Incredible 6-Day Summer Tour of the Golden Circle, South Coast, East Fjords, and North Iceland
Immerse yourself in the beauty of Iceland on this six-day summer tour, designed for those seeking a small-group adventure through the country's most remarkable landscapes. This tour is ideal for adventurers and nature enthusiasts eager to uncover the diverse natural wonders that grace Iceland's Golden Circle, South Coast, East Fjords, and North Iceland regions.
Your journey commences in Reykjavik, where you'll be warmly greeted by seasoned guides who will accompany you throughout this exploration.
The first day of this journey leads you along the world-renowned Golden Circle route, a pathway that unveils the majestic Gullfoss Waterfall, invites you to witness the geothermal marvels of the Geysir Geothermal Area, and offers a chance to explore the revered Thingvellir National Park, proudly listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
As you venture southward, the South Coast's beauty unfolds before your eyes. A stroll along the unique black sand beach of Reynisfjara awaits, along with an opportunity to gaze upon the awe-inspiring Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon.
Prepare to be utterly entranced by the tranquil drift of icy blue icebergs in the lagoon's waters, creating an image that will linger in your memory.
Your journey continues by exploring the enchanting East Fjords, a region steeped in ethereal beauty. Then, you'll find yourself at the breathtaking Lake Myvatn in the north, where wandering amidst the enigmatic Dimmuborgir lava pillars reveals a landscape that's nothing short of extraordinary.
This journey then guides you to Akureyri, aptly hailed as the "Capital in the North," before steering you again toward Reykjavik, the vibrant heart of Iceland.
Throughout this exceptional tour, the opportunity to enrich your experience abounds, with the option to partake in additional activities. From horseback riding to an enthralling boat ride on the glacier lagoon or even the chance to explore mesmerizing ice caves, each choice adds an extra layer of enchantment to your journey.
Secure your spot on this extraordinary six-day summer circle tour now, and allow yourself to become fully absorbed in the marvels of Iceland's Golden Circle, South Coast, East Fjords, and North Iceland. Check availability now by choosing a date.
Day 1 - The Golden Circle
On day one of your tour, you will be picked up from Reykjavik to embark on an unforgettable adventure through Iceland's Golden Circle. The day will be filled with natural wonders and cultural landmarks that showcase the beauty and uniqueness of this remarkable country.
Your first stop will be Thingvellir National Park, a place of breathtaking beauty. As you step foot in this volcanic landscape, you will be mesmerized by the snow-capped mountains and expansive fields. Not only is Thingvellir visually stunning, but it also holds great historical significance as the birthplace of Iceland's first parliament in 930 AD.
The park's geological features are equally remarkable, with the exposed North American and Eurasian tectonic plates visible on the surface. It's no wonder that Thingvellir is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Next, you will visit the Haukadalur Geothermal Area, home to impressive hot springs. One of the highlights here is Strokkur, a geyser that erupts every five to ten minutes, creating captivating photo opportunities.
You will also encounter the famous Geysir, after which all geysers around the world are named. Witnessing these natural wonders in action will leave you in awe of the Earth's power and beauty.
As you near the end of the Golden Circle route, you will be greeted by the magnificent Gullfoss waterfall. Here, the glacial river Hvita cascades down two tiers, forming a majestic 32-meter drop. The sight and sound of the rushing water will leave you spellbound. It is from this breathtaking waterfall that the Golden Circle derives its name, as Gullfoss translates to the Golden Waterfall.
Throughout day one of the tour, you will be immersed in the extraordinary natural wonders of Iceland. From the volcanic fields and snow-capped mountains of Thingvellir National Park to the erupting geysers of Haukadalur and the awe-inspiring Gullfoss waterfall, every moment will be a feast for your senses.
Get ready to be captivated by the beauty of Iceland's Golden Circle and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Day 2 - South Coast & Glacier Hike
Embark on a captivating journey along the South Coast, a land where glaciers reign supreme, on your second day of adventure. The day begins with an early start as you embark on your voyage through this captivating region.
Your first destination is the awe-inspiring Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Nestled in the heart of the south, it boasts a height of about 65 meters (213 feet). What sets it apart is the rare opportunity to walk behind the waterfall's cascading curtain, offering an enchanting perspective of nature's power.
Seljalandsfoss waterfall is fed by the Seljalands River that streams to the mighty Markarfljot glacial river. The surrounding area, known as the Seljalandsfoss-Gljufrabui nature reserve, has been cherished since 1987, home to diverse flora and fauna that call this place home.
Continuing your journey eastward, you'll encounter Skogafoss, a formidable waterfall with a width of 25 meters (82 feet) and a height of 60 meters (197 feet). Skogafoss is renowned as Iceland's largest waterfall. Its captivating beauty is complemented by the lush green fields that surround it.
