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How to Plan a Trip to Iceland: Frequently Asked Questions

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The Blue Lagoon, geothermal spa, in Iceland

The Blue Lagoon in Iceland

The wondrous nature in Iceland will dazzle you with legendary geysers, dramatic waterfalls, and glaciers that embody the power of the natural world. Whether you are interested in Viking sagas or the distinctive cuisine, the myths of the coastline or the dancing Northern Lights, Iceland turns nature’s grandeur into a personal experience.

Open now to American travelers, entry requirements are to provide a proof of vaccination or evidence of prior infection and a negative Covid-19 test. Unvaccinated travelers must present a negative Covid-19 test, undergo one test upon arrival, isolate for five days, and then test once more.

From the rumbling volcanoes to the Midnight Sun, the mist of the Blue Lagoon, and the glistening fjords, the following information can help you plan your perfect Iceland trip.

Can I travel to Iceland this year?

Last reviewed: September 15, 2021

Iceland is open to American travelers. Iceland allows travelers with proof of complete vaccination or evidence of prior infection to enter the country with a negative PCR or antigen test that is no more than 72 hours old before departure to Iceland. Arrivals will undergo one test for Covid-19 upon arrival and may proceed to accommodations to await the negative result.

Unvaccinated travelers are required to present negative PCR test results no more than 72 hours old and undergo double PCR screening with a five-day quarantine in between.

Children born in 2005 or later will continue to be exempted from all border measures. We recommend that any interested travelers connect with a Zicasso Iceland travel specialist for further information on entry requirements and trip planning advice due to incredible demand.

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When should I book my trip to Iceland?

When to book your Iceland trip depends on when you wish to travel. The best accommodations and guides in Iceland may have limited supply due to increased demand for new trips in 2021 and 2022 compounded by postponed trips from 2020.

We usually recommend travelers book six to nine months ahead when traveling during peak season in Iceland. With the possibility of limited availability for guides, tours and accommodations in 2021 and 2022, we now suggest booking 10 to 12 months in advance. Planning ahead will secure the kind of trip you prefer on your timeline, from witnessing the Midnight Sun to searching for the Northern Lights.

Last-minute travel is also possible and your Zicasso travel specialist can help you put together an exceptional vacation experience.

How can a travel specialist help me plan my trip?

You can book your Iceland trip with Zicasso for travel in 2021 and 2022. Any travel to a new destination inspires plenty of questions, but the uncertainty surrounding traveling between countries after Covid-19 may demonstrate how travel has changed and new details we must consider.

“Is the Blue Lagoon open?” “How will I travel the Golden Circle?” “Will I be able to go whale watching?” “How will I travel between Reykjavik and Akureyri?” “Are the ice caves open?” “Do I need a negative Covid-19 test before returning home; if so, how can I get one?” Your travel specialist can answer these questions and more before you book your trip. Your travel expert can also help handle any type of emergency that may arise during your trip — from a missed tour to an accommodation change.

If you would like to plan a trip to Iceland you can fill out Zicasso’s Trip Request Form to speak with an Iceland travel specialist.

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What should I do on my trip to Iceland?

With the advice of our Iceland travel specialists, we have created a list of our favorite highlights. Below is a taste of the must-see destinations, along with several things to do while traveling through Iceland.

Reykjavik | Golden Circle & Southern Coast | Vatnajokull National Park | Akureyri | Eastern Fjords | Western Fjords | Snaefellsnes Peninsula

  • Revel in the enormous Hnausapollur crater that hides behind the colorful slopes of Landannalaugar
  • Relax in the soothing waters of the geothermal hot pool after exploring the surrounding lava fields and foothills
  • Explore the Thingvellir National Park, which represents the point from which North America and Europe tore away from each other
  • Experience the diversity of an icy surface by trekking Vatnajokull’s glacial tongue
  • Discover shimmering crystals and marvelous blue hues when wandering inside the natural ice cave networks beneath the glacial surface of Vatnajokull

Related: Top 7 Must-See Places in Iceland | Top 7 Things to Do in Iceland

What is the best time to visit Iceland?

The best time to visit Iceland is between July and August and between February and March to see the Northern Lights.

Iceland is truly a year-round destination, with each season offering unique experiences and opportunities. The scenery is often black and white because of lava fields and glaciers, but can shift to fluorescent moss green and ice blue.

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Is Iceland safe for travel?

Iceland is very safe for travelers and is often defined as a crime-free country. When traveling with a knowledgeable guide who understands the land, weather and roads, you can indulge in the surrounding beauty and culture of the island. The most important safety rule when traveling in Iceland is to respect nature.

When on a self-drive tour, winter can be difficult for those who are not familiar with the roads or weather. The conditions can be precarious in winter, even for those who understand the weather and the possibilities of high winds or icy roads. Weather conditions are the biggest concern when in Iceland because of how they can impact driving conditions, such as on gravel roads, which are common around the island.

Which airports should I be looking at?

The best airport to fly in and out of when visiting Iceland is Keflavik International Airport (KEF), which is approximately 31 miles southwest of Reykjavik. Iceland has upwards of 464 authorized domestic airports, but the only international airport is Keflavik Airport.

Can Zicasso help me with flights?

Zicasso Flights is an international air ticketing service that eliminates the stress of finding and booking the right flights for your upcoming vacation. By employing the same personalized service you can expect from planning a trip with Zicasso, our competitive flight pricing, 24x7 service and support, and complimentary consultation of routing versus pricing with an expert flight specialist make finding the perfect flight for your trip effortless.

Does Zicasso assist with travel insurance?

You’ve booked your dream vacation, now protect it with travel insurance. A wide range of factors can leave your vacation in limbo. Medical emergencies, inclement weather and unexpected cancellations can cause turmoil for your trip, so in the unlikely event of a disaster, get the travel insurance coverage that provides peace of mind. To get a quote, visit our travel insurance page.

Want to Plan your Iceland Trip?

Iceland embraces the point at which wonder meets legend, with nature revealing its timeless power. From fjords to geysers, hot springs to glaciers, Iceland can immerse you in an endless vision of unspoiled landscape or introduce you to millennia of heritage in the cities or towns. Iceland Tours & Vacations has sample itineraries to inspire your next trip. Zicasso’s Iceland Travel Guide has plenty of helpful tips and information for helping you plan your perfect trip. Speak with an Iceland travel specialist by filling out a Trip Request or by calling our team at 1-888-265-9707.

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