10-Day Diving & Sightseeing Adventure in Iceland with Glacier Hike
Explore Iceland on land and underwater on this 10-Day diving and sightseeing tour. Visit underwater geysers, dive between continents, hike up glaciers, and discover the beauty of a glacier lagoon on a boat tour. Experienced divers looking to see the country, learn about the culture, and dive in otherworldly locations should book this excursion now.
On this tour, you’ll do six dives in five locations. You’ll also get to hike up a glacier and sightsee some of Iceland’s most beautiful sites, including the Golden Circle, Reynisfjara black sand beach, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, and Dettifoss Waterfall.
This adventure includes accommodation with private facilities and breakfast, airport transfers, transportation around the country, and an expert guide for your time on the road. Also included are scuba cylinders and weights, a relaxing trip to the Mývatn Nature Baths, and a boat tour on Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon.
You can bring your own diving equipment or rent it during the booking process. While doing so, you can also add a trip to the Blue Lagoon, a helicopter tour or a whale-watching excursion.
Dive around Iceland with this fantastic 10-day tour. Explore the stunning scenery of Iceland on land, underwater, and on top of a glacier. Book now to reserve your spot on this amazing adventure.
Welcome to Iceland
Upon arrival at Keflavík International Airport, you will undoubtedly notice right away the alien-like landscapes surrounding you. However, this is only the beginning; the next few days will be characterised by otherworldly but beautiful scenery, from black sand beaches to geothermal areas.
After you’ve picked up your bags, you will hop aboard a bus that will take you through the lava fields of the Reykjanes Peninsula to Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík. If you wish to start your adventure in Iceland right away, you can opt for a stop en route at the luxurious Blue Lagoon.
The Blue Lagoon is located midway between the airport and the city and offers travellers much-needed relaxation after long flights. Included in an entry are a cleansing mud mask and a drink at the swim-up bar.
You’ll find your accommodation in the downtown district of Reykjavík. Take some time to settle in and get your bearings before heading out to explore this northernmost capital of the world. With beautiful architecture, rich history, clean streets, and vibrant nightlife, you’ll be spoiled for choice.
The Famous Golden Circle
In the morning, your guide will meet you at a designated location and take you on a whirlwind 2-day tour of Iceland’s wild countryside. You’ll start by exploring the Golden Circle, a scenic region east of Reykjavík.
Your first stop is at Þingvellir National Park, a historical site where the Vikings settlers of Iceland gathered to create the world oldest ongoing parliament, Alþingi. The park is located on the boundary between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, and you can actually stand between them at Almannagjá Canyon.
You can also swim between these tectonic plates. Silfra is a fissure created in 1789 in an earthquake caused by the plate’s movement. The rift cut into the underground spring filled with glacial meltwater that had been filtered through porous lava. The result was exceptionally clean water, perfect for snorkelling. At Silfra, the underwater visibility is over 100 meters, allowing you to see the full spectrum of the fissure’s magnificent colours.
From there, you’ll travel to Geysir Geothermal Area. Strokkur is the star of the region. The steaming, multicoloured hot spring puts on a show every 5-10 minutes when it shoots hot water 15-20 metres into the air.
The last stop on the Golden Circle route is Gullfoss Waterfall. Here, you can experience the force and beauty of water as it plummets 32 metres into an ancient canyon. In clear weather, you can see a rainbow forming over this stunning cascade.
You will then spend the night at lovely countryside accommodation in the area.
South Coast´s Waterfalls & Black Sand Beaches
This is an exciting day filled with waterfalls, glaciers, and black sand beaches. After breakfast, you’ll set forth on a journey of Iceland’s South Coast.
You’ll begin by stopping at two distinct waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. You have the option to view these beautiful cascades up close — and get a little wet — or stay dry a few metres away. Seljalandsfoss falls over a cave in the cliff face, and those wearing rain gear can follow a path that leads into the cave for a unique look at the falling water. Skógafoss, on the other hand, falls onto flat land, allowing visitors to walk right up to the stream of water.
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach is next on the itinerary. Here, you’ll see the roaring waves of the North Atlantic Ocean crash upon the jet-black shoreline. In the distance, you’ll see the strangely-shaped Dyrhólaey Promontory.
You’ll see three glaciers on your travels today, Eyjafjallajökull, Mýrdalsjökull, and the mighty Vatnajökull. If you are looking to get to know glaciers better, a glacier hike is highly recommended. Accompanied by a trained guide, you’ll traverse onto the ancient ice, getting superb views of the surrounding ice-carved landscapes.
