This very special tour package will give you a full tour of Iceland with a night in Reykjavík before and after your 6 days Around Iceland Adventure.
We put together this amazing eight-day tour for people who really want to make the most of their time in Iceland and enjoy Reykjavík. Visit a shimmering glacier, spouting geysers, awesome volcanoes, stunning waterfalls and whale watch in the north. Enjoy the Nature Baths at Myvatn and stray off the beaten track building unforgettable memories. Your first and last nights are spent in Reykjavík, giving you the chance to explore this amazing city on your own.
We also offer this tour without accommodation in Reykjavík. Please have look at our 6 Days Around Iceland Adventure
February - November
Meet on location
- Tour highlights
- Small Group Experience
- Reykjavík Sightseeing (not guided)
- Ring Road
- Golden Circle (Þingvellir, Gullfoss, Geysir)
- Vatnajökull Glacier
- South coast (Seljalandsfoss, Reynisfjara)
- Skaftafell National Park
- Jökulsárlón Glacier lLagoon
- Whale watching in Dalvík
- Mývatn (Myvatn)
- Dettifoss and Goðafoss Waterfalls
- Siglufjörður (Siglufjordur)
- Deildartunguhver Hot Spring
- Hraunfossar Waterfall
- The Diamond Beach
- Hotel Room with Private Bathroom - 7 Nights
- Breakfast Each Morning at Your Hotel
- Guided Minibus Tour
- Glacier Hike on Vatnajökull
- Hengifoss Waterfall Hike
- Whale Watching in Dalvík
- Free Wi-Fi Onboard Our Bus
Before and after your 6 Days Around Iceland Adventure, you will spend a night in Reykjavík, the Capital of Iceland, giving you the opportunity to explore by yourself.
First day in Reykjavík: Your comfortable accommodation will be located in the capital area making it easy for you to reach all of the attractions. Visiting museums and galleries, exploring the quirky Laugavegur shopping street, swimming in a thermal pool, chilling in a café or sampling the theater and nightlife are a few options. More things to do in Reykjavík here.
Day 1: Your tour begins with the Golden Circle, see Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir (Þingvellir), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We stop at Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls on the journey to your accommodation in the Vík area. Day 2: Visit Reynisfjara black sand beach and see the incredible Reynisdrangar basalt formations, then enjoy a glacier hike at Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park. See the mystical iceberg-filled glacier lagoon at Jókulsárlón, and more glittering icebergs at the The Diamond Beach. Your hotel is at Höfn.
Day 3: We stop at Djúpivogur, a remote fishing village, before a 3-hour hike to the picturesque Litlanesfoss and Hengifoss waterfalls. You spend the night at a country hotel in the Egilsstaðir area. Day 4: We stop at Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe, before heading to the glorious Goðafoss waterfall. We enjoy Mývatn Nature Baths and Akureyri, your accommodation will be in this area. Day 5: Take a look at Akureyri then head to Dalvík for whale watching and the chance to try sea angling on Eyjafjörður, the longest fjord in Iceland. Visit Siglufjörður, a town with an amazing fishing history, before traveling on to your hotel at Bifröst.
Day 6: A short hike to the top of the Grábrók volcano crater, stops are made at Deildartunguhver hot spring, Barnafoss waterfall, the Hraunfossar cascade and the historic site of Reykholt. In the evening you are dropped off at your accommodation in Reykjavík.
Final day in Reykjavík: You enjoy breakfast at your hotel and make the most of your second chance to enjoy vibrant Reykjavík, the capital on the edge of the Arctic.
These spellbinding attractions form the central core of the itinerary. On this tour we like to make the most of the opportunities Iceland offers in different seasons:
From late summer to April there can be a chance to see the Northern Lights painting the sky with vivid swirls of color. In winter we can include an ice cave visit as well as a glacier hike. We might spot some reindeer in East Iceland, in September we sometimes fit in a sheep round-up in the countryside. Huge numbers of puffins nest along the coast in summer and the midnight sun extends its magical rays, so we enjoy these.
