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Circumnavigate Iceland while traveling the island's famous Ring Road. Hike along a pristine glacier, stand in awe at the base of tumbling waterfalls, board a boat in search of whales from Dalvik and a chance to ride across Langjokull Glacier on a snowmobile. Your trip concludes in Snaefellsnes, where you will explore an atmospheric fishing village surrounded by spectacular cliffs and unique black-pebble beaches and Trek through the remote Icelandic Highland. This tour showcases some of the best of Iceland's natural wonders in just 8 days. Return to Reykjavík after an exciting week of exploration! 

Join like-minded travelers! For small group tour departure dates and pricing, visit the Best of Iceland itinerary page. 
Breathtaking SkógafossBeautiful landscape of Landmannalaugarsnaefellsnes PeninsulaGullfoss waterfall during summerWhale watching off the coast of DalvikSiglufjordur villageDiamon Beach IcelandJokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon IcelandGullfoss waterfallSnowmobileSnowmobiling on LangjokullThe Landmannalaugar a geothermal paradiseMarvel around LandmannalaugarKirkjufell mountain and Kirkjufellsfossar waterfalls
Highlights
  • Circumnavigate Iceland while driving the Ring Road
  • Board a boat in search of whales from Dalvik
  • Visit all three of Iceland's national parks
  • Wander the sights of Snæfellsnes Peninsula
  • Tour the popular highlights of the Golden Circle
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Activity Level: Relaxed
Involves minimal physical effort and is typically associated with leisurely activities. Activities are low-intensity or last less than a few hours each day.
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Day 1: Golden Circle and South Coast

The journey encompasses the Golden Circle tour and the initial stretch of the South Coast. This route leads to the historically significant Thingvellir National Park, offering insights into Viking history and the geothermal features of Iceland. Next, there's a visit to the hot spring haven in Haukadalur, home to the lively Strokkur and the globally renowned Geysir, the namesake of all geysers worldwide. Following that is the breathtaking Gullfoss, also known as the Golden Waterfall, a truly mesmerizing sight with rich historical significance and various vantage points that are a must-try!

The day's itinerary also includes stops at the renowned Seljalandsfoss waterfall, famously known as "the one you can walk behind," and its counterpart, the ceaseless power of Skógafoss waterfall. The journey continues along the South Coast, passing by glaciers and volcanoes before reaching the captivating Reynisfjara black sand beach. This mystical expanse of basalt formations is the kind of place that leaves an indelible mark. The Reynisdrangar basalt stacks in the ocean, the powerful waves, the lava cave sculpted into a tuff mountain, and the volcanic ash sand beach are certain to leave a lasting impression!

The night will be spent at a countryside hotel near Kirkjubæjarklaustur, a picturesque village in the south of Iceland.

 

Day 2: Vík - Skaftafell - Glacier Lagoon - Höfn

After breakfast, the group checks out of the hotel, preparing for the next adventure that awaits.

Today's journey continues along Ring Road One, heading further east into Skaftafell and Vatnajökull National Parks. This tour encompasses all three of Iceland's national parks: Þingvellir, Vatnajökull, and Snæfellsjökull. In Skaftafell and Vatnajökull National Parks, encounter incredible sights, including Iceland’s highest peak, Hvannadalshnúkur, the captivating Svínafellsjökull and Falljökull outlet glaciers, and the extraordinary Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon.

A guided hike is on the agenda today, exploring one of the two outlets from Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier. A certified glacier guide will lead the way, ensuring safety and providing insights throughout this exhilarating experience. Fully equipped with glacier gear, the journey begins. These glacier tongues are extraordinary realms, with crevasses and moulins that penetrate the glacier's depths, offering a plethora of astounding vistas to explore. The guides are enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge of this natural playground, so don't hesitate to ask questions!

After this thrilling adventure, it's time to unwind a bit. Witness the sights of a glacier lagoon. Multi-hued icebergs and blocks serenely drift in the vast lagoon just off Ring Road 1. You can stroll along its beach to appreciate it from various angles. These icebergs break free from the Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier and gently float into the lagoon, where they eventually melt and find their way to the jet-black volcanic sand beach called Breiðarmerkursandur. As they bask in the sun, they sparkle like glistening diamonds, which is why the beach is often referred to as the Diamond Beach. A visit to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon is an absolute must!

In the evening, the group will find rest at comfortable accommodations in or near Höfn, a charming seaside town and the lobster capital of Iceland.

The minimum age requirement for a Glacier Hike is eight years old.

Day 3: East Fjords - Djúpivogur - Egilsstaðir

Explore the Eastfjords of Iceland. The roads wind, and the mountains draw nearer and steeper as the journey leads into the Eastfjords.Egilsstaðir, where the enigmatic Lagarfljót River flows, known for its folklore tales of the "Icelandic Loch Ness Monster." Legends of the giant Largarfljót worm, said to make occasional appearances, are firmly entrenched in Icelandic lore, and your guide will regale you with the stories. While Egilsstaðir is often dubbed the capital of the East, many find the smaller villages exude a unique charm. Along the way, a stop is made at Djúpivogur, a petite and wonderfully secluded fishing village. The North Atlantic waves caress the black, sandy shores, and a thriving bird population adds to the area's richness. Djúpivogur, with just over 1100 residents, is considerably outnumbered by its wildlife inhabitants. As a community, Djúpivogur is esteemed for its warm hospitality and steadfast dedication to ecological causes.

The day concludes with a relaxing soak in the geothermal Vök Baths, surrounded by the stunning backdrop of Lake Urriðavatn. Noteworthy for their contemporary design and being Iceland's sole floating infinity pools, these baths offer a truly unique experience. While enjoying the warm waters is an optional extra that incurs an additional cost, be sure to reserve it during the booking process.

