12 Day Summer Package | Guided tour of the Complete Circle of Iceland & Snaefellsnes Peninsula

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

Embark on a summer journey around Iceland's Ring Road. Travel in a small group around the country, visiting popular places such as the Golden Circle, Reynisfjara black sand beach, Akureyri and the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, as well as a few hidden gems known only to your local guide. Those looking to experience the best of Iceland in ease and comfort should book this package now.

There are many reasons to visit Iceland in the summer. The roads to unreachable attractions in winter—such as Dettifoss waterfall and the Highlands—thaw and welcome those curious enough to find them. It's possible to spot puffins on the South Coast and everything is bathed in the warmth of the Midnight Sun.

With this package, you'll go on an 8-day guided circle tour of Iceland which includes the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and Dettifoss waterfall. You'll stay at comfortable countryside hotels along the way before ending your journey back in Reykjavík where you will have two whole days to fill with adventure.

You will also be able to customise this package with extra activities. Embrace the Icelandic wildlife and opt to go on a whale watching tour or a horse riding excursion. Feel on top of the world on an epic glacier hike or fly over steaming geothermal landscapes on a thrilling helicopter tour. There are also opportunities to visit the Highlands or descend into a magma chamber of a volcano. 

Look forward to 11 nights and 12 days in Iceland packed with adventure and stunning nature. Follow your experienced local guide around Iceland in the comfort of a minibus. Check availability by choosing a date.

Included

4 nights of accommodation in Reykjavík (different levels available; breakfast not included for Super Budget or Budget levels; breakfast included for Comfort and Quality levels; more detailed info below)
7 nights of accommodation around the countryside of Iceland (breakfast included, private bathroom depending on availability)
8-day guided circle tour of the ring road of Iceland in a small group
Minibus transportation on the guided circle tour
Return transfer between Keflavik international airport and Reykjavik city
Taxes
Hands-on travel agent to oversee your itinerary
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

Activities

Glacier Hiking
Snorkelling
Caving
Super Jeep
Horse Riding
Whale Watching
Sightseeing
Hot Spring Bathing
Cultural Activity
Helicopter

Attractions

Blue Lagoon
Golden Circle
North Iceland
West Iceland
Reykjavík
Akureyri
Jökulsárlón
Vatnajökull
Mývatn
Dimmuborgir
Húsavík
Ásbyrgi
Dettifoss
Snæfellsjökull
Skógafoss
Seljalandsfoss
Geysir
Gullfoss
Þingvellir
Strokkur
Snæfellsnes
Reykjanes
Sólheimajökull
Skaftafell
Silfra
Borgarfjörður
Höfn
Reykholt
Langjökull
Vík í Mýrdal
Egilsstaðir
Hella
Siglufjörður
Keflavik International Airport
Kirkjufell
Esjan
Öxarárfoss
Haukadalur
Skaftafellsjökull
Námaskarð
Lagarfljót
Vatnshellir Cave
Hallormsstaðaskógur
South Coast
Diamond Beach
Ring Road
East Fjords

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Start your Iceland adventure with a soothing soak in the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa.

Arrival and Blue Lagoon

You will land at Keflavík International Airport, located in the moonlike landscape that is the Reykjanes peninsula. Once you have gathered your bags, hop on your bus which will take you to Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavík.

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 then travel across dramatic lava fields until you reach your accommodation in the city. After settling in, you can head out and explore the city, the Midnight Sun will illuminate the evening sky well into the night.

You could decide to go for a drink at one of the city’s many cafes and bars and indulge in a little of the Reykjavík nightlife. Not too much though, as you’ll want to save some energy for the days to come.

Day 2
Watch the mighty Strokkur geyser shoot boiling water high up into the air on the Golden Circle sightseeing route.

The Golden Circle

Your minibus tour around the island starts with your guide picking you up in the morning. After some friendly introductions, you will begin your sightseeing route for the day, the Golden Circle.

Your first stop will be Þingvellir National Park, an area characterised by the rugged gorge that runs through it. On one side of the canyon is the exposed Eurasian tectonic plate and on the other side, the North American plate. Iceland is the only place on earth where it is possible to walk in the middle of a continental divide in this way. Þingvellir is also culturally significant as it was here that the Viking settlers gathered in the year 1000 AD to lay the laws of the land.

