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Goðafoss in North Iceland

Highlights of the Ring Road

(7 days / 6 nights)

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See the best of the Ring Road in One Week

Tour the famous Ring Road around Iceland to admire the top highlights of the country. You’ll take advantage of the knowledge of an expert guide and have the company of a small group of travellers. Picture yourself admiring snow-capped volcanoes, strolling through charming fishing villages, and snapping photos of erupting geysers. This is one of our 7-day tours of Iceland that is action-packed so you don’t miss anything, from the famous sights to hidden gems only a local could show you.

Check out a private version of this tour where you have your very own guide.


7 days / 6 nights

Price p.p. from

The amount will be charged in ISK

Approx 448404 ISK

— Why book this tour

  • More included options and no hidden fees
  • Free private transfer from airport on arrival
  • Handpicked hotels by local travel experts
  • Groups limited to 16 travellers
  • Experienced local guides
  • 100% guaranteed departures

— Book With Confidence

  • Optional cancellation insurance
  • Affordable deposits from 10%

Terms and conditions apply

Tour Highlights

  • Circle Iceland on the Ring Road, with a knowledgeable, local guide
  • Explore the famous Golden Circle route
  • Sail among the massive floating icebergs at the Glacier Lagoon
  • Walk the Diamond Beach, seeing the scattered, glistening ice
  • Tour the south coast, including the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss
  • Discover the volcanic Lake Mývatn and its beautiful surroundings
  • Walk the quaint streets of Akureyri, the unofficial capital of north Iceland
  • Visit the waterfalls and lava landscapes of the Borgarfjörður region
  • Taste Icelandic cuisine with local, fresh ingredients

Travel style

Guided Small Groups i


Best Seller i, Classic i

Pace level

Level 3 (Express) i

Activity level

Level 1 (Easy) i


May - Sep

Max group size




Driving distance

1648/1024 km/mi


A day-by-day plan to guide your Nordic adventure.

  • Day 1: Arrival & Sightseeing in Reykjavík

    On arrival at Keflavík International Airport, a driver will welcome you and take you to your accommodation in Reykjavík. After settling in, take the opportunity to explore the vibrant city centre at your leisure. The main street, Laugavegur, offers a variety of shops, galleries, restaurants, coffee houses and bars to suit all tastes.

    Spend the night at Fosshótel Reykjavík or similar.

    • Private meet & greet airport transfer on arrival

    Average travel & exploration time: 50 minutes

    Attractions Accommodation details See Activities for this day
  • Day 2: The Golden Circle and South Coast

    This morning, your guide will pick you up from your accommodation to head out on your Ring Road adventure. This morning’s first stop is Þingvellir, a national park listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its beauty and historical importance. Next, you will visit the great Geysir area with its spouting geysers and colourful hot springs. Then you’ll continue to Gullfoss, “The Golden Waterfall”, where water tumbles down a multi-tiered canyon.

    This afternoon, your guide will continue your journey along the south coast. You’ll have the chance to see some famous waterfalls like Seljalandsfoss, where you can walk right behind the misty cascade and the gorgeous 60-metre-high Skógafoss.You’ll pass by the black sand beach of Reynisfjara before continuing to tonight’s accommodation in the Vík area, where dinner will be served.

    Spend the night at Hótel Katla or similar

    • Continental breakfast buffet at your accommodation
    • Dinner at your accommodation

    Average travel & exploration time: 9-10 hours

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  • Day 3: Glaciers and Icebergs

    Experience the actual ice of Iceland! Today’s drive takes you to some of Iceland’s most photogenic attractions, including the beautiful Skaftafell area of Vatnajökull National Park, named for Iceland’s largest glacier. You’ll have some time to explore the area before continuing to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Here you will sail among the floating icebergs on a guided amphibian boat tour. Adjacent to the glacier lagoon, you will also visit the Diamond Beach, where chunks of sparkling ice are dotting the shore like diamonds. You’ll then arrive at your accommodation for the night, where dinner will be served for the group.

    Spend the night at Fosshótel Vatnajökull or similar

    • Guided boat tour on Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
    • Continental breakfast buffet at your accommodation
    • Dinner at your accommodation

    Average travel & exploration time: 7-8 hours

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  • Day 4: East Fjords & Lake Mývatn

    Today, your guide drives you along the eastern coast which is characterised by spectacular fjords, tranquil fishing villages and sweeping landscapes. This is an especially scenic stretch of Iceland. After reaching North Iceland, prepare to be amazed by the roaring Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall. There is a 1-km (0.6-mile) walk on a gravel path from the parking lot to the waterfall, but it’s definitely worth the trip.

    You’ll then makes your way to the moon-like landscape of Lake Mývatn, where you will be spending the night. You will end the day with dinner at your accommodation.

    Spend the night at Fosshótel Mývatn or similar.

