Wanderguide for Iceland

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Andri Kristinsson

My Guide to Iceland 🇮🇸

This is my curated list of travel recommendations for Iceland :) I am born and raised in Iceland, an entrepreneur, foodie, outdoor enthusiast and a father... and the founder of Travelade. I lived in the US for six years where I started sharing tips with friends visiting my beautiful home country.

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🚣 Best Experiences

Here is a list of my favorite guided tours and experiences. Some of these are truly a once-in-a-lifetime experiences! I recommend booking all of these well in advance as they often get fully booked.

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$ 117
Snorkel Between Continents In Silfra | Free Photos
Andri:This is a once in a lifetime thing!
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$ 322
Inside the Volcano Tour | Free Pickup from Reykjavik
Andri:On the expensive side, but if it fits your budget I highly recommend this experience. Tried this myself a couple of years ago and it is a once-in-a-lifetime tour
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$ 160
Blue Lagoon and Reykjavík Day Tour | Entry Included
Andri:Blue Lagoon entry included! This is a great combo tour.
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$ 234
Midgard Surprise: The Ultimate Super Jeep Adventure
Andri:These local guys from South Iceland run an awesome company, super fun, knowledgable and simply the best I have tried if you are looking for a super jeep tour in South Iceland
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$ 77
Glacier Lagoon Zodiac Tour
Andri:Just do it! You will regret not seeing the lagoon up close and personal in a zodiac. Have done this several times and enjoy it every time!
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$ 143
Into the Glacier Classic Tour | Meet on Location
Andri:Very unique experience in Iceland.
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$ 219
Blue Ice Cave Adventure
Andri:This experience is probably the best glacier ice cave tour I have every tried!
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🍇 Eat & Drink Iceland

As you probably know, I am a big foodie and love to try out new places to eat and drink. Here is a collection of my favorite local spots in Iceland!

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The Best Places for Lunch in Reykjavik
Andri:My friend Nína wrote this great article. I highly recommend Ostabúðin for lunch if you want to get fresh fish at a great price
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My Top 10 Restaurants in Reykjavik vs TripAdvisor's Top 10
Andri:Here is an article I wrote with my top 10 restaurants in Reykjavik!
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Grandi Mathöll
Andri:Love this place, basically an indoor food truck hall - check it out while you are visiting. Here is some more...
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Bakeries of Reykjavík: the Early Bird's Delight
Andri:Great place to start your day in Reykjavik.
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4 Reykjavik Restaurants Locals Love
Andri:Great places!
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Kol Restaurant
Andri:creat coctails and dinner!
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Hlemmur Mathöll
Andri:Awesome place for lunch - check this one out!

🏂 Outdoor Adventures

Here I have curated a few awesome outdoor experiences with local tour operators that I have personally tried and loved.

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$ 73
Sólheimajökull Glacier Hike
Andri:I love this experience, check it out!
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$ 81
Whale Watching Reykjavik
Andri:Highly recommend this company, Special Tours, if you are looking to book a whale watching trip in Iceland
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$ 76
Golden Circle & The Secret Lagoon
Andri:This is a very popular tour in Iceland

♨️ Hot Springs

I highly recommend my friends to explore both the local swimming pools in Iceland as well as venturing out into the nature to search for a fully natural hot springs - some of which are easy to find while others are remote and hidden.

✈️ Airport Transfer & Rental Cars

Let's start with the basics. Depending on if you are optimizing for budget, convenience and speed, here is how I travel to and from KEF international airport to Reykjavik. I most often choose Airport Direct Premium as it takes me straight to my doorstep without changing shuttles at a bus terminal. I have also added a couple of great car rental companies in Iceland I have good experience with.

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Car Rental
Save on Car Rental in Iceland
Andri:Probably the best price you can get in Iceland. Solid local company I have done business with for years.

🗺️ Touristy things worth doing

While some of the most popular things to do in Iceland have become mainstream and somewhat touristy, these are things I still recommend first-time visitors to check out.

🎟️ Popular by visitors

Here are a few other popular things to do and see in Iceland which many of my friends have enjoyed.

🌌 Northern Lights

If you are visiting Iceland in winter (or late fall/early spring) you might be one of the lucky ones to spot the northern lights. I have curated a few resources to help up your changes of spotting these natural phenomena.

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  1. Snorkel Between Continents In Silfra | Free Photos
  2. Inside the Volcano Tour | Free Pickup from Reykjavik
  3. Blue Lagoon and Reykjavík Day Tour | Entry Included
  4. Glacier Lagoon Zodiac Tour
  5. Into the Glacier Classic Tour | Meet on Location
  6. Sólheimajökull Ice Climbing & Glacier Hike
  7. Blue Ice Cave Adventure
  8. Grandi Mathöll
  9. Kol Restaurant
  10. Hlemmur Mathöll
  11. Perlan Restaurant
  12. Whale Watching Reykjavik
  13. Golden Circle & The Secret Lagoon
  14. Whitewater Action (East)
  15. Grand Golden Circle Tour
  16. Whale Watching Reykjavik
  17. South Coast Classic: Guided in 10 languages
  18. The Heritage Horse Riding Tour
  19. Northern Lights Hunting Minibus Tour from Reykjavik

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