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About Tour

Discover Iceland on this magnificent 8-day odyssey that will take you on a guided tour through the enchanting and ever-changing landscapes of Iceland.

Highlights

  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
  • Skaftafell National Park
  • Vatnajökull Glacier Hike
  • Thingvellir, Gullfoss and Geysir
  • Arnarstapi Fishing Village
  • Djúpalónssandur Pebble Beach
  • East Fjords
  • Mývatn
  • Whale Watching Tour
  • Expert Guides
  • Skógafoss Waterfall
  • Vík Coastal Village
  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • Golden Circle
  • Snaefellsnes Peninsula
  • Mt. Kirkjufell
  • Landmannalaugar (June - October)
  • Dettifoss Waterfall
  • Akureyri and Dalvík
  • Hraunfossar and Barnafossar Waterfalls
  • Snowmobiling on Langjokull (November - May)

Included

  • Hotel Room with Private Bathroom - 7 Nights
  • Breakfast Each Morning at Your Hotel
  • Small Group Experience
  • Guided Minibus Tour
  • Glacier Hiking tour on Vatnajökull Glacier
  • Hike at Egilsstaðir
  • Whale Watching at Dalvík
  • Bathing at Mývatn Nature Baths (*optional)
  • Landmannalaugar facility fees
  • Geothermal Bathing in Landmannalaugar (June - October)
  • Snowmobiling on Langjokull (November - May)

What to bring

  • Warm outdoor clothing
  • A waterproof jacket and pants
  • Headwear and gloves
  • Good hiking boots are recommended
  • Note: You can always rent sturdy hiking boots, waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process.

Tour Snapshot

Availability All Year
Duration 8 day
Departs From Reykjavik
Difficulty Easy Suitable for most people in fair condition.
Ratio 1:18 Guide to client ratio
Accommodation Included
Meet on Location No
Pick Up Yes

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Itinerary

This incredible 8-day tour will take you all around Iceland, encompassing a multitude of natural wonders and must-see places. It will take you around Iceland’s famous ring road, in the company of an experienced guide and like-minded travelers, ensuring that you have an unforgettable time during your stay in Iceland. Your friendly guide will take you on an amazing adventure to all the must-see destinations, alongside a plethora of hidden destinations that are off the beaten path. Every single one of our guides is steeped in the rich history and folklore of Iceland, taking the incredible myths and legends that surround many of Iceland’s more famous places and making them come alive.

This journey will take you all around Iceland traveling on Ring Road with an added day on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and another going further into the country, to breathtaking Langmannalaugar (summer) or Langjokull Glacier (winter). You will be checking off your Iceland bucket list as you travel all around the country to all the highlights. We traverse the famous Golden Circle Route, replete with the Gullfoss Waterfall, bubbling geysers at the Geysir geothermal area and Thingvellir National Park. We then head for the South Coast, famed for its gushing waterfalls, incredible black sand beaches and imposing glaciers. This journey will take us all the way to the mesmerizing Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, with floating icebergs and surrounded by amazing landscapes. Glimmering icebergs glide across the crystalline waters to the nearby Diamond beach, where they come to rest on its jet-black sands, creating an awe-inspiring scene that is famous across the world. The beach gets its name from the iceberg's similarity to diamonds and it more than lives up to its name. We will also visit Skaftafell National Park and gaze upon Vatnajökull Glacier, the largest in the entire of Europe, where we will meet up with one of our certified glacier guides to go and explore one of the majestic glacial tongues that unfurl from this natural wonder. This glacier exploration will give you an incredible insight into the icy forces that have helped to craft the country and provide you with memories that will last a lifetime.

The first day of our incredible adventure will take us to some of Iceland’s most iconic sights, including the spectacular South Coast and the amazing Golden Circle Route. It begins at the historic Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is both historically and geologically significant. It plays host to Althingi, where a group of Viking nobles gathered together in 930 AD, to convene Iceland’s first parliament, which is still in operation to this day, making it one of the longest continuously running democratic institutions in the world.

Day Highlights
  • Golden Circle
  • Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir)
  • Geysir and Strokkur
  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Skógafoss Waterfall
  • Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
  • Vík Coastal Village
Included
  • Guided Minibus Tour
  • Knowledgeable guide and driver
  • Visits to Golden Circle Highlights
  • Visits to the Most Famous Waterfalls on the South Coast
  • Visit to the Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
  • One Night Hotel Accommodation (Vík area)
Accommodation
Hotel Geirland
or similar hotel. Cozy countryside hotel, located only 2 km from Kirkjubæjarklaustur.

