Icelandic Highlights: 8 Day Tour to Iceland’s Best Attractions

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Duration

8 Days

Difficulty

Easy

Group Size

Small

Available

All year

Minimum age

8 years

Pick up / Self Drive

Pick up

Languages

English

Operator
Tour starts

Reykjavik

Duration

8 Days

Difficulty

Easy

Group Size

Small

Available

All year

Minimum age

8 years

Pick up / Self Drive

Pick up

Languages

English

Days

8 Days

Departures

Reykjavik

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Explore both the Must-See attractions and the Hidden Gems of Iceland, ensuring that you get a complete and unforgettable experience of this stunning country. Make the most out of your 8-day Iceland tour with the help of an expert guide and a group of travelers who share your interests. 

Highlights

  • Snæfellsnes Peninsula
  • Arnarstapi
  • Hellnar
  • Snæfellsnes National Park
  • Snæfellsjökull Glacier
  • Lóndrangar
  • Djúpalónssandur
  • Kirkjufell
  • Highlands of Iceland
  • Landmannalaugar (June – Oct)
  • Hot Spring Bathing in Landmannalaugar (June – Oct)
  • Mountain Brennisteinsalda (June – Oct)
  • Laugahraun lava fields (June – Oct)
  • Snowmobile on Langjokull Glacier (Nov – May)
  • Super Jeep Tour (Nov – May)

Activities

  • Glacier Hiking on Vatnajokull
  • Guided Hike in East Iceland
  • Whale Watching in North Iceland
  • Landmannalaugar Jeep Tour (June – October)
  • Hiking in Landmannalaugar (June – October)
  • Landmannalaugar hot spring bathing (June – October)
  • Snowmobiling on Langjökull (November – May)

Available Extras

  • Entrance to Vök Nature Baths – ISK 6,290
  • Single room fee – ISK 70,000 (not necessary – see here)
  • Luggage Storage – ISK 5,000
  • Hiking Boots – ISK 5,000
  • Waterproof Jacket – ISK 5,000
  • Waterproof Pants – ISK 5,000

About Tour

Iceland boasts some of the world’s most stunning natural landscapes, including glistening glaciers, active volcanoes, powerful waterfalls, and colorful scenery. To truly elevate your Iceland experience, join a guided 8-day tour in a small group, available year-round.

Day 8 of the tour offers unique activities depending on the season. In the summer, embark on a super jeep tour through the remote Icelandic Highlands, while in winter, ride across Langjokull Glacier on a snowmobile!

Explore Thingvellir National Park and discover the fascinating tales of natural wonder waiting to be told. Witness the breathtaking beauty of Skógafoss and hear the legend of the troll that turned into stone upon gazing at it. Uncover the origin behind Goðafoss, known as the “waterfall of the gods.” This tour offers a comprehensive understanding of why Iceland captivates visitors worldwide. Take your Iceland journey to the next level and discover the hidden gems that lie beyond!

boat sailing on Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon in south east Iceland

Included

  • Pick up and drop off in Reykjavik.
  • 7 nights accommodation in comfortable country hotels with private bathroom.
  • Breakfast each morning at your hotel. 
  • 8 Days Guided sightseeing to all the best locations around the Ring Road of Iceland.
  • English speaking professional guide.
  • Glacier Hike on Vatnajokull (summer)
  • Crystal Ice Cave tour (winter)
  • Certified glacier guide
  • Glacier equipment; helmet, harness, crampons and ice axe.
  • All safety equipment
  • Whale Watching
  • Small groups
  • Wi-Fi and Icelandic music on board the minibus
  • Landmannalaugar Super Jeep Tour (summer)
  • Glacier Snowmobile tour (winter)

