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Everything you need to know before planning Iceland Vacation

So spectacularly beautiful, Iceland will give every reason to make you put in all the effort to choose the best of Iceland vacation packages. With a huge number of top-tourist attractions including amazing waterfalls, spectacular views, beautiful cities, the wonderful sites & on the top of everything, the fabulous Iceland environment. 

The country is located almost equidistant between European mainland & North America and below the Arctic circle. More precisely, it is halfway between Moscow & New York and is the northmost capital in the world. 

From Europe & North America there are flights at small intervals. However, there are flights & foreign airlines available from around the world. With a size as big as Ohio State and around one-third bigger than Ireland, one will definitely have plenty of top things to do in Iceland vacation packages. 

Without any doubt, one has enough magical charm to be discovered in this amazing country. But, before you even choose the best of Iceland vacation packages, you should know everything about the country. Let’s discover:

Capital: Reykjavik 

Language: Icelandic (the main language), English (Nordic and German are also spoken)

Religion: Christians 95% 

Currency: Islandic Krona

Other Important Things to Know about Iceland:

  1. There are too many drastic swifts in weather - be aware.

  2. Northern lights are amazing but don’t get crazy about it.

  3. Harðfiskur is perfect choice when it comes to snacks.

  4. Need to take care of the road conditions & weather.

  5. Winter is amazing for planning Iceland vacations. 

  6. Credit cards are not accepted at Iceland gas stations.

 

What Interesting Things You Can Do on your Iceland Vacation?

With its location near the Arctic circle, Iceland might be considered a place most often covered in ice & snow, however, the other way round, this is one of the most volcanic regions in not only in Europe, but also in throughout the world. At any time of the year, you will visit the country and there are going to be one or the other volcano about to erupt. This makes out that the country is all a contrasting climate, different from what the location reveals. You will have an amazing chance to discover some of the best geothermal activities ~ the Blue Lagoon is one of the examples. To add to the Iceland vacation packages that you are looking for we have this precise list of the best things to do in Iceland. Let’s begin:

  1. A Whale Watching Tour

This is going to be an altogether different experience that you might not have ever experienced. Watching out the life-sized whales jumping high in the sky emerging surprisingly from the waters is something that you won’t find at most places. In Iceland almost about twenty species of cetacean are found and it includes small harbour porpoises to the largest animals on the earth. 

There are 100% chances that you will be seeing Humpback Whales and Minke Whales. However, there are possibilities to see animals like Fin Whales, Killer Whales, and also seabirds like the colourfully billed Puffin, Arctic Tern, Skuas, and Guillemots.

  1. Ice Caving & Glacier Hiking 

Ice caving & Glacier hiking are an integral part of all Iceland vacation packages! As true to its name ~ Iceland gives this amazing opportunity to discover this part of the frozen land. The unique blue glacier ice caves, sweeping glaciers & the floating icebergs all through will give a different experience. There are only a few countries in the world where you can have this experience and you should not miss it. Make sure Glacier Hiking & Ice caving are parts of Iceland vacation packages. It showcases the amazing magic of nature. And, every time you will visit the city, it’s going to be different as it keeps on changing because of the ever changing weather.

  1. The Blue Lagoon Spa        

This place is particularly amazing for those who want time out to relax, rejuvenate & enjoy some free time. It’s going to be a healing experience bathing around! The blue Lagoon spa is the most popular spa in Iceland because of its soothing & warm water. It’s proximity to the airport makes it one of the most important locations to beat jet lag. Arriving at the Keflavík International Airport, this is a very suitable stop for all types of travelers. Situated on the Reykjanes Peninsula, the region is particularly known for its barren landscapes & cone-shaped volcanoes.

  1. The dance of the Northern Lights

If you have not experienced the dance of Northern lights, no Iceland vacation packages are going to be complete. This whole thing is completely beautiful in some of the darkest rural areas of the country. Drive around 20 minutes from the city of Reykjavik and you will see it most clearly. The colourful Northern lights dancing over your head will have an amazing effect on your mind & body. The whole scene is amazing particularly during the winter season with the shining diamond stars & pink aurora dancing in the background.

