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7-Day Off The Beaten Path Ring Road Tour | Small Group

Embark on this extraordinary 7-day tour to uncover pristine landscapes, cascading waterfalls, and secluded fjords away from the bustling hotspots

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Embark on a 7-day tour in Iceland, a journey that will take you through the island’s most remarkable landscapes and hidden gems along the famous Ring Road and beyond. From the iconic South Coast to the remote beauty of the Westfjords, this adventure promises to showcase the very best of the “Land of Fire and Ice.”

Whether you’re a seasoned traveler or a first-time visitor, this comprehensive itinerary is designed to immerse you in Iceland’s natural wonders, rich history, and vibrant culture.

Your adventure begins with the South Coast, where you’ll encounter waterfalls, black sand beaches, and glaciers. As you travel eastward, the expanse of Vatnajökull National Park and the beauty of Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon await. The journey continues through the Eastfjords, offering coastal roads and fishing villages that capture the essence of Icelandic life.

Midway through your 7-day tour in Iceland, you’ll explore the landscapes of North Iceland, including the powerful Dettifoss waterfall and the geothermal wonders of Lake Mývatn. The adventure then leads you to the Westfjords, a region often overlooked by travelers but recently recognized by Lonely Planet as a top destination. Here, you’ll discover waterfalls, cliffs, and the Viking heritage of Eiriksstaðir.

As your journey concludes, the Seven Fjords Road and the Dynjandi waterfall will leave you with lasting memories. From the capital of Reykjavík to the countryside, this 7-day tour in Iceland offers a blend of adventure, relaxation, and discovery. Prepare to be captivated by the diverse landscapes that make Iceland a unique destination.

Day 1 | Exploring Iceland's Enchanting South Coast

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Your adventure begins with a journey along the breathtaking South Coast, where you’ll encounter magnificent waterfalls, shimmering glaciers, and striking black sand beaches.

First up is Seljalandsfoss – a majestic waterfall that plunges 60 meters into a serene pool, with a vast cave behind the cascade that you can explore when conditions are favorable. Just a short walk away is Gljúfrabúi, a hidden gem of a waterfall concealed behind massive green rocks within a small canyon. We’ll guide you to this secret spot!

Next, we visit Skógafoss, one of the most iconic waterfalls globally, featured in numerous Hollywood films and TV series. This powerful waterfall, fed by glacial meltwater, drops from a height of 60 meters. You can get up close to feel the mist, or climb the steps to enjoy stunning views from above.

Iceland’s black volcanic sand beaches are world-renowned, and we’ll take you to Reynisfjara, which National Geographic has named one of the world’s best beaches. The cliffs are adorned with beautiful basalt columns, and you’ll be captivated by the Reynisdrangar sea stacks, towering black volcanic rock formations just offshore.

Optional Activity:

GLACIER HIKE
GLACIER HIKE
GLACIER HIKE

The South Coast has several glaciers, including Sólheimajökull. On this optional tour activity, you can closely encounter this natural marvel on an exciting three-hour glacier hike (minimum age is 8 years old)

So strap on some crampons and explore its jaw-dropping crevasses and fascinating ice formations!

  • From: EUR 88,49

OVERNIGHT STAY ON THE COUNTRYSIDE

You will stay in a cozy country hotel located just few kilometres away from the Glacier Lagoon

Day 2 | Journey to the East Iceland

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As we travel eastward, you’ll notice the landscape becoming more remote, with fewer people and more sheep, and the vast expanse of Vatnajökull National Park emerging ahead. The “Water Glacier” spans 10% of Iceland, with its glacier tongues stretching down from its frosty summit. One of these tongues reaches close to the Ring Road, providing an ideal spot to witness icebergs breaking off into the stunning Jökulsárlón lagoon. This “Glacier Lagoon” is filled with glittering icebergs floating gracefully out to sea, leading to the breathtaking Diamond Beach. Stroll across the black volcanic sands and observe how the icebergs are sculpted into beautiful fragments by the wind and waves. Walking on this beach is an unforgettable experience!

Our next stop is Vestrahorn, a magnificent mountain and one of Iceland’s most photographed landmarks. On clear days, the views are spectacular, with towering peaks rising above a black sand beach.

We’ll then proceed through the Eastfjords, driving along picturesque coastal roads with a photo stop at the Hvalnes lighthouse. We’ll also visit Djúpivogur, one of the oldest ports in Iceland.

