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7-day Stress-free Vacation Package to Iceland

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Tour starts
Iceland
Starting time
Flexible
Duration
7 days
Ending place
Iceland
Languages
Difficulty
Easy
Available
Apr. - Sep.
Minimum age
5 years old

Description

Book this 7-day summer package for a relaxing holiday in Iceland. On this trip, you'll take a relaxed pace to explore the vibrant city of Reykjavik as well as the natural hot spots of the Golden Circle and Iceland's South Coast, amongst a number of other fantastic optional trips and activities. This tour package is perfect for those looking to travel slow and enjoy taking in the wonderful nature as well as the atmosphere of the city in their own time.

This tour package is the perfect blend of exploration and relaxation. You'll experience the wonderful sights and sounds of Iceland's world-famous golden circle, stand before the most mighty and delicate of waterfalls, and even have the option to explore Iceland's west and richly diverse Snaefellsnes peninsula. This package intends to fill you with inspiration and excitement, not to wear you out.

As part of a tour package, we take care of all the details for you. You just need to take care of your own experiences. We'll manage the trips and accommodation and provide you with a fully customized itinerary for your stay, taking away all the stress associated with booking and planning a holiday. All your accommodation will be in the same place in Reykjavik, so you won't need to worry about repacking your suitcases, and all tours and experiences included are completely family-friendly.

You'll have ample opportunity to add some delightful extra trips, experiences, and excursions to this package to create some truly once-in-a-lifetime memories. Extra excursions include a trip to the beautiful Snaefellsnes peninsula, a hike to the Reykjadalur geothermal valley to experience some of Iceland's natural hot springs, and a day tour to the magnificent Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon.

Some of the extra activities you can add include snorkeling between 2 continents at the tranquil Silfra fissure, an adrenaline-pumping snowmobile ride on Langjokull glacier, a horse riding tour through Iceland's rugged terrains, a trip inside the magma chamber of a dormant volcano, and a helicopter tour of Reykjavik to the summit of Mount Esjan amongst a series of others. 

So, don't hesitate and book your holiday to Iceland at your own pace to enjoy our country's beauty, tranquillity, and culture. Check availability now by choosing a date and book your Iceland adventure.

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Included

Airport transfer on arrival/departure
6 nights of accommodation in Reykjavik
Golden Circle small group sightseeing tour (upgrades with activities available)
South Coast small group sightseeing tour (upgrades with activities available)
Day tour to West Iceland
Blue Lagoon comfort entrance (upgrade to premium level available)
Detailed itinerary
Personal travel agent
Taxes
Travelers who book with Guide to Iceland may have a PCR or rapid antigen COVID-19 test prearranged prior to their departure from Iceland, if needed.

Activities

Glacier Hiking
Snorkelling
Hiking
Snowmobile
Horse Riding
Whale Watching
Sightseeing
Boat Trip
Hot Spring Bathing
Cultural Activity
Helicopter

Daily itinerary

Day 1
The Blue Lagoon is a wonderful place to unravel stress in Iceland.

Day 1 - Arrival

Welcome to Iceland! It's time to explore the incredible sights and sounds that make this country so beautiful and tranquil to travelers.

Once you've landed and collected your things, you'll join your arranged airport transfer right outside the Keflavik airport terminal and head straight for the city of Reykjavik.

If you have an early flight, you have 2 options for starting your first day in Iceland. You can either head straight to your Reykjavik accommodation or take a detour via the world-famous Blue Lagoon, which is a great stop for both couples and families alike.

This world-renowned spa is known for its healing waters, vivid azure colors, and luxurious treatments. It is located in the middle of a moss-covered lava field, giving it an otherworldly atmosphere. If you add the Blue Lagoon, it will be arranged according to your flights. If there is no time to visit the lagoon today, it can be added to another day. Your travel consultant will be able to arrange this for you. There is still plenty to see and do in Reykjavik and the Reykjanes Peninsula if you have extra free time.

If you choose, however, to head straight to Reykjavik, you can use the time to relax, settle in, and check out some of the city's main landmarks. We'd suggest you include Hallgrimskirkja church, Perlan observation deck, the Harpa Concert Hall, as well as some of the lovely cafes and restaurants that are dotted around all corners of the city.

Alternatively, if you have a late flight, your airport transfer will take you straight to the city where you can relax and unwind in your accommodation after a long day of traveling.

