Discover the majesty of Iceland with this guided 10-day summer package circling the island's Ring Road to uncover its most beloved sites. This is the perfect opportunity for visitors looking to maximise their experience while travelling the diverse regions of Iceland.
Travelling along the Ring Road beneath the glowing Midnight Sun, you are destined to see such impressive sites including Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, Lake Mývatn, and the impressive Dettifoss waterfall. Given it is the summer, you will have plenty of daylight hours in which to immerse yourself in Iceland's nature, taking time to enjoy its many waterfalls, glaciers and mountains.
Aside from this, you will also have the opportunity to take part in extra adventures, including the likes of whale watching, horseback riding and even glacier hiking. You will also have the chance to unearth the west of Iceland and its diversity of natural attractions.
Included in this package is a 6-day tour around Iceland, led by an experienced driver and a professional guide, who will be sure to teach you about each attraction you visit. They may even take you to their favourite attractions, found off-the-beaten-path. All accommodation is also included, as well as transport to and from Keflavík International Airport.
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Welcome to Iceland!
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.
You will arrive in Iceland's vibrant capital, Reykjavík, where you will check in to your overnight accommodation. From there, you are free to head out and explore the city, getting a taste of its fantastic culture and iconic landmarks.
Today, you have the chance to get to grips with Reykjavík, as well as participate in added activities, if so desired. Those who did not visit the Blue Lagoon will have time to do so today; this activity comes with return transfer and is, again, available at both comfort and premium level.
For those content with sightseeing, one of the first stops should be Perlan Museum and Observation Deck, from where you are granted a fantastic perspective over the city. Afterwards, you might choose to visit other such landmarks as Harpa Concert Hall or Hallgímskirkja Lutheran Church.
Of course, if you are looking for adventures, you have a few choices today. For instance, you could embark on a whale watching voyage from Old Harbour, providing you fabulous sightings of both Iceland’s gentle giants and its eclectic birdlife.
Another experience available is descending into the dormant caldera of Þríhnúkagígur, a stunning Icelandic volcano. The magma chamber is emblazoned with colour and is so large that the Statue of Liberty could fit inside.
Undoubtedly the most unique and of-the-moment option for today is to witness the Fagradalsfjall volcanic eruption first-hand from a helicopter! This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will have you enjoy a spectacular take-off from Reykjavik’s domestic airport, where you can watch the beautiful city shrink beneath you before you sail over the rugged landscapes of the Reykjanes Peninsula. You’ll then marvel over the fiery fountains, frothing craters and lava rivers both from the sky and ground, as this 1-hour excursion includes a dramatic landing!
Tonight, you will again spend the evening in Reykjavík accommodation.
The Golden Circle is Iceland’s most popular sightseeing route, comprised of three of major attractions; Þingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area and Gullfoss waterfall.
You will begin the day by travelling to the UNESCO site, Þingvellir. This staggering area was not only the founding place of Icelandic parliament in 930 AD but also where visitors can witness the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates standing exposed from the earth.
Next, you will visit the hot springs in the steaming Geysir geothermal valley. There, you'll find the geyser, Strokkur, which bursts from the ground every five to ten minutes, shooting a jet of water up to twenty metres into the air. Make sure to have your cameras ready!
Finally, you will make a stop at Gullfoss waterfall. This 32-metre feature cascades glacial water over two cragged steps, culminating in an enormous plume of mist that is nothing if not awe-inspiring.
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.
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.
At the end of your third day, you will stay overnight in accommodation in the Golden Circle area.
At the beginning of day 4, you will embark along the picturesque South Coast, making your first stop at the iconic waterfall, Seljalandsfoss. This 60-metre high feature has a hidden cavern behind it, allowing visitors the chance to experience a waterfall from a truly unique perspective.
Next, you will make the short drive to Skógafoss waterfall, known for its wider cascade, two observation points and the legends that tell of hidden treasures concealed behind the tumbling water. On clear and sunny days, the plume of this waterfall creates rainbows, adding a visual treat to your photographs.
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.
You will finish your day at the black sand beach, Reynisfjara, known not just for its striking dark colour, but also for the rock stacks Reynisdrangar that stand proudly out at sea. Keep an eye on the surrounding cliffs as you might spot a puffin or two.
You will spend the night at accommodation in or near the adjacent village of Vík í Mýrdal.
On your fifth day, you will continue your journey down the South Coast towards what is known colloquially as “The Crown Jewel of Iceland”, Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon. This gem of a natural feature can be found amidst the beauty of Vatnajökull National Park and, more often than not, comes out as the favourite of Iceland’s attractions among guests.
While here, you will have the option of taking an amphibian boat tour, allowing you to get up close and personal with the icebergs. Taking a boat out onto the lagoon is also a fantastic way of seeing the resident seals, as well as listen to a qualified guide explain the history and formation of the national park. The boat tour can be added to this package upon booking.
