Small Group 6-Day Northern Lights Winter Tour of the Complete Ring Road of Iceland

Going into an ice cave is one of the most memorable experiences available to those visiting Iceland.
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at 08:00
6 days
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English, Icelandic
July - Apr.
Minimum age
12 years old


Join this unique minibus tour in winter and explore Iceland in six 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 accommodations. Your time, instead, will be focused on experiencing the true wonders of Iceland’s breathtaking nature.

On this six-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. Included in the itinerary are the remarkable Katla ice cave experience and a boat ride at Jokulsarlon, allowing you to witness the icebergs up close.

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.

You can bring a piece of hand luggage, up to 24 inches (61 centimeters), on board. Other luggage can be stored for a small fee in Reykjavik.

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 now by choosing a date.

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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
Ice cave tour
Glacier hike tour
Whale watch tour
Space for one piece of carry on luggage, max 24 inches (61 cm)


Glacier Hiking
Horse Riding
Whale Watching
Boat Trip
Northern lights hunting
Hot Spring Bathing
Cultural Activity
Ice Caving

Daily itinerary

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

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.

Surrounding Geysir and Strokkur are dozens of other hot springs, geothermal vents, and patches of brightly colored earth. 

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 Hvita River as it topples over 32 meters in two tiers.

Your guide is a local expert, so they will describe each attraction and can tell you about local folklore. Feel free to ask as many questions as you have.

Your driving experience throughout the day will be comfortable and take you through some beautiful landscapes. Expect dramatic coastlines, beautiful countryside, volcanic landscapes, and a stunning lake.

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.

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

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. 

Though you can't usually walk behind Seljalandsfoss waterfall in winter, you can still admire the enormous cavern behind it.

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

If it is not too wet or icy, you can ascend a set of stairs beside the waterfall for some different views.

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. 

As part of this experience, you'll also get to explore Katla ice cave and witness its magical beauty. Ice caves are rare formations and provide a fascinating adventure, so this is a particularly special trip.

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 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 village of Vik. Vik is a beautiful fishing settlement overlooking the Reynisfjara black sand beach with a quaint church and spectacular surroundings.

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

Day 3 - Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon & Ice Caving

Today, you are in for a special treat—a chance to explore an ice cave and embark on a remarkable adventure. Imagine entering a frozen wonderland where nature's magic creates extraordinary formations. 

If you happen to be traveling between April and October, your day will begin with a visit to a cave nestled within the Myrdalsjokull glacier. But if you find yourself in Iceland during any other time of the year, you will have the opportunity to explore a cave within the magnificent Vatnajokull glacier later in the afternoon.

These ice caves are a rare sight to behold, formed naturally each autumn as the glaciers' meltwater freezes, giving rise to stunning and one-of-a-kind structures. As you step inside, a knowledgeable guide will accompany you, leading the way through these mesmerizing ice formations. They will share their expertise about the glacier, revealing fascinating details and intriguing facts along the journey.

After your ice cave exploration, it's time to venture towards one of Iceland's most iconic treasures—the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. You'll board a comfortable boat and witness an awe-inspiring spectacle unfold before your eyes. 

Enormous icebergs, adorned with breathtaking shapes and hues, gracefully float toward the vast sea. From this unique vantage point, you'll experience the beauty of the glacier lagoon up close, allowing you to capture unforgettable moments with your camera.

As your adventure continues, you'll follow the journey of these majestic icebergs from the lagoon to Diamond Beach. Here, you'll discover a sight straight out of a fairytale—glistening ice chunks, like precious gemstones, scattered across the ebony shores, resembling jewels on a black satin canvas.

To truly savor this extraordinary experience, you'll spend the night in this enchanting area. As darkness falls, the rugged beauty of the surroundings takes on a mysterious allure, making it a perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in the tranquility and marvel at the wonders of nature.

