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10 Things To Know About Luxury Trains In India

Luxury trains in India are an incredibly unique way to see such a fascinating and beautifully chaotic country. Many people, even the most experienced of travelers, visit India for the first time and never come back because they didn’t like the hustle and bustle of the country. Luxury trains in India allow you to experience much of what India has to offer while being able to have space away from it all to retreat to if you want time to yourself or just want to relax and enjoy the view. If you are on the hunt for the best luxury train journeys, India is the perfect place to start! From the friendly people to the colorful culture, India has so much to offer and there is no better way to see the country than from one of India’s luxury train vacations.

10 Things To Know About Luxury Trains In India

10 Things To Know About Luxury Trains In India

#1 There Are 5 Major Luxury Trains In India To Choose From

Most countries don’t even have one luxury train vacation while India has five! The list of luxury trains in India is as follows:

  • Maharajas’ Express Train
  •  Palace on Wheels Train
  •  Deccan Odyssey Train
  • The Golden Chariot Train
  •  The Royal Rajasthan Train

Some of India’s luxury trains such as the Maharaja Express Train are critically acclaimed and have won many international travel awards. Other trains such as the Palace On Wheels train are government owned and still others like the Deccan Odyssey train are owned and operated by companies that run train journeys elsewhere in the world. Each train has something a little different to offer so it is important to know what you are looking to experience. Before you choose your mode of luxury train travel, make sure that you do your research and choose which train is best for you!

10 Things To Know About Luxury Trains In India

#2 All Luxury Train Vacations In India Come With Your Own Private Butler

One of the best parts about luxury train travel in India is that you get your own private butler to help attend to your every need! If this isn’t pure luxury, we don’t know what is! Unlike a room steward on a cruise or hotel, your butler will be more intimately involved with your life aboard the train. Your personal butler will give you a private wake up call every morning and will descend gracefully into your room with hot coffee, masala tea, muffins, fresh fruit, you name it and your butler will bring it to you in the morning!

Your private butler will only serve you and, at the most, two other cabins, so he is near whenever you need him! He will also walk you to and from your room when you enter and leave your luxury train in India and will carry your bags and greet you upon arrival. He will spruce up your room and leave towel animals and fresh flowers at every turn. No matter which of the luxury trains in India you choose, you will find that having a personal butler will make you feel like royalty. Getting to know your personal butler is the best part of all as each and every butler, from the ones on the Palace On Wheels to the Golden Chariot, is kind and personable! Make sure to tip your butler generously at the end of your train trip!

10 Things To Know About Luxury Trains In India

#3. Indian Luxury Trains Are Priced Differently So You Can Choose The Best One For Your Budget

Not all luxury trains in India are created equally! While they all offer a wonderful and memorable time, some are very expensive ultra-luxury while others still offer luxury but on a little more of a budget. For example, on the Maharajas Express, cabins start at around $900 per night per person depending on which class of cabin you choose. On the Golden Chariot Train, single occupancy starts at $6,135  with double occupancy starting at $10,000, depending on which cabin class is chosen. The Palace On Wheels Train single occupancy starts at $4000.

The price of luxury trains in India differs widely so it is best to look at what each Indian luxury train has to offer and then make your decision accordingly. Compare rates, what is offered, what the interiors and cabins look like, and what routes the trains run in order to come to your decision. For example, on the Maharajas’ Express “Indian Panorama” tour, guests get to eat dinner in the courtyard of a real working palace where a real Maharaja and his family still live. This is an ultra-exclusive experience and may be worth spending extra if this is something you are interested in doing. Weigh the pros and cons of each train price when making your decision.

10 Things To Know About Luxury Trains In India

Inside a Maharajas Express Train cabin

10 Things To Know About Luxury Trains In India

Cabin On the Palace On Wheels. Photo Credit: Nobackhome.com

luxury trains in india golden chariot

Inside A Cabin On The Golden Chariot. Photo Credit: Solitararywanderer.com

#4. All Luxury Trains In India Include Unlimited Food And Drink And Excursions

No matter how pricey, or ultra-pricey, these luxury trains in India may be, they all have one thing in common. That thing is that all excursions and food and drink are included. This means that unlike a cruise ship vacation where you have to pay extra for excursions, luxury train vacations in India come with them included in the price.

Similarly, alcohol is also included so you don’t have to pay any extra to drink handcrafted cocktails while sailing through the Indian countryside! All of India’s luxury trains include these two things so if you are stuck between choosing which train you want to travel on, keep in mind they do all offer included excursions, food, and beverages.

10 Things To Know About Luxury Trains In India

One of the two dining cars on the Maharaja Express

10 Things To Know About Luxury Trains In India

One of the dining rooms on the Golden Chariot Train. Photo Credit: solitarywanderer.com

#5. Some Trains Have A Doctor On-Board For Your Health And Safety

Everyone knows that Indian food has a tendency to make your stomach upset. If you are worried about issues, make sure to pick a train with a doctor on board. For example, the Golden Chariot Train and the Palace On Wheels Train do not have an onboard doctor while the ultra-luxury Maharajas Express Train does. This doctor will go on excursions with groups and will come to your room with a full medical kit in case of an emergency.

The doctor will even administer injections if necessary and is just a phone call away. If having a doctor nearby is important to you, make sure to check to see which of the luxury trains in India have one on board your itinerary or if they have one at all! Some never have a doctor on board while others, like the Maharajas Express, have a doctor as standard procedure.

10 Things To Know About Luxury Trains In India

#6. All Indian Luxury Trains Offer A Mix Of Indian And Western Food Options

If you are not comfortable with eating Indian food at every meal, do not worry! All luxury trains in India want to make your dining experience as smooth and enjoyable as possible! As a result, Indian luxury trains offer a menu featuring lots of Indian options and some western food options at every meal. If, for whatever reason, the western options do not appeal to you, you can kindly request a simple dish such as pasta and the chef will quickly make it up for you right then and there!

If you have never tried Indian food before, the luxury trains in India offer a perfectly safe environment to do so! If you order a dish and taste test it and don’t like it, you can order something more familiar to your taste buds! No matter what kind of food you choose, rest assured that it will be delicious!

10 Things To Know About Luxury Trains In India

10 Things To Know About Luxury Trains In India

#7. Luxury Train Itineraries Differ By Train And Time Of Year

Each luxury train in India services different itineraries throughout the year. Each Indian luxury train also services different parts of the country than other trains and different itineraries. For example, the Deccan Oddesy may explore the areas surrounding Mumbai and Goa while the Maharajas Express will service the Nothern states of India and The Golden Chariot will service the southern. Sometimes, the Maharajas Express itinerary involves heading from New Delhi to Mumbai on a one-way basis.

Each of the luxury trains in India services different parts of the country and also offer between 3-7 different itinerary options. If you have your heart set on one part of India such a visiting the Taj Mahal or heading to Bangalore, make sure you choose a train and an itinerary that visits the stops you want. All of India is beautiful so no matter what luxury train itinerary you choose, you will be in for a real treat!

10 Things To Know About Luxury Trains In India

#8. You Actually Won’t Spend Much Time Traveling On The Train During The Day

Unfortunately, you won’t spend much time traveling on the train during the day. We say unfortunately because one of the highlights of train travel is relaxing in your luxury room and watching the world go by! There are a few days here and there where you will travel during the day, but most of your time traveling by luxury train in India is spent during the night. This is because your days are spent exploring the culture and experiences that India has to offer.

While this isn’t a bad thing, understand that unlike a cruise where you may have a “day at sea” with nothing but traveling, luxury train travel in India offers more time off the train for sightseeing. Think of this experience more like a river cruise, where you stop every day and only travel at night, instead of an ocean cruise where you spend much of your time on the ship traveling.

10 Things To Know About Luxury Trains In India

#9. Sleeping On Luxury Trains In India Is Quite Enjoyable For Most But Be Prepared In Case You Dislike It

Many people love the feeling of sleeping on a train. Sleeping on a luxury train in India is even better because you have a large bed and an ensuite bathroom and much more. The motion of the train is not like that of a boat where there is rocking back and forth. It is more a feeling of a slight rumbling as the train travels over the train tracks. The white noise the rails provide along with the motion makes for a great night sleep….for some!

If you aren’t sure how you will fare sleeping on one of the Indian luxury trains, make sure to bring some motion sickness medicine and earplugs. If you are on the Maharajas Express, a doctor will be present on board for medicine, but bring your own just in case! We truly think that the feeling of sleeping on the train is quite enjoyable and are confident you will love it too. Most people settle in after the first night of sleeping and tend to really love the feeling of moving while you sleep.

10 Things To Know About Luxury Trains In India

#10. A Trip On One Of India’s Luxury Trains Is Truly Unforgettable

This should go without saying, but it is worth a mention again! Choosing one of the luxury trains in India for your vacation will be a once-in-a-lifetime trip! You will get to see the most colorful country in the world at the height of luxury and will also be able to spend time sightseeing at unique places and eating delicious food. The pace is a little fast, but you are free to do as many or as little excursions as you want! The goal of luxury trains in India is to showcase the Indian countryside to visitors in a way that makes them long for India and want to come back for a future visit. From sleeping on a luxury train and waking up to see the Taj Mahal to visiting the beaches of Goa, luxury trains in India offer something for every interest and price point.

10 Things To Know About Luxury Trains In India

Have you ever considered taking one of these luxury trains in India? Have you traveled by train before? Let us know your thoughts in the comments, especially if you have booked a luxury train journey or if you have already visited India!

 

 

Please note: We were invited to India by the Incredible India Tourism Board and were guests onboard the Maharajas’ Express for the purpose of this review. Our views are our own and do not reflect those of Incredible India or the Maharaja Express. We were not paid to write this post. 

The Ultimate Guide To Visiting Paris In Winter

Visiting Paris in winter is a magical and memorable experience you won’t soon forget. Winter in Paris means Christmas decorations and Valentine’s Day treats and the chance of snow and fewer crowds to fight. Winter in Paris is generally defined as December to February, but months such as November and March can experience winter weather in Paris as well. The weather will be a bit cold [Paris has an average temperature of 41*F in January and 38*F in Feburary], but that doesn’t mean you should write off visiting Paris in the winter all together! With a few tips and this handy guide by your side, you will be off to an enjoyable trip to the City Of Light!

eiffel tower during winter in Paris

The Ultimate Guide To Visiting Paris In Winter

How To Get To Paris

Getting to Paris in winter is quite easy! Transportation prices will be at a yearly low during the majority of the winter, so you will save a lot of money by booking your trip to Paris in the winter! Charles de Gaulle is the main airport in which people fly into and the Paris Orly airport is secondary and a bit further out of town. Once you land, you can take an Uber or Taxi into town or take public transportation, which is easy and affordable. If you live in Europe or you are already traveling there, you can take one of the many high-speed trains that go in and out of Paris every day! The main train stations in Paris are Gare du Nord, Gare de Lyon, and Gare de l’Est. Spending winter in Paris has never been easier or more affordable!

Book transfer here: Charles de Gaulle And Orly Airport Transfer

The Ultimate Guide To Visiting Paris In Winter

How To Get Around Paris In The Winter

If you are in good fitness, consider taking the Paris Metro! The Metro is a fast, affordable, and easy way to get around, even in winter! The Paris Metro will run rain, shine, snow, and sleet, so it is pretty reliable! You can purchase a metro ticket for 1.90 Euros, a booklet or 10 tickets, or a weekly metro pass, depending on your needs. If you are not able to walk up and down a lot of steps [elevators are rare] or you are in a wheelchair, we recommend taking an Uber as it may be easier and safer.

Walking around Paris in winter is quite enjoyable because the city will be decked out for the holidays and then may be blanketed in snow during the early months of the year. Paris is actually quite a large city, so if you plan to walk, remember to wear good walking shoes and to dress appropriately. Finally, depending on the weather, you can also choose to rent a bike and bike around Paris. Biking is very popular among Parisians and there are many local bike stands you can rent from.

Book here: Discover The Heart Of Paris By Bike

paris in winter metro stops

Average Paris Winter Weather

The average Paris winter weather is a bit rainy and chilly. It does snow in Paris but you won’t find it every year and it won’t snow until the end of January or February. December weather in Paris [and in France in general] is actually more on the rainy and warmer [for winter] side, so there is less chance of snow because it is too warm and wet for the snow to form. Even if it does snow in Paris, it is usually just a dusting or 1-2 inches.

Since Paris observes Daylight Savings Time, the sun sets quite early during the winter. If you are visiting Paris in winter, understand that the sun will set by 5 pm at the latest. Sure, this gives you shorter daylight hours, but it offers more time to explore the city by night and the rain and cold allow you a unique way to enjoy what the city has to offer.

Average Winter Temperatures In Paris

If you are looking to visit Paris in the winter, rest assured that it is no colder than any other large northern city. You won’t show up to your Paris winter trip and be shocked by the temperature change, especially if you already live in a place that experiences winter. We are from Florida and have visited Paris during the winter twice and survived just fine so if we can do it, you certainly can!

The temperature of Paris in the winter is actually relatively reasonable, especially for a northern city. The average temperature of Paris in December is 42*F, the average temperature of Paris in January is 41*F, and the average temperature of Paris in February is 38*F. As you can see, these temperatures are not entirely freezing and are actually more enjoyable than similar cities such as New York City, which averages in the mid-to-low 30’s during January.

The Ultimate Guide To Visiting Paris In Winter

What To Pack For Paris In Winter

If you are heading to Paris in the winter, there are a few packing tips we suggest you adhere to! Visiting Paris in winter is quite enjoyable and magical, but you need to stay warm and dry. Since it is Paris, you will also want to do all these things while looking a bit fashionable too! Dressing in layers is key! This way, you can easily go from warm out on the streets of Paris to comfortable inside a building. If you get too warm or too cold, simply add or take away a layer until you feel better.

Both times we have visited Paris in winter, we packed our entire wardrobe in carry-on luggage! If you want to pack in a carry-on, know that it is totally doable! If you want to bring a checked bag, that is even better as you will have more space!

