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Top Iceland Attractions

Þingvellir National Park

Northern Lights


Blue Lagoon

Gullfoss Waterfall

Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Lake Myvatn


Hraunfossar Waterfalls

Skaftafell National Park 

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Top Activities in Iceland

Visiting the Blue Lagoon


Photographing incredible landscapes

Being among nature in beautiful National Parks

Observing the Northern Lights

Bird Watching

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Classic Iceland Itineraries

Iceland in 1 Week - First Time Visit

One week in Iceland is plenty of time to hit all the major sites, so don’t fret about missing Gullfoss waterfall or the Blue Lagoon. You may have less time for multi day hikes, but you will still leave with the same sense wonder everyone experiences after a trip to Iceland.

Day 1, Reykjavik: Your first day in Iceland take a walk through lively downtown Reykjavik

Day 2, Golden Circle: Prepare for an adventurous day exploring Iceland’s incredible geological wonders as you explore waterfalls, geysers, and craters, and snorkel between continental plates. Here you may also have an opportunity for whitewater rafting! Explore Þingvellir National Park and see famous Gullfoss Waterfall, as well as Alþingi, the national parliament of Iceland

Day 3-4, Vik: Visit Eldhraun Lava Field, Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon, Skeiðarábrú twisted bridge, and the Reynisfjara basalt columns. If the time of year is right you may also see a puffin nesting ground!

Day 5-6, Skaftafell: Allow two days to fully explore Skaftafell national park. Go on scenic and thrilling glacier hikes, and view amazing ice formations. Take a challenging by rewarding hike to Svartifoss waterfall.

Day 7, Northern Lights: If the season is right, take an excursion to see nature’s spectacular light show, Aurora Borealis.

Day 8, Reykjavik: Return to Reykjavik and spend a half day at the nearby Blue Lagoon before leaving Iceland. 

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Iceland in 2 Weeks

Two weeks in Iceland gives you ample time to explore what makes this country so geologically diverse. You’ll see the highlights, plus so much more, and really get to know the local culture and history.

Days 1-2, Reykjavik: Thingvellir, Gullfoss Waterfall

Days 3-4, Eyjafjallajokull: Visiting this volcano ice cap, you will also see Skogafoss waterfall, the flood plain of Solheimasandur, and the valley of Myrdalur. You’ll head to the southernmost part of Iceland to see a puffin nesting sight.

Days 5-6, Skaftafell National Park: Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest ice cap, Glacier Lagoon at Jokulsarlon. Take in the stunning mountain scenery.

Day 7, Scenic Drive to Egilsstadir: Head through beautiful Fjord country on a day drive. Spend the night in a small local village at Egilsstadir.

Day 8, North East Highlands: Dettifoss Waterfall, Asbyrgi Canyon, take a hike among lava fields.

Day 9, Lake Myvatn: Take a guided tour to learn the science behind this lake’s geology and it’s many small islands. 

Day 10, Husavik: Drive to the fishing village of Husavik, and go on an all day whale watching excursion.

Day 11-12, Akureyri: On the way to Akureyri, stop by incredible Godafoss Waterfall. Spend the night in Akureyri where you'll explore the northernmost botanical garden in the world, and learn more about Icelandic culture.

Day 12-13, Scenic Drive to Snaefellsnes Peninsula: Enjoy a long drive to take in more of Iceland’s tremendous scenery. Spend a whole day exploring the National Park, including Snaefellsjokull volcano and stunning sea cliffs. 

Day 14-15, Reykjavik: Return to Reykjavik. Enjoy a dip in the Blue Lagoon, and a local meal in any one of Reykjavik’s up and coming restaurants.

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Active Adventure Iceland Itinerary

Day 1, Reykjavik: Take a walking tour of the city. See Hallgrímskirkja Church, and visit the Reykjavik museum. Swim in the Blue Lagoon.

Day 2, Golden Circle: Take the popular Golden Circle route to see Thingvellir National Park, Strokkur geyser, and Gullfoss waterfall.

Day 3, Jokulsarlon: Visit the glacial lagoon and Skaftafell National Park.

Day 4, Lake Myvatn: Dettifoss waterfall, Ásbyrgi canyon, Lake Myvatn which has been shaped by volcanic activity.

Day 5, Akureyri: Goðafoss waterfall, Folk Museum, Trollaskagi peninsula.

Day 6, Snæfellsjökull Peninsula: Glaciers, lava formations, snap pictures of coastal wildlife on a nature hike. Take a guided tour of the volcano museum.

Day 7, Reykjavik: On your way back to Reykjavik, see Grábrók volcano, Hraunfossar waterfall, and many more thermal springs.

