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Why we love this tour
We will go around the Iceland in a circle! Golden circle, south coast, the eastfjords and the north iceland are must see in Iceland! You can touch the glacier in a zero distance by glacier hiking!Daily departure from September to April[/list_item] Free pickup and dropoff in Reykjavik 5 night of accommodation in various country hotels with breakfast and a private bathroom Northern lights spotting if the weather is available
Join us on an exceptional, 6-day expedition around Iceland’s most popular destinations. Starting in the capital, Reykjavík and visit Iceland’s most popular and beautiful sites, including a few lesser-known treasures of Icelandic nature.
For those wanting to enjoy all Iceland has to offer without having to struggle with finding accommodation and driving in unforeseen circumstances, this tour is perfect. Travelers who want to explore Iceland even more precisely, the 8-day winter excursion is an option you should consider, which includes the amazing Snæfellsnes peninsula in the west.
This 6-day tour takes you to the must-see Golden Circle route with all its amazing sites. You will see the unbeatable Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir geothermal area, and of course the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Thingvellir National Park. Next, you will be heading to the much talked about South Coast, where you will explore the unique black sand beach, Reynisfjara and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. After exploring the Eastfjords, Lake Mývatn awaits with its unique surroundings, you will explore Dimmuborgir lava pillars and then carry on the journey to the capital of the North, Akureyri. From there you will head down south to the capital.
While you enjoy this versatile tour you will be able to book extra tours and activities along the way to make your experience even more special, such as horse riding, hiking, and exploring ice caves. The nights are a perfect opportunity to search for the breathtaking aurora, in the starry night sky.
In addition to this, you get to enjoy the benefit of excellent accommodation, which will result in a restful sleep each night so that you are prepared for the adventures of the next day.
This is your opportunity, book now to enjoy Iceland during its Northern Lights season. Check availability by choosing a date.
Day 1 – The Golden Circle
Your journey will begin in the capital, Reykjavík where a bus will pick you up and head straight out to explore the famous Golden Circle. To make a good day even better you can add a horse riding tour and get a chance to meet the unique and friendly Icelandic horse while riding in beautiful surroundings.
Thingvellir National Park is the first stop of the tour, volcanic fields and mountains surrounded by snow will blow your mind, as it is one of the most beautiful locations in Iceland. Thingvellir has an amazing cultural heritage as Iceland’s first parliament was founded there in the year 930 AD. Only to add even more uniqueness to the location its geological features are truly amazing and exceptional because of the exposed North American and Euroasion tectonic plates on the surface. The location is a UNESCO designated World Heritage site for these reasons.
Haukadalur geothermal area will be your next stop on the Golden Circle route, where you will find hot springs Stokkur, which erupts every five to ten minutes creating amazing photo opportunities and the famous Geysir, the geyser that has named all geysers in the world.
Ending the Golden Circle part of the tour is the most famous must see waterfall, Gullfoss, where water from the glacial river Hvítá rushes down two tiers of a 32 metre fall. The Golden Circle has gotten its name from Gullfoss, which translates to the Golden waterfall.
Your minibus will next take you to your accommodation which is located perfectly for catching a glance at the Auroras in the night, far away from light pollution.
Day 2 – South Coast, Waterfalls and Glacier Hike
Today we will start the day with Seljalandsfoss – a stunningly beautiful waterfall located in the south of Iceland. It is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country, and it is easy to see why. Seljalandsfoss is unique in that it is possible to walk behind the waterfall, which creates a truly magical experience.The waterfall is located in the Seljalands River, which is a tributary of the mighty glacial river, the Markarfljot. Seljalandsfoss is about 60 meters (197 feet) high and is part of the Seljalandsfoss-Gljufrabui area, which is a protected nature reserve. The area has been protected since 1987 and is home to a variety of flora and fauna.
Seljalandsfoss is a must-see for anyone visiting Iceland. Its breathtaking beauty and unique features make it one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country. Whether visitors are looking for a peaceful escape or an adventure, Seljalandsfoss is sure to provide an unforgettable experience.
