This eight-day adventure tour is perfect for people who want to enjoy Reykjavík and see the most remarkable sights in Iceland, with stunning activities along the way. Your six-day trip around Iceland will take you off the beaten track, maximizing fabulous Icelandic experiences and exhilarating fun each day. Before and after this trip, you spend a night in Reykjavík so you can explore it on your own. In winter, you can climb through ice caves and chase the Northern Lights each evening.
Kick off your eight days of fun in Iceland, spending the first night in Reykjavik. Explore the vibrant city on your own, and don’t forget to try skyr, Iceland’s top dessert! The next day, your guide will pick you up from your accommodation, and you’ll start driving the Ring Road. Explore the famous Golden Circle before continuing to the South Coast’s waterfalls.
After an epic hike on Vatnajökull Glacier, set foot on the remote Eastfjords. Then discover North Iceland, where your whale-watching trip awaits. Finally, lose yourself in the subtle beauty of West Iceland. Look for the Northern Lights in winter or delight in the Midnight Sun in summer. Spend the last day in Reykjavik to explore the city to its fullest.
It’s about time to connect with Iceland and feel its energy unfold!
Best Tour of 2019 in Iceland by TourRadar
This Iceland Ring Road tour was picked as the best multi-day tour of 2019 in Iceland by TourRadar, based on traveler reviews from around the world. We operate our tours in small groups to ensure an intimate and authentic experience for every adventurer. Our top-notch guides (the best in the country) go the extra mile to show you the world beyond the ordinary.
Today you get to explore the City of Reykjavík - you make your own exciting itinerary!
Maybe, you want to wander around and get your bearings? Strolling along two great Reykjavík shopping streets, the famous Laugavegur and the slightly less well-known, Skólavörðustigur, you will really get a feel for the essence of Reykjavík. Our tip is to explore the small places. These usually have the strongest character and more unusual items.
For the best view over the city, visit the Hallgrímskirkja church and go to the top of the tower. Many are puzzled by the shape of this tall and iconic white church, and it does somewhat resemble the pipes of a great pipe organ. The design was actually inspired by Svartifoss, the black waterfall at Skaftafell. A white church inspired by a black basalt waterfall? Maybe, you will believe us when we say the Icelanders are quirky folk!
Take your time and browse, relax in a coffee house, bar or restaurant, then think about a gallery or museum. There is a fantastic choice! Larger art galleries include the Reykjavík Art Museum, the National Gallery of Iceland, and Kjarvalsstaðir. Get to know Icelandic culture at the Culture House, the development of Iceland as a nation at the National Museum, or visit The Settlement Exhibition, built around the remains of an actual settlement age Reykjavík homestead. If you want something more unusual to give The Icelandic Phallological Museum a try, this is better known as ‘the only Penis Museum in the World’!
The city´s thermal swimming pools are open from early until late. Outdoor bathing is a popular year-round pastime activity in Iceland, so quite a few thermal pools are dotted around Reykjavík. Their hot tubs are blissful! Laugardalslaug is the largest outdoor pool, but the smaller ones are incredibly charming too. Your hotel or guest house will not be far from Reykjavík´s attractions. Strætó runs a regular bus service, connecting all districts with the city center. You will find their timetables and information in English here. Alternatively, head a couple of miles away from downtown and into nature to chase the Northern Lights in winter.
Right from the start, this tour is crammed full of the greatest gems that Icelandic nature can provide. The amazing and very famous Golden Circle attractions are first on the agenda after picking everyone up between 08:00 and 08:30 in the morning.
Your first stop is at Thingvellir National Park (Þingvellir to the Icelanders). UNESCO has granted the national park World Heritage Site status due to its great geological and historical importance. It is the site of the oldest continuously operating national parliament in the world. Alþing, the Icelandic Parliament first met here in 930 AD/CE. A fun fact is that the Icelandic Parliament is still called the Alþing (Althing) today. The grandeur of the geology here would have given these ancient open-air parliamentary sessions an almost mythical ambiance. You can see the dramatic plate edge of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, tracing its way right through Þingvellir. This rugged cliff was created by the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, moving approximately 2 cm apart per year. The scenery here is very photogenic and overwhelmingly awe-inspiring.
Next, we visit Geysir to see the amazingly active geyser hot spring, Strokkur, hurtling enormous volumes of hot water and steam up to 25 meters high - a truly astonishing sight and another marvelous photo opportunity. If you miss the hot watery blast, have no worries, you will witness another superheated eruption in 5 to 10 minutes. Strokkur is situated very close to the Great Geysir, the spouting hot spring which gifted the word ‘geyser’ to the English language. When you watch a geyser erupt, you feel spine-tinglingly close to the primal forces of nature. Steaming fumaroles and simmering hot springs will be all around you, evidencing the great geothermal forces living beneath the earth in the lovely Haukadalur valley.
