Epic 7 Day Summer Vacation Package with the Inside the Volcano Tour & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Book this 7-day nature and adventure package to explore Iceland's magnificent display of ice and fire through the volcanic landscapes of the Golden Circle and South Coast. This holiday package is perfect for those looking to spend a week filled with beauty and excitement.
You'll spend five nights in Reykjavík and one night on the South Coast where you explore its beautiful attractions such as Reynisfjara black sand beach and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. The other days will be filled with the grand sights of the Golden Circle and exploration of Reykjavík, the northernmost capital in the world. All transportation and accommodations will be taken care of before you arrive, so you can just sit back and enjoy your holiday.
One of the trip's highlights is the Þríhnjúkagígur volcano, the only volcano on earth which you can travel into. You will descend into the vast magma chamber of this now-dormant giant. The colors inside of this enormous underground cavern range from dark reds to orange, making the halls appear as if lit up with flames.
This journey to the center of the earth is the most sought-after summer experience in Iceland and an adventure you do not want to miss. Due to limited availability and high demand, we recommend that you reserve this week-long adventure offer today and make your summer trip to Iceland an experience to savor for life.
Furthermore, there is also a wide array of adventures for you to add to the trip, to make it unique and fitting to your wishes and interests. You can choose activities like glacier hiking, riding an Icelandic horse, sailing among icebergs at Jökulsárlón, visiting the ice cave tunnels, and taking a helicopter ride.
Don't miss the opportunity of exploring Iceland's most stunning locations. Check availability by choosing a date.
Day 1 - Arrival in Iceland
Iceland greets you in all its splendor as you land, displaying the wide, open terrain of the Keflavíkurhraun lava fields. The airport shuttle bus will take you to the northernmost capital in the world, Reykjavík, so your trip will be as hassle-free as possible.
The highway lies between the harsh waters of Faxaflói Bay and the lava field, which is sometimes ink black and sometimes mossy green, with the mountains as a backdrop and the conical Keilir mountain peak as the king of it all.
On your way to Iceland's capital city, you could choose to make a stop at the Blue Lagoon. This world-renowned spa is known for its healing waters, vivid azure colors, and luxurious treatments. It is located in the middle of a moss-covered lava field, giving it an otherworldly atmosphere. If you add the Blue Lagoon, it will be arranged according to your flights. If there is no time to visit the lagoon today, it can be added to another day. Your travel consultant will be able to arrange this for you. There is still plenty to see and do in Reykjavik if you have extra free time.
After checking in to your accommodations, you'll have a chance to get a taste of the capital. Go for a walk in the old town, get some gourmet slow roast coffee at one of the specialty coffee huts, visit the always-vibrant live music bars or the various museums that detail the rich history of this land during its nearly 1150 years of settlement. There will surely be something for you in the city by the bay to occupy your time!
Day 2 - The Golden Circle
On this day, you will be spirited away from the city sidewalks and into the magnificent, unspoiled nature of Iceland. Being one of the most famous sightseeing trails in the country, the Golden Circle sports three deservedly famous natural wonders for you to enjoy on this day out, all in the company of an experienced guide.
Your first stop is the beloved Þingvellir National Park. This incredible geological site is where the tectonic plates of Europe and America meet, pushing and pulling to create this marvelous landscape of canyons and fissures, surrounded by the lava that poured out in this battle of tectonic giants. Later, Iceland formed its democratic parliament there. Therefore the name translates to 'Parliament fields.'
Next up is Geysir geothermal area, where you'll see the geyser Strokkur spout water 49-66 ft (15-20m) up in the air every few minutes. All around are steaming fumaroles and smaller geysers that bubble and spit boiling mineral water, creating strange and sometimes dreamy colors on the red mud ground.
Your last stop on this day is the magnificent waterfall Gullfoss. It carries its name, 'The Golden Waterfall' with pride, and it certainly deserves it. Crowned with sunlight in summer, it is a glorious sight to behold and one of the nation's most-loved waterfalls.
