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Your 7-day driving around Iceland tour begins in Reykjavik, where your guide will pick you up before you begin driving the Ring Road towards the Golden Circle and then on to the South Coast. Next trek across Vatnajökull Glacier before you find peace in the remote East Fjords.
For geothermals wonders of Lake Myvatn, set out north before you go whale watching in Dalvik. Finally, make your way west towards the magical Snæfellsnes Peninsula and take pictures of the cone-shaped Kirkjufell Mountain.
You’ll think you’re living a dream but trust us, it’s all real. Let’s get started!
Today is ours to explore the Golden Circle, Iceland’s most famous sightseeing route. Walk between two tectonic plates at Þingvellir National Park where Iceland’s (and the world’s) first parliament was held in 930 C.E. Be immersed in the timelessness ...)
Today is ours to explore the Golden Circle, Iceland’s most famous sightseeing route. Walk between two tectonic plates at Þingvellir National Park where Iceland’s (and the world’s) first parliament was held in 930 C.E. Be immersed in the timelessness of this historical site and awestruck by its dramatic landscapes.
Next marvel at Gullfoss Waterfall, rated one of the 10 best waterfalls on Earth. The cascade plummets 105 ft (32 m) down into a canyon. Then follow walking paths in the Geysir Geothermal Area and see Strokkur, Iceland’s most active geyser. The great gusher spews hot water into the air every five minutes.
For more eye scenics, drive towards the South Coast and discover Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, two of Iceland’s most incredible waterfalls. End your day with a stroll on Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, home to the eerie Reynisdrangar Sea Cliffs and basalt columns.
Spend the night at Hótel Geirland (or similar) in the Vik area.
Activities: Revel in easy walks among hot springs and erupting geysers on the Golden Circle. In the evening, search for the Northern Lights in winter or admire the Midnight Sun in summer.
After breakfast, continue with your Ring Road adventure towards Skaftafell Nature Reserve in Vatnajökull National Park where you’ll enjoy a glacier hike. Don’t have previous glacier hiking experience? No worries. The hike is easy and suitable for all...)
After breakfast, continue with your Ring Road adventure towards Skaftafell Nature Reserve in Vatnajökull National Park where you’ll enjoy a glacier hike. Don’t have previous glacier hiking experience? No worries. The hike is easy and suitable for all skill levels. Together with an expert glacier guide, trek across the crackling ice of Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier. From November to March, we replace the glacier hike with a visit to the Crystal Ice Cave.
Vatnajökull has many outlet glaciers. Depending on weather conditions, our options include Svínafellsjökull, Falljökull and Sólheimajökull. The Vatnajökull Glacier area is also home to Hvannadalshnúkur, the highest mountain peak in Iceland.
In the afternoon, follow in the footsteps of James Bond to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. The ice-filled lagoon was used in James Bond: A View to Kill (1985). Next discover Diamond Beach, located right across the street from Jokulsarlon. Also known as Crystal Beach, it’s a stunning sight where giant icebergs from the nearby lagoon wash up on black sands.
Spend the night at Hótel Höfn (or similar), located in Höfn, the lobster capital of Iceland.
Activities: Go glacier hiking (April-October) or ice caving (November-March).
Say goodbye to Vatnajökull National Park and make your way to the remote East Fjords, one of Iceland’s oldest regions. Often overlooked by tourists, East Iceland with its serene fjords offers space to slow down and contemplate. Visit the wee fishing ...)
Say goodbye to Vatnajökull National Park and make your way to the remote East Fjords, one of Iceland’s oldest regions. Often overlooked by tourists, East Iceland with its serene fjords offers space to slow down and contemplate.
Visit the wee fishing village of Djúpivogur dotted with colorful houses before you embark on a 3-hour waterfall hike at Egilsstaðir, the capital of East Iceland. Along the way, stare in awe at Hengifoss and Litlanesfoss Waterfalls. While Hengifoss is one of Iceland’s tallest waterfalls, Litlanesfoss is framed with impressive basalt columns. Just don’t forget to bring your best camera!
