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Iceland - Best Tours & Trips 2019

300 trips to Iceland tours from 112 tour companies. 685 reviews. 4.8/5 avg rating.
Iceland may sound foreboding, but it's one of the world's most fascinating countries -- and, warmed by the Gulf Stream, not nearly as cold as you may think. It's a land of volcanoes, hot springs, fjords, and waterfalls that lies just below the Arctic Circle. An adventure traveler's dream, as soon as you go, you're sure to warm up to Iceland.
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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Group Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Tour Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ship Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Guided Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Self Guided / Independent Tour A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ship Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Laugavegur trail guided walk

UTracks
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Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
5 days
$ 512 / day
$ 2,560
From : $ 3,456
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Hiking Iceland’s best known trail
  • Crossing the third largest geothermal zone in the world
  • Experiencing the dramatic landscape and natural beauty of this classic trail
  • Staying in rustic mountain huts
  • Enjoying the camaraderie of your fellow walkers
Visits:
Reykjavík, Iceland
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Northern Lights of Iceland including the Blue Lag ...

Trafalgar
Preferred
Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
6 days
$ 479 / day
$ 2,875
From : $ 3,536
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
Highlights
  • City tour in Reykjavik
  • Visit the Hallgrímskirkja church in Reykjavik, the Fridheimar Greenhouse, the Folk Museum in Skogar, the Hellisheidi Geothermal Exhibition, the world famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa and Viking World in Reykjanesbær
  • View the black sand beach at Vik, Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls and the Strokkur geyser
  • See the Eyjafjallajökull volcano
Visits:
Blue Lagoon, Iceland
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Incredible Iceland & Northern Lights

SmarTours
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7 days
$ 314 / day
$ 2,199
From : $ 7,026
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
Highlights
  • Opportunities to See Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)*
  • Reykjavik City Sightseeing
  • Black sand Beaches (Vik)
  • Seljalandsfoss & Skogarfoss Waterfalls (Near Vik)
  • Gulfoss
  • Geysir
  • Thingvellir National Park
  • Blue Lagoon (Near Reykjavik)
Visits:
Blue Lagoon, Gullfoss, Reykjavík, Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland
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Scenic Iceland & the Northern Lights (Winter ...

7 days
$ 550 / day
$ 3,850
From : $ 5,198
The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
Travel Style : N/A
Physical Level : N/A
  • N/A
  • Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Fontana: At a geothermal bakery, sample delicious rye bread dug hot from the ground, served with butter.
    • Friðheimar: Explore a family-run farm and sample their sweet-tasting, homegrown tomatoes.
    • Dining Summary: 6 Breakfasts (B), 3 Dinners (D) and 1 Dinner with Wine (DW), all with tea or coffee. Departures travelling over New Year’s Eve and will enjoy a festive Highlight Dinner which will replace an included meal.
    • Reykjavík: Witness nature's most spectacular show on earth - the Northern Lights.
    • Hellisheiðavirkjun: Visit Iceland’s newest geothermal heat and electric power station.
    • Hvolsvöllur: Visit the Lava Centre, an interactive museum where you will learn about the geology and natural occurrences that have influenced and created Iceland's incredible landscapes.
    • Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss: Admire the majestic beauty of these two impressive waterfalls.
    • Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull: See these magnificent volcanoes.
    • Gullfoss: See the spectacular two-tiered waterfall. This Icelandic equivalent of Niagara Falls drops a total of 32 metres, while spanning the entire width of the Hvítá River.
    • Geysir: Visit the famous spouting Geysir which has become synonymous with hot springs all around the world.
    • Thingvellir: The Parliamentary Plains are the most important historic site of the country, as its the meeting place of the Althing, the world’s oldest parliament founded in A.D. 930.
    • Reykholt: Stop at this pretty village, home of poet and medieval scholar Snorri Sturluson.
    • Reykjavík: Explore the city with your Local Expert. See the old town centre, the parliament building, Höfði House, the colourful harbour and the Hallgrímskirkja.
    • Blue Lagoon: Enjoy a truly indulgent, once-in-a-lifetime experience at the most visited attraction in Iceland. Its geothermal seawater flows from volcanic aquifers 2,000 metres within the earth, emerging at the surface enriched with algae, silica, and minerals. With new-found friends, enjoy bathing in the lagoon in style, as you sip on a celebratory cocktail.
    Visits:
    Reykjavík, Iceland
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    Snæfellsnes & Golden Circle self-drive

