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  • Dettifoss the most powerful waterfall in Europe
  • A small active volcano
  • Traditional Icelandic houses with grass roof
  • An Atlantic Puffin
  • Geothermal smoking field in Kerlingafjoll
  • Seljalandfoss waterfall at sunset
  • Northern lights over Western Iceland
  • Icelandic volcano

Iceland is a mountainous island nation located in the North Atlantic Ocean located between Europe and North America. Though not part of mainland Europe, the country when on an Iceland vacation is considered Nordic European and is also the gateway and stopping point on many Arctic cruises.

About Iceland

The name of the country, Iceland, may not be that appropriate although 10% of Iceland is covered by glaciers, it has a surprisingly mild climate and countless geothermal hot-spots. It is a stunningly beautiful place if you enjoy unusual and desolate landscapes. Iceland is warmed by the Gulf Stream and has a temperate climate despite its high latitude just outside the Arctic Circle.

Best time to visit Iceland

Because it is so close to the Arctic Circle, the amount of daylight varies dramatically by season. The sun sets briefly each night in June but it doesn't get fully dark before it comes back up again. In March and September, days and nights are of about equal length as elsewhere in the world. If you go in December, you will experience almost 20 hours of darkness. Summer is definitely the best time to go on Iceland trips. The midnight sun is a beautiful sight and one definitely not to be missed. It is easy to lose track of time when the sun is still up at 11 pm.  

Iceland was first inhabited by Nordic and Irish people in the 9th century AD - tradition says that the first permanent settler was a Norwegian Viking who made his home where Reykjavik now stands. It is thought that Irish monks had temporarily inhabited the island some years prior to this. The Icelanders still basically speak the language of the Vikings.

Iceland is a country of extreme contrasts, a place where fire and ice co-exist. Vast, unspoiled nature lies at the doorsteps of a highly modern urban community. It is a place where a peaceful and progressive population lives in harmony with the often-violent forces of nature. Iceland is volcanically and geologically active. The interior consists mainly of a plateau of sand and lava fields, mountains and glaciers. Many glacial rivers flow to the sea through the lowlands. 

It is the world’s 18th largest island and Europe's second largest after Great Britain. 63% of the country is tundra. There are thirty minor islands in Iceland.  Many fjords dot Iceland's 4970 kilometre/3090 mile long coastline which is also where most settlements are situated. The island's interior, the Highlands of Iceland, is a cold and uninhabitable combination of sand, mountains and lava fields. The major towns are the capital city of Reykjavik along with its outlying towns of Kopavogur, Hafnarfjorour and Garobaer. The island of Grimsey on the Arctic Circle is the northernmost inhabited place on Iceland travel.

What are the national parks of Iceland?

There are three national parks, Vatnojokull National Park, Snaefellsjokull National Park and Ringvellir National Park.  Iceland has many geysers from which the English word is derived. The famous Strokkur erupts every 5–10 minutes. After a phase of inactivity, another, Geysir started erupting again after a series of earthquakes in 2000. Geysir has since grown quieter and does not erupt often. Iceland has hundreds of volcanoes with approximately 30 volcanic active systems. With the widespread availability of geothermal power and the harnessing of many rivers and waterfalls for hydroelectricity, most residents have access to inexpensive hot water, heating and electricity. 

 

 "Globetrotting with Goway" blog articles

For some additional reading, the following articles are from our blog “Globetrotting with Goway”….. a great source of information for those people who are, or who want to be, world travellers!

Iceland Tours: A Symphony of the Elements

Rug Up and Fly! Why Winter is Prime Time for an Iceland Vacation

Take a Self-Drive Tour on an Iceland Vacation and Discover Breathtaking Nature

My European Vacation Favourites – Part 3

10 Ways Volcanoes are Cool in Iceland

Hells Angels Have Nothing on Iceland’s Forebears

Unusual Museums of the World (Part 1)

The Destinations That Reward Early Birds

 

Iceland Vacation Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy to navigate travel information section dedicated to an Iceland vacation. 

