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

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Tour starts
Keflavík Airport, Flexible
Duration
11 days
Languages
English
Difficulty
Easy
Available
Apr. - Aug.
Minimum age:
8 years old

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 a great fit for travellers 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, seeing 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 on tours to your holiday. You can go glacier hiking on the South Coast, sail between icebergs on Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, visit the Blue Lagoon, and step inside a lava cave on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, just to name a few.

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.

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 with fun activities connected to the nature, history and culture of Iceland
Hands on travel agent to oversee your itinerary
Taxes
Efstidalur farm - Ice cream at a local farm
Glacier hike in Skaftafell
Admission to Auðuns rock collection - Djúpavogur
Admission, coffee and waffle at Kaffi Kú
Goat farm admission and guidance
Admission to Krauma Spa

Activities

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

Attractions

Golden Circle
North Iceland
West Iceland
Reykjavík
Akureyri
Jökulsárlón
Vatnajökull
Mývatn
Dimmuborgir
Húsavík
Ásbyrgi
Dettifoss
Snæfellsjökull
Skógafoss
Seljalandsfoss
Geysir
Gullfoss
Þingvellir
Hraunfossar
Strokkur
Snæfellsnes
Skaftafell
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Reykholt
Barnafoss
Keflavik International Airport
Fjaðrárgljúfur
Kirkjufell
Reynisdrangar
Hvítserkur
Lagarfljót
Tjörnin
South Coast
Ring Road
East Fjords

Daily itinerary

Day 1
A rainbow over Hallgrímskirkja church in Reykjavik.

Arriving in Reykjavik

Welcome to the land of the midnight sun! Your first order of business upon arrival 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 colours 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 and interesting buildings and the Midnight Sun allows you to sightsee late into the night.

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

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

Golden Circle

Now is when the adventure really 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 which was 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 continents as the park is neither located on the Eurasian nor the N-American tectonic plates, but in a rift valley between.

For some extra adventure today you could choose to go snorkelling in a dry suit between continents. In Þinvellir National Park there is a point where the Eurasian and North American Tectonic Plates meet, this is called the Silfra Fissure. Silfra is a deep crevasse filled with crystal clear glacier water that has been filtered through lava rock for over a century. The result is an incredible snorkelling experience with visibility of up to 100 metres.

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 25 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 32-metre high rockface burrowing down into the Gullfossgljúfur canyon below is a spectacular sight. A favourite among photographers, the ‘Golden Falls’ can be captured from a number of 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 cosy accommodation in the area. There you can relax and prepare for the next day of exploration.

Day 3
The sun sets on Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach.

South Coast

Today you will continue your journey along the breath-taking 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.

Day 4
Dramatic colours at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon.

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 which 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 travelling 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. There, 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 all the necessary gear and taken up on to of 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.

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

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. You’ll drive along the part of the Ring Road which weaves in and out of the beautiful fjords in the East. Your guide will show you some of their favourite 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 in the water there lives a monster, Lagarfljótsormurin, a worm creature similar to the one said to dwell in the Scottish Loch Ness. Sightings of the worm date all the way 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.

Along the way today you will also make a stop at Auðuns Rock Collection. This well-maintained collection of beautifully cut stones and gems of the area is a unique attraction.

You will also have the option of going on a tour of a local brewery in Egilsstaðir. Here you will be able to learn about how the master brewers use local ingredients to create the perfect Icelandic pint.

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

Day 6
The spectacular Lake Mývatn.

Dettifoss Waterfall, Lake Myvatn & Akureyri

Further exploration of East Iceland as you move towards the North awaits you on day six. You will be seeing 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, an incredibly powerful cascade which boasts the greatest volume of any waterfall in Europe. This 44-metre high waterfall has featured in films such as the 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 1.1 kilometres wide, 3.5 kilometres long and has cliffs up to 100 metres tall towering over it.

After Ásbyrgi you will go to Húsavík, a quaint fishing town. With a little over 2000 people living there year round, Húsavík 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.

The next stop of the day 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.

