12-Day Iceland Guided Tour | Unwind

Duration: 12 Days

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Need to slow down from the hustle and bustle of everyday life? Take a moment to fully relax and treat yourself to exquisite spa and local dining experiences in one of the most beautiful places in the world? Perhaps you are looking to meet fellow like-minded travelers and explore together the finer things in life? If the answer to these questions is yes, then we have the perfect tour in store to make your wishes our priority.

 

In 12 days, you will get the chance to fully immerse yourself in an Icelandic adventure whilst simultaneously treating your mind, body, and soul to wonderful spa and relaxation experiences. You’ll dip your toes in Iceland’s geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon in the South and Vök Baths in the North – both notorious for their unique health benefits and soothing effects. Diversify your taste buds by trying local delicacies whilst discovering untamed land with your newly found friends.

 

As this is a fully guided tour, you really don’t have to do anything except buy that plane ticket to Iceland! We’ve taken care of everything in between, and our friendly guide will be with you every step of the way to make sure things run smoothly up until the very end. Fancy something that you’d like to do but don’t see in our itinerary? Give us a shout, and we might just as well be able to do something out of it!

 

Ready for a 12-day fully immersive, relaxing Icelandic experience? If so, then read on.

 

Included:

  • Airport transfer on arrival and departure day
  • Accommodation for 11 nights (private bathroom, more info below)
  • Professional guide
  • Transfer in a comfortable minibus
  • Entrance to the Sky Lagoon
  • Entrance to the Laugarvatn Fontana Spa
  • Entrance to the Vök Baths
  • Entrance to the GeoSea Baths
  • Entrance to the Beer Spa
  • Visit to the Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum
  • Various meals (see daily itinerary)
  • Farewell dinner
  • Detailed travel information
  • Personal travel advisor
  • Icelandic taxes
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Itinerary

Day 1

Highlights:

Capital Reykjavík

Summary:

Accommodation: Reykjavík
Optional Activities: Blue Lagoon, Guided City Tour, Food Tour, Whale Watching, FlyOver Iceland 

reykjavik with esjan mountain on the backdrop

The first day of this trip is planned around your arrival at Keflavík International airport. Pre-arranged transport will be waiting for you outside the door of the airport regardless of when you land, so you dont have to worry about absolutely anythingFrom here, you can opt to get dropped off directly at the Blue Lagoon or continue straight towards Reykjavík.

 

This day is all about settling in, so make sure to take it easy! Spend the evening discovering Reykjavík’s lively charm and stroll through its vividly painted streets. Celebrate your first night in Iceland by joining the pre-organized group dinner and get to know your travel companions before heading to your city center accommodation for the night.

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Hotel Reykjavík

Double room with private bathroom, breakfast included. Single room available for a surcharge.

Day 2

Highlights:

Transfer and Entry to the Sky Lagoon
Dinner at the Sky Lagoon

Summary:

Accommodation: Reykjavík

girl playing with water in an icelandic swimming pool

Today, you will get to experience one of the newest local hotspots in town – the Sky Lagoon. Opened only in May 2021, this fully immersive spa retreat truly takes Icelandic bathing culture to a whole other level.

 

Enjoy the stunning views from the infinity pool, swiftly blending into the North Atlantic Ocean. Awaken your senses by taking a plunge in the cold pot or directly head towards the sauna. Today is all about taking it slow and savoring this exclusive experience to the fullest. It is also the perfect opportunity to mingle with your newfound travel buddies over a glass of cold beer, overlooking the active volcanic eruption from a distance!

 

If you think it cannot get any better than this, think again. During winter, you might even be lucky enough to witness the Northern Lights illuminating the skyline with their vivid colors. Talk about a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Start your trip right by dining at the Lagoon’s brasserie before heading back to town.

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Hotel Reykjavík

Double room with private bathroom, breakfast included. Single room available for a surcharge.

