6 Day Guided Summer Tour | Best of the South, East & North of Iceland

6 Day Guided Summer Tour | Best of the South, East & North of Iceland
Skógafoss waterfall in all of its summery green glory.
Fjarðárgljúfur is one of the most beautiful canyons in Iceland.
The majestic icebergs at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon lazily drift to sea at sunset.
The Reynisdrangar sea stacks punctuate the view from Reynisfjara black beach.
The sun sets over the endless black sands of Iceland's South Coast.
Dettifoss in Europe's most powerful waterfall and arguably the most beautiful, especially at sunset.

Book this 6-day guided trip to discover Iceland’s rich variety of natural wonders in-between the capital Reykjavík and the ‘Capital in the North’ Akureyri. Along the way, your expert local guide will introduce you to some of the highlights of the country including the Golden Circle, South Coast, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and Mývatn region.

This is the perfect opportunity for those who want to be shown the best attractions Iceland has to offer, such as Geysir geothermal area, Reynisfjara black sand beach, and Dettifoss waterfall, all without the hassle of driving or organising accommodations.

Each place you retire to at night is of the best available accommodation. This will make sure you have enough rest and relaxation to get the most out of your adventure.

From Reykjavík, you will be picked up and whisked away into the countryside where your guide will introduce you to some of Iceland’s best-loved attractions as well as giving you insight into Icelandic culture and history. From the North of Iceland, you will return to Reykjavík on a pre-arranged flight leaving you nothing to worry about except taking in the unbridled magic of the island.

During the booking process, you will have the option to add a selection of extra activities to enhance your adventure further. You can go horseriding, walk on a glacier or sail among icebergs. If you opt to partake in these extras as you book, you can enjoy discounted prices on most optional activities that you would not encounter if booked separately.

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Iceland and book this summer guided tour today, so you can see much of what Iceland has to offer as well as experiencing the warm glow of the Midnight Sun. Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
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). If you need assistance finding your nearest pickup point, please ask in your hotel lobby. For walking distance to bus stops, please check busstop.is.

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

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

  • Professional local driver guide

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

  • Taxes

  • International flights

  • Lunch

  • Dinner

  • Additional activities (Can be added during the booking process)


What to bring:
  • Warm wind- and waterproof clothing

  • Good outdoor shoes

  • Swimsuit and a towel

  • Camera


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.

Please note that there is a luggage limit to the flight of one suitcase of up to 20 kilos in weight and one item of hand luggage of up to 6 kilos per person. Additional luggage might incur an additional fee at the airport.

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. Arrival time back to Reykjavík at the end of your tour can vary depending on weather and traffic.

You will arrive back in Reykjavík in the early 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.

Please note that the boat tours on Jökulsárlón are only available from May to October.

If you book the extra activities alongside this tour, you will get them at a lower price.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - The Golden Circle


Strokkur hot spring erupting, gushing boiling geothermal water high into the air.


Day one and your tour begins with your expert tour guide picking you up in Iceland’s capital Reykjavík to embark on your first adventure, the Golden Circle Route. This is the most popular tourist circuit in Iceland and it features three main attractions: Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir geothermal area.

After a safety and social introduction to your minibus and guide, you will move onto the first stop of the day, Þingvellir National Park. Not only is this vast park beautiful to look at, but it is also remarkable geographically as the ridge that runs through it is comprised of two exposed tectonic plates.

The Eurasian and North American plates pull apart here and give you the unique opportunity to walk between continents. It is also a historically rich area as it was also the sight where the first Icelandic parliament met in 930 AD, an institution which is still in operation today. You will have time to gently stroll through the park before returning to your tour bus.

Your next two stops are no less impressive. Gullfoss is a huge waterfall which cascades in two tiers into a massive 32m deep canyon. The resultant spray of the falling water often catches the light on sunny days casting rainbows across this beautiful natural wonder.

You will also stroll through the geothermal area named after its most famous resident, Geysir. Although nowadays this legendary hot spring very seldom erupts, you can watch his neighbour Strokkur erupt up to 20-metres in the air every 5-minutes.

If you opt for a little extra adventure during the booking process, you will have the pleasure of meeting the friendly and intelligent Icelandic horse. Appropriate for novices and experienced riders alike, you will take in the gorgeous Icelandic countryside from the saddle.

You will spend the evening in accommodation in the Golden Circle area.


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 - South Coast


Skógafoss waterfall casting a rainbow as it lands on the black rocks below.


