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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!
We pick you up from your accommodation or a nearby pickup point. The sights of the famous Golden Circle are the first places we will see. Our first stop is at Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site with incredible geology and g...)
We pick you up from your accommodation or a nearby pickup point. The sights of the famous Golden Circle are the first places we will see. Our first stop is at Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site with incredible geology and great historical and cultural significance. Less than 60 years after Iceland was settled by the Vikings, the Icelandic Parliament, Alþingi, was established at Þingvellir (Thingvellir) in the year 930. You will see the flag marking the Law Rock where great declarations and speeches were delivered. A sturdy cliff, part of the Almannagjá gorge, formed by the Eurasian and North American plates edging apart, defines the eastern boundary of Þingvellir. The Mid-Atlantic Ridge extends beneath the Þingvallavatn, the picturesque Þingvellir Lake, creating Silfra Fissure, which is recognized as one of the top snorkeling and diving sites in the world.
Our second Golden Circle visit will be to Geysir, the very famous geothermal hot spring area in the valley of Haukadalur. We will see Strokkur, a highly active hot spring, which erupts vast jets of super-hot scalding water and steam every 5 to 10 minutes, these boiling spouts are often propelled 30 meters high. Great Geysir, the best known erupting hot spring ever, whose name bequeathed to us the word English word ‘Geyser´, has been dormant for many years. Our final Golden Circle attraction is Gullfoss Waterfall. Here you will witness the awesome power of the Hvítá river, as the roaring torrent drops in two stages of 11 m and 21 m.
Following the Ring Road along the scenic south coast will bring us to Seljalandsfoss Waterfall which is our next stop. We give you long enough to really make the most of a very unusual opportunity. A pathway threads its way behind the waterfall, it is good to put on your rainwear because there can be a lot of sprays - to see the very best of Seljalandsfoss you really should walk behind the cascade. This is a beautiful and elegant waterfall from any angle!
Another waterfall is next on the agenda, Skógafoss Waterfall is a stunning and powerful cascade which drops 60 m. There is a pathway from the eastern side of these falls which higher up goes through the high pass at Fimmvörðuháls. This is the area where the first 2010 eruption took place before the Eyjafjallajökull eruption got underway. The mountain glacier scenery around Skógafoss, is, on a clear day, mesmerizing. The single or double rainbows generated by the spray of the falls on sunny days are magical. After a day of majestic sights your final stop will be at Reynisfjara black sand beach, make certain to visit the amazing basalt column cave and cliffs. A short distance away you will see the Reynisdrangar formations, they do, indeed, resemble the trolls of the famous Icelandic legend, who were turned into stone by the sunshine!
Your accommodation for the night will be at a country hotel in the area around Vík, the southernmost village in Iceland. From September to April, slip away from the hotel for a couple of hours to chase the Northern Lights.
After breakfast, we head through the south coast to Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park, where you will enjoy an amazing glacier hike. So many of Iceland´s natural wonders can be found within the 13,600 km2 wilderness area of this national park. ...)
After breakfast, we head through the south coast to Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park, where you will enjoy an amazing glacier hike. So many of Iceland´s natural wonders can be found within the 13,600 km2 wilderness area of this national park. To name a few, Hvannadalshnúkur, the highest mountain peak in Iceland, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, now so famous many people just refer to it as ‘the ice lagoon’ and Vatnajökull Glacier, the largest glacier in Europe. On this tour, we will take you to all three of Iceland´s national parks, Vatnajökull, Þingvellir, and Snæfellsjökull. The Icelanders take the protection of their wilderness areas very seriously! From November to March, you embark on a ice cave tour in place of the glacier hike. Explore the one-of-a-kind ice caves that form inside the glaciers each winter!
The meetup point for your glacier hike on a tongue of Vatnajökull is at Skaftafell. You will be issued with ice crampons and all the other glacier gear, our certified glacier guide will explain everything and you will be ready to head onto a glacier tongue or outlet glacier of Vatnajökull. Various outlet glaciers reach towards the ocean on the south coast, each one is an amazing, living and moving ice-world. Your expert glacier guide will show you the crevasses which trace the myriad web of pathways, creating stunning ridges and ice features. You will learn how the glacier changes and moves and how meltwater drains through to the base of the glacier.
At the end of your glacier hike, our warm minibus will be waiting to welcome you. There is more glacial magic to come, next up, is a visit to see the incredible floating icebergs at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. You will see these mystical ice-giants gliding serenely by before you enter the car park. You might experience a touch of deja vu! The lagoon has been a star location for James Bond action footage, documentaries, and other movies. The huge lagoon began to form at the edge of the receding Breiðamerkurjökull glacier around 1934. Very large and unbelievably shaped icebergs break free of the glacier, you will see amazing blue ice and sometimes threads of gray volcanic ash running through them. Sometimes these natural ice forms roll over or even split apart, watching this is mesmerizing, a really great video opportunity, you cannot plan it - but if it happens film it! The vistas at Jökulsárlón are totally spellbinding.
