Ultimate Iceland Exploration 7-Day Ring Road & Snaefellsnes Adventure Tour From Reykjavik

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Summary

Tour starts
Reykjavík, Iceland
Starting time
at 09:00
Duration
7 days
Ending place
Reykjavík, Iceland
Languages
English
Difficulty
Easy
Available
All year
Minimum age
6 years old

Description

Embark on an Icelandic adventure on this seven-day Iceland Ring Road and Snaefellsnes Peninsula tour for an unforgettable journey through this awe-inspiring land. Delve into the heart of Iceland, experience breathtaking vistas and exhilarating activities, and create memories that will last a lifetime. 

This ultimate Icelandic adventure is perfect for those seeking to explore every region of Iceland, indulge in a variety of adventures, and marvel at the wonders of the remarkable landscapes.

Your journey starts with a smooth pickup, preparing you for a close-up look at Iceland's amazing natural sights. As you traverse the iconic Golden Circle, marvel at the geological wonders of Thingvellir National Park, witness the explosive power of the Geysir Geothermal Area, and be mesmerized by the cascading beauty of Gullfoss Waterfall. 

The journey continues along the South Coast, where the stunning Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss Waterfalls cascade gracefully, and the black sands of Reynisfjara Beach provide a captivating contrast to the surrounding landscapes.

Venture into the mystical East Iceland, discovering the charming towns of Djupivogur and Egilsstadir. Immerse yourself in the serene beauty of Vok Baths and explore the enchanting Studlagil Canyon. 

In the North, experience the raw power of Dettifoss Waterfall, marvel at the geothermal fields of Namaskard, and witness the tranquility of Godafoss Waterfall. 

The journey continues to the Northwest, where historical sites like Glaumbaer Turf Farm and Borgarvirki Viking Fortress await, alongside the striking landscapes of Hvitserkur Rock and Kolugljufur Canyon.

Continue westward to explore Hraunfossar Waterfalls, the Sturlureykir Horse Farm, and the bubbling Deildartunguhver Hot Springs. 

The adventure culminates on the enchanting Snaefellsnes Peninsula, home to iconic landmarks like Kirkjufell mountain and waterfall, Djupalonssandur black sand beach, and the rugged cliffs of Londrangar and Arnarstapi.

Throughout the journey, rest in well-appointed accommodations that prioritize your comfort and tranquility. From minimalist and stylish Nordic design to cozy furnishings, these Icelandic hotels offer a serene experience surrounded by natural landscapes. 

Each morning, kickstart your day with a hearty breakfast featuring fresh, locally sourced ingredients, providing a taste of Nordic cuisine amid Iceland's natural beauty. It’s a wonderful way to energize yourself before each day of exploration, savoring the flavors against the backdrop of Iceland's awe-inspiring landscapes.

As you bid farewell to this seven-day adventure, you carry with you a treasure trove of beautiful memories—a testament to the wonders of Iceland.

Don't miss this immersive eight-day experience encircling the ring road of Iceland, setting out on thrilling tours and soaking in the breathtaking landscapes. Check availability now by selecting a date.

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Included

Professional English speaking guide
Small group bus tour with free Wi-Fi onboard
Six night hotel accommodation, with private bathroom and breakfast

Activities

Whale Watching
Sightseeing
Hot Spring Bathing
Cultural Activity
Ice Caving

Daily itinerary

Day 1
The Strokkur geyser erupts with great force.

Day 1 - Golden Circle - South Coast

Day one is all about the Golden Circle and the South Coast. 

Your seven-day Icelandic adventure tour starts with a pick-up in Reykjavík, the vibrant capital of Iceland. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscapes as you embark on the Golden Circle, a journey revealing the country's natural wonders.

The first highlight is Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site nestled within the embrace of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Wander through the historic rift valley and learn about the geological importance and cultural richness of this iconic site.

Your journey continues to the Geysir geothermal area, where the Strokkur geyser steals the show with its awe-inspiring eruptions. Witness the power of nature as scalding water shoots into the sky, a testament to Iceland's dynamic geothermal activity. 

