8 Days Around Iceland
Winter Ring Road Tour
Take home unforgettable memories from a complete tour of Iceland, from North to South, East to West, in just eight action-packed days. This tour is for anyone who would like to see all Iceland has to offer, from the most famous spots to the lesser-known gems.
✓ Golden Circle ✓ East Iceland ✓ North Iceland ✓ Akureyri ✓ Jökulsárlón ✓ Vatnajökull ✓ Mývatn ✓ Dimmuborgir ✓ Skógafoss ✓ Seljalandsfoss ✓ Geysir ✓ Gullfoss ✓ Kirkjufell
✓ Ice Cave Tour ✓ Glacier Hike ✓ Hauganes Whale Watching ✓ Northern Lights spotting ✓ 7 nights of accommodation in various country hotels with breakfast and a private bathroom
Are you ready for the adventure?
This is the perfect tour for those who want to discover Iceland’s rich variety of natural wonders in-between the capital Reykjavík and the ‘Capital in the North’ Akureyri as this 8-day tour takes you to the must see Golden Circle route with all its amazing sites. You will see the unbeatable Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir geothermal area and of course the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Thingvellir National Park. Next you will be heading to the much talked about South Coast, where you will explore the unique black sand beach, Reynisfjara and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. After exploring the East fjords, Lake Mývatn awaits in the North with its unique surroundings, you will explore Dimmuborgir lava pillars and then carry on the journey to the capital of the North, Akureyri. From there you will head down south to the West Iceland and Snæfellsnes Peninsula and find some hidden gems and locations to experience, such as Kirkjufell mountain.
The nights are a perfect opportunity to search for the breathtaking Auroras, in the starry night sky.
While you enjoy this versatile tour you will be able to book extra tours and activities along the way to make your experience even more special, such as Horseback Riding.
You can find more information about the extras here. For booking these extras, please just follow the current booking process of the Multiday Tour.
Day 1 – The Golden Circle
Thingvellir National Park is the first stop of the day, volcanic fields and mountains surrounded by snow will blow your mind, as it is one of the most beautiful locations in Iceland. Thingvellir has an amazing cultural heritage as Iceland’s first parliament was founded there in the year 930 AD. Only to add even more uniqueness to the location its geological features are truly amazing and exceptional because of the exposed North American and Eurasian tectonic plates on the surface. The location is a UNESCO designated World Heritage site for these reasons.
Haukadalur geothermal area will be your next stop on the Golden Circle route, where you will find hot springs Strokkur, which erupts every five to ten minutes creating amazing photo opportunities and the famous Geysir, the geyser that has named all geysers in the world.
Ending the Golden Circle part of the tour is the most famous must see waterfall, Gullfoss, where water from the glacial river Hvítá rushes down two tiers of a 32 meters fall. The Golden Circle has gotten its name from Gullfoss, which translates to the Golden waterfall.
Your minibus will next take you to your accommodation which is located perfectly for catching a glance at the Auroras in the night, far away from light pollution.
Day 2 – South Coast & Glacier Hike
On this day you will be heading to the South Coast, towards the magnificent Seljalandsfoss waterfall, a 65 meters drop of the water provides a unique sight, as one of Iceland’s highest features. Moving on to yet another waterfall, Skógafoss welcomes you, as one of the largest falls in all of Iceland. In addition to this part of the tour you will hike across the crevasses of the glacier with a trained and experienced glacier guide.
The final stop of the day will be at the famous black sand beach Reynisfjara, surrounded by black basalt columns and is one of the most popular Icelandic places to visit. From there you can see rock formations Reynisdrangar and Dýrhólaey Peninsula rise gracefully from the ocean providing an astonishing sight and shelter for birds like the razorbills.
You will then head to your accommodation near the town of Vík.
