6 Day Guided Winter Tour | Highlights of South, East & North Iceland

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The aurora only occurs in locations at high-altitude (Antarctic or arctic.)
Iceland has a number of geothermal areas, providing an insight into the country's geological history.
Going into an ice cave is one of the most memorable experiences available to those visiting Iceland.
Vestrahorn is immediately recognisable on the landscape.
Vestrahorn, in the East, is one of Iceland's most visually stimulating mountains.
Geyser makes up one of the stops on the famous Golden Circle route.
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Hop on board this unique minibus journey around Iceland, exploring for six full days the country's most popular destinations. After visiting a plethora of incredible sights, and partaking in a wealth of activities, you will finish your tour with a flight from Akureyri back to Iceland's capital city, Reykjavík. 

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.

You'll visit the world-famous Golden Circle where you will discover the mighty waterfall Gullfoss, Geysir geothermal area, and even the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Þingvellir National Park. 

On top of that, you will see such fantastic sites as Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, Reynisfjara black sand beach, and the otherworldly Lake Mývatn. You may even have a chance to see the amazing Northern Lights dancing above you. 

Asides from some incredible sightseeing, you will also have the opportunity to book extra tours and activities to make your holiday that little bit more special.  You could take a visit to a natural ice cave inside of Vatnajökull or glacier hike to the summit of Sólheimajökull. The choice is entirely up to you!

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


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Nov. - Mar.
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Hiking, Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting, Hot Spring Bathing, Cultural Activity, Airplane
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 years.
  • Languages: English, Icelandic
  • Highlights: Golden Circle, East Iceland, Akureyri, Jökulsárlón, Vatnajökull, Mývatn, Dimmuborgir, Húsavík, Dettifoss, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Dyrhólaey, Þingvellir, Skaftafell, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Egilsstaðir, Reynisdrangar, South Coast
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:00

Included:
  • 6 day guided tour of South, East and North Iceland

  • 5 night of accommodation in various country hotels with breakfast and a private bathroom

  • Flight from Akureyri to Reykjavík

  • Northern Lights hunting

  • Taxes

  • Any additional activities (can be added when booking)

  • Flights other than listed above

  • Lunch and Dinner


What to bring:
  • Camera

  • Swimsuit and a towel

  • Warm clothes

  • Good shoes with a slip resistant sole or ice-grip shoe covers

  • Good waterproof outer layers


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.

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.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - The Golden Circle Route 


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


You will begin your journey in Reykjavík. After being picked up by bus, you will head out towards your first adventure; the world famous Golden Circle route. The first stop on your tour will be Þingvellir National Park. 

The park 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 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 from the earth. All of these reasons and more is why Þingvellir National Park is a 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 reaching heights of 20-metres, thus creating plenty of opportunities for you to take some amazing photos.

The final stop on the Golden Circle is Gullfoss Waterfall, one of the most beautiful and well-visited waterfalls in Iceland. Here, you will witness the incredible power of the cascading glacial river as it topples over two tiers of the 32-metre waterfall. After your time at Gullfoss is complete, you will head to the small town of Hella where you will spend the night. 


Accommodation

Fosshótel Hekla

Fosshotel Hekla is a 3 star hotel in the Golden Circle area.The hotel has a restaurant which serves traditional Icelandic cuisine, a bar and a lounge. Free access to hot tub. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Hotel Hvolsvöllur

Hotel Hvolsvöllur is a 3 star hotel located in Hvolsvöllur village. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free access to outdoor hot tubs. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 2 - South Coast, Waterfalls and Glacier Hike


Reynisfjara is known for its dangerous 'sleeper' waves.


You will begin the second day of this tour travelling along the scenic south shore 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. With a width of 25m and a drop of 60m, ancient folklore dictates that the first Viking settler to 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 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.  

Following this optional hike, you will move across to the sublime Dyrhólaey Peninsula, where one can view the coastlines of the west, the black sand beaches of the east and even Mýrdalsjökull glacier to the north. The peninsula's most iconic feature is its enormous black lava arch, eroded away by the lapping Atlantic Ocean. 

Your final stop of the day is Reynisfjara black sand beach. Enclosed by cliffs of black basalt columns, this sandy beach is one of Iceland's most beautiful locations. From Reynisfjara you can look out to sea where Reynisdrangar rock formations rise out of the ocean. You will then head to the nearby village of  Vík where you will spend the night. 


Accommodation

Puffin Hótel Vík

The Puffin Hótel Vík is a country hotel and guesthouse situated in the coastal village of Vík. Located next to a restaurant, museum and swimming pool. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free access to outdoor hot tubs. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Hotel Katla

Hotel Katla is a 3 star country hotel situated 5km to the east of Vík. Comfortable private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free access to a hot tub and a sauna. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 3 - Skaftafell, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and Ice Caving


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


Today, you will be visiting Skaftafell Nature Reserve, a small section of the gorgeous Vatnajökull National Park. Skaftafell is renowned its stark contrasting scenery where the black sands meet the white glacier tongues, creating a truly unique panorama. 

