Iceland Travel Guide

Iceland feels like the end and the beginning of the world. With boiling mud, floating ice and geothermal steam, Iceland’s active landscapes are a reminder of how natural forces contoured our world. Everywhere you go in Iceland, you feel happily insignificant, yet deeply connected to the vast landscape.

As we drove around the ring road, we were mesmerized by the contrasts in the landscape’s color, texture, and height. Snow-capped mountain ranges majestically frame tiny colorful fishing villages.

Treeless black mountains seem to plunge into golden farmland. Moss-covered lava fields are dotted with statuesque horses. Iceland is a place that defies all easy definitions. But, in one word, it’s magic.

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Iceland Travel Guide Overview

  • Iceland Map
  • When to Visit Iceland – regions, activities, budget considerations
  • Driving in Iceland – tips and useful websites
  • What to Experience in Iceland unique things to do and see
  • What to Eat & Drink in Iceland
  • Where to Stay in Iceland 
  • How to Save Money in Iceland 
  • Iceland Basics – currency, payment culture, tipping etiquette
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Krýsuvík / Seltún Geothermal Area, Iceland

Iceland Map

Click the dots to explore specific destinations.
  • Golden Circle
  • Southern Iceland
  • East Fjords
  • Northern Iceland
  • Westfjords
  • Base of the Westfjords
  • Snæfellsnes Peninsula / West Iceland
  • Reykjavík
  • Reykjanes Peninsula
Eldhraun, Iceland

When to Visit Iceland

When deciding what time of year to visit, consider where you want to go, what you want to experience and your budget. 

Where Do You Want to Go in Iceland

There are certain places in Iceland that are only accessible in summer, or weather permitting. 

The Interior

The Interior is also referred to as the Highlands. If you want to explore the Interior, plan on traveling to Iceland in the summer: (Late June), July, August, (September).

Here are some of the highlights of the Highlands:

  • Landmannalaugar in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve: views of Ryolite mountains, geothermal baths and Brennisteinsalda volcano.
  • Laugavegur hiking trail, 55 km trek from Landmannalaugar to Thórsmörk (Þórsmörk in Icelandic)
  • Thórsmörk (Þórsmörk in Icelandic), hiking destination in the Highlands
  • Kerlingarfjöll Mountain Range
  • Hveradalir (valley of the hot springs), geothermal area

Note: While it’s not possible to drive into the interior with your rental car outside of the summer months, you could still reach the interior with a Super Jeep Tour like this Private Landmannalaugar & Hekla Super Jeep Tour from Reykjavik.

The Westfjords

The Westfjords are called “Vestmannaeyjar” in Icelandic. You can access this region in winter, but depending on the weather conditions, some roads are inaccessible. Also, some roads are simply not serviced in winter.

Here are a few tips for your journey to the Westfjords:

  • You can’t drive to Dynjandi waterfall or between Ísafjörður and Patreksfjörður in winter.
  • You can’t hike Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, the uninhabited northernmost region of the Westfjords, in winter, spring, or fall. The only realistic time to come here is mid-June to end of July.
  • From our personal experience: We booked a night in Ísafjörður (mid-April), but couldn’t get there, because of the road conditions. A week before, however, it would have been no problem (so it just depends on the weather). We were able to access Patreksfjörður via Highways 60 and 62 without a problem. 

Westman Islands

The Landeyjahöfn ferry connects the mainland to the Westman Islands (mainly between mid-May and mid-September). But on days when the weather conditions are bad (mainly in winter), the ferry doesn’t operate. If the Landeyjahöfn ferry doesn’t operate, there might be one from Þorlákshöfn (Thorlakshofn). So realistically, the best time to see the Westman Islands is in summer.

For more details on how to get to the Islands, check out the Visit the Westman Islands Website. 

What Do You Want to Experience in Iceland

Driving the Ring Road

It might be possible to drive the ring road all year round, but it’s not advisable in winter. In the winter, roads can be impassable. Even when we drove the Ring Road in April, we experienced less than favorable road conditions: icy roads, low visibility, potholes a plenty. We drove sometimes for hours without being able to see a thing (just endless white).

In case you don’t want to drive the ring road yourself, check out this top-rated 6-Day Ring Road Adventure.

