This six-day tour is ideal for people who really want to get the most out of their time in Iceland. It gives you the opportunity to travel further, explore more, see more natural wonders and really stray off the beaten track. It ensures that you to maximize your Icelandic experience: packing each day with incredible experiences, awe inspiring nature and exhilarating fun.
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- The Ring Road of Iceland
- Golden Circle (Þingvellir, Gullfoss, Geysir)
- South coast (Skogafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Black Sand Beach)
- Glacier hike on Vatnajökull Glacier
- Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
- Skaftafell wilderness area
- Hike at Egilsstaðir
- Whale watching in Dalvík
- Mývatn Nature Baths
- Dettifoss and Goðafoss waterfalls
- Siglufjörður (Siglufjordur)
- Deildatunguhver hot spring
- Hraunfossar waterfall
- Akureyri City
- Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
- Hornafjörður Village
- Djúpivogur village
- Hengifoss Waterfall
- Whale Watching Tour
Winter version: Click here for the winter version of this tour. During winter there is a good chance that you will see the Northern Lights.
- A fully escorted 6-day minibus tour with an English speaking guide
- 5 nights accommodation with breakfast and private bathroom
- Glacier hiking on a Vatnajökull outlet glacier
- Waterfalls hike at Egilsstaðir
- Whale watching boat trip from Dalvík village
Bring with you:
Warm outdoor clothing, a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking boots are recommended.
Note: you can always rent sturdy hiking boots, waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process.
Not included Food is not included on this tour, except breakfast.
Day 1 - Golden Circle & South Coast
We will start as we mean to go on with a day rammed full of incredible natural wonders: enjoy the amazing attractions available on the Golden Circle, including Gullfoss, Geysir and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Thingvellir. Then on your way home you will see Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls.
We will start bright and early, with collection starting at 8:00am, please be ready at your collection location at that time (Collection can take up to 30 minutes depending on your location). The majority of the first day will be spent exploring the wonders that are dotted around Iceland’s famous Golden Circle.
Our first stop will be Thingvellir National Park, which has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for both its historical and geological importance. There you will see the historic site of Althingi, site of the world’s oldest operational parliament: Icelandic parliamentarians have been meeting at Althingi since 930 AD and the modern Parliament bares the same name. Althingi is one of the first democratic parliaments in the world: opening 300 years before the British one, known as ‘The Mother of Parliaments’. Marvel at the ‘Law Speaker’s’ dramatic platform, from where he would proclaim new laws with the imperious rift valley at his back. Thingvellir also straddles two continents: with the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates lying at the center of it. These two plates continue to edge apart, with the gap widening by about 2cm a year. This creates some of the most awe inspiring geology that can be found anywhere on Earth and it is the perfect way to kick off the trip of a lifetime!
From there we will travel to the world-renowned Geyser hot spring area where you will see the incredible Geysers throw water and steam up to 25 meters into the air. The Geyser hot springs have become synonymous with Iceland and it is impossible not to appreciate the awesome power and violence of nature when you see them. Amongst them you will see the famous ‘Geysir’ from which the English word geyser was adopted and its younger brother known as Stokkur.
Then we will move on to the majestic Gullfoss Waterfall (golden falls), so named because on a sunny day the water takes a golden brown hue as it cascades down to the Hvita (White River) below. If you are really lucky, a stunning rainbow will form over the canyon: providing an amazing photo opportunity. Gullfoss, Thingvellir and the Geyser hot spring area are all things that everyone who visits Iceland should see and on this tour you will cross each one off your bucket list in one incredible day!
Then on our way back to our accommodation, at a country hotel near the village of Vik, we will stop at both The Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss Waterfalls. Seljalandsfoss is a particularly interesting waterfall because you can walk behind the crashing waters, giving a truly unique vantage point.
Day 2 - Vík - Skaftafell - Glacier Lagoon - Höfn
Day two is also packed full of incredible things: we will visit Reynisfjara black sand beach, famous for the Reynisdrangar peaks and dramatic black basalt columns. Cross the Eldhraun lava field, then go to Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park for a glacier hike. Visit Jókulsárlón, the surreal glacier lagoon with floating icebergs, and the nearby Crystal Beach. Spend the night in Höfn.
Our first stop will be the incredible Reynisfjara black sand beach, famous for being the best black sand beach in all of Iceland. Of particular interest are the two Reynisdrangar peaks, which local legend claims are two petrified trolls. We will also visit an amazing basalt column cave: the perfect start to your second day of fun!
