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The ease and professionalism…

The ease and professionalism of this trip allowed us to make memories to last a lifetime. The excursions offered were top rate, take advantage! Only once did we need to call for additional guidance and our call was answered immediately and answered fully. Just be aware of the gps coordinates provided on the westfjords, not perfect but close

Date of experience : May 19, 2024

Amazing Experience!

We enjoyed an amazing trip to Iceland thanks to the wonderful itinerary planned by Guide to Iceland! Everything exceeded our expectations. Car rental was easy and our lodging was perfect with beautiful views in great locations. The sites we saw along Ring Road were breathtaking and left us in awe. It was truly the trip of a lifetime!

Date of experience : May 10, 2024

Very organized and thorough

I loved the way all of the transportation and hotel reservations were made for me. It was great getting on a bus and the driver having my name already. There was a snafu with the tours, but it was resolved favorably between the tour company and Guide to Iceland. It was so nice having everything taken care of an a novelty for me, a DIY traveler!

Date of experience : May 06, 2024

Great trip and appreciate assistance…

Great trip and appreciate assistance given in planning as well as making adjustments to our itinerary. Would recommend others to use your services. Only one small problem, did not get breakfast in one guesthouse as booked.

Date of experience : May 21, 2024

Best Travel decision you will make

booking through Guide to Iceland was the best decision I made. It was easy. The staff was VERY helpful and answered all my concerns and questions immediately. I felt confident the whole trip knowing that all hotel, excursions, and transportation was taken care of. I have since booked another trip with their sister company, Guide to Europe.

Date of experience : May 15, 2024

Stupid idea too visit iceland

Bad Hotels, most hotels were not clean. Environment was too noisy to sleep. To many stupid tourists. Most places were overcrouded by bungled people. Nobody did follow rules and guidelines. Breakfast was bad and very expensive. Broken rental car, broken wipers. Rental service tried to make me responsible for already available scratches.

Date of experience : May 17, 2024

The itinerary and service were quite…

The itinerary and service were quite good! However, the schedule changed of Skaftafell Glacier Hiking forced us to cancel the Boat Tour of Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon was a big disappointment to us.

Date of experience : May 08, 2024

This was an invaluable tool for planning our once in a lfetime vacation!

This was an invaluable tool for planning our vacation and trip around Iceland. They provided us a framework we could build on and modify to meet our needs and timeline. They were also extremely available as we made modifications and adjustments frequently and quickly through email when we were in country and not quite arrived yet!

Date of experience : April 20, 2024

The guides are really amazing very…

The guides are really amazing very nice, knowledgeable. They did an awesome job.

Great holiday

Great holiday! Friendly people, good help with planning en everything was arranged perfectly

Highly recommended

It was a wonderful trip. The self-drive tour had a good balance of convenience and flexibility for traveling Iceland. Renting a car, staying the hotels, and participating the additional tour were very smooth. A rental car company provided us a wifi-router. It worked everywhere. Minor improvement point was the itinerary had some mistakes (the plan was proposed using different accommodations (places)). Fortunately, information of the vouchers was correct, and we noticed the mistakes. Overall, the tour was well organized, and we would like to use the tour again.

Date of experience : May 03, 2024

No complaints except for the price…

No complaints except for the price point. Considering the price paid for the 4D3N tour for 2 pax at SGD 2,085, the accommodation booked was only a 3 star hotel… assuming hotel accomm costs SGD 350 per night, it costs about SGD 1,050 for 4D3N tour. For the blue lagoon package, it costs SGD 300 for 2 people, hence it would mean that I paid about SGD 700 for 2 full day tours (SGD 175 per tour per pax) excluding food. It would have been more worthwhile if either food was included in the package or a 4 star hotel accommodation was booked. In addition, the online check in was not performed for me for my outbound flight from Reykjavik to Zurich. However, overall the tours were still enjoyable and fun, hence I give 4/5 stars.

Date of experience : May 05, 2024

Iceland is a stunningly beautiful…

Iceland is a stunningly beautiful place. As far as our journey, everything worked flawlessly. Accommodations were all very good. Meals at hotel restaurants were all excellent. People in Iceland are uniformly friendly and helpful. A bit more information on the weather would have been helpful. It was mid-April, and we ran into some challenging weather in the north. Be advised that Iceland can be expensive. Food, wine and petrol are all a bit pricy by American standards. But well worth it. We will be back.

Date of experience : April 19, 2024

The easiest trip I've ever planned

Guide to Iceland made it extremely easy to plan our trip to Iceland. We knew we wanted to do the Ring Road but didn't know what stops to make along the way and how much time to schedule in each place. With GTI it was as easy as entering the number of days we were staying and the type of experience we wanted. They took care of the rest. There were a couple of scheduling conflicts with some days packed with recommended activities and lots of driving so when I contacted customer service to reschedule an activity they were extremely helpful. Unfortunately the activity couldn't be rescheduled but they offered alternatives that worked for us.

Date of experience : April 27, 2024

I had an amazing trip to Iceland

I had an amazing trip to Iceland. The company was very helpful when I had to rebook the trip. I was imediately refunded. All the hotel bookings, car rental and tours worked well. I would definetely recommend this company to a friend.

Date of experience : May 02, 2024

Amazing & Stress-Free Experience

So glad I booked this Self-Drive Tour with Guide to Iceland. They quickly helped me with last-minute changes prior to our trip and we didn't have any issues with our bookings during the trip, we just had to show up and enjoy ourselves. It made the whole process so much less stressful and I will definitely be booking with them in the future. Also, this tour hit a lot, if not all of the primary tourist destinations. There is a good bit of driving, but honestly, Iceland is so beautiful my husband and I didn't mind at all. Thank you, Guide To Iceland!

Date of experience : April 25, 2024

Poor communication

Although we did get help with reservations, the communication was very poor. We were in blizzard conditions and asked to cancel in one town and proceed to another. You told us that was impossible. It was NOT impossible. We cancelled with a refund. Because you did not get back to us in a timely mannner we made a reservation for an extra night at our next destination. We were assured it would be at the same cost as the last night. We received an piddly refund and was charged over $600 for the next night. No thanks to you. We would not recommend.

Date of experience : March 20, 2024

Whole journey was totally well planned

My whole journey was planned super well. At first I was a little bit concerned if everything will be fine because I've booked quite some additional tours. But everything went well. The transport from the airport worked, my car was ready, every hotel was prepared for my stay and every booked tour was informed about my participation. I'm very happy I've booked with Guide to Iceland - I think they have truly helped me to make the absolut best out of my one week stay. Next year I'll book another one week tour!

Date of experience : April 16, 2024

Wonderful self drive experience!

Booking everything through guide to Iceland made my first trip very easy to plan. I had a wonderful self drive experience. All of the hotels I booked were great. I emailed to extend my rental car for a couple more days and that was easy. I would recommend guide to Iceland as well as the self drive trip. This was my first self drive travel experience, and I’ll probably try to travel this way from now on! It’s a wonderful way to see so much of the country and booking through Guide to Iceland made it easier to navigate places to see.

Date of experience : April 08, 2024

It’s my first time traveling around…

It’s my first time traveling around Iceland. I’m glad that I chose Guide To Iceland for arranging my trip. Although some accidents happened, it’s still a good experience. Also, they always reply to me quickly and patiently.

Date of experience : April 13, 2024

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When I was planning my trip to Iceland, I had the intention to originally plan the whole itinerary. However, I found myself frustrated adding things together and thought “I’m probably going to spend a fortune booking this hotel and that and oh, I also want this excursion too.” Almost immediately, I was going to give up on even trying to travel to Iceland and that this bucket list country would not happen anytime soon. Until the idea of a tour company clicked in my head and I googled for a travel agency/tour company and one of the top options listed was Guide to Iceland .

And then a lightbulb lit up in my head. Booking a tour company to arrange your itinerary for you can take the ease of travel planning. This was my first ever experience booking for a tour company, with all the other plans arranged by myself. I think booking a tour company could actually be ideal for your first time visiting Iceland and this is an honest review of Guide to Iceland and fully my personal opinion based on my own experiences, so yours may be better or differ .

Upon first impression of booking Guide to Iceland

All tour companies are different from each other and all have something different to offer. I was impressed by the itinerary Guide to Iceland had created when I first landed on their site. The itinerary I came across (and ended up booking) is the Best 5 Day Summer Tour Package . There are 35 attractions listed in this one itinerary, WOW! So, you can see why I really liked what I saw.

At the time when I booked it though, there was an option to see the volcano eruption of Fagradalsfjall Volcano , which was one of my biggest motivators for wanting to see Iceland soon. For the price of all you’ll see in 5 days PLUS the extra options I chose (217,962 ISK or $1662 in total), I did not think it was bad at all, considering Iceland is a very expensive country and whatever I had planned for myself prior ended up being way more. The extra options I chose were some of the optional activities, adding dinner per night, and choosing comfort rooms.

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The Pros of Guide to Iceland

After booking the itinerary and then arriving in Iceland to use everything they planned for me, here are the pros of booking this tour company:

  • The itinerary includes plans of what hotels I’ll be staying at and I love that because I don’t want to worry about where to go.
  • We saw so many of the attractions on the itinerary (not all but most of it and that depends on certain things like the conditions of that place etc.) and it was great! I love not worrying about having to drive in a foreign country and getting to all those places as many are far from each other.
  • I like how they divided touring the South Coast separately with its own hotel accommodation around the area so it was very realistic than going back to the city.
  • I like how the tour guides had our hotels call us if we were not by the tour bus on time.
  • The itinerary has great details talking about what each attraction is and its history before getting there.
  • They provided a voucher for a shuttle bus from and to the airport.
  • The price for the whole tour is worth it.

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The Cons of Guide to Iceland

There were some things that weren’t the best with using Guide to Iceland and those were:

  • There were definitely communication issues. For the first day, my friends and I were worried that we had already missed our bus to the Blue Lagoon, but they were just late. They did not communicate with us until we called them first. This happened a second time a few days later. I later found out that the driver tried to communicate it via email but it went directly to my Spam folder. Prior communication to let us know some emails can go into the Spam folder would be so much helpful and put us at ease.
  • Most of the guides we had were amazing and patient. However, while doing the volcano hike, I was probably the slowest from everyone else due to medical issues (and having trouble breathing) and the hiking guide we had seemed to keep up mostly with the faster hikers. Thank God for the rescue guide for being patient on hiking with me instead. It would’ve been great if there was another hiking guide on that tour that would be with the “slower” hikers.
  • One of the nights (it was when we toured the South Coast), we had to pay for dinner out of pocket because the restaurant we had to go to was closed that day. So then we let customer service know that we needed to get refunded for it. We did but I would’ve preferred if Guide to Iceland knew ahead than us doing the work to let them know.
  • Customer service can take foreverrrrrrrrrrr to reply back. Okay honestly, after I booked for the tour, I was worried I still hadn’t received my itinerary a few days before the trip. They eventually gave it to me after they made it, but communication to let us know that it’s being made instead of not hearing from them at all would make me stress less!
  • I think the itinerary would’ve been much more readable if it didn’t seem so condensed with info. I think simple is best (just like the Scandinavian styles of Iceland’s hotels!).

Other things to know

We had free breakfast with the kind of hotel rooms I booked. The comfort and quality levels come with the free breakfast options and it is totally worth it, although some of the hotels may have similar breakfast options but there are a lot.

Doing a tour is usually more rushed than if you had to plan a whole trip yourself. I expected that, so just to let you know that it can feel rush-y at times.

Guide to Iceland collaborates with many different companies in order to create your itinerary. Therefore, it may be natural for there to be communication issues, but it would still help for there to be smoother communication with its companies and the tour company. 

The last verdict: Do I recommend Guide to Iceland? Yes, I do. Despite the cons, there is a lot more to look forward to and I highly recommend it in your first time ever visiting Iceland because you may be overwhelmed like I was planning for it and you may find there are so many spots to check out, which can get you worrying like “How am I going to make it to all of them?” or “Which spots are the best ones to see?” Guide to Iceland knows the best spots for a beginner visitor!

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Guide to Iceland abandoned us at the pier. We were on the Carnival Pride which was late getting into port due to the MSC Fantasia docking before us. Guide to Iceland were aware that we were arriving on the Pride and they had recommended this tour. When we got to the meeting point, they had left without us. We called them immediately and asked to be on a later tour. We were denied. We then asked to be allowed to catch up to our tour at a stopping point and were denied. We asked that they ask another tour company to provide our tour. Again we were denied. Finally we asked for a refund and were denied once more! Date of experience: August 25, 2023

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I have no hesitation in recommending this tour company. We used them to organise a bespoke tour (for 17 of us) of the golden circle, blue lagoon and northern lights. They also picked us up and dropped us at the airport. Robert was our driver throughout the entire trip- he was friendly, approachable, and punctual! We are glad to have chosen this company to do our excursions through as we had a very limited amount of time in Iceland and wanted to see a lot within a matter of a few days!

We decided to make a tour to a glacier. Our Tour guide Sindri led us with a lot of passion an save through the glacier. We really enjoyed the trip and the beautiful colors and reflections in the glacier. For sure we come next year again.

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This trip was amazing! Ingo our tour guide was fabulous from the start. He had an amazing energy and myself and my fiance got on really well with him. He took us into this lava cave late at night. I didn't know that my fiance was planning to propose there, (Neither did he apparently). We got to the end of the cave and it was beautiful. Pitch black and completely silent, so it was very romantic when Ingo let us sit on our own and played a song for us, before my fiance got down on on one knee to propose An unforgettable experience, not just because of the proposal but the experience in the cave and the professionalism of the tour guide. I believe i have to say a huge thank you to Oli and Ingo for making it happen and Ingo for making it so special for us. THANK YOU

We went to Iceland on the first week of November 2015 and booked an ice caving tour by Guide to Iceland. Unfortunately on that date when we met at Jokulsarlon cafe, it was raining and a little bit warm. The ice caving tour was cancelled due to safety reasons as the cave might collapse anytime and the glacier was melting. The tour leader offered us to take walking tour and get a closer look at the glacier which we did take and offered us 50% refund. I emailed Guide to iceland once we arrived back at Toronto, 3 days after, we got the refund to our credit card. Excellent job and good service at GUIDE TO ICELAND. We also rented a 4x4 from Guide to Iceland, it came with a free GPS and the price was cheaper than renting from the well known companies in the airport. We were very happy with the deal. Overall, I am very satisfied with the service provided by Guide to Iceland

Our guides explained that the ice cave had collapsed due to heavy rains in the days before our trip and offered a refund to anyone who wanted to cancel. We were still excited to learn about the glacier, ice caves and see them up close! The drive through backcountry was fun and the information our guides taught was very interesting. We were happy even though we did not get to enter an ice cave.

Just visited the Guide to Iceland offices on a whim while walking around Reykjavik and it was the best decision I made. They specialize in self-drive tours and delivered in every way possible. Francisco helped us plan our trip, everything from the car rental, excursions, and a guide to visiting places off the beaten path. Francisco was patient with all of our questions, knowledgeable, courteous, and honest. I couldn't have asked for a better person to help plan and give me the local perspective. Even better, their prices were competitive, if not cheaper than other tours that offer the same things. If you're coming to Iceland, drop Francisco a line before you arrive and he will arrange everything, or pay him a visit in person and he will help you with everything you need!

