8 Day Summer Package | The Classic South, the Far-flung Westfjords and the Untouched Highlands

8 Day Summer Package | The Classic South, the Far-flung Westfjords and the Untouched Highlands
An aerial shot of Landmannalaugar geothermal area in the Central Highlands of Iceland.
The 100 metre tall Dynjandi waterfall is the crown of the Westfjords of Iceland.
Diamond Beach is the stretch of coastline where ice bergs wash up on the shoreline, making for fantastic pictures.
Puffins are one of Iceland's most recognisable animals.
Svínafellsjökull is just one of many outlet glaciers found along Iceland's South Coast.
A photograph taken from behind the waterfall, Seljalandsfoss, found on the South Coast.

See the very best that Iceland has to offer with this fantastic eight-day summer package where you rediscover the picturesque South Coast and hike up a glacier before exploring some of the country’s lesser-known regions, including the majestic Westfjords and the stunning Central Highlands.

This package is particularly suited towards returning visitors to Iceland, hence the focus on Iceland’s wild and isolated areas. However, it is infused with adventure as you'll get to participate in both a glacier hike and a super jeep tour. Those routinely awe-inspired by nature will also find this package more than satisfying, as will amateur and professional photographers alike.

By opting for a multi-day tour package such as this, you open up a realm of benefits otherwise unavailable to your average traveller in Iceland. For one thing, over your eight days, you will have the opportunity to either follow the default schedule or purchase added activities, like horse riding, and an excursion to the Snæfellsnes peninsula, a helicopter ride or a visit inside a volcano, to truly cement your holiday here in memory. 

Another benefit is that packages do away with the stress associated with holiday planning, as the organisation is left to qualified travel professionals. Before arriving, you will be sent an itinerary based on your own preferences with accommodation, tour activities and transfers already prearranged. Furthermore, if you wish to change the itinerary or add tours, you will have a 24/7 contact with an agent who will help you create your perfect holiday.

Hurry now, and you too can experience the delights of Iceland’s most beautiful natural regions, not only revisiting some of the most classic attractions but discovering entirely new realms. Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Apr. - Sep.
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Caving, Super Jeep, Horse Riding, Sightseeing, Boat Trip, Hot Spring Bathing, Cultural Activity, Bird watching, Helicopter, Airplane
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 5 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Blue Lagoon, South Iceland, Westfjords, West Iceland , Reykjavík, Jökulsárlón, Vatnajökull, Látrabjarg, Dynjandi, Landmannalaugar, Þórsmörk, Snæfellsjökull, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Snæfellsnes, Reykjanes, Sólheimajökull, Skaftafell, Kaldbakur, Arnarfjörður, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Vík í Mýrdal, Reykjavík Airport, Keflavik International Airport, Snæfellsjökull National Park, Reynisdrangar, Capital Region, Breiðamerkurjökull, South Coast, Diamond Beach
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : Flexible.

Please consult your itinerary for further information.

Included:
  • 5 nights of accommodation in Reykjavík (different levels available; breakfast not included for Super Budget or Budget levels; breakfast included for Comfort and Quality levels; more detailed info below)

  • Keflavík airport transfer on arrival/departure days

  • South Coast 2-day small group minibus tour (with optional glacier hiking and Jokulsarlon boat tour)

  • 1 night of accommodation in a country hotel in Vatnajokull National Park during the 2-day south coast tour (breakfast included, private bathroom depending on availability)

  • Westfjords 2-day small group super jeep tour with dinner

  • 1 night of accommodation in a country hotel in the Westfjords during the 2-day Westfjords tour (breakfast included, private bathroom depending on availability)

  • Return flights between Reykjavík Domestic Airport and the Westfjords

  • Bus day tour to the highlands (can be upgraded to a Super Jeep tour)

  • Detailed Itinerary with fun and practical information on the nature, history and culture of Iceland

  • Hands-on travel agent to oversee your itinerary

  • Taxes

  • Blue Lagoon entrance (can be added during the booking process)

  • Transfer to and from Reykjavík Domestic Airport

  • Meals and refreshments

  • Flights other than stated above


What to bring:
  • Warm outdoor clothes

  • Swimsuit

  • Camera

  • Hiking shoes


Good to know:

Wearing cotton or jeans as the outer layer during your trip to the Þríhnjúkagígur volcano tour is not allowed. Please wear suitable waterproof clothes and sturdy hiking shoes for this trip. It’s always the same temperature inside the crater – about 5–6°C (42–43°F). The Þríhnjúkagígur volcano tour involves a hike of approximately 3 km (2 miles) each way. The walk usually takes around 45–50 minutes (depending on the condition of people in the group). A guide will be with you at all times during the walk.

