There’s a reason Iceland has been on just about every must-visit list: the fascinating history, incredible geological features, and outdoor adventures together create an exciting, once-in-a-lifetime trip! The island is located between Greenland and mainland Europe, and its isolation allowed the rich Nordic culture to thrive and be preserved today. Despite the isolated past, getting to Iceland is easy with direct flights to Reykjavik from the East Coast and now the West Coast (get a full list of direct flights from US cities here). And once you’ve arrived there is so much to do and see. With back-country hiking, snowmobiling, helicopter rides, ATV tours through lava fields, and more, Iceland is a dream destination for adrenaline junkies. Brownell Independent Advisor Martha Rhodes describes her adventures as a “James Bond Trip” — it was complete with a helicopter ride to the top a glacier for a snowmobiling excursion! There is also a vibrant culinary scene and out-of-this-world geological experiences, like the hot springs, volcanoes, and the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.
Two key things to remember when you’re planning a trip to Iceland are that you must plan ahead (it is on everyone’s bucket list after all!) and that the logistics and weather can be very complicated (why we recommend using an experienced travel advisor!).
Use our Insider’s Guide to Iceland guide to ensure you make the best of your adventure!