Whilst in Skaftafell, you can take a short hike up to Svartifoss waterfall, a truly stunning waterfall; the contrast between the white water cascading down the jet-black cliffs is a sight you’ll never forget. 

You will then head to the crown jewel of Iceland, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Here, you’ll witness enormous icebergs drifting by on the lagoon on their journey towards the ocean. You can follow their path from the lagoon down to the Diamond Beach, where ice chunks from the lagoon have stranded on the black beach, resembling precious stones on black satin.

Before you head to your accommodation in the Vatnajökull area, you can opt for a visit to an ice cave in Vatnajökull glacier. These rare, naturally occurring structures are formed each fall when meltwater from Vatnajökull glacier freezes, 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 can add this optional activity at the time of booking. 


Accommodation

Fosshótel Vatnajökull

Fosshótel Vatnajökull is a country hotel situated near the coastal village of Höfn. Europe’s largest icecap Vatnajökull can be seen from the location. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included

Hótel Höfn

Hotel Höfn is a 3 star hotel located in Höfn town central. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included


Day 4 - The East Fjords


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


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 visible in 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 the town of Egilsstaðir, the largest settlement in East-Iceland. The town has a wide selection of shop and boutiques filled with handmade goods made from local natural materials such as wood, wool, horn, or reindeer skin.


Accommodation

Fosshótel Austfirðir

Fosshótel Austfirðir is a picturesque country hotel in the fjord of Fáskrúðsfjörður. Guests can enjoy Icelandic cuisine at the elegant restaurant L’Abri. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Lake Hótel Egilsstaðir

Lake Hotel Egilsstaðir is a 3 star hotel located within a short walking distance from the centre of Egilsstaðir but also right by the lake. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Spa on site for additional price. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 5 - Lake Myvatn, Dimmuborgir Fortress and Namaskard Pass


Lake Myvatn has a number of nearby geothermal areas.


Day 5 will be spent exploring the staggeringly beautiful geothermal region around Lake Mývatn. This area has everything that makes Iceland so special; gurgling mud pools, warm nature paths, incredible lava formations and tumbling waterfalls.  

Dettifoss is your first stop, reputed to be the most powerful waterfall in Europe. Fed by meltwater from Vatnajökull glacier, this cascade is over 100 metres wide and drops 45 metres into the Jökulsárgljúfur canyon.

You’ll then 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 homes of many mythical creatures, such as trolls, elves and the Icelandic Yule Lads.

Next, you'll 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 Iceland truly is. 

In the evening you will head to the town of Húsavík. According to the Viking saga ‘Landnáma’, Húsavík is the oldest settlement in Iceland. It is a small and cosy town filled with traditional old wooden houses and interesting museums. 

You'll then head back to the Mývatn area where you will spend the night. If the sky is clear of clouds, remember to look up for a chance to see the dancing Northern Lights. 


Accommodation

Fosshótel Mývatn

Fosshótel Mývatn is situated by Lake Mývatn in North Iceland. All rooms include a flat-screen TV with private bathrooms and a hairdryer. Breakfast is included. Free Wi-Fi.

Sel Hótel Mývatn

Sel Hótel Mývatn is a country hotel by Lake Mývatn in North Iceland. All rooms come equipped with a private bathroom, telephone, TV and free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 6 - Akureyri and Flight Back to Reykjavik


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


On your last day on this journey around Iceland, you’ll visit Akureyri, a town lying just 100 km south of the Arctic Circle.  Akureyri is considered the northern capital of Iceland, famous for its whale watching, beautiful surrounding scenery, botanical gardens and quirky architecture. 

When your time in Akureyri is done, you will board a plane bound for Reykjavík. How you choose to spend the rest of your available 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. 


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Reviews

Average rating 4.8 / Number of reviews 6

My sister and I did a 6 days tour around the whole island and we can't be more happy. The tour was very well organised and our guide, Haukur, is great and made sure that we all had a good time. He took us from Reykjavik to the south, south-east, the east fjords and the north. We made the most of the time and you really get into the icelandic culture. The acommodation was good and every unexpected event was solved as fast as possible. We felt so comfortable, we just had to relax and enjoy. Highly recommended tour!

I actually really enjoyed the tour, and our tourguide, Julius Freyr, was excellent. If not for the mishap of 2 hours delay in picking us up on the first day, making us looked like last minute people in a tour group with some very harsh mouthed participants, and that the bus didn’t have enough seats for all the participants and their luggages (our guide had to pick up a bigger bus), I would have given this tour a 5 star rating. The accomodation was good, above average and some exceeded my expectation. We only had a problem when we arrived at the fosshotel Vatnajokul because they didn’t have enough room for all the tour participants. But our guide quickly brought us to Hofn hotel which we felt was a better hotel. In overall, I find the tour wonderful and informative. The reply from guide to iceland when I reported the incident on the first day was quick and we managed to solve the issue properly.

Excellent tour. Ottur (sp?) was our guide and he made the trip very enjoyable. We stayed in 5 different hotels for the tour, and 4 of them exceeded our expectation! I highly recommend this tour as it will save you time in commute. Other tours are typically based in Reykjavík and will require you to back track to the city between sites.

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