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We did the 7-day trip with Sindri as our guide. He was outstanding—very knowledgeable about the area and equally personable. He was also very adaptable when weather forced changes in plans. Highly recommended.
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On the first day we will take you to the most popular waterfall in Iceland, Gullfoss on the roaring Hvítá river, and Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir), the most significant historical site in Iceland, which is also a geological wonder. The cliff of the Almannagjá ravine runs right through Þingvellir, straddling two continents where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates have been slowly moving apart. Þingvellir is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for very good reasons! Next up is an erupting geyser, at the Geysir geothermal area. Strokkur, the most active geyser, nowadays, is very obliging, spouting torrents of scalding water every 5 to 10 minutes. Then it is onwards to the best known black sand beach in Iceland, Reynisfjara.
Full details of the places you will see on other days can be found in the itinerary. Each night you will stay at a different country hotel or guesthouse, putting you in the perfect location every time. From September to April, slip away from your hotel each night to hunt for the elusive Northern Lights. Your guide will give you exclusive advice on the best ways to find them!
The tour returns to Reykjavík on day 7 at around 20:00 in the evening. In Iceland the weather can sometimes influence schedules.
The day starts with pick up from your accommodation, or a nearby pick up point in Reykjavík. The three attractions of the famous Golden Circle are first up on the agenda. Þingvellir National Park is a very important place in the heart of every Icelan...)
The day starts with pick up from your accommodation, or a nearby pick up point in Reykjavík. The three attractions of the famous Golden Circle are first up on the agenda. Þingvellir National Park is a very important place in the heart of every Icelander. In the year 930 CE/AD the Icelandic people established their parliament here, this is the oldest continually operating parliament in the world. There is more to Þingvellir than great history, this place is listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, for its historical, geological and cultural importance. You will see Þingvallavatn, home to Silfra fissure, which delves down between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. The cliff of the rift valley runs right through the National Park.
The geothermally active hot spring area at Geysir is another Golden Circle attraction. Great Geysir, which gave us the English word geyser to describe this sort of hot spring, is no longer active. Strokkur, a nearby hot spring, spouts spectacular torrents of superheated water every 5 to 10 minutes. A visit to Gullfoss waterfall will complete our Golden Circle, feel the force as the falls thunder through the high rugged canyon dropping 32 m in two stages.
Next, we take a scenic drive along the beautiful south coast, stopping at Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. Here you have a unique opportunity to experience the power and wonder of nature. Don´t just view these falls from a distance – walk the pathway which takes you right behind the elegantly falling cascade. We head onwards to the scenic Skógafoss waterfall, here the water crashes down over the former sea cliffs, those cliffs extend for many kilometers marking the coastline of long ago. Watch out for rainbows – the incredible spray makes Skógafoss an ideal spot to catch single or double rainbows! The final stop of the day is at Reynisfjara black sand beach, home of the legendary Reynisdrangar peaks, said to be the figures of two trolls who were turned into stone when they faced the morning sun! You will also see the incredible basalt column cave as you wander along the beach.
After a full day of sightseeing we make our way to a country hotel in the area around Kirkjubaerklaustur, a charming South Coast village. From September to April, your guide will give you special tips to find the Northern Lights in the area.
We enjoy breakfast and check out. Today, we continue our journey along the south coast in the direction of Skaftafell and Vatnajökull National Park. Vatnajökull glacier, Hvannadalsnúkur, the highest peak in Iceland, Skaftafell and Jökulsárlón Glacier...)
We enjoy breakfast and check out. Today, we continue our journey along the south coast in the direction of Skaftafell and Vatnajökull National Park. Vatnajökull glacier, Hvannadalsnúkur, the highest peak in Iceland, Skaftafell and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, and many other natural treasures can be found within this 13,600 km2 protected wilderness area. Iceland has three national parks: Þingvellir, Vatnajökull and Snæfellsjökull – on this tour you will see them all.
We will stop at Skaftafell for a glacier hike led by one of our certified glacier guides. Equipped with crampons and all the necessary glacier equipment you are led onto a Vatnajökull outlet glacier. These glacier tongues/outlet glaciers are amazing places, with crevasses, moulins which can drill down to the base of the glacier and a plethora of amazing vistas for you to explore. Our guides love to be asked questions, so don’t be too shy to ask!
From November to March, we replace the glacier hike with an exhilarating journey through Vatnajökull’s crystal ice cave. Each winter, the glacier meltwater freezes into new ice caves that wind their way through the heart of the glacier. See Iceland’s mighty ice caps from the inside!
