10 Day Itinerary | Ring Road Circle of Iceland & Reykjavik

10 Day Itinerary | Ring Road Circle of Iceland & Reykjavik
Icebergs shimmering in the sunlight on the dark sand's of the Diamond Beach in South Iceland.
Icebergs floating on the serene Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon in the fading sunlight
Waves crashing on icebergs on the shore of the Diamond Beach
Northern Iceland's Hvítserkur rock in the glowing light of the midnight sun
On a tour of the Golden Circle, you'll see Strokkur, the erupting hot spring at Geysir geothermal area.
The turquoise colours of the waters in Silfra fissure in Þingvellir National Park are spectacular.
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Join this tour for 10 days of adventure to see as much of Iceland as possible while joining in the most popular outdoor activities to feel and touch Iceland in a unique way. You will have an intimate minibus adventure around the country as well as two full days of free time in the Nordic capital Reykjavik, 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, as well as Mývatn and Dettifoss waterfall in the north, and the black sand beach Reynisfjara near the fishing village of Vík.

The circle trip starts in Reykjavík, then heads out to the Golden Circle. The next stop is the south coast and the Vatnajökull National Park where you will join a glacier hike. The tour continues up the whole eastern seaboard and inland to the gorgeous Lake Mývatn.

From there you'll cross over to Akureyri and get to know the unusual places at Tröllaskagi peninsula before heading to the lovely Borgarfjörður area for some relaxation and amazing lava fields and waterfalls. To end a grand circle, you'll then visit the Blue Lagoon to relax after your journey.

This package offers you a hassle-free yet exciting and action-packed vacation. You will be accompanied by a driver and a guide for the entire 6 days around the country before you take some personal time in Reykjavik to do what you like. Many additional adventures await. 

Go horseback riding on the famous Icelandic horse (its smooth gait must be experienced to be believed!), go whale watching or take a helicopter tour, sending you flying high over the city! You could even opt for more exploring and do a day tour to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula or the highlands in the summer time!

We are happy to sort out the boring details such as airport transfer and accommodation: you need only choose what you like, and leave the rest to us.

Due to high demand and limited availability, book now and hit the road in Iceland to see it all this summer! Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Apr. - Sep.
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Hiking, Super Jeep, Whale Watching, Sightseeing, Boat Trip, Hot Spring Bathing, Cultural Activity, Helicopter, Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 12 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, West Iceland , Highlands, Reykjavík, Akureyri, Jökulsárlón, Vatnajökull, Mývatn, Dimmuborgir, Dettifoss, Landmannalaugar, Snæfellsjökull, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Þingvellir, Hraunfossar, Snæfellsnes, Reykjanes, Hvalfjörður, Hvannadalshnúkur, Skaftafell, Borgarfjörður, Þríhnúkagígur, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Hellnar, Reykholt, Borgarnes, Barnafoss, Arnarstapi, Vík í Mýrdal, Egilsstaðir, Siglufjörður, Kirkjufell, Dalvík, Reynisdrangar, Námaskarð, Lagarfljót, Svínafellsjökull, Djúpalónssandur, Tröllaskagi, South Coast, Diamond Beach, Ring Road, Eastfjords , Súlur
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : Flexible

  • 4 nights of accommodation in Reykjavik (different levels available; breakfast not included for Super Budget or Budget level; breakfast included for Comfort and Quality levels; more detailed info below)

  • Airport transfer on arrival/departure

  • 6 full days of circle trip around Iceland's Ring Road in a minibus with English guidance

  • 5 nights of accommodation in the countryside (double rooms in country hotels with private bathrooms and breakfast)

  • Glacier Hiking (south coast)

  • Whale Watching tour at Dalvík

  • Blue Lagoon comfort entrance (upgrade to premium level available) and return transfer

  • Hands-on travel agent to oversee your itinerary

  • Taxes

  • Lunch and dinner

  • Flights

What to bring:
  • Camera

  • Warm outdoor clothes

  • Swim suit

  • Hiking shoes

Good to know:

Although it is summertime, the Icelandic weather can be very unpredictable. Please bring appropriate clothing. Please be aware that your itinerary may have to be rearranged to fit your arrival date and time better.

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Iceland!

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

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.

When you arrive in 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 the Hallgrímskirkja church, Harpa Concert Hall, and the Parliament building among other great locations.

Day 2 - Golden Circle and the South

The beautiful Öxarárfoss in Þingvellir National Park flows over the Almannagjá gorge which marks the eastern boundary of the North American Plate.

Today, you'll embark on a six-day-long journey around the country with our experienced guides. The first stops are the three most famous sites in Iceland: Þingvellir National Park, the geysers at Haukadalur and Gullfoss waterfall.

