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Iceland Ring Road 6 Days Tour
Drive Iceland from Reykjavik to Akureyri on a 6-day Ring Road Tour
- Hotel NIGHT 1
- Hotel NIGHT 2
- Hotel NIGHT 3
- Hotel NIGHT 4
- Hotel NIGHT 5
With the guided tour Iceland Ring Road 6 Days you will travel through the land of fire and ice between its capital Reykjavik and its "capital of the north" Akureyri, crossing the Golden Circle by the essential Ring Road.
The Gullfoss waterfall, the geothermal area of Geysir or Thingvellir National Park, are just some of the highlights that await you on this 6-day route. Depending on the season you travel, you will sail the glacial lagoon of Jökulsárlón or go in search of Northern Lights from the door of your hotel.
The tour includes 5 nights accommodation in hotel with breakfast, English speaking guide and all transfers. Also included are the activities described in the itinerary, and the possibility of adding extra activities such as horseback riding or thermal baths in Vök to make your 6 day Iceland Ring Road tour even more complete.
- 5 nights accommodation in hotel with breakfast
- English Guide
- Pick-up & Drop-off in Reykjavík
- Wifi in the minibus
- Lunch and dinner
- Horseback riding (12.500 ISK)
- Thermal baths in Vök (6,290 ISK)
🧳 The baggage allowance is one 61-centimeter (24-inch) suitcase per traveler.
📍 Don't forget to provide us with your hotel during the booking process. This tour includes pick-up from your hotel, but due to traffic restrictions in the city of Reykjavik, the minibus cannot stop anywhere. Therefore, if it is not possible to pick you up at the door of your hotel, a nearby bus stop will be provided.
🚢 The boat trip on the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon runs from May to September.
💧 The visit to the Ice Cave takes place from October to April.
✨ Northern Lights are visible from September to April. Keep in mind that they are random phenomena that cannot be predicted although hotels are specially selected to maximize the chances of seeing them.
Cancellation must be made 48 hours in advance and 85% of the total trip price will be refunded. Any request made less than 48 hours in advance will not be refundable.
In the event that due to extreme weather conditions, road conditions or other factors, the tour is cancelled, we will provide another date as an alternative or a full refund.
DAY 1 Golden Circle
🌝 Night at Gullfoss
⭐ Activity: Northern Lights (September-April)
Pick-up in Reykjavik
The minibus will pick you up between 8:00 and 8:30 a.m. at the chosen point in the city of Reykjavik.
💬 Due to traffic restrictions in the city of Reykjavik, the minibus cannot stop anywhere. If it is not possible to pick you up at the door of your hotel, a nearby bus stop will be provided.
Thingvellir National Park
The first stop on this 6-day trip following Iceland's Ring Road will be Thingvellir National Park.
A place of imposing beauty and historical importance located in the southwest of Iceland, do you know the Viking history behind these two tectonic plates that push each other creating a No Man's Land? If not, don't forget to stand close to the guide to hear it that day.
Haukadalur Geothermal Area
After visiting the park, you will arrive at the Haukadalur Geothermal Area, where you will find the Strokkur hot spring (which erupts every five to ten minutes) and the famous Great Geysir.
The geyser that has given its name to all the geysers in the world, yet has been inactive since the early 2000s.
To finish touring the Golden Circle, you will travel to Gullfoss. One of the most emblematic waterfalls in Iceland. Located in the canyon of the Hvítá River to the southwest, Gullfoss is a spectacular double waterfall that falls into a deep canyon. It is 32 meters high and 20 meters wide.
At the end of the visit, you will head to the hotel, located near Gullfoss, where you will spend the first night.
⭐ DAY 1 ACTIVITY ⭐ Northern Lights
If you travel from September to April and the weather permits, you will be able to see the northern lights! The hotel where you will be staying is located away from light pollution, which increases your chances of seeing them. If you don't see them that night, you still have 4 nights left to see them!
DAY 2 South Coast of Iceland
🌝 Night in Vík í Mýrdal
⭐ Activity: Sólheimajökull Glacier Trekking
On the second day of the Ring Road it is time to visit the south of Iceland: home of the glaciers.
You will start the day at Seljalandsfoss, an imposing waterfall and the only one where it is possible to walk behind it. Travelers: it's time to take the top photo of your trip.
Continuing east, you will find Skógafoss. A powerful waterfall, with a width of 25 meters and a height of 60 meters, what makes it special is that it is the largest and most visited waterfall in the country.
⭐ DAY 2 ACTIVITY ⭐ Trekking on the Sólheimajökull Glacier
You will meet a certified glacier guide who will give you all the safety equipment and take you to the top!
The weather in Iceland can be unpredictable, so it is important to dress appropriately in layers, and wear sturdy, grippy footwear.
💬 In case of not being able to do the trekking on day 2 due to lack of availability or weather alert, the activity will be done on day 3 on the Vatnajökull glacier.
The day will continue in Reynisfjara: a characteristic black sand beach located on the south coast of Iceland.
The sand of Reynisfjara is black due to the volcanic activity in the area. It comes from the same lava that has cooled and hardened.
Vík í Mýrdal
The last stop of the day will be Vík í Mýrdal, a small town located on the south coast of Iceland and only 26 km from the Katla volcano. It is the southernmost town on the island and is famous for its black sand beaches and spectacular coastal cliffs.
