Iceland Ring Road: Best of the Best

The Strokkur geyser erupting

Take the Iceland road trip of a lifetime

This is our most popular vacation package to Iceland. On this 8-day road trip around Iceland’s Route 1, you’ll journey through epic landscapes studded with hot springs, fjords, and glaciers.

In just over a week, you’ll see Iceland’s top-hit natural attractions, including Lake Mývatn, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, Þingvellir National Park, the Geysir hot springs, and the Gullfoss waterfall.

You’ll also get some uniquely Icelandic experiences, including a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon spa and a chance to sample modern Icelandic cuisine in Reykjavík.

It’s hard to pack much more awesome into a week, so what are you waiting for?

On this tour you will...

Get behind the wheel and  set your own pace

Follow Iceland’s legendary  Ring Road  route

Dive into the natural delights of  North Iceland

Witness the power of  majestic waterfalls

Walk to the edge of  Europe’s largest glacier

Have the chance to bathe in  hot springs

Top attractions

The skyline of Akureyri, North Iceland

Hraunfossar and Barnafoss

Lake Mývatn in its autumn colors

Lake Mývatn

The Dettifoss waterfall in autumn

Vík í Mýrdal

Mountains in the Skaftafell Nature Reserve on a cloudy day

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

The edge of the Vatnajökull glacier

Vatnajökull Glacier & National Park

The Gullfoss waterfall in summertime

Þingvellir National Park

The Strokkur geyser erupting in winter against a sunset

Geysir and Strokkur

Why book a self-drive trip with Iceland Tours?

Start your tour on the date that suits you

New rental cars with 2 drivers as standard

24/7 emergency helpline in Iceland

Handpicked local accommodation options

Secure your booking with just a 5% deposit

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Your 8-day self-drive itinerary

Day 1 – welcome to iceland.

Your memorable Iceland adventure begins the very moment you arrive at Keflavík Airport. Once you pick up your rental vehicle, you’ll head directly for Reykjavík and your exciting, first night in Iceland.

The Tjörnin pond in Reykjavík in summer

Downtown Reykjavík

Extra activities

The Sky Lagoon at sunset

Sky Lagoon Pure Pass

Riders on FlyOver Iceland above a virtual waterfall

FlyOver Iceland

An Atlantic puffin perched on a cliff in Iceland

Puffin Watching

whale breaching in front of orange and yellow sunset

Classic Whale Watching from Reykjavík

Close up of a hand holding a hot dog

The Reykjavík Food Walk

Group on a horse riding tour

Horse Riding from Reykjavík

A group of people being lowered into a lava cave © Inside the Volcano

Inside the Volcano tour from Bláfjöll

Day 2 – Waterfalls and Akureyri, the capital of the north

Your next day’s journey continues toward the northern part of Iceland, ending in the north’s capital, Akureyri. As you head toward Borgarfjörður, we recommend stopping by the magnificent, Hraunfossar waterfalls, where the water seems to magically flow from the lava bed into the river below. You’ll then continue your journey toward Akureyri, passing through Skagafjörður, known for exceptional horse breeding; in fact, many stunning, Icelandic horses can be seen on your drive.

Day 3 – Goðafoss waterfall and Lake Mývatn

Your whole day is dedicated to the marvels of the Lake Mývatn Nature Reserve, one of Iceland’s most inspiring natural wonders. On your way there, make sure to stop at the impressive Goðafoss waterfall, known as the ‘Waterfall of the Gods’.

At Lake Mývatn, you could explore the otherworldly lava fields of Dimmuborgir. Then, head to the nearby Krafla volcano system where you’ll find bubbling mud pools, hot springs, and steaming lava fields.

And why not end your day with a dip in the geothermal waters of the Mývatn Nature Baths, with amazing views over the lake?

Day 4 – Dettifoss waterfall and Ásbyrgi

Your day starts in the beautiful Mývatn area. Make your way to the charming village of Húsavík before driving the Tjörnes peninsula coastline. On the way, you can make a quick stop at the extremity of the peninsula to enjoy the view and spot some seabirds. 

The journey then continues to the eastern part of Iceland, with a few stops along the way, for your next stay.

Day 5 – Eastfjords

Today is the day to discover the Eastfjords. Starting toward the fjord Reyðarfjörður, where a small-but-fascinating, World War II history museum is located, you continue along the fjords toward Southeast Iceland. At times, the road hangs precariously high on the mountain slopes. Finally, you drive through the tunnel of Almannaskarð to arrive in the Höfn region, where you will spend that night.

Day 6 – Skaftafell, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, and waterfalls

Your next stop is Iceland’s scenic southeast. After passing various, outlet glaciers belonging to Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest ice cap, you’ll arrive at the stunningly surreal beauty of Jökulsárlón, a glacier lagoon. This exceptional sight sits at the foot of Iceland’s highest mountain, Hvannadalshnúkur.

Skaftafell is another area definitely worth a visit. This oasis, surrounded by glaciers and black sand plains, offers a broad range of options for great hiking. Continue through Kirkjubæjarklaustur village, the Eldhraun lava field and the Mýrdalssandur plain, before you arrive in the Vík area.

Day 7 – Waterfalls and the Golden Circle

Continue westbound to the south coast of Iceland and explore the Golden Circle, which takes you to the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland: Gullfoss, Geysir, and Þingvellir National Park. On your way back to Reykjavík you will pass the magnificent waterfalls, Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss.

Your day will end in Reykjavík where you will spend your last night in Iceland.

Day 8 – Departure

It seems as if your journey to fabulous Iceland only began a moment ago, but now it is time to head back home, driving back to Keflavík Airport for your flight. Depending on your flight’s time, you may be able to squeeze in a last day in Reykjavík or an extra night in there to experience all the amazing things that the city has to offer.

What’s included?

Detailed itinerary

Budget, Comfort, or Quality accommodation every night

Continental breakfast every day

Rental car of your choice for 7 days

2 authorized drivers as standard

Unlimited in-car Wi-Fi

Unlimited mileage

Collision damage waiver

24/7 emergency helpline when you’re in Iceland

VAT, taxes & service fees

Flights to Iceland

Fuel & parking charges

Food & drink, unless otherwise stated

Attraction entrance fees, unless otherwise stated

Personal travel insurance

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FAQs about our self-drive trips

How does an iceland self-drive trip work.

On a self-drive trip with Iceland Tours, you’ll be at the wheel of the rental car of your choice and free to go pretty much where you want, whenever you want.

We provide a detailed itinerary to help you plan your route and where you want to stop along the way. But it’s up to you whether you want to stick to it or go your own way. If you do take detours, make sure that you aren’t too far from your accommodation on any given night.

That said, it’s a good idea to stick to the suggested itinerary if you’ve never visited Iceland before. Created by our Reykjavík-based travel experts, it contains plenty of things for you to and see and do on each leg of your trip. One thing’s for sure: you won’t be short on ideas!

You also get unlimited in-car Wi-Fi, so you can stay connected and use maps on your phone for navigation.

Can I drive in Iceland and what kind of license do I need?

You have to be at least 20 years old to rent a car in Iceland, or 23 years old for larger vehicles like jeeps and vans. You’ll need to have held a valid driver’s license for at least 1 year and present a credit card when you collect your car.

You don’t need an International Driving Permit unless your license is not in Latin script (for example, Arabic or Chinese).

Find out more about car rental in Iceland .

Can I customize this self-drive trip?

Yes! It’s possible to add extra activities or extend your trip with additional nights in Reykjavík or the countryside. Check the itinerary above to see what activities are available on what day.

When will I receive my travel documents?

Once you’ve paid your deposit for your trip, we’ll finalize bookings for your accommodation, rental car, and any activities. As soon as we receive confirmation of everything, we’ll email your travel documents to you.

We aim to finalize everything within a few weeks of receiving your booking request, but in busy periods this might take longer. That said, you’ll always receive all of your documents before your departure date.

When and where can I pick up my rental car?

You’ll be able to pick up your rental car at Keflavík International Airport from the arrivals hall. Before your trip, we’ll send you information about where to go in the terminal to collect your keys.

Make sure you have your driver’s license and credit card ready when you collect your vehicle.

If you land late at night, you can use the out-of-hours phone at the pick-up desk to contact someone who will be able to help you.

You also have the option to collect your rental car in Reykjavík, if you’re planning to spend some extra days in the city before your trip starts. If you’d like to do this, please let us know in the ‘Special requests’ box at checkout.

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8 Day - Iceland Northern Lights Tour

Northern lights, golden circle, myvatn, hot springs, waterfalls & glacier lagoon.

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  • Tour Details

Get off the beaten path to catch the Northern Lights! Explore Iceland in 8 days on this incredible road trip on the Ring Road.

  • South Coast (Seljalandsfoss, Reynisfjara)
  • Golden Circle (Þingvellir, Gullfoss, Geysir)
  • Skaftafell National Park
  • Vatnajökull Glacier Hike
  • Crystal Ice Cave
  • Northern Lights
  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • Wilderness Center
  • Deildartunguhver Hot Spring
  • Lake Mývatn
  • Whale Watching in Dalvík
  • The Diamond Beach
  • Myvatn Nature Baths
  • Hotel room with private bathroom (7 nights)
  • Breakfast each morning at hotel
  • Guided minibus tour
  • Free Wi-Fi onboard the bus
  • Glacier Hike or visit to a Natural Ice Cave
  • Free photos with the Northern Lights
  • In case of unsuccessful Northern Lights viewing, unlimited re-tries valid for 3 years

What to bring

  • Warm outdoor clothing
  • A waterproof jacket and pants
  • Good hiking boots are recommended

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  • Best Tour Award Winner
  • Top Winter Destination - West Iceland
  • Small Group Experience
  • Expert Guides
  • No Booking Fees
  • Fast & Secure Payment
  • Best Price Guarantee

Embark on a memorable tour that will take you to the best of Iceland’s highlights. You’ll see waterfalls, hot springs, ancient volcanoes and more on this 8-day guided tour from Reykjavik. Each evening on the road, you’ll spend the night in a country hotel for a chance to glimpse the elusive Northern Lights!

Reykjavík is a bustling metropolis where city life meets nature. Though one of the smallest capital cities in the world, this urban hub ranks as one of the cleanest, greenest and safest metropolitan areas on Earth.

You’ll have a free day in Reykjavik and in the evening, a boat tour to hunt the Northern Lights!

The Northern Lights are a major highlight of this tour. Throughout the tour, you’ll have multiple chances to see the emerald lights. 

During your first and last night in  Reykjavik , we offer short Northern Lights excursions with expert aurora guides. Hop on a boat tour  from  Old Harbor  and sail under dark clear skies or bump along rugged terrain on a minibus tour  outside the city. Both tours take you far from the city lights, perfect conditions to witness this glowing solar display 

On our tour around  the Ring Road , each night we stay at a remote countryside hotel far from light pollution. Step outside your room on a clear evening and you might find the sky lit up with green auroras. 

Each day, our aurora experts scout out the best viewing spots and check the aurora forecasts to make sure you have an unforgettable experience.  

Even with ideal conditions sometimes the northern lights aren’t visible. If you won't be able to see the Aurora Borealis during this tour, we will provide the voucher which will give you the opportunity to join one of our Northern Lights evening tours (without any fees, the voucher is valid for one year).

Golden Circle 

The Golden Circle is the most popular route for tourists to Iceland.

We first stop at  Gullfoss   (“the golden falls”), where a narrow winding path leads you to the main stage of the two-tiered waterfall. Located in the mammoth Hvítá river canyon, the cascade begins at the Langjökull glacier and leads into dramatic cascades down Gullfoss. 

Then we’ll head to the world-famous vistas of  Thingvellir National Park . In 2004, Þingvellir National Park was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its geological, cultural, and historic significance. 

On this spot, the oldest surviving parliament in the world was founded in 930 CE. And history isn’t the only noteworthy feature in Þingvellir ! Here you can also stand between two continents at the point where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet.

On the last leg, witness Iceland’s most active geysers at  Geysir Geothermal Area . Strokkur Geyser shoots water 40 meters in the air every 10 minutes.

South Coast 

Iceland’s South Coast is a shining example of the country’s contrasting landscapes. 

The  Reynisfjara black sand beach   is an unmissable attraction in the region. Covered in ink-black sand and lined with basalt sea stacks, this unusual beach was voted one of the 21 Best Beaches in the World by National Geographic. 

Your next stop is  Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon  and its famous floating icebergs. A short walk from the lagoon takes you to the magnificent  Diamond Beach , where clusters of white and blue icebergs span across the black sand. 

East Fjords 

Bask in the warmth of Iceland’s sunniest region and glimpse spectacular wildlife in the East Fjords. Herds of wild reindeer graze along Iceland’s east coastline! 

We’ll also stop by the fairytale fishing village of Djúpivogur. 

Lake Mývatn & North Coast

The crowning glory of North Iceland is turquoise Lake Mývatn. Dip your toe in the geothermal waters of the Mývatn Nature Baths. 

Swing by Dimmuborgir's curious rock formations and take in the cool volcanic scenery around Krafla Caldera and Víti Volcano. 

Ocean views and marine wildlife provide an idyllic setting for North Iceland’s fishing villages. Sail away on a whale-watching adventure to see humpback whales, minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, and even blue whales. 

West Iceland

You will be exploring West Iceland which has been awarded the prestigious title of Winter Destination of the Year by Luxury Travel Guide. Look no further than Borgarfjörður Valley for a snapshot of what makes the region so popular. 

Borgarfjörður  is an agricultural haven brimming with horses, sheep, and geothermal greenhouses. 

Immerse yourself in the fuming waters of  Deildartunguhver Hot Spring, the most powerful hot spring in Europe . The spring pumps out 180 liters (47 gallons)  per second and reaches 100°C (212 °F). 

As the final stop, you’ll get to visit West Iceland’s two most famous waterfalls: Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. After a day of sightseeing in this diverse region, we head back to Reykjavik for our final day. 

Day 1 — Free Day In Reykjavik - Northern Lights Boat Tour

Your journey begins in the lively capital of Reykjavík. Your hotel is centrally located, providing easy access to the best museums, galleries, shopping areas, restaurants, and historic landmarks. 

Walk along the offbeat Laugavegur shopping street, one of the oldest streets in Reykjavik. Satisfy your culture craving at one of the city’s excellent museums, such as the National Museum, the Reyjavík Museum of Photography, or the Culture House. For a more eccentric cultural experience, check out the Phallological Museum, which began as one collector’s strange hobby and evolved into the world’s only museum on the subject. 

Catch a birds-eye view of Reykjavík from the iconic Hallgrímskirkja church, inspired by Svartifoss Waterfall at Skaftafell. When the sun goes down, dive into the vibrant nightlife of the capital. 

Later you will get the opportunity to hunt for the magical Northern Lights of Iceland on a boat tour! Set course for pitch-black skies, the perfect setting for the emerald light show. An expert aurora guide tells you everything you could wish to know about the lights.

You’ll spend the night at a hotel in Reykjavik.

Day 2 — Golden Circle and South Coast

On day 2, we’ll pick you up from your hotel and head straight for Iceland’s most iconic attractions. 

We start at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Þingvellir National Park and absorb its geological, historical and cultural impact. This is the site where the historic Icelandic Parliament, Alþing, was founded in 930 CE. This governmental body is the oldest existing democratic parliament in the world. The Mid-Atlantic Ridge runs right through Þingvellir, the spot where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet. 

The adventure gains steam as we head to Geysir Geothermal Area. This is the home of the famous Great Geysir, the hot spring that gave us the English word “geyser.” Witness the spectacle of Strokkur, the area’s most active geyser. Scorching water bursts from Strokkur every 5 to 10 minutes.

The final stop on the Golden Circle is Gullfoss Waterfall, or “the golden falls.”’ Observe the golden mists that surrounds the waterfall and the chaotic Hvítá river that crashes below. 

On the way to your hotel in the area near Kirkjubæjarklaustur, we’ll stop at two other stunning waterfalls: Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. Both falls stand 196 ft (60 m)  high but possess their own distinct features. Skógafoss cascades peacefully from former sea cliffs. Seljalandsfoss hides a secret pathway that leads behind the falls, offering adventurers a rare view of nature.

Day 3 — Vík - Skaftafell - Glacier Lagoon

We continue along the South Coast route to the famous Reynisfjara black sand beach . Just offshore, catch a peek at the majestic Reynisdrangar peaks that shoot out of the sea. 

We then leave the beach behind and head for icy glaciers. Embark on a three-hour hike glacier hike at Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park . Discover Europe’s biggest glacier, Vatnajökull, which covers 8% of Iceland’s landmass. We replace the glacier hike with a magical journey through the  Crystal Ice Cave from October to April.

Along the way, witness the jaw-dropping Mýrdalsjökull Glacier , home to the infamous Katla Volcano. Mt. Katla isn’t the only fire spitfire in the region. You also will see her neighbor, the notorious Eyjafjalljökull. 

We depart from the fire and return to the ice at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon , the most famous ice lagoon in the world. Behold crystalline blue ice-floes as they meander through the lagoon. Then we’ll walk over to Diamond Beach. Another coastline with coal-black sands, this beach is dotted with glittering blue and white icebergs washed ashore by the tide. 

Your accommodation for the evening will be in the South East area.

Day 4 — East Fjords - Djúpivogur - Wilderness Center

Today’s journey takes us to the picturesque East Fjords. As we drive through the eastern countryside, we’ll pass the diverse scenery of Lón, the Þvottárskriður landslides, and Álftafjarðar Fjord. 

Our first stop is the charming fishing town of Djúpivogur. This traditional community has earned a reputation for its eco-conscious efforts and welcoming attitudes. Djúpivogur may be quaint, but it also has fascinating cultural spots. 

Explore museums, parks, and sculptures. Make sure to check out the famous Eggin í Gleðivík (The Eggs of Merry Bay), a 34-piece outdoor sculpture dedicated to the area’s birdlife. 

At the end of the day, our journey leads us to the Wilderness Center, an immersive history and adventure hub located within Northern Europe's biggest wilderness. Engage in outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, and horse riding, and immerse yourself in the authentic Icelandic lifestyle. Explore the museum's exhibits on highland living and Icelandic history with complimentary admission during your stay. Unwind in cozy historic accommodations, savor local cuisine, and soothe your muscles in the warm pool at the bathing house after a day of exploration.

Finally, we make our way to Egilsstaðir, where you’ll spend the night in a country hotel.

Day 5 — Stuðlagil Canyon - Mývatn - Godafoss - Akureyri

Day 5 is devoted to the serene vistas and iconic nature of North Iceland.  

From Egilsstaðir we forge through the wilderness to reach Stuðlagil Canyon, one of the world’s most enchanting basalt rock formations.

Next, we head to mystical Lake Mývatn. We’ll wander just outside the lake to Námaskarð, a wonderland of steaming oases and bubbling craters. For more fiery views we take you to the Dimmuborgir lava formations, also known as the Dark Castles.

Next on our itinerary is a visit to the famed Mývatn Nature Baths, also known as the "Blue Lagoon of the North," a serene spa nestled near Lake Mývatn. Here, you can immerse yourself in the soothing warmth of the geothermal waters, offering a rejuvenating experience amidst Iceland's northern beauty. Whether you're lounging in the pools or exploring the saunas and relaxation areas, it's a peaceful retreat in Iceland's stunning wilderness. (Optional extra)

Our last stop before we continue to Eyjafjörður is Goðafoss, a historic waterfall. You’ll spend the night at Berjaya Iceland Hotels.

Day 6 — Whale Watching in Dalvík - Siglufjörður -Tröllaskagi - Laugarbakki

Day 6 takes you to the traditional fishing village of Dalvík. The town has a bustling harbor and stunning views over Eyjafjörður and Hrísey Island. 

Your adventure highlight is a three-hour whale-watching tour from Dalvík harbor. Marvel at majestic humpback whales, minke whales, white-beaked dolphins and, on occasion, blue whales. Dalvik whale-watching tours have a 98% success rate!

Next, we drive to Siglufjörður, a quaint fishing village with a rich history. In the early 20th century, life in the town exploded when the small, isolated community became known as the herring fishing capital of the Atlantic. 

You'll ride along Tröllaskagi (the Troll Peninsula) and pass incredible ocean panoramas and mountains. Get an inside look at daily life in tight-knit, isolated Icelandic villages when you visit Siglufjörður.

Your accommodation for the night will be in Laugarbakki.

Day 7 — Borgarfjörður - Reykholt - Hraunfossar - Hvalfjörður - Reykjavík - Magical Auroras

The final day before we return to Reykjavik features the phenomenal sites of West Iceland.  Lonely Planet voted this region one of their best destinations in 2016 and it remains a traveler favorite. 

Your first stop is at Grábrók, an ancient volcanic crater formed by a fissure eruption and enveloped in lava. Your guide leads you on a hike to a birds-eye view of the crater and surrounding area. 

You’ll also see the fascinating Hraunfossar cascade, a wide curtain of water made up of tiny rivulets that careen out of a lava field. Then we’ll stop at  Barnafoss waterfall, or “the children’s falls,” named for a tragic folktale. The next point of interest is Deildartunguhver Hot Spring, the most powerful hot spring in Europe.  

History, literature, and nature meet in Reykholt, home of Snorri Sturluson, a famous Icelandic saga writer and poet. Gaze into the natural pool of Snorralaug, where Snorri is said to have bathed. 

Our ride back to Reykjavík takes us through the scenic Hvalfjörður (“whale fjord”).  We arrive back in the city at approximately 5 – 6 pm and drop off you at a hotel in Reykjavik.

Once you’re back in the city, leave the bright lights behind on a hunt for the Northern Lights. Our minibus tour takes you deep into the wilderness for the best views of the aurora. Our expert guides check the aurora forecast to find the best place to marvel at this spectacular light phenomenon.

Day 8 — Final Day In Reykjavik

We return to Reykjavík for one last chance to explore the vibrant capital. Wander down new paths on foot or by bike. Haven’t had your fill of Iceland’s natural scenery? Seltjarnarnes and Mosfellsbær are both mountain-view peninsulas easily reached by bus from Reykjavik.

Visit the Reykjavík Botanical Gardens for a snapshot of Iceland’s biodiversity. Discover the hot spring pools where women in Reykjavík used to do their laundry. These impressive gardens grow next to Laugardalslaug, Iceland’s largest swimming pool. 

Whether you want to take in more nature, shop, relax in coffee shops or restaurants, check out another museum, or embark on one final day trip – it’s up to you!

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If we arrive in iceland on the same date as we booked our tour, could we miss out on it.

We always recommend booking a multi-day tour starting at least one day after arriving in Iceland. If you’re flying in from the US or will be landing early (4-6:30 am) you should be able to join the tour, but some risks would follow (i.e if the flight gets delayed) and could, therefore, miss out on the tour.

Is it guaranteed that we will see the Northern Lights during the tour?

Most of the hotels we use during our tours are remotely located and therefore ideal for spotting the northern lights. If the forecast is in your favor, then it is more than likely that you will be able to see the magical show put on by the dancing northern lights during your tour with us. Most of the hotels offer a Northern Lights wake-up call up on request if the lights are spotted.

The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon; therefore, we can unfortunately never promise they will be seen. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions. The best time to see them is between September and March when it’s dark and clear. The sky needs to be as dark as possible, so the best places to see them are well away from city lights (that’s where we are going!). For more information on the Northern Lights, please look at our blog about   Northern Lights .

I'm not sure I have all suitable gear, do you offer any for rent?

If you are not sure that you have suitable gear for your tour, we offer some necessary items for rent. For most of our multi-day tours, we rent out waterproof jackets and pants as well as hiking boots. You can book these items and more under the selection “Extras” in the booking widget when booking your tour on our website.

If you have already booked the tour and wish to add some rental gear to your booking, you can do so at least 24 hours prior to your tour starting by using our customer portal - My Adventures , or contacting our customer care .

What will the average driving per day be?

We drive on average around 300 km (186 miles) per day on our multi-day tours. You will be spending approximately 4-5 hours in the car each day. We do of course stop on multiple locations throughout the tour for sightseeing, activities, bathroom breaks and lunch stops.

Does this tour suit me?

We do welcome participants of all ages older than the listed minimum age for each tour. We have people of ages ranging from 8-99 years joining our multi-day tours.  Our average group usually consists of participants between the age 20-55 years. We do get a lot of solo travellers joining our tours, as well as families and friends.

If you have difficulties participating in any of the activities included in the tour, for example, a glacier activity, you are more than welcome to skip it. You can explore your surroundings in the meantime or wait elsewhere. Our guide should be able to drop you off at a nearby place where there are some services available.

What is my luggage allowance on a multi-day tour?

For multi-day tours, each participant is allowed to bring a small backpack and 1 piece of luggage weighing a maximum of 20 kg (44 lbs). If you have more or heavier luggage with you, you will need to book storage for the surplus luggage before you arrive, there is a small fee for using this facility. Luggage storage in Reykjavík can be added during the booking process of your order in the extras section.

* The combined dimensions of each bag must not exceed 158 cm (62 in).

Which type of meal options are available for me on the tour?

Breakfast is included at all the hotels we stay in during the tour. The breakfast will be a typical breakfast buffet, offering bread, toppings, cereal, yogurt, fruits, coffee, and tea etc.