Moving on more east, we will find yet another waterfall – Skógafoss. It is a powerful waterfall, with a width of 25 metres and a height of 60 metres. It is said to be the largest waterfall in the country and is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Iceland.
Skógafoss is also one of the most popular waterfalls in Iceland and is a must-see for any traveler. The area around the waterfall is very photogenic, with lush green fields and a stunning view of the nearby mountains. There is a well-marked hiking trail that leads to the top of the waterfall, where visitors can get a bird’s eye view of the area. In addition to its natural beauty, Skógafoss also has a rich history. The area has been inhabited since the 9th century, and the waterfall is said to have been a sacred site for the Vikings. The waterfall is also said to be the hiding place of a chest filled with gold and other treasures.
We will drive towards the glaciers. Glaciers are an important part of Iceland’s landscape, covering 11% of the country. They are also one of the most visited attractions in Iceland, with tourists coming from all over the world to experience the beauty of these massive ice formations. Iceland is home to many glaciers, with the largest being Vatnajökull, which covers 8% of the country. This glacier is the largest in Europe and is home to many of Iceland’s most popular attractions, such as the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and the Svínafellsjökull glacier.
Glaciers form when snow accumulates over time and compresses into large masses of ice. This process can take thousands of years, and the glaciers in Iceland are some of the oldest in the world. As the glaciers move, they carve out deep valleys and create stunning landscapes. Glaciers are also important for Iceland’s environment. They provide a source of fresh water for the country, and their presence helps to regulate the climate. Glaciers also act as a buffer against the effects of global warming, as they absorb some of the heat from the sun.
Iceland’s glaciers are an important part of the country’s landscape, and they are an important part of its culture and history. They are a source of adventure, research, and inspiration, and they are a reminder of the beauty of nature.
ACTIVITY OF THE DAY #2
Get ready to experience something a few have experienced – a Glacier Hike on Sólheimajökull! We will meet a certified glacier guide who will give us all glacier equipment, provide all safety equipment and take us to the top of a glacier!
Before going a glacier hike in Iceland, it is important to be prepared. The weather can be unpredictable, so it is important to dress appropriately for the conditions. Layering is key, as temperatures can vary greatly depending on the time of day and the location of the glacier. It is also important to wear sturdy footwear with good grip, as the terrain can be slippery and uneven. Safety is also a key factor when glacier hiking, as it is home to crevasses, avalanches, and falling ice. However our glacier guide will provide valuable insight into the terrain and help ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.
(Please note that a glacier hike might happen on Day 3 on Vatnajökull glacier, depending on the availability of the glacier guide).
Next we are going to the famous Reynisfjara. Reynisfjara is a black sand beach located along the southern coast of Iceland. It is the most popular beach in the country, and has been featured in several films and television shows. The black sand beach in Reynisfjara is black because of the volcanic activity in the area. The black sand is created by lava that has cooled and hardened. The beach is also known for its dramatic basalt columns, which were formed by the erosion of the nearby Reynisfjall mountain.
The basalt columns were also formed by a volcanic eruption that took place over a million years ago. The molten lava cooled and contracted, forming vertical cracks in the rock. The lava then continued to cool and contract, creating polygonal columns. The columns have been eroded over time by the sea, creating the unique and beautiful landscape that is seen today.
This beautiful place is also home to a wide variety of wildlife, including seabirds, seals, and even the occasional whale. With its stunning scenery and wide variety of activities, Reynisfjara is an unforgettable destination.
We will spend our night in Vík
Day 3 – Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon & Ice Caving
Our first stop is Skaftafell for a photo stop of the largest glacier in Europe – Vatnajökull, by the remains of the bridge that got swept away by a glacial flood in 1996.
Skeiðará Bridge s one of the most iconic landmarks in the country, as it is a reminder of the country’s past, and it is a symbol of the strength and resilience of the Icelandic people. The bridge was built in the early 20th century and spans the Skeiðará River, connecting the eastern and western sides of the river.
The next stop of the journey is the astonishing Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, where you can see large icebergs drift calmly towards the ocean.