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

Day 4 - The Eastfjords

On your fourth day of exploration, get ready to discover the wonders of the East Fjords, a region in Iceland known for its incredible variety of wildlife. This area is particularly special because it's the only place in the country where you can catch a glimpse of wild reindeer, majestic creatures that roam freely in their natural habitat.

As you venture through these magnificent fjords, you'll pass by towering mountain ridges, offering breathtaking views of the mighty Vatnajokull glacier to the west. Along the way, you'll come across tranquil fishing villages that provide a glimpse into Iceland's history, culture, and laid-back way of life. These villages offer an excellent opportunity to interact with locals, learn their stories, and immerse yourself in the local traditions.

During your journey, you'll also encounter Hallormsstadaskogur, Iceland's largest forest. This expansive recreational area is a haven for nature lovers, boasting a network of footpaths and trails that lead to various natural treasures, including enchanting waterfalls, captivating moors, and hidden coves. As you navigate through this lush forest, you'll be surrounded by the serene beauty of nature, providing a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Along the banks of Lake Lagarfljot, an intriguing legend awaits. It is said that a wyrm-like monster resides in the depths of these mysterious waters. Although the existence of the creature remains a mystery, the lake's folklore adds a touch of enchantment to your journey, sparking your imagination and curiosity.

If you're seeking to add an extra dash of excitement to your already thrilling day, you have a couple of options. 

You can choose to embark on a horse riding tour, where you'll have the chance to meet gentle Icelandic horses and explore the picturesque countryside from a unique perspective. 

Alternatively, you can treat yourself to a rejuvenating experience at the Vok baths. These geothermal baths offer a soothing soak in warm, mineral-rich waters, allowing you to unwind while marveling at the stunning landscapes that surround you.

After a day filled with unforgettable experiences, you'll find yourself in a charming town in East Iceland, where you'll spend the night. Take this opportunity to relax, reflect on the day's adventures, and prepare for the wonders that lie ahead as your Icelandic journey continues.

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

Day 5 - Lake Myvatn, Dimmuborgir Fortress & Namaskard Pass

You'll spend day five exploring the staggeringly beautiful geothermal region around Lake Myvatn. This area encapsulates everything that makes Iceland truly unique, with its bubbling mud pools, captivating lava formations, and an array of geologically fascinating features.

Before bidding farewell to the east, an exciting opportunity awaits you—exploring the mesmerizing Studlagil Canyon. This awe-inspiring canyon, adorned with towering basalt columns and crystalline blue waters, presents a sight that will leave you breathless. Take your time to wander along its trails, capturing unforgettable photographs that will forever preserve the sheer beauty of this natural wonder.

Next, you'll venture to the Namaskard pass in the north—a geothermal area where the earth reveals its raw power in mesmerizing ways. Here, you can witness the spectacle of boiling, smoking landscapes up close. The striking dark red and orange hues of the surroundings serve as a testament to the diversity found in the Icelandic countryside.

Continuing your journey, you'll arrive at Dimmuborgir, an expanse of lava pillars and cliffs that form an otherworldly labyrinth of unbelievable beauty. These peculiar formations, with their intriguing shapes, have given rise to countless myths and legends. It is believed that this mystical place serves as the abode of mythical creatures like trolls, elves, and the mischievous Icelandic Yule Lads.

As you make your way to Akureyri, where you'll spend the night, be prepared to stop at one of the most magnificent waterfalls in northern Iceland—Godafoss. This waterfall not only captivates with its breathtaking beauty but also holds historical significance. Known as the "Waterfall of the Gods," it played a prominent role in Iceland's conversion to Christianity in the year 1000.

Before retiring to your accommodation for the night, keep an eye on the sky. If the clouds clear, you may be fortunate enough to witness the mesmerizing dance of the Northern Lights. This natural phenomenon, with its vibrant colors illuminating the night sky, is a sight that will leave you in awe.

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

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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What to bring

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.

You may bring one piece of hand luggage (24 inches, 61 cm). Extra luggage can be stored in Reykjavik for a small fee.

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.

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