Here you can find a detailed list of information containing everything you need to know about your tour around Iceland: 6 Days Around Iceland Adventure Guide
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.
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.
Solo travelers are required to choose a single room when they make their booking.
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 - Arrival Day - Reykjavík City Sightseeing
Building your own exciting itinerary from the possibilities on offer in the City of Reykjavík is easy!
Walking Laugavegur and Skólavorðustígur is a great way to capture the essence of Reykjavík, both are amazing shopping streets. Browse in shops, often the tiniest places sell the more unusual items, relax in a charming café then wander some more. You will come across local crafts, the iconic tall white Hallgrímskirkja church, its design is inspired by Svartifoss waterfall at Skaftafell. For a grandstand view over the city go to the top of the tower, it is well worth it!
There are a few fabulous museums, covering everything from history and the building of the Icelandic nation at the National Museum to photography at the Reyjavík Museum of Photography, or Icelandic culture at the Culture House. If you love art, there are quite a few galleries including the National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavík Art Museum and Kjarvalstaðir.
Rekjavík´s thermal swimming pools are open early and into the evening. The largest open air pool, Laugardalslaug, has great hot tubs where you can relax with the locals and tourists. All year round outdoor bathing is very big in Iceland! There are a few other pools close to the city center, all have hot tubs.
Your comfortable hotel or guest house will be within easy reach of the attractions in the city. All districts are served by a regular bus service to the city center. Local buses are operated by Strætó, timetables and information in English can be found here.
More ideas for making the most a short time in Reykjavík, including money saving tips, can be found here, more information about things to do is available here.
If you want a guided tour around the city, please check out our Reykjavik City Walking tour
- The delights of Reykjavík
- Today you pick your own highlights!
- One night accommodation in Reykavík
- Private bathroom
Reykjavik Lights Hotel
Day 2: Golden Circle and South Coast
We visit Þingvellir National Park, an incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site with huge geological, historical and cultural significance. The historic Icelandic Parliament was founded here in 930 CE/AD, called the Alþing, this is the oldest still existing democratic parliament in the world. The Mid-Atlantic Ridge, where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates continue to move apart, runs right through Þingvellir. You will see the rugged plate-edge of the gorge, this must have been a really dramatic backdrop to the ancient parliamentary sessions! Your next stop is at the Geysir geothermally active area, home to Great Geysir, the famous spouting hot spring which gave us the English word ‘geyser’. You will witness Strokkur, the most active hot spring in recent times, blasting powerful torrents of superheated water every 5 to 10 minutes. Steaming fumaroles and hot springs can also be seen around the area. The final Golden Circle attraction before we head along the south coast is the thundering Gullfoss waterfall. Gullfoss means ‘Golden Falls’, you will see golden-toned mists rising around the waterfall as the mighty Hvítá river crashes through two drops of 11 m and 21 m. Hvítá means ‘White River’, this raging glacial torrent originates at Langjökull, the second biggest glacier in Iceland.
On our way to your country hotel, situated near the village of Vík, we will stop to enjoy two legendary and very beautiful waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. Both are around 60 m high, they are, otherwise, very different. Skógafoss waterfall cascades gracefully from the former sea cliffs. Seljalandsfoss is sometimes referred to as “the unusual waterfall”, a pathway leads behind the curtain of falling water, offering you a unique experience and views.
You will be picked up in Reykjavík at 8:00. Picking everyone up takes up to 30 minutes, depending where your accommodation is located in Reykjavik you may have to wait a few minutes, your patience is much appreciated.
- Þingvellir National Park
- Geysir Hot springs
- Gullfoss Waterfall
- Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
- Skógafoss Waterfall
- Breakfast at your accommodation in Reykjavík
- Hotel with private bathroom close to Vík
- Guided tour in minibus
- Visit to the highlights of the Golden Circle
- Visit the most famous South Coast waterfalls
Day 3: Vík - Skaftafell - Glacier Lagoon - Höfn
Our first stop today is at Reynisfjara black sand beach. A walk along the beach will bring you to the extremely impressive and unusual basalt column cave. You will also see the troll-like and atmospheric Reynisdrangar peaks rising just off-shore. Now to the glaciers!