Day two will begin with a traditional Icelandic breakfast in our hotel before we head out on our next adventure. We will begin by heading east, aiming for the Skaftafell and Vatnajökull National Parks, famed for their sublime natural scenery, rich flora and fauna, mighty glaciers and imperious volcanoes. This includes a view of Iceland’s tallest peak Hvannadalshnúkur and the impressive Svínafellsjökull and Falljökull Glaciers.

Day Highlights
  • Vatnajökull National Park
  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • The Diamond Beach
  • Eldhraun Lava Field
  • Höfn - Lobster capital of Iceland
Included
  • Hotel breakfast
  • Guided Minibus Tour
  • Guided glacier hike on Vatnajökull Glacier
  • Certified Glacier Guide
  • All Glacier Hiking Equipment
  • Visit to Jökulsárlón and the Diamond Beach
  • One Night hotel Accommodation (Höfn area)
Accommodation
Hofn Hotel
or similar

Day three will take us to Iceland’s gorgeous Eastfjords, where stunning crystalline waters are shadowed by snow-peaked mountains. Foremost of these is the spectacular Vatnajökull Glacier, which we will provide the backdrop for most of the day’s festivities.

Day Highlights
  • Djúpivogur Fishing Village
  • Hiking in Nature
  • Hengifoss Waterfall
  • Litlanesfoss Waterfall
  • The town of Egilsstaðir
Included
  • Hotel breakfast
  • Guided Minibus Tour
  • Visit to the Fishing Village of Djúpivogur
  • Guided hike to Hengifoss and Litlanesfoss Waterfalls
  • One Night Hotel Accommodation (Egilsstaðir area)
Accommodation
Hotel Valaskjalf
or similar

Day four will take us to the north of Iceland, populated by otherworldly landscapes that will take your breath away. Our adventure begins at the Dettifoss Waterfall, the most powerful in all of Europe, where a roaring cascade of water crashes down at an incredible rate of 193 m3/s (6,816 cu ft/s). It is fed by the glacial waters of the Jökulsá á Fjöllum river, which originates at the Vatnajökull Glacier. The sheer power of Dettifoss is a truly remarkable sight and a must during your time in Iceland.

Day Highlights
  • Dettifoss Waterfall
  • Lake Mývatn
  • Námaskarð Geothermal Area
  • Hverfjall Volcano Crater
  • Dimmuborgir Lava Formations
  • Goðafoss Waterfall
  • *Bathing at Mývatn Nature Baths is a Bookable Extra
Included
  • Hotel breakfast
  • Guided Minibus Tour
  • Time to explore the magnificent attractions
  • One Night Hotel Accommodation (Akureyri area)
Accommodation
Icelandair Hotel Akureyri
or similar

Day five begins at the picturesque village of Dalvik, which overlooks the ocean and is famed for being the best whale watching destination in Iceland. We will get on a classic whale watching boat and head to the Eyjafjordur Fjord, one of Iceland’s best Whale Watching locations, in search of these majestic giants of the deep.

Day Highlights
  • Akureyri - Capital of the North
  • Whale Watching and Sea Angling from Dalvík
  • Tröllaskagi Peninsula
  • Siglufjörður Fishing Village
Included
  • Hotel breakfast
  • Guided Minibus Tour to All Highlights
  • 3-hour Whale Watching and Sea Angling Boat Tour
  • Eyjafjörður and Akureyri scenery
  • One Night Hotel Accommodation
Accommodation
Hotel Laugarbakki
or similar

Day six’s adventure begins in the incredible lava fields of the Borgarfjörður area, which was given the prestigious honor of being one of Lonely Planet’s best travel destinations in 2016. There we will find the impressive Grabok Volcanic Crater, which rises 170 meters into the sky and was created by the vicious rage of a volcanic eruption many millennia ago. Once we reach its summit, we will be rewarded with a panoramic view of the colorful crater, which is well worth the climb.