Only a short stroll away, visitors will also be able to appreciate Diamond Beach, an area of black sand shoreline where icebergs wash up on land on their way out to the Atlantic. Given the glittering, out-of-this-world aesthetic of this area, Diamond Beach is equally beloved by nature enthusiasts and photographers alike.
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.
This evening, you will be staying accommodation in the Jökulsárlón area.
It is now your sixth day of this adventure, meaning its time to head out and discover one of the lesser-visited regions in Iceland; the stunning Eastfjords. This whole area can be characterised by its trailing mountain roads, wild and breathtaking beaches and quaint local settlements.
Exactly where you stop today will be up to the discretion of your local guide, though you can feel confident in their decision.
For instance, you might pay a visit to Iceland’s largest national forest, Hallormsstaðaskógar, which sits on the bank of Lake Lagafljót. According to legends, Lagafljót is said to be home to a gigantic creature known as “The Wyrm”, thought to be Iceland’s answer to the Loch Ness Monster.
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 will be staying in accommodation in or near Egilsstaðir, the largest town in the region.
Now it is time to head North and your first stop today is a mighty waterfall.
Dettifoss has the most powerful flow rate of any waterfall in Europe, making it an essential stop for any traveller in Iceland. The plume of mist created by its cascading water creates a truly spectacular sight, especially when complemented by the stark, volcanic landscapes that surround it. Because of its visual appeal, Dettifoss was used in the Ridley Scott science-fiction epic, "Prometheus".
After your time at the waterfall, you will head further North, stopping at the luscious Ásbyrgi canyon before making your way to the little town of Húsavík. There, you are free to roam around this charming settlement, seeing the small fishing boats bob up and down at the harbour or visit the old wooden Húsavíkurkirkja church.
You will then visit the stunning region of Lake Mývatn. This shining blue lake is a true wonder of nature and is surrounded by some unforgettable attractions. For example, the geothermal valley of Námaskarð Pass is known as much for its steaming fumaroles as it is its red, Martian-like terrain. Only a short distance, guests will also have an opportunity to visit Dimmuborgir lava fields, home to some spectacular rock formations.
Today, you will have the option to visit the Mývatn Nature Baths, often considered a cheaper and quieter alternative to the Blue Lagoon. Regardless of whether you choose to visit the Blue Lagoon on the trip, the Mývatn Nature Baths make for a blissful rest stop during these ten days
You will then head to the peaceful ‘Capital of the North,’ Akureyri. On your way there you will also make a stop at another incredible waterfall, Goðafoss. This gem is important to many Icelanders as it is the spot where Iceland adopted Christianity over a thousand years ago.
You will stay in Akureyri this evening.
Today you will head back to the capital of Iceland, Reykjavik. You will start the day by saying goodbye the charming town of Akureyri and driving through the beautiful fjord of Ejafjörður. 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 make your way to the quaint village of Hauganes. Hauganes is a chance to see idyllic Icelandic country life. This town is a great place to take a stroll around and stretch your legs as you admire the peaceful surroundings.
From here you can choose to hop aboard a boat from the harbour and take a whale watching tour. The waters of the north are considered among the best in the world to see these gentle giants of the sea.
You will then venture towards the mystical Hvítserkur area. This part of the country is a favourite for photographers because of the unusual rock formation off the shore which is also called Hvítserkur. Legend has it, this rock was once an angry troll that ignored the rising sun and was turned to stone by the rays of light.
You will then make your way back to Reykjavík where you will rest for the night.
You can fill your time today in a number of ways. The first is to spend the day getting fully acquainted with Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík, checking out its famous landmarks, visiting its pubs and restaurants and taking strolls around some of its most quaint neighbourhoods.
Alternatively, you could take a day tour to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, known as “Iceland in Miniature” due to its wide range of eclectic natural attractions, including black sand beaches, glacier-topped stratovolcanoes and iconic mountain peaks. Most famously, the peninsula is home to Snæfellsjökull ice cap and "Iceland’s most photographed mountain", Kirkjufell.
Other adventure options are also available. For instance, you could choose to return to Þingvellir National Park to go snorkelling in the glacial spring that is Silfra Fissure, one of the only places in the world where one can swim between the continents.
Another choice could be snowmobiling on Langjökull glacier. Snowmobiling is one of those rare activities where participants can blend heart-racing adrenaline with truly epic sightseeing. Langjökull is the second largest ice cap in Iceland.
While it may seem that you have packed your holiday with all you can by the evening of your last full day in Iceland, no trip to the country would be complete right now without a visit to the currently erupting Fagradalsfjall volcano. Thankfully, there is a guided hiking trip to the site you’ll be able to make it in time for! This breathtaking phenomenon provides a once-in-a-lifetime window into the incredible forces that define Iceland, and there is no greater final impression of the Land of Ice and Fire than this experience!
Once again, you will be staying in Reykjavík accommodation overnight.
It is your final day in the land of ice and fire.
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.
Customers travelling on their own will be given a single room which will incur an additional cost. 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.
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.
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.