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We give you Iceland's biggest hits - the lava fields, the hot springs, the glaciers, the waterfalls and the wildlife. Magnificent geological and historical sites, an expert guide and a small group of like-minded travelers come together for an unforgettable journey you've been dreaming of.


  • Uncover several famous Golden Circle attractions
  • Stand behind Skógafoss waterfall cascade
  • Walk along the shores of Reynisfjara's black sand beach
  • Observe the movement of icebergs at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
  • Set your foot into East Fjords and explore its wilderness
  • Go on a whale-watching tour from its capital – Husavík
  • Travel from Westfjords to Snæfellsnes Peninsula
  • Explore the longest man-made ice tunnel in Langjökull glacier


  • Pick-up & drop off in Reykjavík
  • Accommodation with a private bathroom - 11 nights
  • Daily breakfast at your hotel
  • English-speaking driver guide
  • Free WiFi on board your mini-bus

What to bring

  • Good hiking boots (or rent them from us)
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Warm layers to wear under your waterproofs
  • Hat and gloves
  • Swimming suit

Tour Snapshot

Availability June - Sept
Duration 12 days
Departs From Reykjavik
Level Easy Suitable for most people in fair condition.
Minimum age 8 years
Ratio 1:19 Guide to client ratio
Accommodation Included
Pick Up Yes
Meet on Location No


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Make Iceland your home for 12 days. Trace the outlines of the island, starting in the world’s northernmost capital to the westernmost point of Iceland and Europe, and back. Visit spectacular fjords, get active by hiking, beach walking, and bird watching, and encounter Icelandic geology, culture, and traditions. And it’s something you can do with your kids or grandkids aged eight and older.

Woman Looking at Gullfoss Waterfall in Spring

Pick-up starts at 8 am in Reykjavik at your hotel or one of our authorized pick-up locations.

Your first day in Iceland is all about admiring its beautiful nature and enjoying its pleasant vibes.

Your day starts with a visit to a 5,200-year-old underground Raufarhólshellir lava tube, where you’ll learn how the volcanoes created Iceland.

Next, take an easy walk around the Kerid crater and enjoy the spectacular view of the 3,000-year-old Kerid crater lake on the Golden Circle route in South Iceland. The lake is relatively shallow, between 7 and 14 meters (23-46 feet), depending on rainfall and other factors. The water is a unique and strikingly vivid aquamarine shade of blue, even when frozen in winter.

After lunch, we continue by visiting the Golden Circle attractions, including the historic Þingvellir National Park, home to one of the world’s first democratic parliaments. This geological wonder is where two great tectonic plates have slowly drifted apart, creating a rift valley, a sight that shouldn’t be missed. You'll see the greatness of the Gullfoss waterfall and feel its strong torrent of glacial water, sourced by Langjökull glacier, come down on you as a gentle and refreshing drizzle. Next, you’ll visit the site of the now inactive but still significant hot spring Geysir. Don’t worry, you’ll still get to witness the eruption of Strokkur, which bursts every few minutes.

You’ll spend the night at the accommodation on the South Coast.

Day Highlights
  • Raufarhólshellir Lava Cave
  • Kerið volcano crater
  • Thingvellir National Park
  • Geysir geothermal area
  • Gullfoss waterfall
  • Hotel with private bathroom in South Coast
  • Guided tour in minibus
  • The Raufarhólshellir Lava Cave tour
  • Visit to the highlights of the Golden Circle
Hotel Hella
or similar

Next on the agenda are the two best-known waterfalls on the South Coast, the extremely different but equally beautiful Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls. Seljalandsfoss is a very unusual waterfall because you can walk behind its cascade, facing a unique viewing point. Skógafoss is mysterious, vigorous and graceful, the cascade dropping into the calm river below. Mountain glaciers and famous volcanoes tower above this part of the coastline. On a clear day, the views are wonderful.

Man Standing by Waterfall in Iceland

Today we’ll get a chance to see how diverse Icelandic nature is. First, we’ll visit the volcanic black sand beach of Reynisfara with its forceful waves and stunning Reynisdrangar basalt columns. These crazily shaped forms tower above the ocean waves, making it easy to see how a famous troll legend came to be linked to them.

Your journey will then take you across the Eldhraun lava field. Eldhraun means ‘fire lava’, the flow of fire-red glowing magma which formed this lava field was mighty. The last highlight of the day will be Fjadrargljufur, a stunning canyon close to Kirkjubæjarklaustur in the South East of Iceland.

