8-Day Guided Northern Lights Winter Tour of the Complete Ring Road of Iceland

The northern lights over Jokusarlon glacier lagoon.
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Tour starts
Starting time
at 08:00
8 days
Ending place
July - Mar.
Minimum age
8 years old


Join this small-group guided minibus tour to travel the full circle around Iceland in eight days, exploring and experiencing the country's most iconic natural attractions. This multi-day tour is tailored to travelers looking to maximize their vacation time by enjoying the full breadth of Iceland's unmatched diversity.

Your tour begins from Reykjavik, where you'll meet your experienced guide and the rest of the group. Over the next eight days, you'll travel around the country by minibus, covering top attractions and hidden gems. Seven nights of accommodation with a private bathroom and breakfast are included, so all you need to do is sit back and enjoy the sites.

Day one traverses the famous Golden Circle driving route, covering three breathtaking sites. Today, you'll see Thingvellir National Park, the Geysir geothermal area, and the Gullfoss waterfall, considered bucket list attractions for every traveler to Iceland.

Days two and three take you along the stunning South Coast, known for its beautiful beaches and waterfalls. You'll also see the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon and Diamond Beach, guaranteed unforgettable vacation highlights.

Next, travel the East Fjords, an off-the-beaten-track destination sure to impress with its pristine landscapes and quaint villages. Then, you'll marvel at the geothermal treasures of the Myvatn region and the incredible coastline of North Iceland on days five and six.

Immerse yourself in the diverse landscapes of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula on day seven, and spend the tour's final day enjoying the best attractions in West Iceland.

From the snow-wreathed mountains of the Eastfjords to the rugged, dried lava fields of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, there's no telling of the adventure that awaits. Throughout this 8-day winter journey, you'll visit numerous towns and coastal villages, discover charming lakes, marvel at cascading waterfalls, and much more. 

You'll spend time in all three of Iceland's wondrous national parks. These regions offer a fantastic opportunity to revel in incredible landscapes and geology for perfect photo opportunities.

On top of all of this, life-changing activities are included in the price of this tour. You'll experience an exhilarating glacier hike and a breathtaking whale-watching excursion. Those traveling between October and April will also enjoy a mesmerizing ice-caving experience.

Your guide will provide the necessary equipment to embark on these tours. Otherwise, you can bring one piece of carry-on luggage on board with you. Any extra can be stored for a small cost in Reykjavik.

Because this is a guided tour, there will be plenty of opportunities to soak up the Icelandic culture, ask questions, and better understand the geological makeup and natural phenomena that make the country so attractive. As such, you'll get the most out of every experience as you explore the wonders of Iceland.

Every night will conclude with a possible display of the celestial phenomenon, the northern lights. Their appearance can never be guaranteed, but exploring the country in wintertime is your best chance of spotting them. 

Grab the chance to join this fantastic 8-day guided winter bus excursion around the Ring Road of Iceland, packed with exciting adventures and awe-inspiring landscapes. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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8-day guided tour to the South Coast, East Fjords, North Iceland, and the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, via the Ring Road
7 nights of accommodation in various country hotels with breakfast and a private bathroom
Northern lights spotting
Glacier hike tour
Ice caving tour
Whale watching tour
Space for one piece of hand luggage, max 24 inches (61 cm)


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

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Strokkur blasting out boiling water at sunrise.

Day 1 - The Golden Circle

Today marks the beginning of your thrilling 8-day adventure. As you're picked up, you'll have the pleasure of meeting your knowledgeable guide and getting to know the rest of your group. The real excitement starts with the Golden Circle tour, an absolute must-see when visiting Iceland. This tour takes you to some of the country's most captivating attractions.

First on the itinerary is Thingvellir National Park, an extraordinary place that holds a significant spot in Icelandic history. Not only is it one of the country's three national parks, but it's also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

The reasons for this prestigious recognition become clear as you delve into the park's rich history. It was here that Iceland's earliest settlers established the Althingi, the world's oldest surviving Parliament, way back in 930 AD. Walking through these ancient grounds allows you to step back in time and witness the birthplace of Icelandic democracy. 

