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Highlights of the Ring Road

(7 days / 6 nights)

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See the best of the Ring Road in one week

This is one of our 7-day tours of Iceland that takes in all the highlights. Joining a small group of travellers, you'll be driven around the Ring Road to see many of the country's top sights, including hot springs, glaciers, waterfalls, charming fishing villages, icebergs and more. Your dedicated guide does the driving while you set back and enjoy the sights. The days are long and action packed, but after an early start and a good breakfast every morning, you will be ready to explore Iceland’s natural wonders.

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7 days / 6 nights

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Approx 385764 ISK

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— Why book this tour

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  • Free private transfer from airport on arrival
  • Handpicked hotels by local travel experts
  • Groups limited to 16 travellers
  • Experienced local guides
  • 100% guaranteed departures

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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

Interest

Best Seller i, Classic i

Pace level

Level 3 (Express) i

Activity level

Level 1 (Easy) i

Season

May - Sep

Max group size

16

Departure

Weekly

Driving distance

1648/1024 km/mi

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: Arrival & Sightseeing in Reykjavík

    On arrival at Keflavik International 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. 

    Today you will meet your friendly and knowledgeable guide, along with your fellow travellers. This is the time to familiarise yourself with the tour agenda and ask your guide questions about the trip. Spend the rest of the evening at your leisure.

    Spend the night at Center Hotels Laugavegur or similar.

    Included:
    • Private meet & greet airport transfer on arrival
    • Welcome drink and group information meeting your tour guide

    Average Driving Distance: 49 km / 30 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 50 Minutes

    Attractions Accommodation details Optional Extras
  • Day 2: The Golden Circle and South Coast

    Start your morning early and get ready for a full day of highlights. This morning you will head to Þingvellir, a national park which has been nominated as a UNESCO world heritage site. Next, we will visit the great Geysir area with its spouting geysers and colourful hot springs. The tour will continue to Gullfoss, “The Golden Waterfall”, where we will see white water thrash and tumble down the two-tiers, falling metres below.

    Then we continue our drive to the picturesque waterfalls along the south coast, with a stop at the fairytale-like Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk right behind the misty cascade. After some time enjoying Seljalandsfoss, your guide will drive you to the gorgeous 60-metre high Skógafoss waterfall just a short drive down the road, before reaching the black sand beach of Reynisfjara. You will continue to Kirkjubæjarklaustur where you will dine at the hotel.

    Spend the night at Magma Hotel or similar

    Included:
    • Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel
    • Dinner at the Hotel

    Average Driving Distance: 366 km / 227 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 9-10 Hours

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  • Day 3: Glaciers and Icebergs

    Get to see some actual ice in Iceland! 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‘ll have some time to explore the area before the tour heads to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where we will sail among the floating icebergs on a guided amphibian boat tour. Adjacent to the glacier lagoon, we will visit the Diamond Beach, where you will see chunks of sparkling ice dotting the shore like diamonds. The tour will make the way to your accommodation, and in the evening you will enjoy dinner at the hotel.

    Spend the night at Hótel Breiðdalsvík or similar.

    Included:
    • Guided boat tour on Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
    • Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel
    • Dinner at the Hotel

    Average Driving Distance: 191 km / 119 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 7-8 hours

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  • Day 4: East Fjords & Lake Mývatn

    The lovely east awaits! Today, we will drive along the east 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 walk from the parking lot to the waterfall on a gravel road, definietly worth the trip.

    The tour makes its way to the moon-like landscape of Lake Mývatn, where you will be spending the night. Dinner is on your own this evening either at the hotel restaurant or an eatery in town.

    Spend the night at Fosshótel Mývatn or similar.

    Included:
    • Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel

    Average Driving Distance: 443 km / 276 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 9-10 Hours

    Attractions Attractions Attractions Accommodation details
  • Day 5: The Capital of the North

    Today we will explore the volcanic landscape of Lake Mývatn where we will spend the first half of the day visiting sights such as Dimmuborgir, a magnificent lava landscape with extraordinary formations, columns, caves. Námaskarð is another sight you will visit. The area draws many visitors to its Martian-like terrain.

