Pack your week in Iceland with thrilling adventures and breathtaking sites with this all-inclusive vacation package. Anyone who wishes to marvel over the countless wonders of the Land of Ice and Fire, and explore them in unique and exciting ways, should not overlook this opportunity.
Shaped by ancient glaciers and explosive volcanoes, Iceland boasts some of the world's most stark, dramatic, and beautiful nature. On this vacation package, all of this is at your fingertips as the country's friendliest and most experienced guides escort you around a range of unbelievable attractions and landscapes.
Steaming geothermal areas, black sand beaches, shimmering ice caps, and countless waterfalls are all on your agenda, as is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure inside the magma chamber of an extinct volcano. This trip, which is only possible in Iceland, will have you descend via an old mining lift into its beautiful interior, where you can marvel over its sheer size and spectacular coloration.
Your exploration of this otherworldly place is but one of the many activities offered on your seven-day holiday. You'll also have the chance to snorkel in a crystal clear spring between the tectonic plates, meet the giants of the deep on a whale watch, and even take a helicopter ride over Reykjavik and its beautiful surrounding landscapes.
For six nights of your trip, you'll be based in the capital. This will allow you to embrace the country's culture with ease. Reykjavik is appealing to travelers of all interests, with fantastic architecture and public art. The city has a diverse range of museums and galleries, serene nature spots, and many geothermal pools. Its restaurants, nightlife, and music scenes are also increasingly world-renowned.
For the one night you spend out of the city, you'll be in a beautiful countryside hotel on the South Coast, allowing you to explore this region's many spectacular attractions without rushing.
By booking this holiday package, all of the stresses associated with planning a trip are alleviated, and you can enjoy every moment of your adventure without being niggled with organizational hiccoughs. After tailoring your perfect holiday, all of the details will be sorted prior to your arrival.
Immerse yourself in the beauty of Iceland with this action-packed, all-inclusive week-long summer vacation. Check availability by choosing a date.
If you have an earlier arrival, you can begin your holiday with a trip to the Blue Lagoon, one of the country's most famous and popular attractions. This spa is powered by the geothermal energy seething from the earth, allowing for luxurious saunas, steam rooms, and hot tubs.
Furthermore, its azure waters boast a beneficial bacteria found nowhere else on earth that is said to have incredible healing properties.
If you can't visit the Blue Lagoon on your arrival day, you will be able to organize it before your departure. Whether you are rejuvenating from your flight or your week-long adventure, it is just as inviting.
To reach Reykjavík from the airport or lagoon, you'll be driven across the Reykjanes Peninsula. The landscapes here will immediately show you how beautiful Iceland's nature can be: cone-shaped volcanoes, endless plains of twisted lava, and stunning coastal geology will all be on display as you travel.
Once you reach your hotel, you can either rest up in preparation for your adventures ahead or get to know the lively, quirky capital. As you are traveling in summer, you can city sightsee well into the night due to the phenomenon of the Midnight Sun.
After being picked up by your guide, you'll be driven through picturesque landscapes to the first, Thingvellir National Park. Iceland's intense volcanic activity occurs because the continental divide runs through the country, and Thingellir is nestled right in the middle of it, meaning you will be able to both see and explore between two tectonic plates.
The park's primordial geology is but one of its many fascinating qualities. It also boasts a captivating history and a central role in many sagas because Icelanders first formed their parliament here over a thousand years ago. Furthermore, it is arrestingly spectacular, with dramatic ravines, glistening springs, abundant woodland, and surrounding volcanoes.
The second major site along the Golden Circle sightseeing route is the hot-spring area of Geysir. As can be gathered from its name, this site is famous for its geysers. The Great Geysir itself may be inactive, but its neighbor Strokkur is world-renowned for the regularity and height of its eruptions.
Surrounding Strokkur are plenty of other hot springs, and the resulting sulfuric air and brightly colored earth are stark reminders that this beautiful country is still forming.
The third and final attraction of the Golden Circle is Iceland's most famous waterfall, Gullfoss. Fed by a river descending from the country's second-largest glacier, Langjokull, this magnificent attraction falls with both grace and incredible power.
If the sun is shining, countless rainbows will arch through the great clouds of mist blooming from where it crashes into a valley.
Though you are welcome to simply take a tour around these sites and then spend the rest of the day in Reykjavik, you are also welcome to combine your trip with one of three uniquely Icelandic adventures.
