Witness the winter wonderland of Iceland with this all-inclusive, immersive two-week vacation package. If you want to journey around the country’s entire Ring Road, explore the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, and embark on a diverse range of thrilling seasonal activities, this is the tour for you.
Over eight days, you will be escorted by a friendly, local guide around one of the world’s most beautiful countries, wrapped in its winter colors. You’ll be exposed to the landscapes and features that make Iceland so famous - such as its fjords, volcanoes, glaciers, and hot springs - as well as an array of hidden gems that few guests get to see.
For the remaining six days, you’ll be based in one of the world’s most quirky, cultural, and beautiful capitals, Reykjavík. During this time, you’ll still have plenty of opportunities to take some incredible tours out into nature, such as a super jeep trip to the Highlands, a helicopter tour over seething geothermal areas, and a thrilling snowmobiling excursion.
While much of Iceland’s appeal over winter comes from its landscapes of gleaming snow and features adorned in ice, most visitors come for two other reasons: to witness the Northern Lights and explore a crystal blue ice cave.
Considering you have thirteen nights in the country and seven in countryside hotels far from urban light pollution, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to marvel over the phenomenon of the aurora borealis. Furthermore, on the fifth day of your holiday, you’ll be guided through an ice cave and introduced to one of the world’s most unique and spectacular places.
One of the greatest draws of a winter vacation package to Iceland is that it takes all the stress out of your holiday. You’ll tailor your perfect trip while booking, selecting what tours to embark on and what level of accommodation you want, and the rest will be sorted for you before your arrival.
Furthermore, on this vacation package, you will be driven everywhere, meaning you don’t have to worry about navigating Iceland’s dark and icy winter roads.
Take the winter adventure of a lifetime around all of Iceland’s greatest sites with this two-week vacation package. Check availability by choosing a date.
Welcome to the wonderland that is Iceland in winter! You will land at the country’s only international airport, Keflavík, pass through customs, and find a shuttle bus waiting to take you to Reykjavík.
On your forty-minute journey to the capital, you’ll immediately be exposed to some incredible nature; your route goes along the Reykjanes Peninsula, a volcanic wonderland defined by dramatic coastlines, lunar lava fields, and jagged peaks.
Once you’ve been dropped off at your accommodation and settled in, now would be an excellent opportunity to get to know the capital. Reykjavík is a beautiful city, particularly when covered in snow, and boasts a range of attractions from fascinating museums to lively bars, spectacular architecture to isolated nature spots.
If you have energy after your travels and the sky is clear, feel free to head to one of the city’s dark corners after nightfall in the hope of your first glimpse of the Northern Lights.
On day two, you will get to immerse yourself in what is potentially Iceland’s most famous attraction: the Blue Lagoon.
Located on the Reykjanes Peninsula, this geothermal spa is renowned for its vivid blue waters. It contains algae and beneficial bacteria found nowhere else on earth. It is also rich in therapeutic minerals such as silica. It has an international reputation for its medicinal qualities, healing issues of the mind, body, and soul.
With a comfort entrance, you’ll be granted access to the pools, saunas, steam rooms, and silica masks on-site, allowing you to rejuvenate from your travels and fortify yourself for the journey ahead.
Those seeking a little more luxury, meanwhile, could organize a premium entrance, which grants you a bathrobe, slippers, an extra therapy mask, and a complimentary glass of sparkling wine if you dine at the lagoon’s excellent Lava Restaurant.
As well as the type of admission you’ll book, you can choose to have a morning or afternoon trip based on the desires of your group.
After your luxurious time unwinding in the Blue Lagoon spa, you’ll return to Reykavík. Feel free to check out one of the lively bars, wander around the striking landmarks, or marvel over a local gallery, but be sure you don’t stay out too late. Your eight-day adventure around Iceland’s Ring Road starts tomorrow.
Before retiring on your second night, it is possible to go on an excursion that will truly enforce the primordial power and breathtaking beauty of Iceland upon your memory; a hiking trip to the Fagradalsfjall volcano. Under the protection of an experienced guide, you will trek through the spectacular landscapes of Reykjanes Peninsula to the eruption site, where jets of fire burst from craters and lava runs in gleaming rivers of orange. Nothing in the world compares to watching a volcanic eruption live, so be sure to grab this opportunity while it lasts.
On the third day of your two-week winter vacation in Iceland, you will set out on the Golden Circle sightseeing route to witness a diverse array of spectacular sites.
You'll be picked up in the morning by the friendly, knowledgeable guide that will escort you around the country. After introductions, you'll leave the capital and enter the spectacular nature of southwest Iceland.
