6 Days Circle of Iceland Guided Tour

6 Days Circle of Iceland Guided Tour
Strokkur erupts every ten minutes and is one of the major stops of the Golden Circle sightseeing route.
Whale watching is one of the most popular pastimes for visitors to Iceland.
Seljalandsfoss drops 60 metres in a staggering visual display.
Gullfoss, The Golden Falls, is one of the stops along the Golden Circle sightseeing route.
A map displaying the 6-days circle of a guided tour in Iceland.
Many people jump at the chance to meet the country's most famous residents, the Icelandic Horses.
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Join a small group on a guided tour of some of the most popular tourist sites Iceland has to offer. The journey includes the famous Golden Circle with Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Geysir Hot Springs and Gullfoss Waterfall.

In addition, the South coast is home to Vatnajökull National Park, one of three national parks in Iceland. It encompasses all of Vatnajökull glacier and extensive surrounding areas.

Here, you will see a great variety of landscape features which were created by the combined forces of rivers, glacial ice, and volcanic and geothermal activity. Jökulsárlón, the glacial river lagoon, is located on the edge of Vatnajökull National Park.

Situated at the head of the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, it developed into a lake full of massive chunks of glacial ice after the glacier started receding from the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.

From there, you will drive to the East Fjords in order to hike to sites like Hengifoss, one of the highest waterfalls in Iceland, and Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in all of Europe. Then, we will visit Lake Mývatn to take in the wetlands preserve there, home to stunning birdlife such as ducks and other water fowl, capped off with a stop by Goðafoss, the gods' waterfall.

Finally, we will end the day with a 3-hour whale watching tour, where you can try out sea angling if you wish. Surely all this excitement will prepare you for the next part of your journey: the Northwest and West part of Iceland.

Don't miss this chance to find your favorite of the most famous sites in Iceland. Will it be Þingvellir, where democracy was born? Will it be the famous waterfalls or the loveliest lake in the North Atlantic? Or will they all capture your heart? Check the booking availability above by pressing "Choose a date."

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jan. - Nov.
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Whale Watching, Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting, Cultural Activity, Fishing, Bird watching
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 10 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Golden Circle, South Iceland, East Iceland, North Iceland, West Iceland , Akureyri, Jökulsárlón, Vatnajökull, Mývatn, Dimmuborgir, Goðafoss, Dettifoss, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Þingvellir, Hraunfossar, Deildartunguhver, Skaftafell, Falljökull, Borgarfjörður, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Barnafoss, Vík í Mýrdal, Siglufjörður, Mývatn Nature Baths, Námaskarð, Hengifoss, Hverfjall, Tröllaskagi, South Coast
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:00

Please be at your pickup location in time for your departure. Should your pickup location be at a bus stop and you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.

  • Pick-up from your hotel in Reykjavík.

  • Guided tour in a minibus

  • Hotel room with private bathroom for 5 nights and breakfasts

  • Glacier Hike with a certified glacier guide

  • Sightseeing

  • Whale watching and sea angling

  • Hiking

  • Entrance fee to Mývatn Nature Baths, but can be added

  • No meals are included, except breakfast at the accommodation

What to bring:
  • Warm outdoor clothing, a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves.

  • Good hiking shoes are recommended.

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Reykjavík - Golden Circle - South Coast

Gullfoss is a powerful waterfall found roughly an hour's drive away from Iceland's capital.

The day starts with a pick-up from your accommodation in Reykjavík. First, we will head out to explore the famous Golden Circle, which includes Þingvellir National Park where Icelanders founded their parliament in the year 930 A.D, the oldest parliament in the world. 

The Circle includes Geysir hot springs and Gullfoss waterfall. Next, we will drive to the beautiful South Coast. Our first stop is at Seljalandsfoss, a unique opportunity to experience the power and wonder of nature. Don´t view this one from a distance – the walking path will take you directly behind the waterfall itself. 

Next, we will stop at the scenic Skógarfoss, where the water crashes down over sea cliffs that marked the coastline of Iceland long ago. Watch out for rainbows – the incredible spray from this waterfall makes it an ideal spot to catch one or even two at a time! 

The final stop of the day is at Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, the home of the famous Reynisdrangar peaks, rumoured to be the figures of two trolls caught in the sun and turned to stone, and a basalt column cave. After that, we will make our way to a country hotel near the charming village of Vík, where we will rest for the night.

