9 Day Package | With Guided Tour Around The Ring Road of Iceland

Waves of the Atlantic crash over the icebergs washed upon the Diamond Beach in south-east Iceland in summer.
When the tides are right, you can take a walk from Reykjavík to the city's lighthouse, Grótta.
The unbridled power of Dettifoss in north Iceland is not matched by a single other waterfall in all of Europe.
Many icebergs in south-east Iceland's glacier lagoon are veined with black ash due to sediments from past eruptions.
One of the most common species of cetacean found in the seas surrounding Iceland is the beautiful Humpback Whale.
Lupins bloom around the southern village of Vík in summer.

Join a 9-day guided tour around Iceland and visit the most famous places in the country in the company of experts. From landing to departure, nothing but adventure and untouched nature await.

Your transfers to and from the airport, accommodation and tours are all sorted prior to your arrival, meaning all you need to do is focus on enjoying this incredible country, as you traverse its entire ring-road.

When in the South, you'll visit the Golden Circle, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and all the incredible waterfalls in between. You‘ll even have the chance to climb the ancient ice of Skaftafellsjökull glacier with an experienced glacier guide.

You'll then move to the Eastfjords, to see mountains and valleys, small, idyllic towns and to breathe in unmatched fresh air. After that, you will head the North, where you'll come across the world-renowned Lake Mývatn with all its natural and geological wonders. You'll also take a boat ride out into the Atlantic from one of the whale-watching capitals of Europe.

Finally, you'll see the West, a region as full of history, folklore and culture as it is spectacular natural sites.

If you enjoy city-slicking as much as you do immersing yourself in nature, worry not, as you'll also get a full day in Reykjavik. You can use this time for exploration and adrenaline-packed fun by booking an ATV or horse-riding half-day tour, or else calm relaxation by simply shopping and seeing the sites.

This trip includes the most stunning attractions in all areas of the nation. Don’t miss out on Iceland’s nature, culture and history. Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: . - Nov.
  • Duration: 9 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Hiking, Whale Watching, Sightseeing, Hot Spring Bathing, Fishing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 10 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, Reykjavík, Akureyri, Jökulsárlón, Vatnajökull, Mývatn, Goðafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Þingvellir, Skagafjörður, Skaftafell, Höfn, Egilsstaðir, Skógar, Námafjall Geothermal Area, Reynisdrangar, Ring Road
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : Flexible

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

  • 5 nights of accommodation in the countryside (double rooms in hostels with private bathrooms and continental breakfast)

  • Airport transfer on arrival/departure

  • Blue Lagoon comfort entrance (upgrade to premium level available) and return transfer

  • 6 full days touring Iceland's Ring Road in a minibus with English guidance

  • Glacier Hike with a certified glacier guide

  • Whale watching and sea angling

  • Hands-on travel agent to oversee your itinerary

  • Taxes

  • Dinner

  • Lunch


What to bring:
  • Warm outdoor clothing (including waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves)

  • Good hiking shoes are recommended

  • Swimsuits and towels


Good to know:

Although it is summertime, the Icelandic weather can be very unpredictable. Please bring appropriate clothing.

The departures of the Ring Road tour are always set on a Monday, so travellers are asked to keep in mind that their arrival should be set on a Saturday or a Sunday. Depending on arrival day, the Free Day in the city will be placed on either the 2nd or 8th day of your stay, with the guided tour around Iceland starting on Day 3 in the former case and Day 2 in the latter.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival Day - Welcome to Iceland!


Many of the major attractions of downtown Reykjavík can be found around Tjörnin Pond, including the Guide to Iceland office in City Hall.


Welcome to Iceland, the home of hot springs, volcanoes, waterfalls and lava fields. At the airport, you'll find your transport to Reykjavík, ready to spirit you away across the strange, lunar landscapes of the Reykjanes peninsula.

The perfect way to relax after a flight is in the Blue Lagoon. This azure pool in the middle of an ebony lava field is known for its healing properties, and the silica mud at the bottom has wonderful soothing qualities for the skin. The geothermal warmth of the waters soothes and relaxes both muscles and mind.