While in Thingvellir, you can embark on a snorkeling tour in the springwater of Silfra ravine. Regularly voted one of the world's top ten snorkeling and diving sites in the world, the visibility often exceeds 328 ft (100 m), and the vividness of the blues and beauty of the underwater world defy the imagination.
Alternatively, you could take a super jeep from the car park at Gullfoss to Langjokull glacier for a snowmobiling adventure. The ice cap's gleaming slopes make for the perfect terrain to race across, and the Highland views on clear days are some of the country's most spectacular.
A final option is to take a journey on horseback through the gorgeous rural landscapes of southwest Iceland. Renowned for their unique gait, colorful personalities, and small stature, Icelandic horses are a pleasure to ride for both expert equestrians and complete novices.
You'll arrive back in Reykjavik with time to enjoy a restaurant meal, walk through the streets, and get a taste of the nightlife before retiring.
After being picked up by your guide, you'll be swept to the South Coast, where you'll quickly be exposed to beautiful views, such as to the Westman Islands out to sea. Your first stop, however, will be at Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Facing the ocean and falling in a narrow, graceful stream from a height of 197 ft (60 m), it is possible to fully encircle due to the massive cavern behind it.
Hidden in a grotto just around the corner from Seljalandsfoss is a second waterfall, the mystical Gljufrabui, which many guests overlook.
As you continue along the South Coast, you'll be in the shadow of the mighty ice caps of Myrdalsjokull and Eyjafjallajokull. You will take a glacier hiking tour on the magnificent outlet glacier of Solheimajokull. You'll be privy to incredible views of the south as you explore its crevasses, formations, and gleaming walls of ice.
The next major attraction is a waterfall just as tall as Seljalandfoss, but far more powerful: Skogafoss. Up to 66 ft (20 m) wide after a heavy rain, it is renowned for the colossal blooms of spray that rise when it crashes to the ground, as well as its interesting folklore, said to conceal a treasure chest.
Following your walk here, you will head to Dyrholaey, a massive rock arch that curves into the ocean. In summer, this is one of the best places in the country to find nesting puffins. Close to this magnificent attraction is the black sand shore of Reynisfjara, a site considered one of the most beautiful non-tropical beaches in the world.
Reynisfjara is best known for the massive sea stacks of Reynisfjara, which tower over the coastline. In Icelandic folklore, it was said that these were formed when two trolls, attempting to drag a ship to land, were turned to stone when caught in the light of the rising sun.
As you drive towards your accommodation, tongues of Europe's largest ice cap, Vatnajokull, will begin to appear in the valleys between the mountains, misty and spectacular.
You'll be retiring at a far-flung hotel in a beautiful corner of the country's southwest.
The lagoon is located between a crumbling outlet of Vatnajokull and the ocean, connected to the latter by a narrow river. As the glacier tongue breaks apart, enormous icebergs fill the azure waters, some towering many feet tall. Their coloration is vivid, with gleaming white, electric blue, and black streaks, representing layers of ash from centuries-old eruptions.
Many of the icebergs are large enough that seals use them to haul out, and many more of these adorable creatures can be found splashing around in the waters between them.
Watching the seals and bergs from the shore is breathtaking, but on this vacation package, you have the chance for an even more intimate experience. By boarding an amphibious vessel, you can immerse yourself in the lagoon, getting close enough to touch the ice and allowing yourself to marvel over the glacier from the beautiful waters.
Adjacent to Jokulsarlon is a magical stretch of coastline that has been nicknamed 'the Diamond Beach,' as this is where the icebergs of the lagoon finish their journey, washing onto the black sands and glistening as they melt. Some are still an impressive size, and photographers will love the opportunities presented by the contrasts here.
Once you've spent hours at this magnificent corner of Iceland, your guide will drive you back to Reykjavik along the South Coast. Under different conditions and traveling in the opposite direction, the landscapes will appear new on your return journey, and you'll make several stops at the scenic sites en route.
Your guide will pick you up from Reykjavik and escort you to a barren, ominous field of twisted dark lava. You'll hike a short distance across this otherworldly, mystical terrain until reaching a seemingly innocuous mining lift amongst the basalt.
After dressing in all the necessary safety gear, you will board the lift and begin your slow descent. As you travel down the shaft, the most magnificent subterranean world will open up before you.
