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

7 Day Guided Ring Road Tour | Explore the Circle of Iceland
There are many seal colonies situated around the Ring Road of Iceland.
Húsavík is often called the whale watching capital of Iceland.
Resting on an iceberg at the Diamond Beach in Iceland is cool and comforting.
Gullfoss is the most famous and beloved waterfall in all Iceland.
Gullfoss is the king of all waterfalls in Iceland and the main attraction of the Golden Circle route.
The Icelandic horses are known to be very friendly.
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Jump aboard this seven-day guided tour all around the circle of Iceland. If you want to see and learn about as much of this incredible country as possible, without worrying about organising or driving, then this is the perfect tour for you.

Over a week, you will see a vast variety of sights, including world-famous spots such as the Golden Circle and Jökulsárlon glacier lagoon, as well as little-known national treasures, such as hidden waterfalls and the East Fjords. The price includes entry to multiple museums, and to top it off, this tour includes some fantastic adventures, including glacier hiking and whale watching.

This tour is designed to be relaxing, easy, and exciting. Furthermore, it is conducted in a mini-bus which hosts a maximum of fifteen passengers, ensuring a comfortable and personalised trip. There are few better ways to bond with fellow travellers than exploring such a beautiful country with them in a small group. 

The first day of this tour takes you on the classic Golden Circle route, with a few bonus stops such as at Kerið crater lake and Seljalandsfoss waterfall. The second will centre around glaciers and volcanoes, as you observe the notorious Eyjafjallajökull, the mighty Vatnajökull and the stunning glacier lagoon; on this day, you will also have the option of glacier hiking. 

The East Fjords, one of Iceland’s least visited regions, will be next on the agenda, providing you with unbelievable scenery and an abundance of wildlife. On the fourth and fifth days, you will see the diverse North, witness the beauty of the Lake Mývatn area, visit some stunning waterfalls, and go whale watching from Europe’s whale-watching capital Húsavík.

The final two days will show you the West of the island, including the Snæfellsnes peninsula, which is often called ‘Iceland in Miniature’ due to its diverse beauty.

This tour has appeal to people of all interests, be they photography, sightseeing, wildlife, adventure or culture. For those who have the time, it provides an excellent and informative way to see the country.

So jump aboard, and see as much of Iceland is as possible in a week, in comfort and style. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Whale Watching, Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 10 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Golden Circle, West Iceland , Akureyri, Jökulsárlón, Hvítá River, Mývatn, Dimmuborgir, Húsavík, Goðafoss, Dettifoss, Snæfellsjökull, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Eyjafjallajökull, Þingvellir, Hraunfossar, Deildartunguhver, Strokkur, Snæfellsnes, Sólheimajökull, Hallmundarhraun, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Bjarnarhöfn, Hellnar, Arnarstapi, Grjótagjá, Krafla, Vík í Mýrdal, Kerið, Kirkjufell, Hvítserkur, Mývatn Nature Baths, Hvammstangi, Lóndrangar, Djúpalónssandur, Stokksnes, Ytri Tunga Beach, South Coast, Diamond Beach, Ring Road, Kvernufoss, East Fjords, Diamond Circle
Pickup information:

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

    • Hotel pick up & drop off in Reykjavik

    • English guidance

    • 7 days minibus tour around Iceland with maximum 19 passengers in the bus

    • Guesthouse/hostel in double rooms with shared bathrooms and breakfast

    • Glacier hike (1,5 hours)

    • Whale watching tour (3 hours)

    • Entrance to the shark museum in Bjarnarhofn

    • Entrance to the Mývatn Nature Baths

    • Entrance to the area of Stokksnes and Vestrahorn

    • Entrance to the Icelandic seal center in Hvammstangi

    • Entrance to the Stone museum in Stodvarfjordur

    • All necessary safety equipment for the Glacier hike

    • Free Wi-Fi on bus

    • Lunch and dinner

    What to bring:
    • Warm and water/windproof clothes

    • Good hiking shoes (if you do not have hiking shoes then we offer these for rent)

    • Camera

    Good to know:

    This tour typically returns to Reykjavik on Day 7 around 08:30pm (20:30)

    If you are a single traveler then a Single Room Supplement of 36.000 ISK is mandatory.

    Daily itinerary

    Day 1 - The Golden Circle & Kerid Volcanic Crater

    The Iceland geyser Strokkur erupts naturally every few minutes, much to the delight of visitors to Haukadalur Valley.

