This 5-day winter package takes you to all the best sights in Iceland. Though you only have 5 days to spend with us, your tour guides will make sure it is brimming with Icelandic culture, history and the unforgettable, snowy landscapes that make Iceland a 'hot' destination in winter.
You'll begin in Reykjavik and journey down the south coast, as far as Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and Vatnajökull National Park in east Iceland. Along the way, you'll see waterfalls, an erupting geyser, glaciers and black sand beaches. You'll also spend an afternoon relaxing at the world-famous Blue Lagoon at the beginning or the end of your tour.
The jewel of the tour is found in Vatnajökull National Park, where you will visit a rare, natural, blue ice cave.
Each winter season, when the weather cools, cave experts take to the hills around the glacier in search of that telltale gleam of ice in the snow. They search the areas where glacial water has flowed over the land, creating walls of ice, curving overhead in shades of deep blue. In the spring, the weather warms and the ice melts, its frozen beauty lost forever, so each ice cave can only be visited for only a few months each year.
Your nights will be filled with hunting for the Northern Lights, travelling into the darkened countryside in search of those stunning, dancing lights in the sky. Full details on activities for each day can be found below.
This trip includes all accommodation with private bathrooms, all transportation, and visits to all these incredible sights with a knowledgeable guide. You only need to show up and get ready to have the time of your life in Iceland.
We highly recommend you reserve this best value package as soon as possible. There is extremely limited availability for the ice caving. Check availability by choosing a date.
The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa and is the single most popular attraction in Iceland.
The water is rich in silica and sulphur that helps make your skin shine like a baby. The Blue Lagoon also operates a Research and Development facility that helps find cures for skin ailments using the mineral-rich water.
The temperature in the bathing and swimming area is very comfortable, and averages 37–39 °C (98–102 °F). There´s a restaurant there and it´s a truly romantic and beautiful place one should not miss while in Iceland.
The Golden Circle is a 300 km route to the 3 most popular natural attractions in Iceland. The Golden Circle consists of Geysir, Gullfoss and Thingvellir.
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Geysir is a geyser that gives its name to hot springs all over the world. But although Geysir itself is not active anymore the area features spectacular hot springs such as the powerful Strokkur (spouting a vast amount of water every 10 minutes, regularly about 15-20 meters into the air), Smidur and Litli-Strokkur.
The 'Golden Waterfall', is the second part of the Golden Circle, and one of the most beautiful and powerful waterfalls in Iceland, plummeting 32 meters into the river gorge of the popular rafting river Hvita. It is Iocated about 10 km from Geysir.
The largest attraction of the Golden Circle is Thingvellir National Park. The Icelandic parliament was founded there in 930 and remained until the year 1798.
Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most important places to visit in Iceland, not just for its historical and cultural values, but for also its magnificent landscape.
Thingvellir is surrounded by a beautiful mountain and volcano range and is the site of a rift valley, where the tectonic plates meet, marking the crest of the Mid-Atlantic ridge.
Of particular note at Thingvellir are the magnificent Almannagja gorge, and the beautiful lake Thingvallavatn, the largest lake in Iceland. The popular Gjabakkahellir lava cave is also in the area.
The fissure Silfra is located by Thingvallavatn, Iceland's largest lake, and is famous for its clear waters and popular for diving and snorkeling, as you can literally swim between continents.
Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland and the northernmost capital of a sovereign state in the world.
Despite a small population (120.000 and more than 200.000 in the Greater Reykjavik area), it is a vibrant city that draws an ever increasing number of visitors. It is the financial, cultural and governmental centre of Iceland. It also has a reputation of being one of the cleanest and safest cities in the world.
The city of Reykjavik is located in southwest Iceland by the creek of the same name. Throughout the ages, the landscape has been shaped by glaciers, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions and the area is geothermal. Much of the current city area area was subglacial during the Ice Age, with the glacier reaching as far as the Álftanes peninsula, while other areas lay under the sea. After the end of the ice age the land rose as the glaciers drifted away, and it began to take on its present form.
The coastline of Reykjavik is set with peninsulas, coves, straights and islands, most notably the island of Videy, and seabirds and whales frequent the shores. The mountain ring as seen from the shore is particularly beautiful. Mount Esja is the highest mountain in the vicinity of Reykjavik and lends its distinct feature to the whole area. This majestic mountain is also highly popular for climbing. Other notable mountains that can be seen from the seaside are Akrafjall and Skardsheidi and on clear days one may even see as far to the legendary Snaefellsjokull glacier, at the end of the Snafellsnes peninsula.
The largest river to run through the city is Ellidaa in Ellidaardalur valley, which is also one of Iceland‘s best rivers for salmon fishing.
There are no trains or trams in Iceland, but most people travel by car. The city also operates a bus system. There are two major harbours in town, the old harbour in the centre and Sundahofn in the east. The domestic Reykjavik Airport is located at Vatnsmyrin, not far from the city centre and close to Oskjuhlid and Perlan. The international Keflavik Airport at Midnesheidi heath then lies around 50 km from the city. Cars, jeeps and bicycles can be readily rented in the city and many organized tours are also being offered.
The local arts scene is strong in Iceland, with both annual events and single ones, many of whom have hit the international stage. For the annual ones please check our articles Best Annual Events in Iceland and the Top Ten Festivals in Iceland. Major events taking place in Reykjavik include the Iceland Airwaves, Gay Pride, RIFF (The Reykjavik International Film Festival), The Reykjavik Literature Festival, Cultural Night, the Reykjavik Arts Festival, Food & Fun, the Reykjavik Fashion Festival and the Sónar music festival.
Among famous people from Reykjavik are artists Bjork Gudmundsdottir, Sigur Ros, writers Halldor Laxness (born in Laugavegur) and Arnaldur Indridason and mayor Jon Gnarr. For more well-known and fairly-well known Icelanders, check our article on the subject.
You might also want to check our article on some of the many things to see and do in Reykjavik, such as visiting the city‘s many museums, exhibitions and galleries, checking out live music, visiting the Harpa music hall or the theatres, visiting the lighthouse at Grotta, the main shopping street of Laugavegur, visiting the old harbour and the flea market, going on a bird- and whale watching tour or visiting Videy island. We also have a top ten list of things to do.
