Tipping isn't mandatory or customary in Iceland, but it is always appreciated. The standard rate of tax on Icelandic products is 24%, with some products and services, including books, food and accommodation, taxed at a reduced rate of 11%. Hotels, restaurants and cafes already include a service fee and consumption taxes (VAT) on your bill, so tipping extra is often not necessary. However, if you’re happy with the services provided by waiters, drivers and other service workers, leaving a small tip is a good way to show your appreciation. While it may not be customary to you, it’s of great significance to the people who take care of you during your travels. Tipping also encourages excellent service in the future and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid destinations.

Carrying small notes in local currency will make tipping easier and you'll be more confident about the amount.

Participate in a tipping kitty

Your local leader may discuss the idea of running a group tipping kitty on the first day of your trip. In a group tipping kitty, everybody contributes an equal amount at the start of the tour that your leader uses to tip drivers, local guides and hotel staff on your behalf. The leader will keep a running record of all monies spent, which can be checked at any time. Any money remaining at the end of the tour is returned to group members. This is often the easiest way to avoid the hassle of needing small change and knowing when and what is an appropriate amount to tip. Participation in this kitty is optional, and you are welcome to manage your own tipping separately if you prefer. Please note the tipping kitty excludes tips for your tour leader.

Tipping your local leader in Iceland

You may also consider tipping your tour leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however USD 2–4 per person, per day, is a commonly used guideline. Of course, you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip is not compulsory so you should only feel like doing it in appreciataion of good service.

 

Click here to return to Iceland FAQs

 

Our tours in Iceland

4 Days From 1650

This four-day trip starts and ends in Reykjavik, includes a stay on a sustainable...

6 Days From 2130

Discover the unique beauty of Iceland. Visit the Gullfoss waterfall, touch the...

5 Days From 1390

Tour green Iceland on a five-day Lonely Planet Experience, visiting Reykjavik, the...

8 Days From 3680

See Iceland on this eight-day tour that travels to Reykjavik, the Golden Circle,...

7 Days From 1706

Check out Iceland’s chilly treasures on a trip through Reykjavik, Hvolsvollur,...

Tailor-Made trips

Take two or more on an exclusive trip and tailor your itinerary

20 Days From 42000

Embark on an Arctic expedition to remote parts of Canada and Greenland – in search of...

14 Days From 22000

An Arctic expedition through East Greenland and Iceland is the perfect opportunity to...

18 Days From 19850

Voyage across the Arctic Circle via the Svalbard Archipelago, Jan Mayer Island and...

15 Days From 16250

Explore some of the world’s last great wildernesses, with an Arctic expedition in...

15 Days From 35200

From Oslo, experience the wonders of Spitsbergen, East Greenland and Iceland on a 15...

15 Days From 17100

See all the highlights of the east, south and west coasts on this Arctic voyage around...

9 Days From 13800

Discover the fjords of Southern Greenland on this nine-day expedition, flying in and...