Guided 10 Day Summer Vacation Package of Iceland's Complete Ring Road with Free Days in Reykjavik

Arguably, Dettifoss waterfall has the most powerful flow of any waterfall in Europe.
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Tour starts
Keflavík Airport
Starting time
Flexible
Duration
10 days
Ending place
Keflavík Airport
Languages
English
Difficulty
Easy
Available
Mar. - Aug.
Minimum age
8 years old

Description

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 maximize their experience while traveling Iceland's diverse regions.

Traveling 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 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 favorite attractions, found off-the-beaten-path. All accommodation is also included, as well as transport to and from Keflavík International Airport.

Hurry now, and you too can secure your place on this brilliant, 10-day summer package around Iceland. Check availability by choosing a date. 

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Included

4 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)
5 nights of accommodation around the countryside of Iceland (breakfast included, private bathroom)
6-day circle tour of the ring road of Iceland in a small group
Minibus transportation on the guided half circle tour
Experienced local driver and guide on half circle tour (English guidance)
Return transfer between Keflavik international airport and Reykjavik city
Taxes
Personal travel agent
Efstidalur farm - Ice cream at a local farm
Glacier hike in Skaftafell
Admission to Auðuns rock collection - Djúpavogur
Whale watching tour
Detailed itinerary
Travelers who book with Guide to Iceland may have a PCR or rapid antigen COVID-19 test prearranged prior to their departure from Iceland, if needed.

Activities

Glacier Hiking
Snorkelling
Hiking
Snowmobile
Horse Riding
Sightseeing
Boat Trip
Hot Spring Bathing
Cultural Activity
Airplane

Daily itinerary

Day 1
One of Iceland's most popular site, the Blue Lagoon, is located in the rugged lava field of the Reykjanes Peninsula.

Day 1 - Arrival

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 colors, 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.

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Day 2
The city of Reykjavík in the summer.

Day 2 - Free Day in Reykjavik

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 of the city. Afterward, 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 with fabulous sightings of both Iceland's gentle giants and its diverse birdlife.

Another experience available is descending into the dormant caldera of Þríhnúkagígur, a stunning Icelandic volcano. The magma chamber is emblazoned with color and is so large that the Statue of Liberty could fit inside.

Tonight, you will again spend the evening in Reykjavík accommodation.

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Day 3
Moss-covered lava fields at Þingvellin National Park which is one part of the famous Golden Circle route.

Day 3 - The Golden Circle

The Golden Circle is Iceland's most popular sightseeing route, comprised of three major attractions: Þingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area, and Gullfoss waterfall.

You will begin the day by traveling to the UNESCO site, Þingvellir. This staggering area was the founding place of Icelandic parliament in 930 AD and 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 66 ft. (20m) into the air. Make sure to have your cameras ready!

Finally, you will make a stop at Gullfoss waterfall. This 105 ft (32m) feature cascades glacial water over two cragged steps, culminating in an enormous plume of mist that is nothing if not awe-inspiring.

At the end of your third day, you will stay overnight in the Golden Circle area accommodation.

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Day 4
The midnight sun illuminating the sky above Seljalandsfoss waterfall on the South Coast.

Day 4 - The South Coast

At the beginning of day 4, you will embark along the picturesque South Coast, making your first stop at the iconic waterfall, Seljalandsfoss. This 197 ft (60m) 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 color, 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.

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Day 5
Icebergs floating on the serene Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon in the summertime.

Day 5 - Jokusarlon Glacier Lagoon

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 favorite 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 and listening 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 this area's glittering, out-of-this-world aesthetic, 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 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.

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Day 6
A lonely house on the banks of Lake Lagarfljót in East Iceland.

Day 6 - Eastfjords

It is now your sixth day of this adventure, meaning it's time to head out and discover one of the lesser-visited regions in Iceland; the stunning Eastfjords. This area is characterized by 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 home to a giant creature known as "The Wyrm", thought to be Iceland's answer to the Loch Ness Monster.

You will also have the option of going on a breathtaking horseback riding tour through this region, to marvel over mountains and seascapes.

This evening, you will be staying in accommodation in or near Egilsstaðir, the largest town in the region.

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Day 7
A steaming hot spring found in a geothermal area near Lake Mývatn.

Day 7 - Dettifoss, Myvatn & Akureyri

Now it is time to head North. Before heading on the road, you can choose to visit the Vok Baths, a stunning spa nestled in a breathtaking lake.

Otherwise, 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 traveler 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 harbor 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.

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.

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Day 8
A brightly coloured house in the North Iceland town of Akureyri.

Day 8 - Return to Reykjavik

Today you will head back to the capital of Iceland, Reykjavik. You will start the day by saying goodbye to the charming town of Akureyri and driving through the beautiful fjord of Ejafjörður. On your way, you will make a stop at the cozy 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 harbor 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 favorite for photographers because of the unusual rock formation off the shore, also called Hvítserkur. Legend has it. This rock was once an angry troll that ignored the rising sun and was turned to stone by light rays.

You will then make your way back to Reykjavík, where you will rest for the night.

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Day 9
The Sun Voyager, a landmark sculpture found in Reykjavík city.

Day 9 - Free Day in Reykjavik

You can fill your time today in several 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 neighborhoods.

Alternatively, you could take a day tour of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, known as "Iceland in Miniature" due to its wide range of eclectic natural attractions, including black sand beaches and 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 snorkeling 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.

Once again, you will be staying in Reykjavík accommodation overnight.

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Day 10
A field of blue lupine flowers in the summertime.

Day 10 - Departure

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.

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What to bring

Warm, waterproof clothing
Good outdoor shoes

Good to know

Customers traveling on their own will be given a single room. Reservations for two 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 two triple rooms and one 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 canceled. If your chosen activity is canceled, 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.

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