Around Iceland – 8 days

8 days

easy difficulty

2019 USD

Much more than a standard tour of Iceland. In addition to all the highlights, we stay in unique locations. Enjoy the nature and beauty in this magical country to the fullest.

Around Iceland – 8 days

The name says it all – we’re going ‘around’ Iceland! But we do not make just any round.

This trip has a series of highlights: Myvatn, the glacial lakes, the black beach at Vík, and puffins on the beautiful Dyrhólaey. All the waterfalls, you will encounter during this tour, can’t even be counted. We camp in exceptional and beautiful places, including the Skaftafell National Park. If you travel during June or July, you can experience almost 24 hours of daylight, which allows you to witness the stunning midnight sun. We’ll look for whales in Skagafjördur and relax in the natural springs. This trip shows the best highlights of Iceland in 8 days. We guarantee you’ll come back again!

This trip is English-guided and accommodates up to 16 people.

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DAY 1

On an adventure!

After meeting your tour guide, we’ll drive to the Thingvellir National Park. This park is a part of the Golden Circle and a place of great historical significance - in the past, new laws were created there as it used to be a residence of the parliament. Another special feature is that the Eurasian and Pan-American tectonic plates are drifting apart here. Fortunately, at two centimeters a year, you’ll hardly notice this. The setting of this place is simply wonderful - by the lake and among the mountains!

Farmhouse in Vík í Mýrdal

DAY 2

Skaftafell

After we sleep in, we’ll take a nice walk through this area, between the glaciers. You can opt for as long (or short) walk as you want. You will surely enjoy beautiful views of Iceland's largest glacier, Vatnajökull, and views of the south coast.

When you come back, take the time to enjoy a delicious meal and the stunning surroundings! We’ll stay at a beautifully situated campsite in Skaftafell National Park near a waterfall, where you can take a pleasant evening walk.

Skaftafell

DAY 3

Borgarfjordur Eystri

We´ll enter the relaxed town of Egilsstadir through a mountain pass and beautiful fjords to do the necessary shopping before we drive another hour to the most beautiful fjord in the east: Borgarfjordur. Dolphins and brown whales are regularly seen in this bay. The whole area is famous for its walks and the huge puffin colony. We’ll stay for the night at a wonderfully situated campsite in Egilsstaðir.

Egilsstaðir

DAY 4

Myvatn

We head north towards Myvatn. First on the list is Studlagil, a beautiful gorge with basalt columns. From the Stuðlagil Canyon viewpoint that juts over the canyon, you can see the blue-green water and the basalt columns. Then, we will proceed to Dettifoss. Dettifoss is one of the most powerful and breathtaking waterfalls in Europe. It's situated on the Jökulsá á Fjöllum River and is surrounded by rugged, volcanic terrain. The waterfall is 100 meters wide and drops 44 meters into the Jökulsárgljúfur canyon. The sheer force of the water crashing down creates a deafening roar and mist visible from miles away. You will likely not forget the rumbling any time soon!

We’ll drive to the campsite overlooking Lake Myvatn and visit another geothermal area. In the evening you can explore the natural baths near the campsite. A hot soak with a drink and a lakeside view. What else?

Myvatn

DAY 5

Highlights of East and North Iceland

The first stop is Lake Mývatn, surrounded by volcanic formations, lava fields, and other geological features, making it a great spot for sightseeing and photography. The lake is home to various bird species and is also known for its abundant natural hot springs - we will visit the nature geothermal bath Jarðböðin á Myvatni.

Our next stop will be Dimmuborgir, where we will find a field of peculiarly shaped lava pillars that rise from the earth, and their formations may remind you of trolls, elves, and other mythical creatures. Dimmuborgir is a volcanic area formed by volcanic eruptions over 2,000 years ago. It is also popular for its unique rock formations, including the Hall of the Mountain King, an area of large basalt columns. The area is also home to various wildlife, including Arctic foxes and ptarmigans. Dimmuborgir is a great place to explore and take in the unique beauty of the Icelandic landscape.

Goðafoss is a breathtaking waterfall in northern Iceland. The waterfall was formed by a massive glacial flood that occurred in the year 934. A volcanic eruption in the region caused a glacial flood, which carved out the waterfall's horseshoe shape.

Our final destination is Akureyri, the Capital of the North. You will have the whole evening to explore the beautiful city. It is the second-largest urban area in the country and is known for its stunning natural beauty and vibrant culture. The town is surrounded by mountains, glaciers, and fjords.

