Book this 14-day, 13-night winter tour package to see all the best sights along Iceland's Ring Road and the Snaefellsnes Peninsula with an expert local guide. You will have countless opportunities to hunt for the Northern Lights along the way and three days to fully explore the highlights of Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. This itinerary will give you an in-depth and comprehensive winter travel experience in Iceland, with two weeks to enjoy the natural and cultural beauty of the country.
This vacation package takes away all the hassle of arranging your own trip. All accommodation, excursions, airport transfers will be taken care of for you. You can add different experiences to customize your itinerary during the booking process.
On this trip, you'll visit all the famous places of Iceland, including the Golden Circle, the South Coast, the East Fjords, Lake Myvatn in the north, and the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Favorite locations such as Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, Mt. Kirkjufell, and many others will not be missed.
During your 14-day trip, you will have several days to discover Reykjavik's charm and the natural and cultural attractions of the world's northernmost capital. If you prefer nature, you can also choose to leave the capital for more unique Icelandic outdoor adventures, including snorkeling in the Silfra fissure, taking a super jeep tour to the central highlands, joining a helicopter tour, and exploring Iceland's mysterious natural ice caves.
This itinerary also provides plenty of opportunities for you to relax in the geothermal hot springs of Iceland, including the world-famous Blue Lagoon Spa.
Enjoy the most extensive winter holiday in Iceland as you travel around the island at a leisurely pace. Check availability by choosing a date and book your winter vacation to Iceland now!
You'll land at Keflavík International Airport, located in the middle of a lava field on the Reykjanes Peninsula in southwest Iceland. After collecting your bags, you'll board a bus that will take you through this barren lava field to Iceland's capital city, Reykjavík.
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 colors, 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.
If you are not too tired, you can take a short walk around the city after settling into your accommodations. But remember, you will have plenty of time to explore the city in the coming days, so you can also unwind after the long flight.
Today, you’ll get to relax in the azure waters of the Blue Lagoon, completely getting rid of any remaining jet lag and preparing yourself for the days ahead.
During the booking process, you can choose a morning or an afternoon departure to the lagoon. Visiting the Blue Lagoon is one of the most popular activities in Iceland, so there can be no guarantees regarding the time. However, your personal travel agent will do their very best to book a slot that best suits your holiday plans.
The mineral-rich waters of the Blue Lagoon promise to keep you warm on this winter’s day. Soaking your muscles in warm, geothermal waters and breathing in the cold air is one of the most authentic Icelandic experiences you can get. At the Blue Lagoon, you can also soothe your skin with a complimentary silica mud mask.
After your time at the lagoon, you can use the remainder of the day to stroll around the city. The downtown area offers a multitude of cafés, bars, and restaurants. You could try a traditional Icelandic meat soup or the country’s specialty - lamb hot dog.
Now your adventure on the road begins. You will be picked up in the morning and driven out of the city to Iceland’s most popular sightseeing route, the Golden Circle.
The first stop today is at Þingvellir National Park, the birthplace of Iceland’s parliament. Over a thousand years ago, Viking settlers would gather at the plains of Þingvellir to decide on legislation and dispense justice. These meetings laid the foundation for Iceland’s current parliament, Alþingi, making it the oldest parliament in the world.
Þingvellir is not only historically significant, but it is also a geological wonder. It is located on the boundaries of two tectonic plates that are slowly drifting apart. As these plates move, they tear up the landscape around, causing cracks and canyons throughout the region, giving the area a stunning and dramatic look.
Make sure you have your camera ready for your next stop, the erupting geysers of Haukadalur valley. Here you are bound to capture the perfect profile picture for your social media accounts because every 5-10 minutes, the geyser Strokkur will erupt in a 49-66 feet (15-20 meters) high water column. A selfie in front of Strokkur is a must when visiting Iceland.
The last stop on your route is the stunning waterfall Gullfoss. This is where you can see both Mother Nature’s power and beauty rolled into one as you watch freezing glacial water from the river Hvítá plummet down 105 feet (32 meters) into a canyon created in the last ice age.
