8-Day Guided Circle Tour Exploring Iceland's Natural Wonders From Keflavik International Airport

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Tour starts
Keflavík International Airport (KEF), Iceland
Starting time
8 days
Ending place
Keflavík International Airport (KEF), Iceland
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Minimum age
12 years old


Explore the best of Iceland on an amazing eight-day guided circle tour, taking you around the country's ring road. This tour is perfect for those eager to witness the diverse beauty of Iceland's landscapes and embark on exciting adventures. With departures available all year-round, you can easily find a date that suits you.

You will take a journey along Iceland's ring road and be captivated by the breathtaking scenery that includes volcanoes, lava fields, hot springs, majestic mountains, stunning fjords, awe-inspiring glaciers, the beautiful glacier lagoon, and magnificent waterfalls.

This leisurely group tour offers a perfect blend of nature, soft adventure, and cultural experiences, making it an ideal choice for travelers of all ages and interests.

During your adventure, you'll have the opportunity to explore two of Iceland's national parks and visit iconic landmarks like Thingvellir, Geysir, and Gullfoss on the Golden Circle route. Experience the soothing warmth of Myvatn Nature Baths and enjoy the towel provided for your comfort.

You will learn about local culture with visits to small museums and partake in soft adventures that will leave you with unforgettable memories. You'll get to visit Icelandic horse stables and a geothermal greenhouse, gaining insight into Iceland's traditional practices.

If you book the tour between September and mid-April, you'll have two evenings dedicated to the Northern Lights Academy, where you can chase the elusive aurora borealis. Alternatively, if you visit during the summer, you'll have the chance to hunt for the Midnight Sun, a surreal experience unique to Iceland's summertime.

Throughout the journey, you can also opt for exciting additional activities, such as whale watching in Akureyri on the morning of day three (available from April to October) or taking a boat trip on the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon from May to September (subject to weather conditions).

The tour includes seven nights of comfortable accommodation with breakfast, and you'll be accompanied by an English-speaking guide who will make the journey informative and enjoyable. Arrival and departure airport transfers are provided by the Flybus shuttle.

Inclusions like Glaumbaer Folk Museum, use of snow and ice grippers spike (for winter departures), flashlight (for winter departures), and free Wi-Fi on the bus ensure a well-rounded and convenient experience.

Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity to discover the wonders of Iceland on an unforgettable eight-day journey. Book your spot to embark on this extraordinary adventure around Iceland's Ring Road.

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Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS Plus shuttle (no guide)
Fully escorted 6-day bus tour with an English speaking guide or driver-guide
7 nights accommodation in Iceland, in rooms with shower/wc
7x breakfast
2x evenings with Northern Lights Program (from September to mid-April)
Glaumbaer Folk Museum
Myvatn Nature Baths including towel
Amphibian boat tour on Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon (May-Sept depending on weather conditions)
Icelandic Lava Show
Visit to Icelandic horse stables & geothermal greenhouse
Free Wi-Fi on the bus
Use of snow & ice grippers spike (for winter departures)
Use of flashlight (for winter departures)


Hot Spring Bathing
Cultural Activity

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Keflavik International Airport, your gateway to an unforgettable Icelandic adventure.

Day 1 - Arrival Day

Welcome to Iceland!

Your eight-day adventure begins with an exciting arrival day. Once you land at Keflavik airport, you'll have an individual transfer waiting for you in the form of a comfortable Flybus shuttle bus. Hop on and get ready to experience the wonders of Iceland.

The shuttle will take you to your accommodation in Reykjavik, where you'll be staying at the Reykjavik Natura Berjaya Iceland Hotels (or a similar comfortable lodging). Take a moment to settle in and refresh yourself after your journey.

Once you're ready, you have the option to explore Iceland's vibrant capital city on your own, depending on the time available. Reykjavik offers a charming blend of modern city life and quaint Icelandic charm. Stroll through the city streets and discover its colorful buildings, trendy cafes, and intriguing local shops.

You might want to visit Hallgrimskirkja, a striking church with an impressive architectural design that offers stunning panoramic views of the city from its tower. The Harpa Concert Hall, with its unique glass facade, is another iconic spot to check out.

For a taste of Icelandic culture, head to the National Museum of Iceland or the Reykjavik Art Museum. These museums provide insights into Iceland's history, art, and culture, giving you a deeper understanding of the country you're about to explore.

As the day winds down, take some time to relax and enjoy dinner on your own at one of Reykjavik's many restaurants. Icelandic cuisine offers a delightful array of dishes featuring fresh seafood, tender lamb, and unique local ingredients.

After a fulfilling first day in Iceland's capital city, return to your comfortable accommodation at Reykjavik Natura Berjaya Iceland Hotels (or a similar hotel) for a good night's rest. You'll need your energy for the adventures that await you on the rest of this exciting eight-day guided tour around Iceland's Ring Road.

