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YOUR GUIDE TO ICELAND SMALL GROUP TOURS


There are such a lot of superb Iceland small group excursions to select from however I don’t know the place to start out! I solely have a restricted period of time in Iceland and I wish to take advantage of it. Are you able to assist me create the most effective Iceland Small Group Tour journey itinerary? That is one thing we hear so much. It will probably definitely be daunting. Typically too many choices is usually a burden. Don’t fear, we’re right here to assist!

The Iceland Small Group Excursions Information will hopefully provide you with some inspiration for getting these small group excursions so as.

At first, if you’re truly procuring round for an intimate personal tour you possibly can soar over to our Non-public Tour web page and pick your favorite personal tour itinerary there. The identical goes for those who intend to Self Drive. For small group excursions, learn on!

A Hidden Iceland minibus for small group tours. Photo by Dennis Stever.

Why ought to I e-book a small group tour?

For a lot of a small group tour is the proper possibility. The group sizes enable the prices of the tour to be unfold over extra folks, making this a extra financial mode of journey when in comparison with a non-public tour. Although you aren’t on a non-public tour, you’ll nonetheless be travelling with our skilled, pleasant and high rated guides. So that you’ll nonetheless get our superior service, and expertise the most effective of Iceland on our small group excursions.  They may also be an important possibility for those who wish to socialise with fellow travellers whereas in Iceland. I do know that once I travelled solo or as a pair I used to be all the time keen to affix onto small group excursions each time I may.

Selecting a small group tour with Hidden Iceland comes with just a few advantages:

  1. We’ve got a most group dimension of 12 folks in spacious minibuses. This can be a good group dimension dynamic and it means after we journey into the wilderness you possibly can stick with the identical group and the identical passionate information.

  2. Our small group excursions are created to cowl all the most effective spots on the proper time of day. So you possibly can make sure that every day is properly spent.

  3. Small group excursions are much more reasonably priced than personal tour choices for the reason that worth of the tour is break up between all the group.

  4. Small group excursions are arguably extra immersive than self-drive excursions. It’s because your native information is hand picked for his or her data, expertise and persona. Actually, most of our Journey Advisor critiques discuss concerning the guides main the journey greater than the sights half the time.

Chatting on the Sólheimajökull Glacier. Photo taken by Danny Mcgee.

YOUR GUIDE TO ICELAND SMALL GROUP TOURS

This Iceland Small Group Excursions Information was created particularly for these of you who merely wish to mix a lot of our Hidden Iceland excursions collectively right into a cohesive itinerary. It’s so simple as that. All our excursions choose up and drop off in Reykjavik initially and finish of every tour. My advice, when utilizing this information to e-book your journeys, could be to maintain this web page open and click on on the hyperlinks in every part to learn extra about every tour as you go.

A few of our proposed itinerary choices are as follows. You possibly can after all combine and match every one however these journeys have a tendency to go with one another the most effective:

  1. Motion Packed 2 Day Journey 

  2. Important Iceland in 3 Days 

  3. UNESCO Heritage Websites in 4 – 5 Days

  4. Off the Crushed Path West Iceland 5 day Journey

  5.  Decide & Combine 6+ Day

HOT TIP: Be sure to e-book the small group excursions within the order we prescribe in any other case a number of the in a single day recommendations received’t work. Or drop us an e mail for those who’re not sure at information@hiddeniceland.is. We’re all the time glad to assist. 

The Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach. Photo taken by Norris Niman. Featured.

TWO DAY | ACTION PACKED

These two small group excursions are matched for folks with very restricted time within the nation however wish to cowl as many should see sights as doable. To not fear, we’ve received you coated. Merely e-book the South Coast: Hearth and Ice tour with the Golden Circle Platinum tour.

Day 1 | The South Coast: Hearth and Ice day tour

This motion packed small group tour whisks you off alongside the south coast and allows you to stroll behind the 200ft Seljalandsfoss waterfall, rise up shut and private to the spectacular Skógafoss waterfall (it was in Eurovision and Recreation of Thrones) and the Reynisfjara black sand seashore the place you possibly can see 1000’s of puffins in summer season and crashing waves in winter. Within the afternoon, you’ll stroll to the entrance of the Sólheimajökull glacier. At lunch, whenever you get so far as the city of Vík you’ll be handled to an actual life indoor lava present. Really feel the warmth of re-melted lava from the 1918 Katla Eruption the place you’ll be taught all about Iceland’s volcanic previous.

Oh, and to high all of it off, the south coast route drives around the globe well-known Eyjafjallajökull volcano that erupted again in 2010.