Optional Activities

AMPHIBIOUS
BOAT TOUR
AMPHIBIOUS
BOAT TOUR
AMPHIBIOUS
BOAT TOUR

If you want a closer look at the icebergs in the Glacier Lagoon, you can take a thrilling 45-minute amphibious boat tour at Jökulsárlón. Imagine being that close to an iceberg!

  • From: EUR 43,22
VÖK FLOATING
POOLS
VÖK FLOATING
POOLS

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.

  • From: EUR 44,52

OVERNIGHT STAY IN EGILSSTAÐIR

The Capital of East Iceland

Day 3 | Stuðlagil, Lake Mývatn, and Waterfalls

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Near Egilsstaðir, our first stop is the breathtaking Stuðlagil Canyon. Here, you’ll witness an extraordinary array of multicolored basalt columns lining a glacial river, twisting and turning in all directions. From there, we’ll traverse the stark beauty of the landscapes en route to Lake Mývatn, which boasts some truly astonishing sights.

Dettifoss is Europe’s most powerful waterfall. Spanning a hundred meters in width, its milky glacial waters thunder down more than forty meters. Known as the “King of Waterfalls,” the ground trembles beneath your feet as you approach. Nearby, you’ll find Selfoss, another impressive waterfall with a ten-meter drop and a width comparable to Dettifoss.

Before reaching Mývatn, we’ll visit Hverir, a geothermal area teeming with bubbling mud pools and steaming fumaroles, creating a landscape that feels otherworldly. Next, we’ll explore Dimmuborgir, an expansive lava field filled with astonishing rock formations that resemble ruined castles. The name Dimmuborgir means “Dark City,” and you’ll understand why when you see this dramatic landscape.

Mývatn is one of Iceland’s largest lakes and attracts thousands of migrating birds each year. After a scenic drive around the lake, we’ll head to Goðafoss, the Waterfall of the Gods.

Optional Activity

FOREST
LAGOON
FOREST
LAGOON
FOREST
LAGOON
FOREST
LAGOON

The spa’s serene setting amidst birch and pine trees makes it truly exceptional.

The Forest Lagoon boasts two pools, with the large pool spanning 530m2 and maintained at a soothing temperature of around 37°C (98.6F), dry sauna & cold pool.

  • From: EUR 47,33

OVERNIGHT STAY IN AKUREYRI

The Capital of North Iceland

Day 4 | Discovering North Iceland's Hidden Gems

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After a lively night in Akureyri, we’ll venture further west across North Iceland, starting with a visit to Varmahlíð. Here, we’ll make a photo stop at the traditional turf-roofed Víðimýrarkirkja church, considered the most beautiful of its kind in Iceland.

Next, we’ll head north to explore the Vatnsnes peninsula, where you’ll encounter one of Iceland’s most iconic landmarks, the peculiar rock formation known as Hvítserkur. Shaped by the relentless power of the sea, this jagged rock resembles a mythical sea creature drinking from the ocean. The name “Hvítserkur” translates to “white shirt” in Icelandic, humorously referring to the seabird droppings that adorn it.

Turning south again, we’ll visit Kolugljúfur canyon and the stunning Kolufoss waterfalls. A short walk to the observation platforms will reward you with breathtaking views of the cascades. According to local folklore, the canyon is named after a giantess named Kola who was said to live there.

Optional Activity

WHALE WATCHING
BOAT TOUR
WHALE WATCHING
BOAT TOUR
WHALE WATCHING
BOAT TOUR
WHALE WATCHING
BOAT TOUR

More than 20 species of whales visit the waters around North Iceland. That makes it one of the best places in the world to see these charismatic creatures in their natural habitat.

So don’t miss this ideal opportunity to see these marine marvels on a 3-hour trip with our whale watching specialists, who know exactly where to find them!

  • From: EUR 89,11

OVERNIGHT STAY IN BORGARNES

The Capital of West Iceland

Day 5 | Into the Westfjords

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Iceland is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes, as you’ll experience on this Grand Tour of the “Land of Fire and Ice.” However, one area often overlooked is the Westfjords, recently honored with Lonely Planet’s “Best in Travel” award.

Over the next three days, we will journey through the captivating Westfjords region. Our first stop is Eiriksstaðir, a Viking heritage museum that delves into the fascinating history of Eirik the Red and his son, Leif the Lucky, who discovered America long before Columbus.

