9-Day Northern Lights Winter Vacation Package in Iceland with a Guided Ring Road Minibus Tour

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Description

Summary

Tour starts
Keflavík Airport
Starting time
Flexible
Duration
9 days
Ending place
Keflavík Airport
Languages
English
Difficulty
Easy
Available
Aug. - Mar.
Minimum age
12 years old

Description

Embrace the Icelandic winter on this 9-day tour package, where you'll see the island's most iconic sights while sitting back and allowing the experts to drive the icy roads. Travelers seeking an epic winter holiday designed by professional travel planners should book this vacation package now.

This package, which includes a guided bus tour, will see you hunt for the Northern Lights while you travel the entire Ring Road. You'll discover the enchanting South Coast, the charming Eastfjords, and the wonders of Lake Myvatn. This excursion is perfect for adventurous travelers who want to experience Iceland's wonderland in winter with ease and comfort.

Your journey begins with an included pickup at the airport and an optional visit to the Blue Lagoon, after which you'll be transported to the capital city, Reykjavik. You'll then embark on a thoroughly planned journey around the island, starting with the Golden Circle, before reaching Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, the remote Eastfjords, and Akureyri town. Your trip ends in Reykjavik, where you'll spend your final night.

Your Ring Road adventure includes exciting activities such as glacier hiking, whale watching, and ice caving. You can also add horse riding and visit a geothermal bath by a lake.

Each day will end with a possible display of the magnificent phenomenon of the northern lights. Although they can never be fully guaranteed, traveling around Iceland in winter provides the best chance of spotting their incredible and colorful display.

Experience the wonders of Iceland without the hassle of planning with this meticulously designed package. Discover the best attractions Iceland offers at an affordable price. 

One of the key benefits of this package is the convenience of not having to drive yourself, particularly in challenging weather conditions or on slippery roads. Accompanied by professional drivers and guides, your safety is ensured as they provide insightful information about Iceland. Relax in a comfortable minibus, taking in the breathtaking landscapes.

Upon booking, you'll receive a comprehensive itinerary outlining each day of your adventure. It details exciting activities and captivating sights, maximizing your time in Iceland and creating memories that will last a lifetime.

To enhance your journey, a dedicated travel agent is available round the clock to assist you. They can answer your queries, offer recommendations, and provide support throughout your trip, guaranteeing a seamless and stress-free experience.

This thoughtfully curated package has received rave reviews from satisfied customers who value its convenience, affordability, and the exceptional service knowledgeable guides and staff provide.

For added flexibility, free cancellation is offered with a full refund up to 24 hours before departure, allowing you to adapt your plans according to your needs.

Book this vacation package to visit Iceland's most famed highlights and lesser-known hidden gems off the beaten track with all the comforts you want on a winter journey. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Included

Airport transfer on arrival/departure for Keflavik International Airport
3 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)
6-day small-group guided minibus tour of South, East, and North Iceland
5 night of accommodation in various country hotels (breakfast included, private bathroom)
Northern Lights hunting
Detailed Itinerary
Taxes
Personal travel agent
Glacier hiking tour
Whale watching tour
Ice caving tour
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before departure

Activities

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

Daily itinerary

Day 1
One of the best ways to introduce yourself to Iceland is by bathing in the magical waters of the Blue Lagoon, the famous spa on the Reykjanes Peninsula.

Day 1 - Arrival & Blue Lagoon

Welcome to Iceland! Upon your arrival at Keflavik International Airport, a convenient shuttle service will be waiting to transport you through the captivating lava fields of the Reykjanes Peninsula, giving you a glimpse of Iceland's unique natural beauty. 

As you make your way towards the vibrant capital city of Reykjavik, your journey can include a stop at the world-famous Blue Lagoon spa. 

The Blue Lagoon is not just a spa, it's a geothermal wonder known for its healing properties. The sight of its stunning azure waters set against the backdrop of a moss-covered lava field is nothing short of mesmerizing. 

Depending on your flight schedule, you can arrange your visit to the Blue Lagoon accordingly, ensuring that you don't miss out on this rejuvenating experience.

If your arrival time doesn't allow for a visit today, don't fret. Our flexible itinerary allows you to schedule your Blue Lagoon visit on another day. Simply reach out to your dedicated travel consultant, and they'll handle all the arrangements for you, ensuring your trip is tailored to your preferences.

