The Ring Road - Summer package tour

The Ring Road - Minibus package tour - EI120

All around Iceland in 7 days

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Stillness by the lake

Let's embark on an epic journey and circumnavigate the island of ice and fire. We will travel for seven days around Iceland, showing you the remote, the unknown, off the beaten track places under the midnight sun. We’ll also visit some of the most famous places and landmarks in Iceland that no one wants to miss. Every trip is unique, shaped by your interests, the driving conditions and last but not least the weather, which controls a lot in Iceland.

Operated in a minibus
Small groups and personal service

Prices change between dates.
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Children (10-15): 50% off

Age limit: 10 years

Duration: 7 days

Pickup time: 09:00 - 09:30

Available: May - Sept*

Max group size: 18 persons

*Winter version: Available from Nov - Mar

Bring with you: Warm clothes, hiking shoes.

Included:
Fully escorted 7-day bus tour with an English-speaking guide
Accommodation with shared facilities. Breakfast included.
Entrance with towel at Myvatn Nature Baths
Whale watching tour in Akureyri
Entrance to all museums

Good to know:
Please limit your luggage to 1 medium sized suitcase per person
We will stop for lunch on our way and have dinner at our accommodation

Map of the route: See here below, or click here.

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Accommodation: During these 6 nights we will stay at different types of accommodations, ranging from bed & breakfast to hotels.


Day 1

We start this amazing journey by going on the famous Golden Circle Route. On the Golden Circle Route, we visit Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall, and Geysir Geothermal Area. We also make a stop at the small town Fludir, before heading to the famous waterfall Seljalandsfoss.

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Thingvellir national park

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We leave Reykjavik and head to Thingvellir National Park where Iceland's old parliament was founded in the 10th century. This is where America meets Europe and we can watch the tectonic plates drift apart at the speed of approximately 1.5 cm every year.

From Thingvellir, we move on to Gullfoss Waterfall and Geysir Geothermal Field, making a stop at Laugarvatn to wash our eyes with water from a sacred pool. At Gullfoss we admire the roaring waterfall, once saved by a young woman in the 19th century from being harnessed for electricity. It is now protected. At Geysir we feel the earth tremble beneath our feet when the diligent Strokkur erupts every 7 minutes spewing hot water and steam 100 ft into the air or more.

After lunch, we head for Fludir, a small village relying on geothermal energy to run its numerous greenhouses before turning on to Highway Number One that will eventually take us around Iceland. We drive towards the mighty Eyjafjallajokull while the sun will be setting and make a stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Seljalandsfoss Waterfall is unique because you can walk behind the waterfall. Standing behind the waterfall in the twilight is a perfect end to our day.

Day 2

Today we will travel along the South Coast of Iceland, stopping at many points of interests. We will explore the famous Skogafoss Waterfall, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach and the small-town Vik. We also visit Eldhraun Lava Field, Fjadraglufur Gorge, Kirkjubaejarklaustur Village, and the amazing Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon.

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Reynisfjara beach

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We start the day by visiting the majestic Skogafoss Waterfall. Skogafoss is one of the largest waterfalls in Iceland with a width of 25m (82 ft.) and a drop of 60m (200 ft.) Skogafoss is a very powerful waterfall with a lot of spray, that on sunny days, often causes a single or even a double waterfall.

We continue traveling along the South Coast where we stop at the family farm Thorvaldseyri. At the farm, we will watch a short documentary about the massive Eyjafjallajokull volcano that erupted in 2010 and stopped all air-traffic.

Our next stop is at Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach. Reynisfjara will astonish you with its impressive basalt sea stacks, intricate basalt columns, and cave. Reynisfrangar Cliffs are located close to the shore, and according to Icelandic folklore, the stacks originated when two trolls failed to drag a ship to land when daylight broke and they became pinnacles.

We travel across the mighty lava field Eldhraun, where we learn about the 1789 volcanic eruption that nearly wiped out the entire population of Iceland, resulting with the King of Denmark contemplating whether the entire island should be evacuated.

