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. Browse our huge range of Iceland tours and book your mythical, wonderful adventure today.

Iceland Tours & Travel

All our Iceland trips

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Travel to Iceland and tour this North Atlantic island. Visit Reykjavik, Hvolsvollur, Kirkjubaejarklaustur, Hofn,...
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Discover the unique beauty of Iceland. Visit the Gullfoss waterfall, trek across the Vatnajokull glacier and tour the...
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Discover the wild beauty of the Arctic in Spitsbergen, East Greenland and Iceland. Be charmed by polar bears, cruise...
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Travel from Reykjavik north to Lake Mývatn, explore the region's dramatic beauty and learn about astronomy from an...
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Head out on an Arctic adventure of a lifetime in Greenland, departing from Reykjavik. Cruise spectacular fjords,...
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Fly from Iceland to Greenland and encounter breathtakingly beautiful landscapes, gigantic icebergs, traditional Inuit...
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Fly one way over the Denmark Strait to Greenland then cruise back on this Arctic adventure that reveals this remote...
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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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Get to know the colours of Iceland on a winter adventure that takes in belching geysers, immense glaciers, majestic...
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Discover the wild beauty of the Arctic in Spitsbergen, East Greenland and Iceland. Be charmed by polar bears, cruise...
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From Reykjavik to Ottawa, explore the wildlife-rich fjords and Inuit communities of Greenland, Iceland and Baffin...
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As the northern lights dance above, explore Northeast Greenland National Park and spectacular Scoresby Sund on this...

Iceland trip reviews

Our Iceland trips score an average of 4.64 out of 5 based on 129 reviews in the last year.

Iceland Discovery , July 2016

Llian Merritt

Iceland Discovery , July 2016

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Articles on Iceland

Trendsetters: Europe tips from the UK’s top travel bloggers

Posted on Thu, 2 Jun 2016

There are 36 countries within a 3-hour flight of the UK. That’s pretty awesome, but it does make for some tough decisions. Time to call in the experts.

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Life in the north: our top 6 Arctic wildlife experiences

Posted on Wed, 20 Apr 2016

One thing the Arctic does have is wildlife. Lots of it. On a size and scale that puts a lot of the more traditional ‘animal destinations’ to shame.

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Iceland’s tourism board just released a video series, and it’s awesome

Posted on Wed, 2 Mar 2016

Need a lesson in hot tubbing 101? Iceland Academy's got your back.

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Reykjavik calling: seven reasons you need to visit Iceland’s capital of cool

Posted on Fri, 17 Jul 2015

Apart from being a game winner in Scrabble and relatively easy to pronounce (at least by Icelandic standards), Reykjavick is one of the coolest cities going around.

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About Iceland

At a glance

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 - a feature of our Iceland tours here at Intrepid. 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. Any tour of Iceland absolutely must include the Northern Lights. 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. Make no mistake, by booking one of our Iceland tours, you'll ensure you don't miss this natural beauty.

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: Travel Insurance
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