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

  • The luggage limit for this tour is one small backpack and one piece of luggage weighing a maximum of 20kg (44lbs). If you have any extra luggage, you can book storage for the surplus luggage before you arrive. There is a small fee for using this facility. You can add it to your booking in the booking engine.
  • You are guaranteed an accommodation at a nice country hotel and/or a guesthouse. The hotels we have partnered up with are all of the same standard and offer nice rooms with made-up beds. The rooms come with private bathrooms.
  • The standard room is a twin room but it’s possible to request a double room or a triple room, with no extra charge.
  • If you are traveling solo, you might want to to add the single room fee if you wish to have a single room. Remember to do that when booking the tour. 
  • You are not required to pay a single supplement. If you are a single traveler and do not wish to book a single room, you’ll be roomed with another traveler of the same gender.
  • We always recommend booking a multi-day tour starting at least one day after arriving in Iceland. If you’re flying in from the US or will be landing early (4-6:30 am) you should be able to join the tour, but some risks would follow (i.e if the flight gets delayed) and could, therefore, miss out on the tour.
  • This tour includes a pick up from Reykjavik. You can see the designated pick up locations in the drop down menu when booking.
  • Pick-up is at 08:00 am from your hotel or a nearby meeting point in Reykjavík. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is much appreciated.
  • You will have plenty of chances for bathroom breaks and to buy snacks on the way.
  • 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. Your guide will find a good place for the group to eat lunch. We always choose places that have a wide selection of dishes on the menu, so there will be options available for everyone.
  • The dinner is usually at the hotels we stay at for the night.
  • 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 to join the tour is 8 years.
  • We drive on average around 300 km (186 miles) per day on our multi-day tours. You will be spending approximately 4-5 hours in the car each day. We do of course stop on multiple locations throughout the tour for sightseeing, activities, bathroom breaks and lunch stops.
  • Your tour will end in Reykjavik on the 6th day around 9 pm. 
Skutustadagigar in Lake Myvatn North Iceland

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Experience Iceland to the fullest with this amazing 8-day tour that covers everything you could want to explore on this island of ice and fire. Follow the famous Ring Road with a knowledgeable guide and like-minded travelers in a small group, creating memories that will inspire and fill your heart with love for this remarkable destination.

Please note that day 8 activities vary depending on the season. From June to October, we offer a guided super jeep tour through the stunning Icelandic Highlands. From November to May, embark on a thrilling snowmobiling tour across Langjokull Glacier, Iceland’s second-largest glacier.

Day 1 - Golden Circle & South Coast

Highlights of the day

  • Golden Circle
  • Þingvellir National Park
  • Geysir geothermal area
  • Gullfoss waterfall
  • Strokkur geyser
  • Seljalandsfoss waterfall
  • Skógafoss waterfall
  • Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
  • Vík Village

included

  • Guided Minibus Tour
  • The Golden Circle (Geysir, Gullfoss and Þingvellir)
  • Visit the most beautiful waterfalls of the South Coast
  • English speaking tour guide
  • One night in a hotel close to Vík

On the first day of your tour, get ready for an exhilarating contrast of experiences as we explore the Golden Circle tour and the first part of the South Coast route. The day starts with a visit to the historical Thingvellir National Park, where you will learn about Viking history and Iceland’s geothermal elements. We then head to the hot spring paradise of Haukadalur, home to the active Strokkur and the world-renowned Geysir, after which all geysers are named.

Next, we will witness the majestic Gullfoss, also known as the Golden Waterfall, which provides a spectacular sight with its rich history and numerous viewing angles that you simply must try! The day also includes stops at the famous Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk behind the falls, and its brother, the powerful Skógafoss waterfall. We will continue our journey along the South Coast, passing glaciers and volcanoes before reaching the captivating Reynisfjara black sand beach, a mystical basalt wonderland that will leave a lasting impression.

We will spend the night at a cozy country hotel near the charming village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur in Iceland’s south.

Þingvellir National Park - Golden Circle Iceland Tour

Our journey takes us to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a rich history and geological significance. In 930 CE, Icelanders established their historic Parliament, Alþingið, which is recognized as one of the first democratic governments in the world. The Law Speaker’s dramatic “platform” stood at the edge of the mighty rift valley, where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet and continue to drift apart, creating a stunning rift valley. As we move on to our next destination, we will explore the fascinating Geysir hot spring area.

