This incredible 8-day tour will take you all around Iceland, encompassing a multitude of natural wonders and must-see places. It will take you around Iceland’s famous ring road, in the company of an experienced guide and like-minded travellers, ensuring that you have an unforgettable time during your stay in Iceland.
Your friendly guide will take you on an amazing adventure to all the must-see destinations, alongside a plethora of hidden destinations that are off the beaten track. Every single one of our guides is steeped in the rich history and folklore of Iceland, taking the incredible myths and legends that surround many of Iceland’s more famous places and making them come alive.
This journey will take you all around Iceland traveling on Ring Road #1 with an added day on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and another going further into the country, to the Highlands of Iceland. You will be checking off your Iceland bucket list as you travel all around the country to all the highlights. We traverse the famous Golden Circle Route, replete with the Gullfoss Waterfall, bubbling geysers at the Geysir geothermal area and Thingvellir National Park. We then head for the South Coast, famed for its gushing waterfalls, incredible black sand beaches and imposing glaciers. This journey will take us all the way to the mesmerizing Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, with floating icebergs and surrounded by amazing landscapes. Glimmering icebergs glide across the crystalline waters to the nearby Diamond beach, where they come to rest on its jet-black sands, creating an awe-inspiring scene that is famous across the world. The beach gets its name from the icebergs similarity to diamonds and it more than lives up to its name.
The amazing Highlands!
We will also visit Skaftafell National Park and gaze upon Vatnajökull Glacier, the largest in the entire of Europe, where we will meet up with one of our certified glacier guides to go and explore one of the majestic glacial tongues that unfurl from this natural wonder. This glacier exploration will give you an incredible insight into the icy forces that have helped to craft the country and provide you with memories that will last a lifetime.
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On this 8 day adventure, we discover all four corners of Iceland, including the stunning Eastfjords, renowned for their sublime views, alluring waterfalls and much, much more. We will see the Hengifoss and Litlanesfoss, a pair of basalt styled waterfalls with gorgeous columns that could have been made by the hand of any master architect. This coupled with the stunning scenery and majestic natural scenery makes it a place that you will never forget.
The northern part of our journey will take us to a geothermal wonderland, replete with multi-colored mud-pots, where wispy plumes of steam rise up out of an otherworldly landscape. In Myvatn, you will have the chance to bathe in the rejuvenating Myvatn Nature Baths (extra charge) Alongside the milky-turquoise waters of the geothermally heated Blue Lagoon, famed for its nutrient-rich waters that have healing properties. Coupled with the Dettifoss and Goðafoss waterfalls which are intrinsically linked to Christianity in Iceland.
We will explore some of Iceland’s legendary marine life when we depart on a whale watching tour from the picturesque village of Dalvik. These gentle giants of the deep regularly visit Iceland’s waters, something to cross off your bucket list. The humpback whales are the most common but if we are lucky we might also see sperm whales, blue whales or orcas, however, with a 98% success rate, our chances are quite good. This coupled with the chance to see adorable puffins, try sea angling and then enjoy a delicious fish barbeque, makes it an ideal way to soak up Icelandic culture.
On this tour we also take you to the Majestic Snaefellsnes Peninsula, renowned for its stunning lava fields and fascinating geological landscape. We will visit Djúpalónssandur an amazing pebble beach where the blue waves of the Atlantic Ocean wash up against. In Snaefellsnes, you will see the iconic Kirkjufell Mountain, which rises like a green turret into the sky and looms over a luscious valley with a gorgeous waterfall. Our entire drive around Snaefellsnes will be in the shadow of the imperious Snæfellsjökull Glacier, which Jules Verne selected as the starting point for his novel, ‘The Journey to the Centre of the Earth.
Our final day will take you into Iceland’s Highland wilderness as we explore the rainbow-colored, geothermal world of Landmannalaugar in a modified Super Jeep. This alien world was only discovered in the 20th century and contains some of Iceland’s most famous sights, including Bláhnúkur, Brennisteinsalda and Ljótipollur (Ugly Puddle). A truly incredible experience that will be finished off with a relaxing bath in a geothermal hot pool, the perfect way to finish an amazing 8-day journey through the land of fire and ice.
