Summer Tours & Packages

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Summer travel in Iceland

Iceland is a country of beautiful extremes, and the summer is no exception. Although temperatures remain mild rather than hot, the all-night sun casts a bewitching glow over the mossy landscapes and rugged coastlines, and wildlife fills the green lowlands.

Stunning locations that are inaccessible during winter become exciting destinations to visit as part of our all-accommodating summer packages.

There is a unique quality to the summer sunlight which has earned Iceland its reputation as a photographer’s dream. With the ‘golden hour’ extending over several hours and sunsets that can stretch on through the evening, it’s important sometimes to remember to put down your camera, take a breath, and simply enjoy the fantastic scenery and natural wonders around you.

Although your tour is in the middle of summer, you can still experience Iceland’s icy wonders by going on a glacial hike or taking a snowmobile ride across the ice caps.

If you are not feeling quite so adventurous, many packages are more conducive to comfortable sightseeing with guided tours and drivers who make sure that you’re never far from a warm and relaxing environment. Whatever your preference, there will be a summer package suitable for you.

Bear in mind that Iceland is not the limit. We also offer packages that include visits to our neighbor Greenland for an authentic summertime Arctic experience. Both Iceland and Greenland are home to a fantastic wealth of wildlife.

Notably, the summer months herald the arrival of puffins, flocking to Icelandic shores to nest alongside gannets, guillemots, and an abundance of arctic terns.

Although our winter is dark and icy, when summer comes to Iceland, it is something to behold. You can genuinely feel the warmth of the midnight sun in the plants, animals, and the attitude of the people. Come feel summer inside and out and book a summer package today.

Frequently asked questions

What is the best summer tour in Iceland?

The best summer tour in Iceland is the 10-day self-drive tour of the complete Ring Road of Iceland with top attractions & Snaefellsnes rated 4.7 out of 5 stars with more than 235 reviews. This extensive tour allows travelers to explore Iceland's famous natural wonders and numerous hidden gems, with the flexibility to customize their booking to their preferences.
For those who cannot stay for more than a week, take the unforgettable six-day summer vacation package with Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, rated 4.8 out of 5 stars by more than 100 travelers. Iconic Icelandic attractions are part of this tour, including the Golden Circle, the South Coast, and the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon.

Is it worth it to travel in summer in Iceland?

Absolutely, traveling to Iceland in the summer is worth it. The country's unique beauty, mild temperatures, and all-night sun create a magical atmosphere, with versatile summer packages offering a hassle-free exploration of stunning landscapes and wildlife.
Whether you're into photography, adventure activities, or simply enjoying the warmth of the midnight sun, Iceland in summer has something for every traveler.

What is the cheapest summer tour in Iceland?

The cheapest summer tour in Iceland is this scenic three-day budget self-drive tour of Iceland with hot springs & the Golden Circle, from 152 USD. This affordable package offers the freedom and flexibility of a self-drive tour of the Golden Circle with the opportunity to take relaxing geothermal baths.

What is the difference between summer self-drive tours and vacation packages?

Transportation and independence are the main differences between a summer self-drive tour and a vacation package. In a self-drive tour, you have the flexibility of driving yourself with a provided vehicle, while a vacation package typically includes guided tours and airport transfers with less emphasis on independent travel. Both options offer accommodation, detailed itineraries, and the support of a personal travel agent, but the self-drive option provides more autonomy in exploring the destinations.

What are the benefits of booking a summer tour or package in Iceland?

Booking a summer tour or package in Iceland offers several benefits, including:
1. Convenience: Pre-planned itineraries save time and effort in organizing your trip.
2. Expertise: Professional guides provide local knowledge and insights about Iceland's attractions and culture.
3. Safety: Tours led by experienced guides ensure safe and responsible exploration of Iceland's unique landscapes.
4. Social experience: Joining a group tour can be a great way to meet fellow travelers and make new friends.

Are there any summer-specific activities available in Iceland?

Yes, some activities are uniquely suited for the summer months in Iceland, including:
1. Puffin watching tours, as puffins typically nest in Iceland from May to August.
2. Hiking in the Icelandic highlands, such as the Laugavegur hiking trail, which is more accessible during the summer months.
3. River rafting or kayaking on glacial rivers, which are more navigable in the summer due to increased water flow.
4. Exploring the Westfjords, a remote and scenic region that is more easily accessible during the summer.

What types of summer tours and packages are available in Iceland?