    10 days
    $ 575 / day
    $ 6,532
    From : $ 7,073
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
    Highlights
    • Viking Sushi Adventure boat tour including seafood sushi lunch
    • 'Into the Glacier' Adventure tour
    • Private Volcano and Glacier Walk
    Visits:
    Blue Lagoon, Iceland
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    Iceland's Magical Northern Lights

    Collette
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    7 days
    $ 381 / day
    $ 2,669
    From : $ 3,283
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
    Highlights
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    • Explore Skógar Museum, covering all aspects of Icelandic life.
    • Experience the energy at the geothermal fields of Geysir and Strokkur.
    • Learn about the volcanic nature of the island of Iceland during a visit to the Lava Exhibition Center.
    • Search for nature's dazzling display on a northern lights cruise.
    • See Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, filled with floating icebergs.
    • Relax in the warm, mineral-rich water of the Blue Lagoon.
    Visits:
    Reykjavík, Iceland
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    Winter Luxury, 8 Days

    Evaneos
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    7 days
    $ 699 / day
    $ 3,960
    From : $ 5,596
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Visits:
    Iceland
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    One Week Camping in Iceland

    Intrepid Travel
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    7 days
    $ 212 / day
    $ 1,650
    From : $ 2,079
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
    Highlights
    • On this trip we are travelling in our own private minibus as this allows us to reach some more off the beaten path destinations and gives us flexibility which would not be possible by public transport. And on top of that all our vehicles in Iceland have complimentary Wi-Fi.
    • There's a lot more to Iceland than ice (and Bjork). Ford the fjords, glaciers, volcanoes, black sands and thermal springs of this magical land in the world's far north
    • Discover Iceland's fascinating history of Reykjavik, and visit the astonishing Lutheran church of Hallgrimskirkja
    • The Eurasian and American tectonic plates may now be pulling apart in Thingvellir National Park, but over a thousand years ago this was the site where Iceland's first parliament came together
    • Hike to the tongue of Europe's biggest glacier and marvel at the walls of ice in Skaftafell National Park
    • Southern Iceland is a world of striking contrasts. Walk past blue-white icebergs at the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, and soak up the silence of the surrounding grey sand desert
    Visits:
    Iceland
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    Iceland - Land of Fire and Ice 2020

    7 days
    $ 367 / day
    $ 2,531
    Travel Style : N/A
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Thick-billed Murre (Brünnich’s Guillemot)
    • Harlequin & Long-tailed Duck
    • Barrow’s Goldeneye
    • Red‐necked & Grey Phalarope
    • Purple Sandpiper
    • Gyr Falcon
    • Great Norther Diver
    • Whooper Swan
    • Snow Bunting
    • Razorbill
    • Black-legged Kittiwake
    • Glaucous & Iceland Gull
    • Rock Ptarmigan
    • Pink-footed Goose
    • European Golden Plover
    • Red-breasted Merganser
    • Horned (Slavonian) Grebe and Short-eared Owl.
    Visits:
    Iceland
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    Iceland Explorer

    Exodus Travels
    Preferred
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    10 days
    $ 350 / day
    $ 3,499
    From : $ 4,724
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Volcanoes, waterfalls and geysers
    • Fishing villages and puffins
    • 24hr daylight in summer, chance for Northern Lights in winter
    Visits:
    Akureyri
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    Circuit of Iceland

    8 days
    $ 315 / day
    $ 2,518
    From : $ 3,399
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Some walking over short or flat distances. Some trips may include cycling options. Some are wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Some cruises. Easy
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Arrival shuttle bus airport transfer with FlyBUS
    • Visit natural history and seal museum
    • Visit Vidimyri turf church
    • Entry to Myvatn Nature Baths
    • Entry Petra's Stone and Mineral Collection
    • Eyjafjallajokull Volcano Information Centre
    • Visit to Icelandic Horse stables and a geothermal greenhouse
    • Departure shuttle bus airport transfer with FlyBUS
    Visits:
    Iceland
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    Natural Highlights of the Ring Road

