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About Nature Tours in Iceland

Most travellers visit Iceland to explore the many and diverse natural marvels that make up the country's landscapes—and nature tours allow you to do just that. These day- and multi-day tours are specially designed to immerse you in Iceland's raw and unbound nature.

1. What are the most popular natural attractions in Iceland?

The most popular attractions to visit from the capital, Reykjavík, are the Golden Circle (a sightseeing route consisting of Þingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area and Gullfoss waterfall) and the waterfalls and black sand beaches that adorn Iceland's South Coast towards Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. In the North, you should neither miss the town of Akureyri nor the incredibly scenic Lake Mývatn area—and West Iceland's beautiful Snæfellsnes peninsula deserves a visit any time of the year. Of course, this is a very limited summary, so have a look at our Explore Iceland section and discover more.

2. What is so unique about Icelandic nature?

Iceland’s nature is considered unique because of the multiple contrasting natural elements that make up the island’s unbound landscapes, where rivers run through deserts and fire erupts from ice.

3. What are the main dangers one is faced with when travelling in the Icelandic wilderness?

The Icelandic wilderness can be as dangerous as it is beautiful. The major risks factors are the ever-changing weather patterns and the rough terrains that make up the uninhabited wildlands. Always check the weather forecast before heading out on a journey, and make sure that you are fully prepared for what you are getting yourself into.

4. What is the weather like in Iceland?

The weather in Iceland is moderate, but extremely volatile and can change in an instant. The average temperature in summer (June to August) is around 10°C (50°F) in urban areas, and approximately 0°C (32°F) during the depth of winter (December to February), but the windchill can make it feel much colder. The air does not contain much humidity except when it rains or snows. Outside urban areas (on mountaintops, glaciers and beaches) it is usually colder.

5. What is there to see and do in Iceland besides going on nature tours?

Multiple cultural activities are available all over the country; museums, galleries and theatres are found in every major town, and the capital, Reykjavík, is a hub of music, art, culture and entertainment.

6. What should I wear in Iceland?

It depends on when you visit and what you plan to do. However, you would always be well advised to pack warm and waterproof layers and sturdy footwear.

7. How long is the summer in Iceland?

Icelandic summertime starts in late May and lasts throughout August. It can, however, snow in May in Iceland. During spring, millions of migratory birds visit the island and the cliffs around the country fill up with multiple nesting bird species, including the Arctic Puffin. In autumn—as early as mid-August, in fact—the northern lights can be seen dancing in the sky when the night is dark and cloudless.

8. How long is the winter in Iceland?

According to the old Icelandic calendar months, winter is considered to start in September and end in April. 

9. What are Iceland's daylight hours like?

From mid-May to mid-August there is perpetual daylight in Iceland because the midnight sun only sets for around three hours on average per day. During midwinter, Iceland sees roughly five hours of sunlight per day.

10. Why does the hot water smell strange? Can I drink the tap water in Iceland?

In Iceland, the hot water is only used for cleaning and bathing but not for consumption; it is pumped straight from the ground where it has been warmed by the exposure to the island’s volcanism and it, therefore, smells of sulphur. The cold water, however, is amongst the cleanest in the world and is drunk straight from the tap.

11. Is it safe to drive in Iceland?

Yes, the ring road that encircles the whole island is entirely paved and accessible to any car type, but the maximum speed never exceeds 90 km/h (56 mph). During heavy winter storms, roads might close, so always check the weather forecast before driving in Iceland in winter.

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This tour was kind of demanding but it was amazing!! It was my first time trying on fat bikes and they are soooo cool!!! I got so many cool pictures on this tour and I will never ever forget this day! This is a once in a lifetime experience.

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This tour is so wonderful! I was so lucky with our small group and made some amazing new friends! Our guide Sol was so nice! You could see that he enjoyed being a tourist with us in his beautiful country! I've been on other trips in Iceland but I would say this one is a must see. I was amazed by all the scenery and had a wow moment at every location!

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Jewels of the South Coast | Minibus Day Tour to Jökulsárlón

5 average rating | 15 reviews

Jewels of the South Coast | Minibus Day Tour to Jökulsárlón

I did this tour with Siggi who is a 100% Troll but lives amongst humans. The tour was wonderful and every 15 minutes there is something magnificent to see and Siggi told us stories of his TrollTribe and hidden people and kept us energized with music and humour all day. I felt safe and comfortable, was a little scared at somepoints, I am not use to walking in nature but Siggi took great care of me and made sure I did not miss a thing. Thank you Siggi Troll and Troll Expeditions for the best day of 2018 so far.

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This experience was amazin our tour guide was full of information he was proud to share with us! We got to avoid the crowds and experience the beautiful coast! They were so helpful and friendly which made us enjoy the day even more. They even helped us to take all our pictures

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Golden Circle Minibus Tour | Full Day Excursion

4.9 average rating | 282 reviews

Golden Circle Minibus Tour | Full Day Excursion

My husband and I really enjoyed our Golden Circle Tour with Lasma. She was very warm, friendly, spoke very clear and excellent English. Listening to Icelandic music was nice. I was so happy to have such a strong Wi-Fi connection oun board our bus! Would highly recommend this tour.