You will retire for the night at your accommodation in Reykjavik.

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Day 2
Hallgrimskirkja is one of the most dramatic buildings in Iceland.

Day 2 - City Chill

It's your first full day in Iceland, and what better way to spend it than basking in the vibrant and quirky city of Reykjavik.

With many landmarks, museums, galleries, cafes, restaurants, swimming pools, parks, and even a zoo, you will easily find the perfect option for you and the whole family.

If you didn't have time the day before, we suggest you head to the center and explore some of these wonderful city landmarks. You could even take the opportunity to pay a small fee and take the elevator up to the top of Hallgrimskirkja church bell tower to get an incredible panoramic view of the whole city. You'll notice how rich in color the rooftops are in reds, greens, yellows, and blues, making for a great stop and picture opportunity.

For those wanting to try some of the local Icelandic cuisines, you'll find a raft of cafes and restaurants around the main city center street of Laugavegur as well as a little further afield. For instance, the Icelandic Street Food restaurant offers a selection of very affordable, delicious hearty meals catered to travelers.

You'll find on your stay that Iceland has a staggering number of swimming pools, not only in Reykjavik but across the country. A visit to one of these geothermal swimming pools is a great way to partake in some traditional Icelandic culture and a regular hot spot for families to take their children for a wonderful and relaxing day out.

In the afternoon, you will add 1 of 3 optional extra activities, which are great fun for the whole family.

Option 1 - Take a 2-hour afternoon horse riding tour just outside the city of Reykjavik. Enjoy a ride on the famously stylish and distinct Icelandic horse and explore the beautiful crisp and peaceful, rugged outdoor terrains that help make Iceland's nature so distinct. This is a great way to connect with Iceland's wonderful nature and is a relaxing activity for the whole family.

Please note, however, that to take part in this horse riding activity, all children must be a minimum age of 12 years old.

Option 2 - Take a 3-hour whale watching tour from Reykjavik harbor out into the deep waters of the Faxafloi bay. Once onboard, you'll be offered some thermals to keep you warm when out on deck spotting these marvelous creatures.

Watch in awe as whales, including humpback whales, sperm whales, fin whales, and even orcas, show you their world with breaches and tail fluke dives from these charming animals.

For those of you more prone to the cold, the boat also offers an indoor cafe where you can heat up and watch from the window with a nice cup of tea, coffee, or hot chocolate and a snack.

Option 3 - Take a 2-hour whale and puffin-watching rib boat tour from Reykjavik harbor. The boat will take you out of the dock, searching for some of the most incredible creatures Iceland is synonymous with. Watch for breaching whales, spouting blowholes, and picturesque flukes rising from the water for a glimpse of these magnificent giants.

Your guide will ensure to point out all the wildlife when spotted where you'll also be able to see the cute and distinctive puffin. Famously found in Iceland and a handful of other locations, these delightful birds frequent Iceland's many spectacular cliffs to nest in the summer months. Having the chance to watch them swoop down to the waters is a great sight to behold.

Afterward, take the chance to have a nice and relaxing meal in the evening before heading back to your accommodation to rest up for your next day of adventure.

You will then retire for the evening in your Reykjavik accommodation once more.

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Day 3
The Strokkur geyser is a great place to see Iceland's geothermal activity.

Day 3 - Golden Circle

After enjoying the city of Reykjavik the previous day, today, you will be immersed in the beauty of Icelandic nature.

Traveling under the long daylight hours synonymous with the summer months gives you the ability to choose from 5 options that most suit your preferences. All of them will take you to the same main attractions. Some also offer extra activities to help you take advantage of some incredible experiences:

Option 1 - An 8-hour small-group sightseeing day tour takes you around this famous traveler trail's main beautiful Golden Circle attractions.

Option 2 - A 10-hour small-group sightseeing day tour visiting all the main Golden Circle attractions, including snorkeling between 2 tectonic plates. Please note that the participant has to be a minimum of 12 years old to join this tour.

Option 3 - A 10-hour sightseeing day tour visiting all the main attractions of the Golden Circle with the inclusion of a snowmobiling tour on top of Langjokull glacier. Please note that to take part in this tour, the participant has to be a minimum of 6 years old.

Option 4 - A 10-hour sightseeing day tour visiting all the main attractions of the Golden Circle with the inclusion of a horse riding tour across some of the wondrous terrains. Please note that to take part in this tour, the participant has to be a minimum of 7 years old.

