Itinerary + Map

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) or similar

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. Further north visit Glaumbær, one of Iceland’s most beautiful turf house farms and folk museums. Continue along scenic fjord landscape and over several mountain passes until you reach Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland.

Stay at: Icelandair Hotel (3 star) or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Stay at: Sel Hotel Mývatn (3 star) or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

From June to August the tour includes a detour to the powerful waterfall Dettifoss.

Stay at: Icelandair Hotel Hérað (3 star) or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast

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.

Stay at Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon (3 star)or similar.
Meals Included: Breakfast

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 weather, enjoy a boat ride on the lake. You can also 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. Experience the unique Icelandic Lava Show where you get to witness and feel the heat from molten lava! Stroll along the black lava beach of Reynisfjara near Vík. In the small village of Skógar there is Skógafoss waterfall which is 60 metres 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!

Stay at Stracta Hotel Hella (4 star) or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast

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 32 meters into the Hvítá river and attracts travellers in summer and winter. Travel inland to Thingvellir National Park where the ancient Viking Parliament sat and now is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Return to Reykjavík for a short city tour to show the highlights of the world’s northernmost capital.

Stay at: Icelandair Hotel Natura (4 star) or similar
Meals Included: Breakfast

DAY 8 Reykjavik
Your tour concludes with a departure transfer for your onward journey.
Meals Included: Breakfast

There is a possibility of seeing the Northern Lights during the evening from mid-September to mid-April.

  • 3 & 4 star hotel and guesthouse accommodation
  • English-speaking Tour Driver/Guide*
  • Transportation by air-conditioned coach
  • FLYBUS shuttle arrival and departure transfers
  • 7 breakfasts

Touring and entrances fees:

  • Viðimýri turf church (2022)
  • Glaumbaer Folk Museum (2023)
  • Mývatn Nature Baths including towel
  • Skogar Folk Museum (2022)
  • Icelandic Lava Show (2023)
  • Icelandic horse stables & geothermal greenhouse
  • Amphibian boat tour on Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon (May-Sep depending on weather conditions)
  • City highlights tour of Reykjavik

Sightseeing highlights:

  • Lake Mývatn
  • Godafoss Waterfall
  • Vatnajökull National Park
  • Dimmuborgir
  • Námaskarð
  • Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon
  • Eldhraun lava field
  • Skógafoss Waterfall