Exciting 8-Day Guided Ring Road Small-Group Tour from Reykjavik

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Tour starts
Reykjavík, Iceland
Starting time
at 14:00
8 days
Ending place
Reykjavík, Iceland
All year
Minimum age
8 years old


Make the most of eight days in Iceland by embarking on this year-round small group tour around the country's Ring Road. Travelers who want to pack every day of their trip with unforgettable adventures and magnificent sights should book this tour now.

On this tour, you'll be driven around in a spacious, comfortable minivan with free Wi-Fi. A friendly local expert will guide you to each site and will be more than eager to tell you tales about the places you see and answer your questions about the country. 

Each night, you retire at a modern hotel in a room with a private bathroom, and you'll enjoy a complimentary breakfast each morning. You have free evenings to explore the area and enjoy dinner in your restaurant of choice. 

You will spend your first and last days in Reykjavik, providing you with time to experience the culture and attractions of Iceland's quirky capital. On the days in between, you will witness the magical sites of the Golden Circle and South Coast, navigate the Eastfjords, traverse the volcanic North Iceland landscape, and tour the cultural and natural attractions of West Iceland.

Stops at some of Iceland's most famous landmarks are sure to amaze. The Golden Circle route, the most popular in Iceland, is part of this tour and allows you to see the Gullfoss waterfall, Thingvellir National Park, and the Geysir geothermal area.

On the South Coast, you will visit Seljalandsfoss waterfall, the picturesque Reynisfjara black sand beach, and the crown jewel of Iceland, the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. Seeing the ancient icebergs floating in the bright blue water of the lagoon is a memorable experience. 

Myvatn, Skaftafell National Park, and the Dettifoss and Godafoss waterfalls are just a few of the other stops you will make. Each day is full of incredible experiences. 

You can expect to see volcanoes, geothermal areas, waterfalls, diverse beaches, and geological marvels. You also have the opportunity to embark on several activities included in the price, with a lovely hike in the east, a whale-watching excursion in the north, and either a glacier hike or an ice caving tour in the south. The activities you do depend on the season of your trip.

In summer, your sightseeing hours are longer due to the constant brightness of the midnight sun. In winter, the dark nights offer the chance to spot the northern lights. Seeing elusive lights is never guaranteed, but your remote location gives you a high probability of seeing the sky light up with dancing green and pink colors. 

This tour is suitable for anyone over the age of eight. Pack plenty of warm, waterproof layers, comfortable hiking boots, a hat and gloves, and a raincoat. Breakfast is included each morning, but you will be responsible for your lunch and dinners. 

Guests can bring one small day bag and a larger bag up to 44 lbs (20 kg).

Traverse Iceland's Ring Road over eight action-packed days, with plenty of time in Reykjavik, by booking this small-group adventure around the country. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Minibus with Wi-FI
7 nights of accommodation
Expert guide
Whale watching tour
Three-hour Hengifoss waterfall hike
Glacier hiking (April to October) or ice caving tour (November to March)
Northern lights hunting in winter
Space for one small day bag and one larger bag (up to 44 lbs/20 kgs)


Glacier Hiking
Whale Watching
Northern lights hunting
Ice Caving

Daily itinerary

Day 1
An aerial view of Reykjavik over Hallgrimskirkja church as the sun sets amid a cloudy sky.

Day 1 - Reykjavik Free Day

On the first day of your exciting eight-day adventure around Iceland, you will have a free day in Reykjavik, allowing you to enjoy the city's cultural sites and its opportunities for dining and shopping. The lively capital city is full of beautiful not-to-be-missed attractions.

One of the most popular attractions in Reykjavik is the Hallgrimskirkja church. This ornate Lutheran church stands 244 feet (75 meters) tall, making it the tallest church in Iceland.

The Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center is another well-loved spot in the capital. The recognizable glass facade and great location by the water make it well worth the visit.

A walk to the harbor area is a great photo opportunity. Be sure to stop by the Sun Voyager sculpture, a unique piece of art that resembles a Viking longship.

For travelers who love educational opportunities, visiting one of the numerous museums and galleries in Reykjavik is a wonderful way to spend the day. There are many options, from natural history to maritime and even the quirky Phallological museum.

Those who want to spend their time relaxing can do so in one of the city's many geothermal pools. Laugardalslaug is the largest pool in Reykjavik, with two pools, seven hot tubs, a steam bath, a cold tub, and a water slide.

