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

6 Day Guided Winter Tour | Highlights of South, East & North Iceland
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 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:
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 00:00 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.

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

  • Winter hiking shoes

  • 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.

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.



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 your accommodations in the area or in Hella village.


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.

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 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.  

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 and to the Dyrhólaey Peninsula which features an enormous black lava arch, eroded away by the lapping Atlantic 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 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 - Skaftafell, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and 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 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 will also 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.

You will then spend the night in this beautiful area.


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 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 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 a charming town in East-Iceland.


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 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 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, incredible lava formations and charming fishing villages.  

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 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.

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 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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