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The Perfect Relaxing Vacation in Iceland

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Tour starts
Keflavík Airport
Starting time
Flexible
Duration
5 days
Ending place
Keflavík Airport
Languages
English
Difficulty
Easy
Available
Sep. - Apr.
Minimum age
None

Description

Take a relaxing 5-day winter vacation to Iceland and experience the wonders of the country at your own pace. This trip will take you to visit some of Iceland's most famous attractions, such as the Golden Circle, South Coast, and the Blue Lagoon. This package is perfect for those wanting to take a relaxed approach to explore Iceland by combining recuperation with adventure.

With this all-in-one package, you don't need to worry about the details. We will take care of and manage that all for you. All of your transport, tours, and accommodation will be coordinated for you so you can focus on enjoying your time to the full in Iceland. This is the perfect way to spend a great winter getaway.

On this trip, you'll experience some of the most breathtaking sights and sounds of Iceland. Amongst these, you'll marvel at the towering waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, and Gullfoss. You'll watch in awe at the erupting hot springs and be tantalized by the rugged black sand beaches and glacier terrains of the South Coast. 

With this package, you will also have ample time to explore the city of Reykjavik and enjoy its selection of cultural, historical, and shopping options to suit your preferences. Also, you will get to enjoy a long and tranquil bath in the mineral-rich warm waters of the Blue Lagoon to start or end your holiday in the most rejuvenating way possible. Bathing in warm geothermal pools amid a volcanic landscape is one of Iceland's most celebrated treasures available to you.

Should you wish to add some more adventure to your days, you'll have the option of selecting through a bundle of extra activities during the booking process. These include horseback riding through the wintry Icelandic terrains, snowmobiling across the top of a glacier, a journey to the wondrous locations of Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, or the Snaefellsnes peninsula, or even a visit to a natural blue ice cave.

Enjoy the wonders of Iceland at your own pace this winter. Check availability by choosing a date and book your Iceland adventure.

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Included

Airport transfer on arrival/departure
4 nights of accommodation in Reykjavík (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
Travelers who book with Guide to Iceland may have a PCR or rapid antigen COVID-19 test prearranged prior to their departure from Iceland, if needed.

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 - Welcome to Iceland

Welcome to Iceland! It's now time to start your unforgettable trip to the land of fire and ice.

As soon as you land and collect your bags at Keflavik International Airport, you'll hop aboard a bus just outside the terminal that will take you to the capital city of Reykjavik.

On your way to Iceland's capital city of Reykjavik, you could choose to make a stop at the Blue Lagoon. This world-renowned spa is known for its healing waters, vivid azure colors, and luxurious treatments. It is located in the middle of a moss-covered lava field, giving it an otherworldly atmosphere. If you add the Blue Lagoon, it 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. There is still plenty to see and do in Reykjavik and the Reykjanes Peninsula if you have extra free time.

Once you've checked in and freshened up, you can choose to either unwind in your accommodation before venturing out for a relaxing dinner or to step outside and check out some of the sights, shops, and attractions of Reykjavik.

There are plenty of museums, art galleries, boutiques, and souvenir shops dotted around the city center for those venturing out. Alternatively, if you're keen on trying a local cultural pastime, you could take a dip in one of the city's many geothermally heated outdoor swimming pools. These are the main places locals go to relax and discuss the day's affairs.

In the evening after dinner, you'll get your first chance to hunt for the Northern Lights with two options. You could either take a bus tour out into the dark Icelandic countryside away from the city lights or instead join a boat tour from Reykjavik's Old Harbour in search of this cosmic phenomenon.

You'll then rest up for the evening in your accommodation in Reykjavik.

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Day 2
Gullfoss waterfall is one of three sites on the Golden Circle route

Day 2 - The Golden Circle

Today, you'll journey along Iceland's most famous traveler's trail, the Golden Circle. Along this route, you'll get to experience the splendor of 3 magical attractions, all renowned with both natural and historical significance.

