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Iceland’s wild nature, beguiling scenery and wealth of outdoor activities offer a wide array of choice when planning a trip. To help you figure out where to go, what to do and how long to stay, our specialists have put together a range of sample itineraries to show you what is possible.

With options for a quick trip around the Golden Circle, a grand tour of the entire island, or family-friendly adventure, we’ll show you how to explore Iceland’s well-known sights in unusual ways and introduce you to little-known gems along the way. Once you’ve got some inspiration, our Iceland specialists will put together a tailor-made tour based on your interests, to ensure you make the most of your time.

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Our recommended tours in Iceland

These itineraries are designed to give you some suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Iceland, and they showcase some of the routes that we’ve found work particularly well. Treat them simply as inspiration, because your tour will be created uniquely for you by one of our specialists based on your particular tastes and interests.

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Iceland's Hidden Highlights self-drive

  • Take a privately guided superjeep tour to Þjórsárdalur in Iceland’s southern highlands, exploring its verdant valleys and dramatic waterfalls.

  • Climb a volcano and catch views of the south coast’s glaciers from the Westman Islands.

  • Explore the verdant, craggy landscape of Eldhraun: the world’s largest lava field.

  • See one of Iceland’s largest puffin colonies and learn more about Icelandic folklore in the Eastfjords.

10 Days from £3,335pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Classic Iceland self-drive

  • Eat your way around Reykjavík on a private food-focused walking tour.

  • Snorkel between the tectonic plates in Þingvellir National Park.

  • Wander through icy tunnels carved in the depths of Langjökull glacier.

  • Watch icebergs calve from glaciers and float across Jökulsárlón lagoon.

9 Days from £3,490pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Iceland Family Adventure

  • Explore a subterranean cave, formed thousands of years ago by molten lava.

  • See how Icelanders bake bread underground using geothermal energy.

  • Ride an Icelandic horse across volcanic black sand beaches.

  • Experience the thundering waterfalls and erupting geysers of the Golden Circle and south coast with a local guide.

8 Days from £3,750pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Active Iceland self-drive: waterfalls, volcanoes and lagoons

  • Explore the Golden Circle from the Hvítá river on a guided rafting tour, close to Gullfoss waterfall.

  • Take a privately guided superjeep tour to Landmannalaugar, hiking through its striped rhyolite mountains and soaking in geothermally heated hot springs.

  • Mountain bike through Eldhraun, the world’s largest lava field, with a local Icelandic guide.

  • Paddle through floating icebergs on Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon on a small-group kayaking tour.

  • Don crampons and take a guided hike through Sólheimajökull glacier’s curious icy formations.

8 Days from £3,910pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Luxury Iceland

  • Spend time hiking, whale watching, snowmobiling or skiing at Deplar Farm, one of Iceland’s finest properties.

  • See Iceland from above on a private helicopter tour, including a landing on Þórisjökull glacier.

  • Enjoy a picnic lunch in the untouched, volcanic Reykjanes Peninsula on a private superjeep tour.

  • Soak in the Blue Lagoon’s geothermal waters at the exclusive Retreat Spa.

7 Days from £8,500pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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Iceland's south coast

  • Go glacier hiking on Vatnajökull, Iceland's largest ice cap.

  • Snorkel between two tectonic plates in Þingvellir National Park.

  • Take a zodiac boat tour on Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon.

  • Head into a glacier itself and witness the majestic blues of the ice first-hand.

  • Go horse riding on one of Iceland's iconic black sand beaches.

12 Days from £9,290pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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A private tour around Iceland's ring road

  • Go snowmobiling on Langjökull Glacier.

  • Explore the ethereal icebergs of Jökulsárlón lagoon by boat.

  • Relax in the Mývatn geothermal baths overlooking Lake Mývatn.

  • Try out the tölt gait, only used by Icelandic horses.

  • Head inside a dormant volcano and descend into its magma chamber.

13 Days from £11,580pp

with international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

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