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If you’re looking for an unforgettable travel experience, visiting Iceland is highly recommended! The panoramic views are legendary, regardless of the season. No wonder Iceland is one of the world’s most popular travel destinations today.
With a wide range of attractions, this unique island nation is absolutely worth a visit. Unmatched nature, inspiring adventures, rich culture and a charming atmosphere await you. You’ll find incredible landscapes, active volcanoes, blue glaciers, stunning waterfalls and much more!
Explore the fabled South Coast, where you’ll find Iceland’s most famous waterfalls and black sand beaches. Tour the famous Golden Circle route, where you can experience the pure power of the Earth. See geysers erupting, walk between the continents, and visit Iceland’s most breathtaking waterfalls.
Get the most out of your vacation in Iceland. Extreme Iceland offers travel packages of all kinds. Here you can find some general information useful for planning a visit to Iceland. Don't hesitate to contact our travel specialists if you have any questions.
When you are planning your trip to Iceland there are many things to think about. To start with, think about the most important things you want to experience.
Would you like to step out of your comfort zone and go on adventures? Would you like to hike in the wilderness or up a glacier? Are you interested in wildlife, seeing whales, seals, arctic foxes and puffins? Or are you more eager to see the Northern Lights? Would you go on a snowmobile adventure in wintry landscapes and visit some ice caves? Each season has its own charm, their pros and their cons, and their own little magic!
Summer is the most popular travel season in Iceland. During this season, it is bright all day and beautiful sunset and sunrise colors paint the skies all night long. Plenty of amazing festivals and outdoor activities await you. This is the best time for road trips, camping and hiking Iceland’s epic trails. Some of Iceland’s most beautiful areas are only accessible in summer. For example, the roads that lead to the Highlands open in June and are accessible only until September.
Summer is also the season of cuteness and adorable animals: baby horses, sheep and puffins are everywhere! The chance of seeing a whale on a whale-watching tour is nearly 100 percent in summer, although it is also very high in winter at about 90 percent.
June is the month when the weather starts to warm up. Summer officially begins on 19th April in Iceland, but the whole island turns a vibrant green around the end of May. From one week to the next, endless lupin fields start blooming all over Iceland. They paint the landscapes a dream-like deep purple.
June, July and August are the "official summer months," but May and September can also be very nice. The average temperature in Iceland during summer is only 10°C (50 F). At the absolute warmest, it gets is 20°C (68 F) sometimes.
Naturally, every season has its pros and cons. You can't see, for example, the Northern Lights over Iceland in the summer. The nights are too bright and make it impossible to see any lights in the sky, although they are there.
Hotels, guided tours, accommodations and rental cars are often fully booked in summer. The solution to that problem is to book everything far in advance! Secure your reservations right away to make sure you get to do everything your way on your Iceland vacation.
If you are looking for the best time with regard to price-to-value ratio, consider coming during the off-season. It’s possible to find flight tickets to Iceland from $99 one-way from America! Prices are even cheaper from many cities in Europe, especially London.
Due to limited space, it can be pretty hard to find cheap accommodations in the high season. So you need to book everything months in advance. In the low season, with less competition for cheaper rooms, you’ll have a wider selection of affordable accommodation options.
The off-season lasts from early autumn to late spring (September - May). During these months, you’ll find it’s the least crowded from January through May. These are the cheapest months to fly, rent a car and find accommodations in Iceland.
There are no flowers in spring and the landscape doesn’t get any greener until the middle or end of May. Snow covers the mountains for sure, and fresh snow can fall in the cities as well, even in May. Temperatures range between -3°C and +9°C (26°F to 49°F). Compared to the cheapest months, April and May are the warmest, sunniest, and driest.
Flying to Iceland has never been easier! Plenty of airline companies operate regular airfares to Iceland. Some offer annual services while others limit flights to the summer season.
Located halfway between North America and Europe, Iceland is a perfect place for a brief stopover on a transatlantic journey. Some airline companies offer free stopovers in Iceland. Icelandair, Wow Air and Air Canada are some of them.This is a great opportunity to explore the land of fire and ice.
