Explore the beautiful Icelandic winter in this 6-day tour package. This itinerary covers the most sought after sites in Iceland and spices up your trip with an unparallelled Icelandic winter wonder: the stunning blue ice cave in Vatnajökull National Park.
Highlights include the relaxing Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, the famous Golden Circle, as well as the crown jewel of Icelandic nature: Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.
In addition, you will visit an ice cave, formed by glacier meltwater which freezes in the winter. Each cave is unique, and there is no way to predict where or when one may form. You only have one chance to see it before it melts with the spring sunshine and is gone forever!
A complimentary Northern Lights tour is included on your arrival evening, by bus or by boat - your choice! Entrance to the Blue Lagoon is also part of the package. Best of all, there are a variety of exciting extra activities you can add to each day while booking.
As you tour the Golden Circle, for example, you can try snorkelling in the Silfra fissure while at Þingvellir, diving deep into the mysterious blue waters. If you prefer high-speed fun, go snowmobiling on top of Langjökull, the second largest ice cap in Iceland, with plenty of clean, white powder for whizzing across the endless white and admiring the views of the surrounding countryside.
If you love animals, go horseback riding and get to know the charming Icelandic horse. You'll ride along trails carefully cut through the countryside to allow for the most beautiful views of mountains, snowy plains, and rock formations.
All 5 days of accommodation are included in this package, and you'll have many opportunities to hunt the Northern Lights during your stay.
Snap up this chance to visit Iceland's most beautiful winter spots and the rare ice cave! Check booking availability now, by choosing a date.
The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa and is the single most popular attraction in Iceland.
The water is rich in silica and sulphur that helps make your skin shine like a baby. The Blue Lagoon also operates a Research and Development facility that helps find cures for skin ailments using the mineral-rich water.
The temperature in the bathing and swimming area is very comfortable, and averages 37–39 °C (98–102 °F). There´s a restaurant there and it´s a truly romantic and beautiful place one should not miss while in Iceland.
The Golden Circle is a 300 km route to the 3 most popular natural attractions in Iceland. The Golden Circle consists of Geysir, Gullfoss and Thingvellir.
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Geysir is a geyser that gives its name to hot springs all over the world. But although Geysir itself is not active anymore the area features spectacular hot springs such as the powerful Strokkur (spouting a vast amount of water every 10 minutes, regularly about 15-20 meters into the air), Smidur and Litli-Strokkur.
The 'Golden Waterfall', is the second part of the Golden Circle, and one of the most beautiful and powerful waterfalls in Iceland, plummeting 32 meters into the river gorge of the popular rafting river Hvita. It is Iocated about 10 km from Geysir.
The largest attraction of the Golden Circle is Thingvellir National Park. The Icelandic parliament was founded there in 930 and remained until the year 1798.
Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most important places to visit in Iceland, not just for its historical and cultural values, but for also its magnificent landscape.
Thingvellir is surrounded by a beautiful mountain and volcano range and is the site of a rift valley, where the tectonic plates meet, marking the crest of the Mid-Atlantic ridge.
Of particular note at Thingvellir are the magnificent Almannagja gorge, and the beautiful lake Thingvallavatn, the largest lake in Iceland. The popular Gjabakkahellir lava cave is also in the area.
The fissure Silfra is located by Thingvallavatn, Iceland's largest lake, and is famous for its clear waters and popular for diving and snorkeling, as you can literally swim between continents.
Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland and the northernmost capital of a sovereign state in the world.
Despite a small population (120.000 and more than 200.000 in the Greater Reykjavik area), it is a vibrant city that draws an ever increasing number of visitors. It is the financial, cultural and governmental centre of Iceland. It also has a reputation of being one of the cleanest and safest cities in the world.
The city of Reykjavik is located in southwest Iceland by the creek of the same name. Throughout the ages, the landscape has been shaped by glaciers, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions and the area is geothermal. Much of the current city area area was subglacial during the Ice Age, with the glacier reaching as far as the Álftanes peninsula, while other areas lay under the sea. After the end of the ice age the land rose as the glaciers drifted away, and it began to take on its present form.
