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Visit the most fantastic sights in Iceland on this exciting 10-day package tour of the world-famous Ring Road, with bonus visits to the Westfjords and the Snæfellsnes peninsula too!
This is your chance to experience everything Iceland offers in one unmissable tour of its non-stop natural marvels. Each part of Iceland has something special for you to explore, wherever you are!
Your Grand Tour of Iceland package trip begins with Iceland’s most famous sightseeing trail – the Golden Circle!
This route takes in three stunning locations, close to the capital and easily reached, so this is a perfect introduction to the “Land of Fire and Ice”! It’ll take just an hour to reach Þingvellir National Park, one of Iceland’s most historically significant places. The early Viking settlers made their laws here for a thousand years, and Iceland’s independence was declared in 1944. It’s also a vast rift valley where the Mid-Atlantic Ridge splits the American and Eurasian tectonic plates. That means you can walk in Viking footsteps between continents at Þingvellir!
From there, we’ll take you further inland to Haukadalur Geothermal Area, home of the original Geysir. Get ready to be amazed by superheated fountains of water shooting high into the sky every few minutes!
Close by is Gullfoss, a thundering two-tier waterfall that tumbles over thirty meters into a deep canyon. Clouds of spray hang in the air, so there’s a great chance of seeing rainbows at this magnificent location!
We’ll head south from Gullfoss towards the coast, with one more stop to thrill you on your first day – a visit to the multicolored crater at Kerið. It’s a marvelous sight, with deep green mosses covering red earth rocks with a vividly colored lake at the bottom of the crater.
Our first overnight stay will be in the “hot spring” town of Hveragerði, which offers a range of restaurants and bars.
OVERNIGHT STAY IN HVERAGERDI
Town famous for Geothermal Activity
The second day of the tour takes you along Iceland’s South Coast, with three main attractions – towering waterfalls, glittering glaciers, and dramatic black sand beaches.
The first stop is Seljalandsfoss, a powerful waterfall that cascades from a height of 60 meters off the famous volcano Eyjafjallajökull. This waterfall has a special feature – you can walk all the way around it for magical views from behind the cascade! Nearby, another “secret” waterfall, Gljúfrabúi, is hidden in a green canyon, just a short walk from Seljalandsfoss.
Glacial meltwater from Eyjafjallajökull (the volcano that stopped air traffic in 2010) also feeds the roaring waterfall, Skógafoss. You might recognize this incredible cascade from “Game of Thrones,” Hollywood films, or even a Justin Bieber video! You can get very close to Skógafoss at river level or climb some steps to see it from above. On sunny days, look for arching rainbows over the falls!
Iceland is one of the most volcanic countries in the world, meaning there are beautiful black-sand beaches to visit. At Reynisfjara, dark volcanic sands stretch as far as the eye can see, towering hexagonal basalt columns cling to the cliffs, and fierce Atlantic waves crash on the shore.TripAdvisor named Reynisfjara No 4 in its Best Beaches awards, and you’ll soon see why! You will also be able to see this beach from a different angle when stopping at charming village of Vík – the southermost settlement in Iceland.
We’ll stay overnight in comfortable accommodation in the countryside.
There are dozens of glaciers in Iceland, and Sólheimajökull is one of the easiest to reach, as it’s close to the Ring Road.
So, here’s your chance to take a thrilling hike on one of these natural marvels, strapping on crampons and seeing its incredible ice formations close up!
OVERNIGHT STAY ON THE COUNTRYSIDE
You will stay in a cozy country hotel located just few kilometres away from the Glacier Lagoon
The third day of your Grand Tour of Iceland takes us towards Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest National Park and home of the greatest ice cap outside the poles.
More than 10% of Iceland lies under this enormous glacier, with “tongues” of ice reaching all the way down to the Ring Road. Icebergs “calve” from these tongues into the fabulous “Glacier Lagoon” at Jökulsárlón and then sail serenely around this marvelous place, sometimes for years! We’ll bring you to this magical place to see these incredible multicolored ice giants for yourself! Look for seals and seabirds as they perch on the icebergs as the tides tug them gently toward the sea.
Close by is Diamond Beach, where the ocean waves and the wind carve and sculpt the icebergs into striking shapes, looking like dazzling diamonds scattered on a black satin sheet. A stroll here will live long in your memory!
Our next stop is Vestrahorn, one of the most magnificent mountains in Iceland and one of the best to photograph too! When the skies are clear, its jagged peaks rise above a beautiful black sand beach, making it a sight you won’t forget.
After photo stops at the iconic Hvalnes Lighthouse and the historic fishing port of Djúpivogur, we’ll head through the Eastfjords to Egilsstaðir for an overnight stay.
Suppose the fantastic views from the Glacier Lagoon’s shore aren’t enough for you? In that case, you can jump into a specially adapted amphibious vehicle for a boat tour around Jökulsárlón.
The trip lasts 45 minutes and gets you closer to an iceberg than you ever imagined!
