Spectacular 8 Day Summer Vacation Package of Iceland in Depth with a Guided Greenland Day Tour

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Tour starts
Keflavík Airport
Duration
8 days
Ending place
Keflavík Airport
Languages
English
Difficulty
Easy
Minimum age
10 years old

Description

Join this eight-day summer excursion to see the greatest sites of Iceland with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit Greenland. This tour offers a comprehensive itinerary for those eager to make the absolute most of their travels under the Arctic Circle, seeing waterfalls, glaciers, historical villages, and more.

Iceland and Greenland are dream destinations for many travelers because of their beautiful nature and rich culture. However, planning your trip to these Nordic countries can take weeks or months due to the remote location and vast distances between their diverse attractions.

Lucky for you, a group of local travel experts crafted this week-long trip that incorporates everything you need for an unforgettable and convenient experience. 

Besides the comprehensive itinerary, this summer vacation package in Iceland incorporates seven-night accommodations, airport transfers, flights to and from Greenland, comfort entrance to the Blue Lagoon, and a personal travel agent for queries and assistance.

In addition, knowledgeable local guides will accompany you during the sightseeing tours. Their expertise will help you better understand the local culture and attractions you’ll visit.

For four days, you will explore the beautiful countryside of Iceland, from the Snaefellsnes Peninsula to the Golden Circle and the South Coast.

Snaefellsnes is one of the three national parks of Iceland. This 56-mile (90-kilometer) peninsula is often called ‘Iceland in miniature’ due to the scenery you will experience here. Its most famous feature is the Snaefellsjokull glacier volcano, the setting of Jules Verne’s “Journey to the Center of the Earth.”

Meanwhile, the Golden Circle hosts three of Iceland's most visited natural wonders. Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is where you can walk on a rift valley separating two tectonic plates. Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir geothermal area are excellent locations to witness the raw power of nature.

Then, you will have two days to see the waterfalls, glaciers, rugged coasts, and black sand beaches dotting the South Coast region. Your time here will culminate at the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. Floating icebergs, seals, and seabirds await you in this breathtaking lake.

As part of your itinerary, you will fly out to Greenland, arriving at the settlement of Kulusuk off the east coast. You will spend four hours exploring this tiny village of less than 300 people, no doubt marveling over the beautiful surroundings of saw-toothed mountains, seascapes, and ice. 

You will experience authentic Greenlandic culture, with the opportunity to admire the local architecture, visit a museum, and perhaps even see a traditional Inuit drum dance.

Finally, toward the end of your trip, you’ll have a free day to explore Reykjavik. Don’t miss your chance to visit the city's cultural sites, restaurants, and shops.

In the event of any unforeseen adjustments in your travel plans, there's no need to fret. You can cancel your booking and obtain a full refund if you notify us 24 hours before departure.

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

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Included

6 nights of accommodation in Reykjavik (different levels available; breakfast not included for Super Budget or Budget levels; breakfast included for Comfort and Quality levels; more detailed info below)
Airport transfer on arrival/departure
Blue Lagoon comfort entrance (upgrade to premium level available) and return transfer
South Coast 2-day small group minibus tour
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 small group sightseeing tour in a minibus (upgrades available with other activities)
Snæfellsnes small group 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

Activities

Glacier Hiking
Snorkelling
Caving
Snowmobile
Horse Riding
Whale Watching
Sightseeing
Boat Trip
Hot Spring Bathing
Cultural Activity
Bird watching
Airplane

Daily itinerary

Day 1
One of the most popular public artworks in Reykjavík is called the Sun Voyager, and sits on the edge of Faxaflói Bay.

Day 1 - Arrival to Reykjavík

Welcome to your summer vacation in Iceland.

As your plane descends towards the Keflavik International Airport, you'll be greeted by a breathtaking view of Iceland's rugged, volcanic landscape. This marks the beginning of an unforgettable summer adventure in this land of fire and ice.

Upon touchdown at the airport, you'll experience the warm hospitality that Iceland is known for. After clearing customs and collecting your luggage, you'll make your way to the arrivals hall, where your journey through this enchanting country officially begins.

A comfortable and spacious bus will be waiting just outside the arrivals hall. This trusty vehicle will whisk you away to your destination, Reykjavik, the vibrant capital city.

Before reaching Reykjavik, you have the opportunity to make a detour to visit the world-famous Blue Lagoon. With your complimentary comfort entrance ticket, you'll embark on a short but rewarding experience in this otherworldly geothermal oasis.

At the Blue Lagoon, you can dip into warm, milky-blue waters surrounded by rugged lava fields. The lagoon is famous for its mineral-rich waters with sulfur and silica, which are said to have soothing effects on the skin.