Spend the second part of the day exploring the Icelandic Wilderness Center, or Óbyggðasetrið. Named the best museum in the world by Cosmopolitan Magazine, it’s dedicated to the story of Iceland’s people and how they live in harmony with nature. The historic exhibits are gathered by the owners (a film director and a historian). Following your visit, you’ll be treated to coffee/tea and waffles.
For the night, stay at Hotel Valaskjálf (or similar).
Activities: Enjoy a 3-hour waterfall hike and explore a range of historic exhibits at the Icelandic Wilderness Center.
Today set out on a journey to North Iceland, a wonderland of moon-like valleys, steaming vents, and volcanic craters. Stop at Möðrudalur, the highest farm in Iceland at 469 m before visiting Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall. Also known as ...)
Today set out on a journey to North Iceland, a wonderland of moon-like valleys, steaming vents, and volcanic craters. Stop at Möðrudalur, the highest farm in Iceland at 469 m before visiting Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall. Also known as “The Niagara of Europe,” Dettifoss will make you feel humbled. A massive 400 cubic meters of water plunges over its edge every second!
Next, be impressed by the beauty of Námaskarð Pass, a geothermal area filled with steaming hot springs and swollen clouds of steam. Then it’s time for some relaxation at Myvatn Nature Baths, the North’s answer to the Blue Lagoon. The swim in the thermal baths is optional (you can book the entrance to the baths upon booking or onsite). If you aren’t up for bathing, explore the surrounding volcanic landscapes or wind down in a cafeteria.
After a soothing soak, get your blood flowing again. Visit Hverfjall, an impressive crater that formed in a volcanic eruption about 2700 years ago. Then explore Dimmuborgir (literally “Dark Castles”), a bizarre lava field. Today’s final stop is Goðafoss Waterfall (“Falls of the Gods”). Your guide will tell you the story of how this breathtaking cascade got its name.
Spend the night at Icelandair Hotel Akureyri (or similar).
Activities: Go sightseeing around the geothermal Lake Myvatn region or take a dip in Myvatn Nature Baths (optional extra).
Drive through Akureyri to the picturesque fishing town of Dalvik, where your whale watching trip awaits. Hold onto your hat as you sail across Eyjafjörður, the longest fjord in Iceland, in search of giant whales. You can expect to see humpback whales...)
Drive through Akureyri to the picturesque fishing town of Dalvik, where your whale watching trip awaits. Hold onto your hat as you sail across Eyjafjörður, the longest fjord in Iceland, in search of giant whales. You can expect to see humpback whales, dolphins, porpoises, and even enormous blue whales! Try your hand at sea angling and barbecue your catch right on the harborside.
In the afternoon prepare for seriously beautiful vistas at Tröllaskagi (Troll Peninsula), where you’ll find towering mountains, stunning coastline, and deep valleys. Then pass through remote villages and hamlets before stopping at Siglufjörður Town, once called the “Herring Capital of the World.”
Tonight, stay at Hotel Laugarbakki (or similar).
Activities: Take an exciting whale watching trip and enjoy sea angling.
Continue your Ring Road journey around Iceland west to the Borgarfjörður region, best loved for its powerful hot springs and lovely waterfalls. Take a short hike up to Grábrók Crater for spectacular views of West Iceland. Grábrók was formed in an eru...)
Continue your Ring Road journey around Iceland west to the Borgarfjörður region, best loved for its powerful hot springs and lovely waterfalls. Take a short hike up to Grábrók Crater for spectacular views of West Iceland. Grábrók was formed in an eruption about 3,000 years ago.
Next be awestruck by Deildartunguhver, Europe’s biggest hot spring, which gushes out about 180 liters (48 gallons) of boiling water per second. Deildartunguhver is the main source of hot water for the nearby towns of Borgarness and Arkanes.
Then discover Hraunfossar and Barnafoss Waterfalls. Hraunfossar (Lava Falls) comprises thousands of rivulets streaming out of Hallmundarhraun Lava Field and is one of Iceland’s most unusual cascades. Barnafoss (Children’s Falls) hides a spooky story behind its name, which you’ll learn about from your guide.