Your guide will also find a good place for the group to eat lunch. We always try to choose places that have a wide selection of dishes on the menu, so there will be options available for everyone. The dinner is usually at the hotels we stay at for the night.

Are meals included in the tour?

If your tour includes accommodation, breakfast is always included during the tour at the hotel/guesthouse restaurant.

Meals and beverages are otherwise not included on your tour. (Unless it’s specifically stated in the description of the tour)

On our multi-day tours, we will be making stops at restaurants and convenience stores where you will be able to purchase all necessities. Cash is not necessary, as credit cards are almost always accepted. Having a small amount of cash doesn’t hurt though.

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

A single supplement is available if you want to have your own room, but you are not required to pay a single supplement. If you are a single traveler and do not wish to book a single room, you’ll be roomed with another traveler of the same gender.

What kind of rooms can be expected when booking the multi-day tour with Arctic Adventures?

When booking with Arctic Adventures, you are guaranteed an accommodation at a nice country hotel and/or a guesthouse. The hotels we have partnered up with are all of the same standard and offer nice rooms with made-up beds. The rooms come with private or shared bathrooms, depending on your booking. The standard room is a twin room but it’s possible to request a double room or a triple room, with no extra charge.

If you are traveling solo, you will have to add the single room fee if you wish to have a single room.

All hotels have free Wi-Fi. Towels, a hairdryer and a kettle are accessible at all of the hotels. Hotel breakfast is included!

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Enjoy the city lights of Reykjavik before you head out into the countryside to see the Northern Lights. This tour is ideal for travelers looking to see all the diverse landscapes the country has to offer! Strap on your hiking boots as we travel the Golden Circle, hike impressive volcanoes, and trek across glaciers. 

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Excellent tours and the best guide Biggi!

I've joined the 8 Days tour to hunt Northern Lights that included the ring road around Iceland with the guide Biggi. Every thing was very well organized - small group of 18 beautiful people; the accomodation was very good and the stuff friendly; the bus comfortable with wi fi on board and plugs to charge the phones if needed; the itinerary was covering the main highlights and even though parts of the tours were cancelled because of bad weather we had the possibility to re-book for free; the best was Biggi - an experienced driver as we arrived always safety at each destination even in times of snow storm and an excellent guide who fulfilled our journey with great stories about his country and great music on board. He managed perfectly the time at each destination in order to enjoy every landscape and the amazing nature surrounding us...

ICELAND's RING ROAD

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Why should I book a Guided Ring Road tour?

Are you planning to come to Iceland and explore the fascinating beauty of the entire country but still don't want to go through the hassle of renting a car and take the risk of self-driving? Have you been spending your precious time browsing to set up an itinerary but still struggling to understand, due to the wide selection of places and activities the Ring Road offers, what locations should be a must-see on the list and which hotels to stay at?

Driving in Iceland, particularly in the winter time, can be a major challenge, especially if you come from a country where "black ice" (icy roads), snow storms, and hurricanes are not common; setting up a broad itinerary that includes all sort of remarkable natural spots, popular attractions, as well as fun activities to maximize your journey, can be overwhelming; finding available accommodation around the country, especially during the summer and the peak season, is an extremely difficult task. Professionally guided & crafted-organized Ring Road tours with Troll Expeditions are the key to unlocking the most unforgettable adventure in Iceland in a smart and stress-free way: it takes no longer than a simple click to book your ready-to-join comprehensive vacation package, and entrust yourself in the hands of the most reliable and experienced tour operator in the country! Our guided around Iceland tours will help you optimize the time for your stay in Iceland, since we take care of every single detail for you: transportation- get ready for pick you up in Reykjavik's capital area, and take a seat on our comfortable mini-bus; accommodation- we choose and book for you cozy hotels around the island, with private bathrooms & breakfast included; activities & itinerary- we include amusing activities on the way: glacier hike, ice cave, whale watching, and much more! From cascading waterfalls & blue-majestic glaciers to black-sand deserts and bright-green mossy fields, our expert & knowledgeable guides will share with you valuable cultural insights, engaging stories, and helpful information you might miss on your own, providing you with a more authentic experience! With our small-group guided Around Iceland tour, you have the opportunity not only to make new friends & share your Icelandic adventure but also and especially to capture breathtaking moments and create everlasting memories!

SUMMER RING ROAD TOURS ON A MINIBUS

Woman standing on water in front of mountains

6 Days Around Iceland

Travel the ring-road in all the comfort of a guided tour. Plenty of fun activities: Glacier Hike, Ice Cave, Whale Watching & much more. 5 Nights Hotel & Breakfast included.

iceland 8 day tour

8 Days Around Iceland

Join the complete ring-road in the comfort of a guided tour. Plenty of fun activities: Glacier Hike, Ice Cave, Whale Watching & much more. 7 Nights Hotel & Breakfast included.

WINTER RING ROAD TOURS ON A MINIBUS

iceland 8 day tour

Travel the ring-road in all the comfort of a guided tour. Plenty of fun activities: Glacier Hike, Ice Cave, Whale Watching, Northern Lights & much more. 5Nights Hotel & Breakfast included.

iceland 8 day tour

Join the complete ring-road in the comfort of a guided tour. Plenty of fun activities: Glacier Hike, Ice Cave, Whale Watching, Northern Lights & much more. 7 Nights Hotel & Breakfast included.

Included (in the price)

Free breakfast and private bathrooms

We will explore a Glacier

Ride on our Super jeep to the Ice Cave

Visit massive icebergs in a Glacier Lagoon (summer season)

Boat Tour to see the largest mammals!

Internet access on board our minibus

Few people on every tour for maximum comfort

English Speaking Guide

6-Day Tour with Tröll Expeditions

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8-Day Tour with Tröll Expeditions

Ring road - car vs tour.

You can easily travel all the way around the Ring Road in about 6-8 days, although some people choose to take two weeks or more to explore all of the different tourist sites along the ring road. Of course, you could also take a longer tour of the ring road by car or by motorcycle if you prefer, but keep in mind that you'll need plenty of gas if you're planning on driving the entire route. The Ring road is about 1322 kilometers long in total (828 miles).

As it circles the island, you will be able to reach the different parts of Iceland (except the highlands and Westfjords).

You can find great accommodation all around Iceland, but we really recommend our Troll Villa in Hof which you can find here.

One of the best things about the ring road is that it gives you the chance to really experience all of the country's natural beauty. You'll pass through many beautiful small towns throughout the trip, and you'll even get the chance to see geothermal pools and hot rivers in action.

iceland 8 day tour

Day 1: Golden Circle

Start the day off to see Thingvellir National Park, then go to Haukadalur Geothermal Area where you will see the famous Geysir, the original one that has named all other geysers in the World. Then go to Gullfoss, where water from the glacial river Hvítá rushes down two tiers of a 32-meter fall. 

Day 2: The South Coast

Continue your journey heading to the South Coast towards magnificent Seljalandsfoss, with a 65-meter drop. If you have not had enough waterfalls, you can move on to another one, Skógafoss, one of Iceland's largest waterfalls. You could also go on the Katla Ice Cave tour with a Super Jeep ride starting in Vík. To end the day, you would visit the famous Black Sand Beach, Reynisfjara. One of the most famous Icelandic places to visit with truly unique nature all around you. 

Day 3: The South - East

Start the day with a Glacier Hike on Sólheimajökull where you will be surrounded by one of the largest glaciers in Europe. After that you will go to Jökulsárlón, where you can take an unforgettable boat ride around Jölsárlón Glacier Lagoon (during summer), where you will get a chance to get close to floating icebergs. Next to the Glacier Lagoon, only a few minutes away, you have the Diamond Beach, where the icebergs strand on the sand and resemble crystals as they lie on the black satin beach. 

Day 4: The East Fjords

Explore amazing and rare wildlife in the east of Iceland. This is the only place in Iceland where you might see wild Reindeer sometimes. With high mountain ridges and Icelandic history in peaceful fishing villages, you will experience Icelandic culture. This is a great place to try out the famous Icelandic horse by going on a horseback riding trip. You could also take a nice geothermal bath in VÖK Baths, which will allow you complete relaxation and a chance to experience the geothermal nature of Iceland up close.

Day 5: The Mývatn Area and Dettifoss

Lake Mývatn and its beautiful surroundings are next up. You will explore the geothermal region around the Lake. This day is packed with further amazing sightseeing locations: Námaskarð pass, a high-temperature geothermal area where the earth boils and gurgles; Dimmuborgir, a field of peculiar shaped lava pillars that rise from the earth; the majestic Dettifoss waterfall from the Prometheus movie opening scene, with a 100 meters wide and 44 meters high fall into the Jökulsárgljúfur canyon; the old forest Ásbyrgi situated in a horseshoe-shaped canyon, the phenomenal waterfall Goðafoss, important in Christian Icelandic history.

On the way to Akureyri, your next overnight stop, we’ll pass through the fishing village Húsavík, now famous for being The Hometown of the movie Fire Saga: Eurovision and some resourceful elves.

Day 6: North Iceland

North Iceland - Explore Akureyri, the largest town in the north of Iceland, and the nearby villages. Explore the beautiful small village, Hauganes, and go whale watching!

Day 7: Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Move on to the magnificent Snæfellsnes Peninsula, it welcomes you with its world of cliffs, mountain capes, unique wildlife and ancient fishing settlements. You will visit Gerðuberg, a hexagonal basalt column cluster - made of over 600 basalt columns. Next up is Ytri-Tunga where you will find both a black and white beach and a seal colony! After that you will go to Djúpalónssandur, one of the most beautiful beaches in Iceland. Víðgelmir Lava Cave is next to it where you can take an unforgettable journey into Iceland’s largest lava cave.

Day 8: West Iceland

West Iceland - Your first stop will be Deildartunguhver, which is the most powerful hot spring in Europe and you can see the hot steam and boiling water bubbling from the ground. The surface around the hot spring has turned red from the minerals and steam surrounding it. 

Your next stop will be Reykholt, a location with a significant historical heritage as it was the home of Snorri Sturluson. After that, you will visit two different but equally special waterfalls - Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. 

Choose an Around Iceland Tour

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  • Golden Circle
  • South Coast
  • East Iceland
  • North Iceland

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Summer Tour vs Winter Tour

Difference between Ring Road's Summer Tours vs Winter Tours:

Summer Tours:

  • Daylight is never-ending; therefore, we have a lot of time to explore Iceland at a slower pace.
  • A boat Tour in Jökulsárlón to see gigantic icebergs is only open during the summer months

Winter Tours:

  • The hours of daylight are short, but you have a very high chance of seeing northern lights
  • Crystal Blue Ice Cave is open only during the winter months

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Ultimate 8 Day Iceland Itinerary – An Iceland Road Trip Guide

Last Updated May 24, 2024 William Tang

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I’m just going to put this out there.  Iceland is ridiculously beautiful.  There’s been a rise in tourism there and a ton of hype.  Over these past 5 years, you couldn’t go on Facebook without seeing one of your friends sharing photos of Iceland.   I needed to see for myself and now that I’m back, I can confidently say that everything they say is true.  This Iceland road trip is one of the best travel experiences I’ve ever had.  Overrated?  Hell no!

The inspiration for this 8 day Iceland itinerary guide came from the trip planning process.  There was a lot of information out there on individual attractions and  of the country.  So if you also just so happen have 8 days to work with in Iceland, this is for you.  Even if not, I think there’s a ton of insight here as I was pretty careful about writing down every small detail about the trip along the way where I went “this would be TOTALLY helpful for my readers”.

8 day iceland itinerary looking up at seljalandsfoss waterfall

Deep dive into planning your Iceland trip

  • Top 5 Hotels in Rekyjavik on a Budget
  • 12 Best Things to do in Iceland
  • The 6 Day Iceland Itinerary
  • Reasons to go to Iceland
  • 12 Icelandic Souvenirs You Need To Buy

How to get the best deals in travel

  • Hottest deals  – Bookmark the  travel deals page .
  • Car rentals  – stop getting ripped off and  learn about car rental coupon codes .
  • Hotels  – Use  corporate codes  or get  Genius 2 tier  with Booking.
  • Flights  – Have you ever heard of the  “Everywhere” feature ?
  • Insurance  – Make sure you’re covered and learn more about  where to buy the best travel insurance .

Table of Contents

This Iceland guide is broken into three main parts – trip planning decision points, the comprehensive itinerary and my personal planning tips.

Getting Started is a small section devoted to some of the trip planning struggles that I encountered and my thought processes around it.   Itinerary covers the 8 day journey on the island in September.   Valuable Trip Planning Advice  started as a laundry list of notes I typed into my phone as the trip unfolded.  It contains the need to knows, things you probably didn’t think about, and everything else in between that’ll make your trip kickass.

  • Getting Started

Day 1 – Black and Blue

Day 2 – exploring reykjavik + buubble, day 3 – golden circle, day 4 – snaefellsnes surprise, day 5 – foss and truly secret pool, day 6 – beauty of the south, day 7 – glacier climbing, day 8 – rewind.

  • How The Itinerary Changed During The Trip
  • How The Itinerary Kicked Ass

Driving in Iceland

Recommended gear, photography, getting your iceland itinerary started.

I’ve been putting a lot of thought into this and if I were to sum up into words what makes Iceland so incredible, it’s this –   Every corner of the land is so vastly varied and completely stunning because it’s a a visual wonderland of landscapes that covers all the elements.  Iceland is somewhere you thought only possible in fairy tales or science fiction movies but it’s totally real.

I was skeptical before the start of the trip.  I mean how could I not be.  Everyone and their Mom has been to Iceland.  Could it be really THAT good?  The worry I had was whether it was going to be over-hyped or  just a haven for tourists.

Having gone there and back, I can safely tell you that my trip there was everything I was hoping it would be and more.

Trust me, Iceland is a place you have to go.  It’s the best road trip you’ll ever go on.

The section below details out some of the basics that you’ve already been thinking about as you start planning your epic Iceland road trip. It covers the high level stuff but if you want to get into more details, I have a  Valuable Trip Planning Advice  section which has even more information.

If you’re a fan of this itinerary, make sure to check out other incredibly detailed ones like this.  Here are a few to get you started:

  • Greek Islands 14 day itinerary
  • 12 day Japan itinerary
  • 14 day Tahiti itinerary
  • 12 day Taiwan itinerary
  • 10 day Patagonia itinerary

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To Ring Road or Not?

Iceland is almost perfectly designed to allow drivers to fully explore the island.  At 1,332 kilometers, you can easily just start driving on Route 1 and if you don’t stop, you’ll arrive back at the same spot that you started 17 hours later.   The entire island is insanely beautiful all the way around so it’s a no brainer to do the full loop right?

Thing is, it was a much more complicated question than that and at the beginning of putting together this 8 day Iceland itinerary , this was probably the most hotly debated topic.  With 8 days to work with, it seemed completely do-able to drive the Ring Road but the more and more I dug into it, the more and more it didn’t make sense.  The bottom line is that it was possible but we’d be rushing from one place to the next.  We’d be crunched for time which would mean less time for random stops (oh we made many) and we’d have to make careful choices about what to see and what to skip.

iceland road trip road signs

Here’s why we didn’t do Ring Road:

  • Excursions – Once you introduce any sort of excursion, this was almost out of the question.  The problem is that almost all activities originate from Reykjavik so if you plan on doing any of them (most are full day), you’ll have to plan to base yourself in the capital for a few days before hitting the road.  The only exception for us was our ice climbing experience in Skaftafell which we were able to meet with them on-site.
  • Pick and choose – As I was building out a test itinerary for doing the Ring Road, it felt that I was continuously making compromises on where we could stop.  For instance, if a secret hot spring was too far from the main road and add too much time, you just had to cut it even if it was spectacular.  FOMO completely taking over in this case.
  • Race to the next destination – What I didn’t like about doing the Ring Road in roughly a week was the fact that every day seemed to be a rush to get to the next hostel.  The prospect of seeing only a few things along the way and the rest focusing on getting to the next town would be too stressful.
  • Weather – This wasn’t much an issue for September but it definitely crossed my mind.  There was some risk that if there was heavy snowfall that roads would be closed and that we’d be snowed in or have to bypass an area.

Ultimately for us, it made more sense to do a smaller portion of the island really well than to rush through it all just to check off the list.

That being said, it totally sucks we didn’t get to do the north or Westfjords.  I really wanted to go there but couldn’t swing it.  If we had 12+ days, I think we could’ve done it but it is what we had to work with.  More of a reason to go back right?

Do I regret not doing Ring Road?   Nope, not at all .

sheep running wild as seen from 8 day iceland itinerary

When To Go?

When planning your Iceland itinerary, it’s pretty critical to think about what time of the year you’re going to be going because it will make a big difference.  The three main factors to think about are: weather, northern lights and seasonality.  These will dramatically change the type of experience you’ll have in Iceland.

For all intents and purposes, you can think of Iceland as having two primary seasons – cold and not as cold/borderline warm with frequent weather changes sprinkled in.  For simplicity, let’s just call it summer and winter.

Seriously though, Iceland is not as chilly as its namesake sounds.

Photographer Crowds at Strokkur Geysir

During the summer months, the weather is actually quite pleasant.  Hovering around 20C (70F), you’re totally in the t-shirt zone but of course, the fickle nature of the climate means that things can change on a dime and before you know it, you’re in the middle of torrential downpour.

Another thing that is unique to the summer months is that you’re looking at almost continuous daylight.  Midnight sun can totally trip your sleep schedule but what’s great about this is that you have all 24 hours to do and see stuff if you really wanted to.  Imagine that!  That being said, you will not be able to see the aurora borealis because it relies on darkness and clear skies.

Summer is of course high season .  This means that there will be a larger amount of tourists on the island which drives prices up and the bring large crowds to the popular sights.

All roads are open in the summer and ferry schedules are better so you can get to pretty much every part of the island.  In particular, Westfjords becomes very much accessible and places like Hornstrandir (Iceland’s northernmost peninsula, situated in the Westfjords) open up.

If you’re hoping to see puffins , you’ll find them from May to August each year.

northern lights viewing activity in iceland in 8 days

It gets cold in the winter especially when that polar wind sweeps its way down.  That means you’ll want to make sure you bring ALL of your warm clothing and then some when you come in this season between October and April.

Winter is pretty much the polar opposite to summer.  Instead of midnight sun, you get extremely shortened days (4-6 hours).  This means less daylight to explore but you have extremely high probability to see the northern lights.

What you’ll need to deal with in the winter is the fact that there will be road closures due to snowfall.  Areas like Westfjords will be difficult to get to because the ferries basically don’t run there and access to any areas that are way off the Ring Road may be blocked off.

There will also be fewer tours offered in the off-season so self-drive becomes the most viable option.  With that though, you’ll have to be very careful behind the wheel because the roads can be hazardous and there’s always the possibility of small towns being snowed in.

However, what you gain in the winter is the majestic ice caves which aren’t accessible in the summer due to structural stability.   The snow covered landscape is also stunning and gives the island and completely different look.

As the low season, you’ll deal with much smaller crowds and prices to drop (particularly flights).  Don’t expect any price breaks on car rentals except if you use the Blue Car Rental coupon code which you’ll find in the Driving in Iceland tips.

Standing underneath Seljalandsfoss in Iceland

In between you have the shoulder season in May and September.  These are the transitional months between summer and winter.  What’s great about this season is that you get the best of both seasons.

With light becoming normalized with sunrise at 7PM and sunset at 8PM, you get decently long days but with enough twilight to get the chance to see the northern lights.  Depending on the year, you might also

What you’ll have to contend with is more tumultuous weather though.  During our time in Iceland in September, we experienced many overcast days where we were always on the precipice of rain (made for a lot of rainbows though).  The rain was very on and off though where some pockets of the island would be rainy but if we kept driving along Ring Road, it would clear up.

What’s great about shoulder season is that tourists drop off in these months pre and post summer so you don’t have to deal with as many crowds.  Temperatures are also quite reasonable in the high teens (C)/50s (F).  This is a great time for an Iceland road trip.

incredible landscape views while on iceland road trip

How Many Days Do You Need?

As many as you can take would be my answer to everyone that asks.  There’s a temptation to treat Iceland as a stopover destination based on how flight packages are bundled these days but seriously Iceland is the main event – there’s no question.

I may be a bit biased here but I feel that you need at least 7 days to see a substantial part of Iceland.  This gives you time to do at least one excursion and at a minimum see the southern part of the island which is where a majority of the popular destinations are located.

If you have less than 7 days, you will have to decide whether you want to base yourself in Reykjavik the entire time and do day trips through tours or you have to hit the road right away and see what you can along Ring Road and the Golden Circle.

For the full Ring Road, I’d recommend at least 12 days for a road trip itinerary.

Things To Pack and Prep

recommendations for what to pack in an 8 day iceland itinerary

Lots of layers  – Weather is constantly changing in Iceland and you never know when it’ll change.  The best way to handle this and pack efficiently is to bring layers.  Bring t-shirts for when it’s warm and layer up with base layers, sweaters, hoodies, long johns, and jacket as necessary.  More must-pack gear can be found in the  Valuable Trip Planning Advice  section.

Waterproof everything – There’s no rainy season per say but chances of rain peak in October – February.   I would include September in the mix as well from personal experience.  Since everything you’re doing in Iceland is outdoors, I was so glad I was fully decked out in waterproof exterior clothing.  I was so glad to have my Columbia waterproof jacket and waterproof pants , and Keen waterproof shoes .

Mapping  – You’ll quickly realize that as simple as it is to drive around Ring Road, finding places is not as easy as you think.  The reason is that Icelandic names are crazy difficult to pronounce and type in.  As a result, GPS is a must.  You’ll rely on GPS to either do an address, point of interest or coordinate search (your first time I am sure).  When that fails (oh and it will), you’ll want a backup and that’s when your phone comes in.  Assuming you don’t have any cellular data like us, we heavily relied on the Google Maps app to pre-pin our daily itinerary and use the “OK maps” trick   to save maps offline.  Since GPS signal is free, you can track your blue dot and use that as a navigation signal to get to where you need to go.  If I knew about the app beforehand, I would’ve used the maps.me app on this trip.

sample aurora borealis cloud tracker

Track the weather  – Particularly important in the winter, you’re going to want to know the weather and road conditions.  There is a super helpful aurora borealis tracker  that will tell you what the chances are of seeing the northern lights.  What you’re looking for is white space.  This page also gives very accurate weather forecasts for the entire island. For road conditions, you’re going to want to head here to figure out whether the roads you’ll be driving are passable or not.

Money – I didn’t believe at first when my friends told me but Iceland is dominated by the credit card.  I withdrew 10,000 ISK at an ATM in Reykjavik and that was it.  I honestly can’t remember any instances where I was forced to use cash.  The only time that it came in handy was the toll for the Hvalfjörður Tunnel when we made our way up to Snaefellsnes. However, this tunnel is now free as of September 2018!

Where to Stay?

Accommodations in Iceland get scooped up quick .  Once you lock in your dates and your itinerary, you’ll want to making your bookings ASAP.

In some ways there are a lot of choices for accommodations and in other ways, it can be quite limited.  There a couple of routes that you could take.  There’s the traditional hotel, youth hostels, Airbnb, guest houses, and campervans.  The underlying thing about all of these options is that you’re not really going to find a “bargain” in Iceland.  Account for every night to be at least $100 USD a night.

entrance to hilton nordica reykjavik iceland 8 day itinerary

Hotels are typically going to be the nicest in terms of providing full-service accommodations.  They’ll be clean, provide all the basic facilities, and usually have an attached restaurant.  The flip side of them is that they’re typically the most expensive option in Iceland.

Luckily, I still have a stash of hotel points and I found a pretty good cash & points rate with the Hilton .

Hotel we used:

  • Hilton Iceland Nordica

Hostels, Guest Houses, Airbnb

inside hostel bedroom in iceland in 8 days road trip itinerary

The truth is that you won’t find too many big hotel chains outside of Reykjavik and that means you’ll have to look at other options.  In the absence of big properties, Icelanders have gotten pretty savvy in terms of converting property into guest houses or hostel type accommodations.  With the vast amount of land and space, old farms are looking to tourism and so you’ll find a lot of farm holidays as options.  Airbnb has also grown significantly on Iceland.

For us, most of all of our searches started with Booking.com which  seemed to have the most complete inventory.  We then augmented this with searches on Hey Iceland , and Airbnb.  Ultimately it came down to what was available in the location we wanted to end off in each day and picking one that had low cost without going into sketchy territory.

With the exception of the youth hostel, I was pleasantly surprised about every guest house we stayed in.  The guest houses in Iceland are very well done in terms of the renovation work, cleanliness, and service.  A few even had free breakfast included which was always a nice bonus.

In regards to Airbnb, you’ll of course find a ton of options between the airport and Reykjavik.  Beyond that circle, you’ll see diminishing results.  In certain parts of the island such as Snaefellsnes, you’ll barely find anything and in the south you’ll find a bit more.

Ultimately farm houses were way out of budget for us so we never got to stay in one.  Our most expensive accommodation ended up being the one by Skaftafell (Hof 1 Hotel) simply because there aren’t many options in that area.

