Small Group 8-Day Guided Summer Tour of the Complete Ring Road of Iceland & Snaefellsnes

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at 08:00
8 days
Ending place
Apr. - Sept.
Minimum age
8 years old


Take a summer adventure around Iceland’s Ring Road and Snaefellsnes Peninsula with this 8-day tour. See the country’s most beautiful spots for yourself, including Reynisfjara black sand beach, Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, and Dettifoss waterfall under the midnight sun. This multi-day tour is perfectly tailored for small groups who want to explore Iceland at its best.

Beginning from Iceland’s charming capital city, Reykjavik, you will tackle the famous Golden Circle sightseeing route, the stunning South Coast, and the elusive yet magnificent Eastfjords. Next, you will head to Iceland’s spectacular North, exploring fjords, waterfalls, and geothermal areas along the way. You’ll finish your journey adventuring into the rich and diverse landscapes of the West of Iceland before completing your trip.

To make this already fun-filled journey even more extraordinary, you can add more adventures to your days of sightseeing. Some of these are even included in the price, such as a magical glacier hike on a South Coast ice cap, a breathtaking whale watch in a northern fjord, and an unforgettable exploration of the Katla ice cave. Additionally, you will embark on a thrilling boat ride on Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, marveling at the floating icebergs.

Under the direction of an experienced local tour guide, you will see the very best of Iceland’s natural attractions and learn about the myths and legends surrounding the country’s rumbling waterfalls, barren lava fields, and charming towns. Taking an adventure in Iceland’s summer provides the best time to view all the spectacular attractions with much longer days under the midnight sun. You’ll spend each night in comfortable country hotels under the picturesque bright evening skies of Iceland. 

At the end of each day, you will retire to the best accommodation available, giving you plenty of opportunities to rest, recharge and get excited about the next leg of your trip.

You can bring luggage of up to 24 inches (61 centimeters) on board with you and store the rest in Reykjavik for a small cost.

Experience Iceland’s serenity and beauty when the long summer days are illuminated by the midnight sun with this 8-day guided summer tour.

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8 day guided tour to the South Coast, East and North of Iceland as well as Snaefellsnes Peninsula, travelling via the Ring Road
7 nights of accommodation in country hotels with breakfast and a private bathroom
Glacier hike in Skaftafell
Whale watch from Hauganes
Space for hand luggage (up to 24 inches, 61 centimeters)
Katla ice cave
Jokulsarlon Boat Ride


Glacier Hiking
Horse Riding
Whale Watching
Boat Trip
Hot Spring Bathing
Cultural Activity
Bird watching

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Strokkur, found in Haukadalur geothermal valley, is known to erupt every five to ten minutes.

Day 1 - History, Geothermal Areas & Waterfalls

Your adventure begins with a friendly and knowledgeable tour guide picking you up in the morning. They will introduce themselves and whisk you away to embark on an unforgettable journey along the Golden Circle, Iceland's most sought-after sightseeing route.

The first stop on this route is Thingvellir National Park. As you arrive, you'll be mesmerized by the vast expanse of sweeping lava fields adorned with a lush carpet of moss. The scenery is truly epic, but what makes this place truly unique is its geological significance. 

Here, you can witness a remarkable phenomenon—the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates visibly exposed from the Earth's crust. It's a rare sight, found only in a handful of locations worldwide.

Continuing your expedition, you'll venture to the Geysir geothermal area. Prepare to be amazed as you encounter the famous hot spring known as Strokkur. This incredible natural wonder erupts with bubbling excitement every five to ten minutes, propelling towering jets of water as high as 25 meters into the sky. Such a spectacle is a true rarity and will leave you in awe of the power and beauty of nature.

The grand finale of your day's exploration will be the breathtaking Gullfoss waterfall. Standing at an impressive 32 meters tall, this majestic waterfall is fed by glacial water originating from the Langjokull ice cap. 

As it cascades into the mighty Gullfossgljufur canyon, it creates a mesmerizing display of nature's force. The canyon's imposing walls reach heights of up to 70 meters, while the waterfall itself is split into two rugged steps, offering photographers numerous angles to capture this awe-inspiring sight.

As the day draws to a close, you'll find yourself at a comfortable accommodation nestled in the Golden Circle area. Here, you can unwind and rejuvenate your senses in a soothing hot tub while basking in the gentle glow of the Midnight Sun. It's a tranquil and magical experience, allowing you to reflect on the wonders you've encountered throughout the day.

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Day 2
Cows grazing in front of Skógafoss waterfall.

