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

Come along on this 9-day guided tour around Iceland. You'll visit the most famous places in the country, led by experts in the easiest way possible. From landing to departure, adventure awaits you. Leave your stress at home!

You'll be picked up at the airport and delivered to Reykjavik. The trip begins by heading along the south coast, and then east, exploring the entire island at all points of the compass.

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 guides.

In the east, you'll see mountains and valleys, visit small, idyllic towns and hike in the fresh air before heading to the Lake Mývatn with all its natural and geological wonders. In the North, you'll visit Akureyri, and take a boat ride out into the Atlantic to meet the neighborhood whales.

Later, In the west, you'll see Europe's largest glacier, visit the unique Hraunfossar falls and make a stop in the cradle of saga culture, where the mythological Eddas and great Icelandic sagas were written, before heading back to the city.

The fun doesn't end there! During your day in Reykjavik, exploration, adrenaline-packed fun and calm relaxation are all available to you, and you can choose what kind of day you'd like. 

Sample the wares at a boutique coffeehouse, take an ATV tour or go horse riding just outside the city, stroll through museums and art galleries, enjoy a leisurely meal at a sunny café, or schedule a spa treatment. It's your choice!

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

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: May. - 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

  • 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 standard entrance (upgrades 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!

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

Welcome to Iceland, the home of hot springs, volcanoes, waterfalls and lava fields! At the airport we will be waiting for you, ready to spirit you away to the strange landscape of the Reykjanes peninsula, where the black lava makes a stark contrast with the dark blue and foaming white of the North Atlantic Ocean. An even greater contrast of colors is your first stop, the world-famous Blue Lagoon.

This azure lake in the middle of the ebony lava field is known for its healing properties, but the silica mud at the bottom has wonderful soothing (and smoothing!) qualities for the skin. The geothermal warmth of the pool soothes and relaxes both muscles and mind.

This is the perfect way to relax after a flight, at the start of your adventure. If your flight arrives late, you can always move this visit to your departure day and treat yourself one final time 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 music locales: There's something here for everyone! 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

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

You will be picked up at your hotel by your guide and head east out of the city, but your first brush with Iceland's magnificent nature happens today. Your first stop is the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Þingvellir National Park, where the tectonic plates of Europe and America push and pull at each other, creating a landscape of deep clefts and hardened lava rock.

Other amazing sights include the Silfra fissure and Öxaárfoss waterfall. In this place, Icelanders founded the first democratic parliament in the world more than a thousand years ago.

Your next stop is the Haukadalur valley where the Geysir hot springs reside, spewing boiling water skywards in a great display of geothermal power. The king of them all, Gamli Geysir, sits fat and silent in the middle, surrounded by mud and rocks in reddish and purple colours.

Not far away, the great river Hvítá rushes down into a deep canyon in the form of the waterfall Gullfoss, the Golden One. This bulk of glacier water plummets down more than 30 m (98 ft) into the canyon below with such force that those on the bank are drenched by the drops swirled back up by the power.

After that, you'll head out along the south coast, past other glorious waterfalls, such as Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss, to the village Vík, where you will spend the night. There lies the famous Reynisfjara black beach, with its basalt column caves and dark rock stacks, where the Atlantic crashes upon the shore.

Day 3 - Glacier Adventure

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

You'll hit the road and follow the coastline under the great glacier Vatnajökull, on your way to the Skaftafell National Park. There, you will lace up your hiking boots and don't forget your mittens, for it is time to get adventurous and take a hike onto the Skaftafellsjökull glacier.

There, atop of the age-old ice, your guides will instruct you in glacier hiking basics and ice climbing - a skill surely everyone should have. Now's your chance!

When you reach the lowlands again, you'll continue to travel under this massive ice cap to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. The gargantuan icebergs crumble from the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier tongue and into the dark waters, and gather at the lagoon, then break apart and scatter on the black coast below, 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

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

Your day will start at Stokknes headland, where the great mountain Vestrahorn looms over the impressive landscape before your journey turns northbound and you'll head up the eastern fjords. This area of Iceland is characterized by its smooth mountains and deep valleys, and you will zigzag along the scenic coastline until you reach the town of Egilstaðir, sometimes known as the East Capital.

On the way to Egilstaðir, you will make a stop to hike up to the lovely Hengifoss, "the hanging waterfall," one of Iceland's tallest waterfalls. Surrounded by basaltic strata from times long gone, this waterfall is more than 120 m (394 ft) 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 Egilstaðir.

Day 5 - A Diamond Day

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

The brother of the Golden Circle is the Diamond Circle, the area around the famous Lake Mývatn, and that is where you will spend this day. First, you will visit one of the most powerful waterfalls in Europe, Dettifoss in Jökulsárglúfur canyon, before heading to the moss-covered lava field that surrounds Lake Mývatn.

The area has high geothermal activity, and the locals have learned to use that to their advantage, by baking bread in metal containers buried in the hot earth, for example.

You will visit the Námaskarð geothermal area, get a chance to climb the Hverfjall (or Hverfell, depending on where you come from) tephra cone and explore the Dimmuborgir lava fields, where myths say the Hidden People hold court.

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 fjord.

Day 6 - The Town of Akureyri and the Lovely North

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

You'll start the day by exploring the capital town of the North. Sometimes nicknamed The Danish Town, Akureyri is a place nestled on the shore of the fjord in the shadow of the Súlur peak.

Known for its culinary peculiarities and great skiing in winter, you'll be sure to find at least one tasty treat there. Also, count the church steps that lead up to the lovely hilltop church, and then take a peek inside. You won't be disappointed.

Then you'll head out along the coastline to the fishing village of Dalvík, in the opening of the Svarfaðardalur valley, known as "The Foremost of Icelandic Valleys."

There, 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

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

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

On the way to these places, you'll pass Húsafell, under the ice cap of Ok mountain, and the hamlet Kleppjárnsreykir, where local farmers sell their organic produce by the roadside in summer.

For history buffs, this is a great day, as you'll visit Snorrastofa at Reykholt, where the famous medieval writer Snorri Sturluson wrote his mangum opus, Heimskringa, and recorded the Prose Edda and many of the sagas that still live within Icelandic culture and form a large part of its identity. These manuscripts are preserved in the Árni Magnússon institution at the University of Iceland.

Afterward, you'll have gone full circle as you return to the city of Reykjavík in the late afternoon 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

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

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. There's so much to choose from. 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

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

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.


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.


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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