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Iceland Full Circle Classic - Winter

(10 days / 9 nights)

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Winter Wonder Along the Ring Road

This classic self-drive tour around Iceland’s “Ring Road” is one of our 10 day itineraries that offers winter nature at its very best. You’ll visit spectacular natural attractions like powerful waterfalls, hot springs in moonlike surroundings, majestic glaciers, iceberg lagoons, volcanic beaches and more. And with accommodations in rural areas with low light pollution, you will have the chance to see the northern lights.

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10 days / 9 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 186728 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

— Why book with Nordic Visitor

  • Hassle-free & seamless travel experience
  • Flexible & customisable tour options
  • Value for your money
  • Professional service from local experts 

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Tour Highlights

  • See the massive floating icebergs at the Glacier Lagoon
  • Walk the Diamond Beach, seeing the scattered, glistening ice
  • Explore the famous Golden Circle route
  • Hunt for the majestic northern lights
  • Discover the volcanic Lake Mývatn and its beautiful surroundings
  • Walk the quaint streets of Akureyri, the unofficial capital of north Iceland
  • Enjoy the cascading waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss Skógafoss
  • Photograph jagged basalt columns & sweeping black sand beaches
  • Enjoy the striking nature of Snæfellsnes and its charming fishing villages

Travel style

Self-Drive i

Interest

Best Seller i, Classic i, Northern Lights i

Season

Oct - Apr

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

1810/1124 km/mi

Itinerary

A day-by-day plan to guide your journey.

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  • Day 1: Welcome to Reykjavík

    On arrival to Keflavik Airport, you will be greeted by a driver who will take you to your accommodation in Reykjavík. If you are arriving early in the day, you can upgrade to add a visit to the Blue Lagoon (optional, not included). Once you arrive in Reykjavik and after settling in, head to the main street, Laugavegur, to enjoy its various shops and cosy cafes.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

    Attractions Optional Activity
  • Day 2: Wonders of the Golden Circle

    Collect your rental car in the morning and begin your journey on the classic “Golden Circle” route, starting with Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you can walk on a path in the rift valley between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Next is the Haukadalur geothermal area, home of Geysir—the original “geyser”—and the more active Strokkur, which spouts water every few minutes. End the circle with visits to the majestic Gullfoss waterfall and the implosion crater of Kerið.

    Spend the night in the Selfoss area.

    Driving distance approx. 185 km / 114 mi.

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  • Day 3: WATERFALLS AND BLACK SAND BEACHES

    Visit Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk right behind the misty cascade, then head to the equally impressive Skógafoss waterfall just a short drive down the road. South of the village of Vík, make a stop at the volcanic black sand beach* for dramatic views of the Dyrhólaey island and Reynisdrangar rock formations rising above the crashing waves. You can even take part in a glacier hike, visit to an ice cave or snowmobile tour today. Click on our optional activities for more information.

    Spend the night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area

    *Caution should always be exercised when visiting Reynisfjara beach near Vík due to powerful rogue/sneaker waves and the strong undertow current. Always stay far back from the water’s edge and read the warning sign before walking on the beach.

    Driving distance approx. 203 km / 126 mi.

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  • Day 4: Glaciers and Floating Icebergs

    Spend some time exploring Skaftafell*, part of the immense Vatnajökull National Park and a place of great natural beauty. Then head to the smaller Ice lagoon, Fjallsárlón before heading to the famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and enjoy the surreal scene of icebergs floating by. Afterwards you will stop by the Diamond Beach, where you will see chunks of ice glistening on the black sands. Since the town of Höfn has been nicknamed the “Lobster Capital of Iceland” we highly recommend ending the day with a delicious lobster dinner here!

    Spend the night in the Höfn area.

    *venturing onto a glacier or engaging in ice climbing should only ever be attempted with the assistance of a licensed and experienced guide.

    Driving distance approx. 203 km / 126 mi.

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  • Day 5: ROAM THE EAST FJORDS & SPOT REINDEERS

    Your drive along East Iceland today is characterised by long and narrow fjords with steep mountainsides and rugged tundra. Each fjord has its own unique qualities, with small fishing villages in postcard-perfect settings and friendly locals. If you’re lucky, you may get to see a reindeer or two as this is the part of the island they inhabit. The east is also great for northern lights viewing, if the conditions are right, since there are vast stretches just outside your accommodation with no light pollution*.

    Spend the night in the Egilsstaðir area.

    *Please note that the northern lights are a natural phenomenon, so sightings cannot be guaranteed.

    Driving distance approx. 256 km / 159 mi.

