7-Day Action Packed Vacation | The Ring Road of Iceland and Reykjavik
Explore every region Iceland has to offer and fill your days with adventure by booking this 7-day vacation package. This Icelandic vacation should not be missed by those who want to enjoy as many otherworldly sites and unforgettable experiences as possible over a week.
For 4 days, you will embark on a guided Ring Road adventure, introducing you to the spectacular South Coast, the far-flung East Fjords, the volcanic North, and the diverse West. This route allows you to see the most famous attractions the country offers, like Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and Lake Myvatn, alongside many hidden gems that few guests get the chance to visit.
Though you will have to spend many hours of each day on the road, this will provide you with many opportunities to hunt for the beautiful Northern Lights in the winter months. In summer, meanwhile, the Midnight Sun will illuminate the landscapes throughout the evening, providing you with fantastic views that will make the hours fly by.
On your journey, you will not only encounter countless magical sites but have the opportunity to embark on a range of adventures. Glacier hiking is an option throughout the year, whereas winter travelers will have the chance to enter a mystical ice cave. Summer travelers, meanwhile, will be able to take a boat tour amongst the giant icebergs of Jokulsarlon.
On the days surrounding your Ring Road tour, you can still fill your time with classic Icelandic experiences. Upon arrival, for example, you will have admission to the world-famous Blue Lagoon Spa, and on your free day in Reykjavik, you have three exciting tours to pick from, one of which will take you into a volcanic magma chamber.
You’ll leave the stress of driving to your knowledgeable guides throughout, and as this is a vacation package, your hotels, excursions, and transfers will be sorted prior to your arrival.
This allows you to enjoy the build-up to your trip without worrying about the organization. This will also help you avoid unnecessary hiccups throughout your stay and is especially comforting considering how action-packed this adventure is.
Fill every day of your fast-paced Icelandic holiday with unforgettable experiences by booking this 7-day vacation package. Check availability by choosing a date and booking your Iceland adventure.
Day 1 - Arrival
One of Iceland's most popular attractions, this serene spa boasts vivid blue waters unlike anything else on earth; a range of healing therapies and spectacular surroundings, of volcanoes and barren lava fields. A dip here is a perfect way to rejuvenate from your travels in preparation for the exciting days ahead.
After enjoying the spa, another bus will transfer you to the capital of Reykjavik. Once you have checked into your hotel, be sure to explore the city, which is increasingly being recognized for its thriving culture.
Day 2 - Waterfalls, Volcanoes, and Glaciers
Inland, you will be exposed to the glaciers of Eyjafjallajokull, Myrdalsjokull, and, towards the end of your journey, Vatnajokull, the largest ice cap in Europe. Out to sea, you’ll witness spectacular coastal features, such as the jagged Westman Islands, the Reynisdrangar sea stacks, and Dyrholaey rock arch. The black sand beaches are beautiful in and of themselves, particularly at Reynisfjara.
There are also plenty of stunning waterfalls along this stretch, three of which you’ll come to early in your journey. Seljalandsfoss is most known for its serenity and the unusual cavern behind it. Gljufrabui is hidden in a small gorge and overlooked by most, and Skogafoss is renowned for its incredible power.
You’ll discover a fourth waterfall towards the end of your trip when you stop at the spectacular nature reserve of Skaftafell. Svartifoss, surrounded by bizarre columns of black basalt rock, is but one of many incredible features here, alongside lava landscapes, serene lagoons, and many glacier tongues.
The adventurous are welcome to add a glacier hiking tour to their time in Skaftafell, scale the spectacular Svinafellsjokull glacier, and expose themselves to some unbelievable views.
After exploring the incredible range of sites south Iceland has to offer, you’ll retire for the night in a hotel in the southeast.
Day 3 - The Remote East Fjords
A short walk from the lagoon is the Diamond Beach, where the icebergs finally wash up on the black sands, glistening beautifully as they slowly melt into the surf.
Summer travelers will be able to board a zodiac boat and witness Jokulsarlon from a whole new perspective.
After enjoying what is sure to be one of your most memorable moments in Iceland, you'll continue your journey along the Ring Road. You will no doubt notice a dramatic drop in the number of other tourists as you leave the south and enter one of the country's most remote regions.
The East Fjords boast some of the most stunning views Iceland has to offer; as you drive and stop off at the beauty spots, you'll be exposed to magnificent seascapes, towering mountains, and more of the mighty Vatnajokull.
