Scenic 5 Day Northern Lights Winter Vacation Package in Iceland with Ice Caving & the Blue Lagoon
Start an adventure with a 5-day journey in Iceland. Visit the Golden Circle, South Coast, Blue Lagoon, and an authentic Ice Cave with this all-encompassing winter package. Your five days will be full of Icelandic culture, history, and the unforgettable, snowy landscapes that make Iceland the perfect winter destination.
Those wanting to travel with ease and comfort to Iceland's best sights should not miss this winter package. This trip includes all your 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 relax in the Blue Lagoon Spa, visit the famous Golden Circle, and journey down to the South Coast as far as Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Vatnajökull National Park, where you'll visit an incredibly rare and natural blue ice cave.
You'll explore the otherworldly blue ice cave by driving onto Vatnajökull, Iceland's largest glacier. Your guide will then take you inside, where you can discover every crevice of the ice cave, which will change each year with the glacier's movement. It's one of the most stunning natural wonders of Iceland.
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 of the dancing lights. You can also add more adventures to this action-packed winter journey. You can opt for tours to snowmobile on a glacier, snorkel between continents, or ride around Iceland's wild, rugged terrains on an Icelandic horse.
Don't hesitate. Reserve this all-in-one winter package now! Discover the stunning Icelandic landscape while the elusive Northern Lights dance in the sky above you.
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Day 1 - Arrival in Iceland & Blue Lagoon
As soon as you arrive in Iceland, your otherworldly journey begins. From Keflavík International Airport, you'll be transported through the 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's 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 first evening soaking in the Nordic atmosphere in the northern-most capital in the world, Reykjavík.
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 accommodation in Reykjavík.
Day 2 - The Golden Circle
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. Iceland's parliament was founded here over a thousand years ago.
Þingvellir National Park is neither located on the Eurasian tectonic plate nor the North-American one but in a rift valley between the two plates. As the continents drift apart, they tear up the landscape, causing cracks and fissures in the region.
Those with a sense of adventure can choose to go on a snorkeling 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 328 ft. (100 meters).
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 49 - 66 ft. (15-20 meters) 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. It looks even more breathtaking in the wintertime as the white water thunders through blocks of ice and snow.
You can add a tour to Langjökull glacier during the booking process, 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 South Coast of Iceland is filled with breathtaking wonders. 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 203-foot (62-meter) 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, allowing 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 that are 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 6923-foot (2110-meter) high 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 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
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 colors.
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 center. If you still have energy left, you can check out Reykjavík's vibrant nightlife.
Day 5 - Reykjavik City and Departure
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 center, 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.
What to bring
Good to know
The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon, and therefore cannot be guaranteed, but this itinerary is designed to maximize your chances to see them if the weather allows. Please be aware that your itinerary may have to be rearranged to better fit your arrival date and time.
Some optional activities might need a valid driver's license, or you might need to send additional information to your travel planner. Please note that you need to know how to swim and present medical documents should you choose to go snorkeling or diving.
It can happen, in the case of extreme weather, that an activity is canceled. If your chosen activity is canceled, we will assist you with rearranging or booking other activities when possible, and any potential price difference will be refunded to you.
Note that Icelandic roads and pavements can be slippery in the wintertime. We recommend you bring shoes with slip-resistant soles or ice-grip shoe covers. The covers can be purchased in most supermarkets and gas stations around the country.
Accommodation in Reykjavik
See our accommodation levels below and our preferred accommodation partners under each day in the daily itinerary. Super budget level accommodations will be arranged in hostel dorm beds. For budget and comfort levels, bookings for one person will be arranged in single rooms, and bookings for two or more people will share a twin/double or triple room(s). For quality level, odd number groups will always be allocated a single room. If you are travelling in a group, but prefer a single room, please make separate bookings. Teenagers and children will be arranged in the same room with parents. If additional room(s) is needed, additional costs will incur.
For multi-day guided tours, accommodation cannot be upgraded and the levels below do not apply. Guide to Iceland will provide you with the best available accommodation at the time of your booking from our preferred partners. If our preferred partners are fully booked at the time of your booking, we will find another suitable accommodation for you of similar level.
We always do our best to accommodate special requests, which may incur additional costs. Press choose a date to find availability.
Dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels, such as HI Hostels. Located in the capital region. Breakfast is not included.
Private rooms with shared bathroom in guesthouses or hostels such as Capital Inn Guesthouse. Located in the capital region. Breakfast is not included.
Rooms with a private bathroom at three-star hotels such as Hótel Klettur, or quality guesthouses. Located in the city center or in close vicinity. Breakfast is included.
Rooms at four-star design hotels in the city center with a private bathroom at the absolute best locations downtown such as Hotel Alda. Breakfast is included.