The coastline of Reykjavik is set with peninsulas, coves, straights and islands, most notably the island of Videy, and seabirds and whales frequent the shores. The mountain ring as seen from the shore is particularly beautiful. Mount Esja is the highest mountain in the vicinity of Reykjavik and lends its distinct feature to the whole area. This majestic mountain is also highly popular for climbing. Other notable mountains that can be seen from the seaside are Akrafjall and Skardsheidi and on clear days one may even see as far to the legendary Snaefellsjokull glacier, at the end of the Snafellsnes peninsula.
The largest river to run through the city is Ellidaa in Ellidaardalur valley, which is also one of Iceland‘s best rivers for salmon fishing.
There are no trains or trams in Iceland, but most people travel by car. The city also operates a bus system. There are two major harbours in town, the old harbour in the centre and Sundahofn in the east. The domestic Reykjavik Airport is located at Vatnsmyrin, not far from the city centre and close to Oskjuhlid and Perlan. The international Keflavik Airport at Midnesheidi heath then lies around 50 km from the city. Cars, jeeps and bicycles can be readily rented in the city and many organized tours are also being offered.
The local arts scene is strong in Iceland, with both annual events and single ones, many of whom have hit the international stage. For the annual ones please check our articles Best Annual Events in Iceland and the Top Ten Festivals in Iceland. Major events taking place in Reykjavik include the Iceland Airwaves, Gay Pride, RIFF (The Reykjavik International Film Festival), The Reykjavik Literature Festival, Cultural Night, the Reykjavik Arts Festival, Food & Fun, the Reykjavik Fashion Festival and the Sónar music festival.
Among famous people from Reykjavik are artists Bjork Gudmundsdottir, Sigur Ros, writers Halldor Laxness (born in Laugavegur) and Arnaldur Indridason and mayor Jon Gnarr. For more well-known and fairly-well known Icelanders, check our article on the subject.
You might also want to check our article on some of the many things to see and do in Reykjavik, such as visiting the city‘s many museums, exhibitions and galleries, checking out live music, visiting the Harpa music hall or the theatres, visiting the lighthouse at Grotta, the main shopping street of Laugavegur, visiting the old harbour and the flea market, going on a bird- and whale watching tour or visiting Videy island. We also have a top ten list of things to do.
Make sure to visit the public square of Austurvollur, one of the city‘s most popular gathering places, where you‘ll also find the national parliament, Althingi, the state church a statue of independence hero Jon Sigurdson, as well as cafés, bars and restaurants. Austurvollur was central in the 2008 protests, along with Laekjargata, home to the House of Government. You are also not likely to miss the great church of Hallgrimskirkja that towers over the city from the hill of Skolavorduholt, wherefrom you‘ll get a great view of the city.
Try a walk by the city pond, greet the many birds that frequent the area and visit the city hall, stationed by its banks. The Hljomaskalagardur is a beautiful park that lies by the pond, it ideal for a nice walk and sometimes concerts get held there. Further off is the campus of the university of Iceland, the Nordic house and the Vatnsmyri wetland, a particularly pleasant place, but be mindful of not disturbing the wildlife there and keep to the pathways.
For a nice swim on a warm day, we particularly recommend Nautholsvik beach.
Visit the Laugardalur valley, home to one of the city‘s best swimming pools, as well as the Asmundarsafn gallery, a beautiful botanical garden and a domestic zoo. A walk by the Aegissida beach, with it‘s old fishing sheds, in the west part of Reykjavik also holds a particular charm. The aforementioned Elllidaardalur valley is also a popular resort.
Another place that offers one of the city‘s best (and free) views is Perlan, up in Oskjuhlid hill. The hill itself is a popular resort, with over 176.000 trees and great opportunities for walking and cycling.
Travel to Alftanes to see the president‘s house at Bessastadir, which is also a historical site in it‘s own right, having been the educational centre of Iceland for centuries. Nearby is a beautiful lava field, Galgahraun, well worth a visit, though there is currently an environmental struggle going on as to it‘s future state.
