Iceland: Best of North Iceland
Opt for our North Iceland Guided Tour and explore the country's amazing geological features
What Makes Me Mighty Fine
- An escorted, eight day summer tour visiting The Diamond Circle to see North Iceland's foremost, iconic natural attractions and featuring free time for independent exploration
- See natural highlights such as Akureyri Botanical Gardens, the Grabrok Volcano and Godafoss Waterfall and bathe in Iceland’s famous thermal baths
- Take an optional Whale Watching Trip to search for Orcas, Humpack and Minke whales
- Stay longer in Iceland with an optional Reykjavik extension
If Iceland has always been a place that you have dreamed about visiting, look no further than this North Iceland Guided Tour. Beginning in Reykjavík, you will travel by coach to the north of the country where some amazing sights are waiting to be explored. Even if you have visited Iceland before, this particular tour is designed to show you some of the lesser frequented but equally impressive places, and there is ample free time for you to do your own thing, so you can really make the Best of North Iceland tour your own.
Throughout this North Iceland Guided Tour you will visit impressive waterfalls, coastal fjords, remarkable volcanic landscapes and charming towns. Venture into breathtaking psuedo craters, travel through the otherworldly lava fields of Dimmuborgir, climb to the rim of the mighty ash crater Hverfjall, witness the fascinating hot springs and bubbling mud pools of Namaskard and even embark on a journey into the Krafla geothermal fields. There is also the option to go on an exciting whale watching tour for your chance to witness nature’s giants.
Your North Iceland Guided Tour returns to Reykjavík via the scenic Kjölur Highland Road. This pass, between two glaciers, is only accessible in summer months and runs through one of the few areas in Europe which can accurately be described as true wilderness.
Got longer to explore? Have a look at our two week Best of Iceland break – a combination of the north and south itineraries.
Still in need of guidance? Check out our Icelandic Holiday Ideas or call our helpful travel team on 0333 800 2033 to find your perfect break in Iceland. Love the whale watching aspect to this tour? Let us help you choose a dedicated cetecean adventure with our Whale Watching Holiday Ideas.
Day 1 - Your North Iceland Guided Tour Begins
On arrival in Iceland, transfer to your hotel for an overnight stay. The accommodation on this holiday is in comfortable standard rooms with private facilities. Please speak to our travel advisers for details of upgrades available.
Day 2 - Reykjavík to Akureyri
Beginning in Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík, you will embark on a journey to north Iceland, stopping off at the incredible Hraunfossar Waterfall along the way. There is also the chance to climb the mighty Grábrók Volcano and gaze into its giant crater. The North Iceland Guided Tour continues past mountains and fjords to the lovely town of Akureyri, where you will check into your accommodation and enjoy a delicious evening meal.Meals included:Breakfast
Day 3 - Discover Akureyri in North Iceland
This morning, take advantage of a guided sightseeing tour of the town, including a visit to the botanical gardens, which are particularly beautiful during the summer months. The North Iceland Guided Tour gives you plenty of time to explore independently, and this afternoon is free for you to spend at leisure. Perhaps take the ferry to Hrísey Island in the middle of Eyjafjörður. There you will find a charming village and several marked hiking trails.Meals included:Breakfast
Day 4 - Lake Mývatn
On day four of the North Iceland Guided Tour, there is a visit to Goðafoss waterfall - one of the most spectacular sights in Iceland. You'll then continue to the idyllic, mineral rich Lake Mývatn. An important area for many different species of birds, the lake is a designated nature reserve and offers visitors a real opportunity to explore the peculiar geology of north Iceland.Meals included:Breakfast
Day 5 - At leisure
Today you are free to relax in Akureyri or, if you prefer to carry on your Icelandic discovery, take our recommended tour of the incredible Siglufjördur on the remote Tröllaskagi peninsula. Perfect for a taste of local culture, Siglufjörður is Iceland’s most northerly town. This small fishing community, by a narrow fjord, is a beautiful place to go walking.Meals included:Breakfast
Day 6 - Húsavík
Day six of the North Iceland Guided Tour takes you to the fishing town of Húsavík where you can join an optional whale watching tour to go in search of the giants of the deep. On this exciting boat trip you may get the chance to see some of the 23 species of whale that often frequent the bay. Later, continue to Jökulsárgljúfur National Park, which is home to Europe’s most powerful waterfall, the magnificent Dettifoss.Meals included:Breakfast
Day 7 - Kjölur Highland Road
This morning we set off south down North Iceland’s interior highway. Pass between two spectacular glaciers and gaze out at the desert-like landscapes. Stopping at Hveravellir hot springs, there is the opportunity to take a relaxing dip in the thermal baths before continuing to Reykjavík where you will return for the final night of your North Iceland Guided Tour.Meals included:Breakfast
Day 8 - Depart North Iceland
Following a comfortable stay at your hotel in Iceland, prepare for your departure. However, if you're not ready for the adventure to end just yet, you can book an additional night or two in Iceland and visit the Blue Lagoon, book a whale watching trip, sample Reykjavik's amazing nightlife or go on a shopping spree in Laugavagur to find the perfect souvenir.Meals included:Breakfast
- Return international flights from London Gatwick (details of regional departures on request)
- Unescorted airport transfers
- Seven nights' accommodation in local standard hotels (upgrade details on request)
- Services of a professional guide
- The following activities and exucrsions, as per the itinerary:
- West Iceland and mountains tour
- Guided walk in Akureyri
- Goðafoss and Lake Mývatn excursion
- Visit to Húsavík, Ásbyrgi canyon and Dettifoss waterfall
- Kjölur Highland Road tour
- Visit to Hveravellir hot springs
- Meals as per the itinerary
- Travel Insurance (this can, however, be arranged for you. Simply speak to our travel team for a competitive quote for comprehensive cover)
- Nature Fees, many of the natural attractions in Iceland are free at the time of writing however there is a possibility that the people responsible for them may levy an entrance fee in the future. These entrance fees are not included in the price and may need to be paid by tour members on the spot.
- Optional extra tours, some of which like the Hrisey Island Ferry can be booked in advance while others, such as the whale watching in Husavik (approximately £70) and entrance fees to museums (between £5 and £10) can only be booked while on the tour.
Please call our friendly advisors on 0333 800 2033 for pricing on this holiday.