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10 hidden gems in Iceland: part 2

Read part 1 of ‘10 hidden gems in Iceland’ here.

We continue our quest to find the best hidden gems in Iceland. We’ve already seen Hjörleifshöfði, Landbrotalaug, Bruarfoss, Kaldidalsvegur and the Thakgil hiking region, but there are a few more off-the-beaten-path locations that are a must on anyone’s trip in Iceland! Here is our top 5:

Iceland, Travel experiences /

10 hidden gems in Iceland: part 1

Read part 2 of ‘10 hidden gems in Iceland’ here.

With Iceland becoming an increasingly popular destination, it’s getting harder and harder to escape the tourists and see what others don’t. Yes, you’ll probably end up in all the Insta-famous locations like the black sand beach anyway (I went there too), but with this post I want to encourage you to explore some of the more off-the-beaten-track locations in an off-the-beaten-track destination. And you can take off-the-beaten-track quite literally in Iceland! Here’s my top-10 hidden gems:

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The Icelandair Saga Class experience

As you guys might have seen on my Instagram stories (follow me here!), my trip to Iceland was part of a stopover on my way to the Pacific Northwest. Icelandair offers the option to have a stopover in Iceland up to 7 days, without having to pay extra for your flight. So basically I only paid for a return flight Brussels-Portland but had 2 trips in 1! On my flight towards the United States, I had the opportunity to experience Saga Class, which is Icelandair’s take on Business Class. Allow me to tell you a bit more about it!

Iceland, Travel experiences /

10 myths of Iceland: debunked

The most famous Icelandic myth is the one about elves, the hidden people or huldufólk that live in big rocks. Some say that many Icelanders still believe in huldufólk, to such extent that road works or building projects are sometimes altered to keep the hidden people happy. So this first myth of course is long debunked, but what other myths or misconceptions exist about Iceland?

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Class Up: cheapest way to experience Icelandair’s Saga Class

Have you always wanted to experience Business Class? We all hope to be magically upgraded when there are seats available just because we’re friendly at the gate, but this only happens in your dreams. That doesn’t mean business class is only for the happy few! Business Class does not have to cost you thousands of dollars and it’s more easily accessible than you might think. Icelandair has a service called Class Up.

Iceland, Travel experiences /

Renting a Defender from Kuku Campers

During my first trip to Iceland, I wanted to see the highlights, but I also wanted to get away from everything and explore some more remote locations. My offroad experience was limited to Belgian tracks, and that is by no means comparable to what you’ll come across in Iceland. So what better vehicle than a Land Rover Defender? I rented mine from Kuku Campers.

Hotel reviews, United States /

Balch Hotel: review

When I visited Oregon, I wanted to see all of it, not just the coastline. So my travels led me east, towards Dufur. Who would have thought! Okay, I know what you guys are thinking: “Ben, where the hell is Dufur? And why would you even get a hotel there?” And I would say: why the hell not? I slept at Balch Hotel.