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Iceland: The Golden Circle & Ring Road

with Norwegian Fjords extension
Immerse yourself in all the otherworldly beauty that Iceland has to offer.

Some of Earth’s most astounding and extreme landscapes can be found in Iceland, where every corner of the country offers something new. Learn about fascinating maritime history and taste traditional fare as you journey from the culturally rich capital to the most remote parts of the coast. Glacier-fed waterfalls, boiling mud pools, moss-covered cliffs—see it all on this whirlwind journey through “The Land of Fire and Ice.”

Your tour package includes
  • 8 nights in handpicked hotels
  • 8 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 4 dinners with beer or wine
  • 1 schnapps tasting
Included highlights
  • Reykjavik
  • the Golden Waterfall
  • Reynisfjara beach
  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • Lake Mývatn
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Overnight Flight1 night
Day 1: Travel day

Board an overnight flight to Reykjavik.

Reykjavik2 nights
Day 2: Arrival in Reykjavik
Included meal: 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," with your Tour Director leading the way.

• Soak in views of the city from the Perlan Observation Deck

• See the iconic Höfði House and the presidential residence at Bessastadir

• Visit Hallgrim’s Church and the University District

• Pass the Old Town Center, Parliament House, and modern City Hall

• Glimpse the artwork of Ásmundur Sveinsson and Einar Jónsson, both famous Icelandic artists

Enjoy a free afternoon in Reykjavik or add an excursion.

Blue Lagoon Spa Visit
Excursion (additional cost)
Day 3: The Golden Circle
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

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

• Stop at Thingvellir National Park to see the Althing, an open-air governmental assembly that was established in 930 and continued to meet until 1798

• Sit down for lunch at Fridheimar Farm, where the produce is grown fresh in a greenhouse heated by geothermal energy

• 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

South Coast Region1 night
Day 4: 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 by the Eyjafjallajökull volcano to marvel at breathtaking views (weather permitting)

• View coastal mountain scenery as you travel to the Seljalandsfoss waterfall for a short walk behind the falls

• Enter the Skogar Museum to learn more about Iceland’s cultural heritage

• Marvel at the Sólheimajökull glacier and iconic black sands of Reynisfjara beach

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

Please note: The order of today's events may be changed due to hotel location and weather.

Egilsstadir1 night
Day 5: Egilsstaðir via the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel east toward the town of Egilsstaðir, admiring the stunning landscape and stopping for a boat cruise en route.

• Pass the Eldhraun lava field and Skaftafell National Park

• Cruise through the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, keeping your eyes open for seals (seasonal, mid-May–September)

• Pass through the East Fjords region as you continue on to Egilsstadir, stopping for photos and short walks along the way

Sit down to an included dinner with your group this evening.

Please note: The order of today's events may be changed due to hotel location and weather.

Akureyri Region2 nights
Day 6: Akureyri Region via Dettifoss, Lake Mývatn & Goðafoss
Included meal: Breakfast

Make your way north toward the Akureyri region, stopping to admire breathtaking waterfalls and volcanic landscapes as you go.

• Travel through Mödrudalsöræfi desert plateau on your way to Dettifoss for a short walk around the rim of the waterfall (Please note: The road to Dettifoss is closed in bad weather.)

• Stop at Lake Mývatn to learn about the boiling mud pools and geothermal activity of the Námaskard sulfur field

• Marvel at the beauty of Goðafoss waterfall, one of Iceland’s most famous cataracts, before ending the day in Akureyri

Day 7: Siglufjörður
Included meal: Breakfast

Get to know more about Icelandic culture during a visit to town of Siglufjörður.

• Learn about the country’s maritime history as you follow a local guide through the Herring Era Museum

• Enjoy a tasting of herring, one of Iceland’s most important culinary staples, washed down with Brennivín schnapps

Spend a free afternoon in the Akureyri region or add an excursion.

Akureyri Fjord Whale Watching
Excursion (additional cost)
West Iceland1 night
Day 8: Transfer to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Drive through the landscapes of West Iceland to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Along the way, stop to visit an Icelandic horse farm and learn about the animals that live there.

Later, sit down to an included dinner with your group.

