10-Day Summer Vacation in Iceland with Flights from Reykjavik to Akureyri, Waterfalls & Hot Springs
Join this exciting 10-day summer vacation package and discover the sheer wealth of scenery, attractions, and activities around Iceland's capital, Reykjavik, and the northern town of Akureyri. Travelers keen to see the country's top sights while ensuring all their vacation details are covered should book this holiday package now.
Don't spend weeks planning your vacation or wondering whether you've missed any of Iceland's best attractions. This package includes transport, accommodation, a detailed itinerary, and a personal travel agent you can contact anytime. Plus, there's no risk because you can cancel and receive a full refund up to 24 hours before your trip.
Your exciting vacation begins with a convenient transfer from Keflavik International Airport to your Reykjavik accommodation. Those who arrive early may wish to visit the Blue Lagoon today or enjoy free time exploring Reykjavik.
On day two, you can explore the Golden Circle, Iceland's most famous driving route, or discover all Reykjavik offers. Those who choose the Golden Circle can add an exhilarating snowmobiling excursion or a mesmerizing snorkeling tour to their day. This 10-day package allows you to customize your itinerary in line with your preferences to enjoy an unforgettable vacation.
Over the coming days, you'll explore Iceland's South Coast and northern landscapes in depth, including Lake Myvatn and Dettifoss waterfall. Throughout your journey, you'll 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.
You'll spend two days traveling the beautiful South Coast, where you can participate in a glacier hike and sail among ancient icebergs. You'll then cut down on traveling time and fly across the country to the town of Akureyri, where you'll discover everything the great North offers.
If you want to spice up your trip, you can customize and choose additional activities like horse riding, snowmobiling, whale watching, snorkeling, or relaxing in the Blue Lagoon. You can include a day trip to the beautiful Snaefellsnes Peninsula, visit a fascinating ice cave tunnel, or go inside the magma chamber of a dormant volcano. The choice is yours!
This is a fantastic package for those who prefer to leave their holiday planning to the professionals. All you need to do is select any activities you'd like to add, then follow the itinerary. Transportation and accommodation will be arranged beforehand, leaving you free to relax as you travel from one beautiful site to another.
Booking a vacation package like this means you don't need to worry about driving yourself along Iceland's rugged roads or how to drive safely when the weather is extreme. You'll instead have professional and informative drivers and guides to help keep you safe.
Your vacation finishes with a drop-off at Keflavik airport.
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Day 1 - Arrival in Iceland with Optional Blue Lagoon or Reykjavik Exploration
On your first day of this exciting 10-day Summer Vacation package, you'll land at Keflavík International Airport on the Reykjanes Peninsula.
You could stop at the Blue Lagoon on your way to Iceland's capital city. This world-renowned spa is known for its healing waters, vivid azure colors, and luxurious treatments. It's 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's 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 plenty to see and do in Reykjavik if you have extra free time.
From here, you'll take a shuttle bus transfer to your accommodation in the city. On the way, 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 can spend the rest of the day exploring the capital. Why not take in some of Reykjavik's art galleries and museums? You could visit the National Museum of Iceland, which provides a detailed overview of the country's history, from the Vikings' settlement to modern-day Iceland.
Another option is the Reykjavik Art Museum, which is split across three locations. Its Hafnarhus site is particularly famous for showcasing contemporary art, including the abstract works of Erro, a renowned Icelandic artist.
Alternatively, take a gentle stroll along the old harbor or rest a while to prepare for the city's vibrant nightlife. At Reykjavik's Old Harbor, you can enjoy stunning bay views, visit the Maritime Museum, and explore artisanal shops, cozy cafes, and fresh seafood restaurants. When you're ready to settle in for the night, you'll retire to your comfortable Reykjavik accommodation.
Day 2 - Golden Circle Sightseeing (+ Extras) / Free Day in Reykjavik
You have two options for your second 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 relax in a humming coffee shop or bar.
You could visit the unique Perlan Museum, with its stunning panoramic views and planetarium, or the Saga Museum, which depicts the history of Iceland. Art enthusiasts will love exploring the contemporary art scene at the i8 Gallery, known for showcasing the works of numerous Icelandic and international artists.