Check out the fine restaurants, fantastic breweries, and lively bars Reykjavik offers in the evening. The city is an excellent destination for food enthusiasts, with opportunities to try traditional Icelandic dishes and all sorts of cuisines from around the world.

Afterward, head to your hotel to retire for the night and prepare for your morning departure. Tonight is the first hotel stay of the trip, so if your flight arrives today, you benefit from not having to book a separate hotel while waiting for the tour to depart Reykjavik.

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Day 2
The Strokkur geyser at Geysir geothermal area erupts high in the air while the setting sun behind creates dazzling streaks of color in the sky.

Day 2 - Golden Circle and South Coast

On the second day of your eight-day trip around Iceland, you will enjoy a complimentary breakfast before meeting your guide and setting out on your first adventure. Today, you'll see various sites across the Golden Circle and South Coast.

Thingvellir National Park, the Geysir geothermal area, and the Gullfoss waterfall are the destinations on the Golden Circle route.

Thingvellir is between the prominent cliffs of two tectonic plates and boasts magical landscapes and fascinating history. The Geysir geothermal area allows you to marvel over the erupting hot spring of Stokkur, which goes off every five minutes or so. Gullfoss is a magnificent waterfall that originates at the glacier of Langjokull and cascades down two drops.

After marveling over these breathtaking sites, you'll head through volcanic landscapes towards the southeastern shore, where the South Coast portion of today's adventure begins.

The first South Coast attraction is Seljalandsfoss waterfall, one of the most unique in Iceland because you can walk behind the cascading falls into a hidden cavern. Skogafoss waterfall, your next stop, is much more powerful, thundering to the earth with breathtaking force. Both stand around 197 feet (60 meters).

You will likely have enough daylight for summertime tours to visit the world-renowned Reynisfjara black sand beach. This striking beach of black volcanic sand provides impressive views of the ocean and the offshore Reynisdrangar sea stacks.

In winter, you will have the opportunity to hunt for the northern lights as you head to your hotel on the South Coast. Summer means you can enjoy the continued daylight views of Iceland since the midnight sun will illuminate your entire journey.

Once you arrive at your hotel, you will have ample time to get a delicious dinner and explore the area before heading to bed. After a full day of excitement, you will surely get a great night's sleep!

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Day 3
Vivid, deep blue colors adorn the landscape of an ice cave in Iceland in winter.

Day 3 - Vatnajokull and Jokulsarlon

The third day of your trip around the Ring Road of Iceland will allow you to explore the magical attractions of Vatnajokull National Park at the end of the South Coast sightseeing route. You'll also embark on one of two adventures, depending on the season of your arrival.

Today's first significant site you will head to is Skaftafell, a magnificent nature reserve. Surrounded by glacial outlets and jagged mountains and filled with racing rivers, expanses of lava and volcanic ash, and woodland, there are few better places in the world for trekking and photography.

Before the newer Vatnajokull park enveloped it, Skaftafell was a national park in its own right.

In summer, you will take a three-hour glacier hike on one of the ice caps here. You will wear safety gear provided by your guide, and be privy to some of the country's most breathtaking views, alien snowscapes, and unusual, dramatic formations.

The second site you will reach is the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. This otherworldly lake has thousands of icebergs cluttering its deep waters, some spectacularly large. Their colors are also striking, with all shades of blue, gleaming whites, and veins of black ash.

You can also find a range of animals such as seals and arctic terns in the area, adding to its already astounding beauty.

If traveling between November and March, you'll board a super jeep and set out on a thrilling ice-caving adventure under the Vatnajokull glacier.

These formations are rare and spectacular, vivid azure and filled with beautiful natural sculptures. The way sunlight refracts and penetrates the walls and ceiling of the cave allows for some fantastic photographic opportunities.

Before continuing to your hotel near the town of Hofn, you'll visit Diamond Beach, which sits beside Jokulsarlon. It is named as such because the icebergs of the lagoon wash up here, glittering like gemstones as they slowly melt away.

In winter, you might see the aurora borealis over one of these natural wonders.

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Day 4
A vehicle traverses the vast, snow-covered landscapes of East Iceland on a bright day with the mountains in the background.