Day 3

Highlights:

Þingvellir National Park
Lunch at Friðheimar
Skyr and Ice Cream Tasting Platter at Efstidalur Farm
Geysir & Strokkur
Gullfoss Waterfall
Laugarvatn Fontana
2-Course Dinner at Lindin Restaurant

Summary:

Accommodation: Hella
Optional Activities: Snorkeling in Silfra

geysir in iceland

Your Icelandic road trip officially begins as you head towards the Golden Circle, one of the country's most scenic routes! Explore Þingvellir National Park - a UNESCO Heritage site and one of the very few places in the world where the Mid Atlantic ridge is visible from above ground! Take a dip in Silfra’s fissure and float in between the North Atlantic and Euro Asian tectonic plates.

 

Then, you will discover Strokkur, the only active geyser in Europe, and admire the roaring sounds of the double-cascaded Gullfoss waterfall nearby. We’ll be sure to keep your taste buds fully satisfied by stopping at some local favorite spots along our way! After an exciting day, enjoy the calming waters of the geothermally heated Laugarvatn Fontana Spa before diving in a 2-course meal at Lindin restaurant, with stunning views overlooking lake Laugarvatn.

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Hotel Hella

Double room with private bathroom, breakfast included. Single room available for a surcharge.

Day 4

Highlights:

Seljalandsfoss & Skógafoss Waterfalls
Lobster or Meat Soup at Hotel Anna
Dyrhólaey Rock Arch
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Vík Village

Summary:

Accommodation: Vík

skogafoss waterfall in south iceland

Today, you’ll make your way towards Iceland’s South Coast dotted with natural gems from sea to summit and all in between!

 

The coastal road leads you to the splendors of Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss; two of Iceland’s most popular waterfalls, often used as film and music video backdrops. If you are feeling adventurous and do not mind getting wet, you can even follow a short trail that will lead you directly behind Seljalandsfoss! For lunch, you will stop at a family-owned guesthouse, where you will get a chance to taste some local delicacies such as lobster or meat soup.

 

Discover the country’s diverse landscapes by taking a stroll at Reynisfjara black beach, that is only a short drive away. Admire the abundance of birdlife and endless ocean views from Dyrhólaey Peninsula. If you are lucky enough and come at the right time, you can even spot a puffin or two! You will then head towards the charming little coastal town of Vík, where you will have the evening off to explore or mingle in between your group before heading towards our nearby accommodation and calling it a night.

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Hotel Vík

Double room with private bathroom, breakfast included. Single room available for a surcharge.

Day 5

Highlights:

Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon
Skaftafell Nature Reserve
Lunch at Lobster Truck
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Diamond Beach
Dinner at Pakkhús Restaurant

Summary:

Accommodation: Vatnajökull area
Optional Activities: Jökulsárlón Boat Tour

icebergs inj okulsarlon glacier lagoon iceland

This morning, you continue your journey towards Höfn, stopping at some of Iceland’s most prized natural wonders. You’ll get a chance to experience Eldhraun´s captivating lava fields, created after a series of devastating volcanic eruptions. Take a walk to the lesser-known Fjadrárgljúfur​ canyon and enjoy the area’s bespoke tranquility whilst having a bird’s eye view of this fairytale-like hidden valley.

 

The next stop of your trip takes you to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon nestled serenely at the foot of Vatnajökull. Admire the glacial formations from up close by taking a boat tour or simply wander to the black Diamond Beach nearby, where broken-off ice structures peacefully drift away in the depths of the Atlantic Ocean. Your day ends in the fishing town of Höfn, where you will also have a chance to relax and spend the night in a hotel nearby but not before having a tasty dinner at Pakkhús!

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Hotel Vatnajökull

Double room with private bathroom, breakfast included. Single room available for a surcharge.

