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Iceland Year-Round Adventure

If you’ve heard anything about Iceland it's probably that ‘the land of fire and ice’ is naturally beautiful and it's where you can marvel at the Northern Lights. Nuzzled on the edge of the Arctic Circle, this Nordic island nation is no stranger to those looking to immerse themselves in the stunning scenery. With both glacial and volcanic terrain, Iceland’s captivating contrasts flaunt otherworldly landscapes and ethereal wonders: geothermal hot springs, black sand beaches, cascading waterfalls, and snow-capped peaks.



Beyond the unparalleled natural beauty, Iceland is a place where folklore and modernity intertwine. The friendly locals, knowledgeable guides, and vibrant Icelandic culture promises an experience that is challenging to put into words and impossible to forget; traveling to Iceland is quite literally a giant breath of fresh air.


And even better? There is virtually not a bad time to visit. The island, despite its northern climate, is a year-round destination thanks to the gulf stream bringing seasonally warm weather even in winter. This means you can experience Arctic-like landscapes without the temperature being as brutally cold as one may think. And in winter, have no fear, there still is plenty of snow for those seeking a wintery escape.



Although Iceland is a year-round destination, there is a “better” time to go based on your goals for the trip. For example:

  • Mid-October to end of March is prime blue ice cave season, snowy landscape, and long nights (useful for Northern Lights). Snowmobiling is particularly great around March time when the snow is at its peak and weather is a little nicer.

  • Early September to early April is great for Northern Lights with most activities still being possible.

  • Late April and May are the quietest months of the year. May tends to be drier than most months too making horse riding, ATV tours and longer hikes particularly fun.

  • June to late August has almost 24 hours of daylight with warm temperatures, flourishing flora, millions of birds migrating into the country, including over 10 million puffins and even 20 different whale species coming for their mating season. Summer is also great for more remote exploration such as in the remote Westfjords where only 7% of travelers visit or into the highlands such as Thórsmörk.



Tribù Insider Insight

Tribù Travel Designer Sarah Bello recently got back from Iceland with her two boys and husband, and they (no surprise!) loved it. Sarah mentioned how accessible Iceland is for all ages and mobilities. The drives alone are incredible and an experience itself. Stepping out of the vehicle, there are leisurely, shorter walks to viewpoints, or one can decide on more strenuous hiking and a myriad of adventurous activities. Choose your own adventure in Iceland, as long as you have at least 5 days to spare. Many highlights can be covered in 5-10 days.


Top Experiences

  • Visit the Atlantic Puffins - There are many places in Iceland to see puffins, but none are quite as special as the trip via cart-drawn tractor from a family-owned homestead to the forgotten rocky outcrop at Ingólfshöfði in the south east of Iceland where thousands of Atlantic puffins are found nesting every summer. Perfect for families with younger kids.

  • Take a Zodiac Boat Tour on Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon - Where giant icebergs float around and curious seals swim about. You'll join a zodiac boat tour on the lagoon where you can get even closer to the icebergs that float near the black beach, and explore the area smaller lagoons as well.

  • Explore Þórsmörk by Superjeep - Explore the lushly vegetated mountain valley in a superjeep crossing glacier rivers and handling any terrain. Together with your guide, you'll make numerous stops along the way for canyon hikes, glaciers, and highlands.

  • See Iceland from Above - Embark on an exhilarating scenic helicopter ride from our airfield over the sprawling glacier, so you can get to know it from above before seeing it from the inside. Upon landing, we'll take a short walk from our landing spot to the mouth of our secret glacier ice cave. The cave opening leads us into the glacier tunnel, where we can easily stand upright as your guide takes you further along the frozen corridor.

  • Cover [Volcanic] Ground on an ATV - Ride through historic lava fields, the old harbor with abandoned shipwrecks and over hundred year old foundations from the beginning of Grindavík's settlement that remains unspoiled and protected for a reminder of the old life. You'll ride along the coastline and on challenging mountain trails, feeling amazed by the sights on the way.


Foodie Favorites

Because, after all, eating good is also year-round activity, and the food in Iceland is superior.

  • Friðheimar Tomato Greenhouse in Reykholt - a renowned Icelandic agricultural attraction and restaurant specializing in year-round tomato cultivation using geothermal energy. Visitors can explore the greenhouse, learn about sustainable farming practices, and enjoy a meal in the on-site restaurant featuring dishes made from their fresh tomato harvest.

  • MOSS Restaurant at the Blue Lagoon - a unique culinary experience by incorporating local and sustainable ingredients into its modern Nordic cuisine, showcasing the country's natural flavors and traditions. Set against a stylish backdrop with an emphasis on minimalist design, MOSS provides diners with an exquisite taste of Iceland's gastronomic landscape.

  • Skool Beans Cafe in Vik - Iceland's first micro roaster & tea lab coffee bus along the Southern Coast.

  • Systrakaffi Restaurant in Kirkjubæjarklaustur - a historic and inviting eatery located in the heart of Iceland's Golden Circle route. Known for its traditional Icelandic cuisine and scenic surroundings, it offers visitors a taste of local flavors and a chance to unwind in a charming, countryside setting.

  • Icelandic hot dogs - The famous Icelandic hot dog, locally known as "pylsa," is a beloved street food delicacy renowned for its unique blend of meats, including lamb, pork, and beef. Served with an assortment of condiments such as crispy onions, ketchup, mustard, and a special remoulade sauce, it's a must-try culinary experience for both locals and tourists.

  • OX Restaurant in Reykjavík - renowned for its emphasis on farm-to-table dining, the restaurant is celebrated for its creative menu that showcases locally sourced ingredients, including Icelandic lamb and seafood, prepared with modern culinary techniques. The elegant yet unpretentious atmosphere and dedication to showcasing the best of Icelandic cuisine make OX Restaurant a sought-after destination for food enthusiasts.

  • Dill Restaurant in Reykjavík - celebrated for its innovative approach to New Nordic cuisine. Its commitment to sustainability and its reputation as Iceland's first Michelin-starred restaurant make Dill a destination of choice for those seeking an extraordinary gastronomic experience.

  • Slippurinn on the Westman Islands - Housed in a former machine workshop, Slippurinn's menu draws inspiration from the island's seafood-rich surroundings and heritage, offering diners a memorable dining experience with a focus on authenticity and innovation.


ÓX Restaurant

Tribù Customizable Iceland Itinerary

Tribù works hand-in-hand with a company in Iceland to create tailor-made experiences. The itineraries we dream up for you wouldn't be possible without the passionate local guides that run all the guided tours, and the vetted activities, hotels, drivers, and vehicles that assure quality and safety. This also means that when you travel with Tribù to Iceland, you have real support on the ground if/when you need it.


Get a more day-to-day feel by clicking the button below to an Iceland sample itinerary. Featured in the itinerary is a stay at 3 stunning properties, private transfers, private adventurous touring, and some time for rest & relaxation.




 

You heard it here—there isn't a bad time to head to Iceland! Let us help you bring your Iceland dreams to life. Email us at info@tributravel.com.



 


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