Iceland DIY Travel Guide: The Land of Ice and Fire

Iceland DIY Travel Guide: The Land of Ice and Fire @thisisiceland

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Let’s explore Iceland,  the land of ice and fire.

DIY Guide to Iceland: The Land of Ice and Fire

Iceland is becoming a popular tourist destination. Located in the Northwestern part of Europe and sits in the north of the Atlantic Ocean. This country will surely make you awestruck when you see the volcanic landscape, countless waterfalls, glacier, wildlife and the colourful Reykjavik. Here is my Travel Guide to Iceland!

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Trip Highlights: 

Blue Lagoon

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Reykjavik (View from the top of Hallgrímskirkja)

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Colourful view of Reykjavik

Reykjavik Parliament House

DIY Guide to Iceland: The Land of Ice and Fire

The Presidential Residence

DIY Guide to Iceland: The Land of Ice and Fire

Höfði House

DIY Guide to Iceland: The Land of Ice and Fire

Hallgrímskirkja

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The Sun Voyager

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Harpa

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The Northern Lights

Chasing the Northern Lights

Thingvellir National Park

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Silfra Fissure

DIY Guide to Iceland: The Land of Ice and Fire

DIY Guide to Iceland: The Land of Ice and Fire

Geysir

Drive-it-yourself Golden Circle Route in Iceland

Gullfoss

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Drive-it-yourself Golden Circle Route in Iceland

Seljalandsfoss

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Skógafoss

DIY Guide to Iceland: The Land of Ice and Fire

Sólheimajökull Glacier

DIY Guide to Iceland: The Land of Ice and Fire

Icelandic Horses

DIY Guide to Iceland: The Land of Ice and Fire

Vik

DIY Guide to Iceland: The Land of Ice and Fire

Reynisfjara beach

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DIY Guide to Iceland: The Land of Ice and Fire

Visa Requirements for Tourism purposes only: 

For Non- EU passport holders, Schengen Visa is required.  If you are a PH passport holder and resident of the Philippines, you can lodge your application in  via VFS in Manila.

For US passport holders, there is no visa required. You are entitled to have a 90 days entry to Iceland for tourism purposes only.

Travel Tips:

I exchanged our Sterling Pounds to Icelandic Krona in Keflavik airport before we caught our transfer. The majority of the establishments accepts major debit and credit cards.

Gear up for an adventure!  There are loads of outdoor activities in Iceland. The best option is to gear up with your hiking boots and waterproof or winter jackets. The weather in Iceland is erratic, so ensure that you are wearing layers. Visit the Blue Lagoon Iceland when you arrive in Keflavik airport. Blue Lagoon is not far from the airport, so make the Blue Lagoon your first stop if possible. Check more Blue Lagoon Iceland details here.

Doing a self-drive trip in Iceland is an ideal way of seeing Iceland. During winter time, some roads are closed for safety reasons. The guided bus tours are also available, but always be aware of your bus timetables.

When filling up petrol in Iceland, don’t use the FILL UP option in the petrol kiosk screen. This will authorise your card for £130 (or equivalent currency) regardless the cost of your transaction. This authorization will hold your money for the next 10 days. Check more Iceland driving tips here.

Always check if you are allowed to drive in Iceland. EU and US driving licence holders are allowed to drive in Iceland. There are vehicle specifications if you wish to drive on the highlands. If you are visiting Iceland during Autumn or Winter months, you need to book your Northern lights tour on the first few days because if the lights fail to show up, the tour company will give you another free tour on the following night. Check more Northern Lights tour details here. 

Daily Budget: 

DIY Guide to Iceland: The Land of Ice and Fire

Itinerary Details:

The point of origin of this itinerary is in Bristol, UK.  If you are flying from Manila, Philippines there is no direct flight to Iceland. There are different connecting flights from Manila to most of the major European cities like Copenhagen, Oslo, Amsterdam, UK (Bristol, Manchester or London) or Paris and get another flight to Keflavik.

DAY 1

BRISTOL – REYKJAVIK

Departure time in Bristol  6:30 am      Arrival in Keflavik – 8:30 am

Our airport transfer to Blue Lagoon: 9:00 am with Bus Travel Iceland

10:00H – Visit Blue Lagoon Iceland.  — More information about our visit to Blue Lagoon Iceland here.

14:00H – Bus transfers from Blue Lagoon to Reykjavik

15:00H – Arrival in Reykjavik, Check- in

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Bus Hostel Reykjavik

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Private Room for 2

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Hostel’s Bar

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The Lounge area

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Hostel’s Kitchen

Free evening. There is free use of bicycle if you wish to go to the Reykjavik town centre.

