Planning Where to Stay in Iceland

Magazine Planning Where to Stay in Iceland

Trying to determine the most famous, the best, or the most popular of anything is little more than an exercise in subjectivity, and futile at best because someone will always disagree with what makes the list. Trying to supply such a list about Iceland is harder still. Is the sheer, raw power of Dettifoss waterfall more famous, better, or more popular than the double decks of Gullfoss waterfall? Ask a hundred people and you won’t get a definitive answer.

But creating a list of places you want to see and things you want to do in Iceland may not be as hard or as subjective as a top ten list. No matter where you go, the landscape of Iceland will surprise you, amaze you, and take away your breath. Getting the most out of Iceland might be as easy as answering questions about yourself.

Obviously, when traveling to Iceland, you’ll want to see the things that make the island country what it is: a land of paradox, where fire blends with ice, filled with volcanos, glaciers, thundering waterfalls, roaring rivers, and pristine lakes. Iceland wouldn’t be Iceland without its puffins, whales, reindeer, and horses.

For starters, decide if you prefer to stay in or near more populated areas, or whether you’d find more comfort getting away from it all. If you want to be around “civilization,” you could plan to stay in Reykjavik, the capitol of Iceland, no more than a few hours from all the things that make Iceland spectacular. You have easy access to the Golden Circle, a marvelous tour to Strokkur geyser, Gullfoss waterfall, and Þingvellir National Park. Also from Reykjavik, you can get to Skaftafell National Park to walk on a glacier, stand at the foot of a volcano, and marvel at Hvannadalshnjúkur, Iceland’s tallest mountain. While staying in Reykjavik, you can choose from two Icelandair Hotels locations: Icelandair Hotel Reykvavik Natura and Icelandair Hotel Reykvavik Marina. From either of these locations you can discover the food, nightlife, and museums of the city.

If you would like to stay near a populated area, but would prefer to get off the beaten path, you would enjoy Akureyri, Iceland’s largest town beyond Rekyavik. Akureyri is the gateway to north Iceland, with easy access to Kjarnaskógar forest (one of Iceland’s few spots with lots of trees), and just a bit farther to Dettifoss and the surrealistic landscape of Jökulsárgljúfur National Park. All of these natural wonders are easily reached from the Icelandair Hotel Akureyri.

Knowing what you like to do and what you’d like to discover, and knowing how you’d like to discover it gives you a head start in planning an Iceland trip, and sets you one step ahead of any pitfalls that might occur without prior planning. Once you decide, booking reservations at an Icelandair Hotel is just a click away.

And if you really do want to see our top ten list of the places you don’t want to miss while visiting Iceland, we’ve got one (CLICK HERE).

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