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An honest review of our roadtrip with Guide to Iceland

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We’ve just returned from our 8 day road trip around Iceland. The itinerary was planned and organized through Guide to Iceland, an online platform where you can book tours, accommodation, and transport for your trip. They also offer all-in-one packages which are customizable based on the length of your visit. This March my parents, Javi, and I completed our 8 Day Winter Self Drive Package and the experience was unforgettable! We did experience a few mishaps on the trip so if you’re on the fence about organizing a trip yourself or getting a tour package you may find this review helpful. 😉

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Things to consider before booking with Guide to Iceland

There are a few things to consider when booking a full itinerary package—specifically the advantages and disadvantages of letting someone else organize your schedule and accommodation. Here are the main takeaways from our experience:  

  • Booking the entire trip with Guide to Iceland saved me hours of research and making reservations. We received exact GPS coordinates for each attraction and interesting information about each stop.  
  • We were able to purchase trip insurance (section 6.5.5) in case any last minute issues prevented us from making the trip. This is an option you won’t have if organizing the trip yourself.
  • The itinerary provided by Guide to Iceland was great; we had the perfect amount of time to see all of the main attractions and the driving distances between each stop was ideal.
  • When you book the package you can choose your “level” of accommodation and transport; your options are budget, comfort, or luxury/quality. My family chose “comfort” for both options. We were very happy with the rental car, but I think there were some inconsistencies as far as accommodation. We stayed at some very nice hotels, but a few nights our accomodation was sub-par and I don’t know if we got the full value of what we paid for.  Keep in mind if you choose quality accommodation you can hand-pick your hotels.
  • We had a disappointing experience with Guide to Iceland’s customer support when faced with a mix up regarding our ice cave tour . I’ll paste the screenshot below so you can read the full review. I had stopped by the Guide to Iceland office earlier in the week and the staff was super nice, so I was surprised we had such a negative response when I called for help….I’m hoping our experience was a one-off fluke.

Should you use Guide to Iceland to book your trip?

The short answer is yes. Despite a few hiccups we were happy with our road trip overall. Having everything planned and reserved by their team enabled me to relax and enjoy the experience. I found their itinerary concise and well planned—it would have been difficult for me to gage the amount of time to spend in each spot (they give you sightseeing estimates in your itinerary) and how many attractions to fit into each day.

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Therefore, I would recommend checking out Guide to Iceland’s packages and itineraries to anyone planning their first trip to Iceland. We loved our visit so much we want to return to see the northern part of the country. After this experience and with the additional resources provided by Guide to Iceland (when you visit their office in Reykjavik they give you lots of great maps and info) I feel comfortable planning our next trip myself.

I hope you found this review helpful. Please note this review is 100% my opinion based on my personal experience using Guide to Iceland. This post is not sponsored. If you’ve used Guide to Iceland too let us know about your experience in the comments below!

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September 22, 2023 at 8:07 am

Guide to Iceland abandoned us at the pier. We were on the Carnival Pride which was late getting into port due to the MSC Fantasia docking before us. Guide to Iceland were aware that we were arriving on the Pride and they had recommended this tour. When we got to the meeting point, they had left without us. We called them immediately and asked to be on a later tour. We were denied. We then asked to be allowed to catch up to our tour at a stopping point and were denied. We asked that they ask another tour company to provide our tour. Again we were denied. Finally we asked for a refund and were denied once more!

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December 16, 2023 at 3:57 pm

Oh that sucks! 🙁 Yes we had a similar experience with their staff at HQ, luckily their tour guides are super nice.

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With terrain shaped by volcanic eruptions and shifting tectonic plates and the surrounding waters filled with glaciers, icebergs and whales, Iceland is like no other place on Earth. It's also an ideal spot to observe a seasonal phenomenon above the Earth: the northern lights  (or aurora borealis).

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Ice Lagoon Adventure Tours – Zodiac Boat Tour

Price: Adults from 14,900 Icelandic króna (about $108); kids from 8,900 króna (about $65) Duration: 75 minutes

Explore the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon – part of Vatnajökull National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to Europe's largest glacier – aboard an inflatable rigid boat on this expedition. In addition to icebergs and the glacial wall, you might also spot wildlife like seals and various bird species. Tourgoers consistently describe the guides as passionate and knowledgeable, and say photo opportunities abound. Trips are available from May through October several times a day, with departures in both the morning and the afternoon. The park containing the lagoon sits in the southeast part of the country, about 236 miles from Reykjavik . Ice Lagoon Adventure Tours also runs private excursions.

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NiceTravel – Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon & Kerid Volcano

Price: Adults from $218; kids from $123 Duration: 11 hours

Visit the Golden Circle's top sights, including Thingvellir National Park and Gullfoss, plus a volcanic crater and a pristine lagoon on this daylong journey. The park is of both geological and historical significance as it straddles a fault line between two tectonic plates and was the site of a Viking parliament that ruled for hundreds of years starting in A.D. 930. Other highlights include Geysir, a hot spring that shoots plumes of vapor into the air; Gullfoss (aka the Golden Waterfall) over which water cascades down more than 100 feet into a narrow canyon; Kerid, a colorful red-earth volcanic crater; and a two-hour stop at the heated waters of the popular Blue Lagoon. Tour-takers invariably find the scenery spectacular and the guides friendly and informative, though a few found the bus to be too small for the number of people on the tour. Tours happen daily all year long. Pickup from various locations in Reykjavik occurs between 8:30 and 9 a.m. and minibuses return to the city around 8 p.m.

Reykjavik Sailors – Whale Watching

Price: Adults from 11,990 króna (about $87); kids from 5,995 króna (about $44) Duration: 3 to 3.5 hours

While April to October is considered peak season for whale watching off Iceland's coast, humpback, minke and orca whales, as well as porpoises and dolphins, inhabit the waters all year. Reykjavik Sailors, located on Reykjavik's Old Harbour, offers whale watching boat trips throughout the year. Tourgoers report spotting ample wildlife, and appreciate the knowledgeable, friendly guides.

Transportation from area hotels is available for an additional fee. Snacks and beverages are available aboard the boat, which features outdoor viewing platforms as well as heated indoor space. Reykjavik Sailors also operates tours of the northern lights, among other options.

Arctic Adventures – Crystal Ice Cave Tour Iceland

Price: Adults from about $161; kids from around $137 Duration: 2 to 3 hours

Take a ride in an off-roading vehicle from the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon to the edge of the massive Vatnajökull glacier and then hike to a natural ice cave on this small-group excursion. The tour, which is limited to 14 travelers, also allows you to witness the result of calving – the process of icebergs breaking off of glaciers. Tourgoers frequently praise the capable and personable guides. Many reviewers called this the highlight of their trip to Iceland.

Trips depart from the lagoon daily from October to mid-April beginning at 9:20 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. While the hike to the cave is rated as easy, children younger than 6 are not allowed on this trip. All of the necessary safety equipment is included in the cost of the tour. Arctic Adventures conducts a variety of ice cave tours, glacier hikes and more.

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BusTravel Iceland – South Coast Waterfalls, Glacier & Black Sand Beach Tour

Price: Adults from 13,990 króna (about $103); kids from 6,995 króna (about $52) Duration: 10 hours

This daylong outing affords opportunities to explore the glaciers, volcanos and other distinctive features of Iceland's southern coast . Highlights include Skógafoss, a nearly 200-foot waterfall beside the Eyjafjallajökull volcano; the slightly taller Seljalandsfoss waterfall; Reynisfjara, a beach on the north Atlantic Ocean with black volcanic sand and basalt columns; a stop for lunch in the fishing village of Vik; and Sólheimajökull glacier. Tour-takers consistently call the scenery extraordinary and the guides informative, though they do warn that it is a long day.

Transportation from various Reykjavik locations is available for an additional charge. Pickups occur between 8 and 8:30 a.m. Prices do not cover any food and drink in Vik. Note: Reaching the glacier involves walking on uneven ground. BusTravel Iceland also leads tours exploring the Golden Circle, the northern lights and more.

Your Friend in Reykjavik – Walk With a Viking

Price: Adults from $45; kids from $29 Duration: 2 hours

See the sights of Reykjavik on this two-hour walking tour of the city's center. Highlights include Harpa (an incredible performance venue), Hallgrímskirkja church, the Parliament building and Reykjavik harbor, as well as the first Viking house. Tour-takers find this stroll to be a great way to get to know the city and recommend taking the tour on one of your first days in Iceland. Reviewers consistently describe the guides as great storytellers and eager to answer any questions.

Groups of up to 12 depart from Ingólfur Square daily at 10 a.m. and 1 and 5 p.m. Your Friend in Reykjavik offers a variety of tours, including food tours, cooking classes, adventure tours and more.

Troll Expeditions – Snorkeling in Silfra

Price: From 19,900 króna (about $145) Duration: 3 hours

Snorkel between tectonic plates in the only place where that's possible during this adventure. Located in Thingvellir National Park about a 30-mile drive northeast of Reykjavik, Silfra fissure lies in the space where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates have slowly moved apart. Its water, from the melted ice of the Langjökull glacier, is exceptionally clean, boasting visibility of about 330 feet. Snorkelers laud the attentive, professional guides as well as the one-of-a-kind experience.

Snorkeling trips are available year-round at least twice a day; start times vary depending on the season. Groups are limited to six people. There are age, weight and health restrictions for this tour; check with the company before you book to ensure you meet all the necessary requirements. Troll Expeditions also offers guided glacier hikes, day trips and multiday excursions around the country to the South Coast, Ring Road and more.

Wake Up Reykjavik – Reykjavik Food Tour

Price: Adults from 16,900 króna (about $123); kids from 9,900 króna (about $72) Duration: 3 hours

Sample an array of Icelandic cuisine on this walking tour of downtown Reykjavik. Try eight traditional dishes, including fish and grass-fed lamb, as well as ice cream and street food. (Vegetarians and those with allergies or other dietary restrictions can usually be accommodated.) Between stops, you'll stroll past notable sites, such as the Parliament building and city hall. Travelers praise the pace of the tour and the dishes featured. Reviewers also applauded guides for their humor and the depth of their knowledge about Iceland's history and culture.

Tours start outside Harpa concert hall every day beginning at 10:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. Wake Up Reykjavik also organizes day trips to the Golden Circle, the South Coast and more.

Adventure Vikings – Silfra Drysuit Snorkeling

Price: From 18,990 króna (about $138) Duration: 2 to 4.5 hours

Explore the pristine glacial waters between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates on this snorkeling tour in Silfra, one of the world's top dive sites. Part of Thingvellir National Park, Silfra fissure is the result of the two tectonic plates separating at a rate of about 2 centimeters per year. The fissure is filled with water from Langjökull glacier that's been filtered through lava fields, making it incredibly pure. Snorkelers rave about the Silfra fissure's beauty and praise the guides for their attention to safety.

The tour lasts up to 4.5 hours depending if round-trip transportation from Reykjavik is needed. Prices include use of snorkeling equipment. You can rent a wearable GoPro camera for an additional 6,900 króna (around $51). Tours are available year-round. Snorkelers must be at least 12 years old; groups have no more than six people per guide. Participants preferring to don a less restrictive (but also less warm) wetsuit instead of a dry suit have that option. There are height and weight requirements for this tour. Adventure Vikings also leads surfing and stand-up paddleboarding tours, among other outings.

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Special Tours – Northern Lights by Boat

Price: Adults from 12,990 króna (about $95); kids from 6,495 króna (about $48) Duration: 2 to 3 hours

Enjoy the unique opportunity to observe the northern lights from the ocean on this two- to three-hour boat ride. You'll depart from Old Harbour in Reykjavik and be in the perfect viewing location away from the city lights after about a 20-minute cruise. Along the way, guides regale passengers with stories, myths and scientific facts about the aurora borealis. Travelers praise the amazing views as well as the humorous, helpful guides. Others appreciated the company's backup plan: If the conditions aren't favorable for viewing the lights from the water, you can hunt for the lights by bus, or choose one of the company's other tours (such as a daytime whale watching excursion) at no charge.

Cruises are available nightly in the fall and winter. Departure times vary by time of year, but boats typically sail at 10 p.m. in September and mid-March to mid-April; they depart at 9 p.m. from October to mid-March. Food and drinks are available for purchase on board. The company also offers whale watching excursions, fishing trips and more.

ĺshestar – Lava Tour

Price: Adults from 15,900 króna (about $117); kids from 11,925 króna (about $87) Duration: 2 hours

Admire the green hillsides and lava fields just outside Reykjavik on this two-hour small-group horseback riding tour. The stables are located about 10 miles south of the city center; round-trip transportation is available if you don't have your own car. Travelers frequently describe riding an Icelandic horse as a fantastic experience, and they generally appreciate the professionalism of the staff who lead the outing.

Rides depart every day at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The cost includes the use of helmets and boots, as well as post-ride coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Round-trip transportation from Reykjavik is available for an additional fee and starts an hour before the tour. Groups are limited to 20 participants; all must be at least 7 years old and weigh less than 240 pounds. No prior horseback riding experience is necessary. Longer, multiday trail rides, as well as private tours are also available.

BusTravel Iceland – Snaefellsnes Peninsula Tour

Price: Adults from 16,990 króna (about $125); kids from 8,495 króna (about $62) Duration: 11 hours

In addition to its tours of the southern coast, BusTravel Iceland offers a daylong tour of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, an area northwest of Reykjavik that boasts black sand beaches, lava fields, beautiful waterfalls , rock formations and more. Highlights include Berserkjahraun lava fields, which date back to a volcanic eruption thousands of years ago; the 1,520-foot Kirkjufell (aka Church Mountain); the nearby Kirkjufellsfoss waterfalls; Snaefellsjökull National Park and the cliffs of Arnarstapi harbor, once a bustling fishing area. Travelers typically enjoy both the dramatic landscapes and the guides' commentary.

Tours last approximately 11 hours. Pickup from various Reykjavik locations is available for an additional fee. Tours are available daily starting at 8 and 9 a.m.

CityWalk Reykjavik – Free Walking Tour Reykjavik

Price: Free Duration: 2 hours

Stroll among the main attractions of downtown Reykjavik , including the statue of Jón Sigurðsson and the Harpa concert hall, on this approximately two-hour, 1.3-mile tour. Guides will regale you with stories concerning Icelandic history, as well as lore involving elves, Vikings and more, which tour-takers deem highly entertaining.

Walks start at 10:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. every day at the Austurvöllur (the city's main square) and conclude at city hall. Bookings open up about five days in advance. While there's no fee for this tour, guides do appreciate tips. There are no age or group-size limits. CityWalk Reykjavik does offer a slightly longer, small-group tour for a fee.

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GeoIceland – Premium Golden Circle Tour

Price: Adults from 18,900 króna (about $140); kids from 14,900 króna (about $110) Duration: 9 hours

Visit the rift between two tectonic plates, the powerful waterfall and the geothermal area comprising Iceland's famed Golden Circle and more on this daylong tour. In addition to the high cliffs of the rift valley in Thingvellir National Park, the often rainbow-adorned Gullfoss waterfall and the hot spring Geysir, this tour stops at the Kerid volcanic crater, as well as a tomato farm. Tour-takers frequently cite both the stunning scenery and the friendly, amusing guides as highlights of this journey.