Alternative accommodations we used:

  • Öxl in Budir
  • Hostel Sjónarhóll
  • Hekla Room No. 2. (Airbnb)
  • Hof 1 Hotel
  • Hofn Guesthouse
  • Private Room with Private Entry Airbnb in Reykjavik (Airbnb)

Camping and Campervan

If you’re looking to rough it out a bit more, a potentially cheaper option for you that also gives you more control in terms check-in/check-out time and where you can stay.  By camping or renting a campervan, you can literally sleep right where you want to be the next morning to catch that beautiful sunset and hit the ground running.

Campervans may not be for everyone but these vans that have their own beds built into the rear compartment are going to be your best bet in terms of saving money because you’ll be able to combine the cost of a car rental and accommodations all together.  It may not be glamorous but it is very practical and if I were to do Iceland again, I’d definitely go this route.  Give companies such as Happy Campers and Campervan Iceland  a browse!

You’ll find out in our itinerary below that we picked up a few hitchhikers along the way and what we learned from these ambitious kids is that camping is totally viable.  What’s beautiful about Iceland is that there’s this culture of camping and so the country has built a ton of facilities around the island which gives you free access buildings where you can clean up and land to set up camp.  On the hitchhiking front, they told us that they had a lot of trouble getting rides especially when in more remote areas.

8 DAY ICELAND ITINERARY

Now with the basics out of the way, you’re part of the way through your planning.  The next step is to start figuring out how you’re going to be laying out your Icelandic adventure .

graphic of iceland 8 day itinerary map with pins of all stops

The following is a high level outline of everything we did, sights we saw, and all the things I learned that I wish I knew.  By no means is this meant to be a copy and paste job but if you’re tight on planning time, you’re certainly welcome to it and grab the spreadsheet by signing up .

For a more personal recounting of our Icelandic experience head over to my other article.

Snorkel Silfra in black and blue tour on day 1 of iceland itinerary

If you’re coming in from North America, you’ll most likely land super early in the morning as we did.  Pick up your rental car at the airport and head into the city.  You’ll be tempted to take a nap but try your best to stay up.  The best way to do this is to book an adrenaline-filled excursion like  Black and Blue  which combines lava tube caves with snorkelling Silfra.  Crash early your first day and get ready for tomorrow.

If Black and Blue isn’t available, this is a recommended snorkeling experience that just focuses on the Silfra fissure.

8 day iceland itinerary road trip map - day 1 route

What You’ll See

  • Thingvellir National Park
  • Lava Tube caves
  • Silfra fissure
  • Hradlestin  – Surprisingly awesome Indian restaurant in the city
  • Hilton Iceland Nordica  – To my surprise, we were able to check in at 9AM (unheard of!)

TIPS AND TRICKS

  • Booze – Before you leave the airport, make sure you pick up your alcohol supply.  This is the duty free that you have to cross through before you get your bags and not the duty free that is in the gate area.  You can’t miss it.
  • Check before you drive off  – Make sure everything works in the car and you do a thorough walk around.
  • Renting cars in Iceland – Make sure you read the Car Rental section below to learn about companies I researched and the importance of built-in insurance coverage.
  • Excursions in Iceland – Most excursions start and end in Reykjavik so when you plan your itinerary, make sure you plan things out accordingly.
  • Snack on – Always have a healthy stash of snacks with you.  Particularly for Black and Blue, it was nice to have a bunch of bars on hand since no food was included
  • Black and Blue – It’s not very clear in any of the trip instructions but you’re going to want to make sure you wear long johns and dry-fit-type top.  One thing to note is that there’s no private area to change so expect to be stripping down out in the open or in the Arctic Adventures van.  In terms of valuables and your shoes, you’ll be able to leave everything behind in the van which will be guarded by your driver/guide.  They recommend brining waterproof clothing but you don’t necessarily need it.  I ended up taking off my waterproof pants in fact and just went into the drysuit with my long johns.  Oh and if you’re planning on recording the experience, don’t make the same mistake as I did and use a head mount.  You’re better off using putting your GoPro or better yet, Insta360 X4 on an invisible stick.
  • Alternative Black and Blue – Similar tour offering can be found on Guide to Iceland .

exploring reykjavik and hallgrímskirkja church on day 2 of 8 day iceland itinerary

Reykjavik is a vibrant and artsy city that has much to offer.  Spend the day to get to know the capital.  I recommend orienting yourself by taking a free city walking tour with CityWalk .  Make sure to try the hotdogs here.

While you’re in the capital, also make a point to do any of the shopping you want to do and to buy the Icelandic souvenirs for yourself of friends and family back at home. This could also be your only opportunity to buy any outdoor gear you forgot.

Before you hit the road, stock up on supplies at the Bonus grocery store in town and start making your way towards Selfoss.  Grab dinner here like we did and then make your way to one of the most unique stays here – the Bubble Hotel.  Time permitting, you can also squeeze in 1) a shower and 2) relaxation at the Secret Lagoon.

While there were no guarantees when I made the booking at Buubble, we were lucky enough to watch the Northern Lights this evening.  It was a light show to remember.

seeing the northern lights in person in iceland

  • Downtown Reykjavik
  • Hallgrímskirkja Church
  • Baejarins Beztu Pylsur
  • The Sun Voyager
  • Secret Lagoon /Gamla Laugin
  • Northern Lights (cross your fingers!)
  • Tryggvaskali Restaurant  – Highly reviewed restaurant that’s converted from an old hotel.  Excellent seafood!
  • Buubble Hotel
  • Parking in Reykjavik – There a few quasi-lots in the city but these are really just street parking spots by North American standards.  We did our drive around to see if there was any free parking which we were told were closer to the residential areas but we couldn’t find them so we just settled for a spot right off of Laugavegur.
  • Free Walking Tour –  Make sure you reserve your spot ahead of time online.  There are a number of time slots available  and I’d recommend doing this at the beginning of your trip as a way to orient yourself in Reykjavik.
  • Secret Lagoon – I thoroughly enjoyed this hot spring experience.  Sure it was $30 (2,800 ISK) but I would take this any day over Blue Lagoon to deal with less crowds, a much more natural experience, and the ability to bring your own booze.  We learned afterwards that the Secret Lagoon was also a brilliant idea when paired with our Bubble night because we didn’t have shower facilities there.  Coming out of the hot springs, we showered at the lagoon and head back just in time for the northern lights show which worked out beautifully.  Note, no need for a combination lock here since it’s one of those lockers that give you a key.

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  • Bonus – The go-to grocery store to pick up supplies in Iceland.  We literally planned our resupply trips around when we could drop by a Bonus.  More on this in the Eating section below.
  • Bubble Hotel – More details about Buubble to be more precise can be found in my review post .
  • Northern lights – There’s no real formula here other than to get yourself outside of the city which we did.  September is tough because it’s overcast all the time so the best you can do is just give you the most chances to see them and check the aurora borealis tracker religiously.

What Should You Pack?

Not sure what to pack for your trip? Make sure to check out our handy packing list for Iceland!

strookkur geysir erupting along golden triangle in iceland 8 day itinerary

Every Iceland itinerary is going to have the famed Golden Circle.  Despite this route being heavy on tourists, you can’t miss the trio of Geysir, Gullfoss, and Thingvellir National Park.

The awesome thing about our bubble is that it’s right along the Golden Circle so all you have to do is hop in your car and start driving counterclockwise.

From here you’ll be making the drive all the way up to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula to get away from the crowds and part of the country that has some of the most epic dynamic landscapes.  Arrive in the Budir area and crash for the evening.

iceland in 8 days itinerary road trip map - day 3 route

  • Faxi Waterfall
  • Icelandic Horses
  • Thingvellir National Park
  • Hotel Budir (their bread and butter is to die for)
  • Golden Circle  – The big bus tours are pretty much unavoidable but I’m sure if you start right at the morning, you should be able to dodge most of them.  Another thing to note is that you’ll definitely want to account more time than you think you’ll need here (kind of applies to everything in Iceland).  Blame the photography.
  • Driving to Snaefellsnes – The drive itself is pretty straightforward but if you set yourself to get there in the shortest amount of time, the GPS will take you through the Hvalfjörður Tunnel. This used to be a tolled tunnel but it is now free (as of September 2018).
  • Gullfoss – For the most part, we didn’t have any bathroom problems but I do distinctly remember that the washrooms were paid here so make sure you relieve yourself at Geysir or at Thingvellir’s information center.

Arnastapi Coastal Trail cliffs on day 3 in iceland

Weather permitting, I personally feel that the 4th day around Snaefellsnes offers the most stunning of landscapes.  You’ll be driving along the coast and making many stops along the way.  Start the day off with the Arnarstapi hike and make your way around to eventually the iconic view of Kirkjufell.  End off in Stykkishólmur to close out the day.

iceland engagement photo on arnastapi coastal walk

On a personal note, this is the day that I proposed to my now wife. The weather didn’t quite co-operate but it sure made a memorable proposal.

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  • Hotel Budir
  • Rauðfeldsgjá Gorge
  • Arnastapi Coastal Walk
  • Snaefellsjokull National Park
  • Djupalonssandur Beach
  • Stykkishólmur Lighthouse
  • Sjavarpakkhusio
  • Rain  – I’m speaking from September experience here but rain definitely puts a damper on things.  Good thing I had waterproof gear on me or otherwise, we would have skipped a ton more spots along the way.  With Iceland, you have to be prepared and just work with what the weather gives you.

view of seljialandfoss waterfall from behind the curtain day 4 in iceland itinerary

On this day, you’ll be leaving Snaefellsnes and dropping down to the south.  Watch the landscape dramatically change as you make your way along this popular route.  Here, waterfalls are going to dominate your view including the impressive Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss.

If you can swing it, look for Seljavallalaug Pool which is set in the middle of a canyon and quite the tranquil experience.  Best part is that it’s free.

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  • Stykkishólmur town
  • Seljalandsfoss
  • Seljavallalaug Pool (Seljavellir)
  • Bar Bistro (by Skogafoss) – We ended pretty late this day and there weren’t many options so we ended up at this casual restaurant.  Prices are reasonable and the Skyr cake was phenomenal.
  • Seljavallalaug Pool   Directions – This one was one heck of a place to find.  As you’re driving along the ring road and going eastbound, you’re going look for Road 242 marked Raufarfell.  Start looking for it right after you pass by the Iceland Erupts exhibition that will be on your right.  Take the road all the way to the end and there should be a sign that says Seljavellir (GPS: 63.558878 N, -19.622353 W).  Park your car in this large dirt lot and you’ll want to walk 20 minutes.  The trail is not marked at all and for us we were thankful to bump into various people along the way to confirm we were going the right way but looking back on it, we were essentially hugging the left side of the valley, crossing a few small streams and hiking over a rocky ground.  You won’t see the pool until the very end so keep going and you’ll eventually see it.  Just before, you’ll also pass by a small water pumping machine.  If you’re heading there near sunset or sunrise, make sure you bring headlamps.

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  •   Seljavallalaug Pool Facilities  – In terms of facilities, it’s pretty bare bones here and the concrete building there is in a bit of decay.  There are “rooms” with doors but don’t expect to find any benches.  What they do have are some hooks so you can hang your clothes inside.  Other people simply changed at the back of the building away from the pool.

volcanic rocky shore of dyrholaey beach on day 6 of iceland itinerary

Continue the drive along the south and feast your eyes on unique basalt columns, gorgeous canyons, and rugged plains.  Luckily there isn’t too much driving until you make that final stretch to Skaftafell National Park.  There aren’t too many accommodations in this region unfortunately and in fact Hof 1 Hotel turned out to be the most expensive of the entire trip.

There will still be quite a bit of tourists along this section with day trip tourist busses from Reykjavik so be prepared for some crowds.

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  • Reynisdrangar
  • Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon
  • Service station cafeteria just outside of Skaftafell National Park
  • Dyrholaey – I thought there wasn’t much to see here other than the arch but turns out there are a lot of interesting view points here no matter what direction you’re looking at.  Make sure you account for more time here.
  • Reynisdrangar – Similar with Dryholaey, I found ourselves spending more time here than I thought we would.  We were here a good 1.5 hours and some of that was accounted by us posing around the basalt columns.  Also note that there are bathroom facilities here and they are free.
  • Fjadrargljufur Canyon – This one may seem hard to find as there isn’t too much information on it but right off of Ring Road, past the small village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur is Road 206 that goes to Lakagígar.  Once you’re on this road, you’re only 2KM out.  Eventually you’ll make it to an intersection where left will lead to the canyon and right leads to   Lakagígar.  I remember the signs to be pretty clear here so you won’t get lost.  Technically after, this turns into an F-road but to be honest it’s doable with any car.  Just drive slow and carefully.  While we only hiked the top part of the canyon, the bottom of the canyon is accessible and in the summer a great spot for wading in the river.  There’s also an eco-friendly bathroom here which is free.

glacer climbing excursion  in iceland road trip

The whole reason why you want to stay near Skaftafell National Park is so that you don’t have to do a long drive in the morning to make the glacier climbing excursion.  Expect most of the day to be dedicated for this.  

At the time of our visit, we were on Falljökull Glacier which is in Vatnajökull . The names can be a bit confusing but to set things straight, Skaftafell National Park was integrated with the newly established Vatnajokull National Park in 2008 so they’re really one and the same. Most tours don’t mention the glacier you’ll be on but a popular one is Falljokull.

I highly recommend this 4 hour glacier experience which also includes ice caves if they’re in-season.

If you want to make sure ice climbing is included, there’s ice climbing on Vatnajokull from Skaftafell which is very close to what we did. The other one I’d recommend is ice climbing Solheimajokull which is a slightly different location. 

The tour we did was called Glacier Xtreme which has been rebranded as Blue Ice since they operate out of Solheimajokull now.

Finish the day with a sunset at Jokulsarlon iceberg lagoon before driving the furthest east as you’ll go in Iceland.

iceland 8 day itinerary road trip map - day 7 route

What You’ll See and Do

  • Skaftafell National Park
  • Falljökull Glacier ( Glacier hiking and ice climbing )
  • Jokulsarlon Lagoon
  • Pakkhus Restaurant  – Known for their langoustine
  • Glacier Xtreme – The costs were adding up for Iceland but this was one of those experiences we didn’t want to miss out on.  On top of glacier hiking, this was the only one where you could also ice climb as well.  When talking to the locals, they said the Falljökull Glacier was much better than the others due to less traffic and being able to get way closer to the icefall.  How about things to pack and all of that?  I found that the booking sites weren’t very good about explaining this so let me clear the air.   Do you need waterproof pants?  I would say no unless it’s raining that day.  We had a beautiful sunny day and so any hiking appropriate pants are fine.   What else should I bring?  Bring gloves.  They don’t necessarily have to be waterproof but the ice can be sharp when you’re trying to keep balance or even during the ice climbing.  Also bring sunglasses.  The sun will reflect intensely off of the white ice but more importantly you want your sunglasses to protect you from the flying chips of ice that will be coming at you when you dig your ice axe into the wall.   Any other tips?   That main parking lot at Skaftafell fills up FAST.  I would show up early to get a good spot in the main lot.  Otherwise you’ll have to go to an adjacent one that is a bit farther away.
  • Glacier Guides – The operator that runs Glacier Xtreme is Glacier Guides which in turn is owned by the larger company, Arctic Adventures .  That is why you can’t find a separate website for Glacier Guides if you’re as confused as we were.
  • Jokulsarlon Lagoon – This place gets pretty busy around sunset so you might have to jockey a little for tripod space.  From a photography perspective, don’t be afraid to move around as there are a ton of different angles to shoot at.  If you’re not doing a whole lot of photography here, you could be done in 15 minutes or if you’re like me, 2 hours.  Lastly, be on the lookout for seals in the water.  They pop their head up once in awhile or sometimes you can catch them swim.  Let me know how many you find!  If you’d rather get out on one of those boats that take you right up to the icebergs, I recommend tours like this amphibian boat tour .

day 8 in iceland itinerary sólheimasandur plane wreck

The last day has a lot of driving but the nice part about it is that you’ll be able to hit up all the spots that you missed.  For instance, you’ll be able to do Svartifoss and the Sólheimasandur plane wreck.  Treat yourself at the very end with a little bit of rest and relaxation at Blue Lagoon .

iceland 8 day itinerary road trip map - day 8 driving route

  • Mossy Lava Rocks
  • Vik Red Church
  • Sólheimasandur Plane Wreck (aka Crashed DC 3 Plane)
  • Blue Lagoon
  • Svartifoss – From the research, I always thought these falls were like the others where you could drive up to alas it’s a 20 minute hike there and back.  Instead of the up and back down path that we took, there are alternative paths you can take on the way down to make it more of a loop.  We read that these had some pretty good views and interesting sights along the way but unfortunately they would’ve taken too much time so we had to do the most optimal route.  When you get to the falls, there’ll be a metal barrier to prevent you from going closer to the falls.
  • Plane Wreck – The specific GPS coordinates are 63.4912391,-19.3632810, but nowadays this is such a well-known sight in Iceland that you’ll be able to find the pin on Google Maps and you’ll also see the pile of cars on the side of the road (past Skogafoss if you’re coming from the west).  Yes it’s true that the landowners have fenced off the area from cars to drive through (can’t blame them).  This means that you have to do the 50 minute hike each way so make sure you have plenty of time to work with.  Also, remember to relieve yourself before going because there isn’t going to be a bush out there to use since it’s completely flat there.  Lastly, while we were taking photos of the plane, I remember seeing a big truck pull up at the end of the road, presumably to patrol the area and make sure nobody somehow gets passed the fence by vehicle or does anything stupid at the plane.  Photography wise, I recommend bringing a tripod as the lighting may not be the greatest if it is as overcast as it was for us. Read the latest reviews to see what the situation is like.

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  • Blue Lagoon – Everything in my research about Blue Lagoon was true.  Sure it’s a bit of a zoo but it’s still a unique experience that can be a great way to relax.  With that in mind, I had decided that it made the most sense to put this at the very end of the trip which allowed us to do all the (in my opinion) better ones earlier.  The one thing that everyone suggested was to reserve in advance and I’d say the same thing.  You’ll notice that bookings 2 hours prior to closing are cheaper so if you want to save a bit of money, I’d go with that. We only needed 1.5 hours and I felt like we got to see and try all the different spaces.  Bonus on top of that is that if you go at 6PM, you’ll be able to watch the sunset as well.  Package wise, I’d recommend getting the Comfort package which primarily is good for that free drink and extra algae mask.  There’s the towel too but I was very frustrated with the fact that our towels were flat out stolen when we finished up at the lagoon.  I can’t blame the person that did it but that area in front with all the towel racks is not a good solution with the amount of people that are there.  It’s hard to remember where you put it and of course all the towels look the same.  If I were you, put your towel in a separate area away from everyone else’s.  Lastly, show up 30 minutes earlier than your time slot because there’s going to be a line to check-in.  This way you can maximize your time.

How The Iceland Itinerary Changed During The Trip

The fun part about travel is just how unpredictable it is sometimes and how you’ll need to improvise and adjust based on things that happen along the way.  You might meet some interest people along the way, bad weather might roll in, or maybe you love one place so much that you decide to stay longer.

For us, the Iceland itinerary largely stayed the same with a few exceptions.  As with what happens with my trips every time, I always took too long at every single destination.  Thank goodness I loosened up the itinerary to account for this, all the random side-of-the-road-stops, and surprise view points/monuments that we encountered.  In most cases, you need to account for at least 2 hours in each main spot and Google Map drive times need to be bumped up by 30 minutes.   The lesson : Being less ambitious is a good thing.

Where I had to make adjustments to the schedule:

  • I had naively assumed that the hike to  Svartifoss inside Skaftafell National Park was few minutes walk from the parking lot.  It is in fact 20-30 minutes away.  Since we got to the park pretty late on Day 6 there was no way we could complete it.  Instead, we used our make-up day to see this waterfall.
  • We spent too much time at  Dyrholaey and Reynisdrangar on Day 6 that we had no time to stop in Vik .  Again, we remedied this by visiting on our way back.
  • On Day 3, I thought we were going to have enough  Kerið Crater but as it turns out, we passed it along our way up to the Bubble Hotel.  In the interest of time, we started Day 3 by going counterclockwise up to Geysir first instead of dropping down to Kerið and then back up.
  • There were a number of lunch restaurants selected initially but as the days went on, we realized that 1) proper lunches were too expenses and 2) we couldn’t afford the time to stop and it’d be more efficient to eat while driving so we more or less cut all of them from our itinerary.
  • Originally there was the idea that we could do sunrise at Jokulsarlon for sunrise on Day 7 before the Glacier Climb but as the trip went on, sleep was more precious and we ended up doing this as a sunset.  The same can be said for Sólheimasandur plane wreck where I thought it’d be cool to do this for sunrise.  I’m glad we didn’t because it would’ve been quite miserable to walk the entire 50 minute stretch in the dark.
  • Mossy lava rocks was on our itinerary and we would’ve stopped by on Day 6 but we had no idea how long the stretch was in the south and whether there’d be a better place to stop ahead.  That’s why it make sense to do it on our way back on Day 8.
  • Lastly, rain did a number on several days where we really had to quickly run out of the car to take a peek or brave the pouring.  I wish we got to see more of the cliffs in Snaefellsnes and had better views  Dyrholaey but it is what it is.

mountains lakes and plans of iceland - views from our 8 day iceland itinerary road trip

Why This 8 Day Iceland Itinerary Kicked Ass

This was honestly the perfect  8 day Iceland itinerary road trip in September.  We hit up everything we wanted to see and we did it at a pace that wasn’t crazy.  Sure, the weather could’ve been more cooperative but that’s kind of what you’d expect during the shoulder season.

Initially I thought that we’d be doing a lot of wasted driving because we had to double back twice – once to go up to Snaefellsnes and then another in the south, driving all the way out to Hofn and back.  What ended up being a disadvantage of not doing the full loop around the island turned out to be a blessing in disguise.  We never felt rushed throughout and in the south, we had the advantage of skipping a few things (some due to weather) on the way out east to Hofn and making them up when we drove back to Reykjavik.

The Iceland itinerary itself was very well balanced between seeing the natural beauty of the country and also trying out local activities.  It was also a balance between the popular sights that were tour bus central to a few spots that we really struggled to find and when we were there, the path wasn’t clear or marked – going truly off the beaten path.

Budget wise, we controlled it as best as we could without roughing it too much.  Ultimately cost cutting came down to food where we snacked on grocery food for breakfast and lunch, and “splurged” on dinner.

svartifoss viewed from trail for iceland in 8 days

VALUABLE TRIP PLANNING ADVICE

Oh so much information I want to share with you guys here.  As I was travelling I literally had an Evernote note set up just for tips and tricks.  I’ve cleaned it up considerably and so here’s everything you need to know before you go to Iceland.

driving in iceland tips

Driving is a must in Iceland.  The only other way to get around to see the island is through tour buses and you really don’t want to go there.  With your own car, you will have the freedom to follow your own schedule and more importantly, stop whenever you wish.  Trust me, you’ll want to stop A LOT .

When picking a rental car, you’ll have to decide on a few things including the car rental company, transmission, whether you want a 4×4 or not, and size.

Read this first: We have a full guide on how to rent a car in Iceland including secret car rental coupon codes.

Car Rental Companies

I researched a number of companies when I was looking for my car rental including the large international brands and the smaller local ones.

While price is one thing you’ll have your eye on, what’s more important to pay attention to is the insurance coverage that they offer and build in.  There are a lot of unknown factors when driving in Iceland and you want to make sure you’re covered because I’ve heard stories of other travellers wishing they had the insurance or glad that they had it.

renting suv from blue car rentals in iceland

We cast a wide net when looking for car rentals in Iceland. We started with what we knew and checked out companies like National and Avis but we found that they didn’t include any extended car insurance so then we turned to local car rental agencies. That’s when we discovered Blue Car Rental . They had the most positive reviews, actually had good availability, and reasonable rates.

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Blue Car Rental as a base includes:

  • Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) Insurance – This covers the bodywork of the car.
  • Super Collision Damage Waiver (SCDW) Insurance – Deductible on bodywork damage in collisions is 90,000 ISK on 2WD and 120,000 on 4WD.
  • Gravel Protection (GP) Insurance – This protection includes damage to windscreen, headlights and the car when gravel or rocks get thrown on the vehicle by another car. The deductible is 20,000 ISK.
  • Theft Protection (TP) Insurance – The likelihood of this happening on Iceland is low but this covers theft of rental. No deductible.

There’s an option Sand and Ash Protection (SAAP) Insurance which covers against ash and sandstorm damage but we elected to not add it. In retrospect, we learned quite quickly how erratic the weather can be in Iceland. While we didn’t encounter any sand or ash damage, I could totally see it happening out of the blue.

Some rental car companies also have a Liability Waiver (LW) which brings down the deductibles down to zero.

Something they also made clear is that the the underside of the car nor damage caused by wind pulling hard against the door is covered. This means that you want to be careful when there are heavy winds and also be careful driving on gravel roads and potholes.

The bottom line is to make sure you do your research and run the math on total cost of renting a car.  Some companies bundle insurance together while others make it an option.

behind the wheel of our dacia suv

Transmission

Most cars available will be in the manual transmission format.  I wasn’t surprised about this since most of Europe is like this.  What this means is that there’ll be more affordable options and increased availability if you’re able to drive a manual car.  If not, you’ll definitely want to make sure you reserve early.