Other Top Things to Do in Iceland:

  1. Lake Mývatn in North Iceland

  2. West Fjords         

  3. Dettifoss Waterfall in North Iceland 

  4. Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon 

  5. Visit Lake Mývatn in North Iceland

  6.  Go Horseback Riding

  7. Have a Night Out in Reykjavík

  8. Visit Lake Mývatn in North Iceland

  9. See at Dettifoss Waterfall in North Iceland  

What is the Best Time to Plan Iceland Vacations?

The Best Weather in Iceland! Since Iceland, in general, has fluctuating weather, therefore it is quite tough to define the best time to visit Iceland. As per your choices and things you want to do, the best time to visit fall in different parts of the year. For instance, if you eagerly like to experience whale watching then May to September is the best time, Northern Lights are perfect at the end of September. June to August for the warm weather makes it an important time for hiking. If you want to experience snow, early September to May is the time of the year, but the winters are brutal. 

A Sneak peek into the time of the year according to different requirements:

Best time to/for

Months

see the Northern Lights

Late September to Late March

Sightseeing

May to mid-June, and September

Whale Watching

April to October

Good Weather

July and August

Blue Lagoon

May to September

Save Money

During the winter months

Here’s more on the best time to visit Iceland:  

  1. While winters are considered the best time to visit Iceland, the temperature can go as low as -30 degrees, which means the spine-chilly season. But, you should not miss this amazing experience rather pack properly as per the season’s requirement.

  2. While the best time to see the incredible Northern Lights is from September to April, however, February to March & September to October are considered the most suitable time to see them.

  3. Late November to December & January might be quite frustrating for photographers as there’s very little daylight around.

  4. June and July are the time of the year when there will be the sun in the night.

It has not been too long Iceland has seen a shoot up in the influx of tourists ~ and in a very small span of time it tourism has become an important business in the country. Almost every globetrotter will have Iceland on their travel bucket list. With only a few travel agencies providing Iceland vacation packages, it is hard to simply find the best places/cities/towns to visit in Iceland. Most of them mention only a few major places located in the vicinity of Reykjavik, the capital city. We have therefore compiled this list of the best places to visit in Iceland. Let’s find out:

1. Reykjavik ~ The capital city

The best thing about Reykjavik is that there’s something really incredible to discover all kinds of travelers. The most popular & emerging states in the city showcase a great history of Vikings. From the best outdoors to rich history, art, design & food ~ the emerging metropolitan has every little element to be discovered. Reykjavik is the northernmost capital of the world ~ it has everything from the colorful building, quirky designs, eye-opening tourist attractions and even the people you will meet will teach you creativity in one or another way.

Top Things to Do in Reykjavik:

  1. Hallgrímskirkja

  2. The Settlement Exhibition

  3. National Museum of Iceland

  4. Reykjavík Maritime Museum

  5. Saga Museum

2. Keflavík

Keflavík is popularly known for housing the only International airport in Iceland. If you really need a break from the everyday hustle & bustle and enjoy a few relaxing & rejuvenating days then this is one of the best places to visit Iceland. With merely a population of 15000, there’s cleanliness & great opportunity to rejuvenate. Apart from housing some of the most visited museums in Iceland, you also get this opportunity to see the magical northern lights.

Top Things to Do in Keflavík:

  1. Hiking

  2. Museums

  3. Giantess

  4. Duushús 

  5. Olsen Olsen

3. Akureyri

Akureyri houses some of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland. Akureyri is the second largest of the cities in Iceland, After the capital city, Reykjavik and is also called Northern Iceland’s capital. No matter what time of the year you are traveling to this wonderful place, you will find an amazingly energetic environment. And, with a population of around 20000, this place is considered to be the center of trade, services & culture in Northern Iceland.

Top Things to Do in Akureyri: 

  1. Laufas Turf Homes

  2. Horseback Riding

  3. Whale Watching

  4. Akureyri Church

  5. The Arctic Botanical Gardens

4. Jökulsárlón

Given the fact that Jökulsárlón provides an unimaginably stupendous opportunity to get that adventurer out you with so many activities of adventure that it is among one of the most visited tourist attractions in Iceland. The most popular glacier lagoon of Jökulsárlón makes it a wonderful part of the country. No traveler should miss this amazing chance to go on a boat ride through the Glacier Lagoon with Iceland vacation packages.