The first major site on the Golden Circle is Þingvellir, one of Iceland's three National Parks (all of which you will visit on this all-inclusive vacation). To enter the park, you will drive down a cliff face that marks the edge of the North American tectonic plate, with the Eurasian tectonic plate visible a few miles away. Your exploration here will be conducted directly between the continents.
Þingvellir is a beautiful place, with forests, lava fields, ravines, and crystal-clear springs framed by mountains, volcanoes, and the country's largest natural lake. What makes this site even more fascinating is its history, being the original location of the country's National Assembly over a millennium ago.
Leaving Þingvellir, you will next head to the Geysir Geothermal Area, a hotbed of volcanic activity. Bubbling springs, steaming vents, and vividly colored soil stained by the elements brought up from the earth's core. All make this a wonderful place to stroll, but, of course, the main appeal here is the geysers.
Strokkur is the most active on-site; every five to ten minutes, it blasts a column of water high into the air, often exceeding 66 feet (20 meters). While beautiful year-round, Strokkur is particularly dramatic in winter due to how the cold air reacts with the hot steam, exaggerating each eruption.
Finally, you will come to Gullfoss. Iceland is world-famous for its diverse and spectacular waterfalls, but none are more renowned than this one. Gushing down two steps into an ancient canyon framed by stunning ice formations, it is a wonderful site that you can behold from several platforms.
If you want to add a classic Icelandic adventure to today, make sure you book the horse-riding option when organizing your trip. Icelandic horses may be smaller than most other breeds, but they are internationally recognized for their intelligence and friendliness, as well as their unique gait, the tölt.
After a fantastic introduction to Iceland's nature, you will retire for the night in the area. As you will be in a countryside hotel, there will be little light pollution, maximizing your chances of seeing the auroras.
On day four of your fourteen-day winter holiday to Iceland, your guide will take you to the Ring Road, and you’ll begin your circumnavigation of the country. First up is the South Coast, a stretch lined with diverse and breathtaking features.
The first major site on this route is the gentle waterfall of Seljalandsfoss. 197-foot (60-meter) tall, it falls before an enormous cavern, which not only provides a spectacular image but some unique angles to view it from.
As you travel further along the road, you’ll catch glimpses of the magnificent glaciers of Mýrdalsjökull, the third-largest in the country, and Eyjafjallajökull, which notoriously erupted in 2010. You can detour to one of the tongues of the former for a glacier hiking tour.
Sólheimajökull is a stunning outlet, and you’ll be provided with all the equipment you need to scale it safely. To witness the crevasses and formations of an ice cap up close is a fantastic experience, and the views from its heights are simply breathtaking.
The next major attraction is another waterfall, Skógafoss. Just as tall as Seljalandsfoss, it is far more powerful, thundering to the ground with spectacular force. In sunny weather, its enormous blooms of spray are renowned for casting off stunning rainbows.
After marveling over its force, you’ll continue along the Ring Road to the beach of Reynisfjara. This area is famous for its haunting, otherworldly black sands, enormous waves, and fascinating coastal geology.
Reynisdrangar is most notable; two towering sea stacks, in legend they are said to be petrified trolls. Just to the east, you’ll also see the vast rock arch of Dyrhólaey, which is large enough for ships to sail beneath.
You’ll retire at the village of Vík, which sits adjacent to Reynisfjara, for the night.
On day five of your epic road trip around Iceland, you will drive further along the South Coast to the wonders of Vatnajökull National Park, named after its central glacier, the largest in Europe.
Today, all three of your destinations are unbelievably spectacular: the Skaftafell Nature Reserve, the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, and the crystal blue ice cave.
The Skaftafell Nature Reserve was once a National Park in its own right because of its diverse beauty. It is framed by gleaming glacier tongues, some of which have lagoons and filled with forest, lava fields, and rivers.
Many hiking trails run through the area, the most famous of which leads to Svartifoss waterfall, which tumbles among black columns of hexagonal basalt.
Jökulsárlón, meanwhile, is the country’s largest and most spectacular glacier lagoon. It is filled with icebergs that tower above the water, beautiful shimmering shades of blue and white, and veined with ash from past eruptions. Hours can be spent on the shores here, marveling over the way they rotate and break apart as they make their long journey to the ocean.
When they finally reach the sea, they wash up on the nearby shoreline, nicknamed the Diamond Beach for the mesmerizing way the ice contrasts with the black sands.
