7 Day Guided Winter Tour | Half-Circle of Iceland and Flight back to Reykjavik

Jump aboard this seven-day winter minibus tour around Iceland. You will be driven from Reykjavík to Iceland’s iconic sites, such as those on the Golden Circle, the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, and Lake Mývatn in the North. This tour finishes with a flight from Akureyri back to the capital. This excursion should appeal to anyone who wants to see as much of Iceland as possible, without worrying about organising accommodation or driving the winter roads.

Departing from Reykjavík, you will not only get to experience some incredible sightseeing over this week, but you will have the option to add on tours during booking, such as a glacier hike up Sólheimajökull. And as you're travelling between November and March, this adventure can include a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore an ice cave.

This trip truly allows you to get the most out of the Icelandic winter as possible; you will have a chance to witness all the places you have heard so much about, as well as unique national gems that are much lesser-known.

Do not hesitate to book. Jump aboard for an immersive trip from the capital to the north, visiting some of the greatest gems the country has to offer. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Nov. - Mar.
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting, Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Golden Circle, East Iceland, Reykjavík, Akureyri, Jökulsárlón, Vatnajökull, Mývatn, Dimmuborgir, Húsavík, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Dyrhólaey, Þingvellir, Sólheimajökull, Skaftafell, Eyjafjörður, Höfn, Vík í Mýrdal, Egilsstaðir, Siglufjörður, Reynisdrangar, Hallormsstaðaskógur, South Coast, Diamond Beach
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:00

  • 7 day guided tour to the south and east coast of Iceland, travelling from Reykjavík to Akureyri via the southern ring route.

  • 6 nights of accommodation in various country hotels with private bathroom and breakfast each morning.

  • Flight from Akureyri to Reykjavík

  • Northern Lights hunting

  • Taxes

  • Any additional activities (can be added when booking)

  • Flights others than stated above

  • Lunch and dinner

What to bring:
  • Warm Clothes

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers

  • Camera

  • Good hiking shoes

  • Swimsuit

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.

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.

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - The Golden Circle

7 Day Guided Winter Tour | Half-Circle of Iceland and Flight back to Reykjavik

On your first day of this guided tour, you will be picked up in a bus from Reykjavík. You will immerse yourself in the beauty of Iceland immediately, with a trip around the three iconic sites of the Golden Circle.

Þingvellir National Park is first on the agenda. This UNESCO World Heritage Site has two great features that make it an unmissable spot. First, it was the original site of the world’s longest-running, ongoing Parliament, with early Icelanders starting to establish national laws here from 930 AD.

Secondly, it is the best place in the country to see the rift valley between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates; the edges of both continents are clearly visible, framing the park.

You will next head to the Geysir Geothermal Area, to witness the geyser Strokkur erupting every ten minutes or so, to heights that can reach 40 metres. You will also be able to see the geyser that gave all others their name, Geysir itself, although it goes off unpredictably and rarely nowadays.

The final stop of the Golden Circle is Gullfoss waterfall, the most iconic falls in the country. This two-tier waterfall can be admired from a variety of viewing platforms, allowing you to enjoy it in all its majesty.

You will spend your first night in Hella.

Day 2 - South Coast

7 Day Guided Winter Tour | Half-Circle of Iceland and Flight back to Reykjavik

Day two will consist of driving from site to site along the beautiful South Coast of Iceland. Just off the main road, there are a wealth of places to visit.

Seljalandsfoss will be the first stop of the day; a high and narrow waterfall that falls from a cliff with a large cave behind it. You will then head to the large and powerful Skógafoss waterfall, passing the notorious Eyjafjallajökull (the volcano that halted European air travel in 2010) as you do. 

As you continue along the South Coast, you will pass Mýrdalsjökull glacier, the third largest glacier in Iceland. Here, you will make a stop at the glacial tongue Sólheimajökull, and approach it right to the edge of the ice.

If you elected to during the booking process, you can embark on a glacier hike up Sólheimajökull where you can trek past blue crevasses and high peaks that are blackened by the ash from nearby volcanoes. 