We travel through some extraordinary landscapes and other-worldly scenery on the way to Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park. You will see views of the stunning Mýrdalsjökull glacier, home to one of the most feared volcanoes of all, the notorious Katla. You will also see another great fire maestro, Eyjafjalljökull. Our journey will take us over the Eldhraun lava field to Skaftafell, a lush green oasis in the midst of black volcanic sand areas. Skaftafell is quite sheltered with flourishing vegetation and birch forests.
Our specialist glacier guide will lead you on a three-hour glacier hike, giving you the opportunity to explore a stunning glacier tongue of Vatnajökull, the biggest glacier in Europe. You will learn all about this sensational blue/white ice world.
We continue with the theme of ice, onwards to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, action scenes from James Bond and other movies have made this the most famous ice lagoon in the world. Feast your eyes on the jaw-droppingly beautiful iceberg filled lagoon and visit the fabulous Diamond Beach. This coal-black beach glitters with shimmering blue/white icebergs washed ashore by the tide, these opalescent forms are extraordinary shapes. You will feel as though you have stepped through a magic doorway into a mystical ice realm with magic landscapes. Your accommodation will be in the Höfn area, a charming town 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 accommodation in Höfn
- Private bathroom
Day 4: East Fjords - Djúpivogur - Egilsstaðir
Today we head to Iceland´s sensational East Fjords. You will travel the narrow roads which thread their way between the mountains and the ocean, passing through the very remote peninsular of Hvalnes. Continuing onwards you will see the really dramatic and contrasting scenery around Lón, the Þvottárskriður landslides and Álftafjarðar, a really beautiful fjord.
A stop is made at Djúpivogur, a still traditional small fishing village, this friendly community is well known for its eco-conscious and welcoming ways. We recommend you take a look at Eggin í Gleðivík (The Eggs of Merry Bay), a splendid outdoor sculpture. At our next stop we will enjoy an exhilarating three-hour hike to Hengifoss, the second highest waterfall in Iceland (128 m). There are more beautiful falls to discover on this hike, the towering Litlanesfoss waterfall is framed by incredible giant hexagonal basalt columns. You will pass a sensational gorge where the ash layers left by ancient volcanic eruptions can clearly be seen, the colorful rock makes these all the more impressive. Following our hike we travel to Egilsstaðir, your accommodation for the night will be at a country hotel in this 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
- Private bathroom
Day 5: Dettifoss - Mývatn - Godafoss - Akureyri
Today we will explore North Iceland. Our journey from Egilsstaðir will take us through the wilderness area around Möðrudalur, the highest inhabited place in Iceland at 469 m, this farming community is now host to the highest coffee house in the land. Our first destination is Dettifoss waterfall, these falls have the most powerful flow rate in Europe. Believe us, this roaring torrent is truly awesome – you really will feel humbled by the power of Icelandic nature. Your next attraction, the mystical landscapes around Lake Mývatn, has an altogether different character. The scenery will keep getting more surreal! We are heading to the steaming lunar landscapes and bubbling technicolor mud pots at the Námaskarð geothermal area. The steaming fumaroles and sizzling hot springs waft clouds of steam across these other-worldly vistas. There are more extraordinary scenes to come when we take you to see the Hverfjall crater and the unbelievable Dimmuborgir lava formations, known as the Dark Castles!
Now for some relaxation! Mývatn Nature Baths, the Icelandic name for these baths is Jarðbóðin – unsurprisingly, the hot water comes straight up out of the earth. Bathe in the mineral-rich alkaline water (36 – 40 C), the entrance fee can be paid when booking or on site. Bathing is an optional extra activity but we highly recommend you book it beforehand to reserve your spot! Otherwise, you could take a stroll to enjoy the wonderful views and take a break in the cafeteria. Goðafoss, a dreamy crescent-shaped waterfall, is our last stop before we continue to Eyjafjörður, the longest fjord in Iceland, rimmed by high mountains. Your accommodation will be at a country hotel.
