10 Day Itinerary | Ring Road Circle of Iceland & Reykjavik

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Tour ends
Keflavík Airport, Flexible
Duration:
10 days
Languages:
English
Difficulty:
Easy
Available:
Apr. - Aug.
Minimum age:
10 years old

Join this tour for 10 days of adventure and travel the whole circle of Iceland, including the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, while joining in the most popular outdoor activities. Those looking to experience Icelandic nature, culture, history and adventure should not let this opportunity pass them by.

Prior to your arrival, all accommodations, transportation and activities will be sorted out for you, so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy the ride. You will have a small-group minibus adventure around the country as well as free time in the Nordic capital Reykjavík, with a myriad of optional activities to spice up your itinerary.

You'll use the Ring Road to take a full circuit around Iceland, from the world-famous Blue Lagoon and Golden Circle to the crown jewels of Iceland's natural wonders - Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, Dettifoss waterfall, and the black sand beach Reynisfjara. You'll drive through vast lava fields on your way to the remote Eastfjords and the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and pass verdant farmlands as you travel the South Coast and the North.

You will also have the opportunity to see some of Iceland's most exciting wildlife, including whales, dolphins and seals, and take part in a glacier hike. It should go without saying that the landscapes, be they glaciers, rugged coastlines or mountain peaks, will leave you in awe for years to come.

So don't delay any longer! Hurry now and you too can experience the best that Iceland has to offer with this thrilling 10-day tour around the country. Check availability by choosing a date. 

Included

8-day small group guided tour of Iceland, travelling around the ring route
7 nights of accommodation in country hotels with breakfast included and a private bathroom
2 nights of accommodation in Reykjavik (different levels available; breakfast not included for Super Budget or Budget levels; breakfast included for Comfort and Quality levels; more detailed info below)
Return transfer between Keflavik international airport and Reykjavik city
Detailed Itinerary with fun and practical information on the nature, history and culture of Iceland
Hands-on travel agent to oversee your itinerary
Taxes
Efstidalur farm - Ice cream at a local farm
Glacier hike in Skaftafell
Admission to Auðuns rock collection - Djúpavogur
Admission, coffee and waffle at Kaffi Kú
Goat farm admission and guidance

Activities

Glacier Hiking
Super Jeep
Whale Watching
Sightseeing
Boat Trip
Hot Spring Bathing
Cultural Activity
Helicopter
Ice Caving

Attractions

Blue Lagoon
Golden Circle
West Iceland
Reykjavík
Akureyri
Jökulsárlón
Vatnajökull
Mývatn
Dimmuborgir
Húsavík
Goðafoss
Dettifoss
Snæfellsjökull
Skógafoss
Seljalandsfoss
Geysir
Gullfoss
Eyjafjallajökull
Þingvellir
Hraunfossar
Strokkur
Snæfellsnes
Reykjanes
Hvalfjörður
Sólheimajökull
Hvannadalshnúkur
Mýrdalsjökull
Skaftafell
Borgarfjörður
Þríhnúkagígur
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Hellnar
Reykholt
Borgarnes
Barnafoss
Arnarstapi
Vík í Mýrdal
Kirkjufell
Reynisdrangar
Hvítserkur
Myvatn Nature Baths
Námaskarð
Djúpalónssandur
Ytri Tunga Beach
South Coast
Diamond Beach
Ring Road
East Fjords
Diamond Circle

Daily itinerary

Day 1
The majestic Hallgrímskirkja church in Reykjavík bathed in the warm glow of the midnight sun

Welcome to Iceland!

Now your adventure starts!

After collecting your bags, you'll board a bus go out to the dark lava fields of the Reykjanes Peninsula. You'll travel through this lunar-like landscape on your way to Iceland's vibrant capital, Reykjavík.

On your way to Iceland’s capital city, you could choose to make a stop at the Blue Lagoon. This world-renowned spa is known for its healing waters, vivid azure colours and luxurious treatments. It is located in the middle of a moss-covered lava field, giving it an otherworldly atmosphere. If you add the Blue Lagoon it will be arranged according to your flights. If there is no time to visit the lagoon today it can be added to another day, your travel consultant will be able to arrange this for you. There is still plenty to see and do in Reykjavik if you have extra free time.

When you arrive into the city, the downtown area will greet you with its many restaurants and cafés to entertain you on your first night in the northernmost capital in the world.

Do a little exploring if you are not too tired, and let the Midnight Sun light up the evening. You can see Hallgrímskirkja church, Harpa Concert Hall, and the Parliament building among other great locations.

Day 2
The impressive erupting hot spring geyser at Geysir geothermal park is one of three main attractions on the Golden Circle route.

Golden Circle

It’s the first real day of adventuring outside of the city. Your guide will pick you up in the morning and take you to the first stop on your 8-day adventure; the world-famous Golden Circle sightseeing route.

