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

Price p.p. from

Approx 295029 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

Why book with Nordic Visitor

  • Groups limited to 16 travellers
  • Hassle-free travel experience
  • Quality & value for your money
  • Trusted local experts in Iceland
  • 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


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 journey.

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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.  At 18:00, 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 Storm Hotel or similar.

    • 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

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  • 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 Hótel Klaustur or similar

    • 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 Glacier World - Hoffell or similar.

    • 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 Hótel Laxá or similar.

    • Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel

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

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  • 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 Guesthouse or similar.

    • 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 Storm Hotel or similar.

    • Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel

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

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  • 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.

    • 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 Activity


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


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

The accommodations for this tour include comfortable three-star (or similar quality) hotels or well-appointed guesthouses that have been hand-picked by our local travel experts for quality and location. The rooms all have private WC and shower or bath. All provide breakfast (included in the price).

The hotels mentioned are our first priority for this tour. Please note that although we have included specific accommodations in the tour, these are subject to change in rare cases. We reserve the right to substitute a named property in the same locality for one of a similar standard. We will send you the final list of hotels before you arrive for your tour.

Guaranteed departures Group size: Maximum group size is 16 participants.

Price p.p. from

Approx 295029 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

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Monthly price comparison Our best price per person when booking for two.


Tour Information

We recommend that all of our travellers read through the following information about what the tour includes, what to pack for your holiday and useful information about the activities included on the tour.  Please note that this tour is not recommended for families with young children.

Our team of local expert guides at Nordic Visitor are highly recommended by our travellers and staff with years of experience. What they offer is local knowledge, love for their country, their stories, favourite places and sites where travelers, on their own, would not hear about or visit. They always have some tricks up their sleeves and hidden gems to surprise our clients and therefore we recommend that you join our guided small group tours to get a personal experience for your Icelandic adventure. There will be one guide per tour, who will drive and lead the tour.

Our team of local travel experts at Nordic Visitor have put together a list of wonderful hotels for your stay in Iceland. The hotels that we use are based on our top favourites in Reykjavik and in the countryside, with an emphasis on quality, excellent ratings and comfort. To view the detailed list of hotels available for this tour, please view the accommodation section for this tour.

Note: Triple rooms are not available for this tour, only single and double rooms. Please contact us for booking assistance if your group contains three or more people.

A daily breakfast buffet is included at your booked hotels for the duration of your stay. You will also enjoy three included dinners during your travel around the country. They will include either a 2-course dinner or a dinner buffet with a good variety of local fresh ingredients.  You can choose meat, fish or vegetarian dishes by notifying your travel consultant in advance of any dietary restrictions.

Other meals are not included, but the guide will make sure to stop along the way for you to pick up snacks, drinks and lunch. Drinks are also not included during the trip. You will find a great selection of restaurants in Reykjavik during your stay for the first and last night in the city.

The average cost of meals depends on the type of restaurant, but for lunch we’d say that the average cost is from 2500 ISK to 3500 ISK per person. The average cost of dinner can range from 3000 ISK up to 6500 ISK per person for the main entree. Three course dinners at restaurants are priced around 7000 ISK to 11000 ISK per person.


  • A small backpack to store your items on the bus
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Sturdy hiking boots
  • Camera
  • Lip balm and moisturiser
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Swimsuit and towel are recommended
  • Water bottle to enjoy the clean Icelandic water
  • For more information on what to pack, please visit our Online Travel Guide.

To ensure comfortable seating for everyone on our tour, we need to limit the size and amount of luggage on the van. Each guest is allowed one suitcase or large bag that can be stored in the back of the van and one smaller item (e.g., a small 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 inside the van in the overhead racks. If you have any questions about luggage your Nordic Visitor travel consultant will be able to assist you.

Please note that the programme is dependent upon weather and road conditions, and may be altered if conditions are not favourable. In the case of major changes to the programme, you will be notified and we will do our best to make sure that your experience will not be affected.

For information on weather conditions and daylight hours we recommend visiting our extensive Online Travel Guide.

All bookings are charged 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. Therefore, conversions from ISK to other currencies will fluctuate from day to day.

After booking your package with Nordic Visitor, you will be contacted within two working days by one of our travel consultants, who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all of your travel needs before, during and even after your holiday. Your travel consultant will provide you with details about your booking and your remaining payment (if not paid in full). You will also receive more information about what to expect during your holiday. 

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