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 |
Join us to explore the stunning southern coast of Iceland, thrilling waterfalls and tranquil lagoons. Every step of the way you'll be led by our kiwi guides alongside local experts.