8 Day Summer Tour Package | Best Attractions in Iceland

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Tour starts
Keflavík Airport, Flexible
Duration
8 days
Languages
English
Difficulty
Easy
Available
Apr. - Oct.
Minimum age:
5 years old

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, snorkelling 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 walk 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, which boasts the only place on earth that you can go inside of a volcano. Delving deep into this dormant volcano magma chamber is a very surreal experience with a multitude of colours, 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.

Included

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)

Activities

Glacier Hiking
Snorkelling
Snowmobile
Super Jeep
Horse Riding
Whale Watching
Sightseeing
Boat Trip
Hot Spring Bathing
Cultural Activity
Bird watching
Ice Caving
Airplane

Attractions

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

Daily itinerary

Day 1
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.

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 colours 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 a variety of theatres or clubs with live music.

Day 2
Strokkur hot spring will erupt routinely every five to ten minutes, though its height and regularity have fluctuated over the last centuries.

Golden Circle - Sights and Sounds

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

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. 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.

Day 4
Diamond Beach is where icebergs from Jökulsárlón finally make their way into the Atlantic Ocean.

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

Hot vs. Cold

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

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.

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

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, 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.

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

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.

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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.

Accommodation in Reykjavik

See our accommodation levels below and our preferred accommodation partners under each day in the daily itinerary. Super budget level accommodations will be arranged in hostel dorm beds. For budget and comfort levels, bookings for one person will be arranged in single rooms, and bookings for two or more people will share a twin/double or triple room(s). For quality level, odd number groups will always be allocated a single room. If you are travelling in a group, but prefer a single room, please make separate bookings. Teenagers and children will be arranged in the same room with parents. If additional room(s) is needed, additional costs will incur. For multi-day guided tours, accommodation cannot be upgraded and the levels below do not apply. Guide to Iceland will provide you with the best available accommodation at the time of your booking from our preferred partners. If our preferred partners are fully booked at the time of your booking, we will find another suitable accommodation for you of similar level. We always do our best to accommodate special requests, which may incur additional costs. Press choose a date to find availability.

Super Budget

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

Budget

Private rooms with shared bathroom in guesthouses or hostels such as Capital Inn Guesthouse. Located in the capital region. Breakfast is not included.

Comfort

Rooms with a private bathroom at three-star hotels such as Hótel Klettur, or quality guesthouses. Located in the city center or in close vicinity. Breakfast is included.

Quality

Rooms at four-star design hotels in the city center with a private bathroom at the absolute best locations downtown such as Hotel Alda. Breakfast is included.

Meals

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.

Cancellation Insurance

This insurance guarantees that you can cancel tour and package bookings and receive a full refund, minus the insurance cost. The cost of your cancellation insurance depends on the duration of your tour or package. A base cost of 5,000 ISK per person is applied to all tours and packages with a duration of 5 days or less. An additional 1,000 ISK per person will be added to the insurance cost for each day after. 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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