Adjacent to this spectacle lies Gullfoss, a majestic waterfall known for its impressive double cascade and the stunning canyon it carved over the years. Here, you'll enjoy a well-deserved lunch, taking in the mesmerizing views surrounding you.

The adventure proceeds southward, introducing you to the enchanting wonders of the South Coast. 

Seljalandsfoss waterfall delights with its beauty, allowing you to walk behind the curtain of cascading water, a rare and exhilarating experience. Skogafoss waterfall follows, captivating with its sheer force and the mist that envelops the surroundings.

Cap off the day at Reynisfjara, a black sand beach adorned with striking basalt columns and the Reynisdrangar sea stacks. Gaze upon the rugged beauty of the Atlantic coastline as the day concludes. 

Retire to your hotel on the South Coast, where tranquility and nature surround you, promising a restful night's sleep before the next leg of your Icelandic adventure unfolds.

Reflect on the diverse landscapes and wonders encountered on this first day, setting the stage for an enthralling journey through the land of fire and ice.

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Day 2
The sea stacks of Reynisdrangar rise off Iceland's South Coast.

Day 2 - South Coast - Glacier Lagoon

Day two is about exploring more of the South Coast and the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon.

Start your day with a hearty breakfast at the hotel, preparing you for the wonders ahead.

Journey to the coastal gem of Vik, a charming village framed by the iconic Reynisdrangar sea stacks. These majestic basalt pillars rise from the North Atlantic, steadfastly guarding the black sands of Reynisfjara Beach. 

Take a moment to marvel at the unique basalt columns shaped over time by the persistent power of the waves, creating a captivating and picturesque landscape.

For those yearning for an extra touch of enchantment, an optional Katla Ice Cave tour awaits, revealing a hidden marvel beneath the Myrdalsjokull glacier. Delve into the depths of this magical ice cave, where mesmerizing blue hues and intricate ice formations captivate the senses. 

Alternatively, revel in free time to immerse yourself in the serene beauty of Vik i Myrdal, absorbing the tranquil surroundings.

Following your ice cave adventure or exploration of Vik i Myrdal, enjoy a tasty lunch in Vik. Then, head to the stunning Fjadrargljufur canyon, known for its dramatic cliffs and a river that winds through, creating a breathtaking scene that is both grand and tranquil.

Continuing eastward, arrive at the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, an enchanting expanse where icebergs gracefully float in crystal-clear waters. Opt for a boat tour to navigate among the icy giants or simply soak in the beauty of this natural wonder. 

Explore Diamond Beach nearby, where sparkling ice pieces from the lagoon decorate the black sand, creating a mesmerizing and contrasting scene for all to enjoy.

As the afternoon sun gently fades, drive to your hotel in Hofn. In this coastal haven, you can unwind and reflect on the day's incredible adventures, surrounded by the soothing tranquility of the Icelandic landscape.

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Day 3
East Iceland is home to beautiful lakes and fjords.

Day 3 - East Iceland

Kickstart your day with a hearty breakfast at the hotel, preparing you for the next chapter of your adventure in Iceland.

Today's journey unfolds in the remote and picturesque eastern part of Iceland, offering a glimpse into its unique charm.

Begin your exploration in Djupivogur, a coastal town known for its scenic beauty and rich history. Take a stroll along the harbor, where colorful boats bob in the water, creating a postcard-worthy scene. 

Djupivogur is also home to a collection of unique outdoor artworks known as the Eggin i Gledivik sculpture garden, featuring egg sculptures that represent various bird species found in the area.

Continue your journey to Egilsstadir, a charming town nestled along the banks of Lake Lagarfljot. Here, savor a delectable lunch and enjoy a well-deserved break before the next phase of your expedition. The town is surrounded by lush landscapes, providing a peaceful pause during your travel.

Next on the itinerary is Borgarfjordur Eystri, a tranquil fjord renowned for its scenic beauty and hiking trails. This remote area is known for its vibrant puffin colonies during the summer months, adding a touch of wildlife to your journey.

Consider enhancing your experience with a visit to the Vok Baths, an optional add-on activity available at an extra fee. Nestled on the shores of Lake Urridavatn, the Vok Baths offer a geothermal oasis where you can relax and soak in the rejuvenating waters while surrounded by stunning landscapes.