Day 6

Highlights:

Vestrahorn Mountain
Eastfjords with Picturesque Stops Like Djúpivogur & Fáskrúðsfjörður
Seyðisfjörður Village Lunch at Kaffi Lára
Vök Baths

Summary:

Accommodation: Egilsstaðir

blue church and rainbow road in Seydisfjordur

Marvel at the endless coastline and scenic fjords as you drive towards the country’s eastern territory. The first stop on your itinerary is Djúpivogur, where everything seems to move at a slower pace. No wonder why this little scenic town is part of Cittaslow – a recently established movement where the quality of life is improved by just… slowing down! Seyðisfjörður is next in line with its rich history, arts, and culture emphasis bound to satisfy your interest. The road towards the town by the Fjardará river is considered one of Iceland’s most spectacular drives. Get your camera ready and enjoy the raw splendor that lies ahead.

 

You will grab lunch at Kaffi Lára before heading towards the country’s only geothermal floating baths! Nestled on the bank of lake Urriðavatn, Vök Baths combine luxury and tranquility without altering the natural landscape. This is the perfect time to fully unwind and perhaps get a drink or two with your fellow travelers! You’ll then head towards your accommodation in Egilsstaðir, where you’ll be free to roam and explore the gateway of the East at your own pace!

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Hotel Egilsstaðir

Double room with private bathroom, breakfast included. Single room available for a surcharge.

Day 7

Highlights:

Stuðlagil Canyon
Námaskarð Geothermal Area
Lake Mývatn
Grjótagjá Cave
Dimmuborgir Lava Field
Skútustaðagígar Pseudocraters

Summary:

Accommodation: Mývatn

Stuðlagil Canyon in east iceland

Today you continue your journey along Iceland’s ring road. Lace-up your hiking boots and prepare for a relatively comfortable hike as you head towards Jökuldalur glacial valley. As you follow your guide and walk deeper into the gorge, you will eventually reach Stuðlagil canyon. Tall basalt columns intertwine with turquoise-colored glacial waters seeping from the mighty Jökla glacial river. This off-the-beaten-path location offers a more intimate experience and, to this day, is still considered to be one of Iceland’s best-kept secrets!

 

A short drive then takes you to the northern territories of the country, home to lake Mývatn and all its neighboring natural wonders. Untamed landscapes follow your every move as you proceed to Námaskarð geothermal area, surrounded by bubbly mud pots and sulfuric smells. Your onward journey takes you to Dimmuborgir where you will marvel at dramatic lava formations towering above whilst going deeper into the labyrinth of eternal volcanic creations. The day slowly comes to an end as you head towards Mývatn, where your accommodation awaits.

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Hotel Mývatn

Double room with private bathroom, breakfast included. Single room available for a surcharge.

Day 8

Highlights:

Dettifoss Waterfall
Ásbyrgi Canyon
Húsavík Whale Watching
GeoSea Baths
Goðafoss Waterfall
Capital of the North: Akureyri

Summary:

Accommodation: Akureyri

icleandic fishing town husavik

Discover the glorious North! Today, you will make your way to Akuyreri, the biggest city in this region dotted with vibrant nightlife, shopping outlets, and distinctive local hotspots. On your way there, you will get a chance to come up close and personal with the mighty waters of Goðafoss and Dettifoss whilst marveling at uniquely shaped glacial canyons and Ásbyrgi - one of Iceland’s very few forested areas!

 

The charming fishing town of Húsavík is next in line with bespoke whale watching opportunities that are up for grabs to anyone wanting to try their luck and see them from up close in their natural habitat. You’ll then be whisked away to GeoSea Sea Baths where geothermal waters and stunning coastal views work their magic on all your senses before heading to Akuyreri, the endpoint of our trip for today.

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Hotel Akureyri

Double room with private bathroom, breakfast included. Single room available for a surcharge.