Do I Need a 4×4?

The reason why you’d want a 4WD is because you can only drive on Iceland’s infamous F-roads which are mountain roads in the highlands.  These are off-road terrain roads that have restrictions on the type of vehicles that can drive them, are only open certain times of the year, and also have restrictions on time of day.  Only an SUV can power through these roads and you certainly don’t want to be stuck in the middle of nowhere.

That’s great and all if you take one of these roads but I’ll be honest with you, the itinerary that I followed didn’t take us through any of these types of roads.  Our path stuck primarily to the main roads and there were only a few times where it felt like we actually went off-path.

I remember the road to Saxoll Crater and Fjadrargljufur Canyon were perhaps the most bumpy and pothole ridden but everywhere else was well paved and easy to get around.  While it was certainly nice to have the spaciousness of an SUV for our road trip, we would’v been just fine with a compact sedan.  In fact even on the most challenging roads, I saw the tiny cars get by just as fine with a little careful driving.

pit stop in 8 day iceland itinerary

Driving The Roads

Driving   in Iceland isn’t hard per say but as with anywhere, you need to be smart and careful.  A few things you’ll want to be mindful of are lane passing, singe lane bridge crossings, side of road stops, gravel driving, and night time driving.  Each of these of course get augmented in the winter time when you have to deal with snow, limited visibility and black ice.

  • Lane Passing – Icelandic roads are thin and mostly one lane.  Pass when safe and definitely not at bends or uphills.  Common courtesy is to signal to show intent, speed up, and once you’ve passed the vehicle, turn your emergency blinkers for two flashes to thank the driver behind.
  • Single Lane Bridge Crossing – There quite a number of single lane bridges especially in the south.  Make sure you stop where at the drawn line in order to wait for oncoming traffic to come through.  When crossing, double check to make sure there are no cars on the other side or they have stopped.  At night time, be extra careful here and flick your high beams or use your horn to let other cars know you’re crossing.
  • Side of Road Stops – The week I was in Iceland, there was a fatality from someone stopped at the side of the road to take a photo at night.  Look out for side roads to stop safely and turn on your emergency blinkers.  When getting in and out of the car, make sure there are no cars on the highway.
  • Gravel Driving – Some areas are going to have pretty deep potholes so make sure you drive slowly over them, take them at an angle, or avoid them altogether if possible.
  • Night Time Driving – There aren’t any street lights outside of the main towns so expect to rely on your low-beams and high-beams.  Make sure you obey high-beam etiquette as to not blind any oncoming drivers.

For safety, make sure you also know where you spare is and you know where your tools are.  Worst case, you get a flat while on the road and you’ll need to replace the flat on your own.  Also make sure you know what the emergency and roadside assistance numbers are.

Another common question I get is about speeding and cops.  Officially the speed limit is 90 km/h on the highway.  Unofficially 100 km/h is acceptable as long as the roads are clear.  On empty roads though, I was cruising upwards to 120 km/h.  During our time in Iceland, we did not encounter any speed traps but I have heard from people that they have gotten ticketed.  The only police we saw were typically around the larger towns.

There are actual speed cameras along ring road in the south in and around towns.   There are signs that warn you about upcoming cameras along the road.  Some are real and others are duds.  To be cautious, I’d recommend slowing down when you’re in a speed camera zone.

dacier duster on highway 1 in iceland itinerary

Filling Up Gas

This was supposed to be an easy task but for some reason we had a ton of trouble filling up at the N1 gas stations.  Whereas we had no problems entering the PIN number for our credit card on the machines at the pump, N1 was just not going to take any of our cards.  We tried ALL of them.

Ultimately, at N1 specifically, we needed to buy their prepaid cards inside the station first.  They sold the cards in 3,000 and 100,000 ISK denominations.  Since we didn’t know if we’d spend 100,000 (we did), we just bought 3,000 every time we filled up at N1.  With the prepaid card, we were then able to pay at the pump.

We later learned that debit cards worked without any issue so give that a shot if you’re okay with that.

I’ll start off by saying that the food in Iceland is amazing.  I don’t know what blog or review I read that said the food is terrible but having spent 8 days there, I can definitively tell you that you don’t need to worry about having good food.

Now where you’re going to have a bit of a shock dealing with is the exuberant price you’ll be paying for a meal in Iceland.  Throw away everything you know about your own standards of eating back home because it’s easily double and often times triple here.

The good news is though that despite dishing out Michelin-restaurant level money for meals, the quality of the food makes it all a bit more swallowable.   Something about the freshness of seafood and world-class chefs has something to do with it.  I don’t remember any meal where we came out of it disappointed.  The way we thought about it was that every dinner was equivalent to a nice meal out in the city.  On average, dinners were on average $50 a person.

The way we offset this was to have less full meals.  This meant we ate our own breakfast and lunch using the supplies we brought from home or purchased at the grocery store.  We picked up things like sandwiches, fruit, cookies, snack bars, juices, and yogurt to keep our energy up during the day and we’d reward ourselves with a good meal at the end of the day.

Grocery Stores

The friend we met up with in Reykjavik strong encouraged us to only pick up food at this grocery store. We were warned not to be tempted by the convenience of the 10-11 convenient store which can be block to block. As a result, we more or less stuck with Bonus throughout the trip.  Look for the piggy logo.  You can’t miss it!

Food You Have To Try

iceland 8 day tour

Being a seafaring nation, anything related to seafood is a must.  We found that time and time again, fish whether grilled or fried was a winner.

Other recommendations would be:

  • Water – Don’t buy water EVER on the island.  I can’t believe I’m raving about water but seriously the H2O in Iceland is the freshest I’ve had.  Pro tip:  Before filling up your water bottle at the tap, run the cold water for 10 seconds to lush out the hot water since some parts of the island bring them in from a local spring which may have some traces of sulphur smell.
  • Skyr – This has to be my biggest find of the trip.  Think Greek yogurt but even richer and thicker.
  • Icelandic hotdog – The most popular hotdog stand in Reykjavik is of course Baejarins Beztu Pylsur but there are other places in the city where you can try these traditional hotdogs topped with ketchup, a sweet brown mustard, raw onions, fried onions, and remoulade.
  • Fish jerky – This may not be for everyone but we very much enjoyed trying different types of dried fish.  They made for great snacks on the road and sometimes to keep me awake during those long night time drives.
  • Fish and chips – The restaurant Icelandic Fish and Chips in Reykjavik we had on our last day was delicious.  The Halibut in particular was very tender and flaky.
  • Langoustine – These are large prawns with claws or miniature lobsters that Hofn is well known for.  They’re expensive but I hear is quite succulent.
  • Liquorice – Not sure what the story is here but liquorice is everywhere here.  Almost all the chocolate here involves some sort of liquorice as well (so be careful if you’re not a fan).

If you’re feeling adventurous and don’t have any issues with eating shark, whale, puffin, or horse, those options are available although we stayed away from these.

While packing for a trip like Iceland was business as usual as I cover in a number of my packing guides , it was also challenging in a number of ways because of the time of year we went and the constraints we had to work with since we were flying WOW Air.

NOTE: WOW Air has since gone under so your best way to fly to Iceland is with Icelandair or your own local carrier. In Canada for instance, Air Canada does have direct routes to Reykjavik.

Suitcase or Backpack?

A common question.  Do you you lug around a big suitcase or do you go nimble with a backpack?  The easy answer is that it honestly doesn’t matter on a road trip like this because you’re going to be travelling with a car the entire time.  You’re going to have the luxury of space and you won’t be running around with everything on your back.

I say if you prefer to travel with a backpack , go for it.  Otherwise, a suitcase will suit you just as well.

The only thing to consider is a case like ours where we were flying WOW Air and it was the most economical to check in one bag.  With us sharing the space, a suitcase was just a lot easier organizationally.

what to pack to iceland

I’m not going to list out everything we packed.  Instead, I want to focus on the things that you absolutely have to have on any trip to Iceland.  For some items, we learned the hard way that we wished we had packed them.

  • Waterproof everything – I debated for a long time whether I should bring my waterproof pants along with waterproof jacket and shoes.  I’m so glad I did because we needed almost every day of the trip.  My fiance didn’t have waterproof pants and it really sucked .  Things got so desperate that one point, we had to make our own make-shift pant cover out of clear plastic bags.  Waterproof all the things.  I highly recommend Columbia’s OutDry collection including their pants and jacket that I wore all trip.
  • Gloves – These are necessary to keep your hands warm.  Experiencing as much rain as we did, I wish I had more than just my thin fabric gloves.  If I were to do it again, I’d definitely bring waterproof gloves. We suggest The Heat Company for these. The magic of The Heat Company comes with these shell mittens that open up to reveal the liner gloves so you have full access to your fingers which makes operating your smartphone, drone, and camera possible.
  • Layer layer layer – Weather is dynamic out here so have layers to stay warm when you need to and strip down when it gets too hot.  Layers also allow you to pack more efficiently.  I recommend a thermal base lay er + t-shirt + zip-up + fleece + jacket to complete all your layers.
  • Good hiking shoes – This goes without saying.  My Keen Aphlex  hikers were amazing at keeping my feet warm, provided grip even in slippery conditions and were also completely waterproof which is a mandatory feature in my opinion for a trip like this.
  • Headlamp – This Fenix HM65R Headlamp was super handy when we were staying at the Bubble Hotel where we were out in the dark.
  • Swimsuit – This one’s easy to forget but remember there’ll be all those hot springs in Iceland.
  • Towel – Glad we packed this one as it was a must-have when we went to Seljavallalaug Pool.
  • Flip flops/sandals – In the same vain as the towel, you’ll want flip flops if you’re going to Blue Lagoon or Secret Lagoon to avoid having to walk around bare feet.  Also, if you’re staying at anywhere other than a hotel, you’ll want flip flops to act as your slippers and also something to wear to the communal bathrooms. Read our full review of our favorite flip flops .
  • Snacks – You’ll see below in the cost breakdown that food is a heck of an expense.  The more you can bring from home, the better.  I recommend bringing granola bars, trail mix, and chocolate.

What about long johns?  September wasn’t quite cold enough to need these thankfully so we did not pack them but I can see these being necessary as you go deeper into winter.

things to pack to iceland itinerary include waterproof pants and shoes

Hand Washing

I’d say this is pretty much inevitable so you might as well be prepared to do this during your trip.  Thing is that you just won’t have time to waste finding a laundromat.  In fact, I don’t think I saw any at all.

The good thing is that you won’t be sweating a whole lot out here so you won’t need to wash as often.  What worked for us is a daily routine before we slept where we washed our underwear and socks.  To dry our clothes, we made good use of the radiator heaters that are used all over the country (thanks to all the hot springs) by draping the clothes over them.  By morning they were usually fully dry and good to go.

If you haven’t yet, check out my video on how to wash your clothes while on the road .

Throughout our trip, I did our best to keep a tally of our expenses.  I may have missed a few things here and there but this should give you a high level view of how much it would cost to spend 8 days in Iceland.

For simplicity, I’ve converted everything to USD .  Also keep in mind that these are for 2 travellers.

  • Air – $1,316.82 (includes stopover in Alicante)
  • Accommodation – $781.52
  • Car Rental – $792.08
  • Auto Expenses – $202.34
  • Souvenirs – $139.45
  • Food and Drink – $697.59
  • Excursions – $895.37

TOTAL = $4,826.17 ($2,413.09 per person)

I’m not going to sugarcoat it, unless you’re planning on doing some serious roughing out and you don’t care for any excursions, be prepared to pay a lot of money on this trip.

Iceland is not a cheap trip .  Flights are getting cheaper and cheaper to get to the island but what most people don’t realize until they get to Iceland is just how expensive everything else is.  Food is expensive.  Gas is expensive.  Excursions are expensive.  Hotels are expensive.  Car rentals are expensive.  You get the picture.

There are definitely ways to cut costs through food and car rental/accommodations hacks to a certain extent but once you introduce any sort of guided excursion and the inevitable good meal here and there, it adds up quite quickly.

To Tip or Not To Tip

The simple answer here is that no.  There are no customs or expectations of tipping and you are completely in the clear if you leave no tips.  Of course, it’s not illegal to tip so if you’ve had exceptional service, feel free to round up or leave a bit extra behind.

Remember Tax-Free

If you buy 6,000 ISK or more at a single store, you’re eligible for tax refund (only at certain stores).  You’ll want to take advantage of this since you can get a whopping 24% back in tax.

iceland 8 day tour

It goes without saying that the photography here is  out of this world .  There are so many opportunities and special moments that you’ll want to capture.  Landscape wise you have the waterfalls, black sand beaches, mountains, glaciers, cliffs, volcanoes, canyons, icebergs and northern lights.  In Reykjavik, you get you fix of urban photography with its abundance of interesting architecture, sculptures, and graffiti.  Then you have the wildlife where you’ll have a ton of fun shooting sheep, Icelandic horses, and of course the puffins.

Planning vs. Spontaneity

While travelling, I always struggle with wanting to plan for specific shoots because light and time of day matters but the truth is that if you’re not on a photography-centric trip, you’ll drive your travel partner(s) mad and you’ll limit the flexibility of what you’ll see.

That being said, if you’ve got a specific shot in mind, you could totally plan it in your schedule.  Just remember to make sure you watch the time because it’s so easy to spend a lot of time in one place or likewise very easy to get away with side of the road stops.

Sunsets and Sunrises

As much as I wanted to do a sunrise, it never ended up working out for me because we were simply too tired or good weather wasn’t a guarantee.  If you’re up for it, I’d definitely try to work one or two in.

Sunsets are a lot easier to see but from my experience hard to schedule just because you’ll always be on the go and it is hard to be disciplined with time.  For us the only time we got to watch the sunset was at Jokulsarlon Lagoon which as far as sunsets go was average because of the amount of overcast we had.

Camera Gear

The most important part is that you want to have all the gear you need to be set up for success in Iceland.  Here are a few things you’ll want to think about and the specific gear that I brought.

olympus m43 camera used to photograph iceland

As much as you can, make sure your gear can stand the wild weather that Iceland can and will throw at you.   Rain is going to be your biggest enemy both in damaging your gear and getting rain spots all over your lens.  Luckily my Olympus set up is fully weather sealed but it was incredibly frustrating when it was almost impossible to keep the front of the lens clean.  I got to the point where my Lenspen  and microfibre cloths were completely useless because they would either create water streak marks or were completely soaked with water.  I didn’t come prepared with enough it and it got to the point where I was forced to use the inside of my thermal layers or my Buff.

Cold is another aspect you’ll want to think about.  Freezing temperatures do a number on batteries whether it be for your camera or your phone.  One second you’ll be at 80% and the next it’ll be completely dead.  Now this only applies if you’re travelling to Iceland in the winter but make sure you account for this and either bring lots of batteries or have a way to keep your batteries warm.  I suggest travelling with a lot of these heatpacks .

using olympus camera to shoot the sunset at the glacier lagoon in iceland

What You’ll Want to Bring

  • Camera – I am the least likely to discriminate the type of camera you bring.  I’m going to be focusing on mirrorless and DSLR because those are what I know best.  For those wanting a super lightweight set up, I’d recommend micro four thirds .
  • Lenses – Unless you’re shooting puffins, I feel that bringing a long zoom lens will be a waste.  I’d recommend a good all-around lens in the 24-70mm range (12-40mm in the M43 world) and pair that with a super wide angle like the 16-35mm (7-144mm for M43).  A fun addition for your trip would be a fisheye lens.  I brought the Olympus 8mm f1.8 Fisheye  which worked out very well for my northern lights shoot.
  • Filters – If you want to have any hope of shooting silky smooth water shots, you’re going to need to bring the right ND filters.  I’d recommend an ND8 at a minimum.  Another filter that you’ll want to have is a circular polarizer to cuts glare and reflections, allowing deep, natural colours to show through with great saturation.  Lastly, if you have the money, you can also invest in a more sophisticated glass plate kit such as the one by Formatt Hitech .
  • Tripod – Key for any sunset, sunrise, star trail, geyser, long exposure water, or northern lights shots.  I recommend bringing a lightweight carbon fibre one to make it easy to carry in your pack while hiking.  I travel with the  Sirui T-024X  which isn’t exactly a well known brand but it is affordable, sturdy, and gets the job done when travelling.
  • Microfibre cloths – Bring lots and lots of these.  As I mentioned above, all of mine were soaked when I was out shooting in the rain.
  • Lots of batteries and memory cards – Depending on your camera, bring what you think you’ll need and then some.
  • Car charging accessories – Remember you’ll be driving around the island in a car and to keep up with my battery demands, I always made sure I was queueing up the next dead battery.
  • Protection from water – If your camera isn’t weather sealed, you’ll want to protect it somehow.  If it’s your camera, you should consider picking up  rain sleeves .  If it’s your phone, one of these waterproof cases should do.
  • Carrying bag – Last but not least is a good backpack.  Yes it’s true that you’ll have the luxury of keeping your gear in the car most of the time but once you’re out and about, you’ll need to bring your selected gear with you.  I travelled with the discontinued  Kata 3N1-30 which I quite liked.  I’ve since retired it and right now the best travel bag out there on the market has to be the Peak Design Everyday Backpack which I review here .

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Amazing 8-Day ICELAND RING ROAD Itinerary (with 43 Best Stops)

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Iceland – The Land of Ice and Fire, known for the Northern Lights, Blue Lagoon, volcanoes, glaciers, spectacular glacier caves, waterfalls, black-sand beaches, puffins, and the list goes on is a must-see destination.

Here is an amazing Iceland Ring Road itinerary that will take you to the most unforgettable places in Iceland. This itinerary can easily be adjusted from 7 to 10 days to accommodate your schedule.

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  • 1. Map of Iceland Ring Road Itinerary
  • 2. Iceland Ring Road Itinerary - 7 to 10 Days (with 43 Best Stops)
  • 2.1. DAY 1 of Iceland Road Ring Itinerary
  • 2.1.1. Thingvellir National Park
  • 2.1.2. Geysir Geothermal Area
  • 2.1.3. Gullfoss (Golden Waterfall)
  • 2.1.4. Kerid Crater
  • 2.2. DAY 2 of Iceland Road Ring Itinerary
  • 2.2.1. Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • 2.2.2. Skogafoss Waterfall
  • 2.2.3. Dyrholaey Lighthouse and Arch
  • 2.2.4. Reynisfjara (Black Sand Beach) and Reynisdrangar
  • 2.2.5. Fjadrargljufur Canyon
  • 2.2.6. Svartifoss (Black Waterfall)
  • 2.2.7. Hofskirkja Turf Church
  • 2.3. DAY 3 of Iceland Ring Road itinerary
  • 2.3.1. Diamond Beach
  • 2.3.2. Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
  • 2.3.3. Stokksnes Peninsula
  • 2.3.4. Seydisfjordur
  • 2.4. DAY 4 of Iceland Ring Road itinerary
  • 2.4.1. Studlagil Canyon
  • 2.4.2. Dettifoss Waterfall
  • 2.4.3. Krafla Volcanic Caldera
  • 2.4.4. Hverir Geothermal Area
  • 2.4.5. Grjotagja
  • 2.4.6. Hverfjall Volcano
  • 2.4.7. Dimmuborgir Lava Field
  • 2.4.8. Skutustadir Pseudocraters
  • 2.5. DAY 5 of Iceland Ring Road itinerary
  • 2.5.1. Husavik Whale-Watching Tour
  • 2.5.2. Godafoss Waterfall
  • 2.5.3. Siglufjordur
  • 2.5.4. Trollaskagi Lighthouse
  • 2.6. DAY 6 of Iceland Ring Road Itinearay
  • 2.6.1. Hofsos Village
  • 2.6.2. Glaumbaer Farm and Museum
  • 2.6.3. Vidimyrarkirkja Turf Church
  • 2.6.4. Kolugljufur Canyon and Kolufossar Waterfalls
  • 2.6.5. Hvitserkur
  • 2.6.6. Viking Longhouse at Eiriksstadir
  • 2.7. DAY 7 of Iceland Ring Road Itinerary
  • 2.7.1. Mount Kirkjufell and Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall
  • 2.7.2. Svodufoss Waterfall
  • 2.7.3. Skardsvik Beach
  • 2.7.4. Ondverdarnes Cape and Ondverdarnesviti Lighthouse
  • 2.7.5. Saxholl Crater
  • 2.7.6. Djupalonssandur - Black Lava Pearl Beach
  • 2.7.7. Arnarstapi
  • 2.7.8. Raudfeldsgja Gorge
  • 2.7.9. Gerduberg Cliffs
  • 2.8. DAY 8 of Iceland Ring Road Itinerary
  • 2.8.1. Blue Lagoon

Map of Iceland Ring Road Itinerary

Iceland Ring Road Itinerary – 7 to 10 Days (with 43 Best Stops)

Iceland Ring Road Itinerary - 7 to 10 Days (with 43 Best Stops)

Day 1 of iceland road ring itinerary.

  • Driving Distance: 167 miles
  • Driving Time: 3 hours, 51 minutes

1. Thingvellir National Park

2. The Geysir Geothermal Area

3. Gullfoss Waterfall

4. Kerid Crater

Thingvellir National Park

What you need to know is that Thingvellir, the Geysir Geothermal Area, and Gullfoss Waterfall are part of Iceland’s famous and very popular area known as the Golden Circle .

Needless to say, Thingvellir National Park is a fascinating place and I am excited to start your Iceland Ring Road itinerary in Thingvellir.

Thingvellir has an interesting historical heritage as well as some incredible geological traits.

First of all, the Althing , an open-air assembly representing the whole of Iceland, was established in Thingvellir in 930 and continued to meet until 1798.

Thingvellir National Park

Thingvellir National Park / Iceland Ring Road Itinerary

Second, Thingvellir is the place where you can see the edges of North American and Euroasian plates known as the Mid-Atlantic Rift . The tectonic plates move apart at approximately 2.5 centimeters a year!

What is incredible is that you can snorkel or dive in between the continental plates in one of the ravines called Silfra . The water in the ravine is filled with the meltwater from Langjokull Glacier and it is famous for being crystal clear enabling visibility of over a hundred meters.

If snorkeling or diving in Silfra is something you want to add to your Iceland bucket list then check out DIVE.IS Silfra: Snorkeling Between Tectonic Plates . If they are totally booked then see if Silfra Fissure Arctic Adventures: Silfra Drysuit Snorkeling has any open spots.

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Silfra / Iceland Ring Road Itinerary

Geysir Geothermal Area

The next stop is the Geysir Geothermal Area .

The main feature of the Geysir Geothermal Area used to be the famous Geysir . However, currently, it is dormant. You can still stop by it and marvel at the colorful geyserite along the perimeter of Geysir.

Nowadays, the main attraction is Strokkur . It erupts approximately every 8 minutes and explodes 25-35 meters into the air.

Another spot you should not miss is Blesi , which are two hot springs that have an incredible blue color and are separated into two round shapes at look like two blue eyes.

Mt. Laugarfjall towers over the Geysir Geothermal Area and I want to encourage you to hike up to the top. It is a short hike and it is totally worth it. There are a couple of observation platforms and you will get to enjoy some stunning views of the area.

On the way out, make sure to stop at Litli-Geysir and Smidur which are small holes with boiling and bubbling water. You might get lucky and see them erupt!

Strokkur

Strokkur in Geysir Geothermal Area / Iceland Ring Road Itinerary

Gullfoss (Golden Waterfall)

You are going to be in awe when you see Gullfoss (Golden Waterfall)! It cascades 32 meters in two spectacular stages. The canyon walls surrounding Gullfoss reach heights of up to 70 meters composing a dramatic scenery.

You can really see the power of Gullfoss during the summer months when approximately 140 cubic meters of water surge down every second.

There are several viewing platforms , so make your way up there for some spectacular views of the waterfall and Gullfossgjufur Canyon .

Gullfoss

Gullfoss / Iceland Ring Road Itinerary

Intrepid’s Tip: 

Stop for a bite to eat at Fridheimar Tomato Farm and Restaurant . It is definitely a unique dining experience. The farm harnesses geothermal energy and uses artificial lights and a climate-control system to grow tomatoes and other vegetables all year round. They serve all kinds of dishes all tomato-inspired right in their greenhouse. If you are visiting in the summertime, you might want to catch their horse show as well.

Kerid Crater

Kerid Crater is one of the most visually stunning places in Iceland. The vivid red caldera dotted with bright green vegetation surrounding the bright, sapphire-colored waters of the crater lake will take your breath away!

The reason why Kerid’s slopes are such a bright red color is due to the iron deposits. And, since Kerid is a youngster compared to other volcanic craters in Iceland the deposits have not turned black yet.

There is a path that goes around the crater’s perimeter and if you are to it, you can hike down to the lake.

Have some cash on hand, because there is an entrance fee of 450 ISK to see Kerid Crater (collected by the landowners as of February 2023).

Kerid Crater

Kerid Crater / Iceland Ring Road Itinerary

Where To Stay: 

My recommendation is to stay in Hella.

The two places that I stayed at are Stracta Hotel , which is mid-range (breakfast included), and Hotel Ranga , which is more expensive (breakfast included as well). Both of them have restaurants on-site, which makes it convenient.