Your final Golden Circle attraction is the thundering Hvítá river (the White River) crashing through the stunning Gullfoss Waterfall. In English, Gullfoss means ‘the Golden Falls,’ a translucent golden mist can be seen around the turbulent flow as it cascades through drops of 11 m and 21 m. On a sunny day, if you are lucky, a beautiful rainbow will arch over the stunning canyon - a really fabulous sight.
The incredible sights and experiences continue - we make a couple more stops along the journey to your country hotel close to Vík, the southernmost village in Iceland. Two sensational 60 m high waterfalls await us, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss! At Seljalandsfoss, there is an incredible opportunity to walk the pathway behind the tumbling cascade, giving you a truly unique view. From the high former sea cliffs, the generous flow of Skógafoss waterfall descends into the gloriously tranquil calmness of the Skóga river below.
Your hotel for the night is in the charming coastal village of Vik. From September to April, if the conditions will be good your guide will advise you on finding the Northern Lights in the area.
Today is filled with incredible experiences, everything from Reynisfjara black sand beach, the expansive Eldhraun lava field, glacier hiking from Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park, and the stunning Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon - this is a day of incredible diversity and magnificent natural wonders. You will spend your night in Höfn. In summer, we switch the ice cave for a glacier hike.
First up is a visit to the black beach at Reynisfjara, where you will see the stunning cave formed from incredibly imposing angular basalt columns. Walking along the beach, you will get views of the famous Reynisdrangar peaks. These crazily shaped and troll-like basalt forms stand above the ocean just off-shore. Not surprisingly, they have given rise to some troll folklore!
On the way to Skaftafell, we cross the Eldhraun lava field, the first of the lunar-like landscapes we will show you over the next few days. Sensational views of Mýrdalsjökull glacier, home to Katla, one of the most erratic volcanoes of all time, and Eyjafjallajökull, another infamous volcano mountain glacier, loom high on the horizon to your left along the way. Approaching Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park, you will see abundant vegetation and birch trees. Under the jagged mountain peaks and glaciers, the area is sheltered by a gentler climate than the surrounding area. The scenery is majestic and dramatically contrasting.
One of our expert glacier guides will escort you on a magical three-hour glacier hike on the tongue of Vatnajökull, the mightiest glacier in all of Europe (During winter, we switch out the glacier hike for a visit to a naturally formed ice cave). Your guide will ensure you are safe when hiking and climbing and ensure the experience is enjoyable and fascinating. The glacier is stunning, but there is more to this blue/white ice wonderland than meets the eye! You will learn some incredible glacier facts and see sights that will be treasured memories forever.
From November to April, we replace the glacier hike with an exciting guided journey through Vatnajökull's crystal ice caves. Each winter, the inside of the glacier melts to form winding blue-and-white caves. Your guide will lead you through these caves to explore the magic of glaciers from the inside!
Now for the serene beauty and crystal clear sapphire water of Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and the black sands of the mesmerizing Diamond Beach. This coal-black volcanic beach is lapped by the Atlantic waves, which bring quite a few blue/white icebergs ashore. These luminous ice forms sitting on the dark, dramatic sand give this place a truly mystical feel. This site will surely make your spine tingle! Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon contains some of the most famous vistas in Iceland. Action scenes from a couple of James Bond and other movies were filmed at this ice lagoon, so you might recognize some of the stunning scenery. Most people are astounded by the incredible shapes, blue tones, and the large size of many of the icebergs. The lagoon, beneath the majesty of Vatnajökull's icecap, is vast. Your camera really will work overtime here!
After a day of magic, we will make our way to our accommodation in Höfn, the feted lobster Capital of Iceland. In winter, if conditions will be right we slip away from the hotel to chase the Northern Lights.
In the morning, we will take you to visit Djúpivogur, a charming fishing village in the East Fjords. You then enjoy a hike to see the beautiful Hengifoss and Litlanesfoss Waterfalls. You'll spend your night at a country hotel in the Egilsstaðir area.
Today we will really get to know the remote gems hidden in the spectacular East Fjords. We promise you, as beautiful fjords and sharp-toothed mountains fill the horizon, again and again, you will not be able to take your eyes off the incredible views for even one moment! The highlights along the way include the remote and simply stunning peninsula of Hvalnes. You will also see the beautiful and starkly contrasting sights between Lóns and Álftafjarðar, a magnificent fjord. The Þvottárskriður landslides created some very unusual scenery in this region.
