Circle of Iceland With Snaefellsnes Peninsula | 10 Day Winter Package
Circle the incredible country of Iceland in the depth of winter with this exciting package. Over ten days, you will take a guided circle tour of the highlights of Iceland, such as the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, the Lake Mývatn area, the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, and the Golden Circle. None who want to see the incredible landscapes of Iceland should overlook this opportunity.
The guided tour comes with a clear itinerary, meaning you barely need to organize a thing. It is also conducted in a comfortable minibus, making your journey as cozy and intimate as possible and taking away any fears of driving on Iceland’s icy roads.
Other than the eight full days of guided adventure, all transfers and accommodation will be sorted for you, including the return airport transfer and two nights of stay in the capital. There are no hidden costs upon arrival. All arrangements are included in the price, and the Blue Lagoon can easily be added. Joining this tour could not, therefore, be any easier.
You will head counter-clockwise around Iceland, seeing its South Coast, Eastfjords, dramatic northern territories, and the incredible West, including the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Not only will you get to see Iceland’s most famous sites, but this package will take you to hidden places very few know about, so you can experience the vastness of the empty nature in peace.
Furthermore, several adventures, such as ice caving, glacier hiking, and whale-watching are included in the trip. You can add even more thrills to the trip by opting to take extra excursions while booking, such as lava caving and a dip in the Vok Baths. All these excursions are available to you at a special discounted rate, should you elect to add them to your holiday upon booking.
By using this great opportunity, you can not only make your holiday even more magical but save money at the same time.
Of course, as you are traveling in winter, when the days are short and nights are long, this tour presents many opportunities for you to see the northern lights. Because you will spend time traversing very remote areas throughout the dark hours, your chances are even greater with little light pollution.
Immerse yourself in Iceland by seeing as much of it as possible over ten days. Check availability by choosing a date.
Day 1 - Arrival
You will arrive at Keflavík International Airport on day one. On your way to Iceland’s capital city, you could choose to make a stop at the Blue Lagoon. This world-renowned spa is known for its healing waters, vivid azure colors, and luxurious treatments. It is located in the middle of a moss-covered lava field, giving it an otherworldly atmosphere. If you add the Blue Lagoon, it will be arranged according to your flights. If there is no time to visit the lagoon today, it can be added to another day. Your travel consultant will be able to arrange this for you. There is still plenty to see and do in Reykjavik if you have extra free time.
Day 2 - The Golden Circle
Today, the adventure starts properly, with a sightseeing adventure around the famous sites of the Golden Circle. You will be picked up from Reykjavík in a minibus, and driven to your first stop, Þingvellir National Park.
Þingvellir is famous due to its geology and history. The edges of North American and Eurasian tectonic plates loom over the sides of the park, and as they pull apart, they tear open ravines that fill with spring water.
Eruptions in centuries past have also filled much of the area with lava rock, making the landscapes fascinating. Regarding history, it was here where early Icelanders founded what is now the world’s longest-running ongoing Parliament, Alþingi.
After enjoying the park, you will move on to Haukadalur Valley, famed for its geysers. The largest of these, Geysir, which provided all others with their name, is not in a period of regular activity. However, its neighbor Strokkur erupts every five to ten minutes to heights that can exceed over 66 feet (20 meters). The valley is filled with other hot springs, as well as fumaroles and mud pots.
The third and final site of the Golden Circle is the mighty and majestic Gullfoss waterfall. This feature is within the Hvítá glacier river, which falls in two tiers with incredible power into an ancient canyon. If rays of sun hit the spray coming from the waterfall, it creates some beautiful rainbows.
You will finish the day at your accommodation in South Iceland.
Day 3 - The South Coast
On day three, you will head across the beautiful South Coast of Iceland. This stretch of road is lined with majestic natural wonders that you will spend the day admiring. The first of these will be two of the most famous waterfalls in the country, Seljalandsfoss, and Skógafoss.
Both of those waterfalls fall from over 197 feet (60 meters) high, from cliffs that marked Iceland’s coast during the last ice age. Other than that, they could not be more different. Seljalandsfoss falls in a narrow stream and is unique because the cliff behind it is concave. It is possible to fully encircle the water for some great perspectives when conditions allow. Skógafoss, meanwhile, is much more powerful and classic in its form.
The next stop you will reach is the glacier tongue Sólheimajökull. This magnificent ice cap is vast and beautifully colored, blending white snow, blue ice, and black ash. The tour includes a glacier hiking here to explore the otherworldly landscapes atop one of Iceland’s glaciers.