Make sure to visit the public square of Austurvollur, one of the city‘s most popular gathering places, where you‘ll also find the national parliament, Althingi, the state church a statue of independence hero Jon Sigurdson, as well as cafés, bars and restaurants. Austurvollur was central in the 2008 protests, along with Laekjargata, home to the House of Government. You are also not likely to miss the great church of Hallgrimskirkja that towers over the city from the hill of Skolavorduholt, wherefrom you‘ll get a great view of the city.
Try a walk by the city pond, greet the many birds that frequent the area and visit the city hall, stationed by its banks. The Hljomaskalagardur is a beautiful park that lies by the pond, it ideal for a nice walk and sometimes concerts get held there. Further off is the campus of the university of Iceland, the Nordic house and the Vatnsmyri wetland, a particularly pleasant place, but be mindful of not disturbing the wildlife there and keep to the pathways.
For a nice swim on a warm day, we particularly recommend Nautholsvik beach.
Visit the Laugardalur valley, home to one of the city‘s best swimming pools, as well as the Asmundarsafn gallery, a beautiful botanical garden and a domestic zoo. A walk by the Aegissida beach, with it‘s old fishing sheds, in the west part of Reykjavik also holds a particular charm. The aforementioned Elllidaardalur valley is also a popular resort.
Another place that offers one of the city‘s best (and free) views is Perlan, up in Oskjuhlid hill. The hill itself is a popular resort, with over 176.000 trees and great opportunities for walking and cycling.
Travel to Alftanes to see the president‘s house at Bessastadir, which is also a historical site in it‘s own right, having been the educational centre of Iceland for centuries. Nearby is a beautiful lava field, Galgahraun, well worth a visit, though there is currently an environmental struggle going on as to it‘s future state.
The city is furthermore a short drive from many of Iceland‘s major attractions, most famously the Golden Circle and the Blue Lagoon. In close vicinity you‘ll also find the Heidmork preservation area, a favourite pastime resort of the people of Reykjavik, as well as the Blue Mountains, one of Iceland‘s most beloved skiing venues.
Check our Best of Reykjavik guide further for tips on the best cheap things to do in Reykjavik, some of the best restaurants in the city, happy hours, the top ten value places to eat and our two articles on the famous Reykjavik nightlife; Nightlife in Reykjavik and Nightlife and mating.
Finally, we‘d like to stress that these are only some suggestions of the many things you might check out in Reykjavik. Whatever you choose to do, we hope you‘ll be able to make the most of your visit and we wish you a pleasant stay in our capital.
Jokulsarlon is a glacier lagoon in the south of Vatnajokull national park that is easily reached by the Ring Road.
Covered in thick glacial ice until the 1930’s when the glacier started retreating, the lagoon today measures 7 square miles (20 km2). More than 300 feet of ice still breaks away each year, reshaping the lagoon and filling it with icebergs - causing an alarmingly beautiful sight.
The water is freezing cold and contains a mixture of salt and freshwater giving it a blue-green color. There is plenty of fish and birdlife by the lagoon and the vast sand area of Breiðamerkursandur, and hundreds of seals stay there in winter.
Vatnajökull is the largest glacier in Europe covering 8% of the island of Iceland. Vatnajökull National Park - which encompasses the earlier national parks of Skaftafell and Jökulsárgljúfur - is the largest protected area in Europe and believed by many to be the most beautiful place on earth.
In this area you'll find some of the most stunning and diverse sights in Iceland. Among those are Iceland's highest peak, Hvannadalshnjúkur, its most active volcano, Grímsvötn, beautiful waterfalls such as Svartifoss by Skaftafell and Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall, stunning canyons such as Jökulsargljúfur and Ásbyrgi, and the breathtaking Jökulsárlon, an ice-riddled glacier lagoon that is one of the most beautiful attractions in Iceland.
The glacier itself covers a surface area of about 100 km2. The thickness of the ice is generally around 400-600 meters, at its thickest around 950 meters. Under the glacier are valleys, mountains and plateuas as well as active volcanoes, most notably Grimsvotn and Bardarbunga, both the largest and most active of these. Then there are Esjufjoll, a glorious volcanic mountain island, surrounded by the glacier on all sides.
Vatnajokull has over 30 outlets, some of the major ones being Dyngjujokull and Bruarjokull to the north and Breidamerkurjokull, Oraefajokull, Skeidararjokull and Sidujokull towards the south. On the west side from the north are smaller glaciers Eyjabakkajokull, Hofsjokull, Flaajokull Heinabergsjokull and Skalafellsjokull.
The highest peak of Iceland then lies to the south, Hvannadalshnjukur in the Oraefajokull outlet, reaching 2109 m, according to latest measurements.
Many rivers have their sources at Vatnajokull, including some of the greatest glacier rivers in the country. To the North are Jokulsa a Fjollum and Skjalfandafljot, to the Northeast are Jokulsa a Bru, and Jokulsa i Fljotsdal and to the south are Jokulsa i Loni, Hornafjardarfljot, Jokulsa a Breidamerkursandi, Skeidara, Nupsvotn, Hverfisfljot and Skafta.
The area around the glacier is highly varied. The highland plateu to the north is divided by glacier rivers which see massive floods in the summer. This is a highly volcanic region, where the volcanoes Askja, Herdubreid, Kverkfjoll and Snaefell tower over the scene. In this area is also the Jokulsargljufur preservation area with its magnificent canyon and the mighty glacier ricer Jokulsa a Fjollum where you'll find stunning waterfalls such as Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall. Further north are the Hljodaklettar echoing caves and the horse shoe-shaped Asbyrgi canyon, among other incredible sights.
Broad wetlands lie near the glacier and in the vicinity of Snaefell, further east. Particularly notable is the Eyjabakkar oasis, one of the largest nesting places for pink feeted geese in the world and located north of the Eyjabakkajokull outlet. To the east is also the stunning Jokulsarlon.
South of Vatnajokull, majestic mountain ridges characterise the scene, with outlet glaciers lying between them and reaching onto the lowlands. The Skaftafell preservation area is located there, with its rich flora and home to the beautiful waterfalls Hundafoss and Skogafoss, the latter famed for its with its magnificent columnar basalt formations.
To the south lies the vast sand desert Skeidararsandur, reaching all the way to the sea. The glacier river Skeidara runs through it and the sand was indeed created by great glacier bursts from Skeidara, with its origins in volcanic activity at Grimsvotn.
