6 Day Private Tour Around Iceland | Myvatn, Jokulsarlon & South Coast

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The glacier lagoons in south-east Iceland, such as Jökulsárlón and Fjallsárlón, are mesmerisingly beautiful.
Whenever the sky is dark in Iceland, including early and late summer, you have a chance of seeing the Northern Lights.
Buildings such as the National Theatre and Hallgrímskirkja in Reykjavík are inspired by the basalt columns on Iceland's South Coast.
The Reynisfjall mountain in south Iceland is most famous for the Reynisdrangar sea-stacks.
Icebergs wash up on the shore throughout the year at the Diamond Beach in south-east Iceland.
On Iceland's south-east corner is the gabbro peak of Mt. Vestrahorn.
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See the most popular Icelandic attractions as well as some hidden gems on this private 6-day tour around the country. Travel the ring road and visit volcanoes, glaciers, waterfalls and geysers. This tour is for anyone wanting to visit legendary locations with their favourite people and get a personalised and individual experience.

You will start your adventure in Reykjavík city, where you will be picked up by either a Luxury Van, a minibus or a 4x4 Jeep, according to your wishes and the needs of your group.

You will be picked up from your accommodation in Reykjavík and whisked away for a full six days of adventure. To make the most of your time, it is recommended that you start the tour in the morning. However, since this is a private tour, an afternoon pick up can be arranged if you are not an early bird.

In the span of six days, you will encircle the country, visiting places such as the otherworldly Mývatn area, the quaint fishing villages of the Eastfjords, Reynisfjara black sand beach and the Golden Circle. 

As well as these famous locations, your expert driver and guide will lead you to the off-the-beaten-track attractions, such as authentic turf houses in the North; a quirky museum in the East; and a farm under an active volcano in the South.  

During the booking process, you can add an array of extra activities to make your already exciting trip more thrilling. You can choose hike up a glacier in Skaftafell Nature Reserve, sail among icebergs on Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, go on a whale-watching excursion or a horse riding tour, just to name a few. 

So don’t hesitate! See the best Icelandic attractions in just six days and do so in comfort and style with this private 6-day tour. Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Snowmobile, Horse Riding, Whale Watching, Sightseeing, Boat Trip, Northern lights hunting, Bird watching
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English, Icelandic
  • Highlights: Golden Circle, South Iceland, East Iceland, North Iceland, West Iceland , Highlands, Akureyri, Jökulsárlón, Mývatn, Dimmuborgir, Húsavík, Goðafoss, Dettifoss, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Dyrhólaey, Þingvellir, Strokkur, Skaftafell, Höfn, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Vík í Mýrdal, Reynisdrangar, Haukadalur, Djúpivogur, Diamond Beach
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 09:00

Please be at your pickup location in time for your departure. Should your pickup location be at a bus stop and you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.
Included:
  • Reykjavík pickup

  • English speaking guide

  • 5 nights of accommodation in various country hotels (breakfast included, private bathroom depending on availability)

  • Northern lights hunting in the winter

  • Photography guide

  • Entrance fees to attractions and museums

  • Additional activities (can be added on during booking)

  • Other accommodation than listed above

  • Lunch and dinner (several stops will be made where you can purchase food)


What to bring:
  • Warm and waterproof clothes

  • Good hiking shoes

  • Backpack


Good to know:

The rooms are very good, clean beds and private rooms with bath for couples and families, while friends in a group sometimes share a room. Once you have booked, we will always find the best accommodation for you.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - The Golden Circle and Highland Roads


West and South Iceland have many incredible waterfalls to marvel over, including some that are lesser known than Gullfoss and Skógafoss.


On the first day of your tour, you'll be picked up in Reykjavík by either a luxury van, minibus or Super Jeep, depending on the size of the group. When you’ve boarded the vehicle, you’ll be whisked away to the first adventure of the day, the famous Golden Circle.

Þingvellir National Park is first on the agenda. This historical park is located in a rift valley, between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. The continents are drifting apart, tearing up the landscape around in the process. You can see evidence of this in the fissures and canyons here. Þingvellir is also where Iceland’s parliament, Alþingi, was founded over a thousand years ago.

Next up in Geysir Geothermal area, home of bubbling mud pools and erupting hot springs. This is the home of Iceland’s most famous feature; Strokkur hot spring. Strokkur erupts every few minutes, creating a water column that can reach heights up to 20 metres.

From there you’ll travel to the last part of the Golden Circle, Gullfoss waterfall. This magnificent cascade is located in the river Hvítá which is fed by Iceland’s second largest glacier, Langjökull.

