Small Group 5-Day Northern Lights Winter Vacation with the Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle & South Coast

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Description

Summary

Tour starts
Keflavík Airport
Starting time
Flexible
Duration
5 days
Ending place
Keflavík Airport (KEF), 235 KEFLAVÍKURFLUGVÖLLUR, Reykjanesbær,
Languages
English
Difficulty
Easy
Available
Sept. - Apr.
Minimum age
5 years old

Description

Experience Iceland in a fun and easy way with this five-day, family-friendly winter vacation package. Solo travelers or groups who want to explore the country's most famous attractions, such as the Golden Circle sightseeing route, the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, and the South Coast, should book this adventure today.

This all-in-one package is perfect for those who want to see Iceland's highlights with ease and comfort, and it's especially suitable for those traveling with young adventurers.

Sit back and enjoy your Iceland vacation by letting travel experts do the planning, from accommodation to tours and transport. You won't need to worry about a thing.

For your convenience, this winter package highlights airport transfers, small-group minibus tours to the Golden Circle sightseeing route and South Coast, a detailed itinerary, a personal travel agent, and four nights of accommodation in Reykjavik.

You'll return to this comfortable accommodation in Reykjavik each night, so moving around and repacking daily is unnecessary. These details allow you to enjoy the sights for a smooth and relaxing holiday.

Expert guides will lead your minibus tours and activities. They will share valuable insights into Iceland's local culture and history, including exciting stories about the natural wonders on your itinerary.

With their local expertise and extensive experience navigating the winter roads, you can expect a safe and fun experience.

On this winter vacation, you'll visit Iceland's most beautiful sights, such as the Thingvellir National Park, the Geysir geothermal area, and the Gullfoss waterfall on the Golden Circle sightseeing route.

Meanwhile, on the South Coast, the Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Skogafoss waterfall, and the stunning black sand beach Reynisfjara await you.

Besides the visual treats in the countryside, you will also get to explore the vibrant city of Reykjavik, hunt for the northern lights, and unwind in the healing waters of the Blue Lagoon spa.

You can go northern lights hunting via bus or boat and enjoy the comfort entrance package to the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa.

If you wish to make your day more action-packed, you can add an array of extra activities during the booking process.

You could go snowmobiling on a glacier, see snowy farmlands on an Icelandic horse, travel to the spectacular Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon and the Snaefellsnes peninsula, or visit an authentic ice cave.

If any unforeseen changes or emergencies arise in your travel plans, you can cancel your booking up to 24 hours before your departure and receive a complete refund.

Witness the wonders of the Icelandic winter, from the northern lights to the highlights of the Golden Circle sightseeing route, with this five-day tour package. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Included

Airport transfer on arrival/departure
4 nights of accommodation in Reykjavik (different levels available; breakfast included for Comfort and Quality levels; more detailed information below)
Blue Lagoon comfort entrance (upgrade to premium level available) and return transfer
Golden Circle small group sightseeing tour in a minibus
South Coast small group sightseeing tour in a minibus
Northern lights hunting
Detailed Itinerary
Personal travel agent
Taxes

Activities

Glacier Hiking
Snorkelling
Snowmobile
Horse Riding
Whale Watching
Sightseeing
Boat Trip
Northern lights hunting
Hot Spring Bathing
Cultural Activity
Ice Caving

Daily itinerary

Day 1
The beautiful Reykjavík city in the wintertime

Day 1 - Arrival in Iceland

On the first day of your five-day adventure in Iceland, the land of fire and ice, you'll arrive at Keflavik International Airport, located in the barren lava fields of the Reykjanes peninsula. Here, you will board a bus that will take you to Reykjavik.

On your way to Iceland's capital, Reykjavik, you will stop at the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa. This world-renowned spa is known for its healing waters, vivid azure colors, and luxurious treatments.

It is in the middle of a moss-covered lava field, giving it an otherworldly atmosphere.

The Blue Lagoon geothermal spa will be arranged according to your flights. If there is no time to visit the lagoon today, it can be added to another day. Your travel consultant will be able to arrange this for you.

If you add the experience of the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa to your vacation, you can enjoy the comfort entrance, which includes a silica mud mask, towel use, and access to the spa facilities.