You'll begin at Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site beloved by travellers and locals alike for two main reasons. First, the area has a captivating history as this is where Viking settlers formed Alþingi in 930 AD, the world’s first democratically elected parliament.

The second reason falls down to the area’s geology. Þingvellir is located in the rift valley, nestled between two tectonic plates, both of which can be observed up close as you make your way through Almannagjá gorge.

For some extra adventure today you could choose to go snorkelling in a dry suit between continents. In Þinvellir National Park there is a point where the Eurasian and North American Tectonic Plates meet, this is called the Silfra Fissure. Silfra is a deep crevasse filled with crystal clear glacier water that has been filtered through lava rock for over a century. The result is an incredible snorkelling experience with visibility of up to 100 metres.

After your time at Þingvellir is over, you will discover the magnificent Geysir geothermal area. The region is known for the geyser, Strokkur, which routinely erupts every five minutes or so, shooting enormous jets of water high into the air. You will also find steaming fumaroles and colourful hot springs dotted around.

The final stop of the Golden Circle is Gullfoss, one of the most beautiful and dramatic waterfalls in the whole of Iceland. Here, you'll see glacier water plunge down into an ancient canyon with tremendous force, it is quite the sight.

You will also make a stop at Efstidalur Farm. This family-owned attraction is a working dairy farm and boasts some of the freshest and most delicious ice creams you will ever taste, made with milk straight from the farm.

Your accommodation for the evening will be close to the Golden Circle area.

Day 3
The black sands of Iceland's South Coast meet the Midnight Sun.

South Coast

The third day of this exciting excursion sees you travelling along the South Coast. It is one of Iceland’s most popular sightseeing route, due in large part to the fact that the area is so characterised by its rugged coastlines, distant mountain peaks, rolling hillsides and cascading waterfalls.

Throughout your time on the South Coast, you will be privy to Eyjafjallajökull, the stratovolcano famous for its violent 2010 eruption. Your first stop of the day will be the wonderful Seljalandsfoss waterfall characterised by the large cavern that sits behind the water which allows visitors to see the falls from behind the falling spring water.

Your next stop will be at Skógafoss, one of the country’s most beautiful waterfalls with its giant, 60-metre high curtain of falling water. On sunny days it's often possible to see rainbows at this impressive natural feature.

You could also choose to visit an ice cave today. Ice caves are an incredible natural wonder that will transport you into an almost crystal palace of icy walls marbled in white and blues.

You will also visit the Dyraholaey Sea Arch, a rocky promenade that stretches out from the mainland of the south coast into the sea. From here you will get a great few of the surrounding landscape.

Another stop you will make is at Reynisfjara black sand beach, known for its jet-black volcanic sand, strange rock formations and the iconic basalt stack, Reynisdrangar, which folklore dictates is the petrified remains of an ancient troll, frozen in the sunlight.

You will spend your night near the little village of Vík.

Day 4
Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon painted in pink colours from the midnight sun.

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Back on the road! You will race across the magnificent black sand desert, Sólheimassandur to reach your first destination of the day, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. This stunning natural feature is often called “The Crown Jewel of Iceland” and once you have been there, you will understand why.

Icebergs of various sizes and shades of white and brilliant blues gently float through the lagoon on their journey to the sea. Seals live in the area and it’s often possible to see them in the water, playing amongst their icy neighbours.

If you're visiting from May, you can join the seals on the water on a boat tour! Take an Amphibian adventure in which you board a large vessel that is capable of driving into the water. This is a great option for families and larger groups. There are only a limited number of vessels allowed on the water each day and these tours regularly sell out so don’t miss your chance to explore this brilliant location properly.

Once you have fully taken in the magic of Jökulsárlón, you have the opportunity to walk among the ice on the legendary Diamond Beach where the icebergs sometimes wash up on shore. Marvel at the crystal clear ice standing in sharp contrast to the black sand on the beach.

Today you will also take in the Skaftafell Nature Reserve, a beautiful part of the country that sits within Vatnajökull National Park. From here you will go on a glacier hike. You will be fitted with all the necessary gear and taken up on to of the icy slopes to see the incredible views from on top of a glacier.

You will spend the evening at accommodation not far from the lagoon.

Day 5
The remote and far flung Eastfjords will have you captivated by their astonishing beauty.

Eastfjords

Today you will be exploring the wild and remote Eastfjords. This part of the country is known for its quiet fishing villages and winding mountain roads.

On this day, your local guide will make stops at some of his favourite locations. These can include scenic sights such as dramatic beaches or small, idyllic little towns. Gorgeous mountain views will have you mesmerised throughout the day as you wind along towards the capital of the East, Egilsstaðir.

