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This 6-day Iceland tour begins in Reykjavik, where your guide will pick you up at your selected location. Then we hit the Ring Road towards the Golden Circle and then on to the South Coast. Next, we drive east to explore the Vatnajökull Glacier area and the remote East Fjords.
For our whale watching adventure, we set out for North Iceland before we reach magical West Iceland, where Europe’s most powerful hot spring awaits. End your trip with a visit to the famous Blue Lagoon, if you wish. Let’s get started!
Depart from Reykjavik at 8 a.m. and spend the day exploring the famous Golden Circle Tour Route, including the thundering Gullfoss (Golden Falls), the bubbling geysers of the Geysir Geothermal Area, and the historical and geological marvel, Þingvelli...)
Depart from Reykjavik at 8 a.m. and spend the day exploring the famous Golden Circle Tour Route, including the thundering Gullfoss (Golden Falls), the bubbling geysers of the Geysir Geothermal Area, and the historical and geological marvel, Þingvellir. We’ll also stop at two of the South Coast’s most famous waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, before spending the night in the charming village of Vik.
In the evening, look for the Northern Lights in winter or revel in the Midnight Sun in summer.
Activities: Take easy walks around bubbling mud pools and towards thundering waterfalls.
We’ll stop at the dark volcanic sands of Reynisfjara, South Iceland’s famed black sand beach, and take in the dramatic Reynisdrangar peaks and basalt columns. We’ll also cross the moss-carpeted Eldhraun Lava Field where the Apollo 11 crew trained for...)
We’ll stop at the dark volcanic sands of Reynisfjara, South Iceland’s famed black sand beach, and take in the dramatic Reynisdrangar peaks and basalt columns. We’ll also cross the moss-carpeted Eldhraun Lava Field where the Apollo 11 crew trained for their impending moonwalk in 1969. Then trek across a glacier in Vatnajökull National Park. The day ends at the magical Jókulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, where giant icebergs float to the nearby Diamond Beach. Our hotel will be in Hofn, the lobster capital of Iceland.
Activities: Go glacier hiking on Vatnajökull (April-October) or ice caving (November-March).
Today is yours to explore the secluded East Fjords. Visit the picturesque fishing village of Djúpivogur, hike to the dizzyingly high Hengifoss Waterfall (Hanging Falls), and take in the basalt beauty of Litlanesfoss Waterfall.)
Today is yours to explore the secluded East Fjords. Visit the picturesque fishing village of Djúpivogur, hike to the dizzyingly high Hengifoss Waterfall (Hanging Falls), and take in the basalt beauty of Litlanesfoss Waterfall.
First we’ll stop at Dettifoss, also known as “The Beast,” the most powerful waterfall in Europe. Delight in views of the steaming geothermal area around Lake Mývatn, famed for its otherworldly beauty. Then take a dip in the mineral-rich waters of Mýv...)
First we’ll stop at Dettifoss, also known as “The Beast,” the most powerful waterfall in Europe. Delight in views of the steaming geothermal area around Lake Mývatn, famed for its otherworldly beauty. Then take a dip in the mineral-rich waters of Mývatn Nature Baths (optional extra) or explore the surrounding volcanic landscapes. After a final visit to Goðafoss (the Waterfall of the Gods), where Icelanders of old converted to Christianity, we’ll drive near Akureyri, Iceland’s northern capital, for the night.
Activities: Go sightseeing or bathe in Mývatn Nature Baths (optional).
The day begins with a drive through Akureyri before we head to Dalvik for a three-hour whale watching trip (with our 98% success rate) and fishing, for those who wish to partake. You can expect to see humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins, minke wha...)
The day begins with a drive through Akureyri before we head to Dalvik for a three-hour whale watching trip (with our 98% success rate) and fishing, for those who wish to partake. You can expect to see humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins, minke whales, and even a majestic blue whale. We’ll also visit the village of Siglufjörður and explore the seriously beautiful Troll Peninsula. Our accommodation will be in the town of Laugarbakki.
Activities: Enjoy whale watching.
On the last 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 otherworldl...)
On the last 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.
We’ll collect you from your hotel or a nearby meeting point in Reykjavik. You can find available pickup locations here. Pickup begins at 8 a.m. The pickup can last up to 30 minutes depending on your location, so we apologize if you have a short wait...)
Weather patterns in Iceland are changing all the time. You can experience all four seasons in one day! For your comfort, don’t forget to bring warm clothing and sturdy hiking shoes. Waterproof jacket and pants will come in handy. You can always rent...)
Accommodation is for two people per room. Solo travelers need to choose a single room supplement when finalizing their booking 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.
Yes, we will go for a three-hour glacier hike on day two of the tour. Please note that safety is always our primary concern and we may have to cancel the glacier hike if we feel it is unsafe.
Note: From November to March, we replace the glacier hike with a visit to Vatnajökull's Crystal Ice Cave.
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.
Best way to explore Iceland with Johan
Reviewed on May 12, 2019 by Evgenia Luiz Cabral From our post-trip system
We had Johan as our tour guide. I miss him and his jokes about time to the next stop (40 minutes and 27 seconds). Great guy, very funny and friendly, and an extremely skilled driver, which is very important in Iceland. The tour was well organized.
Amazing Iceland Tour
Reviewed on May 09, 2019 by Emily Richards From our post-trip system
Amazing tour! I loved how well organized it was, and how knowledgeable the guide was. I will definitely take another tour with Arctic Adventures. :)
Trip of a lifetime
Reviewed on April 27, 2019 by Catherine Trosch From our post-trip system
Our trip to Iceland was truly one of the best trips we’ve ever taken and I owe that to our guide Ragnar Hermannsson. His energy, knowledge, patience, stories, laughter, and sense of humor made our trip such fun and such a special trip. The tour itself was informative, well run and exactly what was advertised. I broke my foot before we left the USA and we were traveling with my 80 year old father in law. We were both able to take part of most of the excursions and those that I couldn’t, Ragnar made sure I was comfortable and taken care of while the group was gone. I cannot say enough good things about this trip. Thank you Ragnar and Arctic Adventures for the trip of a lifetime.
A great way to see iceland
Reviewed on April 19, 2019 by Alison Dyer From our post-trip system
If you want to see the best of Iceland I recommend this tour. Iceland itself supplies the sights but this tour is well designed to show the best that is on offer. It is well organised - our guide was excellent in all ways, from her careful driving to the information she provided.The hotels were fine - all were comfortable, quiet and clean. The restaurants were varied both in decor and food. I would recommend this tour to anyone
Reviewed on April 03, 2019 by Lynne Macfarlan From our post-trip system
Iceland is a very beautiful country and our 6 day Arctic Adventure tour showed it in all its glory. Stunning waterfalls, glaciers, hot springs, beaches were all visited. We saw reindeer and visited Icelandic ponies. Hilmar our tour guide was charming, knowledgeable and very passionate about his country. We were well looked after and thoroughly enjoyed our trip. I would recommend this adventure to anyone.