You want to see it all? Then this tour is perfect for you. Drive around the whole country and explore less crowded areas like Snæfellsnes and Borgarfjörður
Tour Operator: Holiday Tours
These 7 days around Iceland will be clearly one for the books.
We will start our journey with the popular Golden Circle area. You will be able to visit the Þingvellir National Park, the most famous geyser in the world, Geysir and the Gullfoss waterfall, and the Kerið volcanic crater.
We shall continue through the South Coast, an area offering, majestic waterfalls, the famous Reynisfjara black sand beach, and the lovely welcoming village of Vik. After the nightly rest, we head to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and will participate in an amphibian boat tour. After the boat tour, you will be able to explore the magnificent Diamond Beach, where the clear ice merges with the black sand, creating an extraordinary view.
We will continue our travels with the rich history in the East and discover some breathtaking mountains and canyons and finally a well-earned relaxing swim at Vök Baths.
Next the mighty North and all its wonders will await you. The most powerful waterfall in Europe, Dettifoss will surely take your breath away. How about an active geothermal area around Lake Myvatn? We have that covered as well, just like a lava rock formation, Dimmuborgir, the “black fortress”, or the waterfall of the Gods, Goðafoss.
We will also visit the capital of the North, Akureyri and if fortune favors us, you will be able to spot some whales as well. Leaving this area, we will encounter the creatures of the local myths, the “trolls” and volcanic craters too.
Our next stop, the Snæfellsnes Peninsula has everything one might be wishing for. Lava fields, a volcanic crater, cozy fishing villages, a black church, and that mountain you might have seen on “Game of Thrones”, Kirkjufell.
We kept some interesting sights for the final day as well, for example, the most powerful hot spring in Europe, a “lava” waterfall, and an out-of-this-world lava cave. There will be clearly more lava-related beauty than what you would expect.
This amazing week-long tour will end with a drop-off in Reykjavik.
It's time to head on the road. Today we explore the Golden Circle. Our first stop is at Þingvellir, the place of the first Icelandic parliament. The first parliament was established there in 930 AD and it is, therefore, the oldest one in Europe. Besides all the history you can also see the Mid-Atlantic ridge. This is the split of the tectonic plates that divides Europe from North America. After that, we stop at Geysir. This "water puddle" gives its name to all the other Geysers in the world. It erupts every 5-8 minutes and it is truly a big spectacle. After a short ride, we arrive at Gullfoss, the golden waterfall. In the summertime, up to 130 000 liters per second are running down this powerful waterfall. In good weather conditions, we are also able to see Langjökull glacier. Last but not least is Kerið. Kerið is a volcanic crater that is located in the Grímsnes area. It is part of the Western Volcanic Zone, which includes the Reykjanes peninsula and the Langjökull Glacier. The caldera of the crater is well intact and about 55 meters deep and 270 meters wide. Another remarkable feature is the aquamarine blue water of the lake that can be found in the crater.
After your pick-up, we head out of the city. We shortly arrive in the countryside passing Hellisheiðarvirkjun, the geothermal power plant for the capital area. Our first stop is Seljalandsfoss waterfall. If conditions allow we walk behind the waterfall curtains. After a short ride, we arrive at Skogafoss waterfall. Skogafoss was featured in "Game of Thrones" and it is said that one of the first settlers has buried a treasure chest behind it. Next up is Reynisfjara black sand beach. The beach was once rated as one of the ten most beautiful places worldwide. In the summertime, hundreds of Puffins are nesting here and the rock stacks called Reynisdrangar are standing picturesque in the ocean next to the beach. Reynisfjara is also the perfect place to grab something to eat.
After Lunch, we are heading further east. After a short stop in a charming village called Vik, the well-known canyon Fjaðrárgljúfur is next on our list. The canyon is about 2 kilometers long and the cliffs can be high as 100 meters. Definitely, the perfect place to witness the power of mother nature. On our way to our overnight accommodation, we pass the Skaftafell national park and Iceland's biggest glacier called Vatnajökull.
After breakfast, we head to one of the most popular locations in Iceland, the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Big icebergs are breaking apart the main glacier and they are then floating around in the lagoon that is situated in front of the glacier. After some time, the icebergs melted enough to float out to the ocean. Waves bring back the crystal clear ice to the black beach next to the lagoon, creating a special place called the Diamond Beach. We then head to Vestrahorn mountain, probably one of the best spots to take a great landscape photo. The drive continues on narrow roads along the fjords and our next stop will be Djúpivogur, a small fishing village with a long history. Next to the city is Búlandstindur mountain, and it is said that this mountain can make wishes come true during the summer solstice. During the summer months (April to October), we also pay a visit to Stuðlagil canyon. The canyon is surrounded by basalt columns and turquoise water makes it a special place.