Northern Lights

Northern Lights can be visible between mid-September and mid-April. Your ability to see them will depend on cloud coverage, solar activity and light pollution. When we visited in April, we met people who saw them. We didn’t, mostly because of cloud coverage and because we were too lazy to wake up at 3:00 a.m. when it most promising.  

Alternatively, you can join a guided tour like this Northern Lights Bus Tour from Reykjavik (Duration: 4 hours).

Puffin Sightseeing

Atlantic Puffins are seabirds that spend most of their lives at sea, but return to land to breed during spring and summer. It’s possible to see them between early April and early September. If you really want to see them, it’s a safer bet to come between May and August. We didn’t see them in mid-April because it was a long winter.

Check out this guided tour from Reykjavik: Puffin Watching Boat Tour (Duration: 1 hour).

Visiting Ice Caves 

is a winter activity (November – April).

If you are interested, check out this Crystal Ice Cave Day Tour from Jökulsárlón: (Duration: 3 hours)

Hiking the Interior

is a summer activity (mid-June to early September).

If you join this Landmannalaugar 4-Hour Hiking Experience, you can either get a pickup in Reykjavik, or – if you have your own 4×4 jeep inkl. F-roads permission – your meeting point is directly at the Landmannalaugar Wardens’ Hut (Google Maps).

Touring Fjallsárlón or Jökulsárlón (Glacier Lagoons) on a boat

is a summer activity (usually mid-May to mid-September). You can definitely visit the lagoons outside those months, but there will be no tours in operation.

If you are based in Reykjavik, check out this tour: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon & Boat Tour (Duration: 14 hours).

What’s Your Travel Budget

Iceland’s high season is mid-June through August, and not surprisingly the most expensive time to visit.

When we traveled in April, we saw that some of the guesthouses we stayed in increased their prices by 400% for the high season (ouch!).

Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Iceland

Driving in Iceland Tips

Rent a 4WD

This is a necessity. It costs more (we know), but from our experience, it was often essential in getting us from Point A to Point B. Iceland’s weather is so unpredictable. You’ll need to rent a car that can handle extreme weather and pothole a plenty of gravel roads.

How to Rent a Car in Iceland

We recommend using the car rental reservation platform to search for and book car rentals in Iceland. This easy-to-use booking platform compares car rental deals from 500+ trusted providers, so that you can choose the best option for your trip. 

Check car rental rates here.

Check the Road Conditions every Morning

Use to find out what the road conditions are every morning before you begin your drive. After selecting a region, you’ll see a map of all the roads in the selected region.

Each road is highlighted with its current condition: green (easily passable), orange (spots of ice), light blue (slippery), dark blue (extremely slippery), white (wet snow/snow), purple (difficult driving), black (difficult condition), red (impassable), and grey (no winter service).  

Check for Warnings and Alerts every Evening and Morning

Check the website for warnings and alerts. This site will provide up-to-date information on storms, road closures, wind gusts, etc…

For example, the alert below notifies travelers that strong wind gusts are expected from Seljalandsfoss to Vík and from Skaftafell to Jökulsárlón! The alert advises drivers on bigger camper vans to not travel in the area. 

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Fill Up Your Tank Often

When there’s an opportunity to get gas, get it because gas stations are simply not everywhere. When we drove in the East Fjords, we drove hours between fuel stations.

Plan on Needing Extra Time on the Road

We often needed more time than what Google Maps suggested. That’s because the road conditions vary. Mountain roads take longer.

Gravel roads take a lot longer (especially if there are lots of potholes). And, you’ll want to take unplanned stops to admire the scenery and the animals (reindeer, horses, birds, etc…).

Slow Down When Approaching a Bridge

We recommend slowing down before approaching a bridge because it can be difficult to assess whether it is a single-lane or a two-lane bridge from a distance. For single-lane bridges, the rule is whoever is closest to the bridge has the right-of-way.


Árinni kennir illur ræðari.







Icelandic Saying

A bad rower blames his oars.

What to Experience in Iceland

Our favorite things to see and do
Hverir in Iceland

Watching the Earth Boil and Steam

Hverir [Northern Iceland]

You will smell Hverir (also called Námafjall geothermal field) before you see it. This red, blue and white bubbling paradise is the stinkiest, yet one of the most splendid places in Iceland. Hverir is a geothermal area located in Northern Iceland close to Lake Myvatn. As you breathe in the sulfur-rich air, you’ll find yourself mesmerized by the steam and boiling mud.