Day 1 - Golden Circle, Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss & Reynisfjara
The first day of our incredible adventure will take us to some of Iceland’s most iconic sights, including the spectacular South Coast and the amazing Golden Circle Route. It begins at the historic Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is both historically and geologically significant. It plays host to Althingi, where a group of Viking nobles gathered together in 930 AD, to convene Iceland’s first parliament, which is still in operation to this day, making it one of the longest continuously running democratic institutions in the world.
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Thingvellir also straddles the famous Mid-Atlantic Ridge, which bisects the continents of North America and Europe, meaning that visitors there have the opportunity to gaze across the ever-expanding gap between the two tectonic plates. This combined with a myriad of fascinating rock formations, cascading waterfalls and glacial lagoons make Thingvellir one of the most unique places on the entire planet and a must see during your time in Iceland. Our friendly guide will tell you about its rich history and many of the myths and legends that are associated with the area.
Next up is the incredible Geysir geothermal area, famed for the, now dormant, Great Geysir which is where the English word ‘Geyser’ originates from. It also plays host to its little brother Strokkur, which propels molten streams of water up to 25 meters into the air every 4-8 minutes, making it the ideal spot to appreciate the incredible power of nature.
The final stop on the Golden Circle Route is the magnificent Gullfoss Waterfall (golden falls), so named, due to the golden hue the water takes as it cascades over three lava steps. This combined with the sheer size of the waterfall and the emerald valley that lies beneath it, makes it a truly spectacular sight that will remain with you for the rest of your life.
The tour will then proceed to Iceland’s stunning South Coast, which plays host to the Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, famed for its cylindrical stream of gushing water that falls around 60 meters into a valley below. Our guide will take us to the hidden cave behind the waterfall, allowing us to see this awe-inspiring natural wonder, from a totally different angle. We will then move to the equally impressive Skogafoss Waterfall, which is wider than Seljalandsfoss and has a roaring cascade that tumbles over a high cliff into a pool below. There is a meandering path that winds its way to the top of the hill, offering a spectacular vista of the surrounding area. Our guide will also tell us about the two ‘petrified trolls’, who were so enamored with the beauty of the waterfall that they forgot about the sun and were turned to stone.
We will then make the scenic journey to the jet-black Reynisfjara Beach, where the white-crested waves of the Atlantic Ocean provide the perfect contrast to the foreboding volcanic sands. This scene is framed by an incredible series of basalt columns that are carved into the cliff which looms over the beach. A truly spectacular sight that is reminiscent of the Giant’s Causeway. We will then travel to the picturesque village of Vik, which overlooks the Atlantic Ocean and is where we will spend the evening.
Day 2 - Vatnajokull, Glacier hike, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon & Diamond Beach
Day two will begin with a traditional Icelandic breakfast in our hotel before we head out on our next adventure. We will begin by heading east, aiming for the Skaftafell and Vatnajökull National Parks, famed for their sublime natural scenery, rich flora and fauna, mighty glaciers and imperious volcanoes. This includes a view of Iceland’s tallest peak Hvannadalshnúkur and the impressive Svínafellsjökull and Falljökull Glaciers.
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Our next stop will be Vatnajökull Glacier: the largest glacier in all of Europe. There we will enjoy an exhilarating glacier hike on one of the outlet glaciers that unfurl like a tongue from its vast icy body. Our certified glacier guide will provide you with all the equipment you need and give you a brief safety talk before we go, then, once everyone is ready we will go and explore this otherworldly landscape, replete with crevasses, fascinating ice-sculptures and a plethora of other amazing sights. Our friendly guide will also tell us about the history of glaciers and how they have helped to craft the country, making it a memorable experience that everyone is bound to enjoy. Walking on a glacier is another must-do when visiting Iceland… time to check off you bucket-list!
