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The Best of Iceland

Experience the very best of Iceland’s scenic Ring Road and Snæfellsnes Peninsula, with attractions including national parks, icebergs, volcanic eruption sites, lava fields, waterfalls, hot springs and much more. The small group gives you a great sense of camaraderie and closer interactions with your guide, and the well-appointed accommodations will leave you well rested for each leg of this amazing journey.
All of our guided small group tours have a maximum capacity of 16 people. 

  • Product: ISIGGG-13
  • Duration: 12 Days / 11 Nights
  • Season: June - August


  • Transfer from KEF airport to Reykjavik on arrival
  • Accommodation (quality) for 11 nights, includes breakfast
  • Dinners, as per itinerary
  • Professional English-speaking guide, as per itinerary
  • Transportation in a premium mini-coach, as per itinerary
  • Entrance to Friðheimar Farm
  • Ferry to/from Vestmannaeyjar
  • Entrance to Eldheimar Volcano Museum
  • Boat tour around Westman Islands
  • Entrance to the Skógar Folk Museum
  • Entrance to the Iceland Erupts Volcano Centre in Þorvaldseyri
  • Guided boat tour of Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • Entrance to Petra's Stone & Mineral Collection
  • Entrance to the Herring Era Museum
  • Entrance to Eiríksstaðir Museum
  • Entrance to the Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum
  • Entrance to the Vatnshellir Lava Cave
  • Group information meeting with your tour guide
  • Transfer from Reykjavik to KEF airport on departure
  • Taxes & service fees

Not included

  • Flights to/from Iceland
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Meals, drinks & entrance fees, unless otherwise stated
  • Optional activities – can be added on request
  • Any services not listed above as “Included”


  • Reykjavik
  • Þingvellir
  • Gullfoss
  • Geysir
  • Seljalandsfoss
  • Jökulsárlón
  • Lake Mývatn
  • Höfn
  • Akureyri
  • Seyðisfjörður
  • Dettifoss
  • Hofsós
  • Skagafjörður
  • Stykkishólmur
  • Arnarstapi

Day 1 - Arrival to Iceland and Reykjavik

On arrival at Keflavik Airport, you will be welcomed by a driver and transferred to your accommodation in Reykjavík. After settling in, take the opportunity to explore the vibrant city centre at you own pace. The main downtown street, Laugavegur, offers a variety of shops, galleries, restaurants, coffee houses and bars to suit all tastes—all within an easy walk.

Spend the night in Reykjavik.


  • Reykjavik

Day 2 - Golden Circle and Geothermal Farm Visit

This morning you and your fellow travellers will be picked up by your guide. Then the first leg of our journey takes us around the Golden Circle, a popular route containing some of the best-known natural phenomena in Iceland.

Starting at the UNESCO-listed Þingvellir National Park, we will see the site of the ancient assembly grounds as well as the visible rift where two tectonic plates are slowly separating. We will also visit the Gullfoss waterfall and the Geysir geothermal area, where the Strokkur geyser spouts hot water every few minutes. The last stop in this area will be at the Friðheimar farm, where we’ll get to taste geothermally-grown tomatoes from their greenhouse.

Enjoy a group dinner (either buffet or set menu) with your fellow travellers.

Spend the night in the Hella Area.

Driving distance approx. 250 km / 155 mi.


  • Gullfoss
  • Geysir
  • Þingvellir
  • Friðheimar

Day 3 - Westman Islands, the “Pompeii of the North”

We start the day with a drive along the south coast to the Landeyjahofn harbour, where we will take a 30-minute ferry ride to the Westman Islands (Vestmanneyjar). This archipelago is well known for its volcanic activity, such as the sudden 1973 volcanic eruption in the middle of the town of Heimaey and the incredible creation of its newest island, Surtsey, from 1963 to 1967.

At Heimaey we will be greeted by a local guide and join a bus tour around the main island. We will visit the Storhöfði headlands—a popular puffin nesting spot, the volcanic crater and the new museum about the eruption. Then in the afternoon we will sail along the coastline to see unique ocean caves, various seabirds and, occasionally during the summer, groups of whales. Afterwards we will enjoy some instrumental music in the Klettshellir ocean cave, a natural echo chamber.

