8 Day Winter Wonderland | National Parks & Ice Cave

8 Day Winter Wonderland | National Parks & Ice Cave
Purple and green auroras join a canopy of stars to make the winter, night skies of Iceland beautiful beyond belief.
The entrance of an ice cave in Vatnajökull leads into a tunnel full of winter wonder.
The Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon is located in Vatnajökull National Park, and is one of the most spectacular places to admire the aurora borealis from.
Trickling through lava covered in frosted vegetation are the many rivulets of Hraunfossar waterfall in west Iceland.
The geyser Geysir is largely inactive, and has been for decades, but Strokkur, which is adjacent, erupts multiple times an hour, to heights of forty metres.
Svínafellsjökull is an outlet glacier of Vatnajökull Glacier that stretches into Skaftafell, a Nature Reserve so stunning that it was once a National Park in its own right (before being absorbed into another).
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Take home unforgettable precious memories from a complete tour of Iceland, from North to South, East to West, in just eight action-packed days. This tour is for anyone who would like to see all Iceland has to offer, from the most famous spots to the lesser-known gems.

This is the perfect tour for those who want to relax, not worry about the road, and take in all the beauty of a new country around them. 

Customise the tour to your desires as you book, to create the perfect holiday for you. You can add various activities, such as horseback riding, snorkelling, and whale watching. See the daily itinerary below for details.

On Day 7, you have a choice to stay in Reykjavík and relax or to jet across the country to Akureyri, the "Capital of the North," for a tour of Lake Mývatn. This tour begins with a stop at the famous Blue Lagoon, and continues through highlights like the Golden Circle, the south coast, Vatnajökull National Park, and Snæfellsnes peninsula. You'll also have many opportunities to hunt the Northern Lights each evening.

You'll spend Day 4 ice caving, a rare treat for visitors to Iceland, only available in the deep winter. These ice caves are carefully searched out each fall by qualified glacier guides, experts who know when the ice is safe and ready to display its dazzling beauty. Each spring, they melt and disappear forever, so you must see them during this limited time. 

Delve into the magic of Iceland in winter, to Reykjavík and beyond! Check booking availability now, by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Nov. - Mar.
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Activities: Snorkelling, Caving, Snowmobile, Horse Riding, Sightseeing, Boat Trip, Northern lights hunting, Hot Spring Bathing, Cultural Activity, Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, Reykjavík, Jökulsárlón, Mývatn, Dimmuborgir, Snæfellsjökull, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Eyjafjallajökull, Þingvellir, Hraunfossar, Deildartunguhver, Strokkur, Snæfellsnes, Reykjanes, Sólheimajökull, Mýrdalsjökull, Skaftafell, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Stykkishólmur, Hellnar, Borgarnes, Barnafoss, Gerðuberg, Arnarstapi, Vík í Mýrdal, Keflavik International Airport, Kirkjufell, Haukadalur, Grundarfjörður, Námaskarð, South Coast, Diamond Beach
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : Flexible.

Included:
  • Airport transfer on arrival/departure

  • 5 nights of accommodation in Reykjavík (Different levels available; breakfast included for Comfort and Quality levels; more detailed information below)

  • 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 Vatnajökull National Park during the 2-day south coast tour (breakfast included, private bathroom depending on availability)

  • Snæfellsnes 2 day small group minibus tour

  • 1 night of accommodation in a country hotel on Snæfellsnes peninsula during the 2-day Snæfellsnes tour (breakfast included, private bathroom depending on availability)

  • Blue Lagoon comfort entrance (upgrade to premium level available) and return transfer

  • 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

  • Entrance fee to the Vatnshellir lava cave

  • 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.

If you book the extra activities alongside this tour, you will get them at a lower price.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival


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


Welcome to Iceland! On your first day on the island, you'll take the pre-arranged bus airport transfer and be driven through the lava fields and sandy geothermal plains on your way to Reykjavík, the capital city.

