Iceland Complete – Winter Aurora Edition

Experience the special “Aurora Edition” of our best-selling Ring Road tour! You will visit all the main attractions of the legendary Ring Road, but with the added beauty—and northern lights—of an Icelandic winter.

Highlights

  • See Iceland‘s most popular sites and attractions along the famed Ring Road
  • Visit the world-famous Golden Circle natural wonders
  • Walk on the black sand beaches and see Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls along the south shore
  • Take in the majesty of Vatnajokull National Park that includes Skaftafell, the Glacier Lagoon and the Diamond Beach
  • Explore the magnificent East Fjords, home of wild reindeer and a legendary sea monster
  • Visit AkureyriSiglufjordur and the Lake Myvatn region in North Iceland
  • View the hidden treasures of beautiful Borgarfjordur in West Iceland
  • Enjoy Icelandic cuisine made with fresh local ingredients
  • Take advantage of the Northern Lights wake-up calls and optional tours to increase your chances of seeing the amazing Northern Lights
  • Discover Iceland with our hand-picked local guides

Good to know

Maximum size: 36 participants

Minimum size: Guaranteed with 2 participants

Activity/Difficulty Level:  1 out of 5 (Very Easy) 

What to bring:

  • Comfortable outdoor shoes are recommended as there is some easy level walking on the tour
  • Bring wind and waterproof outerwear with you to Iceland
  • The weather in Iceland can change rapidly, we recommend dressing in layers for optimal comfort

Optional Activities

Booked via your guide at the start of your tour.

Winter 2019- 2020- Subject to change

Day 3: Super jeep tour on Vatnajokull glacier | 4 hrs
Day 5: Myvatn Nature Baths | Flexible time
Day 5:  Horse riding in Myvatn/Safarihestar | 1-2 hrs
Day 6:  Sailing / Sea angling / Whale watching (dep. on season) Akureyri | 3 – 3.5 hrs
Day 8:  Non-guided tour to the Blue Lagoon on arrival/departure | Book in advance; price is based on availability at booking time

Included

  • Guided Coach Tour from day 2 to day 8
  • Expert local English speaking guide from day 2 to day 8
  • Free Wi-Fi on board motor coach
  • 2 hotel nights in standard rooms with private facilities in Reykjavik
  • 6 hotel nights in standard rooms with private facilities in countryside
  • Daily Icelandic breakfast (except arrival day)
  • 6 three-course local-cuisine dinners in the countryside with coffee/tea
  • Entrance to Laufas Folk Museum including Icelandic-style refreshments (day 6)
  • Horse Show in Skagafjordur (day 7)
  • Northern Lights hunting kit (use of flashlight, blanket and a hot drink)
  • Entrance to the Herring Museum (day 7)
  • Seat rotation during the tour
  • Northern Lights guided hunt on foot one selected evening
  • Northern Lights hunting kit (use of flashlight, blanket and a hot drink)
  • Great photo stops
  • Customer care service during office hours
  • 24-hour Iceland Travel emergency line assistance while you are in Iceland

Added Value: Northern Lights Wake-Up Calls at selected hotels

Not Included

  • Breakfast on arrival day
  • International airfare
  • Round-trip transfers between Keflavik airport and Reykjavik
  • Dinners in Reykjavík (day 1 and 8)
  • Lunches
  • Beverages with meals other than coffee/tea and fresh tap water
  • Baggage porterage at airport and hotels
  • Guaranteed early check-in or late check-out (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland is 14:00 (2:00pm)
  • Optional tours and activities
  • Any service not specifically listed under “included”

Accommodation

This tour stays in hotels with private bathrooms, generally a mix of four and three star hotels.  Most of the groups stay at the following hotels.  Please note this is an advised hotel list and subject to change.

Day 1 –  Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura

Day 2- Kria Hotel   or Icelandair Hotel Vik

Day 3- Hotel Hofn

Day 4-  Icelandair Hotel Herad

Day 5 – Sel-Hotel Myvatn

Day 6- Siglo Hotel

Day 7- Icelandair Hotel Hamar

Day 8 –  Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura

Important

  • 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
  • The Northern Lights are subject to the correct weather conditions and sightings cannot be guaranteed.

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Day 1: Arrival

Highlights: Reykjavik

On your own, transfer to Reykjavik. Airport transfer is not included, but we are happy to help you arrange shared or private transfers.

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 at Icelandair Hotel Natura (according to advised accommodation list). Dinner on own.

For all Northern Lights enthusiasts we recommend joining a Northern Lights tour from Reykjavik tonight. Please let us know upon booking if you are interested in this option.

Important:   If you have added extra nights in Reykjavík 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.

*Northern Lights tours are subject to the correct weather conditions and sightings cannot be guaranteed. 

