8 Day Summer Circle Tour
Come along on a fantastic summer adventure with this 8-day tour around the Ring Road and the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. See for yourself the country's most beautiful spots including Reynisfjara black sand beach, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, and Dettifoss waterfall as they are bathed in everlasting summer light.
✓ Golden Circle ✓ South coast waterfalls and glaciers ✓ Vatnajokull National park and glacier hiking ✓ The Eastfjords and quirky locals ✓ The Myvatn area ✓ The Northwest ✓ Snæfellsnes Peninsula ✓ The final chapter – The West
Are you ready for the adventure?
Come along on a fantastic summer adventure with this 8-day tour around the Ring Road and the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. See for yourself the country’s most beautiful spots including Reynisfjara black sand beach, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, and Dettifoss waterfall as they are bathed in everlasting summer light. If you’re looking for the perfect multi-day tour, tailored with small groups in mind, there is no better option than this circle trip.
Beginning from Iceland’s charming capital city, Reykjavík, you will tackle the Golden Circle sightseeing route, the stunning South Coast, and the elusive Eastfjords, before experiencing all that the beautiful north and western regions have to offer.
Under the direction of an experienced local tour guide, you will see the very best of Iceland’s natural attractions and learn about the myths and legends surrounding the country’s rumbling waterfalls, glittering glaciers, and charming towns. You will then spend your nights in comfortable country hotels as the midnight sun lights up the evening sky.
At the end of each day, you will retire to the best accommodation available, giving you plenty of opportunities to rest, recharge and get excited about the next leg of your trip.
To make this already fun-filled trip even more extraordinary, you can spice up your days of sightseeing with adventures. These include riding a horse through the Icelandic countryside, hiking up a towering glacier, spotting whales on a whale watching excursion, and many more great options.
Experience Iceland’s serenity and beauty when the long summer days are illuminated by midnight sun instead of star shine with this 8-day guided summer tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
Day 1 – Golden circle sights and snorkeling
Your friendly tour guide for the trip will pick you up in the morning and, after introductions, whisk you away towards the first attraction on the Golden Circle, Iceland’s most popular sightseeing route.
The first stop on this route is Þingvellir National Park, best characterised by its sweeping, moss-laden lava fields and epic scenery; this is one of the only places in the world where it is possible to see the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates standing exposed from the earth.
Here you can add the snorkeling option to your trip to get an even better look at those tectonic plates and the geology in Silfra.
Next up, you will pay a visit to Geysir geothermal area, home to the famous hot spring Strokkur. This celebrated feature erupts every five to ten minutes, shooting frothing jets of water as high as 25 metres in the air, creating a natural spectacle that is nearly impossible to come by anywhere else.
The final stop of the day will be at Gullfoss waterfall, a 32-metre high feature that sees glacial water, originating from the Langjökull ice cap, tumble into the dark and domineering Gullfossgljúfur canyon. While the walls of this canyon reach up to 70 metres in height, the waterfall itself is split into two craggy steps, providing photographers the chance to catch this epic sight from a number of interesting perspectives.
You will end the day at comfortable accommodation in the Golden Circle area, where you can unwind hopefully under the gentle glow of the Midnight Sun.
Day 2 – South coast waterfalls and glaciers
Today you will be heading down Iceland’s scenic South Coast. Throughout your journey, you will be privy to a plethora of views, from ancient sea cliffs to rolling farmlands. During the drive, there will be mountains and glaciers to your left, while on your right, the rumbling blue waves of the Atlantic Ocean.
First, you will encounter the two waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. While both fall from the same height, these features could not be more different. Seljalandsfoss boasts a much narrower cascade, as well as a walking path that leads directly behind the falling water, bestowing a unique view of the South Coast. Skógafoss, on the other hand, is much wider, creating an ever-present plume of mist as it crashes into the rocks below.
Continuing along the coastline, you will finally arrive at the jet-black sand beach of Reynisfjara. This volcanic and visceral shoreline is sure to inflame the imagination, with its enchanting lava columns and the epic rock stack Reynisdrangar which, according to folklore, is the frozen remnants of an ancient troll.
This second day offers an option of adding an ice cave tour in Katla from Vík, this is a perfect add on to get a different view of the amazing glaciers in Iceland and the affect the volcanic eruptions have on those.
In the evening, you will be staying in accommodation near the village of Vík.
Day 3 – Vatnajokull National park and glacier hiking
Crossing the black sand desert of Skeiðarársandur, you will arrive at the foot of Vatnajökull National Park, with the mountain and glacier of the same name towering over you in one of the most stunning and monumental sights in the country. This is truly Iceland at its best, with stark contrasts in landscape and colour with each turn of the head.
