Iceland Complete WINTER 2024 - 2025 - 9 days

Guided Coach Tour - Winter - 9 days

Iceland Complete WINTER 2024 - 2025 - 9 days

Guided Coach Tour - Winter - 9 days


Enjoy the northern lights version of our most popular tour! We’ll show you the main attractions of the legendary Ring Road, but with the added beauty—and northern lights- of an Icelandic winter.

Witnessing the elusive northern lights’ exotic dance is a once-in-a-lifetime experience! This special version of our best-selling Iceland Complete tour was created by a team of experts to combine the best of the Ring Road with the enchanting beauty of an Icelandic winter. Witness “must-see“ attractions such as the Golden Circle, the Glacier Lagoon, Lake Myvatn and Dettifoss, with extra-added magical snow, peacefulness, lights and shadows of an Icelandic winter. Northern lights wake-up calls are available on most nights of your trip, ensuring you don’t miss your chance to see the lights up close.

We Support Iceland’s Nature and Local Communities! During the trip you’ll receive a special souvenir: an Iceland Search and Rescue Association (ICE SAR) key ring. Your guide will tell you about this trained team of volunteers dedicated to rescue work and accident prevention in Iceland. Additionally, all our escorted tours include carbon offsetting through Kolvidur, the Iceland Carbon Fund (ICF).

Highlights:
• Let us provide you with an excellent overview of Iceland and its unique wonders
• We’ll take you to many of the classic natural wonders, including the Golden Circle, the Glacier Lagoon, Reynisfjara Beach, Dettifoss waterfall and Myvatn nature reserve
• Enjoy a glimpse into Icelandic life with authentic local activities and delicious dinners– great experiences that also add great value
• Take advantage of overnight countryside locations to search for the elusive northern lights

IT02 Map

IT02 Map

AVAILABLE:
October 9 to April 16

DURATION:
9 days, 8 nights.

TOUR ID:
IT02

Included

    Guided Coach Tour from day 2 to day 8
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    Information Meeting with the guide on the evening of Day 1
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    Expert professional English speaking guide from day 2 to day 8
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    Accommodation 2 nights in a standard room w/facilities in Reykjavík.
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    Accommodation 6 nights in a standard room w/facilities in countryside.
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    Icelandic breakfast (except arrival day)
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    6 three-course local-cuisine dinners in the countryside (main course and dessert) with coffee/tea (Days 2 -7)
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    Souvenir Icelandic Search and Rescue key ring
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    Entrance fee to the Aurora Reykjavik Northern Lights Centre (day 2)
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    Microbrewery visit and beer tasting in Breiddalsvik (Day 4)
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    Entrance to Herring Museum Entrance (day 6)
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    Horse show in Skagafjörður (day 7)
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    Use of crampons/cleats (if needed) for walking on snow/ice covered surfaces
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    Northern lights guided hunt on foot one selected evening, including use of crampons and headlight
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    Seat rotation during the tour
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    Free Wi-Fi on board motor coach
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    Great photo stops
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    Customer care service during office hours
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    24-hour emergency line assistance while you are in Iceland
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Not Included

    International airfare
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    Round-trip transfers between Keflavik airport and Reykjavik
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    Breakfast on arrival day
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    Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in itinerary
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    Baggage porterage at airport and hotels
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    Personal travel insurance (highly recommended)
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    Guaranteed early check-in or late check-out check-in time for most hotels in Iceland starts between 14:00 and 16:00 (2:00pm and 4:00pm)
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    Any service not specifically listed under "included"
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Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival


Arrival at Keflavik International Airport. Transfers to Reykjavik are not included in the tour. We would be happy to arrange shared or private transfers for you, so let us know at booking time.

If you are arriving earlier in the day, you might consider adding a day tour. We would be happy to make suggestions based on your interests. One of our favorite activities after a long flight is to visit one of the neighborhood geothermal pools. It is so refreshing to relax in the warm water, breathing in the fresh Icelandic air. It’s a wonderful way to get to see Icelandic daily life and maybe meet a few locals. It’s also nice to take a stroll in the old city center, perhaps visiting one of the museums or relaxing with a cup of coffee in a cozy café.

Tonight, there will be an information meeting at your hotel. You will meet your guide and travel companions and learn more about the tour.

