Iceland

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Iceland is a dreamy country, with its glaciers, fjords and volcanoes. This mixture of landscapes, each more extraordinary than the next, is astonishing.

The main road circles the island and it is therefore on the coasts that the vast majority of cities are located. As a result, the centre is rarely visited, mainly because of the difficult access but also because of the harsh climate.

West Coast

The west of the island is the Reykjavik region and the southern peninsula.

Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, is a city worth a visit with its small size but its metropolitan atmosphere. Between its colourful houses typical of the Nordic countries and its view of the snow-covered mountains, it gives an excellent insight into the country.

The famous Blue Lagoon, the geothermal natural spa, is located south of Reykjavik on the southern peninsula. It is possible to swim in its warm waters (on average 39°C) surrounded by volcanic rock fields.

In the Western Region, you can also venture into the Snaefellsness Peninsula. At the end of it is the Snæfellsjökull volcano, which is topped by a glacier. You can also see black sandy beaches like Djúpalónssandur.

Icelandic fjords

Icelandic Fjords are located in two completely opposite regions: the Western Fjords region and the Eastern Fjords region.

In the western part, there are many small fishing villages to visit. The largest is Isafjordur and the most picturesque Vigur. You can also go to Sudureyri or Flateyri which offer magnificent landscapes, with a breathtaking view of their respective fjords, parallel with each other.

Then, for natural landscapes, it is also to the west that we find the famous Dynjandi waterfall. Exceptional in both size and shape, it is in fact a succession of microwatefalls. There are also many hot springs, those of the Mjóifjörður fjord are kept secret, you will need a local guide to get there.

The Eastern Fjords are a few visited region of Iceland, out of the classic tours. However, it is here that the glacial lake of Jökulsárlón is located, where some brave people dare to swim.

Seyðisfjörður is a small town worth a visit, not only for its route going down into the fjord, but also for its colourful typical houses where contact with the local inhabitants is easy.

South Iceland

South Iceland is one of the most accessible and therefore one of the most visited regions, but it is mainly because of the large number of places and activities that travellers come to discover the region.

The island’s most impressive and famous volcanoes can be found in this region, such as the Eyjafjallajökull (whose eruption paralysed Europe in 2010) or the Katla which is in a glacier. The Geyser site is also located in this region, where you can discover the most active geyser in the world.

It is also in the South, on the beach of Solheimasandur, that the carcass of the American army aircraft is located. Finally, the city of Vik is known for its spectacular surrounding cliffs and black sandy beaches.

North Iceland

It is in the north of Iceland that you can see the great plains, Icelandic wild horses or even some geothermal sites.

In the east, you can discover natural wonders such as the volcanic lake of Mývatn or the most powerful waterfalls in Europe: Dettifoss Falls.

On the other side, in the North-West region, you can go to the Vatnsnes peninsula where many Icelandic horses live.

For a trip to the end of the world, you have to go to the island of Grímsey. Indeed, it is the northernmost inhabited part of Iceland, and is crossed by the Arctic Circle.

Iceland is one of the most expensive countries in the world. Moreover with the strong increase of its tourist attractiveness the prices have known a rather important boom these last years. The prices continue to evolve quite strongly in the country. It is therefore particularly important to prepare your budget before your departure.

On average, you should count on daily expenses of 230€. Budgets can range from 70€ to more than 400€ per day.

Fortunately, one of the main assets of Iceland is its natural sites where it is possible to enjoy the show for free. You can manage to reduce your expenses by going to less touristy towns, camping and visiting natural sites.

Flights from France cost on average between 280€ and 500€ depending on your city of departure.

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Backpack

Daily expenses for meals with a small budget25€
Daily expenses for accommodation with a small budget30€
Daily expenses for transportation with a small budget15€
Daily expenses for activities with a small budget0€
Average budget

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Daily expenses for meals with an average budget50€
Daily expenses for accommodation with an average budget140€
Daily expenses for transportation with an average budget25€
Daily expenses for activities with an average budget15€
High budget

Luxurious

Daily expenses for meals with a big budget80€
Daily expenses for accommodation with a big budget250€
Daily expenses for transportation with a big budget40€
Daily expenses for activities with a big budget30€
Average cost of flights Paris-Reykjavík  Paris – Reykjavík280€

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Iceland is not a destination for lovers of idleness on the beaches under the great heat. Although the summer period (June to August) offers higher temperatures, rain and wind are quite present.

It is therefore preferable to visit this country from June to September, especially because some areas are closed during winter, due to dangerousness because of the large amount of snow.

However, to observe the Northern Lights, the ideal season is between September and March.

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