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Natural Wonders of Iceland - Small Group

9 Day Iceland Tour from Reykjavik to Borgarnes

Natural Wonders of Iceland
9 Days
1 Country

Iceland

15 Cities

Reykjavik, Hellisheidavirkjun, Gullfoss Falls, Vik, Skaftafell, Lake Jokulsarlon, Hofn, Egilsstadir, Lake Myvatn, Húsavík, Akureyri, Hvammstangi, Borgarnes, Snaefellsjokull, Thingvellir National Park

13 Meals

8 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners, 1 Dinner with Wine

Active

Faster paced with mix of 1 and 2-night stays in each destination. Requires walking to participate in top sites.

Average group size average 20

Insight - Small Groups

If you prefer to travel with a smaller group of curious fellow travelers passionate about diving into incredible experiences, Insight Vacations Small Group tours are the perfect choice. With all the premium features of Insight Vacations including 4 and 5-star hotels, one-of-a-kind inclusions, immersive local cultural experiences and superior dining, small group departures have a maximum of just 24 guests allowing for a more intimate, premium touring experience. Every tour includes at least one MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. These immersive impact experiences are not only a positive force for change in the destinations you visit, by advancing one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), but also offer you the chance to take a deep dive into culture and community.

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Insight Vacations Small Group departures are limited to only 24 guests. Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere, more personalized attention from your Travel Director, and the opportunity to form closer connections with fellow travelers. Perfect for couples, families, and solo travelers who want to explore must-see destinations with like-minded people.

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Breathe in the fresh air of Iceland as you tour the scenic bay of Reykjavik, uncover volcanoes on the way to Vik and explore the geothermal hubbub of Lake Mývatn—near Akureyri. From the thunder of the two-tiered Gullfoss Waterfall and the geothermal floating pools of Egilsstaðir to the black lava fields of Búðir and the sea cliffs of Arnastapi, experience every imaginable landscape on this one week guided tour. Take an Insight Choice in Reykjavik between a dip in the mineral rich waters of the Blue Lagoon or a walking tour of the city’s premier sights—led by a Local Expert. In Hellisheidi, visit Iceland’s flagship geothermal heat and power station, and learn how this scientific wonder helped the country generate 70% of its power—from renewable energy sources.

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Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1

The Smoky Bay of Reykjavík

Welcome to Iceland. On arrival at Reykjavik’s Keflavik Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel on your complimentary Insight shuttle operated by Gray Line. Join your Travel Director and travel companions this evening for a Welcome Drink served with canapés.

Colorful Houses in Reykjavik, Iceland
Fosshotel Reykjavík View Hotel Details

Fosshotel Reykjavík

About the Hotel

Reykjavik, Iceland

Fosshotel Reykjavik offers exceptional service and stunning views of the city and the bay area, located only a short walk from the main shopping area. A true Icelandic landmark, this hotel offers modern accommodation based on quality, service and excellence.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Laundry
  • Concierge
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional

Day 2

Hot Springs, Waterfalls and Vík

Join a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience, heading east to visit Iceland’s newest geothermal and electric power station at Hellisheiðavirkjun. Later, explore a local farm and sample their sweet-tasting, homegrown tomatoes. Meet the family to learn about Icelandic horticulture and growing the tastiest tomatoes. Continue to the hot springs at Geysir and the mighty Gullfoss waterfalls, the Icelandic equivalent of Niagara Falls. In the afternoon, visit the majestic south coast waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss before continuing to your hotel in Vik.

See the erupting Geyser, Iceland
Hótel Kría View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Hótel Kría

About the Hotel

Vik, Iceland

Newly opened, Hótel Kría is surrounded by beautiful Icelanic landscapes, providing you with the perfect backdrop as you taste authentic Icelandic cuisine from their in-house restaraunt.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Make Travel Matter The geothermal power plant in hellisheidavirkjun, Iceland
Hellisheiði Geothermal Power Plant Visit

Visit Iceland's newest geothermal heat and electric power station, the second largest of its kind in the world. Hear about how this plant has helpe...

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Included in Trip

Make Travel Matter

Insight Experiences Tomatoes grown at the Fridheimar tomato farm in Reykholt, Iceland
Meet a Local Family at a Tomato Farm in Fridheimar

Explore a local farm and sample their sweet-tasting, homegrown tomatoes. Meet the family to learn about Icelandic horticulture and growing the tast...

