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The rawness of nature’s beauty is no more evident than in Iceland. From colossal glaciers to the Aurora Borealis and black sand beaches that line rugged cliffs, the splendor of this island manifests itself in spectacular ways. The land of fire and ice becomes accessible to you in an entirely new fashion with a personalized Zicasso itinerary.

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Iceland Travel Post Covid-19

Last Updated: May 13, 2020

Few places in the world can rival the magnificent natural beauty of Iceland. Andres, an Iceland travel specialist with Zicasso, highlights that Iceland is all about nature, off the beaten path, and away from the crowds that fill other destinations. As you consider your next trip, Iceland could be a top consideration.

Putting your plans for a trip to Iceland in motion now is an excellent way to ensure your best options are available later. Looking into 2021 is recommended, and your Zicasso travel specialist can let you know when the time is right to confirm your trip. The care of a local expert will make a difference as you work together to land on the perfect trip design.

Planning your trip can happen anytime. It costs nothing to fill out a Trip Request with Zicasso and learn more. Booking your trip can happen when you are comfortable to do so, as our Zicasso team can offer flexibility based on real-time global events. A customized trip with Zicasso has many advantages, as your local specialist is positioned to ensure your health and safety while you enjoy an itinerary designed specifically for you. Local knowledge and connections matter, as does the agility of a travel specialist to shift your plans for any reason.

Zicasso is here to help you.  Please contact us at 1-888-441-2418, and we are ready to connect you to a local Iceland travel specialist today.

How to Book an Iceland Tour

Iceland is famous for its scenic drama that juxtaposes fire and ice. The symphony of elements represent dazzling nature in breathtaking seclusion, such as gushing geysers, volcanoes covered in glaciers, glowing lakes, and the radiant colors of the Northern Lights. Unspoiled beauty, rugged wonders, and charming culture embody Iceland’s unparalleled adventures. From lava fields to waterfalls, arranging your perfect combination of destinations and experiences can be a challenge, but Zicasso is here to assist you.

There are three ways to plan and book a trip:

1. Get a customized tour planned and booked by a travel professional. Travel independently on your own schedule.

2. Book a group tour. Join an escorted group tour with a fixed departure date.

3. Plan and book a trip yourself.

Zicasso offers the best solution for a customized tour by matching you with top travel specialists who plan and book the trip for you. Our travel agency division, Marageti, specializes in helping you book an escorted group tour. There is no extra cost to you for either service.

Custom Tours

A customized tour is one that is planned by a travel specialist according to your specific interests, preferences, and schedule. Whether you desire a family-friendly adventure or a romantic getaway, each of the accommodations, activities, and destinations is tailored to your preferences.The knowledge and experience of your travel specialist makes a big difference. Zicasso has spent thousands of hours vetting the best travel partners. We act as a referral service, matching you with specialists that best meet your goals and priorities.

Escorted Group Tours

A group tour offers the advantage of convenience at a great value. The schedule is fixed, the itinerary is pre-planned, and a dedicated tour director travels with the group throughout the trip. A group tour can be 30 - 50% less expensive than an equivalent customized tour. Out of the many hundreds of group tours, how do you select the right one for you? Our travel agency division, Marageti, has sales agents who specialize in helping travelers weigh the pros and cons of each group tour. We give you personalized recommendations to find the best tour for you.

Goals and Priorities

What are your goals and priorities for the trip? These should drive your decision for either a customized tour or a fixed departure group tour. We are here to help you make the right decisions to make your dream trip a reality.

Must-See Destinations in Iceland

Alongside our Iceland travel specialists, we have compiled a list of recommendations for any length of trip. A custom Zicasso tour is designed around your schedule, needs, and desires, but the following suggestions act as guidelines.

The majority of travelers from the United States spend approximately seven days in Iceland. Seven days in Iceland offers enough time to explore the highlights at a moderate pace, such as the Golden Circle, Highlands, and Vatnajokull. How and where you travel depends on your goals and needs in Iceland. We offer the following examples on where to visit depending on your timeline.

7 to 9 Day Trips

If you have between one week to nine days to travel in Iceland, we suggest you visit Reykjavik, the Highlands, Vatnajokull, and the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. How you organize your days will help maximize your travel time by focusing on your ability to explore and discover essential highlights. Your Zicasso travel specialist will help organize your trip as efficiently as possible.

