Overview

Join us for this Extraordinary Tour and Experience the Unmatched Nature of North Iceland and the South Coast!

Highlights

  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Skógafoss Waterfall
  • Reynisfjara Beach
  • Vík Village
  • Vatnajökull National Park
  • Lake Mývatn
  • Akureyri City
  • Whale Watching
  • Brewery Tour
  • Ice Cave
  • Small Group Experience

Take 5 days out on this all-encompassing tour, to explore both the North and South of beautiful Iceland! Take in the outstanding natural attractions of volcanic landscapes, glistening glacier lagoons, boiling geothermal springs, and captivating ice caves, passing some of the largest waterfalls in Europe on your way to the magical Vatnajökull Glacier. Visit some uniquely colorful villages; age-old turf houses and ancient churches, see national parks and to top it all off, we will go on a whale watching and sea angling adventure, try local craft beer on a visit to a microbrewery and should you want, take an optional soak in the warm geothermal waters of Myvatn Nature Baths.

We will spend 3 days exploring the North of Iceland before spending 2 in the South.

  • Small group (minibus)
  • Personal Experience
  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Small group experience
  • Expert guides
Availability All Year
Duration 5 days
Departs From Reykjavik
Level Easy Suitable for most people in fair condition.
Minimum age 8 years
Accommodation Included
Pick Up Yes
Meet on Location No

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What's included

Included

  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast Each Morning at Your Hotel
  • Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
  • Guided Tour in Minibus
  • Beer Tasting Tour
  • Whale Watching Tour
  • Ice Cave Tour
  • English Speaking Licensed Adventure Guide
  • Free WiFi on Board Your Bus

What to bring

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

Not Included

  • Lunch & Dinner

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Itinerary

North Iceland

The first stop on the tour will be a refreshing, short and easy hike around the majestic volcanic crater, Grábrók, we will then drive off to a fjord to find Hvítserkur, a 15-meter (49 feet) high basalt stack that looks like a dragon or an elephant drinking from the water. After that, we will visit a famous local microbrewery for an hour of beer tasting and a guided tour.

We will spend the night at Dalvik, and hopefully, find the Northern Lights!

Day 2 will be spent in volcanoes, waterfalls, and geothermal baths (optional extra)! Taking in Godafoss Waterfall, Lake Mývatn, and the wildly enchanting Skútustaðagigar pseudo craters - dome-shaped mounds created by lava. Just minutes away is Dimmuborgir, a lava field loaded with lava rock sculptures, huge rock pillars, caves, caverns, tunnels, and lava bridges.

Next on the tour is Viti Crater,  - what’s left of a volcanic eruption, now filled with milky blue and green water surrounded by geothermal steam. After a few more activities, we will head back to the same hotel as the night before.

Day 3 will include some whale watching, some sea fishing, and a barbeque. We will stop off at an authentic turf house on the way back and will arrive in Reykjavik in the evening, where we will stay for one night.

The tour will depart Reykjavik and head towards the south of the country. We will spend 2 days in this region, taking in the sights and highlights along the south coast before taking you on a once in a lifetime adventure, inside a glistening magical ice cave. Making our way along the coast we will pass through farmlands and villages,  before making our first stop at Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, the waterfall you can walk behind! Next, is another waterfall - Skógafoss, one of the tallest waterfalls on the island!

We will continue driving, heading on to the famous black sand beach of Reynisfjara, famed for dramatic basalt sea stacks rising in columns up the cliff face. The powerful Atlantic white waves contrast against the jet black grains of black sand.

After the beach, we head to the village of Vik and then drive onwards through stunning lava fields and volcano mountain landscapes to Kirkjubæjarklaustur, a charming village.

You will spend the night at a country hotel or guesthouse in the Skaftafell area, arriving early evening. If the forecast is promising, you should have the opportunity to catch the bright Northern Lights across the dark night sky. This is of course only possible during the northern lights season in winter.

We start Day 5 ready to spend some time at Vatnajökull National Park and it’s glaciers. A favorite sight in Iceland is Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, a lagoon literally full of gliding glaciers! Huge icebergs which were once part of the glacier, drift on the surface of the enormous lagoon as they make their way slowly towards the ocean. Many icebergs will ride ashore onto nearby Diamond beach, where they wait, glittering like diamonds on the black sand.