- 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
- Private bathroom
Day 6: Whale watching in Dalvík - Siglufjörður -Tröllaskagi - Bifröst
Sometimes we can fit in a short stop at the Capital of the North, Akureyri. Our journey will always take us through this beautiful little town in the midst of the mountains close to the apex of the mesmerizing Eyjafjörður Fjord (the Island Fjord). We are heading for the absolutely charming and still traditional fishing town of Dalvík, with its busy working harbor and fabulous views over Eyjafjörður and Hrísey Island. The dramatic high mountains, home to some of the best ski slopes in Iceland will be at your back. Your three-hour whale watching boat trip starts at Dalvík harbor. You will skim over Eyjafjörður, going in whichever direction is best to see humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins, minke whales, and occasionally even blue whales. These tours are really successful when it comes to spotting whales, they are seen on 98% of tours. You are surrounded by the incredible natural beauty of Eyjafjörður, the longest Fjord in Iceland, every view is totally spectacular. You will get the opportunity to try sea angling, as soon as we come ashore that fish is cooked and you can taste the most amazingly fresh fish.
Next on the agenda is a drive to Siglufjörður, a beautiful fishing village with an incredible history. This town was overtaken by a Klondike-like gold rush atmosphere in the early 20th century, when the tiny and isolated community became known as the herring fishing capital of the Atlantic. Traveling around Tröllaskagi (the Troll Peninsula) you will see stunning ocean scenery and incredibly steep mountains. Your visit to Siglufjörður will give you a fabulous insight into how life was lived in tiny and isolated Icelandic villages. On the way to your hotel for the night you will pass through the farming heartland of Iceland, this is also a big horse farming area. Your small hotel will be at Bifröst, a small university centered community.
- 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
- Private bathroom
Day 7: Borgarfjörður - Reykholt - Hraunfossar - Hvalfjörður - Reykjavík
The final day of your 6 day trip around Iceland will be focused on the delights of West Iceland – Lonely Planet voted this area as one of their best destinations in 2016. Your first stop of the day is at Grábrók, a volcano crater surrounded by lunar-like lava. Your guide will lead you on a short hike to view the crater from the top – there are magnificent views over the whole area. We will enjoy the fabulous and extremely diverse sights of Borgarfjörður today. Stops are made at Deildartunguhver hot spring, the most powerful hot spring in Europe, you will also see the incredible Hraunfossar cascade, these wide falls are composed of thousands of tiny rivulets which tumble out of the lava field – a truly incredible sight! Then there is Barnafoss waterfall, the name means ‘the Children´s Falls’ a rather tragic folklore tale is associated with the naming of this particular waterfall.
Now for some history and the gentle landscapes around Reykholt, home to the famous Icelandic saga writer, historian, lawyer, and poet, Snorri Sturluson. You will see the pool where Snorri is reputed to have bathed, Snorralaug. Nowadays, this pool is still filled with naturally warm water. Our drive back to Reykjavík will take us around, Hvalfjörður (Whale Fjord), a really scenic fjord. We should arrive back in the city at approximately 5 – 6 pm. You are dropped off at the closest authorized pick up point to your accommodation, maybe even at your hotel.
- 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
- One night at a hotel in Reykjavík
- Private bathroom
Day 8 - Final Day - Reykjavik
You have another day to make the most of being in Reykjavík, the stunning capital of Iceland. Check off a few more things on your Reykjavík bucket list – there are plenty more options. Maybe, explore the network of cycling and walking paths which thread around the coast and cross-cross the city. The coastal scenery is spellbinding from places such as Seltjarnarnes and Mosfellsbær, both are easily reached by Strætó buses, although it is easy to walk to Seltjarnarness. Grasagarðurinn, the Reykjavík Botanical Gardens, are well worth a visit. See the area where the women of Reykjavík used to do their laundry in the hot spring pools. These beautiful gardens are situated next to Laugardalslaug, the largest swimming pool in Iceland. Shop and browse some more, laze in coffee shops or restaurants, visit another museum or gallery, or squeeze in one last amazing adventure activity tour – the choice is for you to make!
