But first, some helpful tips from someone who just did the trip (me!):
• While flights can be cheap, Iceland can be relatively expensive, especially when it comes to food. Instead of eating every meal at a restaurant, consider renting an Airbnb and cooking at home, or packing lunch for picnics on the road.
• Pack layers. Even during summer, Iceland's weather changes all the time and without any warning.
• One of the easiest and most affordable ways to get around is to rent a car. There are tons of rental car companies right at Keflavik Airport.
• Many people choose to follow the Ring Road and drive Iceland's entire coast, but you'll need at least seven days for that trip. Iceland is also a popular stop-over destination on the way from the U.S. to Europe — so there's a way to see some amazing sites in just a few days. This guide uses the capital city of Reykjavik as a base and highlights several day trips. Not only is Reykjavik the largest city (with plenty of hotels, Airbnbs, and hostels), but it also happens to boast a great food scene worth exploring.