Action-Packed 8-Day Summer Vacation Package in Iceland with a Guided Tour of the Complete Ring Road
Travel along the Ring Road of Iceland with this 8-day package, where you'll explore the country's best-known sites and regions, such as the Golden Circle, South Coast, Lake Myvatn, and a few hidden gems known by your local guide. Those looking for an easy and relaxing way to see the land of ice and fire should book this vacation package now.
After arriving in the country, your driver will take you to Reykjavik, with an optional stop at the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa.
Traveling in a small group, your adventure around the country begins on day two. First, you'll discover the incredible attractions along the Golden Circle, Iceland's most famous driving route. These include Thingvellir National Park, the Geysir geothermal area, and the Gullfoss waterfall.
Days three and four take you along the breathtaking South Coast, one of the country's most loved sightseeing regions. You'll see stunning natural attractions, such as Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, Reynisfjara black sand beach, and the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon.
Heading into the second half of your trip, you'll enjoy the serenity of East Iceland, a lesser-visited yet equally beautiful destination, before exploring the diverse landscapes of the North. Spectacular waterfalls, quaint fishing towns, magnificent canyons, and otherworldly geothermal areas await.
On day seven, you'll discover the beautiful northern coastline, including Hauganes village and the Hvitserkur rock formation in Northwest Iceland. Then, your driver will take you back to Reykjavik for your final night so that you can prepare for a relaxed departure the following day.
You can add activities to your itinerary to personalize your experience and maximize the adventure. Opt for sailing between icebergs, ice caving, horse riding, or unwinding in the geothermal spas of the Vok Baths and the Blue Lagoon when booking. Glacier hiking and whale watching are included in the package.
This summer tour allows you to spend long days exploring under the midnight sun. The midnight sun is a natural phenomenon that occurs when the sun remains visible at local midnight, meaning it does not set below the horizon. Iceland experiences nearly 24 hours of daylight during summer, allowing for extended outdoor activities and a unique experience of perpetual light.
You don't have to spend weeks planning the perfect itinerary in Iceland or worry about missing any of the best attractions, as this has all been done for you and is available at a great price. We'll send you the detailed itinerary after booking, which includes any extras you add to customize your trip.
You'll also get a personal travel agent with this package. They'll be available seven days a week at any time to help you. If your plans change and you must cancel, you can do so for free up to 24 hours before departure.
This package will arrange all accommodations, transport, and tours before arrival. You won't have to drive in Iceland, so you don't have to worry about bad weather or road conditions. An expert guide leads you each step of the way and helps ensure your safety during your vacation.
Discover glaciers, geysers, and waterfalls with this eight-day summer vacation package around the Ring Road of Iceland, including Golden Circle attractions and the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. Check availability now by choosing a date.
Day 1 - Arrival and Exploring Reykjavik with Optional Blue Lagoon Spa
On the first day of your eight-day vacation exploring Iceland's Ring Road, you'll arrive in the country and then head to Reykjavik to discover the city.
After landing at Keflavik International Airport and collecting your bags, you'll board a bus that will take you through the Reykjanes Peninsula towards Reykjavik.
Known for its dramatic landscapes, the peninsula showcases a remarkable blend of geothermal wonders, rugged lava fields, and stunning coastal vistas, so you'll get plenty of excellent views during your journey.
You could stop at the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa on your way to Iceland's capital city. This world-renowned spa is known for its healing waters, vivid azure colors, and luxurious treatments.
It's in the middle of a moss-covered lava field, giving it an otherworldly atmosphere. If you add the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa to your vacation package itinerary, it will be arranged according to your flights.
If there's no time to visit the spa 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 on your first day in Iceland.
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 fantastic bars and restaurants.
As your trip is during summer, you'll experience the midnight sun, a natural phenomenon where the sun doesn't set but instead hovers on the horizon, resulting in extended daylight hours.
