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Welcome to our 12-day driver-guided tour of Iceland itinerary! This tour offers a unique opportunity to explore Iceland’s stunning landscapes, natural wonders, and cultural treasures in the company of an expert private driver-guide.

Over the course of 12 days, you will discover some of Iceland’s most iconic attractions, from the Golden Circle and the South Coast to the remote Westfjords and the magical Snæfellsnes Peninsula. With a focus on flexibility and personalized attention, this tour can be tailored to your interests and preferences, ensuring an unforgettable journey through one of the world’s most breathtaking destinations.

12 Day guided Tour Itinerary

Skagafjörður Valley Road, Iceland 10 day tour itinerary
Skagafjörður Valley Road, Iceland

Day 1: Reykjavik City Tour

Reykjavik, Iceland aerial view of private tour group on guided day tour.
Reykjavik, Iceland

Day 1 of your Iceland tour starts with a Reykjavik City Tour, giving you the opportunity to explore the highlights of Iceland’s capital city with your private driver-guide. Here are some of the places you’ll visit:

Hallgrímskirkja Church

The first stop on your city tour is Hallgrímskirkja Church, one of the most iconic landmarks in Reykjavik.

The church is named after the 17th-century Icelandic poet and clergyman Hallgrímur Pétursson, and its impressive facade is said to be inspired by the basalt columns found in Iceland’s natural landscapes. You can take an elevator to the top of the church’s tower for panoramic city views.

Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre

Next, you’ll visit the Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre, a stunning glass building on Reykjavik’s waterfront.

The Harpa is home to the Iceland Symphony Orchestra and the Icelandic Opera, and hosts various cultural events throughout the year. Its distinctive design was created by the Danish-Icelandic artist Ólafur Elíasson and the Danish architectural firm Henning Larsen Architects.

Perlan Observation Deck

The Perlan Observation Deck is another must-visit location in Reykjavik, offering sweeping views of the city and its surroundings.

The Perlan is a dome-shaped glass building that sits on top of hot water storage tanks and is home to a restaurant, a café, and a museum. The observation deck offers 360-degree views of Reykjavik and the nearby mountains and ocean.

Reykjavik City Centre

Your city tour will also take you to Reykjavik’s bustling city center, where you can explore the city’s charming streets and colorful buildings.

Some of the highlights of the city center include Laugavegur Street, Reykjavik’s main shopping street, and the old harbor area, where you can find a variety of restaurants, bars, and souvenir shops.

The Settlement Exhibition

The Settlement Exhibition is a fascinating museum that explores Iceland’s early history, from its settlement by Viking explorers in the 9th century to the beginning of the 13th century.

The museum is located in an archaeological excavation site discovered during the construction of a new building in 2001. It features a multimedia exhibition that showcases the history and culture of Iceland’s early settlers.

Tjörnin Lake

The final stop on your city tour is Tjörnin Lake, a picturesque body of water in the heart of Reykjavik. The lake is home to various bird species, including swans and ducks. In addition, several important landmarks surround it, such as the Reykjavik City Hall and the National Museum of Iceland.

Overall, the Reykjavik City Tour perfectly introduces Iceland’s capital city, offering a diverse range of attractions and landmarks to explore. With the guidance of your private driver-guide, you can discover the city’s hidden gems and get a sense of its unique history and culture.

Day 2: Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon

Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park, Iceland driver guided tour
Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park, Iceland

On the second day of your Iceland tour, you will go guided to some of the most popular attractions in Iceland’s southwestern region. Here is what you can expect to see:

Þingvellir National Park

The first stop on day number 2 is Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its stunning natural beauty and cultural significance.

This is the site of the world’s oldest parliament, the Althing, established in 930 AD. The park is also located in a rift valley where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet, making it a unique geological location.

Gullfoss Waterfall

The second stop on your tour is Gullfoss Waterfall, one of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls. Gullfoss, which means “Golden Falls” in Icelandic, is a majestic two-tiered waterfall that drops 32 meters into a narrow canyon. You can view the falls from different vantage points and take photos of the breathtaking scenery.

Geysir Geothermal Area

Next, you’ll visit the Geysir Geothermal Area, a geothermal field home to the famous Geysir hot spring.

The Geysir is known for its spectacular eruptions, which shoot water up to 70 meters in the air. The Geysir is not as active as it used to be, but the nearby Strokkur hot spring erupts every 5 to 10 minutes, providing visitors with a thrilling spectacle. You can also explore the area’s other hot springs and geothermal features.

Secret Lagoon Hot Springs

Before returning to your accommodation at night, unwind at the Secret Lagoon Hot Springs, a natural hot spring in the village of Flúðir.

The Secret Lagoon is less crowded than other hot springs in Iceland, making it a more intimate and relaxing experience. The pool is surrounded by geothermal vents and bubbling mud pots, creating a unique atmosphere. You can soak in hot water and take in beautiful surroundings.

Day 3: South Coast Tour

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Iceland on 7 day northern lights tour
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Iceland

Embark on a guided tour of Iceland’s south coast on day three of your Iceland tour. The tour takes you to some of the most stunning natural landmarks in the country.

