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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$ 110
Experience
Snorkel Between Continents In Silfra | Free Photos
Andri:This is a once in a lifetime thing!
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$ 323
Experience
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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$ 161
Experience
Blue Lagoon and Reykjavík Day Tour | Entry Included
Andri:Blue Lagoon entry included! This is a great combo tour.
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$ 235
Experience
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
Experience
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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$ 140
Experience
Into the Glacier Classic Tour | Meet on Location
Andri:Very unique experience in Iceland.
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$ 220
Experience
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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$ 75
Experience
Sólheimajökull Glacier Hike
Andri:I love this experience, check it out!
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$ 92
Experience
Whale Watching Reykjavik
Andri:Highly recommend this company, Special Tours, if you are looking to book a whale watching trip 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. Whitewater Action (East)
  14. Grand Golden Circle Tour
  15. The Heritage Horse Riding Tour
  16. South Coast Classic: Guided in 10 languages
  17. Whale Watching Reykjavik
  18. Northern Lights Hunting Minibus Tour from Reykjavik

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