11 Day Winter Package | The Ring Road with Snaefellsnes Peninsula

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Duration
11 days
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English
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Reykjavík

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...

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 watchi...

Included

Airport transfer on arrival/departure
8 day small group guided minibus tour of the ring road of Iceland and Snæfellsnes Peninsula
3 nights of accommodation in Reykjavik (Different levels available; breakfast included for Comfort and Quality levels; more detailed information below)
7 night of accommodation in various country hotels (breakfast included, private bathroom depending on availability)
Northern lights hunting
Detailed Itinerary with fun and practical information on the nature, history and culture of Iceland
Hands on travel agent to oversee your itinerary
Taxes

Activities

Glacier Hiking
Caving
Horse Riding
Whale Watching
Sightseeing
Northern lights hunting
Hot Spring Bathing
Cultural Activity
Helicopter
Ice Caving

Attractions

Blue Lagoon
Golden Circle
North Iceland
West Iceland
Reykjavík
Akureyri
Jökulsárlón
Vatnajökull
Mývatn
Dimmuborgir

Daily itinerary

Day 1

Arrival, Blue Lagoon and Reykjavik

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...

Day 2

The Golden Circle

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...

Day 3

The South Coast

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. S...

Day 4

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

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 d...

Day 5

The Eastfjords

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 a...

Day 6

Lake Myvatn

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 her...

Day 7

Exploring North Iceland

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 wi...

Day 8

West Iceland

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 acc...

Day 9

The Snaefellsnes Peninsula

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 somet...

Day 10

Free Day in Reykjavik

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 s...

Day 11

Departure Day

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. 

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!

Map

What to bring

Warm and waterproof clothing
Your camera
Winter hiking shoes
Swimsuit

Good to know

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 e...

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.

Super Budget

Dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels, such as HI Hostels. Located in the capital region. Breakfast is not included.

Budget

Private rooms with shared bathroom in guesthouses or hostels such as Capital Inn Guesthouse. Located in the capital region. Breakfast is not included.

Comfort

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.

Quality

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.

Meals

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.

Private Transfer

The transfer takes around 45 minutes between the airport and your drop-off location in Reykjavik. An agent will pick you up at the airport arrival hall with a sign to welcome you. There is no additional waiting time. You will board your private transfer and head to either the city or the Blue Lagoon immediately. If you choose to go to the Blue Lagoon and it is fit into the arrival day, your driver will take you there first. The drive takes 15 to 20 minutes. You will have 2 hours at the Blue Lagoon for a relaxing soak. The driver will be waiting in the lobby to collect you and drive you straight to your accommodation in Reykjavik afterwards, which takes around 30 to 35 minutes. For your return journey, your private transfer driver will pick you up from outside your accommodation and drop you off at the airport directly. The total time would be around 45 minutes. Please note that if your Blue Lagoon cannot be fit into your arrival/departure day, you will take the shuttle between the Blue Lagoon and the city.

Cancellation Insurance

This insurance guarantees that you can cancel tour and package bookings and receive a full refund, minus the insurance cost of 5,000 ISK per person. 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 info@guidetoiceland.is 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.