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

8-Day Winter Package | Ring Road of Iceland in a Small Group
Marvel at the many natural wonders that lie between Reykjavík and Akureyri on this fantastic 8-day guided tour of Iceland.
A tiny silhouette shows the scale that the ice caves under south-east Iceland's Vatnajökull can reach.
Across the icebergs of Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, lucky visitors will have a chance to see the aurora borealis dance.
Jagged, stark and ominous, Vestrahorn mountain is a highlight of southeast Iceland, particularly for landscape photographers.
Bursting from the depths of the earth, Strokkur the geyser reveals Iceland's dramatic geothermal activities.
Though there are icebergs in Jökulsárlón throughout the year, they tend to be denser and larger in winter.
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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.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Aug. - Apr.
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Horse Riding, Whale Watching, Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting, Hot Spring Bathing, Cultural Activity, Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 years.
  • Languages: English
  • 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, Jökulsárgljúfur, 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
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 00:00. Flexible,

Please consult your itinerary for more information
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

  • Blue Lagoon entrance and return transfer (can be added during the booking process)

  • Lunch and dinner

  • Any additional activities (can be added when booking)


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.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival


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


On your first day, you will fly into Keflavík International Airport, and use the voucher provided to pick up your bus ticket. If you have time to do so today, you will postpone heading to the capital in lieu of the Blue Lagoon. This is a marvellous place to unwind after a flight, basking in the azure waters and revitalising your skin with a Silica Mask, and the price of entry is included in the package. If you arrive late, you can postpone this to your last day.

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


Preferred accommodation in Reykjavík

Reykjavík Super Budget

Rooms or dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels, such as HI Hostel. Located in the capital region. Access to cooking facilities on premises. Breakfast not included.

Reykjavík Budget

Capital Inn is a 2 star hotel 3 km out of the city centre, with a short walk to Kringlan shopping mall and Nauthólsvík geothermal beach. Private bedrooms with a washbasin but shared bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is not included.

Reykjavík Comfort

The Fosshótel chain has four 3-4 star Hotels located in and around the city center of Reykjavík. There is a short walk from all of the hotels to attractions, cafés, restaurants, museums and the nightlife. All offer private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Reykjavík Quality

Alda Hotel is a 4 star hotel situated on Laugavegur, Reykjavík's main shopping street in the city centre. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free access to a fitness room with a sauna and a hot tub. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 2 - Golden Circle


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


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.


Accommodation

Below you can see our preferred partners for this night. In the case of these hotels not being an option, an alternative of the same standard will be arranged.

Icelandair Hótel Flúðir

Icelandair Hotel Flúðir is located in the golden circle and is close to Geysir and Gullfoss waterfall. All rooms have wooden floors and a patio with garden access. 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 guests and a sun terrace. Free access to hot tub. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 3 - The South Coast


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


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.


Accommodation

Hotel Dyrhólaey

Hotel Dyrhólaey is located 9 km from Vík. It has both a great view of the Mýrdalsjökull Glacier and the ocean. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. 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 4 - Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon


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


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.


Accommodation

Hotel Edda Höfn

Hotel Edda Höfn is located close to a harbour in a town called Höfn. Guests can enjoy a great view of the ocean in rooms with modern decor. 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. Guests can enjoy a great view of the glacier or the ocean from most rooms. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 5 - The Eastfjords


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


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.


Accommodation

Icelandair Hotel Hérað

Icelandair Hotel Hérað is a 3-star hotel centrally located in Egilsstaðir town. Bright, private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included, with a focus on local ingredients.

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 6 - Lake Myvatn and surrounding Area


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


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.


Accommodation

Icelandair Hotel Akureyri

Icelandair Hotel Akureyri is a 3-star hotel centrally located in the town of Akureyri, right next to the swimming pool. Private bedroom and a private bathroom. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Hótel Norðurland

Hotel Norðurland is located in the centre of Akureyri and is close to many restaurants and shops. Private bedroom and a private bathroom. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 7 - Akureyri to Reykjavik


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


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. 


Preferred accommodation in Reykjavík

Reykjavík Super Budget

Rooms or dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels, such as HI Hostel. Located in the capital region. Access to cooking facilities on premises. Breakfast not included.

Reykjavík Budget

Capital Inn is a 2 star hotel 3 km out of the city centre, with a short walk to Kringlan shopping mall and Nauthólsvík geothermal beach. Private bedrooms with a washbasin but shared bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is not included.

