12 Day Winter Package | Circle of Iceland & Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Experience the wonders of Iceland on this 12-day winter package that takes you to all the classic sites as well as some of the most enigmatic hidden treasures off the beaten track. This tour package is perfect for travellers that want to fully experience Iceland in winter without having to worry about driving the icy roads of the countryside. 

Seeing the country couldn't be easier. Prior to your arrival, your accommodations and transport to and from Keflavík International Airport will be sorted for you. Also included in this package is an 8-day guided tour of the Iceland and a soak in the mineral-rich healing waters of the Blue Lagoon. 

Allow your experienced and friendly guides to take you along to witness volcanic terrains, idyllic coastal towns, majestic glaciers and mighty waterfalls, as you explore everything from the highlights of the South Coast to the desolate and snow-covered fjords of the East, and the versatile wonders of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

After you've circumferred the countryside, there will be no need to leave the shores of Iceland right away, since this package includes two additional free days in Reykjavík City with accommodation. That means you can explore the Northernmost capital in the world to your heart's content. 

There are also plenty of possibilities to make your already action-packed trip even more adventurous, as you have the option of adding additional excursions during the booking process. These include visiting an authentic ice cave, venturing into a lava tube, embarking on a glacier hike, going horse riding and whale watching, just to name a few!

While circling the Ring Road, each night will be spent at a countryside accommodation. Your guides will do their very best to hunt down possible sightings of the elusive and hypnotic Northern Lights, the winter-phenomena that tops the bucket list of so many people.

So sit back and get ready to experience all the wonders of the ring road in the intimate setting of a fully-equipped minibus. Don’t hesitate and book your winter adventure now! Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Nov. - Mar.
  • Duration: 12 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Hiking, Horse Riding, Whale Watching, 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, Reykjavík, Akureyri, Jökulsárlón, Vatnajokull, Mývatn, Dimmuborgir, Snæfellsjökull, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Þingvellir, Strokkur, Snæfellsnes, Sólheimajökull, Skaftafell, Borgarfjörður, Reykholt, Egilsstaðir, Kirkjufell, Haukadalur, Vík, Esjan, South Coast, Diamond Beach, Ring Road
Pickup information:
  • Starting time : Flexible

Included:
  • Airport transfer on arrival/departure

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

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

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

  • 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

  • Taxes

  • Additional activities (can be added during booking)

  • Lunch and dinner


What to bring:
  • Warm and waterproof clothing

  • Good hiking boots

  • Camera


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 and Blue Lagoon


12 Day Winter Package | Circle of Iceland & Snaefellsnes Peninsula


When you arrive at Keflavík International Airport, use your voucher to get a ticket to the Flybus. The timing of the transport is flexible so don’t worry about matching your flight schedule with that of the tour.

If you have time to do so today, take the bus to the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa. It is an ideal cure for all jet-lags. The mineral-rich waters and natural silica mud of the lagoon are world-renowned for their skin-healing abilities, allowing you to kickstart your journey with a rejuvenating and restorative soak. If your flight arrives late, you can save this experience for your departure. 

Once you have fully enjoyed the benefits of the lagoon, your bus will take you to the capital city, Reykjavík where you can check into your accommodation. Before turning in, feel free to explore the charming downtown and its many sights, shops, restaurants and cafés.

You will spend the night in Reykjavík.


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 - Golden Circle


12 Day Winter Package | Circle of Iceland & Snaefellsnes Peninsula


On your second day, you will leave the capital behind for the time being and board your minibus, where you will get to know the rest of the passengers and your friendly guides. You will begin by heading out to see the famed sights of the Golden Circle. This route is by far the most celebrated one in the entire country, and you will immediately understand why upon arrival.

First up is Þingvellir National Park, both historically and geologically fascinating. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Þingvellir is the location where Iceland’s very first legislative body, Alþingi, was founded. The area is furthermore located on the continental rift where Almannagjá Fissure marks the meeting of the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates.

Once you have explored the enchanting valley, you will head on to the geothermal valley Haukadalur, home to spouting geysers and bubbling mud pools. There you can observe the grand geyser Strokkur naturally erupt every few minutes.  Next up is the majestic waterfall Gullfoss—a cascading beast of unharnessed power as it plummets down two stages into the icy crevice of a glacial river.

By the end of the day, you will retreat to a cosy accommodation in Hella, a small town resting on the banks of Ytri-Rangá river. Remember to look up in the sky for Northern Lights. 


