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

8 Day Summer Vacation Package with Guided Ring Road Tour of Iceland
The map of the itinerary for the 8 Day Summer Vacation Package with Guided Ring Road Tour of Iceland
A view of the peaceful Lake Mývatn in the summer.
The mighty Dettifoss waterfall in North Iceland.
The tall, billowing pillars of steam found at Námaskarð Pass, near Lake Mývatn.
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon presents fantastic opportunities for sightseeing and photography.
Without doubt, the South Coast is one of Iceland's most popular sightseeing strips.
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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, and Lake Mývatn, 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 where you'll take a domestic flight back to Reykjavík.

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.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Apr. - Aug.
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting, Cultural Activity, Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 years.
  • Languages: English
  • 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
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : Flexible.

Please consult your itinerary for more information
Included:
  • Airport transfer on arrival/departure for Keflavík International Airport

  • 6 day small group guided tour of South, East and North 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)

  • Flight from Akureyri to Reykjavík

  • Detailed Itinerary with fun and practical information on the nature, history and culture of Iceland

  • Hands on travel agent to oversee your itinerary

  • Taxes

  • Blue lagoon entrance ticket (can be added during the booking process)

  • Transfer from Reykjavík Domestic Airport to accommodations

  • Lunch and dinner

  • Any additional activities (can be added when booking)

  • Any flights not listed above


What to bring:
  • Camera

  • Swimsuit and towel

  • Warm Clothes

  • Good shoes

  • Good waterproof outer layers


Good to know:

Customers travelling on their own will receive 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.

Please note that there is a luggage limit to the flight of one suitcase of up to 20 kilos in weight and one item of hand luggage of up to 6 kilos per person. Additional luggage might incur an additional fee at the airport.

Iceland is a country of oppositions. The weather might be fickle and change rapidly and can get quite cold even in summer. Wearing proper shoes and overcoats will certainly make your travels more enjoyable.

Please note that the boat tours on Jökulsárlón are only available from May to August.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival


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


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.


Preferred accommodation in Reykjavík

Reykjavík Super Budget

Rooms or dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels, such as HI Hostel. Located in the capital region. Access to cooking facilities on premises. Breakfast not included.

Reykjavík Budget

Capital Inn is a 2 star hotel 3 km out of the city centre, with a short walk to Kringlan shopping mall and Nauthólsvík geothermal beach. Private bedrooms with a washbasin but shared bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is not included.

Reykjavík Comfort

The Fosshótel chain has four 3-4 star Hotels located in and around the city center of Reykjavík. There is a short walk from all of the hotels to attractions, cafés, restaurants, museums and the nightlife. All offer private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Reykjavík Quality

Alda Hotel is a 4 star hotel situated on Laugavegur, Reykjavík's main shopping street in the city centre. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free access to a fitness room with a sauna and a hot tub. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 2 - Golden Circle


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


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.


Accommodation

Fosshótel Hekla

Fosshotel Hekla is a 3-star hotel in the Golden Circle area. The hotel has a restaurant which serves traditional Icelandic cuisine, a bar and a lounge. Free access to hot tub. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Stracta Hotel Hella

Stracta Hotel Hella is a 3-star hotel in the town of Hella. The hotel has an on-site bar with a lounge for guest and a sun terrace. Free access to hot tub. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 3 - The South Coast


Is there any beating the fabulous sights, sounds and attractions of Iceland's beautiful 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.


Accommodation

Puffin Hótel Vík

The Puffin Hótel Vík is a country hotel and guesthouse situated in the coastal village of Vík. Located next to a restaurant, museum and swimming pool. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free access to outdoor hot tubs. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Hotel Katla

Hotel Katla is a 3-star country hotel situated 5 km east of Vík. Comfortable private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free access to a hot tub and a sauna. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 4 - Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon


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


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.


Accommodation

Fosshótel Vatnajökull

Fosshótel Vatnajökull is a country hotel situated near the coastal village of Höfn. Europe’s largest icecap Vatnajökull can be seen from the location. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included

Hótel Höfn

Hotel Höfn is a 3-star hotel located in Höfn town central. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included


Day 5 - The Eastfjords


A winding road in the east of Iceland.


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.


Accommodation

Icelandair Hotel Hérað

Icelandair Hotel Hérað is a 3-star hotel centrally located in Egilsstaðir town. Bright, private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included, with a focus on local ingredients.

Lake Hótel Egilsstaðir

Lake Hotel Egilsstaðir is a 3-star hotel located right by the lake Lagarfljót. It is also within a short walking distance from the centre of Egilsstaðir town. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Spa on site for an additional price. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 6 - Lake Myvatn and surrounding Area


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


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 before heading to your accommodations in the Mývatn area.


Accommodation

Fosshótel Mývatn

Fosshótel Mývatn is situated by Lake Mývatn in North Iceland. All rooms include a flat-screen TV with private bathrooms and a hairdryer. Breakfast is included. Free Wi-Fi.

Vogafjós Farm Resort

Vogafjós is a family-run guesthouse on the shore of Lake Mývatn surrounded by unique landscapes. Free WiFi. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Breakfast is included.


Day 7 - Akureyri to Reykjavik


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


This is your last day on the road, but before you hop aboard a plane heading to Reykjavík, you have more sightseeing to do.

You’ll stop at Goðafoss waterfall, a stunning cascade which falls in an elegant semicircular arc down 12-metre high cliffs. It is the perfect place to snap one final selfie in the wild Icelandic nature.

You will then head to Akureyri airport to catch your flight to Reykjavík. After you land, you’ll have the rest of the day exploring the city. If, however, you didn't have time to visit the Blue Lagoon on your arrival day—and you don't have time to visit it on your departure day—you can choose to go today.

If you opt for the Blue Lagoon experience, transfer to and from the lagoon is included in the price. Tickets are subject to availability and the arrival time in Reykjavík. If you opt for the Blue Lagoon and the timing does not work out, you will get refunded for the Blue Lagoon option. 

In the evening, you could check out the city’s vibrant nightlife on Laugavegur street.


Preferred accommodation in Reykjavík

Reykjavík Super Budget

Rooms or dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels, such as HI Hostel. Located in the capital region. Access to cooking facilities on premises. Breakfast not included.

Reykjavík Budget

Capital Inn is a 2 star hotel 3 km out of the city centre, with a short walk to Kringlan shopping mall and Nauthólsvík geothermal beach. Private bedrooms with a washbasin but shared bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is not included.

Reykjavík Comfort

The Fosshótel chain has four 3-4 star Hotels located in and around the city center of Reykjavík. There is a short walk from all of the hotels to attractions, cafés, restaurants, museums and the nightlife. All offer private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Reykjavík Quality

Alda Hotel is a 4 star hotel situated on Laugavegur, Reykjavík's main shopping street in the city centre. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free access to a fitness room with a sauna and a hot tub. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 8 - Departure


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


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.


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 the booking of this package and receive a full refund, minus the insurance cost of 5,000 ISK per person.
The cancellation must be made within a minimum of 48-hours before the listed starting time. To cancel your booking and claim your refund, simply contact our service desk by writing to info@guidetoiceland.is no later than 48-hours before departure and declare the cancellation.
Please note that this insurance only covers the full cancellation of this entire package. It does not cover cancellations of individual activities and services within the package. The cost of the Cancellation Insurance is neither refundable nor transferable.


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