On an island formed by volcanic eruptions, Iceland’s explosive beauty is in its fjords, lava fields, glaciers and beyond.
Iceland has the natural beauty of lush Scandinavia. You don’t have to venture much further than the Golden Circle to unearth this country’s marvels: the tremendous Golden Falls, Hengrill volcano and the ever-spewing Strokkur geyser. But Iceland has more than just natural wonder to offer. Reykjavik's eclectic culture was formed through hundreds of years of isolation and today is one of the most creative and peaceful nations on earth. With a society built on cohesion, equality and respect, Icelanders make some of the world’s best company.
Iceland travel highlights
Spot whales in the Westfjords
Cruise the rugged coastline of the Westfjords and spot amazing wildlife, including whales and puffins.
Eat in motion at the Reykjavik Pearl
Not only does this fine-dining establishment have magnificent views of the city, it spins around slowly while you eat.
See Iceland’s most iconic sites in Snaefellsness
Iceland’s tallest mountain is located on this peninsula, as are its accompanying glacier, golden plains, rocky cliffs and deep blue sea.
See the waterfall at Akureyri
Perhaps the country’s most beautiful falls, Goðafoss is a site for nature lovers and birdwatchers.
Explore another world at Lake Mývatn
It’s one of Iceland’s most unusual natural attractions: a moss-coloured lake, surrounded by lava fields and totem-like formations.
Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Visit Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon for an unforgettable boat tour on the milky blue waters and between floating icebergs.
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- Australia: No - Not required
- Belgium: No - Not required
- Canada: No - Not required
- Germany: No - Not required
- Ireland: No - Not required
- Netherlands: No - Not required
- New Zealand: No - Not required
- South Africa: Yes - in advance
- Switzerland: No - Not required
- UK: No - Not required
- USA: No - Not required
Tipping isn’t customary in Iceland, however if you feel you have received good service, a small tip of around 10% is appreciated. Some restaurants include surcharges on the bill, so make sure you’re not tipping twice!
The internet is readily available in Iceland’s major cities and towns, although service can be patchy outside these areas. Most cafes offer free Wi-Fi, however you may need to ask for a password.
Iceland has good mobile coverage in major cities and towns, but service may be unreliable in rural and remote areas. Remember to activate global roaming with your provider if you wish to use your mobile while traveling, however this can be very expensive, and not all providers offer access in Iceland. If this is the case, buying a local SIM card is an easy and cheap solution.
Iceland has western-style toilets. Public toilets usually have a small fee to use.
Iceland has a reputation for being very expensive. Here’s an approximate breakdown of how much you can expect to pay in Iceland.
- Hotdog = US $4.25
- Bowl of lobster soup = US $17
- Bus ticket = US $4
- Sit down dinner at a restaurant = US $30 – $68 for a main course
- Taxi from the airport = Around US $200. Catch the shuttle bus into Reykjavik instead.
Tap water in Iceland is delicious, and definitely safe to drink (unless otherwise stated, such as on our Adventure Cruises, however filtered water is provided). For environmental reasons, avoid buying bottled water and bring a refillable bottle or canteen with you.
You’ll be able to use your credit card for many services in Iceland, including at supermarkets, malls, restaurants and for taxis.
ATMs are plentiful in Iceland and are usually internationally connected.
Yes. All Peregrine passengers are required to purchase travel insurance prior to their trip. Your insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of your small group adventure.
For a current list of public holidays go to: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/Iceland/public-holidays