We will then move on, from volcanic beaches to actual volcanoes, as we pass the legendary Mýrdalsjökull glacier, which contains one of the most notorious volcanoes in all of Iceland beneath its Ice: the mighty Katla. If you are lucky to get a glimpse of Katla, you will truly begin to understand Iceland’s nickname: the land of ice and fire!
From there we will drive across the Eldhraun lava field to Skaftafell in the Vatnajökull National Park. Eldhraun is amazing and you will gain a new insight into how volcanic activity has crafted its stunning landscape. Then we will reach Skaftafell an awe inspiring oasis of luscious green birch forests and rich vegetation: an emerald jewel set in the center of a harsh desert of black sand. The natural wonders that you will see here will take your breath away, as you drink in the wildly contrasting scenes.
After that we will take a magical three-hour glacier hike up Vatnajokull, the largest glacier in all of Europe. This hike will be guided by one of our specialist glacier guides, ensuring that you are safe throughout the climb: they will also be on hand to teach you more about this incredible outlet glacier and all the amazing things that you will see from it.
We will finish by visiting the famous Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon: a truly mesmerizing sight and another great place for a photo or two. You will gaze in wonder at its jaw dropping beauty: crystal clear, sapphire water; lapping up against coal black sands, which are peppered with pearl white and ocean blue icebergs that have been washed ashore. It is a supernatural sight, which will send shivers down your spine. You may also recognize it from a couple of films: the most famous of which is the James Bond movie that was shot there. We will then go to our accommodation in the town of Hofn, feted as the lobster capital of Iceland.
Day 3 - East Fjords - Djúpivogur - Egilsstaðir
We will visit the fishing village at Djúpivogur in the morning, before moving onto the charming Hengifoss and Litlanessfoss waterfalls and then finish at Egilsstaðir where you will stay at a country hotel.
On day three you will marvel at the Eastern fjords of Iceland: as we thread our way along the coastline, we will see Hvalnes a remote and beautiful peninsula and the stretch of coast around the Þvottárskriður landslides between Lóns and Álftafjarðar. All of which is stunningly beautiful and we guarantee that your eyes will be glued to the incredible views all around you.
Our first stop of the day will be Djúpivogur, a traditional fishing village which is also home to a fine outdoor sculpture, Eggin í Gleðivík (meaning The Eggs of Merry Bay). The sculpture has become iconic within Icelandic culture and consists of 34 eggs (it looks a lot better than it sounds!).
Then we will take an invigorating hike to Hengifoss, Iceland’s second highest waterfall (standing an impressive 128m). Hengifoss is an amazing place and you will marvel at the water as it cascades down the giant steps. Then we will see the unique Litlanesfoss waterfall, whose cascade is framed by giant hexagonal basalt columns: imagine a mini Giant’s Causeway, with a waterfall in the middle. All of this is absolutely amazing and you will marvel at the beautiful gorge where the layers from volcanic eruptions across the millennia can be seen within the multi-colored rock face. Then we will move on to Egilsstaðir where we will relax in a country hotel.
Day 4 - Dettifoss - Mývatn - Goðafoss - Akureyri
We will see Dettifoss, the waterfall with the highest flow rate in Europe, along with the stunning beauty of Goðafoss waterfall, and then relax in the Mývatn Nature Baths before finishing at Akureyri; your accommodation will be nearby.
On day four we will head towards the north of Iceland, travelling to Möðrudalur: Iceland’s highest farm. Here you can relax and grab a quick bite to eat in Iceland’s highest restaurant: standing a mighty 469m off the ground and offering stunning panoramic views over the incredible wilderness below.
Then we will stop at Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, the violent cascading water is truly awesome and will give you a new perspective on the power of nature. Then we will move on to the incredible world around Lake Mývatn: a beautiful crystal clear lake, with an abundance of incredible birdlife. After that we will make the short journey to the steaming lunar landscapes of the Námaskarð geothermal area. Námaskarð is like nothing else on this planet: an artic desert replete with boiling hot springs, steaming fumaroles and technicolor bubbling mud pots. Its barren beauty is a wonderful contrast to all the other luscious areas that you will see on the tour and is an experience that will stay with you for the rest of your life. Following this alien world we will travel on to the Hverfjall crater and the unique Dimmuborgir formations, known as the Dark Castles: these strange lava formations are steeped in mythology and our friendly tour guide will tell you all about them. The different sides of nature, which you will see on this day of the tour are truly life altering: majestic unique geology, luscious lakes rich in life, barren artic deserts and much, much more!
