6 Day Winter Circle of Iceland Tour | Small Group

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Duration
6 days
Difficulty
Easy
Languages
English, Icelandic
8
Minimum age
8 years
Available
Sep. - Apr.

Hop on board this unique minibus journey around Iceland, exploring the country's most popular destinations for six full days. You will travel from the country's capital, Reykjavík, and visit Iceland's most beautiful sites, including the ones on the Golden Circle and South Coast, as well as a few hidden gems.

This tour is the perfect option for those visitors looking to maximise their experience in Iceland without the hassle of driving the winter roads or organising their own accommodation.

For the truly adventurous, who want a comprehensive, all-encompassing experience of Iceland, the longer 8 Day Winter Excursion | Guided Circle of Iceland Minibus Tour is the perfect option which also takes you to the Snaefellsnes peninsula in the west.

On this 6-day tour, you'll visit the world-famous Golden Circle where you will discover the mighty waterfall Gullfoss, the Geysir geothermal area, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Þingvellir National Park. Then, you'll be off to the South Coast where you'll find Reynisfjara black sand beach and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. After traversing the remote Eastfjords,  the otherworldly Lake Mývatn area, you will arrive at the capital of the North, Akureyri, before heading back to the capital down south.

In addition to this incredible sightseeing, you will also have the opportunity to book extra tours and activities to make your holiday that little bit more special. You can book excursions such as a visit to a natural ice cave, horse riding and glacier hiking. Every night can then be spent gazing into the sky in search of the beautiful Northern Lights.

Along with all of this, there is the added benefit of staying in the best available accommodation, providing you with the perfect restful end to each day.

So hurry and book now so you can experience this incredible winter tour, journeying around Iceland during the Northern Lights season. Check availability by choosing a date. 

Included

6 day guided tour of the Ring Road of Iceland
5 night of accommodation in various country hotels with breakfast and a private bathroom
Northern Lights spotting
Taxes

Activities

Glacier Hiking
Horse Riding
Whale Watching
Sightseeing
Boat Trip
Northern lights hunting
Cultural Activity
Ice Caving

Attractions

Golden Circle
North Iceland
Reykjavík
Akureyri
Jökulsárlón
Vatnajökull
Mývatn
Dimmuborgir
Skógafoss
Seljalandsfoss
Geysir
Gullfoss
Eyjafjallajökull
Dyrhólaey
Þingvellir
Strokkur
Sólheimajökull
Mýrdalsjökull
Skaftafell
Sólheimasandur
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Vík í Mýrdal
Egilsstaðir
Akureyrarkirkja
Reynisfjall
Reynisdrangar
Öxarárfoss
Haukadalur
Námaskarð
Lagarfljót
Hallormsstaðaskógur
South Coast
Diamond Beach
Ring Road
East Fjords

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Visitors across the world will testify to Gullfoss' power and simultaneous beauty.

The Golden Circle Route 

You will begin your journey in Reykjavík. After being picked up by bus, you will head out towards the world famous Golden Circle. If you wish to spice up your already exciting day, you can opt for a horse riding tour where you'll get to meet the gentle Icelandic horse and ride around the beautiful countryside.

The first stop is Þingvellir National Park which is surrounded by mountains and snow-laden volcanic fields, making it one of the most beautiful locations in the whole of Iceland. It is also one of the most culturally important, as it is where Iceland's parliament, Alþingi, was formed in the year 930 AD.

To make the area even more spectacular, the geology here is truly unique; as the park is set atop the Mid-Atlantic Rift, visitors can see for themselves the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates exposed on the surface. It is for these reasons that Þingvellir National Park is a UNESCO designated World Heritage site.

Your next stop along the Golden Circle is Haukadalur geothermal area, home to the hot springs Strokkur and Geysir (the latter lending its name to all geysers worldwide). Strokkur erupts every five to ten minutes and reaches heights of 20-metres, creating plenty of opportunities for you to take some fantastic photos.

The final stop is Gullfoss Waterfall, one of the most beautiful and most-visited waterfalls in Iceland. Here, you will witness the incredible power of the cascading glacial Hvítá river as it topples over two tiers of the 32-metre waterfall. 

You will once again hop on your minibus to head for your accommodation for the evening. Make sure you keep your eyes on the sky for a chance to spot the dancing Northern Lights. Your accommodations throughout this trip are located far away from any light pollution, providing a fantastic opportunity to see the beautiful Auroras.

Day 2
Reynisfjara is known for its dangerous 'sleeper' waves.

South Coast, and Glacier Hiking

You will begin the second day of this tour travelling along the scenic South Coast towards Seljalandsfoss waterfall, one of the highest features in Iceland. With a drop of 65-metres,  the picturesque Seljalandsfoss makes for incredible photographic opportunities. 

Your next stop is another equally beautiful waterfall, Skógafoss, one of the largest falls in the country. Ancient folklore dictates that the first Viking settler that arrived in the area buried treasure in a cave behind the cascading water.

If you'd like to add a touch of adventure to your day, you can opt for a glacier hike up on Sólheimajökull glacier. This exciting opportunity allows for you to follow a trained and highly experienced guide across the blue crevasses and frozen sculptures of the ice cap. This extra activity can be added upon booking.  

Your final stop of the day is Reynisfjara black sand beach which is famous for being enclosed by black basalt columns and widely regarded as one of Iceland's most beautiful locations. From Reynisfjara you can look east to the Reynisdrangar rock formations which boldly rise out of the ocean as well as to the Dyrhólaey Peninsula to the west, which features an enormous black lava arch, eroded away by the lapping Atlantic Ocean. 

