4 Day Small-Group Winter Tour | Golden Circle, South Coast & The Remote Eastfjords

4 Day Small-Group Winter Tour | Golden Circle, South Coast & The Remote Eastfjords
Icebergs at the Diamond Beach near Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon glistening in the low light of the winter sun.
The crystal ice caves - or glacier caves - are one of the most beautiful features of Iceland in winter.
Mýrdalsjökull, the country's fourth largest glacier and the ice cap that covers Katla volcano, can be found on the South Coast of Iceland.
The Diamond Beach near Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is one of the most significant highlights of the south-east of Iceland.
In Iceland from September to April, you have a great chance of seeing the Northern Lights when the sky is dark and clear.
Skógafoss is a South Coast waterfall in Iceland that encapsulates the power of the country's nature.

Explore incredible sites across Iceland’s west, south and east in winter with this immersive four-day tour. Those who want to witness as much of the country as possible without worrying about organising tours, accommodation or driving should grab this opportunity now.

A friendly, local guide will pick you up from Iceland's capital, Reykjavík, in a minibus. From there, you'll travel the famous Golden Circle sightseeing route before embarking on a journey of Iceland's South Coast. After exploring the 'crown jewel' of Iceland’s nature, the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, you'll travel to the remote Eastfjords. From here, you’ll get a domestic flight taking you back to Reykjavík.

Over these four days, you’ll have the chance to partake in several incredible activities. On day one, you can ride a cute and friendly Icelandic horse; on day two, you’ll be able to mount a spectacular glacier; and on day three, if travelling between November and March, you can explore a crystal blue ice cave.

Of course, as you are travelling in winter and staying for three nights out in the country’s remote nature, you have an excellent chance of seeing the Northern Lights whenever the sky is dark and clear.

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to see a wide range of Iceland’s incredible sites wrapped in the colours of winter. Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Sep. - Apr.
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Horse Riding, Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting, Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Golden Circle, East Iceland, Reykjavík, Jökulsárlón, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Þingvellir, Sólheimajökull, Mýrdalsjökull, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Vík í Mýrdal, Egilsstaðir, Reykjavík Airport, Reynisdrangar, Haukadalur, South Coast, Diamond Beach, Ring Road, Eastfjords
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:00.

Please be at your designated location in good time before pickup.

Included:
  • 4 day guided tour to the South Coast and East

  • 3 nights of accommodation in various country hotels with breakfast and a private bathroom

  • Domestic flight from Egilsstaðir with 20kg of checked baggage and 6kg of hand luggage (additional luggage will incur additional costs)

  • Taxes

  • International flights

  • Lunch

  • Dinner

  • Additional activities (Can be added during the booking process)


What to bring:
  • Warm, wind- and waterproof clothing

  • Good outdoor shoes

  • Swimsuit and a towel

  • Camera


Good to know:

Customers travelling on their own will receive a single room. Reservations for 2 people will be allocated a double room. For bookings of 3 or more, triple rooms will automatically be allocated. For example, a group of 8 will receive 2 triple rooms and 1 double. If these arrangements do not meet your requirements, please contact the provider.

Iceland in winter can be extremely cold and the weather can change very quickly. Ensure you bring warm, waterproof clothing including hats, gloves, thermals and thick socks, as well as sturdy hiking shoes.

Please note that only pick up and drop-off from designated pick up locations in the greater capital area is available, not from Keflavík International Airport. Therefore, we do not recommend attempting to start this tour on your arrival day in Iceland.

Arrival time back to Reykjavík at the end of your tour can vary depending on weather and traffic evening. It is highly recommended that you do not book your flight home the same night as bad weather or delays could affect your journey.

Please be sure to arrange accommodation for this evening and an airport transfer the next day to take you to Keflavík International Airport for your departure.

Please note that the ice caves are only accessible between November and March.

If you book the extra activities alongside this tour, you will get them at a lower price.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - The Golden Circle


Gullfoss waterfall, on of three stops on the Golden Circle route, is a beautiful place to admire the effects of light in Iceland, particularly in winter.


On your first day of this four-day adventure, you’ll be picked up from Reykjavík and taken around the incredible sites of the Golden Circle. 

The first site you will come to today is Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that boasts both an incredible history and spectacular nature. It was here in 930 AD that Icelanders founded their parliament. The area is nestled in between two dramatic tectonic plates and is a wonderland of lava fields and springs flowing through ravines.

After learning about the millennium-long history of this beautiful place and admiring its diverse landscapes, you’ll continue onto Haukadalur Valley. This patch of land is dotted with steaming hot springs, too warm for any snow to settle around them, and renowned for its geysers. You'll see the geyser Strokkur blast boiling water into the frigid winter air every five to ten minutes.

You will then head to Gullfoss, a waterfall that tumbles in two tiers into an ancient canyon. Though beautiful throughout the year, the site gains a unique charm in winter, when the rocks around it are clad in frost from the dramatic spray of the falls.

If you so chose, you will have the opportunity to partake in a horseback ride on this day. Icelandic horses are a unique breed, renowned for their gentle, curious nature and noticeable intelligence. They have adapted over the past thousand years to escort travellers through wintery landscapes comfortably, and the chance to ride one like a Viking through the frozen nature is not one to be overlooked.

After a full day of adventure, you’ll retire at a hotel near the Golden Circle area. If the skies are clear, be sure to keep an eye out for the Northern Lights before retiring.


Accommodation

Below you can see our preferred partners for this night. In the case of these hotels not being an option, an alternative of the same standard will be arranged.

