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Colors of Iceland – 11 Days Itinerary

Iceland in August


  • 11 Days / 10 Nights
  • Vehicle – All types are suitable
  • Season – All year round

Main areas of this itinerary:

Golden Circle, South Coast, Iceberg Lagoons, Snæfellsness Peninsula, Myvatn, Asbyrgi, Dettifoss, Godafoss.

You’ll journey through the famous Golden Circle, witness the powerful Dettifoss waterfall, explore Vatnajokull National Park, and visit the charming town of Husavik, known as the best place in Iceland for whale watching.

During the trip, you’ll reach the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, a long and unique land tongue with a special national park centered around a massive volcano. The Colors of Iceland tour combines all the wonderful attractions of Iceland. You can join a snowmobile tour, walk on a glacier, visit the stunning ice cave, sail among icebergs in one of the glacial lagoons, go horseback riding, and of course, embark on a whale-watching cruise. The detailed itinerary will be provided later.

Itinerary Map


Day 1 – Arrival at Keflavik Airport – Reykjaness Peninsula – Reykjavik

Pick up your rental car at the international airport in Keflavik. Depart from the airport, traversing the scenic Reykjanes Peninsula on your way to the capital city, Reykjavik. Consider dedicating the first day to exploring the beautiful and green city. Reykjavik is the northernmost capital in the world and is home to the majority of the country’s residents, with over 70% of the population residing here. The city center is relatively small, making it ideal for a leisurely stroll among colorful houses, cafes, and important city landmarks. Don’t miss the central lake behind Parliament Square, one of Reykjavik’s hidden green gems.

Accommodation: Reykjavik

Optional Activities: FlyOver Iceland, Perlan, Sky Lagoon

Day 2 – Golden Circle Extended – Thingvellir Park – Geysir Park – Gullfoss Waterfall

A must-visit during your time in Iceland is the famous Golden Circle route, conveniently located near Reykjavik. Today is dedicated to exploring this renowned route, focusing on three central sites: Thingvellir National Park, Geysir Park, and Gullfoss Waterfall (Golden Falls). Thingvellir National Park holds historical significance as the site of the world’s first parliament. Here, the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet, allowing visitors to literally walk between continents. The park features unique geological phenomena, including the Silfra fissure, one of the world’s top snorkeling and diving spots.

Nearby, Geysir Park is home to the iconic Geysir, a erupting hot spring that shoots water into the air at regular intervals. Take a short hike up the nearby hill for a panoramic view of the park. Gullfoss Waterfall, a short drive from Geysir, is one of Iceland’s largest and most breathtaking waterfalls. The sheer power and volume of water plummeting down the falls is a sight to behold.

Explore Faxi Waterfall, a hidden gem, before returning to Reykjavik. Our knowledge and expertise are at your disposal to ensure you get the most out of your Icelandic adventure.

Accommodation: Hella

Optional Activities: Silfra Diving, Secret Lagoon

Day 3 – Southern Iceland – Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon – Skogafoss Waterfall – Dyrholaey Cliffs

The main highway of Iceland, the Ring Road, encompasses the dramatic landscapes along the southern coast. As you pass through the expansive plains with glimpses of glacial ice caps on the distant mountains, you’ll encounter numerous majestic waterfalls cascading down from the glaciers. Seljalandsfoss Waterfall is the first spectacle along your route. Not far from there is Skogafoss Waterfall, with a width of 60 meters, dramatically plunging into a serene pool below. A staircase leads to the top, providing an extraordinary view.

Further along, you’ll discover Solheimajokull Glacier, one of Iceland’s active volcanic glaciers. Nearby, the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, known for disrupting European air traffic in 2010, stands as a reminder of the country’s geological activity. Your journey continues to the picturesque village of Vik. Dyrholaey Cliffs, with its stunning rock arch, black sand beaches, and imposing sea stacks, has served as a backdrop for numerous films.

Venture through the vast lava fields stretching from horizon to horizon towards the remote village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur, where the unique natural wonders of Dyrholaey Cliffs await exploration.

Accommodation: Klaustur

Optional Activities: Horse Riding, Ice Cave

Day 4 – Vatnajokull National Park – Svartifoss Waterfall – Glacier Lagoons

Explore the captivating realm dominated by Vatnajokull, Iceland’s largest glacier, covering 8% of the island. Witness towering volcanoes beneath the glacier and Hvannadalshnjukur, one of Iceland’s highest peaks. Immerse yourself in the striking canyons and glacier lagoons sculpted by volcanic activity beneath the ice.

Discover Skaftafell National Park’s lush landscapes, offering various hiking trails suitable for all levels. Don’t miss Svartifoss Waterfall, framed by unique basalt columns near the park’s visitor center.

In the afternoon, marvel at the wonders of glacier lagoons. Take a boat tour among colossal icebergs in these pristine waters, capturing the essence of Iceland’s glacial beauty. This unforgettable experience reveals only 10% of the glacier above the water, creating a surreal and magical atmosphere.

Accommodation: Hofn

Optional Activities: Glacier Walk tour, Zodiac in the Glacier Lagoon

Day 5 – East Fjords – Fishing Villages – Egilsstadir – Hengifoss Waterfall

Embark on a unique journey through Iceland’s captivating East Fjords, a geological wonder. Dramatic landscapes unfold with pyramid-shaped peaks and winding coastlines shaped by glacial erosion. Explore picturesque fishing villages along the fjords, each offering a distinct cultural experience. Noteworthy is the French-inspired heritage village of Seydisfjordur.