To the west of Vatnajokull there is strong volcanic activity as well. Some of the world's greatest fissure and lava eruptions happened there, at the Eldgja volcanic chasm and the Lakagigar craters in the 18th century. Vonarskard pass, to the northwest is also worth checking out, a highly colourful geothermal area that connects the North and South of Iceland.
Fans of the James Bond films might recognize the glacier from A View to a Kill and the stunning Jokulsarlon from Die Another Day, though the events of the former were supposed to take place in Siberia.
Scenes by the Wall in the HBO fantasy series Game of Thrones were also shot by Vatnajokull and further scenes were shot at lake Myvatn, another Iceland's major attractions.
Skogafoss is one of the biggest and most beautiful waterfalls of the island with an astounding width of 25 meters and a drop of 60 meters.
This is one of the most popular waterfalls in Iceland for travellers to visit. It is located in South Iceland, not far from Skogar, which itself features a highly interesting regional museum. Due to the amount of spray the waterfall often produces a single or double rainbow on sunny days.
Seljalandsfoss in the river Seljalandsa in South Iceland is one of the most sought waterfalls in the country.
Seljalandsfoss has a narrow cascade but is one of Iceland's highest waterfalls, at 63 meters. The waterfall is highly picturesque and has the rare distinction that one can actually walk behind it.
Geysir is a famous hot spring in Haukadalur valley in South Iceland. Part of the ‘Golden Circle', Geysir gives its name to hot springs all over the world.
Though Geysir itself is hardly active anymore, the area features spectacular hot springs such as the powerful Strokkur, which spouts a vast amount of water every 10 minutes, around 15-20 meters into the air, Smidur and Litli-Strokkur.
North of Geysir are fumaroles, i.e. unlike the hot springs that emit hot water, only steam and gas emanate from these. You may be able to observe bright yellow stains at the fumaroles, this is native sulphur, which crystallizes from the steam. At the southern part of the geothermal area, called Thykkuhverir, you‘ll find various mud pots. Such mud pots are actually fumaroles that boil up through surface water/groundwater and may become steaming fumaroles during dry spells, rather than the usual boiling mud pots.
About 2 km from Geysir is an old preserved natural pool called Kúalaug. One can bathe in it and it has room for 3-5 people at a time, but care should be taken, as the area around the pool is very delicate. The temperature is 39-43°C, depending on how you are positioned in the pool. The water is slightly muddy, as the pool is built on soil, and the bottom is slippery due to algae, so caution is advised.
In Haukadalur there has also been tree planting in recent times and today the forest Haukadalsskógur is one of the largest in South Iceland. Aspen, various types of pine, and other plants have been tried out there and experiments and research continue. We also recommend visiting the tree museum, built in the memory of forester Gunnar Freysteinsson. There are good paths and roads in the forest and the wood is specially designed to accommodate wheelchairs.
Haukadalur has been a church site since ancient time. The current wooden church was last rebuilt in 1938 but the variety and appearance of the church dates back to 1842, making it one of the oldest of its kind in Iceland.
Haukadalur is indeed a historical place. It was settled during the age of settlement and scholar Ari “The Wise“ Thorgilsson grew up there. The first pastoral school in Iceland was also built there.
For accommodation, Hotel Gullfoss is about 7 km from the Geysir area, and closer still is the Hotel Geysir.
Gullfoss ('Golden Waterfall') in Hvita river is one of the most beautiful and beloved waterfalls in Iceland and forms a part of the famous Golden Circle along with Thingvellir National Park and the Geysir geothemal area.
This mighty waterfall cascades 32 meters into the river gorge and you'll be able to stand close enough to feel the waterspray on your face. Hvita itself should not be missed by any fan of rafting, as it is one of the most popular rafting rivers in Iceland.
Thingvellir is one of the most important sites to visit in Iceland for its landscape, history and cultural value.
The Icelandic parliament was founded in Thingvellir in 930 and remained there for centuries.Thingvellir is surrounded by a beautiful mountain range and is the site of a rift valley, marking the crest of the Mid-Atlantic range. Today it is a natural park, listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and considered a vital part of the ‘Golden triangle’ (with Geysir and Gullfoss). Of particular note is the magnificent gorge Almannagja, which marks the eastern boundary of the north American plate and into which the beautiful waterfall Oxararfoss falls.
Other notable attractions within the park include the beautiful lake Thingvallavatn, the largest lake in Iceland, the Silfra fissure, one of the world's top dives, and Gjabakkahellir, one of Iceland's most interesting lava tubes.
Skaftafell is a nature preserve in Oraefasveit. It used to be a national park of its own but joined the larger Vatnajokull National Park in 2008.
Skaftafell is notable for its rich flora, growing between sands and glaciers, and overall for its amazing and contrasting scenery. You can take short and easy trails to the waterfalls Svartifoss and Hundafoss, as well as Skaftafell glacier, with the mountain Kristinartindar and Morsardalur valley further off.
Skaftafell is also the perfect base camp for those seeking to climb Iceland’s highest peak, Hvannadalshnukur.
The world-famous Reynisfjara shore, near the village Vik in Myrdalur on Iceland's South Coast, is widely regarded as the most impressive black-sand beach in Iceland.
To reach Reynisfjara you can either drive there yourself. Here you will find the largest and cheapest car rentals in Iceland. Or you can join this summer tour to the South coast, or this winter tour to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.
Reynisfjara is a black pebble beach and features an amazing cliff of regular basalt columns resembling a rocky step pyramid, which is called Hálsanef. Out in the sea are the spectacularly shaped basalt sea stacks Reynisdrangar. The area has a rich birdlife, including puffins, fulmars and guillemots.
The waves at Reynisfjara are especially strong and unpredictable, and fatal accidents have occurred at this beach, so people are advised to take extra care when visiting the area.
According to folklore, two trolls attempted to drag a ship to land but were turned to stone as daylight broke, turning them into the Reynisdrangar stacks, clearly visible from the beach.
Vik in Myrdalur valley is the southernmost village on the Icelandic mainland, located 186 km from the capital Reykjavik.
Vik is important as a service centre for the inhabitants and visitors of the marvellous Reynisfjara beach.
