Customizable 7 Day Summer Holiday Vacation Package of Icelandic Wonders
Create the perfect holiday in Iceland with this 7-day summer package. See some of Iceland’s most beautiful sights, such as Reynisfjara black sand beach and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, and customize your days by adding exciting activities such as visiting the Blue Lagoon and hiking in the Highlands. This is the perfect holiday package for those who like to follow their own path but let others take care of the arrangements.
With this 7-day package, you’ll get a tour of the famous Golden Circle, which you can spice up by adding adventures such as snowmobiling on a glacier, snorkeling in Silfra fissure, or riding an Icelandic horse.
You will also embark on a 2-day tour of the stunning South Coast of Iceland, seeing silvery waterfalls, stretches of black sand beaches, majestic glaciers, and a stunning glacier lagoon. There, you will have the opportunity to go glacier hiking and sail between icebergs at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon if traveling from May onwards.
Back in Reykjavík, you will have the choice of taking a tour that allows you to step inside Langjökull glacier or enter the magma chamber of a volcano. You can also choose to spend the day exploring the city, take a journey into the Highlands or go whale watching.
All accommodations, transfers, and activities will be taken care of prior to your arrival, and so all you have to do is decide what you want to do with your time in Iceland.
Customize your trip to the land of ice and fire and book this fantastic 7-day summer package now. Check availability by choosing a date.
Day 1 - Arrival – Welcome to Iceland
You'll land at Keflavík International Airport, located in the middle of a lava field on the Reykjanes peninsula. 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.
Once you arrive in the city and settle into your accommodations, you will have the rest of the day to explore and experience the capital. Visit a museum, browse the city's many boutiques or enjoy world-class coffee in quirky coffee shops.
In the evening, the city comes alive with multiple bars and cocktail lounges offering live music or shows. There is also an astonishing variety of restaurants for you to visit. The Midnight Sun keeps the light flowing, and the city is in a state of twilight the whole night.
Day 2 - The Golden Circle
On your second day, it is time to leave the city and head into nature. Some of Iceland's most amazing sites are just a short drive from the capital, so pack your camera and put on good shoes before your guide picks you up to explore the area known as The Golden Circle.
Your first stop is Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where Viking settlers formed Iceland's parliament, Alþingi, over a thousand years ago. This is also where the European and North American continental plates meet, causing incredible tension that tears the land apart.
This tension creates gorges and fissures in the landscape, and one of those, Silfra, is now filled with crystal clear glacier water, making it a popular snorkeling spot. You can update this day and add a snorkeling tour of Silfra where you can, quite literally, swim between the continents.
Your next stop is Geysir geothermal area, home to erupting geysers and bubbling hot springs. The main attraction here is the hot spring, Strokkur, which erupts high into the sky every few minutes. The clay in the area has taken on various mystical colors from the minerals in the boiling water, giving the whole area a strange, otherworldly look.
Your last stop before returning to the city will be the waterfall Gullfoss. This massive waterfall in the glacial river Hvítá is one of Iceland's most beautiful attractions, especially when it is crowned by midnight sun in summer.
If you are looking for some thrill today, you can add a snowmobile tour that departs from Gullfoss waterfall. You'll be taken up to Langjökull glacier, where you'll zoom across the white expanse on a speedy snowmobile.
Those looking for an equally exciting but slightly slower pace activity can book a horse riding tour and ride around the beautiful Icelandic countryside on an Icelandic steed; you can try out their famously smooth gait for yourself.
Finally, you will return to the city for another night.
Day 3 - The Wild South Coast
Today, your guide will pick you up and whisk you out of the city. You'll follow the southern coastline to Vatnajökull National Park, where you will spend the night at the foot of Europe's largest glacier. En route, there will be some spectacular scenery and thrilling adventures.
The first stop today is at the waterfall Seljalandsfoss. This high and narrow feature falls over a small cavern, making it possible for visitors to step behind the stream of water and thus fully encircle the falling springwater.
Next up is another waterfall, equally as beautiful but vastly different. Skógafoss is a wide and powerful cascade that produces a large amount of mist as the water hits the flat land underneath. On sunny days, you can see a double rainbow forming in the mist.
Towering over the South Coast are two glacier-covered volcanoes, Eyjafjallajökull and Katla. The former famously erupted in 2010, halting all air traffic for a few days while the latter lies dormant under the ice cap of Mýrdalsjökull glacier.
If you want to add some excitement to this day, you can opt for a glacier hiking on Sólheimajökull, one of Mýrdalsjökull's outlet glaciers. This adventure offers visitors a stunning view of deep, blue crevasses, frosty mountaintops, and white glacier peaks covered in black ash from past volcanic eruptions.