Although it is summertime, the Icelandic weather can be very unpredictable. Please bring appropriate clothing. Please be aware that your itinerary may be rearranged to better fit with your arrival date and time.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival


Hallgrímskirkja is the iconic church of Iceland's capital city, Reykjavík.


Welcome to Iceland! It’s your first day back in the country, the first day of your new adventure, and as you land into Keflavík International Airport, don’t be surprised to feel a rush of adrenaline and anticipation. You’re back!

Thanks to your itinerary, you will already have your open bus ticket readily available, keeping your transfer to Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavík, an easy and simple process. This ticket covers both transfers to and from the city at the beginning and end of your time here.

Sit back and relax as you are driven the short ride to your accommodation in the capital. As you watch from the coach window, you’ll be staggered by the sheer wealth of natural beauty found on the Reykjanes Peninsula, a region of cragged volcanic fields and ancient mountainscapes.

When you finally arrive at your accommodation, the rest of the day is free for you to do with as you see fit. Now that you’re back in one of the most charming cities in Europe, why not spend some time sightseeing the cultural landmarks, such as Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre, Hallgrímskirkja Lutheran Church or the Perlan Observation Deck?

Or, if you’re looking to meet the Icelanders, head out to taste the city’s vibrant nightlife, check out a local gallery opening or even take in a show. The choice is entirely up to you.


Preferred accommodation in Reykjavík

Reykjavík Super Budget

Rooms or dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels, such as HI Hostel. Located in the capital region. Access to cooking facilities on premises. Breakfast not included.

Reykjavík Budget

Capital Inn is a 2 star hotel 3 km out of the city centre, with a short walk to Kringlan shopping mall and Nauthólsvík geothermal beach. Private bedrooms with a washbasin but shared bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is not included.

Reykjavík Comfort

The Fosshótel chain has four 3-4 star Hotels located in and around the city center of Reykjavík. There is a short walk from all of the hotels to attractions, cafés, restaurants, museums and the nightlife. All offer private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Reykjavík Quality

Alda Hotel is a 4 star hotel situated on Laugavegur, Reykjavík's main shopping street in the city centre. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free access to a fitness room with a sauna and a hot tub. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 2 - The Classic South Coast


Seljalandsfoss waterfall is considered to be one of the star attractions of the Icelandic South Coast.


Today, you will be stepping into Iceland’s most beloved region, the sublime South Coast. With its picture-postcard scenery, charming towns, and a plethora of attractions, it is no surprise that the South is Iceland’s most visited region, boasting glistening glaciers, roaring waterfalls and domineering mountain peaks.

Your day will begin in the city where you will be picked up from your accommodation by a minibus. With a small group size and comfortable seating arrangements, you’ll find your journey along the coast to be filled with interest and awe; a point immediately is proven upon seeing the first attraction of the day, Seljalandsfoss waterfall.

There, you will quickly rediscover the glittering cave found behind the cascade. This makes Seljalandsfoss something of a rare example when it comes down to Icelandic waterfalls and is one of the major reasons as to why it is a favourite among landscape photographers.

Skógafoss waterfall, only a short distance of way, is much wider than Seljalandsfoss and can be viewed from both the bottom—visitors can get right up to where the water hits the rocks—and from an observation deck above. Photographers will find the large amount of spray ejected by Skógafoss causes rainbows to form in their frame, only proving what a paradise this area is.

