Visit Iceland, an ever growing popular destination for tourists to see on private guided tours. This is due to its dramatic landscape of volcanoes, hot springs, geysers, lava fields, glaciers and fjords.
From nature lovers to thrill seekers there is something different for everyone to enjoy in this wonderful country situated at the edge of the Arctic Circle.
Iceland is a country you can visit at any time of the year, in fact, you can have entirely different experiences during the main season and off season. The main season is from May to September and it is during this time when there are long day light hours with the sun only setting for 3 to 5 hours. Off season, on the other hand, has only around 5 hours of daylight.
Reykjavik is the capital city and the largest city in Iceland. Located in the south-west of the Country on the southern coast of Faxafloi Bay. Its name translated into English means ‘steamy bay’ and it received its name due to the geothermal steam witnessed by Ingolfur Arnarson, the first settler in Iceland. Read More...
Iceland sits on one of the most active volcanic areas in the world and these have devastated parts of the country in years past. In 1963, Surtsey, a new island emerged from the sea as a result of volcanic and other seismic activity.
The people of Iceland turned these geological wonders to their advantage. They use the geothermal energy to heat their buildings and homes while also using them to enhance their leisure time.
All of which results in wonderfully clean air and unspoilt rugged landscapes which are perfect for an unforgettable adventure.
There are amazing places and attractions to see, incredibly beautiful and unspoilt areas to explore and a lively nightlife to be enjoyed. None of which would be as exceptional without the welcoming and very friendly people of Iceland.
Top 10 Things to Do in Iceland
The Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis
Among the top attractions of Iceland are The Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis. See this spectacular natural night show on an organised private guided tour where you are brought to the best but remote places to have the best experience and view of this natural phenomenon. Clear skies are a must to be able to see it, so you need atmospheric conditions and weather to cooperate. There is no better place to experience the Aurora Borealis.
Blue Lagoon, Grindavik
The Blue Lagoon is Iceland’s most iconic geothermal spas and another top attraction for visitors to see on sightseeing tours. This attraction has grown into an industry since 1976 and bathing in the pale blue water is said to be highly beneficial for your health and skin. The water temperature from the underground hot springs reaches 37-39 degrees Celsius. Enjoy and relax with the many spa treatments available here.
To see the Geysers of Iceland on a private guided tour is the only way to see them. The Country’s most popular fountain geyser is Strokkur Geyser which is around a 50-minute drive from Reykjavik. It lies beside the Hvita River in the south-west and is a highly active hot spring. There are around 100 smaller geysers to be explored along with boiling mud pits. Eat some bread that has been baked underground beside a geyser or boil an egg!
Landmannalaugar National Park
Located in the south of Iceland is Landmannalaugar National Park. Visit this park on an adventure tour and explore the multi hued rhyolite mountains, extensive lava fields and see the Hekla volcano. The type of activities to do on your adventure tour here include hiking, climbing and horse riding. The main features to expect on a visit here is the mystical landscape, rugged scenery and spectacular views.
Skaftafell Ice Cave, Vatnajokull
In Vatnajokull National Park, you will find the Skaftafell Ice Cave and an excellent place to take a sightseeing tour. Ideally, take this tour during the winter when the heavy rain has washed the top layer of the glacier away and the cave is bathed in a magnificent blue light. The Vatnajokull National park is full of glaciers and ice caves and is known to attract adventurers from everywhere in the world.
Dettifoss. Vatnajokull National Park
See the magnificent and breathtaking Dettifoss waterfall on a sightseeing tour when visiting Vatnajokull National Park. This waterfall is a fantastic example of natures raw power. This waterfall plunges 45 meters and has a width of 100 metres and regarded as the most powerful cascade in Europe. There is a smaller waterfall, Selfoss a kilometre from Dettifoss. The views are spectacular when you visit these amazing sights.
Þingvellir National Park
If you want to visit a place that epitomises the history of Iceland, then you need to take a guided tour of Bingvellir which is located by the river Oxara. It was here that in 930 the Aibing general assembly was formed and continued to convene until 1798. It is a protected national shrine and has held many major historic Icelandic events. There are spectacular and stunning natural wonders to be seen and explored.
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Enjoy a memorable boat tour on Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon east of Reykjavik. This is regarded as one of the greatest wonders of nature in Iceland and is a recent lagoon more than likely as a result of global warming. As you are on your boat tour, you will see large floating icebergs that have broken off the Breiðamerkurjökull, a glacier. There are plenty of seals and birds to be seen here so look out for them.
Lake Myvatn and Nature Reserve
A sightseeing tour of Lake Myvatn and Nature Reserve is not just for bird watchers even though it is a bird watchers paradise. There is plenty to see and explore for all nature lovers. It is a lake district which has a wealth of bird life, fauna and of course a large body of water. It is estimated to have been formed by a gigantic lava eruption some 2,500 years ago. Bubbling clay pits and lava formations form its unique landscape.
Whale Watching Boat Tours
Take a fascinating adventure when you go on a whale watching tour in Iceland. These tours are available all year round, however, the summer months are the most popular time as you get to see lots of the gentle giants. During the summer months, you can go on these boat tours day or night as it is still bright. Enjoy a ringside view as the whales surface close to the boats. Whales are one of natures most awe inspiring creatures.