5-Day Winter Package | The Golden Circle, Ice Cave, Northern Lights & Blue Lagoon

The majestic Seljalandsfoss waterfall on Iceland's South Coast blanketed in snow.
Make sure you dress warmly so you can enjoy the magical Northern Lights in the winter.
The ice caves in Vatnajökull National Park vary in size and shape and are ever-changing.
A perfect way to begin your Iceland adventure is with a soak in the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon.
The elusive Northern Lights over Öxarárfoss in Þingvellir National Park.
Pink and green Northern lights dancing over icebergs at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.
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Come along on a 5-day journey and visit the Golden Circle, the South Coast, the Blue Lagoon and an authentic Ice Cave with this all-encompassing winter package. Your five days will be brimming with Icelandic culture, history, and the unforgettable, snowy landscapes that make Iceland a 'hot' destination in winter. 

Those wanting to travel with ease and comfort to Iceland's best sights, should not miss this winter package as this trip includes all accommodation, transportation, and visits to incredible natural attractions with a knowledgeable guide. You only need to show up and get ready to have the time of your life in Iceland.

With this winter package, you'll not only get to relax in the Blue Lagoon Spa and visit the famous Golden Circle, but you'll also journey down to the South Coast, as far as Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and Vatnajökull National Park where you'll visit a rare, natural blue ice cave.

You'll also get to hunt for the beautiful Aurora Borealis with a complimentary Northern Lights tour where you'll be either driven to the Icelandic countryside or sail out to the ocean in search for these dancing lights.

And if you'd like to add more adventures to this action-packed winter journey, you can opt for tours where you'll snowmobile on a glacier, snorkel between continents or ride around the wild nature on an Icelandic horse.

Don't hesitate and reserve this all-in-one winter package now! Discover the stunning Icelandic landscape while the elusive Northern Lights dance in the sky above you.  Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Nov. - Mar.
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Activities: Snorkelling, Caving, Hiking, Snowmobile, Horse Riding, Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting, Hot Spring Bathing, Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, Reykjavík, Jökulsárlón, Vatnajökull, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Þingvellir, Skaftafell, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Vík í Mýrdal, Reynisdrangar, South Coast
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : Flexible

Included:
  • Airport transfer on arrival/departure

  • 3 nights of accommodation in Reykjavík (different levels available; breakfast not included for Super Budget level; breakfast included for Comfort and Quality levels; more detailed info below)

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

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

  • Golden Circle sightseeing tour in a minibus (upgrades available with other activities)

  • South Coast 2-day minibus tour with ice caving

  • Northern Lights hunting

  • Detailed Itinerary with fun and practical information on the nature, history and culture of Iceland

  • Hands-on travel agent to oversee your itinerary

  • Taxes

  • Lunch and dinner

  • Optional excursions

  • Flights


What to bring:
  • Warm and waterproof clothing

  • Good waterproof shoes

  • Swimsuit and Towel

  • Camera


Good to know:

The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon, and therefore cannot be guaranteed, but this itinerary is designed to maximise your chances to see them if weather allows. Please be aware that your itinerary may have to be rearranged to fit your arrival date and time better.

Some optional activities might need either a valid driver's license, or you might need to send additional information to your travel planner. Please note that you might need to present medical documents should you choose to go snorkelling or diving.

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.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Iceland & Blue Lagoon


A visit to the Blue Lagoon is both invigorating and relaxing


As soon as you arrive in Iceland, your otherworldly journey begins. From Keflavík International Airport, you'll be transported through moon-like lava landscape of the Reykjanes peninsula to your accommodation in downtown Reykjavík.

If your flight arrives early, you can stop in Reykjanes' barren lava field to soak in the Blue Lagoon before you reach the city. This azure geothermal spa stays warm all year round, and its natural silica mud does wonders for your skin! It is the 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 soaking in the Nordic atmosphere in the northern-most capital in the world.

In the evening you will go on a complimentary Northern Lights tour. You can choose to board a bus heading to the wild Icelandic nature to spot the dancing auroras or jump aboard a boat and set sails from Reykjavík's Old Harbour in search of these green, pink and white lights.

You will then spend your first night in Iceland at accommodations in Reykjavík.


