10 Day Summer Vacation in Iceland with Flights from Reykjavik to Akureyri, Waterfalls & Hot Springs

Hallgrímskirkja, the Lutheran church in Reykjavík, is arguably the city's most recognisable cultural landmark.
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Tour starts
Keflavík Airport
Starting time
10 days
Ending place
Keflavík Airport (KEF), 235 KEFLAVÍKURFLUGVÖLLUR, Reykjanesbær,
Apr. - Oct.
Minimum age
5 years old


Join this exciting 10-day summer vacation package and discover the sheer wealth of scenery, attractions, and activities around Iceland's capital, Reykjavík, and the northern town of Akureyri.

You'll explore Iceland's South Coast in-depth and Iceland's northern landscapes, including Lake Mývatn and Dettifoss Waterfall. Throughout your journey, you will be privy to an unimaginable level of beauty, from mountain tops to creeping glaciers, cascading waterfalls, and the glorious Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon and Diamond Beach.

This is a great itinerary for those looking to abandon the holiday planning stage and instead leave it to the professionals; all you need to do is choose what you'd like to do, then follow the itinerary. Transportation and accommodation will be arranged for you beforehand, leaving you free to relax as you make your way from one beautiful site to another.

With this 10-day package, you will spend two days traveling the beautiful South Coast, where you can opt to participate in a glacier hike and sail among ancient icebergs. You will then cut down on traveling time and fly across the country to the town of Akureyri, where you'll discover everything the great North has to offer. 

If you want to spice up your trip further, you can customize and choose additional activities like horse riding, snowmobiling, whale watching, snorkeling, or relaxing in the Blue Lagoon.

Hurry now, and you too can experience the many joys of this 10-day summer vacation package, exploring the landscapes and attractions around Reykjavík and Akureyri. Check availability by choosing a date.

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6 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)
1 night of accommodation in a country hotel in Vatnajokull National Park during the 2-day south coast tour (private bathroom, breakfast included)
2 nights of accommodation in Akureyri (different levels available; more detailed info below)
Return transfer between Keflavik International Airport and your accommodation in Reykjavik on arrival/departure
South Coast 2-day small group minibus tour with glacier hike
Return flight from Reykjavík to Akureyri
Small group Lake Mývatn sightseeing tour
Dettifoss Waterfall & Asbyrgi Canyon small group tour from Akureyri
Detailed Itinerary
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Glacier Hiking
Super Jeep
Horse Riding
Whale Watching
Boat Trip
Hot Spring Bathing
Cultural Activity
Bird watching
Ice Caving

Daily itinerary

Day 1
The architecture of Hallgrímskirkja was inspired by the waterfall, Svartifoss.

Day 1 - Arrival in Iceland

On your first day of this exciting 10-Day Summer Vacation package, you will land at Keflavík International Airport in the Reykjanes Peninsula.

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.

From here, you will take a shuttle bus transfer to your accommodation in the city. On the way, you can sit back and relax as the hauntingly beautiful landscapes of the Reykjanes Peninsula pass your window.

Once you arrive at your accommodation and unpack, you are free to spend the rest of the day exploring the capital. Why not take in some of Reykjavík’s art galleries and museums? Alternatively, take a gentle stroll along Old Harbour or even rest a while to get ready for the city’s vibrant nightlife.

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Day 2
Þingvellir ('Fields of Parliament') is the only UNESCO World Heritage site on Iceland's mainland.

Day 2 - Golden Circle Sightseeing (+ Extras) / Free Day in Reykjavik

You have two options for your 2nd day in Iceland. The first choice is to have a free day in the city, the perfect chance to further explore Iceland's culture and garner some respite before the days ahead.

There are a great many things to occupy your time in the city. You could visit one of the many museums or galleries or simply relax in a humming coffee shop or bar. Admire the fantastic views from the top of Hallgrímskirkja church and visit the architecturally brilliant Harpa Concert Hall. It's entirely up to you!

Alternatively, ahead of you lies hours of adventure and natural beauty as you take to Iceland's most famous sightseeing route, the Golden Circle. The Golden Circle comprises three major attractions: Þingvellir National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Haukadalur Geothermal Valley (home to the hot springs, Geysir and Strokkur) and, finally, Gullfoss, "The Queen of Icelandic Waterfalls".