Your first stop will be at Djúpivogur. This traditional fishing village clings like a limpet to the edge of the land. This little community is best known for its wild nature, bird habitats, and an admired outdoor sculpture, Eggin í Gleðivík (meaning The Eggs of Merry Bay). The sculpture and the bird habitats are not unrelated. The 34 eggs of the sculpture represent the 34 bird species that regularly inhabit the area, and it is far lovelier than it sounds!
We will finish the day by soaking in geothermal Vök Baths surrounded by the amazing scenery of Lake Urriðavatn, they are distinguished by their modern design and are the only floating infinity pools in Iceland. Bathing can be booked with your tour, or you can pay when you arrive. If you don't want to bathe, you can get something to eat in the café or wander around and explore the area.
Our accommodation for the night will be in a country hotel at Egilsstaðir. Ask your guide to help find the Northern Lights if conditions will be proper to watch the show (from September to April).
Visit Dettifoss waterfall, the cascade with the highest flow rate in Europe. See incredible geothermal and lava areas and visit the sensationally beautiful Godafoss waterfall before finishing the day near Akureyri. Your accommodation will be in this area.
Our journey to North Iceland will take us to Stuðlagil Canyon, one of the world’s most enchanting basalt rock formations. Then we head through Möðrudalur, where you will find the highest farm and restaurant in Iceland at 469 m. You will have time to get yourself a bite to eat and admire the incredible views over the panoramic wilderness landscapes below you. Then we travel onwards to experience the thunderous power and majesty of the Dettifoss waterfall. This vast torrent's violent force will leave you in awe of Icelandic nature. This is a day of great contrasts. The crystal clear and tranquil waters of Lake Mývatn are next on the agenda, with otherworldly scenery and a plentiful birdlife greatly enhancing the beauty here.
Your next attraction is the lunar-like vistas, steaming fumaroles, and boiling multi-colored mud pots at the Námaskarð geothermal area. This place will leave you feeling like you have taken flight and arrived on another planet with starkly barren yet beautiful scenes! Continuing with the unearthly theme, we visit the Hverfjall volcano crater and the Dimmuborgir lava formations. Your guide will tell you how these fantastic lava shapes, often called 'the Dark Castles,' were created and the rich mythology linked to them. On this tour, but especially today, you will witness the incredibly different sides of Icelandic nature, from the barest Arctic desert lands to the lush fertility around Lake Mývatn.
Finally, a stop is made at Goðafoss, a glorious crescent-shaped waterfall. A famous legend links to Goðafoss. This is the waterfall into which Iceland's last great Pagan leader is said to have cast his statues of the Pagan Gods when Iceland converted to Christianity. Our journey will take us alongside Eyjafjörður, a long fjord surrounded by mountains. The scenery here will be completely mind-blowing.
Near the apex of the fjord, we will come to Akureyri. Your accommodation for the night will be at a country hotel in this area. Hunt for the Northern Lights on winter nights if the conditions will be good.
If there is a time we make a short visit to Akureyri before we head to Dalvík for an exciting whale-watching boat trip, you can even try your hand at fishing if you would like to. You will also see one of the most fantastic fishing communities in Iceland, Siglufjörður. Your country hotel will be at Bifröst.
Today is a dream day for lovers of wildlife and beautiful Icelandic nature. From Akureyri, our route to Dalvík follows the western side of stunning Eyjafjörður (the Island Fjord). The views are absolutely eye-candy, with towering mountains and open ocean views. The mountains keep getting steeper as we approach Dalvík, a charming village still a traditional fishing community.
Your 3-hour whale-watching trip will take you skimming across the Eyjafjörður fjord, searching for the most majestic mammals alive. There is nothing like spotting a whale in the flesh in its natural habitat. Minke and humpback whales can be seen often. Sometimes, even the largest animal alive, a magnificent Blue Whale, crosses the waters. Dolphins and porpoises are usually seen, with seals also frequently spotted. This is a water wildlife paradise, with many ocean birds and a great many puffins in the puffin season. Dolphins, porpoises, and whales often swim close to the boat, giving you a fabulous experience of Icelandic ocean wildlife.
Our next port of call is Siglufjörður, a little town with a fascinating fishing history that is commemorated all around the town. It is, perhaps, hard to believe now that this picturesque place was referred to as ‘the herring capital of Europe’ in the first half of the 20th century. Those truly magnificent shoals of herring, known as ‘the silver of the sea,’ then departed these waters as mysteriously as they had arrived!
We continue our journey around Tröllaskagi, a magnificent peninsula. The name means ‘the Troll Peninsula’ and, not surprisingly, this area is steeped in local legends. This stunning drive will take you through charming villages and lush farmlands, leaving you with a real feel for the way people live in the country. Remember, this is a day for wildlife! You will see lots of small but very sturdy Icelandic horses grazing in their fields - horse farms are more plentiful here than in any other part of Iceland.
