10 Day Summer Package | Reykjavik, Akureyri & Icelandic Nature

10 Day Summer Package | Reykjavik, Akureyri & Icelandic Nature
The Snæfellsnes Peninsula is often called 'Iceland in Minature' thanks to the wealth of scenery and attractions.
Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon is often considered the number one sightseeing attraction in Iceland.
The basalt sea stacks, Reynisdrangar, can be seen from the infamous black sand beach, Reynisfjara.
Dawn pouring over Strokkur geyser on the Golden Circle.
Vík í Mýrdal is a picturesque fishing village found on the South Coast of Iceland.
Dettifoss is considered Europe's most powerful waterfall... it only takes two moments of appreciation to understand why!

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

Throughout your journey, you will be privy to an unimaginable level of beauty. From mountain tops to creeping glaciers to cascading waterfalls, Icelandic nature will reveal itself to you in all its glory as you explore in-depth the South Coast, with its glacier lagoon and Diamond Beach, and Iceland's northern landscapes including Lake Mývatn and Dettifoss Waterfall.

This is a great tour opportunity for those guests 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 travelling the beautiful South Coast where you can participate in a complementary glacier hike. You will then cut down on travelling time and fly across the country to the town of Akureyri where you'll discover everything the great North has to offer. 

If you'd like spice up your already exciting vacation package, you can choose to add extra activities to your days like horse riding, snowmobiling, whale watching, snorkelling, or relaxing in the Blue Lagoon, providing you with the perfect custom holiday.

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.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Apr. - Oct.
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Snorkelling, Caving, Hiking, Snowmobile, Super Jeep, Horse Riding, Whale Watching, Sightseeing, Boat Trip, Hot Spring Bathing, Cultural Activity, Bird watching, Helicopter, Ice Caving, Airplane
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, Highlands, Reykjavík, Akureyri, Jökulsárlón, Vatnajökull, Mývatn, Dimmuborgir, Húsavík, Tjörnes, Ásbyrgi, Askja, Goðafoss, Dettifoss, Hljóðaklettar, Landmannalaugar, Snæfellsjökull, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Eyjafjallajökull, Þingvellir, Strokkur, Snæfellsnes, Reykjanes, Sólheimajökull, Skaftafell, Silfra, Odadahraun, Herðubreiðarlindir, Þríhnúkagígur, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Hellnar, Langjökull, Arnarstapi, Skútustaðagígar, Krafla, Vík í Mýrdal, Námafjall Geothermal Area, Dalvík, Reynisdrangar, Haukadalur, Mývatn Nature Baths, Lóndrangar, Djúpalónssandur, Ólafsfjörður, Secret Lagoon, Tröllaskagi, South Coast, Diamond Beach, Diamond Circle
Pickup information:
    Please consult your itinerary for further information
    Included:
    • 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 (breakfast included, private bathroom depending on availability)

    • 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 minibus tour with glacier hiking

    • Return flight from Reykjavík to Akureyri

    • Lake Mývatn sightseeing tour

    • Dettifoss Waterfall & Asbyrgi Canyon Tour from Akureyri

    • Detailed Itinerary with fun and practical information on the nature, history and culture of Iceland

    • Hands-on travel agent to oversee your itinerary

    • Taxes

    • Transfer between accommodation and Reykjavik Domestic Airport

    • Myvatn nature baths entrance (can be added during booking process)

    • Blue Lagoon entrance (can be added during booking process)

    • Dinner

    • Lunch

    • Flights others than stated above


    What to bring:
    • Warm clothing

    • Good Hiking Boots.

    • Snacks and Drinks

    • Wind/Rainproof Outerwear

    • Swimsuit

    • Towel


    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 17th. 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.

    Some optional activities might need either 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 snorkelling.



    Daily itinerary

    Day 1 - Arrival in Iceland


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


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

    Depending on the choice of tour activities you’ve made prior to arrival, you may be stopping at the world famous Blue Lagoon Spa, a complex famed for its soothing geothermal water and healing silica mud. If there’s a better way to beat jet lag, it has yet to be discovered!

    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? Or, alternatively, take a gentle stroll along Old Harbour, or even rest a while to get ready for the city’s vibrant nightlife.


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


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


    It’s day 2 of your adventure; ahead of you awaits a choice. Either, you could opt for having a free day in the city, the perfect chance to both further explore Iceland’s cultural side and to garner some respite before the days ahead.

    There are a great many things to occupy your time in the city, from quintessential coffee houses to inner-city parks to sculpture gardens and more. One of the most cost-effective options for exploring the capital is to get a 24-Hour Reykjavík City Card. Not only does this provide discounts across the city, it also allows access to public transportation and many of the city’s museums and galleries.

    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 of 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”.

    To add an even greater level of excitement to your day, it is possible to add an extra activity to the Golden Circle sightseeing. First, you could choose to add on an experience snorkelling in the glacial fissure, Silfra, found in Þingvellir National Park. Silfra is famed for its crystal clear water, dramatic underwater scenery and for the possibility of swimming directly between two tectonic plates. Participants must be at least 16 years old to partake in a snorkelling 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.


