Example trip

Summer in Iceland

Best for:

Outdoorsy types, nature fanatics and experimental travellers

8 nights
$4,230
Jun Jul Aug

Itinerary highlights

  • Self-drive your way around Iceland’s cities, valleys and countryside

  • Go horse riding by the black beaches of the South Coast

  • Hike Hundafoss and Skaftafell glaciers at Skaftafell National Park

  • See thousands of puffins, dolphins and birds on a boat tour

  • Stroll around Reykjavik's iconic buildings, galleries and shops

Curated by Belinda

“Get out of the city and explore the South Coast. The black sand beaches and stunning coastline are unlike anywhere else in the world. Also, prepare to get active and take to the hills to experience waterfalls, geysers and amazing terrain.”

Itinerary Details

Day 1
Arrival Reykjavik

Upon arrival you’ll be met by your guide and escorted to your accommodation.

The rest of the day will be spent at your leisure. Time permitting, your Lightfoot Travel Designer can advise on activities prior to departure.

From: $4,230 pp
Pricing is a guideline only and based on 2 people sharing

Day 2
Self-Drive Golden Circle Tour

Enjoy a drive in your rental car to Thingvellir National Park, the site of the original Althing, and the only place in the world where you can see tectonic plates drift apart above sea level.

Walk (or drive) along the canyon to Öxaráfoss waterfall and into the valley to Þingvallakirkja Church.

Next, continue to Silfra for a spot of snorkelling with a guide.

Afterwards, head to Geyser to witness one of the most active geysers in the area, Strokkur, spouting up to 90–120 ft into the air. At nearby Gullfoss waterfall you’ll find white water thundering down a 32-metre drop into an impressive canyon.

From: $4,230 pp
Pricing is a guideline only and based on 2 people sharing

Day 3
Self-Drive South Coast Tour

Today you’ll drive towards the South Coast, an area with majestic mountains, volcanic scenery, waterfalls and beaches.

Mid-morning, you’ll swap your vehicle for a horse. Journey highlights will include Holtsós lagoon, Seljalandsfoss waterfall, the black beaches of the coast (including Reynisfjara with its unique basalt columns), and Mýrdalsjökull glacier.

From: $4,230 pp
Pricing is a guideline only and based on 2 people sharing

Day 4
Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Today you’ll drive to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and Diamond Beach, stopping by the canyon of Fjaðrárgljúfur en route.

In the afternoon you’ll join a boat tour, sailing among huge icebergs, looking for seals and learning about geology with your guide.

 

From: $4,230 pp
Pricing is a guideline only and based on 2 people sharing

Day 5
Skaftafell National Park

Drive to Skaftafell National Park where you’ll find hiking trails, the waterfalls of Svartifoss and Hundafoss, and Skaftafell glacier. This is also a great place to try ice climbing or glacier hiking.

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Pricing is a guideline only and based on 2 people sharing

Day 6
Thorsmork Super Jeep Tour

This morning you’ll drive to Þórsmörk, a nature reserve in the heart of South Iceland nestled among the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull, Mýrdalsjökull and Tindfjallajökull.

Here, you’ll embark on a jeep drive and a hike up to Gígjökull glacier.

Afterwards you’ll drive to your next hotel.

From: $4,230 pp
Pricing is a guideline only and based on 2 people sharing

Day 7
Whales & Puffins Tour

Start your day with a boat tour of the three islands just off Reykjavík (Akurey, Engey or Lundey), where each year thousands of puffins breed. You’ll also see eider ducks, arctic terns, guillemots and cormorants.

Then head on a whale watching tour around Faxaflói bay, looking for Minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, porpoises, Humpbacks or Orcas.

From: $4,230 pp
Pricing is a guideline only and based on 2 people sharing

Day 8
The Retreat Blue Lagoon

Drive to Blue Lagoon, a natural geothermal spa surrounded by lava fields and black sandy beaches. We highly recommend enjoying a tailored spa treatment while here.

The afternoon will be spent at your leisure. This is your chance to visit Reykjavik's iconic Hallgrimskirkja church, The National Museum, the Old Harbour and Old Town and to check out the restaurants, galleries and shops.

From: $4,230 pp
Pricing is a guideline only and based on 2 people sharing

Day 9
Departure

Today you’ll be escorted to the airport for your onward journey.

From: $4,230 pp
Pricing is a guideline only and based on 2 people sharing