Admire the fantastic views from the top of Hallgrimskirkja church and see 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 significant attractions: Thingvellir National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the Haukadalur geothermal valley (home to the hot springs, Geysir and Strokkur), and Gullfoss, "The Queen of Icelandic Waterfalls."
You can combine your Golden Circle sightseeing trip with an exciting adventure. You could snorkel in the glacial fissure, Silfra, in Thingvellir 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 12 years or older to partake in a snorkeling tour.
Another option is snowmobiling on the Langjokull 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 spend the evening at your accommodation in Reykjavík.
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 country's most picturesque stretches of land.
First, you'll visit the waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss, which are staple stops along this route. Standing at 197 feet (60 meters) high and surrounded by gorgeous green scenery, the two waterfalls are equally dramatic, offering different experiences to visitors.
Seljalandsfoss has a path that allows you to walk directly behind it. Visitors can take unique photos and gain a rarely-viewed perspective of a waterfall.
On the other hand, you can walk close to Skogafoss's base to the point where the water hits the rocks, again allowing for some great snapshots. At Skogafoss, climbing up the steps adjacent to the water is also possible 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 the necessary hiking gear for your excursion. After a briefing on glacier safety. you'll ascend the glacier, taking in breathtaking views of your surroundings. You'll also see intricate ice sculptures and hidden crevasses during your excursion.
Reynisfjara is the next stop, a beautiful black-sand beach considered one of the most stunning locations in Iceland. Upon arrival, it's immediately apparent 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 and Reynisdrangar. These dramatic sea stacks stand exposed to the roaring waves of the Atlantic.
Nearby Reynisfjara, you'll stop at the coastal village of Vik i Myrdal, known for its charming cafes and excellent souvenir shops. Afterward, continue along the South Coast, watching in awe as the landscapes transform around you.
Finally, you'll arrive at your last destination of the day, Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, just on the border of Vatnajokull National Park. That night, you'll sleep in accommodation in the Southeast Iceland area.
Day 4 - South Coast - Part II
It is your second day on the South Coast, and you'll begin by thoroughly exploring the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. Jokulsarlon 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 appreciate this incredible area fully.
You could sit on the shore, enjoying the icebergs' parade and watching the playful seal colony in the lagoon. Or, take a boat tour for 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 Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, visitors will find Diamond Beach, 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.
The ice chunks contrast perfectly with the beach's jet-black sand, providing a picture-perfect photo opportunity. You'll have plenty of time to soak up your magical surroundings and take excellent photos for lasting memories.
Once you have taken in the astounding beauty of the Jokulsarlon area, your guide will whisk you back to Reykjavík, where you can recharge for your next adventure. It's a long drive, but it's another chance to enjoy Iceland's breathtaking scenery from your window.
If you have energy when you return to Reykjavik, head out to enjoy the pubs and bars. When you're ready to rest, you can retire to your comfortable accommodation for the evening.
Day 5 - Relax in the City or Join Your Choice of Nature Excursions
It's your fifth day, and no one will blame you if you're tired after your two-day trip along Iceland's South Coast. If you prefer relaxation, why not spend the day in one of the many geothermal pools across Reykjavik? Icelanders know all too well the excellent benefits of soaking in naturally heated water, and you'll quickly find yourself as enthusiastic about the experience as the locals.
If relaxing on holiday isn't your idea of fun, choose from several other sightseeing and adventure tours. Among them is a day trip to the scenic Snaefellsnes Peninsula, called "Iceland in Miniature." 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. Discover the colorful, rocky caldera of the dormant volcano, Thrihnukagigur, or step into an artificial ice tunnel. Both experiences will provide you with incredible insight into Iceland's geological upbringing.
A tour of the Thrihnukagigur volcano offers a unique opportunity to descend into a dormant volcano's magma chamber, providing an unparalleled view of Earth's interior. The journey begins with a hike across the lava field. It continues with a 394-foot (120-meter descent) into the chamber via an open elevator system, revealing vibrant colors and formations.
The artificial ice tunnel tour provides a unique opportunity to walk through a network of tunnels and rooms carved into Langjokull, the second-largest glacier in the country. This fascinating experience, reached by specialized glacier vehicles, allows visitors to see blue ice at close quarters, understand glacial formation, and learn about the impact of global warming on these magnificent ice structures.
If you want to relax but don't wish 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 bubbling mud cauldrons and fumaroles.
