ICELAND

ENDLESS HOT SPRINGS & ANCIENT VOLCANOES AWAIT THE GAY TRAVELLER.

The Lowdown

If you're hungry for an epic adventure, this pristine nation is a perfect place to explore. Capital city Reykjavik offers everything from eclectic nightlife to tantalizing Nordic cuisine. The countryside is a great place to spike your adrenaline by white water rafting, glacier trekking, or zipping on Zodiacs through glacial lagoons. And when you're ready to unwind in a natural hot tub, hundreds of geothermal zones await (you may even spot the Northern Lights).

Population: 309,000
Language: Icelandic
Currency: Icelandic Króna (ISK)
Time Zone: (GMT) Monrovia, Reykjavik
Electricity: C/E

The LGBT Factor

While the scene is small, and centred around Reykjavík, being gay or lesbian in Iceland is a complete non-issue (they've already had a lesbian prime minister). Since 2006, LGBT people have been able to legally adopt, and in 2010 same-sex marriage was legalized.

The Best Time to Visit

Believe it or not, Iceland is a great place to visit all year round. If you're after long days and midnight sunsets, head there during the summer solstice, when the sun rises only three hours after it sets (and it doesn't even get dark). If the Northern Lights are on your bucket list, visit in October or March, as it can be too cloudy from November through February. Temperature-wise, summer reaches a ‘balmy' 10-13C/50-55F, while winter hovers near the freezing mark.

The Shock Factor

Not much to shock you here! Tourism in Iceland is well-developed enough to afford many of the luxuries of home, nearly everyone speaks English, and the locals are outgoing and friendly. Your transportation may even have Wi-Fi!

Visas

A visa is not typically required for American, Australian, British and Canadian citizens travelling to Iceland for fewer than 90 days. There may be exceptions, and all visas are the responsibility of the traveller.

Vaccinations

Based on the entry requirements for Iceland, there are no vaccinations needed for entry. To determine if you should take preventative measures to reduce the risk of illness, you should consult your doctor or a travel medical clinic, as OUT Adventures cannot provide vaccination recommendations.

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REVIEWS

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Tim J.

Iceland: Countryside & Reykjavik Pride

Friendly and helpful Out Adventures staff before the trip , a great local guide, very good variety of activities, beautiful country

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 4/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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Damien R.

Iceland: Northern Lights & Essential Sights

Perfect short break to see a most spectacularly unique place. It has a bit of everything, adventure, relaxation and a bit of fun

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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Alvaro F.

Iceland: Northern Lights & Essential Sights

The trip was very well organized, excursion, accommodation, all planned to perfection.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 4/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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Tom C.

Iceland: Northern Lights & Essential Sights

Five days is a perfect amount of time to visit Iceland. I learned a lot about the country and its people. A tad expensive to eat and drink so plan on that.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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Bryon W.

Iceland: Northern Lights & Essential Sights

Very well organized. Everything is taken care of for you from start to finish.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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James H.

Iceland: Northern Lights & Essential Sights

Incredible scenery. Great place to visit, reasonable pace Wonderful fellow-travelers Great guide.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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Craig S.

Iceland: Countryside & Reykjavik Pride

Iceland is an absolutely beautiful country. A must see for any world traveler. OutAdventures made the trip run very smoothly and effectively and has done a great job finding a guide.

Also, I cannot give enough good praises for our guide Gudni. He is simply the best.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 4/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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Jorge C.

Iceland: Northern Lights & Essential Sights

Great time and experience. Beautiful country and very nice people.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 4/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 4/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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Brian S.

Iceland: Northern Lights & Essential Sights

Great itinerary. Fun group. Super easy way to book a vacation, that is guaranteed to have fun agenda. And the personal touches throughout the experience was great!

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 4/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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David D.

Iceland: Countryside & Reykjavik Pride

Not only does OutAdventures put together an ideal itinerary for visiting Iceland, but traveling with Gudni is like having an old friend show you around their home country with pride and a knowledge of the facts AND the people.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 4/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 4/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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Derrick B.

Iceland: Countryside & Reykjavik Pride

It is an amazing way to actually explore the country in a way that isn't just from a tour bus.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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Steve & JD

Iceland: Countryside & Reykjavik Pride

Well organized. All the details are taken care of for us. Fun group. Knowledgeable leader. Good value for the money.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 4/5

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Ron T.

Iceland: Countryside & Reykjavik Pride

Great way to experience the best of Iceland (mostly) outside of the usual tourist locations.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 4/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 4/5

MEALS RATING: 4/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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Brian Y.

Iceland: Countryside & Reykjavik Pride

Iceland is an amazing place and Out Adventures makes sure you'll have a gay time!

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 4/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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Mike

Iceland: Northern Lights & Essential Sights

As my second excursion with out adventures, I would tell my friends that it once again exceeded my expectations.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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Ian Z

Iceland: Countryside & Reykjavik Pride

The co-arrangements with the local groups made our trip exponentially better. We got VIP treatment at a large local event, had special unadvertised extras along the way and got to know people we ordinarily would have just been introduced to in passing. This was my second OUTAdventures tour and won't be my last.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 3/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 4/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 4/5

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Paul H

Iceland: Countryside & Reykjavik Pride

THIS was a tour I went on to appease my partner, I truly was nervous about an "active" adventure. Truth is it turned out to be a trip of a lifetime! Spectacular country with beautiful views, great tour guide, the other travelers were super, and a wonderful itinerary that, as an active one, wasn't so active that it wore me out! Our days were full and wonderful and I would definitely travel with OUT Adventures again. We are already planning our next trip!

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 5/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 5/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5

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Michael S

Iceland: Countryside & Reykjavik Pride

The trip far exceeded expectations. Every day's events were well planned yet flexible enough to accommodate for weather conditions (two excursions were switched to take advantage of this). Though clearly this is not something that can be done on all trips this demonstrates how important the customer experience is to Out Adventures. The guide was excellent and the destination amazing. Our experience was so positive we're already planning our next trip with Out Adventures.

ACCOMMODATION RATING: 4/5

TRANSPORTATION RATING: 5/5

MEALS RATING: 4/5

GUIDE RATING: 5/5