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Guided Round Tour for 8 Days

Around Iceland in 8 days – See all the highlights with a local expert by your side.

This guided Iceland round trip follows a well-organized 8-day itinerary around the island in a small group setting. You will explore some of Iceland’s most unique natural wonders, with the help and expertise of a professional guide with very good knowledge of Iceland. You will visit all the highlights of the Icelandic nature such as Gullfoss & Geyser area, Skaftafell in Vatnajökull national park and Mývatn in the north of the country. Your guide will also introduce you to some hidden gems that are often overlooked by visitors and take you on short hiking tours. Included in the tour package is also a glacier walk on Europe’s largest glacier and a whale watching tour in the north of Iceland.

This tour does not depart every day so please contact us for departure dates.

If you are interested in receiving more information about this tour, please click on the “Request a quote” widget on the left side of the page. A quick form will open up where you will provide us with more information about your travel expectations. You will then be connected with your specialized travel agent who will assist you throughout the planning a provide a fully detailed quote.

Please note that this itinerary can be adjusted and customized to meet your travel needs and preferences. The package can also be offered as a privately guided tour if a self-drive option is not what you had in mind for your Iceland experience.

This tour is available on selected dates all year. Most of the pictures were taken in summer and spring. Iceland also has a lot offer during autumn and winter. The Northern Lights are visible between mid of September and mid of April in Iceland. When coming to Iceland at this time of the year you have the chance to see snow, ice and the magical lights.

Please note that this tour is not suitable for wheelchair users.

Tour Code

SD-11

Season

All Year

Travel Style

Guided Group Tour

Duration

8 days / 7 nights

Location

Around Iceland

Age Limit

8 Years old

Included

  • 7 nights‘ accommodation (Comfort) with breakfast
  • Transfer from Keflavik Airport to your accommodation in Reykjavik
  • 6 days guided Iceland round trip (maximum 18 persons per guide)
  • Guided glacier walk
  • Whale watching tour in Dalvík
  • Transfer from Reykjavik to Keflavík Airport upon departure
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Taxes & service fee

Not Included

  • Flights to/from Iceland
  • Meals & drinks at restaurants apart from what’s stated in the itinerary
  • Personal travel insurance
Day 1 | Arrival in Reykjavik

Welcome to Iceland! You will be transferred to your accommodation in Reykjavik. You’ll be staying in a guesthouse or hotel in the city centre, making it easy to go out and explore the highlights of Iceland’s capital city.

If you arrive in the morning or around noon, we highly recommend starting your holidays with a guided walk in Reykjavik. On the tour, you will not only get a first overview of the city itself but also receive useful tips about the best places to eat and where to spend your free time. Visit sights such as the Sun Voyager sculpture, the Harpa Music and Conference hall and the old harbour in Reykjavík. No visit to Reykjavík is complete without a visit to Hallgrímkirkja church, where you can take an elevator to the top and enjoy spectacular views over Reykjavík. In the evening, we recommend a cosy dinner in one of the city’s gourmet restaurants to celebrate the start of your Iceland round trip. Overnight in Reykjavík.

Day 2 | The Golden Circle and South of Iceland

Today, your Iceland adventure starts and your guide will pick you up from your accommodation in Reykjavik. In the next days, you will explore the highlights of Iceland in a small group setting. You start your Iceland round trip with a visit of the famous Golden Circle. First off is the fascinating Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you can walk in between tectonic plates. You will also see the fountain geyser Strokkur, which erupts every 4 to 8 minutes. Last but not least you will also visit Gullfoss, the so-called “golden waterfall”.

On your way to the area of Vík (where you will stay for the night), you will visit two impressive waterfalls. Seljalandsfoss waterfall falls from a cliff with a large cave behind it. If conditions are good, you can actually walk behind the waterfall and enjoy a 360° view. The second waterfall will be Skógafoss, which cascades down around 65 meters. On a clear day, the two surrounding glaciers, Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull will also be visible from the area.

