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Landscapes of Wild Iceland

8 days |  10 days with West Iceland & Reykjavik extension
8 days |  10 days with West Iceland & Reykjavik extension
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Drama? It’s what Iceland does best.

With its thundering waterfalls, moody, black-sand beaches, and glacial lagoons painted every shade of blue, Iceland could be a made-up place straight from a blockbuster movie. But it’s 100 percent real. And this week, it’s your own personal (and pristine) playground. Begin your Iceland experience in the country’s “green” capital, Reykjavik. Then, venture beyond the city’s borders, to dramatic landscapes of the Golden Circle, south coast, and Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon—known for its rippling rock walls and snaking freshwater river. Craving even more of Iceland’s untamed beauty? Opt to explore the stunning ice tunnels of Langjökull Glacier on the extension to West Iceland.

Your tour package includes

  • 6 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 6 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 2 dinners with beer or wine
  • 7 sightseeing tours
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Included highlights

  • Reykjavik
  • Thingvellir National Park
  • Gullfoss
  • Skógafoss waterfall
  • Eyjafjallajökull volcano
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Day-by-day itinerary

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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board an overnight flight to Reykjavik.

Reykjavik2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Reykjavik & sightseeing tour
Included meals: Breakfast, Welcome lunch

Welcome to Iceland! Meet your fellow travelers at a welcome lunch. Then, get a feel for Reykjavik, often called the greenest city on Earth, on a walking tour with your Tour Director.

  • View iconic Hallgrim’s Church and admire works by famous Icelandic artists Ásmundur Sveinsson and Einar Jónsson
  • Walk past the Leif Erikson statue and hear about Iceland’s Viking history
  • See Tjörnin lake (locals affectionately call it “the pond”), the Parliament House, and modern City Hall
  • Head to the Old Harbour to marvel at Harpa concert hall, a modern performance venue that opened in 2011 and quickly became one of the city’s most iconic structures
Day 3: Free day in Reykjavik
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend a free day in Reykjavik or add an excursion.

A Day on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula

From $290 per person

Selfoss1 night
Day 4: Selfoss via the Golden Circle
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Leave the bustle of Reykjavik behind as you travel around the Golden Circle, a driving route that connects some of Iceland’s most magnificent natural wonders.

  • Stop at Thingvellir National Park to see the Althing (or Alþingi in Icelandic), an open-air governmental assembly that was established in 930 and continued to meet until 1798
  • Visit family-owned Friðheimar Farm, and sip coffee and tea as you tour its horse stables and learn about Icelandic horse breeding
  • Head inside Friðheimar Farm’s expansive greenhouse, where tomatoes and other produce grow sustainably using geothermal energy
  • Sample tomatoes and sit down for lunch—including several tomato-based dishes—inside the greenhouse
  • Explore the Great Geysir geothermal area, located in the Haukadalur Valley
  • Discover Gullfoss, or the “Golden Waterfall,” a natural wonder and one of the most powerful waterfalls in Europe

Continue to Selfoss and enjoy a free evening.

South Coast Region2 nights
Day 5: Sightseeing tour of the South Coast
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Continue on to the South Coast, a lowland region of lush farmland, striking waterfalls, beaches, glaciers, and picturesque villages.

  • Make a photo stop at Eyjafjallajökull volcano to marvel at breathtaking views (weather permitting)
  • View coastal mountain scenery as you travel to Seljalandsfoss waterfall
  • Take a short walk behind the falls led by your Tour Director
  • View Skógafoss waterfall and join your Tour Director for an optional hike up a staircase to a viewpoint at the top of the falls
  • Marvel at Sólheimajökull glacier and the iconic, black-sand Reynisfjara beach
  • Try to spot puffins perched on the cliffs along Dyrhólaey Arch
  • Enjoy free time for lunch in the remote, seaside village of Vik

This evening, sit down for an included dinner with your group.

Please note: The order of todays events may be changed due to hotel location and weather. Puffins are difficult to view and are seasonal in the area from April–August.

Day 6: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon & Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel east today, admiring the stunning landscape and stopping for an amphibious boat ride en route.

  • Set off on a cruise through Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, whose pristine waters lap against a black-sand beach
  • Try to spot wildlife as you pass between giant icebergs and head toward Breiðamerkurjökull glacier
  • Listen along as your guide explains to your group how the glacier lagoon was created

Please note: Warm layers, including a waterproof top layer, gloves, hat, scarves, and sturdy shoes, are recommended.

This afternoon, make your way to the majestic and serpentine Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon.