7 Days

Day 1: Reykjavik and Blue Lagoon

Days 2-4: Golden Circle, Highlands, and South Coast

Days 5-6: Vatnajokull Glacier Park

Day 7: Reykjavik

8 Days

Day 1: Reykjavik and Blue Lagoon

Days 2-4: Golden Circle, Highlands, and South Coast

Days 5-7: Vatnajokull Glacier Park

Day 8: Reykjavik

9 Days

Summer

Day 1: Reykjavik and Blue Lagoon

Days 2-4: Golden Circle, Highlands, and South Coast

Days 5-6: Vatnajokull Glacier Park

Days 7-8: Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Day 9: Reykjavik

Winter

Day 1: Reykjavik and Blue Lagoon

Days 2-3: Golden Circle / South Coast

Days 4-8: Vatnajokull Glacier Park with Ice Cave walk

Day 9: Reykjavik

If you have more time (10-14 Days), we recommend:

With between 10 to 16 days in Iceland, you can circle the entire island at a comfortable pace for deeper insight into the diverse landscape and distinctive culture. More time in Iceland also allows you to explore and enjoy more areas that relate to your interests in accordance with the season. All Zicasso tours are customized to your preferences, but here is how we recommend spending your time:

10 Days

Day 1: Reykjavik and Blue Lagoon

Days 2-4: Golden Circle and Southern Coast

Days 5-6: Skaftafell and Jokulsarlon

Days 7-8: Northern Iceland and Akureyri

Day 9: Glymur

Day 10: Reykjavik

12 Days

Day 1: Reykjavik and Blue Lagoon

Days 2-4: Golden Circle and Southern Coast

Days 5-7: Skaftafell and Jokulsarlon

Days 9-10: Northern Iceland and Akureyri

Day 11: Glymur

Day 12: Reykjavik

14 Days

Days 1-4: Reykjavik and Southeast

Days 5-6: Eastern Fjords

Days 7-9: The North and Akureyri

Days 10-12: The West Fjords

Day 13-14: North of Reykjavik

How many days is enough to see Iceland?

Five days is enough to discover Iceland’s famous highlights, but 10 to 12 days gives you the perfect amount of time to experience the entirety of Iceland. No matter the season, 10 to 12 days in Iceland will immerse you in the culture and inspiring scenery for which Iceland is known while also providing you with enough time to venture off the beaten path.

Essential Experiences for the Best Iceland Vacation

During your Iceland tour, you can witness the spouting waters of a powerful geyser and walk along the jagged surface of an ancient glacier. You can also find black-sand beaches, thunderous waterfalls, isolated snowscapes, and gourmet restaurants that feature local ingredients.

Best Way to Experience Landmannalaugar

Landmannalaugar is a fantastical destination in the highlands that brims with mountain slopes painted with natural brushstrokes of color and bubbles with soothing hot springs. Lava flows contrast the clear blue skies. During your Iceland trip, you can enjoy the following essential experiences for your first time in Landmannalaugar.

What to See & Do

The Main Must-Do Tours in Landmannalaugar(2 Days Depending on Pace)

  1. HnausapollurThe enormous Hnausapollur crater hides behind the colorful slopes of Landannalaugar. The crater last erupted approximately 11,000 years ago and now hosts a lake of piercing turquoise water.
  2. Natural PoolThe colorful and rugged slopes of Landmannalauager frame the soothing waters of the geothermal hot pool. The pool is open to the public and often hosts local hikers who are eager to relax after exploring the surrounding lava fields and foothills.

Best Way to Experience Thingvellir National Park

The natural setting of Thingvellir National Park encompasses the fissured rift valley, ancient ruins, and the crystal-clear waters of Thingvallavatn Lake. The diverse scenery once hosted Europe’s first Parliament, which was established in the 10th century.

What to See & Do

The Main Must-Do Tours in Thingvellir National Park (1 Day Depending on Pace)

  1. Tectonic PlatesThe plain inside Thingvellir National Park represents the point from which North America and Europe tear away from each other. Vibrant fissures scar the plain amid ponds and rivers, and an atmospheric pathway winds through the crevice.

