Iceland Complete Winter

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From $2,735 USD
October 3, 2018 - April 10, 2019
9 Days / 8 Nights

Iceland Complete Winter, visit Iceland's highlights on the Ring Road, the Glacier Lagoon, Lake Myvatn, Golden Circle with Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir.

Overview

Iceland Complete Winter features Iceland's main attractions along the Ring Road, escorted by a professional local guide. Visit the Jökulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, Lake Myvatn, and all the famous sights of the Golden Circle such as Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir National Park. Our classic circle tour offers the perfect mix of culture and nature. During the winter months, you have a great chance to see the Northern Lights! Bestseller tour for many years!

Operation

October 3, 2018 - April 10, 2019

Departure

October 3, 10, 17, 31, 2018
November 1, 2017
February 13, 2019
March 20, 27, 2019
April 10, 2019
Guaranteed departures with minimum of 2 participants

Price

  • Oct 1 - 31, 2018 & Feb 1 - Mar 31, 2019
  • from $2,785 per person in double room
  • from $3,530 single room
  • Nov 1 - 30, 2018 & Apr 1 - 30, 2019
  • from $2,735 per person in double room
  • from $3,415 single room

Included

  • 7 day guided tour as per itinerary from/to Reykjavik
  • Accommodation 2 nights w/facilities in Reykjavik
  • Accommodation 6 nights w/facilities in countryside
  • Breakfast daily, except arrival day
  • 6 dinners in the countryside
  • Entrance to Laufas Folk Museum including refreshments (day 6)
  • Horse Show in Skagafjördur (day 7)
  • Entrance to the Herring Museum (day 7)

Not Included

  • International flights / Airport taxes
  • Transfers to/from Keflavik Airport
  • Dinners in Reykjavik (day 1 and 8) 
  • Lunches
  • Beverages with meals other than coffee/tea and fresh tap water
  • Porterage at airport and hotels
  • Guaranteed early check-in or late check-out (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland is 14:00)
  • Optional tours and activities
  • Any service not specifically listed under "included"
  • Personal insurance / personal items
  • $25 Service fee

Please note

  • Departures are guaranteed with minimum of 2 participants
  • Maximum group size: 36 people
  • Prices may change without prior notice
  • Please inquire about our special air fares on Icelandair, featuring direct flights from Seattle!

Tour Options

  • Additional nights in Reykjavik
  • Optional excursions: 
  • Day 3 - Super jeep tour on Vatnajökull glacier | 4 hrs
  • Day 5 - Myvatn Nature Baths
  • Day 5 - Horse riding in Myvatn | 1-2 hrs
  • Day 6 – Northern Lights Boat trip | Sea angling | Whale watching (dep. on season) in North Iceland | 3 - 3.5 hrs

Day 1 ARRIVAL REYKJAVIK

Important: If you have added extra nights in Reykjavik before your tour, the guide will meet your group for the start of the tour on Day 2 according to the standard "Winter Iceland Complete" itinerary.

On your own, transfer to Reykjavik. We recommend the easy and convenient FlyBus Plus transfers, which can be booked through Iceland Travel. If your flight lands early in the day, a great suggestion is to explore Reykjavik, the largest municipality in Iceland.

Ingolfur Arnarson, the first settler of Iceland, built his farm on the peninsula where Reykjavik stands today. The town got its name "Smoky Bay" after the columns of steam that rose from the hot springs in the area and made such a deep impression on the first settlers.

Dinner is on your own. Reykjavik offers a multitude of restaurants and/or coffee-houses, making dinner a great way to get better acquainted with Iceland's capital.

Please note guaranteed early check-in is not included in the price. Most hotels begin check-in around 14:00 (2:00pm).

Overnight stay in Reykjavik (airport transfer not included). Dinner on own. 

Highlights: Reykjavik

Icelandair Hotel Natura****

Day 2 GEYSIR - GULLFOSS - SKOGAR - VIK (B, D)

Exploding Geysers - Waterfalls - Black Sand Beaches of the South Shore

Breakfast at your hotel. Start the day with a short city sightseeing of Reykjavik. From Reykjavik head through the greenhouse village of Hveragerdi. Head on to the Golden Circle natural wonders. Explore Gullfoss, the "Golden Waterfall", and the nearby Geysir hot spring area to see the famous Geysir and Strokkur, as well as numerous other hot springs and boiling mud pools.

Continue along the south shore and stop to admire the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss before continuing to Dyrholaey and the black sand beaches of Iceland’s South Shore. Continue to the village of Vik. 

Dinner and overnight stay in the Vik area. Approximate distance: 325km / 201mi

Highlights: Geysir | Gullfoss | Reynisdrangar Cliffs | Vik | Seljalandsfoss | Skogafoss

Kria Hotel****+

Day 3 SKAFTAFELL - GLACIAL LAGOON - HÖFN (B, D)

Lava Fields - Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs - Europe's Largest Glacier

Breakfast at your hotel. Continue your journey on the Ring Road. Cross Eldhraun, the largest lava flow recorded on the planet in historical times. Visit Kirkjubaejarklaustur town, the former site of a 12th-century Catholic convent. The tour continues over Skeidararsandur sands to Skaftafell, a beautiful glacial area within Vatnajökull National Park.

Continue to the stunning Jökulsarlon Glacial Lagoon to see the birthplace of icebergs. Throughout the day you will also enjoy magnificent views of the mighty Vatnajökull Glacier. 