No matter which option you choose, your first stop will be the spectacular Thingvellir national park. Sitting in the rift between 2 continental plates (North American & Eurasian), it hosts a variety of forestry, canyons, and waterfalls, and the largest natural lake in Iceland, Thingvallavatn. As you walk through, you'll visibly see the geological cracks in the canyons created by the moving tectonic plates, as well as the famous historic site of the world's first-ever parliament in (Althingi) 930 AD.

For those of you who select option 2, you will then visit the nearby Silfra fissure. Here you will be able to see the physical divide of 2 continents and take the chance to snorkel in the crystal clear waters in this otherworldly paradise. As a unique spot in Iceland, this makes for one of the most surreal and incredible experiences you could have.

Next, you'll head straight to the Geysir geothermal area. Filled with a mixture of steaming vents, bubbling mud pots, and spouting hot springs, this is a great attraction to witness the volcanic nature of our shores. You'll find most visitors surrounding the spouting geyser named Strokkur, which erupts boiling water up to 66 ft (20m) every 5-10 minutes.

Your third stop on tour will take you to the mighty waterfall of Gullfoss. Fed by the meltwater of the neighboring Langjokull glacier along the Hvita river, this thunderous waterfall cascades down 105 ft (32m) over two steps into the cavern below. During the summer months, you can walk much closer to the falls and feel the rumbling of the waters and misty spray all around you.

If you select option 3, you will join your snowmobiling tour here. Once you've been kitted out and picked up by your guide just outside Gullfoss visitor center, you'll receive a quick safety briefing before heading up to the top of Langjokull glacier. You'll then take your snowmobile and zoom across the powdery untouched nature of this snowy tundra, taking in the incredible array of mountain peak views in every direction.

Your last stop on the tour will take you to the gigantic dormant volcano of Kerid crater. Take your time to walk around the top of the crater providing great views of the deep pool of water below. Walk down into the bottom of the crater and get close to the peaceful wind-shielded waters that fill it. This surreal experience is enhanced further by the scale of the crater walls on all sides, giving you an impression of what this would have been like when it was once active.

Afterward, your tour will take you straight back to your accommodation in Reykjavik, where you can relax and freshen up before dinner.

You'll retire for the night at your accommodation in Reykjavik.

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Day 4
The cliffs of Dyrholaey in South Iceland is a great place for puffin watching.

Day 4 - Water in the South

Your third day in Iceland will predominantly revolve around enjoying some of Iceland's most spectacular waterfalls, glaciers, and black sand beaches, allowing you to marvel at some of the most scenic and peaceful locations in the country.

You will have 3 tour options to choose from to ensure you select the most appropriate one for you. They will all take in the main locations of the South of Iceland, with either an extra activity or a more in-depth tour.

Option 1 - Take a 10-hour small group tour of Iceland's South Coast to explore everything from glaciers to many waterfalls. This tour will travel as far as the renowned village of Vik.

Option 2 - Take a 12-hour small group tour to the very best spots of Iceland's immaculate South Coast. This tour option also comes with the extra of taking an incredible once-in-a-lifetime glacier hike on Solheimajokull glacier. Please note that to join this tour, there is a minimum age requirement of 10 years old.

Option 3 - Take a 14-hour day tour to Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon from Reykjavik. On this tour, you'll explore all the main spots of the South Coast while traveling much further past Vik through rich lava fields, Skaftafell nature reserve, and the many glacier tongues of Europe's largest glacier Vatnajokull.

Whichever option you select, you'll be in for a fantastic experience. On every journey, you will encounter glaciers, waterfalls, mountains, volcanoes, rolling hills, and black sand beaches along this highly unique trail.

As soon as you head out of Reykjavik, your tour will take you along the famous Icelandic Ring Road South. You'll firstly stop by the enchanting waterfall of Seljalandsfoss, unique in its ability to let you walk behind this 60m (197 ft) goliath waterfall with its perfectly shaped cavern. A further 15-minute drive up the road will take you to the renowned Skogafoss, famed for its thundering falls and charming folklore of an enchanted treasure hidden behind its waters.

Your next stop will be to the glacier Solheimajokull, one of the many outlets of the Myrdalsjokull glacier. As you walk closer to the glacier, you'll notice a coating of black on top of the otherwise white and blues associated with glacier ice. This is due to the impact of the fallen ash from the recent 2010 eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano.

