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Iceland Guy Approved.Many of the links on this page are "Iceland Guy Approved", which means I have used / experienced the product, service, location, web site, activity, store, etc. listed and I recommend you consider as well when planning your trip to Iceland. All "Iceland Guy Approved" links are presented in RED.*Iceland Guy Approved.
1. Travel:
  • Air Iceland - For flights around Iceland, day trips, and excursions to Greenland and the Faroe Islands
  • FlyBus - provides airport transfer between Keflavik Airport and downtown Reykjavik (~ 30 minutes) for approximately $25. Also offers stopover at Blue Lagoon prior to returning from Iceland.
  • Guide to Iceland - Comprehensive trip planning web site.
  • Highlander Adventures - The best in the business for guided trips around Iceland.
  • Iceland Naturally - Recent news and events throughout Iceland.
  • Icelandair - Now with 16 North American gateway airports.
  • Lonely Planet - Iceland - Lonely Planet is my trusted source for Iceland and all other places I go.
  • Road.is - English language website with up-to-date road conditions around Iceland.
  • Sixt Car Rental -- Affordable and reliable option with both airport and city locations.
  • Stride Travel - Website where you can research and compare guided tour offerings of Iceland.
  • Viator - Hop On, Hop Off Bus - Comprehensive site on visiting the country.
  • Visit Iceland - Comprehensive site on visiting the country.
  • Visit Reykjavik - Tips on visiting the capital.
  • WOW Airlines - New budget airline offering service starting June 2015 from Boston or Baltimore to Iceland and beyond.


2. North Iceland Links:

  • Visit Skagafjordur - The Skagafjordur area has it all, best rafting, horseback riding, and birding in Iceland, as well as nature, history, swimming and much more.
  • Visit Akureyri - Akureyri is "the capital of the North" and this web site leads you to all the activities throughout the area.
  • Visit Myvatn - A visit to the North is not complete without travelling to the other-worldly Lake Myvatn and its nearby attractions -- Dettifoss waterfall, Asbyrgi canyon, Husavik (whale watching), Myvatn nature baths.
  • Myvatn Nature Baths - This is the "Blue Lagoon of the North" located on a high ridge overlooking Lake Myvatn.
  • Hotel Reynihlid - Excellent hotel with comfortable rooms and great breakfast buffet located on the shore of Lake Myvatn.
  • Hotel Varmahlid - Affordable, full service hotel strategically located at the gateway to the Skagafjordur region.
  • Guesthouse Egilsstadir - Beautifully renovated guesthouse originally constructed in 1903 on the shores of Lake Logurinn. Excellent on-site restaurant and fantastic breakfast buffet.


3. South Iceland Links:

  • Secret Lagoon (Gamla Laugin, Fluðir) - Oldest natural hot spring in Iceland opened in 2014 to the general public.
  • Icelandair Hotel Klaustur - Located in the small village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur near Skaftafell National Park, the Laki volcano and the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon, is a modern, full-service hotel, with friendly and knowledgeable staff.
  • Skaftafell National Park - Second largest national park that includes great hiking, camping and access to nearby glaciers.
  • Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon - 30 minutes east of Skaftafell is this other-worldly sea of floating icebergs.
  • Systrakaffi - Excellent café option in the small village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur.


4. Reykjavik Accommodations:

  • Reykjavik City Hostel - Excellent, affordable accommodations adjacent to Laugardalslaug swimming pool, World Class Iceland gym, bike rentals, and large nature park.
  • Icelandair Hotels
  • Hilton Reykjavik Nordica - My favorite hotel in Reykjavik. Request an even-numbered room for a beautiful view of sea and mountains.
  • Stay Group Apartments - Downtown, convenient apartments in 5 separate locations, some with off-street parking.
  • Bungalo.com - Find summer houses for rent in all regions of the country.
  • Airbnb - Enough said...


5. News / Info / Events / Books:


6. Icelandic Music Sites:


7. Food / Clothing / Products:

8. Money:


9. Forecasts:

  • Weather - never know what you are going to get!
  • Northern Lights - Best chances to see the Aurora Borealis is when it is cold, clear and away from the city lights. White areas on map show possible locations on a daily basis.


10. Videos / Photos of Iceland:


11. Activities:

Craft Breweries:

  • Steðja Brewery - located in Reykholt (Borgarfjordur) about one hour from Reykjavik
  • Ölvisholt Brugghús - located in Selfoss (South Iceland) within 45 minutes of Reykjavik.
  • Borg - Division of Olgerdin Brewery located in Reykjavik. Brewery tours are available on TH / F / SAT.
  • North Iceland craft brewers - Consider making the trip up North and visiting all of these breweries which are in close proximity to one another:
  • Bruggsmiðjan - Oldest microbrewery in Iceland, founded in 2006, located in Dalvik (Skagafjordur).
  • Einstök Ölgerd - located in Akueyri. Their craft brews are available at selected locations in the US.
  • Gæðingur - located in Saudarkrokur (Skagafjordur). I like their Pale Ale!
  • Segull 67 - located in Siglufjordur (Skagafjordur).

Cycling

Fitness

  • World Class Iceland - Chain of fitness centers in the capital region with the largest next to Laugardalslaug swimming complex.

Handball

Smallest country in the world to earn a team medal at the Olympics - Silver Medalist, Men's Handball, Beijing 2008. Iceland didn't win the Gold in London but watch out for Rio 2016!

Hiking

Horseback Riding

Soccer / Football:

Smallest country in Europe to ever qualify for the men's Euro 2016 tournament in France, taking the continent by storm.

Swimming / Hot Springs

  • Blue Lagoon - Geothermal pool with skin-healing powers only 20 minutes from the Keflavik airport. Minimum adult entry fee is either 40 or 50 Euros depending on season. Pre-booking is now required!
  • Swimming In Iceland - general info site for swimming pools around Iceland
  • Laugardalslaug - My favorite pool / hot pot in Reykjavik and one of the largest in the country; adjacent to World Class Iceland gym and a large nature park.
  • Sundhöllin - Downtown swimming pool with rooftop hot pots overlooking the city center.
  • "Iceland Swimming Tips," Iceland Review, 11/28/2012
  • Avoiding Awkward Hot Tub Moments (Iceland Academy)

White Water Rafting

Other:

  • Via Ferrata - (Cliff Face climbing course), only one located in Iceland - Isafjordur (WestFjords).


12. Festivals:
These all take place in Reykjavik unless noted.

*The Iceland Guy offers these links to you based on my personal experiences with travel to Iceland and with my personal knowledge of Icelandic goods and services. If you have any questions or doubts about any of these links or recommendations, I encourage you to check with other resources, on-line or otherwise, that can provide you with additional background and feedback on these companies, products and services. The Iceland Guy will not be held responsible for any negative consequences that occur as a result of you doing business with the organizations linked from this web site.

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