7 Day Guided Ring Road Tour | Explore the Circle of Iceland

Jump aboard this seven-day guided tour all around the circle of Iceland. If you want to see and learn about as much of this incredible country as possible, without worrying about organising or driving, then this is the perfect tour for you.

Over a week, you will see a vast variety of sights, including world famous spots such as the Golden Circle and Jökulsárlon glacier lagoon, as well as little-known national treasures, such as hidden waterfalls and the Eastern fjords. The price includes entry to multiple museums, and to top it off, this tour includes some fantastic adventures, including glacier hiking and whale watching.

This tour is designed to be relaxing, easy, and exciting. Furthermore, it is conducted in a mini-bus which hosts a maximum of fifteen passengers, ensuring a comfortable and personalised trip. There are few better ways to bond with fellow travellers than exploring such a beautiful country with them in a small group. 

The first day of this tour takes you on the classic Golden Circle route, with a few bonus stops such as at Kerið crater lake and Seljalandsfoss waterfall. The second will centre around glaciers and volcanoes, as you observe the notorious Eyjafjallajökull, the mighty Vatnajökull and the stunning glacier lagoon; on this day, you will also have the option of glacier hiking. 

The East Fjords, one of Iceland’s least visited regions, will be next on the agenda, providing you with unbelievable scenery and an abundance of wildlife. On the fourth and fifth days, you will see the diverse north, witnessing the beauty of the Lake Myvatn area, visiting some stunning waterfalls, and partaking in a whale-watch from Europe’s whale-watching capital Húsavík.

The final two days will show you the west of the island, including the Snæfellsnes peninsula, which is often called ‘Iceland in Miniature’ due to its diverse beauty.

This tour has appeal to people of all interests, be they photography, sightseeing, wildlife, adventure or culture. For those who have the time, it provides an excellent and informative way to see the country.

So jump aboard, and see as much of Iceland is as possible in a week, in comfort and style. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jun. - Oct.
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Hiking, Whale Watching, Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 10 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Golden Circle, East Iceland, Akureyri, Jökulsárlón, Mývatn, Dimmuborgir, Goðafoss, Dettifoss, Snæfellsjökull, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Þingvellir, Hraunfossar, Deildartunguhver, Snæfellsnes, Sólheimajökull, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Bjarnarhöfn, Hellnar, Arnarstapi, Vík í Mýrdal, Kerið, Kirkjufell, Hvítserkur, Lóndrangar, Djúpalónssandur, Stokksnes, Ytri Tunga Beach, South Coast, Diamond Beach, Ring Road, Kvernufoss
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:30

  • Hotel pick up & drop off in Reykjavik

  • English guidance

  • 7 days minibus tour around Iceland with maximum 15 passengers in the bus

  • Guesthouse/hostel in double rooms with shared bathrooms and breakfast

  • Glacier hike (1,5 hours)

  • Whale watching tour (3 hours)

  • Entrance to the shark museum in Bjarnarhofn

  • Entrance to the Mývatn Nature Baths

  • Entrance to the area of Stokksnes and Vestrahorn

  • Entrance to the Icelandic seal center in Hvammstangi

  • Entrance to the Stone museum in Stodvarfjordur

  • All necessary safety equipment for the Glacier hike

  • Free Wi-Fi on bus

  • Lunch and dinner

What to bring:
  • Warm and water/windproof clothes

  • Good hiking shoes (if you do not have hiking shoes then we offer these for rent)

  • Camera

Good to know:

This tour typically returns to Reykjavik on Day 7 around 08:30pm (20:30)

If you are a single traveler then a Single Room Supplement of 36.000 ISK is mandatory.

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - The Golden Circle & Kerið Volcanic Crater

7 Day Guided Ring Road Tour | Explore the Circle of Iceland

For the first of your seven days of adventure, you will see the most popular locations in Iceland: the three sites of the Golden Circle.

The first of these is Þingvellir National Park, the only UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Icelandic mainland. The reasons for its popularity are twofold. Firstly, it has a fascinating history, being the original site of what has become the world’s longest-running, ongoing parliament; early settlers to Iceland first convened here in 930 AD. Secondly, it has spectacular geology; the park sits right in the rift valley between two tectonic plates, both of which are clearly visible as you travel through.