Reykjavik1 night
Day 9: Reykjavik via Snæfellsjökull National Park
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Continue exploring the sites of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula with your Tour Director before returning to Reykjavik.

• Pay a visit to rural Arnarstapi, a breathtaking fishing village that was once an important trading post

• Set off to explore Snæfellsjökull National Park, which has a natural landscape dominated by the massive Snæfellsjökull Glacier

Tonight, say goodbye to your Tour Director and fellow travelers at a farewell dinner.

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

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Extension to Norwegian Fjords

If breathtaking Scandinavian landscapes are what you seek, Bergen is the place to visit. Often referred to as "the gateway to the fjords," this picturesque Norwegian city boasts an ideal waterfront location and a UNESCO-listed wharf, which serve as reminders of its extensive history as a major trading port. Visit to experience the midnight sun during long summer days, stroll past colorful homes, admire stunning mountain views and get an up-close look at Norway's world-renowned fjords.

Bergen3 nights
Day 10: Flight to Bergen
Included meal: Breakfast

Fly from Iceland to Bergen, Norway, called "the gateway to the fjords," where you'll enjoy a free evening to explore.

Day 11: Sightseeing tour of Bergen
Included meal: Breakfast

Get to know Bergen with a local guide, uncovering the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Bryggen harbor district and city center.

• Pass by the Bergenhus Fortress and stroll through the bustling fish and flower market

• Head to the Custom House pier to view the city center and harbor

• Drive to the medieval-style Fantoft Stave church in Fana

• Explore the Edvard Grieg Museum to learn about the famed composer

Day 12: The Norwegian Fjords
Included meal: Breakfast

Spend the day journeying through Norway’s fjord country, a region of otherworldly natural beauty.

• Take a scenic train ride from Bergen to Voss, where you’ll continue on to the village of Gudvangen

• Embark on a cruise through the country’s steep cliffs and narrow waterways

• Disembark in the village of Flåm, overlooking Aurlandsfjord

• Take a scenic train ride along one of the steepest rails in the world

This evening, enjoy a farewell drink as you celebrate your trip with your fellow group members.

Flight Home
Day 13: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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23 Departures
Tour prices are per person, before flights, and based on two travelers per hotel room.
Sep 11–Sep 20, 2019
Extension available
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$4,399
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Oct 2–Oct 11, 2019
Extension available
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$4,399
Apr 15–Apr 24, 2020
Extension available
$4,399
Apr 29–May 8, 2020
$4,399
May 13–May 22, 2020
$4,399
Jun 10–Jun 19, 2020
Extension available
$4,649
Jun 24–Jul 3, 2020
$4,649
Jul 8–Jul 17, 2020
$4,649
Jul 22–Jul 31, 2020
Extension available
$4,649
Aug 19–Aug 28, 2020
$4,649
Sep 9–Sep 18, 2020
Extension available
$4,399
Sep 23–Oct 2, 2020
$4,399
Oct 7–Oct 16, 2020
Extension available
$4,399
Apr 28–May 7, 2021
Extension available
$4,399
May 12–May 21, 2021
Extension available
$4,399
Jun 9–Jun 18, 2021
$4,649
Jun 23–Jul 2, 2021
Extension available
$4,649
Jul 7–Jul 16, 2021
$4,649
Jul 21–Jul 30, 2021
Extension available
$4,649
Aug 18–Aug 27, 2021
$4,649
Sep 8–Sep 17, 2021
Extension available
$4,399
Sep 22–Oct 1, 2021
Extension available
$4,399
Oct 6–Oct 15, 2021
$4,399
Reviews
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Iceland and Norway
by 5th time traveler 

This was a great tour! Our tour guide, Tristi, who has lived in Iceland all his life, was great. He was so knowledgeable about the whole country. We toured all around it, so some time on the bus. But, he broke it up by having us get out and walk to a waterfall or through beautiful scenery. The...

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by 7th time traveler 

The eastern part of Iceland isn't as interesting as the western part so I'd recommend that you do a shorter tour of Western Iceland instead. There are many long drives with boring scenery. The Icelandic air hotels are pretty basic . The meals were excellent though. We did the Bergen extension whic...

