Exploring the incredible landscapes of Iceland is unlike anything else on Earth. From volcanic lava and erupting geysers to towering waterfalls and the steamy Blue Lagoon, the ‘Land of Fire and Ice‘ has certainly earned its nickname. Around every corner of this beautiful country, there are natural wonders, breathtaking scenery, and friendly locals. Visiting this incredible island offers something for everyone, and on tour with us, you’ll see the top sites (as well as hidden gems known only to your guide) all while staying in upscale accommodations along the way. Get your family ready to experience the best of Iceland, which wows at every stage of life.
Iceland’s Natural Beauty
The Northern Lights
Visiting Iceland to witness the mesmerizing Northern Lights is an experience that will leave everyone awe-inspired and create family memories to last a lifetime. With its unique geographical location near the Arctic Circle, Iceland offers an unparalleled setting to witness this breathtaking natural phenomenon. The Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis, is best viewed in its vast open landscapes, with minimal light pollution and clear skies. Iceland provides optimal (although quite chilly) conditions for viewing this celestial spectacle. Imagine standing under a starry sky as vibrant green, purple, and pink lights dance across the heavens, creating an otherworldly display of beauty. With our tour departures for prime viewing during the months of Sept to March, when the nights are longer, you’ll increase your chances of witnessing the Northern Lights. Get your camera ready as the night sky wows you during Mother Nature’s unforgettable show.
Natural Hot Springs
These geothermal wonders are located all over Iceland, offering a blissful retreat for travelers and locals who are seeking relaxation. Bathing in the naturally heated waters is a favorite ritual, as it allows you to rejuvenate while taking in the beauty of the surrounding landscapes. The Blue Lagoon, located in the heart of a volcanic field, is Iceland’s most famous hot spring. Its milky blue waters, rich in minerals and silica, are renowned for their healing properties and attract visitors from all over the world. Immerse yourself in the warm, soothing waters while surrounded by stunning lava formations and watch in awe as steam rises from the earth’s depths. The Blue Lagoon also offers spa facilities where you can indulge in rejuvenating treatments like silica mud masks and water massages. This local hotspot is a family favorite, as all ages enjoy this memorable water excursion – and it makes for a perfect photo opportunity with everyone in their white face masks.
Glacier & Waterfall Adventures
Iceland’s glaciers and waterfalls offer outdoor adventures with an opportunity to learn about the fascinating geology of the country. Formed over thousands of years, Iceland’s glaciers allow you to walk on their surface, marveling at its icy blue crevasses and awe-inspiring ice formations. Experienced local guides (and the right equipment, which we ensure for all ages and body types) provide insights into glaciology, explaining the glacier’s formation, movement, as well as the impact of climate change. It’s a unique opportunity to witness firsthand the power and fragility of these massive ice formations.
Iceland is also home to numerous majestic waterfalls that cascade down from its rugged landscapes. The iconic Gullfoss, also known as the “Golden Falls,” impresses with its two-tiered drop into a dramatic canyon. Another must-see is Seljalandsfoss, where you can actually walk behind the curtain of water, creating a truly immersive experience. These excursions on foot and at eye level offer thrilling adventures as well as educational opportunities. Local guides share their knowledge about the geology and natural processes that have shaped Iceland’s landscapes, so you’ll walk away with insight into the country’s volcanic activity, glacial retreat, and the interconnectedness of water and ice in its ecosystem. And did you know that a vast majority of Iceland’s households are heated using geothermal energy? You’ll also learn about modern-day energy renewal, leaving you with a deep appreciation for Iceland’s unique geological wonders.
Black Sand Beaches
Many of Iceland’s beaches have black sand due to their unique volcanic origins, which is a striking contrast to the typical golden sands found in other parts of the world. On tour, enjoy a walk on Diamond Beach along Glacier Lagoon, punctuated occasionally by chunks of marooned icebergs. The ones on the beach look like diamonds with views of icebergs floating just offshore. This beautiful contrast of black sand and white ice makes it an incredible location for photographers and nature lovers, and you can even spot orcas from the shore.
Another famous black sand beach in Iceland is Reynisfjara, located near the charming village of Vík. As you stroll along the shore, listen to the powerful waves crashing against the volcanic basalt columns known as Reynisdrangar. These towering rock formations rise from the sea, adding an enchanting background for your beachside stroll. And be sure to dress in layers, when the wind picks up along the coast, you’ll want to stay dry and warm.
Iceland’s Viking History
Visiting Iceland and learning about its Viking history from a local guide is a captivating journey into the past. The island’s rich heritage is deeply rooted in Viking culture and exploring it with the insights and expertise of a knowledgeable guide is sure to add an extra layer of depth to your travels. Descended from shark fishermen and 9th-century Vikings, our expert local guides are passionate about storytelling. Our local connections run deep and they are excited to share engaging anecdotes about their authentic Icelandic heritage. The island’s mythology and folklore derive from the Viking way of life and their exploration of new lands, and as you explore on foot, you can learn about their enduring influence on Icelandic society.
A journey through Iceland’s Viking history unveils fascinating tales of exploration, conquest, and epic sagas. The island’s rugged terrain is dotted with ancient Viking sites and ruins that you’ll get to explore up close. Connect with the Viking spirit and the warmth of Icelandic hospitality, with stories of mythology and geology as well, which fascinates those of all ages, from curious kids to history buffs.
Icelandic Cuisine & Drinks
Visiting Iceland offers a delightful culinary adventure, allowing you to indulge in unique flavors and truly taste this country’s local cuisine. From pristine glacier water to traditional delicacies, Iceland’s food and beverages are a reflection of its vibrant culture and pristine natural resources. In the company of your expert local guide, you can sip on some glacier water, sourced from the country’s untouched ice formations. Known for its purity and clarity, it offers a refreshing and mineral-rich experience. If you’d prefer a warm beverage, enjoy a cup of strong Icelandic coffee, often served with a dash of cream, which will take the chill off a cold day. And if you’d like something stronger, Brennivin, known as the “Black Death,” is Iceland’s signature schnapps. Traditionally made from fermented potatoes and flavored with caraway seeds, it’s a potent beverage that will give you a strong taste of Icelandic heritage.
Ready to eat after a day of exploring? No visit to Iceland is complete without savoring a Pylsur, the iconic Icelandic hot dog. Made from a blend of lamb, pork, and beef, it is usually topped with crispy onions, sweet mustard, and ketchup. It’s a delicious and satisfying snack that both locals and visitors adore. Another Icelandic specialty is Skyr, a thick and creamy dairy product similar to yogurt. It’s often enjoyed as a healthy breakfast and you can find a variety of flavors and toppings to suit your taste each morning. For dinner, seafood lovers will delight in the bounty of fresh lobster, tender Arctic char, creamy fish stew, and traditional dried fish. Iceland’s Atlantic seafood and farm-to-table cuisine are a true delight. Skal (that’s how you say cheers in Icelandic)!