I am writing you this week from Oslo, Norway as I am in the middle of a 12 day trip to Iceland, Norway and Sweden. This is the perfect time to visit Scandinavia as the weather here is anywhere from 15 to 40 degrees cooler than the temps back home (90 degrees +). Our first stop on our tour was Iceland and I was really excited as I had never been there before.
Here are Steve’s 8 tips for travel to Iceland.
Tip #1 – Iceland is the perfect stopover on your next flight to Europe –
Many people don’t realize that they fly right over Iceland on their way to many destinations in Europe so stopping over in Iceland is not out of the way. One of the new low-cost airlines is called Icelandair and is based in Reykjavik, Iceland. They are really smart marketers and started offering free stopovers in Iceland. This is a great way to relax and break up a long flight over the pond (Atlantic).
Tip #2 – Two or Three days is enough time to visit Iceland –
Many flights from the U.S. arrive early in the morning. This allows you time for a half day city tour before you check into your hotel. The second day you can relax with a visit to the world-famous Blue Lagoon thermal bath and spa. The final day is for the glorious grand circle tour of volcanoes, glaciers, waterfalls, geysers and thermal spas. Glorious!
Tip #3 – Iceland is really crowded in the summer months –
Just like me, many people want to take advantage of the cool weather of Iceland during the hot summer weather in America. Iceland has long been ignored as a destination until about 10 years ago. Today it is so busy some are complaining it is close to being at capacity for tourists.
Tip #4 – Surprisingly, Iceland is also very busy during the cold winter months –
People from all over the world travel to Iceland from October to March to see the northern lights and enjoy the thermal spas.
Tip # 5 – April and May are the only low season months in Iceland –
Talking to the front counter clerks at the hotels, they advised that the best deals and lowest tourism takes place in these two months between the northern lights and high summer season.
Tip # 6 – It never gets dark in the summer in Iceland –
It is really weird to wake up at 2:30 am and look out your window and it feels like 2:30 pm in the afternoon. Many hotels do not have curtains that keep the room dark. If you need total darkness to sleep, you better bring a sleeping mask.
Tip # 7 – Half of Iceland is beautiful and half is ugly –
When you arrive at the airport you will feel like you landed on the moon. This area is all volcanic rock, similar to the Big Island of Hawaii. The other half of the island is beautiful mountains, streams, lakes, cabins and an amazing number of steam geysers from underground heat sources.
Tip # 8 – The people of Iceland are very friendly –
Most offer big smiles and seem quite happy. Tourism is their bread and butter so they want you to feel welcome. I think I will come back someday soon.
If you have Iceland on your bucket list, be sure to call one of our friendly travel advisors at (402-435-8888) and they can provide you with ideas and great value.