By then all your senses will have been titillated, meaning it is time to take a break from sightseeing in an incredible natural bath: the Myvatn Nature Baths. They are known as Jarðbóðin in Icelandic because the hot water comes straight up out of the earth and their mineral rich alkaline water (36-40 C) is the perfect way to relax (the booking fee is paid on site, so you can decide at the time). Those who do not fancy bathing can take a relaxing stroll around Myvatn and enjoy the amazing views; or grab a bite to eat in the café there. Our final stop of the day will be the Goðafoss waterfall, a crescent shaped fall, famous for being the place where the pagan idols were destroyed when Iceland converted to Christianity. Then we will travel to Eyjafjörður, an outstandingly beautiful fjord with high mountains, which is close to our accommodation in a country hotel near Akureyri. This day of the tour is a photographer’s dream and you will see more genuinely unique natural sights than you can count.
Day 5 - Whale watching in Dalvík - Siglufjörður -Tröllaskagi - Bifröst
On day 5 we will explore Akureyri then move on to Dalvík for some whale watching, it is also possible to do some fishing while we are there, after that we will take a look round Siglufjörður. Your hotel is at Bifröst.
Day five is dominated by Iceland’s incredible wildlife and is an animal lover’s dream! In the morning you will get the chance to explore Akureyri, the Capital of the North. This picturesque town is located right in the heart of Eyjafjörður (the Island Fjord) and offers spectacular views in every direction. Then we will travel to Dalvik, to go and see one of nature’s most incredible marine animals: the whale!
The three hour whale spotting trip will give you the chance to see the power and majesty of the whale in the flesh. We usually see minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, harbor porpoises, and humpback whales, with some lucky travelers managing to see the biggest animal to ever live: the Blue Whale! Seeing these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat is an experience that will last you a lifetime. They often swim close to the boat: frolicking around you and guaranteeing you get a new perspective on the natural world. We may also see some amazing avian species, including puffins and many more. Then our friendly guides will teach you a lesson on how to do some sea angling, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in Icelandic culture.
Once we reach the shore, we will travel on to Siglufjörður, a quaint fishing village steeped in history before continuing around Tröllaskagi (the Troll Peninsula): rich in local legend and folklore. The charming villages on this peninsula will really give you a great insight into how people live in remote Icelandic villages. Our scenic drive will take us through some thriving agricultural areas on our way to Bifröst, a small university community, where you will spend the evening.
Day 6 - Borgarfjörður - Reykholt - Hraunfossar - Hvalfjörður - Reykjavík
Your amazing trip will finish with a visit to the Deildartunguhver hot spring, followed by the Barnafoss waterfall; then you will see the water pouring straight out of the lava at the Hraunfossar cascade. The tour will end with an amazing visit to Reykholt, home of Snorri Sturluson, historian and writer of many Icelandic Sagas.
We will spend our final day in Western Iceland: an area which Lonely Planet voted as one of the best holiday destinations in 2016. We will spend the majority of our time in Borgarfjörður, which has many spectacular natural sights and is famed around the world for its majestic beauty. We will begin at the bubbling Deildartunguhver hot spring and marvel at its gorgeous steamy waters; then move on to the legendary waterfall, Barnafoss, (the Children´s Waterfall), so named because to errant children are rumored to have perished there in Icelandic folklore; then it’s on to the Hraunfossar cascade, a low and wide falls where the water pours directly out of a lava field.
From there we will travel to the historic and charming site of Reykholt, home to Snorri Sturluson, the Icelandic historian, lawyer, politician, poet and the author of some of the Icelandic Sagas. Snorri Sturluson is one of Iceland’s most famous sons and lived between the 12th and 13th centuries: his accounts of Nordic mythology are truly incredible and reading them will really help you to appreciate Iceland. You will see Snorralaug, Snorri´s pool, where you can dip your fingers and feel the temperature of the water in the place where Snorri is likely to have bathed. The pool itself was built in the 10th century and may well be the oldest man-made structure in Iceland. Then we will drive around scenic fjord, Hvalfjörður (Whale Fjord): so keep your eyes peeled for more incredible wildlife and stunning scenery. Before we arrive back in Reykjavík at around 17-18pm (weather dependent).
This trip has everything and will give you the most incredible Icelandic experience possible: it is jammed full of exciting adventures, stunning wildlife, magnificent nature and is an awe-inspiring experience, which will stay with you forever. So book today for 6 days that you will never forget!
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