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August Tours

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Karen Devaney

Karen Devaney

12/10/2018, 12:06
Review of Slow-Paced 10 Day Summer Self Drive Tour of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Golden Circle & South Coast

What a wonderful trip! Guide to Iceland is far and away the best travel company we have ever used. The pre-trip information we received was second to none and the many questions I asked before we left were answered promptly and informatively. The itinerary was extremely detailed, with lots of accurate information about each place we could choose to visit en route to each hotel. On our first evening in Reykjavik we popped into City Hall, as suggested, and met Francisco. We couldn’t have wished for a more helpful representative. Prior to leaving the UK we received an email informing us that our whale watching tour on day 2 on the Snæfellsnes peninsula was cancelled due to high winds. Francisco re-booked us on an early-morning whale-watching tour in Reykjavik so that we didn’t miss out and could continue with the rest of our itinerary, as planned. (This was actually an upgrade, but he did it at no extra cost – what great service!) Our hire car (Toyota Auris) from My Car was almost brand new. Unfortunately, insufficient time was allowed by them for us to land, clear passport control and get to the information desk for our pick up, so we had to wait an hour for the next one. Driving was very straightforward (although the gravel roads took a bit of getting used to!) and we were so glad we had chosen this slow-paced tour, allowing us plenty of time to enjoy the well-selected sights on our itinerary. We also found a few other unexpected gems along our route. The comfort hotels were all good and easy to find. Although this tour doesn’t cover the whole of Iceland, it gives you a very comprehensive experience of what Iceland has to offer. We saw so many natural wonders – volcanoes, glaciers, geysers, hot springs and bubbling mud pools, lava fields, black beaches, waterfalls … We agreed that it was impossible to choose just one highlight, but my husband was particularly struck by his first sight of a lava field and the amazing alien yet beautiful volcanic landscape. For me, the wet black sand covered in glistening “diamonds” and the sound of the crashing waves was truly magical and made a lasting impression. We descended 120m into a dormant volcano and had the unexpected and very moving experience of our guide, Hilmir, singing a beautiful Icelandic lament; we explored the longest lava tube in Iceland and chatted with the most passionate geologist who was happy to share his specialist knowledge and time with us; we experienced four seasons in one day; we bathed in a beautiful hot spring in the middle of nowhere – it was raining with a biting wind when we arrived, but sunny and sheltered when we got in; we walked along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and clearly saw the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates; we marvelled at the geyser gushing 30m into the air every 5-10 minutes and walked/climbed behind a mighty waterfall; we got close to giant icebergs from the great glacier on a thrilling rib ride; we saw seals and their pups basking on the rocks, and minke whales and dolphins in the sea, and it was amazing to see the gannets folding back their wings to plummet into the water like torpedoes … Thank you, Guide to Iceland, for organising our trip for us – we will always remember my husband’s 50th birthday celebration – it was very special.

James Howell

James Howell

01/10/2018, 11:09
Review of Best 1 Week Summer Self Drive Tour of the Ring Road of Iceland & Golden Circle

My wife and I did the self drive tour with the basic FWD car and the "comfort" hotel option. Our trip was in late September, which in retrospect is probably the ideal time to visit the island. Any later in the year and snowstorms will become more and more of a problem. We hit one snowstorm on our journey and it almost stopped us in our tracks for the day. We had a couple of good hotels on our journey, but most are what I would describe as "basic accommodation". A couple hotels more closely resembled college dorm rooms than actual hotels. Likewise, the food on a whole in Iceland is subpar and extremely expensive (which is not a fault to Guide to Iceland). Breakfast was included every morning for us, but we had to pay for lunch and dinner. We averaged about $115 USD per day for food for two people eating two modest meals. Food is literally two times as expensive in Iceland as it is in the US. Plan on this. None of that mattered though. We didn't go for the hotels or fancy food. The island itself is GORGEOUS and the trip was extremely well planned. We didn't have any trouble with any of our reservations and the daily itineraries were accurate and well laid out. This part is critical and could have ruined our trip if something wasn’t right. Everything was planned perfectly and Guide to Iceland did an amazing job here. As far as travel accommodations go, I would demand that your vehicle have mud/snow tires on them. Consider it a necessity. Our FWD vehicle did not have snow tires and we found ourselves in moderately dangerous situations at several points on the trip. Everything wound up fine, but having proper tires on the car would have helped a great deal. Overall we loved our trip. It wasn’t as much as relaxing vacation (we went to bed exhausted every night), but more so an “adventure trip”. You will absolutely stay busy and if you like outdoors adventure with beautiful landscapes; you’ll have the time of your life here.