The park's unique geographical location on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge offers a remarkable spectacle. You can see the visible boundary where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates emerge from the Earth, a testament to the Earth's dynamic nature.

After exploring Thingvellir, you'll embark on a short journey to two more captivating attractions, the Geysir geothermal area and the Gullfoss waterfall. Geysir is a geothermally active area that provides a captivating display of nature's power. 

Here, you can witness the famous hot spring Strokkur erupting every few minutes, shooting scalding water into the air. It's a mesmerizing sight that offers a glimpse into the geothermal forces that shape Iceland's landscape.

Continuing the adventure, you'll go to Gullfoss waterfall, the "Golden Falls." This majestic waterfall is considered one of Iceland's most iconic natural wonders. 

Plunging down two rocky tiers, Gullfoss showcases nature's raw power and beauty as it cascades 104 feet (32 meters). Standing near this magnificent waterfall is an experience that will leave you in awe of the Earth's immense forces.

As the sun sets on your first day, you'll find yourself in Hella village, a charming area close to the Golden Circle. Throughout your journey, you'll have the pleasure of staying in countryside accommodations, which offer comfort and fantastic opportunities to witness the mesmerizing dance of the northern lights, should the skies bless you with clear views. 

Prepare for a week filled with natural wonders, cultural immersion, and unforgettable moments in the enchanting landscapes of Iceland.

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Day 2
The black sand beach, Reynisfjara, during the winter.

Day 2 - The South Coast & Glacier Hike

Get ready for an unforgettable second day as you embark on a journey down Iceland's mesmerizing South Coast, renowned for its breathtaking beauty. Leaving your cozy accommodations behind, you'll be surrounded by a diverse tapestry of landscapes. Rolling farmlands, winding rivers, and fascinating waterfalls like Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss will greet your eyes, painting a picture of natural wonder.

To your right, the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean stretches out, its azure waves harmonizing with the Nordic ambiance. Along the way, there will be ample opportunities to pause, capture photographs, and fully immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring surroundings. Brace yourself for an additional thrill today, a glacier hike on Solheimajokull.

As you embark on this glacier adventure, you'll tread the icy terrain, navigating through deep crevasses and rugged ridges. The panoramic vistas that unfold before you are simply breathtaking. The glacier's surface boasts a mesmerizing shade of deep blue, while the snowy peaks bear the marks of volcanic eruptions, displaying a striking contrast of blackened ash.

Before retiring to your accommodation, either in the charming coastal village of Vik or its vicinity, you'll visit the world-famous Reynisfjara black sand beach. Here, you can witness the basalt stacks, natural formations sculpted over time by the relentless forces of wind and water. Marvel at the intricate patterns and feel the power of nature as you walk along the dark volcanic sands.

Vik offers more than a place to rest your head. It presents an ideal opportunity to savor the delights of traditional Icelandic cuisine, tantalizing your taste buds with mouthwatering local dishes. Additionally, you can explore the village's shops, brimming with handmade handicrafts that make for unique souvenirs and gifts to cherish.

The South Coast adventure promises an incredible blend of natural wonders, thrilling glacier hiking, and cultural encounters. Get ready to create lifelong memories as you delve deeper into Iceland's captivating landscapes and immerse yourself in its rich heritage.

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Day 3
The dazzling blue interior of Iceland's ice caves.

Day 3 - Jokulsarlon & Ice Caving

Get ready for an extraordinary day, as the third leg of your journey unveils some of the most captivating sights in Iceland. As you traverse the vast expanse of Skeidararsandur, the black sand desert, the majestic panorama of Skaftafell National Park unfolds before you. Steep mountain ridges, pristine ice sheets, and dramatic wooded slopes create a scene from a postcard.

Continuing your adventure, you'll stop at the renowned Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, undoubtedly one of Iceland's most iconic and breathtaking locations. Here, witness the mesmerizing spectacle of pure white and cerulean blue icebergs breaking away from the colossal Breidamerkurjokull glacier and gracefully floating in the lagoon. 

