Even though winter average temperatures are similar to Toronto, Boston and New York, Iceland seems to be the destination of choice for many this year. It seems more people are realizing the convenience of this pristine, natural gem - travel time from Europe to Iceland is a mere 3 to 4 hours and from North America it's only 5 to 6 hours. The thriving economy, ample outdoor tourism industry and rich cultural history have made Iceland a popular destination in 2015.
The Iceland Traveler Bucket List
Beyond the many museums and shops which lure people to the capital city of Reykjavik, savvy travelers know that the must-visit attractions lie beyond the city limits. Thermal baths, glaciers, volcanos, waterfalls and more await those who venture into rural Iceland, but perhaps the best experience of all is an evening drive which allows you to enjoy the best show in town: the northern lights.
You can visit all these in two ways: by renting your own car - an option which allows you to experience Iceland at your own pace and on your own terms - or you can hire a local tour provider (or, for the ultimate Iceland travel experience do both!). Since the tourist industry is booming in Iceland there are many touring companies to choose from. Large and small all offer customized packages sure to enhance your visit. One popular choice is www.igtours.is - a smaller outfit which offers professional, personal service that is outstanding.
If you have limited time on the island, the four most important tours you mustn't miss are:
1. The Golden Circle Tour: during this tour you will see the beautiful Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir.
2. The South Coast Tour: you will learn about volcanoes, see the Skogafoss waterfalls and take a trip to a black sandy beach.
3. The Northern Lights by Super Jeep: weather permitting you will be driven 50 km outside of Reykjavik in search of the northern lights.
4. A Trip to the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Baths: the perfect stop on the way back to the airport. The Blue Lagoon lies between Reykjavik and the airport and many visitors stop there on their way out of town to relax one more time before getting on a plane to their next destination.
These tours are a great way to enhance a driving tour of Iceland, allowing Americans the chance to make the most of their time and experience the beauty of Iceland, learning a lot about its people, history and geography.
Local Facts and Iceland Travel Tips:
- * Icelanders are very friendly and most of them speak English - a fact which makes this a popular choice for those who don't speak more than one language.
- * Iceland is a playground for people who want to be outdoors, but it's important to remember that the weather can change three times in one hour. It can go from sunny, to light rain and quickly change to snow. We recommend that you review our packing list so that you're sure to be prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws at you.
- * Iceland is a volcanic island with almost no trees. This means that it can get very windy. Be sure to bring a comfortable windbreaker.
- * No tipping needed - prices in Icelandic restaurants include gratuity so you don't have to leave a tip!
- * Most touring companies accept payment in cash, debit and credit cards, allowing you to be flexible while touring Iceland.
- * VAT in Iceland is 25.5% or 7% on special goods. The minimum amount spent on a single receipt in order to be eligible for tax-free shopping is ISK 4.000.You can get your VAT refund at the airport, all you need is your receipts and a proof of residence outside of Iceland.
Prepare Yourself for the Adventure of a Lifetime!
With all of the perks and alluring possibilities on this island nation, a trip to Iceland can truly afford a unique holiday experience. When planning your next vacation remember that getting there and getting around can be cheaper than you think when you book a guaranteed low rate in just a few clicks or a phone call with Auto Europe! Browse our rates online or call us anytime, 24/7 and toll-free at 1-888-223-555. Auto Europe has been serving clients in the travel transportation industry for over 60 years and we'd love to put our experience to work for you on your next adventure abroad.