Your last stop is the village of Reykholt, a former home of Snorri Sturluson, perhaps the most famous Icelandic scholar and poet. Your guide will show you Snorrlaug (“Snorri’s Pool”), a hot pool that’s been here for hundreds of years.
Spend the night at Hótel Borgarnes (or similar).
Activities: Enjoy a fun and easy hike up to Grábrók Crater.
Enjoy a hearty breakfast before you begin the last day of your Ring Road adventure. Get ready for a guided exploration through the mysterious Snæfellsness Peninsula. Known as “Iceland in Miniature,” Snæfellsness collects the best of the country in on...)
Enjoy a hearty breakfast before you begin the last day of your Ring Road adventure. Get ready for a guided exploration through the mysterious Snæfellsness Peninsula. Known as “Iceland in Miniature,” Snæfellsness collects the best of the country in one place to feature glaciers, black sand beaches, lava caves, and waterfalls.
Take your time to explore the charming village of Arnarstapi that boasts spectacular coastal scenery. Marvel at the striking Miðgjá Stone Bridge and then photograph the black 19th century Búðakirkja Church.
Next continue towards Snæfellsness National Park, where you have a few options: you can either step into the 8000-year-old Vatnshellir Lava Tube Cave (optional extra) or enjoy the many hiking trails that will lead you through moss-covered lava fields. Those who have booked a lava caving tour will descend into the depths of the Earth together with an expert caving guide. The cave reveals surreal lava formations and hides interesting stories from the past.
Don’t forget to take pictures of the majestic Sneafellsjökull Glacier, Jules Verne’s magical doorway to the center of the earth!
In the afternoon, stroll on the dramatic Djúpalónssandur Black Beach with its huge rock formations. Mount Kirkjufell, the most photographed mountain in Iceland, is also on our agenda. It’s located in the northern part of Snæfellsness Peninsula. After a sensational day of sightseeing in Snæfellsness Peninsula, we return to Reykjavik around 8 p.m. The end of your unforgettable 7 days in Iceland!
Activities: Go lava caving in Vatnshellir (optional extra) or hiking through volcanic craters and lava fields.
We’ll pick you up from your hotel or a nearby meeting point in Reykjavik. Find available pickup locations here. The time of the pickup is 8 a.m. Pickup can last up to 30 minutes, so your patience is much appreciated. On the seventh day of the tour...)
Iceland is famous not only for its natural wonders but also for its highly unpredictable weather. You can experience all four seasons in one day! We recommend bringing warm clothing and sturdy hiking shoes. Waterproof jacket and pants will come in h...)
Accommodation is for two people per room. Solo travelers need to choose a single room supplement during the booking process if they want to upgrade to a private room. The itinerary of this tour is subject to change due to weather conditions. )
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No – the Northern Lights can only be seen between late August and April; however, it is not guaranteed even then – part of their magic is their elusiveness, but we will always do our best to make sure that you see them. We have booked nights in country inns to maximize your chances of seeing the aurora borealis.
Breakfast is included each day, but other meals are not.
A single supplement is available if you want to have your own room, but you are not required to pay a single supplement. If you are a single traveler and do not wish to book a single room, you’ll be roomed with another traveler of the same gender.
We always book comfortable rooms in traditional Icelandic hotels.
Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking boots, a waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process. We do not rent these items from the location, they must be ordered in advance.
Reviewed on February 25, 2019 by Natalia Olij From our post-trip system
Hi guys! just wanted to thank you for the amazing experience we had! The tour was INCREDIBLE, we went to amazing places. Vignir, our tour guide was super nice, knew a lot and explained many things to us. He made our adventure even greater! The experience is great, you go to different places in just a few days. It is a great tour, I already recommended it to many friends and I´ll definetly go back when I´m back in Iceland.
Reviewed on February 11, 2019 by Chris From our post-trip system
During the 7 days we enjoyed the tour with our wonderful guide Saga. We managed to visit all the places accordingly and we get to see the northern lights!