After these fantastical locations, the time will finally have come for you to embark on your adventure into a crystal blue ice cave if you elect to partake when booking. You’ll be driven to a remote corner of Vatnajökull glacier, dressed up in all the appropriate gear, and led into one of the world’s most otherworldly places.
The vivid coloration, the way the light refracts through the ice, and the otherworldly textures make the glacier caves the most inviting winter attraction Iceland offers. Keep your camera in hand, but be sure to appreciate the moment, as no photograph can truly reflect this spectacular experience.
After this unforgettable exploration, you’ll retire for the night in southeast Iceland.
On day six of your fortnight in Iceland, you will depart the South Coast to enjoy a breathtaking exploration of the East Fjords.
Due to its distance from Reykjavík, this is a region very few guests get to visit. Though unfortunate for them, due to the fact they miss such beauty, this is great for you as you’ll be able to marvel over the sites far from the crowds.
The first major attractions you will come to are the dramatic mountains of Vestrahorn and Eystrahorn, composed of dark gabbro rock and boast jagged peaks. After marveling over these, you’ll begin to navigate around the spectacular East Fjords.
Its deep, winding bays define this region - towering mountains, views of Vatnajökull glacier, tiny fishing villages, and abundant wildlife. The cliffs, even in winter, have an abundance of birds, the waters are home to seals, and the east is the only part of the country where you can find herds of roaming reindeer.
You’ll make plenty of stops en route, at sites steeped in folklore and viewing points with magnificent surroundings. Furthermore, many of the villages you’ll visit are classic examples of Iceland’s old way of life and great places to get in touch with the culture.
At the end of the day, you’ll retire in the largest town in the region, the beautiful settlement of Egillstaðir.
To mark the halfway point of your fourteen-day holiday to Iceland, you will travel across the beautiful northern reaches of Vatnajökull National Park to enter the stark geothermal wonderland of north Iceland.
Your first major stop will be at the barren Námaskarð Pass. Here, on a mountain plateau, are a row of fuming steam vents pouring columns of steam into the sky; the air is sulfuric, and there are no signs of life around, revealing the intensive power of Iceland’s volcanic forces.
After that, you will head to the Dimmuborgir lava fortress, a dramatic basalt landmark filled with towering rock formations and hidden caves. Not only is this a beautiful place in and of itself, but it is also steeped in folklore, said to be the home of Iceland’s notorious Christmas Trolls and their child-eating mother.
In winter, Dimmuborgir is an especially great place to visit for Game of Thrones fans, as it was used as the main shooting location for Mance Raider’s Wildling camp.
Finally, you will reach the most famous part of the north, Lake Mývatn. Contrasting with the barrenness of Námaskarð and Dimmuborgir, this area is much more serene and blooming with life; if you travel outside of midwinter, you are likely to see an abundance of unique flora and a wealth of birds in the waters.
Adding even more beauty to the region are the strange geological marvels that can be found around every corner. Pillars of basalt stand tall from the frozen waters, and rows of curiously formed pseudocraters hug some of the lakes’ shores.
After a day of exploring these incredible north Iceland sites, you have the option of basking in the Mývatn Nature Baths, another geothermal spa with spectacular surroundings, a wealth of amenities, and restorative qualities in its rejuvenating waters.
You’ll then be escorted to the ‘Capital of the North’, Akureyri. This cultural hotspot has all a traveler could ask for, with boutiques, restaurants, bars, great architecture, and stunning views of Eyjafjörður fjord. See if you can catch another glimpse of the aurora borealis before retiring.
On your eighth day in Iceland, you will make the most of being in the stunning region of north Iceland before making your way to the west.
After departing Akureyri, you will travel up Eyjafjörður a little to see the many tiny villages that dot the coast. You will stop at one of these, Hauganes, which is world-renowned for its incredible whale watching.
Though most great whales will have migrated south for the winter, there is always the chance to see a few stragglers. Even if not, you have a great chance to see dolphins, porpoises, and even seldom seen creatures such as the mighty Orca and elusive Beluga.
Close to Hauganes is another quaint village, called Árskógssandur, where you enjoy an alternative activity: a bask in the Beer Spa. You’ll bathe in a tub of young beer, which, as unusual as it seems, is said to do wonders for the skin. Those who are twenty and over can even enjoy a pint while they unwind.
Following one of these two outstanding experiences, you will make your way out of north Iceland, returning to the Ring Road to travel west. This journey will take you through beautiful, ever-changing landscapes, and you’ll be able to stop off en route for refreshments and to admire some local sites.
You’ll finally reach the historic settlement of Borgarnes, where you will retire for the night. Because this town is surrounded by the coast, there will be plenty of dark spots perfect for aurora watching.
