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The Ultimate Iceland Highlight Hitter - 8 Day Tour

Ring Road Tour - Snaefellsnes & the Central Highlands of Iceland

The Must-Dos and the Hidden Gems, make the most of your 8 Days in Iceland tour with an expert guide and group of like-minded travelers. This is your chance to view Iceland the right way!

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A rock is just a rock until someone tells you its history

In Iceland you will experience some of the most beautiful nature there is, glistening glaciers, active volcanoes, powerful waterfalls, gushing geysers and colorful landscapes but there is so much more to this island in the North. Iceland has an exceptionally rich history and the tales and sagas are endless if you have someone to tell you. Joining a guided 8-day tour in a small group will give you the opportunity to take your Iceland experience to another level.

Thingvellir National Park is gorgeous but so are the natural wonder tales waiting to be told. Skógafoss is breathtaking but have you heard of the troll that turned into stone staring at it? Why is Goðafoss called the waterfall of the gods? Get the full concept of why everyone loves Iceland this deeply. Go beyond!

  • Availability

    Jun. - Oct.

  • Duration

    8 Days

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Easy

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    8 years

  • Ratio

    1:18

  • Departs from

    Reykjavík

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    249.990 ISK

Tour highlights
Small Group Experience
Expert Guides
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Skógafoss Waterfall
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Vík Coastal Village
Skaftafell National Park
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Vatnajökull National Park
Golden Circle
Thingvellir, Gullfoss and Geysir
Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Vatnshellir Lava Cave
Arnarstapi Fishing Village
Mt. Kirkjufell
Djúpalónssandur Pebble Beach
Landmannalaugar
East Fjords
Dettifoss Waterfall
Mývatn
Akureyri and Dalvík
Whale Watching Tour
Hraunfossar and Barnafossar Waterfalls
Deildartunguhver Hot Spring
Included
Hotel Room with Private Bathroom - 7 Nights
Breakfast Each Morning at Your Hotel
Small Group Experience
Guided Minibus Tour
Glacier Hiking tour on Vatnajökull Glacier
Hike at Egilsstaðir
Whale Watching and Sea Angling at Dalvík
Bathing at Mývatn Nature Baths (*optional)
Lava Tube Caving (*optional)
Super Jeep Tour to Landmannalaugar
Geothermal Bathing in Landmannalaugar

This amazing 8 day experience in Iceland will cover just about everything you might want to try and explore whilst in Iceland. Following the famous Ring Road with an knowledgeable expert guide and like minded travelers in a small group setting is guaranteed to give you great time and leave you with a mind filled with inspiring memories and a heart filled with love for this island of ice and fire.

Your friendly and experienced guide will take you to all the must-do stops and give you the opportunity of exploring hidden gems known. Tee guide will tell you all there is to know about this fascinating place we call home and make sure that you are safe and taken care of in this new, stunning and captivating country.

Your next eight days will be filled with the most mind-blowing sights and scenery as you drive the famous Ring Road one with an added day on the beautiful Snæfellsnes peninsula and another in the central Highlands in between glaciers and volcanoes in the geothermal paradise of Landmannalaugar.  The tour take you along the South Coast in Iceland where you will have glaciers and waterfalls on one side and the ocean views on the other. The Golden Circle is the first day’s mission with amazing history, awe-inspiring geysers and a truly breathtaking waterfall. The two most famous waterfalls on the South Coast are Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss and both will be visited followed by the Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach known for its roaring waves and intense and mystical persona.

The tour will furthermore take you to Hollywood’s favorite filming location Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon where sparkling multicolored or blue-hued icebergs float around creating the most magical setting. They then wash ashore a pitch black sand beach where they bath in the sun until the reunite with the ocean. This beach has been nicknamed the Diamond Beach as the ice blocks look like shimmering gems as they lay on the beach.

In Skaftafell National Park you will find the most massive glacier in Europe named Vatnajökull and there you will meet brilliant glacier guides to take you on a journey of a lifetime, a glacier hiking tour on an outlet tongue from this voluminous wonder. You are in safe hands as you take in all the glory and get to really feel first hand the true uniqueness of Iceland and its nature.

