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8 day Iceland Ring Road Tour!

  • 8 days
  • Level: Easy
  • All year
  • Pickup: Yes
  • Min age: 8
  • Max people: 19
  • Accomodation Included
  • Starts from Reykjavik

A must do!

This exceptional tour package will give you a full tour of Iceland with an extra night in Reykjavík before and after your 6 days Around Iceland Adventure.

We put together this amazing eight-day tour for people who really want to make the most of their time in Iceland and enjoy Reykjavík. Visit a shimmering glacier, spouting geysers, incredible volcanoes, and stunning waterfalls, and go whale watching in the north. Enjoy the hot Vök Baths and stray off the beaten track, building unforgettable memories. In winter, climb through ice caves and chase the Northern Lights. Your first and last nights are spent in Reykjavík, giving you the chance to explore this fantastic city on your own.

Price Includes

  • Pickup & Drop off from Reykjavik
  • Guided Group Tour in a minibus
  • English speaking guide
  • Visit to all the main highlights of the South Coast
  • Free Wifi on board
  • Breakfast included at the hotel
  • Ice cave tour on Vatnajökull (Oct-April)
  • Whale Watching Tour

Price Excludes

  • Lunch & dinner

What to Bring

  • Warm outdoor clothing
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Camera/phone
  • Rain gear
  • Gloves


  • Small group experience
  • Golden Circle (Þingvellir, Gullfoss, Geysir)
  • Crystal Ice Caves (winter)
  • Skaftafell National Park
  • Whale watching in Dalvík
  • Dettifoss and Goðafoss Waterfalls
  • Ring Road
  • Vatnajökull Glacier Hike
  • South Coast (Seljalandsfoss, Reynisfjara)
  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • Mývatn (Geothermal pools)
  • Northern Lights (Sept-April)


Before and after your 6 Days Around Iceland Adventure, you will spend an additional night in Reykjavík, the Capital of Iceland, allowing you to explore it by yourself. 

The spellbinding attractions are the central core of the itinerary. On this tour, we like to make the most of the opportunities Iceland offers in different seasons:

From late September to April, chase the elusive Northern Lights painting the sky with vivid swirls of color. In winter, from November to March, we replace the glacier hike with a thrilling journey through the Crystal Ice Cave.

During winter, we’ll swap out the glacier hiking for a natural ice cave visit.

During September, we sometimes fit in a sheep round-up in the countryside. In summer, huge numbers of puffins nest along the coast, and the midnight sun extends its magical rays, so we enjoy these.

What if I don’t own all of the necessary clothing items?

Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking boots, a waterproof jacket, and pants in the booking process. Please be aware that we do not rent these items from the location. They must be ordered in advance.

Day 1 - Arrival Day - Reykjavik city sightseeing

Building your own exciting itinerary in the City of Reykjavík is easy!

Walking Laugavegur and Skólavorðustígur shopping streets is a great way to capture the essence of Reykjavík. Browse in shops for unusual items, relax in a charming café, then wander some more. You will come across local crafts and the iconic tall white Hallgrímskirkja church. Its design is inspired by the Svartifoss waterfall at Skaftafell. Go to the top of the tower for a grandstand view of the city. It is well worth it!

There are a few fabulous museums, covering everything from history and the building of the Icelandic nation at the National Museum to photography at the Reyjavík Museum of Photography or Icelandic culture at the Culture House. If you love art, there are quite a few galleries, including the National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavík Art Museum, and Kjarvalstaðir.    

Rekjavík’s thermal swimming pools are open early and into the evening. The largest open-air pool, Laugardalslaug, has excellent hot tubs where you can relax with the locals and tourists. All year-round, outdoor bathing is huge in Iceland! There are a few other pools close to the city center, and all have hot tubs.

Your accommodation will be in Reykjavik within easy reach of the attractions in the city. A regular bus service serves all districts to the city center. Strætó operates local buses. Timetables and information in English can be found here.

Day Highlights
  • The delights of Reykjavík
  • Today you pick your own highlights!
  • One night accommodation in Reykavík
  • Private bathroom

Reykjavik Lights or similar (subject to availability)

Day 2 - Golden Circle and South Coast

Your first day mainly focuses on visiting the fabulous and famous Golden Circle attractions.

