Though Iceland is a safe and easy country to travel independently in, many tourists prefer to go with a guided tour for several reasons. A guide can not only provide more information about a place than you might be able to discover on your own, he or she will also arrange all the logistics for you. Some places – like the rugged interior – can only be reached with a special vehicle, which is pricey to rent on your own. A guide can get you there safely and with little hassle. And if you’re traveling solo in Iceland, a tour not only provides instant companionship, the cost may be lower than renting a car on your own.
The most common tour in Iceland is the day trip, and you’ll find dozens to choose from. Go horseback riding, snorkel in some of the clearest water in the word, strap on some crampons for a glacier walk, learn to drive a super Jeep, or explore the beautiful natural wonders of the country. Most day tours depart from Reykjavik, though you’ll also find some leaving from major cities in northern Iceland, like Akureyri and Husavik. In high season, you’ll want to book these tours in advance, as they do fill up. But if you’re traveling in off-season, you can generally book a few days in advance without any problems.
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If you’re rather join an organized tour for the duration of your trip, there are a few options available. Intrepid Travel offers a 10-day Iceland overland adventure, which takes you around the country via the Ring Road, with stops at the Strokkur geysir, Lake Myvatn, the beautiful Snaefellsnes peninsula, several majestic waterfalls (including Europe’s largest), and three days in Reykjavik.
You can also see Iceland by cruise, combining your trip with visits to Norway, Greenland and the Arctic. The 14-day cruise ends in Iceland.
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