9 Day Northern Lights Winter Tour of the Total Iceland Experience with Ice Caving & the Blue Lagoon

Rays of the winter sun penetrate the beautiful world of one of Vatnajökull's stunning ice caves.
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Tour starts
Keflavík Airport
Starting time
9 days
Ending place
Keflavík Airport (KEF), 235 KEFLAVÍKURFLUGVÖLLUR, Reykjanesbær,
Sept. - Mar.
Minimum age
8 years old


Reserve this 9-day tour package to experience all the best attractions Iceland has to offer in winter. In addition to visiting the most exciting and popular attractions, such as the Blue Lagoon and the Golden Circle, you'll have a rare opportunity to see a natural gem, an ice cave in the Vatnajokull glacier.

You will also see the famed Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, which has made numerous appearances in Hollywood blockbuster films. Snaefellsnes, the peninsula aptly nicknamed "Iceland in miniature," is another highlight of this package.

You will also have a free day to explore the capital, Reykjavik, while also having the chance to visit Akureyri, the largest city in Northern Iceland, with an included flight. From there, you'll investigate the cratered landscape of the Lake Myvatn area and the strange, elf-blessed formations of lava rocks.

All your accommodation is included in this travel package. You'll be able to customize your trip with additional activities to suit your interests, whether you want to make your vacation a haven of relaxation or cram every evening with something fun.

On your day in the Golden Circle area, you can go snorkeling in Silfra Fissure while at Thingvellir. If the waters don't interest you, try the glacier and mountains! You can go snowmobiling on top of Langjokull glacier, the second-largest ice cap in Iceland. Zoom across the ice as fast as you can, or take your time and enjoy the view.

If you're feeling tired but not ready to call it a day, let someone else do the walking. Go horseback riding and get to know the sturdy Icelandic horse. These horses are cutest at this time of year in their shaggy winter coats. 

The package is also designed to allow you to hunt for the northern lights throughout your stay, increasing your chances of seeing their fleeting glory.

With this carefully crafted package, you won't have to spend weeks planning the perfect Iceland itinerary. The package offers a great price and ensures you don't miss out on the best attractions Iceland has to offer. 

One major advantage of the package is that you don't have to worry about driving yourself, especially in bad weather or on icy roads. Professional and experienced drivers and guides will accompany you throughout the tour, ensuring your safety and providing valuable information about Iceland. Sit back and relax in a comfortable minibus while enjoying the stunning landscapes.

Upon booking, you will receive a detailed itinerary that guides you through each day of your adventure. The itinerary outlines exciting activities and breathtaking sights, allowing you to make the most of your time in Iceland and create unforgettable memories.

To enhance your experience, a personal travel agent will be available to assist you 24/7. They can help with any questions, provide recommendations, and offer support throughout your trip, ensuring a smooth and stress-free journey.

This thoughtfully crafted package comes highly rated by satisfied customers who appreciate its convenience, value, and exceptional service provided by knowledgeable guides and staff.

For flexibility, the package offers free cancellation and a full refund up to 24 hours before departure, allowing you to adjust your plans as needed.

Don't miss out on this all-encompassing itinerary of Iceland, including a one-of-a-kind ice cave tour! Check availability by choosing a date.

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Airport transfer on arrival/departure
6 nights of accommodation in Reykjavik (Different levels available; breakfast included for Comfort and Quality levels; more detailed information below)
Blue Lagoon comfort entrance (upgrade to premium level available) and return transfer
Golden Circle small group sightseeing tour in a minibus (upgrades available with other activities)
South Coast 2-day small group minibus tour with ice caving
1 night of accommodation in a country hotel in Vatnajokull National Park during the 2-day south coast tour (breakfast included, private bathroom depending on availability)
Snæfellsnes 2 day small group minibus tour (lava caving optional)
1 night of accommodation in a country hotel on Snaefellsnes peninsula during the 2-day Snaefellsnes tour (breakfast included, private bathroom depending on availability)
Northern lights hunting
Small group day tour to Lake Myvatn with return flights between Reykjavik and Akureyri
Detailed Itinerary
Personal travel agent


Horse Riding
Boat Trip
Northern lights hunting
Hot Spring Bathing
Ice Caving

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Upon arrival, the Blue Lagoon Spa is a wonderful place to introduce yourself to the wonders of Iceland's geothermal activity.

