Iceland Travel Tips

Sound of Music

In recent years there has been quite the interest from the worlds greatest talents coming to Iceland and showing off their best. Iceland not only popular for it´s tourist attraction, now the pop stars are also booking their seats over to the Island of fire and ice.

That perfect frame

With cameras getting so modern and photography is always getting more and more popular we would like to tell you a little thing about the posibility of that perfect photo in Iceland.

Stuck in time

Daylight savings time is nothing worry about in Iceland during that second sunday in March and first sunday in November.

Candy Crush

Sweets all over the world have their own distinction and every country or region has it´s tradition when it comes to mixing the sugar. Iceland is no exception.

Slow Adventure

With the fast moving technology age swifting by, there is a way to relax and enjoy your activity in Iceland. It is called Slow Adventure and the name says it all.

The Icelander

Ever wondered how the Vikings traveled accross the sea. Their habitat on the ocean and how they sailed can explored at Viking World.

You want tomato on that?

That round red ball can easily be turned into a gourmet meal. How and where? Check out Fridheimar´s tomato farm

Facts of life in Iceland

Icelanders consider them selfs the coolest people around. Living in Iceland it should be a given. But there are strange things in our culture.

South Coast tour

Looking for a beautiful day tour. The south coast will blow your mind and if you are an Aviation lover there is a litle cherry on top of that desert.

Icelandic H2O

Well we might be a bit biast, but we think our water here in Iceland is the best in the world. Have a taste, it´s completely free from the tap.

Drysuit Snorkeling in Silfra

Snorkeling in Silfra is truly once in a lifetime experience! National Geographic describes Silfra as one of the top dive sites in the world.

Snack healty

Snacks usually are considered unhealthy but in Iceland we have a fairly healthy one packed with protein.

Tee up at midnight

Tee up for 18 holes at midnight without worring about daylight in Iceland.

Ice cold sea swimming

Does not sound like a good idea at all we know. But alot of the locals do it. And why? For health reasons!

3 OF 13 REASONS WHY

Several active volcanoes around the country. But don’t worry, many haven’t erupted for several years.

Meet your favorite Icelandic football player

With the World Cup started in Russia. Iceland continues to make the headlines

ATV rides

Veer off the beaten path and experience a full day ATV adventure of adrenaline pumping action cutting through the Icelandic landscape.

Hot Iceland

Little Iceland getting huge exposure following our football (soccer) team reaching the World Cup Final in Russia

Chasing Waterfalls

Waterfalls often form in the upper stages of a river where it flows over different bands of rock. It erodes soft rock more quickly than hard rock and this may lead to the creation of a waterfall.

2 of 13 reasons why

Looking for that ultimate reason to visit. We are compiling some mandatory things to do and/or see while in Iceland.

Kolaportið Fleemarket

As is every major city Reykjavik has it´s own fleemarket which is very popular among loals and tourists. There you can get the most amazing things like a cow´s tounge to throw on the grill.

Pool party in Iceland

With all the natural hot spring it is a given that all around Iceland there are public pools that you should definently try out!

During flight

During flight there are some of the do´s and dont´s we should adapt to too make flight both easier and more comfortable for us and our fellow passengers.

1 of 13 reasons why

Looking for that ultimate reason to visit. We are compiling some mandatory things to do and/or see while in Iceland.

Get inside a volcano

The dormant Þríhnjúkagígur (Thrihnukagigur) volcano is a unique natural phenomenon. Your are basically inside a Volcano

Thank you Northbound!

We dont rent out cars to get awards. But we do like awards.

5 secrets to less stressful air travel

Wanna learn some secrets to air travel before you come to our beautiful Island. Look through these fun tips we gathered for you.

Driving information

Before you hit the road and head-off on an unforgettable adventure, please get yourself in line with the rules and regulations and get the head's up about driving in Iceland.

Gratuity in Iceland

It´s not illegal, it´s not rude and it is not customary. Lets go through the tipping customs in Iceland and more

Burgers and Coffee

Two "dishes" in Iceland come very common all around the island however we tend to make them ourselves in stead of settling for the big brand recipe.

Breeding of Giants

Out of only around 340.000 icelanders we have managed to find 3 guys to be the worlds strongest man

Hardest language in the world?

Perhaps icelandic might be the hardest language to learn in the world. We really dont think so, infact we think it´s pretty easy.

Beer on tap and beer in a tub

Ok we like our beer we will admit it. But have you ever thought about getting into a tub full of beer just to relax and enjoy. Make it happen

Step into the cooler

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to stand inside a glacier. We are talking about a real live glacier? Well now you can

Age of beer

Did you know that beer in Iceland is not that old. That is, only recently (historically speaking) Icelanders were allowed to sell beer.