Day 3 - South Coast with Glacier Hike


12 Day Winter Package | Circle of Iceland & Snaefellsnes Peninsula


As you set out from Hella on your third day, you will trail along one of the country’s most beautiful areas belonging to the famed South Coast. You will pass cascading rivers and rural farmlands and stop at the two magnificent waterfalls Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss.

The sights on the menu today are numerous and sure to leave you in awe, but if you want to embark on an additional activity, you can opt for a thrilling glacier hike on top of Sólheimajökull during the booking process. There really is no better way of comprehending a glacier’s power than by strapping on boots and crampons and ascending its icy surface.

Your destination for the night is the coastal village Vík, home to the black sand beach Reynisfjara, frequently voted as one of the most beautiful non-tropical beaches in the world. Offshore you can observe the castle-like structure of the basalt sea stacks Reynisdrangar. Enjoy the local food or go souvenir shopping before calling it a day.

You will spend the night at an accommodation in Vík.


Day 4 - Skaftafell & Jokulsarlon with Ice Cave


12 Day Winter Package | Circle of Iceland & Snaefellsnes Peninsula


On your fourth day, get ready for one of the ultimate highlights of any Icelandic Ring Road adventure, as you travel across the black desert Mælifellssandur to arrive at Skaftafell—a unique nature reserve boasting of glaciers, waterfalls, forestry and steep mountains. Hiking enthusiast will love Skaftafell, as there is a myriad of trails and tracks available leading to beautiful natural wonders.

Next, you will pay a visit to the famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where massive icebergs that have broken off one of Vatnajökull’s outlet glaciers float in tranquil waters before drifting off to the Atlantic Ocean. This is a sight you will never forget, as well as the neighbouring Diamond Beach where chunks of ice glisten like gemstones on a blanket of black velvet sand.

Another adventure awaits you today if you opted for during booking; exploring a natural ice cave. These caves are formed each autumn and disappear come spring, so this is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The spectrum of colours inside the cave will leave you in awe as you move past the icy inlets and frozen sculptures that line the walls of this ethereal wonderland.

By the end of the day, you will find yourself in the town of Höfn, which is where you will spend the night.


Day 5 - The Wild Eastfjords & Egilsstadir


12 Day Winter Package | Circle of Iceland & Snaefellsnes Peninsula


Today it is time to leave the south behind and head to the Eastfjords, one of the most untouched regions of wilderness in Iceland. As you trail along the fjords, you can experience the tranquillity of the nesting mountains and resident wildlife. Perhaps you will even spot roaming herds of wild reindeer or the adorable Arctic fox in its white winter coat.

There are several stops to be made en route, such as the stretch of black sand in Breiðdalsvík, the small and charming fishing settlements that nest in the fjords, and the majestic gabbro mountain Vestrahorn.

You will spend the night in Egilsstaðir, a trading town on the banks of the river Lagarfljót. 


Day 6 - Lake Myvatn & Husavik Town


12 Day Winter Package | Circle of Iceland & Snaefellsnes Peninsula


Today you will head on to Lake Mývatn, a serene display of over 40 islets surrounded by pseudo-craters and mystic terrain. Highlights of the area include Dimmuborgir, a fortress of ghostly rock formations, and Námaskarð, where fumaroles, mud pools and sulphur pits rumble with geothermal activity.

A part of the day will be dedicated to visiting the captivating town of Húsavík. There you will learn about the local history and visit Húsavíkurkirkja, a picturesque farm church constructed over a century ago. You can also take a stroll around town to get acquainted with the locals or visit the charming country shops.

You will then head back to the Mývatn area where you will spend the night. The Northern Lights are even likelier to show up this far up north, so keep your eyes peeled and cameras ready. 


Day 7 - Trollaskagi Peninsula & Akureyri Town


12 Day Winter Package | Circle of Iceland & Snaefellsnes Peninsula


Today you will visit the historic village Siglufjörður on the Tröllaskagi Peninsula, where you can continue to immerse yourself in the local culture. You will also explore the farmlands of the Eyjafjörður fjord and learn about the agricultural history of Iceland.

The entire area is dotted with picturesque rivers and steep mountains, providing for plentiful photo opportunities that are sure to entice both nature photography enthusiasts and professionals.

Your final destination for the day is what the locals like to call the capital of the North; Akureyri. Lining the town are the finest skiing slopes in all the land, as well as a scenery of snow-capped mountains and deep fjords.