Next up on the day’s itinerary is the possibility of glacier hiking, one of the most authentically Icelandic experiences open to guests here. If you opt for the activity, you will first meet your friendly and experienced guide who will proceed to give a safety briefing and lesson on how to hike the glaciers, as well as provide you with all of the equipment necessary to keep you safe. This includes a helmet, crampons and ice poles if required.

As you ascend one of these ancient forces of nature, you will be privy to some truly spectacular views over the landscapes of the South Coast. This is one location where you won’t want to forget your camera.

From there, you'll move to the black sand beach, Reynisfjara, an area known for its stunning volcanic pebbles, peculiar basalt cliff faces and the “rock needles”, Reynisdrangar, that stand protruding from the ocean just off-shore.

During your first evening on the South Coast, you will be staying overnight at accommodation in the Vatnajökull National Park area.


Accommodation

Due to increased demand for travel services in Iceland and low availability, travel companies in Iceland can not guarantee specific accommodations. However, we can always provide you with the best available accommodation at the time of your booking. Below you can see our preferred partners for accommodation, Hótel Vatnajökull and Hótel Höfn. In the case of these hotels not being an option, an alternative of the same standard will be arranged.

Hótel Höfn

Standard private rooms with private bathroom in a 3-star hotel in the largest town in south-east Iceland. Breakfast is included.

Hotel Vatnajökull

Standard private rooms with private bathroom in a 3-star hotel close to Höfn. Breakfast is included.


Day 3 - The Classic South Coast


Jökulsárlón, a glacier lagoon on the South Coast of Iceland.


At the beginning of your second day on the South Coast, you will visit what is colloquially referred to as “the Crown Jewel of Iceland”, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, in Vatnajökull National Park.

This incredible attraction has an almost tangible, ethereal ambience, instilling a sense of tranquillity in visitors who love to sit idly watching the lagoon’s enormous floating icebergs. Surrounded by sweeping mountain slopes and glassy glaciers, this is, without doubt, one of Iceland’s most unforgettable regions.

If you opt to take a boat trip at Jökulsárlón, you will be presented the opportunity to see entirely new aspects of the attraction up close. Sailing among the icebergs, you will for sure spot the wildlife of the region, including the lagoon’s curious seal colony and its dive-bombing Skuas.

There, you can walk a short distance to the adjacent Diamond Beach, an area of black shoreline where icebergs from Jökulsárlón wash up on the coast as they make their way into the Atlantic. Diamond Beach is justly named, attracting landscape photographers and filmmakers from across the world who are set on capturing this area’s timeless beauty.

You will make the return journey back to Reykjavík, making stops at a couple of surprise waterfalls along the way.


Preferred accommodation in Reykjavík

Reykjavík Super Budget

Rooms or dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels, such as HI Hostel. Located in the capital region. Access to cooking facilities on premises. Breakfast not included.

Reykjavík Budget

Capital Inn is a 2 star hotel 3 km out of the city centre, with a short walk to Kringlan shopping mall and Nauthólsvík geothermal beach. Private bedrooms with a washbasin but shared bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is not included.

Reykjavík Comfort

The Fosshótel chain has four 3-4 star Hotels located in and around the city center of Reykjavík. There is a short walk from all of the hotels to attractions, cafés, restaurants, museums and the nightlife. All offer private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Reykjavík Quality

Alda Hotel is a 4 star hotel situated on Laugavegur, Reykjavík's main shopping street in the city centre. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free access to a fitness room with a sauna and a hot tub. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 4 - The Remote Westfjords


The Westfjords is one of Iceland's least visited regions.


With the South Coast fully discovered, its time to set your sights on one of the country’s lesser-visited regions, the almighty Westfjords. You will first catch a flight from Reykjavík Domestic Airport to the charming village of Bíldudalur in the Westfjords, where you will meet your guides for the next two days. After boarding your iconic super jeep, it’s time to let the adventure begin!

Your first stop of the day will be at the Látrabjarg birdwatching cliffs, home to a vast variety of bird species including Skuas, Guillemots, Arctic Terns and, of course, the Atlantic puffins. Because this area is a protected reserve and lacking in Arctic Foxes, birdlife has thrived here, making it a must for any bird lovers visiting the country.