Today you will travel along the picturesque South Coast. Your first stops will be at two of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls. The first, Seljalandsfoss, cascades from the great heights of the interior; its unique feature is the small cavern that lies behind it which allows you to walk completely around it.

The next waterfall is called Skógarfoss which falls in a broad curtain from the steep highlands, and it is rumoured to have an ancient treasure hidden behind it. On sunny days, more than one rainbow can often be spotted depending on how close you get to its thunderous spray.

The optional extra for the day is an exciting glacial hike which will take you onto the Solheimajökull glacier to enjoy the view from great heights as well as to feel the icy giant underneath your crampons.

The final attraction for the day in the beautiful black sand beach Reynisfjara defined not only for its colour but its impressive basalt columns and famous sea stacks.

You will then head onto your accommodation close to the idyllic coastal 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


Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon at sunset, with the ice gently reflecting the last golden and pink rays of the summer sun.


Your next destination will be the glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón with a few surprise stops along the way chosen by your guide depending on the weather and the group’s interests. Jökulsárlon is formed by the receding glacial tongue Breiðamerkurjökull where huge chunks of ice break away and float lazily out to sea. No one iceberg is the same and each is characterised by different blue and white shades scarred with volcanic ash from historical eruptions.

If travelling from May onwards, you will have the opportunity to glide alongside these icy giants on a boat tour. You'll cruise amid these impressive icebergs on an Amphibian boat tour which is ideal for families and larger groups. A limited number of vessels are allowed on the lagoon every day so don't miss your chance to explore the massive bergs.

As these ancient icy giants make it to sea, some wash up on the adjacent beach which has been nicknamed Diamond Beach for the glittering chunks of ice that arrive with the surf. Walk beside chunks of ancient glacial ice and marvel at the magical sight at your feet.

You will spend the evening close to 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


An old house stands by the banks of Lagarfljót river in east Iceland, on a peaceful summer evening.


Today you will be exploring the beautiful and remote Eastfjords. Travelling through mountainous passes with the ocean to your left, your guide will make a number of stops along these meandering passages. As well as being known for its dramatic fjords, this area is characterised by its breathtaking beaches, littered with multi-coloured pebbles and rocks.

The entire region is sparsely populated, but the small communities that exist there live in quaint fishing communities, each with their own idiosyncrasies. Your guide will introduce you to small-town life out in the countryside before heading to the central ‘hub’ of the East, Egilsstaðir. As well as being the largest town in the Eastfjords, it is also close to the largest forest in Iceland, Hallormsstaðaskógar and the lake Lagafljót in which a legendary water monster is said to reside.

You will spend the night in Egilsstaðir.


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 & Myvatn


Europe's most powerful waterfall, Dettifoss, crashing into the Jökulsárgljúfur canyon with a terrifying roar.


You will be making your way to the North of Iceland today, right across the large and beautiful expanse of Vatnajökull National Park. Your first stop of the day will be the magnificent Dettifoss waterfall, the most powerful in Europe. The spray of this gigantic natural feature can be seen far before you reach the falls itself. Its awe-inspiring character has inspired many movie makers to select this area as a backdrop, including the blockbuster, Prometheus.

Rejoining your group, the next destination is the no-less spectacular Ásbyrgi canyon which is shaped like a horseshoe and in Norse mythology. It is said to have been created by the foot of Sleipnir, Odin’s very own horse.

The sleepy fishing town of Húsavík is next, where you will get to appreciate the quaint village pace of life as well as the pretty harbour and houses.

Your next destination is the varied and dynamic Mývatn area, named after the lake (‘Fly Lake’). This area is known for its energetic geothermal activity and you will get to see this first hand at the Námskarð area where these forces rise to the surface through steaming mud puddles and fumaroles.

The optional activity for the day is to soak in the Mývatn Nature Baths, to bask in the geothermal power of the surrounding area and enjoy magnificent views. You will spend the evening in the Mývatn region.


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 - Godafoss & Return to Reykjavik


Goðafoss waterfall, onyl 12 metres in height, but wide and heavy in flow, offers a stunning vista, regardless of season.


This is your last day of the tour and your guide will take you to the ‘Capital of the North’, Akureyri from which your plane departs. Before you cross the mountain pass to get there, however, you will make a quick stop at the waterfall, Goðafoss. This is a historically famous site in which the old idols of the pagan religion were cast into the water as an act of fealty towards the Christian faith. It’s a beautiful attraction and is definitely only last, not least.

You will arrive back in Reykjavik in the early afternoon with 6 days of adventure with you. It is highly recommended that you book your flight home the day after arriving in Reykjavík as bad weather and 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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