You can combine the Golden Circle sightseeing trip with an exciting adventure. First, you could snorkel in the glacial fissure, Silfra, found in Þingvellir National Park. Silfra is famed for its crystal clear water, dramatic underwater scenery, and the possibility of swimming directly between two tectonic plates. Participants must be at least 12 years old to partake in a snorkeling tour.

Another option is to try your hand at snowmobiling on Langjökull glacier, the second-largest ice cap in the country. Nothing can compare to that strange balance between adrenaline and appreciation as you whizz your way across the flat ice, the whole time privy to incredible views of the surrounding area.

Whatever your choice, you will be spending the evening at your accommodation in Reykjavík.

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Day 3
Dyrhólaey, famed for its rock arch and incredible vantage point overlooking the South Coast.

Day 3 - South Coast - Part I

The following two days will be devoted to exploring the natural attractions of the South Coast, widely considered one of the most picturesque stretches of land in the country.

First, you will visit the waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, which are considered staple stops along this route. Standing at 197 ft (60m) high and surrounded by gorgeous green scenery, the two waterfalls are equally dramatic, offering different experiences to visitors.

Seljalandsfoss offers a path that allows you to walk directly behind it. Visitors can take incredibly unique photos and gain a rarely viewed perspective of a waterfall.

Skógafoss, on the other hand, can be walked directly up to, right to the point where the water hits the rocks, again allowing for some great snapshots. At Skógafoss, it is also possible to climb up the steps adjacent to the water to gain a perspective of the waterfall's lip.

In the afternoon, you'll go on a glacier hike. Your guide will provide you with all of the necessary hiking gear, as well as give an educational and entertaining briefing on glacier safety before you ascend the glacier, taking in the breathtaking view of your surroundings. When everyone is ready, you will proceed to hike up Sólheimajökull glacier, revealing fantastic views, intricate ice sculptures, and hidden crevasses. 

Reynisfjara is the next stop, a beautiful black-sand beach considered one of the most stunning locations in Iceland. Upon arrival, it is immediately clear why. Not only are the glittering volcanic pebbles like nothing on earth, but Reynisfjara is also blessed with hexagonal basalt columns that line the adjacent cliff face, as well Reynisdrangar. These dramatic sea stacks stand exposed from the roaring waves of the Atlantic.

Nearby Reynisfjara, you will make a stop at the coastal village of Vík í Mýrdal, known for its charming cafes and excellent souvenir shops. Afterward, you will continue your way along the South Coast, watching in awe as the landscapes transform around you.

Finally, you will arrive at your last destination of the day, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, just on the border of Vatnajökull National Park. That night, you will sleep in accommodation in the area.

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Day 4
Reynisfjara black sand beach, on Iceland's South Coast, is as beautiful as it is dangerous. Don't get too close to the tide!

Day 4 - South Coast - Part II

It is your second day on the South Coast, and you will begin by having a thorough exploration of Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Jökulsárlón is often described as “The Crown of Jewel of Iceland” thanks to its impeccable aesthetic appeal.

White and sky blue icebergs float peacefully on the still surface of the lagoon, groaning and creaking as they gently nudge into one another on their journey to the Atlantic Ocean. This scenery will quickly enchant you, but thankfully, there is ample time this morning to fully appreciate this incredible area.

You could choose to sit on the shore, enjoying both the icebergs’ parade and the playful seal colony that lives in the lagoon, or take a  boat tour to get an up-close-and-personal view of the ice. Please note that the boat tour is only available as an add-on activity from May to October. 

A few minutes walk away from Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Visitors will find the Diamond Beach, the point where the icebergs finally reach the ocean. This stretch of shoreline is aptly named thanks to the icebergs that wash ashore here, glittering under the sun like jewels and gems. 

Once you have taken in the astounding beauty of the Jökulsárlón area, your guide will whisk you back to Reykjavík, where you can recharge for your next adventure.

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Day 5
The Snaefellsnes Peninsula is famed for its incredible and dramatic scenery.