Here’s what you can expect to see:

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

The first stop today is Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, a beautiful waterfall that drops 60 meters from a cliff.

What sets Seljalandsfoss apart is that you can walk behind the falls and experience the spray and mist up close. This creates a unique perspective on the falls and provides excellent photo opportunities.

Skógafoss Waterfall

Next, you’ll visit Skógafoss Waterfall, another of Iceland’s largest and most powerful waterfalls. You can climb up the steps to the top of the waterfall for stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach

The third stop on your tour is Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, one of Iceland’s most famous and unique beaches.

The beach is characterized by its black sand, towering basalt columns, and dramatic waves. You can explore the basalt caves and admire the unique geological formations.

Dyrhólaey Arch

Next, you’ll visit the Dyrhólaey Arch, a natural arch made of volcanic rock that rises 120 meters above the sea. The arch provides a breathtaking coastline view, and you can see puffins and other seabirds nesting on the cliffs.

Vík Village

The final stop on your tour is Vík Village, a picturesque coastal village known for its charming red-roofed houses and stunning scenery. Vík is the southernmost village in Iceland and offers panoramic views of the ocean and the surrounding cliffs.

Day 4: Skaftafell National Park and Vatnajökull Glacier

Vatnajökull Glacier, Iceland
Vatnajökull Glacier, Iceland

Get ready to walk on the surface of a Glacier as your driver guide delivers you to Skaftafell National Park and Vatnajökull Glacier, two of the most iconic natural landmarks in Iceland.

Glacier Hike (Optional)

This is a unique opportunity to explore the stunning glacier landscape and learn about the geology and history of the Vatnajökull Glacier as you hike the surface. You will receive all the necessary equipment and guidance from an experienced glacier guide.

Svartifoss Waterfall

Next, you’ll visit Svartifoss Waterfall, a beautiful waterfall that drops 20 meters over a cliff made of hexagonal basalt columns.

The columns are a unique geological formation that creates a striking contrast with the surrounding greenery. You can take a hike to the waterfall and admire the beautiful scenery.

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

The third stop on your tour is Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, a stunning glacial lake filled with icebergs of all shapes and sizes.

The lake is located at the edge of Vatnajökull Glacier and constantly changes due to melting and freezing.

You can take a boat ride on the lake and see the icebergs up close or walk along the shore and admire the beautiful scenery.

Diamond Beach

Finally, you’ll visit Diamond Beach, a beautiful black sand beach with sparkling ice diamonds.

The icebergs from Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon wash up on the beach, creating a unique and beautiful sight.

Day 5: Eastfjords Tour

East Iceland Cottages with snow capped mountains in background
East Iceland Cottages

On day five of your Iceland tour, you will explore the Eastfjords region with your private driver-guide. This area is known for its rugged coastline, picturesque fishing villages, and stunning natural landscapes.

Fáskrúðsfjörður Village

Fáskrúðsfjörður Village is a charming fishing village that is known for its beautiful architecture and rich history.

French fishermen founded the village in the late 19th century, and you can still see the influence of French culture in the local architecture and cuisine. In addition, you can visit the French Museum and learn about the history of the village and the French settlement.

Stöðvarfjörður Village

Next, you’ll visit Stöðvarfjörður Village, another picturesque fishing village that is known for its stunning natural surroundings. The village is surrounded by mountains and fjords and is a great place to spend the afternoon enjoying the beautiful scenery.

Day 6: Lake Mývatn and Goðafoss Waterfall

Godafoss Waterfall, Iceland private tour with guide
Godafoss Waterfall, Iceland

During the sixth day of your Iceland tour, you will have the opportunity to discover two of Iceland’s most spectacular natural landmarks, Lake Mývatn and Goðafoss Waterfall. Here’s a sneak peek of what awaits you:

Goðafoss Waterfall

Known as the “Waterfall of the Gods,” The waterfall drops 12 meters into a deep canyon and is surrounded by stunning scenery.

According to legend, the waterfall was named after a pagan chieftain who threw his idols into the waterfall when he converted to Christianity.

Lake Mývatn

Lake Mývatn is known for its unique geology and biodiversity, with over 300 species of birds and numerous volcanic craters and hot springs in the surrounding area.

Hverfjall Volcano

Experience Hverfjall Volcano, measuring over 1,000 meters in diameter. The crater was formed in a massive eruption over 2,500 years ago and is now a popular hiking destination. You can hike to the top of the crater and admire the stunning views of the surrounding area.

Dimmuborgir Lava Fields

Next, you’ll visit the Dimmuborgir Lava Fields, a unique landscape known for its twisted lava formations and eerie atmosphere.

The lava fields were formed over 2,000 years ago and are popular hiking destinations. You can hike through the lava fields and admire the stunning scenery.

Day 7: Akureyri and Whale Watching

aerial view of Akureyri Town, Iceland
Akureyri Town, Iceland

Join your private driver-guide for a thrilling Akureyri and Whale Watching tour, combining scenic exploration of Iceland’s second-largest city with an unforgettable marine adventure. Here’s what you can expect to see:

Akureyri Town

The tour begins with a visit to Akureyri Town, a charming city in northern Iceland. You will explore the town and visit its main landmarks, including the Akureyri Botanic Garden, which features a diverse collection of plants worldwide.

