir's dramatic cliffs and raw beauty will take your breath away while you hike along the seaside.
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A few great ideas about how to get to know Icelandic music and explore the vibrant scene while visiting Reykjavik.
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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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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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Thjorsardalur is located on the verge of the Iceland Highlands in southwestern Iceland. It is easily acessible and loaded with attractions, like Gjáin Canyon for instance.
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Here are few great ideas what you can do in Ísafjörður for the day.
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Being a native Icelandic foodie, living in San Francisco, I couldn't help noticing recently that TripAdvisor's restaurant rankings for Reykjavik are pretty bad. So, I figured I would share my alternative top ten list of restaurants in Reykjavik.
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When people ask me about my favourite towns in Iceland, Seyðisfjörður in the Eastfjords of Iceland, is the town that usually first comes to mind.
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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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If you like hiking and are visiting Iceland in the summertime, you should check out the Fimmvörðuháls hiking trail. This 13-mile-long hike can be done in one or two days.
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The Fimmvörðuháls hiking trail is a around 15 miles long — it is possible to split the hike between two days or complete it in one day. In my opinion, this hike is ideal to experience the best of Iceland's nature.
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There are surprisingly many villages scattered around Iceland, despite the country's small population. Here's a guide to ten stunning villages in Iceland.
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The Thorsmork area is an nature paradise in South Iceland which offers endless possibilities for short and long hikes, mountain biking, camping and more.
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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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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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This guided tour of Norðfjörður Bay will bring you into completely deserted fjords without another human in sight. Departure from Neskaupsstaður.
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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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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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The Melrakkaslétta peninsula is most certainly not on most tourists' bucket list before visiting Iceland. However, if you're looking for a remote road-trip, look no further.
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Hiking and backpacking in the remote Hornstrandir Nature Reserve is nothing short of spectacular but its also a logistical challenge. Here's my take on how to do it over 4-6 days in June or July.
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Are you searching for attractions on the way from Akureyri to Reykjavik? Kolugljufur is just a stone throw away from the Ring Road, close to the town of Hvammstangi.
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I recommend checking out Patreksfjörður! This town has a very scarce population and the scenery is really amazing and unique.
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Very inspiring travel blog with stunning photos of some of the more remote parts of the Westfjords in Iceland.
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Grimsey is a remote island, north of Iceland. With the population of around 80 people, Grimsey is the northernmost inhabited territory in Iceland. This tour takes you to the magical Grimsey, where you can actually cross the Arctic Circle.
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The Fimmvörðuháls Trek is one of Iceland's most popular hiking trails. In this article, I explain how to hike this 13 mile long trail on your own in just one day.
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There are hundreds of waterfalls in Iceland. Some of them are famous, like Gullfoss and Dettifoss, while others are less known. Although Kvernufoss waterfall belongs to the latter category, it's extremely pretty.
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While literally all towns in Iceland are by definition small towns, here are five favorites recommended by Intrepid Travel.
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Excellent list of bars in Reykjavik if you're looking for a trendy cocktail places, microbreweries or the most hip bars in this bustling city.
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The largest habitats of wild reindeers in Iceland are in the Eastfjords. On this tour, a knowledgable guide will take you reindeer-spotting.
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Some think of the Westfjords as a massive detour from the regular ring road trip and end up not going there at all. I think a separate trip to the Westfjords, exploring the whole area, is well worth your time. Here are the reasons why:
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If you are into hiking in the wilderness, this is day tour is a fantastic option. You will drive from Egilsstaðir in the Eastfjords and then hike for 9–10 hours while enjoying the stunning scenery. This hike is truly a hidden gem!
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Melrakkaslétta is a very remote area in the northwestern tip of Iceland. Melrakkaslétta, which is almost entirely overlooked by tourists, is a fantastic place for bird watching.
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Most blogs that tell you what to pack for your Iceland trip forget to mention that the dress code in Reykjavik is quite different from what goes in the wild. That's why we have chosen a few essentials you should consider to bring with you for the city.
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It was a hard task selecting only five places in the Highlands to feature in this article. I have to point out that there are numerous other destinations in the Highlands well worth checking out, but here are five of my favourites!
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Music-enthusiasts, outdoor-lovers and art-buffs will love everything about the charming town of Seydisfjordur in the Eastfjords of Iceland.
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Isafjordur is the largest town of the Westfjords Peninsula, with a population of roughly 3.500 people. Here's an article about this charming town in the wintertime.
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The Westfjords of Iceland are largely off the tourist radar, perhaps due to lack of public transportation and pretty poor road conditions. If you are driving a rental car, it's actually not that much trouble to visit the Westfjords.
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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.