Breathtaking 8-Day Summer Circle Tour | Ring Route of Iceland with Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Embark on an unforgettable summer tour, tracing Iceland's famed ring road and venturing into the enchanting Snaefellsnes Peninsula. This extraordinary journey invites you to soak in the beauty of Iceland's most iconic landscapes.
If you're the type of traveler who craves diverse adventures and wants to travel under the midnight sun, this expedition is for you.
Your exploration begins with an early pickup, setting the stage for an adventure of a lifetime. As you depart from Reykjavik, the capital, you'll be heading northward, leaving behind the buzz of the city for the tranquility of nature.
Your first chapter unfolds along the Golden Circle Route, where you'll be awestruck by the magnificent Gullfoss waterfall, the bubbling geothermal marvels of Geysir, and the historic Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Venturing southward along the picturesque South Coast, the next leg of your journey unveils the otherworldly black sand beach of Reynisfjara. With its towering basalt columns and the mighty waves of the Atlantic Ocean crashing on the shore, it's a sight that'll leave you spellbound.
Continuing eastward, you'll find yourself at the ethereal Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, where icebergs float serenely, glistening under the endless summer sun.
The journey then leads you through the dramatic landscapes of the East Fjords, where every twist and turn of the road reveals breathtaking vistas. Lake Myvatn awaits in the North, its surroundings adorned with the mystical Dimmuborgir lava pillars, a place of otherworldly beauty.
Soon after, you'll reach Akureyri, the capital of the North, where a world of charm and culture awaits.
The grand finale of this remarkable odyssey is the Snaefellsnes Peninsula in West Iceland. Here, hidden gems like the iconic Kirkjufell mountain beckon explorers with their rugged beauty. Each day of this journey unfolds like a chapter in an epic novel, with tales of natural wonder and adventure waiting to be discovered.
While you enjoy this tour, you'll have the opportunity to enhance your experience with additional tours and activities along the way. Whether it's horseback riding or exploring ice- or lava caves, you can tailor your journey to your heart's desire.
Don't let this immersive eight-day experience, encircling Iceland's ring road and showering you with thrilling tours, pass you by. Book your spot now and let the adventure begin. Check availability now by selecting a date.
Day 1 - The Golden Circle
Experience the wonders of Iceland's most renowned route, the Golden Circle, on day one. As the day unfolds, prepare to be enthralled by the natural beauty and cultural significance this journey has in store for you.
Your exploration kicks off with a convenient pickup from your designated location in Reykjavik. From there, your journey of discovery begins, unveiling the marvels of Iceland's breathtaking landscapes.
Your first stop is the awe-inspiring Thingvellir National Park. This location is special in Iceland's history, as it was the birthplace of the country's inaugural parliament in 930 AD. But Thingvellir is not only steeped in history; its geological features are equally remarkable.
The exposed North American and Eurasian tectonic plates create a captivating visual display, and this distinctive attribute has earned the park a spot on UNESCO's prestigious World Heritage list.
Venturing onward, you'll find yourself in the Haukadalur Geothermal Area. Here, nature's drama unfolds as the Strokkur geyser bursts forth every few minutes, delighting photographers with its captivating eruptions. The iconic Geysir, the namesake of all geysers worldwide, also awaits your admiration.
Concluding your Golden Circle route, you'll arrive at the enchanting Gullfoss waterfall. This natural wonder is a testament to the power of Hvita, the glacial river that plunges two tiers, creating a mesmerizing cascade. Its name translates to the "Golden Waterfall."
Throughout the day, you'll encounter the geological wonders that make Iceland famous and the deep-rooted history that adds layers of meaning to each location. This journey provides an opportunity to appreciate the remarkable fusion of nature's forces and human heritage.
From the epic panoramas at Thingvellir, the dynamic geothermal displays of Haukadalur, and the thunderous elegance of Gullfoss, every moment promises to be a memory you'll treasure.
So, prepare to embark on a day of discovery, where the Golden Circle's treasures will unfold before you, leaving you amazed by the marvels of Iceland's natural and cultural heritage.
Day 2 - The South Coast & Ice Caving
Experience the allure of the South Coast and a captivating ice-caving adventure on day two of your journey.
