8-Day Winter Package | Ring Road of Iceland in a Small Group

8-Day Winter Package | Ring Road of Iceland in a Small Group
Marvel at the many natural wonders that lie between Reykjavík and Akureyri on this fantastic 8-day guided tour of Iceland.
Across the icebergs of Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, lucky visitors will have a chance to see the aurora borealis dance.
Jagged, stark and ominous, Vestrahorn mountain is a highlight of southeast Iceland, particularly for landscape photographers.
Bursting from the depths of the earth, Strokkur the geyser reveals Iceland's dramatic geothermal activities.
The sun is only in the sky for four hours or so in Iceland's winter, dying the skies above features such as the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon in vivid colours.
Though there are icebergs in Jökulsárlón throughout the year, they tend to be denser and larger in winter.

Witness the marvels of Iceland in winter without worrying about planning or driving yourself. This immersive vacation package is perfect for anyone who is spending 7 nights in Iceland. You will be guided in a comfortable minibus around Iceland's famous ring road to incredible locations such as the Golden Circle, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, the Eastfjords and Lake Mývatn.

This package should appeal to anyone who is eager to see the beautiful sites and landscapes of Iceland, as well as those who seek to include some adventure on their holiday. In addition to sightseeing across the South, East and North of this amazing country, you have the chance to go horse riding or book glacier hiking and ice caving excursions to truly make the most of the opportunities that come with winter.

Of course, as this tour is conducted in the winter you will also have plenty of chances to see the Northern Lights. You will be travelling in the dark hours to reach your destinations around the ring road, and often staying in rural hotels, giving you better odds of capturing the phenomenon than those who are just staying in the capital.

Your accommodation in Iceland will all be sorted for you prior to arrival, as well as transfer to and from Keflavík International Airport, as well as a guided six-day tour. You can also choose to add a trip to the Blue Lagoon for a bit of extra pampering.

Do not miss this chance to see Iceland’s greatest sites in the winter. Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Aug. - Apr.
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Horse Riding, Whale Watching, Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting, Hot Spring Bathing, Cultural Activity, Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, East Iceland, North Iceland, Reykjavík, Akureyri, Jökulsárlón, Vatnajökull, Mývatn, Dimmuborgir, Dettifoss, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Eyjafjallajökull, Dyrhólaey, Þingvellir, Katla, Strokkur, Reykjanes, Sólheimajökull, Mýrdalsjökull, Skaftafell, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Jökulsárgljúfur, Vík í Mýrdal, Egilsstaðir, Námafjall Geothermal Area, Keflavik International Airport, Reynisdrangar, Haukadalur, Skaftafellsjökull, Námaskarð, Lagarfljót, Hallormsstaðaskógur, Hauganes, South Coast, Diamond Beach, Ring Road, Eastfjords
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : Flexible.

Please consult your itinerary for more information
Included:
  • Airport transfer on arrival/departure for Keflavík International Airport

  • 6 day small group guided tour of the Ring Road of Iceland

  • 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)

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

  • Northern Lights Hunting

  • 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)

  • Lunch and dinner

  • Any additional activities (can be added when booking)


What to bring:
  • Camera

  • Swimsuit

  • Warm Clothes

  • Winter hiking shoes

  • Good waterproof outer layers


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 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


Heal your skin, rest your mind and nourish your soul in the Blue Lagoon Spa in south-east Iceland.


On your first day, you will fly into Keflavík International Airport, and use the voucher provided to pick up your bus ticket. If you have time to do so today, you will postpone heading to the capital in lieu of the Blue Lagoon. This is a marvellous place to unwind after a flight, basking in the azure waters and revitalising your skin with a Silica Mask, and the price of entry is included in the package. If you arrive late, you can postpone this to your last day.

Once you reach Reykjavík, you can settle into your accommodations and explore the museums, shops, bars and restaurants of Iceland’s vibrant capital.


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 - Golden Circle


The spray from the popular waterfall Gullfoss rinses the faces of any who get close with glacier water from the ice cap Langjökull.