While in Reykjavik, you'll have the opportunity to explore the charming downtown area at your leisure. Immerse yourself in the city's vibrant atmosphere as you wander through the quaint streets adorned with local cafes, inviting restaurants, unique shops, and captivating museums. 

Whether you savor a delicious meal, sip on a cup of Icelandic coffee, or delve into the rich cultural heritage at one of the museums, there's plenty to fill your extra free time in Reykjavik.

After a day of exploration, you'll retire at your comfortable accommodation in Reykjavik. Rest assured that you'll have a cozy place to relax and recharge, preparing you for the exciting adventures that await you in the coming days.

Get ready to embark on a remarkable journey through Iceland's breathtaking landscapes and discover the secrets of this fascinating country.

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Day 2
Bursting against the sunrise, Strokkur is a geyser that can be marvelled over throughout the year.

Day 2 - Geysers & Waterfalls of the Golden Circle

Your journey begins as you step aboard the comfortable minibus and acquaint yourself with your knowledgeable guide and fellow travelers. Today's itinerary is dedicated to exploring the Golden Circle route, where Iceland's most esteemed sights await, and you're about to witness firsthand what makes them so extraordinary.

The first stop on this remarkable route is Thingvellir National Park, a site of historical and cultural significance as a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. It holds the distinction of being the original location of Althingi, the world's longest-running democratic parliament. Imagine standing where Viking-age Icelanders once gathered to shape the nation's laws and discuss matters of national importance.

Nestled within a picturesque rift valley formed by the separation of the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates, Thingvellir National Park boasts breathtaking natural beauty. As these massive continents gradually drift apart, they create a landscape marked by fissures and gorges that weave through the entire region. Take a moment to marvel at this geological wonder, a testament to the earth's ever-changing landscape.

Continuing your journey, you'll arrive at the geothermal valley of Haukadalur, a captivating realm brimming with geothermal activity. Here, you'll encounter bubbling mud pools and witness the mesmerizing power of active geysers. 

Keep your eyes on the famous Strokkur, a hot spring that propels scalding water an impressive 49-66 feet (15-20 meters) into the air with each eruption, creating a truly breathtaking spectacle.

The grand finale of the Golden Circle awaits at the majestic Gullfoss waterfall. You'll be in awe as you witness the power of water cascading down two magnificent tiers, crashing into a glacial water crevice below. 

After a day of incredible discoveries, you'll spend the night in a nearby accommodation. 

But before retiring for the evening, don't forget to cast your gaze upon the night sky in hopes of witnessing the ethereal dance of the aurora borealis. Watch for the mystical green veils that sometimes grace the heavens, painting a magical backdrop to your Icelandic adventure.

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Day 3
In the cave behind the South Iceland waterfall Seljalandsfoss, you can find icicles dangling in winter.

Day 3 - South Coast & Glacier Hike

On day three of your adventure, you'll embark on an unforgettable journey along Iceland's mesmerizing South Coast. Prepare yourself by bundling up in your warmest jacket and ensuring your camera is ready, as today promises a wealth of remarkable sights and places to explore.

Your first stop of the day is Seljalandsfoss, a narrow and fascinating waterfall that plunges an impressive 197 feet (60 meters) into a pool below. It's no wonder this majestic cascade is one of the most visited waterfalls in Iceland. You’ll be enthralled by its sheer beauty and the sound of water crashing against the rocks. 

Continuing your journey, you'll encounter another waterfall known as Skogafoss. This breathtaking natural wonder tumbles down from the cliffs of the former coastline, marking the boundary between the highlands and the lowlands. 

As you travel, you'll pass by colossal glaciers dominating the landscape. Among them is the infamous Eyjafjallajokull, whose eruption in 2010 disrupted European air traffic due to the significant amount of ash it produced. You'll also catch a glimpse of the enchanting Myrdalsjokull, the fourth-largest glacier in Iceland. 

One of Myrdalsjokull's outlet glaciers, Solheimajokull, awaits your arrival. Here, you'll have the opportunity to don a pair of crampons and embark on a thrilling glacier hike. As you traverse the icy terrain, you'll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the coastline and the majestic mountains surrounding you. 