Once you have stowed your luggage and freshened up at your hotel in the city centre, you'll be able to spend the rest of the evening enjoying the city. If you like, you can hop on a Northern Lights tour on your arrival night. A visit to the Blue Lagoon can also be arranged on your first day if you arrive early.

There is a special Aurora forecast every night during the viewing season, so your guide will search out the most likely places to see these magnificent glowing lights in the sky.

If you would like to take advantage of this complimentary Northern Lights tour, you may choose what kind of Northern Lights experience you prefer: By boat or by bus.

Go for the boat tour in the Old Harbour, to see the dancing lights over the ocean while the wind plays with your hair, or choose a bus tour to head out into the countryside under cover of darkness and watch for glimmers of colour against a backdrop of the Icelandic wilderness.

Spend the night in Reykjavik.


Day 2 - The Golden Circle


The valley that Gullfoss falls into becomes snow-coated as winter takes hold of south Iceland.


On your second day of vacation, you'll visit the Golden Circle, three locations that together form the most popular tourist route in Iceland: Þingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area, and Gullfoss waterfall.

You can choose to go on an optional horseback riding tour in the morning, before heading to Þingvellir National Park. You'll visit one of the largest horse farms in the Reykjavik area and make friends with the shaggy Icelandic horse, a breed known for its sturdiness in the winter and its smooth gait. You'll appreciate both qualities as you ride the trails, admiring views of mountains, volcanoes, and snowy plains.

Þingvellir National Park is a wonderland of natural beauty and historical significance. It is also a designated UNESCO World Heritage Site in honour of the world's first parliament, founded there in the 10th century. Remnants of Viking booths and assembly structures can still be seen on the grounds here.

In addition, you'll find Þingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in Iceland, with Silfra fissure on its shores. Silfra is a deep crevasse filled with sparkling water from an underground river, and a popular diving and snorkelling site. If you like, then you can book a snorkelling tour here and explore the crystal clear waters.

You can also stroll the divide between the two tectonic plates, the North American and Eurasian plates. The forces of the earth have created great cracks here, visible in the steam vents, rivers, and waterfalls which have been carved into the land.

The theme continues at Geysir geothermal area. Here, the pressure of the earth shifting throughout the ages has burst forth in features like the famous geysers, steam vents, fumaroles and mud holes, all fizzing with energy.

The Great Geysir, for which the place is named, has almost gone silent after 10,000 years of activity, but Strokkur is a large geyser which erupts every few minutes, spewing hot water as high as 40 m (131 ft).

Gullfoss waterfall is the final scheduled stop of the day, a beautiful waterfall fed with the power of glacial meltwater. You can get as close to the waterfall as you would like, admiring it from afar or taking the walking path along the falls to feel the spray on your face as the water forces through the winter freeze, past blocks of ice and piles of snow.

If you're looking for some thrill, then give snowmobiling a try! Zoom across the ice cap of Langjökull glacier, snowball fight with your fellow travellers and admire the views of Iceland, dressed in her winter finery.

However, if you'd rather relax, on the way back to the city, you can 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.

Again, if you are still longing to see the Northern Lights, you can add another tour in the evening. You'll go beyond the city limits, away from the lights and noise of civilisation, to search for these wonders of light.

You'll return to your accommodation in Reykjavik for the evening. Get plenty of rest, for tomorrow is filled with non-stop action!


Day 3 - The South Coast


The midnight sun provides endless opportunities to explore the many wonders to be found at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, a destination in the south-east of Iceland.


The south coast of Iceland is the most popular location for sightseeing because it contains so many beautiful features. Today, you'll begin a 2-day exploration of its marvels down south.

Departing from Reykjavik, you'll make your way along the coast, past the lava fields and black cliffs that provide the austere backdrop of Iceland in the winter months. Farmland abounds here, though most of the sheep and horses may be inside for the season.

You'll visit two spectacular waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. Seljalandsfoss is best known for the walking path which extends behind the falls, allowing you to look out at the hills beyond from behind a veil of softly flowing water and trailing icicles. Just be careful when walking the path; in winter, it can become quite icy.