Day 1 - Arrival & Welcome to Iceland!

Welcome to Iceland! Your winter adventure begins as soon as you step outside, and the refreshing winter chill envelopes you. Make sure to dress warmly in layers to stay cozy throughout your journey.

You'll be picked up and whisked off toward the capital city. On your way to Iceland's capital city, you could choose to make a stop at the Blue Lagoon. This world-renowned spa is known for its healing waters, vivid azure colors, and luxurious treatments. It is located in the middle of a moss-covered lava field, giving it an otherworldly atmosphere. 

If you add the Blue Lagoon, it will be arranged according to your flights. If there is no time to visit the lagoon today, it can be added to another day. Your travel consultant will be able to arrange this for you. 

There is still plenty to see and do in Reykjavik if you have extra free time.

Upon arrival in Reykjavik, settle into your centrally located accommodation and embrace the enchanting Nordic ambiance that surrounds you. Take the opportunity to explore the vibrant city at your leisure. 

Wander through the charming streets, discover local boutiques, delve into fascinating museums, and savor the eclectic culinary scene. With extra free time, there are ample opportunities to immerse yourself in the captivating allure of Reykjavik.

In the evening, consider joining a complimentary northern lights tour, offering you a chance to witness this celestial phenomenon in all its splendor. You have the option to choose between a boat tour or a bus tour, each providing a unique perspective of the dancing lights. 

Opt for the boat tour from the Old Harbour and witness the northern lights shimmering above the ocean as the wind gently tousles your hair. Alternatively, embark on a bus tour that takes you into the Icelandic countryside, where you can witness the ethereal glow of the northern lights against the backdrop of the unspoiled wilderness.

Whichever option you choose, this captivating experience will surely leave you in awe of nature's grand spectacle.

Conclude the day by spending the night in Reykjavik, resting comfortably, and preparing for the remarkable adventures that lie ahead.

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Day 2
Gullfoss waterfall translates to the Golden Waterfall, perhaps due to its rainbows, perhaps due to the water's yellowish hue, and perhaps due to local folklore.

Day 2 - The Golden Circle

On this day, you'll begin your adventure in Iceland with the most popular locations of all time: the Golden Circle, a well-traveled route that takes you to Thingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area, and Gullfoss waterfall.

If you choose to go horseback riding, then your horseback ride would take place at the start of your day before reaching Thingvellir National Park.

Thingvellir National Park is a rift valley located on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, torn by the incredible pressure and movement of the earth's crust. The continental divide is a deep gorge where you can walk directly between the North American and Eurasian plates as they pull apart ever so slowly, year after year.

The cracking and shifting of the land have created deep fissures, such as Silfra, where divers and snorkellers explore the clear water and underground formations. Silfra sits on the peaceful shore of Thingvallavatn, the largest natural lake in Iceland. You have the option to go snorkeling here yourself if you like, as long as you are comfortable in the water and be able to swim.

The wide-open space here also made it an ideal meeting place for the world's oldest-running parliament, founded in 930 AD. For this reason, the park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In the past, Vikings from every part of the country would gather here to share news and discuss laws.

The second stop on the Golden Circle is another one of geothermal excitement. The entire area is prevalent with the heat and power found deep inside the earth. 

Steam and sulfurous gases emanate from vents and fumaroles. Heated water trickles over the rocks. The very ground is warm beneath your feet.

There are many smaller hot springs and geysers here, but the stars of this show are the Great Geyser, resting now after 10,000 years of activity, and Strokkur, which erupts every few minutes with blasts of that reach a height of 66 feet (20 meters).

The final stop is Gullfoss, called the Golden Waterfall. It is named because of the gorgeous mists churned up by its power, which appear golden in the sunlight. The view is even more spectacular in the winter as the glacial waters burst through snow and ice, relentlessly crashing into the canyon below.

From there, you can also choose to add a snowmobile tour on the nearby Langjokull glacier.

On the way back to the city after a day on the Golden Circle, 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, and this is not a place you want to rush.

You'll return to your accommodation in Reykjavik for the evening.

If you are still dreaming of northern lights, add a bus tour that will deliver you to the most likely viewing spots just outside the city.

