8 Day Summer Vacation Package with Guided Ring Road Tour of Iceland

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Duration
8 days
Difficulty
Easy
Language
English
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Keflavík International
8
Minimum age
8 years
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Apr. - Aug.

Travel along the ring road of Iceland with this 8-day package where you’ll explore the country’s best-known regions, such as the Golden Circle, South Coast, Lake Mývatn and part of Iceland’s west, as well as a few hidden gems known only by your local guide. Those looking for an easy and relaxing way to see the land of ice and fire need to look no further.

After arriving in the country, you’ll be transported to the city of Reykjavík where you’ll spend the evening before embarking on a trip along the Ring Road the next day. In a small group, you’ll travel from the capital to the northern town of Akureyri then see some of the west before heading back to Reykjavik.

Along the way, you’ll stop at gorgeous locations such as Geysir geothermal area, Reynisfjara black sand beach, and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. You will also have the opportunity to add on exciting adventures to spice up your days, such as glacier hiking, riding the Icelandic horse, sailing between icebergs, and unwinding in the geothermal spas of Mývatn Nature Baths and the Blue Lagoon.

Sit back and let others do the planning. With this package, all accommodations will be sorted for you before your arrival as well as transportation to and from Keflavík airport. Included in the price is also the flight between Akureyri and Reykjavík which will provide you with ample time to explore Iceland's vibrant capital to the fullest.

Discover glaciers, geysers, and waterfalls with this 8-day summer package. Come along and experience the beauty of Iceland as the Midnight Sun shines above you. Check availability by choosing a date.

Included

Airport transfer on arrival/departure for Keflavík International Airport
6 day small group guided tour of the circle of Iceland
2 nights of accommodation in Reykjavik (different levels available; breakfast not included for Super Budget or Budget levels; breakfast included for Comfort and Quality levels; more detailed info below)
5 night of accommodation in various country hotels (breakfast included, private bathroom)
Detailed Itinerary with fun and practical information on the nature, history and culture of Iceland
Hands on travel agent to oversee your itinerary
Taxes

Activities

Glacier Hiking
Sightseeing
Northern lights hunting
Cultural Activity
Ice Caving

Attractions

Blue Lagoon
Golden Circle
North Iceland
Reykjavík
Akureyri
Jökulsárlón
Vatnajökull
Mývatn
Dimmuborgir
Ásbyrgi
Dettifoss
Skógafoss
Seljalandsfoss
Geysir
Gullfoss
Eyjafjallajökull
Þingvellir
Strokkur
Reykjanes
Sólheimajökull
Mýrdalsjökull
Skaftafell
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Jökulsárgljúfur
Vík í Mýrdal
Egilsstaðir
Námafjall Geothermal Area
Keflavik International Airport
Reynisdrangar
Haukadalur
Námaskarð
Lagarfljót
Hallormsstaðaskógur
South Coast
Diamond Beach
Ring Road
East Fjords

Daily itinerary

Day 1
The Blue Lagoon is, without doubt, the best place in Iceland to beat the jet lag.

Arrival

This is your first day in Iceland and the adventure begins right away. After collecting your bags, you’ll hop aboard a bus that will take you through the dark, rugged lava field of the Reykjanes Peninsula towards Reykjavík city. This otherworldly landscape you will see along the way is, however, only the beginning of strange sceneries you will come across on your holiday.

En route to Reykjavík is the famous Blue Lagoon, and if your flight arrives before 3 PM, you can start your Iceland adventure by taking a dip in the warm, geothermal waters of the spa. Don’t worry if you have a later flight, a Blue Lagoon visit can also be arranged on another day.

Once in the city, you can start exploring the capital. A walk down Laugavegur shopping street is highly recommended as it is filled with quirky boutiques and even quirkier bars and restaurants. The Midnight Sun lights up the evening so you can stay out late exploring famous buildings such as Hallgrímskirkja church or Harpa Concert Hall, both located in the downtown area.

Day 2
Gullfoss waterfall is one of Iceland's most treasured natural features and makes up one third of the Golden Circle sightseeing route.

Golden Circle

You’ll be picked up in the morning by your friendly local guide for your 6-day trip around the countryside. On today’s itinerary are the three essential stops for all visitors to Iceland; Þingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area, and Gullfoss waterfall, collectively known as the Golden Circle.

First up is Þingvellir National Park where you can walk between continents. This is because the park is neither located on the Eurasian nor the North American tectonic plates, but in a rift valley between. Þingvellir’s stunning scenery reflects its unique location as there are rifts and fissures throughout the valley produced when the tectonic plates move.

