8 Days Around Iceland Summer Ring Road Tour

Available: Apr to Aug
Difficulty: Easy to moderate
Duration: 8 days
Minimum Age: 8 years
Pick Up: 08:00 am
Price From: ISK 259.900
Cancellation Policy:

Tour Highlights

✅ Golden Circle
✅ East fjords
✅ North Iceland
✅ Akureyri
✅ Jökulsárlón
✅ Glacier Hike
✅ Mývatn
✅ Skógafoss
✅ Seljalandsfoss
✅ Geysir
✅ Gullfoss
✅ Dettifoss
✅ Ásbyrgi
✅ Húsavík
✅ Snæfellsnes Peninsula
✅ West Iceland

Included

✅ 8 day guided tour of the Ring Road of Iceland
✅ 7 night of accommodation in various country hotels with breakfast and a private bathroom
✅ Glacier Hike + Glacier Equipment

Overview
 

This is the perfect tour for those who want to discover Iceland’s rich variety of natural wonders in-between the capital Reykjavík and the ‘Capital of the North’ Akureyri. This 8-Day tour takes you to the must see Golden Circle Route with all its amazing sites. You will stop at the unbeatable Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir geothermal area and of course the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Thingvellir National Park. Next, you will be heading to the much talked about South Coast, where you will explore the unique Black Sand Beach, Reynisfjara and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. After exploring the East fjords, Lake Mývatn awaits in the North with its unique surroundings. You will explore Dimmuborgir lava pillars and then carry on the journey to the capital of the North,

Akureyri. From there you will head to West Iceland and Snæfellsnes Peninsula, where you’ll find some hidden gems and locations like Kirkjufell mountain.

While you enjoy this versatile tour, you will be able to book extra tours and activities along the way to make your experience even more special. Horseback Riding and exploring Ice Caves to name only a few. You can find more information about the extras here. For booking these extras, please just follow the current booking process of the Multiday Tour.

Daily itinerary

Day 1 – The Golden Circle

Thingvellir National Park is the first stop of the day. Volcanic fields and mountains surrounded by snow will blow your mind. It is one of the most beautiful locations in Iceland. Thingvellir has an amazing cultural heritage as Iceland’s first parliament was founded there in the year 930 AD. To add even more uniqueness to the location, its geological features are truly amazing and exceptional. This is because of the exposed North American and Eurasian tectonic plate on the surface. The location is an UNESCO designated World Heritage site for these reasons.

Haukadalur Geothermal Area will be your next stop on the Golden Circle route, where you will find hot springs. Strokkur erupts every five to ten minutes, creating amazing photo opportunities. Another site is the famous Geysir, the original one that has named all other geysers in the world.

By the end of the Golden Circle, we will stop at the must see waterfall, Gullfoss. Water from the glacial river Hvítá rushes down two tiers of a 32 meters fall. The Golden Circle has gotten its name from Gullfoss, which translates to the Golden Waterfall.

Day 2 – The South Coast

On this day you will be heading to the South Coast, towards the magnificent Seljalandsfoss waterfall with a 65 meters drop. Moving on to another waterfall, Skógafoss, that is one of the largest falls in all of Iceland. We strongly recommend bringing or renting waterproof clothes, if you want to explore the falls a little closer. The extra Katla Ice Cave Tour, with a Super Jeep ride starting in Vik, can be added at the time of booking.

The final stop of the day will be Reynisfjara, the famous Black Sand Beach. Surrounded by black basalt columns, it is one of the most popular Icelandic places to visit. From there you can see the rock formations Reynisdrangar. Also Dýrhólaey Peninsula rises gracefully from the ocean, providing an astonishing sight and shelter for birds like the razorbills.

You will then head on to your accommodation close to the idyllic coastal town of Vík.

Optional Extra Activity: Katla Ice Cave Tour

Day 3 – Glacier Hike, Jökulsárlón & Diamond Beach

Your day will start with one of the most exciting & unique activities in the world – a Glacier Hike. Your guide will introduce you to one of our exceptionally professional glacier guides, who will take you to the top of the glacier.

You will put on crampons, ice axes, and other essential glacier equipment (provided by Troll). Once you reach the top, you will be surrounded by the largest glacier in Europe. Expect to find another world while you are on the ice, while you will be exploring crevasses, moulins, and other natural phenomenas.

Please note that the glacier hike might take place on day 2 instead of day 3. Your guide will let you know on Day 1.

The next stop of the journey is the astonishing Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where you can see large icebergs drift calmly towards the ocean and follow their path to the Diamond Beach, our following stop, where the icebergs strand on the sand and resemble crystals as they lie on the black satin beach.

Optional activity: Afterwards we will take you on an unforgettable Boat Ride Tour at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, where you will get a chance to get closer to the floating icebergs!

Your night will be spent in the Southeast area.

