Unforgettable 5-Day Guided Winter Tour of Snaefellsnes and South Coast from Reykjavik

People wearing helmets, crampons, and warm clothing walk along a small ice ridge during a glacier hike in South Iceland.
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Tour starts
Reykjavík, Iceland
Starting time
at 09:00
5 days
Ending place
Reykjavík, Iceland
Sept. - Apr.
Minimum age
8 years old


Experience Iceland’s breathtaking Snaefellsnes peninsula and stunning South Coast during winter on this unforgettable multi-day tour. Those looking to explore some of the most picturesque parts of South and West Iceland, including the Snaefellsnes peninsula, Golden Circle, and Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, should not hesitate to book this small-group tour now. 

Your five-day guided tour will begin with meeting your experienced and attentive tour guide in Iceland’s capital and largest city, Reykjavik. Then you’ll set off to see the best attractions and experience winter-specific activities, such as ice caving and hunting for the aurora borealis.

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

In West Iceland, you will visit Iceland’s Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Often referred to as “Iceland in miniature,” the Snaefellsnes peninsula offers beautiful views of outstanding landscapes, such as lava fields, rugged cliffs, dazzling waterfalls, and impressive glaciers. 

After the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, it’s time to travel around Iceland’s much-loved Golden Circle route. Three awe-inspiring attractions await. Thingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area, and Gullfoss falls are each natural wonders in their own right, boasting unique landscapes and spectacular features.

As you travel across Iceland’s South Coast, you will encounter some of the most beautiful and well-known waterfalls in Iceland. Get ready to be fascinated and enchanted as you watch the water pour from Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls. 

This tour includes visiting the world-famous Reynisfjara black sand beach with its striking sea stacks, towering basalt columns, and powerful waves. Further along, is one of the trip’s highlights, the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon.

This multi-day tour is not short on adventure, particularly when you try your hand at ice caving, a winter-only activity. As you step into the ice-covered world, you’ll feel mesmerized by the deep, vivid blue colors and magnificent ice formations around you. 

On the final day of this tour, another exciting excursion awaits. Experience the thrill of hiking across the Vatnajokull glacier, creating memories to last a lifetime.

If seeing the northern lights in Iceland is on your bucket list, this multi-day trip offers excellent chances to see them in all their glory. 

This multi-day winter tour includes four nights of hotel accommodation and breakfast each morning. A comfortable minibus transports you between destinations and lets you stay connected with complimentary Wi-Fi.

Your unforgettable five-day guided winter tour of Snaefellsnes and South Iceland will conclude with your friendly tour guide returning you to Reykjavik. 

Experience the nature of Iceland and its best attractions on this multi-day, small-group guided tour of West Iceland, the Snaefellsnes peninsula, Golden Circle, and the South Coast with ice caving and glacier hiking. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Pick-up from and drop off at your hotel in Reykjavik
Guided minibus tour of West Iceland, the Snaefellsnes peninsula, and the South Coast
Ice caving
Glacier hiking
Northern lights evening walks
Four nights of hotel accommodation with a private bathroom and breakfast included
Experienced English-speaking guide
Complimentary Wi-Fi on board the bus
Space for one small day bag and one larger bag (up to 44 lbs/20 kgs)


Glacier Hiking
Northern lights hunting
Ice Caving

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Pristine water flows over lava rock ledges at Hraunfossar waterfall in West Iceland during wintertime.

Day 1 - Hot springs and waterfalls

This exciting five-day tour starts with a morning pick-up from your Reykjavik accommodation. You’ll begin with a scenic drive through the West Iceland countryside on the way to Deildartunguhver hot spring, famed as one of Europe’s most powerful hot springs.

Here you can marvel at the steam rising from the boiling water amid a colorful landscape. Watch from the safety of walking paths before deciding whether you’d like to enjoy a soak in the thermal baths or a visit to a nearby horse farm next.

If you choose, relax in the outdoor hot tubs at Krauma geothermal baths, an excellent way to appreciate the surrounding landscape and experience a sense of rejuvenation. Try the steam bath and plunge into the cold pool if you dare.

Those who prefer can visit a nearby horse farm and pet the friendly Icelandic horses before the group heads to Reykholt village. Reykholt is a must-visit location for history enthusiasts, as it is home to the Snorrastofa museum, built on Snorri Sturluson’s Estate, a well-known Icelandic politician and poet.