The famous Golden Circle offers fun-filled activities for those who want to get in touch with a more adventurous side of themselves. You have three different adventure options that you can add to this day to make it even more magical.
For those who fancy some adrenaline rush, you can choose to go snowmobiling on Langjökull glacier, where you get to race over the age-old ice at great speed. If you prefer something calmer, you can get to know the Icelandic horse on a riding tour through the beautiful countryside.
You may also choose a snorkeling tour in the Silfra fissure at Þingvellir National Park. In the crystal clear waters that lie between the two tectonic plates, you can swim quite literally between the continents.
After this, you'll head back to the city for another evening in Reykjavík.
Day 3 - Jewels of the South Coast
To start your day in a grand way, you will be picked up early at your hotel and head out for a day of wonders. The South Coast is like a treasure chest of natural beauty, boasting Iceland's most beautiful waterfalls and scenic yet otherworldly beaches and sand wastes.
The first stop is at Seljalandsfoss waterfall, a narrow but stunning cascade over a small cave. A pathway next to the falls leads you inside this cave, providing you with a unique view of the South Coast through the curtain of water.
Next up is another waterfall, equally beautiful but vastly different. Skógafoss falls with great power from a 197-foot (60-meter) tall cliff onto the flat earth beneath. When the water hits the ground, the force creates mists in which you can often see a single or a double rainbow on sunny days.
There are two mighty glaciers located on the South Coast. The first you will see is Eyjafjallajökull, infamous for halting all air traffic when it erupted in 2010. The second one, Mýrdalsjökull covers the volcano Katla and is the fourth largest ice cap in Iceland.
Today you will have the option of hiking on top of one of Mýrdalsjökull's outlet glaciers, Sólheimajökull. Accompanied by a trained glacier guide, you will trek past ash-covered ice peaks, deep crevasses, and blue glacier moulins until you reach a large, white plain of pure white snow and ice. It is quite a sight.
Next, you'll make a stop at Reynisfjara black sand beach, where you can admire Reynisdrangar, the ever-watchful stack pillars that stand afar in the ocean like great dark guardians. Keep an eye out for puffins, as you might spot one or two nesting in the cliffs.
You will then head to your accommodation in the Vatjnajökull National Park.
Day 4 - Your Day on Ice
Today, you will head to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where the huge icebergs break away and crumble from a nearby glacier, becoming massive, floating pieces of diamond ice in the azure water. The lagoon is inhabited by seals and birds that have become remarkably accustomed to the appreciative audience.
If you wish to better view the icebergs and seals, you can opt for a boat ride on the lagoon. This excursion is perfect for the whole family as well as all nature photographers.
Across the road is the Diamond Beach, a black sand expanse by the Atlantic Ocean, where the icebergs have broken up and can now be found spread out over the coast. The beautiful landscape appears to the unsuspecting eye as a velvety swath of sand littered with large, uncut diamonds.
You will then make the journey back to the capital, Reykjavík, where you will spend the night. Along the way, you will stop at some of your local guide's favorite places for a true insight into Icelandic nature and culture.
Day 5 - Inside the Volcano
And now, for the highlight of your trip, you will descend 120 meters down into the empty magma kettle of the great, dormant volcano Þríhnúkagígur. This 150.000 cubic meters wide space, with a ground area the size of a football field, is a cathedral of nature's grandeur.
The burning lava has in the past created patterns and lines of color in the wide, high walls that lead up to the kettle-shaped opening, only 13 by 13 feet (4 by 4 meters) in size, giving the great space the appearance of the throne room of the mountain kings of old lore.
You will be picked up in Reykjavík and taken out to the site. Þríhnúkagígur stands over a dark, empty lava field, near the beautiful Bláfjöll mountain. When you arrive on-site, your well-versed guides will take you down into the kettle in a suspended elevator so that you can view the great space as you head down.
Afterward, there will be drinks and refreshments, maybe even some traditional Icelandic meat soup! When you have had your fill of both food and fun, you'll return to the city.
