Small-Group 6-Day Guided Tour of Iceland’s Ring Road with Transfer from Reykjavik

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Summary

Tour starts
Reykjavík, Iceland
Starting time
at 08:30
Duration
6 days
Ending place
Reykjavík, Iceland
Languages
English
Difficulty
Easy
Available
May - Oct.
Minimum age
5 years old

Description

Discover the best attractions of Iceland's Ring Road with a 6-day guided tour of Iceland's highlights. Travelers who want to visit some of the country's most famous destinations, including the Golden Circle, Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, and the Lake Myvatn geothermal area, will love this unforgettable trip.

The tour includes accommodation and transportation around the best sights of Iceland. Your experienced local guide will drive you around in a comfortable minibus. The bus has onboard Wi-Fi and USB charging ports, helping you stay connected on the go.

Your trip begins with a pick-up from your Reykjavik accommodation or a nearby bus stop. With a maximum of 19 guests, you'll have the chance to make new friends but can still enjoy the benefits of a smaller tour group. You can ask your guide as many questions as you like and get to know the places you visit.

Visit incredible destinations along Iceland's South Coast, including magnificent waterfalls, black-sand beaches, imposing glaciers, and the spectacular Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. Here, you'll see towering icebergs floating on the clear waters.

Your journey also takes you into East Iceland, where you'll see the Vestrahorn mountain and the mysterious Lagarfljot lake.

Home to the mythical Lagarfljot wyrm, a creature similar to the Loch Ness monster, this serene body of water is a gorgeous place to walk and enjoy the fresh Icelandic air.

Explore the unique geothermal landscapes surrounding Lake Myvatn when you reach North Iceland. You'll also spend a night in Akureyri, the capital of the north, giving you time to experience Iceland's second-largest settlement.

You'll learn more about the country's fascinating history with a day in West Iceland. You'll also visit Europe's highest-flowing hot spring, Deildartunguhver, and enjoy an expedition inside the Vidgelmir lava tunnel.

No trip to Iceland would be complete without an excursion around the Golden Circle sightseeing route. On this iconic route, you'll see the world-famous Geysir geothermal area, Thingvellir National Park, and the mighty Gullfoss waterfall.

In addition to these memorable sightseeing stops, you'll enjoy exciting excursions to make your trip even more special.

Embark on a thrilling glacier hike at Vatnajokull glacier, take an amphibious boat tour of the beautiful Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, and go whale-watching in Akureyri.

Even with this busy itinerary, you'll have time for some relaxation. Icelanders love to soak in geothermal hot springs. You can experience this at the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa.

Your tour includes admission to the spa, but you can add extra hot springs tickets to visit the Forest Lagoon in North Iceland or the Vok baths in East Iceland.

This trip finishes with a drop-off in Reykjavik.

Experience the best of Iceland with this immersive six-day journey through the country's most captivating landscapes. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Included

Expert, English-speaking guide
Collection and drop-off in Reykjavik at the start and end of the tour
Free Wi-Fi and USB charging points onboard the bus
Five nights of accommodation in a double or twin room, with private bathroom and breakfast included
Entrance to the Kerid volcano crater
Entrance to the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa
Lava caving at Vidgelmir with all necessary safety equipment

Activities

Glacier Hiking
Caving
Hiking
Whale Watching
Sightseeing
Boat Trip
Hot Spring Bathing

Daily itinerary

Day 1
A paraglider soars above the Seljalandsfoss waterfall in South Iceland.

Day 1 - The South Coast

On the first day of your multi-day Ring Road tour, you'll explore the sights of Iceland's South Coast, including waterfalls, black-sand beaches, and glaciers.

Your adventure begins bright and early when you're picked up from Reykjavik between 8:30 and 9:00 am. Make sure you're ready by 8:30 am to ensure a prompt departure.

Settle into the comfortable minibus and prepare to explore the wonders of Iceland's South Coast.

