Around Iceland in 9 days | Winter



Around Iceland in 9 days | Winter

Take your time to explore Iceland’s diverse landscapes in all their winter glory on our 9 days and 8 nights classic road trip. Along with a detour on mystical Snæfellsnes Peninsula, you’ll visit spectacular natural wonders, from massive glaciers and partly frozen waterfalls, to active volcanic areas and scenic hot tubs. Expect the scenery in the rearview to be as spectacular as your actual destination! Our handpicked selection of accommodations offers great opportunities to witness the northern lights. Available 1 October to 30 April. 

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Included

  • Accommodation for 8 nights, budget or comfort rooms with breakfast
  • Rental car for 9 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

  • Drive through the spectacular scenery of Snæfellsnes Peninsula
  • View Kirkjufell in its winter coat 
  • Enjoy the playful seals swimming around Vatnsnes Peninsula
  • Experience live music and Icelandic food in Akureyri
  • Witness countless natural wonders in Lake Mývatn area
  • Marvel at the icebergs drifting on Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • Soak in the unique atmosphere of fishing towns in the Eastfjords 
  • Walk behind Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • And if you are lucky, admire the northern lights lit up the sky!

Optional

  • Observe the northern lights out at sea in Reykjavík
  • Embark on an exciting journey into the world's largest man-made ice cave at Langjökull
  • Jump straight into the bowels of the earth on a thrilling caving tour in Raufarhólshellir
  • Meet the big giants at Iceland’s capital of whale watching Húsavík
  • Visit the fairytale-like Christmas House near Akureyri
  • Take a dip in Mývatn Nature Baths
  • Enter a wonder hidden world in one of Vatnajökull ice caves
  • Discover the process of Iceland’s 2nd largest tomato greenhouse at Friðheimar
  • Snorkel in the crystal clear water of Silfra fissure
  • Activity suggestions for each day in tour itinerary

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Arrival day | Reykjavík

Reykjavík is a wonderful winter destination, surrounded by glorious snowy mountains and offering plenty of exciting activities for everyone from food walks and bike tours, to whale watching and horseback riding (not included). Discover Iceland’s 1000 years of history at the city’s top museums, sample the most traditional dishes of Icelandic cuisine, and get into the Christmas spirit by strolling Laugavegur and Skólavörðustígur streets and their illuminated houses. Regular displays of northern lights make for a holiday to remember. You will be picked up upon arrival and the Door-to-door private transfer will take you to your accommodation in Reykjavík. 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 | Borgarfjörður Area

Get out of town and explore the beautiful region of Borgarfjörður, whose landscapes are known to be the settings of most Icelandic sagas. The white scenery around makes Barnafoss and Hraunfossar series of waterfalls truly stand out, revealing the most intense turquoise waters. Visit Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe and take a dip in one Iceland's first human-used hot springs, Snorralaug Geothermal Pool, in Reykholt.

Accommodation in Snæfellsnes area.

Day 2 | Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Explore Snæfellsnes Peninsula dressed in white, and be prepared to discover glaciers, waterfalls, lava fields, volcanic craters, long stretches of black sand beach, abrupt mountains and dramatic cliffs, all in one day! From its landmarks Snæfellsjökull Glacier, Búðir little black church, Mount Kirkjufell to the peaceful picturesque towns or villages along its coast, Snæfellsnes has it all. Of the numerous volcanic craters that shape the region, Saxhóll is a rather easy climb, offering a panoramic view over the glacier and all the way out to sea on the other side.

Accommodation in Húnaflói/Skagafjörður area.

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Day 3 | Northwest Iceland & Akureyri

Head towards Vatnsnes Peninsula, a place of natural beauty with more seals in sight than humans. Visit the troll-like Hvítserkur pillar bathed in winter light, and Borgarvirki, a spectacular 10-15 meters high ridge of basalt columnar rocks, the remains of a volcanic plug, whose legend describes as an ancient district fortress and battleground. Stop at the historical sites of Glaumbær and Víðimýrarkirkja Church, two remarkably preserved turf buildings blending with the landscapes. Enjoy the evening in Akureyri, a lovely town nestled between mountains and the Greenland Sea.

Accommodation in Akureyri area.

Day 4 | Lake Mývatn Area

Marvel at the icicles hanging from Goðafoss Waterfall and experience the pearls of nature of Lake Mývatn area covered with snow. Stop at Dimmuborgir, a unique field of lava formations, Skútustaðir otherworldly pseudo craters, Krafla volcano, Hverir Geothermal Area and its boiling mudpits coming from the ground. A wide range of activities are available in the area, from dogsledding and horseback riding, to snowmobiling and cross-country skiing (not included). What better way to end the day than a relaxing bath in the blue waters of Mývatn Nature Baths, where northern lights might invite themselves?

Accommodation in the Lake Mývatn area.

Day 5 | Northeast Iceland & Egilsstaðir

Continue onwards to Ásbyrgi Canyon and thundering Dettifoss Waterfall, where ice creates mesmerizing patterns. On your way East, don’t miss the wild reindeers as they come down to lowland in search of food, making them easier to spot in winter. Get carried away with an enchanting winter wonderland underlined by soft pink skies, from sharp peaks and windblown ridges, to frozen waterfalls just beside the road. Unwind at the cosy town of Egilsstaðir for the night.

Accommodation in Egilsstaðir area.

Day 6 | The Eastfjords

Follow the twisting Eastfjords, from mountain passes to seaside roads, for one of the most scenic drives of your trip. Find peace at the quaint little towns along the way, starting with Seyðisfjörður, whose colourful houses and light blue church brighten up any winter day. Make a stop at Fáskrúðsfjörður, once the main hub for French fishermen off East Iceland, and Djúpivogur, a tiny fishing town at the foot of Mount Búlandstindur. End the day in Höfn area, the ideal location to enjoy Vestrahorn at dusk or under northern lights.

Accommodation in Höfn area.

Day 7 | Vatnajökull National Park

Reach the southern part of Vatnajökull National Park, home to the legendary Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and its just equally impressive counterpart Fjallsárlón. Walk along the famous Diamond Beach and its stranded icebergs to the sound of large flocks of Northern Gannets passing off shore. Skaftafell National Park boasts great outdoor opportunities for everyone, including hiking trails leading to Svartifoss Waterfall and some of the glacier tongues, but also ice caving and glacier walking excursions. You will easily keep yourself busy a whole day in the area.

Accommodation in Vík/Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

Day 8 | South Iceland

The South Coast is spectacular in every season, but in winter, the snow turns the region into a real winter paradise. Start by exploring Reynisfjara Black Sand Beaches and Dyrhólaey where the snow reveals every detail of the volcanic landscape, with snow-capped mountains in the background. Spend some time in Vík, that has been listed as one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Visit the magnificent waterfalls Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss, the only one of its kind where you can walk behind the falls and brave the fresh air to enjoy the geothermal pool at Seljavallalaug.

Accommodation in Gullfoss/Geysir area.

Day 9 | Gullfoss & Geysir

Today see three of Iceland’s not-to-be-missed natural wonders, conveniently located a short distance from each other, forming together the Golden Circle. Walk along the fissure between the two continents at Thingvellir National Park, where you can also go on a snorkeling adventure in crystal clear waters. Experience the magic of Gullfoss during the golden hour. Explore the geothermal area around Strokkur, Iceland’s iconic geyser. Alternative stops nearby are Kerið Volcanic Crater, Fridheimar Tomato Greenhouse, or Laugarvatnshellir Cave. Activities such as snowmobile tours, ATV tours, are also available within easy reach (not included).

Accommodation in Reykjavík (optional and not included in 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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