Immersive 8-Day Ring Road, Highlands and Snaefellsnes Peninsula Tour from Reykjavik

You will visit a number of stunning waterfalls as you travel around Iceland's Ring Road on this eight-day tour.
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Tour starts
Reykjavík, Iceland
Starting time
at 08:00
8 days
Ending place
Reykjavík, Iceland
All year
Minimum age
8 years old


Experience the best of Iceland’s attractions and go on stunning hikes all over the country when you choose this thrilling eight-day tour around the famous Ring Road. Travelers who want to visit the most breathtaking natural areas in the country and go on impossibly beautiful hikes should book this multi-day tour today.

This year-round small-group tour is the ultimate excursion for those who want to experience the unique nature of Iceland. It takes you around the country, making stops at top attractions and lesser-known hidden gems, giving you a well-rounded trip with something for everyone. 

Your first destinations are the famous Golden Circle, where you will see the Thingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area, and Gullfoss waterfall before heading to the South Coast. The South Coast boasts several top attractions, including Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls and the fantastic Reynisfjara black sand beach. 

Your first hike will be on day two when you have the opportunity to walk on one of the outlets of the Vatnajokull glacier, the largest in Europe. This hike is a true adventure. You will never forget the stunning views and deep ice crevasses. After this, you will continue to visit the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon.

Iceland’s Eastfjords are sure to amaze on day three when you visit the Lagarfljot lake and maybe even spot Iceland’s own Loch Ness monster, the Lagarfljot Wyrm. Your hike to Litlanesfoss and Hengifoss waterfalls allows you time to take in the fantastic vistas of the Eastfjords. Seeing Hengifoss, one of the tallest falls in Iceland at 419 feet (128 meters), is a memory you’ll never forget. 

The wild region of North Iceland will amaze you with its otherworldly landscapes, powerful waterfalls, and impressive geothermal activity. You will visit Dettifoss and Godafoss waterfalls, Namaskard geothermal area, Lake Myvatn, and its relaxing nature baths during your time here. You will even have the chance to go on a whale-watching adventure. 

West Iceland provides incredible opportunities for hiking and endless unspoiled views. The hike to Gabrok volcanic crater is nothing short of magical, and since it isn’t as well-known as other hikes in the area, you might even have the place to yourself!

The Snaefellsnes Peninsula, also known as “Iceland in miniature,” combines all the types of attractions that are so unique to Iceland into one area. You will see volcanoes, black sand beaches, towering mountains, massive waterfalls, and the gorgeous Snaefellsnes National Park during your time here.

The last day of this tour has two options for activities, depending on the season. The summer tour is an exciting Landmannalaugar hike in the Central Highlands from June to October. From November to May, you will go on an adrenaline-pumping snowmobile tour on Langjokull glacier. 

Guests can bring one small day bag and a larger bag up to 44 lbs (20 kg).

Travelers who want to hike in some of the most beautiful natural areas in Iceland and visit the top attractions will love this immersive eight-day tour around the Ring Road and into the Highlands. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Accommodation with private bathroom for seven nights
Breakfast each morning
Experienced English-speaking guide
Minibus transportation
Glacier hiking tour on Vatnajokull glacier
Hike at Egilsstadir
Whale Watching at Dalvik
Landmannalaugar facility fees
Geothermal Bathing in Landmannalaugar (June - October)
Snowmobiling on Langjokull (November - May)
Space for one small day bag and one larger bag (up to 44 lbs/20 kgs


Glacier Hiking
Whale Watching
Hot Spring Bathing

Daily itinerary

Day 1
The Geysir geothermal area is one of the highlights of the Golden Circle route.

Day 1 - The Golden Circle and South Coast

Your exciting eight-day tour around Iceland starts with visits to some of the best-known attractions in the country. Due to its proximity to Reykjavik, the famed Golden Circle is the most visited tourist area in Iceland, and the South Coast contains some beloved favorites that are sure to amaze.

Thingvellir National Park, a place of great historical and geological significance, is the first stop on your tour of the Golden Circle. It is the site of Iceland’s first Parliament and the only place in the world where you can walk between two tectonic plates.

Geysir geothermal area is your next stop. Prepare to be amazed by the steaming fumaroles, boiling mud pots, and the star of the show, the Strokkur geyser. This geyser erupts every five to ten minutes, sending boiling water up to 130 feet (40 meters) into the air.

