Explore the wonders of Iceland in winter and hunt the Northern Lights with this 6-day package. Visit the most sought-after sites in Iceland: bathe in the azure waters of the Blue Lagoon, explore the world-famous Golden Circle, and journey through Iceland's stunning South Coast. Your trip will be enhanced even further by the once in a lifetime experience of exploring the stunning blue ice cave in Vatnajökull National Park.
Travelling in the country couldn't be more comfortable with this winter package. All accommodations, transportation and guided visits to some of Iceland's most beautiful attractions will be managed for you, allowing you to travel with ease and comfort. Let us take care of the details while you focus on making fantastic memories exploring Iceland's incredible landscapes and hunting the incredible Aurora Borealis.
With this package, you'll get to explore the famed attractions of the Golden Circle, travel Iceland's famous South Coast all the way to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, and enter a winter wonderland inside an authentic ice cave. You will also get to hunt for the stunning Northern Lights every evening after dark in search of this beautiful natural phenomenon. You'll visit the famous Blue Lagoon to soak in the geothermal waters amid a volcanic landscape.
Why not embrace more adventure to your trip by adding a mixture of incredible experiences. For instance, take a ride on an Icelandic horse in the rugged terrains, snorkel in the rift between two continents at Þingvellir National Park, snowmobile through the white snowy expanse of Langjökull glacier, watch the whales breach off the shores of Reykjavík or spend a day exploring the beautiful wild landscapes of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
Discover the wonders of Iceland in the wintertime with this fantastic 6-day tour, taking every chance to stand in awe under the Northern Lights!
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Welcome to Iceland! As you exit the airport, you'll feel the brisk and refreshing Icelandic winter weather on your face. You'll take the swift airport transfer and be driven through the rocky landscape on your way to the capital city of Reykjavík.
On your way to Iceland’s capital city, you could choose to make a stop at the Blue Lagoon. This world-renowned spa is known for its healing waters, vivid azure colours 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 if you have extra free time.
Your accommodation was chosen for its excellent location and comfort, bringing you to the heart of Reykjavík. You can spend the evening getting to know the city, walking the narrow and colourful streets or sampling the cuisine found in the bars, coffee shops, and cafés around town.
If you like, you can take the complimentary Northern Lights boat tour today. Come aboard a lovely sightseeing ship from the Old Harbour by Harpa Concert Hall, and you'll be able to gaze up at the sky, in hopes of seeing those fabulous sparkles of eerie colour!
Alternately, you can take a Northern Lights minibus tour to head out into the countryside under cover of darkness and watch for glimmers of colour against a backdrop of the Icelandic wilderness.
You'll spend the night in Reykjavik.
Today, you'll visit the popular locations of the Golden Circle: Þingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area, and Gullfoss waterfall.
If you choose to go horseback riding, that will be at the start of your day, before going to Þingvellir National Park.
Þingvellir National Park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its importance to world culture. The first parliament was founded in the valley in 930 AD. Viking chieftains and their retainers would make their way to this beautiful place to discuss the law each year. They stood on the shores of Lake Þingvellir, just as you can. They, too, admired the silvery waters of Silfra fissure, which is popular today for snorkelling and diving. You can choose to join a snorkelling tour here yourself.
The gorge which marks the division of tectonic plates gets a bit wider each year, due to the furious pressure of the earth. It only moves at a rate of 2 mm each year, so even though it was slightly narrower 1,000 years ago, the famous Vikings of the past may have walked where you are walking today!
The second stop on the Golden Circle is Geysir geothermal area, made famous by the temperamental geysers blasting water high into the air. The furious pressure which drives them boils deep below the surface, making these explosions thrilling to behold. While Geysir itself is dormant after nearly 10,000 years of activity, Strokkur erupts every 10 minutes or so, shooting water as high as 40 m (131 ft).
Also, there are more than 30 other hot springs, bubbling mud pots, and steaming vents here. Stroll the entire area to see how the water streams over the rocks and how the minerals therein make beautiful colours!
