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6 Days Around Iceland Adventure

Ring Road, Golden Circle, Myvatn, Hot Spring, Waterfalls & Glacier Lagoon

Travel the famous ring road of Iceland in a small group. Visit some of the most amazing destinations around Iceland. See only the best - go with a friendly and professional Arctic Adventures Iceland local guide!

Travel the famous ring road of Iceland in a small group. Visit some of the most amazing destinations around Iceland. See only the best - go with a friendly and professional Arctic Adventures Iceland local guide!

Around-Iceland Glacier-Hiking Geysir Hiking Sightseeing Tours waterfall Whale-Watching
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This six-day tour is a fabulous option for people who really want to make the most of their time in Iceland.
You go further, explore more, straying off the beaten track. Get up close and personal with a glistening glacier, gushing geysers, majestic volcanoes and awesome waterfalls. Relax in the Nature Baths at Myvatn, watch the whales of the north, meet travelers from all over the world and craft incredible memories.

  • Availability

    February 1st - November 30th

  • Duration

    6 days

  • Level

    Easy

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    10 years

  • Ratio

    1:18

  • Departs from

    Reykjavik

  • Price from

    189.990 ISK

Tour highlights
Ring road
Golden Circle (Þingvellir, Gullfoss, Geysir)
Vatnajökull Glacier
South coast (Seljalandsfoss, Reynisfjara)
Skaftafell
Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
Mývatn (Myvatn)
Dettifoss and Goðafoss waterfalls
Siglufjörður (Siglufjordur)
Deildatunguhver hot spring
Hraunfossar waterfall
Included
Accommodation with Breakfast - 5 Nights
Guided tour in minibus
Glacier hike on Vatnajökull Glacier
Hike at Egilsstaðir
Whale watching in Dalvík

This around Iceland tour will give you the best possible experience. ”Life is meant for good friends and great adventures.”

Pick up at 08:00 in Reykjavík – see itinerary for location options. Enjoy the majestic Golden Circle attractions of Gullfoss, Geysir and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Þingvellir. See Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls on the way to your accommodation near Vík. Day 2: Reynisfjara black sand beach, the Reynisdrangar peaks and dramatic black basalt columns. Cross Eldhraun lava field, then go to Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park for a glacier hike. Visit Jókulsárlón, the surreal glacier lagoon with floating icebergs, and the nearby Crystal Beach. Spend the night in Höfn. Day 3: Visit the fishing village at Djúpivogur, the charming Hengifoss and Litlanesfoss waterfalls, then to Egilsstaðir where you will stay at a country hotel. Day 4: See Dettifoss, the waterfall with the highest flow rate in Europe, the majesty of Goðafoss waterfall, Mývatn Nature Baths and Akureyri, your accommodation will be nearby. Day 5: Explore Akureyri then off to Dalvík for whale watching, sea angling is an option, then explore Siglufjörður. Your hotel is at Bifröst. Day 6: Deildartunguhver hot spring, Barnafoss waterfall, see the water pouring straight out of the lava at the Hraunfossar cascade. Visit Reykholt, home of Snorri Sturluson, historian and writer of many Icelandic Sagas.

These stunningly spectacular attractions form the central core of your itinerary but Iceland has something amazing to offer at any time of year, there are seasonal extras on this tour:

From late August until April there is the possibility of seeing the Northern Lights dance their magic colors across the sky. In winter there is also a visit to an ice cave in addition to a glacier hike. In summer the Arctic midnight sun reigns supreme and puffins are often spotted along the coastline, so we make time to enjoy these. In the East, we could be lucky enough to cross paths with reindeer. In September there is often time to go to a sheep round-up somewhere in the countryside – learn how real farming people do things. This is when small group Iceland guided tours have a huge advantage, we can make the most of the opportunities which come up!

Here you can find a detailed list of information about everything you need to know about this tour:
6 Days Around Iceland Adventure Guide

What to bring: Warm outdoor clothing, a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear and gloves. Good hiking shoes 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 shoes, waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process. We do not rent these items from the location, they must be ordered in advance.