The second waterfall, Skógafoss is equally beautiful and is supposedly the location of buried treasure (according to local legend)!

Reynisfjara black sand beach is next. The ocean waves hammer the black sand beach just as viciously in winter as they do in summer, and should be respected as such. We encourage all guests to be cautious and keep a 20-30 metre distance from the dangerous waves. Black basalt cliffs rise high over the sand and imposing black columns loom over the shore. These are said to be the remains of two trolls who were caught in the light of the rising sun after leaving their cave to investigate a shipwreck.

Beyond the beach, you'll make your way to Skaftafell Nature Reserve, part of Vatnajökull National Park. A beautiful wooded area, rare in Iceland's barren terrain, full of hiking paths which criss-cross the land. Skaftafell is nestled just beside Vatnajökull glacier, giving you a great view of the icy tundra, cracks, crevasses and all. From the trail, you can see Iceland's highest peak, Hvannadalshnúkur.

Finally, you'll stop at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Chunks of ice crack away from the edges of Breiðamerkurjökull glacier high above, floating down to the lagoon and eventually out to sea.

The ice is stunning, not only because of its enormous size, but you'll be able to see the pure blue ice from the heart of the glacier, untouched by the UV rays which turn the rest of the ice white. Seals and gulls often play here, as well. Keep your camera ready!

In the evening, if the sky is clear and conditions are right, you might get lucky with the Northern Lights.

You'll spend the night near either Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon or Skaftafell Nature Reserve.


Day 4 - Ice Caving at Vatnajökull


Ice caves, which open under Vatnajökull glacier from November to March under normal conditions, are wonderlands of colour, texture and ice formations.


Today's activity will be one of the rarest and most wondrous in Iceland: a chance to explore a natural ice cave. You'll jump into a modified Super Jeep which is built to handle the icy winter driving, to take you to Vatnajökull glacier.

There is a short hike from the parking area to the cave itself, so be prepared to walk and wear sturdy hiking boots. It's best if they come up over the ankle, to ensure that your feet stay dry during the experience.

Every year, specialists scour the area around the glacier, looking for ice caves which can be safely entered. Some say they listen to the "breathing of the ice," as the melting and freezing of the ice occurs daily, and can change the layout of the cave rapidly.

No two ice caves are the same, and there is no telling where or when one might appear. The same is true for when they melt in the spring. Once a cave is gone, it is gone forever, creating a one-of-a-kind experience for each cave.

The cave walls are formed out of beautiful, crystalline blue ice, decorated with frosts of lace, spiky icicles and ice sculptures formed by the whims of Nature itself. You'll spend around 45 minutes in the ice cave so make sure that you dress warmly! You'll get a helmet, so wear a winter hat that is not too bulky, so that it will fit under the helmet.

After the breathtaking experience of the ice cave, it is time to head back to Reykjavík. On the way, there will be another stop at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon to admire the midday light. You might also see seals playing on the ice in the sunshine.

As always, in the evening you will be on the lookout for Northern Lights, and your guide will make every effort to find them. You’ll return to Reykjavík for the night.


Day 5 - Tour of Snæfellsnes Peninsula


Above the black church of Buðir in west Iceland, the Northern Lights snake across the night sky in winter.


Today, you're off to the western coast, to the beautiful Snæfellsnes peninsula. You'll be picked up at your accommodation and whisked along the coast to Ytri-Tunga, a beach with a well-known seal colony where dozens of seals sun themselves on the rocks.

You'll visit Rauðafellsgjá, which is a big narrow crack reaching deep into the roots of the mountain Botnsfjall.

After that, you'll view the charming homes of two fishing villages, Arnarstapi and Hellnar. At Hellnar, you'll spend an hour or so walking along the picturesque cliffs by the sea.

