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

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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 unparalleled Icelandic winter wonder: the stunning blue ice cave in Vatnajokull National Park.

Highlights include the relaxing Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, the famous Golden Circle, as well as the crown jewel of Icelandic nature: Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. 

In addition, you will tour a romantic 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 snorkeling 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 availability above by pressing "Choose a date."


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Nov. - Mar.
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Activities: Caving, Hiking, Sightseeing, Boat Trip, Northern lights hunting, Hot Spring Bathing, Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 years old
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, Reykjavík, Jökulsárlón, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Strokkur, Skaftafell, Black Sand Beach - Reynisfjara, Vík i Mýrdal, Thingvellir
Pickup information:
  • Starting time : Flexible
Included:
  • 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
  • All taxes and fees
  • Dinner
  • Lunch

What to bring:
  • Camera
  • Swimsuit
  • Warm clothes
  • Good hiking shoes
  • Good waterproof outer layers

Good to know:

Please be aware that your itinerary may be rearranged to better fit with your arrival date and time.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival and Blue Lagoon




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 Reykjavik.

Your accommodation was chosen for its excellent location and comfort, bringing you to the heart of Reykjavik. You can spend the evening getting to know the city, walking the narrow old-world 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 Harbor by Harpa Concert Hall, and you'll be able to gaze up at the sky, in hopes of seeing those fabulous sparkles of eerie color!

Alternately, you can take a Northern Lights minibus tour to head out into the countryside under cover of darkness and watch for glimmers of color against a backdrop of the Icelandic wilderness.

You'll spend the night in Reykjavik.


Preferred accommodation in Reykjavík

Reykjavík budget

Capital Inn is a 2 star hotel 3 km out of the city centre, with a short walk to Kringlan shopping mall and Nauthólsvík geothermal beach. Private bedrooms with a washbasin but shared bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is not included.

Reykjavík Comfort

The Centerhotel chain has six 3-4 star centrally located hotels in Reykjavík, with a short walk to attractions, cafés, restaurants, museums and the nightlife. All offer private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Reykjavík Quality

Alda Hotel is a 4 star hotel situated on Laugavegur, Reykjavík's main shopping street in the city centre. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free access to a fitness room with a sauna and a hot tub. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 2 - The Golden Circle




Today, you'll visit the popular locations of the Golden Circle: Þingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area, and Gullfoss waterfall.

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 snorkeling and diving.

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, 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 colors!

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. You can feel the thunder in your fingers and toes as you take the walking path over the waterfall and look down into its fathomless depths.

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 snorkeling, 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.


Preferred accommodation in Reykjavík

Reykjavík budget

Capital Inn is a 2 star hotel 3 km out of the city centre, with a short walk to Kringlan shopping mall and Nauthólsvík geothermal beach. Private bedrooms with a washbasin but shared bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is not included.

Reykjavík Comfort

The Centerhotel chain has six 3-4 star centrally located hotels in Reykjavík, with a short walk to attractions, cafés, restaurants, museums and the nightlife. All offer private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Reykjavík Quality

Alda Hotel is a 4 star hotel situated on Laugavegur, Reykjavík's main shopping street in the city centre. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free access to a fitness room with a sauna and a hot tub. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 3 - The South Coast




Today begins a two-day exploration of the lovely yet wild south coast, 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 rumored to hide buried treasure in its misty pool.

Then, 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.

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, 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 color 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 cozy country hotel either near Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon or Skaftafell Nature Reserve. Both areas are spectacular locations to hunt for the Northern Lights.


Day 4 - Deep Inside the Ice Cave




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.


Preferred accommodation in Reykjavík

Reykjavík budget

Capital Inn is a 2 star hotel 3 km out of the city centre, with a short walk to Kringlan shopping mall and Nauthólsvík geothermal beach. Private bedrooms with a washbasin but shared bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is not included.

Reykjavík Comfort

The Centerhotel chain has six 3-4 star centrally located hotels in Reykjavík, with a short walk to attractions, cafés, restaurants, museums and the nightlife. All offer private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Reykjavík Quality

Alda Hotel is a 4 star hotel situated on Laugavegur, Reykjavík's main shopping street in the city centre. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free access to a fitness room with a sauna and a hot tub. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 5 - Your Choice: Reykjavik vs Snaefellsnes Peninsula




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 harbor 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 jewelry and more.

Down by the Old Harbor, you can stop for lunch in one of the many restaurants and then take a whale watching tour around the harbor 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 center of the Earth in Jules Verne's famous novel Journey to the Center 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 centers 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.


Preferred accommodation in Reykjavík

Reykjavík budget

Capital Inn is a 2 star hotel 3 km out of the city centre, with a short walk to Kringlan shopping mall and Nauthólsvík geothermal beach. Private bedrooms with a washbasin but shared bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is not included.

Reykjavík Comfort

The Centerhotel chain has six 3-4 star centrally located hotels in Reykjavík, with a short walk to attractions, cafés, restaurants, museums and the nightlife. All offer private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Reykjavík Quality

Alda Hotel is a 4 star hotel situated on Laugavegur, Reykjavík's main shopping street in the city centre. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free access to a fitness room with a sauna and a hot tub. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 6 - Farewell to Iceland




On your final day in Iceland, take the convenient airport shuttle from your hotel to Keflavik 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 Hallgrimskirkja church, known for its architecture inspired by the basalt cliffs of Iceland and the statue of famous explorer Leifur Eriksson 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. 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.

Comfort

Rooms with a private bathroom at three star hotels such as CenterHotel Skjaldbreið, 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 centre with a private bathroom at the absolute best locations downtown or seaside locations such as Fosshótel Reykjavík. Breakfast is included.

Luxury

If you prefer to travel in high style and stay at high end luxury accommodation, please contact us after booking, and we will offer a customized upgrade. Please note that special requests will incur additional cost.


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Reviews

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!

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