At Gullfoss waterfall, you can view the power of the water from glacial runoff as it shoots down the river, tumbles over the two-tiered falls and crashes into the canyon below. The energy of the river has made it a popular spot for white water rafting a little further down from the waterfall. You can feel the thunder in your fingers and toes as you make your way along the walking path to the waterfall where you can admire its power from up close.
If snowmobiling is what you'd like to do today, then your snowmobile tour will take place on Langjökull glacier, after your visit to Gullfoss waterfall.
Alternatively, you can choose to spend your evening visiting the spectacular Fagradalsfjall volcano, which is currently erupting on the Reykjanes Peninsula. This 5-hour-long hiking excursion will provide you with an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime perspective of this primordial phenomenon.
On the way back to the city after the Golden Circle tour, you’ll make a stop at the Blue Lagoon, for a sensory experience unique to Iceland. Release all your tension, letting the azure water soothe tired muscles and joints.
Please note that if you have arranged additional activities with your Golden Circle tour, such as snorkelling, horseback riding or snowmobiling, your visit to the Blue Lagoon will be scheduled on your arrival or departure day instead, so you will have time to take full advantage of its restorative powers. The Lagoon is world-famous for its healing, mineral-rich waters - This is not a place you want to rush.
You'll return to Reykjavík to relax from your busy day and enjoy another night in town before your next adventure.
You'll spend the night in Reykjavik.
Today a two-day exploration of the lovely yet wild south coast begins, the most popular area for sightseeing in Iceland.
First, a pair of enchanting waterfalls. Seljalandsfoss is nestled in a cliff which rises out of the hillside. There is a path that goes directly behind the falls, so you may look out at the landscape from under a veil of twinkling icicles and running water, but take care not to slip on the icy ground! Next, visit Skógafoss waterfall, a high waterfall rumoured to hide buried treasure in its misty pool.
Then, the infamous Reynisfjara beach is a place of pearly frost and black sand, surrounded by black basalt that forms the cliffs and stands out in the sea in majestic columns while the waves crash on the shore. This location is dramatically beautiful, but dangerous in return. Visitors should always keep a distance of about 20-30 metres from the unpredictable waves.
After that, you'll visit Skaftafell National Park, a popular hiking and camping area which lies right beside the largest glacier in Iceland, Vatnajökull. Iceland's highest peak, Hvannadalshnúkur (or Hvannadalshnjúkur), is visible from the hiking trails here, rising to a height of 2110 m (6,922 ft).
Finally, you'll make your way to the astonishing Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where chunks of ice break off the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier in the distance, washed away by meltwater to this lagoon before finally floating out to sea.
The ice is untouched by the UV rays which turn the surfaces blinding white, leaving a pure blue colour on the underside. Seals play on the ice and gulls wheel overhead, creating a lovely display. On the nearby Diamond Beach, chunks of ice wash up on the black sand and lie sparkling in the sun.
You'll spend the night in a cosy country hotel either near Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon or Skaftafell Nature Reserve. Both areas are spectacular locations to hunt for the Northern Lights.
Today, you'll hop into a specially modified Superjeep which will take you all the way to your next unique experience: a natural blue ice cave beneath Vatnajökull glacier. There is a short hike through the winter air, so be sure to wear good hiking boots which cover your ankles. No one wants to go caving with damp socks!
These caves are discovered by specialists each autumn, who search the countryside for caves which are both safe to traverse and as beautiful as can be - sheets of transparent blue ice form the walls, while lacy frost and ice sculptures decorate the inside.
These caves change every day, shifting, melting and refreezing with the weather, so no two caves are alike. This is truly a one-of-a-kind experience, even if you have been ice caving before.
You'll spend around 45 minutes within the ice cave so make sure that you dress warmly! You'll get a helmet, so you should bring a winter hat that is not too bulky, as it needs to fit under the helmet.
After the breathtaking experience of the ice cave, you'll return to Reykjavík for the evening. You'll make a second stop at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon to see how it looks in the midday light. You might also be able to see more seals sunbathing on the icebergs.
On our way back to Reykjavík, your guide will keep his eyes open for the glimmer of Northern Lights and make a stop if they appear.
You'll spend the night in Reykjavik.
