8 Day Iceland Tour – Summer

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Duration

8 days

Difficulty

Easy

Group Size

Small Groups

Available

Apr - Sep

Minimum age

8 years

Pick up / Self Drive
Languages

English

Operator

Tröll ferðaþjónusta

Tour starts

Reykjavik

Duration

8 days

Difficulty

Easy

Group Size

Small Groups

Available

Apr - Sep

Minimum age

8 years

Pick up / Self Drive
Languages

English

Days

8 Days

Departures

Reykjavik

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Make the most of your time in our magical country on this 8 Day Iceland Tour!

Highlights

About Tour

Get on board for the greatest summer tour of all times and leave no stone unturned when exploring the best of Iceland. On this 8 Day Iceland Tour you will be exploring all the best attractions that Iceland has to offer. From the Golden Circle in the southwest, the whole of the south coast itself, Eastfjords, the largest national park of Iceland housing the largest glacier of Europe to the scenic Myvatn area, the west side, Snæfellsnes Peninsula, and the Northwest. There is probably nothing that you won’t be experiencing on this tour. So, leave the heavy lifting of planning and organizing on our shoulders and just hop on with us on this glorious 8-day Iceland tour where we will cover some of the most prominent tourist spots of all time and experience some of the best and most thrilling activities as well.

Gullfoss waterfall in Golden Circle Iceland Tours Booking

itinerary

This tour will take you around the country showcasing the most beautiful places in Iceland. Following is a detailed breakup for each day of the tour – the sites you will be visiting, the activities you will be taking, the accommodations, and more.

Day 1 – The Golden Circle

The first day of your 8 day Iceland tour will start with your tour guide picking you and your group up from your choice of pickup spot. The first stop that you will make after beginning the tour will be at the Þingvellir National Park. The only UNESCO world heritage site of Iceland, Þingvellir National Park is the only place in the world where one can actually see the tectonic plates of the earth in person – the North American Plate and the Eurasian Plate. Right in the middle of these two plates is a gorge that is created by the increasing gap between the plates as they are drawing further away from each other. This gorge or fissure is filled with fresh spring water and is popularly known as the Silfra Fissure.

Next up on the list is the Geysir Geothermal Area. This place is filled with hundreds of boiling water hot pools, and erupting small and big geysers. Mainly, the Geysir geothermal area is now popular for the geyser Strokkur which is the largest one in the vicinity. However, the geothermal area itself is named after another geyser which is now dormant and has been that way for a long time. Where Strokkur shoots water up to the height of about 15-20 meters, Geysir used to shoot water over 120 meters in the air. Strokkur is still very much active and can be seen erupting every 5-10 minutes or so.

The last stop that you will make on Day 1 of the tour will be the glamourous Gullfoss waterfall, also known as the Golden Falls which does justice to the appearance of the waterfall completely. Fed with glacial waters coming from Langjökull glacier. The 32-meter-high waterfalls into the dark, mysterious 70-meter deep Gullfossgljúfur canyon. The day will end with you reaching a comfortable accommodation area located on the golden circle. Ease up and enjoy the glory of the midnight sun as you kick back in your cozy room.

Geysir Geothermal Area - Golden Circle Iceland Tour Guide

Day 2 – The Waterfalls of the South Coast and the Glaciers

The next day will start with you and your group heading towards the southern coast of the country. On your left, you will be able to get a first-hand view of the glorious glaciers and mountains of the south coast while the right side will have the roaring waves of the Atlantic Ocean in the distance. Needless to say, even before you have reached your set destinations for the tour, you will understand why the south coast of Iceland is as famous as it is.

First on the list are the Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls – two of the most famous waterfalls of not only the south coast but the whole country. Seljalandsfoss is narrower than its companion but it is popular for being one of very few waterfalls in the world which has a passage leading behind the cascading waters of the fall into a cave. So, one can basically walk the trail and stand behind the waterfall and watch it from a completely different angle. Skógafoss is slightly wider than Seljalandsfoss and has a staircase on the side that can be used to hike up to the top of the waterfall. Skógafoss almost always has a beautiful rainbow and a mysterious mist made from the forceful dropping of the waterfall in the gorge. You can walk very close to the waterfall and feel the power that comes from such a large waterfall.

