8 Day Summer Tour Package | Best Attractions in Iceland

8 Day Summer Tour Package | Best Attractions in Iceland
The itinerary of the 8 Day Summer Tour Package featuring the Best Attractions in Iceland
Jökulsárlón glaicer lagoon is not only home to some dramatic ice bergs, but also to seabirds and an inquisitive seal colony.
The Central Highlands of Iceland are known for their incredible panoramic vistas and colourful hillsides.
Diamond Beach allows you to get up close and personal with stranded icebergs, making for some fantastic close up photography.
The Sun Voyager, a famous sculpture in Reykjavík, is said to symbolise hope and a new dawn.
See the geyser Strokkur put on a waterworks display in Geysir geothermal area.
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Join this summer holiday and enjoy eight days of adventure in Iceland! During a single trip, you can hike on the largest glacier in Europe, explore the insides of a volcano, sail amongst icebergs, walk behind a waterfall, and experience many more activities under the Arctic Circle.

Over the span of eight days and seven nights, you will be taken along the picturesque South Coast to famous places of natural beauty, such as the Golden Circle sightseeing route, 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, snorkelling 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 firey side of Iceland and witness as many volcanos, craters, and geothermal fissures as possible, you should not miss out on the Þríhnjúkagígur volcano tour, which boasts 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, it is recommended that you book as soon as possible, so this dream trip to Iceland becomes 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, Snorkelling, Snowmobile, Super Jeep, Horse Riding, Whale Watching, Sightseeing, Boat Trip, Hot Spring Bathing, Cultural Activity, Bird watching, Ice Caving, Airplane
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 5 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, Highlands, Reykjavík, Akureyri, Jökulsárlón, Hvítá River, Vatnajökull, Mývatn, Dimmuborgir, Landmannalaugar, Snæfellsjökull, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Hekla, Geysir, Gullfoss, Eyjafjallajökull, Þingvellir, Hofsjökull, Strokkur, Snæfellsnes, Reykjanes, Sólheimajökull, Mýrdalsjökull, Skaftafell, Silfra, Sólheimasandur, Þríhnúkagígur, Ljótipollur, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Langjökull, Vík í Mýrdal, Kirkjufell, Reynisdrangar, Haukadalur, Námaskarð, Djúpalónssandur, South Coast, Diamond Beach
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : Flexible.

  • 6 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)

  • Airport transfer on arrival/departure

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

  • South Coast 2-day small group minibus tour

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

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

  • Hands-on travel agent to oversee your itinerary

  • Taxes

  • Into the Glacier day tour (can be upgraded to Inside the Volcano day tour)

  • Snaefellsnes small group day tour (can be upgraded to Myvatn day tour with return flights)

  • Optional excursions (can be added during the booking process)

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

  • Dinner

  • Lunch

  • Flights

What to bring:
  • Warm outdoor clothes

  • Swim suit

  • Camera

  • Hiking shoes

Good to know:

The Inside the Volcano tour is available from May 10 to October 31, and requires its participants to be of 12 years of age minimum. If you are traveling with children between 8 to 11 years old, please choose Into the Glacier for Day 5.

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. Please note that boat tours on the glacier lagoon are only available from May to October.

If you book the extra activities alongside this tour, you will get them at a lower price.

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival Day - Welcome to Iceland!

Much of Iceland is covered in fragile Icelandic moss. If damaged, this moss can take decades to repair and is one of the main reasons to avoid stepping on it.

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

After your arrival, multiple opportunities await in 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 theatres or clubs with live music.

Day 2 - Golden Circle - Sights and Sounds

Strokkur hot spring will erupt routinely every five to ten minutes, though its height and regularity have fluctuated over the last centuries.

On this first full day, you will head for Golden Circle, the most famous sightseeing route in 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 snorkelling 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 the 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. If you fancy some adventure along the way, we have also arranged multiple options, such as snorkelling 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

At high tide, sleeper waves at Reynisfjara are able to extend all the way up the beach, posing a danger to those visiting.

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.

The first stop is the Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which flies off 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.

A short drive 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 will have a chance to go on top of Sólheimajökull glacier by joining a glacier hiking tour. An experienced guide will provide you with all the equipment and information you need before your ascent onto the ancient, and sometimes kilometre thick ice. Take in the serenity of the frozen landscapes and enjoy the spectacular views of Iceland's South Coast.

Next up is 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. Above the sea stands the great rock stacks Reynisdrangar, looking longingly over to the Dyrhólaey arch, where puffins keep their nests.

You will spend the night in Vatnajökull National Park.


Due to increased demand for travel services in Iceland and low availability, travel companies in Iceland can not guarantee specific accommodations. However, we can always provide you with the best available accommodation at the time of your booking. Below you can see our preferred partners for accommodation, Hótel Vatnajökull and Hótel Höfn. In the case of these hotels not being an option, an alternative of the same standard will be arranged.

Hótel Höfn

Standard private rooms with private bathroom in a 3-star hotel in the largest town in south-east Iceland. Breakfast is included.

Hotel Vatnajökull

Standard private rooms with private bathroom in a 3-star hotel close to Höfn. Breakfast is included.

Day 4 - A Day on Ice

Diamond Beach is where icebergs from Jökulsárlón finally make their way into the Atlantic Ocean.

You'll start your day by visiting one of the most remarkable places in Iceland; the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. You'll see massive icebergs, which have broken off a nearby glacier, float on the serene lake on their journey towards the ocean. 