    • Continental breakfast buffet at your accommodation
    • Dinner at your accommodation

    Average travel & exploration time: 9-10 hours

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  • Day 5: The Capital of the North

    Today the group will explore the volcanic landscape of Lake Mývatn. You will spend the first half of the day visiting sights such as Námaskarð, with its Martian-like terrain, and Dimmuborgir, a magnificent lava landscape with extraordinary formations, columns, caves.

    On the way to Skagafjörður, your guide will also stop by the mighty Goðafoss, “The Waterfall of the Gods”, before continuing to the charming town of Akureyri, the unofficial capital of North Iceland. Here you’ll have some time to take a stroll through the lively town centre.

    The next destination is the tranquil farmlands of Skagafjörður, where you will enjoy a farewell dinner with the group.

    Spend the night at Hofsstaðir Country Hotel or similar.

    • Continental breakfast buffet at your accommodation
    • Dinner at your accommodation

    Average travel & exploration time: 7-8 hours

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  • Day 6: History and Hot Springs

    Today your guide drives you back to Reykjavík. Notable sights along the way include the Grábrók volcanic crater, Deildartunguhver – the largest hot spring in Europe – and the beautiful twin waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. The day ends back in the capital after closing the circle around Iceland. You have the rest of the day at to spend at your leisure in Reykjavík.

    Spend the night at Fosshótel Reykjavík or similar.

    • Continental breakfast buffet at your accommodation

    Average travel & exploration time: 7-8 hours

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  • Day 7: Departure from Reykjavík

    It’s time for your Iceland adventure to come to an end. You will be picked up from your accommodation by a shuttle bus for your airport transfer. If you’re flying in the afternoon, you have the option to add a visit to the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa to your last day in Iceland. This is the ideal way to relax in the warm mineral waters before continuing to the airport (optional: not included).

    • Continental breakfast buffet at your accommodation
    • Shuttle transfer to Keflavík International Airport on departure

    Average travel time: 50 minutes

    See Activities for this day

Optional extras

We recommend adding your extra activities to the tour now for the best booking experience and to secure your spot, as activities are likely to sell out.


Here’s a map of your travel route, to help put things in perspective.

Essential information

We recommend that you read carefully through the following information before booking this small guided group tour in Iceland. We’ve answered the most frequently asked questions here so you know what to expect. You’ll also find more practical advice and attraction recommendations in our online Iceland Travel Guide.

On a guided group tour, a local guide will lead you and fellow travellers on an adventure in Iceland. You’ll follow a set itinerary, going on walks, excursions and dining together as a group.

Your guide will act as a driver and you’ll benefit from their in-depth knowledge of Iceland along the way. We carefully select local guides with years of experience that come highly recommended. They’ll share with you their love of their country, stories and historical knowledge as well as recommendations.

Our guides always have a trick up their sleeves to surprise you and make your experience in Iceland extra special.

You’ll travel by minibus, which is equipped with Wi-Fi. The groups are capped at 16 people so you can enjoy a more personal experience. 

The driver-guide will also be there for you if you need anything during the tour. Plus, you’ll have access to our 24/7 helpline during your trip should you need to contact us. 

All your services will be pre-booked by your personal travel consultant at Nordic Visitor. This includes your airport transfers, accommodation in Iceland, minibus and activities, as specified in the itinerary.

Yes, when you book your Iceland tour with Nordic Visitor, you always get airport transfers to and from Keflavík Airport included. This will be a private, shared or bus transfer, depending on your itinerary. Please check the details of your tour to confirm.

If you add extra nights to your stay before or after the scheduled trip, we’ll rearrange your transfers to fit your new itinerary.

Don’t hesitate to get in touch with your travel consultant if you have any specific requests about optional activities or services.

Due to the nature of this tour and activities included, it’s not recommended for families with young children. That said, it is suitable for well-travelled, active children of 12 years or older. If in doubt, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

To make sure you and your fellow travellers have a comfortable journey, we need to limit the size and amount of luggage in the bus. 

Each guest can bring one suitcase or large bag that can be stored in the back of the minibus and one smaller item (e.g., a backpack or daypack) to keep inside the van for daily essentials like camera, wallet, medications and so forth. Unfortunately carry-on suitcases (cabin bags) are too large to store in the van’s overhead racks. 

If you have any questions about luggage your Nordic Visitor travel consultant will be able to assist you.

On your guided group tour, you’ll stay in accommodation that’s been hand-picked by our local Iceland travel experts. We’ve partnered with local businesses and selected hotels and guesthouses based on excellent ratings, comfort and our personal experience. 

You can view the detailed list of hotels for this trip under the accommodation tab.

During the booking steps, you can choose a single or double room. Please note that in Iceland room types are based on European standard sizes, which means they are smaller than in North America. 