    On the way to Skagafjörður, we will visit the mighty Goðafoss, “The Waterfall of the Gods”, before making our way to the charming town of Akureyri, where we will take a stroll through the town centre that is always full of life during the summer months.

    Then we will head for our next destination in the tranquil farmlands of Skagafjörður, where you will enjoy a farewell dinner with the group.

    Spend the night at Hofsstaðir Country Hotel or similar.

    Included:
    • Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel
    • Dinner at the Hotel

    Average Driving Distance: 286 km / 177 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 7-8 Hours

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  • Day 6: History and Hot Springs

    Today we head back to Reykjavik. 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. We end the day by closing the circle around Iceland and heading back to Reykjavík, where you will have the afternoon at your leisure.

    Spend the night at Center Hotels Laugavegur or similar.

    Included:
    • Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel

    Average Driving Distance: 264 km / 164 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 7-8 Hours

    Attractions Attractions Attractions Accommodation details
  • Day 7: Departure from Reykjavík

    As your getaway to Iceland comes to an end, you will depart to Keflavik International Airport via a semi-private transfer, shared with fellow Nordic Visitor travellers. If your flight is in the afternoon, you will have time to visit some of Reykjavik´s boutiques or museums.

    Included:
    • Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel
    • Shuttle Transfer to Keflavík International Airport on Departure

    Average Driving Distance: 49 km / 30 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 50 Minutes

    Optional Extras

Map

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.

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 bed 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.

Reviews

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

Our guide was the best

Our guide, Havar, was the best I've ever had. He was exceptional! It was hard for some of the passengers to reach you with some issues but he used his contacts and there was no problem.

Beautifully organized

It was all beautifully organized! We all felt the same and yes I would recommend your company to friends.

Fantastic guide

We had a fantastic guide, Havar, who taught us many aspects of Icelandic history while sharing the beauty of Iceland.

Best organised travel company

Nordic Visitor is the best organised travel company I have ever travelled with. The service and customer relations were beyond reproach. Even the emergency telephone number worked well when through no fault of yours my Antigen test result got mislaid and I had to phone the night before departure, but the problem was rectified by Daniel within ten minutes. The tour itself was amazing, the scenery of glaciers, icebergs, geysers, black and orange smoking deserts/mountains and the history were beyond expectation. We will certainly come again and will without question us Nordic Visitor again. Many thanks for an experience of a lifetime.

Excellent tour guide

Our tour guide, Borg, was excellent!

Great trip!

Very good from start to finish - thank you !

Accommodation

Sleep soundly, in the accommodation type of your choice, and wake up ready to enjoy another day of exploration.

Center Hotels Laugavegur is a modern hotel located in the heart of 101 Reykjavík, on the city´s main shopping street. Each guestroom features minimalist Scandinavian design wi...

Magma Hotel is a small, intimate hotel with spacious and comfortable rooms, excellent amenities and a modern Nordic design aesthetic. The property has views of lava fields, a black sand ri...

Hotel Bláfell Breiðdalsvík is a small romantic country hotel in Breiðdalsvík. The scenery is magnificent and everything is right on our doorstep so when you...

Fosshotel Mývatn is located next to Lake Mývatn. The hotel was designed with nature in mind, blending into the surrounding landscape with its grass roof. It will make you fee...

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 se...

Center Hotels Laugavegur is a modern hotel located in the heart of 101 Reykjavík, on the city´s main shopping street. Each guestroom features minimalist Scandinavian design wi...

Guaranteed departures

Group size: Maximum group size is 16 participants.

Price p.p. from

Approx 385764 ISK

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  • Sunday 7 May 2023
    385764 ISK
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    428196 ISK
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