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The most useful Iceland maps for your trip

The most useful Iceland maps for your trip


MAPS OF ICELAND

Are you planning to come to Iceland but don’t know where you can go? Today, we are going to make you discover Iceland through the maps.

Don’t waste your time using old Iceland tourist map that you may have found in expensive tourist guides, we are giving you the latest, updated maps Made in Kuku.


Here are all the maps we created to make your trip planning easier:



WHERE IS ICELAND ON THE MAP? 

It can be obvious for some people, but the thing is that not everybody knows where Iceland is on world map! 

Our island is located right between the North Atlantic Ocean and Arctic Ocean.

Is Iceland part of Europe?

Yes, Iceland is a European country and a part of Nordic countries, but a bit away from the others, far in the North!

Is Iceland en member of the European Union? 

Iceland is not a member of EU, and is not talking about joining the EU for now. But Iceland is a member of Schengen area and therefore of the single market.

The lowest latitude is 64°N and the highest is 66°N, that’s pretty North yeah. But this also means that you can enjoy something incredible each time of year: Northern Lights in winter and the Midnight sun in summer!

If you try to find us on a world map, then just put your finger on south Greenland and start to slowly go to the right, the first island you’ll find on your path, that’s Iceland.

Alright alright, here is where we are: 

Map of Iceland in Europe

Map: Iceland Map Europe


Campsites map

You won’t have any trouble finding a campsite in Iceland. More than 200 can be found and they are spread all over the country. 

Prices vary between €7 and €15 and you’ll find there all the conveniences you need, to be nice and comfy. 

Map: Iceland Attractions Map

If you’re planning to spend your nights in campsites during your trip, think about buying the camping card, which will allow you to stay in approximately 40 campsites of Iceland. 

They are valid for 2 adults and 2 kids, for a price of €179, so this is perfect for families, or even couples for a long stay. 


Waterfalls map

We have for sure the best waterfalls of the world in Iceland. In another article we are talking about the 10 best Waterfalls in Iceland, but in fact, there are not only ten. Here we present to you every waterfall in Iceland. 

You can find waterfalls all round the country, and most of them are really easily accessible, because they are really close to the ring road. 


You may have your own favorite ones, but here’s our Kuku top 3: 

  • Dettifoss
  • Svartifoss
  • Gullfoss waterfall (Part of the Golden Circle, with Thingvellir National Park and Geysir)


Hot springs map

Want to take a nice bath in the hot waters of Iceland? We especially like it in winter, feeling the cold air on your face while being in hot water is an awesome experience.

Hot springs are like a religion in Iceland, and Icelanders really like to gather and enjoy a nice bath with families and friends.

From Blue Lagoon to the most secret places, there is definitely one that you will fall in love with.

We must say, finding each and every hot spring in Iceland was not an easy job! But we sure have managed to do it !! Here is the map:

(psst, we made a full article about hot springs, just right here)


Volcanoes

Iceland has 32 active volcanic systems over 130 volcanoes on the island. You probably have heard about the big eruption of Eyjafjallajokull in 2010 that led to many flight cancellations, but also permitted the explosion of tourism in Iceland. There are so many of them that you will need to know which one is dangerous and which one is not. Go check on this page to have a safe trip while enjoying the volcanoes. 


Top 3 of the most famous volcanoes : 

  • Eyjafjallajokull volcano
  • Katla volcano
  • Snæfellsjökull volcano

Fact: Have you ever heard about the Skaftáreldar eruption that happened from 1783 to 1784? It was the biggest eruption of Iceland’s history and killed approximately 25% of Iceland’s population. 


Whale Watching Map

Are you seeking excitement? Do you want to feel the real power of nature? Then go on a whale watching tour to meet the biggest mammals on earth. There are departures from several harbors in the west and in the north of the country. 

Husavik is known to be the capital of whale watching in Europe, but if you want to know more about whales, tours, prices and so on, just read this article: The Unique Experience of Whale Watching in Iceland

In this map we gathered the main whale watching companies in Iceland, so that you can easily compare them and their location to choose according to your plans:

The 3 main spots to meet whales in Iceland are: 

  • Husavik
  • Akureyri 
  • Reykjavik 

Most of the tours last 3 hours, so do your plans accordingly. The best idea is to plan a one day stay in the town where you will go whale watching.


Road map

Fun fact: There is no railway in Iceland. That means that if you want to travel in Iceland, the best way is to use our roads!

Driving in Iceland may be a bit different of what you know, snowy road conditions, wind, gravel road, that will be for sure a new experience for you.

The famous Ring Road in Iceland (Route 1) circles the island, and a lot of famous places are just a few turns from the main road. This is the longest road of Iceland with a length of about 828 miles (1332 km)

road map of iceland

Map: Iceland Ring Road Map - Main, gravel and mountains roads

Pro tip: Plan to spend 10 days in Iceland if you want to do the full Ring Road tour !

Different types of roads can be found in Iceland, but to keep it simple, you’ll find paved roads or F-Roads.

Main roads of Iceland are paved roads and connect the bigger cities, every car can drive on these.

(pssst: you can send us an email for personalized road trips or ring road itineraries!)

But, you can drive on certains gravel roads in Iceland, like the ones you can see in this video:

F-Roads are gravel roads, or just tracks. Only 4x4 are allowed to go on them. There are often 1-way roads that connect remote areas to primary roads. But don't worry, if you're only driving the ring road then a FWD is perfect for you.

Be careful, they are closed during winter!

Iceland F-Road Map
Map: Iceland Road Map - F-Roads


Churches 

Aaaah here we are, churches. During your trip in Iceland, you will see a lot of little towns in the middle of nowhere. What do they have in common? Churches. 

