6 Day Iceland Ring Road Tour – Winter

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Duration

6 days

Difficulty

Easy

Group Size
Available

Sep - Mar

Minimum age

8 years

Pick up / Self Drive

Pick up

Languages

English

Operator

Tröll ferðaþjónusta

Tour starts

Reykjavik

Duration

6 days

Difficulty

Easy

Group Size
Available

Sep - Mar

Minimum age

8 years

Pick up / Self Drive

Pick up

Languages

English

Days

6 Days

Departures

Reykjavik

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Explore the Top Attractions in Iceland on this Iceland 6 days Ring Road Tour – available during winter!

Highlights

Activities

Golden Circle Tours, Gullfoss waterfall in Golden Circle Iceland Tour Packages

About Tour

Join this tour for 6 days of a magical journey into each part of Iceland. This is a 6 Day Iceland Ring Road Tour that is operated during the winter time from September to March. You will be traveling in a minibus with a small group of travelers for a personalized experience. On this 6 Day winter tour, you will travel around Iceland, or the Ring Road of Iceland, to explore all the top attractions in the country. You will also have the opportunity to join in on several activities like ice caves, nature baths, whale watching, horseback riding, and much more.

This is a Ring Road Tour, which means that you will be traveling around the whole country of Iceland. The 6-Day tour will start with the Golden Circle where you will explore all the must see attractions and the amazing sites on this popular route. We will of course stop at Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir geothermal area and the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Thingvellir National Park.

After visiting the Golden Circle, we will head on to the magical South Coast of Iceland. The South Coast is often considered to be the most beautiful part of Iceland. We will explore the beautiful waterfalls of the South Coast as well as the black sand beaches, a natural ice cave, glacier lagoons and the diamond beach.

East Iceland is full of surprises, stunning landscapes and great atmosphere. Go to Vök hot springs, horseback riding and explore the fjords of East Iceland.

In North Iceland we will visit the outstanding Mývatn area. You can find so many great attractions in this area, including lava fields, geothermal areas, massive waterfalls, and much more. We will visit Akureyri, the capital of north Iceland, and do a whale watching tour. 

After 6 full days of exploring Iceland, you will get back to Reykjavik with endless of memories from our magnificent country!

Note that accommodation is included in the price. 

Rainbow at Skógafoss Waterfall - Iceland Must See

Included

  • Pick up and drop off in Reykjavik or the capital area.
  • 5 nights accommodation in comfortable country hotels with breakfast and private bathroom.
  • 6 Days guided sightseeing to all the best locations around the Ring Road of Iceland.
  • English speaking professional guide.
  • Glacier Hike
  • Certified glacier guide
  • Glacier equipment; helmet, harness, crampons and ice axe.
  • Crystal Ice Cave tour
  • Northern Lights hunting
  • Whale Watching tour
  • Small groups
  • Wi-Fi and Icelandic music on board the minibus

Activities

  • Horseback Riding Tour
  • Geothermal hot spring admission

Highlights

Activities

What to bring

  • Dress according to weather
  • Waterproof outdoor clothing
  • Warm clothes
  • Warm socks
  • Gloves & Headwear
  • Hiking boots (available for rent when booking)
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Camera (optional)

Good to know

  • Order or availability of attractions may change due to road or weather conditions.
  • The luggage limit for this tour is one suitcase of 24 inches per person. If you have any extra luggage, you can store it in our office for 1,000 ISK. You can add it to your booking in the booking engine. 
  • If you are traveling on your own, you 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 us.
  • Remember to choose the Single Supplement Fee in the booking engine if you are traveling alone. 
  • This tour includes a pick up from Reykjavik. You can see the designated pick up locations in the drop down menu when booking.
  • You will have plenty of chances for bathroom breaks and to buy snacks on the way.
  • Age limit for Glacier Hike is 8 years old.
  • The Ice cave that will be visited on this tour is 100% natural and always changing. Since the ice caves are ever changing we will visit new ice caves each year in different areas of the glacier. The photos that you see on our website are from recent tours, but note that the ice caves might have changed due to the dynamic nature of these formations. 
  • Lunch & dinner is not included in the tour. We will stop on restaurants where you can buy lunch & dinner. 
  • It is recommended to bring some snacks and drinks for the day time adventures. Some light chips and soda should do the trick.
  • This tour is perfect for groups, single travelers and families. 
  • You will be traveling on a minibus on this tour. The minibus includes free Wi-Fi. We will introduce you to Icelandic music aboard the minibus. 
  • We recommend you wear proper warm clothing, gloves, hat, scarves, and hiking shoes.
  • If you don’t have hiking shoes, you can rent them at the time of booking. 
  • In the rare case that we need to cancel the tour because of extreme weather, road conditions or other factors, we will assist you with rebooking to another date. If that does not work out for you, you will receive a full refund for the tour. 
  • The minimum age bar to join the tour is 8 years for the hiking and ice caving part. If children below 8 years are on the trip then one adult will have to stay with them while the group completes these activities.
Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon in south Iceland