Your day kicks off with a visit to Seljalandsfoss, a striking waterfall with a 197-foot (65-meter) plummet, casting a veil of mist as it crashes into the earth below. The majesty continues as you encounter Skogafoss, one of Iceland's grandest waterfalls, its thundering cascade a testament to nature's power. For an up-close encounter, consider waterproof attire for a more immersive experience.
Journey onward to the awe-inspiring Dyrholaey rock arch, which unveils sweeping views of the South Coast. This stunning peninsula also boasts a renowned lighthouse. Wildlife enthusiasts will be delighted by the diverse bird species that find sanctuary in this area.
Continuing your adventure, you'll arrive at Reynisfjara, the iconic black sand beach. Framed by dramatic black basalt columns, this popular destination is a testament to Iceland's unique geology.
The silhouette of Reynisdrangar rock formations adds a touch of mystique to the coastline, while Dyhrolaey Peninsula gracefully emerges from the ocean, offering a picturesque vista.
Prepare for an extraordinary activity as you board a super jeep, your ticket to uncover the secrets of Katla Volcano ice cave. This magnificent cavern, crafted from ash and ice, beckons you to explore its depths.
The day concludes with your arrival at accommodations near the charming coastal town of Vik. As the sun dips below the horizon, you'll reflect on the wonders you've encountered, from cascading waterfalls to ethereal ice caves, all woven into the tapestry of Iceland's breathtaking South Coast.
Day 3 - The South-East & Glacier Hike
Day three of your journey promises to be filled with exhilaration and awe-inspiring beauty.
The day kicks off with an activity that's not only exciting but also truly unique – a glacier hike. As you set foot on the glacier, you'll meet your highly skilled glacier guide, a true expert in the realm of ice and snow.
Equipped with crampons, ice axes, and other necessary gear provided in the tour, you'll step onto the largest glacier in Europe. It's a surreal experience, surrounded by a landscape that seems to belong to another world.
As you traverse the ice, you'll uncover hidden crevasses, gaze into enchanting moulins, and witness nature's phenomena up close. This is an adventure like no other, a chance to walk to the heights of a glacier and witness its secrets firsthand.
Keep in mind that the glacier hike might be scheduled for day two instead of day three. Your guide will inform you on the first day, ensuring you're prepared for the thrill that awaits.
After your glacier escapade, the journey continues with a visit to the breathtaking Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. Prepare for an unforgettable boat ride tour that takes you right into the heart of this glacial wonderland. Imagine gliding past massive icebergs as they gently drift toward the ocean, each one a unique piece of frozen art.
As you follow the path of these majestic icebergs, you'll arrive at the awe-inspiring Diamond Beach. This beach is no ordinary stretch of sand; it showcases nature's craftsmanship. Having completed their journey from the glacier to the sea, the icebergs now rest upon the black satin sands, sparkling like diamonds against the contrast.
As the day draws to a close, you'll find yourself embracing the Southeast's charming landscape. Your night will be spent in this region, surrounded by memories of a glacier hike, close encounters with icebergs, and the magical shimmer of the Diamond Beach.
Day 4 - The East Fjords
Embarking on the fourth day of your adventure, you'll find yourself amidst the captivating Eastfjords, an enchanting region that promises a unique blend of breathtaking landscapes and intriguing cultural insights. This day promises an array of experiences that will truly immerse you in the heart of Iceland's natural wonders and historical heritage.
The journey begins as you are whisked away to the Eastfjords, renowned for its stunning vistas and rare wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for the elusive wild reindeer, a species that occasionally graces this area, making it a prime spot for spotting these magnificent creatures. The rugged mountain ridges and the imposing presence of the Vatnajokull glacier in the west create a picturesque backdrop straight out of a postcard.
As you navigate this rugged terrain, you'll encounter charming fishing villages that offer a glimpse into Iceland's seafaring history. Fishing has played an integral role in shaping the nation's culture, and the peaceful villages you pass by are a testament to this rich maritime heritage.
The journey continues along the shores of Lake Lagarfljot, a place shrouded in legend due to its mythical worm-like creature believed to inhabit its depths. This is a chance for you to be part of a centuries-old narrative as you try to spot this mysterious creature with your own eyes. As the day winds on, you'll find yourself in one of the region's picturesque towns, where you'll rest your head for the night.