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Included in Trip

Insight Experiences

Top Rated Highlights Gullfoss in the winter, Iceland
Visit Gullfoss Waterfall

The spectacular two-tiered waterfall, the Icelandic equivalent of Niagara falls, drops a total of 32 meters, while spanning the entire width of the Hvítá River.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Skogafoss waterfall on the Golden Circle near Skogar, Iceland
Visit Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss Waterfalls

Admire the majestic beauty of these two impressive waterfalls.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights View of Myrdal Church in Vik, Iceland
Vik Orientation

Enjoy an orientation of Vik, Iceland's seafront village home to black pebble beaches and offshore rock formations. 

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Day 3

By Glaciers and Icebergs to Höfn

Travel along the southern coast of Iceland, beside the black sand beaches and basalt rock formations.
Continue through the National Park at Skaftafell and see the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull.
Travel on to the luminous blue icebergs of Lake Jökulsárlón, the highlight of the day. This dramatic setting was featured in two James Bond films.
Arrive in the small harbor town of Höfn, an active lobster fishing hub. From here, your Travel Director will lead a short orientation.
Dine at your hotel's restaurant tonight and experience what the local produce has to offer.

Lava field in Vatnajokull National Park, Iceland
Hótel Höfn View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Hótel Höfn

About the Hotel

Hofn, Iceland

The Hótel Höfn offers modern rooms with glacier and sea views from most rooms.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights See the Skaftafell glacier Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland
Skaftafell Vatnajokull Glacier Visit

Visit the amazing alpine setting of the National Park and experience the might of Vatnajökull, Europe's largest glacier.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Glacial lagoon, Lake Jokulsarlon in Iceland
See Lake Jokulsarlon

See the setting for the James Bond film 'Die Another Day'.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Fishing harbour in Hofn, Iceland
Hofn Orientation

Your Travel Director takes you on a short orientation through this seaside village.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences
Glacier Lagoon

This is an exciting boat trip on the lagoon. During the excursion you sail among the huge icebergs in the picturesque scenery of Jökulsárlón. On th...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 4

Eastern Fjords to Egilsstaðir

Explore yet another face of Iceland, as you drive through narrow fjords surrounded by steep cliffs and past small fishing villages. Catch a glimpse of Papey Island, once the home of Gaelic monks who settled here before the arrival of the Vikings. Continue to the lakeside town of Egilsstaðir where upon arrival relax in the untouched nature at Iceland’s only geothermal floating pools. Vök Baths harnesses the natural geothermal power of the area to create a unique bathing experience with amazing views of the Lake Urriðavatn. The architecture of the hot springs are designed to complement the unspoiled beauty of the Icelandic environment. Continue onto your hotel for an included dinner.

Mountain in Stodvarfjordur, Egilsstadir, Iceland
Icelandair Hotel Herad View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Icelandair Hotel Herad

About the Hotel

Egilsstadir, Iceland

Scenically located in the peaceful town of Egilsstaðir, the Icelandair Hotel Herad features homely interior design with a splash of color and simple, comfortable rooms.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Laundry
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Lagarfljot Lake Egilsstadir, Iceland
Egilsstadir Orientation

Visit this lakeside town, the largest on Iceland's East Coast.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Vok Baths, Vok, Iceland
Vok Baths

Experience the age-old Icelandic tradition of bathing in a natural geothermal pool. Indulge your muscles and mind in the country's only floating in...

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Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Day 5

By Desert, Lakes and Divine Waterfalls to Akureyri

Continue on to the beautiful Lake Mývatn and explore a wide spectrum of geological formations and the concentrated geothermal activity produces mud pools and spectacular-colored deposits. Continue to the charming fishing village of Husavik for free time for lunch. Perhaps have a guided tour of the Whale Walk in the Husavik whale museum. This evening is at your leisure in Akureyri to relax or explore.