Moving on, you will visit the Geysir geothermal area, named after the famous hot spring for which all geysers are consequently called. Watch in amazement as boiling hot water erupts out of the ground reaching heights of up to 25-metres.

Once you have fully appreciated this phenomenon, you will move on to see the majestic Gullfoss waterfall. The Hvítá river is made up of pure glacial water and at Gullfoss, it cascades with great force down two mighty tiers. It is possible to view this natural feature from several angles so you can get the best picture possible.

Don’t let your adventure for the day stop there! 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.

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.

You will retire to accommodation in Golden Circle the area.

Day 3
The beautiful Skógafoss waterfall on Iceland's South Coast often casts rainbows across its surroundings.

The South Coast

Today it’s time to travel the South Coast, a region characterised by its vast black beaches and stunning waterfalls. If the weather is good, keep an eye out to sea and you may be able to spot the outline of the Westman Islands just off the coast.

Your first stop will be Seljalandsfoss waterfall which you can see from the road as you approach the cliffs of the Southern Highlands. However, nothing can prepare you for this sight up close; water cascades from a height of 60-metres in front of a large cavern which you can enter to see the waterfall from all angles.

Not far is your second waterfall of the day, Skógafoss. Like Seljalandsfoss, this mighty waterfall falls an impressive 60-metres but in a wide curtain of thundering water. The ground around it is very flat, allowing visitors to get quite close, and on sunny days, it is possible to see several rainbows in the spray of the falls.

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 your journey along the South Coast, you’ll move onto Reynisfjara black sand beach. This stretch of idyllic coastline is famed not only for its mesmerising sand but also its spectacular basalt columns and photogenic sea stacks, Reynisdrangar. Keep your eyes on the beach's impressive birdlife, you might spot a puffin or two.

Finally, you will make a stop in the charming town of Vík before heading onto your accommodation close by.

Day 4
There's a reason that Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon has been called the 'Crown Jewel of Iceland'.

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Your day will begin with a drive across the sands of Sólheimasandur, a vast black desert that stretches up to the edges of the grand Vatnajökull National Park. Marvel at the contrasting landscapes as each new horizon comes into view.

The first stop of the day is guaranteed to leave you spell-bound and it is often referred to as the “Crown Jewel of Iceland”. Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon is truly a sight to behold; huge icebergs drift in the crystalline waters, breaking off from the Breiðamerkurjökull glacial tongue and floating lazily out to sea.

Here, you have a chance to sail among the ice on a fantastic boat tour, in a specialised Amphibian vehicle that drives into the lake and cruises among the bergs, allowing you to take in the unique structure of each as they creak and groan under their own weight.

Once you have fully taken in the majesty of Jökulsárlón, you will make your way to the Diamond Beach, a magnificent stretch of coast where the icebergs wash up to shore. Here, you can walk among the ancient glacier ice and take many a photo to make those back home jealous!

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.

You will spend your evening in accommodation in the Jökulsárlón area. Make the most of the Midnight Sun and sit outside or go for a walk to take in your beautiful surroundings.

Day 5
The beautiful Lagarflót lake in the Eastfjords is rumoured to be inhabited by an ancient beast.

The Wild Eastfjords

Today, you will explore the remote and wild Eatsfjords. This mountainous area is sparsely populated and characterised by small fishing villages and winding rocky roads. Depending on the feelings of the group, your guide will share with you some local gems in the area.

Much of the geology in this area is quite unique so pay attention to the rock formations and multi-coloured pebbles that litter the ground. You will have the opportunity to get the quintessential small-town experience by stopping at some of the quaint harbour towns dotted along the coast.

There will also be a stop at Lake Lagarfljót, a large and beautiful body of water rumoured to be inhabited by an ancient sea monster. This beast is called the Lagarfljót Wyrm and its legend outdates that of the Loch Ness Monster in Scotland.

You will also see Iceland’s largest forest, Hallormsstaðaskógur, a welcome delight after travelling through the typically treeless Icelandic landscape.

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.

