Layover & Stopover Tours

Layover & Stopover Tours

Add Iceland to your trip to Europe or the U.S. while flying over the Atlantic. Book stopover packages for your layover in Iceland with Iceland's largest travel site and leading agency. Discover the northern lights, waterfalls, glaciers, ice caves, and so much more with these great stopover tours.

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Maricel Quesada

Maricel Quesada

27/11/2017, 00:36
Review of Best 7 Day Northern Lights Self Drive Tour of Iceland to a Unique Ice Cave

The tour is super well organized, lots of information is provided for you to take the most advantage of it, the hotels were great, they all offered amazing breakfast, also all of them had a restaurant and most of them offered great food. A 4x4 is a most and specially during winter. Our agent was super helpful and patient. Because of bad weather all of our tours were cancelled and Guide to Iceland refunded us with no problem and helped us booked new tours when the weather permitted. I feel the itinerary is a bit ambitious specially in winter when driving times are longer due to weather, the roads are with ice and the daylight is shorter, so my advice is be prepared with the list of things you really want to see so you can prioritize them, the last day is a lot of driving because you are coming back from Hofn to Reykjavik, so be prepared for that. Something that helped us a lot to get familiarized with the itinerary was to create Google Maps using MyMaps for each day so we can get the route and the exact coordinates of the places we were going to visit even though at the end we could not see them all. Try to familiarize yourself with the websites that give you information about the roads and the weather, they will become your main tool when driving in Iceland because the weather can change rapidly (,,, we were caught in a Wind Storm in the South and South East area and the wind and wind gust were incredible strong, some roads were closed some times and driving through that was a bit stressful, so just be ready in case it happens. Iceland is amazing beautiful country, the trip is totally worth it so I totally recommend it and booking through Guide to Iceland will make your life easier.

Simone Cronin

Simone Cronin

06/11/2017, 17:42
Review of Best 1 Week Summer Self Drive Tour of the Ring Road of Iceland & Golden Circle

I did the 8 day self drive tour solo in October with the budget 2wd option. As I had an extra day either side Guide to Iceland organised for me to have the same rental car for the two extra days with the pick up and drop off from the airport. They also offered to arrange the extra nights accommodation aswell but I had already arranged my own. Everything was amazing, all of the accommodation was great. Make sure you pop into the office in Reykjavik when you arrive to grab your welcome pack and to ask any last bits of advice like places to stop and eat driving between destinations. The staff there were super lovely and even printed a few suggested routes for different days off for me. I only did the one activity tour, the amphibious glacier boat tour and it was a definite highlight of the trip! Another highlight was the Mývatn Nature Baths (much nicer than the Blue Lagoon) which I definitely recommend putting aside at least two hours for when in the area. The only thing I would suggest doing a bit different is splitting the golden circle and the drive from Reykjavik to Vík into two separate days as with the limited amount of daylight (in early Oct) there simply wasn't enough time to fit everything in and it was already getting dark by the time I reached Seljalandsfoss. Which was another highlight of my trip and as a little tip if you plan on going right up behind it make sure to pop on some waterproof outer layers (including pants) as you will get absolutely drenched but it's worth it! So if you have time plan an extra day before or after to do the golden circle on it's own. All in all a wonderful experience and I can't wait to come back!

Eric Berger

Eric Berger

05/08/2017, 14:43
Review of 6 Day Self Drive Holiday in Iceland with the Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Overall, great family time vacation! Highly recommended. We did the 6 day self drive tour and chose the quality accommodations so we had certain expectations for the lodging. Guide to Iceland really made things easy with the suggested itinerary and activities. My 20 yr and 17 yr old sons enjoyed all the activities. The itinerary combined the right amout of activities and suggestions if you wanted more sites to visit. The hotel quality overall was fine and it was convenient to have breakfasts included, especially as some of the hotels are pretty remote so you would have to drive a distance for breakfast otherwise. When we had an issue with one of the activities, they addressed the problem right away and issued us a partial refund within a day. Our service agent, Johnathan, was always prompt in answering questions and helping us make some last minute scheduling changes. My one gripe was with only one hotel for one night - the Fosshotel Nupar. We chose the highest comfort level for all our hotels and this one was truly subpar. It was very new in fact there was serious construction going on during our brief stay. The room was very clean. Accomodations were basic at best, a stool served as a nightstand and our large glass door to the outside didn't lock. The staff appeared overwhelmed at dinner and even more so at the self-serve buffet breakfast. The whole experience there was a bit "off." But, other than that one hiccup, I highly recommend this group.

