8 Days Around Iceland Summer
Come along on a fantastic summer adventure with this 8 Day Tour around the Ring Road and the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. See for yourself the country’s most beautiful spots including Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Dettifoss Waterfall as they are bathed in everlasting summer light.
✓ Golden Circle ✓ East fjords ✓ North Iceland
✓ Akureyri ✓ Jökulsárlón✓ Vatnajökull
✓ Mývatn ✓ Skógafoss ✓ Seljalandsfoss
✓ Geysir ✓ Gullfoss ✓ Dettifoss ✓ Ásbyrgi
✓ Húsavík ✓ Snæfellsnes Peninsula ✓ West Iceland
✓ 8 day guided tour of the Ring Road of Iceland
✓ 7 night of accommodation in various country hotels with breakfast and a private bathroom
✓ Professional English speaking guide
Day 1 – The Golden Circle
Thingvellir National Park is the first stop of the day. Volcanic fields and mountains surrounded by snow will blow your mind. It is one of the most beautiful locations in Iceland. Thingvellir has an amazing cultural heritage as Iceland’s first parliament was founded there in the year 930 AD. To add even more uniqueness to the location, its geological features are truly amazing and exceptional. This is because of the exposed North American and Eurasian tectonic plate on the surface. The location is an UNESCO designated World Heritage site for these reasons.
Haukadalur Geothermal Area will be your next stop on the Golden Circle route, where you will find hot springs. Strokkur erupts every five to ten minutes, creating amazing photo opportunities. Another site is the famous Geysir, the original one that has named all other geysers in the world.
By the end of the Golden Circle, we will stop at the must see waterfall, Gullfoss. Water from the glacial river Hvítá rushes down two tiers of a 32 meters fall. The Golden Circle has gotten its name from Gullfoss, which translates to the Golden Waterfall.
Day 2 – The South Coast
On this day you will be heading to the South Coast, towards the magnificent Seljalandsfoss waterfall with a 65 meters drop. Moving on to another waterfall, Skógafoss, that is one of the largest falls in all of Iceland. We strongly recommend bringing or renting waterproof clothes, if you want to explore the falls a little closer. The extra Katla Ice Cave Tour, with a Super Jeep ride starting in Vik, can be added at the time of booking.
The final stop of the day will be Reynisfjara, the famous Black Sand Beach. Surrounded by black basalt columns, it is one of the most popular Icelandic places to visit. From there you can see the rock formations Reynisdrangar. Also Dýrhólaey Peninsula rises gracefully from the ocean, providing an astonishing sight and shelter for birds like the razorbills.
You will then head on to your accommodation close to the idyllic coastal town of Vík.
Optional Extra Activity: Katla Ice Cave Tour
Day 3 – Glacier Hike, Jökulsárlón & Diamond Beach
Your day will start with one of the most exciting & unique activities in the world – a Glacier Hike. Your guide will introduce you to one of our exceptionally professional glacier guides, who will take you to the top of the glacier.
You will put on crampons, ice axes, and other essential glacier equipment (provided by Troll). Once you reach the top, you will be surrounded by the largest glacier in Europe. Expect to find another world while you are on the ice, while you will be exploring crevasses, moulins, and other natural phenomenas.
Please note that the glacier hike might take place on day 2 instead of day 3. Your guide will let you know on Day 1.
The next stop of the journey is the astonishing Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where you can see large icebergs drift calmly towards the ocean and follow their path to the Diamond Beach, our following stop, where the icebergs strand on the sand and resemble crystals as they lie on the black satin beach.
Optional activity: Afterwards we will take you on an unforgettable Boat Ride Tour at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, where you will get a chance to get closer to the floating icebergs!
Your night will be spent in the Southeast area.
Day 4 – The East Fjords
You’ll spend your fourth day in the East Fjords of Iceland, where you can find amazing and rare wildlife, for example this is the only place in Iceland where wild Reindeer might be seen sometimes. These fjords present you high mountain ridges and the mighty Vatnajökull towering in the west. Icelandic history makes its appearance in the peaceful fishing villages you pass along the way, as fishing has always been a big part of Icelandic culture.
Hallormsstaðaskógur forest is your next destination, the largest forest in Iceland that offers many walking trails that lead to locations such as waterfalls, coves and moors. You will travel along Lake Lagarfljót, and try to see with your own eyes the mythical worm-like creature said to live in the lake. The night will be spent in a beautiful town in East-Iceland. Add an extra Horseback Riding as an additional activity this day.
Optional Extra Activity: Horseback Riding in the East
Please note: not suitable for people over 120 kgs or people in bad shape.
Day 5 – The Mývatn Area & Dettifoss
Lake Mývatn and it’s beautiful surroundings is the designated destination for day five, you will explore the geothermal region around the Lake. The area has many of the things that make Iceland so unique, lava formations, mud pools and remarkable geological features.