The city is furthermore a short drive from many of Iceland‘s major attractions, most famously the Golden Circle and the Blue Lagoon. In close vicinity you‘ll also find the Heidmork preservation area, a favourite pastime resort of the people of Reykjavik, as well as the Blue Mountains, one of Iceland‘s most beloved skiing venues.
Check our Best of Reykjavik guide further for tips on the best cheap things to do in Reykjavik, some of the best restaurants in the city, happy hours, the top ten value places to eat and our two articles on the famous Reykjavik nightlife; Nightlife in Reykjavik and Nightlife and mating.
Finally, we‘d like to stress that these are only some suggestions of the many things you might check out in Reykjavik. Whatever you choose to do, we hope you‘ll be able to make the most of your visit and we wish you a pleasant stay in our capital.
Jokulsarlon is a glacier lagoon in the south of Vatnajokull national park that is easily reached by the Ring Road.
Covered in thick glacial ice until the 1930’s when the glacier started retreating, the lagoon today measures 7 square miles (20 km2). More than 300 feet of ice still breaks away each year, reshaping the lagoon and filling it with icebergs - causing an alarmingly beautiful sight.
The water is freezing cold and contains a mixture of salt and freshwater giving it a blue-green color. There is plenty of fish and birdlife by the lagoon and the vast sand area of Breiðamerkursandur, and hundreds of seals stay there in winter.
The Snaefellsjokull national park has many famous sites, with the magnificent Snaefellsjokull glacier as its crown jewel.
Along with the glacier, attractions include the two basalt cliffs called Londrangar and the many fascinating lava formations at the beautiful Djupalonssandur creek, such as the arch rock Gatklettur. At Djupalonssandur you may also has test your strength on the four stones, Amlodi ('Useless'), Halfdraettingur ('Weakling'), Halfsterkur (Half Strength') and Fullsterkur ('Full Strength'). The Saxholl volcano crater is worth checking out and so are the many fascinating caves, such as 'the singing cave' Songhellir, called so due to its echoes and the Vatnshellir lava tube. We do adwise uttermost caution when entering the caves and to enter them with a seasoned guide. Snaefellsjokull itself features strongly in folklore and was the site for Jules Verne’s A Journey to the Center of the Earth.
Skogafoss is one of the biggest and most beautiful waterfalls of the island with an astounding width of 25 meters and a drop of 60 meters.
This is one of the most popular waterfalls in Iceland for travellers to visit. It is located in South Iceland, not far from Skogar, which itself features a highly interesting regional museum. Due to the amount of spray the waterfall often produces a single or double rainbow on sunny days.
Seljalandsfoss in the river Seljalandsa in South Iceland is one of the most sought waterfalls in the country.
Seljalandsfoss has a narrow cascade but is one of Iceland's highest waterfalls, at 63 meters. The waterfall is highly picturesque and has the rare distinction that one can actually walk behind it.
Geysir is a famous hot spring in Haukadalur valley in South Iceland. Part of the ‘Golden Circle', Geysir gives its name to hot springs all over the world.
Though Geysir itself is hardly active anymore, the area features spectacular hot springs such as the powerful Strokkur, which spouts a vast amount of water every 10 minutes, around 15-20 meters into the air, Smidur and Litli-Strokkur.
North of Geysir are fumaroles, i.e. unlike the hot springs that emit hot water, only steam and gas emanate from these. You may be able to observe bright yellow stains at the fumaroles, this is native sulphur, which crystallizes from the steam. At the southern part of the geothermal area, called Thykkuhverir, you‘ll find various mud pots. Such mud pots are actually fumaroles that boil up through surface water/groundwater and may become steaming fumaroles during dry spells, rather than the usual boiling mud pots.
About 2 km from Geysir is an old preserved natural pool called Kúalaug. One can bathe in it and it has room for 3-5 people at a time, but care should be taken, as the area around the pool is very delicate. The temperature is 39-43°C, depending on how you are positioned in the pool. The water is slightly muddy, as the pool is built on soil, and the bottom is slippery due to algae, so caution is advised.
In Haukadalur there has also been tree planting in recent times and today the forest Haukadalsskógur is one of the largest in South Iceland. Aspen, various types of pine, and other plants have been tried out there and experiments and research continue. We also recommend visiting the tree museum, built in the memory of forester Gunnar Freysteinsson. There are good paths and roads in the forest and the wood is specially designed to accommodate wheelchairs.
