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Taking a vacation in Iceland has never been easier! This incredible 6-day summer holiday package will whisk you from the vibrant city of Reykjavík, across the famous Golden Circle route and along the South Coast of Iceland to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon in the Vatnajökull National Park.
Summer is the perfect time to visit Iceland, when you’ll have the chance to see the extraordinary landscapes bathed in the golden light of the Midnight Sun. This natural phenomenon means that you’ll have close to 24 hours of daylight in which to enjoy all of the spectacular sights after the snow and ice has melted away! Be prepared to witness vast lava fields covered in lush green moss, wildflowers in bloom, sheep roaming freely across the countryside and puffins that have returned to the shore to nest.
This tour will have you immersed in some of Iceland’s most popular destinations. Behold the power of the Atlantic Ocean as waves crash ashore on the Reynisfjara black sand beach. Leave no stone unturned at the Geysir geothermal area, where you’ll find some of the most dramatic hot springs features in Iceland and bathe in the mineral-rich waters of the Blue Lagoon. Marvel at the sheer wall of water that flows over a cliffside at the Skógafoss waterfall and weave your way between glistening icebergs of all shapes and sizes on the world-famous Diamond Beach. If you’re keen for an adventure in Iceland, then this tour has it all.
Alongside this tour itinerary, you have the option of booking additional activities for a truly action-packed experience! This is your chance to take in the breathtaking coastal views along the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, go hiking or snowmobiling across the snow-covered ice of one of Iceland’s magnificent glaciers, dive into snorkelling at the famous glacial waters of the Silfra fissure in Þingvellir National Park, ride an Icelandic horse through fields of lupines in the countryside, or sail between icebergs on an amphibious boat upon the tidal waters of the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. You can even extend your stay by adding an extra day or two, which you may use to explore more of Iceland or delve into the heart of Reykjavík city at your leisure!
This unbeatable summer holiday package gives you the opportunity to tailor your vacation to suit your travelling style. All of your transportation, accommodation and activities will be pre-arranged by your travel consultant before your arrival, taking the headache out of planning. All you’ll have to do is to turn up with a sense of adventure and be ready to experience the trip of a lifetime.
Explore the heart of Iceland and discover peace in nature beneath the golden glow of the Midnight Sun. This incredible 6-day tour of the Golden Circle, South Coast and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon is the perfect introduction to Iceland in summer. Check availability by choosing a date.
The adventure begins upon your arrival to Keflavík International Airport. From there, you’ll take a shuttle bus across the fascinating landscape of the Reykjanes Peninsula, en route to Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavík.
If your flight arrives early in the day, then there will be the option to make a stop at the Blue Lagoon along the way. Here, you will have the chance to relax your muscles after a long flight with a dip in the misty blue geothermal seawater or a massage at the world-class spa. If you’ll be arriving later in the day and won’t have time to make this stop, then don’t worry – just let us know and our friendly travel consultants will help you to rearrange this for another day.
There is much to see and do in the city of Reykjavík. After you have checked in to your accommodation, you’ll have some time to wander through the old centre of town where boutique shops line the bustling main shopping streets. Take a stroll by the water at Reykjavík’s colourful harbour area, marvel at the spectacular architecture of the Harpa Concert Hall and even climb to the very top of the Hallgrímskirkja church.
In the evening, sample some of the delicious local Icelandic cuisine on offer at one of the city’s many restaurants. With so much daylight during summer in Iceland, you can even stay up late until midnight to witness the gorgeous hues of sunset blazing across the sky.
You’ll spend day two of your adventure on a day tour to the famous Golden Circle in Iceland. This popular attraction consists of three spectacular landmarks, where you’ll discover exactly why this country has earned the nickname of the ‘Land of Fire and Ice’.
At Þingvellir National Park, you’ll delve straight into the rich cultural history of Iceland. This UNESCO World Heritage Listed site is where the Icelandic parliament, Alþingi, first convened in the year 930 AD. The geology here is absolutely fascinating, marking the meeting point of the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. Thousands of years of continental drift have resulted in a torn landscape, characterised by large rifts and fissures, of which Silfra is perhaps the most well-known. Filled with crystal clear water, it’s the perfect place to book a once-in-a-lifetime diving or snorkelling experience.