    For the first of your seven days of adventure, you will see the most popular locations in Iceland belonging to the three incredible sites of the Golden Circle.

    The first is Þingvellir National Park, the only UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Icelandic mainland. The reasons for its popularity are twofold. Firstly, it has a fascinating history, being the original site of what has become the world’s longest-running, ongoing parliament; early settlers to Iceland first convened here in 930 AD.

    Secondly, it has spectacular geology; the park sits right in the rift valley between two tectonic plates, both of which are clearly visible as you travel through the sweeping lava fields of the Almannagjá gorge.

    Following Þingvellir, you will head to see the geysers in geothermal hot-spot area Haukadalur Valley. Geysir itself, which gave all others their name, only goes off sporadically these days, but its neighbour Strokkur is happy to entertain; every five to ten minutes, you can see it eject water up to forty metres high. 

    The final stop on is the majestic Gullfoss Waterfall, the most iconic falls in the country. You, however, will get to see two more beautiful locations. The first of these is the water-filled crater-lake Kerið, which is far too often overlooked by visitors. The second is Seljalandsfoss waterfall on the South Coast. This waterfall pours off a concave cliff, meaning it’s possible to walk the whole way around it for some incredible, unique views.

    You will stay overnight in a guesthouse right beside this beautiful feature.

    Day 2 - South Coast Sights & Glacier Hike

    Get all geared up before going on your glacier hike up Sólheimajökull by the South Coast of Iceland.

    On day two, you will better explore Iceland’s incredible South Coast.

    This stretch of Iceland is renowned for its vast diversity of landmarks and landscapes, all visible from the Ring-Road you will be travelling on. You'll drive through verdant fields and across deserts of black sand, all in the shadows of massive volcanoes and glaciers. One of these volcanoes you may already know about; you will be able to see Eyjafjallajökull in decent weather, the volcano that seriously disrupted air travel in 2010.

    You will make multiple stops to appreciate the diverse world you are driving through. For example, you get to visit three unique and magnificent waterfalls: the famous Skógafoss, and its lesser-known neighbours Írafoss and Kvernufoss. You will also stop at the black sand beach Reynisfjara, to admire its stark beauty and the fascinating geological formations in the area, such as the sea stacks Reynisdrangar.

    The main highlight of the day, however, will come when you stop at the glacier Sólheimajökull. If you are willing, you will have the opportunity to spend an hour and a half hiking on the ice cap, something you can do in very few places across the world. The beauty from atop the glacier is unreal and will stay with you for life.

    The day has more surprises to come following this adventure. You will travel in the shadow of the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull, to reach the Jökulsárlon glacier lagoon, which many consider to be Iceland’s most beautiful spot. Watching icebergs cruise through the water, and seeing where they wash up on the Diamond Beach, is nothing but mesmerising.

    You will stay overnight in a cosy guesthouse in the south-east of Iceland

    Day 3 - Vestrahorn Mountain, Viking Village & the East Fjords

    The mountain Vestrahorn in East Iceland is dramatic, haunting and beautiful all at once.

    Your third day will start with a visit to the incredible mountain Vestrahorn, one of the country’s most popular spots for photography. Following this, you’ll have a real taste of culture with a visit to the settlement of Stokknes and the Viking Village.

    After enjoying these sites, you will start to head up the East Fjords. This postcard-perfect stretch of coast will completely awe you, as you look down from huge mountains to narrow strips of glistening ocean, and picturesque villages nestled in remote corners. 

    Nature lovers should keep their eyes open when traversing this area. The East Fjords are the only area in Iceland where reindeer roam, but you could also spot puffins, seals or even whales and dolphins in the waters.

    Another museum is on the agenda today, the Petru Stone Museum. The appeal of this place extends further than to geologists, as the institution helps paint a picture of the fascinating processes that this volcanic island goes through continually. 

    You will spend the night in a comfortable accommodation in East Iceland.

    Day 4 - Dettifoss Waterfall, Lake Myvatn & the Nature Baths

    The waterfall Dettifoss in North Iceland is reputed as the most powerful in all of Europe.

    On day four, you will leave East Iceland for the beautiful North, by crossing the magnificent Highlands. En route, you will stop at Europe’s most powerful waterfall, the awe-inspiring Dettifoss and feel its roaring powers beneath your feet.

