6 Day Summer Around Iceland Tour
Book this 6-day guided trip to discover Iceland’s rich variety of natural wonders in-between the capital Reykjavík and the ‘Capital in the North’ Akureyri. Along the way, your expert local guide will introduce you to some of the highlights of the country including the Golden Circle, South Coast, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and Mývatn region.
✓ Golden Circle ✓ South Coast ✓ Eastfjords ✓ The Myvatn area ✓ Heading back to the city
Are you ready for the adventure?
Book this 6-day guided trip to discover Iceland’s rich variety of natural wonders in-between the capital Reykjavík and the ‘Capital in the North’ Akureyri. Along the way, your expert local guide will introduce you to some of the highlights of the country including the Golden Circle, South Coast, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and Mývatn region. For those interested in including the west side of the country as well we would recommend our 8 day summer circle tour
This is the perfect opportunity for those who want to be shown the best attractions Iceland has to offer, such as Geysir geothermal area, Reynisfjara black sand beach, and Dettifoss waterfall, all without the hassle of driving or organizing accommodations.
Each place you retire to at night is of the best available accommodation. This will make sure you have enough rest and relaxation to get the most out of your adventure.
From Reykjavík, you will be picked up and whisked away into the countryside where your guide will introduce you to some of Iceland’s best-loved attractions as well as giving you insight into Icelandic culture and history along the way.
During the booking process, you will have the option to add a selection of extra activities to enhance your adventure further. You can snorkel between tectonic plates, walk on a glacier or check out an ice cave in Katla.
Immerse yourself in the beauty of Iceland and book this summer guided tour today, so you can see much of what Iceland has to offer as well as experiencing the warm glow of the Midnight Sun. Check the availability by choosing a date
Day 1 – The Golden Circle
Your tour begins with your expert tour guide picking you up in Iceland’s capital Reykjavík to embark on your first adventure, the Golden Circle Route. This is the most popular tourist circuit in Iceland and it features three main attractions: Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir geothermal area.
After a safety and social introduction to your minibus and guide, you will move onto the first stop of the day, Þingvellir National Park. Not only is this vast park beautiful to look at, but it is also remarkable geographically as the ridge that runs through it is comprised of two exposed tectonic plates.
Here you will have the option of adding a snorkeling tour to your trip in the amazing Silfra fissure. The Eurasian and North American plates pull apart here and give you the unique opportunity to walk between continents. It is also an historically rich area as it was also the sight where the first Icelandic parliament met in 930 AD, an institution which is still in operation today. You will have time to gently stroll through the park before returning to your tour bus.
Your next two stops are no less impressive. Gullfoss is a huge waterfall which cascades in two tiers into a massive 32m deep canyon. The resulting spray of the falling water often catches the light on sunny days casting rainbows across this beautiful natural wonder.
You will also stroll through the geothermal area named after its most famous resident, Geysir. Although nowadays this legendary hot spring very seldom erupts, you can watch his neighbor Strokkur erupt up to 20-metres in the air every 5-minutes.
You will spend the evening in accommodation in the Golden circle area.
Day 2 – The South Coast
Today you will travel along the picturesque South Coast. Your first stops will be at two of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls. The first, Seljalandsfoss, cascades from the great heights of the interior; its unique feature is the small cavern that lies behind it which allows you to walk completely around it.
The next waterfall is called Skógarfoss which falls in a broad curtain from the steep highlands, and it is rumored to have an ancient treasure hidden behind it. On sunny days, more than one rainbow can often be spotted depending on how close you get to its thunderous spray.
Today you have the option of adding a visit to the amazing Katla ice cave which is a great way to get to know more about glaciers and volcanic eruptions in the history of Iceland.
The final attraction for the day in the beautiful black sand beach Reynisfjara defined not only for its colour but its impressive basalt columns and famous sea stacks.
You will then head on to your accommodation close to the idyllic coastal town of Vík.
