Ultimate Iceland Travel Guide

Jun 16

Overview

Iceland is quite literally the most incredible place on earth, in our humble opinion. We don’t typically return to the places we visit (we have a whole lot of earth to see), yet Iceland has brought us back four times now. And we aren’t stopping there, as we plan to go back every 12-18 months until we can eventually figure out how to do the impossible by relocating. How does it have the ability to continuously draw us back? A lot of things… the breathtakingly beautiful landscape, the people, the Northern Lights, the food, the horses, the adventure, and the unpredictably. Iceland has the unique ability to challenge us, no matter how well prepared we think we are. We are all about character building adventure. Even four trips in, it still has the ability to completely take our breath away. It is humbling, stunning, demanding, and powerful. The landscape is so deep and vast, that it creates an immense amount of inner peace and really puts life into perspective.

From Krissy.

“The first time I went to Iceland in 2014, it wasn’t exactly planned, so I had no idea what I was getting myself in to. I booked a last minute flight on whim to tag along with some friends who already had plans to go. My spontaneous personality ended up getting the best of me, because the day before departure, I got increasingly anxious about taking five days off from the gym. You see, at the time I was still a competetive powerlifter and the gym was everything to me, even on my travels. Iceland was the first country I ever visited that made me not even think about training. This changed me at my core and I will never forget that as it changed all future travel for me.

My next three trips to Iceland would involve Ben, thus increasing the country’s sacredness to me. Our 2016 trip was when I watched Ben fall in love with traveling and our 2019 trip was when I watched him excel at photo. Both of those trips largely set the tone and laid the groundwork for what we do now. And most importantly, in 2017, Ben proposed to me there. Iceland holds a very special place in my heart for so many reasons beyond its physical beauty.”

From Ben

“Before I met Krissy my experience with travel was pretty well limited to my time on tour with my old band. I hated it. It was always get in early, soundcheck, and then sit around and wait but don’t go far because you’re on stage in 5 hours and we’re leaving right after the show. It took everything that I ever thought would be great about traveling to foreign places and dulled the luster to the point where I was pretty convinced I had seen all I needed to and that it wasn’t for me. Then Krissy took me to South Africa. We were out doing whatever we wanted and actually exploring a place I’d never been before. The sense of wonder I had as a boy that made me want to see the world in the first place seemed to have reawakened on that trip.

Five months later in June 2017, Krissy and I went to Iceland for my first time (her second). Upon exploring Iceland a little bit, I felt a connection to the land, stronger than I’ve ever felt before. Almost a familiarity, as if I’d been there before but was still in awe of this new place, as strange as that sounds. This was the defining moment for me where traveling became not only just fun again, but part of who I am. I haven’t stopped chasing that feeling since. I feel an immense connection to this island, and even more so when a year after that first trip,  it became the place where I asked Krissy to be my wife.”

There are several very critical things to think about when planning your trip to Iceland and we hope this blog serves you well, as we are fairly certain we have covered everything you need to know about visiting the country. We will walk you through the planning process as well as the adventuring process to ensure you not only have a great time there, but that you come home in one piece!

One more very important thing to mention before we get going, is that Icelandic people are very proud, and for good reason. They take good care of their country and their land, thus they expect you to do the same. Do not venture onto private property, no matter how tempting it may be. The people are so kind and wonderful, the least we can do is respect the beauty that they are sharing with us. Here are some very important rules to live by while in Iceland: Don’t liter. Don’t trespass. Leave no trace when you hike or camp. Don’t do anything dangerous for a picture. Follow all the posted rules. Don’t drive on closed roads. And always take off your shoes.

 

When To Go

“What time of the year should I go?” is the number one question we get asked about Iceland. There is technically no bad time to visit Iceland, as both seasons are wonderful for their uniqueness. You read that right, both seasons, as in there are pretty much only two in Iceland: winter and summer. Each is extreme in it’s own respect. Another thing worth mentioning is that the weather in Iceland is extreme, however the temperatures are not. Be sure to do your own additional research beyond the info we are providing to ensure that you visit Iceland at a time that it makes sense for you to see and do the things that interest you. One very important thing to thing about well ahead of time is gear and your budget. For example, if you live in Florida, don’t own any cold weather gear, and don’t make a lot of money, going to Iceland in the winter isn’t going to be a smart move. Just something to keep in mind as you keep reading.