A marked hiking trail leads adventurers to the waterfall's peak, offering a breathtaking panorama of the landscape. Skogafoss, steeped in history, has been a site of human habitation since the 9th century and is said to be the secretive storage of hidden treasures, a tale that adds intrigue to its allure.
Venturing deeper into the heart of the South Coast, your journey unfolds toward the magnificent glaciers, which encompass 11% of Iceland's breathtaking terrain. Vatnajokull is the largest glacier in Europe and covers 8% of Iceland.
Glaciers, the ancient relics of compressed snow and ice, sculpt Iceland's landscapes over thousands of years, shaping valleys and creating mesmerizing vistas. Their significance extends beyond aesthetics, offering essential freshwater sources and playing a crucial role in climate regulation and environmental balance.
The highlight of your day's escapade arrives with an extraordinary glacier hike on Solheimajokull, where you'll be guided by an experienced glacier expert. Equipped with the necessary gear and safety precautions, you'll ascend to the glacier's summit, an encounter few have experienced. This adventure promises awe and insight, revealing these icy giants' stark beauty and dramatic views.
Reynisfjara, the renowned black sand beach, is your next destination. Formed from volcanic activity, its dark sands contrast starkly with the deep blue ocean.
The beach's striking basalt columns, sculpted by sea erosion, add an otherworldly charm to the landscape. A wide variety of wildlife, including seabirds and seals, call this coastal haven home, offering a glimpse into the vibrant ecosystem that thrives here.
Concluding your day's exploration is the charming village of Vik i Myrdal. Nestled on the Southernmost Coast of Iceland, it boasts dramatic coastal cliffs and black sand beaches.
Here, you'll rest and rejuvenate, enveloped by the captivating landscapes that define this remarkable day.
Day 3 - Glacier Lagoon & Ice Caving
Day three brings you another day of exploration, beginning with an early departure from your hotel. Today's adventure leads you to the eastern expanse of Iceland, where majestic glaciers, dramatic mountains, and unforgettable vistas await.
Your first destination is Skaftafell, which offers a prime opportunity for a photo stop. Here, you'll catch a glimpse of Europe's largest glacier, Vatnajokull, set against the backdrop of a bridge that symbolizes the nation's history and resilience. Skeidarar Bridge, a testament to the Icelandic people's strength, spans the Skeidarar River, uniting the eastern and western banks.
Continuing your journey, you'll arrive at the mesmerizing Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. This glacial lake, nestled in southeastern Iceland, boasts the distinction of being Iceland's deepest and one of Europe's largest lakes.
Fed by the Breidamerkurjokull glacier, a segment of the vast Vatnajokull glacier, the lagoon offers a captivating sight—floating icebergs drifting serenely towards the ocean. A haven for photographers and filmmakers alike, the lagoon has graced the silver screen in films such as Die Another Day, Tomb Raider, and Batman Begins.
A mere two minutes away from Jokulsarlon lies the Diamond Beach, adorned with shimmering blue ice fragments strewn across its black sands. These glimmering ice chunks are born from the neighboring Breidamerkurjokull glacier, an appendage of the expansive Vatnajokull glacier. This photogenic beach is frequented by tourists and photographers who revel in its unique charm, while seals, seabirds, and even reindeer add life to its surroundings.
You will then visit the Katla volcano ice cave, where blue ice is decorated with volcanic ash. Aboard a 4x4 super jeep, you'll journey through the highlands, taking in panoramic views of mountains, glaciers, and volcanic deserts. As you absorb the extraordinary geology of the area, your guide will regale you with tales that add depth to this captivating region.
Throughout this exhilarating day, you'll find yourself immersed in Iceland's unique landscapes and the narratives they hold. Your journey will culminate in the comfort of a nearby hotel, where you can reflect on the experiences of the day and prepare for the adventures yet to come.
Day 4 - The East Fjords
Day four introduces you to the captivating East Fjords—a day of unwinding in soothing hot springs, immersing yourself in local life, and crafting cherished memories. Here, among fjords, towering mountain ridges, and elusive wildlife, you'll grasp the essence of this exceptional region.
Your voyage uncovers tranquil fishing villages that carry a slice of historical significance. These villages, deeply rooted in fishing tradition, provide insights into the cultural mosaic shaping the nation. Passing through, you glimpse the evolved way of life intertwined with these waters.
Hallormsstadaskogur forest becomes a key waypoint—an anomaly in a landscape where trees are scarce. This is Iceland's largest forest and was only planted over the last century.
The nation's geographic position in the North Atlantic, coupled with rocky soil and a short growing season, has posed challenges for tree growth. While this land was once 40% forested, deforestation driven by Viking demands for fuel and construction, combined with livestock grazing, changed the landscape.
Continuing your journey, Lake Lagarfljot emerges—the third-largest lake in Iceland and a focus of intrigue. Folklore weaves tales of a mythical creature, the Lagarfljots Worm, reputed to inhabit its depths.
