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

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Duration
6 days
Difficulty
Easy
Language
English
8
Minimum age
8 years
Available
Apr. - Aug.

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. 

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. 

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.

Included

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
Taxes

Activities

Glacier Hiking
Horse Riding
Sightseeing
Boat Trip
Hot Spring Bathing

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

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Strokkur hot spring erupting, gushing boiling geothermal water high into the air.

The Golden Circle

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.

You could also choose to take a snorkelling tour between the tectonic plates at the Silfra Fissure. Silfra is a large crevasse between the tectonic plates that is filled with crystal clear glacier water. On a snorkelling tour here, you will see incredible underwater columns and walls, with visibility up to 100 metres. A snorkel in Silfra is a one-of-a-kind experience.

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.

You will also make a stop at the Efstidalur Farm. This family-run dairy farm is a cosy location that boasts a restaurant with meals made from locally sourced ingredients. The shining glory of Efstidalur is their ice cream, made with milk from their own cows. You can have a sample of this cold treat while you watch the gentle cows relaxing in the barn.

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

Day 2
Skógafoss waterfall casting a rainbow as it lands on the black rocks below.

South Coast

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 Skogarfoss 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.

You will make a stop at the Dyrholaey Sea Arch. This rocky promenade is a favourite place for local birdlife. Dyrholaey is well known for its arch, which forms out of the sea. From here you can get an incredible 360-degree-view of the coastline and surrounding areas.

Not far from Dyrholaey is the beautiful black sand beach Reynisfjara, defined not only for its colour but its impressive basalt columns and famous sea stacks.

You will then come to the idyllic coastal town of Vik. This quaint seaside area is framed by mountains and the sea.

If you want some extra adventure in your day you can choose to visit an ice cave. In this experience, you will be taken to one of these magnificent frozen palaces that are as unique as fingerprints. There you will witness the magic of icy walls, naturally created in the regular freeze and melt cycles of a glacier.

Vik is a great place to take in the authentic atmosphere of small-town life on the South Coast. Here is where you will spend the night.

Day 3
Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon at sunset, with the ice gently reflecting the last golden and pink rays of the summer sun.

Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon

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 also take the Skaftafell Nature Reserve. This area sits inside Vatnajökull National Park and is home to many of the south coast's natural wonders. As part of your day, you will head off on a glacier hike in Skaftafell. In this tour, you will be fitted with all the necessary equipment and taken by your guide to ascent a glacier. Nothing compares to the feeling of standing on top of a glacier, the ice beneath your feet as you take in the impressive views that surround you.

You will spend the evening close to the Jökulsárlón area.

Day 4
An old house stands by the banks of Lagarfljót river in east Iceland, on a peaceful summer evening.

Eastfjords

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.

You will make a fascinating stop at Auðun’s Rock Museum. This attraction in the town of Djúpivogur is a beautifully curated collection of stones from the local area. Carefully cut specimens of quartz, agate, crystals and zeolite that have been beautifully polished are on display.

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.

From Egilsstaðir you can also choose to take a tour of a microbrewery. Iceland has become well-known for its impressive beer brewing skills and in this experience, you will see this first hand.

You will spend the night in Egilsstaðir.

Day 5
Europe's most powerful waterfall, Dettifoss, crashing into the Jökulsárgljúfur canyon with a terrifying roar.

Dettifoss, Myvatn & Akureyri

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 then head to the ‘Capital of the North’, Akureyri. 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.

You will spend the night in Akureyri

Day 6
Goðafoss waterfall, onyl 12 metres in height, but wide and heavy in flow, offers a stunning vista, regardless of season.

Return to Reykjavik

Today you will head back to where your journey began.

After you leave Akureyri, you will make a stop at the cosy Kaffi Kú (the Cow Cafe). In this lovely surrounding, you will be able to grab a bite or a coffee as you take in some elements of the daily life for Icelandic dairy farmers.

Your guide will then take you to Hauganes. This quaint village is located in the picturesque fjord of Eyjafjörður. Here you can take a relaxing stroll around the town. You can also take in some final extra adventures.

From here you could catch a whale watching tour. You will hop aboard a boat in the local harbour and head out to spot these gentle giants.

You will then head further south to the Hvitserkur area. Hvitserkur is an intriguing rock formation that is often referred to as the ‘Troll of Northwest Iceland.’ It stands 15 metres tall in the Hunafloi Bay. Local legends say that this formation was once a troll who stayed out too late and when the sun came up, was turned to stone. Today Hvitserkur is one of the most photographed attractions in Northern Iceland and you will quickly see why.

You will then head back to the capital of Reykjavik. You will have plenty of time on the way to take in the beautiful sights of Iceland and reflect on your incredible journey.

Map

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 be given 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.

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 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.

It is also recommended that your flight out of Iceland is booked at least one day after this tour.

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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