Iceland: Travel Writers Wanted!

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We’re looking for Icelanders – both locals and expats – to reveal Iceland’s best outdoor escapes, city guides, and ways to experience this incredible destination. We’re specifically looking for local insiders, not just travelers who’ve passed through on a whirl-wind trip.

We want to hear about authentic and interesting things to see and do, beyond the usual top attractions. Think adventure, not luxury.

Have a look through the titles and let us know in the submission form below which ones you’re an expert at, and why you are perfect to write the story.

Please note – we have a specific brief, with specific requirements for style, tone and approach. DO NOT SEND COMPLETED WORKS THROUGH MOJOS. You must apply to be awarded the commissions, where you should include links to published work or your own travel blog, and we will be in touch if you are successful with more details regarding the assignment.

Deadlines: Applications by 16th October

First draft by 26th October

Payment: 50 cents (USD) per word. If you’re a blogger, writer, or author, we’re also happy to put a backlink in the author bio. For photo stories, payment will be discussed separately.

For Travel Safety content audit (briefs 28-30 only), we pay US $100 per article audit/re-write.

Expertise required: Professional Writers and Photographers wanted. See individual stories for more details.

The Brief:

Select one or more of the following stories about Iceland. Please note, though the experiences mentioned in the brief of each story are mandatory, we also welcome your personal tips and additions – you’re the insider!

1. Climate and Weather in Iceland (300 words maximum)

This article must cover off the seasons, what weather conditions to expect, and when’s best to travel where. Include a brief paragraph detailing top places to visit/things to do in spring, summer, fall, and winter.

2. Accommodation and Getting Around Iceland (600 words maximum)

Talk about types of accommodation to book, estimated costs, and what to look for in deals. (Are homestays a thing?) Talk about methods of getting around Iceland: internal flights, long-distance buses, taxis from airports, hiring cars – estimate costs between options, self-driving vs guided tours (advantages and disadvantages), and discuss what’s best for various regions. Also discuss general travel expenses in Iceland (meals, beverages,etc.)

3. The Best Road-trip Itineraries for Iceland* (600 words maximum)

Help travelers get beyond the Ring Road and visit some off-the-beaten-track destinations.

Aim to include at least one road trip for each region: South/Southwest, West/Northwest, North/Northeast, East/Southeast, Highlands.

*We’re open to writers suggesting Road Trips for Foodies, Road Trips for Adventurers etc. These will be considered when commissioning.

4. Cultural Highlights and Food in Iceland (600 words maximum)

Where should travelers with an interest in culture and arts go? What about foodies? We’re looking for a writer to delve into all things tasty, unique, and cultural in Iceland. Please include information about festivals like Aldrei fór ég suður, Iceland Airwaves – what are some others not to miss? Tell us about the best music, film, art, food, and culture festivals, and include interesting local events as well as bigger ones (maybe the Herring Adventure?) Also discuss the local music scene, the art scene, the food scene. What are uniquely Icelandic dishes that travelers must try?

Please talk about: social etiquette, history and folklore, (Viking history, hidden people, etc.) local customs and traditions, foodie destinations.

5. Pronunciation Guide and Common Phrases (300 words maximum)

Even though English is widely spoken in Iceland, travelers still want to be able to pronounce place names, people’s names, menu items, etc. in an understandable way. We’re looking for a local Icelander to write up an easy-to-use pronunciation guide that can help travelers avoid butchering the language. Also mention any useful phrases that are considered polite for visitors to use, or just fun to know (toasts, expressions, etc.)

6. Responsible Tourism in Iceland (500 words maximum)

How can travelers avoid loving Iceland to death? Please include information on sustainable tourism and respecting nature. Share your alternatives to overcrowded destinations like the Golden Circle, the Blue Lagoon, Laugavegur trail (or tips for avoiding the crowds there).

7. Visa Requirements for Iceland (300 words maximum)

List the various visa requirements for travelers to Iceland. This should cover off residents of the world – not just US and UK travelers.

8. The Best of Iceland’s Winter Activities: Snowboarding, Skiing, and Dog Sledding (600 words maximum)

Talk about the best locations to go for winter activities. Estimate prices, discuss lodgings and accommodation, write about available gear hire. This guide should talk about the trails available for beginners as well as experts.

9. The Best of Iceland’s Water Activities: Kayaking, River Rafting, Snorkeling, Scuba (600 words maximum)

Talk about the best locations to go for water activities and experiences. Estimate prices, talk about lodgings and accommodation where appropriate, write about where to hire local guides and/or gear.

10. The Best of Iceland’s Hot Springs (500 words maximum)

Does the Blue Lagoon live up to the hype? Where else should visitors go? We want to hear about the very best hot springs experiences, from the famous to the hidden. Include how to get there (drive, hike?), what to expect, etiquette, and what to bring.

