Iceland Ring Road Winter Group Adventure - Big Group Adventure

9 days / 8 nights
Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon at sunrise with a pink sky
The Strokkur geyser erupting in winter against a sunset
The Goðafoss waterfall during the winter surrounded by snow
Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon at sunrise with a pink sky
The Strokkur geyser erupting in winter against a sunset

Travel around this winter wonderland with an expert guide

On this 9-day winter group trip around Iceland, you’ll see tons of the country’s top sights and make new friends! Jump in a minibus together and let your driver-guide take you around Iceland’s famous Ring Road.

This trip packs so much in, including the famous Golden Circle with its hot springs and waterfalls. And you’ll get your fill of snow-capped mountains, glistening glaciers, and iceberg-studded black sand beaches. 

Your itinerary will take you eastwards along the south coast, winding through the picturesque Eastfjords. And you’ll head north to the Lake Mývatn area, with its unusual geology and wildlife.

Then you’ll loop back round to Reykjavík, stopping at jaw-dropping natural sites en route. You’ll leave Iceland with a reel full of icy photos, unforgettable memories, and maybe even travel buddies you’ll stay in touch with for years to come!

This tour is operated by a partner of Iceland Tours.

Travel styleGuided Big group
(up to 24 people)
Trip length9 days / 8 nights
(13 Oct–4 Apr)
Starts fromReykjavík
Minimum age8 years
Tour codeGT03

On this tour you will...

  • See hot springs and waterfalls on the Golden Circle route

  • Visit the breathtaking Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon

  • Walk along a black sand beach studded with icebergs

  • Marvel at striking volcanic formations near Lake Mývatn

  • Explore more off-the-beaten-path regions, including the Eastfjords

  • Discover Akureyri, the colourful capital of North Iceland

Top attractions

The Tjörnin pond in Reykjavík in summer

Downtown Reykjavík

The Gullfoss waterfall in summertime


The Strokkur geyser erupting in winter against a sunset

Geysir and Strokkur

The Seljalandsfoss waterfall covered in icicles


A rainbow over the Skógafoss waterfall on a sunny day


The edge of the Vatnajökull glacier

Vatnajökull Glacier & National Park

Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon at sunrise with a pink sky

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

View over the Fellabær neighborhood of Egilsstaðir


The Dettifoss waterfall in autumn


Lake Mývatn in its autumn colors

Lake Mývatn

The Goðafoss waterfall in summer


The skyline of Akureyri, North Iceland


Town of Borgarnes from above


Þingvellir National Park, Iceland, in autumn colors

Þingvellir National Park

Water coming out of colorful rocks at Deildartunguhver hot spring


Why book a guided group trip with Iceland Tours?

  • Pick from wide range of departure dates

  • Expert local guidance in English

  • Small and big group options available

  • 24/7 emergency helpline in Iceland

  • Secure your booking with just a 5% deposit

  • Handpicked local accommodation options

Your 9-day guided group itinerary

Your 9-day guided group itinerary
Staying inReykjavík
Driving distance50 km (31 mi)

Airport transfer from Keflavík Airport to Reykjavík (included).

If you’re arriving earlier in the day, you might consider adding a day tour. We’d 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 great 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’ll meet your guide and travel companions and learn more about the tour.

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


The Tjörnin pond in Reykjavík in summer

Downtown Reykjavík

Extra activities

Riders on FlyOver Iceland above a virtual waterfallExtra

FlyOver Iceland

Staying inVík area (dinner included)
Driving distance325 km (202 mi)

After a quick introduction to our home city of Reykjavík, head to the greenhouse village of Hveragerði and then 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 Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls before continuing to Dyrhólaey and the black sand beaches of Iceland’s south coast. Continue to Vík, Iceland’s southernmost town.

Staying inHöfn area (dinner included)
Driving distance265 km (165 mi)

Today you’ll be in a world of glaciers! You’ll be visiting the southern area of Vatnajökull 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. Drive through vast sand plains created by glacial outwash as you head east. 