Itinerary

Day 1 – The Golden Circle

Highlights of the day

  • Þingvellir National Park
  • Geysir geothermal area
  • Strokkur hot spring
  • Gullfoss waterfall
  • Northern Lights

included

  • Guided Minibus Tour
  • English speaking tour guide
  • One night in a 3 star hotel with private bathroom.
  • Northern Lights tour in the evening.
  • Explore the Highlights of the Golden Circle

Today, we’ll start our tour of Iceland with the Golden Circle – the country’s most famous route. Our first stop is Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a stunningly beautiful, historically significant location where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. It is also home to some of the world’s most active geysers and hot springs, making Iceland one of the most geologically active places on Earth. We’ll explore the park’s Viking history, its natural beauty, and the history of the Icelandic people.

Next, we’ll visit the Haukadalur Geothermal Area, home to the Hot Spring Strokkur, which erupts every 5-10 minutes, and the Great Geysir, which named all geysers in the world but has been dormant since the early 2000s. We’ll learn about the creation of geysers in Iceland, how they’re formed by volcanic activity beneath the surface of the Earth, and their eruption patterns.

Finally, we’ll end our Golden Circle tour at Gullfoss, one of the most iconic and beautiful waterfalls in Iceland. Located in the Hvítá river canyon, it’s a double waterfall that cascades down into a deep canyon, offering stunning views from the top and bottom of the canyon. There are several trails in the area, allowing visitors to explore the beautiful surrounding scenery.

If the weather permits, we’ll have the chance to see the Northern Lights tonight, as the hotel we’ll be staying at is located far from light pollution. If not, we’ll have 5 more days to catch them. We’ll spend our night at a nearby hotel.

 

Gallery - Day 1

Day 2 – The South Coast

Highlights of the day

  • Seljalandsfoss waterfall
  • Skógafoss waterfall
  • Sólheimajökull Glacier
  • Glacier Hike
  • Reynisfjara black sand beach
  • Vík í Mýrdal
  • Northern Lights

included

  • Guided Minibus Tour
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Hotel Breakfast.
  • One night in a 3 star hotel with private bathroom.
  • Guided Glacier Hiking Tour.
  • All Glacier Hiking Gear needed.
  • Northern Lights tour in the evening.
  • Explore the Highlights of the South Coast

Today, we embark on an exciting journey to explore the breathtaking natural wonders of South Iceland. Our first stop is at Seljalandsfoss waterfall. With its unique feature of a walkway behind the waterfall, Seljalandsfoss offers a truly magical experience to visitors. At 60 meters (197 feet) tall, the waterfall is a must-visit attraction and a perfect place for a peaceful escape or an adventurous hike.

Next up is Skógafoss, another famous waterfall in Iceland known for its width of 25 meters and height of 60 meters, making it one of the largest waterfall in the country. Skógafoss is surrounded by lush green fields and beautiful mountain views, making it a photogenic location. The well-marked hiking trail leads to the top of the waterfall, where visitors can enjoy a bird’s eye view of the area. Skógafoss has a rich history dating back to the 9th century and is said to have been a sacred site for the Vikings.

Our journey continues to the glaciers, which play a crucial role in Iceland’s landscape, covering 11% of the country, and are a major tourist attraction. These glaciers are thousands of years old, and as they move, they create stunning landscapes, provide a source of fresh water, regulate the climate, and absorb heat from the sun.

The highlight of the day is a glacier hike on Sólheimajökull, where we will meet a certified glacier guide who will provide all necessary equipment and ensure a safe and memorable experience. The weather can be unpredictable, so it is essential to dress appropriately and wear sturdy footwear with good grip.

