Did you know that the Iceland Ring Road has been voted as one of the most epic journeys in the world? On this tour you will be able to explore all the highlights of this famous trail, and more! This tour will take you to nearly every corner of Iceland. Visit the Golden Circle, South Coast, East Fjords, Lake Mývatn and the Snæfellsnes Peninsula all in one 7 day tour! For a complete adventure in Iceland, this tour comes highly recommended!
June – October
Yes, pickup and dropoff in Reykjavík are included in the tour price.
Pickup takes place between 08:30 – 09:00 – so please be ready from 8:30 at your pick up location.
The maximum number of guests on this tour is 19.
This tour is a total of 7 days, 6 nights. Accommodations at hostels and guesthouses for 6 nights are included in the price.
The accommodations included in this tour are at hostels and guesthouses. Guests stay in twin/double rooms with a shared bathroom.
Breakfast at your accommodations is included from day 2 to day 7.
You should bring and wear warm, comfortable clothing as your first layer and waterproof clothing as your second layer. Keep in mind that the weather in Iceland can be unpredictable and in 7 days you can experience all 4 seasons of weather!
We recommend bringing clothes that dry quickly and pack lightly, as there is limited space for luggage on the tour. Limit yourself to one piece of luggage and a light day pack.
You should also wear sturdy hiking boots, if you do not have these you can rent them for an additional fee at booking.
The following activities are included in this tour:
Yes, absolutely! Please note that solo travelers must book the tour with single supplement which is 36,000 ISK.
If you are traveling in a group with odd numbers, such as a group of 3, 5 or 7, you can book this tour but must book a single supplement for one person in your group.
For example, if you are traveling in a group of 3 you would book 2 persons at the regular price and 1 person with the added single supplement.
Day 1: The Golden Circle and Kerið Crater
After pickup in Reykjavík in the morning, you’ll start your journey by exploring the Golden Circle. This is one of Iceland’s most famous routes and is home to some stunning sights.
You’ll start by visiting Þingvellir National Park. Here you can see how the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are slowly moving apart. Not only is Þingvellir a site of great natural beauty, but it’s also a site of historic significance to the Icelandic people. Here, the Alþing general assembly was established around 930 AD. Since then, many historic events have taken place here.
From Þingvellir you will travel to the hot spring area of Geysir. Although the famous Geysir does not erupt regularly anymore, the geysir Strokkur puts on a magnificent show every few minutes. When it erupts, it shoots steaming hot water 20-30 meters into the air. Be sure to have your camera ready! Close by you’ll visit the Gullfoss waterfall. Frequently voted as one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Europe, this is your chance to see it with your own eyes!
Before leaving the Golden Circle area you’ll also visit the Kerið Crater. The crater is 270 meters wide and more than 55 meters deep. At the bottom of the crater is a lake which makes this a picture perfect extra stop on the Golden Circle. From here you’ll continue on to the South Coast and visit the Seljalandsfoss waterfall. This waterfall is famous for being the one you can walk behind. This is where waterproof clothing will come in real handy!
You’ll stay overnight in a guesthouse close to the Seljalandsfoss waterfall.
Highlights of the day: Þingvellir National Park, Geysir, Gullfoss waterfall and Seljalandsfoss waterfall
Day 2: The South Coast and Glacier Hike
On day two you will explore the stunning South Coast of Iceland! This area of Iceland offers dramatic landscape where ice, lava fields, lagoons, mountains, volcanos and black sand beaches come together for a magnificent show.
You’ll start by visiting the stunning Skógarfoss waterfall. With a width of 25 meters and a 60-meter drop, this waterfall is a must stop on any Iceland holiday. You’ll also visit some smaller waterfalls, Írafoss and the secret waterfall of Kvernufoss. Your guide will also make some additional stops where you can enjoy the natural environment that surrounds you.
On this day you will also go on a glacier hike on Sólheimajökull glacier! You will be supplied with safety gear for the glacier hike, and with your guide explore this epic glacier. The hike takes about 1,5 hours. On the glacier, you will witness natural water cauldrons and deep crevasses.
As you continue on to the South East of Iceland, you’ll visit the Reynisfjara Black Sand beach, located close to the charming town of Vík.
From Reynisfjara you will drive up to the Vatnajökull National Park. Vatnajökull is the biggest glacier in Europe and the area that surrounds it is home to some epic sights. Here you will visit the famous Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon where you can watch majestic icebergs floating on the lagoon. Nearby you’ll find the so-called Diamond beach, where pieces of ice lay on a black sand beach – creating a “diamond” effect.
You’ll stay overnight in a guesthouse in South East Iceland.
Highlights of the day: Skógarfoss waterfall, Írafoss waterfall, Kvernufoss waterfall, Sólheimajökull Glacier Hike, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Vatnajökull Glacier, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and the Diamond Beach
Day 3: Vestrahorn mountain, Viking village and the East Fjords
On day three you will start by visiting Vestrahorn mountain. This picturesque mountain is a photographers dream so be sure to bring your camera! In this area, you will also visit Stokksnes and the Viking village.
Next, you’ll start driving along the winding roads of the East Fjords. This area of Iceland is known for its charming fishing villages and sweeping fjord views. Here, jagged peaks contrast with lush, fertile farmlands. This area is rich with sea life and a variety of birds can be spotted here. Here you will also find a number of great hiking trails.