Given the sheer number of volcanic, black sand beaches found in Iceland, Rauðasandur (aka, “Red Sands”) is the exception to the rule, offering up a tiny slice of the Mediterranean here with its golden sands and pretty surrounding scenery.

You will conclude the day by bathing in a natural hot spring, relaxing your muscles and your mind for your next day in the gorgeous Westfjords. Accommodation will be arranged in the region in private rooms with en suite bathroom.


Day 5 - The Remote Westfjords


The Westfjords is known for its stunning landscapes and history of magic.


Arnarfjörður fjord is known for its deep history of sorcery and magic, adding a strange, almost haunting ambience to the area. Your guide will be quick to tell you of the fascinating and imaginative stories that derive from this area,

According to folklore, this fjord has long been the home of monsters and dangerous spirits, and there's little surprise as to why; nature here is fantastical, as though it were taken directly from the pages of an adventure novel, sporting glorious waterfalls and dramatic mountain ranges. From your vantage point at Arnarfjörður, you will have incredible views of Kaldbakur, the tallest peak in the Westfjords.

You will next pay a visit to Dynjandi, a 100-metre high series of waterfalls that tumble down the cliffside in a pyramid formation. Dynjandi is widely regarded to be not just the most beautiful waterfalls in the Westfjords, but also in the whole of Iceland.

When your tour is over, you will be driven back to Bíldudalur where you’ll catch your return flight back to Reykjavík Domestic Airport.


Preferred accommodation in Reykjavík

Reykjavík Super Budget

Rooms or dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels, such as HI Hostel. Located in the capital region. Access to cooking facilities on premises. Breakfast not included.

Reykjavík Budget

Capital Inn is a 2 star hotel 3 km out of the city centre, with a short walk to Kringlan shopping mall and Nauthólsvík geothermal beach. Private bedrooms with a washbasin but shared bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is not included.

Reykjavík Comfort

The Fosshótel chain has four 3-4 star Hotels located in and around the city center of Reykjavík. There is a short walk from all of the hotels to attractions, cafés, restaurants, museums and the nightlife. All offer private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Reykjavík Quality

Alda Hotel is a 4 star hotel situated on Laugavegur, Reykjavík's main shopping street in the city centre. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free access to a fitness room with a sauna and a hot tub. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 6 - A Taste of Highlands


An aerial perspective over the stunning central highlands of Iceland.


Today, you will have the chance to experience the many joys found in the Icelandic Central Highlands, an area of colourful rhyolite mountain slopes, trickling glacial rivers and cragged canyons. The Central Highlands are only accessible during the summer months, making this a must for visitors who have only travelled to Iceland during the winter.

Landmannalaugar (“The Pools of the People”) is widely considered to be the best location for hiking trails in the whole of Iceland. Not only does it boast the incredible Laugavegur trail, but also countless other smaller hikes and scenic attractions. Thankfully, you’ll be tackling this region in a monster 4-wheel-drive, the only vehicle capable of handling the Highlands’ rough gravel roads.

As its name suggests, Landmannalaugar is known for its abundance of geothermal hot pools, perfect for a spot of bathing after a long day’s hike. Make sure not to forget your swimsuit and towel—you can’t get more Icelandic than this!

As an alternative to Landmannalaugar, you could opt in for a day tour to the Valley of Þórsmörk, equally famed for its incredible natural landscapes. You can choose between an affordable 4WD bus trip or a more intimate Super Jeep version of either routes. 

Due to the accessibility of mountain roads, tours to highlands won't be available until June. If the highland options are not available during your travel dates, your personal travel agent will find something else to your liking.


Day 7 - Nature or City


Spend a day discovering the beautiful city of Reykjavík on your 8-day summer package.


Today, there are a variety of memorable experiences available to you. If you opt for the most famous spa in Iceland, the Blue Lagoon, it will be arranged on this day for you to fully relax after many days of outdoor adventure.

The Blue Lagoon is the perfect location to start wrapping up your holiday, allowing you to sit back, soak and relax with a head full of memories. Not only does the spa boast serene, aquamarine and geothermally heated water, it is also abundant in healing silica mud, known for its incredible medicinal properties on the skin.

