6 Day Guided Summer Tour | Best of the South, East & North of Iceland

6 Day Guided Summer Tour | Best of the South, East & North of Iceland
Fjarðárgljúfur is one of the most beautiful canyons in Iceland.
There are several geysers in Iceland, the most popular being Strokkur.
Dettifoss in Europe's most powerful waterfall and arguably the most beautiful, especially at sunset.
The Geyser Geothermal Area has several hot springs and geysers.
Jökulsárlón and the Diamond Beach are located within easy walking distance of each other.
A wave shatters against the white ice and black sands of the Diamond Beach.
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Book this 6-day guided trip to discover Iceland’s rich variety of natural wonders in-between the capital Reykjavík and the ‘Capital in the North’ Akureyri. Along the way, your expert local guide will introduce you to some of the highlights of the country including the Golden Circle, South Coast, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and Mývatn region.

This is the perfect opportunity for those who want to be shown the best attractions Iceland has to offer, such as Geysir geothermal area, Reynisfjara black sand beach, and Dettifoss waterfall, all without the hassle of driving or organising accommodations.

Each place you retire to at night is of the best available accommodation. This will make sure you have enough rest and relaxation to get the most out of your adventure.

From Reykjavík, you will be picked up and whisked away into the countryside where your guide will introduce you to some of Iceland’s best-loved attractions as well as giving you insight into Icelandic culture and history. From the North of Iceland, you will return to Reykjavík on a pre-arranged flight leaving you nothing to worry about except taking in the unbridled magic of the island.

During the booking process, you will have the option to add a selection of extra activities to enhance your adventure further. You can go horseriding, walk on a glacier or sail among icebergs. If you opt to partake in these extras as you book, you can enjoy discounted prices on most optional activities that you would not encounter if booked separately.

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Iceland and book this summer guided tour today, so you can see much of what Iceland has to offer as well as experiencing the warm glow of the Midnight Sun. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Apr. - Aug.
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Horse Riding, Sightseeing, Boat Trip, Hot Spring Bathing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Attractions: Golden Circle, Reykjavík, Akureyri, Jökulsárlón, Mývatn, Húsavík, Ásbyrgi, Goðafoss, Dettifoss, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Þingvellir, Strokkur, Sólheimajökull, Mýrdalsjökull, Skaftafell, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Vík í Mýrdal, Fjaðrárgljúfur, Námaskarð, Lagarfljót, Hallormsstaðaskógur, South Coast, Diamond Beach, East Fjords
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:00.

Pick up might take 30 minutes. Please be ready at your selected location. Read carefully on your voucher whether you will be picked up at your hotel or at the nearest designated area (Bus Stop). If you need assistance finding your nearest pickup point, please ask in your hotel lobby. For walking distance to bus stops, please check busstop.is.

  • 6 day guided tour to the South Coast, East and North of Iceland in a small group, travelling via the Ring Road

  • 5 nights of accommodation in various country hotels with breakfast and a private bathroom

  • Professional local driver guide

  • Domestic flight from Akureyri to Reykjavík with 20kg of checked baggage and 6kg of hand luggage (additional luggage will incur additional costs)

  • Taxes

  • International flights

  • Lunch

  • Dinner

  • Additional activities (Can be added during the booking process)

What to bring:
  • Warm wind- and waterproof clothing

  • Good outdoor shoes

  • Swimsuit and a towel

  • Camera

Good to know:

Customers travelling on their own will receive a single room. Reservations for 2 people will be allocated a double room. For bookings of 3 or more, triple rooms will automatically be allocated. For example, a group of 8 will receive 2 triple rooms and 1 double. If these arrangements do not meet your requirements, please contact the provider.

Please note that there is a luggage limit to the flight of one suitcase of up to 20 kilos in weight and one item of hand luggage of up to 6 kilos per person. Additional luggage might incur an additional fee at the airport.

Iceland is a country of oppositions. The weather might be fickle and change rapidly and can get quite cold even in summer. Wearing proper shoes and overcoats will certainly make your travels more enjoyable.

Please note that only pick up and drop-off from designated pick up locations in the greater capital area 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.

You will arrive back in Reykjavík in the early evening. It is highly recommended that you do not book your flight home the same night as bad weather or delays could affect your journey. Please be sure to arrange accommodation for this evening and an airport transfer the next day to take you to Keflavík International Airport for your departure.

Please note that the boat tours on Jökulsárlón are only available from May to October.

If you book the extra activities alongside this tour, you will get them at a lower price.

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - The Golden Circle

Strokkur hot spring erupting, gushing boiling geothermal water high into the air.

Day one and your tour begins with your expert tour guide picking you up in Iceland’s capital Reykjavík to embark on your first adventure, the Golden Circle Route. This is the most popular tourist circuit in Iceland and it features three main attractions: Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir geothermal area.

After a safety and social introduction to your minibus and guide, you will move onto the first stop of the day, Þingvellir National Park. Not only is this vast park beautiful to look at, but it is also remarkable geographically as the ridge that runs through it is comprised of two exposed tectonic plates.

