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Iceland Complete Winter Tour
Admire Iceland's natural wonders and majestic landscapes during the beautiful light and shadows of fall, winter and spring! Visit all Iceland's main attractions along the Ring Road escorted by a professional local guide. Traveling around Iceland in these months offers you the chance to see northern lights when the weather conditions are ideal.
With so much to discover and explore in Iceland, this classic, best-selling tour highlights the natural wonders, majestic landscapes and the unique character of Iceland. Features of this popular tour include stops at the Glacier Lagoon, Lake Myvatn and all the famous sights of the Golden Circle such as Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir National Park.
This is a classic circle tour that provides the perfect mix of culture and nature. This tour has been our best seller for nearly 20 years.
Get the most out of your holiday in Iceland!
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 ReykjavÃk, the largest municipality in Iceland.
Ingolfur Arnarson, the first settler of Iceland, built his farm on the peninsula where ReykjavÃk 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 ReykjavÃk (airport transfer not included). Dinner on own.
Exploding Geysers â€“ Waterfalls â€“ 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 Icelandâ€™s South Shore. Continue to the village of Vik.
Dinner and overnight stay in the Vik area at Icelndir Hotel Vik or similar
Lava Fields â€“ Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs â€“ 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 Vatnajokull National Park. Continue to the stunning Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon to see the birthplace of icebergs. Throughout the day you will also enjoy magnificent views of the mighty Vatnajokull Glacier.
Dinner and overnight stay in the Hofn area at Hotel Hofn or similar
Day 4 Hofn - East Fjords - EgilsstadirAccommodation: Icelandair Hotel Herad
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner
Narrow Fjords â€“ Steep Mountains â€“ Picturesque Coastline â€“ Mineral Collection
Breakfast at your hotel. Drive from Hofn 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. Explore Petra's renowned collection of local stones and minerals.
Dinner and overnight stay in the Egilsstadir area.
Highland Desert â€“ Bizarre Lava Formations â€“ Geothermal & Volcanic Activity â€“ Rich Birdlife â€“ 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. Other volcanic features of Myvatn include the multi-coloured geothermal area of Namaskard, Krafla volcano and the dark lave citadels of Dimmuborgir.
Dinner and overnight stay in the Myvatn area.
"Waterfall of the Gods" â€“ Folk Museum â€“ 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 colorful northern â€œcapital â€žof Iceland. The town has charming buildings and beautiful view of the Eyjafjordur Fjord. After spending some time in Akureyri, continue along the coastal roads of Eyjafjordur 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 Siglufjordur, 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 townÂ´s restaurants. Siglufjordur is a very enjoyable and friendly town for an evening stroll.
Dinner and overnight in SiglufjorÃ°ur.
Day 7 Siglufjordur - Blonduos - BorgarnesAccommodation: Icelandair Hamar Hotel
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner
Fertile Farmlands â€“ Glacial Rivers â€“ Unique Viking Horse Demonstration
Breakfast at your hotel. This morning visit Siglufjordurâ€™s award-winning Herring-Era Museum. The museum recreates the atmosphere of the early 20th century, when Siglufjordur was transformed into a herring boom town, thanks to a large migration of herring. Afterwards, head along majestic mountains and narrow passes to Skagafjordur, 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 Borgarfjordur to the beautiful town of Borgarnes.
Dinner and overnight stay in Borgarnes area.
Europe's Largest Hot Spring â€“ Picturesque Waterfalls â€“ 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 Hvalfjordur fjord to Lake Thingvallavatn, Iceland's largest lake and Thingvellir National Park. This UNESCO heritage site is where the worldâ€˜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 ReykjavÃk. Dinner is on your own.
Day 9 ReykjavikMeals: Breakfast
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.
View first-hand many of the classic natural wonders, including the Golden Circle area, the Glacier Lagoon and MÃ½vatn Nature Reserve
Experience the amazing variety in Icelandâ€™s landscape
Make great use of your time with this introductory tour of Iceland and its unique regions
Connect with local culture and history with unique museum visits and a special horse show
Relax each evening in specially-selected, quality hotels with private facilities
Discover and learn about Iceland from our hand-picked local guides, who are passionate and knowledgeable about Iceland
Take advantage of great value with included meals and activities
Little walking is required on this tour other than walking on mostly flat and paved or smooth paths. Day 5: Dettifoss- Good to know that the walking path between the parking lot and the waterfall is about 15- 20 minutes. It is an easy walk overall, heading downhill to the falls and uphill back to the parking lot.
Note: We reserve the right to alter routes without prior notice, due to road conditions
â€¢ All departures are guaranteed with minimum of 2 participants
â€¢ Maximum Group Size 36 People
â€¢ See Iceland's most popular sites and attractions
Price IncludesHotel Accommodations With Breakfast
6 Dinners in the Countryside
Entrance to Petraâ€™s Stone Collection (day 4)
Entrance to Laufas Folk Museum Incl. Refreshments (day 6)
Horse Show in Skagafjordur (day 7)
Entrance to the Herring Museum (day 7)
Northern Lights Hunt Kit
Expert Local English Speaking Guide from Day 2 to Day 8
Use of Crampons/Cleats (if Needed) for Walking on Snow/Ice Covered Surfaces
Northern Lights Guided Hunt on Foot One Selected Evening
Price Does Not IncludeAir
Porterage at Airport and Hotels
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