Onwards the Ring Road will take you into the East are in Iceland where you will drive up and down and in and out of the impressive Eastfjords. In the East, you will find superb views and some of the best waterfalls and sights there are in Iceland. The main advantage of taking the Ring Road is that you get to explore and see the diversity in Iceland and the Eastfjords truly tells the tale. The enchanting Hengifoss waterfall and its baby brother Litlanesfoss are some of the sights that you will see on a 3-hour hike as they drop dramatically down hills or basalt columns. The power of Icelandic nature is especially present in the vista and the scenery is sensational.

As we make our way further North you are greeted with a ravishing geothermal area with rainbow-colored mudpots oozing steam that pump up thick mud that creates a unique setting. Here you will have a chance to bath in the geothermal blue hot waters of Mývatn Nature Baths (at an extra cost). The feeling is otherworldly and the silica in the water is the same as at the Blue Lagoon, with healing powers.

Going further along the Ring Road 1 you will encounter Dettifoss and Goðafoss waterfalls and stunning moonlike landscapes surely to be remembered.

A whale watching boat tour from the charming little fishing village of Dalvík, searching for whales on Eyjafjörður is another included tour that many find to be a highlight of the experience. These tours have an outstanding success rate when it comes to spotting whales, dolphins, and purposes and seals and puffins are often seen too. Dalvík is even known to be the place to see the most variations in whales and the majestic Blue Whales are often seen!

The tour also included some sea angling where you get to try your hand at fishing, the guide then grills the catch of the day and everyone can enjoy a lovely meal.  

Next up we have the spellbinding Snæfellsnes peninsula in West Iceland known for its rough lava fields and wow-factor attractions. There you will get to take steps on the pebble beach of Djúpalónssandur, take in the glory of the queen of all the others Kirkjufell mountain and get to visit the most powerful hot spring in Europe, Deildartunguhver. The whole route on the west side of Iceland will provide you with views of the ever so stunning glacier, Snæfellsjökull which got famous in the Jules Verne book, Journey to the Center of the Earth. Hraunfossar and Barnafossa are another attraction not to be missed and the tales of these two are needed to fulfill the possible experience.  While visiting the Snæfellsnes Peninsula you can explore Vatnshellir cave, an 8,500-year-old lava tube with a qualified and caving guide (extra fee). See fascinating stalagmites, stalactites and bizarre lava formations in the magic world beneath your feet!   

For the last day, you have a true adventure treat as now it is time to step high in into the central Highlands and explore the rural nature Iceland left undiscovered until the 1900s. The journey is set out to Landmannalaugar by a special Super Jeep and today you will need your bathing suit. Get to see the amazing and colorful rhyolite landscape and mountains that the volcanoes and glaciers have created in an intense natural mixture. Bláhnúkur and Brennisteinsalda are the two towering mountains in Landmannalaugar but other landmarks such as Ljótipollur or Ugly Puddle should not be missed. Bath in the steamy baths or test the hiking trails of this geothermal wonderland, either way, you will not be disappointed!

Day 1 - The Golden Circle & South Coast

Strokkur Geyser

The first day is all about contrasts as you will do the Golden Circle tour along with the first part of the South Coast, a route which takes you to the historical Thingvellir National Park to get to know a little about the Viking history and the geothermal element here in Iceland, second the hot spring paradise in Haukadalur home to the active Strokkur and the world-renowned Geysir, the namegiver to all the geysers in the world. Next there is the stunning Gullfoss or the Golden Waterfall which is truly an amazing sight and has a lot of history and different viewing angles that you simply must try!

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall on the South Coast

The day will also include stops at the famous Seljalandsfoss waterfall “the one you can walk behind” and its brother, the endless power source of Skógafoss waterfall. From there the trip continues along the South Coast, past glaciers and volcanoes before reaching the alluring Reynisfjara black sand beach, this mystical basalt wonderland is one of these places that you will remember a lifetime. The Reynisdrangar basalt stacks in the ocean, the strong waves, the lava cave carved into a tuff mountain and the volcanic ash sand beach is sure to capture any heart! The night will be spent in the town of Vík, a charming coastal village with a towering and picturesque white and red church. You spot it from anywhere in the village!

Day Highlights
Golden Circle
Þingvellir National Park e. Thingvellir
Geysir and Strokkur
Gullfoss Waterfall
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Skógafoss Waterfall
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Vík Coastal Village
Included
Guided Minibus Tour
Knowledgeable guide and driver
Visits to Golden Circle Highlights
Visits to the Most Famous Waterfalls on the South Coast
Visit to the Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
One Night Hotel Accommodation (Vík area)
Accommodation

Booking a hotel in Iceland has become increasingly difficult. By booking with us 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 standards and among them are Hotel Katla, Hof Adventure hotel & Hotel Smyrlabjorg, Hotel Gerdi and others.

