6 Day – Around Iceland Adventure
Join this small group tour (up to 18 pax) around Iceland, stopping at all the impressive highlights and hidden places! This tour departs from Reykjavik; the pick-up starts at 8 AM and can take up to 30 minutes.
Day 1 – Golden Circle and South Coast
At the beginning of our tour around Iceland, we’ll visit the famous Golden Circle, which includes Þingvellir National Park, where Icelanders founded their parliament in the year 930 A.D., the oldest parliament in the world. The Circle includes Geysir Hot Springs and Gullfoss Waterfall. Next, we will drive to the beautiful South Coast. Our first stop is at Seljalandsfoss, a unique opportunity to experience the power and wonder of nature. Don’t view this one from a distance – the walking path will take you directly behind the waterfall. Next, we will stop at the scenic Skógafoss, where the water crashes down over sea cliffs that marked the coastline of Iceland long ago. Watch out for rainbows – the great spray from this waterfall makes it an ideal spot to catch one or even two at a time! The day’s final stop is at Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, the home of the famous Reynisdrangar peaks, rumored to be the figures of two trolls caught in the sun and turned to stone, and a basalt column cave. After that, we will make our way to a country hotel near the charming village of Vík, where we will rest for the night.
Day 2 – South Coast (glacier hike or ice cave)
The 6-day Iceland tour continues along the South coast toward Skaftafell and Vatnajökull National Park. At Skaftafell, another of Iceland´s three national parks, we will take a glacier hike (summer) or ice caving (winter) on one of Vatnajökull outlet glaciers, led by one of our skilled glacier guides. After that bracing experience, we will explore the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, where we can expect to see floating icebergs and the occasional frolicking seal. Beside the glacier lake, we will find another black sand beach, the Diamond Beach, usually filled with clear icebergs floating back to shore. We will lay our heads in accommodations in the pleasant seaside town of Höfn for the evening.
Day 3 – East Fjords (hike to the waterfall)
The scenery continues as we follow the coastline of the East Fjords to Egilsstaðir, a picturesque town on the banks of the Lagarfljót River. On the way there, we will go for a 3-hour hike to Hengifoss, one of the highest waterfalls in Iceland, which drops into a striking gorge. Next is Litlanesfoss waterfall – look for the red strata climbing the walls around the waterfall, created by volcanic ash and basaltic lava over thousands of years as the cliff was formed in the heat of many mighty eruptions. We will then make our way to our accommodation for the night.
Day 4 – North Iceland
This day is filled with highlights of Iceland. Our first stop is at the magnificent Dettifoss, the largest waterfall in Iceland. Next, we head to the Lake Mývatn area. Our first stop will be the Námaskarð geothermal area, filled with mud pools and fumaroles, an interesting geological feature marking a vent for steam and hot gasses in the Earth’s crust. We’ll then make a stop at Mývatn Nature Baths, where you have the opportunity to bathe in the hot spring pools. The entrance fee can be added when booking or paying on-site. Those who don’t wish to go in the water can stroll around the area and enjoy the views or sit down in the cafeteria. Next, we will walk to the Dimmuborgir, the “dark cities” of lava formations that tower overhead; from there, the Hverfjall crater can be seen, caused by a volcano eruption 2500 years ago. We will continue our drive around Lake Mývatn before heading toward Akureyri, with a stop on the way to Goðafoss Waterfall. Our accommodation will be at an inviting country hotel near Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland and the second-largest city in Iceland, which we will explore in the evening.
Day 5 – Sea life
We will start the day on a 3-hour whale watching from Dalvík, where we will go to Eyjafjörður fjord. Take this opportunity to enjoy the wonders of sea life, including humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins, and the occasional blue whale! If fishing interests you, try sea angling and taste whatever you catch. Next, we will travel the Tröllaskagi Peninsula, which will take us through a couple of fishing hamlets before we stop in the cozy village of Siglufjörður. After that, we will head to West Iceland, where we will spend the night in a hotel in a small village.
Day 6 – West Iceland
On this final day of our Iceland 6-day tour, we will find ourselves in West Iceland – an area Lonely Planet voted one of the best destinations in 2016. Borgarfjörður has many splendid sights, and we will focus on these today. We stop at Deildartunguhver hot spring, the legendary waterfall, Barnafoss (the Children´s Waterfall), and the Hraunfossar cascade, the very low and wide falls where the water emerges, literally straight out of the lava field. Next on the agenda is the historic and picturesque site of Reykholt, home to Snorri Sturluson, the Icelandic historian, lawyer, politician, poet, and author of some Icelandic Sagas. See Snorralaug, Snorri´s pool, dabble your fingers, and feel the water temperature where Snorri is likely to have bathed! We will drive around the scenic fjord, Hvalfjörður (Whale Fjord), on our way back to Reykjavík.
We expect to arrive in the city around 5 – 6 PM.
What to bring
Warm outdoor clothing, a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves, and swimsuits. Good hiking shoes are recommended. Please note that the tour does not include meals, so you are welcome to bring snacks/packed lunch and drinks. There will be a few stops every day to buy food/eat lunch.
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.
A single supplement is available if you want to have your 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 drive around 300 km (186 miles) per day; you will spend approximately 4-5 hours in the car daily. We do, of course, stop at multiple locations throughout the tour for sightseeing, activities, bathroom breaks, and lunch stops.
We will charge a cancellation fee of 100% if the booking is canceled 2 days or less before the event.
We will charge a cancellation fee of 50% if the booking is canceled 14 days or less before the event
We will charge a cancellation fee of 0% if the booking is canceled 365 days or less before the event.
Cancellations must be submitted in writing to email@example.com.
Please be mindful of possible time zone differences. Iceland is in the GMT time zone and cancellations must be submitted at least 48 hours before departure in Icelandic local time (GMT).
If you do need to cancel your tour, we recommend that you contact us as soon as possible.