8 Day Summer Vacation Package Tour of the Best Attractions in Iceland
Join this 8-day Iceland summer package to explore the very best spots in the country. During this trip, you can hike on Europe's largest glacier, explore the insides of a volcano, sail amongst icebergs, and even walk behind a waterfall under the long daylight hours of the midnight sun. This tour is perfect for adventurous people keen to take advantage of some once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
Over 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 Iceland's crown jewel, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. This package also offers you the chance to fly to the north to visit Lake Mývatn or head west to the richly diverse and picturesque Snæfellsnes peninsula.
This tour package offers more optional activities and destinations so that you can tailor it to your interests. If you love to swim, snorkeling in Silfra fissure between 2 continents on your day touring the Golden Circle will make it that much more memorable. You could also add some extra adrenaline-pumping fun by going snowmobiling on Langjökull glacier or walking into the stunning 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. Þríhnjúkagígur volcano is the only place on earth that you can go inside of a volcano. Delving deep into this dormant volcano magma chamber is a surreal experience with many colors, sounds, and smells, making it one of the highlights of a trip to Iceland.
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. Under the midnight sun, this geothermal hot spot is one of the most unique places in the whole of Iceland.
If you want something more romantic and picturesque, head off to Snæfellsnes 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 opt to 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 and check availability by choosing a date and book your Iceland adventure.
Day 1 - Arrival Day - Welcome to Iceland!
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.
On your way to Iceland's capital city, you could choose to make a stop at the Blue Lagoon. This world-renowned spa is known for its healing waters, vivid azure colors, and luxurious treatments. It is located in the middle of a moss-covered lava field, giving it an otherworldly atmosphere. If you add the Blue Lagoon, it will be arranged according to your flights. If there is no time to visit the lagoon 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.
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 various theatres or clubs with live music.
Day 2 - Golden Circle - Sights and Sounds
On this first full day, you will head for Golden Circle, Iceland's most famous sightseeing route. 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 328 ft (100m), 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 snorkeling in Silfra and snowmobiling on Langjökull glacier to whiz over the vast, white ice.
More possibilities are available to spice up the day. If you 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
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. You can see the whole area from the viewing platform at the top of the waterfall 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 ascending onto the ancient, sometimes miles-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 mighty 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.
Day 4 - A Day on Ice
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 traveling 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 onshore. 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
Some people come to Iceland to see glaciers and snow. Other to see the incredible 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 328 ft (100m) 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 656 ft (200m) underground.
The most amazing part is the colors 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
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.
Our local guide from the north will take you on a minibus and head east to the Lake Mývatn area from Akureyri airport. 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 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
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, get to know the locals' culture, or take a trip to one of the hidden oases in the highlands, Landmannalaugar.
Before you set out on your adventures, you also have an incredible opportunity that will forever define your impression of Iceland: a 1-hour helicopter tour over the Geldinadalur volcanic eruption. You'll depart from Reykjavik Domestic Airport, and after admiring the colorful capital and barren Reykjanes Peninsula from above, make your way to this breathtaking phenomenon. Few adventures can compare to witnessing fire and lava rupture from the earth from such an all-encompassing perspective, and this one even includes a short landing by the site!
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 like to get in touch with nature, your other option today is to hop on a mountain truck. You'll 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 colors 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.
You could also choose to add the thrill of an ATV adventure to this day. In this experience, you will be picked up in Reykjavik and taken to the ATV base camp just outside the city. You will then be fitted with the necessary gear and given a safety briefing before you take off to explore the countryside in this exhilarating activity.
Spend your last night in the lovely capital.
Day 8 - Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow
For those who have a later flight and choose to visit the Blue Lagoon today, you will finish off your stay unwinding before you head to the airport. This is the perfect place to relax as you bathe in the warm, mineral-rich waters as you look back on the incredible adventure you have just taken in the land of fire and ice. If your flight is later, there are plenty of things to do in Reykjavik. If you have an early flight back home, we wish you a pleasant journey.
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.
What to bring
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.
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.