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12 Day

Iceland Budget Tour

A multi-day trip that gives you the best Iceland experiences!


April – October


From Reykjavík


12 Days / 11 Nights


8:00 AM

Private Tour

1-6 People


TBD (1-4 people) 

Land Rover

TBD (5-6 people)


12 Day Iceland Budget Tour Description

It’s no secret Iceland can be expensive but this fantastic 12 Day Iceland Budget Tour is the best way to see Iceland!  Embark on visiting the “best of” sites around the entire country and relax while doing so!  Our Ice Pic Journeys driver will get you there.  See how your 12 Day / 11 Night adventure with us will unravel…


Day 1 – Arrival – Transfer to Hotel in Reykjavik

Welcome to Iceland!

  Your arrival to Iceland will begin with a comfortable transfer to your hotel in the heart of our capital city of Reykjavik.  Enjoy exploring Reykjavik on your own today.

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Day 2 – Golden Circle

Begin day 2 of this 12 day Iceland budget tour, you will spend the day exploring the famed Golden Circle.  As it is a must do when you think about landscapes in Iceland, savor it!

Geysir Geothermal Area

  The first visit of the day will be vivid hot springs and geysers.  Watch Strokkur erupt every 5-15 minutes.  It is a geysir that sends water up to 40 meters high.

Gullfoss Waterfall

  The majestic “Golden Falls” await you!  Meltwater from Langjökull Glacier plunges into a deep canyon.  Fun Fact: On sunny days, rainbows appear in the mist for a perfect photo op!

Þingvellir National Park

  Have you been to a UNESCO Heritage Site?  Discover one in Iceland…  Where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet!  Further, visit Iceland’s largest natural lake and the historic site where Icelanders founded their parliament in 930 A.D.

Gullfoss Golden Waterfall in Iceland

Day 3 -South Coast

Morning Pick-Up from Reykjavik Hotel will be at 8am.  Be ready to set out and explore Iceland’s stunning South Coast!  Within this 12 Day Iceland Budget Tour, we will take you to an incredible mix of “best of” type of landscapes that are not only beautiful but unforgettable!

Skógafoss Waterfall

First, you’ll witness the picturesque Skógafoss Waterfall.  Marvel over the 60-meter drop of the river Skógá as it cascades into a gorge.  We dare you to climb the staircase alongside the gorge for additional breathtaking views from above!


Second, you’ll venture to Dýrhólaey Cape to observe rock pillars and the cliffs off in the distance.  Note: In Summer, spot puffins and other bird species nest on those cliffs.  

Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach

Third, you’ll continue further west to Reynisfjara.  This is where the powerful North Atlantic waves crash against unique basalt columns.  It is said to be in the top 10 most beautiful beaches in the world!

Hiker and rainbow at Skogafoss Waterfall

Day 4 – Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon & Ice Caving

Within day 4 of this 12 day Iceland budget tour, you’ll get the chance to experience one of the most picturesque areas in Iceland!  …we might dare to say our favorite area in Iceland too!

Ice Cave Tour

 Join us for a journey to an Ice Cave with our expert glacier guides.  Here, you’ll experience an outlet glacier from Vatnajökull, which is Iceland’s largest glacier.  Fully equipped with helmets, harnesses, crampons, and ice axes, you’ll explore this rare and awe-inspiring natural phenomenon.  …savor it!

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

 Next, you’ll head to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.  Which is a deep lagoon filled with icebergs from Breiðamerkurjökull. During summer, opt for a boat ride among the icebergs or enjoy a walk along the lagoon for magnificent views and serene nature.

Diamond Beach

Visit the black sand beach where icebergs from Jökulsárlón are washed ashore, sparkling like diamonds. Capture the stunning contrasts of white and blue ice against the dark sand for a perfect Instagram shot.

Vestrahorn Mountain

Might be the most photographed mountain in Iceland!  Some folks fondly refer to this magical place as the “Mirror Mountain.”  When the winds are calm and the light is nice, this place feel unreal!

Village of Höfn

Lastly, the seaside fishing of Höfn is where you will end your day.  Walk along the shore and be in the moment with the stunning views!

Iceland Bride inside Sapphire Ice Cave

Day 5 – East Iceland

The charm of East Iceland awaits you during this 12 day Iceland budget tour!