Learn about the history and culture of Iceland, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about Iceland's nature and wildlifeweather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering Iceland for yourself. Start exploring...book your Iceland vacation today!

Extend your Stay

Consider an additional stopover to your Iceland tours on one of Goway's other European tours. This can be done stopping over en route in Iceland to or from Europe.

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  • Hidden Powers & Northern Lights Coach Tour Iceland

    Goway's Hidden Powers and Northern Lights Coach tour staying in 4 star accommodations visits Thingvellir National Park, and Eyjafjallajokull Volcano
    Duration:
    6 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,581
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Escorted Coach Touring
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  • Ice Cave Tour & Highlights of South Shore Iceland: Reykjavik to Reykjavik

    Discover the amazing natural beauty of Iceland full of wonders such as cascading waterfalls, hot springs, bubbling mud pools, waves pounding the beach, glacial national parks and special to this tour, an Ice Cave. Also enjoy time in the capital, Reykjavik.
    Duration:
    6 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,196
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Escorted Coach Touring
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  • Iceland and the Natural Wonders of Greenland Cruise

    Cruise along the North Atlantic, exploring the Arctic landscapes of western Iceland and Greenland to discover Viking history and floating icebergs. From the cosmopolitan capital of Reykjavik, board the Ocean Diamond to cross the Denmark Strait to Greenland where you’ll follow in the footsteps of Erik the Red and survey the glaciers, fjords, and Inuit settlements that define this ancient island.
    Duration:
    12 Days
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    US$ 5,196
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    Cruises & Sailing
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  • Iceland Circumnavigation Cruise

    Sailing from Reykjavik aboard the Ocean Diamond around Iceland will provide you with amazing sites, spectacular scenery and an excellent insight into this magical land. See majestic fjords, cascading waterfalls, mighty glaciers, remote fishing villages, abundant wildlife and active volcanoes.
    Duration:
    10 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 3,266
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Cruises & Sailing
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  • Iceland Complete Coach Tour: Reykjavik to Reykjavik

    Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of this scenic country. This in-depth tour travels through majestic scenery with enchanting stopovers en route.
    Duration:
    9 Days
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    US$ 2,166
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    Escorted Coach Touring
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  • Iceland Complete Self Drive: Reykjavik to Reykjavik

    This self-drive favorite explores Iceland’s rich natural treasures, including national parks, beautiful waterfalls, striking glaciers, magnificent volcanoes and hot springs. These include Reykjavik city, Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Lake Myvatn, and Thingvellir and Vatnajokull National parks. You will have ample time to cover all the hot spots that Iceland has to offer on its famous Ring Road.
    Duration:
    10 Days
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    US$ 2,901
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    Self-Drives
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  • Iceland Express Self Drive: Summer

    Take a leisurely drive through majestic scenery, stopping over at prearranged hotels en route. Iceland is ready to take your breath away on each leg of the journey.
    Duration:
    8 Days
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    US$ 2,170
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  • Iceland Golden Circle Self Drive

    A wonderful way to leisurely enjoy the wonders of Iceland in your own self drive vehicle stopping to take in the extraordinary beauty by which you will be surrounded. Volcanoes, glaciers, lava fields, hot springs, gushing waterfalls, all in the space of a few days.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,083
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    Active & Adventurous, Self-Drives, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Iceland Luxury

    This is a very special, luxury private tour offering the very best of Iceland with two seasons from which to choose. Summer offers whale watching, a scenic helicopter ride, and exploration of geothermal wonders including amazing glaciers, breathtaking fjords and active volcanoes. Winter includes the helicopter ride, a not-to-be-forgotten glacier walk, a private jeep ride, a snowmobile excursion and a gourmet lobster feast. The choice is yours.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 28,658
    Trip Type:
    Luxury and Beyond
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  • Iceland Winter Gem self-drive with International Airfare

    Explore the winter landmarks of southwestern Iceland on this self-drive tour. Travelling from Reykjavik to the Blue Lagoon and the Golden Circle, you’ll pass by volcanoes, hike behind waterfalls, and enjoy the warm waters of Iceland’s famous geothermal lagoons.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,119
    Trip Type:
    Self-Drives, Vacation Packages with Airfare
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  • Iceland Winter Gems: Self Drive

