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6 Day Guided Ring Road Tour | Explore the Circle of Iceland

6 Day Guided Ring Road Tour | Explore the Circle of Iceland

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Tour starts
Iceland at 08:30
Duration
6 days
Languages
English
Difficulty
Easy
Available
Feb. - Dec.
Minimum age:
5 years old

See the best that Iceland has to offer as we take you to every single part of the country along the famous Ring Road and discover the delights of West Iceland.

This all-encompassing six-day tour takes you to every region in Iceland on the Ring Road and deep into the heart of West Iceland, too, starting with an adventure on the South Coast with its stunning waterfalls and black sand beaches, plus an option to hike your way across a glacier.

The second day takes us to the glittering iceberg lagoon at Jokulsarlon, where you will have the chance to take a boat trip around the icebergs or go ice-caving beneath the glacier. From there, we will whisk you through the peaceful landscapes of the Eastfjords with stops at Vestrahorn, the old fishing of Djupivogur, and, in summer, the breathtaking Studlagil Canyon before an overnight stay in Egilsstadir.

The third day brings us to Myvatn, an area well-known for active geothermal hotspots and magical places such as Grjotagja and Dimmuborgir, with an opportunity to soak the day away in the Green Lagoon. You'll also see the majestic waterfalls of Dettifoss, Selfoss and Godafoss.

The fourth day will take us from Akureyri to Dalvik, from where your optional whale watching boat tour sails. A short detour away from the Ring Road will later bring us to the Vatnes peninsula, where the dragon-shaped sea stack Hvitserkur, the seals of Hvammastangi, and the beautiful Kolugljufur canyon will be seen.

The fifth day will see us in West Iceland, taking in the weird and wonderful lava field waterfalls of Hraunfossar and the piping hot spa springs of Deildartunguhver.

On the final day of this six-day tour, you'll spend the day exploring the famous Snaefellsnes peninsula, nicknamed "Iceland in miniature" for a good reason.

Don't miss out on this incredible six-day adventure in Iceland.

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Included

Professional tour guided in English on a minibus
Pick up and drop off within Reykjavik
Accommodation for 5 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

Sightseeing

Attractions

Akureyri
Jökulsárlón
Mývatn
Goðafoss
Dettifoss
Snæfellsjökull
Skógafoss
Seljalandsfoss
Hraunfossar
Deildartunguhver
Skaftafell
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Grjótagjá
Vík í Mýrdal
Selfoss (waterfall)
Egilsstaðir
Gljufrabui
Kirkjufell
Dalvík
Hvítserkur
Lóndrangar
Djúpivogur
Grábrók
Ytri Tunga Beach
Víðgelmir
Kolugljúfur
Skaftafell Ice Cave
Hverir Поле Гейзеров
Vestrahorn
Stuðlagil Canyon

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Skogafoss waterfall in the summer months

The South Coast

For the first stage of this six-day journey, you will be transported from Reykjavik to the South Coast over a highland pass across a lava plateau dotted with superheated steam vents rising into the air.

Splendid views of the vast coastal plain can be seen as we sweep downhill past the geothermal greenhouses of Hveragerdi along the way, heading towards some of the most beautiful sights the country has to offer.

As we progress along the Ring Road, the land rises again up into enormous mountains and glaciers on the right, with the Atlantic coast on the left. Soon, the world-famous volcano Eyjafjallajokull starts to appear in the distance.

This is our first stop, where you will see the splendid waterfall of Seljalandsfoss as it cascades 60 meters down into a blue-green river.

We'll also take you to the "Hidden Waterfall" of Gljufrabui, just a few minutes away but rarely seen by most Ring Road travellers, as it is concealed behind a secluded rockface.

This section of Route 1 can often be very windy indeed, and the smaller waterfalls might be blown aside or even back up into the air!

A few minutes further along the road, you will soon see the superb Skogafoss waterfall, easily spotted even before we turn off the Ring Road. Glacial waters gracefully fall 60 meters into the Skoga river, where the eternal spray sparks uncounted rainbows on sunny days. You can also ascend a 500-step path to the top and see the views from there too.

