Iceland bespoke | tailor-made to suit
Iceland offers so many ‘must-see’s that we highly recommend a visit, either as a stand-alone holiday or as an extension before or after a Greenland voyage. Be it self-drive, super jeep, private tour with a driver/guide or small escorted group, do ask us for help in dovetailing these options into your itinerary.
Golden Circle – The classic nature tour of south west Iceland includes the spectacular waterfalls at Gullfoss, Pingvellir National Park where the oldest still active parliament was founded in 930 AD (now a UNESCO World Heritage site) and the bubbling geothermal area of Geysir.
The Blue Lagoon – A relaxing visit to the geothermal field on the Reykjanes Peninsula to relax in its hot therapeutic waters and peaceful surroundings. This unique geothermal spa is only accessible by pre-arrangement.
Vestmanna Island - also known as the Pompeii of the North
South coast and waterfalls – Don’t miss the dramatic waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, walking to the snout of the Solheimajokull Glacier, picturesque farmland, dramatic black sand beaches and quaint villages.
Farm stays in the rugged eastern side - Hike, saddle-up and try local food. For keen riders, we suggest a half or full day's riding a sturdy Icelandic pony over black lava fields - unforgettable! You might also enjoy an evening show at the Icelandic Horse Park at Fakasel.
Whale and puffin safaris - A must for Reykjavik and north Iceland. Combine whale watching and puffins at Lundey Island from June to mid-August. Tours vary from a half day to a week.
Snaefellsness Peninsula and volcano – Hanging off the west coast, this national park offers vast lava fields, rugged coastline, pebble beaches, sea stacks, a profusion of sea birds and gorgeous fishing villages.
Myvatn and the north – Close to Akureyri in northern Iceland, visit the majestic Godafoss Waterfalls, the Hverarönd solfataras (boiling sulphur mud pits) and Lake Myvatn – Europe’s largest bird sanctuary.
Other unbeatable highlights include a walk inside or snowmobiling on a glacier - or take to a helicopter for a bird's eye view of a glacier or extinct volcano!
Fiona’s travel tipsWHAT TO WEAR: Good walking and waterproof shoes are a must. In summer, light clothing is often all you need - but be prepared for both cold and wet weather at all times of year. You can swim year-round in countless geothermal pools and lagoons with a typical temperature of 25-28°C, so a bathing suit is a must, whenever you visit!
TOP TIP: Stay centrally in Reykjavik – it’s a wonderful city to wander around with some great restaurants.
BEST TIME TO GO: Summer for wonderful hiking