WINTER: OCT-APRIL

Pros: Northern Lights, ice caves, holidays, & fewer tourists

Cons: Winter weather, stressful driving conditions, & limited daylight for adventuring

There are certain Icelandic activities that one can only enjoy in the winter, believe it or not. If you are dead set on seeing the Northern Lights (which you should be in all honesty) or exploring the ice caves, you need to visit Iceland in the winter. You will not see the aurora in the summer, as it doesn’t get dark enough for long enough. You can’t see ice caves in the summer, as the glaciers are melting and moving. In addition to the unique attractions of the winter, the Icelandic people take the holiday season very seriously and if you do have the opportunity to visit Iceland in December, Christmas lasts for an entire month. On top of the Christmas celebrations, Reykjavik throws the world’s literal biggest New Year’s Eve party, putting on a firework show that will melt your face off. Lastly, winter is the low season and it blatantly obvious how fewer tourists there are everywhere in comparison to the warmer months with more daylight.

The cons to visiting Iceland in the winter are exactly what you would expect from a small rock in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Harsh, wet weather seriously limits you in Iceland for a multitude of reasons. Three of our four trips to Iceland have been in winter conditions and we have seen it all. Closed roads, closed attractions, closed gas stations, closed restaurants. The weather can literally shut shit down in Iceland. Is the weather always harsh during the entire winter? Of course not, you just have to get lucky and avoid those nasty storms. Beyond the weather, you can expect as little as three hours of daylight in December and January. Not exactly conducive to adventuring.

Summer: MAY-SEP

Pros: Nicer weather, the highlands, midnight sun, & longer daylight for adventuring

Cons: Sharing with a potential hoard of tourists & what is sleep?

If you want to hike, camp, or explore every inch of Iceland and the lights don’t interest you, a summertime visit is obviously going to be right for you. If you followed us in 2017, you likely saw us hiking in the westfjords at midnight in literal broad daylight. That was a real thing that was one hell of an experience. Visiting Iceland in the summer means you can see waterfalls at 3am in relatively tame weather with no second thought about what time it is. Lastly, the highlands are open from July-September.

If you suffer from insomnia or simply get a little a grumpy if you don’t get your solid shut eye, you might not want to come to Iceland in the summer. While Iceland’s various accommodations do their best to provide guests with blackout shades, not one of them truly blacks a room out. So bring an eye mask. In addition to being sleep deprived, be prepared to deal with a substantial amount of people being on the island. Roughly 1.8 million people visited Iceland in 2018 and they weren’t there during the winter. In fact, over half of them were there from June-August. There will be more people at the landmarks, more people on the roads, and more people booking accommodations.

Our Suggestion

Visiting on the cusp of the seasons (spring and fall) will allow you to avoid many of Iceland’s extremes as well as the summer crowds. You can still see the Northern Lights as late as mid April (we did) and as early as late September… if you’re lucky. While you still might catch some weather in these months (we have), you will be able to get some sleep, still having plenty of daylight to explore, and you just might catch those lights if you are willing to pull an all-nighter.

 

Getting There

Once you decided when you want to go, if you want this blog to benefit you, you have to get there! BOOK THAT FLIGHT. There is only one international airport in the country Iceland, and that airport is Keflavik International Airport. The airport is about 45 minutes outside of Reykjavik, which is the capital of Iceland and largest city on the island. There are a number of smaller, domestic airports within the country of Iceland, but you most likely will never need step foot in one.

Icelandair is now the only Icelandic airline, and let us speak from experience here, it is absolutely delightful on every level. We have flown with them three out of the four times we have gone to Iceland. The other time, we flew Delta. Zero complaints about Delta, it was just what was available in 2014. Moving forward, we will only be flying Icelandair. Sign up for their Saga Rewards if you plan to visit Iceland more than once or twice.

 

Getting Around & Transportation

There are pretty much two options in Iceland when it comes to transportation and getting around. There are no public buses or trains to take you places. Iceland is small, but not that small, so a taxi isn’t going to take you to that place you saw on Instagram. You need wheels, as you can expect some long hauls in the car. The farther you get from Reykjavik, the more beautiful the landscape becomes.

Tours

Sure, you might see a couple massive tour busses in Iceland, those are not the ones we are talking about. We are talking about the authentic, local adventure tours that take you to see the sites and are in no way gimmicky. Unfortunately, we can’t make specific recommendations, as we have been our own guides in Iceland and have never taken a tour. What we have noticed, is that tour options and suggestions are literally everywhere. Just don’t fall trap to the gimmicky tourist traps you see in the airport. Ask the locals.

