11 Day Summer Package | Ring Road of Iceland with Experienced Local Guide

The majestic Dettifoss waterfall northeast Iceland.
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Tour starts
Keflavík Airport
Starting time
Flexible
Duration
11 days
Ending place
Keflavík Airport
Languages
English
Difficulty
Easy
Available
Apr. - Aug.
Minimum age
8 years old

Description

Set off on the adventure of a lifetime and spend 11 days visiting the Golden Circle, Reynisfjara black sand beach, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, Lake Mývatn, and Snæfellsnes Peninsula. This summer package is an excellent fit for travelers looking to immerse themselves in the wonders of Icelandic nature, witness the midnight sun and get to know the culture with the guidance of experienced locals.

Over eleven days, you will have plenty of time to take in gorgeous views of glaciers and mountains, hot springs, and waterfalls. You'll witness the wildlife of Iceland, see Icelandic horses in the field, and perhaps spot a puffin or two nesting in coastal cliffs. In addition to the complete circle of Iceland, you finish the trip exploring Iceland's capital, Reykjavík. 

If you wish to make this already memorable trip even more exciting, you can add tours to your holiday. You can sail between icebergs on Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, visit the Blue Lagoon, and step inside a lava cave on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, to name a few.

Glacier hiking and whale watching are even included in the price!

The package includes transport to and from the airport, accommodation around the country, and a guided mini-bus drive around the Ring Road, including the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. You'll also be staying in the city of Reykjavík for three nights. 

Book this immersive 11-day package to experience the best Iceland has to offer and make memories that will last you a lifetime. Check availability by choosing a date.

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Included

Transport to and from Keflavík Airport
8 day guided minibus tour of the Ring Road with English speaking guide
3 nights of accommodation in Reykjavík with breakfast
7 night of accommodation in various country hotels with breakfast
Detailed itinerary
Personal travel agent
Taxes
Glacier hike in Skaftafell
Whale watching tour

Activities

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

Daily itinerary

Day 1
A rainbow over Hallgrímskirkja church in Reykjavik.

Day 1 - Arriving in Reykjavik

Welcome to the land of the midnight sun! Upon arrival, your first order of business will be to hop aboard a bus that will transport you from Keflavík airport, past the mystic lava fields of the Reykjanes peninsula, and into Reykjavík city.

On your way to Iceland’s capital city, you could choose to make a stop at the Blue Lagoon. This world-renowned spa is known for its healing waters, vivid azure colors, and luxurious treatments. It is located in the middle of a moss-covered lava field, giving it an otherworldly atmosphere. If you add the Blue Lagoon, it will be arranged according to your flights. If there is no time to visit the lagoon today, it can be added to another day. Your travel consultant will be able to arrange this for you. There is still plenty to see and do in Reykjavik if you have extra free time.

You will have free time upon arrival in Reykjavík to settle into your accommodation and see some sights. This northernmost capital city in the world has an abundance of restaurants, museums, galleries, cafes, quaint streets, interesting buildings, and the Midnight Sun allows you to sightsee late into the night.

Exploring the city center on foot is a great way to spend a bright summer evening. You could stroll down to the harbor, past Harpa Concert Hall, and along the sea to the popular photo opportunity spot by the Sun Voyager sculpture.

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Day 2
A geyser erupting on the Golden Circle sightseeing route.

Day 2 - Golden Circle

Now is when the adventure begins! In the morning, you will be picked up in Reykjavík, and your guided tour will start with the classic Golden Circle, Iceland's best-known sightseeing route.

You'll start at Þingvellir National Park, the original site of Alþingi, the Icelandic parliament founded by Vikings in 930 AD. In the area's more recent history, the park's moss-covered lava formations were used as a location for the HBO series Game of Thrones. At Þingvellir, you can walk between two continents as the park is neither located on the Eurasian nor the N-American tectonic plates, but in a rift valley between.

Then you will be driven a short distance to the Geysir geothermal area, where you will find the geyser Strokkur which is known to erupt every 5-10 minutes. Make sure to have cameras ready when the hot spring shoots a jet of boiling-hot water as high as 66 ft (20 meters) in the air.

Last but certainly not least in the Golden Circle trilogy is Gullfoss waterfall. A vast amount of glacial water plummeting down the 105-foot (32-meter) high rockface burrowing down into the Gullfossgljúfur canyon below is a spectacular sight. A favorite among photographers, the 'Golden Falls' can be captured from several angles.