First up is exploring the seaside town of Djúpivogur.  It offers a perfect blend of nature, art, and history, making it a must-visit destination for travelers seeking an authentic Icelandic experience!


This fjord town with capture your heart!  Begin your tour with a stroll down the famous Rainbow Street, leading to the iconic blue church and experience other iconic spots in the area such as Vestdalsfossar.

Is home to a sweet town which is also home to Iceland’s largest forest area.  You’ll call this spot home for the night!
Optional Add On Activity:

  End your day in the relaxing waters of Vök Baths!  For example, you’ll get the opportunity to experience the famed floating fjord hot pools of East Iceland!

Blue Church with Rainbow Street in Iceland
Day 6 – The North

Next on your 12 day Iceland budget tour is experiencing the highlights of Northern Iceland!

Stuðlagil Canyon 

Before leaving East Iceland, you’ll get the chance to see what all the buzz is all about with the famed Stuðlagil Canyon!

Lake Mývatn

North Iceland centers around this picturesque lake.  It’s a vital landscape to the local flora and fauna.  If you’re a bird or geology area this area will leave you in awe!

Goðafoss Waterfall

Tucked within a stunning mountainside landscape is a powerful waterfall you can experience from 2 different sides!


Last, you’ll round out your North Iceland adventure with staying a night in the vibrant town of Akureyri!

Day 7 – North West

As you round your next region of Iceland, you’ll visit North West Iceland attractions while on your 12 day Iceland budget tour!

Hvitserkur Rock Formation

This scenic rock formation is surrounded by mystery and folklore.  Spend a few minutes marveling over it’s beauty on Day 7!

Kolugljúfur Canyon

Let’s get off the mainstream path to visit this hidden gem in Iceland.  Get ready to witness another fabulous Icelandic landscape that will wow you!

Grábrók Crator

Additionally, this crater is part of a 3,000 year old fissure system, which formed during a volcanic eruption.  Immerse yourself in Icelandic geology by experiencing it!

Hraunfossar Waterfall

The direct translation of this legendary spot is Lava Falls.  Blue glacier fed waters flow from this spectacular waterfall!

Town of Borganes
This tiny peninsula town will be the final stop for the day to rest after an adventruresome tour day.

Day 8 – Snæfellsnes Peninsula

People boast that this famed peninsula is like a “mini Iceland.”  On day 8 of your 12 day Iceland budget tour with our Ice Pic Journeys Team you get to experience it!


This beautiful and famed black church is situated in the middle of an pictuerseque lava field.

Arnarstapi Village

This quaint fishing village is situated on the edge of steep cliffs overlooking the ocean and boasts a stunning coastline of basalt formations and dramatic sea stacks.


Explore the massive photogenic castle-like formation.  Learn about the Icelandic folklore story that comes along with it too!

Snæfellsjökull National Park

Is the bulk of this famed peninsula.  Within you’ll see glimpses of the Snæfellsjökull Glacier to add to the days magic.

Kirkjufell Mountian

Countless movies and shows feature this iconic mountain. On this 12 day Iceland budget tour, you’ll experience its glory in person!

Svöðufoss Waterfall

Discover this offbeat waterfall with us!

Gatklettur Arch Rock in Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Day 9 – Reykjavik

Spend the afternoon exploring Reykjavik at your own pace!  Take in the city’s vibe, colors, and history!  

Optional Upgrades

Whale Watching

Mink Viking Photoshoot

Sky Lagoon

The Wonders of the Perlan

Lava Show

Best time to Visit Iceland
Day 10 – Reykjanes Peninsula

If you’re a geology lover this is the day for you!  During your 12 day Iceland budget tour today you will experience the Reykjanes Peninsula diverse locations.

Bridge Between Continents

First up you’ll start the tour off with a bang and get to stand between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates!


Second, experience stunning Icelandic nature combined with history, geology and film site!  From the sea cliffs to historical lighthouse, you’ll be in landscape heaven!

Gunnuhver Geothermal Area

Third, marvel over the bubbling mud pots this geothermal area shows you.

Brimketill Lava Rock Pool

Fourth, watch the oceans power wash over and around this dynamic rock pool!

Optional Extra:

Relax in the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon.

