Who doesn’t remember reading Jules Verne’s “Journey to the Centre of the Earth”? Iceland, a swirling science lab of extraordinary magnitude, is relentlessly under the spell of nature. The island provides the most uncensored view of all that’s happening beneath the earth’s surface: the temperatures and the tension, the churning and the tearing apart.

Working in partnership with a local operator that has been tailor-making holidays in Iceland for 80 years, TravelLocal launches its unique programme to the land of fire and ice.

Langanes church in Iceland

Iceland’s dynamic character cannot fail to interest all ages: ice-covered volcanoes, rushing geysers, mighty mountains sliced by steaming glaciers, bubbling springs and oozing lava. The air is the crispest you’ll ever feel on your face. The colours and vistas are overwhelmingly wonderful.

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TravelLocal – the ‘buy local’ expert in tailor-made holidays – puts independent travellers in direct contact with tried-and-trusted travel companies in 40+ destinations around the world. Pioneering a new way to travel, TravelLocal not only enables travellers to access on-the-ground expertise directly from regional experts and ensures a much fairer deal for local suppliers, but also makes undiscovered gems more accessible to its UK customer-base via local know-how.

Of nine new itineraries offered by TravelLocal, here are three examples:

These can be tailored in any way to suit different interests and budgets.

Golden Circle
Ideal for a first foray in Iceland, this is a short and affordable self-drive trip taking you to many of Iceland’s Golden Circle star attractions. Be astounded by thundering waterfalls, gleaming glaciers and unearthly black beaches. Visit the Geysir geothermal area, where mud pools bubble, and UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park where the world’s oldest parliament met for centuries on the shores of Iceland’s largest lake.

From £890 pp (two sharing) for a five-day tour, including breakfast every day, transfers, excursions and the services of a local guide.*

Blue Lagoon

Winter Wonders and Delicious Detours
In the fascinating city of Reykjavik, as well as whale watching and basking in geothermal pools, a cooking lesson with professionals brings Iceland’s unique culinary culture to life. Driving yourself, head to the South Shore to explore black-sand beaches studded with icebergs, spectacular waterfalls, and a traditional cattle farm. The night skies will be filled with the mesmerising colours of the Northern Lights.

From £1,050 pp (two sharing) for a seven-day tour, including breakfast every day, transfers, excursions and the services of a local guide.*

Iceland’s Scenic Trails (group tour)
Join like-minded adventurers on this fantastic hiking tour, traversing some of Iceland’s wildest natural wonders, from the lesser-known sites such The Troll Peninsula to very well-known ones such as the mighty waterfall Godafoss. Led by an enthusiastic expert guide, with many a tale to tell, one particular stretch takes visitors through a lava rock canyon, ultimately leading to a hidden waterfall. The level of hikes is easy to moderate, suiting most with a basic level of fitness.

From £3,130 pp (two sharing) for a ten-day tour, including breakfast every day, some meals, transfers, excursions and the services of a local guide.*

* All of these quotes are based on two sharing. TravelLocal trips include transfers, excursions and the services of a local guide. Travel to the destination is not included, giving more flexibility and allowing customers to book their flights via points schemes if preferred.

For more information, call TravelLocal on +44 (0)117 325 7898 or visit www.travellocal.com to plan a tailor-made trip to suit your personal interests and to match your budget.‎