You will also make a stop at Efstidalur Farm. This family-owned attraction is a working dairy farm and boasts some of the freshest and most delicious ice creams you will ever taste, made with milk straight from the farm.

Your second day in Iceland will end at your cozy accommodation in the area. There you can relax and prepare for the next day of exploration.

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Day 3
The sun sets on Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach.

Day 3 - South Coast

Today you will continue your journey along the breathtaking South Coast. The route provides a diverse mix of views, including mountains and glaciers, the Atlantic Ocean, and fields where cows and sheep can be seen roaming.

No doubt your waterfall appetite was whetted by Gullfoss the day before, and it'll surely be quenched on day three. You'll see two majestic waterfalls, which both measure over 60 meters tall. One is the compact Seljalandsfoss which has a footpath that allows visitors to walk behind the curtain of water. The other is the bellowing Skógarfoss which sprays a mist far over the surrounding area.

You could also choose to visit an ice cave today. Ice caves are an incredible natural wonder that will transport you into an almost crystal palace of icy walls marbled in white and blues.

You will also visit the Dyraholaey Sea Arch, a rocky promenade that stretches out from the mainland of the south coast into the sea. From here, you will get a great few of the surrounding landscape.

Continuing along the coastline, you will encounter Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach. This dark beach and the looming lava-formation, Reynisdrangar, might ignite your inner gothic poet, or at the very least, provide some Instagrammable photos.

At the end of your South Coast exploration, you can have a well-earned rest in your accommodations near the village of Vík.

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Day 4
Dramatic colours at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon.

Day 4 - Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Day four’s main attraction is the ‘Crown Jewel of Iceland’ Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. It is, however, not the only precious sight of the day. In and around Vatnajökull National Park, you will see stunning landscapes created by the mighty Vatnajökull glacier, such as black sands, rivers of glacial water, and some of the country’s highest peaks.

Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon is a spectacular thing to behold. Icebergs that have broken off from a nearby glacier floated on top of the tranquil lagoon, creating a display of blue and white shapes. The grandeur of the location seems to go unnoticed by the relaxed seals that hang out on the banks of the lagoon.

If you are traveling between May and October, you can elect to take a boat ride on the lagoon for a unique view of the icebergs and sail between the giant, natural ice sculptures on Jökulsárlón’s mirror-like surface.

A short distance away, the Diamond Beach awaits you. The beautiful icebergs have washed ashore, creating the illusion of gigantic diamonds laid out on the pitch-black beach. Truly a wonderful sight to behold and to photograph.

Today you will also take in the Skaftafell Nature Reserve, a beautiful part of the country that sits within Vatnajökull National Park. From here, you will go on a glacier hike. You will be fitted with the necessary gear and taken up on the icy slopes to see the incredible views from on top of a glacier.

In the evening you will go to your accommodation in the Jökulsárlón area.

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Day 5
A summer day at Lagarfljót lake in East Iceland.

Day 5 - Eastfjords

On this day you'll have plenty of time to feel the tranquillity of nature. The Eastfjords are visited less than the rest of the country, which makes them quieter. This part of the Ring Road weaves in and out of the beautiful fjords in the East. Your guide will show you some of their favorite spots along the way.

The Eastfjords are full of texture, with mountains looming over rugged coastlines. The area is also the only part of Iceland where reindeer roam free. Perhaps you'll be lucky enough to spot one.

Your travels in the East will take you to Lagarfljót, a lake with a secret. Legend has it that there lives a monster in the water, Lagarfljótsormurin, a worm creature similar to the one said to dwell in the Scottish Loch Ness. Sightings of the worm date back to 1345 and up to this decade. So keep your cameras at the ready. You might prove the myth to be true.

While in the East you'll also be able to see Hallormsstaðaskógur, the biggest forest in Iceland. Iceland is not known for wooded landscapes. There aren't many to be found, which makes Hallormsstaðaskógur unique. It is an appealing place for hiking, bird spotting, and picnics. Hallormstaðaskógur is not too far from Egilsstaðir, the largest town in the eastern region of Iceland.

If you want some added adventure to your day, you can choose to go on a horse riding tour. The Icelandic horse is well-known for its lovely temperament and sturdy build, perfect for riders of all ages. You will be able to take in the Icelandic countryside in this experience in a whole new way.

Your accommodation for the night will be in a lovely town in the Eastfjords.