Buses depart from the Aurora Reykjavik museum daily at 9 a.m. and return approximately nine hours later. Prices include admission to all attractions, but exclude lunch at the tomato farm's restaurant. GeoIceland also runs tours that depart from other cities in Iceland, including Akureyri and the Lake Mývatn area.

Iceland Everywhere Tours – Northern Lights Midnight Adventure Tour

Price: From 15,800 króna (around $115) Duration: 3 to 5 hours

Spend the night searching for the northern lights on this seasonal outing. During the trip, guides not only provide information about the aurora borealis, local history and Icelandic culture, but also assist participants with finding the right setting on their cameras or smartphones to capture the best images. Free professional photographs are also available if you'd prefer to simply admire the sky. Reviewers rave about the colorful lights and appreciate the small size of the group. Several travelers also called out the insightful guides as a highlight.

These minibus rides happen every night from September to mid-April starting at 9 p.m. and last from three to five hours. Transportation from area hotels is available. There is a maximum of 15 participants per each tour. Iceland Everywhere Tours also offers guided excursions to the South Coast and the Golden Circle.

Funky Iceland – The Funky Food & Beer Walk

Price: Adults from 18,000 króna (about $131); kids from 7,500 króna (about $55) Duration: 3 hours

Enjoy a culinary adventure on this three-hour walking tour of Reykjavik. The tour has five food stops featuring nine traditional Icelandic dishes, such as lamb stew, dried fish and fermented shark, as well as five locally crafted beers. Foodies tend to relish the savvy guides' insights into Icelandic culture and cuisine. Tours start outside the Hallgrímskirkja Church at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. Groups range in size from two to eight people.

Icelandic Mountain Guides – Blue Ice Experience

Price: Adults from 18,999 króna (about $138); kids from 13,299 króna (about $97) Duration: 3.5 hours

Hike among the ice formations, crevasses and frozen ridges of the enormous Vatnajökull glacier on this small-group expedition. Outings of up to 15 people commence at the welcome center at Skaftafell (about 200 miles southeast of Reykjavik) and last about 3.5 hours, including up to 1.5 to two hours on the ice. Past participants consistently describe the scenery as stunning and the guides as professional and informative.

Tours are available multiple times a day, beginning at 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Children younger than 10 may not join the tour. Prices include the use of ice axes, harnesses and crampons. Icelandic Mountain Guides operates a variety of glacier walks, snowmobile tours and guided hikes.

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The ease and professionalism…

The ease and professionalism of this trip allowed us to make memories to last a lifetime. The excursions offered were top rate, take advantage! Only once did we need to call for additional guidance and our call was answered immediately and answered fully. Just be aware of the gps coordinates provided on the westfjords, not perfect but close

Date of experience : 19 May 2024

Amazing Experience!

We enjoyed an amazing trip to Iceland thanks to the wonderful itinerary planned by Guide to Iceland! Everything exceeded our expectations. Car rental was easy and our lodging was perfect with beautiful views in great locations. The sites we saw along Ring Road were breathtaking and left us in awe. It was truly the trip of a lifetime!

Date of experience : 10 May 2024

Very organized and thorough

I loved the way all of the transportation and hotel reservations were made for me. It was great getting on a bus and the driver having my name already. There was a snafu with the tours, but it was resolved favorably between the tour company and Guide to Iceland. It was so nice having everything taken care of an a novelty for me, a DIY traveler!

Date of experience : 06 May 2024

Great trip and appreciate assistance…

Great trip and appreciate assistance given in planning as well as making adjustments to our itinerary. Would recommend others to use your services. Only one small problem, did not get breakfast in one guesthouse as booked.

Date of experience : 21 May 2024

Best Travel decision you will make

booking through Guide to Iceland was the best decision I made. It was easy. The staff was VERY helpful and answered all my concerns and questions immediately. I felt confident the whole trip knowing that all hotel, excursions, and transportation was taken care of. I have since booked another trip with their sister company, Guide to Europe.

Date of experience : 15 May 2024

Stupid idea too visit iceland

Bad Hotels, most hotels were not clean. Environment was too noisy to sleep. To many stupid tourists. Most places were overcrouded by bungled people. Nobody did follow rules and guidelines. Breakfast was bad and very expensive. Broken rental car, broken wipers. Rental service tried to make me responsible for already available scratches.

Date of experience : 17 May 2024

The itinerary and service were quite…

The itinerary and service were quite good! However, the schedule changed of Skaftafell Glacier Hiking forced us to cancel the Boat Tour of Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon was a big disappointment to us.

Date of experience : 08 May 2024

This was an invaluable tool for planning our once in a lfetime vacation!

This was an invaluable tool for planning our vacation and trip around Iceland. They provided us a framework we could build on and modify to meet our needs and timeline. They were also extremely available as we made modifications and adjustments frequently and quickly through email when we were in country and not quite arrived yet!

Date of experience : 20 April 2024

The guides are really amazing very…

The guides are really amazing very nice, knowledgeable. They did an awesome job.

Great holiday

Great holiday! Friendly people, good help with planning en everything was arranged perfectly

Highly recommended

It was a wonderful trip. The self-drive tour had a good balance of convenience and flexibility for traveling Iceland. Renting a car, staying the hotels, and participating the additional tour were very smooth. A rental car company provided us a wifi-router. It worked everywhere. Minor improvement point was the itinerary had some mistakes (the plan was proposed using different accommodations (places)). Fortunately, information of the vouchers was correct, and we noticed the mistakes. Overall, the tour was well organized, and we would like to use the tour again.

Date of experience : 03 May 2024

No complaints except for the price…

No complaints except for the price point. Considering the price paid for the 4D3N tour for 2 pax at SGD 2,085, the accommodation booked was only a 3 star hotel… assuming hotel accomm costs SGD 350 per night, it costs about SGD 1,050 for 4D3N tour. For the blue lagoon package, it costs SGD 300 for 2 people, hence it would mean that I paid about SGD 700 for 2 full day tours (SGD 175 per tour per pax) excluding food. It would have been more worthwhile if either food was included in the package or a 4 star hotel accommodation was booked. In addition, the online check in was not performed for me for my outbound flight from Reykjavik to Zurich. However, overall the tours were still enjoyable and fun, hence I give 4/5 stars.

Date of experience : 05 May 2024

Iceland is a stunningly beautiful…

Iceland is a stunningly beautiful place. As far as our journey, everything worked flawlessly. Accommodations were all very good. Meals at hotel restaurants were all excellent. People in Iceland are uniformly friendly and helpful. A bit more information on the weather would have been helpful. It was mid-April, and we ran into some challenging weather in the north. Be advised that Iceland can be expensive. Food, wine and petrol are all a bit pricy by American standards. But well worth it. We will be back.

Date of experience : 19 April 2024

The easiest trip I've ever planned

Guide to Iceland made it extremely easy to plan our trip to Iceland. We knew we wanted to do the Ring Road but didn't know what stops to make along the way and how much time to schedule in each place. With GTI it was as easy as entering the number of days we were staying and the type of experience we wanted. They took care of the rest. There were a couple of scheduling conflicts with some days packed with recommended activities and lots of driving so when I contacted customer service to reschedule an activity they were extremely helpful. Unfortunately the activity couldn't be rescheduled but they offered alternatives that worked for us.

Date of experience : 27 April 2024

I had an amazing trip to Iceland

I had an amazing trip to Iceland. The company was very helpful when I had to rebook the trip. I was imediately refunded. All the hotel bookings, car rental and tours worked well. I would definetely recommend this company to a friend.

Date of experience : 02 May 2024

Amazing & Stress-Free Experience

So glad I booked this Self-Drive Tour with Guide to Iceland. They quickly helped me with last-minute changes prior to our trip and we didn't have any issues with our bookings during the trip, we just had to show up and enjoy ourselves. It made the whole process so much less stressful and I will definitely be booking with them in the future. Also, this tour hit a lot, if not all of the primary tourist destinations. There is a good bit of driving, but honestly, Iceland is so beautiful my husband and I didn't mind at all. Thank you, Guide To Iceland!

Date of experience : 25 April 2024

Poor communication

Although we did get help with reservations, the communication was very poor. We were in blizzard conditions and asked to cancel in one town and proceed to another. You told us that was impossible. It was NOT impossible. We cancelled with a refund. Because you did not get back to us in a timely mannner we made a reservation for an extra night at our next destination. We were assured it would be at the same cost as the last night. We received an piddly refund and was charged over $600 for the next night. No thanks to you. We would not recommend.

Date of experience : 20 March 2024

Whole journey was totally well planned

My whole journey was planned super well. At first I was a little bit concerned if everything will be fine because I've booked quite some additional tours. But everything went well. The transport from the airport worked, my car was ready, every hotel was prepared for my stay and every booked tour was informed about my participation. I'm very happy I've booked with Guide to Iceland - I think they have truly helped me to make the absolut best out of my one week stay. Next year I'll book another one week tour!

Date of experience : 16 April 2024

Wonderful self drive experience!

Booking everything through guide to Iceland made my first trip very easy to plan. I had a wonderful self drive experience. All of the hotels I booked were great. I emailed to extend my rental car for a couple more days and that was easy. I would recommend guide to Iceland as well as the self drive trip. This was my first self drive travel experience, and I’ll probably try to travel this way from now on! It’s a wonderful way to see so much of the country and booking through Guide to Iceland made it easier to navigate places to see.

Date of experience : 08 April 2024

It’s my first time traveling around…

It’s my first time traveling around Iceland. I’m glad that I chose Guide To Iceland for arranging my trip. Although some accidents happened, it’s still a good experience. Also, they always reply to me quickly and patiently.

Date of experience : 13 April 2024

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The 7 Best Tour Companies in Iceland

Kirkjufell mountain in Iceland under the Northern Lights

Iceland is an utterly unique country, with glaciers varying in color from white to blue to gray, waterfalls the size of skyscrapers plummeting down sheer rock cliffs, and bumpy lava fields covered in moss in every shade of green you can imagine. And you’ll hear fantastical tales from history and folklore from people who still believe that elves might exist.

It’s one of my favorite countries in the world, one I fell in love with the first time I visited. I’ve been back multiple times since then during various seasons.

But Iceland isn’t always easy to get around, especially in the off-season, when many bus routes shut down because of weather.

One of the ways to get around that problem is by joining an organized tour. You’ll get to experience places that can be inaccessible without a four-wheel drive, and you’ll have an expert local guide to help make the most of your visit.

I’ve put together a list of my favorite tour companies in Iceland, from short city walking tours to multiday adventure hikes. While joining a tour isn’t cheap (you’ll definitely pay more than if you were to explore the country independently ), you’ll also be able to enjoy your trip without any of the planning while simultaneously benefitting from having a local guide on hand to deepen your experience in this incredible place.

Here’s my list of the best tour companies in Iceland:  

1. CityWalk Reykjavik

A free walking tour is always a great way to introduce yourself to a new city, and the guides from CityWalk can give you a good overview of Reykjavik on this two-hour stroll. They run daily tours at 10:30am and 1:30pm, where they show you not only the city’s main attractions, but teach you about Icelandic history as well as share some lesser known and fun facts about Iceland’s capital.

The Reykjavik walking tours have been running since 2014, and the local guides incorporate an element of humor into their tours to make you laugh while you’re exploring. They’ll show you some more overlooked parts of town and also give you some tips for saving money in this expensive country.

Even though it’s technically a free tour, be sure to tip your guide what you think the tour was worth at the end (that’s how they earn a living).

2. Intrepid

Intrepid is my favorite multi-day tour company. I’ve been on tours with them a number of times in a number of places and always enjoy myself. They keep their groups small and work with local guides, and they don’t rush you from sight to sight.

Intrepid offers a number of options in Iceland, including the classic Ring Road trip (which Intrepid calls their Iceland Discovery Tour), where you circumnavigate the island and get to visit some of the best-known sights, from the glacier lagoon at Jökulsárlón on the south coast to the volcanic lake at Mývatn in the north. They even offer tours that also include Greenland too.

What’s also great is that they offer four different tiers of tour “styles” so that you can choose the level and price that suits your needs. “Basix” is the cheapest option and includes the most basic level accommodation with not many extra inclusions, while “Premium” tours are the most expensive and luxurious, as you’ll stay in 4-star accommodations and have more activities and meals included. “Original” and “Comfort” tour styles are somewhere in between the two.

Intrepid’s Iceland tours start at $1,600 for their 5-day Iceland Express Tour and go up to $7,100 for the nine-day Premium Iceland Tour.

3. Arctic Adventures

The award-winning Arctic Adventures is one of the biggest tour companies in Iceland, offering a huge range of one-day and multi-day tours. They also offer self-driving tours, where they provide you with a rental car, pre-booked accommodation, a detailed itinerary, and the option to join some guided day tours along the way. It’s a great option if you want to remove some of the stress and hassle of planning your own trip, but prefer to travel independently.

Its one-day tour options include all the main Icelandic sightseeing activities, like ice caves, snorkeling, glacier tours, and the popular Golden Circle route to Thingvellir National Park, the Geysir hot springs, and Gullfoss Waterfall. They have multi-day trips as well, including trekking tours where you’ll hike across Iceland’s stunning scenery accompanied by an experienced adventure guide.

Arctic Adventures’ full-day trips range in price from around $140 to $280. Their multi-day trips start at $432 USD for a two-day adventure, to an eight-day tour of the Ring Road for $2,434 USD.

4. Icelandic Mountains Guides

For 25 years, Icelandic Mountain Guides has focused on true adventure travel for very small groups, offering one-day and multi-day tours as well as courses on wilderness first aid and mountaineering if you’re interested in gaining some technical outdoor skills.

Its multi-day tours include more unique routes, like a five-day backpacking trek from Núpsstaðaskógur to Skaftafell, or a ten-day expedition across the Highlands starting from the northern town of Akureyri. They even offer ski touring packages. Prices for multi-day tours range from $542 USD for a two-day tour on the southern coast to $4,032 USD for a nine-day glacier expedition.

It also runs one-day tours to ice caves and glacier walk experiences, among others, leaving from Reykjavík, along with similar one-day adventures on the Sólheimajökull glacier on the south coast if you’re in the area and can meet them there. Day tour prices range from $77 USD for an all-day guided lava hike to $256 USD for a snowmobiling adventure on the south coast.

Icelandic Mountain Guides has a genuine conservation focus and holds a twice-yearly event where guides spend time planting trees. All of its day tours are carbon neutral, with a mission to make its multi-day tours carbon neutral in the future.

5. Iceland Horizon

Iceland Horizon offers a huge variety of single-day tours leaving from Reykjavík, Akureyri, and Lake Mývatn. Tour offerings include everything from the classic Golden Circle route to more adventurous snowmobiling and snowshoeing tours.

They’re a good choice for travelers who want to see the main sights and do fun activities but who don’t have access to their own vehicle. They run their small-group tours (always under 19 people) from a mini-bus (which has Wi-Fi), making it a comfortable way to see the sights without having to bother with renting your own car.

Expect to pay around $140 USD per person for a day trip. They also offer tailor-made tours, where you’ll work together with one of their local guides to create an itinerary just for you (pricing greatly varies based on what you want for your personalized tour).

