Beautiful 8-Day Winter Vacation Package to Iceland with Ice Caving

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Description

Summary

Tour starts
Keflavík Airport (KEF), Iceland
Starting time
Flexible
Duration
8 days
Ending place
Keflavík Airport (KEF), Iceland
Languages
English
Difficulty
Easy
Available
Sept. - Mar.
Minimum age
8 years old

Description

Enjoy an exciting Icelandic adventure on this eight-day action-packed winter tour package, visiting some of the most incredible locations in Iceland, including the Golden Circle, Snaefesllsnes Peninsula, South Coast, and North Iceland. Adventurous travelers who want to see the best that Iceland offers during the winter months will love this vacation package.

Planning your own trip to Iceland can be tricky, especially in the winter when you'll need to navigate icy road conditions. Choosing this top-rated package tour means we'll do the hard work for you, planning the perfect route around the best attractions and booking all your hotels and transportation. 

You'll receive a detailed travel itinerary with your booking. You'll travel around Iceland with an expert local guide, who'll tell you about the gorgeous sights you're visiting and keep you safe throughout your trip. 

You also get 24/7 access to a personal travel consultant who can help you with any aspect of your trip. If your plans change, you can cancel your vacation up to 24 hours before your scheduled departure and get a full refund.

This adventure will take you to the most famous attractions around the country. You'll relax in the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa, journey through the wondrous sights of the Golden Circle and the South Coast, and explore a sapphire-blue ice cave under the Vatnajokull glacier. 

Ice caving is an incredible activity that's only available in a handful of places around the world. Iceland's glaciers expand and contract as the ice shifts, melts, and refreezes, creating spectacular ice caves beneath the glacier's surface. An experienced glacier guide will take you into one of these stunning natural structures — a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity you won't want to miss.

You'll spend five nights in Reykjavik, taking day trips from the capital to various regions. You can enjoy plenty of time in the city enjoying the food. You'll also spend one night on the South Coast in a cozy country hotel — you might even be lucky enough to spot the northern lights while you're here.

During your time in Reykjavik, you can also enjoy a complimentary northern lights hunting tour. Head out into the country on a sightseeing bus or take a boat trip from the city's Old Harbor to search for the incredible light display.

Travelers on this package can also enjoy optional extra activities to make their trip even more special. Go snorkeling in the Silfra fissure or enjoy a horseback-riding tour through the Icelandic countryside. You can even fly up to North Iceland to discover the wonders of the Lake Mvyatn geothermal area and Akureyri, Iceland's second city.

Explore the natural beauty of Iceland in winter and create some lifelong memories. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Included

Airport transfer on arrival and departure
Five nights of accommodation in Reykjavik (different levels available, with breakfast included for Comfort and Quality levels — more detailed information below)
One night of accommodation in a country hotel in Vatnajokull National Park (breakfast included, with private bathrooms)
Two-day small-group South Coast minibus tour with ice caving
One night of accommodation in a country hotel in Snaefellsnes (breakfast included, with private bathroom)
Two-day small-group Snaefellsnes Peninsula minibus tour
Small-group Golden Circle sightseeing tour (upgrades available with other activities)
Blue Lagoon Comfort entrance
Northern Lights hunting tour
Detailed travel itinerary
Personal travel agent available 24/7
Taxes

Activities

Snorkelling
Caving
Snowmobile
Horse Riding
Sightseeing
Boat Trip
Northern lights hunting
Hot Spring Bathing
Cultural Activity
Ice Caving

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Steam rises from the azure waters of Iceland's most popular pool and spa, the Blue Lagoon.

Day 1 - Arrival

Welcome to Iceland! It's time to explore the land of fire and ice, rich in volcanic island beauty and ample opportunities for adventure.

On your first day in Iceland, you'll catch your pre-arranged bus airport transfer right from Keflavik airport terminal, through the rugged lava field landscapes, straight to the capital city of Reykjavik.

However, you could stop off at the pristine Blue Lagoon for a relaxing dip if you prefer. You can relax in the azure geothermal waters in a lava field landscape and bathe in the world-renowned mineral-rich healing waters.

A Blue Lagoon Comfort ticket is included in this package tour, but you can upgrade to a Premium ticket if you like. Speak with your travel agent to find the best time to book your entry.

Once you arrive in Reykjavik, you can check into your hotel to freshen up before spending the rest of the day exploring the vibrant, quirky capital. Take this chance to breathe in the atmosphere, try the cuisine, and explore famous landmarks like the Hallgrimskirkja church, the Perlan Museum's observation deck, the Old Harbor, and the bustling Laugavegur shopping street.

