8-Day Iceland Ring Road Expedition

From

kr.354990

Min Age

8 years

Duration

8 days

Overview

Discover an incredible eight-day journey designed for those seeking an unforgettable Icelandic adventure, complete with Reykjavík exploration. Experience the awe of a glistening glacier, the spectacle of spouting geysers, the majesty of volcanoes, and the beauty of cascading waterfalls. Venture north for captivating whale watching and relax in the warm Myvatn Nature Baths. Wander off the typical tourist path and create cherished memories. During winter, delve into ice caves and hunt for the mesmerizing Northern Lights. Bookending your trip, spend your first and last nights in Reykjavík, allowing ample time to discover the charm of this vibrant city at your own pace.

Highlights Of The Tour

Small Group Experience

✓ Ring Road

✓ Golden Circle (Þingvellir, Gullfoss, Geysir)

✓ Vatnajökull Glacier Hike

✓ Crystal Ice Caves (winter)

✓ South Coast (Seljalandsfoss, Reynisfjara)

✓ Skaftafell National Park

✓ Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

✓ Wilderness Center

✓ Whale watching in Dalvík

✓ Lake Mývatn Geothermal Area

✓ Mývatn Nature Baths

✓ Goðafoss Waterfall

✓ Northern Lights (Sept-April)

Included/Exclude

  • Hotel Room with Private Bathroom for 7 Nights
  • Breakfast Each Morning at Your Hotel
  • Guided Minibus Tour
  • Glacier Hike on Vatnajökull
  • Ice Cave Tour on Vatnajökull (Oct-April)
  • Whale Watching in Dalvík
  • Free Wi-Fi Onboard Our Bus

Tour Amenities

Accepts Credit Cards
Car Parking
Free Coupons

Tour Plan

About the Tour

Before and after the 6 Days Around Iceland Adventure, an extra night is spent in Reykjavík, Iceland’s capital, allowing for independent exploration.

The itinerary focuses on captivating attractions, tailored to take advantage of Iceland’s seasonal offerings:

From late September to April, witness the enchanting Northern Lights painting the sky with vibrant hues. In winter, from October to April, the glacier hike is substituted with an exhilarating Crystal Ice Cave expedition.

During September, there’s a chance for participating in a countryside sheep round-up. In summer, coastal cliffs become bustling with nesting puffins, and the ethereal midnight sun bathes the landscape in its magical glow, offering unique experiences.

Concerned about lacking the necessary clothing? Fret not, as sturdy hiking boots, waterproof jackets, and pants can be rented during the booking process. Keep in mind that these items must be pre-ordered, as they’re not available on-site.

 Arrival Day – Reykjavík City

Creating your own thrilling Reykjavík adventure is a breeze!

Stroll down the bustling streets of Laugavegur and Skólavorðustígur to truly immerse yourself in Reykjavík’s vibe. Explore unique shops, unwind in cozy cafés, and let your curiosity guide you. Along the way, discover local crafts and marvel at the iconic Hallgrímskirkja church, inspired by the stunning Svartifoss waterfall. Don’t miss the chance to ascend the tower for a breathtaking panoramic view of the city—it’s absolutely worth it!

Immerse yourself in Reykjavík’s rich culture by visiting its fascinating museums. From delving into Icelandic history at the National Museum to exploring captivating photography at the Reykjavík Museum of Photography, there’s something for everyone. Art enthusiasts will delight in the array of galleries like the National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavík Art Museum, and Kjarvalstaðir.

Reykjavík’s thermal swimming pools are a must-experience, open from early morning until late evening. Dive into the largest open-air pool, Laugardalslaug, where you can unwind in excellent hot tubs alongside locals and fellow travelers. Outdoor bathing is a beloved Icelandic tradition year-round, so don’t miss out! And fear not about accommodation—your stay will be conveniently located in Reykjavík, with easy access to all the city’s attractions via the reliable Strætó local bus service.

Golden Circle and South Coast

Your first day is all about exploring the renowned Golden Circle attractions.

Begin your journey at Þingvellir National Park, a breathtaking UNESCO World Heritage Site brimming with geological wonders and rich history. This is where the ancient Icelandic Parliament, Alþing, was established in 930 CE/AD, making it the world’s oldest ongoing democratic assembly. Marvel at the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates diverge, creating a rugged gorge that likely provided a dramatic backdrop for historic parliamentary gatherings.

Next, venture to the Geysir geothermal area, home to the iconic Great Geysir. Witness the impressive displays of Strokkur, the most active hot spring, erupting with superheated water every few minutes. Surrounding the area are steaming fumaroles and hot springs adding to the otherworldly atmosphere.