Golden Circle Tours, Geysir Geothermal Area - Golden Circle Iceland Tour

Geysir, the namesake of the natural phenomenon, is an intriguing hot spring area that features the impressive Strokkur geyser. Witness the awe-inspiring eruptions of hot water and steam every few minutes, accompanied by bubbling fumaroles. Our next stop takes us to the majestic Gullfoss waterfall, the final destination of the Golden Circle tour. Here, the Hvítá River rushes down from the stunning Langjökull glacier, creating a mesmerizing golden mist that rises from the rugged canyon. Gullfoss plunges down 32 meters in two breathtaking stages, providing an unforgettable sight that will leave you in awe. Don’t miss the chance to experience the natural beauty of Geysir on your visit to Iceland.

Gullfoss waterfall in Golden CircleGolden Circle Tours,

Gullfoss is a breathtakingly powerful waterfall. With its golden-hued mist rising from the spray, this natural wonder is one of Iceland’s most popular tourist destinations. The water cascades down into a rugged canyon, dropping 32 meters in two stages, making it a highlight of the Golden Circle tour. Experience the awe-inspiring beauty of Gullfoss for yourself and see why it’s such a beloved attraction in Iceland.

South Coast Iceland, Seljalandsfoss waterfall - south Iceland tour guide

Seljalandsfoss waterfall is one of the most popular waterfalls in Iceland, located along the south coast of the country. It is famous for its picturesque beauty and the unique experience of being able to walk behind the waterfall. The waterfall drops approximately 60 meters and is fed by the melting waters from the famous Eyjafjallajökull glacier. During the summer months, the surrounding cliffs and fields are covered in lush green vegetation, adding to the scenic beauty of the waterfall. Seljalandsfoss is a must-visit destination for anyone exploring the natural wonders of Iceland.

Rainbow at Skógafoss Waterfall - Iceland Must See

Skógafoss is a magnificent waterfall located near the town of Skógar. With a height of 60 meters (197 feet) and a width of 25 meters (82 feet), it is one of the largest waterfalls in Iceland. The waterfall is fed by the Skógá River, which has its source in the glaciers of Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull.

Skógafoss is not only impressive for its size but also for its beauty. The waterfall creates a mystical and magical atmosphere with its mist and rainbow, especially when the sun shines. It is also possible to climb a staircase of 527 steps to the top of the waterfall, where you can enjoy stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

According to legend, the first settler in the area buried a treasure chest behind the waterfall, which has never been found. The Skógafoss waterfall is undoubtedly one of the must-visit attractions in Iceland, and its breathtaking beauty attracts thousands of visitors each year.

Reynisfjara black sand beach and Reynisdrangar basalt columns at sunset

Reynisfjara black sand beach is a stunning natural wonder located on Iceland’s South Coast. It is known for its dramatic black sand, towering basalt columns, and powerful waves. The beach is surrounded by towering cliffs and the Reynisdrangar basalt stacks, which add to its otherworldly feel. Visitors can also explore the nearby lava cave and take in the panoramic views from the top of the cliffs. Reynisfjara is a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to Iceland.

Vík í Mýrdal - South Iceland Travel Packages

Vík í Mýrdal is a charming coastal village located in the southern part of Iceland, known for its stunning black sand beaches, towering sea stacks, and picturesque scenery. It is situated along the Ring Road, which is the main highway that circles the entire island, making it a popular stopover for tourists exploring the southern coast of Iceland.

The village is surrounded by towering cliffs, which provide breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape, including the nearby Reynisfjara black sand beach and its famous basalt columns. The beach is also home to Reynisdrangar, a series of towering sea stacks that rise dramatically out of the ocean, adding to the area’s otherworldly beauty.

