Thrilling 4-Day Northern Lights, Snaefellsnes, and Glacier Lagoon Tour with Ice Caving from Reykjavi

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Tour starts
Reykjavík, Iceland
Duration
4 days
Difficulty
Easy
Languages
English
Available
Oct. - Apr.
Minimum age
6 years old

Description

Have an unforgettable adventure in Iceland with this four-day winter tour covering some of the top destinations in the country, including nightly opportunities to spot the northern lights. Travelers seeking an exciting experience visiting awe-inspiring locations like Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, Kirkjufell mountain, and the Snaefellsnes peninsula will love this tour departing from Reykjavik. 

Your tour starts with pickup from your hotel in Reykjavik before heading to the enchanting region of West Iceland, where you will spend the first two days of the trip. The landscapes here are striking and wild, making it the perfect region for outdoor enthusiasts and nature photographers.

Your first day in West Iceland brings you to the Deildartunguhver hot spring and the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls. After settling in at your hotel for the night, go outside to see if the magical northern lights are dancing in the clear skies!

Spend day two exploring the Snaefellsnes peninsula, quickly understanding why it is often referred to as “Iceland in Miniature.” With incredibly varied landscapes and unforgettable sites such as Kirkjufell mountain, this day is sure to amaze. 

On your third day, you will head to the south coast and visit two of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland: Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. You will then stop at the world-famous Reynisfjara black sand beach before finishing the day with another northern lights hunt. 

The fourth and final day of this exciting tour takes you to East Iceland, where you can hike at the Vatnajokull glacier and explore an ice cave. After your hike, you will have time to visit the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon and take pictures at the stunning Diamond Beach before you return to Reykjavik. 

This small-group tour is conducted in a comfortable minibus with free Wi-Fi. Your English-speaking expert guide will happily answer any questions as they teach about the history, geography, and legends of the locations you visit.

Accommodations are in comfortable double hotel rooms, including private bathrooms and complimentary breakfast. For two nights, you will stay in charming countryside hotels and spend one in the exciting capital, Reykjavik. 

Guests can bring one small day bag and a larger bag up to 44 lbs (20 kg).

Due to the tour taking place in the winter months, you have the unique opportunity to check the northern lights off of your bucket list. The lights are only visible when the sky is clear and you are away from the light pollution of large cities, so the nights you spend in the countryside are perfect for your aurora hunting! 

Enjoy the adventure of a lifetime with this small-group wintertime tour of Iceland’s top attractions in the west, south, and eastern regions. Check availability now by choosing a date. 

 

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Included

Pick-up & drop off from Reykjavík
Guided Minibus Tour
English Speaking Tour Guide
Accommodation with Private Bathroom - 3 Nights
Hotel Breakfast Each Morning
Free Wi-Fi on Bus
Ice caving tour
Space for one small day bag and one larger bag (up to 44 lbs/20 kgs

Activities

Caving
Sightseeing
Northern lights hunting
Hot Spring Bathing
Ice Caving

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Hraunfossar is a lovely west coast waterfall.

Day 1 - West Iceland

On the first day of your four-day tour in Iceland, your friendly guide will pick you up in a minibus and escort you to the attractions of West Iceland. As you make your way to your first site, you’ll see beautiful coasts, historic villages, and lovely countryside.

You’ll then arrive at Deildartunguhver, Europe’s highest-flowing hot spring. There are few places in the country where you can so easily marvel over the powerful geothermal forces that define this island. The heated underground waters flow into the luxurious adjacent spa of Krauma, which you can organize admission into when booking.

If you’d rather skip the spa experience, your guide can take you to a nearby farm where you can meet small and charming Icelandic horses. The Icelandic horses are a beloved sight for tourists, and they are known for their gentle, friendly demeanor. 

Next is the charming village of Reykholt, which boasts a beautiful church, a medieval bathing pool, and a fascinating history. It was here, after all, that Snorri Sturluson, the country’s most famous, influential, and notorious chieftain, historian, and writer, was born and lived much of his tumultuous life.

Next, you’ll head to Hraunfossar waterfall, which is unlike most attractions of its kind in the country due to its serene ambiance. It trickles through a birch woodland off a lava plateau, creating a tranquil and photogenic site. 

Just a short walk from Hraunfossar is a much more traditional waterfall. Barnafoss surges furiously down a narrow canyon with breathtaking power.

At this point, the sky will begin to turn dark, and you’ll set out on a northern lights hunt if the sky is clear. Your guide will find a quiet spot away from artificial lights and allow you to marvel over the country’s most fantastic winter phenomena.

After your hunt, you will head to your charming hotel to rest up for tomorrow’s adventures!

 

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Day 2
Auroras swirl over Budir.

Day 2 - Snaefellsnes Peninsula

After breakfast on day two of your four-day winter adventure in Iceland, you will get to explore the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. This 56-mile (90 kilometers) long feature is packed with sites along both shores and has something to interest all manner of travelers.

You’ll get to see Arnarstapi, a fishing village that has maintained a traditional way of life even as it has adapted to the tourist industry. Its coastline is particularly stunning, with dramatic rock arches such as Gatklettur.

Another stunning stretch of shore is Djupalonnsandur, a black sand beach. Your guide will allow you to test your strength against the four lifting stones here, which seamen historically used to see if they were fit for work on the dangerous seas.