After indulging in the Blue Lagoon's therapeutic embrace, you'll reboard the bus for the final leg of your journey to Reykjavik. 

As you approach the city, you'll notice its charming blend of modernity and natural beauty. Reykjavik's colorful houses, lively streets, and stunning coastal views are sure to captivate your senses.

Once you arrive, the city is yours to explore at your own pace. You can take a leisurely stroll along the historic streets, visit world-class museums, sample delicious Icelandic cuisine at local restaurants, or unwind with a drink at a cozy café. 

The long summer daylight hours mean you have plenty of time to immerse yourself in the Icelandic way of life.

You will spend your first evening in one of the city’s cozy accommodations.

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Day 2
The Snæfellsnes Peninsula may only be a 90 kilometre stretch, but is a microcosm of Iceland, boasting a huge array of landscapes and dramatic features.

Day 2 - Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Your second day in Iceland promises an adventure that will immerse you in the captivating beauty of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. This region is a treasure trove of diverse landscapes and natural wonders, each with unique charm.

Your journey begins with a visit to the iconic Budir black church, a striking architectural gem set against the dramatic natural landscapes. This charming and historic church is a testament to Iceland's rich cultural heritage and provides a serene setting for photography.

Continuing on your route, the crowning jewel of Snaefellsnes, Snaefellsjokull, comes into view. This mighty sub-glacial volcano has captured the imaginations of artists for generations, serving as the central backdrop for Jules Verne's timeless novel, 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth.' 

As you travel through this stunning region, you'll have ample opportunities to marvel at the grandeur of this glacier, its icy peaks rising majestically on the horizon.

Your adventure then takes you to the Kirkjufell mountain, one of the most photographed peaks in Iceland. Its distinct shape and the surrounding landscape make it an excellent photography or sightseeing subject.

Next, you'll visit the black sand beach of Djupalonssandur, where a unique challenge awaits, testing your strength against the ancient 'lifting stones,' just as the fearless fishermen did centuries ago. It's a fun and interactive way to connect with Iceland's rich maritime history.

Nearby, you'll discover the intriguing Londrangar basalt sea stacks, which some liken to a fortress from another time. These natural formations have an almost mythical quality, adding to the enchantment of your journey.

As you continue your exploration, you'll also have the chance to visit the picturesque villages of Arnarstapi and Hellnar. These charming hamlets are steeped in folklore and tales of magic, with quaint cottages and breathtaking coastal vistas.

After a day filled with awe-inspiring sights and memorable experiences, you'll return to Reykjavik for a well-deserved night's rest. 

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Day 3
Gullfoss waterfall on the Golden Circle falls in two tiers; the upper section falls for 11 metres, and the lower for 21.

Day 3 - The Golden Circle

On day three of your Icelandic summer holiday, you'll explore the Golden Circle. This famous tourist route is home to three of the most beloved natural attractions in the country.

You will start with the Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This beautiful location sits directly between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, the edges of which are clearly visible. Its unique location is the reason for the unique geological features you’ll see here.

Thingvellir is also steeped in history, as it was here that early Icelanders formed their first parliament, an institution that still exists today. This makes the national park the original site of the world’s longest-running, ongoing parliament.

Following Thingvellir, you will head to Haukadalur valley, known for its steaming vents and geysers. Its most popular resident is the Strokkur geyser, erupting every five to 10 minutes to heights of up to 66 feet (20 meters). 

This beautiful geothermal area has many hot springs and steaming fumaroles for you to admire. If you are fortunate, you may even see some activity on the great geyser that gave all others their name, Geysir. However, the Great Geysir has been dormant for years now.

The third and final stop of the Golden Circle is the Gullfoss waterfall. This feature is enormously powerful, surging into an ancient canyon in two tiers. 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. For example, you can opt to snorkel in the crystal-clear Silfra ravine in the Thingvellir National Park for a chance to swim between two tectonic plates. Snorkeling participants need to be comfortable in the water and be able to swim.

Alternatively, you can book a snowmobiling tour on Langjokull glacier that departs from Gullfoss waterfall. A final option is a two-hour ride on one of Iceland’s iconic and adorable horses while exploring lush valleys and lava fields.

You will spend your night in Reykjavik.

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Day 4
East Greenland is a land of enormous table-top mountains, plunging fjords, and giant icebergs in summer.

Day 4 - Kulusuk, Greenland

Day four of your summer adventure promises to be one of the highlights of your eight-day itinerary. You'll have the unique opportunity to visit the stunning island of Greenland, immersing yourself in its natural beauty and local culture.