Your final destination for the day is the charming coastal village of Vik. Here, you'll have the chance to visit Reynisfjara, a striking black sand beach renowned for its dramatic beauty. Take a moment to admire the imposing castle-like structure of the Reynisdrangar sea stacks as they rise offshore from the freezing waters of the Atlantic Ocean. 

Also, marvel at the fascinating basalt columns that form the beach's cliffs, creating a unique and captivating sight. Don't forget to explore the intriguing cavern that adds an extra layer of allure to this remarkable location. 

As the day draws to a close, you'll find relaxation and comfort in your accommodation in South Iceland. Take time to unwind, perhaps searching the skies to glimpse the enchanting northern lights before retiring for the night. 

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Day 4
This unique image of Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon reveals the intensity of the blues that can be found in many of the icebergs here.

Day 4 - Jokulsarlon & Diamond Beach

On day four of your journey, you'll continue exploring Iceland's South Coast until you reach the acclaimed Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. You’ll be mesmerized by the serene display of majestic icebergs that have gracefully broken off from the Vatnajokull glacier, peacefully floating in the still blue waters of the lake. 

The lagoon sparkles as the sun reflects off the crystalline ice, offering perfect photo opportunities for every enthusiast. Nearby, you might also spot seals playfully navigating among the icebergs, adding life to this enchanting icy wonderland.

Adjacent to the glacier lagoon lies a stretch of black beach known as Diamond beach. Here, you'll witness a breathtaking spectacle as icebergs from the lagoon gather and glisten like gemstones in the radiant sunlight. Stroll through a field of ice chunks, marveling at their stark contrast against the ebony sands that cradle them.

As part of today's adventure, you'll have the unique opportunity to explore one of the South Coast's stunning ice caves. If you're visiting between November and March, you'll have the chance to delve into one of the captivating ice caves beneath the Vatnajokull glacier. 

For those visiting outside these months, an equally awe-inspiring ice cave beneath the Myrdalsjokull ice cap awaits. Whichever cave you explore, you're in for a truly otherworldly experience.

These mesmerizing blue tunnels are a must-see for nature enthusiasts and photographers alike, offering a fascinating glimpse into the formation of glaciers. Inside, you'll be captivated by the astounding variety of blue shades that adorn the icy walls and the intricate sculptures and sweeping moulins that add to the cave's ethereal beauty.

After a day filled with extraordinary discoveries, you'll find comfort and relaxation in a local accommodation situated in the Southeast area. Take time to unwind and reflect upon the incredible wonders you've experienced throughout the day. 

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Day 5
Even under a dusting of snow, the southeastern mountain of Vestrahorn looks ominous.

Day 5 - Eastfjords Wilderness

On day five of your adventure, you'll journey through the untamed and rugged fjords of East Iceland. This region has untouched natural beauty with its steep mountains, dramatic coastal cliffs, and an undeniable sense of mystique.

As you traverse this landscape, you'll be captivated by the mythical and isolated atmosphere that permeates the surroundings. It's an opportunity to immerse yourself in the authentic and stark Icelandic terrain, offering an experience unlike any other. Your itinerary for the day will be tailored to the prevailing weather conditions, ensuring that you make the most of this unparalleled route.

Driving through Hallormstadarskogur, Iceland's largest forest, you'll find yourself nearing your final destination for the day - Egilsstadir. This welcoming town sits peacefully on the banks of Lake Lagarfljot, a body of water that holds tales of a legendary sea monster believed to inhabit its depths. The intriguing folklore surrounding this creature predates even the famous Loch Ness monster of Scotland, adding a touch of enchantment to the region.

If you include it in your booking, your day may also feature a delightful horse-riding tour through the untamed Icelandic nature. Icelandic horses are known for their friendly and gentle personalities, making this an ideal experience for beginners and seasoned riders. Immerse yourself in the untouched beauty of the landscape as you explore on horseback, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Additionally, you have the option to visit the Vok geothermal baths located just outside of Egilsstadir. These soothing baths offer a tranquil oasis where you can unwind and relax amidst the beautiful surroundings. With stunning lake views, this peaceful experience provides the perfect opportunity to rejuvenate your body and soul.

You'll find yourself in a charming town in East Iceland for your overnight stay. If you have some spare time, consider taking a dip in the local swimming pool—a beloved activity among locals. Alternatively, visit one of the town's delightful restaurants and treat yourself to a delicious dinner, savoring the region's flavors.