Akureyri, Iceland
Kea, Akureyri View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Kea, Akureyri

About the Hotel

Akureyri, Iceland

Located in the heart of Akureyri, the Hotel Kea is within walking distance of the towns tourists sites including the iconic church of Akureyri.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Concierge
  • Business Centre
  • Room Service
  • Laundry
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Contemporary
Top Rated Highlights Crater Hverfjall and Lake Myvatn, Iceland
Visit Lake Myvatn

Traverse spectacular landscapes of craters, boiling mud pots and geothermal hot springs shooting jets of hot water and steam into the air, at this renowned bird-watching site.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences
Whale Watching

Enjoy a boat tour that will take you searching for whales through a dramatic mosaic of stunning landscapes and beautiful coastlines. This relaxed c...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Optional Experiences
The World of Whales

For an onshore whale experience, visit one of the few museums in the world solely dedicated to these ocean giants. With the knowledge of your whale...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 6

From the Capital of the North to Borgarnes

Enjoy an orientation of Akureyri, the capital of northern Iceland, first established as a trading center in 1602. Travel past mountains, waterfalls, and green coastal regions. Later, continue on to the southwest coast of Borgarnes. This evening consider joining the optional experience to one of the oldest houses in Borgarnes and enjoy dinner at The Settlement center restaurant which is home to an exhibition telling the story of The Settlement Era in Iceland.

Mountains in Borgarnes, Iceland
Icelandair Hotel Hamar View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast

Icelandair Hotel Hamar

About the Hotel

Borgarnes, Iceland

The Icelandair Hotel Hamar is situated in a scenic location that showcases the natural beauty of the Icelandic surrounds. Each room is decorated in a minimalist style and features geothermal heated floors and direct access to outside.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Spa
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights Church of Akureyri, Iceland
Akureyri Orientation

Your Travel Director will provide an orientation of the capital of northern Iceland, established in 1602.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights View over Borgarnes, Iceland
Borgarnes Orientation

Enjoy an orientation of Borganes, located on a peninsula at the shore of Borgarfjörður coastal region. 

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Optional Experiences View over Borgarnes, Iceland
Borgarnes Dining Experience

Based in one of the oldest houses in Borgarnes, we'll see an exhibition telling the story of The Settlement Era in Iceland. We'll also enjoy a priv...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 7

Exploring Snæfellsjökull National Park

Travel along the Snæfellsnes Peninsula to Snæfellsjökull National Park, known as the Jewel of West Iceland and home to the country’s most famous volcano. See the magnificent Snæfellsjökull glacier surrounded by unspoiled natural beauty. En route, admire the impressive landscapes of Búðir, offering a mixture of sandy hills, black lava fields and a yellow beach. Next, take a stroll along the sea cliffs of Arnastapi with its unique column rock formations and take in the beautiful scenery.

Kirkjufell in Snaefellnes, Snaefellsjokull, Iceland
Icelandair Hotel Hamar View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner

Icelandair Hotel Hamar

About the Hotel

Borgarnes, Iceland

The Icelandair Hotel Hamar is situated in a scenic location that showcases the natural beauty of the Icelandic surrounds. Each room is decorated in a minimalist style and features geothermal heated floors and direct access to outside.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Laundry
  • Room Service
  • Spa
  • Foreign Currency Exchange
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Top Rated Highlights The black church of Budir on the Snaefellsnes peninsula, Iceland
Snaefellsjokull National Park Visit

Enjoy a fascinating exploration of this magnificent park, home to lava formations, waterfalls and the most famous volcano in Iceland.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Top Rated Highlights Arnarstapi Sea Cliff walk Active, Snaefellsjokull, Iceland
Arnarstapi Sea Cliff Walk

Walk the sea-cliff and admire the rock formations.

Included in Trip

Top Rated Highlights

Day 8

Thingvellir and on to Reykjavík

Journey south to Thingvellir. This remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Site lies on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. Explore Reykjavik with Insight Choice. Choose to visit the Perlan Museum with the Wonders of Iceland one of a kind exhibition to experience Iceland´s natural beauty. Alternatively, experience the magic of Iceland on an exhilarating flight-ride at FlyOver to see incredible scenery from sweeping glaciers to stunning fjords. This afternoon you may decide to visit the mineral-rich waters of the Blue Lagoon on our optional experience. Round off your journey through one of the world's most naturally beautiful places with a delicious dinner paired with wine at a local restaurant.

Thingvellir National Park on the Golden Circle near Reykjavik, Iceland
Fosshotel Reykjavík View Hotel Details
Included Meals Breakfast, Dinner with Wine

Fosshotel Reykjavík

About the Hotel

Reykjavik, Iceland

Fosshotel Reykjavik offers exceptional service and stunning views of the city and the bay area, located only a short walk from the main shopping area. A true Icelandic landmark, this hotel offers modern accommodation based on quality, service and excellence.

