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Northern Lights & Wintry Landscape | 15 Day Ring Road Package with Snaefellsnes

Northern Lights & Wintry Landscape | 15 Day Ring Road Package with Snaefellsnes

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Fully customizable
24/7 customer support
Tour starts
Keflavík Airport, Flexible
Duration
15 days
Languages
English
Difficulty
Easy
Available
Aug. - Apr.
Minimum age:
8 years old

Dive into the wonders of Iceland by joining this 15-day package around the country. On this adventure, you’ll be driven around the entire Ring Road, with added stops at the Blue Lagoon and Snæfellnes Peninsula, all without worrying about organising accommodations, extra activities or driving. Those looking for a comfortable way to discover the beautiful Icelandic nature need to look no further.

Amongst the highlights of Iceland you will see, are the sites of the famous Golden Circle, the stunning Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon on the South Coast, the remote Eastfjords, and the otherworldly Lake Mývatn area in the North.

During the booking process, you will have the option to add on a wealth of diverse excursions, all at a discounted price, including whale-watching, horseback riding, and snowmobiling. Of course, you will also get plenty of time to enjoy the history, art and attractions of the country’s capital, Reykjavík as you'll spend 7 nights in this vibrant city.

This package is available from September to April, meaning that you will avoid the majority of the crowds that come in the height of summer, and have a chance to hunt for the Northern Lights every night.

Come along on this fantastic journey. Whether travelling to Iceland for adventure, serenity, culture or nature, the 15-day winter package will not disappoint. Check availability by choosing a date.

Included

Airport transfer on arrival/departure
7 nights of accommodation in Reykjavík (different levels available; breakfast not included for Super Budget or Budget levels; breakfast included for Comfort and Quality levels; more detailed info below)
8 day small group guided minibus tour of the ring road of Iceland and Snæfellsnes Peninsula
7 night of accommodation in various country hotels (breakfast included & private bathroom)
Airport transfer on arrival/departure
Detailed Itinerary with fun and practical information on the nature, history and culture of Iceland
Hands-on travel agent to oversee your itinerary
Northern Lights spotting
Taxes

Activities

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

Attractions

Blue Lagoon
Golden Circle
North Iceland
Reykjavík
Akureyri
Jökulsárlón
Vatnajökull
Mývatn
Dimmuborgir
Goðafoss
Snæfellsjökull
Skógafoss
Seljalandsfoss
Geysir
Gullfoss
Eyjafjallajökull
Þingvellir
Hraunfossar
Deildartunguhver
Strokkur
Snæfellsnes
Reykjanes
Sólheimajökull
Mýrdalsjökull
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Reykholt
Borgarnes
Barnafoss
Langjökull
Vík í Mýrdal
Egilsstaðir
Keflavik International Airport
Kirkjufell
Reynisdrangar
Námaskarð
Lóndrangar
Djúpalónssandur
South Coast
Diamond Beach
East Fjords

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Harpa Concert Hall is one of the most defining building of Iceland's capital city.

Arrival

On the first day of your Icelandic holiday, you will arrive at Keflavík International Airport and take a bus to your hotel in Reykjavík. Here, you can unpack, refresh from your travels, then spend the rest of the day getting to know the capital.

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 colours 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.

Don’t feel pressured to fit as much as you can into today, as you’ll have plenty of time to explore the city before the end of your vacation. But to fill your time today, you can take a stroll down Laugavegur shopping street and explore the many shops, cafés and restaurant found on this strip.

Day 2
Snow-covered Reykjavík city.

Blue Lagoon & Reykjavik

On Day 2, you have the opportunity to visit the world famous Blue Lagoon Spa. This luxurious resort has geothermal pools of aquamarine water, saunas, steam-rooms, facilities for children, and therapy treatments. All guests are welcome to put on masks of silica mud, said to bear healing properties.

During the booking process, you can choose between a morning or an afternoon departure.  The lagoon is in high demand and so the exact time cannot be guaranteed but your travel planner will do their best to find a time that suits your holiday plan.

You can then spend the rest of the day exploring Reykjavík’s cultural and architectural sites.

Day 3
Gullfoss, on the Golden Circle, is pictured under the Northern Lights in winter.