The final attraction on the Golden Circle is the Gullfoss waterfall, where the Hvita river cascades down two drops of 36 feet (11 meters) and then 69 feet (21 meters). This impressive waterfall has multiple viewing platforms allowing the opportunity to see the power from every angle.

In the afternoon, you will head to the South Coast region, characterized by powerful waterfalls and incredible beaches.

Seljalandsfoss waterfall is a memorable experience because you can walk behind the 200-foot (60-meter) falls. The nearby Skogafoss waterfall is about the same height and is well known for its powerful spray and resulting rainbows.

The final stop of your exciting first day is the striking Reynisfjara black sand beach. White waves crashing against the black volcanic sand create a stunning visual, and the offshore Reynisdrangar rock stacks are an iconic view.

After a full day of excitement, you will be grateful for your comfortable room with a private bathroom at a country hotel near Kirkjubaejarklaustur, a charming village in South Iceland.

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Day 2
Ancient icebergs float in the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon while the sunset lights up the sky in reds and oranges.

Day 2 - Glacier Hiking and Jokulsarlon

Today’s journey begins once you finish your complimentary breakfast at the hotel. Today will be very active, so be sure to fuel up and prepare for the adventure of a lifetime!

You'll be amazed by the vast Vatnjakokull glacier, the largest in Europe. Its immense size and stunning beauty make it a popular destination for glacier hiking. Glacier hiking is a thrilling, year-round activity since the ice at Vatnajokull doesn’t melt in the summer.

You will suit up with all the necessary safety equipment before your certified glacier guide leads you onto one of the outlets of the Vatnajokull glacier. You can expect a magnificent hike over the ice, spending your time exploring crevasses and enjoying endless stunning vistas.

Your experienced guide will be happy to answer any questions as they teach you about the glacier. Bring your camera for this hike because the gorgeous views are endless.

After your bucket list experience on the glacier, it’s time to visit another of Iceland’s magnificent glacial areas. The Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon is known as the Crown Jewel of Iceland, and it’s easy to see why!

The Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon is an enormous lake filled with floating ancient icebergs. As you walk around the lagoon, keep an eye out for the wildlife that calls Jokulsarlon home, including arctic tern and seals.

Just moments from Jokulsarlon is the beloved Diamond Beach, a popular site for many visitors due to its beauty and photo opportunities. It gets its name from the chunks of ice scattered across the black volcanic sand, which look like diamonds glittering in the sun.

Tonight’s accommodation is in the quaint seaside town of Hofn, known as the lobster capital. You will have plenty of time to explore the village and enjoy a delicious lobster dinner at the restaurant of your choice.

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Day 3
Lake Lagarfljot in Iceland's Eastfjords is said to be the home of the mythical Lagarfljot Wyrm.

Day 3 - The Eastfjords

Experience one of the lesser-known regions of Iceland on day three when you make your way to the Eastfjords. This area of stunning natural beauty, extraordinary biodiversity, and endless views isn’t as popular with tourists as some other regions, meaning you’re unlikely to run into many people.

Around each twist and turn of the small Eastfjord roads, you will be amazed by the natural beauty. The region is characterized by towering mountains, twisting rivers, and sparkling seas and has the unique honor of being the only place in Iceland where you can find wild herds of reindeer.

Your first stop in the Eastfjords is the town of Egilsstadir, located on the banks of the Lagarfljot river. The river flows through the narrow Lake Lagarfljot, best known as the home of the legendary monster similar to Scotland’s Loch Ness monster, the Lagarfljot Wyrm.

After this mythical stop, you will make your way to the charming small village of Djupivogur. This seaside fishing town sits along a black sand beach and is known for its friendly and welcoming locals.

Today’s adventure is a three-hour hike to the Hengifoss and Litlanesfoss waterfalls, providing incredible sights without requiring a strenuous hike. The Litlanesfoss waterfall is smaller than its neighbor, but the hexagonal basalt columns that it flows down offer amazing views.

The Hengifoss waterfall is the third-tallest waterfall in Iceland. Dropping down a cliff made of basaltic strata streaked with bright red clay layers, the 420-foot (128-meter) waterfall is a magical sight.

After your hike, you will head back to the town of Egilsstadir for tonight’s hotel. If you are touring in the winter, this is a great chance to do some northern light hunting when you are far from light pollution.

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Day 4
Dettifoss waterfall in North Iceland is one of the most powerful in Europe.