Day 5 - Relax in the City / Nature Hike

It is your fifth day, and no one will blame you if you're tired after your 2-day trip along Iceland's South Coast. If you prefer relaxation, why not spend the day in one of the many geothermal pools found across Reykjavík? Icelanders know all too well the amazing benefits that come with soaking in naturally heated water, and you quickly find yourself as enthusiastic about the experience as the locals.

If relaxing on holiday isn't your cup of tea, there are several other sightseeing and adventure tours to occupy your time. Among them is a day trip to "Iceland in Miniature", the scenic and isolated Snaefellsnes Peninsula. This region is renowned for its stunning landscapes and eclectic natural attractions, making for one of the most memorable day trips available in the country.

Alternatively, you could explore Iceland's subterranean universe by partaking in one of two tours - exploring the colorful, rocky caldera of the dormant volcano, Þríhnúkagígur, or instead, dipping into an authentically Icelandic ice tunnel. Both experiences are assured to provide you with incredible insight into Iceland's geological upbringing.

If you want to relax but don't want to spend the day in the city, you could opt for a return transfer to the Secret Lagoon, a cheaper and quieter alternative to the more famous Blue Lagoon Spa.

This lagoon is one of the oldest pools in Iceland and is complemented by its own stretch of bubbling cauldrons of muds and fumaroles. Whatever you choose for your fifth day, you will be spending the evening at your accommodation in Reykjavík.

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Day 6
The sulfur heavy, Martian-like landscape of Námaskarð Pass.

Day 6 - Flight to Akureyri / Lake Myvatn Area 

Today, you will make your own way to Reykjavík Domestic Airport to catch a quick flight to Iceland's unofficial "northern capital", the charming town of Akureyri. Akureyri is found at the base of the Eyjafjörður Fjord in northern Iceland. Your guide will pick you up for the day at the Akureyri airport.

From there, you will partake in a day tour to the Lake Mývatn area, a region of eclectic, often haunting beauty. The area is defined by its geothermal activity and volcanic rock formations.

Your first stop of the day is at Goðafoss, "the Waterfall of the Gods", a dramatic area of frothing, cascading white rapids. It is said that, upon the country's conversion to Christianity in 1000 AD, the pagans threw their idols into the waterfall to prove the abandonment of their heathen ways.

The next stop of the day is at the Skútustaðagígar pseudocraters, on the south shore of Lake Mývatn. These interesting features formed through an ancient eruption in the area. You will gain further insight into Iceland's volcanic environment at the "Dark Fortress", Dimmuborgir, where you will look upon incredible rock formations that allude to this area's haunting ambiance.

After appreciating the area for a while, you will head over to Grjótagjá cave and the Námafjall geothermal valley, boasting of boiling mud pools, sulfur pits, and rising steam vents. Then, you'll proceed on to the volcano, Krafla. Around this area, you will also have the chance to experience views of the Leirhnjúkur volcano and the Víti explosion crater.

To cap off your day, as an added extra, you can choose to spend two hours bathing in the luxurious waters of Mývatn Nature Baths, a geothermal spot in the north that, much the same as the Secret Lagoon, acts as a great alternative to the Blue Lagoon Spa.

You'll spend the night at accommodations in Akureyri.

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Day 7
Dettifoss drops 44 metres (144 ft) into the Jökulsárgljúfur canyon.

Day 7 - Cinematic Scenery

Today, you will be exploring the amazing Diamond Circle sightseeing route, the northern alternative to the famed Golden Circle. Your first stop of the day sees Europe's most powerful waterfall, Dettifoss. Situated in Vatnajökull National Park in Northeast Iceland, this gargantuan feature is 100 meters (330 ft) wide and plummets an astonishing  44 meters (144 ft) into the mist-filled Jökulsárgljúfur canyon below.

After you have appreciated this incredible waterfall, you will move on to the mythic Ásbyrgi canyon. Ásbyrgi is shaped like a horseshoe and, according to the Sagas, is the imprint leftover from Odin's eight-legged horse, Sleipnir. On the other hand, scientists agree the canyon was most likely formed following the last Ice Age. While at Ásbyrgi, you'll visit the inland lake Botnstjörn, a beloved home for many of the region's birds.

