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6-Day Ring Road Tour Around Iceland | IS-AA-AIA

Small Group Package Tour Around Iceland

About Tour

This six-day small group tour is ideal for people who really want to get the most out of their time in Iceland. It gives you the opportunity to travel further, explore more, see more natural wonders, and really get off the beaten track. It also ensures that you will maximize your Icelandic experience: packing each day with incredible experiences, awe-inspiring natural sights, and cultural curiosities. Between September and April, you have a good chance of seeing the Northern Lights!

Highlights

  • The Golden Circle
  • Seljalandsfoss & Skógafoss Waterfalls
  • Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
  • Eldhraun, the world's largest lava flow
  • Vatnajökull Glacier Hike (April-October)
  • Jókulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • Diamond Beach
  • The East Fjords
  • Lake Myvatn Geothermal Area
  • Myvatn Nature Baths (optional extra)
  • Dettifoss & Goðafoss Waterfalls
  • Whale watching in Dalvik
  • Deildartunguhver Hot Spring
  • Barnafoss & Hraunfossar Waterfalls
  • Crystal Ice Cave (November-March)
  • The Northern Lights (September-April)

On this epic 6-Day Ring Road adventure around Iceland, see every unique side of the country. Witness exploding geysers on the Golden Circle and roaring waterfalls on the South Coast. Feel the contrast of serenity and wild adventure as you stroll on Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach and hike on Vatnajökull Glacier. Set out on a thrilling whale watching excursion in Dalvik and hike o the active Geldingadalur eruption. In winter, explore natural ice caves and see the Northern Lights. After these incredible 6 days in Iceland, you may never want to return home.

Best Tour of 2019 in Iceland by TourRadar

The 6-day Ring Road tour was awarded the best multi-day travel experience of 2019 in Iceland by TourRadar, based on traveler reviews from around the world. We operate our tours in small groups to provide an authentic experience for every traveler. Our superb guides — the best in the country — go the extra mile to give you an immersive, once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

Extend Your Trip

Sometimes you simply need another day in Iceland! If you wish to spend a few more days adventuring in Iceland, check out our 7-Day Tour Around Iceland from Reykjavik or the Ultimate 8 Day Iceland Ring Road Tour.

  • Small groups (minibus)
  • Expert guides
  • Personal Experience
  • Tour of the Year 2019 - Iceland
  • 6 Day Tour of the Year 2018 - Europe
Availability All year
Duration 6 days
Departs From Reykjavik
Difficulty Easy
Minimum age 8
Group maximum 19
Meet on Location No
Pick Up Yes
Accommodation Included

Customer reviews from post-trip system

September 03, 2021

Fantastic experience with the best tour guide

Amazing trip seeing the awe-inspiring sights of Iceland. Arni our tour guide was beyond awesome. He made the trip. If I could give more than 5 stars for him I would. Arni was 100% dedicated to giving us the best tour experience possible. Every stop was more beautiful than the next. Loved hiking on the volcano and glacier. Saw humpback whales on the whale watching trip, and learned so much about the country, the culture, the history and geology. This trip around the ring road is the way to see the most of Iceland and the diversity of the country. Extremely happy with the experience and plan to be back.

Reviewed by Cecily

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What's Included

Included

  • Pick-up & drop off in Reykjavík
  • Accommodation with private bathroom
  • Breakfast each morning at your hotel
  • English speaking adventure tour guide
  • Guided tour in minibus
  • Free WiFi on board your bus
  • Glacier Hike on Vatnajökull Glacier
  • Waterfalls hike at Egilsstaðir
  • Whale watching in Dalvik
  • Crystal Ice Cave Tour (November-March)

What to bring

  • Warm outdoor clothing
  • Water & windproof jacket and pants
  • Hiking shoes/boots
  • Thermal underwear (top and bottom)
  • Warm headwear (e.g. wool/fleece hat)
  • Gloves and scarf
  • Warm socks (wool or synthetic recommended)
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen (especially for sunny days on the glacier)
  • Swimming suit and a towel

Not Included

  • Meals (except breakfast)
  • Optional Extra - Myvatn Nature Baths

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Iceland Skogafoss Waterfall With Rainbow

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.

people walking on a gravel path in Thingvellir National Park

We will start our six days around Iceland adventure with a day crammed full of Iceland’s most famous natural wonders. We will visit the amazing attractions on the Golden Circle route including a giant waterfall, a frequently erupting geyser, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, we will head towards the southern coastline where we will enjoy the most spectacular views along the way. Before arriving at our lovely country hotel, we will make stops at Iceland’s most epic waterfalls: the majestic Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. From September to April, your guide can help you chase the Northern Lights at night.