You will then head to Reykjavik, where you'll find accommodation for the next few nights.

After you've settled in, you can start exploring the city. Reykjavik is a fun and lively place with many museums, art galleries, playgrounds, and swimming pools.

The swimming pools are heated using geothermal energy from the ground, making visiting them possible even in winter. A popular winter activity in Iceland is visiting one of these pools, soaking in the warm waters and breathing in the cold winter air.

In the evening, you'll get to hunt for the elusive northern lights by heading out into the darkened countryside on a bus or boarding a boat at Reykjavik's Old Harbor and sailing out into the ocean in search of these dancing lights.

You'll spend your first night in Reykjavik.

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Day 2
The erupting geysers at Geysir geothermal area, a must-see while visiting the Golden Circle sightseeing route.

Day 2 - The Golden Circle Sightseeing Route

On day two of this winter package, you'll visit Iceland's most famous scenic route, the Golden Circle. This trio of destinations will show you how diverse this little island at the edge of the Arctic Circle can be.

Your first stop today will be the Thingvellir National Park, where the Viking settlers founded Iceland's parliament, Althingi, over a thousand years ago.

Thingvellir National Park is a site of great historical importance and a geographical wonder as the park is neither located on the Eurasian tectonic plate nor the North American one but in a rift valley between them.

These plates slowly move apart, tearing up the landscape and creating cracks and canyons. One of those canyons, Silfra fissure, is filled with crystal clear meltwater from the nearby Langjokull glacier.

Those aged over 14 can add on a snorkeling tour in the fissure and enjoy the unparalleled visibility of the canyon's clear waters. Participants need to be comfortable in the water and be able to swim.

From there, you'll move on to Haukadalur Valley, a place filled with history, folklore, and, most importantly, erupting geysers.

At the Geysir geothermal area, located in the valley, you'll find the active Strokkur hot spring, which erupts in a 66-foot (20-meter) water column every five to ten minutes.

Remember to bring a camera to capture the perfect photo of your family with the erupting geyser in the background.

The last stop today is the majestic Gullfoss waterfall. Once again, the Langjokull glacier has helped to shape Iceland's landscape. The Hvita River, fed by this mighty glacier, rushes forth from the highlands before plunging into an ancient canyon, creating this two-tiered waterfall.

Here, you can opt for a snowmobile tour on top of the glacier, where you race across the white expanse of the glacier.

Those with a driver's license can drive, while those over six can sit at the back as passengers, making it a family-friendly activity.

You'll then head back to Reykjavik to spend the night.

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Day 3
Seljalandsfoss waterfall on Iceland's South Coast in winter.

Day 3 - The South Coast

On the third day of your winter vacation in Iceland, you'll explore the beautiful South Coast and see cascading waterfalls, majestic glaciers, and a stunning black sand beach.

You'll be picked up in a minibus in the morning and taken to the first attraction of the day, the high and narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall.

This stunning cascade flows over a concaved cliff face where a cave is visible underneath the water curtain. In winter, the waterfall is lit up with lights, making it seem even more magical.

You'll then move on to another equally beautiful but utterly different waterfall, Skogafoss. It is one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland, with a width of around 82 feet (25 meters) and a 197-foot (60-meter) drop.

As you travel between these cascading beauties, the glaciers Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull will be visible in the north. If you'd like to explore a glacier better, you can add on a hike on Solheimajokull glacier, one of Myrdalsjokull's outlet glaciers.

Glacier hiking is a fun, family-friendly activity where participants over eight can trek across the ice cap to discover a new world of ice sculptures and blue crevasses.

An alternative glacier adventure on this day is to explore a naturally formed ice cave.

On an ice cave tour, those over 12 years old are taken up the glacier, which covers the volcano Katla, to explore this natural wonder and see how the blue and white of the glacier mix with jet-black ash from past volcanic eruptions.

From there, you'll visit the stunning black sand beach at Reynisfjara.

The beach is surrounded by cliffs of dark basalt columns, which create a fascinating hexagonal pattern in the cliff face. Just off the coast rises the 217-foot (66-meter) Reynisdrangar sea stack, said to be petrified trolls in Icelandic folklore.

