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Ása Steinars Travel Tips for Iceland

Iceland is truly a natural paradise in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Widely known as “The Land of Fire and Ice”; home to some of the largest glaciers in Europe, and some of the world’s most active volcanoes. I like to spend most of my time there outdoors; hiking, enjoying nature and always looking for new places to photograph. As a native Icelander and a photographer, I love sharing my favourite places on this remote island.

So, here is my recommendation to GO ALL OUT in Iceland:

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The Weather and How to Pack

In order to go all out in Iceland, you can’t let the ever-changing weather stop you. On this island, weather conditions change very rapidly; you can experience all four seasons in one day, and nothing is ever guaranteed.

If you pack the right clothing for all possible weather conditions, you can spend your time in Iceland focusing on your adventures, rather worrying about the weather. The best way to do so is to pack layers. The beauty of this simple concept is that it allows you to make quick adjustments (peeling off, or adding layers) based on your activity level and sudden changes in weather conditions. (Extra tip: choose wool as your base layer, it helps regulate body temperature the same way it as it does on the sheep).

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Road trip

The absolute best way to explore Iceland is by renting a car and hitting the road. The ever-changing landscapes means that, just from the road, you will be able to witness glacier tongues, waterfalls and countless mountains. So, grab your best friend, rent a car and download your favourite road trip playlist - and you’re ready to go.

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Hot Spring Hike

In Reykjadalur, by the town of Hveragerði you can do one of my favourite day hikes, which leads you up to a unique hot spring river that is ideal for bathing. On the way, you will witness everything from vibrant sulphur springs to small gurgling melting pots. It will take you around 1 hour to reach the warm river where you can relax after the hike.

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Black Volcanic Beach

Take a stroll at a black volcanic beach which can be found at the South Coast of Iceland. My favourite one is at Ingólfshöfði, by the roots of Vatnajökull glacier. The landscape is breath-taking and makes for some dramatic pictures. To get to the beach, you need to get a ride with a tractor from one of the local families that will happily take you there for a small fee.

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Waterfall Hunting

Iceland is a country of many amazing waterfalls which shouldn’t be left out when exploring the country. Some are easy to access, while others require a hike to get to. Some of my favourites are: Seljarlandsfoss waterfall, Glymur and Skógafoss waterfall.

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Blog by: Ása Steinars
Hey! I'm Ása, an adventure photographer from Iceland. I grew up in Oslo, but moved home to Iceland when I was 7 years old. I love to travel, meet new people and get to experience different culture and places. I'm just a little obsessed with photography, hiking, scuba diving, and reading guidebooks to countries I have no immediate plans to visit.