    In action-packed 4 days, experience some of Iceland’s exciting natural wonders close to Reykjavik. Drive independently and leisurely with a pre arranged itinerary while viewing thundering waterfalls, spectacular geothermal landscapes and other awe-inspiring natural phenomena.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 672
    Trip Type:
    Self-Drives
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  • Iceland Winter Super Jeep Adventure: Reykjavik to Reykjavik

    If you think a winter Iceland tour is all early nights and frozen wasteland, think again. This spectacular short trip offers you the country’s best sights at their most dramatic, with a good chance of spying the Northern Lights.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,025
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Escorted Coach Touring, Small Group Touring
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  • Iceland's North: Arctic Powers & Northern Lights: Akureyri to Akureyri

    Even in increasingly popular Iceland, few visitors will reach the elusive and beautiful north coast. Leave Reykjavik behind and get out into the true wilderness of this awesome country.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,083
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring
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  • Iceland: Beyond the Wall: Game of Thrones

    TV’s Game of Thrones might not be known for its tranquility, but its filming locations around Iceland offer that and much more.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 2,415
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Iceland: Nature's Treasures and Northern Lights Winter Departure

    If you think an Iceland tour in winter sounds crazy, let the spectacular national parks, unique culture, and lack of crowds change your mind. Then warm up in the natural springs of the Blue Lagoon.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,271
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring
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  • Jokulsarlon & Ice Caving

    Hike behind waterfalls, stroll alongside icebergs, and delve into glacial caves on this unforgettable journey along Iceland’s south coast. Passing from Reykjavik to the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and Vatnajokull Glacier, you’ll explore the ice-capped natural wonders that make Iceland so remarkable.
    Duration:
    2 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 864
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Small Group Touring
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  • Long Weekend Away: Luxury Iceland

    Pamper yourself at a luxury hotel in Reykjavik while enjoying the amazing spectacular landscapes of Iceland. Go whale watching; see active volcanoes and lava fields; take a ride on a snowmobile on a massive glacier and get closer to nature on a scenic cruise.
    Duration:
    5 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 7,031
    Trip Type:
    Active & Adventurous, Luxury and Beyond
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  • Reykjavik in Depth

    Reykjavik is the capital and largest city in Iceland, and home to most of the country's inhabitants. It is also Iceland's cultural and entertainment heart. Enjoy a half day’s touring here, plus time for optional tours into the countryside.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 617
    Trip Type:
    Stopovers/City Breaks, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Reykjavik: New Years in Iceland

    Something very special – experience the New Year in Iceland where it is taken very seriously. Join in typical Icelandic traditions, have a sumptuous New Year’s Eve dinner and continue on celebrating with the locals. There is also time for some sightseeing.
    Duration:
    4 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,414
    Trip Type:
    Stopovers/City Breaks, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Reykjavik: Stopover, City Break

    Reykjavik is the capital and largest city in Iceland, and home to most of the country's inhabitants. It is also Iceland's cultural and entertainment heart.
    Duration:
    3 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 629
    Trip Type:
    Stopovers/City Breaks, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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  • Volcanoes & Glaciers Coach Tour from Reykjavik Iceland

    A journey through from Reykjavik through a country of natural beauty that includes majestic waterfalls, impressive lava flows, huge glaciers, a volcanic crater, gushing hot springs, a folk museum and the opportunity to see seals and puffins close up.
    Duration:
    6 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,616
    Trip Type:
    Escorted Coach Touring
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  • Winter Wonders & Delicious Detours Self Drive: Iceland

    Be amazed at the natural beauty of Iceland at your own leisurely pace on a self drive car itinerary. You will see dramatic scenery including waterfalls, active volcanoes, glaciers, bubbling mud pools and geysers. Iceland is nature’s wonderland just waiting to be discovered.
    Duration:
    7 Days
    Prices From:
    US$ 1,344
    Trip Type:
    Self-Drives, Tailor-made Travel Ideas
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