Day 2 - Vík - Skaftafell - Jökulsárlón - Höfn

Glacier Hiking makes for an excellent adventure and an action-packed break from sightseeing.

The journey continues along the South coast in the direction of Skaftafell and Vatnajökull National Park. At Skaftafell, another of Iceland´s three national parks, we will take a 3-hour glacier hike on one of Vatnajökull outlet glaciers, led by one of our skilled glacier guides. 

After that bracing experience, we will explore a little further Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon where we can expect to see floating icebergs and the occasional frolicking seal. Beside the glacier lake, we will find another black sand crystal beach, which is usually filled with clear icebergs that have floated back to shore. 

For the evening, we will lay our heads in accommodations in the pleasant seaside town of Höfn.

Day 3 - Höfn - East Fjords - Egilsstaðir

Arguably, Iceland's most recognizable residents are the adorable Puffins!

We continue to the East coast. Rich in history, these areas were both used as a base for the British Army in WWII. Now, they provide charming vistas of Iceland´s unique geology. Feel the power of the ocean as the waves pound the rocky shore of Stokksnes!

The scenery continues as we follow the coastline of the East Fjords to Egilsstaðir, a picturesque town on the banks of the Lagarfljót River. On the way there, we will go for a 3-hour hike to Hengifoss, one of the highest waterfalls in Iceland which drops into a striking gorge. 

Next is Litlanesfoss waterfall – look for the red strata climbing the walls around the waterfall, created by volcanic ash and basaltic lava over thousands of years as the cliff was formed in the heat of many mighty eruptions. We will then make our way to our accommodation for the night.

Day 4 - Dettifoss - Mývatn - Goðafoss - Akureyri

An example of a traditional Icelandic turf home with modern renovations.

This day is filled with highlights of Iceland. Our first stop is at the magnificent Dettifoss, the largest waterfall in Iceland. Next, we head to the Lake Mývatn area. 

Here our first stop will be Námaskarð geothermal area, filled with mud pools and fumaroles, which are an interesting geological feature marking a vent for steam and hot gasses in the Earth´s crust. 

We'll then make a stop at Mývatn Nature Baths, where you have the opportunity to bath in the hot spring pools. The entrance fee can be added when booking or paid on site. For those that don't wish to go in the water, they can stroll around the area and enjoy the views or sit down in the cafeteria. 

Next, we will take a walk to the Hverfjall crater, caused by a volcano eruption 2500 years ago, and Dimmuborgir, the “dark cities” of lava formations that tower overhead. We will continue our drive around Lake Mývatn before heading in the direction of Akureyri, with a stop on the way at Goðafoss Waterfall. 

Our accommodation will be at an inviting country hotel near Akureyri, the second largest city in Iceland.

Day 5 - Dalvík - Siglufjörður - Borgarfjörður

Whale watching vessels are fitted with the latest radar technology in order to routinely find the animals.

We will start the day by exploring the town of Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland. Then, we will drive to the neighbouring town of Dalvík where we go for a 3-hour whale watching tour in Eyjafjörður fjord. 

Take this opportunity to enjoy the wonders of sea life, including humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins, and the occasional blue whale! If fishing interests you, give sea angling a try and taste whatever you catch. 

Next, we will travel the Tröllaskagi Peninsula, which will take us through a couple of fishing hamlets before we stop in the cosy village of Siglufjörður. 

Thereafter, we will head to West Iceland, where we will spend the night in a hotel in a small college community.

Day 6 - Borgarfjörður

Over six days, you will see a variety of natural features, including rocky coastlines, waterfalls, glaciers and canyons.

On our final day, we will explore part of West Iceland, voted one of the best travel destinations in 2016 by Lonely Planet. We will stop at Deildartunguhver hot spring, Europe‘s most powerful hot spring. 

Next, we will view the Hraunfossar waterfalls flowing from underneath the lava field and walk to the nearby Barnafoss waterfall. Our final stop of the day is at the historic site of Reykholt where Snorri Sturluson, medieval historian, politician and writer of some of our greatest sagas, lived. 

We will then head back to Reykjavík, completing our circle, arriving in the late afternoon.


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