The day's first stop will take you to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Þingvellir National Park. Not only is this breathtakingly beautiful attraction situated in the divide between 2 tectonic plates (North American and Eurasian), but it's also the site where the world's first parliament was founded (Alþingi) in 930 AD. When you explore this region, you'll find an array of waterfalls, canyons, and forestry, as well as the largest natural lake in Iceland, Thingvallavatn.

The geological significance of the area is immediately visible, with cracks scattered across the canyon you'll walk through. This is further enhanced by the nearby spectacular Silfra fissure with crystal clear waters showing one of the most visible divides of tectonic plates you'll get to see across the globe.

Next, you'll make your way to the otherworldly Geysir geothermal area. Jam-packed with bubbling mud pots, steaming vents and spouting hot springs, this area is rife with volcanic activity visible to see. As you walk through the sulfur-smelling mist that shrouds the entire hot spring area, you'll get to witness the notorious geyser named Strokkur, which erupts boiling water up to 66 ft (20 m) every 5-10 minutes. This will give you plenty of time to see this spectacle a series of times.

Finally, you'll make your way to the mighty waterfall, Gullfoss. This natural beauty is fed by the meltwater of the nearby glacier Langjokull along the Hvita River before cascading 105 ft (32m) down two thunderous steps deep into the fast-flowing canyon below. Winter is the perfect time to watch the sheer power of this majestic waterfall surrounded by white snowy tundras and ice formations.

For those of you who opted to join a snowmobile tour, you will be collected, kitted out, and briefed by your guide just outside the Gullfoss visitor center before making your way towards the towering glacier. Once you reach the summit, you'll get the chance to zoom across the white untouched snowy landscapes of this glacier with this adrenaline-pumping activity and watch in awe at the beautiful spectacle of mountain peaks and pristine valleys in panoramic style.

Afterward, you'll head back to Reykjavik, where you spend the rest of your evening.

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Day 3
Seljalandsfoss on Iceland's South Coast in wintertime

Day 3 - The South Coast

On the third day of your trip, you'll get to explore the richly diverse spectacular attractions of Iceland's illustrious South Coast. You'll journey past mountains, glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls, black sand beaches, and much more.

You'll be picked up by a minibus in the morning and whisked down the ring road to your first stops at the waterfalls Seljlandsfoss and Skogafoss, which both stand at 197 ft (60m) high. The former uniquely offers travelers the ability to walk behind the falls with a perfectly shaped and sized cavern just behind its waters, whereas the latter is a much more powerful waterfall with the opportunity to get extremely close while retaining folklore of a hidden treasure held behind the thundering waters.

Between these waterfalls, you'll travel between the glaciers of Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull. The former is now more renowned for the infamous volcanic eruption in 2010. If you're keen to get up close and personal with a glacier, make sure you add a glacier hike to your package where you'll get to scale the caverns of the nearby beauty of Solheimajokull glacier.

However, if you would rather not exert yourself with a glacier hike, you could select an ice cave tour from Vik. This will take up onto Myrdalsjokull glacier, where you will enter a natural ice cave carved directly into the glacier. You'll get to see some spectacular ice formations and colors as you delve into the caves of the glacier directly above Iceland's largest volcano, Katla. It's also worth noting that each trip to an ice cave is unique due to the constant movement of the glacier.

Your next stop will take you to the famous Reynisfjara black sand beach. Known for its volcanic beauty, basalt caves, and the famous Renisdrangar sea stacks, this makes for a beautiful yet eerie location to visit. The enchantment of this location is enhanced further by the folklore behind the Reynsidrangar basalt sea stacks, which are said to be two trolls turned to stone by the sunlight having failed to find refuge from the rising sun when investigating a shipwreck.