If you wish to make this day even more memorable, you can add a horse riding tour during the booking process. Icelandic horses are known for their small stature, unique gaits, and gentle nature, and a riding tour through the frozen countryside is the perfect way to top off this day.
You will then head to your accommodations in the area. As you are traveling in the wintertime, make sure you keep your eye on the sky. You never know when the Northern Lights might appear.
After breakfast, it is time to hit the road again. Today, you’ll get to explore a few of the wonders of Iceland’s South Coast with the added option of partaking in an icy adventure.
Your first stop today is at the waterfall Seljalandsfoss. This is a tall, narrow, and beautiful cascade that in the winter day’s darkness is lit up by powerful spotlights, making it seem even more magical.
Next up is the equally impressive Skógafoss waterfall. This majestic feature falls 197 feet (60 meters) onto the land below, which is very flat, allowing those who dare to walk right up to the wall of water. Be careful, though, as this will make you wet.
As you travel the South Coast, you’ll see two majestic glaciers in the north. The first one, Eyjafjallajökull, caused quite a stir in 2010 when the volcano underneath it erupted, halting all European air traffic for a few days. But it is the second one, Mýrdalsjökull, that will capture your attention today.
If you opt to join during the booking process, you will stop at one of Mýrdalsjökull’s outlet glacier, Sólheimajökull, for a hike across the vast ice cap. During this excursion, you will trek past deep crevasses and jagged ridges, but you will be rewarded with incredible views of white and blue ice streaked with black from past volcanic eruptions.
At the end of the day, you will head to the village of Vík, which is located on the banks of Reynisfjara, a stunning black sand beach famous for the massive Reynisdrangar sea stacks that rise out of the ocean like petrified trolls.
Today you will travel across the black sand desert of Skeiðarársandur until you are greeted by the dramatic mountain ridges and white glaciers of Skaftafell Nature Reserve, found within Vatnajökull National Park.
The area is a hiker's paradise as multiple trails and tracks lead to stunning waterfalls, glacier tongues, and mountain peaks. You'll spend some time discovering the hidden treasures of Skaftafell before you'll be on your way in the search for 'The Crown Jewel of Iceland', Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.
Enormous icebergs which have broken off a nearby glacier float in serenity on the pristine lagoon. Keep an eye out for resident seals as you watch the bergs on their journey towards the ocean. Nearby is the Diamond Beach, where icebergs from the lagoon wash up on shore, glistening in the low sunlight like precious stones.
You will have the unique opportunity to explore an authentic ice cave today. If you are visiting between November and March, you will board a large super jeep at Jökulsárlón that will take you up Vatnajökull glacier where you can witness the vivid blue colors of the ancient ice inside the cave.
If, however, you are visiting outside these months, you will start your day with a visit to the Katla ice cave, where you'll step into the icy world of Mýrdalsjökull glacier. There you will witness the white ice streaked with ribbons of black ash from past volcanic eruptions.
You'll end the day at accommodations in the area. Remember to keep an eye out on the sky if it is clear of clouds. This is a great place to spot the elusive Northern Lights.
You'll be surrounded by nothing but beautiful nature today as you leave Höfn behind and enter the Eastfjords. To your west are jagged mountain ranges with the mighty Vatnajökull glacier watching over, and to your east are the eastern fjords with their black sand beaches and pounding waves of the Atlantic Ocean.
Aside from their spectacular beauty, the Eastfjords are also known for their diverse fauna; this is the only place in Iceland where you can see wild reindeer, seals are often seen on the beaches, and Arctic foxes are known to scutter about the area. So make sure you keep your eyes peeled today.
You'll be making many stops today, visiting a few of the quirky villages that dot the region, Iceland's largest forest Hallormsstaðaskógur, and the lake Lagarfljót, which is said to hold a terrible wyrm monster.
You will spend the night at accommodations in the area. As always, remember to check the sky for signs of the green, pink, and white Northern Lights before you go to bed.
As you continue further north, the rugged mountain ranges will lead to shallow valleys and open plains. Today, your destination is Akureyri via the area around Lake Mývatn, known for its diverse geothermal and volcanic scenery.