Day 2 - Glittering Waterfalls & Glaciers

Prepare for a breathtaking journey as you embark on a scenic drive along Iceland's South Coast. Throughout your adventure, you'll be treated to several stunning vistas, from ancient sea cliffs to picturesque farmlands. As you travel the route, majestic mountains and dazzling glaciers will grace your left side while the Atlantic Ocean's rumbling blue waves dance on your right.
Your first encounters along the way will be the waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Though they both cascade from the same height, each possesses its own unique charm. 
Seljalandsfoss presents a narrower cascade, accompanied by a walking path that leads you behind the falling water. This remarkable feature offers an extraordinary view of the South Coast that is truly one-of-a-kind. On the other hand, Skogafoss boasts a wider cascade, generating a constant misty plume as it crashes into the rocks below, creating a beautiful spectacle.
Continuing your journey along the coastline, you will soon reach the enchanting jet-black sand beach of Reynisfjara. This otherworldly shoreline, formed by ancient volcanic activity, will ignite your imagination. 
Marvel at the fascinating lava columns that line the beach and cast your gaze upon the majestic rock stack known as Reynisdrangar. According to local folklore, these towering formations are believed to be the petrified remnants of ancient trolls, adding a touch of mythical wonder to the landscape.
For those seeking even more adventure, explore Katla ice cave. Delve into the depths of these unique frozen wonders, each possessing its own distinct character, like intricate fingerprints carved by nature herself.
Concluding your day's journey, you will arrive in the charming seaside town of Vik. Take some time to explore the incredible surroundings, perhaps venturing to the town's quaint shops and cafes, or simply strolling along the shoreline as you soak in the peaceful ambiance. 
You will spend the night in this delightful coastal town, immersing yourself in its warm and welcoming atmosphere.

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Day 3
Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon is sure to be one of the most memorable locations during your 8-day adventure.

Day 3 - Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Crossing the black sand desert of Solheimasandur, you will arrive at the foot of Vatnajokull National Park, with the mountain and glacier of the same name towering over you in one of the most stunning and monumental sights in the country. This is truly Iceland at its best, with stark contrasts in landscape and color with each turn of the head.
You will stop at Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, sometimes called “The Crown Jewel of Iceland” due to its extraordinary and memorable aesthetic. Here, icebergs break away from a nearby glacier, falling impressively onto the lagoon’s mirror-like surface. Floating gently, these icebergs make for an impressive spectacle, creaking and groaning under their own weight as the resident seals play and splash in between them.
During your visit between May and August, get ready for an exhilarating experience as you embark on a boat tour amidst Jokulsarlon's crystal waters. This thrilling excursion allows you to navigate between towering icebergs, immersing yourself in the presence of these ancient icy giants.
On an amphibian boat tour, you'll explore this otherworldly spot that has been featured in many Hollywood blockbusters. A large vessel, this preference is great for families and big groups and anyone who wishes to experience the novelty of driving into a body of water!
Over time, these icebergs make their way out towards the next stop, Diamond Beach. This is a photographer’s paradise, with the blue ice washing up on the black sand shore creating a bewitching disparity in color.
Today you will also travel through the Skaftafell Nature Reserve. This area sits within Vatnajokull National Park. Within Skaftafell, you will take a glacier hike. In this adventure, you will gear up and trek on the surface of a glacier, taking in the incredible surroundings, marveling over the formations, and gazing out over incredible views.
Tonight, you will be staying in the Jokulsarlon area.

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Day 4
Lake Lagarfljót is said to contain a worm-like monster swimming in its depths.

Day 4 - Eastfjords

Due only to their distance from Reykjavik, the Eastfjords are one of the country’s least-visited regions. However, its striking beauty makes it a true treasure, featuring majestic dark peaked mountains, rugged coastlines, and a wealth of unique wildlife. 

During the day, your guide will stop at their personal favorite locations, offering guests the chance to see many natural attractions and sites that would otherwise be missed.

One of the highlights of the day is a visit to Lake Lagarfljot, known as one of Iceland's most stunning bodies of water. Legend has it that a mysterious worm-like creature resides in the shimmering depths of the lake, reminiscent of the legendary Loch Ness monster. Keep your eyes peeled and immerse yourself in the captivating folklore surrounding this Icelandic counterpart.

For those seeking to make this day even more unforgettable,  you have a couple of options. 

You may add on a horse riding tour during the booking process, allowing you to traverse the breathtaking landscapes of the Eastfjords on the back of a gentle and sturdy Icelandic horse. This unique experience offers a new perspective on the region's beauty and allows you to connect with nature in a truly special way.

Alternatively, you can treat yourself to a rejuvenating experience at the Vok baths. These geothermal baths offer a soothing soak in warm, mineral-rich waters, allowing you to unwind while marveling at the stunning landscapes that surround you.

As the day draws to a close, you'll find yourself in the embrace of the Eastfjords, where you will spend the night in comfortable accommodation. Reflect on the day's discoveries and allow the tranquil ambiance of this remote and picturesque region to envelop you, ensuring you wake up refreshed and ready to embark on new adventures in the morning.

