In this unique country of Viking traditions, you explore deep fjords plied by minke whales and seals, walk silver-green heathland to majestic waterfalls, and relax in natural hot tubs heated by underground magma chambers. Enjoy highlights like the steaming volcano craters and bubbling mudpots of the north, the fishing villages and wild reindeer of the picturesque east, the dramatic glaciers of the south, and the fashionable city of Reykjavik to the west. You explore Europe’s largest migratory-bird sanctuary at Lake My´vatn, a peaceful oasis for red-breasted merganser, Eurasian teal, and eider that’s surrounded by steaming earth. In Þingvellir National Park, stand on the meeting site of Iceland’s thousand-year-old parliament, a dramatic rift valley where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates pull apart—a testament to the country’s natural and cultural riches.
This lovely in-town Heritage Hotel is comprised of three historical buildings: a former bank, post office, and one of Iceland’s oldest stores, now completely restored more than a century later to their former splendor. Inviting rooms exude old-fashioned charm and are beautifully furnished with handcrafted bedspreads, embroidered rugs, wood floors, and antiques. (Please note: while rooms do not feature telephones, there are phone services available at the reception desk.
Hotel Radisson Blu 1919
In the heart of downtown Reykjavík—steps from Austurvöllur Square and the National Museum of Iceland—the Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel offers a sophisticated and soothing city escape. Housed in a historic building, its modern Scandinavian-style décor and comfortable rooms balance architectural flourishes with contemporary design. Amenities include free high-speed WiFi, a fitness center, laundry service, and a well-regarded restaurant. All rooms are equipped with modem jacks for connecting to the Internet. Plus, in the ground floor lobby, an ADSL Internet connection is available.
Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon
Ideally located between Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and the breathtaking Vatnajökull National Park, this new property boasts incredible mountain views, a restaurant featuring modern Icelandic cuisine, lounge bar, and simple yet modern rooms.
Icelandair Hotel Myvatn
This brand new hotel, rebuilt on the foundation of a family-run property, is ideally located on the shores of Lake Mývatn. Innovative Icelandic design is reflected throughout. Guest rooms feature individual décor and are equipped with modern amenities. This lakeside hotel also features a cozy bar/lounge and restaurant.
A member of the Special Hotels of the World, Hotel Rangá is beautifully situated on the banks of Iceland’s premier salmon river, the Eystri-Rangá. This four-star, log-cabin-style resort features cozy and comfortable rooms, facing either the river or Iceland’s famous volcano, Mt. Hekla, as well as an acclaimed riverside restaurant and several geothermally-heated outdoor hot tubs.
Pre-Tour Extension - Reykjavik
1 Night From $348
per person, double occupancy
Begin your adventure by departing from a convenient gateway city in the United States or Canada. Spend the first night aloft.
Upon arrival at Keflavík International Airport, after retrieving luggage and passing through customs, a Country Walkers representative holding a sign meets you as you exit the baggage-claim area. Please note that there may be up to a 45-minute wait if there are guests arriving within the same time frame. A small-group transfer is provided to your hotel in Reykjavík. The journey takes approximately 45 minutes. Upon arrival, you may store luggage in the event that your room is not ready. The remainder of the day is at leisure (no meals or activities included).
After breakfast, the whole day is yours to explore all that Reykjavik has to offer. Known as an urban and cultural hub of Iceland, the options are endless. Wander through the charming downtown, stopping in shops and restaurants along the way, or learn about the rich heritage of the region in one of its museums. You may choose to walk through some of its many public parks, check out a public event, or simply find a prime location to view the Northern Lights.
Post-Tour Extension - Bergen
2 Nights From $1,198
per person, double occupancy
Fly from Reykjavík to Bergen, Norway. Upon arrival at Bergen Airport, please retrieve your luggage and meet your driver in the arrivals hall at Deli de Luca. You will be transferred to your hotel where the remainder of the day is at your leisure (no meals included).