The Eurasian and North American plates pull apart here and give you the unique opportunity to walk between continents. It is also a historically rich area as it was also the sight where the first Icelandic parliament met in 930 AD, an institution which is still in operation today. You will have time to gently stroll through the park before returning to your tour bus.

Your next two stops are no less impressive. Gullfoss is a huge waterfall which cascades in two tiers into a massive 32m deep canyon. The resultant spray of the falling water often catches the light on sunny days casting rainbows across this beautiful natural wonder.

You will also stroll through the geothermal area named after its most famous resident, Geysir. Although nowadays this legendary hot spring very seldom erupts, you can watch his neighbour Strokkur erupt up to 20-metres in the air every 5-minutes.

If you opt for a little extra adventure during the booking process, you will have the pleasure of meeting the friendly and intelligent Icelandic horse. Appropriate for novices and experienced riders alike, you will take in the gorgeous Icelandic countryside from the saddle.

You will spend the evening in accommodation in the Golden Circle area.


Fosshótel Hekla

Fosshotel Hekla is a 3-star hotel in the Golden Circle area. The hotel has a restaurant which serves traditional Icelandic cuisine, a bar and a lounge. Free access to hot tub. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Stracta Hotel Hella

Stracta Hotel Hella is a 3-star hotel in the town of Hella. The hotel has an on-site bar with a lounge for guest and a sun terrace. Free access to hot tub. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Day 2 - South Coast

Skógafoss waterfall casting a rainbow as it lands on the black rocks below.

Today you will travel along the picturesque South Coast. Your first stops will be at two of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls. The first, Seljalandsfoss, cascades from the great heights of the interior; its unique feature is the small cavern that lies behind it which allows you to walk completely around it.

The next waterfall is called Skógarfoss which falls in a broad curtain from the steep highlands, and it is rumoured to have an ancient treasure hidden behind it. On sunny days, more than one rainbow can often be spotted depending on how close you get to its thunderous spray.

The optional extra for the day is an exciting glacial hike which will take you onto the Solheimajökull glacier to enjoy the view from great heights as well as to feel the icy giant underneath your crampons.

The final attraction for the day in the beautiful black sand beach Reynisfjara defined not only for its colour but its impressive basalt columns and famous sea stacks.

You will then head onto your accommodation close to the idyllic coastal town of Vík.


Puffin Hótel Vík

The Puffin Hótel Vík is a country hotel and guesthouse situated in the coastal village of Vík. Located next to a restaurant, museum and swimming pool. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free access to outdoor hot tubs. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Hotel Katla

Hotel Katla is a 3-star country hotel situated 5 km east of Vík. Comfortable private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free access to a hot tub and a sauna. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Day 3 - Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon

Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon at sunset, with the ice gently reflecting the last golden and pink rays of the summer sun.

Your next destination will be the glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón with a few surprise stops along the way chosen by your guide depending on the weather and the group’s interests. Jökulsárlon is formed by the receding glacial tongue Breiðamerkurjökull where huge chunks of ice break away and float lazily out to sea. No one iceberg is the same and each is characterised by different blue and white shades scarred with volcanic ash from historical eruptions.

If travelling from May onwards, you will have the opportunity to glide alongside these icy giants on a boat tour. You'll cruise amid these impressive icebergs on an Amphibian boat tour which is ideal for families and larger groups. A limited number of vessels are allowed on the lagoon every day so don't miss your chance to explore the massive bergs.

As these ancient icy giants make it to sea, some wash up on the adjacent beach which has been nicknamed Diamond Beach for the glittering chunks of ice that arrive with the surf. Walk beside chunks of ancient glacial ice and marvel at the magical sight at your feet.

You will spend the evening close to the Jökulsárlón area.


Fosshótel Vatnajökull

Fosshótel Vatnajökull is a country hotel situated near the coastal village of Höfn. Europe’s largest icecap Vatnajökull can be seen from the location. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included

Hótel Höfn

Hotel Höfn is a 3-star hotel located in Höfn town central. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included

Day 4 - Eastfjords

An old house stands by the banks of Lagarfljót river in east Iceland, on a peaceful summer evening.

Today you will be exploring the beautiful and remote Eastfjords. Travelling through mountainous passes with the ocean to your left, your guide will make a number of stops along these meandering passages. As well as being known for its dramatic fjords, this area is characterised by its breathtaking beaches, littered with multi-coloured pebbles and rocks.

The entire region is sparsely populated, but the small communities that exist there live in quaint fishing communities, each with their own idiosyncrasies. Your guide will introduce you to small-town life out in the countryside before heading to the central ‘hub’ of the East, Egilsstaðir. As well as being the largest town in the Eastfjords, it is also close to the largest forest in Iceland, Hallormsstaðaskógar and the lake Lagafljót in which a legendary water monster is said to reside.

You will spend the night in Egilsstaðir.


Icelandair Hotel Hérað

Icelandair Hotel Hérað is a 3-star hotel centrally located in Egilsstaðir town. Bright, private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included, with a focus on local ingredients.