Our final stop is at Reynisfjara, a black sand beach known for its basalt columns formed by volcanic activity and erosion. This beach is the most popular in Iceland and has been featured in several films and television shows. Reynisfjara is a testament to the beauty and power of nature and is a fitting end to a day full of exciting discoveries and breathtaking experiences.

We will end the day with a stop in Vík i Myrdal, where we will spend the night.

Gallery - Day 2

Day 3 – Glacier Hike, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon & Diamond Beach

Highlights of the day

  • Vatnajokull Glacier
  • Skaftafell Nature Reserve
  • Svinafellsjokull Glacier
  • Jökulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
  • Diamond Beach
  • Crystal Ice Cave
  • Super Jeep tour
  • Northern Lights

included

  • Guided Minibus Tour
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Hotel Breakfast.
  • One night in a 3 star hotel with private bathroom.
  • Crystal Ice Cave Tour
  • All Glacier Gear needed.
  • Northern Lights tour in the evening.
  • Explore the Highlights of the South Coast

Rise and shine, it’s time to embark on a breathtaking journey through the south-east of Iceland! Meet in the hotel lobby at 8 am, where we’ll leave and head towards a world of glaciers, majestic mountains, and unforgettable landscapes.

First, we’ll make a photo stop at Skaftafell to admire the beauty of Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier. Skaftafell is one of the most beautiful locations in Iceland. It is the perfect combination of the green forest, huge glaciers and magnificent mountains. The Skeiðará Bridge, a historic landmark and symbol of the strength and resilience of Icelanders, lies in the vicinity. This iconic bridge, built in the early 20th century, spans across the Skeiðará River and connects both sides of the river.

Our next stop is at the mesmerizing Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, where we’ll witness large icebergs floating serenely towards the ocean. The deepest and largest lake in Iceland, Jökulsárlón is fed by the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, part of the Vatnajökull glacier. The lagoon and its wetlands are a popular tourist destination, attracting visitors with floating icebergs, seals, and stunning mountain views. Formed in the 1920s from the retreat of the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, the lagoon now measures over a kilometer wide and 250 meters deep. Jökulsárlón has been the setting for many films, including James Bond’s “Die Another Day,” “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,” and “Batman Begins,” and is a favorite location for photographers and filmmakers.

Just two minutes away from Jökulsárlón, we’ll find the breathtaking Diamond Beach, where large chunks of shimmering blue ice scatter across the black sand. The ice originates from the nearby Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, which is part of the larger Vatnajökull glacier. The beach is a popular spot for tourists and photographers, and it’s home to a variety of wildlife, including seals, seabirds, and reindeer.

Get ready for the highlight of our trip – the awe-inspiring Crystal Blue Ice Cave, one of Iceland’s largest and most popular ice caves. To reach this stunning natural wonder, we’ll take a Super Jeep, accompanied by a knowledgeable glacier guide to ensure our safety. The Crystal Blue Ice Cave, located in the Vatnajökull National Park, is formed by melting glaciers and is filled with stunning blue ice. Sunlight streaming in from the entrance creates a magical atmosphere that has captivated visitors from around the world.

Photographers will love capturing the beauty of the ice formations and blue ice, as we embark on a tour through the cave’s chamber and other areas (remember that ice caves are always changing).

We’ll spend the night at a nearby hotel, so get ready to rest after a day of adventure!”

Gallery - Day 3

Day 4 – The East Fjords

Highlights of the day

  • Eastfjords
  • Fishing villages of the Eastfjords
  • Hallormsstaðaskógur forest
  • Lake Lagarfljót
  • Horseback Riding
  • Vök Nature Baths – hot spring
  • Northern Lights

included

  • Guided Minibus Tour
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • One night in a hotel.
  • Northern Lights tour in the evening.
  • Explore the highlights of East Iceland

Get ready for a day of relaxation, adventure, and discovery in the beautiful East Fjords of Iceland. Surrounded by stunning landscapes, rare wildlife, and fjords, we will immerse ourselves in the unique and peaceful way of life in the heart of the country. We’ll explore fishing villages and marvel at the rich cultural history that has shaped Iceland, before setting out on two optional adventures.

For those who are up for an adventure, we’ll go horseback riding in the stunning landscapes of the Icelandic Wilderness. Our experienced riding instructor will teach us the basics of horseback riding and help us saddle up our Icelandic horses, known for their five gaits, hardiness, and friendly personalities. Whether you’re a seasoned rider or a beginner, this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience not to be missed.