    Evaneos
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    7 days
    $ 194 / day
    $ 1,110
    Travel Style : A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Visits:
    Iceland
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    Cycle Iceland

    Intrepid Travel
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    9 days
    $ 485 / day
    $ 5,135
    From : $ 6,111
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping. Basic - 2 star
    Highlights
    • Cycle the famous Golden Circle, where the scenery is just as likely to get your blood pumping as the ride
    • There's a lot more to Iceland than ice (and Bjork). Ford the fjords, glaciers, volcanoes, black sands and thermal springs of this magical land in the world's far north
    • The Eurasian and American tectonic plates may now be pulling apart in Thingvellir National Park, but over a thousand years ago this was the site where Iceland's first parliament came together
    • Southern Iceland is a world of striking contrasts. Walk past blue-white icebergs at the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, and soak up the silence of the surrounding grey sand desert
    Visits:
    Iceland
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    Iceland: Land of Fire & Ice

    Collette
    Premier
    Has very high quality customer experiences and demonstrated commitment to responsible travel practices. read more
    9 days
    $ 328 / day
    $ 2,949
    From : $ 3,627
    The strike-through price reflects either the high season trip price or the average price a traveler pays for a similar itinerary when the components are booked separately.
    Travel Style : N/A
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
    Highlights
    • Savor Icelandic cuisine at a popular local restaurant.
    • Try cured “hákarl,” an Icelandic delicacy.
    • Relish Iceland’s local cheeses during a visit to a family-owned dairy farm.
    • Learn about the 400-year-old tradition of catching and preserving the Greenland shark.
    • Explore Icelandic life at the Skógar Museum.
    • Glide past icebergs on a cruise of the ice-strewn Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon.
    • Straddle two continents while exploring Thingvellir’s rugged rift valley.
    • Gain a local's perspective of Reykjavík on a walking tour.
    • Travel to the Golden Circle, one of many of Iceland's natural wonders.
    • Journey to the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall.
    • Learn about Iceland’s geology during a visit to the Lava Exhibition Center.
    Visits:
    Reykjavík, Iceland
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    Iceland Circle - 8 Days

    8 days
    $ 287 / day
    $ 2,295
    Travel Style : You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
    Physical Level : Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
    Lodging Level : Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
    Highlights
    • Reykjavik: Capital of Iceland
    • Borganes and Grabrok Volcano crater, fishing villages and turf churches in West Iceland
    • Akureyri: Iceland's second largest city
    • Lake Myvatn: Unique natural lake & natural baths
    • Dimmuborgir and the hot springs of Namaskard
    • Vatnajokull National Park: home to Europe's biggest glacier, Iceland's highest mountain & Europe's most powerful waterfall
    • South Coast: Lava beaches, towering waterfalls, bird cliffs and folk museum. Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss Waterfalls
    • Golden Circle: Geysir geothermal fields, Gulfoss Waterfall, Strokkur geyser, Thingvellir National Park UNESCO World Heritage Site
    • Eyjafjallajökull Glacier: Home to the famous eruption of April 2010 that halted international air travel for a week
    Visits:
    Iceland
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    Top Iceland Experiences and Attractions

    Top Iceland Experiences

    Hiking among incredible natural landscapes and feeling like your on another planet

    Observing the incredible Northern Lights over a beautiful snowscape

    Relaxing in the Blue Lagoon - Tip! This is a highly recommended activity before or after flights, ease that muscle and airport tension!

    Taking a day to explore downtown Reykjavik, with its many bars, restaurants, and art galleries

    Visiting filming locations for Game of Thrones

    Snorkeling at Þingvellir (pronounced thing-vel-lir) National Park, where  you can touch the North American and European continents at the same time

    Standing next to the Gullfoss Waterfall. This unique “staircase” waterfall may get you a little wet, but it’s well worth it!

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    Iceland Trip Reviews

    685 Iceland Tour Reviews - Summary 98% Recommend

    4.8 out of 5
    Excellent 565
    Great 98
    Average 11
    Disappointing 8
    Terrible 3
    Value
    4.8
    Guide
    4.8
    Activities
    4.8
    Lodging
    4.8
    Transportation
    4.8
    Meals
    4.8

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    Great expectations fulfilled and more!

