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 is intended 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, the accommodation and also provide you with a fully customised 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, exploring the caves and hot springs of West Iceland, taking 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 snorkelling 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 the beauty, tranquillity and culture of our country. Check availability now by choosing a date and book your Iceland adventure.
Welcome to Iceland! It’s time to explore the incredible sights and sounds that make this country so beautiful and tranquil to travellers.
Once you’ve landed and collected your things, you’ll join your arranged airport transfer right outside Keflavik airport terminal and head straight for the city of Reykjavik.
If you have an early flight you have 2 options for how to start 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 colours 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 main landmarks of the city. 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 travelling.
You will retire for the night at your accommodation in Reykjavik.
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 a huge number of 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 in the day before we suggest you head to the centre 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 colour 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 cuisine, you’ll find a raft of cafes and restaurants around the main city centre 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 travellers.
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 have the option of adding 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 harbour 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 marvellous 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 harbour. The boat will take you out of the dock in search of 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.
Afterwards, 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.
After enjoying the city of Reykjavik the previous day, today you will be immersed in the beauty of the Icelandic nature.
Travelling under the long daylight hours synonymous with the summer months gives you the ability to choose from 4 options that most suit your preferences. Whilst 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 taking you around the main beautiful Golden Circle attractions of this famous travellers trail.
Option 2 - A 10-hour small-group sightseeing day tour visiting all the main Golden Circle attractions with the inclusion of snorkelling between 2 tectonic plates. Please note that to join this tour the participant has to be a minimum of 12 years old.
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 on the tour will take you to 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 as well as 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 historical 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 to 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 40m (131 ft) every 5-10 minutes.
Your third stop on the tour will take you to the mighty waterfall of Gullfoss. Fed by the meltwater of the neighbouring Langjokull glacier along the Hvita river, this thunderous waterfall cascades down 32m (105 ft) over 2 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 centre, 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.
Afterwards, 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.
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 are selecting 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 a plethora of 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 8 years old.
Option 3 - Take a 14.5-hour day tour to Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon from Reykjavik. On this tour, you’ll explore all the main spots of the South Coast, whilst travelling much further past Vik through rich lava fields, Skaftafell nature reserve and past the many tongues 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 it’s 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, which is 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 axe 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 splendour of Jokulsarlon, from the gargantuan icebergs that fill it to the seals that sun here in the long summer daylight hours. Make sure to also have a visit to 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.
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 centrepiece of the peninsula, Snaefellsjokull. This giant glacier sits on top of a dormant volcano said to be the inspiration for the Jules Verne 19th century novel ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’.
Afterwards, 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’ as a result of 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.
Option 2 - Take this 11-hour tour to West Iceland and explore some of the country's most impressive caves, hot springs and craters.
This tour will take you to the area of Borgarfjordur rich with both natural and historic sights. You’ll first explore the scenic Grabrok Volcanic Craters made up of 3 incredible craters that formed approximately 3.400 years ago: Stora (Big) Grabrok, Grabrokarfell and Litla (Small) Grabrok.
Your next stop will take you to the impressive waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. The former is a wide and gentle waterfall fed by the meltwater of the nearby Langjokull glacier with the water flowing through the mineral-rich lava rivulets from an old eruption. Barnafoss, on the other hand, is much taller and more powerful. Cross the bridge above this waterfall to get a great view of the thundering water pouring into the great chasms below.
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 3 - 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 colours 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 4 - 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 neighbouring geothermal hotspot of Hveragerdi. You’ll then hike through a colourful volcanic area, past bubbling mud pots and steaming hot springs, all the while surrounded by a picturesque view of colourful mountains and green, mossy hills.
The hike will finish at a river where fresh water 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.
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’re feeling 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 a vacant magma chamber. Normally, when volcanoes become dormant, their magma chambers simply collapse in on themselves but here the magma simply drained away.
Taking an old mine shaft into this humongous chasm you’ll quickly notice the beautiful lava trails and colours 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 colourful 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 of you who have 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 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 from the country you’ve been visiting.
Please note, to join this tour there is a minimum age requirement of 5 years old.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Are you looking to try some of the best dishes Iceland’s top restaurants have to offer? You can now add delicious meals to your booking without having to research where to find them. Select this option to include dinner every night as an extra, and we’ll provide you with vouchers as part of your booking confirmation. We’ll choose the top-rated restaurants that fit with your vacation itinerary and make your reservations for you. Your server will offer you a set menu of two to three courses at the restaurant, from which you can choose meat, fish, or vegetarian options. If you prefer to try a different dish, the meal voucher will act as a credit that you can redeem at the restaurant against menu items that are not part of the set menu. Save time and effort during your vacation, and let us take care of your meals for you. Choose the meal option today so you’ll be guaranteed to eat well on your forthcoming trip. Please notify the restaurant on arrival about any dietary requirements. Vouchers are non-refundable.
This insurance guarantees that you can cancel tour and package bookings and receive a full refund, minus the insurance cost. The cost of your cancellation insurance depends on the duration of your tour or package. A base cost of 5,000 ISK per person is applied to all tours and packages with a duration of 5 days or less. An additional 1,000 ISK per person will be added to the insurance cost for each day after. The cancellation must be made more than 48 hours before the listed starting time on your voucher. To cancel your booking and claim your refund, simply contact email@example.com and declare full cancellation. COVID-19 Related Cancellations If you need to cancel your booking due to COVID-19 related reasons, the cancellation insurance provides further protection for your booking. If you purchase a self-drive tour or guided tour package along with the cancellation insurance, you will also get a full refund. If you test positive on arrival, to get the full refund after arrival, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your booking details and your test result within 4 hours after you receive the test result. If your flight gets cancelled due to COVID, to get the full refund, please email us at email@example.com with your booking details and your flight cancellation confirmation prior to your scheduled flight departure time. Please note that this insurance covers the cancellation of the whole tour or package. Individual services cannot be cancelled and refunded separately, but are all covered and refunded in case of a full cancellation.