  • hotel dyrholaey
Hotel Dyrholaey
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Day 2 - Vík - Skaftafell - Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon - Höfn

After joining the group for breakfast it is time to check out of this hotel and get a going because the next adventure is waiting for you.

Today we keep following the Ring Road One but this time heading further East into Skaftafell and Vatnajökull National Parks.  Iceland has three national parks: Þingvellir, Vatnajökull and Snæfellsjökull – on this tour you will see them all. In Skaftafell and Vatnajökull National Parks you will find amazing sights such as Iceland’s highest peak Hvannadalshnúkur, the alluring Svínafellsjökull and Falljökull outlet glaciers and the extraordinary Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon.

Fantastic Day on the Glacier in Iceland

Today you will hike on one of the two outlets from Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier and the tour will be led by a certified glacier guide that will be with you every step of the way in the exciting experience. Equipped with all the necessary glacier equipment the journey starts.  These glacier tongues 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 and talk about this natural playfield they like to spend their days at, so don’t be too shy to ask!

jokulsarlon glacier lagoon Iceland

After this exciting adventure, it’s time to cool down a bit and what betting way of doing exactly that than to enjoy the vista of a glacier lagoon. The multi-colored icebergs and blocks float quietly in the enormous lagoon right of Ring Road 1 and you can easily walk around its beach to enjoy it from different points of view. The icebergs break off from the Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier and drop into the lagoon where they then melt and end up at the pitch black volcanic sand beach called Breiðarmerkursandur. When the icebergs then sit there, bathing in the sun the look of them is like glistening diamond and that is why the beach is often called the Diamond Beach. A must visit with the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon stop!

Diamond Beach South Iceland

In the evening we will lay down our heads at the comfortable accommodation near Höfn, a very pleasant seaside town and the lobster capital of Iceland.

Day Highlights
Vatnajökull National Park
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
The Diamond Beach
Eldhraun Lava Field
Höfn, the lobster capital of Iceland
Included
Hotel breakfast
Guided minibus tour
Guided Glacier Hike on Vatnajökull Glacier
Certified Glacier Guide
All Glacier Hiking Equipment
Visit to Jökulsárlón and the Diamond Beach
One Night Hotel Accommodation
Accommodation

Booking a hotel in Iceland has become increasingly difficult. By booking with us 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 standards and among them are Hotel Katla, Hof Adventure hotel & Hotel Smyrlabjorg, Hotel Gerdi and others.

Gerdi Guesthouse
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Day 3 - East Fjords - Djupivogur - Egilsstadir

East Fjords Views in Iceland

Today we take on the Eastfjords in Iceland as we continue our tour. Vatnajökull will still continue to follow us the beginning of the route providing truly spectacular scenery. The roads starts to twist and turn and the mountains get closer and steeper as the travel takes you into the Eastfjords. Our point of interest is Egilsstaðir where the mystical Lagarfljót River flows, home to the “Icelandic Loch Ness Monster”.  Tales of the giant Largarfljót worm, which is said to show itself from time to time, are firmly established within Icelandic folklore tales and the guide will tell you all about it. Egilsstaðir is often called the capital of the East but many find the smaller villages to host the strongest charm and so the along the way 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 in the area. Djúpivogur is home to just over 1100 people greatly outnumbered  by the wildlife around. As a community Djúpivogur is known for its reputation as welcoming and being strongly committed to eco issues.

Litlanesfoss waterfall

The adventure today will be the 3 hour but easy hike the group will take on the waterfall trail of Hengifoss and Litlanesfoss. Then hanging waterfall or Hengifoss is one of the highest waterfalls in Iceland and the falls drop into a striking gorge. Look out for the layers of red strata threading their way in the cliff’s wall behind 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 and are a good evidence to the active volcanic systems in Iceland.  On the hike you will also find the Litlanesfoss a completely different but equally as wondrous, a smaller waterfall dropping down hexagonal shaped basalt columns, the vista is truly eye-catching. After our hike, we make our way to our accommodation for the night in the picturesque area around Egilsstaðir.

This area is known to be a home to wild reindeer so be in the lookout. They can truly make ones trip!