For those of you who selected option 2, this is where you'll get kitted up with a helmet, crampons, and an ice ax and take your climb on this magnificent natural beauty. Your guide will show you through the many crevasses and caverns that create this creeping titan before allowing you to take in the breathtaking views from the top. Make sure you bring a water bottle with you, as you'll want to fill up your flask and taste some of the purest water on the planet in this other-worldly setting.

Next up, you'll check out the famous Reynisfjara black sand beach. This volcanic yet eerie atmospheric beach hosts the incredible basalt sea stacks of Reynisdrangar as well as numerous volcanic caverns along the shoreline. After your stop here, you will have time to explore the quaint village of Vik before making your way back to Reykjavik for those who opted for either option 1 or 2.

If you choose option 3, you will continue through the further wild terrains of a seemingly endless lava field with waterfalls spouting every few minutes on your left. You'll then pass through the spectacular Skaftafell nature reserve with pouring glacier tongues from Vatnajokull creeping through the mountains of the South Coast before arriving at Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon.

Take your time to witness the splendor of Jokulsarlon, from the gargantuan icebergs that fill it to the seals that sunbathe here in the long summer daylight hours. Make sure also to visit the amazing Diamond Beach filled with washed-up icebergs melting and glistening in the sun, making it the most incredible spot to take some pictures and enjoy one of nature's most beautiful phenomenons.

After this, you'll make your way back to your Reykjavik accommodation, where you can spend the evening relaxing in a nice cafe or restaurant before retiring for the night.

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Day 5
The Snaefellsnes Peninsula is a great place to unwind for a day.

Day 5 - More Nature and Fresh Air

After a couple of days exploring some of the better-known areas of Iceland, today we're giving you the option to explore some lesser-trodden paths.

Option 1 - Take an 11-hour small group tour of the Snaefellsnes peninsula. This region of Iceland is so diverse it's frequently termed 'Iceland in miniature'.

On your journey, you'll get to visit a native seal colony at the Ytri-Tunga bay, as well as the small fishing villages of Hellnar and Arnarstapi to enjoy fantastic views of the peninsula and the incredible basalt rock formations that decorate the shoreline.

Next, you'll head to the centerpiece of the peninsula, Snaefellsjokull. This giant glacier sits on top of a dormant volcano that is the inspiration for the Jules Verne 19th century novel 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth'.

Afterward, you'll make your way to Iceland's most famous mountain, Kirkjufell. Though this mountain translates to 'Church Mountain', nowadays it's more commonly known as 'the mountain shaped like an arrowhead' due to the hit HBO show, Game of Thrones. Take your time to get the perfect picture of the most photographed mountain in Iceland.

Please note, to join this tour, there is a minimum age requirement of 3 years old.

The highlight of this tour will then take you to the 1.6km long Vidgelmir Lava Cave. This is the longest and most impressive lava cave accessible for visitors in Iceland. You'll get to take a 1.5-hour expedition to explore the wondrous lava formations.

The last stops of this tour will take you to the historic village of Reykholt. Rich in history, as explained in the medieval writings of Snorri Sturluson, the village most famously hosts a small hot spring used by local people since the 12th century. You'll finally end the data at the relaxing geothermal area where Krauma spa is situated.

Please note, to join this tour, there is a minimum age requirement of 5 years old.

Option 2 - Take a 10-hour all ages inclusive into the glacier tour. This will take you in a monster-modified vehicle prepared for all terrains past the impressive waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss to the top of the Langjokull glacier to explore the ice tunnel.

After leaving Reykjavik, you'll meet both Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls in West Iceland. These contrasting waterfalls are a beautiful spectacle to visit with their contrasting powers and the incredible colors from Hraunfossar, which are a result of old lava meeting the constantly flowing glacier meltwater.

You'll then be driven up the slopes of the Langjokull glacier to the very top. Here, you'll witness the most breathtaking views of Iceland from all angles, including mountain peaks around you and the exquisite valleys below.

The highlight of your tour will take you deep into an ice tunnel carved directly into the glacier. This surreal and other-worldly paradise demonstrates the sheer magnitude of one of nature's greatest wonders and shifts under the constant movement of the glacier.