Hotel Amenities

  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Business Centre
  • Room Service
  • Gym
  • Laundry
  • Concierge
  • 24-hour Front Desk

Style

  • Traditional
Insight Choice Ariel Shot Fjadrargljufur Canyon Reykjavík, Iceland
Reykjavik FlyOver Flight-Ride Experience

Experience the magic of Iceland on an exhilarating flight-ride at FlyOver. This seated ride combines state-of-the-art technology and special effect...

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Included in Trip

Insight Choice

Insight Choice The Perlan in Reykjavik, Iceland
Reykjavik Perlan Museum Visit

Experience the natural wonders of Iceland on a visit to the Perlan Museum. Learn about glaciers, volcanoes and the Northern Lights through interactive displays. 

Included in Trip

Insight Choice

Authentic Dining Guest enjoying celebration dinner
Reykjavik Celebration Dinner

This evening, delight in a delicious Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant where you round off your journey through one of the world's most naturally beautiful places.

Included in Trip

Authentic Dining

Optional Experiences The Blue Lagoon geothermal spa in summer, Reykjavik, Iceland
Blue Lagoon

Bathe in Iceland's world-famous Blue Lagoon. Geothermic seawater flows from 2000 meters underground, emerging at the surface enriched with algae, s...

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Additional Cost Applies

Optional Experiences

Day 9

Farewell Reykjavík

Your Icelandic adventure comes to an end, with a transfer to Reykjavík's Keflavík Airport.

Reykjavik, Iceland
Included Meals Breakfast

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Top rated highlights

Learn more about the landmarks, history and culture that makes your destination special.

Make Travel Matter
Hellisheiði Geothermal Power Plant Visit

Visit Iceland's newest geothermal heat and electric power station, the second largest of its kind in the world. Hear about how this plant has helpe...

See More
Included in Trip
Insight Experiences
Meet a Local Family at a Tomato Farm in Fridheimar

Explore a local farm and sample their sweet-tasting, homegrown tomatoes. Meet the family to learn about Icelandic horticulture and growing the tast...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit Gullfoss Waterfall

The spectacular two-tiered waterfall, the Icelandic equivalent of Niagara falls, drops a total of 32 meters, while spanning the entire width of the Hvítá River.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss Waterfalls

Admire the majestic beauty of these two impressive waterfalls.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Vik Orientation

Enjoy an orientation of Vik, Iceland's seafront village home to black pebble beaches and offshore rock formations. 

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Skaftafell Vatnajokull Glacier Visit

Visit the amazing alpine setting of the National Park and experience the might of Vatnajökull, Europe's largest glacier.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
See Lake Jokulsarlon

See the setting for the James Bond film 'Die Another Day'.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Hofn Orientation

Your Travel Director takes you on a short orientation through this seaside village.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Egilsstadir Orientation

Visit this lakeside town, the largest on Iceland's East Coast.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Vok Baths

Experience the age-old Icelandic tradition of bathing in a natural geothermal pool. Indulge your muscles and mind in the country's only floating in...

See More
Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Visit Lake Myvatn

Traverse spectacular landscapes of craters, boiling mud pots and geothermal hot springs shooting jets of hot water and steam into the air, at this renowned bird-watching site.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Akureyri Orientation

Your Travel Director will provide an orientation of the capital of northern Iceland, established in 1602.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Borgarnes Orientation

Enjoy an orientation of Borganes, located on a peninsula at the shore of Borgarfjörður coastal region. 

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Snaefellsjokull National Park Visit

Enjoy a fascinating exploration of this magnificent park, home to lava formations, waterfalls and the most famous volcano in Iceland.

Included in Trip
Top Rated Highlights
Arnarstapi Sea Cliff Walk

Walk the sea-cliff and admire the rock formations.

Included in Trip
Insight Choice
Reykjavik FlyOver Flight-Ride Experience

Experience the magic of Iceland on an exhilarating flight-ride at FlyOver. This seated ride combines state-of-the-art technology and special effect...

See More
Included in Trip
Insight Choice
Reykjavik Perlan Museum Visit

Experience the natural wonders of Iceland on a visit to the Perlan Museum. Learn about glaciers, volcanoes and the Northern Lights through interactive displays. 

Included in Trip

About this trip

Personal radio headsets give you the freedom to wander during visits to famous highlights, without missing any of your Local Expert's fascinating commentary.
Hotel and restaurant tips are included - you'll never have to worry about how much to give, nor search for foreign currency. We also include all taxes and porterage charges at hotels.
We carry your bags for you and promptly deliver them to your hotel door.
From time to time, your Travel Director will delight you with an Insight Flourish, which is a local specialty representing the destination.
Stay connected with friends and family with our complimentary coach and hotel Wi-Fi (where available).
If your arrival and/or departure flights are as per the itinerary start and end dates, then transfers are available at scheduled times. If your flights are outside these times, or you have booked additional nights accommodation with Insight Vacations, you may purchase transfers or make your own way from/to the airport.