After a volcano erupts and its magma chamber drains, it usually collapses in on its own structure. Thrihnukagigur, however, did not. Discovered only recently by a curious caver, it remained an enormous cavern, large enough for the Statue of Liberty not only to stand but to stretch her arms comfortably.
The colors, brought up from the magma of the earth, are unbelievably vivid, shimmering reds, greens, and yellows against the black rock. Lights in the cavern will allow you to appreciate them in all their glory. Once the lift has fully descended, you will be released to explore its base and marvel over its formations up close.
After making the most of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, only available in Iceland, you'll return to Reykjavik and have the rest of your day to make the most of the city. If caught in a passion for the phenomena of Iceland's nature, it is recommended to visit Perlan, where there are some fascinating interactive exhibitions on all its facets.
The first of these is a whale-watching excursion from the city's old harbor. In summer, Iceland is one of the world's best whale-watching locations in the world, as the gentle giants of the deep migrate to its bountiful waters. Elusive minkes and gregarious humpbacks are most common, although blue, fin, and killer whales are also occasionally seen.
Most of these boat trips also include sightings of white-beaked dolphins and countless seabirds, including puffins.
Your second choice is a helicopter ride from the domestic airport in Reykjavik. After the adrenaline rush of a thrilling takeoff, you'll be awed by the beauty of the world's northernmost capital from such a unique angle. The tin roofs of the city will form a magnificent quilt of color, and landmarks such as Hallgrimskirkja Church and the Harpa Concert Hall are even more spectacular from above.
A final tour option is another horseback ride in the beautiful rural valley of Mossfellsbaer just outside the capital. If you missed this on your second day (or if you particularly love riding), this is another wonderful opportunity to meet Icelandic horses and experience the landscapes of Iceland like a settler of old.
For the time you are in Reykjavik, your choices of what to do are endless. You can explore the boutiques on Laugavegur, watch a show at a live music bar, taste some national delicacies at a restaurant, learn about the many facets of Iceland's culture at a museum, or even visit the geothermally heated beach at Nautholsvik.
After spending as long in the city as you like beneath the beautiful light of the Midnight Sun, you will spend your final night in Reykjavik.
Of course, you can arrange a detour en route to the Blue Lagoon if you did not go on your first day. Soaking in its azure waters, with a silica mask on your face, surrounded by the magnificent volcanic landscapes of Reykjanes, is a great way to say farewell to the Land of Ice and Fire.
Those with a late departure could also enjoy several extra hours to explore Reykjavik. You'll be able to fit in a visit to one of the city's renowned galleries or swimming pools or a relaxing stroll through one of its parks or nature areas. Be sure to at least check out its most iconic architectural sites and marvel over the views of Mount Esja over Faxafloi Bay before your departure.
Have a safe flight, and come back for another incredible holiday soon!
Although it is summertime, the Icelandic weather can be very unpredictable. Please bring appropriate clothing. Please be aware that your itinerary may have to be rearranged to fit your arrival date and time better.
See our accommodation levels below and our preferred accommodation partners under each day in the daily itinerary. Super budget level accommodations will be arranged in hostel dorm beds. For budget and comfort levels, bookings for one person will be arranged in single rooms, and bookings for two or more people will share a twin/double or triple room(s). For quality level, odd number groups will always be allocated a single room. If you are travelling in a group, but prefer a single room, please make separate bookings. Teenagers and children will be arranged in the same room with parents. If additional room(s) is needed, additional costs will incur. For multi-day guided tours, accommodation cannot be upgraded and the levels below do not apply. Guide to Iceland will provide you with the best available accommodation at the time of your booking from our preferred partners. If our preferred partners are fully booked at the time of your booking, we will find another suitable accommodation for you of similar level. We always do our best to accommodate special requests, which may incur additional costs. Press choose a date to find availability.
Dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels, such as HI Hostels. Located in the capital region. Breakfast is not included.
Private rooms with shared bathroom in guesthouses or hostels such as Capital Inn Guesthouse. Located in the capital region. Breakfast is not included.
Rooms with a private bathroom at three-star hotels such as Hótel Klettur, or quality guesthouses. Located in the city center or in close vicinity. Breakfast is included.
Rooms at four-star design hotels in the city center with a private bathroom at the absolute best locations downtown such as Hotel Alda. Breakfast is included.