As the day winds down, make your way to your hotel in Egilsstadir. Unwind in the comfort of your accommodations and prepare for the exciting adventures that await you on the following day, knowing that you've explored the remote and beautiful landscapes of eastern Iceland.

The diverse experiences, from coastal town charm to geothermal relaxation, create lasting memories of the captivating eastern region.

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Day 4
Iceland has magnificent basalt columns in hexagonal shapes.

Day 4 - Diamond Circle - Akureyri

On day four, embark on another day of discovery, beginning with a visit to the remarkable Studlagil Canyon. 

Marvel at the towering basalt columns that define this canyon's unique appearance, The canyon is carved by the Jokulsa a Dal River, which adds to the beauty of the landscape. The river flows through the canyon, creating a stunning contrast with the dark basalt columns and the surrounding greenery.

Continuing your journey, you'll encounter the mighty Dettifoss waterfall. Known as Europe's most powerful waterfall, the Dettifoss waterfall has massive volumes of water cascading over its rugged cliffs into the Jokulsa a Fjollum river below.

Explore the otherworldly Namaskard geothermal area to witness the Earth's inner energy through boiling mud pools and steaming fumaroles. The landscape, shaped by geothermal forces over centuries, offers a practical glimpse into the Earth's dynamic processes.

Next on the itinerary is the Dimmuborgir lava fields, a surreal labyrinth of volcanic rock formations. Wander through this dark and mystical landscape, where twisted pillars and eerie shapes create an enchanting atmosphere. The area's unique geology and folklore contribute to its sense of mystery and wonder.

Visit Skutustadagigar, a collection of pseudocraters formed by past volcanic activity. These distinctive formations dot the landscape, offering a fascinating glimpse into the region's geological history and the powerful forces that have shaped it.

Continue your journey to Godafoss waterfall, nicknamed the "Waterfall of the Gods." Witness the forceful cascade and take in the natural beauty of this landmark. The rich folklore surrounding Godafoss adds a cultural dimension, enriching the overall experience.

Finally, check into your hotel in Akureyri, the charming northern capital of Iceland. Take a moment to relax and reflect on the day's remarkable experiences, knowing that Akureyri's perfect blend of culture and nature makes it an ideal base for further exploration in the days to come.

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Day 5
A whale raises its tail off the coast of Iceland.

Day 5 - North Iceland

Commence your day with a delightful breakfast, setting the perfect tone for exploration in Akureyri, known as the "Capital of the North."

Embark on a leisurely stroll to the harbor, a vibrant hub where an exciting whale-watching tour awaits as an optional add-on activity for an extra fee. 

Then, traverse the waters surrounding Akureyri, marveling at the majestic marine life that graces the North Atlantic. The tour offers an opportunity to witness the beauty of whales, dolphins, and other sea creatures in their natural habitat.

Following your exhilarating whale-watching adventure or a leisurely exploration of Akureyri's charms, treat yourself to a relaxing lunch in the city before continuing your journey.

You’ll then venture to the Glaumbaer farm and turf museum, an open-air exhibition that provides a glimpse into Iceland's historical rural life. Explore traditional turf houses and artifacts, gaining insight into the cultural heritage of the region. Learn about the daily lives of Icelandic farmers and the unique architecture that has stood the test of time.

Next on the itinerary is Borgarvirki, an ancient fortress perched on a volcanic plug. Discover the historical significance of this fortress, which has served as a strategic vantage point throughout the centuries. Soak in the breathtaking view of the surrounding landscapes, imagining the events that unfolded in this historic location.

Continue your journey to Hvitserkur sea stack, a unique rock formation rising dramatically from the sea. Marvel at the intriguing shape of Hvitserkur, surrounded by folklore and local legends.

Explore the beauty of the Kolugljufur canyon, carved by the Kolugljufur River over millennia. Admire the steep cliffs and picturesque surroundings, offering a tranquil and mesmerizing experience. Take a moment to absorb the serenity of this natural masterpiece.

