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Is Iceland the right destination for you?

Iceland is one of Europe’s fastest growing tourist destinations and with so much beauty, variety and culture, it’s no wonder that tourists keep returning to the island. If you haven’t yet been and are wondering if Iceland is for you, be inspired our top 5 reasons to travel to Iceland: For a trip that’s suitable for any age or traveller. Whether you’re travelling with children, with friends, as a couple or going solo, Iceland is the perfect desti...

Iceland is one of Europe’s fastest growing tourist destinations and with so much beauty, variety and culture, it’s no wonder that tourists keep returning to the island. If you haven’t yet been and are wondering if Iceland is for you, be inspired our top 5 reasons to travel to Iceland:



  • For a trip that’s suitable for any age or traveller. Whether you’re travelling with children, with friends, as a couple or going solo, Iceland is the perfect destination. Children and adults alike will be blown away by the dramatic cliffs of the fjords or the thrill of seeing a whale up close.

  • For a culture trip. Reykjavik is well known for its artsy atmosphere and you will notice this as soon as you step foot in this cool city, with cool bars, cafes, museums, galleries and shops around every corner.

  • For delicious food. Stay in Reykjavik for a taste of haute cuisine in any of the cool, minimalistic restaurants that are becoming famous here, or go off the beaten track; going on a fishing trip in the afternoon to catch your evening meal. Iceland’s fresh seafood is unbeatable and this alone is well worth the trip!

  • For an experience of Iceland’s animals. See the wild ponies that roam the fjords here as you hike around this incredible location. Visit the westman islands to see the famous puffins that live here in their hundreds. Go on a once in a lifetime cruise to see the whales and killer whales that live in the waters surrounding Iceland.  

  • For more natural beauty than you’ve ever seen. Visit one of the many stunning waterfalls, fjords, villages, beaches, cities or forests here, which are almost entirely untouched. Godafoss, meaning ‘the waterfall of the gods’ is just one unmissable spot, why not have a picnic here to truly enjoy it. The black sand beach is just one example of an incredible Icelandic cove, with so many more, such as Diamond Beach.

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Start planning your festival tour in Iceland

A country known for its remote and wild landscapes, Iceland is quickly becoming one of the hottest destinations for festivals of music, art and culture. Festivals and carnivals in Iceland range in size, from as small as county fairs to large-scale music concerts with international headliners. With festivals all throughout the year, there's never a bad time to visit Iceland for a festival. 

What makes Iceland festivals and carnivals so special? 

Due to its remote location, over 600 miles from Norway and around 180 miles from Greenland, Iceland is usually thought of as a peaceful, quiet destination. But come during festival season, and you’ll find a country with a wild party spirit, and get to see some incredible arts and culture in some spectacular locations. 

The most iconic festivals to experience in Iceland

From music to film to even a camping festival, there’s something for everyone in Iceland. Book a trip to attend one of these festivals for an unforgettable experience. 

Party hard at Iceland Airwaves

Iceland has produced some world-renowned musical talents, including the likes of Bjork and Of Monsters and Men. That means that there's never a shortage of incredible music festivals, and Iceland Airwaves is no exception. Held annually in November in hard-partying capital city Reykjavik, this festival spans four days and always features the hottest new music, both in Iceland and internationally.

Go wild at the Westman Islands Camping Festival

The weekend closest to 1 August is known in Iceland as Verslunarmannahelgi and signifies the biggest camping weekend of the year. Festival-goers set up white tents in the Westman Islands, which sees its population quadruple over the course of the weekend. Bring your own canvas and expect to enjoy fireworks and campfire sing-alongs among some of Iceland’s finest nature.

Get cultural at Reykjavik Arts Festival

Held annually in May since 1970, the Reykjavik Arts Festival showcases the very best Icelandic art, ranging from dance troupes to theater performances and fashion design. The fortnight-long celebration of the arts sees street performers and unique installations bring the small capital city to life. 

Go to a unique concert at Secret Solstice

When it comes to festivals, Secret Solstice is a must-visit. Taking place in early June each year, you'll dance to some of the biggest artists in the world in some of the most beautiful Icelandic locations. Fancy jamming out to Radiohead inside a volcano? How about seeing your favorite band inside a glacier? The atmosphere and energy at Secret Solstice is truly thrilling, as each year has one secret, big-name headliner.

Catch a film at Reykjavik International Film Festival

The premier festival in Iceland for movie lovers is the Reykjavik International Film Festival. There are 11 days of screenings in some of the city’s coolest venues, covering all manner of genres. 

Tips for visiting one of Iceland's festivals and carnivals

Iceland is known for its rock and metal scene, and each year the big music festivals attract hundreds of thousands of travelers, so you’ll need to book far in advance to ensure you get tickets for many of them. For some festivals, like Secret Solstice, it's recommended that you purchase a ticket with camping, especially if you intend to stay for the entire festival. 

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