Icelandair Hótel Flúðir

Icelandair Hotel Flúðir is located in the golden circle and is close to Geysir and Gullfoss waterfall. All rooms have wooden floors and a patio with garden access. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Stracta Hotel Hella

Stracta Hotel Hella is a 3-star hotel in the town of Hella. The hotel has an on-site bar with a lounge for guests and a sun terrace. Free access to hot tub. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 2 - The South Coast


Vik is a beautiful village in South Iceland, pictured here in midwinter.


On the second day of your winter adventure in Iceland, you will travel along the South Coast. Your first destination of the day is Seljalandsfoss waterfall, photographs of which are used increasingly to represent Iceland due to its unique beauty. 

Next up is another beautiful cascade, Skógafoss. This waterfall truly represents the power of Iceland’s nature, hurtling huge volumes of water into the ground, creating an enormous cloud of mist. You can approach the base of this waterfall, although you should be warned, if you get too close you will get very wet.

Today, you have the option to elect into a glacier hiking tour. Iceland’s glaciers are some of its most magnificent features, covering eleven per cent of the country. In winter, they are more beautiful than ever; the newly frozen ice across them is electric blue, and any sprinkling of new snow a gleaming white.

The glacier you will ascend is called Sólheimajökull, a tongue of the greater ice cap Mýrdalsjökull, which covers the volcano Katla. Do not worry if you have never hiked a glacier before; a guide will be on hand to help you with the technique and will provide you with all the necessary equipment.

After this fascinating, exhilarating adventure, you’ll reach one of Iceland’s most famous beaches, Reynisfjara. This stretch of coastline is renowned for three things: its haunting black sands, that stretch for many miles in both directions; its incredibly powerful waves that shatter against the shore; and its beautiful geological features.

You will then head to the village of Vík, admiring its beautiful local architecture and stunning views of the ocean, before retiring in the area. Once again, be sure to keep an eye out for the aurora borealis as soon as the sun has set.


Accommodation

Hotel Katla

Hotel Katla is a 3-star country hotel situated 5 km east of Vík. Comfortable private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free access to a hot tub and a sauna. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Hotel Dyrhólaey

Hotel Dyrhólaey is located 9 km from Vík. It has both a great view of the Mýrdalsjökull Glacier and the ocean. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 3 - The Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon


The Jökulsarlón Glacier Lagoon is a beautiful South Coast feature, and home to many seals in both winter and summer.


Though every day of this four-day tour promises to be full of adventure and magnificent nature, the third day is likely to be your favourite. This is simply because of the unbelievable features to be found in the south-east of Iceland, which are unlike anything else found on earth.

The first of these is the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, often nicknamed ‘the Crown Jewel of Iceland’. Iceland’s deepest lake, situated at the base of a glacier tongue, it is filled year-round with enormous icebergs, which over the course of several years slowly make their way to the ocean. Many tower taller than multi-story buildings, and make almost organic noises as they turn, twist and break apart.

Once these icebergs finally reach the sea, they are washed up on the nearby shoreline, across an area known as the Diamond Beach. The contrasts here are what make the site so spectacular; the blue ice, black sands and white surf form a beautiful winter palette, to the delight of photographers and observers alike.

To make both of these destinations that much more special, many seals call the area home, and can often be seen playing in the surf and lagoon, or else relaxing on the icebergs.

You will spend most of the day marvelling over the beauty of these two sites but have the option to add another once-in-a-lifetime adventure to your holiday. If you wish, you can elect to visit an authentic ice cave for an experience you will never forget.

If you are visiting between November and March, you will visit the crystal blue ice caves under Vatnajökull glacier. However, if you are visiting outside this time, you will see a stunning ice cave located above the active volcano, Katla. 

These caves have a beauty words can barely describe. Bizarrely textured and often surprisingly large, you’ll be able to explore, marvel over and photograph an otherworldly space that very few others around the world will ever be lucky enough to see.

After a day of jaw-dropping spectacles, you’ll retire for the night in the Jökulsárlón area.


Accommodation

Hotel Edda Höfn

Hotel Edda Höfn is located close to a harbour in a town called Höfn. Guests can enjoy a great view of the ocean in rooms with modern decor. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Hótel Höfn

Hotel Höfn is a 3-star hotel located in Höfn town central. Guests can enjoy a great view of the glacier or the ocean from most rooms. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 4 - The Eastfjords


The Eastfjords is a beautiful, remote, untouched region, thus an excellent place to hunt for the Northern Lights in winter.


Though day four is the last day of this tour, your adventure is not quite over. Early in the morning, you’ll set out to see the Eastfjords. One of the most remote parts of Iceland, this area is usually only seen by summer travellers, providing you with a unique opportunity to witness it wrapped in the colours of winter.

This region is defined by its enormous mountains, dramatic fjords, tiny villages and unmatched views of the ocean. Your guide will stop at the most beautiful viewing sites, where you can stand breathless in awe as you overlook some of the country’s least known but most magnificent land and seascapes. This is also the only part of the country where you can see wild reindeer, which are easier to spot in their herds in winter as they head to lower land.

After several hours winding up and down the fjords, you’ll arrive in the largest town in the area, Egilsstaðir. Here, you will be able to board a domestic flight that will take you back to Reykjavík by the time evening sets in. Once back in the capital, you can reminisce over the wealth of incredible wonders you have seen over the past four days.

Please note that it is not recommended to book your flight out of Iceland on this night in case weather delays your departure from the east.


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