4-Day Guided Ring Road Tour - Explore the Circle of Iceland

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Iceland at 08:30
Duration
4 days
Languages
English
Difficulty
Easy
Available
All year
Minimum age:
5 years old

Travel across Iceland along the famous Route 1 to discover the beauty and diverse landscapes of the country. This 4-day guided tour will take you to all the best-known wonders and some hidden places that you can call your own.

As its name suggests, the Ring Road is Iceland’s only road that runs around the country and connects cities, towns and inhabits with each other. The fully paved 1332 km road is open all year round and the best thing about it is that it runs also through the majority of Iceland’s most influential backdrops and tourist attractions! Grandiose waterfalls, moonlike landscapes and imposing glaciers become not only reality but at your fingertips reach.

This small-group guided tour, with a maximum of 19 passengers per bus, is ideal for solo travellers and for those wanting to meet fellow visitors. The smaller group size also makes this incredible experience more personal. All buses are equipped with free Wi-Fi and USB chargers. 

Your accommodation is taken care of so all you have to do is relax and enjoy the journey. There’s plenty of opportunities to add additional experiences to this trip during the booking process. You could go on a glacier tour, go whale watching, visit an ice cave, take a boat tour of a glacier lagoon and even visit incredible spas with geothermal water.

Don’t miss the chance to explore the top sites of Iceland in this 4-day adventure. Pick a date to check availability.

Included

Professional tour guided in English on a minibus
Pick up and drop off within Reykjavik
Accommodation for 3 nights in a double/twin room with private bathroom and breakfast included
Entrance fee to Hvammstangi Seal Center
Free Wi-Fi and USB chargers on a bus

Activities

Glacier Hiking
Caving
Hiking
Whale Watching
Sightseeing
Boat Trip
Hot Spring Bathing
Cultural Activity
Bird watching
Ice Caving

Attractions

Akureyri
Jökulsárlón
Vatnajökull
Mývatn
Goðafoss
Dettifoss
Skógafoss
Seljalandsfoss
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Grjótagjá
Gljufrabui
Hvítserkur
Myvatn Nature Baths
Diamond Beach
Vestrahorn
Stuðlagil Canyon
Vok Baths

Daily itinerary

Day 1
A shot from the inside of a cave with a waterfall flowing over it on the South Coast of Iceland.

South Coast of Iceland

Kicking off from Reykjavík you will turn East to explore the most visited region of Iceland – South Coast. Its relative proximity to the capital and abundant picture-perfect, diverse scenery make it a top favourite. The region is dotted world-renowned waterfalls, stretches of unique black beach coastlines and enigmatic moonlike plains.

First on the itinerary are stunning waterfalls. Seljaladnsfoss is a 60 m high single drop that amazes many travellers and locals alike. Seljaladnsfoss is mostly known for the path hidden in the cave that allows you to fully encircle the fall. Just a stone’s throw from Seljalandsfoss is Gljubrabui, often called “The Hidden Waterfall”. This off the beaten path, the smaller 40-meter waterfall is concealed behind a cliff. The third waterfall visited on this day is Skogafoss. This is an impressive 60-meter tall, 15-meter wide waterfall that takes its waters from both Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers. Just before lunch, you will stop at the world-famous Reynisfjara Black Beach. One obvious particularity of this beach is its black-coloured sand, formed from eroded volcanic rocks and, more precisely, lava that hardens when cooled and shatters into billions of tiny particles. For lunch, you will stop in Vík, a charming village located opposite Reynisfjara.

Last on the itinerary on this day is a visit to Skaftafell National Park, a true adventurers realm full of relaxing hiking paths. There you can take part in a very unique activity, a Glacier Hike (bookable as an extra). Under the care of your experienced glacier guide, you can put your feet down on the ice and enjoy amazing views over the biggest glacier in Europe.

Day 2
Icebergs floating in the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon in East Iceland.

East Iceland

The eastern part of the country has a calmer and quieter vibe about it. This region of the country is characterized by smaller picture-perfect, pocket-sized towns and villages, each having their own particular charm.

This day starts at Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, the deepest lake in Iceland powered by the outlets from Vatnajokull Glacier. The calm, crystal-clear surface is full of icebergs floating towards the Atlantic Ocean. Some of them are washed ashore and dazzle like diamonds on the black satin beach which is affectionately the Diamond Beach.