Spend another night in the Hella area.

Driving distance approx. 72 km / 45 mi.
Ferry to Westman Islands approx. 30 min. each way


  • Heimaey
  • Eldheimar Volcano Museum
  • Stórhöfði

Day 4 - Volcanic Wonders of the South Coast

This is another day of volcanic discovery! First we will start the day at the fairy tale-like Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where we can walk behind the misty cascade on a footpath. Then further along at the Volcano Visitor Centre at the Þorvaldseyri farm, we will browse the exhibit about the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption and its impact on the local residents.

Next is a stop to the magnificent Skógafoss waterfall and the Skógar folk museum that displays interesting artefacts from Iceland’s old farming and fishing days. The last stop today is at the black volcanic beach near the village of Vík í Mýrdal. Here we will be able to see the spectacular rock arch and bird nesting cliffs of Dyrhólaey and the Reynisdrangar basalt columns rising out of the ocean.

Enjoy a group dinner (either buffet or set menu) with your fellow travellers.

Spend the night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

Note: The cliffs at Dyrhólaey are closed from mid-May until late June due to puffin nesting season.

Driving distance approx. 160 km / 99 mi.


  • Seljalandsfoss
  • Skógafoss
  • Vík
  • Dyrhólaey
  • Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Day 5 - Skaftafell and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Today’s drive takes us to some of Iceland’s most photogenic attractions, including a visit to the beautiful Skaftafell area of Vatnajökull National Park, named for Iceland’s largest glacier. Here you have the option of hiking to the beautiful Svartifoss waterfall, which drops over a wide cliff of basalt columns that resemble organ pipes.

After lunch, the journey continues to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where we will sail among the floating icebergs on a guided boat tour. In the late afternoon you will have free time to walk around the small seaside village of Höfn and enjoy dinner at your leisure.

Spend the night in the Höfn í Hornarfjörður area.

Driving distance approx. 200 km / 124 mi.


  • Skaftafell
  • Vatnajökull glacier
  • Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
  • Höfn


  • Guided group hike to Svartifoss (4 km / 2.5 mile round trip)

Day 6 - Fishing Villages & Rugged Fjords in East Iceland

Today we will driving along majestic East Iceland, with scenery that includes tranquil fishing villages, narrow fjords, rugged tundra and sweeping landscapes. Along the way we will stop in two small villages: Stöðvarfjörður, where we will visit Petra’s Mineral Collection, a small museum with a geological focus; and Fáskrúðsfjörður, known for its French heritage.

Later in the evening, after a stop at our accommodation in Egilsstaðir, we will travel to Seyðisfjörður for a leisurely walk around town and dinner. Seyðisfjörður is one of the most enchanting villages in Iceland with its well-preserved wooden houses and steep mountains in the fjord.

Enjoy a group dinner (either buffet or set menu) with your fellow travellers.

Spend the night in Egilsstaðir.

Driving distance Höfn to Egilsstaðir approx. 261 km / 162mi.
Driving distance Egilsstaðir to Seyðisfjörður and back 52km / 32 mi.


  • Egilsstaðir
  • Stöðvarfjörður
  • Fáskrúðsfjörður
  • Petra's Mineral Collection
  • Seyðisfjörður

Day 7 - Moon-like North Iceland & Geothermal Baths

Today our destination is North Iceland, where you will be amazed by the raw power of Icelandic nature. The first place to illustrate this is the roaring Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall. Standing next to the thundering water here is an experience you won’t soon forget! Next we will explore the renowned lunar landscapes of the Lake Mývatn area with visits to the Námaskarð pass and the Skútustaðagígar pseudo craters.

After our sightseeing you will have the option of relaxing in the warm geothermal pools and saunas at the Mývatn Nature Baths, with a view to mountains and lava fields. From there, we will head to the town of Akureyri, our next overnight destination.

Spend the night in Akureyri.

Driving distance approx. 267 km / 166 mi.