The sight is nothing short of awe-inspiring, offering a true connection with the power and beauty of nature. Keep a keen eye out, as you might be lucky enough to spot seals frolicking in the water or basking on the icebergs.

The wonders don't stop there. Brace yourself for an exclusive adventure as you explore the enchanting interiors of an ice cave. This unique experience allows you to venture into the heart of a glacier, revealing a dazzling array of colors that will captivate your senses. 

Descending into these icy passages fills you with a thrilling sense of exploration and wonder. If you're visiting between October and April, you'll have the chance to explore a cave in the Vatnajokull glacier. For those traveling at other times of the year, the frozen world of the Myrdalsjokull glacier awaits your discovery.

After an exhilarating day, you'll settle in for the night in the vicinity of Vatnajokull glacier, ensuring you're immersed in the enchanting atmosphere of this icy wonderland. As darkness falls, be prepared to witness the ethereal dance of the northern lights, painting the night sky with vibrant hues if conditions are favorable.

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Day 4
Vestrahorn, one of the East's most dramatic mountainscapes.

Day 4 - The East Fjords

Today, get ready to embark on a journey to the enchanting East Fjords, a region in Iceland known for its untouched beauty and breathtaking wilderness. As you venture deeper into this remote area, a sense of peace and tranquility will wash over you, creating a genuine connection with nature like no other.

The East Fjords, with its minimal development, offer an ideal environment for wildlife to thrive. Keep your eyes peeled as you explore, as there are excellent chances to spot herds of wild reindeer roaming freely in their natural habitat. Witnessing these majestic creatures in the untamed wilderness is a truly awe-inspiring experience.

You'll encounter several stops defying your imagination throughout the day. Marvel at the beauty of Lake Lagarfljot, known for its mysterious legends and picturesque surroundings. The sweeping fjords of the East will leave you spellbound with their towering cliffs and pristine waters. Additionally, you'll have the opportunity to visit charming fishing settlements, where you can immerse yourself in the local culture and perhaps sample some delicious seafood delicacies.

For those seeking to make this day even more unforgettable,  you have a couple of options. 

You may add on a horse riding tour during the booking process. Hop on the back of a friendly Icelandic horse and traverse the stunning snowy countryside. Feel the crisp air against your face as you ride through the winter wonderland, creating cherished memories that will last a lifetime.

Alternatively, you can treat yourself to a rejuvenating experience at the Vok baths. These geothermal baths offer a soothing soak in warm, mineral-rich waters, allowing you to unwind while marveling at the stunning landscapes that surround you.

As the day draws to a close, you'll find comfort in the accommodations in the Eastfjords area. Let the tranquility of the surroundings wash over you as you unwind and reflect on the extraordinary experiences of the day.

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Day 5
Much of the area surrounding Lake Mývatn is geothermal.

Day 5 - Lake Myvatn & Dimmuborgir

You'll spend day five exploring the staggeringly beautiful geothermal region around Lake Myvatn. This area encapsulates everything that makes Iceland unique, with its bubbling mud pools, captivating lava formations, and geologically fascinating features.

Lake Myvatn is also known as "Fly Lake." During the winter months, you'll be pleased to know that the flies are nowhere to be found, allowing you to fully appreciate the beauty of the lake and its dramatic volcanic landscapes.

One of the notable attractions at Lake Myvatn is Dimmuborgir, an area characterized by its peculiar rock formations that resemble a dark and mystical fortress. These formations have sparked legends of being the home of Christmas trolls, adding a touch of enchantment to the surroundings. Additionally, Dimmuborgir has been a captivating backdrop for various films and television series, contributing to its otherworldly allure.

Another captivating site in the area is Namaskard, a geothermal area featuring bubbling mud pools and steaming fumaroles. It's a unique setting to witness the natural forces at work.