Tomorrow, get ready to set out on a journey filled with breathtaking landscapes, natural wonders, and unforgettable experiences.

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Day 2
Glaumbaer, in the Skagafjordur district in North Iceland, is a museum featuring a renovated turf farm and timber buildings. (Photo by Regína Hrönn Ragnarsdóttir)

Day 2 - Volcano Crater, Fjords & Mountains

The excitement continues on day two as you meet your knowledgeable tour guide in the morning and depart from the meeting point on your voucher. Get ready for a day filled with awe-inspiring landscapes and natural wonders as you head west along the scenic Hvalfjordur fjord, taking in the stunning coastal views along the way.

Your first stop is at the Grabrok volcano crater, located in the midst of a picturesque greenish lava field. You'll have the opportunity to embark on an easy hike to the top of the crater, where you'll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Don't forget your camera to capture this unique geological marvel.

Continuing north, you'll arrive at Glaumbaer, one of Iceland's most beautiful turf house farms and folk museums. Immerse yourself in the rich history and culture of Iceland as you explore the well-preserved turf houses and learn about the traditional way of life in the region.

As you journey along the scenic fjord landscape, be sure to keep an eye out for wildlife, such as seabirds and seals, which are often spotted in these pristine waters. Marvel at the rugged mountains and picturesque valleys as you cross over several mountain passes on your way to Akureyri, the charming capital of North Iceland.

Upon reaching Akureyri, you'll find yourself captivated by the town's beauty and friendly atmosphere. Take a leisurely walk around the quaint streets and discover the local shops, cafes, and restaurants.

Akureyri is renowned for its botanical gardens, which boast a surprising variety of plant species despite its northern location. A visit to the gardens offers a relaxing and picturesque experience.

As the day draws to a close, you'll retire to your accommodation at Akureyri Berjaya Iceland Hotels or a similar comfortable hotel. Rest well and rejuvenate, for tomorrow holds more exciting adventures as you continue your journey around Iceland's ring road. Get ready to be amazed by the natural wonders and scenic landscapes that await you on this extraordinary tour.

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Day 3
Discover the charm of Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland, surrounded by stunning fjords and breathtaking landscapes.

Day 3 - The Capital of North Iceland, Lake Myvatn & Geothermal baths

Start your day with an exploration of the charming town of Akureyri, often referred to as the capital of North Iceland. Marvel at the breathtaking panoramic view over the Eyjafjord fjord, a picturesque sight that will surely leave you in awe.

If you visit between April and October, you have the exciting option of joining a whale-watching tour. Keep an eye out for magnificent whales as they grace the waters with their presence.

In the afternoon, your adventure continues with a journey to Godafoss, famously known as the waterfalls of the Gods. Witness the sheer beauty and power of this natural wonder as the cascading water creates a mesmerizing display.

Next, you’ll be amazed by the wonders of Lake Myvatn, a geological marvel boasting an abundance of birdlife. The area is a treasure trove of natural phenomena.

Admire the peculiar lava formations at Kalfastrond, the fascinating pseudo craters at Skutustadir, and the impressive tephra cone Hverfjall. Each site offers a unique glimpse into the forces of nature that have shaped this remarkable landscape.

As the day draws to a close, indulge in relaxation at the geothermal Myvatn Nature Baths. Immerse yourself in the warm, soothing waters as you soak up the serene atmosphere and take in the breathtaking views of the entire area. It's the perfect way to unwind and rejuvenate after a day of exploration.

And, if you are traveling between September and mid-April, there's an exciting possibility of witnessing the northern lights during the evening. The ethereal dance of the aurora borealis in the night sky is a magical spectacle that you won't want to miss.

At the end of the day, retreat to your comfortable accommodation at Myvatn Berjaya Iceland Hotels, where you can rest and recharge for the adventures that lie ahead.

Tomorrow, your exploration of Iceland's wonders continues as you traverse the stunning landscapes of the ring road. Get ready to be enchanted by the beauty of nature and the marvels of geothermal wonders on this incredible eight-day guided tour.

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Day 4
Witness the otherworldly geothermal wonders of Námaskarð, with its bubbling mud pools and steaming solfataras.

Day 4 - Lava Labyrinth, Hot Springs & Travel East

Start your day with an intriguing adventure as you explore the lava labyrinth at Dimmuborgir, often referred to as "the dark castles." Legend has it that trolls inhabit this otherworldly landscape, so keep your eyes peeled as you walk through this enchanting terrain. The unique lava formations create an otherworldly atmosphere, making it a fascinating place to explore and imagine the mythical beings that are said to reside there.