The Golden Circle

Today, you will begin your journey around Iceland, starting with visits to its three most popular sites on a route called the Golden Circle.

The first stop on this trail is Þingvellir, one of the three National Parks in Iceland, all of which you will visit. This location has spectacular geology, due to the fact that it is located right between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates.

The walls of these plates are visible within the park, and their movements, as they pull apart, have ripped open many ravines, that have since filled with spring water. Þingvellir’s history is as interesting as its geography, as it was the original location of Iceland’s still-ongoing parliament, formed in 930 AD.

Geysir is the second stop on the Golden Circle. This is a geothermal area named after, as can be presumed, the geysers within in. The area’s main attraction, the geyser Strokkur, goes off every five to ten minutes, shooting water over 20 metres into the air. The surrounding area has many hot springs and fumaroles that can be admired as you wait for an eruption.

Gullfoss is the final stop of the Golden Circle. Its name translates to ‘the Golden Waterfall’, with several theories speculating as to why; some attribute it to the waters milky hue, that looks golden in the sunset, while others claim it regards a legend about lost treasure.

Either way, the two-steeped waterfall is beautiful to behold, throwing out rainbows from its mist in the sun, and plastering ice over the rocks around it in winter.

If you wish to add some adventure into this day of sightseeing, you may elect to join a horseback riding tour while booking. Icelandic horses are adorable, intelligent, curious creatures and the opportunity to explore the countryside on the back of one should not be overlooked.

You will then spend the night in a country hotel in the area. Make sure you keep an eye out on the sky for a chance to witness the beautiful Northern Lights in action.

Day 4
Seljalandsfoss waterfall on the South Coast, pictured here blanketed in snow.

The South Coast

On Day 4, you’ll start to explore the South Coast of Iceland as you begin your circle around the country.

Today’s journey will take you past a wealth of natural sites. The first are two waterfalls: Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. The former is narrow, falling from a height of 60 metres, over a concave cliff. In decent weather, it is possible to fully encircle the falls for some amazing views out on the South Coast.

Skógafoss, on the other hand, is more powerful. It the same height as Seljalandsfoss but with a width of up to 20 metres. The land underneath is very flat, allowing you to walk right up to the curtain of water. 

These waterfalls sit in the shadows of two mighty glaciers, Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. Both of these can be seen in clear weather, and both conceal powerful volcanoes. If you so chose, you will take part in a glacier hiking tour on one of the tongues of Mýrdalsjökull, Sólheimajökull. This adventure will reveal to you the dramatic landscape of an ice cap, and some incredible views of the surrounding area.

The South Coast has even more attractions a little further along like Reynisfjara beach, a beautiful stretch of black sands with views of the dramatic rock pillars Reynisdrangar. From the beach, you will have a fantastic view of the Dyrhólaey Cliffs, home to an enormous rock arch large enough for ships to sail through (even a few intrepid pilots have flown through it).

You will reside for the night in or near the beautiful village of Vík.

Day 5
The ice caves in south east Iceland are only open in the depths of winter.

Vatnajokull National Park and Ice Caves

On your fifth day, you will complete the South Coast of Iceland, ending in the realm of Europe's largest glacier, Vatnajökull. This route will take you into Iceland’s largest National Park,  named after said glacier.

As you drive through the dark desert sands of the South Coast, the white glacier tongues of Vatnajökull will begin to appear over the horizon. You'll continue east, passing the many glacier tongues of Vatnajökull as you make your way to one of Iceland's most beautiful locations, Jökulsárlón.

Jökusárlón is Iceland’s largest glacier lagoon and deepest lake. Here, hundreds of enormous icebergs break free from a glacier tongue and slowly cruise their way towards the ocean. To add further to the beauty of this location, seals can often be found swimming in the waters.

Adjacent to the glacier lagoon is the Diamond Beach, where some of these icebergs wash up on the black sands where they glisten in the low sunlight like precious gemstones.

If travelling in April, September or October, you have the chance to start this day with an exploration of an ice cave in Mýrdalsjökull, called the Katla ice cave. If travelling between November and March, you can finish the day with a visit to the crystal ice caves, underneath Vatnajökull glacier.

Day 6
Vestrahorn mountain in East Iceland in front of the roaring waves of the Atlantic Ocean.

