8 Day Winter Package | Ring Road of Iceland in a Small Group

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Tour starts
Keflavík Airport, Flexible
Duration
8 days
Languages
English
Difficulty
Easy
Available
Aug. - Apr.
Minimum age:
8 years old

Witness the marvels of Iceland in winter without worrying about planning or driving yourself. This immersive vacation package is perfect for anyone who is spending 7 nights in Iceland. You will be guided in a comfortable minibus around Iceland's famous ring road to incredible locations such as the Golden Circle, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, the Eastfjords and Lake Mývatn.

This package should appeal to anyone who is eager to see the beautiful sites and landscapes of Iceland, as well as those who seek to include some adventure on their holiday. In addition to sightseeing across the South, East and North of this amazing country, you have the chance to go horse riding or book glacier hiking and ice caving excursions to truly make the most of the opportunities that come with winter.

Of course, as this tour is conducted in the winter you will also have plenty of chances to see the Northern Lights. You will be travelling in the dark hours to reach your destinations around the ring road, and often staying in rural hotels, giving you better odds of capturing the phenomenon than those who are just staying in the capital.

Your accommodation in Iceland will all be sorted for you prior to arrival, as well as transfer to and from Keflavík International Airport, as well as a guided six-day tour. You can also choose to add a trip to the Blue Lagoon for a bit of extra pampering.

Do not miss this chance to see Iceland’s greatest sites in the winter. Check availability by choosing a date.

Included

Airport transfer on arrival/departure for Keflavík International Airport
6 day small group guided tour of the Ring Road of Iceland
2 nights of accommodation in Reykjavik (different levels available; breakfast not included for Super Budget or Budget levels; breakfast included for Comfort and Quality levels; more detailed info below)
5 night of accommodation in various country hotels (breakfast included, private bathroom depending on availability)
Northern Lights Hunting
Detailed Itinerary with fun and practical information on the nature, history and culture of Iceland
Hands on travel agent to oversee your itinerary
Taxes

Activities

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

Attractions

Blue Lagoon
Golden Circle
North Iceland
Reykjavík
Akureyri
Jökulsárlón
Vatnajökull
Mývatn
Dimmuborgir
Dettifoss
Skógafoss
Seljalandsfoss
Geysir
Gullfoss
Eyjafjallajökull
Dyrhólaey
Þingvellir
Katla
Strokkur
Reykjanes
Sólheimajökull
Mýrdalsjökull
Skaftafell
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Vík í Mýrdal
Egilsstaðir
Námafjall Geothermal Area
Keflavik International Airport
Reynisdrangar
Haukadalur
Skaftafellsjökull
Námaskarð
Lagarfljót
Hallormsstaðaskógur
Hauganes
South Coast
Diamond Beach
Ring Road
East Fjords

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Heal your skin, rest your mind and nourish your soul in the Blue Lagoon Spa in south-east Iceland.

Arrival

On your first day, you will fly into Keflavík International Airport, and use the voucher provided to pick up your bus ticket.

On your way to Iceland’s capital city, you could choose to make a stop at the Blue Lagoon. This world-renowned spa is known for its healing waters, vivid azure colours and luxurious treatments. It is located in the middle of a moss-covered lava field, giving it an otherworldly atmosphere. If you add the Blue Lagoon it will be arranged according to your flights. If there is no time to visit the lagoon today it can be added to another day, your travel consultant will be able to arrange this for you. There is still plenty to see and do in Reykjavik if you have extra free time.

Once you reach Reykjavík, you can settle into your accommodations and explore the museums, shops, bars and restaurants of Iceland’s vibrant capital.

Day 2
The spray from the popular waterfall Gullfoss rinses the faces of any who get close with glacier water from the ice cap Langjökull.

Golden Circle

On day two, you will start your six-day guided tour. You will be picked up from your Reykjavík accommodation early, and be whisked away to the most popular tourist trail in Iceland, the Golden Circle.

If you chose to do so during the booking process, you will start the day off with a riding tour in the Icelandic countryside. Before heading to the Golden Circle, you will be taken to the stables where you can meet and ride the friendly Icelandic horse. Afterwards, you will begin your tour of the Golden Circle.

Three incredible sites make this route so popular. The first of these is Þingvellir National Park, one of three National Parks in Iceland and the only one of them also on the UNESCO World Heritage List as it is here where Iceland's parliament, Alþingi, was founded in the year 930 AD.

This beautiful place is located directly in the Mid Atlantic rift, sheltered by two tectonic plates, and the effects on the landscape as they pull apart have led to dramatic gorges and geological marvels.

After enjoying the sites here, you will continue to the next location, the Geysir geothermal area. This site is home to an active geyser, Strokkur, which erupts very regularly to heights that can exceed twenty metres; it is also surrounded by hot springs and fumaroles, giving you your first taste of the active forces just beneath the surface of the ground in Iceland.