11. Places to Camp & How to Plan Your Outdoor Adventure in Iceland (600 words maximum)

Reveal the top places for camping, and talk about packing for wilderness adventures and safety. Discuss camping fees and how much time you should set aside to really enjoy Iceland’s best camping sites.

State whether the campsite needs to be accessed by 4×4, a long hike, short hike, or can be driven to with a two-wheel-drive vehicle. Or is a camper van the way to go?

Aim to include the following, plus your own: Snæfellsjökull National Park, Latrabjarg, Vatnajökull National Park (including Skaftafell National Park and Jökulsárgljúfur), Þingvellir National Park

 12. Hiking & Trekking in Iceland (600 words maximum)

Write about the ultimate experiences in hiking and trekking through Iceland’s wilderness. Your pitch must reveal your top destinations, and your article must include details on how to get there (is it realistic for someone who’s only passing through on a quick trip?), how long each hike should reasonably take, what to pack (camping gear for multi-day adventures), trails to follow, hut to hut routes. Include both day hikes and multi-day treks, and indicate the level of difficulty: Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced.

Aim to include at least one trail per region (South/Southwest, West/Northwest, North/Northeast, East/Southeast, Highlands).

13. Best of Iceland’s Caves and Glaciers (550 words maximum)

Write about the best ways to experiences Iceland’s amazing caves and glaciers. Include your top glacier hikes (including level of difficulty – Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced – and reasons to choose one vs another) and both ice caves and lava tubes. Your pitch must reveal your top destinations, and your article should include how to get there and what gear you’ll need.

Aim to include at least one destination per region (South/Southwest, West/Northwest, North/Northeast, East/Southeast, Highlands).

14. Best of Iceland Whale and Puffin Viewing (500 words maximum)

Write about the optimal times and places to see Icelandic wildlife – whales and puffins, especially, but also other birdlife, seals, foxes, reindeer. Your pitch must reveal your top destinations, and your article should include how to get there and what gear you’ll need. Aim to include as many regions as possible (South/Southwest, West/Northwest, North/Northeast, East/Southeast) but focus on the best overall.

15. Best of Iceland’s Northern Lights (500 words maximum)

Write about the optimal times of year and places to see the Northern lights. Your article should include not just excellent viewpoints but also interesting/unique places to watch them from or experiences that can be combined with/heightened by the Northern lights. Aim to include as many regions as make sense (South/Southwest, West/Northwest, North/Northeast, East/Southeast, Highlands) but focus on the best overall.

16. A Local’s Guide to Reykjavik & Surrounds (650 words maximum)

We need a Reykjavik local to talk about hidden gems and hole-in-the-wall eateries tucked away in the city. This city guide must include don’t-miss events and festivals, accommodation, transport, and things travelers might not know when they pass through Reykjavik. We want local insights, not just a top-ten roundup. You must include: a brief overview of the main neighborhoods, not-to-miss restaurants, coolest museums, local landmarks, galleries, shopping, parks, best things to do in and around the city.

17. A Local’s Guide to Reykjavik Nightlife (550 words maximum)

Reykjavik’s nightlife is legendary. We need a Reykjavik local to steer travelers away from the touristic places and point them to interesting venues and hole-in-the-wall bars and clubs. This city guide must include tips for enjoying (and surviving) a runter, drinking customs and etiquette, unique experiences, and must-visit clubs or music venues.

18. A Local’s Guide to Reykjavik Day Trips (600 words maximum)

Everyone knows about the Golden Circle and the Blue Lagoon, but what else should travelers see and do on a day trip from Reykjavik? What about Gunnuhver, Reykjadalur hot springs, Akranes, or Þríhnúkagígur volcano? Should travelers go on their own, or join a tour? Should they give the Golden Circle a miss, or is there a way to see it while avoiding the crowds? This article should go beyond the obvious and offer local insights to the most interesting and worthwhile day trips from the city, as well as tips on how to get there.

19. A Local’s Guide to Akureyri & Surrounds (500 words maximum)

We’re looking for an Akureyri local to share their home-town secrets. We need you to reveal the best eateries, bars, day-trips, and travel tips. You must include: Bars, places to eat, best museums, local points of interest. This guide should also suggest day-trips for outdoor enthusiasts – not just a list of city-dwelling activities.

20. A Local’s Guide to Exploring South Iceland (600 words maximum)

If you’re a local from South Iceland who knows all the best things to see and do, we want your guidance! This article should feature the top cultural sights as well as the best outdoor activities: hiking, biking, kayaking, horse riding, whale watching, dog sledding.

When discussing outdoor activities, keep in mind we need the tips on how to get there, how much it’ll cost etc.

Please include mentions of these keywords: Skogar, Þórsmörk, Skogafoss, Selfoss, Vik, Þjórsárdalur Valley, Flúðir, Westman Islands

21. A Local’s Guide to Exploring West Iceland (600 words maximum)

Write about the best experiences West Iceland to offer. This article should include interesting cultural activities and worthwhile towns to visit as well as the top outdoor adventures: hiking, biking, rafting, kayaking, horse riding, whale watching. Include mini-guides to Bogarnes, Reykholt, and Stykkishólmur.