The following list contains the approximate duration of direct flights from some major cities to Iceland.
Iceland largest international airport is Keflavík (KEF). This is where the vast majority of travelers pass through. But some other small airports host international flights as well, such as Efilsstaðir, Akureyri, and Reykjavík Domestic Airport.
Keflavik International Airport was built by the U.S. military during the World War II in 1943. Around 20 airline companies flew to and from Iceland in 2018. The number of passengers has been growing rapidly an even further increase is expected.
The estimated number of passengers for 2018 is around 4.5 million. Predictions suggest that by 2020, the number of passengers will reach seven million per year.
Despite the increasing number of the visitors, the Keflavík airport is quite small and cozy. The waiting times at check-ins are minimal. In peak season in 2017, 98 percent of passengers waited for less than 10 minutes.
The airport is located 50 km from the capital city Reykjavík. The drive to the city lasts about 45-50 minutes. The maximum driving speed limit is 90 km/h or 55 miles per hour.
Express bus services and private taxis connect the airport with the city. They operate around flight arrivals and departures. You can find the buses outside the terminal building, waiting for your arrival. You can buy tickets can online or at the airport.
Many car rentals offer airport pick-up as well. If you plan to rent a car during your stay, you should book online in advance. Some hotels and guesthouses also offer pickup at the airport, especially if you stay in Keflavík town.
You can find all kinds of lovely accommodations in Iceland, including cheap hostels, budget Bed & Breakfast accommodations, rustic family-fun guesthouses, boutique and countryside hotels and even luxurious apartments. The number of hotels is rising constantly. Still, there are no five-star hotels in Iceland.
Iceland is a small country with a low population. This is why the selection of accommodation is limited. As the summer or holiday season gets closer, it is harder and harder to find affordable rooms.
We highly recommend that you book your accommodations well in advance to get the best price and best selection
If you book a package tour with Extreme Iceland, we arrange accommodations for your whole tour. Our overnight- and multi-day tours always include accommodations, usually with breakfast. Most tours and packages offer pickup and drop-off at your accommodations in Reykjavik.
To get a few ideas about the accommodations you can find in Iceland, click here to see a list of accommodation in Iceland. This is by no means a complete list.
Many visitors come to Iceland to experience pure, unspoiled wilderness. Travellers are required to behave responsibly in the Icelandic nature by minimizing their impact on the area in which they camp.
Camping is super easy in Iceland. It is not necessary to book your place at a campsite in advance... you just show up. There are around 170 registered campsites around the country. There is a hardly a village where you won’t find at least one campsite. They are usually open from the beginning of June until late August or mid-September. Some campsites offer services during the winters for campervans and recreational vehicles.
Icelandic laws allow you to pitch your tent in the wilderness only if you find yourself away from any registered campsite. In residential areas, you are allowed to overnight in a tent on uncultivated land for one night, only if there is no registered campsite in the area.
It is forbidden to camp in any nature reserve or national park. Camping on cultivated land and private property is also prohibited. There are areas with restrictions to protect sensitive nature and birdlife. Beginning in 2018, Iceland’s entire South Coast is a prohibited area for wild camping.
If you are traveling in a mobile camper, even stricter rules apply to you. Wild camping is allowed only in tents. Tent trailers, campers, caravans, and any other type of motor vehicle are not allowed to overnight outside of designated campsites.
If you book a multi-day hike with Extreme Iceland, we’ll arrange your accommodations for the whole tour. Sometimes you can choose between huts and campsites. Find more information about this on our web pages for each multi-day hike tour.
Extreme Iceland offers packages both for independent travelers and for those who prefer the organized small group tours. If you have difficulties with deciding which travel style to choose for your Iceland holiday, consider the following points.
Safety comes first! Weather and driving conditions are special in Iceland. They can easily surprise you if you are not used to the climate. The weather is notoriously changeable. Fog, vertical rain, blowing wind and storms can - and probably will - occur any time. Storms can turn into sparkling sunshine in minutes. The winters are long, dark and stormy with frequently challenging road conditions.