After your bracing glacier hike, our cozy minibus will whisk you away to experience yet more glacial magic at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. As we approach from the main highway you will glimpse a procession of mystically floating icebergs, these often towering and amazingly shaped chunks of ice broke free from the edge of the retreating Breiðamerkurjökull glacier. Occasionally, you will see seals frolicking in the enormous lake in between these stunning ice sculptures. So, you feel as if you are in a film scene? Well, actually you are! Footage of a couple of James Bond movies and other films has been shot here.
Those icebergs, some with glittering blue ice, make their way to the sea at the Diamond Beach, a black sand beach just a few minutes walk from the Glacier Lagoon. The icebergs which been brought ashore by the tide come to rest here. Usually, you will see quite a few sitting like translucent diamond jewels or giant shining clear quartz crystals on the coal-black sand. Some people call this the Crystal Beach!
In the evening we will lay down our heads at a comfortable accommodation in Höfn, a very pleasant seaside town and the lobster capital of Iceland. In winter, search for the Northern Lights near the hotel.
We leave the Vatnajökull National Park area behind but the sensational scenery certainly continues! We follow the twisting and turning roads, flanked by the coast on one side and majestic mountain peaks on the other, through the East Fjords to Egilss...)
We leave the Vatnajökull National Park area behind but the sensational scenery certainly continues! We follow the twisting and turning roads, flanked by the coast on one side and majestic mountain peaks on the other, through the East Fjords to Egilsstaðir. This picturesque town on the banks of the Lagarfljót River is home to the legend of Largarfljótasormurinn, the Largarfljót worm. Tales of the giant Largarfljót worm, which is said to reside in the lake and show itself from time to time, are firmly established within Icelandic folklore tales.
Along the way we stop off at Djúpivogur, a small and really remote fishing village. The North Atlantic waves wash over the black sandy beach and a rich birdlife thrives, most Icelandic birds can be spotted around the area. There are more birds than people, Djúpivogur is home to just over 1100 people, as a community they have a reputation for being welcoming and strongly committed to eco issues.
We also do a 3 hour easy hike to Hengifoss, one of the highest waterfalls in Iceland, the falls drop into a really striking gorge. Look out for the layers of red strata threading their way through the cliff walls around the waterfall. This cliff was forged in the fire of many mighty volcanic eruptions, those layers of volcanic ash and basaltic lava developed over thousands of years. On our hike today we have not one, but two scintillating waterfalls for you to enjoy! The towering cascade of the Litlanesfoss waterfall is framed by giant hexagonal basalt columns, a truly impressive and photogenic sight.
Our accommodation for the night is located in the picturesque area of Egilsstaðir. Scout out the Northern Lights in winter.
Today is filled with stunning North Iceland highlights. The drive up from Egilssaðir will take us through wild and remote landscapes, we will show you Möðrudalur, at 469 m the highest farm in Iceland, on our way to visit the magnificent Dettifoss wat...)
Today is filled with stunning North Iceland highlights. The drive up from Egilssaðir will take us through wild and remote landscapes, we will show you Möðrudalur, at 469 m the highest farm in Iceland, on our way to visit the magnificent Dettifoss waterfall. This is the most powerful waterfall in Europe, with an awesome flow rate of 193 m3/s (6,816 cu ft/s). The thundering Jökulsá á Fjöllum River drops 44 m (144 ft) through the rugged canyon. There is a vastness and a rawness to the nature around Dettifoss, where this great river and the glacial floods of the past have carved out imposing ravines.
Next, we head to the surreal Námaskarð geothermal area, filled with colorful mud pools and fumaroles wafting clouds of steam and hot gases. Staying on the theme of geothermal heat we will make a stop at 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! The entrance fee to the baths can be added when you book your tour or it can be paid on site. Those who don´t want to bathe can enjoy a stroll around this extraordinary lunar-like landscape or relax in the cafeteria. The geothermally heated water in the baths wells up through the earth, it is very rich in minerals, alkaline, and skin-soothing. No chlorine or other chemicals are added, they are just not needed.
Refreshed from the baths we continue to Hverfjall, a volcano crater, caused by an eruption 2500 years ago. We will also visit the Dimmuborgir lava formations, known as the ‘dark cities’, some of these lava forms will tower above us like fairytale giants. Dimmuborgir was formed when the roof of a giant lava tube collapsed. Although entirely natural, some formations may remind you of certain things. Can guess which one is known as The Church (Kirkjan)? We continue our drive around picturesque Lake Mývatn on the way to Akureyri, making a stop at the stunningly beautiful Goðafoss Waterfall.