For those who like to relax and unwind, we’ll visit the VÖK Baths, a luxurious spa and geothermal area in the east of Iceland. Surrounded by stunning views and unique geothermal activity, we’ll soak in the natural hot springs and enjoy the peaceful and serene environment. This is the perfect way to end a day of adventure and rejuvenate for the journey ahead.

At the end of the day, we’ll retire to a nearby hotel and rest up for the adventures yet to come. Get ready for a truly unforgettable day in Iceland!

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Day 5 –The Mývatn Area & Dettifoss waterfall

Highlights of the day

  • Lake Mývatn
  • Námaskarð Pass
  • Dimmuborgir lava fields
  • Goðafoss waterfall
  • Akureyri
  • Northern Lights

included

  • Guided Minibus Tour
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Breakfast at the hotel.
  • One night in a hotel.
  • Northern Lights tour in the evening.
  • Explore the highlights of East Iceland

Embark on a journey to experience the raw and untamed beauty of northern Iceland on our fifth day of exploration. From majestic lakes to geothermal wonders and breathtaking waterfalls, we have an exciting itinerary ahead of us.

Our first stop is at Lake Mývatn, a breathtaking lake renowned for its stunning natural beauty and unique geological wonders. Surrounded by volcanic formations, lava fields, and other geological masterpieces, the lake is a perfect spot for sightseeing and photography. In addition to its awe-inspiring landscapes, Lake Mývatn is also a haven for bird watchers, with a diverse array of bird species calling it home. And for those seeking a relaxing soak, the lake’s abundance of natural hot springs makes it a popular destination for swimming and soaking.

A short drive away, we’ll visit the Námaskarð Pass, a high-temperature geothermal area where the earth boils and gurgles. This mountain pass, located between the glaciers of Hofsjökull and Vatnajökull, is a popular tourist destination, thanks to its striking orange and red landscapes, a result of the presence of sulfur in the area. On our hike, we’ll witness the colorful hills, steaming hot springs, bubbling mud pools, and fumaroles that make the Námaskarð Pass so unique.

Next, we’ll visit Dimmuborgir, a volcanic area located in northern Iceland, known for its unique rock formations and fascinating landscape of lava fields and caves. Formed by volcanic eruptions over 2,000 years ago, Dimmuborgir is a popular tourist destination, attracting visitors with its one-of-a-kind beauty. The area is home to the famous Hall of the Mountain King, an area of large basalt columns, as well as a variety of wildlife, including Arctic foxes, reindeer, and ptarmigans.

Our next stop is the breathtaking Goðafoss Waterfall, one of the most magnificent waterfalls in Iceland. Translating to “Waterfall of the Gods,” Goðafoss is said to have been named after the country’s conversion to Christianity in 1000 AD. With a height of 12 meters (40 feet) and width of 30 meters (100 feet), this waterfall is one of the largest in the country and boasts a unique horseshoe shape, carved out by a massive glacial flood caused by a volcanic eruption in the year 934.

Our final destination of the day is the Capital of the North, Akureyri. With the evening ahead of us, we’ll have plenty of time to wander the beautiful city, known for its stunning natural beauty, vibrant culture, and outdoor recreational activities. From mountains and glaciers to fjords and a thriving nightlife, Akureyri has something to offer for everyone. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the Northern Lights before retiring for the night, as the city is known for its clear night skies.

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Day 6 – North Iceland

Highlights of the day

  • Whale Watching
  • Glanni waterfall
  • Grábrók Crater

included

  • Guided Minibus Tour
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Whale Watching tour
  • Boat tour
  • Explore the Highlights of North & West Iceland.

Our final day of adventure brings us to the most exhilarating activity of the trip – whale watching!

Start your day off with a delicious breakfast and prepare for an unforgettable experience on the North Atlantic Ocean. We will journey to the small village of Hauganes, where we’ll board a boat and embark on a thrilling whale watching excursion. Get ready to witness the magnificent grace of humpback whales and other magnificent creatures swimming in the sea. To ensure your comfort, we provide warm additional clothing, but we still suggest bringing your own warm and waterproof gear.

The journey back to Reykjavík will take us through breathtaking landscapes and stunning scenery. If time allows, we will make stops to visit some of these sights, so feel free to discuss with your guide and let them know if there is a specific place you’d like to visit.

We’ll arrive back in Reykjavík at around 8pm, depending on weather and road conditions.

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