  • Stop for free time to explore the Skaftafell National Park Visitor Center
  • Walk to the canyon lookout to view the dramatic canyon and the river that runs through it
  • Hear about the history of the canyon and how it was created thousands of years ago by glacial river erosion
Reykjavik1 night
Day 7: Transfer to Reykjavik
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell dinner

Return to Reykjavik this morning. Enjoy free time for the rest of the day or add an excursion.

Tonight, celebrate your trip with your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a farewell dinner.

Blue Lagoon Spa Visit

From $189 per person

Flight Home
Day 8: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Extension to West Iceland & Reykjavik
Just when you think things can’t get any more impressive, you can extend your stay alongside your Tour Director to see the wonder that is West Iceland. With its lava fields, cascading waterfalls, and abundant animal life, the region is an out-of-this-world gem.
West Iceland1 night
Day 8: West Iceland & Langjökull Glacier
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to West Iceland this morning, stopping en route to admire West Iceland’s dramatically varied landscapes.

  • Marvel at Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring
  • Admire Hraunfossar, clear falls that stream over a lava field, and see the nearby cascades of Barnafoss
  • Visit Reykholt, a historic village that was home to medieval writer and chieftain Snorri Sturluson
  • Drive in a specially modified snow truck on the Langjökull Glacier, Iceland’s second largest, and walk through the glacier’s interior ice tunnels

This evening, sit down to an included dinner with your group.

Reykjavik1 night
Day 9: Transfer to Reykjavik
Included meal: Breakfast

Travel back to Reykjavik and enjoy free time for the rest of the day or add an excursion.

The Lava Tunnel

From $205 per person

Flight Home
Day 10: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Hotels, flights & FAQ

Here's the nitty-gritty—where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there, and what to know about your destination before you go.


We handpick every hotel to strike the balance of comfort, location, and local charm. Specific accommodations will vary based on your departure date, but these are frequently used hotels for this tour and we're confident you'll be satisfied.
Center Hotels Midgardur Reykjavik
Center Hotels Midgardur Reykjavik

This modern hotel is located in the Hlemmur neighborhood. Guests enjoy a spa, bar, and restaurant. Nearby you’ll find the Sun Voyager sculpture, Hallg...

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Hotel Selfoss & SPA
Hotel Selfoss & SPA

This peaceful hotel is located in Selfoss on the banks of the Ölfusá river. Guests enjoy the spa, on-site restaurant, and library. Nearby you’ll find ...

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Hotel Klaustur
Hotel Klaustur

This modern hotel is located in the village of Klaustur on Iceland's South Coast. Guests enjoy the on-site coffee house, live music nights, and L'Occi...

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Hotel Húsafell
Hotel Húsafell

This modern luxury hotel is located in Húsafell in Iceland’s central highlands. Guests enjoy a pool, restaurant, and bar and lounge. Nearby, you’ll fi...

