Travel the famous ring road of Iceland in a small group. Visit some of the most amazing destinations around Iceland.
This six-day Iceland tour is a fabulous option for people who really want to make the most of their time in Iceland.
You go further, explore more, straying off the beaten track. Get up close and personal with a glistening glacier, gushing geysers, majestic volcanoes and awesome waterfalls. Relax in the Nature Baths at Myvatn, watch the whales of the north, meet travelers from all over the world and craft incredible memories.
We also offer this tour with 2 nights in Reykjavík extension with accommodation. Please have look at our 8 Day Iceland Ring Road Tour
Meet on location
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- Tour highlights
- Small Group Experience
- The Ring Road
- Golden Circle (Þingvellir, Gullfoss, Geysir)
- Vatnajökull Glacier
- South Coast (Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, Reynisfjara)
- Skaftafell National Park
- Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
- Mývatn (Myvatn)
- Dettifoss & Goðafoss Waterfalls
- Siglufjörður (Siglufjordur)
- Deildatunguhver Hot Spring
- Hraunfossar Waterfall
- Blue Lagoon ( Optional extension)
- Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
- Accommodation with Private Bathroom - 5 Nights
- Breakfast Each Morning at Your Hotel
- English Speaking Adventure Tour Guide
- Guided Tour in Minibus
- All Required Safety Equipment
- Glacier Hike on Vatnajökull Glacier
- Hike at Egilsstaðir
- Whale Watching in Dalvík
- Free WiFi on Board Your Bus
This around Iceland tour will give you the best possible experience. ”Life is meant for good friends and great adventures.”
Golden Circle & Icelandic Waterfalls
Day 1: Pick up at 08:00 am in Reykjavík – see itinerary for location options. Enjoy the majestic Golden Circle attractions of Gullfoss, Geysir and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Þingvellir. See Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls on the way to your accommodation near Vík.
Vík Village, Glacier Lagoon & Diamond Beach
Day 2: Reynisfjara black sand beach, the Reynisdrangar peaks and dramatic black basalt columns. Cross Eldhraun lava field, then go to Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park for a glacier hike. Visit Jókulsárlón, the surreal glacier lagoon with floating icebergs, and the nearby Crystal Beach. Spend the night in Höfn.
East Fjords, Djúpivogur & Egilsstaðir Hike
Day 3: Visit the fishing village at Djúpivogur, the charming Hengifoss and Litlanesfoss waterfalls, then to Egilsstaðir where you will stay at a country hotel.
Mývatn, Akureyri & Waterfalls
Day 4: See Dettifoss, the waterfall with the highest flow rate in Europe, the majesty of Goðafoss waterfall, Mývatn Nature Baths and Akureyri, your accommodation will be nearby.
Whale Watching Tour & Siglufjörður
Day 5: Explore Akureyri then off to Dalvík for whale watching, sea angling is an option, then explore Siglufjörður. Your hotel is at Bifröst.
Hraunfossar, Reykholt & Reykjavík
Day 6: Deildartunguhver hot spring, Barnafoss waterfall, see the water pouring straight out of the lava at the Hraunfossar cascade. Visit Reykholt, home of Snorri Sturluson, historian and writer of many Icelandic Sagas.
These stunningly spectacular attractions form the central core of your itinerary but Iceland has something amazing to offer at any time of year, there are seasonal extras on this tour:
From late August until April there is the possibility of seeing the Northern Lights dance their magic colors across the sky. In winter there is also a visit to an ice cave instead of a glacier hike. In summer the Arctic midnight sun reigns supreme and puffins are often spotted along the coastline, so we make time to enjoy these. In the East, we could be lucky enough to cross paths with reindeer. In September there is often time to go to a sheep round-up somewhere in the countryside – learn how real farming people do things. This is when small group Iceland guided tours have a huge advantage, we can make the most of the opportunities which come up!
Here you can find a detailed list of information about everything you need to know about this tour:
6 Days Around Iceland Adventure Guide
Pick-up is at 08:00 am from your hotel or a nearby meeting point in Reykjavík. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is much appreciated.
