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 traveled routes, you will traverse the Golden Circle, including scenery you may recognize 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 lookout 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 mesmerizing caves and waterfalls, visiting locations such as Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and the Diamond Beach.
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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.
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 characterizes 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 recognize 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 that guarantees thrills and fantastic landscapes. If you'd like a more calming experience, you can go snorkeling 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 mesmerizing 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 six years old. Snorkeling requires you to be 12 years old minimum and able to swim.
Your first destination will be one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland, Seljalandsfoss. This tumbling cascade of water plunges 197 ft (60m) down from a curved cliff face, so you can 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 traveling East to Reynisfjara black beach, famous for its basalt columns and Reynisdrangar seas-stacks. You may recognize this coastline as the setting for Eastwatch By the Sea, and it will look far more welcoming when it's not swarming with wights.
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 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 for 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, and 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.
Your first stop will be Ytri-Tunga beach. If you are lucky, you might spot seals lazing around on their favorite 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 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.
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 into 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 relive all it has experienced in Iceland so far before taking your flight back to Reykjavík.
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. On this tour, you will descend almost 656 ft (200m) closer to the center 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.
Undoubtedly, today's most unique and of-the-moment option is to witness the Fagradalsfjall volcanic eruption first-hand from a helicopter! This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will have you enjoy a spectacular take-off from Reykjavik's domestic airport, where you can watch the beautiful city shrink beneath you before you sail over the rugged landscapes of the Reykjanes Peninsula. You'll then marvel over the fiery fountains, frothing craters, and lava rivers both from the sky and ground, as this 1-hour excursion includes a dramatic landing!
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.
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 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 require you to have 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 snorkeling. Please note 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 better fit your arrival date and time.
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.