Iceland Country Life | 9-Day Sightseeing Adventure

Iceland Country Life | 9-Day Sightseeing Adventure
Zodiac boat tours at Jökulsárlón allow you to get up and close personal with the floating icebergs.
The Blue Lagoon is famous around the world for its rejuvenating water and healing silica mud.
Europe's most powerful waterrfall, Dettifoss, can be found in the north east of Iceland.
Puffins nest seasonally in Iceland; you will see these chummy little creatures depending on the time of year you visit.
Reykjavík, Iceland's charming capital city, boasts a wealth of restaurants, cafes, bars, shops and entertainment venues.
You will be privy to some truly stunning scenery as you make your way around the country.
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Discover the eclectic charms of the Icelandic countryside with this fantastic sightseeing tour exploring mountains, valleys, volcanoes, glaciers and so much more. This is the perfect tour opportunity for those travellers to Iceland looking to experience as much of the Icelandic landscape they can, but wish to take their time each day appreciating the attractions. 

Given the length of this tour, there will be plenty of opportunities to indulge in a variety of activities and attractions, be it bathing in a hot spring, visiting a fishing village or even hiking a mountain. Within the nine days, you will visit two of Iceland's most beloved national parks, Vatnajökull and Þingvellir, and gain a real insight into this country's diverse nature, history and culture. 

Throughout the duration of the tour, you will be spending your nights in simple, clean country hotels, with breakfast and dinner included in the vast majority of your stays. There will also be an English speaking guide accompanying you throughout the tour, providing an excellent source of information at each respective attraction. 

So what's the holdup? Hurry now and you too can experience the many charms of Iceland country life with this round trip exploring the land's beautiful natural attractions. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Duration: 9 days
  • Activities: Whale Watching, Sightseeing, Hot Spring Bathing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 11 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Golden Circle, East Iceland, West Iceland , Akureyri, Jökulsárlón, Hvítá River, Vatnajökull, Mývatn, Dimmuborgir, Húsavík, Goðafoss, Dettifoss, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Eyjafjallajökull, Þingvellir, Hraunfossar, Deildartunguhver, Strokkur, Skagafjörður, Reykjanes, Sólheimajökull, Hvannadalshnúkur, Mýrdalsjökull, Skaftafell, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Reykholt, Borgarnes, Hallgrímskirkja, Vík í Mýrdal, Settlement Center, Reynisdrangar, Haukadalur, Mývatn Nature Baths, Námaskarð, Djúpivogur, Harpa – Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre, Friðheimar, Grábrók, Skogar Museum - Skógarsafn, South Coast, Ring Road
Pickup information:

    Upon booking, you'll receive a voucher for the Flybus shuttle bus that will take you to your accommodations in Reykjavík. On Day 2, your guide will pick you up at your accommodation at 9 AM. Please be ready in good time before your Day 2 departure.

    • 8 nights accommodation in rooms with shower/wc

    • 7-day fully escorted tour with an English speaking guide

    • Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS (no guide)

    • 8x breakfast and 6x 3-course dinner

    • Visit to two national parks

    • Whale watching tour (weather permitting)

    • Boat trip on Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon

    • Introduction to Icelandic horse

    • Entrance fee & towel to the Nature Baths at Lake Mývatn

    • Admission to Icelandic settlement center

    • Entrance fee to Skógar folk museum

    • Average of 1-2 hours easy walking per day

    • Nature fees to natural sights (if applicable)

    • Dinner on Reykjavík nights not included

    What to bring:
    • Wind and water proof clothes

    • Dress warmly according to Icelandic weather

    • Hiking shoes for comfortable walking

    • Gore-tex shoes to prevent your feet from getting wet in case of raining

    • Rain gear

    • Head wear

    Good to know:

    OPTIONAL VIP SEATING: Supplement for guaranteed window seat on our fully escorted coach tours which includes a window seat and next seat remaining empty (a passenger gets actually two seats) as well as a pillow and blanket for upgraded comfort. Seats will be reserved in the front rows of the bus, first comes, first get.PICK-UP: Please be ready in front of the hotel at least fifteen minutes before your pick-up time. There is no other pick-up available than the one at the Fosshotel Reykjavik.