  • Fleece lined leggings. We don’t care if you are a guy or girl, if you are packing for Paris in winter, you need to bring fleece lined leggings! We actually bring two pairs each so that you can double them up if you want to wear a dress! Fleece lined leggings are the perfect thing to add to your winter packing list for Paris because they don’t take up much space and they keep you warm under slacks, jeans, or dresses!
  • Warm winter dresses. Jeans and pants only go so far! Make sure to pack at least 3 winter dresses [if you are the dress-wearing type] for your winter trip to Paris! Warm winter dresses pair well with doubled up fleece lined leggings, boots, and a warm hat keeping you comfy and stylish on the streets of Paris! Add a few of these affordable ones to your Paris packing list and strut your stuff in style!
  • Thin Long Sleeve Thermal Tops. Whether you are a guy or girl packing for Paris, we recommend bringing 2-3 thin thermal tops. These tops are affordable and pack up very small all while keeping you extra warm! They are perfect for layering and can be worn underneath other tops as a base layer or under dresses with shorter sleeves to transform them from summer to winter wear.
  • Comfy Knit Hat. Simple knit hats or beanies are a staple to add to your Paris packing list. Not only do cable knit hats make any outfit a bit cuter, they also keep you warm and protect your ears from the wind. You really only need to bring one, but we won’t blame you if you pick up a few! The best part? You probably already have one lying around the house!
  • A Solid Pair Of Waterproof Boots/Shoes. Although you can probably get away with bringing canvas or lighter shoes to Paris in winter, we do not recommend it! We brought these Hunter Boots on our last Paris packing list for a winter trip and it was the best decision ever! They are a little pricey, to begin with, but you can find cheaper versions like these that just aren’t the brand name. Unless it is snowing, you really don’t need snow boots but shoes or boots that are waterproof really do help. By having waterproof boots, we were still able to have fun outdoors in a light drizzle in the middle of winter without worrying about getting cold or wet.
  • A Winter Jacket. Do not think that you can visit Paris in the winter and NOT bring a winter jacket. Bonus points if that winter jacket is waterproof! Last trip, Terrence brought one waterproof winter jacket and layered up on hoodies and long sleeve shirts. Victoria brought two winter jackets, one waterproof, which she only wore a few times, and one more stylish but not waterproof, which she wore more often. We recommend looking at the weather for when you go to Paris and then packing accordingly. You can’t go wrong with a jacket that is stylish AND waterproof like this one here!
  • Warm Gloves. Don’t forget to add warm gloves to your list of what to pack for Paris in winter! Since you will be sightseeing, you will be on your smartphone a lot and your fingers will get super cold if you don’t protect them! Even walking the streets of Paris in winter without gloves will make your hands freeze! Make sure to buy touch screen gloves so that you can still access your phone without taking them off!
  • A Balaclava. Winter weather in Paris can get windy and blow your scarf all over the place! Cut down on chasing your clothing around and add a Balaclava to your Paris packing list! A balaclava is perfect for both men and women and is often unisex. They fit neatly under your clothing and are barely noticeable but you notice the benefit that they provide! By protecting your neck from the elements, you will stay much warmer during your time exploring Paris in winter!
  • Dark Denim Jeans. Darker Colored jeans are perfect to add to your packing list for Paris because they fit in instead of standing out. Use them as a top layer and add fleece lined leggings as your base so you can stay warm. Then accessorize as you see fit, for men, with a flannel or sweater, and for women, with a stylish jacket or cute sweater.
  • Pull-Over Sweaters. Pair a pull-over sweater with jeans, leggings, or slacks and you are set for winter in Paris. Sweaters make for the perfect Paris packing list accessory for both men and women and keep you warm and cozy while looking stylish. We recommend picking sweaters that are in neutral tones for your winter trip to Paris so you can mix and match with other pieces.

packing list for paris in winter

Top Things To Do In Paris During The Winter

Visiting Paris during the winter presents a unique opportunity to explore parts of the city that you may have otherwise passed up. While the weather is cold and possibly inclement, head indoors to one of the many things to do in the city! If the weather is great, you can take to the streets and explore, all while being dressed appropriately!

Bundle Up And Explore Paris By Bike

You can rent bikes at the Velib Bike Stations in Paris for very little money. It costs $8 to rent for a week and the first 30 minutes of each ride is free. Even if you end up having to pay by the hour, it will still be cheaper than renting from a bike shop. Biking is a wonderful way to explore the city, even in winter! Make sure that you are dressed in warm clothing and make sure it is windproof, if possible. Wear gloves to keep your hands warm and a hat and get ready to explore what winter in Paris is like by bike! You can also ride your bike across town and drop it off at any Velib bike station and simply take the Metro home if the weather gets bad!

If you would prefer, there are many guided bike tours that you can take around Paris in winter! That way, you can enjoy the sites without worrying about getting lost!

Book here: Electric Bike Tour Of Paris’ Hidden Gems

Check availability: Paris 4-Hour Bike Tour: Off the Beaten Path

The Ultimate Guide To Visiting Paris In Winter

Go Window Shopping Along The Champs-Elysées

There is nothing more magical than a walk along the Champs-Elysées during the winter! Winter in Paris means stores decked out for the holidays, Christmas trees galore, and maybe even a little snow if you are lucky! Parisians love to window shop, especially around the holidays! Take the Metro to either end of the Champs-Elysées and window shop your way up and down the streets! There are plenty of good places to eat if you need to stop in to warm up during your walk!

The Ultimate Guide To Visiting Paris In Winter

Head Indoors And Enjoy One Of The Many Parisian Museums

Museums are a highlight to explore in Paris during the winter! Millions of people travel to Paris from all around the world to visit museums and there is no better time to enjoy them than when visiting Paris in winter! If you are visiting the Louvre, make sure to buy a timed entrance ticket so you aren’t stuck waiting over an hour in line to buy a ticket! You can buy a Louvre Entrance Ticket here and choose your time that you want to visit. Make sure to budget at least 4-5 hours at minimum for exploring the Louvre. It is the perfect activity to do in Paris in winter if the weather gets bad because it allows you to spend a great deal of time indoors without ever getting bored. You can even book a cool guided tour about Louve Scandals or you can try and find the best butts at the Louvre! How entertaining, right?

If you have already seen the Louvre, check out one of the other fantastic museums to explore in Paris such as the Musee d’Orsay, the Musee de l’Orangerie, the Holocaust Museum, Musee Rodin and many many more! Click here to book your Musee d’Orsay tickets in advance!

Book here: Louvre Skip The Line/Timed Entrance Ticket

Book here: Skip The Line/Louvre Scandals Tour

Book now: Musée d’Orsay Reserved Access 1-Day Admission Ticket

visit the louvre during winter in paris

Go Underground And Visit The Parisian Catacombs

The catacombs are the perfect activity to when visiting Paris in winter because they are underground which means they are sheltered from the elements! The Parisian catacombs are home to over 6 million bones, so get ready for the experience of a lifetime. You can book your Catacombs ticket online so that you can skip the line and get an included audio guide. If you are visiting Paris in winter and want to head to the catacombs, make sure to wear warm clothing, as you will be underground and it may be cold. Discovering the dark side of the City Of Light has never been more fun!

Book here: Catacombs Skip The Line Ticket

during paris in winter visit the catacombs

Warm Up With A Cooking Class During Winter In Paris

Paris is home to some of the best food in the entire world! From delicious crepes to fluffy Macaroons, the food is truly out of this world. Taking a cooking class when visiting Paris in winter is the perfect way to head indoors and learn about your favorite French food while staying warm and dry. There are so many options for cooking classes, from learning the secrets of French pastries to learning how to cook an authentic Christmas dinner, there is truly a Parisian cooking class for everyone!

Book here: Learn The Secrets Of French Pastry From A Parisian

Book now: French Macaroon Baking Class

Book here: 2-Hour French Bread Making Class

cooking classes in paris during winter

Go Ice Skating For Free Around The City

Ice skating is the quintessential winter activity and it can be found in Paris! Ice skating during winter in Paris is actually free, all you have to do is rent ice skates which will run about $7. We can’t think of anything more magical than strapping on a pair of skates and Ice skating around Paris in winter! The most popular Paris winter ice skating locations are in front of Hôtel de Ville and at the base of the Montparnasse skyscraper. Make sure to dress warmly so you don’t spend your whole time skating wishing you had worn a hat!

ice skating in paris in winter

Go To A French Christmas Market In Paris

If your trip to Paris in winter falls around the holidays, you are in for a real treat! Head to one of the authentic Christmas markets in Paris and shop at the stalls, eat delicious food, and enjoy the holiday cheer. We love Christmas markets and there are some fantastic ones in Paris during the winter! Try the mulled wine as a way to warm up while browsing the handcrafted goods and homemade cookies. There are multiple Christmas markets around Paris in winter so make sure to visit a few, if you have time. Each one has its own little twist!

winter christmas markets in paris

Take In Paris From Above On Top Of The Eiffel Tower

Just because it is winter in Paris does not mean that you should forgo a trip up the Eiffel Tower. If you have never gone up the tower, don’t skip it just because it is winter. Going up the Eiffel Tower in winter is actually more enjoyable than in the summer because you won’t be fighting with long lines of people and you will have more open space to take in the view without the crowds. That being said, going up the Eiffel Tower in winter can be quite cold so be sure to dress in your warmest clothing so you have an enjoyable trip! We highly recommend gloves, a hat, and layers!

Book here for discounted entrance: Eiffel Tower: Second Floor Priority Access or Summit Ticket

Check availability here: Dinner at 58 Tour Eiffel with Priority Lift Tickets

The Ultimate Guide To Visiting Paris In Winter

Where To Stay In Paris During The Winter

Where to stay during your winter trip to Paris will depend on what you plan on doing. We prefer to stay near the Eiffel Tower as we like to be able to walk a few blocks and see it in the distance. Perhaps you are looking to explore the Montmartre District or spend a lot of time in certain museums. If you find a hotel you love, do not worry! The Paris Metro goes to every corner of the city and makes it quick and easy to get around!

If you are truly looking to get a feel of how the posh locals live during your winter trip to Paris, we suggest that you consider renting an Airbnb! An Airbnb allows you to live like the locals do in the heart of bustling neighborhoods! You can experience everything from grocery shopping in Paris to walking home from the metro to cooking with local ingredients in your own kitchen! Airbnbs in Paris also allows you to stay in a nicer area for a lot cheaper than many hotels! You will also save money on eating out in the event that you want to try your hand at creating authentic French dishes at home!

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Our recommended areas to stay in Paris in winter would be near the Eiffel Tower, near the Arc De Triomphe/Champs Elysees, and near the Louvre. There really is no “bad” area to stay in Paris so we can really only give our personal recommendations for areas, hotels, and Airbnbs that we love.

hotels in paris during the winter

Hotel Recommendations In Paris:

  • Hôtel Elysées Bassano, Paris.  This four-star hotel is located in a fantastic area in between the Arc De Triomphe and the Seine river! It is moderately priced, for Paris, and the rooms are spacious and modern! It is also 0.8 miles away from the Eiffel tower which is an easy walking distance for most. Check price and availability here! 
  • Mercure Paris Centre Tour Eiffel, Paris. If you are looking for a hotel in Paris that is right next to the Eiffel Tower, this is it! Just steps away from the base of the famous Eiffel Tower, this four-star hotel delivers Parisian charm. If you are visiting Paris in winter, be sure to walk along the Seine and share some delicious crepes under the Eiffel Tower! Check price availability here!
  • Hôtel Eiffel Petit Louvre, Paris. If you are looking for a more affordable Eiffel Tower hotel in Paris, check out this one! It is only a few blocks further from the tower than our suggestion above, but it is a bit cheaper. The rooms are clean and modern and pretty luxe for the price! Check price and availability here! 
  • Sofitel Paris Baltimore Tour Eiffel Hotel, Paris [Luxury Option]. There are many luxury hotels in Paris you really can’t go wrong! As we said, we love a good Eiffel Tower location and the rooms are well done. You are also close to a Metro if you need easy access to transportation! Check prices and availability here! 
  • District République, Paris [Budget Hotel]. If you are in the market for a good budget hotel, we like this one located in the 10th district. It offers free wifi and is located near metros and bus stations so you can easily get around. The rooms are clean and many attractions are within walking distance! Check prices and availability here! 

Click Here To Check Rates And Availability For Hotels In Paris

Airbnb Recommendations In Paris:

We have stayed at many Airbnbs in Paris, but sadly, some of the listings are not up anymore or are only rented for a month or year-long contracts. That being said, we are going to share some Airbnbs that we would personally book, along with some we have stayed in to make things easier for you! We are only going to recommend “entire home” Airbnbs where you will get to stay in the entire home by yourself, without sharing with anyone! You can also use our code and get $40 off your booking in Paris!

  • Charming Studio near the Canal Saint-Martin. This adorable studio is oh-so-cute and so very affordable! We love that Airbnb in Paris are affordable yet allow you to live like a local. This one has many reviews [over 200], is in a good location, and has great ratings! Plus, it has the cutest street view! Check prices and availability here! 
  • 5 minutes near Eiffel Tower and the Champ de Mars. This is our very favorite location in all of Paris! Walking distance from the Eiffel Tower and the Seine as well as near more shops and restaurants than you can count! It is so cute and colorful we can’t resist this listing! Check prices and availability here! 
  • Charming Parisian Studio. This little studio offers the best of both worlds between a hotel and an Airbnb. It comes with a full kitchen and is comfortable and clean with a couch, TV, and separate bed! It is quite cozy if you are spending winter in Paris! Check prices and availability here! 
  • L’Etoile du 7éme – 2-bedroom, sleeps 4 [Luxury option]. If you are on the hunt for a luxury flat in Paris, this one will not let you down! It is stunning, romantic, massive, and in a fantastic location! If you are looking to go all out on your winter trip to Paris, consider booking a luxury Airbnb location! Check prices and availability here!
  • Lovely & bright studio 10 min from Moulin Rouge [Budget Option]. If you are looking for a budget Airbnb option in Paris, head to Montmartre! It is a haven for lovely affordable Airbnbs without sacrificing the authentic Parisian charm! This one is so cute and has a whole kitchen and is located in a great area that we have stayed in before! Check prices and availability here! 

