Iceland

The Land of Fire and Ice is a stunning destination perfect for travellers thirsting for a grand adventure. Teeming with wild, glacial beauty and possessing a quirky culture full of myth and legend, there's much more to Iceland than vikings and volcanoes. Experience the eclectic arts and music scene of Reykjavik, marvel at geothermal geysers and spectacular waterfalls, visit isolated, coastal villages and see the surreal Northern Lights - Iceland is full of the unexpected.

Iceland Tours & Travel

Top deals in Iceland

Departing Days Price USD
14 Feb 2015 Winter Iceland Family Adventure 7 $1635

All our Iceland trips

Iceland Discovery

10 days from
USD $3,620
CAD $3,730
AUD $3,660
EUR €2,520
GBP £2,120
NZD $4,075
ZAR R36,640
CHF FR3,050

Travel to Iceland and tour this North Atlantic island. Visit Reykjavik, Hvolsvollur, Kirkjubaejarklaustur, Hofn,...

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Winter Iceland Family Adventure

7 days from
USD $1,635
CAD $1,690
AUD $1,655
EUR €1,140
GBP £955
NZD $1,840
ZAR R16,545
CHF FR1,380

Get to know the colours of Iceland on a winter adventure that takes in belching geysers, immense glaciers, majestic...

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Summer Iceland Family Adventure

7 days from
USD $2,360
CAD $2,445
AUD $2,390
EUR €1,645
GBP £1,385
NZD $2,660
ZAR R23,920
CHF FR1,995

Discover why Iceland is known as the land of fire and ice on this spectacular holiday. See nature in action, from...

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Iceland Weekend Break

4 days from

Become acquainted with the city sights and spectacular surrounds of Iceland’s other-worldly capital, Reykjavik.

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Iceland Circumnavigation (Ocean Nova) 2015

12 days from
USD $6,995
CAD $6,475
AUD $8,095
EUR €5,105
GBP £4,245
NZD $8,825
ZAR R73,685
CHF FR6,940

Cruise the coast of Iceland and discover its wild scenery, delightful villages and quirky culture. Visit the Blue...

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Northern Lights Escape

6 days from
USD $1,220
CAD $1,320
AUD $1,295
EUR €890
GBP £775
NZD $1,440
ZAR R12,960
CHF FR1,080

Discover the unique beauty of Iceland. Visit the Gullfoss waterfall, trek across the Vatnajokull glacier and tour the...

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Icelandic Northern Lights

8 days from
USD $1,930
CAD $2,090
AUD $1,905
EUR €1,410
GBP £1,140
NZD $2,260
ZAR R20,530
CHF FR1,710

From Reykjavik we fly north to Lake Myvatn and the awsome beauty of the lake's surroundings where we hope to catch...

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Iceland Family - Glaciers and Geysers

8 days from
USD $1,745
CAD $1,745
AUD $1,695
EUR €1,375
GBP £1,059
NZD $2,225
ZAR R15,885
CHF FR1,695

Discover the natural delights of this land of fire and ice. Be amazed by the power of this volcanic island, explore...

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Spitsbergen, East Greenland and Iceland (Sea Adventurer) 2015

13 days from
USD $6,995
CAD $8,015
AUD $8,095
EUR €5,105
GBP £4,245
NZD $8,825
ZAR R77,710
CHF FR6,475

Discover the wild beauty of the Arctic in Spitsbergen, East Greenland and Iceland. Be charmed by polar bears, cruise...

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Spitsbergen, East Greenland & Iceland (Ocean Nova) 2015

14 days from
USD $8,295
CAD $9,500
AUD $9,595
EUR €6,055
GBP £5,025
NZD $10,460
ZAR R87,335
CHF FR7,675

Discover the wild beauty of the Arctic in Spitsbergen, East Greenland and Iceland. Be charmed by polar bears, cruise...

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East Greenland Explorer ( Ocean Nova ) 2015

14 days from
USD $7,295
CAD $8,360
AUD $8,445
EUR €5,325
GBP £4,425
NZD $9,205
ZAR R81,070
CHF FR6,755

Discover the magic of the remote East Greenland coast. From Greenland National Park to Scoresbysund, a wealth of...

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Iceland trip reviews

Our Iceland trips score an average of 3.67 out of 5 based on 3 reviews in the last year.

Iceland Discovery, May 2014

Iceland Discovery, June 2014

Articles on Iceland

5 of our favourite small towns in Iceland

Posted on Fri, 19 Sep 2014

One thing should be made perfectly clear before diving into this list: every city, village, hamlet and fjord in Iceland could likely be considered a “small-town” by definition.

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Why Northern Lights is in the Top 7 Natural Wonders

Posted on Thu, 31 Jul 2014

Aurora Borealis or The Northern Lights is a natural phenomenon where no one display will match the next. Here we share what it's like to see it in action.

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Fire and Iceland

Posted on Wed, 2 Jan 2013

Anna Harvie discovered that there's a lot more to Iceland than fire and ice, no matter what time of year you travel...

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Iceland for everyone

Posted on Tue, 30 Nov 2010

When you ask your friend what they did last weekend, “Went to Iceland” probably isn’t the answer you expected. Intrepid’s Katy Rockett made an impromptu trip to one of Intrepid’s [...]

