See the Sites in Iceland | 10-Day Ring Road Guided Tour

See the Sites in Iceland | 10-Day Ring Road Guided Tour
The Icelandic horse is a beautiful creature that has served the national for over a thousand years.
The glacier rising in the far distance in south Iceland.
Jökulsárlón
Reynisfjara and Þrídrangar
The azure blue waters of the Mývatn nature baths near Mt. Hverfell, North Iceland.
Smoke rises from the earth in Námaskarð geothermal area, Mývatn district.

Join the indigenous local brothers on a personal adventure around Iceland, seeing the most popular sites the country has to offer and if time allows a few bonus sites as well off the beaten track.  

You fly in and stay the first night in Reykjavik. The morning after we will pick you up from the hotel and start the round trip, going counter-clockwise around the country, following Route 1 and including Snæfellsnes peninsula on our way back to Reykjavik. Our experienced and knowledgeable indigenous local tour guide will attend to you with a personal touch and paint the sites with an in-depth knowledge of history and sagas. 

We start out by visiting Þingvellir, the old parliament, where the Vikings used to assemble and settle their disputes and pass laws. From Þingvellir we drive to Geysir and check out Strokkur geyser as it erupts high into the sky, before going to the great Gullfoss waterfall. We check out Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls on our way to Reynisfjara black sand beach.

We visit Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon, Stjórnarfoss, and spend time at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Diamond beach. We visit Egilsstaðir and the second largest Puffin colony in Iceland where you can get up close to the Puffin for a fantastic photo opportunity. We stay at Fjalladýrð, known for keeping young Arctic Foxes and stop at Dettifoss waterfall, with the largest volume of water in Europe.

At lake Mývatn we'll visit famed locations such as Víti crater, Krafla, Dimmuborgir, and on our way to Akureyri town, we'll make a stop at Goðafoss waterfall. We drive Tröllaskagi coastline and stop at quaint fishing villages on the way. We head over to Snæfellsnes and visit all the sites there, including Djúpalónssandur, Hellnar and Arnarstapi.

On our way towards Reykjavík we will visit Grábrók crater, Deildartunguhver, the largest volume of hot water coming naturally out of the ground, and the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls.

We have received many wonderful comments from our visitors and pride ourselves of the quality of the service. Bring your camera and join us on an unforgettable Icelandic adventure.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jun. - Sep.
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Bird watching
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 10 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Jökulsárlón, Mývatn, Goðafoss, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Þingvellir, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Krafla, Egilsstaðir, Fjaðrárgljúfur
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 09:30.

Guests will be picked up at the hotel in Reykjavik. All the guests stay at the same hotel so pickup is from one location. Please be ready 20 minutes before pickup time. 

Included:
  • 10 day tour around Iceland

  • All transportation in a Mercedes 18 seat minibus

  • 9 nights of accommodation (Double room, private bath, breakfast included)

  • Full guidance by local, knowledgeable, experienced guides with deep historical and geographical knowledge

  • A tour to the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier tongue (part of Vatnajökull glacier)

  • Taxes

  • Flights

  • Airport transfer to and from Reykjavík

  • Lunch and dinners


What to bring:
  • Warm clothes

  • Good walking shoes

  • Hats and gloves

  • Rain coat/jacket and trousers

  • Camera

  • Swimsuit and towel


Good to know:

Lunch and dinners are not included but accommodations often offer special prices for groups.

The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon, and therefore cannot be guaranteed, your guide will notify you of your chances to see them if weather allows.

The Puffin winters far out at sea. It comes back to land in April and nests through the summer. By mid August it heads back to the sea. Thus, the Puffin season is from April to mid August. We will not see Puffins except during that season.

It can happen, in the case of extreme weather, that an activity is cancelled. If your chosen activity is cancelled, we will assist you with rearranging or booking other activities when possible, and any potential price difference will be refunded to you.