The Eastfjords

On your sixth day, you will explore one of the most remote and untouched regions of Iceland, the Eastfjords.

The Eastfjords are defined by their sparkling bays, quaint fishing villages, and dramatic mountains. They are also notable for their wealth of wildlife. Reindeer can be seen roaming in herds in this region after running wild in the summer up in the highlands, and the waters are pregnant with seabirds.

After taking in the marvellous views and stopping for many photo opportunities, you will end the day in the largest town of the east, Egilsstaðir. This cultural hub sits on the bays of the beautiful lake Lagarfljót, which is said to hold a monster within it, records of which date back further than that of Nessie.

You will then spend the night in Egilsstaðir or in one of the lovely towns of the Eastfjords. 

Day 7
Námaskarð Pass is a geothermal area, pictured here in winter under the Northern Lights.

Lake Myvatn and Akureyri

On Day 7, you will be travelling northwest to explore the Lake Mývatn region where you'll find the sites Námaskarð Pass and Dimmuborgir lava fields.

The former is a geothermal area filled with bubbling mud pools and steaming fumaroles. The ground has been coloured with the minerals from the ground, giving the whole area an otherworldly look.

Incredibly geology can be found nearby at Dimmuborgir, otherwise called 'the Lava Fortress' due to its scale and formation. This location was used in the Game of Thrones series to represent Mance Raider’s Wildling camp, and in Icelandic folklore, is said to be the home of the ‘Yule Lads’, or the thirteen Icelandic Santa Clauses.

If you wish to add a little warmth and luxury to this day, the Mývatn Nature Baths are a great option. You'll soak in the mineral-rich waters surrounded by the fantastic views of the Lake Mývatn area, in what is known by the locals as 'The Blue Lagoon of the North'.

En route to Akureyri, you will pass one of Iceland’s most historically important waterfalls, Goðafoss. In 1000 AD, the Lawspeaker of Iceland threw his idols of the Old Norse Gods into the waters here to symbol the nation’s conversion to Christianity. It has been named ‘the Waterfall of the Gods’ since.

You will then spend the night in Akureyri. 

Day 8
The impressive Hvitserkur rock stack.

Hauganes and Hvitserkur

On your eighth day, you will continue from Iceland's unofficial northern capital to the quaint village of Hauganes, one of the most picturesque and scenic settlements in the north. Here, you will have the opportunity to partake in one of two exciting tours. 

The first option is whale watching. Hauganes is home to one of the oldest whale watching operators in Iceland, leaving you in expert hands as you embark off shore in search of these gentle giants. With over twenty cetacean species in Icelandic waters, you're sure to be amazed by these animals in their wild habitat.

Alternatively, you could choose to visit the Beer Spa, known not only for its unique approach to luxurious relaxation, but also its prized restaurant and bar. For foodies, this is one stop you will not want to miss. Your final stop of the day will be at the fifteen metre high rock stack, Hvitserkur, known as the "Troll of the Northwest" thanks to its animal-like stance over the ocean. 

You will spend the night in Borgarnes. 

Day 9
Icelandic horses in the wintertime.

West Iceland

On your ninth day, you will set off from Borganes to further explore the west. You will first drive through the stunning scenery of the Borgarfjordur region, where you'll pass towering mountains, wide valleys and a few Icelandic horses.

West Iceland is the home of to the highest flowing hot spring in Europe, Deildartunguhver. The water from Deildartunguhver is used to heat up two neighbouring towns, Akranes and Borgarnes. 

You will also stop by the historic settlement of Reykholt. This settlement is a historical centre, as it was the home of legendary writer, chieftain and historian, Snorri Sturluson. There is a museum in the village on his life and works.

You will spend the evening, once again, in Borgarnes, where you can relax in hot tubs and look out for the Northern Lights above. 

Day 10
On a still winter day in Iceland, Mount Kirkjufell reflects beautifully in the sea.

The Snaefellsnes Peninsula

On Day 10, you will have the opportunity to immerse yourself in the wonders of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. This region is often called 'Iceland in Miniature', as it has a wide array of different sites along its 90-kilometre stretch.

The most notable feature of the peninsula is Mount Kirkjufell, a pyramid-shaped peak with a picturesque adjacent waterfall. You will stop by this impressive feature to capture its beauty, and that of the nearby waterfall, on film.

