Tours to Iceland
Lying just south of the Arctic Circle, the ‘Land of Fire and Ice’ is known for its otherworldly landscapes: volcanoes and geysers, hot-water springs and glaciers, and soaring, snow-covered mountains.
Discover the Nordic charms of Reykjavik, the world’s most northerly capital city, with its stylish cafes and museums. Alternatively, get back to nature – exploring the great outdoors is what most tours to Iceland are all about, after all. Take a dip in the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon, explore the pristine wilderness of Skaftafell National Park, admire the awesome natural power of the Gullfoss waterfall or simply gaze up at the mesmerising Northern Lights. Whale watching cruises are a must on Iceland holidays too, with blue, humpback and killer whales regularly frequenting the waters around the island.
The world's northernmost capital city is a hallmark of any Iceland holiday and our Reykjavik tours take you to all the highlights. Upon entering the centre of Reykjavik, you can’t help but notice the Hallgrimskirkja church, a spiralling expressionist building towering some 74 metres off the ground. Go to the church’s tower viewpoint for panoramic scenery over the city and surrounding coastline. It’s the largest church in Iceland and the building is said to be inspired by the lava columns at Svartifoss waterfall.
Harpa concert hall is another must-see when you travel to Iceland's capital. This cultural landmark’s design takes inspiration from Iceland’s basalt columns, replacing rocks with the glass panels which make up the building’s façade. Guided tours are available, or you can always stop by the restaurants for a cocktail or a meal.
As cosy as it is quaint, Akureyri is the country’s second-largest settlement, with access to nearby nature spots, alongside a few of its own. Akureyri’s botanical garden is one of the most northerly botanical gardens in the world. It’s home to Icelandic and foreign flora, many of which have overcome scientific odds by surviving – and prospering – on the edge of the Arctic. We spend two nights in Akureyri on our 10-day holidays in Iceland.
It takes an hour and a half to drive from Akureyri to Lake Myvatn, a volcanic lake with various geothermal structures. While the south has the famous Blue Lagoon, northern Iceland has the Myvatn Nature Baths. You can unwind in the baby-blue alkaline lagoon waters while soaking up the gorgeous mountainous surroundings or relax in the indoor steam baths.
We spend two nights in Hella on our five-day tours of Iceland. Just under a hundred kilometres from Reykjavik, a trip here gives you easy access to rural wonders on our Iceland excursions. There’s no shortage of sensational waterfalls in Iceland, but Skogafoss is amongst the best. A whopping 25 metres across, the falls plummet 60 metres before joining the rest of the Skogafoss river below.
You can’t go on a holiday to Iceland and not witness the wrath of one of its geysers. The Great Geysir is arguably one of the world’s most famous, although earthquakes in the late 20th century eventually rendered it dormant. Nonetheless, it’s an emblematic example of Icelandic nature at its finest. Nearby, you’ll see the active Strokkur geyser, which erupts to a height of 10-20 metres every eight minutes or so.
Whether you visit in winter for the Northern Lights, or in summer for whale watching trips, our tours to Iceland deliver a sumptuous taste of this incredible island’s greatest pulls. Take a trip to a glacier one day, and the next, explore the iconic Golden Circle - Iceland's most famous circuit, it includes Thingvellir National Park, the original home to one of the world’s oldest parliaments, the Althing.
Get a taster of Iceland’s highlights on a short break or go for a longer tour that circles the whole island. Whichever itinerary you choose, you’ll enjoy our VIP transfers from home, getting your holiday to Iceland off to the most hassle-free start possible.
Flight time from London to Reykjavik is 3 hours 10 minutes.
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