South Coast Iceland, Seljalandsfoss waterfall - south Iceland tour guide

Next, you will have an option of taking an add-on tour to the black and blue ice cave of the Katla volcano. Katla Ice Cave is the only natural ice cave that is accessible during the summer time. IT is one of the best ice caves in the country and the experience is very unique. Katla Volcano is located under the glacier and the ice cave takes its black color from the volcanic ash. This ice cave tour leaves from Vik village which is very close to both the waterfalls that you will be visiting on the second day.

The final stop of this day will be Reynisfjara black sand beach. This is the most popular beach in Iceland. The beach is surrounded by black basalt columns and from there you can see the rock formations Reynisdrangar. If you look the other way you will also see Dyrhólaey rise gracefully from the ocean.

The second day of the tour will end with you staying in comfy accommodation quite close to Vik. If you like, you can step out in the evening and go for a stroll in the colorful village.

Optional extra on this day: Katla Ice Cave

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Day 3 – Glacier Hike, Vatnajökull National Park, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon & Diamond Beach

The third day will begin at the foot of the largest glacier of Iceland and Europe – Vatnajökull. Almost 8% of the country is covered by Vatnajökull glacier which is a pretty impressive thing considering that 11% part of Iceland is covered by glaciers and Vatnajökull leaves only about 3% for the rest of the glaciers. The tour will begin with a glacier hike in Skaftafell, a part of the Vatnajökull National Park. All necessary equipment will be provided to you at the foot of the glacier. It is such a unique experience to walk on the glacier and explore it in details. The views from the glacier are also amazing. This will be an experience that you will remember!

The glacier hike is included in the tour package.

The second stop in the Vatnajökull glacier vicinity will be the crown jewel of the country, Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon. The impressive aesthetics of this place are just out of the world. Icebergs from the glacier break down, fall in the lagoon, and keep floating in the calm waters of the lagoon that almost looks like a mirror. Combine these visuals with seals that live in the lagoon and you will have yourself a pretty fantastic scenery. An add-on boat trip can be opted for to experience the Jökulsárlón lagoon from a bit closer.

glacier hike in iceland, south iceland glacier hike

The next stop after the lagoon will be the Diamond beach of Iceland. A photographer’s heaven, this beautiful beach is going to be exactly what you would imagine it to be. With electric blue and white foamy waters from the Atlantic Ocean crashing on the black sand beach which is covered in humungous blocks of transparent ice, that travel all the way from the Jökulsárlón lagoon, get carved by the waves of the ocean and then finally wash up on the beach.

Optional Extra on this day: boat tour on Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon

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Day 4 – The East Fjords

Now comes the time to explore the less-visited part of the country – the Eastfjords. Being quite far away from the capital city, not many tourists travel to the place which basically means that most of the sites are pretty unexplored and untouched by the human – rugged, raw nature. The best part is that in addition to the designated tour destinations of the Eastfjords, your guide will also make stops at their personal favorite spots which means that you will get to see the sights which often go unnoticed even by the tourists that actually travel to the Eastfjords.

On the list of the spots that you will cover on day 4 is Lake Lagarfljót which got popular back in the days for an alleged worm-like monster that many people claimed to have spotted in it. Not to mention, it is one of the most beautiful lakes in Iceland along with being tied up with the myth (or reality?) of the worm monster. The described structure and a foggy video revealed the said monster to be somewhat of a Loch Ness Monster.

reindeers in Eskifjörður village in the Eastfjords of Iceland

Hallormsstaðaskógur forest is the next destination that you will visit. Iceland is not very big on vegetation due to the harsh climatic conditions and the geology of the island. This is what makes the Hallormsstaðaskógur forest quite a special place as it stands out in a mostly treeless landscape of the country. The forest is located pretty close to the biggest town in the east Egilsstaðir. There are hiking trails, picnic spots, and many bird-watching spots in the forest where you can sit back and relax.

You will stay in a comfy hotel/accommodation in Egilsstaðir. Add a Horseback Riding tour to this day of your trip to make this experience extra special!


Optional Extras on this day: Horseback Riding

Icelandic horse during midnight sun sunset

Day 5 – The Myvatn Area and The Diamond Circle

The next day will take you to the Diamond Circle of the country. Starting from the infamous Dettifoss waterfall, you continue your journey forward and cover all of the most prominent destinations of the circle. Dettifoss is the most powerful waterfall in the whole of Europe and this fact alone makes it a must-add destination on the list of places that you visit on your trip to the land of ice and fire. Boasting a height of 45 meters, Dettifoss has a water flow of 193 meters cubed per second which when falls into the deep gorge creates a mist so thick that it can be seen from miles away on a clear day. Dettifoss is located in the Jökulsárgljúfur canyon and is a part of the largest glacier of Iceland and Europe, Vatnajökull glacier.

