Overview

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

  • Ring Road
  • Golden Circle
  • Thingvellir National Park
  • Geysir Geothermal Area
  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Active Geldingadalur volcano eruption
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Skógafoss Waterfall
  • Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
  • Vik
  • Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
  • Diamond Beach
  • Crystal Ice Cave (November-March)
  • Glacier Hike (April - October)
  • Skaftafell Nature Reserve
  • East Fjords
  • Dettifoss Waterfall
  • Lake Myvatn
  • Akureyri
  • Godafoss Waterfall
  • Whale Watching
  • Dalvik
  • Siglufjordur
  • Mount Kirkjufell

From sparkling glaciers, cascading waterfalls, black sand beaches framed by epic rock formations, geothermal paradises and capricious volcanoes, you name it and you will find it in this unique volcanic country. This coupled with your friendly guide, who will tell you everything that you need to know about Iceland’s rich history and fascinating Viking folklore, makes it an unforgettable trip that everyone is bound to appreciate. All of our tours take place in small groups, ensuring that you can make the absolute most, out of your time in Iceland.

  • Free Wifi
  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Expert guides
  • Small group
Availability All Year
Duration 8 day
Departs From Reykjavik
Difficulty Easy
Ratio 1:18 Guide to client ratio
Accommodation Included
Meet on Location No
Pick Up Yes

From

262 490
Per Adult

What's included

Included

  • Escorted minibus tour for 8 days with an experienced guide (English speaking)
  • Free wifi on the minibus
  • 7 nights accommodation with breakfast
  • Glacier hiking on a Vatnajokull outlet glacier
  • Whale watching tour from Dalvik
  • A guided tour across Landmannalaugar highlands (June - October) where you have the chance to bathe in a geothermal hot pool
  • Snowmobiling on Langjokull Glacier (November - May)
  • All necessary safety gear and equipment
  • Active volcano hike tour

What to bring

  • Warm outdoor clothing
  • Swimsuit
  • 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.

Not Included

  • Food is not included on this tour except for breakfast at your accommodation
  • The entrance fee to Myvatn Nature Baths (can be added to your booking)

Contact us for more Information about this tour

Itinerary

Introduction

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 icebergs 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
Adventure Hotel Geirland
Adventure Hotel Geirland outside
Double room at Adventure Hotel Geirland
Twin room at Geirland Hotel
Bathroom at Geirland Hotel
Bedroom at Geirland Hotel in Iceland
Cloakroom at Adventure Hotel Geirland
Mini office at Adventure Hotel Geirland
Bedroom interior at Geirland Hotel in Iceland
Bedroom interior at Geirland Hotel
Room interior at Geirland Hotel
Room at Geirland Hotel
Hotel Geirland
Cozy countryside hotel, located only 2 km from Kirkjubæjarklaustur Or similar

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. This combined with the opportunity to try out some traditional Icelandic angling and a barbecue tasting of the freshly caught fish makes it an unforgettable experience that you are bound to enjoy.

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 Borgarnes
or similar

On the 6th 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.

Day Highlights
  • Active Geldingadalur volcano eruption
Included
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • A guided hike to the volcanic eruption
  • Accommodation
Accommodation
Reykjavik Lights Hotel
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 October, we will take you on the Landmannalaugar Hiking Day Tour in the Central Highlands of Iceland. From November to May, we will go on a snowmobiling tour on Langjokull Glacier. 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 the most incredible ways. We will drive to the vicinity of 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 equals. Remember to bring a bathing suit as right under the banks 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 true without comparison!

Our trek begins from the main hut in Landmannalaugar and takes you on a four-hour adventure across gorgeous highland landscapes. The total hiking distance of the route is approximately 8-10 km and led by an expert guide. Landmannalaugar is a geothermal paradise located in Fjallabak Nature Reserve. Home to colorful mountains, bubbling hot springs, and ancient lava fields, the region is wonderfully diverse. Laugahraun lava field is the first sight on our excursion. Its coal-black fields were formed during a volcanic eruption in the year 1477. 

Our route then weaves through Vondugil canyon and up to the multicolored peak of Mt. Brennisteinsalda. 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. On our way down we will encounter Graenagil gorge, or Green Gorge in English, due to the rich green hues of rhyolite in the region. If time permits we will summit Blahnukur Volcano before taking our visit to the alluring highland hot springs. Remember to bring a bathing suit! You won’t want to miss this once in a lifetime experience.

This Highlands excursion is the perfect way to end your tour around the country and will ensure you check those final items off your Iceland bucket list.

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 - October)
  • Hot Spring Bath (June - October)
  • Mount Brennisteinsalda (June - October)
  • Laugahraun Lava Field (June - October)
  • Snowmobiling on Langjokull Glacier ( November - May)
Included
  • Hotel breakfast
  • Guided tour
  • Drop-off in Reykjavík
  • Snowmobiling gear and safety equipment

Frequently asked questions

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.

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.

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