Iceland small group tours

“Discover the land of vikings, volcanoes and waterfalls on this quintessential tour of Iceland, with a clear responsible travel focus.”

Highlights

Reykjavik | Golden Circle | Hallgrimskirkja church | Thingvellir National Park | Geysir geothermal area | Strokkur geyser | Gullfoss waterfall | Tree planting | Skógafoss waterfall | Dyrhólaey | Reynisdrangar black sand beach | Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon | Skaftafell National Park | Vatnajokull ice cap | Vik

Description of Iceland small group tours

Iceland’s world-renowned natural splendour is on full display as you travel the famous Golden Circle route. This classic small group tour runs only in the summer months, with up to 22 hours of sunlight a day, giving you plenty of time to soak up the majestic scenery.

Departing from the capital, Reykjavik, you’ll head towards Thingvellir National Park, home to the world’s oldest parliament, which was founded in 930AD, and the Silfra fissure. Here you can actually see the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates being pulled apart. You’ll take a tour of the Geysir geothermal area, with its immensely powerful Strokkur geyser that blasts boiling hot water up to 30 feet into the air, and the beautiful Gullfoss waterfall.

Overnighting in a guesthouse that takes a lead in responsible tourism and sustainability, you’ll be invited to take part in their conservation efforts by planting a few trees before settling down for the evening

In Skaftafell National Park you’ll walk across Vatnajokull, which is Europe’s largest ice cap, and on the volcanic black sand on the beach of Vik, a popular seaside resort. If you’ve never seen a black sand beach before, it’s quite a sight.

The circle is completed as you return to Reykjavik. The big attraction in the capital is of course the Blue Lagoon, but you needn’t follow the crowds. There are many cool cafes and restaurants to find, whale watching trips leaving from the harbour, and smaller, less-busy thermal pools in the countryside just a short journey away by hire car.

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Responsible tourism

Iceland small group tours

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

In Iceland we only use locally owned and run guesthouses. When travelling the Icelandic countryside, we tend to stay in converted farm houses, some of which are still working farms such as horse farms. Our stay contributes to the local economy and helps the families living in this pretty inhospitable terrain.

Our guesthouse in Hvolsvollur is a leader in responsible tourism and sustainability. It’s a working family farm comprising of around 300 hectares. About 30 cows, 30 horses, 80 sheep, plenty of ducks, rabbits and goats are kept here, as well as landnámshænan, a rare ancient Icelandic chicken. All the animals on the farm are free-range but have access to a house in winter. Berries, turnips and potatoes are also grown here, and all the farm’s produce is used in the hotel restaurant.

The guesthouse is committed to their sustainability policy, and the accommodation and restaurant are eco-labelled by the Nordic Swan. Since the arrival of the first settlers in Iceland, deforestation has taken place to make space for pastures and overgrazing has led to soil erosion. The farm owners then had the idea of starting a tree planting project on their land to contribute to lowering CO2 and counteracting soil erosion. Our travellers will have the option to join the effort and head out into the surrounding hills to plant trees themselves.

On this Iceland trip we use a private minibus throughout. However, our local operator has recently purchased a brand-new fleet of vehicles all of which meet the European emission standards.

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All our Iceland trips are run by our local Destination Management Company (or DMC), which is based out of Reykjavik. They share our values in terms of responsible travel, and relay this onto our leaders who impart their wisdom on our travellers. Our DMC is run by locals and employs mostly local leaders from Iceland.

Many of the areas surrounding Reykjavik receive large numbers of day-trippers, mainly staying on cruise ships. This style of travel doesn’t benefit the local communities living in the countryside, which is why our itinerary takes the road less travelled. Staying in farmhouse accommodation and guesthouses brings benefits and understanding of adventure tourism to the local communities.

Iceland is experiencing a tourism boom and travelling in a small group means we have a low impact on the communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. As such this small group tour is limited to a maximum of 16 participants.

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Reviewed on 18 Sep 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Glacier walk

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Do it!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Amazing

Reviewed on 23 Aug 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


3 of us were upgraded to a luxury chalet with a hot tub for free due to a cancellation that evening - and we sat in a hot tub in the middle of dark farmland and watched the northern lights!

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Take your card! It is VERY expensive in Iceland, plus they prefer the use of card over cash.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Definitely! All the accommodations we stayed at were locally ran, we were given the chance to plan trees to reduce our carbon footprint and support the environment. All food was local.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Once in a lifetime experience! Spent a lot more money than expected, however was definitely worth it!

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