Reynisfjara is widely considered one of the most beautiful beaches on earth (see for example Islands Magazine). This black pebble beach boasts an amazing cliff of regular basalt columns called Gardar, which resembles a rocky step pyramid and out in the sea are the spectaculary shaped basalt sea stacks Reynisdrangar. The area has rich birdlife, including puffins, fulmars and guillemots.
Starting time : Flexible
Airport transfer on arrival/departure
3 nights of accommodation in Reykjavik (different levels available; breakfast included for Comfort and Quality levels; more detailed info below)
Blue Lagoon standard entrance (upgrades available) and return transfer
Golden Circle sightseeing tour in a minibus (upgrades available with other activities)
South Coast 2-day minibus tour with ice caving
1 night of accommodation in a country hotel in Vatnajokull National Park during the 2-day south coast tour (breakfast included, private bathroom depending on availability)
Northern Lights hunting
Detailed Itinerary with fun and practical information on the nature, history and culture of Iceland
Hands-on travel agent to oversee your itinerary
Good hiking shoes
Good waterproof outer layers
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.
As soon as you arrive in Iceland, your otherworldly journey begins. From Keflavík International Airport, you're transported through moon-like lava landscape to your hotel in downtown Reykjavik.
We've handpicked a cosy hotel in the quirky city centre area for you to explore the most northern capital of the world.
If your flight arrives early, you can even choose to soak in the Blue Lagoon before you reach Reykjavík. This milky-blue hot spring stays warm all year round, and its natural silica mud does wonders for your skin! A perfect way to relax after your flight.
If your flight arrives late, the Blue Lagoon trip will be arranged on a different day, and instead, you can spend your evening in one of Reykjavík's top restaurants, admire its colourful houses and soak in the Nordic atmosphere.
On a clear night, remember to look up in the sky as the Northern Lights might greet you as well!
Spend your day admiring Iceland's most visited natural attractions, aptly named the Golden Circle. The Golden Circle takes its name from the Golden Waterfall - Gullfoss, one of Iceland's most stunning waterfalls. In wintertime, it looks even more breathtaking as the white water thunders through blocks of ice and snow.
Its location is conveniently close to Geysir geothermal area, where the geyser Strokkur spouts water as high as 40 m (131 ft) every few minutes!
In addition to these two incredible natural attractions, you'll also visit the magnificent Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that's rich in both beauty and history.
Your experienced and knowledgeable guide will tell you everything you need to know about the attractions to make the trip more fun and memorable. At each location, you will have ample time to take in those natural beauties and explore the area.
Your transport will be small and comfortable, so you will have an intimate experience instead of going with a big bus group.
After this amazing trip, you'll return to Reykjavík to unwind and spend another night in the same hotel in the city centre.
The south coast of Iceland is filled with breathtaking wonders, and from today, you'll start your two day trip along it.
First up, you will see Seljalandsfoss waterfall, a stunning high and narrow waterfall that falls from a cliff with a large cave behind it. You can actually walk behind the waterfall and enjoy the view from behind it if the path isn't too slippery with ice to walk on. Be careful!
Next up is another stunning waterfall: Skógafoss. This one is bigger than the previous one and is the last one in a long row of impressive waterfalls that cascade down from the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano that looms above. Eyjafjallajökull is a glacier with a volcano underneath its ice that disrupted European air travel during its 2010 eruption.
After you've had your waterfall fix, you'll head to Reynisfjara, a gorgeous but dangerous black sand beach with some stunning ocean vistas. You can, for example, admire the picturesque rocks Reynisdrangar that defy the volatile Atlantic Ocean as the waves crash upon them. Just make sure you keep a safe distance from the waves as they can grab people out of nowhere and pull them out to sea.
You'll have a lunch break and then continue further east, past a large extension of black lava sand plains, the results of a single volcanic eruption. This area also holds one of the largest pseudo-crater areas in the world.
Right next to these enormous sand plains, you'll see the impressive Vatnajökull glacier.
You will stop at Skaftafell Nature Reserve, in the National Park of Vatnajökull, an area of unexpected vegetation between the white sheets of ice and the black sands. You'll be right next to the glacier here, and from here you can see Iceland’s highest peak, Hvannadalshnúkur (2110 m).
Finally, it is time to head to the stunning Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. It's a deep lagoon, accommodating enormous blocks of ice floating in it. The lagoon is particularly beautiful when light glints on the floating ice. When an iceberg has just broken away, you'll be able to see the gorgeous crystal blue colour of the ice.
To finish off the day with even more spectacular nature, you'll go hunting for Northern Lights in the evening if the sky is clear. Seeing these elusive but bright colourful lights dancing in the heavens is an experience you won't forget!
You'll spend the night either near Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon or Skaftafell Nature Reserve.
Today starts with a natural glacier ice cave exploration! You'll hop on a modified super jeep along with an expert local glacier guide and enjoy an adventurous trip over the harsh terrain leading to the cave.
Glaciers are truly spectacular but equally dangerous as they are full of cracks and crevasses and constantly changing! It is not possible to visit glacier caves without the necessary equipment and a specialised guide that knows the area like the back of their hand.
Your local guide has listened to the 'breathing' of ice all their life. Your guide determines which cave is best to visit each time, taking in all factors, such as weather conditions. Ice caves vary in size and shape and change daily. In the right light and conditions, they are exquisitely beautiful, with stunning blue ice revealing itself. And the ice is really this blue - without any Photoshopping!
In springtime, the ice caves break and melt, so in autumn the local guides set out in search of new ones to explore. Every cave is special; you'll never see the same one twice, making the experience all the more magical.
There's a short hike to the cave so for this day good hiking boots are essential. You'll need to wear waterproof hiking shoes that cover your ankles.
You'll spend at least 45 minutes within the ice cave so make sure that you dress warmly! You'll get a helmet, so bring a winter hat that is not too bulky, as it needs to fit under the helmet.
After the breathtaking experience of the ice cave, it is time to head back to Reykjavik. On the way, there will be another stop at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon as it looks different in the midday light and you might also be able to see seals sunbathing on the icebergs.
On your way back to Reykjavík, you'll also be on the lookout for the Northern Lights and your guide will make a stop if they make an appearance.
After an eventful trip, spend your last night in a hotel in the city centre of Reykjavík. If you still have energy left, why not check out Reykjavík's nightlife? Especially if it's a weekend.
