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

6 Day Guided Winter Tour | Highlights of South, East & North Iceland
This 6-day trip will have you see the best attractions of the South Coast as well as the Eastfjords, Mývatn and Akureyri in the North.
Gullfoss is one of Iceland's most well visited waterfalls.
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.
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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.

For those who want to stay longer and explore the North, there is also the option of a 7 Day Guided Winter Tour | Half-Circle of Iceland and Flight back to Reykjavik. For the truly adventurous, who want a comprehensive, all-encompassing experience of Iceland, the 8 Day Winter Excursion | Guided Circle of Iceland Minibus Tour is the perfect option.

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, you'll end the tour by the otherworldly Lake Mývatn area.

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 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 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: Sep. - Apr.
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Horse Riding, Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting, Cultural Activity, Ice Caving, Airplane
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 years.
  • Languages: English, Icelandic
  • Highlights: Golden Circle, East Iceland, North Iceland, West 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, Reykjavík Airport, Reynisfjall, Reynisdrangar, Öxarárfoss, Haukadalur, Námaskarð, Lagarfljót, Hallormsstaðaskógur, South Coast, Diamond Beach, Ring Road
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:00.

Pick up might take 30 minutes. Please be ready at your selected location. Read carefully if you will be picked up at your hotel or at the nearest designated area (Bus Stop). For walking distance to bus stops, please check busstop.is.

  • 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 spotting

  • 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

  • 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.

Please note that there is a luggage limit to the flight of one suitcase of up to 20 kilos in weight and one item of hand luggage of up to 6 kilos per person. Additional luggage might incur an additional fee at the airport.

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.

Your domestic flight from Akureyri to Reykjavík will land in the afternoon/evening. It is highly recommended that you do not book your flight home the same night as bad weather or delays could affect your journey. Please be sure to arrange accommodation for this evening and an airport transfer the next day to take you to Keflavík International Airport for your departure.

If you book the extra activities alongside this tour, you will get them at a lower price.

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 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.


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.

Stracta Hotel Hella

Stracta Hotel Hella is a 3-star hotel in the town of Hella. The hotel has an on-site bar with a lounge for guest and a sun terrace. Free access to hot tub. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. 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 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 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.


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 5 km 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 - Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon & Ice Caving

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

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.


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 Eastfjords

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 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.


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 right by the lake Lagarfljót. It is also within a short walking distance from the centre of Egilsstaðir town. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Spa on site for an 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 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.

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 Mývatn 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.

Vogafjós Farm Resort

Vogafjós is a family-run guesthouse on the shore of Lake Mývatn surrounded by unique landscapes. Free WiFi. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Breakfast is included.

Day 6 - Akureyri & Flight Back to Reykjavik

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

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

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.

Once you arrive in Akureyri, you will board a plane bound for 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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My tour experience was AMAZING! Ingolfur Matthiasson (Ingo) was the perfect guide, fun, passionate, knowledgeable, and energetic. He gave out a lot of information about the geography and geology of the island, also told us about traditional stories and sagas. The timing for everything was great I never felt rushed or pressured for time. One of the activities that I booked ended up getting canceled the day before which is disappointing, but Ingo was able to come up with great alternatives with just a few hours of notice that were a lot fun and beautiful views. I highly recommend this tour to be able to see so many beautiful views the countries dramatic landscapes. I also recommend booking the activities as they are worth the extras, the horses are adorable and fun ride and the glacier hike provides amazing views so definitely take advantage while they are still around. And to anyone that gets paired with Ingo as your guide you are in good hands and in for a truly fun and wonderful tour. Cheers!
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Great trip and wonderful experience. Highly recommended!
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Great choice, tour was as advertised and even more. Activities were awesome and a must do. The driver was a really awesome, fun and helpful guy every day. Even helped every night to be aware of the northern Lights. The company replied fast to any question or inconvenient we had, which was very supportive throughout the days. Hotels were really good and relaxing after a busy day, hope they maintain that standard. At the end, this tour was a great choice and exceeded my expectations. Thanks !! Totally recommend it !! Juan
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Overall a very good tour! The first 3 days were the most exciting especially the glacier hike, ice cave adventure, diamond beach and lots of different spectacular waterfalls. All spots are exceptionally photogenic and you can definitely take amazing Instagram photos there. The final 2 days were more relaxing and chill which we visited a few fishing villages and small towns. we are super lucky to have seen the Aurora on our 4th night. Our guide Axel was very caring and had made multiple toilet and convenience shop breaks to make our journey more comfortable. Personally, 6-day tour is the most optimal length and would definitely recommend this tour to everyone visiting Iceland.
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Excellent tour! We took the tour in Feb 2019. The weather was excellent, the sights lovely, and we saw the aurora.
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This was an amazing experience! Our tour guide Sola was very helpful and knowledgeable. This was a great way to explore the south, east, and portions of the north of Iceland. We regret that we only booked for 6 days and not 8. We will definitely be back to Iceland and will once again book a tour with this company. They were professional from the get go and answered all our questions from booking to the actual tour. Iceland is a beautiful country, you will enjoy every moment of this tour!
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I was travelling with my husband and my parents. Sola was our tour guide for this 6-day trip. I like how she gives us the flexibility to take our time to absorb the sights and take photos. Sola is also a very responsible and took measures to ensure our safety. All 4 of us signed up for the glacier hike, the ice cave and the nature bath and we definitely did not regret our decision. My husband and I signed up for the horse ride which was very fun. However, 2 things which can be improved: 1. The door for the trailer opened halfway on the roads and some bags flew out of the trailer. We had to drive back to the original location to retrieve the bags. There was time wasted as a result. But thankfully, the bags were found. 2. The van broke down in the morning on the last day. As a result, we had to rush for our flight to Rekjavik and had to miss the stop at Godafoss. This was a huge pity as we heard that this waterfall is really a huge highlight. It would have been good if the tour company could consider paying the extra to shift our flights to an even later timing so that there is time for the stop at Godafoss. Nevertheless, my parents enjoyed this trip and that makes my husband and I happy too.
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Amazing experience. Our guide, Sola, was very friendly, knowledgeable, and she was taking an individualized approach to our trip, making customizations along the way. We were traveling with a group of 15 people in a small bus, and our guide was stopping for an extra "photo opportunity" whenever we asked. Our accomodations were also very good - mostly new hotels, witch nice views and good restaurants. We highly recommend to go with two optional experiences: ice caving with a car ride on glacier, and glacier hiking. Thanks for the fantastic experience!
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My friend and I had the most wonderful time in Iceland! Everything is well planned, the tour guide did a great job and we'll definitely go with Guide to Iceland again!
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This was a great tour which took us to a large number of stunning natural sights not at all easily reached on one's own in hazardous winter driving conditions. Our quiet but thoughtful and passionate guide Magnus was a trusty driver on sometimes slick roads, and gave us valuable explanations of Icelandic history and culture, as well as took us to a few special places not listed on the itinerary, including the museum in Kirkjubæjarklaustur devoted to the 1783 volcanic eruption and a delightful little "elf village" (population of six!) near Myvatn. And I even had a few lessons in Icelandic from him! The hotels were top quality with excellent breakfast, and in dark locations ideal for northern lights viewing. We were lucky enough to see brilliant displays on two nights! We can definitely recommend this tour.
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