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If you stand still, the landscape doesn't necessarily tell you how big it is.

Olafur Eliasson

Iceland

Nature in Iceland is designed to make you feel insignificant - volcanoes covered by ice loom over a verdant green coastline,, glaciers grind their way to the ocean, geysers erupt and the northern lights dance in the sky. All the while culture blooms - from medieval sagas to modern pop-musicians and Nobel-prize winning authors. And then there is the glorious food and the warm, quirky people - what is there not to love about Iceland?

When to go

Iceland can be visited year-round - summers are generally pleasant and winters are surprisingly warm.  For hiking, June through mid-September is the best time.  If you wish to see the Northern Lights, come between September and March.  Winter is a spectacularly beautiful time with low striking light, making for great photography.

Must-See Places

Signature Experiences

 
 

Reykjavik

The first place to be settled by the Vikings of old is also Iceland's largest city by far.  Expect creative people, amazing design, captivating art,  great nightlife and some of the best museums of the country, all set in crystal-clear ocean air against a backdrop of snowy mountains.

 

Reykjanes Peninsula & Blue Lagoon

Enjoy a soak in the thermal waters, mud, and steam of the Blue Lagoon before continuing to the dramatic landscape of the south-westernmost tip of the peninsula, the Krisuvik hot spring area and lake Kleifarvatn.

 

Golden Circle

Experienced by many as a daytrip out of Reykjavik, this classic route shows you the oldest parliament in the world and meeting place of two continents at Þingvellir, the explosive geyser Strokkur and the spectacular waterfalls at Gullfoss.

 

Þórsmörk & Landmannalaugar

IGlaciers, mountains in every colour of the rainbow and ancient forests overlook swirling rivers, soothing hotsprings, lave flows and deep gorges.  Fantastical rock formations rise up out of carpets of Arctic flowers and brilliantly coloured moss.  The four-day Laugavegurinn hiking trail connects both areas.

 

South Coast

The verdant south coast of Iceland offers the beautiful waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss, fed by glaciers such as Eyjafjallajokull.  Black floodplains carve through green valleys while the cliffs at Dyrholaey are one of the best spots to watch puffins.

 

Skaftafell

In the south-east of the country, on the edge of Europe's largest icecap Vatnajökull, lies Iceland's most popular wilderness area.  It offers rugged peaks, raging rivers, sandy glacial valleys lined with twisted stands of birch and thundering waterfalls, all connected by a network of hiking trails.

 

Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon

On their way to the wild Atlantic Ocean chunks of iceberg float through this glacial lagoon, lined with black volcanic sand.  Take a boat trip out on the lagoon, or walk along its shores.  This is a photographer's dream.

 

Eastern Fjords

Remote fishing villages and forgotten farms perch on the edge of cold fjords, backed by wild mountains off which waterfalls plunge to the sea.  This is Iceland at its best.

 

Dettifoss & Ásbyrgi

With the greatest volume of water of any waterfalls in Europe, Dettifoss is Iceland's most impressive cascade.  The nearby canyon of Ásbyrgi was gouged out in a matter of days by an immense jökulhlaup (glacial flood), triggered by the eruption of a volcano underneath a glacier.

 

Húsavík

Prettily situated on the shores of the Arctic Ocean, Húsavík is Iceland's whale watching capital and home to a rather unusual museum....

 

Myvatn

Myvatn is the name of a beautiful lake situated in the mids of an area of otherworldly landscapes, offering lava vields, volcanoes, treaming vents and pseudo-craters.  Climb a perfect volcanic cone to peer into its crater, or hike the weird formations at Dimmuborgir.

 

Akureyri

Iceland's second biggest town is well-tended and small but offers a surprising number of cool cafes, excellent restaurants

 

Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Jutting out from the mainland a few hours north of Reykjavik, Snæfellsnes Peninsula offers volcanic peaks crowned by a glacier, sparkling fjords, steep sea cliffs, abundant birdlife, lava caves and a smattering of fishing villages.  It is a miniature of Iceland, offering all the best the country has to offer.

 

Take a hike

Iceland arguably offers some of the best hiking in the world.  Without any major altitude to be gained, hiking trails criss-cross the many national parks and wilderness areas in this stunnng country.  From short walks to waterfalls, to multi-day treks like the spectacular four-day Laugavegurinn trek, Iceland has a hike for everyone.