Following Þingvellir, you will head to see the geysers in the geothermal hot-spot area of Haukadalur valley. Geysir itself, which gave all others their name, only goes off sporadically and unpredictably these days, but its neighbour Strokkur is happy to entertain; every five to ten minutes, you can see it eject water up to forty metres high. 

The final stop on the traditional Golden Circle is the majestic Gullfoss waterfall, the most iconic falls in the country. You, however, will get to see two more beautiful locations. The first of these is the vast crater-lake of Kerið, which is far too often overlooked by visitors. The second is Seljalandsfoss waterfall on the South Coast. This waterfall pours off a concave cliff, meaning it’s possible to walk the whole way around it for some incredible, unique views.

You will stay overnight in a guesthouse right beside this beautiful feature.

Day 2 - South coast and Glacier hike

7 Day Guided Ring Road Tour | Explore the Circle of Iceland

On day two, you will better explore Iceland’s incredible South Coast.

This stretch of Iceland is renowned for its vast diversity of landmarks and landscapes, all visible from the Ring-Road you will be travelling on. You'll drive through verdant fields, across deserts of black sand, and in the shadows of massive volcanoes and glaciers. One of these volcanoes you may already know about; you will be able to see Eyjafjallajökull in decent weather, the volcano that seriously disrupted air travel in 2010.

You will make multiple stops to appreciate the diverse world you are driving through. For example, you get to visit three unique and magnificent waterfalls: the famous Skógafoss, and the lesser-known Irafoss and Kvernufoss. You will also stop at the black sand beach Reynisfjara, to admire its stark beauty and the fascinating geological formations in the area.

The main highlight of the day, however, will come when you stop at the glacier Solheimajokull. If you are willing, you will have the opportunity to spend an hour and a half hiking on the ice cap, something you can do in very few places across the world. The beauty from atop the glacier is unreal and will stay with you for life.

The day has more surprises to come following this adventure. You will travel in the shadow of the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull, to reach the Jökulsárlon glacier lagoon, which many consider to be Iceland’s most beautiful spot. Watching icebergs cruise through the water, and seeing where they wash up on the Diamond Beach, is mesmerising.

You will stay overnight in a guesthouse in the south-east of Iceland

Day 3 - Vestrahorn mountain, Viking village and the Eastern fjords

7 Day Guided Ring Road Tour | Explore the Circle of Iceland

Your third day will start with a visit to the incredible mountain Vestrahorn, one of the country’s most popular spots for photography. Following this, you’ll have a real taste of culture with a visit to the settlement of Stokknes and the Viking Village.

After enjoying these sites, you will start to head up the East Fjords. This postcard-perfect stretch of coast will completely awe you, as you look down from huge mountains to narrow strips of glistening ocean, and picturesque villages nestled in remote corners. 

Nature lovers should keep their eyes firmly out of the window when traversing this area. The East Fjords are the only part of the country with reindeer, but you also could see seabirds including puffins, as well as seals on the shore and maybe even whales and dolphins in the waters.

You will get a museum visit on this day, to the Petru Stone Museum. This appeal of this place extends further than to geologists, as the institution helps paint a picture of the fascinating processes that this volcanic island has gone through, and continues to experience

You will spend the night in East Iceland.

Day 4 - Dettifoss waterfall, Lake Mývatn and the Nature Baths

7 Day Guided Ring Road Tour | Explore the Circle of Iceland

On day four, you will leave East Iceland for its beautiful north, by crossing the magnificent Highlands. En route, you will stop at Europe’s most powerful waterfall, the awe-inspiring Dettifoss.

The highlight of this day, however, is the Lake Mývatn area. This incredible place has more than just serene stretches of water; expect to see fascinating geothermal areas, impressive lava formations, and a huge wealth of unique birdlife.

