3 Day Winter Stopover | Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon & Northern Lights

3 Day Winter Stopover | Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon & Northern Lights
The beautiful geyser Strokkur erupting as the sun sets on the Golden Circle
Reykjavík city looks so peaceful when it is blanketed with snow
The Blue Lagoon is the perfect place to relax and unwind after a day of sightseeing
The Icelandic horse is mild-mannered and friendly, a perfect companion for beginner riders
The Northern Lights mirrored in serene waters at Þingvellir National Park
The waterfall Gullfoss on the Golden Circle Route, tumbling down into an ancient canyon

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 as 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 on more exciting activities to your short trip, like snorkelling 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.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Sep. - Mar.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Activities: Snorkelling, Snowmobile, Horse Riding, Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting, Hot Spring Bathing, Cultural Activity
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, West Iceland , Reykjavík, Geysir, Gullfoss, Þingvellir, Strokkur, Reykjanes, Silfra, Hallgrímskirkja, Keflavik International Airport, Öxarárfoss, Haukadalur, Harpa – Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : Flexible.

Please consult your itinerary for further information.
Included:
  • 2 nights of accommodation in Reykjavik (Different levels available; breakfast included for Comfort and Quality levels; more detailed information below)

  • Airport transfer on arrival/departure

  • Blue Lagoon comfort entrance (upgrade to premium level available)

  • Golden Circle small group sightseeing tour in a minibus (upgrades available with other activities)

  • Northern Lights hunting

  • Detailed Itinerary with fun and practical information on the nature, history and culture of Iceland

  • Hands-on travel agent to oversee your itinerary

  • Taxes

  • Lunch and dinner

  • Optional excursions

  • Flights


What to bring:
  • Warm and waterproof clothes

  • Winter hiking shoes

  • Swimsuit and towel

  • Camera


Good to know:

Some optional activities might need either a valid driver's license, or you might need to send additional information to your travel planner. Please note that you might need to present medical documents should you choose to go snorkelling.

The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon, and therefore cannot be guaranteed, but this itinerary is designed to maximise your chances to see them if weather allows.

It can happen, in the case of extreme weather, that an activity is cancelled. If your chosen activity is cancelled, 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.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Iceland


Snow-covered trees mirrored in a serene lake in Reykjavík city


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


Gullfoss waterfall on the Golden Circle route, tumbling down 32-metres into an ancient canyon


Today, you will see the amazing sights of the Golden Circle. Your journey begins early when you are picked up in Reykjavík by a small but comfortable minibus. You’ll 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 known as a geological wonder because it is neither located on the North American nor the Eurasian tectonic plate, but in a rift valley between.

As the continents drift apart, they tear up the surrounding landscape which is 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 snorkelling 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 15-20 metre 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 mesmerising, 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 chose 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


The winter's snow covering the city of Reykjavík


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 speciality museums centred 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 schedule your visit to the lagoon on your arrival day instead. 

Enjoy your flight and come back soon!


Accommodation

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.

Super Budget

Dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels, such as HI Hostels. Located in the capital region. Breakfast is not included.

Budget

Private rooms with shared bathroom in guesthouses or hostels such as Capital Inn Guesthouse. Located in the capital region. Breakfast is not included.

Comfort

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.

Quality

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.


Cancellation Insurance

This insurance guarantees that you can cancel the booking of this package and receive a full refund, minus the insurance cost of 5,000 ISK per person. The cancellation must be made within a minimum of 48-hours before the listed starting time. To cancel your booking and claim your refund, simply contact our service desk by writing to info@guidetoiceland.is no later than 48-hours before departure and declare the cancellation. Please note that this insurance only covers the full cancellation of this entire package. It does not cover cancellations of individual activities and services within the package. The cost of the Cancellation Insurance is neither refundable nor transferable.


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