There is a wide range of summer tours and packages available in Iceland, including self-drive tours, guided group tours, day tours, and multi-day summer tours.
Popular options include the Golden Circle, South Coast, Snaefellsnes peninsula, and the Diamond Circle in north Iceland. Activities can vary from sightseeing, hiking, whale watching, and horse riding to visiting geothermal pools and hot springs around the country.

What should I pack for a summer tour in Iceland?

Packing for a summer tour in Iceland should include:
1. Layered clothing: Temperatures can vary, so pack thermal or moisture-wicking base layers, fleece or sweater, and a waterproof and windproof outer layer.
2. Sturdy shoes: Hiking boots or waterproof walking shoes are recommended for exploring Iceland's rugged terrain.
3. Accessories: Don't forget a hat and sunglasses for sun protection, as well as gloves and a scarf for cooler temperatures.
4. Swimwear and a quick-dry towel: You may want to take a dip in one of Iceland's many geothermal pools or hot springs.
5. Camera and binoculars: Capture stunning landscapes and wildlife during your summer adventures.
6. Power adapter: Iceland uses Type F power outlets with a standard voltage of 230V, so bring an appropriate adapter if needed.

Can I book a summer tour package that includes accommodation and transportation in Iceland?

Yes, we have many summer tour packages that include accommodation and transportation on a pre-determined route around the country. There is a wide variety of summer self-drive tours in Iceland that you can explore, ranging from short 3-day trips to epic 21-day journeys, and anything in between.

Can I customise my summer tour package in Iceland?

You can customize your summer tour package during booking by selecting which tours to opt into, and the level of comfort you want from your accommodation. Please email info@guidetoiceland.is for further information.

Can I get picked up at my accommodation or at a private residence for my summer tour in Iceland?

No, but you can choose from a list of designated pickup locations, such as the nearest hotel, during the booking process of your summer tour in Iceland. Be sure to contact your travel agent if there is any confusion.

How is pick-up from the airport arranged for my summer tour in Iceland?

You will be provided with an open Flybus ticket which gives you admission to a bus that transfers you to Reykjavik from Keflavik Airport and back. This should quickly get you into the city to start your summer tour in Iceland.

Should my accommodation be in Keflavik, could I be dropped off or picked up from there?

We only offer direct Keflavik International Airport transfers to and from Reykjavik accommodations. You would, therefore, do well to book accommodation in Keflavik that offers an airport shuttle since you will be dropped off and picked up from there. Another option would be to make use of a taxi transfer, which is not included in any of these packages.

Is it safe to drive in Iceland during the summer?

Yes, as long as you follow local traffic laws, Iceland is a very safe country to drive in. The main roads, including the Ring Road, are paved and well maintained throughout the year. To be on the safe side, you should check the road conditions before heading out on your journey.

Can I visit the Blue Lagoon on a different day than the one that was originally scheduled?

Yes, rescheduling visits to the Blue Lagoon is almost always possible. Just contact your travel agent so that all the necessary arrangements can be made.

What happens if my summer tour in Iceland is cancelled due to weather?

In the case of a weather cancellation, we will try to reschedule your tour or organize an alternative option. If neither is possible, you will receive a full refund. If you join a cheaper tour than the one that was originally booked, you will be refunded the price difference.

Will I see the northern lights during my summer tour in Iceland?

The northern lights are not visible during the height of summer in Iceland. The earliest they can be seen is in mid-August, and the latest is at the end of April. The peak season for the aurora borealis is September to April. However, you do have the option of seeing the midnight sun during the summer in Iceland which can color the sky in different hues of blue, pink, or purple.

How long is the Ring Road and how are the road conditions during the summer in Iceland?

The Ring Road is around 800 miles (1,300 kilometers) long, but the total distance you drive will depend on the specifics of your journey. The entire ring road is paved and easy to navigate. Road conditions in Iceland are generally good in the summer months. However, it is advisable to check the road conditions before heading out on your journey.

Are summer tours in Iceland suitable for families?

Summer tours in Iceland are generally suitable for families, as warmer weather, longer daylight hours, and more accessible attractions make planning activities for all ages easier. We have a wide selection of family tours in Iceland you can explore. Be sure to check specific age restrictions or requirements for individual activities and tours.

What is the midnight sun in Iceland?

The midnight sun is simply what it's called in Iceland when the sun can still be seen during midnight, creating a long-lasting period of twilight that never gets dark. During the summer, it is bright around the clock, making it perfect for traveling around the country on a summer self-drive tour.

When is the summer season in Iceland?

Summer in Iceland typically lasts from June to August, with the warmest and brightest days occurring in these months. The midnight sun phenomenon, where daylight extends well into the night, is also experienced during this season, providing more time to explore and enjoy outdoor activities.
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