Day 4 - North Iceland

Day four brings you to the wilds of North Iceland, where volcanoes, geothermal fields, roaring waterfalls, and Icelandic horse farms are common sights. As you drive from the Eastfjords north, check out the otherworldly views unique to Iceland.

Your first stop is at the magnificent Dettifoss waterfall, one of Europe’s most powerful. The size of this thundering waterfall is hard to believe until you’ve seen it and watched the water roaring as it drops 150 feet (45 meters) into the canyon below.

The day continues with a stop at the Namaskard geothermal area, which sits atop the Namafjall mountain in North Iceland. The site is fascinating due to the complete lack of vegetation from the intense heat and high soil acidity.

Namaskard is popular with visitors for many reasons, one being the streaks of brightly colored earth in shades of red, orange, yellow, and green surrounding the hot springs. The very active geothermal area is unlike anything you’ve ever seen.

Lake Myvatn is a top attraction in North Iceland, well-loved for its beautiful nature and the relaxing natural hot springs bathing opportunities. This tour allows time for a soak in the hot springs, so be sure to book your spot ahead of time to guarantee availability!

You will stop at the Hverfjall volcanic crater and the Dimmuborgir lava formations. Dimmuborgir, also known as “the dark cities,” was formed when the roof of a massive lava tube collapsed, leaving behind these towering rock formations.

Your day finishes at the Godafoss waterfall, a towering beauty whose name translates to the waterfall of the gods. Your hotel for the night is in the city of Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland.

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Day 5
It is possible to see humpback whales when you go on a whale watching tour from Dalvik in North Iceland.

Day 5 - Whale Watching and North Iceland

On day five, you will depart Akureyri after breakfast at the hotel. Heading west, enjoy the coastal scenery as you prepare for your exciting first stop.

Today’s adventure is a whale-watching boat tour from the village of Dalvik. Dalvik is a small but charming village on the Trollaskagi peninsula, and just north of the town is Grimsey island, the northernmost inhabited area in Iceland.

Dalvik is also considered one of the best locations for whale watching tours and gives you a great chance of spotting one of the magnificent giants. Your expert guide will take you to the prime locations where humpback whales, dolphins, and porpoise sightings are common.

While winter travels in Iceland are magical for several reasons, it isn’t possible to go on whale-watching tours in December and January. Your tour guide will make alternate plans in these months.

After your incredible expedition to see Iceland’s whales, the tour continues along the Trollaskagi peninsula. The stunning landscape is dotted with charming villages and quaint farms and is an excellent example of the beauty of North Iceland.

You will stop in the vibrant fishing town of Siglufjordur, the northernmost town on Iceland’s mainland. Siglufjordur was once known as the herring fishing capital of the Atlantic and now boasts several fascinating museums, such as the Herring Era museum and the Folk Music museum.

Upon leaving Siglufjordur, you will make your way through Skagafjordur and Hunavatnassysna, areas that are well known for the number of Icelandic horse farms. This is a great chance to stop for pictures of some iconic Icelandic scenery.

Tonight you will be staying at a country hotel in Laugarbakki village. This tiny community sits on the banks of the Midfjardara river and is a quiet area perfect for a good night’s rest.

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Day 6
The scenery in West Iceland is remote and stunning, such as this rugged landscape dotted with snow and adorned with different colors.

Day 6 - West Iceland

The Borgarfjordur region in West Iceland is your first destination on the sixth day of your tour around Iceland’s Ring Road. The area was named one of the top travel destinations of 2016 by Lonely Planet, and when you see this otherworldly landscape, you will understand why!

Your group will stop at the Grabrok volcanic crater for a short hike to the top, providing incredible views over West Iceland. Grabrok is a lovely site, often overlooked by visitors, meaning you aren’t likely to see many other people and can enjoy the peace of the attraction.

The day’s next stop showcases how Iceland harnesses green energy, specifically geothermal energy. Deildartunguhver hot spring is the most powerful hot spring in Europe, and over 90% of the hot water used in the area is created here.

The Hraunfossar waterfall, or “Lava falls,” is a series of waterfalls streaming out of the Hallmundarhraun lava fields, creating a visually stunning image. After visiting Hraunfossar, you will also have the chance to stop at the neighboring Barnafoss waterfall, a powerful waterfall in total contrast to the gentle beauty of Hraunfossar.

Finally, you will visit the small West Iceland village of Reykholt. Reykholt is the hometown of the Icelandic writer, chieftain, and historian, Snorri Sturluson, maybe best known for his work Prose Edda, which compiled Old Norse mythology.