If you wish, you can spend some time unwinding at the Mývatn Nature Baths where you can admire the surrounding volcanic landscape. Add entry during the booking process, the water’s healing properties might be just what you need at your trip’s half-way point.

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.

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

Heading to Borganes

You will start your day by leaving the charming northern town of Akureyri behind and heading southwest. On your way, you will make a stop at the cosy Kaffi Ku, where you can grab a bite or drink as you take in the gorgeous surroundings.

Your first stop of the day will be the quaint town of Hauganes. Hauganes sits in the gorgeous Eyjafjörður Fjord. This tiny town is 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 choose to 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 to verbose and was turned to stone by the sun.

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

Day 8
The beautiful Hraunfossar waterfall in West Iceland.

Heading West

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 make a visit to 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, lawspeaker 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 to beautiful waterfalls. The first is Hraunfossar, who’s name literally translates to ‘Lava Falls.’ Hraunfossar is fed by water that seeps through the pores of lava rock. The next waterfall is Barnafoss, made from water that makes its way through a narrow canyon that creates great torrents of water.

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, making it perfect for riders of all ages. You will be able to take in the Icelandic countryside in this experience in a whole new way.

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

Day 9
Kirkjufell Mountain near Grundarfjörður town on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

Snaefellsnes Peninsula

On this day the many gems of Snæfellsnes await you. A fantastic 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. Fans of the HBO series Game of Thrones might recognize it as 'the mountain like an arrowhead' which the Hound sees in a vision. Kirkjufell is often photographed from an angle which also captures the waterfall Kirkjufellsfoss.

Kirkjufell isn’t the only Snæfellsnes landmark that’s been featured in popular culture. The whole peninsula, Snæfellsjökull glacier in particular, play 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 centre of the earth through volcanic tubes in Snæfellsjökull. Sadly the science behind that isn’t exactly sound.

However, you have the possibility to add your own subterranean adventure to the day; a cave exploration in Vatnshellir lava tube. You will walk down a spiral stair-case until you’ve descended 35-metres underground. There the 8000-year-old cave waits for you to admire its 200-metres long tunnel of bewitching colours and riveting rock formations.

Your local guide will choose their favourite sites on the peninsula to stop at, all of which are delightful to stroll around and photograph. At the end of day 9, you will be driven back to Reykjavík where you will spend the night.

Day 10
Flowers blooming in Reykjavik city centre.

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 snorkelling in Silfra. It is a rift, formed in between the European and North American tectonic plates, that is 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 120 metres inside the volcano's caldera. Exploring the bottom of the crater is a truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Day 11
Harpa Concert Hall by Reykjavik Harbour.

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 travelling on their own will be given a single room. Reservations for 2 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 2 triple rooms and 1 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 cancelled. If your chosen activity is cancelled, 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.

Meals

You can now add meals to your booking. Select to include dinner on every night as an optional extra, and we will provide you with vouchers as part of your booking confirmation. We will choose from top-rated restaurants that fit with your vacation itinerary and make your reservations for you. At the restaurant, you will be offered a set menu, from which you can choose from meat, fish or vegetarian options. If you would prefer something else, the voucher will act as a credit that you can redeem at the restaurant against menu items that are not part of the set menu. Please notify the restaurant on arrival about any dietary requirements. Vouchers are non-refundable.

Cancellation Insurance

This insurance guarantees that you can cancel tour and package bookings and receive a full refund, minus the insurance cost. The cost of your cancellation insurance depends on the duration of your tour or package. A base cost of 5,000 ISK per person is applied to all tours and packages with a duration of 5 days or less. An additional 1,000 ISK per person will be added to the insurance cost for each day after. The cancellation must be made more than 48 hours before the listed starting time on your voucher. To cancel your booking and claim your refund, simply contact info@guidetoiceland.is and declare full cancellation. Please note that this insurance covers the cancellation of the whole tour or package. Individual services cannot be cancelled and refunded separately, but are all covered and refunded in case of a full cancellation.

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