Take on this 8-day journey to explore Iceland in summer and visit the filming locations of the hit HBO series, Game of Thrones. The sun doesn't set in the Icelandic summer and the diverse landscape in the sub-Arctic island offers awe-inspiring adventure parallel to the fantasy world of George R. R. Martin.
Cruising around the island, you will not only come to appreciate the breathtaking beauty of Iceland but also why its landscapes are so befitting to an epic fantasy world. Whether you are a fan of the show or not, this eight-day journey will leave you lost for words but happy you found your camera.
Beginning with one of Iceland's most travelled routes, you will traverse the Golden Circle including scenery you may recognise as the passage to the Eyrie. You will visit Þingvellir park, the explosive geysers and the great Gullfoss waterfall, and have the chance to join excursions to the magnificent glaciers above this stunning vista.
As you make your way around the island you'll ramble the famous South Coast, be on the look-out for familiar scenery you might know as Eastwatch-by-the-Sea by the black beach Reynisfjara and even follow in the footsteps of the heroes by hiking up the cracked glacier tongues.
You will make your way into the north of Iceland, you may find yourself feeling like you're north of the wall as you enjoy geothermal areas, dramatic lava fields and mesmerising caves and waterfalls, visiting locations such as Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and the Diamond Beach.
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A Westrosi welcome to the world of Ice and Fire. Once you have arrived at Keflavík International Airport, you have the option to make a stop at the luxurious Blue Lagoon on your way to the nation’s capital, Reykjavík. If you have time, you can take a bus to this ethereal spot and soak away those post-travel aches in the dreamy landscape.
If you don’t have time, or would rather just get to your hotel room, you will then take the airport transfer straight to your hotel in Reykjavík, where you can explore this northernmost capital of the world, and enjoy eateries, bars, and entertainment galore, before retiring to your hotel in central Reykjavík.
Today, along with a small group of other travellers, you will explore The Golden Circle, the most popular sightseeing route in Iceland. Your experienced guide will not only show you the sights but will also introduce you to Icelandic culture and tell you stories along the way.
You will visit three of Iceland's best-loved attractions on this day. One is the Gullfoss waterfall, which will undoubtedly set the standard for the natural beauty Iceland has to offer. If you are lucky enough to marvel at its beauty in the sunshine, you will no doubt be treated to the spectacle of rainbows in the mist splash back from below.
Then it is time to visit the hot springs where you can watch the stunning eruptions of the hot spring Strokkur in the Haukadalur geothermal area. This place is also home to the most famous geyser in the world from which the feature gets its name, the great Geysir, who now is dormant.
Last, but not least, is Þingvellir National Park. This site is unique as the ridge that characterises the park is formed due to the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates pulling apart providing you with the unique opportunity to walk between two continents. Iceland is the only place in the world where this is possible.
You will also recognise this scenery from Game of Thrones as the Valley to the Eyrie which both Sansa with Littlefinger and Arya with Sandor 'The Hound' Clegane make it to the Vale of Arryn. It is also featured as the location in the North where we meet the cannibal Thenns just after Jon Snow betrays Ygritte and the other wildlings.
To top off this day of exploration, you could experience Langjökull glacier on the back of a snowmobile, an expedition which guarantees thrills and fantastic landscapes. If you'd like a more calming experience, you can go snorkelling in one of the clearest water in the world, found in the Silfra fissure. The pure glacial water is filtered through volcanic rock, giving near perfect clarity and promising a mesmerising experience.
Note that you need a driver's license to operate a snowmobile, or you can be a passenger. The minimum age to join a snowmobile tour is 6 years old. Snorkelling requires you to be 14 years old minimum and able to swim.
Today you will be exploring the many wonders of the South Coast. Your minibus for the next two days will pick you up in Reykjavík and whirl you off for an adventure on the Icelandic South Coast.
Your first destination will be one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland, Seljalandsfoss. This tumbling cascade of water plunges 60m down from a curved cliff face, so you can actually walk behind it, for a unique view from the elfin-looking grotto. Then, you will head to Skógafoss waterfall which falls from the same height as the last but crashes down in a broad curtain, creating a powerful image of roaring white on the black cliffs.
If you opt to take a glacier hike, you will strap on your hiking boots and head to the world of white walkers. Sólheimajökull is the outlet glacier of Iceland's fourth largest glacier, Mýrdalsjökull which was used for the location of the Fist of the First Men. You will find the surroundings very familiar as many scenes that were to take place Beyond the Wall were filmed in similar landscapes.
Once you are equipped with all necessary gear, your guide will take you across this surreal and epic landscape almost silent apart from the ice slowly cracking and the sound of your crampons.
You will continue travelling East to Reynisfjara black beach famous for its basalt columns and Reynisdrangar seas-stacks. You may recognise this coastline as the setting for Eastwatch By the Sea and it will look far more welcoming when it’s not swarming with wights. Do be careful though as another danger lies here by way of sneaker waves, which can travel up the beach with great power so do be careful to not get too close to the shoreline.
After passing the charming town of Vík, the adventure continues to the East. In the evening, you will retire to a country hotel, nestled under the great glacier Vatnajökull, and Iceland's tallest peak; Hvannadalshnjúkur.