    Attractions Attractions Optional Activity
  • Day 6: THE IMPRESSIVE NORTH: DETTIFOSS & LAKE MÝVATN

    If you’re up for seeing more natural wonders today, make an optional detour (weather and road conditions permitting) to Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe, before heading to the

    otherworldly Lake Mývatn area. This part of North Iceland boasts an abundance of unusual natural wonders to explore, like the Krafla volcano, the mud pools and curiously-coloured terrain of the Námaskarð pass and the massive crater of Hverfell. Other highlights of the region include Dimmuborgir, a magnificent lava landscape of caves, columns, and arches, as well as the option of relaxing at Mývatn Nature Baths.

    Spend the night in the Lake Mývatn area.

    Driving distance approx. 182 km / 113 mi.

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  • Day 7: Natural Charms of the North

    Spend the first half of the day exploring more of Lake Mývatn and perhaps participating in an optional activity like dog-sledding or snowmobiling. We recommend visiting Goðafoss waterfall on your way to the charming town of Akureyri, where you can take a stroll through the town centre and enjoy a variety of little shops, cafes and museums. You can next make your way toward Skagafjörður, an area known for its abundance of adorably stocky Icelandic horses. if time and weather conditions allow, you may choose to take a detour around Tröllaskagi Peninsula known for beautiful scenes of mountains, cliffs and fjords.

    Spend the night in the Skagafjörður area

    Driving distance (including Tröllaskagi) approx. 247 km / 153 mi.

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  • Day 8: ADVENTURES OF THE WEST COAST

    Drive to the historical Borgarfjörður region of west Iceland today. Worthwhile natural sights in the region include the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls that tumble over a lava field and Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring.  You have the option of signing up for optional activities today like the manmade ice tunnel Into the Glacier and a visit to Krauma, the newly-opened baths adjacent to Deildartunguhver. For those interested in the history of Iceland, a visit to the Icelandic Settlement Centre in the town of Borgarnes is recommended.

    Spend the night in the Borgarnes area

    Driving distance approx. 234 km / 145 mi

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  • Day 9: SPLENDID SNÆFELLSNES OR OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

    Today you have the option of driving the Snæfellsnes peninsula (if weather and road conditions allow). Enjoy the natural beauty of Snæfellsjökull National Park. Highlights of your driving route today include the Dritvík Cove, the dramatic bird cliffs of Lóndrangar, Hellnar and Arnarstapi as well as idyllic seaside villages.

    If you prefer an active day outside, you can choose one of many optional activities, depending on your personal interests. Choices include exploring a lava cave or manmade ice tunnel, snowmobiling, or visiting the Krauma baths in the west. You can also choose to end your day at the relaxing Blue Lagoon, where you can soak in the healing milky-blue waters (pre-booking needed).

    Spend the night in Reykjavík.

    *Please note, for those who select our optional activities, other than the Blue Lagoon, for this day will not have time to explore Snæfellsnes Peninsula

    Driving distance (including Snæfellsnes Peninsula) approx. 300 km / 186 mi.

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  • Day 10: Departure

    When it’s time for your Iceland adventure to end, you will be picked up from the accommodation for your airport transfer by a shuttle bus about three hours before your flight. If you’re flying in the afternoon, you have the option to visit the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa to relax in the warm mineral waters before continuing to the airport (optional: not included).

    Optional Activity

Map

Here’s a map of your travel route, to help put things in perspective.

Reviews

We don’t like to brag, so we’ll let our happy customers do it for us.

Everything was perfect!

You are the best tour operator. You did an excellent trip. Everything was perfect. Thank you so much

Fantastic experience

Overall it was a fantastic experience and we were able to enjoy a brilliant holiday without the added stress of booking accommodation, cars etc. What we really appreciated were the little touches from Nordic Visitor, such as the welcome bag with useful items, the really nice accommodation that was booked, and all the tips/suggestions of what to do during our time in Iceland. It was a fantastic experience and tour.

Extremely satisfied with the service

Lárus was an excellent tour advisor. He was quick to provide a response to any questions I had and I found him to be very accommodating regarding my requests. Iceland is a destination unlike any of the others we have visited. Given the remote nature of parts of the country and the possibility of weather related issues I found the service that Nordic Visitor provided enabled us to enjoy our adventure freely with a minimum of anxiety. I am extremely satisfied with the service that I received from Lárus and Nordic Visitor.

Didn't have to worry about a thing except having fun

We are still talking about our experience to everyone who will listen! We have been to Iceland two previous times (in November) but this time we wanted to experience springtime in Iceland. It exceeded our expectations, and as we were already in love with your country that was hard to do. Everyone was so helpful and friendly, and as first time travelers of the ring road your organization set up our itinerary so that we didn't have to worry about a thing except having fun. All the hotels and sights to see were planned out on our map and in our travel guide book, and anything we needed to know was in our packet! Something that was out of your control but played an important part in our unforgettable adventure was that the weather was sunny and warm everyday! We have experienced Iceland in all types of weather and it didn't stop us from enjoying ourselves immensely but the sunshine was an added bonus!