You’ll spend the night at the accommodation on the South Coast.

Day Highlights
  • Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls
  • Reynisfjara black sand beach
  • Dyrhólaey
  • Vik town
  • Eldhraun lava field
  • Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon
  • Breakfast at your accommodation
  • Hotel with private bathroom close to Vík
  • Guided tour in minibus
  • Visit the famous South Coast gems
Hótel Geirland
or similar

In the morning, we explore Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park. Skaftafell is a true oasis with green birch forests and lush vegetation, a verdant jewel amid rough black sand deserts.

It is also home to the Svartifoss waterfall, one of the most popular attractions in the area. We’ll take a gentle hike to see its extremely black basalt columns, an intense background for the white glaciers that dominate the area.

Ice Chunks Floating in Glacier Lagoon

Your adventure continues at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. This place really is like nothing else you have ever seen, a true must-visit place. Often very large icebergs calve off the receding Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, a tongue of Vatnajökull. These surreal natural ice statues float across the continually growing and large lagoon. The icebergs head to Diamond Beach and the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. When you see them shimmering on the coal-black sands, you’ll truly understand why this beach is named so. The memories you take away from today will be unforgettable.

You’ll spend the night at accommodation in the Höfn area.

Day Highlights
  • Skaftafell Nature Reserve
  • Svartifoss waterfall
  • Hof church
  • Jökulsarlón Glacier Lagoon
  • Crystal Beach (Diamond Beach)
  • Höfn town
  • Breakfast at your accomodation
  • Hike to Svartifoss
  • Visit to Jökulsarlón and Diamond Beach
  • Hotel with private bathroom in Höfn
Hofn Hotel
or similar

Explore the East Fjords of Iceland. We continue threading our way along the coastline, driving some narrow roads around Hvalnes, a magnificent and remote peninsula, and the stretch around the Þvottárskriður landslides between Lón and Álftafjarðar.

Man Photographing Mountain in Stokksnes

From Höfn, we’ll drive a scenic route to Djúpivogur, a charming little fishing village in the wild and unspoiled East Fjords. See the famous sculpture work, Eggin of Gleðivík by Sigurður Guðmundsson. The name translates beautifully into English as ‘The Eggs of Merry Bay.’ This granite artwork represents the eggs of the 34 bird species which nest in the Djúpivogur area. You’ll get some time to look around and appreciate a great picture of traditional Iceland before traveling onwards, following the stunning Beruförður Fjord, then up across the country to the Egilsstaðir area.

It’s in the East that we are most likely to spot reindeer. When this happens, we always stop at the nearest safe place and enjoy a little reindeer gazing and photography. On this tour, we’ll always make the most of the opportunities which come up as we go on our way.

You'll spend the night at accommodation in the Egilstaðir area.

Day Highlights
  • Stokksnes
  • Djúpivogur fishing village
  • The town of Egilsstaðir
  • Borgarfjörður eystri
  • Breakfast at the guesthouse in Höfn
  • Visit to the small fishing village of Djúpvogur
  • Stop at Borgarfjörður eystri to see puffins
  • Accommodation with private bathroom in Egilsstaðir
Wilderness Center
or similar

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.

Myvatn Lake by Mountains

Next up, we’ll take an easy walk to reach the 'echo rocks' or Hljóðaklettar, a collection of uniquely shaped basalt columns and arched caves.

Ásbyrgi is a 3,5 km (2,1 mi) long horseshoe-shaped glacial canyon in the Northeastern part of Iceland. It’s surrounded by extremely high cliffs reaching up to 90 meters (295 ft) and has a huge crag in the center at the open end called Eyjan or “the Island.”

Day Highlights
  • Stuðlagil canyon (West side)
  • Dettifoss waterfall
  • Hljóðaklettar 'echo rocks'
  • Ásbyrgi canyon
  • Breakfast at hotel in Egilsstaðir
  • Guided visit to all the highlights
  • Time to explore the magnificent landscapes
  • Accommodation with private bathroom close to Húsavík

We start the day in an exciting way with a whale-watching boat tour from Husavík, a small fishing town near Akureyri. The next adventure on our list is the geothermal paradise of Námaskarð. Get ready for boiling hot springs, steaming fumaroles, and technicolor-bubbling mud pots.