Spend the night in the area.
Glittering Glacier Lagoon
After breakfast on the South Coast, you’ll drive east into Vatnajökull National Park, named after Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull, and home of stunning natural sights.
Begin the day by exploring the sheer beauty of the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. Watch massive blue and white icebergs — that have broken off a nearby glacier — float on the aquamarine lake. Closeby is The Diamond Beach, where smaller icebergs have washed up on shore and lie on the black sand, glistening in the sunlight.
For a closer look at the gigantic bergs, you can take a boat ride on the lagoon. This is a fantastic opportunity for both amateurs and professional photographers alike. You’ll get an amazing view of the icebergs as well as the resident seals.
You will then begin to head back to Reykjavík, stopping some of your local guide’s favourite locations, many of which are not featured in any guidebook. You’ll then arrive at your accommodation in the late afternoon or early evening, giving you time to explore the city under the Midnight Sun, if you are not too tired.
Vikings in West Iceland
After a night in the vibrant city of Reykjavík, it is time to head back out into the countryside. This time, you’ll explore the historic West-Iceland.
Your guide will pick you up in or near your accommodation and whisk you past the city mountain Esja and into the green, pastoral region of Borgarfjörður. Your first stop will be at Europe’s most powerful hot spring, Deildartunguhver. Here, you’ll see, hear, and feel Earth’s tremendous power as Deildartunguhver bubbles and emits white steam into the air.
From there, you’ll visit two beautiful but vastly different waterfalls, Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. The former trickles down in small rivulets from a dark brown lava field while the latter rushes forth in an azure torrent.
Leaving the waterfalls behind, you will then travel to Reykholt. This beautiful place also holds an important place in Iceland’s history. Here, almost a thousand years ago, the chieftain, lawmaker, and scholar, Snorri Sturluson, lived and worked. He is responsible for many of the Icelandic Sagas, prose narratives that depict the lives and adventures of Vikings.
Next up, you will go underground into an ancient lava cave. You’ll follow the path molten lava created thousands of years ago. Equipped with a helmet and headlamp, you’ll follow your guide into the ground, seeing strange lava formations while learning about Iceland’s rich volcanic history.
You will then overnight at a country hotel in the region.
The Majestic Snæfellsnes Peninsula
After breakfast, you will explore the magical Snæfellsnes Peninsula. This region´s most noticeable feature, Snæfellsjökull Glacier, will be visible throughout most of your journey. Many people believe that it emits mystical energy; see if you can feel it.
Your first stop will be at the Gerðuberg Cliffs. This natural feature is made of rows of dark, grey hexagonal columns that resemble a man-made fortress. From there, you´ll travel to Ytri-Tunga, a white sand beach on which seals can often be found longing.
From there, you´ll travel to the charming fishing village of Arnarstapi before making your way to a black pebble beach called Djúpalónssandur. To get to the beach, you have to zigzag between free-standing lava pillars that create a maze-like structure.
No trip to Snæfellsnes can be complete without a visit to Kirkjufell Mountain. This impressive cone-shaped feature is perhaps one of the most photographed mountains in Iceland. So make sure you take a picture for yourself, perhaps with the beautiful Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall in the foreground.
You will then return to Reykjavík in the late afternoon or early evening. You´ll have the whole evening to explore the city´s vibrant nightlife should you wish.
Now it is time to bid farewell to the land of ice and fire. Happy, satisfied, and with luggage filled with photos and memories, you´ll board a bus that will take you across the Reykjanes Peninsula to Keflavík Airport in time for your flight.
Welcome to Iceland!
You’ll arrive at Keflavík International Airport, located in the middle of a lava field on the Reykjanes Peninsula. After you’ve collected your bags, find your bus which will take you to Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík.
If you wish to jump into the deep end and begin your Iceland adventure right away, you visit the famous Blue Lagoon spa. Just make sure to reserve a time slot during the booking process. You’ll then be dropped off at the lagoon on your way to the city, and picked up once you are feeling refreshed and replenished. Note that the Blue Lagoon can also be visited on another day.
Once in Reykjavík, you are free to explore the city. Your accommodation is centrally located, meaning you’ll be in the walking distance of some of the country’s finest restaurants as well as the city’s famous nightlife.
Today your diving adventure around Iceland begins.
