10 Day Summer Package | Guided Tour Around Iceland with Free Days in Reykjavik

10 Day Summer Package | Guided Tour Around Iceland with Free Days in Reykjavik
10 Day Summer Package Itinerary | Guided Tour Around Iceland with Free Days in Reykjavik
Visiting Iceland in the summer provides you with the opportunity to see puffins.
Strokkur hot spring—found on the Golden Circle route—is known to erupt every five to ten minutes or so.
The Ring Road is an asphalt route that circles Iceland.
The stunning Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon under the Midnight Sun.
A visitor at Skógafoss waterfall on the South Coast.
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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 such wonders as the beautiful Snæfellsnes Peninsula, otherwise known as "Iceland in Miniature" thanks to 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 and a flight from the town Akureyri back to Reykjavík city.

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


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Apr. - Aug.
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Snorkelling, Hiking, Snowmobile, Horse Riding, Sightseeing, Boat Trip, Hot Spring Bathing, Cultural Activity, Airplane
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, Reykjavík, Akureyri, Jökulsárlón, Vatnajökull, Mývatn, Dimmuborgir, Dettifoss, Snæfellsjökull, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Þingvellir, Almannagjá, Snæfellsnes, Reykjanes, Sólheimajökull, Skaftafell, Silfra, Þingvallavatn, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Langjökull, Hallgrímskirkja, Perlan, Vík í Mýrdal, Egilsstaðir, Keflavik International Airport, Kirkjufell, Reynisdrangar, Öxarárfoss, Haukadalur, Námaskarð, Lagarfljót, Harpa – Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre, Keflavík, Hallormsstaðaskógur, South Coast, Diamond Beach, East Fjords
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : Flexible.

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 half 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)

  • Domestic flight from Akureyri to Reykjavik (with 20kg checked baggage allowance and 6kg hand luggage allowance)

  • Return transfer between Keflavik international airport and Reykjavik city

  • Taxes

  • Hands-on travel agent to oversee your itinerary

  • International flights

  • Lunch and dinner

  • Optional excursions (can be added during the booking process)

  • Blue lagoon entrance ticket (can be added during the booking process)


What to bring:
  • Warm, waterproof clothing

  • Good outdoor shoes


Good to know:

If you arrive in Iceland on Sundays, you will start the half-circle guided tour on your 4th day in Iceland, and enjoy two consecutive free days in Reykjavik with optional activities. Your half circle guided tour will end on your 9th day in Iceland, which you will catch a flight back to Reykjavik from Akureyri, before leaving the country on your 10th day.

Please note that Iceland is a country of oppositions. The weather might be fickle and change rapidly. It can get quite cold, even in summer. Wearing proper shoes and overcoats will certainly make your travels more enjoyable.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival


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


Welcome to Iceland! From the airport, two equally alluring choices present themselves; to hop on a bus and head straight to Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavík, or to divert for a short while to the relaxing Blue Lagoon Spa.

If your flight arrives before 3 PM, you can get a direct transfer from the airport to the Blue Lagoon, beginning your adventure in Iceland right away. If your flight arrives after this time, however, it is possible to add your visit to the Blue Lagoon on another day, meaning there's no reason to miss out on this brilliant and luxurious experience.

The Blue Lagoon, located on the Reykjanes Peninsula, is among the most popular attractions in Iceland, boasting warm, azure waters with healing properties and stunning surrounding landscapes. Simply put, there is no better way to beat the jetlag!

Those who choose to visit the Blue Lagoon have two options; the comfort entrance or the premium entrance. The comfort entrance provides all that one could need for a relaxing time at the Spa, while the premium entrance comes with added extras such as a silica mud mask, bathrobe and towel, slippers and a table reservation at LAVA restaurant. 

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. 


Preferred accommodation in Reykjavík

Reykjavík Super Budget

Rooms or dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels, such as HI Hostel. Located in the capital region. Access to cooking facilities on premises. Breakfast not included.

Reykjavík Budget

Capital Inn is a 2 star hotel 3 km out of the city centre, with a short walk to Kringlan shopping mall and Nauthólsvík geothermal beach. Private bedrooms with a washbasin but shared bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is not included.

Reykjavík Comfort

The Fosshótel chain has four 3-4 star Hotels located in and around the city center of Reykjavík. There is a short walk from all of the hotels to attractions, cafés, restaurants, museums and the nightlife. All offer private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Reykjavík Quality

Alda Hotel is a 4 star hotel situated on Laugavegur, Reykjavík's main shopping street in the city centre. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free access to a fitness room with a sauna and a hot tub. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 2 - Free Day in Reykjavik


The city of Reykjavík in the summer.


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.

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


Day 3 - The Golden Circle


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


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.

Aside from seeing the major attractions, it is possible to add a horse riding tour to your day. The Icelandic Horse is renown the world over for its small yet sturdy stature, natural intelligence and five unique gaits.