Haukadalur has been a church site since ancient time. The current wooden church was last rebuilt in 1938 but the variety and appearance of the church dates back to 1842, making it one of the oldest of its kind in Iceland.
Haukadalur is indeed a historical place. It was settled during the age of settlement and scholar Ari “The Wise“ Thorgilsson grew up there. The first pastoral school in Iceland was also built there.
For accommodation, Hotel Gullfoss is about 7 km from the Geysir area, and closer still is the Hotel Geysir.
Gullfoss (translated to ‘Golden Falls’) is one of Iceland’s most iconic and beloved waterfalls, found on the Hvítá river canyon in south Iceland. The water in Hvítá river travels from the glacier Langjökull, finally cascading 32m down Gullfoss’ two stages in a dramatic display of nature’s raw power.
Because of the waterfall’s two stages, Gullfoss should actually be thought of as two separate waterfalls. The first, shorter stage of the waterfall is 11m, whilst the second stage is 21m. The canyon walls on both sides of the waterfall reach heights of up to 70m, descending into the 2.5km long Gullfossgjúfur canyon (geologists indicate that this canyon was formed by glacial outbursts at the beginning of the last age.)
In the summer, approximately 140 cubic metres of water surges down the waterfall every second, whilst in winter that number drops to around 109 cubic metres. With such energy, visitor’s should not be surprised to find themselves drenched by the waterfall’s mighty spray-off.
In the early days of the last century, Gullfoss was at the centre of much controversy regarding foreign investors and their desire to profit off Iceland’s nature. In the year 1907, an English businessman known only as Howells sought to utilise the waterfall’s energy and harboured ambitions to use its energy to fuel a hydroelectric plant.
At the time, Gullfoss was owned by a farmer named Tómas Tómasson. Tómas declined Howell’s offer to purchase the land, stating famously “I will not sell my friend!” He would, however, go on to lease Howells the land, inadvertently beginning the first chapter of Icelandic environmentalism.
It was Tómas’ daughter, Sigríður Tómasdóttir, who would lead the charge. Having grown up on her father’s sheep farm, she sought to get the lease contract nullified, hurriedly saving her own money to hire a lawyer. The ensuing legal battle was an uphill struggle; the case continued for years, forcing Sigríður to travel many times by foot to Reykjavík if only to keep the trial moving. Circumstances became so difficult that Sigríður threatened to throw herself into the waterfall if any construction began.
Thankfully, in 1929, the waterfall fell back into the hands of the Icelandic people. Today, Sigríður is recognised for her perseverance in protecting Gullfoss and is often hailed as Iceland’s first environmentalist. Her contribution is forever marked in stone; a plaque detailing her plight sits at the top of Gullfoss.
Besides Gullfoss, visitors can enjoy the views from Gullfoss Cafe, a locally run delicatessen that serves a wide variety of refreshments and meals. The menu has options to tantalise everyone’s taste buds; hot soups, sandwiches, salads and cakes. There is also a shop on site where visitors’ can browse and purchase traditional Icelandic souvenirs.
Strokkur (Icelandic for "churn") is one of the most famous hot springs in Iceland and belongs to the famous Golden Circle.
Strokkur is a fountain geyser in the Geysir geothermal area in the southwest part of the country, east of Reykjavik. Strokkur is a powerful hot spring and an impressive sight. It erupts about every 4–8 minutes and spouts water to a height of 15 – 20 m, sometimes up to 40 m.
Snaefellsnes is a large peninsula extending to the west from West Iceland ending with a national park, Snaefellsjokull National Park, where the glacier towers over the scenery, as can sometimes be seen from Reykjavik, lending its beauty to the area.
The peninsula stretches over 100 km to the west as a mountain ridge that includes active volcanoes and is unique in the variety of mountains found.
A few small and beautiful villages are located on the south side and a few fishing villages are on the north side: Rif, Hellissandur, Olafsvik, Grundarfjordur and Stykkisholmur. The last one is highly popular for travelers, featuring a volcano museum and a ferry that takes you across the fascinating Breidafjordur bay to Brjanslaekur on the south border of the Westfjords.
