In the land of fire and ice, one can expect a landscape of rugged mountains and swirling seas that will leave nature enthusiasts breathless. Discover a resilient and independent culture, descendants who escaped mediaeval Scandinavia and who defied all odds to survive in a harsh environment yet are known the world over as a hospitable people. Find a land that feels far from everywhere yet leaves each visitor with a warm memory of a sublimely beautiful landscape.
Many consider Iceland to be one of the world's most visually stunning countries. Our Iceland group tours move at a fast pace, trying to best capture the waterfalls, black sand beaches, hot springs, and rugged mountains that feature in nearly every postcard perfect scene. Join us as we take on the Golden Circle Route, and along the way find vast areas of fjords, glaciers, volcanoes with lava fields and more waterfalls than one could count.
Our Iceland group tours start in Reykjavik, a walkable capital that happens to be one of the youngest capitals in Europe after only being established in the 19th century. Iceland is also the last country in Europe to be settled, with nearly half of its inhabitants residing in or around the capital.
Between museum visits and seafront walks, the link between Iceland and Nordic cultures is easily visible.
Travelling outside of the city, the naming of the land of fire and ice becomes instantly apparent. For the relevance of ice, we explore the giant ice caps found at Eyjafjallajokull, which feeds the enchanting waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss, to the Vatnajokull, translating as 'glacier of rivers.'
It is the largest glacier in Iceland and is located in the southeast of the country. At 8,100 square kilometres it is the second largest glacier in Europe and the average thickness of the ice is an incredible 400m. We will board a boat to discover the breathtaking Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon also known as the birthplace of icebergs.
In terms of fire, volcanic action has shaped and continues to shape Iceland into the dramatic land it is. We will venture to the peculiar lava formations at Dimmuborgir and the pseudocraters at Skutustaair. We will also see the volcano Krafla, famous for its 'Krafla Fires,' curtains of lava fountains from a system of fissures inside the huge caldera.
The combination of the two natural features of fire and ice is best discovered in places such as the East Fjords. This stunning mountain region has been sculpted as much by glaciers as volcanic activity. On the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, the landscape is a gallery of strange and beautiful lava formations, the skies are filled with birds, and the sea is alive with marine life.
The abundance of marine life is what allowed settlement to thrive in this near-Arctic country. Small fishing villages still dot the landscape, and a trip to Iceland is not complete without a whale-watching trip to spy the Minke whales, humpbacks or even the giant blue whale.
Many come to Iceland for the scenery, fall in love with the culture and dream of returning again and again. Find out why on one of our Iceland group tours.
Prices below are per person, twin-sharing costs in US Dollars (USD). Pricing does not include airfare to/from the tour and any applicable taxes. For single supplement rates and taxes (if any), please refer to below Prices & Dates table. For general information on flights to/from the tour, click here.
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Optional Single Supplement: $1260 USD (number of singles limited).
This tour may require a mandatory single supplement charge of $640 if you join our share program and we are unable to pair you.
Breakfast and dinner (local restaurants & hotels) daily.
All transport, accommodation, sightseeing and entrance fees for sites noted as 'visited' in the detailed itinerary.
Gratuities for driver, restaurant staff, porters (if available).
Airport transfers for land & air customers arriving / departing on tour dates and for early / late arrivals who book their extra accommodation through us.
International airfare to/from the tour. Tour Leader gratuities, lunches, drinks, personal items (phone, laundry, etc), international air taxes (if applicable), any excursions referenced as 'optional'. Airport transfers for Land Only customers.* Optional trip cancellation insurance. Our post-reservation trip notes offer further guidance on optional meal costs and shopping.
* Beware private airport transfers in Iceland are costly. Taxis are reliable and much cheaper.
Seasonality and Weather
The range of temperatures experienced on this tour will be WIDE. Though there will be many comfortable, summer-like days at locales visited, Iceland, as the name suggests, can still feel very wintry if you are near the sea, in a place exposed to winds, or near an icefield.
July / August is mid-summer in Iceland, and daylight hours are long and temperatures are at their most comfortable. That said, summer temperatures are still on the cool-ish side, ranging from 9-14 C (48-58 F) on average, though some days could be up to 20 C+ (68-70 F) depending on aspect.
Our September date will be slightly cooler, with shorter daylight hours and temperatures from 7-12 C (44-55 F), on average with some exceptions, and also depending on aspect and prevailing weather.
There is no dry season in Iceland, with precipitation spread evenly throughout the year.
Transport and Travel Conditions
Land transport provided by private heated motor coach, 25-40 seats depending on ultimate group size.
This is not a strenuous tour per se, but it is busy with lots of moving around, full travel days, and early starts. There are also sites that require a bit of walking in order to view the attractions (views, waterfalls etc) as they are usually located well away from parking areas.
Am I suitable for this tour? Please refer to our self-assessment form.
Mid-range (3*), well-located, heated, simple hotels and inns throughout. Many are smaller properties (2-3 story) and, outside of the capital, may not have elevators. All hotels have en suite toilet and bath, though some will have shower only (no tub). Porters may be available (see 'Inclusions'), though you must be prepared to manage your own luggage to and from your hotel room.
Staff and Support
Tour Leader, driver/s, local step-on guides at some locales.
Maximum 18 (plus Tour Leader)
*The red tour trail on the map does not represent the actual travel path.
The following is a list of sample hotels at some locations included on this tour. The hotels shown here are meant to provide a general sense of the standard of hotel we usually aim for; they are not necessarily confirmed for your chosen departure.
Always there to help you, the staff will do their utmost to make your stay fun, relaxing and memorable.
The main ... of Iceland is its pure and untouched nature. Berjaya Iceland Hotels is aware of its responsibility towards the environment and operates according to the international standard for environmental management.