On Day 5, you can opt for the extra of an entrance to VÖK Baths which will give you the opportunity for complete relaxation and a chance to experience the geothermal nature of Iceland up close.
This day is packed with further amazing sightseeing locations: Námaskarð pass, a high temperature geothermal area where the earth boils and gurgles; Dimmuborgir, a field of peculiar shaped lava pillars that rise from the earth; the majestic Dettifoss waterfall from the Prometheus movie opening scene, with a 100 meters wide and 44 meters high fall into the Jökulsárgljúfur canyon; the old forest Ásbyrgi situated in a horseshoe-shaped canyon, the phenomenal waterfall Goðafoss, important in Christian Icelandic history.
On the way to Akureyri, your next overnight stop, we’ll pass through the fishing village Húsavík, now famous for being The Hometown of the movie Fire Saga: Eurovision and some resourceful elves.
Optional Extra: Entrance to VÖK Baths
Day 6 – North Iceland
Today you will explore the town of Akureyri or take in some final extra adventures.
A short drive from Akureyri is the village of Hauganes, where you´ll hop on a whale watching boat to see Humpback whales and more gentle giants found in the ocean. The small town of Hauganes has many things to offer and we recommend you take a walk around the small town, it has a charming harbor and a beautiful black sand beach overlooking the ocean and the graceful tall mountains all around.
You will then head back to the capital of Reykjavik to arrive in the evening.
Included: Hauganes Whale Watching Tour
Day 7 – Snaefellsnes Peninsula In-Depth
The magnificent Snæfellsnes Peninsula is the destination of the day, it welcomes you with its world of cliffs, mountains capes, unique wildlife and ancient fishing settlements.
The first stop is at Gerðuberg, which is a cluster of hexagonal basalt columns. Next you will journey to Ytri-Tunga where you will find a white sand beach, a pretty rare sight in Iceland as you will know by now, most beaches in Iceland are black. This white beach at Ytri-Tunga is not only interesting for its white sand, but also for the fact that it is a seal colony, where you can sometimes see seals lounge on the rocks.
Now you will be heading to the beach of Djúpalónssandur, you have to walk through a maze of remarkable free standing lava pillars to get to the beach, unlike anything you have seen before. The mighty glacier of the West, Snæfellsjökull glacier will be keeping an eye on you from a distance. The magnificent lava cave Víðgelmir will be your next location, perfect for exploring the volcanic history of Iceland.
Of course, you can not leave the Snæfellsnes Peninsula without seeing the iconic mountain Kirkjufell. This phenomenal mountain has proven to be one of Iceland’s most popular places to visit, it has also been featured in Game of Thrones as the “arrowhead mountain” located Beyond the Wall.
As the Professor Otto Lidenbrock from Jules Verne’s novel, you can add an extra this day when booking to venture into Víðgelmir lava cave. Do not worry, you won’t reach the center of the Earth but you will follow a path of lava that was created thousands years ago.
At the the end of the day you will end up back in the Borgarnes area for the night.
Optional Extra Activity: Víðgelmir Lava Cave
Day 8 – West Iceland & Snaefellsnes Peninsula
On this day you will have a chance to further explore West-Iceland. Your first stop will be Deildartunguhver, which is the most powerful hot spring in Europe and you can see the hot steam and boiling water bubbling from the ground. The surface around the hot spring has taken a red color from the minerals and steam that surrounds it.
Your next stop will be Reykholt, a location that holds a significant historical heritage as it was the home of Snorri Sturluson. Snorri made a big impact on Icelandic history as a poet, law-maker, scholar and is undeniably a significant character of the Middle-Ages.
Not had enough of waterfalls yet? Great, because next you will visit two very different but equally special waterfalls. Hraunfossar is a series of streams emerging through the dark lava fields, a very special and beautiful sight. Barnafoss on the other hand is a brightly colored blue stream that speeds through a narrow ravine.
Later on, you will head on South, to hike to the active volcano in Iceland.
Your tour then ends, as you arrive in Reykjavík in the evening.
Included: Fagradalsfjall Active Volcano Tour
April to August
Easy to moderate
✓ Mývatn lake
✓ East fjords
✓ Námaskarð pass
✓ Thingvellir National Park
✓ Gullfoss waterfall
✓ Geysir geothermal area
✓ Skógafoss waterfall
✓ Seljalandsfoss waterfall
✓ Jökulsárlón, the Glacier Lagoon
✓ Diamond Beach
✓ Reynisfjara – The Black Sand Beach
✓ West Iceland
✓ Snaefellsnes Peninsula
✓ Ytri Tunga Beach
✓ English speaking professional guide
✓ Small group
✓ Wi-Fi and Icelandic music on board
✓ 8 days guided tour of the Ring Road of Iceland
✓ 7 night of accommodation in various country hotels with breakfast and a private bathroom
• Warm clothes (first layer)
• Waterproof outdoor clothing (second layer)
• Hiking boots (available for rent when booking)
• Swimsuit and a towel
• Joy and happiness!
