Explore Iceland

  • Iceland

Tour the Golden Circle and see the geological wonders here, Head to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and view the icebergs floating by, Hike in Skaftafell National Park, Explore the beautiful city of Reykjavík.

At the place where two continental plates brush up against each other is Iceland, land of fire and ice. Get up close to this unique country on a seven-day exploration of its natural highlights. Make your way through lava tube caves, watch the living Earth in action at some of the island’s volcanoes, relax in incredible hot springs, and keep your eyes peeled for whales off the coast. Find your element in a place of extreme elements.

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(€367 per day)

Suitable for
All ages
Trip Code
Travel Style
National Geographic Journeys
Service Level
Physical Grading
3 - Average
Trip Type
Small Group
Group Size
Max 16, Avg 12.
Private minivan/bus, walking.
Hotels (6 nights).
6 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
  • National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Geothermal Farm Visit with Lunch, Selfoss National Geographic Journeys Exclusives: Hellisheiði Geothermal Power Plant Visit, Selfoss
  • Golden Circle tour with a walk in Thingvellir National Park
  • Visit Gulfoss waterfall and Geysir Hot Springs
  • View more
    • Walk behind Seljalandsfoss waterfall
    • Visit black sand beaches
    • Take an ice walk on a glacier in Skaftafell National Park
    • Visit Jökulsárlón Lagoon
    • Visit Skogafoss waterfall
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Explore Iceland itinerary
  • Day 1Reykjavík

    Arrive at any time.

    There is a lot to do in and around Reykjavik - should you wish to take advantage of the many optional activities, such as the Blue Lagoon thermal pools, we recommend booking a pre or post night.

    Hotel accommodation in Iceland is very limited and rooms/facilities can be fairly simple with few amenities. Hotels are chosen for their location and access to the wonderous landscapes and natural wonders of Iceland. Hotels are often remote, all the better to enjoy the beautiful natural setting.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

    The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

    During winter months (generally November through early March) the itinerary and inclusions are highly subject to change based on weather conditions and less "daylight "hours. Your CEO will go over the schedule and advise you of any alterations on a daily basis. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding that this is completely outside of G Adventures control.

  • Day 2Reykjavík / Selfoss

    Explore the geological wonders that have shaped Iceland on a tour of the Golden Circle, including a walk in Thingvellir National Park and visits to the Gullfoss Waterfall and Geysir hot springs. Also visit a farm to learn about the use of geothermal heat in Icelandic horticulture and enjoy a lunch of local produce, then visit a local power plant to gain a better understanding of how geothermal energy is used throughout the country. Spend the evening relaxing at the geothermal hot tubs and sauna at our hotel.

    Thingvellir National Park is the meeting place of the two tectonic plates on which America and Europe rest. This rift is clearly visible in the huge fissures that scar the landscape surrounding the lake and lava fields. Continue on to Geysir, the world famous spouting hot spring, which gave all others its name, then Gullfoss waterfall, the Golden Falls, thundering down 32 meters into the Hvítá River Gorge.

    Private Vehicle

    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

    Thingvellir National Park Visit

    Stop at Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, to see the faults created by North American and Eurasian tectonic plates shifting apart. The Oxara river cuts through the largest rift in the valley, Almannagja, and leads to the Oxarafoss waterfall. Iceland’s parliament was also established in the area in 930, the park was later created to protect the remains of the open-air assembly grounds. One of the most-visited sights in Iceland, the park is an excellent spot for camping, hiking and SCUBA diving between the tectonic plates.

    Geysir Visit

    See a variety of geothermal pools and the erupting hot spring Strokkur. Geysir is one of the oldest geysers recorded in the world, but is most often dormant. Strokkur erupts a spray of boiling hot water straight into the air about every ten minutes.

    Gullfoss Waterfall Visit

    Discover one of the most impressive waterfalls in Iceland, Gullfoss and complete the tourist circuit known as the Golden Circle. This massive waterfall cascades over three “steps” before spilling into a large crevice. Fed by a glacier lake, the water passing through the falls can be a dark grey depending on how much sediment gets pushed through the river.

    Geothermal Farm Visit with Lunch

    Visit Friðheimar farm and Tomato Cultivation centre where we tour the greenhouse and learn about the use of geothermal heating in Icelandic horticulture. Here we enjoy the famous Friðheimar tomato soup with fresh-baked bread, surrounded by fragrant gardens. Then, visit the farm stables for an introduction on Icelandic horses.

    Hellisheiði Geothermal Power Plant Visit

    Explore how Iceland is harnessing its turbulent landscapes at the Hellisheiði geothermal power plant. Here we gain a better understanding of how geothermal energy is used in Iceland and research into how it could be utilized globally, as a renewable and sustainable power source.


    Fosshotel Hekla

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
    • Lunch

    During winter months (generally Nov-Feb) it may be possible to view the Northern lights in a few spots along the itinerary. The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon, and sightings will be dependent on weather conditions. G Adventures cannot guarantee that travellers booked on this tour will experience the Northern Lights.