When discussing outdoor activities, keep in mind we need the tips on how to get there, how much it’ll cost etc.

Please include mentions of these keywords: Snæfellsjökull National Park, Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Kirkjufellsfoss.

22. A Local’s Guide to Exploring Northwest Iceland (600 words maximum)

Are the Western fjords your stomping grounds? Tell us about the best things to see and do in Northwest Iceland. This article should include interesting cultural activities and worthwhile towns to visit as well as the top outdoor adventures: hiking, biking, kayaking, horse riding, whale watching, birding.

When discussing outdoor activities, keep in mind we need the tips on how to get there, how much it’ll cost etc.

Please include mentions of these keywords: Hornstrandir peninsula, Dynjandi falls, Vatnsnes Peninsula (Hvitserkur stack), Hvammstangi, Skagafjordur, Latrabjarg, Isafjordur.

Also include hidden gems worth checking out. Maybe Þingeyrar, Drangey Island, Flatley Island?

23. A Local’s Guide to Exploring Northern Iceland (600 words maximum)

We need someone who knows Northern Iceland inside and out to share their expertise on the best things to see and do. This article should include cultural attractions as well as outdoor adventures: hiking, rafting, kayaking, whale watching, puffin viewing, skiing, snow shoeing. You must include: Siglufjörður, Husavik, Grimsey, Myvatn, Krafla.

When discussing outdoor activities, keep in mind we need the tips on how to get there, how much it’ll cost etc.

24. A Local’s Guide to Exploring East Iceland (600 words maximum)

Know East Iceland like the back of your hand? We’re looking for a local insider to write a comprehensive guide on the best outdoor escapes, cultural experiences, and adventures: hiking, kayaking, whale watching, skiing. Include mini-guides to Borgarfjörður, Seyðisfjörður, and Faskrudsfjordur.

You must also include: Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Hofn, Fjaðrárgljúfur. (We’ll be covering Vatnajökull National Park and Skaftafell in a separate guide.)

When discussing outdoor activities, keep in mind we need the tips on how to get there, how much it’ll cost etc.

25. Adventurer’s Guide to Vatnajökull National Park (700 words maximum)

Are you a local Icelander? Have you explored Vatnajökull National Park in depth? We need a writer with experience walking the trails, hiking the glaciers, kayaking, and camping in the area. When discussing outdoor activities, keep in mind we need the tips on how to get there, how much it’ll cost, what gear you’ll need etc.

You must include: Skaftafell National Park, Skaftafell glacier, Jökulsárlón, Svartifoss, Selfoss, Detifoss, Jökulsárgljúfur, Vatnajökull glacier

26. Adventurer’s Guide to the Highlands of Iceland (600 words maximum)

Are you at home in the windswept wilds of Iceland’s remote interior? We want your expertise on the top adventures in the region: hiking, trekking, caving, climbing. Share your tips for navigating the landscape, best times to go, and best ways to get around.

When discussing outdoor activities, keep in mind we need the tips on how to get there, how much it’ll cost etc.

Please include: Askja, Lake Viti, Aldeyjarfoss, Sprengisandur, Langjökull, Víðgelmir, Landmannalauger, Kerlingarfjöll, Hekla.

27. Pitch your travel story! (600 words maximum)

We’re looking for the best travel stories in Iceland! We want you to pitch your compelling travel tales, adventure mishaps, and cultural experiences. Your story could be funny, thought-provoking, or something that inspires people to travel.

The pitch should excite us so much that we want to you to write it for us. Final story should be no longer than 600 words. Do not submit full story, just the pitch in 100 words or less.

Travel Safety Content Audit

We’re looking for writers to help update all of our existing Travel Safety content for Iceland.

In your application, please identify which articles (below) you would like to re-write. Note that payment is different for content audits. We  pay US $100 per article audit/re-write.

If chosen, you will be provided with the current article, and required to either re-write or sub-edit with any required changes or updated fact. Please note, we are looking for writers that have been there in the last two years. Please tell us when you visited Iceland, as the safety content needs an up-to-date refresh.

28. Nightlife in Iceland – Is this advice still relevant? Please provide your tips for having a good time or staying safe.

29. Natural Hazards in Iceland – How can travelers best protect themselves against local hazards like geysers, volcanic eruptions, and freezing temperatures? Please update if you feel there are any required changes.

30. Safety Tips for Driving in Iceland – Please provide updates on the road situation, local laws, and advice for getting around safely.

Tips for applicants:

These stories are designed to be standalone blog posts to be featured on WorldNomads.com, but will also be reformatted to become a downloadable Insider’s Guide.

Please include links to examples of your own work published elsewhere, and explain why you’re best suited to write each article. List the number of the article next to the title above. Due to large numbers of applicants, we select writers based on the amount of extra detail provided around why they are best suited to write for World Nomads.

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