Private Reykjanes Peninsula Cave tour

Day 11 – Reykjavik Free Day

Suggested activities:

Inside the Volcano Experience


Hvammsvik Hot Springs

Lava Tunnel

Dynamic Helicopter Tour

River Rafting

Sky Lagoon

Experience the Viking Circle

Experiencing the Blue Lagoon Iceland

Day 12 – Departure

Lastly, you’ll enjoy a comfortable transfer back to Keflavik International Airport (KEF Airport) for your departure.

Ready to book your 12 Day Iceland Budget Tour?




Licensed Professional Driver Guide

Transportation logo by Ice Pic Journeys


Airport pick up and drop off plus transport on Tour Days



11 Night Budget Hotel Stay (2+ Star) Private Bathroom



Water Bottle (Recommended)

You will have many spots to fill it up with glacier water.



Stops will be made at gas stations.


Proper Seasonal Clothing

Gloves, Hat, Wind/Rainproof Jacket, and warm layers for freezing or wet conditions.

Waterproof Jacket & Pants

Rentals are available under extras.

boots (1)

Hiking Boots

Water resistant is preferred. Rentals are available under extras.


Select Extras at Checkout


Red or Yellow Rain Jacket

Great for photos
3,000 ISK

Rain Pants

2,000 ISK

Hiking Boots

1,500 ISK


– Meals are not included in the price of this 12 Day Iceland Budget Tour.

– The length of each day and order that you visit these attractions can vary depending on weather and road conditions.

:: Special Notes & Considerations ::

– No photo package is included in this 12 Day Iceland Budget Tour.

–  Glaciers and ice caves are a dynamic ever-changing natural phenomenon (always evolving).  Each year, old ice caves melt and new ice caves appear.  Photos that you see of the cave at any given time on our website or any social media will not necessarily mean that is what you will experience on your tour.  This makes each experience unique and special for our guests.

– Our Ice Pic Journeys team reserves the right to make any modifications to the inclusions of the tour due to conditions or safety on our adventure tours. 

– Our Cancellation Policy can be found hereAlso, check out our FAQ page if you have further questions!

What Are Our Guests Saying?

