7 Day Guided Ring Road Tour Explore the Circle of Iceland

Join this 7 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 6 nights with breakfast

  • Duration: 1 Week
  • Availability: All year
  • Maximum: 19 Guests
  • Free: WiFi
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During this tour, you will see all the best that Iceland has to offer! You will visit many of the best-known tourist places in Iceland, but you will also stop at places which are our best-kept secrets, where you can avoid the crowds and discover places in Iceland to call your own.

On your first day you will travel along the South Coast to admire the stunning waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss, as well as the secret Gljufrabui. You will also visit Vatnajokull, the largest glacier in Europe, and unique black beach Reynisfjara near the village of Vík. From April to the end of October you can also experience what it is like to walk on a glacier under the care of an experienced glacier guide. 

Second day continues through the East Coast. First on the itinerary is visit at Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. During summer months (May-October) you can take a closer look at floating icebergs during an Amphibian boat tour, while during winter (November-March) you can jump in a superjeep on the journey to discover natural a Blue Ice Cave. The nearby Diamond Beach is a must-see-place while visiting this beautiful country – no matter the season the view over the satin black sand beach decorated by melting ice chunks looks equally stunning. On this day you will also visit the Vestrahorn Mountain, the Lagarfljot Lake inhabited by the Icelandic version of Loch Ness monster and Studlagil Canyon just to name a few attractions. Your journey through the coastline takes you along narrow fjords, endless green valleys and charming fishing villages. 

On Day 3 you will travel through a totally unique landscape around Lake Mývatn, shaped by extremely high volcanic activity. There you will go for good hikes around geothermal fields with bubbling mud pots, countless craters, hot springs and even inside the geothermal cave of Grjotagja. During the scenic drive through northern parts of Iceland you will also stop to admire three amazing waterfalls; Dettifoss (the most powerful waterfall in Europe), Selfoss and Godafoss (waterfall of the Gods). The day ends in Akureyri – the capital of Northern Iceland

You will start Day 4 by kicking off from Akureyri heading north to the village called Dalvik, where you can embark on a boat searching for whales in the beautiful Eyjafjordur. This area is known for its unusually high presence of many representatives of whales, unlike in many other parts of Iceland. In Hvammstangi there is even more wildlife waiting for you. You will visit the Icelandic Seal Center – award winning museum run by a non-profit organization focusing on protecting these cute mammals. In addition to the wildlife watching you will also be able to admire the picturesque Hvitserkur rock and Kolugjlufur canyon. 

For the next two days you will travel through the Western Parts of the island. Here you can discover the many wonders located in the historic area of Borgarfjordur, including Hraunfossar, a world-unique lava waterfalls (view over nearly 900 meters of rivulets streaming from the lava field), Grabrok Volcanic Craters and Deildartunguhver – a hot spring with highest flow of hot water in Europe. You will also take an expedition inside Vidgelmir (the biggest know lava cave in Iceland) and end a fun-filled day by relaxing in the Krauma Spa. On the next day you will discover the amazing volcano Snaefellsjokull and you will also stop in some of the best coastline places that Iceland has to offer. Snaefellsjokull National Park is situated on the Snæfellsness peninsula, where you can find many famous sites including the magnificent glacier Snaefellsjokull, Djúpalónssandur beach, Lóndrangar (the two massive lava formations), Ytri Tunga, Arnarstapi and Hellnar. 

On the last day you will see some real classics. You will drive following the Golden Circle route to admire Gullfoss the beautiful “Golden waterfall”, the active geothermal area of Geysir, where you can see Strokkur spout up to 25 meters every five to seven minutes, old Icelandic Parliament area in Thingvellir National Park and Kerid Volcanic crater that tops it off before returning to Reykjavík.

The maximum number of passengers on this tour is 19 which 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:

  1. Glacier Hike (3 hours) - 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. 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

The 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.

Day 5 - Borgarfjörður and Lava Themed Attractions

Today you will explore the Borgarfjordur area where you will see the great Hraunfossar, a series of waterfalls formed by rivulets streaming over a distance of about 900 m (almost 300 ft!) across the Hallmundarhraun lava field, which flows from an eruption of one of the volcanoes lying under the glacier Langjökull. The waterfalls pour into the Hvítá River from ledges created by less porous rock in the lava.