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is a glacial lake located in southeastern Iceland. It is the deepest lake in Iceland and one of the largest in Europe. The lagoon is fed by the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, part of the Vatnajökull glacier, Europe’s largest glacier. The lagoon is a popular tourist attraction, with visitors coming to see the floating icebergs, seals, and the spectacular views of the surrounding mountains.
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon was formed in the early 1920s, when the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier began to retreat. The glacier has retreated more than 3 kilometers since then, creating the lagoon and its surrounding wetlands. The lagoon is now over 1 kilometer wide and 250 meters deep. The lagoon is also a popular destination for photographers and filmmakers, who come to capture the stunning beauty of the lagoon and its surrounding landscape. The lagoon has featured in many films, including James Bond’s Die Another Day, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, and Batman Begins.
2 minutes away from Jökulsárlón, we will find a stunningly beautiful Diamond Beach, where large chunks of glittering blue ice scatter across the black sand beach. The ice is a result of the nearby Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, which is part of the larger Vatnajökull glacier.
The beach is a popular destination for tourists and photographers alike, as the ice chunks provide a unique and beautiful backdrop for photos. The beach is also home to a variety of wildlife, including seals, seabirds, and even reindeer.
ACTIVITY OF THE DAY #3
Get ready to visit Crystal Blue Ice Cave – one of the largest and most popular ice caves in Iceland! The ice cave is so far away that we cannot reach it by foot or car. So, we will take a Super jeep to get to the ice cave with a glacier guide who will ensure our safety.
Crystal Blue Ice Cave in Iceland is an awe-inspiring natural wonder that has captivated visitors from all over the world and is a must-see for anyone visiting Iceland. Located in the Vatnajökull National Park, the cave is formed by the melting of a glacier and is filled with a stunning blue ice. The cave is illuminated by the sunlight that streams in from the entrance, creating a magical atmosphere.
The cave is a popular destination for photographers, as the ice formations and the blue ice make for some stunning photos. The tour will take visitors through the chamber, as well as to other areas of the cave (please note that an ice cave is always changing).
Your night will be spent in this charming area.
Day 4 – The Eastfjords
You’ll spend your fourth day in the East Fjords of Iceland, where you can find amazing and rare wildlife, for example this is the only place in Iceland where Reindeer might be seen. These fjords present you high mountain ridges and the mighty Vatnajökull towering in the west. Icelandic history makes its appearance in the peaceful fishing villages you pass along the way, as fishing has always been a big part of Icelandic culture.
Hallormsstaðaskógur forest is your next destination, the largest forest in Iceland that offers many walking trails that lead to locations such as waterfalls, coves and moors. You will travel along Lake Lagarfljót, and try to see with your own eyes the mythical worm-like creature said to live in the lake. The night will be spent in a beautiful town in East-Iceland.
ACTIVITY OF THE DAY #4
Let’s make our adventure even more exciting! We have two amazing activities to choose from that will make the rest of the day unforgettable!
- Optional Extra Activity: Horseback Riding in the East (optional activity which needs to be selected during the checkout process).
Saddle up, everyone! We’re going on an adventure to explore the stunning landscapes of the Icelandic Wilderness on our very own horses!
We will meet a Riding Instructor who will teach us how to ride an Icelandic horse! Each person will get his/her own horse and off we ride into the Icelandic Wilderness to explore the beautiful landscapes.
Icelandic Horses are unique because they are the only breed of horse in the world that has five gaits, including the ”tölt”, a four-beat lateral ambling gait. This gait is unique and is not found in any other horse breed in the world. Additionally, Iceland horses are known for their sure-footedness and hardiness, which allows them to traverse difficult terrain and survive harsh climates. They are also known for their intelligence and friendly personalities, making them ideal companions for both leisure and work.
There is no need to have previous experience in horse riding. Please note that this activity is not suitable for people weighing over 120 kgs or people in poor physical condition.
We will travel a bit more north, where we will find luxurious hot springs!
