Iceland Travel, Backpacking, Gap Year & Tours
Travel to Iceland to experience spectacular natural beauty and diverse landscapes and incredible things to see and do. You will get to feel the warmth of the Icelandic people and enjoy one of the most amazing times of your life. With One World 365 you can experience the highlights of the country.
Adventure Tours, Backpacking Trips & Gap Year Programs in Iceland
Iceland Travel Guide
Get inspiration for the best things to do if you would like to go travelling or backpacking in Iceland.
- Capital: Reykjavik
- Currency: Icelandic Króna (ISK)
- Population: 320,000 (approx)
- Language: The official language of Iceland is Icelandic but English is widely spoken and understood throughout the country which is very used to hosting tourists
- Country Size: 103,000 km²
- Country Phone Code 354
How to Get to Iceland
Most flights arrive into Keflavík International Airport located in Iceland's capital city - Reykjavik. This airport is connected to a number of international airports in Europe and North America. Flights times from London are around 3 hours and from New York it is 5 hours 45 minutes. You can also reach Iceland by ferry or cruise ship.
Weather & Best Time to Visit
Iceland is an all year round destination and there really isn't a best time to visit. You are best seeing what activities you would like to do and then this will determine when is the ideal time to go. The best time to see the Northern lights is between November and March whilst summer is a popular time due to the outdoor adventures available.
Iceland Budget Travel Tips
If you are looking to go travelling in Iceland the cost can put a lot of people off, this is not one of the cheapest travel destinations in the world. Here are some top tips and advice for visiting Iceland on the cheap:
- Buy food at food stalls / local supermarkets - eating out at restaurants can be expensive
- Camp or go couchsurf to cut down on accommodation costs
- Rent a car or get a bus pass
- Avoid alcohol
- Buy a waterbottle and drink water from the tap
- Hitchiking is general safe to do and a good way to travel for free
Looking for somewhere to to stay in Iceland? There is so much choice including hotels, guesthouses, hostels, farmhouses and camping. You will need to book in advance during the traveling high season.
Best Things to See & Do in Iceland
Iceland is a country of diverse opportunities, there is so much you can do here. Here are some things you should add to your itinerary:
- Enjoy the relaxing towns and cities
- See the incredible Northern Lights
- Explore Reykjavik - a facsinating city
- Join an adventure like caving
- Go overland and get off the beaten track to see some of the most spectacular scenery in the world
- Witness the Winter Festival in Akureyri
- Sample the nightlife and live music in Reykjavik
- Mix with friendly locals
Travelling & Backpacking in Iceland
If you have always wanted to visit Iceland and see spectacular things like the Northern Lights you will be sure to find an experience or itinerary to match your interests. Iceland will leave you spellbound and you won't regret visiting this beautiful country. From Reykjavik it is very easy to venture out and travel to see more of the country. There are so many activities available, the hard part is choosing what to do.
Gap Year in Iceland
Looking to spend your gap year visiting one of the most spectacular countries in Europe? You can't go wrong with Iceland! This country is beautiful with relaxing cities like Reykjavik, the world famous fjords, incredible landscapes, waterfalls, geothermal hotsprings, lagoons and also lots of unique gap year trips and programs. If you love the great outdoors, you will love spending time in Iceland.
Get inspired to visit this spectacular destination today:
- Overland adventure tours where you can visit a number of locations
- City tours, these usually last 1 - 3 days and let you get the best of a city
- Family tours perfect if you have children and would like to travel in a safe and structured way
- Festival tours
- Photography tours which are great if you are looking to meet like minded people with the same hobby
- Wildlife and nature tours
- Northern Lights tours
Small Group Tours in Iceland
Our website features some of the best and most respected tour operators and companies in the world and you can find options for all budgets. If you are travelling on a shoestring or have a more flexible amount of money to spend you will be able to find something to match your criteria.
Iceland is an expensive continent to travel in and you might have to buy your own meals and pay for extra things like sightseeing so budget accordingly. Some tours sell out quickly and so we recommend researching and booking in advance to avoid the disappointment of dates being full. Highlights can include treking glaciers, taking a dip in hotspings, watching wildlife, seeing volcanoes and lava fields and also visiting remote parts of the country. You will also get to go whale watching, search out exotic rare birds and also interact with friendly locals.
