Travel on Iceland’s ring road and discover stunning scenery and dramatic landscapes: volcanoes, lava fields, hot springs, mountains, fjords, glaciers, glacier lagoon and waterfalls. Enjoy a leisurely group tour on Iceland’s ring road, combining nature, soft adventure, and cultural experiences.
DAY 1 Reykjavik
Your tour commences with an arrival transfer to your hotel. Enjoy the remainder of your day at leisure.
Stay at Icelandair Hotel Natura (4 star)
DAY 2 Reykjavik – Borgarnes - Akureyri
This morning meet your tour guide for your journey west along the scenic Hvalfjörður fjord and the town of Borgarnes. Easy hike on Grábrók volcano crater in the middle of a greenish lava field. In the afternoon visit a natural history & seal museum in the fishing village of Hvammstangi. Further north stop at the turf church of Víðimýri and then continue along scenic fjord landscape and over several mountain passes until you reach Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland. B
Stay at Icelandair Hotel (3 star)
DAY 3 Akureyri – Lake Myvatn
In the morning explore the town of Akureyri, also called the capital of North Iceland: visit the botanical garden, walk the streets and admire the panoramic view over the Eyjafjörður fjord. In the afternoon travel to Goðafoss – the waterfalls of the Gods. Then explore Lake Mývatn, known as a geological wonderland and for its abundant birdlife. See the strange lava formations at Kálfaströnd, the pseudo craters at Skútustaðir and the tephra cone Hverfjall. Finish off the day relaxing in the geothermal Mývatn Nature Baths with a fantastic view over the whole area. B
Stay at Sel Hotel Mývatn (3 star)
DAY 4 Lake Myvatn - Námaskarð - East Iceland
Today you have the opportunity to walk in the lava labyrinth at Dimmuborgir “the dark castles”, hoping to get a glimpse of the trolls who are said to live there. In the afternoon, visit the hot spring area of Námaskarð with bubbling mud pools and steaming solfataras. Head through the uninhabited highlands and moon-like surrounding to East Iceland. B
From June to August the tour includes a detour to the powerful waterfall Dettifoss.
Stay at Icelandair Hotel Hérað, (3 star) or Álfheimar Guesthouse
DAY 5 East Iceland - Hofn
It’s a day to admire the dramatic fjord landscape and its tiny fishing villages at the end of twisty roads in the East Fjords and on route visit an interesting stone and mineral collection. In the afternoon see Vatnajökull – Europe’s biggest glacier that is visible all over Southeast Iceland. B
Stay at Hotel Hofn (3 star)
DAY 6 Hofn – Vatnajökull National Park - South Coast
Start the day with a stop at Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs, and explore the extraordinary site where you might see seals swimming in arctic waters. Depending on the season optional boat trips are available. You can walk on the so-called Diamond Beach, where large icebergs get stranded. Travel along the southern part of the glacier Vatnajökull and spend time at Europe’s largest national park, which has Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe’s largest glacier.
In the afternoon, a beautiful drive with many natural wonders awaits us as we head across the Eldhraun lava field, cross the sandy desert of the south coast, overlooked by mountainous cliffs, glaciers and waterfalls. Stroll along the black lava beach of Reynisfjara near Vík. In the small village of Skógar there is Skógafoss waterfall which is 60 meters high and is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. Continue to the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges over the mountain. There is an interesting trail that goes behind the fall – if you are prepared to get wet! Further west stop at the Lava Centre and learn about Iceland’s volcanic activity. B
Stay at Hotel Eyjafjallajökull, Hvolsvöllur (3 star)
DAY 7 South Coast - Thingvellir National Park - Reykjavik
Explore classics today as you travel along the Golden Circle route. Start the day at Friðheimar, where you learn about the Icelandic horse, its special qualities and history and visit a geothermal greenhouse. Later on, see steam from the Geysir geothermal fields along with a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. The original geyser is now dormant but has been replaced by Strokkur “the Churn” which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. Continue to Gullfoss, “the golden falls“, which is a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river and attracts travellers in summer and winter. Travel inland to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Return to Reykjavík for a short city tour to show the highlights of the world’s northernmost capital. B
Stay at Icelandair Hotel Natura (4 star)
DAY 8 Reykjavik
Your tour concludes with a departure transfer for your onward journey. B
There is a possibility of seeing the Northern Lights during the evening from mid-September to mid-April.
All guests are requested to arrange Travel Insurance which covers also winter sports, snowmobile tours, boat trips, fishing tours, husky safaris, and general winter and summer activities.
Note that most double rooms in Iceland are actually twin bedded rooms. Triple rooms are double rooms with extra bed for two adults and one child (8-11years).