9 Day Package | With Guided Tour Around The Ring Road of Iceland

9 Day Package | With Guided Tour Around The Ring Road of Iceland
Waves of the Atlantic crash over the icebergs washed upon the Diamond Beach in south-east Iceland in summer.
When the tides are right, you can take a walk from Reykjavík to the city's lighthouse, Grótta.
The unbridled power of Dettifoss in north Iceland is not matched by a single other waterfall in all of Europe.
Many icebergs in south-east Iceland's glacier lagoon are veined with black ash due to sediments from past eruptions.
One of the most common species of cetacean found in the seas surrounding Iceland is the beautiful Humpback Whale.
Lupins bloom around the southern village of Vík in summer.
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Join this guided 9-day tour where you'll travel the circle of Iceland, including the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, and visit both the most popular attractions as well as some off-the-beaten-path locations. From landing to departure, nothing but adventure and spectacular nature will await you. 

When in the South, you'll visit the Golden Circle, Reynisfjara black sand beach, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and all the incredible waterfalls in between. You‘ll even have the chance to climb the ancient ice of a glacier with an experienced glacier guide.

You'll then move to the Eastfjords, to see mountains and valleys, small, idyllic towns and to breathe in unmatched fresh air. You'll stop at quirky museums and at hidden gems known only to your guide.

From there, you will head the North, where you'll come across the world-renowned Lake Mývatn with all its natural and geological wonders. You'll also get to unwind in the Mývatn Nature Baths and take a boat ride out into the Atlantic from one of the whale-watching capitals of Europe.

Finally, you'll travel around western Iceland, a region as full of history, folklore and culture as it is brimming incredible natural sites. You'll visit the Snæfellsens Peninsula to see both white sand and black pebble beaches, stunning coastlines, and vast lava fields.

Your transfers to and from the airport, accommodation and tours are all sorted prior to your arrival, meaning all you need to do is focus on enjoying this incredible country, as you traverse its entire ring-road.

Don’t miss out on Iceland’s nature, culture and history. Circle the entire country with this 9-day tour. Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Apr. - Sep.
  • Duration: 9 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Whale Watching, Sightseeing, Hot Spring Bathing, Fishing, Helicopter
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 10 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, West Iceland , Reykjavík, Akureyri, Jökulsárlón, Vatnajökull, Mývatn, Dimmuborgir, Húsavík, Goðafoss, Dettifoss, Snæfellsjökull, Faxaflói, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Eyjafjallajökull, Þingvellir, Hraunfossar, Deildartunguhver, Strokkur, Snæfellsnes, Reykjanes, Sólheimajökull, Mýrdalsjökull, Skaftafell, Silfra, Borgarfjörður, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Jökulsárgljúfur, Hellnar, Barnafoss, Arnarstapi, Vík í Mýrdal, Kerið, Kirkjufell, Reynisdrangar, Hvítserkur, Öxarárfoss, Námaskarð, Hvammstangi, Lóndrangar, Djúpalónssandur, Stokksnes, Ytri Tunga Beach, South Coast, Diamond Beach, Ring Road, Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum, Eastfjords , Diamond Circle
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : Flexible.

Included:
  • 2 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)

  • 6 nights of accommodation in the countryside (double rooms in hostels with shared bathrooms and breakfast)

  • Airport transfer on arrival/departure

  • Blue Lagoon comfort entrance (upgrade to premium level available) and return transfer

  • 7 day small group minibus tour around Iceland

  • Glacier Hike with a certified glacier guide

  • Whale watching tour

  • Entrance to the shark museum in Bjarnarhofn

  • Entrance to the Mývatn Nature Baths

  • Entrance to the area of Stokksnes and Vestrahorn

  • Entrance to the Icelandic seal center in Hvammstangi

  • Entrance to the Stone museum in Stodvarfjordur

  • Hands-on travel agent to oversee your itinerary

  • Taxes

  • Dinner

  • Lunch


What to bring:
  • Warm outdoor clothing (including waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves)

  • Good hiking shoes are recommended

  • Swimsuits and towels


Good to know:

Although it is summertime, the Icelandic weather can be very unpredictable. Please bring appropriate clothing.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival Day - Welcome to Iceland!


Many of the major attractions of downtown Reykjavík can be found around Tjörnin Pond, including the Guide to Iceland office in City Hall.


Welcome to Iceland, the home of hot springs, volcanoes, waterfalls and lava fields. At the airport you'll find your transport to Reykjavík, ready to spirit you away across the strange, lunar landscapes of the Reykjanes peninsula.