An option today - available only for a limited time - is the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to embark on a 1-hour helicopter ride over the currently erupting Fagradalsfjall volcano. Nothing inspires more awe than the most primordial forces of the earth bursting from Iceland’s dramatic landscapes, particularly when watching from the air. This tour includes a short landing by the eruption site, and departs from Reykjavik’s Domestic Airport, allowing you to also witness the capital from a breathtaking aerial perspective.
After this, you have two options for spending your day.
Option 1 - Quirky and Stylish Reykjavik
Make the most of your time in the capital by spending the day sightseeing in Reykjavik, from the beautiful Sólfarið (“Sun Voyager”) sculpture of a Viking ship which sits on the harbour to the historic parliament buildings just off the main shopping street.
Speaking of shopping, you can stroll the avenue while looking at the wares of the funky shops you find there, or stop at one of our local coffee shops with a special weekly roast. The shops offer everything from Icelandic handicrafts and souvenirs to books, volcanic jewellery and more.
Down by the Old Harbour, you can stop for lunch in one of the many restaurants and then take a whale watching tour around the harbour area. Watch the waves for the telltale swish of a fin. Keep your eyes on the rocks of the little islands just a short distance from the shore, and you'll see many birds nesting.
From Reykjavik, you could also choose to take an ATV adventure. In this experience, you will be picked up from your accommodation in the city. You will then be taken to the ATV base camp. Here you will be introduced to the ATV vehicles, which are perfectly suited for the challenging terrain of the Icelandic countryside. Once you have been geared up and given a safety briefing, you will enjoy the exhilaration of zipping through the landscapes of the surrounding area. When you have finished your adventure, you will be returned to your accommodation in Reykjavik where you can soak up more of the sights of the city.
Option 2 - The Photographer's Paradise
If you can't get enough of the beautiful Icelandic coast, you may select to tour Snæfellsnes peninsula instead. This impressive assemblage of natural landmarks contains so many features common in Iceland that it is sometimes called “Iceland in Miniature,” because you can see it all in one place!
The impressive Snæfellsjökull glacier/volcano was described as the entryway to the centre of the Earth in Jules Verne's famous novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth. The glacier is at the tip of Snæfellsnes peninsula, which you'll explore today. You'll make your way along the north side of the peninsula, along the coastline, past the glacier and then tour the southern rim before returning to Reykjavík.
The iconic mountain Kirkjufell rises before you on your way to Ólafsvík village. Shortly after, you'll admire other quaint fishing villages, such as Rif and Hellissandur.
You'll visit not one but two black sand beaches, at Djúpalónssandur and Dritvík, both important fishing centres in Iceland in previous centuries.
You will continue to Hellnar, another cute little village where you'll enjoy a hike to explore the nearby cliffs, watching seabirds and admiring the beautiful views of the sea and to the glacier of Snæfellsjökull.
If you wish, you can add yet another Northern Lights tour on this evening as well, and spend your night breathing clouds of crisp air into the darkness as you gaze at the skies above. Hopefully, the Aurora forecast will be on your side!
Your arrival time back in Reykjavík is dependent on Northern Lights conditions, but you will return sometime between 9 PM and 1 AM.
You'll spend the night in Reykjavik.
On your final day in Iceland, take the convenient airport shuttle from your hotel to Keflavík International Airport.
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.
Have a wonderful flight and come back soon!
The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon, and therefore cannot be guaranteed, but this itinerary is designed to maximise your chances to see them if weather allows. Please be aware that your itinerary may have to be rearranged to fit your arrival date and time better.
It can happen, in the case of extreme weather, that an activity is cancelled. If your chosen activity is cancelled, 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.
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. For multi-day guided tours, accommodation cannot be upgraded and the levels below do not apply. 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.
Dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels, such as HI Hostels. Located in the capital region. Breakfast is not included.
Private rooms with shared bathroom in guesthouses or hostels such as Capital Inn Guesthouse. Located in the capital region. Breakfast is not included.
Rooms with a private bathroom at three-star hotels such as Hótel Klettur, or quality guesthouses. Located in the city center or in close vicinity. Breakfast is included.
Rooms at four-star design hotels in the city center with a private bathroom at the absolute best locations downtown such as Hotel Alda. Breakfast is included.