8 Day Summer Package | Iceland in Depth with a Greenland Day Tour

Jump aboard this eight-day excursion to see the greatest sites of Iceland and to enjoy a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit Greenland. This tour is a must for those eager to make the absolute most of their travels around the Arctic Circle.

You will have your first day in Reykjavík, getting to know the capital city; you could even use this day to visit the world-famous Blue Lagoon spa or to explore the volcanic landscapes of the Reykjanes Peninsula. On day two, however, the adventure truly starts, as you head to one of Iceland’s three national parks: Snæfellsnes.

This 90 kilometre stretch of peninsula is often called ‘Iceland in miniature’ due to the wealth of scenery you will experience here. You'll spend a full day exploring this diverse land, with an opportunity to go lava-caving. 

Then, a full day will be spent seeing the most famous sites of Iceland, around the iconic Golden Circle. You will have the opportunity on this day to take a variety of adventures to finish your action-packed holiday with.

On day four, you will fly out to Greenland early, arriving at the settlement of Kulusuk off the east coast. You will spend four hours exploring this tiny village of just three hundred people, no doubt marvelling over the beautiful surroundings of saw-toothed mountains and seascapes. You will get to experience authentic Greenlandic culture, with the opportunity to admire the local architecture, visit a museum, and perhaps even see a traditional Inuit drum dance.

You will return to Reykjavík by plane that evening, and spend the next two days touring the South Coast of Iceland. During this part of the tour, you will get to enjoy waterfalls, glaciers, beaches, and the iconic glacier lagoon. You will even have a chance to hike on Sólheimajökull glacier.

You’ll return to spend a night in the capital. The day after will be dedicated to this vibrant and lively city, where you can explore landmarks and historical sites alike, and then spend your last night in Reykjavík.

Your return journey will likely be spent reminiscing over the incredible things you have seen and experienced, from the iconic sites to the unique places very few will ever have the opportunity to witness.

Book now, and reserve your space on this once-in-a-lifetime excursion around Iceland and Greenland. Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jun. - Sep.
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Snorkelling, Caving, Snowmobile, Horse Riding, Sightseeing, Cultural Activity
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 10 years old
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Golden Circle , West Iceland , Reykjavík , Jokulsarlon , Hvítá river , Vatnajokull , Snæfellsjökull , Skógafoss , Seljalandsfoss , Geysir , Gullfoss , Eyjafjallajökull , Dyrhólaey , Þingvellir , Hraunfossar , Deildartunguhver , Strokkur , Snæfellsnes , Hvalfjörður , Sólheimajökull , Silfra , Hellnar , Reykholt , Barnafoss , Langjökull , Arnarstapi , Gljufrabui , Reykjavík Airport , Keflavik International Airport , Kirkjufell , Reynisdrangar , Haukadalur , Eldborg , Vatnshellir Cave , Londrangar , Djúpalónssandur , Vík , Gerduberg Cliffs , Diamond Beach
Pickup information:
  • Starting time : Flexible

Included:
  • 6 nights of accommodation in Reykjavik (different levels available; breakfast not included for Super Budget level; breakfast included for Comfort and Quality levels; more detailed info below)

  • Airport transfer on arrival/departure

  • Blue Lagoon standard entrance (upgrades available) and return transfer

  • South Coast 2-day minibus tour with glacier hiking

  • 1 night of accommodation in a country hotel in Vatnajokull National Park during the 2-day south coast tour (breakfast included, private bathroom depending on availability)

  • Guided day tour with flights to Kulusuk, Greenland

  • Golden Circle sightseeing tour in a minibus (upgrades available with other activities)

  • Snæfellsnes minibus day tour

  • Detailed Itinerary with fun and practical information on the nature, history and culture of Iceland

  • Hands-on travel agent to oversee your itinerary

  • Taxes

  • Flights other than the day tour to Greenland

  • Lunch

  • Dinner


What to bring:
  • Hiking shoes

  • Warm clothes. Windproof and rainproof clothing

  • Swimsuit & towel

  • Camera


Good to know:

Although it is summertime, the Icelandic weather can be very unpredictable. Please bring appropriate clothing. Please be aware that your itinerary may have to be rearranged to fit your arrival date and time better.