    Daily itinerary

    Day 1 - Welcome to Iceland (50 km/31 miles)

    The proposed route of your 9-Day Sightseeing Adventure

    The first day of your package is a simple one; merely arriving in Iceland! You will be picked up from Keflavik International Airport by the Flybus, a comfortable and efficient passenger service that transfers people from the airport to Reykjavik, Iceland's charming capital city, every single day. 

    Feel free to enjoy the free Wifi on the Minibus, or alternatively, look out on the dark, rugged and volcanic landscapes of the Reykjanes Peninsula, complete with its distant blue mountains, rolling Atlantic waves and plateaus of dried lava.

    When you arrive in Reykjavik, you will be offered some ideas on how to occupy yourself for the first night. You could enjoy the city's thriving nightlife, with its countless hip bars and pubs, or alternatively, take a stroll around some of Reykjavik's most beloved landmarks (eg. Perlan Observation Deck, Harpa Concert Hall and even Hallgrímskirkja Church). The choice is entirely up to you.

    Day 2 - Land of Sagas & Volcano Climb (190 km/118 miles)

    Hraunfossar is best described as a series of waterfalls pouring out from a porous lava field.

    On the morning of your second day in Iceland, you will partake in a short city tour of Reykjavík before heading north towards West Iceland. You will first arrive at the Settlement Centre in Borgarnes where you will learn in detail about Iceland's strong literary heritage, its ancient sagas and the impact that they've had on the ages that proceeded them. 

    The afternoon is preoccupied with the appreciating some of Iceland's natural attractions; first, a forty minute round hike to the fascinating Grábrók volcanic crater, thought to be 3400 years old. You will also see Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe, and the sublime Hraunfossar, a series of bronzing waterfalls, quite unlike anything else found in the country. Only ten minutes from Hraunfossar, you will also find Barnafoss, another waterfall characterised by the strange black rock formations that surround it. 

    Finally, you will visit Reykholt, the home of the 13th Century scholar, poet and Chieftain, Snorri Sturluson, the authour of many of the Icelandic sagas. In Reykholt, you will have the chance to see Snorri's pool, one of the most important archaeological sites in the country. You will spend the night at accommodation in the nearby area. 

    Day 3 - From the West to the North (460 km/286 miles)

    Whale Watching in Iceland has a staggering 98% success rate.

    Your third day begins by driving the mountain passes of North Iceland, swiftly moving by fertile farmlands, green pastures, rocky fields and sweeping coastlines, including Skagafjörður, known as the "Valley of the Horses". As the name suggests, this is an excellent spot to meet one of the country's better-known wildlife species, the Icelandic Horse, as well as see some truly marvellous scenery. 

    Next, you will grab a bite to eat, then it's on to a two-three hour boat trip to try your hand at both whale watching and sea angling. There over twenty different species of cetacean that live in the coastal waters surrounding Iceland, the most common being Humpback and Minke whales. Whale Watching operators in Iceland have a 98% success rate in finding these species, and there is always the good chance that you will see many seabirds and perhaps even dolphins or porpoise.

    You will spend half an hour at the end of your boat trip trying to catch a fish, be it cod, pollock, haddock or catfish. In the past, lucky fishermen have even bagged themselves a haddock; a true prize!

    Once your boat trip is over, you will head to Iceland's charming northern capital, Akureyri, a town rich in culture, entertainment and gorgeous surrounding scenery. When you have had enough time appreciating the town, you will head off to your overnight accommodation at Húsavík. You will be staying at this same hotel for the next two nights. 

    Day 4 - Geological Wonders & Nature Baths (150 km/93 miles)

    Goðafoss, 'the Waterfall of the Gods', is not only beautiful, but holds an incredibly important place in Icelandic history.

    It is your fourth day, and you will open it with a visit to Goðafoss, "the Waterfall of the Gods". This splendid, dramatic and important natural feature holds an integral place in Iceland's religious history; it is here that early adopters of Christianity chucked their pagan idols in an abandonment of their former ideals. Regardless of the history, Goðafoss makes for some fantastic photographs. 

    Once your time at Goðafoss has come to fruition, you will begin to tour the area surrounding the Lake Mývatn, one of the most fertile regions of the world so close to the Arctic Circle. Lake Mývatn is known for its abundant birdlife, volcanic landscapes and unique craters, all of which will readily fight for your attention. 

    One excellent example of this area's strange geological makeup is Dimmuborgir. Dimmuborgir is a natural sculpture, its cragged black rocks making the area appear as some great, ominous fortress. Around Dimmuborgir, you will also explore the tephra cone, Hverfjall, as well as examine nearby pseudocraters.

    Your day of exploring will come to a luxurious end at the Mývatn Nature Baths, a cheap and isolated alternative to the world-famous Blue Lagoon Spa. This mineral-rich water is widely considered to hold healing properties, making for a relaxed, rejuvenating conclusion to your time in the Mývatn area.  

    Day 5 - From the North to the East (330 km/205 miles)

    Dettifoss is Europe's most powerful waterfall, and requires a scenic walk through a volcanic landscape in order to reach it.

    Your day will begin exploring the geothermal area of Námaskarð pass, an area famed for its steaming fumaroles and volcanic vents, its bubbling mud pools and churning, sulphur-smelling cauldrons. This area makes for some great photographs given its quintessential wooden walkways and rising clouds of white steam.

    You will next head to the circular explosion crater, Viti, filled with a cool blue water that once bubbled and boiled for over a century. Today, the crater lake is surrounded by volcanic plateaus and colourful mountains, making it one of the most surreal and atmospheric locations in Iceland. The name, Viti, means "Hell", an allusion, no doubt, to the fiery eruptions that once so defined this region.

    Europe's most powerful waterfall, Dettifoss, is the next destination on the list and takes us into the northern corners of Vatnajökull National Park. The round-trip walk takes about 40-60 minutes, including walking through an ancient and rugged landscape to the waterfall itself. 

    Next up, you will be heading to the uninhabited highlands, renown for their kaleidoscopic hillsides, hot pools and demanding hiking trails. From here, you will able to see Herðubreið, the queen of the Icelandic mountains, as well as make a couple of stops; first, at the farm-settlement of Möðrudalur, then at the valley Jökuldalur. By the evening, you will have arrived in the region of Fljótsdalshérað, most famous for the glacial lake, Lögurinn, and the monster that, supposedly, lurks in its depths. 

    Day 6 - Fjords & Glaciers (420 km/260 miles)

    Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon and the nearby Diamond Beach are two of the most popular tourist attractions on the South Coast.

    Following the Ring Road, your sixth day will take you south-east along the twisting and dramatic roads of the East Fjords, passing by an endless array of green, fertile valleys and charming farmlands. During your time in the East Fjords, you will make a stop at the village of Djúpivogur, a great spot to look out on Iceland's pyramid-shaped mountain, Búlandstindur.

    Soon, you will be heading to the home of one of Europe's largest glaciers, Vatnajökull National Park. This impressive region includes the glorious Skaftafell Nature Reserve, one of the island's most fertile regions, as well as "the Crown Jewel of Iceland," Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon. 

    Jökulsárlón is one of Iceland's biggest natural attractions. This lagoon sees huge icebergs floating on the crystalline water surface, creaking and groaning as they make their way steadily toward the wide open ocean. Visitors to Jökulsárlón can follow this process, walking five minutes to the nearby Diamond Beach, a stretch of shoreline where icebergs wash up against the jet-black sand, creating a fantastic visual spectacle.

    Tonight, you will spend the evening in accommodation nearby to Skaftafell nature Reserve. 

    Day 7 - Vatnajökull National Park & The South Coast (340 km/211 miles)

    The distinctive coastline of the South Coast. Reynisfjara can be seen in the background.

    Today, you will be taking a deeper look at Vatnajökull National Park and Skaftafell Nature Reserve, before heading down along the South Coast to see further attractions.

    You'll first take to the national park, exploring and observing its mountains, moors, birch forests, glacial rivers and sandy outwash plains. You will learn more about the 2110 meter high Hvannadalshnjúkur, Iceland's tallest peak, towering high above the green and luscious hillsides of Skaftafell below. During your time in the park, you will be sure to walk right up beside some of Vatnajökull's glacier tongues, providing countless Kodak moments. Make sure not to forget your camera!