Þingvellir National Park is of great importance to both Icelanders and the world at large. Icelanders founded the first democratic parliament here more than a thousand years ago. This is also where the tectonic plates of Europe and America meet, forging deep crevasses and canyons surrounded by lava that burst forth when the crust gave way to the power that moves underneath.

Next stop is the Haukadalur Valley, filled with the history of our famous sagas, but also the home of the geysers. The king is, of course, the Great Geysir, from which the other geysers in the world derive their name. The crown prince Strokkur erupts every five to ten minutes, reaching a height of 30 m (66 ft), though it has been known to hurl water as high as 60 meters (197 ft) in the air!

The last stop of the day is the "Golden Waterfall," Gullfoss. More than 30 m (100 ft) high, the two-tiered waterfall hurls icy water from the river Hvítá with astounding power. Those who stand too close are often drenched with the water as droplets spray the rocks on the edge.

Then, you will head on along the south coast, visiting spectacular waterfalls and mountains, visiting Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss on your journey towards Vík. The small town stands by one of Iceland's most beloved black beaches, Reynisfjara, guarded by two rock-stack trolls; Reynisdrangar.

Day 3 - Skaftafell and Jökulsárlón

Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon painted in pink colours from the midnight sun

After greeting the coastline, you will head up into the heights. You will leave the south lowlands behind and travel into the Kingdom of the Vatnajökull glacier. In the Skaftafell National Park, you will meet up with your glacier guide. The experienced guide will gear you up with crampons, helmets, and ice axes, then take you on top of the Svínafellsjökull glacier tongue, part of the great Vatnajökull glacier, one of Europe's largest.

After a walk on thick ice, you will continue your journey, driving under Iceland's tallest mountain, Hvannadalshnjúkur in Öræfajökull glacier, before reaching the amazing Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. The deep waters are home to seals and birds, swimming among the massive icebergs that fall from the glacier above. The seals are very curious, so try and whistle, they might come and check on you!

In the evening, you will reach a lovely country hotel at the Vatnajokull National Park, where enormous icebergs float in the dark waters after breaking from the glacier above tremendous cracks of noise, loud enough to wake Loki in his underground chamber.

Day 4 - East Coast Northbound

A lonely building on the banks of Lake Lagarfljót in eastern Iceland

Leaving the south coast behind, you'll head north along the east coastline, traveling through the dramatic yet tranquil Eastfjords.

The Eastfjords were formed by the movement of mighty glaciers during the Ice Age. The coast is characterized by jagged peaks and steep mountainsides framing the deep, fertile valleys. Picturesque and idyllic fishing villages, zigzagging mountain roads are the theme of the day as you cross over fjords and small bays. There is an impressive variety of birdlife in the rich sea, filled with critters and creatures from the deep ocean.

All around are impressive and accessible hiking paths, small natural harbours and breathtaking views. At the end of the day, you will arrive in Egilstaðir, a short distance from the famous Lögurinn lake, where a great monster is said to live, bound in chains by ancient mages, according to local legends.

Your night will be spent in the town of Egilstaðir, the center of the eastern fjords.

Day 5 - Lake Mývatn and All Its Wonders

10 Day Itinerary | Ring Road Circle of Iceland & Reykjavik

Now it's time to go 'west over,' as the locals say, and head to the famous Lake Mývatn. This gorgeous site is a geological wonder, boasting hot mud springs, volcanoes and unusual lava formations with vast lava fields all in the same area.

This area is a mirror site to Þingvellir, a meeting place of tectonic plates, but with fewer tears in the land and instead more lava. Also, the gap here between the plates is small enough for you to stand with one leg in Europe and another in America at the same time!

You will see the lava formations at Dimmuborgir ("dark cities") which are rumoured to be the home of many mythical creatures, be it the Hidden People or the dwarves. At the Námaskarð geothermal site, locals bake bread by burying dough in metal boxes and let the geothermal activity handle the rest. You will also visit the waterfall Dettifoss, a mighty giant that rushes forth with extreme power, making it the most powerful waterfall in Europe.

Afterwards, you will head further west, visiting Akureyri, the 'Capital of the North.' Known for its culinary peculiarities and being a great skiing area, Akureyri nestles into a mountainside, under the high peak Súlur.

Day 6 - Whales and Trolls

10 Day Itinerary | Ring Road Circle of Iceland & Reykjavik

After a relaxing morning in Akureyri, you will visit the deep valleys and fjords of the Tröllaskagi - Troll Peninsula. The first stop is the fishing village Dalvík, at the opening of the Svarfaðardalur Valley.

There, you will hop on a boat and visit the inhabitants of the Eyjafjörður fjord: the whales. If the weather is nice and the conditions are right, you might even get the chance to do some sea angling!

