Fun-Filled 3 Day Northern Lights Winter Stopover in Reykjavik with the Golden Circle & Blue Lagoon
Experience the best of Iceland in just three days with this winter stopover package. See the country's beautiful vistas and thrilling landscapes as you travel the popular Golden Circle, and end your vacation relaxing in the famous Blue Lagoon. Those visiting Iceland during the Northern Lights season but only have a short time to see the sights should grab this opportunity now.
The itinerary is perfect for those looking for a quick weekend getaway or a short, compact trip to this land of ice and fire. You'll visit the scenic and historical Þingvellir National Park, see the bubbling mud pools and erupting hot springs at Geysir geothermal area, watch ice-cold glacial water plummets down into a rugged canyon at Gullfoss waterfall, and unwind in the warm mineral-rich waters of the Blue Lagoon.
If you are looking for further adventures, you can add more exciting activities to your short trip, like snorkeling between two continents in Silfra fissure, racing across the white expanse of Langjökull glacier, or a ride around the countryside on the friendly Icelandic horse.
With this package, all you have to do is sit back and relax as all transportation, accommodation, and tours will be sorted out for you, allowing you to travel without a worry. You'll be spending two nights in Iceland's quirky capital, Reykjavík, and visit the Golden Circle in a small but comfortable minibus accompanied by a knowledgeable guide. You'll also get to search for the elusive Northern Lights on a complimentary boat or bus tour.
Make the most of your days in Iceland and visit the country's most iconic attractions with this winter stopover package. Check availability by choosing a date.
Day 1 - Welcome to Iceland
You'll arrive at Keflavík International Airport, located on the Reykjanes Peninsula. Hop aboard a shuttle bus that will take you on a short ride through the vast lava fields of the peninsula to your accommodation in Iceland's capital, Reykjavík.
Once you've settled, you can start exploring the city. At Reykjavík's main shopping street, Laugavegur, you'll find numerous restaurants, bars, cafés, and shops. You could start looking for a perfect souvenir while warming yourself up with a hot cup of coffee or cocoa.
If you prefer to do as the locals, you could head to the nearest swimming pool for a few laps and then a long soak in the geothermal waters of a hot tub. Even in the winter, Icelanders flock to the swimming pools, with many preferring to do so in cold weather, claiming there is nothing better than to soak in the warm waters with the cold winter air in your lungs.
In the evening, you can either hop aboard a bus or a boat and spend the night searching for the elusive but beautiful Northern Lights.
Day 2 - The Golden Circle
Today, you will see the amazing sights of the Golden Circle. Your journey begins early. You'll be picked up in Reykjavík by a small but comfortable minibus and get to know your friendly and knowledgeable guide as you are driven out of the city to the first attraction of the day, the historical Þingvellir National Park.
Iceland's parliament, Alþingi, was founded at the park over a thousand years ago when Viking settlers gathered there to settle disputes and create the laws of the land. Þingvellir is also a geological wonder because it is neither located on the North American nor the Eurasian tectonic plate, but in a rift valley.
As the continents drift apart, they tear up the surrounding landscape, evident in the cracks and fissures that traverse the area. One of those fissures, Silfra, is filled with crystal clear meltwater from the nearby Langjökull glacier, and today, you can opt for a snorkeling tour of Silfra where you'll discover a beautiful world of blue just under the water's surface.
From there, you'll move on to the Geysir geothermal area, home of hot springs, bubbling mud pools, and erupting geysers. This is the perfect place to take an amazing selfie, as you can stand in front of the geyser Strokkur when it erupts in a 49-66 feet (15-20 meter) high water column. Don't worry if you don't capture the perfect photo on the first try. Strokkur erupts every 5-10 minutes, giving you plenty of opportunities to take another picture.
Next up is the beautiful Gullfoss waterfall, located in the glacial river Hvítá. The rumbling sound created as the river tumbles down two tiers into an ancient canyon is mesmerizing, and you can feel the mist of the cascade on your face from one of two viewing platforms.
Gullfoss is fed by Iceland's second-largest glacier, Langjökull. If you choose to do so during the booking process, you could board a large vehicle from Gullfoss' parking lot, which will take you on top of this mighty glacier. Once there, you can hop on a snowmobile and race across the vast expanse of the ice cap.
You could also get to know the great Icelandic horse on a riding tour through the countryside. You'll notice that these animals are much smaller than other breeds, but they are also noticeably friendlier and gentler, making riding them perfect for both beginners and expert riders alike.
Spend another night at your accommodations in Reykjavík.
Day 3 - Farewell
Now it is time to bid farewell to Iceland. If your flight leaves in the late afternoon or evening, you might have time to squeeze in a few last adventures.
You could check out one of Reykjavík's many museums that are dotted around the city, where you could learn about the country's history, geology and culture. There are also a few specialty museums centered around whales, glaciers, and even punk music.
You could also go sightseeing around Reykjavík and get a panoramic view of the whole city from the tower of Hallgrímskirkja church and check out the beautiful architecture of Harpa Concert Hall by Reykjavík's Old Harbour.
Before you leave the country, however, you'll make a stop at the famous Blue Lagoon to unwind in its warm, geothermal waters. If your flight leaves early, you could instead schedule your visit to the lagoon on your arrival day.
Enjoy your flight and come back soon!
What to bring
Good to know
Some optional activities might require that you have a valid driver's license, while some might require you to send additional information to your personal travel agent.
Please note that you might need to present medical documents should you choose to go snorkeling.
The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon, and therefore cannot be guaranteed, but this itinerary is designed to maximize your chances to see them if the weather allows.
It can happen, in the case of extreme weather, that an activity is canceled. If your chosen activity is canceled, we will assist you with rearranging or booking other activities when possible, and any potential price difference will be refunded to you.
Note that Icelandic roads and pavements can be slippery in the wintertime. We recommend you bring shoes with slip-resistant soles or ice-grip shoe covers. The covers can be purchased in most supermarkets and gas stations around the country.
See our accommodation levels below and our preferred accommodation partners under each day in the daily itinerary. Super budget level accommodations will be arranged in hostel dorm beds. For budget and comfort levels, bookings for one person will be arranged in single rooms, and bookings for two or more people will share a twin/double or triple room(s). For quality level, odd number groups will always be allocated a single room. If you are travelling in a group, but prefer a single room, please make separate bookings. Teenagers and children will be arranged in the same room with parents. If additional room(s) is needed, additional costs will incur. Guide to Iceland will provide you with the best available accommodation at the time of your booking from our preferred partners. If our preferred partners are fully booked at the time of your booking, we will find another suitable accommodation for you of similar level. We always do our best to accommodate special requests, which may incur additional costs. Press choose a date to find availability.
Dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels, such as HI Hostels. Located in the capital region. Breakfast is not included.
Private rooms with shared bathroom in guesthouses or hostels such as Capital Inn Guesthouse. Located in the capital region. Breakfast is not included.
Rooms with a private bathroom at three-star hotels such as Hótel Klettur, or quality guesthouses. Located in the city centre or in close vicinity. Breakfast is included.
Rooms at four-star design hotels in the city centre with a private bathroom at the absolute best locations downtown such as Hotel Alda. Breakfast is included.