If your flight arrives late, you can always move this visit to your departure day before returning home.

After your soothing soak, you will be transported to your hotel in Reykjavik, the northernmost capital on the planet. The city is sure to entice you with its wide selection of restaurants and cafés, boutiques, bars and regular events.

Your first evening will be spent in this lovely place that is both intimate as a small town and exciting as a big city.


Day 2 - On the Ring Road


The lower tier of Gullfoss Waterfall is much taller than the upper one, though they are equally dramatic.


You will be picked up at your hotel by your guide and head east out of the city on Day Two. Your first stop is the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Þingvellir National Park, where the tectonic plates of Europe and America are visibly pulling apart, creating a landscape of deep clefts and expanses of lava rock.

Other amazing sights include the Silfra fissure and Öxaráfoss waterfall. In this place, Icelanders founded what is now the longest-running democratic parliament in the world, now more than a thousand years ago.

Your next stop is the Haukadalur valley where the Geysir hot spring resides. While this feature is currently inactive, a neighbouring geyser, Strokkur, erupts to heights that have been known to exceed forty metres every five to ten minutes. 

Not far away, the great river Hvítá rushes down into a deep canyon in the form of the waterfall Gullfoss. The glacier water plummets down more than 30 metres into the canyon below in two steps, with such force that those on the bank are drenched by the enormous spray.

After that, you'll head out along the South Coast, stopping at other glorious waterfalls en route, such as Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss. Finally, you'll get to the village Vík, where you will spend the night. Here lies the famous Reynisfjara black beach, with its basalt column caves and dark rock stacks, a perfect location for a late night walk.


Day 3 - Glacier Adventure


Blue icebergs break from one of Vatnajökull's glacier tongues to fill the marvellous Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon in south-east Iceland.


You'll hit the road early on Day Two, and follow the coastline under the great glacier Vatnajökull on your way to the Skaftafell National Park. Once here, you will lace up your hiking boots, put on your hat and mittens, for it is time to get adventurous and take a hike onto the Skaftafellsjökull glacier.

Glacier hiking and ice climbing are fantastic experiences few get to experience, so this is a fantastic opportunity to try something new and witness some spectacular vistas. Your guides will provide you will all safety information and equipment.

When you reach the lowlands again, you'll continue to travel under Vatnajökull to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Here, gargantuan icebergs crumble from the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier tongue into azure waters, gather in a vast lake, then break apart and scatter on the adjacent black coast, giving it the illusion of being scattered with diamonds in the evening sun.

Your night will be spent nearby, in the town of Höfn.


Day 4 - Southeast and Heading North


The black sand beach that sits beside the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon is called the Diamond Beach due to the glittering icebergs that wash upon it.


Your fourth day will start at the Stokknes peninsula, where the great mountain Vestrahorn looms over the impressive landscape. Your journey will then turn northbound and you'll head up the majestic East Fjords.

This area of Iceland is characterized by its smooth mountains and deep valleys, abundant wildlife, and historic villages. You will zigzag along the scenic coastline until you reach the town of Egilsstaðir, sometimes known as the Capital of the East.

On the way to Egilsstaðir, you will make a stop to hike up to the lovely Hengifoss, one of Iceland's tallest waterfalls. Surrounded by basaltic strata from times long gone, this feature is more than 120 metres high. In the area, there are remains of fossilized trees, which add to the feeling of walking through a bygone world.

Your evening and night will be spent near the town of Egilsstaðir.


Day 5 - A Diamond Day


North Iceland is one of the most geothermally and geologically active areas in the country.


The brother of the Golden Circle is the Diamond Circle, the area around the famous Lake Mývatn, which you'll spend Day Five exploring. First, you will visit one of the most powerful waterfalls in Europe, Dettifoss in Jökulsárglúfur canyon, before heading to the dramatic, moss-covered lava fields that surround Lake Mývatn.