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    This June, I led a group of 12 on a tour to Ireland. Maggie Lunde was my group specialist who did an excellent job helping me achieve the desired plans for our visit. She was thorough and very responsive to our needs. Our chauffeur for the tour was Martin McAviney, a delightful guide and great friend to us. From the start, he let me know that he was there to fulfill all our plans and wishes and to feel free to communicate them clearly to him. He not only delivered but once he had a sense of our group, he gave us excellent additions which fit perfectly for us. His warmth and great sense of humor added greatly to the enjoyment and success of tour. Members thanked me afterward for "making our dreams come true" and another described the tour as "life-changing" I whole-heartedly share these accolades with Martin and Maggie.

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    Operator Authentic Vacations

    Irish eyes are smiling

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    We had a great week long self guided tour around Ireland. Lainie put together a topnotch package for us. We didn't know she booked premium air for us but what a Godsend it was!

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    Operator Authentic Vacations

    Effortless travel planning!

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    Effortless travel planning! Heather listened well to our desires and planned an impeccable vacation for us. From flights to rental car to a great itinerary and incomparable B&Bs we were thrilled at every detail.

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    Operator Authentic Vacations

    It was well planned out vacation

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    It was well planned out vacation. We did the bus tour and everything ran as planned. It was a great vacation for my family of adult children.

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    Operator Authentic Vacations

    Jocoya was wonderful!

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    The trip Jocoya helped us arrange was perfect! I honestly couldn't think of anything that could've been done differently, from arranging the car rental to a night in a beautiful castle. It was a wonderful trip that was everything I'd asked for - and more! We'll definitely be calling Authentic Vacations for our next trip!

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    Operator Authentic Vacations

    The tour was wonderful! Highly recommended

    5.0
    • Value 5.0
    • Guide 5.0
    • Activities 5.0
    • Lodging 5.0
    • Transportation 5.0
    • Meals 5.0

    One of the best trips I've ever taken. Thanks.

    Our guide Martina was awesome and very personable. Very knowledgable about Iceland's people and the land, including history, geology, culture, folklore, flowers, birds, Iceland's economy, and, of course, volcanoes and glaciers. She knew when to plan a waterfall visit so we'd see a rainbow. She knew old roads and side trips. She could recommend shops for hand-knitted goods, and restaurants for particular food preferences.

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    Iceland Attractions & Landmarks Guide


    Iceland may sound foreboding, but it's one of the world's most fascinating countries -- and, warmed by the Gulf Stream, not nearly as cold as you may think. It's a land of volcanoes, hot springs, fjords, and waterfalls that lies just below the Arctic Circle. An adventure traveler's dream, as soon as you go, you're sure to warm up to Iceland.

    Iceland is known as the land of Fire and Ice, which sounds more like a fantasy novel than a real location. But it is just that sense of fantasy that draws so many travelers to Iceland’s shores. From storied viking history and legends to the real belief in elves, Iceland is a land of tremendous folklore, interwoven with a stunning natural landscape.

    This natural landscape includes hundreds of volcanoes and waterfalls, against dramatic backdrops of ice, snow, glaciers, bright green mountains and cliffs, ravines, and dark rocky shoreline. The best Iceland tours are active and outdoors; your guide will focus on nature, wildlife, eco and geo science.

    The people of Iceland, and the government care deeply about protecting their landscape and limiting human harm as much as possible. They are a world leader in sustainable energy, and harness their natural resources to keep Iceland as pristine as possible.

    Though Iceland is small, it packs a punch - around every bend in the road, a new dazzling view and photo op awaits. You’ll want plenty of time to explore the incredible beauty of Iceland.

    What to Pack for Iceland

    Bring sturdy, broken in hiking boots. And lots and lots of layers. The weather can change dramatically during one day and Iceland can be oddly temperate on some winter days or oddly cold on some summer days. Also if you’re hiking around Iceland’s many waterfalls it’s suggested to bring a lightweight waterproof jacket.

    Most vacation packages to Iceland spend a lot of time outdoors among the elements. For Iceland travel you’ll want to pack things you don’t care about getting dirty and sweaty, and that hold up well in wind, water, mud, and rain.  

    Photography enthusiasts can refer to our Iceland Photography Tours page for more details on what to pack. You’ll definitely want to bring a tripod, and waterproof casing for your camera - especially if you’re getting up close and personal with one of Iceland’s many waterfalls!