Take yourself out for a traditional Icelandic dinner and grab a drink with some locals. 

When night falls, it'll be time to enjoy a complimentary northern lights tour. Choose from a bus tour or boat tour when booking your vacation. Either way, you'll travel out of the city to a beautiful, remote location where you'll have a higher chance of seeing the aurora borealis.

A bus tour gives you a better chance of getting a great photo of the northern lights if they appear. You need to use a long exposure to capture the aurora borealis, and the boat rocking can interfere with this. However, watching the northern lights dancing above Iceland's northern waters is a unique opportunity and a truly fantastic experience.

After a fun first day, you'll spend the night in a comfortable hotel in Reykjavik's city center.

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Day 2
The mighty Gullfoss waterfall, which is one of three sites on the Golden Circle route.

Day 2 - The Golden Circle

Discover the wonders of the Golden Circle sightseeing route on day two of your winter vacation.

The Golden Circle is Iceland's most popular tourist route. It includes three main sights — Thingvellir National Park, the Geysir geothermal area in the Haukadalur Valley, and the mighty Gullfoss waterfall.

You'll start the day with a trip to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After meeting your expert guide for the day and the other travelers on the tour, you'll take a minibus out of Reykjavik toward the park. 

Thingvellir is a spectacular place between two tectonic plates that are pulling apart. You'll get a unique chance to see the earth's crust as you explore.

There's also a beautiful fissure filled with crystal-clear water here (the Silfra fissure), where you can go snorkeling as an optional extra excursion.  Snorkeling participants need to be comfortable in the water and able to swim.

Thingvellir is also the site where the world's first parliament was formed in 930 A.D. — the Althingi is still active today. Your guide will explain the area's history, and you'll have time to soak in the beautiful sights of the waterfalls, lava fields, valleys, and lakes.

From here, your group will continue to the Geysir geothermal area. The Geysir hot spring gave all other geysers its name but is inactive now. 

Luckily, the nearby Strokkur geyser erupts every few minutes. Surrounded by steam vents, bubbling mud pots, and jetting hot springs, you'll have some excellent photo opportunities.

Your final stop on the Golden Circle tour will take you to the thunderous Gullfoss waterfall. The word "Gullfoss" means "Golden Falls," and this is where the Golden Circle gets its name. The waterfall is fed by the glacier meltwater of the Langjokull ice cap along the Hvita River.

The two-tiered waterfall is over 100 feet (about 32 meters) high. The sound of the water cascading down into the valley below is incredibly loud, and the view is extraordinary. 

Other optional tours today include a horseback-riding excursion through the Icelandic countryside and a snowmobiling tour over the Langjokull glacier. 

After a fantastic day, your group will return to Reykjavik, where you can spend the evening exploring the city or relaxing in your downtown accommodation.

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Day 3
The spectacular Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon in South Iceland.

Day 3 - The South Coast

Travel along Iceland's South Coast and discover the waterfalls, glaciers, lava fields, and black-sand beaches this region is known for.

After breakfast in Reykjavik, you'll meet the guide leading you on this two-day South Coast adventure. Your group will travel out of the city and follow the Ring Road along Iceland's southern coast.

The day's first stops are at the Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls. These falls are about the same height — roughly 200 feet (about 60 meters) — but that's where the similarities end. Seljalandsfoss is narrow and gentle, while Skogafoss is broad and thunderously powerful.

You'll now continue along the coast to the famous Reynisfjara black-sand beach. You might recognize it from TV shows and films like Game of Thrones and Star Wars: Rogue One. You can walk along the jet-black sands and admire the Reynisdrangar sea stacks. Legend has it that these stacks are the petrified remains of two trolls caught in the rising sun's light.

Along the beach, you'll also see caverns of basalt rock formations, giving the area a magical yet eerie feel. Be careful not to wander too close to the waters, as sneaker waves can appear from nowhere and be highly dangerous.

Your group will now travel into the Skaftafell Nature Reserve within the Vatnajokull National Park. Skaftafell was formerly a national park in its own right but was absorbed into Vatnajokull in 2008. The area has various hiking paths with stunning views of the Vatnajokull glacier and Iceland's highest peak, the Hvannadalshnukur mountain.

Within the nature reserve sits the final stop of the day, the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. This incredible glacial lake is often considered the best natural attraction in the country. 

Mighty icebergs break off from a glacial tongue and float around the lake's waters. Many also drift onto the nearby Diamond Beach, creating a dramatic contrast between the bright white ice and the jet-black volcanic sands.

