4-Day Guided Ring Road Tour - Explore the Circle of Iceland

Join this 4-day adventure tour that takes you around Iceland via Route 1 which the local call the Ring Road, to all the best-known wonders and some hidden pearls in an easy and uncrowded way. Included accommodation for 3 nights with breakfast

  • Duration: 4 Days
  • Availability: All year
  • Maximum: 19 Guests
  • Free: WiFi
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Let us take you on a 4-day adventure around Iceland via famous Road #1. Heading East from Reykjavík you will fully encircle Iceland stopping along the way to admire beauty of the island and take part in various activities. 

On the first day of the tour, you will follow the South Coast through the glacier lands by Eyjafjallajökull volcano and Vatnajökull glacier, visit the amazing waterfalls Skogafoss, Seljalandsfoss and the secret Gljufrabui, as well as the Black beach of Reynisfjara before continuing all the way to the Skaftafell National Park, where in the summer time (April-October) you can try yourself and hike on the glacier. 

On the following day, you’ll visit iconic Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and nearby Diamond Beach. Next on the itinerary is mountain Vestrahorn - the most instagrammable one in Iceland and scenic drive through the eastern fjords, an area known for their abundance of reindeer’s, puffins and deep fjords with huge mountains. During summer time (April-October) you will have a chance to explore stunning Studlagil canyon with the biggest basalt columns collection in Iceland, while during winter time (November-March) you can explore natural Blue Ice Cave laying underneath Vatnajokull - the biggest glacier in Europe. This day ends up in Egilsstadir, the capital of East Iceland. There you can take a dip in unique geothermal floating pools while enjoying the view over Urridavatn lake. 

During day 3 we will continue through moon-alike landscapes located in the North. Drive along Mývatn Lake and North Coast with stops at the most powerful waterfall in Europe called Dettifoss, nearby Selfoss waterfall, Hverir Geothermal Fields and Grjotagja Geothermal Cave just to name a few. This area is known for its high geothermal activity, numerous hot springs and mud lakes. There you will go for good hikes and visit Green lagoon for a relaxing time in the natural baths (optional). Last stop is at waterfalls of Gods – Godafoss

Last day of this tour starts with exploring Akureyri. Enjoy the atmosphere of this remote town laying in the deep fjord, with charming buildings and famous church dominating over the city. Once leaving the urban area we will head North to the village called Dalvik to embark the boat searching for whales (optional). This area is known for its unusually high presence of many representatives of these mammals. Then it is time to jump on the bus again and turn direction to Reykjavik. Along the way we will visit the rock Hvitserkur, the Icelandic Seal Center near Hvammstangi and Kolugljufur Canyon

It is the perfect tour for those who want to explore and see the best attractions of Iceland and experience an adventure without having to worry themselves about getting around and would rather relax and watch the scenery than focus on the road.

Taking a ring road tour gives you also a possibility to spot the most unique spectacle of mother nature – Northern Lights dancing above the sky. Northern Lights season starts in late September and usually lasts until the end of March. Our guide will inform you about the possibilities to see them if they appear during the tour. 

The maximum number of passengers on this tour is 19 which we believe creates a more personal and enjoyable experience for our guests. 

Agenda

DAY 1 – South Coast of Iceland

Today we will discover the beautiful south coast of Iceland.

In this part of Iceland you can see many of the most beautiful places in the country. A great combination of Ice, lava fields, lagoons, huge mountains, volcanoes and rough black coastline. There are also plenty of great waterfalls in the area for example Skogafoss, Seljalandsfoss and the secret waterfall Gljubrabui, we will enjoy the pure nature and visit many places of interests. We will also stop at Reynisfjara Black Beach which is the most amazing beach in the whole country. Last stop on this day is Skaftafell National Park – a hiker´s paradise. 

Optional activity:

  • Glacier Hike in Skaftafell - minimum age 8 (available from April to October) – put the crampons on and enjoy the magnificent, raw views around you. Under care of an experienced, skilled and qualified glacier guide you will discover mind-blowing places, astonishing crevasses and unique ice formations. It is necessary to wear solid hiking shoes and highly recommend wearing warm, windproof jackets. That is basically all you need to bring – we provide the crampons and all necessary equipment to walk safely on glacier. This activity takes approximately 3 hours. 

DAY 2 – Adventure in the East

This day starts with visit at Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon – world famous glacial lake filled with floating ice bergs falling from the biggest glacier in Europe – Vatnajökull. Some of them are being washed back ashore and dazzling in contrast to the black sand beach called Diamond Beach – nearly as famous as the lagoon itself. This area is also known for reach wildlife, including grey and harbour seals swimming in ice-cold waters or resting on the shore.  

Then it is on to mountain Vestrahorn (which is one of the best spots for photos in Iceland) and continue along the dramatic east coast boasts long, narrow fjords with steep sides and jagged peaks which contrast with inland fertile farmlands. Natural harbors mean picture-postcard fishing villages and seemingly never-ending roads cross the region, providing beautiful sweeping views with steep mountains towering just behind the houses. One of the visited settlements is Djupivogur, located in Berufjordur – long and narrow fjord rich in birdlife. This charming fishing village had a long trading history dating back to 16th century. In present days, local harbour serves only fishermen, but you can still catch the spirit of this place while talking a short walk around the port buildings – including Langabud, old trading station build in 1790.