Authentic Dining

8 Breakfasts, 4 Dinners, 1 Dinner with Wine

Reykjavik Celebration Dinner

This evening, delight in a delicious Celebration Dinner at a local restaurant where you round off your journey through one of the world's most naturally beautiful places.

Hand-Picked Hotels

Stay at highly rated hotels in desirable locations offering superb service, superior rooms with comfy beds to rest in.

Fosshotel Reykjavík
Hótel Kría
Hótel Höfn
Icelandair Hotel Herad
Kea, Akureyri
Icelandair Hotel Hamar

Optional Experiences

Sign up on tour for additional experiences that have been curated by your Travel Director from their own in-depth local knowledge.

Optional Experience
Glacier Lagoon

This is an exciting boat trip on the lagoon. During the excursion you sail among the huge icebergs in the picturesque scenery of Jökulsárlón. On th...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Whale Watching

Enjoy a boat tour that will take you searching for whales through a dramatic mosaic of stunning landscapes and beautiful coastlines. This relaxed c...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
The World of Whales

For an onshore whale experience, visit one of the few museums in the world solely dedicated to these ocean giants. With the knowledge of your whale...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Borgarnes Dining Experience

Based in one of the oldest houses in Borgarnes, we'll see an exhibition telling the story of The Settlement Era in Iceland. We'll also enjoy a priv...

See More
Additional Cost Applies
Optional Experience
Blue Lagoon

Bathe in Iceland's world-famous Blue Lagoon. Geothermic seawater flows from 2000 meters underground, emerging at the surface enriched with algae, s...

See More
Additional Cost Applies

Iceland

  • Official Language in Iceland: Icelandic
  • Currency used in Iceland: Icelandic króna (ISK)
  • Capital of Iceland: Reykjavík
  • Time Zone(s) in Iceland: Iceland operates on Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) throughout the year. It does not observe daylight saving time, so there is no change to the time in Iceland during the summer months.

Iceland passport, visa, and entry requirement information for US citizens.

  • Passport: Your passport should have at least two blank pages for entry stamps. Your passport is valid for at least six months beyond the conclusion of your trip
  • Visa Requirement: A visa is not required to enter Iceland
  • Entry Requirements: You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to getours.com/travel-requirements-restrictions.

Iceland has a maritime subarctic climate, with cool summers and relatively mild winters compared to its latitude. The Gulf Stream moderates the temperatures, keeping them relatively stable throughout the year. However, unpredictable weather is a hallmark of Iceland, with rapid shifts from sunshine to rain or snow within a short span of time. The country experiences frequent windstorms and has a high precipitation rate, with rainfall occurring throughout the year. The coastal areas are generally milder and wetter, while the inland regions tend to be colder and drier, with the presence of glaciers and ice caps.

On-Tour Luggage & Carry-On Bag Size Limits

Luggage: Each guest traveling may bring one suitcase no larger than 30” x 18” x 10" and weighing no more than 50 lb

Carry-On Bag: *Restricted to one piece per person, not to exceed 12” x 11” x 6”

  • *Please note: A "carry-on bag" on a tour coach is not the same as a "carry-on" for a flight. Because our coaches have large windows to enjoy the view, there is minimal space to store large items securely overhead or under the seats. A "carry-on bag" may be a soft-sided daypack, purse, backpack, tote bag, or the like. Because we value our guests' safety, small rolling suitcases or bags with telescopic handles are not permitted. In order to guarantee a smooth trip, guests are not permitted to store an additional "carry-on" bag beneath the coach with the luggage. 

So your driver and any hotel porters can safely lift and transport your suitcase throughout your vacation, we strongly recommend that you test the weight of your baggage prior to travel. You should be able to lift and comfortably transport it for short distances. 

Baggage allowances vary from airline to airline, and you should check with your chosen carrier for details prior to travel.

Packing Tips for Your Tour

Packing for a guided tour will vary depending on the duration of the trip, the time of year, and the activities planned. Here is a general packing list to help you get started:

Passport and Travel Documents: Ensure you have your passport, travel insurance, and any necessary travel documents.

