Circle of Iceland with Snaefellsnes Peninsula | 10-Day Winter Package

Circle of Iceland with Snaefellsnes Peninsula | 10-Day Winter Package
Fully encircle Iceland and see all of the best attractions along the Ring Road including the magical Snæfellsnes peninsula.
The pyramid-shaped Mount Kirkjufell, and its adjacent waterfall Kirkjufellsfoss, become clad in ice and snow in the freezing months of winter.
The waterfall Öxaráfoss, caught here in the glow of the low winter sun, continues to stream in spite of the otherwise all-encompassing freezing cold.
The earth that surrounds the geyser Strokkur on the Golden Circle never fully freezes, as every five minutes, it ejects a column of boiling water that melts away any freezing ice.
Green and purple auroras are the most common colours to expect when admiring the Northern Lights, and here are pictured reflecting beautifully in a calm river.
If it is open and accessible, you may approach Gullfoss within mere metres by following a path to an adjacent viewing platform.

Circle the incredible country of Iceland in the depth of winter with this exciting package. Over ten days, you will take a guided circle tour of the highlights of Iceland, such as the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, the Lake Mývatn area, the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, and the Golden Circle. None who want to see the incredible landscapes of Iceland should overlook this opportunity.

The guided tour comes with a clear itinerary, meaning you barely need to organise a thing. It is also conducted in a comfortable minibus, making your journey as cosy and intimate as possible and taking away any fears of driving on Iceland’s icy roads.

Other than the 8 full days of guided adventure, all transfers and accommodation will be sorted for you, including the return airport transfer and 2 nights of stay in the capital. There are no hidden costs upon arrival; all arrangements are included in the price, and the Blue Lagoon can easily be added. Joining this tour could not, therefore, be any easier.

You will head counter-clockwise around Iceland, seeing its South Coast, Eastfjords, dramatic northern territories, and the incredible West, including the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Not only will you get to see Iceland’s most famous sites, but this package will take you to hidden places very few know about, so you can experience the vastness of the empty nature in peace.

Furthermore, you can add adventure to the trip, by opting to take excursions while booking; it is possible to glacier hiking, whale watching, horse riding, lava caving, and to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime exploration of an ice cave. All these excursions are available to you at a special discounted rate, should you elect to add them to your holiday upon booking. By using this great opportunity, you can not only make your holiday even more magical but save money at the same time.  

Of course, as you are travelling in winter, when the days are short and nights are long, this tour presents many opportunities for you to see the Northern Lights. Due to the fact that you will spend time traversing very remote areas throughout the dark hours, with little light pollution, your chances are even greater.

Immerse yourself in Iceland, by seeing as much of it as possible over ten days. Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Aug. - Apr.
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Caving, Whale Watching, Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting, Hot Spring Bathing, Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: North Iceland, West Iceland , Reykjavík, Akureyri, Jökulsárlón, Hvítá River, Mývatn, Dimmuborgir, Snæfellsjökull, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Eyjafjallajökull, Dyrhólaey, Þingvellir, Strokkur, Snæfellsnes, Sólheimajökull, Mýrdalsjökull, Eyjafjörður, Höfn, Reykholt, Egilsstaðir, Hella, Siglufjörður, Keflavik International Airport, Kirkjufell, Reynisdrangar, Haukadalur, Námaskarð, Lagarfljót, Lóndrangar, Hallormsstaðaskógur, Hauganes, Breiðamerkurjökull, South Coast, Diamond Beach, Ring Road, East Fjords
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : Flexible.

You will have a voucher to take the airport shuttle to your hotel in Reykjavík. And the fun starts right away!
Included:
  • 8-day small group guided tour of Iceland, travelling around the ring route

  • 7 nights of accommodation in various country hotels (breakfast included, private bathroom depending on availability)

  • 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)

  • Northern Lights hunting

  • Airport transfer on arrival/departure

  • 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)

  • Flights

  • Lunch and dinner

  • Any additional activities (can be added when booking)


What to bring:
  • Warm and waterproof 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 maximise your chances to see them if weather allows. Please be aware that your itinerary may have to be rearranged due to weather and 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


The Sun Voyager sculpture in Reykjavík perfectly captures the spirit of adventure you will experience on a 10-Day Winter Package throughout Iceland.