 

Best Places To Eat During Your Winter Trip To Paris

Paris is a true foodie city! From authentic French food to international fare, there is truly something for everyone! When visiting Paris in winter, you can choose to eat outside one of the many cafes like a true Parisian, or you can opt to eat inside, which is what we usually choose. Parisians sip their coffee outdoors, no matter what the weather is like! We were shocked how many people were sitting outside during winter in Paris, so do so at your own risk! Here are some of our favorite places to eat in Paris!

  •  Breizh Cafe Breizh Cafe offers galettes and crepes along with local ciders and beers. They have both an indoor and outdoor sitting area, in case you want to try eating outside in Paris in the winter! The food was delicious and the drinks were great! We recommend a galette for dinner and a crepe for dessert!
  • La Catrina TaqueriaIf you are looking to experience some Mexican in Paris, this is the place for you! Their tacos are out of this world and the location is right next to a Metro stop and a Velib bike station. Their Hibiscus juice is a highlight!
  • PapelliAuthentic Italian in Paris? Why not! As we said above, Paris is an international city so it makes sense to try all different types of food! The pizza at Papelli is so amazing and their appetizer of bread and olive oil is scrumptious! There are multiple locations around Paris to make getting around easy.
  • La Taverne de ZHAO. This Chinese restaurant is our all-time favorite restaurant in Paris! We go every time we visit! It is the perfect place to visit when traveling to Paris in winter because the food just warms your soul. Try the tofu with egg of a thousand years. It looks weird, but it is one of the most delicious things ever!
  • Les Fondus de la Raclette. We went here for Victoria’s birthday and it is literally the perfect spot for a Paris winter dinner! Raclette is a cheese dish that came from the French Alps and skiers eat it after coming in from the slopes. This restaurant mimics a ski chalet and the food is so delicious! Come hungry because they give you a ton of food and so much cheese you have enough to take home!

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There is so much to see and do when visiting Paris in winter! We could write an entire novel on our favorite things to do and where to eat and stay, but we have to narrow it down to the suggestions above so we don’t completely bore you! If you read this far, congratulations! You are well on your way to planning your dream trip to Paris in winter! If you have any questions about planning your winter Paris vacation, make sure to let us know in the comments and we will try and answer the best we can!

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Iceland On A Budget: 5 Things You’re Forgetting To Save For

If you are heading to Iceland on a budget, there are some things you may be forgetting to include!  Creating an Iceland budget and saving accordingly is crucial to enjoying your time in the country without breaking the bank. That being said, even the most well-planned budgets have the potential to be blown when visiting one of the most expensive countries on the planet. When you travel, you open yourself up for running into potential extra and unexpected costs that can really drive up your Iceland budget. We have visited Iceland on a budget every trip and it is easy to do if you adhere to budget Iceland travel tips.

Whether you are driving yourself, taking one of the many fantastic tours in Iceland, or just stopping over for a few hours, you should consider all costs. Planning for the unexpected will make running into a potential extra cost less daunting as you will have already set aside a bit of money in the event that you come across the need to use it. If you intend to visit Iceland on a budget, make sure to account for these unexpected trip to Iceland costs in your savings plan.

As a bonus, we have added quick tips for visiting Iceland on a budget after our list of 5 things you are forgetting to save for! By the end of this post, you will be a pro at cutting down on your Iceland budget!

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Iceland On A Budget: 5 Things You’re Forgetting To Save For

#1 Remember To Factor In Gas If You Are Hoping To Travel To Iceland On A Budget

Gas is expensive as all get out in Iceland but it is a necessary evil if you plan on renting a car and going on an epic road trip. When we mean expensive, we mean, double or triple the price you are used to paying, especially for Americans. Unfortunately, if you plan on driving in Iceland, there is no way to get around the super high cost of gas in Iceland. If you are hoping to see Iceland on a budget, make sure you save up for gas!

Gas is running Americans around $6.50-$7.50 USD a gallon which is exorbitant and should be factored into your trip cost if you hope to visit Iceland on a budget. Iceland requires a ton of driving to get to all the epic sights and it generally costs a minimum of $70-$80 to fill up a vehicle that is very good on gas. Make sure to leave plenty of cushion in your budget for gas in Iceland because you are going to need it if you are hoping to visit Iceland on a budget.

You may have a general idea that gas is going to cost a pretty penny, but Iceland is quite a large country and requires a ton of driving. You will drive more than you are anticipating. Driving requires gas which requires money. Go into your trip understanding that you can visit Iceland on a budget but that gas is a place that you will be forced to spend some money. Save wisely, friends!

#2 Don’t Forget To Add Tolls To Your Budget Iceland Trip Cost

If you are heading to west Iceland, you are going to get hit with a $10 toll to go through an underwater tunnel [way more boring than it sounds]. The tunnel is actually quite long so it is understandable that there will be a toll to go along with it. If you plan to head back to Reykjavik, you are going to have to pay that $10 again. If you are truly looking to visit Iceland on a budget, you can go around this underwater tunnel and drive around the lagoon that it crosses under, but it will add a few hours to your travel time. We opted to drive the tunnel and it truly did save some time.

While this amount may seem insignificant now, you aren’t going to want to be surprised with tolls during your trip to Iceland on a budget without setting aside appropriate funds for this unsuspecting trip cost. A $20 round-trip toll isn’t something you hear about in Iceland so make sure to save for this unexpected cost if you are planning to visit Iceland on a budget. The cost of travel in Iceland is already high, so knowing about this toll ahead of time will save you slight annoyance when you are in the country!

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#3 You Are Going To Want To Save Some Money For Snacks

First off, don’t you dare go out to eat if you ever hope to visit Iceland on a budget. Going out to eat is an unnecessary expense but snacks are a different story. Your trip to Iceland on a budget will most likely include lots of driving, so having food at your disposal is necessary. If you are in a pinch, pick up a snack such as a bag of chips or granola bar at a gas station.

While buying a snack at one of the gas stations in Iceland will still be more expensive than you are used to, it is much cheaper than buying a full blown meal. Forgoing a full meal purchased on-the-go will save you lots of money if you want to travel Iceland on a budget. Food is one of the most expensive costs of travel in Iceland but buying snacks and cooking dinner yourself is a great way to save!

If you think ahead, go to one of the many affordable grocery stores in Iceland and pick up nonperishable snacks in advance. Our favorites: popcorn, chips, Doritos, oranges, and apples. Having snacks at the ready will curb your hunger and will help reduce the cost of your trip if you aim to travel Iceland on a budget! In addition to snacks, we recommend bringing some easy-to-make lunch staples such as peanut butter and jelly and bread in the car with you so you don’t have to spend a lot of money to eat at a gas station or local restaurant.

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#4 Parking Is Another Unexpected Cost To Consider When Traveling Iceland On A Budget

We always strive to visit Iceland on a budget and parking was a totally unexpected cost for us, especially since we were staying at a 5-star hotel in Reykjavik. Turns out, the Icelandic government doesn’t discriminate and guests staying [and parking] downtown all must pay for city parking.We thought this was a very odd Iceland trip cost because many hotels have included parking if you are staying with them. We usually visit Iceland on a budget but were working which is why we found ourselves at one of the more expensive hotels in town, but we were still hit with the cost of parking which we did not plan for!

Parking in Zone 1 [on main streets] is the most expensive, but prices go down a bit if you park in other zones and on side streets. We parked in a Zone 2 and ended up paying around $15+ per day which was a cost we didn’t include in our Iceland budget. If you are hoping to visit Iceland on a budget, simply consider the potential for paying for parking or get outside of the capital where you won’t have to pay as much or anything at all.

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#5 Save Your Pennies For Using The Restroom

Yep, you heard that right. At many places in Iceland, it costs money to use the bathroom. You are going to want to factor this into your Iceland trip cost and have some change on hand in case you come across a facility that charges you. If you plan on visiting Iceland on a budget, do your best to stay away from bathrooms that charge you because every little bit counts.

Many locally owned gas stations will charge a couple hundred Kronor and while it is totally possible to run out without paying, it isn’t the best behavior for a guest visiting Iceland. You may also run into bathrooms that charge at heavily trafficked areas such as Gullfoss. Check out our tips on where to find free bathrooms at Gullfoss if you are visiting Iceland on a budget. Pro tip: when visiting Iceland on a budget, visit chain gas stations such as N1 or grocery stores such as Bonus for clean and free toilets.

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Quick Tips For Visiting Iceland On A Budget

If You Truly Want To Visit Iceland On A Budget, Visit During The Winter Or Off-Season

Not surprisingly, the summer is the most expensive time to visit Iceland as the price of almost everything is higher than normal. If you are aiming to travel to Iceland on a budget, consider visiting during the winter or during the shoulder season [months such as April or September]. These times are the best time to go to Iceland if you want to visit Iceland on a budget because costs are lower but all the fantastic and memorable sites are still right there waiting for you!

By visiting Iceland during the off-season, you are getting a more private experience at each location won’t be overrun with other tourists and you will spend less time and money fighting for precious hotel space and car rentals. We have visited Iceland on a budget during both the off-season and winter and we promise that the experience is just as magical!

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Do Not Ever Go Out To Eat

We have said this before and we will say this again; if you are serious about visiting Iceland on a budget, it is imperative that you do not go out to eat! Going out to eat in Iceland will blow your budget for Iceland really quickly and it is unnecessary. Go into your trip to Iceland with the mindset that this is more of a nature trip rather than a foodie trip [unless you have hundreds of dollars to blow!] Eating out in Iceland can easily cost $50 per person for a simple burger and a lunch of gas station hot dogs will be $18-$20 per person.

If you do the math, you will see that eating out and visiting Iceland on a budget do not go hand in hand. So what do you do instead? If you want to save and experience local life, head to one of the supermarkets in Iceland, as mentioned above. Here, you can purchase a variety of more affordable lunch and dinner options ranging from frozen pizzas, canned soup, pasta and sauce, fresh fruits and veggies, meats and more.

Visiting Iceland on a budget means stocking up on food staples at grocery stores and then cooking yourself. The best part about going to grocery stores in Iceland is that you are really getting a peek into the everyday life that you wouldn’t have gotten by doing out to dinner.

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Forgo The 4×4 Vehicle And Stick With Renting A 2×2 Car If You Want To Visit Iceland On A Budget

If you want to rent a 4×4 all-wheel-drive vehicle and you have saved the money for it, go right ahead! If you are like the rest of us who are already in sticker shock at the price of going to Iceland, opt for a 2×2 vehicle. No matter what time of year you are trying to visit Iceland on a budget, from the dead of winter to the height of summer, a 2×2 car will do just fine.

Unless you are going to visit the Highlands of Iceland or drive on any roads marked with an H or F, you will have absolutely no need for an expensive 4×4 vehicle. Not only do 4×4 vehicles cost more to rent, they also suck up gas much quicker and are more expensive to fill than a budget 2×2 car.

We have only rented a 2×2 during our trips to Iceland, including one in the dead of winter with lots of snow. Roads in Iceland are well-kept, so you don’t have to worry about getting stuck. If you are planning to drive the Ring Road or even just head to the south of Iceland or drive the Golden Circle, you will not need anything more than a 2×2 vehicle. This is a huge and unnecessary cost to cut if you want to visit Iceland on a budget.

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Avoid Drinking Alchohol If You Don’t Want To Blow Your Iceland Budget

Alchohol in Iceland carries a tax of 84% and the state has a monopoly on alcohol productions and sales. This makes buying and consuming alcohol in Iceland extremely cost prohibitive. Our best advice to you if you truly want to visit Iceland on a budget to is simply avoid drinking alcohol, especially in bars, unless you want to spend a pretty penny. One bottle of beer at a store can cost $5-$6USD and the price just goes up when you get to a bar. This is for a simple beer and doesn’t even consider the cost of hard liquor.

If you truly cannot survive your trip to Iceland on a budget without a drink now and again, buy your liquor from the duty-free store in the Keflavik Airport and grab some mixers at the grocery store and create your own drinks. Of course, never drink and drive, but indulging at your lodging is perfectly okay and a little cheaper than purchasing alcohol on the go or at a bar. Either way, if you feel like you are going to want liquor, make sure there is room in your Iceland budget for this splurge.

Iceland On A Budget: 5 Things You're Forgetting To Save For

Stay In An Airbnb Or Go Camping In Iceland Instead Of Choosing A Hostel Or Hotel

There is a common misconception that hostels are cheaper than staying in an Airbnb. You have to do a little research to find the right Airbnb, but the platform is easy to manage and you will most likely enjoy staying in an Airbnb more than a hostel. If you are looking to travel Iceland on a budget, consider the following comparison.

Let’s pretend that a hostel in Iceland costs $35 per person per night for a dorm of 6-8 people. That is $70 per night and you are sharing sleeping and living quarters with lots of others. Now, a nice shared Airbnb [maybe even an entire home!] in Iceland may cost as low as $50-$55 per night for two people. You will get your own private room and may have to share the restroom with less than a handful of other people. If you want to visit Iceland on a budget and aim to grocery shop and cook your own food, Airbnbs allow you to have access to a fully equipped kitchen and dining area where you can make and store your food.

Hotels do not offer any cooking space so you will be forced to go out to eat and spend a ton of money, on top of the money you already spent booking the hotel. If you are serious about traveling Iceland on a budget, you could also consider camping in Iceland. Many people choose to rent a campervan, but if you want to save even more you can choose to tent camp. Tent camping in Iceland is doable but not for the faint of heart. Campsites in Iceland are affordable and you can buy a camping card that gives you access to a variety around the island.

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Go With Someone Else So You Can Split The Cost

If you can, plan your trip to Iceland on a budget with a friend, significant other, or family member. Even better? Get a group of people to travel with for max fun and minimal spending. We will never discourage people from solo traveling to Iceland and it is quite affordable, but going in a group will obviously cut costs because you will be able to split the bill with other travelers.