We will start the day at 8:00 am by collecting all of the passengers from their pickup locations. (Collection can take up to 30 minutes depending on your location.) With everyone on board, we will head towards the interior of the country and hit the famous tourist route called “the Golden Circle”.

Our first stop will be Thingvellir National Park, which has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for both its historical and geological importance. There, we will see the historic site where Althingi, the world’s oldest democratic parliament, was founded more than a thousand years ago.

There is no specific parliament building here as the people of Iceland used to hold their meetings here under the open sky. The “Lögberg” is a piece of rock and was the platform from where the law speakers would proclaim new laws with the imperious rift valley at their back.

Thingvellir is also famous for being the gap between two tectonic plates. There are several cracks between the Eurasian and North American plates lying at the center of the national park. These two plates continue to drift apart with the gap widening by about 0.78 in. (2 cm) each year. This movement creates the awe-inspiring geology in the area which we will be able to explore when we walk in between the tectonic plates.

Winter View Of Strokkur Geysir In Iceland Golden Circle

Our next stop is the world-renowned Geyser Hot Spring Area where we will walk among bubbling hot springs and mud pots on the restless ground of an active geothermal area, passing by steaming fumaroles surrounded by colorful minerals. We will see the famous “Geysir” from which the English word geyser was adopted and its younger brother, Strokkur. The Great Geysir is dormant today but Strokkur erupts every 5-8 minutes so we will be able to see at least a few eruptions, for sure! The unearthly scenery will surely inspire us to get to know Iceland’s geology even better.

Then, we will move on to the majestic Gullfoss Waterfall (Golden Falls). Gullfoss was named after the golden-brown hue that surrounds the cascade on sunny days. If we are lucky, a stunning rainbow will form over the canyon, providing an amazing opportunity for photos.

Gullfoss, Thingvellir, and the Geyser Hot Spring Area are all things that everyone who visits Iceland should definitely see so you will be able to cross each one off of your bucket list in one incredible day!

After leaving the Golden Circle route behind, we will head south. We will continue our journey by driving on the Ring Road from now on. The South Coast is the other area that every visitor to Iceland wants to see. Iceland’s most dramatic scenery can be seen here. Every single meter is interesting and the landscape looks like the setting from a fairytale.

seljalandsfoss falls at sunset in iceland

On our way to our accommodation, we will stop at two of Iceland’s most epic waterfalls: Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. We will have time to explore these outstanding natural beauties. At Seljalandsfoss, we can walk behind the cascade (when it’s not frozen, of course). At Skógafoss, we can take the stairs and walk up to its top, from where we will be able to admire the landscape.

We will spend the night in a small country hotel near the village of Vík. When the nights are dark from September to April, we will have the chance to see the Northern Lights. In summer, soak in the Midnight Sun.

Day Highlights
  • Thingvellir National Park
  • Geysir Geothermal Area
  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Seljalandsfoss & Skogafoss Waterfalls
  • Northern Lights (September-April)
Included
  • Guided tour in minibus
  • Visit to the highlights of Golden Circle
  • The Pearls of the South Coast
  • One night at Hotel close to Vík
Accommodation
Hotel Geirland
Cozy countryside hotel, located only 2 km from Kirkjubæjarklaustur Or similar
walking around reynisfjara black sand beach
Day Two is also packed full of incredible sights! We will visit the Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach where we can see the famous for the Reynisdrangar sea stacks and the dramatic black basalt columns. Driving further east, we will cross the Eldhraun “fire lava” field, which is decorated by a fluffy layer of moss today.
Then, we will drive to Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park where we will go for an adventurous glacier hike! In winter, we climb through a crystal ice cave instead of the glacier hike. At the end of the day, we will stop at the site that is often nicknamed as the crown jewel of Iceland: Jókulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. This surreal lake with floating icebergs and the nearby Diamond Beach are Iceland’s most photographed natural wonders! 
After the long and wonderful day, we will spend the night in a hotel in Höfn, the lobster capital of Iceland. Ask your guide for tips to find the Northern Lights!