You will stop at Námaskarð pass with its scenery reminiscent of a post-apocalyptic film. The vast, barren land is filled with hissing steam vents, bubbling mud pots, and strange rock formations of gorgeous, otherworldly colors. Towering over the landscape is the tall, treeless mountain Námafjall.
Next up is the lava field of Dimmuborgir, where 2,000-year-old rock sculptures will greet you. In the low sunlight, these eerie, ice-covered shapes will create different shadows and silhouettes, leaving no question why this area is believed to be the home of trolls, elves, and other mythical creatures.
The Mývatn lake itself is a stunning sight. It is mostly frozen over in the winter, but the scenery is dominated by volcanic landforms, including lava pillars and rootless vents.
Today, you can opt for a dip in the warm, geothermal waters of the Mývatn Nature Baths. Often nicknamed 'The Blue Lagoon of the North', the Nature Baths are the perfect place to unwind and enjoy the view of the surrounding lava landscapes.
Before you reach Akureyri, you will stop at one of the country's most stunning waterfalls, Goðafoss or the 'Waterfall of the Gods'. Not only is its beauty fitting for celestial beings, but it is also a symbol for the Christianity of Iceland. In the year 1000 AD a pagan priest threw idols of his old gods into the waterfall in a tribute to Iceland's new religion.
You'll retire to Akureyri for the evening. Make sure to kook for the Northern dancing Lights in the evening.
Today you'll start your journey from Akureyri, also known as the 'Capital of the North'. Akureyri is the largest urban area outside the Capital Region and a bustling town filled with a robust cultural scene.
Your first stop of the day will be at the picturesque village of Hauganes, home to approximately 140 people. While here, you have the chance to opt-in for a whale-watching trip.
Whale-watching is one of the island's most popular tour activities. You'll have up-close access to creatures such as humpback and minke whales, white-beaked dolphins, and harbor porpoises. You will also get to see the surrounding, breathtaking mountain scenery, and coastal landscapes.
After Hauganes, you will visit Hvítserkur, a 49-foot (15-meter) high basalt rock stack. This wonder of nature towers over the shoreline and resembles an elephant or dragon bending down to drink.
You will then spend the night in Borganes.
Now it is time to explore all the wonderful sights in West Iceland. The region is steeped in both history and folklore. Today you will first be visiting the waterfalls, Hraunfossar and Barnafoss, both considered jewels in the west Iceland landscape. You'll be amazed by the trickling rivulets that stream from an ancient lava field, as well as by the aquamarine shade of Barnafoss' water.
En route, however, you will make a stop at Deildartunguhver, Europe's largest hot spring. The minerals in the water have colored the surrounding rocks and ground bright red. The steam coming from this mighty spring will surely keep you warm on a cold winter's day.
Then it is off to the village of Reykholt, which is the perfect place for history buffs and those who want to know more about Norse Mythology and early Vikings. It is the home of Snorrastofa, where the poet, lawmaker, and historian Snorri Sturluson lived during the Middle Ages. He was one of the most influential writers of his time, and without him, we would know much less about medieval northern European history than we do today.
Once again, you will spend your night near the village of Borganes.
On your last day on the road, you will explore the diverse sites on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. This 90 km stretch of land is filled with black pebble beaches, dramatic cliffs, silvery waterfalls, charming villages, and, at the edge, a majestic glacier.
You will stop at the stunning pyramid-shaped mountain Kirkjufell, by the town of Grundarfjörður. The nearby Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall only adds to the beauty of this location, and you will have your chance to capture 'Iceland's most photographed mountain' on film yourself.
At Djúpalónssandur beach, you will have to make your way through a maze of free-standing lava pillars and formations before you reach the smooth black pebbles that make up the shoreline. Scattered around the beach are the remains of a trawler that perished some 50 years ago just offshore, a stark reminder of how brutal Icelandic nature can be.
