Who doesn’t dream about a trip to Iceland? The sparkling ice of the Glacier Lagoon, the black sand of volcanic beaches and the colourful houses all over Reykjavik. You will have heard of the Golden Circle before or of Thingvellir, the valley resulting from tectonic movements, where you can walk and snorkel between the continents. You might imagine driving along the Ring Road, or soaking in the milky water of the Blue Lagoon. There is hardly anyone who doesn’t dream about visiting Iceland.
And many make their dreams a reality, so many in fact that the tiny island in the north Atlantic is crowded with tourists throughout the year. While before the financial crisis in 2008 the country was basically inaccessible to budget travelers, it is becoming increasingly affordable and grows in popularity.
Escaping the crowds becomes a game of knowing when and where to go – and that’s when we turn to travel blogs. Here are five local Iceland travel blogs that will make you reach for your credit card and book a flight to Iceland. Insider tips included!
1) I Heart Reykjavik
I have been following Auður’s blog and Instagram ever since she started it in 2011 and I longed to go back to Reykjavik after spending 5 months there in 2010. Nowadays, Auður takes visitors on unique tours around the city, giving them less of a factual run-down of history, but rather pointing out hidden gems, local favourites and of course some of the vibrant street art around town.
Her blog is still a never-ending source of inspiration for me. Whether you are looking for tips on where to go and what to see, practical advice about tours or budget travel, or need a friendly reminder on
2) Like A Riot
A fashion and lifestyle blog by two German besties turned travel resource and inspiration for Iceland. Linda and Caro have been best friends since school and fulfilled their dream of moving abroad together in 2015. Now they live in Reykjavik, are both getting married to their Icelandic partners soon and share their daily shenanigans on their beautiful blog.
Their texts are in German, but pictures can often say more than a thousand words. Of course you can still find beautiful fashion and lifestyle posts, now simply with Iceland as dramatic backdrop for their rainbow coloured hair. On
3) Bite of Iceland
Polish by default, Icelandic by choice. Adam and Marta are a Polish couple that fell head over heels for Iceland when they moved there for half a year in 2014. Since then, they have been back and forth between their Polish home town and more extended adventures in Iceland.
They are not technically locals, as they have never moved there, but on their blog
Both Adam and Marta are amazing photographers, so even if you just browse
4) Unlocking Kiki
Kaelene aka Kiki is a 20-something expat from Oregon living in Reykjavik – why anybody would leave Oregon behind is kind of beyond me, but then again Iceland is absolutely breathtaking! On her blog
In her brutally honest and absolutely hilarious blog posts, she shares not just what to do in Iceland, but also all the many things you can get wrong as a foreigner. Her archive is a mix of hands-on travel tips and personal reflection on life in Iceland that you simply must read, if you want to unlock Iceland for yourself (see what I did there?).
5) Life with a View
Last but not least – another American expat carving out a perfect life for herself in Iceland. There is something about moving to Iceland apparently… Jeannie and her husband fell head over heels for Iceland on their honeymoon and knew they wanted to leave routine (and their view of a Coca-Cola factory) behind and relocate to Iceland permanently.
They found jobs, went through the immigration process and now live in beautiful Reykjavik. On
Have you ever been to Iceland?