You’ll also see Snorralaug pool, famed as Snorri’s bathing spot.

Next, it’s time to visit two beautiful West Iceland waterfalls, Hraunfossar and Barnafossar. Hraunfossar is a broad series of waterfalls flowing over lava rock ledges, creating a picturesque effect. The blue water at Barnafossar falls cascades through a narrow passage of volcanic rock and boasts viewing platforms and nicely-kept walkways.

The final attraction for today is the Gerduberg Cliffs, a striking collection of black lava rock columns near the beginning of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Some reach as high as 46 feet (14 meters), creating a dramatic effect and excellent photo opportunities.

After a fantastic first day of sightseeing, you’ll head to your accommodation in Borgarnes town. The evening brings opportunities for northern lights spotting if the conditions are favorable. Seeing the sky alight in shades of green and purple is an unforgettable way to finish your day during a winter vacation in Iceland.

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Day 2
The iconic conical-shaped Kirkjufell mountain on the Snaefellsnes peninsula with a gorgeous blue winter landscape stretched in front and a cloudy sky with a glimpse of pink above.

Day 2 - Best of the Snaefellsnes peninsula

Wake up ready to discover the magnificent natural abundance and diversity of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula on the second day of your tour. After a delicious hotel breakfast, you’ll begin the drive to Arnarstapi fishing village at the southwest end of the peninsula. There is no shortage of stunning scenery along the way, a taste of what’s to come.

You’ll have a chance to have a stroll around and appreciate Arnarstapi’s charm before taking an optional excursion inside Vatnshellir cave. An experienced tour guide will take you down the spiral staircase to the inside of this ancient lava tube.

They’ll equip you with a helmet and flashlight for safety and share insights about this fascinating underworld.

The day’s next stop is Hellnar, an abandoned fishing village near Arnastapi. Its coastal location offers a beautiful setting for lunch before the tour heads to Djupalonssandur black pebble beach. Tall cliffs and spectacular rock formations adorn the landscape around this awe-inspiring beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.

Aside from the outstanding natural scenery, the beach has some other notable features. See the remains of an old British trawler, shipwrecked in 1948, and don’t miss the famous lifting stones at the end of the beach. Once used to test human physical strength, you can decide whether you’re up for the challenge of lifting them!

The day’s final sightseeing attraction is one you won’t want to miss. It’s time to head to the iconic Kirkjufell mountain featured in the Game of Thrones series. With its unique conical shape and foreground waterfalls, the entire landscape is breathtaking and popular with photographers.

Your second day finishes with a drive back to Reykjavik, where you will spend the night. Keep an eye out for the aurora borealis as darkness descends on the winter sky. In Reykjavik, you’ll enjoy a comfortable night’s sleep, ready to discover Iceland’s top attractions the following day.

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Day 3
The Geysir geothermal area during winter with a fumarole steaming from the land and pink, peach, and blue colors adorning the night sky.

Day 3 - The Golden Circle and South Coast

Day three starts with sightseeing along Iceland’s best-loved driving route, the Golden Circle. Thingvellir National Park is first up, famed for its historical and geological significance. Named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates move apart a little more each year, making this the only place you can walk between the continents.

The next stop is the Geysir geothermal area, a fascinating otherworldly landscape of bubbling mud pits, steaming fumaroles, and the show’s star, the Strokkur geyser. You won’t need to wait long to see this impressive geyser erupting high in the air, reaching as high as 130 feet (40 meters).

The final Golden Circle attraction is Gullfoss falls, also known as the “Golden Falls.” Walking paths offer easy access for up-close views of the waterfall’s pristine beauty. As you watch the water cascading down the Hvita river, keep your eye out for a rainbow at the front of the falls, visible on sunny days.

The phenomenal scenery doesn’t stop there. You’ll head to the South Coast to see more breathtaking waterfalls and one of the country’s most famous black sand beaches.

Seljalandsfoss is the first of two South Coast waterfalls offering a taste of the natural wonders of this region. You’ll feel dwarfed up close to this beauty, dropping 196 feet (60 meters) into a pool below. Make sure you’re wearing your rain gear to enjoy the path behind the falls.

Then the tour visits the Skogafoss waterfall, one of Iceland’s largest. The setting is awe-inspiring, with the glacier-fed water tumbling down amid a rugged landscape. The Reynisfara black sand beach is the final attraction for today. Yet another location of striking contrast, the coastal landscape here features jagged rocks in the sea and towering basalt formations lining the beach.

