Immerse yourself in Iceland’s most popular sites with this exciting three-day winter tour. This excursion should not be missed by those who want to do some essential sightseeing and hunt for the Northern Lights.
On this tour, you will explore the Reykjanes Peninsula, bathe in the Blue Lagoon, visit the many sites of the South Coast and complete the Golden Circle. You will spend two nights in private, rural accommodation, and whenever the sky is dark and clear, set out in search of the elusive auroras.
The excursion is private and can flex to your desires and needs, meaning it is perfect for families, couples and groups of friends. You will be led throughout by a friendly, knowledgeable guide, who will answer any questions you may have.
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This tour begins when you are picked up in Reykjavík, and whisked along to the Reykjanes Peninsula. This peninsula is best known for its many cone-shaped volcanoes, its lava landscapes, and its geothermal areas.
You’ll start off by seeing the country’s oldest lighthouse, Reykjanesvíti, before heading to the nearby hot-springs at Gunnuhver. Legend has it that in the smoke of the bubbling mud pots and fumaroles is a ghost, who was trapped there by a priest.
You will then pass one of Iceland’s great geothermal power stations, and reach the Blue Lagoon. Here, you’ll spend several hours bathing in the naturally heated, azure waters, relaxing in the saunas and steam rooms, and enjoying the treatments available, such as silica masks.
After that, you will have a delicious dinner, before making your way over to your private accommodation. Of course, if the weather allows, you will set out from here to look for the Northern Lights before resting.
On your second day of the tour, you’ll adventure along the South Coast. The first sites you will come to are two waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss.
Seljalandsfoss is one of the country’s best known features. Falling from a height of 60 metres in a narrow cascade, it can be fully encircled due a great cavern behind it. Skógafoss, meanwhile, is better known for its scale; though the same height as Seljalandsfoss, it is much wider and more powerful.
You will then head to the Dyrhólaey rock arch. Curving into the ocean from a row of cliffs, it is large enough that ships can sail through it (and daring pilots have even flown through). From here, you’ll head to Reynisfjara, the country’s most famous black-sand-beach, where you can admire great waves crashing on the shore, and fascinating geology in the form of the Reynisdrangar sea stacks.
You will then return to your accommodation, hunting for the Northern Lights beforehand conditions allowing.
On your final day, you’ll explore the Golden Circle. This is, for very good reason, the most popular sightseeing route in the country.
You will start by heading to Haukadalur Valley, a geothermal hot-bed best known for its geysers. Strokkur is the most active, going off every five to ten minutes, to heights that often exceed 20 metres.
Next, you will come to a beautiful, two-tiered waterfall named Gullfoss. There are several viewing platforms from which you can admire and photograph it, and plaques that commemorate the woman who saved it from damming in the 19th Century.
You’ll then divert off the Golden Circle for lunch at Friðheimar tomato farm. Here, you will dine in a warm greenhouse, surrounded by vegetation that grows all year, for a very unique culinary experience.
Finally, you’ll come to the third point of the sightseeing route, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and National Park, Þingvellir. Þingvellir is in a beautiful valley, framed by the clearly visible edges of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. It has great historic importance, being the original site of the world’s longest-running, ongoing parliament, established in 930 AD.
At the end of the day, you’ll be dropped off at your accommodation in the capital, or at the airport if it is time for your departure.
The accommodation on this trip is privately owned. You will not meet any tourists during your stay at this location.