You will begin the day by travelling to the beautiful Jökurlsárlón Glacier Lagoon which is one of Iceland's best-loved attractions, coining it the nickname, "The Crown Jewel of Iceland". There you can let your mind fill with awe and wonder as colossal icebergs drift towards the sea, melting in the sun surrounded by playful seals.
You now have the option to cruise among these icy giants on a boat tour of the lagoon if you are visiting between May and October. Amphibian boat tours are perfect families and photographers; your vessel will drive into the water and take you on a journey upon Jökulsárlón's crystal waters.
Although this location was not used in Game of Thrones, it has featured in several Hollywood blockbusters including the Bond classic, Die Another Day, as well as the 2003 hit movie, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.
You will also get the opportunity to check out the adjacent Diamond Beach where huge pieces of ice wash ashore, sparkling brightly in contrast to the black sand upon which they rest.
After that, you will head back to Reykjavík with fond memories of the South Coast, arriving in the early evening in time for a night on the town.
Another day, another adventure! Setting off from Reykjavík you will now travel west to the Snæfellsnes peninsula, often branded ‘Iceland in miniature’ for its wealth of varied attractions. The peninsula is named after the glacier Snæfellsjökull which sits atop an active volcano, famous for being featured in the classic ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’.
Your first stop will be Ytri-Tunga beach. If you are lucky, you might spot seals lazing around on their favourite rocks and playing in the surf. You might even spot Orcas from the shore, one of the only places in Iceland this is possible.
Arnarstapi and Hellnar are quintessential countryside towns further along the dramatic coastline and from here you can admire fantastical geological formations such as Lóndrangar. These are sea stacks that stand defiantly in the dark ocean, inspiring folklore and legends alike.
You'll have a chance to explore the adjacent beach Djúplónssandur which is not only beautiful for its black pebble composition but also features historical lifting stones, there to test the strength of the fishermen of a bygone era, and the remains of an old, forlorn shipwreck.
You will also visit the ‘Mountain shaped like an Arrowhead', appearing in the Hound's vision in the fire as well as serving as the backdrop for the creation story of the first White Walker. This is, of course, Kirkjufell mountain, one of the most photographed locations in Iceland and maybe the world, complemented by a closeby waterfall which together makes for the most perfect photo.
Then it is time to return to Reykjavík for an evening safe from wildlings and white walkers, enjoying the northernmost capital in the world.
You will begin the day by making your way to Reykjavík domestic airport where you will board a flight to the capital of the North, Akureyri. You guide will pick you up from the airport and whisk you away to the beautiful Goðafoss waterfall. Named the ‘waterfall of the gods’, this site is one of the great mythical locations of North Iceland.
When you reach the beautiful Mývatnssveit area you will be able to stretch your legs and admire the fantastic pseudocraters of Skútustaðagígar, formed when lava interacted with the water of the surrounding lake.
Your first Game of Thrones stop of the day will be the striking lava field of Dimmuborgir, meaning ‘the Dark Fortress’, which doubled as Mance Rayder’s wildling camp from seasons three and four of the series.
Your next stop will be the location for Jon Snow and Ygritte’s love bath, Grjótagjá cave. Icelanders used to bathe in this water until the 1980s when an earthquake led to an increase in geothermal activity, warming the water beyond comfortable temperature.
You will also gain a deeper insight of the primordial volcanism of Iceland at the Námafell Geothermal area where bubbling mud pools and steaming fumaroles will jettison you to a time when the earth was new. A quick stop at the Krafla volcanic site will only reinforce this time-travel feeling.
You have the option to finish up your day in pure bliss at the picturesque Mývatn Nature Baths, often referred to as the Blue Lagoon in the North. Have a dip and let your mind roll over all it has experienced in Iceland so far before taking your flight back to Reykjavík.
Today you have a free day to enjoy the capital region any way you like. If you would like to sightsee in the city, pop into the architecturally brilliant Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre. Climb to the top of Hallgrímskirkja and enjoy the panoramic views of the entire city
If you'd rather use the day to experience Iceland to the fullest, you could take a trip into the magma chamber of Þríhnjúkagígur volcano, where you will descend almost 200 metres closer to the centre of the earth into the monstrous cave below.
Another option is to travel out to Langjökull glacier to explore the deep ice tunnels located at the glacier summit. Admire the white and blue smooth walls and cherish the unique opportunity to travel through a glacier in the world's largest man-made tunnel.
If you would prefer a more cultural impression of Reykjavík, do not miss the plethora of galleries and museums that Reykjavík has to offer.
However you spend your day, it will surely be a blast. As evening falls you can spend your evening getting familiar with the Reykjavík downtown nightlife, enjoying your last night in the city.
Your time in Iceland has come to an end. If you didn't stop at the Blue Lagoon on your arrival, be sure to pay a visit to this world-famous spa characterised by its milky azure waters against the dramatic backdrop of dark lava fields.
The airport shuttle will pick you up to take you to Keflavík International Airport in good time for your flight, from where you depart with fond memories of Iceland.
The Inside the Volcano tour only runs from May 10 to October 31. If you choose this tour, 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.
Some optional activities might need either a valid driver's license, or you might need to send additional information to your travel planner. Please note that you might need to present medical documents should you choose to go snorkelling. Please be aware that boat tours on the glacier lagoon from May to October each year.
Please be aware that your itinerary may have to be rearranged to fit your arrival date and time better.
If you book the extra activities alongside this tour, you will get them at a lower price.
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.
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