You can stay out late exploring famous buildings such as Hallgrimskirkja church or Harpa Concert Hall, both located downtown. You can also visit the iconic Sun Voyager sculpture, offering breathtaking views of the sea and mountains. Additionally, don't miss the opportunity to delve into the country's rich history at the National Museum of Iceland, conveniently situated within the city's heart.
Tonight you'll stay in comfortable accommodation in Reykjavik.
Day 2 - Golden Circle Sightseeing Route
On the second day of your eight-day summer vacation in Iceland, you'll explore the famous Golden Circle sightseeing route, stopping off at its three main attractions: Thingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area, and Gullfoss waterfall.
Your friendly local guide will promptly pick you up in the morning for your six-day trip around Iceland's countryside.
First up is Thingvellir National Park, where you can walk between continents. The park is in a rift valley between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates.
Thingvellir National Park's stunning scenery reflects its unique location as the movement of the tectonic plates produces rifts and fissures throughout the valley.
Thingvellir is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site and holds immense historical significance as the birthplace of Althingi, the world's oldest existing parliament, founded in 930 AD. This combination of natural beauty and deep-rooted history makes it an indispensable part of any Icelandic journey.
From there, you'll visit the Geysir geothermal area. The hot spring, Strokkur, erupts in a 66-foot (20-meter) water column every few minutes. A selfie with Strokkur is a must when visiting Iceland, so be sure to have your camera ready.
Finally, you'll reach Gullfoss waterfall, located on the Hvita river. As soon as you leave the minibus, you'll hear the rumbling noise as freezing glacial water plummets down 105 feet (32 meters) into an ancient canyon.
Gullfoss waterfall is one of the most breathtaking sites in Iceland and will surely leave you in awe.
You'll also stop at the Efstidalur farm, a family-owned dairy farm with an on-site cafe. Here, you can stretch your legs, grab a bite or drink, and even taste some ice cream made with milk from the farm's cows.
After a great first day on the road, you'll go to your accommodation in the Golden Circle area.
Day 3 - The South Coast
On the third day of your Ring Road vacation package, you'll explore the many South Coast attractions, including glaciers, waterfalls, and a black sand beach.
After enjoying breakfast at your accommodation, it's time to continue your journey.
You'll make your way toward the large glacier volcano Eyjafjallajokull. Close by, you'll find Seljalandsfoss waterfall, a high and narrow waterfall that falls over a cave in the cliff face.
This cave allows visitors to walk behind the falling water and get a unique view of the cascade and surrounding countryside.
Then, you'll move on to Skogafoss, a very different but equally beautiful waterfall. This one is wider and more powerful than Seljalandsfoss waterfall, and it falls onto flat land that allows visitors to walk right up to the wall of water.
Today, you'll also visit an ice cave, a unique experience. Ice caves are a naturally occurring phenomenon generally reserved as a winter-only experience. The one you'll see is unique as one of the only caves you can access during summer.
Ice caves feature walls of ice marbled with blues and whites. Each is unique, meaning you'll see something few others will have the privilege to witness. Ice caves constantly change, so you'll never see the same scenery twice.
Another stop on this day is the Dyraholaey sea arch. This rock formation juts out from the coast and into the sea. It's a haven for local birdlife and a great place to get spectacular photos.
Before you head to your accommodation in or near Vik village, you'll stop at the black sand beach of Reynisfjara. Here, you'll see jet-black, volcanic sand, cliffs made of hexagonal columns, massive sea stacks rising out of the ocean, and a variety of birdlife.
Keep an eye out for puffins, as they are known to nest nearby in the summertime.
After another fantastic day, you'll retire to your accommodation in or near Vik.
Day 4 - Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
On the fourth day of your Iceland vacation package, you'll explore the Vatnajokull National Park and discover the beautiful Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon.
This serene lagoon is one of the most stunning spots in Iceland. It's filled with massive icebergs which have broken off the nearby glacier. These blue and white icebergs shimmer in the summer sun as they travel toward the ocean.