After taking in the sights of Snæfellsjökull National Park, for a small additional fee you'll have the option of another caving experience, this time with a lava cave called Vatnshellir. You'll be able to go deep into the ground and explore the cave which was created by volcanic eruption 7,000 years ago, walking past lava flakes and rock formations.

Next, you'll get some sun on your face at Djúpalónssandur and Dritvík, two beaches which were once fishing centres in Iceland. You can discover incredible rock formations and the strangely shaped pebbles which cover the beach. Finally, you will hike to Lóndrangar, a pair of black basalt columns which soar to a height of 70 m (230 ft).

You'll stay in another seaside village, Ólafsvik, for the night.


Day 6 - Snæfellsnes Tour Continues


Wrapped in snow and ice, features of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula such as Kirkjufell and Kirkjufellsfoss develop a more dramatic form of beauty.


Today you will further explore the beautiful Snæfellsnes peninsula, starting off with a visit to what is often described as "the most photographed mountain in Iceland", Mt Kirkjufell. Its unique shape and angles, as well as its adjacent waterfall, have inspired many a photographer over the years.

Game of Thrones fans will, of course, recognise this peak as "the mountain shaped like an arrowhead" which features repeatedly in the hit HBO show. Sandor Clegane sees Mt. Kikrjufell in the fire and Bran sees it in his vision of the creation of the first white walker.

After that, you'll visit the Borgarfjörður area to see two waterfalls, Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. Hraunfossar is a series of waterfalls formed by rivulets streaming over a lava field, created by an eruption of a volcano lying under the glacier Langjökull.

To end the day, you'll admire Deildartunguhver, the highest-flow hot spring in Europe which heats many of the homes in the West of Iceland.

Then, you'll be driven through the town of Borgarnes on the way back to your hotel in Reykjavík.


Day 7 - Your Choice: Reykjavik vs. Myvatn Day Tour


Part of the Diamond Circle in north Iceland is Námaskarð Pass, where fumaroles steam and hot springs boil.


On this day, you have the option of slowing down and taking it easy in the capital for the day … or exploring the far north!

Option 1 - The Quirky & Stylish Reykjavik

Spend your time sightseeing in Reykjavik. Find your favourite exhibition at a museum such as the National Museum or the Saga Museum, both of which are dedicated to history and culture. If you are thirsty for more, there are many art museums in the city to satisfy your taste.

Sample the wares of the local cafés, coffee shops and restaurants throughout the day. Don't forget to try a traditional Icelandic hot dog, the pylsur. Remember: Ice cream is the perfect treat for an Icelander, no matter what time of the year.

You can add a whale-watching tour on this day, leaving from the Old Harbour. The waters are active with minke whales and porpoises, while birds nest on the cliffs of the small islands in the bay.

Option 2 - The Geothermal Wonder of Lake Mývatn

You'll fly from Reykjavík Domestic Airport to the "northern capital" of Iceland, Akureyri. Once there, you'll witness North Iceland's most stunning sights, such as Lake Mývatn and Goðafoss waterfall, and the Námaskarð geothermal area.

You'll be picked up by your tour guide in Akureyri and taken to the famous Goðafoss waterfall, named after a local legend in which the law-speaker of Iceland threw his carved idols of the Norse gods into the water on his way home from the Þing parliament meeting in 1000 AD. That year, Christianity was lawfully declared as the official religion in Iceland.

Lake Mývatn is next: a winter wonderland of craters and the frosty lake, which in warmer weather is home to thousands of birds. You'll pass through the geothermal area by Námafjall mountain, called Námaskarð.

Vast sandy plains, emptied by the sulphurous energy of the huge geothermal field, dominate the landscape. You'll find the ground beneath your feet pleasantly warm as you wander among the hot springs, fumaroles, and mud pools.

The tour includes 2 flights: one to get you to Akureyri in the morning, and the one which returns you to Reykjavík in the evening. It's all arranged for you, so everything is hassle-free.

Before you go to bed, once more snug in Reykjavík, you can try one final time to catch the Northern Lights in all their glory by booking an additional bus tour.