Krýsuvík / Seltún [Reykjanes peninsula]

Krýsuvík is a geothermal area that you can visit either to or from Keflavik Airport. The landscape is alive with steaming volcanic vents and boiling hot springs. A boardwalk guides you gently through this hissing field in a circular path.

Gunnuhver [Reykjanes peninsula]

The mud pools and steam vents in this geothermal field are named after a female ghost. Iceland’s largest mud pool can be found here. The gases emitted from the ground turn the surrounding lava rock into clay.

Eldhraun, Iceland

Driving through Eldhraun

Eldhraun is a massive moss lava field in Southern Iceland. If you’re driving the Ring Road, you’ll drive right through it, between Laufskálavarða and Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon.

This lava landscape was one of the most striking places we experienced in Iceland. It looks like an endless pile of giant river stones covered in green carpet. The wooly fringe moss can be as thick as 50 centimeters (19.7 inches) in some places.

This unique landscape is the result of an eruption that lasted between 1783 and 1784, known as the Laki Eruption (Skaftareldar). The devastating eruption led to disease, crop failure and other catastrophes in Iceland.

It’s believed that the eruption affected mainland Europe as well. During the eruption, about 120 million tons of sulfur compounds were released into the air. The sulfur compounds mixed with the moisture in the atmosphere, resulting in sulphuric acid.

The volcanic gas mist and ash fall resulted in withered vegetation, poisoned fields, and polluted groundwater. Between 1783 and 1785, Iceland’s population was reduced to a fifth and half of the country’s livestock perished.

The mist traveled to Europe and as far as Asia, resulting in dramatic weather changes and air pollution. The calamities that ensued are called the Mist Hardships.

Visiting Eldhraun

  • There is a parking lot with official signage on the right side of the road (driving East).
  • The moss is very sensitive, so only use designated trails and roads when exploring.
Fjallsárlón, Iceland

Visiting Fjallsárlón and Jökulsárlón

No matter how short your trip is, don’t leave without seeing the frozen landscape of Fjallsárlón and Jökulsárlón. These glacial lagoons are the crown jewels of Iceland. We spent hours watching fragmented glaciers float and seals swim around the icebergs. In the early evening, the silence was only broken by the melting of ice and the peculiar sound of eider ducks.

When to Visit: Late Spring, Summer, Fall. In Summer, more ice is melting due to the heat and hence floating out to sea.

Fjallsárlón and Jökulsárlón are located in Southern Iceland. It takes 10 minutes by car to drive between them.

In the summer season (May – October), boat tours are offered at Jökulsárlón. Because we visited in April, we weren’t able to do this. If you are based in Reykjavik, check out this tour: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon & Boat Tour (Duration: 14 hours).

Hafnarfjordur Fish Racks in Iceland
Hafnarfjordur Fish Racks

Watching Fish Dry in the Arctic Wind

The oldest food preservation method in the world is still being used in Iceland. That method is the drying of food in the open air. Icelanders gut and hang unsalted fish on wooden drying racks. The cold winter air dries the fish (usually cod or haddock), which results in a storage life of several years.

Seeing fish heads swinging in the wind is chilling yet somehow hypnotizing. It reminds you of how so much has changed, and yet so much has stayed the same.

Interestingly, Icelanders aren’t the main consumers of stockfish. They have been exporting it on a large scale since the 13th century. Can you guess who the main consumers are today? Italy and Nigeria. Nigeria is actually the largest market for dried fish products in the world. They use fish heads in their soups and stews.

If you want to see rows and rows of drying racks, prepare yourself for the stench and go to:

  • Sauðárkrókur (Northern Iceland) – In this town’s harbor, there’s a collection of dried fish racks.
  • Hafnarfjordur (Reykjanes Peninsula) – If you’re driving south on the 42, the fish racks are on the left side of the road before the 417 juncture. Exact Location: Google Maps
Grettislaug Hot Pot in Iceland

Soaking in a Hot Pot

The best way to warm up when the temperature is flirting with zero degrees is by jumping into a hot pot. Hot pots are warm natural baths. Some thermal baths are maintained regularly and charge a fee. These tend to be better, as they are both cleaner and hotter.