Today we head to a region that is known for its beauty. Thanks to its remote location, places are less crowded and we can enjoy the magic of mother nature. The first stop of the day will be Dettifoss waterfall (please note that Dettifoss is only accessible during summer - April to October). Dettifoss is Europe's most powerful waterfall and on average 193 000 liters per second run down the waterfall. Now it is time for lake Myvatn and its surrounding area. The area was created during a volcanic eruption 2 300 years ago. Many beautiful places can be found here, such as Hverir, where we can see many smoking fumaroles and boiling pots, Grjótagjá, a small lava cave with a geothermal hot spring in its depths, and Dimmuborgir, a lava rock formation known as the "Black Fortress" and a place full of Icelandic folklore. Thanks to the geothermal activity in this area, a big power plant called Krafla can be found here. After learning all about green energy in Iceland, we head to our last stop Goðafoss, the waterfall of the Gods. It is fed by the fourth-biggest river called Skjálfandafljót and is definitely one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the country.
Starting in Akureyri, the capital of the North, we head to a small fishing village called Dalvik. The city is located on the Tröllaskagi Peninsula and with some luck we can spot some whales in the distance while walking along the harbor. The day continues with a stop at Hvítserkur, also known as the Troll of Northwest Iceland. The basalt rock is 15 meters high, standing beautiful in the Húnaflói Bay. We now drive in the direction of Reykjavik and the next stop will be Grábrók volcano. It is the largest of three craters and after a short walk to the top, you will have an amazing view over the surrounding lava fields.
The Snæfellsnes Peninsula is often called "Iceland in Miniature". It is the perfect combination of waterfalls, rough lava fields, black sand beaches, and Icelandic folklore. We head west and our first stop is Berserkjahraun Lava Field. It was created around 4 000 years ago after the three surrounding volcanos erupted shortly after each other. The name also comes from an exciting story back from the Viking age. Your guide will tell you all about it and he'll show you the way to a secret and hidden waterfall. Kirkjufell, the most photographed mountain in Iceland is next on our list. You probably noticed it on the TV show "Game of Thrones". It is surrounded by a beautiful waterfall you'll get enough time to stroll around the walking paths to explore the area. Countless volcanic craters can be seen during the drive. Now it's time to put a foot on one of the dormant craters on the peninsula. Saxhóll volcanic crater was created around 3 000 years ago and it is 100 meters high. A staircase makes the walk to the top very easy and the reward is a brilliant view over the surrounding lava fields. Iceland is known for its black sand beaches. Djúpalónssandur is one of them and this place will definitely amaze you. Back in the day, a harbor for fishing boats could be found here and all the fishermen had to prove their strength beforehand. In order to do that, they had to lift stones of different weights. Only the strongest were able to secure a spot on one of the boats. The stones still can be found on the beach and you will have a chance to test your own strength. The next stop will be in Arnarstapi, a beautiful and charming fishing village. During the time, powerful waves eroded the cliffs and left the stunning rock formations behind that can be seen today. Also, a sculpture of Bárður Snæfellsás, the guardian of the Peninsula, can be found here. Of course, you can't miss Budakirkja Black Church when you are around the peninsula. The church was build in 1703. After the Danish king decided to dismiss the church in 1819, several residents fought for the reclamation and in 1849 they got the allowance to build a new chapel. A woman named Steinunn saved some of the old artifacts and thanks to her, we can still see them today. We will have one last stop at a beautiful golden-colored beach called Ytri-Tunga. Huge seal colonies can be found at this beach during the whole year and your guide will lead you to the place where you can find them.
Today we will explore the Borgarfjörður area. Our first stop is Deildartunguhver. The hot spring is the most powerful in Europe and around 180 liters per second of boiling hot water flows out of the ground. Next is Hraunfossar, known as the "Lava waterfalls". A truly spectacular place where water runs down the Hallmundahraun lava field. Just a short walk away is Barnafoss, the "Waterfall of the children". The waterfall came to its name when two children tried to cross the river and fell to their deaths. One of the highlights of the day is our visit to Vidgelmir Lava Cave. The cave is around 1 600 meters long and we will take a 90-minute-long expedition that takes us deep inside the lava field. The day and our wonderful 7-day tour end with a drop-off at Reykjavik.