We visit Þingvellir National Park, an incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site with immense geological, historical, and cultural significance. The historic Icelandic Parliament, called the Alþing, was founded here in 930 CE/AD. Icelandic Parliament is the oldest still existing democratic parliament in the world. The Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates continue to move apart, runs right through Þingvellir. You will see the rugged plate edge of the gorge. This must have been a really dramatic backdrop to the ancient parliamentary sessions! 

Your next stop is at the Geysir geothermally active area, home to Great Geysir. This famous spouting hot spring gave us the English word ‘geyser.’ You will witness Strokkur, the most active hot spring in recent times, blasting powerful torrents of superheated water every 5 to 10 minutes. Steaming fumaroles and hot springs can also be seen around the area. 

Before we head along the south coast, the final Golden Circle attraction is the thundering Gullfoss waterfall or the “Golden Falls.” You will see golden-toned mists rising around the waterfall as the mighty Hvítá river crashes through two drops of 11 m and 21 m. Hvítá means ‘White River.’ This raging glacial torrent originates at Langjökull, the second biggest glacier in Iceland.

On our way to your country hotel, situated near the village of Vík, we will stop to enjoy two legendary and stunning waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. Both are around 60 m high, but otherwise, they are very different. Skógafoss waterfall cascades gracefully from the former sea cliffs. Seljalandsfoss is sometimes referred to as “the unusual waterfall,” there’s a pathway that leads behind the curtain of falling water, offering you a unique experience and views.

After settling into the country hotel in Kirkjubæjarklaustur, if conditions are good we will slip away for a couple of hours to chase the Northern Lights (from September to April).

You will be picked up in Reykjavík at 8:00. Picking everyone up takes up to 30 minutes. You may have to wait a few minutes, depending on where your accommodation in Reykjavik is located. Your patience is much appreciated.

Day Highlights
  • Þingvellir National Park
  • Geysir Hot springs
  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Skógafoss Waterfall
  • Northern Lights (Sept-April)
  • Breakfast at your accommodation in Reykjavík
  • Hotel with private bathroom close to Vík
  • Guided tour in minibus
  • Visit to the highlights of the Golden Circle
  • Visit the most famous South Coast waterfalls

Hotel Geirland or similar (subject to availability)

Day 3 - Vik - Skaftafell - Glacier Lagoon - Höfn

Our first stop today is at Reynisfjara black sand beach. A short walk along the beach will bring you to the awe-inspiring and unusual basalt-column cave. You will also see the troll-like and atmospheric Reynisdrangar peaks rising just off-shore. Now to the glaciers!

We travel through some extraordinary landscapes and other-worldly scenery to Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park. You will see views of the stunning Mýrdalsjökull glacier, home to one of the most feared volcanoes of all, the notorious Katla. You will also see another great fire maestro, Eyjafjalljökull. Our journey will take us over the Eldhraun lava field to Skaftafell, a lush green oasis amid black volcanic sand areas. Skaftafell is quite sheltered with flourishing vegetation and birch forests.  

Our experienced glacier guide will lead you on a three-hour hike, allowing you to explore the stunning glacier tongue of Vatnajökull, the biggest glacier in Europe. You will learn all about this sensational blue/white ice world.

From October to April, we explore Vatnajökull’s crystal ice caves instead of the glacier hike. Each winter, new ice caves form and freeze through the heart of the glacier. Walk through with your guide to see ice caps from a whole new angle!

We continue with the theme of ice, onwards to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. Action scenes from James Bond and other movies have made this the most famous ice lagoon in the world. Feast your eyes on the jaw-droppingly beautiful iceberg-filled lagoon and visit the fabulous Diamond Beach. This coal-black beach glitters with shimmering blue/white icebergs washed ashore by the tide. You will feel as though you have stepped through a magic doorway into a mystical ice realm with magic landscapes.

Your accommodation will be in Höfn, a charming town known as ‘the lobster capital of Iceland.’ If the conditions are good we will search for the Northern Lights at night (from September to April).

