8 Day Winter Excursion | Guided Circle of Iceland Minibus Tour

Join this all-encompassing, guided minibus tour, travelling the full circle around Iceland to explore and experience both the country's most iconic natural attractions and hidden gems that lay off the beaten path. This tour is tailored to travellers who are looking to make the most of their vacation time discovering the unmatched diversity of Iceland's landscapes. 

From the snow-wreathed mountains of the Eastfjords to the rugged, dried lava fields of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, throughout this eight-day winter journey, you will visit numerous towns and coastal villages, scale glaciers, discover charming lakes and cascading waterfalls.

There is also ample opportunity for adding excursions to your adventure during the booking process. You can go glacier hiking up Sólheimajökull, venture into a lava tube at Vatnshellir Cave, or partake in the incredible chance to go inside an authentic ice-cave at Vatnajökull.

You will spend time in many of Iceland's parks and nature reserves, including the UNESCO World Heritage site, Þingvellir National Park, and the Skaftafell Nature Reserve. For landscape photographers and nature lovers, these regions offer a fantastic insight into Iceland's geology. 

This is a guided tour, meaning there will be plenty of opportunities to soak up the Icelandic culture, ask questions and garner a true understanding of the geological makeup and natural phenomenon that make the country so attractive. 

Every night will conclude with a possible display of the celestial phenomenon that is the Northern Lights. Their appearance can never be guaranteed, but exploring the country in wintertime is one of the best chances of spotting them. 

So don't delay - hop on this fantastic guided bus excursion and you too can experience the best of Iceland's natural delights.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Nov. - Mar.
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Caving, Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting, Cultural Activity, Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Golden Circle, South Iceland, East Iceland, North Iceland, West Iceland , Reykjavík, Akureyri, Jökulsárlón, Mývatn, Húsavík, Goðafoss, Geysir, Þingvellir, Snæfellsnes, Reykjanes, Skaftafell, Höfn, Vík í Mýrdal, Egilsstaðir, Hella, Siglufjörður, South Coast, Ring Road
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:00

  • 8 day guided tour to the South Coast, East and North of Iceland as well as Snæfellsnes Peninsula, travelling via the Ring Route.

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

  • Northern Lights Hunting

  • Taxes

  • Flights

  • Any additional activities (can be added when booking)

  • Lunch and dinner

What to bring:
  • Warm and waterproof clothing

  • Your camera

  • A sense of adventure

  • Good hiking boots

  • Swimsuit and a towel

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

8 Day Winter Excursion | Guided Circle of Iceland Minibus Tour

Today, you start your adventure.  You will be picked up in the morning and join up with the bus tour, meet your friendly and experienced guide and acquaint yourself with the rest of the passengers. From there, you will partake in the Golden Circle tour, one of Iceland's most popular attractions. You will first discover Þingvellir National Park, the largest national park in Iceland and the only site that has UNESCO World Heritage status.

The reasons for this are immediately clear. First, this is the site where Iceland's earliest settlers formed what would later become known as the Alþingi in 930 AD, arguably the first parliamentary democracy in the world. Second, the park is located directly atop the Mid-Atlantic Ridge; both the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates can be seen exposed from the earth. Finally, this area is home to Silfra Fissure, a clear-blue spring of groundwater between two worlds. 

From Þingvellir, you will travel a short distance to two more attractions; Geysir and Gullfoss. The first is a geothermally active area where visitors are privy to the hot spring Strokkur spurting out boiling water every five minutes or so; a true insight into the active makeup of the country's geology. From there, you will travel to Gullfoss ("Golden Falls"), one of Iceland's most iconic waterfalls.

On your first evening, you will spend the night in Hella.

Day 2 - The South Coast & Glacier Hike

8 Day Winter Excursion | Guided Circle of Iceland Minibus Tour

Your second day will see you travelling down the South Coast of Iceland, one of the country's most beautiful areas. From Hella, you will pass a scenery of splendid variety; rustic farmlands, cascading rivers and picturesque waterfalls, including Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss.

On your right side, the rolling blue waves of the Atlantic Ocean compliment this Nordic paradise. There will be numerous stops along the way to take photographs and soak up the scenery. There will also be a stop for an adventure; a glacier hike on Sólheimajökull glacier if you opted for that in your booking process.

On the hike, you will trek up the glacier, passing deep crevasses and jagged ridges. Take in the incredible view of your surroundings as you stand on top of the millennia old ice. The ice itself is deep blue but the glacier's snowy peaks are blackened by ash from volcanic eruptions. 

That evening, you will sleep in an accommodation in the small coastal village of Vík. The famous black sand beach, Reynisfjara, is within easy access; at the beach, you will be able to see up close the naturally intricate basalt stacks that resemble a castle on the shoreline. The village is also an excellent stop to chow down on a delicious, traditional Icelandic food and shop for homemade handicrafts; the perfect souvenir. 