The drive along the South Coast is incredibly scenic, offering picturesque views of Iceland's rugged landscape. Your experienced local guide will share fascinating insights into the country's history and culture as you travel to your first destination.

Your first stop is Seljalandsfoss waterfall, a majestic cascade that allows you to walk behind the tumbling waters. Feel the mist on your skin as you take in its beauty and power.

While here, your guide will take you to a hidden gem, Gljufrabui waterfall. It's just around the corner from Seljalandsfoss waterfall, but it's tucked away and harder to find, meaning crowds here are smaller.

Next, you'll visit Skogafoss waterfall, another awe-inspiring cascade with a spectacular 200-foot (60-meter) drop. Climb the stairs to the top for a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside.

Next, it's time for an optional excursion, a Vatnajokull glacier hike perfect for adventurers. Strap on your crampons and follow your expert guide as you explore Europe's largest ice cap. The experience of walking on this ancient glacier is unforgettable.

As the day continues, you'll head to the Reynisfjara black-sand beach, famous for its dramatic volcanic sands, basalt columns, and the mighty North Atlantic waves crashing ashore.

Take a moment to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of Iceland's southern coastline.

After a day filled with natural wonders, you'll continue the journey along the South Coast to your countryside accommodation. The property is a cozy and comfortable hotel, allowing you to rest well before your adventure continues tomorrow.

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Day 2
Enormous icebergs float in the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon.

Day 2 - Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon & East Iceland

On the second day of your Icelandic experience, you'll continue your journey eastward along the Ring Road, exploring the captivating wonders of South and East Iceland.

The day begins with a visit to the mesmerizing Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, the crown jewel of Iceland. Massive icebergs gracefully float in the crystal-clear waters, creating a tranquil atmosphere.

Enjoy a sense of calm as you watch the icebergs float on the lagoon.

Next to the lagoon is Diamond Beach, named for the glistening icebergs that wash ashore and resemble precious stones.

Stroll along the black-sand beach and see the icebergs sparkling like diamonds under the Icelandic sun. It's a sight that photographers and nature enthusiasts alike will cherish.

There's an optional amphibious boat tour on the lagoon for those seeking an extra thrill. While it comes at an additional cost, the experience of getting up close to the icebergs is one-of-a-kind and well worth it.

Next on your itinerary is Vestrahorn mountain, a dramatic and photogenic landmark featured in many travel magazines. The jagged peaks of Vestrahorn mountain stand tall against the backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean, offering an opportunity for stunning photographs.

Continuing eastward, you'll explore the southern tip of the East Fjords region. This is the least-visited region in Iceland, but it's also one of the most traditional. Your guide will tell you about the area's history as you walk along the coastline at Djupivogur village.

From here, you'll move on to the town of Egilsstadir, East Iceland's largest settlement. If you want to relax after a busy couple of days, you can add a visit to the Vok geothermal baths. These beautiful hot springs provide an excellent opportunity to unwind and rejuvenate amidst breathtaking Icelandic landscapes. Their lakeside location offers spectacular views.

You'll check in at your comfortable accommodation and enjoy a good night's rest before the excitement continues tomorrow.

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Day 3
The ethereal waters of Lake Myvatn in North Iceland.

Day 3 - Lake Myvatn Geothermal Area

On the third day of your Ring Road tour of Iceland, you'll explore the Lake Myvatn geothermal area.

After a good night's sleep at your East Iceland accommodation, you'll reboard the minibus and continue your drive around the Ring Road, heading into North Iceland.

It's another scenic route through Iceland's enchanting landscapes, and you can stay connected onboard the bus thanks to its free Wi-Fi and USB charging ports.

Your first stop is the Studlagil canyon, renowned for its striking basalt columns and serene turquoise river. This natural wonder, often less crowded than other attractions in Iceland, offers a peaceful and breathtaking start to your day.