Included: Glacier Hike
Day 3 – Jökulsárlón & Ice Caving
The next stop of the journey is the astonishing Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where you can see large icebergs drift calmly towards the ocean and follow their path to the Diamond Beach, our following stop, where the icebergs strand on the sand and resemble crystals as they lie on the black satin beach.
Visit a beautiful ice cave that day, while an experienced guide is walking you through the unique ice formations and shares his knowledge of the glacier with you. The rare circumstances are formed each fall when melted water from the glaciers freezes and creates these remarkable ice caves.
Your night will be spent in the Southeast area.
Included: Ice Cave Tour
Day 4 – The East Fjords
You’ll spend your fourth day in the East Fjords of Iceland, where you can find amazing and rare wildlife, for example this is the only place in Iceland where wild Reindeer might be seen sometimes. These fjords present you high mountain ridges and the mighty Vatnajökull towering in the west. Icelandic history makes its appearance in the peaceful fishing villages you pass along the way, as fishing has always been a big part of Icelandic culture.
Hallormsstaðaskógur forest is your next destination, the largest forest in Iceland that offers many walking trails that lead to locations such as waterfalls, coves and moors. You will travel along Lake Lagarfljót, and try to see with your own eyes the mythical worm-like creature said to live in the lake. The night will be spent in a beautiful town in East-Iceland.
- Optional Extra Activity: Horseback Riding in the East (please note: not suitable for people over 120 kgs or people in bad shape).
- Optional Extra Activity: Entrance to VÖK Baths (If you want to relax and get a chance to experience the geothermal nature of Iceland up close, you can choose to visit VÖK Nature Baths – only possible to book during the checkout process).
Day 5 – Lake Mývatn, Dimmuborgir Fortress and Námaskarð Pass
Lake Mývatn and it’s beautiful surroundings is the designated destination for day five, you will explore the geothermal region around the Lake. The area has many of the things that make Iceland so unique, lava formations, mud pools and remarkable geological features.
A visit to Námaskarð pass, a high temperature geothermal area where the earth boils and gurgles. The orange and red landscape in the area shows how versatile Icelandic nature can be.
Dimmuborgir, your next stop is where you will explore a field of peculiar shaped lava pillars that rise from the earth and their formations may remind you of trolls, elves and other mythical creatures, even the Icelandic Yule Lads.
Akureyri is your next overnight stop but on the way there, you will have a chance to see the phenomenal waterfall Goðafoss and its remarkable beauty. Remember to look for the beautiful Northern Lights at night if skies are clear before you turn in to your accommodation.
Day 6 – Exploring North Iceland
For your last day on the tour around Iceland you will journey between capitals, from Akureyri in the North, to Reykjavík in the South. Of course with a couple of stops along the way. A short drive from Akureyri is the village of Hauganes, where you’ll hop on a whale watching boat to see Humpback whales and more gentle giants found in the ocean. The small town of Hauganes has many things to offer and we recommend you take a walk around the small town, it has a charming harbor and a beautiful black sand beach overlooking the ocean and the graceful tall mountains all around.
Included: Hauganes Whale Watching
Day 7 – Snaefellsnes Peninsula In-Depth
The magnificent Snæfellsnes Peninsula is the destination of the day, it welcomes you with its world of cliffs, mountains capes, unique wildlife and ancient fishing settlements.
The first stop is at Gerðuberg, which is a cluster of hexagonal basalt columns. Next you will journey to Ytri-Tunga where you will find a white sand beach, a pretty rare sight in Iceland as you will know by now, most beaches in Iceland are black. This white beach at Ytri-Tunga is not only interesting for its white sand, but also for the fact that it is a seal colony, where you can sometimes see seals lounge on the rocks.
Now you will be heading to the beach of Djúpalónssandur, you have to walk through a maze of remarkable free standing lava pillars to get to the beach, unlike anything you have seen before. The mighty glacier of the West, Snæfellsjökull glacier will be keeping an eye on you from a distance. The magnificent lava cave Víðgelmir will be your next location, perfect for exploring the volcanic history of Iceland. Do not worry, you won’t reach the center of the Earth like in Professor Otto Lidenbrock from Jules Verne’s novel, but you will follow a path of lava that was created thousands years ago.
