Get ready for a 12-day trip during which you'll get to explore all the ins and outs of Icelandic nature. Golden Circle Route, Westfjords, and Bolafjall mountain top are what await you along the road.
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On this 12-day trip to Iceland, you'll get to see nearly everything that it has to offer. From magazine-cover-worth sights of its nature to fascinating and hard-to-believe stories on the origin of specific attractions, enjoy every bit of the land of fire and ice.
Even those who have never been here probably heard of the beautiful and breathtaking Golden Circle Route, along which you'll see lava caves, parks, geothermal areas, waterfalls, and so much more. The special twist of this tour is that you'll also get to explore the Westfjords with its small villages, natural landscapes, and steaming hot springs. For avid hikers, the itinerary also includes a 638-meter high mountain Bolafjall.
The pick-up starts from Reykjavik at 08:00 a.m. from your hotel or one of the appointed pick-up locations.
Your day will start with a trip to lava tunnel Raufarhólshellir, the longest lava tube in Iceland, formed 5200 years ago. Here you'll learn more about volcanic eruptions and admire the earth's inner beauty.
Next on your list is "the eye of the world" – Kerid Crater and its lake. Situated on the Golden Circle route in South Iceland, this 3,000-year-old attraction is one of the most striking places in Iceland. Kerid's color range is unique: the bright blue water is surrounded by greenery and volcanic red, making the crater look like an eye.
After lunch, you'll continue your trip by visiting many more of Iceland's natural treasures. One of these is Þingvellir National Park. This place holds its significance for many reasons, one of them being the place where Iceland's first democratic parliament was born. This park is also the only place in the world where you can find yourself between two tectonic plates that created a breathtaking rift valley by moving. Next on your agenda is the Gullfoss waterfall and its strong torrent, fed by the waters from Langjökull glacier. You'll end your day by traveling to the Geysir hot spring area, where you'll witness the eruption of Strokkur.
You'll spend the night at the accommodation on the South Coast.
Day two will start with exploring two well-known waterfalls on the South Coast – Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. Seljalandsfoss is a pretty special waterfall because it has a cascade that opens up to a unique and breathtaking landscape. Meanwhile, the spectacular Skógafoss, with a drop of 60 meters, is another jaw-dropping attraction that provides tourists with a beautiful landscape for admiration and, of course, pictures.
On this day, you'll also witness Icelandic nature's diversity. The black sand beach of Reynisfjara will welcome you with its striking basalt sea stacks, also called Reynisdrangar. Washed by strong ocean waves, these formations make it easier to justify the legends about trolls linked to the place.
Next on the agenda is the Eldhraun lava field. Despite Eldhraun meaning "fire lava," making us imagine a fire-red magma, the whole field is now covered with moss, giving it an interesting and soft look.
The last place of the day will be an astonishing canyon Fjadrargljufur located in Kirkjubæjarklaustur, South East of Iceland.
You'll spend the night at the accommodation on the South Coast.
Your day will start with a trip to Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park. Nature reserve Skaftafell is famous for its unique nature. Its beautiful and easy treks will lead you to the Svartifoss waterfall. Here you’ll see its intense black basalt columns standing out in the background of white glaciers dominating the area.
Next on your list is Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. This area is magnificent because of the natural processes that take place here: large chunks of iceberg split from Breiðamerkurjökull glacier and float across the lagoon. They then make their way to Diamond Beach. What’s interesting to learn is that these lumps of ice are why this beach is called so, as they lay on a black sand beach shimmering as a diamond in the light.
You’ll spend the night at accommodation in the Höfn area.
On this day, you'll get to admire the nature of the East Fjords. The exploration will start by driving along the coastline, around a small peninsula called Hvalnes, and continue on the road alongside Þvottárskriður landslides situated between Lón and Álftafjarðar.
From Höfn, you'll make your way to Djúpivogur – an unspoiled little fishing village in East Fjords. One of its main attractions is a sculpture Eggin of Gleðivík by Sigurður Guðmundsson. Its name translates to English as "The Eggs of Merry Bay." The piece consists of 34 eggs of the birds that nest in Djúpivogur. Here you'll have some time to appreciate the art surrounded by true Icelandic nature before heading to Beruförður Fjord and Egilsstaðir area.
There's a high chance that you'll spot a reindeer while traveling in the East. If this happens, we'll seize the opportunity by stopping at a safe place for a minute for reindeer-gazing and wildlife photography.
