Our Iceland trips conjure up images of huge waterfalls, glistening glaciers, spouting geysers and steaming hot pools. Reykjavik may be small but this beautiful city packs a punch and provides the perfect starting and end point for most of our Iceland tours. Outside the city lies a landscape that’s begging to be explored, with endless opportunities for trekking adventures.
Our trips to Iceland make for unforgettable adventure holidays, with visits to the impressive Gullfoss and Godafoss waterfalls, Lake Myvatn and the Jokulsarlon Lagoon keeping you busy. In winter, you can experience snowshoeing through snow caked forests, ice climbing and an afternoon glacier exploration. Booking an Iceland trip is also one of the best chance for you to see the Northern Lights, and no holiday would be complete without immersing yourself in the steaming waters of the Blue Lagoon.
Exodus’ Iceland tours also allow you to see glimpses of some of the most iconic Arctic wildlife, such as Musk ox and polar bears while hiking along the tundra, with opportunities for whale watching as we travel on small expedition vessels. On our trips to Iceland, you can also see the continental drift at it’s best, in Thingvellir World Heritage Area, where you’ll find famous geysers, ice waterfalls and immense fissures around every corner on our Iceland Explorer.
From its otherworldly geologic wonders to interesting arctic wildlife encounters our trips to Iceland don’t disappoint.
Explore the Big Country: While it’s not necessarily big in geographical terms, Iceland is massive when it comes to geological diversity and geographic features. The interior mainly consists of a plateau characterised by sand fields, mountains and glaciers, while many big glacial rivers flow to the sea through the lowlands. And of course, you’ll want to explore the world-famous geysers, waterfalls and the cultural city of Reykjavik on our Iceland trips.
Bathe in the Blue Lagoon: After a hard day’s trekking, there is no better place to relax and revitalise than in the warm mineral-rich hot springs of the Blue Lagoon. Lying on the Reykjanes Peninsula, the lagoon is fed by heated seawater and surrounded by walls of black lava, which create an ethereal backdrop for bathing. The mineral-rich water is believed to have regenerative and healing qualities and the silica mud used for face masks can help reduce skin ailments.
Visit Skogafoss waterfall: At 60m high, Skogafoss is an impressive waterfall that cascades over the edge of the clifftop and crashes into the river below. The huge roar and spray clouds are immense and can be experienced from various viewpoints. Take the 370 steps to the top for one of the best views over the falls and the coast beyond. On a sunny day, you might even be lucky enough to see the gorgeous rainbows that arch across the water.
Go whale watching: Iceland is the ultimate destination for whale watching and our Iceland tours offer some amazing opportunities. During the summer months, the waters around the shoreline become a vast feeding ground for whales, attracting a great diversity of species including the majestic killer whale, the humpback whale and the pilot whale as well as many others.
When is the best time to visit Iceland?
All year round in Iceland there’s something extraordinary waiting to impress you. But when you travel will all depend on what you want to see on your trip. If you want to go on a Northern Lights tour, then between September and March is the optimal time to visit. But if you want to enjoy other activities such as whale watching and outdoor activities, then visit in the summer months when the daylight hours are longer, and the weather is warmer. Spring can also be a good time for trekking holidays as the main sights are quieter, the snow begins to melt, and the land becomes greener.
When is the best time to see the Northern Lights?
Owing to the elusive nature of these sought-after phenomena, sightings can’t be guaranteed so it’s important that you choose the best times and locations to optimise your chances of seeing them. Between the months of September to March the Northern Lights are visible across clear, dark skies, away from any light pollution. While spring and autumn usually enjoy better weather conditions, in the winter months the skies remain darker for longer. The best times to go in search of the Aurora is between 9pm and 2am.
FAQs on Iceland Tours
What species of whale are in Iceland?
Holidays to Iceland are fantastic if you want to go whale watching. There are many different species that can be seen off the coast on specialist boat trips. Some of the more common species include minke whales (which can be seen year round), sperm whales, humpback whales and orcas (also known as killer whales), and you might even spot a harbour or white-beaked dolphin frolicking in the waves.
What are the best things to do on Iceland tours?
While the opportunities for adventure in Iceland are endless, there are several things you can’t miss, although some will depend on the dates you travel:
Northern Lights tour
Golden Circle tour
Bathing in the Blue Lagoon
Explore the distinctive architecture of Reykjavik
Snæfellsjökull National Park
Thingvellir National Park
Is 3 days enough in Iceland?
Although you could probably cram some of the main sights into 3 days, it’s certainly not long enough to see everything that Iceland has to offer. We would recommend at least 5 days to explore and immerse yourself fully in the country’s nature and culture. For a more in-depth tour, anything from 7 days and upwards will allow you to venture further off the beaten track to discover lesser-known gems. It also gives you the opportunity to enjoy hikes into the mountains and more remote nature reserves.
What are the main sights in Reykjavik?
Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavik is the northernmost capital in the world and one of the most fascinating. As well as boasting a thriving cultural scene, it’s filled with wonderful architecture and historical sites. Looming above the city, Hallgrimskirkja Church is one of the most iconic sights. From its summit, a viewing platform affords fabulous 360-degree views over Reykjavik. The Blue Lagoon is another famous attraction, and its milky-blue thermal springs provide a unique backdrop for bathing in its healing waters. History lovers should head to the National Museum which displays a wonderful collection of ancient artefacts dating back to the Vikings.
What’s the largest geyser in Iceland?
Strokkur is the largest active geyser in Iceland and can be found in the Haukadalur Valley, with its boiling waters erupting every few minutes and reaching impressive heights of up to 40 metres. Great Geyser is arguably the most famous in Iceland and can outperform Strokkur with eruptions of up to 70 metres, however, it is currently dormant and was last active over 20 years ago. It can also be found in the Haukadalur Valley when you enjoy a tour of the Golden Circle on our Iceland trips.