Our next stop is the legendary Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, where shimmering icebergs glide across the crystalline water and come to rest on the nearby Diamond Beach. A truly mesmerizing spectacle that has attracted filmmakers from around the world. Its beauty is potentially surpassed by the aforementioned Diamond Beach, where the icebergs glimmer like jewels and provide a stunning contrast to the jet-black volcanic sands of the beach itself. The entire area is awe-inspiringly beautiful and will provide you with photos and memories that you will treasure forever.
We will spend the evening in nearby Hofn, an idyllic seaside village, which is ideal for some rest and relaxation after a busy day.
Hiking on Europe's largest glacier!
Day 3 - East Fjords, Djupivogur, Hengifoss Waterfall & Egilsstadir
Day three will take us to Iceland’s gorgeous Eastfjords, where stunning crystalline waters are shadowed by snow-peaked mountains. Foremost of these is the spectacular Vatnajökull Glacier, which we will provide the backdrop for most of the day’s festivities.
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Our first stop will be the rustic fishing village of Djúpivogur, renowned for its unique bird life, interesting flora and fauna. The area is also very eco-friendly, making it ideal for nature lovers. Our next stop will be the magnificent municipality of Egilsstaðir, which plays host to the mysterious Lagarfljót River that is rumored to be home to a serpent-like creature that is shrouded in myth and legend. Our friendly guide will tell us all about this mythical creature and who knows, maybe, we will catch a glimpse of it.
From there we will go on a three-hour hike along the famous waterfall trail to the beautiful Hengifoss and Litlanesfoss Waterfalls. They are famed for their incredible rock formations and striking colours that really will take your breath away. Hengifoss (the hanging waterfall) is one of the highest waterfalls in the entire of Iceland, where a narrow stream of water tumbles over red lava steps into an impressive gorge. It was crafted by the fierce rage of volcanic eruptions over the millennia, meaning that any geologists among the group will be able to see the various epochs written into the stone. While Litlanesfoss is equally as impressive thanks to its series of hexagonal basalt columns, which create a breathtakingly beautiful effect, as the water runs down them. We will spend the evening somewhere in the Egilsstaðir area and are guaranteed to be surrounded by majestic scenery.
Day 4 - Dettifoss Waterfall, Lake Myvatn, Godafoss & Akureyri
Day four will take us to the north of Iceland, populated by otherworldly landscapes that will take your breath away. Our adventure begins at the Dettifoss Waterfall, the most powerful in all of Europe, where a roaring cascade of water crashes down at an incredible rate of 193 m3/s (6,816 cu ft/s). It is fed by the glacial waters of the Jökulsá á Fjöllum river, which originates at the Vatnajökull Glacier. The sheer power of Dettifoss is a truly remarkable sight and a must during your time in Iceland.
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We will head to the otherworldly Námaskarð geothermal area, replete with rainbow-coloured mud pools and teeming fumaroles, where clouds of steam and sulfur rise into the air. It is a completely otherworldly landscape is devoid of life because the large sulfur deposits prevent any vegetation from growing. This along with the mighty Mount Namafjall and the many incredible geological wonders makes it an experience that is sure to remain with you for the rest of your life.
From there we will travel to the picturesque volcanic Lake Myvatn, where plumes of steam rise up from volcanically heated waters. Close to it is a small lava cave, known as Grjótagjá, which is famous for its majestic natural beauty and its geothermal waters. It will be familiar to fans of HBO’s Game of Thrones series, as the location of the scene where Jon Snow breaks his vows with Ygritte. Lake Myvatn and the surrounding area is a place of sublime natural beauty, replete with more than 50 small islets and many different bird species swooping overhead. You can also choose to book the chance to bathe in Lake Mývatn, a truly incredible experience, which combines spectacular natural scenery with replenishing geothermal waters. (Please note that bathing in Lake Mývatn comes at an extra cost and we recommend booking it before you arrive to avoid disappointment.)