Explore the wonders of Reykjavík city! Make the most of your proximity to the vibrant city centre, and discover the multitude of museums, cafés, galleries, restaurants, designer shops and bars.
Reykjavík also has many public outdoor pools that are warm all year round, so you can relax in a sauna, soak in a hot tub and meet the locals. Treat yourself to an Icelandic hot dog afterward.
You can also admire the architecture of Hallgrímskirkja church and take in the incredible view of the city and its nearby mountains from its tower. Go ahead and explore the quirky shops and take a look at Reykjavík's street art or sit down for a nice cup of coffee or hot chocolate in Harpa, Reykjavík's concert hall, with a view over the Old Harbour.
If you did not have the chance to go to the Blue Lagoon on your arrival day, you could visit today before you head to the airport for your departure.
See our accommodation levels below. Single person bookings will be arranged in a single room, while bookings of 2 or more people will share twin/double room(s) or triple room(s). If you are traveling in a group, but prefer a single room, please make separate bookings. For multi-day guided tours, accommodation cannot be upgraded and the levels below do not apply. We always do our best to accommodate special requests, which may incur additional costs.
Rooms with a private bathroom at three-star hotels such as Fosshótel Barón, or quality guesthouses. Located in the city center or in close vicinity. Breakfast is included.
It was a really wonderful. At the first day, I went to blue lagoon and took a rest a lot then got the northern light tour. Wow... northern light tour was so amazing, I can say nothing than perfect. Specially I liked guide. Old man who have experienced a lot and was funny, well communicative, sang a song in icelandic during driving, gave us hot chocolate and cookies while watching a fantastic northern light ind the middle of cold night. I cannot forget that tour. Also had a lot of experience to seeing a great nature during this journey. In addition, the other big guy recommened local Reykjavic restaurant was also amazing. In a coincidence or not, I got a good travel agency during this trip. I really like this tour.
Wonderful experience. Great experienced guides, a lot of fun to be with. We saw beautiful glaciers, waterfalls, amazing geysers, lagoons, and volcanoes. The scenery cannot be described in words, it was beyond beautiful. We got to see the lights on our last night. Our guide offered steaming cups of hot chocolate and donuts, truly awesome. The food was delicious, lots of fresh seafood and lamb. It was a vacation I'll never forget.
It was a great experience, actually the best experience ever. The operators were Trips and Aurora Hunter. And the guides were super informative and funny, making the long and tedious trip much easier to suffer. Not to mention the incredibly breathtaking scenery in Iceland. And we were so lucky to see the Northern Lights, twice!
Wow! wow! and Wow! Iceland is a land of magic - beautiful waterfalls, mountains and glaciers. Colors that are so different from the East Coast. The tours are engaging; drivers and guides patient; sights spectacular; weather totally unpredictable - at least in March - rain hail, snow, sleet and sun in one day; we did get to see the northern lights - amazing - on our last day after three cancellations because of weather; accommodations at the Alta Hotel in Reykjavik were lovely - less so in the South - the hotel change was not an upgrade, Do not miss Iceland - and the tours were spot on - our guide to the South plied us with dried cod, Icelandic liquor and licorice - it was fun. Keep in mind that Iceland is quite expensive - very clean, lovely people; mosts people speak English. All around wonderful and we would go back We are in our 70's and found everything manageable - ice cave an experience not to be missed!
Overall, my husband and I had a great time exploring Iceland. What was good: For 2-day tour down to south of Iceland, we had such a wonderful guide who made the trip really fun. We got to pet some Icelandic horses along the way, stopped by many beautiful/scenic places. The Ice Caving was good but don't expect too much! As it is quite a small cave with lots of other people in it at the same time as you. The Blue Lagoon was amazing. We initially booked "comfort" entrance but then upgraded to "premium" on the spot, which we thought was definitely worth it. What could be better: Our northern light boat tour got cancelled and as this was the first thing on our itinerary it was a real shame. I wish we were clearly told about “what to do” in case this gets cancelled by Guide to Iceland. Mind you, Guide to Iceland works with many different tour operators. And those tour operators are the one who will contact you in case of any changes – you will need to check your emails consistently! Then YOU will be responsible to follow up with them directly, not Guide to Iceland. We were given 3 options for this cancellation; 1. Get a full refund 2. Go to a restaurant 3. Whale/Dolphin watching. At the end, our hotel receptionist helped us to change the bus northern light tour and we were able to see the amazing northern lights eventually. I wish we were helped little better on this one. What was bad: Expect 30+ minutes to your pick up time that is indicated on your itinerary. On our 2nd day we had Golden Circle tour which we were told to wait at the hotel lobby at 8am and the bus/guide picked us up at 8:50am. During our wait there was no notice of whether the bus was coming or not, no notice of how long our wait will be so it felt a lot longer than 50 minutes. When the guide arrived, he told us he had to travel from out of town and the traffic was really bad…but he could have gave us a call to hotel lobby to inform us. From then we realized, the tour buses stop by many other hotels and pick other guests up. If there is any delay in that, your wait might be really long…. So do bear this in mind!
My daughter and I had a wonderful time. The Blue Lagoon was so invigorating yet relaxing after our flight from New York. We enjoyed the excursions and I particularly loved stopping along the way to pet the Icelandic horses. The hotels were very comfortable with terrific included breakfasts.
We had an amazing time on our 5 day tour of Iceland. The weather presented some challenges for the tour companies but they were accommodating and kept us informed of changes in the itinerary. We worked around the weather and still got to see all the sights thanks to their dedication.
We had so much fun throughout the tour! We actually went a day earlier before the tour started but Kuna (our tour coordinator) arranged a Northern Light tour on our first and second nights from Reyjkavik and luckily we got to saw the lights on our second attempt. During our 2-day tour out of town to the south coast, our tour guide, Michael, was very knowledgable and was able to provide us with loads of information about Iceland. There were only 4 people on the van so it was pretty much a private tour for us. It's a pity the weather got a bit warm on the day we went to the Ice Cave, so it ended up being flooded. But all in all, Guide to Iceland were very accommodating in every possible way and the customer service was exceptional. Definitely will be recommending this tour to my friends.