The Icebergs are all heading towards the Atlantic Ocean close to the Glacier Lagoon. Quite a few are fetched up by the tide onto the black sands of the Diamond Beach where their opalescent forms shimmer like diamond jewels or pure quartz crystals, shot through with blue.
In the evening we will rest at comfortable accommodation in the Höfn area, this popular coastal town is known as the ‘Lobster Capital of Iceland’.
The majestic scenery of the East Fjords stretches out ahead of us today, in these parts the Ring Road threads a winding and meandering pathway between jagged mountains and impossibly steep and beautiful Fjords. Each Fjord offers sensational but very ...)
The majestic scenery of the East Fjords stretches out ahead of us today, in these parts the Ring Road threads a winding and meandering pathway between jagged mountains and impossibly steep and beautiful Fjords. Each Fjord offers sensational but very different scenery as hairpin bends unfold to reveal landscape after landscape. Experience where nature and history meet at the Iceland Wilderness Center, or Óbyggðasetrið. Located at the edge of Northern Europe’s biggest wilderness area, the center museum tells the story of the inhabitants who settled here long ago. When you arrive at your hotel at night, head into nature to hunt the Northern Lights from September to April.
Djúpivogur is a tiny and charming fishing village of 1130 people. The salty Atlantic Ocean lapping at the black sand beaches bring a beautiful reminder that wild and raw nature is all around you. There are important bird habitats in this area, making it very attractive to bird watchers, as well as hikers and loves of unspoiled nature and stupendous mountain scenery. Visit on a calm day and feel the peace, come on a day when the wild wind is blowing and you will appreciate the wildness of Djúpivogur.
Our journey through the East Fjords will bring us to Egilsstaðir, beside the Lagarfljót river and lake, home to the legend of the giant Largarfljót Worm, Largarfljótasormurinn. This squirming water creature is said to reside in the depths of the lake and to show itself from time to time! We will explore the area and stretch our legs with an easy 3-hour hike to the 118 m high Hengifoss Waterfall. The cliffs which frame this waterfall are very unusual, a succession of volcanic eruptions has left layers of red strata which trace through them, as they embrace the waterfall before it drops into a dramatic gorge. On this hike you will see another waterfall with a totally unique ‘frame´, Llanes Waterfall is flanked by truly enormous hexagonal basalt columns. Make sure you have plenty of battery in your camera today, photogenic sights abound!
Your accommodation for the night will be in a lovely area around Egilsstaðir. Ask your guide for tips for finding the Northern Lights in the area!
The fabulous highlights of North Iceland await us today as we head from Egilsstaðir to Akureyri. Of course, we stop to show you some wonderful places along the way! We take you up to Möðrudalur, at 469 m this has been the highest farm in Iceland for ...)
The fabulous highlights of North Iceland await us today as we head from Egilsstaðir to Akureyri. Of course, we stop to show you some wonderful places along the way! We take you up to Möðrudalur, at 469 m this has been the highest farm in Iceland for a few generations. This very remote farming community now hosts to the highest coffee house in the land. We aim to arrive at the breathtaking Dettifoss waterfall at a quieter time when we can stand before the crashing torrent in open-mouthed wonder. The glacial river, Jökulsá á Fjöllum, thundering through the 44-meter drop gives these falls the most powerful flow rate in Europe, an astonishing 193 m3/s (6,816 cu ft/s). Dettifoss is, by a large margin, the most powerful waterfall in Iceland.
We journey from tumultuous glacial torrents to the mystical, steam clouded horizons of the geothermal area at Námaskarð with its boiling mud pools, many of them sporting vivid colors. Gentle clouds of sulfur-scented steam pouring from multiple fumaroles drift over the land. The nearby Mývatn Nature Baths make good use of all that geothermal heat! The alkaline and mineral-rich water which fills the baths is around 130°C when it is pumped out of the earth, it has to be cooled down to around 38°C. The minerals and overall composition of the water prevent they're being any need for chlorine or chemicals to be added. A visit to the Mývatn Nature Baths is next on the agenda, the bathing fee is not included in your tour price but this is something you really should not miss out on! If you don´t want to go in the water, you could enjoy the cafeteria or stroll around exploring the lunar landscapes around the baths.