Those wanting to explore a glacier today can do so with a thrilling snowmobile ride on top of Langjökull. A large truck will take you from Gullfoss to the glacier where you will be fitted with warm overalls and a helmet before you whizz across the ancient ice. Those wanting to stay behind can check out Gullfoss Café which not only serves good coffee and delicious Icelandic meat soup but is also a souvenir shop. 

After the snowmobile adventure, if you are travelling in the summer, you will then drive through the Icelandic Highlands to Hveravellir nature reserve, nestled between the glaciers Langjökull and Hofsjökull. This colourful area features smoking fumaroles, hot springs and a geothermal hot pool.

From there you’ll continue your journey, making your way towards the beautiful fjord Skagafjörður. You’ll make stops at the village of Varmahlíð and the old turf-houses at Glaumbær before retiring to your accommodations in the area.

If you are travelling in the winter, the tour provider will rearrange the itinerary on this day as the Highland roads are closed, and redirect to some wonderful winter locations. However, you’ll get the added bonus of hunting the elusive Northern Lights. 


Day 2 - The North


Akureyri is a charming town by the fjord of Eyjafjörður, called the Capital of the North.


Today, you’ll drive past the rolling hills of Skagafjörður valley on your way to the largest settlement in the North, Akureyri. Once there, you will get a chance to explore this wonderful town and learn about its history and culture before you’ll continue with your journey.

From Akureyri, you will make your way towards the town of Húsavík. En route you’ll stop at the waterfall Goðafoss which is considered by many to be one of the most spectacular cascades in the country.

Húsavík is known as the whale-watching capital of Iceland. If you opted for it during the booking process, you can hop aboard a boat and sail out to Skjálfandi Bay to catch a glimpse of the wealth of marine life that dwell in the waters near the Arctic Circle.

Next up is the volcanic area of Lake Mývatn. The lake and its surroundings were formed in an eruption some 2000 years ago. You’ll get to visit the dramatic lava field of Dimmuborgir, the active volcano Leirhnjúkur, and if you wish, the geothermal wonders of the Mývatn Nature Baths.

From there you’ll travel to Europe’s most powerful waterfall, Dettifoss. This 100 meters long and 45-metre high waterfall is located in the glacier river, Jökulsá á Fjöllum, which is fed by Europe’s largest glacier Vatnajökull.

Next on your journey is the natural gem of Ásbyrgi Canyon. The canyon has a rich flora and is steeped in the folklore of elves and hidden people. You will spend the night in an area around this magical place.


Day 3 - Volcanoes and Craters


Goðafoss Waterfall is a historic feature in North Iceland on the Diamond Circle.


You’ll start the day by heading towards one of the most beautiful mountains in Iceland, Herðubreið. This table mountain is located north of Vatnajökull glacier, in the deserted Ódáðahraun, the most extensive lava field in Iceland.

From there you’ll move on to the Dyngjufjöll mountain range where you’ll find the large crater lake Öskjuvatn in the Askja caldera. The lake was formed during an eruption in 1875 along with the nearby smaller crater lake Víti. You’ll get to walk around the area for about an hour before you’ll board your vehicle for your next destination.

The Möðrudalur farming Highlands is your next stop. This quaint settlement is the highest inhabited place in the country, at 469 metres above sea level and a popular tourist destination. From there you’ll move on to the area around Egilsstaðir town where you will spend the night.


Day 4 - The East


The East Fjords of Iceland have many tiny but very picturesque villages and buildings.


Today will start with a visit to the largest settlement in the Eastfjords; the town of Egilsstaðir which is located on the banks of the Lagarfljót river. According to legend, a serpent-like creature, not unlike the monster in Loch Ness, is said to live in the river and the nearby lake.

From there you’ll visit Skriðuklaustur, a Centre for Culture and History. In the middle ages Skriðuklaustur was a large monastery, but now it houses Gunnarshús institute which is dedicated to the life and works of one of Iceland’s most beloved authors, Gunnar Gunnarsson.

After a quick lunch break, you’ll hike towards Hengifoss, a beautiful waterfall that cascades down cliffs of red clay sandwiched between layers of dark basalt rocks. You’ll also get to hike in Hallormsstaður, Iceland’s largest forest.

You will then head on out to one of the quaint fishing villages that dot the Eastfjords. The first of these villages is Stöðvarfjörður, where you’ll find Petra’s Stone and Mineral Collection, nestled between the mountains. This peculiar collection is displayed in a perfect little garden full of quirky corners and beautiful plants.

Next, you move on to the town of Djúpivogur which is overshadowed by the majestic Búlandstindur mountain. This small coastal village is where you will spend the night.