You can add some adventure to your day and take a boat tour on the lagoon if you visit between May and August.
An amphibious boat tour is perfect for those trying to capture fantastic photos of the icebergs and the seals, which you can often see swimming in the lagoon.
A short walk from the lagoon is Diamond Beach, where icebergs from the lagoon have washed up onshore. They lay in the sun, glistening like diamonds on the black, volcanic sand, hence the beach's name. The contrast between the radiant blue ice and the dark sands creates a surreal and picturesque landscape, making it a favorite spot for photographers and nature enthusiasts.
You'll also see Skaftafell Nature Reserve, which sits inside Vatnajokull National Park. This protected area is home to hiking trails, lush vegetation, and cascading waterfalls.
Its main attraction is the stunning Skaftafellsjokull glacier, an outlet glacier of the Vatnajokull ice cap. While here, you'll embark on an unforgettable glacier hike.
An experienced guide will give you safety equipment and a thorough briefing before you ascend a mighty sheet of ice like an Arctic explorer. You'll have plenty of time at the top to enjoy the surrounding views.
You'll also witness the effects of climate change firsthand and will come away with a greater understanding of the importance of preserving these amazing natural wonders for future generations.
The day finishes at comfortable accommodation near Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon.
Day 5 - The Eastfjords
On the fifth day of your summer vacation package, you'll head into one of the least visited regions of Iceland, the Eastfjords.
East Iceland is rarely visited by travelers, not because of its lack of beauty but because it's far from the capital city, Reykjavík. Characterized by its stunning fjords and vast landscapes, East Iceland is a unique blend of natural beauty and small fishing villages.
Today's views will consist of tall mountain ranges with jagged cliffs to the west and the wild Atlantic Ocean to the east. The road will lead you to remote fishing villages to experience traditional Icelandic life.
Your local guide will stop at some of their favorite places in East Iceland and tell you about the area's exciting history and folklore.
One place you'll stop in is the quaint town of Djupivogur. In this peaceful town, you'll visit Audun's Rock Collection, a beautiful curation of precious stones and gems from around the area.
The collection has been meticulously maintained and showcases the different kinds of geological samples in East Iceland.
At the day's end, you'll arrive at Egilsstadir, the largest settlement in East Iceland. Egilsstadir is a vibrant town that serves as the area's leading center for trade, culture, and services.
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, near Egilsstadir, you'll see a forest.
Hallormsstadaskogur is Iceland's largest forest, with around 85 tree species.
It's also close to Lake Lagarfljot, known for its natural beauty and fascinating folklore.
If you wish, you can add a horse-riding tour to your itinerary today. The Icelandic horse is known for its friendly nature and unique gait, called the "tolt," which allows for smooth travel over Iceland's rugged terrain.
After exploring the forest and Lake Lagarfljot, you'll head to your nearby accommodation for the night.
Day 6 - Lake Myvatn and Akureyri
On the sixth day of your summer vacation package in Iceland, it's time to head north and explore the Lake Myvatn area and the town of Akureyri.
Before you leave East Iceland, however, you can soak in the glorious geothermal waters of the Vok Baths. This geothermal spa is situated in a lake and surrounded by mountains.
Your next stop today is Dettifoss waterfall. This cascade earned international fame after appearing in the opening sequence of Ridley Scott's sci-fi movie Prometheus.
It's also considered the most powerful waterfall in Europe, and the loud rumbling noise from the waterfall will echo in your ears as you head to your next destination.
You'll stop at Asbyrgi canyon, an area once believed to have been created by the Norse god Odin's eight-legged horse, Sleipnir. High cliffs, up to 328 feet (100 meters), encircle a lush forested area within this horseshoe-shaped canyon.
From there, you'll head to the quiet fishing settlement of Husavik, where you can explore the old harbor or walk about the charming village center. The town has colorful houses and a welcoming atmosphere.
Check out some of its historical landmarks, like the wooden Husavik church, dating back to 1907. The town's maritime history is celebrated at the Husavik Whale Museum, showcasing an impressive collection of marine artifacts.
