We will show you the most sensational places in Iceland in just 7 days and take you on amazing adventures. Experience everything from glacier hiking to magical waterfalls and volcano craters to a whale watching boat tour on Eyjafjörður Fjord and hiking through fabulous scenery to great Icelandic waterfalls. You will travel the whole of the famous Ring Road (Highway 1) and Snæfellsnes Peninsula, stopping at the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland, Dettifoss, Goðafoss, Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss and Hengifoss to name a few.
Duration: 7 days
Pick-up: 08:00 - 08:30
Group maximum: 18 per guide
Available: All year
Age limit: 10 years
- The Ring Road
- The Golden Circle (Gullfoss, Geysir, Þingvellir)
- Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
- Skógafoss Waterfall
- Reynisfjara Black Beach
- Vatnajökull Glacier
- Vatnajökull National Park
- South Coast (Seljalandsfoss, Reynisfjara)
- Skaftafell National Park
- Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
- The Diamond Beach
- Höfn, the lobster capital of Iceland
- Djúpivogur Fishing Village
- Hike to Hengifoss and Litlanesfoss Waterfalls
- The town of Egilsstaðir
- Lake Myvatn
- Bathing at Mývatn Nature Baths (optional)
- Námaskarð Geothermal Area
- Hverfjall Volcano Crater
- Dimmuborgir lava formations
- Dettifoss and Goðafoss Waterfalls
- Akureyri, Capital of the North
- Whale watching from Dalvík
- Trollaskagi Peninsula
- Siglufjörður (Siglufjordur)
Included: Pick up and drop off in Reykjavík, guided minibus tour to all highlights with English guidance, free wifi on the minibus, hotel room with bathroom for 6 nights, 6 hotel breakfasts, glacier hiking with glacier guide and all necessary glacier hiking equipment, guided 3 hour hike at Egilsstaðir, various short hikes, whale watching boat trip on Eyjafjörður from Dalvík and sightseeing with an expert Snæfellsnes guide.
Optional: Lava tube caving with a qualified caving guide and bathing at Mývatn Nature Baths
Bring with you: Warm outdoor clothing, a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear, gloves, camera, swimsuit and a towel. Good hiking boots are absolutely essential. To participate in the glacier hiking you will need hiking boots which cover your ankle and have a thick sole. If you don't have good hiking boots you can rent them from us when you book the tour online.
Not included: Food and drinks, other than 6 breakfasts is NOT included.
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Day 1 - The Golden Circle and South Coast
We pick you up between 08:00 and 08:30 from your accommodation or a nearby pick up point. The sights of the famous Golden Circle are the first places we will see. Our first stop is at Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site with incredible geology and great historical and cultural significance. Less than 60 years after Iceland was settled by the Vikings, the Icelandic Parliament, Alþingi, was established at Þingvellir (Thingvellir) in the year 930. You will see the flag marking the Law Rock where great declarations and speeches were delivered. A sturdy cliff, part of the Almannagjá gorge, formed by the Eurasian and North American plates edging apart, defines the eastern boundary of Þingvellir. The Mid-Atlantic Ridge extends beneath the Þingvallavatn, the picturesque Þingvellir Lake, creating Silfra Fissure, which is recognized as one of the top snorkeling and diving sites in the world.
Day 2 - Vík - Skaftafell - Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon - Höfn
After breakfast we head through the south coast to Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park, where you will enjoy an amazing glacier hike. So many of Iceland´s natural wonders can be found within the 13,600 km2 wilderness area of this national park. To name a few, Hvannadalshnúkur, the highest mountain peak in Iceland, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, now so famous many people just refer to it as ‘the ice lagoon’ and Vatnajökull Glacier, the largest glacier in Europe. On this tour we will take you to all three of Iceland´s national parks, Vatnajökull, Þingvellir and Snæfellsjökull. The Icelanders take the protection of their wilderness areas very seriously!