Dinner this evening is at your leisure. Reykjavik offers a multitude of restaurants and/or coffee-houses, making dinner a wonderful way to get better acquainted with Iceland’s capital.

Please note that hotels in Iceland start check-in around 14:00 (2:00pm), and early check-in is not guaranteed. Most hotels will be happy to store your luggage if you are not able to check in early.

Highlights: Reykjavík

Overnight: Reykjavík.

Day 2. The Golden Circle and The South Shore


Exploding Geysers - Waterfalls - Black Sand Beaches

Breakfast at your hotel. Your guide will meet you in the lobby of the hotel. Start your adventure by visiting the fascinating Aurora Reykjavik Northern Lights Centre. You’ll get a great introduction to northern lights, how they are formed and the folklore surrounding them. You’ll also get tips about how to capture northern lights on film.

Continue to the Golden Circle natural wonders. Explore Gullfoss waterfall, a spectacular sight in winter when frozen mid-cascade. Continue to the geothermal fields of Geysir with bubbling mud pools and the high-spouting Strokkur hot spring (and other geysers). 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.

Highlights:Geysir Hot Spring - Gullfoss Waterfall - Hekla Volcano - Eyjafjallajokull Glacier - Seljalandsfoss Waterfall - Skogafoss Waterfall - Reynisdrangar Cliffs - Vik i Myrdal

Dinner and overnigh: Vík area

If weather conditions are right, your guide will take you on a northern lights hunt on foot in the area outside your hotel tonight, or on one of the other evenings that you are staying in the countryside.

Approximate distance: ca 325 km / 200 miles

Day 3. Vatnajokull National Park (Skaftafell area)


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

Breakfast at your hotel. Today, you’ll be visiting the southern area of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europe’s largest glacier. The total park area covers almost 14% of Iceland, making it the largest national park in Western Europe! Visit the national park’s famous Skaftafell area, a site of outstanding natural beauty dominated by several magnificent glaciers. Visit Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon where you can enjoy the breath-taking sight of icebergs floating in the fantastic 180m (591 ft.) deep glacial lagoon (make sure your camera is loaded and ready!) Nearby is the dramatic beauty of the Diamond Beach, where shrinking icebergs settle on the black sands before they drift out to sea.

Highlights: Katla Volcano - Eldhraun Lava Field - Skaftafell National Park - Vatnajokull National Park - Vatnajokull Glacier - Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon - Hofn

Dinner and overnight: Southeast Iceland or in the Höfn area

Approximate distance: ca 265 km / 165 miles

Day 4. The East Fjords


Narrow Fjords – Picturesque Coastline – Legendary Lake Monster

Breakfast at your hotel. Get ready to enjoy some amazing views today! Drive through Almannaskard pass, stopping to admire the majestic coastline. Continue to an area of towering mountains plunging vertically into the sea that form the magnificent East Fjords. Keep your hand on your camera and keep an eye out for wild reindeer, which can sometimes be seen in the area during the winter months.

You will also pass villages, each with its own special history and charm. One of these is the tiny village of Breiddalsvik. Here, you’ll visit the local Beljandi microbrewery and sample some of the beer. You’ll meet one of the townsfolk and get a feel for life in a small town. Drive to Egilsstadir town, located near Iceland’s largest forest and a lake said to be home to a legendary (friendly) monster. Egilsstadir is also getting a name for itself for its excellent locally sourced cuisine, and you will surely enjoy some of it at dinner.

Highlights: Egilsstadir - Lagarfljot Lake - Hallormsstadur

Dinner and overnight: The Eastfjords area

Approximate distance: ca 260 km / 162 miles

Day 5. Lake Mývatn Area


Highland Desert – Bizarre Lava Formations – Volcanic Winter Wonderland

Breakfast at your hotel. Explore the empty vastness of the highland desert plateau Modrudalsoraefi, desolate and yet hauntingly beautiful in its winter snows, as you head towards the Lake Myvatn area. On the way, stop at Dettifoss, Europe’s largest and most powerful waterfall. Continue onwards to Namaskard pass with its boiling mud pools and vibrant colors. We often feel like we are visiting another planet when we come here, and you may the same way. It’s such a surreal experience!

