6 Day Guided Winter Tour | Circle of Iceland in a Small Group

6 Day Guided Winter Tour | Circle of Iceland in a Small Group
This 6-day trip will have you see the best attractions of the South Coast as well as the Eastfjords, Mývatn and Akureyri in the North.
Gullfoss is one of Iceland's most well visited waterfalls.
Iceland has a number of geothermal areas, providing an insight into the country's geological history.
Going into an ice cave is one of the most memorable experiences available to those visiting Iceland.
Vestrahorn is immediately recognisable on the landscape.
Vestrahorn, in the East, is one of Iceland's most visually stimulating mountains.

Hop on board this unique minibus journey around Iceland, exploring for six full days the country's most popular destinations. You will travel from the country's capital, Reykjavík, and visit Iceland's most beautiful sites, including the ones on the Golden Circle and South Coast, as well as a few hidden gems.

This tour is the perfect option for those visitors looking to maximise their experience in Iceland without the hassle of driving the winter roads or organising their own accommodation.

For the truly adventurous, who want a comprehensive, all-encompassing experience of Iceland, the longer 8 Day Winter Excursion | Guided Circle of Iceland Minibus Tour is the perfect option which also takes you to the Snaefellsnes peninsula in the west.

On this 6-day tour, you'll visit the world-famous Golden Circle where you will discover the mighty waterfall Gullfoss, the Geysir geothermal area, and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Þingvellir National Park. Then, you'll be off to the South Coast where you'll find Reynisfjara black sand beach and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. After traversing the remote Eastfjords,  the otherworldly Lake Mývatn area, you will arrive at the capital of the North, Akureyri, before heading back to the capital down south.

Asides from some incredible sightseeing, you will also have the opportunity to book extra tours and activities to make your holiday that little bit more special such as a visit to a natural ice cave, horse riding and glacier hiking. Every night can then be spent gazing into the sky in search of the beautiful Northern Lights.

Along with all of this, there is the added benefit of staying in the best available accommodation, providing you with the perfect restful end to each day.

So hurry now and book so you too can experience this incredible winter tour, journeying around Iceland during the Northern Lights season. Check availability by choosing a date. 

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Sep. - Apr.
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Horse Riding, Whale Watching, Sightseeing, Boat Trip, Northern lights hunting, Cultural Activity, Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 years.
  • Languages: English, Icelandic
  • Highlights: Golden Circle, East Iceland, North Iceland, Reykjavík, Akureyri, Jökulsárlón, Vatnajökull, Mývatn, Dimmuborgir, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Eyjafjallajökull, Dyrhólaey, Þingvellir, Strokkur, Sólheimajökull, Mýrdalsjökull, Skaftafell, Sólheimasandur, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Vík í Mýrdal, Egilsstaðir, Akureyrarkirkja, Reynisfjall, Reynisdrangar, Öxarárfoss, Haukadalur, Námaskarð, Lagarfljót, Hallormsstaðaskógur, South Coast, Diamond Beach, Ring Road
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 07:30.

Pick up might take 30 minutes. Please be ready at your selected location. Read carefully if you will be picked up at your hotel or at the nearest designated area (Bus Stop). For walking distance to bus stops, please check busstop.is.

  • 6 day guided tour of the Ring Road of Iceland

  • 5 night of accommodation in various country hotels with breakfast and a private bathroom

  • Northern Lights spotting

  • Taxes

  • Any additional activities (can be added during the booking process)

  • Lunch and Dinner

What to bring:
  • Camera

  • Swimsuit and a towel

  • Warm clothes

  • Winter hiking shoes

  • Good waterproof outer layers

Good to know:

Customers travelling on their own will receive a single room. Reservations for 2 people will be allocated a double room. For bookings of 3 or more, triple rooms will automatically be allocated. For example, a group of 8 will receive 2 triple rooms and 1 double. If these arrangements do not meet your requirements, please contact the provider.

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 advised that there is no specific Northern Lights hunt on this tour, but your guide will notify you if the conditions are favourable and advise you on how to best spot them.

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.

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

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.

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - The Golden Circle Route 

Visitors across the world will testify to Gullfoss' power and simultaneous beauty.

You will begin your journey in Reykjavík. After being picked up by bus, you will head out towards the world famous Golden Circle. If you wish to spice up your already exciting day, you can opt for a horse riding tour where you'll get to meet the gentle Icelandic horse and ride around the beautiful countryside.

The first stop is Þingvellir National Park which is surrounded by mountains and snow-laden volcanic fields, making it one of the most beautiful locations in the whole of Iceland. It is also one of the most culturally important, as it is where Iceland's parliament, Alþingi, was formed in the year 930 AD.

To make the area even more spectacular, the geology here is truly unique; as the park is set atop the Mid-Atlantic Rift, visitors can see for themselves the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates exposed on the surface. It is for these reasons that Þingvellir National Park is a UNESCO designated World Heritage site.

Your next stop along the Golden Circle is Haukadalur geothermal area, home to the hot springs Strokkur and Geysir (the latter lending its name to all geysers worldwide). Strokkur erupts every five to ten minutes and reaches heights of 20-metres, creating plenty of opportunities for you to take some fantastic photos.

The final stop is Gullfoss Waterfall, one of the most beautiful and most-visited waterfalls in Iceland. Here, you will witness the incredible power of the cascading glacial Hvítá river as it topples over two tiers of the 32-metre waterfall. 

You will once again hop on your minibus to head for your accommodation for the evening. Make sure you keep your eyes on the sky for a chance to spot the dancing Northern Lights. Your accommodations throughout this trip are located far away from any light pollution, providing a fantastic opportunity to see the beautiful Auroras.


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 2 - South Coast, Waterfalls and Glacier Hike

Reynisfjara is known for its dangerous 'sleeper' waves.

