7 Day Tour Around Iceland's Ring Road | Akureyri, Myvatn, Jokulsarlon & the South Coast

7 Day Tour Around Iceland's Ring Road | Akureyri, Myvatn, Jokulsarlon & the South Coast
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 games on this private 7-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 seven 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 seven 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 seven days and do so in comfort and style with this private 7-day tour. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Snowmobile, Horse Riding, Whale Watching, Sightseeing, Boat Trip, Northern lights hunting, Bird watching
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English, Icelandic
  • Attractions: Golden Circle, North Iceland, West Iceland , 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, South Coast, Diamond Beach, East Fjords
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.
  • Reykjavík pickup

  • English speaking guide

  • 6 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 - Reykjavik, Borgarfjordur, Akureyri.

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

On your first day, you will head out from Reykjavik, driving along the picturesque Road nr 1 towards Borgarfjordur, passing coastal fishing villages and charming agricultural areas.

After enjoying the passing scenery, you will stop for a spot of lunch, then visit the distinctive, 15-metre high rock stack Hvítserkur, on the eastern shores of the Vatnsnes, as well as the scenic waterfall, Kolugjúfur.

Afterward, you will head on into Iceland's northern capital, Akureyri, a town famed for its rich cultural heritage and gorgeous surrounding scenery. Here, you can enjoy a relaxed dinner, a browse around the shops and even sample the eclectic nightlife. You will spend your first night at accommodation in Akureyri, only to be picked up again the next morning.

Day 2 - Akureyri, Myvatn Husavik,

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

Your second day sees you enjoying the charms of the Diamond Circle sightseeing route, starting with Goðafoss waterfall, named as such because this is where the ancient Pagan settlers threw their golden idols upon adopting Christianity in 1000 AD.

Next, you will likely head to what is widely considered to be Iceland's whale watching capital, Husavik, for a chance to spot the incredible cetacean species that live in the coastal waters around the country.

After a bite of lunch, you will head to the picturesque Lake Myvatn, known for its sublime natural beauty. There are a number of interesting attractions around the lake, such as Dimmuborgir ("Dark Fortress"), a cragged and naturally formed rock formation that—as the name suggests—looks like a black, fantastical castle. You will also see the bubbling mud cauldrons of Leirhnjúkur and even the horseshoe-shaped canyon of Myvatn or the Asbyrgi.

You will spend the night at accommodation in the area.

Day 3 - Dettifoss, Modrudalur, Egilsstedir,

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

You start the day by heading towards one of the most beautiful mountains in Iceland, Herðubreið has the title of Queen Queen. This mountain plateau is located north of Vatnajökull, in the desert of Ódáðahraun, the largest lava field in Iceland.

On this highlands, the largest untouched wilderness in Europe

From there you are moving to Dyngjufjalla, where you will see a magnificent mountain view. You must leave the area for about one hour before boarding for the next destination.

Möðrudalur farmhouse is next stop, and you can have lunch. This beautiful settlement is the tallest settled in the country, 469 meters above sea level and a popular tourist destination. From there you travel to Egilsstaðir, where you want to spend the night.

Day 4 - Egilsstadir, Eastfjord, Hofn,

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 or the Hofn. Which is overshadowed by the majestic Búlandstindur mountain. This small coastal village is where you will spend the night.

Day 5 - Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon Vik,

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 or the Vik. Where you can get dinner before you retire in your accommodations in the South.

Day 6 - The South Coast, Glacier - Volcano - Waterfalls - Black beach.

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. Where you can get dinner before you retire in your accommodations in the South coast.

Day 7 - Day 7. Gullfoss Waterfall - Geysir Hots spring - Thingvellir National park - Reykjavik.

7 Day Tour Around Iceland's Ring Road | Akureyri, Myvatn, Jokulsarlon & the South Coast

We end of this 7 day trip, we visit the and most popular places of Iceland, the Gullfoss waterfall, and Geysir is called hot springs. And finally, Þingvellir National Park, which is a great histori place. And Silfra dive, snorkling, place

You can add a number of activities on this day. You can get friendship and the gentle Icelandic horse riding the countryside, go for an exciting snowmobile trip on Langjökull or relax on the azure waters of the Blue Lagoon Spa. The choice is yours.

At the end of the day you will drive back to a hotel in Reykjavik where you can spend your other trips around the city, shop, visit museums or relax on geothermal energy.


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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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