You will be picked up in the morning by your friendly guide, and whisked away towards Þingvellir National Park. It is here where Viking settlers would gather to lay the laws of this land over a thousand years ago.
The park has a rich history, but it is also geographically interesting. Þingvellir is located on the boundary of two tectonic plates which are constantly moving apart, creating cracks and fissures around the area.
Two of these fissures, Silfra and Davíðsgjá (David’s Crack), are located in Lake Þingvallavatn, making them the perfect spots for diving. Silfra is more popular with foreign visitors, offering both diving and snorkelling tours, while Davíðsgjá is a favourite among local divers.
The underwater topography at Davíðsgjá is composed of massive, round boulders and square plates that lie stacked up on top of each other. Although Davíðgjá is darker than its sibling, Silfra, the visibility is usually around 100 metres each day. Keep an eye out for a dwarf char hiding in the lava or even a giant trout on an exploration trip from the deeper parts of the lake.
After your dive, you’ll head north to the town of Akureyri where you will spend the next two nights.
After breakfast, you’ll head further north where you’ll find today’s dive site. On the seafloor of Eyjafjörður fjord lies a hydrothermal vent, a sort of underwater geyser, known as Strýtan. Today, you’ll explore both this 55-metre hydrothermal chimney as well as a smaller one called Arnarnesstrýtur.
Strýtan and Arnarnesstrýtur are the shallowest known vents in the world, making them the only hydrothermal chimneys scuba divers can visit.
When the hot water from the vents mixes with cold seawater, it creates a nice warm temperature which attracts a myriad of and diverse wildlife. The area is probably the best place in Iceland, if not the world, to observe wolffish.
After a long and fun dive, you’ll return to your accommodation in Akureyri.
Today, you’ll get to dive and snorkel in waters found on the Diamond Circle, a route between some of North Iceland’s most stunning attractions. You’ll also get to visit these beautiful places starting with the arch-shaped waterfall, Goðafoss.
Before visiting your first dive site, you’ll stop at Tjörnes Peninsula to enjoy the views found there. Keep an eye out for Rock Ptarmigans or, if you are visiting in the summer, Atlantic Puffins.
Similar to Davíðsgjá and Silfra in the south, Nesgjá is the result of tectonic movement. This underwater fissure is relatively shallow but boasts of impressive visibility. The walls of the Nesgjá are angular and uniformed, appearing as if they were carved by hand and not nature.
You’ll then head to a river, Litlaá, where you’ll snorkel in geothermal waters. Here, you can drift with the current, admiring the multi-coloured sediments and volcanic sands found on the bottom of the river.
The next sightseeing stop on the Diamond Circle is Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall. Sci-fi fans might recognise this impressive feature from the opening scene of Ridley Scott’s 2012 film Prometheus.
You’ll then explore the geothermal area of Námafjall. Here, you’ll find a Mars-like landscape filled with steaming fumaroles and bubbling mud pools.
Before reaching your accommodation in the Mývatn area, you’ll stop at Mývatn Nature Baths to unwind after a busy day.
Now it is time for one last dive in North Iceland. Your guide will take you back to Eyjafjörður Fjord for a dive at either the French Gardens or The Wall.
Both sites are absolutely stunning but rarely visited and thus considered hidden gems amongst divers. Here, you’ll see strange geological formations and an abundance of wildlife, including colourful anemones, redfish, lumpsuckers, and wolffish. You’ll also see rocks covered with algae, giving them a pink or purple hue.
After the dive, it is time to head back South. You’ll drive through rocky mountains, jagged lava fields and verdant farmlands on your way to Reykjavík City, where you will spend the night.
No trip to Iceland can be complete without visiting the Golden Circle. And there is no better way to wrap up a diving tour of Iceland than with a visit to the country’s most famous dive site, Silfra fissure. Luckily, you’ll be doing both today.
You’ll start off heading again to Þingvellir National Park, the birthplace of Iceland’s democracy. Here, you’ll dive in the crystal clear waters of Silfra, a fissure located on the boundary of two tectonic plates.
After your dive, you’ll explore the rest of the Golden Circle, starting with the geothermal area of Geysir. The star of the site is the geyser Strokkur which erupts every 5-10 minutes, reaching heights of around 15-20 metres.
You will then head to Gullfoss waterfall, which is fed by Iceland’s second-largest glacier, Langjökull. The river Hvítá rushes south from the glacier before plunging 32-metres into an ancient canyon.