Top Things to Do in Jökulsárlón:

  1. Photographing

  2. Blue Ice Cave

  3. Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

  4. Sightseeing

  5. Glacier Walk

5. Selfoss

Selfoss is known popularly for the most beautiful waterfalls! And, its amazing location on the bank of River Olfusa simply makes it one of the best tourist attractions in Selfoss. In addition to the picture-perfect tourist attractions, there are amazing cafes, restaurants, woodland, pools with sauna & more makes it an amazing tourist attraction. 

Top Things to Do in Selfoss:

  1. The Golden Circle

  2. Pylsuvagninn Selfossi

  3. The South Coast

  4. Eyrarbakki Village

  5. Reykjadalur Steam Valley

10 Days Iceland Vacation Package - Greenland Cruise

Destinations: The North Atlantic

Minimum Price: $3897

Maximum Price: $3999

Vacation Duration: 10 Days

Highlights of the Trip: 

 

  1. Cruising trip along the North Atlantic.
  2. Exploration of the Arctic landscape along Greenland and the western Iceland.
  3. Know about floating Iceland & the Viking History.
  4. Discover everything about the fjords, Inuit settlements, and the glaciers.
  5. Explore the capital city Reykjavik and every part of its cultural developments.
  6. Enjoy riding The Ocean Diamond [passing through the ice-laden seas.
  7. Pass along Westman Islands & Vestmannaeyjar.
  8. Visit Ilulissat, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Iceland and do more.

 

Hotel Type: 4-star to 5-star

Payment mode: Cash/Card Payment

8 Days Iceland Vacation Package - Self Drive Exploration of Iceland

Destinations: the South Coast, Geysir, Gullfoss, Skaftafell, Jokulsarlon, and more.

Minimum Price: $1226

Maximum Price: $1299

Vacation Duration: 8 Days

Highlights of the Trip: 

  1. This self car drives Iceland vacation packages allow travelers to discover the country at their own pace.

  2. See amazing sceneries including the active volcanoes, geysers, the bubbling mud pools, and incredible waterfalls.

  3. Discover all of the natural beauty of the amazing wonderland of Iceland with this 8 days tour.

Hotel Type: 4-star to 5-star

Payment mode: Cash/Card Payment

10 Days Iceland Vacation Package - Reykjavik to Reykjavik

Destinations: Hveragerdi, Geysir, Thingvellir, Borgarfjordur, Borgarfjordur, Blonduos, Varmahlid, Akureyri, and more.

Minimum Price: $1899

Maximum Price: $1967

Vacation Duration: 10 Days

Highlights of the Trip:

  1. This exploration of the capital city of Reykjavik will have you discover some of the most amazing things on the trip.

  2. Discover the charming volcanoes, beautiful glaciers, unique volcanoes, waterfalls and more.

  3. Visit the city of Reykjavik, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, glaciers, Vatnajokull National parks, and Lake Myvatn.

Hotel Type: 4-star to 5-star

Payment mode: Cash/Card Payment

3 Days Iceland Vacation Package - Jokulsarlon & Ice Caving

Destinations: Jokulsarlon

Minimum Price: $1389

Maximum Price: $1499

Vacation Duration: 3 days

Highlights of the Trip: 

  1. Go hiking, walk around the iceberg, and enjoy glacier Caving along the southern coast of Iceland.

  2. Discover the ice-capped natural wonders while passing to Vatnajokull Glacier and the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon from Reykjavik.

  3. You will also discover Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss Waterfalls, Katla Volcano, and more.

Hotel Type: 4-star to 5-star

Payment mode: Cash/Card Payment

7 Days Iceland Vacation Package - Self Drive Iceland Tour

Destinations: South Coast, Geysir, Thjorsardalur Valley, Gullfoss, and more.

Minimum Price: $1199

Maximum Price: $1289

Vacation Duration: 7 Days

Highlights of the Trip: 

  1. These Iceland vacation packages will have you discover amazing glaciers, hot springs, waterfalls, volcanoes & more.

  2. This is a self-drive tour along with the country which is particularly a great option for those who want to enjoy their trip at their own pace.

  3. This vacation will begin with a drive through the Reykjanes Peninsula when you are going to watch for the hot springs & the geothermal fields.

  4. Taking a dip into the warm mineral-rich waters of the Blue Lagoon is also a part of such Iceland vacation packages.

  5. Visit Skogafoss Waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss,  the Thjorsardalur Valley, and Eyjafjallajokull.