Back on land, you will continue around the peninsula, exploring villages, mountains and fantastic views of the North Atlantic. A notable stop is Siglufjörður village, which has served both as an important location in the history of Icelandic herring industry, and as a filming location for multiple Nordic Noir films and television shows.

As you finish your journey around the peninsula and reach the Skagafjörður area, you'll be heading back to the south-west, spending the night in the Borgarfjörður area.

Day 7 - Borgarfjörður in all its Beauty

Hraunfossar waterfalls in West Iceland trickling down cliffs of dark lava

On this last day of your grand circle, you'll visit the beautiful Borgarfjörður area. Hidden gems are scattered around in the lava fields, ranging from a view of the glacier to amazing waterfalls Hraunfossar, appearing from under the lava fields and flowing into the river just below the Barnafoss falls.

Rich in both greenery and history, Bogarfjörður is also the home of many Sagas, and you will visit the seat of Snorri Sturluson. This is the writer who documented the Eddas and the Sagas of Icelanders during the Viking Age.

From there, it is time to return to the city, crossing under the Hvalfjörður bay and reaching Reykjavík by evening. Then you have the city all to yourself for the evening, to bask in the Nordic vibe among the colourful, corrugated iron houses.

Day 8 - Relaxation at the Blue Lagoon

After days of travelling, a relaxing soak in the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon is a welcomed activity

To kick off your day, it is time to visit the Blue Lagoon and get some well-deserved relaxation. You can spend the whole day there if you like!

The azure waters will surely re-energise your senses, and the silica mud will reinvigorate your skin. In the ink black lava fields of the Reykjanes peninsula, Blue Lagoon hides among moss topped-lava formations like an otherworldly oasis on the Reykjanes peninsula. The silica mud in the water is said to have exceptional healing properties for skin and also to promote muscle relaxation.

If you'd rather spend the day doing something more active, you can schedule your Blue Lagoon visit on either your arrival or departure day, and spend this day visiting some of the areas you have not yet discovered. 

You could take a day tour to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and discover the wealth of attractions that lie on this little 90 kilometre stretch of land. Snæfellsnes is often called 'Iceland in Miniature' as there you can find waterfalls, lava fields, black beaches and, of course, a mighty glacier.

You could otherwise visit the remote Highlands with a day tour to the geothermal area of Landmannalaugar. Hiking enthusiast will love this secluded area, and you can end your day of hiking with a dip in a natural hot spring.

Day 9 - Reykjavík, the City by the Bay

The architectural wonder Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavík City bathed in the rays of the midnight sun

After a great adventure around the country, it is now time to hit the city streets and get to know the capital. You will have a free day today, and endless options await.

Reykjavík might not be very big, but it's remarkably cosmopolitan for its size, offering a wide array of museums, restaurants and gourmet eateries. The natives are somewhat mad about their coffee, and the city sports the largest number of slow-roast gourmet cafés per capita in the world.

If the city streets do not hold your interest, we can make the day more active with various tours and trips that you can choose from. If you'd like to head up high, you could hop on a helicopter and see the amazing landscapes from above.

If you'd like to keep your feet planted on terra firma, you can take a sightseeing tour and visit the museums, learning about the history of Icelanders. For those more adventurous, Þríhnjúkagígur volcano awaits. Towering over the Reykjanes lava fields, this monster invites you to visit the now empty magma chamber in the heart of the volcano.

Whichever you choose, the day will most certainly be beautiful. You'll return to the city before the Midnight Sun colours the sky and spend the night in Reykjavík.

Day 10 - Farewell to Iceland

The lights of downtown Reykjavík mirrored in serene waters

Your last day in Iceland! We're sad to see you leave!

For a hassle-free end to your trip, we'll pick you up at your hotel and make sure you'll get to the airport safely before your flight.

If you have an afternoon departure, you can use the morning to visit the breakfast eateries, stores and interesting little boutiques that the city has to offer.

You could walk along the seaside to view the many art pieces or drink a cup of coffee under the glass dome of the Harpa Concert Hall before you head to Keflavik International Airport.

We hope to see you again!

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.


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


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.


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.

Cancellation Insurance

This insurance guarantees that you can cancel the booking of this package and receive a full refund, minus the insurance cost of 5,000 ISK per person. The cancellation must be made within a minimum of 48-hours before the listed starting time. To cancel your booking and claim your refund, simply contact our service desk by writing to info@guidetoiceland.is no later than 48-hours before departure and declare the cancellation. Please note that this insurance only covers the full cancellation of this entire package. It does not cover cancellations of individual activities and services within the package. The cost of the Cancellation Insurance is neither refundable nor transferable.


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