Do no go chasing waterfalls
by 8th time traveler 

A marvellous island but the tour needs to be longer or less geological places visited in a day. We were always in a rush to see and do things. Also the extension was cancelled, I liked the tour because of Bergen, Norway. Three ladies when ahead on their own, my roommate, my friend Sandy and I want...

Go Ahead Tours replied on 06/11/2019

Dear Traveler, We regret that this tour did not me...

Wonderful Tour
by 2nd time traveler 

Our guide was excellent. He was so knowledgeable about his country and knew something about every area we visited. He had a wonderful sense of humor and that made it so much more fun. The hotels were excellent and so was the food at the provided meals. It would be nice to have more time in Reyk...

by 3rd time traveler 

We thoughly enjoyed our trip, spectacular scenery, even in the rain. Be sure to be prepared for all types of weather, rain gear and hiking boots are a must!!

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.

Hotels

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.

Icelandair Akureyri

This modern hotel is located in Akureyri’s city center. Guests enjoy a geothermal pool, fireplace garden, and restaurant. Nearby, you’ll find the Hlíd...

Icelandair Herad

This boutique hotel is located in the town of Egilsstaðir. Guests enjoy a terrace bar, restaurant, and satellite TV. Nearby, you’ll find the East Icel...

Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon

This sleek hotel is located in Hnappavellir. Guests enjoy a restaurant, bar, and free Wi-Fi. Nearby, you’ll find Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Skaftafel...

Fosshotel Reykjavík

This modern hotel is located in the business district. Guests enjoy a beer garden, fitness center, and free Wi-Fi. Nearby, you’ll find downtown’s shop...

Hotel Zander K

This modern hotel is located in the Sentrum neighborhood. Guests enjoy a foodbar, gym, and free bicycle rentals. Nearby, you’ll find the Bergen Storse...

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Local weather
Bergen, Norway
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FAQ
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Passport & visa requirements
  • In order to enter Iceland (and Norway on the tour extension), 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.
  • There is no visa required for U.S. or Canadian citizens.
  • If you are not a U.S. or Canadian citizen, you must contact each country’s consulate for your specific entry requirements.
Tour pace
  • You will walk for about 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 baggage at times, as well as getting in and out of boats, ferries, and trains.
  • If you have any mobility concerns or physical restrictions, please contact our Customer Experience Team.
Transportation & arrival information
  • Round-trip flights booked through Go Ahead Tours arrive in and depart from Reykjavik (or Bergen on the tour extension). 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 not continuing on the tour extension to Norway 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 main tour.
  • A glacier lagoon boat cruise is also included in the price of your tour. (The tour extension to Norway also includes a flight from Reykjavik to Bergen, train rides from Bergen to Voss and Myrdal to Bergen, a fjord cruise from Gudvangen to Flåm, and a railway ride from Flåm to Myrdal.)
  • All other included transportation on this tour is by private motor coach.
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.
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 and Norway (on the tour extension) 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.
Health
  • There are no major health risks associated with traveling to Iceland.
  • At least 60 days prior to departure, check with your doctor or healthcare provider for the latest updates and entry requirements, or visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website at cdc.gov.
  • If you have medication that you take daily, 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.
Cuisine 
  • 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_cheese.
  • Norwegian cuisine is varied, offering something for every traveler. Lamb is the most traditional meat, but you’ll also find everything from goose to deer being served. Seafood lovers will enjoy the country’s array of smoked salmon, shellfish, pickled herring and scrod. Typical meals often incorporate grains, locally-produced cheeses, fresh produce, and wild berries.
Electricity & air conditioning
  • Iceland (and Norway on the tour extension) 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.
Connectivity
  • 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.
Time zones
  • Iceland is one hour behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) and four hours ahead of Eastern Time (ET).
  • Norway (on the tour extension) is one hour ahead of GMT and six hours ahead of EST.
  • When it’s noon in New York City, it’s 4pm in Iceland and 6pm in Norway.
  • 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.
Currency
  • You will use the Icelandic krona in Iceland (plus the Norwegian krone in Norway on the tour extension).
  • 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
Tipping
  • 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 $7USD 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 $2USD per local guide.
  • Tips can only be paid in cash.
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 in advance. 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.