Keep in mind that there may, or may not be a changing area. And because these are natural hot springs, there will be some algae.

Our favorite hot spring pool was Grettislaug. Located off the pothole-happy 748-road north of Skagafjörður, Grettislaug isn’t easy to get to.

You’ll need a 4WD and some patience. When we arrived, the conditions were not perfect. It was bitterly cold and so windy that I (Sabrina) could barely open the car door.

But, since we drove 45 minutes to get there, we were determined to get in. So we ran as fast as we could from the changing cabin to the hot spring in our bathing suits and beanies. And, oh my, was it worth it.

The hot pools (there are two) hover at a glorious temperature of 43 °C. As you soak in the heat, you’ll see a bewitching mountain backdrop, turf houses, and horses. 

If you prefer a more upscale experience with shower facilities and changing rooms, check out these geothermal pools and luxury spas:

Diamond Beach, Iceland
Diamond Beach

Walking through Sculpted Ice at Diamond Beach

As icebergs melt and break off in the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, the broken pieces float out to sea with the tide. At Diamond Beach, you’ll see the ice float and land at the black sand beach.

These icebergs look like sculptures, each uniquely and majestically sculpted by the ocean water.

Waterfall near Öxi, Iceland

What to Eat & Drink in Iceland

Icelandic Food

Geysir Bread (Geothermal rye bread) – Icelanders use geothermal energy to generate electricity, heat their homes and keep pavements snow-free. They also use geothermal energy to bake bread in the ground. This earth-baked bread is the best bread we’ve ever tasted. It’s moist, sweet, and delicious.

We recommend eating geothermal bread at Laugarvatn Fontana Hot Springs (if you do the Golden Circle route) or Kaffi Borgir (if you explore Dimmuborgir and Lake Myvatn).

Harðifiskur – wind-dried haddock or cod. This popular snack can be purchased at any grocery store.

Icelandic Lamb – During the summer months, Icelandic sheep roam the countryside freely. They eat fresh herbs and plants and are never fed grain or given hormones. The meat has a distinct herbaceous taste.

Icelandic Drinks

Einstök Ölgerð Beer – we loved their Icelandic Toasted Porter made with Lager malt, Munich malt, chocolate malt, Bavarian hops, and authentic Icelandic roasted coffee.

Grettislaug, Iceland

Where to Stay in Iceland

You can stay in guesthouses, hotels and farms. You can also rent a campervan. Make sure to book your accommodations as early as possible, because they do fill up. To help you figure out where to stay, we created this map.

​​How to use this map | Click on the “sliding-door” icon on the top left of the map to display the list of accommodations. Click on each accommodation to display further information. Click on the “expand” icon on the top right to open this map in a new window. Each color signifies a different Iceland destination:

  • Reykjavík & Reykjanes Peninsula: black
  • Golden Circle: coral red
  • Southern Iceland: orange
  • East Fjords / Eastern Iceland: yellow
  • Northern Iceland: green
  • Westfjords: teal
  • Base of the Westfjords: blue
  • Snæfellsnes Peninsula & Western Iceland: purple
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Icelandic Horses in East Iceland

Iceland Travel Basics

Official Name: Ísland

Capital: Reykjavík

Government: Constitutional Republic

Regions: Iceland has 8 administrative regions.

(1) Eastern Region, Eastfjords (Austurland, Austfirðir); (2) Capital Region (Höfuðborgarsvæði); (3) Northeastern Region (Norðurland eystra); (4) Northwestern Region (Norðurland vestra); (5) Southern Region (Suðurland), (6) Southern Peninsula (Suðurnes), (7) Westfjords (Vestfirðir), (8) Western Region (Vesturland).

Population: 331,778

Language: Icelandic. English is spoken fluently by the majority of Icelanders.

Currency: ISK – Icelandic Krona. You can pay everything with a credit card. There’s no need to pull out cash.

Tipping Etiquette: No need to tip. Service and VAT are included in prices.

Water Quality: Excellent. You can drink tap water everywhere in Iceland. Sometimes the water has a slight sulphuric smell, but it’s absolutely safe to drink.

Something Interesting: Icelanders don’t have surnames or family names. Instead, they use the traditional Nordic naming system to create last names. A child’s last name is created by using the first name of their father (or mother) plus -dóttir (daughter) or -son.