 

Bathe in a hotspring

The Blue Lagoon is probably one of Iceland's most famous features.  Yet almost every town and village has swimming pools fed by thermal springs.  You may even find a hot spring in the middle of the mountains where you can soak after a long hike. 

 

Read a book at midnight

Lying as it does close to the Arctic Circle, the months of June and July see almost 24 hours of daylight.  The sun may dip just below the horizon, but at midnight there is enough light to read a book.

 

Marvel at the Aurora Borealis

Due to its location close to the Arctic Circle, the months of October through March see long nights and are therefore prime months to see the mesmerizing Northern Lights dance across the skies.

 

See a puffin

Iceland is one of the best places in the world to see these comical birds with their multi-coloured beaks filled with fish.

 

Watch whales

Despite its reputation as a whaling nation, Iceland is one of the best countries in the world to see these majestic mammals.  Eleven whale species can frequently be seen in Icelandic waters.

 

Superjeep tour

Superjeeps are 4WD vehicles, modified with big wheels to take o n the challenging off-road terrain of Iceland's interior like the multi-colored landscapes of Þórsmörk & Landmannalaugar.

 

Peer into a volcano

Climb to the rim of a volcano and peer inside it.  If you are lucky enough you may even witness the raw power of an eruption.

 

Walk behind a waterfall

Seljalandsfoss has a trail which lets you walk behind the thundering waters of the falls.  An unforgettable experience!

 

Watch the earth burst

The hot-water spout after which all other geysers are named is situated at Geysir.  Nearby Strokkur bursts upto 30 metres into the air about every 15 minutes - an impressive sight for sure!

 

See continents collide

While continents collide at a very slow pace, the result is the spectacular landscape at Þingvellir, Iceland's original parliament.

 

Sail through an icy lagoon

A boat trip through Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon is a must for photographers and nature lovers alike.  Chunks of iceberg float through this black sand-lined lagoon, enroute to the Atlantic.

 

Hike a glacier

Strap on your crampons, pick up your ice axe and join a guided hike on one of Iceland's many glaciers.

 

Glorious food

With some of the best lamb and seafood in the world, food lovers have plenty to celebrate in Iceland.  Try staples like rúgbrauð (ryebread) and brennivín (akvavit).  Dairy features big on the menu, while the adventurous can always try Hákarl (preserved shark meat).

 

Reykjavik Museums

For a city of its size, Reykjavik hosts a remarkable number of great museums. The Settlement Exhibition, the National Museum, the Maritime Museum and the Einar Jonsson Museum (for sculptures) are some of th best.

 

Reykjavik nightlife

Last but not least, Reykjavik's nightlife has earned a reputation to be great.  Don't be surprised if your restaurant over the course of the evening turns into a dance floor or nightclub!


 

Suggested Tours

Iceland in Depth

 

Tour code: EIID

 

Why we love this trip: a full circle of Iceland discovering the best of this beautiful country

 

Places visited: Reykjavik, Golden Circle (Geysir, Þingvellir, Gullfoss), Skogafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Dyrholaey puffin cliffs, Skaftafell, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, Eastern Fjords, Dettifoss & Ásbyrgi, Húsavík, Myvatn, Akureyri, Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Reykjanes Peninsula & Blue Lagoon

 

Signature Experiences: take a hike, bathe in a hotspring, read a book at midnight, see a puffin, watch whales, peer into a volcano, walk behind a waterfall, watch the earth burst, see continents collide, sail through an icy lagoon, glorious food, Reykjavik museums, Reykjavik nightlife

 

Length: 15 days; we offer 10-day trips as well - contact us for details

 

Accommodation: hotels and simple guesthouses, some with shared facilities

 

Included meals: all breakfasts, 11 lunches and 8 dinners

 

Transport: private vehicle

 

Departures: Set small-group dates between June and August

 

Customizable? Yes, for private groups only. 