Why are there so many churches in Iceland? 

Churches belong to the island’s history. Before roads were built in Iceland, the harsh weather and deserted landscapes made most journeys challenging for icelandic people. So they couldn’t get so far and that included going to the church. To fix that, they decided to build one in every little town of the island. 

One of my favorites belongs to Husavik, a nice town in North Iceland. It is a really tiny one but its charm is huge. The color of the roof is green which matches with the color of some boats at the port that gives a nice harmony to the town. 

Of course, churches are also present in big cities like Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, Hafnarfjordur or Akureyri. 


Reykjavik

Hallgrimskirkja in Reykjavik, blue sky

Photo: Reykjavik, Hallgrímskirkja

Hallgrímskirkja is the tallest building in Reykjavik and you can see it from almost everywhere in the city. It was designed by Guðjón Samúelsson in 1937 who was inspired by the shapes and forms created when lava cools into basalt rock.

Svartifoss waterfall, basalt colums
Photo: The basalt colums inspired the design of Hallgrimskirkja

Svartifoss is a good example of his inspiration. And you can easily make the link between them. 


Akureyri

Akureyri, church, buildings, houses, blue sky

Photo: The city center of Akureyri

Akureyri church is one of the most popular attractions and is a real symbol of the small town. Located above the town center this church is a Lutheran church and was designed by the famous architect Guðjón Samúelsson (yes yes, him again!) and consecrated in 1940. Believe me, this church is worth the visit. 


Glaciers

Glaciers are all around the south of Iceland and cover 10% of the Island. so be sure to visit at least one of them since it is a unique experience. Indeed, you won’t find as many glaciers in any other country except in Greenland of course!   

Our top 3: 

  • Vatnajökull Glacier (You should add this one in your bucket list)
  • Hofsjökull Glacier
  • Mýrdalsjökull Glacier

Sad fact: Okjökull is not ok anymore

Okjökull is an old volcano in the Highlands located in West Iceland and was used to be covered by ice but, for the past 20 years, due to climate change, the glacier has melted down really fast and loses its glacier title in August 2019. Because it became so small, this glacier couldn’t carry the title anymore and is now simply known as “Ok” since” jökull” means glacier. 


Fishing Spots

You want to fish but you don’t know where to go in Iceland? Don't worry we got you covered!

First of all, you will need a fishing card. Don’t worry, you and can get one at the kuku reception. 

Secondly, you can’t fish in every lake you find and if you find one where you are authorised to fish in, you will have to follow the rules of the lake’s owner. 

Another thing, each lake has its own rules so be sure to respect them my friend!


Where to buy fishing cards?

Or, you can buy one at stores like Flugubúllan, Veiðihornið, and Ellingsen. Check the fishing card for more information. 


Black Sand Beaches

Most of icelandic beaches have black sand instead of regular sand. Yes yes, in Iceland we don’t do what others do. This particular color will give you unrealistic, lunar landscapes, and leave you thinking that you are in another world. 

The most famous one is by far Reynisfjara, also called the black sand beach of Vik. But they are so many less touristic ones, spread all over the country.

Millions of people visited those beaches and felt the same feeling of amazement and excitement, but it’s your turn this time. With this map, you’ll know where to go! 

If you want to discover more about each spot you can read our article about the black sand beaches in Iceland.

Our top 3: 

  • Reynisfjara
  • The Diamond Beach ( and the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon)
  • Stokksnes beach


Cities and Towns

In Iceland you will find some of the most picturesque cities and towns of the world. The best example is Husavik, in the north of the country, I mean, look at this charming harbor: 

Husavik in Iceland harbor with boats and blue sky

Photo: The small town of Husavik in North Iceland

In this map you can find the best cities to visit in Iceland:

Map: Iceland Cities Map

The biggest city is the capital city: Reykjavik, and is far bigger than Kopavogur, which stands at the second place, to give you an idea, here is the top 5 biggest cities in Iceland:

Reykjavík 130,345 inhabitants
Kópavogur 33,205 inhabitants
Hafnarfjörður 27,357 inhabitants
Akureyri 18,191 inhabitants
Reykjanesbær 15,379 inhabitants

Cities and towns of Iceland are definitely something you don’t want to miss. You will enjoy colored houses, beautiful churches, a lot of bars, traditional restaurants, museums, and so on. And you can also meet Icelanders, that’s an all in one!


REYKJAVIK ICELAND MAP

We introduced Reykjavik City to you in a previous article, if you want to discover the captial city of Iceland, you can read this Article. 

Reykjavik is the most populated and attractive city in Iceland. Bars, shops, museums, swimming, you'll find here all you need to spend some good time. 
We gathered in this map the best places in Reykjavik, if you plan a short stay there during your trip: 

Map: Map of Reykjavik


SECRET KUKU MAPS

We didn't tell you but we also have other maps that you can take with you during your trip. They will cost you a few euros but they are priceless, and will give you extra thrills, excitement, or even babies. 


The honeymoon map: 

Take your beloved one to the most romantic places in Iceland. 


The mooning map:

If you feel like mooning people from the government or banks, just to show how much you love them. 


The farm day map:

Tired of urban life? Trade your costume for a fork and become a farmer for one day 


The nightlife VIP map: 

Spend the most “unforgettable” nights with this Nightlife VIP map Made in Kuku


Sex outdoors map:

Do I really have to explain this one?


That's it for our best maps, use them well. And if you want to make your own, you can use google maps in Iceland and plan your own Kuku adventure!

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