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8-Day Iceland Ring Road Tour
We did this tour starting March 4th, 2019. It was fantastic ! Arctic Adventures had everything planned for us and it worked like clockwork. Our accommodations were good, very clean, with friendly people and terrific breakfasts. Our tour was everything we had hoped, including hiking, Northern Lights, ice cave, glacier hike, waterfalls, whale watching, fishing, etc. Our guide Aevar was amazing. He was very knowledgeable, very kind and helpful, funny, and had many anecdotes and folklore to share. He made our trip a huge success. He went above and beyond to show us his country. Wally & Barbara, Canada
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.
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 September to April, chase the elusive Northern Lights painting the sky with vivid swirls of color.
During winter, we'll swap out the glacier hiking for a natural ice cave visit.
On our way through East Iceland, we might spot some reindeer roaming around in their natural habitat.
During 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.
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, oft...)
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 accommodation in Reykjavik Lights Hotel is 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.
If you want a guided tour around the city, please check out our Reykjavik City Walking tour.
Your first day is mostly focused on visiting the fabulous and very famous Golden Circle attractions. We visit Þingvellir National Park, an incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site with huge geological, historical and cultural significance. The historic ...)
Your first day is mostly focused on visiting the fabulous and very famous Golden Circle attractions.
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.
After you settle into the country hotel in Kirkjubæjarklaustur, slip away for a couple of hours to chase the Northern Lights from September to April.
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.
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...)
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.
From November to March, we explore Vatnajökull’s crystal ice caves instead of the glacier hike. Each winter, new ice caves form and freeze through the heart of the glacier. Walk through with your guide to see ice caps from a whole new angle!
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 Höfn, a charming town known as ‘the lobster capital of Iceland’. Search for the Northern Lights at night from September to April.
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 dramati...)
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.
We’ll stop at Djúpivogur, a small traditional fishing village. The friendly village community is known for its eco-conscious and welcoming ways. Take a look at Eggin í Gleðivík (The Eggs of Merry Bay), a splendid outdoor sculpture.
At our next stop we’ll enjoy an exhilarating three-hour hike to Hengifoss, the second highest waterfall in Iceland (128 m). Then marvel at the towering Litlanesfoss Waterfall framed by giant hexagonal basalt columns. You’ll pass by a sensational gorge where ash layers left by ancient volcanic eruptions can be clearly seen.
Our final stop is at the Iceland Wilderness Center or Óbyggðasetrið. Named the “best museum in the whole world” by Cosmopolitan Magazine, the center museum exhibit tells the history of the past inhabitants. The center is run by historian Arna, and Icelandic movie set designer Denni, who designed every detail of the building in the original 19th-century style. We’ll enjoy refreshments of coffee/tea and waffles during our visit.
Your accomodation for the night will be a country hotel in Egilsstaðir. Chase the Northern Lights at night from September to April.
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 now hosts the highest coffee house in the land. Our ...)
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 now hosts 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 in Akureyri. At night, your guide can help you chase the Northern Lights during the winter months.
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...)
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.
For a small extra fee, you can upgrade your whale watching tour from a regular boat to a speedboat or RHIB boat (between April and October), which allows you to travel faster and get even more closer to the whales!
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 in Laugarbakki. Hunt the Northern Lights on winter nights.
On this, our 7th day, we will arrive in Grindavík. Here we will have a short stop to buy some food for a picnic. After that, we will arrive at the start of the hike to the active Geldingadalur eruption. After thousands of earthquakes over the span o...)
On this, our 7th day, we will arrive in Grindavík. Here we will have a short stop to buy some food for a picnic. After that, we will arrive at the start of the hike to the active Geldingadalur eruption.
After thousands of earthquakes over the span of 3 weeks originating in the Reykjanes Peninsula, the lava finally found its way through earth crust on the evening of March 19th close to Fagradalsfjall, in a valley named Geldingadalur. The eruption is confined to this valley, which is surrounded by hills and higher ground, preventing the lava from flowing to nearby towns or cities.
Geldingadalur valley is not a remote valley by any measures. It is a mere 9 kilometers from the nearest village, Grindavík. This makes the eruption site very accessible to people that are willing to make the effort of the hike to witness this magnificent spectacle of nature.
The hike up to Geldingadalur to see an active volcanic eruption is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you will never forget!
We expect to back in Reykjavik around 4:30 - 5 pm.
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 thr...)
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!
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.
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!
8 Day Iceland Ring Road Tour
Reviewed on November 23, 2019 by Sbear From our post-trip system
I really enjoyed seeing all of the highlights of Iceland on this tour. Everything from booking the trip, pick up, and the actual tour was very organized. Most importantly, our tour guide Huffy was the best! He was very kind and always looked out for our group. I also appreciated him always sharing stories and the history of Iceland. He really made this tour enjoyable. I will definitely reccommend this Arctic Adventure tour!
Reviewed on October 06, 2019 by Amanda From our post-trip system
I had such a great time on this tour. Iceland is an amazing country, but the experience was made even better by Haukur our tour guide who was friendly, informative and always tried to ensure we had the best time possible. Using a small tour bus (18 people) is infinitely better than the larger versions. Accommodation was good but if you're going by yourself, definitely pay the single supplement so you get a room to yourself each night as the single beds in rooms are often close together. Because we were traveling around the Island, we were generally able to choose whether we ate at restaurants each night or picked up food from the local supermarket (which is a less expensive option). Overall, it was a relaxing & enjoyable week that passed without a single disappointment or problem. I would definitely use Arctic Adventures if I ever get to return to this beautiful country. Highly recommend :)
Great Time, but with a little confusion
Reviewed on September 30, 2019 by David Walker From our post-trip system
I had a great time viewing the sites of Iceland plus learning the history from our tour guide. Great driver and administrator. The people of Iceland are in my opinion the type of people, I would like living next store. There was a little confusion along the way, first night stay I had booked separate rooms for my friend and I but this was not to be the case with the hotel, but I had brought all my paperwork and the receptionist at the hotel got it sorted out with Artic Adventures. Same thing happened again with the rib boat whale watching but again with paperwork I brought along,our tour guide got it all sorted out. So other than these issues everything went well and I would recommend this trip and anyone interested in a fun and energy filled vacation. Just remember to bring copies of your paperwork showing what you paid for and they will sort it out.