You will stop at the picturesque Djúpalónssandur beach where, after following a path through free-standing lava pillars, you will find a beautiful stretch of shoreline filled with smooth black pebbles and the remains of a trawler that perished in the ocean some 50 years ago.

Snæfellsjökull, the glacier and volcano that sits at the tip of the peninsula, forms a magnificent backdrop to many surrounding sites. This glacier has inspired literature for centuries, most notably in Jules Verne’s ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’, and is now protected within a National Park of its own name.

If you wish to have your very own subterranean adventure, you can opt for a tour to Vatnshellir cave, a 200-metre long lava tube which reaches 35 metres underground. You'll follow a path that melted lava created thousands of years ago, seeing the strange rock formation and colourisation it left behind.

After a day packed full of adventure, you will return to Reykjavík.

Day 11
Snow-capped hills in the Landmannalaugar area in the Highlands.

Free Day in Reykjavik

Day 11 will be your first of four consecutive days in Reykjavík, and there are many ways you can enjoy it. You may, for example, want to add a bit more adventure to your holiday, and there are two optional tours you can choose from during the booking process, both at a discounted price.

The first of these is a helicopter ride over the capital and its surrounding geothermal landscapes. Iceland’s landscapes, as you will have seen over the past ten days, are spectacular, but to see them from above is a unique, exhilarating and incredibly rewarding experience.

Alternatively, you could take a super jeep tour into the Highland region of Landmannalaugar. This beautiful area is defined by its brightly coloured rhyolite mountains, stunning hikes, and many bubbling hot springs. The Highlands are mostly inaccessible during winter except for specially made vehicles, or super jeeps, making this a great opportunity to see even more of the country.

If you would rather spend the day enjoying the city than adventuring, you are more than welcome to. There are a wealth of museums, galleries, pools and sites to see. 

Day 12
A snorkelling tour in Silfra fissure is a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

Second Free Day in Reykjavik

Today you can explore Reykjavík city or, alternatively, opt for a tour of the neighbouring countryside. There are three tour options for today: snorkelling, snowmobiling, or adventuring in the Ice Cave Tunnel.

Snorkelling is conducted in Silfra fissure, within Þingvellir, which you visited on Day 3. Though the water is cold here, it is incredibly clear due to the fact that it is a natural spring, which makes Silfra one of the best snorkelling sites in the world. You are provided with protective drysuits and wetsuit hoods and gloves to make this adventure possible.

Your snowmobiling tour, meanwhile, will take you onto the slopes of the second largest glacier in Iceland, Langjökull. This excursion will provide you with an exhilarating experience, incredible views, and a unique perspective on Iceland’s ice caps. You need a driver’s license to operate a snowmobile, but children as young as six can join as a passenger.

The Ice Cave Tunnel is also located on Langjökull glacier. This is a manmade tunnel carved into the ice cap and the only such one in the world where visitors, not just scientists, can enter to explore. This tunnel is much more reliable than the ice caves, as it is rarely compromised by inclement weather.

You are, of course, welcome to spend the day in Reykavík, exploring the many sights this city has to offer. Why not check out the view from the top of Hallgrímskirkja church or from the observation deck at Perlan museum?

Day 13
A snowy winter's day in Reykjavík.

Third Free Day in Reykjavik

Day 13 is one to be enjoyed in Reykjavík, soaking up the local atmosphere and traditions. One thing that can be said about Icelanders is that they are largely a nation of beer-drinkers, and you can immerse yourself in this side of the culture by electing to take a beer tasting tour.

If you'd rather explore other parts of the culture, then why not see the Árbær Open Air Museum, to see reconstructed turf houses and how Icelandic communities existed for centuries, or else attend the maritime museum, to learn about Icelandic seafaring from the Viking settlement to the Cod Wars.

Of course, if you are seeking more of a 'novel' and humorous experience, it is recommended to go the world's only Phallological Museum located near Hlemmur Food Hall in downtown Reykjavík.

Day 14
Reykjavik city has many beautiful parks to be enjoyed.

