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How to get the best out of five days in Iceland in winter

Going to Iceland has been on my wish list for years – I was enticed by the otherworldly landscapes, the rich cultural output, and, of course, the northern lights. Tourism to Iceland has more than doubled in the past six years, so I also wanted to get there soon before the crowds changed the experience too much. The only thing that was holding me back was the price – Iceland is a famously expensive place to travel – but I knew that it’d be worth it, so when the opportunity arose in January, I decided the time was finally right. We booked our tickets just five days in advance, and put together an itinerary that would show us the best of Iceland in winter over a 5-night stay.
Although we booked it a short notice, we spent a lot of time researching our trip and planning the perfect 5-day Iceland itinerary. This post is here to help you save some time and money creating your Iceland trip. I hope you find it useful and, as always, please feel free to add your own Iceland tips and questions ..

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5 Things to do on a long layover in Iceland

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Iceland is on the rise as the new hot destination for adventurous travelers. One of the reasons for this is because Icelandic airlines now offer cheap flights between North America and Europe with a long layover in Iceland. With limited time in Reykjavík, Iceland’s capital, maximizing your activities is key.
You might not have time to drive down the southern coast to explore some of the other amazing sights in Iceland, but here are 5 fun things you can do on a long layover in Iceland that are relatively close to Reykjavík.
Explore Reykjavík on a walking tour Reykjavík is a beautiful little city that’s absolutely worth spending some time. As soon as I arrived I joined a free walking tour that was fun, informative, and a great way to dive right in to learning about the city.

One of my favorite places in the city was Hallgrímskirkja, a uniquely shaped church with a stunning pano..

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8 things you should know before renting a car in Iceland

UPDATE: Last updated November 1st 2016
Going to Iceland? Great choice! I have some advice about driving around the island, and what challenges await you. Especially if you are taking my 14 days road trip around Iceland, the hints here will be very useful!
The country has no trains. Buses are almost non-existent. Hitchhiking (although possible) can be frustrating, as there are not that many empty cars passing by. There is no better way to explore this over 100 000 square km (40 000 square miles) island than by car! It gives you the freedom to choose your own route and the flexibility of doing things at the pace that is convenient to you. Not to mention that Icelandic roads take you to some out-of-this-world landscapes!
I have put together a guide on how to rent a car, which type of car you should choose depending on your trip and activates, I partnered up with Sixt car rental to give you special rates on cars from this post, and a list of things you really have to know when driving in I..

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Hiking In Iceland: How To Plan A Trip To Thorsmork

10 Hiking In Iceland: How To Plan A Trip To Thorsmork Thorsmork is one of those places that looks to good to be true. Bright green mountains, volcanic glaciers, raw rugged nature, and braided glacier rivers -this place is literally out of a dream! And when you see it in person, you realize it completely holds up to it’s reputation.
Þórsmörk in Icelandic translates into “valley of Thor”. Located in the highlands and nestled between three glaciers, in Thorsmork you can really experience the power of nature and find some of the most incredible scenery in all of Iceland.
I’ve had Thorsmork on my radar for a long time, some of my favorite photographers such as Max Rive and Chris Burkard have captured stunning images from this area. As I was making my way through my 2016 Iceland bucket list, I knew we had to schedule a trip here.
We went to Thorsmork in July 2016, and got ridiculously lucky with probably the best weathe..

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The Best Festivals and Music Events in Iceland

4 The Best Festivals and Music Events in Iceland There’s no shortage of fun festivals and events in Iceland. If you’re into music, dance, culture, art, or all of the above then you are in luck, I have a whole calendar of things for you!
In Iceland you can find these events year round. So if you’re planning a trip to Iceland, take note of the events happening during the month you will be here. Some are in Reykjavik, but some are scattered around the country.
Looking for current dates and info for each event? Check this website for details.
FEBRUARY Sonar When: Mid February

Sonar is a music festival that combines music and lights into one big artistic performance. Tons of musicians local and international perform on multiple stages at the Harpa Concert Hall. This could be in the form of singing, dancing, or any performance art.
Last year the outside lights of Harpa were orchestrated in with the concerts inside. S..

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Greenland Lodging: Hotels, Guesthouses and More

To visit Greenland, you need both a sense of adventure and a sizable budget, and the same applies to its accommodations. This is not the place to go if you're looking for upscale resorts or lavish spas; many hotels are quite basic, aside from a few standouts for which you'll pay top dollar, even though they probably wouldn't qualify as particularly luxurious hotels elsewhere. Prepare to spend more than you'd expect even at bare-bones hotels.
If you're watching your pennies, hostels are a better option, and there are also a variety of B&Bs, guesthouses and a few more unique offerings.
Most Greenlandic towns only have a small handful of hotels to choose from, which is one reason you'll pay so much even for basic rooms. There are no five-star hotels here, but Greenland is home to the world's most northerly four-star property, Ilulissat's Hotel Arctic. The rooms are well appointed with modern Scandinavian furnishings, and many look out over the spe..

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