- Reykjavík delights - your choice!
- Breakfast at hotel/guest house in Reykjavík
This is a great question. We would like to ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pick-up time as you could be our first pick-up.
Please be at your assigned pick-up location from the start time of your pick-up and wait for your guide to arrive.
Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.
View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.
No, absolutely not. Due to safety reasons, it is strictly prohibited. If we suspect that participants are intoxicated we will prohibit them from joining the tour.
Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Special Tours, has been a favorite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summer time). Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs (the hot spring part is particularly popular with the kids:)). Most of our jeep tours are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.
We recommend that you have personal health insurance coverage when participating in any adventure activities in Iceland, we actually recommend that whenever and whereever you travel you take out a good travel insurance, as world travelers ourselves it has saved us money and aggravation many times.
Before starting any of our more technical trips, participants will receive a safety briefing highlighting the safe and proper use of equipment, the role of guides during the trip, and the significant risks and hazards involved in their particular trip. The safety briefing will also cover potentially foreseeable scenarios that may arise and explain how participants should react in such circumstances. Our guides will also outline their expectations of participants during the trip where needed and address any specific questions or concerns that may arise during this time.
Any medical conditions or personal health concerns that may jeopardize your well-being or affect your ability to meet the physical demands of the trip must be clearly communicated to the trip leader before the tour start. Any medications you may require for minor medical conditions (asthma inhalers, etc.), should be kept close and you should bring it with you on the trip if possible. It is important that you notify your guide about such medications and their whereabouts before setting off.
Last we would like to underline how important it is to dress according to instructions of the tour and the weather of the day. Always read the “what to bring” very well.
Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routesdepending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.
The Golden Circle is a name for the very popular sightseeing route that connects Reykjavík with Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir), Geysir Hot Springs and Gullfoss Waterfall. We offer several Golden Circle trips that combine sightseeing with some of our adventure tours.
Yes, we offer the tour Golden Circle small group tour which is basically the Golden Circle with some extra stops. This tour is focusing on sightseeing and the history of Iceland. Our stops are Gullfoss waterfall, Þingvellir national park (home to one of the first parliaments of the world), Geysir hot spring area and the historic Skálholt cathedral.
We offer numerous options to spice up your Golden Circle tour and to make the most of your day. Here is a list of all of some great tours.
All year around options:
Here is the plus-side to a cold country like Iceland. No dangerous insects survive here! Iceland has about three areas where some mosquitoes have now settled but nothing you will have to worry about on our tours. So to sum it up, no you will not need any repellant.
Tipping is not a requirement here in Iceland although it is permitted and does make most people very happy.
The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.
There is a saying in Iceland, if you don’t like the weather just wait 5 minutes. This might sounds like a joke but is strangely true! Thanks to the beloved Gulf Stream, our country enjoys a cool, temperate maritime climate, this means refreshing summers and fairly mild winters. So basically Iceland maintains a surprisingly moderate temperature all year around.
Iceland is a very high tech country. We actually have one of the highest rates of Internet usage in the world. Many restaurants and cafés, especially in Reykjavik, have free wifi access, so if you have a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone you can get Internet access almost anywhere.
Emergency number 112
Medical assistance 1770
Dental Emergency 575-0505
General Information 1819
Weather forecast www.en.vedur.is
Road conditions www.road.is
Our multiday tour include accommodation during you tour which is often booked far in advance and expensive so by booking with us you don’t have to worry about that.
The tours take you further away from the capital to explore some of the most beautiful highlands Iceland has to offer.
You will have a guide for the whole time who will tell you about everything you will see along the way and know where to stop to get the absolute best experience.
When booking with Arctic Adventures you are guaranteed an accommodation at a nice country hotel in one of the most popular parts of Iceland. The hotels we have partnered with are all of the same standard and offer nice hotel rooms with made-up beds with private or shared bathrooms, depending on your booking.
Hotel breakfast is included!
All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.