For example, a double room often consists of 2 single beds pushed together. Twin rooms are 2 separate single beds. Triple rooms are not available for this tour. If your group contains 3 or more people, please contact us for booking assistance.

This itinerary includes a few walks in nature. This means you must be prepared and able to walk between 3–5 kilometres (1.8–3 miles) daily. You also need to be able to carry your own luggage when boarding the minibus and at each hotel.

You’ll board an amphibian boat tour and sail between the massive icebergs bobbing on the picturesque Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. The excursion takes roughly 40 minutes and includes an English-speaking guide. They will tell you about the geology of the region and share interesting facts about the lagoon. 

Everyone on board will receive a life vest which they must wear during the cruise.

Please note that the glacier lagoon boat tour is not available in April. Instead, the group will enjoy a free lunch together in the area.

By booking with Nordic Visitor, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that there’s always someone there for you throughout your trip.

For support and advice during the day, you can ask your guide or call our office. And if anything unexpected happens outside working hours, you can reach us on our 24/7 helpline. 

The Reykjavík-based travel expert on call will handle any unforeseen situations for you, such as unusual weather or events.

If you’re arriving from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand, you won’t need a visa to visit Iceland. 

Visiting from another country? You can find the complete list of countries whose nationals require a visa to enter Iceland on the website of Iceland’s Directorate of Immigration. If you do require a visa, they maintain a list of local embassies that can assist you with the process. 

Your passport must also be valid for at least 3 months from your departure from Iceland. It’s good to check your passport expiry date early in case you need to renew it. 

Read more about visas, airports and airlines in the getting to Iceland section of our travel guide.

Only you can pick the best time to visit Iceland for your trip. It’ll depend on how much time you have to explore, what you want to see in Iceland and any events you might like to attend.

In summer, June to August, you’ll have milder temperatures and longer daylight hours, compared to the winter. This is ideal for outdoor excursions and sightseeing. 

If you’d like to experience the top attractions with fewer visitors around then you could book your summer trip in May or September. These shoulder season months have more tour and attraction availability.

The winter months are also popular, but generally quieter, apart from the Christmas holiday season. This is the ideal time to try to spot the northern lights.

Find out what annual Icelandic events and festivals are on in our travel guide. Or read more about the best time to visit Iceland on our blog.

Summer in Iceland is mild and boasts the best weather and longest days of the year. You can expect temperatures of around 10–15°C (50–59°F), with potential lows of 5°C (41°F) and highs of 25°C (77°F). 

It’s good to know that weather conditions are changeable in Iceland, so you should come ready for sun, rain and wind. For more information on the local climate, read the page Iceland weather conditions

Please note that sightseeing is dependent on weather and road conditions. This means that your itinerary might need to be altered if these conditions are not favourable during your visit.

Because of its northerly location close to the Arctic Circle, Iceland enjoys long days throughout the summer. 

Around the summer solstice, from early June until mid-July, you’ll experience almost 24 hours of daylight. This phenomenon, known as the midnight sun, occurs within the Arctic Circle and is when the sun doesn’t fully set below the horizon. 

These long daylight hours give you plenty of time to drive around and explore. That said, you may want to pack a sleeping mask if you are a light sleeper or tend to wake up at dawn. 

Find out what the daylight hours will be during the month of your visit in this guide to time and daylight in Iceland.

Even in summertime Iceland’s climate can feel cool. As you’ll probably spend a lot of time outdoors, you should be ready for a variety of weather conditions.

Here is a recommended summer packing list for your trip to Iceland:

  • Durable insulated jacket
  • Rain gear, including sturdy wind and waterproof layers, like a jacket and trousers
  • Robust walking shoes with a good grip
  • Mid-layers such as a fleece or woollen jumper
  • A few pairs of warm hiking socks
  • Hat, gloves and scarf
  • Swimwear for visiting geothermal pools or spas
  • Electronic equipment such as smartphone, external powerpack, and travel adapters
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and eye mask for the summer sun
  • And don’t forget your camera!

As you won’t be able to access your suitcase while sitting on the bus, we recommend packing a backpack for your daily essentials. For more information, check out this Iceland packing list.

With Nordic Visitor, breakfast is always included at your accommodations in Iceland. You’ll also have some dinners included throughout the guided portion of this tour, as stated in your itinerary. 

These will either be a set dinner menu or a buffet with a variety of fresh, local ingredients. You’ll be able to choose from meat, fish or vegetarian options by notifying your travel consultant in advance of any dietary restrictions.

Please note that drinks are not included with your dinners.

As for the other meals, your guide will stop along the way for you to pick up snacks, drinks and lunch.

The amount of spending money you’ll need will depend on the standard of restaurants you decide to go to. 

That said, we recommend budgeting between 2,000–3,000 ISK for lunch per person, each day. Dinners at casual restaurants might cost between 3,000–6,000 ISK. Meanwhile at upscale restaurants, you can expect to pay 7,000 ISK or more. This does not include the cost of alcoholic beverages.