DAY 2 of Iceland Road Ring Itinerary

  • Driving Distance: 204 miles
  • Driving Time: 4 hours, 40 minutes

1. Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

2. Skógafoss Waterfall

3. Dyrhólaey Lighthouse and Arch

4. Reynisfjara Beach

5. Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon

6. Svartifoss

7. Hofskirkja

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall is a stunning waterfall that is fed by the melting water from a famed glacier-capped Eyjafjallajokull Volcano (this is the same volcano that erupted in 2010).

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall cascades over steep cliffs some 60 meters down into a meadow dotted with pretty flowers (if you are visiting in the summertime!).

The main attraction here is a path that leads behind Seljalandsfoss Waterfall into a small cave. Once in the cave, you will get this iconic view of the curtain of water in front of you.

Make sure to protect your camera and wear a rain jacket or a poncho!

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall / Iceland Ring Road Itinerary

Intrepid’s Tip:

After you visit Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, continue hiking north for no more than 5-10 minutes. Soon, you will reach another stunning waterfall called Gljufrabui.

Glijufrabui Waterfall is hidden behind a rock face and as a result, it is often missed. However, it is unique because it falls from a concave cliff and you can photograph the cascading water from different angles. Hands down, you will be impressed by this waterfall!

Iceland Ring Road Itinerary

Gljufrabui Waterfall / Iceland Ring Road Itinerary 

Skogafoss Waterfall

You will be able to see Skogafoss Waterfall right from the Ring Road and it is an absolutely picture-perfect view!

Skogafoss is one of Iceland’s biggest waterfalls with a width of 25 meters and a drop of 60 meters. It is a famous spot to see single or double rainbows on sunny days due to the amount of mist it produces.

You will be able to walk up quite close to it, however, a rain jacket or a poncho would be great. Also, protect your camera!

If you are up to it, then you should hike up to the observation platform to get an above view of the waterfall.

Skogafoss

Skogafoss Waterfall / Iceland Ring Road Itinerary 

Dyrholaey Lighthouse and Arch

Dyrholaey is a small peninsula famous for its picturesque Dyrholaey Lighthouse and Arch , and stunning views of the Black Sand Beach and black lava columns Reynisdrangar .

To get there, from the Ring Road turn right onto Road 218 and continue for no more than 10-15 minutes until you reach a junction. Turn right at the junction and continue for about 10 minutes until you reach the parking area.

Hands down, the views are breathtaking here!

To the north of you will be  Myrdalsjokull Glacier , to the east will the black lava columns Reynisdrangar and to the west, you will be able to see the Black Sand Beach stretching for miles, and then right in front of you will be the famous Dyrholaey Arch .

What is really cool is that you can walk on the arch!

The name Dyrholaey means door hill island in Icelandic. The power of the ocean waves over the centuries has worn the black basalt rock into a 120-meter-high arch.

Dyrholaey

Dyrholaey Arch / Iceland Ring Road Itinerary 

When you are ready drive back to the junction and then turn right and drive to the lower section of the peninsula. Here, you will be able to see a cool-looking sea stack called  Arnardrangur Eagle Rock . There are many boardwalks that you can take and look for puffins.

If the tide is low then you can venture out to the black beach. However, be warned that the waves can be very strong and powerful!

Iceland Ring Road Itinerary

Arnardrangur Eagle Rock /  Iceland Ring Road Itinerary 

Dyrholaey is closed to the public during the nesting season (usually at the beginning of May and then limited access until the middle of June). The lower section should be open at all times. Make sure to check at a local information center.

Puffins make their nests in Dyrholaey’s grassy hills. Be on the lookout for arctic terns as well, however, a word of caution, they are very protective of their nests, so make sure to keep your distance.

Dyrholaey Lighthouse

Dyrholaey Lighthouse / Iceland Ring Road Itinerary 

Reynisfjara (Black Sand Beach) and Reynisdrangar

Reynisfjara is a beautiful black sand beach famous for, of course, the black sand, but also for stunning views of Reynisdrangar sea stacks near the shore of the beach, basalt columns , and Halsaneshellir Cave .

Reynisdrangar spiky basalt sea stacks jut from the ocean 66 meters into the air. And, a legend says that the stacks originated when two trolls dragged a three-masted ship to land unsuccessfully and when daylight broke they became needles of rock.

Another unique sight is the extraordinary basalt column formations and vaulted basalt column Halsaneshellir Cave .

Just a word of caution here! The waves could be very strong and dangerous. Make sure that you are venturing out to this area during the low tide and on a calm day.

Reynisdrangar

Reynisdrangar Sea Stacks / Iceland Ring Road Itinerary 

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Reynisdrangar Basalt Column Formations / Iceland Ring Road Itinerary 

Fjadrargljufur Canyon

Next is the grand Fjadrargljufur Canyon ! In my opinion, it is one of the most stunning canyons that you will ever see.

When you reach Road 206 on Ring Road, turn left and continue for about 3 km until you reach a parking lot.

Fjadrargljufur Canyon or Feather River Canyon is truly an incredible sight. It is 100 m deep and 2 km long. It is famous for its stunning twisting walls covered with moss and the Fjadra River flowing through it.

There is a marked path starting from the parking lot that leads along the top of the canyon to several great viewpoints.

Fjadrargljufur Canyon

Fjadrargljufur Canyon / Iceland Ring Road Itinerary 

Svartifoss (Black Waterfall)

The next stop is Svartifoss Waterfall (Black Waterfall).

Although it is only a single-drop waterfall, it is visually stunning by being surrounded by hexagonal basalt columns.

These columns were created  by the cooling and contracting of lava which causes the ground to crack into long, geometric columns. This process is called columnar jointing.

The basalt columns have provided inspiration for Icelandic architects, most visibly in the Hallgrímskirkja church in Reykjavík, the National Theatre, and the church in Akureyri

It takes no more than 1-1.5 hours (2 km) to get to the waterfall from the parking lot. The hike is slightly up the hill. On the way to Svartifoss, you will pass by Heygotufoss and Hundafoss Waterfalls.

Svartifoss

Svartifoss Waterfall / Iceland Ring Road Itinerary 

Hofskirkja Turf Church

Hofskirkja Turf Church is one of the only 6 turf churches still in existence. It was built near the end of the 18th century. Its walls are made of rock and the roof is made of stone slabs all covered with turf.

By the church, you will find lots of mounds. These are the graves that are part of the nearby cemetery.

Hofskirkja Turf Chruch

Hofskirkja Turf Chruch / Iceland Ring Road Itinerary 

I have always stayed at Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon . It is my top choice in the area near Skaftafell. It is a beautiful hotel with all kinds of amenities. My recommendation is to splurge and enjoy!

After you check into your hotel, take a short drive to Eystri-Fellsjara Diamond Beach . it is no more than a 20-minute drive from Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon.

Diamond Beach is an incredible black beach with huge chunks of ice scattered on the beach and floating in the water. And, at sunset is simply an amazing view! If you are not up to it, it is ok, you will be there tomorrow morning!

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Eystri-Fellsjara Diamond Beach at Sunset / Iceland Ring Road Itinerary 

DAY 3 of Iceland Ring Road itinerary

  • Driving Distance: 300 miles
  • Driving Time: 6 hours, 38 minutes

1. Diamond Beach

2. Jokusarlon Glacier Lagoon

3. Stokksnes

4. Seydisfjordur

Diamond Beach

If you went to Diamond Beach for sunset the day before, then, trust me, it is going to look so different during the day. So, my recommendation is to start your day at Diamond Beach.

This black beach is covered with glistening chunks of ice that broke from Vatnajokull Glacier and floated from Jokulsarlon Lagoon to Diamond Beach. And, once you see it, you will be in awe!

Diamond Beach

Diamond Beach / Iceland Ring Road Itinerary 

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Jokulsarlon is a large glacial lagoon at the foot of the Vatnajokull Glacier . As the ice melts, giant icebergs break away from the glacier. It is quite a sight to see them floating in the lagoon and gently moving toward the ocean and finally being washed on the shore of Diamond Beach.

What is very special is that the giant icebergs come not only in different sizes and shapes but also they appear in different colors ranging from bright blue to milky white as well as being translucent.

What you need to know is that the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon has increased in size 4 times since the 1970s. It is a perfect example of the destructive impact of global warming on the Vatnajokull Glacier which is melting at an alarming rate.

The best way to explore Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon is to join a tour. There are different tours available. I am recommending Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon Tour . They offer Zodiac Tours and Amphibian Tours. Hands down, you should go on a Zodiac Tour . On the Zodiac boat, you will be able to cover large areas of the glacier lagoon and get closer to the icebergs than on the amphibian. In addition, these are small group tours!

Besides fabulous icebergs, you will be able to see many seals lounging on the icebergs. And, if you like birdwatching, then you might be able to cross arctic terns, seagulls, and great skuas off your Iceland bird list.

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon / Iceland Ring Road Itinerary 

Stokksnes Peninsula

Stokksnes Peninsula is one of the most picturesque spots you will visit in Iceland.

In the distance, you will see the stunning Vestrahorn Mountains , and in front of you will be a long stretch of black sand beach with sand dunes dotted with tufts of grass. It is a picture-perfect sight!

Now, what makes this area so unique is the reflection of the Vestrahorn Mountains in the lagoon at the foot of the mountain with the back sand beach in the foreground. It is truly a photographer’s dream!

Not far from the beach, you will find an abandoned Viking Village which was built in 2010 for Icelandic director Baltasar Kormakur. Also, there is a lighthouse, but neither of these places is anything that you need to add to your list of places to visit.

Make sure to have some cash ready or your credit card handy. Stokksness is located on privately owned land. There is a fee of 900 ISK to enter the peninsula which you can pay at the Viking Cafe operated by the owner of the land.

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Stokksnes Peninsula / Iceland Ring Road Itinerary 

Seydisfjordur

Seydisfjordur is a small picturesque town that sits on the fjord. It is located about 30 minutes from Ring Road.

The road leading to it has some of the most breathtaking scenery. It climbs over a snow-capped mountain pass (expect to see snow even during the summer months). Next, you will travel into a valley and continue along the Fjadrara River .

Right before you reach Seydisfjordur, you will be passing by Gufufoss Waterfall . There is a small parking lot, so pull over and snap a few pictures of this gorgeous waterfall.

However, what draws tourists to Seydisfjordur is an iconic Blue Church Seydisfjardarkirkja with a rainbow path leading to it.

The street is also lined with many cafes and souvenir shops, so make sure to stop for a bite to eat and check out a couple of shops.

Seydisfjordur

Seydisfjordur / Iceland Ring Road Itinerary 

My recommendation is to stay in Egilsstadir. There are plenty of places to choose from. I stayed at Hotel Eyvindara and Gistihusid Lake Hotel . Hotel Eyvindara is a seasonal hotel with simple rooms and cabins. Gistihusid Lake Hotel is fancier and located right at the lake.

However, another place that I want you to check out is about an hour away from Egilsstadir. It is called Borgarfjordur and it is a small fishing village. I stayed at Blabjorg Resort . It is a special place, remote and you will feel like you are at the end of the world! Plus, if you are a birdwatcher and puffins are on your list of birds to see, then Borgartjordur is the place to go.

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Puffins in Borgarfjordur / Iceland Ring Road Itinerary 

DAY 4 of Iceland Ring Road itinerary

  • Driving Distance: 256 miles
  • Driving Time: 6 hours, 36 minutes

1. Studlagil Canyon

2. Detifoss Waterfall

3. Krafla Caldera

4. Heverir Geothermal Area

5. Grjotagja

6. Hverfjall Volcano

7. Dimmuborgir Lava Field

8. Skutustadir Psueudocraters

Studlagil Canyon

Ok, so the first stop today is Studlagil Canyon . I saw this canyon several times and every time I am in awe of how amazing it is! It has the largest number of basalt rock columns in Iceland and a stunning blue-green glacial river flowing through it.

Studlagil Canyon was created by a glacial river. However, it was inaccessible and completely submerged under the Jokla River until 2009 when a hydroelectric plant was built. The water level decreased and revealed stunning hexagonal basalt rock columns framing the canyon.

These hexagonal columns are formed in a process called columnar jointing. It happens when basaltic lava flows and cools slowly over time and cracks into symmetrical patterns.

Studlagil Canyon is not super easy to get to, which is kind of challenging and special. It is an off-the-beaten-path destination making it one of Iceland’s hidden gems.

What you need to know is that there are 2 viewpoints. One is on the west side and the second is on the east side of the canyon. My recommendation is to head directly to the viewpoint on the east side of the canyon for the best views.

Now, if you just type Studlagil Canyon into Google Maps, it will give you directions to the west side view of the canyon. This is not what you want. You need directions to the east-side viewpoint and here is how to do it:

  • From Ring Road turn onto Road 923.
  • From road 923 turn into a dirt road called Jokuldalsvegur .
  • After driving south on Jokuldalsvegur dirt road for about 16 km (10 miles), you will come to a junction in the road. There is a sign for Grund Farm to the left. Turn left and after a short drive, you will reach the first parking lot.
  • Continue driving until you reach a small white bridge . Cross the bridge. Once you cross the bridge, you will be on the east side of the canyon. Continue driving for about 1.25 miles (2 km) until you reach the second parking lot.
  • Ahead of you is an easy 2.5 mile (4 km) hike with little elevation change and before you know it, you will reach the viewpoint!

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Studlagil Canyon / Iceland Ring Road Itinerary 

Dettifoss Waterfall

Are you ready to meet Dettifoss Waterfall , the most powerful and voluminous waterfall in Iceland? It plummets 45 meters (150 feet) down and it is 100 meters (330 feet) wide. It is often referred to as the Beast as it has an average water flow of 193 meters cubed per second (6,186 cubic feet).

Dettifoss is fed from the glacier river Jokulsa a Fjollum which originates from Vatnajokull Glacier.

Make sure to make your way to an observational platform, which overlooks the waterfall. Also, with the amount of mist it generates, be prepared to get very wet! If you happen to be visiting on a sunny day, then you will be rewarded with the most spectacular rainbows .

Dettifoss

Dettifoss Waterfall / Iceland Ring Road Itinerary 

Krafla Volcanic Caldera

Krafla Volcanic Caldera is a large volcanic area, about 10 km wide and 90 km long. It is on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and is one of the most active volcanic areas in Iceland.

Since 1977 the Krafla area has been the source of the geothermal energy used by a 60 MWe  power station .

Krafla includes Víti, an explosion crater, with a spectacular icy blue crater lake inside it. The word viti means hell in the Icelandic language.

Also, do not miss Leirhnjukur Lava Field . There is a trail that runs through these steamy lava fields and make sure to have your camera ready because it is a visually stunning place!

A Quick Read: 

What is a caldera?

A caldera is a large depression formed when a volcano erupts and collapses. During a volcanic eruption, magma present in the magma chamber underneath the volcano is expelled, often forcefully. When the magma chamber empties, the support that the magma had provided inside the chamber disappears. As a result, the sides and top of the volcano collapse inward. Calderas vary in size from one to 100 kilometers (0.62 to 62 miles) in diameter.

Source: National Geographic

Viti in Krafla

Viti in Krafla / Iceland Ring Road Itinerary 

Leirhnjukur Lava Field

Leirhnjukur Lava Field / Iceland Ring Road Itinerary 

Hverir Geothermal Area

Hverir Geothermal Area , also known as Hverir, Namafjall, Namaskard, or Hverardnd is a large geothermal area with smoking fumaroles, hissing steam vents, and bubbling mud pools.

You will be amazed by the colors of the sulfur crystals inside the cracked grounds and needless to say, the distinctive sulfur smell from fumarole gas that contains hydrogen sulfide will accompany you at this stop on the Iceland Ring Road itinerary!

The parking lot is next to the viewing platform where you can get the first glimpse of the area. However, make sure to take a short trail that meanders through and gets you closer to the smoking fumaroles, steam vents, and bubbling mud pools.

Another trail that I am recommending is Namafjall Loop Trail ! It is an easy 2.5 km long trail that goes to Namafjall Mountian and starts right by the viewing platform. Along the way, you will be rewarded with fantastic views of the Hverir Geothermal Area as well as Lake Myvatn.

If you decide to do the hike, then keep in mind that the Namafjall Trail is a loop and you can do it in either direction. My recommendation is to start it counterclockwise. The incline on the right side is more gradual and it is easier to hike. All in all, the hike should not take you longer than about 1 hour.

Hverir

Hverir Geothermal Area / Iceland Ring Road Itinerary 

The next section of the Iceland Ring Road itinerary will take you around Lake Myvatn .

You will need to take Road 848 which goes around the lake for 36 km and you will explore some of the most amazing places

Before we dive into the remaining stops of the day, I want to tell you a bit about Lake Myvatn.

Lake Myvatn is a shallow lake set in a unique volcanic landscape. Many different species of birds nestle here. It has fascinating flora, however, it is famous for its geological diversity.

The lake itself was created approximately 2300 years ago by a volcanic eruption.

One attraction that you will hear about is Myvatn Nature Baths . They are often considered a better alternative to the Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik. In my opinion, both places are great. However, if this is your first-time visit to Iceland, I feel that you can’t miss Blue Lagoon and I scheduled it for the last day of your itinerary before you head home.

Lake Myvatn is home to midges in summer! The closer you get to the lake the more abundant they are. Sometimes they are tolerable and other times they come in waves. I tried and unfortunately, any insect repellant did not work for me. My recommendation is to wear a hat, and sunglasses and tie a scarf around your nose and mouth.

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Lake Myvatn / Iceland Ring Road Itinerary 

Grjotagja is a small volcanic cave with an amazing blue-colored hot pool. It is worth making a quick stop and seeing it.

However, the water temperature is unstable and visitors are not allowed to soak in the hot pool.

Grjotagja

Grjotagja / Iceland Ring Road Itinerary 

Hverfjall Volcano

The next stop is Hverfjall Volcano .

Hverfjall is a 396 m (1,300 ft) high tephra explosion crater that boasts a conical shape.

The term tephra defines all pieces of all fragments of rock ejected into the air by an erupting volcano. Most tephra falls back onto the slopes of the volcano, enlarging it, hence the conical shape of Hverfjall.

There is a trail that will take you to the rim. The hike is fairly easy and will take you no more than 20-30 minutes. Once at the top, you can walk around the rim and enjoy the views of Lake Myvatn, Dimmuborgir, and the surrounding lava fields.

Hverfjall

Hverfjall Volcano / Iceland Ring Road Itinerary 

Dimmuborgir Lava Field

Dimmuborgir, or Dark Castles, Lava Field is an area of dramatically shaped lava formations reminiscent of collapsed castles.

These formations were created when flowing lava pooled over the ponds. The water boiled and the vapor rose through the lava forming lava pillars ranging from drainpipe size up to several meters in diameter. As the lava continued flowing towards the lower ground in the Myvatn area, the top crust collapsed, but the hollow pillars of solidified lava remained.

The flowing lava must have been at least 10 m deep, as estimated by the tallest structures still standing.

When you reach Dimmuborgir’s entrance, there is a large map with many hiking trails . My recommendation is to just take any short paved trail so that you can get up close to these spectacular formations.

Dimmuborgir

Dimmuborgir Lava Field/ Iceland Ring Road Itinerary 

Skutustadir Pseudocraters

The next stop is Skutustadagigar Pseudocraters .

Hands down, these are the most interesting natural phenomena that I have ever encountered! From a distance, they look like giant bowls.

Skutustadagigar Pseudocraters are also called rootless craters as they are not connected to a direct magma conduit. They were formed when lava flowed over the wetlands, pools, and boggy areas and created giant pressurized steam caps beneath the surface. Extreme steam pressure caused explosions creating the pseudocraters.

Several trails circle around the pseudocraters and you will be able to get a closer look at these unique formations.

Skutustadir

Skutustadir Pseudocraters / Iceland Ring Road Itinerary 

Tonight stay in Husavik . It will be a perfect location for the next day’s early morning whale-watching activity.

My favorite place to stay in Husavik is Fosshotel Husavik . It is a beautiful, modern hotel that I am sure you are going to love! Do not skip the fabulous breakfast. It is top-notch!

DAY 5 of Iceland Ring Road itinerary

Driving Distance: 106 miles

Driving Time: 2 hours, 33 minutes

1. Husavik – Whale-Watching Tour

2. Godafoss Waterfall

3. Siglufjordur

4. Trollaskagi Lighthouse

Husavik Whale-Watching Tour

Start your day with  Big Whales and Puffins Tour . It is a 2-hour whale-watching tour on a RIB boat from the harbor of Husavík – The Whale Capital of Iceland. The RIB boats are fast and able to cover good distances making it more likely to have a close encounter with the giants. What I like the most is that these boats are small and can only accommodate 12 passengers.

Make a note that the puffin season is from about 1st May to 20th August. Outside that timeframe, the tours are Big Whales exclusive.

You will be given a water-resistant overall suit and a life vest. However, dress warm, wear a hat, and bring gloves.

Whale-watching in Husavik

Whale-watching in Husavik / Iceland Ring Road Itinerary

Godafoss Waterfall

Godafoss Waterfall is fed by the  Skjalfandafljot River which falls from a height of 12 meters over a width of 30 meters.

The origin of the waterfall’s name is not completely clear. In modern Icelandic, the name can be read either as a waterfall of the god (pagan idols) or a waterfall of the godi (chieftain).

Linguist and placename expert Svavar Sigmundsson suggests that the name derives from two crags at the falls which resemble pagan idols.

There a 1.8-mile trail loops around the waterfall area . It will take you to a platform on the west side and you will get an awesome view of the waterfall.

Next, walk across the bridge to the east side and hike to the platform on the east side to get a different view of the waterfall.

Godafoss

Godafoss / Iceland Ring Road Itinerary 

Siglufjordur

Next is Siglufjörður, a small fishing town in a narrow fjord with the same name on the northern coast of Iceland, and this is where you are going to spend the night.

Siglufjordur is the site of The Herring Era Museum , a maritime museum that opened in 1994. The town grew up around the herring industry that was very strong in the 1940s and 1950s.

If you are a fan of Ragnar Jonasson then you probably already know that Siglufjordur is the setting of his detective series Dark Iceland .

Siglufjordur

 Siglufjordur / Iceland Ring Road Itinerary 

Trollaskagi Lighthouse

The orange Trollaskagi Lighthouse is located at the most northern point of Siglufjordur. From a distance, it looks like orange boxes stacked on top of each other and perched at the end of a cliff overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Trollaskagi Lighthouse

Trollaskagi Lighthouse / Iceland Ring Road Itinerary 

Tonight, you will stay in Siglufjordur at Siglo Hotel . It is one of my favorite hotels in Iceland. The location is perfect right on the pier with a great view. The rooms are big and the beds are comfy. I guarantee that you will not want to leave!

DAY 6 of Iceland Ring Road Itinearay

Driving Distance: 293 miles

Driving Time: 7 hours

1. Hofsos Village

2. Glaumbaer Farm and Museum

3. Vidimyrarkirkja Turf Church

4. Kolugljufur Canyon and Kolufossar Waterfalls

5. Hvitserkur

6. Eiriksstadir

Hofsos Village

The first stop on day 6 of the Iceland Ring Road itinerary is Hofsos .

If you are a history buff, then my recommendation is to stop at the Icelandic Emigration Centre (Vesturfarasetrid) . It is a fascinating museum that details the mass emigration of Icelanders to North America in the late 1800s.

Hofsos thermal swimming pool is another attraction that you should not miss! It is one of the most beautiful infinity pools that I have seen. If the weather is nice, then this is a perfect spot to enjoy the pool and the stunning views of the island Drangey which rises almost vertically out of the sea.

Finally, just 4 km past Hofsos, you will find Grafarkirkja Turf Church , Iceland’s oldest turf church.

It was Gísli Þorlaksson, bishop of Holar in the late 17th century. The church is believed to be the work of a well-known wood carver of the time, Gudmundur Gudmundsson, whose baroque carvings can be seen on the altar and verge boards.

Grafarkirkja Turf Church

Grafarkirkja Turf Church / Iceland Ring Road Itinerary 

Glaumbaer Farm and Museum

Glaumbaer Farm and Museum is a fascinating place! This perfectly preserved farm comprises 13 buildings and offers a rare insight into how Icelandic people lived in the past.

The buildings date from 1750 and 1879. They were inhabited until 1947. However, the site itself dates back to the Settlement of Iceland in the 9th century.

The houses are constructed with turf and insulated with thick Icelandic grass. Although they look like single dwellings, they are all connected by a narrow corridor. The rooms include a kitchen, pantries, storerooms, a workshop, and a communal living room. There are lots of interesting artifacts on display like toys that are made of animal bones and shoes made out of fish skin.

As I was told, the farm was home to Snorri Þorfinsson, the first American born of European parents, in the 11th century. Snorri was the son of Gudrídur Þorbjarnardottir and Þorfinnur Karlsefni and was born while his parents were on an expedition to the Americas long before Columbus.

Snorri’s mother, Gudrídur, is considered Iceland’s most-traveled woman of her time. The sculpture of Gudrídur by Asmundur Sveinsson can be seen in front of the Glaumbaer Church.

Glaumbaer Farm and Museum

Glaumbaer Farm and Museum / Iceland Ring Road Itinerary 

Vidimyrarkirkja Turf Church

Vidimyrarkirkja Turf Church was built in 1834. It was constructed with turf from Vidimyr and driftwood from the Skagi peninsula.