Before you reach your accommodation for the evening, you will pass the largest forest in Iceland, Hallormsstaðaskógur, a national treasure in a mostly treeless country. Close by is Lake Lagarfljót which is rumoured to be inhabited by a giant beast, not too dissimilar to Scotland’s Loch Ness.

Along the way today you will also make a stop at Auðuns Rock Collection. This well-maintained collection of beautifully cut stones and gems of the area is a unique attraction.

You will also have the option of going on a tour of a local brewery in Egilsstaðir. Here you will be able to learn about how the master brewers use local ingredients to create the perfect Icelandic pint.

This evening you can get to know the charming town of Egilsstaðir and go for an evening stroll in the Midnight Sun.

Day 6
Dettifoss waterfall is the most powerful waterfall in Europe and it never fails to impress.

Dettifoss, Myvatn & Akureyri

Your sixth day in the country has a ferocious treat in store for you! The magnificent Dettifoss waterfall is the most powerful in Europe and is truly a sight to behold. For its size, it has been nicknamed ‘The Beast’ and it's possible to see the enormous spray it sends up from far across the gnarled and rocky world of Jökulsárglúfur canyon.

Your next stop will be the lush and rocky Ásbyrgi canyon which is shaped like a horseshoe. The legend goes that this great valley was formed and given its unique shape by Odin’s 8-legged horse, Sleipnir stamping down on the earth.

Following the coastline, you will pay a visit to the sleepy town of Húsavík which boasts pretty multi-coloured houses, an enchanting harbour and a striking wooden church.

Moving on, you will carry on to Lake Mývatn (‘Fly Lake’) named after the small flies that call it home. The area surrounding Lake Mývatn is home to many beautiful natural features and it is especially geothermally active. There’s perhaps no better spot to see these processes than at Námskarð Pass where mud puddles boil and bubble and fumaroles steam endlessly.

You can really get a feel for the area by choosing to immerse yourself in the revitalising waters of Mývatn Nature Baths which are geothermally heated and guaranteed to lead to immediate relaxation.

You will then venture to another spectacular waterfall, Goðafoss. This fall’s name means ‘The Waterfall of the Gods.’ It was here, around 900 AD when the Viking Chieftan, threw his pagan idols into the mighty fall of water to symbolise that Iceland was converting to Christianity.

You will then make your way to the ‘Capital of the North,’ Akureyri, where you will rest for the night.

Day 7
Godafoss waterfall can be found close to the town of Akureyri, the capital in the north.

The Road to Borganes

You will start your seventh day by leaving the Idyllic town of Akureyri.On your way, you will make a stop at the cosy Kaffi Ku, where you can grab a bite or drink as you take in the gorgeous surroundings.

You will then head southwest. Your first stop will be the picturesque town of Hauganes. This is a great place to go for a walk and take in the local sights.You can also add some extra special adventure or relaxation to your day from here. You could choose to go on a whale-watching tour. You will hop on a boat and make your way out into the waters of the North for a chance to spot these gentle giants.

You will then head further south to the Hvítserkur area. This place is home to the majestic Hvítserkur rock formation. It juts out from the sea creating incredible imagery that will give you envy-inducing photos.

You will then head to your accommodation for the evening in the Borgarnes area where you can rest and be ready for more adventure tomorrow.

Day 8
This sea arch at Hellnar is mesmerising and a photographer's favourite.

West Iceland

You will now start an incredible journey into the West of Iceland.

Your day will start after you leave Borganes. You will then stop in the Reykjoltsdalur Valley. This otherworldly landscape shows the true geothermal force that has shaped Iceland. It is here you will find Europes most powerful hot spring Deildartungahver.

Today you will also make a visit to the Krauma Spa, a geothermal bath in the west. This attraction allows you to soak and relax as you take in the views around you.

You will also visit a goat farm. This might not be something you expect in Iceland but goat farming is in fact somewhat thriving here.

You will then travel to the historic town of Reykholt. Reykholt was the home of a noted Icelandic poet, lawspeaker and historian called Snorri Sturlason. Snorri was instrumental in recording the history of Iceland and his work is well known for preserving the stories of Old Norse Mythology.

You will then visit two waterfalls. The first, Hraunfossar is the result of underground water that has soaked through the pores of lava rock over time. The second, Barnafoss makes its way through a gorge creating impressive rapids.

If you want some added adventure to your day, you can choose to go on a horse riding tour. The Icelandic horse is well-known for it’s lovely temperament and sturdy build, making it perfect for riders of all ages. You will be able to take in the Icelandic countryside in this experience in a whole new way.

You will then return to your accommodation and rest, ready for a day on the magical Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

Day 9
Kirkjufell is Iceland's most photographed mountain and it's easy to see why.

The Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Your final day exploring the Icelandic countryside will see you visiting the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, known as “Iceland in Miniature” thanks to its wealth of different natural attractions. The glacial stratovolcano, Snæfellsjökull, rests at the peninsula’s tip and avid readers will recognise this glacier as the entrance point to a subterranean world in Jules Verne’s novel “Journey To The Centre of The Earth. ”

Your first stop of the day will be the most photographed mountain in Iceland, Kirkjufell. The feature was used in HBO’s Game of Thrones as “the mountain like an arrowhead”, as pointed out by the Hound.

Next up is the black pebble beach of Djúpalónssandur where you can test your strength in traditional Icelandic manner; four large boulders here are called “the Lifting Stones”, and were utilised by ancient fisherman to suss out one’s suitability to ocean life.

Should you wish to add further adventure to your day, you can opt to visit Vatnshellir cave, one of Iceland's largest structures of this kind. Live your own Journey to the Centre of the Earth and explore the fascinating wonders waiting below.

Travel the coast further, you will pass the historic settlements of Arnarstapi and Hellnar. This area is known for its stunning geography, culminating with the Lóndrangar basalt columns, towering over the ocean.

Then, your time on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula will come to a close, after which you will make your way back to Reykjavík and your accommodation for the night.

Day 10
The lights of downtown Reykjavík mirrored in serene waters

Farwell to Iceland

It's your final day in the country and its time to say goodbye. For those who have a later flight and choose to visit the Blue Lagoon today, you will finish off your stay unwinding before you head to the airport. This is the perfect place to relax as you bathe in the warm, mineral-rich waters as you look back on the incredible adventure you have just taken in the land of fire and ice. If your flight is later there are plenty of things to do in Reykjavik. If you have an early flight back home, we wish you a pleasant journey.

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What to bring

Warm wind- and waterproof clothing
Good outdoor shoes
Swimsuit and a towel
Camera

Good to know

Customers travelling on their own will be given a single room. Reservations for 2 people will be allocated a double room. For bookings of 3 or more, triple rooms will automatically be allocated. For example, a group of 8 will receive 2 triple rooms and 1 double. If these arrangements do not meet your requirements, please contact the provider.

It can happen, in the case of extreme weather, that an activity is cancelled. If your chosen activity is cancelled, we will assist you with rearranging or booking other activities when possible, and any potential price difference will be refunded to you.

Accommodation in Reykjavik

See our accommodation levels below and our preferred accommodation partners under each day in the daily itinerary. Super budget level accommodations will be arranged in hostel dorm beds. For budget and comfort levels, bookings for one person will be arranged in single rooms, and bookings for two or more people will share a twin/double or triple room(s). For quality level, odd number groups will always be allocated a single room. If you are travelling in a group, but prefer a single room, please make separate bookings. Teenagers and children will be arranged in the same room with parents. If additional room(s) is needed, additional costs will incur. For multi-day guided tours, accommodation cannot be upgraded and the levels below do not apply. Guide to Iceland will provide you with the best available accommodation at the time of your booking from our preferred partners. If our preferred partners are fully booked at the time of your booking, we will find another suitable accommodation for you of similar level. We always do our best to accommodate special requests, which may incur additional costs. Press choose a date to find availability.

Super Budget

Dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels, such as HI Hostels. Located in the capital region. Breakfast is not included.

Budget

Private rooms with shared bathroom in guesthouses or hostels such as Capital Inn Guesthouse. Located in the capital region. Breakfast is not included.

Comfort

Rooms with a private bathroom at three-star hotels such as Hótel Klettur, or quality guesthouses. Located in the city center or in close vicinity. Breakfast is included.

Quality

Rooms at four-star design hotels in the city center with a private bathroom at the absolute best locations downtown such as Hotel Alda. Breakfast is included.

Meals

You can now add meals to your booking. Select to include dinner on every night as an optional extra, and we will provide you with vouchers as part of your booking confirmation. We will choose from top-rated restaurants that fit with your vacation itinerary and make your reservations for you. At the restaurant, you will be offered a set menu, from which you can choose from meat, fish or vegetarian options. If you would prefer something else, the voucher will act as a credit that you can redeem at the restaurant against menu items that are not part of the set menu. Please notify the restaurant on arrival about any dietary requirements. Vouchers are non-refundable.

Cancellation Insurance

This insurance guarantees that you can cancel tour and package bookings and receive a full refund, minus the insurance cost. The cost of your cancellation insurance depends on the duration of your tour or package. A base cost of 5,000 ISK per person is applied to all tours and packages with a duration of 5 days or less. An additional 1,000 ISK per person will be added to the insurance cost for each day after. The cancellation must be made more than 48 hours before the listed starting time on your voucher. To cancel your booking and claim your refund, simply contact info@guidetoiceland.is and declare full cancellation. Please note that this insurance covers the cancellation of the whole tour or package. Individual services cannot be cancelled and refunded separately, but are all covered and refunded in case of a full cancellation.

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