Best Way to Experience Vatnajokull National Park

The dynamic landscape of Vatnajokull National Park overtake more than 5,444 square miles and features the astounding Vatnajokull ice cap. The combined natural forces of rivers, glacial ice, volcanic movement, and geothermal activity have only enhanced the beauty and drama of the scenery crowned by countless glaciers.

What to See & Do

The Main Must-Do Tours Vatnajokull National Park (2 Days Depending on Pace)

  1. Glacier HikingExperience the diversity of an icy surface by trekking Vatnajokull’s glacial tongue, where you can find jagged ice sculptures, deep crevasses, and stunning views across the frozen expanse.
  2. Skaftafell Ice CaveDiscover shimmering crystals and marvelous blue hues when wandering inside the natural ice cave networks beneath the glacial surface of Vatnajokull.

Special Interests & Activities in Iceland

Traveling with Zicasso provides you with exclusive access to many activities, excursions, and tours for a distinctive experience. The following information offers insight into our recommended experiences and can be tailored to focus on your unique interests.

Best Food Destinations

The traditions and lifestyle of Iceland make it a unique destination for culinary experiences that showcase Iceland’s hunting, gathering, and farming customs. Artisanal culinary creations reflect both New Nordic Cuisine and the heritage of local, seasonal ingredients entrenched in the gastronomic philosophy of the island. Whether dishes showcase familiar ingredients, such as lamb, cod, or less typical fare like puffin or shark, tradition meets contemporary tastes in Icelandic cuisine.

Reykjavik

Reykjavik offers authentic and delicious culinary experiences for visitors with immersive restaurants, experimental chefs, and traditional cuisine, highlighting a diverse gastronomic history. The city provides a great introduction to Icelandic cuisine and culture with a food tour that focuses on six to seven restaurants, offering insight into local dishes, such as the Icelandic hot dog, fermented shark, and haute cuisine.

Zicasso’s Exclusive Access to Iceland Best Food

Zicasso travel specialists can organize private tours and design exclusive visits for food enthusiasts. You can experience private cooking classes or sample award-winning dishes in a celebrated restaurant. You can also learn more about Iceland’s distilling history and production at a vodka distillery that uses volcanic filtration.

History

History in Iceland feels reflective of the culture with a rugged history that dates back to the arrival of Nordic settlers in the 9th century. The past comes alive through stories of Viking explorers and ancient parliament meetings. Furthermore, ice caves, volcanic peaks, and jagged glaciers share a different narrative of history. Preserved historic churches in remote towns and black-sand beaches act as living museums that represent the dynamic development of the country. On a customized Zicasso trip, we can organize custom tours with specialized guides, such as local historians with a PhD or certified adventure guides. We can also organize small-group tours with a certified guide focused on natural history.

Active Tours

Active tours in Iceland immerse you in the stunning landscape across Iceland by revealing the varied scenery of the Highlands, the shimmering surface of Vatnajokull National Park, and the elusive Northern Lights.

Hiking

  • Landmannalaugar - The geothermal oasis in the Highlands offers nearly 48 miles of trails through extremely diverse scenery, including hills that appear as if they have been painted with brushes.
  • Snaefellsjokull Summit - The summit hike on the Snaefellsjokull Summit follows a nearly five mile route with a 2,500 foot ascent. The stunning landscape ventures to the top of the stratovolcano and offers the marvelous view of the surrounding peninsula.

Mountain Biking

  • Golden Circle - The famous route of the Golden Circle offers the challenge of mountain biking coupled with the splendor of Icelandic scenery. It also includes the impressive Gulfoss and Skogafoss falls that plunge 105 feet and 197 feet respectively.

Boat Tours

  • Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon - A zodiac raft on the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon reveals the activity of the waters and ice as you wind around giant icebergs.
  • Whale Watching - The chance to encounter humpback whales in Iceland will get you up close to the passing whale pods near Dalvik during the season.

Birdwatching

Birdwatching is popular and possible year-round in Iceland with fervent birders finding species like puffins, white-tailed eagle, and Barrow’s goldeneye in designated pockets of the island. Destinations like the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Lake Myvatn, and Thingvellir National Park are popular destinations for a variety of Iceland’s 330 species of birds.