Accommodation

Hótel Geirland

or similar

Gallery - Day 1

Day 2 – The South Coast & Glacier Hike

Highlights of the day

  • Eldhraun lava fields
  • Skaftafell Nature Reserve
  • Vatnajökull National Park
  • Glacier Hike on Vatnajokull
  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • Diamond Beach
  • Höfn village

included

  • Guided Glacier Hiking Tour
  • Certified glacier guide
  • All glacier equipment
  • Guided Minibus Tour
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Hotel Breakfast
  • One night in a 3 star hotel with private bathroom
  • Explore the Highlights of the South Coast

Once you’ve had breakfast with the group, it’s time to check out of the hotel and hit the road to your next adventure. Today, you’ll continue following Ring Road One, heading further east towards Skaftafell and Vatnajökull National Parks. Iceland boasts three national parks: Þingvellir, Vatnajökull, and Snæfellsjökull, all of which you’ll see on this tour. Skaftafell and Vatnajökull National Parks offer stunning sights, including Hvannadalshnúkur, Iceland’s highest peak, the alluring Svínafellsjökull and Falljökull outlet glaciers, and the extraordinary Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon.

Today’s adventure includes a hike on one of Vatnajökull’s two outlets, Europe’s largest glacier, led by a certified glacier guide who will be with you every step of the way. Equipped with all necessary glacier equipment, you’ll explore the amazing glacier tongues, with crevasses, moulins, and breathtaking views. Our guides love to share their knowledge, so don’t hesitate to ask questions.

After the hike, it’s time to cool down and enjoy the spectacular vista of the glacier lagoon, where multi-colored icebergs and blocks float quietly. You can walk around the lagoon’s beach to enjoy it from various points of view. The icebergs break off from Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier and melt in the lagoon before ending up on the pitch-black volcanic sand beach, Breiðarmerkursandur, which is often called the Diamond Beach due to the icebergs’ glistening appearance. Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach are both must-see stops.

In the evening, you’ll spend the night in Höfn, a comfortable seaside town and the lobster capital of Iceland.

Eldhraun lava fields - South Iceland lava Caves Tour

Eldhraun lava fields are a vast expanse of moss-covered lava flows in Iceland, formed by a volcanic eruption in 1783. The fields are located in the southern part of Iceland and cover an area of around 565 square kilometers, making it one of the largest lava fields in the world. The moss-covered lava formations create a unique and otherworldly landscape, with small streams and rivers winding their way through the rugged terrain. Visitors can explore the area on foot and marvel at the incredible natural beauty of this geological wonder.

Vatnajokull National Park - Svínafellsjokull glacier in Skaftafell Nature Reserve

Skaftafell Nature Reserve is a stunning wilderness area located in the southeast of Iceland, known for its dramatic landscapes, glaciers, and hiking trails. The reserve is part of the larger Vatnajökull National Park and offers visitors the chance to explore rugged terrain, including waterfalls, glaciers, and volcanic peaks. Some of the popular activities in Skaftafell include glacier hiking, ice climbing, and hiking to the Svartifoss waterfall. The reserve is also home to a diverse array of flora and fauna, making it a popular destination for nature enthusiasts.

glacier hike in iceland, south iceland glacier hike

Glacier hiking on Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe, is a unique experience that offers breathtaking views of stunning ice formations and sweeping vistas. The glacier is located in southeastern Iceland and covers approximately 8% of the country. Guided glacier hikes are available for visitors of all skill levels, from beginners to experienced hikers. Visitors are provided with the necessary gear, such as crampons and ice axes, to safely navigate the glacier’s crevasses, ridges, and moulins. The experience of exploring the frozen wilderness of Vatnajökull is truly unforgettable and a must-do for adventure seekers visiting Iceland.

Glacier Tours in Iceland, Svínafellsjokull Glacier in Skaftafell Nature Reserve - Iceland Tours

As we journey, we’ll catch sight of Mýrdalsjökull glacier, home to the unpredictable Katla, one of the most renowned and dreaded volcanoes, lurking beneath its icy surface. On clear days, you may even catch a glimpse of this fiery giant! Continuing on, we’ll witness the aftermath of past volcanic eruptions while crossing the Eldhraun lava field en route to Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park. Skaftafell is a haven of green birch forests and thriving vegetation, a vibrant gem amid the rugged black sand wasteland.