You will arrive at Keflavík International Airport on day one, and take a shuttle bus to the Blue Lagoon. Here, you will wash away the stresses of your journey in the healing blue waters, and revitalise your skin with Silica face masks; there is no better way to start your holiday. Once you have fully recharged, you can return to the bus, which will whisk you to the capital city of Reykjavík, where you will spend the night.


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 - The Golden Circle


Þingvellir is a National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site, geological wonderland, and an amazing place from which to watch the aurora borealis.


Today, the adventure starts properly, with a sightseeing adventure around the famous sites of the Golden Circle. You will be picked up from Reykjavík in a minibus, and driven to your first stop, Þingvellir National Park.

Þingvellir is famous due to its geology and history. The edges of North American and Eurasian tectonic plates loom over the sides of the park, and as they pull apart, they tear open ravines that fill with spring water.

Eruptions in centuries past have also filled much of the area with lava rock, making the landscapes fascinating. Regarding history, it was here where early Icelanders founded what is now the world’s longest-running ongoing Parliament, Alþingi.

After enjoying the park, you will move on to Haukadalur Valley, famed for its geysers. The largest of these, Geysir, which provided all others with their name, is not in a period of regular activity. Its neighbour Strokkur however, erupts every five to ten minutes to heights that can exceed over twenty metres. The valley is filled with other hot springs, as well as fumaroles and mud pots.

The third and final site of the Golden Circle is the mighty and majestic Gullfoss waterfall. This feature, which is within the Hvítá glacier river, falls in two tiers with incredible power into an ancient canyon. If rays of sun hit the spray coming from the waterfall, it creates some beautiful rainbows.

If you opted to during the booking process, you will start the day by heading to a stable in the countryside where you will meet and ride the Icelandic horse. These creatures are both friendly and intelligent, making this a great tour for all animal lovers.

You will finish the day at your accommodation in South Iceland.


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 winter sun sets behind Reynisdrangar, a pair of sea-stacks that, according to legend, are the remains of two frozen trolls.


On day three, you will head across the beautiful South Coast of Iceland. This stretch of road is lined with features you will spend the day admiring. The first of these will be two of the most famous waterfalls in the country, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss.

Both of these fall from over sixty metres high, from cliffs that marked Iceland’s coast during the last ice age. Other than that, they could not be more different. Seljalandsfoss falls in a narrow stream, and is unique in the sense that the cliff behind it is concave; it is possible to fully encircle the water for some great perspectives when conditions allow. Skógafoss, meanwhile, is much more powerful and classic in its form.

The next stop you will reach is the glacier tongue Sólheimajökull. This magnificent ice cap is vast and beautifully coloured, blending white snow, blue ice and black ash. If you elected to do so during booking, you can opt for a glacier hiking tour here and explore the otherworldly landscapes atop one of Iceland’s glaciers.

As evening rolls around, you will reach Reynisfjara, a beautiful stretch of black-sand beach, renowned for its geology. You will be able to see the Dyrhólaey rock arch curving into the ocean, and the Reynisdrangar sea stacks towering from the water’s surface.

You will spend the night near the village of Vík. Remember to look up to the sky tonight for a chance to see the brilliant Northern Lights.


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


Photographers will love the effect of the surf as it plays with the washed up icebergs on the Diamond Beach in south-east Iceland.


You will head to the far side of the South Coast on day four, crossing the dramatic Mælifellssandur black-sand desert as you do. Your main destination for today is the unbelievable Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, one of the most renowned and beautiful places in Iceland’s nature.