From there you’ll visit the Geysir geothermal area where you’ll better have a camera ready. The hot spring, Strokkur, erupts every few minutes in a 25-metre water column and a selfie with Strokkur is a must when visiting Iceland.

Finally, you’ll reach Gullfoss waterfall. As soon as you leave the minibus you will hear the rumbling noise as freezing glacial water plummets down 32 metres into an ancient canyon. Gullfoss is one of the most breathtaking sites in Iceland and will surely leave you in awe.

Along the way, you will undoubtedly see Icelandic horses running around or grazing in the field. If you wish to get to know these gentle creatures better, you can add a 2-hour horse riding tour to this day during the booking process. There is no better way to experience the Icelandic countryside than on the back of a horse.

After a great first day on the road, you’ll make your way to your accommodations in the Golden Circle area.

Day 3
Is there any beating the fabulous sights, sounds and attractions of Iceland's beautiful South Coast?

The South Coast

After breakfast, it is time to continue your journey. Today you’ll explore the many attractions on the South Coast which include glaciers, waterfalls, and a black sand beach.

You’ll make your way towards the large glacier volcano Eyjafjallajökull. Close by, you’ll find Seljalandsfoss, a high and narrow waterfall which falls over a cave in the cliff face. This cave allows visitors to walk behind the falling springwater and get a unique view of the cascade and surrounding countryside.

Then you’ll move on to another waterfall, the vastly different but equally beautiful, Skógafoss. This one is wider and more powerful than Seljalandsfoss and it falls onto a very flat land which allows visitors to walk right up to the wall of water.

Today, you’ll have a chance to explore the top of a glacier with a glacier hike. During the booking process, you can add on a tour where a trained guide will lead you past blue crevasses and icy peaks of Sólheimajökull glacier. All equipment such as crampons and ice axes are included, so all you will have to do is enjoy yourself and breath in the crisp mountain air on top of the glacier.

Before you head to your accommodations in or near the village of Vík, you will stop at the black sand beach of Reynisfjara. Here you’ll see jet-black, volcanic sand, cliffs made of hexagonal columns, massive sea stack rise out of the ocean, and great birdlife. Keep an eye out for puffins as they are known to nest nearby in the summertime.

Day 4
Diamond Beach, where Icebergs wash against black sand shores on their way out to the Atlantic Ocean.

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Today it is time to head further east, into Vantajökull National Park. There, nestled by the foot of the mighty glacier, Vatnajökull, you will find one of the most stunning spots in all of in Iceland, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.

This serene lagoon is filled with massive icebergs which have broken off the nearby glacier. These blue and white bergs shimmer in the summer sun as they make their way towards the ocean.

You can add some adventure to your day and take a boat tour on the lagoon if you arrive between May and August. An amphibious boat tour is perfect for those trying to capture fantastic photos of the bergs and the seals which can often be seen swimming between them.

A short walk away from the lagoon is the Diamond beach where icebergs from the lagoon have washed up on shore. Here, they lay in the sun, glistening like diamonds on the black, volcanic sand.

You will end your day at accommodations near Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.

Day 5
A winding road in the east of Iceland.

The Eastfjords

On your fifth day, you’ll head into one of the least visited regions of Iceland, the Eastfjords. The reason why the East is rarely visited is certainly not a lack of beauty but rather its distance from the capital, Reykjavík.

Your view today will consist of tall mountain ranges with jagged cliffs to the west, and the wild Atlantic Ocean to the east. Your road will lead you to remote fishing villages where nothing seems to have changed in over a century.

Your local guide will stop at some of his favourite places in the East and tell you about the area’s interesting history and folklore. At the end of the day, however, you will arrive at Egilsstaðir, the largest town in East Iceland.

There you will see a rare sight in Iceland: a forest. Over the past few days, you might have noticed a lack of trees in the country as Iceland is famous for having very few. However, Hallormsstaðaskógur is Iceland’s largest forest with 80 different species of tree.

After exploring the forest and the nearby Lake Lagarfljót, you will head to your accommodations in the area where you will spend the night.

Day 6
Námaskarð pass is a martian-like geothermal area found nearby to Lake Mývatn in North Iceland.

Lake Myvatn and Akureyri

Now it is time to head north and your first stop today will be an impressive one, Dettifoss waterfall.