Day 4 – The East Fjords

You’ll spend your fourth day in the East Fjords of Iceland, where you can find amazing and rare wildlife, for example this is the only place in Iceland where wild Reindeer might be seen sometimes. These fjords present you high mountain ridges and the mighty Vatnajökull towering in the west. Icelandic history makes its appearance in the peaceful fishing villages you pass along the way, as fishing has always been a big part of Icelandic culture.

Hallormsstaðaskógur forest is your next destination, the largest forest in Iceland that offers many walking trails that lead to locations such as waterfalls, coves and moors. You will travel along Lake Lagarfljót, and try to see with your own eyes the mythical worm-like creature said to live in the lake. The night will be spent in a beautiful town in East-Iceland. Add an extra Horseback Riding as an additional activity this day.

Optional Extra Activity: Horseback Riding in the East

Please note: not suitable for people over 120 kgs or people in bad shape.

Optional Extra: Entrance to VÖK Baths

On Day 5, you can opt for the extra of an entrance to VÖK Baths which will give you the opportunity for complete relaxation and a chance to experience the geothermal nature of Iceland up close.

Day 5 – The Mývatn Area & Dettifoss

Lake Mývatn and it’s beautiful surroundings is the designated destination for day five, you will explore the geothermal region around the Lake. The area has many of the things that make Iceland so unique, lava formations, mud pools and remarkable geological features.

This day is packed with further amazing sightseeing locations: Námaskarð pass, a high temperature geothermal area where the earth boils and gurgles; Dimmuborgir, a field of peculiar shaped lava pillars that rise from the earth; the majestic Dettifoss waterfall from the Prometheus movie opening scene, with a 100 meters wide and 44 meters high fall into the Jökulsárgljúfur canyon; the old forest Ásbyrgi situated in a horseshoe-shaped canyon, the phenomenal waterfall Goðafoss, important in Christian Icelandic history.

On the way to Akureyri, your next overnight stop, we’ll pass through the fishing village Húsavík, now famous for being The Hometown of the movie Fire Saga: Eurovision and some resourceful elves.

Day 6 – North Iceland

Today you will explore the town of Akureyri or take in some final extra adventures.

A short drive from Akureyri is the village of Hauganes, where you´ll hop on a whale watching boat to see Humpback whales and more gentle giants found in the ocean. The small town of Hauganes has many things to offer and we recommend you take a walk around the small town, it has a charming harbor and a beautiful black sand beach overlooking the ocean and the graceful tall mountains all around.

You will then head back to the capital of Reykjavik to arrive in the evening.

Included: Hauganes Whale Watching Tour

Day 7 – Snaefellsnes Peninsula In-Depth

The magnificent Snæfellsnes Peninsula is the destination of the day, it welcomes you with its world of cliffs, mountains capes, unique wildlife and ancient fishing settlements.

The first stop is at Gerðuberg, which is a cluster of hexagonal basalt columns. Next you will journey to Ytri-Tunga where you will find a white sand beach, a pretty rare sight in Iceland as you will know by now, most beaches in Iceland are black. This white beach at Ytri-Tunga is not only interesting for its white sand, but also for the fact that it is a seal colony, where you can sometimes see seals lounge on the rocks.

Now you will be heading to the beach of Djúpalónssandur, you have to walk through a maze of remarkable free standing lava pillars to get to the beach, unlike anything you have seen before. The mighty glacier of the West, Snæfellsjökull glacier will be keeping an eye on you from a distance. The magnificent lava cave Víðgelmir will be your next location, perfect for exploring the volcanic history of Iceland.

Of course, you can not leave the Snæfellsnes Peninsula without seeing the iconic mountain Kirkjufell. This phenomenal mountain has proven to be one of Iceland’s most popular places to visit, it has also been featured in Game of Thrones as the “arrowhead mountain” located Beyond the Wall.

As the Professor Otto Lidenbrock from Jules Verne’s novel, you can add an extra this day when booking to venture into Víðgelmir lava cave. Do not worry, you won’t reach the center of the Earth but you will follow a path of lava that was created thousands years ago.

At the the end of the day you will end up back in the Borgarnes area for the night.

Optional Extra Activity: Víðgelmir Lava Cave

Day 8 – West Iceland & Snaefellsnes Peninsula

On this day you will have a chance to further explore West-Iceland. Your first stop will be Deildartunguhver, which is the most powerful hot spring in Europe and you can see the hot steam and boiling water bubbling from the ground. The surface around the hot spring has taken a red color from the minerals and steam that surrounds it.

Your next stop will be Reykholt, a location that holds a significant historical heritage as it was the home of Snorri Sturluson. Snorri made a big impact on Icelandic history as a poet, law-maker, scholar and is undeniably a significant character of the Middle-Ages.

Not had enough of waterfalls yet? Great, because next you will visit two very different but equally special waterfalls. Hraunfossar is a series of streams emerging through the dark lava fields, a very special and beautiful sight. Barnafoss on the other hand is a brightly colored blue stream that speeds through a narrow ravine.

Your tour then ends, as you arrive back to Reykjavík in the evening.

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