Finally, you will reach Gullfoss waterfall, one of the most classic sites in Iceland. This feature cascades in two steps down into a dramatic, ancient canyon, and in winter, is framed by ice glistening on the rocks. After marvelling at its power and beauty, you will head to your accommodations in southern Iceland. Remember to keep an eye out for the Northern Lights before you retire.

Day 3
The view from Vík Í Mýdral in south Iceland over Reynisfjara beach and Reynisfjall mountain is spectacular in winter.

The South Coast

On your third day, you will start to cross the beautiful South Coast of Iceland, an area renowned for its diverse scenery, and the wealth of landmarks that can be found right off the main road.

First up, you will see two waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. Both tumble from cliffs near the coast from heights of over sixty metres, but are vastly different in all other ways. Seljalandsfoss is very unusual, as the cliff behind it is hollowed; if the ground is not too wet or icy, it is possible to fully encircle the falling water. Skógafoss, meanwhile, is very powerful and dramatic, measuring up to twenty metres wide.

Following your time at these features, you will continue onto Sólheimajökull glacier. In winter, it becomes encased in vivid blue ice, making it as beautiful as it is spectacular. If you elected to do so while booking, you can take a hike onto its otherworldly surface, and marvel over the crevasses, ridges, formations and incredible views.

Before reaching the Vík í Mýrdal area, where you will spend the night, you will make a stop at the black-sand Reynisfjara beach to admire the unusual sea-stacks of Reynisdrangar and the massive Dyrhólaey rock arch.

Day 4
Under Vatnajökull glacier, there is a network of ice caves that fortunate visitors to Iceland in winter will have the opportunity to explore.

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

On day four, you will finish crossing the South Coast, and visit one of Iceland’s most beautiful, renowned locations as you do. While every day of this tour promises to be incredibly rewarding, it is very possible that this will be the most enjoyable one.

You will pass over the vast sands of Skeiðarársandur glacier outwash planes, before driving past the Skaftafell nature reserve and then passing under Iceland's highest peak; Mt. Hvannadalshnjúkur. Then you will arrive at your next incredible destination, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon.

For many travellers to Iceland, this is the country’s crowning jewel; you will witness an enormous lake filled with gigantic icebergs, which are cruising from a glacier outlet above to the ocean. The area is also home to many seals, making it even more popular amongst lovers of wildlife.

You will also visit the coastline nearby, often called ‘the Diamond Beach’. On this stretch, the icebergs wash on the shore and provide a beautiful contrast against the foaming surf and black sands.

As if these destinations are not appealing enough, you can top off today with an exploration of an ice cave. Caves like these are only formed in very few places, under very certain conditions, so this truly is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. If you are visiting before November, you'll start the day with a caving expedition in Mýrdalsjökull glacier, otherwise, you'll have an afternoon visit to the great Vatnajökull glacier.

You will spend the night in the south-east of the country.

Day 5
Mount Vestrahorn on the Stokksnes Peninsula is jagged, unforgiving, and very photogenic, especially when blanketed in snow in the winter.

The Eastfjords

On day five, you will leave the South Coast and start to explore the remote and dramatic Eastfjords. Few get the chance to reach this part of the country, especially in winter, so you can expect the spectacular destinations to be rather clear of the crowds.

You will regularly stop as you travel, to marvel over and photograph the incredible fjords, giant mountains, beautiful seascapes and quaint little villages. You will also keep your eyes peeled for the wildlife around this area, as it has a lot of diversity. 

Your travel through this mountainous area will be dictated by your guide, who will make stops at hidden locations and less known gems, according to what best suits the itinerary and the weather. 

You'll spend the night in one of the Eastfjord's charming towns.

Day 6
Steam rising from the ground at the geothermal area of Námaskarð near Lake Mývatn.

Lake Myvatn and surrounding Area

On day six, you will head to the northern region of Lake Mývatn. This area is incredibly geothermally and geologically active, providing a great diversity of sites for you to enjoy.

Today, there is a wealth to see. You will head to Dimmuborgir, for example, often nicknamed ‘the Dark Fortress’ due to the scale, colour and formation of the lava rock here.

You will also see the geothermal area of Námaskarð pass, with its dramatic hot springs and fumaroles. The Lake Mývatn itself is also beautiful, and unique due to the unusual basalt formations that rise from the water.

You can also opt to visit the Mývatn Nature Baths during the booking process. The baths are the North's answer to the Blue Lagoon as the water there is also rich in minerals and a beautiful azure colour.

You will be driven to the town of Akureyri. On your way there, you will make a stop at the beautiful Goðafoss waterfall.

Goðafoss translates to 'Waterfall of the Gods' and its name comes from the year 1000AD when Iceland was officially Christianised. In a show of fealty to the Church, the local lawspeaker cast pagan idols into the falls as a symbolic gesture. Goðafoss is an impressive natural feature which cascades 12-metres into the frothing and swirling river below. There are several different vantage spots for you to take pictures and your guide will be on hand in case you need any advice.

