Iceland summer small group holiday

“A 10 day, circular, small group summer tour of Iceland. Following the coastal Ring Road from Reykjavik, via waterfalls, national parks and rural towns. ”


Reykjavik | Waterfalls | Reynisfjara black beach | Skaftafell | Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon | Seal spotting | East Fjords | Traditional Icelandic dinner | Akureyri | Siglufjordur | Hofsos' infinity pool | Working farm stay | Golden Circle tour

Description of Iceland summer small group holiday

Iceland’s famous Ring Road follows the island’s craggy coastline, connecting the most inhabited parts of the country and passing its most spectacular landmarks. Starting in the tiny but spirited capital city of Reykjavik, where you’ll have a little time to discover its striking architecture and infamous nightlife, we’ll set off east on this circular tour of the land of fire and ice.

This 10 day guided tour takes in the thundering waterfalls, fjords and powerful geysers that punctuate the pristine landscapes. By visiting in the summer, we can make the most of the longer hours of daylight, see the burst of wildflowers that carpet the meadows and enjoy the abundance of wildlife. Seals, whales, puffins and other birdlife are best spotted at this time of the year. 

Travelling by minibus, we’ll stop at Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, where we can walk behind the falling wall of water, and explore the dramatic black sands of Reynisfjara beach. In the Vatnajokull National Park, we’ll watch the floating ice boulders on Jokulsarlon lagoon and try to spot seals swimming in the blue waters. Passing the edge of the Arctic Circle, we’ll head south again to experience the roar of Europe’s most powerful waterfall, Dettifoss. After some city sightseeing in Akureyri, we’ll take famous Golden Circle route where we can discover Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir National Park.

Along the way we’ll stop in small fishing villages, where herds of reindeer populate the hillsides, stay in farmhouses and cosy cottages, and eat locally sourced langoustine and traditional Icelandic recipes. 

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Holiday type
Small group holidays
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

We begin this trip by travelling from the airport on Reykjavik's excellent public shuttle bus. Using this service means you can arrive at any time of the day and share transport to reduce the amount of traffic on Iceland's roads, yet still arrive directly at your hotel.

Water in Iceland is excellent quality and we encourage you to carry a re-usable bottle with them and fill up during the day, avoiding the need for single-use plastic bottles.

During the trip we spend one night in the unique Wilderness Centre on the outskirts of Egilsstadir. This 1940's farmhouse has been carefully restored and is now a living museum complete. Staying here gives us an insight in to the traditional life of farmers in rural east Iceland. Food at the Wilderness Centre is all freshly prepared by the family, with all of the ingredients sourced locally - the breads, cakes and cookies are well worth trying!

As a travel company we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be ‘Responsible in everything we do’. Education is key, and so all staff, Tour Leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage.

The Impacts of this Trip

Working with a small local operator we travel with Icelandic guides which allows us to learn all about modern life in Iceland and hear the history as their share local myths and legends that have been passed down through the generations.

During the trip we stay in small family run hotels and guesthouses, getting a chance to meet the owners and understand how their life changes with the seasons, from the near permanent daylight of the Midnight Sun to the short daylight hours in the winter months.

As a company we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We’re members of the UK travel industry body AITO because we believe it’s important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.


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