11 Day Winter Package | The Ring Road with Snaefellsnes Peninsula

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.

And the icing on the cake? 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.  


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Nov. - Mar.
  • Duration: 11 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Caving, Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting, Cultural Activity, Helicopter, Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 years old
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, East Iceland, North Iceland, West Iceland , Reykjavík, Akureyri, Jökulsárlón, Vatnajokull, Mývatn, Dimmuborgir, Snæfellsjökull, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Strokkur, Snæfellsnes, Skaftafell, Vík i Mýrdal, Egilsstaðir, Siglufjörður, Reynisdrangar, Haukadalur, Gullfoss Waterfall, Thingvellir, Diamond Beach, Ring Road
Pickup information:
  • Starting time : Flexible

Included:
  • Airport transfer on arrival/departure for Keflavík International Airport

  • 8 day guided minibus tour of the ring road of Iceland and Snæfellsnes Peninsula

  • 3 nights of accommodation in Reykjavik (different levels available; breakfast not included for Super Budget level; breakfast included for Comfort and Quality levels; more detailed info below)

  • 7 night of accommodation in various country hotels (breakfast included, private bathroom depending on availability)

  • Blue Lagoon standard entrance (upgrades available) and return transfer

  • 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

  • Lunch and dinner

  • Any additional activities (can be added when booking)


What to bring:
  • Warm and waterproof clothing

  • Your camera

  • Good hiking boots

  • 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 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.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival, Blue Lagoon and Reykjavik


11 Day Winter Package | The Ring Road with Snaefellsnes Peninsula


Welcome to Iceland, and welcome to the start of your winter excursion! When you arrive, you will have a voucher for the Flybus. 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.

Most travellers first arriving in Iceland like to make a stop at the world famous Blue Lagoon spa, found a short drive from Keflavík International Airport. Nothing on the planet can quite beat jet lag like the soothing and revitalising warm waters of the Blue Lagoon; surrounded by drifting stacks of steam and faraway mountains, the luxury this resort offers will likely redefine the terms 'relaxation' and 'comfort' entirely. 

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.


Preferred accommodation in Reykjavík

Reykjavík Super Budget

Rooms or dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels, such as HI Hostel. Located in the capital region. Access to cooking facilities on premises. Breakfast not included.

Reykjavík Comfort

The Fosshótel chain has four 3-4 star Hotels located in and around the city center of Reykjavík. There is a short walk from all of the hotels to attractions, cafés, restaurants, museums and the nightlife. All offer private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Reykjavík Quality

Alda Hotel is a 4 star hotel situated on Laugavegur, Reykjavík's main shopping street in the city centre. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free access to a fitness room with a sauna and a hot tub. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 2 - The Golden Circle


11 Day Winter Package | The Ring Road with Snaefellsnes Peninsula


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.

You will spend your second night of this package at accommodation in Hella. If the skies are clear, you might see the celestial display of the Northern Lights.


Day 3 - The South Coast


11 Day Winter Package | The Ring Road with Snaefellsnes Peninsula


The South Coast of Iceland is one of the country’s most beautiful areas, a plethora of ancient valleys and snow-wreathed mountain scapes, cascading waterfalls and delicate rivers.

From Hella, 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 sleepy fishing village of Vík, only a short walk 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!

Back in Vík, you can spend a free evening shopping for handicrafts, souvenirs or some delicious Icelandic cuisine.


Day 4 - Skaftafell Nature Reserve & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon


11 Day Winter Package | The Ring Road with Snaefellsnes Peninsula


As you travel across the black sand desert, Mælifellssandur, you will see Skaftafell Nature Reserve slowly appear over the horizon, easily distinguishable by its forested slopes, jutting cliff edges and static ice sheets. Making up only a small part of  Vatnajökull National Park, it is no wonder that Icelanders consider Skaftafell to be one of the country’s most beloved natural treasures.

Only a short distance away from Skaftafell 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 shore line 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. Overnight, you will be staying in accommodation in the Vatnajökull area. 


Day 5 - The Eastfjords


11 Day Winter Package | The Ring Road with Snaefellsnes Peninsula


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. 

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. If you’re very lucky, there may even be the chance to see an elusive Arctic Fox, the only mammal species native to Iceland. As with many locations in Iceland, there is also plenty of opportunity to spot seals along the coast line.

At the end of day 5, you will be spending the night in accommodation in Egilsstaðir, the largest town in the Eastfjords region.


Day 6 - Lake Myvatn and Husavik Village


11 Day Winter Package | The Ring Road with Snaefellsnes Peninsula


Day 6 sees you on your way to the charming and sublime Lake Mývatn ("Fly Lake"). Don't let the name put you off, however; thankfully, the flies that lend the lake its name are nowhere to be seen during the winter months, leaving you without nuisance to enjoy the diverse and striking volcanic landscape.

One of the most notable and well-visited spots around Lake Mývatn is Dimmuborgir ("Dark Castles"), a space defined by the peculiar and often frightening rock formations that have come to decorate this volcanic landscape. Dimmuborgir is named “Dark Castles” because the rock formations resemble a fantastical, medieval fort.

A part of the day will revolve around visiting the town of Húsavík, home to approximately 2000 people. Húsavík is the peak location to learn more about the region's culture and history, and a trip to the town is not complete without visiting the 1907 built church, Húsavíkurkirkja.