- Optional Extra Activity: Entrance to VÖK Baths (optional activity which needs to be selected during the checkout process).
VÖK Baths is a luxury spa and a unique geothermal area located in the east of Iceland. The area is known for its natural hot springs, which are believed to have healing properties. The area is also home to a variety of wildlife, including geese, ducks, and swans, and is a popular spot for bird-watching. The area is also popular among tourists for its stunning views of the surrounding landscape and its unique geothermal activity.
We will spend our night in a hotel nearby.
Day 5 – Lake Myvatn, Dimmuborgir Fortress and Namaskard Pass
The first stop is Lake Mývatn and it’s beautiful surroundings.
Lake Mývatn is a beautiful lake located in northern Iceland. It is a popular tourist destination due to its stunning natural beauty and unique geological features. The lake is surrounded by a variety of volcanic formations, lava fields, and other geological features, making it a great spot for sightseeing and photography. The lake is also home to a variety of bird species, making it a great spot for birdwatching. The lake is also known for its abundance of natural hot springs, making it a popular spot for swimming and soaking.
A short drive away, we will find Námaskarð Pass, a high temperature geothermal area where the earth boils and gurgles. Námaskarð pass is a mountain pass located in the Highlands of Iceland. It is situated between the glaciers of Hofsjökull and Vatnajökull and is a popular tourist destination due to the orange and red landscapes in the area. The whole land is orange due to the presence of sulfur in the area, which gives the landscape its unique color. During our hike we will see colorful hills, steaming hot springs, bubbling mud pools, and fumaroles.
Dimmuborgir is our next stop where we will find a field of peculiar shaped lava pillars that rise from the earth and their formations may remind you of trolls, elves and other mythical creatures.
Dimmuborgir is a volcanic area located in the north of Iceland. It is a fascinating landscape of lava fields and caves, formed by volcanic eruptions over 2,000 years ago. It is a popular tourist destination and is known for its unique rock formations, including the Hall of the Mountain King, an area of large basalt columns. The area is also home to a wide variety of wildlife, including Arctic foxes, reindeer, and ptarmigans. Dimmuborgir is a great place to explore and take in the unique beauty of the Icelandic landscape.
We will now go to explore Goðafoss – a breathtaking waterfall located in the north of Iceland. It is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the country and is a popular tourist destination. The name Goðafoss translates to “waterfall of the gods” and it is believed to have been named after the conversion to Christianity in Iceland in the year 1000. The waterfall is approximately 12 meters (40 feet) high and 30 meters (100 feet) wide, making it one of the largest waterfalls in the country, which is also known for its unique shape.
The waterfall was formed by a massive glacial flood that occurred in the year 934. The flood was caused by a volcanic eruption in the region and the resulting glacial flood carved out the horseshoe shape of the waterfall.
Akureyri is our next stop – the Capital of the North. You will have the whole evening to go explore the beautiful city. It is the second largest urban area in the country, and is known for its stunning natural beauty and vibrant culture. The town is surrounded by mountains, glaciers, and fjords, making it a popular destination for outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, and snowmobiling. Akureyri also has a vibrant nightlife, with a wide variety of restaurants, bars, and clubs. The town is home to a number of museums, galleries, and other cultural attractions, making it a great place to explore and learn about Icelandic culture.
Remember to look for the beautiful Northern Lights at night if skies are clear before you turn in to your accommodation.
We will spend our night in Akureyri.
We will spend our last day with the most exciting activity of the whole journey! We will go Whale Watching!
ACTIVITY OF THE DAY #6
In the morning after breakfast, we will pack our bags and go straight to a small village called Hauganes, where we will get on a boat and go into the North Atlantic Ocean to see Humpback Whales and more wonderful creatures swimming in the ocean.
We offer warm extra clothing, but we still recommend that passengers bring their own warm and waterproof clothes.
Today we have a long way back to Reykjavík, passing by some beautiful places. If we have time, we will make some extra stops to see the places, so speak the guide and let the guide know if there is a place you would like to stop on the way. If we have time, we will definitely make a stop.