In front of it is a lychgate which was built in 1836. The bell that is hung inside it dates back to 1630.

The church is a photographer’s dream with bright orange frames around the windows and a green-painted door and gate contrasting beautifully with the black front.

Vidimyrarkirkja Turf Church

Vidimyrarkirkja Turf Church / Iceland Ring Road Itinerary 

Kolugljufur Canyon and Kolufossar Waterfalls

The next stop is Kolugljufur Canyon and its Kolufossar Waterfalls .

A series of waterfalls, Kolufossar Waterfalls, are created by Vididalsa River , Iceland’s salmon river, as it flows flowing through the narrow Kolugljufur Canyon and then plunges down the gorge.

There is a viewing platform right next to the bridge where you can get a pretty good view of the canyon and the waterfalls. If you are up to it and want to stretch your legs for a bit, then take a path that meaders on the edge of the canyon and goes on for about 1 km.

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Kolugljufur Canyon / Iceland Ring Road Itinerary 

Next, we are heading toward the Vatnsnes Peninsula and the first stop here is Hvitserkur protruding from Hunafloi Bay.

Hvitserkur, known as the Troll of Northwest Iceland,  is a 15 m high basalt stack with two holes at the base, which give it the appearance of a dragon (rhino, elephant, or dinosaur) that is drinking.

The base of the stack has been reinforced with concrete to protect its foundations from the sea.

Several species of birds, such as gulls and fulmars, live at Hvítserkur and its name and hence the name Hvitserkur, White Shirt , comes from the color of the bird droppings deposited on its rocks.

Hvitserkur

Hvitserkur / Iceland Ring Road Itinerary 

Viking Longhouse at Eiriksstadir

I was debating whether I should add this stop to the itinerary or not. I finally decided to add it since you might hear about it. However, you be the judge and decide if it is something that might interest you.

The Vikings started coming over to Iceland to settle around 874 and the Viking Longhouse at Eirisstadir is a reconstruction of one of their dwellings. It is a fun place to visit and see how the Vikings lived.

The staff is dressed in Viking costumes and tells interesting stories about the Vikings. You can even get dressed up in some of the Viking outfits that they provide.

My recommendation is to stay in Grundarfjordur. It is situated right on Snaefellsnes Peninsula which is just a perfect location for exploring the peninsula.

The place that I have stayed at and really enjoyed is called Grundarfjordur Bed and Breakfast . It is a simple no-frills place. It is clean, the beds are comfortable and I enjoyed their breakfast.

DAY 7 of Iceland Ring Road Itinerary

Driving Distance: 205 miles

Driving Time: 5 hours

1. Mount Kirkjufell and Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall

2. Svodufoss

3. Skardsvik Beach

4. Ondverdarness Cape and Ondverdarnesviti Lighthouse

5. Saxholl Crater

6. Djupalonssandur – Black Lava Pearl Beach

7. Arnarstapi

8. Raudfeldsgja Gorge

9. Gerduberg Cliffs

Mount Kirkjufell and Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall

Today the first stop on the Iceland Ring Road itinerary is Mount Kirkjufell and Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall.

Kirkjufell is 463 meters high and its name means Church Mountain as its shape resembles a congregation hall. With Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall in front of it, it becomes one of the most picturesque and most photographed places in Iceland!

Kirkjufellsfoss

 Mount Kirkjufell and Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall / Iceland Ring Road Itinerary 

Svodufoss Waterfall

Svodufoss Waterfall is another picture-perfect waterfall that is very popular to photograph. It is situated in front of the Snaefellsjokull Glacier , and on clear days, you can get fantastic views of the glacier caps of Snaefellsjokull and the waterfall in front of them.

Also, if you are up to it then hike to the top of the waterfall to get a different view. It is an easy hike and it will be good to get a little exercise.

Not far from the Svodufoss, there is also another waterfall called Kerlingarfoss . Not as powerful and impressive, but still worth stopping by.

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Svodufoss Waterfall / Iceland Ring Road Itinerary 

Skardsvik Beach

Are you ready for a change of scenery? After seeing many black sand beaches on this Iceland Ring Road itinerary, Skardsvik Beach is quite a treat to see. It is a beautiful golden sandy beach with turquoise water.

To add a little drama the beach is surrounded by black volcanic rocks which create a stunning contrast with the golden beach and blue water.

Make sure to visit the beach during the low tide and calm weather. Otherwise, use caution because the waves can be very powerful here!

Skardsvik Beach

Skardsvik Beach / Iceland Ring Road Itinerary 

Ondverdarnes Cape and Ondverdarnesviti Lighthouse

Ondverdarnes is the name of the outermost point of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and at the tip of it, you will see a little orange Ondverdarnesviti Lighthouse .

Ondverdarnes used to be a fishing station. You can still see the ruins of the inhabitants’ dwellings and fish storage huts scattered around this narrow strip of land. There is a stone well as well that provided freshwater to the community.

When you visit Ondverdarness and you will see the rocky cliffs, you will understand what adversaries the fisherman had to overcome to work and live in this area.

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Ondverdarnes Cape and Ondverdarnesviti Lighthouse / Iceland Ring Road Itinerary 

Saxholl Crater

The landscape of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula was greatly shaped by an eruption of the Saxholl Crater about 3000 years ago.

You can hike to the top of the crater. There is a path with metal stairs and it takes about 10 minutes to reach the rim of the crater. Once at the rim, you will be rewarded with fantastic views of the Atlantic Ocean and Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

Saxholl Crater

Saxholl Crater / Iceland Ring Road Itinerary 

Djupalonssandur - Black Lava Pearl Beach

Djupalonssandur , Deep Lagoon Beach, is one of the most beautiful places in Iceland.

The path that leads to the beach is called Nautastigur and it means Path of the Bull. Bulls used to be led down this path to a freshwater lagoon called Djupulon, hence the name of the beach.

The path meanders through a lava field with extraordinary lava formations. One of the famous lava formations that you will pass by is called Gatklettur . It has a huge opening right in the middle of it.

Once you reach the beach, you will be able to see lots of metal debris that came from the British trawler which crashed east of Dritvik Cove in 1948.

The beach is made of small ocean-smoothed stones which are called Djupalonsperlur , Pearls of Djupalon.

Make sure not to miss some other fascinating lava rocks. There is one called Sonklettur , Singing Rock, which has a vibrant red color. And, another one called Kerling , Troll Woman, which looks like a humped body carrying a heavy load.

As you are exploring the beach, you will come across the 4 powerlifting stones,  Aflraunasteinar Steinatok used to measure the strength of fishermen.

The names of the lifting stones are Fullsterkur (Strong), Halfsterkur (Half-Strong), Halfdraettingur (Half), and Amlodi (Lightweight). If the fishermen were not able to Halfdraettingur, then they were not accepted as oarsmen on the fishing boats rowing from Dritvík.

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Djupalonssandur Beach / Iceland Ring Road Itinerary 

The next stop of the Iceland Ring Road itinerary is Arnarstapi , a picturesque village situated on the southern side of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

A few things here are worth checking out.

  • First of all, do not miss the stunning Arnarstapi Cliffs made out of basalt columns.
  • Next, make sure to get a glimpse of a fantastic rock formation called Londrangar .
  • Hands down, my favorite is Gatklettur . It is an eroded stone arch and it is just the most perfect photo spot!
  • And, finally, the Statue of Bardur , a striking sculpture created from local stones represents Bardur Snaefellsas, the half-man half-troll.

Londrangar

Londrangar / Iceland Ring Road Itinerary 

Gatklettur

Gatklettur / Iceland Ring Road Itinerary 

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Just a few kilometers from Arnarstapi is Budakirkja , a tiny Lutheran church located in the village of Budir. Its black facade contrasts so beautifully with the surrounding landscape.

Budakirkja

Budakirkja / Iceland Ring Road Itinerary 

Raudfeldsgja Gorge

Raudfeldsgja is a narrow gorge that you can see from a distance. It looks like a small crack in the mountain.

You can go inside and check it out. First, you will feel like you are inside a temple with a small opening at the top and a small stream flowing through it. As you venture further inside, you will be able to see a waterfall.

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Raudfeldsgja Gorge / Iceland Ring Road Itinerary

Gerduberg Cliffs

Gerduberg Cliffs are one of the most impressive formations of hexagonal-shaped stacks and pillars in Iceland

The pillars were created through the process known as Columnar Jointing . It happens when thick basalt lava flows cool, they tend to form hexagonal cracks, called columnar joints.

It is quite a sight to see this army of perfectly shaped pillars standing side-by-side.

They are mostly twelve to fourteen meters high and about one and a half meters in diameter. Some of them are leaning forward.

There is a path that goes from the parking lot to the cliffs and another one that you can take to the top of the cliffs.

Gerduberg Cliffs

Gerduberg Cliffs / Iceland Ring Road Itinerary 

Tonight stay in Reykjavik . I always stay near Keflavik Airport . It is close to the Blue Lagoon (scheduled for tomorrow) and convenient for car rental return. There are several hotels that I stayed in around the airport. They are pretty much all the same. However, check out Courtyard by Marriott Reykjavik . It is clean, the rooms are a good size, and the staff is super nice.

DAY 8 of Iceland Ring Road Itinerary

Driving Distance: 31 miles

Driving Time: 53 minutes

 1. Blue Lagoon

Blue Lagoon

Alrighty, today is the last day of the Iceland Ring Road itinerary.

What I usually do is sleep in a bit and then have a decent breakfast at the Courtyard and pack and hang out. It is a good time for me to think about the trip and go through some of the photos I took along the way.

Then, my recommendation is to head out to the Blue Lagoon and relax your body. Let the water and the minerals calm it all down before you board your plane and head out back home.

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iceland 8 day tour

Private 8 Days Tour Iceland

Join us for an unforgettable journey on our exclusive 7-night, 8-day private multi-day tour of Iceland’s stunning West Coast, South Coast , and Glacier Lagoon . This comprehensive tour package includes accommodations at luxurious 4-star hotels with breakfast for the nights in Reykjavík city , ensuring your comfort and convenience throughout your adventure. You’ll also enjoy the ease of private airport transfers, making your trip seamless from start to finish.

Begin your Icelandic adventure with a convenient airport pickup followed by some leisure time to explore Reykjavik’s vibrant city center on your own, allowing you to adapt to the local time. This tour offers a perfect blend of natural wonders and thrilling activities, including hikes to admire Iceland’s breathtaking hot springs and waterfalls. Conquer the Sólheimajökull Glacier on a guided hike and explore the striking black sand beach at Reynisfjara .

Discover the hidden depths of the Vatnshellir Lava Cave and marvel at the picturesque Kirkjufell Mountain. The tour also covers the enchanting Snæfellsnes Peninsula, the scenic Borgarfjörður region, and the awe-inspiring Glacier Lagoon. Each destination offers unique landscapes and experiences that highlight the diverse beauty of Iceland.

Please note that this tour requires changing hotels several times to maximize your experience across different regions. The order of the itinerary may vary based on your arrival flight to ensure the best possible schedule and enjoyment of each location.

Búðir Church

Tour Itinerary

Day 1 | arrival in iceland.

Welcome to Iceland! Upon arrival, a representative from Iceland Highlights will greet you at the arrival hall, holding a sign with your name on it. After locating our representative, you will be escorted to your private transfer to Reykjavik. Upon arrival at your 4-star hotel in Reykjavik, you can check in and settle into your room.

You will have the rest of the day at your leisure to explore Reykjavik and adapt to the local time. Here are some suggested activities to make the most of your free time:

  • Visit Hallgrimskirkja Church : This iconic landmark offers panoramic views of the city from its tower.
  • Explore Harpa Concert Hall : A stunning piece of modern architecture located by the harbor.
  • Walk around the Old Harbor : Enjoy the scenic views and perhaps book a whale-watching tour.
  • Stroll down Laugavegur Street: Reykjavik’s main shopping street, filled with boutiques, cafes, and restaurants.
  • Relax at a local cafe: Enjoy a cup of coffee or hot chocolate while people-watching in one of Reykjavik’s cozy cafes.

Overnight stay in Reykjavik: 4-star hotel in Reykjavik (Exeter Hotel, Reykjavik Saga, or Similar Standard)

Day 2 | Snæfellsnes Peninsula and Lava Cave

After enjoying breakfast in the morning, embark on your adventure to the West Coast. The first stop is approximately a two-hour scenic drive away, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the breathtaking views of Iceland’s diverse landscapes.

Bjarnarfoss Waterfall

Our first stop of the day is the picturesque Bjarnarfoss Waterfall. Visible from the main highway, this small yet captivating waterfall offers a perfect opportunity to stretch your legs and immerse yourself in Iceland’s natural beauty. Take a short walk to get closer and admire the unique charm of this waterfall.

  • Búðir Church

A few kilometers away on the coastal side lies the iconic Búðir Church. Originally built in 1703, this black church stands out for its distinctive color and historical significance. The church was rebuilt in 1847 and again in 1987, retaining its original design. Búðir Church is a popular spot for photography, especially wedding photos, due to its striking appearance and scenic surroundings.

Snæfellsnes National Park

Next, we enter the enchanting Snæfellsnes National Park, the westernmost part of the peninsula. This area is home to numerous natural wonders, including the mystical Snæfellsjökull Glacier, Djúpalónssandur Black Sand Beach, and Þufubjarg Cliff.

Our journey continues to the charming fishing village of Arnarstapi. Here, you can view the sculpture of Bardur Snaefellsas, a mythological figure who was half-human and half-troll. Arnarstapi is renowned for its dramatic cliffs and unique basalt arches, which you can explore up close. Be cautious near the edges to avoid falling into the cold Atlantic Ocean. Arnarstapi will also be our lunch stop, where you can enjoy a meal while taking in the stunning coastal scenery.

  • Vatnshellir Lava Cave

After lunch, we proceed to the Vatnshellir Lava Cave for an hour-long exploration of this fascinating underground world. The lava tube features two main sections. The upper section showcases unique lava formations and statues, while the lower section, accessible via a long and narrow staircase, takes you deep underground to a place hidden from the outside world for thousands of years. Formed approximately 7,000 years ago during a volcanic eruption, Vatnshellir is famously featured in Jules Verne’s science fiction novel “Journey to the Center of the Earth.”

Djúpalónssandur Black Sand Beach

Our next destination is Djúpalónssandur Black Sand Beach. This beautiful beach is known for its stunning lava rock formations, remnants of a shipwreck, and the famous “Lifting Stones” used to test the strength of local fishermen. The largest stone, Fullsterkur (Full Strength), weighs over 150kg, while the smallest, Amlodi (Useless), weighs 23kg. Walking along the black sand beach, you can hear the Atlantic waves crashing and enjoy the serene beauty of this unique landscape.

  • Kirkjufell Mountain

The last stop of the day is the iconic Kirkjufell Mountain, which fans of the TV show “Game of Thrones” may recognize as Arrowhead Mountain. This distinctive mountain offers stunning photo opportunities and a chance to reflect on the day’s adventures.

After exploring the highlights of the western peninsula, we will return to your accommodation. Relax and enjoy the journey back, and if you are traveling during winter, you may have a chance to witness the northern lights.

Overnight: Borgarfjörður or similar

  • Arnarstapi Village and Cliffs
  • Rauðfeldsgjá Gorge
  • Djúpalónssandur Beach

Day 3 | Borgarfjörður Silver Circle Day

Today, we will embark on an adventure to the Borgarfjörður area, often referred to as the Silver Circle Tour. This region is known as the heartland of the Icelandic Sagas, where the untamed landscapes and striking scenery of West Iceland bring Viking history to life.

  • Glanni Waterfall

Our first stop is Glanni Waterfall, a charming waterfall steeped in Norse mythology. Located on the Nordura River, Glanni cascades over old lava fields called the Grabrokarhraun. From here, you can also enjoy views of the three volcanic craters known as Grabrok, which rise above these fields.

Next, we visit Grábrók, a crater formed by a fissure eruption approximately three thousand years ago. The eruption left behind Grábrók and her two crater sisters. From the top, you can see the massive lava field that covers about seven square kilometers. The view is impressive, showcasing the beautiful Western Region of Borgarfjörður and the small, picturesque lake Hreðarvatn, formed during the eruption.

Deildartunguhver – The Most Powerful Hot Spring in Europe

Our journey continues to Deildartunguhver, famed as the most powerful hot spring in Europe. This geothermal marvel produces more than 180 liters of boiling water per second. You can feel the fierce power of nature as you walk along the boardwalks through clouds of steam, observing the bubbling hot springs from a safe distance.

Reykholt Historic Site

Next, we visit the historic site of Reykholt, home to Snorralaug (Snorri’s Pool), a smaller hot spring where locals have bathed since the 12th century. This pool was mentioned in the medieval writings of Snorri Sturluson, a famous Icelandic poet and chieftain who lived and bathed here. Reykholt is also home to a beautiful old timber church dating back to the 19th century, where you can see a medieval smithy cistern through a viewing glass inside the church.

Hraunfossar – Famous Lava Falls

We then head to Hraunfossar, a stunning series of waterfalls formed by several rivers running about 900 meters across the Hallmundarhraun lava field. This field was created by a volcanic eruption under the nearby Langjokull glacier a thousand years ago. The clear glacial meltwater tumbles into the Hvita (White) River below, offering one of the most breathtaking views in Iceland.

  • Barnafoss Waterfall

A short walk brings us to Barnafoss, or “the waterfall of the children,” known for its tragic tale. A natural stone bridge once spanned these powerful falls, but it was destroyed by a grief-stricken mother after her children fell to their deaths trying to cross it. The falls are a poignant reminder of nature’s beauty and its dangers.

Our final stop is Húsafell, a magical place to unwind with birch woodlands, waterfalls, rugged lava fields, crystal-clear springs, and medieval remains. Húsafell has inspired many artists, including modern-day sculptor Pall Gudmundsson, who creates faces and rock harps from local stones. Here, you can also see the legendary Husafell Stone, used in strength competitions.

The Canyon Baths or Krumma Bath

End your day with a serene soak in the Húsafell Canyon Baths. This environmentally sustainable facility offers two geothermal pools of varying temperatures (30-41°C), each with spectacular views of the surrounding canyon, mountains, and glaciers.

After this activity, your private guide will take you back to the hotel in Borgarfjörður Area

Overnight: Hotel Hamar or similar

Highlights:

  • Grábrók Crater
  • Deildartunguhver Hot Spring
  • The Canyon Bath or Krumma bath

Day 4 | Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon

After enjoying breakfast in the morning, you are set for another day of adventure exploring Iceland’s natural wonders and historic sites.

  • Þingvellir National Park

The first stop of the day is Þingvellir National Park, where you will have a chance to see Thingvellir Lake , the second biggest in Iceland, and walk in a rift where North American and Euro-Asian tectonic plates meet. It is also known as the site of Althing, the first parliament in the world that was established year 930 AD. That’s actually where the name of the park Þingvellir (e. Fields of the Parliament) originates from. If you are not in any rush our guide will walk with you over to the Öxarárfoss Waterfall which falls into the rift and merges with Thingvellir Lake.

Laugarvatn Fontana Spa

This is a quick but interesting stop to explore how traditional, geothermal steamed bread is made. A tasting activity is not included in the tour price. But can be arranged on request.

Efstidalur Dairy  Farm

The next stop is  Efstidalur farm where we will see Icelandic cattle and locally made yummy ice cream. This farm has been run by the same family since 1750. If you like ice cream, it is on us. Choose whatever flavor you want .

Haukdalur/ Geysir Geothermal Area

Within 10 10-minute ride, we will reach the Haukdalur/ Geysir geothermal area. Here we will explore some of the most geothermally active areas in Iceland. At the park, you will find the most active geyser in Iceland “Strokkur” which shoots hot water as high as 20-30 meters (65-98ft), at approximately 5-10 minutes intervals. Then we have Litli Geysir (“the small one”) which looks like a boiling pot and around 20 other dormant ones that can wake up at any time. Watch out for getting too close to it, its water temperature is about 100°C (212°F).

Gullfoss Waterfall

We continue with of journey to Gullfoss waterfall, the second-largest waterfall in Iceland. It is only 5min. walking from the parking lot to the viewpoint of the waterfall.  In the summertime, for those who are fine with hiking, we can walk with you all the way to the side of the waterfall where you will have an opportunity to feel the vibration and the fresh breeze from the waterfall cascades.  At this point, we have covered all three main attractions of the famous Golden Circle route. But it is not over yet, we like to show you more.

Fridheimar Tomato Cultivation Farm

Now we will start driving south to visit  Fridheimar tomato cultivation farm , where you get a chance to taste various meals and desserts made with tomato as the main ingredient. Some people say that this place offers the best  Bloody Mary  cocktail in the world. We will only make a short stop there to see the interior of the greenhouse (yes, you can see how things are grown there), and perhaps fancy yourself with a drink or soup from the bar. Please inform us if you’d like to have a proper lunch stop there, we might need to adjust the itinerary a bit to fit it into your schedule.

Secret Lagoon

Our last stop of the day is the  Kerid crater  which was created by an explosive eruption, four thousand years ago.

  • Kerid crater

Last but not least, we stopped at Kerid to see a beautiful view of this beautiful crater, which is approx. 5000 years old. Our private tour is fully customizable to your needs. Our driver can adjust the itinerary and take a lunch break at your requested time and place.  After the lunch break, we keep moving with our tour and we have a special stop at the  Secret Lagoon ,  where you have a chance to have a soak in the beautiful natural hot spring. We are going to stay here for about an hour so you can experience it.  We will now be heading to the accommodation in the south, you will have the experience of staying in the cozy countryside. It might be a big bonus, if you do this trip in the winter, you will have a great chance to see the northern lights from the hotel.

  • Gullfoss waterfalls
  • Friðheimar farm
  • Efstidalur farm
  • Secret lagoon admission

Duration:  10-11 hours

Overnight : In Hvolsvöllur or simiar

Day 5 | South Coast and Glacier Hike

  • Seljalandsfoss waterfall

Seljalandsfoss waterfall is a stunning natural wonder located on the South Coast of Iceland. This breathtaking waterfall drops 60 meters (197 feet) into a serene pool below and can be viewed from a unique angle by taking a path that goes behind the waterfall. This experience is a must-see for anyone traveling to Iceland and looking to explore the country’s natural beauty.

Skógafoss Waterfall 

Skógafoss is a magnificent waterfall located on the south coast of Iceland, just a short drive from the town of Skógar. With a drop of 60 meters and a width of 25 meters, it is one of the largest and most impressive waterfalls in Iceland. Visitors can walk right up to the waterfall and feel the mist from the water on their faces. For those who want a better view, there is a staircase that leads to the top of the waterfall where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.

Eyjafjallajökull Glacier 

Eyjafjallajökull is a glacier located in the south of Iceland and is known for its notoriety after the volcanic eruption that occurred in 2010. The eruption caused widespread travel disruptions throughout Europe due to the ash cloud that was produced. The glacier is situated on the edge of the ice cap of Mýrdalsjökull, which covers one of Iceland’s largest and most active volcanoes, Katla. Eyjafjallajökull is also known for its beautiful views of the surrounding landscape, including the rolling hills and mountains that stretch as far as the eye can see. Today, the glacier serves as a powerful reminder of the unpredictability of nature and the importance of protecting our planet’s delicate ecosystems. We will do a two-hour  glacier hike  on the glacier that is partly covered with ash from the  Eyjafjallajökull  eruption in 2010. You will be equipped with all the necessary gear to do the activity, such as a helmet, harness, crampons, and axe.

Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach

Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach is one of the most stunning and unique natural wonders of Iceland. The black sand beach is famous for its dramatic basalt columns, towering cliffs, and powerful waves that crash onto the shore. It is located near the village of Vík í Mýrdal, and it’s a popular destination for visitors to Iceland. The basalt columns were formed by lava flows that cooled quickly and created hexagonal structures. The beach is also home to a beautiful cave, called Hálsanefshellir, which can be explored during low tide. Visitors can take a walk along the beach, marvel at the impressive cliffs, and enjoy the view of the nearby Dyrhólaey peninsula.

Vík village

Vík is a charming village located on the southern coast of Iceland, known for its stunning natural surroundings and picturesque views of the Atlantic Ocean. With a population of around 300, Vík is the southernmost village in Iceland, and it offers a unique experience for visitors seeking a tranquil getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. The village is surrounded by beautiful mountains, black sand beaches, and unique rock formations, making it a perfect destination for nature lovers and photographers. In addition, Vík is home to several restaurants, cafes, and souvenir shops where visitors can taste local cuisine and purchase authentic Icelandic souvenirs. This is a must-visit stop when you are in the South of Iceland.

Our last stop of this tour is the famous  Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon,  Fjadrargljufur is a stunning and magical canyon close to Kirkjubæjarklaustur in the South East of Iceland. Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon is best known as the location of Justin Bieber’s video “I’ll Show You.” Enjoy stupendous views and tumbling waterfalls with a visit to Fjadrargljufur! After this stop, you will be taken back to your accommodation in the South.

Overnight stay in the South of Iceland

Highlights: 

  • Skógafoss waterfall
  • Kvernufoss waterfall
  • Sólheimajökull glacier
  • Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon

Duration:  12 – 13 hours

Day 6 | Glacier Lagoon and Ice Cave Experience

On the sixth day of this tour, we will venture further east into the stunning Vatnajokull National Park area, exploring some of Iceland’s most spectacular natural wonders.