    Day 3 - South Coast - Part I


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


    The next two days will be devoted to exploring the natural attractions of the South Coast, widely considered to be one of the most picturesque stretches of land in the country. First, you will visit the waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, both of which are considered staple stops along this route.

    Both standing at 60 metres high and surrounded by gorgeous green scenery, the waterfalls are equally dramatic, but offer different experiences to their visitors. For instance, Seljalandsfoss can be walked directly behind, allowing visitors to 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 steps adjacent to the water in order to gain a perspective of the waterfall’s lip.

    Reynisfjara is the next stop, a beautiful black-sand beach considered to be 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, Reynisfjara is blessed with hexagonal basalt columns that line the adjacent cliff face, as well Reynisdrangar, the dramatic sea stacks that stand exposed from the roaring waves of the Atlantic.

    Nearby Reynisfjara, you will take a stop at the coastal village of Vík í Mýrdal, known for its charming cafes and excellent souvenir shops. Afterwards, 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.


    Day 4 - South Coast - Part II


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


    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, alternatively, take a  boat tour to get a real up-close-and-personal view of the ice.

    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.

    In the afternoon, you will partake in 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 up the glacier, taking in the breathtaking view of your surroundings.

    When everyone is ready, you will proceed to hike up this incredible feature, revealing fantastic views, intricate ice sculptures and hidden crevasses. When the hike is over, you will begin the homeward journey back towards Reykjavík.


    Day 5 - Relax in the City / Nature Hike


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


    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 are lacking in energy, 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 a number of 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 renown 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 colourful, 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 would like 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.


    Day 6 - Flight to Akureyri / Lake Myvatn Area 


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


    Today, you will make your own way to Reykjavík Domestic Airport in order 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. You will be picked up by your guide 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 pseudo craters, 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 ambience.

    After appreciating the area for a while, you will head on over to Grjótagjá cave and the Námafjall geothermal valley which boast of boiling mud pools, sulphur 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 both 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 choice to the Blue Lagoon Spa.

    You'll spend the night at accommodations in Akureyri.


    Preferred accommodation by Akureyri

    Akureyri Super Budget

    Akureyri HI Hostel is 10-minute's walk from central Akureyri. Dormitory accommodation with shared bathrooms. Access to cooking facilities on premises. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast not included.

    Akureyri Budget

    Acco Akureyri is centrally located in Akureyri. Private bedrooms with shared bathrooms and a shared kitchen. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast not included.

    Akureyri Comfort

    Hotel Norðurland is a 3 star hotel centrally located in Akureyri. Spacious and bright private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

    Akureyri Quality

    Icelandair Hotel Akureyri (Deluxe room) is a 3 star hotel centrally located in Akureyri, right next to the swimming pool. Private bedroom with a living room area and a private bathroom. Great views from the 5th floor. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


    Day 7 - Cinematic Scenery


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


    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 is seeing Europe’s most powerful waterfall, Dettifoss. Situated in Vatnajökull National Park in Northeast Iceland, this gargantuan feature is 100 metres (330 ft) wide and plummets an astonishing  44 metres (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. Scientists, on the other hand, agree the canyon was most likely formed following the last Ice Age. Whilst 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 travelling 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.

    As an extra alternative, you could opt for another tour, choosing instead to explore the Askja Caldera and its surrounding regions, including Goðafoss Waterfall, the Herðubreiðalindir Oasis and the Ódáðahraun lava field, to name only a few.


    Day 8 - Capital of the North


    A humpback whale breaches the water.


    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 ranging from the church, Akureyrarkirkja to the botanical gardens to 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. First, there is the opportunity to take a half-day tour and explore the coastal villages of the Tröllaskagi Peninsula (“Troll Peninsula”), taking in the region’s glorious black sand beaches and even trying your hand at some local beer tasting. Highlights of this option include Ólafsfjörður Village, Dalvík Village and Kaldi Brewery.

    Second, you could choose to spend a few hours whale watching off Akureyri. Icelandic coastal waters are home to over twenty different species of cetacean, 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.


    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, one of the many priceless art sculptures found around Iceland's capital.


    Today, there are a number of 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.

    There, you will ease into the quieter stretch of your holiday, allowing your muscles to relax and the geothermally heated, aquamarine water bubbles and steams around you. 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, then it is always possible to add on 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 up 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 actually 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 that are perfect for bathing in, making for a truly authentic Icelandic experience.

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


    Day 10 - Departure


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


    Today is your final day in Iceland and, depending on the time of your flight, you may or may not have a final opportunity to further explore the capital city. Why not check out the glassy and unique Harpa Concert Hall in Reykjavík or, alternatively, take a stroll up to Perlan Observation Deck for an amazing view over the city. 

    When time's finally up, you will catch an airport transfer from your accommodation in the city to Keflavík International Aiport for your return flight home. 


    Accommodation

    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.

    Budget

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

    Comfort

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

    Quality

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