    Visiting Iceland in Summer

    Iceland in Summer is very popular, but that can be the downside. Summer is a popular travel time for tourists, and Iceland’s increasing popularity means the crowds will be heavy. It doesn’t get incredibly warm, highs on average hover around 65 degrees F.

    Summer in Iceland experiences 24 hour sunlight, around the time of the Summer Solstice. This natural event draws visitors by the thousands, all over the world in fact, for festivals celebrating the longest day of the year.

    In Iceland the most popular way Summer Solstice is celebrated is with the “Secret Solstice” festival, which lasts for three days. Music, food, drink, and fun to be had.

    Visiting Iceland in Winter

    Iceland in winter can be spectacular, however some attractions will be off limits due to harsh weather conditions (snow, ice on the road, wind). That said, this is the best time to visit to see the famous Northern Lights. Going on a tour is heavily advised. Your guide will know the best viewing areas and will be privy to extended information on forecasts.

    In winter, Iceland experiences very dark days, and sometimes only 3 to 4 hours of sunlight. This is what makes the season perfect viewing for the Northern Lights, but pretty dreary otherwise.  

    While the Northern Lights is the key attraction, only available to see in winter in Iceland, it’s not the only one! You should also check out the Ice Caves, which entrance visitors with their bright blue frozen formations. Snow and ice photographers take note! This one’s for you. This year there's still plenty of time to book for Northern Lights viewing: See Iceland Winter Tours 2019.

    Transportation in Iceland

    While Iceland is a traditionally “adventurous” destination, geared toward millennials seeking thrills such as glacier walking, polar plunging, extreme waterfall hikes, and walking over lava fields near active volcanoes, that doesn’t mean you can’t find more comfortable ways to travel through this incredible country.

    Older travelers, or those simply more interested in a slower, less adrenaline pumping kind of a trip can still find Iceland travel packages with plenty to see and do, that don't involve traveling in a 4x4 over rough terrain.

    This is not to say that all of Iceland’s attractions are troublesome to get to. In response to increased tourism, Iceland has made many updates to their roads, especially in areas of high concentration, such as the Golden Circle. So you’re sure to encounter a smooth ride to see Iceland’s major sites. If you want to go farther afield, to see the Northern Lights or experience the Ring Road, there might be some portions on this journey that are less well maintained.

    The best tip would be to travel to Iceland with a guided tour company that caters to senior travelers. On a tour with companies such as Road Scholar or ElderTreks, these things will be taken into consideration and every effort will be made to minimize discomfort as you explore Iceland.

    The Golden Circle

    The Golden Circle is a classic way to see some of Iceland’s top sights. Many Iceland day tours depart from Reykjavik to see the Golden Circle, which can take anywhere from 3-4 hours to 6-8 hours depending on how many stops you make and how long you spend in each stop. You may be surprised how long you need to process the majesty of Gullfoss waterfall. Or you may want longer than an hour or two to explore the incredible Þingvellir National Park.

    A classic tour of The Golden Circle usually hits the “big three” Þingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss, with variations and additions depending on who you travel with. If you have only a short time in Iceland, these are the places you’ll want to see.

    Iceland’s Ring Road

    While the Golden Circle is a long one day or comfortable two day venture around southwest Iceland’s most famous landmarks, the Ring Road is a through road adventure around the entire island, about 800 miles.

    Avoid traveling the Ring Road in winter. Ice can be treacherous on the roads, and as it’s a tourist activity, some drivers may be unfamiliar with driving on slick, icy roads.

    One thing to be cautious of is the food options along the way. You won’t find a lot of gourmet choices, let alone choices in general. Plan ahead and buy a lot of substantial non-perishable snacks ahead of time.

    Because Iceland is so small, this trip could potentially be completed in 24 hours, but you will one hundred percent want to plan way more time than that. The minimum recommended is one week. The views that appear around every single bend in the road will make you want to stop constantly and whip out your camera.

    Some top highlights along the Ring Road include:

    Southwest

    Seljalandsfoss - This waterfall is 200 feet high and viewable from the Ring Road, even though you need to take a small drive off the road to get there. Notable for the cave directly behind which allows you to walk a full 360 degrees around the falling streams of water.