  • Glacier Lagoon Jökulsárlón

Nestled along the southeastern coast of Iceland, the Glacier Lagoon, also known as Jökulsárlón, is a breathtaking spectacle of nature’s grandeur. Carved by glaciers, this serene expanse is where massive icebergs break free and float, creating a mesmerizing display against the backdrop of snow-capped peaks. Visitors are invited to witness this frozen symphony, where the dance between ice and water unfolds in a landscape of stunning beauty. Jökulsárlón offers an immersive encounter with the raw, untouched majesty of the Arctic.

  • Diamond Beach

Our first stop is the astounding Diamond Beach. Here, glittering fragments of icebergs are sculpted by the wind and waves into fantastical shapes, lying on the vivid black sand like diamonds on a velvet cushion. This location offers incredible photo opportunities, capturing the contrast between the crystalline ice and the dark sand. After exploring Diamond Beach, we’ll head to the source of these icebergs – the Glacier Lagoon at Jökulsárlón.

Just a short distance inland lies the spectacular Glacier Lagoon of Jökulsárlón, a site featured in movies such as Batman and James Bond. Enormous multi-colored icebergs break away from the Breidamerkurjokull glacier and can spend up to five years making their way slowly out to sea, ever-changing in shape and size. Some icebergs are striped with volcanic ash from ancient eruptions, showcasing geological history. Keep an eye out for seals and seabirds basking in the sun as you enjoy this natural wonder.

Blue Ice Cave Exploration

The highlight of our South Coast tour is a three-hour expedition to explore a unique natural blue ice cave. We’ll board a Super Jeep to reach this rare phenomenon deep within a glacier. Blue ice caves form naturally when freshwater freezes in the plunging winter temperatures, with new caves created each year as the glaciers freeze and melt into different shapes. This mesmerizing sight features fantastic shapes in a range of colors. Our local guides will take you to the most impressive blue ice caves in Vatnajokull National Park. Once you’ve visited, this specific blue ice cave may never exist again, making it a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Hofskirkja Church & Lava Fields

Our next stop is Hofskirkja, one of the last turf churches built in Iceland, dating back to the 19th century. This storybook church, with its green turf roof and moss-covered burial mounds, appears to melt into the surrounding landscape. Rebuilt in the 1950s, it remains a place of worship for locals. This quick stop will allow you to capture photographs of this unique and historical site.

After visiting Hofskirkja, we will begin our journey back to the capital city, passing through the desolate yet striking Eldhraun lava field. This flat coastal area is filled with rugged rock formations, offering a stark contrast to the vibrant landscapes we’ve explored throughout the day.

  • Blue Ice Cave
  • Hofskirkja Church

After concluding our day’s activities, you will be taken back to your hotel in the South.

Overnight: In Kirkjubæjarklaustur or similar

Day 7 | Scenic South Shores & Blue Lagoon Bliss

Embark on a picturesque journey from Kirkjubæjarklaustur, meandering through the dramatic Eldhraun lava field. Our route leads us to the coastal village of Vík, a serene spot perfect for capturing photographic memories. Marvel at the juxtaposition of the dark, lava-strewn beach set against the backdrop of towering bird cliffs and the rhythmic dance of the ocean waves. The iconic Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, famous for its basalt columns and powerful Atlantic waves, offers a stunning photo opportunity and a chance to witness nature’s raw beauty.

  • Vík Village

Vík is a charming village known for its stunning natural surroundings and picturesque views of the Atlantic Ocean. With a population of around 300, Vík is the southernmost village in Iceland, offering a unique experience for visitors seeking a tranquil getaway. The village is surrounded by beautiful mountains, black sand beaches, and unique rock formations, making it a perfect destination for nature lovers and photographers. In addition, Vík is home to several restaurants, cafes, and souvenir shops where visitors can taste local cuisine and purchase authentic Icelandic souvenirs.

The Pinnacle of Relaxation: Blue Lagoon

In the afternoon, the pinnacle of relaxation awaits. Submerge in the therapeutic waters of the world-renowned Blue Lagoon. Let its geothermal warmth envelop you, rejuvenating both mind and body. The mineral-rich waters are known for their healing properties, making this a perfect way to unwind after days of exploration. Enjoy the silica mud masks provided, which are excellent for skin rejuvenation, and take in the surreal landscape of the lagoon surrounded by black lava fields.

Reykjavík : The Vibrant Capital

As the sun begins its descent, we find ourselves in Reykjavík, the vibrant capital of Iceland. Arriving just in time for a delightful evening, you have the opportunity to explore the city’s culinary scene for one last Icelandic feast. Reykjavík is known for its diverse food offerings, from traditional Icelandic dishes to international cuisine. Stroll through the city’s charming streets, visit local boutiques, and perhaps enjoy a drink at one of the many cozy bars or cafes.

Overnight Stay

Rest and reflect on your adventures at Hotel Reykjavík Saga, Exeter Hotel or a similar welcoming abode. Breakfast is provided, with the remaining meals yours to curate from Reykjavík’s diverse offerings. Enjoy the comfort and hospitality of your hotel as you reminisce about the incredible sights and experiences of your journey through Iceland.

Journey: 365km / 225mi

Please note: The tour concludes around 7 p.m., after the Blue Lagoon experience. If you have a later flight, you may have time to explore more of Reykjavík or relax before your departure.

This day combines the best of Iceland’s natural wonders with a relaxing end, ensuring that you leave Iceland with unforgettable memories and a sense of rejuvenation.

Day 8 | Farewell to Iceland’s Majestic Landscapes

After a hearty breakfast, prepare for your onward journey. A private driver will meet you in the lobby of your Reykjavik accommodation, ready to take you directly to Keflavik International Airport. This personalized service ensures a seamless and comfortable transfer, allowing you to relax and reflect on the incredible experiences you’ve had over the past week.

As you journey the 50km to the airport, take a moment to soak in the last glimpses of Iceland’s unparalleled landscapes. The rolling hills, distant mountains, and expansive lava fields offer a final reminder of the island’s unique beauty.

Safe travels, and may Iceland’s ethereal beauty stay with you long after your departure. Thank you for joining us on this unforgettable adventure, and we hope to welcome you back to explore more of Iceland’s wonders in the future

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the price per person change if we have more than 2 people.

Yes, the price per person will change and often is cheaper as you have more people on the tour. Please contact us at [email protected] to get a precise quote for that.

If some activities that I am not comfortable joining, can I change or skip it?

Yes, the activities are an extra add-on, it’s not compulsory, so you can skip them all or some of it, and we can deduct the fee for the activities.

What is the cancellation policy for this service?

No cancellation fee will be charged if a client cancels the booking more than 1 week and you will be entitled to get a 96.5% refund. A 3.5% is non-refundable and it represents the transaction fee. A 50% cancellation fee will be charged for the cancellations received within 72 hours before the service date.

A 100% cancellation fee will be charged for the cancellations received within 48 hours before the service date If the transfer service is canceled by us due to the weather or any other mishaps, you will get a 100% refund from us.

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Discover Iceland in depth with this 8-day winter trip from Reykjavík around the Golden Circle and Ring Road!

This incredible 8-day guided winter tour package will take you on a return journey through Iceland’s famous Golden Circle route, along the South Coast to Vatnajökull National Park, into the mysterious Eastfjords and north to the steaming Lake Mývatn geothermal region. It’s a good amount of time for an introduction to Iceland’s history and culture, as well as to take in the country’s must-see attractions. Be prepared to encounter sprawling lava fields, black sand beaches, magnificent waterfalls, snow capped mountains, glacier lagoons, icebergs, hot springs and more.

Long regarded as a magical time in Iceland, winter is when hours upon hours of ethereal light give way to long, dark nights. It’s perfect for witnessing the Aurora Borealis dancing against a backdrop of stars in the sky. You’ll be visiting some of the most remote areas in Iceland, meaning that you’ll be well-placed, far away from light pollution, to view this incredible natural phenomenon. Alongside, you’ll have numerous chances to spot the local wildlife, including Arctic foxes, herds of reindeer, seals and whales as you immerse yourself in spectacular winter landscapes.

You’ll travel in a comfortable minibus on this small group adventure as you make your way around the Ring Road of Iceland, on a scenic voyage to the best destinations that this country has to offer. Your package includes accommodation which will be arranged prior to your arrival in Iceland, an expert guide, transfers to and from the airport, as well as transport for the duration of the tour.

There is a reason that Iceland is a bucket-list destination for adventurers all over the world. To enhance your winter vacation in Iceland, there is the option of adding on a number of excursions during the booking process. These unique activities include horse riding in the countryside, glacier hiking, ice caving, snowmobiling, bathing in geothermal pools, whale watching and more. Challenge yourself in snowy surroundings with knowledgeable and skilled local guides as you take in the fresh mountain air!

Experience the beauty of Iceland, where hot, active volcanic regions meet snowy landscapes set amidst thousand-year-old glaciers. This 8-day winter adventure is your opportunity to see and do everything that this country has to offer. Check availability by choosing a date.

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8-Day Winter Package | Ring Road of Iceland in a Small Group - day 1

Day 1 - Arrival

8-Day Winter Package | Ring Road of Iceland in a Small Group - day 2

Day 2 - Golden Circle

8-Day Winter Package | Ring Road of Iceland in a Small Group - day 3

Day 3 - The South Coast

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Day 4 - Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

8-Day Winter Package | Ring Road of Iceland in a Small Group - day 5

Day 5 - The Eastfjords

8-Day Winter Package | Ring Road of Iceland in a Small Group - day 6

Day 6 - Lake Myvatn and surrounding Area

8-Day Winter Package | Ring Road of Iceland in a Small Group - day 7

Day 7 - Akureyri to Reykjavik

8-Day Winter Package | Ring Road of Iceland in a Small Group - day 8

Day 8 - Departure

What to bring, good to know.

The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon, and therefore cannot be guaranteed, but this itinerary is designed to maximise your chances to see them if weather allows. Please be aware that your itinerary may have to be rearranged due to weather conditions.

It can happen, in the case of extreme weather, that an activity is cancelled. If your chosen activity is cancelled, we will assist you with rearranging or booking other activities when possible, and any potential price difference will be refunded to you.

Note that Icelandic roads and pavements can be slippery in the wintertime. We recommend you bring shoes with slip-resistant soles or ice-grip shoe covers. The covers can be purchased in most supermarkets and gas stations around the country.

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.

You can now add meals to your booking.

Select to include dinner on every night as an optional extra, and we will provide you with vouchers as part of your booking confirmation. We will choose from top-rated restaurants that fit with your vacation itinerary and make your reservations for you.

At the restaurant, you will be offered a set menu, from which you can choose from meat, fish or vegetarian options. If you would prefer something else, the voucher will act as a credit that you can redeem at the restaurant against menu items that are not part of the set menu.

Please notify the restaurant on arrival about any dietary requirements.

Vouchers are non-refundable.

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This insurance guarantees that you can cancel tour and package bookings and receive a full refund, minus the insurance cost.

The cost of your cancellation insurance depends on the duration of your tour or package. A base cost of 5,000 ISK per person is applied to all tours and packages with a duration of 5 days or less. An additional 1,000 ISK per person will be added to the insurance cost for each day after.

The cancellation must be made more than 48 hours before the listed starting time on your voucher. To cancel your booking and claim your refund, simply contact [email protected] and declare full cancellation.

Please note that this insurance covers the cancellation of the whole tour or package. Individual services cannot be cancelled and refunded separately, but are all covered and refunded in case of a full cancellation.

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  • Explore Reykjavik
  • Visit the Golden Circle
  • Enjoy Dalvík
  • Circumnavigate Ring Road

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  • Drive the Ring Road
  • Enjoy Whale Watching Tour
  • Visit National Parks
  • Wander Snæfellsnes Peninsula
  • Tour the Golden Circle

Iceland Trek | Landmannalaugar to þórsmörk

  • Hike in the Landmannalaugar area
  • See rhyolite colors and black sands
  • Overnight in comfortable hiker huts
  • Hike in the lush þórsmörk Valley

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  • Discover Reykjavík's Blue Lagoon
  • Explore the beautiful Grimsey
  • Experience Isafjordur fjord
  • Visit Eldheimar

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  • Explore Harpa Concert Hall
  • Visit Kirkjufell & Kirkjufellsfoss
  • Experience culture of Isafjordur
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8-Day Summer Self-Drive Tour of the Complete Ring Road with the South Coast In-Depth

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Take in the top spots of Iceland and more on this eight-day self-drive tour focusing on the South Coast, where the most famous attractions of Iceland abound. Discover the country's natural beauty as you travel around the Ring Road in a complete circle from Iceland's capital, Reykjavik. Take advantage of the longer days under the midnight sun.

Booking this tour gives you a detailed itinerary, perfect for those who would love to see the full variety of landscapes and attractions Iceland has to offer while being able to go at your own pace.

Moreover, you can avoid spending weeks planning that perfect Iceland itinerary. We've already covered the planning part to save you from all the hassle. We'll also offer that ideal tour for a great price.

Your tour will begin as soon as you land in Iceland. You won't have to worry about transfers because you'll pick up your car straight from the airport. Then, for the next eight days, you'll explore this nation to the fullest. You will visit the must-see attractions around Ring Road with an in-depth focus on the South Coast.

You'll begin with the famous Golden Circle, then head south, stopping at the incredible waterfalls, pristine coast, staggering cliffs, and black sand beaches.

You'll visit the otherworldly Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, with its floating icebergs, before heading to the untouched Eastfjords. You will then make your way through the geothermal northeast of Iceland. Then, after stopping in the capital of the north, Akureyri, you'll complete your circle, arriving back in Reykjavík.

To make this trip more memorable, you can add extra activities when you book. You could visit the adored Blue Lagoon Spa, take a whale-watching tour from Husavik, go horse riding, hike a glacier, visit an ice cave, or delve deep into a volcano.

These extra stops are only some of the many reasons people love this South Coast drive. As a result, the tour has received high ratings and positive reviews. It's also one of the easiest tours for families and guests of all ages.

A massive benefit of this vacation is that your itinerary and accommodation are taken care of, so while traveling around the country, you can focus on the sites that spark joy and not worry about the finer details. Though organizing your trip may sound exciting, you're running the risk of missing out on some of the best attractions during the trip.

By letting us handle the planning, we'll ensure that all the important stops you need to see and experience in your self-drive tour are included.

Aside from enjoying flexibility and freedom during the tour, we'll also provide the necessary support you may need. Our packages come with a personal travel agent you can contact any time of the day, seven days a week.

This road trip is a great way to get the most out of your stay in Iceland while still having the freedom to take things at your own pace. Revel in the natural wonders of Iceland, bathed in the hues of the midnight sun, making for a truly unforgettable vacation.

Should you wish to cancel your trip for any reason, you may do so for free and get a full refund 24 hours before departure.

Don't miss the chance to make a dream summer vacation in Iceland a reality. Check availability now by choosing a date. 

Destinations

Reykjavik is the northernmost capital city in the world.

Attractions

Þingvellir National Park is Iceland's only UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the major stops along the world famous Golden Circle sightseeing route.

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Day 1 – reykjavík.

  • Reykjavík - Arrival day

You will arrive in Iceland and make your way through customs. Once you have passed through those automatic doors in the arrivals gate, your journey will begin.

You will pick up your car at the airport and start your journey towards the heart of Iceland's capital, Reykjavik. On your way to Iceland's capital city, you could make a stop at the Blue Lagoon.

This world-renowned spa is known for its healing waters, vivid azure colors, and luxurious treatments. It is located in the middle of a moss-covered lava field, giving it an otherworldly atmosphere. If you add the Blue Lagoon, it will be arranged according to your flights.

If there is no time to visit the lagoon today, it can be added to another day. Your travel consultant will be able to arrange this for you. If you have extra free time, there is still plenty to see and do in Reykjavik and the Reykjanes Peninsula.

Reykjavik has countless attractions. The city boasts impressive architecture, a fantastic art culture, and plenty of restaurants, bars, and shops. It is easy to walk around, or you could use your rental car to drive to more distant attractions.

If you are interested in Iceland's history and culture, you will find fascinating museums and spectacular art galleries. Meanwhile, those who love the outdoors can take a leisurely walk along the coastline and admire the scenery, or drive to a nearby nature reserve. 

The Reykjanes Peninsula has even more natural marvels, such as hot springs, active volcanoes, and geological features. The lava landscapes here provide the perfect introduction to Iceland's dramatic scenery.

At the end of the day, you'll check into your comfortable Reykjavik hotel. Make sure you get a good night's sleep, as the next seven days will be packed with amazing adventures and incredible landscapes.

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Accommodation, day 2 – southwest iceland.

  • Southwest Iceland
  • Thingvellir National Park
  • Geysir geothermal area
  • Gullfoss waterfall
  • Kerid Crater

Today is all about getting an introduction to some of the most popular attractions in Iceland. The Golden Circle is a collection of must-see attractions that includes the Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall, and the Geysir Geothermal Area. You will start by heading off from your accommodation with the three main attractions in mind.

Thingvellir National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Listed site. This part of the country is beautiful and incredibly important to Icelanders. It was here that the world's first parliament was formed by early settlers around 930 AD.

The Thingvellir area is filled with cliff faces, lava rocks covered in Icelandic moss, and views of distant mountains. It is a great spot to take in some views and learn about the history of this nation. While visiting Thingvellir, you could also choose to go snorkeling in the mesmerizing Silfra fissure. 

This body of water sits in the middle of the point where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates drift apart. The waters of Silfra have been filtered through lava rock for over a century, making them crystal clear. On a snorkeling tour of the fissure, you will see incredible underwater canyons with a visibility of up to 328 feet (100 meters). Participants need to be comfortable in the water and be able to swim.

Another stop is the impressive Gullfoss Waterfall. It is one of the most iconic waterfalls in Iceland. Its name means "Golden Falls," and it sits below the Hvita river canyon. Gullfoss stands at a height of 105 feet (32 meters). Its powerful flow cascades down two levels, creating a mighty spray.

The next attraction on the Golden Circle is the Geysir geothermal area. Geysir perfectly demonstrates the geothermal force that shaped Iceland. This part of the country is filled with hot springs and fumaroles. 

The main attraction that brings people to this area is the explosive geyser Strokkur. Strokkur erupts almost 66 feet (20 meters) into the air every five minutes or so.

If you want to add other attractions to this day on the Golden Circle, check out the Kerid Crater. This volcanic crater is not far from the sites of the Golden Circle. It is a relatively young crater at just 3,000 years old. 

Kerid's colors paint a vivid palette. Its bright red rocks sit beautifully against the deep azure blue waters at the bottom.

Reykjadalur is a steam-filled valley not far from the Golden Circle. This area of Iceland offers rolling hills with eerie steam vents popping out all over and numerous hot pools. 

If you would like some extra thrills on this day, you could add more adventures, considering your freedom to adjust the tour. You could choose to go on a horseback riding tour. The Icelandic horse is a unique species that has been isolated here for over a thousand years. 

They are sturdy, short, and very friendly creatures, making them ideal horses for riders of all abilities. Seeing the Icelandic countryside on horseback is a unique experience.

If you want a bit more adrenaline, you could opt for a snowmobile tour of Langjokull glacier. In this experience, you'll hop on the back of a snowmobile and take off along the snowy expanse of a natural glacier.

The intense feeling of the glacial breeze rushing past you while on a snowmobile is second to none. You will finish your day, retiring to your accommodation in Southwest Iceland.

Day 3 – South Coast

  • South Coast
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Skogafoss waterfall
  • Solheimajokull Glacier
  • Reynisfjara black sand beach
  • Reynisdrangar Sea Stacks

Today, you will continue your Ring Road adventure and start heading south. The South Coast of Iceland is known for its incredible mountains, glaciers, black sand beaches, waterfalls, and abundant birdlife.

A great first stop along the south coast is Seljalandsfoss waterfall. This waterfall is incredibly popular for visitors to Iceland due to its proximity to the Ring Road and fascinating structure. The water of Seljalandsfoss drops a steep 197 feet (60 meters) in front of a rocky enclave. 

Not far from Seljalandsfoss is an equally enchanting waterfall, Skogafoss. Skogafoss is one of the largest waterfalls in Iceland. It cascades from a height of 197 feet (60 meters) and is up to 82 feet (25 meters) wide. The waters fall onto the almost flat ground creating a terrific mist. On some days, as the light reflects through the falls, visitors have been known to see a double rainbow.

As you continue along the South Coast, you will pass Solheimajokull, an outlet glacier of Myrdalsjokull. If you want some additional adventure today, you can choose to hike this landmark.

On this glacier hike, you will meet your guide, and they'll give you a safety briefing and some gear to take on this icy wonder. You'll receive a helmet, crampons, and an ice ax.

The next stop is Dyrholey, a small peninsula famous for its staggering cliff formations and abundance of birdlife. It is also the southernmost part of mainland Iceland. Here, you will have a great view of the shoreline and opportunities to spot native birds.

Not far from Dyrholey is the Reynisfjara black sand beach. This part of the Icelandic shore is known for its incredible waves crashing against black volcanic sand. On the beach, you'll also spot a cliff face with unusual hexagonal basalt rock columns.

Just offshore from Reynisfjara are the Reynisdrangar rock formations. These natural ocean monoliths point skyward from the sea. 

Further along is the quaint seaside town of Vik. Vik is a great place to stop and stretch your legs. You might want to head to the hilltop church that looks out to sea.

There are some other great activities you can take part in not far from Vik. You could visit the famous DC-3 plane wreck, an American Navy plane that crash-landed on Solheimasandur in 1973. Today, the wreckage makes for incredible pictures.

You could also choose to visit an ice cave. Ice caves are an incredibly unique attraction in Iceland. They form during the regular melt and freeze cycles of glaciers. Ice caves disappear each year, and new ones are created, meaning no two ice caves are the same. 

Inside an ice cave, you will witness what can sometimes look like a crystal palace. Curves and layers of ice marbled with blues, greys, whites, and black volcanic ash create a time capsule of hundreds if not thousands of years into the past.

After an incredible day of sightseeing and adventure, you will retire to your accommodation in South Iceland.

Day 4 – Southeast Iceland

  • Southeast Iceland
  • Skaftafell Nature Reserve
  • Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
  • Diamond Beach

Today is all about exploring more of the South Coast and heading towards the east of Iceland. 

You will begin by traveling through Skaftafell Nature Reserve, which sits in Vatnajokull National Park. If you're feeling particularly adventurous, you could choose to start your day with a morning glacier hike of Skaftafell. This rugged landscape is known for its flora and presents many photography opportunities. 

Skaftafell has many incredible hiking trails featuring easy treks, making it a "hiking paradise." You will then head on to the crown jewel of South Iceland, Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. This body of water is the deepest lagoon in Iceland, reaching depths of up to 820 feet (250 meters). 

Jokulsarlon fills with the meltwater from a tongue off Vatnajokull glacier, called Breidamerkurjokull. The icy waters are filled with icebergs that have broken off the glacier (a process called ice calving). These massive ice monuments seem to glow in whites and blues as they travel through the lagoon.

When visiting here, you can choose to take a boat trip into the waters of Jokulsarlon. You can take an amphibious boat tour, which will gently slide into the water, allowing you to better understand how this lagoon is formed. 

You might even be lucky to spot some seals playfully swimming or sunning themselves on icebergs. You could also choose to take a zodiac boat tour of the lagoon. A zodiac boat will allow you to get even closer to the massive icebergs of Jokulsarlon to gain a real appreciation of their size.

Next to Jokulsarlon is the famous Diamond Beach. It is a short stretch of shoreline where the lagoon's waters meet the sea. As icebergs are pushed around and melted by the saltwater, some of them rest on the black sands of the beach, giving it a jeweled appearance, hence the name Diamond Beach.

Your next stop is the eastern town of Hofn. This quaint, picturesque fishing town is famous for its lobster. It could be the perfect place to stop for dinner. Many of the restaurants in town offer plenty of menu items that include the town's most precious commodity.

You will then spend the night in Southeast Iceland.

Day 5 – Eastfjords

  • Lake Lagarfljot

Today, you will head into the remote Eastfjords. This part of Iceland is known for its remarkable beauty and abundance of untouched nature. You could visit many places today, as the Eastfjords are filled with numerous mountains, cliffs, coastal views, and quaint towns.

Vestrahorn mountain is an impressive and photogenic formation that sits close to the ocean. It casts incredible shadows and reflections against its backdrop throughout the summer.

Djupivogur is a coastal fishing town beneath the large pyramid-shaped Bulandstindur mountain. If you are lucky enough to visit Djupivogur during the longest day of the year (summer solstice), Bulandstindur is said to grant wishes.

Faskrudsfjordur used to be a French fishing village, and the French influence of the town can still be seen today. In the early settlement, French seamen set up a hospital and harbor. Eventually, most of these settlers were called away during the First World War, and the town eventually became mostly Icelandic. 

Many street signs in Faskrudsfjordur are in both French and Icelandic, and the original French hospital has been converted into a hotel, with an attached museum dedicated to the French connection of this village.