Please note that if you need a visa to travel to Iceland, an additional visa might be needed to visit Greenland.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival to Reykjavík


8 Day Summer Package | Iceland in Depth with a Greenland Day Tour


On your first day, you will land at Keflavík International Airport, and make your way to Reykjavík. This day is free for you to choose how to spend it; you could head to the Blue Lagoon, or explore the volcanic landscapes of the Reykjanes Peninsula. Otherwise, you could simply spend the day seeing the sites of the capital city, experiencing its vibrant culture and lively nightlife.

You will spend this night in Reykjavík.


Preferred accommodation in Reykjavík

Reykjavík Comfort

The Fosshótel chain has four 3-4 star Hotels located in and around the city center of Reykjavík. There is a short walk from all of the hotels to attractions, cafés, restaurants, museums and the nightlife. All offer private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Reykjavík Quality

Alda Hotel is a 4 star hotel situated on Laugavegur, Reykjavík's main shopping street in the city centre. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free access to a fitness room with a sauna and a hot tub. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 2 - Snæfellsnes Peninsula


8 Day Summer Package | Iceland in Depth with a Greenland Day Tour


Your second day will be spent admiring the many, diverse sites of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

The most iconic feature of the region is Snæfellsjökull, a sub-glacial volcano that has inspired artists for centuries; it is, for example, the main setting for Jules Verne’s novel ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’. You will have plenty of chance to admire this great glacier as you head from site to site.

Other features you will visit include Kirkjufell mountain, the most photographed mountain in Iceland; the black sand beaches of Djúpalónssandur, where you can test your strength against ‘lifting stones’ like fishermen in centuries past; and the Lóndrangar basalt sea stacks that many compare to a castle. You will also have the opportunity to see the charming villages of Arnarstapi and Hellnar, which are steeped in folklore and rumours of magic.

You will spend your night in Reykjavík.


Day 3 - The Golden Circle


8 Day Summer Package | Iceland in Depth with a Greenland Day Tour


Today will be spent seeing the famous sites of the Golden Circle.

You will start with Þingvellir National Park, the only UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Icelandic mainland. This beautiful location sits directly between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, the edges of which are clearly visible. It is also steeped in history; it was here that early Icelanders formed their first parliament, an institution that still exists today. This makes Þingvellir the original site of the world’s longest-running, ongoing parliament.

Following Þingvellir, you will head to Haukadalur valley, where you can witness the geyser Strokkur erupting every five to ten minutes, to heights of up to 40 metres. This is a beautiful geothermal area, with many hot-springs and steaming fumaroles for you to admire. If you are incredibly lucky, you may even see some activity on the great geyser that gave all others their name, Geysir itself.

The third and final stop of the Golden Circle is Gullfoss waterfall. This feature is enormously powerful, surging in two tiers into an ancient canyon. It is one of the most popular spots in Iceland to witness the incredible forces of nature at work.

While this day will be mainly sightseeing, you have the option to add on some extra adventures if you are so inclined. You can opt to snorkel in the crystal-clear Silfra ravine in Þingvellir National Park, for a chance to swim between two tectonic plates. A snowmobiling tour on Langjökull glacier leaves from Gullfoss waterfall that you could otherwise partake in. A final option is a two-hour ride on one of Iceland’s iconic and adorable horses.

You will spend your night in Reykjavík.


Day 4 - Kulusuk, Greenland


8 Day Summer Package | Iceland in Depth with a Greenland Day Tour


Day four is likely to be the most special; the opportunity to visit Greenland is not something many are able to experience. You will leave from Reykjavík Domestic Airport early in the morning, and land on the island of Kulusuk after a short flight. This island is small and rocky, surrounded by mountains, and the little settlement of the same name is nestled seamlessly within the nature.

