ice cave, Vatnajokull national park, Iceland

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Welcome to Iceland Buddy, your go-to resource for tour recommendations, dining reviews, guides to Icelandic attractions both world-renowned and little known, and much, much more.

It’s safe to assume, since you’ve stumbled into our corner of the World Wide Web, that you are in the midst of planning a journey to the frozen north or are at least intrigued by the possibility of traveling to Iceland. Given the recent tourism surge on the island and subsequent high demand for travel information, you’ve also likely been somewhat overwhelmed by all the conversations about touring agencies, restaurants, and opportunities for adventure in Iceland that have exploded online recently.

That’s where Iceland Buddy comes in. We are committed to streamlining the travel planning process and providing the most up-to-date, useful information possible for potential travelers in a large, comprehensive online database. And we don’t just focus on the attractions that draw the most international attention; Iceland Buddy is interested chiefly in quality, experiential travel that offers tourists the most fulfilling aspects of what Iceland has to offer. We partner with high-quality tour operators focused on thoughtful, personalized service and are committed to making your Icelandic adventure a truly rewarding one.

What makes a travel guide important?


When the titan Eyjafjallajökull erupted in 2010, all eyes turned to Iceland as international reporters struggled to pronounce the volcano’s name on countless news channels. Though the explosion virtually grounded all European air traffic, the televised images of Iceland’s natural beauty, which quickly circulated the world following the volcano’s eruption, seemed to remind the world that this uniquely beautiful island nation was there to visit (it also helps that Iceland was voted one of the friendliest places in the world to visit by the Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Report). While this unprecedented boom in tourism is well-deserved and has its economic benefits, it also means that both Icelanders and tourists can become frustrated by over-saturation and over-population at many island attractions.

Fortunately for you, Iceland Buddy knows how and when to go to places such as The Blue Lagoon or Jökulsárlón so that you won’t feel inundated with floods of travelers. We also know how to get you safely off the beaten path so you can enjoy some of Iceland’s more obscure locations and hidden gems. Remember that the pictures you see of Iceland tell a story, but they won’t tell you the whole story. We know where to guide you so that you can go the extra mile beyond the typical tourist experience.

The Land of Fire and Ice draws so much global attention in part because it is so unique. Its landscape is gorgeous, serene, and wild all at once. You’ve seen its ethereal wilderness in the Lord of the Rings films and on Game of Thrones, in addition to numerous other film and television projects. Even Iceland’s urban center, the culturally vivacious and colourful Reykjavík, is surrounded by lofty mountain ranges, spacious ice caves, fields full of hot mud pools and spouting geysers, and magnificent glacial systems. The island is incredibly safe, as well as one of the cleanest places on Earth, but its diverse terrain can make it tricky to traverse for visitors.


This is why Iceland Buddy places so much emphasis on safety first. As a travel guide service, we feel it is our responsibility to recommend and provide the safest opportunities for adventure possible. It is imperative that travelers are provided with the appropriate weather-resistant clothing items and/or safety gear, whether you are descending into the volcano Thrihnukiagigur or sailing between the icebergs floating through Jökulsárlón. Therefore, any tour recommended or provided must meet our standards for traveler security. Visitors to Iceland can rest assured that Iceland Buddy will never compromise safety in our guided travels.

All of our guided travel experiences and recommendations are thoroughly researched and we guarantee accurate information. It can be confusing and exasperating to hop from travel website to hotel review and back again and see contradictory or limited information online. Iceland Buddy wants to save you time and spare you that frustration by compiling comprehensively researched travel and location information all in one place. We also recognize that you may not have a full week or more to travel the island, so we want to make sure that you know exactly where the best places to explore, dine, and visit are, and that you can access that information quickly.

We understand that not everyone has a long period of time to holiday in Iceland, and we want to make sure your travel ambitions are met and fulfilled, whether you’re coming for two days or two weeks. Iceland Buddy wants to help you create a unique experience that offers you everything you wanted to get out of a trip to Iceland in a limited time. Life is short, and so are holiday trips… but that doesn’t mean they can’t be full of spectacular Arctic adventures!


As we mentioned previously, tourism has skyrocketed in Iceland over the past decade or so. Increased demand equals increased prices, so it can be easy for travelers to get roped into paying too much for an experience or accommodation. We at Iceland Buddy want to make sure that you get the best prices for high quality experiences. We created this travel guide in part to make sure that you get what you paid for and are able to have an exciting and satisfying journey without breaking your budget.

Further to that, Iceland Buddy is committed to quality control of tours and experiences. We respect your safety, your preferences, and your time, and therefore we will not offer or recommend any guided travels that are not within our quality expectations. We guarantee that all adventures and opportunities have been quality “stamped” with careful approval. If you have any questions or concerns in that regard, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information.

Though we want to make sure our guided travels are accessible to all, Iceland Buddy also places tremendous value on personalized service. When constructing our travel guides and partnering/recommending venues and services, we aim to offer a breadth of options to cater to travelers’ unique sensibilities. The focus here is not on mass tourism. We welcome you to reach out to Iceland Buddy at hello@icelandbuddy.com so you can tell us your travel style and describe your perfect vacation. We will then pull from our knowledge and resources to make your dream come true!

Thanks for visiting IcelandBuddy.com, stay tuned for up to date guides!