Join 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 under 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.
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.
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.
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.
Alternatively, you can choose to spend your evening visiting the spectacular Fagradalsfjall volcano, which is currently erupting on the Reykjanes Peninsula. This 5-hour-long hiking excursion will provide you with an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime perspective of this primordial phenomenon.
You will spend your night in Reykjavík.
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.
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.
The first of these, Seljalandsfoss, tumbles off of a concave cliff, allowing you to walk all the way around it for a unique and rare perspective. The second falls, 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.
As you head between these sites, you will be driving by the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. Out to sea, you may also be able to spot the Westman Islands.
At Sólheimajökull, a tongue of the greater glacier Mýrdalsjökull, you will have an opportunity to partake in a glacier hike, a mesmerising and exciting adventure that gives you a great insight into Icelandic nature.
You will then visit Reynisfjara, a black sand beach found near the little village of Vík. From there, you'll continue east, passing Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull, until you reach your accommodations near the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.
You will spend your evening in the south-east of Iceland.
On day six, you will return along the South Coast, stopping at all the sites you missed en route. However, you will start by visiting Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.
Icebergs, calving from a melting glacier, fill the great, serene pool of water, and sail slowly out to the ocean. You will also have the chance to visit the Diamond Beach, where these icebergs wash up, and hopefully to see some seals in the surrounding waters.
For a better look at those bergs, you can opt for a boat tour on the lagoon. Amphibious boats will sail on the calm waters and they are perfect for those who want to capture great photos of the icebergs.
You will reach Reykjavík by evening, and spend your night here.
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 and horse-riding.
A final option today - available only for a limited time - is the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to embark on a 1-hour helicopter ride over the currently erupting Fagradalsfjall volcano. Nothing inspires more awe than the most primordial forces of the earth bursting from Iceland’s dramatic landscapes, particularly when watching from the air. This tour includes a short landing by the eruption site, and departs from Reykjavik’s Domestic Airport, allowing you to also witness the capital from a breathtaking aerial perspective.
Spend the night in Reykjavík
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.
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.
For your convenience, it is recommended that you pack lightly for the Kulusuk tour and only bring carry-on luggage. Please also be prepared with a packed lunch for the Kulusuk trip as there are no cafés, bars or restaurants in the village. Note that the weather in Greenland is considerably colder than in Iceland, so please bring appropriate clothing and shoes.
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.
Are you looking to try some of the best dishes Iceland’s top restaurants have to offer? You can now add delicious meals to your booking without having to research where to find them. Select this option to include dinner every night as an extra, and we’ll provide you with vouchers as part of your booking confirmation. We’ll choose the top-rated restaurants that fit with your vacation itinerary and make your reservations for you. Your server will offer you a set menu of two to three courses at the restaurant, from which you can choose meat, fish, or vegetarian options. If you prefer to try a different dish, the meal voucher will act as a credit that you can redeem at the restaurant against menu items that are not part of the set menu. Save time and effort during your vacation, and let us take care of your meals for you. Choose the meal option today so you’ll be guaranteed to eat well on your forthcoming trip. Please notify the restaurant on arrival about any dietary requirements. Vouchers are non-refundable.