Around Iceland in 8 days | Winter



Around Iceland in 8 days | Winter

Make the most of Iceland winter wonderland on our 8 days and 7 nights classic road trip. Iceland is blessedly rich in natural wonders from imposing glaciers and powerful waterfalls, to rugged fjords and geothermal springs. In winter, the landscapes change face to reflect even more the country’s natural duality: ice and fire. The self-drive tour is the best option to witness Iceland’s main attractions at your own pace. Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Lake Mývatn fascinating volcanic features, and charming fishing towns in between. Available from 1 October to 30 April.

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Included

  • Accommodation for 7 nights, budget or comfort rooms with breakfast
  • Rental car for 8 days, with unlimited mileage and CDW insurance (pick up & drop off in Reykjavik)
  • Two authorized drivers
  • Airport shuttle from airport to Reykjavík (one transfer per tour)
  • E-Itinerary with the tour map, location points, and pictures for you to view before you arrive.
  • Driver Guide tablet mapping and navigating your personalised journey and highlights of surrounding areas:
       - Navigation GPS
       - Personalized itinerary with location points and information
       - Points of interest - suggestions for restaurants, museums, swimming pools and much more
       - WiFi hotspot - unlimited usage
       - Safe travel information and alerts
       - Weather and news information
       - Chat with us - We are there for you while travelling
  • 24/7 emergency phone line service
  • Taxes and service fee

Highlights

  • Immerse yourself into the wintry cosy atmosphere of Reykjavík
  • Be carried away by the mystical charm of Snæfellsnes Peninsula
  • Marvel at Mount Kirkjufell looking glorious in its winter coat
  • Feel your 'earth' beating in Lake Mývatn area
  • Visit the spectacular mountain range on Stokksnes Peninsula
  • Experience the charm of quaint fishing towns
  • Drive through magical and diverse scenery in the Eastfjords
  • Gaze at the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach
  • Witness the most impressive waterfalls
  • Discover three of Iceland’s most iconic wonders on the Golden Circle

Optional

  • Taste the best of the Icelandic cuisine on a food walk in Reykjavík
  • Chase northern lights on a Super Jeep Tour from Reykjavík
  • Get up close and personal with the whales in Húsavík
  • Go horseback riding in a winter wonderland
  • Relax in the soothing milky waters of Mývatn Nature Baths
  • Take a once-in-a-lifetime dogsledding tour at Mývatn
  • Venture out on a glacier walk adventure in Skaftafell
  • Join a thrilling snowmobiling tour from Gullfoss
  • Activity suggestions for each day in tour itinerary

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Arrival Day | Reykjavík

Reykjavík is a beautiful city all year round but gets particularly magical in wintertime, when the town is lit up with Christmas lights that brighten the dark nights. Reykjavík is full of cosy cafés where you can sit in and enjoy some live music, along with great museums, art galleries, and outdoor geothermal pools. Don’t miss the chance to taste the best of Icelandic cuisine at the city’s finest restaurants. The Airport Direct shuttle will transfer you to your accommodation in Reykjavík from Keflavik Airport upon arrival. Optional, and not included in the price, is to pick up the rental car at the airport when you arrive.

Accommodation in Reykjavík (optional and not included in tour price).

    Day 1 | West Iceland

    Unveil the secrets of Snæfellsnes Peninsula, often referred to as the mini-Iceland, as it concentrates glacier, lava fields, black sand beaches, and picturesque fishing towns. Soak up the views at Eldborg Crater, Búðir little black church, that looks from another time, before heading towards the majestic Snæfellsjökull Glacier. After visiting Stykkishólmur town, sail in the Breiðafjörður bay, dotted with countless islands and known for its rich birdlife. Mount Kirkjufell in its winter coat is a sight to behold.

    Accommodation in Húnaflói/Skagafjörður area.

      Day 2 | Northwest Iceland & Akureyri

      Explore Vatnsnes Peninsula, Iceland’s largest and most accessible seals sanctuary. You might spot them basking in the sun or swimming in the distance, but their natural curiosity often brings them real close. Visit the Hvítserkur seastack, or stone dinosaur, as impressive at low tide or with the feet in the water, before heading towards the remarkably well-preserved turf farmhouse Glaumbær and Víðimýrarkirkja Church. Spend a pleasant evening in Akureyri, whose small houses and friendly atmosphere make you feel home.

