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Iceland: The Golden Circle & Ring Road

10 days |  13 days with Norwegian Fjords extension
Group size1022 travelers
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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 small group adventure tour 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
  • 2 tastings
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Included highlights

  • Reykjavik
  • Thingvellir National Park
  • Gullfoss
  • Skógafoss waterfall
  • Reynisfjara beach
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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.

Reykjavik1 night
Day 2: Arrival in Reykjavik & sightseeing tour
Included meal: 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 Hallgrim’s Church and glimpse the artwork of Ásmundur Sveinsson and Einar Jónsson, both famous Icelandic artists
  • Walk past the Leif Erikson statue to hear about Iceland’s Viking history
  • See Tjörnin lake, the Parliament House, and the modern City Hall
  • Head to the Old Harbour to see the Harpa concert hall

Enjoy a free afternoon in Reykjavik or add an excursion.

Blue Lagoon Spa Visit

$129 per person

Selfoss1 night
Day 3: Selfoss via the Golden Circle
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting, 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
  • Tour the horse stables at Friðheimar to learn about Icelandic horse breeding during a presentation served with coffee and tea
  • Sample tomatoes and sit down for lunch at Friðheimar 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 led by your Tour Director
  • View Skógafoss waterfall and opt to join your Tour Director on a hike up a staircase to a viewpoint overlooking the top of the falls
  • Marvel at the Sólheimajökull glacier and iconic black sands of Reynisfjara beach
  • Spot puffins sitting on the cliffs along Dyrhólaey Arch (seasonal, April–August)
  • Enjoy free time for lunch in the remote, seaside village of Vik
  • Pass Eldhraun lava field and Skaftafell National Park

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

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

East Fjords Region1 night
Day 5: East Fjords Region via Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Travel to the East Fjords region, admiring the stunning landscape and stopping for a boat cruise en route.

  • Hop aboard an inflatable Zodiac boat for a cruise through the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • Try to spot wildlife as you pass between giant icebergs and head toward Breiðamerkurjökull glacier
  • Listen along as your guide teaches your group about the creation of the glacier lagoon
  • Stop for photos and short walks as you continue on to the East Fjords region

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

Please note: The order of today's events may change based on hotel location and weather.

Akureyri Region2 nights
Day 6: Akureyri Region via Dettifoss, Mývatn Nature Baths & 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 (The road to Dettifoss is closed in bad weather.)
  • Stop at Námaskarð pass to learn about the boiling mud pools and geothermal activity of the Námaskard sulfur field
  • Put on your bathing suit and relax in the Mývatn Nature Baths, a series of thermal pools heated by the area’s geothermal energy (Entrance includes access to changing rooms, lockers, showers, and a cafe.)
  • Marvel at the beauty of Goðafoss waterfall, one of Iceland’s most famous cataracts, before ending the day in Akureyri
Day 7: Sightseeing tour of Siglufjörður
Included meals: Breakfast, Tasting

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

$145 per person

West Iceland1 night
Day 8: West Iceland via Víðgelmir lava tube
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Drive through the landscapes of West Iceland to the Víðgelmir lava tube.

  • Take a guided tour of this cave, which is the largest in Iceland, as you discover the unique geology
  • Hear how the cave was formed over 1,000 years ago and learn about the humans who lived in the cave during the Viking Age

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

Reykjavik1 night
Day 9: Reykjavik via Snæfellsjökull National Park & wool shop
Included meals: Breakfast, Farewell 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
  • Take a guided tour of an Icelandic wool shop to hear about the region’s knitting tradition
  • Learn about wool production and how dyes are created using local plants and lichen

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

Flight Home0 nights
Day 10: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Extension to Norwegian Fjords
There's one word you could use to describe seeing the midnight sun during summer nights, or coasting through fjords flanked by hundred-foot-high cliffs. It's "wow." Fly to Bergen and tour Norway's prettiest places to see what we mean.
Norwegian Fjords3 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

Join a local guide to discover historic sites in and around Bergen.

  • Walk through the Hanseatic era alleyways and courtyards in the UNESCO-listed Bryggen harbor district
  • Pass by Bergenhus Fortress and the bustling fish and flower market
  • Admire views of the city center and harbor
  • Take a cable car ride up Mount Ulriken for a hike along the mountain paths, which offer incredible views of Bergen and the surrounding fjords
Day 12: 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 scenic fjords cruise to Flåm, passing through the UNESCO-listed Nærøyfjord and the beautiful Aurlandsfjord
  • See the breathtaking Sagfossen waterfall and the small villages that dot the narrow waterways
  • Disembark in the village of Flåm and enjoy free time
  • Take a scenic train ride along the Flåm Railway, one of the steepest railways in the world, as you travel from Flåm to Myrdal
  • Take another train as you make your way from Myrdal back to Bergen

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

Norwegian Fjords0 nights
Day 13: Departure
Included meal: Breakfast (excluding early morning departures)

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

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Reviews

Overall rating 4.3 out of 5
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    Incredible Iceland
    06/27/19 by 1st-time traveler Anita Carley

    One of the most awe inspiring trips I have ever taken. Everyone must put this country on their list of places to go...

    A New Adventure
    10/03/19 by 6th-time traveler Jean

    Wow!! What an experience! Iceland is a unique country with amazing and at the same time strange geography. We never expected the strong winds that we encountered but didn't let it hold us back from exploring all of the stops on the itinerary. Our tour manager, Trausti, was an expert on every lev...

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    Iceland is so much more than just Reykjavik and the Golden Circle
    10/03/19 by 27th-time traveler Kathy

    I had been wanting to go to Iceland for quite a long time, but being there for only a few days did not appeal to me. When Go Ahead began offering the 10 day Golden Circle and Ring Road tour, I registered almost immediately. Iceland is a fantastic country what with its amazing dynamic landscape, hi...

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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.

    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.
    Fosshotel Reykjavík
    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...

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    Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon
    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...

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    Icelandair Herad
    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...

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    Icelandair Akureyri
    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...

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    Hotel Zander K
    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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    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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    Clarion Admiral
    Clarion Admiral

    This contemporary hotel is located in central Bergen. Guests enjoy Wi-Fi, room service, and laundry services. Nearby, you'll find Bergenhaus Cathedral...

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    Flights

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    • Options for arriving early, staying longer, or requesting an upgrade
    • Flexible rebooking options if your tour itinerary changes
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    Local weather

    Akureyri, Iceland
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    Bergen, Norway
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    Reykjavik, Iceland
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    Abaer, Iceland
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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.

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