Clothing:

  • Comfortable walking shoes: Cobblestone streets and uneven terrain require comfortable footwear.
  • Lightweight, breathable clothing: Pack clothes suitable for the season. Bring a mix of short-sleeved tops, lightweight pants or skirts, and a few long-sleeved options for cooler evenings for the summer months, and long-sleeved and heavier layers for early Spring, Fall, and Winter.
  • Layers: It's advisable to bring a light jacket or sweater and a scarf for layering, especially in Spring or Fall.
  • Nice evening wear: You may wish to wear a dressier outfit if you plan on dining in an elegant restaurant, for example. Smart-casual clothes are usually acceptable for all included daytime and evening activities throughout your tour.
  • Rain Gear: Depending on the season and the countries you're visiting, it's a good idea to pack a compact rain jacket or umbrella.

Sun Protection:

  • Hat, sunglasses, UV-protective clothing.
  • Sunscreen with high SPF. If you're visiting any coastal areas, bring reef-safe sunscreen formulated without harmful chemicals known to be damaging to coral reefs and marine life. Traditional sunscreens often contain ingredients like oxybenzone and octinoxate, which have been found to contribute to coral bleaching and negatively impact marine ecosystems. Look for sunscreens with certifications such as "Reef Safe," "Coral Safe," or "Ocean-Friendly" to ensure they are environmentally friendly.

Medications and First Aid:

  • Any prescription medications you need. (See more below under Health & Wellness)
  • Basic first aid kit with adhesive bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, etc.

Toiletries:

  • Travel-sized toiletries, including shampoo, conditioner, soap, and toothpaste.
  • Travel towel (quick-drying and compact).
  • Hand sanitizer and wet wipes.
  • A washcloth and carry bag (often not available in hotels abroad).

Electronics:

  • A camera: You’re traveling to see extraordinary scenery and sites. So that you don't miss a single moment, bring a trustworthy camera. Check out our travel photography tips for capturing the best photos of your trips. If you feel comfortable, you can also try the camera on your phone. However, if you want to zoom in or capture moving objects, a camera might be your best bet.
  • Mobile phone.
  • Chargers for each electronic you bring.
  • Travel adapter and/or voltage converter
  • Portable power bank for charging devices on the go.
  • Small travel hair dryer (make sure you have the correct converter and adapter).

Miscellaneous:

  • A travel-friendly daypack or bag to carry your essentials during excursions.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Reusable water bottle. At GET, we’re all about caring for our planet, and with that in mind, we always recommend that you pack a reusable water bottle for your trip. Bringing your own reusable water bottle or asking for tap water at restaurants means you can make a difference by reducing your vacation plastic waste.
  • A small travel alarm.
  • A travel iron if you like your clothes to be pressed.
  • A travel pillow.

Optional:

  • Scarf or shawl for visiting religious sites or to cover up in conservative areas.
  • Light sleepwear.
  • A new, blank journal to document your trip. Don't know your travel journal style? Find out here!
  • Ziplock bags (storing snacks, toiletries, and keeping things organized).

Remember to pack light and versatile items that can be mixed and matched for different outfits. Laundry facilities are often available, or you can have your clothes laundered at hotels during your trip. It's also a good idea to pack a small bag or backpack to bring on the coach for day trips and excursions, leaving your larger luggage at the hotel.

Electricity

American appliances run on 110-120 volts at 60 Hz, while European appliances run on 220-230 volts at 50 Hz.

As a result, American appliances designed for use in the United States (typically 120 volts at 60 Hz) may not be directly compatible with the higher voltage used in European countries. Plugging a 120-volt appliance into a 220-240-volt outlet without the appropriate voltage converter or transformer can cause damage to the appliance or pose safety risks.

If you plan to bring American appliances to Europe, you will need a voltage converter or transformer to change the voltage to 220-240 volts from 110 volts. Additionally, you will likely need a plug adapter to fit the American-style plug into the European power outlets. All of Europe operates on the same two round-pronged outlets (Type C).

It's important to note that not all appliances are compatible with voltage converters, so it's essential to check the labels or user manuals of your devices before using them with a voltage converter. Some electronic devices, such as laptops, smartphones, and camera chargers, are dual voltage and can support 120V and 220-240V, so they may not require a voltage converter, but a plug adapter will still be necessary.

To avoid any issues with electrical compatibility during your travels, consider purchasing appliances specifically designed for the voltage used in the region you'll be visiting or use appropriate voltage converters and plug adapters to ensure the safe operation of your American appliances in Europe.