      Accommodation in Akureyri area.

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        Day 3 | Lake Mývatn Area

        You wake up to a thick blanket of snow, ready to explore some sort of other planet in Lake Mývatn Area. Your first stop is at Goðafoss Waterfall, a beautiful arenalike waterfall that saw the end of Norse Paganism in Iceland. Take in the stunning sights at Dimmuborgir Lava Field, Grjótagjá Cave, Hverir Geothermal Area, and Krafla Volcanic Crater. End this day of walking and sightseeing with a relaxing moment in the silky blue waters of Mývatn Nature Baths. Under the northern lights?

        Accommodation in Lake Mývatn area.

          Day 4 | Northeast Iceland & Egilsstaðir

          Reach the northern part of your trip, including amazing sights such as the horseshoe-shaped Ásbyrgi Canyon, the raging Dettifoss Waterfall and the intriguing Hljóðaklettar Cliffs. Proceed East across the stark and barren landscape of Möðrudalsöræfi - should we say moonscape, since astronauts once used the area as a practice ground for their mission to the moon. Keep an eye out for wild reindeers in the snow before you relax and re-energize at Egilsstaðir for the night.

          Accommodation in Egilsstaðir area.

            Day 5 | The Eastfjords

            Embark on a breathtaking drive along the twisting narrow Eastfjords, between rugged mountains. Visit Seyðisfjörður, clamped between high precipitous mountains, and full of cosy little cafés. Continue along a winding coastal road until you reach Djúpivogur, a tiny fishing town on the water’s edge surrounded by peaks. From there is a unique view over Papey Island, home to colonies of Common Eider and seals. End the day with the most delicious lobster soup at Höfn, just a stone’s throw away from the snow-topped Vestrahorn Mountain and Stokksnes Peninsula.

            Accommodation in Höfn area.

              Day 6 | Vatnajökull National Park

              Today, you enjoy the southern part of Vatnajökull National Park. At the otherworldly Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, hop on an amphibian boat and sail among the gigantic icebergs. Visit the nearby Diamond Beach and its glittering stranded icebergs, a captivating wintry sea of lights. Embark on an icecaving adventure or continue to Skaftafell National Park, whose variety of trails will delight hiking lovers and families alike. The Park is home to Svartifoss Basalt Column Waterfall and Skaftafellsjökull Glacier, among others.

              Accommodation in Vík/Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

                Day 7 | South Iceland

                Explore the best sites the South Coast has to offer, including the glorious Dyrhólaey, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach and its astounding basalt formations, the charming town Vík, and mountains in view of all sides. Just outside Vík is a panoramic view over Mýrdalsjökull ice cap and as you continue onwards, you will drive past the famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano. Head towards two of Iceland’s star waterfalls: Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss, both beautiful in their way and equally spectacular.

                Accommodation in Gullfoss/Geysir area.

                  Day 8 | Gullfoss & Geysir

                  Make the most of your day and head straight to Iceland’s most famous landmarks, by following the Golden Circle Route. Set foot on two continents at Thingvellir National Park covered with snow, before reaching Gullfoss Waterfall, whose beauty increases tenfold as it gets half frozen, revealing the most intense blue waters. Meet the only active geyser in Europe, Strokkur, erupting once every 10 minutes, and try to capture the pre-eruption bubble. Add two stops at Skálholt Historical Site, once a political and cultural center, and Kerið Volcanic Crater Lake, both very near the Golden Circle’s three main attractions.

                  Accommodation in Reykjavík (optional and not included in the tour price).

                    Accommodation in Reykjavík

                    Optional and not included in the tour price.

                       

                      TripAdvisor reviews

                      Fantastic Trip - Highly Recommend. My family and I did the 10 day vacation with Hey Iceland, and I would highly recommend it to anyone. The entire trip was incredibly well-planned and convenient, and all the lodgings were comfortable and fun. Hey Iceland booked us a shuttle from the airport when we arrived and took care of the rental car and all the lodgings during the rest of our stay. The morning that our trip began, someone arrived promptly from the rental car agency to pick us up and get us started. The tablet that they provide with a suggested itinerary was very helpful for directions and as a framework for us to base our trip around, but we still had the flexibility to add or remove destinations. Our vacation wouldn't have been as fantastic or easy without their involvement.
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