8 Day Summer Package | Best Attractions

Based on 9 traveller reviews

Join this summer holiday and enjoy eight days of adventure in Iceland! With one trip you can cross hiking on the largest glacier in Europe, going inside a volcano, sailing among icebergs, walking behind a waterfall, and many more surreal experiences off your bucket list.

Over the span of eight days and seven nights, we will take you along the south coast to famous places of natural beauty, such as the Golden Circle, Reynisfjara black sand beach, and the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. This package also offers you the chance to fly to the north to visit Lake Mývatn or head west to the great Snæfellsnes peninsula.

The tour offers more optional activities and destinations, so you can tailor it to your interests. If you love to swim, snorkeling in Silfra gorge on your day touring the Golden Circle will make it way cooler. For some fast fun, go snowmobiling on Langjökull or walk the ice tunnels under the glacier. 

If you want to experience the fire side of Iceland and witness as many volcanos, craters, and geothermal activities as possible, you should not miss out on the Þríhnjúkagígur volcano tour, which sports the only place on earth that you can go inside of a volcano. 

Another thrilling option is to take off to the north for Day 6. The moon-like landscape of Lake Myvatn and its surrounding areas will make you feel like an astronaut on an interstellar space mission.

If you want something more romantic and picturesque, head off to Snaefellsnes peninsula in the west, often referred to as "Iceland in miniature." Walk around the cute fishing villages and visit Mount Kirkjufell, and you will end the day with a refreshed spirit and some beautiful photos!

If you've tired yourself out with all this activity by Day 7, you can stay in the city and explore the cafés and souvenir shops of Reykjavik. Or, if you're determined to see it all, you can take a day trip to Snæfellsnes peninsula for more scenes bursting with nature's beauty.

Due to limited availability and high demand for summer accommodation and these unique activities, we recommend that you book as soon as possible, so we can make your dream trip to Iceland a reality this summer. So don't hesitate to book! Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Apr. - Oct.
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Hiking, Sightseeing, Hot Spring Bathing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 12 years old
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Blue Lagoon , Reykjavík , Jokulsarlon , Vatnajokull , Skógafoss , Seljalandsfoss , Geysir , Gullfoss , Þingvellir , Snæfellsnes , Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach , Vík i Mýrdal , Kirkjufell , Lake Myvatn , South Coast
Pickup information:
  • Starting time : Flexible

Included:
  • 6 nights of accommodation in Reykjavik (different levels available; breakfast not included for Super Budget level; breakfast included for Comfort and Quality levels; more detailed info below)

  • Airport transfer on arrival/departure

  • Blue Lagoon standard entrance (upgrades available) and return transfer

  • Golden Circle sightseeing tour in a minibus (upgrades available with other activities)

  • South Coast 2-day minibus tour with glacier hiking

  • 1 night of accommodation in a country hotel in Vatnajokull National Park during the 2-day south coast tour (breakfast included, private bathroom depending on availability)

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

  • Hands-on travel agent to oversee your itinerary

  • Taxes

  • Dinner

  • Lunch

  • Flights


What to bring:
  • Warm outdoor clothes

  • Swim suit

  • Camera

  • Hiking shoes


Good to know:

The Inside the Volcano tour only runs from May 15 to October 15. If you choose this tour for Day 5, please note that you are not allowed to wear cotton or jeans as the outer layer during your trip to the Þríhnjúkagígur volcano tour. Please wear suitable waterproof clothes and sturdy hiking shoes for this trip. The crater is always about 5–6°C (42–43°F) inside, so it is important to keep warm and dry.

The Þríhnjúkagígur volcano tour involves a hike of 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.

Due to highland roads being inaccessible earlier, the day tour to Landmannalaugar is only available from June 17th. 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 fit your arrival date and time better.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival Day - Welcome to Iceland!


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After landing at Keflavik International Airport, take the airport transfer through the lava fields of Reykjanes peninsula to our cute little smoky bay - Reykjavik, the northernmost capital in the world.

After your arrival, multiple opportunities await at the capital. Reykjavík is rich in culinary culture and will please you with its variety of restaurants and darling little cafés downtown. You can stroll the city streets, investigate the Old Harbor area with its fishing boats and whale watching ships, or see what's playing at a variety of theaters or clubs with live music.


Day 2 - Golden Circle - Sights and Sounds


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On this first full day, you will head for Golden Circle, THE most famous sightseeing route of Iceland. The route mainly consists of three sights: Þingvellir National Park, Geysir, and Gullfoss waterfall.

Þingvellir is the home of the first Icelandic democratic parliament, founded over 1000 years ago. It stands on the edge of two tectonic plates, linking Europe and America. The two mammoths pull apart at each other, forming awe-inspiring clefts and canyons.