But the adventure doesn't stop there. You can take your exploration to the next level with two additional activities that promise to enhance your day even further.
For those seeking an adrenaline rush, an extra dose of excitement awaits with a horseback riding experience. However, please note that this option has weight restrictions and is unsuitable for those over 120 kilograms or individuals in poor physical condition.
For those who lean towards relaxation, an alternative choice is a visit to the Vok Baths. This geothermal oasis provides an opportunity for you to immerse yourself in the warm, soothing waters that Iceland is famous for. This extra activity offers relaxation and a chance to connect intimately with the country's geothermal essence.
With day four drawing to a close, you'll have experienced the captivating blend of nature and culture that defines the East Fjords. As you retire to your accommodations for the night, you can reflect on the day's explorations and anticipate the adventures on day five.
Day 5 - The North-East of Iceland
Explore the captivating wonders of the Northeast of Iceland on day five of your adventure. As the morning sun rises, you'll be picked up for a journey that promises to unveil the breathtaking beauty of this region.
The day kicks off with a visit to the Studlagil Canyon viewpoint, a location that offers a mesmerizing glimpse into the wonders of nature. A short stroll down 239 metal steps leads you to a vantage point that extends over the canyon, revealing the shimmering blue-green waters and the striking basalt columns on the opposing side.
Next on the itinerary is the awe-inspiring Dettifoss, situated in the northern reaches of Iceland. This remarkable waterfall, nestled on the Jokulsa a Fjollum river, is one of Europe's most powerful and captivating natural spectacles.
The waterfall spans an impressive 330 feet (100 meters) in width and cascades 144 feet (44 meters) down into the Jokulsargljufur Canyon. The sheer force of the water's descent creates an exhilarating roar and a mist that can be spotted from considerable distances. For nature enthusiasts and thrill-seekers alike, Dettifoss is a must-visit attraction that promises an unforgettable experience.
Lake Myvatn and its enchanting environs take center stage on this day. Here, you'll have the opportunity to delve into the geothermal wonderland that defines the region. Discover the unique charm of Iceland as you encounter remarkable lava formations, bubbling mud pools, and otherworldly geological features.
As you journey onwards, you'll encounter Namaskard Pass, an area where the earth's fiery energies bubble and gurgle, creating a high-temperature geothermal spectacle. The landscape seems to pulse with the energy beneath the surface, providing a true sense of Iceland's dynamic geology.
The adventure continues at Dimmuborgir, where peculiar lava pillars rise dramatically from the earth, creating a landscape that feels almost otherworldly.
From the Studlagil Canyon's captivating panorama to the raw power of Dettifoss and the geological marvels of Lake Myvatn, day five unveils an array of natural wonders that will surely etch Iceland's beauty deep into your heart. Embark on this journey to the Northeast, where adventure, nature, and the sheer magnificence of the landscape converge into an experience you'll treasure for a lifetime.
Day 6 - North Iceland
Get ready for an exciting day as you delve into the wonders of Akureyri and embrace some last-minute thrills in this stunning region of North Iceland.
Your adventure begins with a convenient pickup, whisking you away to the captivating town of Akureyri. Nestled in the heart of North Iceland, Akureyri is a charming haven known for its striking landscapes and vibrant atmosphere. But that's not all – your journey continues as you set out on a brief yet scenic drive to the nearby village of Hauganes.
Hauganes, a picturesque village just a stone's throw from Akureyri, is your gateway to an unforgettable whale-watching experience. Embark on a whale-watching boat, ready to navigate the open waters in search of the awe-inspiring Humpback whales and other majestic marine creatures. Feel the thrill as you encounter these gentle giants in their natural habitat, an encounter that will surely leave you with lasting memories.
As you disembark from your memorable encounter with the ocean's giants, take some time to explore Hauganes itself. This small town boasts a variety of delightful offerings. A leisurely stroll around the town unveils its captivating harbor, a bustling hub of maritime activity that offers a glimpse into the local way of life.
Don't miss the chance to revel in the beauty of the black sand beach that gazes out upon the vast expanse of the ocean, framed by the towering mountains surrounding the town in a protective embrace.
After absorbing the serenity of Hauganes, your journey comes to an end. This remarkable day, filled with adventure and exploration, concludes with the sense of accomplishment that comes from experiencing the wonders of North Iceland.