    The highlight of this day, however, is the Lake Mývatn area. This incredible place has more than just serene stretches of water; expect to see fascinating geothermal areas, impressive lava formations, and a huge wealth of unique birdlife.

    You will fit a lot of sightseeing into this day. You will visit the dark rocky fortress of Dimmuborgir, with its stunning geology; a hot spring cave called Grjótagjá, an ancient bathing spot; the power plant Krafla and the Hverir geothermal area. After all the activity, you will likely be seeking relaxation, so you will treat yourself by visiting the Mývatn Nature Baths for a rejuvenating soak by the end of the day.

    You will spend the night in a country guesthouse in North Iceland.

    Day 5 - Husavik Whale Watching & Godafoss Waterfall 

    Húsavík boasts some of the most successful sightings of all whale watching venues.

    On day five, you will better explore the incredible beauty of North Iceland. After a scenic drive along the coast, you will reach the beautiful fishing village Húsavík, where you will partake in a whale watching adventure.

    Húsavík is known as Europe’s whale-watching capital for a reason. On your three-hour boat tour, you can expect to see mighty, acrobatic humpback whales and many other species that are known to frequent the area. Between whale sightings, it is incredible to admire the nature around you; the serene fjord is surrounded by stunning mountains.

    After what is sure to be a delightful experience, you will continue on the road to Akureyri, the Capital of the North. En route, however, you will make a stop at one of the country’s most powerful, beautiful, and historical waterfalls, Goðafoss, which translates to ‘the Waterfall of the Gods’.

    Once you reach Akureyri, you will have a bit of time to explore the charming town and its many shops, cafés, museums and boutiques. Your accommodation, however, is a short drive away, immersed in the beautiful nature of the North.

    Day 6 - West Iceland, Seals, Waterfalls & Hot Springs

    The waterfalls of West Iceland cascade over fields of rugged lava rocks.

    Your penultimate day on this tour has a diverse wealth of scenery for you to marvel over.

    As you make your way south, you will stop at a unique rock formation called Hvítserkur, which looks just like a dragon standing in the shallows of the sea; this is a great spot for photographers.

    Following that, you will head to the village of Hvammstangi, which is renowned as Iceland’s seal watching capital, and you will have a chance to explore the fascinating Icelandic Seal Centre while you are there.

    Continuing to the fjord of Borgarfjörður, you will pass the haunting but beautiful lava field of Hallmundarhraun. Just 900 metres from here, you will find two of West Iceland’s most celebrated waterfalls, Hraunfossar and Barnafoss.

    While right near each other, they are vastly different, with the former being wide, serene and gentle, and the latter rushing violently down a narrow gulley. Finally, you will head to Deildartunguhver, the hot spring with the highest flow in all Europe.

    You will spend your last night in the Borgarfjörður area.

    Day 7 - Black Beaches, Lava Fields & the Magic of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula

    A photo of the mountain Kirkjufell on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula is a must-have for any nature photography portfolio.

    On your final day, you will explore Snæfellsjökull National Park, often called ‘Iceland in Miniature’ due to its incredible diversity of the country's most characteristic landscapes.

    Watching over you this day is the crown jewel of the peninsula; Snæfellsjökull glacier. This amazing, cone-shaped mountain is jaw-droppingly beautiful, and you will be left in no wonder as to why it has inspired artists for centuries. It was, for example, where Jules Verne chose to set his novel ‘A Journey to the Centre of the Earth’.

    The first stop is a farm called Ytri-Tunga. If over the seven days, you have not spotted a seal, you can be almost guaranteed to see a colony here, basking lazily on the rocks with little care for people. 

    You will continue to travel the coast, passing the beautiful, historic settlements of Arnarstapi and Hellnar. There is stunning geology in this area, which culminates with the Lóndrangar basalt columns, that tower above the road and ocean. 

    Djúpalónssandur is gorgeous black pebble beach you will stop at, and here you can test how valuable a fisherman you would have been in times gone by; four large, smooth stones here are called the lifting stones, and were used to measure one’s strength and suitability to life on the ocean. Your guide will explain the history of each one as you try them out.

    You will interrupt your sightseeing for a stop at the famous Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum. There may even be fresh hákarl (the famous “rotten shark”) to try, dried in a shed behind the museum several times per year, along with a taste of Icelandic cumin schnapps to wash it down.