The best-known crack is Silfra, a water-filled crevasse with incredibly clear water. If you are in the mood for an adventure, join a snorkeling tour to swim literally between two continents. With visibility reaching over 100 metres, Silfra is ranked as the top 3 locations for cold water diving.

The English word geyser got its name from great Icelandic Geysir, which is your next stop. At the Haukadalur valley, rich in Sagas and geothermal hot springs, you will see some geysers. While the original Geysir has been in a napping mode for decades, its brother, Strokkur, never disappoints. It hurls boiling water up to 60 meters into the air. Pro travel tip: never stand downwind, you will get drenched.

The third and final stop is the wonderful Gullfoss waterfall, the King of Icelandic waterfalls. Glacial water from Langjökull glacier passes through Hvítá, the white river, before rushing down 30 meters in two tiers to the canyon below. Clothed in sunlight during the long days of summer, the gorgeous "Golden Waterfall" proves its name worthy.

The trip will be arranged on a mini-bus. We want to keep things personal, no 80 people monster buses and umbrella guides, please. If you fancy some adventure along the way, we have also arranged multiple options, such as snorkeling in Silfra and snowmobiling on Langjökull glacier to whiz over the vast, white ice.

More possibilities available to spice up the day. If you just crave relaxation, you could visit Blue Lagoon on this day, where you'd head through the Reykjanes peninsula on the scenic route before taking a relaxing soak.

If you have arranged additional activities with your Golden Circle tour, it is best to schedule your visit to the Blue Lagoon on either your arrival or departure day instead, so you will have time to take full advantage of its restorative powers. The Lagoon is world-famous for its healing, mineral-rich waters - This is not a place you want to rush.

The guide will take you back to the city after a day of nature. If it's the weekend, why not check out the bars and our nightlife?


Day 3 - The Wild South Coast: Glaciers and Waterfalls


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Today, you have a fulfilling day of nature and some optional icy activities, so put on proper shoes and a good jacket, and you'll be off to the south coast.

Driving along the coastline, under the glaciers Eyjafjallafjökull and Mýrdalsjökull, you'll see a couple of the most wonderful waterfalls and greatest sites in the south of Iceland.

The first stop is the Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which flies off the black cliffs, surrounded by greenery. Take a walk around the waterfall, and you will be rewarded with a viewpoint that is very rare: from behind the water curtain.

30 km away is Skógarfoss, another wonderful waterfall that rushes down in a thick blanket of water. From the viewing platform at the top of the waterfall, you can see the whole area with a bird's eye view.

You'll continue over the black sands of Sólheimasandur, driving under the now famous glacier volcano Eyjafjallajökull. It had a slight cold in 2010 and coughed up enough ash to stop all European air traffic for days. Another giant, the Mýrdalsjökull glacier will hover above as you head further east, making a stop at Reynisfjara black sand beach.

This black coastline is where the powerful Atlantic Ocean crashes upon the land. The cliffs framing the beach consist of uniquely shaped hexagonal basalt columns and present a surreal sight. No wonder sci-fi movies often use this location as a backdrop of alien worlds. Afar above the sea stands the great rock stacks Reynisdrangar, looking longingly over to the Dyrhólaey arch, where puffins keep their nests.

Further ahead are the Skaftafell National Park, where glacier tongues flow down the slopes, and the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where enormous icebergs float serenely.

You will spend the night along the South Coast.


Day 4 - A Day on Ice


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You'll start your day by the glacier lagoon. We highly recommend the optional boat ride among the massive icebergs. The seals in the lake are curious creatures. Try whistling, and they might pop their heads above the water or swim closer to check you out. A perfect Kodak moment right there.

It is time for the journey home, but not before a glacier hike. Our experienced guides provide all climbing equipment and will lead you over the ice cracks and across the age-old, sometimes kilometers thick ice.

After you have mastered the art of hiking on crampons (which we supply, no worries), you'll have the chance to arm yourself with an ice axe and spikes and try your hand at ice climbing.

You will see more places along the way home, if time and weather permit. You'll arrive back in the capital in the evening. Have a good local beer to reward yourself after two days of sightseeing and activities.


Day 5 - Hot vs. Cold


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Some people come to Iceland to see glaciers and snow. Other to see the great power of the earth on this land of fire. Now you can choose which side you'd like to know better.

Today you have two options to go deep into the nature of Iceland, each option representing an opposite side of the coin: into a glacier or inside the magma chamber of a volcano.

