It’s no secret that Iceland is one of our favourite destinations – and why shouldn’t it be? It’s got spectacular landscapes, rumbling volcanoes, bubbling hot springs, a quirky capital city and of course the ever phenomenal Northern Lights. We’d love to make it one of your favourite destinations and to get you on the right path we’ve selected our five top tours to get you inspired.
Land of the Northern Lights
A classic itinerary that ticks all the boxes in just five days, this tour of Iceland has to be our favourite. As the name suggests, the Land of the Northern Lights coincides with the peak time to spot this natural phenomena. Kicking off your stay in the quirky capital city of Reykjavik you’ll have some free time here to explore at your own pace before journeying up the Reykjanes Peninsula to the famous Blue Lagoon. Despite the icy temperatures above water, while soaking in the Blue Lagoon you’ll feel nothing but pure warm cosy bliss. From here you’ll carry on to the volcanic southern coast, home to the infamous (and near impossible to pronounce) Eyjafjallajökull glacier. Before heading back to the capital you’ll have the chance to discover the natural delights of the Golden Circle – from the constantly erupting Strokkur geyser, the thunderous Gullfoss waterfall and expansive Thingvellier National Park. In addition to all of this, you’ll spend every evening searching for those swathes of colour in the night sky with the help of your local Icelandic guide.
Northern Lights Exploration
If you have some extra time on your hands and fancy discovering more of what Iceland has to offer then our Northern Lights Exploration group tour may be just the ticket. With a starting point in Reykjavik, this 9 day expedition takes in classic sites such as the Golden Circle, infamous Eyjafjallajökull glacier and the black lava beaches of the south, but what takes it beyond the ordinary is its stops off the beaten track in western Iceland. In Borgarfjorour Valley you’ll have the chance to tick some unique experiences off your list, whether it’s climbing the Grabrok volcano crater or warming up at Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring. There are also charming fishing towns to explore, lunchtime cruises to be, delicious fermented shark to be sampled, Icelandic horses to meet and national parks to explore. After all this head back to Reykjavik and onward to the Blue Lagoon for an evening soak in this famous thermal pool. All this and more, while of course keeping an eye out for those mysterious Northern Lights.
Northern Lights in Style
Take your holiday to Iceland up a notch with our deluxe Northern Lights in Style group tour. As well as visiting the classic sites, this tour is made special by its extra inclusions. Whether its an indulgent day at the luxurious Fontana Steam Baths and benefiting from the experience package at the Blue Lagoon, sampling local delicacies such as shark meat and Brennivin schnapps, trying your hand at boiling an egg in a hot spring or indulging in a feast of seafood and crab, these are the things that make this tour a step above the rest. As far as accommodation is concerned, you’ll be bedding down for the night in first-class hotels and guest houses with luxurious touches. Our favourite is the outdoor heated hot tubs of Hotel Grimsborgir, which in our opinion is the best way to view the Northern Lights.
New Year’s in Reykjavik
If you’re after a New Year celebration that you can go home and boast about, then you can’t go wrong with an all night party in the Bay of Smokes. Iceland’s capital city is renowned for its party scene, and on our New Year’s in Reykjavik group tour you can experience it for yourself on the most epic night of the year. Arriving in Reykjavik on 30 December you’ll have some free time to explore the city before the party gets started the following evening. On New Year’s Eve you’ll spend the day uncovering the beauty and intrigue of Iceland’s Golden Circle before heading back to the city in the early evening. We’ll indulge in a festive 4-course gala dinner at Perlan Restaurant before making our way into town on a bonfire and Christmas lights tour. For Icelanders bonfires are a key part of celebrating the New Year, as friends and families gather around its flames. In the built up to midnight an impressive display of fireworks is unleashed at 23:35 through to midnight, and then it’s off to the nightclubs and pubs to celebrate until the sun comes up.
While the winter months offer ideal conditions to spot the Northern Lights and experience the beauty of Iceland blanketed in snow, summertime offers something completely different. As the days become longer and the ice begins to melt, the country goes through a transformation that takes it from the monotone hue of winter to the brilliant greens and blues of summer. While our 8 day Iceland Circle group tour runs year-round, we recommend travelling in the spring or summer months as it gives you the opportunity to see this spectacular country in full bloom. As the name suggests, the Iceland Circle does a loop of the country – starting and ending in Reykjavik, taking in sights such as the Golden Circle and southern volcanic coast, as well as its northern-most city of Akuyeri, the small eastern fishing town of Hofn and the large glacial lake of Jokulsarlon.