Guided Tour 10 days/9 nights
The Ring Road is the journey on the road par excellence, thanks to the amazing natural attractions. We focus on the north, full of natural treasures and traditions. We aim at making our travelers get close to Icelandic culture, ancient and modern.
DAY 1 – ARRIVAL IN ICELAND AND REYKJAVÍK
Arrival in Keflavík and transfer to Reykjavík in shared shuttle. Meeting with the guide and, depending on the arrival time, visit to some of the main representative places. Among these, the enchanting Tjörnin lake and the Harpa, iconic glass building by the sea. We can’t miss a visit to the majestic Hallgrímskirkja. Moreover, Reykjavík is a perfect city for a stroll, and it’s very nice just to take shelter in one of the historic cafes, to warm up with a kaffi or kókó. Overnight stay in a central hotel.
DAY 2 – GOLDEN CIRCLE
First stops are the ones of the Golden Circle. We start with Þingvellir National Park, place of the first parliament, where it’s possible to admire one of the most impressive tectonic plates. We move then to Geysir geothermal area, which gave the name to this natural phenomenon, and to Gullfoss, queen of the Icelandic waterfalls with its double jump. Heading South, we reach the colourful crater of Kerið. We then visit a symbol of Icelandic renewable energy: a geothermal greenhouse. Option for a warm bath in one of the oldest outdoor pools in Iceland. Overnight in Hella area.
DAY 3 – THE SOUTH COAST: WATERFALLS AND BLACK BEACHES
We start the day with the waterfalls of the South. The first one is the romantic Seljalandsfoss, where it’s possible to walk all around its jet; the next one is the perfect Skógafoss, in the tiny village of Skógar, which also host an interesting folklore museum. Before reaching Vík, there are a couple of stops: the first one is the promontory of Dyrhólaey, where we can see funny puffins until the middle of August, but which gives us actually amazing ocean landscapes all year around, and the second one is the dark beach of Reynisfjara. Depending on time, we might stop at the beautiful canyon of Fjaðrárgljúfur. Overnight in Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.
DAY 4 – THE ICE WORLD OF SKAFTAFELL AND JÖKULSÁRLÓN
From Kirkjubæjarklaustur, we soon reach the region of the majestic Vatnajökull, the biggest glacier in Europe and third ice sheet in the world. We stop at Skaftafell National Park, which offers excellent excursions. If the weather allows it, we’ll walk an easy circular hike that brings to the elegant Svartifoss (5,5km with soft difference in height). Next stop is at the Svínafellsjökull, the most spectacular ice tongue, not far from Skaftafell. At the Jökulsárlón lagoon, we find ice again, but in a different form: here we can see hundreds of icebergs in different shapes, fluctuating and sparkling under the sun or hiding the haze. Then we reach the diamond beach, where the icebergs meet the sea and glitter on the black sand. Close to Höfn, we can see the spectacular Vestrahorn mountain. Overnight in Breiðdalsvík area.
DAY 5 – THE AMAZING EAST FJORDS
We drive through the spectacular pass of Öxi to reach Egilsstaðir, that lies on the shores of lake Lagarfljót, where a sort of Icelandic Loch Ness monster would live (many people swear they saw it). Alternatively, we might avoid the pass and visit the very nice fishing villages of Stöðvarfjörður and Fáskrúðsfjörður. After reaching Egilsstaðir, we might decide to go along the lake, until the west shore, from where we can leave for a short – though difficult – path to reach an underestimated waterfall, Hengifoss (2,2km with 150mt climb up, one way). Alternatively, we can reach Borgarfjördur Eystri, a small village set in a fascinating fjord, where until the middle of August it’s possible to see puffins, and where we can visit the stone-residence of the queen of the elves. Another option is to arrive in Seyðisfjördur, a very nice town in the fjord, where there is a unique blue wooden church. Back to Egilsstaðir. Overnight in Egilsstaðir area.