Day Highlights
  • Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
  • Vatnajökull National Park
  • Jökulsarlón Glacier Lagoon
  • The Crystal Beach (Diamond Beach)
  • Höfn – Lobster capital of Iceland
  • Northern Lights (Sept-April)
  • Breakfast at Hotel close to Vík
  • Visit to Reynisfjara
  • Guided Glacier Hike on Vatnajökull Glacier (May-Sept)
  • Certified Glacier Guide
  • Specialized glacier gear
  • Crystal Ice Cave (Oct-April)
  • Visit to Jökulsarlón and the Diamond Beach
  • One night accommodation in Höfn
  • Private bathroom

Hotel Höfn or similar (subject to availability)

Day 4 - East Fjords - Djupivogur - Egilsstaðir

Today we head to Iceland´s sensational East Fjords. You will travel the narrow roads which thread their way between the mountains and the ocean, passing through the very remote peninsular of Hvalnes. Continuing onwards, you will see the really dramatic and contrasting scenery around Lón, the Þvottárskriður landslides, and Álftafjarðar, a stunning fjord.  

We’ll stop at Djúpivogur, a small traditional fishing village. The friendly village community is known for its eco-conscious and welcoming ways. Take a look at Eggin í Gleðivík (The Eggs of Merry Bay), a splendid outdoor sculpture. 

We will finish the day by soaking in geothermal Vök Baths surrounded by the amazing scenery of Lake Urriðavatn, they are distinguished by their modern design and the only floating infinity pools in Iceland. Enjoying hot baths there is an optional extra, which you can do at your own cost, please make sure to book it as an extra during the booking process.

Your accommodation for the night will be a country hotel in Egilsstaðir. If the conditions are good we will chase the Northern Lights at night (from September to April).

Day Highlights
  • Djúpivogur Fishing Village
  • The town of Egilsstaðir
  • Vök Baths (optional extra)
  • Northern Lights (Sept-April)
  • Breakfast at the guesthouse in Höfn
  • Exploring sites in East Fjords
  • Visit to the small fishing village of Djúpvogur
  • One night at a Hotel in Egilsstaðir
  • Private bathroom

Hotel Valaskjalf or similar (subject to availability)

Day 5 - Stuðlagil - Dettifoss - Myvatn - Godafoss - Akureyri

Today we will explore North Iceland. Our journey from Egilsstaðir will take us through the wilderness area, we will start from Stuðlagil Canyon, one of the world’s most enchanting basalt rock formations. On our way to visit the magnificent Dettifoss waterfall, we will show you Möðrudalur, the highest inhabited place in Iceland at 469 m. The farming community that lives here hosts the highest coffee house on the land!

Our next destination is the Dettifoss waterfall. These falls have the most powerful flow rate in Europe. Believe us when we say that this roaring torrent is truly remarkable – you really will feel humbled by the power of Icelandic nature. Your next attraction, the mystical landscapes around Lake Mývatn, have a different character.

The scenery will keep getting more surreal! We are heading to the steaming lunar landscapes and bubbling technicolor mud pots at the Námaskarð geothermal area. The steaming fumaroles and sizzling hot springs waft clouds of steam across these other-worldly vistas. There are more extraordinary scenes when we take you to see the Hverfjall crater and the unbelievable Dimmuborgir lava formations, known as the Dark Castles!

Goðafoss, a dreamy crescent-shaped waterfall, is our last stop before we continue to Eyjafjörður, the longest fjord in Iceland, rimmed by high mountains.

Your accommodation will be at a country hotel in Akureyri. At night, if conditions are good your guide will help you chase the Northern Lights during the winter months.

Day Highlights
  • Stuðlagil Canyon
  • Dettifoss Waterfall
  • Mývatn Lake
  • Námaskarð geothermal area
  • Hverfjall Crater
  • Dimmuborgir formations
  • Goðafoss Waterfall
  • Northern Lights (Sept-April)
  • Breakfast at Hotel in Egilsstaðir
  • Guided visit to all the highlights
  • Time to explore the magnificent landscapes
  • One night at a hotel close to Akureyri
  • Private bathroom

Icelandair Hotel Akureyri or similar (subject to availability)

Day 6 - Whale watching in Dalvík - Siglufjörður - Tröllaskagi penninsula

Sometimes we can fit in a short stop at the Capital of the North, Akureyri. Our journey will always take us through this beautiful little town amid the mountains close to the apex of the mesmerizing Eyjafjörður Fjord (the Island Fjord). We are heading for the absolutely charming and still traditional fishing town of Dalvík, with its busy working harbor and fabulous views over Eyjafjörður and Hrísey Island.

The dramatic high mountains, home to some of the best ski slopes in Iceland, will be at your back. Your three-hour whale-watching boat trip starts at Dalvík harbor. You will skim over Eyjafjörður, going in whichever direction is best to see humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins, minke whales, and occasionally even blue whales.