Reykjavík Comfort

The Fosshótel chain has four 3-4 star Hotels located in and around the city center of Reykjavík. There is a short walk from all of the hotels to attractions, cafés, restaurants, museums and the nightlife. All offer private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Reykjavík Quality

Alda Hotel is a 4 star hotel situated on Laugavegur, Reykjavík's main shopping street in the city centre. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free access to a fitness room with a sauna and a hot tub. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 8 - Departure


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.


On day eight, you can enjoy the sites of Reykjavík until it is time to catch a bus back to the airport. If you didn’t have the time on your first day to visit the Blue Lagoon, you can use your ticket today, and bask in the beautiful waters to relax you for your flight home.


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.


Private Transfer

The transfer takes around 45 minutes between the airport and your drop-off location in Reykjavik.

An agent will pick you up at the airport arrival hall with a sign to welcome you. There is no additional waiting time. You will board your private transfer and head to either the city or the Blue Lagoon immediately.

If you choose to go to the Blue Lagoon and it is fit into the arrival day, your driver will take you there first. The drive takes 15 to 20 minutes. You will have 2 hours at the Blue Lagoon for a relaxing soak.

The driver will be waiting in the lobby to collect you and drive you straight to your accommodation in Reykjavik afterwards, which takes around 30 to 35 minutes.

For your return journey, your private transfer driver will pick you up from outside your accommodation and drop you off at the airport directly. The total time would be around 45 minutes.

Please note that if your Blue Lagoon cannot be fit into your arrival/departure day, you will take the shuttle between the Blue Lagoon and the city.


Cancellation Insurance

This insurance guarantees that you can cancel tour and package bookings and receive a full refund, minus the insurance cost of 5,000 ISK per person.

