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As a country that regularly tops bucket lists, Iceland woos visitors with a cinematic landscape. With dozens of active volcanoes, bubbling geysers, crystalline ice caves, and front-row seats to the Northern Lights, it's no surprise that the "Land of Fire and Ice" is one of the hottest travel destinations in the world. With tour operator volume buys plus our low everyday prices you can save up to 40% versus assembling the same itinerary on your own! Book your Iceland tour today with AffordableTours.com, your discounted tour headquarters. View Iceland Tour Deals and Discounts

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Iceland Travel Guide

Iceland Tours Highlights

  • Explore Reykjavik, the northernmost capital in the world, a lively city with many museums, galleries, restaurants, shows, and concerts.
  • Marvel at the awe-inspiring glacier-capped volcanos, sheer basalt cliffs, and lava fields of the Snæfellsnes peninsula.
  • Get active in Akureyri which has some of Iceland's best hiking trails as well as skiing, rafting, caving, and horseback riding.
  • Admire the spectacular natural beauty of Siglufjörður, a historic fishing town close to the Arctic circle.
  • Soothe your tired muscles in the naturally warm waters of the Myvatn Nature Baths, an Icelandic hot spring near the magnificent Lake Myvatn.
  • Come face-to-face with puffins and look out for herds of wild reindeer in the remote Eastfjords region.
  • Discover the mighty Vatnajökullglacier located in a staggeringly rich landscape with active volcanoes and incredible rock formations.
  • Climb to the top of the Skogafoss waterfall for breathtaking views of Iceland's southern coastline.
  • Sample local specialties like smoked puffin, wild goose, and if you're up to it, putrefied shark, washed down with one of many prize-winning Icelandic beers.

Iceland Tours Travel Tips

  • There are direct affordable flights to Iceland from major US hubs. Look out for deals from Icelandair and WOW Air. Prices can drop to $99 one-way.
  • Driving is the best way to explore Iceland's majestic beauty. But don't get caught up in the logistics. Book an escorted Iceland tour to see all the top attractions.
  • Gas is imported into Iceland and can be extremely expensive, so if you're planning to drive, factor this into your budget.
  • Pack for all four seasons because Iceland has some of the most dynamic weather anywhere in the world. Don't forget a thermal base layer, swimsuit, rain jacket, and hiking boots.
  • Credit cards are widely accepted, even at remote gas stations, but make sure your card has a chip and pin.
  • English is widely spoken around Iceland, but learning a few phrases of Icelandic is a great way to make friends with the locals, or at least invite a chuckle at your pronunciation.
  • In the summer months, the 20+ hours of daylight and the enthralling landscape will tempt you to pack in a lot of sightseeing into one day, but it can be exhausting if you don't keep track of time.
  • Always use experienced guides to experience the glaciers safely.

Iceland Tours Things To Do

  • Take a Dip in the Blue Lagoon
    Take a Dip in the Blue Lagoon

    Pricey? Yes. Touristy? You bet. But Iceland's world-famous geothermal spa, the Blue Lagoon, is popular for a reason. The ethereal blue waters contrast starkly with the surrounding black lava fields, and the roiling clouds of steam make it a dreamy setting for a few hours of relaxation. The mineral-rich waters can do wonders for your skin. And if you're in the mood for some pampering, there's a world-class spa onsite with a range of treatments on offer.

    You Should Know

    The Blue Lagoon is located near the airport, about 35 minutes from Reykjavik. It's open year-round and the water temperature is maintained at a perfect 39C (102F). As Iceland's most popular attraction, the Blue Lagoon does sell out every day. Pre-booking is required. In the busy tourist season, you may need to book weeks in advance.

  • See the Northern Lights
    See the Northern Lights

    Marooned at the top of the world, on the edge of the Arctic Circle, Iceland is one of the remotest places on the planet, which makes it one of the best places to see the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights). This otherworldly display of colorful, dancing lights occurs when particles from the sun become trapped in the earth's magnetic field. The sight of unbelievable colors moving across the Arctic sky in a celestial ballet is sure to remain imprinted on your memory forever.  

    Best Time To Visit

    Peak Northern Lights viewing season is September to March when the long, dark nights extend for up to 20 hours a day. A full moon can drown out the lights and spoil the show, so plan your Northern Lights hunt accordingly. The display is brighter and stronger close to the spring and autumn equinoxes on March 21 and September 21, respectively.