Day 9

Highlights:

Dalvík Village
Siglufjörður Village
Lunch at Hannes Boy or Torgið Restaurant
Bjórböðin Beer Spa

Summary:

Accommodation: Akureyri

Optional Activities: Horse Riding

cute traditional icelandic turf houses

Today, you continue exploring Iceland’s northern coastline, dotted with magnificent oceanic views and spectacular mountain scenery towering over nearby settlements. Explore the fishing town of Dalvík at your own pace, walk across captivating black sandy beaches, and admire the rich birdlife around. Fancy something relaxing yet different? Why not take a short horseback riding tour whilst you are there.

 

Roam around the streets of the country’s northernmost town of Siglufjörður, sitting only a mere 40 km away from the Arctic Circle! After grabbing some well-deserved lunch, you will make your way towards Bjórböðin and soak the stress away by submerging in a bathtub with nothing other than beer! Yes, you read correctly. Want to take it a step further? Why not order a pint or two as well! As the day comes to an end, you’ll head back to Akureyri and spend the remainder of the evening as you please.

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Hotel Akureyri

Double room with private bathroom, breakfast included. Single room available for a surcharge.

Day 10

Highlights:

Stykkishólmur Village
Kirkjufell Mountain
Lóndrangar Sea Stacks
Djúpalónssandur Black Beach
Gatklettur Rock Arch
Ytri Tunga Seal Beach

Summary:

Accommodation: Snæfellsnes

kirkjufell mountain under the northern lights in iceland

Dive deep into the wonders of Snæfellsnes Peninsula as scenic landscapes slowly unveil before your very own eyes. Crowned Iceland in Miniature, this region is truly an explorer’s playground, with countless natural treasures scattered not far away from each other.

 

Enjoy the sights of expansive lava fields as far as your eye can see merging with distant seascapes. Take a stroll on one of Iceland’s only golden beaches and admire the overhanging cliff scenery nearby. Go back in time and explore the quiet fisherman’s town of Stykkishólmur overlooking Breiðafjörður bay in the distance. Marvel at Arnarstapi, one of Iceland’s most beautiful harbors, and if you are lucky enough, you can even spot a seal suntanning on its shoreline.

 

You will also stop at Kirkjufell – one of the country's most photographed mountains that you’ll certainly recognize if you’re a Game of Thrones fan. Finally, enjoy the sights of Snæfellsjökull glacier towering above the peninsula as make your way to your accommodation for the night.

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Hotel Snæfellsnes

Double room with private bathroom, breakfast included. Single room available for a surcharge.

Day 11

Highlights:

Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum
Deildartunguhver Hot Spring
Hraunfossar & Barnafoss Waterfalls
Húsafell Canyon Baths
Final Dinner in Reykjavík

Summary:

Accommodation: Reykjavík

hraunfossar waterfall in west iceland

Start your day right with an unforgettable visit to Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum. Learn about fishing culture and local traditions. If this is not enough to spark your curiosity, a bite of pungent shark meat alongside a shot of Brennivín is guaranteed to do the trick. Talk about the ultimate wake-up call!

 

The drive back to Reykjavík takes you further inland, stopping at Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls before continuing your onward journey towards Húsafell Canyon Baths. Take an easy walk at a relaxed pace through the wilderness as you go deeper into the Icelandic Highlands with untouched nature following you every step of the way. Dip your toes in the warmth of geothermal waters and enjoy Iceland’s natural wonders for one very last time. The night is still young as you arrive back to Reykjavík, where you will enjoy a farewell dinner followed by a drink or two and call it a day!

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Hotel Reykjavík

Double room with private bathroom, breakfast included. Single room available for a surcharge.

Day 12

Highlights:

Capital Reykjavík

Summary:

Optional Activities: Blue Lagoon, Guided City Tour, Food Tour, Whale Watching, FlyOver Iceland 

street view of hallgrimskirkja from the back

Unfortunately, we have to part ways today, but hopefully not for long. Depending on your flight time and mood, you can opt to take a stroll down Reykjavík’s vibrantly colored streets, grab a coffee, or shop around for some locally-made souvenirs before heading back to the airport.