Day Highlights
Djúpivogur Fishing Village
Hiking in Nature
Hengifoss Waterfall
Litlanesfoss Waterfall
The town of Egilsstaðir
Included
Hotel breakfast
Guided minibus tour
Visit to the fishing village of Djúpvogur
Guided hike to Hengifoss & Litlanesfoss Waterfalls
One Night Hotel Accommodation
Accommodation
  • Hótel Valaskjálf, Iceland
  • Hótel Valaskjálf, Iceland
  • Hótel Valaskjálf, Iceland
  • Hótel Valaskjálf, Iceland
  • Hótel Valaskjálf, Iceland
  • Hótel Valaskjálf, Iceland
  • Hótel Valaskjálf, Iceland
  • Hótel Valaskjálf, Iceland
  • Hótel Valaskjálf, Iceland
  • Hótel Valaskjálf, Iceland
  • Hótel Valaskjálf, Iceland
Hotel Valaskjalf
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Day 4 - Dettifoss, Lake Myvatn, Godafoss - Akureyri

Out of the Reindeer Kingdom in the East and into the Icelandic Horse Paradise in the North. Today we drive from the charming Egilsstaðir through the most moon-like landscapes you’ll ever see towards Möðrudalur, the highest located farm in Iceland and to the magnificent Dettifoss waterfall. The falling waterfall or Dettifoss is the most powerful waterfall in Europe, with an awe-inspiring flow rate of 193 m3/s (6,816 cu ft/s). The river Jökulsá á Fjöllum feeds the waterfall and the origin of the water is in Vatnajökull glacier. There is something quite raw about the vastness found surrounding Dettifoss waterfall and truly lifts your spirit to take a deep breath of fresh and wet air while standing near it!

Myvatn Area in North Iceland

 

Next, we head to the surreal Námaskarð geothermal area, filled with colorful mud pools and fumaroles wafting clouds of steam and hot gases and with the geothermal mindset already in place we make a stop at lake Mývatn and its nature baths, there you will be given the opportunity to relax in the lovely hot spring at an extra cost. 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 walk around this extraordinary lunar-like landscape or relax in the cafeteria. The geothermally heated water in the baths is the same as in the Blue Lagoon, rich with algae and the magical silica which is know globally to have skin-healing powers. No chlorine or other chemicals are added, they are just not needed due to the fauna in the waters. This is truly an experience you shouldn’t miss!

Dimmuborgir

Fresh and clean from the awesome natural baths we continue to Hverafjall, a volcanic crater which formed in 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. The feeling of standing in Dimmuborgir is like no other and many talk about the experience as one of the most eye-opening ones in Iceland.

north iceland waterfall, godafoss

We continue our drive around picturesque Lake Mývatn on the way to Akureyri, making a stop at the stunningly beautiful Goðafoss Waterfall known as the waterfall of the gods. We will stay at a country hotel in the area around Akureyri, the second largest city in Iceland.

Day Highlights
Dettifoss Waterfall
Lake Mývatn
Námaskarð Geothermal Area
Hverfjall Volcano Crater
Dimmuborgir lava formations
Goðafoss Waterfall
*Bathing at Mývatn Nature Baths is a Bookable Extra
Included
Hotel breakfast
Guided minibus tour
Time to Explore the Magnificent Attractions
One night Hotel Accommodation

Day 5 - Whale watching from Dalvik - Siglufjordur -Trollaskagi - Bifrost

whale watching Iceland

After a night spent in the beautiful Akureyri, the capital of the North we start making our way onwards West before going back down South. The first stop of the day is an exciting one as Dalvík is home to the most amazing Whale Watching Tours, known as the place with the greatest success rate and the place to see the most variety in marine life!

You will step on a boat led by absolute experts to chase whales, dolphins and vivid birdlife and your guide will make sure you get the absolute most out of the experience. Humpback whales, dolphins and porpoises are the most common but Blue Whales and seals are often seen as well. During the tour, you will have the chance to try a little sea angling adding even more flavor to the experience. When we get back to delightful Dalvík the guides will barbecue the catch of the day. The perfect way to try Icelandic fish, fresh and self-caught!

whale watching tour

The road then takes us along the Tröllaskagi e. Troll Peninsula and you will see the adorable farm life and little villages along the route, one of them being the vibrant Siglufjörður. There we will make a stop and get to know this important place in Icelandic history.
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 had somewhat of a 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. After a photogenic stop in the Sail Fjord (Siglufjörður) we travel onwards through Skagafjörður and Húnavatnassýsla both known for their endless fields of colorful Icelandic horses.