Day 3 | Black Sand Beach, Glacier Walk and Glacial Lagoon

You start the day exploring Reynisfjara, the black sand beach close to Vík. There, you will find fantastic sights such as the impressive basalt column formations and the famous Reynisdrangar stacks. Before reaching other highlights of the day you will travel across a giant lava field, formed during huge volcanic eruptions in historic times. After that, you will arrive in the National Park of Vatnajökull where you will stop at Skaftafell Nature Reserve.

There, you will go on a glacier walk on one of Vatnajökull´s outlet glaciers. After the hike on Europe´s biggest glacier, you make your way to the famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. You will have enough time to explore the lagoon as well as the black sand crystal beach, which is often full of ice from the glacier. You stay for the night in a comfortable guesthouse in the area of Höfn.

Day 4 | The Beautiful East Fjords and Hike to Hengifoss Waterfall

Today you will explore the East Fjords of Iceland. Your guide will drive with you on narrow roads along Hvalnes- and Þvotárskriður landslides. You will stop at the small fishing village Djúpivogur which is home of an interesting outdoor sculptur called „the eggs of Marry bay“. After that, you will go for an invigorating hike to Hengifoss, Iceland´s third highest waterfall (only reachable during summer). Hengifoss is surrounded by basaltic strata with thin, red layers of clay between the basaltic layers. The hike takes about three hours and on the way you will also stop at Litlanesfoss waterfalls. After the hike, you will drive to the area of Egilsstaðir where you spend the night.

Day 5 | Dettifoss Waterfall, Mývatn Area and Akureyri

Your Iceland round trip continues and today you will visit the northern part of the country. You will drive from Egilsstaðir through Möðrudalur route to Lake Mývatn. On the way you will stop at Dettifoss waterfall, Europe´s most voluminous waterfall. Around Mývatn you will explore amazing attractions such as the colourful Námaskarð geothermal area, the Hverfjall crater and the Dimmuborgir lava formations. The charming Goðafoss waterfall („waterfall of the gods“) will be the last stop of the day. Your guide will tell you the story behind the name which has a strong connection to the Icelandic Sagas and religion in Iceland. You stay the night in the area of Akureyri

Day 6 | Whale Watching and Charming Fishing Villages

In the morning, you have the chance to explore Akureyri and we recommend to visit the church and the botanical garden. Later today you will join a whale-watching tour from Dalvík and you have the chance to spot humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins and minke whales. At the end of the tour, you also get a chance to try your luck at sea angling. In the afternoon, you will visit the charming fishing village Siglufjörður and will go all around Tröllaskagi, the Troll Peninsula. You stay for the night in the area of Bifröst.

Day 7 | West of Iceland – Hot Spring and More Waterfalls

On your last day, you will visit the West of Iceland and will see the Hraunfossar waterfalls. They are actually a collection of small waterfalls coming out of a huge lava field. Close by you will then find another waterfall named Barnafoss. Barnafoss supposedly takes its name from two children who fell into the waterfall centuries ago (Icelandic folk mythology), and translates to “the waterfall of the children”. You will also visit the hot spring Deildartunguhver, which has the highest flow of any hot spring in Europe. The water temperature is 97 degrees Celsius and the flow rate is over 180 litres per second. You will also stop at the historic site of Reykholt to visit Snorralaug pool, the home of Snorri Sturluson who is the author of many of the Icelandic sagas.

You guide will drive the picturesque Hvalfjörður Fjord on your way back to Reykjavik. Arrive back in Reykjavik in the evening and check-in to your accommodation in the centre of Reykjavik. Your guided Iceland round trip is now officially over and it is time to say bye bye to your fellow travellers and your guide.

Day 8 | Departure

All good adventures have an ending and so does this wonderful Iceland round trip. We hope that you have made some good friends on the tour and that you enjoyed the tour around Iceland. You will be transferred to Keflavik International Airport in time for your departure. If you have an afternoon flight back home, it’s ideal to stop at the Blue Lagoon on the way to Keflavik International Airport (optional) a nice last-minute activity before leaving Iceland. Have a great flight home!

Comfort

Comfort accommodations offer access to private facilities (shower and toilet). This type of lodges belongs to the 3-star hotel category. Most of these properties have an in-house restaurant. This section offers an upgrade in comfort and service compared to the budget category. Breakfast is included.

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