Next up we explore the clusters of pseudo-craters at Landbrot, that are quite extraordinary. These pseudo-craters are unique and the best examples of their kind. After a nice stop at the tiny village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur, we drive across the vast expanse of Skeidarsandur, with Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajokull, covering the horizon to our left.

The last stop of the day is an amazing one. We visit the majestic Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and the Crystal Beach. Here we can enjoy the stunning view of the icebergs that broke off the glacier, floated into the lagoon, and travelled downwards toward the ocean.

Day 3

Today we will explore the South-East of Iceland. We visit the small town Hornafjordur and the surrounding area where we might see some reindeer. We then go to Stokksnes and Djupivogur for some Icelandic nature and culture.

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Today we travel east towards the village of Hofn (in Hornafjordur Valley). We have a good chance of spotting reindeer along the way, as they are commonly seen in this area. East of Hornafjordur we detour to Stokksnes to admire the imposing cliffs of Vestrahorn, towering over the sand. This place used to be a navy base, and is now especially desolate and atmospheric.

We drive through the sparsely populated area under imposing mountains where narrow roads cling to the hillsides, with endless ocean to our right. We meander through deserted fjords with glistening sands, peculiar cliffs, and colorful mountains with sharp peaks. We stop at Djupivogur, a tiny village where the world-renowned artist, Sigurdur Gudmundsson, has installed a peculiar work of art for all to enjoy. We relax for a bit here, while we soak up the atmosphere in this isolated place. We keep driving from one village to another. Every location has a story of struggles, defeats, and victories.

Day 4

The East of Iceland is on the agenda today. We visit Lagarfljot Glacier Lake and depending on the weather we either visit Hengifoss Waterfall and Skriduklaustur, or we visit Seydisfjordur Fjord. We travel through a large wasteland until we reach the most powerful waterfall in Europe, Dettifoss.

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Mývatn area

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We start off the day by driving around the Lagarfljot Glacier Lake trying to catch a glimpse of the monster that could be lurking there. Lagarfljotsormurinn is our version of Nessie, the monster of Loch Ness. Iceland’s largest forest, Hallormsstadaskogur, can be found around that lake.

Depending on weather conditions we will either visit Hengifoss, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland, and the ancient manor estate of Skriduklaustur, or we will drive into the breathtaking fjord of Seydisfjordur to explore this idyllic town.

We head westwards through the wasteland of Modrudalsoraefi, driving for hours across an uninhabited area, past imposing mountains, and to the North of Iceland. The stark and threatening beauty with its strong sense of isolation, and being surrounded by rows of mountains on the horizon, is an experience in itself. We might see some reindeers in their natural habitat on the moors.

Once we have crossed the greatest wilderness in Europe, we will visit Dettifoss Waterfall. Dettifoss is the most powerful waterfall in Europe, and while standing next to this giant waterfall, we can feel the earth tremble beneath our feet. Here we will learn about the immense forces of nature that shaped this peculiar area.

After stopping at a famous haunted but abandoned hut, we drive towards Lake Myvatn and explore the geothermal fields in the area. The geothermal fields, called Namaskard, are in their multi-colored splendor among roaring steam vents and bubbling mud pools. We will also visit the explorsion crater of Viti (Hell) situated in the Krafla Area, where we view the rugged and recent lava field from the 1984 eruption. We end the day on a high note when we soak in the Myvatn Nature Baths.

Note: In this area, roads can be closed without notice due to weather, so travel plans can change. Travelers must be flexible and patient. All good things come to those who wait.

Day 5

On this day, we will explore the nature reserve of Lake Myvatn and its unique surroundings. We drive to Godafoss Waterfall (Waterfall of the Gods), and end the day in Iceland’s second largest town, Akureyri.

