6 Day Winter Trip In Iceland | From Reykjavik to the Ice Cave

6 Day Winter Trip In Iceland | From Reykjavik to the Ice Cave
Spend 6 days exploring the South Coast, the Golden Circle as well as the magnificent Snæfellsnes peninsula in the winter time.
Above a beautiful lake in Iceland, emerald and violet Northern Lights dance across the sky.
Glacier lagoons in the South Iceland, such as Jökulsárlón and Fjallsárlón, fill with icebergs breaking away from retreating glacial tongues.
Gullfoss waterfall in winter, when surrounding in ice and snow, gains a new kind of beauty, but visitors will want to dress up warm to see it.
In winter, basking in geothermal pools such as the Blue Lagoon is a wonderful way to warm up and spend hours outside in the nature.
Against a wintery sunrise, Strokkur geyser ejects water to heights that can—and very rarely even exceed—forty metres.
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Explore the beautiful Icelandic winter scene with this 6-day package. Visit the most sought-after sites in Iceland, like the Blue Lagoon, the Golden Circle, and the South Coast, and spice up your trip with a visit to an unparallelled Icelandic winter wonder: the stunning blue ice cave in Vatnajökull National Park.

Travelling the country couldn't be easier with this winter package, all accommodations, transportation and guided visits to some of Iceland's most beautiful attractions will be sorted out for you, allowing you to travel with ease and comfort.

With this package, you'll get to explore the famed attractions of the Golden Circle, travel the South Coast all the way to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, and enter a winter-world inside an authentic ice cave. You will also get to hunt for the stunning Northern Lights and a soak in the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon. 

If you wish to add more excitement to your days, you can add on tours where you ride the Icelandic horse, snorkel at Þingvellir National Park, snowmobile on Langjökull glacier, watch the whales off the shores of Reykjavík or spend a day on the beautiful Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

Discover the wonders of Iceland in the wintertime with this fantastic 6-day tour! Check booking availability now, by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Oct. - Mar.
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Activities: Snorkelling, Caving, Snowmobile, Horse Riding, Whale Watching, Sightseeing, Boat Trip, Northern lights hunting, Hot Spring Bathing, Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, South Iceland, West Iceland , Reykjavík, Jökulsárlón, Vatnajökull, Snæfellsjökull, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Eyjafjallajökull, Þingvellir, Katla, Strokkur, Snæfellsnes, Reykjanes, Mýrdalsjökull, Skaftafell, Silfra, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Langjökull, Hallgrímskirkja, Vík í Mýrdal, Kirkjufell, Reynisdrangar, Öxarárfoss, Haukadalur, Skaftafellsjökull, Djúpalónssandur, Breiðamerkurjökull, South Coast, Diamond Beach
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : Flexible.

Airport transfer is available at any time. Our friendly staff will contact you to get your detailed flight info and we will arrange the airport Flybus transfer for you accordingly.
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 (upgrades available with other activities)

  • South Coast 2-day small group minibus tour with ice caving

  • 1 night of accommodation in a country hotel in Vatnajokull National Park during the 2-day south coast tour (breakfast included, private bathroom depending on availability)

  • Northern Lights hunting

  • Detailed Itinerary with fun and practical information on the nature, history and culture of Iceland

  • Hands-on travel agent to oversee your itinerary

  • Taxes

  • Dinner

  • Lunch


What to bring:
  • Camera

  • Swimsuit

  • Warm clothes

  • Winter hiking shoes

  • Good waterproof outer layers


Good to know:

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.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival and Northern Lights


Northern Lights tours are conducted on land and on sea, and both options provide a great chance of spotting the incredible auroras.


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.

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.


Day 2 - The Golden Circle and Blue Lagoon


Gullfoss thunders into an ancient canyon, which in winter, becomes cloaked in thick layers of snow and ice.


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.

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.


Day 3 - The South Coast


A path fully surrounds the South Coast waterfall of Seljalandsfoss, which can be taken so long as the conditions are not too treacherous.


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.


Day 4 - Deep Inside the Ice Cave


Helmets and crampons are required for ice caving, so wear thin hats and decent hiking shoes.


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.


Day 5 - Your Choice: Reykjavik vs Snaefellsnes Peninsula


The Snæfellsnes Peninsula, or 'Iceland in Miniature' as it is otherwise known, is beautiful throughout the year, but somewhat more mystical in midwinter.


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.

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.


Day 6 - Farewell to Iceland


Across the solidly frozen lake of Tjörnin, visitors can admire the snowy skyline of Reykjavík city.


On your final day in Iceland, take the convenient airport shuttle from your hotel to Keflavík International Airport.

If you are lucky enough to have a late flight, use the time you have left to bid farewell to the city. Stop at a café or cheese shop for one last nibble, finish up any last-minute shopping, and visit any museums or special spots you may have missed.

For example, you may enjoy a walk to Hallgrímskirkja church, known for its architecture inspired by the basalt cliffs of Iceland and the statue of famous explorer Leifur Eiríksson in front.