You'll spend the night at accommodation in the Egilstaðir area.
After a night in Egilsstaðir, you’ll continue the trip by going to Möðrudalur, the highest farm in Iceland that also holds the title of the highest inhabited place in the country, standing at 469 m above sea level. Next, you’ll see the most powerful waterfall in Europe – Dettifoss.
It’s time to have a little walk to another interesting place – Hljóðaklettar, also known as “Echo Rocks.” It’s a collection of basalt columns that create impressive formations and caves.
You’ll finish the day with a bang by going to Ásbyrgi (or the “Shelter of the Gods”). It’s a horseshoe-shaped canyon of 3,5 km in length. It’s surrounded by exceptionally high cliffs that reach up to 90 meters and opens up to a magnificent view of greenery and a crag in the center called Eyjan.
You'll spend the night at accommodation close to the Húsavík town.
The morning starts in a small town called Húsavík, where you’ll head out on a whale-watching boat tour. This is a perfect place to see these big beautiful marine mammals, and because of this reason, some even call it a whale-watching center. After this momentous trip, it’s time to explore the geothermal area called Námaskarð. It’s the attraction where you’ll see plenty of hot springs, steaming fumaroles, and mud pots.
On your way further, you cannot simply miss the stunning lava formations called Dimmuborgir (or “The Black Fortress”) that were formed 2,300 ago because of a volcanic eruption. The cherry on top for this day is a trip to see Goðafoss waterfall. Being one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland, Goðafoss falls beautifully from 12 meters high, its water coming from the Skjálfandafljót river. The reason why this waterfall is called Goðafoss fall, or “the Waterfall of the Gods,” is because after Iceland converted to Christianity, the last Pagan chieftain Goði threw Pagan symbols into this waterfall.
You'll spend the night at accommodation in Akureyri town.
Free time to wander around the capital of the North of Iceland, Akureyri, is the way to start the morning. The town is known to charm people with its stunning nature, mountain landscapes, and cute and charming downtown area.
Along your way, you’ll also get to see Hvítserkur – a 15 meters sea stack that reminds a lot of an animal such as a rhino, elephant, or even a dinosaur standing in the water. On your arrival, you’ll be able to guess which one of these the formation reminds the most.
The day is not finished until you see Kolugljúfur gorge, which meets you with an impressive view of waters streaming down the rugged, approximately one-kilometer-long path down.
You’ll finish your day admiring the remote Icelandic grounds and its unspoiled nature on your way to Laugarbakki village.
Continuing on the path to getting to know the unique and less-known part of Iceland, your next stop is Hólmavík village. With its stunning nature and peaceful environment, the village is also known for its magic-bound history that you can learn more about at the Museum of Sorcery and Witchcraft. Today, the lunch will be at a place like no other – Hvítanes Seal Stop. This place falls under one of the largest seal colonies in Iceland, where Harbour seals can be spotted on the shore nearby.
The following is the town of Ísafjörður. The capital of Westfjords will greet you with its picture-like landscapes and cozy town vibes.
You’ll finish your day at the observation platform of Bolafjall mountain. 638 meters high, the mountain opens up a view to astonishing sights. After spending some time here, you’ll head back to Ísafjörður, where you’ll get ready for tomorrow’s adventures.
After breakfast, you’ll arrive at Flateyri village with a population of just under 200 people. The village sits in the 2-kilometer-deep fjord Önundarfjörður. Once Flateyri was known as a large, commercially successful town, but in 1995 it all changed. An avalanche struck the town, making many people leave their homes. Nevertheless, throughout the years, Flateyri made its way back and is now known as this beautiful little town with interesting history and dazzling landscapes.
A must-see gem of Önundarfjörðurg is Holt beach. Here you get to be surrounded by beautiful colors of nature: turquoise-colored water, golden sand, and green moss.
For water lovers, Holt isn’t the only eye-catching attraction, as following on your travel list is Dynjandi waterfall. 100 meters high and 30 meters wide, “the Jewel of the Westfjords” reminds of a veil. The waterfall’s name also means “Thunderous” because of the sound that the water splashing down makes.
Látrabjarg – 44 kilometers long cliff, holds a few special titles. It’s Europe’s largest bird cliff as well as the westernmost point of Iceland and Europe. Without a doubt, Látrabjarg is the perfect place for bird-watching as it’s home to a wide variety of birds: puffins, skuas, guillemot, and so much more.
