Iceland
Destinations
7 Days
Duration
6/10
Physicality
6 nights, Hotels, Local Guesthouses
Accommodation
6 breakfasts | 0 dinners | 0 lunches
Meals

If you’re looking for a fast but full visit around Iceland, this seven-day trip fits the bill perfectly. It’s got tons of main highlights – whale-watching tours, visiting glacier lagoons, and taking glacier hikes – as well as plenty of hidden gems that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Be sure to pack your sense of adventure and get ready to feel Iceland under your feet.

Package Inclusions

  • Akureyri whale watching tour.
  • Local guesthouse stay (Borgarfjörður).
  • Goðafoss Waterfall visit.
  • Mývatn Lake visit. Dimmuborgir, and Námaskarð stops.
  • Dettifoss Waterfall visit.
  • Vatnajökull Glacier visit.
  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon visit.
  • Glacier hike in Skaftafell National Park.
  • Reynisfjara Beach.
  • Stops including: Skógafoss Waterfall, and Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. The Golden Circle: Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir Hot Springs, and Þingvellir National Park.
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • Meals Included: 6 breakfasts, 0 lunches, 0 dinners
  • Group Leader and local guides.
  • Transport: Private minivan/bus, walking.
  • Accommodation: Standard hotel (5 nights), local guesthouse (1 night).
  • Group Size: Max 16, avg 12.

Package exclusions:

  • International flights not included
  • Anything not included in the Package inclusions

Additional information

MonthJune

Day 1 Reykjavík
Arrive at any time.

There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting.

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
1h18:00
The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, our representative and group leader will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Accommodation
KEA Skuggi Hotel (or similar)
Hotel
Day 2Reykjavík/Akureyri(Breakfast)
Drive to Akureyri, stopping for lunch at a local cantina. Explore the town and opt to go on a whale-watching tour in the evening.

Eyjafjörður is a scenic spot to enjoy the local wildlife and small villages in the area.

Private Vehicle
Reykjavík – Akureyri
Free Time
Akureyri1h-2hAfternoon
Take some time to roam around this quaint town.

Optional Activities
Whale Watching from Dalvik
Akureyri3h-4h
9900ISK per person

Head out to sea to spot whales off the coast. Some of the species spotted near Akureyri in Eyjafjörður include Bottlenose Whales, Mink, and Humpback Whales.

Akureyri Museums
Akureyri
500-2000ISK per person

There are a couple of interesting museums in this town to check out, like the Akureyri Art Museum, Museum of Industry, Davíð Stefánsson Memorial Museum, Akureyri Museum, and Into the Arctic.

Akureyri Botanical Gardens
Akureyri1h-2h
Free

Take a stroll around one of the northern most botanical gardens in the world, and see a variety of both Icelandic and foreign flora.

Accommodation
Country Hotel Sveinbjarnargerdi (or similar)
Hotel
Day 3Akureyri/Bakkagerdi(Breakfast)
Stop at Goðafoss Waterfall en route to Mývatn Lake. Explore lava formations of Dimmuborgir and the geothermal area of Námaskarð. Visit Dettifoss Waterfall before arriving in Borgarfjörður for a night in a local guesthouse.

Head to Mývatn Lake, stopping en route at Goðafoss Waterfall. In Mývatn, explore lava formations of Dimmuborgir and the geothermal area of Námaskarð.

Visit Dettifoss Waterfall, one of the most powerful waterfalls in Europe.

Reach Borgarfjörður in the East Fjords region for a night in a local guesthouse.

Private Vehicle
Akureyri – BakkagerdiFull Day
Godafoss Waterfall Visit
Goðafoss30m-1h30m
Take an excursion to one of the most impressive waterfalls in Iceland, the Goðafoss Waterfall. Measuring 12m high and 30m wide, the waterfall is a must see and a short drive from Akureyri. While Iceland is famous for its many spectacular waterfalls, Goðafoss is a favourite for visitors because it’s easily accessible by car. There’s also walking paths all around the falls making it easy to take fantastic photographs from different angles.

Myvatn Geothermal Lake Visit
Mývatn
Explore the beautiful scenery around Lake Mývatn. Formed during a volcanic eruption 2,300 yrs ago, the geothermal area is a haven for a massive number of birds. The nutrient rich water also attracts over ten species of migrating ducks to the area. Atlantic salmon and brown trout thrive in the river, feeding on the healthy midge fly population that swarm over the waters in the summer.

Dimmuborgir Lava Fields Visit
Mývatn
Walk the marked pathways to spot arches and pillars or check out lava caves. Meaning ‘dark forts’ in Icelandic, Dimmuborgir is an area of lava fields with black lava formations on display in dramatic fashion.

Námaskarð Visit
Námaskarð
Stop at Námaskarð to see the bubbling mud pools and steaming fumaroles. There are some wooden pathways around the area but most visitors prefer to get up close to look at the pools, but be careful, the mud in this area is thick and sticky and the residue from the steam can stain clothing.

Dettifoss Waterfall Visit
Dettifoss
Stop at the Detiifoss Waterfall in northeast Iceland, rumored to be the most powerful in Europe, with an average water flow of 193 m3/s. Take in the view of 45m high and 100m wide falls and take some photos to show off back home.