As the day comes to a close, revel in the tranquil atmosphere of the town, taking in the unique charm of East Iceland.

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Day 6
Namaskard Pass in north Iceland never freezes over due to the intensity of its geothermal activity.

Day 6 - Lake Myvatn

On the sixth morning of your journey, it's time to bid farewell to the captivating Eastfjords and head to North Iceland. Your destination for the day is the stunning Lake Myvatn, a place that boasts an abundance of natural wonders just waiting to be discovered.

You'll be amazed as you enter the Myvatn area, a hub of geothermal activity. Marvel at the sulfurous springs of Namaskard Pass, where the earth's heat creates bubbling pools of mud that release puffs of steam into the air. 

Witness the rocky lava formations of Dimmuborgir with their mysterious and fortress-like appearance. You'll also explore the enchanting pseudo-craters of Skutustadagigar, which dot the landscape and add to the area's otherworldly charm.

If any of these extraordinary locations look familiar, it's because they served as filming locations for the wildling scenes in HBO's Game of Thrones. Their otherworldly and fantastical landscapes make them the perfect backdrop for epic storytelling. 

Interestingly, Myvatn is also connected to science fiction, as it was once used to train astronauts for the moon landing in the 1960s. This place's unique terrain and otherworldly beauty made it an ideal stand-in for lunar landscapes.

As you continue your journey toward Akureyri, the stunning Godafoss waterfall awaits. Not only is it a sight of unparalleled natural beauty, but it also holds great historical significance. Legend has it that when Iceland officially declared itself a Christian nation, the idols of the pagan gods were cast into the cascading waters of Godafoss, symbolizing the country's conversion to Christianity.

As you traverse the mountainous terrain, the vibrant town of Akureyri will come into view, nestled by the bay. Take the time to explore its charming streets, browse through local boutiques, delve into the intriguing museums, and recharge at cozy cafes or celebrated restaurants. 

If you're up for it, don't miss the opportunity to visit the town's luxurious public swimming pool, situated at the top of a hill, offering splendid views. Akureyri is not only the largest settlement in the North but also boasts the finest ski slopes in the country, making it a true haven for winter sports enthusiasts.

You'll spend the night in North Iceland, where you can unwind and reflect upon the diverse wonders you've encountered throughout the day. 

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Day 7
Icelandic horses in their shaggy winter coats, in the snow-coated farmlands of North Iceland.

Day 7 - Adventures in the North & West

Get ready for an adventurous day seven! Starting from Akureyri, your next destination is the charming village of Hauganes, situated in Eyjafjordur, the deepest fjord in Iceland. Brace yourself for a range of exciting extra activities that await you here.

First and foremost, immerse yourself in a thrilling whale-watching expedition. This is your chance to witness Iceland's magnificent marine creatures up close and personal. With over 20 different cetacean species residing in Icelandic waters, this experience is a true delight for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers.

Keep your eyes peeled for these gentle giants as they gracefully swim through the pristine ocean waters, creating unforgettable moments. The experienced guides on board will share their extensive knowledge of these marine creatures, enriching your understanding of their behavior and habitat. 

After your time in Hauganes, your journey continues to the remarkable "Troll of the Northwest," known as Hvitserkur. This iconic rock stack stands tall amidst the crashing waves of the North Atlantic Ocean. Composed of basalt columns, this natural formation reaches a towering height of 49 feet (15 meters).

As you approach Hvitserkur, marvel at its peculiar shape, resembling a rhino drinking from the water. The rock's unique appearance and dramatic location make it one of Iceland's most fascinating and photogenic landmarks. Take your time to explore the area, capturing the beauty of Hvitserkur from different angles and soaking in the tranquil atmosphere surrounding this captivating site.

As the day draws to a close, you'll travel back to Reykjavik, where you'll spend the night. Take this opportunity to unwind, reflect on your incredible adventures so far, and perhaps explore more of the vibrant capital city. 

As the evening settles in, you might even have the opportunity to catch a glimpse of the mesmerizing northern lights dancing in the night sky, adding an ethereal touch to your Reykjavik experience.

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Day 8
Even though its cold, many winter days in Iceland are clear and sunny, if only for a few hours.

