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6-Day Ring Road Tour Around Iceland | IS-AA0160

Ring Road, Golden Circle, Waterfalls, Glaciers & Fjords

About Tour

Travel around Iceland in 6 days and see the famous Golden Circle, the South Coast and its thundering waterfalls, the Myvatn Nature Baths, Dettifoss Waterfall, and the remote East Fjords. You’ll dream about this Ring Road adventure for years to come!

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
  • Icelandic Wilderness Center
  • 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)
  • Blue Lagoon (optional extra)

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. 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.

Optional Extra - Blue Lagoon

This guided Ring Road tour around Iceland comes with the opportunity to visit the renowned Blue Lagoon thermal baths. You can book a visit to the Blue Lagoon during our booking process. We’ll take care of your transportation to the spa and back to Reykjavik.

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

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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
  • Optional Extra – Blue Lagoon

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Itinerary

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Information

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, 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.

Accommodation: Adventure Hotel Geirland (or similar).

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).

Accommodation: Hótel Höfn (or similar).

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. Lastly, visit the Basement Museum of the Iceland Wilderness Center, or Óbyggðasetrið. Hailed the “best museum in the whole world” by Cosmopolitan Magazine, this exhibit is a portal into the 19th century. Our accommodation will be in a traditional country inn in Egilsstaðir.

Activities: Enjoy a 3-hour waterfall hike and explore exhibits at the Icelandic Wilderness Center.

Accommodation: Hotel Valaskjálf (or similar).

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).

Accommodation: Icelandair Hotel Akureyri (or similar).

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 and try your hand at sea angling.

Accommodation: Hotel Laugarbakki (or similar).

On the last day of your adventure around Iceland, climb up to Grábrók Crater for jaw-dropping views over West Iceland. Next be awestruck by Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe. Then discover Hraunfossar Waterfall (Lava Falls), the most unusual cascade in Iceland. The waterfall has thousands of rivulets streaming out of Hallmundarhraun Lava Field. Make a quick detour to the nearby Barnafoss Waterfall, renowned for its cloudy blue waters.

Your last stop is Reykholt, the former home of Snorri Sturluson, a historian, poet, and politician who may be the most important Icelander to have ever lived. That's the end of your epic 6-day Ring Road adventure around Iceland!

Activities: Take an easy hike up to Grábrók, a volcano crater. If you’ve booked a visit to the Blue Lagoon, enjoy a relaxing soak in mineral-rich waters.

On the final day of your Ring Road tour we offer a chance to visit the Blue Lagoon, one of the world’s finest geothermal spas. On Day 6, we’ll drop you off at your chosen location at 5 p.m. allowing you to have dinner and rest up. Then we’ll collect you at 6:30 p.m. and transfer you to the Blue Lagoon. After a relaxing soak, we’ll drop you back at the same location later on in the evening.

  • 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.

Frequently asked questions

Still got questions about the tour? Hopefully you will find the answer here.

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.

No – the Northern Lights can only be seen between late August and April; however, it is not guaranteed even then – part of their magic is their elusiveness, but we will always do our best to make sure that you see them. We have booked nights in country inns to maximize your chances of seeing the aurora borealis.

Breakfast is included each day, but other meals are not.

A single supplement is available if you want to have your own room, but you are not required to pay a single supplement. If you are a single traveler and do not wish to book a single room, you’ll be roomed with another traveler of the same gender.

We always book comfortable rooms in traditional Icelandic hotels.

Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking boots, a waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process. We do not rent these items from the location, they must be ordered in advance.

Reviews

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6-Day Ring Road Tour Around Iceland

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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.

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