We recommend choosing to go to Iceland on a budget with an even amount of people, so you aren’t stuck booking an extra bedroom or campervan or whatever for one extra person. Of course, if your group indeed is uneven, consider this when figuring out your Iceland budget. Going to Iceland with someone else or with a group will give you someone to split the cost of the car rental, accommodations, food, gas, and more with.

Iceland On A Budget: 5 Things You're Forgetting To Save For

Bring Your Own Reusable Water Bottle And Save The Earth [And Money!]

The tap water in Iceland is some of the purest and most delicious water in the world. It is fresh and clean straight from the ground so you are good to drink it! Hot water in Iceland comes from the volcanic nature of the island and is heated underground and it is not recommended to drink hot water as sulfur is present.

Since the water in Iceland is so clean and delicious, save yourself money and pack a reusable water bottle so you can just fill up at a nearby sink when necessary. We always recommend purchasing a water bottle with a filter, just in case, and we love our Bobble Water Bottles. They are affordable and have saved us on numerous occasions. Like everything else, purchasing bottled water in Iceland can cost a lot of money and it is completely pointless when the tap water is so safe and tasty. Pack your own water bottle and you are one step closer to visiting Iceland on a budget.

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What is your favorite pro-tip for visiting Iceland on a budget? Did you experience anything we mentioned during your trip? Were there any additional expenses that made your Iceland trip cost add up? Let us know in the comments! 

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10 Budget Iceland Travel Tips To Help You Save Hundreds

On the hunt for the best Iceland travel tips for visiting the country on a budget? We have got you covered! While Iceland can be incredibly expensive, there are ways to see this beautiful and extreme country without breaking the bank. While there are a lot of generic travel tips for Iceland, we wanted to narrow them down if you are specifically looking to visit Iceland on a budget. These money saving tips have the potential to save you hundreds, and possibly thousands, of dollars, depending on how closely you follow them.

We have traveled to Iceland multiple times and always love sharing our Iceland travel tips with others. Thousands have successfully visited Iceland on a budget by following our tips and tricks and we want to help you do the same and make your trip of going to Iceland come true! Our Iceland travel tips will cover a variety of ways to see the country without breaking the bank. Planning a trip to Iceland doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg if you do it correctly!

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10 Budget Iceland Travel Tips For Your First Visit

#1. Renting A 2×2 Car Is One Of The Best Budget Travel Tips For Iceland

No matter what time of year you are driving in Iceland, you can get away with renting a 2×2 vehicle. Even if you are here looking for Iceland travel tips for winter, you can get away with a two-wheel drive car. This is one of our favorite Iceland travel tips because it is a common misconception when traveling to Iceland is that you need a 4×4 vehicle and that is the only way to get around, especially in winter. This is simply untrue! A 4×4 vehicle can cost double or triple what renting a 2×2 costs, and unless you plan to go into the Icelandic highlands, it is an unnecessary cost.

Whether you are visiting in winter or summer, this Iceland travel tip can apply to you because roads are quite good and well maintained. Whether you are staying in Reykjavik, driving the Golden Circle, or heading out along the Ring Road, a 2×2 will suffice. Driving off-road in Iceland is illegal anyway and all of the best things to see in Iceland are right off the main road. This is one of our favorite travel tips for Iceland to save hundreds of dollars right from the start of your trip.

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#2. Avoid Going Out To Eat At All Costs

If you really want to shave hundreds of dollars off the cost of your trip, this is one of our most important Iceland travel tips for saving money. Going out to dinner in Iceland cost prohibitively expensive. We have shared this Iceland travel tip with many people and some didn’t listen and complained about the tons of money they threw away on cheap Icelandic food. A single burger and fries can run upwards of $50 per person and an Icelandic gas station hot dog can run $14 USD. Do the math and you will see that these expenses add up quickly, especially if you are visiting Iceland for more than a few days.

If you are looking to save money, one of the best Iceland travel tips is to go to grocery stores in Iceland. We have this handy guide detailing all you need to know about supermarkets in Iceland. Surprisingly, food at grocery stores in Iceland really isn’t all that expensive which is why we like to recommend this as one of our money-saving Iceland travel tips. Buy staples from the grocery store and then cook at your accommodation. It is usually pretty cold in Iceland, so you can even leave perishables outside, especially if you are traveling in winter. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and canned soups are a good idea.

Unless you have a lot of money to burn, Iceland isn’t the place to go for wining and dining. We have gone to Iceland multiple times and only ate out at a noodle shop in Reykjavik once because we had no other option [and it was $10 per person]. One of our most valuable Iceland travel tips is to get into the mindset that Iceland is about experiencing the landscape, not the food! Unless, of course, you budget hundreds of dollars per person and you really want to eat the food. Otherwise, grocery stores in Iceland are your friend!

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#3. Visiting Iceland During The Winter Or Off-Season Is One Of Our Favorite Iceland Travel Tips

We have talked about saving hundreds, but if you are looking to save thousands of dollars on your entire Iceland trip cost, plan that trip during the winter or visit during the off-season. If you follow all of our other Iceland travel tips listed here and go to Iceland during the low-season, you will be saving yourself thousands of dollars. The off-season is the best time to go to Iceland for a variety of reasons, but one of the biggest is the amount of money you will save.

When asked by friends and family for travel tips for Iceland, we always recommend going during the shoulder season or visiting in winter. Even delaying your trip to Iceland from June or July and going in April or September will save you a boatload of cash. All of your favorite things to see such as the waterfalls in Iceland or all the cute animals in Iceland will still be there, no matter what time of year you visit! Plus, if you hate snow, these months will allow you to experience all the beauty Iceland has to offer without the snow and without spending thousands during the summer. If all of these reasons weren’t enough, traveling during the low season means less competing with other tourists at sightseeing hotspots and more availability for hotels!

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#4. Camping In Iceland Is A Surefire Way To Save

Camping in Iceland isn’t for the faint of heart, but if you are more adventurous, then these Iceland travel tips are for you! We put together this guide for camping in Iceland and camping is the cheapest way to sleep during your time in Iceland. If you choose to tent camp in Iceland, we recommend going during the warmer months and not during the winter. The elements in Iceland are quite extreme so sleeping outdoors in the winter is never recommended.

That being said, renting a campervan is one of the travel tips for Iceland many people recommend, especially if you want to camp in winter. Campervans can run from $80-$150 per day and you are able to pack in multiple people and split the cost. They protect you from the elements and allow you to camp all over the island. Tent camping in Iceland costs the least, especially if you bring all of your own gear, but renting a campervan and splitting the cost among friends, will allow you to save big too.

If you are planning on camping in Iceland, make sure to buy food from the grocery store and cook on a camp stove or on the back of your camper van. Not only will you save on accommodations, but you will save on gas too! These travel tips for Iceland aren’t for everyone, but if you love camping and being in the heart of nature, there is no better way to see the island on a budget!

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#5. Choose An Airbnb Over A Hotel Or Hostel If Camping Isn’t For You

If camping isn’t for you [and we don’t blame you!], make sure to choose an Airbnb over a hotel or hostel. Airbnbs in Iceland are the perfect way to see the country and interact with the locals. Staying at an Airbnb in Iceland is one of the best Iceland travel tips for going on a budget because Airbnb allows you to save money by staying in someone else’s home. For example, hostels in Iceland may cost $50 per person where you share a room with 6-12 other guests. On the other hand, a room at an Airbnb in Iceland cost us $50 and we got our own private room and only shared with the owner and one other guest. Split between two people, that is just $25 per person, per night, instead of $100 per night!

Hotels in Iceland are quite pricey, so if you are looking for travel tips for Iceland on a budget, Airbnb is the way to go. Even if you want to spend more money on a nicer Airbnb, you can rent an entire home for $80-$100 a night. Unlike a hotel, an entire home Airbnb will give you access to a full kitchen where you can cook all meals, saving you even more money. Staying at a hotel forces you to go out to eat for every meal which will tack on hundreds of extra dollars to your Iceland trip cost. This Iceland travel tip will easily save you hundreds of dollars!

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#6.You Don’t Need To Bring Cash Or Withdraw Money

In all of our times traveling to Iceland, we have never withdrawn any money or even held a single Icelandic Krona. Your credit or debit card will work just fine pretty much everywhere during your trip. This is one of those Iceland travel tips that will end up saving you money but that you probably wouldn’t even consider! If you withdraw money or change money at the airport, you will be paying a pricey conversion fee to the company or an ATM fee at your bank. Since pretty much everywhere in Iceland accepts credit and debit cards, save yourself some money [heavens knows you will need it!] and skip withdrawing cash.

That being said, if you need to get gas in Iceland, you will need a pin if you hope to pay at the pump. This means that your zip code on a credit card will not work and you will have to use your debit card. If you arrive in Iceland and you do not have a debit card and your credit card won’t work at the pump, simply go inside and the attendant will help you with no issues. If this is the case, make sure to fill up early and often so you don’t get stranded at a gas station after the shop has closed with no way to check out.

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#7. Avoid Driving The Entire Ring Road For A Huge Money-Saving Iceland Travel Tip

This may be one of our more controversial Iceland travel tips, but hear us out! If you are doing a road trip in Iceland we recommend skipping driving the entire Ring Road to save money. We created this 5 Day Iceland Road Trip Itinerary that focuses on the south and eastern parts of Iceland and hits many memorable locations from waterfalls and black sand beaches to glacier lagoons and geysers.

There is no nice way to say it, but gas in Iceland is expensive as all get out and there is travel tip for Iceland to save money on it. You are stuck paying gas prices if you hope to drive. A way to save money on gas is to simply drive less. Filling up a gas tank on a compact economy car costs us $80, if that gives you any indication of the gas prices [and another reason why renting a 2×2 is one of our Iceland travel tips!] There are so many things to see and do in Iceland that you don’t have to drive the whole Ring Road to feel like you saw and enjoyed all that Iceland has to offer! If you are looking to save, simply driving less is an easy way to save you hundreds of dollars.

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#8. Fly A Budget Airline And Don’t Pay For “Extras”

If you are looking Iceland travel tips that will help you save big, this one is for you! In addition to visiting Iceland during the off-season or winter, make sure to fly a budget airline, such as WOW air. We have flown WOW air upwards of 8 times and haven’t had a single problem. This is a huge travel tip for Iceland if you are looking to save money! Keep an eye out because WOW air often runs specials for $99 flights to Iceland. This price truly cannot be beaten by any other carriers!

One of our money-saving Iceland travel tips for flying on a budget airline is to bring your own food and snacks on the plane and to check your bag instead of carrying it on. Believe it or not, a checked bag is often cheaper than a carry-on! Make sure to stay under the size and weight limits so you don’t get charged extra. In addition, be sure to carefully consider whether or not you really need to pay extra for a seat selection. Finally, make sure to download movies on your personal device so you don’t have to pay extra for the in-flight ipads WOW air gives out [for a fee.]

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#9. If Possible, Travel To Iceland With A Group Of Friends So You Can Split The Cost

If you are looking to save money, consider traveling to Iceland with a group of friends or family members so you can all split the cost. Although solo travel to Iceland is completely safe and feasible, you are left shouldering the cost of the entire trip. If you are a solo traveler reading this, we still encourage you to go to Iceland, but be aware you will have to pay a bit more than those traveling in a group. This is one of those travel tips for Iceland that doesn’t apply to everyone but is nice to consider if it applies to you.

Visiting Iceland with a group of friends or family means that you will have people to split the cost of the car rental, gas, grocery bill, accommodations and more. We recommend heading to Iceland with an even amount of people in your group as an uneven amount means one extra room or an extra car that you need to rent. Traveling in a group of two or four is a great Iceland travel tip for saving money on many aspects of your trip to the island.

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#10. Pack A Reusable Water Bottle And Drink From The Tap

One of our favorite Iceland travel tips is to pack a reusable filtered water bottle and drink from the tap! Iceland is home to some of the cleanest and most pristine water in the world. That being said, their hot and warm water is heated by natural sulfur springs under the earth so when filling up your water bottle, ensure that the tap is turned all the way to the cold side so you don’t drink the sulphuric water. Although it is totally okay for showering and swimming, it is not advised to drink it!

Save money in Iceland by not buying bottled water or drinks at the grocery store or gas station, and instead pack your own reusable water bottle. Since everyone reacts to water differently, no matter how pristine, we always recommend buying a water bottle with a filter to ensure all the pathogens are filtered out. We love our Bobble Water Bottle and it has saved us from getting sick when traveling on many occasions.

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By following these budget Iceland travel tips you have the potential to save hundreds, and possibly thousands of dollars on the cost of your trip, depending on how long you stay in Iceland. When you add up the cost you are saving on accommodations by staying in an Airbnb or camping, the cost difference of going during the off-season, the money you save on gas by not driving the whole ring road, the amount you save by splitting with friends, the cost of flying on WOW air and more, you find yourself saving a whole ton of money on going to Iceland!

We are sharing these travel tips for Iceland with you because it is our passion to help people like you make their dream of going to Iceland without breaking the bank a reality! Iceland is expensive and it is fantastic all at the same time, but that doesn’t mean you can’t save a ton of money to make it slightly less expensive than it could have been! If you have any questions at all, feel free to comment below and we will be happy to answer your questions!

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Ireland Packing List: 10 Things You Are Forgetting To Bring

Looking to make sure your Ireland packing list is complete before you head to the Emerald Isle? If you are looking for a detailed list of what to wear in Ireland, you have come to the wrong place. Instead, we are here to make sure you did not forget the most important things when packing for Ireland. We have been to Ireland countless times. In fact, it was the very first country we visited abroad, where we took our most famous photograph, and one of our most beloved countries to travel to.

10 Things To Not Forget On Your Ireland Packing List

Ireland is a land of moderate extremes. It is not as extreme as the weather in Iceland, but not as mild as a trip to Florida. Instead, Ireland is moderate but unpredictable. The rain in Ireland is unlike the rain in the Pacific Northwest or the rain in the Caribbean. What we mean by all this jabbering on is that when you are looking for what to pack for Ireland, you need to be prepared for anything.

Gathering your clothing together and checking off your Ireland packing list can be a little stressful. We are here to make sure you have packed every little detail so that you have the best trip to Ireland possible! Whether you are traveling to Ireland in winter or summer, there are a few things you need to check and make sure you bring along for the ride!