You can walk along the shores of this vast lake and witness as enormous icebergs, which have broken from a receding glacier tongue, slowly move towards the ocean. Nearby is the Diamond Beach, a black sand beach where icebergs from the lagoon have washed up on shore and glisten in the sun. The lagoon and beach are also famous for being home to many seals; this southeastern corner of the country is one of the best places to spot them.

You can also elect to explore an ice cave on this day. Ice caves are spectacular natural phenomena that only occur under very specific conditions, in very few places on earth. The world inside them is beautiful and ethereal; this experience should not be missed by those with the opportunity. If you are travelling before November, you'll visit a cave in Mýrdalsjökull glacier in the morning, otherwise, you'll see one in Vatnajökull National Park in the afternoon.

You will spend the night in Höfn.


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


Due to their remoteness, the East Fjords are one of the best places in the country to admire the aurora borealis.


Today you will navigate your way north through the incredible Eastfjords. This little-travelled route is incredibly beautiful; you can expect to be driven over dramatic peaks and along breathtaking coastlines. You will regularly stop for the best photo opportunities, such as in the little fishing villages that dot the route.

The Eastfjords have the highest abundance of wildlife in Iceland, it is the only place in the country where you can see herds of wild reindeer. Your guide will arrange the day to best display the natural beauty of the area, and share with you some hidden gems and favourite locations. 

You will pass through Iceland’s largest forest, Hallormsstaðaskógur, and by the lake Lagarfljót, said to hold a terrifying wyrm. Finally, you will reach your destination for today: your accommodations in one of the East's charming town in the East.


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


In several places around north Iceland's Lake Mývatn area, you can locate bubbling hot pools and steaming vents.


On day six, you’ll drive to Iceland’s dramatic North. This route will take you through the northern part of the Vatnajökull National Park, and Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull, will be visible multiple times.

Your first destination is the incredible Lake Mývatn area. This region boasts a diverse array of incredible scenery. You will see the Dimmuborgir lava fortress, the geothermal areas at the Námaskarð Pass, and the strange geological formations that rise from the surface of Lake Mývatn itself, spending a good amount of time exploring and photographing the sites.

If you opted to during the booking process, you can take a dip in the warm and mineral-rich waters of Mývatn Nature Baths today, and rid your body of any aches and kinks days of travelling and adventure might have built up. This is a sister site to the famous Blue Lagoon, though it's location makes it much less crowded, making it an ideal place for relaxation. 

In the evening, you'll head to your accommodation for the night, located in the Akureyri area. On your way, you will pass the beautiful Goðafoss waterfall. if you are lucky, and the weather has been cool enough, you might even see it all dressed up and bound in ice and snow, with the water flowing from under the frozen layers forming on the stream. 


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 - Whale Watching or Beer Spa


The magnificent rock monolith, Hvítserkur, in Northern Iceland.


Today, you will better explore Iceland's northern landscapes, before heading down south. You will start by heading to Eyjafjörður, the agricultural heartland of the North. You'll travel around this beautiful fjord, exploring its many farmlands and sweeping mountainscapes.

At the lovely town, Hauganes, you have two unique experiences at your fingertips. If you'd like to see the view of the Eyjafjörður fjord from the sea, you can opt to take a whale watching tour and scout for the gentle giants of the North while enjoying the surrounding mountains and vistas. 

If, however, you want a more relaxing morning, the beer spa at the local brewery will not disappoint. There, you will be immersed in a warm, amber liquid which is rich with antioxidant nutrients, said to do wonders for both your hair and skin.

Your guide will then take you to the oddly looking rock formation, Hvítserkur, where you can snap a few photos of this massive monolith and decide for yourself whether it looks more like a dragon or an elephant. 

You will then start making your way to your accommodations in the Borgarnes region. The journey might take some time, but you will be rewarded with incredible scenery en route. You will also make a few stops for refreshments and to visit hidden gems only your local guide knows about. In the evening, you can hope the Northern Lights will pay you a visit as you unwind in the hotel's hot tub. You will then spend the night in Borganes.


