Join this fantastic 11-day winter package exploring the highlights of the Ring Road in Iceland. This package is the perfect opportunity for travellers looking to avoid the hassles associated with winter-driving in a foreign country.
With this package, there is no need for advance planning as airport transfers, hotels, transportation and Blue Lagoon tickets are all included. The minibus in which you will be riding is intimate and comfortable, ensuring the most relaxing trip possible.
Eleven days is more than enough time to see and indulge in the incredible landscapes of Iceland. Circling the country, this package promises a lifetime of memories, with added opportunities to hike magnificent glaciers, explore inside glassy ice caves, take an adrenaline-fueled helicopter flight, go whale watching and much, much more.
Thankfully, included in this package is a guided tour, meaning there will be ample opportunity to learn more about the country and gain a deeper understanding of its people, culture and history. You will also get a free day to explore Reykjavík, where you can visit the many museums, galleries and parks in this Northernmost capital in the world.
You’re also promised to spend real, quality time in Iceland’s wild and untouched nature. As part of this package, you will visit the three national parks of Iceland: the UNESCO World Heritage site, Þingvellir; Vatnajökull National Park, which includes the beautiful Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon; and Snæfellsnes which wraps around the rocky slopes of the glacier volcano Snæfellsjökull.
To make the journey even more adventurous, there is a plethora of additional excursions you can add to your holiday, and spice up your travelling days with riding, glacier hiking, whale watching, and even ice caving.
The icing on the cake is then that each night, you can to look out to the sky for a chance to catch a glimpse of the fluttering Northern Lights, a dazzling purple, green and red light phenomenon that occurs during the winter months.
So, sit back and appreciate Iceland’s most iconic landmarks and attractions without a drop of stress with this immersive 11-day package. Check availability by choosing a date.
Welcome to Iceland, and welcome to the start of your winter excursion! When you arrive, you will have a voucher for the bus. Trade it in for a ticket to the bus heading to Reykjavík city.
The drive from the airport is immediately beautiful and surreal, the undeveloped and sparse volcanic fields of the Reykjanes Peninsula passing by on the right-hand side, the rolling blue of the Atlantic Ocean on your left. Already, you will begin to feel the Icelandic nature casting her spell over you.
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 colours 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.
You will spend your first night in accommodation in Reykjavík. Despite its small size, Reykjavík is a bustling city with a wealth of fantastic museums, art galleries, cafes, restaurants and bars. You could also spend your evening in the city exploring some cultural landmarks, such as the Perlan observation deck, Harpa Concert Hall or Hallgrímskirkja Church.
It is on your second day when you’ll get your first opportunity to explore Iceland further afield with the fantastic Golden Circle. The Golden Circle is the most popular tour option for travellers in Iceland and is an excellent way to begin your circle around the country.
Your first stop on the Golden Circle tour is the UNESCO World Heritage site, Þingvellir National Park. Þingvellir is an important site to Icelanders for a number of reasons, first and foremost of which is that it is the original location of Alþingi, the first democratically elected parliament in the world.
It is also a fascinating area for geologists and nature lovers; Þingvellir is set atop the Mid-Atlantic Rift and is one of the only places in the world where you can see both the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates standing exposed from the earth.
After Þingvellir, you will head to Haukadalur geothermal area, home to the bubbling hot springs Geysir—from which all geysers take their name—and Strokkur. The photogenic Strokkur erupts routinely every five to ten minutes, ensuring your chance to see this natural spectacle on display.
Your final stop of the Golden Circle tour is the mighty Gullfoss waterfall (“Golden Falls”). The glacial river, Hvítá, plunges 32 metres down two tiers of this dramatic feature, creating a loud and misty experience that culminates into one of the most powerful sights in the country.
If you opted to during the booking process, this day will include a horse riding tour through the beautiful southern lowlands. You will be taken to the stables where you'll get to meet and ride the friendly Icelandic horse.
You will spend your second night of this package at accommodation in southern Iceland. If the skies are clear, you might see the celestial display of the Northern Lights.
The South Coast of Iceland is one of the country’s most beautiful areas, a plethora of ancient valleys and snow-wreathed mountainscapes, cascading waterfalls and delicate rivers.
Today, you will be driven to two of the country’s most beloved waterfalls, Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss. Although both measure over 60 metres, they could not be any more different. Seljalandsfoss has a narrow stream, falling over a concaved cliff, while Skógafoss is much wider and more powerful.
As an added extra on Day 3, you could try glacier hiking on the mighty Sólheimajökull, one of Iceland’s most beautiful ice caps. Nothing can beat the intimacy one feels with nature as they summit past intricate ice sculptures and deep, pale crevasses.
Those who reach the top are privy to a gorgeous, panoramic view of the surrounding scenery. Fear not, your guide will provide you with all of the necessary equipment, including crampons and a helmet; all you need to do is add this adventure to your trip during the booking process.