Day 4 - Eastfjords

After breakfast at your hotel on day four of this exciting Ring Road tour, your group will embark on a breathtaking journey along Iceland's remote and dramatic Eastfjords. This coastal route will introduce you to countless hidden gems far from the tourist crowds.

Enjoy stunning views of Vestrahorn mountain towering over the shore. This 1,489-foot (484-meter) peak is one of the most photographed mountains in Iceland.

Today, you get to visit Djupivogur, a quaint village with a relaxed ambiance, a magical harbor, and many public works of art. This settlement sits in the shadow of Bulandstindur, a mountain steeped in religious folklore.

You have a great chance of seeing seals on the beaches and seabirds on the cliffs as you travel. In summer, you may even see whales and puffins, while in winter, you have a better chance of spotting reindeer herds. The Eastfjords are the only place in Iceland where wild herds of reindeer can be found.

After soaking up the stunning beauty of the Eastfjords coastal areas, it is time to head inland. The inland areas of the Eastfjords are equally as beautiful as the coast.

You will travel past the forest of Hallormstadaskogur, which is the largest forest in Iceland. You'll also see Lagarfljot lake, known for the legend claiming a monster similar to Scotland's Nessie lives in the deep waters.

Lace up your hiking boots and prepare to embark on a fun three-hour round-trip hike to see the waterfalls of Hengifoss and Litlanesfoss. Hengifoss is the third-tallest waterfall in the country, cascading down 420 feet (128 meters), while Litlanesfoss tumbles from stacks of rare hexagonal columns.

Both of these landmarks are spectacular and well worth the trek.

With this adventure complete, you'll head to your hotel in the Egilsstadir area for dinner and rest. While in such a rural area, it is well worth going out after dark to try to spot the northern lights.

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Day 5
A birds eye view of the edge of Lake Myvatn with its calm water and a striking, colorful landscape stretched out in front.

Day 5 - North Iceland

On the fifth day of your trip around the Ring Road of Iceland, you'll enjoy another delicious complimentary breakfast before setting out on a spectacular journey from the east to the north.

The first attraction on your schedule is the Dettifoss waterfall, one of the main attractions on the Diamond Circle sightseeing route. Dettifoss is Europe's most powerful waterfall, falling from a height of 144 feet (44 meters) with an impressive width of 328 feet (100 meters).

Next, you will head to the Lake Myvatn area. The lakes will be filled with birds and surrounding landscapes covered in verdant moss and wildflowers in summer, while in winter, the waters will be frozen and lands covered in shimmering snow.

In Myvatn, you will visit the Dimmuborgir lava fortress, a mind-blowing expanse of caves and rock stacks created when a volcanic eruption boiled away the lake. The nearby Namaskard geothermal area is sure to amaze, with its barren slopes splashed with vivid colors from the minerals of the hot springs.

It is recommended to organize admission to the Myvatn Nature Baths for this day as you will have several hours to enjoy the healing waters here. Considering your action-packed adventures so far, this is an excellent opportunity to relax and reflect.

If you choose not to enter the baths, you can spend the time sightseeing around the beautiful area.

Your next stop on the Diamond Circle is the Godafoss waterfall. Stunning landscapes surround this natural feature, and you can learn about the fascinating history here by reading the signs dotted around the attraction.

You'll end your day at a hotel near Akureyri, the largest town in North Iceland. In winter, you will hunt for the northern lights should conditions allow, with a better chance of seeing them due to the region's longer hours of darkness, higher latitude, and generally clearer skies.

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Day 6
A humpback whale throws itself out of the sea in a magnificent acrobatic display against the blue ocean and sky.

Day 6 - North Iceland and Trollaskagi Peninsula

On the sixth day of your travels around the country, you will head out to explore the incredible landscapes and wildlife of North Iceland.

Your day will start with a drive along the magnificent fjord of Eyjafjordur to the coastal village of Dalvik. This tiny settlement is world-renowned for its incredible whale-watching opportunities, and you will set off on such an adventure from the harbor.

In summer, humpback whales are abundant. You have a good chance of seeing several on your trip, often displaying magnificent surface behavior with breaches and tail slaps. Puffins can also be seen on the water's surface and swooping in the skies throughout this season, as can many other seabirds.

In winter, your trip will focus more on dolphins and porpoises, although you might see some great whales that have not migrated. The views of distant snowy mountains from the water are hard to beat.

