6 Days Around Iceland - Walking & Sightseeing Tour | AA-AIA
Explore the Famous Ring Road in Iceland
Walking and Sightseeing Around Iceland
Travel Iceland's famous ring road while experiencing the highlights and visiting the best destinations of the island in a small group. Join us on our adventure!
- All year
- 6 days / 5 nights
- Min. Age
- 8 years
- 189 990
- Ring Road
- Golden Circle (Þingvellir, Gullfoss, Geysir)
- Glacier Hike
- South Coast (incl. Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss and Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach)
- Skaftafell National Park
- Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
- Mývatn (e. Myvatn)
- Dettifoss and Godafoss Waterfalls
- Siglufjörður (e. Siglufjordur)
- Deildatunguhver Hot Spring
- Hraunfossar Waterfall
- Short walks
- Whale Watching
- Iceland Wilderness Center
What Is Included?
- Guided Tour of the Ring Road
- Admission to Wilderness Center Exhibit (optional)
- Experienced Adventure Guide
- Guided Glacier Walk with a Certified Glacier Guide
- Whale Watching Tour
- Small Group Experience
Make the most of your stay in Iceland on this six day tour around the country. Apart from all the spectacular locations that will be visited around the island, there will be a possibility to be able to spot the Northern Lights from late August until April. During the summer months, when the arctic midnight sun reigns, puffins might be spotted along the coastline. And in the East, we might cross paths with reindeer if we are lucky.
In September, if time is on our side, we will visit a sheep round-up somewhere in the countryside.
After pick up in Reykjavik, the first day of this round trip will be spent exploring the famous Golden Circle. To start with, we visit Þingvellir National park where Icelanders founded their parliament in the year 930. Þingvellir is unique in a geographical sense and is one of UNESCO’s world heritage sites because of its historical significance. It lies between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates, forming a huge rift valley.
Geysir hot spring area is our next destination. Here the spouting hot spring Strokkur and bubbling fumaroles attract visitors all year round. The last of the Golden circle sites is the mighty Gullfoss waterfall. See the dreamlike golden hue rising from the spray of the glacier water rushing into the canyon. On our way to our accommodation, we have the chance to visit both Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls. We will spend the night in a country hotel close to the village of Vík.
We start the day exploring Reynisfjara black sand beach with the glorious Reynisdrangar peaks and basalt column cave. After that, glaciers are on the agenda.
We pass Mýrdalsjökull glacier having a possibility of a view of Katla Volcano and drive through Eldhraun lava field on the way to Skaftafell. Skaftafell is a part of Vatnajökull National park and is a true oasis in the black glacier sands with its green birch forest. We will take a three-hour glacier hike, lead by our skilled glacier guides, on one of Vatnajökulls many outlet glaciers.
After an hours hike at Europe’s biggest glacier, we make our way to the famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon where we will explore the lagoon as well as the black sand crystal beach called the Diamond Beach filled with stranded ice from the glacier, glittering in the black sand like diamonds. Our accommodation will be in a guesthouse in the town of Höfn, known as the lobster capital of Iceland.
Today we will explore the East Fjords of Iceland. We will continue threading our way along the coastline, driving narrow roads along Hvalnes- and Þvottárskriður landslides. We will stop at Djúpivogur village, a small fishery village that is the home of fine outdoor sculpture – Eggin í Gleðivík (e. The eggs of Marry bay).
After that, we will go for an invigorating hike to Hengifoss, Iceland’s second highest waterfall (128m) and Litlanesfoss waterfalls. The hike takes about three hours in total and it takes you to a beautiful gorge where a colorful rock face displays layers from volcanic eruptions in ancient times.
Our last attraction of the day is the Basement Museum at the Iceland Wilderness Center, or Óbyggðasetrið. Hailed the “best museum in the whole world” by Cosmopolitan Magazine, the exhibit takes you back in time to the 19th century when the first inhabitants settled in this area. You'll be served local refreshments of coffee/tea and waffles.
Finally we will make our way to Egilsstaðir, where we will be spending the night in a country hotel.
We are on our way to the northern part of the country. From Egilsstaðir, we drive over the wilderness of Möðrudalur, the highest inhabited place in the country, at 469 m.
We will stop at Dettifoss, Iceland’s most voluminous waterfall before we go to the Mývatn area where we will explore the magnificent landscape around the lake. Here Námaskarð geothermal area, Hverfjall Crater and Dimmuborgir formations will be among the highlights. Goðafoss waterfall is the last stop of the day before we make our way to Eyjafjörður fjord where we find our accommodation in a country hotel near Akureyri.
Optional extra: Entrance to Myvatn Nature Baths, rejuvenating geothermal baths, known as the Blue Lagoon of the North.
In the morning, you will get a chance to explore Akureyri, the capital of the North, before we go for a whale watching tour from Dalvík. During the 3-hour sail tour, you can expect to spot humpback whale, white-beaked dolphins, minke whales, and sometimes even the majestic blue whale, you do also get a chance to try your luck at sea angling. When we come ashore, we drive to Siglufjörður a fishing village and around Tröllaskagi peninsula where you can get a good idea about the life in the small villages around Iceland.
Before we reach Borgarfjörður where we spend the last night of this tour we will drive through a thriving agricultural area. The night will be spent in a hotel in the small university community at Bifröst.
Optional extra from April - October: Upgrade to the whale watching rib boat, an adrenaline-pumping experience where we search for whales & puffins on a speedboat.
On this last day, we will find ourselves in the west of Iceland – an area Lonely Planet voted as on of the best destinations in 2016. Borgarfjörður with all its splendid sights is our main focus.
Deildartunguhver hot spring, Barnafoss waterfall and Hraunfossar cascade, flowing from underneath the lava fields are among our stops. As well is the historic site of Reykholt, featuring Snorralaug pool, the home of Snorri Sturluson who is the author of many of the Icelandic sagas. We will drive the picturesque Hvalfjörður Bay on our way to Reykjavík where we will end our tour at 5-6 PM.
Pick-up starts at 8 a.m. at selected locations in the Reykjavik area