After your last attraction of the day, you’ll arrive at Patreksfjörður.
Start your morning with a walk on “Red Sands” beach – Rauðisandur. Being among the most remarkable places in the Westfjords, this 10-kilometre-long shore changes its color according to the light and other weather conditions.
After the walk, you’ll head to Brjánslækur ferry terminal to take a boat to Stykkishólmur village situated in Snæfellsnes Peninsula. This little fishing town is famous for its beautiful landscapes and for preserving Iceland’s old-time buildings. You’ll get to see this for yourself during your free time at Stykkishólmur.
Get ready for an unforgettable day in Snæfellsnes Peninsula. "Snow Mount's Peninsula" is 90 kilometers long and is a place where you discover its natural jewels.
The day's first stop is at a 463 meters high hill called Kirkjufell. Also known as "Church Mountain," it's a mountain that catches everyone's attention because of its peculiar shape. Because of this, it serves as a great visual landmark for those who travel the sea and photographers hungry for excellent nature shots.
After a quick stop at the town of Ólafsvík, next on the list is Saxhóll Crater. 100 meters high, this attraction is easy to reach because of the comfortable walking paths and stairs.
It seems that in Iceland, every day could be a beach day, as you're now on your way to Djúpalónssandur. Find yourself wandering on a black pebble beach surrounded by artsy-looking lava formations. Remember that the beach is full of beautiful black pebbles that perhaps would make a nice souvenir, but these are forbidden to collect.
Next is a few quick stops at Malarrif Lighthouse and Lóndrangar – two rock towers situated on the peninsula's southern coast.
Arnarstapi is a small fishing village with a spectacular circular stone arch that's eroded. You'll get to see for yourself how alluring this place is. It's also a place where the Miðgjá stone bridge stands.
On your way to Bjarnarfoss, you'll stop at this tiny hamlet called Búðir. It's a must-visit place because of its architectural wonder – the church Búðakirkja. This old black church dates back to the 19th century and looks grand, surrounded by Icelandic nature.
Continue your afternoon by going to Bjarnarfoss, an impressive waterfall in the south of Snæfellsnes Peninsula. The multi-layered waterfall is 80 meters high and looks splendid when looking from the bottom.
Wildlife is an essential part of the whole nature exploration experience. This is why your next stop is Ytri-Tunga beach. Here you'll get to see harbor seals. You'll finish sightseeing by visiting Gerðuberg to see some neatly shaped basalt columns on a kilometer-long cliff.
A plan for your last day is to spend it in West Iceland. Your morning will start with a trip to Hraunfossar (or "Lava Falls"), a series of waterfalls that became a National Monument in 1987 because of its distinctive turquoise-colored water. After admiring these beautiful natural wonders, your next stop is Klaki base camp, where you go into your next adventure – Into the Glacier. It's the longest artificial ice tunnel in the world. It's situated in Langjökull, the second-largest glacier in Iceland.
After you're done with this cold but certainly exciting attraction, it's time for lunch at Húsafell. Once you regain your strength, you'll go to Reykholt. This village has an interesting history because it's home to Icelander Snorri Sturluson – a talented writer, historian, and politician. Don't miss the opportunity to try out Snorralaug's hot spring pool.
In the afternoon, you'll visit another fascinating place, Sturlu Reykir's horse farm. This is where you'll meet the Icelandic horses, spend time with them, pet them, and even take pictures.
The last stop before heading back to Reykjavik is Deildartunguhver. It's Europe's highest-flowing hot spring located in Reykholtsdalur. The view on the site is spectacular because of the heavily evaporating steam.
Your tour will finish at Reykjavik around 7 p.m. The drop-off is at your hotel.
Solo travelers are required to choose the single room supplement when booking if they want a guaranteed private room. If the single room fee is not paid, they might be roomed with another solo traveler of the same gender.
One small backpack and one piece of luggage up to 20kg (44 lbs) maximum. Each bag must have combined dimensions of less than 158cm (62in).
Extra luggage must be stored at the BSI Bus terminal or other storage in Reykjavik (charges may apply).
Pick-up is at 8:00 am from your hotel or a nearby meeting point in Reykjavík. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is much appreciated. Available pick-up points.
Cancellation policy: Cancellations must be made at least 14 days prior to arrival to receive a 90% refund. Modifying or shortening your stay is permitted but may result in penalty charges.