The focus of day three is exploring the captivating Lake Myvatn geothermal area. Take a leisurely walk through this geothermal area, where bubbling mud pots and steaming hot springs contribute to the colorful landscape.

The lake itself is also a sight to behold, with tranquil waters that mirror the surrounding beauty. Keep your eyes peeled for the various birds that call this area home. It's a haven for birdwatchers.

As your driver takes you through North Iceland, you'll have the chance to see some of the region's most impressive waterfalls. The Dettifoss waterfall is Europe's most powerful cascade, a force of nature that will leave you in awe of its thunderous flow.

The nearby Selfoss waterfall is more delicate. Seeing the contrast between these waterfalls as you snap photos and enjoy the views is fascinating.

You'll also visit the Godafoss waterfall, the "waterfall of the gods." Your guide will tell you about the historical significance of this beautiful waterfall during your trip.

After a busy day exploring the highlights of the Lake Myvatn geothermal area, you'll head up to Akureyri, Iceland's second-largest settlement and the capital of North Iceland. It's a charming town with picturesque streets and plenty of good-quality restaurants.

You'll also have the opportunity to add a visit to the Forest Lagoon geothermal spa to your itinerary. It's an excellent way to unwind after a few days of sightseeing. As the day draws to a close, you'll check into your accommodation in downtown Akureyri.

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Day 4
The striking Hvitserkur rock formation rises from the ocean floor at sunset.

Day 4 - North Iceland & Optional Whale-Watching Excursion

On day four of your Icelandic tour, you wake up in Akureyri, the vibrant 'Capital of North Iceland.' 

This morning offers a delightful opportunity to explore Akureyri's charm. Wander through its colorful streets, lined with quaint houses, and visit the iconic Akureyri Church, perched on a hill overlooking the city. You can also stroll along the picturesque waterfront, taking in the serene views of the fjord. 

The city's botanical garden, a lush oasis boasting a unique collection of Arctic plants, is a must-visit. You'll also find cozy cafes and local artisan shops, perfect for a leisurely morning.

For those who crave an adventure, an optional whale-watching boat excursion awaits. Departing from Akureyri harbor, this 3-hour journey takes you into the heart of Iceland's majestic marine life. As you sail through the waters, keep your eyes peeled for whales, dolphins, and seabirds in their natural habitat. This experience offers breathtaking wildlife sightings and stunning views of the surrounding mountains and coastline.

After returning to land, your Ring Road journey continues. Your next destination is the charming village of Varmahlid, nestled in a scenic valley. Here, you'll visit a remarkable turf church, an exquisite example of Iceland's traditional architecture, harmoniously blending with the natural landscape. 

As the day progresses, you'll go to the striking Hvitserkur rock formation. Rising starkly from the sea floor, the rock looks like a massive creature coming out of the ocean. This unique landmark is mysterious and awe-inspiring, perfect for capturing gorgeous photographs.

The adventure continues as you explore the Kolugljufur canyon, a hidden gem with cascading waterfalls and lush green surroundings. Take a moment to appreciate the serenity of this tranquil canyon, a stark contrast to the rugged landscapes you've encountered in previous days.

In the late afternoon or early evening, you'll start the journey south and westward, driving into the scenic area of West Iceland. Comfortable accommodation awaits you in the town of Borgarnes. It's a strategic location that will help maximize your sightseeing time tomorrow.

As you settle into your hotel, you'll reflect on the incredible wildlife encounters, natural formations, and cultural experiences that have already made this tour a truly memorable and enriching experience.

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Day 5
The coastal settlement of Borgarnes in West Iceland, photographed from above.

Day 5 - West Iceland & Lava Caving

As you wake up in Borgarnes on the fifth day of your multi-day tour in Iceland, you'll embark on a day exploring the natural wonders in the captivating region of West Iceland.