Excellent company for your trip in Iceland. They have great customer service. Every question I had they answered promptly and met all my needs. They are very flexible in changing the itinerary. I highly recommend Guide to Iceland to have a wonderful trip in Iceland
It has been a nice trip. The pack include most of key places to visit. The guides have been very good. Accomodation in Eyja Guldsmeden has been fantastic. Only thing to object is the size of the vans which for tall (>1,80m)/big people are not good.
Great experience with Guide to Iceland. Our travel agent was about to answer all our questions pre-trip, and help rearrange our tours to accommodate our needs. Unfortunately the Blue Lagoon was fully booked, but we were able to get a trip to the Fontana Baths, which was just as nice. The Northern Lights were tricky to catch, but agent definitely helped us rearrange the tour. Overall wonderful experience with Guide to Iceland, with quick response and great customer service.
I had an amazing 5 days in Iceland. Booking my trip through this site was the best decision I made. Everything was arranged and I had no worries , all the guides were extremely nice , everything ran on time. My hotels were cozy and the breakfast was great at holt ! I definetly recommend this site to everyone
We had an amazing trip and loved it all. We were a bit disappointed that we had such cloudy/rainy days and could not see any Northern Lights (or get such amazing pictures) but the trip itself was brilliant. The Guides were all really good fun, and our family of 5 (3 teenagers) loved all the sights and the history too. We would not have seen all this and extra stops on our own, and probably would not have kept making the effort to get up and on the bus every day! It was all worth it. The agent kept rebooking the Northern Lights tour for us each time they were cancelled but it was not to be. They were really efficient at this and refunded the money straight away. Minor issue with Hotel rooms which was hotels fault but enjoyed the hotels. We paid for comfort but think rooms on South Coast were all the same so not sure we were charged for that. I have no complaints about this company and would recommend them heartily. Will be back here I think to try for Northern Lights again!
This tour covers everything you would want to do in Iceland. My husband and I booked this tour and left our three kids at home with their Grandma. There wasn't much time to rest or relax as we were go, go go the whole time. The only downside to this tour was the bus we were on for our two day southern Iceland tour was so small and cramped. I am 5 "9 and my husband is 6"3. We barely fit in the bus which was completely full. It was almost miserable being cramped in those seats for two days. We rode in many similar buses and vans for all the different excursions and that one was much smaller than the rest. Otherwise the trip was wonderful. Breakfast being included was really helpful as all the food, and everything really, is very expensive. We upgraded our hotel and were really happy with our room, but on the south shore tour which included one night in a different hotel, all the rooms were the same so I'm not sure that was worth it. Tour guides were all great and we saw the Northern Lights twice. Was overall pleased that we booked with a company because it eliminated a lot of time I would have had to spend planning.
Had an amazing time in Iceland! My favorite part of the trip was snowmobiling on the worlds 2nd largest glacier! The blue lagoon was also another highlight of the trip. It was sleeting and extremely windy, but the water is so warm that we were able to enjoy the water even with the crazy weather. All of the tour guides were so friendly and funny and definitely enhanced the trip. The 2 hotels we stayed in were clean and the staff at the hotel was very accommodating. I would definitely recommend investing in good waterproof outer layers and hiking boots. People who were not dressed properly got soaked! Luckily, I was in the proper gear, so I was able to stay dry and enjoy all of the outdoor activities regardless of the weather. I also recommend getting a balaclava mask to help protect your face from the elements. There were many days were mine came in handy. I would highly recommend the trip if you are looking for breathtaking scenery and an adventurous experience. The only negative is, you are in a bus a lot. Going from Reykjavik to the south coast is about a 6 hour drive (there are awesome stops along the way, but it is a lot of bus time). The bus is a great time to take a nap because your action packed days are exhausting. The food is delicious in Iceland, but be warned, it is very expensive! All locations I went to accepted master cards and some locations accepted discover cards, but not all. Again, I highly recommend this trip. The pictures I took were amazing and all of my friends and family have been in awe of the pictures.
A great experience. Knowledgabl guides, excellent accommodations plus comfortable and reliable transportation made for a positive and memorable tour. Especially want to complement Hotel Alda staff in Rekyavik and our South Coast tour guide, Christian. Advice to future travelers, Insist on Hotel Alda. It's centered in the shopping and restaurant district and is convenient for walking to the main points of interest and dining. Northern lights hunting can be an arduous experience. We were out to 2 AM to catch a glimpse of them. Thankfully the next morning was a free day, so we were able to sleep in. Couple this with an 8:30 AM departure for a tour the next day would have been too much. Something to think about. Mini buses are very comfortable and WIFI was great for sending home pics in real time. The wifi connectivity in Iceland is fantastic. Unless you're a glutton for punishment do not sign up to stop at the Blue Lagoon on the day of arrival or departure. Yes, they have lockers for luggage, but this is for the young set. We added a free day on the day before our departure. That way we were not mangandlng luggage nor were we rushed. Blue Lagoon is well run and make it a luxurious experience, not a check the block one. Speaking of luggage, expect to do a lot of transferring of your luggage. On arrival you are bussed to a transfer point where you are then loaded on a mini bus for transport to the hotel. This is also the departure procedure, so image loading and unloading your luggage an extra time if you stop at the Blue Lagoon. Finally, please do not construe my advice as a complaint. We are in our late 60's and in good shape, so we were up to the travel demands. So I end by saying that I was so impressed by the planning and superb execution of our tour. If you are in fairly good shape and an experienced traveler than this is the way to go. My thanks to Olaf and all staff that made this one of the most enjoyable trips ever.