Our first stop of the day will be the deservedly famous Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach. It was ranked among the top ten non-tropical beaches in the world. Of particular interest are the picturesque Reynisdrangar peaks, standing in the water off the coast. A local legend claims that the sea stacks were once trolls that came down from the mountains during the night and were petrified by the touch of the first rays of sunshine. In low tide, we will be able to enter the cave behind the basalt columns. It’s huge and very spacious with interesting rock formations on the walls.

From Reynisfjara, there is a beautiful view over the sea arches and rock cliffs at Dyrholaey. In summer, puffins nest on the basalt columns. The volcanic beach of Reynisfjara certainly deserves its fame!

We will then move east and continue driving through breathtaking natural settings. We will pass by the legendary Mýrdalsjökull Glacier, which hides one of the most notorious volcanoes in all of Iceland beneath its ice, the mighty Katla.

The road cuts across the Eldhraun lava field, a bumpy, mossy field stretching for tens of kilometers. This unearthly terrain was once a fierce lava flow from the most fatal volcanic eruption in Iceland's history.

Soon we will arrive at Skaftafell in the Vatnajökull National Park. It’s an oasis of luscious green birch forests and rich vegetation surrounded by the giant outlet glaciers of Vatnajökull. The natural wonders that you will see here will take your breath away as you allow the wildly contrasting scenes to soak in.

Here, we will take a magical three-hour glacier hike up Vatnajokull, the largest glacier in all of Europe. This hike will be guided by one of our specialist glacier guides, ensuring that you are safe throughout the tour. Your guide will also be on hand to teach you more about this incredible outlet glacier and all the amazing things that you will be able to see from it.

During the winter (from November to April), we will be able to visit a naturally formed ice cave in the heart of the glacier! Ice caves are a natural phenomenon that form in winter and collapse in spring, so anyone visiting an ice cave can call themselves extremely lucky!

Iceland Diamond Beach Sunny View

After our trip to the glacier, we will jump back in our bus and continue our adventure. For the last stop of the day, we will have the spectacular Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon to visit. Jökulsarlon is the deepest lake in Iceland and is filled with giant floating icebergs.

The lagoon is connected to the sea and the icebergs float slowly towards the open ocean. Here, the waves push them back onto the shore, creating a truly mesmerizing natural wonder. The sapphire water laps up against coal-black sands, which are peppered with pearl white and blue icebergs as well as ice rocks that look like precious stones. This coastline is called the Diamond Beach. It is a supernatural sight that will send shivers down your spine!

After this beautiful day, we will drive to our accommodation in the town of Hofn, celebrated as the lobster capital of Iceland. Ask your guide for tips to find the Northern Lights at night in winter! 

Day Highlights
  • Reynisfjara - The Black Sand Beach
  • Eldhraun Lava field
  • Vatnajokull National Park
  • Glacier Hiking Tour (April-October)
  • Crystal Ice Cave Tour (November-March)
  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • Diamond Beach
  • The Town of Höfn
  • Northern Lights (September-April)
Included
  • Breakfast at Hotel close to Vík
  • Guided Glacier Hike & All Gear
  • One night at a hotel in Höfn
Accommodation
Hofn Hotel
or similar
On Day Three, we will explore the eastern fjords of Iceland. As we make our way along the coastline, we will drive by the Hvalnes Nature Reserve, a remote and beautiful peninsula with insanely impressive mountains. Eystrahorn, Stokksnes, and Vestrahorn are located here, also known as the “horny mountains”. Surrounded by grassy black sand dunes, this place is more beautiful than you could ever imagine!

Our first stop of the day will be Djúpivogur, a traditional fishing village with centuries-old, colorful houses that will remind us of the village’s long history of trading. Djúpivogur has a population of 450 people who all make their living out of the sea. The nature surrounding it is beautifully varied. There is a picturesque, pyramid-shaped mountain nearby and a stunning coastline that makes the views even more interesting.