  • Námaskarð
  • Lake Mývatn
  • Dettifoss
  • Skútustaðagígar


  • Visit to Mývatn Nature Baths 

Day 8 - Capital of North Iceland & Whale Watching

In the morning you will have the option to join a whale watching tour from Akureyri or enjoy free time to explore the town on your own. As the largest town outside Greater Reykjavik, Akureyri offers a variety of cosy cafés, small shops and interesting places for a walk such as the historical town centre. One suggestion here is to walk along the streets of Hafnarstræti and Aðalstræti to view the old houses and visit the Nonni Museum.

In the afternoon your guide will take you on a short sightseeing tour around Eyjafjörður, the beautiful fjord where Akureyri is located. In the evening you are free to choose your own dinner from among the good quality restaurants in the Akureyri city centre.

Spend another night in Akureyri.

Driving distance approx. 0 - 120 km / 0 - 75 mi. depending on your chosen activities


  • Akureyri
  • Eyjafjörður


  • Whale watching tour
  • Flight to Arctic Circle

Day 9 - Peninsula of the Trolls & Valley of the Horses

Today we continue towards Skagafjörður, a tranquil rural area known not only for its natural beauty but also for its abundance of purebred Icelandic horses. On our way there, our drive takes us through the beautiful, mountainous area of Tröllaskagi (“peninsula of the trolls”). We will also stop in the old fishing village of Siglufjörður to visit the Herring Era Museum and pass through the town of Hofsós, one of the oldest trading ports in North Iceland.

Spend the night at Hofsstaðir Guesthouse in the Skagafjörður area.

Driving distance approx. 160 km / 100 miles.


  • Siglufjörður
  • Hofsós
  • Skagafjörður

Day 10 - Hidden Gems of the Northwest & Snæfellsnes

Today’s drive takes us through Northwest Iceland to Snæfellsnes Peninsula, with a few stops at some lesser-known attractions. On the way we will visit Eiriksstadir, homestead of the famous Vikings Erik the Red and his son Leif “The Lucky” Eiríksson. Here you can explore inside the replica turf-house and meet guides in Viking Age costume who demonstrate the way of life from over 1,000 years ago.

We will also make stops in the charming village Stykkishólmur and at the Bjarnahöfn Shark Museum, where you can taste traditional fermented shark if you are feeling brave. Finally, we will stop to admire the church-shaped mountain of Kirkjufell in Grundarfjörður before ending our day at the location of our overnight accommodation.

Enjoy a group dinner (either buffet or set menu) with your fellow travellers.

Spend the night on Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

Driving distance approx. 333 km / 207 mi.


  • Eiríksstaðir
  • Stykkishólmur
  • Bjarnarhöfn
  • Kirkjufell

Day 11 - The Magic of Snæfellsjökull National Park

For the last day of our guided tour, we will spend the day exploring the rest of Snæfellsnes Peninsula before heading back to the capital city. Our biggest highlight is Snæfellsnesjökll National Park, named for the mystical Snæfellsjökull glacier-volcano located here, is renowned for its beautiful coastline and lava field surroundings. Some of the sights we will take in here include Arnarstapi, Dritvík Cove and the Vatnshellir lava cave.

On return to Reykjavik, you will be dropped off at your hotel and you can enjoy dinner and the rest of the evening at your leisure.

Spend the night in Reykjavik.

Driving distance approx. 265 km / 165 miles


  • Snæfellsjökull
  • Arnarstapi
  • Dritvík
  • Vatnshellir

Day 12 - Departure from Reykjavik

When it’s time to depart, you will be picked up from the hotel for your airport transfer about three hours before your flight. If you’re flying in the afternoon, you have the option of visiting the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa to relax in the warm mineral waters before continuing onwards to the airport.

Note: If you are interested in extending your stay, we can book extra night and activities in the Reykjavík area or even combine this tour with a visit to Greenland or our other Nordic destinations.


The accommodations for this tour include well-appointed three-star hotels that have been hand-picked by our local travel experts for quality and location.

The hotels mentioned below are our first priority for this tour. Please note that although we have included specific accommodations in the tour, these are subject to change in rare cases. We reserve the right to substitute a named property in the same locality for one of a similar standard. We will send you the final list of hotels before you arrive for your tour.