Included in this day's activities is the Hauganes whale-watching tour. This immersive experience ensures that your encounter with the ocean's most magnificent inhabitants is both respectful and educational.
Day 7 - Snaefellsnes Peninsula In-Depth
Experience a remarkable adventure on the seventh day, discovering the captivating Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Your journey starts with a pick-up that marks the beginning of a day full of breathtaking natural wonders and historic treasures. The Snaefellsnes Peninsula, a place of stunning cliffs, magnificent mountain views, unique wildlife, and ancient fishing villages, warmly awaits your exploration.
Begin by visiting Gerduberg, an enchanting group of hexagonal basalt columns that stand as a testament to the beauty of nature. Next, head to Ytri-Tunga, where you'll find a beautiful white sand beach, a rarity in a land dominated by black beaches. This spot is also a haven for seals, giving you the chance to observe these elegant creatures as they relax on the rocks.
Continue your adventure to Djupalonssandur beach, reached by passing through an extraordinary maze of free-standing lava pillars. The beach itself is stunning, with the grand Snaefellsjokull glacier in the background, watching over everything. As you explore this captivating landscape, you'll feel like you've stepped into a whole new world.
A highlight of the day is the incredible Vidgelmir lava cave. This remarkable geological formation offers a unique glimpse into Iceland's volcanic history, inviting you to uncover the Earth's secrets of the past. As you journey through the cave, you'll come across layers of ancient lava flows, connecting you to the island's fiery origins.
The journey concludes with a visit to the iconic Kirkjufell mountain, an absolutely phenomenal sight that has charmed countless visitors. This majestic peak, known affectionately as the "arrowhead mountain," has gained fame not only for its striking beauty but also for its appearance in the popular series Game of Thrones. Proudly standing tall, it showcases the dramatic landscapes that Iceland is known for.
For those seeking an extra layer of adventure, an opportunity to explore the Vidgelmir lava cave awaits. Although you won't be journeying to the Earth's core like Professor Otto Lidenbrock from Jules Verne's novel, you will traverse the path shaped by ancient lava flows, a journey through thousands of years of time.
As the day comes to an end, you'll find yourself back in the Borgarnes area, reflecting on the incredible sights and experiences that have enriched your senses during this immersive exploration of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.
Day 8 - West Iceland
On the eighth and final day of your Icelandic adventure, you'll have the opportunity to delve deeper into the captivating beauty of West Iceland. Your journey begins with a visit to Deildartunguhver, a geological wonder and the mightiest hot spring in all of Europe.
As you approach this natural marvel, you'll witness the earth's power firsthand as hot steam billows into the air and water boils and seethes from the ground. The ground surrounding this remarkable hot spring is adorned with a striking red hue, a testament to the minerals and steam that envelop it.
From Deildartunguhver, your path leads to Reykholt, a place steeped in historical significance.
This quaint location served as the residence of Snorri Sturluson, a figure of immense importance in Icelandic history. Snorri's legacy is profound, as he wore many hats in his time—poet, lawmaker, scholar—and his influence on the Middle Ages in Iceland is undeniable. A visit to Reykholt provides a unique window into the past and the life of this remarkable historical figure.
But your exploration of West Iceland doesn't end there. Brace yourself for an encounter with two distinct yet equally enchanting waterfalls.
Hraunfossar, a natural wonder, reveals itself as a series of crystal-clear streams emerging gracefully through the ancient, dark lava fields. This sight is a true testament to the extraordinary geological diversity of Iceland.
In contrast, Barnafoss, with its vivid, cobalt-blue waters, rushes through a narrow ravine with unparalleled intensity. The stark contrast between the two waterfalls is a testament to the variety of natural wonders Iceland has to offer.
As your day winds down, you'll embark on the journey back to Reykjavik, the vibrant capital of Iceland.
If you're still yearning for more adventure, consider an optional extra activity: a visit to the Vídgelmir Lava Cave. This remarkable geological formation offers a captivating subterranean experience, adding an extra layer of excitement to your already exhilarating day in West Iceland.
As your journey through Iceland concludes, you'll carry with you the memories of its stunning landscapes, rich history, and the indomitable spirit of its people. Your eighth day in West Iceland provides a fitting finale to a remarkable exploration of this land of fire and ice.