Of course, you can not leave the Snæfellsnes Peninsula without seeing the iconic mountain Kirkjufell. This phenomenal mountain has proven to be one of Iceland’s most popular places to visit, it has also been featured in Game of Thrones as the “arrowhead mountain” located Beyond the Wall.
Optional Extra Activity: Víðgelmir Lava Cave
Day 8 – West Iceland & Snaefellsnes Peninsula
On this day you will have a chance to further explore West-Iceland. Your first stop will be Deildartunguhver, which is the most powerful hot spring in Europe and you can see the hot steam and boiling water bubbling from the ground. The surface around the hot spring has taken a red color from the minerals and steam that surrounds it.
Your next stop will be Reykholt, a location that holds a significant historical heritage as it was the home of Snorri Sturluson. Snorri made a big impact on Icelandic history as a poet, law-maker, scholar and is undeniably a significant character of the Middle-Ages.
Not had enough of waterfalls yet? Great, because next you will visit two very different but equally special waterfalls. Hraunfossar is a series of streams emerging through the dark lava fields, a very special and beautiful sight. Barnafoss on the other hand is a brightly colored blue stream that speeds through a narrow ravine.
You will then head back to the capital of Reykjavik where you’ll arrive in the evening.
September to March
Easy to moderate
Minimum age is 8 years old for glacier hike and ice caving. If children under those ages are on the tour, then an adult needs to stay with them while others do these activities.
✓ Mývatn lake
✓ East fjords
✓ Námaskarð pass
✓ Thingvellir National Park
✓ Gullfoss waterfall
✓ Geysir geothermal area
✓ Skógafoss waterfall
✓ Seljalandsfoss waterfall
✓ Jökulsárlón, the Glacier Lagoon
✓ Diamond Beach
✓ Reynisfjara – The Black Sand Beach
✓ West Iceland
✓ Snaefellsnes Peninsula
✓ English speaking guide
✓ Small group
✓ Wi-Fi and Icelandic music on board
✓ 8 day guided tour to the South Coast, East and North of Iceland as well as Snæfellsnes Peninsula, travelling via the Ring Route
✓ 7 nights of accommodation in various country hotels with breakfast and a private bathroom
✓ Northern Lights spotting
• Warm clothes (first layer)
• Waterproof outdoor clothing (second layer)
• Hiking boots (available for rent when booking)
• Swimsuit and a towel
• Joy and happiness!
• Order or availability of attractions may change due to road or weather conditions and we may have to adjust timings to the short daylight of winter days.
• The limit is one suitcase of 24 inches per person, but you can store your extra luggage in our office for 1,500 ISK. It can be added as an extra fee at the time of booking, and is non-refundable upon payment in all cases.
• 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. If these arrangements do not meet your requirements, please contact the provider.
• Pick up is from designated locations in Reykjavík on a drop-down menu at the time of booking. Pick up is not available from Keflavik airport or outside of the greater capital area.
• The Northern Lights are a natural random phenomenon and cannot be guaranteed by the operator. The hotels are in prime locations to maximize the chances of seeing them.
• Ice caves are a dynamic ever-changing natural phenomenon only accessible during winter time when temperatures drop below zero. Each year new unique caves are formed in different areas of the glacier. We visit a naturally formed ice cave during this tour. The photos on our website and social medias are from this winter season, but the ice cave we visit might have changed of appearance due to the dynamic nature of these formations.
✓ All-day tours can be cancelled up to 24 hours from the departure time with the full price refunded by sending an email to [email protected] All cancellations requested less than 24 hours from the departure time are non-refundable.
✓ In the case of cancellation of the tour by the operator because of extreme weather, road conditions, or other factors, we will assist you with rebooking to another date or booking other activities when possible or provide a full refund.