Based on 25 reviews
Laura Remick
Laura Remick
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There is no other company I would recommend than Ice Pic Journeys for an Iceland adventure! We traveled to Iceland with an idea in mind and two children (4 and 5 years old), and Ryan helped us create an itinerary that was perfect for our family! He helped us arrange an incredible dog sledding experience (on land) which was unforgettable. We embarked on the Golden Circle tour and then visited the Blue Lagoon. Our tour guide, Norris, was amazing! He was incredibly knowledgeable, fun, and showed us everything in Iceland along the way. The entire day trip was amazing, and we felt so immersed in the scenery, the sites, and all of the adventure. The entire day was exactly what we imagined! Ryan was also incredibly flexible with our schedule - we decided to change our second day of touring from hiking to site seeing (which seemed better for us with kids), and he helped create a new itinerary for the South Coast that was perfect. We loved curating the Black Sand Beach and the waterfalls. We had an opportunity to explore at each site on our own and with our amazing tour guide, Agnies, who was such a pleasure to be with and who really gave us some background on everything we visited. We can’t wait to return and use them again for new journeys in Iceland!!
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Ryan and Mike elevated our experience beyond expectation. Impeccable communication and attention to details. They really listened to what we wanted to do and adapted their guidance around that. We felt 100% safe and comfortable at all times during all of our adventures. They accommodated our children as if they were there own and left no stone unturned when it came to their safety. We came across many other tours and guides in a variety of environments and I can say, without question, Ice Pic Journeys is hands down the best. There was really not even a comparison to be made. If you are thinking you’ll take on Iceland on your own, you really should reconsider. If you are considering any other guide service, you definitely should reconsider. Give these guys a shot, you will not regret it.
Kevin Leon
Kevin Leon
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Mike was an amazing tour guide! He went above and beyond what I had expected. My experience above the glacier was a memorable one with great company! He’s a fun guide and very knowledgeable. The videos and picture I got out this experience were well worth it, he made sure I got the shots I wanted!
liesbeth snoek
liesbeth snoek
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Wij hebben de zipline en ice cave adventure gedaan en dat was geweldig. Onze gids Mike heeft ons erg veilig laten voelen. Ook namen ze echt de tijd om gave foto’s van je te maken. Het was gewoon zo gaaf en ik raad het iedereen aan. ICE pic tourneys geeft je de beste ervaring ooit die je kan krijgen in Iceland
Kan P.
Kan P.
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Amazing experience. We booked the 4 hour photographer tour and it was worth every cent! We were tight in time as we had another tour booked right after this one but Ryan was flexible enough to move up the departure schedule by half an hour to accommodate our schedule. Communication was great also, he made sure we understand what to expect with tighter timeline. The guide on the day Adam was also very nice. We started super early and were able to shoot inside the ice cave with no one around, we only encountered other groups when we finished our hike, just when were were about to reach our car to get back. Can’t imagine how full it would be in such a tight space to walk. Highly recommended.
Fabian Hupe
Fabian Hupe
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It was an amazing tour with our guide Adam. We have booked the ZIP-Line and Glacier Cave Tour. It was great to see how Adam setup the ZIP-Line and afterwards when we were able to use it on our own we had a blast of fun. Furthermore the pictures we received were awesome! I would recommend everyone to book a tour at these guys!
Fikki Sadykhov
Fikki Sadykhov
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These guys are god tier amazing. Mike is a Legend and this is the only company that allows you to go glacier ziplining (and it’s the only place on the planet that you can actually zip line on a glacier to begin with). Don’t overthink it, book with these guys!
Marc Baudry
Marc Baudry
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What an amazing experience with Ice Pic Journey. We had a VIP tour with Adam. He is a very nice guide who knows his work and many things about Iceland. He brought us to amazing ice caves, made wonderfull photos and was always smiling. We felt safe and well take care of. We recommand Ice Pic Journey a lot. Thank you Adam, thank you Ryan and the all crew.
yeni chen
yeni chen
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I recently went on a tour with Ice Pic Journeys and it was amazing! The planning process was easy, and the tour guide was friendly, knowledgeable, and professional. The itinerary struck the perfect balance between sightseeing and free time, and we got to see some incredible places. I highly recommend Ice Pic Journeys for anyone looking for a fun, extreme and well-organized tour.
Jack Venberg
Jack Venberg
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My family of three recently embarked on a 6-hour glacier tour with Ice Pic Journeys, and it was nothing short of a spectacular experience. This tour agency not only specializes in guided tours but also in capturing breathtaking photographs throughout the journey. Ryan coordinated with us through email, and he was super communicative and accommodating throughout the whole experience. Our guide, Rich, was extremely knowledgeable, thoughtful, and talented in his photography skills. He made sure to focus on taking natural and candid photos, making us feel relaxed and at ease. Rich was attentive to our needs and made a point to take us to isolated and fascinating locations that enhanced our experience. The ice caves we visited were simply stunning, and Rich captured their beauty perfectly. He also took fantastic photos on the diamond black sand beach, creating memories we will cherish forever. For our nighttime Aurora photography session, we were joined by Mike, who was just as amazing. He was upbeat, friendly, and encouraging, which definitely helped keep our spirits high despite the cold weather. Mike worked tirelessly until 1 am to get the best shots, even though he had plans the following morning. Their dedication to their craft was evident, as they even offered to continue taking photos past that point if we wanted. At no point did it feel like they were cutting corners or giving anything less than their all. Our experience with Ice Pic Journeys was truly exceptional, and we cannot recommend them highly enough. If you're looking for an unforgettable adventure in Iceland and want to take home incredible photographs, don't hesitate to book a tour with Ice Pic Journeys.