If you've not yet had the chance, take an hour or two to soak in the Blue Lagoon before your departure.

Have a wonderful flight and come back soon!


Accommodation in Reykjavik

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.

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 center or in close vicinity. Breakfast is included.

Quality

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.


Cancellation Insurance

This insurance guarantees that you can cancel tour and package bookings and receive a full refund, minus the insurance cost of 5,000 ISK per person.

The cancellation must be made more than 48 hours before the listed starting time on your voucher. To cancel your booking and claim your refund, simply contact info@guidetoiceland.is and declare full cancellation.

Please note that this insurance covers the cancellation of the whole tour or package. Individual services cannot be cancelled and refunded separately, but are all covered and refunded in case of a full cancellation.


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Wow, booking through Guide to Iceland was amazing. The tour guides were informative, coordination between the different tour agencies was seamless, and of the course the country is incredible! We went ice caving, dog sledding, snowmobiling up on a glacier and of course the Blue Lagoon. Nothing disappointed. The only thing we were advised to bring that we didn't was waterproof pants, and they are necessary. A very memorable trip!
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I went on a solo trip and it was really great! I didn't get to see the Aurora (too cloudy the entire time) but that's weather for you. I loved the location of my hotel in Reykjavik. It was really close to the main street where all the restaurants, shops, and bars are. It's perfectly safe to walk around by yourself. I would def do it again but I have a few critiques and suggestions for travelers. The overnight stay during the two day trip to the south coast was at a very isolated hotel that was pretty "meh" to put it nicely. The water had to run over 10 mins to warm up for a shower, there was a stain on the bed cover, I'm not sure the man at the front desk knew we were coming but I'm also not sure he even knew where he was. The room only had a tiny tiny space heater for warmth and not a lot of bedding. Their website claimed to have vegan/vegetarian food. That wasn't really the case. I had a plain salad and soup. So make sure you bring energy bars with you and maybe a pre-made sandwich or two from a grocery store. Don't drink a bunch of water on the trip and there's no need to bring a Camel-bak bag. I made this mistake and there are few opportunities to stop and use the bathroom. I brought water resistant boots - not good enough. You need water PROOF boots for the days involving waterfall or a rainy forecast. I brought some of those air activated hand warmers and ended up buying more. I bought a six pack of beer when I got off the airplane at the Duty Free to keep in my room. I was always so exhausted at the end of the day I didn't have much energy to go out. I'll def come back to Iceland! Next time the northern area so I can go whale watching and hopefully see the Aurora this time. I didn't mind traveling solo at all, so if you're on the fence just do it! You just need to be where your itinerary says to be at the right day and time and it's easy peasy. Great experience! Dress warmly!
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Great six day trip with many great adventures. All our guides were exceptionally personable with a great deal of knowledge of Iceland. All of our comfort level accommodations were very good. Each individual tour was high quality however the Northern Lights tour was a bit disappointing as the weather was poor and we still went out for three hours with no sign of the Northern Lights. The 2 day Ice Cave tour was exceptionally good and our guide, Orri, was outstanding. The Ice caves was a highlight of this trip. The bonus of the secret lagoon added to the Golden Circle should be a part of this tour not an extra. It was great and almost better than the Blue Lagoon. I would recommend this tour to anyone that enjoys the outdoors and adventure.
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All tour guides & hotels were great. Every day was a new breath taking experience (prepare for long days, bring water/snacks). Definitely bring waterproof coat/shoes. Two complaints: the itinerary is very lengthy, 30+ pages. Northern lights tours—day one we spent 5hrs looking and found nothing, ruined the experience.
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Great experience and tours. Despite winter weather and some cancellations it was great and all the tour guides made every effort to make our stay the best! Hotels were perfect locations. Can’t wait to go back!!
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The trip was amazing! All the tour guides were really nice and the tour guides helped us still see everything even when the weather wasn't that great. The tours were organized well and Guide to Iceland replied quickly to any concerns I may have had.
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The 6 day trip was amazing... hit all the highlights and left us with many wonderful memories!! Natan J. was very helpful during the booking process and was able to assist when we misunderstood one aspect of the itinerary. Tour Guides were friendly and informative. Storm Hotel staff was very attentive and helpful in booking additional excursions. Overall, a very pleasant travel experience from start to finish!
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All guides were great, in particular Ævor from Your Day Tour and Thor from Nice Travels. Weather was cloudy and windy. Restaurants recommended were good in value and service! Highly recommended,
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The tour was great - all of the logistics were simple and laid out in plain language (no guessing or insecurity about where we're supposed to be and when), the sites and experiences were unparalleled, and I can't recommend it enough!
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The tour was absolutely amazing! I was busy at work and Guide to Iceland sorted everything out for me. Itenary can also be customized to meet my best need. I’d love to make a special thanks to our amazing guide Friojón who has made the trip far more interesting and wonderful!
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