Namaskard Hot Springs in Iceland

The wonders continue when we visit Dimmuborgir, a wonderland of stunning lava formations which will leave you feeling mesmerized even before you go to the enchanting and mystical Goðafoss waterfall. These graceful crescent-shaped falls on the Skjál-fandafljót river rate very highly on lists of favorite waterfalls in Iceland. This is the place where, after Iceland’s conversion to Christianity, the last Pagan Chieftain, known as the Goði, is said to have thrown his Pagan statues into the waterfall. Goðafoss means ‘the Waterfall of the Gods.’

Day Highlights
  • Whale Watching in Húsavík
  • Námaskarð geothermal area
  • Dimmuborgir formations
  • Lake Mývatn
  • Skútustaðagígar
  • Goðafoss waterfall
  • Breakfast at a hotel close to Húsavík
  • 3 hour Whale Watching tour
  • Exploring Námaskarð & Dimmuborgir
  • Visit to Goðafoss waterfall
  • Accommodation with private bathroom in Akureyri
Icelandair Hotel Akureyri
or similar

Free morning in Akureyri, the Capital of the North and the biggest town you will see outside of Reykjavík during your trip around the Ring Road. It is well-known for its stunning fjord and mountain landscapes, wonderful downtown area, and great restaurants.

One of the stops is the 'Troll of Northwest Iceland' Hvítserkur, a 50-foot-high basalt rock stack. Its natural shape, created by elements, resembles a rhino standing in the sea.

The characterful small villages on this scenic peninsula will give you a good insight into how life was/is lived in the remote Icelandic villages. The evening drive will take you through some thriving agricultural areas on our way to the village of Laugarbakki.

Day Highlights
  • Glaumbær turf houses
  • Þrístapar
  • Borgarvirki volcanic plug
  • Hvítserkur basalt rock stack
  • Kolugljúfur gorge
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Free time in Akureyri
  • Visit to scenic locations
  • Accommodation with private bathroom near Laugarbakki
Hotel Laugarbakki
or similar
Seal Laying by Seashore in Iceland

The day begins in the picturesque village of Holmavik, which hosts the fascinating museum of witchcraft and sorcery.

The next stop is Hvítanes, one of Iceland’s largest easily accessible seal colonies, where many playful Harbour seals can be viewed from the shore nearby.

In the afternoon, we will see an observation platform at the top of the Bolafjall mountain with staggering views over the surrounding fjords.

Day Highlights
  • Hólmavík village
  • Seal colonies in Hvítanes
  • Bolafjall mountain and observation deck
  • Ísafjörður town
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Visit to Hólmavík village
  • Hvítanes Seal Stop for lunch at Litlibær
  • Enjoy views at observation deck in Bolafjall mountain
  • Accommodation with private bathroom near Ísafjörður
Hotel Isafjordur
or similar

Isafjordur is the largest town in the Westfjords. Isafjordur is known as the Capital of the Westfjords and is a trade, fishing, and tourism center. According to historical documents, the first settler arrived at Ísafjörður in the 9th century. The location was once a church site and a trading post for foreign merchants from the 16th century. The town didn’t start to form as it stands today until the 19th century.

Flateyri, with a population of around 200, sits in the 2km (6,561 feet)-deep fjord, Önundarfjörður. It is home to eccentric museums, tabletop mountains, and stunning, serene views.

Holt is a sweeping golden-sand beach and dune system that curls into the fjord. Látrabjarg bird cliff is Iceland’s largest and one of Europe's biggest seabird cliffs. It is also the westernmost point of Iceland and Europe.

Day Highlights
  • Flateyri village
  • Holt beach
  • Dynjandi waterfall
  • Látrabjarg bird cliff
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Visit to Flateyri village and other sites
  • Bird watching at Látrabjarg cliff
  • Accommodation with private bathroom near Patreksfjörður
River at Snaefellsness Peninsula in Iceland

We’ll walk on the Rauðisandu, a 10-kilometer (6-mile) red sand beach found in the south of Iceland's Westfjords, before hopping on a boat that’ll take us from the Westfjord Brjánslækur Ferry Station to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula’s Stykkishólmur Village. The ferry runs two times a day in summer and once a day in winter.

Day Highlights
  • Rauðisandur red sand beach
  • Brjánslækur ferry terminal
  • Ferry to Stykkishólmur
  • Breakfast in hotel
  • Ferry to Stykkishólmur
  • Visit to Rauðisandur beach
  • Accommodation with private bathroom near Stykkishólmur
Fosshotel Stykkisholmur
or similar

Today, we’ll see the very best of West Iceland in a single day.