DAY 2

10:00H – Bike tour around Reykjavik courtesy of . This highlights all the  famous and historical attractions in Reykjavik. The tour is about 2 hours long.

Free afternoon. You can roam around the high streets of the Reykjavik and visit the bell tower of Hallgrímskirkja. Visit the for a briefing for our self-drive tour around Iceland.

DIY Guide to Iceland: The Land of Ice and Fire

The Guide to Iceland office on Laugavegur Street.

DIY Guide to Iceland: The Land of Ice and Fire

The colourful view of Reykjavik

22:00H – Pick up for our. For more details about our awesome Northern Lights tour in Reykjavik, click this link. The tour will finish around midnight to 1 am.

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DAY 3

8:00H – car drop – off. Safety briefing and instructions about driving in Iceland.

8:30H – The start of our self- drive trip around the Golden Circle Route. For more details about our Golden Circle trip, please click this link. Alternatively, you can also join the bus tour to explore the Golden Circle. Here are the sample tours that you can try from

On our Golden Circle trip, we also did the Silfra Snorkelling experience in Thingvellir National Park. This is a once in a lifetime experience to be in between the 2 continental plates (American & Eurasian plates). For more information about the Snorkelling in Silfra,.

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16:00H – Back in Reykjavik. Free evening.

Day 4

8:00H – The start of our day to explore the South Iceland.

We have arranged a in Sólheimajökull Glacier. On your way to the glacier meeting point, you will pass by 2 popular waterfalls the Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. 

DIY Guide to Iceland: The Land of Ice and Fire

Mýrdalsjökull ice cap, view from Vik

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After our Glacier Hike, we went to visit Vik as well for a quick dinner and check out the Reynisfjara, volcanic black beach and the beautiful landscape.

DIY Guide to Iceland: The Land of Ice and Fire

DIY Guide to Iceland: The Land of Ice and Fire

20:00H –  Back in Reykjavik. Preparing for an early flight back to Bristol, UK.

Day 5

6:00H -Back on the road again. Head towards Keflavik airport for an early morning flight back to the UK.

Date/s of your Travel: 13th  -17th September 2015

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Comments 26

  1. The pictures are incredible and the article is so well written and insightful! I’ll definitely bookmark this and come back to it later. Iceland has been on my bucket list for so long, perhaps this year is when we go!

  2. Really a very helpful blog for the Iceland tourist. On 23rd Dec I will be there in Iceland with my husband. We will spend both Christmas and Newyear there. Our trip is booked thru an agency and their agent will guide about all the places.Definitely, we will visit all of the above places. I am very much excited for this tour.

  3. Wonderful pictures. We went to Reykjavik last month and we are planing to go back if not next year than in 2018. It was such a wonderful trip.

  4. woah and wowser. these are just so awesome pics of awsome place.I have been interested in going to Iceland after catching a glimpse in Secret Life of Walter Mitty. But this is altogether a different level

  5. Iceland is defenetly on my bucket list even more since I rode your post ! Have to keep it to get inspired for the itinerary 🙂 tks and great pictures !!!

  6. Iceland is defenetly on my bucket list even more since I rode your post ! Have to keep it to get inspired for the itinerary 🙂 tks

  7. Awesome write up, very thorough! Iceland has just exploded in popularity in the last couple of years and I totally agree, a self drive DIY trip is definitely the way to go. 🙂

  8. Iceland is on top list on my bucket list where I wish to go someday in my life. I loved your breathtaking pictures and pinned your post for my reference in future!

  9. Great photography!! The Blue Lagoon is one of my favourite attractions. My friend who lives in Iceland often shares pictures of her bathing there with bikinis and a winter beanie 🙂

  10. I had no idea there was such interesting architecture in Iceland. The first photo of the waterfall is amazing. The budget info.is really helpful.

  11. Wow! This was a really detailed and informative post about Iceland. I have never been there but now I really want to visit. Beautiful landscapes and waterfalls.

  12. Thanks for this amazing guide. We went twice in Iceland and loved it so much, it isn’t an ordinary place for sure. I made on my blog some posts about off the beaten tracks places to discover and Icelandic culture. We hope to go back very soon.

  13. So beautiful! The land is so vast! Ang sarap mamasyal!! And the rock formations and glaciers are really awesome! Thank you so much for sharing this. Now, I have a different view on Iceland. 😀

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