6. Ride with Locals

Ride with Locals is a motorcycle tour company that takes you to the middle of nowhere on trails you wouldn’t access any other way, meaning you’ll see volcanoes, craters, and mountains that very few visitors to Iceland do, making your Iceland experience particularly unique. Its trips last between three days and a week and generally head inland, rather than hugging the coast like most tours.

The motorcycles are KTM 690R and Husqvarna 701 dual sport bikes, and all guides are really experienced with riding through Iceland’s highlands. Some trips use sleeping bags in mountain huts for accommodations (and include all the meals), while others include hotel stays with breakfast.

Costs range between about $4,000 USD for a three-day trip to $7,400 USD for an advanced seven-day expedition. This includes motorbike hire, fuel, accommodation, and some meals. Tours range in difficulty level (noted on the website), but keep in mind that these are only for experienced motorcyclists.

7. Midgard Adventures

Based in Southern Iceland, Midgard Adventures is a family-owned company that offers all sorts of fun and adventurous tours. Off-roading with jeeps, fat bike tours, hiking, snowmobiling, and glacier walks are all on offer here with tours led by family friends and local guides. They have both single-day tours as well as multi-day tours that stretch from 2-7 days (including seasonally-exclusive tours such as mountain biking the highlands in the summer).

Midgard also has its own hotel in Hvolsöllur that you can base yourself from, complete with restaurant, bar, rooftop hot tub, and a sauna (Hvolsöllur is around 90 minutes southeast of Reykjavik).

Prices start around $265 USD for a day tour. While not cheap, Midgard tours are high-quality and tons of fun. You won’t find the same cookie-cutter experiences here.

BONUS: Get Your Guide

If you can’t find the perfect Iceland tour for your trip above, you’ll undoubtedly be able to find it on GetYourGuide . This tour marketplace allows local tour operators to list their offerings, meaning that there’s a huge variety of tours to choose from here, from food tours in Reykjavik to whale watching tours in Húsavík , to multi-day adventures around the country.

Look for the “GetYourGuide Certified” logo for tours that have been vetted by GetYourGuide themselves, though you can also read reviews from previous tour participants to make sure that you sign up for a quality tour. You can even book admission tickets for attractions (like to the countless hot springs that you’ll undoubtedly be visiting) too.

Known as both the Land of Elves and the Land of Fire and Ice, Iceland is a destination like no other. There’s a lot packed into this island , and joining a tour is a great way to maximize your time and experience here.

From challenging multi-day hikes through some of the most scenic landscapes you’ll ever see, to gently exploring a glacier lagoon by boat or visiting puffin colonies, to wandering the streets of the quirky capital of Reykjavik , there’s an Icelandic tour company for you!

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Book Your Trip to Iceland: Logistical Tips and Tricks

Book Your Flight Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight. It’s my favorite search engine because it searches websites and airlines around the globe so you always know no stone is left unturned.

Book Your Accommodation You can book your hostel with Hostelworld as they have the biggest inventory and best deals. If you want to stay somewhere other than a hostel, use Booking.com as they consistently return the cheapest rates for guesthouses and cheap hotels.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations. It’s comprehensive protection in case anything goes wrong. I never go on a trip without it as I’ve had to use it many times in the past. My favorite companies that offer the best service and value are:

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Iceland is a wild, rugged country offering exciting trips that connect you with nature you simply won’t find anywhere else. Tour the famous Golden Circle , with its stunning glaciers and waterfalls, or head west for a visit to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula . Don’t miss the gorgeous iceberg-filled Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon , one of the country’s most popular attractions. Make your best pick from the below-listed Iceland tours.

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Iceland Northern Lights Tour

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Reykjavik in Iceland - the starting point of tours and holidays.

A trip to Iceland is a rare treat. The country has only seen an influx of tourism in the last 15 years or so. As airlines create new routes to the capital city of Reykjavik, the country is building new infrastructure to keep up with the crowds of adventurers rushing to take in all the Nordic island has to offer, especially active holidays and outdoor tours, revealing mother nature at her best!

Iceland’s beauty is unrivalled, hosting every natural wonder you could possibly imagine: cascading waterfalls, gushing geysers, impressive glaciers, and volcanic lakes. The country is paradise for any nature lover.

Tour Highlights

  • Explore Iceland’s Golden Circle, taking in the stunning sights of Thingvellir National Park, the Great Geysir, and the Gullfoss waterfall
  • Spend a relaxing afternoon soaking up geothermal energy from the hot springs at the famous Blue Lagoon
  • Check out the black sand-filled shores in Vik 
  • Catch the glorious Northern Lights between September and March
  • Take in some live music (and stunning architecture) at the Harpa in Reykjavik
  • Climb the tower of the Hallgrímskirkja cathedral for some of the best views of Iceland’s capital city
  • Step behind the powerful waters of Skógafoss for a unique waterfall view

Travel Tips

  • Want to see absolutely everything Iceland’s 100,000 square kilometers have to offer?  Iceland group tours  allow you to do so within a budget, given the shared transportation costs and group discounts made available by tour operators and businesses in Iceland. 
  • Iceland has no trains and few public buses. Renting a car allows you to make spontaneous stops at hot springs or to take selfies with roadside Icelandic horses. 
  • The Blue Lagoon is most easily visited on your way to or from the airport using a bus transfer that departs every hour.
  • Pack water-resistant clothing and be prepared to dress in layers. It’s key for handling Iceland’s unpredictable weather and controlling your body’s temperature when climbing waterfalls and glaciers.
  • Get ready to expand your taste pallet. Iceland is known for its skyr, an extremely thick high-protein yogurt, and specialties like smoked puffin, reindeer, and whale meat.
  • Visiting in the summer months? Be prepared for constant daylight. Be sure to pack an eye mask to block out the light when sleeping.

Iceland has seasonal weather, so please check the best time to visit Iceland before planning your tour. And if you’re still hunting for more things to do and places to explore in Iceland , do check out our Iceland Travel Guide for more information.

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Given that summer temperatures do not rise much above 16°C, the best time to visit Iceland is between the months of May and September. Gullfoss Waterfall is also at its most impressive at this time of year, and the midnight sun is visible in the country’s north. Travel outside of the summer season and you may find the country’s museums and hiking routes, such as the Laugavegur Trail , closed. However, the period between November to February does have the bonus of being the season of the Northern Lights , and major attractions such as the Blue Lagoon remain open all year round. Find more information here .

The currency of Iceland is the krona (ISK). It is difficult to exchange your dollars and euros with the Icelandic currencies outside of the country, but easy to do once in the country, both at the airport and in bank branches around the island. USD 1 is equivalent to around ISK 130.

Iceland is one of the most expensive countries in the world to visit, although there are ways to keep costs down, such as by renting a camper van. Overall, visitors should be looking at a daily per-person budget of between USD 100 and USD 200. Most hotels, restaurants, and shops accept credit cards from major providers, and there are no minimum purchase requirements. Since cards are the preferred method of payment, you should be okay even if you avoid carrying cash completely, although having some for emergencies is always a good idea.

Passport holders from around 60 nations, including the United States, United Kingdom, European Union, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, do not require a visa to enter Iceland as a tourist. Stays are limited to a maximum of 89 days in any six-month period. If you are coming from or going to another Schengen country, this time must also be included in your allowance. Iceland is incredibly safe with very low crime rates. A bigger concern is ensuring that you pack correctly for a climate that can swing from sunny skies to snow showers in a couple of hours. You can find more information here .

It is far more unusual to find an Icelander who does not speak English than one who does. It is taught to a very high standard in schools. Icelandic is one of the most difficult languages in the world to get to grips with. If you fancy giving it a go, start with simple but useful phrases such as vinsamlegast (please) and thakka ther fyrir (thank you).

It may sound unbelievable if you do not know Iceland well, but it is possible to take in the country’s highlights, such as a tour in Reykjavik and exploring the Golden Circle , in just two or three days . Extend your trip to seven days and there is enough time to follow the popular ring road route right around the country and spend a few days trekking in what has to be one of the most visually stunning destinations in Europe. Our guide to how long to spend in Iceland goes into more detail.

Iceland uses the two-pin electric sockets that are seen across much of Europe, known as types C and F. The only difference between these two types is an earthing clip found on one side of type F sockets. The country’s voltage is 230V, so travelers coming from the US or Canada, where it is 130V, may need a voltage converter to run their electrical items safely.

Although Iceland has some excellent museums, trips to the country are all about getting outside and exploring a coastline and a countryside brimming with geysers , volcanic vents, waterfalls, and glaciers. Glacier tours can be taken by road like a standard sightseeing tour, on foot, or even during climbing trips. Hiking is another popular activity, with a good number of routes to choose between. For relaxing, there are plenty of geothermal spas around the country. Seeing the ethereal Northern Lights should also be high on your wish list. Find our Iceland tours and trips here .

If you are sticking to Iceland’s ring road, you could, in theory, rely on the country’s public transport (buses) alone, although their services are much reduced during winter months. Most visitors rent a car instead to avoid being left hanging around. Taxis operate in Reykjavik and other larger urban centers, although most points of interest for travelers are within walking distance of one another. Cheaper hotels come in at around USD 40 per person, per night, but given their standard, this is not over the top. At the high end, do not be surprised if you see room prices of USD 1,000 per night.

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Our trip to Iceland was absolutely stunning and Charlie the Traveler curated an amazing and adventurous trip for us that kept in mind all of the attractions that were on our list and many other gems this beautiful country has to offer.

Our trip to Iceland was absolutely stunning and Charlie the Traveler curated an amazing and adventurous trip for us that kept in mind all of the attractions that wer...

Laurie Nelson

My husband and I had an excellent trip to Iceland this January.

My husband and I had an excellent trip to Iceland this January. Our hotels, itineraries, and travel were all taken care of, which made our vacation so much more enjo...

Benjamin L.

CharlieTheTraveler did an excellent job planning all of the sites.

Most people might think Iceland and think cold, frozen tundra. However, it is the opposite of what this country’s natural environment is like. I enjoyed seeing every...

Due to the tour guide that CharlieTheTraveler provided was well-versed in the country, I easily felt immersed in the culture of the country.

I did not know much about Iceland before booking this trip. However, the itinerary was very detailed and I felt comfortable booking since it was through a reputable ...

The company-provided tour guide took over and made Iceland the most ideal place for me to be.

I didn’t think Iceland was the ideal vacation spot. However, I read what this trip through CharlieTheTraveler included. After reading all the good reviews about thei...

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This was an amazing tour package.

This was an amazing tour package. Perfectly curated to see everything in an efficient amount of time. The experiences were amazing and wide-ranging from adventures t...

I appreciated that the tour guide provided by CharlieTheTraveler knew about the areas we were visiting in Iceland.

I appreciated that the tour guide provided by CharlieTheTraveler knew about the areas we were visiting in Iceland. This made me be able to understand the country and...

Jennifer H.

I never thought there was much in Iceland to visit.

I never thought there was much in Iceland to visit. As I did research and found CharlieTheTraveler had a whole sightseeing trip planned out for this destination, I w...

Our tour guide was great in knowing when to let me explore and when to stay for support and explanations of the sites.

When I went on the Iceland trip from CharlieTheTraveler, I didn’t want to leave. The beauty of the natural landscapes was highlighted in this tour, most of which I d...

I could not have asked for a better vacation!

My fear of booking through a company like this was that I would just be a number in a large group of tourists. However, this is far from the reality. CharlieTheTrave...

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This was all highlighted in my trip through charliethetraveler..

Iceland is a unique destination for a vacation, but if anything, it is a hidden gem. It isn’t too infiltrated with tourism so much of the authentic culture stands ou...

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Booking a tour with CharlieTheTraveler was very easy.

Booking a tour with CharlieTheTraveler was very easy. My trip to Iceland went off without any issues and that’s all to the company’s organization. The tour guide the...

Linda Keira

This trip to Iceland perfectly captured all the natural wonders of the country.

This trip to Iceland perfectly captured all the natural wonders of the country. I am so glad I went with CharlieTheTraveler, as they were organized and planned a var...

Mike Hussein

I will definitely recommend your company! Thank you for a sensational trip!

Charles, thank for setting up our trip to Iceland. You made this arrangement the way we had expected. Especially at a time of pandemic....we felt very safe because o...

Patricia S.

CharlieTheTraveler did the impossible for me—convinced a cold climate country was the ideal vacation destination.

CharlieTheTraveler did the impossible for me—convinced a cold climate country was the ideal vacation destination. I would have never thought I would go there for a g...

Nicholas R.

This was a one-of-a-kind trip that I would have never been able to plan on my own.

After having the same kind of vacations year after year, I wanted a unique vacation. I booked the Iceland trip through CharlieTheTraveler and was not disappointed. T...

The trip to Iceland through CharlieTheTraveler was filled with activities.

The trip to Iceland through CharlieTheTraveler was filled with activities. I enjoyed every second of this trip. The company made every part of the trip painless and ...

This is such a beautiful country and I am happy I got the opportunity to experience it.

I like vacations with a lot of activity, so when I came across the Iceland trip offered by CharlieTheTraveler, I knew it would be perfect. There was so much to do in...

This is definitely not my last trip through them!

I cannot believe it took me this long to book a trip to Iceland. I booked it through CharlieTheTraveler due to their positive reviews and their detailed itinerary. I...

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What to Look For in Iceland Travel Reviews

Most trip reviews tend to focus on some or all of these 5 key areas, not all of which may be relevant to you: the tour guide, travel company, service level, country or countries traveled in, and the trip itinerary.  Remember, just because you see a 1 star review doesn’t necessarily mean that person disliked the country.

Reviews for tours in Iceland are mainly positive, in the 4 and 5 star range.

Iceland has grown rapidly in popularity, so the crowds are almost unavoidable unless you travel in the middle of shoulder season. Traveling with a guide is one of the best ways to help the crowds feel less intense.

Your Iceland tour guide may not be a local every time, but positive reviews almost always comment on the their guide’s expert knowledge and ability to expand on the unique landscapes and natural phenomena in Iceland.

Safety is another primary concern when traveling in Iceland, as this is a very popular destination for adventure travel. In particular you will probably have 1 or 2 quite long drives and depending on the time of year the roads could be wet or icy. 

Another important thing to bear in mind is that Iceland is very expensive . Be sure to go prepared for this, as not all meals or activities may be included in your tour price.

The service level   on your Iceland tour will depend on the tour theme, but most Iceland tours have an active focus. Accommodations are mainly value or premium, comfortable and clean, yet relatively basic amenities.

Some negative Iceland tour reviews comment on the sights that weren’t included on the itinerary. Due to Iceland’s popularity, some travelers may have been under the impression that all the major sites on listicles and from inspiring photographs would be included on the tour.

While it’s true that a number of Iceland’s main attractions can be seen on a short trip, some other are much farther away from the main tourist track. So depending on your tours duration, be sure to look closely at the itinerary to make sure everything you want to see is included.

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Greenland’s the icy one; Iceland’s the green one. But remember this: they don’t call part of it the Golden Circle for nothing.

Calling all nature lovers, adventure seekers and fearless travelers. Iceland may be cold, but that’s the point—you’ll get to see all the glaciers, geysers and geothermal wonders you can handle. Discover a land of natural color: hues of azure at the  Blue Lagoon  and the icy Jokulsarlon, shades of green on the rolling hills framing Skogafoss and the striking black sand beaches that hug the coast. Not to mention the magical aurora borealis  that dance across the sky! From uncovering Viking tales and bathing in steamy springs to cruising past icebergs and exploring quirky farm towns,  Iceland  is island life like no other.