A local custom involves burying containers filled with dough made from sweet rye bread in the geothermal area overnight. The result is a deliciously baked bread, cooked slowly by the earth itself.


Continuing your journey from Myvatn, you'll stop at the majestic Godafoss waterfall. This waterfall holds historical significance and breathtaking beauty, making it a must-see attraction. As you drive through the Vikurskard mountain pass, take a moment to absorb the impressive vistas of the surrounding Eyjafjordur fjord and the snow-capped landscapes, creating a truly picturesque scene.

Soon, you'll arrive in Akureyri, a charming town where you can look forward to exploring its many attractions. The town boasts a variety of museums, shops, and cafes, providing ample opportunities to immerse yourself in the local culture and indulge in delightful Icelandic cuisine.

Before retiring to your accommodation for the night, keep an eye on the sky. If the clouds clear, you may be fortunate enough to witness the mesmerizing dance of the northern lights. This natural phenomenon, with its vibrant colors illuminating the night sky, is a sight that will leave you in awe.

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Day 6
Make sure you keep your eyes on the sky as you travel around the country in the winter, you might catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.

Day 6 - Whale Watching and North Iceland

On your journey to West Iceland, take a moment to explore the serene and picturesque village of Hauganes in the north. 

Despite its small population of around 140 people, this village exudes a captivating charm. Stroll along the black sand beach, where the rhythmic waves create a soothing atmosphere. As you wander towards the harbor, marvel at the sight of fishing boats gently bobbing up and down in the sparkling ocean waters.

For those seeking adventure, an exciting opportunity awaits in Hauganes. Join a thrilling whale-watching tour departing from the harbor and venture into the vast ocean, searching for these magnificent creatures. 

Keep your eyes peeled for the great Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, Harbour Porpoises, and White Beaked Dolphins frequently spotted in the area. You might even catch a glimpse of other majestic species, such as Orcas or the colossal Blue Whales. Witnessing these gentle giants in their natural habitat is an awe-inspiring experience that will leave a lasting impression.

After your memorable encounter with marine life, you'll continue your journey and arrive at your accommodations near the charming town of Borgarnes. 

Before retiring for the night, unwind in the hotel's inviting hot tub. As you soak in the warm waters, tilt your head back and gaze up at the night sky, hoping to witness the enchanting spectacle of the elusive northern lights. If the conditions are favorable, these dancing ribbons of light will paint the darkness with their ethereal glow, creating a truly magical and unforgettable sight.

Take this opportunity to rejuvenate both body and mind, surrounded by the tranquility of Borgarnes and the natural wonders of the Icelandic night sky. As you prepare for a restful night's sleep, reflect on the adventures and discoveries that await you on the next leg of your Icelandic journey.

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Day 7
Iceland becomes a winter wonderland when it is blanketed in snow.

Day 7 - Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Prepare for an unforgettable day of exploration as you delve into the wonders of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. This region is a treasure trove of breathtaking landscapes, towering mountains, rugged cliffs, vibrant birdlife, and ancient fishing villages, offering an immersive experience of Iceland's natural beauty.

Your journey begins with a visit to Gerduberg, a cliff adorned with hexagonal basalt columns. These striking rock formations create a magnificent display, showcasing the unique geological wonders of the peninsula. As you stand in awe of nature's artistry, take a moment to appreciate the intricate patterns and formations crafted over centuries.

Next, you'll venture to Ytri-Tunga, where you'll encounter an unusual sight in Iceland - a pristine golden sand beach. Unlike the volcanic black sand beaches commonly found in the country, Ytri-Tunga's sandy shores offer a distinct charm. 

But what truly sets this beach apart is the presence of playful seal colonies lounging just offshore. Observe these delightful marine creatures as they bask in the sun and gracefully navigate the coastal waters.

Continue your exploration as you go to the enchanting black pebble beach of Djupalonssandur. To reach this secluded shoreline, you'll traverse a natural maze of free-standing lava pillars, creating an otherworldly atmosphere reminiscent of a fairy tale. 