On the ninth day of your Icelandic winter holiday, you will further explore the beautiful sites of the west. Borgarnes is such a site in itself; it has beautiful views of the surrounding nature, the country’s most beloved ice cream parlor, and the Settlement Centre, which discusses the discovery of Iceland and how it was first populated.
In terms of the natural attractions you’ll be driven to, two of the most popular are waterfalls just a short walk apart. Despite this, they are radically different.
Hraunfossar is spaced across a shelf of lava, with the water running in gentle rivulets through it, making a serene site. Barnafoss, meanwhile, is a rapid fall rushing through a narrow gorge, thus forming quite the dramatic contrast. Barnafoss also has a tragic legend associated with it, which you can read about on-site.
Next, you will head to the highest flowing hot spring in all of Europe, Deildartunghver. Here, you can marvel further over the intense volcanic activity Iceland boasts by watching the water and steam bloom from the depths of the earth.
Your final major site today will be the village of Reykholt. Tiny and quaint, few would assume its vital role in Iceland’s history, being home to one of the country’s most culturally significant people, Snorri Sturluson. Snorri’s works on the Old Norse Religion and lineages of European monarchs fill massive gaps in world history that would otherwise be lost to time.
Furthermore, Snorri Sturluson played a pivotal role in Iceland’s civil war, which ultimately ended up with the free commonwealth bowing to the Norwegian king.
At the end of the day, you will spend another night in Borgarnes, ready for your adventure on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula tomorrow.
Today, you will spend your last day on the road to explore a peninsula so diverse and packed with attractions that it is often named ‘Iceland in Miniature’: Snæfellsnes. As this epithet implies, many of your favorite Icelandic features will be covered as you travel.
Starting on the eastern side of the peninsula’s southern shore, you will first come to the cliffs of Gerðuberg. This site boasts rare hexagonal columns formed in perfect alignment to the extent that they appear to be chiseled by hand; this rare phenomenon only occurs under rare volcanic circumstances.
Next, you will come to the beach of Ytri-Tunga, which is one of the country’s most reliable places for seal-watching. Just offshore, you are more than likely to see a few relaxing on the rocks or frolicking in the surrounding waters.
Continuing along the road, you’ll pass through the windswept abandoned village of Búðir, before coming to the dramatic mountainside cleft of Rauðfeldsgjá. After these sites, you will enter Snæfellsjökull National Park, which covers the tip of the peninsula.
Though this park has a wealth of attractions, all sit in the shadow of its most prominent feature and namesake, the Snæfellsjökull subglacial volcano. Renowned for its twin peaks and its role in literature, such as Jules Verne’s novel ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’, this is one of the country’s most defining and spectacular phenomena.
The road encircling Snæfellsnes winds all around this glacier, allowing you to witness it from many angles.
The first sites in the National Park that you will come to aside from the glacier are the villages of Arnarstapi and Hellnar. Arnarstapi is still a lively fishing town, though Hellnar, like Buðir, has a haunting air of abandonment after it was all but deserted last century.
The next major site is Lóndrangar, an enormous basalt plug that towers off the coast and is a haven for birdlife.
Before leaving the park, you may wish to embark on a thrilling lava caving excursion into Viðgelmir cave. Though easier to navigate than some of the country’s narrower tunnels, this is still an exciting adventure where you will be able to marvel over the vivid colors and bizarre formations of the subterranean world beneath Iceland’s surface.
As you travel the northern side of the peninsula, you will be exposed to incredible views of the islands of Breiðafjörður Bay, and if the weather is clear, the spectacular Westfjords. You’ll pass through some more beautiful fishing villages before reaching Kirkjufell mountain.
Shaped like a pyramid and standing alone on the coast by a quaint waterfall, this feature is often called the most photographed mountain in Iceland. Due to its dramatic beauty, it was featured in the seventh season of Game of Thrones as a pivotal location North of the Wall.
The final site you’ll see on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula is the Berserkjahraun lava field, a haunting stretch with a dramatic and dark history.
After a day packed with adventure, you’ll return at last to Reykjavík for the night.
On day eleven of your fortnight in Iceland, you'll wake up in the bustling capital of Iceland with a wealth of options before you. Considering the once-in-a-lifetime journey you have just experienced, you may just want a relaxed day in town. Otherwise, however, there are two thrilling adventures you can embark upon.