Whatever you choose for your fifth day, you will spend the evening at your accommodation in Reykjavik.
Day 6 - Flight to Akureyri / Lake Myvatn Area
Today, you'll go to Reykjavik Domestic Airport for a quick flight to Iceland's unofficial "northern capital," the charming town of Akureyri. Akureyri is at the base of the Eyjafjordur fjord in North Iceland. Your guide will pick you up for the day from the Akureyri airport.
From there, you'll take a day tour to the Lake Myvatn area, a region of eclectic, often haunting beauty. Myvatn is defined by its geothermal activity and volcanic rock formations.
The day's first stop is at Godafoss, "the Waterfall of the Gods," a dramatic area of frothing, cascading white rapids. It's 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 Skutustadagigar pseudocraters on the south shore of Lake Myvatn. These intriguing features formed through an ancient eruption in the area. You'll gain further insight into Iceland's volcanic environment at the "Dark Fortress," Dimmuborgir, where you'll see incredible rock formations that allude to this area's haunting ambiance.
After appreciating the area, you'll head to Grjotagja cave and the Namafjall geothermal valley, which boasts boiling mud pools, sulfur pits, and rising steam vents. Then, you'll proceed on to the volcano, Krafla. Around this area, you'll also have the chance to experience views of the Leirhnjukur volcano and the Viti explosion crater.
To cap off your day, as an added extra, you can choose to spend two hours bathing in the luxurious waters of the Myvatn Nature Baths, a geothermal spot in the north that, much the same as the Secret Lagoon, is a fantastic alternative to the Blue Lagoon.
You'll spend the night at accommodations in North Iceland.
Day 7 - Diamond Circle Sightseeing
Today, you'll explore the fantastic Diamond Circle sightseeing route, the northern alternative to the famed Golden Circle.
The day's first stop takes you to Europe's most powerful waterfall, Dettifoss. Situated in Vatnajokull National Park in Northeast Iceland, this gargantuan feature is 330 feet (100 meters) wide and plummets 144 feet (44 meters) into the mist-filled Jokulsargljufur canyon below.
After appreciating this incredible waterfall, you'll move on to the magical Asbyrgi canyon. Asbyrgi 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 Asbyrgi, you'll visit the inland lake Botnstjorn, a beloved home for many of the region's birds. It's possible to spot Arctic Terns, Whooper Swans, various species of ducks, and, with luck, even the rare and beautiful Slavonian Grebe here.
If conditions are suitable, you'll visit Hljodaklettar, or 'echo cave,' known for its peculiar basalt rock formations and melodic acoustics. Navigate through a maze of strikingly patterned basalt columns, honeycombed cliffs, and caves while enjoying the natural soundscapes that mirror the hauntingly beautiful and rugged Icelandic landscape.
If traveling in the spring, before heading back to Akureyri for the night, you'll make a passing stop at the Tjornes peninsula for a spot of birdwatching. Its cliff faces are home to puffins and other seabirds, especially during summer. Tjornes is also a place of geological intrigue, with its exposed layers of fossils and sediment showcasing millions of years of Earth's history.
You can also take a break for coffee in the charming town of Husavik before retiring to your comfortable North Iceland accommodation. Husavik is known for its rich marine life, including humpback whales, minke whales, and dolphins. The town also features the Whale Museum and the quaint Husavikurkirkja, a wooden church considered one of the most beautiful in Iceland.
Day 8 - Akureyri, the Capital of the North, with Optional Whale Watching Tour
On your eighth day, you'll have a real chance to get to grips with Iceland's northern capital, taking in Akureyri's many sights and sounds. The town is situated on the picturesque Eyjafjordur fjord and boasts many cultural landmarks, from the Akureyrarkirkja church to the botanical gardens and numerous local museums.
Delve into the city's past at the Akureyri Museum or discover local and international contemporary art at the Akureyri Art Museum. A visit to the northernmost botanical garden in the world, Lystigardurinn, offers tranquility amidst an array of around 7,000 plant species, approximately 400 of which are natives.
In the city, you can walk along the charming city center, lined with colorful houses and unique local shops, or relax at one of the many geothermal swimming pools. Try the popular Akureyri swimming pool, which features hot tubs, steam baths, and water slides.