In the afternoon, your journey takes you to the hot spring area of Namaskard, where you'll encounter bubbling mud pools and steaming solfataras. These geothermal wonders are a sight to behold, with their active natural features providing a glimpse into the powerful forces of the Earth beneath your feet.

As you head through the uninhabited highlands, you'll be captivated by the moon-like surroundings that stretch before you. The barren and rugged landscape creates a surreal and awe-inspiring atmosphere, making you feel like you've stepped onto another planet.

Continuing your journey east, you'll reach the beautiful region of East Iceland. This part of the country is known for its unspoiled wilderness, charming villages, and stunning coastal scenery. The tranquility of the East will leave you feeling connected with nature and provide a sense of calm and peace.

If you're traveling between June and August, you're in for a special treat. The tour includes a detour to the mighty waterfall Dettifoss, one of Europe's most powerful waterfalls. The sheer force and thundering sound of the cascading water are simply breathtaking and offer a truly memorable experience.

After a day filled with natural wonders and captivating landscapes, you'll retreat to your accommodation at a similar hotel for a well-deserved rest.

Tomorrow, your journey continues as you explore more of the stunning East Iceland and beyond on this epic eight-day guided tour. Get ready to be inspired by the beauty of the lava formations, mesmerized by the geothermal marvels, and enchanted by the unspoiled landscapes of Iceland's ring road.

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Day 5
Discover the breathtaking beauty of Iceland's East Fjords, where dramatic landscapes meet serene fishing villages.

Day 5 - East Fjords, Glacier Lagoon & Diamond Beach

Prepare for a day of awe-inspiring beauty as you set out to admire the dramatic fjord landscape in the East Fjords.

The journey takes you along twisty roads that wind through this picturesque region, revealing tiny fishing villages that dot the coastline. Each village exudes charm and character, offering a glimpse into the traditional way of life in this remote part.

As you travel, make a stop at an attractive stone and mineral collection, where you can marvel at the unique geological specimens found in the area.

In the afternoon, you'll encounter the magnificent Vatnajokull, Europe's biggest glacier, which dominates the skyline in the Southeast. The sheer size and grandeur of the glacier are truly impressive, leaving you in awe of nature's power and majesty.

The highlight of the day awaits at Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon, a mesmerizing site filled with floating icebergs that have calved from the glacier. The lagoon is a sight to behold, with the crystal-clear water reflecting the icy giants. Keep your eyes peeled, as you might even spot seals gracefully swimming in the arctic waters, adding to the enchantment of the place.

For a truly immersive experience, a boat tour between the floating icebergs is included in the program from May through September. This thrilling adventure allows you to get up close to the icebergs, providing a unique perspective on their beauty and magnitude.

Adjacent to the glacial lagoon lies the famous Diamond Beach, a black sandy beach where large icebergs get stranded, creating a stunning contrast against the dark volcanic sand. The sight of glistening ice against the black canvas of the beach is a photographer's dream and a truly unforgettable sight.

As the day draws to a close, you'll be amazed by the possibility of witnessing the northern lights during the evening from September to mid-April. The aurora borealis dances across the night sky, creating a magical spectacle that is sure to leave you in wonder and amazement.

Rest assured, your overnight accommodation at Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon or a similar comfortable hotel will provide the perfect resting place after a day filled with natural wonders and unforgettable experiences.

Tomorrow, your journey continues as you explore more of Iceland's stunning landscapes and immerse yourself in the beauty of this remarkable country on your eight-day guided tour.

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Day 6
Behold the awe-inspiring Vatnajokull Glacier, Europe's largest ice cap, dominating the Southeast Icelandic landscape.

Day 6 - Vatnajokull National Park & South Coast

Embark on a thrilling journey along the southern part of the Vatnajokull glacier, the largest glacier in Europe, and be amazed by the natural wonders of Iceland's second-largest national park. The park boasts Iceland's highest mountains, creating an environment that is truly breathtaking.

In the afternoon, a scenic drive filled with natural wonders awaits you as you traverse the Eldhraun lava field, a vast expanse of rugged lava formations created during a historic eruption. The journey takes you across the sandy desert of the South Coast, offering stunning vistas of mountainous cliffs, massive glaciers, and picturesque waterfalls.

One of the day's highlights is a visit to the Icelandic Lava Show, a unique experience where you get to witness and feel the heat from molten lava. It's an unforgettable opportunity to gain insight into the powerful geological forces that have shaped Iceland's landscape over millennia.

Next, take a leisurely stroll along the black lava beach of Reynisfjara near Vik. The beach is famous for its dramatic basalt columns and stunning views of the Atlantic Ocean, making it a photographer's paradise.

In the small village of Skogar, you'll find the majestic Skogafoss waterfall, a 60-meter-high cascade that is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. The sheer power of the water plunging over the edge is a sight to behold, and you'll feel the refreshing mist on your face as you get closer to this natural wonder.