Day 3 – Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon & Diamond beach
Todays destination will be the glacier lagoon, Jökulsárlón, with a few surprise stops along the way chosen by your guide depending on the weather and the group’s interests. Jökulsárlon is formed by the receding glacial tongue, Breiðamerkurjökull where huge chunks of ice break away and float lazily out to sea. No one iceberg is the same and each is characterized by different blue and white shades scarred with volcanic ash from historical eruptions.
Before reaching the glacier lagoon we will take you to Skaftafell for a glacier hike on the largest glacier in Iceland, Vatnajokull to enjoy the view from great heights as well as to feel the icy giant underneath your crampons. It can be cold on the glaciers even in summer so remember to pack accordingly. As these ancient icy giants make it to sea, some wash up on the adjacent beach which has been nicknamed Diamond Beach for the glittering chunks of ice that arrive with the surf. Walk beside chunks of ancient glacial ice and marvel at the magical sight at your feet. Or add a boat ride as an extra to get even closer to the ice bergs on the lagoon itself.
You will spend the evening close to the Höfn area.
Day 4 – The Eastfjords
Today you will be exploring the beautiful and remote Eastfjords. Travelling through mountainous passes with the ocean to your right, your guide will make a number of stops along these meandering passages. As well as being known for its dramatic fjords, this area is characterized by its breathtaking beaches, littered with multi-colored pebbles and rocks.
The entire region is sparsely populated, but the small communities that exist there live in quaint fishing communities, each with their own idiosyncrasies. Your guide will introduce you to small-town life out in the countryside before heading to the central ‘hub’ of the East, Egilsstaðir. As well as being the largest town in the Eastfjords, it is also close to the largest forest in Iceland, Hallormsstaðaskógar and the lake Lagafljót in which a legendary water monster is said to reside.
An optional brewery tour is a great way to get to know some locals and local products.
You will spend the night in Egilsstaðir.
Day 5 – The Myvatn Area
You will be making your way to the North of Iceland today, right across the large and beautiful expanse of Vatnajökull National Park. Your first stop of the day will be the magnificent Dettifoss waterfall, the most powerful in Europe. The spray of this gigantic natural feature can be seen far before you reach the falls itself. Its awe-inspiring character has inspired many movie makers to select this area as a backdrop, including the blockbuster, Prometheus.
Your next destination is the varied and dynamic Mývatn area, named after the lake (‘Midge Lake’). This area is known for its energetic geothermal activity and you will get to see this first hand at the Námskarð area where these forces rise to the surface through steaming mud puddles and fumaroles.
The optional activity for the day is to soak in the Mývatn Nature Baths, to bask in the geothermal power of the surrounding area and enjoy magnificent views.
You will then head to the ‘Capital of the North’, Akureyri. Before you cross the mountain pass to get there, however, you will make a quick stop at the waterfall, Goðafoss. This is a historically famous site in which the old idols of the pagan religion were cast into the water as an act of fealty towards the Christian faith.
You will spend the night in Akureyri
Day 6 – Heading back to the city
Today you will head back to where your journey began. You can explore the town of Akureyri or take in some final extra adventures.
From here you could catch a whale watching tour. You will hop aboard a boat in the local harbor and head out to spot these gentle giants.
You will then head further south to the Hvitserkur area. Hvitserkur is an intriguing rock formation that is often referred to as the ‘Troll of Northwest Iceland.’ It stands 15 meters tall in the Hunafloi Bay. Local legends say that this formation was once a troll who stayed out too late and when the sun came up, was turned to stone. Today Hvitserkur is one of the most photographed attractions in Northern Iceland and you will quickly see why.
You will then head back to the capital of Reykjavik. You will have plenty of time on the way to take in the beautiful sights of Iceland and reflect on your incredible journey.
✓ Pickup time: 08:00
✓ Easy to Moderate
✓ Minimum age for glacier hike is 8 years. Children under 8 years can take part in all other activities.