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Reviews of Iceland Tours
96% Recommend

4.7 out of 5
Excellent 633 Great 139 Average 28 Disappointing 11 Terrible 5
4.7 Guide
4.7 Activities
4.7 Lodging
4.7 Transportation
4.7 Meals



I thought the trip gave a good September 2015


Iceland Discovery

I thought the trip gave a good overview of the main highlights of Iceland. May preference would have been for the trip to be at least 2-3 nights longer, I personally spent an additional 3 nights in Reykjavik and there is plenty to do. The trip was busy, quite long travelling days, packing in lots of sightseeing across a very diverse landscape. Read more

Operator Intrepid Travel



An Excellent Adventure on the MV Fram and Crew June 2016


Arctic Climate Voyage

My travel buddy and I flew to Spitsbergen from Oslo. Before our cruise we stayed overyight at the Radisson Blu Hotel. Nothing fancy, just a place to wait for the ship. The staff was helpful and friendly. I'll start with my only real complaint about my Fram experience: the check in procedure. We all seemed to arrive by bus from our hotels at roughly the same time...then we proceeded to our assigned deck, where I stood in line for one hour to be checked in - really, to provide them with my credit card information. The check-in process needs to be streamlined and improved. Other than that, the crew, the ship, almost everything and everyone met or exceeded my expectations.

If we didn't want to purchase a drink package we were able to have water with each meal, and the food was VERY good. Our cabin was small but acceptable for the week we were on board. One of our excursions - a hike - was really more of a forced march. The terrain was so rough I couldn't enjoy the scenery because of the necessity to look where every step was taking me. The pace was far too fast for the conditions. Before we began our cruise I hoped for just one decent polar bear sighting. Of course, with wildlife there are never any guarantees.From the ship we saw a total of seven polar bear! I was thrilled to come home with five VERY nice photos of them.

We also spent an hour on land watching a large group of walrus. Gliding through the heavy ice was a thrilling experience. Because of ice conditions our route was changed and a couple of landings were not possible but we knew we were at the mercy of the weather and ice. In the end, because of the ice, we didn't just circle Spitsbergen - we went around Svalbard! Of course everyone should investigate any company and specific ship and itinerary before purchasing a cruise, but I will heartily recommend Hurtigruten and the Fram to experience Spitsbergen.
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Operator Hurtigruten



Looking at different options what would… June 2019


ACIS Company reviews

Looking at different options what would a 9 day trip to Spain cost from us with about 20 students


Operator ACIS



Iceland Northern Lights February 2017


Iceland Northern Lights

We only had very limited views of the northern lights and the weather was not kind with much wet weather and grey skies. There was a lot of travelling as described in the trip notes. Waterfalls and other scenery was impressive.
The Blue Lagoon was much better than expected. Another highlight was the museum at Eyjatjallajokull explaining the 2010 volcanic eruption.
Gullfoss was very impressive as was the Jokulsarton glacial lagoon and the associated ice on the beach.

Kristian was a very enthusiastic leader who did all he could to find northern lights and explain the history and culture of Iceland. His enthusiasm for his country was clear.He made sure we were safe at all times.

Take plenty of warm clothes and waterproofs

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Operator Exodus Travels


Does Not Recommend

Iceland April 2018


ACIS Company reviews

The trip had us at a hotel that was not located near anything that students could do...students were back at the hotel by 5 p.m. with NOTHING to do for the rest of the evening. The hotel for the first 3 nights was in the middle of nowhere. 4 out of 5 dinner meals were at the hotel...where students would have preferred to have experienced more of a "taste" of Iceland as various restaurants. We could have had a direct flight of 6 hours, instead we spent 14 hours at the airport just to travel from Chicago to New York and from New York to Iceland and the same in reverse. Checking luggage, collecting luggage, security lines..customs, collecting luggage, rechecking luggage,...all very unnecessary and frustrating giving that you have to keep track of students. It appears to me that ACIS did what ever it could to save money on this trip. Attention to details and making it an "exceptional educational journey --not ordinary tours" as they advertise...and their promise "...pushing the experience from 'good enough' to exceptional is what we do everyday." fell very, very short for this trip. I am left feeling very disappointed and sorry for the students who paid so much money for a "sub-par" trip. Read more

Operator ACIS


Does Not Recommend

Watch out for "Bait and Switch" tactics February 2018


ACIS Company reviews

The softball coach who signed up to take us to Australia in July 2018 had to back out due to insufficient players. We did not sign up to go with unfamiliar coaches and players. We cancelled with 180 days notice due to the coach cancelling. Not our fault. ACIS refuses to give us all of our money back even with 180 days notice. Be very careful you don't "get baited and switched". Refund policy is onerous. Read more

Operator ACIS

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