Once here, you will have a guided tour of the village, which has only around three-hundred residents. You will have plenty of opportunity to learn about Greenlandic life and history, by admiring the architecture, way of life, and visiting the museum. If you are lucky, you will also get to see a traditional Inuit drum dance.

You will return to Reykjavík by the evening, and spend your night back in the capital.


Day 5 - The South Coast: Part 1


8 Day Summer Package | Iceland in Depth with a Greenland Day Tour


Your fifth day will consist of a journey along Iceland’s South Coast to the glacier lagoon. Just off of the main road are a wealth of beautiful sites, which you will better explore on day six.

The first stop you will make is at Dyrhólaey lighthouse, where you can attain incredible views of the entire coastline. Following this, you will have a chance to walk the black sands of Reynisfjara beach, considered one of the world’s most beautiful non-tropical coasts. Here, you can admire fascinating rock formations, such as the Dyrhólaey arch and the Reynisdrangar basalt sea-stacks, and keep an eye out for nesting puffins.

After lunch in the charming village of Vík, you will continue east, passing Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull, and the verdant Skaftafell Nature Reserve. Finally, you will reach the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Icebergs calving from a melting glacier here fill the great, serene pool of water, and sail slowly out to the ocean. You will have the chance to visit the Diamond Beach, where these icebergs wash up, and hopefully to see some seals in the surrounding waters.

You will spend your evening in the south-east of Iceland.


Day 6 - The South Coast: Part 2


8 Day Summer Package | Iceland in Depth with a Greenland Day Tour


On day six, you will return along the South Coast, stopping at all the sites you missed en route. The first of these will be at Sólheimajökull, a tongue of the greater glacier Mýrdalsjökull. Here, you will have an opportunity to partake in a 90-minute glacier hike, a mesmerising and exciting adventure that should not be missed by any in good health.

Following this excursion, you will get to visit three waterfalls. The first of these, Skógafoss, is massive, over 60 metres tall and up to 20 metres wide. You can approach it right to where the water hits the ground, and ascend an adjacent staircase for some great views. The second falls, Seljalandsfoss, tumbles off of a concave cliff, allowing you to walk all the way around it for a unique and rare perspective. The final site is lesser-known; Gljúfrabúi is hidden within a ravine behind a cliff-face, and magical to behold once you manage to reach it.

As you head between these sites, you will be driving by the notorious Eyjafjallajökull glacier and volcano, which erupted in 2010. Out to sea, you may also be able to spot the Westman Islands.

You will reach Reykjavík by evening, and spend your night here.


Day 7 - Free day in Reykjavík


8 Day Summer Package | Iceland in Depth with a Greenland Day Tour


Your penultimate day will be a free day in Reykjavík. You can use this opportunity to see the sites of the city; there are many excellent museums and galleries to visit, and a wealth of bars and restaurants to enjoy. Considering you will be flying early the next day you can use the opportunity to relax and ensure you are refreshed.

You can also elect to book a variety of different tours from the capital on this day. These include whale-watching, horse-riding, city tours and a helicopter excursion.

Spend the night in Reykjavík


Day 8 - Departure


8 Day Summer Package | Iceland in Depth with a Greenland Day Tour


On your eighth day, you will leave the capital for Keflavík airport, for your return flight home. If you are lucky enough to have a late flight, you can use your time to catch up on anything you missed. Visit the Blue Lagoon, explore the Reykjanes Peninsula, or do some last minute souvenir shopping down the Laugavegur main street.


Accommodation in Reykjavik

See our accommodation levels below. Single person bookings will be arranged in a single room, while bookings of 2 or more people will share twin/double room(s) or triple room(s). If you are traveling in a group, but prefer a single room, please make separate bookings. For multi-day guided tours, accommodation cannot be upgraded and the levels below do not apply. We always do our best to accommodate special requests, which may incur additional costs.

Comfort

Rooms with a private bathroom at three-star hotels such as Fosshótel Barón, or quality guesthouses. Located in the city center or in close vicinity. Breakfast is included.

Quality

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.

Super Budget

Rooms or dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels, such as HI Hostels. Located in the capital region. Breakfast is not included.


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