Day 6 - Free Day in Reykjavik
Today you can enjoy Reykjavík city and its many cafés, restaurants, museums, or shops. You can even check out the geothermal pools, much adored by locals, or go up the tower of Hallgrímskirkja church; the possibilities are nearly endless.
If you have not had enough adventure yet, you have a choice of great things to do. There is a wealth of marine animals that reside in the waters just off Reykjavík, and today you could go on a whale watching tour to see great whales that call Faxaflói Bay their home.
There is also a possibility of joining a horse riding tour in the beautiful countryside that surrounds the city. The Icelandic horse is a small and friendly creature that makes this tour perfect for beginners and experts alike.
Of course, if you'd rather get to know the city from up high, you could always take a geothermal helicopter ride, both over Reykjavík and the nearby countryside. Enjoy your last day in style, high above the ground.
Undoubtedly, today's most unique and of-the-moment option is to witness the Fagradalsfjall volcanic eruption first-hand on a different helicopter tour! This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will have you enjoy a spectacular take-off from Reykjavik's domestic airport, where you can watch the beautiful city shrink beneath you before you sail over the rugged landscapes of the Reykjanes Peninsula. You'll then marvel over the fiery fountains, frothing craters, and lava rivers both from the sky and ground, as this 1-hour excursion includes a dramatic landing!
Spend your evening in the city. Seek out some good music in the bars and other venues around you to experience the artistic side of Reykjavík.
Day 7 - Farewell to Iceland ... For Now...
Sadly, your last day in Iceland has arrived. When you feel ready to leave, you will hop aboard an airport shuttle and take one last ride through the charred and desolate lava fields of Reykjanes peninsula to Keflavík International Airport.
For those who have a later flight and choose to visit the Blue Lagoon today, you will finish off your stay unwinding before you head to the airport. This is the perfect place to relax as you bathe in the warm, mineral-rich waters as you look back on the incredible adventure you have just taken in the land of fire and ice. If your flight is later, there are plenty of things to do in Reykjavik. If you have an early flight back home, we wish you a pleasant journey.
What to bring
Good to know
Wearing cotton or jeans as the outer layer during your trip to the Þríhnjúkagígur volcano tour is not allowed. Please wear suitable waterproof clothes and sturdy hiking shoes for this trip. It’s always the same temperature inside the crater – about 5–6°C (42–43°F). The Þríhnjúkagígur volcano tour involves a hike of approximately 3 km (2 miles) each way. The walk usually takes around 45–50 minutes (depending on the condition of people in the group). A guide will be with you at all times during the walk.
Although it is summertime, the Icelandic weather can be very unpredictable. Please bring appropriate clothing. Please be aware that your itinerary may have to be rearranged to fit your arrival date and time better.
Accommodation in Reykjavik
See our accommodation levels below and our preferred accommodation partners under each day in the daily itinerary. Super budget level accommodations will be arranged in hostel dorm beds. For budget and comfort levels, bookings for one person will be arranged in single rooms, and bookings for two or more people will share a twin/double or triple room(s). For quality level, odd number groups will always be allocated a single room. If you are travelling in a group, but prefer a single room, please make separate bookings. Teenagers and children will be arranged in the same room with parents. If additional room(s) is needed, additional costs will incur.
For multi-day guided tours, accommodation cannot be upgraded and the levels below do not apply. Guide to Iceland will provide you with the best available accommodation at the time of your booking from our preferred partners. If our preferred partners are fully booked at the time of your booking, we will find another suitable accommodation for you of similar level.
We always do our best to accommodate special requests, which may incur additional costs. Press choose a date to find availability.
Dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels, such as HI Hostels. Located in the capital region. Breakfast is not included.
Private rooms with shared bathroom in guesthouses or hostels such as Capital Inn Guesthouse. Located in the capital region. Breakfast is not included.
Rooms with a private bathroom at three-star hotels such as Hótel Klettur, or quality guesthouses. Located in the city center or in close vicinity. Breakfast is included.
Rooms at four-star design hotels in the city center with a private bathroom at the absolute best locations downtown such as Hotel Alda. Breakfast is included.