We will drive the serpentine roads around the Eastfjords and marvel at the stunning landscapes. After we leave the coastal area behind, we will head towards the legendary Lagarfljót Lake, the third largest lake in Iceland. It is famous for being home to Iceland’s biggest monster, Lagarfljótsormurin. This is a cryptid serpent that has been seen many times by locals during the ages, someone even caught it on a camera in 2012! While the existence of the monster might be just a legend, some locals truly do believe in it.

Iceland Hengifoss Waterfall Hiking Route

Near the lake, we will make a stop and venture off for a short, but scenic hike to Hengifoss, one of Iceland’s highest waterfalls at an impressive height of 420 ft. (128m). On our way to the waterfall, we will encounter another smaller, but no less spectacular one.

Litlanesfoss cascades into a narrow gorge from a height of 98 ft. (30 m) and is framed by extremely tall basalt columns, creating a spectacular natural gem.

About 0.6 mi. (1 km) from the first waterfall, we will have a complete view of Hengifoss in the gorge, dominating the landscape with its impressive height. The cascade is framed by a multi-colored rock face. The ancient layers of red clay from volcanic eruptions are trapped between layers of basalt to create stunning red stripe patterns in the rock. These are some very distinctive surroundings for a waterfall!

After the hike, we will jump in the car again and move on to Egilsstaðir, the largest town in East Iceland, where we will relax in a hotel for the night. From September to April, your guide can help you find the Northern Lights from the hotel. 

Day Highlights
  • Hvalnes Nature Reserve
  • The East fjords
  • Djúpivogur village
  • Lagarfljót Lake
  • Hengifoss and Litlanesfoss waterfalls
  • Iceland Wilderness Center
  • Egilsstaðir Town
  • Northern Lights (September-April)
Included
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Guided hike to Hengifoss
  • One night in a hotel in Egilsstaðir
Accommodation
Hotel Valaskjalf
or similar
small forest near myvatn lake in summer

On Day Four, we will head towards North Iceland. After leaving Egilsstaðir behind, we will drive through a Highlands area, where the landscape is barren and somewhat extraterrestrial. On our way, we will have a stop at Möðrudalur, Iceland’s highest farm. Here, we can relax a bit and grab a quick bite at Iceland’s highest restaurant. At 1538.7 ft. (469 m), it has an excellent view of the pristine wilderness below.

From here, we will continue our drive and head towards Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall. The vigorously cascading water is a unique experience to see, giving us a whole new perspective on the power of nature. Dettifoss was chosen to be a filming location for the famous Hollywood movie Prometheus. The opening scene, the Engineer’s sacrifice, was shot here.

After visiting Dettifoss, we will move on towards the volcanic wonderworld around Lake Mývatn. Covering an area of 14 sq. mi. (36.5 km2), Mývatn is the fourth largest lake in Iceland. An incredibly vibrant array of flora and fauna thrives around the lake as well as on its tiny islands. Myvatn is deservedly one of Iceland’s most valuable protected nature reserves.

dimmurborgir lava formations in north iceland

During our travels around the lake, we will learn about the region’s violent volcanic history. We will go for a short hike in Dimmuborgir, “the Dark Fortress”, a fascinating garden of lava rock sculptures, huge rock pillars, caves, caverns, tunnels, and lava bridges. These strange lava formations are steeped in mythology. Our friendly tour guide will tell us all about Iceland’s thirteen santas and the many trolls who live among these strange sculptures.

Not far from the lake is one of Iceland’s most terrific geothermal fields, Námaskarð. The highly active volcanic terrain contains wildly bubbling hot springs and loud fumaroles surrounded by the colorful mineral-painted soil. The air smells intensely of rotten egg, which is the normal smell of sulfur. This can be quite unpleasant, but the sights will definitely make you forget about the smell!

Iceland Myvatn Nature Baths View

Our next destination is the beautiful Mývatn Nature Baths. It is often nicknamed as the Blue Lagoon of the north as the color of the water is the same milky-blue as the Blue Lagoon while the entrance fee is half the price. Enjoying a pampering bath here is an optional extra which you can do at your own cost. You will have an hour and a half to relax and enjoy the benefits of the natural alkaline water before we continue our tour.