You will stop at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, sometimes called “The Crown Jewel of Iceland” due to its extraordinary and memorable aesthetic. Here, icebergs break away from a nearby glacier, falling impressively onto the lagoon’s mirror-like surface. Floating gently, these icebergs make for an impressive spectacle, creaking and groaning under their own weight as the resident seals play and splash in between them. Here you will have an option of adding a boat ride on the lagoon amongs the icebergs.
Over time, these icebergs make their way out towards the next stop, Diamond Beach. This is a photographer’s paradise, with the blue ice washing up on the black sand shore creating a bewitching disparity in colour.
Before reaching the glacier lagoon we will take you to Skaftafell for a glacier hike on the largest glacier in Iceland, Vatnajokull Glacier to enjoy the view from great heights as well as to feel the icy giant underneath your crampons.
Tonight, you will be staying in the Jökulsárlón area.
Day 4 – The Eastfjords and quirky locals
Due only to their distance from Reykjavík, the Eastfjords are one of the country’s least visited regions. Yet they are of striking beauty, boasting dark peaked mountains, cragged coastlines and unique wildlife. During the day, your guide will stop at their personal favourite locations, offering guests the chance to see many natural attractions and sites that would otherwise be missed.
You will also be paying a visit to Lake Lagarfljót, one of the most beautiful bodies of water in Iceland. According to legend, a large worm-like creature is thought to live in its glittering depths—think of it as the Icelandic version of the Loch Ness monster!
You will take time exploring Iceland’s largest national forest, Hallormsstaðaskógur, something of an oddity in a largely treeless landscape. The forest is found close to the East’s largest town, Egilsstaðir, and is famed for its lovely hiking trails, scenic picnic spots and variety of tree and bird species, including the likes of redpolls, goldcrests and the iconic ravens.
Today you can add a different experience to get to know the locals and some local products, a brewery tour at a small brewery in Egilsstaðir is a great way to end the day.
At the end of your fourth day, you will spend the night at accommodation in the Eastfjords.
Day 5 – The Myvatn area
On your fifth day of this guided adventure, you will tackle the Diamond Circle, considered to be the north-eastern version of the Golden Circle sightseeing route. The Diamond Circle is comprised of five attractions; Dettifoss waterfall, Ásbyrgi canyon, the fishing town of Húsavík, Lake Mývatn and the Northern town of Akureyri.
First, you will visit “The Beast”, Dettifoss Waterfall. With a height of 44 metres, this incredible feature was once famously portrayed in the Ridley Scott science-fiction film, Prometheus, but has long been one of the country’s most beloved attractions. Dettifoss is Europe’s most powerful waterfall, creating a plume of mist that, on clear days, can be seen from miles away.
Next up, you will pay a visit to the horseshoe-shaped canyon of Ásbyrgi which, according to folklore, is the print left by Odin’s eight-legged horse, Sleipnir. The canyon measures 3.5 kilometres in length and boasts a width of 1.1 kilometres, with enormous cliffs on each side that reach a towering 100 metres.
Continuing from Ásbyrgi, you visit the sleepy fishing town of Húsavík. With its historic buildings and picturesque harbour, Húsavík is among Iceland’s prettiest towns and has a year-round population of little over 2000 people. Visitors here could choose to visit some of the town’s most famous institutions, including The Exploration Museum and Húsavík Whale Museum, as well as the wooden church Húsavíkurkirkja, built in 1907.
You will then make a stop at the glittering Lake Mývatn, a body of water that was formed following volcanic eruptions 2300 years ago. The lake covers a total area of 37 km² and is surrounded by dark, cragged landscapes blended beautifully with lush wetlands, creating a true haven for birdlife.
While in the region, you will visit the geothermal area of Námaskarð Pass, a valley that more closely resembles Planet Mars than earth, with its pillars of steam, bubbling mud pots and striking red sands.
If you would like a bit of relaxation time you can choose to add the optional activity of visiting the Myvatn Nature Baths. This spa harnesses the geothermal power of the area to provide visitors with an incredible chance to indulge on their journey through the north.
You will finally head to the picturesque town of Akureyri. On your way, you will make a short stop at the Goðafoss waterfall. This was the site where Iceland adopted Christianity over 1000 years ago.
You will then spend the night in the ‘Capital of the North’ Akureyri.
Day 6 – The Northwest
You will begin your sixth day in the charming northern town of Akureyri.
If you would like some added adventure, you could add the chance to see the gentle giants of the sea on a whale watching tour. Here you will board a boat and set sail to catch a glimpse of these incredible creatures in Icelandic waters.
You will then head further south to the Hvítserkur area. This place is home to the majestic Hvítserkur rock formation. It juts out from the sea creating incredible imagery that will give you envy-inducing photos.
You will then head to your accommodation for the evening in the Borgarnes area where you can rest and be ready for more adventure tomorrow.