Prepare to be amazed as we head to the Coastal Cliffs at Breiðafjörður, the gateway to the Westfjords. This stunning bay, dotted with rocky islands, will leave you in awe.

Our adventure continues with a scenic road trip through numerous fjords. Enjoy the breathtaking views from the comfort of our bus, with ample opportunities to stop and take in the incredible landscapes.

Next, we’ll visit the Vatnsfjörður Natural Reserve, home to the enchanting Þingmanná Waterfalls and a spectacular canyon.

Our journey then takes us to the charming Birkimel Bay, where you can immerse yourself in the local culture and take a dip in the traditional Icelandic pool, Krosslaug (optional). This natural pool offers a unique experience amidst the beautiful surroundings. While admission is free, we encourage visitors to support the local Youth Association by making a donation at the provided box near the changing rooms.

As we continue towards the Patreksfjörður area, we’ll encounter the awe-inspiring Kleifaheiði mountain range. The road winding through this majestic landscape holds a special surprise at its summit. Ingenious engineers, during their breaks, crafted a magnificent 5-meter-tall stone statue called Kleifabúi. This impressive sculpture stands as a testament to their remarkable achievement and offers a moment of reflection and appreciation for the beauty of nature.

Optional Activity (no pre-booking required):

KROSSLAUG
POOL
KROSSLAUG
POOL
KROSSLAUG
POOL
KROSSLAUG
POOL

Immerse yourself in the true Icelandic experience as you soak in the soothing waters, all while gazing at the breathtaking fjords that embrace you. What’s more, there’s no admission fee, and no need for advanced booking! However, we kindly ask for a donation to support the Youth Society responsible for maintaining this hidden gem. Cash donations in any currency are warmly welcomed and greatly appreciated.

Please bear in mind that this hot spring doesn’t boast luxurious spa amenities. If you wish to swim, please remember to bring your own towel and be prepared to utilize the changing facilities available at local pools. While there are no individual cubicles or lockers, the facilities are segregated by gender for your comfort and convenience.

OVERNIGHT STAY ON THE COUNTRYSIDE

You will stay in a cozy country hotel located in the Patreksfjörður village or nearby

Day 6 | Westfjord Highlights

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On the sixth day, we’ll navigate thrilling mountain roads to reach the renowned bird colonies at Látrabjarg. Along the way, we’ll stop for photos at the iconic Garðar shipwreck before arriving at Iceland’s westernmost point, marked by the vibrant Bjargtangar Lighthouse. The bird-filled cliffs of Látrabjarg rise over four hundred meters above the sea, hosting thousands of nesting birds, including puffins (until late August), kittiwakes, cormorants, and fulmars. It’s a wild and windy location with no barriers, so be cautious!

On our return journey, we’ll visit the unique Rauðisandur beach. Unlike most Icelandic beaches with black volcanic sand, Rauðisandur features red and golden sands due to the absence of active volcanoes in the Westfjords. We’ll also make photo stops at the Fossfjörður waterfall and the Instagram-famous A-House.

Next, we’ll encounter the most remarkable waterfall in the Westfjords – the incredible Dynjandi waterfall ladder! From the parking lot, you’ll see a stunning seven-tiered waterfall cascading a hundred meters down in a breathtaking setting. Interestingly, Dynjandi is wider at the bottom than at the top! Known as “The Thunderer,” it’ll make the ground tremble beneath your feet!

Our journey continues to Ísafjörður, the “capital of the Westfjords,” with a photo stop at Önundarfjörður Pier to admire the surrounding mountains. Ísafjörður, or “Ice Fjord,” is filled with bars and restaurants, making it an excellent place to spend the night.

OVERNIGHT STAY IN ÍSAFJÖRÐUR

We’ll stay in Ísafjörður, the capital of the Westfjords!

Day 7 | The Grand Finale: Seven Fjords Road and Beyond

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The final day of your incredible Icelandic road trip promises adventure and stunning landscapes as we traverse the picturesque Seven Fjords Road. Our first destination is the charming fishing town of Bólungarvík, reached through a 5km long tunnel.

Next, we’ll ascend the mountain road to Bolafjall, a majestic peak standing at 638 meters. At the summit, a viewing platform built over steep cliffs offers breathtaking vistas of the dramatic surrounding landscape.