Along the way, you will visit Petra’s Stone Collection, a hidden gem in the town of Stöðvarfjörður. Petra was a local woman who collected beautiful stones and crystals from the area, and today her former home is run as a museum of her precious finds. We highly recommend visiting the museum’s shop for some unique souvenirs from Iceland!
You will stay overnight in East Iceland.
Highlights of the day: East Fjords, Vestrahorn, Stokksnes, Viking Village, Petra’s Stone Collection, fishing villages and more
Day 4: Dettifoss waterfall, Lake Mývatn and the Green Lagoon
Today you will travel to the stunning area of Lake Mývatn. This area is incredibly rich in natural beauty, and you will visit all its highlights! Before reaching Lake Mývatn, you’ll start by visiting the incredible Dettifoss waterfall. This waterfall has the greatest volume of any waterfall in Europe, with 500 cubic meters of water per second plunging over its edge.
Lake Mývatn is truly one of Iceland’s wonders. Its unique natural environment was created in a lava eruption some 2300 years ago. Not only will you find unique sights in this area, but you can also enjoy it’s rich bird life and fauna. Sights visited in this area include Hverir high geothermal area, where you can see bubbling mud pots and steam rising from the earth, and the Dimmuborgir lava maze with its stunning natural lava formations. You’ll also visit Grjótagjá, which was made famous in the TV series Game of Thrones, and the Krafla power station.
For the perfect end to a day by Lake Mývatn, you’ll visit the so-called Green Lagoon where you can relax in the geothermally warm waters and relax.
You will stay overnight in a guesthouse in North Iceland.
Highlights of the day: Dettifoss waterfall, Lake Mývatn, Hverir geothermal area, Dimmuborgir Lava Maze, Grjótagjá, Green Lagoon, and more
Day 5: Whale Watching and Goðafoss waterfall
Today it’s time to head out to see and try to spot some of the gentle giants of the ocean! You’ll start the day by traveling up to the small town of Húsavík. This town is famous for being the “Whale watching capital” of Iceland. Here you will embark on 3-hour whale watching trip where you have a good chance of seeing whales in their natural environment. Species often spotted here include humpback whales, minke whales and if you are lucky you might even see some blue or sperm whales.
After the tour, it’s time to continue your journey of Iceland. You’ll visit the Goðafoss waterfall. Its name translates to “Waterfall of the Gods” and this waterfall is a popular stop in North Iceland. Next, you’ll visit the town of Akureyri which is the most populated township outside of the greater Reykjavík area.
In Akureyri, you can enjoy some sightseeing before continuing on to North West Iceland where you will stay overnight in a guesthouse.
Highlights of the day: Húsavík, Whale Watching Tour, Goðafoss waterfall, Akueyri and more
Day 6: West Iceland, seals, hot springs and waterfalls
Today you’ll start your exploration in North West Iceland. You’ll visit the Hvítserkur, 15-meter high monolith sea stack. Its unique formation makes it a stunning sight to see, some see an elephant or a rhino drinking water from the sea. This area of Iceland is known for its non-human inhabitants, the seals! You’ll stop at the seal center in the village of Hvammstangi where you can learn more about these curious creatures before viewing them from the coastline.
Next, it’s time to head up to the Borgarfjörður area. Here you will visit the stunning Hraunfossar, a series of waterfalls that are formed by rivulets streaming across the Hallmundarhraun lava field. The waterfalls pour into the Hvítá River from ledges created by less porous rock in the lava. Nearby, you’ll also find the Barnafoss waterfall.
To finish off a day of exploration, you’ll visit the Deildartunguhver hot spring. This is the highest flowing hot spring in Europe. After taking in the sights you will spend the night in the Borgarfjörður area.
Finally, we take in the sights at Deildartunguhver, the highest-flow hot spring in Europe.
We stay overnight in the Borgarfjordur area.
Highlights of the day: Hvítserkur sea stack, Seal Center in Hvammstangi, Hraunfossar waterfalls, Barnafoss waterfall, Deildartunguhver hot spring and more
Day 7: Snæfellsnes peninsula and return to Reykjavík
Your last day on the road has arrived, but before you return to Reykjavík there are still plenty of sights left to explore!
You’ll start by visiting the farm of Ytri-Tunga and it’s nearby beach. This beach is known for its large population of seals that often play in the surf. From here you’ll continue on to the coastal villages of Arnarstapi and Hellnar. Here you can enjoy some serious cliff views, and you can enjoy a light walk along the cliffs.
Continuing on you’ll view the Lóndrangar rock pinnacles that rise from the sea, and visit the nearby Djúpalónssandur pebble beach. Here you will find the so-called lifting stones. These stones were used to measure the strength of fishermen in the area. You’ll also visit the Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum, where you can view a collection of treasures collected during its late owners’ life at sea. No visit to Bjarnarhöfn is complete without a tasting of the local delicacy, fermented shark, and a schnapps to wash it down!
To complete your Iceland Ring Road tour, you’ll visit the picturesque Mt. Kirkjufell – one of the most photographed mountains in Iceland. Nearby you will also find the charming Kirkjufellsfoss.
After a viewing of Kirkjufell and a great day on the Snæfellsnes peninsula, it’s time to head back to Reykjavík. You will be dropped off at your selected location around 20:30 in the evening.
Highlights of the day: Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Ytri-Tunga Farm, Arnarstapi, Hellnar, Lóndrangar rock pinnacles, Djúpalónssandur beach, Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum, Mt. Kirkjufell and more