We will also see the imperious Dimmuborgir lava formations, known as the dark fortress, where foreboding lumps of volcanic rock stand amidst a beautiful green landscape. From there, we can see the impressive Hverafjall volcanic crater, which was hewn into the earth by the vicious rage of a volcanic eruption around 2500 years ago.
Our final stop will be the magnificent Goðafoss Waterfall (waterfall of the gods), which is intrinsically linked to Iceland’s Christian heritage, being the spot where a Viking chieftain cast his pagan idols into the roaring waters and was baptized. Our friendly guide will tell us everything that we need to know about this amazing natural wonder. We will spend the evening in a hotel in the Akureyri area.
Godafoss Waterfall in the North of Iceland
Day 5 - Dalvik Whale Watching, Siglufjordur & Trollaskagi (Troll Peninsula)
Day five begins at the picturesque village of Dalvik, which overlooks the ocean and is famed for being the best whale watching destination in Iceland. We will get on a classic whale watching boat and head to the Eyjafjordur Fjord, one of Iceland’s best Whale Watching locations, in search of these majestic giants of the deep. This combined with the opportunity to try out some traditional Icelandic angling and a barbecue tasting of the freshly caught fish makes it an unforgettable experience that you are bound to enjoy.
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On our whale watching adventure, we see a variety of whales on our tours, including the humpback whale, famous for their spectacular breaches. The tours themselves, have a 99% success rate, meaning that you are virtually assured of seeing some form of whale species, which may include: white-beaked dolphins, minke whales, and small harbor porpoises. Orcas and Blue whales are also seen in the area, offering the tantalizing chance to catch a glimpse of the largest animal to have ever existed. Our expert guides will tell you everything that you need to know about these incredible creatures, ensuring that it is a hair-raising experience that you will never forget.
The next stop on the tour is Siglufjörður, the main town on the iconic Tröllaskagi (Troll Peninsula), which has a plethora of myths and legends associated with it that your guide will tell you all about. Continuing on to the famous Skagafjörður fjord, which is steeped in history and culture. There are three islands perched within its waters the most famous being Drangey, which plays host to a multitude of different bird species, including cute puffins and guillemot. The road will take us through rolling countryside populated by native Icelandic horses before we arrive at Laugarbakki, where we will spend the evening.
Whale watching in Dalvik - with a 99% success rate!
Day 6 - Borgarfjordur, Reykholt, Deildartunguhver Hot Spring & Hraunfossar Falls
Day six’s adventure begins in the incredible lava fields of the Borgarfjörður area, which was given the prestigious honour of being one of Lonely Planet’s best travel destinations in 2016. There we will find the impressive Grabok Volcanic Crater, which rises 170 meters into the sky and was created by the vicious rage of a volcanic eruption many millennia ago. Once we reach its summit, we will be rewarded with a panoramic view over the colorful crater, which is well worth the climb.
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Next up is the impressive Deildartunguhver Hot Spring. Deildartunguhver is the most powerful hot spring in Europe and supplies heated water to houses in the surrounding area, making it very environmentally friendly. Its impressive power and rainbow-colored scenery make it a must-see during your time in Iceland.
Then, we will head towards the Hraunfossar Waterfall, where a wide cascade of icy glacial waterfalls in small streams into a gorgeous valley below. Its vibrant colors provide a stark contrast to the blue glacial waters making it a spectacular and awe-inspiring sight. Nearby is Barnafoss (the children’s falls), so named, because according to local legend, a pair of unfortunate children lost their lives there. It is also famous for the milky turquoise hue that its water takes as it crosses the jet-black lava rock.
Our final stop of the day is Reykholt, renowned for being the most important historical and intellectual centers in Iceland. It was the home of the famous poet and politician Snorri Sturluson, whose writings helped to preserve Iceland’s myths and legends, along with its language. This means that he had a profound impact on both medieval and modern scholarship. He also had an absolutely fascinating life: twice being elected law speaker of the Icelandic Parliament and also being one of the richest men in the country, before being murdered. We will visit his farmhouse in Reykholt, where we will see his own hot tub and hear stories about his life from our friendly guide.