As evening rolls around, you will reach Reynisfjara, a beautiful stretch of black sand beach renowned for its geology. You will be able to see the Dyrhólaey rock arch curving into the ocean and the Reynisdrangar sea stacks towering from the water’s surface.
You will spend the night near the village of Vík. Remember to look up to the sky tonight for a chance to see the brilliant Northern Lights.
Day 4 - Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
You will head to the far side of the South Coast on day four, crossing the dramatic Mælifellssandur black-sand desert as you do. Your main destination for today is the unbelievable Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, one of the most renowned and beautiful places in Iceland's nature.
You can walk along the shores of this vast lake and witness as enormous icebergs, which have broken from a receding glacier tongue, slowly move towards the ocean. Nearby is the Diamond Beach, a black sand beach where icebergs from the lagoon have washed up on shore and glisten in the sun. The lagoon and beach are also famous for being home to many seals; this southeastern corner of the country is one of the best places to spot them.
You will also explore an ice cave on this day. Ice caves are spectacular natural phenomena that only occur under particular conditions in very few places on earth. The world inside them is beautiful and ethereal. Those with the opportunity should not miss this experience. If you are traveling before November, you'll visit a cave in Mýrdalsjökull glacier in the morning. Otherwise, you'll see one in Vatnajökull National Park in the afternoon.
You will spend the night in Höfn.
Day 5 - The Eastfjords
Today you will navigate your way north through the incredible Eastfjords. This little-traveled route is stunning. You can expect to be driven over dramatic peaks and along breathtaking coastlines. You will regularly stop for the best photo opportunities, such as in the little fishing villages that dot the route.
The Eastfjords have the highest abundance of wildlife in Iceland. It is the only place in the country where you can see herds of wild reindeer. Your guide will arrange the day to best display the area's natural beauty and share some hidden gems and favorite locations with you.
If you opt to during the booking process, you will head to a stable in the countryside where you will meet and ride the Icelandic horse. These creatures are both friendly and intelligent, making this an excellent tour for all animal lovers.
If you wish, you can also opt to visit the spectacular Vok Baths by Egilsstadir. This spa is immersed in a lake and has beautifully heated geothermal waters.
You will pass through Iceland's largest forest, Hallormsstaðaskógur, and by the lake Lagarfljót, said to hold a terrifying wyrm. Finally, you will reach your destination for today: your accommodations in one of the East's charming towns in the East.
Day 6 - Lake Myvatn
On day six, you'll drive to Iceland's dramatic North. This route will take you through the northern part of the Vatnajökull National Park, and Europe's largest glacier, Vatnajökull, will be visible multiple times.
Your first destination is the incredible Lake Mývatn area. This region boasts a diverse array of amazing scenery. You will see the Dimmuborgir lava fortress, the geothermal areas at the Námaskarð Pass, and the strange geological formations that rise from the surface of Lake Mývatn itself, spending a good amount of time exploring and photographing the sites.
In the evening, you'll head to your accommodation for the night, located in the Akureyri area. On your way, you will pass the beautiful Goðafoss waterfall. If you are lucky, and the weather has been cool enough, you might even see it all dressed up and bound in ice and snow, with the water flowing from under the frozen layers forming on the stream.
Day 7 - Whale Watching
Today, you will better explore Iceland's northern landscapes before heading down south. You will start by heading to Eyjafjörður, the agricultural heartland of the North. You'll travel around this beautiful fjord, exploring its many farmlands and sweeping mountainscapes.
At the lovely town, Hauganes, you have a unique experience at your fingertips. If you'd like to see the view of the Eyjafjörður fjord from the sea, you are welcome to enjoy a whale watching tour and scout for the gentle giants of the North while enjoying the surrounding mountains and vistas.
Your guide will then take you to the oddly looking rock formation, Hvítserkur, where you can snap a few photos of this massive monolith and decide for yourself whether it seems more like a dragon or an elephant.
You will then start making your way to your accommodations in the Borgarnes region. The journey might take some time, but you will be rewarded with incredible scenery en route. You will also make a few stops for refreshments and visit hidden gems only your local guide knows about. In the evening, you can hope the Northern Lights will pay you a visit as you unwind in the hotel's hot tub. You will then spend the night in Borganes.
Day 8 - Snaefellsnes Peninsula
On your eighth day of exploring the country, you will first visit the cliffs of Gerðuberg on the Snæfellesnes Peninsula. These cliffs are made up of countless hexagonal basalt columns that form a wall reminiscent of a medieval fortress. From there, you’ll head to Ytri-Tunga beach to see if you can’t spot a few seals lounging on the white sand.
