Iceland

Iceland is a Nordic island country in the North Atlantics. The mainland of Iceland is just a few degrees south of the Arctic Circle. I visited Iceland in February 2019, the temperature was all above zero degree with beautiful sunshine during my visit. This beautiful country really surprised me that it was much warmer than Canada. The Iceland Tourism Office's advertisement is "Do you know Iceland's Winter is warmer than New York City?" I love the beautiful magnificent land, waterfalls and beautiful mountain and coastal line. Come to explore Iceland next time!


Must Do

1. See the Northern Lights (The Northern Lights Season from late August to mid-April) in Iceland. 

2. Join the Bus Tour Operator - Gray Line (lowest price in Iceland) for a day tour to  explore beautiful Iceland. 

3. Buy airport shuttle ticket from Gray Line (lowest price in Iceland).

4. Drive within the speed limit (runs from 30 to 90 km/hour) in Iceland. 

5. To save money, do your shopping at the Bonus, Kronan or Netto chain stores. 

6. Exchange your leftover Kronas before you leave Iceland. The Icelandic Krona is a tiny currency which is almost never accepted by banks outside of Iceland. 

7. Book Airbnb from the link below will save you $62 CAD/$43 USD/41 instantly for your first stay anywhere around the world

https://www.airbnb.ca/c/weic3807?currency=CAD

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Avoid

1. Avoid buying bottled water in stores. The tap water in Iceland is among the purest in the world. 

2. Avoid buying food at Reykjavik airport where is extremely expensive. 

3. Don't worry about tipping your server. In Iceland, tipping the person who brings you food and drink is not required or even encouraged. The price of meals and services accounts for the staff's wages, so they have no expectation at all that you will leave them a tip. 

4. Don't drive off-road. Off-road driving is taken very seriously in Iceland, and if you are caught you could be fined up to $2,000 in addition to being required to fix the damage you caused. 

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Trip Highlights (2019)

Seattle to Reykjavik by Iceland (7.5 hour flight no complimentary meals)

Roads and Mountains in Iceland

Roads and Mountains in Iceland

I really surprised to see the light green grass in February

Skogafoss Waterfall is on the Skoga River in the south of Iceland 

My son enjoyed the outdoors of Iceland (Skogafoss waterfall area)

My son walking on the Black Sand Beach (Vik, Iceland)

Black Sand Beach with beautiful rocks in the sea

Small Volcano Cave with Black Sand 

Rocks at the Sea Shore

Solheimajokull Glacier

Seljalandsfoss with Rainbow 

Hallgrimskirkja is a Lutheran parish church in Reykjavik. At 74.5 meters high, it is the largest church in Iceland among the tallest structures in the country. 

Hallgrimskirkja in Reykjevik

We had a nice walk in Reykjevik. This capital city is so beautiful, warm and sunny in February. My hometown in Canada is -24 degrees at that time. 

The Icelandic Opera in Reykjevik

Inside The Icelandic Opera in Reykjevik

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