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Iceland is often ranked among the world’s top countries when it comes to the happiest citizens, and when you visit you’ll soon understand why, with natural beauty so striking, it’s hard to believe it’s real. It boasts everything from volcanic mountains, glacial lagoons, and black sand beaches to endless waterfalls and soothing hot springs.

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I absolutely love Iceland for its thrilling sense of adventure, where majestic glaciers and bubbling hot springs create an otherworldly playground. It’s a place that constantly fuels my sense of wonder and offers a unique and exhilarating experience of nature’s wonders.

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Suggested Itineraries to Iceland

We can’t wait to help you fall in love with the majesty of Iceland. Our travel experts have tried and tested the best routes, things to do, and places to stay and have come up with these suggested Iceland Private Tour itineraries. If there’s something else you’d like to include, please ask – everything is completely customizable.

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Why we love private tours of Iceland

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Private tours in Iceland are sure to be filled with memories of a lifetime, led by knowledgeable insiders who will reveal stunning hidden places and popular spots too.

Outdoor adventure abounds, and a private tour can be personalized to your interests. Enjoy everything from Jeep tours to remote corners and hiking across a glacier to sea kayaking, or even snorkeling between the North American and Eurasian continents. If you want to see whales, this is one of the best places as Iceland is the whale-watching capital of Europe. 

Visit Iceland in the winter and you can enter an ice cave to marvel at brilliant blue frozen ceilings studded with stalactites. This is also the perfect time for marveling at the northern lights.

While most people come for the outdoors, the capital city of Reykjavik boasts plenty, with colorful street art and interesting museums, including one of the world’s most unusual: the Phallological Museum.

Best places to go in Iceland

Iceland visitors have a lot to choose from, including the colorful capital Reykjavik and Akureyri, the second city in the north. In between, there’s everything from the famous Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon, and the South Coast with countless waterfalls and a glacial lagoon, to Vatnajokull National Park with ice caves and massive glaciers.

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    Reykjavik

    Iceland’s capital has no skyscrapers but the iconic Hallgrimskirja Church is visible from many vantage points, soaring above this city with colorful street art, unique museums, quirky shops, trendy cafes, and world-class eateries.

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    Golden Circle

    Iceland’s famous tourist route features fantastical wonders like Gullfoss Falls, the country’s own Niagara Falls, the Geysir Hot Spring Area with erupting geysers, and Silfra rift, where you can snorkel between two continents.

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    Blue Lagoon

    Surrounded by black lava rock, many come to soak in the warm, mineral-rich, milky aquamarine waters of the Blue Lagoon, as well as to enjoy in-water massages and skin-enhancing treatments.

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    Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

    From May through September, Zodiac boat tours bring visitors into this large glacial lagoon to hear the thunderous roar of icebergs that continuously break off, plunging into the water and drifting to sea.

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    Akureyri

    The “Capital of the North,” Akureyri provides a great base for many impressive attractions, from the nearly 100-foot-wide Godafoss Falls with its stunning turquoise waters to Lake Myvatn and remarkable geothermal features.

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    Vatnajokull National Park

    Covering 14 percent of Iceland, Vatnajokull National Park is home to volcanoes, thundering falls, and glaciers. In the winter, visitors can explore an ice cave on the frozen lagoon of Svínafellsjökull Glacier.

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Best time to visit Iceland

Iceland has a surprisingly temperate climate year-round with winter temperatures hovering right around freezing. It’s a great time to explore ice caves, witness the northern lights, and warm up in one of the country’s many hot springs. Early spring is quiet with lupines blooming and lambs abundant. Summer is the busiest and warmest time, with temperatures in the mid-50s, while the sun barely dips below the horizon from May through August. Enjoy nearly endless light for hiking without the crowds well into the night. Visitor numbers decrease in autumn while color blankets the landscapes and the aurora may be spotted again.

Check out The Best Time to Travel to Iceland for more details.

What to do in Iceland

Iceland is a haven for outdoor activities but it also offers plenty of relaxing pursuits. Enjoy everything from hiking to waterfalls and marveling at geysers to exploring ice caves, soaking in the Blue Lagoon, and gazing up at the northern lights. 

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    Adventure through dramatic landscapes

    The dramatic landscapes in Iceland make it ripe for adventure that brings the chance to enjoy its dozens of waterfalls, from Iceland’s own Niagara Falls, Gullfoss along the Golden Circle, to Seljalandsfoss where you can walk behind the cascades. Discover erupting geysers and other geothermal features, and enter blue-tinged ice caves.