Day 8 - Farewell to Iceland & Departure


Reykjavík's skyline glows, bringing light to the long, dark nights of Iceland's winter.


On your last day, take one last look at the quirky shops of Iceland, have a bite to eat, pick up last-minute souvenirs and take a few final photos of the landmarks around town.

If you have a later flight, you may want to stop at the Blue Lagoon on the way to the airport if you haven't fit it in your schedule already. It is the perfect way to say goodbye and relax before your flight home.

We hope you've had a wonderful time in Iceland, 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 the booking of this package and receive a full refund, minus the insurance cost of 5,000 ISK per person.
The cancellation must be made within a minimum of 48-hours before the listed starting time. To cancel your booking and claim your refund, simply contact our service desk by writing to info@guidetoiceland.is no later than 48-hours before departure and declare the cancellation.
Please note that this insurance only covers the full cancellation of this entire package. It does not cover cancellations of individual activities and services within the package. The cost of the Cancellation Insurance is neither refundable nor transferable.


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We had an amazing time at Iceland thanks to Guide to Iceland who made our trip easy. The staff at Guide to Iceland are very helpful and quick to respond. The itineraries were well organised and have the flexibility to adjust based on our needs. We enjoyed our Golden Circle Tour and South Coast Tour very much. We did not get to see much during West Coast Tour due to the weather. If I could choose again, I would not choose west coast tour. Our tour guides for both Golden Circle Tour and South Coast Tour were amazing! They were so engaging. We had a great time with them. We had enough time at each site for us to explore and to enjoy. However, we did not enjoy West Coast Tour as much as we did with the other two. Overall, it was still very memorable and highly recommended.
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The eight-day package was a wonderful one! Before the trip, trip planner Anna helped us to arrange the itinerary. She was helpful and willing to adjust the itinerary as per my personal request. A few days before departure, I was informed that the two two-day tours are swapped. But it was fine, and it turned out even better than the old plan. First day, we visited blue lagoon. Guide to Iceland told me the bus time is not flexible. But the bus company staff at airport said we can simply take bus at another time that we wish. Second day, horse riding was wonderful! It was my first time riding horse. The experience was amazing! Coach was nice and it reduced my stress. They provided clothes and helmet etc. In the afternoon it was bus tour to Golden Circle. It was run by Reykjavik Excursion by a big coach with like 60 tourists. It is not desirable. If you book separately by yourself, please don’t ever book tours with big Coach. Book those with a small van with around 15 ppl instead! In that big coach we took the seat at the back (we had no choice since the coach was full). We could hardly hear what the driver said. Yes we called her driver instead of tour guide, because we barely have any communication with the driver, unlike the small scale tours that we joined on the 4 days afterwards. We joined Aurora hunting this night. We could see aurora but it was not as nice as imagined. Weather was super cold and windy. It was not enjoyable. If i could choose again I would rather skip it. 3rd and 4th days: two-day tours to west coast. The tour guide Stephen is French and he is super nice. He non stopped introduce us things about iceland during the transit. And he usually walk together with us when arrived the checkpoints. The little countryside hotel was comfortable. And we managed to see very nice Aurora tonight - just by opening the back door of hotel room and you’ll see! How lucky we were. I totally think the night before (Aurora hunting as mentioned above) was a total waste of time after seeing this tonight! 5th and 6th days: another two-day tour to south coast. Icelandic tour guide Stan is very informative. He was like an encyclopedia of Iceland. Transit from checkpoint to checkpoint was rather long. We successfully visited the blue ice cave. It was incredible. Day7, free time at Reykjavik. We did not book any add-on items on this day. It is just enough. We did not have time to explore Reykjavik on the days before. So one day free time exploring by ourseves was perfect. Day 8, we took early flight leaving Iceland. We think the time for airport transit was a bit too tight. Our flight was 1:45 and pick up was 10:30 something like that. But we need to change bus in the bus terminal. So it took some time. And unfortunately the British Airway check in queue was so long, we could only get on board at the last minute - after they made announcement of our names before closing gate! In short I enjoyed the trip very much. I have no idea whether it is more costly to book this 8-day package than to booking everything by ourselves seperately. But I find it easy and convenient to having GTI to help us arrange everything.