Day Highlights
  • Borgarfjörður
  • Deildartunguhver Hot Spring
  • Barnafoss Waterfall
  • Hraunfossar Cascades
  • Reykholt
  • Hike up to Grábrók, a Volcano Crater
Included
  • Hotel breakfast
  • Guided Minibus Tour
  • Visits to the highlights of Borgarfjörður
  • Visit to the Historic Site of Reykholt
  • One Night Hotel Accommodation (Borgarnes area)
Accommodation
Hotel Borgarnes
or similar

Day 7 starts a little later, offering the chance for you to enjoy a relaxing morning before we head to the famous Snæfellsnes peninsula, which more than lives up to its nickname: Iceland in a nutshell. Our first stop will be at the rustic hamlets of Arnarstapi and Hellnar, where we will find one of the most charming and photogenic houses in all of Iceland. We will pause for lunch in one of these beautiful villages and appreciate a spectacular view over the Snæfellsjökull Glacier.

Day Highlights
  • Djúpalónssandur Beach
  • Mt. Kirkjufell
  • Lóndrangar
Included
  • Hotel breakfast
  • Guided Minibus Tour
  • Visits to the highlights of Snæfellsnes
  • One Night Hotel Accommodation in Reykjavík
Accommodation
Reykjavik Lights Hotel
or similar
Landmannalaugar Day Hike in Iceland

Please note that on this day our activities depend on the season. From June to Octoberwe will take you on the Landmannalaugar Super Jeep Tour in the Central Highlands of Iceland. From November to May, we will go on a snowmobiling tour on Langjokull Glacier (you have to have a valid driver's license). During the summer, we will take off from Reykjavík along the South Coast but this time, we are going straight into the highlands! This region is definitely off the beaten path. 

Past farmlands and the voluminous volcano Hekla we make our way off the Ring Road and into the wild, where variations of flora and fauna vary in incredible ways. We will drive to the vicinity of a lava field formed during a volcanic eruption in the year 2000 eruption. From this mountaintop, you will have the chance to explore as far as the eye can see, with glaciers, volcanoes and untamed nature all around. The Landmannalaugar area is often called a geothermal paradise and its mountains are without equal. Remember to bring a bathing suit as right under the banks of the lava field that sits in the center of the area you will find the most alluring hot baths where you can soak in natural hot waters. This experience is authentic without comparison!

During the winter, we will pick you up from your accommodation in Reykjavik with a Super Jeep! We’ll head towards Langjokull Glacier Base Camp, where you’ll be provided all the necessary snowmobiling equipment: helmet, balaclava, and an overall suit.

Then your certified snowmobile guide will show you how to operate a snowmobile. Don’t worry if you don’t have any snowmobiling experience, beginners are welcome!

Langjokull Glacier in the Icelandic Highlands is the second-largest glacier in Iceland. Translated from Icelandic it means “the long glacier.” Loved by locals and travelers alike, the glacier is surrounded by breathtaking panoramic views. Your ride will last for about an hour and you’ll be able to witness the stunning wonderland of Langjokull in winter.

At the end of the day, we will drive you back to Reykjavík and drop you off at your selected drop-off location around 9 p.m.

Day Highlights
  • Landmannalaugar (June - Oct)
  • Hot Spring Bath (June - Oct)
  • Mount Brennisteinsalda (June - Oct)
  • Laugahraun Lava Field (June - Oct)
  • Snowmobiling on Langjokull Glacier (Nov - May)
Included
  • Hotel breakfast
  • Guided tour
  • Drop-off in Reykjavík
  • Snowmobiling gear and safety equipment
  • Activities on day 8 of the tour change depending on the season. From June to October we take you on a guided super jeep tour through the Icelandic Highlands. From November to May, we will go on a snowmobiling tour across Langjokull Glacier, the second-largest glacier in Iceland.

  • A snowmobiling tour on Langjokull glacier is available from November to May.

  • Two people ride each snowmobile. If you are on your own or wish to ride solo, you need to book this and pay an extra 8.500 ISK.

  • All snowmobile drivers need to bring a valid Driving License.

Frequently asked questions

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).

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.

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.

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 the necessary glacier gear for our glacier hiking tours. Ice axe, crampons, harness, and helmets are provided. This will help you to complete the tour safely. The minimum shoe size to attach crampons is EU 35.

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.

Yes, the parking fee depends on your car category.

Category A - Passenger car, 5 seats or less: ISK 750

Category B - Passenger car, 6-9 seats: ISK 1,000

Motorcycles: ISK 300

You can always check the newest fees here.

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