Dettifoss the most powerful waterfall in Europe during summer

Next up is the horseshoe-shaped Ásbyrgi canyon which is said to have been created by the eight-legged horse of Norse god Odin – Sleipnir. Over a hundred meters deep at its deepest ends, this canyon is about 3.5 kilometers long and 1.1 kilometers wide at its widest. When you hike down into the canyon, you will find small caves and shelter rocks. These rocks are said to have been served as the home of elf or the hidden people of Iceland. Ásbyrgi canyon is also known as the capital city of the hidden people of Iceland and some people still claim to feel the mystical energy in the place. This makes it an ideal place to be visited by people who are attracted to mysticism and spirituality.

After exploring the city of elves, you make your next stop at the fishing town of Húsavík – the whale watching capital of Iceland. From beautiful monuments to gorgeous colorful houses, museums, restaurants, and institutions, there is barely anything that won’t attract you here.

With more spices of duck and many other birds than one can remember, Lake Mývatn serves as one of the finest places for bird-watching in Iceland along with being one of the most picturesque places in the country, thanks to the stark contrasts and visuals of the place. The geothermal activity in Lake Mývatn and the surrounding areas is incredible and it shows. This essentially means that you will find steam explosions, weird basalt column construction in the area, and many other things that seem to not belong to the area. Take this opportunity and bathe in the naturally heated waters of Myvatn Nature Baths, and click some of the most amazing pictures of your travels in Iceland here. Right around the corner is the Námaskarð Pass which is known as little mars. Striking red colored sand, bubbling hot water patches, and pillars of steams will give you some serious existential thoughts.

Last but not least will be your trip to the waterfall of the gods – Goðafoss. This is where Christianity first rose its head in Iceland and then proceeded to become the prominent religion of the country. Your tour guide will explain all about it while you admire the beauty of the waterfall.

Finally, you will head to the capital in the north, Akureyri where you will find your comfortable accommodations ready to receive you at the end of a very hectic but equally fun day.

Optional Extras on this day: Myvatn Nature Baths

Lake Myvatn in north Iceland

Day 6 – North Iceland & Whale Watching

The next day will start in the town of Akureyri. You will spend some time exploring the beautiful town and visiting some of the most popular spots in the town. After wandering in the town for a little bit, you will head to board a boat that will take you on a whale-watching excursion. Here you will have a chance to see some big, beautiful mammals jumping and playing in the cold water of the Atlantic. The whale watching tour departs from the small town of Hauganes. Hauganes has many things to offer and we recommend that you take a walk to its charming harbor, beautiful black sand beaches with magnificent views of the surrounding mountains, or stroll around the very small town.

You will head to your accommodation in the evening after a full day of adventures.

Included on this day: Whale Watching

Whale Watching in Akureyri north Iceland

Day 7 - Snæfellsnes Peninsula

If you still think that you have not had enough of the beautiful land of glaciers, volcanoes, and waterfalls, then this is the perfect opportunity to revisit all that you have already seen. Snæfellsnes Peninsula is popularly known as the mini-Iceland in Iceland given the widely diverse geology that it boasts.

The first destination you will visit here is Gerðuberg, a cluster of hexagonal basalt columns. After that you will be heading on to Ytri-Tunga white sand beach. It is a pretty rare sight in Iceland to see a white sand beach. Ytri-Tunga is a seal colony and here you can often see seals everywhere lounging on the rocks.

On this day you will also be visiting the “mountain like an arrowhead” – the Kirkjufell mountain. The most photographed mountain in Iceland, this particular attraction gained even more attention after its appearance in the popular HBO series Game of Thrones. The unique and striking aesthetics of this eccentric mountain will have you on your knees trying to find the perfect angle for a good shot.

Kirkjufell mountain and Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall at sunset in Snæfellsnes Peninsula

The next stop will be the Djúpalónssandur black sand beach. Once a pretty populated place, now this beach lay deserted, often visited by fishermen who come in the search of the four famous lifting stones. These stones that lay on the beach have been used to test the strength among fishermen for a very long time and has also served as a great pass time.