  • Day 3Selfoss / Vík í Mýrdal

    Discover the beauty of Iceland’s south shore, catching views of the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano. Visit the picturesque Seljalandsfoss waterfall and follow our CEO along a hidden path to the secret waterfall of Gljúfrabúi. Stop along the way to visit the Skogarsafn Museum, and the famous Skogafoss waterfall Also explore the black sand beach at Reynisfjara and surrounding coast in search of birds and wildlife.

    Depending on the season and nesting habits of birdlife, we may also visit Dyrhólaey Cape. As well, it is possible to see puffins at Reynisfjara beach, Dyrhólaey Cape or near Vík in the summer months (15 May - 15 August).

    Private Vehicle

    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

    Seljalandsfoss Waterfall Visit

    Seljalandsfoss is a 60m (196 ft) tall waterfall located along the popular ring road. Behind the flow of water is a path, allowing visitors to peek behind the curtain of water cascading over the rocks above.

    Skógafoss Waterfall Visit

    Visit Skógafoss, one of the largest and most recognizable waterfalls in Iceland. The 60m (200 ft) high falls forms a constant mist that floats in the air, if viewed in the sunlight the mist can create rainbows. The sound and view of the thundering water cutting through the green hills make the falls a must-see on any trip to Iceland.

    Skógasafn Museum

    Skogar Museum, is a cultural heritage collection of 15,000 regional folk craft artifacts exhibited throughout 6 historical buildings.

    Reynisfjara Beach

    Visit Reynisfjara Beach, just outside of Vík. Its black sand and ominous rock formations offshore make for stunning photos. Take some time to watch the foaming white waves crash over the black sand (but don’t get too close, the waves here can be extremely powerful), explore the shallow cave if weather and time permits, and get a photo of the basalt sea stacks.


    Hotel Katla

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
  • Day 4Vík í Mýrdal / Skaftafell

    Depart early for Skaftafell and embark on a scenic glacier hike in Skaftafell National Park with an expert guide. Take in the impressive icy formations and hike to a water fall to learn more about the Vatnajokull glacier and National Park.

    Visit Skaftafell National Park for an incredibly scenic hike on the glacier, feeling the ancient ice under our feet. Above us rises the massive Vatnajökull glacier in all its magnificence. Walking on crampons (metal spikes for the soles of our shoes), we'll safely traverse the ice viewing ice formations, deep sink holes and rugged crevasses. On winter departures (November - March), depending on weather conditions we also will visit an ice cave on our hike. Our highly qualified glacier guides will educate you about the Vatnajökull Glacier and the rough outlet glaciers, such as Virkisjökull, which descend from the main hub, towards the ocean.

    Private Vehicle

    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

    Skaftafell National Park Glacier Hike

    Hike some of the many maintained trails in Skaftafell National Park, famous throughout the country for its excellent weather and sunny summer days. This preservation area in the southeast is now incorporated into the larger Vatnajökull National Park. The diverse landscape here is often compared to certain parts of the Alps but, like most of Iceland's incredible landscape, the region was created by rivers, glaciers and volcanoes.


    Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
    • Dinner
  • Day 5Skaftafell

    Continue exploring the south shore, past sandy plains and moss-covered lava fields, stopping along the way at various historical and geological sites. Visit Crystal beach and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, to view icebergs which get carried out to sea, often washing back ashore on the black sand beach. Later, visit the Thorbergur Cultural Heritage Museum and enjoy a traditional dinner. Opt for a boat ride on the lagoon (May-October).

    We make various stops today along the South shore including; The Church Floor underground basalt columns, Dverghamrar "Dwarf Rocks" basalt columns, Eldhraun "Fire Lava" lava field (created in one of the greatest eruptions in recorded history in 1783-1784, affecting not only Icelanders but Europeans as well), Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon, Skeiðarábrú twisted bridge (the remains of the bridge destroyed in a massive flood, caused by an sub-glacier eruption, that brought huge icebergs - some as big as a house).

    Private Vehicle

    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

    Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Visit

    Visit the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon with views of the ice cap. The lake is the lowest point in the country and filled with icebergs drifting towards the sea, often with seals lounging on top. The blocks of ice coming off the glacier are typically 30m high, in dramatic shades of white and bright blue.

    Thorbergur Cultural Heritage Museum and Local Meal

    Þórbergssetur is a unique exhibition which takes you on a journey through the life and ideas of one of Iceland’s most original thinkers and writers, Þórbergur Þórðarson. Considered a ‘new generation’ of museums it offers a unique look into local history and culture. After enjoy dinner at the centres restaurant which features a selection of local foods.


    Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon

    Optional Activities:

    • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Boat Ride

      Opt to take a boat ride around the lagoon to get closer to the floating icebergs with their seal passengers. With different options for boats— Amphibian or Zodiac— there is no shortage of ways to view the highlights of this lagoon. This activity is available year-round.

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
  • Day 6Skaftafell / Reykjavík

    Travel back to Reykjavik and enjoy your last evening out on the town.

    In the summer months, keep your eyes open for Reindeer, who come down to the lowlands and can often be seen grazing with sheep and cows.

    Private Vehicle

    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
  • Day 7Reykjavík

    Depart at any time.

    Meals Included

    • Breakfast
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