You can spend your night visiting the shops, cafés, restaurants and bars of this charming minuscule city. You will spend the night in Akureyri.


Day 8 - From Akureyri to Reykholt


12 Day Winter Package | Circle of Iceland & Snaefellsnes Peninsula


As you wake up breathing the fresh mountain air of Akureyri, you can continue to explore the many enchantments of the town, such as museums, boutiques or the town church. What is probably the most beloved ice cream parlour in all the land, Brynjuís, also calls this town home. Even in wintertime, Icelanders love to enjoy ice-cream, so do as the locals and try it out.

Once it is time to continue, you will make your way west to the village Reykholt in Borgarfjörður, an area rich in fascinating settlement history. Reykholt was the home of Snorri Sturluson, a poet, scholar, chieftain, writer of Sagas and arguably one of the most prominent figures of the Middle Ages. The landscapes of the fjord are just as magnificent as its history, and you’ll spend ample time exploring the marvels of the West.

You’ll spend the night in the area of Reykholt.


Day 9 - The Snaefellsnes Peninsula


12 Day Winter Package | Circle of Iceland & Snaefellsnes Peninsula


On day nine, you will find you’ve just about made a full circle in exploring the island of ice and fire. The destination for today is a fitting one, as it is the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, an area famed for boasting of such diverse Icelandic terrain that it is often dubbed ‘Iceland in minuscule’.

Tall cliffs, ancient fishing ports, black beaches, caves and coastal lines make up the landscape of the peninsula, crowned by the jewel of Snæfellsjökull—the volcano glacier that Jules Verne used as the subterranean entrance in his classic adventure novel 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth'.

The area is also home to Mt. Kirkjufell, decidedly the most photographed mountain in Iceland. Besides from sightseeing, you can also make time for a caving tour into Vatnshellir if you reserved a spot during your booking process. The cave in question is one of Iceland’s largest, and the underground dome that greets you inside will provide you with your very own Verne-esque adventure.

Finally, you will head back to Reykjavík 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 & Adventure Tours


12 Day Winter Package | Circle of Iceland & Snaefellsnes Peninsula


Welcome back to Reykjavík. As you have now circumnavigated the entire island, you can enjoy the open arms of the capital for an additional two days before your departure, so there will be no need for hectic last minute shopping or sightseeing.

How you spend these two city days is entirely up to you. The available adventures on hand, provided you reserve them during booking, are two thrilling experiences. One is to hop on a snowcat and venture into Langjökull Glacier through a man-made ice tunnel, and the other is to enjoy a panoramic view of Reykjavík City from a helicopter that takes you to the peak of Mt. Esja.

If you prefer to sightsee the city from within, there is no better way of doing so that by opting for a 48 hour City Card. This master key to the capital provides for free public transport and unlimited access to some of the city's museums and galleries, as well as the Reykjavík Family Park and Zoo and the delightful geothermal swimming pools that dot the city.

No matter how you choose to spend your day, you will spend the night at your accommodation in Reykjavík.


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 - Free Day in Reykjavik & City Sightseeing


12 Day Winter Package | Circle of Iceland & Snaefellsnes Peninsula


Day eleven will be your last full day, and again how you spend it is up to you. If you would like to get better associated with the wildlife of Iceland, you can choose to go on a whale watching tour from Reykjavík harbour, or a horse riding tour in the nearby countryside. The Icelandic horses are world-known for their gentle and friendly nature and getting acquainted with them is a genuine Icelandic experience. 

If you didn’t opt for the 48 hour City Card the previous day, you could book a 24 hour one for today. As well as including all the previously listed benefits, both cards also provide you with a discount in several of the city’s restaurants, shops and cafés, as well as additional tours that all set out from the city centre.

Spend your day shopping, sightseeing, adventuring or relaxing, before retreating to your city accommodation for 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 12 - Departure


12 Day Winter Package | Circle of Iceland & Snaefellsnes Peninsula


All adventures must come to an end, so say farewell to the city and catch your complimentary ride to the airport in time for your return flight.

If you didn't catch the Blue Lagoon when you arrive, now is the perfect time for a soak. Unwind in the warm azure waters of the lagoon before your flight so when you get back home, you'll be relaxed and rejuvenated. 

Have a safe journey home and know that Iceland will always be waiting for your return.


Accommodation

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 with others, but prefer a single room, please make separate bookings. 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 Hostel. 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 guest houses. 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.


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