Based on 62 reviews
Amy S
Amy S
Amazing, one of a kind tour Best part of our trip to Iceland. The ice cave was definitely one of the most beautiful and surreal places I have ever seen. Mike was very helpful with information about the area and tailoring the trip to our specific needs. The photo package was the clincher. Was traveling with friends I don't see often so the photos were the best souvenir we could ask for. They were great both for the quality and because it meant we could just enjoy the day without stopping to take photos ourselves. Can't say enough great things about it!
Jackie C
Jackie C
Best day of our Trip! We found Ice Pic Journeys online after a lot of research - they were the company that offered the most unique tours and what sealed the deal was how quick they were to respond when I had questions. We chose the Zip Line Adventure - Adam, our guide was a blast. It was my boyfriend and I, as well as two other women who had booked that day. He was easy to chat with, and made us feel at ease, given what we were about to embark on. The initial hike up was outstanding. Adam made sure to give us plenty of fun facts and had us laughing the whole way up. Upon arrival to our first stop, Adam took the time to explain what we would be doing - zip lining over a Moulin. Once all setup, he got us safely strapped in, explained again what all we had to do and then off we went. It was beyond anything I could have imagined. Not once did I feel unsafe or uncertain. He made it fun and relaxing and we got professional shots to boot. It's such a great part of the package and he really made sure to get as many pictures as possible. We hiked back down, made one more stop into a crevasse, drank glacier water, climbed into an awesome cave-like area and then made our way to the truck. I can't recommend this company enough. Everyone was so polite, happy to answer questions, and made this experience one we'll never forget. Definitely book with these guys!
Serina D
Serina D
Incredible company, wild adventures! Ice Pic Journeys was a fantastic experience! From the ease of booking, to the expertise of the guide, to the photos we received, everything was exceptional. Our guide Adam was super knowledgeable about Iceland and was kind, funny, and also worked with my boyfriend to plan an epic proposal! The zipline he set up also looked totally safe and secure, and of course he tested it himself before letting us go haha. And then the ice cave was beautiful. We ended up getting to drink fresh glacier water too! We ended up being the only 2 on the adventure and it truly felt like a personal experience. I can’t recommend this company enough. They made our time in Iceland unforgettable!
Simons H
Simons H
Summer Glacier + Zipline Tour with Mike This was absolutely the coolest activity we did on our trip to Iceland. I cannot recommend it enough, it is a MUST if you are traveling to Iceland. Mike is incredible and gave us the best trip we could have ever asked for!!
The best thing ever We took the zipline + ice cave adventure and we had the best experience ever.Mike really made us feel very save.I really liked that the group was small it was only six people Mike took the time to take very nice pictures of us and they are amazing I would really recommend this to everybody Ice pic yourneys gives you the best experience you will ever have in Iceland
Carsten A
Carsten A
Ice Pic Journey 5 Star Tour on the Glacier We had our tour with Mike and is was a pleasure! Mike and Ryan are a good communicating team. They did not only took awesome pictures of us, Ice Pic Journey also give us a opportunity to do a tour on the glaciers with our baby. They are very tolerant and organized. Keep on doing such a good job! Thank again for your effort.
Thomas B
Thomas B
Glacier Adventures I hired Mike for 8 days of private guiding in March 2023. It was the adventure of a lifetime! We explored glaciers, ice caves, and the Icelandic alpine. Mike is a charismatic and incredibly experience guide. He is also a great photographer. Finding a guide that can take you to amazing places, and also take great photos/videos of the adventures is extremely hard to find. I highly recommend Ice Pic Journeys and will use them again on my next trip to Iceland!
Private tour, with amazing guide ! Had a amazing time with these guys, I traveled solo and the group was only 3 ppl, amazing experience with a private guide. Definitely worth it, it was the highlight of my trip to Iceland! You get all the details and information you need, and if you have any questions, you can chat on instagram, and respond very quickly. This company treats you as a person, and not a number or a paying customer like all other tours !
Valeria S
Valeria S
Best company for adventure in Iceland! We had an amazing experience with Ice Pic Journeys. They are Friendly, professional and are experts on what they do! They took us to hidden gems that very few have been to and we avoided the crowds!! They also took a lot of great pictures!Thank you!!!! Valeria
Thiago N
Thiago N
Ice Pic Journeys approach is unique We had our tour with Mike and I can honestly say our trip to Iceland would not be the same without this. We had the best time! Mike was very knowledgeable, sharing all different aspects about the cave we were and the conditions we would be experiencing. He was also very concern with our safety and aware of us and our surrounding. All of that while maintaining a very friendly interaction. The ice on the cake was the fact that their offer is unique, there is not another company in Iceland that offers the same experiences with a guide that is also a good photographer. Plus, we were indeed a very small group. While we were there I saw other tours advertised as “small groups” with 16-20 people, which was completely different than the very exclusive attention and experience we had with Ice Pic Journeys.

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