This region is made all the more beautiful with its wildlife. The fjords are full of seabirds, the waters are home to seals, and it is the only place in the country where you can see wild reindeer.
At the end of your exploration of this untouched region, you'll reach the sleepy capital of the East, Egilsstadir. Be sure to enjoy the mystical Lake Lagarfljot adjacent to the town before retiring for the night.
Day 4 - The Otherworldly North
If you are traveling outside of the winter months, you will stop along this route to visit Europe’s most powerful waterfall, Dettifoss. Over 328 ft (100m) wide and thundering into an ancient canyon, its stark beauty and awesome force make it one of the region’s most defining sites.
The main area you will spend today exploring, however, is the diverse Lake Myvatn. Actually, a series of lakes, the site is not only a hotspot of the country’s unique fauna and flora but its geological and geothermal marvels.
Pseudocraters, towers of basalt, and even the ‘lava fortress’ of Dimmuborgir create a stark contrast with the serenity of the waters, and steam can be found seething from many volcanic pockets.
To witness these geothermal forces at their most extreme, you’ll include a visit to the smoking fumaroles that define the barren Namaskard Pass. To experience them in a far more relaxing way, you can organize admission into the luxurious Myvatn Nature Baths, which sit on the edge of a lake, when booking.
After enjoying the diversity of Myvatn, you’ll make your way to the Capital of the North, Akureyri. En route, you have another powerful waterfall to marvel over - Godafoss - or the Waterfall of the Gods. Famous for its beauty, it also has a fascinating thousand-year history that you can read about on-site.
Once at Akureyri, those who aren’t exhausted from their action-packed day can explore the quirky town, famous for its architecture, beautiful nature, and plentiful cultural sites, before retiring.
Day 5 - Completing the Circle
If you choose to add such an excursion onto your day, you have a great chance of spotting a range of dolphin and whale species; in summer, even rare creatures such as Orcas, Blue Whales, and Fin Whales are spotted on occasion. There is plenty of birdlife to admire between sightings of these gentle giants, and the surrounding nature is breathtaking.
Following this fantastic opportunity, you will travel to another wildlife hot spot, this time famous for its numerous seal colonies: the Vatnsnes Peninsula. You'll be able to learn more about these adorable creatures at the Icelandic Seal Center and explore the charming village it's located in, Hvammstangi.
The Vatnsnes Peninsula is also famous for being home to the fascinating, much-photographed monolith of Hvitserkur. Stood alone in a shallow coastal bay, it closely resembles an elephant drinking from the seas with its trunk.
If you are traveling between April and October, you will also stop at the Kolugjufur Canyon to admire its stunning waterfall as you leave North Iceland. Otherwise, you will drive through the rural, idyllic nature of the west and reach Reykjavik at around 22:00, finishing your incredible Ring Road adventure.
Day 6 - Culture or Adventure
The Golden Circle sightseeing adventure is a great choice for those eager to see more of the sites that make Iceland so famous; it is, after all, the most popular tourist trail in the country. It boasts the magnificent Gullfoss Waterfall, the hot springs and geysers of the Geysir Geothermal Area, and Thingvellir National Park, a historical, natural wonderland located directly between the tectonic plates.
If you prefer a longer day tour, you can instead immerse yourself into one of west Iceland's most diverse and spectacular areas, the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. This region has waterfalls, beautiful stretches of coastline, abundant wildlife, towering mountains, historic villages, abandoned hamlets and is crowned by the world-famous Snaefellsjokull glacier, which sits in a National Park of its own name.
A final option for today is to embark on the Into the Volcano tour, an excursion only found in Iceland. On this adventure, you'll take a mining lift into what was once the magma chamber of an active volcano to marvel over its scale and vivid coloration. These chambers usually collapse after an eruption, making this an incredible opportunity.
After your final adventures, you'll spend a final night in Reykjavik.
Day 7 - Farewell
There are few better ways to unwind from all the adventure than in the spa’s luxurious pools, saunas, and steam rooms.
If you have a later departure and want to continue to pack as much as you can into every day, the capital has a wealth of museums, galleries, parks, and boutiques you can explore and is famous for its public art and architecture. Those who would rather enjoy natural beauty can easily find it in the capital city, at places such as the Seltjarnarnes Peninsula.
Regardless of how you spend your last day, you can depart knowing you covered as much ground as possible over your week in Iceland and can enjoy your flight reminiscing over the incredible memories you made.
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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 other 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).
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.