Our final stop of the day will be at the Goðafoss Waterfall. The “waterfall of the gods” was named when Iceland switched from the Norse religion to Christianity. According to the legends, this was the place where the pagan idols were destroyed when Iceland converted to Christianity. The water cascades from a height of 39 ft. (12 m) over a length of 38 ft. (30 m) and has a unique horseshoe shape, making it absolutely photogenic.

city of akureyri in north iceland at summer

After our memorable day, we will head towards Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland. Even though it is very small with a population of fewer than 20,000 people, Akureyri is the largest city outside of the capital area. This picturesque town is located right in the heart of Eyjafjörður Bay and offers spectacular views in every direction. In Akureyri, you can expect cozy cafes, quality restaurants, inspiring art galleries, and good vibes! There is a good reason why this lovely town was chosen as the #1 best travel destination in Europe by the Lonely Planet in 2015!

After the adventurous day, we will spend the night in a hotel in Icelandair Akureyri, in the city. 

Day Highlights
  • Möðrudalur farm
  • Dettifoss Waterfall
  • Lake Mývatn
  • Námaskarð Geothermal Area
  • Myvatn Nature Baths
  • Dimmuborgir
  • Goðafoss Waterfall
  • Akureyri city
  • Northern Lights (September-April)
Included
  • Breakfast at your hotel
  • Guided visit to all highlights
  • A night at a hotel in Akureyri
Accommodation
Icelandair Hotel Akureyri
or similar
Iceland Whale Watching In Dalvik

Day Five is dominated by Iceland’s incredible wildlife. The tiny fishing village of Dalvík offers nearly a 100% chance of seeing whales as they are abundant in this bay all year round! Humpbacks, minke whales, and dolphins are frequently spotted in Eyjafjörður, the “island fjord” bay.

Seeing these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat is an experience that will last you a lifetime. Whales often swim close to the boat, frolicking around, and guaranteeing you will get a new perspective on the natural world. We may also see some amazing bird species, including puffins and many more in summer.

Once we reach the shore, we will travel on around the beautiful Trölskaggi peninsula and will enjoy some of the best ocean scenery along the way. We will drive through picturesque small villages and thriving agricultural areas.

Our last stop of the day is Siglufjörður, a tiny village that was once the herring fishing capital of the North Atlantic Ocean. Continuing our scenic drive, we will drive around the peninsula and then reenter Iceland’s epic Ring Road. Finally, we will head south and drive to Laugarbakki where you will spend the evening at the hotel.

Day Highlights
  • Dalvík Village - Whale Watching
  • Siglufjörður village
  • Tröllskagi Peninsula
  • Northern Lights (September-April)
Included
  • Breakfast at your hotel
  • 3-hour whale watching tour
  • One night in a hotel in Bifrost
Accommodation
Hotel Laugarbakki
or similar

On our sixth day, we will explore West Iceland, an area which the Lonely Planet voted as one of the best holiday destinations in 2016. We will spend the majority of our time in the Borgarfjörður area, which has many spectacular natural sights and is famed around the world for its majestic beauty.

Our day will begin with a short hike up to a highly scenic volcano crater, Gábrók. The red volcanic soil is covered with green moss patches, making it look like a vibrant painting. On a clear day, there are fabulous views over the lava field and the area as a whole.

The next stop is the bubbling Deildartunguhver hot spring. Europe's most powerful hot spring produces 50 gallons (180 liters) of water per second at a piping hot 97°C (200°F). All of the hot water in the towns and farms within a 60- to 70-kilometer radius is transferred there from Deildartunguhver.

As we move on, out next stop will be the unique Lava Falls. The waterfalls of Hraunfossar are very special as its countless creeks and cascades stream out of the ground. A waterfall without a river over it is quite a rare natural phenomenon! The water continues appearing from the ground for a distance of about 0.55 mi. (900 m). It is an extraordinary sight, making it one of the most beloved waterfalls of those who visit it.

A few minutes from Hraunfossar is another waterfall called Barnafoss or the “Children’s Waterfall”. According to a sad rumor, errant children have perished in its cyan blue water.

From here, we will travel to the historic and charming site of Reykholt. This was once the hometown of Snorri Sturluson, the Icelandic historian, lawyer, politician, poet, and author of many Icelandic sagas.

Snorri Sturluson is one of Iceland’s most famous people and lived here between the 12th and 13th centuries. His accounts of Nordic mythology are truly incredible and reading them will really help you to appreciate Iceland.