The first choice is to take a helicopter tour over the geothermal areas that surround Reykjavík. From the domestic airport, you'll enjoy a thrilling takeoff and witness the landmarks of the capital shrink before you. So long as they aren't covered in snow, you'll also be able to marvel over the patchwork quilt colorful tin roofs that help give the city its distinctive character.
You'll then fly over the surrounding landscapes for a fantastic new perspective over Iceland. Conditions allowing, you'll also make a quick landing on a mountaintop, where you can disembark and have your breath taken away by the country's beauty.
An alternate tour is a super jeep trip to the Highland area of Landmannalaugar. Due to Iceland's winter conditions, this entire region is usually inaccessible in this season, allowing you to have once again an experience most other guests to Iceland overlook.
Landmannalaguar is defined by its brightly colored rhyolite mountains, dramatic surrounding craters, and bubbling hot springs nestled right in nature. You'll be able to bathe in one of these springs as part of your trip without the crowds that usually fill them during summer.
Regardless of how you spend your day, you'll hopefully still have some energy to seek out the Northern Lights in a dark, cloudless spot before retiring.
On day twelve of your fortnight in Iceland, you, once again, have the choice between spending the day exploring the quaint and quirky streets of Reykjavík or taking an exciting tour out into the surrounding nature. In terms of the latter, you have three equally enticing options.
The first of these is a snorkeling tour. You will return to Þingvellir National Park, which you visited on your third day, to one of the aforementioned ravines, Silfra. Within this is a crystal clear spring flowing towards Lake Þingvallavatn, where the visibility exceeds 328 feet (100 meters) and the blues are unbelievably vivid.
While jumping into unheated water may seem like the least appealing idea possible in Iceland’s winter, you’ll be provided with insulating undersuits and drysuits to stave away the cold. Furthermore, the equipment is very buoyant, and there is a gentle current through Silfra, making this a surprisingly relaxing experience.
Your second option is a snowmobiling excursion. You’ll be picked up from Reykjavík and whisked to the second largest glacier in the country, Langjökull. Here, you’ll board your snowmobile and set out on a thrilling adventure across the ice, allowing you to get your adrenaline pumping, to see a glacier up close, and to expose yourself to some incredible views.
The third tour on offer introduces you to Langjökull glacier in a less conventional way, visiting the Ice Tunnel. Carved by hand and machine into the glacier’s peak, this is the only man-made ice cave in the world. A massive super-jeep will take you there, and a guide will show you its spectacular corridors and chambers, some of which have been used for concerts and weddings.
After either getting to know Reykjavík better or taking a fantastic excursion, you’ll retire for the night in the capital.
On the penultimate day of your two-week winter vacation in Iceland, you'll be based in Reykjavík. As noted, there is plenty to do in the city, with something to appeal to everyone.
Those with an appreciation for architecture should visit landmarks such as Hallgrímskirkjá church, the Harpa Concert Hall, and the turf houses at Árbær. Art-lovers, meanwhile, will find incredible public sculptures such as the Sun Voyager and plentiful pieces of street art, not to mention countless galleries around the capital.
Reykjavík also has museums that tailor to all interests. Animal-lovers can visit the Whales of Iceland museum; those with a passion for music should check out the Punk Museum; those interested in folklore could visit the Saga Museum; history buffs should check out the Settlement Exhibition.
If you want to continue to experience Iceland's nature, there are many parks and reserves in the city, such as Seltjarnarnes. At Perlan, you can learn in-depth about Iceland's landscapes and phenomena with some fascinating interactive displays.
Furthermore, city buses connect to many beautiful places outside the city, such as Mount Esjan and the Reykjadalur hot spring valley.
Considering you have spent so much time out in the country's nature, you may instead want to head to the main shopping street of Laugavegur for some retail therapy in the many boutiques.
Those who want to unwind should check out the city's pools. Laugardalslaug is the biggest in the country, with slides, saunas, and hot tubs, although all others are just as appealing and a great place to meet the locals.
As tonight is your last in Iceland, be sure to find a spot away from the city lights for your final aurora viewing before retiring (or visiting one of the city's lively bars).
Today is the final day of your holiday, but you can leave knowing that you made the most of every opportunity Iceland in winter has to offer.
In good time for your flight, you’ll be picked up in a shuttle bus or private car if you choose one while booking and whisked back along the Reykjanes Peninsula to the airport. Again, be sure to keep your eyes peeled out the windows for your final glimpses of Iceland’s spectacular volcanic landscapes.
Of course, if you have a late departure, you can make the most of your last hours in the city, heading to any sites you missed or particularly enjoyed visiting.
We hope you have a safe flight home and come back again in the summer!
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.
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.