Led by our expert glacier guide, we’ll embark on a three-hour glacier hike across a Vatnajökull glacier – Europe’s largest glacier. Alternatively, from October to April, we’ll take a fascinating tour of the Crystal Ice Cave in place of the glacier hike.

boat sailing on Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon in south east Iceland

Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon is a breathtaking natural wonder located in southeast Iceland. The lagoon is formed by melting ice from the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, which flows into a lake and then out to the Atlantic Ocean. Visitors can witness the awe-inspiring sight of icebergs of various shapes and sizes floating in the lagoon, as well as spot seals and various seabirds. It is a popular filming location, having been featured in movies like James Bond’s “Die Another Day” and “Batman Begins”.

man standing and watching the sunset at Diamond Beach in south Iceland

The Diamond Beach is a stunning black sand beach located next to the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon in Iceland. It is famous for its glistening ice chunks of various sizes and shapes that have broken off from the nearby glacier and washed up on the shore. The combination of the black sand and crystal clear ice creates a beautiful and surreal landscape, which has earned the beach its name due to the ice resembling diamonds. The Diamond Beach is a popular destination for tourists and photographers, offering a unique and unforgettable experience of Iceland’s natural beauty.

 

Hofn i Hornafirdi - Iceland Must see

Höfn is a small coastal town in southeastern Iceland, located near Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe. It is known for its picturesque location surrounded by mountains and glaciers, as well as its seafood, particularly langoustine. Höfn is also a popular destination for outdoor activities such as hiking, glacier tours, and Northern Lights viewing. The town has a population of around 2,000 people and offers various accommodations, restaurants, and shops for visitors.

Accommodation

Hotel Höfn

or similar

Gallery - Day 2

Day 3 - East Fjords

Highlights of the day

  • East Fjords of Iceland
  • Stokksnes
  • Hvalnes Peninsula
  • Djúpivogur Fishing Village
  • Eggin í Gleðivík
  • Egilsstaðir
  • Hengifoss waterfall
  • Litlanesfoss waterfall

included

  • Guided Minibus Tour
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Hotel Breakfast
  • Guided hike to Hengifoss & Litlanesfoss waterfalls
  • Explore the Highlights of East Iceland
  • One night hotel in Egilsstaðir

Today, we embark on an adventure through the breathtaking Eastfjords of Iceland. As we continue on our tour, the magnificent Vatnajökull glacier will still be in sight, providing us with stunning scenery throughout the journey. As we wind through the mountains, the roads become narrower and steeper, leading us towards our first point of interest: Egilsstaðir. Here, the mystical Lagarfljót River flows, and according to Icelandic folklore, is home to the fabled “Icelandic Loch Ness Monster”. Our knowledgeable guide will share with us the tales of the giant Largarfljót worm and its mysterious sightings.

Although Egilsstaðir is often called the capital of the East, we believe that the smaller villages along the way hold their own charm. We will be making a stop at Djúpivogur, a remote fishing village with a population of just over 1100 people. Here, the North Atlantic waves crash against the black sandy beaches, while a variety of bird species thrive in the area. The community of Djúpivogur is known for its warm hospitality and strong commitment to environmental issues.

Our adventure for the day will consist of an easy 3-hour hike on the waterfall trail of Hengifoss and Litlanesfoss. The hanging Hengifoss waterfall is one of Iceland’s tallest waterfalls, cascading into a stunning gorge. Keep an eye out for the layers of red strata within the cliff’s walls behind the waterfall, a testament to the volcanic activity in Iceland. Along the hike, we will also come across the equally captivating Litlanesfoss, a smaller waterfall that drops down hexagonal-shaped basalt columns.

In the evening, we will be staying at the comfortable accommodation in Egilsstaðir, providing us with a well-deserved rest after an adventurous day exploring the Eastfjords of Iceland.

Djúpivogur, East Iceland

Djúpivogur is a small fishing village located on the eastern coast of Iceland, known for its picturesque harbor and unique sculptures called Eggin í Gleðivík (The Eggs of Merry Bay). The sculptures, created by Icelandic artist Sigurður Guðmundsson, are replicas of 34 different bird species found in the area and are displayed along the harbor. The village also offers opportunities for outdoor activities, such as hiking and bird watching, as well as a variety of seafood restaurants.

