The Ring Road | All Around Iceland in 7 Days | Winter Package

Let’s take an epic journey and circumnavigate the beautiful island in the north, Iceland. This tour lasts for seven days, where we drive around Iceland and discover the mysterious beaten track places during the winter time.
Available: Nov - Mar
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 7 days
Minimum Age: 10
Pick Up: 09:00 - 09:30
Price: ISK 188.900

Tour Highlights

✅ Ring Road
✅ Thingvellir National Park
✅ Gullfoss Waterfall
✅ Geysir Hot Spring
✅ Eyjafjallajokull Glacier
✅ Northern Lights
✅ South Coast
✅ Walk Behind Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
✅ Skogafoss waterfall
✅ Reynisfjara Black Beach
✅ Vík Village
✅ Kirkjubæjarklaustur
✅ Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
✅ Hornafjordur
✅ Stokksnes / Vestrahorn Mountain
✅ Hengifoss Waterfall
✅ Powerful Dettifoss Waterfall
✅ Myvatn Lake / Myvatn Nature Baths
✅ Dimmuborgir and Grjotagja
✅ Godafoss Waterfall / Waterfall of The Gods
✅ Saudarkrokur Town
✅ Small island Drangey
✅ Hvitserkur – 5 m high basalt stack
✅ Hraunfossar Waterfalls
✅ Fully escorted 7-day bus tour with an English-speaking guide
✅ Accommodation with breakfast and private facilities for 6 nights
✅ Entrance with towel at Myvatn Nature Baths
✅ Entrance to all museums
✅ Small groups and personal service
✅ and much more..

Traveling in summer? See summer Ring Road HERE

Tour Details

188 900 ISK Per person in double/triple room
218 900 ISK Single Room
Children (10-15): 50% off

Age limit: 10 years
Duration: 7 days
Departure: On Tuesdays
Pickup time: 09:00 – 09:30
Available: Nov – Mar
Max group size: 18 persons
Bring with you: Warm clothes, hiking shoes

Good to know:

  • Please limit your luggage to 1 medium sized suitcase per person
  • We will stop for lunch on our way and have dinner at our accommodation

Map of the route: click here.

Tour Description

Let’s take an epic journey and circumnavigate the beautiful island in the north, Iceland. This tour lasts for seven days, where we drive around Iceland and discover the mysterious beaten track places during the winter time. We will also visit the most famous landmarks that are must-sees for anyone visiting Iceland. Since we are traveling for seven days, we have a very good chance of seeing the northern lights dancing in the sky during our travels. Every single trip is unique and our guides will do their best to shape the trip to the group’s interest. The Icelandic driving conditions will also shape your tour, as well as the Icelandic weather that can change quite often and quickly.

Day 1

We leave Reykjavik and head to Thingvellir National Park where the world’s oldest existing parliament was founded in the 10th century. Thingvellir National Park is a unique place where two continents meet. Here you can see where the Eurasian and North-American tectonic plates drift apart, but they move approx. 1.5 cm apart each year. Thingvellir, in its winter coat, is just as breathtaking as it is in the summer months, but at the same time a very different experience.

We continue with a stop at Laugarvatn, an interesting small village built in a geothermal area. Then we head to Gullfoss Waterfall and Geysir Geothermal Area. At Gullfoss, we admire the roaring waterfall that stems from the glacial river Hvita. Then at Geysir Geothermal Area, we’ll meet they geyser that all other geysers are named after, Geyser. We will also witness the hard-working geyser Strokkur erupting, where it spews hot water and steam about 100 ft. into the air.

After lunch, we go to Fludir, a small village that relies on geothermal energy to run its numerous greenhouses. Icelanders use greenhouses to produce vegetables year-round. Afterward, we return to the highway and continue on with our ring road tour.

We drive towards the mighty Eyjafjallajokull Volcano in the setting sun, stopping at Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. Seljalandsfoss is a bit special because you are able to walk behind the waterfall and get another perspective. Our accommodation for the night is close by the waterfall, located in the countryside, under the looming cliffs of Eyjafjoll. It’s a perfect place to wait and hope for the appearance of the Aurora Borealis, the famous northern lights. The guide will check the aurora forecast and weigh our chances of seeing them.

Day 2

We start the second day of this tour by taking a look at Skogafoss Waterfall, located close by our hotel. This day will be spent traveling along the south coast, stopping at many points of interest. We will visit Thorvaldseyri, a family farm with Eyjafjallajokull in their backyard where we can watch a short documentary about the massive Eyjafjallajokull volcano that erupted and stopped air-traffic in 2010.