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  • One of the most common mistakes travelers make on their first trip to the Dolomites is visiting Alpe di Siusi (Seiser Alm, Mont Sëuc) without a plan. 🇮🇹⤵️

Measuring 56 km2, the Alpe di Siusi plateau is the largest mountain pasture in Europe. 

So many travelers wrongly assume that it will be obvious knowing where to go. 

There are many ways to explore Alpe di Siusi: hiking, cycling, wining and dining in gourmet alpine pasture huts…

The most adventurous hike starting in Alpe di Siusi is the Compaccio (Compatsch) - Rifugio Bolzano (Schlernhaus) - Rifugio Alpe di Tires (Tierser Alpl) circuit trail. 

If you’re staying in Ortisei, we highly recommend following our Alpe di Siusi Meadow Trail. This path links together the most scenic paths and alpine pasture huts on the plateau.

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  • Avoid this mistake, so you’re not completely confused when you get to the Dolomites 🇮🇹⤵️

Don’t just learn the Italian names of Dolomites destinations. 

The Dolomites are located in 5 different provinces within 3 regions in Northeastern Italy. One province, South Tyrol (Südtirol in German, Alto Adige in Italian), was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire prior to World War I.

German continues to be the primary language spoken in this region. When traveling and hiking through South Tyrol, every street, advertisement, natural area, mountain hut, etc… is written in both German and Italian. Generally, South Tyroleans are culturally Tyrolean (Austrian) rather than Italian.

Another language that you will encounter is Ladin, a romance language spoken in the provinces of South Tyrol, Trentino, and Belluno, by the Ladin people. The Ladin people are the oldest inhabitants of the Dolomites valleys. 

Around Val Gardena, Val Badia, Val di Fassa, and Ampezzo Valley, you will see signage and names (e.g. towns, mountain huts) in three languages: Ladin, German, and Italian. 

For example: Alpe di Siusi (Italian), Seiser Alm (German), and Mont Sëuc (Ladin)

While English speakers tend to use Italian names, it’s important to be familiar with the German and Ladin names as well.

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9 Amazing Hikes around Cortina d’Ampezzo, Dolomites

1. Tofana di Rozes Circuit Trail (Moderately Difficult)
Where | Dolomiti D’Ampezzo Natural Park, Belluno
Trailhead | Rifugio Dibona
Distance | 11.9 km circuit
Time Needed | 5:30 hours

2. Lago di Sorapis Circuit Trail (Difficult) 
Where | Ampezzo Dolomites, Belluno
Trailhead | Passo Tre Croci, halfway between Cortina d’Ampezzo and Lake Misurina
Distance | 13.2 km circuit
Time Needed | 5:10 hours

3. Passo Giau to Monte Mondeval (Moderate)
Where | Ampezzo Dolomites, Belluno
Trailhead | Passo Giau
Distance | 12.8 km lollipop-circuit
Time Needed | 5 hours

4. Croda da Lago Circuit Trail and Lago Federa (Moderately Difficult)
Where | Ampezzo Dolomites, Belluno
Trailhead | Ponte di Rocurto
Distance | 13.1 km circuit
Time Needed | 5 hours

5. Tre Cime di Lavaredo Circuit Trail (Easy – Moderate)
Where | Tre Cime Nature Park, South Tyrol, and Belluno
Trailhead | Rifugio Auronzo 
Distance | 9.7 km circuit 
Time Needed | 4 hours

6. Sentiero Bonacossa North Trail Circuit (Demanding)
Where | Cadini di Misurina Group, Belluno
Trailhead | Rifugio Auronzo or Lago d’Antorno
Distance | 12.5 km circuit
Time Needed | 6 hours

7. Crepe de Zumèles (Moderately Difficult)
Where | Cristallo Group, Belluno
Trailhead | Rio Gere
Distance | 10.6 km circuit
Time Needed | 4 hours

8.  Alpe di Sennes Circuit (Moderate)
Where | Ampezzo Dolomites Nature Park and Fanes-Sennes-Braies Nature Park
Trailhead | Malga Ra Stua
Distance | 17.1 km circuit
Time Needed | 5:30 hours