Literally a stone’s throw upstream from Hraunfossar, there is another waterfall called Barnafoss. Its name, “the waterfall of the children,” comes from an accident which is said to have taken place here in a previous century. There was a natural bridge over the waterfall, and two children from a nearby farm fell to their deaths crossing the river on the bridge. Afterwards, the grief-stricken mother had the bridge destroyed.

You will also stop at Grabrok Volcanic Craters – Stora (Big) Grabrok, Grabrokarfell and Litla (Small) Grabrok that formed approximately 3.400 years ago during massive eruption shaping the landscape around. Solid, wooden stairs lead up to the top of Stora Grabrok from where you can admire other colorful craters, lava fields and lake Hredavatn. Finally, we take in the sights at Deildartunguhver, the highest-flow hot spring in Europe.

We stay overnight in the Borgarfjordur area. 

Optional activities:

  • Lava Caving - visit to a colorful Vidgelmir Lava Cave. Just shy of 1600 meters the cave features amazing colors and lava formations that lurk in the depths of the earth. During this 1,5 hour long expedition you will have a chance to see one of the largest lava caves in Iceland with its stunning lava stalactites and stalagmites. The area surrounding the entrance to the cave will allow you to realize how powerful eruptions of volcano can be. 
  • Krauma Geothermal SPA - Krauma natural geothermal baths & Spa is located next to Deildartunguhver and powered by its waters. This brand new beautiful Spa offers five relaxing geothermal baths, a cold tub, two steam baths and more, all in a very natural environment.

Day 6 - Black beaches, rough lava fields and the magic of Snæfellsjokull National park

Today you’ll view Snæfellsjökull volcano, wearing a magnificent crown of ice, the highest peak in this area of Iceland and is often visible on clear days from Reykjavik. It is this place that Jules Verne chose as the entrance to the earth’s core in Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne.

Ytri-Tunga is a charming farm with a nearby beach that is a popular seal colony. Animal lovers will enjoy seeing their cute faces as they sunbathe and play in the surf.

Arnarstapi and Hellnar are in a lovely coastal area with a natural harbor. Beautiful rock formations decorate the coastline, spotted with green-and-yellow moss, and you can stroll along the cliffs here to take in the refreshing sea air.

Look for Lóndrangar, two black basalt columns marking the coast, so tall they can be seen from the road! Djúpalónssandur is another gorgeous black beach, where the air is filled with the sounds of birds circling the cliffs and the ocean waves hitting the sand.

At Djúpalónssandur, you’ll find a curiosity on the beach: four large, smooth stones. They are “lifting stones,” used to measure the strength of fishermen who once worked and lived all along the coasts here.

At your last stop, Kirkjufell mountain rises out of the green hills, surrounded by trickling rivers. This is one of the most popular photography spots in Iceland, so be sure to get a picture for your own collection!

Day 7 - The Golden circle and Kerið volcanic crater

The Golden circle is the most popular day tour in Iceland. Geysers, The Golden waterfall and Thingvellir are classic destinations for any visitor to our island.

We want to add something unique to your experience and that´s why we will also visit the big volcanic crater called Kerid. The crater is 270 m wide and more than 55 m deep. There is a lake in the bottom of the crater which gives it a little bit of magic. The lake is almost 14 m deep.

Thingvellir National park is the National shire of all Icelanders. It lies within the belt of volcanic activity and fissures which pass across Iceland, a part of the mid-Atlantic ridge, the junction of the American and Eurasian tectonic plates. It is a nice feeling to stand with your right foot in Europe and the left one in America.

Geysir – the biggest geysers of Haukadalur are Strokkur and Geysir itself, which gives the others their name. Strokkur erupts every 5 to 10 minutes, throwing a column of water into the air to a height of 20 to 30 meters. 

This tour ends with drop off in Reykjavík between 17-17:30 (5-5:30 PM) 

Instead of going back to Reykjavík you can also extend your tour and head South to the wold famous Blue Lagoon Spa. Transfer both ways and comfort admission included. By selecting this option your tour will commence in Reykjavik at around 20:00 (8:00 PM) 

Included

  • Professional tour guided in English on a minibus
  • Pick up and drop off within Reykjavik
  • Accommodation for 6 nights in a double/twin room with private bathroom and breakfast included
  • Entrance fee to Hvammstangi Seal Center
  • Entrance fee Kerid Volcano Crater
  • 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 7 around 5:00pm (8:00pm if Blue Lagoon Option chosen)
  • 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: 7 days - 6 nights

Activities: Glacier Hiking, Ice Caving, Lava 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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Great 7-day guided Ring Road Tour!