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Day 6
The spectacular Lake Mývatn.

Day 6 - Dettifoss Waterfall, Lake Myvatn & Akureyri

Further exploration of East Iceland as you move towards the North awaits you on day six.

If you choose to do so while booking, you can also book admission to the Vok Baths, a stunning spa immersed in a lake by Egilsstadir.

Otherwise, you will see Dettifoss waterfall, Ásbyrgi canyon, the town of Húsavík, and Lake Mývatn. These attractions are referred to as the Diamond Circle, a sort of the north-eastern equivalent of the Golden Circle you saw down south.

First on the list is Dettifoss, a mighty cascade that boasts the greatest volume of any waterfall in Europe. This 144-foot (44-meter) high waterfall has been featured in films such as Ridley Scott's movie Prometheus, but its true magnetism can only be felt by visiting it in person.

The second location visited on this day is Ásbyrgi, a luscious canyon shaped like a horseshoe. Specifically, this shape is said to have been left there by Odin's eight-legged horse, Sleipnir, from Norse Mythology. The canyon is 0.68 miles (1.1 kilometers) wide, 2.2 miles (3.5 kilometers) long, and has cliffs up to 328 ft (100 meters) tall towering over it.

After Ásbyrgi, you will go to Húsavík, a quaint fishing town. With a little over 2000 people living in Húsavík year-round, it just about manages to reach the population to be considered a town rather than a village. Yet, it very much looks like a cute, little village. In Húsavík, there are many interesting places to visit, including Húsavíkurkirkja, a wooden church dating back to 1907, as well as Húsavík Whale Museum and The Exploration Museum.

Today's next stop is in the Mývatn region, which is named after a gorgeous lake surrounded by stirring landscapes. You will visit Námaskarð pass, a geothermal area by the Mountain Námafjall, where white pillars of steam rise into the air and give the whole region a Mars-like look.

You will then head towards the 'Capital of the North' Akureyri. On the way, you will stop at a momentous waterfall known as Goðafoss' The Waterfall of the Gods.'

You will stop in Akureyri to rest for the evening.

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Day 7
Goðafoss waterfall in North Iceland under the Midnight Sun.

Day 7 - Heading to Borganes

You will start your day by leaving the charming northern town of Akureyri behind and heading southwest.

Your first stop of the day will be the quaint town of Hauganes, which sits in the gorgeous Eyjafjörður Fjord. This tiny town offers you a great opportunity to see quintessential Icelandic country life. The town sits in idyllic surroundings and has a small population of around 140 people.

During your stop here, you could choose to stretch your legs and take a walk around the picturesque village. You could also have a coffee and do some people-watching, or you could add even more excitement or relaxation to your day.

There are two additional activities you could enjoy from Hauganes. The waters around this part of Iceland are well-known for being hubs for whale activity, and from Hauganes, you could opt to go on a whale watching tour.

Your next stop will be a famous rock formation, Hvitserkur. This attraction is said to be a troll that got a bit too verbose and was turned to stone by the sun.

You will then stop at your accommodation in the Borganes area.

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Day 8
Kirkjufell Mountain near Grundarfjörður town on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

Day 8 - Snaefellsnes Peninsula

On this day, the many gems of Snæfellsnes await you. A great region to explore due to its many distinct and breathtaking sights; from Kirkjufell mountain to Djúpalónssandur beach to the glacier itself, Snæfellsjökull. The Peninsula also has many charming towns and villages.

Right outside the town of Grundarfjörður is one of Iceland's most recognizable landmarks; the extremely photogenic mountain Kirkjufell. The HBO series Game of Thrones fans might recognize it as 'the mountain like an arrowhead' which the Hound sees in a vision. Kirkjufell is often photographed from an angle that also captures the waterfall Kirkjufellsfoss.

Kirkjufell isn't the only Snæfellsnes landmark that's been featured in popular culture. The whole peninsula, but Snæfellsjökull glacier in particular, plays a pivotal role in Jules Verne's science fiction novel 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth'. In the story, a scientist believes you can reach the center of the earth through volcanic tubes in Snæfellsjökull. Sadly the science behind that isn't exactly sound.

However, you can add your own subterranean adventure to the day. A cave exploration in the Vidgelmir lava tube is a fantastic way to get in touch with Iceland's hidden volcanic nature.

You will then make your way to your accommodation to get some rest before you have more exploring tomorrow.

