Guidebook Updates for Iceland

When we learn of important changes to the information in our guidebooks on Iceland, we post them here. (Of course, it's still smart to reconfirm critical transportation and sightseeing details locally.) Armed with a Rick Steves guidebook and these late-breaking updates, you're set for a great trip!

North Iceland

  • In some printings of Rick Steves Iceland, the North Iceland map (pp 284–285 in the first edition) has two errors. The Fosshóll Café (#10) is located incorrectly; its actual location is just south of Highway 1, right at the Goðafoss waterfall. Also, the routes around the Tröllaskagi Peninsula labled as "Option 1" and "Option 2" were switched: Per the text description later in the chapter, the coastal route around the peninsula is Option 1, and the straight-shot route to Akureyri is what the text describes as Option 2.
  • Contrary to what the book states right under the "Orientation to Mývatn" header, Highway 1 runs along the west (not east) and north side of the lake.


  • Low-cost Iceland-based carrier WOW Air has ceased operation.
  • The correct telephone number for the Sjávargrillið restaurant is +354 571-1100.

For books printed before October 2018, the following may also apply:

  • I Heart Reykjavík is discontinuing its daily group walking tour. They still offer a private walking tour – check their website for the latest offerings.

For books printed before June 2018, the following may also apply:

  • The observation deck at Perlan is no longer free. Admission is 490 ISK and it's now open daily 9:00–19:00.
  • Back to Iceland Travel no longer offers a shared minibus transfer from Keflavík Airport to town (they still offer a private door-to-door transfer).
  • The Laundromat Café has closed.

South Coast

For books printed before June 2018, the following may apply:

  • On the South Coast, the Eyjafjallajökull Erupts Exhibition on highway 1 is closed.

West Iceland

For books printed before February 2019, the following may apply:

  • The Hvalfjörður tunnel (connecting Reykjavík to Borgarnes) is now toll-free.
  • The Borgarnes B&B has closed.

Westman Islands

  • The Sæheimar aquarium of Vestmannaeyjar has closed, and replaced by the new open-air Beluga Whale Sanctuary, housing two beluga whales in Heimaey Island's Klettsvik Bay (across the harbor from Vestmannaeyjar). Its visitors center in Vestmannaeyjar includes an aquarium, puffin rescue center, and in summer a shuttle-boat service allowing visitors to view the whales.