You will spend the second night in the village of Vík.
DAY 3 South Coast of Iceland
🌝 Night in Jökulsárlón
⭐ Activity: Ice Cave (September-April)
⭐ Activity: Jökulsárlón Boat Trip (May-August)
Vatnajökull - Skaftafell
📸 Photo stop
You will leave the hotel at 8 a.m. and head for eastern Iceland, where majestic glaciers, dramatic mountains and unforgettable views await you.
The first stop will be Skaftafell. A photo stop of Europe's largest glacier - Vatnajökull, next to the remains of the bridge that was washed away by a glacial flood in 1996.
Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon
The next stop on the trip will be the glacial lagoon of Jökulsárlón, where large icebergs drifting into the ocean await you.
Just 2 minutes from Jökulsárlón, you will find the famous diamond beach. Large chunks of blue ice are scattered along this black sand beach forming a unique landscape.
⭐ DAY 3 ACTIVITY ⭐ Ice Cave / Jökulsárlón Boat Trip
If you travel between September and April, your day will end with a visit to the Crystal Blue Ice Cave, one of the largest and most popular ice caves in Iceland.
If, on the other hand, you are going to travel the Ring Road in summer (May to September), you will embark on a boat ride on the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon at this point.
You will spend the night in a hotel located in the surroundings of Jökulsárlón.
DAY 4 East Icelandic Fjords
🌝 Night at VÖK
💥 Activity (optional): Horseback Riding
💥 Activity (optional): Thermal baths in VÖK
East Icelandic Fjords
You will spend the fourth day in the East Fjords of Iceland, where you can relax in hot springs, enjoying the beautiful Icelandic life.
Iceland's history is born in the quiet fishing villages along the way, and today you will visit some of them.
At this point you will have realized that Iceland does not have many trees, so on your fourth day you will visit the Hallormsstaðaskógur forest, the largest on the island.
Right next to the forest, you will pass by Lake Lagarfljót, which is the third largest lake in the country and one of Iceland's most popular tourist attractions.
This lake is believed to be home to a mythical creature known as Lagarfljótsormur, or Lagarfljóts worm. Will you be able to see it?
⭐ DAY 4 ACTIVITIES ⭐ Horseback riding - Thermal baths in VÖK
On the fourth day of your trip you can take the opportunity to rest, or make your day unforgettable by adding one or two extra activities to your reservation.
Horseback riding in eastern Iceland
Saddle up, everyone! We're off on an adventure to explore the breathtaking landscapes of the Icelandic wilderness on our own horses!
It is not necessary to have previous riding experience. The activity is not suitable for travelers who weigh more than 120 kg or are in poor physical condition.
Thermal baths in VÖK
You will travel a little further north, where you will find the thermal baths of Vök. A luxury spa and a unique geothermal area located in the east of Iceland.
You will spend the night in a hotel located in the surroundings of Vök.
💬 Day 4 activities are not included in the tour price. In order to enjoy them you will need to add them to your reservation during the payment process.
DAY 5 Northeast Iceland
🌝 Night in Akureyri
⭐ Activity: Visit the city of Akureyri
It's time to explore the Capital of the North: Akureyri. You will spend your 5th day exploring the wilderness of Iceland.
The first stop will be Lake Mývatn and its surroundings.
A short drive away, you will find the Námaskarð pass, a high-temperature geothermal area where the earth boils and gurgles.
Dimmuborgir will be the next stop, where you will find a field of peculiarly shaped lava pillars rising from the earth whose formations may remind you of trolls, elves and other mythical creatures.
The journey through the northeast of Iceland will continue in Goðafoss. One of the most spectacular and popular waterfalls in the country.
The name Goðafoss translates as "waterfall of the gods" and is believed to have received its name following Iceland's conversion to Christianity in the year 1000. The waterfall is approximately 12 meters high and 30 meters wide.
⭐ ACTIVITY OF DAY 5 ⭐ Visit the Capital of the North: Akureyri
Akureyri, also known as the capital of the north, will be the last stop of the day. You will have the whole afternoon to explore this beautiful city surrounded by mountains, glaciers and fjords.
You will spend your last night in Akureyri.
DAY 6 North Iceland
⭐ Activity: Whale Watching
The ring route through Iceland is coming to an end. After breakfast, you will pack your bags and head straight to a small town called Hauganes. You will board a boat and head out into the North Atlantic Ocean to see humpback whales and other wonderful creatures swimming in the ocean.
💬 The guide will offer you extra warm clothes if you need them, but we still recommend you to travel with your warm clothes and raincoat to enjoy this excursion comfortably.
Return to Reykjavík
Start your return to Reykjavík by road. Time permitting, you will make a few extra stops to see the last secrets the Ring Road hides.
If you have any must-see must-sees, don't forget to tell your guide. You will arrive back in Reykjavik around 8:00 pm (depending on weather and road conditions).
If you want to explore western Iceland in-depth, book the 8 Day Iceland Ring Road Tour here. This tour includes the destinations that you will miss with the 6-day tour due to lack of time.
What to bring to Iceland Ring Road 6 Days Tour
- Warm clothing (first layer)
- Waterproof outerwear (second layer)
- Waterproof hiking boots (can be rented at time of booking)
- Swimsuit and towel
- Small backpack
- Waterproof backpack cover