We will get to see Snorralaug, “Snorri’s pool”, an attractive geothermal hot pool you can dip your fingers in to feel the temperature of the water. The site is closed for bathers for its historical significance. The pool itself was built in the 10th century and may well be the oldest man-made structure in Iceland.

On our way back to the capital, we will drive by another scenic fjord, Hvalfjörður (the “Whale Fjord”). During World War II, the fjord was base of the British and American navies. Until the late 1990s, those travelling north from Reykjavík had to make 38.5 mi / 62 km detour around the fjord. Today, there is a tunnel 541 ft / 165 m below sea level that cuts travel around the fjord by about an hour. Normally, we’ll take the tunnel but if there is some extra time, we will drive all the way around the fjords. Keep your eyes peeled for more incredible wildlife and stunning scenery!

Depending on the weather, we will arrive back in Reykjavík at around 5-6 pm. This trip is jammed full of exciting adventures, stunning wildlife, magnificent nature, inspiring history, and culture. You will collect memories that you will never forget!

Day Highlights
  • Borgarfjörður
  • Grábrók Volcanic Crater
  • Deildartunguhver hot springs
  • Barnafoss waterfall
  • Hraunfossar waterfall
  • Reykholt
  • Snorralaug hot spring
Included
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • A Guided hike up Grábrók
  • Drop-off in Reykjavik
  • 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.
  • On the sixth day of the tour, we’ll drop you off in Reykjavik at your chosen location around 5 p.m. (17:00).
  • 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 hiking boots, a waterproof jacket and waterproof pants in the booking process.
  • There are different activities to take on depending on the season you choose to visit. In summer, see the Midnight Sun and photograph stunning wildlife such as puffins, Icelandic sheep, and even reindeer. From November to March, we replace Vatnajökull glacier hike with a journey to the Crystal Ice Cave.
  • From September to April, you can witness the Northern Lights. Your guide will show you all the best spots to spy the aurora.
  • 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.

Reviews

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Based on 7 reviews

6-Day Ring Road Tour Around Iceland

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Outstanding in every way

Reviewed on October 13, 2021 by Bruce Rubin From our post-trip system

This was the most amazing 6-days! Iceland is a stunningly beautiful county and this tours was truly packed with the best that the country offers. Our tour guide, Carl, was exceptional - knowledgeable, personable, flexible, and enthusiastic. I would recommend this tour to anyone wishing to discover Iceland.

Life changing

Reviewed on October 07, 2021 by Joe Jakacky From our post-trip system

The beauty and grandeur of Iceland's landscapes are unforgettable. The 6-day Around Iceland tour was a perfect introduction to Iceland's highlights. The tour moved at an appropriate pace and activity levels were doable, even for someone in their 50s like me. Our guide Karl was awesome! His English was excellent, he had a great sense of humor and the beautiful sights were punctuated by his historical and geological knowledge. He was very accommodating to my personal needs and his advice to me and the group was spot-on. In short, it was an unforgettable, life-changing vacation for me and my family! Highly recommended!

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

Paradise found!

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.

FAQ

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.

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.

The Northern Lights are natural phenomena and we, unfortunately, cannot promise you will see them. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions.

For more information on the Northen Lights, please have a look at our Northern Lights information.

We, unfortunately, do not have one simple answer to this question.

There isn’t just one single setting for your camera that ensures great photos. However, if you have manual options, you are probably best served with experimenting with various combinations of ISO, aperture, and exposure settings. As a rule of thumb, ISO setting between 800 and 3200, aperture between f/2 8 and f/5.6, and shutter speed at between 15 seconds and 30 seconds have proven effective.

A good thing to keep in mind, ISO setting between 800 and 3200, aperture between f/2.8 and f/5.6, and shutter speed between 15 seconds and 30 seconds have given great results.

Different combinations may give very different results. Higher ISO setting will allow you to capture faster exposures, but the downside to this might be for example grainier images.

If the shutter speed is above 15 seconds it will result in a slight star movement.

Wider angle lenses are usually more versatile in low light settings, but longer lenses give you different options for compositions. Make sure that you remove all lens filters, as they may distort images. You will probably get the best results with manual setting for infinite focal length.

Reimbursement is not given if the northern lights tour goes ahead and no lights are seen but we do offer you the change to join a Northern Lights Minibus tour free of charge.