Continuing the adventure, you'll encounter the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which tumbles over the mountain. What makes this waterfall truly special is the exciting trail that leads behind the fall, providing a unique perspective and a chance to experience the cascade from an entirely different angle. Be prepared to get wet, but the experience is well worth it.

As the day winds down, keep an eye out for the possibility of witnessing the northern lights during the evening from September to mid-April. The celestial dance of the aurora borealis is a breathtaking sight that adds a touch of magic to the night sky.

Rest assured, your overnight accommodation at Stracta Hotel Hella or a similar comfortable hotel will provide the perfect restful haven after a day filled with exploration and wonder.

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Day 7
Meet the charming Icelandic horse, renowned for its unique qualities and historical significance to the country.

Day 7 - Icelandic Horses & Golden Circle

Today, you'll get to experience some of Iceland's most classic and iconic sights as you embark on the Golden Circle route.

The day begins with a visit to Fridheimar, where you'll have the opportunity to learn about the fascinating Icelandic horse, renowned for its unique qualities and historical significance to the country. Discover the special bond between Icelanders and their beloved horses, and gain insights into the breed's impressive characteristics.

While at Fridheimar, you'll also get to explore a geothermal greenhouse, where the magic of Iceland's geothermal energy is harnessed to cultivate delicious tomatoes all year round. It's a fascinating demonstration of how Iceland utilizes its natural resources for sustainable agriculture.

Continuing the journey, you'll arrive at the Geysir geothermal fields, a mesmerizing landscape of steam and bubbling pools. Witness the remarkable Strokkur geyser, known as "the Churn," which erupts with an impressive display of hot water every five to seven minutes. It's an exhilarating sight that showcases the dynamic forces at work beneath the Earth's surface.

Next, behold the majestic beauty of Gullfoss, often referred to as "the golden falls." This double waterfall cascades an impressive 32 meters into the Hvita river, creating a spectacle that captivates travelers throughout the year, whether in the summer or winter.

Journeying inland, you'll reach Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site of immense historical and geological importance. Here, you'll have the chance to stand on the very ground where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates diverge, creating a unique and awe-inspiring rift valley.

The park's significance also lies in its historical role as the site of Iceland's ancient parliament, the Althing, which dates back to the 10th century, making it one of the oldest in the world.

As you return to Reykjavik, you'll be treated to a short city tour highlighting the best of the world's northernmost capital. Reykjavik is a vibrant city with a charming mix of modernity and Icelandic charm. Explore its colorful streets, bustling cafes, and intriguing local shops, all set against a backdrop of stunning natural beauty.

In the evening, you have the exciting option of booking an optional northern lights tour from September to mid-April. Should weather conditions be favorable, you'll have the chance to witness the celestial dance of the aurora borealis, a breathtaking spectacle that is sure to leave you in awe.

After a day filled with exploration and wonder, return to your comfortable accommodation at Reykjavik Natura Berjaya Iceland Hotels for a restful night's sleep.

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Day 8
Depart in comfort with the Flybus shuttle, bidding farewell to the wonders of Iceland as you head to Keflavik airport.

Day 8 - Departure Day

Start your final day in Iceland with a satisfying breakfast at your accommodation in Reykjavik. Today marks the end of your unforgettable eight-day guided tour, and it's time to bid farewell to the beautiful land of fire and ice.

The departure time for your individual transfer by Flybus shuttle from Reykjavik to Keflavik airport will depend on your flight schedule. If you have some extra time before your departure, you can choose to explore Reykjavik one last time. Stroll through its charming streets, soak in the vibrant atmosphere, and take in the last glimpses of Icelandic culture.

Reykjavik offers plenty of opportunities for last-minute shopping, allowing you to take home some delightful Icelandic souvenirs and gifts for your loved ones. From local crafts to unique Icelandic delicacies, you're sure to find something special to remind you of your incredible journey.

If you're interested in learning more about Iceland's rich history and culture, consider visiting some of the city's museums, such as the National Museum of Iceland or the Reykjavik Art Museum.

As you make your way to Keflavik airport, you can reflect on the amazing experiences you've had in this land of stunning landscapes, friendly people, and fascinating natural wonders. From the majestic waterfalls and geothermal wonders to the charming villages and ancient history, Iceland has undoubtedly left a lasting impression on you.

Take some time to savor those memories and cherish the connections you've made with fellow travelers along the way. You'll leave Iceland with a heart full of adventure and a mind filled with remarkable stories.

As you board your flight and say goodbye to Iceland, know that you've experienced something truly extraordinary. The magic of Iceland will stay with you long after your departure, and you're sure to find yourself yearning to return and explore even more of this extraordinary country in the future.

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