Frequently asked questions

What is a stopover tour in Iceland?

If you fly long-haul over the Atlantic Ocean, you may want to experience a stopover tour in Iceland to break up your trip. You can easily fly to Iceland and explore the country for a few days before heading to your final destination. Stopover tours are also known as layover tours. They can be added to your trip when flying to Europe or the US.

During your layover tour, you can do everything you would usually do on a sightseeing trip to Iceland. However, it means that you can add an extra destination to your trip and spend more time on vacation. You can discover the wondrous northern lights, gace at amazing waterfalls, hike massive glaciers, explore mysterious ice caves, and more on a stopover tour.

What are the best stopover tours in Iceland?

One of the best stopover tours in Iceland is a three-day tour of the Golden Circle and the South Coast and is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 845 travelers. This tour costs around 670 USD.

Another top-rated stopover tour in Iceland is a five-day tour that includes ice caving and a trip to the Blue Lagoon and is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 385 travelers. This experience costs around 1,010 USD.

This excellent stopover tour in Iceland is also highly-rated and is a six-day northern lights hunting package and is rated an average of 4.6 out of 5 stars by 222 travelers. This stopover costs approximately 1,063 USD.

How long is the average stopover tour in Iceland?

Stopover tours in Iceland vary by length. How long the tour is will depend on which one you choose. Stopover tours are available as three-day, four-day, five-day, and six-day tours. The shortest layover tours are three days. These three-day tours include a northern lights winter stopover. This tour includes Golden Circle highlights and a visit to the Blue Lagoon. The longest stopover tours are six days in duration. These six-day tours include a self-drive tour on Iceland’s south coast. During this tour, you will drive your own vehicle. You’ll be able to enjoy the famous sights of the south coast as well as an ice-caving excursion.

Is it worth visiting Iceland on a stopover tour?

Yes, Iceland is a great country to visit on a stopover tour. A popular way of seeing the country is on a short break. Stopover tours make it easy to fit an Iceland trip into your layover before reaching your final destination. You can get a taste of everything that Iceland has to offer during a layover tour. Tours often include highlights that the country is famous for, including the Golden Circle and the Blue Lagoon. You may even be lucky enough to see the northern lights during your stopover tour. The peak season for catching a glimpse of the northern lights is between November and February. During these winter months, the nights are long in Iceland, creating a better chance of seeing this natural phenomenon.

Can I book a stopover tour in Iceland during winter?

Yes, winter is a great time to book a stopover tour in Iceland. In fact, winter is one of the best times to visit Iceland. The best time to see the northern lights in Iceland is between November and February. The skies are at their darkest during these months, creating perfect conditions for the aurora borealis. There are also plenty of winter activities available in Iceland. Exciting winter activities include dog sledding tours and snowmobiling tours as well as ice cave tours which are also only available during the winter months. Winter is also a great time to soak in the warming waters of the Blue Lagoon. Winter is a very popular time to visit Iceland, so be sure to book early to secure the best prices and itineraries.

Will I be able to see the northern lights on a stopover tour in Iceland?

Depending on the season, you may get to see the northern lights during your stopover tour in Iceland. For the best chances of seeing them, travel during the winter months when the skies are at their darkest. November, December, January, and February make up the peak viewing season for northern lights. Opting for a guided northern lights tour may also increase your chances of seeing the aurora borealis. On a guided tour, your guide will have local knowledge of the best places to glimpse these dancing lights. The northern lights are a natural phenomenon and, as such, there is no guarantee that you will see them during your trip to Iceland, but choosing a customizable northern lights tour will certainly help!

Can I do a road trip during a stopover tour of Iceland?

Yes, you can easily do a stopover road trip in Iceland. These road trips are usually self-drives, meaning you will drive your own vehicle and travel to different destinations and attractions in Iceland at your own pace. If you’re really enjoying a specific attraction in Iceland, you can spend more time there. Alternatively, if you’re not, you can move on quickly!

Explore the best of Iceland’s landscapes on a five-day essential Iceland self-drive tour. During this self-drive tour, you’ll get to relax in the Blue Lagoon and visit the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. A self-drive road trip is an excellent opportunity to get a taste of Iceland before taking off for your final destination.