DAY 6 – THE POWER OF WATER AT DETTIFOSS AND ÁSBYRGI
Going west, the green landscape turns into a desolate land which makes you think to be on the Moon. Proceeding along The Ring Road, we reach the road on the marvelous Jökulsárgljúfur canyon. Here, through a more and more lunar landscape, we visit the majestic waterfall of Dettifoss, a true power of nature, and the beautiful Selfoss. We then reach the unique columnar rock formations of Hljóðaklettar. Finally, at the end of the Jökulsárgljúfur, we visit the impressive canyon of Ásbyrgi, which they say it was formed by Odin’s horse and now it is thought to be the home of the hidden people. We arrive in Húsavík, where it is possible to join a whale watching tour to meet the giants of the Ocean. Overnight stay in Húsavík.
DAY 7 – SURROUNDINGS OF MÝVATN
The day is entirely dedicated to Mývatn area, one of the most varied places in Iceland. We start at the volcanic area of Krafla, and then we move to the geothermal area of Hverir, the place on Earth which is the most similar to Mars. Among the attractions, the lava field of Dimmuborgir and the pseudo-craters of Skútustaðagígar (geological formations you can find only here and on Mars). To end the day in the best way, we bath in the paradisiacal Jarðböðin, sister – less touristic – of the Blue Lagoon. Third overnight stay in Húsavík.
DAY 8 – THE RUGGED TRÖLLASKAGI PENINSULA
We head West. First stop of the day is at Goðafoss, scenic waterfall of semicircular shape. Then we drive through Tröllaskagi Peninsula, among its mountains and fishermen villages. Siglufjörður is one of the most picturesque of the country, set in a beautiful fjord. The Herring Museum, here, is highly recommended, to learn more about the fishing and culture history of this little town. In Hofsós, then, we can have a bath in one of the most famous swimming pool of the country, located up on the hill, with an astonishing view on the ocean. Then, close to Varmahlíð, we visit Glaumbær, the most iconic turf roof farm, and Víðimýrarkirkja, a pretty black little church, again with a turf roof. We reach Vatnsnes Peninsula. Overnight in Hvammstangi area.
DAY 9 – THE SEALS’ PENINSULA AND BACK TO THE SOUTH
From Hvammstnagi, we explore the Peninsula of Vatnsnes, to reach the seals’ colony of Ósar and then the famous elephant rock of Hvítserkur. Back to the Ring Road, we go South, reaching Bifröst, village built on a lava field, from where we can climb the impressive volcanic crater of Grábrók. We arrive then in Borgarnes, where we can visit the interesting workshop of an artisan who uses traditional methods to paint the Icelandic wool. After the tunnel of Hvalfjörður, we arrive in Reykjavík. Overnight in a central hotel.
DAY 10 – END OF JOURNEY
Depending on the time of the flight, you can explore what Reykjavík has to offer. Departure towards the airport in shared shuttle, with the option to stop at the famous Blue Lagoon to relax before departure. Return flight.
Departure point: Reykjavík
From 03.08.2020 to 12.08.2020
From 10.08.2020 to 22.08.2020
Upon request, private tours available all the other days.
Duration: 10 days
– Organisation fees
– Informative material and assistance before the travel
– 9 overnight stays in double/twin rooms, with private facilities or facilities shared among the people of the group
– Shared shuttle from/to Keflavík International Airport
– Transport in private minivan, including tolls and fuel
– Payment for the guide/driver for 9 days
– Food and accommodation expenses for the guide/driver
– Access to all the natural attractions and National Parks
– IVA e local taxes
– Booking assistance for extra visits and activities
– International flights
– Lunches, dinners, drinks and other snacks
– Travel insurance
– Health insurance
– Personal expenses and anything else not specified as “included”
Please note: minimum number of participant is 7, maximum number of participant is 12.
Bookings: for scheduled departure, please use the form below. For other departures and special requests, please contact us.