7 Day Guided Winter Tour | Half-Circle of Iceland and Flight back to Reykjavik

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Jokusarlon is widely considered one of the most spectacular natural attractions in Iceland.
Sunrise over Haukadalur geothermal area.
The black sand beach, Reynisfjara, during the cold winter months. The distinctive rock stacks can be seen in the distance.
The powerful Gullfoss waterfall, one of three stops on the famous Golden Circle sightseeing tour.
Icebergs move from the glacial lagoon toward the ocean, finally arriving at Diamond Beach.
Green aurora dancing over the glacial lagoon.
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Jump aboard this seven-day winter minibus tour around Iceland, from Reykjavík to the most iconic sites such as the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, Lake Mývatn and those on the Golden Circle. This tour finishes with a flight from Akureyri back to the capital. This excursion should appeal to anyone who wants to see as much of Iceland as possible, without worrying about organising accommodation or driving the winter roads.

Departing from Reykjavík, you will not only get to experience some incredible sightseeing over this week, but you will have the option to add on tours during booking, such as a glacier hike up Sólheimajökull. And—as you're travelling between November and March—this adventure can include a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore an ice cave.

This trip truly allows you to get the most out of the Icelandic winter as possible; you will have a chance to witness all the places you have heard so much about, as well as unique national gems that are far lesser-known.

So what are you for? Do not hesitate to book so you to can jump aboard for an immersive trip from the capital to the north, visiting some of the greatest attractions the country has to offer. Check availability by choosing a date. 

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Nov. - Mar.
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting, Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Golden Circle, East Iceland, Reykjavík, Akureyri, Jökulsárlón, Vatnajökull, Mývatn, Dimmuborgir, Húsavík, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Dyrhólaey, Þingvellir, Sólheimajökull, Skaftafell, Eyjafjörður, Höfn, Vík í Mýrdal, Egilsstaðir, Siglufjörður, Reynisdrangar, Hallormsstaðaskógur, South Coast, Diamond Beach
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:00

  • 7 day guided tour to the south and east coast of Iceland, travelling from Reykjavík to Akureyri via the southern ring route.

  • 6 nights of accommodation in various country hotels with private bathroom and breakfast each morning.

  • Flight from Akureyri to Reykjavík

  • Northern Lights hunting

  • Taxes

  • Any additional activities (can be added when booking)

  • Flights others than stated above

  • Lunch and dinner

What to bring:
  • Warm Clothes

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

  • Camera

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

  • Swimsuit

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

Gullfoss makes up just one part of the Golden Circle.

On your first day of this guided tour, you will be picked up by bus from Reykjavík. You will immerse yourself in the beauty of Iceland immediately, with a trip around the three iconic sites of the Golden Circle.

Þingvellir National Park is first on the agenda. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has two great features that make it an unmissable spot. First, it was the original site of the world’s longest-running, ongoing Parliament, with early Icelanders starting to establish national laws here from 930 AD.

Secondly, it is the best place in the country to see the rift valley between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates; the edges of both continents are clearly visible, framing the park.

You will next head to the Geysir Geothermal Area, to witness the geyser Strokkur erupting every ten minutes or so, to heights that can reach 40 metres. You will also be able to see the geyser that gave all others their name, Geysir itself, although it goes off unpredictably and rarely nowadays.

The final stop of the Golden Circle is Gullfoss waterfall, the most iconic falls in the country. This two-tier waterfall can be admired from a variety of viewing platforms, allowing you to enjoy it in all its majesty.

You will spend your first night in Hella.


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

Reynisfjara black sand beach can be found on the South Coast of Iceland.

Day two will consist of driving from site to site along the beautiful South Coast of Iceland. Just off the main road, there are a wealth of places to visit.

Seljalandsfoss will be the first stop of the day; a high and narrow waterfall with a large cave behind it. You will then head to the large and powerful Skógafoss waterfall, passing the notorious Eyjafjallajökull (the volcano that halted European air travel in 2010) as you do. 

As you continue along the South Coast, you will pass Mýrdalsjökull glacier, the third largest glacier in Iceland. Here, you will make a stop at the glacial tongue Sólheimajökull, and approach it right to the edge of the ice.

If you elected to during the booking process, you can embark on a glacier hike up Sólheimajökull where you can trek past blue crevasses and high peaks that are blackened by the ash from nearby volcanoes. 

The final sites of today will be coastal. You will visit the beautiful Reynisfjara black-sand beach, where you can admire some fascinating geology, such as the Dyrhólaey rock arch, and the Reynisdrangar basalt sea stacks.

You will spend this night in the picturesque village 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 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 - South Coast

Guests will see icebergs of all different shapes and sizes at the glacial lagoon.

Your third day will take you along the remainder of the South Coast, to up to three of Iceland’s most renowned location. 

The first of these is Skaftafell Nature Reserve. Once a National Park in its own right (before it was absorbed by the greater Vatnajökull National Park) this verdant, forested area has many hiking trails, including to the unusual Svartifoss waterfall, and many glacier tongues.

The second site will be the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where you can marvel over icebergs breaking from a glacier and cruising towards the ocean. Along the nearby stretch of coast, these icebergs wash up and glisten in the surf, lending the area its name, the Diamond Beach.

A true highlight of this day would be a visit to a natural ice cave in Vatnajökull glacier. These caves only appear during winter, so catching one is an opportunity few get to experience. Their beauty is otherworldly and their colouration spectacular, so make sure you remember your camera for this unforgettable excursion. The cave is reached by super jeep, only adding to the adventure. You can reserve this experience when booking.

