Iceland small group holiday

“Round trip from Reykjavik taking travellers overland as part of a small group on a ten day tour around Iceland's world-famous highlights and lesser-known hot spots. Dramatic natural landmarks at a conversely relaxed pace. ”

Highlights

Thingvellir World Heritage Area | Gullfoss waterfall | Eyjafjallajokull Ice Cap | Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls | Skaftafell | Vatnajokull ice cap | Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon | Almannaskard Pass and Eastern Fjords | Dettifoss waterfall | Husavik fishing village | Godafoss waterfall | Akureyri | Reykjavik |

Description of Iceland small group holiday

This ten day tour of Iceland takes travellers around the entire island to leave no volcanic rock unturned and no gushing geyser missed as you explore as part of a small group and discover the geothermal forces at work, and not just in the tourist hot spots of the south.

Aside from Geysir, Thingvellir and Gullfoss, you’ll get to experience the glaciers and crinkled coastline around the eastern fjords as well as the lakes and arid canyons to be found within the highlands and national parks of the north.

Setting off in the summer invites practically 24hrs of daylight with untold opportunities to make new friends and just marvel at waterfalls, ice caps and solidified lava fields as you experience Iceland, often from an entirely new angle.

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30 Jun 2019
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31 May 2020
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08 Nov 2020
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Small group holiday

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.

Simplicity
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.
Mythbuster
“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?”
No.
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Iceland small group holiday

Accommodation and Meals:
We spend 9 nights in a mixture of small and locally owned hotels and guesthouses which employ local staff wherever possible. This ensures that the community benefits from the rise in employment and income generated. Energy conservation is a little different as houses are heated with geothermal hot water which is more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. Where meals are provided, locally sourced ingredients are usually used to make a mixture of continental and authentic style dishes, such as freshly caught fish or smoked lamb with potatoes. Clients are reminded to avoid whale meat if they encounter it.

Local Craft and Culture:
Though a large portion of this trip focuses on the dramatic landscapes of volcanoes, geysers and waterfalls, Iceland still holds a rich history and culture which we are keen to promote through the various small villages and towns we visit on route. For example, in the lively fishing village of Husavik, clients may have a chance to visit cultural sites and the natural history museum. We visit Akureyri, the cultural, commercial and educational centre for northern Iceland, where we have a sightseeing tour of the interesting town as well as a free day to explore and possibly visit the numerous galleries and museums showcasing local art or visit some beautiful botanical gardens. Any funds generated here through entrance fees, buying souvenirs or making donations go towards preserving these cultural facilities.

Activity:
We are careful to operate with a strict ‘leave no trace’ policy, which involves being vigilant with proper disposal of litter and being mindful of wildlife. This is particularly pertinent whilst whale watching, which is closely monitored for the safety of clients and the whales. Optional activities in Reykjavik like horse riding, sea kayaking or lava-tube caving, can be arranged. These all have a limited impact on the environment and by taking these excursions, clients can support the local businesses that run them.

Community:
Our Icelandic operators hire local guides and use a bus company from a small town in South Iceland for the driving in all of their trips. This is mutually beneficial in that the community benefits from employment opportunities, whilst clients gain an insight into the country from staff with valuable local expertise. Our operators are also eager to contribute to local organisations devoted to conservation and community efforts. They run various programs for local children with disabilities or disadvantages in conjunction with a church and the Salvation Army, so that these children can take part in activities like caving, glacier walking and going on a rope course.

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Group Size:
This is a small group tour, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

UK Office:
It all starts at home where we work towards reducing our carbon footprint in our offices through energy conservation measures, recycling policies and the promotion of cycling and walking as a means for our staff to commute. Our head office has become a plastic-free zone with the use of plastic bottles being banned in our head office and we distributed reusable water bottles and tote bags to every staff member. We also support a large number of community and environmental projects in different parts of the world and try to give something back to the places we visit.

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