01/10/2018, 09:38
Review of Best 1 Week Summer Self Drive Tour of the Ring Road of Iceland & Golden Circle

We did the self-drive tour with luxury 4WD and quality hotels in September. the weather was excellent, there was some rain but it didn't stop us from most of the attractions. the hotels were absolutely wonderful. in every question or problem, we contacted guide to Iceland and we received help. When we arrived at the airport the agent of "go car rental" was waiting for us, all the stuff that we ordered like the baby chair was in the car. The first day was awesome, with the blue lagoon comfort entrance, just a good time to relax before starting the tour. On the second day "the golden circle" it is just wonderful, the day is full of sights to see so I think there is no place for another attraction to add. in day 3 we had the zodiac tour in the glacier lagoon, I think this attraction is a must!! just amazing to get close to the glacier and hear an expert explanation, also the diamond beach is outstanding!! the only problem in this day is that we traveled to "hofn" (last destination) approximately 1 and a half hour drive and then came back to the glacier lagoon to sleep there (so there were about 3 hours of driving just to see hofn and back), but that is due to the fact that we asked for luxury hotels and there was none around hofn- and we must say the hotel was worth the drive back to the glacier lagoon. another unforgettable attraction was the lava cave tour. overall our experience was epic! and our registered guide in the guide to Iceland (Berenika) was always available in case we needed assistance and planned a wonderful plan to circle the country and have the best of Iceland.

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What is the best August day tour in Iceland?

One of the best day tours in August in Iceland is a three-hour glacier hike at Skaftafell and has an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars and 371 reviews. This tour costs approximately 81 USD. This is the best short tour to appreciate the outstanding beauty of the Vatnajokull glacier, the largest glacier in Europe.

This Golden Circle and Kerid crater tour is another top August day tour in Iceland rates an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars according to over 347 travelers. It’s a small group tour of the breathtaking Golden Circle route and you'll also visit an ice cream farm for a tasty treat! This eight-hour day tour costs around 82 USD per person.

Another top-rated tour in August in Iceland takes you inside a volcano and has 272 traveler reviews, averaging 4.8 out of 5 stars. This trip to the magma chamber inside Thrihnukagigur volcano is perfect for adventure lovers and costs approximately 338 USD per traveler.

What is the cheapest August day tour in Iceland?

The cheapest day tour in August in Iceland visits the Myvatn Nature Baths. This tour costs around 46 USD and is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 28 travelers. These natural geothermal pools are complete with stunning panoramic vistas.

This budget-friendly August day tour in Iceland is a boat tour on the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon that costs as little as 46 USD per person. Rated 4.6 out of 5 stars by over 267 reviewers, travelers will not want to miss this spectacular 30-minute Amphibian Boat Tour of the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. Appreciate the power and beauty of nature with a not-to-be-missed up-close iceberg experience.

This affordable day tour in August in Iceland is a family-friendly lava cave tour that costs around 54 USD. Rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 81 travelers, this one-hour tour of Vidgelmir lava cave is an easy-level adventure into a colorful underground.

What is the best August vacation package in Iceland?

One of the best August vacation packages in Iceland is a flexible 10-day self-drive tour of the Ring Road and Snaefellsnes peninsula with an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 167 travelers. This costs approximately 4,468 USD. Your vehicle, accommodation, and itinerary are all included.

Another highly-rated vacation package in Iceland in August includes the ring road and Golden Circle has scored an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars according to the reviews of 160 travelers. This one-week summer self-drive tour costs around 3,618 USD and covers the best sights of the ring road and Golden Circle routes with a vehicle, accommodation, and itinerary.