Next, you will be taken to a natural ice cave in Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe. With light flooding through the blue ice, an ice cave is incredibly photogenic and like nothing you’ve seen before.

On the first day we will pick you up for 09:00 am and head to the Ring Road where following an hour and a half long drive, the first activity of the day will begin with a fresh, short hike around Grábrók, a volcanic crater  formed in a volcanic eruption almost three and a half thousand years ago, measuring 7 km in length and 66 feet in height. The hike will not take long and is fairly easy, but the view will be astounding!

From there, we will jump back into the minibus and head into the direction of the ‘Troll of Northwest Iceland’ HvítserkurHvítserkur is a basalt rock stack measuring 15 meters/ 50 feet high, naturally shaped like a Rhino emerging from the sea!

From there, you can relax after your first day on the tour with a trip to the local Microbrewery. The hour-long beer tasting involves a supervised tour through the distillery where the owners will introduce some of Iceland’s best craft brews and demonstrate how it is made.

From here, it is a short drive to Dalvík, a small fishing village where we will spend the night in a cozy hotel searching for the Northern Lights, should conditions allow.

Day Highlights
  • Grábrók Volcanic Crater
  • Troll of Northwest Iceland - Hvítserkur
  • Microbrewery Tour
  • Dalvík Village
  • Small Group Tour
Included
  • Pick Up from Reykjavik
  • Accommodation
  • Minibus Tour
  • Brewery Tour
Accommodation
Hotel Dalvik
or similar

The second day will start with a drive to a stunning and historic waterfall, Goðafoss, the waterfall of the gods. Water plunges from a height of 12 meters (40 feet) over a width of 30 meters (100 feet) in one of a kind semi-circle layout.

After a photo stop, we will take a short drive to the Lake Mývatn region, the fourth largest lake in Iceland. Tiny islands dot the breathtaking volcanic landscape, making this area one of Iceland’s most important preserved nature reserves.

On our way around the lake, we will visit the Skútustaðagigar pseudo craters, often called rootless craters. These craters were formed almost 2,500  years ago, when new lava entered the lake and trapped the wet sediment below, resulting in steam eruptions. Today, the unusual craters are covered with grass and there are indicated hiking routes through the area.

Just a few minutes from the craters is Dimmuborgir, a large area of fascinating lava fields, consisting of various caves and rock formations, made of lave sediment. This incredible site is loaded with massive lava rock sculptures, huge rock pillars, caverns, tunnels, and lava bridges, which is like something from another world.

After exploring the mystical lava park, we will hit the road once again, to a scenic volcanic crater – Víti Crater. The 300-meter-wide crater was formed in the early 1700s when the Krafla Volcano suffered a huge eruption, lasting for five years. Today the crater is completely safe and filled with blue and green water, while the land around it is steaming with geothermal power.

Talking of all things geothermal, next, up we will explore one of Iceland’s geothermal fields, Námaskarð. The very active area is part of the Krafla volcano system. Fresh lava doesn’t surface, but the land is alive with bubbling hot springs, mud pots, and screaming fumaroles shooting meters into the air. The landscape is comprised of toxic soil with minerals that coat the site in remarkably bright colors.

On our way back to our hotel, we can make a stop at the beautiful Mývatn Nature Baths, often referred to as the Blue Lagoon of the North. The color of the water is a similar milky-blue, just like the Blue Lagoon, the main difference being the overall cost – half the price! A pampering bath here is an optional extra which you would have to fund at your own cost.

To end our long day, we will return to the same hotel in Dalvík village, where we stayed for our first night.

Day Highlights
  • Goðafoss Waterfall
  • Lake Mývatn
  • Skútustaðagigar Pseudo Craters
  • Dimmuborgir
  • Víti Crater
  • Námaskarð Geothermal Field
  • Mývatn Nature Baths
Included
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Minibus Tour
Accommodation
Hotel Dalvik
or similar

We will begin our last day in the North of Iceland with a boat trip to go on an amazing whale watching tour, to catch glimpses of the gentle giants of the sea! Success rates exceed 99% in summer.

We will most likely see some humpback whales, as they stay around the bay all year round and show off to guests! White-beaked dolphins, harbor purposes, and minke whales are also frequent visitors, seen in the bay.