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Day 5
A photographer captures the sheer might of Dettifoss waterfall.

Day 5 - Dettifoss, Myvatn & Akureyri

Get ready for an exciting day as you embark on the Diamond Circle tour, the northeastern equivalent of the famous Golden Circle sightseeing route.

Before bidding farewell to the east, an exciting opportunity awaits you—exploring the mesmerizing Studlagil Canyon. This awe-inspiring canyon, adorned with towering basalt columns and crystalline blue waters, presents a sight that will leave you breathless. Take your time to wander along its trails, capturing unforgettable photographs that will forever preserve the sheer beauty of this natural wonder.

Your nextt stop will be "The Beast" itself, Dettifoss Waterfall. Standing at an impressive 44 meters in height, this magnificent waterfall gained fame for its appearance in Ridley Scott's science-fiction film Prometheus. Considered one of Iceland's most cherished natural attractions, Dettifoss is also Europe's most powerful waterfall. On clear days, the plume of mist it creates can be seen from miles away, adding to its awe-inspiring presence.

Continuing your journey, you'll arrive at the glistening Lake Myvatn, a stunning body of water formed by volcanic eruptions that occurred 2300 years ago. Spanning an area of 37 km², the lake is surrounded by dark and craggy landscapes intertwined with lush wetlands, creating a true paradise for birdlife. Take a moment to admire the harmonious blend of natural elements that make this area a haven for both humans and wildlife alike.

While exploring the region, you'll have the opportunity to visit the geothermal area of Namaskard Pass. This otherworldly valley resembles something out of a science fiction film, with its towering columns of steam, bubbling mud pots, and striking red sands. Feel like you've stepped onto the surface of Mars as you witness this mesmerizing landscape unfold before your eyes.

On your way to the picturesque town of Akureyri, you'll make a brief stop at the majestic Godafoss waterfall. This historic site holds great significance as it marks the spot where Iceland embraced Christianity over 1000 years ago. Take a moment to reflect on the country's rich cultural heritage and the role this waterfall played in shaping its history.

As the day comes to a close, you'll find yourself in the charming "Capital of the North," Akureyri. Nestled amidst breathtaking landscapes, this vibrant town offers a blend of natural beauty and cultural experiences. Settle into your accommodation and prepare to immerse yourself in the welcoming atmosphere of this northern gem.

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Day 6
Goðafoss holds an extremely important place in Iceland's history, hence its name 'Waterfall of the Gods'.

Day 6 - The way to Borganes

As you bid farewell to the northern town of Akureyri, you'll embark on a journey toward the southwest, filled with new experiences and breathtaking landscapes. Your first destination will be the picturesque Hauganes area, nestled in the stunning Eyafjordur fjord.

Despite its small population of around 140 people, this village exudes a captivating charm. Take a leisurely stroll along the black sand beach, where the rhythmic waves create a soothing atmosphere. As you wander towards the harbor, marvel at the sight of fishing boats gently bobbing up and down in the sparkling ocean waters.

Prepare for an extraordinary whale-watching adventure as you venture into the open seas to witness some of the world's most magnificent creatures. Hauganes is known for its abundant marine life, attracting many Humpback Whales during the summer months. Keep your eyes peeled for these majestic giants as they gracefully surface and dive, creating unforgettable moments. 

In addition to Humpback Whales, you may also encounter playful dolphins, lively porpoises, and a variety of seabirds, including adorable puffins. If you're particularly fortunate, you might even catch a glimpse of orcas, also known as killer whales, or the Blue Whales, the largest animals on the planet. 

After an exhilarating whale-watching experience, you'll make your way to the Borgarnes area, where you'll find your accommodation for the evening. Nestled amidst scenic surroundings, this tranquil town offers a perfect haven to rest and recharge for the adventures that await you the following day. 

As the day draws to a close, allow yourself to be embraced by the peaceful ambiance of the area. Recharge your energy, for tomorrow promises more exciting adventures and breathtaking discoveries as you continue your exploration of Iceland's captivating landscapes.

So, get ready to bid farewell to the charming north and embrace the magic of the southwest. With unforgettable whale-watching encounters and serene nights in Borgarnes, your sixth day promises to be filled with remarkable moments and the anticipation of even more thrilling experiences to come.

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Day 7
Kirkjufell, a statuesque mountain on the Snæfellsnes peninsula, is one of the most photographed locations in Iceland.

Day 7 - The Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Get ready to explore the captivating Snaefellsnes Peninsula, often referred to as "Iceland in Miniature," on your last day of this unforgettable summer tour. This region is a treasure trove of natural wonders, showcasing a diverse array of landscapes that encompass the essence of Iceland's beauty.