Next to explore is Egilsstadir, the largest town in the Eastfjords. It's a great place to stop, refuel, and possibly grab a bite. The larger population of Egilsstadir means abundant options for dining, groceries, and tourist information. It is also a great midway point between some of the other attractions of the Eastfjords.

From here, you could choose to visit the Vok Baths. This geothermal spa is only three miles (five kilometers) northwest of Egilsstadir and boasts incredible relaxation in warm pools among enchanting scenery.

To the east of Egilsstadir is the magical town of Seydisfjordur. This harbor town looks like it came out of a fantasy film, surrounded by mountains and waterfalls. The old Norwegian architecture that established the town still stands today. 

The town is known for its art and culture. Seydisfjordur hosts a youth art festival called LungA every year in the summer. It also has a permanent rainbow street that leads to a quaint blue church.

To the west of Egilsstadir are three other attractions. There's Lake Lagarfljot, which is said to be the home of a mythical worm monster. Further along is Hallormsstadarskogur, the largest forest in Iceland. Finally, there is Hengifoss, an intriguingly beautiful waterfall that falls before a dramatically colored basalt rock cliff.

After exploring the east, you will spend the night at your accommodation in East Iceland.

Day 6 – North Iceland

  • North Iceland
  • Dettifoss waterfall
  • Lake Myvatn Area
  • Godafoss Waterfall
  • Kjarnaskogur

On day six, you will head through the northeastern part of Iceland. This area of the country is well known for impressive waterfalls, sweeping planes, and incredible hot spots of geothermal activity. There are so many places you could visit here, so you will need to pick your favorites.

You might want to make your first stop at Dettifoss waterfall on your way north. Dettifoss is 328 feet (100 meters) wide and drops 141 feet (43 meters). When you stand next to Dettifoss, you can feel its powerful roar. This waterfall is so impressive that director Ridley Scott used it in the opening scene of his 2012 film "Prometheus."

The Lake Myvatn Area is active with a lot of geothermal activity. This region is home to the fourth-largest lake in Iceland, Lake Myvatn. Its name means "Fly Lake" which is a nod to the small flies that are very common here.

If you visit Myvatn, you might want to take a break at the Myvatn Nature Baths. This luxurious facility is often called "The Blue Lagoon of the North."

Other attractions in or near the Lake Myvatn Area include Krafla, a caldera just north of the Lake Myvatn area. It is part of a large volcanic system and one of the country's most explosive volcanoes.

In the Namfjall Geothermal Area, you will see boiling mud pots, fumaroles pouring steam into the air, and sulfur crystals in blues, greens, yellows, and whites.

Another attraction in the Myvatn area is Dimmuborgir. This rock structure is sometimes called "The Black Fortress" because it resembles a medieval castle. In Icelandic folklore, these rocks and the surrounding lava caves are the home to trolls, particularly "Gryla," the mother of the 13 Icelandic Santas.

If you are more inclined to get to the coast, you could head further north towards Husavik. This seaside village is often called the "whale-watching capital of Europe."

If you want to get out into the waters of the north and try to spot some whales, you can choose to go on a whale-watching tour from Husavik. There are two kinds of whale-watching tours you can take part in. 

You could opt for a traditional tour, where you take a standard boat ride out into the bay in search of whales, or you could choose a rib boat tour. You are in a smaller vessel on a rib boat tour, meaning you can get closer to these ocean mammals without disturbing them.

Husavik also presents the opportunity to indulge in the geothermal warmth of Iceland. The Husavik Geosea Baths are completely different from most hot pools in Iceland. They are filled with heated seawater. 

As you go to your final stop for the day, you can see Godafoss, another waterfall that holds a special place in the history of Iceland. In around 1000 AD, the Viking Chieftain threw his pagan idols away into this waterfall to symbolically show that Iceland was adopting Christianity.

By the end of the day, you will arrive in the Capital of the North, Akureyri. Your accommodation is around this area in North Iceland.

Day 7 – Reykjavík

  • Hvitserkur Rock Stack

This is your last official travel day. If you want one more day in the capital, you could head straight to Reykjavik and explore more. 

If, however, you want to soak up a few more sites along the way, there are some places you could stop at. About 48 miles (78 kilometers) northwest of Akureyri is the town of Siglufjordur. It is the northernmost town on mainland Iceland. 

Surrounded by incredible mountains, Siglufjordur is a beautiful representation of idyllic country life in Iceland. It is a great place to stop, stretch your legs, and get a few more incredible shots of fjord life.

Siglufjordur is also home to the Herring Era Museum, the largest maritime museum in Iceland. Here, you’ll learn about the country's history of herring fishery and processing.

Meanwhile, around 124 miles (200 kilometers) southwest of Siglufjordur is the Hvitserkur rock formation. This mysterious natural monolith is an unusually shaped rock that sticks out from the sea. 

As you head towards Reykjavik, two more attractions would be worth checking out. Around 81 miles (130 kilometers) north of Iceland's capital are two waterfalls close to each other: Hraunfossar and Barnafoss.

Hraunfossar's name translates to “Lava Falls” and bears a striking beauty reminiscent of fantasy films. Interestingly, Hraunfossar trickles through a lava field that resulted from an eruption of a volcano underneath the Langjokull glacier. Lava fields are also known for having hidden cave formations.

After enjoying the beauty of the Hraunfossar waterfall, you can walk toward Barnafoss waterfall, about 50 feet (15 meters) away. It is a rapid waterfall rich in history and folklore. Unlike Hraunfossar, which trickles from a lava field, Barnafoss, or “the children's falls,” rushes through a rocky canyon, creating powerful rapids.

After your day of traveling, it will be time again to rest at your accommodation in Reykjavik. You might even want to head out and enjoy Icelandic nightlife before heading home tomorrow.

Day 8 – Reykjavík

  • Reykjavík - Departure day
  • Kleifarvatn

It's your last day in Iceland. If you have a later flight and choose to visit the Blue Lagoon today, you'll finish off your stay unwinding before you head to the airport.

It's the perfect place to relax as you bathe in the warm, mineral-rich waters and look back on the incredible adventure you have just taken in the land of fire and ice.

Alternatively, there are other things you can do in Reykjavik. You can do some last-minute shopping. You can also visit some cultural landmarks like the Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center, the Perlan Museum and Observation Deck, and the Hallgrimskirkja church.

If you have an early flight back home, we hope you enjoyed your Icelandic trip and wish you a pleasant journey.

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Self-drive tours begin either in Reykjavík City or at Keflavik International Airport. A valid driver's license is required, along with a one-year-long on-road experience. Please be aware that your itinerary may be rearranged to better fit with your arrival date and time. Gravel protection is not included if you choose a Toyota Aygo or similar.

Some optional activities might require you to have a valid driver's license, or you might need to send additional information to your travel planner. Please note that you might need to present medical documents should you choose to go snorkeling, and participants need to be comfortable in the water and be able to swim.

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

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8 Day Iceland Tour – Summer

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  • Glacier Hiking in Skaftafell
  • Þingvellir National Park
  • Gullfoss waterfall
  • Geysir geothermal area
  • Seljalandsfoss
  • Skógafoss waterfall
  • Vík village
  • Katla Ice Cave
  • Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
  • Reynisfjara black sand beach
  • Skaftafell Nature Reserve
  • Vatnajökull Glacier
  • Jökulsárlón boat tour
  • The Diamond Beach
  • Vatnajokull National Park
  • Egilsstaðir
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hallormsstaðaskógur
  • Lagarfljót Lake
  • Lake Myvatn
  • Dimmuborgir
  • Jökulsárgljúfur
  • Myvatn Nature Baths
  • Whale Watching
  • Snæfellsnes Peninsula
  • Kirkjufell Mountain
  • Ytri-Tunga seal colony
  • Djúpalónssandur
  • Snæfellsjökull glacier
  • Vatnshellir lava cave

West Iceland

  • Barnafossar waterfalls
  • Hraunfossar waterfalls
  • Deildartunguhver
  • Víðgelmir lava cave

Activities included

  • Glacier Hiking
  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon boat ride
  • Whale Watching & Sea Angling

Optional Extra Activities

  • Vök nature baths
  • Horseback Riding tour

Get on board for the greatest summer tour of all times and leave no stone unturned when exploring the best of Iceland. On this 8 Day Iceland Tour you will be exploring all the best attractions that Iceland has to offer. From the Golden Circle in the southwest, the whole of the south coast itself, Eastfjords, the largest national park of Iceland housing the largest glacier of Europe to the scenic Myvatn area, the west side, Snæfellsnes Peninsula, and the Northwest. There is probably nothing that you won’t be experiencing on this tour. So, leave the heavy lifting of planning and organizing on our shoulders and just hop on with us on this glorious 8-day Iceland tour where we will cover some of the most prominent tourist spots of all time and experience some of the best and most thrilling activities as well.

Golden Circle Tours, Gullfoss waterfall in Golden Circle Iceland Tour Packages

  • Pick up and drop off in Reykjavik or the capital area.
  • 7 nights accommodation in comfortable country hotels with breakfast and private bathroom.
  • 8 Days Guided sightseeing to all the best locations around the Ring Road of Iceland & Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
  • English speaking professional guide.
  • Glacier Hike in Skaftafell
  • Certified glacier guide
  • Glacier equipment; helmet, harness, crampons and ice axe.
  • Whale Watching tour
  • Small groups
  • Wi-Fi and Icelandic music on board the minibus

Available Extras

  • Boat ride on Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon
  • Katla Ice Cave Tour – Super Jeep Tour
  • Horseback Riding Tour
  • Vök Nature Baths
  • Víðgelmir Lava Cave

What to bring

  • Dress according to weather
  • Waterproof outdoor clothing
  • Warm clothes
  • Gloves & Headwear
  • Hiking boots (available for rent when booking)
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Camera (optional)

Good to know

  • Order or availability of attractions may change due to road or weather conditions.
  • The luggage limit for this tour is one suitcase of 24 inches per person. If you have any extra luggage, you can store it in our office for 1,000 ISK. You can add it to your booking in the booking engine. 
  • If you are traveling on your own, you 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. If these arrangements do not meet your requirements, please contact us.
  • Remember to choose the Single Supplement Fee in the booking engine if you are traveling alone. 
  • This tour includes a pick up from Reykjavik . You can see the designated pick up locations in the drop down menu when booking.
  • You will have plenty of chances for bathroom breaks and to buy snacks on the way.
  • Age limit for Glacier Hike is 8 years old.
  • Pick up is from designated locations in Reykjavík on a drop-down menu at the time of booking. Pick up is not available from Keflavik airport or outside of the greater capital area.
  • The Ice cave that will be visited on this tour is 100% natural and always changing. Since the ice caves are ever changing we will visit new ice caves each year in different areas of the glacier. The photos that you see on our website are from recent tours, but note that the ice caves might have changed due to the dynamic nature of these formations. 
  • Lunch & dinner is not included in the tour. We will stop on restaurants where you can buy lunch & dinner. 
  • It is recommended to bring some snacks and drinks for the day time adventures. Some light chips and soda should do the trick.
  • This tour is perfect for groups, single travelers and families. 
  • You will be traveling on a minibus on this tour. The minibus includes free Wi-Fi. We will introduce you to Icelandic music aboard the minibus. 
  • We recommend you wear proper warm clothing, gloves, hat, scarves, and hiking shoes.
  • If you don’t have hiking shoes , you can rent them at the time of booking. 
  • In the rare case that we need to cancel the tour because of extreme weather, road conditions or other factors, we will assist you with rebooking to another date. If that does not work out for you, you will receive a full refund for the tour. 
  • The minimum age bar to join the tour is 8 years for the hiking and ice caving part. If children below 8 years are on the trip then one adult will have to stay with them while the group completes these activities.

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This tour will take you around the country showcasing the most beautiful places in Iceland. Following is a detailed breakup for each day of the tour – the sites you will be visiting, the activities you will be taking, the accommodations, and more.

Day 1 – The Golden Circle

Highlights of the day, golden circle.

  • Strokkur geyser
  • Midnight Sun
  • Guided Minibus Tour
  • The Golden Circle (Geysir, Gullfoss and Þingvellir)
  • English speaking tour guide
  • One night in a hotel.

The first day of your 8 day Iceland tour will start with your tour guide picking you and your group up from your choice of pickup spot. The first stop that you will make after beginning the tour will be at the Þingvellir National Park . The only UNESCO world heritage site of Iceland, Þingvellir National Park is the only place in the world where one can actually see the tectonic plates of the earth in person – the North American Plate and the Eurasian Plate. Right in the middle of these two plates is a gorge that is created by the increasing gap between the plates as they are drawing further away from each other. This gorge or fissure is filled with fresh spring water and is popularly known as the Silfra Fissure.

Next up on the list is the Geysir Geothermal Area . This place is filled with hundreds of boiling water hot pools, and erupting small and big geysers. Mainly, the Geysir geothermal area is now popular for the geyser Strokkur which is the largest one in the vicinity. However, the geothermal area itself is named after another geyser which is now dormant and has been that way for a long time. Where Strokkur shoots water up to the height of about 15-20 meters, Geysir used to shoot water over 120 meters in the air. Strokkur is still very much active and can be seen erupting every 5-10 minutes or so.

The last stop that you will make on Day 1 of the tour will be the glamourous Gullfoss waterfall , also known as the Golden Falls which does justice to the appearance of the waterfall completely. Fed with glacial waters coming from Langjökull glacier . The 32-meter-high waterfalls into the dark, mysterious 70-meter deep Gullfossgljúfur canyon. The day will end with you reaching a comfortable accommodation area located on the golden circle. Ease up and enjoy the glory of the midnight sun as you kick back in your cozy room.

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Thingvellir National Park during autumn in Iceland

Day 2 – The Waterfalls of the South Coast and the Glaciers

  • Seljalandsfoss waterfall
  • Super Jeep Ride
  • Mýrdalsjökull Glacier
  • Reynisdrangar
  • Hotel Breakfast
  • One night in a 3 star hotel with private bathroom
  • Explore the Highlights of the South Coast

Optional Extra

The next day will start with you and your group heading towards the southern coast of the country. On your left, you will be able to get a first-hand view of the glorious glaciers and mountains of the south coast while the right side will have the roaring waves of the Atlantic Ocean in the distance. Needless to say, even before you have reached your set destinations for the tour, you will understand why the south coast of Iceland is as famous as it is.

First on the list are the Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls – two of the most famous waterfalls of not only the south coast but the whole country. Seljalandsfoss is narrower than its companion but it is popular for being one of very few waterfalls in the world which has a passage leading behind the cascading waters of the fall into a cave. So, one can basically walk the trail and stand behind the waterfall and watch it from a completely different angle. Skógafoss is slightly wider than Seljalandsfoss and has a staircase on the side that can be used to hike up to the top of the waterfall. Skógafoss almost always has a beautiful rainbow and a mysterious mist made from the forceful dropping of the waterfall in the gorge. You can walk very close to the waterfall and feel the power that comes from such a large waterfall.

Next, you will have an option of taking an add-on tour to the black and blue ice cave of the Katla volcano . Katla Ice Cave is the only natural ice cave that is accessible during the summer time. IT is one of the best ice caves in the country and the experience is very unique. Katla Volcano is located under the glacier and the ice cave takes its black color from the volcanic ash. This ice cave tour leaves from Vik village which is very close to both the waterfalls that you will be visiting on the second day.

The final stop of this day will be Reynisfjara black sand beach. This is the most popular beach in Iceland. The beach is surrounded by black basalt columns and from there you can see the rock formations Reynisdrangar. If you look the other way you will also see Dyrhólaey rise gracefully from the ocean.

The second day of the tour will end with you staying in comfy accommodation quite close to Vik. If you like, you can step out in the evening and go for a stroll in the colorful village.

Gallery - Day 2

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Day 3 – Glacier Hike, Vatnajökull National Park, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon & Diamond Beach

  • South Coast
  • Jökulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
  • Diamond Beach
  • Vatnajokull Glacier
  • Glacier Hike
  • Svinafellsjokull Glacier
  • Guided Glacier Hiking Tour
  • All Glacier Hiking Gear needed
  • Boat tour on Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

The third day will begin at the foot of the largest glacier of Iceland and Europe – Vatnajökull . Almost 8% of the country is covered by Vatnajökull glacier which is a pretty impressive thing considering that 11% part of Iceland is covered by glaciers and Vatnajökull leaves only about 3% for the rest of the glaciers. The tour will begin with a glacier hike in Skaftafell , a part of the Vatnajökull National Park. All necessary equipment will be provided to you at the foot of the glacier. It is such a unique experience to walk on the glacier and explore it in details. The views from the glacier are also amazing. This will be an experience that you will remember!

The glacier hike is included in the tour package.

The second stop in the Vatnajökull glacier vicinity will be the crown jewel of the country, Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon . The impressive aesthetics of this place are just out of the world. Icebergs from the glacier break down, fall in the lagoon, and keep floating in the calm waters of the lagoon that almost looks like a mirror. Combine these visuals with seals that live in the lagoon and you will have yourself a pretty fantastic scenery. An add-on boat trip can be opted for to experience the Jökulsárlón lagoon from a bit closer.

The next stop after the lagoon will be the Diamond beach of Iceland . A photographer’s heaven, this beautiful beach is going to be exactly what you would imagine it to be. With electric blue and white foamy waters from the Atlantic Ocean crashing on the black sand beach which is covered in humungous blocks of transparent ice, that travel all the way from the Jökulsárlón lagoon, get carved by the waves of the ocean and then finally wash up on the beach.

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Day 4 – The East Fjords

  • East Fjords
  • Fishing villages
  • Hallormsstaðaskógur forest
  • Lake Lagarfljót
  • Explore the Highlights of East Iceland

Now comes the time to explore the less-visited part of the country – the Eastfjords . Being quite far away from the capital city, not many tourists travel to the place which basically means that most of the sites are pretty unexplored and untouched by the human – rugged, raw nature. The best part is that in addition to the designated tour destinations of the Eastfjords, your guide will also make stops at their personal favorite spots which means that you will get to see the sights which often go unnoticed even by the tourists that actually travel to the Eastfjords.

On the list of the spots that you will cover on day 4 is Lake Lagarfljót which got popular back in the days for an alleged worm-like monster that many people claimed to have spotted in it. Not to mention, it is one of the most beautiful lakes in Iceland along with being tied up with the myth (or reality?) of the worm monster. The described structure and a foggy video revealed the said monster to be somewhat of a Loch Ness Monster.

Hallormsstaðaskógur forest is the next destination that you will visit. Iceland is not very big on vegetation due to the harsh climatic conditions and the geology of the island. This is what makes the Hallormsstaðaskógur forest quite a special place as it stands out in a mostly treeless landscape of the country. The forest is located pretty close to the biggest town in the east Egilsstaðir . There are hiking trails, picnic spots, and many bird-watching spots in the forest where you can sit back and relax.

You will stay in a comfy hotel/accommodation in Egilsstaðir. Add a Horseback Riding tour to this day of your trip to make this experience extra special!

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Day 5 – The Myvatn Area and The Diamond Circle

North iceland.

  • Myvatn geothermal area
  • Dimmuborgir lava fields
  • Skútustaðagígar craters
  • Dettifoss waterfall
  • Jökulsárgljúfur canyon
  • Goðafoss waterfall
  • Explore the Highlights of the Myvatn area and the Diamond Circle

The next day will take you to the Diamond Circle of the country. Starting from the infamous Dettifoss waterfall , you continue your journey forward and cover all of the most prominent destinations of the circle. Dettifoss is the most powerful waterfall in the whole of Europe and this fact alone makes it a must-add destination on the list of places that you visit on your trip to the land of ice and fire. Boasting a height of 45 meters, Dettifoss has a water flow of 193 meters cubed per second which when falls into the deep gorge creates a mist so thick that it can be seen from miles away on a clear day. Dettifoss is located in the Jökulsárgljúfur canyon and is a part of the largest glacier of Iceland and Europe, Vatnajökull glacier.

Next up is the horseshoe-shaped Ásbyrgi canyon which is said to have been created by the eight-legged horse of Norse god Odin – Sleipnir. Over a hundred meters deep at its deepest ends, this canyon is about 3.5 kilometers long and 1.1 kilometers wide at its widest. When you hike down into the canyon, you will find small caves and shelter rocks. These rocks are said to have been served as the home of elf or the hidden people of Iceland. Ásbyrgi canyon is also known as the capital city of the hidden people of Iceland and some people still claim to feel the mystical energy in the place. This makes it an ideal place to be visited by people who are attracted to mysticism and spirituality.

After exploring the city of elves, you make your next stop at the fishing town of Húsavík – the whale watching capital of Iceland. From beautiful monuments to gorgeous colorful houses, museums, restaurants, and institutions, there is barely anything that won’t attract you here.

With more spices of duck and many other birds than one can remember , Lake Mývatn serves as one of the finest places for bird-watching in Iceland along with being one of the most picturesque places in the country, thanks to the stark contrasts and visuals of the place. The geothermal activity in Lake Mývatn and the surrounding areas is incredible and it shows. This essentially means that you will find steam explosions, weird basalt column construction in the area, and many other things that seem to not belong to the area. Take this opportunity and bathe in the naturally heated waters of Myvatn Nature Baths, and click some of the most amazing pictures of your travels in Iceland here. Right around the corner is the Námaskarð Pass which is known as little mars. Striking red colored sand, bubbling hot water patches, and pillars of steams will give you some serious existential thoughts.

Last but not least will be your trip to the waterfall of the gods – Goðafoss . This is where Christianity first rose its head in Iceland and then proceeded to become the prominent religion of the country. Your tour guide will explain all about it while you admire the beauty of the waterfall.

Finally, you will head to the capital in the north, Akureyri where you will find your comfortable accommodations ready to receive you at the end of a very hectic but equally fun day.

Gallery - Day 5

Námaskarð Hverir geothermal area in Myvatn region north Iceland

Day 6 – North Iceland & Whale Watching

  • Explore the Highlights of North Iceland.

The next day will start in the town of Akureyri. You will spend some time exploring the beautiful town and visiting some of the most popular spots in the town. After wandering in the town for a little bit, you will head to board a boat that will take you on a whale-watching excursion . Here you will have a chance to see some big, beautiful mammals jumping and playing in the cold water of the Atlantic. The whale watching tour departs from the small town of Hauganes. Hauganes has many things to offer and we recommend that you take a walk to its charming harbor, beautiful black sand beaches with magnificent views of the surrounding mountains, or stroll around the very small town.

You will head to your accommodation in the evening after a full day of adventures.

Gallery - Day 6

unique house in Akureyri north Iceland, capital of north Iceland

Day 7 - Snæfellsnes Peninsula

  • Snæfellsjökull National Park
  • Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall
  • Explore the Highlights of Snæfellsnes Peninsula

If you still think that you have not had enough of the beautiful land of glaciers, volcanoes, and waterfalls, then this is the perfect opportunity to revisit all that you have already seen. Snæfellsnes Peninsula is popularly known as the mini-Iceland in Iceland given the widely diverse geology that it boasts.

The first destination you will visit here is Gerðuberg, a cluster of hexagonal basalt columns. After that you will be heading on to Ytri-Tunga white sand beach. It is a pretty rare sight in Iceland to see a white sand beach. Ytri-Tunga is a seal colony and here you can often see seals everywhere lounging on the rocks.

On this day you will also be visiting the “mountain like an arrowhead” – the Kirkjufell mountain . The most photographed mountain in Iceland, this particular attraction gained even more attention after its appearance in the popular HBO series Game of Thrones . The unique and striking aesthetics of this eccentric mountain will have you on your knees trying to find the perfect angle for a good shot.

The next stop will be the Djúpalónssandur black sand beach . Once a pretty populated place, now this beach lay deserted, often visited by fishermen who come in the search of the four famous lifting stones. These stones that lay on the beach have been used to test the strength among fishermen for a very long time and has also served as a great pass time.

During your day of exploring Snæfellsnes Peninsula, you will see the magnificent Snæfellsjökull glacier .

The add on activity for Day 7 includes a super fun visit to the infamous lava cave. Visiting a lava cave is easily one of the top things that one must do when in Iceland. Your accommodations will be arranged in the Borgarnes area for the 7 th day.

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Grundarfjörður village in Snæfellsnes Peninsula with view over Kirkjufell mountain

Day 8 – West Iceland

  • Deildartunguhver geothermal area
  • Hraunfossar
  • Barnafossar
  • Explore the Highlights of West Iceland

The first stop on the 8 th day will be Deildartunguhver geothermal area. Deildartunguhver is the most powerful hot spring in Europe and you can see the hot steam and boiling water bubbling from the ground.

The next place you will visit is the small village of Reykholt , the home to the famous poet, historian, and a law speaker of Iceland, Snorri Sturluson. Most of his works were about Old Norse Mythology and language. Next up are the two waterfalls, Barnafoss and Hraunfossar . Both these waterfalls are pretty unique and beautiful. Where Hraunfossar is fed by water from under the ground that seeps through lava rocks and reaches the fall, Barnafoss finds its way through a very narrow gorge, so narrow that it almost seems impossible.

After exploring west Iceland, you will head on south to hike to the recently active volcano. Lastly, you will make your way back to the capital city with your guide making a few stops here and there at their favorite destinations.

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Hraunfossar waterfalls in west Iceland, waterfall in the silver circle in Iceland

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