✓ The 24 hour policy “applies to extras as well (rental Hiking Boots, Waterproof Jacket & Waterproof Pants).
How does pick up work?
We offer pick-up only from Reykjavik city greater area from designated locations found on a drop-down menu at the time of booking. We ask all our customers to send their pick up location at least 24 hours prior to the departure of their tour. We cannot be responsible if you do not provide your pick up location or miss the departure of your tour. Pick up starts at the scheduled departure time of your voucher and can take up to 30 minutes. We ask our passenger to be ready at their listed location so they can be easily found.
What are designated pick up locations?
Due to the regulations of the city of Reykjavik, tour companies are only allowed to stop at certain designated bus stop locations in the city center to pick up passengers. It is stated on your voucher if we will pick you up directly from your hotel or from the designated bus stop locations. Find the closest designated pick up location using the map on www.busstop.is.
What is a multiday tour?
A multiday tour is a tour that includes guided sightseeing and activities for more than one day and accommodation.
Why should I book a multiday tour?
All our multiday tours are in a minibus and offer small group experience. You don’t have to worry about accommodation during the time of the tour. These tours also drive further into in the countryside and give you the opportunity to explore Iceland in-depth and experience places that you would normally not be able to on a one day tour from Reykjavik.
Will I have a private bathroom?
All our partner hotels have private bathrooms.
Is breakfast included?
Yes, breakfast is included after each night of accommodation spent during the multiday tour.
I’m a solo traveler, is there a single supplement?
Yes, single fee supplement is mandatory for solo travelers on all multiday tours to ensure your private room in our accommodation. There is no way to opt out of single fee supplement if you are a solo traveler.
Is it guaranteed that we will see the Northern Lights during the tour?
Most of our partner hotels are located in prime areas to spot the northern lights. If the forecast is favorable, chances are that you will be able to see the magical show of Aurora Borealis outside the hotel. However, the Northern Lights are a natural random phenomenon and cannot be guaranteed by the operator.
How much luggage can I bring?
The limit is one suitcase of 24 inches per person, but you can store your extra luggage in our office for 1,500 ISK. It can be added as an extra fee at the time of booking, and is non-refundable upon payment in all cases.
What should I wear for glacier tours?
Weather in Iceland is very unpredictable. For tours during winter: warm clothing as first layer, waterproof outdoor jacket and pants, hiking boots with high ankle protection, a hat and gloves are ideal. For tours during summer, bringing a light rain jacket and pants is in most cases enough protection. Icelanders often say, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait 5 minutes”. Jeans are not recommended for outdoor trips as they become very heavy and cold when they get wet.
Do I need hiking boots?
We encourage bringing hiking boots for glacier tours. They have to have hard on the sole and be tight around the ankle. If you don’t have them, we have them available for rent in all sizes while booking or at the glacier hike location for ISK 1,500 per pair with cash or card.
How difficult are glacier hikes?
Our tours are considered to be safe for anyone in good physical condition. You have to be able to walk for about an hour up and down on slopes and uneven surface. Longer tours will be more challenging in endurance for some areas of the glacier. We also recommend you remember that we offer all the safety equipment necessary and you will be hiking with a professional and certified glacier guide. If you have specific questions regarding one of our glacier tours, feel free to email us.
If I am pregnant, can I join a glacier hike?
This is a personal choice. We have had pregnant women on our glacier hikes and we always recommend you read the description of the activity to get a better idea. In any case, feel free to contact our Service Team for further questions and concerns.
How does weather affect my tour?
Wind and rain are common in Iceland, in addition to snow in the winter, but we do not let challenging weather stop us from going out and enjoy nature. All we need to do is choose our clothing wisely, which is why we recommend wearing waterproof jacket and pants as the second layer. Of course, safety is our #1 priority, in case of extreme weather or road conditions, we will cancel our tours and do our best to reschedule your booking at a further date or provide a full refund.