Around Iceland in 8 days | Winter

Around Iceland in 8 days | Winter

Explore the island for 8 days and 7 nights on a classic road trip. Iceland is a unique country of natural attractions from sprawling glaciers, beautiful black beaches and historic sites to lesser knowns gems along the ring road. The possibilities of what to see are almost endless - stop to enjoy Gullfoss impressive waterfall, Jökulárslón Glacier Lagoon and the picturesque drive of the East Fjords. The self-drive tour is a great way to experience some of Earth’s best natural wonders at your leisure. Available from 1 October to 30 April.

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  • 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)
  • Private transfer from airport to Reykjavík (one transfer per tour)
  • Use of GPS satellite navigation
  • Free Wi-Fi in car during your trip
  • Two authorized drivers
  • Good road map and suggested itinerary in English
  • Iceland Guide Book
  • 24/7 emergency phone line service
  • Taxes and service fee


  • Explore the beautiful and mystical Snæfellsnes peninsula
  • Walk along the beautiful black sands of Djúpalónssandur beach
  • Spot seals basking on the beach at Vatnsnes peninsula
  • Visit Akureyri town, the capital of the north!
  • Drive through spectacular scenery and visit volcanic sites by lake Mývatn
  • Marvel at the floating icebergs on Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • View the tall mountains and friendly fishing villages of the East Fjords
  • Taste delicious lobster at Höfn
  • Discover the beautiful south coast of Iceland


  • Enter one of the world's most remarkable lava caves
  • Go on a thrilling glacier tour on Snæfellsjökull glacier
  • Cruise the beautiful Breiðafjörður bay on a boat
  • Take a dip in Mývatn Nature Baths
  • See whales in their natural environment in Húsavík
  • Go on a boat excursion and sail between the icebergs at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • Take an unusual hay wagon tour to Cape Ingólfshöfði
  • Activity suggestions for each day in tour itinerary

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Arrival day | Reykjavík

You are met upon arrival at Keflavík International Airport and transferred to your hotel in Reykjavík. Enjoy a walk around Reykjavík, a friendly city with great museums, cafés and restaurants. Two major highlights are Hallgrímskirkja church, which offers a fantastic view of the city from its tower, and Harpa, a cultural and social centre in the heart of the city.

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

Optional activity in Reykjavík

Day 1 | Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Explore Snæfellsnes peninsula known for its beautiful landscape with spectacular mountains, small villages, sparkling fjords and dramatic volcanic peaks. Stop and take in the stunning sights at Eldborg crater, Búðir village, the black sands of Djúpalónssandur beach and the massive Snæfellsjökul glacier. Visit Stykkishólmur village with its old and well-preserved colourful timber houses. Sail around Breiðafjörður bay's many islands and bird colonies (limited in winter).

Accommodation in Húnaflói/Skagafjörður area.

Optional activity

Day 2 | The Northwest and Akureyri

View the majestic Hvítserkur cliff off Vatnsnes peninsula that legend claims is a petrified troll. Seals can be seen basking on the shore but the area is one of the largest seal colonies in Iceland. Tour Skagafjörður, an area, known for its horse breeding so keep an eye out for the Icelandic horse, visit the old farmhouse museum at Glaumbær and the old turf Víðimýrarkirkja church. End the day at Akureyri, a charming town that has beautiful landmarks and great restaurants.

Accommodation in Akureyri area.

Optional activity

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Day 3 | Lake Mývatn

Take in Goðafoss waterfall one of the country’s most impressive waterfalls before continuing to Mývatn lake. The area is exquisite and otherworldly and consists of volcanic craters, lava formations and spluttering mud pots, including Dimmuborgir lava field and Námafjall geothermal area. Take a soothing dip in the natural wonder of Mývatn Nature Baths and stop to explore Húsavík town, Iceland’s whale-watching capital, the fossil collection at Tjörnes and the lovely Öxarfjörður fjord.

Accommodation in Húsavík/Mývatn lake area.

Optional activity

Day 4 | The Northeast

Enjoy Vatnajökull National Park, which includes some of the most spectacular and diverse sights in Iceland such as Ásbyrgi canyon, Dettifoss waterfall and Hljóðaklettar. Take in the mystical barren landscape of Möðrudalsöræfi on your way to Egilsstaðir town. Explore Lagarfljót lake, the alleged home of sea serpent Lagarfljótsormur, Hallormsstaður National Forest, the country’s largest birch forest, and Skríðuklaustur Center of Culture and History.

Accommodation in Egilsstaðir area.

Optional activity

Day 5 | The East Fjords

The drive along the East Fjords is truly beautiful and breathtaking with dramatic mountains, narrow fjords and quaint fishing villages. Visit Djúpivogur from where you can view Papey island a nature reserve of seabirds and eider ducks, Seyðisfjörður, surrounded by sheer mountains, or Fáskrúðsfjörður, which has a great view of a hollow cliff island, Skrúður. Continue southward to Höfn town set in stunning scenery and famous for its delicious lobster.

Accommodation in Höfn area.

Optional activity

Day 6 | Vatnajökull National Park

Enjoy the south-east cost spectacular scenery. Stop at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, the biggest glacial lagoon of its kind, and sail between the towering icebergs on the lagoon (April to October). Continue to Skaftafell, Iceland’s most popular wilderness area, and an ideal destination to enjoy outdoor activities as there are both short and easy trails that lead to Svartifoss waterfall and Skaftafellsjökull glacier.

Accommodation in Vík/Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

Optional activity

Day 7 | The South Coast

Relish in the marvellous views of the south coast and one of the country’s most beautiful attractions including Vík village and Dyrhólaey peninsula. Enjoy the magnificent scenery with its breathtaking view to all directions; Mýrdalsjökull glacier to the north, Reynisdrangar rock formation to the east and the west the endless black coastline before driving onwards to view the picturesque waterfalls of Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss.

Accommodation in Gullfoss/Geysir area.

Optional activity

Day 8 | The South - Inland

Discover the inland by driving through the fertile farmlands and settings of famous sagas. Spend the day exploring the Golden Circle area which comprises of the beautiful Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir hot spring area and Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take time to visit Skálholt one of the most important places in Iceland throughout the Middle Ages and Kerið, a volcanic crater lake.

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

Optional activity

Accommodation in Reykjavík

Optional and not included in tour price.

Optional activity


TripAdvisor reviews

Great trip! Hey Iceland did a wonderful job planning out our 8-day road trip. We are three adults who wanted to travel around the country by car, but didn't know how to start planning the trip. Hey Iceland has a well-run tourist system in place that offers lots of options to experience the country.
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