Finally, make your way to your hotel in Laugarbakki, where you can unwind amidst peaceful surroundings. Reflect on the day's remarkable adventures and prepare for the new experiences that lie ahead in the days to come.

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Day 6
West Iceland is home to Hraunfossar waterfall.

Day 6 - West Iceland

Day six is all about exploring West Iceland.

Start your day by visiting Grabrok, a volcanic crater formed over 3,000 years ago. Climb to the top and take in the views of the surrounding lava fields and mountains. Learn about the geological forces that shaped this rugged Icelandic landscape, connecting with the ancient forces that shaped the region.

Proceed to Glanni waterfall, an enchanting cascade situated in the serene Husafell area. Revel in the tranquility of this hidden gem as the Glanni waterfall gracefully descends through lush greenery. Each step unfolds a new side of Husafell's natural beauty, revealing the diverse landscapes that showcase Iceland's natural charm.

Continue the adventure to Hraunfossar waterfalls, a unique series of cascades flowing from the Hallmundarhraun lava field. Observe the clear, cold water weaving through porous lava, crafting a captivating panorama. This geological marvel provides a glimpse into the delicate interplay between fire and ice, a defining feature of Iceland's dynamic geology.

Explore Sturlureykir, an authentic Icelandic horse farm, engaging with the distinctive allure of Icelandic horses. Gain knowledge about their historical importance and cultural relevance to the nation, deepening your connection to Iceland's rich heritage.

Your journey then takes you to Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring. Marvel at the steaming water bubbling from the earth, a vivid show of the vigorous geothermal forces sculpting Iceland's terrains.  Appreciate the raw power of nature as you witness this thermal wonder, an awe-inspiring display of the earth's inner energy.

Conclude your day's adventures in Borgarnes, checking into a hotel for the night. 

Amidst the coastal town's charm and the shores of Borgarfjordur, unwind and reflect on the incredible experiences of your Icelandic journey. Borgarnes offers a tranquil setting to savor the memories created while exploring Iceland's diverse and breathtaking attractions, providing a perfect culmination to your day.

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Day 7
Mount Kirkjufell is a dramatic West Iceland mountain.

Day 7 - Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Embark on the final day of exploration, starting from Borgarnes and tracing the captivating western coast towards the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, often referred to as "Iceland in miniature."

Your journey begins with a visit to the iconic Kirkjufell mountain, a distinctively shaped peak surrounded by picturesque landscapes. Known as the "Church Mountain," Kirkjufell is a prominent symbol of Iceland's natural beauty and a popular subject for photographers capturing the essence of the country. Standing at 1,519 feet (463 meters) tall, it offers panoramic views of the surrounding fjords and the Snaefellsjokull glacier.

Next on the itinerary is the mysterious Vatnshellir Cave, an underground marvel shaped by ancient volcanic forces. Venture into the depths of this subterranean world to witness unique rock formations and gain insights into Iceland's geological history. The cave, formed in a volcanic eruption over 8,000 years ago, provides a fascinating glimpse into the country's volcanic activity.

Continue your exploration of Djupalonssandur black sand beach, a hauntingly beautiful stretch of coastline. The black sand, a result of past volcanic activity, creates a striking contrast against the powerful waves of the North Atlantic. 

Explore the beach's features, including the remains of a shipwreck, adding historical intrigue to the natural scenery. Djupalonssandur was once a bustling fishing village, and the remnants of its industrial past can still be seen.

As you traverse the picturesque villages along the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, be enchanted by cascading waterfalls and the rugged beauty of the surrounding landscapes. The peninsula is often hailed as a microcosm of Iceland's diverse terrain, offering glimpses of mountains, sea cliffs, and lava fields.

Your day concludes with a drive back to Reykjavik, marking the end of your 7-day Icelandic adventure. Reflect on the diverse wonders encountered, from the towering cliffs to the serene black sand beach, as you make your way back to the capital city. 

The journey concludes with a sense of fulfillment, having explored Iceland's natural wonders throughout the week.

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What to bring

Warm, water- and windproof outdoor clothing
Good hiking shoes highly recommended
Swimsuit and towel

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Optional activities for additional fees include the Katla ice cave tour, admission to Vok baths, and whale watching tour.

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