Conclude the Golden Circle tour with a visit to the majestic Gullfoss waterfall, aptly named the “Golden Falls.” Feel the power of the Hvítá river as it cascades through two tiers, generating golden-toned mists. Hvítá, meaning “White River,” originates from Langjökull, Iceland’s second largest glacier.

En route to your country hotel near Vík, indulge in the beauty of two legendary waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. While both stand around 60 meters tall, they each offer a unique charm. Skógafoss gracefully descends from former sea cliffs, while Seljalandsfoss invites you to walk behind its cascading curtain for a one-of-a-kind perspective.

Before reaching Kirkjubæjarklaustur, make a memorable stop at Reynisfjara black sand beach. Stroll along the shore to discover the striking basalt-column cave and the enchanting Reynisdrangar peaks looming offshore.

After settling in at the country hotel, if weather permits, embark on a brief excursion to chase the captivating Northern Lights (available from September to April).

 Vík – Skaftafell – Glacier Lagoon

Embark on a journey through awe-inspiring landscapes to reach Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park, where nature’s grandeur awaits.

En route, marvel at the breathtaking Mýrdalsjökull glacier, which houses the formidable Katla volcano, along with the infamous Eyjafjalljökull volcano. Traverse the Eldhraun lava field, a surreal expanse of black volcanic sand, before arriving at Skaftafell, an oasis of lush greenery amidst the stark volcanic terrain. Sheltered and adorned with flourishing vegetation and birch forests, Skaftafell offers a serene contrast to its surroundings.

Under the guidance of our seasoned glacier expert, embark on a three-hour hike to explore the magnificent Vatnajökull glacier, the largest glacier in Europe. Delve into this mesmerizing world of blue and white ice while learning about its fascinating natural wonders.

During the winter months from October to April, instead of the glacier hike, we venture into Vatnajökull’s crystal ice caves. Witness the enchanting beauty of these ever-changing formations as you walk through with your guide, gaining a new perspective on the glacier’s icy domain.

Continuing our icy odyssey, we arrive at the iconic Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, renowned for its appearance in blockbuster films. Feast your eyes on the surreal sight of icebergs adrift in the lagoon, and visit the stunning Diamond Beach, where glittering blue and white icebergs adorn the dark sands, transporting you to a realm of enchantment.

If weather conditions permit, we’ll seek out the mesmerizing Northern Lights during the evening, adding another magical element to your unforgettable Icelandic adventure (available from September to April).

 East Fjords – Djúpivogur – Wilderness Center

Today’s journey takes us to the captivating East Fjords of Iceland, where you’ll traverse winding roads that snake between majestic mountains and the sparkling ocean. As we venture through the remote Hvalnes peninsula, prepare to be mesmerized by the rugged and untouched beauty of the landscape.

Continuing our expedition, we’ll encounter the striking and diverse scenery around Lón, including the remarkable Þvottárskriður landslides and the breathtaking Álftafjarðar fjord. Our next stop is Djúpivogur, a quaint fishing village renowned for its warm and eco-conscious community. Don’t miss the chance to admire Eggin í Gleðivík (The Eggs of Merry Bay), an impressive outdoor sculpture that adds to the village’s charm.

Our journey then leads us to the Wilderness Center, an immersive historical site nestled in the heart of Northern Europe’s expansive wilderness. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to partake in outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and horseback riding, all while experiencing authentic Icelandic culture and lifestyle. Explore the museum’s fascinating exhibits on highland living and Icelandic history, with complimentary admission during your stay. Unwind in the comfort of charming historic buildings, savor local cuisine, and rejuvenate in the warm pool at the bathing house after a day of unforgettable adventures.

Stuðlagil Canyon – Mývatn – Godafoss – Akureyri

Today’s adventure in North Iceland begins as we depart from Egilsstaðir, immersing ourselves in the wilderness as we make our way to the mesmerizing Stuðlagil Canyon, renowned for its enchanting basalt rock formations.

Our journey continues around the scenic Lake Mývatn towards Akureyri, where we pause to admire the awe-inspiring Goðafoss Waterfall, aptly named the “Waterfall of the Gods.” This horseshoe-shaped wonder, stretching approximately 30 meters across, holds a captivating tale dating back to 1000 AD.

Traversing the captivating landscapes surrounding Lake Mývatn, we encounter a volcanic wonderland, with highlights including the renowned Mývatn Nature Baths. Here, you can indulge in a luxurious soak in the warm geothermal waters, rich in minerals and silicates, earning it the nickname “Blue Lagoon of the North.”

