7 Day Guided Ring Road Tour | Explore the Circle of Iceland
We will take you around Iceland during a 7 Day amazing adventure on the Route 1 road, which locals call the Ring Road.
In the first day of the tour you will enjoy the Golden circle which is a pure classic with Geysers, the old parliament Thingvellir, Gullfoss waterfall and Kerid Volcanic crater as well as the great waterfall Seljalandsfoss..
On the second day, you will follow the south coast through the glacier lands by Eyjafjallajökull volcano and Vatnajökull glacier, visit the amazing waterfalls Skogafoss, Irafoss and the secret Kvernufoss as well as the Black beaches of Reynisfjara before continuing all the way to the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon. You will also make a stop in Solheimajokull glacier to do Glacier hike for 1,5 hours which is amazing experience.
In the following day, you’ll visit mountain Vestrahorn, the Viking village in Stokksnes and travel up the eastern fjords, an area known for their abundance of reindeer’s, puffins and deep fjords with huge mountains where we will also visit the unique Petra´s Stone museum in Stodvarfjordur.
The two next days are in the North. On day 4 we start with Dettifoss the giant waterfall which is the biggest one in Iceland and the afternoon, we spend the day around Lake Mývatn, known for its amazing lava rock formations and geothermal areas. There you will go for good hikes and in the end of the day to the Natural baths called Green lagoon. On day 5 we will take you for a Whale watching tour in Husavik and the Godafoss waterfall.
The last two days are in the Western parts of the island. On day 6, we will visit the rock Hvitserkur and the Icelandic Seal Center near Hvammstangi before heading to Borgarfjordur where we visit Hraunfossar and Barnafossar waterfalls and Deildartunguhver hot spring. On day 7, the last day of the tour we head to the majestic peninsula of Snæfellsnes where you can find seals, black beaches and great landscapes. We visit Ytri-Tunga, Arnarstapi, Lóndrangar and Djupalonssandur before visiting Kirkjufell mountain, one of the most popular photography spots in Iceland. Also on the agenda is a visit to the unique Bjarnarhofn Shark Museum. The tour arrives back to Reykjavik at around 20:30 (08:30pm).
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.
Day 1 – The Golden Circle & 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.
Gullfoss is one of the most amazing waterfalls in Iceland. In the end of the day we stop by the waterfall Seljalandsfoss
We will stay overnight in a guesthouse very near to the great waterfall Seljalandsfoss.
Day 2 – South coast and Glacier hike
Today we will discover the beautiful south coast of Iceland.
In the south coast, you can see many of the most beautiful places in Iceland. 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 Skógafoss, Irafoss and the secret waterfall Kvernufoss. We will enjoy the pure nature and visit many places of interests, including the mentioned waterfall and the Reynisfjara Black Beach which is the most amazing beach in the whole country.
The highlight of the day is a unique glacier hike in Solheimajokull which takes around 1,5 hours. Our guides are specially trained to do those kinds of hikes and they will provide you all necessary safety equipment. In the late afternoon, we visit the biggest glacier in Europe Vatnajokull, the beautiful Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and the diamond beach.
We will stay overnight in a guesthouse in the south east of Iceland.
Day 3 – Vestrahorn mountain, Viking village and the Eastern fjords
We start the day by visiting mountain Vestrahorn which is one of the best spots for photos in Iceland. We will also visit Stokksnes and the Viking village.
On the way to our accommodation we will go 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.
In this area, you will see some of the features that make Iceland a unique place in the world: spectacular fjords with a rich sea life, a great variety of bird life, and countless breathtaking hiking paths.
We also visit Petru Stone museum where you can see a unique collection of natural stones from the area.
For the night, we stay in East Iceland
Day 4 – Dettifoss waterfall, Lake Mývatn and Green lagoon
This day we go through the highlands from the East to the North of Iceland, discovering the magnificent Dettifoss which is Europe’s most powerful waterfall. Lake Mývatn is also 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 waters, blue waters, big rock formations, unique bird life and fauna.
During the day, we go for visits in the area to the following places Hverir, Grjótagjá, Dimmuborgir, Krafla power station and at the end of the day we take you to the Green lagoon for a relaxing time in the natural baths.
We will spend the night in a nice guesthouse in North Iceland
Day 5 – Whale watching in Húsavík and Godafoss the waterfall of the Gods
We start the day by going to the north coastline heading to Húsavik village which has become the capital of the whale watching tours in Europe in the last years. 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. It is a great experience to be in the North – Atlantic Ocean with the majestic mountains in the coastline of Bay Skjálfandi and enjoying the mammals of the ocean at the same time. After the whale watching tour we visit the great waterfall Godafoss which means the waterfall of the Gods. We pass through Akureyri the biggest town in the North and we stop there for a short sightseeing. From Akureyri we drive for two hours to reach our Guesthouse in the North West.
Day 6 – The West of Iceland, seals, waterfalls and hot springs
We start the day by visiting the rock Hvítserkur which is a unique formation and a great place for photos. Next stop is the seal center in the small fishing village Hvammstangi where you will get information about those beautiful animals before visiting them at the coastline. Afterwards we 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.
Finally, take in the sights at Deildartunguhver, the highest-flow hot spring in Europe.
We stay overnight in the Borgarfjordur area.
Day 7 – 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 the famous Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum, you’ll see treasures and tools collected during a lifetime at sea.
There may even be fresh hákarl (the famous “rotten shark”) to try, dried in a shed behind the museum several times per year, along with a taste of Icelandic cumin schnapps to wash it down.
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!
We estimate to be back in Reykjavik around 8:30 pm (20:30)