 

Hengifoss waterfall in East Iceland

The hike to Hengifoss and Litlanesfoss waterfalls is a must-do for nature lovers visiting East Iceland. The trail, which is located in the remote and ruggedly beautiful Fljótsdalshérað region, takes hikers through some of the most breathtaking scenery in Iceland.

The hike starts at the parking lot near the Hengifoss waterfall, which is the third-highest waterfall in Iceland at 128 meters. The trail then winds through a stunning gorge and leads hikers past the picturesque Litlanesfoss waterfall, which is framed by towering basalt columns. Along the way, visitors can admire the dramatic landscape of the area, which includes deep canyons, towering cliffs, and vast forests.

The hike is approximately 4.5 kilometers long and takes around 2-3 hours to complete, depending on the fitness level of the hiker. It is considered a moderate hike, with some uphill sections that can be steep and challenging.

Hikers are advised to wear sturdy hiking boots, warm clothing, and waterproof gear, as the weather in this region can be unpredictable. Visitors should also bring plenty of water and snacks, as there are no facilities along the trail.

The hike to Hengifoss and Litlanesfoss waterfalls is a truly unforgettable experience that offers a glimpse into the raw natural beauty of Iceland’s rugged interior. It’s a must-do for anyone visiting East Iceland and is sure to leave a lasting impression on anyone who undertakes the journey.

Accommodation

Hotel Valaskjálf

or similar

Gallery - Day 3

Day 4 - Lake Myvatn & North Iceland

Highlights of the day

  • Rjúkandi waterfall
  • Stuðlagil canyon
  • Dettifoss waterfall – most powerful waterfall in Europe
  • Lake Myvatn
  • Hverfjall Crater & Mountain
  • Námaskarð geothermal area
  • Dimmuborgir lava fields
  • Goðafoss waterfall
  • Myvatn Nature Baths (extra)
  • Akureyri – capital of North Iceland

included

  • Guided Minibus Tour
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Hotel Breakfast
  • Explore the Highlights of East Iceland
  • One night hotel in Akureyri

Leaving the Reindeer Kingdom behind, we journey into the Icelandic Horse Paradise of the North. Our day begins in the charming Egilsstaðir as we drive through landscapes that resemble the moon towards the highest-located farm in Iceland, Möðrudalur. Our first stop is the awe-inspiring Dettifoss waterfall, the most powerful waterfall in Europe, with a flow rate of 193 m3/s (6,816 cu ft/s). Fed by the Jökulsá á Fjöllum river, the water originates from the Vatnajökull glacier. The vastness surrounding Dettifoss is humbling, and the fresh, wet air lifts your spirits.

Next, we visit the surreal Námaskarð geothermal area, filled with colorful mud pools and fumaroles emitting clouds of steam and hot gases. Continuing on our geothermal journey, we make a stop at Lake Mývatn and its nature baths. Here, you can soak in the warm, mineral-rich waters at an extra cost. We recommend booking in advance to reserve your spot. The water in the baths is geothermally heated and rich with algae and silica, known for its skin-healing properties. The non-bathers can take a stroll around the extraordinary lunar-like landscape or relax in the cafeteria.

Feeling refreshed from the natural baths, we visit Hverafjall, a volcanic crater that formed 2500 years ago during an eruption. We also explore the Dimmuborgir lava formations, known as the “dark cities,” where some of the lava formations tower above us like fairytale giants. Dimmuborgir was formed when the roof of a giant lava tube collapsed, and standing amidst the formations is a unique experience.

We continue our drive around the picturesque Lake Mývatn, stopping at the stunningly beautiful Goðafoss waterfall, also known as the waterfall of the gods. Finally, we arrive in Akureyri, the second-largest city in Iceland, and stay at a charming country hotel.