During your day of exploring Snæfellsnes Peninsula, you will see the magnificent Snæfellsjökull glacier.

The add on activity for Day 7 includes a super fun visit to the infamous lava cave. Visiting a lava cave is easily one of the top things that one must do when in Iceland. Your accommodations will be arranged in the Borgarnes area for the 7th day.

Optional Extras on this day: lava cave

Londrangar and Djupalonssandur beach

Day 8 – The West

The first stop on the 8th day will be Deildartunguhver geothermal area. Deildartunguhver is the most powerful hot spring in Europe and you can see the hot steam and boiling water bubbling from the ground.

The next place you will visit is the small village of Reykholt, the home to the famous poet, historian, and a law speaker of Iceland, Snorri Sturluson. Most of his works were about Old Norse Mythology and language. Next up are the two waterfalls, Barnafoss and Hraunfossar. Both these waterfalls are pretty unique and beautiful. Where Hraunfossar is fed by water from under the ground that seeps through lava rocks and reaches the fall, Barnafoss finds its way through a very narrow gorge, so narrow that it almost seems impossible.

After exploring west Iceland, you will head on south to hike to the recently active volcano. Lastly, you will make your way back to the capital city with your guide making a few stops here and there at their favorite destinations.

Included on this day: Fagradalsfjall volcano tour

Hraunfossar waterfalls in west Iceland, waterfall in the silver circle in Iceland

Included

  • Pick up and drop off in Reykjavik or the capital area.
  • 7 nights accommodation in comfortable country hotels with breakfast and private bathroom.
  • 8 Days Guided sightseeing to all the best locations around the Ring Road of Iceland & Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
  • English speaking professional guide.
  • Glacier Hike in Skaftafell
  • Certified glacier guide
  • Glacier equipment; helmet, harness, crampons and ice axe.
  • Whale Watching tour
  • Small groups
  • Wi-Fi and Icelandic music on board the minibus

Available Extras

Highlights

What to bring

  • Dress according to weather
  • Waterproof outdoor clothing
  • Warm clothes
  • Warm socks
  • Gloves & Headwear
  • Hiking boots (available for rent when booking)
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Camera (optional)

Good to know

  • Order or availability of attractions may change due to road or weather conditions.
  • The luggage limit for this tour is one suitcase of 24 inches per person. If you have any extra luggage, you can store it in our office for 1,000 ISK. You can add it to your booking in the booking engine. 
  • If you are traveling on your own, you will receive a single room. Reservations for 2 people will be allocated a double room. For bookings of 3 or more, triple rooms will automatically be allocated. If these arrangements do not meet your requirements, please contact us.
  • Remember to choose the Single Supplement Fee in the booking engine if you are traveling alone. 
  • This tour includes a pick up from Reykjavik. You can see the designated pick up locations in the drop down menu when booking.
  • You will have plenty of chances for bathroom breaks and to buy snacks on the way.
  • Age limit for Glacier Hike is 8 years old.
  • Pick up is from designated locations in Reykjavík on a drop-down menu at the time of booking. Pick up is not available from Keflavik airport or outside of the greater capital area.
  • The Ice cave that will be visited on this tour is 100% natural and always changing. Since the ice caves are ever changing we will visit new ice caves each year in different areas of the glacier. The photos that you see on our website are from recent tours, but note that the ice caves might have changed due to the dynamic nature of these formations. 
  • Lunch & dinner is not included in the tour. We will stop on restaurants where you can buy lunch & dinner. 
  • It is recommended to bring some snacks and drinks for the day time adventures. Some light chips and soda should do the trick.
  • This tour is perfect for groups, single travelers and families. 
  • You will be traveling on a minibus on this tour. The minibus includes free Wi-Fi. We will introduce you to Icelandic music aboard the minibus. 
  • We recommend you wear proper warm clothing, gloves, hat, scarves, and hiking shoes.
  • If you don’t have hiking shoes, you can rent them at the time of booking. 
  • In the rare case that we need to cancel the tour because of extreme weather, road conditions or other factors, we will assist you with rebooking to another date. If that does not work out for you, you will receive a full refund for the tour. 
  • The minimum age bar to join the tour is 8 years for the hiking and ice caving part. If children below 8 years are on the trip then one adult will have to stay with them while the group completes these activities.

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