The perfect way to relax after a flight is in the Blue Lagoon. This azure pool in the middle of an ebony lava field is known for its healing properties, and the silica mud at the bottom has wonderful soothing qualities for the skin. The geothermal warmth of the waters relaxes both muscles and mind.

If your flight arrives late, you can always move this visit to your departure day before returning home.

After your soothing soak, you will be transported to your hotel in Reykjavík, the northernmost capital on the planet. The city is sure to entice you with its wide selection of restaurants and cafés, boutiques, bars and regular events.

Your first evening will be spent in this lovely place that is both intimate as a small town and exciting as a big city.


Day 2 - On the Ring Road


The lower tier of Gullfoss Waterfall is much taller than the upper one, though they are equally dramatic.


You will be picked up at your hotel by your guide and head east out of the city on day two. Your first stop is the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Þingvellir National Park, where the tectonic plates of Europe and America are visibly pulling apart, creating a landscape of deep clefts and expanses of lava rock.

Other amazing sights include the Silfra fissure and Öxarárfoss waterfall. In this place, Icelanders founded what is now the longest-running democratic parliament in the world, more than a thousand years ago.

Your next stop is the Haukadalur valley where the Geysir hot spring resides. While this feature is currently inactive, a neighbouring geyser, Strokkur, erupts to heights that have been known to exceed forty metres, every five to ten minutes. 

Not far away, the great river Hvítá rushes down into a deep canyon in the form of the waterfall Gullfoss. The glacier water plummets down more than 30 metres in two steps, with such force that those on the bank are drenched by the enormous spray.

After that, you'll head out to the South Coast to your accommodations, stopping first at the crater lake Kerið to see the beautiful red volcanic walls of the crater and the stunning turquoise water at the bottom, and at the gorgeous waterfall, Seljalandsfoss which falls off a concave cliff.


Day 3 - Glacier Adventure


Blue icebergs break from one of Vatnajökull's glacier tongues to fill the marvellous Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon in south-east Iceland.


You'll hit the road early on day three, and follow the southern coastline to Vatnajökull national park. En route, you’ll stop to see some amazing natural attractions and to partake in a glacier adventure.

You’ll start the day by visiting Skógafoss waterfall, a wide and stunning cascade that is fed by the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano glacier, you’ll also stop at Skógafoss’ lesser-known neighbours, the waterfalls Írafoss and Kvernufoss.

Next up is the black sand beach of Reynisfjara where you’ll have a spectacular view of the great Reynisdrangar sea stacks which rise out of the Atlantic Ocean like mighty trolls.

You will then make your way to Sólheimajökull glacier. Once here, you will lace up your hiking boots and put on your hat and mittens, as it is time to get adventurous and take a walk onto the glacier.

Glacier hiking and ice climbing are fantastic activities few get to experience, so this is a great opportunity to try something new and witness some spectacular vistas. Your guides will provide you will all safety information and equipment.

When you reach the lowlands again, you'll continue to travel to Vatnajökull National Park where you’ll find the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Here, gargantuan icebergs crumble from the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier tongue into azure waters, gather in a vast lake, then break apart and scatter on the adjacent black coast, giving it the illusion of being littered with diamonds in the evening sun.

Your night will be spent at accommodations in the south-east of Iceland.


Day 4 - Southeast and Heading North


The majestic Vestrahorn mountain in the south-east of Iceland.


Your fourth day will start at the Stokknes peninsula, where the great mountain Vestrahorn looms over the impressive landscape. You'll stop at the settlement of Stokknes and visit the Viking Village museum. Your journey will then turn northbound and you'll head up the majestic Eastfjords.

This area of Iceland is characterized by its smooth mountains and deep valleys, abundant wildlife, and historic villages. You will zigzag along the scenic coastline passing charming fishing towns and majestic mountains.

On the way, you will make a stop at the Petra Stone Museum, where you can learn about the fascinating volcanic history of Iceland. You'll then continue your journey of the winding Eastfjords road until you reach your accommodations.


Day 5 - A Diamond Day


North Iceland is one of the most geothermally and geologically active areas in the country.


The brother of the Golden Circle sightseeing route is the Diamond Circle which covers the area around the famous Lake Mývatn, which you'll spend day five exploring. First, you will visit one of the most powerful waterfalls in Europe, Dettifoss in Jökulsárglúfur canyon, before heading to the dramatic, moss-covered lava fields that surround Lake Mývatn.

