Tipping in Iceland: Tour Guide Edition
Iceland is a popular destination for international tourists, with more than 2.3 million foreigners visiting each year. The busiest time of year for tourism is in the summer months from June through August, but Iceland has much to offer year-round. Popular highlights are the Northern Lights, hot springs including the Blue Lagoon but many others that are equally nice, whale watching tours, geysers, otherworldly landscapes, so many waterfalls that you will lose track of them, lave caves, ice caves, glaciers and glacial lagoons, snowmobiling, ATV tours, hikes, walks, and birdwatching. It’s a beautiful, special place that you’re sure to enjoy, no matter when you visit.
Many tourists who visit go on at least one tour activity while in Iceland. Whether you visit the geysers, see the whales, explore an ice cave, or take a boat ride through a glacial lagoon as part of a tour, you will want to know if the local tipping etiquette says you should tip the tour guides or not.
Do You Tip Tour Guides In Iceland?
No, you do not need to tip your tour guide in Iceland. This is because there is not a tipping culture in Iceland. That said, some foreigners do tip, either for exceptional service or because they weren’t sure if they should or not.
That said, your tour guide will appreciate your tips, even if they are surprised to receive one. Iceland has had a tourism surge and visitors from countries with strong tipping cultures are among the top nationalities represented. As a result, more and more people have begun to tip tour guides so you’re unlikely to encounter awkwardness or uncomfortable on the part of the tour guide receiving your tip. Times change. Just a few years ago, it would have been common for the tour guide to politely decline your tip or be in a state of shock to receive one.
How Much Should I Tip a Tour Guide In Iceland?
Keeping in mind that tipping your tour guide is not required or expected, feel free to leave up to 5% of the tour cost for good service but not more. Your small change will also be appreciated.
There are some tipping guides out there suggesting tips up to 10%, but this is excessive considering that tipping in Iceland is not customary. Your tour guide receives a good wage in Iceland regardless that’s based on not receiving tips.
How Should I Leave Our Tour Guide The Tip?
If you want to leave a tip to your tour guide, you should tip in cash at the end of the tour. Tipping in Icelandic Krona is best but other currencies will also be accepted.