If skies are clear and the aurora forecast is promising, you might see the northern lights shining above the lake. It's an unforgettable sight, so keep watch for the magnificent natural display.

Your accommodation tonight is a comfortable country hotel in Southeast Iceland.

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Day 4
The striking blue interior of an ice cave under an Icelandic glacier.

Day 4 - Ice Caving at Vatnajokull

Journey beneath the ice of the Vatnajokull glacier with a once-in-a-lifetime ice-caving tour.

After breakfast at your accommodation, you’ll meet a professional glacier guide at the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon parking lot. From here, you’ll ride a Super Jeep onto the glacier and receive the safety gear you need for your ice cave trip.

Each year, glacier experts scout the ice caps looking for ice caves that are safe to open. The caves change each year as the glacier moves and shifts, meaning each trip to an ice cave is unique. You’ll enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience with your group, enjoying stunning views of the unusual icy structures.

You’ll take a short hike over the glacier before entering the ice cave. Marvel at the sapphire blue and white walls of ice surrounding you and admire the bizarre shapes formed by the glacier’s movement. You’ll have plenty of time in the cave to take photos.

After your incredible ice cave experience, you’ll return to the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon for another glimpse. Seeing the glacial lake in daylight is a totally different experience than seeing it at night, so you’ll be glad for some extra time here. 

If you’re lucky, you could even see some of the seals that make their home in the icy waters.

Your driver will now take your group back along the South Coast to Reykjavik. You’ll enjoy gorgeous views along the way, with glacier-capped mountains to your right and the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean on your left.

As the sun goes down, you might be able to spot the northern lights in the sky before you reach Reykjavik. If they appear, the driver will stop to let you get out and take some photos.

You'll return to your accommodation in central Reykjavik for a relaxing evening in the city center and a good night's sleep.

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Day 5
The Longdrangar sea arch on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

Day 5 - Tour of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Explore the marvels of "Iceland in miniature" with a two-day small-group sightseeing tour of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and West Iceland. Snaefellsnes Peninsula is known for its diverse and condensed natural beauty, featuring glaciers, volcanoes, black sand beaches, and picturesque fishing villages.

Your local guide will collect you from your accommodation and drive you and the rest of the sightseeing group north out of Reykjavik. The day's first stop is the Ytri-Tunga beach. This beach is unusual in Iceland as it has golden sands instead of volcanic black sands — it's also home to a seal colony, so you'll have an excellent opportunity to photograph these animals in their natural habitat.

From here, you'll continue your journey along the peninsula's southern coast, enjoying gorgeous sea views. The group will now stop at two picturesque fishing villages, Arnarstapi and Hellnar. You'll have free time in Hellnar to walk the coastal path and admire the basalt cliffs below. 

The next stop is the Djupalonssandur black-sand beach, an interesting counterpoint to the Ytri-Tunga beach earlier in the day. Visitors must walk through an otherworldly landscape of solidified lava structures to reach this beach. It's a fascinating place with beautiful jet-black pebbles dotted all around.

You'll now enter the Snaefellsjokull National Park, home to the enormous Snaefellsjokull glacier-capped volcano. This volcano was the entrance point to the underworld in Jules Verne's novel Journey to the Center of the Earth. It's a gorgeous place, visible all the way from Reykjavik on a clear day.

After exploring Iceland's third and final national park, you can enjoy a picturesque hike to the Londrangar sea cliffs. You'll now travel back through the peninsula toward your accommodation. Don't forget to watch out for the northern lights along the way — you'll be perfectly placed to spot them if the sky is clear. 

Depending on the level of accommodation you've selected, you'll stay in a guesthouse or a hotel in West Iceland.

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Day 6
The striking, cone-shaped Kirkjufell mountain on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula at sunset.

Day 6 - Snaefellsnes Tour Continues

Discover more of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and the highlights of West Iceland on the second day of your small-group tour.

You'll start the day with a hearty breakfast at your accommodation before continuing your Snaefellsnes tour. Your first stop is the iconic Kirkjufell mountain, which sits just outside the small fishing village of Grundafjordur.

The Kirkjufell mountain is the most photographed mountain in Iceland. "Kirkjufell" translates to "Church mountain," but many people say it resembles a cone. You might recognize it from Game of Thrones, where it was used as a set for the "mountain shaped like an arrowhead."

While you're here, don't miss the short walk to the Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall — this is one of the best places to get a good photo. You'll have the picturesque waterfall before you and the mountain peak in the background.