A trip we will never forget

Margret was awesome to work with! Very responsive, very helpful even once we got there! A trip we will never forget. The guest houses and hotels were awesome, and the activities were great! Rental car was awesome and it was overall a fantastic trip!

We loved Iceland

Your company is terrific.  Everything was thought of and documentation was great. We loved Iceland

Accommodation

Sleep soundly, in the accommodation type of your choice, and wake up ready to enjoy another day of exploration.

Budget

Rooms with shared WC and shower (or bath) in farmhouses, guesthouses or well-appointed hostels. All provide breakfast (included in..

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Rental car

Enjoy the journey, with authorization for two drivers and free GPS in the rental car of your choice.

Hyundai Tucson AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Hyundai Tucson AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: E
  • Description: Compact SUV, all-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic

Land Rover Discovery SPORT AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Land Rover Discovery SPORT AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: F
  • Description: Mid-size SUV, all-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Suitcases: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Operation: Automatic

Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4 (Automatic)
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x5
  • A

Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4 (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: G
  • Description: Full-size SUV, four-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Suitcases: 5
  • Doors: 5
  • Operation: Automatic

Land Rover Discovery AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • x6
  • x5
  • x3
  • A

Land Rover Discovery AWD (Automatic)
or similar

  • Type: H
  • Description: SUV, all-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5/6
  • Suitcases: 4/3
  • Doors: 5
  • Operation: Automatic

Price per person from

Approx 186728 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

Monthly price comparison Our best price per person when booking for two.

2019

Optional activities

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Tour Information

We recommend that all our travellers read through the following information about driving during winter in Iceland, what the tour includes, the itinerary, weather conditions during the winter season and other useful information for your travel.

ABOUT OUR SELF-DRIVE TOURS
This is a self-drive tour where our guests follow a detailed personalised itinerary during their road trip in Iceland, no dedicated driver or tour guide on behalf of Nordic Visitor is included. All accommodations, the rental car, airport transfers and planned activities will be pre-booked by Nordic Visitor (as specified in the itinerary). Nordic Visitor works with a small group of trusted operators that the company has strong professional relationships with.

ACCOMMODATION AND ROOM TYPES
Our team of local travel experts at Nordic Visitor have put together a list of wonderful hotels for your stay in Iceland. We carefully select hotels/guesthouses in Reykjavik and the countryside based on excellent ratings, personal experience and comfort. Single, double and triple rooms are available for our self-drive packages. Please note, that in Iceland our room types are based on European standard sizes. For instance, a double bed often consists of two single beds pushed together. Triple rooms include a double bed along with an extra bed, a rollaway or a sofa bed, and a single room is often smaller than the standard double.

DRIVING DURING WINTER SEASON
While Iceland is a year-round destination, self-driving during the winter months is not for everyone. Nordic Visitor does not recommend a long road trip in the winter if you have never driven on snow and ice.  If you are going to embark on a winter self-drive in Iceland, you should be comfortable driving in what can be challenging conditions, including snowstorms, icy roads and little daylight. Please be advised that Iceland is known for narrow roads and a AWD is recommended for the winter.

For inexperienced winter drivers, we recommend one of our guided small group winter tours where you will have a local, experienced guide at the wheel.

SAFETY, DAYLIGHT HOURS & WEATHER CONDITIONS
Please note that sightseeing is dependent on weather and road conditions and might need to be altered if conditions are not favourable.  Please be advised that daylight is limited in Iceland during the winter months, with about 4-5 hours of daylight during the holiday season, from December to January. Winter in Iceland is considered to be from October to April. For more information on weather conditions and daylight hours, we recommend visiting Nordic Visitor’s Online Travel Guide.

WHAT TO PACK

  • Sturdy walking shoes with a good tread/grip
  • Thermal base-layers
  • Mid-layers such as a fleece jacket/wool sweater
  • Wind and waterproof jacket and pants
  • Hat, gloves and scarf
  • Bathing suit for visiting geothermal pools
  • Electronic gear such as smartphone, external powerpack, travel adapters
  • Reusable water bottle
  • For more information on what to pack, please visit our Online Travel Guide


CURRENCY RATE
All bookings are charged in Icelandic Króna (ISK), the official currency of Iceland. Prices displayed in other currencies are indicative only and based on the daily exchange rate as issued by the Central bank of Iceland. Therefore, conversions from ISK to other currencies will fluctuate from day to day.

AFTER BOOKING WITH NORDIC VISITOR
After booking your package with Nordic Visitor, you will be contacted within two business days by one of our travel consultants, who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all your travel needs before, during and even after your vacation. Your travel consultant will provide you with details about your booking and your remaining payment (if not paid in full). You will also receive more information about what to expect during your trip.

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