10 Things To Not Forget On Your Ireland Packing List

#1. A Balaclava Is A “Must” For Any Ireland Packing List

Never heard of a balaclava before? You are in for a real treat! Balaclavas are like a scarf that you don’t have to wrap or hold in place. You can buy a half balaclava that only covers the neck [recommended for summer travel to Ireland] or you can purchase a full balaclava that covers your head too.A balaclava is a must-pack article of clothing for Ireland because it has many functions and holds up well against Ireland’s potentially windy or rainy weather.

We recommend packing one, just in case, even if you are traveling to Ireland during the summer. We have visited Ireland in the summer and we didn’t pack warm enough clothing and ended up being quite cold! If you are looking for what to wear in Ireland during the off-season or winter, a balaclava will be your best friend! The wind in Ireland, especially along the coast, can have a habit of “unwrapping” a scarf from your neck. So instead of dealing with that, simply pack a balaclava. It does dual purpose as a hat too!

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#2. A Travel Adaptor Specifically Designed For Irish Outlets

Listen up folks: If you think your European plug adaptor [or European plugs, if you are from Europe] will work in Ireland you are mistaken. Make sure to add a travel adaptor specifically designed for Irish outlets to your Ireland packing list. This is an essential item to pack for Ireland because American AND European plugs do not work in Irish outlets. Many people travel to Ireland without considering what to pack for Ireland down to the smallest detail and are left having to buy expensive adaptors or not being able to charge their devices. Don’t make this mistake and think ahead by throwing one of these little guys on your Ireland packing list.

#3. A Swimsuit Is One Of The More Unexpected Things To Pack For Ireland

Didn’t think a swimsuit would make this list of what to pack for Ireland, did you? Spas in Ireland are fantastic and if you are staying in a hotel, you will probably get to have access to one. Unlike spas in other parts of the world, spas in Ireland usually do not let you go to the spa in the nude. If you are hoping to take advantage of the spa facilities in your hotel, make sure to add a swimsuit to your Ireland packing list so you don’t end up breaking a rule you may not have known existed.

In addition, there are many outdoor swimming pools that you can enjoy while traveling to Ireland in the summer or warmer months. You may even get roped into jumping off cliffs in Ireland, so be sure to add your bathing suit to your Ireland packing list! You never know what sort of fun you may get into!

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#4. Waterproof Rainboots So Your Feet Stay 100% Dry

We had never worn waterproof rainboots until we went to Ireland. Now we are obsessed and have brought them on countless trips! Sure, waterproof shoes are okay when looking for what to wear in Ireland, but they usually only cover up to your ankle. Waterproof rainboots generally cover up to the knee. We are obsessed with these Hunter Rainboots and they are the best money we have ever spent on shoes. If you don’t want to spend the money on Hutner Boots, check out this more affordable option. Add rain boots to your Ireland packing list if you especially hate wet feet.

Waterproof rain boots go from the streets of Dublin to hiking in the soggy ground to walking along the coast like nobodies business. Your feet won’t get remotely wet and a pair of warm socks keep your feet feeling cozy. You can dress them up or down and they wipe clean easily.

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#5. A Drone, In Case You Want To Capture Ireland From Above

Sure, we have all heard about bringing a GoPro and a camera to capture your travels to Ireland, but what about adding a drone to your Ireland packing list? Drones are rising in popularity and it is no surprise! It is just so much fun to capture the world from above! Drones are more affordable and easier to fly than ever before. If you are looking for what to bring to Ireland to capture your trip in a unique way, a drone is perfect!

We always suggest buying from DJI and recommend the DJI Spark if you are looking to spend a little less money or the DJI Mavic Pro or Mavic Air if you are looking to invest a little more money. Drones are such a fun way to capture your travels and Ireland is the perfect place to fly. Be careful when flying along the coast if it is windy! You don’t want your new drone to get taken away into the sea!

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#6. Multiple Memory Cards So You Don’t Have To Worry About Running Out Of Space

Ireland is such a stunning country! From the rugged coastline to castles and green pastures, there will always be something to take a photo of! If you have a camera on your Ireland packing list, you need to add additional memory cards on your list of what to pack for Ireland as well. Unless you are packing a computer for Ireland, you will not be able to upload photos and clear your existing memory card.

Purchasing additional memory cards cost under $20 and take up no space in your luggage when packing for Ireland. Having a backup can have the potential to save you a lot of heartache if something goes awry! There is nothing worse than coming across that perfect moment and then finding out you don’t have enough space to capture it on your camera!

#7. Don’t Forget To Bring Earplugs When Considering What To Pack For Ireland

Traveling to Ireland isn’t particularly a noisy affair, but if you are staying in Dublin, you may encounter some noise from your nearby neighbors. That being said, if you plan to travel around Ireland by staying in hostels or shared Airbnbs, you should totally add earplugs to your Ireland packing list. Sleeping in a hotel or unfamiliar space may cause you to stay awake and have a hard time sleeping. Adding earplugs to your list of what to pack for Ireland will help you focus on quiet and get some much-needed shuteye. Bonus: You can use your earplugs if you are hoping to sleep on the plane on your way to/from Ireland.

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#8. Packing A Windproof Jacket Will Save You In Ireland

Yes, we are sure that all posts that talk about what to pack for Ireland tell you to bring a waterproof and windproof jacket. That being said, we have actually done to Ireland multiple times without bringing anything heavier than a sweater and we have been sorry. Yes, even traveling to Ireland during the summer can be chilly, especially when you are from Florida like us. Do not make the same mistake we did when thinking about what to pack for a trip to Ireland.

Bring a windproof jacket so that you stay warm and dry. Windproof jackets fold up small so they don’t take up much space in your luggage, but they will save you when needed. We have gone to Ireland with nothing more than a cardigan and it was not enough, even during a summer trip! Don’t make our mistake and add a windbreaker to your Ireland packing list.

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#9. When Packing For Ireland, Don’t Forget A Portable Power Bank

Whether you are going on one of the many tours in Ireland, walking around Dublin for the day, or doing an Ireland road trip, your phone is probably going to die quickly. When packing for Ireland, make sure to purchase a portable power bank to bring along for the trip. Portable power banks generally cost from $10-$40 and will help you recharge your phone on the go.

You will be using your phone a lot during your trip to Ireland because you will be taking lots of photos and using social media apps to share your fun with friends back home. Avoid your phone dying by bringing a small power bank and you will thank us later! If there is one thing to add to your Ireland packing list, this is it!

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#10. Add A Poncho, Instead Of An Umbrella, To Your Ireland Packing List

Looking to save space but still stay dry? Add a poncho to your Ireland packing list instead of a travel umbrella! Unless you are outfitted in a waterproof jacket, pants, and shoes, you are going to need something to stay dry in the event of an Irish squall. A poncho folds up teeny tiny in your suitcase and is easy to throw into a backpack when you’re are sightseeing. It is quick to whip out and put on and keeps you more covered than an umbrella. When considering what to pack for Ireland, make sure you pick a poncho that is made of quality material so it doesn’t rip when you put it on.

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We hope that this post helped answered some of your questions regarding what to pack for Ireland! Let us know if you have any additional questions regarding your Ireland packing list in the comments! We would be happy to help!

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10 Black Travel Bloggers That Will Inspire You To See The World

Looking for some black travel bloggers who are inspiring as hell? While every travel blogger out there is pretty darn cool, this group is doing great things and going great places, all while staying kind. In the past, we have highlighted our favorite interracial couple travel bloggers and that article went over very well! It is important for us, as a mixed race couple, to showcase diversity and intersectionality on our website.

While black travel bloggers represent a small but growing portion of the overall travel blogging industry, black people DO travel and having role models in business, life, travel, photography and more is important.

We love following hundreds of travel bloggers and we wanted to put this list together to share our favorite black travel bloggers with you! If you don’t follow all of these fantastic folks already, we promise that you won’t be able to get through this list without being inspired and without finding a few new favorites!

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10 Black Travel Bloggers Who Will Inspire You To See The World

#1. Terrence Drysdale from Follow Me Away

What list featuring black travel bloggers would be complete without including our own Terrence? Terrence runs half of Follow Me Away and mainly takes care of all of the bright and striking photography. Terrence is one of our favorite black travel bloggers for obvious reasons, but especially because he stays humble and friendly no matter how successful [or unsuccessful] he may be.

In addition, he runs his own website and Instagram account for his own personal brand TJ Drysdale. Terrence aims to show, through Follow Me Away, the Follow Me Away Project, and his own personal photography, that people should never judge a book by its cover. Following Follow Me Away means seeing Terrence playing basketball in a foreign country on Instagram stories then heading back to our Airbnb to edit photos taken earlier that day!

#2. Courtney Blacher From The World In Four Days

Courtney is a badass boss lady traveler and single mom of Reese [who also owns her own business at just 8!]. Originally a nurse, Courtney left her job to focus on The World In Four Days and has been killing it ever since. She is one of our favorite black travel bloggers because her content is crisp and clean and her writing style is funny and interesting.

The World In Four Days focuses on literally just that, exploring the world in four days. Not everyone has time to travel full time and Courtney is one of the black travel bloggers that focuses on helping the everyday person plan their short-term travel. We love that she fills this niche and it inspires us to remember that not all fulfilling travel has to be for months at a time!

#3. Yaya From Hand Luggage Only

Not only does Yaya from Hang Luggage Only make our list of top black travel bloggers, the account makes our top list of all travel bloggers ever! Yaya and his partner Lloyd are travel blogger goals, bringing in over 1 million monthly views, creating visually stunning content on their blog, paving the way for other travel bloggers on Pinterest, and creating a diehard fan base that includes us!

Yaya is one of our favorite black travel bloggers because he sets out to create authentic content that readers want to read. Instead of writing for views or writing just for brands, Hand Luggage Only creates content and stories that are interesting to readers and things that people actually relate to and want to see. Yaya makes up half of one of the best travel blog powerhouse duos that we know and you need to follow Hand Luggage Only right now. Check them out and tell us we are wrong.

#4. Oneika From Oneika The Traveler

No list featuring black travel bloggers, female travel bloggers, or travel influencers, in general, would be complete without featuring Oneika from Oneika The Traveler. Originally a teacher, Oneika is now the host of multiple shows and web series for the Travel Channel. Yes, THE Travel Channel. Oneika is also the owner of her own travel website and very active on social media. Oh, and she has been to 100 countries and counting!

We love that Oneika doesn’t shy away from talking about politics or difficult topics on her blog and discusses topics such as traveling as a black woman or being black in the travel industry. She regularly keynotes at travel conferences, is active on Instagram stories to give people a peek into her life, writes interesting and intriguing travel stories, and creates beautiful and colorful photographic content. What isn’t to love?

#6. Danasia From The Urban Realist

We love Danasia because she expertly blends travel blogging and lifestyle in one neat little package. Danasia always seems to be on the go and we love following her journey on Instagram and her blog, The Urban Realist. The tones in her photography set her apart from the crowd and we love the unique tone and style she uses when writing her content!

If you are looking for a black travel blogger that also talks about what to do when you are home, Danasia is the girl for you! In real life, many of us aren’t on the go 24/7, so we appreciate a blog that highlights travel with a little bit of style thrown in.  A black style blogger AND travel blogger? We are hooked and have been for a long time!

#7. Karl From Karl Shakur

While Karl has his own website, he isn’t exactly a travel blogger but more of a travel Instagrammer. We are including him on this list because we think his work is completely epic and he is the only black guy we know shooting such a dreamy type of travel photography. [If you know more, comment or message us!] Karl is currently studying architecture while traveling and posting on Instagram in his spare time.

That hasn’t stopped Karl Shakur from partnering with big brands to create inspiring content or from traveling all over the world. He is one of our favorite black travelers because he is doing something completely unique and unexpected. His work has us always eager to see more and his Instagram stories are hilarious. We know that you will love following Karl as much as we do!

#8. Bertaut From World Travel Adventurers

Bertaut, from World Travel Adventurers, is all luxury all the time! His “day job” is an engineer but his life as a black travel blogger and half of World Travel Adventurers [along with his wife Alexis], focuses on luxury travel for couples and families. We love that Bertaut is hilarious and handles the World Travel Adventurers Instagram Stories where his wit really shines. He is one of the black travel bloggers who successfully balance a full-time career AND travel and that is pretty darn inspiring.

Bertaut travels to some well-known destinations such as Iceland and Las Vegas, but we love when he takes readers to far-flung places such as Oman or the Maldives. Following Bertaut means keeping up with his adorable family and two kids who are always getting into something, making his journey as a black male travel blogger all that much more interesting! Bertaut is also a drone master, so if you love seeing the world from above, you will love following World Travel Adventurers.

#9. Glo From The Blog Abroad

Glo is one of the black travel bloggers who just keeps making waves in the industry and inspiring people around the world. Glo built her travel business, The Blog Abroad, from the ground up and has currently been to 61 countries and counting. Glo’s writing style and personality are REAL. She keeps it 100% all of the time and that is one of the reasons her large and growing following totally loves her! If you are offended easily, then Glo may not be for you but that doesn’t stop her from doing her thing.

While we love reading about her travels and following her on social media, we also appreciate when she takes the time to talk about her experience traveling as a black American abroad on her website. Even when it comes to discussing difficult topics, Glo talks about them in a raw and honest style that keeps her followers constantly coming back for more. We are obsessed with the way Glo is always laughing and having a good time in her Instagram photos and that she does a lot of shots with her face in them [something that we don’t really do as much as we should!]

#10. Kerwin From Loyalty Travels [And Many More!]

Kerwin is one of our favorite black travel bloggers because he is focused on a very specific niche and that is air travel. Kerwin McKenzie has visited a whopping 121 countries and has flown on 172 different airlines! Wow, can you say impressive! As a black travel blogger, Kerwin makes his business focus on you, the reader, more so than himself. This is evident on his social media and on his websites [yes, he owns multiple!] where photos focus more on the experience of travel more than on himself.