Today is yours to experience Bergen to the fullest. You may choose to witness breathtaking waterway views on a fjord cruise or simply stroll around the historic old town of Bryggen, a protected UNESCO World Heritage site. Visit a traditional fish market and enjoy a lunchtime concert at the Edvard Grieg Museum. Learn about Bergen 18th-century style and culture at the Hanseatic Museum. Or choose to take your travels even further by boarding the Floibanen funicular for sweeping vista views and access to hiking trails.
Bless! This morning, a complimentary small-group transfer is provided to the Bergen airport (based on your departure time). Your Iceland tour guides will confirm the transfer time with you before you depart for Norway.
Flight + Tour Combo
|Two expert, local guides (for groups of 8 or more), with you 24/7|
|All meals included except one dinner. Local beer and/or wine included with dinner.|
|All accommodations while on tour|
|Transportation from the meeting point to the departure point|
|Entrance fees and special events as noted in the itinerary|
|Destination information (weather, visa requirements, etc.)|
|Travel assistance available 24/7 provided by One Call International|
|The unbeatable and cumulative experience of the Country Walkers staff|
|Round-trip international airfare (includes airline fuel charges and taxes)|
|Small-group airport and hotel transfers|
|Two nights at the Radisson Blu 1919 in Reykjavík|
|8-day/7-night Iceland: Reykjavík & National Parks guided walking tour with on-trip inclusions|
Experience your destination like an insider with people who call it home.
Berglind Guttormsdottir grew up on a farm in the Eastfjords of Iceland where her family raised sheep and horses, foxes, and mink. Berglind has been climbing mountains since childhood and is still an avid hiker and snowboarder. She is a member of the Icelandic Association for Search and Rescue and she recently spent a winter in Canada completing her Adventure Guide training. When not guiding, Berglind can be found snowboarding, ski touring, ice climbing, hiking, or bird watching.
Baldur Gylfason was born and raised in Iceland, but he has strong ties to Canada too, where he spent part of his childhood and later completed his university degrees. In addition to being a certified guide, he is a trained psychologist and a mobility instructor with the blind. He has developed and run adventure-based programs with various groups and organizations in Iceland and, in his varied career, a common theme has been to promote activity and to connect with nature. Through his work and in his free time, Baldur loves to explore his country and capture its beauty in photographs.
Sori Heimisson hails from the East Coast of Iceland. Certified as a guide but trained as an actor, he has performed professionally in Iceland and the United States. Like most of the men in the village where he grew up, Sori worked as a fisherman in his youth. Today he applies his knowledge of the sea to competitive yacht sailing.
Vigdis (Vigga) Olafsdottir grew up in Kjosin, a beautiful farming region in the south west of Iceland. Her family still lives in the area and Vigga tries to spend part of every summer on her family farm. Vigdis is a certified guide and has also worked for many years in the travel industry as an instructor and travel planner. Traveling is her passion– and not only in Iceland! Vigdis has visited more than 40 countries and six continents. When Vigga isn’t guiding she loves to attend to her hobbies which include golfing and salmon fishing.
Growing up in a small fishing village in the Westfjords, Thorey Sigthorsdottir started her professional career in the theater, where she has worked as an actress, director, voice trainer, and drama teacher. Her love of nature and people led her over a decade ago to become a certified guide. Thorey loves yoga, meditation, dance, and horseback riding.
Hrafnkell (Keli) Sigurdsson´s love of nature and the outdoors dates back to his childhood summers spent at his family´s cottage by Thingvellir National Park. He went on to study fine arts in England and Holland and today is an established artist and a certified guide. He loves to share his knowledge of Icelandic nature and geology with guests and is always happy to give photography tips! His art can be found in private and public collections in Europe and The United States and in 2007 he won the Icelandic Visual Art Award.
Born and raised in Iceland, Arngunnur Yr studied fine arts in San Francisco. She is an accomplished painter who exhibits at galleries and art museums around the world. Her love of nature and the outdoors led her to guiding. She is a certified guide and spends her summers in Iceland sharing her extensive knowledge of Icelandic geology, nature, and culture with visitors.