You will spend the night in Akureyri.

Day 7
Reykjavík in winter is a city of gorgeous, idyllic snowscapes.

Akureyri to Reykjavik

Today is sadly your final day on the road, but the tour isn’t over just yet. 

You can begin today with some exciting adventure or some relaxation. You will start in the peaceful village of Haugarnes. This quaint area provides a beautiful snapshot of idyllic seaside life. The tranquil setting is punctuated by Hauganes’ black sand beach and harbour. The waters of Hauganes are also a hub of whale activity. 

From here you can choose to take a whale watching tour. You will board a boat and head into the harbour searching for the gentle giants of the sea. Seals are also known to live in the area so you might even spot a few dancing in the water, or lazing about on the shore. 

Just over 5km outside of Hauganes is a unique spa concept. The beer spa is a fascinating concept that opened in 2017. Here you can unwind and relax in a warm bath filled with young beer and live yeast. A personal beer tap also accompanies every beer tub, so you can sip a cold Icelandic brew while you soak.

The next stop is an iconic rock formation called Hvítserkur. Known as the ‘Troll’ of the Northwest, this 15-metre high basalt rock protrudes out of the bay. It’s also home to native bird life and a favourite stop for photographers.

You will then continue your journey back towards Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík. Once here, you can take in more of the local culture. If you still have some energy, this would be a great chance to take a walk around the city and see the many shops, cafes and bars. 

You will spend the night at your accommodation in Reykjavík. 

Day 8
Grótta lighthouse, in Seltjarnarnes, is arguably the best place in Reykjavík from which to admire the aurora borealis, especially considering it has a hot-pool where you can warm your feet.

Departure

On day eight, you can enjoy the sites of Reykjavík until it is time to catch a bus back to the airport. For those who have a later flight and choose to visit the Blue Lagoon today, you will finish off your stay unwinding before you head to the airport. This is the perfect place to relax as you bathe in the warm, mineral-rich waters as you look back on the incredible adventure you have just taken in the land of fire and ice. If your flight is later there are plenty of things to do in Reykjavik. If you have an early flight back home, we wish you a pleasant journey.

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What to bring

Camera
Swimsuit
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. Please be aware that your itinerary may have to be rearranged due to weather conditions.

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.

Accommodation in Reykjavik

See our accommodation levels below and our preferred accommodation partners under each day in the daily itinerary. Super budget level accommodations will be arranged in hostel dorm beds. For budget and comfort levels, bookings for one person will be arranged in single rooms, and bookings for two or more people will share a twin/double or triple room(s). For quality level, odd number groups will always be allocated a single room. If you are travelling in a group, but prefer a single room, please make separate bookings. Teenagers and children will be arranged in the same room with parents. If additional room(s) is needed, additional costs will incur. For multi-day guided tours, accommodation cannot be upgraded and the levels below do not apply. Guide to Iceland will provide you with the best available accommodation at the time of your booking from our preferred partners. If our preferred partners are fully booked at the time of your booking, we will find another suitable accommodation for you of similar level. We always do our best to accommodate special requests, which may incur additional costs. Press choose a date to find availability.

Super Budget

Dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels, such as HI Hostels. Located in the capital region. Breakfast is not included.

Budget

Private rooms with shared bathroom in guesthouses or hostels such as Capital Inn Guesthouse. Located in the capital region. Breakfast is not included.

Comfort

Rooms with a private bathroom at three-star hotels such as Hótel Klettur, or quality guesthouses. Located in the city center or in close vicinity. Breakfast is included.

Quality

Rooms at four-star design hotels in the city center with a private bathroom at the absolute best locations downtown such as Hotel Alda. Breakfast is included.

Meals

You can now add meals to your booking. Select to include dinner on every night as an optional extra, and we will provide you with vouchers as part of your booking confirmation. We will choose from top-rated restaurants that fit with your vacation itinerary and make your reservations for you. At the restaurant, you will be offered a set menu, from which you can choose from meat, fish or vegetarian options. If you would prefer something else, the voucher will act as a credit that you can redeem at the restaurant against menu items that are not part of the set menu. Please notify the restaurant on arrival about any dietary requirements. Vouchers are non-refundable.

Cancellation Insurance

This insurance guarantees that you can cancel tour and package bookings and receive a full refund, minus the insurance cost. The cost of your cancellation insurance depends on the duration of your tour or package. A base cost of 5,000 ISK per person is applied to all tours and packages with a duration of 5 days or less. An additional 1,000 ISK per person will be added to the insurance cost for each day after. The cancellation must be made more than 48 hours before the listed starting time on your voucher. To cancel your booking and claim your refund, simply contact info@guidetoiceland.is and declare full cancellation. Please note that this insurance covers the cancellation of the whole tour or package. Individual services cannot be cancelled and refunded separately, but are all covered and refunded in case of a full cancellation.

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