This cascade earned international fame after appearing in the opening sequence of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi Prometheus. It is also considered the most powerful waterfall in Europe and the rumbling noise from the waterfall will surely echo in your ears as you head to your next destination.

You will stop at Ásbyrgi canyon, a luscious area once believed to have been created by Odin’s eight-legged horse, Sleipnir. From there, you will head to the quiet fishing town of Húsavík where you can explore the old harbour or simply walk about this charming settlement.

You will explore Námaskarð pass, a geothermal area in the Lake Mývatn area. The strange landscape there is filled with steaming fumaroles and bubbling mud pots, reminding most of Mars rather than planet Earth.

After a few days on the road, a trip to the Mývatn nature baths is a welcomed way to relax. You can add entry during the booking process and soak your aching muscles in the warm, geothermal waters and enjoy the view of the surrounding, dark lava field.

Next, you will travel to the idyllic town of Akureyri. Along the way, you will make a stop at the Goðafoss waterfall. This incredible landmark is also the location where Iceland adopted Christianity in around 900 AD.

You will spend the night in Akureyri

Day 7
The country's most powerful waterfall, Dettifoss, in North Iceland

Return to Reykjavik

Today you will take an incredible sightseeing trip back to Reykjavik. You will say goodbye to Akureyri and head towards the quaint northern town of Hauganes. Hauganes is a small and beautiful town on the longest fjord in central northern Iceland, Eyjafjörður.

This is a place of picturesque beauty and a great place to take a stroll around and take in the local sites and culture.

You could also add some extra activities to your day. You could choose to spend some time at the unique Bjorbodin Spa. This attraction is a place where you can take a relaxing bath in warm, young, live beer. Not only is this relaxing, but the warm ale has also been said to have positive effects on the skin. You will also have your own personal beer tap next to your tub, so you could have a sip while you chill.

For fans of marine life, you could take a whale watching tour. You will board a boat in Hauganes and head out into the fjord in search of the gentle giants of the sea.

Once you have finished in Hauganes you will then head towards Hvítserkur. This rock formation holds a famous local tale of a troll who was wading through the shore, looking to cause some trouble. He forgot to keep track of time, and when the sun rose he was stuck there forever after being turned to stone. Today Hvítserkur is one of the most photographed landmarks in this part of the country and you will soon see why.

You will then move on to your accommodation in Reykjavík.

Day 8
Hallgrímskirkja Lutheran Church is one of the most iconic attractions in Reykjavík, Iceland.

Departure

Now it is time to bid farewell to Iceland but you’ll hopefully now have a head full of memory and a camera full of photos.

If your flight leaves in the afternoon, you can do some more exploring of the city. You could check out the National Museum to learn about the Vikings who used to rule the country. Alternatively, you could visit the National Gallery to see beautiful works by some of Iceland’s most renowned artists.

When it is time to leave, you’ll hop aboard a bus that will take you again through the rugged lava fields of the Reykjanes peninsula back to Keflavík International Airport.

Have a great flight home and come back soon.

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What to bring

Camera
Swimsuit and towel
Warm Clothes
Good shoes
Good waterproof outer layers

Good to know

Customers travelling on their own will be given a single room. Reservations for 2 people will be allocated a double room. For bookings of 3 or more, triple rooms will automatically be allocated. For example, a group of 8 will receive 2 triple rooms and 1 double. If these arrangements do not meet your requirements, please contact the provider.

It can happen, in the case of extreme weather, that an activity is cancelled. If your chosen activity is cancelled, we will assist you with rearranging or booking other activities when possible, and any potential price difference will be refunded to you.

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.

Super Budget

Dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels, such as HI Hostels. Located in the capital region. Breakfast is not included.

Budget

Private rooms with shared bathroom in guesthouses or hostels such as Capital Inn Guesthouse. Located in the capital region. Breakfast is not included.

Comfort

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.

Quality

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.

Cancellation Insurance

This insurance guarantees that you can cancel tour and package bookings and receive a full refund, minus the insurance cost. The cost of your cancellation insurance depends on the duration of your tour or package. A base cost of 5,000 ISK per person is applied to all tours and packages with a duration of 5 days or less. An additional 1,000 ISK per person will be added to the insurance cost for each day after. The cancellation must be made more than 48 hours before the listed starting time on your voucher. To cancel your booking and claim your refund, simply contact info@guidetoiceland.is and declare full cancellation. Please note that this insurance covers the cancellation of the whole tour or package. Individual services cannot be cancelled and refunded separately, but are all covered and refunded in case of a full cancellation.

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