As you’ll be travelling as part of a guided group tour, your itinerary for this portion of your trip is set. But you can still customise other parts of your package.

For instance, you could add extra nights in Reykjavík before or after the guided portion of your trip. This will give you more time to explore the Icelandic capital city at your own pace. You can add these additional days while booking your package online. 

You might also like to add optional excursions and day trips to your itinerary. On each tour page, you’ll see recommended optional activities such as whale watching, spas and food tours. 

Please get in touch with us if you have something specific in mind or have any questions about customising your guided group tour.

It’s best to book as soon as you can to secure your preferred travel dates. Once you have picked your tour, check the guaranteed departure calendar to see the availability. Then, select the date you want and complete your booking.

Nordic Visitor offers 10–20% deposits to reserve your tour. The remaining balance is due 30 days before you travel.

Many tours are also open for the following year if you like to plan well in advance. And if you have any questions or need advice, you can always contact us.

After booking your tour package online, you will be contacted within 2 business days by your own dedicated travel consultant. They will be your point of contact for all your travel needs before, during and even after your trip. 

At that time, they’ll confirm the availability of your tour. Then the booking process starts, which may take a few weeks. Once this is done, your travel consultant will provide you with all the details of your trip. You will also receive more information about what to expect during your trip.

You can get in touch with our Iceland travel experts ahead of your trip if you have any questions. The live chat option is useful for getting a quick reply as someone answers live every day during office opening hours.

Once you’ve booked, we’ll provide you with a travel guide packed full of local tips and top attractions for your visit. You can also check out our online Iceland Travel Guide where we’ve compiled useful information about topics, including:

After you have booked your tour, it will only take a few days to confirm its availability. But it may take a few weeks to create your itinerary and book everything. Once your trip details are finalised, we’ll email you copies of your travel documents.

When you arrive in Iceland, you’ll receive a welcome bag with hard copies of your itinerary, attraction and tour vouchers, the Nordic Visitor Iceland Travel Guide and more.

So when do you check in? And what can you expect upon landing in Keflavík?

After picking up your luggage, you will be greeted by a driver holding a sign with your name in the arrivals hall. The driver will hand over your welcome package with hard copies of your travel documents. You’ll then be driven to your hotel in Reykjavík.

Check-in times vary between hotels and guesthouses, but it normally starts between 2 PM and 4 PM. 

You are welcome to request an early check-in for an additional fee. Although this isn’t always available, you’ll be able to store your luggage at the hotel so you can start exploring before check-in. Please contact your travel consultant well in advance of your arrival if you’d like an early check-in.

When you depart may depend on the time of your return flight. Check out early if you’re heading to the airport for a morning flight. On the other hand, if you’re flying home later in the day, you might like to enjoy a leisurely day or visit one more attraction.

You will need to check out from your room, but will be able to store your luggage at the hotel reception. Simply return later to collect your bags before catching your transfer to the airport.

All bookings are billed in Icelandic Króna (ISK), the official currency of Iceland. 

Prices displayed in other currencies are indicative only and based on the daily exchange rate as issued by the Central Bank of Iceland. This means conversions from ISK to other currencies will fluctuate from day to day.


We don’t like to brag, so we’ll let our happy customers do it for us.

So glad we found Nordic Visitor

Wanted a quick overview of Iceland and decided on a last-minute trip to Iceland. So glad we found Nordic Visitor. Our driver made the entire trip extremely enjoyable with his knowledge and expertise. Can't praise him enough.

Great service

This trip was planned over three years ago and had to be rescheduled due to Covid. The service I received over and over again for the three years until it actually took place was great. Friendly, understanding and helpful with all the changes. The information provided was spot on and the tour itself was amazing, particularly our guide.

Exceptional for first-time visitors

The Highlights of the Ring Road tour is exceptional for first-time visitors, especially since this is my first solo tour. Other than the 10 minute waiting time for airport pickup, the rest of tour went smoothly and I made fantastic memories with friendly people on same tour!

Outstanding tour guide!

Orvar (our guide) was exceptional. He was kind, funny, informative and knowledgeable. He told us lots of folklore and troll stories as well as educational information. He even sang to us several times - a beautiful voice and a lovely surprise. Also, my child left her phone in the van after the tour was complete, much to my dismay. The hotel staff called the 24/7 helpline, which gave them Orvar's number, and he returned the phone to the hotel on his own time in his own vehicle. He is an outstanding guide!

Well-balanced tour

The tour was well-balanced as to the sights seen, the amount of travelling each day and the stops that were made along the way.

Well-organised tour

Dagur was a fantastic tour guide. Extremely knowledgeable and with a passion to highlight his native Iceland. Well-organised and polite. A true professional!


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Group size: Maximum group size is 16 participants.

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