Amazing places you will will likely visit include Akureyri, Reykjavik, Godafoss horseshoe waterfalls, the Thingvellir National Park, Silfra fissure, Geysir hot springs, Gulfoss waterfall, Hveragerdi, the Reykjadalur Valley, Seljalandsfoss / Skogafoss waterfalls, Solheimajokull / Virkisjokull glaciers the Ingolfshdfoi Cape, Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, Myvatn's geothermal Lake, Dimmuborgir lava fields and the Eastern Fjords. Most tours start and finish in the Icelandic capitcal Reykjavik.
One of the most popular ways to explore Iceland is on an overland group tour. Thousands of people travel on these types of tours every year and there are departures every month. These types of tours are a great way to travel in a group, meet new people, have a lot fun and get taken to the best places in the continent. Prices vary depending on the trip and operator.
Iceland Budget Tours
We have a selection of tours for all budgets, so whether you are looking to explore on the cheap or you have a bit more money to spend you will be able to find a trip to match your interests. Our website features lots of cheap tours allowing you to discover the highlights of the country and not break the bank.
Short for time? Want to see the highlights as quick as possible? There are day tours available to book in places like Reykjavik. Popular options include city tours where a local guide will usually show you the sights. These types of tours can be booked as part of a group or you can spend a little extra and get a private tour. Some city tours are totally free but you might be expected to give a tip.
Our tours are perfect if you are travelling solo and would like to meet other people and travel in a group. You will get to meet other international travellers and get taken to the best locations in the country with an experienced guide. Most of our tours specifically cater for the 18-35 age group and are a really popular option due to meeting other people, getting day-to-day activities, hotel check-ins, selected meals, accommodation and also transport/guides included in the price. Don't worry if you are slightly older, most tours accept all ages.
Iceland Northern Lights Tours
Would you love to see the Northern Lights? They really are one of the most spectacular things you can see in your whole life and there are lots of trips and holidays. Prices can vary and some trips can end up costing a fortune. This is why its important to reseach options to find cheap breaks to see the Northern Lights. There is no 100% gurantee you will see the Northern Lights, sometimes the weather and atmosphere conditions can be very difficult to predict and if its cloudy you probably won't get lucky. It might be an idea to plan a holiday to this region and then if you see the Northern Lights treat it as a bonus. Scandanavia is a beautiful part of the world to visit and there is lots to see and do apart from the Northern Lights.
You could also plan a Santa trip to Lapland or a skiing holiday to this region, don't worry if you have never skied before you could just enjoy the surrounds, go ice skating or ride snowmobiles or take a husky ride. Most nights if the sky is clear you will get to see the Northern Lights which might be a bonus. You might want to plan a weekend city break in a place like Reykjavik which you can get for around £250 including flights and accommodation. If you are looking for a really exciting holiday, consider staying at the Ice Hotel in Sweden which can be a different type of experience. Seeing the Northern Lights really is the trip of a lifetime just be sure to book ahead for the best deals.
Dog Sledding Tours
Dream of joining a husky safari? There is now a chance to try it for yourself. Some local tour operators offer dog sledding trips and challenge in the remote wilderness of Iceland. This is the ultimate challenge, sledding miles through the wildnerness of Iceland where the extreme conditions and physical demands mean the bond between man and dog becomes essential.
Trips take place during winter and involve six days sledding across the frozen lakes, snow-covered mountains and deep forests of Northern Norway. Participants and guides are responsible for their own team of 4-6 huskies, who will be their companions every day on their journeys across the snow. You will get to feed, harness and look after the dogs throughout the trip, accompanied by an experienced leader, local guide and expedition doctor.
Full training is provided and no previous experience in sledging is necessary, although a love of these beautiful dogs and a reasonable level of fitness are required.
“This is the chance to go on a once in lifetime trip. The husky sledding challenge offers wild adventure, a physical challenge and breathtaking natural beauty.” - Kathryn L, UK