Whenever you visit a new place, it’s nice to understand when and where to go and a few good things to eat there. This is especially true about Iceland, the land of fire and ice. So, here’s a beginner’s guide for your journey through this mysterious country.
When to Go
It starts snowing as early as September and can continue to do so through May. Since it’s also quite dark in winter, summer may be the best time to visit Iceland. If you are planning to drive around Iceland’s ring road, which circles the island, summer is the best time to ensure the road is passable along the country’s cold northern coastline.
Twenty-four hours of daylight may play havoc with your sleep cycle but, compared to the virtual darkness around the clock in winter, it’s the better option. Summer temperatures range between 41 and 77 degrees Fahrenheit.
Reykjavik, the Center of Activity
Visit Iceland’s charming capital, where 349,000 people, one-third of the country, congregate. One popular destination is the Hallgrímskirkja church, where you pay a modest fee for amazing views from the top. The Icelandic Gourmet Feast has spurred the appetite of both locals and tourists with Tapas Barinn, a seven- course meal. Starting with the puffin fish, followed by lamb and minke, this is a must-eat for tourists.
The Golden Circle, Places to Go
If you want to visit the quintessential places to go in Iceland, check out the Golden Circle, which includes: Gullfoss waterfall, Haukadalur, and Þingvellir. Gullfoss marks the impressive convergence of the southern river. Be sure to visit the original geyser during its eruption cycle.
Meanwhile, volcanic activity produces geothermal energy that will generate Iceland’s electronicy.
Cuisine in Iceland favors the local favorites such as dried fish, a local favorite. It doesn't sound as good to visitors, but try it with lots of butter if you feel brave enough. It's hung outside to dry and eaten later. Locals tend to eat the fish plain for a high-protein snack. Try “Rúgbrauð ,” a dark rye bread buried in the ground near a hot spring, which bakes the delicious bread. Lamb is considered a fancy meals that Icelanders will eat. Lamb is often used as a dinner on celebrations or on Christmas.
Whenever you visit a new place, it’s nice to understand when and where to go and a few good things to eat there.