Private Tours | Guide to Iceland

Private Tours
Sightseeing in Iceland’s nature is best experienced in the privacy, solitude and comfort of a small group, led by a local guide in fully equipped transport. These private tours allow you to get up close and personal with this island’s many natural features whilst enjoying alone time.

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Frequently asked questions

What are the benefits of a private tour?

Private tours allow for solitude, as well as the chance to set your own pace, taking time at your leisure to enjoy each of the attractions on your itinerary. Your tour guide will also be able to give individuals more attention, as well as answer all the questions they may have. Finally, private guides are more likely to take you to attractions off-the-beaten-path.

What sort of vehicles are used on private tours?

This depends on the particular provider, though many private tours are undertaken in Super Jeeps, small minibuses, sprinters or regular cars.

Do I pay tips on a private tour?

Tips are not customary in Iceland. However, if you’ve had a great time on your tour and feel as though you’d like to offer your tour guide a little extra, no one is going to stop you!

Are private tours flexible and can I customise the itinerary?

Yes, most private tours will allow for a greater level of flexibility and customisation when it comes to your itinerary.

Can the guide take me for outdoor activities or special experiences other than sightseeing?

Yes, on some tours there will be an opportunity during the booking process to add-on extra activities. Depending on the tour in question, this could be glacier hiking, snorkelling, horseback riding and so much more! Some tours, however, do not offer extra activities.

Can I find testimonials of the guides?

Yes. You can find reviews of each of the tours on the Guide to Iceland site.

Do private tours cost more than regular tours?

Yes, though private tours come with greater freedom, allowing you to be in control of your own travel experience, rather than it being dictated by a larger party. The price is raised because participants will only undertake the tour with their friends and families, rather than with strangers. 

Is it possible to get a private tour in a language other than English?

Yes, Guide to Iceland provides tours available in 10 different languages, though English is primarily used. Note that some tours are not offered in other languages, so make sure to contact should you need a tour in another language. 

How many people are in a private group maximum?

This depends on the provider and how many people fit in the vehicle they provide. Note that private tours differ from small-group tours, which will often fill up the rest of the available seats while private tours will only have you and your favourite people on board.

Will the guide take the group to sites not mentioned in the itinerary?

Depending on timing, your guide will likely strive to take you to a number of different sites throughout the trip that are not explicitly mentioned in your itinerary.