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Similar to many other parts of Europe , Iceland has rules in place to help preserve its culture and geographic isolation is also a factor in developing and preserving the country’s cultural qualities. Independence, self-sufficiency and a strong work ethic – traits that allowed this northern island to flourish in challenging conditions – continue to be highly valued today.

Icelandic culture and customs are full of myths and legends, many with a connection to Christian and pagan values. Folk tales of elves, gnomes, fairies and trolls still circulate, and whether or not the locals continue telling these to unlock the secrets of the past, or simply in jest, they’re definitely worth listening to. But when news outlets report on road plans being changed to avoid disrupting an elfin church, it’s easy to believe that this unusual country and its magical landscapes are a product of what lies ‘hidden’ in its mysterious depths.

Today, Iceland is a highly modern and progressive society. It is consistently rated as having the smallest gender pay gap and strong LGBTQIA+ rights representation in the parliament and media. It’s also one of the greenest countries in the world, with almost all energy coming from renewable resources such as hydropower and geothermal.

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Pre-modern history.

This island nation was settled by Vikings in the ninth century, with much of the early literature recognizing Norse sailor Ingolfur Arnason as the first settler of Iceland, founding Reykjavik in AD874 along with his wife and brother. Icelanders remain proud to this day of their Viking heritage. The Icelandic language, for example, is so similar to the Old Norse spoken during Viking times that Icelanders can still read and understand the original Icelandic sagas.

A book of settlements titled Landnamabok, compiled in the 12th century, documents the names and other details of nearly 400 original settlers of Iceland who arrived in the ninth and tenth centuries. The document tells of a Norse Viking called Floki who sailed to Iceland for fishing and farming, however, due to his livestock not surviving in the conditions, had to return to his home in Norway. After heading up a mountain and looking over a fjord full of sea ice, he named this land Iceland.

In AD930, an Icelandic General Assembly was established and was deemed a Christian settlement less than a century later. Settlers and slaves brought to Iceland by Scandinavians were of Irish and Norse descent, and although some still debate which communities influenced the identity we now know to be Icelandic, the first distinctive text documenting ‘Icelandic-ness’ is said to be a rule book of sorts – the First Grammatical Treatise.

20th century and today

After long periods under Norwegian and Danish rule, Iceland was recognized as a sovereign state in 1918. On 17 June 1944, Iceland became an independent republic. It has a multi-party parliamentary system and a written constitution. The parliament is still called Althingi after its medieval General Assembly.

Many of Iceland’s major industries stem from its location and surrounding natural resources. Tourism aside, fishing and seafood products make up much of the country’s exports and employ a majority of the workforce along with agriculture and farming. Recent investment in greenhouses and geothermal energy has seen Iceland become increasingly self-sufficient, growing products that usually do not fare well in icy climates, such as potatoes, tomatoes and potted plants. Other food is imported along with many consumer goods.

Eating and drinking

Flanked by the ocean and inhabited by almost twice the amount of sheep as humans, Iceland understandably boasts a cuisine dominated by seafood and local lamb.

The country’s diet relies on plenty of potatoes and lamb, but seafood trumps all – sourced fresh year-round from the waters of the North Atlantic and Arctic and prepared in a variety of ways. Be sure to try Hardfiskur – a salty fish jerky, best enjoyed buttered.

Sheep and cows are free-range and fed chemical-free diets, making lamb and dairy products exceptionally good here. One of the best ways to enjoy the produce on offer is to warm yourself up from the inside out with a hearty meat soup: a mixture of lamb, root vegetables, herbs, and rice.

Skyr, a popular yogurt that is technically a cheese, is also a must-try in all its variety of flavors. Eat it like the locals do at any time of the day – for breakfast, as a snack, as a dipping sauce, in drink form (called drykkur), or as a dessert topping.

Surprisingly, hot dogs are Iceland’s most iconic fast food. Widely available, a hot dog is probably the cheapest meal you’ll have in Iceland. Order one with all the toppings – sweet mustard, ketchup, raw onions, deep-fried onions, and aioli.

Rye bread (also known as rugbraud) and butter is a common side to most meals in Iceland, but the preferred way of cooking the loaves are quite unique. Traditionally, the bread is buried near a natural hot spring, sprinkled with sugar, and left to gently steam for up to 24 hours. The end result is dense, cake-like bread that has a slightly sweet taste. Enjoy it with a traditional Icelandic soup, smoked lamb, or, of course, fish.

Name a food and chances are Icelanders have tried to add licorice to it. Black licorice is beloved by locals and found in a wide range of desserts and candy bars. During your time here, head to Valdis in Reykjavik to test out a cone filled with salted black licorice ice cream. Even if the weather’s cold, the ice cream joints will be open!

The weird and wacky

Icelanders have a reputation for serving up some of the most unusual food in the world – boiled sheep’s head, fermented shark known as harkarl, ram testicles and smoked puffin to name a few. Although the country’s isolation and harsh winters once meant these foods were eaten out of necessity, today most of these ‘delicacies’ are only prepared to shock tourists. Try if you dare, but we suggest sticking to the common foods that locals eat.

Alcohol can be expensive in Iceland and is best bought at the duty-free shop. Although forms of prohibition existed until 1989, alcohol is now widely available all over the country in state-run liquor stores. If you’re feeling brave, try the local brew, Brennivin – a potent, traditional caraway-flavored schnapps nicknamed ‘black death’.

Read more about what to eat in Iceland

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Iceland travel highlights

1. explore reykjavik.

Iceland's capital city is totally beguiling, surrounded by volcanic peaks and boasting a vibrant art and nightlife scene. Browse the city’s galleries, explore the colorful street art, dine on fresh lox (traditionally cured salmon),   or cycle to the striking cathedral of Hallgrimskirkja – trying to say that after a tipple or two of Brennivin (Iceland's signature spirit) might be tricky! Get stuck into Icelandic culture on our 6 day Northern Lights Escape .

2. Discover the Golden Circle

The Golden Circle is the holy trinity of southern Iceland. This 186-mile (300 km) route is brimming with natural wonders that showcase why so many travelers fall under Iceland's spell. Marvel at the layered cascades of Gullfoss Waterfall, explore the dramatic rift valley in Thingvellir National Park and witness the unpredictable eruptions in Geysir Geothermal Area. Marvel at breathtaking natural landscapes on our 5 day Iceland Express tour.

3. Cruise along Jokulsarlon

It's impossible not to be amazed by the sheer size and beauty of Jokulsarlon, Iceland’s famous glacial lagoon. Enjoy a boat tour along the icy waters where you'll cruise past towering glaciers and witness icebergs of all shapes, sizes and shades of blue drifting into the Atlantic Ocean. Cool down on our 8 day Iceland Discovery tour.

4. Experience life in Akureyri

Soak up the charm of this northern port city – the second-largest city in Iceland. Better described as a big town with lots of character, you'll be won over by its quaint turf homes, rich history and folklore, and the imposing Mount Súlur that looms over the town. Akureyri is also an ideal Northern Lights viewing location between September and April. Explore the streets of Akureyri on our 9 day Premium Iceland tour.

5. Be wowed by Westfjords

Venture off course to the unspoiled, untamed reaches of the Westfjords – without the big crowds. This is a land where mountains meet the sea most dramatically, where waterfalls tumble down into the inky fjords and puffins live along the towering cliffs. If you’re lucky and conditions allow, we might cruise along Látrabjarg (Europe’s largest bird cliff) to see puffins, razorbills, guillemots and more. Adventure through the Westfjords on our 14 day East Greenland and Iceland Northern Lights tour.

6. Bathe in the Blue Lagoon

There's no need to worry about being cold all the time in Iceland when you can slip into the famous Blue Lagoon just out of Reykjavik. Surrounded by black volcanic rock, a soak in the mineral-rich, milk-blue waters of this geothermal spa is the perfect way to relax and unwind after a big day of walking. 

Geography and environment

Iceland possesses some of the world’s most incredible natural wonders and unique landscapes. From active volcanoes to vast ice fields, bubbling hot springs and enormous glaciers, these dramatic contrasts have earned Iceland the nickname of the ‘Land of Fire and Ice’.

Many of these geological features are products of geographical location – on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates intersect and their movements away from each other create volcanic activity. The country is covered by moss-carpeted lava fields, soaring fjords, incredible waterfalls and dramatic geysers, all of which add to Iceland’s otherworldly look.

The country is also the perfect spot to see the Northern Lights. From September to March, you’ll have the best chance to view this spectacular natural light show when the skies are clear and auroral activity is high. But don’t let that stop you from visiting in other seasons – Iceland’s natural wonders are truly year-round attractions.

Top 4 natural phenomena of Iceland

1. Northern Lights

The Northern Hemisphere's Aurora Borealis has captivated and intrigued travelers for years. Any winter tour of Iceland absolutely must include a chance to see the Northern Lights. This natural light display that runs along magnetic fields often brings hypnotic green, yellow and red shades to the night sky in Iceland from September to March. As one of nature's most magnificent triumphs, this is one unforgettable spectacle.

2. Gullfoss

Otherwise known as Golden Falls, this spectacular three-tiered waterfall drops suddenly into a deep cavern. The falls are surrounded by lush, green countryside, and the rainbows created by the mist and spray provide brilliant photo opportunities.

3. Lake Myvatn

This part of northern Iceland was born from volcanic eruptions millions of years ago and continues to be shaped by volcanic activity to this day. The combination of strange lava formations, thermal caves and a sprawling lake dotted with craters and rising rocks makes for an eerie yet beautiful landscape.

4. Jokulsarlon

Literally translating to ‘glacial river lagoon’, this monumental glacier lake is the largest in Iceland. Featuring a parade of large and small blue icebergs floating on and under the pure, icy water, this lagoon is so beautiful that it has been used as a backdrop for Hollywood films, a set for reality television shows and in a starring role on a postage stamp!

Iceland is notorious for being an expensive destination. Travelling on a budget here is difficult but can be done. Head to Bonus – Iceland’s discount grocery store – so you can cook rather than eat out for each meal. The duty-free store at Keflavik International Airport is the best place to pick up a bottle of Icelandic alcohol such as Brennivin liquor, Reyka vodka or Viking Gold beer for a fraction of the price you’d find elsewhere. It’s also a good idea to travel as a group, as operators can get better rates than a single traveler at hotels and restaurants, plus they know all the local hotspots.

If you’d like to take home Icelandic local specialties, Reykjavik is the best place to shop. Some of the country’s coolest retailers can be found on Laugavegur, one of the oldest shopping streets. Here you can browse clothing from quirky local designers alongside traditional lambswool sweaters, as well as tourist shops selling plastic Viking hats and puffin magnets. For smaller boutiques selling local art, head to Skolavordustigur.

Festival and events

Despite the long and dark winters, Icelanders are among the happiest people in the world. Why? One reason is that they understand the importance of getting together and having a good time, even if it’s pitch black outside. There are many celebrations to join in on throughout the year, but here are a few to look out for:

Winter Lights Festival

Every year, buildings around Reykjavik light up at night to celebrate both the winter world and the growing light after a long period of darkness. The Winter Lights Festival uses many public buildings, all major museums, and thermal pools to illuminate the city with lighting designs and art installations to thaw people out after a long winter.

This annual mid-winter feast in January or February is one of Iceland’s oldest festivals, dating back to Viking days. Fearless eaters can find restaurants in Reykjavik offering special Thorrablot dinners of boiled sheep’s heads, rotten shark’s meat, and cured ram testicles. If you can, try to snag an invitation to a local’s house, where celebrations tend to be more festive and involve lots of singing, dancing and drinking.

Viking Festival

Modern-day Vikings in traditional garb flock to Hafnarfjorour each June for a festival Leif Erikson would approve of. Swordfights, archery, axe throwing, a traditional market, concerts, and a proper Viking feast are all part of the festivities.

National Day

1944 marks the year that Iceland became a republic after an overwhelming majority of the citizens voted for independence. The deciding referendum took place between May 20 and 23 that year; however, Iceland’s National Day is celebrated on June 17th – the birthday of the man who originally led the movement in the late 19th century, Jon Sigurdsson. There are parades all around the country, usually with brass bands and marching horses. Music, food, fireworks, and street parties – you get it, they’re a patriotic bunch.

Dalvik Fiskidagurinn Mikli (The Great Fish Day)

Each August, the northern fishing village of Dalvik invites you to a free, all-you-can-eat fish and seafood buffet. The event is held for no reason other than to bring people together over a delicious meal. You might come for the free food, but you’ll stay for the company.

Read more about festivals in Iceland

Public holidays that may impact travel include:

Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Monday

Ascension Day

Whit Sunday and Whit Monday

Commerce Day

Please note that the dates of  Iceland's public holidays  may vary.

Further reading

For inspiring stories to prepare you for your Iceland adventure, check out these books:

  • Independent People   – Halldor Laxness
  • Jar City   – Arnaldur Indridason
  • The Little Book of Tourists in Iceland   – Alda Sigmundsdottir
  • Waking Up in Iceland   – Paul Sullivan
  • The Tricking of Freya   – Christina Sunley
  • Viking Age Iceland   – Jesse L Bycock
  • The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman   – Nancy Marie Brown
  • Burial Rites   – Hannah Kent
  • The Book of Settlements: Landnamabok   – Herman Palsson (trans.)

Discover more about visiting Iceland from our travel experts in our Complete Guide to Iceland.

Similar destinations

We have a variety of similar destinations, trips and routes that you could consider! Tie another trip into your holiday, or, see how we can help you get from A to B. We have tours departing from a variety of locations around Iceland. The options below may be of interest:

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Iceland travel FAQs

Do i need a covid-19 vaccine to join an intrepid trip.

Trips from 1 January 2023 onwards

From 1 January 2023, Intrepid will no longer require travelers to provide proof of vaccination against COVID-19 (excluding all Polar trips and select adventure cruises).

However, we continue to strongly recommend that all Intrepid travelers and leaders get vaccinated to protect themselves and others.

Specific proof of testing or vaccination may still be required by your destination or airline. Please ensure you check travel and entry requirements carefully.

When is the best time to visit Iceland?

Deciding what you want to see in Iceland will give you a better idea of when is the best time to travel. Wanting to get active around the countryside and see waterfalls and wildlife? The warmer spring and summer months are probably ideal. Prefer to soak in the geothermal lagoons and get a chance to see the Northern Lights? Well, likely the cooler months – with their longer nights – are best for you.

Spring and summer are considered optimal times to visit Iceland if green landscapes and balmy days are your thing. The early spring months bring warmer days, while summer offers long daylight hours with only short nights. In the summer season, July and August are the warmest months and the busiest time for tourists.

In September, tourism tends to slow down as the weather becomes unpredictable and the countryside is usually less accessible. However, there are plenty of attractions for the off-peak traveler, including the beauty of fall colors and, of course, the awe-inspiring Northern Lights.

As you might expect, winters in Iceland can be challenging. During late December there are about four-and-a-half hours of daylight and it's often cloudy. In January, there are on average three sunny days in Reykjavík, with temperatures hovering around freezing point, often with chilling winds.