Available pick-up points: Arctic Adventures’s pick-up list.
What to bring: Warm outdoor clothing, a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking boots are recommended. See the 6 Days Around Iceland Adventure Guide for more information.
What if I don’t own all of the necessary clothing items?
Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking boots, waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process. We do not rent these items from the location, they must be ordered in advance.
Solo travelers are required to choose single room when they make their bookings.
Blue Lagoon Extension (optional): After the 6-day tour around Iceland, you will be dropped off at your chosen drop-off location, at around 17:00 pm. You will have time to have dinner, and then you are picked up at the same location for the Blue Lagoon transfer at 18:30 pm. After relaxing in the Blue Lagoon, you will be dropped off at the same location.
Sometimes we may need to change glaciers or glacier outlets on this tour due to various reasons, including weather conditions. Glacier outlets used on this tour include Svínafellsjökull, Falljökull and Sólheimajökull, all amazing and unique glaciers, equally as beautiful.
Day 1: Golden Circle and South Coast
Please be ready at your pick-up location in Reykjavík at 08:00 am. The pick up process takes up to 30 minutes, so depending on where you are located in Reykjavik you may have to wait a few minutes. The first day of this round trip is mostly focused on exploring the attractions of the famous Golden Circle.
We visit Þingvellir National Park which is recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its geological and historical significance. It was here that the Icelanders founded their historic Parliament in 930 CE, Alþingið, one of the first democratic governments in the world. The Law Speaker had one of the most dramatic ‘platforms’ in the world from which to proclaim the law, the cliff of the mighty rift valley stood at his back. The Mid-Atlantic Ridge runs right through Þingvellir, the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates continue to edge apart, slowly widening the rift valley. The Geysir hot spring area will be our next destination.
Geysir is the spouting hot spring which gave its name to this phenomenon when the English word ‘geyser’ was adopted. Watch the Strokkur hot spring erupt great jets of hot water and steam every few minutes and see the bubbling fumaroles. The mighty Gullfoss waterfall is the final Golden Circle attracted. See the dreamy golden-hued mist rising from the spray as the Hvítá (the White River) pours down from Langjökull (the Long Glacier) roaring through the rugged canyon. Gullfoss drops 32 m in two stages.
On the way to our accommodation at a country hotel near the village of Vík, we will visit both Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls. Seljalandsfoss is a very unusual waterfall because it is possible to walk behind the cascade, giving a unique vantage point.
- Þingvellir National Park
- Geysir Hot springs
- Gullfoss Waterfall
- Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
- Skógafoss Waterfall
- Guided tour in minibus
- Visit to the highlights of Golden Circle
- Visit the most famous waterfalls of the South coast
- One night at Hotel close to Vík
Day 2: Vík - Skaftafell - Glacier Lagoon - Höfn
We explore the atmospheric Reynisfjara black sand beach with the glorious Reynisdrangar peaks and visit the basalt column cave. Then it is over to the glaciers!
We pass the great Mýrdalsjökull glacier, which houses one of the most famous and feared volcanoes beneath its ice, the capricious Katla. In good visibility, you will get a glimpse of the great fire maestro! Witness the results of previous volcanic eruptions as we drive across the Eldhraun lava field to Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park. Skaftafell is a true oasis, with green birch forests and lush vegetation, a verdant jewel in the midst of the rough black sand desert.
Floating icebergs in Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
We will take a three-hour glacier hike, guided by our specialist glacier guide, on an outlet glacier of Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe.
Next on the agenda is the famous Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. Gaze in wonder at the magical iceberg-filled lagoon and see the famous Diamond Beach, its coal-black sands peppered with the glittering crystal, blue/white icebergs which have been washed ashore. You will feel you are in a film scene, and in a way you will be – footage of James Bond and other movies has been shot here. Our accommodation for the night will be at a guesthouse in the Höfn area, known as the lobster capital of Iceland.
- Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
- Vatnajökull National Park
- Jökulsarlón Glacier Lagoon
- The Crystal Beach (Diamond Beach)
- Höfn - Lobster capital of Iceland
- Breakfast at Hotel close to Vík
- Visit to Reynisfjara
- Guided Glacier Hike on Vatnajökull Glacier
- Certified Glacier Guide
- Specialized glacier gear
- Visit to Jökulsarlón and the Diamond Beach
- One night at a guesthouse in Höfn
Day 3: East Fjords - Djúpivogur - Egilsstaðir
Today we will explore the East Fjords of Iceland. We continue threading our way along the coastline, driving some narrow roads around Hvalnes, a very beautiful and remote peninsula, and the stretch around the Þvottárskriður landslides between Lóns and Álftafjarðar.
We will stop at Djúpivogur, a traditional small fishing village which is also home to a fine outdoor sculpture, Eggin í Gleðivík (meaning The Eggs of Merry Bay). There is then an invigorating hike to Hengifoss, Iceland’s second highest waterfall (128 m), we will also see the towering Litlanesfoss waterfall, the cascade is framed by giant hexagonal basalt columns. The hike takes about three hours in total. You will see a beautiful gorge where the layers from volcanic eruptions in ancient times can be seen in the colorful rock face. Following our hike we travel to Egilsstaðir, the night will be spent in a country hotel in the area.
- Djúpivogur Fishing Village
- Hengifoss Waterfall
- Litlanesfoss Waterfall
- The town of Egilsstaðir
- Breakfast at the guesthouse in Höfn
- Visit to the small fishing village of Djúpvogur
- Guided hike to Hengifoss Waterfall
- One night at a Hotel in Egilsstaðir
Day 4: Dettifoss - Mývatn - Goðafoss - Akureyri
Today we are on our way to the north of the country. From Egilsstaðir, we drive over the wilderness around Möðrudalur, the highest farm in Iceland for generations and now the highest inhabited place and restaurant, at 469 m. We will stop at Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, the voluminous flow is truly awesome!
We then explore the mystical landscapes around the lake at Mývatn – from here it just gets more surreal – we head to the steaming lunar landscapes of the Námaskarð geothermal area. See boiling hot springs, steaming fumaroles and technicolor bubbling mud pots. The wonders continue when we visit the Hverfjall crater and the amazing Dimmuborgir formations, known as the Dark Castles!
The next stop is at Mývatn Nature Baths, in Icelandic these are called Jarðbóðin because the hot water comes straight up out of the earth. Mývatn Nature Baths, giving you the opportunity to bathe in the hot spring pools. Bathing is an optional extra activity but we highly recommend you book it beforehand to reserve your spot! Here you can bathe in the mineral-rich alkaline water (36 – 40 C), the entrance fee can be added when booking or paid on site. For those do not wish to bathe, there is the option to stroll around and enjoy the exceptional views or relax in the cafeteria, there is a sun terrace for fine days! The wide and dreamy crescent-shaped waterfall, Goðafoss, is the last stop of the day before we journey to Eyjafjörður, an outstandingly beautiful fjord with high mountains.
Our accommodation for the night will be at a country hotel near Akureyri.
- Dettifoss Waterfall
- Mývatn Lake
- Námaskarð geothermal area
- Hverfjall Crater
- Dimmuborgir formations
- Goðafoss Waterfall
- Breakfast at Hotel in Egilsstaðir
- Guided visit to all the highlights
- Time to explore the magnificent landscapes
- One night at a hotel close to Akureyri
Day 5: Whale watching in Dalvík - Siglufjörður -Tröllaskagi - Bifröst
Occasionally there is time to make a short stop at Akureyri, the Capital of the North. We always drive through this charming town, passing through the really mesmeric scenery along Eyjafjörður (the Island Fjord) on the way to the little fishing town of Dalvík. Your whale watching boat trip departs from the traditional working harbor. During the 3-hour boat trip you can expect to spot humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins, minke whales, and sometimes even a majestic blue whale. Whales are spotted on 98% of tours. You will also get the chance to try your luck at sea angling, and a taste of the freshest fish imaginable.