We recommend purchasing an adapter with a voltage converter so you can pack less. And to pick up any necessary adapters or converters for your electronic devices before departing on your guided tour and bringing them with you.

Hair Dryers in Your Hotel

Hair dryers are common accessories in hotels. Should you want to bring your own, though, you will need to bring an adapter and voltage converter or make sure it is dual voltage by checking the label for INPUT AC 120V - 240V or a switch that can be set to 125V or 250V. Many devices have this feature, so it's worth checking before you travel. If you need a hair dryer during your trip but can't find one in your hotel room, you can inquire with the hotel staff. Many hotels will be able to provide a hair dryer upon request, either at the front desk or through housekeeping.

Air Conditioning

Air conditioning is commonly available in European hotels, restaurants, and public spaces, especially in major cities and tourist areas, but it is worth noting that the settings will differ from what you are used to in the USA.

However, it's important to note that not all accommodations or historic buildings may have air conditioning, particularly in more traditional or rural settings. Most hotels in Europe can provide a portable fan for additional room cooling if requested. Your Travel Director will be on hand to assist you throughout your trip.

Traveling by coach

Our modern air-conditioned coaches have been selected with your comfort in mind. Your Travel Director will familiarize you with all the onboard features, including a washroom fitted for your convenience and comfort. Regular stops are made to stretch your legs, take refreshments, fill up your water bottles, and use the facilities.

Airport transfers

Airport transfers to and from the airport on the first and last days of your tour are complimentary only if you are traveling on a tour operated by Trafalgar, Insight Vacations, or Luxury Gold, and your flight times coincide with the shuttle-coach transfer timings. Learn more about Airport Transfers here.

To enable you to personalize your tour experience, you will find a number of Optional Experiences designed to complement the itinerary. These are designed to offer a deeper insight into the culture and character of the areas to be visited and provide some wonderful highlights to your travels. The optional program is designed to let you experience more of what interests you and to get the most from your vacation without replacing or overlapping with anything included in an itinerary.

The majority of Optional Experiences will be offered to you by your Travel Director at the beginning of your trip. Some may be subject to change, depending on the time you are traveling or local circumstances, including weather and days of the week. Your Travel Director will provide further information.

Usually, most Optional Experiences will be priced in the local currency, but please read through the details of individual optional experiences for specific information. Exact payment options will be advised locally by your Travel Director/Local Representative for each Optional Experience, but in many cases, cash, Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are all accepted.

It is recommended to have travel insurance that covers medical expenses while abroad.

In order to ensure a healthy and enjoyable trip, we strongly suggest that you pack a plentiful supply of any medication you may need while on vacation. Here’s what you need to know about traveling with medications.

Prior to traveling, please notify GET of any disability requiring special assistance or any specific dietary needs that you may have, and we will strive to accommodate these.

It's essential to ensure that your routine vaccinations are up-to-date before traveling to any destination. Routine vaccinations may include vaccinations for measles, mumps, rubella, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, and influenza.

When traveling with GET, baggage handling at hotels, service charges, and tips for hotel wait staff (for included meals) will all be taken care of by your Travel Director. There are, however, a few instances where individual tipping is welcome.

Local Specialists

It is customary to show appreciation for the insights, stories, and know-how shared with you by the Local Specialists, and we suggest a gratuity equivalent to $1.00-$2.00 USD per person per half day.

Your Coach Driver and Travel Director

The trip cost does not include gratuities for your Travel Director and Driver. At the end of your trip, you may express appreciation to your Travel Director and Driver for their excellent service and the personal attention you received. Gratuities are given at the discretion of each guest, and a suggested amount per person/per day is listed in your travel documents.

For your convenience and ease, there is an option to pre-pay gratuities for the Travel Director and Driver at the time of booking.

Hotel services

It is customary to tip hotel staff for room service delivery if the charge has not already been added to the bill. Where ice machines are not available, and you receive ice from the bar, a small tip to the bartender is always appreciated.

