Luckily, we Icelanders seem to be handling COVID-19 extremely well. We haven’t had any new infections recently and since we test a LOT we can be fairly certain about the situation. Iceland is opening its borders to travelers on June 15th with some restrictions and people will not need to be quarantined if they get a test at the airport or can certify that they’ve had negative test results recently before traveling.
Now, to answer the question if you should visit Iceland after June 15th or not, the answer is a solid YES.
There are plenty of good reasons for you to visit Iceland in 2020:
- You´ll probably never again have the chance to enjoy Iceland without the crowds
- You won’t have to fight anyone for the perfect Instagram picture spot or search for a good parking spot at your favorite waterfall
- You´ll be able to enjoy the eerie silence in peace
- You´ll probably snag great deals on hotel rooms and activities (and a Blue rental car, of course!)
- Almost everyone in the tourist industry in Iceland has a very generous cancellation policy now and we are no exception. So if anything comes up after you book your trip it won’t really hit your wallet very hard
- And speaking of saving money! Our currency, the Icelandic króna, has taken a bit of a dip after this whole situation so, in fact, your whole trip will be a whole lot cheaper than if you come at another time when it has recovered. So, if you were planning the perfect bucket list trip to Iceland before COVID, now it’s even cheaper. One could argue that you´ll get the high-season experience (lovely weather) with low-season prices and crowds.
- Last but not least, you deserve a break from isolation, doom, and gloom. Gather your thoughts and get rid of the built-up stress in our beautiful land of ice and fire.
To sum it up: Safe, less touristy, cheap, and relatively risk-free. Yes, you should come to Iceland! Now is the perfect time to make a decision and book your trip.