Visit the national park’s famous Skaftafell area, a site of outstanding natural beauty. Enjoy the views of rich green landscapes and black sands dominated by several magnificent glaciers. You’ll also see Svínafellsjökull, one of the most beautiful glacial “tongues” that are slowly creeping down from Vatnajökull.

Visit Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon where you’ll enjoy the breathtaking sight of icebergs floating in the fantastic 180-meter (591-foot) deep glacial lagoon. Make sure that camera is charged and ready! Nearby is the dramatic beauty of Breiðamerkursandur (the Diamond Beach), named for the shrinking icebergs that settle on the black sands before drifting out to sea.

Your overnight stay is in Höfn, a fishing port in the shadow of Vatnajökull glacier.

Staying inEastfjords area (dinner included)
Driving distance260 km (162 mi)

Drive from Höfn through Almannaskarð pass, stopping to admire the majestic coastline. Continue to the towering mountains plunging vertically into the sea that form the magnificent Eastfjords. 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’ll also pass villages, each with its own special history and charm. One of these is the tiny village of Breiðdalsvík. Your group will visit the Beljandi Microbrewery and sample some of the wonderful beer. You’ll meet one of the townsfolk and get a feel for life in a small town, as well as see how great beer is made. 

The road brings you to Egilsstaðir town, located near Iceland’s largest forest and a lake said to be home to a legendary (friendly) monster. The area also has an excellent reputation for locally sourced cuisine, and you’ll enjoy some of it at dinner.

Staying inMývatn area (dinner included)
Driving distance255 km (158 mi)

Explore the empty vastness of the highland desert plateau Möðrudalsöræfi, desolate and yet hauntingly beautiful, as you head towards the Lake Mývatn area. On the way, stop at Dettifoss, Europe’s largest and most powerful waterfall. 

Continue onwards to the Námaskarð 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 feel the same way. It’s such a surreal experience!

Explore the natural beauty of the Lake Mývatn area, including the pseudo craters at Skútustaðir and the Laxá salmon river. You will probably see why this area has become so popular for film producers.

Staying inSkagafjörður area (dinner included)
Driving distance235 km (146 mi)

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

Visit the magnificent Goðafoss waterfall, one of the most important symbols of North Iceland, and the old turf farm Laufás. Enjoy a taste of some traditional Icelandic farmhouse refreshments and hear tales of life in the old days. Afterwards, visit Akureyri, the colorful northern “capital” of Iceland. The town has charming buildings and a beautiful view of the Eyjafjörður fjord.

After spending some time in Akureyri, continue along the coastal roads of Eyjafjörður and the Tröll 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 Siglufjörður, 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 Siglufjörður’s award-winning Herring-Era Maritime Museum. The museum recreates the atmosphere of the early 20th century, when Siglufjörður 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 Skagafjörður, considered to be one of the finest places in Iceland for horse breeding.

Staying inBorgarnes area (dinner included)
Driving distance205 km (127 mi)

Today you will enjoy an introduction to the unique Icelandic horse breed with its special fifth gait, the tölt. 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 Blönduós, built on both sides of the river Blanda. This is a part of Iceland mentioned in the ancient Viking tale, Vatnsdæla Saga. Cross the Holtavörðuheiði plateau taking you into West Iceland. 

Drive through Borgarfjörður, a region that has been getting international recognition for its diverse types of scenery and its Viking history.

Staying inReykjavík
Driving distance205 km (127 mi)

Visit some of the beautiful natural wonders of Borgarfjörður. 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 even more brilliantly blue colors. There is an interesting and poignant legend associated with this waterfall.

Drive through the scenic and mountain lined Hvalfjörður fjord to the Þingvallavatn lake, Iceland’s largest lake, and Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage site is where the world’s oldest continuing parliamentary government was founded in the 10th century. 

It’s 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 Reykjavík for a last night in the colorful capital city, where your guide bids you farewell.

Driving distance50 km (31 mi)

Shared airport transfer to Keflavík Airport for your return flight (included).