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Review date: Tuesday, June 4, 2024
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Well planned and most informative details everywhere we went.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Tuesday, June 6, 2023
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We have booked trips with GET twice and both have been wonderful! My one issue is that I wish that when they booked our air flights that we could have flown directly to our destination instead of connecting flights.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so happy to see you enjoyed your trip. Iceland is a beautiful country but not always easy to get to, and flight options can be limited. We always look for the most direct flights available at the time you book.
Wednesday, June 7, 2023
Vacation
Our trip to Iceland was wonderful! Our tour guide Xavier was very knowledgeable and you could tell he loved what he was doing. I am a vegan and he made sure I had delicious meals every day. Ziggy our coach driver did a fantastic job driving us safely to all of our destinations and making sure our luggage was secure at each stop. We had a terrific time touring and learning about Iceland. Thank you.
Stephen Raymond
Review date: Monday, August 8, 2022
Service
Our tour run by Maja was well done from start to finish. Many interesting sites to see and the professionalism of Maja made everything very pleasant. Fellow travelers were very nice as well. Hemmi our driver was a very good driver as well as providing extra knowledge about Iceland. Will be traveling with Insight again very soon.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your trip to Iceland. It's such a fascinating country! We would love to help you plan your next adventure when you are ready to travel again. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We truly appreciate your kind words. Happy Travels!
Tuesday, August 9, 2022
Vacation
Very pleased with our travel experience start to finish including the booking group.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Friday, June 3, 2022
Service
They were always courteous and helpful; the delivery of our final travel documents was delayed until just a few days before our trip, but I understand why.
Response from Grand European Travel:
We are so happy you enjoyed your Natural Wonders of Iceland tour, and we hope you made lifelong memories during your vacation. Thank you for the feedback. We appreciate it!
Thursday, June 9, 2022
Vacation
Iceland was a very interesting place to visit and we had no complaints with our itinerary or guide.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Monday, May 30, 2022
Service
This was the second trip my wife and I have used GET. Both have been very good, this trip to Iceland was tops.
Response from Grand European Travel:
It sounds like your trip to Iceland was magical! We are so glad you enjoyed it. We very much appreciate your repeat business and your glowing review. Please think of us again if you are planning another trip. We'd love to help you make more memories!
Wednesday, June 1, 2022
Vacation
Tour leader Magdi and driver Polley were excellent. We were on the go, but I never felt rushed. Accommodations and meals were very good. It would be impossible to see all of Iceland's scenic wonders in one trip, but we sure saw a lot of the beauty of the islamd.
Trusted Customer
Review date: Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Service
Staff was very helpful and when we had questions and concerns about Covid, they were informative and reassuring.
Vacation
The Natural Wonders of Iceland tour could not have been better...it was awesome! Special kudos to Zsofi, our tour leader, who had knowledge, enthusiasm, was organized, attentive, and just plain great! Kudos also to our health coordinator, Sabrina, who made us feel safe and was a hoot to be around! Our driver, Karl, was amazing throughout and we had confidence in him as we traversed numerous one-lane bridges! The places of interest were gorgeous (so many waterfalls!), pacing was good, the coach was comfortable, hotels super, and meals were delicious. Everything went so smoothly. You could not have improved upon this tour, so thank you!!!!
Erna Prieto
Review date: Monday, August 23, 2021
Service
Very satisfied with my booking experience with Dave. He did an excellent job and he needs a raise 😀😀😀. Will not hesitate to recommend Grand European Ttavel to my friends and others. We enjoyed every minute of our tour of the natural wonders of Iceland. Thank you.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for sharing your wonderful experience about your trip and the lovely comments about booking with Dave. We will be sure to share them with him.
Friday, August 27, 2021
Vacation
Enjoyed every minute of it -from the different falls,glaciers,geysers,lava fields,icebergs whale watching (would be great if the boat was closer to the whales),black sandy beaches, tectonic plates,the icelandic culture,food and the delicious dinner. Hats off to Lana Armstrong,travel director,Big G,driver and the wellness director Eva for making our trip enjoyable and hassle free. Thanks a lot.
Samuel Burstein
Review date: Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Service
I have used GET for a number of years and they have never failed to provide accurate information concerning tours from all the companies they represent. Service is rapid, questions always answered and pricing issues accurate. They did especially well during Covid when several of my tours were postponed. Special thanks to Alyssa Rucker who has handled a number of tours I’ve been on expertly.
Response from Grand European Travel:
Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback and for sticking with us through a difficult 18 months while navigating the pandemic. We are so glad you were finally able to enjoy this trip and we will share your comments with Alyssa who will be thrilled to see them.
Wednesday, July 14, 2021
Vacation
This tour was led by a fantastic tour director Lana Armstrong, one of the most knowledgeable directors of tours I have taken. The country is beautiful, the sights visited were all terrific and the hotels chosen were fine.
Shirley Burkard
Review date: Monday, June 12, 2017
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