Lake Hótel Egilsstaðir

Lake Hotel Egilsstaðir is a 3-star hotel located right by the lake Lagarfljót. It is also within a short walking distance from the centre of Egilsstaðir town. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Spa on site for an additional price. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Day 5 - Dettifoss & Myvatn

Europe's most powerful waterfall, Dettifoss, crashing into the Jökulsárgljúfur canyon with a terrifying roar.

You will be making your way to the North of Iceland today, right across the large and beautiful expanse of Vatnajökull National Park. Your first stop of the day will be the magnificent Dettifoss waterfall, the most powerful in Europe. The spray of this gigantic natural feature can be seen far before you reach the falls itself. Its awe-inspiring character has inspired many movie makers to select this area as a backdrop, including the blockbuster, Prometheus.

Rejoining your group, the next destination is the no-less spectacular Ásbyrgi canyon which is shaped like a horseshoe and in Norse mythology. It is said to have been created by the foot of Sleipnir, Odin’s very own horse.

The sleepy fishing town of Húsavík is next, where you will get to appreciate the quaint village pace of life as well as the pretty harbour and houses.

Your next destination is the varied and dynamic Mývatn area, named after the lake (‘Fly Lake’). This area is known for its energetic geothermal activity and you will get to see this first hand at the Námskarð area where these forces rise to the surface through steaming mud puddles and fumaroles.

The optional activity for the day is to soak in the Mývatn Nature Baths, to bask in the geothermal power of the surrounding area and enjoy magnificent views. You will spend the evening in the Mývatn region.


Fosshótel Mývatn

Fosshótel Mývatn is situated by Lake Mývatn in North Iceland. All rooms include a flat-screen TV with private bathrooms and a hairdryer. Breakfast is included. Free Wi-Fi.

Vogafjós Farm Resort

Vogafjós is a family-run guesthouse on the shore of Lake Mývatn surrounded by unique landscapes. Free WiFi. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Breakfast is included.

Day 6 - Godafoss & Return to Reykjavik

Goðafoss waterfall, onyl 12 metres in height, but wide and heavy in flow, offers a stunning vista, regardless of season.

This is your last day of the tour and your guide will take you to the ‘Capital of the North’, Akureyri from which your plane departs. Before you cross the mountain pass to get there, however, you will make a quick stop at the waterfall, Goðafoss. This is a historically famous site in which the old idols of the pagan religion were cast into the water as an act of fealty towards the Christian faith. It’s a beautiful attraction and is definitely only last, not least.

You will arrive back in Reykjavik in the early afternoon with 6 days of adventure with you. It is highly recommended that you book your flight home the day after arriving in Reykjavík as bad weather and delays could affect your journey.

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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There’s a lot of driving but since the locations are spread out it makes sense. Don’t support nepotism.
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We had a great time and had an excellent experience during the trip. We were impressed by the uncanny craftsmanship of nature in Iceland. Our guide Thor is nice, experienced and considerate. He took us to lots of private attractions those were out of itinerary that really made us a surprise, and also flexibly adjusted the schedule according to weather or members situation. No rush and no stress just left much space for us to explore and enjoy, it was perfect. Highly recommend to those who haven’t experience the beauty of Iceland yet.
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A thoroughly excellent guided & interpreted tour in every respect. Each day brought remarkable sights and enjoyable activities; accommodations were modern, inviting, and comfortable; schedules were ambitious, but not exhausting; group activities allowed for interesting discussions as well as bonding; and our tour leaders – guide Thor and driver Alexander – were joys: knowledgable, informative, enthusiastic, and personable.
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Bad weather, always foggy but wonderful guide and nice view
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I like our guide Axel who is not young but right guy. This trip was designed perfect. Axel is so reliable.The hotels, spots and activities are loyal to the price. And I love Iceland and Iclandic. If it's possible I will travel Iceland again in summer. I hope I could be lucky enough to meet Axel again.
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The views were incredible. There was never a time where there wasn't something beautiful to look at. Our tour guide Jon was wonderful. You could tell that he took pride in showing his country to us. He always made sure we were taken care of.
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After an initial delay due to equipment, this was a great trip -- one that perhaps will spoil me for other bus tours to come. Guide Elis pays attention to details: keeping the windows clean, making sure that our seat belts are buckled. A good mix of long stops to enjoy the scenery (of course, we always want another half hour for each stop) and quick stops to snap a picture and move on. Excellent add-ons (glacier hike, whale watch, horse ride). Interesting, quirky quick stops, like the chair nowhere in the East Fjords. Accommodations and meals that exceeded expectations. Elis provides some background information about what's going on with Icelandic politics and economy, and for the most part, it's useful. Sometimes his more provocative opinions aren't well grounded in fact and reasoning. In a 19-seater bus, it's a little difficult to maintain a conversation with the guide while we're underway, unless you're sitting in the front rows. Prepare for strong winds and some rain.
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Beautiful scenery, some stunning waterfalls, guide could be a little more knowledgeable, she's nice but couldn't answer many questions. We mostly entertained ourselves , the group was fun.
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