You will also see the iconic Akureyrarkirkja Church, known for its beautiful stained glass windows and unique architecture.

Whale Watching Tour

After exploring Akureyri, you will embark on a whale-watching tour from the harbor.

The tour will take you to the rich feeding grounds of humpback whales, minke whales, and white-beaked dolphins. Your experienced guide will provide interesting facts about the whales and their behavior. In addition, you can take in the breathtaking scenery and capture some incredible photos of the whales.

Day 8: Skagafjörður Valley and Horseback Riding

Icelandic Horses, Iceland in a field with mountain backdrop
Icelandic Horses, Iceland

On this guided tour, you will explore the beautiful Skagafjörður Valley, a stunning natural landscape in the north of Iceland. In addition, the tour includes visiting the Glaumbær Farmhouse Museum and an optional horseback riding excursion.

Skagafjörður Valley

The tour begins with a scenic drive through the Skagafjörður Valley, one of the most beautiful valleys in Iceland.

You will pass through charming villages and admire the stunning views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers with your knowledgeable driver-guide.

Horseback Riding

Finally, you can go horseback riding in the Skagafjörður Valley, known for its strong and beautiful Icelandic horses.

The horseback riding excursion suits all experience levels, from beginners to advanced riders. You will ride through the stunning landscape and enjoy the fresh mountain air. In addition, your experienced guide will provide interesting facts about the Icelandic horse breed and its history.

Day 9: Westfjords Tour

Dynjandi Waterfall, Iceland
Dynjandi Waterfall, Iceland

We have dedicated day 9 to an exciting tour of the Westfjords in Iceland, where you will explore some of the region’s most stunning natural wonders and charming towns. Here’s what you can expect to see:

Dynjandi Waterfall

The tour begins with a visit to the magnificent Dynjandi Waterfall. This stunning waterfall cascades down the mountainside in minor falls that converge into a significant main fall at the bottom.

You can hike up to the top of the waterfall for breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.

Rauðisandur Beach

Next, you will visit the beautiful Rauðisandur Beach, a secluded beach with red sand known for its peaceful and tranquil atmosphere. You can walk along the beach, enjoy the ocean views, and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.

Ísafjörður Town

Finally, you will visit Ísafjörður, the largest town in the Westfjords. The town is known for its charming wooden houses, colorful buildings, and picturesque harbor. You can explore the town and visit its main attractions, including the Westfjords Heritage Museum and the Old Hospital Museum.

Day 10: Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Kirkjufell Mountain, Iceland small tour group 7 day tour itinerary
Kirkjufell Mountain, Iceland

Our itinerary will now see you discover the stunning Snæfellsnes Peninsula in the west of Iceland.

Your private driver-guide will take you on a journey through this stunning region, where you will see some of Iceland’s most iconic attractions.

Snæfellsnes National Park

The tour begins with a visit to the Snæfellsnes National Park, a protected natural area that covers a large part of the peninsula. The park is home to diverse landscapes, including volcanic craters, lava fields, and sandy beaches.

You can hike through the park and take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape.

Kirkjufell Mountain

This stunning mountain is known for its distinctive shape and is surrounded by beautiful waterfalls and streams.

Búðir Black Church

Before returning home, your guide will take you to Búðir Black Church, a picturesque church on a windswept plain.

The church is made of black timber and has a stark, minimalist design. It is one of Iceland’s most iconic buildings and a popular destination for photographers.

Day 11: Reykjanes Peninsula & Blue Lagoon

woman on tour in iceland enjoying Geothermal Spa, Iceland
Blue Lagoon, Iceland

On the penultimate day of your driver-guided tour, you will visit the Reykjanes Peninsula and the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa.

Reykjanes Peninsula

The tour begins with a visit to the Reykjanes Peninsula, a rugged and otherworldly landscape home to many of Iceland’s geological wonders.

You will visit the Reykjanes Lighthouse, a striking beacon perched on the rocky cliffs overlooking the ocean. You can take in the breathtaking views of the rugged coastline and the ocean.

The Bridge between Continents

Next, you will visit the Bridge between the Continents, a small footbridge that spans a fissure between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. You can walk across the Bridge and learn about the geological forces that have shaped Iceland’s landscape.

Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa

Finally, you will visit the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa, one of Iceland’s most famous attractions. The spa is in the middle of a lava field and is fed by water from a nearby geothermal power plant. The warm, mineral-rich water is said to have healing properties, and the spa offers a range of treatments and facilities. You can relax in the warm water, enjoy a massage or facial, or explore the spa’s many amenities.

Day 12: Departure Day

On Day 12, it’s time to say goodbye to Iceland as your private driver-guide drops you off at Keflavik International Airport.

After an unforgettable 11 days exploring Iceland’s stunning landscapes, natural wonders, and cultural treasures, it’s time to head back home.

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