    Skógafoss - Another brilliant waterfall, Skogafoss is a beautiful sight, falling 200 feet, surrounded by greenery and emptying into a small idyllic river.

    Vik - A lovely small town to visit, near one of Iceland’s strange yet beautiful black beaches.

    North Iceland

    Dimmuborgur-  Strange and haunting rock formations that seem to “grow” out of the dark waters in this area, and surrounding hidden caves, make it’s nickname the “gateway to Hell” really make sense.

    East Iceland

    Höfn - If you happen to be driving the Ring Road between June and July, you have to try and be in Höfn for the lobster festival. Nowhere will you taste fresher, more delicious lobster, and Iceland is known to put on a good festival.

    Reindeer in the East - Eastern Iceland is the only place where wild reindeer are found in Iceland. You’ll see them by the hundreds! Though the animal is not indigenous to the country, they certainly look like they belong and have thrived for many years.

    Hallormsstadur Forest - One thing you will notice almost immediately in Iceland is the lack of trees. So to explore a full fledged forest is quite unique in Iceland. This is a natural halfway point along the Ring Road, approximately 8 hours from Reykjavik.

    Southeast Iceland

    Kirkjubæjarklaustur - This tiny town has a very interesting history, as well as several nearby sights and hikes, easily accessed on foot.

    Skaftafell - This waterfall has an otherworldly look as it falls among basalt columns, neatly arranged on either side, in a strange but alluring pattern.

    Caving in Iceland

    Overshadowed perhaps by the two opposing pillars of Iceland’s attractions (volcanos and waterfalls; Fire and Ice), Iceland has a whole other world to explore underground. This is a seasonal activity, due to safety reasons, so be sure you check and make sure the cave you want to explore is open to tour.

    1. Gjábakkahellir Cave

    Near Þingvellir National Park, this cave which formed after an eruption 9000 years ago, brings surreal to a whole new level. It is a lava tube cave which is unique in that it’s open on two ends, and you can walk through completely.

    2. Leiðarendi Cave 

    Enter a world of lava and icicles in this unique lava tube cave. Narrow and dark in some parts, Leiðarendi is not for the faint of heart. This tour will involve some crawling through tight spaces and a lot of crouching, so make sure your back is ok and you’re open to getting down and dirty.

    3. Þríhnúkagígur Volcano 

    A dormant volcano, which erupted 4000 years ago, and is one of the few places in the world where you can enter a magma chamber. 40 minutes outside of Reykjavik, Þrihnukagigur volcano is then accessed by an hour hike to get to the mouth. It’s the perfect day excursion from Reykjavik.

    Food in Iceland

    Iceland may not spring to mind as a food centric destination. But increased tourism has led to a bit of a food renaissance in the country. And it should come as no surprise that Iceland is all about the fish! The Atlantic waters are chock full of salmon, cod, herring, monkfish, lobster, and more. Be sure to try fish soup when you see it on the menu.

    In fact, Iceland is a bit of a hidden secret for truly fresh fish. Unlike other places like Alaska, where the prime catch of the day is exported to grocery stores around the country, the majority of Iceland’s catch stays local.

    Locally sourced everything is something you’ll start to notice in Iceland. From produce including fruits and vegetables, and meats, to grain products, the majority of meals you’ll enjoy in Iceland will be made from local ingredients. Be sure to sample the locally made breads!

    Lamb is one of the most popular meats, other than fish that you’ll find. Lamb dishes are very popular - you could almost mistake it for New Zealand! This is also the unique ingredient in the special Icelandic hot dogs you’ll hear about from locals.

    Most Icelanders will refer you to Baejarins Beztu Pylsur for hot dogs, where such celebrities as Bill Clinton sampled this delight (though he was much made fun of for his plain order - if you don’t want to be mocked, don’t order it “Clinton Style” which means, just mustard and nothing else).

    Another local food to definitely try is Skyr. This is a yogurt like item in taste and consistency (though in actuality it's a soft type of cheese). It’s used in several ways, from sweet to savory, to even drink form. Skyr is very popular among Icelanders, who eat it daily.

    And yes, you can eat puffin and whale quite easily and freely in Iceland.