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A truly memorable experience. We booked the winter wonderland tour and really couldn’t have asked for much more. Given that we arrived to emails cancelling plans for the first night and day, we had worried, but the team at Guide to Iceland dealt with it swiftly, reassuringly and professionally, rearranging plans within the hour. Could have been even better if they’d called us, in case we had missed the emails, but no problem really. Highlights of the trip for us were the ice & lava caves, the glacier & ice lagoon, but really it’s hard to find highlights among such a series of amazing experiences. Bad weather meant our Snaefellsness tour was rather limited and we didn’t catch the northern lights, but nothing we can do about that... guess we will have to come back! What we learned was how much your guide can make-or-break the trip, and for our south-coast tour we hit the jackpot with Kristjan from Aurora Hunters. He was full of genuinely interesting information but also is just a really interesting and engaging guy (with some killer Spotify playlists) - even down to recommending his favourite ice cream. Thank you, Kristjan for everything! Also a shout for Halli, our Ice Cave guide - a philosopher, a comedian and (apparently) very nearly Mr Iceland. We were happily impressed with the standard of hotels (Grand Reykjavík, Fosshotel Reykjavík, Hofn Hotel and Langaholt), and are huge fans of Icelandic cuisine. Breakfast at Hofn Hotel and the catch of the day at Langaholt were standouts, the latter rivalling Michelin standards. A very happy tour for us, just enough to feel we did as much as we could in 6 days of touring, just enough so we were not too tired. Thank you, Guide to Iceland!
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I just wanted to take the chance to thank you for the great time spent in Iceland. It is indeed a beautiful country! Special thanks to: Almar (your day tours) for his kindness, good humour and knowlege: Loftur (Aurora hunters) for his insights and helpfulness. Even though the tour started with a delay (not his fault) he compensated for everything with his expertize. He was able to answer all the questions and proved very knowledgeable; Trimm (Aurora hunters/Troll expeditions) for taking good care of us, to pass on his love for Nature and for being an excellent driver (I would dare to drive in such windy conditions!:)). He did it as if it ws a piece of cake; Sandor & Indridi (IG tours) for making us feel warm in such a cold night. It is mostly because of the job of these people we enjoyed ourselves so much. So ...thank you!
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Guide To Iceland很棒,今年11月初去的冰岛,很幸运所有行程都正常进行,行程安排还有前期的签证行程单支持都很处理的很好很迅速,遇到的导游都很棒,冰岛是个值得去的地方,很喜欢,由于是在冰岛电波音乐的期间,所以还去听了几个off site ,总之整个行程都很完美,感谢。
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This was a great trip, Francisco at Guide to Iceland was a great help and answered a whole bunch of random questions from us over the course of planning our trip. All of the tours and accommodations went nice and smoothly. We went with the mid-range hotel options and were placed in the Hotel Klettur in Reykjavik which was an awesome location. It was just a 2 or 3 block walk down to the main shopping/dining street and all of the tour buses picked us up right in front of the hotel (as opposed to meeting at a bus stop like it seemed some of the other hotels had to do). Our kids had really pushed for the high-end hotel option, but I think we picked the right one - we didn't fly to Iceland to have a fancy hotel experience after all. We went on 2 over night trips with Troll Expeditions. The buses were nice, though the "south coast tour" involved a lot more time sitting in the bus than I expected (we were driving through a nasty storm both days) but was worth it. I think the only mistake we made was opting for the northern lights by boat trip. We had figured that a boat would have more freedom to move around and find clear skies, but we basically motored out of the harbor and then made a couple of big circles in the same place for a while, all the time socked in by clouds. I think we'll try a mini-bus northern lights tour on our next visit, other travelers generally gave them more positive reviews.