Please note: The visit to Dettifoss waterfall depends on weather and road conditions and cannot be guaranteed.

Explore the natural beauty of the Lake Myvatn area, including the pseudo craters at Skutustadir and the Laxa Salmon River. You will probably see why this area, especially during the wintertime, has been so popular for movie makers.

Highlights: Hverfjall Crater - Myvatn Lake - Krafla Volcano - Dettifoss Waterfall - Vatnajokull National Park

Dinner and overnight: Mývatn area

Approximate distance: ca 255 km / 158 miles

Optional Activity – You MUST book and pay for this activity in advance to ensure a spot for you on the tour. Let us know during the booking process.

Myvatn Nature Baths – Relax in an azure geothermal lagoon in a peaceful wilderness setting | Duration: Flexible time | Includes: Bathing fee | Not Included: Towel and Swimsuit (rentals available)

Day 6. Akureyri and the Troll Peninsula


“Waterfall of the Gods” – Akureyri – The Beautiful Troll Peninsula

Breakfast at your hotel. Start the day by exploring he peculiar lava formations at Dimmuborgir. The name means “Dark Citadels” in Icelandic, and they certainly look as though were built by fantasy creatures. There are local legends that elves live here.

Visit the magnificent Godafoss waterfall, one of the most important symbols of North Iceland. Afterwards, drive to Akureyri, the colorful northern “capital” of Iceland. The town has charming buildings and a 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 the black sand coastline. Enjoy a stop in Siglufjordur, a town 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.

Visit Siglufjordur’s award-winning Herring-Era Maritime Museum. The museum recreates the atmosphere of the early 20th century, when Siglufjordur was transformed into a frontier-like boom town, thanks to a large migration of herring. The museum will transport you back to that exciting time.

Afterwards, head along majestic mountains and narrow passes to Skagafjordur, considered to be one of the finest places in Iceland for horse breeding.

Highlights: Dimmuborgir Lava Pillars - Godafoss Waterfall - Akureyri - Trollaskagi Peninsula - Siglufjordur - The Herring Era Museum

Dinner and overnight: Northwest Iceland

Approximate distance: ca 235 km / 146 miles

Day 7. Skagafjörður - Borgarnes


Mountain Views – Unique Viking Horse Demonstration

Breakfast at your hotel. Today you will enjoy an introduction to the unique Icelandic horse breed with its special fifth gait, the tolt. Icelandic horses are very important to the country’s history. These gentle horses are known as the Icelandic people’s most faithful servant.

Continue towards the village of Blonduos, built on both sides of the river Blanda. This is a part of Iceland known from the Icelandic literary work Vatnsdaela Saga. Cross the Holtavorduheidi plateau taking you into West Iceland. Drive through Borgarfjordur, a region that has been getting international recognition for its diverse landscapes and its Viking history.

Highlights: Skagafjordur Fjord - Drangey Island - Grabrok Crater - Borgarnes

Dinner and overnight: Borgarnes area

Approximate distance: ca 235 km / 146 miles

Day 8. Borgarfjörður - Þingvellir National Park - Reykjavík


Hot Springs - Picturesque Waterfalls - National Park with Geological Wonders

Breakfast at your hotel. Visit some of West Iceland’s beautiful natural wonders. Drive to Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe. Stop to admire the beautiful Hraunfossar waterfalls, where brightly blue water rushes through black lava formations. Nearby is Barnafoss, a waterfall with a brilliantly blue color.

Drive through the scenic and mountain lined 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. You will have the unusual experience of walking between two continents! Afterwards, head to Reykjavik for a last night in the colorful capital city. Your guide will bid you farewell at your hotel.

Highlights: Deildartunguhver Hot Spring - Barnafoss Waterfall - Hraunfossar Waterfalls - Hvalfjordur Fjord - Thingvellir National Park - Reykjavik

Overnight: Reykjavík. Dinner is on your own.

Approximate distance: ca 205 km / 130 miles

Day 9. Departure



Breakfast at your hotel. Please note that this might be a light breakfast if you are taking an early morning flight. Transfer on your own to the international airport for your departure flight. The airport transfer is not included, but we are happy to help you arrange shared or private transfers.