Hverfjall, a volcano crater, formed in an eruption 2500 years ago, is next. We will take you to see the atmospheric and at times troll-like lava formations at Dimmuborgir - this area is often referred to as the ‘dark cities’. The roof of a massive lava tube collapsed leaving behind them, at times towering, Dimmuborgir lava ‘statues’, all completely natural and fashioned single-handedly by nature. Some will, very likely, remind you of figures or various things.
We will enjoy more Lake Mývatn scenery on our way to Goðafoss Waterfall. You will see this hypnotically beautiful waterfall looming before you from the Ring Road. Don´t worry, we will give you time to explore and enjoy Godafoss before we continue our journey! We will head along Eyjafjörður Fjord towards Akureyri, known as the Capital of the North.
Your hotel will be in the Akureyri area.
You have an exciting whale watching boat trip from Dalvík to look forward to today! These tours have a great success rate, dolphins or whales are spotted on 98% of tours. Humpback whales are most often seen but plenty of dolphins, porpoises and other...)
You have an exciting whale watching boat trip from Dalvík to look forward to today! These tours have a great success rate, dolphins or whales are spotted on 98% of tours. Humpback whales are most often seen but plenty of dolphins, porpoises and other ocean wildlife are usually spotted too, and sometimes seals.
The journey to Dalvík will take you through Akureyri. With around 19,000 people this city has the largest population away from the Reykjavík area. Your journey along Eyjafjörður, the longest fjord in Iceland, will take you through little hamlets clinging like limpets to the hillside. When we get to Dalvík, a truly charming and still traditional fishing village, we will head straight for the whale watching boats. You have seen Eyjafjörður from the land, now you will see it from the water!
The boat will take you in whichever direction is good to spot whales and great ocean wildlife. You are offered the opportunity to try your hand with sea angling. What happens to the fish you catch? When you get back to the harbor, it is barbecued and you get to try Icelandic ocean-fresh fish.
Next up, is the Tröllaskagi peninsula, well known for its towering mountains and spellbinding ocean scenery. After you leave Dalvík, the mountains keep getting higher and steeper, between Ólafsfjörður and Siglufjörður a couple of tunnels will take you under the mountains, in between the tunnels you will get a view of Héðinsfjörður, an uninhabited fjord. Before the tunnels were built the road to Siglufjörður, from either side was impassable in winter. Despite the isolation, in the early twentieth century, the promise of big money from giant shoals of herring was like a magnet. Siglufjörður became known as the Herring Capital of the Atlantic, remote or not, people flocked there and a klondike kind of excitement overtook the town. As suddenly as they arrived, the huge shoals of herring went away, those times are richly embroidered in the fabric of Siglufjörður, there are Herring Era Museums and a lot of info around this charming town.
Passing agricultural areas and horse farms we head to Laugarbakki, a small university community. Your accommodation for the night will be at a country hotel in this area. Far from nature, you're in a great place to chase the Northern Lights in winter!
On the 6th day of your adventure around Iceland, hike to see the Geldingadalur eruption. This is an adventure like no other, where you get to explore an active volcano, learn about this fascinating geological form and traverse Iceland’s otherworldly...)
On the 6th day of your adventure around Iceland, hike to see the Geldingadalur eruption.
This is an adventure like no other, where you get to explore an active volcano, learn about this fascinating geological form and traverse Iceland’s otherworldly terrain. You get to observe new land formation, streams of lava flow from a fissure and right into the valley. You will witness steam and gases rise from the increasing lava field as well as the newly-appeared crater.
Thousands of earthquakes took place in the weeks before the eruption, after which the lava finally found its way and cracked through the surface of the earth. The eruption occurred on the evening of March 19th 2021, close to Mount Fagradalsfjall, in a valley named Geldingadalur. Fortunately, the valley confined the eruptive event preventing the lava from flowing towards civilian infrastructure.
The closest inhabited settlement to the site is Grindavík village, located only 9 kilometers away. Geldingadalir valley is not a secluded valley by any measures with such a short distance from a populated area. Yet, this presents a convenient way to access the eruption site for people who are willing to hike a pretty challenging terrain but for the chance to witness this magnificent spectacle of nature.
We expect to back in Reykjavik around 4:30 - 5 pm.
Our Snæfellsnes specialist guide will pick you up from your hotel in Borgarnes at around 10:00 for some Snæfellsness magic, with the glittering Snæfellsnes glacier at the end of the peninsula! We stop at the traditional and charming fishing village o...)
Our Snæfellsnes specialist guide will pick you up from your hotel in Borgarnes at around 10:00 for some Snæfellsness magic, with the glittering Snæfellsnes glacier at the end of the peninsula!
We stop at the traditional and charming fishing village of Arnarstapi, here we give you enough time to take a walk to really appreciate the wild and fabulous coastal scenery. You'll get a chance to stop by the iconic Miðgjá stone bridge. We'll also swing by the 19th-century Búðakirkja black church.