Please contact our Customer Care to re-book your tour.

When Northern Lights tours are canceled it’s usually due to unfavorable weather conditions.

In that case, your options will be to:

  1. Reschedule for another day.
  2. Find another tour to do and use the deposit for it.
  3. Get fully refunded.

Please go to customer portal to re-book your tour or contact us by phone +354 562 7000

Yes, the guide on your tour will take a photo of you with the northern lights in the background.
These can be single or group photo’s and are free of charge.

The Northern Lights season is from late August until mid-April. However, if you want to increase your changes of seeing them, it is best to wait until the clear winter months of mid-September until March.

The northern lights are a pretty difficult thing to predict. We recommend you to check en.vedur.is to see the forecast and if the level is high and the skies are clear then it’s very likely that the tour is going ahead. We do update our website’s tour departure sheet with the information at 17:00 pm the latest. If your tour is canceled then you will receive an email from us.

If we think there is no chance at all of seeing the lights we will cancel the tour. We don’t want to bring you out and disappoint if there is no chance of the lights to be seen.

The northern lights depend on luck and weather if that is in your favor than you will be able to see the Aurora Borealis above the inviting streets of Reykjavík. Whether you see the lights or not they depend on two different factors. The first being the weather. If the sky is clear, no clouds, then you are halfway there to seeing the astonishing spectacle that is the Northern Lights (although light pollution can sometimes be a problem). Increased solar activity is the second half so, if these two merge together you may well be able to see the Northern Lights from Reykjavik.

Iceland is known for unforeseeable weather. It is likely that you can see all 4 seasons in one day.

Dressing for that kind sort of weather can always be demanding so we always suggest dressing in layers. 3 or 4 upper layers are highly recommended, for example, a light t-shirt (preferably wool) next to the skin, then a fleece or heavy wool garment topped off with a waterproof windbreaker.

Jeans are not recommended for our trips as they are not suitable for the weather conditions, they become very heavy, cold and uncomfortable to wear when they get wet.

Lightweight hiking pants, track pants or long cotton pants are convenient and wear wind/waterproof pants over. There is high UV and sunlight reflecting off on the glacier so we highly recommend using sunglasses and sunscreen even if it is cloudy.

You will need sturdy hiking shoes that fit crampons for the glacier hiking tours. If you do not own a pair then we rent out suitable hiking boots as well as a waterproof raincoat and trousers.

It is good to bring your own backpack on our full day or half day tours. It’s the best carry-on for a small lunch, extra clothes and other necessary items.

The scenery on the tour is full of stunning, scenic views that are photographable so you should definitely bring your camera along.

This is surely a personal choice, we do not deny pregnant women on our glacier trips but we highly recommend you to take a closer look at our trip description and difficulty ratings, they will hopefully give you a better idea. We also recommend you to contact your physician, as pregnant women’s health can be quite different. If you have any further questions or concerns then feel free to contact us.

Lunch is not provided on any of our trips, therefore we recommend you to bring your own lunch especially for the longer trips, snacks and a bottle of water (you can refill it on the trip).

Crampons make you enable to walk on the glacier ice without slipping. They are metal spikes that we attach to the soles of your hiking shoes.

Yes, we have specially trained and certified glacier guide on every glacier tour that we offer. And for our 3rd party tours we only partner with operators that meet our quality and safety standards.

Yes, we provide you with all necessary glacier gear for our glacier hiking tours. Ice axe, harness, and helmets are provided. This will help you to complete the tour safely.

Iceland is known to have a lot of snow and when the snow stays long enough in one place than it turns to ice. Over long periods of time, the ice layers up becoming huge blocks called glaciers. It forms to create ginormous glaciers that sweep across huge masses of land. Iceland is home of the largest glacier in Europe that is called Vatnajökull. The Glacier Guides can tell you more about and everything you need to know about the Glaciers.

Rain is common in Iceland but we never let the rain be in our way to go forward with our tours.
That’s why we highly recommend appropriate clothing so you can be warm and dry on the tours.
Nature is out of our control and therefore we need to adapt to the weather. Your safety is our first priority so if your safety is compromised by going on the tour then we will cancel it and you will get full reimbursement.

The guide on your Glacier Hiking tour will provide you with all the information you might need when preparing for a glacier hike.

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