- If you wish to explore the west of Iceland, you can choose an 8 Days Around Iceland Tour where you will explore the places that are missed on this 6 Day tour.
We’ll arrive back in Reykjavík at around 8pm (depending on weather and road conditions).
- 6 day English guided tour of the Ring Road of Iceland
- 5 night of accommodation in various country hotels with breakfast and a private bathroom
- Northern Lights spotting
- Free pickup and dropoff in Reykjavik
- Any additional activities (can be added during the booking process)
- Lunch and dinner
- Pickup time: 8:00 am
- Pick up might take 30 minutes. Please be ready at your selected location. Read carefully if you will be picked up at your hotel or at the nearest designated area (Bus Stop). For walking distance to bus stops, please check busstop.is.
Due to the regulations implemented regarding the shuttle traffic in the downtown Reykjavik, we have offered 13 pick up points instead of directly picking up guests from accommodations . Please click here for further information.
What you need to know
- Duration: 6 Days
- Available: September to April
- Minimum age: 8 years old
- Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
- Customers travelling on their own will receive a single room. Reservations for 2 people will be allocated a double room. For bookings of 3 or more, triple rooms will automatically be allocated. For example, a group of 8 will receive 2 triple rooms and 1 double. If these arrangements do not meet your requirements, please contact the provider.
- Customers can chose between Beer Baths or Whale Watching on day 6. It is not possible to select both.
- 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 advised that there is no specific Northern Lights hunt on this tour, but your guide will notify you if the conditions are favourable and advise you on how to best spot them.
- 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.
- Please note that only pick up and drop-off from designated pick up locations in the greater capital area is available, not from Keflavík International Airport. Therefore, we do not recommend attempting to start this tour on your arrival day in Iceland. Arrival time back to Reykjavík at the end of your tour can vary depending on weather and traffic.
What's to bring
- Warm clothes (first layer)
- Waterproof clothing (second layer)
- Hiking boots (available for rent when booking)
- Swimsuit and a towel
- Joy and happiness!
Crampons are metal spikes that we attach to the soles of your hiking shoes, these enable you to walk on the glacier ice without slipping. Crampons will be used during glacier hiking, please make sure you have good hiking shoes. We recommend hiking shoes that are thick, sturdy and waterproof.
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- All cancellations must be emailed to email@example.com. Cancellation by Whatsapp, Facebook, or other channels will not be accepted. A cancellation fee of 15% is charged if the booking is canceled 7 working days before departure (excluding Saturday, Sunday & Public holiday in Hong Kong); No refund is given if the tour is canceled within 7 days working days notice. If you would like your travel date more flexible, we highly recommend you pay an extra small fee to buy the cancellation insurance
- This insurance guarantees that you can cancel tour and package bookings and receive a full refund, minus the insurance cost of 5,000 ISK per person.
- The cancellation must be made more than 48 hours before (excluding Saturday, Sunday & Public holiday in Hong Kong) the listed starting time on your voucher. To cancel your booking and claim your refund, simply contact firstname.lastname@example.org and declare full cancellation.
- Please note that this insurance covers the cancellation of the whole tour or package. Individual services cannot be canceled and refunded separately, but are all covered and refunded in case of a full cancellation.
What are designated pick up locations?
Due to regulations of Reykjavik City, tour companies are allowed to stop at certain designated bus stop locations in the city centre to pick up passengers. It is stated on your voucher whether we will pick you up directly from your accommodation or from the bus stop.
Will I definitely see Northern Lights on the tour?
The Northern Lights are natural phenomena and we unfortunately cannot promise you will see them. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions. Please note that refund or extra Northern light hunting tour is NOT available if we fail to search for Northern lights due to the bad weather conditions.
What if it’s raining?
It rains a lot in Iceland, but we do not let rain stop us from going out and enjoy nature. All we need to do is choose our clothing wisely, which is why we recommend wearing waterproof clothing as the second layer. Of course, safety is our #1 priority. In case of extreme weather conditions, we will cancel our tours and do our best to reschedule. In these cases, you’ll receive a full refund.
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