Your accommodation for the night will be at a country hotel in the Bifröst lava area.

Day Highlights
Akureyri - Capital of the North
Whale Watching and Sea Angling from Dalvík
Trollaskagi Peninsula
Siglufjörður Fishing Village
Included
Hotel breakfast
Guided minibus tour to all highlights
3 hour Whale Watching & Sea Angling Boat tour
Eyjafjörður and Akureyri scenery
One Night Hotel Accommodation
Accommodation
  • Hótel Laugarbakki
  • Hótel Laugarbakki
  • Hótel Laugarbakki
  • Hótel Laugarbakki
  • Hótel Laugarbakki
  • Hótel Laugarbakki
  • Hótel Laugarbakki
Hotel Laugarbakki
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Day 6 - Borgarfjordur - Reykholt - Hraunfossar - Borgarnes

Grabrok Volcanic Crater

Today we wake up in a lave paradise in the Borgarfjörður area in West Iceland which won Lonely Planet’s award for one of the best travel destinations in 2016. Our first stop of the day is quite unusual for most travelers but one of our very favorite, the lesser known but completely miraculous Grábrók Volcanic Crater. The hike to the top to look into the crater is a short one and well worth it as both the trail and the final view are like something from a movie.

The next stop on the road shows a completely different side to the power of Icelandic nature, after the volcanic power there is the geothermal. We are visiting Europe’s most powerful hot spring, Deildartunguhver. This rainbow colored hot spring provides over 90% of the hot water utilized in the area.

Deildartunguhver Hot Spring

Back on the road, we are heading towards Hraunfossar waterfalls where ice cold glacial water drips at a rapid speed down in a cascade forming the most awe-inspiring sight. The sister fall to Hraunfossar is the wonderful Barnafoss waterfall known for its intensely blue colors and pitch black lava pathway.

The final stop of the day is at Smoky Hill or Reykholt which serves as a very important factor in Iceland’s history as it was home to one of Iceland most remarkable poets and historians. Snorri Sturluson was a 12th-century scholar who wrote Snorra-Edda which for is truly a unique insight into life in the Viking times.

After a day of wonders you are driven through the very pleasant Borgarfjörður countryside, you are dropped off at your hotel in the Borgarnes area.

Day Highlights
Borgarfjörður
Deildartunguhver Hot Spring
Barnafoss Waterfall
Hraunfossar Cascades
Reykholt
Hike up to Grábrók, a volcano crater
Included
Hotel Breakfast
Guided Minibus Tour
Visits to the highlights of Borgarfjörður
Visit to the historic site of Reykholt
One Night Hotel Accommodation
Accommodation
  • Borgarnes
Hotel Borgarnes
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Day 7 - Snaefellsnes

Today, we will explore the beautiful Snæfellsnes Peninsula which has earned the nickname “miniature Iceland” for a very good reason. This region features all of the most remarkable natural attractions that Iceland is so famous for. The scenery is incredibly diverse. Snæfellsnes has a stunning, glacier-capped volcano surrounded by rough lava fields. Some of Iceland’s most dramatic rocky beaches and sea stacks are found here, along with one of the largest seal colonies.

The first stop of the day will be the beach of Ytri-Tunga which is also the home of the seal colony. Unlike the majority of the beaches in Iceland which are pitch black, this place is unique for its golden sand and gently undulating small dunes with wild grass. It is very likely that we will come across some seals from the colony. They are adorable, curious, and quite friendly. They usually rest on the rocks where they can be easily spotted.

Snaefellsnes-peninsula-Iceland

We will continue our drive through the peaceful countryside. Breathtaking mountains and ocean views will surround us the entire way. We will stop at two lovely coastal fishing villages, Arnarstapi and Hellnar. These two remarkable sites are very close to each other. A beautiful natural harbor, columnar rock formations, arch rocks, and basalt caves await our exploration. We will visit a cozy café where you will be given the chance to enjoy lunch (food and drink are not included) with a stunning view of the coast.

Next, we head into Snæfellsnes National Park. There is an 8000-year-old spectacular lava cave on Snæfellsnes, Vatnshellir, where we will make a stop. Those who booked the additional* lava caving tour will go inside with a specialist caving guide. They will get to explore the natural lava formations of the subterranean world. Those who choose not to go caving will have the chance to go for a short hike through the moss-covered landscape and admire the views of the Snæfellsjökull glacier towering over us.

