7 Day Summer Circle Guided Tour | Ring Road from Reykjavik to Akureyri

7 Day Summer Circle Guided Tour | Ring Road from Reykjavik to Akureyri
This map shows your journey around Iceland stopping at all the major attractions before you fly back to Reykjavík from Akureyri.
Silfra fissure, in Þingvellir, with its remarkably clear waters.
Strokkur geyser about to erupt, in Haukadalur, South Iceland.
Seljalandsfoss waterfall in the midnight sun, on the south coast of Iceland.
Strokkur geyser in full eruption, blasting boiling water into the air.
Gulfoss waterfall in the Golden Circle, falling into the Hvítárgljúfur canyon.

Join this 7-day summer adventure and travel the Ring Road from Reykjavík to Akureyri, stopping at Iceland’s best-loved attractions along the way. Gaze at countless waterfalls, experience the beauty of Reynisfjara black sand beach, marvel at the magic of Jökulsárlón glacie lagoon and smell the geothermal energy at the Mývatn region, all under the glow of the midnight sun.

This multi-day tour is perfect for those who would prefer accommodation and driving to be taken care of for a stress free holiday while taking in the sights at a relaxed pace in a small group.

Your expert guide will pick you up in Iceland’s picturesque capital city, Reykjavík, and whisk you away along the gorgeous Golden Circle, onto the stunning South Coast, up to the wild Eastfjords and into the majestic regions of North Iceland. Included is a flight from the capital of the north, Akureyri, back to Reykjavík where your journey concludes.

Each day, your trip along the Route 1 Ring Road will deliver you to the most gorgeous natural features for which Iceland is so famous. Every step of the way, your guide will be ready to inform you of the historical and cultural importance of certain sights, often rich in local folklore and legend.

Couple sightseeing with adventure and browse the exciting array of additional activities on offer during the booking process. Choices include horse riding, glacier hiking, and whale watching to enhance your Iceland experience. You could cruise the mirror-like waters of Jökulsárlón lagoon or immerse yourself in geothermal nature baths; many excursions are offered at a discounted rate, promising lower prices than if booked separately.

Book this tailored multi-day guided tour and look forward to having nothing to worry about apart from taking in the magnificent magic of Iceland in summer under the midnight sun. Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Apr. - Aug.
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Snorkelling, Caving, Snowmobile, Horse Riding, Whale Watching, Sightseeing, Boat Trip, Hot Spring Bathing, Cultural Activity, Bird watching, Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Golden Circle, South Iceland, East Iceland, North Iceland, Akureyri, Jökulsárlón, Vatnajökull, Mývatn, Dimmuborgir, Ásbyrgi, Goðafoss, Dettifoss, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Þingvellir, Höfn, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Vík í Mýrdal, Egilsstaðir, Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Reynisdrangar, South Coast
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:00.

Pick up might take 30 minutes. Please be ready at your selected location. Read carefully on your voucher whether you will be picked up at your hotel or at the nearest designated area (Bus Stop). For walking distance to bus stops, please check busstop.is.

Included:
  • 7 day guided tour to the South Coast, East and North of Iceland, travelling via the Ring Road in a small group

  • Professional local driver guide

  • 6 nights of accommodation in various country hotels with breakfast and a private bathroom

  • Domestic fight from Akureyri to Reykjavik, with 20kg of checked baggage and 6kg of hand luggage (additional luggage will incur additional costs)

  • Taxes

  • International flights

  • Transportation from Reykjavik domestic airport to your accommodation on Day 7

  • Lunch and dinner

  • Optional activities (can be added during the booking process)


What to bring:
  • Warm and Waterproof clothing

  • Good outdoor shoes

  • Camera

  • Swimsuit & towel


Good to know:

Customers travelling on their own will receive a single room. Reservations for 2 people will be allocated a double room. For bookings of 3 or more, triple rooms will automatically be allocated. For example, a group of 8 will receive 2 triple rooms and 1 double. If these arrangements do not meet your requirements, please contact the provider.

