Here is what you need to know to plan your trip to Iceland!
First decide when you want to travel:
- Midnight Sun / Summer: March-August (Puffins May-Aug)
- Northern Lights / Winter: September-March (Nov-Jan are cold and windy)
The top trips to Iceland are
- Quick trip based out of Reykjavik (5 days is a good time frame)
- Driving tour around the island (8-12 days)
- Cruise around the island (10 days)
- Northern Lights (September-February)
1) Quick trip based out of Reykjavik
If you just have a week to travel, or if you are flying through Iceland en route to Europe, you can easily see the highlights in about 5 days.
The top excursions around Reykjavik are
- Blue Lagoon – Typically done upon arrival to relax after the long flight
- Golden Circle – Full day to the south with Thingvellir National Park, geysers, and Gullfoss Waterfalls
- City Tour of Reykavik – Can be a private guided tour or a hop-on-hop-off bus
2) Driving tour around the island
The Ring Road can be done in 8-12 days either self-drive or a guided tour.
In the summer, you can see Puffins, whales, and fishing activity. In the winter, you can see the Northern Lights!
There are so many activities to choose from:
- Whale watching
- River rafting
- Glacier walks
- ATV tours
- Horseback riding
- Helicopter tours
3) Cruise around the island
This circumnavigation takes 8-10 days, or 12 days that includes Greenland. They operate May-September. It is a great way to explore the fjords along the coast.
4) Northern Lights
You can see the Northern Lights September-February. September, October, and February are the most popular because November-January are cold and windy.
The Northern Lights can be experienced on any of our Iceland tours, but be sure to check out the 8-Day Iceland Northern Lights (Small Group Tour).