There are also numerous shops and cafes in which to soak up the town's unique and charming atmosphere. When your time at Húsavík is over, you will be driven back to the Mývatn area where you will spend a relaxing night. 


Day 7 - Siglufjordur and Eyjafjordur Farms


11 Day Winter Package | The Ring Road with Snaefellsnes Peninsula


Today, you will continue to further explore the region's unique culture, taking a visit to the village Siglufjörður where you will be able to learn in-depth about the traditional farming practices at Eyjafjörður. 

Throughout the entirety of your day, you will be surrounded by sweeping views of the area; snow-capped mountains, cascading rivers and dramatic, distant valleys. 

Your next destination of the day is Iceland's northern capital, Akureyri, a mini-city that boasts an array of brilliant local attractions, including a busy shopping district, an exciting nightlife, museums, galleries and a sublime botanical garden. You will be spending the night in accommodation in Akureyri. 


Day 8 - From Akureyri to Reykholt


11 Day Winter Package | The Ring Road with Snaefellsnes Peninsula


When you have made the most of your time in Akureyri, you will begin your journey westward toward Reykholt village in the Borgarfjörður region.

Reykholt is an important historical site in Iceland given that it was once home to the poet, law-speaker and scholar, Snorri Sturluson. Snorri was one of the most influential individuals in the formation of modern Iceland, having scribed a number of the Sagas and manuscripts in Iceland's history and language.

Aside from the region's history, you will also quickly note just how stunning the landscape around Reykholt is; it is almost impossible not to feel privileged standing somewhere so aesthetically charming. Thankfully, there's plenty of time to explore and appreciate; tonight, you will be spending the night in the Reykholt area. 


Day 9 - The Snaefellsnes Peninsula


11 Day Winter Package | The Ring Road with Snaefellsnes Peninsula


Your final day outside of Reykjavík will be engulfed with a trip to 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.

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.

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, there is always the option to 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.

If you would like to visit Vatnshellir during your time in Snæfellsnes, be sure to add it to your journey during the booking process. At the end of your time on the Peninsula, you will return by minibus to Reykjavik where you will spend the night. 


Preferred accommodation in Reykjavík

Reykjavík Super Budget

Rooms or dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels, such as HI Hostel. Located in the capital region. Access to cooking facilities on premises. Breakfast not included.

Reykjavík Comfort

The Fosshótel chain has four 3-4 star Hotels located in and around the city center of Reykjavík. There is a short walk from all of the hotels to attractions, cafés, restaurants, museums and the nightlife. All offer private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Reykjavík Quality

Alda Hotel is a 4 star hotel situated on Laugavegur, Reykjavík's main shopping street in the city centre. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free access to a fitness room with a sauna and a hot tub. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 10 - Free Day in Reykjavik


11 Day Winter Package | The Ring Road with Snaefellsnes Peninsula


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, joining a whale watching tour from Old Harbour 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 Reykjavik area by helicopter is a truly brilliant experience, presenting one with a rare perspective and understanding of this small, northerly city.

Another excellent option for today is to purchase a Reykjavík City Card, your personal passport to an enormous variety of services and activities available from the city. The Reykjavík City Card allows you entrance into the city’s art galleries and museums, as well as Reykjavík Family Park and Zoo, and permits travel on the city’s public transport. The city card also provides for great discounts for shopping and fine dining.  


Preferred accommodation in Reykjavík

Reykjavík Super Budget

Rooms or dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels, such as HI Hostel. Located in the capital region. Access to cooking facilities on premises. Breakfast not included.

Reykjavík Comfort

The Fosshótel chain has four 3-4 star Hotels located in and around the city center of Reykjavík. There is a short walk from all of the hotels to attractions, cafés, restaurants, museums and the nightlife. All offer private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Reykjavík Quality

Alda Hotel is a 4 star hotel situated on Laugavegur, Reykjavík's main shopping street in the city centre. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free access to a fitness room with a sauna and a hot tub. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 11 - Departure Day


11 Day Winter Package | The Ring Road with Snaefellsnes Peninsula


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!


Accommodation in Reykjavik

See our accommodation levels below. Super Budget booking will be arranged in hostel dormitory bed accommodation. For Comfort and Quality bookings, single person bookings will be arranged in a single room, while bookings of 2 or more people will share twin/double room(s) or triple room(s). If you are travelling in a group, but prefer a single room, please make separate bookings. For multi-day guided tours, accommodation cannot be upgraded and the levels below do not apply. We always do our best to accommodate special requests, which may incur additional costs.

Super Budget

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

Comfort

Rooms with a private bathroom at three-star hotels such as Fosshótel Barón, 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.


Cancellation Insurance

This insurance guarantees that you can cancel the booking of this package and receive a full refund, minus the insurance cost of 5,000 ISK per person. The cancellation must be made within a minimum of 48-hours before the listed starting time. To cancel your booking and claim your refund, simply contact our service desk by writing to info@guidetoiceland.is no later than 48-hours before departure and declare the cancellation. Please note that this insurance only covers the full cancellation of this entire package. It does not cover cancellations of individual activities and services within the package. The cost of the Cancellation Insurance is neither refundable nor transferable.


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