Iceland is a country of oppositions. The weather might be fickle and change rapidly and can get quite cold even in summer. Wearing proper shoes and overcoats will certainly make your travels more enjoyable.

Please note that only pick up and drop-off from designated pick up locations in the greater capital area is available, not from Keflavík International Airport. Therefore, we do not recommend attempting to start this tour on your arrival day in Iceland.

Your domestic flight from Akureyri to Reykjavík will land in the afternoon/evening. It is highly recommended that you do not book your flight home the same night as bad weather or delays could affect your journey. Please be sure to arrange accommodation for this evening and an airport transfer the next day to take you to Keflavík International Airport for your departure.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - The Golden Circle


Strokkur hot spring erupting into the air in Haukadalur, south Iceland.


It’s time for your summer adventure in Iceland to begin! Your guide will pick you up in the morning and deliver a short introduction to your minibus as well as what lies ahead before whisking you away on the Golden Circle Route.

The Golden Circle is made up of three main attractions; your first will be Þingvellir National Park. A UNESCO world heritage site, this area is characterised by the exposed tectonic plates that form a ridge through the park. Here, the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates are moving apart, providing a unique opportunity to walk between continents.

As well as being geologically fascinating, Þingvellir is of equal cultural importance as it was here that Iceland’s first parliament, the Alþingi, was formed in 930 AD. Now based in Reykjavík, the Alþingi still governs the nation making it the longest continuous parliament in the world.

Moving on, your next stop is Geysir geothermal area, home to boiling streams and the famous erupting hot spring for which geysers gets their name. The most regularly erupting hot spring is Strokkur, and it shoots water into the air every 5-10 minutes.

Gullfoss is a stunning two-tiered waterfall that ferociously pours tons of glacial water over a 32-metre drop. Considered the second most powerful waterfall in Europe, this fantastic feature is viewable from many different angles, making for breathtaking photos.

The additional activity you can choose to join in for the day is your chance to meet the charming and robust Icelandic horse. As they have carried Icelanders for the last 1000-years, this unique steed will take you through the wondrous Icelandic countryside and promises to leave you feeling one with nature.

Accommodation for the evening will be in the Golden Circle area and the midnight sun allows for more hours to enjoy the Icelandic outdoors in a luxurious hot tub.


Accommodation

Fosshótel Hekla

Fosshotel Hekla is a 3-star hotel in the Golden Circle area. The hotel has a restaurant which serves traditional Icelandic cuisine, a bar and a lounge. Free access to hot tub. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Stracta Hotel Hella

Stracta Hotel Hella is a 3-star hotel in the town of Hella. The hotel has an on-site bar with a lounge for guest and a sun terrace. Free access to hot tub. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 2 - The South Coast


Skógafoss waterfall with a rainbow under the summer sun.


Time to continue your journey and today you will proceed along Iceland’s splendid South Coast. Your first stops will be at two beautiful waterfalls each of which drops an impressive 60-meters from the interior Southern Highlands.

The first waterfall, Seljalandsfoss, is unique for the fact that it tumbles over a large cavern so visitors can walk behind the cascade to experience this feature from all angles.

Skógafoss waterfall is only a short way down the road, and it plummets in a majestic 20-metre wide curtain sending up a large spray of mist, which, on sunny days, can cast rainbows in its wake.

The South Coast is home to many of Iceland’s glaciers, and at a small additional cost, you can opt to walk atop one of these icy giants. Join an expertly guided gentle hike of Sólheimajökull glacier to experience the impressive and serene nature of these frozen landscapes.

Your final stop of the day will be on the jet-black sands of Reynisfjara beach. Here, you can gaze upon impressive sea stacks and marvel at the basalt column cliffs that guard these shores. Admire the power of the Atlantic ocean pounding against the coast but be careful not to get too close as the surf is infamously unpredictable and dangerous.

Your accommodation for the evening will be in the vicinity of the charming town of Vík.