If you want to relax after fun-filled day, you can visit Vök Baths. You’ll discover beautiful geothermally-heated infinity pools floating in a freshwater lake, merging mysteriously into the landscape.
OVERNIGHT STAY IN EGILSSTAÐIR
The Capital of East Iceland
Heading north from Egilsstaðir, the first stop on Day 4 is the astonishing Stuðlagil Canyon, where you’ll see a breathtaking collection of beautiful basalt columns twisting in all directions alongside a colorful glacial river.
Then we’ll continue along the Ring Road towards Mývatn, but there are plenty of sights to see along the way! An astounding hundred meters (330 ft) wide, some call Dettifoss the “King of Waterfalls,” and this force of nature will take your breath away. There are several viewing platforms to appreciate its epic scale! There’s another waterfall called Selfoss nearby – you’ll see them both!
On our way to Mývatn, we’ll also stop at Hverir, a bubbling geothermal area packed with steaming fumaroles and boiling mud pools. It’s almost like being on another planet! This area of Iceland has seen countless volcanic eruptions over the centuries, leaving lava fields behind in strange twisted shapes.
Dimmuborgir offers you the chance to walk around one of these weird landscapes for a closer look.
If you’re a birdwatcher, you’ll love Mývatn! One of Iceland’s largest lakes, it’s home to hundreds of thousands of migrating birds, so see how many you can spot as we circle the lake.
Then we’ll head to Iceland’s second city, Akureyri, for an overnight stay, with a photo stop at Goðafoss, the Waterfall of the Gods.
Icelanders love bathing in geothermal spas, and you can enjoy the national pastime at the magical Mývatn Nature Baths. Soothe yourself in the warming waters after a day of exploring and soak in the mesmerizing views!
OVERNIGHT STAY IN AKUREYRI
The Capital of North Iceland
As we reach the halfway point of our Grand Tour of Iceland, we’ll leave Akureyri behind and make our way west through lush valleys lined with majestic mountains.
Along the route, we’ll stop for photos at Víðmýrarkirkja, a traditional turf-roofed church, and at the spectacular rock formation, Hvítserkur. Some say this 15-meter-high sea stack resembles a fearsome dragon drinking from the ocean. It’s one of the most photographed sights in Iceland! Its name means ‘white shirt” in Icelandic, referring to what the sea birds leave behind when they nest here!
Continuing around the Ring Road, we’ll explore a little of Iceland’s rugged interior with a visit to the Kolugljúfur canyon and the Kolufoss waterfall.Easy to reach from the car park, you’ll learn all about a giant female troll called Kola, who was said to live here in the old days!
We’ll stay overnight in Borgarnes, the largest town in West Iceland, where you’ll enjoy excellent views of the surrounding mountains and a fine selection of restaurants, cafés, and bars.
With its waters warmed by the Gulf Stream, Iceland is a magnet for migrating whales. As many as twenty species come to Iceland yearly, including humpbacks, minke whales, and even Blue whales, the most enormous creature ever to have lived on Earth!
On a three-hour whale watching trip with local guides, you can see these marvelous creatures in their natural habitat. Whale watching tours in North Iceland have a near-perfect record, so don’t miss this opportunity!
Iceland is filled with magnificent landscapes, as you’ll see on this Grand Tour of the “Land of Fire and Ice.” But there’s one area many people miss, and Lonely Planet recently gave it its “Best in Travel” award.
The Westfjords is an almost untouched wilderness that looks like a giant hand reaching out into the North Atlantic! If the rest of Iceland feels rugged and unpopulated, exploring the Westfjords will take this to another level. It’s a thousand kilometers to drive around, but only seven thousand people live here! Majestic mountains rise steeply from bright blue fjords, and you’ll see it all as we trace a thrilling path on a scenic coastal road between tiny fishing villages, thundering waterfalls, and stunning viewpoints.
To get to this spectacular wilderness, we’ll drive from Borgarnes to the northern shore of the Snæfellsnes peninsula, catching a ferry from Stykkishólmur. There will be time for photo stops at the basalt columns of the Gerðuberg Cliffs and the red-roofed church at Rauðamelskirkja. We’ll also visit the Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum to taste a famous Icelandic delicacy, the dreaded hakarl!
The ferry ride takes 2.5 hours to cross Breiðafjörður, so you can enjoy the view of the countless little islands on the way. We’ll stop for photos at the white sand beach (a rarity in Iceland) at Barðastrandarsandur.
Your first night in the Westfjords will be spent in the remote area in or close to Patrksfjörður.
OVERNIGHT STAY ON THE COUNTRYSIDE
You will stay in a cozy country hotel located in the Patreksfjörður village or nearby
From Patreksfjörður, your Westfjords adventure will continue with a visit to one of Iceland’s most significant bird colonies at Látrabjarg. These towering 400-meter sea cliffs are home to uncountable numbers of puffins (from April to August), kittiwakes, cormorants, guillemots, and more. It’s a birdwatcher’s paradise! This is the most westerly point in Iceland, so look out for the colorful Bjargtangar lighthouse, too – next stop, America!