   

We had a great trip in early October. Our guide Giuseppe drove us nearly 2500 km, covering major attractions on the island within 7 days. The views were beautiful and amazing. Though all six of us have been to many places in the world, we were all attracted by the unique land form in Iceland. Within 7 days, we saw beautiful water falls, glacier, hot spring, geysir, black beach and coast. Every guest houses we stayed during the trip was clean and comfortable. I would love to take my daughter to visit Iceland again in summer! Our guide Giuseppe was a very nice man who made this trip even more pleasant and comfortable. He is humorous, informative and led us to many places out of expectation. He always gave us enough time for each stop, so we never need to rush back to shuttle without fully appreciation of the views. He took us to grocery store whenever we need go shopping, he jumped into hot spring to take pictures for us when we were all immersed in the water, and showed us cheap and good local food. He helped us carry big suite cases up- and down-stairs. We all enjoyed the time staying with him. We highly recommended this trip organized by Nice Travel and guide Giuseppe.

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15 October, 2019 by Ying Xu

7 Day Guided Ring Road Tour

   

We just returned from this 7 day ring road tour with Nice Travel and the same was amazing. In just 7 days we covered all the attractions possible. The best part was our guide Giuseppe who was really very nice. He went out of his way to show us more than was included in the itinerary. He was a great guide who made sure we all had a very good time. Thank you Giuseppe once again. We highly recommend this Travel company.

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15 July, 2019 by Maharukh Chhapgar

7 Day Ring Road Tour

   

We saw SO MUCH in just a few days. Giuseppe was a great guide and driver. When our plans had to change a bit (whale watching) due to weather (so unusual in Iceland!) he substituted some additional sight seeing and on the last day managed to find a whale watching trip for us, so we never missed out. We saw so much! This tour was exceptional value for money.

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15 July, 2019 by Jerry Barnes

7 day Tour from Jun 05

   

We had an amazing time in this tour, we were lucky to have a very good weather the whole week and a small group. Mika, our guide, was very thoughtful and always gave us good information and history of the places we were visiting. He would also go beyond his means to take us to some extra places, which wouldn't be possible to see in a larger group or with a cloudier weather. The guest houses we stayed in were very clean, though some were a little isolated from civilization or didn't provide food or place to cook, they provided us an amazing view of Iceland. The structure of the bus was excellent, plenty of space and internet access was a plus. I am definitely recommending Nice travel for anyone interested in booking a tour.

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14 June, 2019 by Paula

7 day Ring Roud Tour with Skuli

   

So happy to have decided to take 7 day tour with Nice Travel. I wanted to join a small group tour & turns out we were only 4 in this group (very professional for Nice Travel to not cancel this tour despite minimum is 17 pax) Our guide Skuli was brilliant & showed us the best of Iceland. His passion & sense of humour made this trip even more fun. If you are thinking to join a small group tour, do not hesitate to book with Nice Travel. This company knows quality & seeing the best of Iceland can only be done by driving the whole circle. Highly recommended. Love it!

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10 June, 2019 by Myr

Fabulous Adventure!

   

This tour was great! The guide Mika was fantastic giving information about each sight and creating a positive environment among the clients. He was caring and nurturing concerned with every individual's needs. Each day was well planned with lots of time to explore each stop. I was concerned about being trapped on a bus for endless travel time but the tour included many stops to get out and walk a bit. It was great that the tour supported many small Iceland cottage industries and I felt I have a better understanding of the Icelandic culture because of it. The bus was modern, well maintained, and had internet. The tour size was 7. I highly recommend Nice Travel and will be a repeat customer when I return to Iceland.

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13 September, 2018 by Donna

Amazing

   

I and my son have nothing but praise for our tour. Everything went off like clockwork. The tour was small and intimate. All of our expectations were met. Out guide, Giuseppe, was fantastic. He worked diligently to assure that everyone had a good time. We stayed in guesthouses that were spotlessly clean, with very welcoming owners. I would highly recommend this tour to those seeking adventure in a magnificent country.