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Day 3
The South Coast waterfall Skógafoss is renowned for its scale, power, and closeness to Route 1, which encircles the country.

Day 3 - The South Coast

The South Coast of Iceland is filled with breathtaking wonders, and today begins your two-day trip along it. You will be picked up early at your hotel, so be ready and wear clothing according to the weather.

First, you will see Seljalandsfoss waterfall, a stunning high and narrow waterfall that tumbles from a cliff with a large cave behind it. You can walk behind the waterfall and enjoy the view, but mind your steps, the rocks can be slippery with ice in the winter! 

Next, another stunning waterfall, Skogafoss. This one is even bigger than Seljalandsfoss and is the last in a long row of impressive waterfalls that cascade down from the infamous Eyjafjallajokull volcano that looms over the South Coast.

Eyjafjallajokull is a glacier with a volcano underneath the ice cap. In 2010, European air travel was shut down for several days because of its eruption.

After you've had your waterfall fix, you'll head to Reynisfjara, a gorgeous black sand beach with stunning vistas of rock formations and ocean waves. The rocks at Reynisdrangar, beyond the coast, stand strong against volatile Atlantic Ocean waves. 

This location is stunningly beautiful but also dangerous due to its unpredictable waves. Don't get too caught up in taking pictures, and make sure to stay a good distance away from the surf so you don't get captured by a sneaky wave and brought out to the freezing Atlantic Ocean!

You'll have a lunch break and then continue further east, past a large extension of black sand plains, the results of a single volcanic eruption. This area is home to one of the biggest pseudo-crater collections in the world. You'll see the impressive Vatnajokull glacier right next to these enormous sand plains.

Finally, you'll arrive at the stunning Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. The lagoon is stunning in low light, the floating ice sparkling in shades of gold. When an iceberg has just tumbled into the lagoon, you'll be able to see the gorgeous deep blue color of the ice. 

To finish off the day with even more spectacular sights, you'll go hunting for northern lights in the evening if the sky is clear. 

Your accommodation will be in a cozy country hotel in the South East of Iceland.

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Day 4
From November to March, the ice caves of Vatnajökull are safe enough for visitors to enter and marvel over.

Day 4 - Inside the Blue Ice Cave

Today, you will participate in one of the rarest and most extraordinary experiences in all of Iceland. The cave, rising out of the snowy landscape like an Ice Queen's castle from a fairytale, is yours to explore!

Your adventure begins with an exhilarating ride in a specially modified truck designed to conquer the challenging terrain of Iceland's winter wonderland.

There is a short hike from the parking area to the cave itself, so be prepared to take a morning walk in the brisk air. Wear sturdy hiking boots that come up over the ankle to ensure that melting snow does not find your socks and that the crampons you're provided with fit nicely over the boots.

Each autumn, a team of specialists searches the area around Vatnajokull glacier, the largest glacier in Iceland, hoping to find these natural ice formations large enough to traverse and admire the wonders inside safely.

Throughout the winter, the changing temperatures cause the ice to melt and refreeze, changing the shape of the cave constantly. Each cave is unique, ever-shifting, and beautiful to behold - an entire cave made of pure blue ice.

You'll spend around 45 minutes exploring the ice cave, provided with all necessary equipment and with the support of your knowledgeable guide. You must dress warmly and remember to wear a winter hat that is not too bulky, as it needs to fit under your caving helmet.

After this one-of-a-kind excursion, you'll return to Reykjavik for the evening. On the way, you'll make a second stop to admire Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. Occasionally, seals like to sun themselves on the icebergs, so make sure you look out for them.

On the drive home, keep your eyes on the skies for another chance to spot the northern lights. It is always a lovely surprise when they appear!

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Day 5
The Snæfellsnes Peninsula is also known as Miniature Iceland, so you can expect a wealth of differing sites and landmarks over your two days here.

Day 5 - Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Today, you'll begin your 2-day, in-depth exploration of the Snaefellsnes peninsula, an area of such beauty that it is often called "Iceland in miniature," as many Icelanders believe it has all the features that make Iceland so beautiful.

After being picked up from your accommodation, your first destination is the picturesque beach of Ytri-Tunga, renowned for its thriving seal colony. In the tranquil winter season, the beach exudes a sense of solitude, offering a serene moment to stand upon the rocky shore and gaze out at the vast expanse of the ocean.

