Small Group 6 Day Northern Lights Winter Tour of the Complete Ring Road of Iceland
Join this unique minibus tour in winter and explore Iceland in 6 days. You will explore the most stunning sights and attractions Iceland has to offer around the Ring Road. Starting from Reykjavik, your journey will include the world-renowned Golden Circle, Iceland’s South Coast, the wondrous East Fjords, and the stunning sites of the North, as well as a few hidden gems along the way.
This tour is the perfect option for those visitors looking to make the most of their time in Iceland without the hassle of driving the winter roads or organizing their accommodation. Your time, instead, will be focused on experiencing the true wonders of Iceland’s breathtaking nature.
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, Thingvellir National Park. Then, you’ll be off to the South Coast, where you’ll find Reynisfjara black sand beach and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, often referred to as the Crown Jewel of Iceland. After traversing the remote East Fjords and the otherworldly Lake Myvatn area, you will arrive at the Capital of the North, Akureyri, before heading back to Reykjavik with a stunning drive through West Iceland.
In addition to the incredible sightseeing, several of Iceland’s most extraordinary adventures are included in the price of your ticket. For instance, you’ll visit a wondrous natural ice cave, hike up one of Iceland’s mighty glaciers, and marvel over the giants of the deep on a whale-watching tour. You can also opt to go horseback riding and geothermal bathing.
Every night, you can gaze into the sky in search of the beautiful Northern Lights. There’s nothing quite like a hunt for this natural wonder, which will leave you with memories for a lifetime. Each night the Aurora will appear in different shapes across the sky, giving you an excellent opportunity to capture them with your camera in some awe-inspiring locations.
There is also the added benefit of staying in the best available accommodations across the country. As such, you will get the perfect rest after each day’s adventure.
So hurry and book now so you can experience this incredible winter tour, journeying around Iceland’s winter wonderland during the spectacular Northern Lights season. Check availability by choosing a date.
Day 1 - The Golden Circle Route
You will begin your journey in Reykjavik. After being picked up by bus, you will head out towards the world-famous Golden Circle.
The first stop is Thingvellir National Park which is surrounded by mountains and snow-laden volcanic fields, making it one of the most beautiful locations in Iceland. It is also one of the most culturally important, as it is where Iceland's parliament, Althingi, 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 within 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 Thingvellir National Park is a UNESCO-designated World Heritage site.
Your next stop along the Golden Circle is Haukadalur geothermal area, home to Strokkur and Geysir's hot springs (the latter lending its name to all geysers worldwide). Strokkur erupts every five to ten minutes and reaches heights of 20-meters, 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 32 meters in two tiers.
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 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 - South Coast, and Glacier Hiking
You will begin the second day of this tour traveling along the scenic South Coast towards Seljalandsfoss waterfall. With a drop of 65-meters, the picturesque Seljalandsfoss makes for incredible photographic opportunities.
Your next stop is another equally beautiful waterfall, Skogafoss, one of the more powerful 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.
Near here, you'll set out on one of the adventures included in the price of this tour: a glacier hike upon Solheimajokull glacier. This exciting opportunity allows you to follow a trained and highly experienced guide across the ice cap's blue crevasses and frozen sculptures.
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 Dyrholaey Peninsula to the west, which features an enormous black lava arch, eroded by the lapping Atlantic Ocean.
You will then retire to your accommodation for the evening in or near the town of Vik.
Day 3 - Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon & Ice Caving
Today, you will get the gift of being able to enter and explore an ice cave. If traveling between April and October, you'll start the day by stopping in a cave in Myrdalsjokull glacier. If you're in the country outside of those months, you will visit a cave in the glacier Vatnajokull 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 in the glacier.
You will then head to the crown jewel of Iceland, the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. Here you will witness enormous icebergs of breathtaking shapes and colors lazily drifting towards the sea.
You can follow their path from the lagoon to Diamond Beach, where ice chunks have been stranded on the black shores, resembling precious stones on black satin.
You will spend the night in this beautiful area.
Day 4 - The Eastfjords
You’ll spend your fourth day traveling the East Fjords, home to some of Iceland’s most incredible 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 tremendous Vatnajokull 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, Hallormsstadaskogur, a large recreational area with many footpaths and trails leading to various sites such as waterfalls, moors, and coves. You will also travel along the banks of Lake Lagarfljot, where a wyrm-like monster is said to live.
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.
You’ll spend the night in a charming town in East Iceland.
Day 5 - Lake Myvatn, Dimmuborgir Fortress & Namaskard Pass
You'll spend day five exploring the staggeringly beautiful geothermal region around Lake Myvatn. This area has everything that makes Iceland so unique: gurgling mud pools, incredible lava formations, and more geologically intriguing features.
Before departing the east, however, you have a fantastic geothermal bathing opportunity. The Vok Baths are a set of naturally heated pools floating atop a beautiful lake near Egilsstadir, perfect for revitalizing after your adventures so far.
You will visit the Namaskard pass in the north, a high-temperature geothermal area where you can see the earth boiling and smoking up close. The dark red and orange of the landscape here proves just how diverse the Icelandic countryside can be.
You'll also 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.
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, Godafoss, 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 - Exploring North Iceland
On your last day, you will make your way from the capital in the North, Akureyri, to Reykjavik, but not without a stop along the way!
You'll head to the little village of Hauganes, located just a short drive from Akureyri. Although the settlement is small, it is a world center for whale watching, and you will have a ticket to set sail in search of Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, Harbour Porpoises, or other gentle giants found in the ocean near the Arctic Circle.
Once you return to Reykjavik, 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 Reykjavik'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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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.