The day finishes with northern lights hunting before heading to Kirkjubaejarklaustur town, where you will spend the night.

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Day 4
Green and pink colors from the aurora borealis light up the starry winter night sky above the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon in South Iceland.

Day 4 - Ice caving and Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon

Day four begins with a hearty breakfast before the tour heads east through the rural South Iceland countryside. Relax into the drive and take in the scenery as you pass farms and moss-covered lava fields, a perfect contrast to the landscapes to come.

The Vatnajokull glacier is this morning’s destination, where you’ll try your hand at ice caving, an unforgettable, winter-only experience. Dress in warm clothes, so you’re well prepared to discover the beauty of an ice-covered world. Your certified glacier guide will ensure you have all the necessary safety equipment and determine the best time to enter the cave.

For around 45 minutes, your guide will take you for a stroll through an ice-covered world. Get ready to see spectacular ice formations and the most brilliant blue color adorning this magical landscape. Make sure your camera is handy to capture memories to last a lifetime.

Next up is the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, a destination at the top of the bucket list for many travelers to Iceland. Here you will see magnificent icebergs towering amid the calm lagoon waters. The icebergs may appear white or a brilliant blue in this ever-changing landscape.

No visit to Jokulsarlon is complete without also seeing Diamond beach nearby. Where the lagoon meets the sea, you’ll have a chance to see icebergs in a different setting. Here, substantial ice chunks drift into the shore, producing a dramatic effect. The glistening ice looks like giant diamonds against the contrast of the black sand beneath.

As the winter sky becomes darker, you’ll have another opportunity to spot the aurora borealis in all its glory. Far from any city lights, this is a fantastic area to see this incredible natural phenomenon when conditions are favorable.

After a memorable fourth day, you’ll head to Kirkjubaejarklaustur village to spend the night. Enjoy a comfortable night’s sleep, ready for more glacier excitement tomorrow.

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Day 5
A snow-covered South Coast glacier landscape with peaks in the foreground and distance.

Day 5 - Glacier hiking and South Coast

Get ready for an active adventure on the final day of your unforgettable multi-day tour. Today you’ll go for a glacier hike on the Falljokull glacier tongue, one of the many glacier tongues of the immense Vatnajokull glacier.

You don’t need any special skills to enjoy the thrill of glacier hiking. Just make sure you wear your hiking boots, which are essential for fitting crampons. If you don’t have hiking boots, you can rent some when booking your tour, and your experienced glacier guide will take care of everything else.

Walking across a glacier is a fantastic way to appreciate nature and be active simultaneously. Feel the endorphins flow as you traverse the icy landscape and marvel at natural features such as moulins and crevasses. Any physical exertion will be worth it for the sense of satisfaction and spectacular views.

After the hike, you’ll begin the drive back to Reykjavik. The fun isn’t over yet, with opportunities to see more spectacular attractions on the way. You’ve already seen the top South Coast attractions, and the region also has plenty of lesser-known treasures.

One of those is the Fjadrargljufur Canyon near Kirkjubaejarklaustur village. This deep, winding river canyon is about 2 million years old and boasts awe-inspiring scenery. Walking paths lead to viewpoints where you can enjoy panoramic views of the rugged landscape.

If the weather prevents you from hiking here, the tour guide will decide on other attractions to visit on the way back to Reykjavik. Your expected arrival time is between 16:00 and 19:00, depending on the road and weather conditions and any final stops.

The tour finishes in Reykjavik so you can spend the evening as you wish. If you’ve still got energy left after your action-packed multi-day tour, you could check out bars and nightclubs in the vibrant city center. Or, enjoy a quiet evening reflecting on what an amazing five days you’ve had.

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What to bring

Warm outdoor clothing
Waterproof jacket and pants
Hat and gloves
Good hiking boots

Good to know

Northern lights sightings are not guaranteed. Rural hotels on this tour offer excellent northern lights viewing opportunities when conditions are favorable.

The tour operator may change tour routes, itineraries, and departures to reflect weather and road conditions.

Tour cancelations with more than 14 days' notice receive a 90 percent refund. Cancelations with 48 hours to 14 days' notice receive a 50 percent refund. Cancelations with less than 48 hours' notice do not receive a refund.

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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