  • Discover the Beautiful Snæfellsnes Peninsula
    Discover the Beautiful Snæfellsnes Peninsula

    Extending 55 miles into the Atlantic Ocean on Iceland's west coast, the Snæfellsnes peninsula is the perfect place to immerse yourself in Icelandic scenery and culture. Towering basalt cliffs formed by ancient lava, natural mineral springs heated by geothermal energy, golden sand beaches with resident seal colonies, and tranquil fishing villages with colorful wooden houses make the peninsula a feast for the eyes. You'll find yourself reaching for your camera at every turn.  

    Best Time To Visit

    The summer months will reward you with nearly constant daylight and pleasant weather. But visiting in the winter gives you the chance to see the landscape draped in snow and to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.

  • Marvel at the Skogafoss Waterfall
    Marvel at the Skogafoss Waterfall

    Fed by two glaciers, the Skogafoss waterfall is a magnificent veil of water that plummets nearly 200 feet, enveloping visitors in clouds of spray. Legend has it that a Viking named Thrasi hid a chest of gold under the falls. One young man almost succeeded in retrieving it, they say, but came away with only the ring of the chest handle, which now decorates the door of the church in Skogar. The river below the falls is rich in salmon and is a popular spot for local fishermen in the summer.  

    You Should Know

    Skogafoss is about a two-hour drive from Reykjavik. There is no entrance fee to visit the falls (it's free). You can climb to the top of the falls for stunning views, but the nearly 500 steps can be quite steep in places.

  • Hike the Vatnajökull Glacier
    Hike the Vatnajökull Glacier

    The mighty Vatnajökullglacier is 3,000 square miles of jagged mountains, deep crevasses, and giant icebergs floating in glacial lagoons. The majestic scenery is best explored on a guided hike where you'll have a chance to see the glacial sculptures up close and experience the raw power of this natural wonder.  

    You Should Know

    There are hikes to suit every fitness level, including fairly easy walks. The guides will provide ice crampons to attach to your hiking boots. You should wear warm, waterproof clothing and hiking boots that have a thick sole and cover your ankles. The crampons cannot be attached to normal shoes and hiking boots may be available to rent. The price of the hiking tour typically includes the services of an expert guide and safety equipment (helmet, crampons, ice axe).

  • Explore the Eastfjords
    Explore the Eastfjords

    Don't fancy elbowing your way through a crowd to glimpse a famous waterfall? Ditch the popular Golden Circle and Ring Road routes and head to the Eastfjords instead. This relatively undiscovered part of Iceland has a fairytale-like atmosphere. It's a treasure trove of spectacular scenery with snow-capped mountains and cascading waterfalls. The tranquil and picturesque village of Seyðisfjörður, with its multicolored wooden houses, will charm you with its relaxed atmosphere and artistic vibe.  

    Best Time To Visit

    Summer is the best season to go to the Eastfjords. You can arrive in Seyðisfjörður on a ferry that sails the majestic 17-km fjord. If you're planning to stay overnight, book accommodation well in advance.

  • Visit Lake Myvatn
    Visit Lake Myvatn

    This shallow lake, surrounded by wetlands, is one of Iceland's most ecologically diverse areas. The jagged lava rocks are home to an abundance of birdlife, especially in the summer months when migratory birds come calling. Visit Krafla Caldera, a beautiful crater lake, or stroll the Hofdi Lakeside Walk, which presents a dramatically different landscape of forested areas and lush pastures.  

    You Should Know

    Myvatn means midge in Iceland, referring to the small flying insects (midges or Icelandic black flies) that infest the area in the warmer months. But that doesn't mean you have to miss out on the unique beauty of the area. Just come prepared with insect repellant and a protective net for your face.

  • Get Close to Nature in Siglufjörður
    Get Close to Nature in Siglufjörður

    It is Iceland's northernmost town with a population of less than 1,500. The small fishing village of Siglufjörður is an area of spectacular natural beauty. The mountains and fjords create a majestic backdrop for an endless stream of outdoor activities, including golfing, swimming, hiking, and skiing. The town also has a flourishing cultural scene with museums, galleries, workshops, and a variety of restaurants.  

    You Should Know

    Siglufjörður sits on the Troll Peninsula, Iceland's best-kept ski secret. Imagine ski runs stripped of restaurants, boundary ropes, and other skiers. And you can go heli-skiing long after the season is over in the Rockies and the Alps. The area has many steep runs to challenge experienced skiers, but it's not suitable for beginners.