On day two, you will start your six-day guided tour. You will be picked up from your Reykjavík accommodation early, and be whisked away to the most popular tourist trail in Iceland, the Golden Circle.

If you chose to do so during the booking process, you will start the day off with a riding tour in the Icelandic countryside. Before heading to the Golden Circle, you will be taken to the stables where you can meet and ride the friendly Icelandic horse. Afterwards, you will begin your tour of the Golden Circle.

Three incredible sites make this route so popular. The first of these is Þingvellir National Park, one of three National Parks in Iceland and the only one of them also on the UNESCO World Heritage List as it is here where Iceland's parliament, Alþingi, was founded in the year 930 AD.

This beautiful place is located directly in the Mid Atlantic rift, sheltered by two tectonic plates, and the effects on the landscape as they pull apart have led to dramatic gorges and geological marvels.

After enjoying the sites here, you will continue to the next location, the Geysir geothermal area. This site is home to an active geyser, Strokkur, which erupts very regularly to heights that can exceed twenty metres; it is also surrounded by hot springs and fumaroles, giving you your first taste of the active forces just beneath the surface of the ground in Iceland.

Finally, you will reach Gullfoss waterfall, one of the most classic sites in Iceland. This feature cascades in two steps down into a dramatic, ancient canyon, and in winter, is framed by ice glistening on the rocks. After marvelling at its power and beauty, you will head to your accommodations in southern Iceland. Remember to keep an eye out for the Northern Lights before you retire.


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 view from Vík Í Mýdral in south Iceland over Reynisfjara beach and Reynisfjall mountain is spectacular in winter.


On your third day, you will start to cross the beautiful South Coast of Iceland, an area renowned for its diverse scenery, and the wealth of landmarks that can be found right off the main road.

First up, you will see two waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. Both tumble from cliffs near the coast from heights of over sixty metres, but are vastly different in all other ways. Seljalandsfoss is very unusual, as the cliff behind it is hollowed; if the ground is not too wet or icy, it is possible to fully encircle the falling water. Skógafoss, meanwhile, is very powerful and dramatic, measuring up to twenty metres wide.

Following your time at these features, you will continue onto Sólheimajökull glacier. In winter, it becomes encased in vivid blue ice, making it as beautiful as it is spectacular. If you elected to do so while booking, you can take a hike onto its otherworldly surface, and marvel over the crevasses, ridges, formations and incredible views.

Before reaching the Vík í Mýrdal area, where you will spend the night, you will make a stop at the black-sand Reynisfjara beach to admire the unusual sea-stacks of Reynisdrangar and the massive Dyrhólaey rock arch.


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


Under Vatnajökull glacier, there is a network of ice caves that fortunate visitors to Iceland in winter will have the opportunity to explore.


On day four, you will finish crossing the South Coast, and visit one of Iceland’s most beautiful, renowned locations as you do. While every day of this tour promises to be incredibly rewarding, it is very possible that this will be the most enjoyable one.

You will pass over the vast sands of Skeiðarársandur glacier outwash planes, before driving past the Skaftafell nature reserve and then passing under Iceland's highest peak; Mt. Hvannadalshnjúkur. Then you will arrive at your next incredible destination, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon.

For many travellers to Iceland, this is the country’s crowning jewel; you will witness an enormous lake filled with gigantic icebergs, which are cruising from a glacier outlet above to the ocean. The area is also home to many seals, making it even more popular amongst lovers of wildlife.

You will also visit the coastline nearby, often called ‘the Diamond Beach’. On this stretch, the icebergs wash on the shore and provide a beautiful contrast against the foaming surf and black sands.

As if these destinations are not appealing enough, you can top off today with an exploration of an ice cave. Caves like these are only formed in very few places, under very certain conditions, so this truly is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. If you are visiting before November, you'll start the day with a caving expedition in Mýrdalsjökull glacier, otherwise, you'll have an afternoon visit to the great Vatnajökull glacier.

You will spend the night in the south-east of the country.