One of the oddest natural attractions on the peninsula can be seen from kilometers away. The strange, giant Lóndrangar sea stacks dominate the landscape even from a distance. The stacks are 75 and 61-meters (246 and 200-feet) high and together look like a dark castle. It is said that they belong to the elves living in the area so no one dares disturb them.

Our next stop is the dramatic Djúpalónssandur beach. This stunning black sand beach stretches between crazily shaped cliffs and marvelous lava formations. You will get time to explore or to even to try your strength at the “lifting stones.” These stones are used by fishermen who lift them to display their strength. A picturesque shipwreck, the British Trawler, is the other gem of this beach. This mystical and truly enchanting place might one of the top three most remarkable beaches in Iceland.

Mt. Kirkjufell Iceland

On our way back to Reykjavík, our next stop will be at Kirkjufell, the famous Church mountain. It is, without doubt, one of Iceland’s most iconic landmarks. The symmetrical mountain with its picturesque waterfalls in the foreground looks like the perfectly idyllic postcard picture.

As we leave the peninsula behind, we return to Reykjavík to drop you off at your hotel in the capital area.

Day Highlights
Djupalonssandur Beach
Mt. Kirkjufell
Vatnshellir
Londrangar
Ytri-Tunga
Included
Hotel Breakfast
Guided Minibus Tour
Visits to the highlights of Snaefellsnes
One Night Hotel Accommodation
Accommodation
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
  • Reykjavik Lights Hotel, Iceland
Reykjavik Lights Hotel
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Day 8 - Reykjavik -Landmannalaugar - Hekla

Today we take off from Reykjavík along the South Coast but this time, we are going straight into the highlands! This is definitely a road less taken and to access you will need a bigger car. That is why today we will travel by a Super Truck.

Landmannalaugar

Past farmlands and the voluminous volcano Hekla we make our way off the Ring Road and into the wild, where variations of flora and fauna vary in the most incredible ways. We will drive to the vicinity of lava field formed during a volcanic eruption in the year 2000 eruption and if weather allows, we will continue our climb up to 900 meters above sea level to a beautiful viewpoint. From this mountaintop, you will have the chance to explore as far as the eye can see, with glaciers, volcanoes and untamed nature all around. The Landmannalaugar area is often called a geothermal paradise and its mountains are without equals. Remember to bring a bathing suit as right under the banks the lava field that sits in the center of the area you will find the most alluring hot baths where you can soak in natural hot waters. This experience is true without comparison!

Ugly Puddle Landmannalaugar

Other points of interest that will be explored on the day are the explosion crater Ljótipollur or Ugly Puddle and the fairy tale like Þjórsárdalur Valley.  We will make a stop at the photogenic Hjálparfoss waterfall after making a pit stop for coffee and snacks. This exploration into the Icelandic central highlands is the perfect way to end your tour around the country and will make sure you catch those final crosses needed to complete the Iceland Bucket List.

hjalparfoss-waterfall-Iceland

At the end of the day, we will drive you back to Reykjavík and drop you off at your selected drop-off location around 9 p.m.

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

This is a great question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.

Here you should wait for your guide.

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.

Can I drink alcohol before or during Arctic Adventures tours?

Before and during activities on the multi-day tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.

After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.

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 Special Tours, has been a favourite 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. 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.

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 depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures tour?

Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours.

All of our tours are guided in English.

How do I get to Reykjavik from Keflavík International Airport?

The drive from KEF airport to Reykjavik takes around 45 minutes. If your flight is delayed, please call our customer service team to go over what options you may have.

These are the two most common ways to get from the airport to Reykjavik city:

Airport Shuttle

The cheapest and most convenient way of getting to and from Keflavik International Airport. The shuttle drops you off at the BSI Bus Terminal downtown or takes you all the way to your hotel or the closest drop off location. If you’re arriving on the same day as your tour departures we highly recommend to pick BSI Bus terminal as your pick up location.

Book your airport transfer in Iceland.

Taxi

The quickest way to get to Reykjavik city is by a taxi. The taxis can drop you off at any of our pick-up locations. Taking a taxi is always more expensive than the airport shuttle.  

For further information about getting to and from Keflavík International Airport.