Private Excursions and Special Access

Zicasso’s travel specialist partners have unique experience in providing special access tours and excursions that are customized to your specific interests. A special access tour or private excursion will often become your most memorable experience and ensure you an unforgettable trip. The following list offers some examples but the possibilities are endless:

  • Discover Iceland’s geothermal activity with a private helicopter ride.
  • Indulge in the remote beauty of the Icelandic scenery at a secluded river lodge.
  • Venture into the unknown and pristine landscape on a super Jeep for a different perspective of the secluded corners of the island.

How much is a tour to Iceland?

The starting price of a custom-tailored Iceland trip is approximately $350 per person, per day.

For an escorted group tour, the starting price can be approximately $200 per person, per day.

The cost of a Iceland vacation is dependent on several factors, such as the:

  • Length of your trip
  • Season (month) of travel
  • Class of hotel
  • Number of locations/cities you visit
  • Number of guided day tours and activities (e.g., cooking class, wine tasting, etc.)
  • How much you spend on meals, shopping, etc.

A vacation such as this is often the biggest purchase of the year. It will also likely be one of the most memorable experiences of your lifetime. To get the most out of your trip, we highly recommend using an expert Iceland travel specialist to plan a customized Iceland tour that is tailored to your specific interests and budget. You can also join an escorted group tour so that most travel arrangements are pre-planned for you. This way, you can travel hassle-free and relax while a professional tour director and guide takes care of all logistics and any issues that might arise.

This includes:

  • 3-star hotels (shared twin room)
  • Some guided day tours and activities
  • Transportation in Iceland such as airport transfers and domestic flights

A 5-star, tailor-made Iceland tour, where most services are upgraded and extra unique experiences are included, typically starts at $6,000 per person for a 10-day trip.

Everyone’s priorities, interests, and preferences are different. Submit a trip request on Zicasso, and we will personally match you with an expert trip planner who will help you customize your dream trip or help you to select the right group tour while also taking your budget into consideration.

Best Time to Visit Iceland

Updated: May 22, 2020

The best time to visit Iceland is between July and August and again between February and March for seeing the Northern Lights.

Iceland is truly a year-round destination with each season offering unique experiences and opportunities. The scenery is often black and white because of lava fields and glaciers but can shift to fluorescent green moss and blue ice.

The Summer is a spectacular time to hike and explore the Highlands. December to February is a magnificent time to discover the glaciers and search for the Northern Lights. The north in winter looks as though someone poured cream over everything. Spring in Iceland covers the landscape in a lush and verdant moss while autumn transforms the landscape to captivating color.

Different cultural events take place throughout the year in Iceland as well. Every September hosts the gathering of sheep and horses, one of the oldest annual events in Iceland. Farmers herd their sheep and horses from the highlands back to the farms for winter in a partially synchronized process. Locals sing songs and drink to celebrate, offering visitors an authentic cultural experience.

How far in advance should I plan a trip to Iceland?

To ensure that you can enjoy your time wisely and experience the type of vacation you prefer, you should plan your Iceland vacation between six to nine months in advance if traveling during peak season. The main concern for booking early is ensuring your accommodations. The limited number of high quality and luxurious accommodations across the island make it important to plan your trip before the crowds. The most popular time to visit Iceland is in summer because most accommodations for the season are reserved by the end of January.

Modes of Transportation in Iceland

The best way to see Iceland in 10 days is with a private guide and driver. A guide and driver offer a private way to explore and experience Iceland, the activities, and the untouched regions that often go unseen by travelers.

A self-drive tour of Iceland is accessible but takes away from the chance of full immersion within the landscape and culture. Self-drive tours also have the added risk of unpredictable weather in winter.

Domestic Flights

Domestic flights are possible and accessible in Iceland but often unnecessary. Brief flights can ferry you from Reykjavik to Akureyri or Egilsstadir instead of the five and nine hour drives respectively; however, flying between destinations in Iceland often depends on your timeline, the weather, and what you wish to experience during your trip.

Your Zicasso travel partner ensures that your logistics run as smooth as possible by including private airport transfers and domestic flights between destinations when necessary to create a stress-free Iceland tour.