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    Relax in geothermal springs

    The Icelandic tradition of bathing in geothermal springs dates back to the days of the Vikings, and you’ll find many places to enjoy them, but the Blue Lagoon is the most famous. Its warm, milky waters in a brilliant shade of aquamarine provide an unforgettable soak surrounded by the black lava landscape. 

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    Chase the Aurora Borealis

    Iceland is one of the world’s best places to watch the northern lights, provided there is enough darkness. For the chance to witness the aurora, you’ll want to come between late September and mid-April, venturing away from city lights. Any remote area here will also be ideal for some epic stargazing

FAQs

What are the best hot springs in Iceland?

Iceland sits on one of Earth’s hottest ‘hot spots’, with a constant churn of geothermal activity taking place just below the surface. Hot springs are a natural feature of Iceland – and a key part of Icelandic culture and recreation! The ‘Blue Lagoon’ is the most famous, and most  popular, where you can bathe in warm, milky waters containing enriching natural minerals. In-water massages are offered, and there is even a bar and restaurant to complete your visit! A little off-the-beaten-path, but equally enjoyable, are the Lake Myvatn Nature Baths, Hellalaug in the Western Fjords, and Hveravellier right in the heart of the central highlands.

What is Iceland's Golden Circle?

The ‘Golden Circle’ is Iceland’s most famous, and most spectacular tourist route. This 300km route takes in Iceland’s three most spectacular sights: the Geysir Geothermal Area, with a host of natural springs and hot spots; dramatic Gullfoss Falls, also known as Golden Falls; and Thingvellir National Park, where you can stroll through the continental crack between Eurasia and North America. As the Golden Circle sits entirely within southwest Iceland, close to the capital, the most important attractions can be explored as a series of day trips from the capital Reykjavik. More intrepid travelers can take in the entire route as a multi-day round trip with a private driver, or by yourself in a rental car. 

Where can you see the northern lights in Iceland?

Due to its far northern location, Iceland is one of the world’s premier destinations for spotting the elusive – and beautiful – Aurora Borealis, better known as the Northern Lights. This natural phenomenon can occur any time between September and April, but the deeper you go into winter – with its longer, darker, nights – the greater your chances. The general rule of thumb is to get as far away from urban light pollution as possible – for instance in the Thingvellir National Park around 45 minutes outside of Reykjavik, or from Jokulsarlon, a glacial lagoon in the south of the island.

What are some of the most surreal places in Iceland?

With its glacial, lunar-like landscape, Iceland is utterly unique, with a landscape visually unlike anywhere else on the planet. A trip to Iceland takes in a series of quite remarkable natural features, such as the aforementioned Gulfoss Falls, the magical natural hot springs of the Blue Lagoon, and incredible spurting geysers such as Strokkur in the Golden Circle. In addition, we’d recommend taking in the ethereal Lava Fields of Eldhraun, the Black Sand Beach of Reynisfjara, or the tumbling falls of Seljalansfoss, which you can walk right behind.

How many days should I spend in Iceland?

For such a spectacular destination, Iceland is pleasingly compact. It’s typically a shorter visit than other destinations. The main highlights – including the best of the Golden Circle, the Blue Lagoon, and the Reykjanes Peninsula – can be covered as a day trips from Reykjavik in 3-4 days. Add in some time to explore the capital – well worth doing for its local life, lively bars, and unique cuisine – and we’d typically recommend a first-time tour of around 5-6 days: perfect for a short escape from the eastern US, Canada, or northern Europe. A truncated version of the same could be crammed into a weekend getaway or stopover jaunt of around 3-4 days.

Can you travel round Iceland without a hire car?

Whilst self-drive trips to Iceland are popular, we often recommend our clients travel with a private driver. This option is included in most of our luxury Iceland suggested itineraries. Hiring a car does give you great freedom, however with a private driver you will also have the same freedom, but with the added bonus of an Iceland expert guide all to yourself.

On the popular sightseeing routes in Iceland, for example the Golden Circle, many visitors arrive by coach to see the amazing geysers, waterfalls and areas of natural beauty. Another benefit of a private driver is that you’ll be able to visit at less busy times and have the landscapes more to yourself.

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