Please note

Solo travelers are required to choose single room when they make their bookings.

Day 1: Golden Circle and South Coast

Please be ready at your pick up location in Reykjavík at 8:00. The pick up process takes up to 30 minutes, so depending on where you are located in Reykjavik you may have to wait a few minutes. The first day of this round trip is mostly focused on exploring the attractions of the famous Golden Circle.

Gullfoss-Golden-Circle-Iceland

Gullfoss Waterfall
We visit Þingvellir National Park which is recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its geological and historical significance. It was here that the Icelanders founded their historic Parliament in 930 CE, Alþingið, one of the first democratic governments in the world. The Law Speaker had one of the most dramatic ‘platforms’ in the world from which to proclaim the law, the cliff of the mighty rift valley stood at his back. The Mid-Atlantic ridge runs right through Þingvellir, the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates continue to edge apart, slowly widening the rift valley. The Geysir hot spring area will be our next destination. Geysir is the spouting hot spring which gave its name to this phenomenon, when the English word ‘geyser’ was adopted. Watch the Strokkur hot spring erupt great jets of hot water and steam every few minutes and see the bubbling fumaroles. The mighty Gullfoss waterfall is the final Golden Circle attracted. See the dreamy golden-hued mist rising from the spray as the Hvítá (the White River) pours down from Langjökull (the Long Glacier) roaring through the rugged canyon. Gullfoss drops 32 m in two stages.

On the way to our accommodation at a country hotel near the village of Vík, we will visit both Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls. Seljalandsfoss is a very unusual waterfall because it is possible to walk behind the cascade, giving a unique vantage point.

Day Highlights
Þingvellir National Park
Geysir Hot springs
Gullfoss Waterfall
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Skógafoss Waterfall
Included
Guided tour in minibus
Visit to the highlights of Golden Circle
Visit the most famous waterfalls of the South coast
One night at Hotel close to Vík

Day 2: Vík - Skaftafell - Glacier Lagoon - Höfn

We explore the atmospheric Reynisfjara black sand beach with the glorious Reynisdrangar peaks and visit the basalt column cave. Then it is over to the glaciers!

We pass the great Mýrdalsjökull glacier, which houses one of the most famous and feared volcanoes beneath its ice, the capricious Katla. In good visibility you will get a glimpse of the great fire maestro!  Witness the results of previous volcanic eruptions as we drive across the Eldhraun lava field to Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park. Skaftafell is a true oasis, with green birch forests and lush vegetation, a verdant jewel in the midst of the rough black sand desert.

Floating icebergs in Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
We will take a three-hour glacier hike, guided by our specialist glacier guide, on an outlet glacier of Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe. Next on the agenda is the famous Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. Gaze in wonder at the magical iceberg filled lagoon and see the famous Diamond Beach, its coal black sands peppered with the glittering crystal, blue/white icebergs which have been washed ashore. You will feel you are in a film scene, and in a way you will be – footage of James Bond and other movies has been shot here. Our accommodation for the night will be at a guesthouse in the Höfn area, known as the lobster capital of Iceland.

 

Day Highlights
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Vatnajökull National Park
Jökulsarlón Glacier Lagoon
The Crystal Beach (Diamond Beach)
Höfn - Lobster capital of Iceland
Included
Breakfast at Hotel close to Vík
Visit to Reynisfjara
Guided Glacier Hike on Vatnajökull Glacier
Certified Glacier Guide
Specialized glacier gear
Visit to Jökulsarlón and the Diamond Beach
One night at a guesthouse in Höfn

Day 3: East Fjords - Djúpivogur - Egilsstaðir

Today we will explore the East Fjords of Iceland. We continue threading our way along the coastline, driving some narrow roads around Hvalnes, a very beautiful and remote peninsula, and the stretch around the Þvottárskriður landslides between Lóns and Álftafjarðar.