In a single day choices between excursions
This small group tour begins and ends in Reykjavik so you probably have your lodge already booked within the metropolis then it really works nice. Nevertheless, as a result of the next day’s route crosses again over onto the primary (on the south coast) you possibly can select to remain out of town in a close-by city referred to as Hveragerði. Sleeping in a single day right here reduces driving time on day 1 and also you don’t need to rise up so early on day 2. On this secluded city you possibly can hunt for the northern lights or bathe within the native scorching swimming pools within the heat summer season air between journeys. We advocate the lodge Frost & Hearth.

Day 2 | The Golden Circle: Platinum day tour

Your second small group tour takes on a extra relaxed angle. You deserve it after your glacier hike. So as a substitute, you begin the day by bathing on the oldest scorching pool within the nation, the Secret Lagoon. Then you definitely’ll eat inside a geothermal Tomato Greenhouse referred to as Friðheimar with towering tomato vegetation. Within the afternoon, you try the most well-liked points of interest the in nation. This contains visiting the thunderous Gullfoss Waterfall and the ever erupting geyser, Strokkur. On the finish of the day you’ll drive via the Thingvellir Nationwide Park the place the unique parliament was first held. Coincidentally, that is additionally an space of geologically significance too. Actually, right here you possibly can actually cross from one tectonic plate to a different. Iceland actually bridges the hole. Not many individuals can say they’ve jumped continents with out getting their toes moist.

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THREE DAY | ESSENTIALS ICELAND

This subsequent set of small group excursions is simply barely longer, however permits you to cowl a lot extra of the nation. Actually, you get all the way in which to the south east of Iceland the place many travellers don’t get to. The spotlight of this journey is undoubtedly the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and the prolonged glacier hike or ice cave (winter solely). It truly follows the very same route as our personal excursions Important South Iceland Summer time and Important South Iceland Winter.

Day 1 – 2 | Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon & Glacier Hike or Ice Cave

On day certainly one of this Iceland small group tour, we observe the identical route because the South Coast: Hearth and Ice tour. However, as a substitute of heading again to Reykjavik we proceed east to the Vatnajökull Nationwide Park the place we’ll encounter metropolis sized glaciers and lively volcanoes. You’ll get to stroll alongside a 330ft gorge referred to as Fjaðrárgljúfur earlier than seeing reaching the glacier lagoon. Tonight you sleep on the transformed farm, Lilja Visitor Home (included within the tour). In summer season, it is best to stroll across the farm underneath the midnight solar. In winter, get your heat garments on and hunt for the Northern Lights.

The next day you’ll rise up early to cease off on the mesmerising Diamond Seashore and once more on the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon to look at the icebergs glisten because the solar rises within the distance. Then it’s onto the adventurous a part of the day, the glacier hike in summer season and the blue ice collapse winter. The glacier hike, on Falljökull, lasts for round 3-4 hours whilst you discover this icy large. From November to March we swap this a part of the journey out for the a superjeep tour alongside the glacier lagoon and right into a constructing sized ice cave.

In a single day excursions between excursions 
On the finish of day 2 we return to Reykjavik alongside the south coast. In the event you don’t wish to go all the way in which again to Reykjavik you possibly can e-book your personal lodge in Hveragerði as a substitute of going again to town, prepared for tomorrow’s Golden Circle: Platinum tour.

Day 3 | The Golden Circle: Platinum day tour

This is similar small group tour as described in THE TWO DAY | ACTION PACKED itinerary above. Returning to Reykjavik so that you can rejoin civilisation.

The Gullfoss waterfall in winter in the Golden Circle. Photo taken by Norris Niman. Featured.

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FOUR – FIVE DAYS | UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES

This small group tour is a little bit odd as a result of it modifications all year long. A tour of the Westman Islands is squeezed into the center through the summer season, or a visit to the Snæfellsnes peninsula is added on the finish the remainder of the 12 months. There are 3 UNESCO World Heritage Websites in Iceland. Two of them are hidden throughout the THREE DAY | ESSENTIAL itinerary. It’s because the Vatnajökull Nationwide Park on our 2 day Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon tour and the Thingvellir Nationwide Park on the Golden Circle: Platinum tour are each UNESCO World Heritage websites. The one remaining world heritage web site within the nation is without doubt one of the Westman Islands on the south coast. So the tour would go one thing like this:

Day 1 – 2 | Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon & Glacier Hike or Ice Cave

The identical nice sights alongside the south coast with most of our time spent throughout the UNESCO World Heritage Website, the Vatnajökull Nationwide Park.