Kirkjufell mountain can be found on the peninsula’s northern side and will be instantly recognizable for Game of Thrones fans. A standalone peak shaped like a pyramid, church, or arrowhead, based on who you ask, it is magnificent from all angles and boasts an adjacent waterfall that you can sometimes see frozen in winter.

The highlight of the peninsula is undoubtedly its crowning subglacial volcano, Snaefellsjokull. Set in the center of a national park of its name, it has inspired writers such as Jules Verne and Halldor Laxness with its beauty. 

Those who believe in mysticism claim Snaefellsjokull rests on the intersection of two ley lines, explaining its magical and unforgettable ambiance. Thousands even once gathered here on the rumor that it would be an alien landing site!

If you want to add an adventure to today’s journey, you can go on a ‘journey to the center of the earth’ by embarking on a lava-caving trip into Vatnshellir. Large enough to accommodate those who suffer from claustrophobia and filled with magnificent sculptures of ice and rock, it is a perfect place to marvel over the beauty beneath Iceland’s landscapes.

If enough light is left in the day, your guide may take you to various other sites, such as the Londrangar basalt plug or the church of Budir. If it is dark and clear, you’ll set off on another northern lights hunt before heading to your accommodation in Reykjavik.

 

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Day 3
Reynisfjara is a stunning stretch of black-sand shore.

Day 3 - South Coast

After breakfast on day three, you’ll leave Reykjavik for the magnificent South Coast. As you travel toward your first destination, you’ll see geothermal villages, an abundance of Icelandic horses, and some stunning mountain ranges. If it is clear, you’ll even get to marvel over the volcano that erupted in 2010, Eyjafjallajokull, and the Westman Islands.

Seljalandsfoss waterfall will be your first sightseeing stop. Tumbling from a cliff that stands 197 feet (60 meters) tall, its scale, beautiful cascade, and the cave behind it make it a unique attraction. If the weather conditions allow, you will get to walk behind the water for some fantastic views and photographs.

Next up is another waterfall, Skogafoss. Slightly taller than Seljalandsfoss and far more powerful, its cascade and the vast blooms of spray that arise from it are mesmerizing. This place is also steeped in folklore regarding a hidden treasure. If the stairs alongside it are not icy, you can ascend them for some great new angles.

You’ll continue along the South Coast to the black sand beach of Reynisfjara, one of the most stunning beaches in the world. Its black sands stretch endlessly in either direction, its powerful waves shatter against the shore, and its windswept cliffs host a set of hexagonal basalt columns. Out to sea, you can see the remains of two ‘trolls’ frozen in the light of the sun, called the Reynisdrangar sea stacks.

You will then get to see the charming village of Vik, the southernmost settlement in the country and one of the very few in the region, which has long been swept with glacier floods and lava from the countless volcanoes.

As you head to your accommodation around Hof, your guide will watch the skies for the possibility of another memorable viewing of the northern lights.

 

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Day 4
Water trickles from the ceiling of an ice cave.

Day 4 - Vatnajokull National Park

On your final day of this amazing four-day tour, you will enjoy three experiences that so many coming to Iceland in winter crave. Firstly, you’ll explore a crystal blue ice cave, then witness the icebergs of the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach, and finally explore the magnificent Skaftafell Nature Reserve.

The crystal blue ice caves are magical attractions that are only accessible for a few months of the year because of the specific conditions required to create them. Opening under the largest ice cap in Europe, Vatnajokull, they form a stunning network of corridors and chambers of the most intense blue imaginable. Your guide will give you all the equipment needed to explore them safely and allow you to marvel over the colors, textures, and ethereal refraction of the light.

Jokulsarlon is Iceland’s deepest lake, separating the ocean and a glacier tongue. As the glacier tongue breaks apart, it fills the lagoon with icebergs, some of which tower hundreds of feet high. They float in thousands, shimmering blue and white and streaked with ash from centuries-old volcanic eruptions.

After many months, the bergs break apart small enough to pass through the small channel to the ocean, where most immediately wash ashore. Due to how the ice glistens like gems against the black sands, this stretch of coast has the nickname Diamond Beach. Your guide will show you the area and allow you to explore and take photographs.

As if these two sites were not impressive enough, they have even more appeal to animal lovers due to the seals found in the waters and on the icebergs.

With these attractions thoroughly explored, you’ll head back along the South Coast to visit Skaftafell, a nature reserve in the Vatnajokull National Park. Framed by towering peaks and mighty glaciers and filled with rivers, forests, and lava fields, there are few corners of the country as unbelievable and breathtaking.

You’ll then make the drive back to Reykjavik. Though the journey is long, the hours on the road provide many chances to seek out and marvel over the northern lights. You’ll arrive back in the capital in mid to late evening and can retire knowing you have truly made the most of four days in Iceland!

 

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What to bring

Warm outdoor clothing
Waterproof layers
Hiking boots
Camera

Good to know

Due to Iceland's unpredictable winter weather, your guide may have to amend the itinerary for safety reasons.

Each traveler is allocated a small backpack and one piece of luggage weighing up to 44 lbs (20 kgs). Extra baggage can be stored in the tour operator's Reykjavik office for a minimal fee.

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