Other museums you might want to check out are the Maritime Museum at Hellissandur, the regional museum Pakkhusid at Olafsvik, and, last but not least, the shark museum at Bjarnarhofn, indeed listed as the nr. 1 Snafellsnes attraction by Lonely Planet Travelers. Also, many of the Icelandic sagas take place at Snaefellsnes.
Snaefellsnes has an abundance of interesting sights. At the national park, you can witness the impressive lava formations of Djupalonssandur creek and test your strength on its four stones, see the two massive lava formations that compries Londrangar, explore the Saxholl volcanic crater and enjoy the echo of 'The Singing Cave', Songhellir. You may also hike on the majestic Snaefellsjokull glacier. The glacier has strong ties with folklore and was the setting for Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth.
Other sights we can recommend at Snaefellsnes recommend include Raudfeldsgja canyon, east of the national park and the rugged and colourful Berserkjahraun lava field, near Bjarnarhofn, on the north side of the peninsula.
Last, but not least, Snaefellsnes is one of the main setting for Laxdaela saga. Chieftain Snorri godi, Gudrun Osvifursdottir, Bolli Thorlakssson all lived there as well as his namesake Bolli Bollason, the first West Norse member of the Varangian guard, an elite unit of the Byzantine army. Iceland's most famous mass murderer, Axlar-Bjorn, also lived at Snaefellsnes.
Skaftafell is a nature preserve in Oraefasveit. It used to be a national park of its own but joined the larger Vatnajokull National Park in 2008.
Skaftafell is notable for its rich flora, growing between sands and glaciers, and overall for its amazing and contrasting scenery. You can take short and easy trails to the waterfalls Svartifoss and Hundafoss, as well as Skaftafell glacier, with the mountain Kristinartindar and Morsardalur valley further off.
Skaftafell is also the perfect base camp for those seeking to climb Iceland’s highest peak, Hvannadalshnukur.
The world-famous Reynisfjara shore, near the village Vik in Myrdalur on Iceland's South Coast, is widely regarded as the most impressive black-sand beach in Iceland.
To reach Reynisfjara you can either drive there yourself. Here you will find the largest and cheapest car rentals in Iceland. Or you can join this summer tour to the South coast, or this winter tour to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.
Reynisfjara is a black pebble beach and features an amazing cliff of regular basalt columns resembling a rocky step pyramid, which is called Hálsanef. Out in the sea are the spectacularly shaped basalt sea stacks Reynisdrangar. The area has a rich birdlife, including puffins, fulmars and guillemots.
The waves at Reynisfjara are especially strong and unpredictable, and fatal accidents have occurred at this beach, so people are advised to take extra care when visiting the area.
According to folklore, two trolls attempted to drag a ship to land but were turned to stone as daylight broke, turning them into the Reynisdrangar stacks, clearly visible from the beach.
Vik in Myrdalur valley is the southernmost village on the Icelandic mainland, located 186 km from the capital Reykjavik.
Vik is important as a service centre for the inhabitants and visitors of the marvellous Reynisfjara beach.
Reynisfjara is widely considered one of the most beautiful beaches on earth (see for example Islands Magazine). This black pebble beach boasts an amazing cliff of regular basalt columns called Gardar, which resembles a rocky step pyramid and out in the sea are the spectaculary shaped basalt sea stacks Reynisdrangar. The area has rich birdlife, including puffins, fulmars and guillemots.
Starting time : Flexible
Airport transfer on arrival/departure
4 nights of accommodation in Reykjavik (different levels available; breakfast included for comfort and quality levels; more detailed info below)
Blue Lagoon standard entrance (upgrades available) and return transfer
Golden Circle sightseeing tour in a minibus (upgrades available with other activities)
South Coast 2-day 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
Good hiking shoes
Good waterproof outer layers
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.
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 Flybus 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.
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.
In the evening, you can choose to hop aboard another Northern Lights tour in hopes of catching a glimpse of this finicky phenomenon. You'll surely go to bed dreaming of the dancing lights!
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.
