Aurora and Iceberg Lagoon

Great value for a winter Northern Lights hunting holiday that also includes the must-see iceberg lagoon at Jökulsárlón, iconic Golden Circle, Lava Centre, rugged South Coast and waterfalls, and a tailor-made Aurora programme. A big trip with big views, all in 5 days! Perfect if you prefer to travel with the benefit of a professional tour guide and everything arranged for you.

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  • Arrival and departure airport transfer
  • Fully escorted 3-day bus tour with an English-speaking guide
  • Maximum group size of 30 guests
  • 4 nights simple tourist class hotel and cottage accommodation in rooms with private shower/WC (upgrade available)
  • 4 breakfasts
  • Entrance to Kerið volcano crater

Faroe Islands Walking Holiday

A near neighbour to Iceland, the Faroe Islands are an excellent location for a two-centre holiday. Located roughly midway between Scotland and Iceland, this intriguing collection of islands offer a wonderful opportunity for slow travel, walking and sightseeing. Like Iceland, the Faroes are rugged and wild, but as we have found out there’s plenty that is quite unique.

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  • See the islands of Streymoy, Vagar and Esturoy
  • Escorted bus and walking tours on 2 days
  • Return flights between Edinburgh and Vagar
  • 4 night’s hotel accommodation in Torshavn
  • Maximum group size of 20 guests
  • ATOL protected package
September 24, 2014

66° North

My travels to the North of Iceland gave me the chance to fulfil a long-held desire to cross the Arctic Circle. I had little of idea of what to expect from my trip to Grimsey, other than to voyage to a rocky, though inhabited, island in the Arctic Ocean, and with the assurance that I’d be falling over the arctic […]
June 17, 2021

A cautionary tale: fermented shark

Hákarl, or fermented Greenland shark, is for sure one of the most ‘Marmite’ moments you’ll ever have.
October 29, 2013

A Warm Welcome

I’m back in Iceland, and so happy to be here. The night we arrived I’d chosen to stay near to Keflavik airport in a hotel that I have been looking forward to trying out. Never make a judgement based on first impressions. This is a single storey building that has been set into the lava with a  geothermal power station […]
June 14, 2016

Áfram! Iceland Euro 2016

Iceland is renowned for many great things, and football could be the latest addition to the list. It’s amazing that with such a small population and a short summer season, Iceland has achieved its place in France for Euro 2016. On a visit to the small town of Akranes a few years ago I was taken to see the town’s […]
January 16, 2019

Akranes is on the map

Some years ago, I spent an afternoon and evening in Akranes with one of my Icelandic friends. It’s on a small peninsula on Iceland’s west coast in between Reykjavik and the much larger Snaefellsness peninsula. My memories are of a small town on the other side of a mountain with a pretty coastline but, in all honesty, a bit fishy! […]
October 23, 2015

Amazing drone #film “Powerful #Iceland’ from Garðar Ólafsson

Stunning landscapes, beautifully shot, great editing. Just one example of his work, more to follow Garðar Ólafsson is a star in the making . If you want to see these through your own eyes, then have a look at our escorted & independent traveller tours  [vimeo 134008155 w=500 h=281] <p><a href=”″>Powerful Iceland</a> from <a href=””>Gar&eth;ar &Oacute;lafsson</a> on <a href=””>Vimeo</a>.</p>  
June 26, 2019

Aurora and Iceberg Lagoon

September 27, 2016

Autumn Food Colours from #Iceland

Already it’s the equinox time of year, and there’s definitely a hint of Autumn in the air. Reminds me that we felt that same chill in Iceland back in August on our Food Tour. Iceland’s Modern Kitchen took us to wonderful farms, gardens, greenhouses and forests on bright sunny days.   Our next journey is about to begin, and includes […]
April 10, 2013

Avoiding the Coach Tour… Healthy Walks in Iceland!

The first thing most people say to me about Iceland is that it’s a place that is on their list of destinations to get to.  This was one of the reasons that I decided to go ahead and set up Iceland Traveller, and it’s also my cue to offer to facilitate the process of ‘getting round to booking up’. And […]
July 8, 2014

Back in Iceland

July 2014 — Yesterday was a perfect Icelandic summer’s day, despite the inflight forecast as we touched down telling us that the weather was cloudy and a chilly 7 degrees. The weather in Iceland changes all the time and so, an hour later when we arrived in Reykjavik, we were able to enjoy a coffee on the sunny terrace overlooking […]
April 24, 2017

Back to East Iceland

Since I travelled around Iceland in the company of a small group of girlfriends and Oðin, our incredibly good-natured driver guide, I’ve revisited most areas to explore in much more detail, and I look forward to returning to the Eastfjords. Planning visits and meetings is exciting, and I’ll want to focus on what’s new and interesting amongst food and craft […]
July 6, 2021
Snaefellsjokull Glacier Iceland

Bill and Shirl’s excellent Iceland adventure

Bill and Shirl are great holiday adventurers and it was such a pleasure to work together with them to plan two Iceland trips. This West to East circular trip is based on their summer road trip.
June 8, 2017

Blueberry, with hints of liquorice

The Icelandic sea salt flakes contained in the new Iceland Traveller chocolate bar come from Breiðafjörður Bay, a beautiful and bio-diverse area lying between the Snaefellsness peninsula and the remote Westfjords of Iceland.  Since 1753, using sustainable geothermal energy, these crunchy flakes have been produced on the small island of Karlsay.  This unique tasting sea salt also contains naturally occurring […]
January 14, 2019

Burns’ Night in the Icelandic style?