9. Rifugio Nuvolau and Cinque Torri (Moderate)
Where | Nuvlau-Averau Group, Belluno
Trailhead | Col Gallina
Distance | 9.6 km circuit
Time Needed | 4 hours

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  • 10 Easy Hikes in the Dolomites👇

1. Seceda Ridgeline to Regensburger Hütte Circuit Hike
Trailhead | Seceda Cableway Mountain Station
Cableway Ascent/Descent | Ortisei-Furnes-Seceda Cableways, Ortisei, Val Gardena
Distance | 8.9 km circuit
Time Needed | 3:00 – 3:30 hours 
Difficulty | Easy – Moderate

2. Adolf Munkel Trail
Trailhead | Zannes/Zans Car Park, Val di Funes
Distance | 9.2 km circuit 
Time Needed | 3:00 – 3:30 hours
Difficulty | Easy – Moderate

3. Tre Cime di Lavaredo Circuit Trail (Drei Zinnen Rundweg)
Trailhead | Rifugio Auronzo, Auronzo di Cadore
Distance | 9.7 km circuit 
Time Needed | 4 hours
Difficulty | Easy – Moderate 

4. Armentara Meadows
Trailhead | La Crusc Church 
Cableway Ascent | Santa Croce Chairlift followed by the La Crusc Chairlift, Badia, Alta Badia
Distance | 9 km point-to-point 
Time Needed | 3 hours 
Difficulty | Easy 

5. Baita Segantini Hike
Trailhead | Passo Rolle
Distance | 9.2 km circuit
Time Needed | 3:00 – 3:30 hours 
Difficulty | Easy

6. Sentiero Viel del Pan
Trailhead | Passo Pordoi
Distance | 6.4 km out-and-back
Time Needed | 2:10 hours
Difficulty | Easy (Moderate difficulty if you add the Alta Via Della Cresta circular route).

7. Sesto to Val Fiscalina (Sexten to Fischleintal)
Trailhead | Sesto/Sexten
Distance | 12.2 km circuit
Time Needed | 3:15 hours
Difficulty | Easy

8. Santa Maddalena Panorama Trail
Trailhead | Santa Maddalena Village, Val di Funes
Distance | 9.5 km circuit
Time Needed | 3:30 hours
Difficulty | Easy

9. Monte Specie (Strudelkopf)
Trailhead | Prato Piazza Car Park
Distance | 8.8 km circuit
Time Needed | 2:50 hours
Difficulty | Easy

10. Alpe di Siusi Meadows Circuit Trail (Seiser Alm Rundwanderweg)
Trailhead | Oritisei-Alpe di Siusi gondola mountain station
Distance | 14.4 km circuit
Time Needed | 4:25 hours
Difficulty | Easy

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Where to Stay in the Dolomites for Hiking 👇🇮🇹

⛰️Val Gardena, South Tyrol 
Pros: Very transit friendly, long summer season (end of May - end of October) 
Cons: Very busy during high season

⛰️Cortina d’Ampezzo, Belluno
Pros: No cableways needed for most hiking trails, gorgeous and dramatic setting, especially stunning in mid-late October
Cons: transit is difficult to navigate

⛰️Alta Badia, South Tyrol
Pros: Excellent wellness hotels, dreamy scenery, reliable easy-to-navigate public transit 
Cons: Difficult to find budget-friendly accommodations 

⛰️Alta Pusteria, South Tyrol
Pros: Many Dolomites attractions are concentrated in this region. Ideal between mid-September - late October.
Cons: Traffic restrictions in high season (mid July - mid September), which means either driving to trailheads early, or pre-booking parking, or pre-booking transit. 

⛰️San Martino di Castrozza, Trentino
Pros: Dramatic mountain landscapes and thrilling trails
Cons: Short summer season (July - mid-September). The hotels aren’t as nice as those in other regions. Not transit friendly.

⛰️Val di Funes, South Tyrol
Pros: The most beautiful valley in the Dolomites, picturesque views, fantasy-like scenery
Cons: Though the hiking in Val di Funes is excellent, it’s limited. 3 nights in Val di Funes is sufficient. 

⛰️San Vigilio, South Tyrol
Pros: San Vigilio is tucked away in a side valley of Val Badia and is thus often overlooked. There are many quiet trails around San Vigilio.
Cons: Further away from iconic Dolomites sights 

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