Day 7 – Snæfellsnes Peninsula
The Snæfellsnes Peninsula is known as “Iceland in Miniature” due to its plethora of natural attractions, including snow-peaked mountains, tumbling waterfalls, black sand beaches and, of course, the incredible glacier and volcano, Snæfellsjökull. Without a doubt, Snæfellsnes is one of the most memorable and beautiful regions in the entire country, truly worthy of your visit on this minibus tour.
One of the peninsula’s most iconic sites is the ‘mountain like an arrowhead’, Kirkjufell, made famous from Season 7 of HBO’s Game of Thrones. As the town landmark of Grundarfjörður, Kirkjufell is found on the peninsula’s northern shore and holds the title as Iceland’s “most photographed mountain” due to its unique and striking aesthetic. The mountain reaches a height of 463-metres and is often captured alongside its resident waterfall, Kirkjufellsfoss.
You’ll next make a visit to the black sand beach of Djúpalónssandur, found at the base of Snæfellsjökull glacier. Once a popular fishing village and port, Djúpalónssandur now lays deserted, save for the four famed lifting stones that, throughout history, have been used as a test of strength among local fishermen.
If you want to spice up your day, you could choose to explore Vatnshellir lava tube, an 8000-year-old cave situated 35-metres under the ground. Visitors here will descend a metallic staircase, revealing a 200-metre long subterranean world filled with intricate rock formations and captivating color shades.
At the the end of the day you will end up back in the Borgarnes area for the night.
Day 8 – The final chapter – The West
Today you will explore West Iceland.
You will begin by leaving Borganes and you will make your first stop in the Reykholtsdalur Valley. This is a place that demonstrates the powerful geothermal forces that have shaped Iceland. This area is the home of Europe’s most powerful hot spring, Deildartunguhver.
You will then head to the village of Reykholt. This place was the home of Snorri Sturluson. Snorri was a noted Icelandic poet, historian and law speaker who lived during the middle ages. His work is considered an invaluable record of the Old Norse mythology and language.
You will also make a stop at two incredible waterfalls. Barnafoss and Hraunfossar. Hraunfossar is fed by underground water that soaks through the pores of lava rock. Barnafoss pushes its way through a narrow gorge.
Today you can add a horse riding tour where you can get to know these amazing animals that played a vital role in the survival of the locals throughout the history of Iceland.
Before you make your way back to Reykjavík, your guide will make stops at a number of their favorite attractions. Your tour then ends, as you arrive in Reykjavík in the late afternoon or early evening. It is not recommended that you plan to fly home the same evening as delays and bad weather could possibly affect your arrival time back in the city.
✓ Pickup time: 08:00
✓ Easy to Moderate
✓ Apr to Oct
✓ 8 years old
✓ 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
✓ Optional extra: Katla ice cave tour
✓ Spend the night in Vík area
✓ Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
✓ Diamond beach
✓ Glacier hike in Skaftafell – Included
✓ Optional extra: Amphibian boat tour on Jökulsárlón
✓ Spend the night in the Jökulsárlón – Höfn area.
✓ Steinasafn Auðuns – Djúpavogi – included
✓ Lake Lagarfljót
✓ Optional extra: Brewery tour in Egilsstaðir
✓ You’ll spend the night in a town in Egilsstaðir
✓ Lake Mývatn
✓ Optional extra: Myvatn Nature Baths.
✓ Spend the night in Akureyri.
✓ Kaffi Kú – included
✓ Optional extra: Whale Watching Tour. (Hauganes sækja á Ak)
✓ You’ll spend the night in Borgarnes.
✓ Optional extra: Lava Cave Tour Vatnshellir
✓ You will spend the night in Borgarnes.
✓ Barnafossar waterfalls
✓ Goat farm – included
✓ Krauma Spa – included
✓ Optional extra: Horse riding.
✓ At the end of your journey you’ll arrive in Reykjavík in the evening.
• 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 is a multiday tour?
A multiday tour is a tour that includes a guided day tour for more than one day and accommodation.
Why should I book a multiday tour?
All our multiday tours are in a minibus and offer small group experience. By booking a multiday tour you don’t have to worry about 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.
Will I have a private bathroom?
All our partner hotels have private bathrooms.
Is breakfast included?
Yes, breakfast is included after each night of accommodation included in the multiday tour.
I’m a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?
Yes, single fee suplement is mandatory for all multiday tours. This is to ensure your single room in all hotels of accommodation. There is no way to opt out of single fee supplement if you are a solo traveler.
Is it guaranteed that we will see the Northern Lights during the tour?
Most of our partner hotels are located in prime areas to spot the northern lights. If the forecast is favorable chances are that you will be able to see the magical show of aurora borealis outside the hotel. Most of the hotels offer a wake up call up on request if they northern lights are spotted. However, northern lights are a natural phenomenon that tour operators cannot guarantee.
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.
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.