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We booked the 8 day tour with Guide to Iceland and everything was fantastic. Our tours went as planned although in one of the 2 day tours with Troll Expeditions our itinerary and our guides was totally different (the guides was better, more interesting things to see). Also the hotel we were supposed to stay at on the other 2 day trip didnn´t end up being the one we stayed in. We were supposed to stay in Hofn Hotel and we ended up in Fosshotel Vatnajökull, which was exceptional. We were picked up at the time we were supposed to and we had adequate time at all the stops. The buses were comfortable but be prepared for very long days where you spend most of the morning till sunrise and sunset driving in darkness. I was helped by Mita in my booking and she answered all of my questions related to everything so we were very happy all in all with the service provided by guide to Iceland. Highly recommended
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We had a few ‘hiccups ‘ in this tour .upon arriving , we didn’t know we have to go and look for the Reykjavik excursion bus to blue lagoon. My friend and I thought , like other tour agents in other country , there will be driver looking for us . So we waited at the arrival area and later we sensed that something wasn’t right so we went to the information counter and asked . We just missed the bus by 3 minutes! The next bus will be in 1.5 hours so we serviced to take a cab to blue lagoon which costs usd100 for 20 mins drive ! Our evening programmer hat very same day was northern light hunting . The driver cum guide is a very responsible guide. He makes us we get to see the best . Unfortunately the weather wasn’t too good , it was cold and wet . We still managed to catch some beautiful lights though not very clear . Personally , we think the northern light hunt tour was too long . From 830pm -1am . We were extremely tired and we have a 8am tour the next morning . Given our jet lag (we flew from Kuala Lumpur) , it was really tough for us . Horse racing Fong tour and golden circle were amazing but rush . We were only given less than 30 mins to have our lunch after horse riding , before another driver sent us to join the golden circle tour. Scenery were fantastic though . Our 2 day south coast tour was amazing and the best of all . The driver Julius is such a helpful, friendly and humurous guide and a good driver. He took very good care of 12 of us . The scenery were out of the world ! Glacier walking, glacier lagoon, black sand beach , diamond beach are all our favourite places ! We had such wonderful time . The 2 day snaefellnes tour wasn’t too smooth at the beginning . We were being slotted into a different tour operator last minute . The is quite a delay in the tour due to the engine of the bus . The driver cum guide is a nice man but he didn’t speak loud and clear enough that those of us sitting at the back couldn’t really hear him , despite a few reminders . The guesthouse we stayed (rjukandi guesthouse I think) is cold. I went to tell the reception and she told me the floor heating was on but we can’t feel in . We have to sleep in our jacket. It was snowing heavily that night and we were both freezing . Breakfast was simple , nothing like the other hotels we stayed . On our last day , we were told to be at bus stop by 8am . We were there since 750am and waited and waited . We were so cautious to make sure we won’t miss the bus this time. Many buses from different tour operator came to pick up customers , but we didn’t see any Reykjavik excursion buses that goes to the airport. (2 Reykjavik excursion buses passed by but didn’t stop) we waited till 850 am and start getting panic as our flight is 1130am . So when a same tour operator bus cane (not going to airport) we asked the driver and she said she will send us to the bus terminal . From there we take a bus to the airport and just managed to check in on time !!!!! Our overall experience in Iceland was great. Scenery and people are amazing and we love it . The only downside is the transport arrangement . It was confusing that we are with different tour operator every day and we had to look for our buses every morning . Despite being very careful , we still miss the bus to the airport ! Iceland is truly a must visit country for everyone . We went home with so many unforgettable memories !
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Was a great trip! Very nice to have everything set up for you and not to have many worries about trying to book tours and hotels. Two day tour were especially good! Two day south coast tour with our guide Becky was amazing. She immersed you the culture and knew a lot about Iceland. Over great trip and tours, highly recommend.
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