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


Accommodation

Fosshótel Hekla

Fosshotel Hekla is a 3-star hotel in the Golden Circle area. The hotel has a restaurant which serves traditional Icelandic cuisine, a bar and a lounge. Free access to hot tub. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Stracta Hotel Hella

Stracta Hotel Hella is a 3-star hotel in the town of Hella. The hotel has an on-site bar with a lounge for guest and a sun terrace. Free access to hot tub. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 4 - The South Coast


The midnight sun illuminating the sky above Seljalandsfoss waterfall on 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 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.

Afterwards, you will have the chance to opt-in for today’s added adventure, glacier hiking on the mighty Sólheimajökull ice cap. Those who participate will be amazed by the intricate ice sculptures and sweeping moulins, as well as be granted a fantastic vantage point over the landscapes of Iceland’s south.

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.


Accommodation

Puffin Hótel Vík

The Puffin Hótel Vík is a country hotel and guesthouse situated in the coastal village of Vík. Located next to a restaurant, museum and swimming pool. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free access to outdoor hot tubs. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Hotel Katla

Hotel Katla is a 3-star country hotel situated 5 km east of Vík. Comfortable private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free access to a hot tub and a sauna. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 5 - Jokusarlon Glacier Lagoon


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


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.

This evening, you will be staying accommodation in the Jökulsárlón area.


Accommodation

Fosshótel Vatnajökull

Fosshótel Vatnajökull is a country hotel situated near the coastal village of Höfn. Europe’s largest icecap Vatnajökull can be seen from the location. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included

Hótel Höfn

Hotel Höfn is a 3-star hotel located in Höfn town central. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included


Day 6 - Eastfjords


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


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.

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


Accommodation

Icelandair Hotel Hérað

Icelandair Hotel Hérað is a 3-star hotel centrally located in Egilsstaðir town. Bright, private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included, with a focus on local ingredients.

Lake Hótel Egilsstaðir

Lake Hotel Egilsstaðir is a 3-star hotel located right by the lake Lagarfljót. It is also within a short walking distance from the centre of Egilsstaðir town. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Spa on site for an additional price. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 7 - Dettifoss & Myvatn


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


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.


Accommodation

Fosshótel Mývatn

Fosshótel Mývatn is situated by Lake Mývatn in North Iceland. All rooms include a flat-screen TV with private bathrooms and a hairdryer. Breakfast is included. Free Wi-Fi.

Vogafjós Farm Resort

Vogafjós is a family-run guesthouse on the shore of Lake Mývatn surrounded by unique landscapes. Free WiFi. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Breakfast is included.


Day 8 - Akureyri and Flight to Reykjavik


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


Today, you will be visiting the unofficial northern capital of Iceland, Akureyri. First, however, you will stop by the waterfall, Goðafoss, a stunning cascade which tumbles down arch-shaped cliffs.

As the second densest settlement in Iceland, Akureyri boasts a vibrant local culture, and is known for such landmarks and attractions as the Botanical Gardens and Akureyrarkirkja Church.

At Akureyri, you will board a domestic flight and return to Reykjavík. That evening, you will be staying in accommodation in Reykjavík.

You can opt for the Blue Lagoon after the flight back to Reykjavík from Akureyri. One of the major advantages of this is that you can join other optional excursions on your free days in Reykjavík tomorrow.

Please note that this is subject to the availability of the Blue Lagoon tickets and the arrival time of the Akureyri-Reykjavík flight. The price of the Blue Lagoon option for this day also includes the return transfer between the capital and the Blue Lagoon.


Preferred accommodation in Reykjavík

Reykjavík Super Budget

Rooms or dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels, such as HI Hostel. Located in the capital region. Access to cooking facilities on premises. Breakfast not included.

Reykjavík Budget

Capital Inn is a 2 star hotel 3 km out of the city centre, with a short walk to Kringlan shopping mall and Nauthólsvík geothermal beach. Private bedrooms with a washbasin but shared bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is not included.

Reykjavík Comfort

The Fosshótel chain has four 3-4 star Hotels located in and around the city center of Reykjavík. There is a short walk from all of the hotels to attractions, cafés, restaurants, museums and the nightlife. All offer private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Reykjavík Quality

Alda Hotel is a 4 star hotel situated on Laugavegur, Reykjavík's main shopping street in the city centre. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free access to a fitness room with a sauna and a hot tub. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 9 - Free Day in Reykjavik


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


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.

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


Day 10 - Departure


A field of blue lupine flowers in the summertime.


It is your final day in the land of ice and fire.

If you have time in the morning, you are free to continue discovering other aspects of Reykjavík life, from its quaint coffee culture to its most acclaimed restaurants, museums and art galleries.

When it is time to leave, you will catch a bus which will take you to Keflavík International Airport. If you have not done so on previous days, you could also choose to fit in a trip to the Blue Lagoon before your flight.


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.


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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My wife and I are really pleased with the trip to Iceland. The landscape, the views are breathtaking. Waterfalls, glaciers, lava fields, volcanos, geothermal areas are astonishing. We particularly liked Geysir and the geothermal area near lake Mytvan, as well as whale watching and the puffins. The organization was great, and we would like to thank our travel agent Mariachiara for all the help she gave us in preparation for the trip. A special thanks also to our guide Carlos, who really did a great job in showing us around.
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