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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Fannar is an excellent guide. He was so knowledgeable about the landmarks and gave us interesting information and tidbits about Icelandic culture. I thoroughly enjoyed my first vacation to Iceland and hope to visit again.
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This small group tour packaged many of Iceland's attractions very nicely. It can be quite a hassle (and dangerous if done incorrectly) to navigate Iceland's many breathtaking attractions, but having a capable tour guide takes care of all that. Our tour guide, Robert (from Troll Expeditions, Guide to Iceland's tour provider), was a local. He was very knowledgeable about Iceland's attractions, food, culture, and history. He also had a good sense of humor and was down to earth. He made our trip quite memorable. If you're planning on hunting for the Northern Lights, be aware of the following. Since Northern Lights viewing is dependent on both having high solar activity and having clear skies, there may be a good chance you may not be able to see them. The tour guide will do his/her best in increasing your chances (i.e. notifying everyone at the hotel when the solar activity picks up, driving out to places with less light pollution, etc), but still cannot guarantee the viewing. It all comes down to luck.
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What a great experience! I was travelling alone and chose to take this tour to see as much of Iceland as I could in a week. By the end of our 6 days together, the group felt like family. The bus was small (20-person) and very comfortable with wifi. Our guide, Halldor, showed us the amazing sights and was informative as well as entertaining with his commentary along the way. He always made sure to stop for the best photo ops when we saw them. The accommodations were all very comfortable and clean. I would recommend this tour to anyone - traveling alone or in a group. It is a great way to see Iceland and also get a local perspective. Thanks again for a great trip, Iceland is definitely a must-see!
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I won't be traveling with Guide to Iceland again. They misled us on two occasions about how big the groups are. Prior to booking, we were told minivans were used with no more than 6 people. So we booked a tour and we told there were 6 others in our group. It turned out there were 16 people in our group and a big bus was used. Also, because we were the last to board the bus on day 1, we were stuck on the right side at the back of the bus over the wheel well for the entire tour. We were never given the opportunity to rotate or change seats. We also had to clean our own windows as the driver rarely made the effort to clean them. Rating 2/5.
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Kudos to our guide, Inga and our driver, Joseph. They have made the entire trip enjoyable and have given us a lot of great tips and awesome sightseeing locations. Really recommend others to join Guide to Iceland.
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Great trip. We did this trip in the beginning of January. We experienced the real Icelantic Winter:) By travelling and staying around the country you get a good feel of the great nature of Iceland. Especially with the great guide we had, who could tell about the culture and nature. We can really recommend this trip!
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Fannar, our guide, absolutely made this trip. His personality was a real plus, fun and funny, laid back but in control of the group, extremely accommodating and helpful and really clicked well with the group, and very knowledgeable. No matter how miserable the weather was, Fannar brightened the day. Additionally I loved the size of the group and that everyone really clicked well. The sights were interesting and fun- this was my 2nd trip to Iceland and I plan on a 3rd. I highly recommend Fannar as a guide.
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We booked the 8-day Winter Package, Ring Road of Iceland in a Small Group tour. We had a total of 17 travelers on the trip, 8 of which were from our own party. Overall, we had a great time. Guide to Iceland was responsive and helpful in booking our trip. We had a few communication issues prior to the trip and throughout and they were helpful in resolving them. The driver and the guide are the same person, our driver was knowledgeable about the area and a local. He took us to a few hidden stops along the Ring Road that would have been harder to find had we done the tour ourselves. My only complaint was that I wish more information was provided each morning/day on what we would be doing. Most days our guide did not lay out our stops for the day it was sort of an announce as you go. My family participated in most of the extra activities. The Blue Lagoon was well worth the money spent, I recommend adding a robe as well to keep yourself warm and cozy. The Glacier Hike was amazing and definitely worth it, there is some climbing involved, going up and down "stairs" on the glacier, but overall fairly doable. Some members in my party are not that active and were able to complete the hike. I would caution doing the hike for older travelers, it could be difficult to do. The ice cave tour, the priciest add-on for our trip was my favorite experience. The caves vary every season but if they find a good one, it's well worth the money. I'm not sure if you are able to ask for someone specific for the ice-cave tour but Finnar, our guide was great! He made the experience what it was. The Myvatn Nature Bath was nice, but in my experience if you only choose one, pick the Blue Lagoon. My family did not participate in any activities the last day of our trip, prior to the bus ride back to Reykjavik so we had the morning to sightsee on our own and our guide took us to a local Cow Cafe and Christmas Village in Akureyi. Some other tips to note, in Reykjavik, the larger buses are not allowed to go directly to the hotel for pickups so they use Bus Stops. Our original hotel overbooked and so we had to move to a different hotel for our last night in Iceland. That changed our bus stop and there was confusion the next morning with the pickup and the bus stop. This shouldn't happen if you don't switch hotels; however be aware of where the bus stop is because it can be hard to reach someone via phone sometimes. SIM cards can be purchased at the Reykjavik airport for 10GB no voice that was very handy for us to use while travelling around Iceland. The cell service was decent for the most part. Take note, on the final day back to Reykjavik, it is a very long bus ride (almost 6 hours) and we did not arrive back at the city until dinner time. If you are planning on exploring the city, you would need an additional day added to your itinerary. We also did not see the Northern Lights on our trip, we had bad weather and the timing wasn't right. We did book a Northern Lights tour our last evening and we didn't see them, but they told us that if you don't see them you can go back on another tour any night you are in Iceland. If you come early, I recommend trying to do the tour at the end to maximize the chances you have. Our hotels were all comfortable. The bus we drove in was nice, it had WiFi and plugs to charge our phones. I would recommend against sitting towards the back if you get carsick, the bus is fairly bumpy especially as you drive further into the Ring Road. Overall, we had a great trip and saw a lot of things in Iceland. We will definitely making a trip back there someday to hopefully catch the Northern Lights.
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Svienn was our guide and he’s knowledgeable about Iceland history and sites. Great job in having to drive and talk all throughout 6 days! The trip would be much better if more information was given on the trip (before and during) - most of us felt pretty lost. The itinerary given wasn’t detailed and systematic enough. First day pickup a few of us were stranded waiting for close to an hour - luckily my bus stop was right outside the hotel which I opt to upgrade and didn’t have to stand in the cold. Bus’s mic wasn’t working very well and those sitting at the back can’t hear the guide well. Small group means max of 19 Pax ; not under 10 pax. Important thing to note: if you don’t add in the “optional activities”, you basically will be left stranded there for 2-3 hours doing nothing - you do your own “sightseeing” or wander around doing nothing. Still, I enjoyed myself - who wouldn’t when they are at such an amazing and beautiful place like Iceland and was blessed with such great weather throughout my trip? Thanks Svienn for being a great guide! He helped to make the trip better. He was able to make necessary changes to ensure our safety - eg knowing that the winds will come in stronger, he made our whale watching session earlier so we won’t have to travel under massive winds and other similar incidents like that. Another thing is that it would be helpful if we were briefed more on the “difficulty of the activities” - how long we need to hike before we can see the waterfall, how dangerous or difficult it would be. Overall, I Loved Iceland. :)
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