Throughout your journey, the majestic presence of the Snaefellsjokull glacier will watch over you. This colossal glacier, immortalized in Jules Verne's famous novel as the gateway to the center of the Earth, adds an air of mystique and wonder to the landscape. 

No visit to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula would be complete without paying homage to Kirkjufell mountain, an iconic landmark known for its majestic beauty. 

This picturesque peak served as the backdrop for Game of Thrones, where it was featured as the "mountain like an arrowhead" beyond the Wall. Capture the essence of this captivating location and immerse yourself in its stunning scenery.

As the day draws to a close, return to your accommodation, ensuring a restful night's sleep.

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Day 8
A puffin scratches an itch in Iceland.

Day 8 - West Iceland

As your Icelandic adventure draws to a close, your final day will be dedicated to exploring the enchanting landscapes of West Iceland, leaving you with lasting memories of this remarkable country.

Begin your day by visiting Deildartunguhver, an extraordinary natural wonder and Europe's most powerful hot spring. Here, boiling water surges from the earth, stained red by minerals, while steam gracefully envelops the surrounding area. This geothermal marvel is a testament to Iceland's geologically active nature, offering a glimpse into the forces shaping the land.

Next on your itinerary is Reykholt, a place steeped in historical significance. This humble settlement holds a special place in Icelandic history as the former homestead of Snorri Sturluson, a renowned poet, author of sagas, scholar, lawmaker, and chieftain. Snorri Sturluson's contributions during the Middle Ages were profound, making Reykholt an important cultural and intellectual hub of its time.

Continuing your journey, be enchanted by two contrasting yet equally stunning waterfalls, Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. Hraunfossar is a series of delicate rivulets that meander through the dark lava field, creating a picturesque spectacle as the crystal-clear water seeps through the porous rock formations. Meanwhile, Barnafoss showcases the intense power and vibrant blue hue of rushing waters as they cascade through a narrow gorge, leaving a lasting impression on all who witness its beauty.

For your final adventure, you can choose to explore the magical world beneath the surface as you embark on a lava-caving experience. Vidgelmir, a renowned lava tunnel in West Iceland, unveils breathtaking formations and sculptures of ice, showcasing the unique artistry created by the dynamic interaction between fire and ice. Even those with limited mobility will find the journey manageable, thanks to a well-maintained footpath that guides you through this underground wonderland.

As the day draws to a close, you will be chauffeured back to Reykjavik, where you can reflect on your incredible journey. Whether you choose to gather in a cozy pub and exchange stories with fellow travelers or savor a delectable meal at an acclaimed restaurant, let the vibrant atmosphere of Reykjavik serve as the backdrop for reminiscing on the unforgettable moments and experiences that have enriched your Icelandic adventure.

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What to bring

Warm and waterproof clothing
Winter hiking shoes
Swimsuit and a towel

Good to know

Customers traveling on their own will receive a single room. Reservations for two people will be allocated a double room. For bookings of three or more, triple rooms will automatically be issued. For example, a group of eight will receive two triple rooms and one double. If these arrangements do not meet your requirements, don't hesitate to contact the provider.

Each guest can take one item of carry-on luggage on board. Other luggage can be stored in Reykjavik for a low cost.

The northern lights are a natural phenomenon and, therefore, cannot be guaranteed, but this itinerary is designed to maximize your chances to see them if the 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 favorable and advise you on how to spot them.

It can happen, in the case of extreme weather, that an activity is canceled. If your chosen activity is canceled, we will assist you with rearranging or booking other activities when possible, and any potential price difference will be refunded to you.

Please note that only pick-up and drop-off from designated pick-up locations in the greater capital area are available, not from Keflavík International Airport. Therefore, attempting to start this tour on your arrival day in Iceland is not recommended. Arrival time back to Reykjavik at the end of your tour can vary depending on weather and traffic.

It is highly recommended not to book your flight home the same night, as bad weather or delays could affect your journey. Please arrange accommodation for this evening and an airport transfer the next day to take you to Keflavik International Airport for your departure.

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 nationwide.

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