You will have no problem finding assistance with getting set up depending on your budget, your group size, and what you want to do. The downside to this, is that you will be with other people (unless you’re big ballin’ and have THOUSANDS of dollars to shell out on private tours) and you will not be in control of exactly what it is that you want to see, do, and how long you want to see or do said things. The only thing worse than being rushed out of a place you want to explore further, is having to sit and look at something boring as shit for an hour with no way to leave.

Car Rental

This is the absolute best possible way to see Iceland, as it allows you to hit the road on adventure after adventure. Having your own car puts you in control of exactly what you want to see, when you want to see it, and how long you want to longer at any place you find interesting. Maximum flexibility is how you ensure you have a good time on your travels. Having your own vehicle the only way to ensure maximum flexibility.

Before we get to the whole driving bit, we want to stress that Iceland is not the place to try to save a buck on your vehicle rental. While it is completely safe to drive in Iceland, you will be driving on rough roads, across rough landscapes. If you plan on venturing off the Ring Road at all, rent a vehicle with four-wheel drive. Even if you are visiting Iceland in the summer, the rain can cause mud that isn’t easy to get unstuck from. If you plan on staying on the main roads for a quick trip or stopover, you can get away with a 2WD vehicle no problem.

We have always opted to support the local economy and rent through an Icelandic adventure car companies during our trips over opposed to renting from a chain. In addition to supporting the economy, this puts our safety first for a number of reasons. As you might as seen during our most recent trip, we rented a Land Rover defender from ISAK 4×4, as we knew we were going to be doing some legit off roading. Prior to using ISAK, we used Go Car Rental Iceland. We highly recommend both companies.

 

Driving in Iceland

Assuming you take our advice and rent your own car, this section is for you. Driving in Iceland is quite a bit different than what you are probably used to, so we personally feel that this is the most important section of this blog for several reasons. While your safety is important, so is the delicate environment of Iceland… we have quite a bit to cover in this section.

Pulling Over

Like we have said over and over, Iceland is incredibly beautiful. You will be tempted to take a thousand pictures every five minutes, especially during your drives. You must refrain. One very important point to make in regards to driving in Iceland, is to only pull off the road when there is a full size shoulder you can use to get your vehicle COMPLETELY out of the road.  This becomes especially dangerous when dealing with blind hills. This may seem like common sense, but it in fact is not very common among tourists visiting Iceland and has been the cause of many fatalities over the last couple years as tourism continues to grow. The easiest and most logical way to think of it, is that the Hringvegur (Ring Road) IS A ROAD and is to be treated as such. Not to mention, the one main road that circumvents the island, as well as the busiest. It is not a giant tourist attraction or a bad life choice consequence free zone, devoid of the laws of physics. Be smart.

Filling Up

If you’ve never been to Iceland, you may be surprised when you discover how little civilization there really is around the island. Reykjavik and Akureyri are the biggest cities in Iceland, with many smaller towns and fishing villages spread out around. But the real beauty of Iceland lies in the space between, and there is a ton of it. This is great for many reasons, but maybe not the most ideal for driving longer distances.  If you just keep following the Hringvegur, you’re sure to find fuel and other services, but it may take a good bit longer than you expected. We urge you to always stay one step ahead of your gas tank, as it’s probably further to the next fill up than you’re used to.

Travel Time

If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Iceland, it’s that driving often takes longer than you may expect. First off, the speed limit in Iceland on the Hringvegur maxes out at 90 kph (approx. 56 mph for all you Americans who don’t want to do a metric conversion) and that is to be respected for your own safety and those around you. The Hringvegur in many parts is rounded with a high spot in the middle, which can feel like it’s pulling you to the outside of the road. This can become particularly sketchy when driving in wind and heavy rain, or in the winter with whiteout snowstorms and aggressive sidewinds, thus forcing you to slow down. Keep this in mind while planning.