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Quick Facts

Summer has the best conditions to tour almost any place or attraction in Iceland. However, the winter also has its charms. Despite that the average temperatures in the winter are around 32F in the south and 14F in the north, there are still a lot of perks to visiting Iceland in the offseason.

  • Summer - July to August - Best Season

    The best and most popular time to visit Iceland is in the summer, when the sun rises at 3 a.m. and sets around midnight, giving you 20+ hours of daylight. The weather is moderate with average temperatures in the 50s and 60s. July and August are peak tourist season, so be prepared for crowds at the popular attractions if you visit during these months.

  • Winter - October to March - Good Season

    In the winter season, which extends from October to March, the days are short and precipitation peaks, with the southern and western parts of the island receiving the maximum rainfall. However, despite the country's name, Icelandic winters are not bitterly cold owing to the warming influence of the North Atlantic currents. But December has excellent conditions for viewing the Northern Lights if that's on your bucket list. You can also make major savings on airfare, accommodation, and activities in the offseason and the crowds are much thinner at popular attractions.

Iceland Tours Frequently Asked Questions

  • What are Iceland tours?

    Iceland tours are escorted group holidays that give you the chance to see all that the country has to offer without getting caught up in the logistics of arranging accommodation and transportation. It's a great value vacation, keeping in mind that accommodation and gas in Iceland can be quite expensive. You don't have to bother with driving or risk getting lost. All you have to do is sit back and soak in the panorama unfolding before you. What's more, Iceland tours give you the chance to meet and enjoy the company of other like-minded travelers.

  • What’s included on Iceland tours?

    Land-only packages include accommodation, transportation, most meals, and sightseeing at many top attractions in Iceland. Air-inclusive packages include all this plus round-trip airfare from a US hub. An escorted Iceland tour includes the services of an experienced tour guide who will give you tons of interesting information about the places you're visiting. They will also be on hand to help with suggestions for optional activities and restaurant recommendations, etc. 

  • What’s the best Iceland tour?

    Iceland will look very different depending on what time of the year you're visiting. You can come back again in a different season and see a completely new country. If the Northern Lights are a big attraction for you, these are best viewed in the dark winter months. If you want the benefit of long days and moderate weather, then a summer Iceland tour is your best bet.

  • How much do Iceland tours cost?

    The cost of Iceland tours is heavily season-dependent. In the summer, you can expect to pay around $300 per person per day. In the winter, you might be able to snag a bargain at $100 per person per day. To see the incredible diversity of the island, we recommend a 9- to 11-day Iceland tour.

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Reviews for Iceland Tours and Vacations

Very comfortable accommodations. Excellent tour manager.

Christine S

We went to Iceland and chose the Northern Lights package because we wanted to see the Aurora Boreales. We knew weather conditions could affect this objective, but Gate1 (aka the operator) failed to make an effort to get us to see them and relied 100% on what the hotel reception and radar would say. At Hella, a few of us went out as soon as we saw some activity on the radar. Nothing could be seen to the naked eye but the cameras did catch dome green lights. The operator didn’t even show up. At the second hotel, a group of people took a taxi on a effort to try and see if anything happened. They got some pictures too. The operator learned of this at the same time of the others. The operator relied on what he was told. There was cloudy and chances are very low. But we saw other companies picking up people knowing there was just a little bit of chance. We were just sent to bed. We knew by contract that if weather didn’t let us see the northern lights, something else would be planned. We received nothing. There was not the minimum effort. We didn’t all take a bus and went exploring and wait to see the lights. We just stayed in the hotel expecting someone to tell us there are no clouds. This was very disappointing. Definitely not a northern lights tour, an operator would have been with us at 2am taking pictures, or letting everyone else know that 6 min away people were taking pictures, or getting on a bus waiting, hoping; because that’s what took us to Iceland. Not the church or greenhouse. Everything else was great. But because of the eruption we couldn’t do the blue lagoon. Sad but not the end of the world. Not making an effort for us to see the lights, that’s not ok. And again, if weather conditions prevented, it was clear that we were going to get something else. But not effort and nothing else either. I won’t definitely recommend them.

Claudia B

It was a prefect trip. To start with good hotels, well kept and beautifully decorated rooms. comfortable beds, excellent food. Dairy products and baked goods exceed all expectations. Buses are are very comfortable and clean. We've seen everything that was listed in our itinerary including northern lights. Our guide was very knowledgeable and caring. All planned activities always started at time. The country itself is beautiful and welcoming.

Rafael Z

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