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Best Iceland tours and tour companies for 2021
Capture the best that Iceland has to offer with a guided tour that covers it all.
Iceland has been exponentially rising on people’s bucket lists of late and there’s a reason why. The land of ice and fire that sits between the North Atlantic and the Arctic beholds a landscape unparalleled, with cascading waterfalls, captivating craters, azure blue geothermal springs, imposing glaciers and erupting geysers at every turn.
Then let’s not forget the endless midnight sun during the summer months, the panoramic Northern Lights and the fact that Game of Thrones was filmed here.
Ready to start booking so you can get bragging rights about your Arctic adventure? We have the intel on the best tours and tour companies to travel with so you can tick everything off your must-do list.
1. Arctic Adventure Tours
Choose from 30+ tours throughout the island nation ranging from short two-day tasters to long, immersive eight-day trips around the island and then some.
- Best for: Families, seniors
- Cost: Mid-high range
- Our favourite itinerary: It’s the image we all long to capture: the Northern Lights. Arctic Adventure Tour has more than a handful and this 5 Day - Snaefellsnes, South Coast and Northern Lights takes the time to cover the island’s icons and chase the aurorae in the evening.
Live with no regrets and take in all the highlights with adventurous and youthful people like yourself.
- Best for: 18- to 35-year-olds
- Cost: Low-mid range
- Our favourite itinerary: Spend six days exploring South Iceland with the Fire and Ice tour and have your breath taken away by the waterfall in Thingvellir National Park, let the geysers surprise you at Haukadalur and swim the azure waters of the Blue Lagoon.
From summer jaunts to Northern Lights journeys to family-friendly explorations and camping trips, Intrepid has something for everybody seeking to make Iceland their next destination.
- Best for: Youths and families
- Cost: Low-mid range
- Our favourite itinerary: The all-encompassing Iceland Discovery tour literally covers it all, transporting you around the country from the popular south with its waterfalls and lagoons to the less-frequented north and its lakes, mud pools and craters.
4. G Adventures
Make your trip intimate and unique with the small-adventure travel experts G Adventures. Tours range from classic sightseeing adventures to active hiking and marine-based explorations.
- Best for: Youths
- Cost: Mid-range
- Our favourite itinerary: For that unique experience the Trekking in Iceland tour puts your best foot forward with hiking, trekking, biking, kayaking and more all on the itinerary.
Other companies that tour Iceland
- GJ Travel
- Saga Travel
- Iceland Travel
- On The Go
- Guide to Iceland
How long do I need in Iceland?
The length of your stay will depend most on what you wish to see and what time of year you’re visiting.
Seeking to capture the Northern Lights in all their glory? While you can see them minutes from Reykjavik city, you’ll want to give yourself at least three days in case of poor weather or visibility.
Seeking to see the Golden Circle? This can be covered in a day. Time your trip right and you can also tack on the Blue Lagoon hot springs, which is right near the airport, before you fly off.
Seeking to see the east and north of the island? We’d recommend giving yourself at least nine days to get around the island. More to actually spend time on activities such as glacier hiking, fishing and more.
During summer the midnight sun ensures you can stay out longer and do more per day. During winter while you increase the potential of Northern Light spotting, you decrease your daylight hours down to between four and five hours. Short day-trips are highly recommended as roads can be unsealed and slippery during this season, which may increase the length of your overall tour.
This table is a general guide of what can be covered with a tour over a select number of days, based our own personal experience as well as tours mentioned in this guide:
|Number of days||Reykjavik||Golden Circle||Blue Lagoon||Northern Lights||South Coast (Skogafoss, Seljalandsfoss waterfalls)||Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon||North Coast (Akureyri, Myvartn)||Borgarfjörður|
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