Accommodation
Alfheimar Guesthouse (or similar)
Guesthouse
Day 4Bakkagerdi/Hofn(Breakfast)
Leave beautiful Borgarfjörður behind and travel down the coast driving through the beautiful and majestic eastern fjords. En route to Hofn, catch a glimpse of Vatnajokull glacier, the largest ice cap in Europe.

Höfn is known as the lobster capital of Iceland, so include a sample of this delicacy in your plans.

Private Vehicle
Bakkagerdi – Hofn
Accommodation
Hoffell GlacierWorld Guesthouse (or similar)
Guesthouse
Day 5Hofn/Vik(Breakfast)
Visit the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, with a chance to see seals sun bathing on the bright blue ice. Opt to check out the lagoon by boat. Continue to Skaftafell National Park and opt to take a glacier hike. Continue to Vík.

Marvel at the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, with a chance to see seals sun bathing on the bright blue ice. The massive icebergs floating towards shore tower over visitors. Opt to check out the lagoon by boat.

Continue on to Skaftafell National Park with time to explore before continuing on in the evening to the small town of Vík.

Private Vehicle
Hofn – Vik
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Visit
Jökulsárlón1h-2h
Visit the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon with views of the ice cap. The lake is the lowest point in the country and filled with icebergs drifting towards the sea, often with seals lounging on top. The blocks of ice coming off the glacier are typically 30m high, in dramatic shades of white and bright blue.

Optional Activities
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Boat Ride
Jökulsárlón30m-1h
4500-7500ISK per person

Opt to take a boat ride around the lagoon to get closer to the floating icebergs with their seal passengers. With different options for boats— Amphibian or Zodiac— there is no shortage of ways to view the highlights of this lagoon. This activity is available year-round.

Skaftafell National Park Glacier Hike
Skaftafell
10990ISK per person

Hike some of the many maintained trails in Skaftafell National Park, famous throughout the country for its excellent weather and sunny summer days. This preservation area in the southeast is now incorporated into the larger Vatnajökull National Park. The diverse landscape here is often compared to certain parts of the Alps but, like most of Iceland’s incredible landscape, the region was created by rivers, glaciers and volcanoes.

Accommodation
Hotel Dyrholaey (or similar)
Hotel
Day 6Vik/Reykjavík(Breakfast)
Visit Reynisfjara Beach. Continue along the Golden Circle to Drumbo. Stop at the waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. Explore the Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir Hot Springs and Þingvellir National Park. Arrive to Reykjavík in the early evening.

Just outside of Vík, visit Reynisfjara Beach. Its black sand and ominous rock formations offshore make for stunning photos.

Continue to travel along the Golden Circle to Drumbo. Stop at Seljalandsfoss Waterfall for the opportunity to walk behind the large falls.

Stop at Skógafoss Waterfall. Explore the majestic Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir Hot Springs and Þingvellir National Park.

Arrive to Reykjavík in the early evening for a final night in the bustling capital.

Private Vehicle
Vik – Reykjavík
Reynisfjara Beach
Reynisdrangar
Visit Reynisfjara Beach, just outside of Vík. Its black sand and ominous rock formations offshore make for stunning photos. Take some time to watch the foaming white waves crash over the black sand (but don’t get too close, the waves here can be extremely powerful), explore the shallow cave if weather and time permits, and get a photo of the basalt sea stacks.

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall Visit
Seljalandsfoss1h-1h30m
Seljalandsfoss is a 60m (196 ft) tall waterfall located along the popular ring road. Behind the flow of water is a path, allowing visitors to peek behind the curtain of water cascading over the rocks above.

Skógafoss Waterfall Visit
Skógafoss1h
Visit Skógafoss, one of the largest and most recognizable waterfalls in Iceland. The 60m (200 ft) high falls forms a constant mist that floats in the air, if viewed in the sunlight the mist can create rainbows. The sound and view of the thundering water cutting through the green hills make the falls a must-see on any trip to Iceland.

Gullfoss Waterfall Visit
Gullfoss
Discover one of the most impressive waterfalls in Iceland, Gullfoss and complete the tourist circuit known as the Golden Circle. This massive waterfall cascades over three “steps” before spilling into a large crevice. Fed by a glacier lake, the water passing through the falls can be a dark grey depending on how much sediment gets pushed through the river.

Geysir Visit
Geysir
See a variety of geothermal pools and the erupting hot spring Strokkur. Geysir is one of the oldest geysers recorded in the world, but is most often dormant. Strokkur erupts a spray of boiling hot water straight into the air about every ten minutes.

Thingvellir National Park Visit
Thingvellir
Stop at Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, to see the faults created by North American and Eurasian tectonic plates shifting apart. The Oxara river cuts through the largest rift in the valley, Almannagja, and leads to the Oxarafoss waterfall. Iceland’s parliament was also established in the area in 930, the park was later created to protect the remains of the open-air assembly grounds. One of the most-visited sights in Iceland, the park is an excellent spot for camping, hiking and SCUBA diving between the tectonic plates.

Accommodation
KEA Skuggi Hotel (or similar)
Hotel
Day 7Reykjavík(Breakfast)
Depart at any time.

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