Day 3 - East Fjords - Djúpivogur - Egilsstaðir
The majestic scenery of the East Fjords stretches out ahead of us today, in these parts the Ring Road threads a winding and meandering pathway between jagged mountains and impossibly steep and beautiful Fjords. Each Fjord offers sensational but very different scenery as hairpin bends unfold to reveal landscape after landscape.
Day 4 - Dettifoss, Lake Mývatn, Goðafoss - Akureyri
The fabulous highlights of North Iceland await us today as we head from Egilsstaðir to Akureyri. Of course, we stop to show you some wonderful places along the way! We take you up to Möðrudalur, at 469 m this has been the highest farm in Iceland for a few generations. This very remote farming community is now host to the highest coffee house in the land. We aim to arrive at the breathtaking Dettifoss waterfall at a quieter time, when we can stand before the crashing torrent in open-mouthed wonder. The glacial river, Jökulsá á Fjöllum, thundering through the 44 meter drop gives these falls the most powerful flow rate in Europe, an astonishing 193 m3/s (6,816 cu ft/s). Dettifoss is, by a large margin, the most powerful waterfall in Iceland.
Day 5 - Whale watching from Dalvík - Siglufjörður -Tröllaskagi - Bifröst
You have an exciting whale watching boat trip from Dalvík to look forward to today! These tours have a great success rate, dolphins or whales are spotted on 98% of tours. Humpback whales are most often seen but plenty of dolphins, porpoises and other ocean wildlife are usually spotted too, and sometimes seals.
The journey to Dalvík will take you through Akureyri. With around 19,000 people this city has the largest population away from the Reykjavík area. Your journey along Eyjafjörður, the longest fjord in Iceland, will take you through little hamlets clinging like limpets to the hillside. When we get to Dalvík, a truly charming and still traditional fishing village, we will head straight for the whale watching boats. You have seen Eyjafjörður from the land, now you will see it from the water!
Day 6 - Borgarfjörður - Reykholt - Hraunfossar - Borgarnes
We continue our journey west around the Ring Road, stopping at Grábrók, a volcano crater with fabulous views across the lava fields and beyond on a clear day. We will enjoy a short hike to the top to fully enjoy the Borgarfjörður vistas. In 2016 Borgarfjörður in West Iceland was listed by Lonely Planet as a best travel destination.
After our bracing walk we continue our journey to visit Europe´s most powerful hot spring, Deildartunguhver. So much hot water is a wonderful resource, particularly in a cool climate. The people of Bjorgarfjörður use it to fill swimming pools, for domestic bathing and to heat buildings and homes in the towns of Borgarnes and Akranes. Traveling onwards we will stop at Hraunfossar Waterfall, here thousands of tiny ice-cold cascades tumble out of the edge of the Hallmundarhraun lava field, these unusual falls form a graceful and very wide sweep. Before we turn our attention to Icelandic history we will enjoy another waterfall visit. A legend tells the tale of the tragic accident which it is said the be the reason these falls are called Barnafoss, the name means ‘Children´s Falls’. Barnafoss is very photogenic.
Day 7 - Borgarnes-Snaefelles Peninsula-Reykjavík
Our Snæfellsnes specialist guide will pick you up from your hotel in Borgarnes at around 10:00 for some Snæfellsness magic, with the glittering Snæfellsnes glacier at the end of the peninsula!
We stop at the traditional and charming fishing village of Arnarstapi, here we give you enough time to take a walk to really appreciate the wild and fabulous coastal scenery. Next up, there is the option to enjoy exploring (extra cost) the subterranean world within Vatnshellir, a lava tube cave in the heart of the Snæfellsnes National Park. Your qualified caving guide will explain how the cave was formed, when molten magma flowed beneath petrifying lava, and tell you all about the incredible lava formations. Maybe, as you explore beneath the surface of the lava field, you will feel like a character in the Jules Verne novel, A Journey to the Center of Earth. The author placed the entrance to the center of the earth within Snæfellsjökull, the glacier at the end of this peninsula! You can book the caving tour as an extra when you arrange your tour.