We had a fun time in Iceland and appreciated our agent's assistance, but there were some issues that were frustrating. Our tour guides and drivers were very nice, but we were NOT in minibuses as promised and clearly stated by the website. On the 2 day tour of the South Coast, our large bus broke down at the start and we waited more than an hour for a replacement bus. Instead of staying the night near Vatnajokull, Jokulsarlon or Skaftafell, as mentioned on the website, we backtracked an hour to Hvolsvollur after Reynisfjara beach, where nothing but 2 gas stations were open for dinner. Then, we had to drive back through Vik to get to the glacier lagoon. Extra hours riding a large bus is tiring and wastes the few precious hours of daylight available in December. Our ice cave tour at 2pm would have been on time if we were in a smaller bus and didn't have to wait for extra superjeeps which had broken down. Consequently, we barely had any daylight for the caves and glacier which would have been better to see earlier in the day. The Golden Circle tour was good, but again, not in a minibus. Accomodations in the Marina Hotel were good, and the staff were truly excellent. Fosshotel staff were not as exceptional. At check-out, the receptionist asked for my credit card to pay for our stay! She said that our reservation had been made through booking.com and that the rooms had not been paid for yet. She wanted me to show her a receipt that I had paid through 'Guide to Iceland.' She then asked me if she should charge the credit card used through booking.com and I said that would make the most sense. That was an unnecessary irritation and doesn't speak well of coordination. Our Blue Lagoon reservations could only be made at 5pm the day we arrived because everything was booked. Experiencing Blue Lagoon in the daytime to actually see any scenery is much more preferable. Despite the fact that I contracted with Guide to Iceland in September (when plenty of reservations were still open), our family's bookings were not done until December. Knowing that New Year's week is extremely busy, I was hoping that working through 'Guide to Iceland,' especially months in advance, I would have had a more intimate and tailored experience as advertised. Being in a large bus for the tours was disappointing. Our tour and hotel bookings seemed very last minute and something I could have done through the internet myself a few months before and probably saved more money. Iceland is a beautiful country and easy enough to plan on your own.
Great experience! from booking to the actual tours itself, it was good. despite the many changes i had to make due to some circumstances, Unnur Helga from Guide to Iceland has been very helpful to make those arrangement. i'm actually amazed how organised Iceland's tourism system works. my tour package consist of tours from different agents but it works out beautifully. i was worried when i first booked if we'll missed any of those tours, to my surprise the pick up was easy and we were at the pick up slightly before the pick up time. the hotel staff were also very helpful like when i needed to check if the aurora light tour's going on, etc. Horse riding was relax and fun. the horse are so tamed and well trained, good for me as a first time rider. Blue lagoon was beautiful and good thing not overly packed. Due to flooding in the original Ice cave we planned to visit, Jonas from Artic Adventure managed to arrange to go to another ice cave and glacier walk with some very experienced guide. He taught us some tips for setting the cameras to capture the aurora lights. Overall, it was an amazing, unforgettable experience.
Amazing trip! Everything went so smoothly and there were no problems. We even got to see the northern lights twice! I went on this tour with my sister and we had so much fun and got to see so many different parts of Iceland. Also, the hotel we stayed at was very nice and comfortable and in an amazing location right on the main shopping/restaurant street.
Day 3,4,5 of our trip was led by the wonderful lad David of Aurora Hunters, he was upbeat and enthusiastic and was extremely informative and clear on instructions regarding safety. Even though we didn't get to do the ice cave tour due to weather conditions, David's great effort in taking care of everyone made us feel taken care of. Strongly recommend David from Aurora Hunters.
Our experience was beautiful based on what we were able to see. Our plans needed to be changed due to windy and icy conditions. We were unable to do the cave touring as well as the glacier lagoon. We were lucky to get back over the mountain . Blue lagoon was fully booked as well so we did not get to experience that either.. a bit disappointing.
I am for sure short of words to rate my experience being in Iceland and with the immaculate arrangements made by Guide To Iceland (Me and my husband would like to extend special thanks to Omar who was indeed quite helpful and resorted to answer all weirdest of my queries starting from arranging the trip, after landing in Iceland and until the end of our trip, and it felt as if he was available 24 hours to answer us, which is indeed commendable though we really didn't expect such a speedy response). Our journey to Iceland started right from the moment we started planning for our destination and not really post our landing in Iceland. To be honest we had conversation with a couple of operators before finalizing Guide To Iceland and again an extended thanks to Omar and a couple of other people named Francisco who were of immense help while deciding on our to do activities in Iceland. While landing in Iceland our flight got delayed and we had no clue regarding boarding the bus from airport to our hotel, again Omar was really quick in answering the same. Whilst our Northern Lights boat tour was cancelled owing to weather conditions, bus tour was arranged by Omar very quickly. All the arrangements starting from pick-up, drops, hotel arrangements were really good. The hotel booked was right on the city center and with beautiful Christmas decorations across the roads. We were booked into an executive room for the first 3 days which was an additional bonus. All the day trips were arranged with very friendly tours guides and drivers. The main highlights were snowmobiling and the ICE cave tour which no other tour operators were offering. Overall a great experience of this lovely country and a lot of credit for us to have this wonderful experience goes to Guide to Iceland. Thanks
AMAZING experience. Guide to Iceland tours are the best and safest way to enjoy your trip, the agents are always available to assist you. Mita was super helpful and knowledgeable, she was able to re-arrange our activities to fit delays due to airline's issues. We enjoyed EVERY aspect of this trip, accommodations, guides, suggestions etc. All of our reservations were correct and on time and when something unexpected came up Mita was always there to suggest the best decisions !!!( even during nights and weekends) . If you are looking for a stress free, all planned vacation this is your place to start. Thank you Mita, my family really appreciate all the work you did for us and we are planning on coming back soon. Our suggestions for new travelers is to dress for the weather, water proof gear is a must (from top to bottom) and under layers. We joined the 6 day trip including the southeast peninsula trip. The hotel we stayed was downtown at walking distance from many shops and restaurants.
Highly recommended. I was super busy at work before the trip and didn't manage to plan anything so I joined this tour. It basically sort out everything for you and the journey was pleasant. Tour guide were super professional, sadly didn't catch the northern light but the rest of the experience are superb.
I had a fantastic time in Iceland. The guides were professional and friendly. The sight seeing was out of this world and I highly recommend adding a couple of days to explore Reykjavik on your own. Make sure you get a central hotel because the main shopping street is a treat to walk up and down and you really want to be where the action is. Food is extremely expensive. The Blue Lagoon is quite commercial but a great experience because of the contrast of hot water and cold dark nights. You need waterproof pants gloves and jackets. If you dress properly it will not feel like the coldest place on earth, but it is cold and getting near waterfalls will get you wet, so don't miss out by wearing the wrong gear. Guide to Iceland is the best way to book your trip, they're helpful and patient and have great tour operators on the ground to show you the sights in small groups. Thank you Guide to Iceland for a most amazing experience.
It was a great trip with great people! I highly recommend this to first time visitors especially!