• Order or availability of attractions may change due to road or weather conditions and we may have to adjust timings to the short daylight of winter days.
• The limit is one suitcase of 24 inches per person, but you can store your extra luggage in our office for 1,500 ISK. It can be added as an extra fee at the time of booking, and is non-refundable upon payment in all cases.
• Customers travelling on their own will receive a single room. Reservations for 2 people will be allocated a double room. For bookings of 3 or more, triple rooms will automatically be allocated. If these arrangements do not meet your requirements, please contact the provider.
• Pick up is from designated locations in Reykjavík on a drop-down menu at the time of booking. Pick up is not available from Keflavik airport or outside of the greater capital area.
• Ice caves are a dynamic ever-changing natural phenomenon only accessible during winter time when temperatures drop below zero. Each year new unique caves are formed in different areas of the glacier. We visit a naturally formed ice cave during this tour. The photos on our website and social medias are from this winter season, but the ice cave we visit might have changed of appearance due to the dynamic nature of these formations.
• You can cancel your tour up to 24 hours before departure time of your tour and receive a full refund. No refund is given if your tour is cancelled within less than 24 hours before the departure time of the tour. This includes bookings made within 48 hours before departure. A cancellation confirmation must be sent to Troll Expeditions in writing – by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The request has to be confirmed by Troll Expeditions to be valid.
• In the case of cancellation of the tour by the operator because of extreme weather, road conditions or other factors, we will assist you with rebooking to another date or booking other activities when possible, or provide a full refund.
How does pick up work?
We offer pick-up only from Reykjavik city greater area from designated locations found on a drop-down menu at the time of booking. We ask all our customers to send their pick up location at least 24 hours prior to the departure of their tour. We cannot be responsible if you do not provide your pick up location or miss the departure of your tour. Pick up starts at the scheduled departure time of your voucher and can take up to 30 minutes. We ask our passenger to be ready at their listed location so they can be easily found.
What are designated pick up locations?
Due to the regulations of the city of Reykjavik, tour companies are only allowed to stop at certain designated bus stop locations in the city center to pick up passengers. It is stated on your voucher if we will pick you up directly from your hotel or from the designated bus stop locations. Find the closest designated pick up location using the map on www.busstop.is.
What is a multiday tour?
A multiday tour is a tour that includes guided sightseeing and activities for more than one day and accommodation.
Why should I book a multiday tour?
All our multiday tours are in a minibus and offer small group experience. You don’t have to worry about accommodation during the time of the tour. These tours also drive further into in the countryside and give you the opportunity to explore Iceland in-depth and experience places that you would normally not be able to on a one day tour from Reykjavik.
Will I have a private bathroom?
All our partner hotels have private bathrooms.
Is breakfast included?
Yes, breakfast is included after each night of accommodation spent during the multiday tour.
I’m a solo traveler, is there a single supplement?
Yes, single fee supplement is mandatory for solo travelers on all multiday tours to ensure your private room in our accommodation. There is no way to opt out of single fee supplement if you are a solo traveler.
How much luggage can I bring?
The limit is one suitcase of 24 inches per person, but you can store your extra luggage in our office for 1,000 ISK. It can be added as an extra fee at the time of booking, and is non-refundable upon payment in all cases.
What should I wear for glacier tours?
Weather in Iceland is very unpredictable. For tours during winter: warm clothing as first layer, waterproof outdoor jacket and pants, hiking boots with high ankle protection, a hat and gloves are ideal. For tours during summer, bringing a light rain jacket and pants is in most cases enough protection. Icelanders often say, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait 5 minutes”. Jeans are not recommended for outdoor trips as they become very heavy and cold when they get wet.
Do I need hiking boots?
We encourage bringing hiking boots for glacier tours. They have to have hard on the sole and be tight around the ankle. If you don’t have them, we have them available for rent in all sizes while booking or at the glacier hike location for ISK 1,500 per pair with cash or card.
How difficult are glacier hikes?
Our tours are considered to be safe for anyone in good physical condition. You have to be able to walk for about an hour up and down on slopes and uneven surface. Longer tours will be more challenging in endurance for some areas of the glacier. We also recommend you remember that we offer all the safety equipment necessary and you will be hiking with a professional and certified glacier guide. If you have specific questions regarding one of our glacier tours, feel free to email us.
If I am pregnant, can I join a glacier hike?
This is a personal choice. We have had pregnant women on our glacier hikes and we always recommend you read the description of the activity to get a better idea. In any case, feel free to contact our Service Team for further questions and concerns.
How does weather affect my tour?
Wind and rain are common in Iceland, in addition to snow in the winter, but we do not let challenging weather stop us from going out and enjoy nature. All we need to do is choose our clothing wisely, which is why we recommend wearing waterproof jacket and pants as the second layer. Of course, safety is our #1 priority, in case of extreme weather or road conditions, we will cancel our tours and do our best to reschedule your booking at a further date or provide a full refund.