A trip to Iceland is a rare treat. The country has only seen an influx of tourism in the last 15 years or so. As airlines create new routes to the capital city of Reykjavik, the country is building new infrastructure to keep up with the crowds of adventurers rushing to take in all the Nordic island ...
“Since the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull in 2010, tourism has boomed in Iceland, and the Icelanders have embraced it. The affection Icelanders have for their country is obvious. There is a very relaxed and welcoming vibe in this land of few stop signs and many yields.”
“Good overall tour encompassing Iceland's main areas. Iceland is an expensive country and some parts of the tour were quite basic versus high cost. Would recommend that you visit Iceland as it is surprisingly greener than you think.”
“Certainly a very complete tour of Iceland, I felt we explored a lot of the country, really only missing the far northwest. So much to explore, great waterfalls (AFW), areas of previous volcanic activity, wildlife, sea landscapes, new foods, a unique language, geothermic areas.”
“Many people are put off travelling to Iceland by its reputation as an expensive country. While it's not cheap, it more than repays you in its stunning landscapes, fascinating geological history, abundance of birdlife and wonderful food. This trip is certainly worth the investment as you get to explore beyond the tourist laden 'Golden Circle' and see more remote parts of the country with an expert guide in tow. If you have any doubts, put them aside and book. You won't be sorry!”
“Overall it was an interesting trip, seeing some strange and wonderful sites A lot colder than we first thought it would be this time of year, but Iceland is about a month behind in its weather. A few of the roads we needed to use were still closed, so had to do long round trips to get sack on track in a few places.”
“I have been on over 50 tours with Exodus and other adventure travel companies, and this 'Grand Tour of Iceland' is right up there with the very best of them. A key point (agreed by everyone in the group): If you're going to visit Iceland once in your life, do it properly, with a full fortnight's tour of (almost) the whole country, rather than just a short trip to see part of it. Exodus' grand tour takes you right round the Ring Road, enabling you to experience Iceland in its full mind-blowing glory! Everything about this tour was good: incredible scenery, excellent accommodation (far better than I'd expected), great food, a brilliant group of travelling companions, a superb tour leader, and (unusually for Iceland, apparently) even the weather (in June) stayed fine almost all the time we were there.”
“First I should say that the weather was pretty mixed in late June - about 3 sunny days, one really wet day, and all the others were a mix of overcast, showers, brief sunny periods; overall, our photos show that we were wearing our waterproofs most of the time, but didn't always need them. We really enjoyed Iceland, and the tour covered the periphery pretty thoroughly, as advertised.”
A trip to Iceland is a rare treat. The country has only seen an influx of tourism in the last 15 years or so. As airlines create new routes to the capital city of Reykjavik, the country is building new infrastructure to keep up with the crowds of adventurers rushing to take in all the Nordic island has to offer, especially active holidays and outdoor tours, revealing mother nature at her best!
Iceland’s beauty is unrivalled, hosting every natural wonder you could possibly imagine: cascading waterfalls, gushing geysers, impressive glaciers, and volcanic lakes. The country is paradise for any nature lover. ds
Explore Iceland’s Golden Circle, taking in the stunning sights of Thingvellir National Park, the Great Geysir, and the Gullfoss waterfall
Spend a relaxing afternoon soaking up geothermal energy from the hot springs at the famous Blue Lagoon
Check out the black sand of Vik beach
Catch the glorious Northern Lights between September and March
Take in some live music (and stunning architecture) at the Harpa in Reykjavik
Climb the tower of the Hallgrímskirkja cathedral for some of the best views of Iceland’s capital city
Step behind the powerful waters of Skógafoss for a unique waterfall view
Want to see absolutely everything Iceland’s 100,000 square kilometres have to offer? Iceland has no trains and few public buses. Renting a car allows you to make spontaneous stops at hot springs or to take selfies with roadside Icelandic horses.
The Blue Lagoon is most easily visited on your way to or from the airport using a bus transfer that departs every hour.
Pack water-resistant clothing and be prepared to dress in layers. It’s key for handling Iceland’s unpredictable weather and controlling your body’s temperature when climbing about waterfalls and glaciers.
Get ready to expand your taste pallet. Iceland is known for its skyr, an extremely thick high-protein yoghurt, and specialities like smoked puffin, reindeer, and whale meat.
Visiting in the summer months? Be prepared for constant daylight. Be sure to pack an eye mask for blocking out the light when sleeping.