Independent luxury travel tours in Iceland – this summer!
“The summer has been saved!” is the thought that has been circulating at 50 Degrees North's office in Norway this week. Iceland is opening its borders to a wider range of international travellers, thus presenting a great little high-end escape opportunity away from the usual summer crowds.
Iceland is currently well ahead of most other European nations in that it is welcoming foreign visitors from around the globe from July 1st onwards (and most European nationals already from June 15th). All adult travellers must have a COVID-19 test – or quarantine for 14 days upon arrival – as well as adhere to the new normal of social distancing and enhanced hygiene. And what better way to explore the island in this new reality than on an independent luxury travel tour?
Independent and luxury might sound like a contradiction in terms, however we are here to show you that it is not. Our premium self-drive tours include upscale boutique accommodations, unique and exclusive experiences, and fantastic private tours. However, if luxury tours are not your cup of tea, see our full range of Iceland tours or our Nordic Manager’s off-the-beaten track suggestions for alternatives.
Whatever you choose, note that this is an unprecedented opportunity to explore famous sites, such as the hot springs at Geysir, the Gullfoss waterfalls and the Þingvellir National Park – all along the Golden Circle – without the usual summer crowds. For now, with very few travellers anywhere, everything is off the beaten path!
Our 12-day premium tour Best of Iceland begins in Reykjavik with a gourmet dinner at one of Reykjavik's finest restaurants and a superior room for two nights at a stylish boutique hotel. On day 3, you will drive along the famous Golden Circle and begin exploring southern Iceland exploring southern Iceland, including the hot springs at Geysir, the Gullfoss waterfalls and the Þingvellir National Park. The following two days are spent exploring the area near Skaftafell and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon while again staying at a superior boutique accommodation.
On day 6, journey further east to the small village of Fáskrúðsfjörður (Faskrudsfjordur), followed by two days at the otherworldly Lake Mývatn area, a hotbed of volcanic landscapes. On day 9, embark on a 3-hour whale watching tour in a silent electric boat, followed by a drive further east to a small Icelandic fisherman village with a night in a deluxe room at the Siglo Hotel.
On day 10, travel along the Snæfellsjökull National Park before retiring for a good night’s sleep in your deluxe room at the Hotel Budir. Your last full day before heading back to Reykjavik is spent at the famous Blue Lagoon, one of the 25 wonders of the world.
Our 10-day premium tour Snæfellsnes & Golden Circle self-drive also includes superior / deluxe rooms for all nights as well as beginning in Reykjavik and ending with an indulgent soak at the Blue Lagoon. However, this tour also includes a private guided tour of Reykjavik on arrival day; a private tour to Gígjökull glacier, Þórsmörk Valley and Sólheimajökull glacier (other Golden Circle highlights) on day 2; a Viking Sushi Adventure boat tour including seafood sushi lunch on day 4; 'Into the Glacier' adventure tour on day 5; underground cave exploration and Krauma geothermal baths on day 6; snorkelling in Silfra on day 7; and a premium package at the Blue Lagoon on day 9. Wildlife lovers will be especially delighted by the abundant birdlife in the warmer months.
Our 8-day premium Active Iceland Tour shares many aspects with the first two tour options, such as beginning with a day in Reykjavik, car rental for the majority of the trip, premium accommodation throughout, experiences along the Golden Circle, and the Blue Lagoon comfort package. Other elements include ‘Into the Volcano’ tour, exploring the inside of the Thrihnukagigur volcano on day 2; 'Into the Glacier' adventure tour on day 3; snorkelling in the crystal-clear waters of Silfra – one of Iceland’s best-kept secrets – on day 4; and glacier hiking on Svínafellsjökull (an outlet glacier of Vatnajökull, the largest ice cap in Europe) on day 6. This is a great option for energetic travellers that like to stay on the move!