Do I need a visa to travel to Iceland?

Iceland is a member of the Schengen Convention, which means that if you travel to an EU member country or countries, like Iceland, for a total of less than 90 days, a visa is not required. Citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the US, the UK and other member countries of the EU and Schengen area are included under this arrangement. Other countries do require a visa to visit Iceland, including citizens of South Africa.

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your country of origin. Check the Essential Trip Information section of your tour itinerary for more information.

Is tipping customary in Iceland?

Tipping isn't expected in Iceland. Hotels, restaurants and cafes already include a service fee and consumption taxes (VAT) in the bill, so tipping extra isn't necessary. However, feel free to leave a small amount if your experience has been particularly good, especially for assistance provided by drivers, tour leaders or service workers.

What is the internet access like in Iceland?

Travelers will be able to access the internet in cybercafes and at wi-fi hotspots in Iceland's cities and large towns. Rural and remote areas may have less internet access, so be prepared when traveling away from the city.

Most accommodation and eateries in Iceland offer wi-fi access, which is usually free to use with a code. If you wish to stay connected for the majority of your trip, it may be wise to purchase a prepaid SIM card with a data package.

Many Icelandic libraries and tourist information offices have shared computers for public internet access if you are without a device to connect to wi-fi. Sometimes a small fee is charged for this service.

Can I use my cell phone while in Iceland?

Travelers can use their cell phones in Iceland's main cities and towns, though remote and isolated areas may have inferior cell reception.

If you wish to stay connected for the majority of your trip, it may be wise to purchase a prepaid SIM card for the duration of your journey. This will likely be the cheapest way to use your phone in Iceland.

For EU citizens, depending on who you have your phone plan with, you may be able to use your current SIM in Iceland – your service provider will be able to provide more details.

Global roaming can also be activated, but check with your service provider to find out about any fees you may incur, as sometimes this can be expensive.

What are the toilets like in Iceland?

Modern, flushable toilets are the standard in Iceland.

In terms of public toilets, Reykjavik and other major towns and cities have some, but along highways and at many tourist destinations – especially campgrounds and natural attractions – there is a lack of facilities. Expect to pay a small fee when visiting public toilets and, in busy months, expect queues in main tourist areas.

There have been recent occurrences of tourists resorting to other means in remote places and near tourist sites. We recommend being prepared and talking to your group leader if you have any concerns.

Can I drink the water in Iceland?

Tap water is considered safe to drink in Iceland unless marked otherwise. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water instead.

Are credit cards widely accepted in Iceland?

Credit cards are widely accepted in Iceland and are used frequently by locals to pay for just about anything. Paying with a credit card at shops, guesthouses, supermarkets, restaurants, cafes, and on taxi rides shouldn't present a problem. Iceland is almost a cashless society, so cards are the best option; however, a lot of payments will require your four-digit PIN, so be sure to know this before you leave home.

What is ATM access like in Iceland?

ATMs are usually easy to find in Iceland's cities and villages and generally accept most foreign cards.

What is the weather like in Iceland?

Iceland’s temperatures are cool and do vary throughout the year. In winter months, minimum temperatures plummet to below freezing. In Reykjavik, summer temperatures average at around 52°F, while winter maximums are approximately 32°F. Rainfall is quite consistent throughout the year; between 25–50 mm per month, with most days experiencing some rainfall.

Is it safe to travel to Iceland?

Iceland is a very safe country to travel to and is one of the safest countries in the world.

Is Iceland safe for LGBTQIA+ travellers?

The people of Iceland have an open and accepting attitude to LGBTQIA+ communities, and Iceland is considered one of the world’s most LGBTQIA+ friendly countries. Since 2006, same-sex couples have had equal access to adoption and IVF, and in 2010 the Icelandic Parliament made a unanimous decision to define marriage as between two individuals. As might be expected in a small country, however, the gay scene is quite low-key, even in Reykjavik.

In 2012, more legislation was passed to formalize the name and identity-changing process for the needs of trans and genderqueer individuals. There is still a way to go to achieve full equality, but Iceland is, in many regards, leading the way globally.

For more detailed and up-to-date advice, we recommend visiting Equaldex or ILGA before you travel and reading more about the LGBTQIA+ culture in Iceland .

If you are traveling solo on an Intrepid group tour, you will share accommodation with a passenger of the same gender as per your passport information. If you don’t identify with the gender assigned on your passport, please let us know at the time of booking and we’ll arrange the rooming configuration accordingly. A single supplement is available on some tours for travellers who do not wish to share a room.

Is Iceland accessible for travelers with disabilities?

Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible, regardless of ability or disability. That’s why we do our best to help as many people see the world as possible, regardless of any physical or mental limitations they might have. We’re always happy to talk to travelers with disabilities and see if we can help guide them towards the most suitable itinerary for their needs and, where possible, make reasonable adjustments to our itineraries.

Because of its remote location and size, Iceland can prove difficult when it comes to accessibility for individuals with mobility issues. Some of the main sights, such as the Blue Lagoon, are wheelchair accessible, but many of the natural attractions have unpaved paths and unsteady terrain. Iceland has a dedicated information center,  Thekkingarmidstod Sjalfsbjorg , that provides up-to-date information on accessibility and accessible facilities in Iceland, as well as other related information.

If you do live with a visual, hearing, or other impairment, let your booking agent or group leader know early on so they’re aware and suitable arrangements can be made. As a general rule, knowing some common words in the local language, carrying a written itinerary with you, and taking to the streets in a group, rather than solo, can help make your travel experience the best it can be.

What to wear in Iceland

In summer, Iceland experiences cool but mild weather throughout the country, with maximum temperatures averaging around 55°F. It’s still important, however, to pack some warm clothing at this time, as temperatures at night can drop quite dramatically. In winter, some days barely reach over 32°F, so preparing for this is crucial. It can be wet and windy, and roads may be iced over, so thermal gear, a waterproof jacket and pants and sturdy walking boots are all highly recommended.

How do I stay safe and healthy while traveling?

From Australia?

Go to: Smart Traveller

From Canada?

Go to:  Canada Travel Information

From the UK?

Go to:  UK Foreign Travel Advice

From New Zealand?

Go to:  Safe Travel

From the US?

Go to:  US Department of State

The World Health Organisation also provides useful health information.

Do I need to purchase travel insurance before traveling?

Absolutely. All passengers traveling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey.

For more information on insurance, please go to: Travel Insurance

How will I be traveling around Iceland?

Intrepid believes half the fun of experiencing a new country is getting there, and getting around once there! Where possible, Intrepid uses local transport options and traditional modes of transport – which usually have less of an environmental impact, support small local operators and are much more fun.

Depending on what trip you're on in Iceland, you may find yourself traveling by:

All-terrain Unimog

To see all of Iceland, you’ll need some heavy-duty transport. This super-sized van will take you on glacier visits to admire these almighty ice caps up close.

Amphibian boat

Part truck, part boat, all adventure ­– cruise the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon in a small group aboard one of these vessels, on land and lake.

What is it like traveling on a small group tour?

Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or you’re about to embark on your first trip, traveling can be as intimidating as it is exciting. That's the beauty of a small group tour. From handling the logistics and organizing amazing cultural activities to local leaders who know each destination like the back of their hand (like which street has the best markets and where to get the most authentic food), traveling on a small group tour with Intrepid will give you unforgettable travel experiences without the hassle that comes with exploring a new place. Plus, you'll have ready-made friends to share the journey with. All you have to do is turn up with a healthy sense of adventure and we’ll take care of the rest.

Does my Intrepid trip include airfare?

While our Intrepid trips include many modes of transport, from tuk-tuks to overland vehicles, bullet trains and feluccas, airfare to and from your home country is not included in your tour package.

Does my trip support The Intrepid Foundation?

Yes, all Intrepid trips support the Intrepid Foundation. Trips to this country directly support our global Intrepid Foundation partners, Eden Reforestation Projects and World Bicycle Relief. Intrepid will double the impact by dollar-matching all post-trip donations made to The Intrepid Foundation.

Eden Reforestation Projects

Eden Reforestation Projects are helping to mitigate climate change by restoring forests worldwide; they also hire locally and create job opportunities within vulnerable communities. Donations from our trips support restoration across planting sites in 10 countries around the globe. Find out more or make a donation World Bicycle Relief

World Bicycle Relief provides people in low-income communities with bicycles to mobilize school kids, health workers, and farmers in far-out areas – giving them access to vital education, healthcare, and income. Donations help provide Buffalo Bicycles – specifically designed to withstand the rugged terrain and harsh environment of rural regions – to those who need them most. Find out more or make a donation

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This is the best time to visit Iceland

The best time to visit iceland depends on what you want to do and where you want to explore.

The Goðafoss waterfall in Iceland's Diamond Circle.

Iceland is one of the most fascinating countries in the world: an oversized island of fire and ice between North America and mainland Europe in the North Atlantic. While this island is somewhat larger than Ireland, Iceland is the most sparsely populated country in Europe, which means Iceland abounds in open spaces and natural wonders . And with Reykjavík as its cultural center, Iceland touts additional great lures, from a thriving art and music scene to intriguing cuisine and colorful architecture.

What happens in a year in Iceland?

When is the busy season, when is the best time to visit iceland well, what are you hoping to do here.

  • Don’t have much time? Try a stopover

One of the country’s greatest features has to do with its positioning. Being so far north, Iceland is treated to wildly long days right around the summer solstice. The weather tends to be cool and wet, but it’s compensated for by the hyper-extended days. During June, the sun there tends to set around 23:00 (or 11 p.m.) and come up around 4:00 (or 4 a.m.). It’s prime time to cross things off your Nordic bucket list, like driving around the whole country via the gorgeous Ring Road or trekking up north to dip in the restorative waters of Mývatn . But when is the best time to visit Iceland? Keep reading and we’ll give you a guide.

Iceland has many merits, regardless of when you’re visiting. Winter is something else up here, as the sun generally barely comes up in time for lunch, and sunset follows a few short hours later. However, winter can be a good time to go to Iceland since Icelanders have creative ways of dealing with the long winter darkness, like stringing colorful lights throughout the city.

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Though snow usually falls this time of year, it’s surprisingly light for a country this close to the Arctic Circle, thanks to the warming effect of the North Atlantic Current . And, if you’re lucky, you may even sneak a peek at the Northern Lights. If nothing else, you can cozy up in a great bar or cafe or take in a show at the remarkable Harpa .

Spring tends to be pretty blustery and cool, and many of the more remote seasonal roads reopen as the snow recedes. You’ll enjoy less-expensive travel rates, but the weather can be more tumultuous. The fall doesn’t last long in Iceland, and the dark days return rather quickly, but there are some intriguing draws, such as late-season salmon fishing. Also, there are some great gatherings, namely Iceland Airwaves , an eclectic music festival that takes place every November in various locations throughout Reykjavík.

Summer is certainly the busiest tourist stretch for Iceland, but it might be worthwhile if you enjoy traveling to a lively destination with bustling cities and a wide array of open activities. In contrast, things tend to open later (if at all) and close earlier during the colder off-season. In the swinging (relative) heat of summer, there’s generally more energy in the air in Reykjavík, and the city especially comes to life.

Visiting Iceland is no longer a secret since many major U.S. cities now offer direct flights. With that said, it remains a fairly affordable European destination, even during the summer high season . If you insist on traveling during the warmer months, we suggest booking on the early side, given the heightened interest.

Again, if you want warmer weather, more hiking and outdoor exploring opportunities, longer days, and livelier city nights, then late spring and early summer are the best times for you to visit Iceland. You’ll see other tourists, sure, but with the extended days, vast open country, and Reykjavik’s many accessible shops, museums, restaurants, and more, you might feel like you can have your Icelandic hot dog and eat it, too. May, June, and July generally produce the longest days, warmest weather, and best opportunities to explore area attractions like geysers, national parks , waterfalls, and puffin-filled cliff sides.

But if you prefer fewer crowds, more opportunities to experience Iceland’s iconic Northern Lights , trips to explore the island’s incredible ice caves , and excursions to spot orcas swimming in the open sea, then the winter season is probably the best time to visit Iceland for you. More specifically, February and March are usually the best months for whale watching, the vernal equinox makes for a particularly spectacular Northern Lights “show”, and November and January tend to be the quietest and least crowded months on the island.

Fortunately for all of us, Iceland offers a treasure trove of unique experiences year-round. But now that you have a better sense of the best time to visit Iceland for specific experiences and happenings, you now have a better idea of when’s the perfect time to plan your ideal Icelandic getaway.

Don’t have much time? Try a stopover

So you’ve put Iceland on your travel list, but you have your heart set on a trip to somewhere like London , and you don’t think you can fit Iceland into your travel plans? We’ve got good news: There’s a way that you can do both.

It’s called a stopover, and it’s a way you can add a couple of days in Iceland on your way to or from Europe without paying extra airfare. The way it works is if you book a round-trip flight between the U.S. and Europe on Icelandair, Iceland’s largest airline, you can add a stopover of up to seven days on either leg of the trip (stopovers aren’t available with one-way tickets) for no additional airfare. This way, you get to both an Icelandic adventure and continue to have one in Europe. It’s the best of both worlds.

But one word of warning: Once you stopover in Iceland, you might not want to get back on the plane to finish your trip.

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With its mix of spring and summer, June is an ideal time to get away. There’s a lingering freshness in the air, but there’s also a sweet warmth inching in. It’s a time to be outside, experience nature, and take in new places. Not only that, but since peak crowds haven’t arrived, you could score a deal on airfare and lodging.

Italy, with its rich history, beautiful landscapes, and world-famous cuisine, has long been a favorite destination for travelers seeking an unforgettable experience. Amidst its picturesque scenery lie some of Europe’s most captivating natural wonders– the Italian lakes. Whether you are relaxing by the water or embarking on a scenic hike, the lakes in Italy provide a gorgeous backdrop. These are just a few beautiful Italian lakes to add to your bucket list. 1. Lake Garda

Location: Northern Italy Where to stay: Popular towns to stay in include Sirmione, Bardolino, and Malcesine. How to get there: Lake Garda is easily accessible by both car and public transportation. Major airports such as Verona Villafranca Airport and Milan Bergamo Airport are within driving distance, and train services connect nearby cities like Verona and Brescia to the lake’s shores.

The Olympic Peninsula offers all of the outdoor attractions you could want: mist-enveloped mountains, pristine lakes, rugged coastal cliffs, and one of the best national parks in Washington state. But most unique is the 1.3 million acres of enchanting old-growth rainforest, seemingly lifted straight from the pages of a fairy tale. Most visitors flock to the Hoh rainforest to witness the iconic moss-covered trees, but the Quinault Valley offers a less crowded, equally stunning experience. For those seeking an intimate and informed connection with the Quinault Rainforest, the one-of-a-kind 33-mile Lake Quinault Tour weaves comfort, educational rigor, and unrivaled access into the valley's hidden gems. Here's what you can expect on the Lake Quinault Tour, alongside helpful tips on how to make the most out of your time in this otherwordly region of Washington.

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Have you wanted to explore the magnificent landscapes in Iceland? Do you want to have a life-changing adventure with a top-rated Iceland tour operator ? Are you wondering how to find affordable and top-notch tours to Iceland?