You will spend the night in the south-east.


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

Vestrahorn is instantly recognisable because of its dramatic peaks.

On your fourth day, you will head along the little explored Eastfjords.  This beautiful area of the country is both the least populated and least visited region of the country. Thankfully, the east is brimming with incredible, diverse landscapes.

The Eastfjords, being incredibly remote, have more wildlife than the rest of the country. It is, for example, the only place in Iceland where you can find wild reindeer. Along the shores, seals can also be spotted lounging on the coastal rocks or playing in the surf. 

Your road will take you through Iceland’s largest forest, Hallormsstaðaskógur, and along the banks of Lake Lagarfljót, which is said to hold a terrible monster. Finally, you will reach Egilsstaðir, where you will spend the night.


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 and its surroundings

Much of Iceland is geothermally active.

You will leave Egilsstaðir on the fifth morning, and begin to drive North. Your destination is the Lake Mývatn region, where many of the scenes north of the Wall in the Game of Thrones HBO series were filmed.

There is more than just a lake in the Mývatn area. You will have a chance to visit steaming geothermal areas, such as those on the Námaskarð Pass; bizarre geological formations, such as those which resemble a fortress of lava at Dimmuborgir; and the perfectly formed pseudo-craters of Skútustaðagígar.

Once you have toured the sites, you will continue to the charming town of Húsavík, found just by Skjálfandi Bay. This settlement has some beautiful historic buildings, lovely boutiques and shops and spectacular coastal views. A walk through Húsavík is a lovely way to unwind after the intensive sightseeing of the past few days. 

Finally, you will then return to Mývatn, where you will be spending the night.


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 - The North of Iceland

Icelanders are discovering new waterfalls all the time.

On your penultimate day, you will see two of the fjords in the north, Siglufjörður and Eyjafjörður.

Siglufjörður is in a remote, narrow valley, surrounded by incredible mountains. It is a beautiful, historic settlement with the only museum in Iceland to win international awards: the Herring-Era Museum. You will be welcome to explore the town and learn just how vital the fishing industry has been to the survival and development of Iceland.

Eyjafjörður, the longest fjord in Iceland, is best known for its wealth of fertile farmland and spectacular coastal scenery. You will be driven to the best vantage points, where you will attain some incredible views of the ocean and surrounding landscapes.

You will then head to the Capital of the North, Akureyri, where you will be spending the night. Before retiring, enjoy the town's vibrant bar scene, or wander through its picturesque streets. 


Hrafninn Guesthouse

Hrafninn Guesthouse is located in central Akureyri in North Iceland. Breakfast is included. Each of the rooms offers free Wi-Fi and private bathrooms.

Hótel Akureyri

Hótel Akureyri is located in the centre of Akureyri township, North Iceland. Rooms come equipped with luxury beds, private bathrooms, satellite TV, minibar and free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Day 7 - Flight to Reykjavik

Reykjavik is rich in culture and history.

On your seventh and final day, you can explore Akureyri a little better—that is, if you have time—then return to Reykjavík by plane.

From then, the rest of the holiday is in your hands. You can be satisfied knowing that however you spend it, you have already immersed yourself in Iceland as much as possible over the past week.




Average rating 4.8 / Number of reviews 4

Our experience was completely different than the one reviewed by Ms. Malhotra although I believe her completely. It makes a HUGE difference as to who your Guide is. I observed the two other guides from the other vans that were often close to us as we went from site to site. BIG DIFFERENCE. Our Guide (we called him Captain Hawk) went out of his way to make sure our experience was amazing, despite some bad rain on the first day. He DID help us hunt for the lights AND we saw them...TWICE. He knew locations close to two of the hotels that got us away from the light pollution. He even brought his own special camera and took pictures of us (and even those on other tours!) with the lights behind them. He was excellent at communication and made sure we knew where and when to meet him back at the van. An added bonus was that he played great songs on the van that CONNECTED to the sights along the way...great fun. He also made table reservations for lunch at places where he knew other large groups would be stopping helping to keep us on schedule and things going smoothly. The hotels where we stayed were wonderful, beautiful and had excellent breakfasts. The only true negative was that there was no transfer set up from the domestic airport to the international one, otherwise I have only praise for this tour company.

Please do not rely on his tour. It is waste of money and time. It is marketed incorrectly. The tour says "Northern lights hunting" is included. However it is not. They only leave you at the accomodation and ask you to check the sky at night. However, you cannot see the lights at accomodation due to light pollution and hence you need to drive atleast 10-15 mins away to the dark. But they don't make arrangements for that and there is no hunting included. Guide to Iceland did not take the responsibility and mentioned they had a word with the tour operators and it will be handled. However tour operators said, it's wrongly mentioned by guide to.iceland and we do not provide Northern lights hunting. So in short nobody was ready to take responsibility and our money was waste since we obviously took into account the things that are included in the cost. Secondly, we were clubbed with a group of 6 day tour folks and our 7th day was nothing but dropping the 6 day tour fellows to the airport and reaching to our hotel. So our 7th day of your was waste and we actually paid for nothing but just a waste day. The accomodation on 7th day was horrible with the wash basin and bathrooms blocked and heaters not working. To top it there was no breakfast included on the last day. Our driver dropped us before noon to the hotel and headed to reykjavik for his next trip. We were left all alone and nobody handled the issues, since there was no one at the reception (hotel bieng a guesthouse and was a self checking one). There was no sight seeing on that day. Also few sights were skipped

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