We’re all familiar with haggis, neeps and tatties but what about hákarl, svið and blóðmör? During the Romantic period in 19th century Iceland the feast of Thorri was revived, along with the addition of poetry recitals and speeches.   This combination of ceremony, special food to celebrate the occasion and plenty of toasts is very similar to the notion of Burn’s night […]
March 8, 2017

Celebrate Iceland’s amazing horses!

Family holidays on a farm, or time spent as a spectator or participant in the company of Icelandic horses is always a treat.  Hardy and incredibly hairy in the winter, sleek and shiny in the summer, when the herd is made even more stunning by the addition of beautiful multi-coloured foals. The Icelandic horse should be a feature of every […]
December 15, 2015

Christmas and New Year in Iceland?

New Year is most likely better then Christmas -and December is very good month to travel in Iceland and many good tours available for example South Coast, Skaftafell, Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, with glacier hiking and a northern light hunt. Being in Iceland over Christmas and the New Year’s will deliver an amazing time in this country. It is very festive, […]
February 13, 2017

Coffee and Cake!

Icelanders really do know how to do coffee and cake. My dear friend Gigja offers traditional afternoon tea, Icelandic style, to visitors in Reykjavik. Being Iceland, it comes with a twist! We’ve just completed the first stage of the Food Explorers area on our website. Much more to follow, but do take a look at our Food, Traditions and Tasting […]
January 29, 2014

Cool Cuisine

“Think Nordic but even nicer…” enthused Diana Henry in the Sunday Telegraph’s Stella magazine (12 January 2014), following a trip to Reykjavik to check out the food.  “The shellfish and lamb are the best I’ve ever tasted.” In the decade since the much-lauded, two-Michelin-starred Noma opened in Copenhagen, and with Icelandic chef Agnar Sverrisson expanding his empire in London, Scandinavian […]
April 12, 2017

Don’t miss the Aurora this winter!

Iceland is an excellent place from which to view the Northern Lights.   Named after Aurora, the Roman goddess of the dawn, and Boreas, the ancient Greek personification of the North Wind, they are at their most intense in a circle around the North Pole and are best viewed on the long dark nights between September and April. So what causes […]
December 22, 2016

Dreaming of a white Christmas in Iceland

Still a few days left, and the Icelandic yuletide lads have nearly all arrived from their mountain hideouts to slam doors, steal sausages, gobble Skyr and lick bowls in the small towns, villages and in Reykjavik itself. As soon as Christmas arrives, one of the mischievous group leaves each day until January 6th, the 13th day of Christmas in Iceland. Even […]
March 21, 2016

Earth cooking

Baking food in the ground is part of Iceland’s cooking history and ‘hot-spring’ specialities have become a popular modern addition to many a restaurant and hotel menu. During my travels in Iceland, I’ve been lucky enough to sit on the red lava slopes of the Eldfell volcano and eat, straight from the tin, steaming ginger bread baked there in the […]
June 12, 2017

Embrace Scandi Spring

Here’s an article we were asked to contribute to that has been published recently in Belle about Town. One other very attractive extra that Icelanders enjoy in the spring and summer is plenty of days off – 7 public holidays between Easter and the middle of August! ‘The Icelanders are a bit different from us in that they only divide the […]
March 15, 2020

FAQ: How much daylight can I expect in Iceland?

Iceland is a land of contrasts and the cycle of daylight throughout the year is no exception. At the time of the summer solstice (around June 23) there are 17 more hours of daylight per day than at the winter solstice. This means that between May and September, there is plenty of daylight time for enjoying all that Iceland out […]
January 3, 2020

FAQ: What are you doing about sustainable travel? 

Over the 20 or so years that I’ve been travelling in Iceland, there’s no doubt that some considerable changes have taken place. With an almost unbeatable list of ‘wow’ natural features on offer, this easy to reach and culturally quirky island on the edge of the Arctic circle has been the recipient of incredible tourist growth. 
March 15, 2020

FAQ: What is the Golden Circle Tour in Iceland?