After seeing the big fish of the sea, you will have the chance to try your hand at some sea angling for the much smaller ones, on the way back to the harbor. Depending on what we catch, we will have a barbecue and share the fresh, amazing food together!

After lunch, we will head to Reykjavik for the night, but not before stopping off at Glaumbær turf farm on the way. The farm is comprised of 13 age-old turf houses, with walls built of turf, layered in a herringbone design. The original farm is stated to have been built during the Age of the Settlements (900 AD) but the houses you will see are a lot more recent, the oldest one built during in the 18th century.

You are welcome to be dropped off at Borgarnes, to connect with other tours if you so wish, or continue on to Reykjavik and then the South Coast. The accommodation for the night will be in Reykjavik Lights Hotel.

Day Highlights
  • Minibus Tour
  • Whale Watching
  • Sea Angling
  • Glaumbær Turf Farm
  • Borgarnes
Included
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Whale Watching Tour
Accommodation
Reykjavik Lights Hotel
or similar

The first stop in the South Coast is the very rare Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which has the added novelty of allowing visitors to actually walk all the way around behind the cascade.

Our next highlight is nearby, and is another waterfall, Hollywood favorite; Skógafoss found at the base of the infamous volcano, Eyjafjallajökull, which erupted spontaneously in 2010.  

As we continue on this long journey, we come to Reynisfjara black beach, famed for picturesque basalt column formations, and the Reynisdrangar peaks. Jet black sands contrast against the bright white ocean waves.

Throughout the day, you can expect to witness magical landscapes of mountain ranges, spacious lava fields, waterfalls, black sands, and glacier tongues.

We will drive through the charming small town of Vík on our way to our accommodation in Hof, where your hotel will be in the Vatnajökull area.

We will enjoy a relaxing evening, if the conditions are right it is the perfect place to hunt for the Northern Lights!

Day Highlights
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Skógafoss Waterfall
  • Eyjafjallajökull Volcano
  • Reynisfjara
Included
  • Small Group Minibus Tour
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
Accommodation
Adventure Hotel Hof

Spend your last full day in Iceland in the ice! This day is going to be cold but completely worth it!

You will also visit extraordinary favorite, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Getting up an up-close look at the glacial tongue of the great Vatnajökull glacier does not get any better than this!

The Ice Lagoon is a totally mind-blowing experience. Huge icebergs of wondrous shapes have detached off the receding Breiðamerkurjökull glacier and jostle one another in the huge lagoon, before meeting the Atlantic ocean.

Get an even closer look at the icebergs, when they wash onto the shores of the nearby Diamond Beach, you will see them glittering like diamonds, as they contrast against the dramatic coal darkness of the black sand beach.

In the winter season, with the help of a qualified guide, you will explore a glacier by venturing into the glistening, blue world of an ice cave! A once in a lifetime experience as ice caves are different every single year! New caves are formed each winter by the melt and freeze cycle of the glacier, they are everchanging.

In the summertime, we will drive back to Vik, where you will explore the Katla Ice Cave located at Mýrdalsjökull glacier. If there’s no ice cave accessible at the time, a glacier hike will be arranged for you.

After visiting the ice cave we head home, towards Reykjavík, where we will return for around 19:00, 7 pm.

We hope you enjoyed the tour and hope to see you again sometime!

Day Highlights
  • Small Group Minibus Tour
  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • Vatnajökull Glacier
  • Diamond Beach
  • Ice Cave
  • Reykjavík
Included
  • Ice Cave Tour with Guide
  • Breakfast at Hotel
  • Small Group Minibus Tour
  • Drop Off in Reykjavik

Arrival time: Arrival in Reykjavík is expected around 19:00/ 7 pm.

Pick-up Information: Pick-up is at 09:00 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.

FAQ

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.

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 the 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.

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.

For further information about rental gear:

2 Day Tours – Rental Equipment & Upgrades

3 Day Tours – Rental Equipment & Upgrades

4 Day Tours – Rental Equipment & Upgrades

5 Day Tours – Rental Equipment & Upgrades

6 Day Tours – Rental Equipment & Upgrades

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 multiday tours, 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.

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.

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!