Rjúkandi waterfall in East Iceland

Rjúkandi waterfall is a hidden gem located in the northern region of Iceland. It is a picturesque waterfall that is not very well known among tourists, making it a peaceful and serene place to visit. Rjúkandi, which means “smoky waterfall,” cascades down a steep cliff surrounded by lush greenery and a serene atmosphere. It is a great spot for nature lovers who want to experience the beauty of Icelandic waterfalls without the crowds.

 

Dettifoss the most powerful waterfall in Europe during summer

Dettifoss waterfall is located on the Jökulsá á Fjöllum river. It is considered the most powerful waterfall in Europe in terms of water volume, with an average flow rate of 193 m³/s. The waterfall is about 100 meters wide and drops 44 meters down into a canyon. Its impressive power and size make it a popular tourist attraction and a must-see destination for nature lovers visiting Iceland.

Skutustadagigar in Lake Myvatn North Iceland

Lake Myvatn is a volcanic lake located in northern Iceland, known for its unique and otherworldly landscape. The area around the lake features geothermal hot springs, bubbling mud pools, and strange lava formations that were created during volcanic eruptions. The lake itself is also home to a variety of bird species and is a popular destination for birdwatching. Visitors can enjoy activities such as hiking, exploring lava fields, soaking in hot springs, and admiring the surreal scenery.

Námaskarð Hverir geothermal area in Myvatn region north Iceland

Námaskarð geothermal area, located in the north of Iceland, is a highly active geothermal area that is often referred to as “Hverir”. It is known for its impressive boiling mud pools, steaming vents, and colorful hot springs. The area is surrounded by barren and alien-looking landscape, which adds to its unique character. Visitors can take a walk on the boardwalks that wind through the geothermal area and experience the fascinating natural phenomena up close. However, it’s important to note that due to the high temperatures and sulfuric gas emissions, visitors are advised to keep to the designated paths and be mindful of their safety.

Hverfell Hverfjall - Volcano Tours in Iceland

Hverfjall Crater is a large volcanic crater located in northeast Iceland, near Lake Mývatn. It was formed during a volcanic eruption around 2,500 years ago and is approximately 140 meters deep and 1,000 meters wide. The crater’s unique horseshoe shape and rugged terrain make it a popular hiking destination for tourists. Hverfjall Crater is an impressive example of Iceland’s volcanic geology and is worth a visit for anyone interested in natural wonders.

Dimmuborgir lava fields in north Iceland

Dimmuborgir, also known as the “Dark Fortress,” is a unique lava field located in northern Iceland near Lake Mývatn. It is famous for its unusual rock formations, which resemble a dark castle or fortress, hence the name. The area was formed during a volcanic eruption over 2,000 years ago and is now a popular tourist attraction, offering hiking trails and stunning views of the surrounding landscape. According to Icelandic folklore, Dimmuborgir is also believed to be home to trolls and other mystical creatures.

Goðafoss Waterfall - Affordable North Iceland Tour Packages

Goðafoss, meaning “Waterfall of the Gods,” is a beautiful and majestic waterfall located in northern Iceland. The falls cascade over a wide horseshoe-shaped rock formation, dropping around 12 meters into the river below. According to Icelandic folklore, the waterfall was named when the local chieftain threw pagan idols into the falls upon converting to Christianity in the year 1000. Today, Goðafoss is a popular destination for visitors to Iceland, offering stunning views and photo opportunities.

Myvatn Nature Baths in north Iceland

The Myvatn Nature Baths, also known as the Blue Lagoon of the North, are a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to Iceland. Located in the picturesque Lake Myvatn area, the natural hot springs offer a relaxing and rejuvenating experience, surrounded by stunning volcanic landscapes.

The geothermal water in the baths is rich in minerals and silica, known for their healing properties, making it a popular destination for those seeking a therapeutic spa experience. The warm water in the baths is naturally heated by the geothermal activity in the area, making it a sustainable and eco-friendly attraction.

Aside from soaking in the hot springs, visitors can also enjoy the beautiful views of the surrounding mountains and volcanic craters while relaxing in the outdoor pools. 

Accommodation

Icelandair Hotel Akureyri

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