What to Consider When Traveling Through Iceland

When traveling on an Iceland tour, your safety is always an important consideration. Zicasso also considers other factors, such as travel logistics and accessibility. The following information covers specific travel considerations to help create a stress-free travel experience.

Is Iceland Safe for Travel?

Iceland is very safe for travelers and is often defined as a crime-free country. When traveling with a knowledgeable guide who understands the land, weather, and roads, you can indulge in the surrounding beauty and culture of the island. The most important safety rule when traveling in Iceland is to respect nature.

When on a self-drive tour, winter can be difficult for those who are not familiar with the roads or weather of Iceland. The conditions can be precarious in winter even for those who understand the weather and the possibilities of high winds or icy roads. Weather conditions are the biggest concern when in Iceland because of how they can impact driving conditions, such as on gravel roads, which are common around the island.

Travel Insurance

You’ve booked your dream vacation, now protect it with travel insurance. A wide range of factors can leave your vacation in limbo. Medical emergencies, inclement weather, and unexpected cancellations can cause turmoil for your trip, so in the unlikely event of a disaster, get the travel insurance coverage that provides peace of mind. To get a quote, visit our travel insurance page.

For Families

Iceland is a great place for families who love excitement and activity. Your guides are always family-friendly and consider the safety and accessibility of each family member, whether during a cultural tour or thrilling excursion. Nature is the perfect place for children and families to explore, and Zicassos makes other considerations during the planning stages of your trip, such as diet restrictions, driving distances, and number of times you change accommodations. Other considerations for family’s include possible age restrictions, such as children under six years of age not being allowed on glacial hikes.

For Seniors

Seniors must consider the amount of activity you prefer and your personal capabilities when traveling in Iceland. An expert Zicasso specialist will minimize mobility challenges when possible and will also take into account stamina considerations. A senior traveling in Iceland can travel at a comfortable pace within your preferred timeline without changing accommodations often. You will travel in comfortable vehicles with activities that align with your comfort and activity level. Other considerations seniors should make before your Iceland trip include dietary restrictions and travel insurance.

For Couples

A travel specialist understands the best destinations and experiences in Iceland for couples who wish to blend thrilling activities, secluded destinations, and unforgettable romance. Unspeakably romantic properties will join with exciting outdoor activities. Your travel specialist will know charming restaurants and create intimate memories with exclusive tours that shape your special Iceland tour, such as finding the Northern Lights.

For Travelers with Disabilities

Your Iceland travel specialist can help guests with mobility challenges by focusing on alternative arrangements to specific concerns, such as private airport transfers and accessible destinations. Our experts’ attention to important details ensures that you can enjoy Iceland’s highlights, such as the natural beauty and luxurious accommodations.

Best Airports to Fly In & Out of Iceland

The best airport to fly in and out of when visiting Iceland is Keflavik International Airport (KEF), which is located approximately 31 miles southwest of Reykjavik. Iceland has upwards of 464 authorized domestic airports, but the only international airport is Keflavik Airport.

Flights Via Zicasso

Zicasso Air Desk is an international air ticketing service that eliminates the stress of finding and booking the right flights for your upcoming vacation by employing the same personalized service you can expect from planning a trip with Zicasso. Our competitive flight pricing, 24xX7 Service & Support, and Complimentary Consultation of Routing vs. Pricing with an Expert Flight Specialist make finding the perfect flight for your trip effortless.

Recommendations for the Return Traveler

When returning for another Iceland tour, you can travel into the depths of the cities and countryside beyond the essential destinations of Reykjavik, the Highlands, Vatnajokull, and the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. The following list offers our recommendations for where you should visit during your return trip.

Akureyri

The town in the north country overlooks the mountains and Iceland’s longest fjord, which lies approximately 25 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The town teems with culture and local shops, and the surrounding isolated landscape gives way to lively winter festivals, a celebrated food scene, and access to the remote wonders of Iceland’s untouched scenery.

Hornstrandir Nature Reserve

The precarious sea cliffs and craggy mountains support stunning waterfalls inside the untouched wilderness of the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. The landscape covers the most dramatic and extreme corners of the island, making it a fantastic destination for hiking and searching for wildlife, such as Arctic foxes, seals, and whales. Fjord, glacier, tundra, and alpine landscape have preserved the rich and fragile reserve.

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