Justin Bieber will show you

The world famous popstar stopped by in Iceland to make a music video. Spectacular scenes from video have made the locations more popular, and you could go there.

Guns and Roses perform in Iceland

WIth accumulated sales of more that 100 million records sold, at last (many Icelanders say) they are taking their talents to the north. Smash hits like "Welcome to the jungle" and "Sweet child of mine" will be roaring the valley of Laugardalur in coming july.

In Ice Cream we trust

Would you believe that the favorite dessert in Iceland is Ice Cream. Well actually we have a lot of desserts and we have a neck for being a bit of sweet tooths. But well with in the top there is that famous Ice Cream in a cone that you must have a taste of.

Greatest football summer of all

The most amazing Icelandic football summer is nearing. Be a part of it in any way you can. It´s going to be legend......(wait for it).......ary!!

Iceland is north of The Wall

In this short video describing shooting scenes in Iceland for season 7 of Game of Thrones they talk about what is so special about the Icelandic landscapes, the big vistas, the unique lighting condition and more.

"Winter is coming"

Winter is coming will sound familiar with everyone watching Game of Thrones. Watch Will Carmack travel around Iceland looking for the locations Game of Thrones filmed in Iceland. Travelling in Iceland during the wintertime? Great. Ice and snow transforms the scenery and creates magical beauty.

Find the location of Hollywood movie scenes

Here is a new interactive map to make it easy to find locations where Hollywood movies and TV shows have been filmed in Iceland. From Game of Thrones and Interstellar to Batman Begins and Noah, this map makes it easier than ever to track the settings of your favorite movies in one of our Lava Auto rental cars. #LavaAutoAdventures

Feel like you are driving in a scene from a movie?

If you feel like you are in a movie when driving around the spectacular Icelandic scenery, chances are that you are in a location used in one of numerous famous Hollywood movies and TV shows. On your trip around Iceland in your Lava Auto rental car you can visit places from your favorite movies and even try to recreate a shot from your favorite movie with you as the new leading star.

The stone army

The stone army is a memorial for the bloodiest battle in Icelands history; The Battle of Haugsnes. The memorial consists of more than 1100 boulders in battle order, each representing a combatant. Those who fell are marked with iron crosses.

Do the Dettifoss circle

Visit the most powerful waterfall in Europe Dettifoss from both sides and the amazing scenery in the area. Accessible in Lava Auto 4WD rental cars, perfect for a self guided daytour.

Dragons in Iceland

The Icelandic Sagas contain the first description of the four guardian spirits that protect Iceland including a dragon. Go hunting for dragons in Iceland and visit the locations in your Lava Auto rental car.

Amazing location just minutes away

One day self drive tour around Reykjanes. Ten places you can visit within an hour after picking up your Lava Auto rental car.

The Arctic Henge

Set in one of the most remote and northernmost villages in Iceland where the Arctic Circle lies just off the coast rises the Arctic-Henge on the Melrakkaás in Raufarhöfn. The Heimskautsgerði is around 50 meters in diameter, with 6 meter high gates that face the main directions

A country full of Elves, Trolls and Sea Monsters, that's Iceland.

There is nothing logical about it, and some say that the Icelandic people are totally mad – But it´s true, we believe in Elves and Trolls, that´s just the way it is! (at least some Icelanders do – Our boss included.) Elves and trolls and are common conversational topics in Iceland, at least when locals meet up with travelers, we´ll tell you stories about haunted buildings in the countryside, or sea monsters spotted in lakes and waters across the country – All over a pint or two of course.

You aint seen nothing yet!

The 1974 song by Bachman-Turner Overdrive, you ain´t seen nothing yet, often comes to mind when our staff greets tourist that visit our offices in Keflavik to pick up their rental cars, people tend to be overwhelmed by the outer space looking landscape of the Reykjanes peninsula, not knowing that they just ain´t seen nothing yet.

Normally we wouldn´t tell you to take a hike, but...

As Iceland is known for it´s unspoiled, beautiful nature and stunning landscape, filled with mountains, rivers and waterfalls of all sizes, it is by many considered to be the ideal place to travel on foot – But as most of the places we´ll recommend in this list of places to get some hiking done in Iceland are in a bit of remote territories, it could be a good idea to rent a LavaAuto mini-camper, just packed with stuff to make your trip as comfortable as possible, to get you there.

Five crazy fast food options in Iceland.

In the land of the midnight sun you´re in for a treat when it comes to grabbing a bite on the move.Here are some of our favorites.

LavaAuto your carrental on the moon?

Well, not quite yet, but some say that a visit to Iceland resembles a visit to the moon. The landscape is according to specialists in this field very similar – At least in some places.

Enjoy the travel planning phase – Watch some movies!