During wintertime (November-March) the Blue Ice Cave Visit is by far the perfect add-on guaranteed to get your heart pumping and blood flowing! During summertime (May-October) you could add an amphibian boat tour of the lagoon. This 45-minute long tour will leave you with unforgettable memories. You will get close to the icebergs and remember to keep your head up for seals swimming around.

On this day you will also stop at Vestrahorn Mountain. This is one of the most picturesque mountains in Iceland, proudly rising above the mighty ocean.

You will see Djupivogur town located in a deep fjord with trading history dating back to the 16th century and the Lagarfljot area, filled with magnificent natural backdrops and rich folklore.

During summertime (April-October) you will also visit Studlagil Canyon – one of Iceland’s newest findings and best-kept secrets. Turquoise waters of the Jokulsa river run through the canyon, considered by geologists as the biggest collection of basalt columns in the country.

This day ends in Egillstadir, the capital of Eastern territories. There you can rest in the hotel, or add something unique to that day. You could visit the Vök geothermal pools set on the beautiful Lake Urriðavatn. Hot springs scattered deep underneath the lake heat these exquisitely designed man-made formations allowing its guests to take full advantage of the geothermal waters and their natural healing properties from deep within Iceland’s grounds.

Day 3
The Grjotagja Geothermal Cave located in the north of Iceland.

The Northern Territories and Lake Mývatn

Setting off from Egillstadir the direction turns North where you will spend two days. Iceland’s Northern territories are characterised by cosmic landscapes, world-renowned natural backdrops merged with rich geology and Norse history.

On day 3 you will travel around Lake Myvatn, one of the wonders of Iceland. Myvatn is nestled in a quiet area of the country’s Northern territory with rich and colourful fauna and flora and yet again, unbeatable natural sceneries.

You will be amazed by the power of Mother Nature while visiting the Hverir Geothermal Fields scattered with mud lakes, steaming holes and colourful grounds. Then you will visit the Grjotagja Geothermal Cave, Dimmuborgir, Hverfjall Volcano and Krafla just to name a few.

Between lake Mývatn and Akureyri lies the ‘Waterfall of the Gods’, or, in Icelandic, Goðafoss. Its crystal-clear waters flow from the Skjálfandafljót River, high up in the Highlands through Bardadalur valley to reach its grounds and cascades down a 12-metre drop creating swirling green-coloured forms in the waters below.

During summertime (April-October), when days are longer and paths no longer icy, you can visit Dettifoss, considered as Europe’s most powerful waterfall with 500 cubic meters of water flowing over its 45-metre drop.

If you wish to relax in truly Icelandic way then add a visit in Mývatn Natural Geothermal SPA. This man-made pool offers not only relaxing soak in silky geothermal waters but also amazing views over Lake Myvatn itself.

This day ends in Akureyri – the capital of Northern Iceland.

Day 4
Visitors spotting a whale tail in the waters off the coast of North Iceland.

Whale watching and scenic North Coast

Your final day starts in the city of Akureyri, the country’s northern gateway, which is home to a little over 20.000 inhabitants, making it the second-largest city in Iceland after Reykjavik. Akureyri is considered as its own distinctive mini version of Reykjavik, being the central business, cultural and service hub for the northern territories. When leaving city boundaries, you will travel further north to the village of Dalvík. Dalvik is one of the best spots for watching whales in Iceland. You will feel the unique atmosphere of the remote fishing town while walking down the streets and around the harbour. As an add-on, you can take a boat tour searching for the whales breeding in ice-cold waters of Eyjafjordur Fjord.

Then it is time to turn towards Reykjavik. On the way, you can enjoy unique landscapes and the scenic drive along the North Coast with stops at Hvammstangi Seal Center, Hvitserkur Rock and Kolugljufur Canyon with a spectacular waterfall (accessible between April and October).

The estimated arrival time in Reykjavik is at 10 PM (22:00).

What to bring

Warm and water/windproof clothes
Good hiking shoes (if you do not have hiking shoes then we offer these for rent)
Bathing suit and towel (if you wish to relax in thermal pools)
Camera

Good to know

Pickup takes place between 08:30 – 09:00 – so please be ready from 8:30 at your pick up location.

This tour typically returns to Reykjavik on Day 4 around 10:00pm

If you are a single traveler then a Single Room Supplement is mandatory.

IMPORTANT: It can happen that the optional activities can be cancelled because of weather and/or safety reasons. Then we will find other activities when possible and refund the amount paid for the cancelled activities or the price difference between new activity and cancelled one

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