Accommodation

Icelandair Hotel Hamar

Icelandair Hotel Hamar is a hotel just outside of Borgarnes. The hotel has great outdoor activities on site including an 18-hole golf course, outdoor hot tubs, and a great view. There is a restaurant on site. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

B59

The hotel is located in Borgarnes and has impressive sea and mountain views from the rooms. Spa and fitness center are found on site. All bedrooms have private bathrooms that include shower or bath, hairdryer, and free toiletries. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 8 - West Iceland


The stunning waterfalls, Hraunfossar, can be found in West Iceland.


Today, your first stop is at the steaming, bubbling hot spring, Deildartunguhver. This is Europe’s most powerful hot spring, and it provides heat for the nearby Akranes and Borgarnes towns. The steam which Deildartunguhver emits surrounds the area, making the scene seem like it was plucked straight from a sci-fi movie.

Next up are two stunning waterfalls, Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. The former trickles down from a dark lava field in a series of small rivulets while the latter runs wild and violently through a jagged gorge.

From there, you’ll head to Reykholt, one of the most important historical towns in Iceland. Reykholt was once home to the legendary writer, historian and chieftain, Snorri Sturluson, without whom we would know very little of medieval European history and the belief system of the Old Norse. The settlement now houses the Snorrastofa Museum on his life and works.

That night, you will retire to your accommodations in Borganes.


Accommodation

Icelandair Hotel Hamar

Icelandair Hotel Hamar is a hotel just outside of Borgarnes. The hotel has great outdoor activities on site including an 18-hole golf course, outdoor hot tubs, and a great view. There is a restaurant on site. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

B59

The hotel is located in Borgarnes and has impressive sea and mountain views from the rooms. Spa and fitness centre are found on site. All bedrooms have private bathrooms that include shower or bath, hairdryer, and free toiletries. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 9 - The Snaefellnes Peninsula


The Snæfellsjökull glacier looms behind the church at Buðir, pictured here beneath a clear sky filled with dancing auroras.


On your final full day of exploring the country, you will first visit the cliffs of Gerðuberg on the Snæfellesnes Peninsula. These cliffs are made up of countless, hexagonal basalt columns which form a wall that is reminiscent of a medieval fortress. From there you’ll head to Ytri-Tunga beach to see if you can’t spot a few seals lounging on the white sand.

Next, you will venture further down this 90 kilometre stretch of coast, often called ‘Iceland in Miniature’ because it is home to a variety of different landscapes and features, densely packed together.

You will visit the picturesque village of Arnarstapi. Here you will have a fantastic view of the ocean, surrounding cliffs and abundant birdlife. Then it is off to the Djúpalónssandur black beach, where impressive rock formations tower over the waters, and echoes of long-gone eras are felt in every rock and tree.

The glacier and volcano Snæfellsjökull crowns the peninsula and will be the backdrop to most of your destinations. This feature was made famous by the novel ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’ by Jules Verne.

You will have your own journey beneath the Earth today as you’ll visit the lava tunnels of Vatnshellir Cave. You’ll descend down a 200-metre staircase into the lava tunnels where strange rock formations and glittering walls will greet you.

Last but not least is Kirkjufell, an imposing yet beautiful standalone mountain, often photographed with the nearby waterfall Kirkjufellsfoss. After exploring the peninsula, you will return to Reykjavík, where you will spend your final night.


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 10 - Departure


Those staying in Reykjavík in winter have a good chance of spotting the northern lights above Grótta lighthouse.


Sadly, this is the day you leave Iceland. If you have time before your flight, you can better explore the city of Reykjavík; shop in its boutique stores or explore its fascinating museums.

When it is time, you will take a shuttle bus back to the airport, and head home with a camera full of photos and a head full of great memories.


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.


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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