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Day Tour to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

4.7 average rating | 99 reviews

Day Tour to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

This tour was the best tour that I have done in Iceland. Altough you have to get up early it is worth it to get out of bed early. The pick up near the guesthouse has been on time and everthing was well organised. I am not sure if we had luck with the weather for said our prayers well, but the weather has been very good, the sun came out for the entire day and it was quite warm. Albert who was our tourguide has been friendly and charming all the way. He provided us with loads of information and there hasn't been a dull moment. The tour is very long, but there are several bus stops where you can use the facilities and buy a drink or a snack. A lunchbreak and a stop for dinner was planned as well. My personal hightlight was the glacier lagoon. I have never been so close to a glacier and icebergs. The additional booked boat trip was defenitly worth the money. My second hightlight was walking behind the Seljalandsfoss waterfall. I have enjoyed the shower :-) Time flew by and the 14 hours were over too soon. I could have stayed on that tour for several more hours. Iceland is such a beautfiful and fascinating country. Booking a tour is a very stressless and good way to get around. Thank you Albert for being such a great tour guide. I can highly recommend booking this tour. I am sure that I will come back to Iceland, maybe next time in winter. This tour operator will be my first choice for another tour.

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Skaftafell Glacier Hike | Medium Difficulty

4.8 average rating | 130 reviews

Skaftafell Glacier Hike | Medium Difficulty

An amazing experience!

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Solheimajokull Glacier Hike | 3-Hour Expedition

4.9 average rating | 76 reviews

Solheimajokull Glacier Hike | 3-Hour Expedition

An amazing experience! We accidentally arrived a few minutes late for the morning tour, but Harold from the customer service kindly shifted our tour to the afternoon after we told him what happened. And we had an wonderful time on the glacier with our guide Agnes. Thank you Troll team!

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The tour was excellent! Our guide (Sölvi) was a gentle guy with rich knowledge of Icelandic history and culture. He carefully picked tons of Icelandic music during our drive. The scenery is great as long as it's not raining, which is something you can't expect in Iceland. Highly recommend this tour if you want to know more about Iceland.

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8 Day Summer Package | Best Attractions

4.7 average rating | 11 reviews

8 Day Summer Package | Best Attractions

My experience in Summer 8-Day Best Attraction Tour Package was excellent! Besides the typical activities such as Blue Lagoon hot bath, Golden Circle, Black Sand Beach, Glacier Lagoon, Myvatn Lake hot bath and sight seeings, we also took Glacier Hiking, Into the Volcano and Ice Tunnel walk. They were really a life time experience.Before I booked the trip I did a lot of studies about Iceland and their attractions. However, the real experience was far beyond my expectations! The glacier hike was a real challenge for me. It was a rainy day, windy and cold. Even with all the gears we had, it was not an effortless activity. It made me appreciate God's enormous creation and how tiny we are.It also gave me new perspective of how hard it was for the early settlers. The tour guide Christian was great! He is not only experienced, knowledgeable but also caring and considerate. It was a challenging activity but I enjoyed a lot. I would recommend to anyone who is still in good health to take this adventure. However, this is not for small children. We also took and tour Into the Volcano that erupted 4500 years ago and is inactive. The volcano was awesome and pretty. The technology to get down the bottom of the volcano was interesting, the hiking from the base camp was worthwhile, we hiked across the N.America and Euroasia tectonic plates on snow and rocks. Once got to the entrance area, a delicious hot soup/drink was waiting for us. The tour Operator TripAdvisor crew were fantastic. Too bad I did not ask their names. I would highly recommend this tour. The ice tunnel/cave tour is worthwhile too. The tunnel will disappear in 50-60 years. It is better now than later to visit. Overall,I enjoy this oncein a life time tour very much. I appreciate the agents Emla and Olafur's help in making my final decision on what activity and tours to take. Lily Tu

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The Golden Circle & Blue Lagoon | Day Tour of the Famous Sites

4.8 average rating | 93 reviews

The Golden Circle & Blue Lagoon | Day Tour of the Famous Sites

Tour was good! Depending on what time of the year you are going, you should have warm and waterproof clothes, unless you prefer to be fashionable, freezing and look ridiculous :) Also make sure you get ticket to blue lagoon. I personally think it was not enough time. We got there at 17:00 and got picked up at 19:00; by the time you queue up, get to the locker and shower you loose quite a bit of time. Standard ticket gives you free towel, one drink and mud mask. It is very expensive and considering you can stay there as long as you want next time I would book transfer to blue lagoon separately so I can spend more time there. Would recommend bringing your own slippers and robe as well (if you have space in the bag).

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6 Day Summer Package with Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

4.8 average rating | 12 reviews

6 Day Summer Package with Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

We had an awesome time in Iceland thanks to the coordination of tours and accommodation provided by Guide to Iceland. The Troll Expedition Golden Circle tour guided by Hugi was phenomenal; as was the 2 day Southern Coast tour guided by Lisa. The Snaefellsnes Peninsula tour on April 25, 2018 was led by a guide who did not share much information nor stop at all of the places described in the itinerary. Of course the Blue Lagoon was amazing, and Reykjavík was a delightful city to explore. I would highly recommend this adventure to anyone!

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2 Day Tour to Jokulsarlon | Glacier Hike, Waterfalls & Black Beach

4.8 average rating | 25 reviews

2 Day Tour to Jokulsarlon | Glacier Hike, Waterfalls & Black Beach

We were so lucky to have Lu and Davide as our guides!! The best trip we have had in Iceland!! The guides are responsible, humorous, considerate, and willing to share so much interesting knowledge with us. The schedule is very good, not too tight and so we have enough time for every spots. Amazing lanscape and amazing tour <3

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8 Day Summer Package | Best Attractions

4.7 average rating | 11 reviews

8 Day Summer Package | Best Attractions

It was a great trip that we never had ! If possible, we would like go to Iceland again

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Blue Lagoon Transportation From Keflavík Airport

4.6 average rating | 34 reviews

Blue Lagoon Transportation From Keflavík Airport

Very convenient and easy transfer from Keflavík-blue Lagoon-Reykjavik.

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