Day 8 - Reykjavik and Beyond

On day eight of your remarkable journey, you can explore Iceland's vibrant capital city, Reykjavik, or embark on an adventure to the enchanting Snaefellnes Peninsula. The choice is yours, and both options promise unforgettable experiences.

As the country's central hub for arts, retail, and recreation, Reykjavik offers many options to make the most of your day. Booking a Reykjavik City Card grants you access to museums, galleries, and pools for free or at discounted prices. This will enhance your sightseeing and cultural exploration, allowing you to delve into the city's rich heritage and artistic scene. 

Additionally, you can opt for a guided walking tour that introduces you to the city's iconic landmarks and treats you to traditional local snacks, providing a delicious taste of Icelandic cuisine.

For a truly magical experience, consider adding a visit to the Sky Lagoon to your day. This geothermal spa boasts an infinity pool that overlooks the vast sea, offering breathtaking views. Relax and unwind as you enjoy the serene ambiance, and indulge in a seven-step ritual that rejuvenates body and mind.

If you're seeking more adventure, several thrilling tours await. You can opt for a whale-watching expedition in Faxafloi Bay, where the waters teem with Iceland's diverse marine life. Marvel at the sight of majestic whales and playful dolphins, capturing these extraordinary encounters through your camera lens.

Another option is a snorkeling day tour to the renowned Silfra fissure in Thingvellir National Park, offering a unique perspective of Iceland's geological wonders. Participants need to be comfortable in the water and be able to swim. Prepare to be amazed as you swim between two tectonic plates, gazing in awe at the underwater vistas surrounding you. 

Alternatively, you can spend your day exploring the captivating landscapes of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. This stunning region in West Iceland boasts dramatic mountains, picturesque beaches, abundant wildlife, and fascinating geological formations. 

It is also home to Snaefellsjokull National Park, centered around the magnificent Snaefellsjokull glacier. This breathtaking feature has inspired countless writers and artists.

Fans of Game of Thrones will particularly delight in their Snaefellsnes adventure, as it features Mount Kirkjufell, known as 'the Mountain Shaped Like an Arrowhead,' prominently featured in the later seasons of the popular series.

After another fantastic day, you'll spend your final evening at accommodation in Reykjavik.

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Day 9
The capital of Iceland has a beautiful, glowing skyline throughout the winter, seen here across the downtown pond of Tjornin.

Day 9 - Farewell with Optional Blue Lagoon

As your adventure comes to an end, it's time to pack your bags and prepare for the journey back home. Ensure you leave ample time to catch your complimentary ride to the airport, allowing for a smooth departure.

For those who have a later flight and choose to visit the Blue Lagoon today, you'll finish your stay unwinding before heading to the airport. This is the perfect place to relax as you bathe in the warm, mineral-rich waters and look back on the incredible adventure you have just taken in the land of fire and ice.

If you have a later flight, consider further exploring the city of Reykjavik, where you'll find more activities and attractions to fill your remaining time. 

Dive into the city's rich history by visiting the Settlement Exhibition, which showcases the archaeological remains of a Viking-age longhouse. Wander around the Old Harbor and breathe in the fresh sea air, all while watching ships come and go. Don't miss Tjornin, the city's central pond, where you can feed the ducks and enjoy a serene view.

For those keen on art, the Einar Jonsson Museum and Reykjavik Art Museum hold impressive collections of Icelandic visual art. Before you leave, stroll down Laugavegur, the main shopping street, to grab souvenirs or to taste local delicacies at one of its many cafes and restaurants.

You'll head to the airport in plenty of time for your flight home. As you depart from the shores of Iceland, know that you've witnessed the magnificent beauty of the Icelandic winter in all its glory. The memories you've made and the stunning photographs you've captured will serve as timeless reminders of this extraordinary experience.

We hope you have a safe and comfortable journey home. Remember, you're always welcome to return to Iceland to create new memories and embark on further adventures. Until we meet again, farewell, and may your travels be filled with joy and wonder.

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What to bring

Warm clothes, layers of wool and fleece
Windproof and rainproof clothing
Winter hiking shoes
Swimsuit
Camera

Good to know

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 aware that your itinerary may have to be rearranged to fit your arrival date and time better.

Some optional activities might need a valid driver's license, or you may need to send additional information to your travel planner.

Those who opt to go snorkeling must be comfortable in the water, able to swim, and must present medical documents before snorkeling or diving.

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.

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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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.

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