Before Sturluson created this book, this type of mythology was exclusively kept alive through oral tradition. Sturluson’s work is one of the most important texts regarding Norse Mythology and the belief system of Vikings.

Tonight your hotel will be located in Borgarnes, a charming town that connects the Snaefellsnes peninsula with the rest of Iceland. Here you can find numerous restaurants, cafes, and other amenities.

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Day 7
The Snaefellsnes peninsula is also known as Iceland in miniature due to its diverse landscapes such as these rugged cliffs overlooking the sea.

Day 7 - The Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Today will be spent exploring one of the most amazing areas in the country, the Snaefellsnes peninsula. Often referred to as Iceland in miniature, the peninsula contains all the features that are so unique to Iceland.

Home to Snaefellsjokull National Park, the Snaefellsnes peninsula features glacier-capped volcanoes, lava fields, towering mountains, black sand beaches, and even colonies of seals. Snaefellsnes is best known for its incredible natural sights, but there are also a handful of small and quaint villages dotted around the peninsula.

Your first stop of the day is at the lovely neighboring fishing villages of Arnarstapi and Hellnar. After exploring the surrounding area, including the natural harbor, rock formations, and basalt caves, you will have the chance to visit a cozy cafe for lunch.

After lunch, it is time to head to the awe-inspiring Snaefellsjokull National Park. Here, you have the opportunity to go on a short hike through the rolling green hills and admire the view of the Snaefellsjokull glacier towering above.

One of the most interesting attractions today is the Londrangar sea stacks, columns jutting 246 feet (75 meters) and 200 feet (61 meters) up from the sea. Legend says these striking monuments belong to the elves.

Next, you will head to one of the most beautiful beaches in Iceland, the Djupalonssandur black sand beach. Featuring dramatic cliffs and interesting lava formations, Djupalonssandur is sure to be one of today's highlights.

Finally, you will stop at the world-famous Kirkjufell mountain before you return to Reykjavik for the night. The cone-shaped Kirkjufell mountain is one of the most photographed spots in Iceland, so you’ll undoubtedly want to capture a shot of this stunning landmark!

Tonight you will be staying in Reykjavik, the vibrant capital of Iceland. You will arrive in plenty of time to go out for dinner or a drink at one of Reykjavik’s many bars or restaurants.

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Day 8
Hiking in Landmannalaugar in the Highlands of Iceland is your final activity when you go on this tour during the summer.

Day 8 - Adventure from Reykjavik

The adventure on the final day of your tour depends on the season you are visiting. From June to October, you will go on an unforgettable guided hike at Landmannalaugar in the Icelandic Highlands. When the Highlands aren’t accessible in the winter, you will take an exhilarating snowmobile tour of the Langjokull glacier.

In summer, you will leave Reykjavik and head deep into the Highlands of Iceland. Landmannalaugar is one of the most popular areas in the Highlands, particularly for hiking and hot spring bathing.

Your hike through the biodiverse nature of Landmannalaugar will be about five to six miles (eight to ten kilometers) and provide endless views. Your first significant site on the hike is the Laugahraun lava field, formed in 1477 during a volcanic eruption.

Next, your experienced guide will lead you through Vondugil canyon and then up to the peak of the colorful Mount Brennisteinsalda. Graenagil gorge and Blahnukur volcano are your final stops as you make your way back towards the trailhead, the perfect ending to an incredible day of hiking.

In winter, get your adrenaline pumping with a snowmobile excursion on the Langjokull glacier. You will be picked up from your hotel in Reykjavik in a Super Jeep and then head out to begin your adventure.

Snowmobiling is a fantastic way to experience the glacier, allowing you to see locations impossible to reach on foot. Langjokull glacier is the second largest in Iceland and features breathtaking panoramic vistas of the snow-covered landscape.

Your amazing eight-day Iceland Ring Road tour is complete, and your driver will drop you off in Reykjavik in the late evening. After checking off so many incredible bucket list attractions, it’s time to treat yourself to a delicious meal and a good night’s rest.

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What to bring

Warm outdoor clothing
Good hiking shoes
A waterproof jacket and pants
Hat and gloves

Good to know

The tour operator may adjust the itinerary to reflect weather and road conditions.

Each traveler is allocated a small backpack and one piece of luggage weighing up to 44 lbs (20 kgs). Extra baggage can be stored in the tour operator's Reykjavik office for a minimal fee.

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