This area has high geothermal activity, as you'll note at the Námaskarð geothermal area. Here, you'll get a chance to climb the Hverfjall tephra cone, before you set off to explore the Dimmuborgir lava fields, where myths say Hidden People and trolls lurk in the rocks and caves.

Later, you'll head further west towards the town of Akureyri, passing the lovely Goðafoss waterfall, and drive to the Eyjafjörður fjord, where your night will be spent at a lovely country hotel overlooking the ocean.


Day 6 - The Town of Akureyri and the Lovely North


Goðafoss waterfall is one of many north Icelandic waterfalls, only out-shined in popularity by the mighty Dettifoss.


You'll start the sixth day by exploring the capital town of the North. Akureyri is a cultural hub and surrounded by spectacular nature.

Then you'll head out along the coastline of the beautiful Eyjafjörður to the fishing village of Dalvík. Here, you will leave terra firma behind and board a boat for a three-hour whale watching tour, where you have the opportunity meet the gentle giants of the North Atlantic.

Afterward, you'll continue along the Tröllaskagi peninsula and visit the lovely village of Siglufjörður (made famous by the Icelandic TV series 'Trapped', popular on the BBC) before turning back inland southwest. Your night will be spent in a charming place in the middle of a lava field in west Iceland.


Day 7 - The Wonders of West Iceland


Icelandic horses, unlike any other around the world, can perform a unique gait called the tölt.


On your last day on the road, you'll get to see some of the best natural sights that the West has to offer: Deildartunguhver, which is the largest hot spring in Europe, the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls, and the wide lava fields of Borgarfjörður.

This is also a great day for the cultured. History buffs, in particular, will appreciate that you get to visit the Snorrastofa Institute at Reykholt, where the famous medieval writer Snorri Sturluson recorded the Bible of Norse Mythology, Prose Edda, and many of the sagas that still live within Icelandic culture.

After this, you will return to the city of Reykjavík and check into your hotel. You'll have the evening free and at your leisure in this spirited city.


Day 8 - Free Day in Reykjavík


Concerts, conferences, shows and exhibitions are all hosted in Reykjavík's Harpa building.


After a long trip, you deserve a day off. Enjoy yourself and get to know the city. Take a walk down by the pond, visit the cafés and boutiques, visit museums and drink in the colourful atmosphere of downtown Reykjavík.

The day doesn't have to be all rest and relaxation, though. Whales frequent the Faxaflói bay and would love to have you drop by. Or you could enjoy a sightseeing self-guided trip, visiting museums and historic places.

If you'd like some excitement, the Þríhnjúkagígur volcanic chamber, now safely empty of magma, is a true cathedral of this earth. You'll be lowered down into this deep dome, with coloured rock walls all around, and stand on the football-field-sized bottom, with the narrow opening high above. This is the only magma chamber in the world you may venture inside!

If you'd rather go up than down, there's always the option of a helicopter tour where you could see the city from high above and take a small trip to nearby mountains for some beautiful sights from high above! 


Day 9 - Departure Day & Fond Farewell


After a long, action packed holiday in Iceland, what better way is there to relax than in the healing, warm waters of the Blue Lagoon?


And now the end is near, and it is time to go home. You'll be picked up at your hotel and taken through the black lava fields once again to Keflavik International Airport.

As stated above, your visit to the Blue Lagoon can also be placed on this day, if you'd prefer and if your flight times allow.

Your adventure in Iceland might be over for now, but we hope you'll visit again!


Accommodation in Reykjavik

See our accommodation levels below. Super Budget booking will be arranged in hostel dormitory bed accommodation. For Comfort and Quality bookings, single person bookings will be arranged in a single room, while bookings of 2 or more people will share twin/double room(s) or triple room(s). If you are travelling in a group, but prefer a single room, please make separate bookings. For multi-day guided tours, accommodation cannot be upgraded and the levels below do not apply. We always do our best to accommodate special requests, which may incur additional costs.

Super Budget

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

Comfort

Rooms with a private bathroom at three-star hotels such as Fosshótel Barón, 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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