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 sound like a joke but it 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. For further information about the weather in Iceland and how to dress for it.

If your tour includes a glacier activity it’s very important to dress appropriately. Dress in 3 or 4 upper layers such as a light t-shirt (preferably wool) next to the skin, then a fleece or heavy wool garment, topped off with a waterproof windbreaker. Jeans are not recommended for our trips as they become very heavy, cold and uncomfortable to wear when they get wet. Lightweight hiking pants, track pants or long cotton pants are best and then wind/waterproof pants over. We also recommend using sunglasses and sunscreen even if it is cloudy due to the high UV and sunlight reflection from the glacier.

You will need sturdy hiking boots that fit crampons for the glacier hiking tours.

What is tipping like in Iceland?

Tipping is not a requirement in Iceland although it is permitted and is well received in most cases.

What is internet access like in Iceland?

Iceland is a very high-tech country and we actually have one of the highest rates of Internet usage in the world. Many restaurants and cafés, especially in Reykjavik, have free Wi-Fi access, so if you have a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone you can get Internet access almost anywhere. All of our vehicles also have free Wi-Fi.

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.

Should I bring mosquito repellent 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!

How are the tours rated in terms of difficulty?

Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.

For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.

 

What is it like to drive in Iceland?

Driving in Iceland can be tricky for two different reasons. The first being the weather conditions, especially in the winter months. The second reason is that if you’re not experienced in driving in conditions such as ice and snow then it could become dangerous.

If you are choosing a self-drive tour or to meet on location then make sure you have checked the driving conditions to make sure it is safe. At road.is you can find all the latest updates about travelling around Iceland. You should still check in the summer months just to make sure there is no storms or other types of weather warnings.

What type of safety can be expected on our tour?

Vehicles are equipped for both summer and winter driving conditions, and drivers are very experienced driving in difficult conditions.

Before starting any of the activities, 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 activity. 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.

Do I need any insurance before going on an Arctic Adventures tour?

As with any and all world travel, we strongly recommend having travel insurances that can provide cover if you need to cancel your travel reservation with short notice. We also recommend that you have personal health insurance coverage when participating in any adventure activities in Iceland.

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 multi-day tour with Arctic Adventures?

Our multi-day tours are operated in a minibus which will give you a small group experience and a better connection with the guide.

Accommodation is included during your multi-day tour which is often booked far in advance. By booking with us, you don’t have to worry about finding an accommodation during the time of the tour. Staying overnight in the countryside gives you the opportunity to explore Iceland further and experience places that you would normally not be able to on a one day tour. Note that Adventure packages do not include accommodation.

You’ll have an English speaking licensed adventure guide throughout the tour that will be able to tell you about everything you will see along the way and knows where the best locations to stop by are to give you 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 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!

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

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.

Are meals included in the tour?

If your tour includes an accommodation, breakfast is included during the tour at the hotel/guesthouse restaurant. Meals and beverages are otherwise not included on your tour. However, 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.

Which type of meal options are available for me on the tour?

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.

What is my luggage allowance on a multi-day tour?

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.

Does this tour suit me?

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.

What will the average driving per day be?

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.

I'm not sure I have all suitable gear, do you offer any for rent?

If you are not sure that you have suitable gear for your tour, we offer some necessary items for rent. For most of our multi-day tours, we rent out waterproof jackets and pants as well as hiking boots. You can book these items and more under the selection “Extras” in the booking widget when booking your tour on our website.

If you have already booked the tour and wish to add some rental gear to your booking, you can do so at least 24 hours prior to your tour starts.

For further information about rental gear:

2 Day Tours – Rental Equipment & Upgrades

3 Day Tours – Rental Equipment & Upgrades

4 Day Tours – Rental Equipment & Upgrades

5 Day Tours – Rental Equipment & Upgrades

6 Day Tours – Rental Equipment & Upgrades

Is it guaranteed that we will see the Northern Lights during 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 they 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 we arrive in Iceland on the same date as we booked our tour, could we miss out on it?

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.

How do I book a tour with Arctic Adventures and what information do you need from me?

There are a few different ways you can book our trips. First of all, you can book almost all our trips right here on our website. There is a booking window on each tour page and we do recommend that you book and pay for your trip there, preferably in good time as we keep our groups small and some tours tend to sell out.