Those who wish to explore the South Coast more can add on a tour during the booking process, where they hop on a coach bus heading to the gorgeous Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon.

There, you can see enormous icebergs float peacefully on the water before they drift off to sea, and maybe a seal or two swimming by.

On your way back to Reykjavik, look up in the sky for a chance to see the elusive northern lights.

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Day 4
Reykjavik's rooftops and Hallgrimskirkja church covered in snow.

Day 4 - Exploring Reykjavik

On the fourth day of your winter vacation in Iceland, you'll have a free day to explore the world's northernmost capital, Reykjavik.

You could learn about Viking settlers in the city's museums or check out the Laugardalur area's Family Park and Zoo. The zoo has Icelandic farm animals and wild mammals, such as sheep, foxes, seals, and the Icelandic horse.

If you'd like to get to know the friendly and gentle Icelandic horse better, you could opt for a horse riding tour through the Icelandic countryside, suitable for beginners and expert riders over eight.

Another option for animal lovers is to go on a whale-watching tour from Reykjavik's Old Harbor to discover the wealth of marine life off the city's shore.

If you'd like to explore the country further, you can take a full-day excursion to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula or the Ice Cave Tunnels in Langjokull Glacier.

Snaefellsnes is a peninsula filled with natural wonders like waterfalls, black pebble beaches, and lava fields. It also has a tall and mighty glacier covering an ancient volcano featured in Jules Verne's classic novel 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth.'

At the ice cave tunnels in Langjokull Glacier, you'll travel through a maze of intricate tunnels carved into the glacier. Everybody will enjoy this fun and informative journey, usually only reserved for scientists and glacier experts.

You'll travel through the dozens of tunnels and learn how glaciers form, how they move, and how climate change affects them.

You could also choose to take an adrenaline-filled ATV adventure. In this extra activity, you will be picked up from your accommodation in Reykjavik. You will then head to the ATV base camp near the city.

You will drive through the incredible natural landscapes of the area, with plenty of time to stop and take pictures. Afterward, you will return to your city accommodation.

You'll then spend your last night in Iceland at your accommodation in Reykjavik. If you want to explore the city at night, you're free to do so.

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Day 5
The view over 'The Pond' in Reykjavík city in the wintertime.

Day 5 - Departure from Iceland

Today is your final day in Iceland, and it’s time to head home. If your flight is later, there are plenty of things to do in Reykjavik.

You’ll head to the airport after breakfast if you have an early flight home.

To ensure a stress-free departure, your vacation package includes a convenient transfer from Reykjavik, providing a safe and timely arrival at the airport for your flight.

However, if your flight departs in the afternoon, indulge in some exciting Reykjavik experiences in the morning.

Begin your day with a visit to one of Reykjavik's charming breakfast eateries, where you can relish traditional Icelandic delicacies such as kleina, a delicious fried pastry, or skyr, a creamy yogurt topped with fresh ingredients.

For those who love culture, Reykjavik boasts many museums waiting to be explored.

Immerse yourself in Icelandic history at the National Museum of Iceland, or delve into the fascinating art world at the Reykjavik Art Museum, which showcases works from local and international artists.

If you like shopping, venture into the city's boutique stores and craft markets, where unique Icelandic souvenirs and handcrafted clothes await to accompany you back home. Downtown Reykjavik and Laugavegur Street are the best places for some last-minute shopping.

For those who have a later flight and choose to visit the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa today, you will finish your stay unwinding before heading to the airport.

The Blue Lagoon geothermal spa is the perfect place to relax as you bathe in the warm, mineral-rich waters and reflect on the incredible adventure you have just taken in the land of fire and ice.

When it is time to leave, you'll board the airport bus and head again to the barren lava fields that greeted you when you arrived here only a few days ago.

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What to bring

Warm and waterproof clothes
Winter hiking shoes
Swimsuit and towel
Camera

Good to know

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. Please be aware that your itinerary may have to be rearranged to better fit your arrival date and time.

Some optional activities might need a valid driver's license, or you might need to send additional information to your travel planner.

Those who opt to go snorkeling must be comfortable in the water, able to swim, and must present medical documents before snorkeling or diving

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.

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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.

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