Next, venture to Raudafellsgja, a captivating fissure nestled on the eastern side of Mt. Botnsfjall. This natural wonder is fed by a nearby stream, nurturing an array of vibrant plant life. 

During the warmer months, the moss-covered walls of the fissure create a mesmerizing spectacle. In the winter, however, the imposing cliff walls are adorned with glistening ice and snow, adding an ethereal touch to the landscape.

As you continue your journey, you will pass by two historic fishing villages. A one-hour leisurely stroll awaits you at Hellnar, where picturesque cliffs invite exploration and offer awe-inspiring views of the surrounding natural wonders.

Then, you'll go to Snaefellsjokull National Park, where for a small additional fee, you have the option of another experience deep in the caves. This time, a lava cave formed more than 7,000 years ago, Vatnshellir.

You’ll then embrace the wide-open spaces as you visit Djupalonssandur and Dritvik, two beachfront areas that showcase the raw power and beauty of nature. Immerse yourself in the rugged coastal landscapes, feel the gentle caress of the sea breeze, and let the serenity of these untouched settings captivate your senses.

Concluding the day's adventures, embark on a hike to Londrangar, a magnificent black basalt formation towering over 230 feet (70 meters) high. Stand in awe of the dramatic silhouette against the sky and absorb the grandeur of this natural masterpiece.

You'll retire in a cozy country hotel for the night in West Iceland.

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Day 6
The Snæfellsnes Peninsula in winter has dozens of incredible sites; the favourite of many is the mountain Kirkjufell, which sits beside the waterfall Kirkjufellsfoss.

Day 6 - Kirkjufell and lava waterfalls

On your second day in Snaefellsnes, get ready to immerse yourself even further in the fascinating topography of the region.

This day promises ample opportunities for capturing stunning photos of your Icelandic adventure, as you will encounter a multitude of attractions that showcase the area's unique beauty. 

Be in awe of the striking presence of Kirkjufell, a mountain with a distinctive arrowhead shape. Game of Thrones enthusiasts might recognize this iconic landmark, but its allure extends far beyond the realm of fantasy.

Continuing your journey, you will be treated to a remarkable sight at Gerduberg, where an impressive rock wall stands adorned with massive columns. These columns, with their intriguing hexagonal shape, form intricate patterns that exemplify the awe-inspiring artistry of mother nature. Take a moment to appreciate the sheer wonder of these geological formations and contemplate the forces that shaped them.

As you explore the Borgarfjordur area,  you'll see two waterfalls, Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. Barnafoss, meaning "children's waterfall," derives its name from a tragic event in the early 20th century when two children lost their lives in its tumultuous currents. 

Conclude the day's adventures with a visit to Deildartunguhver, Europe's highest-flowing hot spring. Witness the powerful geothermal forces at work and marvel at the immense energy that lies beneath the Earth's surface. 

As you journey back to Reykjavik, take a moment to explore the charming village of Borgarnes, soaking in the local atmosphere before returning to the city.

And if you're still yearning for another opportunity to witness the enchanting dance of the northern lights, consider joining a northern lights tour for a chance to experience this natural spectacle once more. With luck on your side, you may be treated to another mesmerizing display of shimmering colors illuminating the night sky.

Rest well and prepare for more extraordinary experiences as you spend the night in Reykjavik, eagerly anticipating the adventures that await you on the following days of your Icelandic escapade.

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Day 7
Almost exactly halfway between Akureyri and the Mývatn area is the horseshoe-shaped waterfall Goðafoss.

Day 7 - Lake Myvatn in the North

Today, you'll leave the land entirely for a short flight across the country to the town known as the "Capital of the North": Akureyri.

Make your way to Reykjavík Domestic Airport for your morning departure. This tour officially begins in Akureyri, and your tour guide will meet you at the airport there.

Directly heading to the charming Lake Myvatn area, you'll find yourself immersed in a unique landscape adorned with volcanic craters blanketed in pristine snow. The frozen lake, patiently awaiting the arrival of spring, offers a serene and tranquil sight that is sure to captivate your senses.