Dinner and overnight stay in the Hofn area. Approximate distance: 279km / 173mi

Highlights: Skaftafell National Park | Jökulsarlon Glacial Lagoon | Höfn

Hotel Hofn****

Day 4 HÖFN - EAST FJORDS - EGILSSTADIR (B, D)

Narrow Fjords - Steep Mountains - Picturesque Coastline - Legendary Lake Monster

Breakfast at your hotel. Drive from Höfn through Almannaskard pass, stopping to admire the majestic coastline. Continue to the towering mountains plunging vertically into the sea that form the magnificent East Fjords. Enjoy the amazing views: keep an eye out for wild reindeer, which can sometimes be seen in the area during the winter months.

You'll also pass villages, each with its own special history and charm. The road brings you to Egilsstadir town, located near Iceland’s largest forest and a lake said to be home to a legendary (friendly) monster. The area is also getting a name for itself for its excellent locally-sourced cuisine. 

Dinner and overnight stay in the Egilsstadir area. Approximate distance: 259km / 161mi

Highlights: Egilsstadir | Djupivogur

Icelandair Hotel Herad****+

Day 5 LAKE MYVATN AREA (B, D)

Highland Desert - Bizarre Lava Formations - Geothermal & Volcanic Activity - Rich Birdlife - Protected Salmon River

Breakfast at your hotel. Explore the empty vastness of the highland desert plateau Modrudalsoraefi as you head towards the Lake Myvatn area. On the way, stop at Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall.

Continue onwards to Namaskard pass with its boiling mud pools and vibrant colours. Explore the natural beauty of the Lake Myvatn area, including the pseudo craters at Skutustadir and the Laxa Salmon River. 

Dinner and overnight stay in the Myvatn area. Approximate distance: 255km / 158mi

Highlights: Hverfjall | Myvatn | Krafla

Sel Hotel Myvatn****

Day 6 LAKE MYVATN - AKUREYRI - SIGLUFJÖRDUR (B, D)

"Waterfall of the Gods" - Folk Museum - The Beautiful Troll Peninsula

Breakfast at your hotel. Start the day by exploring the peculiar lava formations at Dimmuborgir. Visit the magnificent Godafoss waterfall and the old turf farm Laufas. Afterwards, visit Akureyri, the colourful northern "capital"of Iceland. The town has charming buildings and beautiful view of the Eyjafjördur Fjord.

After spending some time in Akureyri, continue along the coastal roads of Eyjafjördur and the Troll Peninsula. This is a beautiful drive along steep mountains with amazing views over the Arctic Sea and black sand coastline. The destination is Siglufjördur, set in a beautiful fjord of the same name. This town has some of the finest timber buildings in the country, beautifully restored to their original glory. The evening and dinner is on your own at one of the town´s restaurants. Siglufjördur is a very enjoyable and friendly town for an evening stroll.

Dinner and overnight in Siglufjördur. Approximate distance: 215km / 134mi

Highlights: Godafoss | Akureyri | Trollaskagi - Troll Peninsula | Siglufjördur | Dimmuborgir

Siglo Hotel****+

Day 7 SKAGAFÖRDUR - BORGARNES (B, D)

Historical Museum – Fertile Farmlands – Glacial Rivers – Unique Viking Horse Demonstration

Breakfast at your hotel. This morning visit Siglufjördur's award-winning Herring-Era Museum. The museum recreates the atmosphere of the early 20th century, when Siglufjördur was transformed into a herring boom town, thanks to a large migration of herring.

Afterwards, head along majestic mountains and narrow passes to Skagafjördur, considered to be one of the finest places in Iceland for horse breeding. Enjoy an introduction to the unique Icelandic horse breed with its special fifth gait - the tolt. Continue towards the village of Blonduos built on both sides of the river Blanda. Hrutey Island, a protected nature reserve, sits within the centre of this popular Salmon River. Cross the Holtavorduheidi plateau through Borgarfjördur to the beautiful town of Borgarnes.

Dinner and overnight stay in Borgarnes area. Approximate distance: 310km / 193mi

Icelandair Hotel Hamar****+

Day 8 BORGARFJÖRDUR - THINGVELLIR - REYKJAVIK (B)

Europe's Largest Hot Spring - Picturesque Waterfalls - National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO)

Breakfast at your hotel. Drive to Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe. Stop to admire the beautiful Hraunfossar waterfalls before continuing via Hvalfjördur fjord to Lake Thingvallavatn, Iceland's largest lake and Thingvellir National Park. This UNESCO heritage site is where the world‘s oldest continuing parliamentary government was founded in the 10th century. It is also the place where the North American and European tectonic plates meet. Overnight stay in Reykjavik.

Dinner is on your own. Approximate distance: 205km / 127mi

Highlights: Deildartunguhver | Barnafoss | Hraunfossar | Thingvellir National Park | Reykjavik

Icelandair Hotel Natura****

Day 9 DEPARTURE REYKJAVIK (B)

Breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to the airport not included. We advise departing your hotel no later than three hours before your international flight.

If you did not visit the Blue Lagoon on your arrival day, you might use the opportunity to stop there now on your way to the airport.

Optional: Private Airport Transfer via the Blue Lagoon | Airport transfer: Blue Lagoon upon departure | Airport transfer with Flybus Plus |Private airport transfer

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