Accommodation for the night is arranged in or near Egilsstaðir.

 

Day 4: Stuðlagil Canyon - Dettifoss - Mývatn - Godafoss - Akureyri

Leaving the Reindeer Kingdom in the East for the Icelandic Horse Paradise in the North, the journey today leads from the picturesque Egilsstaðir to the captivating Stuðlagil Canyon, showcasing one of the world's most mesmerizing basalt rock formations. Then, venture into moon-like landscapes at Möðrudalur, the highest farm in Iceland, followed by a visit to the majestic Dettifoss waterfall. Cascading with immense power, Dettifoss stands as Europe's mightiest waterfall, with a staggering flow rate sourced from the Vatnajökull glacier. The sheer expanse surrounding Dettifoss offers a raw, invigorating experience as you breathe in the fresh, misty air.

The journey proceeds to the surreal Námaskarð geothermal area, where vibrant mud pools and fumaroles emit billowing clouds of steam and hot gases. Continuing with this geothermal experience, a stop at Lake Mývatn follows. Head next to the Dimmuborgir lava formations, often referred to as the 'dark cities.' Some of these lava structures rise like enchanted giants, formed from the collapse of a giant lava tube. Standing amidst Dimmuborgir is an unparalleled experience, widely hailed as one of the most eye-opening encounters in Iceland.

The journey then skirts the scenic shores of Lake Mývatn en route to Akureyri, where a pause at the breathtakingly beautiful Goðafoss Waterfall, known as the waterfall of the gods, awaits. Accommodation for the night is arranged at a countryside hotel in Akureyri, the second-largest city in Iceland.
 

Day 5: Whale watching in Dalvík - Siglufjörður -Tröllaskagi - Laugarbakki

After a night in the charming Akureyri, the northern capital, the journey progresses westward before descending southward. The initial highlight of the day unfolds in Dalvík, renowned for its exceptional whale-watching tours—acknowledged for high success rates and diverse marine life encounters. Expert guides lead the boat expedition, ensuring an enriching experience amidst whales, dolphins, and vibrant bird species. While humpback whales, dolphins, and porpoises are common sights, encounters with blue whales and seals are also possible.

Continuing along the scenic Tröllaskagi, the route offers glimpses of picturesque farm life and quaint villages, including the lively Siglufjörður. This village holds significant historical importance in Iceland. In the early 20th century, it was hailed as the herring fishing hub of the Atlantic, attracting a rush of activity akin to a gold rush. Although the era of herring abundance has passed, the town preserves its rich heritage and distinctive character. Following a picturesque stop at the Sail Fjord (Siglufjörður), the journey ventures through Skagafjörður and Húnavatnassýsla, both famed for their expanses of vibrant Icelandic horses.

Your accommodation for the night will be at a country hotel in or near Laugarbakki.

 

Day 6: Borgarfjörður - Reykholt - Hraunfossar - Borgarnes

Today, your journey begins in the Borgarfjörður area of West Iceland, a place hailed by Lonely Planet as a top travel destination in 2016. The first destination, the Grábrók Volcanic Crater, though lesser-known, is a true marvel. A short hike to the top offers a view reminiscent of a cinematic scene.

Moving forward, the landscape shifts from volcanic to geothermal, showcasing Europe's mightiest hot spring, Deildartunguhver. This vibrant spring supplies over 90% of the local hot water.

Continuing the adventure, Hraunfossar waterfalls present a breathtaking display as glacial water rushes down in a cascading spectacle. Nearby, Barnafoss waterfall captivates with its vivid blue colors and pitch-black lava pathway.

The day culminates at Reykholt, historically significant as the home of one of Iceland's eminent poets and historians, Snorri Sturluson. His work, Snorra-Edda, provides a unique window into Viking-era life.

After a day of exploration, guests are driven through the picturesque Borgarfjörður countryside, returning to their hotel in Borgarnes.

 

Day 7: Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Today, explore the stunning Snæfellsnes Peninsula, often called "miniature Iceland" for its diverse natural wonders. The area boasts a glacier-capped volcano, rugged lava fields, dramatic rocky beaches, and a thriving seal colony. The journey continues through serene countryside, with picturesque mountains and ocean vistas framing the route. Two charming coastal fishing villages, Arnarstapi and Hellnar, beckon with their natural harbor, columnar rock formations, arch rocks, and basalt caves. A café stop offers a chance to savor lunch with a breathtaking coastal view (food and drink not included).

Entering Snæfellsnes National Park, a brief hike through moss-covered terrain reveals awe-inspiring views of the towering Snæfellsjökull glacier. Lóndrangar sea stacks, a peculiar natural marvel, loom large on the horizon, believed to belong to the elves and thus left undisturbed.

The journey leads to the striking Djúpalónssandur beach, where black sands stretch between wildly shaped cliffs and captivating lava formations. Guests can explore or attempt to lift the famed "lifting stones" used by fishermen to demonstrate their strength. The British Trawler, a picturesque shipwreck, adds to the beach's mystique, making it one of Iceland's top three most remarkable shorelines.

En route back to Reykjavík, a stop at Kirkjufell, the iconic Church Mountain, awaits. This symmetrical peak, framed by picturesque waterfalls, creates an idyllic postcard scene.

As the expedition concludes, guests are returned to their accommodations in the capital area of Reykjavík.

 

Day 8: Reykjavík - Icelandic Highlands

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Please note that tour schedule varies depending on the season. Experience the Landmannalaugar Super Jeep Tour in the Central Highlands of Iceland from June to October during the summer. While during the winter, from November to May, take a shared group tour and go snowmobiling on Langjokull Glacier.

Once the adventure concludes, return to Reykjavík and be taken to your chosen drop-off point around 9 p.m.

The minimum age requirement for Snowmobile is eight years old.

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