At the end of the day, you’ll return to your accommodation in Reykjavík and bid farewell to your diving guide. You will then have the rest of the evening free to explore the city, and perhaps take part in the vibrant nightlife.
After a night in the city, it is time to head back to the countryside. In the morning, a guide will pick you up in a small but comfortable minivan and take you on a 2-day tour of Iceland’s south coast.
Your first stop today will be at the waterfall Seljalandsfoss. This majestic feature falls down 60 metres into a small river. The pouring water drops over a cave on the cliff, which you can enter. Know that doing this will get you wet, but that shouldn’t frighten you after days of diving.
A short drive from Seljalandsfoss is another impressive waterfall, Skógafoss. This one falls from a similar height to his neighbour but is much more powerful. Skógafoss drops onto a black sand plain, which allows you to walk right up to the falling water. But, again, doing this might get you wet, so remember your raincoat.
You’ll continue further east to Vatnajökull National Park. There, you’ll find the nature reserve of Skaftafell, a beautiful area filled with green flora, black sands, and white glaciers. Here, you’ll meet a professional glacier guide who will give you crampons and other gear needed for a glacier hike. You’ll then explore the frosty landscape on top of the ice cap, enjoying the views and the crunching sound of your feet against the ice.
Once back down, your driver will take you to a lovely countryside hotel in the region where you’ll spend the night.
Today after breakfast, you’ll head out to explore Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, perhaps the best-known feature of Vatnajökull National Park. Here, you’ll see enormous icebergs that have broken off a nearby glacier float on a bright blue lake.
Though seeing the bergs from the lagoon’s shores is an amazing experience, an even better one is seeing them up close on a boat tour. And that is exactly what you’ll do. As you sail amongst the blue and white icebergs, keep an eye out for seals that can often be seen swimming between them.
Once back on shore, you’ll head to The Diamond Beach, where you can see smaller icebergs lying scattered around a black sand beach.
From there, you’ll travel to another, larger black sand beach, Reynisfjara. Here, you’ll see the enormous sea stacks, Reynisdrangar, protruding from the ocean. Also, take note of the cliffs which are made of grey hexagonal columns.
After an eventful two days, you’ll return to Reykjavík, where you’ll spend the next two nights.
Today you’ll have a whole day to explore the northernmost capital in the world, Reykjavík.
Reykjavík is one of the most beautiful places in Iceland, and it’s easy to explore. The city centre is very walkable, and there are many things to do here. These include visiting Hallgrímskirkja Church or Harpa Concert Hall, hiking around the Old Harbour or Lake Tjörnin, or visiting a museum.
You can head out in the morning to explore; see where the sights and sounds will take you. If you would like guidance, you can always contact your travel advisor for some great suggestions.
There are plenty to choose from if you are looking for an adventure. The first of which is a helicopter tour over Reykjavík. You’ve already explored the country on land and underwater, so the only thing left is from above. A helicopter tour will take you over the city and land on top of the nearby Esja mountain. There, you’ll get a fantastic view of Reykjavík, Faxaflói Bay, and the surrounding countryside.
Alternatively, you could book a whale-watching tour — that is if you haven’t had enough of Iceland’s aquatic wildlife. Departing from the Old Harbour, you’d head out onto Faxaflói Bay in search of the many whales, dolphins and purposes that make these waters their home.
The third option is a relaxing soak in the Sky Lagoon, a new geothermal spa located a short distance from the city centre. The Sky Lagoon’s infinity pool looks over the Reykjavík skyline, the president’s house and the North Atlantic Ocean.
Now it’s time to bid farewell and make your way home with memories you’ll never forget.
If your flight leaves in the afternoon or evening, you’ll have time to explore Reykjavík a little, perhaps visiting a museum or two. Within walking distance of your accommodation is the National Museum, the Saga Museum, and the Icelandic Phallological Museum.
You can also schedule a visit to the Blue Lagoon on this day, stopping there on your way to the airport. Relaxing in the mineral-rich waters of the lagoon is a great way to unwind after ten adventurous days on the road.
All accommodations for this tour have been hand-picked by our local travel experts.
Single rooms will be allocated to bookings for one person. Shared twin/double or triple room(s) will be arranged for two or more people. Children and teenagers will be arranged in the same room as their parents. Additional cost may occur if additional room(s) is needed.
We do our best to accommodate special requests, but additional costs may incur.
Comfort Level Accommodation
Comfortable rooms in three-star hotels or quality guesthouses, centrally located, very close to popular attractions. Private bathroom and breakfast included.