Today, watching over your journey is the mighty Snæfellsjökull glacier, which served as the entry to the underground adventure in Jules Verne's Journey to the Centre of the Earth. If you wish to have your subterranean journey, you're in luck as you will visit Vatnshellir lava cave and walk the path molten lava created thousands of years ago.
At the end of the day, you will return to Reykjavík after having completed the circle of Iceland. You will spend the next three nights in accommodations in the city.
Spend the day discovering Reykjavík city. You can walk around the place, visiting iconic landmarks such as Hallgrímskirkja church, Harpa Concert Hall, or the Parliament building.
If you are tired after your adventures on the road, then a visit to one of the city’s many geothermal swimming pools is highly recommended. And no, you don’t have to do any swimming. The main draw of the pools is the outside hot tubs where locals and visitors alike will soak aching muscles and talk about everything from the weather to politics.
If, however, you are in an adventurous mood, there are a few excursions you can take to satisfy this need.
First, you can take to the skies on a geothermal helicopter tour. There is no feeling like the one you get when the helicopter takes off, and you see the colorful houses of Reykjavík get smaller and smaller. You will fly over the city and land at a geothermal area nearby, where you are bound to capture another fantastic selfie for your social media pages.
If you’d rather stay on land, then you can opt for a super jeep tour to the Landmannalaugar area in the Highlands. Make sure you bring a bathing suit for this one as you will be able to relax in a natural hot spring surrounded by nothing but the barren wastelands of the Highlands.
Start your second day in the city like a local and visit one of Reykjavík's many bakeries. Try Iceland's specialty, snúður, a cinnamon-filled roll slathered in chocolate, caramel, or sugar glaze.
You could spend the day, for example, by immersing yourself in Icelandic history with a visit to some of Reykjavík's history museums such as the Árbær Open Air Museum, the Settlement Exhibition, and the National Museum of Iceland.
However, if you are the adventurous type, there are also a few options available to you. You can revisit Þingvellir National Park, this time for a swim between the two continents.
Silfra is one of the fissures created when the two tectonic plates drifted apart. It got filled with melted glacial water throughout the centuries, and it is now one of the most unique places in the world for a snorkeling tour. The glacial water provides unparalleled views, and the vivid colors found within the Silfra area are sure to mesmerize you.
You could also have some glacial adventures today at Langjökull, Iceland's second-largest glacier. Inside the glacier, an intricate tunnel system has been created, which provides you with a unique and fascinating opportunity to learn about glaciers as you travel through the bright blue hallways.
If, however, you feel the need for speed, you could also stay above ground and race across the white expanse of Langjökull on a snowmobile. This exciting activity is sure to get your adrenaline pumping and your heart racing.
Have an adventure in the city today. You can start the day like a local and head to the swimming pools before exploring memorial sites and museums, utilizing the city buses. The city buses allow you to explore not only Reykjavík itself but the greater capital area as well.
If you wish to learn more about Iceland's geology and zoology (including the many aquatic animals found in the ocean around the island), you should visit the Natural History Museum in the nearby Kópavogur town. Entry to the museum is free with the city card, and so is the bus ride there.
You could also opt for a ferry ride to Viðey, an island just off the shores of Reykjavík. There you will get a combination of spectacular views, historic ruins and beautiful art pieces such as Yoko Ono's famous 'Imagine Peace Tower' and Richard Serra's 'Milestones'.
In the evening, why not check out the city's famous nightlife or take a walk to the Grótta lighthouse in search of the Northern Lights?
Today is your last day in the land of fire and ice. If your flight leaves late, you could explore the city a little more, perhaps visit a shop or two for some fantastic souvenirs to bring back home. An excellent gift to bring to friends back home is Icelandic music which you can buy at record shops such as Lucky Records, 12 Tónar, or Smekkleysa, all found in the downtown area.
You could also buy Icelander’s favorite candy, licorice. Visitors to the country either love it or hate it, so why not try for yourself?
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 it is time to leave, you’ll board a bus that will take you again through the dark lava fields of the Reykjanes Peninsula, where you’ll find Keflavík International Airport.
Have a great flight and come back soon.
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.