If you choose the first option, you'll ride a Superjeep monster truck on top of Langjökull glacier where a man made tunnel has been carved into the thick blue ice, creating an underground maze of corridors, rooms, halls and even a chapel. Blue light dances off the frozen walls which record centuries of geological history in their layers. If you are one of the cool crowd, this trip is for you.

If you're more of a firecracker, take the second option of today to visit Þríhnjúkagígur, the only place on earth that allows you to go inside a volcano.

After a Superjeep ride to the oval lava dome, you'll descend over 100 m (more than 300 ft!) down into this now empty magma chamber of the dormant giant. The bottom is the size of a football field. The deepest channels run nearly 200 meters underground.

The most amazing part is the colours left behind by the burning lava, created when the minerals in the stone were set alight by the intense heat. The color palette ranges from red to blue, painting the halls into a fantasy theatre.

After a game of hot and cold, you'll return to the city for the night, as tomorrow is yet another adventure.


Day 6 - North vs. West


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Another day full of great options. You can either fly to the north capital Akureyri and head out to the famous Mývatn lake or take a tour to the Snæfellsnes peninsula in the west, with all its scenic fishing villages and romantic paths.

If you choose to go up north, you'll start your day at Reykjavík domestic airport, from where you will take a 45-minute flight to the idyllic town of Akureyri. Sometimes called 'The Danish town' due to the heavy Danish cultural influence there in the early 1900s, Akureyri is known as one of the best skiing areas in the country and the home of the northernmost botanical garden in the world.

From Akureyri airport, our local guide from the north will take you on a minibus and head east, to the Lake Mývatn area. This incredible location owes its geological importance to its location. Same as Þingvellir, it stands on the continental rift between the European and American tectonic plates.

Though the cracks are not as deep or as wide as in Þingvellir, Mývatn sports lava fields of unparalleled beauty and size. At Dimmuborgir, also called "the dark cities," the lava has formed incredible, tall sculptures that rise into the air in various forms. It is said that the Hidden People hold court in this place, and certain high rock stacks carry names such as 'The Church' or 'The Castle.'

You'll continue your excursion by visiting Námaskarð geothermal site, where hot springs of mud bubble and the earth boils. Locals have used the hot ground as a baking oven throughout time, burying dough in metal boxes to perfect the slow-bake recipe of hverabrauð – hot spring bread. Other amazing sites include the Krafla volcano site, the numerous tuff craters and small lava craters in the area, and, of course, the beautiful Mývatn lake itself.

If you'd rather head west, Snæfellsnes is the place you will visit today. Taking its name from the great glacier that stands on the edge of the peninsula (literally called 'The snowy mountain'), this place was made famous by French sci-fi author Jules Verne in his classic adventure Journey to the Centre of the Earth.

The glacier has been considered a possible entrance to hell since the Middle Ages. In Verne's book, Snæfellsnes is the gateway to a fantastic underground world eventually leading the characters to the earth's core!

Snæfellsjökull National Park holds wonderful sights: The black sands and rock formations at Djúpalónssandur offer an opportunity to test your worth on the old stones of power. In the past, young sailors had to hold up rocks that stated their strength and by that, their salary.

You'll also see the Bárðarlaug lake, where a great and mythological Jötunn, Bárður Snæfellsás, used to stay. Along the southern coastline of the peninsula, plenty of birdwatching and a seal colony await. Last but not least, snap a shot of the iconic Kirkjufell mountain.

Whichever you choose, the end of your day will be in Reykjavík, where the city once more greets you with all its options of fun.


Day 7 - Concrete vs. Jungle: Wilderness or City Slicking


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This day is sure to be a hit, no matter if you are the type who feels that four days of nature is enough or the one who never wants to leave the green wilderness. Again, two choices are on the table. The first is a day in the city, getting to know the culture and culinary tastes of the locals, and the latter is a trip to one of the hidden oases in the highlands, Landmannalaugar.

If you choose to stay in town, you'll have the chance to travel around the city, enjoy the various museums and locales of interest on your own, or join a guided tour. You could take a walk with a guide through the old town, or a bus to the wider area, or opt for a more cultural approach.

Reykjavík and Icelanders in general love good food, and a food walk with a knowing guide (suitable for vegetarians/vegans and omnivores alike) is an excellent way to get into the former food-scarce mentality that later spawned a keen interest in high-quality cooking and access to great ingredients local and foreign alike. If you're more of a night owl, you might prefer an evening tour out of the local microbreweries, and the much loved School of Beer, a fun evening of learning and tasting.

Your other option is to hop on a mountain truck and take a ride up between the mighty glaciers Langjökull and Hofsjökull, to a place that has been a popular pit stop on journeys across the highlands: Landmannalaugar. This geothermal area has wondrous charm, amazing hiking paths and of course, the wild hot springs. Here you can enjoy the wilderness in its purest form, indeed Iceland at its best.