Please note that only pick up and drop-off from your hotel is available, not from Keflavík International Airport. Therefore, we do not recommend attempting to start this tour on your arrival day in Iceland. Arrival time back to Reykjavík at the end of your tour can vary depending on weather and traffic.

Note that Icelandic roads and pavements can be slippery in the wintertime. We recommend you bring shoes with slip-resistant soles or ice-grip shoe covers. If you forget to bring those, the covers can be purchased in most supermarkets and gas stations around the country.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival and Reykjavik City


Hallgrímskirkja church seen from Skólavörðurstígur street, in downtown Reykjavík.


After you arrive in Reykjavik and check into the hotel, you will have the day free to explore and prepare for our trip. There is a lot to see and dow in the city. You could take a stroll around the pond Tjörnin, visit the Town Hall or Austurvöllur square home to the Parliament building. You can also go shopping on Laugarvegur, the main shopping street downtown which includes a few art galleries and restaurants and cafés. Hallgrímskirkja church is also nearby for those who want a view from high above.

You can also visit some of the many public swimming pools such as Laugardalslaug. Museums: the National Museum of Iceland near the University of Iceland, the National Gallery of Iceland and the Reykjavik Art Gallery, the Settlement exhibition, Árbæjarsafn and the Reykjavik Zoo and Family Park.

You will spend the night in Reykjavík


Day 2 - The Golden Circle


People walking on the elevated bridges in Þingvellir over the massive tectonic rifts.


Today we leave Reykjavik travelling through Mosfellsdalur on our way to Þingvellir National Park. Þingvellir is a rift valley and is on the UNESCO World Heritage List for outstanding universal value. At Þingvellir the early settlers used to congregate and settle their disputes and pass laws. The Alþingi general assembly was established around 930 and continued to convene there until 1798.

From there we'll drive to the Geysir area where the hot spring Strokkur erupts high into the sky every few minutes, and then visit the massive Gullfoss falls, one of the more spectacular waterfalls in Iceland.

At the end of the day we will head to our accommodation in the Hvolsvöllur area, where we will stay for the night.


Day 3 - The South Coast


Strokkur erupting in Haukadalur valley.


We begin our day by visiting Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss waterfalls. Seljalandsfoss, 62 meter high and approximately 8 meters wide, is unique as visitors can walk behind it. Skógafoss is a spectacular waterfall, 60 meter high (196 feet) and 25 meter wide.

Next we visit Reynisfjara, black sand beach, one of the most beautiful examples of Iceland’s black sand beaches, with its enormous basalt stacks, caves and view to Reynisdrangar rock peninsulas.

We will then head to our accommodation in the shadow of the great Vatnajökull glacier, near the Kirkjubæjarklaustur township


Day 4 - Fjadrargljufur and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon


Stjórnarfoss waterfall, South Iceland.


Today we travel east along the south coast. We will visit Fjaðrárgljúfur, a spectacular and massive canyon, about 100 meters deep and about two kilometres long.

From there we will head over to the Stjórnarfoss waterfall, the Systrafoss waterfall and the Kirkjugólf formation, made of hexagonal basalt rock. From the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area we travel to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. The glacier lagoon started forming around 1933, when the glacier Breiðamerkurjökull started to retreat.

Open to the ocean, the biggest factor in the glacier retreat is warm sea coming into the lagoon with the tide that travels well into the lagoon and speeds up the ice melt. As the glacier brakes down, chunks of ice travel out to sea and maroon on the beach, the so-called Diamond Beach.

We'll then continue further east, to our hotel near the village of Djúpivogur, in the east fjords.


Day 5 - The East Fjords


Puffins at Borgarfjörður eystri


Today we continue on through the East Fjords, Breiðdalsvík, Stöðvarfjörður, Fáskrúðsfjörður and Reyðarfjörður.

