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.
SD-11 – Iceland Round Trip – Guided Group Tour for 8 Days
Day 1: Arrival in Reykjavik
Welcome to Iceland! Your private chauffeur will be waiting for you in the arrival hall of KEF airport and will transfer you to your accommodation in Reykjavik. You’ll be staying in a guesthouse or hotel in the city center, 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 to start 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 harbor 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 cozy dinner in one of the city’s gourmet restaurants to celebrate the start of your Iceland round trip. Overnight in Reykjavík.
Highlights of the day: Reykjavík City, Hallgímskirkja church, Laugavegur shopping street, Harpa concert and conference center, and more
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.
Highlights of the day: Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall, geyser area, Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfall, and more
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 often full of ice from the glacier. You stay for the night in a comfortable guesthouse in the area of Höfn.
Highlights of the day: Reynisfjara black sand beach, Vík, Skaftafell Natrue Reserve, glaciers, glacier walk, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, and more
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.
Highlights of the day: East Fjords, Djúpivogur, hike to Hengifoss waterfall, and more
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
Highlights of the day: Mývatn, Dettifoss waterfall, Námaskarð geothermal area, Dimmuborgir lava park, Goðafoss waterfall, and more
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 the Troll Peninsula Tröllaskagi. You stay for the night in the area of Bifröst.
Highlights of the day: Whale watching, Tröllaskagi Peninsula, Silgufjörður, and more
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 liters 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 center of Reykjavik. Your guided Iceland round trip is now officially over and it is time to say bye bye to your fellow travelers and your guide.
Highlights of the day: Hraunfossar waterfalls, Deildartunguhver hot spring, Reykholt, and more
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 picked up by a shuttle that takes you 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!
Highlights of the day: Reykjavik, Blue Lagoon (optional)
This tour is available on selected dates all year. Most of the pictures above 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 magic lights. Here are some winter pictures of our Iceland round trip:
Detailed Information about our Iceland Round Trip in 8 Days
This tour package is available with comfort accommodations:
Comfort In Comfort accommodation you will have access to private facilities (shower and WC). These are 3 star hotels and better guesthouses many of whom have their own restaurant. All offer breakfast that is included in the price.
Available Dates 2017:
February to mid of June
|Available once per week, starting on Sunday|
Mid of June to mid of August
|Available 3 times per week, starting on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday|
Mid of August until end of November
|Available once per week, starting on Sunday|
- 7 nights‘ accommodation (Comfort) with breakfast
- Private transfer from Keflavik Airport to your accommodation in Reykjavik
- 6 days guided Iceland round trip (maximum 16 persons per guide)
- Guided glacier walk
- Whale watching tour in Dalvík
- Bus transfer from Reykjavik to Keflavík Airport upon departure
- 24-hour emergency service
- Taxes & service fee
- Flights to/from Iceland
- Meals & drinks at restaurants apart from what’s stated in the itinerary
- Personal travel insurance
Please contact us and get a price quote for this Iceland round trip. This tour is also offered as a fully guided private tour.
Our terms and conditions can be found here
Please note that this guided Iceland round trip has stricter cancellation rules than our standard tours. Here are the special cancellation policies for this tour:
Notice of Cancellation – Individual Customer:
More than 28 days prior to arrival: 20%
Less than 28 days prior to arrival: 100%