If you aren’t an experienced driver, avoid renting a car and self-driving through your Iceland tour. If you have never driven on snowy and icy roads, you should not risk it. Our expert driving guides are skilled and specifically trained to drive in the difficult Icelandic conditions. We at Extreme Iceland offer great experiences in all kinds of weather. We know when the forecast is too risky to head out. You can trust our knowledge of the island.
On an organized group tour, we take care of everything. You won’t have to bother with energy-sapping navigating in unfamiliar places and circumstances. You won’t get lost. You don't risk danger if you get distracted by the beautiful landscapes or the Northern Lights, because you are not the driver. Your focus can be on the beauty all around you rather than driving.
Are you traveling by yourself and interested in meeting like-minded travelers? Then the group tour is surely for you! People on coach tours are more interesting than you might imagine!
You’ll meet other open-minded solo travellers who appreciate the security offered by an organized tour. From retirees with decades of amazing travel experiences to young backpackers who love going on independent holidays, you’ll travel with a diverse and fascinating group of fellow tourists.
You may also meet small group of friends or couples who want to spend quality time together and are open to making new friendships. Or lively families who want to spend their time with the kids instead of driving all day long. Or maybe even parents enjoying a kids-free holiday. Many of our guests have made friends for life travelling with us!
Iceland is an expensive country so the term “low-budget” has a different meaning than in South-East Asia, for instance. The most cost-effective way of traveling in Iceland is by booking everything far in advance.
If you have a fixed budget, you can avoid the sometimes nasty surprises of touring by booking a group tour. Cost overrun is a possible risk of individual travels. Especially when it comes to fuel, which exceeds $2 a liter in Iceland, and can quickly add to your mounting holiday bill. Booking one of our self-drive packages comes with the advantage of organized accommodations, often with breakfast included.
When it comes to time, you can save a lot if you leave the organization to someone else. Regardless of whether you choose a group tour or a self-driven tour, our Iceland experts will put together your itinerary.
We consider value and timing. We’ve honed our expertise and skills over years of practical experience and decades of local knowledge. Putting together a similar itinerary yourself can take hours of research. Finding the best car rental companies, hotels, restaurants and places to stay takes time. So, whatever you choose, if you go with Extreme Iceland tours, you can relax. We will take care of everything.
If you prefer flexibility and spontaneity, our self-driven tours are for you. With your own rental car, you have perfect freedom. You can spend as much time at locations as you want. You can skip those that you are less interested in and make extra stops whenever you feel like it. You can head out in the middle of the night for a Northern Light hunt or to take a walk in the midnight sun.
We will take care of your car rental, the accommodations and the self-drive tour itinerary. Book and receive your detailed travel guide, based on our extensive local knowledge. It will lead you to the most beautiful places on the island, and even some lesser-known treasures.
Your Iceland self-drive tour package includes a rental car and accommodations. And you can choose from a list of extra activities in the areas. The itinerary has been carefully selected by our team of professional travel experts. It includes all of the best attractions, directions and activities along the way... leave it to the experts and enjoy your tour!
Extreme Iceland offers a great selection of travel options. From the adventurous action packages to specialized honeymoon and anniversary tours. We offer budget-friendly self-drive trips, brief stopover packages and so much more. Our tour packages have varying durations.
We recommend that you book your flight at least one day before the travel package begins. Then, depart the day after that the earliest time possible. So, if a travel package has the duration of four days, you would spend at least six nights in Iceland.
If you have any extra time, we recommend exploring Reykjavik city. There are many beautiful places and hidden gems in Reykjavik. Visit the modern and distinctive colored glass building of Harpa Concert Hall. Climb up to the tower of Iceland’s biggest church, the captivating Hallgrimskirkja Church. Admire the incredible view of the colorful, charming houses of Reykjavík.
Take a dip in a hot tub and relax like a local in one of the numerous geothermal swimming pools. Walk along the famous Laugavegur shopping street and taste the local street food. Visit the Botanical Gardens have a good soup in the greenhouse bistro. Meet the arctic foxes, reindeer, seals and Icelandic domestic animals in the city’s “family park.” Reykjavík is small but there is so much to do!