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About Iceland

At a glance

Trips Available: 1
Capital city: Reykjavik (population 103,000)
Population: 309,000
Language: Icelandic
Currency: ISK
Time zone: (GMT) Monrovia, Reykjavik
Electricity: Type C (European 2-pin) Type F (German 2-pin, side clip earth)
Dialing code: +354

Best time to visit Iceland

Spring and summer are considered optimal times to visit Iceland. The early spring months bring warmer days, while summer offers long daylight hours with only brief nights. In the summer season, July and August are the warmest months and are the busiest tourist seasons. 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 traveller, including the beauty of autumn colours and the awe-inspiring Northern Lights. As to be expected, winters in Iceland can be challenging. During late December there's about four and a half hours of daylight and it's usually cloudy. In January, there are on average three sunny days in Reykjavík, with temperatures hovering around freezing point, often accompanied by chilling winds.

Reykjavik weather chart

Geography and environment

Colourful buildings, Reykjavik
Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, Iceland possesses some of the world's most unique and incredible landscapes. Home to a huge amount of volcanic activity, Iceland is full of bubbling geysers, enormous glaciers, vast icefields, rugged mountains, dramatic waterfalls, glacial lakes and fjords - there is no other place quite like it. Being located so close the Arctic Circle, much of Iceland is uninhabitable, particularly the barren central regions. Most of the population live in coastal villages or cities and in the southern (more habitable) part of the country.

Top Picks

Blue Lagoon Golden Falls

Top 5 Natural Phenomena of Iceland

1. Northern Lights

The Northern Hemisphere's Aurora Borealis has captivated and intrigued people for eons. This stunning, natural light display that runs along magnetic fields 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. Golden Falls

Known locally as Gullfoss, this spectacular, three-tiered waterfall drops suddenly into a deep cavern, creating a dramatic landscape like no other. Surrounded by lush, green countryside, the mist and spray create rainbows in the air providing brilliant photo opportunities.

3. Blue Lagoon

The mineral-rich, azure waters of the Blue Lagoon are a magnificent sight to behold and are even better to soak in. Relaxing in the warm waters while admiring the sublime moonscape is a quintessential Iceland experience that just must be done.

4. Lake Myvatn

This awesome area in northern Iceland was birthed 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.

5. Glacier Lagoon

Also known as Jokulsarlon, 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 exceptionally beautiful that it has been used as a backdrop for Hollywood films, a set for reality television shows and has even featured on a postage stamp.

FAQs on Iceland

ICELAND:
Australia: No - Not required
Belgium: No - Not required
Canada: No - Not required
Germany: No - Not required
Ireland: No - Not required
Netherlands: No - Not required
New Zealand: No - Not required
South Africa: Yes - in advance
Switzerland: No - Not required
UK: No - Not required
USA: No - Not required
Tipping isn't expected in Iceland. Hotels, restaurants and cafes already include a service fee within the bill, so tipping extra isn't necessary.
Travellers will be able to access the internet in cyber cafes and Wi-Fi hotspots in Iceland's cities and large towns. Rural and remote areas may have less internet access, so be prepared when travelling away from cities.
Travellers will be able to use their mobile phones in Iceland's cities. Remote and isolated areas may have less mobile receptivity. Ensure global roaming is activated before leaving home if you wish to use your mobile while travelling.
Modern, flushable toilets are the standard in Iceland. Expect to pay a small fee when visiting public toilets.
Hotdog = 200 ISK
Glass of beer = 600-800 ISK
Simply lunch at a cafe = 500-1500 ISK
Dinner in a restaurant = 2000-4000 ISK
Tap water is considered safe to drink in Iceland unless marked otherwise.
Credit cards are accepted widely 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 to pay for taxi rides shouldn't pose a problem.
ATMs are usually easy to find in Iceland's cities and villages and generally accept most foreign cards.
Absolutely. All passengers travelling 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: [site:intrepid_insurance_link]
Jan 1 New Year's Day
Mar 28 Maundy Thursday
Mar 29 Good Friday
Apr 1 Easter Monday
Apr 25 First Day of Summer
May 1 Labour Day
May 9 Ascension
May 20 Whit Monday
Jun 17 National Day
Aug 5 Commerce Day
Dec 24 Christmas Eve
Dec 25 Christmas
Dec 31 New Year's Eve

Please note these dates are for 2013. For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/Iceland/public-holidays

Health and Safety

Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:

From Australia?

Go to: http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/

From New Zealand?

Go to: http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/

From Canada?

Go to: http://www.voyage.gc.ca/

From US?

Go to: http://travel.state.gov/

From UK?

Go to: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/

The World Health Organisation

also provides useful health information:
Go to: http://www.who.int/en/

Responsible Travel

Iceland Travel Tips

Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.

Top responsible travel tips for Iceland

1. Be considerate of Iceland’s customs, traditions, religion and culture.

2. For environmental reasons, try to avoid buying bottled water. Instead, fill a reusable water bottle or canteen with filtered water.

3. Always dispose of litter thoughtfully, including cigarette butts.

4. Learn some local language and don't be afraid to use it - simple greetings will help break the ice.

5. Shop for locally made products. Supporting local artisans helps keep traditional crafts alive.

6. Refrain from supporting businesses that exploit or abuse endangered animals.

7. Please ask and receive permission before taking photos of people, including children.

Further reading

Recommended reading

Title Author
Waking Up in IcelandPaul Sullivan
The Tricking of FreyaChristina Sunley
Viking Age IcelandJesse L Bycock
Jar CityArnaldur Indridason
The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking WomanNancy Marie Brown