The sights you'll visit today are sometimes called the Silver Circle sightseeing route. You'll learn more about Iceland's rich cultural heritage, explore quaint villages, and discover the historical significance of this region. The area played a pivotal role in the country's settlement and development, and your guide can tell you more about it today.

After breakfast at your accommodation in Borgarnes, you'll visit several waterfalls. The first, Glanni, is a pretty cascade in the middle of a lava field. Many fish, including salmon, swim in the river waters here. You might see them swimming up the waterfall's three tiers.

Next on your itinerary are the stunning Hraunfossar waterfalls, a unique natural phenomenon where clear, cold springs emerge from beneath a lava field, creating a picturesque cascade of water that seems to flow from nowhere. 

Nearby, you'll also discover Barnafoss waterfall, a powerful waterfall known for its dramatic and turbulent waters. It's fascinating to see the difference between these falls and compare them with other cascades you've encountered on the tour.

Deildartunguhver, your next stop, is Europe's most powerful hot spring. Witness the immense steam and boiling water gushing from the earth's depths, demonstrating the geothermal forces that shape Iceland's landscapes. Your guide will tell you more about the importance of geothermal power in Iceland — Deildartunguhver produces energy that heats local homes.

For many, the day's highlight is an expedition inside the Vidgelmir lava tunnel. Explore the hidden world beneath the surface on this fantastic underground adventure. You'll gain a unique perspective on the geological formations that make Iceland extraordinary.

After a busy day of exploration, you'll board the bus back to the Icelandic capital for your last night of accommodation. 

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Day 6
Thingvellir National Park, one of the sights on Iceland's Golden Circle.

Day 6 - Golden Circle & Blue Lagoon

On the sixth and final day of your Icelandic Ring Road tour, you'll explore the Golden Circle sightseeing route, one of the country's most iconic and spectacular areas.

Your day begins with a visit to the Kerid crater. Most Golden Circle tours don't come here, but it's an incredible sight that's well worth a visit.

This volcanic marvel shows Iceland's geological diversity. As you approach the crater's edge, you'll see the mesmerizing sight of its deep-blue lake contrasting with the red rock walls.

Next, your guide will take you to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site of immense historical and geological significance. Here, you'll stand upon the continental divide between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, a remarkable natural phenomenon. 

You'll also have time to explore the park's dramatic landscapes and learn about its role in Icelandic history and culture. The park is the site of the formation of Iceland's Althingi (parliament) back in 930 A.D. It's the world's oldest still-running democratic parliament.

Continuing along the Golden Circle sightseeing route, your next stop is the Geysir geothermal area in the Haukadalur Valley. Geysir is no longer active, but its neighbor, Strokkur, erupts every few minutes. You'll witness an impressive display of steam and water bursting from the ground.

This natural phenomenon is a reminder of Iceland's geothermal activity and unpredictable beauty.

Nearby, you'll find the awe-inspiring Gullfoss waterfall, a majestic cascade that plunges into a rugged canyon. The waterfall's force leaves a lasting impression, making it one of Iceland's most cherished natural wonders. It's a fantastic final sight on your 6-day excursion around Iceland.

After a memorable day exploring the country's best-known sightseeing route, you'll get back on the minibus and return to Reykjavik in the early evening. As you say goodbye to your fellow travelers, you'll carry cherished memories of this unbeatable guided tour.

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What to bring

Warm, waterproof clothing
Sturdy hiking boots
Camera and charger
Refillable water bottle
Luggage
Swimsuit and towel
Snacks

Good to know

Pick-up in Reykjavik takes place between 08:30 and 09:00 on the first day of your tour. Please be ready from 8:30 at your pick-up location.

The tour typically returns to Reykjavik on day six around 19:00.

Single room supplements are mandatory for all single travelers.

In the event of bad weather or safety concerns, certain activities may be canceled without notice. If this happens, your tour provider will try to swap to an alternative activity, or you'll receive a refund for the amount paid for the canceled activities (or the price difference).

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