Iceland is an island of remarkable landscapes where rivers run through the deserts while molten lava casually erupts from ice. The country is known for its contrasting scenes where the natural elements dance between poles during the long winters, and in summer, the sun never sets. Iceland is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise as a country perpetually covered in snow and the most volcanic-active region in the world. Also known as the land of myths and legends, you can find underground caves, glittering glaciers, and scenic national parks full of wild reindeer.

While it may seem like a candid task to find the best tour company to guide you during your trip abroad, finding and selecting the best tour company in Iceland can get very complicated. When you search for prospects, you will find pages upon pages of great possibilities to visit Iceland. All these options will also have different costs, tour packages, and expertise in the Iceland tourism industry. Devoting your time and hard-earned money to an agency without having all the information or doing thorough research can result in you having a disastrous Iceland tour.

TravellersQuest ‘s goal is for you to invest in a company that only gives you a safe, fun, and fulfilling trip abroad. Thankfully, we have a seamless solution to help you achieve your dream tour to Iceland, giving you more than you could have anticipated. Our research team has spent hours analyzing hundreds of best Iceland tour companies by comparing their prices, the quality of their tour packages, and their online reviews. We have therefore put together this great and reliable list of best tour companies in Iceland.

Here is an unbiased list of the Top 10 highly rated and professional tour providers in Iceland.

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Dive.Is is one of the best tour companies in Iceland that provides detailed and enjoyable diving tours and activities in Iceland’s pristine waters. Their aim is to fulfill the highest standards in diving tours, equipment, safety and environmental responsibility. Since 1997, they have continuously worked on becoming the leading dive center in Iceland while setting new standards for recreational diving and other activities. Your trip to Iceland will become a whole lot enjoyable with Dive.Is at your side.

 Dive.Is Best Iceland Tour Packages

The team at Dive.Is will amaze you with their tour packages that focus on personalized service and comfort. Start with their famous Diving Silfra Day Tour and swim in the crystal clear glacier waters. With high visibility, you will get a unique opportunity to admire one of the best underwater sceneries on Earth.

If you want to see marine life in action, consider taking their Gardur Ocean Diver Tour . On this shore dive, you will see massive kelp forests, colorful algae and a variety of marine life that call the ocean their home.

Also, you can go on a 2 day diving tour around Reykjavik . Explore 3 different dive sites in the Akranes region and explore the beautiful diversity that the North Atlantic has to offer.

Dive.Is Reviews

Dive.Is remains as the top tour operator in Iceland with tons of satisfied reviews from its customers. This company has 12,032 reviews on TripAdvisor and is ranked as #1 of 331 Outdoor Activities in Reykjavik. They were awarded the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award in 2023. A past client of theirs wrote:

I did a drysuit dive on a blustery winter day. Henry was my guide and he was fantastic. I felt very taken care of the entire time. Henry and his team helped me… Emily B

Read all reviews of Dive.Is on TripAdvisor .

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Wake Up Reykjavik

Wake Up Reykjavik is a travel company dedicated to enhancing the experiences of visitors to Iceland by providing engaging local tours focused on exploring Reykjavik in a fun and immersive manner. Founded in 2014 by a team of locals, the company gained worldwide recognition for its superbly-crafted food tours that showcased Icelandic gastronomy.  With a commitment to showcasing authentic Icelandic culture and fostering connections among travelers, Wake Up Reykjavik has risen to become one of the highest-reviewed tour operators in Iceland.

Wake Up Reykjavik Best Iceland Tour Packages

Wake Up Reykjavik’s tour packages are a mix of fun activities, cultural immersion and delicious tasting food. Start with their popular Reykjavik Food Tour and enjoy special delicacies like Icelandic Lamb and Fresh Icelandic Fish. You will also visit popular landmarks while enjoying home-made Icelandic ice-cream made from a secret recipe.

Fulfill a life-long dream and go view the Northern Lights in their Northern Lights Tour . Experience this absolutely breathtaking natural phenomenon while sipping on hot chocolate with a local expert at your side.

Also, go on a Golden Circle Tour for a highlight of Icelandic nature at its best. You will see the Golden Waterfall, Thingvellir National Park, Kerið Volcanic Crater and many erupting geothermal geyser on this tour.

Wake Up Reykjavik Reviews

Wake Up Reykjavik has certainly turned some heads with their excellent service. This Icelandic travel agency has 10,654 reviews on TripAdvisor and is ranked as #1 of 546 Tours & Activities in Reykjavik. They also received the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award in 2023. A past customer wrote:

Tómas was our guide for our food walk. He was very knowledgeable about Iceland and food. He was a great guide!! He went above and beyond… Swazigal

Read all reviews of Wake Up Reykjavik on TripAdvisor .

Troll Expeditions

Troll Expeditions

Founded in 2016 as a small tour company meant to share the spirit of adventure, Troll Expeditions has grown since then to become one of the highest-rated travel agencies in Iceland. As their customer pool grew year by year, they never stayed stagnant and continuously updated their tours, vehicles and services. The awesome tour guides working at Troll Expeditions all share a commitment to fun and professionalism. Together, they invite you to experience the wonders of Iceland with them.

Troll Expeditions Best Iceland Tour Packages

Whether you are a solo traveler or traveling with family and friends, Troll Expeditions has a wide selection of tour packages for you to choose from. For a breathtaking nature-trip, you can go on their Katla Volcano Ice Cave Tour . This 3-hour tour features a wonderful expedition into an ice cave made up of stunning ice formations of various color and shapes at the foot of the Katla Volcano.

Don’t miss out on a unique opportunity to go snorkeling in Silfra . This tour will let you explore a massive crack between Earth’s tectonic plates while you swim in one of the cleanest water sources on Earth.

If you have time to spare, you can go on their 8 days circuit trip around Iceland . Join Troll Expeditions on a minibus as they take you on all of the country’s popular destinations from Reykjavik to Golden Circle.

Troll Expeditions Reviews

Being one of the best Icelandic tour companies, Troll Expeditions’ services are admirable and near-flawless in execution. The company has over 8,000 reviews on TripAdvisor and is ranked as #1 of 32 Nature & Parks in Reykjavik. They also received the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award in 2023 for their unrelenting efforts. A satisfied customer said this about them:

Had the trip of a lifetime on the 8 day ring road tour around Iceland. Our local guide Jóhann made the experience unforgettable – he was knowledgeable, friendly… Alice

Read all reviews of Troll Expeditions on TripAdvisor .

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Glacier Adventure

Founded and operated by a small family in Iceland, Glacier Adventure provides specialized tours of Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull. This unique tour operator in Iceland offers a variety of services from glacier hikes to high peak tours. They operate both winter and summer tour experiences and always make sure that their travelers are well-taken care of. With a focus on safety and passion, they are dedicated to showcasing you the ever-changing beauty of Iceland’s glaciers.

Glacier Adventure Best Iceland Tour Packages

Glacier Adventure offers a wide variety of tour packages that you can choose according to your interests and liking. For a thrilling yet enchanting option, choose their Vatnajökull Glacier Walk . Maneuver around small cracks and crevices and admire the beautiful ice formations while learning about the glacier’s formation and history.

For an adventurous day in the icy wilderness, you can go on their Ice Climbing Tour . You will be equipped with crampons, ice picks and a professional tour guide will follow you as you climb the glacier.

Take a dip in icy waters on their Jökulsárlón Glacier Kayaking Tour . You will paddle around floating icebergs while seeing magnificent glaciers, ice caps and various kinds of seals and birds.

Glacier Adventure Reviews

Glacier Adventure is one of the best Icelandic tour operators with many years of experience in the field .The company has 1,482 reviews on TripAdvisor and is ranked as #1 of 18 Tours & Activities in Hofn. They earned the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award in 2023 through their unique services. A customer who recently visited them wrote:

This hike had to have been one of the highlights to our trip to Iceland. Our guide accidentally booked the hike and cave as opposed to just the cave and the hike on… Anna Maria C

Read all reviews of Glacier Adventure on TripAdvisor .

Adventure Vikings

Adventure Vikings

As a premier activity and adventure tour operator in Iceland, Adventure Vikings was established in 2010 with the sole purpose of bringing you tours of the diverse landscapes of Iceland. The company specializes in small group tours, providing participants with intimate and personalized experiences. Led by friendly and professional guides, the company ensures that their travelers have the best experience of Iceland’s stunning natural wonders. Adventure Vikings invites travelers to join them for an unforgettable journey through Iceland’s breathtaking landscapes.

Adventure Vikings Best Iceland Tour Packages

Tour packages from Adventure Vikings are well-known for their perfect blend of sight-seeing, activities and relaxation. Snorkel in a wetsuit in the crystal clear waters of Silfra. This company is the only one offering wet-suit options so that your experience of the exotic nature of this underwater fissure becomes even more thrilling!

Visit one of the most renowned attractions of the country in their Golden Circle tour package . You will discover unique wonders of Iceland by starting at the Thingvellir National Park. Explore Iceland’s volcanic attractions and finish with a relaxing bath at Sky Lagoon.

The company also offers a private hike of Reykjadalur . This is a geothermal area where you will be surrounded by beautiful natural wonders and you can even swim in the warm water rivers that flow there!

Adventure Vikings Reviews

Adventure Vikings has an impressive track record of many satisfactory reviews from its clients. This Icelandic tour operator has 2,126 reviews on TripAdvisor and is ranked as #2 of 54 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Reykjavik. They are also recipients of the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award of 2023. A satisfied customer wrote:

The view from the water of the sunset was just as incredible as the view of the underwater architecture! Dory and Louis were fantastic, ensuring we were safe and as dry, warm… Corey M

Read all reviews of Adventure Vikings on TripAdvisor .

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Your Day Tours

Your Day Tours

Your Day Tours  is a multi-award winning family-owned Iceland tour company based in Reykjavik. The company specializes in high-end travel tours of Iceland at affordable prices with the utmost safety precautions. The expeditions are offered in small groups, with a mission to show you all the hidden gems along with the best personal service so that your vacation in Iceland will be as memorable as possible. Your Day Tours’ guides are mostly family members with years of experience and they know their country inside out!

Your Day Tours Best Iceland Tour Packages

Your Day Tour offers high-quality package tours to Iceland, and they are well suited for any traveler, including families, couples, or individuals. Experience the South Coast of Iceland by taking their South Coast Day Tour and see the spectacular floating icebergs in Jokulsarlon and the Skaftafell National Park.

Take a tour to  Secret Lagoon  to see stunning sceneries that bring out the area’s true beauty on a well-conditioned and comfortable jeep. Many visitors flock to see this hotspot of geothermal activity every year!

For an amazing day of ever-changing landscapes, join their tour of  Thingvellir National Park  with a local expert guide to see ice caves, lava falls, and the spectacular continental rift created by drifting tectonic plates.

Your Day Tours Reviews

This small tour company in Iceland has taken the travel industry by storm through their well-crafted tour packages and customer pleasing services. With 5,941 reviews on TripAdvisor, they are ranked as #3 of 331 Outdoor Activities in Reykjavik. They were awarded the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award in 2023. A recent customer of theirs wrote:

A great day. One to be remembered with some amazing sights. The weather was truly awful for driving but our guide, Thor, did a great job of keeping us safe… Sherry

Read all reviews of Your Day Tours on TripAdvisor .

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Hidden Iceland

Hidden Iceland

Hidden Iceland  is a boutique travel agency in Iceland that specializes in small group tours with personalized tour services. The company was established by young experts and they work with passionate and experienced guides who design well-crafted tours that are truly unforgettable. Their philosophy and goal is to be the most trusted and dependable tour company while also working to help local communities. Hidden Iceland believes their superior services will make your trip into an unforgettable experience no matter what you choose to do in Iceland.

Hidden Iceland Best Iceland Tour Packages

You can choose from many vacation tour packages with Hidden Iceland, and they will personalize any tour to fit what you are searching for. You can join any of their many Iceland Glacier Tours, but the most popular is the South Coast Fire and Ice Trip . This tour is action-packed, featuring the best parts of the south coast, including massive glaciers, waterfalls, volcanic black sandy beaches, and the world-famous volcanoes.

On the  Private Golden Circle Platinum Tour , you will hunt for the northern lights with a perfect combination of relaxation adventures featuring Iceland’s renowned Golden Circle area.

Travel to vibrant areas in the south of Iceland on their exclusive  UNESCO World Heritage Sites Tour . You will discover vast lava fields, visible tectonic shifts, volcanoes, glaciers, archipelagos, and rock formations in this tour.

Hidden Iceland Reviews

Hidden Iceland is well-respected in the industry because of their stellar and updated services. As one of the top-rated tour companies in Iceland, they have 1,181 reviews on TripAdvisor and are ranked as #3 of 546 Tours & Activities in Reykjavik. They were recently awarded the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award in 2023. A satisfied customer wrote:

Iceland blew my mind. Everything about it. The sunrises, the sunsets, the waterfalls, volcanos and glaciers. Each day of our 4 days got better… Ben C

Read all reviews of Hidden Iceland on TripAdvisor .

CityWalk Reykjavik

CityWalk Reykjavik

CityWalk Reykjavik  is a highly rated tour company established in 2014 that swiftly evolved into one of the best Icelandic tour companies that hosts thousands of visitors every month. They specialize in free classic tours and unique guided free walking tours in Reykjavík. The company is renowned and has been featured in international blogs and leading travel social media platforms. Furthermore, CityWalk Reykjavik is popular for their cost-effective service, professional guides, and quality tour packages in Iceland.  Join them for a life-changing vacation abroad!

CityWalk Reykjavik Best Iceland Tour Packages

Your trip to Iceland will only get better with any of CityWalk Reykjavik’s wonderful tour packages to Iceland for great adventures. Start with their Free Walking Tour of Reykjavik for a delightful day seeing city sights like the Parliament building, Harpa concert hall and many more. The guides will engage you in stories of elves, Vikings, music and culture.

The  Golden Circle Classic  is a best-selling tour that will allow you to see the iconic erupting geyser and hot springs, discover the mighty Gullfoss Waterfalls, and learn the ancient history of the Vikings. 

The company also offers tailor-made private tours that suit your needs and interests. You can choose the places you visit and the themes of the tours themselves.

CityWalk Reykjavik Reviews

As a leading free-walking tour operator in Iceland, the company’s tours and packages have been liked and praised by many. They have over 5,700 reviews on TripAdvisor and are ranked as #4 of 545 Tours & Activities in Reykjavik. They were awarded the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award in 2023. A past customer wrote this about them:

Amazing tour! Mo was our guide today and the mix of history, culture, and comedy made this an awesome experience. Learned and laughed a lot… Charlotte C

Read all reviews of CityWak Reykjavik on TripAdvisor .

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Icelandic Mountain Guides

Believing that guiding is more of a way of life than just simple employment, a group of 4 passionate mountaineering guides launched Icelandic Mountain Guides in 1994. As a premier adventure tour operator in Iceland, the company is guided by a commitment to safety, expertise and environmental sustainability. Their team is made up of passionate individuals well-versed in a lifestyle of adventure and wilderness exploration. Together, they invite you on a once-in-a-lifetime trip of Iceland’s magical wonders.

