It’s no secret that Iceland has become one of the hottest destinations in the past few years. With short four or five hour flights from the United States’ East Coast, to being ranked number one on the Global Peace Index, Iceland has quickly earned its spot on every traveler’s bucket list.
Agent exclusive tour company Travel Impressions has recently partnered with Iceland’s largest destination management company, a subsidiary of Icelandair Group, to offer a full portfolio of independent FIT and escorted tour options to the country. And there’s something for everyone: hot springs, northern lights, and even an inside look at HBO’s Game of Thrones.
New tour offerings include:
Hidden Powers and Northern Lights Tour – Six days
This tour to the country’s beautiful south features Thingvellir National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), a geothermal bakery where bread is cooked underground and served with fresh Icelandic butter, as well as volcanic black-sand beaches and Europe’s largest glacier. The tour ends in Hveragerdi, which many consider the world’s most picturesque geothermal lagoons.
Iceland Complete Winter Tour – Nine days
For clients looking to maximize their view of the northern lights, this tour is for them. The tour departs from fall through spring with a full itinerary featuring hot springs, geysers and boiling mud pits, waterfalls, and black-sand beaches. Travelers will also check out Petra’s renowned collection of local stones and minerals, and Thingvellir National Park.
Nature’s Treasures and Northern Lights Tour - Six days
Along with highlights from the above programs, the tour features experiences in the rarely visited Snaefellsnes Peninsula, where travelers will see thousands of tiny islands and experience a fresh sampling of “Viking Sushi” straight from Iceland’s waters. The tour then makes stops at the Reykjanes Peninsula to visit Strandarkirkja, a small wooden church that some believe to radiate special powers, and Lake Kleifarvatn, where sulfurous geothermal vents and powerful jets of steam escape from the earth’s crust. The final stop is at the famous silica mud at the world-renowned Blue Lagoon, known for its therapeutic skin treatments.
Western Wonders and Hot Springs Tour – Six days
This specially crafted tour offers a sampling of Iceland’s many attractions from glaciers to caves and waterfalls to historic villages. There will be no shortage of hot springs for travelers’ relaxation and rejuvenation—including volcanically heated glacial water at Deildartunguhver. This program offers in-depth exploration of Iceland’s Viking heritage as well as an excursion to Iceland’s second-largest glacier, Langjokull, featuring a man-made ice tunnel.
Game of Thrones Iceland: Beyond the Wall – Five days
While the other tours are fully guided, fans of Game of Thrones won’t mind that this tour is only partially guided. The tour stops at locations featured on the hit show including the “Ice Wall,” “North of the Wall,” and more. Jon Thor Benediktsson is the local guide leading the tour who also led crew members during the filming of the series’ third season.