Kerwin speaks at travel conferences around the world and is constantly talking all things air travel. He has covered luxury first-class air travel all the way down to flying a budget flight for 17 hours in the last row. If you want to learn about a specific airline or even a specific type of plane, make sure to check out Kerwin on his websites and social media. His advice was instrumental in helping us choose the best seat for our long-haul flight to India!

We could go on and write a novel about all of the black travel bloggers that you should follow, but for the sake of time, we have narrowed it down to the 10 deserving souls listed above. We are aware that there are many black male bloggers and black female bloggers we didn’t include and that we may not even know about so we would love for you to share their name in the comments so we can check them out!

If you are a black travel blogger, we would love to hear from you and connect over the web and on social media! Black travel bloggers represent a small but growing population in the travel blogging industry and we love meeting new and inspiring folks and we hope you do too!

Do you have a favorite black travel blogger that we should follow? Let us know who they are in the comments and we will be sure to check them out! Did you find a new favorite to follow from our list above? Good! We are excited for you and thanks for reading! 

Top 10 Animals In Iceland You May See During Your Trip

Are you wondering what kind of animals in Iceland, you can expect to see? Beleive it or not, there are only a few types of wildlife in Iceland that are native and many that were brought to the country by humans. People love to travel to Iceland for the stunning landscapes and the animals in Iceland are often an afterthought. We think this is a shame because most Icelandic animals are cute and not that dangerous.

Unlike other Arctic locations like Alaska or Canada, there are no bears in Iceland! The last polar bears in Iceland were gone by the end of the last Ice Age so if you are worried about running into bears, Iceland is the perfect place for you to visit. There aren’t really any dangerous animals such as bears or wolves in Iceland that will be an immediate threat to humans either! Wildlife in Iceland is more cute, for the most part, than scary, such as a wolf! That doesn’t mean you such mess with a fox though, as they can be dangerous when provoked.

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When interacting with the animals of Iceland, be sure to always keep a safe distance, never feed them, and never approach them, especially when they have babies nearby. Animals in Iceland are often harmless if you follow these simple rules and stay a safe distance away. If you encounter one of the wild animals in Iceland, it is a good idea to stay in your car when viewing the animals, unless they are very far away. If you encounter a domesticated animal in Iceland such as the Icelandic horse, you are generally safe to get out of your car.

There are two overall types of animals in Iceland, domesticated/farm animals and wild animals in Iceland! Domesticated animals are the animals you will see in fences or driving along the roads whereas wildlife in Iceland may be a little harder to spot, depending on how long you are in Iceland and what time of year you travel to Iceland.  Either way, there is a high chance you will see some of the animals of Iceland, whether they are domesticated, wild, or both!

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Top 10 Animals In Iceland You May See During Your Trip

#1.You have a high chance of seeing horses in Iceland

Horses in Iceland are some of the cutest and most majestic animals you will ever see! These are one of the farm animals in Iceland that are actually friendly and really love people. If you are taking a road trip in Iceland or driving pretty much anywhere in Iceland, there is a high chance you will see one of the Icelandic horses. Horses in Iceland will come up to the fence and want to be pet and fed.

That being said, do not feed the horses in Iceland anything other than the grass on the other side of the fence that they simply cannot reach. Natural vegetation such as grass is okay for the horses in Iceland, but many tourists feed them human food. Human food is harmful to the animals in Iceland and should be kept to yourself. Do not ever walk on a property that has a do not trespass sign on it in order to get a closer look at the horses of Iceland.

Wherever you drive in Iceland, horses will most likely make an appearance. That being said, some of the most friendly and easily accessible horses in Iceland can be found along the Golden Circle drive or on your way to the south of Iceland. These animals in Iceland on the golden circle are easy to find and pet as they are located right on the side of the road. Make sure to pull into a pull-out or driveway so that you do not park right on the road if you want to pet the horses of Iceland.

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#2. Sheep one of the most abundant farm animals in Iceland you may come across

Sheep are pretty much everywhere in Iceland! Another farm animal, sheep in Iceland are common in pastures almost everywhere in Iceland. Sometimes, the sheep in Iceland will escape their pastures and will wander in the road so make sure to keep an eye out for a stray sheep! These animals of Iceland are used for their meat and wool and are quite harmless but shouldn’t be fed or touched. Sheep are very skittish and are often grazing on grass and should never be fed.

Unlike the horses, sheep are one of the animals in Iceland you shouldn’t try to approach. Enjoy them from your car or from behind the fence, but don’t try to pet them.

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#3. Reindeer in Iceland are common in the east

While there may not be any polar bears in Iceland, there certainly are reindeer! Reindeer in Iceland are most common in the east. During our time in Iceland, we have seen the most reindeer near the town of Hofn, located in east Iceland. Reindeer in Iceland should never be approached or fed and you shouldn’t get out of your car near these animals of Iceland. Reindeer have huge antlers and have the potential to be quite dangerous.

If reindeer in Iceland are close by, stay in your car for photographing, filming, or viewing them. If they are quite a distance away, it should be safe to get out of your car for a few moments, but be cautious and stay safe. Viewing wildlife in Iceland should be safe for both you and them!

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#4. Seals are one of the most popular coastal animals in Iceland

If you are visiting any of the beaches in Iceland or Iceland’s famous glacier lagoon, you may see a seal! We have been to Iceland’s glacier lagoon twice and both times we have seen cute and curious seals swimming around and playing in the water. Seals are one of the most popular marine animals in Iceland so keep your eyes peeled!

Seals will be a little difficult to spot, so look for a little head bobbing in the water and swimming about and you may have found a seal! Seals are one of the more playful types of wildlife in Iceland and they are quite enjoyable to watch from the beach. Iceland’s glacier lagoon is a popular place to spot seals so if you visit, make sure to keep an eye out!

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#5. Depending on when you visit, you may see puffins in Iceland

If you travel to Iceland during the summer, you have a high chance of spotting puffins! Puffins are common all over Iceland during the summer and the early or late shoulder seasons such as May or September. Puffins nest and fish along the coast of Iceland in the north, east, south, and west. If you are only staying in the south of Iceland or are looking for where to find puffins in Iceland close to Reykjavik, head to Dyrholaey on Iceland’s south coast. This is a popular place to spot these animals of Iceland.

If you are driving the whole Ring Road, you can head to Grímsey island in North Iceland or Borgarfjörður Eystri in east Iceland for the best puffing spotting in Iceland. Puffins in Iceland congregate along the coast and fish and preen along the rocks so you will have to visit one of the many beaches in Iceland or some cliffs in order to see these popular summer animals in Iceland.

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#6. Arctic Foxes in Iceland are hit or miss to spot

Lots of people, especially photographers, hope to see the adorable Arctic Foxes in Iceland. These foxes are very cute but more difficult to spot than farm animals in Iceland like the horses or sheep or wild birds. In the winter, these foxes have snowy white coats to help them blend into the Arctic wilderness. In the summer, foxes in Iceland turn a brown-black color. If you plan to visit the Icelandic highlands, you have a higher chance of spotting Arctic Foxes in Iceland as there is less traffic and the area is more remote.

That being said, don’t be surprised if you run across one of these animals in Iceland randomly. On our last trip to Iceland, we almost ran over an Arctic Fox who ran in front of our car while we were driving in the pitch black! Thankfully, we did not, but it is a good lesson to keep your eyes out at all times for animals in Iceland.

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#7. Whales in Iceland can be seen if you take a whale watching tour

Whales are one of the animals in Iceland that you actually have to go in search of if you hope to see them. It is relatively unlikely that you will be hanging out along the Icelandic coast and you will spot a whale. This can and does happen, but if you really want to see whales in Iceland, you need to book a whale watching tour. There are tons of whale watching tours in Iceland and they really aren’t that expensive.

These tours take you to find huge whales and know the best spots and times of year to see these marine animals of Iceland. Tours to see whales in Iceland will not go out if the weather is particularly bad and the guides and tour operators know what is best.

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#8. If you are lucky, you may come across an Icelandic Sheepdog

Icelandic sheepdogs are made for just that, herding sheep! While we have never seen an Icelandic sheepdog, they are quite common on the farms of Iceland so if you are driving by or staying on a farm, you may see one of these cute and furry domesticated animals in Iceland. While they aren’t wild, you may certainly see them running in a field herding sheep or hanging out near a barn with their owners.

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#9. Goats are one of the animals of Iceland common in farmyards around the country

While there aren’t any wild goats in Iceland, you may see them hanging out with the popular and common Icelandic sheep. Especially if you are visiting or staying on a farm, these common animals of Iceland are used for their meat. Goats are one of the animals of Iceland that will literally try and eat anything so don’t feed them and don’t hold anything such as a hat or bag too near them or they may try and take a bite out of it. Although not the most interesting animals in Iceland, goats are common and will be seen around the island.

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#10. Seagulls are one of the ever-present animals in Iceland

Seagulls are one of those crazy animals that seem to pop up everywhere around the world. We have seen them in Florida, we have seen them in Peru, and we have seen them in Iceland. Seagulls are one of the most popular and common birds in Iceland and they are more robust and perfectly white and yellow than the ones you may see in warmer waters. Although they aren’t that interesting to look at, this is a list featuring the most common animals in Iceland that you will see so the seagull will make the list. Chances are you have seen these birds before and you will certainly see these animals in Iceland!

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Quick Tips Seeing Wildlife In Iceland:

  • Do not ever feed animals in Iceland. With the exception of the horses in Iceland, do not feed any animals in Iceland, unless you are working on a farm and are instructed to feed goats and sheep by the farmer. Never feed horses “people food” and never try and feed dogs or foxes.
  • Do not approach wild animals in Iceland. This should go without saying but you shouldn’t ever approach the wild animals in Iceland. Although they may seem harmless, a selfie with a reindeer may end badly for you and the reindeer. If you spot wild animals in Iceland, stay in your car or keep a safe distance away if you are hiking.
  • Leave no trace and always take your garbage. When hiking or driving in Iceland, never leave any garbage behind. A piece of stray plastic may look like a fish to a seal or a used cup or food container may seem appetizing to an Arctic Fox or seagull. The aim is to keep the animals of Iceland wild and leaving garbage behind harms them and the environment. Pack your leftovers into a plastic bag and throw them away when you get the chance. If you are camping in Iceland, do the wildlife a favor and keep everything safely in your car where they can’t reach it. The animals will thank you!
  • Check up on the best time of year to visit Iceland if you want to see certain animals. If you are looking to see specific animals such as puffins in Iceland, make sure to search the internet to make sure they will be around when you visit. Puffins are not in Iceland during the winter, so if you are traveling to Iceland in winter, don’t expect to see these birds. Other domestic animals in Iceland like the popular Icelandic horses are present all year round!

There are a variety of animals in Iceland to see on your trip to the Arctic! From cute foxes to majestic whales, keep your eye out and you may come face to face with wildlife in Iceland. 

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Best Jackets For Iceland To Pack Winter Or Summer

Are you searching for the best jackets for Iceland? The Icelandic climate is quite unique and different than what you are used to. That being said, the best jacket for Iceland may be the one you already own! Like our post on the best hiking boots for Iceland, this isn’t another post by some random person on the internet trying to tell you what to pack for Iceland just to make money. These are our tried and true suggestions.

We have been to Iceland multiple times and have, interestingly enough, worn different or multiple jackets in Iceland each and every time. On our way home from our first trip, we lost one of our jackets at the Boston Airport, never to be seen again. Another time, we were tired of the color of a specific jacket, so bought a new type. That isn’t to say those jackets for Iceland were bad in any way, just that we grew tired of the color or that we sadly lost one during travel. Any jackets for Iceland that we used that were unacceptable we, of course, will not be recommending in this post.

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All of these recommendations can be easily purchased from Amazon. If you don’t already have Amazon Prime, we suggest that you sign up for their free 30-day trial to get free 2-day shipping and returns, and then you can cancel the program after you come back from your trip. Amazon also has an amazing return policy and it is easy and free to ship back jackets you tried on and didn’t love.

When choosing your jacket for Iceland, we want you to remember two things. The first thing is that everyone is different and likes different things. We will suggest multiple jackets for Iceland for men and women here that we have personally worn and owned. It is up to you to choose the jacket for Iceland that you think is the best for you. The second thing is that we are Floridians and if we can choose jackets for Iceland and survive winter in Iceland, we are confident that you can too!

Best Jackets For Iceland In Winter

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Women’s Winter Jackets For Iceland

Ladies, we know that many of you usually like to look fashionable when traveling, even in winter. Iceland is not the place to be particularly fashionable. Iceland is the place to stay warm and dry. That is the goal here. When choosing a winter jacket for Iceland, you may have to spend a few extra bucks to invest in a quality jacket, especially if you live in a warm area. Iceland isn’t the place to skimp on spending money.

  • Women’s Mighty Lite III Jacket. This jacket is kind of a “catch-all” jacket for Iceland. You can wear it alone or wear it as a top layer over some other type of thermal sweater. It comes in so many colors so you can choose whichever you want! If you are looking to do photography in Iceland, colors that stand out such as red or bright blue are usually popular. We like to stick with black! 
  • Women’s Bugaboo Interchange Jacket. This jacket is a lifesaver to add to your Iceland packing list. This is the one that we got in purple and we just got tired of the color. It comes with a waterproof and windproof over-jacket and also comes with an under-jacket that provides a base layer of warmth. Victoria wears her base layer from this jacket under the first jacket suggested above when it is particularly cold. This is the perfect jacket for Iceland because this base layer zips into the waterproof layer to keep you warm and dry. 

  • Women’s Flurry Run Down Long Omni Heat Jacket Coat Hooded Parka. If you are looking to really invest in a jacket for Iceland, or if being fashionable is important to you, this jacket is your friend. It is long enough to cover your hips and legs and has a furry hood for extra warmth and fashion. This one is a bit pricey, so if you can’t drop that money then we suggest the first option mentioned here. 

Men’s Winter Jackets For Iceland

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Guys, like our advice to the ladies above, make sure that you buy a quality jacket for Iceland. We were broke and wanted to travel Iceland on a budget for our first trip, but the money we spent on jackets for Iceland has paid us over many times. We wear our jackets quite often and if you already own one then bring that one!