Option 3 - Take a half-day tour (5 hours) to hike to the Reykjadalur geothermal valley to bathe and unwind in one of the many natural hot springs in Iceland.

Once picked up by your guide, you'll be taken on a short 40-minute drive out of Reykjavik to the neighboring geothermal hotspot of Hveragerdi. You'll then hike through a colorful volcanic area, past bubbling mud pots and steaming hot springs, all the while surrounded by a picturesque view of colorful mountains and green, mossy hills.

The hike will finish at a river where freshwater mixes with steaming geothermal water, spouting down the mountain range, creating a pool at perfect bathing temperature. Take a dip and relax surrounded on all angles by one of the most beautiful settings in Iceland.

As this tour is only half a day in length, it gives you plenty of time to spend back in Reykjavik to take the day at your own pace.

Whichever option you decide, you'll have a fantastically memorable day in amongst the wonderful nature of Iceland.

You'll then rest up for the night at your Reykjavik accommodation.

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Day 6
Reykjavik has many quiet spots to unwind, like Grotta.

Day 6 - Icelandic Wonders

This is your last full day in Iceland, and we have a mixture of fantastic experiences which you can choose to join.

You can, of course, opt to have a day away from tours and rest at one of the city's many pools or take your family to explore the botanical garden and small zoo. Or you can take in some more of the culture with the various art galleries and museums, or even take the family to dress in the attire of Vikings at the delightful Saga Museum.

However, if you feel like you'd prefer a more adventurous day, take your last opportunity with 1 of these 3 options:

Option 1 - Take a 6-hour tour to the Reykjanes peninsula to the now dormant Thrihnukagigur volcano and descend into the magma chamber within. What makes this volcano distinct from any other in the world is that you will be descending into an empty magma chamber. Usually, when volcanoes become dormant, their magma chambers collapse in on themselves, but the magma of the Thrihnukagigur volcano drained away.

Taking an old mine shaft into this enormous chasm, you'll quickly notice the beautiful lava trails and colors of red and orange stalactites that decorate the walls. As you get closer to the end of your descent, you'll also feel a rise in heat left from the lava lakes of old.

You'll have plenty of time in the magma chamber to explore the many crevasses and take as many pictures as you can with this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Option 2 - Take to the skies with this 40-minute Reykjavik helicopter tour and see Reykjavik from the most unique perspective.

From the domestic airport, you'll board your helicopter and zoom above Reykjavik's incredibly colorful array of buildings and right the way across the bay to the adjacent mountain, Esjan. You'll then perch on the top and take in the views with a nice glass of sparkling wine before making your way back down across the bay.

For those never experienced a ride in a helicopter before, this is the perfect time to change that.

Option 3 - Take a short 1-hour visit to the famous FlyoverIceland 4D cinema in Reykjavik. Great fun for the whole family. This ride takes you dangling before a 66 ft (20m) spherical screen in an incredibly impressive 4D experience.

The cinematic display takes you virtually through some of the most incredible terrains in Iceland, from mountain peaks to fjords, volcanoes, glaciers, waterfalls, and even New Years' Eve in Reykjavik.

This exhilarating display will give you a warm fuzzy feeling of the spectacular nature of the country you've been visiting.

Please note that there is a minimum age requirement of 5 years old to join this tour.

After an unforgettable day, you'll take the chance to relax in the atmosphere of Reykjavik with a final taste of some Icelandic cuisine.

You'll then retire for the night in your Reykjavik accommodation.

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Day 7
Geothermal forces can be seen at geothermal area around Iceland.

Day 7 - Departure

On your 7th day, you’ll take your airport transfer from Reykjavik to Keflavik international airport.

If you, however, have a later flight, you may wish to spend your final couple of hours grabbing some last-minute souvenirs and have a last look around the city to any sights you’d like to get one last glimpse of before making your way to the airport.

For those of you with an earlier flight, we wish you a very safe journey home and look forward to welcoming you back to Iceland in the future.

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What to bring

Warm and waterproof outdoor clothing
Good hiking boots
Swimsuit and a towel
Camera

Good to know

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.

Accommodation in Reykjavik

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 other 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). 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.

Super Budget

Dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels, such as HI Hostels. Located in the capital region. Breakfast is not included.

Budget

Private rooms with shared bathroom in guesthouses or hostels such as Capital Inn Guesthouse. Located in the capital region. Breakfast is not included.

Comfort

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.

Quality

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.

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