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Dimmuborgir in the North

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We continue exploring the nature reserve of Lake Myvatn and its unique surroundings. We will hike in the lava formations of Dimmuborgir and visit the underground bath at Grotagja, where we can soak in the geothermal water. Driving around the lake, we will visit the Skutustadir Craters that stretch into the lake forming part of the wetland conservation area.

Next up, we drive through Reykjadalur Valley and to the stunning Godafoss Waterfall (Waterfall of the Gods). In the year 930 AD, Thorgeir the heathen chieftain at Ljosavatn Farm, threw statues of the old Norse Gods into Godafoss to demonstrate the beginning of Christianity and the end of heathen worship. We also stop at a unique church dedicated to his memory. Godafoss is considered by many to be the most beautiful waterfall in Iceland. We might sit down at a local coffee shop for coffee and the Icelandic sweetbread kleina.

We eventually end up in the fjord Eyjafjordur, where we will visit Akureyri, the second largest town in Iceland. In Akureyri we can count the steps to the city church, or stroll through the main shopping street.

Day 6

We begin the day by going whale watching. After that we leave Akureyri and thread through many small towns and villages, including Saudarkrokur. We visit Thristapar, and the stunning rock formation Hvitserkur.

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What's better than rising early and heading straight to the sea? We will go whale watching in the beautiful Eyjafjordur which hosts rich marine life, including plenty of humpbacks. We leave Akureyri and drive through the countryside. We have some alternative routes to take today depending on the weather. Hofsos Swimming Pool, situated on the shoreline, and Glaumbaer Folk Museum could be on the itinerary. We stop at the small town Saudarkrokur, where we take in the atmosphere over a cup of coffee. Every place we visit has a story, and here it is the fate of Grettir the Strong, who was an outlaw in the tenth century.

We drive through farmland and small villages, where we will grab any opportunity to take in the peculiar charm and learn about the history of the area. We stop at the desolate place Thristapar, where the last public execution in Iceland took place in 1830. A dramatic story of passion, deceit, and murder is hidden beneath the turf.

We take a detour to the main road to the rock formation Hvitserkur, a peculiar pinnacle that looks a lot like a dragon drinking from the sea. This place is an excellent photo opportunity.

Day 7

We stop at a local museum at Reykir, before visiting several sites in the Borgarfjordur Area. We also visit the largest hot springing the world, Deildartunguhver, as well as we visit Hraunfossar and Barnafossar Waterfalls. On the way back to Reykjavik we drive through Hvalfjordur Fjord.

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We start our last day by driving to the local museum at Reykir. This museum has farming and fishing equipment from the 19th and 20th century on display. It houses the only shark fishing boat that has remained. The oil from the immense liver of the Greenland shark was an important export and the main source of valuable oil used for lighting up cities in Europe. The boat Ofeigur is a fine specimen, built from driftwood by local shipbuilders.

After crossing Holtavorduheidi, we turn off the main road and visit several sights in the Borgarfjordur Area. This site used to be the residence of Snorri Sturluson, a ninth century poet, scholar, and author of many fine manuscripts. Snorri used the geothermal springs for bathing, and his personal hot tub has survived the years and is probably among the oldest of such pools in Iceland, if not Europe.

From Reykholt we proceed to Deildartunguhver, the largest hot spring in the world, yielding a flow of 180 liters (47,5 gallons) of scalding hot water every second. The beautiful Hraunfossar and Barnafossar Waterfalls in Borgarfjordur are one of our last sights. These waterfalls are some of the most unique in Iceland because of their unusual setting. You will understand why when you see them.

Lastly, we drive through the magnificent fjord Hvalfjordur, a place with its own peculiar history as an important meeting place for convoys during the Second World War. The road through the fjord leads us back to Reykjavik where we estimate to be around dinner time. You will then be dropped off at your Reykjavik accommodation.

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Thingvellir national park

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Looking at Gullfoss waterfall

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Strokkur spouting water

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Seljalandsfoss

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Reynisfjara beach

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Stillness by the lake

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Mývatn area

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Hot springs at Namaskard

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Dimmuborgir in the North

 

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