My trip was awesome! My husband and I were enjoying every moment of our vacation. Guide to Iceland did a great job on getting me to go all places we wanted to see! We saw Northern lights 3 nights in a row! We will definitely return in the future! Special thanks to Omar who was very helpful from the date I booked the tour and all the way when I reached out to him the day we arrived! We will recommend Guide to Iceland to everyone so they can get the same awesome experience we had as well!
Great holiday! The hotels were everything we hoped for and right in the middle of the fun district of Reykjavik. The tours were great, picked up on time and guides very knowledgeable. The weather was very cooperative and got to see the northern lights our first night! Fun vacation
Iceland is amazing for both the breathtaking views and landscapes and for the friendly people! First off I want to thank guidetoiceland for taking care of my booking, you made it an amazing experience and with smooth transitions. Every day was amazing and full of the best tours!! The tour guides and drivers were amazing, extremely knowledgable, hilarious, outgoing, and the friendliest! The history, legends, and story's were explained thoroughly and very well!! Mother Nature did bring the rain and flood the ice caves but the tour guides did an amazing job with having back up plans so I was still able to experience everything to the fullest! Accommodations were great and well taken care of with no problems!! This trip was my first solo experience and I enjoyed every second of it!! Thank you to guidetoiceland, Reykjavik excursions, Adventure Vikings, aurora hunters, the ice cave tour guides, and Reykjavik sailors! You all did an amazing job, keep being you and don't ever change!! Give yourselves a pat on the back! I recommend this trip to everyone and will definitely return :). Thank you again
I absolutely LOVED this tour package!! I've never been a fan of letting somebody else set up my itinerary or picking things out for me but this was a GREAT experience. I can honestly say that I enjoyed each day of this tour for the entire day!! Especially wonderful were the guide and driver that I had during the two day bus tour (Kristian and Arin). They were both so knowledgable and had amazing stories of both current happenings and Icelandic legends! Would definitely recommend this to anyone looking to really experience the beauty and culture of Iceland!
Best 5 days of my life. My friends who were travelling with me agreed that this package was the best choice we made. The ice cave was incredible (although not as blue as in the pictures) and the glacier hiking was so fun. We also really enjoyed the Blue lagoon even though it was a bit crowded. But we expected that as it is the most popular tourist attraction in Iceland. Still, it was much bigger than we anticipated so there were spots where you could avoid the crowds. Overall, this trip was great
Coming all the way from Singapore I wanted my trip to Iceland to be perfect and thanks to this tour it was. The only problem was the weather in the first three days. It was cloudy and snowing so we did not see the northern lights. We had lost hope when on the last day we received a phone call from our service agent who rushed us out of our room and behold, the northern lights! We were so lucky that it felt magical. I fell in love with Iceland and will surely visit again.
I joined this tour with my boyfriend in January 2016. I can say with a good conscience that it was one of the best time ever. The South coast was amazing and seeing the ice cave was incredible. The hotels were nice and all the transportation was great and on time. Thanks to Guide to Iceland our trip to Iceland was perfect. We have recommended them to all our friends back home in Canada and can not thank them enough!
We had a great experience in our short time in Iceland and felt like we really got a good sense of this beautiful and still wild country and all that it has to offer. There were a few small issues along the way that were quickly addressed making all aspects of the trip thoroughly enjoyable. I was impressed with the responsiveness and adaptability of the tour company and would highly recommend them to anyone who wants to put a fantastic trip together.
Very good experience with in the ICE CAVE especially guided by a team of very professional tour guides. Enjoyed the whole trip. I have recommended them to all my friends and relatives and will continue to recommend Guide to Iceland to anyone who is visiting Iceland. Thank you so much for making this tour!
I did this trip with my girlfriend in December and everything went extremely smoothly. The hotels were nice and clean and the all the excursions were great. It was pretty cloudy while we were there in Iceland, so the bright side is that there was a lot of snow, which made the mountains very beautiful. But this of course lead to lack of northern lights, until the last night, when the conditions improved. Guide to Iceland had prepared the northern lights tours for us in the start of our trip but knowing that we had not seen them, they called us on the last night and told us about the favourable conditions. They picked us up from the hotel and took us out of the city to the nearby national park. There we waited for 2 hours until they appeared. We were extremely grateful they did that as it has been our dream for a long time to see the northern lights. I have recommended them to all my friends and family since back home and will continue to recommend Guide to Iceland to anyone who is visiting Iceland. Thank you guys, you were awesome!
Overall this was a very good experience. I booked the trip with three of my friends, and all of us enjoyed it very much. Although unfortunately we didn´t see the northern light because of heavy cloud cover, the whole trip was still impressive. The tour guides were very friendly and responsible and the hotels were nice as well. I was satisfied with this tour.
I booked this trip with 3 of my friends. Overall it was good but I was quite disappointed with the Airport transfer - both arrival & departure and with the pickup to the Blue Lagoon, These 3 pickups wasted me around 1 hour during the trip. Other than that the tour was very memorable. The guided tours are great and I enjoyed them very much. Since the week was cloudy, I did not get the chance to see the Northern lights.
It was a good experience overall. Some points were: 1 - we did not realize these were multiple day tours from separate companies. Taking the guesswork out of a week tour was good, but you may save more money by renting an Airbnb place and booking day trips yourself 2 - The ice cave tour was not so much an ice cave, but more like a fort. It was very disappointing. I understand that due to weather patterns, certain things couldn't be controlled, but this was certainly the most disappointing point of our trip. The cave was crowded, we stood around for about 20 - 30 minutes and stared at nothing much in particular. The tour guide didn't really talk, as I don't think anyone could talk about a small opening for 20 minutes, so it's not entirely his fault. 3 - The airport transfer was a bit confusing. We were not made aware that it was through flybus/Reykjavik excursions and if this was noted on the itinerary, we would've been able to arrange for an earlier bus, as we sat around the airport waiting for our "08:30" pick up time. This is just a small miscommunication that can be easily rectified by advising that transportation is through Flybus, and you can pretty much go at any time, provided there is space and the bus is available. The Guide to Iceland team was friendly and accommodating, and if you're looking to have everything arranged for you when you arrive, book through here. Though, in my opinion, if you take an extra few hours you can book flybus, hotel (or Airbnb for the duration of your stay), and day tours yourself prior to your arrival you will have the same experience.