    One thing you will notice is the lack of internationally recognized brands in Iceland, particularly for sodas and snack foods. And if you try to buy bottled water in Iceland - you will be maligned because the tap water in Iceland is some of the freshest around, and for a eco-conscious nation, buying plastic when it’s unnecessary will be looked down upon.

    If you’d like to have a drink, local beers and vodkas are a staple in Iceland, but do be warned that the alcohol prices in Iceland are very, very high. Food prices are high also, but you should try and eat out at least once or twice.

    Photography Tours in Iceland

    Iceland is endlessly photographable. If photography is one of your main interests, there are several tours to Iceland that focus specifically on photography, where you can learn tips, and get the most spectacular shots.

    While Iceland’s many varied and dramatic landscapes are one of the best parts about raising your camera, there is so much wildlife here as well! Arctic foxes, reindeer, whales, and of course the famous wild Icelandic horses all add to the magic of this place. Bring an extra SD card!

    While seeking the perfect shot do be careful about where you step and stand. Iceland’s natural attractions are sometimes not well marked, and tourists have been known to get hurt when not using common sense about the elements and mother nature. Be wary of cliff sides, icy conditions, wind, and waves.

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    Things to Know Before You Go

    Iceland Tours tend to focus on the outdoors and active travel. You’ll be outside a lot, and in the elements. This doesn’t mean all tours in Iceland are about hard adventure though. It’s very possible to find tours that take it slow, use more comfortable modes of transportation, and partake in “easier” physical activity.

    Iceland is home to numerous natural attractions, several national parks, waterfalls, lagoons, caves, volcanoes, and beaches. Most of these attractions have several ways they can be enjoyed making choosing your Iceland tour as much about the time of year as about the type of physical activity you’re looking for.

    Choosing When to Tour Iceland

    Visiting Iceland is very different in the summer vs the winter. In the summertime, you have extended sunlight, and the opportunity for more outdoor activity. It never gets overly warm in Iceland. Summer will be cool, and sometimes rainy, so be sure to bring lightweight jackets, long pants, and shoes that can get muddy. One of the biggest draws of Iceland in summer is the Midnight Sun, which occurs on June 21.

    In the winter, the main draw is the Northern Lights! Planning to see the Northern Lights is tough because they don’t appear on a schedule - sometimes the fog doesn’t cooperate and they remain shrouded. But a tour in Iceland will help increase your chances of seeing the amazing aerial light show.

    What languages are spoken in Iceland?

    The national language in Iceland is Icelandic, an ancient Norse language that has changed little from its original forms, and remains one of the oldest spoken languages in Europe. However, it is also very common for Icelanders to speak English and Danish (which are required throughout school) and other European languages.

    What is the best time to see the Northern Lights in Iceland?

    The Aurora Borealis can be seen in Iceland throughout the winter, from October to April. However, the best sightings occur between December and February, and when there are no clouds.

    What do I need to know about Iceland?

    One of the first things to know about Iceland is that it is one of the world’s hotspots of geothermal activity. This is how the country got its nickname, the Land of Fire and Ice. You can find volcanoes all over Iceland, but only some of them remain active. These volcanoes make their presence known through the various hot springs and lava fields of the country. They only thing that makes them more beautiful is how they are contrasted by the many stunning glaciers.  

    Over Tourism in Iceland - is it a problem?

    The short answer is yes, over tourism has begun affecting popular destinations around the world. Iceland is a very good case study. A rapid boom in popularity based on media influences (such as Game of Thrones) has caused the country to have to deal with a massive influx of tourists.

    One of the most effect ways to address over tourism is actually to visit Iceland on a tour. This way of travel not only introduces you to destinations inaccessible to solo tourists, but also creates safeguards against being overly harmful to the landscape. You’ll learn about the country from an experienced guide, and have a great time.  

    If your speed is more adventure focused, worry not. There are plenty of Iceland tour operators suited to you! Hike on lava fields, strap on some ice shoes and climb a glacier, and off-roading to explore Iceland’s dramatic landscapes.  

    Because Iceland has grown massively in popularity in recent years, overtourism has been a hot button issue - particularly considering the many fragile ecosystems the country has. There are a number of Iceland specific operators, as well as global operators that feature tours to Iceland - and traveling with a tour is one way to help reduce your carbon footprint.

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