Hotel Type: 4-star to 5-star

Payment mode: Cash/Card Payment

5 Days Iceland Vacation Package - Reykjavik’s New Year Celebration in January

Destinations: Reykjavik

Minimum Price: $1136

Maximum Price: $1199

Vacation Duration: 5 days

Highlights of the Trip: 

  1. Celebrate your New Year in Iceland which is a very special occasion in the country. The celebration is open almost throughout January. 

  2. Enjoy the typical traditions of New Year celebration in Iceland.

  3. Celebrate with the locals & enjoy the perfect Icelandic dinner.

  4. Go sightseeing in Reykjavik ~ the Old Reykjavik Cemetery, Hafnarfjordur, Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, the Geysers and more.

Hotel Type: 4-star to 5-star

Payment mode: Cash/Card Payment

8 Days Iceland Vacation Package - Volcanoes & Glaciers in Iceland

Destinations: Reykjavik, Westman Islands, Vik, Skogar, and more.

Minimum Price: $2184

Maximum Price: $2299

Vacation Duration: 8 Days

Highlights of the Trip: 

  1. It all begins from Reykjavik exploration ~ discover the beautiful waterfalls, hot springs, gigantic glaciers, and more.

  2. Discover the glacial rivers to Skogafoss waterfall.

  3. Visit Eyjafjallajokull ~ Reynisdrangar Cliffs, Solheimajokull Glacier, and Reynisfjara beach.

  4. Explore Skaftafell National Park and discover Jokulsarlon, which is a perfect place for photographers & more.

  5. Visit the Westman Islands. Go hiking and do more.

Hotel Type: 4-star to 5-star

Payment mode: Cash/Card Payment

7 Days Iceland Vacation Package - Reykjavik

Destinations: Reykjavik

Minimum Price: $918

Maximum Price: $1001

Vacation Duration: 7 days

Highlights of the Trip: 

  1. Experience all of Reykjavik ~ these are flexible Iceland vacation packages.

  2. Discover the biggest cultural scene of Iceland in Reykjavik.

  3. Stroll around the plenty of colorful houses. Drink, dine & shop around the city.

  4. Visit the city’s highlights including the Pearl, a dome-shaped landmark, Hallgrimskirkja Church, observation tower, the Cathedral, and more.

Hotel Type: 4-star to 5-star

Payment mode: Cash/Card Payment

9 Days Iceland Vacation Package - Game of Thrones

Destinations: Reykjavik and Akureyri

Minimum Price: $3374

Maximum Price: $3499

Vacation Duration: 9 Days

Highlights of the Trip: 

  1. Explore the “Game of Thrones” filming location in Iceland.

  2. All such Iceland vacation packages will start in the capital city of Reykjavik - get involved in its unique nightlife & the cafe culture.

  3. However, summers are the best time to visit Iceland, however, during winters you will get this perfect opportunity to experience the amazing Northern Lights.

  4. Next is Akureyri. Go and meet the local artists and you will be literally amazed at their talent.

  5. Go sightseeing ~ Godafoss, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland.

Hotel Type: 4-star to 5-star

Payment mode: Cash/Card Payment

12 Days Iceland Vacation Package - Circumnavigation Cruise

Destinations: Reykjavik, Stykkisholmur, Isafjordur, Akureyri, Seydisfjordur, and more.

Minimum Price: $4199

Maximum Price: $4310

Vacation Duration: 12 days

Highlights of the Trip: 

  1. Experience the magical land of Iceland while sailing aboard the Ocean Diamond.

  2. Pass through the beautiful waterfalls, amazing sceneries, unique glaciers, the quirky yet amazing fishing villages, the wildlife, spectacular sceneries, and more.

  3. Discover the stories of Jules Verne while on the trip to the Snaefellsjokull Glacier & the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

  4. Visit the birdlife of Vigur Island and the Dynjandi Waterfall.

  5. Explore the remote north coast ~ the Lake Myvatn region, and the Dettifoss waterfall.

  6. Go whale watching in the Skjalfandi Bay. 

  7. Explore the Vestmannaeyjar islands located along the southern shore and do more.

Hotel Type: 4-star to 5-star

Payment mode: Cash/Card Payment

Note: With this, we would like to make this clear here that we are giving just a generalized idea and this will completely depend on the type of vacation you have availed. Leisure will support all the possible ways of creating tailor-made vacations for you. Give us all the required input to help us understand how you want us to design your vacation package.

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