How Expensive is Iceland?
Iceland isn’t very big but it is a country of superlatives. It boasts Europe’s most powerful waterfall, biggest glacier and is the most energy efficient nation in the developed world. However, did you know it is also one of the most expensive countries in the world? It’s currently number five! Our Iceland itineraries offer outstanding value for money – so you get the most out of your vacation in this exceptional destination.
Below we've given you a bit of an idea of value comparison between travelling with us (on the left) and 'doing it yourself' (on the right).
On our trips you'll be treated to a culinary experience to rival any in the world! Surrounding Iceland is the bountiful North Atlantic ocean, so fresh seafood is always a popular option. Lamb and Icelandic Skyr (pronounced 'skeer', a dairy product that's been around for nearly 1,000 years) are two other staples of the Icelandic diet. These days, with technological advancements and abundant geothermal energy, Icelanders are able to utilise freshly grown, locally sourced ingredients year-round, which has lead to an imaginative cuisine of ancient recipes fused with more modern ingredients.
We like to find locally-run hotels and guesthouses that are comfortable and charming, with sublime views. On the 'Stelkur' trip there is also a multi-day hike where you'll stay in classic back-country cabins - an experience not to be missed!
If you're visiting Iceland from North America or Europe, the good news is, it's a relatively affordable airfare. For example, flights from the USA are as low as $150 to $400 return. As with all Active Adventures trips, once with the group, all your transport is covered for the duration of the trip.
Before launching our Iceland trips our team spent a lot of time meeting with the locals and exploring the country. We take a great deal of pride in our itineraries, carefully crafting them to offer the right balance of activity and downtime. The other consideration we take is to ensure we cover the 'must see' highlights, but find the time to explore a little deeper, to places you wouldn't know to visit on your own.
If you've been on an Active Adventures trip before you'll know that our trip leaders and guides are our not so secret weapon! They're the ones that create the magic. In Europe you'll have Andy or Jo leading your group - these two guide our North Island, NZ trips during the Southern Hemisphere summer and then jet to Europe to guide our Iceland and mainland Europe adventures. Having this connection with New Zealand (where Active Adventures is based) ensures we're always providing an extraordinary experience - check out the review below that sums things up pretty well (Andrea, mentioned here is our local Italian guide).
Stelkur Iceland Hiking Adventure
- 11 Days
Iceland is a hiking destination that rivals the best in the world - it's wildly beautiful and largely undisturbed... and it’s easy to get to from North America and within Europe! On this trip you’ll see some of Iceland's famous waterfalls whilst traversing the island from west to east. For the first seven nights you’ll rest in modern and cozy hotel accommodation, and then for two nights you’ll stay in warm backcountry cabins, for a classic Icelandic hiking experience in the Eastern Fjordland region. Also on this diverse adventure you’ll have the chance to view puffin or ‘Lundi’, kayak on a tranquil lagoon and hike up and down an offshore archipelago volcano. Now is the time to visit Iceland - join us during the Northern Hemisphere summer to experience this Nordic wonder.
Lundi Essence of Iceland
- 7 Days
You’ll be surprised how much you’ll fit into one week exploring Iceland, from Reykjavík in the east to Höfn in the west. It’s no secret that Iceland is a feast for the eyes, but what you may not know is how fascinating Icelandic people are. You’ll witness their self sufficiency and learn about their proud viking heritage, in fact, their language today is very similar to what it was during the Viking Age! Iceland is commonly ranked as one of the happiest nations in the world, so prepare to have some of this attitude rub off, when you’re out and about exploring with the locals. Hiking is the main activity on this trip, with a touch of kayaking on a lagoon in Vatnajökull National Park.