One of the most iconic and recognizable landmarks on the peninsula is Kirkjufell, known as the "mountain like an arrowhead." This majestic peak gained worldwide fame for its appearance in Season 7 of HBO's Game of Thrones. 

Located on the northern shore of the peninsula, Kirkjufell stands tall at a height of 463 meters and is often accompanied by its companion, the enchanting Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall. Its distinctive shape and stunning scenery make it Iceland's most photographed mountain, capturing the hearts of photographers and nature enthusiasts alike.

Continuing your exploration, you'll visit Djupalonssandur, a mesmerizing black sand beach nestled at the base of the mighty Snaefellsjokull glacier. Once a bustling fishing village and port, Djupalonssandur now holds a sense of quiet solitude. 

As you wander along the shore, you'll encounter four renowned lifting stones that have served as a testament to the strength and resilience of local fishermen throughout history. Feel the weight of these stones in your hands and imagine the challenges faced by those who depended on the sea for their livelihood.

As the day draws to a close, you'll return to your accommodation, reflecting on the extraordinary landscapes and experiences that have shaped your journey. Take a moment to soak in the memories and marvel at the incredible beauty of Snaefellsnes Peninsula, a region that truly encapsulates the wonders of Iceland.

Rest assured that your final evening will provide a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere, allowing you to unwind and reminisce about the adventures you've had throughout this guided tour. As you prepare to bid farewell to the enchanting landscapes of Iceland, cherish the moments and cherish the memories, knowing that the beauty and magic of this extraordinary country will stay with you forever.

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Day 8
Hraunfossar is a beautiful waterfall.

Day 8 - West Iceland

Today you will explore West Iceland,  where remarkable sights and intriguing history await.

But for those seeking to add a touch of excitement to their day, you have the option to delve into the depths of the Vidgelmer lava tube, a captivating cave that lies beneath the earth's surface. This hidden gem offers a unique opportunity to explore the mysterious underground world, marveling at the geological wonders formed by ancient volcanic activity.

Leaving behind the town of Borgarnes, your first destination will be the enchanting Reykholtsdalur Valley. This interesting location showcases the immense power of geothermal forces that have shaped Iceland over the centuries. Prepare to be amazed by Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring, as it releases its boiling waters, demonstrating the raw energy that resides beneath the surface. 

Continuing your journey, you'll arrive in the village of Reykholt, which holds a significant place in Icelandic history. This was the home of Snorri Sturluson, a renowned poet, historian, and law speaker who lived during the Middle Ages. Snorri's contributions to literature are immeasurable, as his works provide invaluable insights into Old Norse mythology and language, preserving the rich cultural heritage of Iceland.

You will also make a stop at two incredible waterfalls: Barnafoss and Hraunfossar. Hraunfossar is a mesmerizing natural wonder where pristine water trickles and cascades through porous lava rocks, creating a spectacular display of nature's artistry. Nearby, Barnafoss cuts its way through a narrow gorge, offering a breathtaking sight that leaves a lasting impression.

Your tour then ends as you arrive in Reykjavik in the late afternoon. It is not recommended that you plan to fly home the same evening, as delays and bad weather could possibly affect your journey.

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What to bring

Warm wind- and waterproof clothing
Good outdoor shoes
Swimsuit and a towel

Good to know

Customers travelling on their own will be given a single room. Reservations for 2 people will be allocated a double room. For bookings of 3 or more, triple rooms will automatically be allocated. For example, a group of 8 will receive 2 triple rooms and 1 double. If these arrangements do not meet your requirements, please contact the provider.

It can happen, in the case of extreme weather, that an activity is cancelled. If your chosen activity is cancelled, we will assist you with rearranging or booking other activities when possible, and any potential price difference will be refunded to you.

Please note that only pick up and drop-off from designated pick up locations in the greater capital area is available, not from Keflavík International Airport. Therefore, we do not recommend attempting to start this tour on your arrival day in Iceland. Arrival time back to Reykjavík at the end of your tour can vary depending on weather and traffic.

It is also recommended that your flight out of Iceland is booked at least one day after this tour.

You may store additional luggage at the office for a small fee. You can bring one piece of luggage on board, up to 24 inches (61 centimeters).

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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 and declare full cancellation.

COVID-19 Related Cancellations

If you need to cancel your booking due to COVID-19 related reasons, the cancellation insurance provides further protection for your booking. If you purchase a self-drive tour or guided tour package along with the cancellation insurance, you will also get a full refund.

If you test positive on arrival, to get the full refund after arrival, please email us at with your booking details and your test result within 4 hours after you receive the test result.

If your flight gets cancelled due to COVID, to get the full refund, please email us at with your booking details and your flight cancellation confirmation prior to your scheduled flight departure time.

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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