If you are travelling between May and October, it is highly recommended to take a boat ride on the lagoon. You'll board an amphibious boat that will sail between the massive bergs on the calm, blue water.

A short walk away from the glacier lagoon is the Diamond Beach where smaller icebergs from the lagoon wash up on shore. As they glisten under the Midnight Sun, they resemble these precious stones which gave the beach its name.

Then it is time to head back to Reykjavík where you'll spend the night. You will see more places along the way, some of your local guide's hidden gems. 

Day 5 - Hot vs. Cold

Those entering the volcanic caldera Þríhnjúkagígur will be astounded by its depth and variety of colour.

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 Glacier, you'll jump aboard a Superjeep monster truck which will take you to a man-made tunnel that has been carved into the thick blue ice.

The tunnel creates 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 other 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

Lake Mývatn and the surrounding area is famed for its geothermal activity and dark volcanic landscapes.

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

Landmannalaugar ('The Pools of the People') are known for their gorgeous kaleidoscopic colours and intrepid hiking trails.

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. Today, you'll get to decide if you're going to stay in the city, getting to know the culture of the locals, or take 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. You could also opt to join a whale watching tour at Reykjavík's Old Harbour where you'll hop aboard a boat to witness the wealth of wildlife that resides in the ocean just off the city's shore.

If you'd instead like to get in touch with nature, your other option today 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

The colourful tin roofs of Iceland's picturesque capital city, Reykjavík, provide downtown with quintessential Nordic charm.

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 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.


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.


You can now add meals to your booking.
Select to include dinner on every night as an optional extra, and we will provide you with vouchers as part of your booking confirmation. We will choose from top-rated restaurants that fit with your vacation itinerary and make your reservations for you.
At the restaurant, you will be offered a set menu, from which you can choose from meat, fish or vegetarian options. If you would prefer something else, the voucher will act as a credit that you can redeem at the restaurant against menu items that are not part of the set menu.
Please notify the restaurant on arrival about any dietary requirements.
Vouchers are non-refundable.

Private Transfer

The transfer takes around 45 minutes between the airport and your drop-off location in Reykjavik.

An agent will pick you up at the airport arrival hall with a sign to welcome you. There is no additional waiting time. You will board your private transfer and head to either the city or the Blue Lagoon immediately.

If you choose to go to the Blue Lagoon and it is fit into the arrival day, your driver will take you there first. The drive takes 15 to 20 minutes. You will have 2 hours at the Blue Lagoon for a relaxing soak.

The driver will be waiting in the lobby to collect you and drive you straight to your accommodation in Reykjavik afterwards, which takes around 30 to 35 minutes.

For your return journey, your private transfer driver will pick you up from outside your accommodation and drop you off at the airport directly. The total time would be around 45 minutes.

Please note that if your Blue Lagoon cannot be fit into your arrival/departure day, you will take the shuttle between the Blue Lagoon and the city.

Cancellation Insurance

This insurance guarantees that you can cancel tour and package bookings and receive a full refund, minus the insurance cost of 5,000 ISK per person.

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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In that 8days tour have some different operators. They are guides are also very kind and nice. My favourite tour is 2 Day South Coast because I can go to the Glacier hike that is very funny.
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guide to iceland was extremely organised and helpful. everything was just perfect and they booked me a perfect trip. highlights were definitely my days in the south coast, which is absolutely magnificent. would recommend guide to iceland and this package for sure
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This trip was the most amazing experience of my life! If you are considering traveling to Iceland- do it! Never before have I experienced such unpolluted beauty. The tours were incredible- with experienced guides who were passionate and knowledgable about their country. Everything about this package was exceptional- being able to experience everything without having to worry about driving or organizing tours myself. 10/10 would recommend!!
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punctuate, passionate, friendly, really impressive
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Trip of a Lifetime! The itinerary by Guide to Iceland did not let us waste a minute! We were on the go with a different experience every day! Highlights include the 2-day trip on the Southern Coast - the waterfalls, the black sand beach, Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach - every bit was unlike the one before, Inside the Volcano an the geysirs! Everything ran exactly as described in our itinerary - every pickup was on time and every experience was accurately described about weather, clothing, food, etc. We would highly recommend Guide to Iceland and this itinerary to anyone who is interested in a unique and active vacation.
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Our holiday in Iceland was a memorable one, on all counts. The Glaciers experience was our highlight not to mention the picturesque waterfalls, and the scenery. The programme prepared by Guide to Iceland met our expectations and both the guides and the means of transport were very adequate. We ended our holiday with a visit to the Blue lagoon which was very relaxing and enjoyed the mouthwatering food at Lava restaurant.
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The guides were amazing. They picked us up on time every day, making sure we felt comfortable for the whole ride. They were really friendly and sociable too, providing us decent information about each attractions before we arrived, learnt a lot along the way. The views and attractions were all worth visiting and I enjoyed every single one of them.
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Guide to Iceland were excellent in organising our trip and were quick in responding to all the queries we had. The whole itinerary was planned very well and it was a great mix with activity and leisure. The glacier hike was worth every penny and even the volcano tour is a must. We also had a great time at blue lagoon and all these are something you'll not find anywhere else. Iceland is beautiful and we would love to visit again!
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I just returned from Iceland and feel homesick! I'd love to return next year with my husband. This package tour included all the best local sites in the southern region and tour guides all were knowledgeable, competent, kind and patient. I highly recommend this tour.
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