We’ll host you on the evening of Day 1 at Lilja Visitor home. The glacier hike is included from April to November and an Ice Cave is swapped in between November and March. This tour is palms down our hottest Iceland small group excursions.

The Glacier Discovery Tour with Local Guide.

In a single day possibility between excursions
We advocate you discover lodging outdoors of town tonight close to the Westman Islands on the south on the finish of the primary two days so that you just don’t need to go all the way in which to Reykjavik and again between excursions. Be certain that it’s close to the number one street although so we are able to choose you up the next day. Resort Rangá is usually a nice luxurious spot to soak within the night air. There are many funds choices within the space too, so attain out to us for some suggestions if that is your plan.

Day 3 | The Volcanic Westman Islands (summer season solely)

At present’s small group tour requires a ship journey to this assortment of islands on the south coast. On this journey, you’ll discover the rocky cliffs searching for the colorful puffins. You’ll stroll to the highest of the nonetheless heat volcano, Eldfell and find out about Iceland’s volcanic previous on the Eldheimar volcano museum. For a little bit further you possibly can even soar on a RIB boat, touring the island searching for wildlife. Whales are even noticed out right here sometimes. The island we’ll spend time on known as Heimaey, the place Eldfell volcano erupted again in 1973. Solely one of many islands on this archipelago is formally designated a UNESCO World Heritage Website (Surtsey) however sadly you possibly can’t step foot on it resulting from it being monitored for volcanic exercise and wildlife safety. You possibly can see it fairly properly from the highest of the volcano although.

In a single day possibility between excursions
Round 5pm we’ll get again off the island and onto the mainland. It’s time to move again to Reykjavik. However bear in mind, we’re on the south coast and also you’re becoming a member of the Golden Circle: Platinum tour which matches that means firstly of the day. So maybe Frost & Hearth lodge with its personal pure scorching pool is an effective place to relaxation your head earlier than we choose you up on your closing day.

Day 4 | The Golden Circle: Platinum Day tour

No change to your closing day right here. Particularly benefit from the UNESCO World Heritage Website, the Thingvellir Nationwide Park on the finish of the day.

In a single day possibility between excursions
As I discussed, when it’s not summer season we don’t go to the Westman Islands so this is probably not your closing day in any case. Iceland small group excursions go on all 12 months spherical so we have to discover options. So, subsequent up is the Snæfellsnes peninsula as a substitute. Sadly, there are not any good inns outdoors of Reykjavik that we are able to drop you off at between excursions. However to be truthful, you’ve spent just a few nights outdoors of town by now. Greatest to pop again to civilisation for a slap up meal at certainly one of our favorite eating places.

Secret Lagoon | Hidden Iceland | Photo by Kat Craats | Feature

Day 4 – 5 | The Enchanting Snæfellsnes Peninsula day tour

The Snæfellsnes peninsula just isn’t a UNESCO World Heritage Website, so maybe it doesn’t belong on this checklist. Nevertheless, a big chunk of the peninsula is designated as a Nationwide Park and a few of us right here at Hidden Iceland consider it’s solely a matter of time earlier than it’s added to the celebrated checklist too. One factor is for certain, its magnificence is unmatched. On this small group tour, you’ll stand in awe of the Kirkjufell volcanic mountain from Recreation of Thrones. You’ll discover peace whereas hiding behind a secret waterfall at Sellvallavatn and also you’ll fill your stomach with the catch of the day at certainly one of Iceland’s oldest fishing villages, Stykkishólmur. Within the afternoon, we’ll whizz across the Snæfellsjökull volcano with its ice cap on high simply earlier than climbing alongside the damaged sea cliffs within the south of the peninsula at Arnarstapi. It’s no marvel many Icelanders name this place, little Iceland. It appears to have every thing. An ideal stand alone journey but additionally an unbelievable day to finish your itinerary.

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FIVE DAY | OFF THE BEATEN PATH

This scheduled tour is kind of completely different from the others. Primarily as a result of we take you to the far north west of the island for almost all of the time. This itinerary is designed for these of you who’ve possibly seen all of the should see sights already or have a little bit extra time to go off the crushed path. In any case, lower than 10% of vacationers make to this forgotten a part of Iceland annually. Belief me, it’s well worth the drive.

