Guided Iceland Circle – Winter

Escorted TourIceland


From $2,025 USD
January 2 - April 27, 2018
8 Days / 7 Nights

Travel on Iceland's Ring Road, guided coach tour around Iceland. Explore scenery of volcanoes, lava fields, hot springs, fjords, glaciers, and waterfalls.

Overview

Escorted coach tour around Iceland, weekly departures, all year-round. Explore the island of fire and ice on Iceland's ring road, it’s stunning scenery and dramatic landscapes, and visit two National Parks. Enjoy unspoiled Icelandic countryside with volcanoes, lava fields, hot springs, erupting geysers, fjords, glaciers, and waterfalls. Enjoy a leisurely group tour on Iceland's circle road, combining nature, soft adventure, and cultural experiences.

Operation

January 2 - April 27, 2018

Departure

Departures 2018: Friday to Friday or Tuesday to Tuesday
January 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19, 23, 26, 30
February 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27
March 2, 6, 9, 13, 16, 20, 23, 27, 30
April 3, 6, 10, 13, 16, 23, 27, 30
May 1, 4, 8, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29

Price

  • January 2 - April 27, 2018
  • from $2,025 per person in double room
  • from $2,540 single room

Included

  • Arrival & departure airport transfer by FLYBUS Plus shuttle (no guide)
  • Fully escorted 6-day bus tour
  • English speaking guide
  • 7 nights accommodation in Iceland, in rooms with private facilities
  • 7 x breakfast
  • Visit to natural History & Seal Museum in Hvammstangi
  • Visit to Vidimyri turf church
  • Entrance fee with towel at Myvatn Nature Baths
  • Admission to Petra's Stone and Mineral Collection in the East Fjords
  • Multimedia presentation at Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Information Center
  • Visit to Icelandic horse stables & geothermal greenhouse
  • Use of snow & ice gripper spikes and flashlight for winter departures

Not Included

  • International airfare & airport taxes
  • Any meals other than indicated above
  • Gratuities
  • Personal insurance / personal items
  • $25 Service fee

Please note

  • Maximum group size: 30 persons
  • Tour start: Arrival in Iceland is on Tuesdays or Fridays. Guided bus tour starts on Wednesdays or Saturdays at 09:00
  • Tour end: The guided tour ends on Mondays or Thursdays between 16:00-18:00 for a last overnight in Reykjavik. Departure from Iceland is on Tuesdays or Fridays

Tour Options

  • Pre- and post-nights in Reykjavik

Day 1 WELCOME TO ICELAND - REYKJAVIK
Tuesday or Friday

Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from Keflavik Airport to Icelandair Hotel Natura in Reykjavik where you spend the night. We provide you with ideas how to explore Iceland's capital on your own. Dinner suggestions as well! (50 km/31 mi)

Icelandair Hotel Natura ****

Day 2 VOLCANO CRATER - FJORDS - MOUNTAINS (B)
Wednesday or Saturday

At 09:00 meet our tour guide and depart from Icelandair Hotel Natura. Travel west, passing the town of Borgarnes and climb the Grabrok volcano crater. In the afternoon visit a natural history & seal museum in a small fishing village in Northwest Iceland and stroll around the local harbor.

Further north we stop at the turf church of Vidimyri which has been extensively restored to its original form and is widely considered one of the purest and most beautiful examples of traditional Icelandic architecture. We continue along scenic fjord landscape and over several mountain passes until we reach Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland. Overnight location is at Icelandair Hotel Akureyri. (425 km/264 mi)

Icelandair Hotel Akureyri ****+

Day 3 NORTH ICELAND - LAKE MYVATN - GEOTHERMAL BATHS (B)
Thursday or Sunday

In the morning we explore Akureyri, a charming town of 17000 inhabitants. Visit the botanical garden and enjoy the panoramic view over Eyjafjordur fjord.