You will spend your night at a hotel in the little university-centered community at Laugarbakki. From September to April, ask your guide to direct you toward the Northern Lights at night if the conditions will be perfect to spot them.
The final day of your fantastic trip around Iceland has a water and history theme! You will visit Deildartunguhver hot spring before continuing to the Hraunfossar cascade, where glacial water pours out straight from the lava field. Your final stop is at the historic site of Reykholt, the famed home of the Icelandic historian and prolific writer of Icelandic Sagas, Snorri Sturluson.
We will enjoy the wonders of West Iceland, named one of their best holiday destinations by Lonely Planet, in 2016. Today, we will be exploring the splendid natural wonders and sights in the Borgarfjörður area. A short hike to the top of Grábrók, a volcano crater, is first on the agenda. There are superb views across the lava and over the whole area.
Onwards to Deildartunguhver, this fabulous bubbling hot spring pumps out more steaming hot water than any other hot spring in Europe.
Next, we will visit Barnafoss waterfall. The name means 'the Children's Falls. According to Icelandic folklore, errant children are said to have met their deaths in the falls, which explains why this picturesque waterfall is so named. We also take you to see the totally unique Hraunfossar cascade. These gorgeous falls extend in a wide arc, with the water pouring out of the edge of the lava field in many thousands of tiny trickling streams. By some miracle of nature, the glacial water has traveled through the porous lava all the way from the Langjökull glacier.
This sensational trip which has brought you fabulous adventures, stunning wildlife, majestic scenery, and so many glorious Icelandic experiences, will conclude with a little history! Your final stop is at Reykholt, home to one of Iceland's most famous sons and revered historical figures, Snorri Sturluson. Many would say to get a true appreciation of Iceland, you have to know something about this incredible man whose life spanned the 12th and 13th centuries. Some important aspects of Norse mythology would have been lost forever if Snorri had not recorded them in the Icelandic Sagas. You will see Snorralaug, the pool where Snorri is said to have bathed. This pool is thought to go back to the 10th century, which is incredibly old for a man-made feature in Iceland. Dipping their fingers into the water, many present-day visitors are somewhat surprised to discover this pool is still pleasantly warm.
Your journey back to Reykjavík will take you through the beautiful scenery and wildlife around Hvalfjörður. We expect to arrive in the capital around 17:00-18:00 (depending on the weather). You will be dropped off at your accommodation in Reykjavík or the closest authorized pick-up location. If you're here in the winter, ask your guide where they recommend searching for the Northern Lights tonight!
Today you get a second chance to catch up on any Reykjavík must-see sights and experiences you missed out on before your tour. Check off anything remaining on your Capital City of Iceland bucket list - this lively and culture-rich city on the edge of the Arctic offers so many possibilities. If you stay around the city, you will find plenty of new things to see, or, maybe, there will be places where you want to linger longer!
If you didn´t swim in an outdoor thermal pool on your first day, we suggest giving this peculiarly Icelandic experience a try before you leave. The largest swimming pool in Iceland is at Laugardalslaug, beside Grasagarðurinn, Reykjavík´s beautiful botanical gardens. It is very easy to walk from the city or take an Strætó bus. There are some lovely pools around. Sundhöllin on Baronsstígur is a lovely pool right in the heart of Reykjavík, built-in 1937, the indoor pool has an old-world charm, and there is a recently constructed outdoor pool too.
Walking and cycling paths connect the City of Reykjavík with some stunning areas closer to the city than others. So walking or hiring a bike is a great option too. Seltjarnarnes is a spectacular peninsula with absolutely fantastic scenery, situated within easy walking distance of the city center. Mosfellsbær is a beautiful community a little further away. Either of these places and many more can easily be reached by Strætó buses. You could browse the city some more, learn more about Icelandic culture in a museum, max out on arts in a gallery, or even do one final and incredible adventure activity tour - maybe, there are too many choices, but you get to choose!
Unforgettable and Magical!
Reviewed on July 28, 2019 by Marc Jablonski From our post-trip system
Arctic Adventures was the best way to see Iceland in its full glory. With a kind and knowledgeable tour guide, we went to nearly every part of the beautiful island — stopping in places we never would have seen without Arctic Adventures. We stayed in guest houses and hotels surrounded by forests, glaciers, water, and stood on craters, climbed glaciers, swam in hot springs, and saw dozens of waterfalls. It was an unforgettable and magical adventure!
Reviewed on July 18, 2019 by Donna B From our post-trip system
Our tour guide was awesome, accommodating, knowledgeable, entertaining, kept Us safe, friendly! Iceland sights are awesome! I’ve already spread good words to Others about Iceland and Arctic Adventures! Keep Up The good work!
Reviewed on July 18, 2019 by Marleen Hartzell From our post-trip system
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.