You'll explore Namaskard Pass, a geothermal area in the Lake Myvatn area. The strange landscape is filled with steaming fumaroles and bubbling mud pots, and it would look more at home on another planet.
Next, discover the idyllic town of Akureyri, sometimes called the capital of the north.
Along the way, you'll stop at the Godafoss waterfall, known as the "Waterfall of the Gods." This incredible landmark is also where Iceland adopted Christianity around 1,000 AD.
You'll spend the night at a comfortable accommodation in Akureyri.
Day 7 - Return to Reykjavik
On the seventh day of your package tour of Iceland's Ring Road, you'll return to Reykjavik, stopping first at some incredible sights, including Hauganes town. You'll also take a whale-watching tour today, included in the package price.
After enjoying breakfast, say goodbye to Akureyri and head toward the quaint northern fishing village of Hauganes. It's a small, beautiful settlement on the longest fjord in North Iceland, Eyjafjordur. While there, stroll around and take in the local sites and culture.
For fans of marine life, a whale-watching tour is included in this adventure. You'll board a boat at the charming harbor in Hauganes and head out into the fjord in search of the sea's gentle giants.
The tour provides a high chance of spotting various whale species, such as humpback, minke, and orcas. The stunning backdrop of snow-capped mountains and rugged coastline adds to the magic of the experience.
Once you've finished in Hauganes, you'll head toward the Hvitserkur rock formation. This basalt rock stack is known for its folklore.
There's a famous local tale of a troll 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, the Hvitserkur rock formation is one of the most photographed landmarks in this part of the country, and you'll soon see why. Many believe the shape resembles a dragon or a dinosaur drinking from the sea, adding to its mystique and allure. Ensure your camera is ready to capture this spectacular feature and its stunning surroundings.
Once you've finished admiring the coastline here, you'll head back to Reykjavik. If you arrive in time, you could enjoy dining in one of the local restaurants.
You'll spend tonight in comfortable accommodation in Reykjavik.
Day 8 - Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa and Departure
On the eighth and final day of your summer vacation in Iceland, it's time to head home. You'll have made fantastic memories during your trip and taken spectacular photos to show your friends once you get home.
If you have an early flight, a driver will take you to Keflavik International Airport after enjoying breakfast at your accommodation. Before heading through security, you'll have time to drop off your luggage and check-in for your flight.
Once through, you can enjoy a meal or a drink in the bar while you wait for your flight to board.
For those who have a later flight and choose to visit the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa today, you'll finish your stay unwinding before heading to the airport. The Blue Lagoon geothermal spa is the perfect place to relax as you bathe in the warm, mineral-rich waters and reflect on the incredible adventure you've just taken in the land of fire and ice.
If you want to soak up some more Icelandic culture before you leave, you could check out one or two of Reykjavik's many museums and galleries.
Reykjavik is brimming with cultural institutions celebrating its rich history and vibrant contemporary art scene. The Arbaer Open Air Museum offers a journey back in time, showcasing traditional Icelandic houses and offering live demonstrations of old crafts and traditions.
Art enthusiasts will appreciate the Reykjavik Art Museum, which comprises three separate venues throughout the city, each dedicated to showcasing different facets of Icelandic visual arts.
With these and many other options, there's no shortage of avenues to delve deeper into Iceland's multifaceted culture.
When it's time to leave, you'll board a bus that will take you back through the rugged lava fields of the Reykjanes peninsula to Keflavik International Airport. We wish you a pleasant journey home and hope to see you again soon.
What to bring
Good to know
Customers traveling on their own will be given a single room. Reservations for two people will be allocated a double room. For bookings of three or more, triple rooms will automatically be assigned. For example, a group of eight will receive two triple rooms and one double. If these arrangements do not meet your requirements, please get in touch with the provider.
In the case of extreme weather, activities can be canceled. If your chosen activity is canceled, 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.
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.