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07 September, 2018 by Donna Rogers

Great way to experience Island

   

I just returned from the 7 day guided tour with Nice travel and it was a wonderful experience. The itinerary showcases all of the natural beauty and diverse landscapes of Iceland. The tour was never rushed and had many stops beyond those on the schedule, such as hikes to spectacular waterfalls and a bathroom stop where we discovered a shop which sold one of a kind, locally knit sweaters. Nice travel limits the number of participants to 19; we were a group of 7, which made the tour that much more enjoyable. The guest houses we stayed in were very clean and some offered delicious, homemade dinner options. Our guide (Mika) was very thoughtful, kind, knowledgeable and committed to making our tour the best possible experience, which it truly was. One of the best and most memorable tours I have ever taken.

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07 September, 2018 by Violetta

   

My husband and I joined this 7 days tour in Oct 2017. This was a memorable and awesome trip to us and we did enjoy all the highlights in the ring road. We would like to express heartfelt thanks to our guide - David who took good care of us. He is funny, passionate and always wants to show us the best of Iceland. He tried his best to show us the beautiful scenery of Iceland as much as possible during our trip with limited daylight in Oct. Apart from the scheduled spots, David would arrange to let us explore extra hidden places. That's great and we enjoyed a lots. He also shared interesting stories and history of Iceland with us, that added much more wonderful memories to our trip. I would definitely recommend this tour to those who have limited time but still want to explore Iceland as much as possible, with their excellent guide David.

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25 October, 2017 by

Ring Road Tour from Jul 19 - 25

   

Although this is my second time visiting Iceland and I had a round-island tour by self-driving last time, I still find this tour unexpectedly amazing. For one reason is that my friend Joey and I were the only 2 customers joining the tour so we were lucky to have the privilege enjoying it like a private tour. Also I thought I had seen some major spots last time I visited Iceland but only after joining this tour I reckoned there was still so much more to explore the nature and the hidden gems in Iceland. And of course I had the luck to join the glacier walk and seeing the whales on the whale-watching tour were a great plus as that was something I missed out the first time because of the bad weather. Most importantly, we had the awesomest guide Michaël with us throughout the trip. Michaël is a very caring and patient guy who has great taste in music so we had a lot of fun enjoying his music and singing together during the ride in these 7 days. He was a bit shy but meticulous. When you mentioned a song that you like or you want to listen the next day Michaël will surprise you with his playlist! Really appreciate his thoughtfulness in spite of long hours of driving everyday. This trip made a great memory to Joey and me. One thing I had to mention is, very most of the accommodation arranged was very nice. The first night we were told the hostel was overbooked but then we were arranged to a nice hotel which definitely costed more but we were not charged extra. I highly recommend this trip to those who want to enjoy a hassel-free visit in Iceland as this tour saved us from a lot of time and possible troubles in booking all the accommodations and handling the transport / driving throughout the way. Once again, Michaël is a great tour guide and we were lucky to have him staying with us for this trip :)

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13 August, 2017 by Iris Lai

   

I really enjoyed this tour. It was unforgettable moment in my life. Finding hidden waterfalls was super exciting and wonderful experience and the scenery was magnificent. The tour guide, Antonio was passionate, funny, and friendly. He is definitely a great tour guide so you can trust him. I love all the attractions we visited and the experience I had. I already miss them so much!

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12 March, 2017 by PhoebeScan

   

The 7-day Ring Road Circle of Iceland tour is of the most amazing travel experiences I've had in my entire life. Though we were the first tourists of this tour, this fact definitely offered more personalized experience to it. There are lots of must-see and less-popular-yet more-mysterious sightseeing attractions included in this trip, or even those attractions that I didn't know existed before, which are totally worth visiting if you are the first comer to Iceland. For me, for example, the highlights are the waterfalls, the black sand beach, glacier walking, whale watching and the blue lagoon. Each day, accommodation and properly arranged and time perfectly managed as well. Rooms were nice and comfortable, with breakfast included each day. Also the car came to pick us at the hostel every day on time. The nice, welcoming and humorous guide has lots of knowledge on traveling and Icelandic customs and concerned a lot about my safety; He made detailed explanation on every seeing, and told lots of stories and jokes on the car to us. Even we did spent plenty of time on the minibus, we still had great times sitting in the mini bus listening to music and chatting with the driver and the tour guide (for sure, they added great fun to my experience). Highly! Highly! Highly recommended for those who want to explore every part of Iceland sceneries with ease (The mini bus is so comfortable!) and fun (The guide and the driver could make you laugh all day long). The price is quite reasonable so it is really worth trying if you want to stay for a longer time in Iceland. Unforgettable experience, thanks to nice travel :)

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12 March, 2017 by Chase Xie

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