You will spend the second night of your trip in the countryside near the sleepy fishing village of Vík, only a short distance away from the black sand beach, Reynisfjara. Here, visitors are quickly fascinated by the strange basalt stacks that line the cliff faces, as well as the tumultuous energy of the Atlantic waves. Don’t get too close, the waves at Reynisfjara are notoriously unpredictable!
As you travel across the black sand desert, Skeiðarársandur, you will see Skaftafell Nature Reserve slowly appear over the horizon, easily distinguishable by its forested slopes, jutting cliff edges and static ice sheets. Passing that green oasis you will travel under Iceland's highest peak: Hvannadalshnjúkur in the Öræfajökull glacier volcano.
Only a short distance further is "the crown jewel of Iceland", Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. Here, enormous icebergs break away from the overlying Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, falling into the lagoon below to drift in effortless peace together.
Visitors here can easily while away hour upon hour simply appreciating the sheer gorgeousness of the scene, made all the better by catching a glimpse of the lagoon’s resident seal colony.
From Jökulsárlón, one can also walk a short distance across the road to the Diamond Beach, the shoreline on which some of the lagoon’s icebergs wash up. As they glisten in the sun on the black beach, they are reminiscent of precious stones on a velvet blanket.
As an added extra on your fourth day, you can take glacier exploration a step further and discover one of the country’s dazzling ice caves. Stepping into this aqua-marine subterranean world is surely one of the more unique experiences available in Iceland, if not the world!
If you would like to guarantee your chance to enter one of these colourful ice caverns, you can reserve your spot during the booking process. If you are travelling before November, you'll have a morning visit to a cave in Mýrdalsjökull glacier, otherwise, you'll check out a cave in the glacier Vatnajökull in the afternoon.
Overnight, you will be staying in accommodation in the Vatnajökull area.
The Eastfjords is widely regarded as one of the country’s most diverse, untouched and eclectically beautiful areas, perfect for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of civilization and get back in touch with the peaceful serenity that only nature provides.
You will travel in this mountainous area, zig-zagging through the fjords and vales, stopping at some hidden gems your guide keeps close to his heart.
Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife throughout your journey around East Iceland; after all, it is the only region in the country where one can spot herds of wild reindeer. As with many locations in Iceland, there is also plenty of opportunities to spot seals along the coastline.
At the end of day 5, you will be spending the night in accommodation in a lovely town in the Eastfjords region.
Day 6 sees you on your way to the charming town of Akureyri. En route, however, you are sure to find fantastic photo opportunities and perhaps an adventure at the sublime Lake Mývatn area.
You will start by making a stop at Námaskarð pass, a geothermal area where you'll find steaming fumaroles and bubbling mud pools at every step. Stepping off the minibus here, you won't be faulted in thinking you have just stepped onto the set of a sci-fi movie.
One of the most notable and well-visited spots around Lake Mývatn is Dimmuborgir, a space defined by the peculiar and often frightening rock formations that have come to decorate this volcanic landscape. Dimmuborgir means The Dark Castles, and the name came to be due to the rock formations resembling a fantastical, medieval fort.
If you're getting weary of travelling, you can choose to spend some time relaxing at the Mývatn Nature Baths, the North's answer to the Blue Lagoon. It is the best place to unwind after a busy day and to try and spot the elusive Northern Lights.
Before you reach Akureyri, where you will spend the night, you'll stop at the beautiful Goðafoss waterfall. This stunning cascade falls from an arch-shaped cliff into the winding river below.
Today, you’ll discover a hidden gem, the little village of Hauganes. This tiny town is home to only about 140 people, but it is packed with charm. Here, you can walk on a black sand beach and admire the surrounding seascape and idyllic harbour.
If you’d like a better view of your surroundings, the best way to do that is with a whale watching tour. Not only will you be able to take in the stunning vistas but you’ll also be searching for the majestic whales that make the North-Atlantic Ocean their home.
This is also a holiday so you could also spend the day drinking cold beer...while taking a dip in warm beer at the Beer Spa. The local brewery has opened a beer spa where guests are invited to unwind in warm beer and beer yeast which are said to do wonders for your hair and skin.
Then it is off to visit the peculiar rock stack known as Hvítserkur or ‘White Shirt’. The unusual name comes from the amount of guano on top of it for this is a favourite rest stop for birds looking for food in the surrounding water. The rock is said to resemble an elephant and makes an excellent subject for photographers.
You’ll then head to the Borgarnes region where you will spend the night. You will find a nice hot tub at your hotel which you can unwind in after a day on the road. Perhaps the Northern Lights will make an appearance to crown the day.
Now it is time to explore the diverse attractions of West Iceland before heading to the magnificent Snæfellsnes Peninsula where you will spend the night.
You’ll start the day by heading to Europe’s most powerful hot spring, Deildartunguhver. If you want a great selfie here, you will have to be patient because boiling water comes bubbling out of the earth accompanied by a massive amount of steam which encompasses the whole region.