As you travel towards Egilsstadir, the central town in the region, savor the isolation and unique culture shaped by the geographical remoteness from Reykjavik. Don’t miss the charming village of Seydisfjordur, a testament to its French-inspired heritage.

Immerse yourself in the enchanting atmosphere of Hengifoss, the “Hanging Waterfall.” Take a scenic hike to witness the waterfall and its surrounding landscapes, capturing the essence of East Iceland’s natural beauty.

Note: Explore the East Fjords during a one-time opportunity to witness North Atlantic reindeer herds roaming freely. Keep an eye out for these majestic creatures.

Accommodation: Egilsstadir

Optional Activities: Snowmobile, Vok Bath

Day 6 – Detifoss Waterfall – Asbyrgi Canyon – Husavik Whale Watching Capital

Explore the picturesque Asbyrgi Canyon, a lush and pastoral valley nestled between towering cliffs reaching a height of 100 meters. The tranquil greenery contrasts with the cataclysmic events that formed it thousands of years ago.

Conclude the day in Husavik, the Whale Watching Capital of Iceland. Experience the safety and comfort of the bay, attracting numerous species of whales. Husavik offers a unique opportunity to observe these majestic creatures up close, making it one of the world’s best whale-watching destinations.

Accommodation: Myvatn area

Optional Activities: Husavik Whale Watching

Day 7 – Otherworldly Landscape – Exploring Myvatn Area

Embark on a journey through the geothermal wonders of Myvatn, a gem in Iceland’s crown. The eastern region showcases a concentration of diverse geological sites within a short distance. As you approach Myvatn from the east, witness the remarkable geothermal activity, including bubbling mud pools, steaming fumaroles, and a power station harnessing the underground energy.

Explore the wonders of Myvatn, including the surreal Dimmuborgir (Black Lava City), where imposing lava formations resemble frozen sculptures. Marvel at the massive Karst Crater, a potential meteorite impact site, and visit the symmetrically shaped Askja Caldera, an impressive testament to geological forces.

Conclude the day by unwinding in the geothermal baths near the lake, providing a perfect opportunity to relax and reflect on the day’s captivating experiences.

Accommodation: Myvatn area

Optional Activities: Myvatn Bath

Day 8 – Goðafoss Waterfall, Akureyri – Northern Capital, Troll Peninsula, and Horse Farms

Embark on an adventure from Myvatn to Akureyri, passing by the picturesque Goðafoss Waterfall, known as the “Waterfall of the Gods.” This waterfall holds historical significance, as locals cast their Norse deity statues into the river when adopting Christianity, symbolizing a peaceful transition of faith.

Arriving in Akureyri, the northern capital, explore the city’s charming center and consider taking a stroll or a whale-watching tour from the harbor. Akureyri, despite being situated in the north, offers a mild climate and is renowned for its botanical garden.

Continue your journey to the Troll Peninsula (Tröllaskagi), a large and mountainous northern region. Witness dramatic fjords, imposing cliffs resembling fortresses, and remnants of glaciers that haven’t completely melted since the last ice age.

Akureyri serves as the gateway to the Troll Peninsula, a relatively large and mountainous northern region. Despite its northern location, Akureyri boasts a comfortable climate and is known for its captivating botanical garden.

Explore the western part of the peninsula, home to numerous horse farms. This is a fantastic opportunity to get up close with Icelandic horses and even embark on a horseback riding adventure, experiencing the unique gait of these resilient and friendly creatures.

Accommodation: Varmahlid

Optional Activities: Beer Spa

Day 9 – Kolugljúfur Canyon, Tjörnes Peninsula, and Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Embark on a captivating journey through the scenic landscapes of Skagafjörður as you head westward on the Ring Road. Just a short detour from the main road near the town of Blönduós, you’ll discover Kolugljúfur Canyon. The viewpoint from the bridge provides a stunning panorama of the canyon, surrounded by hills and speculated to have been shaped by volcanic activity.

Continuing westward, the route takes you through the Tjörnes Peninsula, renowned for its seal colonies. Keep an eye out for seals basking along the coast, and consider joining a guided tour for an up-close encounter with these fascinating marine mammals.

Arriving at the charming town of Stykkishólmur on Snæfellsnes Peninsula, take in the breathtaking views of the fjords and islands from the viewpoint tower at the edge of the small island connected by a causeway. On clear days, you might catch a glimpse of the majestic Snæfellsjökull glacier-capped volcano.

Accommodation: Stykkishólmur

Day 10 – Snæfellsjökull National Park

Embark on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula adventure, starting from Stykkishólmur.

Witness the iconic Kirkjufell mountain in Grundarfjörður before reaching the western tip, where Snæfellsjökull National Park awaits. Explore the Snæfellsjökull volcano, Djúpalónssandur beach, and the towering Lóndrangar lava formations.

Visit Vatnshellir Cave for a unique underground experience. The day concludes with the awe-inspiring Snæfellsjökull, a symbol of Icelandic mystique. Journey back to Reykjavik, enjoying the volcano’s illuminated presence. The rest of the day is yours to unwind in Reykjavik.

Accommodation: Reykjavik

Optional Activities: Lava Cave

Day 11 – Reykjavik – Flight

Aligning with your flight schedule, spend the remaining time exploring Reykjavik. Before your departure, consider a visit to the famous Blue Lagoon, just a short 15-minute drive from the airport. Renowned globally, the Blue Lagoon is among Iceland’s best geothermal spas. Conveniently return your rental car at the airport, ensuring a smooth transition before your flight. Enjoy the soothing waters and unforgettable experiences before bidding farewell to Iceland.

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