When we step ashore, we drive to Siglufjörður, a charming fishing village with a rich history, in the early 20th century there was a gold rush atmosphere when the remote community became the herring fishing capital of the Atlantic. Your journey around Tröllaskagi (the Troll Peninsula) will show you some of the best ocean scenery and skiing areas in Iceland. The characterful small villages on this peninsula will really give you a good insight into how life was/is lived in the remote Icelandic villages. Our drive will take us through some thriving agricultural areas on our way to Bifröst, a small university centered community. Your accommodation for the night will be at a small hotel in Bifröst.
- Akureyri - Capital of the North
- Whale Watching from Dalvík
- Siglufjörður Fishing Village
- Breakfast at a Hotel close to Akureyri
- Akureyri & Eyjafjörður Fjord
- 3 hour Whale Watching sail tour
- Opportunity to try out sea angling
- Visit to Siglufjörður
- One night at a hotel in Bifröst
Day 6: Borgarfjörður - Reykholt - Hraunfossar - Hvalfjörður - Reykjavík
On this, our final day, we will find ourselves in West Iceland – an area which Lonely Planet voted as one of the best destinations in 2016. Your day will begin with a short hike up to Grábrók, a volcano crater. On a clear day there are fabulous views over the lava field and the whole area. Borgarfjörður has many splendid sights and we will focus on these today. We stop at Deildartunguhver hot spring, the legendary waterfall, Barnafoss, (the Children´s Waterfall), and the Hraunfossar cascade, the atmospheric very low and wide falls where the water emerges, literally straight out of the lava field.
Next on the agenda is the historic and picturesque site of Reykholt, home to Snorri Sturluson, the Icelandic historian, lawyer, politician, poet and the author of some Icelandic Sagas. See Snorralaug, Snorri´s pool, dabble your fingers and feel the temperature of the water in the place where Snorri is likely to have bathed! We will drive around scenic fjord, Hvalfjörður (Whale Fjord), on our way to back Reykjavík. We expect to arrive in the city around 5 – 6 pm.
- Deildartunguhver hot spring
- Barnafoss Waterfall
- Hraunfossar cascade
- Hike up to Grábrók, a volcano crater
- Breakfast at hotel in Bifröst
- Visit to the highlights of Borgarfjörður
- Visit to the historic sight of Reykholt
- Drop off in Reykjavík
Yes, the tour includes a glacier hike on Falljökull glacier in Skaftafell – Vatnajökull national park.
All relevant information for the tour can be found in our 6 Days Around Iceland Adventure handbook
Our multi-day tours are operated in a minibus which will give you a small group experience and a better connection with the guide.
Accommodation is included during your multi-day tour which is often booked far in advance. By booking with us, you don’t have to worry about finding an accommodation during the time of the tour. Staying overnight in the countryside gives you the opportunity to explore Iceland further and experience places that you would normally not be able to on a one day tour. Note that Adventure packages do not include accommodation.
You’ll have an English speaking licensed adventure guide throughout the tour that will be able to tell you about everything you will see along the way and knows where the best locations to stop by are to give you the absolute best experience.
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!
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.
If your tour includes an accommodation, breakfast is included during the tour at the hotel/guesthouse restaurant. Meals and beverages are otherwise not included on your tour. However, we will be making stops at restaurants and convenience stores where you will be able to purchase all necessities.
You should count on spending around 8,000 ISK (80$) on food each day per person. Cash is not necessary, as credit cards are almost always accepted. Having a small amount of cash doesn’t hurt though.
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.
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).
* The combined dimensions of each bag must not exceed 158 cm (62 in).
* It’s possible to store your luggage with us in Reykjavík while you are on your tour, for a small fee. We highly recommend storing the luggage in Reykjavík to help us reduce our carbon footprint.
* Please note that luggage storage is not refundable.
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.
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.
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 starts.
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Most of the hotels we use during our tours are remotely located and therefore ideal to spot 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 they lights are spotted.