On our return to Ísafjörður, we’ll visit the enchanting Ósvör Fishing Village, a collection of turf-roofed buildings that provide a glimpse into the area’s rich history. We’ll also stop by the Óshólaviti Lighthouse, a guiding beacon for ships.

Leaving Ísafjörður, the journey continues with awe-inspiring views at every turn. As we wind through seven magnificent fjords, you’ll be treated to unforgettable vistas. To the north, the famous wildlife preserve of Hornstrandir and the vast Arctic Ocean come into view. Keep an eye out for the elusive Arctic foxes, Iceland’s only native land mammal. If you don’t spot one in the wild, you can visit the Arctic Fox Center to learn more about these resilient creatures and contribute to their protection.

Along the way, you’ll enjoy astonishing views of fjords, mountains, and glaciers that define the elemental landscapes of the Westfjords, the oldest part of Iceland. With a population of just 7,000, the area is sparsely populated, but you’ll see seals at Hvítanes and other amazing sights from scenic viewpoints at the end of each fjord. Depending on the weather, we’ll choose the best viewpoints for the day.

We’ll also stop at Steinninn í Skötufirði to photograph an intriguing honeycomb rock formation. As we leave the Westfjords, we’ll visit Gervidalsá to see a beautiful waterfall close to the road.

On our way back to Reykjavík (ETA 8-9 pm), we’ll stop at the Grábrók Volcanic Craters. Take a moment to stretch your legs as you climb the stairs to reach multiple viewing platforms. The views won’t disappoint!

This will be the last stop on your unforgettable seven-day adventure exploring the famous Ring Road and the wild Westfjords – it might just be the best road trip you’ll ever take!

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DURATION
7 DAYS

MINIMUM AGE
5 YEARS OLD

AVAILABILITY:
JUN-SEP

FREE CANCELLATION:
24 HOURS PRIOR TRAVEL

DIFFICULTY:
RELAXED/MODERATE

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Proper footwear when walking on uneven and slippery surfaces increases your safety and comfort. Please note, that you can be banned from participating in glacier activities when not wearing required shoes. If you do not own proper footwear (solid shoes reaching above your ankle) you can rent them during booking process

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Each guests can bring one small carry-on and checked-in size luggage. For your convenience, it is recommended that you pack lightly for this tour, in a small suitcase or backpack
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When you complete your booking, you’ll be asked to choose a pick up and drop off location. Where possible, we will collect you directly from your hotel.

Some parts of the city have traffic restrictions, so you’ll need to go to a designated bus stop for collection instead if your hotel is in that area.

This link will tell you which bus stop is closest to your accommodation.

There’s a 30-minute window for collection while we pick up other passengers from their locations.

At the end of your tour, you’ll be dropped off at the same place unless you choose to get off at another stop instead – that’s your choice! Drop off can also take up to 30 minutes.

Iceland’s weather is famously unpredictable, so you’ll need to prepare appropriately, whatever the time of year for your tour.

That means choosing the right clothes (light layers), shoes (sturdy and waterproof) and coats (windproof & waterproof). And not wearing jeans, just in case it rains!

We’ve prepared a detailed guide for you to read, full of tips and tricks to help you know what to wear, what to bring and what to leave behind! 

If you’re booking a multi-day tour of up to three days, the maximum “carry-on” bag size is 22 inches (56 x 45 x 25 cm or 22 x 18 x 10 inches)

If your multi-day tour is longer than three days, then your ticket includes “carry-on” (see above) and 24 inch “checked” baggage sized no bigger than 60 x 41 x 23 cm (24 x 16.4 x 9.2 inches)

For shorter tours, you can choose to add “checked” baggage for an additional fee during the booking process.

If you want to guarantee bringing a larger bag on a shorter tour, it is best to book in advance. Oversized luggages can not be taken on board but need to be stored prior the tour at either our office or at one of the public luggage lockers dotted across Reykjavík (CHECK LOCATIONS & PRICES).

If you wish to store your luggage at our office please contact us by email at nicetravel@nicetravel.is

At Nicetravel, we choose our overnight accommodations with care to make the best use of your time in Iceland, with reasonable drive times between stops.

You’ll enjoy a private room with en suite bathroom facilities and breakfast, WiFi, towels and, in most cases, a kettle for a morning brew.

Outside the capital, most Icelandic hotels are comfortable and unfussy, with friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable staff.

Enjoy the scenery while relaxing at the end of each day!