You will then retire to your accommodation for the evening in or near the town of Vík.

Day 3
The South Coast of Iceland is brimming with amazing natural attractions.

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon & Ice Caving

Today, you'll have the option of adding a visit to an ice cave to your journey. If you are travelling to the country between April and October, you'll start the day with a stop in a cave in Mýrdalsjökull glacier. If you are in the country outside of those months, you will visit a cave in the glacier Vatnajökull in the afternoon. 

These rare, naturally occurring structures are formed each fall when meltwater from glaciers freeze, creating new and unique caves. A guide walks you through these stunning and dazzling ice formations while sharing with you his expertise of the glacier.

You will then head to the crown jewel of Iceland, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Here you will witness enormous icebergs of marvellous shapes and colours lazily drifting towards the sea.

You can follow their path from the lagoon down to the Diamond Beach, where ice chunks have stranded on the black shores, resembling precious stones on black satin.

You will spend the night in this beautiful area.

Day 4
The East Fjords contains some of the most dramatic scenery available in Iceland.

The Eastfjords

You’ll spend your fourth day travelling the East Fjords, home to some of Iceland's greatest diversity of wildlife. It is, after all, the only place in the country where you can catch a glimpse of wild reindeer.

While traversing these mighty fjords, you’ll pass high mountain ridges with the great Vatnajökull glacier to the west. The many tranquil fishing villages on the way will give you an excellent opportunity to learn more about Iceland’s history, culture and sleepy way of life. 

The road will lead you past Iceland's largest forest,  Hallormsstaðaskógur, a large recreational area with many footpaths and trails leading to diverse sites such as waterfalls, moors and coves. You will also travel along the banks of Lake Lagarfljót, where a wyrm-like monster is said to live.

You’ll spend the night in a charming town in East-Iceland.

Day 5
Lake Myvatn has a number of nearby geothermal areas.

Lake Myvatn, Dimmuborgir Fortress & Namaskard Pass

Day five will be spent exploring the staggeringly beautiful geothermal region around Lake Mývatn. This area has everything that makes Iceland so unique: gurgling mud pools, incredible lava formations and more geologically intriguing features.  

You will visit the Námaskarð pass, a high-temperature geothermal area where you can actually see the earth boiling and smoking up close. The dark red and orange of the landscape here proves just how eclectic the Icelandic countryside can be. 

You'll journey to Dimmuborgir, a field of strangely shaped lava pillars and cliffs forming a labyrinth of unbelievable beauty. These oddly shaped formations are believed to be the home of many mythical creatures, such as trolls, elves and the Icelandic Yule Lads.

Today you will have the opportunity to experience the geothermal nature of the area up close by opting to visit Mývatn Nature Baths, a geothermally heated spa guaranteed to leave you feeling completely relaxed.

On your way to Akureyri, where you will spend the night, you will disembark from the minibus to marvel at one of the most magnificent waterfalls in the North of Iceland, Goðafoss, a feature known for its history as well as captivating beauty.

If the sky is clear of clouds, remember to look up for a chance to see the Northern Lights before you turn in for the night to your accommodation.

Day 6
Reykjavik has a number of cultural attractions to fill your last day in Iceland.

Exploring North Iceland

On your last day of this journey around Iceland, you will make your way from the capital in the North, Akureyri to the capital of the South, Reykjavik, but not without a stop along the way!

First, you'll head to the little village of Hauganes, located just a short drive from Akureyri. Although the settlement is small, there are plenty of adventures to be had here. You could opt to hop aboard a boat and set sail in search of Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, Harbour Porpoises or other gentle giants found in the ocean near the Arctic Circle. 

Alternatively, you could immerse yourself in amber nectar at the nearby Beer Spa. Here, you will take a dip in warm beer with beer yeast, which is said to be very good for both your skin and hair. You could even choose to drink a cold beer while enjoying a dip in the warm beer.

If neither of those options appeals to you, you could also simply walk around the picturesque town of Hauganes. They have a beautiful black sand beach and a charming, little harbour which overlooks the ocean and a tall mountain.

From Hauganes, you'll head to Hvítserkur, a giant rock monolith which protrudes from the North-Atlantic Ocean. Some say it looks like a dragon, others say it resembles an elephant drinking from the surrounding water. The truth is much simpler: it is actually a troll which has been turned into stone by the sunlight... if you believe the folklore that is. You will then head back to Reykjavík

How you choose to spend the rest of your time is up to you entirely; you could visit the city's museums and art galleries, go on a whale watching tour, try your hand at some shopping in town or experience Reykjavík's cafe culture. For your convenience, it is not recommended that you book your flight home on the same evening as bad weather and delays could affect your journey.

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What to bring

Camera
Swimsuit and a towel
Warm clothes
Winter hiking shoes
Good waterproof outer layers

Good to know

Customers travelling on their own will receive a single room. Reservations for 2 people will be allocated a double room. For bookings of 3 or more, triple rooms will automatically be allocated. For example, a group of 8 will receive 2 triple rooms and 1 double. If these arrangements do not meet your requirements, please contact the provider.

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 advised that there is no specific Northern Lights hunt on this tour, but your guide will notify you if the conditions are favourable and advise you on how to best spot them.

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.

Please note that only pick up and drop-off from designated pick up locations in the greater capital area is available, not from Keflavík International Airport. Therefore, we do not recommend attempting to start this tour on your arrival day in Iceland. Arrival time back to Reykjavík at the end of your tour can vary depending on weather and traffic.

Cancellation Insurance

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

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