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Day 9
The beautiful Hraunfossar waterfall in West Iceland.

Day 9 - West Iceland

Today you will get set to explore the west of Iceland. This area of Iceland is known for its wide variety of landscapes.

You will head through the picturesque fjords and make your first stop in the Reykholtsdalur Valley. This area is bubbling with geothermal activity and is also home to the most powerful hot spring in Europe, Deildartunguhver.

Today you will also visit the Krauma Spa, a geothermal bath in the west. This attraction allows you to soak and relax as you take in the views around you.

You will also visit a goat farm. This might not be something you expect in Iceland, but goat farming is, in fact, somewhat thriving here.

Your next stop will be the historically important town of Reykholt. This town was the home of an important figure in Iceland. Noted historian, law speaker, and poet Snorri Sturluson was from here. Snorri is credited with keeping invaluable records of the Icelandic language and the stories from Old Norse Mythology.

Next, you will head towards beautiful waterfalls. The first is Hraunfossar, whose name translates to ‘Lava Falls.’ Hraunfossar is fed by water that seeps through the pores of lava rock. The next waterfall is Barnafoss, made At the end of day nine, you will be driven back to Reykjavík, where you will spend the night.

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Day 10
Flowers blooming in Reykjavik city centre.

Day 10 - Reykjavik

Your last full day in Iceland will be spent in the enchanting capital city, Reykjavík. You will have free time to get to know the capital at your leisure or you could book one of the many tours that operate from the city. Regardless of what you spend your day doing, you're sure to enjoy this quirky little city.

If you didn't visit on your arrival day, you could choose to visit the world-famous Blue Lagoon. It is the ideal way to relax after eight days on the road. The geothermal waters are rich in silica which are said to do wonders for the skin. 

For a more adventurous aquatic experience, you can take a tour to Þingvellir National Park and go snorkeling in Silfra. It is a rift formed between the European and North American tectonic plates that are now filled with crystal clear glacial water. You'll be picked up in Reykjavík and taken to this unique location. If you're up for putting a snorkel on and diving in, there's no place like it in the world.

You could also use the day and take a tour to Þríhnjúkagígur, a dormant volcano located just outside of Reykjavík. There you'll have the chance to descend 394 ft (120m) inside the volcano's caldera. Exploring the bottom of the crater is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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Day 11
Harpa Concert Hall by Reykjavik Harbour.

Day 11 - Departure

Any spare time you have on departure day can be utilized to soak in the atmosphere in Reykjavík. 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 and waterproof clothing
A camera
Good shoes
Swimsuit and towel

Good to know

Customers traveling on their own will be given a single room. Reservations for two people will be allocated a double room. For bookings of 3 or more, triple rooms will automatically be allocated. For example, a group of 8 will receive two triple rooms and one double. If these arrangements do not meet your requirements, please contact the provider.

It can happen, in the case of extreme weather, that an activity is canceled. If your chosen activity is canceled, we will assist you with rearranging or booking other activities when possible, and any potential price difference will be refunded to you.

Accommodation in Reykjavik

See our accommodation levels below and our preferred accommodation partners under each day in the daily itinerary. Super budget level accommodations will be arranged in hostel dorm beds. For budget and comfort levels, bookings for one person will be arranged in single rooms, and bookings for two or more people will share a twin/double or triple room(s). For quality level, odd number groups will always be allocated a single room. If you are travelling in a group, but prefer a single room, please make separate bookings. Teenagers and children will be arranged in the same room with parents. If additional room(s) is needed, additional costs will incur.

For multi-day guided tours, accommodation cannot be upgraded and the levels below do not apply. Guide to Iceland will provide you with the best available accommodation at the time of your booking from our preferred partners. If our preferred partners are fully booked at the time of your booking, we will find another suitable accommodation for you of similar level.

We always do our best to accommodate special requests, which may incur additional costs. Press choose a date to find availability.

Super Budget

Dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels, such as HI Hostels. Located in the capital region. Breakfast is not included.

Budget

Private rooms with shared bathroom in guesthouses or hostels such as Capital Inn Guesthouse. Located in the capital region. Breakfast is not included.

Comfort

Rooms with a private bathroom at three-star hotels such as Hótel Klettur, or quality guesthouses. Located in the city center or in close vicinity. Breakfast is included.

Quality

Rooms at four-star design hotels in the city center with a private bathroom at the absolute best locations downtown such as Hotel Alda. Breakfast is included.

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