Day 2 - The Golden Circle


Strokkur geyser in Geysir geothermal area erupting in the winter sun


Today, you'll spend your day admiring Iceland's most visited natural attractions, aptly named the Golden Circle. From Reykjavík, you'll be whisked away on a minibus to the first site of the day; the historic Þingvellir National Park where Iceland's parliament was founded over a thousand years ago.

The park is neither located on the Eurasian tectonic plate, nor the North-American one, but in a rift valley between. As the continents drift apart, they tear up the landscape around, causing cracks and fissures in the region.

Those with a sense of adventure can choose to go on a snorkelling tour in Silfra, a fissure located on the boundaries of the two continents. The crystal clear waters of Silfra provides an unparalleled experience as the visibility in the water can reach up to 100 metres.

Next up is Geysir geothermal area, home of the erupting hot spring Strokkur. Strokkur spews geothermal water every few minutes, creating a high water column that reaches 15-20 metres in the air. Be sure to bring a camera because a selfie in front of the great Strokkur is a must.

The Golden Circle takes its name from the Golden Waterfall - Gullfoss, one of Iceland's most stunning waterfalls and your next destination today. In wintertime, it looks even more breathtaking as the white water thunders through blocks of ice and snow.

During the booking process, you can add on a tour to Langjökull glacier, which feeds the waterfall Gullfoss. There, you'll hop on a snowmobile and race across the white expanse of the glacier. 

Animal-lovers can also rejoice as today you can book a horse riding tour through the Icelandic countryside. Icelandic horses are renowned for being both friendly and gentle, and so this excursion is suitable for both beginners and expert riders.

After this amazing trip, you'll return to the city to unwind and spend another night at your Reykjavík accommodation.


Day 3 - South Iceland & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon


The beautiful Northern Lights dancing in the sky above Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon


The South Coast of Iceland is filled with breathtaking wonders and today, you'll start your two day trip along it.

First up, you will see Seljalandsfoss waterfall, a stunning high and narrow cascade that falls over a 62-metre cliff face. Behind the curtain of falling water, a large cave is visible, and in the winter, this majestic waterfall is illuminated by strong lights.

From there, you'll visit Skógafoss, a wholly different but equally beautiful waterfall. Skógafoss is bigger than Seljalandsfoss and has a more classic shape.  The land underneath the cascade is very flat, which allows visitors to walk right up to the wall of water.

You'll then continue your journey, making your way to the black sand beach of Reynisfjara near the village of Vík. Out in the North-Atlantic surf stand the imposing dark rock stacks of Reynisdrangar, watching as the heavy waves crash upon the shore.

You'll then continue further east, past a vast extension of black lava sand plains, the results of a single volcanic eruption. As you continue your journey, the impressive Vatnajökull glacier will start to appear.

You will stop at Skaftafell Nature Reserve, an oasis situated between white sheets of ice and black sands. The area is located under the mighty Vatnajökull glacier, and from here you can see Iceland’s highest peak, the 2110 metre hight Hvannadalshnúkur.

Finally, it is time to head to the stunning Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Icebergs from a nearby glacier break off and fall into the lagoon where they float on the serene water before drifting off to the ocean. Close by is the Diamond Beach, where ice blocks from the lagoon have washed up on shore and glisten in the sunlight.

To finish off the day with even more spectacular nature, be sure to look up into the night sky for a chance to spot the elusive Northern Lights. You'll then spend the night either near Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon or Skaftafell Nature Reserve.


Day 4 - Blue Ice Cave in Vatnajokull National Park


Fantastic shades of blue at an authentic ice cave in Vatnajökull National Park


Today, you'll have the rare opportunity to visit a natural ice cave. You'll start the day by hopping on a large custom SUV known as a 'super jeep' and enjoy an adventurous trip over the harsh terrain leading to the cave.

Ice caves are only accessible from November until March each year, so a trip to one is truly a unique experience.  The caves vary in size and shape and change daily. In the right light and conditions, they are exquisitely beautiful, shrouded in stunning electric blue colours. 

After the breathtaking experience of the ice cave, it is time to head back to Reykjavík. On the way, you'll make another stop at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon as it looks different in the midday light. Keep an eye out for seals lazing about on the icebergs!

On your way back to the city, be also on the lookout for the Northern Lights. You'll never know when they are going to make an appearance. 

After an eventful trip, spend your last night in accommodations in the city centre. If you still have energy left, you can check out Reykjavík's vibrant nightlife. 