Your second stop will be at the otherworldly Geysir geothermal area, where hot springs, mud pots and steaming fumaroles reign supreme. With so much volcanic activity going on underground, it will certainly feel like the Earth is alive beneath your feet. Prepare yourself for the mighty explosion of Strokkur, a fountain geyser that erupts roughly every 5-10 minutes, spewing hot water around 20 metres high into the air! It makes for great photo and video opportunities, so be sure to have your camera ready.
Your final stop on the Golden Circle will be at Gullfoss. This grand waterfall has its origins in the Langjökull glacier. The vivid blue water tumbles over two tiers with great force into the mighty Hvítá river at the base of a huge crevasse. You’ll be able to view it from multiple vantage points, including one that will take you so close to the wall of water that you may end up getting a little bit wet!
Make your Golden Circle day tour even more special with optional activities in the afternoon, such as horseback riding into the Icelandic countryside from Gullfoss or an exhilarating snowmobile trip across the Langjökull glacier, the second largest ice-cap in all of Iceland.
Once the tour has concluded, you’ll return to Reykjavík where you’ll be able to explore the city, go bar-hopping, immerse yourself in the vibrant nightlife or rest up for the next day ahead.
Day three of your summer tour will take you along the spectacular South Coast of Iceland, as you make the journey towards the east. Your ultimate destination will be the magical surroundings of the Vatnajökull National Park.
Along the way, you’ll stop at two enchanting waterfalls, each spectacular in its own right. At Seljalandsfoss, you’ll have the opportunity to enter a cavern behind the billowing cascade of water, which will give you a unique view of the surroundings. Nearby, the famous Skógafoss waterfall drops from a height of around 60 metres, plunging over the edge of a cliff onto large rocks below. It makes for a truly stunning sight, especially when the heavy spray catches the sunlight, creating a rainbow in the mist.
Thereafter, you’ll head to the Sólheimajökull glacier, where there will be the opportunity to undertake a glacier hiking tour. Equipped with the appropriate safety equipment, you’ll be led across the ice by an experienced glacier guide, between awe-inspiring ice formations and deep crevasses with extraordinary views of the Katla and Eyjafjallajökull volcanoes on the horizon.
Once you have had your fill of adventure, you’ll make your way onwards to the Reynisfjara black sand beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The tall, basalt cliffs are uniquely shaped like columns and are home to a colony of puffins, which often swoop down from their nests to hunt for fish at sea. There is a lot to explore on this beach, including the Reynisdrangar sea stacks and views of Dyrhólaey rock arch in the distance.
You’ll then continue the journey towards the Vatnajökull National Park, where you will check in to your accommodation for the evening.
No trip to Iceland is complete without a visit to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. This astonishing natural feature is the result of glacial melt forming a lake that reaches out to the ocean. In its midst, you’ll find large icebergs that have calved from the glacier, floating serenely in the tidal waters.
There is a lot of wildlife to be spotted here, including seals hauled out upon the icebergs and sea birds nesting nearby. If you are visiting Iceland between the months of May and October, then there will be the opportunity to take a breathtaking ride in an amphibious boat upon the lagoon, weaving between the icebergs as you learn all about how they came to be.
Adjacent to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon is a world-famous stretch of coastline which has been dubbed the ‘Diamond Beach’. This is where you will find spectacular icebergs that have drifted away from the lagoon into the ocean. The icebergs are drawn out by the waves and deposited back onto the sand to glisten like jewels in the sun. These ice sculptures can take on a variety of shapes and sizes – some even resemble large castles, which is quite an astonishing sight to behold!
Thereafter, it will be time to wave goodbye to the tranquil surroundings of the Vatnajökull National Park, as you make the return journey to Reykjavík. It will be a long drive, though you will make several stops along the way where you’ll be able to stretch your legs and take in anything that you may have missed.
You’ll arrive back in Reykjavík in the evening, where you will check in to your accommodation and spend the night.
Day five of your adventure in Iceland can be as action-packed or as relaxed as you want it to be. You have the choice of using it to explore Reykjavík at your leisure, delving into the local street art, boutiques, bars and restaurants to take in the best of Icelandic culture. Otherwise, there is the possibility of joining a day tour to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in northwest Iceland.