The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and therefore we can unfortunately never promise that 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 have a look at our Northern Lights information.
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.
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"Best part of my three month solo trip"
I do not know where to begin writing this review, after three months solo travelling this was the perfect way to end my trip and the best week of the last three months. I knew going into this tour that February was not ideal the best month to visit Iceland however I went in with an open mind and ready for anything. I was always the skeptic when it came to group tours however this tour has completely changed my mind. Iceland as a country is breath taking and beyond phenomenal, and without gong on a tour I wouldn’t have seen as much as we did. The weather the first few days was not ideal which was to be expected but also meant a few of our activities such as the Glacier Hike and Ice Cave Tour couldn’t go ahead, however our Tour Guide Adolf organised extra activities for us to do including visiting a traditional Icelandic farm with horses and sheep. Adolf was a superb guide, friendly, outgoing and somebody who you could tell really enjoyed their job, even taking us to a lot of “off the beaten track” places and those that only locals tend to frequent. There aren’t enough words or the right words to describe how truly amazing this country is and all it has to offer. Being a solo traveller also I was unsure about the age demographic of the group before it began however I was pleasantly surprised and made some awesome friends from all over the world. The standard of the tour was fantastic, there is not one thing I could fault about it. The accomodation exceeded my expectations – a few had hot tubs where we could chill at night and have a few drinks underneath the Northern Lights. The staff at every place we visited an every hotel was of a high level of customer service and extremely helpful. The people of Iceland are also friendly, approachable and always willing to help. For someone who was so anti-tour this trip has changed my opinion completely and would not hesitate to visit Iceland again one day and tour through this company.
“Awsome Guide, Wonderful Trip”
We took a 6 Day tour around Iceland with Artic Adventures and it turned out to be a trip of a lifetime. Iceland is a truly diverse and beautiful country and for someone who loves nature it was a sensational experience. Our guide Juan Oliveros was truly amazing and he made our trip fun and fabulous with his dramatic story telling and quirky sense of humour. It was a great group and we had a wonderful time. It was overall an incredible vacation.
"Amazing Tour & Great Tour Guide"
My sister and I joined Arctic Adventures for a “6 Day Around Iceland Adventure” tour on May 1, 2017. The weather was pretty intense on the first 2 days, especially the 1st, but luckily, none of our scheduled tours were canceled. Even under the extreme weather of Iceland, our tour guide still did his very best to make things work. We felt very lucky to travel around Iceland with those amazing new friend we met on our journey. Thank You Arctic Adventures for this unforgettable experience!!
"Amazing Ring Road Tour"
I did the 6 days around Iceland on the Ring Road this July. It was truly the perfect trip. Our guide was fun, accommodating, and informative. Our hotels and meals were great and considering the cost of Iceland this trip was pretty economical. If you are looking to see all of Iceland and get out of Reykjavik this trip is perfect. It was a great combination of seeing all the amazing sights and a bit of adventure. I would highly recommend this tour!
Review of: 6-Day Small-Group Adventure Tour Around Iceland from ReykjavikThis tour was a great short overview of the most spectacular parts of Iceland. It was non stop, full on, go go go! Our tour guide, Jun was great. And we were lucky to have a great group on our bus. The smaller bus was really good. Everyone got to know each other, I have made some great friends out of it. I would have liked to have more time at some of the stops, especially the towns, to have a look around. But overall, a very good tour.
"6 Days around Iceland, once in a lifetime experience"
The trip was beyond my expectations, everything is well organized. Thanks to Francois Dennis( we had the best guide), he is very helpful and knowledgeable. Also our group was terrific- all great folks who we truly enjoyed, they made the trip so much more enjoyable 🙂 – Had a chance to see northern lights for 2 nights -Explore Iceland for 6 days with awesome people, those memories I will never forget -Our guide stopped by some cute coffee shop in Iceland which I think is extra 😉 -I also went to different tours with different companies but will choose Arctic Adventure again if I come back to Iceland.