Prepare for more surreal scenery as we venture to the Námaskarð geothermal area, where steaming fumaroles and bubbling mud pots create a lunar-like landscape. The air is filled with clouds of steam, adding to the otherworldly atmosphere. Our journey culminates with a visit to the astonishing Dimmuborgir lava formations, aptly known as the “Dark Castles,” offering a glimpse into Iceland’s fascinating geological history.

 Whale watching in Dalvík – Siglufjörður -Tröllaskagi – Laugarbakki

Sometimes, if time allows, we make a brief stop at Akureyri, the charming “Capital of the North,” nestled amidst the majestic mountains overlooking the Eyjafjörður Fjord.

Our ultimate destination is the quaint fishing town of Dalvík, boasting a bustling harbor and stunning vistas of Eyjafjörður and Hrísey Island. As we journey through the dramatic mountains, renowned for their excellent ski slopes, we’ll embark on a thrilling three-hour whale-watching excursion from Dalvík harbor. Glide across Eyjafjörður, keeping our eyes peeled for humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins, minke whales, and even occasional sightings of blue whales.

With a remarkable success rate of 98% in spotting whales, you’ll be immersed in the breathtaking natural beauty of Eyjafjörður, Iceland’s longest fjord. Our next stop takes us to Siglufjörður, a picturesque fishing village steeped in rich history. Once a bustling hub during the herring fishing boom of the early 20th century, Siglufjörður offers a glimpse into its Klondike-like gold rush past.

Traveling through Tröllaskagi (the Troll Peninsula), you’ll be treated to stunning coastal vistas and towering mountains. Our visit to Siglufjörður provides invaluable insights into life in small, isolated Icelandic communities. En route to our overnight accommodation, we’ll pass through the agricultural heartland of Iceland, renowned for its horse farming.

 Borgarfjörður – Reykholt – Hraunfossar – Hvalfjörður – Reykjavík

On the last day of your 6-day Icelandic adventure, we’ll delve into the wonders of West Iceland. Our journey begins with a visit to Grábrók, a volcanic crater surrounded by rugged lava fields. Follow your guide on a short hike to the crater’s summit, where you’ll be treated to panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

Next, we’ll explore the captivating sights of Borgarfjörður. Our first stop is Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring, where you can witness the raw energy of geothermal activity. Marvel at the remarkable Hraunfossar cascade, where thousands of tiny rivulets cascade out of the lava field, creating a mesmerizing natural spectacle. Nearby, we’ll visit Barnafoss waterfall, steeped in tragic folklore that lends it its name, “the Children’s Falls.”

Continuing our journey, we’ll delve into history and the serene landscapes surrounding Reykholt, once home to the renowned Icelandic saga writer, Snorri Sturluson. Explore Snorralaug, the pool where Snorri is said to have bathed, still warmed by natural geothermal waters.

As we make our way back to Reykjavík, we’ll traverse the scenic Hvalfjörður (Whale Fjord), taking in the breathtaking vistas of this picturesque fjord.

 Final Day – Reykjavik

With an extra day to soak up Reykjavík’s charm, there’s still plenty to discover in this vibrant capital. Why not explore the scenic cycling and walking paths that wind along the coast and through the city? From the enchanting coastal views of Seltjarnarnes and Mosfellsbær, easily accessible by Strætó buses, to the tranquil beauty of Grasagarðurinn, the Reykjavík Botanical Gardens, there’s no shortage of stunning scenery to enjoy.

Take a stroll through the Botanical Gardens, situated next to Laugardalslaug, Iceland’s largest swimming pool, and discover the historic laundry pools where Reykjavík’s women once washed their clothes. Indulge in some more shopping or leisurely browsing, or simply unwind in one of the city’s cozy coffee shops or restaurants.

For those with a thirst for culture, consider visiting another museum or gallery to delve deeper into Iceland’s rich history and artistic heritage. And if you’re feeling adventurous, why not squeeze in one last thrilling activity tour to make your Reykjavík experience truly unforgettable? The choice is yours to make as you savor every moment of your time in this incredible city

What To Bring

  • Warm outdoor clothing
  • Waterproof jacket and pants

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations for all-day excursions can be made by email up to 24 hours before departure, and the entire money will be returned. Any cancellations made less than 24 hours before the scheduled departure time are not subject to refund.
  • If the operator cancels the trip due to severe weather, hazardous driving conditions, or other reasons, we will help you rebook a different day or book alternate activities if feasible, or we’ll give you a full refund.
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