Weather

We’ve touched on Iceland’s beautifully brutal and unpredictable weather cycles, but it really deserves a section of its own. Ben was raised in Flagstaff, AZ and Krissy was raised in Reno, NV. Snow and snow driving is something of a non issue to the both of us, as we’ve been around it our whole lives. We also spent our early 20’s regularly ripping 4x4s through muddy backroads and trails, so off road driving is nothing new either. Upon experiencing our first F road, first summer storm, and then finally my first winter storm in Iceland, we realized the roads and weather here (although beautiful) are truly unlike anything we’ve experienced anywhere else. One minute you’re taking pictures of something and five minutes later, the clouds roll in with such a fury that you can barely see what you were photographing in the first place. Ten minutes after that, it looks like a whole new scene. One of our favorite popular Icelandic expressions has become: “Don’t like the weather? Just wait 5 minutes”

The snow and rain can be brutal, but the real danger of driving in Iceland are the winds. In fact Iceland is known as one of the windiest places in the world. The roads will ice over in the winter,  and even give you whiteout storms with no visibility, but that’s totally manageable. You just drive slow. What isn’t manageable, is the wind blowing sideways at 30-40 mph in conjunction with the iced roads and whiteout storms. We’re not exaggerating when we tell you that the winds have actually lifted cars off the road and pulled doors off of cars. To put the worst case scenario into perspective for you, in 2015 during a massive storm near Vik, the winds reached that of a category 4 hurricane, with gusts nearing 141 mph. Tourists–not heeding the warnings of the locals who have dealt with this weather their whole lives–decided to go out and drive in the storm, resulting in countless cars getting blown off the road. What happens in that case? Nobody comes to get you (because any reasonable person would acknowledge the danger of the winds) and you have to sit in your vehicle, terrified, probably cursing at yourself, or listening to your spouse or buddies rip into you for being an idiot.

The best advice we can give you with driving in weather, is to not get cocky. Don’t think because you drive a truck at home in a foot of snow once a year, that you are the master of Iceland’s weather systems. That kind of thinking will end you up in a ditch, with a hefty recovery fee from your car rental agency. This section is not put in place to scare anybody, but simply to state the reality of Iceland’s weather. The island is completely manageable to drive yourself, just be smart about it and know your limits. Don’t push it and when in doubt, just turn around. Check the Icelandic Road and Coastal Agency website for real time updates any time there is suspected weather, as this is going to be your most valuable tool for safely getting around Iceland safely. Lastly, ALWAYS KEEP A HAND ON YOUR CAR DOORS. Do not just let the door rest open in Iceland, as you never know when a gust will come through and take your door off. Sounds crazy, but we’re dead serious.

The Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration

F-Roads

F-Roads are Iceland’s mountain roads and require a 4×4 to drive. These are among the most challenging roads to drive in Iceland and can range anywhere from loose gravel, sheep crossings and inclines, to even looser dirt trails with rocks, potholes, and full on river crossings requiring a super jeep with a snorkel. Most of these roads are in the highlands of Iceland, although they are scattered randomly throughout the island as well. So, until we write a blog of the highlands with full F road coverage, this should be enough to familiarize you with the term.

 

Accommodations

The biggest mistake people make in Iceland is staying in one place for too long, so be open to the idea of constantly being on the move and staying in an array of various Icelandic accommodations. We suggest booking accommodations (in advanced, Iceland is popular) close to the landmarks you are dead set on seeing. This might mean not getting to be picky with lodging, especially when you get deep into Iceland. Based on the questions we get, it seems like lodging is what most struggle with when planning a trip to Iceland, as the options aren’t what you typically would see in most travel situations. Hotels are not the norm in Iceland, unlike most other places in the world. We are going to break it down for you as easy as we can. You basically have the following lodging options on the island: Airbnb/home rentals, suites, cabins, guesthouses, camping, and farmstays. Every choice is a good choice. The right choice is the once that coincides with your budget, travel style, plan, and eating preferences.

We have used Airbnb.com, Hotels.com, and Booking.com, to book all of the below mentioned options during our trips to Iceland. We have included links to specific places where we have stayed during our travels!

Hotels

Like we said, hotels are not the norm in Iceland and they are only recently popping up near the more popular landmarks. There are essentially two local hotel chains to choose from: Icelandair Hotels and Foss Hotels. We have stayed in both–strictly out of necessity–and both were wonderful. The nice thing about a hotel, is that you are guaranteed a restaurant to eat at and you get a break from eating at gas stations and bland, minimalist cooking (we will explain soon). A hotel is definitely the more expensive option when it comes to lodging, but you are getting the most luxury and style that Iceland has to offer (if you care about that sort of thing).

Honestly… a hotel isn’t the real Icelandic experience, and we are going to advise against it unless you are in Reykjavík. If you spend any time in Reykjavík, we highly suggest staying at one of the boutique hotels downtown in order to experience the heart of the city. Or if you randomly find yourself in very small fishing town of Siglufjörður (population 1200) in North Iceland, staying at Hotel Siglo is an absolute must.