In the afternoon we travel to an important spot in Iceland's history, Godafoss, the waterfalls of the Gods. Continue to Lake Myvatn, known for its geological wonders and active bird life during summer. Stop at the bizarre lava formations at Kalfastrond followed by a walk around the many pseudo craters. End an exciting day with a relaxing soak at Myvatn Nature Baths that contains a unique blend of minerals, silicates and geothermal micro-organisms. The warm soothing waters benefit both skin and spirit alike. Overnight at Sel-Hotel Myvatn or a hotel in the Husavik area. (120 km/75 mi)

Sel-Hotel Myvatn ****+

Day 4 LAVA LABYRINTH - HOT SPRINGS - TRAVEL EAST (B)
Friday or Monday

In the morning we hike in a lava labyrinth at Dimmuborgir "the dark castles", hoping to get a glimpse of the trolls who are said to live there. After an optional lunch we visit the hot spring area of Namaskard with bubbling mud pools and steaming solfataras. Head through the uninhabited highlands and moonßlike surrounding to East Iceland. With some luck we might spot an Arctic fox or see reindeer.

From June to August the tour includes a detour to Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall in the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park. Overnight location at Icelandair Hotel Herad or Alfheimar Guesthouse in Borgarfjordur-Eystri. (250 km / 155 mi)

Icelandair Hotel Herad ****

Day 5 FJORDS - GLACIER - ICE (B)
Saturday or Tuesday

It's a day to admire the dramatic fjord landscape and its tiny fishing villages at the end of twisty roads in the East Fjords. En route we visit an interesting stone and mineral collection.

In the afternoon we see Vatnajökull - Europe's biggest glacier that is visible all over Southeast Iceland. Past the town of Höfn, we stop at Jökulsarlon, a Glacial Lagoon filled with floating icebergs, and we explore the extraordinary site and might see seals swimming in arctic waters. You can walk on the black sandy beach where large icebergs get stranded.

Depending on the season optional boat trips are available. We travel along the southern part of the glacier Vatnajökull and spend time at Europe's largest national park, which has Iceland's highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe's largest glacier. Overnight location is either at Icelandair Hotel Kirkjubaejarklaustur or Hotel Höfn. (470 km/292 mi)

Icelandair Hotel Kirkjubaejarklaustur ****

Day 6 SOUTH COAST (B)
Sunday or Wednesday

A beautiful drive with many natural wonders awaits us today as we head across the Eldhraun lava field, cross the sandy desert of the south coast, overlooked by mountainous cliffs, glaciers and waterfalls. We stroll along the black lava beach of Reynisfjara near Vik.

In the small village of Skogar there is Skogafoss waterfall which is 60 meters high and is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. Further west we stop at the Eyjafjallajökull Information Center and learn about living next to a glacier and an active volcano. We continue to the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges over the mountain. There is an interesting trail that goes behind the fall - if you are prepared to get wet! Overnight location either at Icelandair Hotel Fludir or Hotel Eyjafjallajökull or Hotel Fljotshlid. (240 km/149 mi)

Icelandair Hotel Fludir ****

Day 7 ICELANDIC HORSES - GOLDEN CIRCLE (B)
Monday or Thursday

We explore classics today as we travel the route of the Golden Circle sights. Start the day at Fridheimar, where you learn about the Icelandic horse, its special qualities and history and visit a geothermal greenhouse.

Later on we see steam from the Geysir geothermal fields. There is a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. The original geyser is now dormant but has been replaced by Strokkur "the Churn", which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals.

Continue to Gullfoss, "the Golden Falls", a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvita River, attracting travelers in summer and winter. Travel inland to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, an area of exceptional geological and historical interest. The Thingvellir area is part of a fissure zone running through Iceland, situated on the tectonic plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The faults and fissures make evident the rifting of the earth's crust.

As we return to Reykjavik, we take you for a short city tour to show highlights of the world's northernmost capital. Overnight at Icelandair Hotel Natura or similar. (160 km / 99 mi)

Icelandair Hotel Natura ****

Day 8 DEPARTURE ICELAND (B)
Tuesday or Friday

Individual transfer by Flybus airport shuttle to Keflavik Airport. (50 km/31 mi)

Daily driving: Total mileage without airport transfer is 1.665 km (1.032 miles) which is an average of 278 km (172 miles) per day. You spend about 4 hours per day on the bus, depending on road conditions, traffic and daily distances. On some days the driving might be longer than on some other days.

Note: During the off season, from September to May, in rare cases, a change of itinerary might be necessary especially for winter programs in Iceland, should snow, road and weather conditions not allow to follow the scheduled itinerary, and certain outdoor activities/day trips might be cancelled. In this case no refund will be given, but the operator will try to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible.

Top