Frozen hengifoss waterfsll east iceland

Hengifoss Waterfall in Winter
We will stop at Djúpivogur, a traditional small fishing village which is also home to a fine outdoor sculpture, Eggin í Gleðivík (meaning The Eggs of Merry Bay). There is then an invigorating hike to Hengifoss, Iceland’s second highest waterfall (128 m), we will also see the towering Litlanesfoss waterfall, the cascade is framed by giant hexagonal basalt columns. The hike takes about three hours in total. You will see a beautiful gorge where the layers from volcanic eruptions in ancient times can be seen in the colorful rock face. Following our hike we travel to Egilsstaðir, the night will be spent in a country hotel in the area.

Day Highlights
Djúpivogur Fishing Village
Hengifoss Waterfall
Litlanessfoss Waterfall
The town of Egilsstaðir
Included
Breakfast at the guesthouse in Höfn
Visit to the small fishing village of Djúpvogur
Guided hike to Hengifoss Waterfall
One night at a Hotel in Egilsstaðir

Day 4: Dettifoss - Mývatn - Goðafoss - Akureyri

Today we are on our way to the north of the country. From Egilsstaðir, we drive over the wilderness around Möðrudalur, the highest farm in Iceland for generations and now the highest inhabited place and restaurant, at 469 m. We will stop at Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, the voluminous flow is truly awesome! We then explore the mystical landscapes around the lake at Mývatn – from here it just gets more surreal – we head to the steaming lunar landscapes of the Námaskarð geothermal area. See boiling hot springs, steaming fumaroles and technicolor bubbling mud pots. The wonders continue when we visit the Hverfjall crater and the amazing Dimmuborgir formations, known as the Dark Castles!

myvaten geothermal area

Smokey sourroundings in Námaskarð geothermal area
The next stop is at Mývatn Nature Baths, in Icelandic these are called Jarðbóðin because the hot water comes straight up out of the earth. Bathe in the mineral rich alkaline water (36 – 40 C), the entrance fee can be added when booking or paid on site. For those do not wish to bathe, there is the option to stroll around and enjoy the exceptional views or relax in the cafeteria, there is a sun terrace for fine days! The wide and dreamy crescent shaped waterfall, Goðafoss, is the last stop of the day before we journey to Eyjafjörður, an outstandingly beautiful fjord with high mountains. Our accommodation for the night will be at a country hotel near Akureyri.

Day Highlights
Dettifoss Waterfall
Mývatn Lake
Námaskarð geothermal area
Hverfjall Crater
Dimmuborgir formations
Goðafoss Waterfall
Included
Breakfast at Hotel in Egilsstaðir
Guided visit to all the highlights
Time to explore the magnificent landscapes
One night at a hotel close to Akureyri

Day 5: Whale watching in Dalvík - Siglufjörður -Tröllaskagi - Bifröst

Occasionally there is time to make a short stop at Akureyri, the Capital of the North. We always drive through this charming town, passing through the really mesmeric scenery along Eyjafjörður (the Island Fjord) on the way to the little fishing town of Dalvík. Your whale watching boat trip departs from the traditional working harbor. During the 3-hour boat trip you can expect to spot humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins, minke whales, and sometimes even a majestic blue whale. Whales are spotted on 98% of tours. You will also get the chance to try your luck at sea angling, and a taste of the freshest fish imaginable.

Whale-Watching-Dalvik-North-Iceland

Whale watching in Dalvík
When we step ashore, we drive to Siglufjörður, a charming fishing village with a rich history, in the early 20th century there was a gold rush atmosphere when the remote community became the herring fishing capital of the Atlantic. Your journey around Tröllaskagi (the Troll Peninsula) will show you some of the best ocean scenery and skiing areas in Iceland. The characterful small villages on this peninsula will really give you a good insight into how life was/is lived in the remote Icelandic villages. Our drive will take us through some thriving agricultural areas on our way to Bifröst, a small university centered community. Your accommodation for the night will be at a small hotel in Bifröst.