If the trip you would like to book is not bookable online, you can call our office directly, the phone number is +354 562 7000. Another way is to send us an e-mail with an inquiry through our contact form. What we need to have is your name, how many people are in your party, where you are staying, a way of contacting you either an e-mail or a phone number and what tour you are trying to book.

How do I pay for a tour with Arctic Adventures?
  1. You can pay through the internet, through our website. This is by far the easiest, safest and fastest way to reserve and pay for your adventure. If you choose this way then you will receive a voucher as a confirmation via e-mail which you will need to bring with you for your trip.
  2. You can pay via phone, the phone number is +354 562 7000.Please Note: However you pay, you will always get a voucher: REMEMBER TO PRINT IT OUT AND BRING IT ALONG OR MAKE SURE THAT YOU CAN SHOW IT ON YOUR ELECTRONIC DEVICE!
When is a booking for a tour with Arctic Adventures confirmed?

A booking is confirmed when you receive a confirmation email. If you think you have made a booking and have not received an email confirmation, please send us an e-mail with an inquiry through our contact form, and we will figure this out together.

What currency do you accept?

We process all payments in Icelandic króna (ISK). Prices in your currency might vary slightly depending on the conversion rate set by your card issuer.

Arctic Adventures is not responsible for currency changes between different currencies.

Is there a participation minimum?

Most of our tours have no minimum but there is a minimum of 2 people for a few of our trips. If you are interested in a trip that has a minimum of 2 persons and are travelling solo we can take down your information and contact you if more people book the trip.

Do you do private departures for any of your tours?

Yes, we arrange private departures on request. Most of the tours we offer can be arranged as a private tour. If you wish to have a private tour arranged you can contact us through email custom@adventures.is.

Please have a look at all of our private tours.

Do you have a waiting list for tours?

We, unfortunately, don’t have a waiting list for our tours but feel free to check the availability sheet on our website as all updates will automatically be made to the sheet listed in each tour‘s description. We also offer a lot of different adventure tours around Iceland so chances are that we will have a similar version of the tour that you were originally looking for.

How does the refunding procedures work when we cancel a tour?

If we cancel a tour you have booked with us you will receive a 100% refund. The refund process is different depending on the way you booked the tour.

If you booked the tour on our website we will start the refund as soon as we know you will not be rescheduling and you will receive a separate email with the confirmation once the refund has been processed. It can then take a few days for the amount to show back up on your bank account once the refund has been processed and we, therefore, ask you to be patient.

If you booked the tour through a booking agent you will need to contact them to receive the refund. We will confirm with them that the tour was cancelled and the refund process will start on their end. Arctic Adventures only receives a payment when the tour has finished, this means that your payment is still with the booking agent and therefore, the refund will be processed by them.

If you pay with you card via email or phone you will need to contact us the same way again to be refunded.

I want to book but a member of my group has not reached the minimum age, what can I do?

We can not accommodate a person that has not reached the age limit on the tour. We put great value towards the safety of our customers and the minimum age policy falls under this. The minimum age requirement is decided by our operational managers and is dependent on each activity and it‘s difficulty ratings and can, therefore, vary between tours. We ask you to try to understand that this is based on safety procedures and we can therefore unfortunately not make any exceptions to this rule.

Arctic Adventures is a part of VAKINN which is the official quality and environmental system within Icelandic tourism. VAKINN provides validation of insurance, safety and regulatory requirements which supports increased quality and safety within the tourism industry.

The tour I am trying to book has less seats available than I need, what can I do?

Our website shows the correct number of available seats left so we can unfortunately not accommodate you and your group if the number of your group extends the number of available seats left. It is not possible to squeeze additional participants onto the departure as we have really strict policy measures as to how many participants are assigned to each guide on our tour departures. This is of course done with our customers safety in mind, so we do hope that you understand.

Which payment methods does Arctic Adventures accept?

We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club for all countries.

In addition, we offer various local payment methods in many other countries such as UnionPay and JCB (Japan Credit Bureau).

Do I need any insurance before going on an Arctic Adventures tour?

As with any and all world travel, we strongly recommend having travel insurances that can provide cover if you need to cancel your travel reservation with short notice. We also recommend that you have personal health insurance coverage when participating in any adventure activities in Iceland.

What type of safety can be expected on our tours?

Vehicles are equipped for both summer and winter driving conditions, and drivers are very experienced driving in difficult conditions.

Before starting any of the activities, 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 activity. 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.

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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