Fourth Free Day in Reykjavik

Your final full day in Iceland is free for you to do whatever you wish; no doubt, over the past fortnight, you will have packed your holiday with fun and adventure, and can tick any boxes that you may have missed before. If you want to spend the day in the pools, bars or shopping streets, you are more than welcome to.

You may also want to see some the natural areas Reykjavík that has to offer. The Seltjarnarnes Peninsula is home to a protected bird watching area and the Grótta lighthouse. Viðey Island, meanwhile, is also home to many works, as well as the Imagine Peace Tower artwork, created by Yoko Ono. Mount Esjan, which overlooks the city from across the bay, can easily be reached by bus and hiked to the top of, so long as the weather is clear.

You can also contact your travel agent for advice on more tours if you are still feeling adventurous. 

Day 15
The Sun Voyager sculpture on the coast of Reykjavik represents the Nordic spirit of adventure.

Departure

Today is sadly your departure day from Iceland.

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.

You will take a bus to Keflavík International Airport with enough time to get through customs comfortably, before boarding your flight back home. No doubt your journey will be spent reminiscing over the incredible memories you have made over the past weeks.

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What to bring

Warm and waterproof clothing
Winter hiking boots
Camera
Swim suit

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.

Some optional activities might need either a valid driver's license, or you might need to send additional information to your travel planner. Please note that you might need to present medical documents should you choose to go snorkelling.

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.

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.

Accommodation in Reykjavik

See our accommodation levels below and our preferred accommodation partners under each day in the daily itinerary. Super budget level accommodations will be arranged in hostel dorm beds. For budget and comfort levels, bookings for one person will be arranged in single rooms, and bookings for two or more people will share a twin/double or triple room(s). For quality level, odd number groups will always be allocated a single room. If you are travelling in a group, but prefer a single room, please make separate bookings. Teenagers and children will be arranged in the same room with parents. If additional room(s) is needed, additional costs will incur. For multi-day guided tours, accommodation cannot be upgraded and the levels below do not apply. Guide to Iceland will provide you with the best available accommodation at the time of your booking from our preferred partners. If our preferred partners are fully booked at the time of your booking, we will find another suitable accommodation for you of similar level. We always do our best to accommodate special requests, which may incur additional costs. Press choose a date to find availability.

Super Budget

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

Budget

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

Comfort

Rooms with a private bathroom at three-star hotels such as Hótel Klettur, or quality guesthouses. Located in the city center or in close vicinity. Breakfast is included.

Quality

Rooms at four-star design hotels in the city center with a private bathroom at the absolute best locations downtown such as Hotel Alda. Breakfast is included.

Meals

You can now add meals to your booking. Select to include dinner on every night as an optional extra, and we will provide you with vouchers as part of your booking confirmation. We will choose from top-rated restaurants that fit with your vacation itinerary and make your reservations for you. At the restaurant, you will be offered a set menu, from which you can choose from meat, fish or vegetarian options. If you would prefer something else, the voucher will act as a credit that you can redeem at the restaurant against menu items that are not part of the set menu. Please notify the restaurant on arrival about any dietary requirements. Vouchers are non-refundable.

Cancellation Insurance

This insurance guarantees that you can cancel tour and package bookings and receive a full refund, minus the insurance cost. The cost of your cancellation insurance depends on the duration of your tour or package. A base cost of 5,000 ISK per person is applied to all tours and packages with a duration of 5 days or less. An additional 1,000 ISK per person will be added to the insurance cost for each day after. The cancellation must be made more than 48 hours before the listed starting time on your voucher. To cancel your booking and claim your refund, simply contact info@guidetoiceland.is and declare full cancellation. COVID-19 Related Cancellations If you need to cancel your booking due to COVID-19 related reasons, the cancellation insurance provides further protection for your booking. If you purchase a self-drive tour or guided tour package along with the cancellation insurance, you will also get a full refund. If you test positive on arrival, to get the full refund after arrival, please email us at info@guidetoiceland.is with your booking details and your test result within 4 hours after you receive the test result. If your flight gets cancelled due to COVID, to get the full refund, please email us at info@guidetoiceland.is with your booking details and your flight cancellation confirmation prior to your scheduled flight departure time. Please note that this insurance covers the cancellation of the whole tour or package. Individual services cannot be cancelled and refunded separately, but are all covered and refunded in case of a full cancellation.

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