We will stay at a country hotel in Akureyri, the second-largest city in Iceland. The clear skies around Akureyri make for great Northern Lights hunting in winter.
We start the day with a drive through Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland, on a few departures, there is time to make a shortstop. On your way to the picturesque fishing town of Dalvík, you will, in good visibility, get fabulous views of Eyjafjörð...)
We start the day with a drive through Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland, on a few departures, there is time to make a shortstop. On your way to the picturesque fishing town of Dalvík, you will, in good visibility, get fabulous views of Eyjafjörður, the longest fjord in Iceland.
Your whale watching boat tour from Dalvík will take you across Eyjafjörður Fjord, chasing after whales, dolphins and other wonderful ocean life. Humpback whales, dolphins and porpoises are usually seen, occasionally we see seals and blue whales. You get the chance to try a little sea angling if you want! When we get back to beautiful Dalvík, we barbecue the catch right on the harborside, giving you a taste of fish straight out of the ocean.
We continue to drive the scenic road sandwiched between the towering mountains of Iceland´s best ski resorts and the glorious fjord, taking us around the Tröllaskagi peninsula. We pass through charming villages and hamlets before stopping at Siglufjörður, in the early part of the twentieth century this village was known as the herring fishing capital of the Atlantic. People rushed to cash-in on the boom, and the town acquired a klondike-style gold-rush atmosphere.
Today, the great shoals of herring are long gone, but the rich history and character of those times in Siglufjörður are very well-preserved. The villages around this peninsula will give you a wonderful feel for the kind of life lived in Icelandic places which seem to be falling off the edge of the world.
We travel onwards through farmlands with many fields of Icelandic horses, to Laugarbakki. Your accommodation for the night will be at a country hotel in this area. Your guide will help you search for the Northern Lights at night from September to April.
Today we focus our attention on the area around Borgarfjörður in West Iceland. This area was voted one of the best travel destinations by lonely planet in 2016. Our first stop is at Grábrók, a volcano crater. Where we take a short hike to the top, in...)
Today we focus our attention on the area around Borgarfjörður in West Iceland. This area was voted one of the best travel destinations by lonely planet in 2016. Our first stop is at Grábrók, a volcano crater. Where we take a short hike to the top, in good visibility there are stupendous views over the lava fields, and the landscapes stretching way into the distance.
Your next interesting stop is very different! We make a visit to Deildartunguhver hot spring, this Borgarfjörður jewel is the most powerful hot spring in Europe, supplying most of the hot water utilised in the area. We will also take you to see Hraunfossar waterfall where the ice-cold water pours out of the lava in many thousands of rivulets, forming the very wide and picturesque falls. Onwards to a very different nearby waterfall, Barnafoss. The name of this very attractive waterfall means ‘Children´s Falls’, your guide will tell you all about the legend.
Your final stop of the day is at Reykholt, an important place in the history of Iceland, particularly in medieval times. We will show you Snorralaug, the hot spring pool which bears the name of Snorri Sturluson, the 12th/early 13th century scholar, lawyer, historian and saga writer. Stand by the pool where Snorri is reputed to have bathed and contemplate the threads of Icelandic history which were woven together here.
After a day of wonders you are driven through the very pleasant Borgarfjörður countryside, you are dropped off at your hotel in Borgarnes. Spend the night chasing the Northern Lights in the winter months!
Today, our expert Snæfellsnes guide will pick you up around 8 am. Embark on a whole day exploring the magical Snæfellsnes Peninsula, its craggy cliffs, black pebble beaches, seabirds and glacier mountain.)
Today, our expert Snæfellsnes guide will pick you up around 8 am. Embark on a whole day exploring the magical Snæfellsnes Peninsula, its craggy cliffs, black pebble beaches, seabirds and glacier mountain.
We will drive you through spectacular countryside with breath-taking mountain and coastal views. Stop at the charming coastal village of Arnarstapi, where you’ll have the chance to visit the natural Miðgjá rock arch, then the 19th-century Búðakirkja church.
For lunch, we’ll stop at the village of Hellnar (food and drink not included).
Next, we head into Snæfellsnes National Park, where we will have the chance to stroll around the moss-covered lava landscapes and admire views of Snæfellsjökull Glacier. This is the glacier made famous by the novelist, Jules Verne. He chose this glacier for the entry point into the underworld when he wrote Journey to the Center of the Earth.
