Iceland Group Tours
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Take A Group Tour To Iceland
Situated to the east of Greenland and west of Norway in the North Atlantic Ocean, the volcanic island of Iceland erupts with adventures. Widely considered a European country since its proximity is closer to Europe than North America, a scarce population of just over 300,000 people helps protect Iceland’s natural beauty. Although over 10% of the island is glacier, the country is adorned in hot springs, waterfalls, geysers, volcanic deserts, mountains, and black sand beaches.
Although its name does not suggest it, Iceland’s weather is generally very mild, partially due to the Gulf Stream that sails up from the Caribbean and partially because it sits on one of the Earth’s hot spots. Even during the winter, the temperatures usually sit right around freezing. Because of the multiple weather patterns on the island, though, the weather is extremely volatile, with it not uncommon to start the day with warmer temperatures and sunshine and end the day in a blustery, snowy blizzard.
Summer, June through August, is the most popular time for visitors, during the months of the midnight sun that light up the sky almost 24 hours a day. All of Iceland’s most popular excursions stay open through this period, and the warmer temperatures–low to mid-50s–provide ample warmth to hit the trails.
By early September, the masses start to clear Iceland, preparing for the months of the Northern Lights, which extends into April. If you can stand much cooler temperatures, sometimes dipping below zero, the winter months provide quite a sight to see with snow capped mountains highlighted by the Northern Lights dancing across the sky. Although many of the main attractions stay closed due to unruly driving conditions, the snow adventures across the island are bountiful.
Not sure where to start? Take a trip around Iceland’s Golden Circle, a 200-mile route that guides you to a sampling of its most popular destinations, such as one of its three national parks, an active geyser that erupts every ten minutes, and what is considered to be one of Europe’s strongest waterfalls. Or, indulge in one of the endless day trips across the island, which include the following:
- Whale Watching – Sit back, relax, and enjoy the up-close view of whales and other marine life in their natural habitat. Most popular in the summer during the time of the midnight sun, these trips are offered both day and night.
- Hot Springs – Dip into one of Iceland’s natural hot tubs and soak in the rich minerals of its pure water.
- Northern Lights – Brave the cold temperatures of the winter and watch the sky light up with greens and purples as nature puts on its most magnificent light show.
- National Parks – Explore the ice caves in Iceland’s largest national park, Vatnajokull, which spans over 4,600 square miles. Swim in the glacial water of the original settling spot of the Vikings in Thingvellir National Park. Explore the rugged terrain and volcanic beaches of Iceland’s first national park, Snaefellsjokull.
Iceland offers and array of lodging options, depending on whether you prefer to stay near other tourists around the capitol city, Reykjavic, or with locals in rural areas.
- Hotels – Primarily found in the metro area, hotels provide basic accommodations for its guests and are considered a luxurious choice, although they may not be that different from some lavish guesthouses.
- Guesthouses – Similar to the “bed-and-breakfast” concept, guesthouses offer private rooms, along with communal living rooms and kitchens. Some meals are included, and owners enjoy getting to know guests. These are often closed during the winter due to their remote locations.
- Farmstays – Found in rural, peaceful areas of Iceland, farmstays offer a true inside look at farm life in Iceland. Guests generally stay in quaint cottages apart from the main house and are often able to learn about farming during their visit.
Traveling to Iceland requires strategic packing, keeping in mind that packing lightly is ideal, while also packing enough layers to accommodate the ever-changing weather. The following are must-haves for a successful trip to Iceland:
- Passport – US citizens are required to have a valid passport to travel to Iceland, although as long as the trip is less than 90 days, no additional visas are required.
- Layers – Pack plenty of warm base layers and waterproof jackets, along with a swimming suit for hot springs and hiking boots suited for jagged terrain.
- Camera – From the Northern Lights to the mountainous views, you will surely want to pack a camera to capture all of your memories.
Iceland offers quality healthcare, but outside of the metro area, it will be hard to find. Keep this in mind as you explore the island and head out on adventures.
Dress in layers appropriate for outdoors and learn the signs of conditions such as hypothermia and frostbite. Travel in groups and have an emergency contact number handy in case you should need it.
Driving in Iceland is safe, although the roads are only suitable for four-wheel drive vehicles. During the winter, many of the mountainous roads and rural roads are closed, so be sure to check traffic reports before journeying across the island.
Icelanders are friendly and laid-back, but keeping in mind some of the following considerations will enhance your experience with the locals:
- Always shower before dipping into the hot springs, as the water is pure and not treated with chemicals.
- Be prepared to take your shoes off when entering someone’s home, a public locker room, and even some businesses. It is best to carry some “indoor shoes,” such as flip-flops, to slip on inside.
- Tipping is not anticipated or customary in Iceland, as professional service is expected.
- Treat nature with the respect it deserves.
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