The next stop on the first day is the dramatic black sand beach at Reynisfjara, offering views of the superb stone sea arches of Dyrholaey in the distance, the fascinating basalt columns fastened to the cliff-face and the other-worldly Reynisdrangar. These volcanic rock towers lurk just offshore.

Powerful Atlantic waves storm ashore here, crashing their way up the beach and often catching out the unwary with their speed – take care when walking along the volcanic sands here.

Optional extra:

We will offer you the chance to take a fabulous walk across a glacier at Skaftafell in the Vatnajokull National Park, where ancient frozen rivers snake their way down ice-carved valleys – your best chance to grasp the scale of this natural spectacle truly. This three-hour experience will see you picking a path between stunning crevasses and beautiful glacial formations, all under the careful supervision of expert local guides and safely equipped with crampons over your shoes. There is a minimum age requirement for this tour (8 years +), and the glacier walk is available from April to October only.

Day 2
Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon in South Iceland

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and the Eastfjords

On Day 2, we will take you onwards on the Ring Road across the Sandar, a broad expanse of flat glacial river deltas on one side of the road and endless moss-green lava fields on the other, as we make our way to the glittering Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon.

Here, substantial luminous icebergs separate themselves from the Breidamerkurjokull glacier and crash into a 25 square kilometre lake, beginning their slow and meandering drift towards the freedom of the Atlantic Ocean.

This is a mesmerizing and magical place, a location used in James Bond and Batman movies, offering memorable images for your camera, with constantly changing sights as the wind and water tugs away at the bergs. There's a seal colony here, as well as flocks of seabirds to spot.

The glacier lagoon is instantly visible from the Ring Road on the landward side – on the other lies another yet stunning spectacle - the Diamond Beach. Here, as the icebergs meet the Atlantic waves and start to disintegrate into ever smaller pieces, they take on fantastically sculptured shapes.

After exploring Jokulsarlon and then continuing further east, the tourist crowds start to recede behind us as we make our way into the high-sided Eastfjords. A serene and placid place with only a handful of tiny fishing villages hiding away between imposing mountain ranges.

Vestrahorn is the most famous of these, with its jagged peaks catching the eye before we make our way to Djupivogur, a fishing port that dates back to the 16th century.

On the long summer days, we will also visit the recently-discovered striking basalt columns of Studlagil Canyon, before spending the night in Egilsstadir, the eastern capital.

Watch out for wild reindeer here as they can often be seen in these parts.

Optional extras:

In the winter months, you have the option of adding an ice-cave experience, or, in the summer months, you can take an amphibious boat tour out on the lagoon among the icebergs. All year round, there's also the choice of soothing yourself in a geothermal spa.

From November to March, we offer you a three-hour expedition to the Blue Ice Cave, starting with an exciting Super-Jeep ride across the glacier. This is your chance to go deep down under the Breidamerkurjokull glacier and see this natural marvel at close quarters, guided by local experts and kitted out with appropriate safety gear.

From May to September, the optional trip is to take a 45-minute amphibious boat tour on the glacier lagoon itself amongst the icebergs, looking out for the seals as they swim or basking on the beach.

All year-round, we offer the option to wallow in the warm waters of the Vok Geothermal Floating Pools. Hot springs far below the lake heat these baths, allowing you to soak away any aches from a day's travel.

Day 3
Godafoss waterfall in North Iceland

Lake Myvatn and the North of Iceland

The third day sees the tour turn north through moon-like landscapes and into the beautiful lake region of Myvatn, famous for its fascinating lava formations, flat-topped mountains, and a wealth of flora and fauna.

Myvatn is the fourth largest lake in the country, lying across the Mid Atlantic Ridge with geothermal features bubbling away alongside dormant volcanoes.

For Game of Thrones fans, the Grjotagja geothermal cave will be a highlight. In contrast, the dramatic lava fields of Dimmuborgir, with its easy walks, will intrigue others. Nearby is Hverir, a geological marvel where you can walk numerous paths between sulfurous and colourful hot-pots.