Please keep in mind that tour operators reserve the right to alter the itinerary and/or take different routes due to weather and/or road conditions. Also, due to the limited availability of hotels in Iceland, we may need to rearrange the itinerary. Nevertheless, experienced tour operators always aim to make sure you get the best possible experience despite this.
Our multi-day tours will give you a small group experience as they are operated in a mini-bus and you get a better connection with the guide.
By booking a multi-day tour with us, you don’t need to have to worry about finding accommodation during the time of the tour as our multi-day tour includes accommodation which is often booked far in advance. You will get more opportunity to explore Iceland further and experience places that you would normally not be able to see on a one day tour. Please be noted that packages do not include accommodation.
All of our tours are English guided so you will have English speaking licensed guide throughout the tour that will tell you everything about what you see along the way and knows where the best locations to stop by at to get the absolute best experience.
When booking you are guaranteed accommodation at a friendly country hotel and/or guesthouse. All of the hotels we have partnered up with are all with the same standard and offer nice rooms with made-up beds. The standard room is a twin room but it is possible to request a double room or a triple room, with no extra charge. The rooms come with private or shared bathrooms, depending on your booking.
Free Wi-Fi, towels, a hairdryer, and a kettle are accessible at all of the hotels.
If you want to have your own room than a single supplement is available but you are not required to pay a single supplement. If you do not wish to book a single room then you will be roomed with another traveler of the same gender.
Breakfast is included at the hotel/guesthouse restaurant during the tour. Meals and beverages are not included on your tour. However, we will make stops at restaurants and conveniences stores where you are able to purchase all necessities.
The average amount spent on food each day per person is 8,000 ISK (80$). Cash is not necessary, as credit cards are accepted at all restaurants and stores. A small amount of cash won't hurt though.
Breakfast is included at all the hotels/guesthouses we stay during the tour. The breakfast will be a typical breakfast buffet, offering bread, toppings, cereal, yogurt, fruits, coffee, and tea etc.
Your guide will also find a good place for the group to eat lunch, where you can find a wide selection of dishes on the menu, so there will be options available for everyone. The dinner is usually at the hotels/guesthouses we stay at for the night.
For multi-day tours, each participant is allowed to bring a small backpack and 1 piece of luggage weighing a maximum of 20 kg (44 lbs). If you have more or heavier luggage with you, you will need to book storage for the surplus luggage before you arrive, there is a small fee for using this facility. Luggage storage in Reykjavík can be added during the booking process of your order in the extras section.
* The combined dimensions of each bag must not exceed 158 cm (62 in).
We welcome all participants of all ages older than the listed minimum age for each tour. Our average group usually consist of participants between the age of 22-55 years. Although we have people of all ages ranging from 8-99 years joining our multi-day tours. We get a lot of solo travelers joining us as well as families and friends.
If you find yourself having difficulties participating in any of the activities included in the tour, for example, a glacier activity, then you are more than welcome to skip it. Iceland is surrounded by beautiful scenery so you can explore your surroundings in the meantime r wait elsewhere while others do the activity. Our guide should be able to drop you off at a nearby place where there are some services available if requested.
The average is around 300 km (186 miles) per day on our multi-day tours. You’ll spend approximately 4-5 hours in the car each day. Stops are of course made on multiple locations throughout the tour for sightseeing, activities, bathroom breaks, lunch stops and etc.
We do offer some necessary items for rent. For most of our multi-day tours, we rent out waterproof jackets and pants as well as hiking shoes. These items are available to book under the selection ‘’Extras’’ in the booking widget when booking your tour on our website.
If you have already booked the tour and wish to add some rental gear to your booking, you can do that at least 24 hours prior to your tour starts, via our Customer Portal.
The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and therefore we can unfortunately never promise that they will be seen on your tour. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions. The best time to see the lights is between September - March when it’s a dark and clear sky. The sky needs to be as dark as possible, so the best places to see them are well away from the city lights.
Most of the hotels on our tours are remotely located and therefore ideal to spot the northern lights. If the forecast is in our favor, then it is very likely that you will be able to see the northern lights. Most of the hotels offer a Northern Lights wake-up call upon request if lights are spotted, so it is more likely that you will see the lights on a multi-day tour!
We always highly recommend booking a multi-day tour starting at least one day after arriving in Iceland. If you’re flying in from the US or will be landing early (4-6:30) you should be able to join the tour, but be aware that some risks could follow such as flight gets delayed and could, therefore, miss out on the tour.