    Next, it's onto the South Coast; on your journey, you will cross a wide expanse of black sand desert before, finally, the landscape begins to switch again from barren to lush. Your first stop on the South Coast will be Reynisfjara, a black sand beach renown for its distinctive basalt rock stacks, dangerous sleeper waves and jet-black pebbling, making it one of the more-unique strips of shoreline on the planet. You will also make a stop at the nearby village of Vík, perfect for purchasing some locally crafted souvenirs. 

    The final attractions of the day are Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss, two beloved waterfalls that, over time, have become staple attractions of the South Coast. Whilst Skogafoss is larger and widely considered to be more powerful, Seljalandsfoss boasts the rare privilege of actually being able to walk behind the cascading water.

    Overnight, you will be staying at accommodation in the near vicinity.  

    Day 8 - The Golden Circle and Return to Reykjavik (210 km/130 miles)

    Strokkur makes for a fantastic photo, though its hard not to capture the crowds of awed onlookers too.

    Today, you will partake in Iceland's most popular sightseeing route, the Golden Circle, encompassing Þingvellir National Park, Haukadalur geothermal valley and the majestic Gullfoss waterfall. 

    Beforehand, however, you will be making a stop at Friðheimar farm for your chance to meet the famed Icelandic horse. Here, you will watch an educational and entertaining horse show and be introduced to the breed's five unique gaits and important position in Icelandic culture. 

    Next up is Gullfoss, the mighty and majestic natural attraction colloquially known as "The Golden Falls". This mesmerising feature sees water cascading over 32 m down two rocky tiers into a dark and ancient gorge below, a true delight for nature enthusiasts and photographers everywhere. 

    Afterward, you will be driven a short distance to the sublime Haukadalur geothermal valley, home to the hot springs Strokkur and Geysir. The latter lent its name to all other geysers across the planet, but now lies dormant, in stark comparison to Strokkur, which still routinely erupts every five to ten minutes. Besides the hot springs themselves, visitors can look upon fumaroles and bubbling hot pools, as well as make a stop at the nearby shop and cafe. 

    The final stop of your day is the impressive and culturally significant Þingvellir National Park, the only UNESCO world heritage site in Iceland. This incredible region is situated atop the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, meaning the geology here is unique and awe-inspiring; it is one of the only locations on the planet where it is possible to see both the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates sticking out from the earth. Aside from the tectonic plates, visitors to Þingvellir can see glacial springs (such as the famous dive site, Silfra Fissure), waterfalls and even moss-covered volcanic plateaus.

    Þingvellir is also important for a number of cultural reasons; first of all, it is the site where the world's first democratically elected parliament was first established in 930 AD and, second, it is where Icelanders first chose to forgo their pagan beliefs for Christianity, an ecclesiastical decision that took place in 1000 AD. 

    When your time at Þingvellir National Park is over, you will make the final leg of your journey back to Iceland's picturesque capital city, Reykjavik, where you will be spending the night. 

    Day 9 - Departure Day (50 km/31 miles)

    Reykjavik is the northernmost capital of the world, and makes for a fabulous urban break after sightseeing through the country.

    Today, it is your final day in Reykjavik, the perfect time to either sit back and appreciate the adventures already had or, alternatively, to pack in some last minute sightseeing and shopping. At the scheduled time, the Flybus will pick you up from your accommodation and transfer you to Keflavik International Airport for your return flight home. 

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    We had a wonderful time. GJ Travel was the tour provider and Eryon was our guide and driver. She was very knowledgeable and an excellent driver. She was very helpful and willing to stop whenever possible to let us take photos along the way to some of our destinations. We certainly appreciated this as did the others in our group. Tour was as described, but the experience was more than what we expected. We went in early September 2018 and were fortunate enough to also have fantastic weather. Guide to Iceland was who we used to book this tour and others we did. Staff here also very helpful and friendly giving us advice on how to plan our trip. Highly recommend them as well and have already shared this site with friends and coworkers. We should mention that the hotels that were used were fantastic as well. All very clean and new. Would give them 4-5 stars for sure. Thank you Guide to Iceland with help planning this trip.
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