    At your last stop, you will find Kirkjufell mountain, rising out of the green hills, surrounded by trickling rivers. This is one of the most popular photography spots in Iceland, so be sure to get a picture for your collection.

    You will then head back to Reykjavík, no doubt fully aware that you have made the most of every moment in this amazing country. Many of the locals travel the ring road in a week as a summer holiday, and so could you, so reserve your spot now and get acquainted with Iceland. 

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    Our guide was fabulous - very knowledgeable, professional, personable, good driver, flexible, responsive, and all-around outstanding!!! We ended up with only four in our group so it was like a personalized tour.
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    I joined this tour during July 17-23, 2019. It was a great experience! Our tour guide, Giuseppe, is fun and passionate about Iceland and showed us around all the beautiful places to see and great places to eat. The tour itself is also very well structured, and there is a highlight everyday: waterfall, walking on the Glacier, Puffin birds watching, Whale watching, Green Lagoon, Fermented Shark Meat.... ALL FANTASTIC!!!
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    This is one of the best trips I have ever taken! The weather was perfect and the scenery was incredible! But most of all our guide was fantastic! She was very attentive to everyone's needs even when another family in our group was difficult to deal with. I would love to take another vacation with this company!
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    Fabulous trip with Nikola as our expert guide and driver. She was a wealth of information and such a lovely person too. With her knowledge we saw some amazingly beautiful scenery, stunning waterfalls, black sand beaches and generally had a fabulous time. I’d definitely recommend this trip if you want a good tour of Iceland.
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    We had a fabulous guide! Nikola was beyond marvelous. She had answers or found answers to every question we had. We had spectacular weather and absolutely everything we saw was awsome. The 1 tip I would suggest that isnt already listed is to bring a pair of House Shoes as you have to remove your street shoes in almost every Hostile and Guest House.
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    Je suis partie en Islande avec Nice Travel du 5 au 11 juin 2019. Nous avons eu la chance de n’être un groupe que de 4 personnes avec un guide super (Michael), qui nous a beaucoup appris sur le pays et nous a permis de faire des extra stop géniaux. Le circuit de 7 jours est vraiment top. Le minibus très confortable avec même le wifi, les guesthouses charmantes et les paysages grandioses. La randonnée sur le glacier est une activité géniale. Nous avons eu la grande chance de 6 jours de soleil et d’un jour plus gris mais sans pluie. L’Islande est un pays absolument magnifique que je recommande vraiment de découvrir avec Nice Travel. Partout où le regard se pose l’on s’émerveille. I went to Iceland with Nice Travel from 5 to 11 June 2019. We were fortunate to be a group of only 4 people with a great guide (Michael), who taught us a lot about the country and allowed us to do great extra stops. The 7 day tour is really top. The very comfortable minibus with even the wifi, the charming guesthouses and the grandiose landscapes. Hiking on the glacier is a great activity. We had the great chance of 6 days of sunshine and a grayer day but no rain. Iceland is an absolutely beautiful country that I really recommend to discover with Nice Travel. Wherever you look, you marvel.
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    It was truly a wonderful trip ! My husband and I had the best time on this seven day ring road tour of Iceland. The bus was comfortable with wifi , the group was small and very friendly and our guide David was fantastic. Friendly, accommodating, always making sure we were safe and happy, including so many extra stops that no other tour companies include. He is also very passionate about what he does . His excitement was really contagious !!!! The trip was well planned, a mixed of adventure ( glacier climbing and whale , seal watching and thermal water bathing ) and sightseeing . The accommodations were comfortable and the restaurants recommended delicious The sunshine during 6 days also helped a lot ! I would really recommend this tour ! Carla Jabre Vann.
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    Wonderful tour, nice guide, cosy guesthouses, good breakfast .
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    Iceland has always been on my bucket list and thanks to NiceTravel I was able to make this reality! There are not enough words to describe how amazing these people are!!!! Our flights from the US were delayed which had us arriving late for the tour. We were afraid we were going to miss our entire trip but we called and updated Nicetravel and they arranged special transportation for us to get us with the others. My friend and I did the 7 day Ring Road tour. It was well planned, lots of amazing stops, accommodations were great, but the best part.... Our guide Ros!!! I started the process as a tourist simply booking a trip and left with a new life long friend! He answered all 1 million of our crazy questions and was super knowledgeable about anything we asked. You must book this trip!!
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