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Passport, visa & entry requirements
  • In order to enter Iceland, U.S. and Canadian citizens need a valid passport with an expiration date extending at least six months beyond the date of reentry.
  • We recommend having at least two blank passport pages for entry stamps.
  • Beginning in 2024, U.S. and Canadian passport holders must register for an ETIAS travel authorization in order to enter many European countries.
  • Passport holders from over 60 visa-exempt countries (including the U.S. and Canada) will need to apply for an ETIAS travel authorization in order to visit 30 European countries. That means that even if you’ve previously traveled to any of these European countries without a visa, starting in 2024, you’ll need to get ETIAS authorization to visit them again. If you’re traveling to multiple countries with this requirement, you only need to complete the form once. All Go Ahead travelers are responsible for obtaining their own ETIAS travel authorization before departure. For more details, please visit our Help Center.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
  • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to and searching the code ICP.
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Tour pacing & mobility
  • You will walk for at least 2 hours daily across moderately uneven terrain, including wet, slippery gravel, and paved paths with some uphill climbs.
  • Travelers should be healthy enough to participate in all included walks without assistance. Adding optional excursions may increase the total amount of walking on your tour.
  • You should feel comfortable managing your own luggage at times, as well as getting in and out of boats.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
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Transportation & arrival information
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in and depart from Reykjavik. A representative from Go Ahead Tours will meet you at the airport and take you to your hotel. Please remain in the arrival lounge, as the representative might be escorting one of your fellow travelers to the bus at the time of your arrival.
  • Transfers to and from the airport at your destination are included for travelers who have purchased their flights through Go Ahead Tours. Travelers who purchase their own flights may request airport transfers with Go Ahead Tours for an additional cost.
  • Depending on the time of year, some travelers may be required to spend an extra night in the U.S. before boarding their connecting flight home. In these cases, Go Ahead Tours will reserve your hotel and you’ll arrive home one day after the last day of the tour.
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
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Baggage allowance
  • Airlines have varying weight restrictions on baggage. Some airlines may impose additional charges if you choose to check any baggage; be advised that you are responsible for any such costs.
  • Contact your airline for detailed information regarding baggage size and weight restrictions for your flight, but please note that our travelers are restricted to one checked bag per person due to storage limitations on motor coaches and other transfers, which may include train connections or flights.
  • One carry-on bag is also permitted, provided that it does not exceed 45 total inches (length + width + height).
  • Make sure you label your baggage and keep valuables, medication, and documents in your carry-on bag.
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Clothing & packing tips
  • We recommend packing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily layered to accommodate varying temperatures, as well as a warm jacket or rainwear.
  • Please keep in mind that even summer temperatures in Iceland can get very cold, and warmer layers may be needed.
  • A sturdy pair of walking shoes or sneakers is recommended for sightseeing.
  • You may want to pack dressier attire if you plan to visit a high-end restaurant or attend a special performance.
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  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website at
  • If you take daily medication, be sure you have enough for each day of the tour as well as any possible delays encountered.
  • If you have dietary restrictions and/or food allergies, please notify Go Ahead Tours at least 30 days prior to your departure by logging in to your account and updating your traveler info. To update this information closer to your departure date, please call our Customer Experience Team.
  • You can see the most up-to-date entry requirements for the destination(s) you’ll visit on tour by going to and searching the code ICP.
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  • Icelandic cuisine relies on traditional, locally sourced ingredients from the Atlantic ocean and the surrounding mountains. Both fresh and dried fish, including herring, cod, and shark, are important culinary staples. Other must-tries include Icelandic lamb, which is considered to be some of the best in the world, as well as pylsa (hot dogs) and skyr, which is somewhat similar to yogurt.
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Electricity & air conditioning
  • Iceland operates on 230 volts and use Types C or F plugs with two small, round pins.
  • We recommend packing a universal adapter, as well as a voltage converter if you plan on using your own hairdryer or other electrical device without a built-in converter.
  • The strength of the air conditioning in some European hotels may not be as strong or as cool as what you might be used to in the U.S. or Canada. When air conditioning is available, it is usually regulated seasonally and controlled centrally by the hotel.
  • Your hotels may provide hairdryers, irons, and other small appliances. However, these amenities cannot be guaranteed.
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  • Wi-Fi is available in most hotels, though some charges may apply.
  • There is no Wi-Fi on any of the motor coaches.
  • Please contact your mobile service provider for information on roaming charges.
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Time zones
  • Iceland is one hour behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and four hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
  • When it’s noon in New York City, it’s 4pm in Iceland.
  • The amount of daylight in Iceland greatly varies based on the season. Expect as much as ten hours of daylight in the summer and as little as 4.5 hours of daylight in the winter.
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  • You will use the Icelandic krona on tour.
  • Better rates of exchange are usually available overseas, although it’s worth ordering some currency from your local bank to use when you first arrive.
  • We strongly advise that you take debit/bank cards and credit cards, which can be used to withdraw cash at local banks, as needed.
  • You can use most debit/credit cards at ATMs on the international networks Cirrus and Plus, but make sure to check with your home bank about withdrawal fees.
  • Inform your bank and credit card company of your travel plans, so that they won’t confuse your international purchases for fraudulent charges.
  • International banks and businesses primarily accept debit and credit cards that work with the EMV chip system. If you do not already have at least one debit or credit card with a chip in it, we strongly recommend requesting one from your bank prior to your tour.
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  • At the conclusion of your tour, it’s customary to offer your Tour Director and driver a gratuity in local currency. Please keep current exchange rates in mind.
  • We recommend tipping the equivalent of $8USD to $10USD per person per day for your Tour Director and the equivalent of $3USD per person per day for your driver.
  • If applicable, we also recommend the equivalent of $3USD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
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Purchasing excursions on tour
  • Most optional excursions will be available for purchase while you are on tour.
  • Your Tour Director will only accept cash (in USD only), Visa, or MasterCard as payment for excursions.
  • Please be advised that if you pay for an excursion by credit card while on tour, it may take up to three months for your card to be charged.
  • Some optional excursions may only be purchased inadvance. See page four of your tour itinerary for more information. International travel is, by its very nature, unpredictable. We must therefore reserve the right to change this itinerary, without advance notice, to meet with local conditions at the time of travel. We appreciate your understanding. Please refer to our website for Terms & Conditions, dates, and prices.
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