If conditions are suitable, you'll pay a visit to Hljóðaklettar, or 'echo cave', known for its peculiar basalt rock formations and melodic acoustics. If traveling in the spring, before heading back to Akureyri for the night, you'll make a passing stop at Tjörnes for a spot of birdwatching and will even take a break for coffee in the charming town of Húsavík.

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Day 8
A humpback whale breaches the water.

Day 8 - Capital of the North

On your eighth day, you will have a real chance to get to grips with Iceland's northern capital, taking in the many sights and sounds of Akureyri. Situated on the picturesque Eyjafjörður, this city boasts cultural landmarks from the Akureyrarkirkja church to the botanical gardens and numerous local museums. In the afternoon, you will be taking the return flight back to Iceland's capital, Reykjavík.

There is, of course, the chance to add extras to this free day in the North. For example, you could choose to spend a few hours whale watching off Akureyri. Icelandic coastal waters are home to over twenty different cetacean species, including Harbour Porpoises, Killer Whales, Humpbacks, and even the mighty Blue Whale!

The most common sighting is the Minke Whale, but the opportunity will also allow you some amazing views of mainland Iceland, and you'll likely see many different species of seabird, including Guillemots, Skuas, and Terns.

After exploring the North to your heart's content, you'll take a flight back to Reykjavík, where you'll spend the night.

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Day 9
The Sun Voyager, one of the many priceless art sculptures found around Iceland's capital.

Day 9 - Free Day in Reykjavik

Today, there are several ways that you could spend your day. Now happily settled back in the capital, the likeliest course of action (if you didn't upgrade on certain days) is that you can choose to spend the morning at the beautiful Blue Lagoon Spa on the Reykjanes Peninsula. The geothermally heated, aquamarine water bubbles and steams around you, providing a relaxing experience.

In the afternoon, you will have the chance to further explore Reykjavík before departing the next day.

If you are looking to upgrade the ninth day of your package, it is always possible to add another tour.

For instance, you could choose to get acquainted with the friendly Icelandic horse, arguably this country's most famous resident. This reliable, sturdy breed will canter you through the countryside, providing a fantastic means of experiencing Icelandic nature like never before.

Alternatively, you could opt to heat things with one of two tour options. First, you could take a luxurious and thrilling helicopter ride to explore Iceland's geothermal valleys, or take things a step further and enter the vibrant caldera of the dormant volcano, Þríknúkagígur.

A third option would be to take a day tour to the Central Highlands of Iceland, in particular, Landmannalaugar ("The Pools of the People"). These kaleidoscopic, rhyolite hillsides hide countless geothermal pools perfect for bathing in, making for a truly authentic Icelandic experience.

You'll spend your final night in Iceland in the capital, Reykjavík.

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Day 10
Free days are easy to fill in Reykjavik; the city boasts countless cultural highlights to occupy your time.

Day 10 - Departure

Today is your final day in Iceland. Depending on your flight time, you may have a final opportunity to explore the capital city further. 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 clothing
Good Hiking Boots.
Snacks and Drinks
Wind/Rainproof Outerwear

Good to know

The Inside the Volcano tour only runs from May 10 to October 31. If you choose this tour, please note that you are not allowed to wear cotton or jeans as the outer layer during your trip to the Þríhnjúkagígur volcano tour. Please wear suitable waterproof clothes and sturdy hiking shoes for this trip. The crater is always about 5–6°C (42–43°F) inside, so it is important to keep warm and dry.

The Þríhnjúkagígur volcano tour involves a hike of approximately 3 km (2 miles) each way. The walk usually takes around 45–50 minutes (depending on the condition of people in the group). A guide will be with you at all times during the walk.

Due to highland roads being inaccessible earlier, the day tour to Landmannalaugar is only available from June 17. 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 better fit your arrival date and time.

Some optional activities might require you to have a valid driver's license, or you might need to send additional information to your travel planner. Please note that you might need to present medical documents should you choose to go snorkeling. Also, be aware that boat tours on the glacier lagoon are only available from May to October.


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. Breakfast is not included.


Rooms with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels. Breakfast is not included.


Rooms with a private bathroom in three star hotels or quality guesthouses. Breakfast is included.


Rooms with a private bathroom in a four star hotel or superior rooms in a quality three star hotel. Breakfast is included.

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