Hotel rooms are sold based on two adults sharing, so single-room occupancy is more expensive as a result.

If you are a solo traveler, we will not assign you a room with a stranger, so the single supplement fee becomes applicable.

If you are two people traveling together and staying in the same room but paying separately, the single supplement fee is not applicable.

Simply add the name of your travel companion in the “special requirements” section when completing your booking.

For couples or groups traveling together, rooms will be assigned according to the number of people who have booked together.

Depending on availability at each location, you may request twin beds if that is your preference.

Larger groups will be accommodated in combinations of triple, double and twin rooms – three people in a triple room, four people in two doubles or twin rooms, five people in one triple and one double, and so on.

If a person in your group would prefer a single room, you must select “single supplement fee” for them when booking.

Solo travelers must pay a single supplement fee in all instances.

Breakfast is included at each overnight location, featuring bread and butter, preserves, boiled eggs, cooked meats, fruits, yoghurts, tea, and coffee.

All other meals are at your own expense.

As the tour continues around the country, you can grab lunch and dinner at each of the scheduled stops, and we’ll offer recommendations if you want them!

Yes. We monitor the weather and road conditions on the tour route to maximize your chance to see Iceland’s attractions at their best.

That means we may change the order or timing of the stops to take advantage of the weather (avoiding rain or snow showers where possible) and “golden hour” photo opportunities.

If we receive a weather alert from the Icelandic Meteorological Office or roads are closed by the local authorities, we must cancel tours for your safety.

Iceland’s weather is very changeable, meaning changes may occur quickly. If we have to cancel tours, we will send you an email notification immediately.

So please check your email inbox before heading out to the collection point, particularly if the weather looks bad in the city.

Sometimes the weather is worse outside the city, or vice versa!

On average, we will cover 200-300 kilometers each day, with four to five hours of driving.

We schedule our tours as evenly as possible, with driving distances between each stop varying from 45 minutes to a couple of hours.

You’ll have around 30 to 60 minutes to explore each location, with most attractions just a short walk from the parking lot.

As with everything in Iceland, the precise timings of the tour will depend on weather and road conditions on the day, as our priority is to keep you safe while exploring Iceland.

If you want to bring small children on our tours, we will provide booster seats to ensure their safety and comfort.

Important: bringing children younger than the minimum age stated for each trip is not permitted; please check carefully before submitting your booking.

Please contact us by email (nicetravel@nicetravel.is) at least 12 hours in advance, with the subject line “Booster seat + your booking reference number”.

After the final stop on the tour, we will return to the city. There is no specific time or drop off location – this can differ from the pick up spot. 

You’re free to ask the guide to drop you off in the city center, or back at your collection point, whichever is the most convenient for your evening plans.

You can expect to be dropped off within 30 minutes after the scheduled end of the tour.

All our scheduled group tours are guided in English. Though it is possible to book a private tour guided in other languages. We will try to accommodate your request the best we can!

 

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Book worry free! We require no minimum number of participants to run any of our tours!

When booking with Nicetravel you can rest assured your tour will not be cancelled by us unless rare force majeure events occur (i.e. violent storm, volcanic eruptions, strikes)

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Free Pick Up Service From Reykjavík

We offer pick up and drop off within the city of Reykjavik. We can pick-up directly from many hotels and guest houses in Reykjavik as well as from the Reykjavik cruise ship terminals.

Parts of Reykjavík City Center are closed for the commercial traffic. Please note, that your pick up might be from one of the dedicated meeting points

Lava Formations

Explore Iceland’s astonishing lava formations on our tours

ARNARSTAPI (SNÆFELLSNES)
ARNARSTAPI (SNÆFELLSNES)
REYNISDRANGAR (SOUTH COAST)
ELDHRAUN (SOUTH COAST)
STUÐLAGIL (RING ROAD)
DIMMUBORGIR (RING ROAD)

On our tours of Iceland, you’ll see an ever-changing country packed with breathtaking geological marvels, including beautiful basalt columns, jagged pinnacles, and jet-black lava flows. Home to some of the fiercest volcanoes ever known, more than a third of the world’s recorded lava since the Middle Ages has poured across Iceland! On our Ring Road and South Coast tours, you’ll see how lava has shaped the country into what it is today, where more than 30 active volcano systems have created astonishing sights like Stuðlagil Canyon, the Eldhraun lava field, and the black sand beach at Reynisfjara.