No matter what you want to see and do in Iceland and what time of year you're visiting, there are some basic things that will help you prepare for your trip.
Thanks to the freedom of a rental car, we were able to travel along Iceland's southern coast at our own pace toward the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where we hoped to see the Northern Lights.
Perhaps the most well-known tourist excursion in Iceland is the Golden Circle, a route that takes visitors from Reykjavík to the Haukadalur geysers, the famous Gullfoss or "Golden Falls," and the Þingvellir national park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
For our trip to Iceland, we wanted to get outside Reykjavík and explore the countryside, so we rented a car.
It's a little shocking at first to hear a clerk tell you, "That will be four thousand three hundred ninety-three, please," when you're buying a t-shirt. And then it's shocking all over again when you realize that t-shirt just cost you $44.
We're currently in Iceland, home of black sand beaches, icy glacier lagoons, breathtaking Northern Lights ... and staggering prices.