Next, you will venture further down this 56 miles (90 kilometers) stretch of coast, often called ‘Iceland in Miniature’, because it is home to various landscapes and features, densely packed together.
You will visit the picturesque village of Arnarstapi. Here you will have a fantastic view of the ocean, surrounding cliffs, and abundant birdlife. Then it is off to the Djúpalónssandur black beach, where impressive rock formations tower over the waters, and echoes of long-gone eras are felt in every rock and tree.
The glacier and volcano Snæfellsjökull crowns the peninsula and will be the backdrop to most of your destinations. This feature was made famous by the novel ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’ by Jules Verne.
Last but not least is Kirkjufell, an imposing yet beautiful standalone mountain, often photographed with the nearby waterfall Kirkjufellsfoss.
Today, you will also get the option to go lava caving in the spectacular lava tube of Vidgelmir.
After exploring the peninsula, you head to your accommodation in the west.
Day 9 - West Iceland
Today, your first stop is at the steaming, bubbling hot spring, Deildartunguhver. It is Europe’s most powerful hot spring, and it provides heat for the nearby Akranes and Borgarnes towns. The steam Deildartunguhver emits surrounds the area, making the scene seem like it was plucked straight from a sci-fi movie.
Next up are two stunning waterfalls, Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. The former trickles down from a dark lava field in a series of small rivulets while the latter runs wild and violently through a jagged gorge.
From there, you’ll head to Reykholt, one of the most important historical towns in Iceland. Reykholt was once home to the legendary writer, historian, and chieftain, Snorri Sturluson, without whom we would know very little of medieval European history and the belief system of the Old Norse. The settlement now houses the Snorrastofa Museum on his life and works.
That night, you will finally return to Reykjavik.
Day 10 - Departure
Sadly, this is the day you leave Iceland. If you have time before your flight, you can better explore the city of Reykjavík, shop in its boutique stores, or explore its fascinating museums.
For those who have a later flight and choose to visit the Blue Lagoon today, you will finish off your stay unwinding before you head to the airport. This is the perfect place to relax as you bathe in the warm, mineral-rich waters as you look back on the incredible adventure you have just taken in the land of fire and ice. If your flight is later, there are plenty of things to do in Reykjavik. If you have an early flight back home, we wish you a pleasant journey.
When it is time, you will take a shuttle bus back to the airport and head home with a camera full of photos and a head full of great memories.
What to bring
Good to know
The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon, and therefore cannot be guaranteed, but this itinerary is designed to maximize your chances to see them if the weather allows. Please be aware that your itinerary may have to be rearranged to better fit your arrival date and time.
Some optional activities might need a valid driver's license, or you might need to send additional information to your travel planner. Please note that you need to know how to swim and present medical documents should you choose to go snorkeling or diving.
It can happen, in the case of extreme weather, that an activity is canceled. If your chosen activity is canceled, we will assist you with rearranging or booking other activities when possible, and any potential price difference will be refunded to you.
Note that Icelandic roads and pavements can be slippery in the wintertime. We recommend you bring shoes with slip-resistant soles or ice-grip shoe covers. The covers can be purchased in most supermarkets and gas stations around the country.
Accommodation in Reykjavik
See our accommodation levels below and our preferred accommodation partners under each day in the daily itinerary. Super budget level accommodations will be arranged in hostel dorm beds. For budget and comfort levels, bookings for one person will be arranged in single rooms, and bookings for two or more people will share a twin/double or triple room(s). For quality level, odd number groups will always be allocated a single room. If you are travelling in a group, but prefer a single room, please make separate bookings. Teenagers and children will be arranged in the same room with parents. If additional room(s) is needed, additional costs will incur.
For multi-day guided tours, accommodation cannot be upgraded and the levels below do not apply. Guide to Iceland will provide you with the best available accommodation at the time of your booking from our preferred partners. If our preferred partners are fully booked at the time of your booking, we will find another suitable accommodation for you of similar level.
We always do our best to accommodate special requests, which may incur additional costs. Press choose a date to find availability.
Dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels, such as HI Hostels. Located in the capital region. Breakfast is not included.
Private rooms with shared bathroom in guesthouses or hostels such as Capital Inn Guesthouse. Located in the capital region. Breakfast is not included.
Rooms with a private bathroom at three-star hotels such as Hótel Klettur, or quality guesthouses. Located in the city center or in close vicinity. Breakfast is included.
Rooms at four-star design hotels in the city center with a private bathroom at the absolute best locations downtown such as Hotel Alda. Breakfast is included.