Continuing your exploration, you'll have the opportunity to witness the Skutustadagigar craters, renowned for their striking formations. These natural wonders, with their punctured surfaces, towering structures, and peculiarly shaped crags of lava rock, have earned the nickname "Dark Cities" due to their uncanny and somewhat eerie appearance. Legends whisper that these mystical formations serve as hiding places for elves and trolls, adding an air of enchantment to the surroundings.

Your journey then takes you to the underground hot spring of Grjotagja, where the steam rising in the crisp air creates an otherworldly ambiance. Marvel at the natural forces that shape the Icelandic landscape as you soak in the mesmerizing sights.

Hverir, a geothermal field, is your next destination.  Despite the harsh winter conditions, this area continues to showcase its resilience, with bubbling hot springs and gaseous fumaroles defiantly defying the cold weather. Witness the juxtaposition of nature's power and delicate beauty as you explore this captivating geothermal wonderland.

Now that you've experienced the temperamental beauty of the earth, you'll enjoy its more soothing qualities with a long soak in the geothermal pool of Myvatn Nature Baths outdoors so that you can enjoy the scenery.

After an evening flight from Akureyri, you will return to Reykjavik, where you will spend the night. 

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Day 8
Reykjavík in winter is a festive wonderland, and almost all its major sites remain open.

Day 8 - Free Day in Reykjavik

Make the most of your free day to explore the vibrant city of Reykjavik and uncover its unique offerings. Wander through the charming streets and discover plenty of small businesses and quirky shops that cater to a variety of interests. 

Indulge in specialty cheese, freshly baked goods, and peruse Icelandic wool crafts, books, and volcanic jewelry, all serving as cherished mementos of your time in Iceland. Keep an eye out for the Little Christmas Shop (Litla Jolabudin) on the main shopping street, a whimsical establishment that celebrates the holiday spirit year-round.

Reykjavik is a culinary haven, ensuring you will never go hungry. Delight in the array of restaurants and cafes that offer delectable seafood dishes, tender lamb specialties, and expertly roasted coffee beans, ensuring a culinary experience that tantalizes your taste buds with the finest flavors.

You can chart your own course, and wander where the city takes you, from Harpa Concert Hall overlooking the Old Harbour, where you can hop on a short whale-watching cruise, to the distinctive spire of Hallgrímskirkja church, where you can ascend the spire and gaze out over the entire city. Pop inside Reykjavík's City Hall to see a large 3D map of Iceland and get tips from the traveler information center about live music in the evening.

You may also want to visit various theatres, art galleries, or museums that showcase Iceland's vibrant art community. Delve into Iceland's artistic heritage, uncover its rich history, and gain a deeper understanding of the captivating culture that shapes the nation.

At night, once again, you may book an extra bus tour to view the northern lights. These ethereal displays can be shy at times, and taking advantage of every opportunity to witness their mesmerizing dance is a worthwhile endeavor. With another night spent in Reykjavik, savor the anticipation of possible encounters with this natural phenomenon.

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Day 9
The Sun Voyager sculpture on the coast of Reykjavík is one of the city's most popular artistic spots.

Day 9 - Farewell to Iceland

On your final day in Iceland, use any extra time you have for one last meal, a cup of coffee, or some final souvenir shopping on the streets of Reykjavík.

For those who have a later flight and choose to visit the Blue Lagoon today, you will finish off your stay unwinding before you head to the airport. This is the perfect place to relax as you bathe in the warm, mineral-rich waters as you look back on the incredible adventure you have just taken in the land of fire and ice.

If your flight is later, there are plenty of things to do in Reykjavik. If you have an early flight back home, we wish you a pleasant journey.

Whatever you choose to do, we hope you will remember Iceland fondly and come back soon.

Until we meet again, safe travels, and may the wonders of Iceland continue to resonate within you!

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What to bring

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 maximize your chances to see them if the weather allows. Please be aware that your itinerary may have to be rearranged to better fit your arrival date and time.

Some optional activities might need a valid driver's license, or you might need to send additional information to your travel planner.

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

It can happen, in the case of extreme weather, that an activity is canceled. If your chosen activity is canceled, 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.

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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.


Private rooms with shared bathroom in guesthouses or hostels such as Capital Inn Guesthouse. Located in the capital region. Breakfast is not included.


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.


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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