Day 5 - Reykjavik City and Departure


A winter-view of the city of Reykjavík cloaked in snow


Now it is time to bid farewell to Iceland. If your flight leaves late, you can use the time to explore the wonders of Reykjavík. 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 afterwards.

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.


Accommodation in Reykjavik

See our accommodation levels below. Super Budget booking will be arranged in hostel dormitory bed accommodation. For Comfort and Quality bookings, 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 travelling 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.

Super Budget

Rooms or dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels, such as HI Hostels. Located in the capital region. Breakfast is not included.

Comfort

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.

Quality

Rooms at four-star design hotels in the city center with a private bathroom at the absolute best locations downtown such as Hotel Alda. Breakfast is included.


Cancellation Insurance

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


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Reviews

My son and I had a great experience with Guide to Iceland. We thought the balance and pace of activities was exactly right. We saw a lot and covered a lot of ground, but also had time to walk around Reykjavik and make it to the Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur hot dog stand. Guide to Iceland was excellent with information flow. We particularly appreciated our tour guide (Thor Olafsson) on our 2 day trip to south Iceland. He told us a lot of interesting stories about the history of Iceland, the culture, celebration of holidays, his family life and about the mythology. He was very approachable and kind. I particularly appreciated that he took the time to stop and let us play with some Icelandic horses. It was a fantastic trip overall.

I had a great experience with Guide to Iceland company. All my tours were set in relaxing schedule with no time to waist. Excellent organization. Took a lot of pressure of my shoulders. I had outstanding experience with my tour coordinator, Melkorka. She was prompt to all email’s reply, followed through on all my wishes and requests. I wish Mother Nature would be as much cooperative. I’ve seen everything that were on my bucket list except Northern Lights. Thank you very much for making my vacation pleasant, warm and worries free.

I really enjoyed the trip! The accommodations and their free breakfasts were great, and the tour guides who led our trips were very friendly and knowledgeable. Guide to Iceland was also very friendly and prompt in its responses to my inquiries. I highly recommend this package.

It was hassle free to book this tour as they promptly response to all the enquiries I’ve raised throughout the trip! Guides were always helpful and try to take us to the best places when time and weather is allowable. Thanks for the lovely trip!

It was a great trip. The blue lagoon spa was beautiful, but little ruined due to the delay of flight and the blizzard weather. This is just bad luck. The jounery was a little tight for golden circle tour. The guides were lovely and amazing all the time. The ice cave of this year was little small. I was expecting larger cave to explor. But still, it is so great to travel with such humor and nice guides!

Our tour was perfect...everything we wanted and more! Our tour guides were especially great and Christian (Who we had for our 2 day South Iceland tour) was exceptional! Absolutely lovely, funny and knowledgeable about all things Iceland. Including personal stories which really made the trip enjoyable. Special shout out to him! Despite some crazy weather, we thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the tour and were stoked to get to see the northern lights on our first evening. Thank you so much, we’ll definitely be back one day!

Amazing experience in such a unique landscape! All the guides were super knowledgeable, funny, and informative, and we felt safe on the icy roads. The 5-day tour package was a perfect amount of time to see everything that we wanted to see. All the unique landscapes and sites were simply breathtaking. The tour company could not have made it any easier. Any questions I emailed were answered within 24 hours, more likely within an hour or two. I would totally recommend this company to anyone looking to see Iceland. 5 stars!

Wonderful experience! Guide to Iceland took care of all the details, all I had to do was grab my gear and be ready to have fun! My accommodations at Fosshotel Raudara were comfortable and convenient for tour bus pickups from the lobby. The Front Desk staff was awesome. Blue Lagoon was an adventure, my cell phone didn’t survive though even with it being in an Otter Box, the sulphur in the water isn’t the best situation for electronic devices (should have stored it in the locker after taking a few pics). Golden Circle tour was exciting with icy conditions on a few of the stops. Overnight trip on the South Coast was FANTASTIC with Aurora Hunters, Oddur was an excellent guide and helped out with photos that turned out stunning. The trip had to be revised due to weather conditions, so I missed the glacier lagoon and ice cave. Instead we did a glacier hike with Troll Expeditions that turned out to be one of the highlights of my trip! I booked a separate day trip to Snaefellsnes Peninsula, it was with Nice Travel. Thor was the NICEST guide and made the trip even more memorable with his personal connection to the area and a playlist that had many of us singing along on the way back to town. He also spotted Northern Lights forming, so we made a quick stop to grab some pics, which was lucky for me as my tour that I had booked that night hit a bump and left me searching for Northern Lights on a private tour into the late hours with no luck. It was still a fun adventure thanks to Sverrir from Sterna Travel. The small group mini bus tours are the way to go!