The day begins with an early morning departure from Reykjavik Domestic Airport as you embark on a short flight to the island of Kulusuk. The flight may be short, at approximately two hours, but it provides an amazing opportunity to admire the deep-blue oceans surrounding Iceland and Greenland.

As you approach your destination, you'll notice that Kulusuk is a small, rocky island surrounded by majestic mountains, where nature and human settlement coexist harmoniously.

Upon landing, you'll step into the tiny settlement of Kulusuk, home to less than 300 residents. Here, you'll be warmly welcomed by locals eager to share their way of life and heritage. Your guided tour of the village will offer you insights into Greenlandic culture and history.

The architecture of the village is a reflection of the resourcefulness of its inhabitants, who have adapted to the island's challenging environment. You'll have the chance to admire the colorful houses and buildings that dot the landscape, each telling a unique story of survival in this remote corner of the world.

A visit to the local museum will further deepen your understanding of Greenland's rich cultural heritage. It's a place where you can explore artifacts, traditional clothing, and historical exhibits showcasing the island's history and traditions.

If you're fortunate, your visit may coincide with a traditional Inuit drum dance performance, a mesmerizing display of rhythmic storytelling through music and movement. This cultural experience will leave you with lasting memories of your time in Greenland.

As the day comes to a close, you'll board your return flight to Reykjavik, where you'll spend the night. Reflecting on the beauty of Greenland's landscapes and the warmth of its people, you'll cherish the memories of this remarkable day for years to come.

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Day 5
From the cave behind Seljalandsfoss waterfall in south Iceland, visitors can admire the midnight sun through a veil of water.

Day 5 - The South Coast: Part 1

On day five, you’ll return to the Icelandic countryside to explore more vistas and diverse natural features. In particular, you’ll journey to the South Coast, one of the most visited regions in the land of fire and ice.

First on your itinerary is the Seljalandsfoss waterfall, a majestic cascade of 200 feet (60 meters). This South Coast top attraction tumbles off a concave cliff, allowing you to walk behind its water curtain for a unique and rare perspective. 

The second falls, Skogafoss, is at the same height but with a bigger width of over 82 feet (25 meters. You can approach it right to where the water hits the ground or ascend an adjacent staircase for some great views. If you’re visiting on a sunny day, you can expect to see rainbows shooting above its cascade and heavy mists.

As you head between these sites, you will drive by the Eyjafjallajokull glaciers and Myrdalsjokull. Out to sea, you may also be able to spot the Westman Islands.

At Solheimajokull, a tongue of the greater glacier Myrdalsjokull, you will have an opportunity to partake in a glacier hike. If you add the experience during the booking process, you’ll have a  mesmerizing and exciting adventure that gives you a great insight into the rugged terrain of glaciers.

You will then visit Reynisfjara, a black sand beach with long stretches of volcanic sands, basalt columns, and sea stacks. Although you can’t swim in the area because of the dangerous waves, the beach remains a beautiful site to explore and photograph.

Near the beach is the coastal village of Vik, where you’ll make a pitstop. The village has charming cafes and shops, perfect for shopping and tasting local culinary treats.

From there, you'll continue east, passing Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajokull, until you reach your accommodations near the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon.

You will spend your evening in the Southeast of Iceland.

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Day 6
The Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon in south Iceland can be seen as somewhat of a miniature version of the giant icefjords of Greenland.

Day 6 - The South Coast: Part 2

On the sixth day of your summer adventure, you'll continue your journey along the captivating South Coast of Iceland, where you'll discover the natural wonders nestled within the Vatnajokull National Park. Vatnajokull, Iceland's largest glacier, blankets over 10% of this stunning country with its icy embrace.

As you venture deeper into this glacial wonderland, you'll encounter the breathtaking Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. This azure gem is a result of Vatnajokull glacier's majestic calving, where massive chunks of ice break free and drift gently toward the ocean. The lagoon is a mesmerizing kaleidoscope of icy blue hues, with icebergs of all shapes and sizes floating serenely on its pristine surface.

For those seeking a closer look at these magnificent ice formations, you have the option to embark on a boat tour of the lagoon. Skilled local guides will accompany you on amphibious boats, expertly navigating the tranquil waters. 

They'll share their insights into the glacier's history and the unique ecosystem that thrives in this ethereal environment. This boat tour isn't just about sightseeing; it's an opportunity to connect with the natural world and witness the dynamic forces that shape Iceland's landscape.

As you glide among the icebergs, you'll have ample time to capture stunning photographs of these natural wonders up close. The contrast between the crystal-clear ice and the deep blue waters is a photographer's dream come true, offering a chance to capture the beauty of Iceland's glacial landscapes.

