Ísafold Travel

Ísafold Travel is a licensed tour operator and destination management company in Iceland, founded in 1997. With our 20th anniversary coming up in 2017 we are committed to continue to provide unforgettable Highland tours in Iceland, for groups and individual travelers.

During the past two decades ,we had the privilege to explore in detail the beautiful nature of Iceland, taking away valuable lessons on how to operate tours in the Icelandic Highlands. We have built a network of hundreds of service providers including expert guides, we have trained our own staff in the field, set up base camps in the Highlands and acquired the largest fleet of Land Rover Defenders in Iceland, all of which enables us to operate tours to all corners of Iceland, all year round.  If you wish to experience the best hidden, hard-to-reach places in Iceland, we will get you there!

Ísafold Travel is committed to conduct its business and day to day operations in a sustainable way. We emphasize caution and care for the natural environment and we respect the culture, history and background of the people we engage with through our business. Ísafold Travel has worked hard on maintaining long standing mutually beneficial relationships with its customers, co-workers, suppliers and contractors for two decades. It is our mission to be in business for decades to come and to do so we feel it is important to respect our land, our business partners, customers, employees and our community.

Featured trips & expertise

Iceland Off The Beaten Path: A 10-day Escape to the West and North

This example driving itinerary is great for the summer when the crowds of the south coast and golden circle area are at their peak and accommodation can be hard to find. Instead, escape to the more remote areas of the country to experience some of the best that Iceland has to offer, with few other people to share it with.

Volcanic Landscapes of Landmannalaugar in the Iceland Highlands
Iceland’s Highlands: The Ultimate Guide to Getting off the Beaten Path

Iceland’s interior is by far its most rugged area. The terrain can be tough, and the F-roads are only accessible by jeeps with 4WD (in Winter, only by modified “super jeeps”). But the increased difficulty level means you will have the place to yourself, as few tourists reach the highlands. Here you will find some of the best hiking destinations: the red and orange volcanic landscapes at Landmannalaugar, strange canyons and other-worldly landscapes at þórsmörk (Thorsmork, “Thor’s Valley”), and some of the top geothermal areas at Hveradalir Geothermal Area where you can wander through the hills walking past steam vents and mud pools.

How Many Days Should You Spend in Iceland?

You can have an epic Iceland experience when you spend 5 days or more in Iceland. Shorter trips are possible but won’t give you enough time to really explore beyond the Reykjavik area and the western section of the South Coast. Starting at 8 days or more you can complete the famous ring road and experience Iceland’s natural beauty in all its glory, seeing incredible sights most tourists miss, like Godafoss Waterfall, the unique volcanic hotspots surrounding Lake Myvatn and the Westfjords.

2-Week Ring Road Self-Drive Itinerary: Highlights of Iceland and the Remote Westfjords

With 2 weeks in Iceland, you can complete the entire ring road and add some great detours. This grand tour will take you to all the best places giving you plenty of time to hike, explore, and soak it all in. This 14-day itinerary covers all the major regions except the highlands, which you can see with a couple more days or by spending less time in some of the areas below.

Recent Trip Reviews for Ísafold Travel

Island trip, Iceland - Sep 9 - Sep 15, 2017

Traveler: William T. - Local specialist: Edda Sigurðardóttir

No orientation. Voucher incorrect for Arcanum ATV tour at Vik. GPS waypoint incorrect for dropping off the rental car. Hotel reservation incorrect Day 4.

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2-week ring road self-drive itinerary: highlights of iceland and the remote westfjords, Iceland - Jun 14 - Jun 26, 2017

Traveler: julia d. - Local specialist: Edda Sigurðardóttir

It seemed to be an excessive amount of emails back and forth to get things settled.

It was a huge relief to have Edda plan our trip. The route, plan, and hotels were terrific. It would have been nice to have seen the details before we arrived in Iceland.

Iceland trip, Iceland - Aug 7 - Aug 13, 2017

Traveler: Patricia K. - Local specialist: Edda Sigurðardóttir

Of course we had a wonderful time. The difficulties we had were 1. connecting with Ben after we arrived in Iceland. He didn't answer his phone, so we had to use the emergency phone number. 2. Enterprise Car Rental gave us a car which had two very worn rear wheels. We had a flat tire on the rear right side. We had to take the car to a mechanic, who said that the rear tires were illegal in Iceland and unsafe to drive on which is why we had the flat tire. This took time out of our trip, which... read more

Of course we had a wonderful time. The difficulties we had were 1. connecting with Ben after we arrived in Iceland. He didn't answer his phone, so we had to use the emergency phone number. 2. Enterprise Car Rental gave us a car which had two very worn rear wheels. We had a flat tire on the rear right side. We had to take the car to a mechanic, who said that the rear tires were illegal in Iceland and unsafe to drive on which is why we had the flat tire. This took time out of our trip, which was a disappointment. 3. We were promised that Heimir (sp?) would pick us up from Enterprise Rental when we returned our rental car and would drive us to our hotel. He had to back up of this agreement due to a delayed plane flight at the airport, so we were stuck. I asked him how I was supposed to return the GPS and he told us to leave our GPS with Grayline counter at the bus terminal when we were heading to the airport, but Grayline was not happy about this.

Gail

2-week ring road self-drive itinerary: highlights of iceland and the remote westfjords, Iceland - Jun 14 - Jun 26, 2017

Traveler: Gail D. - Local specialist: Edda Sigurðardóttir

Our trip to Iceland was great! I had no idea that the landscape would vary so much in the different regions - it is amazing. I loved the fact that every day we would have different experiences - waterfalls, glaciers, geysers, geothermal pools, cliffs, beaches, whales, birds, horses, I could go on... We really enjoyed trying to find all the "hidden" nature baths too.

My only complaint was that a more detailed printed itinerary would have been useful (or at least a more detailed paper map in... read more

Our trip to Iceland was great! I had no idea that the landscape would vary so much in the different regions - it is amazing. I loved the fact that every day we would have different experiences - waterfalls, glaciers, geysers, geothermal pools, cliffs, beaches, whales, birds, horses, I could go on... We really enjoyed trying to find all the "hidden" nature baths too.

My only complaint was that a more detailed printed itinerary would have been useful (or at least a more detailed paper map in the booklet). Our GPS wasn't working properly so we ended up not using it. Since all of the stops were marked on the GPS, it was hard to plan our days without having to look up all of the sights listed briefly in the itinerary to see where they were on the map and how to get there (the detours etc). Otherwise, we had a splendid time bouncing along in our Defender ;-).

Everyone was terrific!

Iceland 2017, Iceland - Jun 18 - Jun 25, 2017

Traveler: rob e. - Local specialist: Inga Fanney (Isafold)

Thank you for connecting us with Inga. She planned every detail perfectly including the weather. The trekking was incredible!

Inga was patient, kind and very knowledgeable. And she was quite an inspiration to my daughter and niece. To top it all off the food was fantastic and exceeded all our expectations.