The final sites of today will be coastal. You will visit the beautiful Reynisfjara black-sand beach, where you can admire some fascinating geology, such as the Dyrhólaey rock arch, and the Reynisdrangar basalt sea stacks.

You will spend this night in the picturesque village of Vík.

Day 3 - South Coast

7 Day Guided Winter Tour | Half-Circle of Iceland and Flight back to Reykjavik

Your third day will take you along the remainder of the South Coast, to up to three of Iceland’s most renowned places.

The first of these is Skaftafell Nature Reserve. Once a National Park in its own right before it was absorbed by the greater Vatnajökull National Park, this verdant, forested area has many hiking trails, including to the unusual Svartifoss waterfall and many glacier tongues.

The second site will be the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where you can marvel over icebergs breaking from a glacier and cruising towards the ocean. Along the nearby stretch of coast, these bergs wash up and glisten in the surf, lending the area its name, the Diamond Beach.

A true highlight of this day would be a visit to a natural ice cave in Vatnajökull glacier. These caves only appear during winter, so catching one is an opportunity few get to experience. Their beauty is otherworldly and their colouration spectacular, so make sure you remember your camera for this unforgettable excursion. The cave is reached by super jeep, only adding to the adventure. You can reserve this experience when booking.

You will spend the night in the south-east.

Day 4 - The East Fjords

7 Day Guided Winter Tour | Half-Circle of Iceland and Flight back to Reykjavik

On your fourth day, you will head along the little explored Eastfjords. This winding road will provide you with incredible, diverse landscapes.

The Eastfjords, being incredibly remote, have more wildlife than the rest of the country. It is, for example, the only place in Iceland where you can find wild reindeer. Along the shores, seals can also be spotted hauling out.

Your road will take you through Iceland’s largest forest, Hallormsstaðaskógur, and along the banks of Lake Lagarfljót, which is said to hold a terrible monster. Finally, you will reach Egilsstaðir, where you will spend the night.

Day 5 - Lake Myvatn and its surroundings

7 Day Guided Winter Tour | Half-Circle of Iceland and Flight back to Reykjavik

You will leave Egilsstaðir on the fifth morning, and begin to drive North. Your destination is the Lake Mývatn region, where many of the scenes north of the Wall in the Game of Thrones HBO series were filmed.

There is more than just a lake in the Mývatn area. You will have a chance to visit steaming geothermal areas, such as those on the Námaskarð Pass; bizarre geological formations, such as those which resemble a fortress of lava at Dimmuborgir; and the perfectly formed pseudo-craters of Skútustaðagígar.

Once you have toured the sites of this area, you will continue to the charming town of Húsavík by Skjálfandi Bay. This settlement has some beautiful historic buildings, lovely boutiques and shops, and spectacular coastal views. A walk through Húsavík is a lovely way to unwind after the intensive sightseeing of the past few days. 

Finally, you will then return to Mývatn, where you will be spending the night.

Day 6 - The North of Iceland

7 Day Guided Winter Tour | Half-Circle of Iceland and Flight back to Reykjavik

On your penultimate day, you will see two of the fjords in the north, Siglufjörður and Eyjafjörður.

Siglufjörður is in a remote, narrow valley, surrounded by incredible mountains. It is a beautiful, historic settlement with the only museum in Iceland to win international awards: the Herring-Era Museum. You will be welcome to explore the town and learn just how vital the fishing industry has been to the survival and development of Iceland.

Eyjafjörður, the longest fjord in Iceland, is best known for its wealth of fertile farmland and spectacular coastal scenery. You will be driven to the best vantage points, where you will attain some incredible views of the ocean and surrounding landscapes.

You will then head to the Capital of the North, Akureyri, where you will be spending the night. Before retiring, enjoy the town's vibrant bar scene, or wander through its picturesque streets.

Day 7 - Flight to Reykjavik

7 Day Guided Winter Tour | Half-Circle of Iceland and Flight back to Reykjavik

On your seventh and final day, you can explore Akureyri a little better if you have time, then return to Reykjavík by plane. From then, the rest of the holiday is in your hands, and you can be satisfied knowing that however you spend it, you have already immersed yourself in Iceland as much as possible over the past week.

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