 

 

Day Highlights
Akureyri - Capital of the North
Whale Watching from Dalvík
Siglufjörður Fishing Village
Included
Breakfast at a Hotel close to Akureyri
Akureyri & Eyjafjörður Fjord
3 hour Whale Watching sail tour
Opportunity to try out sea angling
Visit to Siglufjörður
One night at a hotel in Bifröst

Day 6: Borgarfjörður - Reykholt - Hraunfossar - Hvalfjörður - Reykjavík

On this, our final day, we will find ourselves in West Iceland – an area which Lonely Planet voted as one of the best destinations in 2016. Your day will begin with a short hike up to Grábrók, a volcano crater. On a clear day there are fabulous views over the lava field and the whole area. Borgarfjörður has many splendid sights and we will focus on these today. We stop at Deildartunguhver hot spring, the legendary waterfall, Barnafoss, (the Children´s Waterfall), and the Hraunfossar cascade, the atmospheric very low and wide falls where the water emerges, literally straight out of the lava field.

Hraunfossar waterfall iceland

Hraunfossar waterfall
Next on the agenda is the historic and picturesque site of Reykholt, home to Snorri Sturluson, the Icelandic historian, lawyer, politician, poet and the author of some Icelandic Sagas. See Snorralaug, Snorri´s pool, dabble your fingers and feel the temperature of the water in the place where Snorri is likely to have bathed! We will drive around scenic fjord, Hvalfjörður (Whale Fjord), on our way to back Reykjavík. We expect to arrive in the city around 5 – 6 pm.

 

Day Highlights
Borgarfjörður
Deildartunguhver hot spring
Barnafoss Waterfall
Hraunfossar cascade
Reykholt
Hike up to Grábrók, a volcano crater
Included
Breakfast at hotel in Bifröst
Visit to the highlights of Borgarfjörður
Visit to the historic sight of Reykholt
Drop off in Reykjavík
What are the main advantages of booking a multi-day tour with Arctic Adventures?

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.

What kind of rooms can be expected when booking the multi-day tour with Arctic Adventures?

Nice hotel rooms with private bathrooms which includes breakfast. For the south coast we usually go for Hotel Dyrhólaey and Hotel Skaftafell, on Snæfellsnes peninsula we usually book Hotel Rjúkandi. If they aren’t available we book very similar ones.

Does the 6 day around Iceland tour include glacier hiking?

Yes, the tour includes a glacier hike on Falljökull glacier in Skaftafell – Vatnajökull national park.

What is the best way to prepare for the tour?

All relevant information for the tour can be found in our 6 Days Around Iceland Adventure handbook 

Are meals included on the tour?

Breakfast is included each morning at your hotel restaurant. Meals and beverages are otherwise not included on this tour. We will, however, be making stops where you will be able to purchase all necessities.

Where do you offer pick up’s from in Reykjavík?

We offer pick-ups from most known hotels, hostels and guesthouses in the capital area. We do not pick up from Airbnb. To make the process of finding the nearest pick-up location to your accommodation easier we have made a map of the locations.

How is it best to be ready for a pick up for a tour with Arctic Adventures?

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.

Can I drink alcohol before or during Arctic Adventures tours?

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.

Do you offer any family friendly tours, for younger children?

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 Elding, 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 (to be found here) are also suitable for all ages. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.

Do I need an insurance before going on an Arctic Adventures trip?

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.

What is a safety briefing?

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.

Can the itinerary for the tour change?

Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.

Should I bring mosquito repellant when traveling to Iceland?

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.

What is tipping like in Iceland?

Tipping is not a requirement here in Iceland although it is permitted and does make most people very happy.

What type of power outlets are used in Iceland? Do I need to bring an adapter?

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.

How is the weather/climate in Iceland?

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.

How is internet access like in Iceland?

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.

Useful numbers and services

Emergency number 112

Police 444-1000

Medical assistance 1770

Dental Emergency 575-0505

General Information 1819

Weather forecast www.en.vedur.is

Road conditions www.road.is

What are the main advantages of booking a multiday tour with Arctic Adventures?

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.

What kind of rooms can be expected when booking the multi-day tour with Arctic Adventures?

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!

Disclaimer
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.

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