The Blue Lagoon also has a restaurant, bistro and bar, with massages, face masks and local products available to purchase. When your time at the spa is over, you are free to spend the rest of your day exploring Reykjavík.

Those travellers not yet ready to abandon the physical adventure can move their Blue Lagoon visit to their arrival or departure day and opt for one of several exciting tours on offer. One option might be taking a riding trip on the back of the renown Icelandic horse, a breed known for its reliability, pony-like stature and five unique gaits.

Horseback riding in Iceland offers the opportunity to see the countryside in an entirely new way, a fact that is just as true for your second possible tour option—a geothermal helicopter tour! Flying high over Iceland’s eclectic landscapes, you will quickly realise that ‘flightseeing’ is, perhaps, the most luxurious and breathtaking means of taking in the country’s feature.

Other options this day include a trip inside of the dormant caldera of Þríhnúkagígur volcano. To experience the array of startling colours and intricate rock formations here, you will first take a scenic hike in the surrounding area before descending into the volcano’s underbelly by the elevator shaft. Where else but Iceland could such a thing be possible?

Your final option is to take a full day to the gorgeous, mystical and distinctive Snæfellsnes Peninsula, an area known for its rugged coastlines, volcanic craters and fascinating history. Travelling here, you will experience such features as Snæfellsjökull glacier (as made famous in Jules Verne’s “Journey to the Centre of the Earth”), Lóndrangar bird cliffs and Djúpalónssandur black pebble beach.


Day 8 - Departure


Visit some of Reykjavík's beautiful sights on your summer package.


It’s your last day in Iceland. Depending on the time of your flight, you may have a final chance to get to know the capital city. If your plane leaves in the afternoon or evening, you will have plenty of opportunities to sample Reykjavík’s rich culinary scene, as well as its coffee houses, cutesy souvenir shops and bustling flea markets.

You could also contact your travel agent and arrange for a tour such as a whale watching excursion, a buggy ride or a caving expedition. When your time in the city is over, you will board a bus transferring you back to Keflavík International Airport where you will catch your return flight home.


Accommodation in Reykjavik

See our accommodation levels below and our preferred accommodation partners under each day in the daily itinerary. Super budget level accommodations will be arranged in hostel dorm beds. For budget and comfort levels, bookings for one person will be arranged in single rooms, and bookings for two or more people will share a twin/double or triple room(s). For quality level, odd number groups will always be allocated a single room. If you are travelling in a group, but prefer a single room, please make separate bookings. Teenagers and children will be arranged in the same room with parents. If additional room(s) is needed, additional costs will incur. For multi-day guided tours, accommodation cannot be upgraded and the levels below do not apply. Guide to Iceland will provide you with the best available accommodation at the time of your booking from our preferred partners. If our preferred partners are fully booked at the time of your booking, we will find another suitable accommodation for you of similar level. We always do our best to accommodate special requests, which may incur additional costs. Press choose a date to find availability.

Super Budget

Dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels, such as HI Hostels. Located in the capital region. Breakfast is not included.

Budget

Private rooms with shared bathroom in guesthouses or hostels such as Capital Inn Guesthouse. Located in the capital region. Breakfast is not included.

Comfort

Rooms with a private bathroom at three-star hotels such as Hótel Klettur, or quality guesthouses. Located in the city center or in close vicinity. Breakfast is included.

Quality

Rooms at four-star design hotels in the city center with a private bathroom at the absolute best locations downtown such as Hotel Alda. Breakfast is included.


Cancellation Insurance

This insurance guarantees that you can cancel the booking of this package and receive a full refund, minus the insurance cost of 5,000 ISK per person. The cancellation must be made within a minimum of 48-hours before the listed starting time. To cancel your booking and claim your refund, simply contact our service desk by writing to info@guidetoiceland.is no later than 48-hours before departure and declare the cancellation. Please note that this insurance only covers the full cancellation of this entire package. It does not cover cancellations of individual activities and services within the package. The cost of the Cancellation Insurance is neither refundable nor transferable.


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