Fantastic tour. Every day was well planned with clear directions and wonderful guides. Hal was our guide to Hofn and he was fantastic as was our northern lights tour driver Viggo. Iceland is an amazing beautiful country and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. The accommodations were modern, clean and full of charm. Thank you for a great trip!!

This tour through Iceland was awesome! Not much to complain about. The boat tour to see the Northern Lights was a bit colder than on land (expected), and we were lucky enough to see some good lights! The tours to the waterfalls and beaches were great! We considered doing a self drive tour before, but I was glad we ended up taking the guided tour. The guides were very knowledgeable about the sights and history behind them. The tour vans took 8-12 people each, but it didn't feel over crowded at all. Overall, very happy with this tour!

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.

We went to Iceland in December 2016, for 8 days in total. We booked this tour to cover the first 5 days and self-drive for the remaining. They assigned an agent who can speak Chinese working dedicatedly with us to customize the tour. Unfortunately, we experienced bad weather during the stay and most of our trips were canceled. GuidetoIceland understood our disappointment, so they helped us negotiating with operators/vendors and finally refunded us part of the cost. Overall, they will provide you a hassle-free tour. I like their way of doing business.

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.

After our northern lights tour was canceled on three separate nights we asked for a refund and were told that no refund would be given as the tour was "complimentary", whereas the North Lights tour company informed us to contact Guide to Iceland for our refund and that one would be given. Nothing in Iceland is "complimentary" and I would argue that with the amount of money we paid for our itinerary, we likely paid for a northern lights tour as well. Iceland was beautiful but it felt oversaturated by tourists on the spots in our itinerary-- the ice cave in particular was ridiculously packed. I'd advise potential travelers to look into stats on the tourism boom in the country and exorbitant cost of food before booking a trip to Iceland. The airfare and tour prices may seem affordable, but being in the country is definitely not and you will feel like a sardine with the other 2.5 million annual tourists to a nation of only 320,000 locals! I will say Guide to Iceland effectively scheduled our daily itinerary with no mess-ups, other than booking us for an 1100 bus from our hotel to the airport and writing it as 1200 in our itinerary -- luckily we confirmed with our hotel and noticed the mixup with minutes to spare! All in all it was a once in a lifetime trip to a country with a beautiful landscape, but I doubt I'd return...

Generally memorable experience, love the landscape and helpful staff from Reykjavík Excursions. The tour was generally good except for the ice cave tour which was handled by Aurora Hunters. We were supposed to take the super jeep to the ice cave but there weren’t enough seats for everybody. As a result, my husband and I were separated into different vehicle to get to the destination. To make things worse, he didn’t even have a proper seat during the bumpy ride. The driver made him share a seat with another adult passenger, which caused none of them secured with a seat belt. We wanted to talk to our tour guide, hoping that he might be able to make better arrangement, only to realise that he wasn’t with us during the ice cave tour. While we were quite satisfied with the overall experience, I would not recommend Aurora Hunters due to their bad planning.

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.

The transfers were badly arranged. To start with, the booking agent booked our Blue Lagoon tour on the day that we have to go to the airport, the flight is at 15:30 and the entry was at 11:00. So after going into a small van at the hotel, to the central bus hub, then onto a big bus, then to the Blue Lagoon, then wait for luggage deposit and queue to get in, it was already 12:00pm. And then we only had half a hour before we had to pack and get going. And the worst is that the bus from Blue Lagoon to the airport is every two hours, so we had no choice but to take the Taxi! Also this information wasn't on our itinerary, it was only when we looked online we realised the bus runs every two hours. The other thing is that the tour guide of the ice cave tour knew that crampons will be provided at the ice cave tour site, but the day before still told us that we will need to get crampons and purposely stopped at a shop telling us - 'this will be a good place to get it'. So we all got our set of crampons only realised that they were provided next day.

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