Often described as ‘miniature Iceland’, this region encapsulates a diverse range of landscapes, reflecting what you might find in the rest of the country. Spending a day here will allow you to experience all of Iceland’s most characteristic features if you only have a limited amount of time.
Immerse yourself in vast lava fields covered in bright green moss, spectacular coastlines and quaint fishing villages where colourful houses stand tall against a mountainous backdrop with the Snæfellsjökull volcano looming in the distance. Here, you will find the beautiful black church of Búðir, the majestic mountain known as Kirkjufell, Djúpalónssandur black pebble beach, unique rock pinnacles rising high from the tumultuous waves of the ocean, as well as 8,000 year old lava tube caves extending into the depths of the Earth.
The Snæfellsnes Peninsula is the perfect place to undertake special activities, such as an ATV adventure that will have you roaming off-road through the rugged countryside. It’s an exhilarating way to experience this wild and wonderful region of Iceland in summer, surrounded by wildflowers in bloom.
After an incredible day out in the city or visiting the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, you will spend your final night in Reykjavík.
This will be your final day in Iceland. When the time comes, you’ll take a shuttle bus back to Keflavík International Airport, where you’ll be able to catch your flight home or onwards to your next destination.
If your flight is later in the day, then you may even choose to stop at the Blue Lagoon for a wonderful, relaxing experience before you head to the airport. Otherwise, there is the option of getting in some last minute shopping or taking a whale watching tour from the old harbour at Faxaflói bay, whereby you’ll have the chance to catch one last glimpse of the city that you’ve called home for the past week.
For those who haven’t yet gotten enough of Iceland, there is the possibility of extending your stay by adding an extra day or two. Get in touch with our travel consultants, who can help you to arrange activities such as a ferry trip to the Westfjords, a magical stay at Lake Mývatn in the north, seeing Reykjavík from above on a helicopter ride, descending into the depths of a volcano or exploring the best-known lava tubes in Iceland.
Although it is summertime, the Icelandic weather can be very unpredictable. Please bring appropriate clothing. Please be aware that your itinerary may have to be rearranged to fit your arrival date and time better. Please note that the boat tours on Jökulsárlón are only available from May to October.
If you book the extra activities alongside this tour, you will get them at a lower price.
See our accommodation levels below and our preferred accommodation partners under each day in the daily itinerary. Super budget level accommodations will be arranged in hostel dorm beds. For budget and comfort levels, bookings for one person will be arranged in single rooms, and bookings for two or more people will share a twin/double or triple room(s). For quality level, odd number groups will always be allocated a single room. If you are travelling in a group, but prefer a single room, please make separate bookings. Teenagers and children will be arranged in the same room with parents. If additional room(s) is needed, additional costs will incur. For multi-day guided tours, accommodation cannot be upgraded and the levels below do not apply. Guide to Iceland will provide you with the best available accommodation at the time of your booking from our preferred partners. If our preferred partners are fully booked at the time of your booking, we will find another suitable accommodation for you of similar level. We always do our best to accommodate special requests, which may incur additional costs. Press choose a date to find availability.
You can now add meals to your booking. Select to include dinner on every night as an optional extra, and we will provide you with vouchers as part of your booking confirmation. We will choose from top-rated restaurants that fit with your vacation itinerary and make your reservations for you. At the restaurant, you will be offered a set menu, from which you can choose from meat, fish or vegetarian options. If you would prefer something else, the voucher will act as a credit that you can redeem at the restaurant against menu items that are not part of the set menu. Please notify the restaurant on arrival about any dietary requirements. Vouchers are non-refundable.
This insurance guarantees that you can cancel tour and package bookings and receive a full refund, minus the insurance cost. The cost of your cancellation insurance depends on the duration of your tour or package. A base cost of 5,000 ISK per person is applied to all tours and packages with a duration of 5 days or less. An additional 1,000 ISK per person will be added to the insurance cost for each day after. The cancellation must be made more than 48 hours before the listed starting time on your voucher. To cancel your booking and claim your refund, simply contact firstname.lastname@example.org and declare full cancellation. Please note that this insurance covers the cancellation of the whole tour or package. Individual services cannot be cancelled and refunded separately, but are all covered and refunded in case of a full cancellation.