We spent the summer of 2016 touring Iceland. Now we're writing a guidebook to tell you exactly what you want to know:

How to take the whole family abroad and survive the process unscathed.



Live From Iceland!

Daily update: Keflavik Fire Museum, Settlement Zoo, Kópavogur museums

During our last couple of days in Iceland, we went to a couple of lesser-known museums between Reykjavik and the Keflavik airport. Let’s start with the Fire Museum in Keflavik. When you’re driving to or from the airport, you may see a fire truck mounted on a sign way up in the air. It’s on your left driving from the airport. I didn’t get a picture of it from that side, but that’s the back of the Icelandic Firefighter’s Museum. This is all you’ll see at the main entrance:

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Saturday, July 30 update: Reykjanes Geopark, Kleifarvatn Lake, Seltún, Gunnuhver, Bridge between Continents

We spent the day today in Reykjanes Geopark.  Haven’t heard of it? Me neither, and I have no idea why. In my opinion, this area should be mentioned in the same breath as the Golden Circle.


The Geopark takes up most of the Reykjanes peninsula, which is where the Keflavik airport is. At least I think that’s how big it is? Maybe the entire peninsula is the geopark? Maybe now I’m starting to see why this isn’t as popular as the Golden Circle … Read more

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Tuesday, July 26 update: Keflavik Museums: Viking World, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Duushús

In our post about things to do around Keflavik Airport, we mention a lot of museums. We’ve been to the ones in Garður and Sandgerði, but today it was time to cover all the rest.

Starting with … Viking World. Viking World, like everything else in this post, is only about 10 minutes from the airport. But unlike everything else, Viking World opens up at 7 AM most of the year; the early opening is from February through October. That makes them a good option if your flight arrives in Iceland early in the morning. And, they offer a completely unadvertised breakfast special that could make this a very inexpensive visit.

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Tuesday, July 19 update: Suðurnes Science and Learning Center, Garður, Straumur

We headed to the Keflavik airport today, and stopped by a couple of the nearby towns, Suðurnes and Garður. Both places are the “wrong” way from the airport if you are heading to Reykjavik, and so I think most people skip them. And while I don’t think there are any “must-see” attractions here, they can be a good introduction to Iceland, and less than 15 minutes from the airport. And less than 10 minutes from each other.

We started with Sandgerði, at the Suðurnes Science and Learning Center. This is a working research facility, and includes researchers from the University of Iceland. On the lower level you’ll find a small art exhibition, and then the main museum is up the stairs.

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Here’s the art museum section

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Icelandair vs. Wowair vs. …

Iceland – Airport” by Jiashiang is licensed under CC BY 2.0

[Updated August 2017 with new Wowair cities, as well as higher baggage fees.]

Just a few years ago, there weren’t too many options for flying to Iceland from the United States. You’d take Icelandair. But in 2012, discount carrier Wowair started and suddenly things got a lot more interesting.

Let’s plan a trip to Iceland in May of 2016.


Icelandair offers flights from JFK airport any day for the same price.


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Cell phones in Iceland, the final word: Icelandic SIM cards

Buying an Icelandic SIM card

Updated December 2017 with new cell phone recommendations.

The SIM card is the little thing, sometimes orange, that identifies the phone number of your cell phone. On this iPhone 5, for example, there is a tiny hole you need to push a small paperclip (or a similarly shaped SIM card remover tool) into the hole to pop the card out.

Sim card

If your phone works like this, make sure to bring a paperclip or a similar SIM card removal tool with you!

Also, while we’re at it, don’t forget to bring the right power adapters for Iceland.

The process and options for getting an Icelandic Sim card are a little bit tricky. Before we dive into it, let’s walk through a step-by-step summary of how to make this work.

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