This wonderful day will conclude with visits to the gorgeous waterfalls of Selfoss, Godafoss, and Dettifoss, the most magnificent waterfall in the country, when it is accessible in the summer months.

Glorious Godafoss is not the biggest waterfall in the country. Still, it is very significant as the place where pagan symbols were forever discarded, thrown into the Skjalfandafljot river when Iceland became a Christian nation.

Dettifoss (accessible from April to October) is the most powerful waterfall in Europe, nearly 50 meters high and a hundred meters wide, producing plumes of spray that are visible from some distance away.

This region provides visitors with splendid views and ever-changing landscapes, from green fjord side pasturelands to dark, brooding lava fields, bright blue lakes and rivers, snow-capped peaks, and boiling mud pots.

Optional extra:

This is your chance to bathe in the Myvatn Natural Geothermal SPA, also known as the Green Lagoon and the second most famous pool in the country, offering far more impressive views than its famous cousin, the Blue Lagoon.

Day 4
Hvitserkur seastack in North Iceland

The North Coast of Iceland

Our fourth day begins in Akureyri – the charming capital of the North, situated near the head of the longest fjord in Iceland and offering a great selection of cosy cafés, seafood restaurants, and funky art galleries to visit.

Optional extra:

A few miles drive away from Akureyri lies the sweet little village of Dalvik in Eyjafjordur. Here, you'll have a chance to take a whale watching tour in an area that is famed for excellent conditions and a 99% success rate in spotting various types of whales, including humpbacks, minkes and the greatest of all, the blue whale.

Next, we move on to the Vatsnes Peninsula to visit the legendary dragon-shaped sea stack at Hvitserkur. This fascinating rock formation looks like it may be drinking from the sea.

Then we will go seal spotting at Hvammstangi, where these charming creatures laze about on the rocks, just a few meters from the road.

From April until October, we will also visit the impressive Kolugljufur Canyon with its several splendid waterfalls.

Day 5
The incredible waterfalls of West Iceland

Borgarfjordur and the Lava Fields of the West

The fifth day will see you explore the Borgarfjordur area in West Iceland, a region rich in Saga history, marvellous waterfalls, remarkable lava formations, and much more.

We will visit the famous Grabrok craters at Bifrost, celebrated in the legend for the rainbow bridge that connected Asgard, the world of Gods, with Midgard, the world of humans.

Next is the lava waterfalls of Hraunfossar, where countless milky-blue streams and rivers pour off the lava field for one of the most breathtaking views in the country. Close by here is Barnafoss, or the Child's Waterfall, where a sad story of loss is told, and Deildartunguhver – the most powerful hot spring that can be seen anywhere in Europe.

Optional extras:

You can choose to visit the colourful Vidgelmir Lava Cave, one of the most extensive lava tunnels in the country and a fantastic opportunity to explore the hidden lava formations that lie beneath the surface of the Earth.

Day 6
Kirkjufell and Kirkjufellsfoss in West Iceland

Snaefellsnes National Park

The Snaefellsnes peninsula is a 100km finger of land stretching far out into the Atlantic Ocean, where you will discover a multi-coloured world of windswept beaches, bird colonies clinging to sharp-edged cliffs, rugged lava fields, dazzling blue-water fjords. Looming above it all, the gigantic gleaming ice-cap of Snaefellsjokull, a 700,000-year-old stratovolcano.

You will also see the dizzying rock stacks of Londrangar, lovely fishing villages, the black sand beaches of Djupalonssandur, and the seals at Ytri-Tunga.

Then we come to the start of Snaefellsnes – the magnificent Kirkjufell mountain, a peak that has been featured in "The Life of Walter Mitty" and "Game of Thrones". Kirkjufell is one of the most photographed mountains in Iceland, with its gorgeous arrowhead shape drawing the eye from far in the distance.

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
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 6 around 8 PM. If you are a single traveler then a Single Room Supplement is mandatory. MPORTANT: 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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