Airbnb & Home Rentals

We have used Airbnb all around Iceland and never had a bad experience. If you are in a group of four or more, Airbnb rentals will give you the most bang for your buck. There are countless perks to renting a house: a full kitchen to cook in, a way to do laundry, privacy, etc. What most people forget, is that your host is local and will offer up some super-secret local spots if they aren’t already written down for you upon your arrival. Here is our favorite Airbnb rental in Akureyri.

Airbnb and other home rentals are how you stay in the crazy glass roof tiny homes you see popping up all over Instagram that give you front row seats to viewing the Northern Lights. You might have seen we recently stayed at the Panorama Glass Lodge, a tiny home with a glass bad box. The lodge is multiplying, soon to open multiple remote tiny homes around the entire island. Highly suggested if you are visiting in the winter months, as it’s quite the experience.

Guesthouses, Suites, & Cabins

The more rural and remote parts of Iceland will not have hotels or a large selection of Airbnb options; mostly just guesthouses, cabins, and the occasional suites. These options are all similar to each other, as the often mimic a studio apartment, ran by a supervisor on or off property.

You will see signs for guest houses all over the island, as it the original form of lodging before tourism blew up. A guesthouse is similar to a hostel or bed & breakfast, often ran by a family. In order to get the authentic Iceland experience, we highly recommend at least one night is a guesthouse somewhere in a remote part of Iceland, such as the Westfjords.

As you drive south east, you will see small clusters of modern, Scandinavian style tiny-cabins all over the island, placed for optimal Aurora viewing. These cabins offer half or full kitchens (equipped with the bare minimums like oil, salt, and pepper) and sleep 2-5. The property hosts are usually off site and you are sent a key code before check in. Inside, you will find a set of rules and a set of local suggestions. We have stayed in the Aurora Cabins in east Iceland and highly suggest staying there.

Lastly, suites are a basically a set of luxury studio apartments, attached in a row. Each one boasting a full-size kitchen and a little bit more room than the above mentioned options, but they are far more affordable than a hotel. When we find ourselves in South Iceland, we prefer to stay at The Black Beach Suites.

Campervans & Campgrounds

One of the most popular ways to see Iceland right now, is to rent a campervan and hit the road with no real plan. We think this is rad. During our most recent visit, it seemed like campervans were everywhere. Additionally, everywhere we went, we met people sleeping in van with no real plan, just waiting for the next adventure to fall into their lap. Iceland makes it really clear where you can and can’t camp, as there are signs everywhere. There are entire websites and maps dedicated to guiding you to the 150+ campgrounds that now are sprinkled across Iceland.

The nice thing about a van, is that your trip can be a lot more “on the fly” should you come across an unplanned adventure, as you are not married to reservations with strict cancellation policies. There have admittedly been a handful of times where we have wanted to make a trek out to something we hear about, but it being unfeasible to due to our accommodations already being made. If we were in a camper van, we could divert and change plans slightly in order to see the things you only hear about in Iceland. The other really nice thing about a van, is that you are now combing your car rental budget with your lodging budget which is a pretty large cost saving move.

Our next trip to Iceland September 2020 is going to entail an adventure through the Westfjords as well as an adventure through highlands, both of which require a camper van. We are eager to share the experience with you!

Farmstays

This is another thing that we know little to nothing about, but the experience seems like it would be one for the books. If the idea of trading labor for food and board interests you, Google can help you plan this option. Not every farmstay is labor trade, but if you are going to do it, might as well do it the old fashioned way and get your hands dirty.

 

Adventuring

Luckily for the rest of the world, Iceland has built its tourism pretty much entirely around nature. It does not cost anything to enjoy Iceland’s scenery and there are no admissions fees at the landmarks, meaning your spending can very well end at a car costs, food, and lodging. If you visit museums or take any tours, you will be spending additional money. While we are alllllll for supporting the local economy, hit the road and connect with nature. Save your money for gas and food. Here are some fun things to do in Iceland! Be sure to click through to our other Iceland blogs to help you plan your adventures!

Drive the ring road in a Land Rover Defender

Gaze late night for the Northern Lights

Get Geothermal in North Iceland’s baths and pools

Chase waterfalls and black beaches

Check out crazy structures on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Cuisine & Eating

Eating in Iceland is unlike eating anywhere else in the world, as it is an isolated rock hovering on the Arctic Circle. There isn’t much by it and not much can grow on it, so they actually have to be pretty dang resourceful when it comes to food. In addition to being resourceful, Iceland has also had to get creative, as there is only so much available. Luckily, it’s location provides the island with exceptional clean seafood. Little has changed about the Icelandic diet over the course of 1000 years, mostly made up of lamb, seafood, potatoes, and yes, fermented shark. If you are a super foodie with a love for foreign cuisine, Reykjavík will not disappoint.