Visiting Akureyrarkirkja, an iconic modernist church, is a must for architecture enthusiasts. Designed by famous Icelandic architect Gudjon Samuelsson, it's a perfect example of blending traditional elements with contemporary aesthetics.
Culinary explorers will find Akureyri a delight, with numerous restaurants and cafes serving various cuisines, including traditional Icelandic dishes, fresh seafood, and locally brewed beers.
There is, of course, the chance to add extras to this free day in the North. For example, you could spend a few hours whale watching off Akureyri. Icelandic coastal waters are home to over twenty cetacean species, with Minke Whale sightings being the most common. You might also see Harbor Porpoises, Killer Whales, Humpbacks, and even the mighty Blue Whale!
A whale-watching excursion will also show you some fantastic views of mainland Iceland, and you'll likely see many seabird species, including Guillemots, Skuas, and Terns.
After exploring the North to your heart's content, you'll fly back to Reykjavik, where you'll spend the night.
Day 9 - Free Day in Reykjavik or Optional Adventure Excursion
On day nine, there are several ways you could spend your day. Now happily settled back in the capital, you could spend the morning at the beautiful Blue Lagoon spa on the Reykjanes Peninsula if you haven't already been. The geothermally heated aquamarine water bubbles and steams around you, providing a relaxing experience.
In the afternoon, you'll have the chance to further explore Reykjavik before departing the next day. The city offers many sightseeing options, from the panoramic views atop the iconic Hallgrimskirkja church to the striking modern architecture of Harpa Concert Hall along the city's picturesque waterfront.
If you want to upgrade the ninth day of your package, adding another tour is always possible.
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 way to explore Icelandic nature.
Alternatively, you could take a luxurious and thrilling helicopter ride to explore Iceland's geothermal valleys. It's an exhilarating way to enjoy a bird's-eye view of the bubbling hot springs, vibrant moss-covered lava fields, and steaming rivers. Flying over this stunning landscape highlights the raw and powerful beauty of Iceland's volcanic activity and geothermal energy.
Another option is a tour into the vibrant caldera of the dormant volcano, Thriknukagigur. This adventurous journey allows participants to explore the grandeur of a magma chamber from the inside. The tour comprises a scenic hike across an ethereal lava field, followed by a thrilling descent into the colorful heart of the volcano, creating an unforgettable encounter with Iceland's fiery geological past.
The day's final adventurous option is a tour of the Central Highlands of Iceland, particularly Landmannalaugar ("The Pools of the People"). These kaleidoscopic, rhyolite hillsides hide countless geothermal pools perfect for bathing, making for an authentic Icelandic experience.
You'll spend your final night in Iceland in the capital, Reykjavík.
Day 10 - Departure Day with Optional Blue Lagoon or Sightseeing
Today is your final day in Iceland. Depending on your flight time, you may have another 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 and reflect 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.
Reykjavik, the world's northernmost capital, is teeming with many exciting attractions and activities. One of its distinctive features is its rich street art scene. Wander the city's streets to discover the colorful and imaginative murals that adorn its buildings, turning them into open-air galleries.
Outdoor enthusiasts will also find much to enjoy in Reykjavik. The city is surrounded by sea, making it an excellent place for a relaxing walk along the scenic coastal paths. The geothermal beach at Nautholsvik also offers a unique experience of bathing in warm waters while enjoying views of the North Atlantic.
For families, the Reykjavik Zoo and Family Park is a popular attraction, home to many species, including seals, reindeer, and arctic foxes. There are also fun rides and play areas for children.
Another excellent option is a stroll down Laugavegur, the city's main shopping street. It's lined with boutiques, cafes, bars, and restaurants serving everything from traditional Icelandic dishes to international cuisine.
You'll head to the airport in plenty of time to catch your flight home. We wish you a pleasant journey and hope to see you again soon.
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Good to know
The Inside the Volcano tour only runs from May 10 to October 31. If you choose the Thrihnjukagigur volcano tour, please note that you are not allowed to wear cotton or jeans as the outer layer during your trip. Please wear suitable waterproof clothes and sturdy hiking shoes for this excursion. The crater is always about 42–43 F (5-6 C) inside, so it is important to keep warm and dry.
The Thrihnjukagigur volcano tour involves a hike of approximately 2 miles (3 kilometers) 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's 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.
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.