Take one small island and maroon it miles from anywhere, cut off by freezing seas and Atlantic currents.

Populate it with Viking descendants, power it with volcanoes and add in more Nobel Prize-winners per capita than anywhere on the planet, and you get Iceland. The kooky outlier rocks the global travel scene, and it’s only partly due to geography. Iceland bubbles like a volcanic laboratory, with geysers, mud pools, badlands, glaciers and black sand beaches turning the landscape into some Dr. Seuss fantasy world. And partly it’s down to people: a friendly, eccentric bunch who love live music, green thinking and hotdogs with remoulade and raw onions (yep, really). Once seen, never forgotten – that’s an Iceland tour.

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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 

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.

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 = 300ISK
Glass of beer = 800-1000ISK
Simple lunch at a cafe = 800-1800 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

  • 1 Jan New Year's Day
  • 29 Mar Maundy Thursday
  • 30 Mar Good Friday
  • 2 Apr Easter Monday
  • 19 Apr First Day of Summer 
  • 1 May Labour Day
  • 10 May Ascension
  • 21 May Whit Monday
  • 17 Jun National Day
  • 6 Aug Commerce Day
  • 24 Dec Christmas Eve
  • 25 Dec Christmas Day
  • 26 Dec Boxing Day
  • 31 Dec New Year's Eve

Please note these dates are for 2018. For a current list of public holidays in Iceland go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/iceland/public-holidays

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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

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.