We continue our trip to Egilsstaðir, the so-called capital of the East. There we will gaze at the lake Lögurinn, the third biggest lake in Iceland. If the weather is nice and the itinerary allows we will visit Hallormsstaðir, Iceland's largest forest.

From Egilsstaðir we travel to Borgarfjöður Eystri where we will experience one of the largest colonies of Puffins in Iceland.

Next, we will visit Möðrudalur á Fjöllum which is the highest settled farm in Iceland, 469 meters above sea-level. It has been inhabited since early settlement in Iceland. At Möðrudalur we may be able to see young Arctic foxes that the farmer keeps during the summer months.


Day 6 - Lake Myvatn


Dimmuborgir lava fields, crowned with greenery in summer.


Today we start our exploration, if road conditions allow, by visiting the powerful Dettifoss waterfall, a 45 meter high and 100-meter wide waterfall, and with the greatest water volume of any waterfall in Europe.

From Dettifoss we visit the Krafla area, where a series of volcanic eruptions took place from 1975 to 1984 which caused major disruption and damage to the geothermal power plant there. At Krafla we visit Víti crater. Víti was formed in 1724 by a massive eruption in the Krafla volcano, known as Mývatnseldar, that lasted for five years and caused devastation in the area. Three hundred meters in diameter, with an aqua blue lake inside it, the crater is something else.

Next, we will be visiting the Námafjall mud pots and fissures and after that Dimmurborgir, dramatic lava formations in the Lake Mývatn area formed 2,300 years ago. Steeped with folklore, it is one of the most popular destinations for travelers to north Iceland.

We will then overnight in the Lake Mývatn area.


Day 7 - Akureyri and the Troll Peninsula


Goðafoss falls, Skjálfandafljót. North Iceland.


Today we travel to Akureyri, the capital of the north. On our way, we will stop at Goðafoss waterfall. Goðafoss waterfall is located in the river Skjálfandafljót in north Iceland, the fourth largest river in Iceland. It is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the country, 12 meters high and 30 metres wide.

In Akureyri we will spend a few hours exploring before heading out, driving the Tröllaskagi peninsula. There we will visit a few fishing villages and take in the beauty of the northern coastline. We will end the day in Sauðárkrókur area, in Skagafjörður fjord and valley, where we will overnight.


Day 8 - Snaefellsnes


Djúpalónssandur beach in Snæfellsnes.


Today we drive to Stykkishólmur, which is known for the small islands surrounding it and the old houses in the city center.

From Stykkishólmur we push on to Djúpalónssandur, driving through beautiful villages on the way stopping on the way at Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall with a view to Mt Kirkjufell.

At Djúpalónssandur we take a walk down to the pebble stone beach. On the beach is a large red rock called the Söng klettur (Singing Rock), said to be an Elf Church.

Arnarstapi is our next stop, a small residential area, home of the sculpture of Bárður Snæfellsás, who according to legend, watches over the peninsula. We will overnight in southern Snæfellsnes.


Day 9 - Borgarfjordur and Back to the City


Hraunfossar waterfalls, in Borgarfjörður, West Iceland


Today we travel to Borgarfjörður with our first stop at a 1000-year-old grave site of one of the forefathers of your guides. We'll visit Grábrók crater, where we will walk onto the crater. Next, we visit Deildartunguhver, Europe's largest hot spring, and Hraunfossar and Barnafossar, a unique waterfall as water seeps out of the lava field.

After visiting this remarkable site we continue on to Reykjavík, through Hvalfjörður, arriving in the early afternoon. You will have the afternoon and evening free in Reykjavík, and overnight there.


Day 10 - End of tour


Harpa concert hall in downtown Reykjavík has a dancing light display in its massive glass dome, that changes quite frequently.


Today your tour ends and it is time to head home or remain if you wish. You will say farewell to your guides after a wonderful trip, having learned and explored Iceland in detail over the last ten days.


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Magnus

Magnus is an experienced guide and driver, taking multiple tours around Iceland in the past years.

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