Fabulous colours fill the area where the geothermal energy has affected the chemical structure in the rocks and cliffs, giving them a weird, reddish-rainbow look. On your way to this oasis of the highlands, you will pass the crater lake Ljótipollur ('Ugly puddle' – named by some grumpy settler), and see one of Iceland's most loved active volcanoes, Hekla.

Spend your last night in the lovely capital.


Day 8 - Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow


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If your flight leaves in the afternoon, you have a few options on your last morning, such as whale watching, shopping or just having a leisurely breakfast in a café by the waterfront.

An airport shuttle will pick you up at your hotel and get you safe and sound to the airport in time for your flight, so your last day will be as hassle-free as possible.

Until next time!


Accommodation in Reykjavik

See our accommodation levels below. Super Budget booking will be arranged in hostel dormitory bed accommodation. For Comfort and Quality bookings, single person bookings will be arranged in a single room, while bookings of 2 or more people will share twin/double room(s) or triple room(s). If you are travelling in a group, but prefer a single room, please make separate bookings. For multi-day guided tours, accommodation cannot be upgraded and the levels below do not apply. We always do our best to accommodate special requests, which may incur additional costs.

Super Budget

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

Comfort

Rooms with a private bathroom at three-star hotels such as Fosshótel Barón, 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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Reviews

Average rating 4.7 / Number of reviews 9

Summer 2017: -Absolutely one of the best trips ever! Guide to Iceland made it very easy to plan this trip and once I was there everything was set up and ready to go. The hotels were clean and centrally located to everything. The bus pick up was easy, every driver knew my name and called me and got me to where I needed to be on time. Each planned excursion was exciting and well planned out by the tour guides. -The top highlights of my solo trip include: 1. Snowmobiling on a glacier with Mountaineers of Iceland - "a must do" 2. Hiking on a glacier 3. Going inside a volcano (note: there is about a forty-five walk through a lava field just to get to the volcano from the parking lot, which is great when it is nice outside). 4. Hiking the rim of another volcano to see the colorful oozing looking rocks 5. The waterfalls 6. The boiling geysers 7. The tiny, quiet city of Reykjavík 8. ATV tour (I booked that at my hotel, it was a lot of fun.) 9. My fun tour guides 10. All the people from around the world I met traveling through Iceland 11. The locals who make it fun and like talking to tourists (I just sat in the park and spoke with a few on a nice day). 12. The cool black volcanic beaches 13. The glacier lagoon (Golden Circle Tour) 14. Blue lagoon (wow). It is not cheap, but for good reason. You get what you pay for and it like nothing you have ever seen before on this planet (note: I got a crazy sunburn from the lagoon, so be careful in summer). 15. Hiking in the national parks and seeing the divide between Europe and North America. 16. Seeing where Game of Thrones and J.B. film the show/video. 17. Great pick up and drop off right from my hotel, or just down the street. 18. If you do have leftover time in the city, take a walk to a geothermal city pool. It is a good way to spend a few hours, and it is not expensive. 19. Eight days was the perfect amount of time to see the highlights of Iceland. --Suggestion/observations: 1. Save money on food by going to the "Bonus" grocery store. Also, take a short walk out of the highly touristy areas, the farther you walk, the lower the prices. The complimentary hotel breakfasts are great, so eat up each morning. 2. Reykjavík won't take more than one day to explore so plan an excursion for each day. Most excursions end around 6 pm so you will have plenty of time to see the city. 3. Reykjavík is flat and very walkable. You won't need to hire a cab (or drive a rental) to get around. There are no highways to walk across in the country and being a pedestrian is the way to safely go. 4. Great water resistant shoes are highly recommended for every excursion. You don't need winter jackets or snow pants in the summer. Just a warm sweater and a warm rain jacket will suffice. 5. Alcohol is expensive, so don't plan to spend too much time at the bar. 6. It is fun to go with a group of friends, but you can also safely do this trip solo without any problem. You meet nice people, of many different ages, from around the world each day and the tour guides love talking with everyone.

Although the 8-Day tour we originally signed up for was discovered to be not available due to website error, the Guide to Iceland staff worked tirelessly to ensure we had comparable substitute daily packages that highlighted a majority of the original package. The tour operators for each daily tour were also great in ensuring we had the best experience possible. We will definitely use Guide To Iceland for future visits!

The content of the 8-Day tour is really rich and good. It would be better if the transport to domestic airport for visiting Akureyri was included. The staff of Guide to Iceland is helpful in answering questions.

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