Hotel Borg

Dignified and imposing, Hotel Borg overlooks the beautiful square of Austurvöllur, in the heart of Reykjavík, across from Althingi, the Icelandic parliament and the cathedral. The Borg, which has become one of Reykjavik’s landmarks, is conveniently located within walking distance of variety of restaurants, businesses, souvenir shops, art galleries and specialty shops.

Hotel Rangá

Hotel Ranga is a luxury countryside hotel and the only 4 star resort in South Iceland. It offers all the facilities and services of a modern resort. Located about an hour from Reykjavík between the towns of Hella and Hvolsvöllur, it lies just off the main road right in middle of South Iceland’s panoramic scenery.

Hotel Laki

Hotel Laki has 64 rooms, all with ensuite WC, free Wi-Fi, phone and TV, as well as separate cottages for 2 - 3 people with cooking facilities and private bathrooms. There is also a dining hall, bar and golf course onsite. Set in the beautiful countryside of South Iceland, the hotel is near Skaftafell, Jökulsárlón, Ingólfshöfði and other natural attractions.

Hótel Höfn

Hótel Höfn was founded in the year 1966 and is one of the better established hotels in the country. It’s located in the center of town and has a breathtaking view over the magnificent glaciers, the circle of mountains and the fjord. Hótel Höfn is a 3 star hotel with 68 comfortable rooms all equipped with a TV, radio, telephone, computer access and a private bath.

Lake Hotel

Egilsstaðir Guesthouse is a cosy hotel which offers a peaceful environment for meetings or overnight stays during the week, and a revitalising, romantic atmosphere over the weekend. Centrally located within East Iceland our guesthouse serves as an ideal base for taking a wide variety of sight-seeing excursions around the East.

Icelandair Hotel Akureyri

Your comfy base camp to enjoy and experience Iceland's beautiful North at Icelandair Hotel Akureyri. Stay and play in our vibrant Northern capital, with its many shops, restaurants, local events and friendly people. Explore the amazing countryside, which is full of some of Iceland's most amazing natural attractions.

Hofsstaðir Guesthouse

Hofsstaðir offers versatile comfort and relaxation as well as excellent panorama view of Skagafjörður. Here you can benefit from the peaceful countryside with all principal services and recreation of the area within your reach. All rooms come with private facilities (bathroom with shower) ,wooden floor, blackout drapes ,hair dryer, tea/coffee maker, free Wi-Fi in the rooms, Satellite TV and a porch of your own with two chairs and a table. Non smoking rooms. The rooms are for two or three persons and children's beds could be provided on request. 

Hotel Búðir

The hotel sits at the edge of The Snaefellsjokull National Park in a lava field on the westernmost tip of the Snaefellsnes peninsula in the western region of Iceland. Due to the hotel´s location, guests have an impressive view of the breathtaking Snaefellsjokull glacier and the Budir-estuary which meanders into the vast Faxafloi-Bay where a number of seals reside.


Group size: Maximum group size is 16 participants.


The professional local guides for our tours are very experienced with Iceland‘s climate and natural environment. In rare cases, due to bad weather or other unpredictable events, ours guide reserve the right to alter routes, departure times or other parts of the itinerary to ensure the best experience for our travellers.

This tour is not recommended for families with young children.

Meals in this tour
Not all dinners are included for each night of this tour. We do include group dinners in the more remote rural areas in Iceland, but for towns that have a variety of dining options we allow you to choose your own restaurant. Your tour guide will be able to tell you about the local availability and offer recommendations.

Booking and confirmation

After booking a holiday package with, you will be contacted by email within two working days by your designated travel consultant, who will assist with your booking and serve as your point of contact for any travel needs during your stay. The email will include the full name and direct contact information for your travel consultant along with information about your booking, payment and what to expect during your holiday.

Booking of at least three weeks prior to departure is recommended.

Travel Documents

For all bookings, we provide the following travel documents:
  • Pro-forma and confirmation invoices
  • Booking overview with information about all your services in Iceland
  • Electronic vouchers for each of your services
  • Full itinerary

Delivery of travel documents

Travel documents will be delivered as follows:
  • At time of deposit payment: You will receive the pro-forma invoice by email
  • Within 30 days of deposit payment: You will receive the full itinerary by email
  • At time of full payment: You will receive the confirmation invoice and all vouchers by email