Day 1 – 4 | The Wild Westfjords 4 Day tour (summer season solely)

This small group tour is even smaller than regular, with solely 8 folks per journey (in comparison with the traditional 12). We wish it to be much more intimate. That is the oldest a part of the nation, at greater than 15 million years outdated. It has survived numerous ice ages and volcanic eruptions and it has the scars to point out for it. This 4 day journey rigorously excursions across the angular mountains, steep cliff sides and into deep fjords. You’ll uncover Vigur, a puffin islands, an Arctic fox sanctuary and hidden scorching swimming pools. The tallest sea cliffs in Europe at Látrabjarg (440 metres) await and essentially the most distinctive trying waterfall at Dynjandi is prepared so that you can arrive. The visitor homes and inns that we keep in every evening simply add much more to the picturesque panorama and ambiance. If you wish to keep away from different vacationers, that is the place to be.

In a single day possibility between small group excursions:
We embody lodging for 3 nights whereas within the Westfjords however we return to Reykjavik ultimately similar to all our small group excursions. Fortunately, the path to and from the Westfjords skirts previous the Snæfellsnes peninsula fairly properly so in precise truth you possibly can choose a lodge within the city of Borgarnes earlier than or after this journey if you’re hoping to see Snæfellsnes too. Our clients inform us they like Icelandair Resort Hamar for the vast open areas, nice views and comfortable aesthetic.

Day 5 | The Snæfellsnes peninsula day tour

The itinerary stays the identical for this journey whichever means spherical you do it, day 1 or day 5. The massive profit is that you just don’t need to return to Reykjavik every evening. We love to check the sights on this peninsula with the Westfjords. There’s all the time a little bit of a debate about which spot is essentially the most lovely. We predict it’s a tie, they each should win.

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6+ DAY | ICELAND SMALL GROUP TOURS PICK & MIX

Any Day | Between Continents: Reykjanes and Lava Tunnel day tour

Now for the finale, which isn’t actually a finale in any respect. We’ve mainly coated every thing Hidden Iceland has to supply on the subject of small group excursions besides one very particular tour, Between Continents: Reykjanes and Lava Tunnel. This small group tour may be very near Reykjavik so is commonly neglected. The rationale I didn’t embody it in any of the opposite small group tour itineraries above although isn’t as a result of it’s not value it. It’s as a result of it may be added on at any level in your journey. Starting, center and finish. It’s a little bit shorter and extra relaxed than a number of the different excursions so is usually a good journey to take for those who additionally wish to spend the early night within the capital, perusing the outlets and bars. Reykjanes’s acid rivers at Krýsuvík, continuously erupting geyser at Gunnuhver, chopped up shoreline at Reykjanesviti and naturally the mile lengthy Lava tunnel make for a really thrilling journey, all compacted right into a breezy 8 hours.

All the opposite days | The whole lot above after which some

So for those who added up all of the excursions I’ve talked about above you’ll find yourself with 10 days (assuming you don’t e-book the South Coast: Hearth and Ice tour together with the 2 day Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon tour). However then you definitely nonetheless have to spend a few days in Reykjavik proper? And don’t overlook switch days to and from the airport. That already will get you to a stable 2 weeks. Phew, that’s quite a lot of enjoyable available. In actuality, we all know you’re more likely to choose just a few of your favourites and go along with them. If, after studying this, you’re nonetheless undecided what to do, drop us a line. We’ll be glad to assist.

And extra days | Companion excursions

However wait, there’s extra…tons extra. Above covers the constraints of Hidden Iceland’s small group excursions. However we’re not naïve. We all know there’s some issues we merely can’t do. So maybe when you’ve deliberate out your Hidden Iceland small group tour package deal take a look at a number of the different day excursions on supply from Reykjavik. They vary from Whale and Puffin recognizing to Snorkelling excursions to Horse Rides to Meals excursions and simply quaint premium airport transfers.

Icelandic horses in summer. Taken by Tom Archer

Iceland Small Group Tour Conclusion

Briefly, you’re going to have to return again if you wish to expertise every thing Iceland has to supply!

To e-book an Iceland small group tour you possibly can click on on any of the hyperlinks all through this weblog or try our Hidden Iceland excursions right here. In any case this, if you’re nonetheless undecided for what to do in Iceland then merely drop us a line utilizing our contact type. We’ll handle the remainder!

See you quickly!

Ryan Connolly | Marketing Manager, Guide, Co - Owner | Hidden Iceland

Hello, I’m Ryan Connolly; Co-Founder and Advertising Supervisor of Hidden Iceland.

I’ve guided in a number of international locations around the globe and stepped foot on all 7 continents. My ardour for the outside, science, nature, glaciers and volcanoes has led me to check and write about Iceland. I’ve been interviewed in ForbesConde Nast Traveller and Journey Pulse on varied topics.



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