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.
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!
See our accommodation levels below. Single person bookings will be arranged in a single room, while bookings of 2 or more people will share twin/double room(s) or triple room(s). If you are traveling in a group, but prefer a single room, please make separate bookings. For multi-day guided tours, accommodation cannot be upgraded and the levels below do not apply. We always do our best to accommodate special requests, which may incur additional costs.
Rooms with a private bathroom at three-star hotels such as Fosshótel Barón, or quality guesthouses. Located in the city center or in close vicinity. Breakfast is included.
I used this service to book all the tours and hotels for a solo trip in March. It went extremely well. I got lucky with the weather and was able to see everything I wanted, including the Northern Lights! All of the tours were very professional and organized. My hotels were wonderful. Overall, great service. My only tip would be for you to be proactive and ask questions if there's anything that is unclear. I found all tour and hotel staff to be extremely helpful. Also, you can expect to spend a LOT of time on buses in transit, so keep that in mind.
Just got backed k from Iceland three days ago. It was a wonderful trip that Guide to Iceland well arranged for us. We saw the northern light on the first day! The Diamond beach and Ice Cave are amazing!! All the guides are patient and experienced! I will recommend it to my friends!
We had a great trip overall and are looking forward to going back soon. The tour was well organized and went very smoothly. We enjoyed all aspects except for the optional day tour of Snaefellsnes, which we felt was not as well organized as the rest of the trip. The guide was mediocre at best and we ended up not stopping at Vatnshelir, a lava cave, which was highlighted in the description of the tour. Nevertheless, we had a great time and got two opportunities to see the Northern Lights, which was one of our key goals. Other notable aspects of the trip included visits to an ice cave, snowmobiling on a glacier and a visit to the Blue Lagoon prior to our departure. It was a memorable trip and I would enthusiastically recommend Guide to Iceland for first time visitors.
Just got back from our visit to Iceland last week. We had an absolutely AMAZING time! We booked everything with Guide to Iceland and had no issues at all. We were able to see the Northern Lights not once, but twice! I know that's not in anyone's control and we were very lucky, but all of the tours booked by Guide to Iceland were great! It may be a little more expensive than touring on your own but it's completely worth it! Highly recommend this company for anyone traveling to Iceland!
it is really a fantastic trip for us！we are very enjoy it！we saw the northern lights and we went to ice cave and glacier lagoon and bought some nice souvenirs！I ald recommend few of my friends who would like coming iceland soon about our guide to iceland's！it was really save time and money！some more we got professional tour guides ，comfortable vain and we can make a new friend！most important is the perfect travel plan！well done
Overall it was an amazing tour! It was our second time in Iceland (this time during winter time) and enjoyed it very much. The trips were well organized, guides and drivers were great. We highly recommend the ice caves tour - was a once in a lifetime experience. We were able to see only low activity of Northern Lights because of weather conditions but we still enjoyed the trip. There was one incident that prevented me from giving this a 5 star review: On our last day, we were supposed to go to Tour to Snaefellsnes National Park, operated by Reykjavik Excursions, picked up from our hotel. We were ready at the reception on time and waited. As accustomed by other day trips we've gone to in the past few days (ice cave, golden circle), we expected to be called for (especially that it was freezing outside). Any way, after a while we called Reykjavik Excursions, who said we had missed the trip and there was nothing we can do about it. We had also called Guide to Iceland, who also said there was nothing we can do. It doesn't say anywhere in the itinerary or the vouchers we are required to wait outside for the driver (which is unreasonable in this weather), and honestly, that's the basic thing I would expect from the driver - to look for everyone who already paid for this trip. We applied for a refund for this particular trip from Guide to Iceland but they still refuse to do so, which left us with a bit of a bad taste from this trip.
Overall the experience was amazing! Through this trip we were able to discover the wonders of Iceland which without we could have done by ourselves. The individual tours were well planned and on time. The second day of our six days package was great and our tour guide Lucia was super helpful, kind and well mannered. The driver (which we don't remember the name) was very qualified and always on time (they were both from Nicetravel). The third and fourth day to the south coast were incredible especially the ice cave and diamon beach. A shoutout to Gardar (sorry for misspelling) which gave us the highlight of the trip in his modified jeep! The last day we had the nicest guide from Sterna travel which was extremely knowledgable, entertaining and made the Aurora hunting exeperience one of a kind. Amazing hotels and great breakfast!