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


Mount Vestrahorn on the Stokksnes Peninsula is jagged, unforgiving, and very photogenic, especially when blanketed in snow in the winter.


On day five, you will leave the South Coast and start to explore the remote and dramatic Eastfjords. Few get the chance to reach this part of the country, especially in winter, so you can expect the spectacular destinations to be rather clear of the crowds.

You will regularly stop as you travel, to marvel over and photograph the incredible fjords, giant mountains, beautiful seascapes and quaint little villages. You will also keep your eyes peeled for the wildlife around this area, as it has a lot of diversity. 

Your travel through this mountainous area will be dictated by your guide, who will make stops at hidden locations and less known gems, according to what best suits the itinerary and the weather. 

You'll spend the night in one of the Eastfjord's charming towns.


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.


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 and surrounding Area


Steam rising from the ground at the geothermal area of Námaskarð near Lake Mývatn.


On day six, you will head to the northern region of Lake Mývatn. This area is incredibly geothermally and geologically active, providing a great diversity of sites for you to enjoy.

Today, there is a wealth to see. You will head to Dimmuborgir, for example, often nicknamed ‘the Dark Fortress’ due to the scale, colour and formation of the lava rock here.

You will also see the geothermal area of Námaskarð pass, with its dramatic hot springs and fumaroles. The Lake Mývatn itself is also beautiful, and unique due to the unusual basalt formations that rise from the water.

You can also opt to visit the Mývatn Nature Baths during the booking process. The baths are the North's answer to the Blue Lagoon as the water there is also rich in minerals and a beautiful azure colour.

You will be driven to the town of Akureyri. On your way there, you will make a stop at the beautiful Goðafoss waterfall.

Goðafoss translates to 'Waterfall of the Gods' and its name comes from the year 1000AD when Iceland was officially Christianised. In a show of fealty to the Church, the local lawspeaker cast pagan idols into the falls as a symbolic gesture. Goðafoss is an impressive natural feature which cascades 12-metres into the frothing and swirling river below. There are several different vantage spots for you to take pictures and your guide will be on hand in case you need any advice.

You will spend the night in Akureyri.


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 - Akureyri to Reykjavik


Reykjavík in winter is a city of gorgeous, idyllic snowscapes.


Today is sadly your final day on the road, but the tour isn’t over just yet. 

You can begin today with some exciting adventure or some relaxation. You will start in the peaceful village of Haugarnes. This quaint area provides a beautiful snapshot of idyllic seaside life. The tranquil setting is punctuated by Hauganes’ black sand beach and harbour. The waters of Hauganes are also a hub of whale activity. 

From here you can choose to take a whale watching tour. You will board a boat and head into the harbour searching for the gentle giants of the sea. Seals are also known to live in the area so you might even spot a few dancing in the water, or lazing about on the shore. 

Just over 5km outside of Hauganes is a unique spa concept. The beer spa is a fascinating concept that opened in 2017. Here you can unwind and relax in a warm bath filled with young beer and live yeast. A personal beer tap also accompanies every beer tub, so you can sip a cold Icelandic brew while you soak.

The next stop is an iconic rock formation called Hvítserkur. Known as the ‘Troll’ of the Northwest, this 15-metre high basalt rock protrudes out of the bay. It’s also home to native bird life and a favourite stop for photographers.

You will then continue your journey back towards Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík. Once here, you can take in more of the local culture. If you still have some energy, this would be a great chance to take a walk around the city and see the many shops, cafes and bars. 

You will spend the night at your accommodation in Reykjavík. 


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 8 - Departure


Grótta lighthouse, in Seltjarnarnes, is arguably the best place in Reykjavík from which to admire the aurora borealis, especially considering it has a hot-pool where you can warm your feet.


On day eight, you can enjoy the sites of Reykjavík until it is time to catch a bus back to the airport. If you didn’t have the time on your first day to visit the Blue Lagoon, you can use your ticket today, and bask in the beautiful waters to relax you for your flight home.


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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