  • Men’s Eager Air Interchange 3-in-1 Jacket.  This jacket for Iceland is awesome because it comes with a base layer and a top layer. The base layer keeps you warm and the top layer is waterproof and windproof for maximum coverage. It comes in a lot of colors so you can buy your jacket for Iceland in a color that you like the best. 

  • Men’s Frost Fighter Hooded Puffer Jacket. This is one of the jackets for Iceland that will keep you super warm while also being affordable. If you are heading to Iceland in winter and you don’t own a good winter coat, this is a great option because it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg and it still holds up to Iceland’s crazy weather. 

Best Jackets For Iceland In Summer

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Women’s Summer Jackets For Iceland

Packing for summer in Iceland should be similar to packing for winter in many popular destinations. Although there won’t be any snow in Iceland during the summer, it will still be quite cold. It will range from 30-low 50*F during the summer in Iceland. The weather may still call for rain, wind, hail and more so make sure to be prepared! Women’s jackets for summer in Iceland should be wind and waterproof but don’t have to be as heavy as winter coats.

  • Women’s Dotswarm II Fleece Full Zip Jacket. This is an affordable and fantastic jacket for Iceland. This is basically the “inside” part of the double-walled jacket suggested above for women to wear in winter. Although it is not waterproof, it is a great summer jacket and doesn’t break the bank. It holds the heat and keeps out the wind pretty well, especially for the price. It comes in a variety of colors so you can pick the one that is best for you!

  • Women’s Sleeker Jacket. If you are on the hunt for the perfect windbreaker for your trip to Iceland, this is it! Throw this into your Iceland packing list and you will be all set. This jacket is lightweight, affordable, and can easily be thrown over your favorite long sleeve shirt or hoodie making it perfect for layering. 

Men’s Summer Jackets For Iceland

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Summer jackets for Iceland should be something you can easily layer over clothes such as a hoodie or long sleeved shirt that you already own. Jackets for Iceland in summer should still be waterproof and windproof, if possible because you never know when the weather will turn. If you plan to photograph yourself in the Icelandic landscape, make sure to choose a jacket for Iceland in a color that stands out.

  • Men’s Flash Forward Down Jacket. This jacket is lightweight yet still warm as hell. If you are a guy who runs a bit cool, this is the perfect choice for you. It is slim yet a workhorse. Jackets for Iceland should be warm and waterproof and this jacket helps you out with both. 

  • Glennaker Lake Front-Zip Rain Jacket with Hideaway Hood. This is the ultimate jacket for Iceland because it is a windbreaker. It is perfect for layering over clothes you have and if you need to take it off and toss it in your backpack, it rolls up super small. Bonus that it doesn’t cost all that much and comes in multiple colors. The hood, which not all jackets for Iceland come with, is a nice touch for keeping you shielded from the elements. 

  • Men’s Steens Mountain Front-Zip Fleece Jacket. If you are looking for a better-than-average fleece style jacket for Iceland in summer, this is it! This is the men’s version of the women’s fleece suggested above. If there is one jacket we suggest to buy for Iceland, it is this one. You can’t go wrong because you can also layer this one under windbreakers or a light winter jacket. 

When picking out your jackets for Iceland, always remember that weather in Iceland is unpredictable. You want to be sure that what you bring can adapt with you from sunny weather to rain or from snow to sleet. Always be sure to layer and never be afraid to add multiple jackets to your Iceland packing list. Packing for Iceland isn’t all that bad as Iceland isn’t any colder than major cities in the world such as NYC in winter. The only difference is that the wind and unpredictable weather change the game a little bit. Bringing the appropriate jackets for Iceland will really make your experience go from a good to a great one!

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Everything You Need To Know About What To Do In Halifax

Planning a trip to Nova Scotia and looking for what to do in Halifax? The capital of this maritime province is quaint, cute, affordable, scenic, and easy to get to! Halifax is the capital of Nova Scotia and is located right on the water. No matter what time of year you are looking for what to do in Halifax, there is something for everyone! From eating delicious food to heading outdoors for fun and entertainment, there is plenty to see and do in Halifax. Our easy guide will help you figure out what to do in Halifax during your trip!

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How To Get To Halifax

There are multiple ways to get to Halifax! You can fly into the Halifax Stanfield International Airport, which is what we did. Flights are surprisingly affordable, especially from the Eastern part of the United States, and you can use Halifax as a gateway to visit other parts of Nova Scotia. You also have the option to take the ferry to visit Halifax. If you are looking for what to do in Halifax and you only have a short time, it may be because you came over by ferry for 1-2 days! Do not worry, there is still plenty to see and do! You can also arrive into Halifax via train into the Via Rail station. The train begins in Montreal and makes a lot of stops along the way and ends in Halifax. Finally, you can drive to Halifax, if you so choose!

How To Get Around Halifax

In all reality, Halifax is a truly walkable city! If you are staying in Downtown Halifax, you don’t even have to rent a car. If you are in good physical condition, there are plenty of things to do in Halifax that are easily within walking distance. That being said, we suggest renting a car for the easiest and cheapest way to get around Halifax and the surrounding areas. If you are looking for what to do in Halifax that is a bit less touristy, you will probably need a car so you can visit different locations more easily.

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What To Do In Halifax

Visiting The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic Is One Of The Top Things To Do In Halifax

Discover the stories of the people that first came to Halifax! This museum is the perfect thing to do in Halifax on a rainy day as you learn about everything from small craft boatbuilding to the cities involved in the World Wars. If you are into history, this place is for you! It is located along Halifax’s historic waterfront and just walking distance from many shops and hotels.

You can even sit in an actual Titanic deck chair, which is a pretty impressive piece of history! The Titanic plays a large role in the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic so if you have been into learning about it or have kids who are studying it, make sure you add it to your list of what to do in Halifax. Find out more here!

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Take A Sunrise Kayak Tour In Halifax

Even if you aren’t a morning person, you are going to want to wake up for this tour! Taking a kayak tour is one of the lesser known things to do in Halifax, but you will not be disappointed! If you are looking for what to do in Halifax without a lot of other tourists, this tour is for small groups only. You paddle around the Halifax Harbour and watch as the rest of the city wakes up! Keep an eye out for seals and Navy Seals. The best part? After you are done you will get to enjoy a rooftop breakfast overlooking the city!

Book here: Halifax Sunrise Kayaking Adventure

Get Cultured At The Art Gallery Of Nova Scotia

If you love art like we do, this is one of the coolest things to do in Halifax! The Art Gallery Of Nova Scotia is the largest art gallery in Atlantic Canada and the permanent collection houses over 17,000 works of art. The Art Gallery is also home to international traveling exhibitions and local art as well. If you are looking for what to do in Halifax, wandering the 90,000 square feet of art is wonderful! The Art Gallery Of Nova Scotia really focuses on highlighting local Nova Scotian and Canadian artists along with their international work, which we appreciate! What better way to get exposed to different up-and-coming artists than visiting a national art gallery?

Walk the Halifax Waterfront

Halifax’s waterfront has a simply magical maritime feel about it. If you are looking for what to do in Halifax that doesn’t cost any money and is fun for the whole family, you can’t go wrong with a waterfront walk! Whether you want to go for a quick bite, duck into some shops, or take some stunning night photos of the city, the waterfront has enough to keep you busy for hours. No matter what time you visit, the Halifax Waterfront has something unique to offer. During the summer it is bustling with people enjoying the weather and in the winter it is humming with the sound of people enjoying their time under the twinkling lights.

When we visited in winter, we were surprised how many people were out enjoying the Halifax Waterfront! In summer, it is no surprise that it is so busy! Many of the shops and restaurants are still open, even if you visit in winter, so there is always something to explore! This is what to do in Halifax for the whole family!

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Learn About Immigration History At Pier 21 If You Are Looking For What To Do In Halifax For History Buffs

Pier 21 is located on the Halifax Waterfront and is the site where the earliest immigrants to Nova Scotia passed through. If you are looking for what to do in Halifax for history lovers or adults, pair your trip to Pier 21 with the Maritime Museum, they are within walking distance away and make for a nice day. Think of it as the Ellis Island to Atlantic Canada! Like America, Canada is a country of immigrants and each has a unique story just waiting to be discovered. One of the more interesting things to do in Halifax, Pier 21 allows us to peek into the past and learn about the first people who came to Canada!

Enjoy Fresh Fare At The Halifax Farmers Market

Right next to the immigration museum, you will find the Halifax Farmers Market. It has been around since 1750 and one is the oldest operating markets in North America. How super cool is that? We love fresh food and visiting this market gives you the best that Atlantic Canada has to offer! The Halifax Famers Market is indoors and covers two stories!

Unlike other farmers markets, this one is open every day of the week! It is one of the perfect things to do in Halifax because it allows you to taste so many different fresh fruits and veggies! The best part? There are some vendors that are there all the time and there are some vendors that rotate through! If you are a foodie searching for what to do in Halifax, the oldest farmers market in North America will not disappoint!

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Take In The Views From The Halifax Citadel

If you are on the hunt for what to do in Halifax for the more active set, head up to the hilltop overlook known as the Halifax Citadel! The Citadel is actually built in a star shape and was constructed in 1749 in order to keep the city safe from invaders. Its hilltop location makes it the perfect fort and it is the perfect lookout location to enjoy sweeping views of Halifax today!

Citadel Hill, where the fort is located, is easily accessible from Halifax proper and the views make the journey up worth every minute! This is one of the most fun things to do in Halifax for families, as kids will love to explore the Citadel and will be intrigued by the daily firing of the guns.

Get Out Of Halifax And Visit Peggy’s Cove

If you are looking to escape the city for a bit, head to Peggy’s Cove! Although it isn’t technically in the city of Halifax, Peggy’s Cove is a popular day trip for those looking for what to do in Halifax that is more nature-based. The lighthouse is easily one of the most photographed places in Atlantic Canada and we recommend going during sunset for the most beautiful views! Even if you aren’t a photographer, walking along with rocks and enjoying the spray of the sea is a great way to explore Maritime Canada. It is a popular spot for locals to head to on the weekends, so if you want to beat the crowds, plan your visit during the weekday.

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Wander Through The Halifax Public Gardens

We don’t know about you, but we love ourselves a public garden! The Halifax Public Gardens are one of the more relaxing things to do in Halifax! Located on Spring Garden Road, they are the perfect place to visit if you are looking for what to do in Halifax to beat the crowds and the summer heat. This 16 acre Victorian Garden is actually a National Historic site and is located in the heart of the city. If you love taking photos of unique and interesting things, the entrance to the Halifax Public Gardens is marked with an ornately wrought iron gate. It is the perfect place for photos if you are looking for what to do in Halifax for Instagram!

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Where To Stay In Halifax

The Westin Nova Scotian

The Westin Nova Scotian features a prime location with sweeping views of Halifax and Halifax Harbour. If you are traveling to Halifax by train, the hotel is actually connected to the Via Rail train station! We actually left on our train trip across Canada after spending the night at the Westin and we highly recommend it! If you go during the winter, prices are more affordable if you decide you want to stay! The Westin is just steps away from the Halifax waterfront and downtown. The hotel is affordable despite its perfect location right on the water. Make sure you head down to breakfast during your stay because it can’t be beaten!

Check prices here: The Westin Nova Scotian

The Halliburton, Halifax

If you are on the hunt for cute boutique hotels in Halifax, the Halliburton is the perfect place to stay! There is free breakfast, free parking, and an awesome rooftop bar that you can visit! There are 29 guest rooms and the view from the hotel is perfect. If you are looking for what to do in Halifax that is walking distance from the Halliburton, you are in luck as it is located right on the Halifax Waterfront and there is a ton to see and do!

Check availability here: The Halliburton, Halifax

The Commons Inn, Halifax

Looking for a budget option in Halifax? The Commons Inn is clean and affordable and located on the outer edges of Downtown Halifax. This Inn, although a little out of the main drag, is still within easy walking distance to pretty much everything. Most things to do in Halifax are a 10-20 minute walk from The Commons Inn, but that means you get more time to enjoy the beautiful weather in Halifax!

Check pricing here: The Commons Inn, Halifax

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What To Eat In Halifax

Try A Donair While In Halifax

Think of a Donair as a Gyro with beef instead of lamb. Donairs are a staple dish in Halifax and if you are looking for something tasty to try, this is the perfect thing for you! The Donair sauce is sweet and addictive and the meat will melt in your mouth. Kings Of Donair is a popular place to try the dish in Halifax. If you are looking for what to do in Halifax, head for a day out and finish the night off with a yummy Donair!

Feast On Garlic Fingers

Garling Fingers are a Maritime classic because they are often covered in Donair sauce! The blend of cheese, garlic, and Donair sauce is a combination you won’t want to miss! They make the perfect lunch or afternoon snack or pre-dinner appetizer.

Chow Down On A Fresh Lobster Roll

You are in Halifax, so it only makes sense to give a fresh lobster roll a try! If you are into seafood and are looking for what to do in Halifax, head out on a hunt for the best lobster rolls in town. Slather your roll in butter and walk along the Halifax Waterfront for a wonderful lunch or light dinner.

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Are you looking for what to do in Halifax? Have you visited before? What are your favorite things to do? Let us know in the comments!

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5 Things To Know About Camping In Iceland

Camping in Iceland is one of the most insane and memorable things you will ever do! Insane because Iceland can be inhospitable at times, and memorable because Iceland is completely epic. If camping in Iceland is on your bucket list, you are not alone. Millions of people visit Iceland every year and thousands of people choose to experience Iceland by camping. If you plan to take an Iceland road trip and camp your way around the Ring Road, you are in for a real treat as this country is truly incredible.

Camping in Iceland is a unique way to see the country and offers you a different type of experience than many travelers receive. From visiting black sand beaches in Iceland to seeing lava fields, waterfalls, and glacier lagoons up close and personal, Iceland is calling your name! There are a few things to know before you go camping in Iceland to ensure a safe and fun experience.