You will then end the day in Egilsstaðir, the largest town in the East and often the sunniest place in Iceland.

You will spend the evening in accommodation in the Eastfjords.

Day 6
Visit Námaskarð geothermal area by Lake Mývatn and see bubbling mud pots, steam vents, hot springs and fumaroles.

Dettifoss, Lake Myvatn & Akureyri

Leaving the Eastfjords, your trip will now take you to some of the attractions which make up the Diamond Circle route, the cousin of the Golden Circle in the southwest. The Diamond Circle is comprised of these main attractions; Dettifoss waterfall, Ásbyrgi canyon, the town of Húsavík and Lake Mývatn.

First, you will feast your eyes on “The Beast”, the nickname bestowed upon the huge waterfall Dettifoss, considered the most powerful in Europe. This colossal natural feature is somewhat of a celebrity as it featured in Ridley Scott’s sci-fi movie, ‘Prometheus’. After a short walk to the falls, you can take in its tremendous might as it sends massive amounts of water over a sheer 44-metre drop.

Back on the road now onto Ásbyrgi, a horseshoe-shaped canyon which, according to legend, was formed by Odin’s eight-legged horse, Slepinir, as he stomped down on the earth. Once you have taken in the verdant landscapes at Ásbyrgi, you’ll make a stop in the pretty town of Húsavík famed for its beautiful harbour and an ornate wooden church.

Next, you will move on to Lake Mývatn, a stunning body of water surrounded by a wealth of fascinating natural features. You will explore the Námskarð Pass, a geothermal area where earth’s geothermal powers rise to the surface as steam spewing out from fumaroles or boiling mud puddles.

You will have the opportunity to truly immerse yourself in the geothermal qualities of the region by paying a visit to the fantastic Mývatn Nature Baths. Soak and unwind in the relaxing and rejuvenating mineral-rich waters and enjoy the epic landscapes on offer.

You will then head towards the Northen Iceland town of Akureyri. Along the way, you will stop at ‘That Waterfall of the Gods,’ Goðafoss. It is believed that this was the site where a Viking Chiefton symbolically threw his pagan totems into the water, encouraging Icelanders to adopt Christianity in order to avoid conflict with Norway.

You will then finish your day at your accommodation in Akureyri.

Day 7
Goðafoss waterfall is located close to Akureyri town and its history matches its natural beauty.

Making your way to Borganes

Today you will start heading southwest, towards even more incredible sights of Iceland. Your day will begin by leaving Akureyri. 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 will be Hauganes. This country town is situated in the magical fjord of Eyjafjörður and has a tiny population of around 140. During your stop here, you can take a walk around the town and take in some of the sights of Icelandic country life. You could also choose to add some extra adventure.

The coastal towns in the north of Iceland are the perfect places to see whales and from Hauganes you can head out into the northern waters on a whale watching tour.

Your next stop will be the mythical Hvítserkur area. This part of the country is home to a rock formation of the same name. Hvítserkur pokes out from the sea and is one of the most photographed rock formations in Iceland. Local legends say this rock was once a troll who stayed out too late and was turned to stone by the rising sun.

You will spend the evening in the Borganes area.

Day 8
The mighty rock formation Hvítserkur in North Iceland has been likened to many a creature, most of all a dragon.

West Iceland

Today you will begin exploring the picturesque and fascinating Western part of Iceland

First, you will visit Europe’s most powerful hot spring, Deildartunguhver which delivers 180-litres per second of 100°C water, heating many of the houses on Iceland’s West Coast.

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.

You will then head to the village of Reykholt. This place was the home of Snorri Sturluson. Snorri was a noted Icelandic poet, historian and lawspeaker who lived during the middle ages. His work is considered an invaluable record of the Old Norse mythology and language.

You will also make a stop at two incredible waterfalls. Barnafoss and Hraunfossar. Hraunfossar is fed by underground water that soaks through the pores of lava rock. Barnafoss pushes its way through a narrow gorge.

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.

After taking in the incredible sights of the day, you will retire again to your accommodation to get some rest and prepare for a day of exploring snæfellsnes.

Day 9
Mt Kirkjufell rises above the town of Grundarfjörður on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and it is often considered the most photographed mountain in Iceland.

The Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Travelling west further still, today you will pay a visit to the Snæfellsnes peninsula, affectionately dubbed ‘Iceland in Miniature’ for the wealth of varied natural features that colour its jagged coastline. The peninsula is named after Snæfellsjökull, the grand glacier volcano which featured in Jules Verne’s famous story, 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth’.

There will be plenty of sightseeing stops throughout the day. You will visit one of the most photogenic mountains in Iceland, Kirkjufell which starred in Season 7 of Game of Thrones as the ‘mountain shaped like an arrowhead. You can capture the elevation’s striking aesthetic with a triple-tiered waterfall in the foreground for the perfect picture.

Within Snæfellsjökull National Park, you will pay a visit to Djúplónssandur black sand beach. Mighty waves crash onto this dramatic beach and smooth its resident pebbles beautifully. As you walk into the area, you will find four heavy lifting stones that sailors used to use to test their strength.

Add even more adventure to your day by exploring the subterranean world of Vatnshellir lava tube, a volcanic cave over 8000-years old. Equipped with a headlamp, you will descend a spiral staircase to explore the secret colours and structures hiding under the surface of our world.

Depending on the group’s interests, you will make further stops at your guide’s discretion before heading back to your accommodation in Reykjavík.

Day 10
Hallgrímskirkja church towers over Reykjavík and many consider it to be the most iconic landmark in the city.

Free Day in Reykjavik

You’ve travelled the full circle around Iceland but the adventure is not over yet! You have a number of options to choose from for how you would like to spend your day.

If you didn’t go to the Blue Lagoon on arrival, you have the opportunity to bask in the regenerative waters of this world-famous spa. Pick the comfort package and you will receive a complimentary silica mud mask, a towel and your first drink completely free. There’s a bar poolside which means you can enjoy your beverage while relishing the warm water.

Spoil yourself a little more and go for the premium package whereby you’ll get everything you would with a Comfort ticket but with the added treat of a free bathrobe, slippers, a second mud mask, and a table reservation at the luxurious Lava Restaurant.

Perhaps you fancy something a little more adventurous? If so, you can explore the Highlands of Iceland on an adrenaline-packed Super Jeep excursion to Landmannalaugar. This stunning region is characterised by its multicoloured hills and riveting hiking trails. It’s a place you really do not want to miss!

Another option is to explore Iceland’s volcanism by descending into an actual volcano. Þríhnúkagígur is now dormant, last erupting over 4000-years ago but you can still see evidence of its dramatic past. Explore this brilliantly coloured magma chamber and prepare for a journey to the centre of the earth that you will not forget in a hurry.

If you would rather just relax after your Ring Road adventure, you could simply opt to spend a day discovering the vibrant and varied city of Reykjavík. Visit one of its many museums or just spend the day walking around; it’s up to you!

Day 11
Reykjavík is full of museums, public gardens and outdoor sculptures.

Free Day in Reykjavik & Sightseeing

If you didn’t opt to explore the inside of a volcano yesterday, don’t worry, you have another opportunity today to discover the magnificent colours of the inside of a magma chamber.

Perhaps you would rather ascend to the heavens rather than explore under the earth's surface, and take an epic helicopter tour. Marvel at the city of Reykjavík as it disappears behind you as you go on to explore a nearby geothermal area from above. Reach impossibly remote places and admire breathtaking views on this once in a lifetime adventure.

You could also opt to experience some of the clearest water in the world on a snorkelling tour of the Silfra fissure at Þingvellir National Park. This mesmerising body of water has visibility of up to 100-metres and you have the extra novelty of swimming between continents! Gear up and get ready for an underwater adventure to remember.

If you haven’t got your fill of the world’s northernmost capital yet, spend a day getting to know Reykjavík. Go shopping in the many boutique shops or go to the top of Hallgrímskirkja church and take in the wonderful panoramic views.

Day 12
A tour of Reykjavík would not be complete without a visit to the Sun Voyager stature close to Harpa Concert Hall.

Departure

Your adventure has come to its end, so say farewell to the city and catch your complimentary ride to the airport in time for your return flight.

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
Good outdoor shoes
Camera
Swimsuit & 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.

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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