When your group has finished sightseeing here, you'll travel off the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and into West Iceland, visiting the Borgarfjordur area to see two waterfalls, Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. 

The Hraunfossar waterfall is a series of waterfalls formed by rivulets streaming over a mineral-rich lava field, created by an eruption of one of the volcanos lying under Langjokull glacier. Barnafoss is very different — it's a more powerful waterfall just a short walk upstream from Hraunfossar. You can cross over the falls at various points for some stunning perspectives.

Your last stop of the day will take you to admire the Deildartunguhver hot spring. It's the highest-flow hot spring in Europe and heats many of the homes in West Iceland. It's too hot to swim here, but you can get a great view of the water from the wooden walkways.

You'll also visit two settlements today. Reykholt is a tiny village home that was the home of the great Medieval writer, politician, and chieftain Snorri Sturluson. Borgarnes is an important historical town, home to the Settlement Center, where you can learn more about Iceland's first inhabitants.

After two days exploring West Iceland, you'll return to your hotel in central Reykjavik.

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Day 7
Lake Myvatn in North Iceland.

Day 7 - Free Day in Reykjavik or Trip to Lake Myvatn

Spend your penultimate day in Iceland sightseeing in Reykjavik or participating in an exciting optional excursion.

Since today is the last full day of your trip, you might want to get some final excitement into your adventure. Thrillseekers can enjoy a one-hour ATV tour. You'll take your ATV over the rugged and wild terrains of the surrounding Icelandic countryside, speeding your way through some of the most stunning local landscapes and experiencing a different side of Iceland's fast-moving and exciting culture.

After your experience, you'll be taken straight back to your accommodation in Reykjavik, where you can spend the rest of the day at your own pace exploring the sights and sounds of the city.

Animal lovers might prefer a whale-watching boat trip from the Old Harbor. Iceland's waters are home to several whale species — many of them migrate south in the winter months, but you still have a pretty good chance of spotting some whales with the help of an experienced guide. 

Alternatively, you have plenty of opportunities for sightseeing if you want a full day in the city. Climb the tower of the Hallgrimskirkja church, Iceland's second-tallest building, for panoramic city views and excellent photo opportunities. Visit some of the city's best galleries, such as the National Gallery of Iceland or the Einar Jonsson Museum and Sculpture Garden.

If you want to see even more of Iceland, you can add a return day trip to Lake Myvatn. You'll fly out from Reykjavik's domestic airport and spend the day marveling at the wonders of this North Iceland gem.

A local guide will collect you from Akureyri, the "capital of the North," and take you around the Godafoss waterfall and the geothermal area around Lake Myvatn. You'll see the Namaskard Pass, hot springs, fumaroles, mud pots, and craters. It's a fantastic place to learn more about Iceland's geothermal activity before you return home.

This option includes return flights from Reykjavik to Akureyri — your travel agent will arrange this for you so you can focus on the experiences and attractions.

You'll spend your final night in Reykjavik. Make the most of the city's bustling nightlife, or get an early night before your flight tomorrow.

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Day 8
The Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center, one of the most iconic buildings in Reykjavik.

Day 8 - Farewell to Iceland & Departure

It's time to say goodbye to Iceland.

Depending on your flight's departure time, you can head straight to the airport on your pre-organized shuttle or enjoy some last-minute sightseeing in Reykjavik. 

For those of you who have a later flight and chose to visit the Blue Lagoon today, you'll finish your trip by relaxing and rejuvenating in the mineral-rich waters before heading to the airport. Soaking in the warm, azure waters and reflecting on the adventures you've had in the land of fire and ice is the perfect way to round off your trip.

We hope you've had a fantastic and memorable time in Iceland, and we'd love to welcome you back soon!

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What to bring

Warm, waterproof clothing
Sturdy hiking shoes
Hat, gloves, and scarf
Luggage
Passport
Refillable water bottle
Camera and charger
Swimsuit and towel

Good to know

The northern lights are a natural phenomenon and, therefore, cannot be guaranteed. This itinerary is designed to maximize your chances to see them if the weather allows.

Those who opt to go snorkeling must be comfortable in the water and able to swim, and must present medical documents before snorkeling or diving.

In the event of extreme weather, certain activities may be canceled at short notice. If your chosen activity is canceled, you can contact your personal travel agent to help you with rearranging your activity or booking another. Any potential price difference will be refunded to you.

Icelandic roads and pavements can be slippery in the winter. We recommend bringing shoes with slip-resistant soles or ice-grip shoe covers, which you can purchase in many supermarkets and gas stations around Iceland.

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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.

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