Here is the perfect plan for your next trip to Iceland:
The best time to visit Iceland: March or early June. March, because daylight has returned, and you are alone outside the capital region. Early June, because of the midnight sun.
Best place to see the midnight sun: Langanes peninsula northeast Iceland.
Best place to ski in March: Siglufjörður, north Iceland.
Best swimming pool: Not far from Siglufjörður, in the village of Hofsós in Skagafjörður. It’s perfect all year round.
The worst time to visit: Must be July or early August; there are way too many tourists here at that time of year.
Best place to see the northern lights: Jökulsárlón, glacier lagoon, near Höfn in Hornafjörður.
Best hotel outside the capital: Hotel Rangá, 100 kilometers/60 miles east of Reykjavík.
Most scenic road: Road No. 60 and 63 from the town of Bíldudalur to the waterfall Dynjandi in the West Fjords.
The most beautiful church: Núpsstaður, near Kirkjubæjarklaustur.
Most scenic walk: The 30-kilometer/18-miles walk from Dettifoss waterfall to Ásbyrgi, northeast Iceland.
Most authentic Icelandic food: Múlakaffi restaurant in Reykjavík.
Best place to whale watch: Skjálfandi bay off Húsavík in northeast Iceland.
The perfect day trip from Reykjavík: to Snæfellsnes peninsula in the west.
The perfect two-day trip from Reykjavík: To Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon in the south and back.
The most underrated region in the Republic: The West Fjords.
The most overrated trip: The Golden Circle tour.
The best place to take horse riding tours: The area close to lake Hóp in Húnavatnssýsla county, northwest Iceland.
The best place to spot seals: Vatnsnes peninsula, close to Hvammstangi, northwest Iceland.
The most exclusive place to visit in Iceland: the UNESCO World Heritage Site Surtsey, a young volcanic island off south Iceland preserved as a living laboratory which only scientists are allowed to access.
The best place to pick wild blueberries: Svarfaðadalur valley in the Eyjafjörður region.
The most striking beach in Iceland: By Lónkot in Skagafjörður.
If you want to be alone: Go to the beautiful and rugged Flateyjardalur valley near Húsavík in northeast Iceland, which is only accessible for four-wheel drive vehicles.
If you want to be part of crowd: Go to the ever popular Landmannalaugar geothermal area in the south-central highlands.
The best natural hot spring for bathing: Strútslaug pool, north of Mýrdalsjökull glacier.
The village with the most beautiful surroundings: Vík in Mýrdalur, south Iceland.
The best place to see the Arctic tern: Rif on Snæfellsnes peninsula.
The best place to see puffins: Papey island, southeast Iceland.
Most special campground: Raufarhöfn in Melrakkaslétta, northeast Iceland.
The best place to see reindeer: By Mt. Snæfell in east Iceland.
The most beautiful town: Seyðisfjörður in the East Fjords.
The most extreme road for normal vehicles: Road No. 917 across Hellisheiði between Egilsstaðir and Vopnafjörður in east Iceland.
Páll Stefánsson – [email protected]