Day 3 - Skaftafell National Park with Jokulsarlon & Ice Caving

8 Day Winter Excursion | Guided Circle of Iceland Minibus Tour

Your third day is ensured to be one of the highlights of your trip. As you travel across the black sand desert of Skeiðarársandur, the sight of Skaftafell National Park emerges before you in a display of steep mountain ridges, carved ice sheets and dramatic wooded slopes.

As you proceed, you will stop at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, one of the most iconic spots in the whole of Iceland. Here you will see icebergs of pure white and cerulean blue breaking off from the enormous glacier Breiðamerkurjökull above, floating out in the lagoon to create an awe-inspiring natural spectacle. If you keep your eyes peeled, you might even spot some resident seals playing in the water or lounging on the icebergs themselves.

On this day you will also have the opportunity to explore one of Iceland's ice caves. This is a unique experience, presenting the chance to explore the insides of a glacier. The full spectrum of colours is bound to entice you, as is the sense of adventure that comes with descending these icy inlets. Remember to reserve a spot during the booking process if you wish to go ice caving. 

Your night will then be spent in the town of Höfn, by the shore of the North Atlantic ocean. 

Day 4 - The Eastfjords

8 Day Winter Excursion | Guided Circle of Iceland Minibus Tour

Today, you will continue towards the East fjords, one of the most spectacular and untouched wilderness regions in Iceland. The sense of peace and tranquillity that comes with exploring this diverse area can only be surmised as gaining a true connection to nature.

Because of this region's lack of development, the East provides some of the best opportunities to potentially see wildlife, including herds of roaming wild reindeer and arctic foxes.

There are a number of stops this day that, due only to their natural splendour, are bound to defy the imagination, including the black beach of Breiðdalsvík, the sweeping fjords of the east and several charming fishing settlements. Tonight, you will stay at accommodation in Egilsstaðir township, the area's largest settlement.

Day 5 - Lake Myvatn and Husavik Village

8 Day Winter Excursion | Guided Circle of Iceland Minibus Tour

At the beginning of your fifth day, you will head inward toward the scenic Lake Mývatn ("Fly Lake"). Thankfully, the flies are nowhere to be seen in the winter months, leaving you free to soak in the atmosphere of the lake and its dramatic volcanic scenery.

One point of interest here is Dimmuborgir ("Dark Castles"), an area characterised by its strange rock formations, some of which come together to resemble a dark, fantastical fort. Another is Námaskarð, a geothermal area of bubbling mud pools and steaming fumaroles.

There will be part of the day dedicated to checking out Húsavík; it is a town of roughly 2000 people and an excellent place to learn more about the region. For a taste of history, you can visit Húsavíkurkirkja, a church built in 1907, or take a leisurely stroll around the town's small but charming shops. 

You will head back to the Mývatn area to spend the night.

Day 6 - Siglufjordur and Eyjafjordur Farms

8 Day Winter Excursion | Guided Circle of Iceland Minibus Tour

The following day, you will continue to immerse yourself in the culture of the region by making a visit to the village of Siglufjörður. You will also get to grips with Iceland's agricultural history, learning about and exploring the Eyjafjörður farmlands.

This truly is a magnificent area, surrounded by sweeping mountainscapes and carved with picturesque rivers.

You will eventually make your way to the largest town in North Iceland, Akureyri; a charming and friendly miniature city in the shadow of the finest skiing slopes in the country.

You will spend the night at an accommodation in Akureyri.

Day 7 - Drive from Akureyri to Reykholt

8 Day Winter Excursion | Guided Circle of Iceland Minibus Tour

Today, you will wake up in Akureyri, a fantastic place to soak up the local culture. This town, commonly known as 'The Capital of the North', lies just 100 km from the Arctic Circle. You can spend time visiting some of Akureyri's museums, charming boutiques, shops or cafés. 

Once you have made the most of the town, you'll be heading to the west, towards the village of Reykholt in Borgarfjörður.

Reykholt is among the most important historical locations of the country. This was the homestead of the poet, Saga author, scholar, law-maker and chieftain Snorri Sturluson; arguably one of the most significant figures of the Middle Ages. 

The area is not only rich in history but boasts of breathtaking landscapes. This is where you'll spend your night. 

Day 8 - The Snaefellsnes Peninsula

8 Day Winter Excursion | Guided Circle of Iceland Minibus Tour

This is the final day of your tour and is sure to round off your trip to Iceland wonderfully. Today, you will be heading to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, a world of dramatic mountainscapes, tall cliff-faces, bird species and ancient fishing settlements.

Whilst here, you're sure to make a stop at Snæfellsjökull National Park, named after the iconic glacier Snæfellsjökull. The glacier will be an ever prevalent sight throughout your time on the peninsula, as will Mt. Kirkjufell, the most photographed mountain in Iceland.

If you'd like to explore a bit more, there is an optional excursion to the Vatnshellir cave tour on this day. One of Iceland's largest lava caves, this underground dome is easily accessible and explorable with a good guide. You can try out your own Verne-esque adventure and go, at least partially, to the centre of the earth.

When your excursion of this 90km long peninsula comes to an end, you will head to Reykjavík, bringing your journey to an end.

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