Unfortunately, once you venture outside the capital (per our suggestion), eating gets… different. You will not be touring Iceland’s culinary scene while adventuring around Ring Road. All the fancy cuisine is gone once you get of out Reykjavik and you have to be accepting of a very simple diet. Restaurants can be few and far between, as can grocery stores. It is important to be prepared both physically and mentally.

Oh and be prepared financially. Iceland is actually the 4th most expensive country to visit in the world, pretty much entirely due to the cost of gas and food. You can’t really do much to escape eating, so here are a few tips to save some bucks: bring your own bars/nuts/jerky from home, stock up on mostly non-perishables that will last your entire trip (pb&j supplies), refill the same water bottles (tap water is 100% safe), and avoid restaurants.

Eating on the Road

Grocery shopping and cooking your own food is going to be the cheapest option, especially if your accommodations include a kitchen. Look for a Bonus, as that is the “discount” grocery store in Iceland. While cooking your own food on the go might be a bit blah, the quality of the food is ironically still better than what we get in the states, imagine that. If you are on the go, you are picking up perishables more frequently which gets annoying. Also be prepared to do a lot of dishes by hand.

Pro tip: stock up on spices and oil at the start of your trip and use them for the whole time. Some accommodations don’t even provide the basics.

Be mentally prepared to eat a lot of your meals as gas stations if you are on the road. Most gas stations double a fast food joints. Before you throw up in your mouth or cancel your travel plans, keep in mind that the food quality in Iceland is so wonderful, that you never truly feel like you are eating fast food, but more like you’re indulging at a high end burger joint in the states. On the off chance that you catch the grill closed, head over to that refrigerated section for a tuna sandwich.

Krissy’s Road Trip Diet: Skyr, Fries, Soup/Stew, Applesin

“We admittedly do minimal cooking in Iceland because we are typically shooting the sunset somewhere, putting us back to our base for the night pretty late. We adopt the gas station diet while in Iceland, as we are on the road from sunup to sundown. For me, a gas station diet pretty much just means eating only fries. As many of you know I have Celiac Disease, which is tough in Iceland, but not that tough, as the fryers don’t make me sick. Iceland is good at potatoes, they have fries nailed down at the gas stations. Fries are must at every meal, extra seasoning please. Beyond fries, I pretty much can only do stew/soup from gas stations, as everything contains a bun. The stews at the gas stations are delicious and traditional. Beyond fries and soup, I consume six Skyrs and three Applesin a day. Balance.”

Ben’s Road Trip Diet: Icelandic Hotdogs, Burgers, Fries, Tuna Salad Sandwiches

“Eating in Iceland really just comes down to what you want to do. If you don’t want to leave Reykjavik, you’ll have all the options in the world but once you leave, things slim down. Open late restaurants often don’t exist and you usually find yourself resorting to gas station food. Most of Iceland’s chain gas stations compare to places like Wawa, Sheetz or QT in America, so it’s really not all that bad. At worst it’s just a little bit of a shock for some people when you realize that the only thing to eat at 8:30 pm is at a gas station called Nesti. It’s just how it works when you’re in a town of 2000 people. Iceland loves their Plysas and Borgaris (hot dogs and burger) and they are actually incredible, so don’t be scared. The meat raised in Iceland is incredibly high quality. If you’ve seen any of the farms around Iceland you’ll notice free ranging animals on endless amounts of land in the most pure and pristine organic environments.

They are the actual highest quality hot dogs you will ever find at a gas station, very likely in the world. Maybe it sounds a little opinionated but seriously. Find me a better quality/tasting gas station hot dog. If you really want to impress the locals (ok they probably won’t be that impressed) this is how they traditionally do hotdogs in Iceland: both onions (raw and crispy), ketchup, sweet brown mustard called PLYSUSINNEP, and Remoulade! I always get the bacon wrapped plysas because, well, I like it. It is seriously so good and if you don’t have a dietary restriction and you don’t eat these, you’re not getting the full experience.. In fact I’m sitting here missing Iceland and craving plysas as I write this”

 

Thank you for reading & enjoy your trip to Iceland!

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