On our way there, we’ll stop for photos at the iconic Garðar shipwreck, and on our way back, we’ll take you to a spectacular beach called Rauðisandur. The name means “Red Sands,” and it’s not hard to see why! Most Icelandic beaches are made of black volcanic sand, but the Westfjords are not an active volcanic area. So the sands here take their color from crushed scallop shells instead!
We’ll then head deep into the Westfjords with more photo opportunities at Fossfjörður waterfall and the mysterious A-House!
The highlight of this day comes next – the spectacular seven-step waterfall at Dynjandi! You’ll be amazed by the sight of this stunning cascade, which tumbles more than a hundred meters in its first step, and you can climb up as close as you want. It’s the most powerful waterfall in the Westfjords, and you’ll feel the raw power of “The Thunderer” as soon you arrive!
After a photo stop at the picturesque Önundarfjörður Pier in Flateyri, we’ll then drive north to Ísafjörður for an overnight stay in the capital of the Westfjords.
The eighth day of your Grand Tour in Iceland offers you a non-stop parade of astonishing views as we follow the low-lying coastal road up and down seven spectacular fjords along the northern shores of the Westfjords. The views will be unforgettable wherever you look – the Arctic Ocean, glaciers and Hornstrandir on one side, majestic mountains and waterfalls on the other, and maybe you’ll see an Arctic Fox too! These hardy little creatures are the only native land mammals in Iceland, so this is their territory!
There are more sheep than people in the Westfjords, and maybe there are more seals too! We’ll stop at Hvitanes, where you can spot seals near the road. As we follow the Seven Fjord Road across the Westfjords, we’ll stop for photos whenever the views are the best. There are several stunning viewpoints at the end of each fjord, and we’ll pick the best ones depending on the weather.
Before we leave the Westfjords, we’ll visit an intriguing rock formation called Steinninn í Skötufirði which looks like a honeycomb, and a lovely roadside waterfall called Gervidalsá.
On our way back to Borgarnes, we’ll stop at Eiriksstaðir for an exclusive tour of the Viking heritage museum. This place was once home to Eirik the Red and Leif the Lucky, who discovered the Americas centuries before Columbus sailed there!
After a night in Borgarnes, the penultimate day of your Grand Tour of Iceland takes you deep into the Viking heartlands of West Iceland as we explore the Silver Circle. Borgarfjörður is thought to be where the early Viking settlers made their home a thousand years ago, and many of the famous Icelandic Sagas are set here.
As we pass under Hafnarfjall (Harbor Mountain), it won’t take long to reach Glanni, a beautiful waterfall that cascades over ancient lava fields. Then we’ll go to Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring! There’s so much hot water and steam vapor that it feeds all the villages and towns in West Iceland – walk amongst the billowing clouds of steam and feel the power beneath your feet!
The next stop is Hraunfossar – the Lava Waterfall! This is a fascinating waterfall where the waters seem to fall from the middle of a rocky cliff for more than a kilometer along the White River. You can see this mesmerizing spectacle from several viewing platforms before exploring Barnafoss a little further up the river.
Ever wondered what it’s like inside a lava cave? The highlight of the day comes next! Víðgelmir is a hollow lava tube left behind a thousand years ago after a volcanic eruption, and you can explore its stalactites, stalagmites, and fascinating ice formations on a 1.5-hour caving expedition!
We’ll then explore the wooded oasis of Húsafell and historic Reykholt, where the Viking chieftain Snorri Sturluson wrote Iceland’s first recorded folklore, before returning to Borgarnes for the last overnight stay of the tour.
Borgarnes is the gateway to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula (the Snow Mountain Peninsula), also known as “Iceland in Miniature.” That’s because this 100-kilometer peninsula packs all of Iceland’s best features together in one place – mystical mountains, glittering glaciers, towering waterfalls, black sand beaches, seal and bird colonies, and so much more.
The peninsula is dominated by Snæfellsjökull, a glacier-topped stratovolcano that inspired Jules Verne to write “Journey to the Center of the Earth”! As we head towards it, we’ll visit the seal colony at Ytri-Tunga, spotting these lovely creatures as they laze on a golden beach.
Then we’ll stop for photos at the famous “Black Church” at Búðakirkja, which has become a “wedding destination” for couples worldwide!
Look offshore at Arnarstapi to see the beautiful rock arch, Gatklettur, rising above a picturesque black sand beach, and the towering 70-meter-high rock pinnacles at Lóndrangar, a home for thousands of seabirds.
Circling the end of the peninsula, we’ll visit the black sand beach at Djúpalónssandur, where you’ll see the remains of a wrecked trawler scattered on the sands and its famous “lifting stones.”
The final treat on this magnificent 10-day tour of Iceland’s greatest treasures is one of its most famous peaks. Kirkjufell (Church Mountain) has been featured in “Game of Thrones” and Hollywood films. Standing alone in a stunning location, its unique triangular shape will capture your heart and create amazing images for your Instagram!
It’s the perfect place to finish the road trip of a lifetime, your unforgettable Grand Tour of Iceland in 10 Days!
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