From there, you'll head to the black sand beach of Reynisfjara, where you'll hear the thundering noises of the North Atlantic ocean as it crashes upon the dark shoreline and smashes into the 217 ft (66m) tall Reynisdrangar sea stacks. Keep an eye out for puffins, as they can sometimes be seen nesting in the cliffs nearby.
You'll then continue east until you reach your accommodations by Vatnajökull glacier.
Day 4 - Ice Hikes and Boat Rides
Today, you'll explore what many consider to be one of the most beautiful locations in Iceland, the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.
The massive glacier lagoon is filled with enormous icebergs which have broken off a nearby glacier. They lazily float on the calm water on their way towards the ocean. Between these massive bergs, you can often see seals swimming, playing, and hunting for food.
If you wish to get a closer view of the icebergs—and are traveling between May and October—you can opt for a boat tour on the lagoon. You'll board an amphibious boat and sail amongst these giant bergs. You are sure to capture some amazing photos on a tour like this.
A short walk away from the lagoon is the Diamond Beach, where smaller icebergs often wash up onshore. They glisten like gemstones on the black sand in the sunlight, creating the perfect backdrop for selfies.
Then it is time to head back to the city where you will spend the night. On the way back, your local guide will stop at some of his favorite places and provide you with insider knowledge into Icelandic nature.
Day 5 - Fire vs. Ice
On this day, you can either take it hot or take it cool.
Your first option is to crank up the heat and join a trip to Þríhnúkagígur volcano, where you'll head into the earth to visit the magma chamber of this now-dormant giant. The cavernous space might remind some of a dragon's treasure trove, where vibrant minerals paint a symphony of colors on the stone walls.
The second option is to keep it cool - quite many degrees colder than you might be used to! Take the day tour to Langjökull glacier, where you'll have the opportunity to whiz across the glacier on a snowmobile before exploring it from the inside and visiting ice halls deep within the glacial blue ice mass.
In the area are Hraunfossar, a cascade of multiple waterfalls rushing over the lava and melding with the river. Close by is another amazing waterfall, Barnafoss, which tumbles down into the same river.
After the day, you'll either cool down or heat up in downtown Reykjavík. There's always something tasty and fun to occupy your time.
Day 6 - Nature Lover vs. City Slicker
Today you have the option of exploring the city better or heading back out into the wild Icelandic nature.
For your first option, you can join a tour into the Highlands. You'll board a super jeep that will take you up into the mountains to the Landmannalaugar natural paradise. Nestling in the shadow of the mighty volcano Hekla, the area is known for its beauty because of the colorful streaks in the rocks and cliffs.
There is a wide range of activities, such as hiking and, of course, some high-quality geothermal bathing in the hot springs that nestle under the rocky hills. For those who love nature and would like to see Iceland's less easily reached parts, this is the perfect trip to the perfect place.
If you'd rather relax in the city, you can opt to stay in Reykjavík and get to know the culture a bit better. You could check out a museum or simply do as locals do and hit the geothermal pools to listen to the latest gossip, discuss politics and enjoy the healing powers of warm water.
If you add on the 24-hour City Card, you will get free access to Árbær Open Air Museum, the Settlement Exhibition, the city's many geothermal pools, the Reykjavík Family Park and Zoo, and many other museums and galleries. The City Card also allows you to ride the city public transport for free.
You could also make your way to Reykjavík's Old Harbour, hop on a boat and take a whale-watching tour, or, if you prefer, your Blue Lagoon visit could also be placed on this day. Whichever you choose, the day will certainly be a blast.
Day 7 - Departure Day & Farewell to Iceland
Now it is time to pack your bags and say goodbye to the land of ice and fire.
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. You could visit Hallgrímskirkja church or Harpa concert hall. A highly recommended activity is to walk down Laugavegur shopping street and pick up a souvenir or two. If you have an early flight back home, we wish you a pleasant journey.
What to bring
Good to know
The Inside the Volcano tour is available from May 10 to October 31 and requires participants to be at least 8 years old. If you are traveling with children between 5 to 7 years old, please choose Into the Glacier for Day 5.
If you choose Inside the Volcano tour for Day 5, please note that wearing cotton or jeans as the outer layer is not allowed during your trip to the Þríhnjúkagígur volcano tour. Please wear suitable waterproof clothes and sturdy hiking shoes. The crater is always around 5–6°C (42–43°F) inside, and it is important to keep warm and dry.
The Þríhnjúkagígur volcano tour includes a hike from the parking lot to the volcano. It is 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 better fit your arrival date and time. Note that glacier lagoon boat tours are only available from May to October every year.
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.