Onwards to the magnificent black pebble beach at Djúpalónssandur, framed by crazily shaped cliffs. You get time to explore the beach and even to try your hand at the ‘lifting stones’, the fisherman used to lift these boulders to proclaim their strength.This coastline is very beautiful but it can be treacherous, evidenced by the remains of the British Trawler, Epine, which was shipwrecked here.
On the way back to Reykjavík you are driven through legendary scenery, your next stop will be at Kirkjufell, many people say this is the most photographed Icelandic mountain. In the evening, after a week of sensational sights and exciting adventures, we drop you off in Reykjavík. We return back to the city at around 20:00 in the evening. We will drop you off at your original pick-up location.
Pick-up Information 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.)
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.
*Bathing in the geothermal water at Mývatn Nature Baths will cost extra. You can book bathing as an extra when you arrange your tour or pay when you arrive at the baths. Sometimes we may need to change glaciers or glacier outlets on this tour due to ...)
*Bathing in the geothermal water at Mývatn Nature Baths will cost extra. You can book bathing as an extra when you arrange your tour or pay when you arrive at the baths.
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. From November to March, we replace the glacier hike with a tour through the Vatnajokull ice caves.
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:
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!
So far beyond expectations!
Reviewed on August 17, 2021 by rons690 Review from TripAdvisor
With Nick behind the wheel we had an amazing experience on the 7-Day Complete Iceland tour. The stops are so stunning I won't even try to describe them, but rest assured you won't be disappointed. Nick is a master guide who seamlessly adapted to any potential issues that might have detracted from our tour. He orchestrated 17 people with different interests, ages, physical abilities and bladder capacities so that everyone could have their best possible experience at each stop. He is funny, considerate and great at connecting with a group of people on an individual level.
Our diverse group of 17 was clearly ready to enjoy themselves after the lockdown. We ate, sang and laughed together and we shared special moments that would have been impossible on a self-guided itinerary. This experience went so far beyond my expectations I consider it among the best travel dollars I have ever spent. My son and I have memories that will last a lifetime!
Reviewed on June 29, 2021 by aaronwJ7516RQ Review from TripAdvisor
We did the 7-day trip with Sindri as our guide. He was outstanding—very knowledgeable about the area and equally personable. He was also very adaptable when weather forced changes in plans. Highly recommended.
Reviewed on December 22, 2019 by Sightsee58050016373 Review from TripAdvisor
We did the 7 day complete Iceland tour with this company and they didn't disappoint. Our guide Vignir was amazing and his knowledge of Iceland just made this tour even better. Can't recommend this company enough.
Excellent 7-day Complete Iceland Trip with an awesome guide
Reviewed on December 21, 2019 by TeoChew-2019 Review from TripAdvisor
We had the “7-Day Complete Iceland” by Arctic Adventures on 8 Dec 2019. It was simply magnificent and we enjoyed every bit of it. The tour was very well organised and covered all the extraordinary destinations that took our breath away each and every time. A special mention and thanks to Gisli, our wonderful guide. He is very experienced, knowledgeable, reliable and full of humour. He shared a lot on tectonic plates, glaciers, lava formation etc and they are very informative and educational (He may thought that nobody was listening but we were all ears throughout the trip). We missed out on whale watching and some itineraries due to the red alert snow storm that kept us in the hotel for 1 full day but all was well after that as Gisli drove long hours on the largely snowy highway to make up for lost time. Kudos to his great driving skill! He is a tough Elf and a Gem . Highly recommend this excellent trip by Arctic Adventures. Simply awesome!!
Reviewed on February 25, 2019 by Natalia Olij From our post-trip system
Hi guys! just wanted to thank you for the amazing experience we had! The tour was INCREDIBLE, we went to amazing places. Vignir, our tour guide was super nice, knew a lot and explained many things to us. He made our adventure even greater! The experience is great, you go to different places in just a few days. It is a great tour, I already recommended it to many friends and I´ll definetly go back when I´m back in Iceland.
Reviewed on February 11, 2019 by Chris From our post-trip system
During the 7 days we enjoyed the tour with our wonderful guide Saga. We managed to visit all the places accordingly and we get to see the northern lights!
Reviewed on January 03, 2019 by Keena DeLay From our post-trip system
We had a great time on our complete Iceland tour! Sindri was an excellent guide! We really enjoyed the entire tour. Thank You!!!!