Optional Tours:

Day 2: Geysir – Gullfoss – Skogar – Dyrholaey – Vik

Highlights: Geysir Gullfoss Hekla Eyjafjallajokull Seljalandsfoss Skogafoss Reynisdrangar Cliffs Vík

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 at either Icelandair Hotel Vik or Hotel Kria (according to advised accommodation list).

*Northern Lights wake-up call available on this night 

Included on this day:

  • Breakfast
  • Three-course dinner

Approximate distance: ca 325 km / 201 miles

Day 3: Skaftafell National Park – Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon – Hofn

Highlights: Katla Eldhraun Lava Field Skaftafell National Park Vatnajokull National ParkVatnajokull Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon Hofn

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 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 (according to advised accommodation list).

*Northern Lights wake-up call available on this night 

Included on this day:

  • Breakfast
  • Three-course dinner

Optional Tours:

  • Boat tour on the Glacial Lagoon | 45 mins | Price for winter 2019- 2020:  6.900 ISK
  • Super jeep tour on Vatnajökull glacier | 4 hrs | Price for winter 2019- 2020: 26.000 ISK

Approximate distance: ca 279 km / 173 miles

Day 4: Hofn – East Fjords – Egilsstadir

Highlights: Egilsstadir Lagarfljot Hallormsstadur

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

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.  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 at Icelandair Hotel Herad (according to advised accommodation list).

*Northern Lights wake-up call available on this night 

Included on this day:

  • Breakfast
  • Three-course dinner

Approximate distance: ca 259 km / 161 miles

Day 5: Lake Myvatn Area

Highlights: Hverfjall Myvatn Krafla Dettifoss Vatnajokull National Park

Highland Desert – Bizarre Lava Formations – Geothermal & Volcanic Winter Wonderland

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 colors. 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 at Sel-Hotel Myvatn (according to advised accommodation list).

*Northern Lights wake-up call available on this night 

Included on this day:

  • Breakfast
  • Three-course dinner

Optional Tour:

  • Mývatn Nature Baths | Flexible time | Price for winter 2019- 2020: 5.000 ISK (3.300 for senior citizens – 65 years or older)
  • Horse riding in Myvatn/Safarihestar | 1-2 hrs | Price for winter 2019- 2020: 7.500 -12.000 ISK

Approximate distance: ca 255 km / 158 miles

Day 6: Lake Myvatn Area – Akureyri – Siglufjordur

Highlights: Dimmuborgir Godafoss Akureyri Trollaskagi – Troll Peninsula Siglufjordur

“Waterfall of the Gods” – Turf-roofed 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 colorful northern “capital „of 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. Siglufjordur is a very picturesque and easily walkable town for an evening stroll.

Dinner and overnight in Siglufjordur at Hotel Siglo (according to advised accommodation list).

*Northern Lights wake-up call available on this night 

Included on this day:

  • Breakfast
  • Three-course dinner
  • Entrance to Laufas Folk Museum including Icelandic-style refreshments

Optional Tour:

  • Sailing / Sea angling / Whale watching (dep. on season) Akureyri | 3 – 3.5 hrs | Price for winter 2019- 2020: 9.000 ISK – minimum 6 people required to guarantee departure

Approximate distance: ca 215 km / 134 miles

Day 7: Skagafjordur – Borgarnes

Highlights: The Herring Era Museum Skagafjordur Fjord Drangey Island Grabrok Borgarnes

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

Breakfast at your hotel. This morning visit Siglufjordur’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 at Icelandair Hotel Hamar (according to advised accommodation list).

*Northern Lights wake-up call available on this night 

Included on this day:

  • Breakfast
  • Three-course dinner
  • Entrance to the Herring Museum
  • Horse Show in Skagafjordur

Approximate distance: ca 310 km / 193 miles

Day 8: Borgarfjordur – Thingvellir – Reykjavik

Highlights: Deildartunguhver Barnafoss Hraunfossar Hvalfjordur Fjord Thingvellir National Park Reykjavik

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 Hvalfjordur 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 at Icelandair Hotel Natura (according to advised accommodation list). Dinner is on your own.

For all Northern Lights enthusiasts we recommend joining a Northern Lights tour from Reykjavik tonight or contact your hotel reception to reschedule your tour if you booked a tour on your first night and it was not operated.

*Northern Lights tours are subject to the correct weather conditions and sightings cannot be guaranteed. 

Included on this day:

  • Breakfast
  • Three-course dinner

Approximate distance: ca 205 km / 127 miles

Optional Tours:

Day 9: Departure

Breakfast at your hotel. Please note that this might be a light breakfast if you are taking an early morning departure flight.  Transfer to the airport not included. We advise departing your hotel no later than three hours before your international flight.  Airport transfer is not included, but we are happy to help you arrange shared or private transfers.

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.

Included on this day:

  • Breakfast

Optional Tours:

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