This top glacier lagoon and South coast of Iceland vacation package in August has been rated an incredible 4.9 out of 5 stars from 76 reviews. During this five-day summer tour that costs approximately 995 USD, you'll experience Iceland's gorgeous South Coast, Reykjavik, the Golden Circle, and the Blue Lagoon!

What is the cheapest August vacation package in Iceland?

The cheapest August vacation package in Iceland takes travelers to see the breathtaking Snaefellsnes peninsula and Vidgelmir lava cave on this two-day West Coast tour. This package costs around 383 USD and is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 47 travelers. Chase waterfalls, climb mountains and see stunning coastal cliffs.

This South Coast and glacier lagoon tour is another affordable August vacation package in Iceland and costs approximately 459 USD. On this two-day small-group tour that has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 28 reviews, you will enjoy incredible beaches, waterfalls, and glaciers on Iceland's gorgeous South Coast.

Another great vacation package in August is this week-long self-drive tour of the South and West parts of Iceland that costs about 3,141 USD, including accommodation with breakfast and a rental car. Rated an average of 4.9 out of 5 stars from 68 reviews, this tour will take you to many of Iceland's gems, such as the Blue Lagoon, Reykjavik, and the Golden Circle.

Is August a good time to visit Iceland?

Yes, August is a great time to visit Iceland. With the summer months in full swing, the weather is as warm as it gets, and there is plenty to do. August is the best time of year for summer festivals and markets. Do not miss Thjodhatid i Eyjum Music Festival in the volcanic terrain of the Westman Islands. August marks the end of the midnight sun. With a few hours of darkness each night, sleep comes more easily. So you can rest easy after a big day out exploring. Some of the best August activities to enjoy in Iceland include self-drive tours, camping, hiking, and watersports. From day tours to multi-day vacation packages, there are many August tours available in Iceland.

What clothes should I wear in Iceland in August?

August is one of the warmest months in Iceland, but you will still need to prepare for rain, wind, and cold temperatures. The weather is unpredictable, even in the height of summer. Go for a layered approach with clothing, so you have options to match the changing weather patterns. Items of clothing to pack for Iceland year-round include base layers, jumpers, thermal tops and leggings, trousers, socks, short and long-sleeved t-shirts, a jacket, and swimwear. Make sure you have all these items on your August packing list! You will also want to include a few summer-essential accessories, including a hat or cap and sunglasses.

What does Iceland look like in August?

August is the peak of the summer season in Iceland. The days are sunny with mild temperatures. Like other times of the year, the weather is changeable and can be drizzly and cool. In Reykjavik, the average temperature in summer is 54 F (12 C). However, it can get up to 77 F (25 C). The grass is green in August, and the animals are out. The midnight sun comes to an end, with a few hours of darkness each night. Although tourist destinations are more crowded in August, the upside is that there is so much to do. It is a big month for festivals and events. Summer activities such as camping and hiking are still on offer, and roads that become inaccessible from autumn are still open. Therefore, August is an excellent month for self-drive tours.

Can you see the northern lights in Iceland in August?

No, the northern lights are unfortunately not visible during August in Iceland. The best time of year to see the northern lights is during the winter. However, August is a great time to be amazed by the midnight sun. The sun never fully sets during this month, creating a different night sky phenomenon. A spectacular canvas of bright colors can adorn the sky during this time of the year.

Can you visit glaciers in Iceland in August?

Yes, this is the best time of year to visit Iceland's amazing glaciers as they can be hard to access during the cold and dark winter. There are a lot of options available when it comes to glacier hiking tours in August, so everybody should be able to find something to their liking.

Can you see whales in Iceland in August?

Yes, the month of August is a great time of year to see whales breaking the surface of the water. The warmer weather makes this a good time of the year to go whale watching in Iceland with brighter days and gentler winds than during the winter. Whale watching tours offer a great opportunity for sightings of these great mammals. Try this unforgettable three-hour whale-watching boat tour with a transfer from Reykjavik harbor.