Akureyri

DAY 6

Whale watching in Hauganes

We will spend our day next to a beautiful fishing village, Hauganes. In the morning, after breakfast, we will pack our bags and go straight to the town, where we will get on a boat and go to sea to see Humpback Whales and Dolphins swimming in the ocean. We will spend the night at Ytri Vík next to Hauganes.

Ytri Vík

DAY 7

Snæfellsnes Peninsula

The magnificent Snæfellsnes Peninsula is the destination of the day - the most volcanic area in Iceland. It is also known for its dramatic landscapes, featuring mountains, volcanoes, glaciers, and lava fields. It is also home to a variety of wildlife, including seals.

The first stop is at Gerðuberg, at basalt column cliffs. Gerðuberg is a unique geological formation that consists of over 600 basalt columns. It lies in the West region of Iceland. The columns create a stepped pattern and most likely were formed by a volcanic eruption more than 10 thousand years ago. 

Next, we will journey to the white sand beach of Ytri-Tunga, which is a pretty rare sight in Iceland. As you will know by now, most beaches in Iceland are black. This beach is not only interesting for its' white sand but also for the fact that it is a seal colony, and you can sometimes see seals lounging on the rocks.

We will head to the beach of Djúpalónssandur. Walking through a maze of remarkable free-standing lava pillars is necessary to get to the beach, unlike anything you have seen before. The mighty glacier of the West, Snæfellsjökull Glacier, will be watching you from a distance.

Of course, we can not leave the Snæfellsnes Peninsula without seeing the iconic mountain Kirkjufell. This phenomenal mountain has proven to be one of Iceland’s most popular places.

Husafell

DAY 8

West Iceland

Today, we will explore the volcanic history of Iceland. We will visit Lava caves in west Iceland close to Husafell (Hallmundahraun), and on the way to the Caves, we will see Hraunfossar's famous waterfall.

You will also have a chance to explore West Iceland further. The first stop is Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe. You can see the hot steam and boiling water bubbling from the ground. The surface around the hot spring has turned red from the surrounding minerals and steam. 

The next stop will be Reykholt, a location with a significant historical heritage as it was the home of Snorri Sturluson. Snorri greatly impacted Icelandic history as a poet, law-maker, and scholar and is undeniably a significant character of the Middle Ages. 

Have you not had enough waterfalls yet? Great, because next you will visit two different but equally special waterfalls. Hraunfossar is a series of streams emerging through the dark lava fields, a rare and beautiful sight. Barnafoss, on the other hand, is a brightly colored blue stream that speeds through a narrow ravine.

Own bed

Optional Extra Activity

Into the glacier

Join Into the Glacier tour from Husafell for an adventure that will lead you to the untouched beauty and raw nature of Langjokull, Iceland’s second-largest glacier. Enjoy the opportunity of a lifetime as we journey up the white slopes and go deep inside the man-made ice tunnels leading to the blue heart of the glacier.

We will drive in a modified 8x8 truck specially made to explore the glacier environment and enjoy the view as we drive on top of the Langjökull Ice Cap. Experienced guides will lead the way and make sure that everyone is both enjoying themselves and learning the basics of glacier knowledge.

Locations

Inclusive

Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Entrance fees to national parks
Whale watching
Camping fees
Tent for single-use
English speaking guidance

Optional

Into the glacier
Backpack 28-30 L
Man's Outdoor Pants
Women's Outdoor Pants
Men's Outdoor Raincoat
Women's Outdoor Raincoat
Hiking Shoes
Hiking Poles
Sleeping Bag Thin
Sleeping Bag Thick
Sleeping Mattress 50 mm / 2 inches
Sleeping Mattress 70 mm / 3 inches
Sleeping Bag Liner
1 Person Tent
Beanie For Sale
Gloves For Sale
Luggage Storage

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5/5

Domestic trip, cool experience!

Very cool experience, definitely recommended. Harm takes you to places inland where you probably wouldn't otherwise go and the landscapes are amazing. The tents and mats are also excellent, and with a nice group you can make it a fantastic two-week domestic trip!

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Just returned from the 12-day camping trip Tour of Iceland with Harm / Local Adventures. What a wonderful journey through a beautiful country! Harm's passion and love for Iceland and for showing all the beauty the country has to offer - including some lesser-known gems - provided an extra golden edge to the already beautiful trip. The flexibility in the itinerary and the nice, relatively small group made it complete. Highly recommended!