✓ Thingvellir National Park
✓ Geysir geothermal area
✓ Gullfoss waterfall
✓ Efstidalur farm – Ice cream included
✓ Optional extra: Snorkeling in Silfra
✓ Your hotel is located in the Hvolsvöllur area
✓ Reynisfjara black sand beach
✓ Katla ice cave tour
✓ Spend the night in Vík area
✓ Steinasafn Auðuns – Djúpavogi
✓ Lake Lagarfljót
✓ Optional extra: Brewery tour in Egilsstaðir
✓ Lake Mývatn
✓ Optional extra: Myvatn Nature Baths
• Warm clothes (first layer)
• Waterproof clothing (second layer)
• Hiking boots (available for rent when booking)
• Swimsuit and a towel
• Joy and happiness!
• Order or availability of attractions may change due to road or weather conditions.
• The limit is 24″ suitcase per person, and no multiple luggage allowed. If there is limited space in the car you might need to leave part of your luggage in our luggage storage, free of charge
• We have to adjust timings to the short daylight and we always try to avoid big crowds.
• We have to adjust timings to try to avoid big crowds.
• Pick up is from designated locations in Reykjavík. Pick up from Keflavík airport or outside of the greater capital area is not available.
• You will see the designated pick up locations in Reykjavík on a drop-down menu at the time of booking.
• You can bring some favorite snacks and beverages if you like.
• We recommend you bring hiking boots with slip-resistant soles. Hiking boots are available at the time of booking.
How does pick up work?
For tours that state that they pick up from Reykjavík, we ask all our customers to send their pick up location at least 24 hours prior to the departure of their tour. We cannot be responsible if you do not provide your pick up location, we won’t be responsible if you miss your tour. We offer free pick-up from Reykjavik city center. Pick up starts at the scheduled departure time for the tour can take up to 30 minutes. We ask our passenger to be ready in their listed location so they can be easily found.
What are designated pick up locations?
Due to regulations of Reykjavik City, tour companies are allowed to stop at certain designated bus stop locations in the city centre to pick up passengers. It is stated on your voucher whether we will pick you up directly from your accommodation or from the bus stop.
How can I find the nearest designated pick up location?
Find the closest designated pick up location using the map below:
What should I wear for glacier tours?
Weather in Iceland is very unpredictable. For tours during winter: warm clothing as first layer, waterproof jacket with a hoodie, hiking boots with ankle protection and hard sole, a hat and gloves are ideal. For tours during summer, bringing a light rain jacket or a soft shell with a hoodie is in most cases enough protection. Icelanders often say, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait 5 minutes”. Jeans are not recommended for our trips as they become very heavy, cold and uncomfortable to wear when they get wet.
Do I need hiking boots?
We encourage bringing hiking boots for glacier tours. They have to hard on the sole and tight around the ankle. If you don’t have them, we have them for rent in all sizes in Skaftafell or Sólheimajökull. You can add them to your reservation at the time of booking or rent them on location pay with cash or card. The price is ISK 1,500 per pair. For ice climbing tours, boots are included in the price.
How difficult are glacier hikes?
We offer glacier hiking tours in Skaftafell and one in Sólheimajökull. Both locations either easy or moderate in difficulty. Our tours are considered to be safe for anyone in good physical condition. If you are fit to walk for about an hour on an uneven surface a glacier hike is for you. Longer tours will be more challenging in endurance and some areas of the glacier. We also recommend you remember that we offer all the safety equipment necessary and you will be hiking with a professional and certified glacier guide. If you have specific questions regarding one of our glacier tours, feel free to email us.
If I am pregnant, can I join a glacier hike?
This is a personal choice. We have had pregnant women on our glacier hikes and we always recommend you read the description of the activity to get a better idea. In any case, feel free to contact our Service Team for further questions and concerns.
What if it’s raining?
It rains a lot in Iceland, but we do not let rain stop us from going out and enjoy nature. All we need to do is choose our clothing wisely, which is why we recommend wearing waterproof clothing as the second layer. Of course, safety is our #1 priority. In case of extreme weather conditions, we will cancel our tours and do our best to reschedule. In these cases, you’ll receive a full refund.
How much luggage can I bring?
The limit is one 24″ suitcase per person. You can store your luggage in our office for 1,000 ISK. It can be added as an extra at the time of booking. If there is room on the bus, then we will bring the piece of luggage with us on the tour. The luggage fee however is non-refundable upon payment in all cases.