What an amazing experience and country. This trip allowed us to explore a decent proportion of Iceland in the time we had and it was totally worth it. The country itself is breath taking, and mesmerising from the black sand beaches, to the glaciers and volcanos. We had the pleasure of going snowmobiling and climbing up a glacier and into an ice cave - both of which we loved, and will cherish these memories forever. Unfortunately, due to weather we never got the chance to see The Northern Lights although the guides were friendly and fantastic (and hey we got hot chocolate!) Iceland you will hold a special place in my heart and I hope to be back one day. Thanks to all at Guide to Iceland.
We are deeply touched by our warm-hearted guides from Nice Travel and Local Tour Iceland. The weather was tough but the experience was super cool with our experienced and considerate guides. Highly recommended.
Every single destination that we visited in Iceland was spectacular and beautiful beyond words. Everyday was extremely fulfilling with very experienced guides who showered us with lots of concern, as well as being so welcoming that we felt homed in Iceland. While it was regrettable that a trip to the Ice Cave and Glacial Lagoon was cancelled due to an unpredicted change in weather, I would say that it was an amazing experience overall. I would definitely recommend a trip to Iceland as the Icelandic people are so warm and lovely, and they are surely the reason why I would visit Iceland again
Amazing discovery of this amazing Iceland! We loved each and every days of the Six Days Tour, especially the Black Coast, the Ice Cave and the Glacial Lagoon. In addition, the vehicles were new and clean, the drivers and guides experienced and warm. Applause to all of you! Thanks !
We loved every one of our tours on our six-day trip to Iceland. The vehicles were new and clean, the drivers, experienced and safe. Guides gave fascinating details about the surrounds and were very warm and helpful. The accommodations and complimentary meals were very good. I would recommend Guide to Iceland for your trip to Iceland. What a beautiful country. What amazing people! A Happy Vacationer!
Guide to Iceland help me to arrange the tour. Planning is good but 6 days with 5 different tour companies and the quality of these company are not uniform. Due to the bad weather, Northern Lights tour have been canceled, however agent feedback this tour package was complementary, it was just added to my package as a bonus so unfortunately they can't refund for the tour. Maybe I'm not lucky, during my visit everyday is a rainy day , I am a bit disappointed and tried to enjoy the trip but I'm not. Accomadation: 1)The Hótel Holt - Pro: Nice hotel, good location and quiet, Con: breakfast repeat daily and lack of choice 2)Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina - Pro: Nice hotel, good location and good breakfast. 3)Hotel Höfn - Pro: good breakfast, Con: the room heater is not function, the basin is clogged and bathroom with mold, not clean. Tour company: 1) Reykjavik Excursions - Good. Guide to iceland only provide voucher to me however they did not informed me that all the ticket need to print out. I was so embarrassing all the passenger are waiting for me to rush to the counter for printed ticket. 2) Trips Iceland - Okay. Very talkative Mr. Fannel,he just seat inside the van and drop us in each place. I think he is a driver not a tourist guide. He non stop provided extra stories that not related to the tour, some people may not enjoy it. In the beginning of tour, he pick up the wrong passenger. The tour is rush, I do not have enough time to enjoy each place. Bonus is bring us to extra secret place. 3) Sterna Travel - No ideal because Northern light tour is canceled. 4) Aurora Hunters - Disappointed. Driver Mr.Thron is humour and Guide Ms.Lydia will guide and walk with us. I'm not sure whether I did not see svartifoss or our trip skip this place. Glacier driver bring us to glacier tour, as I did not visit any cave in blue color, I'm not sure whether I did not see the Blue ice cave or our trip skip this place. Bonus is bring us to extra place. 5)Nicetravel- Okay. Mr.Johannes,he just seat inside the van and drop us in each place. I think he is a driver not a tourist guide. The van air condition not good and all window is foggy, all passenger cannot enjoy the outside scenery.