You will fit a lot of sightseeing into this day; you will visit the Dimmuborgir fortress, with its stunning geology, a hot spring cave called Grjótagja, Krafla powerplant, and the Hverir geothermal area. After all the activity, you will likely be very grateful for some hot springs, thus will finish the day in the Mývatn Nature Baths.

You will spend the night in a guesthouse in North Iceland

Day 5 - Whale watching in Húsavík and Godafoss the waterfall of the Gods

7 Day Guided Ring Road Tour | Explore the Circle of Iceland

On day five, you will better explore the incredible beauty of North Iceland. After a scenic drive along the coast, you will reach the beautiful village of Húsavík, where you will partake in a whale-watch.

Húsavík is not known as Europe’s whale-watching capital for no reason. On your three-hour boat tour, you are almost guaranteed to see mighty, acrobatic humpback whales at very least; but many other species are known to frequent the area. Between whale sightings, it is incredible to admire the nature around you; the serene fjord you are in is surrounded by stunning mountains.

After what is sure to be a delightful experience, you will continue on the road to Akureyri, the capital of the North. En route, however, you will make a stop at one of the country’s most powerful, beautiful, and historical waterfalls, Goðafoss, which translates to ‘the Waterfall of the Gods’.

Once you reach Akureyri, you will have a little time to see the charming town. Your accommodation, however, is a short drive away, immersed in the beautiful nature you came to Iceland to see.

Day 6 - The West of Iceland, Seals, waterfalls, hot springs

7 Day Guided Ring Road Tour | Explore the Circle of Iceland

Your penultimate day on this tour has a diverse wealth of scenery for you to marvel over.

As you make your way south, you will stop at a unique rock formation called Hvítserkur, which looks just like an elephant stood in the shallows out to sea; this is a great spot for photographers. Following that, you will head to the village of Hvammstangi, which is renowned as Iceland’s seal watching capital; you will have a chance to explore the fascinating Icelandic Seal Centre while you are here.

Continuing south, you will pass the haunting but beautiful lava field of Hallmundarhraun. Just 900 metres from here, you will find two of the West’s most popular waterfalls, Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. While right near each other, they are vastly different, with the former being wide, serene and gentle, and the latter rushing violently down a narrow gulley. Finally, you will head to Deildartunguhver, the highest-flow hot spring in Europe.

You will stay overnight in the Borgarfjordur area.

Day 7 - Black beaches, rough lava fields and the magic of Snæfellsjokull National park

7 Day Guided Ring Road Tour | Explore the Circle of Iceland

On your final day, you will explore Snæfellsjökull National Park, often called ‘Iceland in Miniature’ due to its incredible diversity of scenery.

The first stop you will make is at the crown jewel of the peninsula; Snæfellsjökull glacier. This amazing, cone-shaped mountain is jaw-droppingly beautiful, and you will be left in no wonder as to why it has inspired artists for centuries. It was, for example, where Jules Verne chose to set his novel ‘A Journey to the Centre of the Earth’.

After marvelling over this site, you will head to a farm called Ytri-Tunga. If over the seven days, you have not spotted a seal, you can be almost guaranteed to see a colony here, basking lazily on the rocks with little care for people. 

You will continue to travel the coast, passing the beautiful, historic settlements of Arnarstapi and Hellnar. There is stunning geology all in this area, which culminates with the Lóndrangar basalt columns, which tower above the road and ocean. 

Djúpalónssandur is another gorgeous black beach you will stop at, and here you can test how valuable a fisherman you would have been in times gone by; four large, smooth stones here are called the lifting stones, and were used to measure one’s strength and suitability to life on the ocean. Your guide will explain the history of each one as you try them out.

You will interrupt your sightseeing for a stop at the famous Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum. There may even be fresh hákarl (the famous “rotten shark”) to try, dried in a shed behind the museum several times per year, along with a taste of Icelandic cumin schnapps to wash it down.

At your last stop, you will find Kirkjufell mountain, rising out of the green hills, surrounded by trickling rivers. This is one of the most popular photography spots in Iceland, so be sure to get a picture for your collection.

You will then head back to Reykjavík, no doubt fully aware that you have made the most of every moment in this amazing country. You should be back in the city around 20.30 pm

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