Day 5 - Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon


An optional boat tour is a great way to explore the amazing ice within south-east Iceland's Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.


Today you’ll make your way from the village of Djúpivogur to the town of Höfn in southeast Iceland. Looming over you in the West is the mighty Vatnajökull glacier which you will get to explore on this day.

Höfn is known for lobster fishing, and the town’s many restaurants offer a wide variety of lobster dishes you should not miss.

From Höfn you’ll move to the crown jewel of Iceland, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. This is where icebergs from the mighty Vatnajökull glacier, break off and float peacefully before drifting off to sea. If you are travelling in the summer, you can add on a boat tour of the lagoon so you can get a better look at these titanic bergs.

From the glacier lagoon, you’ll move on to Skaftafell Nature Reserve, a beautiful area full of rich vegetation that grows between black sands and the white glacier. Skaftafell is every hiker’s paradise as there are a number of trails and tracks that lead to beautiful locations such as Svartifoss waterfall.

Svartifoss is a stunning cascade that falls off a cliff of dark hexagonal basalt columns. This mighty waterfall was the inspiration for the famous Hallgrímskirkja church in Reykjavík.

If you are feeling adventurous today, you can add on a glacier hiking trip where you’ll hike up one of Vatnajökull’s outlet glacier to get an unforgettable view of the area around.

You’ll stop at the historical town of Kirkjubæjarklaustur where you can get dinner before you retire in your accommodations in the South.


Day 6 - The South Coast and Back to Reykjavik


Skógafoss in South Iceland is known for its size, power, and rainbows in summer.


You’ll start your last day on the road by visiting the many coastal attractions near the village of Vík. The first of these sites is the black sand beach of Reynisfjara. The beach is considered to be one of Iceland’s most beautiful locations and is edged in by cliffs of dark basalt columns. Out in the ocean rise Reynisdrangar, a 66-metre high lava rock formation.

Next up is Dyrhólaey, a small peninsula protruding out of the South Coast. The sea has eroded a large hole in this promontory and thus creating a spectacular rock arch. The area is known for its many puffin colonies that nest in the cliffs in the summer.

From there you will move on to the majestic Skógafoss waterfall. This is one of Iceland’s largest cascades, with a width of 25 metres and a 60-metre drop. Nearby is the Skógar Museum, a cultural heritage collection of over 15,000 artefacts.

As you travel from Skógar to your next location, the unique waterfall Seljalandsfoss, you’ll make a stop at a farm-museum near the glacier volcano Eyjafjallajökull where you can learn about life under an active volcano.

You can add on an array of activities on this day. You can get to know the friendly and gentle Icelandic horse on a riding tour of the countryside, take a thrilling snowmobile ride on top of Langjökull glacier, or relax in the azure waters of the Blue Lagoon Spa. The choice is yours.

At the end of the day, you will be driven back to your accommodation in Reykjavík where you can spend the rest of your holiday sightseeing around the city, shopping, visiting museums, or relaxing in geothermal pools.


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Reviews

Great tour! I liked this tour because we weren't backtracking each day in and out of Reykjavik and we got to see more of the island. They were very good at altering the itinerary to fit our schedule better. We went before Christmas when the daylight was very limited. We wanted to see the Northern Lights but weather conditions weren't good for viewing this. We had a great guide, Halli alerted us the one day we had the chance to see the aurora borealis - our view was limited because we were behind a mountain, but we were able to witness this amazing event! Halli was very good at adapting to our families preferences. We added on Icelandic horses, ice cave, snowmobile and glacier hiking. We could only do one event a day and that meant we still had to do a lot of driving in the dark. We had a very good overview of Iceland, would love to come back in the summertime to see the differences. The main reason I didn't give this 5 stars was limited communication about the tour before leaving and rough translations into English (at times I was guessing at the meaning). Also, I felt the snowmobile tour should have been cancelled or us given the option to cancel. We didn't get onto the glacier and we had blizzard conditions that didn't allow us much speed because we had to stay so close to the snowmobile ahead of us just to keep from getting lost. I know you can't change the weather but 50 people on snowmobiles in blizzard conditions isn't a great idea and the prices for the excursions are expensive. We enjoyed our horse ride and the glacier hiking. The ice cave was a little disappointing - we just went in about 50 feet and turned around. We got as good of an experience in a cave when we went on the glacier hike. (the six of us had a private guide on the glacier hike and so the experience was much better than it would have been with a large group- not sure if this is normal or as a perk because of the disappointing snowmobile day) Be prepared for everything being expensive- food especially is much higher than we are used to. The people are great - get ready for a wonderful adventure! (even if you go in winter)

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