Iceland Mountain Guides Best Iceland Tour Packages

You can choose from a wide selection of wonderfully-crafted tour packages that will ensure a hearty experience in Iceland. Adventure cannot get better than being able to go snowboarding on Mýrdalsjökull glacier. Their professional guides will ensure your safety as you mount your snowmobile up the glacier to admire the breathtaking panoramic views from atop.

Also go on their Blue Ice Glacier Hike for a mystical walking experience. You will go deep into the icy wonders of Skaftafell and explore the solitary icy wilderness.

You must not miss out on their Classic Laugavegur Trek which is one of the best hiking trails in the world. From geothermal hotspots to black sand deserts and majestic canyons, this tour is a delicious treat for the eyes, full of wonderful scenery and atmosphere.

Iceland Mountain Guides Reviews

As pioneers of glacier exploration and glacier walks, Iceland Mountain Guides has never let its customers down. This tour company in Iceland has 2,316 reviews on TripAdvisor and is ranked as #4 of 54 Boat Tours & Water Sports in Reykjavik. They also received the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award in 2023. See what a recent client of theirs wrote about them:

Kaspar was great at taking us ice climbing on the glacier. The experience was a lot of fun and the setting is beautiful, even though a lot of the glacier was covered with snow… AliceC0202

Read all reviews of Iceland Mountain Guides on TripAdvisor .

Superjeep.is

Superjeep.is

Operating out of Reykjavik,  Superjeep.is  is arguably one of the best tour companies in Iceland, with professional guides and highly rated tour packages. With years of experience in the tourism industry, the company specializes in transport, offering 4×4 Land Rover Defender and Ford Excursion. They deliver the most affordable and safest tailor-made private tours and have been awarded the certificate of excellence by TripAdvisor for seven years in a row.

Superjeep.is Best Iceland Tour Packages

No matter which tour option you choose, you can be sure of traveling in style for a dream vacation in Iceland. Their  Northern Lights Superjeep Tour  takes you to experience a unique natural phenomenon in the world. Experience the wonders of the Icelandic nature in the night while sipping on hot chocolate and volcanic vodka.

For the best outdoors experience, take the Iceland  Private Golden Circle and Langjokull Glacier  tour and visit Thingvellir National Park, where the Icelandic parliament was created 1000 years ago.

Similarly, on their  South Coast Day Tour , Superjeep.is will take you to see Katla Ice Cave with its enchanting icy wonders and also discover blue ice that is over 800 years old on your trip.

Superjeep.is Reviews

Superjeep.is has 2,466 reviews on TripAdvisor making it one of the best and top-rated tour operators in Iceland. The company is ranked as #8 of 331 Outdoor Activities in Reykjavik and they have also received the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award in 2023. A customer who recently went on their tours wrote:

These guys went out of their way to make sure we had the best possible experience. The driver was lovely and knowledgeable and the team were determined… Debbie O

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The best time to visit Iceland is between the months of September to March. This is the prime time if you want to see the breathtaking sights of the world-famous Northern Lights. Also, Iceland will have its festivities during this time allowing you a closer look into Icelandic culture.

Iceland’s most popular tours are the Northern Lights Tour with Photo Opportunity, the Reykjavik Food Tour provided by Wake Up Reykjavik, the Golden Circle round trip and the South Cost Full Day Tour.

Iceland is a vast country full of magical wonders and natural beauty. If you want a tour of all the popular attractions then 1 week is ideal. However, a trip of up to 3 weeks will truly let you soak in Icelandic culture and its breathtaking beauty all at once.

Iceland is the least-populated country in Europe and it has vast areas of wilderness that you will enjoy exploring. From the bustling hub in Reykjavik to the icy glaciers and ice caps of North Iceland, Iceland is known for its natural beauty and alluring wonders.

Popular food items in Iceland include the Icelandic Fish, Kleinur, Bragdarefur, Hakarl, Svid, Pylsa, Skyr, and Flatkaka Með Hangikjöti. Furthermore, Icelandic hot chocolate and volcanic vodka is a special treat for first-time visitors.

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If “see an active volcano” is on your bucket list, you better buy your ticket to Iceland right now. The island nation's most recently formed volcano, Litli-Hrútur, has been erupting on the Reykjanes Peninsula since July 10 but it won't last forever.  There’s no better place to be if you're yearning for an unforgettable adventure in a land of stunning landscapes and ethereal beauty. This magical country, often referred to as the "Land of Fire and Ice," offers a diverse array of experiences that will leave you awe-inspired. Whether you're a solo traveler seeking solitude in nature or a couple looking to create lasting memories together, Iceland has something for everyone. In this comprehensive guide, we'll walk you through almost everything you need to know for a memorable Icelandic journey.

How to Get There: Flights to Iceland

How to get around iceland: freedom of the open road, how to get to the volcano, where to stay in iceland: finding your home away from home, what to see: things to do in iceland, exploring the remote and less touristy areas, embracing the local cuisine and dining scene, chasing waterfalls and soaking in hot springs, awe-inspiring wildlife encounters, the art and culture of iceland, what to pack/bring along: be prepared for every adventure.

  • Iceland FAQs

For travelers from all over the United States, Iceland is just a flight away. While there are numerous airports to consider, keep an eye out for direct flights to Keflavík International Airport (KEF) from cities like ​​Newark, Boston, Chicago, Washington, New York City, DC, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Seattle, Orlando, and San Francisco. Keflavik airport, located near Reykjavík, serves as a gateway to your Icelandic adventure. With airlines offering competitive fares, it's easier than ever to find a suitable flight that fits your schedule and budget, with flights from the U.S. averaging around $600-800 depending on your originating airport.

Once you arrive in Iceland, the best way to explore its wonders is by renting a car or a campervan . Enjoy the freedom of the open road as you traverse the country's scenic landscapes at your own pace. Rental options abound, providing vehicles to suit all needs, from compact cars for on-pavement explorations to rugged SUVs and campervans for an immersive experience in nature (a 4x4 is required if you plan on driving on any of the country’s numerous unpaved F-roads). Just remember to familiarize yourself with Icelandic driving regulations and conditions to ensure a safe and enjoyable journey.

The newly formed and still erupting Litli-Hrútur volcano is only a half hour’s drive from the Keflavik Airport, but that doesn’t mean it is easy to get to. Since there is no public transportation to the eruption site, a rental car is your best option. According to visiticeland.com “there are two paid parking lots (P1 & P2), and the fee is 1,000 ISK (roughly $7.50) and is valid for 24 hours. Fees are paid electronically with detailed instructions at the lots. P2 parking is best for this hike.”

From the parking lot it is roughly a 20km or 12 mile hike to the eruption site, and there are no food or drink options nearby so plan accordingly. More information on the eruption site, as well as directions from Keflavik Airport as well as Reyjavik can be found at www.visiticeland.com or www.visitreykjanes.is .

Iceland offers a plethora of accommodation options to suit every taste and budget. Whether you prefer the comforts of Iceland hotels , the coziness of guesthouses , or the camaraderie of hostels , you'll find it all here. In Reykjavík, the capital city, you can immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and nightlife by choosing from a variety of hotels and guesthouses . For those seeking tranquility, consider staying in charming towns like Vik or Akureyri , where breathtaking natural wonders are just a stone's throw away.

Venturing further into the countryside, you'll find unique lodging options such as traditional Icelandic farm stays and remote cabins with stunning mountain views. These hidden gems differ from other hotels in Iceland, allowing you to disconnect from the hustle and bustle and immerse yourself in the serene beauty of Iceland's landscapes.

Prepare to be captivated by Iceland's diverse array of experiences. Start your journey by exploring the famed Golden Circle , featuring iconic sites such as the mighty Gullfoss waterfall , the erupting geysers at Geysir Geothermal Area , and the historic Þingvellir National Park . Adventure seekers will find solace in the breathtaking glaciers of Vatnajökull National Park or the mystical landscapes of Landmannalaugar, a geothermal wonderland in the Icelandic Highlands.

Photography enthusiasts will be in their element capturing the otherworldly beauty of Kirkjufell Mountain and the mesmerizing Diamond Beach, where icebergs glisten on black sands. Hikers will be drawn to the challenging but rewarding trails of Fimmvörðuháls and the incredible views from the summit of Snæfellsjökull volcano. And don't miss the chance to witness the dancing lights of the Northern Lights during the winter months—a true celestial spectacle.

While Iceland's popular attractions like the Golden Circle are undoubtedly stunning, consider venturing off the beaten path to discover the country's lesser-known gems. The Westfjords, a remote and breathtakingly beautiful region, offer secluded fjords, rugged coastlines, and charming fishing villages. Additionally, the Eastfjords boast picturesque landscapes and a chance to spot Iceland's reindeer population.

No visit to Iceland is complete without savoring its unique culinary offerings. Feast on traditional dishes like hearty Icelandic lamb stew, fresh seafood delicacies, and the infamous fermented shark. Don't forget to try a hot dog from one of Reykjavík's famed hot dog stands, a favorite among locals and visitors alike.

For a taste of local culture, explore the vibrant food halls and farmers' markets, such as Reykjavík's Grandi Mathöll and Hlemmur Mathöll. These venues showcase a variety of Icelandic and international cuisines, providing a delightful experience for food enthusiasts. And don’t turn your nose down at the food served at fuel stations throughout the island, which offer less expensive but still delicious sandwiches and other food options.

Iceland is home to an abundance of mesmerizing waterfalls, each with its own unique charm. Plan a road trip to visit Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls along the South Coast, where you can even walk behind the cascading waters of Seljalandsfoss. Venture to the lesser-known but equally enchanting Glymur waterfall, nestled east of the Hvalfjörður fjord.

To unwind and relax, indulge in the country's famous geothermal hot springs. Visit the Blue Lagoon for a rejuvenating soak in its mineral-rich waters or explore the more secluded and natural hot springs like Seljavallalaug and Reykjadalur, which offer an authentic Icelandic experience. If you’re staying in Reykjavik, Sky Lagoon offers a relaxing spa experience right alongside the ocean. 

For wildlife enthusiasts, Iceland offers a range of captivating encounters. Embark on a thrilling whale-watching tour from Reykjavík, Husavík, or Akureyri, and witness these majestic creatures swimming in their natural habitat. The shores of Iceland are also teeming with birdlife, including puffins, terns, and other seabirds. Take a boat trip to the remote island of Papey or the Westman Islands for close-up views of puffin colonies.

Immerse yourself in Iceland's rich artistic and cultural scene by visiting museums and art galleries. The National Museum of Iceland and the Reykjavík Art Museum offer insights into the country's history and contemporary art. For a taste of local creativity, explore the myriad of independent art galleries and studios in Reykjavík, where you can discover unique pieces of art and handcrafted souvenirs.

For a hassle-free Icelandic adventure, packing the right essentials is key. Here's a list of must-haves:

  • Layered Clothing : Iceland's weather can be unpredictable, so pack layers to adapt to changing conditions.
  • Synthetic or wool base layers
  • A microgrid fleece or pick up an Icelandic wool sweater
  • Down or synthetic insulated jacket or parka
  • Waterproof Gear : Embrace the elements with waterproof clothing and sturdy boots for outdoor explorations.
  • Waterproof and windproof hard shell jacket
  • Waterproof pants
  • Waterproof hiking boots or trail running shoes
  • Gloves or mittens and liners
  • Camera Gear : Capture every stunning moment with your camera and any other photography equipment you prefer.
  • Mirrorless camera . My current favorites are from Sony and Canon
  • Drone for aerial photography
  • Wide angle , standard , and telephoto lenses
  • Waterproof GoPro or other action cam
  • Lightweight tripod
  • Comfortable camera backpack to carry it all
  • Backup batteries
  • Memory Cards
  • Hiking Gear : If you're planning to hike or explore remote areas, bring along hiking gear like a hydration bladder and a reliable backpack.
  • Swimwear and towel : Take a dip in the soothing geothermal pools scattered across the country.
  • Travel Adapter : Ensure you have the right adapter for Icelandic power outlets. Do not attempt to plug an American power strip into one of these units.
  • Reusable Water Bottle : Stay hydrated and reduce plastic waste with a reusable water bottle.
  • Credit Cards : While having some cash on hand is always useful for smaller establishments, credit cards are widely accepted throughout the country. There are plenty of places to exchange currency at the airport, though it is easiest to visit the Arion Bank currency exchange at KEF.
  • Snacks and Water : Carry energy-boosting snacks and a refillable water bottle to keep you fueled during your explorations. These can be found at any of the plentiful grocery stores or gas stations throughout the island
  • Sunscreen and Sunglasses : The sun can be intense in Iceland. Protect your skin and eyes with sunscreen and sunglasses.
  • Medications and First Aid Kit : Pack any essential medications and a basic first aid kit for minor injuries.
  • Binoculars : Enhance your wildlife watching experiences by bringing binoculars to spot elusive creatures like reindeer, whales, arctic foxes and puffins.
  • Comfortable Shoes : Opt for comfortable, waterproof shoes suitable for walking on various terrains.
  • Travel Insurance : Ensure you have comprehensive travel insurance that covers outdoor activities and any potential emergencies.

Iceland is a land of enchantment and wonder, where breathtaking natural beauty awaits at every turn. Whether you're traversing the iconic Golden Circle, chasing waterfalls, or soaking in the soothing geothermal waters, every moment in Iceland is an opportunity for discovery and awe. As you explore this extraordinary country, embrace the freedom of the open road and the thrill of unexpected encounters with wildlife. With its diverse range of experiences and breathtaking vistas, Iceland promises an adventure of a lifetime.

So pack your bags, embark on this Icelandic journey, and create memories that will stay with you forever. No matter your interests, travel style, or companions, Iceland welcomes all with open arms. Get ready for a truly unforgettable experience that will leave you longing to return to this magical land of fire and ice.

When is the best time of year to visit Iceland?

The best time to visit Iceland is during the summer months, which is from June to August. This period offers milder temperatures, longer daylight hours, and better accessibility to remote areas due to the opening of highland roads. The stunning Icelandic landscapes, including waterfalls, glaciers, and geysers, are easily accessible, and you can enjoy outdoor activities under the midnight sun.

When can you see the Northern Lights in Iceland?

The Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, can be seen in Iceland during the winter months, from September to April. The darkest months, typically from November to February, are generally the best time to catch this mesmerizing natural phenomenon. It's essential to escape areas with light pollution and look for clear, cloudless nights to have the best chance of witnessing the dancing lights in the sky.

What language is spoken in Iceland?

The official language spoken in Iceland is Icelandic, often referred to as the "Icelandic language." It's a North Germanic language that has remained remarkably unchanged for centuries, making it one of the oldest living languages in the world. While English is widely spoken and understood in tourist areas, learning a few Icelandic phrases can enhance your travel experience and show appreciation for the local culture and customs.

What currency do they use in Iceland?

The official Iceland currency is the Icelandic króna, denoted by the symbol "kr" or "ISK." The Icelandic króna is commonly used for all transactions within the country, and it's recommended to have some cash on hand when traveling to more remote areas where credit cards might not be accepted as widely. Major credit and debit cards are widely accepted in most establishments throughout Iceland.

Author's Note: Before you depart on your Icelandic adventure, be sure to check for any travel advisories and entry requirements related to COVID-19. Additionally, be respectful of Iceland's delicate ecosystems and follow Leave No Trace principles to preserve the country's natural beauty for generations to come. Safe Travels!

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