After your time on the lagoon, your journey will take you to Diamond Beach, where the icebergs, having completed their journey from the glacier, wash ashore. Here, you'll witness the surreal sight of ice sculptures glistening like diamonds on the black volcanic sands. With a backdrop of roaring waves and the distant glacier, it's a scene of stark and breathtaking beauty.

After a satisfying time on the South Coast, you'll return to Reykjavik, arriving by evening. With its vibrant culture and warm hospitality, this bustling capital city will be your home for the night. 

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Day 7
Reykjavík's music and festival culture blossomed further than ever with the construction of the Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre.

Day 7 - Free day in Reykjavík

Your second-to-last day in Iceland offers you a day of freedom in Reykjavik, the vibrant capital city. This is your chance to uncover the city's top attractions, embrace its rich culture, and savor its culinary delights.

Reykjavik boasts many excellent museums and galleries catering to all interests. From the National Museum, where Iceland's history comes alive through captivating exhibits, to the striking contemporary art displays at the Reykjavik Art Museum, there's something to satisfy every curiosity.

For those seeking culinary adventures, Reykjavik's diverse restaurant scene awaits. Whether you're eager to sample traditional Icelandic dishes like hearty lamb stew and succulent seafood or you prefer international flavors, the city's bars and restaurants ensure you'll find the perfect spot to satisfy your cravings.

In addition, this is also your chance to sample the famous hot dogs of Iceland. The city's most famous hot dog stand is called Baeajarins Beztu Pylsur. This snack is not your ordinary hot dog because it's made from a blend of lamb, beef, and pork, seasoned to perfection. The result is a savory, slightly smoky, and uniquely Icelandic flavor that differentiates it from its international counterparts.

Considering your early departure the following day, you may choose to take this opportunity to relax and recharge. Stroll along the city's charming streets, immerse yourself in the local atmosphere, or simply unwind with Icelandic coffee while savoring pastries in a cozy cafe.

Alternatively, if you're eager for more adventures, you can opt to book one of the many exciting tours departing from the capital. A whale-watching excursion offers the chance to spot majestic marine creatures in their natural habitat.

Meanwhile, a horse-riding tour introduces you to the unique Icelandic horse breed known for its friendly disposition.

As the day draws to a close, you'll return to Reykjavik to spend your final night in Iceland's capital city. It's a bittersweet moment as you reflect on the incredible experiences and natural wonders you've encountered during your journey. 

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Day 8
Reykjavík pictured between seasons, free of snow and ice but without the midnight sun.

Day 8 - Departure Day

Your eighth day marks the end of your Icelandic adventure, but before you bid farewell to this enchanting land, there's time for some final exploration in the vibrant capital, Reykjavik.

Whether your flight is scheduled for later in the day or you want to make the most of your remaining time, Reykjavik has an abundance of cultural gems and landmarks to offer, perfect for creating lasting memories and capturing unforgettable moments for your social media.

Downtown Reykjavik is home to some of the city's most iconic cultural attractions, and it's an excellent place to start your explorations. One must-visit landmark is the Hallgrimskirkja church, celebrated as Iceland's most beautiful. Its unique architectural style draws inspiration from the country's natural wonders, mainly the basalt lava flows and the enchanting Svartifoss waterfall.

The church's tower soars to an impressive 244 feet (74.5 meters), offering a panoramic vantage point for capturing the city's stunning vistas and surrounding landscapes. Step inside, and you'll be equally captivated by the high ceilings, clean lines, and minimalist design of the church's interior.

Not far from Hallgrimskirkja lies another architectural wonder, the Harpa Concert Hall. It hosts various cultural events and stands as a work of art itself. With over 700 glass panels in its striking facade, Harpa creates mesmerizing reflections interacting with the changing natural light and the surrounding landscape.

As you continue your exploration of Reykjavik, consider adding other points of interest to your itinerary, such as the National Museum of Iceland, Old Harbor, and Laugavegur street.

When it's time to return to Keflavik International Airport for your departure, you’ll take a bus ride provided by your tour package.

As you head home, you can reflect on the rare and incredible wonders of Icelandic nature you've had the privilege to witness, knowing that your memories of this remarkable journey will stay with you forever.

See you on your next trip to the land of fire and ice.

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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 you might need to present medical documents should you choose to go snorkeling. Snorkeling participants need to be comfortable in the water and be able to swim.

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.

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Accommodation in Reykjavik

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.

Super Budget

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

Budget

Private rooms with shared bathroom in guesthouses or hostels such as Capital Inn Guesthouse. Located in the capital region. Breakfast is not included.

Comfort

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.

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.

Meals

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.

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