We recommend you depart your hotel no later than three hours before your departure

Tour Dates

October 09, 2024 English
October 23, 2024 English
November 06, 2024 English
February 12, 2025 English
March 12, 2025 English
April 02, 2025 English
April 16, 2025 English

Price Information

October 09, 2024 - November 06, 2024:
Price per person in a double/twin room 469050 ISK (3362 USD)
Price per person in a single room 599128 ISK (4295 USD)
Price per person in a triple room 446404 ISK (3200 USD)
February 12, 2025 - April 02, 2025:
Price per person in a double/twin room 471882 ISK (3383 USD)
Price per person in a single room 589592 ISK (4226 USD)
Price per person in a triple room 451619 ISK (3237 USD)
April 16, 2025 - April 16, 2025:
Price per person in a double/twin room 489466 ISK (3509 USD)
Price per person in a single room 609111 ISK (4366 USD)
Price per person in a triple room 468604 ISK (3359 USD)

Optional

 

Mývatn Nature Baths bathing fee
Price: 8493 ISK (61 USD)

Payments & Terms

10% Deposit
Cancellation Policy
Time of cancellation for individual traveller(s):
8 weeks (56 days) and more than 11 days prior to arrival: deposit (10%) charged
10 days and more than 72 hours: 75% charged
72 hours' notice and less: 100% charged

Useful Information: Here you will find other information for this tour.


Maximum group size:
24 persons.
Minimum size: Guaranteed with 3 participants.
Activity/Difficulty Level: Very Easy
Languages: English
Minimum age: 8 years
Duration: 9 days/8 nights

*Northern lights are dependent on weather conditions and sightings are not guaranteed.


Important Information:
• We reserve the right to alter routes without prior notice, due to road conditions.
• Please advise us at booking time if you have food allergies or dietary preferences.
•Northern lights are dependent on weather conditions and sightings are not guaranteed.
• A minimum of 3 passengers is required to guarantee each departure.

Good to Know: Generally, on Day 2 – 8 there will be no more than 45 minutes to one-hour driving between each tour stop. You’ll arrive at each night’s accommodation in the late afternoon.

Accommodation
Quality Category: These are quality hotels, guesthouses, and farmhouse accommodation, all with private facilities and breakfast included. In Reykjavik: 4-star hotel. In the countryside: The most comfortable accommodation available in each area. Most of the groups stay at the following hotels. Please note this is an advised hotel list and subject to change.

Day 1 – Berjaya Iceland Reykjavik Natura

Day 2 – Katla Hotel KEA

Day 3 – Hotel Hofn

Day 4 – Valaskjalf Hotel

Day 5 – Laxa Hotel/Fosshotel Myvatn

Day 6 – Hofsstadir Country Hotel

Day 7 – Hotel Hamar

Day 8 – Berjaya Iceland Reykjavik Natura

Please note triple rooms / double rooms with extra bed are always upon request and TOURIS cannot guarantee that these rooms will be available for requested tour.

Optional Tours:
we recommend you book and pay for this activity in advance to ensure a spot for you on the tour. Let us know during the booking process.

Day 5: Myvatn Nature Baths – Relax in an azure geothermal lagoon in a peaceful wilderness setting | Duration: Flexible time | Includes: Bathing fee | Not Included: Towel and Swimsuit (rentals available).


A non refundable deposit of 10%, of the total package price should reach TOURIS within 3 days of confirmation of booking and full payment not later than 8 weeks prior to tour departure. In case of delay on payments, TOURIS will reserve the right to treat this as a cancellation and withdraw its confirmation of the services.



Every detail regarding the booking must be included, in order for TOURIS to ensure efficiency, including the passengers name, flight information, all accommodation, tours and other services.

Insurance:
To avoid dispute in case of cancellation, we strongly recommend that our clients purchase a comprehensive travel insurance in their home country, that covers your cost should you have to cancel your tour. This kind of travel insurance is usually not expensive and it frequently covers other risks too.


Children 8-11 years old travelling with 2 adults and sharing 1 DBL room: 25% discount (valid only per 1 child)
Children 12 years and older pay full price as adults.
It is not recommended that children 0-7 years old travel on scheduled tours.


Prices may change without prior notice. If an incorrect price has been listed, we reserve the right to refuse, cancel or limit any order placed at the incorrect price.


Day 1 of the itinerary is the arrival date.


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