These tours are really successful when it comes to spotting whales. They are seen on 98% of tours. You will be surrounded by the incredible natural beauty of Eyjafjörður, the longest Fjord in Iceland. 

Next on the agenda is a drive to Siglufjörður, a beautiful fishing village with an incredible history. This town was overtaken by a Klondike-like gold rush atmosphere in the early 20th century when the tiny and isolated community became known as the herring fishing capital of the Atlantic.

Traveling around Tröllaskagi (the Troll Peninsula), you will see stunning ocean scenery and incredibly steep mountains. Your visit to Siglufjörður will give you tremendous insight into how life in tiny and isolated Icelandic villages. On the way to your hotel for the night, you will pass through the farming heartland of Iceland, which is also a big horse farming area.

Your small hotel will be in Laugarbakki. If conditions are good we will hunt the Northern Lights (during September – April months).

Day Highlights
  • Akureyri – Capital of the North
  • Whale Watching from Dalvík
  • Siglufjörður Fishing Village
  • Northern Lights (Sept-April)
  • Breakfast at a Hotel close to Akureyri
  • Akureyri & Eyjafjörður Fjord
  • 3 hour Whale Watching sail tour
  • Opportunity to try out sea angling
  • Visit to Siglufjörður
  • One night at a hotel
  • Private bathroom

Hohtel Laugarbakki or similar (subject to availability)

Day 7 - Borgarfjörður - Reykholt - Hraunfossar - Hvalfjörður - Reykjavik

The final day of your 6 day trip around Iceland will be focused on the delights of West Iceland – Lonely Planet voted this area as one of their best destinations in 2016. Your first stop of the day is at Grábrók, a volcano crater surrounded by lunar-like lava. Your guide will lead you on a short hike to view the crater from the top – there are magnificent views over the whole area. We will enjoy the fabulous and extremely diverse sights of Borgarfjörður today. We’ll stop at Deildartunguhver hot spring, the most powerful hot spring in Europe. You will also see the incredible Hraunfossar cascade. These wide falls are composed of thousands of tiny rivulets which tumble out of the lava field – a truly astonishing sight! Then there is Barnafoss waterfall. The name means ‘the Children’s Falls,’ a rather tragic folklore tale associated with this particular waterfall’s naming.

Now for some history and the gentle landscapes around Reykholt, home to the famous Icelandic saga writer, historian, lawyer, and poet, Snorri Sturluson. You will see the pool where Snorri is reputed to have bathed, Snorralaug. Nowadays, this pool is still filled with naturally warm water. Our drive back to Reykjavík will take us around, Hvalfjörður (Whale Fjord), a scenic fjord. We should arrive back in the city at approximately 5 – 6 pm. You are dropped off at a hotel in Reykjavik.

Day Highlights
  • Borgarfjörður
  • Deildartunguhver hot spring
  • Barnafoss Waterfall
  • Hraunfossar cascade
  • Reykholt
  • Hike up to Grábrók, a volcano crater
  • Northern Lights (Sept-April)
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Visit to the highlights of Borgarfjörður
  • Visit to the historic sight of Reykholt
  • Drop off in Reykjavík
  • One night at a hotel in Reykjavík
  • Private bathroom

Reykjavik Lights Hotel or similar (subject to availability)

Day 8 - Final day

You have another day to make the most of being in Reykjavík, the stunning capital of Iceland. Check off a few more things on your Reykjavík bucket list – there are plenty more options. Maybe, explore the cycling and walking paths that thread around the coast and cross-cross the city. The coastal scenery is spellbinding, from places such as Seltjarnarnes and Mosfellsbær (both easily reached by Strætó buses) to Grasagarðurinn, the Reykjavík Botanical Gardens. See the area where the women of Reykjavík used to do their laundry in the hot spring pools. These beautiful gardens are situated next to Laugardalslaug, the largest swimming pool in Iceland. Shop and browse some more, laze in coffee shops or restaurants, visit another museum or gallery, or squeeze in one last fantastic adventure activity tour – the choice is for you to make!

Day Highlights
  • Reykjavík delights – your choice!
  • Breakfast at hotel/guest house in Reykjavík

Additional Information

Pick-up is at 08:00 am from your hotel or a nearby meeting point in Reykjavík. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes. Your patience is much appreciated.

In the checkout process you will be able to go through the accommodation specifics. Also there is a handful of rentals you can pick from a list for an additional charge.

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