The black sand beach, Reynisfjara, will astonish you with its impressive rock stacks and intricate basalt columns. Reynisdrangar Cliffs are located close to the shore, and according to Icelandic folklore, they are a petrified fishing vessel of trolls. Reynisdrangar Cliffs are best viewed from the church at Vik, the small village east of the black sand beach. From Vík we continue traveling across the vast sand fields of the South Coast, that were formed by flash floods from sub-glacial eruptions over the centuries. Your guide will most likely tell you tales of settlement and folklore on the way, as many famous Icelandic sagas take place in the southern lowlands.

We explore the clusters of pseudo-craters at Myrdalssandur and Landbrot, that are quite extraordinary. These pseudo-craters are unique, and the best examples of their kind. We also drive across the mighty lava field of Eldhraun, where we learn about how the lava field came to be in the eighteenth century. That volcanic eruption nearly wiped out the entire population of Iceland, making the king of Denmark contemplate evacuating the island completely. Next up is a nice stop at the tiny village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur.

We’ll drive across the vast expanse of Skeidararsandur, with Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajokull, covering the horizon to our left. We finish off our day by stopping at the majestic Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon. At Jokulsarlon we will admire the icebergs that break off of the melting glacier and into the lagoon. We then settle in for the night at a country hotel in the area, an isolated place that is perfect for viewing the northern lights, should they appear.

Day 3

We proceed east towards the village of Höfn (in Hornarfjörður). We have a good chance of spotting some reindeer along the way, as they are commonly seen in this area. East of Hornafjordur, we take a detour to Stokksnes to admire the imposing cliffs of Vestrahorn towering over the sand. A former Navy base, this place is especially desolate and atmospheric. We drive through the sparsely populated area under imposing mountains where narrow roads cling to the hillsides, with the endless ocean to our right.

We meander through deserted fjords with glistening sands, peculiar cliffs, and colorful mountains with sharp peaks. Next stop is at Djupivogur, a tiny village where Sigurdur Gudmundsson, a world-renowned artist, has installed a peculiar work of art for all to enjoy, as well as we soak up the atmosphere in this isolated place. We keep driving from one village to another. Every place has a story of struggles, defeats, and victories. We rest for the night close to the lake of Lagarfljot, supposedly the home of Lagarfljotsormur, Iceland’s version of the Loch Ness monster. Maybe the northern lights will dance for us tonight? Our search for them never ends.

Day 4

We start off the day by exploring the East of Iceland. We drive around the Lagarfljot Lake trying to catch a glimpse of the monster that could be lurking there. The largest forest in Iceland can be found around the lake, along with one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland, Hengifoss. After exploring Hengifoss Waterfall, we head for the wasteland, driving for hours across the mountains through an uninhabited area, and to the North of Iceland. The stark and threatening beauty with its strong sense of isolation being surrounded by rows of mountains on the horizon is an experience in itself. Maybe we will see the raindeers in their natural habitat on the frozen moors of Modrudalsoraefi.

We might stop at the most isolated farm in Iceland, admiring the peculiar church built by an eccentric farmer in the nineteenth century. Once we are across the mountains, we will visit Dettifoss Waterfall. Dettifoss is the most powerful waterfall in Europe, and while standing next to this giant waterfall, we can feel the earth tremble beneath our feet. Here we learn about the forces that shaped this peculiar area. After stopping at a famous haunted but abandoned hut, we drive towards Myvatn Lake and explore the geothermal fields in the area. The geothermal fields, called Namaskard are in their multi-colored splendor among roaring steam vents and bubbling mud pools. We end the day by taking a soak in a natural bath, before retiring to our hotel.

Note: In this area, roads can be closed without notice so plans can change. Travelers have to be flexible and patient. All good things come to those who wait.

Day 5

On this day, we will explore Lake Myvatn and its surroundings. Visit the lava castles of Dimmuborgir and the underground bath at Grjotagja, where we can soak in the geothermal water, in a subterranean chasm. We might ascend the dome of Hverfjall mountain and admire the strange formations of lava at Kalfastrond. We drive through Reykjadalur and to Godafoss Waterfall where in the year 930, Thorgeir, the heathen chieftain at Ljosavatn farm, threw statues of the old gods into Godafoss Waterfall to demonstrate the beginning of Christianity in Iceland. Also, we will stop at a unique roadside church dedicated to his memory.

Godafoss is among the largest and most imposing waterfalls in Iceland, but we might also sit down for coffee and the Icelandic food kleina‘s, at a local coffee shop. There we can chat with the farmers and ask them for advice on life, the universe, and everything. We will eventually end up in Eyjafjordur Fjord, where we will visit Akureyri, the second largest town in Iceland. In Akureyri, we can count the steps to the city church or stroll through the main shopping street. Before huddling down for the night, we will check the skies for the Aurora ballet dancers.

Day 6

We leave Akureyri and drive through the countryside, dotted with sleeping farms and chubby Icelandic horses in their winter fur. We will stop at the small town Saudarkrokur, where we take in its atmosphere over a cup of coffee. Every place has a story and here it is the fate of Grettir the Strong, who was an outlaw in the tenth century. His life ended in Drangey the imposing cliff island in the middle of Skagafjordur.

We continue on driving through small villages where we will grab any opportunity to take in their peculiar charm and learn about their history. We will stop at the desolate place Thristapar, where the last public execution in Iceland took place in 1830. A dramatic story of passion, deceit, and murder is hidden beneath the frozen turf. Borgarvirki is a peculiar place with remnants of a fortress from the time of settlement, with great views over the terrain. Hvitserkur is a peculiar rock formation that looks a lot like a petrified dinosaur. An excellent photo opportunity. We end our day at Gauksmyri, a quaint country hostel watching, waiting, and hopefully basking in the eerie glow of the northern lights dancing overhead.

Day 7

We start our day by driving to the local museum at Reykir. This museum houses the only shark catching vessel that has survived. Shark catching was a flourishing trade in the nineteenth century, and Ofeigur is a fine specimen, built from driftwood by local shipbuilders up north. After crossing Holtavorduheidi, we turn off the main road and visit Reykholt in Borgarfjordur. This place used to be the of Snorri Sturluson, a ninth century poet, scholar, and author of many fine manuscripts. Snorri used the geothermal springs for bathing, and his personal hot tub has survived throughout all of these years and is probably among the oldest of such pools in Iceland, if not Europe.

From Reykholt we will proceed to Deildartunguhver, the largest hot spring in the world, where 180 liters (47.5 gallons) of scalding hot water flow from the earth every second. We end by visiting the beautiful Hraunfossar Waterfalls in Borgarfjordur, a unique specimen of a waterfall in Iceland because of its unusual setting. You will understand why when you see it. We then drive through the magnificent Hvalfjordur on our way back to Reykjavik. Hvalfjordur has its own peculiar history as an important meeting place for convoys during the Second World War. After this, the road leads back to Reykjavik and estimated time in the city is around dinner time.

Daylight:

During the shorter December and January days our guides must keep to a tight schedule to make the most of each tour. Sometimes certain stops will be short but this will help you see each sight during daylight whenever possible. Longer hours of darkness do mean, however, that there are better chances to see the Northern Lights once it is dark!

Weather:

Icelandic weather is notoriously changeable. Poor road conditions require careful driving and changing snow and ice conditions at tour attractions mean your Guide must make on-the- spot safety assessments. It is your Guide’s responsibility to advise all clients about what is possible at each location. Instructions given by your Guide must be followed in the interest of your own safety.

Car fleet:

Our fleet consists of minibusses and super jeeps which are specially chosen for Icelandic weather conditions. Our priority is getting you between places (which can actually be a big challenge during Icelandic winter time) in a fun and informative way and never in too big groups as we always want to give excellent and personal service.

Disclaimer:

All guests participating in Glacier activities do so under their own responsibility. Although Extreme Iceland takes all necessary precautions to ensure guests´ safety during all activities, the company cannot accept responsibility for any injury, loss or damage arising from negligence or failure to follow Guide´s instructions during the tour. By purchasing an Extreme Iceland tour you agree to follow all instructions when asked to do so by your Guide. Occasionally glacier hikes and/or ice caving tours can be canceled due to poor weather and/or other safety reasons. In the event of an activity being canceled, we will try to replace it with another activity when possible, and refund the cost of the canceled part of the tour.

Ice caves:

Ice caving is something you won‘t get the opportunity to experience often. It is truly amazing but due to its popularity and the rarity of the caves, they tend to get quite busy in the short time they are open over the year. Every winter the ice caves form in the glaciers in Iceland as they melt away in the summer time. Conditions have to be perfect for it to be safe to enter these uniqueness wonders. We will cancel the caving part if the circumstances are not right. Safety comes first.

Clothing Required:

The weather in Iceland is ever changing and winters can be very cold (we get a lot of rain and snow but also some very strong winds at times). It is very important to dress accordingly.

  • Hiking Boots (over ankle)*
  • Waterproof Jacket
  • Waterproof Trousers
  • Warm Hat, Gloves, and Scarf
  • Woolen or Fleece Sweater
  • Thermal Baselayers (preferably woolen, no cotton)
  • NO jeans or trainers/sneakers/athletic shoes.

Note:

Good hiking boots are needed for most of our tours. If you do not have these, then they are available for rent from us. Please state your size when booking your tour.

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