We will spend the evening in the Borgarnes Area, in a comfortable hotel that we will arrange.
The amazingly beautiful - Hraunfossar
Day 7 - Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Mount Kirkjufell, Djupalonssandur & Gerduberg
Day 7 starts a little later (at 10:00 am), offering the chance for you to enjoy a relaxing morning before we head to the famous Snæfellsnes peninsula, which more than lives up to its nickname: Iceland in a nutshell.
Our first stop is Ytri-Tunga, a wildlife lover’s dream, where playful seals laze on the beach and take care of their young. There is nothing like seeing these beautiful animals in their natural habitat and they are very comfortable around people, allowing us to get up close and personal with them. We will then stop at the rustic hamlets of Arnarstapi and Hellnar, where we will find one of the most charming and photogenic houses in all of Iceland. We will pause for lunch in one of these beautiful villages and appreciate a spectacular view over the Snæfellsjökull Glacier.
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We will then go and explore the subterranean world of the Vatnshellir Cave (optional extra), famed for its incredible rock formations, rainbow-coloured lava rocks and a plethora of other amazing sights. Our expert guide will tell us all about how lava-tube caves are formed and show us all the wonders that this magical underground world has to offer.
Once we are back above ground, we will continue to traverse this mesmerizing landscape, which is always framed by the iconic Snæfellsjökull Glacier, the location that Jules Verne selected as the starting point for its Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Our next stop will be the Djúpalónssandur pebble beach, where you can try your hand at lifting the famous large stones that Icelandic sailors used to demonstrate their strength. We will also catch a glimpse of the shipwrecked British Trawler, Epine, which offers a striking contrast to the otherwise beautiful landscape.
Our final stop on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula will be Kirkjufell, a glorious emerald mountain that looms over the stunningly beautiful Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall. This truly incredible sight is the most photographed in all of Iceland and its beauty will take your breath away: an unforgettable last stop of our penultimate day.
From there we will stop at Gerðuberg, whose spectacular series of basalt columns is well worth a look before we arrive back at Reykjavik at around 8 pm. This will be the final evening of the tour and we recommend that you take some time to enjoy all the magic that Iceland’s vibrant capital has to offer.
The majestic and iconic Mount Kirkjufell
Day 8 - Super Jeep, Landmannalaugar, Hekla Volcano, Ljotipollur & Hot Spring Bathing
The final day of our adventure will take us to the geothermal paradise of Landmannalaugar, replete with gorgeous rainbow-coloured mountains and a plethora of volcanically crafted wonders. This tour will take place in a super jeep, allowing us to explore a host of different attractions that normal vehicles wouldn’t be able to reach.
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Our scenic drive to Landmannalaugar will take us past the capricious Hekla Volcano, whose vicious rage has done so much to craft the surrounding area. We will pass a huge lava field, which was created by a massive volcanic eruption 2000 years ago. If the conditions are right, then we will hike to the top and take in a majestic panoramic view of the surrounding area. Then we will arrive at Landmannalaugar, famed for its multi-coloured rhyolite mountains and bubbling hot springs, where wispy plumes of steam rise into the air. We will pause to take a relaxing bath in one of these incredible pools, a truly magnificent experience amidst stunning natural scenery.
We will stop by the ironically named Ljótipollur or Ugly Puddle, a multi-coloured volcanic crater filled with sapphire blue waters. Our final stop will be the powerful Hjálparfoss Waterfall, where a roaring cascade crashes down into a valley below. Now, time to relax in the geothermal hot pool, surrounded by the beautiful landscapes of Landmannalaugar. We recommend that you bring a bathing suit and towel to be able to enjoy this part of the tour - absolutely a must-do to bathe in a natural pool when traveling in Iceland! This amazing day in Iceland’s highland wilderness will offer a myriad of awe-inspiring sights that will remain with you for the rest of your life, making it the ideal way to finish your time in the land of fire and ice.
We will return to Reykjavik at around 9 p.m. where your journey ends, after 8 days of traveling around the country and collecting memories.
Prepare to be amazed at Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon!