Iceland in the Summer: The Best Tour Experiences

Vík Village, Iceland

Welcome to Iceland’s enchanting land, where summer’s warmth unveils breathtaking landscapes, endless days, and unforgettable tour experiences!

To help you discover the magic of Icelandic summers, we offer an extensive selection of tours catering to various interests and preferences. From exploring the country’s captivating natural wonders and immersing yourself in its rich culture and history to embarking on thrilling adventures and indulging in relaxing geothermal spas, our tours promise unforgettable memories. 

Iceland Summer Tours

During the summer months, Iceland transforms into a vibrant destination, with the Midnight Sun casting its golden glow on glaciers, geysers, and waterfalls. The island’s lush greenery, abundant wildlife, and dynamic geothermal features create an unparalleled backdrop for your adventures.

Some of our incredible Iceland Summer tours include:

The Golden Circle: An Icelandic Classic

Glacier Hiking and Ice Climbing in Skaftafell National Park

Whale Watching in Húsavík: Encounter Gentle Giants

Snorkeling Between Two Continents in Silfra Fissure

Landmannalaugar: Hiking and Hot Springs in the Highlands

Puffin Watching in Reykjavik: Birdwatching by the Sea

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach: A Glacial Wonderland

Horseback Riding on Icelandic Horses

Explore Inside a Volcano: Thrihnukagigur Volcano Tour

Midnight Sun and Secret Lagoon: An Evening Adventure

What is the Midnight Sun phenomenon?

The Midnight Sun is a natural phenomenon that occurs in Iceland during the summer months, where the sun remains visible throughout the night, casting a beautiful golden hue across the sky. 

This extraordinary event occurs due to Iceland’s location near the Arctic Circle, where the sun never sets below the horizon between late May and early August. The extended daylight hours offer endless opportunities for exploration and adventure, allowing you to make the most of your time in this remarkable country.

Midnight Sun tours and activities

To fully experience the magic of the Midnight Sun, we offer a range of tours and activities designed to immerse you in the beauty of Iceland’s endless summer days. First, embark on a Midnight Sun photography tour, capturing stunning landscapes bathed in the warm, ethereal light. 

For nature enthusiasts, take advantage of the extended daylight hours with a guided hiking expedition or join a late-night whale-watching tour to observe these gentle giants under the glow of the never-setting sun. 

The possibilities are endless when the sun never sets, so contact our specialist tour planners today to receive your complimentary custom Summer tour itinerary.

Adventure Activities: Glacier hiking and ice cave exploration

Contrary to what you might think, you can visit Iceland’s glaciers in the summer, But some of the most majestic glaciers are only accessible during the warmer months!

Experience the thrill of walking on ancient ice with our guided glacier hiking tours. Led by expert guides, you’ll navigate the stunning icy landscapes, learning about the formation and history of these magnificent natural wonders. 

Join one of our ice cave exploration tours for an even more exhilarating adventure. Venture deep into the heart of Iceland’s glaciers, marveling at the striking blue ice formations and unique acoustics found within these awe-inspiring caves. Both glacier hiking and ice cave exploration offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness the power and beauty of Iceland’s frozen landscapes.

River rafting and kayaking

Unleash your inner adventurer by conquering Iceland’s roaring rivers with our river rafting and kayaking tours. 

Navigate through thrilling rapids and serene stretches of water, surrounded by the country’s dramatic landscapes. Our expert guides will ensure a safe and unforgettable experience suitable for both beginners and experienced rafters. 

For those seeking a more tranquil adventure, opt for a guided kayaking tour on one of Iceland’s many glacial lagoons or picturesque fjords, where you can take in the breathtaking scenery at your own pace.

Cultural Festivals in the Summer

Immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of Iceland by participating in the many traditional festivals and events held throughout the summer months. 

These events provide a unique opportunity to experience the warmth and hospitality of the Icelandic people while celebrating their customs and traditions. Join in the lively atmosphere of the Reykjavik Arts Festival, the Westman Islands’ vibrant Þjóðhátíð festival, or the National Day celebrations, which showcase music, dance, and local cuisine.

Geothermal Wonders and Summer Relaxation

One of the top attractions during the summer season is exploring the geothermal wonders of Iceland and soaking in the Blue Lagoon and other natural spas. 

The Blue Lagoon is a world-renowned spa fed by the geothermal waters of the Reykjanes Peninsula. The mineral-rich waters are said to have healing properties and provide a relaxing experience for visitors. 

In addition to the Blue Lagoon, visitors can explore other natural hot springs and spas throughout the country. These include the Secret Lagoon, the Mývatn Nature Baths, and the Krauma Geothermal Baths.

Summer Scenic Driver Guided Tours 

The Golden Circle route is one of Iceland’s most famous road trips, covering approximately 250 kilometers (155 miles) from Reykjavik. 

This circular route offers travelers the chance to witness some of Iceland’s most iconic natural wonders in just one day. Highlights of the Golden Circle include the UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park, the powerful Gullfoss waterfall, and the geothermal area of Geysir, featuring the Strokkur geyser, which erupts every few minutes.

The Ring Road and other picturesque drives

The Ring Road is Iceland’s ultimate road trip, spanning 1,332 kilometers (828 miles) and encircling the country. This breathtaking journey can take anywhere from 7 to 14 days, depending on the pace and stops made along the way. 

The Ring Road offers a diverse range of landscapes, from the volcanic black sand beaches of the South Coast to the dramatic fjords of the East and the rugged mountains of the North. Highlights of the Ring Road include Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, the quaint fishing village of Seydisfjordur, and Akureyri, the capital of the North.

The Snæfellsnes Peninsula, often referred to as “Iceland in Miniature,” is another famous scenic drive. Stretching approximately 90 kilometers (56 miles) into the Atlantic Ocean, this peninsula is home to an array of stunning landscapes, including the Snæfellsjökull glacier-capped volcano, lava fields, basalt cliffs, and charming coastal villages. A visit to the iconic Kirkjufell mountain and the nearby waterfall, Kirkjufellsfoss, is a must for photography enthusiasts.

The Westfjords is an off-the-beaten-path driving destination that rewards intrepid explorers with unspoiled natural beauty. This remote region is characterized by steep cliffs, narrow fjords, and abundant wildlife, including sea birds, seals, and even the elusive Arctic fox. Also, be sure to visit the dramatic Dynjandi waterfall and the charming village of Ísafjörður, the cultural and economic center of the Westfjords.

Contact us for Customizable and Private Tours

For those who prefer a more personalized adventure, customizable Summer tours are available to cater to individual interests and preferences. Whether you’re an avid photographer, a wildlife enthusiast, or a history buff, tour operators can design itineraries that focus on your passions, ensuring a one-of-a-kind journey through Iceland’s enchanting landscapes.

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