For centuries, sightings of this serpent-like being have fueled imaginations, adding an air of mystery to the lake. This fusion of nature and legend encapsulates the essence of this captivating land.
Your adventure takes a new turn with two enticing choices.
Opt for an extra activity: horseback riding in the Icelandic wilderness—an opportunity to acquaint yourself with the distinctive Icelandic horses. Boasting five gaits, including the unique tolt, these horses are perfectly adapted to the environment.
Their stability, resilience, and friendly demeanor make them exceptional companions for both work and leisure. Under the guidance of a riding instructor, you'll embark on a journey through the landscapes, forging a connection with these remarkable creatures.
Alternatively, indulge in relaxation at Vok Baths—an upscale geothermal spa nestled in the East. Embraced by natural hot springs believed to hold healing properties, this luxurious retreat offers rejuvenation amidst breathtaking vistas. The region's geothermal activity, coupled with the presence of waterfowl, enhances the allure of this distinctive locale.
As the day winds down, a nearby hotel welcomes you to unwind, the echoes of exploration surrounding you. This day epitomizes the essence of the East Fjords—captivating, diverse, and etched into memory.
Day 5 - North-East Iceland
Day five brings an exploration of Iceland's northern landscapes – a day of discovery amidst breathtaking views and unique geological wonders.
Starting your day, you'll visit Studlagil Canyon viewpoint from May to September. A quick five-minute walk down 239 metal steps takes you to an outlook that offers stunning views of the blue-green water and basalt columns on the opposite side.
Continuing your journey, you'll encounter Dettifoss – a powerful waterfall located in northern Iceland. In fact, Dettifoss is the most powerful waterfall in Europe during summer.
The sheer force of the water creates a deafening roar and a mist visible from miles away. Dettifoss is a must-see for those seeking the raw beauty of nature.
Next on your itinerary is Lake Myvatn, surrounded by striking volcanic formations and lava fields. This picturesque lake is popular among birdwatchers due to its variety of bird species. The lake's natural hot springs also offer opportunities for swimming and relaxation, making it a place of rejuvenation.
Continuing your journey, you'll discover Namaskard Pass – a geothermal area where the earth bubbles and boils. This high-temperature wonderland showcases vibrant orange and red landscapes due to the presence of sulfur in the region. A hike here reveals colorful hills, steaming hot springs, bubbling mud pools, and fumaroles – a truly unique experience.
Dimmuborgir is your next destination, where peculiar lava pillars rise from the earth, their shapes reminiscent of mythical creatures. This volcanic area, formed over 2,000 years ago, is a landscape of caves and rock formations. It's a fascinating destination, inviting exploration and showcasing the extraordinary beauty of Iceland.
Godafoss awaits your exploration – an awe-inspiring waterfall located in northern Iceland. Named "waterfall of the gods," this majestic cascade stands approximately 40 feet (12 meters) high and 100 feet (30 meters) wide. Its horseshoe shape tells a story of a massive glacial flood triggered by a volcanic eruption in the year 934, an event that shaped this natural wonder.
Your journey ends in Akureyri – the Capital of the North. Mountains, glaciers, and fjords surround this bustling urban area. A haven for outdoor enthusiasts, it offers prospects for hiking and skiing.
The town's vibrant culture is mirrored in its diverse restaurants, bars, and clubs. Museums, galleries, and cultural attractions add depth to your exploration, allowing you to delve into the heart of Icelandic culture. With a night spent in Akureyri, you'll have the chance to rest and rejuvenate, carrying with you the experiences of the day and the splendors of the North.
Day 6 - Whale Watching and Return to Reykjavik
Day six marks the culmination of your journey, and what better way to conclude than with an exhilarating activity – whale watching!
As the sun rises, you'll enjoy a hearty breakfast before preparing for the highlight of the day. Packing your belongings, you'll head to Hauganes, a quaint village that holds the key to your exciting adventure. Here, a boat awaits to take you onto the vast expanse of the North Atlantic Ocean, where majestic Humpback Whales and an array of other captivating marine creatures call home.
The boat excursion provides not only the opportunity to witness these incredible beings in their natural habitat but also the chance to immerse yourself in the beauty of the open sea. As you scan the horizon, keep your eyes peeled for the telltale signs of whales surfacing, spouting, and gracefully diving back into the depths. It's a reminder of the awe-inspiring wonders that reside beneath the waves.
To ensure your comfort and warmth during the outing, the staff offer additional layers of clothing. However, it's advisable to come prepared with your own warm and waterproof attire to fully enjoy this extraordinary experience.
Following the exhilaration of whale watching, your journey continues as you embark on the return trip to Reykjavik. The road home leads through a tapestry of beautiful landscapes, each offering its unique charm.
If time allows, the guide may make additional stops along the route, providing you with the opportunity to capture those last-minute snapshots of Iceland's natural beauty. Feel free to express your preferences to the guide, and they'll do their best to accommodate your wishes.