This area has high geothermal activity, as you'll note at the Námaskarð geothermal area. Here, you'll get a chance to climb the Hverfjall tephra cone, before you set off to explore the Dimmuborgir lava fields, where myths say Hidden People and trolls lurk in the rocks and caves.

After an exciting day sightseeing around Lake Mývatn, you'll stop at the Mývatn Nature Baths for a rejuvenating soak before you reach your accommodations in the area.


Day 6 - The Town of Akureyri and the Lovely North


Goðafoss waterfall is one of many north Icelandic waterfalls, only out-shined in popularity by the mighty Dettifoss.


You'll start the sixth day by driving through the verdant farmlands and along the coast of northern Iceland until you reach the fishing village of Húsavík. Here, you will leave terra firma behind and board a boat for a three-hour whale watching tour, where you have the opportunity meet the gentle giants of the North Atlantic.

Afterwards, you'll make your way to the lovely town of Akureyri. En route, you'll find 'The Waterfall of the Gods', Goðafoss, where you can stop to capture some fantastic photos of this beautiful cascade.

You'll explore the vibrant Akureyri and its many shops, cafés, museums and boutiques before heading to your accommodations just outside of town.


Day 7 - The Wonders of West Iceland


The rock stack, Hvítserkur, is believed by some to be a troll turned into stone by the rising sun.


On your penultimate day on the road, you'll get to see some of the best natural sights that the West has to offer: Deildartunguhver, which is the largest hot spring in Europe, the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls, and the wide lava fields of Borgarfjörður.

First, however, you will stop at the massive rock stack Hvítserkur. Some say this strange formation looks like a dragon, others say an elephant, but according to local legend, it is actually a petrified troll, turned to stone by the rising sun.

You’ll then make your way to the village of Hvammstangi, known as one of the best places in Iceland to spot seals. There, you’ll have a chance to visit the fascinating Icelandic Seal Centre to learn about these amazing creatures.

You'll then explore the wonders of the west before heading to your accommodations in the Borgarfjörður area. 


Day 8 - The Snaefellsnes Peninsula


Iceland's most photographed mountain, Kirkjufell, can be found on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.


This is your last day on the road, but it promises to be spectacular. Today you’ll visit the Snæfellsnes peninsula to see the wealth of attractions found on this 90 kilometre stretch of land.

Your first stop is the beach at Ytri-Tunga. Unlike the beaches you’ve seen on your travels around Iceland, this one doesn’t have black sand, but white or golden. The view there over Faxaflói Bay is nothing short of fantastic, and if you keep your eyes peeled, you might spot a seal or two lounging on the sand.

From there you’ll make your way to the tiny fishing hamlets of Arnarstapi and Hellnar, two places with rich history and fantastic coastal views. The villages both feature unusual rock formations which the wild Atlantic Ocean has carved out over the centuries.

You’ll travel through a natural labyrinth of lava rocks to get to the black pebble beach of Djúpalónssandur. Scattered all over the smooth pebbles are the remains of a fishing trawler that perished in the waters some 60 years ago.

Today, you’ll not only get to see the beautiful Icelandic nature; you’ll get to taste it as well. At the Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum, Iceland’s “delicacy”, the famous rotten shark, is made. Those who are brave enough can try a bite and then wash it down with a cumin schnapps called Brennivín or ‘Black Death’.

No tour of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula can be complete without a stop at Iceland's most photographed mountain, the majestic Kirkjufell. You'll have the chance to snap a few photos yourself of this picturesque mountain and the nearby waterfall before returning to your accommodations in Reykjavík city.


Day 9 - Departure Day & Fond Farewell


After a long, action packed holiday in Iceland, what better way is there to relax than in the healing, warm waters of the Blue Lagoon?


Sadly, this is your final day. You'll be picked up at your hotel and taken through the black lava fields once again to Keflavík International Airport in time for your departure.

As stated above, your visit to the Blue Lagoon can also be placed on this day, if you'd prefer and if your flight times allow.


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.


Cancellation Insurance

This insurance guarantees that you can cancel the booking of this package and receive a full refund, minus the insurance cost of 5,000 ISK per person. The cancellation must be made within a minimum of 48-hours before the listed starting time. To cancel your booking and claim your refund, simply contact our service desk by writing to info@guidetoiceland.is no later than 48-hours before departure and declare the cancellation. Please note that this insurance only covers the full cancellation of this entire package. It does not cover cancellations of individual activities and services within the package. The cost of the Cancellation Insurance is neither refundable nor transferable.


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