You will begin the second day of this tour travelling along the scenic South Coast towards Seljalandsfoss waterfall, one of the highest features in Iceland. With a drop of 65-metres,  the picturesque Seljalandsfoss makes for incredible photographic opportunities. 

Your next stop is another equally beautiful waterfall, Skógafoss, one of the largest falls in the country. Ancient folklore dictates that the first Viking settler that arrived in the area buried treasure in a cave behind the cascading water.

If you'd like to add a touch of adventure to your day, you can opt for a glacier hike up Sólheimajökull glacier. This exciting opportunity allows for you to follow a trained and highly experienced guide across the blue crevasses and frozen sculptures of the ice cap. This extra activity can be added upon booking.  

Your final stop of the day is Reynisfjara black sand beach which is famous for being enclosed by black basalt columns and widely regarded as one of Iceland's most beautiful locations. From Reynisfjara you can look east to the Reynisdrangar rock formations which boldly rise out of the ocean as well as to the Dyrhólaey Peninsula to the west, which features an enormous black lava arch, eroded away by the lapping Atlantic Ocean. 

You will then retire to your accommodation for the evening in or near the town of Vík.


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 3 - Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon & Ice Caving

The South Coast of Iceland is brimming with amazing natural attractions.

Today, you'll have the option of adding a visit to an ice cave to your journey. If you are travelling to the country between April and October, you'll start the day with a stop in a cave in Mýrdalsjökull glacier. If you are in the country outside of those months, you will visit a cave in the glacier Vatnajökull in the afternoon. 

These rare, naturally occurring structures are formed each fall when meltwater from glaciers freeze, creating new and unique caves. A guide walks you through these stunning and dazzling ice formations while sharing with you his expertise of the glacier.

You will then head to the crown jewel of Iceland, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Here you will witness enormous icebergs of marvellous shapes and colours lazily drifting towards the sea.

You can follow their path from the lagoon down to the Diamond Beach, where ice chunks have stranded on the black shores, resembling precious stones on black satin.

You will spend the night in this beautiful area.


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 4 - The Eastfjords

The East Fjords contains some of the most dramatic scenery available in Iceland.

You’ll spend your fourth day travelling the East Fjords, home to some of Iceland's greatest diversity of wildlife. It is, after all, the only place in the country where you can catch a glimpse of wild reindeer.

While traversing these mighty fjords, you’ll pass high mountain ridges with the great Vatnajökull glacier to the west. The many tranquil fishing villages on the way will give you an excellent opportunity to learn more about Iceland’s history, culture and sleepy way of life. 

The road will lead you past Iceland's largest forest,  Hallormsstaðaskógur, a large recreational area with many footpaths and trails leading to diverse sites such as waterfalls, moors and coves. You will also travel along the banks of Lake Lagarfljót, where a wyrm-like monster is said to live.

You’ll spend the night in a charming town in East-Iceland.


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 5 - Lake Myvatn, Dimmuborgir Fortress and Namaskard Pass

Lake Myvatn has a number of nearby geothermal areas.

Day five will be spent exploring the staggeringly beautiful geothermal region around Lake Mývatn. This area has everything that makes Iceland so unique: gurgling mud pools, incredible lava formations and more geologically intriguing features.  

You will visit the Námaskarð pass, a high-temperature geothermal area where you can actually see the earth boiling and smoking up close. The dark red and orange of the landscape here proves just how eclectic the Icelandic countryside can be. 

You'll journey to Dimmuborgir, a field of strangely shaped lava pillars and cliffs forming a labyrinth of unbelievable beauty. These oddly shaped formations are believed to be the home of many mythical creatures, such as trolls, elves and the Icelandic Yule Lads.

Today you will have the opportunity to experience the geothermal nature of the area up close by opting to visit Mývatn Nature Baths, a geothermally heated spa guaranteed to leave you feeling completely relaxed.

On your way to Akureyri, where you will spend the night, you will disembark from the minibus to marvel at one of the most magnificent waterfalls in the North of Iceland, Goðafoss, a feature known for its history as well as captivating beauty.

If the sky is clear of clouds, remember to look up for a chance to see the Northern Lights before you turn in for the night to your 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 6 - Exploring North Iceland

Reykjavik has a number of cultural attractions to fill your last day in Iceland.

On your last day of this journey around Iceland, you will make your way from the capital in the North, Akureyri to the capital of the South, Reykjavik, but not without a stop along the way!

First, you'll head to the little village of Hauganes, located just a short drive from Akureyri. Although the settlement is small, there are plenty of adventures to be had here. You could opt to hop aboard a boat and set sail in search of Humpback Whales, Minke Whales, Harbour Porpoises or other gentle giants found in the ocean near the Arctic Circle. 

Alternatively, you could immerse yourself in amber nectar at the nearby Beer Spa. Here, you will take a dip in warm beer with beer yeast, which is said to be very good for both your skin and hair. You could even choose to drink a cold beer while enjoying a dip in the warm beer.

If neither of those options appeals to you, you could also simply walk around the picturesque town of Hauganes. They have a beautiful black sand beach and a charming, little harbour which overlooks the ocean and a tall mountain.

From Hauganes, you'll head to Hvítserkur, a giant rock monolith which protrudes from the North-Atlantic Ocean. Some say it looks like a dragon, others say it resembles an elephant drinking from the surrounding water. The truth is much simpler: it is actually a troll which has been turned into stone by the sunlight... if you believe the folklore that is. 

You will then head back to Reykjavík. How you choose to spend the rest of your time is up to you entirely; you could visit the city's museums and art galleries, go on a whale watching tour, try your hand at some shopping in town or experience Reykjavík's cafe culture. For your convenience, it is not recommended that you book your flight home on the same evening as bad weather and delays could affect your journey.

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