In short, the Golden Circle is the collection of three of South Iceland’s most important and spectacular landmarks: the Thingvellir National Park, Gulfoss waterfall and the geyser, Strokkur. Visitors flock to the Golden Circle to enjoy spending a day to see these must-see natural features as part of their Iceland holiday. There are many ways to see and experience the […]
March 15, 2020

FAQ: What’s the weather like in Iceland?

One of the most important features of the weather in Iceland is that it changes frequently, so following forecasts and having the right clothing are both very important. However, it’s also worth remembering that since the weather moves fast and is so often very local, useful advice is to ‘wait 5 minutes’ as it will probably change. Because the weather […]
March 15, 2020

FAQ: Where is Iceland?

Situated between Greenland, Norway and Scotland, and just below the Arctic Circle, Iceland is in surprisingly easy reach of America, Europe and the UK. The area of the island of Iceland is approximately 103,000km2 which makes it the second largest island in Europe after Great Britain. It takes about 3 hours to fly from London, and about 5 hours from […]
July 14, 2019

FAQs: Can I drive in Iceland?

We want every one of our holiday clients to have the best time possible in Iceland and this means that we will want to suggest the most appropriate travel arrangements. Our range of travel solutions includes everything from escorted bus tours, huge super truck adventures, 4 wheel drive jeeps and minibuses for self drive and privately guided journeys for a day or more.
April 27, 2017

FAQs: How to? Northern Lights

One of our top Iceland questions is about how to see the Northern Lights, so here are some Iceland Traveller tips. The main Northern Lights season is October to March Some tours are also available in September and April, and you can get lucky out in the countryside in late August too When you are out at night, be patient, […]
March 3, 2019

FAQs: When is the best time to go to Iceland?

Iceland is a great destination at any time of year, but to make an informed choice, it’s best to consider what you want to see and do. For Northern Lights, the season is September to April. For experiencing short dark days and the special light that Iceland has in the winter during the day, then December and January are the times to go there.
July 14, 2019

FAQs: Why book Iceland with a destination specialist?

Booking a holiday with a company that specialises in your chosen destination is the most effective way to save time, cut out the overwhelm of internet research and to see both the must-see locations and those that are off the beaten track or of particular interest to you. This is particularly true for travel in Iceland.
February 27, 2020

Faroe Islands Walking Holiday

November 18, 2016

Festive Food Weekend in Iceland

It’s a few years since I have spent a December weekend in Iceland so I’ve booked a family break for us all for a few days just before Christmas. We are spending the weekend in Reykjavik to give everyone time to choose which festive things they’d like to do – walking and window shopping, visiting the well known Christmas shop […]
April 28, 2015

Fire, Ice … and weather

Iceland Traveller’s Winter Wonderland tour to Iceland in November 2015 is an intriguing exploration of the Land of Weather, Fire and Ice. The details of this tour, which combines our favourite hotels, an excellent guide and a range of interests from meteorology to stargazing and embroidery are featured here: Want to find out more about Iceland? You can enjoy a taste of […]
October 24, 2016

Food feast on foot in Reykjavik

Our aim is always to try out as much as we can while in Iceland, so here’s a round up of our latest food experience. “It was quite a feast! We spent 4 hours exploring the city trying meat soup, rye bread ice cream, a hot dog (!), horse, goose, lamb, cheeses, all very tasty and authentically Icelandic. The end stop was a […]
June 2, 2016

Gannets galore on the Langanes Peninsula

This remote natural paradise is home to one of Iceland’s largest gannet colonies and definitely a place to feel that you’ve really got away from it all. Nearby, there are the remnants of ancient farms that were abandoned when making a living this far away from larger settlements became impossible. This uninhabited landscape is beautiful to explore and experience and […]
January 26, 2013

Geologists on Tour?

Anyone who shares the belief that geology rocks will know that their subject and Iceland go hand in hand. From the Mid Atlantic Ridge to the Laki Craters, the Icy North is a motherland for anyone with an eye for geology. Last year, a keen team of rock lovers embarked on an adventure hitting th e key geological spots in the […]
May 27, 2013

Give it 5 Minutes

There’s been an interesting blog post recently that invited readers to share their reasons for loving Iceland, and quite a few people have.  When it comes to one of my favourite things, the weather in Iceland, I’m often asked what one should expect and my response is that it’s sensible to expect every kind of weather in a day, especially […]
October 16, 2018

Go Geothermal

It’s not until you experience it for yourself, that the raw power of the geothermal heat that lies beneath Iceland’s varied landscape really makes an impression.  The concept of swimming in a pool filled with geothermally heated water is easy to grasp, seeing the zig zag pipes making their way towards Reykjavik to deliver hot water to the city is […]
October 8, 2018

How did we do?

October 2018 – Our group of 11 ladies completed their hiking challenge in Iceland in great style and with over £4500 raised for our two charities. It’s fair to say that we over-achieved on all counts. Without doubt, we had a great trip and have all been affected by the experience. For four days we didn’t really see anyone outside […]