During spring and summer (from April to October) we also visit Studlagil Canyon - the hidden gem of Iceland. Turquoise waters originating in Vatnajokull glacier run between the biggest formation made of basalt columns in the whole country, that you can admire once taking just a short walk from the parking lot. 

This day ends at Egillsstadir – the capital of the East Iceland. 

Optional activities:

  • Blue Ice Cave visit - minimum age 8 (available from November to March) - start your day with super-jeep ride across the glacier to reach the natural phenomenon - Blue Ice Cave. This 3-hour long expedition will leave you with many, unforgettable memories. All the safety gear will be provided. Please make sure to wear warm clothing and solid hiking boots. 
  • Amphibian Boat Tour at Jökulsárlón (available from May to September) - take a 45-minute-long amphibian boat tour among floating ice bergs. Remember to keep your head up for seals swimming in the ice cold waters or resting on the shore.
  • Vök Geothermal Floating Pools – new geothermal SPA built on the beautiful Lake Urridavatn. Put your swimwear on, relax and enjoy the view over the untouched landscape. Pools are filled with warm waters streaming up from deeps under the lake. 

DAY 3 – Lake Mývatn and Waterfalls

This part of Iceland is by many considered the most beautiful part of the country. Unfortunately, since located it the remote part of Iceland, not so many people have chance to explore this area. Lake Mývatn is one of the wonders if Iceland. It is a unique natural environment created in a lava eruption 2300 years ago. Here you can find geothermal hot springs, caves with steaming blue waters, big rock formations, unique bird life and fauna. The most remarkable point is the magnificent Dettifoss, which is Europe’s most powerful waterfall. Before jumping back on the bus, we will take you on the short hike to admire another waterfall called Sellfoss. Please note that both waterfalls are only accessible during summer (April-October). On that day, we go for visits in the area to the following places Hverir, Grjótagjá, Dimmuborgir and Krafla power station. Last stop on this exciting route is Godafoss - the waterfall of Gods. 

Optional activity:

  • Mývatn Natural Geothermal SPA - take a deep plunge into silky, blue waters reach in minerals, that will make you skin smooth and relaxed. Simply enjoy the beautiful surroundings of lake Mývatn – fourth largest lake in the country. 

DAY 4 – North Iceland – region famous for reach wildlife

Last day starts from Akureyri - the capital of the North. This small, remote city is located in a stunning, deep fjord. The city center is located next to the harbor, where one will find both modern architecture, historical wooden houses and Akureyri church located on the hill serving as a viewing point at the same time. The day continues by going to the north coastline heading Dalvík – small fishing village. While driving through the North Coast you will easily realize how each region of Iceland differs from another - but still each one can amaze you equally. In the North we will be visiting the rock Hvítserkur which is a unique formation and a great place for photos, Seal Center in the small fishing village Hvammstangi where you will get information about these beautiful animals and Kolugljufur Canyon with spectacular waterfall (accessible only from April to October). 

Optional activity:

  • Whale Watching Boat Tour – if spotting whales from the distance is not enough for you then you should secure your spot on this activity. The whale watching tour takes around 3 hours and the chances to see the huge mammals playing in the sea are very positive in this area of Iceland.

Included

  • Professional tour guided in English on a minibus
  • Pick up and drop off within Reykjavik
  • Accommodation for 3 nights in a double/twin room with private bathroom and breakfast included
  • Entrance fee to Hvammstangi Seal Center
  • Free Wi-Fi and USB chargers on a bus

Excluded

  • Lunch and Dinner – we make scheduled stops so that guests can buy lunch and dinner during the tour 

What do I need to bring

  • Warm and water/windproof clothes
  • Good hiking shoes (if you do not have hiking shoes then we offer these for rent)
  • Camera

Know before you go

Pickup takes place between 08:30 – 09:00 – so please be ready from 8:30 at your pick up location.

This tour typically returns to Reykjavik on Day 4 around 10:00pm

  • If you are a single traveler then a Single Room Supplement is mandatory.
  • IMPORTANT: It can happen that the optional activities can be cancelled because of weather and/or safety reasons. Then we will find other activities when possible and refund the amount paid for the cancelled activities or the price difference between new activity and cancelled one

Tour information:

Available: All Year

Duration: 4 days - 3 nights

Activities: Glacier Hiking, Ice Caving, Hiking, Sightseeing, Whale Watching, Hot Springs Bathing

Difficulty: Easy

Minimum age: 5 years old 

Guided Language

  • English

Friendly cancellation & refund policy

Full refund if cancelled due to weather. Cancellation fee can be witheld if cancelled with short notice.

  • 7 days notice: 100% charge

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Highlights

  • Jökulsárlón
  • Vatnajökull
  • Skógafoss
  • Black Sand Beach - Reynisfjara
  • Vík i Mýrdal
  • Blue Ice Cave
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Studlagil Canyon
  • Gljufrabui
  • Diamond Beach
  • South Coast
  • Vestrahorn
  • East fjords
  • Dettifoss
  • Myvatn Geothermal SPA
  • Lake Myvatn
  • Grjotagja
  • Whale Watching
  • Godafoss
  • Akureyri