Accommodation

Puffin Hótel Vík

The Puffin Hótel Vík is a country hotel and guesthouse situated in the coastal village of Vík. Located next to a restaurant, museum and swimming pool. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free access to outdoor hot tubs. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Hotel Katla

Hotel Katla is a 3-star country hotel situated 5 km east of Vík. Comfortable private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free access to a hot tub and a sauna. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 3 - Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon & the Diamond Beach


Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, made gold by the midnight sun.


Today you will cross the black sands of Sólheimasandur desert to make your way into the sprawling Vatnajökull National Park, the largest of Iceland’s conservation areas. Countless contrasting wonders will be visible through the window as you proceed to your first attraction of the day.

Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon is so admired for its breathtaking beauty that it has been dubbed, “The Crown Jewel of Iceland”. Giant icebergs break away from a nearby glacier and float lazily on the reflective waters of the lagoon creating a landscape like no other.

Brilliant blue and white pieces of ice drift by in varying sizes, each uniquely marked with ash deposits from historical volcanic eruptions. You now have the opportunity to get up close to these graceful giants on the mirror-like lagoon by choosing to join a boat tour.

Opt for an Amphibian tour and enjoy the novelty of boarding a vessel capable of driving into the lagoon; its large capacity makes it the perfect choice for large groups and families. If you fancy a faster journey in a smaller group, select the Zodiac tour and flit between the icebergs as skillfully as the resident seals. A limited number of vessels are allowed on the water, and these tours are consistently sold-out.

Moving on, you will travel a very short distance to the adjacent Diamond Beach where many icebergs wash up to shore. Walk among glittering pieces of ancient ice and immortalise the experience with your camera to astonish those back home.

Tonight, you will retire to accommodation in the Jökulsárlón area.


Accommodation

Fosshótel Vatnajökull

Fosshótel Vatnajökull is a country hotel situated near the coastal village of Höfn. Europe’s largest icecap Vatnajökull can be seen from the location. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included

Hótel Höfn

Hotel Höfn is a 3-star hotel located in Höfn town central. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included


Day 4 - Eastfjords


The winding roads of the eastfjords are a perfect place to get some views over the vast nature of Iceland.


Day four and it’s time to explore the remote and wild Eastfjords. Characterised by lofty mountains, unique rock features, and beautiful beaches, this region is one of the most untouched landscapes you will experience during your trip.

Weaving through the meandering mountain roads, your guide will share a selection of hidden gems along this stunning stretch of coastline, all the while considering the interests of your now well-acquainted group.

Small fishing villages are home to the communities that inhabit these far-flung fjords, and your guide will make stops so that you can experience the quaint charm these areas offer.

As you make your way to your destination for the evening, the Egilsstaðir area, you will pass Lake Lagafjlót which is rumoured to be inhabited by the Icelandic version of the Loch Ness monster. Iceland’s largest forest, Hallormsstaðaskógur, follows and will undoubtedly serve as a stark contrast after driving through many barren and treeless landscapes.

Enjoy the picturesque and notoriously sunny Egilsstaðir area in the evening. If there’s time, you could go for a little walk before returning to your accommodation for the night.


Accommodation

Fosshótel Austfirðir

Fosshótel Austfirðir is a picturesque country hotel in the fjord of Fáskrúðsfjörður. Guests can enjoy Icelandic cuisine at the elegant restaurant L’Abri. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Lake Hótel Egilsstaðir

Lake Hotel Egilsstaðir is a 3-star hotel located right by the lake Lagarfljót. It is also within a short walking distance from the centre of Egilsstaðir town. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Spa on site for an additional price. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 5 - Dettifoss Waterfall & Myvatn Region


Great and awesome Dettifoss waterfall, north Iceland, is the most powerful waterfall in Europe.


Leaving the Eastfjords, you will be heading North to explore the exciting Diamond Circle route. The journey begins with a visit to the most powerful waterfall in Europe, the magnificent Dettifoss.

