Iceland's Top Sites | 4 Day Super Jeep Winter Holiday

Iceland's Top Sites | 4 Day Super Jeep Winter Holiday
Goðafoss waterfall beneath a spectacular winter sunset.
A bubbling geothermal pool breaks up an endless plain of snow at Námaskarð in north Iceland.
Even during winter at Lake Mývatn, you can still see it is a place of unique geology and flora.
There are many massive super jeeps in Iceland, capable of ascending steep, snowy hills and crossing fast, icy rivers.
In the low winter sun, Strokkur the geyser blasts from a geothermal area in South Iceland.
Þingvellir National Park in early winter, still in the colours of autumn.

Join us on this unique super jeep tour across the Icelandic highlights and highlands in winter. This tour should not be missed by those who want to see the untouched, raw, harsh landscapes of this diverse nation.

Conducted in a specially modified super jeep and led by a friendly and knowledgeable guide, you will not only get to explore the great sites of Iceland, but will also be introduced to hidden gems few know about. There is also more planned than just sightseeing; you will also have opportunities for hot spring bathing, and if the conditions allow, northern lights hunting.

On day one, you will see the famous sites of south Iceland, around the Golden Circle; on day two, you will cross the highlands, a stark place few get to see, especially in winter; and on day three, you'll see the Diamond Circle, the greatest route of the north. On your final day, you will have free time in Akureyri before your planned flight back to Reykjavík.

Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Oct. - Apr.
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Activities: Super Jeep, Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting, Hot Spring Bathing
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 8 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Golden Circle, South Iceland, North Iceland, Highlands, Akureyri, Mývatn, Dimmuborgir, Goðafoss, Dettifoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Þingvellir, Hveravellir, Grjótagjá, Kjölur/Kjalvegur, Reykjavík Airport
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 09:00.

Please be at your pickup location in time for your departure. Should your pickup location be at a bus stop and you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.

  • Super Jeep transport)

  • Thermal overalls

  • Sleeping bag (for night 1)

  • Mountain hut accommodation (night 1)

  • Hotel accommodation (nights 2 and 3)

  • Meals (from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 3)

What to bring:
  • Good hiking shoes

  • Warm, waterproof clothes

  • Snacks and refreshments (can be bought en route)

  • Camera

  • Swimsuit and towel

Good to know:

Daily itinerary

Day 1

Þingvellir National Park has a hidden waterfall called Öxaráfoss

This tour begins when you are picked up in Reykjavík in your modified super jeep, a modern vehicle that promises security, comfort, adventure and a personal experience with your guide. You will then set out on Iceland's most beloved route: the Golden Circle.

First up is Þingvellir National Park. This park is in a distinct valley between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, and the tension between them has torn open many fissures. These fissures fill with pristine spring-water and feed into Iceland's largest lake, the adjacent Þingvallavatn. This area also has a fascinating history.

You will then continue to the Geysir Geothermal Area in Haukadalur Valley. This is the site of the erupting hot spring Stokkur, which shoots water up to forty metres high every five to ten minutes. It is also home to many other bubbling pools and steaming vents.

Finally, you'll complete the Golden Circle with a visit to the waterfall Gullfoss. This iconic feature is even more beautiful in winter, when snow and ice surround it, and little bergs are carried in the violent, rushing waters.

With this component of the tour enjoyed, and after lunch, you guide will take you along the Kjölur Highland Road, into the incredible interior of the country. Few get to see this marvellous part of Iceland, and even fewer when it is covered in snow.

Your accommodation tonight is in a remote highland mountain hut in the Hveravellir geothermal area. After a barbecue dinner, you can bathe in the hot springs as you look for the northern lights.

Day 2

In 1000 AD, Iceland converted to Christianity when idols of the Norse Gods were tossed into this snowy waterfall, Goðafoss.

After breakfast, if the weather is clear, you will have a moment to absorb the spectacular views from your mountain hut before hopping back into the super jeep and being whisked further north.

Your first destination is the 'capital of the North', Akureyri. To reach this, you will go over an incredible mountain range with some of the highest peaks in Iceland, Tröllskagi, stopping several times to take in the otherworldly views. 

When you reach Akureyri, you will have lunch and a quick look at the charming town, before heading east. Your destination is Goðafoss, one of Iceland's most spectacular waterfalls, and another place with a wealth of history. Its horse-shoe shape have drawn many comparisons to the appearance of Niagara. 

You will then continue onto the Lake Mývatn area, perhaps the most renowned region of the north. This location is home to stunning stretches of water, fascinating geology, craters, caves and snowscapes. The beauty of this place in winter inspired the makers of Game of Thrones to film scenes north of the Wall here.

You will explore until given a beautiful three-course meal, following which you can either head to bed or seek out the northern lights.

Day 3

Within the Jökulsárgljúfur canyon is Europe's most voluminous waterfall, Dettifoss.

Today, you will continue exploring the sites of north Iceland. This will begin with a journey east, to the most powerful waterfall in Europe, Dettifoss. 

Dettifoss is located in the river Jökulsá á Fjöllum which flows down from the Vatnjökull glacier and through Vatnajökull National Park.. It has an average water flow of 193 m3/s. The enormous power of Dettifoss can be felt if you lay your hand on a rock close to the waterfall; it will vibrate. 

The river slowly digs its way through the waterfall´s edge and each year Dettifoss moves half a meter to the south. The falls are 100 meters wide and drop 45 meters down into the canyon Jökulsárgljúfur.

The Jökulsárgljúfur Canyon is over 24 km long with a width of up to 500m and a depth of up to 100m. It is one of the largest and most impressive of Iceland's many river canyons, with two other very powerful waterfalls nearby.

After taking our time admiring the falls and the canyon you will return to Mývatn for a lunch break at a local restaurant. You will then explore it further, to witness any sites you missed the day before. 

These may include Dimmuborgir, 'the Dark Fortress', a bizarre world of enormous lava formations, associated deeply with Icelandic folklore. They may also include Grjótagjá, a beautiful cave with a steaming hot spring within it. The Skútustaðagígar pseudo craters are also worth a visit, formed by steam explosions as flowing hot lava crossed over a wet surface, such as a swamp, a lake, or ice. 

Finally, you will head to the Námaskarð Pass, a geothermal area amongst the nearby mountains. The air here is thick with the smell of sulphur, the earth is clear of any vegetation, and many colourful hot pools and steam vests hiss and bubble.

After this exciting day, you will head to the M´ývatn Nature Baths, an incredibly popular swimming pool, where you can unwind after your three days packed with adventure. Please note that entry is not included in the price of this tour.

Finally, you will head to dinner and your accommodation in Akureyri.

Day 4

Any multi-day trip into the Icelandic countryside in winter will increase your chances of seeing the aurora borealis.

Today is your final day of this tour, and you will have it free in Akureyri. You can elect to take an activity, explore the city, or to book a flight back to Reykjavík early. Your guides will handle the airport transfer at your chosen time.

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