Then it is off to the beautiful Hraunfossar waterfall. Meltwater from a nearby glacier travels underground through pores in the surrounding lava field before it emerges at Hraunfossar as a series of rivulets. A short walk away you’ll find Barnafoss, equally beautiful but vastly different waterfall. The river Hvítá rushes rapidly through a narrow gorge, creating this spectacular cascade.
You'll then return to your accommodations where you can spend another evening searching for Northern Lights while unwinding in a hot tub.
Your final day outside of Reykjavík will be engulfed with a trip of the mystic and intoxicating Snæfellsnes Peninsula, a region that has shaped lives, inspired copious amounts of fiction and boasts some of the most dramatic views in the whole of Iceland.
A stop at the Gerðuberg cliffs is first. This impressive wall of hexagonal basalt columns looks like something out of Game of Thrones, and you can walk right up to them and even up some. Then it is off to the white sand beach Ytri-Tunga. White sand beaches are a rarity in Iceland, and this one is surrounded by amazing mountain view and seascape. The main attraction here is, however, the seals which can often be seen swimming in the ocean or relaxing on the shore.
Snæfellsjökull Glacier will be an ever-omnipresent site throughout your journey across Peninsula, growing larger and larger before your eyes as you navigate toward the land's end, as you visit truly alien locations, such as Djúpalónssandur black beach and Mt. Kirkjufell.
The glacier itself served as the inspiration for Jules Verne's novel "Journey to the Centre of the Earth". Despite this fictitious universe, a belief and respect for Iceland's "hidden folk" is particularly prevalent throughout the Snæfellsnes region.
As an added bonus to Day 9, you’ll take a visit to Vatnshellir Cave. Vatnshellir is one of the country's largest lava caves, taking the form of a large, underground dome that marvels its visitors with a kaleidoscopic range of colours naturally decorating the interior.
At the end of your time on the Peninsula, you will return by minibus to Reykjavik where you will spend the night.
Your tenth day of this package sees you with some free time to spend exploring the northernmost capital of the world; Reykjavík.
Aside from leisurely sightseeing, there are a number of tours that can be undertaken directly from the city. For example, if you missed it on the days before, you could join a whale watching tour from Old Harbour. It is one of the surest ways to see Icelandic wildlife up close; the coastal waters around the island are home to a great number of marine species, including Minke Whales, Humpbacks, Orcas and dolphin.
You could also board a bus heading to Iceland's second largest glacier, Langjökull, for a tour of the intricate tunnels carved into the glacier. These tunnels give will give you a unique perspective of the world of glaciers as you move through the white and blue ice-chambers.
Alternatively, you could opt for a tour where you would be flying high over the city by a helicopter and even making a quick stop-off at some nearby mountains. Seeing the Reykjavík area by helicopter is a truly brilliant experience, presenting one with a rare perspective and understanding of this small, northerly city.
Regardless of what you choose to do today, you will without a doubt be blown away by this quirky little city and all it has to offer.
Alas, it is your final day in Iceland and all good things must come to an end… until next time, of course! If you have the time, there's still so much to explore in Reykjavík, including the Tjörnin City Pond, the inner-city parks and the eclectic Reykjavík flea markets.
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 the time is right, you will be transferred back through the volcanic plains of the Reykjanes Peninsula towards Keflavík International Airport, where you will catch your flight back home. We hope to see you again soon!
The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon, and therefore cannot be guaranteed, but this itinerary is designed to maximise your chances to see them if weather allows.
Please note that Iceland is a country of oppositions. The weather might be fickle and change rapidly and can get quite cold. Wearing proper shoes and overcoats will certainly make your travels more enjoyable.
Please be aware that your itinerary may have to be rearranged due to weather and conditions. It can happen, in the case of extreme weather, that an activity is cancelled. If your chosen activity is cancelled, 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.
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.
You can now add meals to your booking. Select to include dinner on every night as an optional extra, and we will provide you with vouchers as part of your booking confirmation. We will choose from top-rated restaurants that fit with your vacation itinerary and make your reservations for you. At the restaurant, you will be offered a set menu, from which you can choose from meat, fish or vegetarian options. If you would prefer something else, the voucher will act as a credit that you can redeem at the restaurant against menu items that are not part of the set menu. Please notify the restaurant on arrival about any dietary requirements. Vouchers are non-refundable.
This insurance guarantees that you can cancel tour and package bookings and receive a full refund, minus the insurance cost. The cost of your cancellation insurance depends on the duration of your tour or package. A base cost of 5,000 ISK per person is applied to all tours and packages with a duration of 5 days or less. An additional 1,000 ISK per person will be added to the insurance cost for each day after. The cancellation must be made more than 48 hours before the listed starting time on your voucher. To cancel your booking and claim your refund, simply contact firstname.lastname@example.org and declare full cancellation. Please note that this insurance covers the cancellation of the whole tour or package. Individual services cannot be cancelled and refunded separately, but are all covered and refunded in case of a full cancellation.