Iceland is a nature lovers dream! It's full of waterfalls, volcanos, and giant glaciers. In the summer, you can experience the unique midnight sun. In the winter, you can spend your nights chasing the northern lights dancing in the sky.
What to Expect
Official language: Icelandic; most Icelanders speak very good English.
Currency: Icelandic Krona (ISK)
Safety: Iceland is one of the safest countries in the world, but the weather can be the biggest threat. Depending on where you are traveling on the island, keep in mind the weather conditions.
Iceland is the third most expensive country in the world. Reykjavik is one of the more expensive Nordic capitals. This should not deter you from visiting, there are ways to travel Iceland much cheaper. Though if you are looking to live in luxury, make sure you have quite a bit of money to do so.
Icelandair offers very affordable flights from select US cities. When I went, we flew out of Detroit for only 210 USD roundtrip. You can also add Iceland as a stopover to save money on your way to mainland Europe. This will allow you to spend 1-2 days there without buying an additional plane ticket.
Best Time to Visit
Although summer does offer the midnight sun, it is the busiest and most expensive time to visit. If you are looking to avoid groups of tourist and high prices, travel in late winter or early spring. This will also give you an opportunity to spot the northern lights!
Where to Stay
Reykjavik, Iceland's bustling capital, is a perfect place to start your trip. Hostels cost around 30 USD for a bed in a dorm style room. A private room in an airbnb costs about 60 USD. But there is so much more to Iceland than just it's capital city. Renting a camper van is a great way to see what the island has to offer. Iceland's cities outside of Reykjavik are much smaller, so a camper van doubles as transportation and a hotel. It is a great way to save money and travel at your own pace.