Mark and Jo are no strangers to globetrotting, having explored many gorgeous cities and unique corners of Europe, and Iceland has been on their minds for a while. Being avid travelers also means they have a solid grasp on how to piece together an itinerary (no easy feat!), but figuring out those smaller details such as tour times, transportation and accommodations, making sure all moving parts line up, can still be a headache.

We’re thrilled the pair reached out after hearing about Tenon Tours through another travel agent. Jo remarked on how accessible and easy it was to talk to one of our Personal Travel Specialists. After that first consultation call with us, we created a tour totally unique to the duo and continued tweaking until the itinerary was just right. 

The final tour was packed with adventures and sights they won’t soon forget. Mark and Jo would spend eight days in Iceland, starting in Borgarnes (the Ring Road) with a visit to a settlement center, then to the mighty waterfalls in Borgarfjörður. The next day would include time spent in the Snæfellsness peninsula—often called “Iceland in Miniature” because you see snippets of everything the country has to offer in one area: volcanic craters, lava fields, a glacier, waterfalls, fjords, hot springs, black sand beaches, meadows, even fishing villages with wooden houses. 

From there, they would travel through the iconic Golden Circle, a route that is home to several of the country’s many wonders: Thingvellir National park, Geysir Geothermal Area and Gullfoss waterfall—a trifecta of epic scenery on the grandest of scales. 

With a stunning itinerary loaded on their Tenon Tours app and passports in hand, they made the journey. The first thing that stood out when they landed? The sheer mystical feel of the scenery: 

“We were in awe of the otherworldly landscape that changed depending on the area you were traveling. The vastness of the valleys. The variations in the colors of the mountains, from charcoal black, to red, to green with lichen.”

When our team checked in on Mark and Jo during their tour, they were having an incredible time, marveling at the physical land and interacting with the locals. Jo mentioned that fellow travelers were friendly and the staff at their hotels were engaging and full of stories. Plus, the landscape, it seemed to them, was as much of a living, breathing entity as the rest of us. She listed off some favorites—and we know how hard choosing can be: 

“The varied landscape of the southern and western areas. The Northern Lights! The vast open valleys, rugged cliffed seashores, the lichen-covered lava fields, the different colors of the mountains, the many waterfalls along Utnesvegur Highway. Gullfoss, Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls. Gerouberg Cliffs. The friendly people. The incredible resourcefulness of the country in utilizing geothermal for hot water, greenhouses and electricity.” 

Thirteen favorites!

If you’re planning to explore Iceland yourself, make sure to try a few restaurants. According to Mark and Jo, the lamb and seafood are absolutely mouthwatering. 

To cap off the adventure, standing under the shimmering Northern Lights proved to be an utterly mesmerizing experience, giving them a profound sense of wonder and awe. Seeing such an incredible place, we think, can really remind you of the incredible beauty of the world.

As for their next adventure, Jo and Mark have their sights set on Poland and hope to return to Germany, Switzerland, Portugal and southern Spain in the future.

Mark and Jo, thank you for providing a window into your thoughts as you explored Iceland. There’s nothing better than seeing a destination right along with our travelers. We hope to explore together again soon.


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North & East Iceland Family Adventure

8 Days | 7 Nights
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This extraordinary itinerary focuses on the breathtaking North and the remote and wild East of Iceland. You will explore the most famous and popular sites, as well as hidden gems of the areas. Visit traditional fishing villages, explore volcanic landscapes, view thundering waterfalls and soak in the geothermal waters for which Iceland is famous!

Starting From $3,050 per person based on double occupancy
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Iceland Family Adventure: South & West Iceland

12 Days | 11 Nights

Have you ever walked behind a waterfall? Seen a glacier up close? Walked to the top of a volcano crater? All this, and more, is possible on this family-friendly adventure in Iceland!

Starting From $4,345 per person based on double occupancy

Southwest Iceland & Faroe Islands Adventure

9 Days | 8 Nights

Enjoy a flexible way to explore the breathtaking natural beauty of southwest Iceland, with volcanoes, glaciers, waterfalls, black sand beaches and UNESCO World Heritage sites. Then fly to the extraordinary Faroe Islands, an archipelago of 18 unspoiled islands in the North Atlantic with wild nature and rich cultural heritage. Faroe Islands translates directly to sheep islands! 

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Iceland's Ring Road & Golden Circle

9 Days | 8 Nights

Introduce yourself to this exciting country and explore the highlights of Iceland. You’ll experience the highlights such as Iceland’s legendary and scenic “Ring Road,” and traverse the magical Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Other highlights include the Golden Circle, Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, Lake Mývatn and Dettifoss waterfall, just to name a few.

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