Snæfellsnes Peninsula in West Iceland is one of the most popular places to visit in Iceland. It’s magical and spellbinding, with moss-cloaked lava fields, picturesque mountains, gorgeous black sand beaches, roaring ocean waves, charming little villages, and sea cliffs.

Kirkjufell Mountain During Summer in Iceland

Our first highlight will be the epic "arrowhead" mountain Kirkjufell, on the northern side of Snæfellsnes peninsula. Rising 463 meters (1519 feet) out of the sea, this idyllic landmark stands tall above the fishing village. 

After soaking in the view of this unique natural treasure and its beautiful waterfalls, we'll continue along the coast of Snæfellsness.

Our next stop will be the dramatic black pebble beach of Djúpalónssandur, which offers astonishing sea views. Your guide will tell you fascinating stories of shipwrecks that lie on the beach.

Budakirkja Church in Snaefellsness

Next, we’ll visit another, even smaller fishing village, Arnarstapi. There are few places as charming as this location, and here we’ll take a walk on the scenic coastline. While in town, you'll have the opportunity to visit Miðgjá stone bridge, a natural rock arch off the coast.

Just east of Arnastapi, we'll stop to admire Búðakirkja, the 19th-century church, and then head to see some cute seals at Ytri-Tunga.

Day Highlights
  • Kirkjufell mountain
  • Ólafsvík town
  • Saxhóll crater
  • Djúpalónssandur beach
  • Lóndrangar
  • Arnarstapi village
  • Búðir church
  • Bjarnarfoss waterfall
  • Ytri-Tunga beach
  • Gerðuberg cliffs
  • Borgarnes town
  • Breakfast in hotel
  • Exploring famous sights in Snæfellsnes Peninsula
  • Accommodation with private bathroom in Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Hotel Borgarnes
or similar

On our final day, we’ll find ourselves in West Iceland. Borgarfjörður has many splendid sights, and we’ll focus on these today.

Stop at Deildartunguhver hot spring, the historical waterfall, Barnafoss, translated as 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 Cascade in Iceland

Into the Glacier is the largest man-made ice tunnel in the world. Located inside Iceland's second largest glacier, Langjökull, it's been one of Iceland's top attractions since its inception in 2012.

Couple in Man Made Ice Tunnel

Next on the agenda is the historic and picturesque site of Reykholt, home to Snorri Sturluson, the Icelandic historian, lawyer, politician, poet, and the father of the Icelandic sagas. See Snorralaug, Snorri's pool, dip your fingers, and feel the water temperature in the place where Snorri is likely to have bathed!

Expect to arrive back in Reykjavik around 7 pm. We’ll drop you off at your hotel for a good night’s rest.

Day Highlights
  • Borgarfjörður
  • Hraunfossar cascade
  • Barnafoss waterfall
  • Into the Glacier ice tunnel
  • Langjökull glacier
  • Reykholt village
  • Sturlureykir horse farm
  • Deildartunguhver hot spring
  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Exploring mesmerizing sites in West Iceland
  • Man-made ice tunnel tour
  • Visit to the historic site of Reykholt

Please note

Solo travelers are required to choose the single room supplement when booking if they want a guaranteed private room. If the single room fee is not paid, they might be roomed with another solo traveler of the same gender.

Luggage allowance 

One small backpack and one piece of luggage up to 20kg (44 lbs) maximum. 

Each bag must have combined dimensions of less than 158cm (62in). 

Extra luggage must be stored at the BSI Bus terminal or other storage in Reykjavik (charges may apply). You can not bring it with you.


Pick-up is at 8:00 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’ pick-up list.

Cancellation policy: Cancellations must be made at least 14 days prior to arrival to receive a 90% refund. Modifying or shortening your stay is permitted but may result in penalty charges. 

Please keep in mind that Arctic Adventures reserve the right to alter the itinerary and/or take different routes due to weather and/or road conditions. Also, due to the limited availability of hotels in Iceland, we may need to rearrange the itinerary. Nevertheless, our experienced tour operators always aim to make sure you get the best possible experience despite this.

Send us an email if you have further questions:

Attractions Map

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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.

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 starting by using our customer portal - My Adventures, or contacting our customer care.

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). If you have more or heavier luggage with you, you will need to book storage for the surplus luggage before you arrive, there is a small fee for using this facility. Luggage storage in Reykjavík can be added during the booking process of your order in the extras section.

* The combined dimensions of each bag must not exceed 158 cm (62 in).

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. 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!

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