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The Ultimate Guide to Visiting Iceland

Jennifer DeSimone
May 11, 2017

Iceland has so much to offer. Here is your guide to exploring this beautiful country.

Under30Experiences travelers have taken our Explore Iceland trip all say the same thing: "I wish I could stay longer." 

No matter how long a traveler stays, it seems to be never enough.

Since we've visited this amazing country many times, we have a pretty good idea of all it has to offer. We also asked our community what their favorite spots are and had more than 50 comments from alumni.

All the information has been rounded up here for you in this simple guide.

Keep in mind, this guide does NOT contain the activities we do on our U30X trip. So if you want to see what we explore in Iceland, click here.

Plan to come hungry and don't forget your cameras! 

Most important first: Food

Lobster Burger
Photo cred: Adriana Dominguez

Lobster soup at the Sea Barron 
Mac and cheese bacon burger at Roadhouse
Create your own (vegan) ice cream at Joylato
Vegertain food at Glo, Reykjavik
Lobster Burger at 900 Grill, Vestmannaeyjar
Kaffitár - for your early morning flights until hotel check in
Prikið, Reykjavik
Burgers at Cosy Pig, Reykjavik 
World famous hot dogs at Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur
Visit the Star Wars bathroom at Babalu Café 
Cauliflower soup at Kaffi Vesturbær
Tomato soup at Friðheimar Greenhouse

Don't forget to try the Reyka vodka and to eat rotted shark, whale, and smoked puffin! 

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon


Kex Hostel, Reykjavik
Bus Hostel, Reykjavik
Loft Hostel, Reykjavik
Hotel Keflavik, KEF airport




Icelandic night out
Photo cred; PJ Dolan

Reykjavik Insider Bar Crawl - use code "U30X" at check out for a secret savings! 
Enjoy Einstock brewing at Frederiksen's
Public House

Walking Tours

City Walk Reykjavik 
I Heart Reykjavik

Public pools and swimming

Nauthólsvík Beach

Inside an ice cave
Photo cred: Ann Savannah Augustin

Adventure Activities

Diving between the North American and European Plates
Photo cred: Ana Lee

Snaelfelsness Peninsula
Visit the Northern town of Akureyri
Zodiac Boat Tour of Jökulsárlón
Bruarfoss Waterfall
Volcano hiking and puffin visits, Vestmannaeyjar
Black Sand Beach, Vik 
Ice cave in Langjökull and Hraunfossar 
Lava caving and Snorkeling Silfra with Artic Adventures
Horseback riding
Golfing on Heimaey

Photo Cred: Kristina Alvarez


National Museum of Iceland
Settlement Exhibition
The Icelandic Phallological Museum

All that is left to do is to book your trip with Under30Experiences and plan on staying a few extra days!

PS: Not sure what to pack? Check out our expert guide to packing for Iceland.

Jennifer DeSimone
Jennifer's passion is to spport people living their most radiant lives. As the Chief Communuity Manager for U30X and a lifestyle coach, Jennifer is able to support her nomadic lifestyle. In her spare time she loves cooking vegan food, practicing yoga, and reading fiction.

Edited by:  Miles Demars-Rote