Read next: Our Perfect Iceland Road Trip Itinerary

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5 Things To Know About Camping In Iceland

#1. There are many types of camping in Iceland so be sure to choose the type that is right for your travel style

Camping in Iceland is just a broad term that covers many different types of camping! Since everyone’s travel style is different, make sure to carefully decide which type of camping is best for you! The main types of camping in Iceland are:

  • Campervan rental in Iceland: This is the most comfortable way to camp in Iceland. Campervan rentals in Iceland range in price from $80-$200 a day depending on what type of campervan you rent. Campervans in Iceland have a little stove for you to cook on and the back transforms into a bed where you can sleep. Renting a campervan is the most expensive way to camp in Iceland. If you are looking to rent a campervan in Iceland, consider taking a few friends with you to cut down on the cost. This will make visiting Iceland on a budget easier. 
  • Car camping in Iceland: If you aren’t looking to spend the money on a campervan rental, you can just rent a car and sleep in your car! This is an option that many people choose! Iceland isn’t really a trip where you are relaxing so travelers don’t have a problem pulling into a safe spot and spending the night in their cars! If you are taking an Iceland road trip, you will already have a car anyway, so why not just sleep in your car? Car camping in Iceland provides safety from the elements and keeps you warm and dry. Camping in your car in Iceland is certainly cheaper than a campervan rental but it is a bit less comfortable and you will not have a stove.
  • Tent camping in Iceland at a campground: If you want to go the traditional route, there are plenty campgrounds in Iceland that are perfect for tent camping. Tent camping in Iceland is very affordable and easy but the downside is that you are more exposed to the elements. The good part is that you will be driving in Iceland which means you will have a car. If you choose to go tent camping in Iceland and the weather turns ugly, you can hop in the safety of your car until the storm passes. Tent camping in Iceland is the best way to camp comfortably on a budget because unlike car camping, tent camping allows you to lie flat when you sleep. Make sure to bring waterproof bags for all of your personal items to avoid them getting wet!
  • Wild camping in Iceland: Wild camping, also known as backcountry camping or backpacking, is allowed in certain parts of Iceland. If you are a hardcore outdoorsman/woman, this may be the perfect option for you! Make sure to check online to ensure where you are camping is legal, but most locations in Iceland, especially more remote locations in the Highlands of Iceland do allow camping off-trail. Make sure to never set up your camp on a lava field as this could damage decades of growth.
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#2. The weather is fierce and unpredictable so be prepared when camping in Iceland

Sure, you have probably gone camping or campervanning before. You may have even gone trekking before or winter camping. That being said, camping in Iceland is a totally different animal. If you have never camped in Iceland, then you haven’t experienced conditions like those often seen in the country. This isn’t to scare you away from Iceland camping, but to prepare you for the weather.

Weather in Iceland is unpredictable and extreme. You may be in a hail storm and drive 5 miles down the road and be in sun and calm. The next day may be a wind storm with gusts up to 80mph. You just never know with Iceland so it is best to expect the unexpected and to be prepared. Being prepared in Iceland means having enough food, water, and warm clothing in case you get stuck somewhere or stranded for hours. Being prepared in Iceland means knowing when to turn back and when to continue. Being prepared in Iceland means knowing that you should probably sleep in your car tonight or that you probably shouldn’t head out on a multi-day trek moments before a storm.

Camping in Iceland is a memorable experience and we want you to stay safe and have a great time! Weather in Iceland is pretty crazy but that makes Iceland all the more fascinating to experience.

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#3. You absolutely cannot build a campfire in Iceland

If you have gone camping before you know that part of the fun is sitting around a campfire at night eating and relaxing. Building a campfire in Iceland is not allowed and should never ever be done. Even if you wanted to build an [illegal] fire in Iceland you would have great difficulty as there are no trees or wood to be found! The ecosystem in Iceland is very fragile and fires have the potential to harm thousands of years of growth.

So what do you do instead? If you are planning to book a campervan in Iceland, your campervan will come with a gas stove. If not, make sure to bring, rent, or buy a portable camping stove. You are good to go to use a camp stove or a grill if some of the campsites in Iceland are equipped with one, but absolutely NO fires outside of a grill.

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#4. Many campsites in Iceland are equipped with showers and electricity but they cost money

Many campsites in Iceland are equipped with basic shower facilities and electricity. Campgrounds in Iceland are heated using Iceland’s natural thermal waters so showers may smell like sulfur but will be quite relaxing. You can rent a towel at campsites in Iceland for a few USD, but if you don’t want to use a towel others have used before you, consider bringing your own towel for the trip. Shower facilities at the campsites in Iceland do cost extra in most cases, so make sure you are prepared to pay a little bit.

When traveling in Iceland, credit cards are accepted everywhere. In fact, we have never withdrawn cash in Iceland! That being said, if you visiting campsites in Iceland, consider taking out a small amount of money so you have coins for the shower facilities.

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#5. Make sure to stock up on food because grocery stores are few and far between

When you are camping in Iceland, don’t expect huge grocery stores every town you come to. Grocery stores in Iceland are often small but relatively affordable. Your best bet is to stock up on food in Reykjavik. Choose non-perishable items such as canned soup, freeze-dried foods, fruit such as apples, snacks such as pretzels, and dried fruit such as raisins. You can also get a carton of eggs and boil them for a high protein snack.

Water in Iceland is completely safe to drink but if you are worried, pack a filtered water bottle from home. Even if you plan to drink tap water the whole time, it is a good idea to buy bottles of water from one of the grocery stores in Iceland to keep them in your vehicle while you are on the road. Camping in Iceland can leave you in unpredictable circumstances so you want to be sure to have enough clean water to drink!

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What to pack for camping in Iceland:

If you plan to camp in Iceland, check out our Iceland packing list for general tips and tricks on what to bring. Since you are camping and not just visiting Iceland like someone staying at a hotel or Airbnb, there are a few other bits of gear you should consider bringing. Camping in Iceland requires warm and waterproof gear and you really should heed that advice if you don’t want to be cold and wet!

You can bring a suitcase if you like, especially if you are renting a car [kind of the only way to travel Iceland save hitchhiking], but many people camping in Iceland decide to bring a large hiking backpack like this one. You do you and we won’t judge you either way!

  • Waterproof and windproof tent. As mentioned above, the weather in Iceland can range from calm to crazy. Having a waterproof and windproof tent like this one is a must. Make sure that the rain cover completely covers the tent so your tent doesn’t go sailing away in the inevitable wind.
  • A sleeping pad. Your back will thank you for buying an affordable sleeping pad. The ground in Iceland is frozen pretty much all year round which means it is hard as a piece of ice…literally! Sleeping pads roll up pretty small and make camping in Iceland a more enjoyable experience.
  • Cold-certified sleeping bag. You don’t want to bring any old sleeping bag when camping in Iceland. You need to bring one that is certified to keep you warm. Choosing a down sleeping bag is a great idea and make sure to choose one that keeps you toasty in freezing temperatures.
  • A microfiber travel towel. Microfiber towels are a lifesaver for travelers and athletes alike. They are the perfect thing to pack for camping in Iceland because they dry quickly and don’t take up much space. Buying one on Amazon in advance will save you from having to rent one for each and every shower at campsites in Iceland.
  • Waterproof bag/sack. A waterproof bag is where you will leave all of your extra changes of clothes or anything not in your backpack or car when you are camping in Iceland. They are a minimal investment and you will be glad you had them during your time Iceland camping.
  • Camp Stove. If you aren’t renting a campervan in Iceland, you are going to want to bring a camp stove with you. You can buy them from Amazon for under $10 and they pack up light. This is how you will cook your food while camping in Iceland so unless you want to eat a sandwich every day, make sure to invest in one!
  • A spork. If you are planning to eat anything that involves cutting or scooping or spreading, you better invest in a spork if you don’t already have one. Sporks are plastic and easily make it through airport security.
  • A camping pillow. You can pack a regular pillow if you want, but those tend to take up a lot of space! If you are trying to save space, consider a camping pillow like this one that easily folds up. Camping in Iceland has never been comfier!
  • A balaclava. Balaclavas are the perfect camping accessory because they don’t take up a lot of space yet they keep you super warm! Make sure to throw one in your backpack or suitcase and thank us later!
  • Filtered water bottle. We swear by our Bobble Water Bottles and they have seen multiple trips to Iceland. If you plan to drink the water in Iceland, you can drink it straight from the tap, but we suggest a filtered water bottle because everyone reacts to different bacteria differently. Plus, they don’t cost all that much!
  • A flashlight. Unless you are visiting Iceland during the height of summer when the sun never sets, you are going to want to pack a flashlight. If you arrive at your campsite in Iceland after dark or need to grab something from your car or take a late night bathroom run, you are going to want to have a flashlight handy!

Are you ready to go camping in Iceland? Do not be afraid! Just make sure you are prepared, understand the weather, and check frequently to be sure everything is safe. When camping in Iceland, be sure to pack warm and dry clothing and keep it in a waterproof space so it is ready when you need it. Visiting Iceland is fun and memorable and camping is a great way to experience this beautiful country!

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5 Things To Know Before Camping In Sedona

Is camping in Sedona on your bucket list? Sedona is one of the most unreal places you will ever visit and camping in Sedona AZ is a great way to commune with nature and be steps away from natural beauty! Sedona is easy to get to from Phoenix, Flagstaff, or even Las Vegas so it is the perfect stop along an Arizona road trip.

If you love sleeping under the starts then Sedona camping will be a real treat for you! Before you go, there are a few things to know to make sure your trip is memorable and safe. When in doubt, always consult a local Sedona ranger station to get any additional questions answered before you head off to camp in Sedona!

5 Things To Know Before Camping In Sedona

5 Things To Know Before Camping In Sedona

#1. Sedona is actually located at a high elevation so the nights may be cold

Even though Sedona is a desert, it is located at an elevation of 4,300 feet above sea level. This means that if you are camping in Sedona, you will want to be prepared for warmer days and cool nights. Even if you are visiting Sedona in the summertime, plan for the nights to be cooler. This means dressing in layers, packing warm blankets for sleeping, and making sure you have enough wood for a campfire.

If you are camping in Sedona during the winter, you can expect snow! Winter isn’t the most popular time of the year for Sedona camping as a result of the snow, but be prepared if you decide this is when you want to visit! Although Sedona is technically in the desert, the city and surrounding natural areas are covered in snow during the winter. It isn’t a lot of snow, just a dusting, but it will make the experience of camping in Sedona just a little bit different.

5 Things To Know Before Camping In Sedona

#2. If you are camping in Sedona during the summer be prepared for rain and thunderstorms

Beleive it or not, mid-end of summer in Sedona is actually the rainy season! You may not expect this because you would think Sedona is located in the desert and it will be hot and dry during the summer but that simply isn’t true! If you are camping in Sedona, particularly in July or August, be prepared for rain and lightning. Rain is the last thing you want as part of your Sedona camping experience, so be sure to plan accordingly by bringing tarps, waterproof bags for your clothing, and more.

You may even want to consider camping in Sedona before the rainy season so you can avoid summer thunderstorms altogether. If you are looking to go this route, choose an earlier month in the year like April or a later month like October when the weather is still nice but there isn’t such a huge risk of getting rained out. Rest assured that camping in Sedona is very popular and many people do it a year, we just want you to be prepared in the event that you didn’t know Sedona’s rainy season was in the summer!

5 Things To Know Before Camping In Sedona

#3. Free camping in Sedona is allowed, but only in certain designated areas

If you are looking to camp off-road anywhere in Sedona, you are not in luck. In years past, people camping in Sedona have started numerous wildfires and as a result, backcountry camping is very limited. If you want to camp in Sedona in the backcountry, the locations are usually away from water sources or in locations that aren’t suitable for camping. Although it isn’t technically in the city proper, there are places for camping near Sedona that allow you to camp for free and not in a campground.

Free camping near Sedona is located at the Schnebly Hill Vista and I-17. This is where you can camp on your own but be sure to look for the designated “camping allowed” signs to be sure you aren’t camping anywhere illegal. Free camping in Sedona is essentially located east of the Schnebly Hill Vista so simply plug that location into your GPS or look for it on your map or on the roadway and you are good to go!

In addition, the Coconino National Forest offers more remote or at least less-crowded camping options if you are looking to get away from the crowds.

5 Things To Know Before Camping In Sedona

#4. Most campgrounds in Sedona are really not that remote

If you are looking for remote campgrounds, Sedona really is not the place for you. Most Sedona campgrounds are located close to the city of Sedona or within a few miles so you are never too far away from a store. There is camping in Oak Creek Canyon right outside of Sedona, but even still, the canyon is next to one of the main roads out of Sedona so you are hardly in the middle of nowhere.

That being said, camping in Sedona is still a beautiful way to be near nature! Although you are located a few miles away from town, campgrounds in Sedona make you feel secluded and you receive stunning views of the famous red rocks! Yes, you will most likely have neighbors as backcountry camping is not really popular or encouraged in many areas of Sedona, but the experience of sleeping under the stars is still just as magnificent!

If you are looking for RV camping in Sedona you are in luck as many Sedona campgrounds have enough space to accommodate RV’s of all sizes. In addition, there are also cabins in Sedona you can rent if you aren’t quite into tent camping but still want to experience the thrill of being close to nature in Sedona! There are many ways to camp in Sedona so make sure to choose the one that best fits your travel style!

5 Things To Know Before Camping In Sedona

#5. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen and sunglasses and to pack lots of water when camping in Sedona

Since you will be camping Sedona, you will be spending a lot of time outdoors. You will be hiking in Sedona, cooking outside, setting up your tent, and overall enjoying nature. As a result, your skin and eyes will be exposed to the sun. Although this should go without saying, Sedona is a desert environment even though it experiences rainstorms and snow!

The light reflects off the red rocks and the red ground and can easily give you a sunburn and damage your eyes. You may think that sunscreen should only be reserved for the beach, but make sure to pack extra when camping in Sedona. In addition, make sure to pack more water than you think you should need! Consider bringing one gallon of water per person per day, especially if you are camping in Sedona during the summer. The beating sun is no joke and you need to protect your skin and hydrate your body!

Have you ever gone camping in Sedona? What was your favorite part of the experience? Let us know about your plans to camp in Sedona in the comments!