 

Price: Small group departures priced from $5440 

Active Iceland

 

Tour code: FAIC

 

Why we love this trip: a week packed with soft-adventure from the comfort of your Reykjavik base

 

Places visited: Reykjavik and nearby natural areas

 

Signature Experiences: take a hike, rafting, glacial hike, ATV ride,  bathe in a hotspring, read a book at midnight, see a puffin, watch whales, peer into a volcano, watch the earth burst, see continents collide, glorious food, Reykjavik museums, Reykjavik nightlife

 

Length: 8 days

 

Accommodation: choose from a range of accommodations, from guesthouses to first class hotels

 

Included meals: all breakfasts & 3 picnic lunches

 

Transport: van or coach

 

Departures: daily departures in June, July and August on a seat-in-coach basis

 

Customizable? Yes, we can customize this for private groups, price on request

 

Price: priced from $1999 (guest house accommodation), $2249 (3-star), $2599 (4-star), $2875 (first class)

 

Iceland Northern Lights

 

Tour code: IINL

 

Why we love this trip: a fast-paced tour of Southern Iceland to see the Aurora Borealis

 

Places visited: Reykjavik, Golden Circle (Geysir, Þingvellir, Gullfoss), Skogafoss,  Skaftafell, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon

 

Signature Experiences: take a hike, bathe in a hotspring, marvel at the Aurora Borealis, watch whales, hike a glacier, watch the earth burst, see continents collide, sail through an icy lagoon, glorious food, Reykjavik museums, Reykjavik nightlife

 

Length: 6 days

 

Accommodation: 2 nights guest house,

3 nights hotel.  Tours with more comfort and of different duration exist.  Contact us for details.

 

Included meals: 3 breakfasts

 

Transport: van

 

Departures: set small-group dates November through March

 

Customizable? Yes - price on request

 

Price: Small group departures priced from $1095

Iceland Wilderness Trek

 

Tour code: WIWT

 

Why we love this trip: a guided trek through the most beautiful scenery in Iceland

 

Places visited: Reykjavik, Landmannalauger, Hrafntinnusker, Álftavatn, Maelifellssandur, Emstrur, Thórsmörk

 

Signature Experiences: take a hike, read a book at midnight

 

Length: 5 days

 

Accommodation: 4 nights mountain huts on multi-share basis

 

Included meals: 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners

Transport: bus, on foot, daily luggage transfer included

 

Departures: Set small-group dates between June and September

 

Customizable? Yes, for private groups only. 

 

Price: Small group departures priced from $1929. 

Iceland Self-drive

 

Tour code: FISD

 

Why we love this trip: the freedom of exploring Iceland at your own pace

 

Places visited: Reykjavik, Golden Circle (Geysir, Þingvellir, Gullfoss), Skogafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Dyrholaey puffin cliffs, Skaftafell, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, Eastern Fjords, Dettifoss & Ásbyrgi, Húsavík, Myvatn, Akureyri, Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Reykjanes Peninsula & Blue Lagoon

 

Signature Experiences: take a hike, bathe in a hotspring, read a book at midnight, see a puffin, watch whales, superjeep tour, peer into a volcano, walk behind a waterfall, hike a glacier, watch the earth burst, see continents collide, sail through an icy lagoon, glorious food, Reykjavik museums, Reykjavik nightlife

 

Length: minimum 8 days

 

Accommodation: hotels of your choice of comfort level

 

Included meals: all breakfasts

 

Transport: rental car

 

Departures: Daily departures May - September

 

Customizable? Yes, we can cater for any trip length

 

Price: on request 

Iceland Cycling

 

Tour code: EICC

 

Why we love this trip: explore southern Iceland by bicycle

 

Places visited: Reykjavik, Golden Circle (Geysir, Þingvellir, Gullfoss), Skogafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Reykjanes Peninsula

 

Signature Experiences: ride your bike, bathe in a hotspring, read a book at midnight, see a puffin, watch whales, walk behind a waterfall, watch the earth burst, see continents collide, glorious food, Reykjavik museums, Reykjavik nightlife

 

Length: 8 days

 

Accommodation: 5 nights guesthouse,

1 night farmhouse 1 night mountain hut.

 

Included meals: all breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners

 

Transport: bicycle, van

 

Departures: small-group departures between June and August

 

Customizable? Yes, for private groups only

 

Price: from $3230