Nicknamed, “The Beast”, this monster of a waterfall is bound to leave you awestruck. Dettifoss featured in Ridley Scott’s blockbuster Prometheus and it certainly is a superstar among Iceland’s endless natural wonders.

Believe it or not, you are still in Vatnajökull National Park and your next stop is Ásbrygi, a giant horseshoe canyon covered in rich vegetation and towering cliffs. The legend goes that Odin’s very own eight-legged horse Sleipnir formed this feature by stamping his foot on the earth.

You will then make your way to the pretty fishing village Húsavík, adored for its beautiful harbour and enveloping scenery. After a short stroll, you’ll be back on the bus and on your way to the Mývatn region.

Lake Mývatn, as well as its surrounding area, is known for its geothermal activity and the resulting variety of natural features. You can see the earth's formative processes bubbling to the surface at Námskarð pass where fumaroles steam and mud puddles boil.

Your optional extra today is a visit to the irresistibly inviting Mývatn Nature Baths. These steaming waters are warmed by the natural geothermal activity of the area and hold the promise of deep relaxation.

Your accommodation for the evening will be in the Mývatn area.


Accommodation

Fosshótel Mývatn

Fosshótel Mývatn is situated by Lake Mývatn in North Iceland. All rooms include a flat-screen TV with private bathrooms and a hairdryer. Breakfast is included. Free Wi-Fi.

Vogafjós Farm Resort

Vogafjós is a family-run guesthouse on the shore of Lake Mývatn surrounded by unique landscapes. Free WiFi. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Breakfast is included.


Day 6 - Myvatn, Godafoss & Akureyri


The town of Akureyri with the sharp Súlur peak high above.


Today, you will complete your exploration of the Lake Mývatn area with a visit to Dimmuborgir, “The Dark Fortress”. This labyrinth of a lava field extends as far as the eye can see and there are many paths you can take to explore the magical maze. The legend goes that the worst trolless in Icelandic folklore, Grýla, lives here.

Leaving the Mývatn region, you will head to the 'Capital in the North', Akureyri, but not without a stop at another spectacular waterfall. Goðafoss means the ‘Waterfall of the Gods’; it was named after the historical Christianisation of Iceland in 1000 AD. The story goes that to prove faithful to the Church, the idols of pagan gods were symbolically cast into the foaming waters of these falls representing a rejection of the old ways and acceptance of the new.

You will have the rest of the day to discover the many charms of the vibrant city of Akureyri. Located within the expansive and beautiful Eyjafjörður fjord, the natural setting of this destination is a sight to behold from anywhere in the city.

Wander through its delightful streets and visit its small boutique shops, cafés and a surprising plethora of museums. Go for a dip in the local swimming pool and unwind with the locals in a jacuzzi hot tub, before retiring to accommodation in town.


Accommodation

Hótel Kjarnalundur

Hótel Kjarnalundur is located in a wooded area next to Akureyri town. The hotel offers an onsite bar, terrace, and a great mountain view. Free WiFi. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Breakfast is included.

Hótel Akureyri

Hótel Akureyri is located in the centre of Akureyri township, North Iceland. Rooms come equipped with luxury beds, private bathrooms, satellite TV, minibar and free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 7 - Akureyri & Return to Reykjavik


Tulips on Hallgrímskirkja church square on a summer night.


Waking up in Akureyri, you now have the option to extend your Icelandic adventure to the sea. The North of Iceland is particularly renowned for its abundance of sea-life, not least, whales and other cetacean species such as dolphins and porpoises.

Opt for a whale-watching tour in your booking process and you will board a vessel to encounter these gentle giants up close and in the wild. On board, a whale-watching expert will keep the entire crew alert to sea-creature spotting and on good days, it’s often possible to see more than one species.

In the afternoon, you will be taken to the Akureyri domestic airport to board your flight back to Reykjavík. Although your journey may be over, you are guaranteed to have memories to last a lifetime and hopefully a desire to return. Although you will be back in Reykjavík in the evening it is highly recommended that you plan your journey back home the next day as bad weather or delays could affect your journey.


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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