For those who would like to explore the South Coast further, you can add on an extra tour during the booking process, which will take you all the to Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. Though a significantly longer journey, at Jokulsarlon, you'll be able to watch gargantuan icebergs make their elegant way out to the shore and walk amongst them washed up on the magnificent Diamond Beach.

On your way back to Reykjavik, where you'll retire for the evening, keep your eyes peeled to the northern skies for a glimpse of the dancing Aurora Borealis.

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Day 4
The Sun Voyager is located in Reykjavik city centre

Day 4 - Free Day in Reykjavik

On the fourth day of your trip, you'll have a full free day to explore Europe's most northerly capital city, Reykjavik.

Take the time to wander the city streets, try the local cafes, sample some local cuisines, or explore the bohemian art galleries and historical Viking museums dotted around the city.

If you'd like to take a step off the tourist track, you could check out the Iceland Family Zoo, the botanical garden, or the peaceful peninsula of Seltjarnarnes that hosts the poignant Grotta Lighthouse. With such variety in the city, you can easily take the day at your own pace suited to your interests.

If you're feeling like adding a splash of adventure to your otherwise chilled day, you can choose to join a whale-watching tour from Reykjavik Old Harbor. Get a glimpse of the flukes, dorsal fins, and breaches of the wide variety of whale marine life within Iceland's Faxafloi bay.

If wildlife is your interest, but the land is more preferable, why not take the chance to join a horse riding tour? This is another great opportunity to both get up close and personal to the stylish Icelandic horse while getting to enjoy some extra time in Iceland's winter wonderland.

Alternatively, if you've caught the exploration bug and want to see more of Iceland's nature, you can join a day tour to the dramatic Snaefellsnes peninsula. Often referred to as 'Iceland in miniature,' this peninsula offers a great variety of terrain with mountains, lava fields, glaciers, craters, and the most scenic fishing villages.

For those looking to explore another glacier, you can join a tour of Langjokull ice cave tunnels. A glacier guide will drive you to the top of the glacier, where you can enjoy exploring the caverns of this beautiful man-made delight. With dozens of tunnels to explore, this adventure will take you deep into another glacier, helping you tick off another bucket list item.

Lastly, if you're more hooked on adrenaline-pumping activities, then a 2 hour ATV adventure is the best option for you. You'll be picked up from your Reykjavik accommodation, taken to the ATV base camp, and get kitted up. After your safety briefing, you'll take to the wild wintry tundras of Iceland's wilderness. This thrilling ride will leave you with great memories of exploring Iceland's nature in one of the most unique ways possible.

Whichever option you choose, whether it's relaxation, nature-loving or thrillseeking, and adrenaline-pumping, you can fully customize this day to suit you.

You'll then rest up for your last night in Iceland in your Reykjavik accommodation.

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Day 5
Reykjavik is full of fantastic looking architecture

Day 5 - Farewell

All great adventures come to an end, and it's now time to say goodbye to Iceland for now. You'll take your bus transfer straight to Keflavik International Airport, providing you with ample time to catch your flight.

For those who have a later flight and choose to visit the Blue Lagoon today, you will finish off your stay unwinding before you head to the airport. This is the perfect place to relax as you bathe in the warm, mineral-rich waters as you look back on the incredible adventure you have just taken in the land of fire and ice. If your flight is later, there are plenty of things to do in Reykjavik. If you have an early flight back home, we wish you a pleasant journey.

You'll then take the airport bus straight through the lava fields of the famous Reykjanes peninsula before arriving at the airport.

We wish you a safe journey home and look forward to welcoming you back in the future.

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What to bring

Warm and waterproof clothes
Winter hiking shoes
Swimsuit and towel
Camera

Good to know

Some optional activities might require you to have 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 snorkeling.

The minimum age for the Blue Lagoon is two years. If you are traveling with a child under 2, Secret Lagoon will be arranged instead of the Blue Lagoon.

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 note that although Northern Lights tours have no minimum age, the tours take place late at night and thus might not be suitable for young children.

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.

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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