Breakfast at your hotel. Please note that this might be a light breakfast if you are taking an early morning flight. 

We recommend you depart your hotel no later than three hours before your departure flight. We wish you a pleasant trip back to your homeland and hope to see you in Iceland again!

What’s included?

Combination (Comfort & Quality) accommodation every night

Continental breakfast every day

6 three-course dinners in the countryside featuring local cuisine (Days 2–7)

Airport transfer

Local transport with guidance in English

Microbrewery tour including beer tasting

Admission to Herring-Era Museum

Introduction to Icelandic horses

Entrance to the Northern Lights Centre

Guided Northern Lights tour on foot

24/7 emergency helpline when you’re in Iceland

VAT, taxes & service fees

Flights to Iceland

Food & drink, unless otherwise stated

Attraction entrance fees, unless otherwise stated

Personal travel insurance

Your accommodation

More info

Stay in well-located hotels and guesthouses that are highly rated by visitors and handpicked by experts.

On this trip, you’ll stay at the following hotels or similar:

Winter 2023-2024

  • Day 1 – Berjaya Iceland Reykjavík Natura 
  • Day 2 – Hótel Vík/Hótel Katla 
  • Day 3 – Fosshótel Vatnajökull/Hótel Höfn 
  • Day 4 – Hótel Valaskjálf
  • Day 5 – Hótel Laxá/Fosshótel Mývatn 
  • Day 6 – Hofsstaðir Country Hotel 
  • Day 7 – Hótel Hamar 
  • Day 8 – Berjaya Iceland Reykjavík Natura 

Winter 2024-2025

  • Day 1 – Berjaya Iceland Reykjavík Natura 
  • Day 2 – Hótel Katla 
  • Day 3 – Hótel Höfn 
  • Day 4 – Hótel Valaskjálf
  • Day 5 – Hótel Laxá/Fosshótel Mývatn 
  • Day 6 – Hofsstaðir Country Hotel 
  • Day 7 – Hótel Hamar 
  • Day 8 – Berjaya Iceland Reykjavík Natura 


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FAQs about our guided group trips

On this type of tour, you’ll travel around Iceland by bus with the same driver-guide for the length of your trip. Guided group tours are a great way to make like-minded friends, as you’ll spend time with the same travelers for your whole vacation.

You’ll get to stay in accommodation around the country, and some tours include a few evening meals too. After a day’s exploring, you’ll go back to your private room and meet your guide and group the next morning to continue your trip.

All of our guided group tours start and finish in Reykjavík.

There are 2 group sizes available:

  • Small group: Up to 16 people
  • Big group: Up to 36 people

Small groups offer a more intimate travel experience, whereas big groups are more wallet-friendly.

You’ll likely be with people from a whole mix of backgrounds, from different countries and of different ages. Your guide will entertain you with fun facts and jokes as you journey around Iceland. It’s almost guaranteed you’ll be laughing along with your group!

There will most probably be a mix of solo travelers, couples, and small groups of friends and family.

The luggage restrictions on guided group tours 3 days and longer are as follows:

  • 1 suitcase or large bag per person for clothes and overnight items
  • 1 day bag for essential items, like a camera, extra clothes, and valuables

The luggage restrictions on guided group tours up to 3 days are as follows:

  • 1 small carry-on luggage, bag size: 50 x 30 x 60 cm (19.9 x 11.8 x 23.6 inches)
  • If you have large luggage with you, please check with your accommodation if they offer luggage storage while on this tour. If that is not a possibility, you can pay an extra fee per luggage (2000 ISK) with 72 hours notice.

Each day your luggage will be loaded onto the bus. In the evening, you’ll take all your bags with you to your room.

Our guided group tours have fixed start dates and itineraries. While it’s not possible to customize the actual tour, you can tailor your trip with extra days and activities before or afterwards.

For example, you could add a couple more days in Reykjavík at the end of your trip. Fill these with day tours or exciting activities like ice caving and snowmobiling.

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