Year-round, you have a chance to spot rare creatures such as orcas, belugas, and blue whales. There is no guarantee that these elusive beauties will appear, but keep an eye out, and you may be lucky!

After this memorable trip, you'll continue along Eyjafjordur to visit the lovely settlement of Siglufjordur. This village has spectacular views and a long history as one of the country's fishing capitals.

You will then traverse the magnificent Trollaskagi peninsula, an area of immense mountains, numerous farms, and a low population. It is an excellent example of rural farmland in Iceland.

This part of the country is known for its abundance of Icelandic horses, precious animals famous for their sweet demeanor, intelligence, and unique gait called the Tolt. Most of the farms on the Trollaskagi peninsula are horse farms, and riding is a popular activity here.

You will end your day at a welcoming countryside hotel in the Laugarbakki area. Here you can rest up in preparation for an active day tomorrow.

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Day 7
Hraunfossar falls in West Iceland flows from volcanic rock, with snow-dusted vegetation above, creating a magical landscape.

Day 7 - West Iceland

On the seventh day of your eight-day trip around Iceland, you will journey through magnificent West Iceland as you make your way back to Reykjavik. This region tends to be overlooked by tourists, meaning you will have endless views unspoiled by crowds.

The first stop is the Grabok volcanic crater, where you will hike up to the rim. The panoramic views from the top allow you to marvel over a range of Icelandic scenery and the dramatic consequences of its eruption. Be sure to bring your camera!

After your hike, it is time to visit the highest-flowing hot spring in Europe, Deildartunghver, and marvel over its near-boiling waters. The spring hovers around 207 degrees Fahrenheit (97 degrees Celsius), so it makes sense that this dramatic feature heats homes across the region.

You will then continue to the waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafossar, located near Deildartunguhver. Hraunfossar translates to "lava falls" and is a lovely collection of large and small cascading out of the volcanic rock.

Barnafossar, or "children's fall," has a dark legend surrounding it, supposedly getting its name after two children fell into the water. Sad story aside, it's a stunning location for photos.

Your next stop is the beautiful village of Reykholt, home to a beautiful church and fascinating museum on Snorri Sturluson. This medieval writer and chieftain once lived here and recorded much of what we know about the Old Norse Gods and the lineages of Scandinavian royalty.

He was also a central figure in Iceland's dramatic civil war and submission to the crown of Norway.

On your way back to Reykjavik, you will see the magnificent fjord of Hvalfjordur. In winter, you will hopefully have a fantastic last aurora viewing before arriving in the capital.

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Day 8
Reykjavik's colorful city lights reflect on the calm harbor waters at nighttime.

Day 8 - Final Day in Reykjavik

Your final day dawns with breakfast at your Reykjavik hotel. Then you are free to spend the day as you please.

You may be tired from your eight days of adventure around the country, so today would be an excellent day for simply wandering through the colorful streets of Reykjavik. Laugavegur street, or Main Street, is best known for its superb shopping opportunities. Be sure to get your souvenirs before heading home!

If you're up to it, you can take numerous day trips or excursions from Reykjavik. A whale-watching tour departing from Reykjavik harbor provides the opportunity to spot some gentle giants, and winter vacations allow you to take a cruise to hunt for the northern lights.

Learn more about Iceland with a visit to one or more of Reykjavik's educational museums. The Reykjavik City Card allows entry to a selection of Reykjavik's museums, galleries, and thermal pools and is a wonderful choice for budget-savvy travelers.

For true relaxation, you might enjoy a visit to the world-famous Blue Lagoon. Many travelers like to visit the spa on their way to the airport since it's about 30 miles (49 kilometers) from Reykjavik and only 13.6 miles (22 kilometers) from Keflavik airport.

The Blue Lagoon is a favorite stop for a good reason. These electric blue waters are temptingly warm and provide unbeatable relaxation opportunities. To treat yourself further, consider booking a massage or spa package.

If you are heading home today, you can say goodbye to Iceland as you make your way to the airport. The 31-mile (50-kilometer) journey between Reykjavik and Keflavik International Airport has scenic views of expansive lava fields and distant mountains, providing some final photo opportunities.

Your incredible eight-day tour of Iceland's Ring Road is complete, and you will have lifelong memories of this beautiful country.

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What to bring

Warm, waterproof clothing
Hiking boots

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