In recent years Hollywood producers have been visiting Iceland on a large scale, and the Icelandic landscape has become a very big part of some of the world´s most popular movies and TV-shows. Take a look at the destinations of your dreams on the TV screen.

Iceland doesn´t have to be expensive – Let the people help you

Our new fleet of campers is a another way for you to cut costs in accommodation. Built in beds, lights, chargers for mobiles and computers are among the standard accessories offered with every car, for your comfort and pleasure.

Lake Mývatn and more

Lake Mývatn is one of Iceland’s most popular attractions due to its powerful and peculiar landscape. Lake Mývatn has a large population of water fowl and is surrounded with geothermally active areas, craters and curious rock formations.

Christmas in Iceland

For the days leading up to Christmas, stores in Reykjavík city center will be open until 22:00. It’s a perfect opportunity to do a little shopping while enjoying the festive spirit and beautiful decorations. At Ingólfstorg square you will find a skating rink which is only there for December,

Westfjords of Iceland

The northwestern part of Iceland is geologically the oldest part of the island, with basalt cliffs over 50 million years old. It was one of the last regions covered by the glacier of last ice age and still has some snow cover left, mainly in Drangajökull glacier which covers an area of around 175 square kilometers. The glacier, which has relatively recently receded, has carved out deep and wide fjords along the costs, creating a breathtaking landscape.

Millions of birds at Látrabjarg

Látrabjarg is indeed a place to visit when you take your rental car from Reykjavik to the southern part of the Westfjords. It is a spectacular and magnificent birdcliff and the largest seacliff in Europe, 14 kilometres long and 441 metres high.

The village at the end of the world.

Patreksfjörður is one of the wonderful adventure places in Iceland. You need to rent a good car to enjoy Patro as residents call it and all the wonders nearby since the road there is both long and hazardous and the drive takes six hours from Reykjavik through beautiful and diverse nature and steep mountain roads.

Icelandic coffee is the best

Yes, you read right. Although coffee is not grown in Iceland (except for a few beans in the experimental greenhouse in Hveragerði on the south coast, where they also grow bananas) Icelanders have a long coffee tradition and have enjoyed the black drink of joy ever since the 17th century when we have the first records of prominent Icelanders and Danes in Iceland drinking tea and coffee at special occasions.

Snæfellsnes peninsula

From the west coast of Iceland, the Snæfellsnes peninsula stretches out to sea taking in some of the Atlantic’s worst winds. As might be expected, the peninsula is scarcely populated. Along the south coast the land is mostly flat but no good harbors to be found. Consequently, there are no towns there, and mainly scattered farmlands.

See the northern lights

If you travel to Iceland in the winter you may be lucky enough to witness the spectacular northern lights, or aurora borealis. Sometimes they may be strong enough so that you can catch a glimpse of them in whatever town you stay in, but for the optimal experience you want to travel as far away as you can from light pollution. If you decide to go aurora-hunting, you should be prepared and follow a few guidelines.

Stop for ice cream

One of the great things of having a rental car at your disposal while traveling is that you can choose your own stops. In a previous post we went over a few swimming pools you should stop by while traveling in Iceland, and now it’s time for the ice cream shops.

Take a dip while you visit

If you meet an Icelandic expat and ask what they miss the most about Iceland – apart from family and the amazing landscape, naturally – they’ll probably mention the swimming pools.

Culture Night in Reykjavik

Culture Night, or “Menningarnótt“ is a festival that takes place in Reykjavík on a Saturday around the 20th of August, over the course of a day and spanning well into the night. All sorts of cultural events takes place on the day of the festival.

The Golden Circle

If there are any attractions in Iceland that stand out and most frequently get mentioned, it‘s the ones that comprise the Golden Circle, and for good reason. They consist of three wonderful sites, Þingvellir National Park, the Geysir and the Gullfoss waterfall.

Reykjavik Pride

The Reykjavik Pride is one of Iceland‘s greatest and most colourful events. It is a six day festival held in August with all kinds of events centered on LGBT+ issues where the Pride parade is the biggest with upwards of 100.000 people watching.

North and Northeast Iceland

Visit beautiful Akureyri, magnificent waterfalls like Goðafoss and Dettifoss, Mývatn lake and relax in a geothermal spa. All in a one day self drive tour.

East Coast Iceland

The region is characterized by deep and narrow fjords, vegetation and widespread forestry as well as the beautiful mountains and highlands. Anyone who likes hiking, outdoor adventures or simply just filling their lungs with unbelievably fresh air will love a visit to the East.

South Coast Iceland

The south coast of Iceland holds some of the most beautiful natural attractions in Iceland. The area boasts a unique mix of volcanoes and glaciers, geysers, hot springs and waterfalls, along with multiple historic sites like the UNESCO site of Thingvellir.