Next up, there is the option to enjoy exploring (extra cost) the subterranean world within Vatnshellir, a lava tube cave in the heart of the Snæfellsnes National Park. Your qualified caving guide will explain how the cave was formed, when molten magma flowed beneath petrifying lava, and tell you all about the incredible lava formations.
As you explore beneath the surface of the lava field, become a character from the Jules Verne novel, A Journey to the Center of Earth. The author placed the entrance to the center of the earth within Snæfellsjökull, the glacier at the end of this peninsula! You can book the caving tour as an extra when you arrange your tour.
We visit Hellnar village and get ourselves some lunch (not included). Continuing around the coast a little will bring us to the beautiful black pebble beach at Djúpalónssandur. We take a short hike down to the beach to explore and watch the white-tipped ocean waves rolling up the steep beach. These smooth black pebbles are known as Djúpalóns Perlan (which means ‘Deep Pool Pearls’). The amazingly-shaped cliffs around the beach add great drama and beauty, but also, sometimes dangerous, you will see the remains of the British trawler, Epine, which came to grief here. You will see the ‘lifting stones’, the local fisherman used in former times to prove their strength. Hefting these boulders is not easy, will you give it a try?
Stops are made at Mount Kirkjufell, this picturesque mountain is a real favorite of artists and photographers, making it one of the most often reproduced images of Iceland. Your final stop will be to see the geometric basalt columns at Gerðuberg, this ‘belt’ of columns offers yet another photo opportunity.
After 7 magnificent days of sightseeing in Iceland, we drop you off in Reykjavík where we picked you up, leaving you with matchless memories!
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. )
Still got questions about the tour? Hopefully you will find the answer here.
We always 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 am) you should be able to join the tour, but some risks would follow (i.e if the flight gets delayed) and could, therefore, miss out on the tour.
Most of the hotels we use during our tours are remotely located and therefore ideal to spot the northern lights. If the forecast is in your favor then it is more than likely that you will be able to see the magical show put on by the dancing northern lights during your tour with us. Most of the hotels offer a Northern Lights wake up call upon request if they lights are spotted. The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and therefore we can unfortunately never promise that they will be seen. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions. The best time to see them is between September and March when it’s dark and clear. The sky needs to be as dark as possible, so the best places to see them are well away from city lights (that’s where we are going!).
For more information on the Northern Lights, please have a look at our Northern Lights information.
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).
* The combined dimensions of each bag must not exceed 158 cm (62 in).
* It’s possible to store your luggage with us in Reykjavík while you are on your tour, for a small fee. We highly recommend storing the luggage in Reykjavík to help us reduce our carbon footprint.
* Please note that luggage storage is not refundable.
When booking with Adventures.com, you are guaranteed accommodation at a nice country hotel and/or a guesthouse. The hotels we have partnered up with are all of the same standards and offer nice rooms with made-up beds. The rooms come with private or shared bathrooms, depending on your booking. The standard room is a twin room but it’s possible to request a double room or a triple room, with no extra charge.
If you are traveling solo, you will have to add the single room fee if you wish to have a single room.
All hotels have free Wi-Fi. Towels, a hairdryer, and a kettle are accessible at all of the hotels. Hotel breakfast is included!
If your tour includes accommodation, breakfast is always included during the tour at the hotel/guesthouse restaurant.
Meals and beverages are otherwise not included on your tour. (Unless it’s specifically stated in the description of the tour)
On our multiday tours, we will be making stops at restaurants and convenience stores where you will be able to purchase all necessities.
You should count on spending around 8,000 ISK (80$) on food each day per person. Cash is not necessary, as credit cards are almost always accepted. Having a small amount of cash doesn’t hurt though.
Breakfast is included at all the hotels we stay in 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. We always try to choose places that have a wide selection of dishes on the menu, so there will be options available for everyone. The dinner is usually at the hotels we stay at for the night.
We do welcome participants of all ages older than the listed minimum age for each tour. We have people of ages ranging from 8-99 years joining our multi-day tours. Our average group usually consists of participants between the age 20-55 years. We do get a lot of solo travellers joining our tours, as well as families and friends.
If you have difficulties participating in any of the activities included in the tour, for example, a glacier activity, you are more than welcome to skip it. You can explore your surroundings in the meantime or wait elsewhere. Our guide should be able to drop you off at a nearby place where there are some services available.
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.
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.
We drive on average around 300 km (186 miles) per day on our multi-day tours. You will be spending approximately 4-5 hours in the car each day. We do of course stop on multiple locations throughout the tour for sightseeing, activities, bathroom breaks and lunch stops.
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!