4 Day Northern Lights Winter Vacation Package with the Golden Circle, South Coast & Blue Lagoon
Book this 4-day winter vacation package of Iceland. Take the perfect city break with a visit to Iceland to explore the vibrant city of Reykjavik, bathe in the tranquil waters of the Blue Lagoon, adventure through the world-famous Golden Circle and Iceland's wondrous South Coast. This package lets you sample the best parts of Iceland without fuss or stress, as Guide to Iceland will handle all of the details for you.
The itinerary strikes an excellent balance between nature and culture. You'll visit the Blue Lagoon, the Golden Circle, see the most magnificent waterfalls, and be dazzled by huge spouting geysers blowing sky high in an amazing display of power. Not only that, but you'll also get to witness volcanic glaciers and the unique Reynisfjara black sand beach.
A Northern Lights tour is included so you can hunt for the elusive and spectacular Aurora Borealis. Witnessing the stunning colors of the Aurora dance over an Icelandic sky is one of the most incredible experiences of a lifetime, helping to tick off the world's greatest natural wonder from your bucket list.
There are plenty of ways to add even more excitement to your vacation by selecting extra activities to add to certain days during booking. Our selection of additional activities will help to make your trip that extra special with a handful of unique experiences.
On your way around the Golden Circle, you could opt for snowmobiling on the great Langjökull glacier, journeying over the beautiful white snowy expanse. Or you could choose to go snorkeling in the crystal clear Silfra fissure, in the waters that fill the void between the Eurasian and American tectonic plates.
You could also get back to nature with a horseback riding tour in the wild and rugged terrains of the South Icelandic countryside. The Icelandic horse has a unique gait, and their small size means that they are not intimidating, even for beginners. You will also have plenty of time to get some great pictures of these stunning creatures up close. As you admire the South Coast's black sand beaches and dramatic waterfalls, you can take a few hours to hike across a glacier and experience what it feels like to be isolated from the world. A glacier hike provides for the most breathtaking views of Iceland with a perfect feeling of peace and tranquillity. Reserve a date now and visit the Land of Fire, Ice, and Northern Lights! Check availability by choosing a date and book your Iceland adventure.
Day 1 - Arrival
Welcome to the Land of Ice and Fire!
The first view you'll get is the stunning lava fields of Reykjanes peninsula. Enjoy the lunar landscape of Iceland on your travel from the airport to the city.
On your way to Iceland's capital city, you will make a stop at the Blue Lagoon. This world-renowned spa is known for its healing waters, vivid azure colors, and luxurious treatments. It is located in the middle of a moss-covered lava field, giving it an otherworldly atmosphere.
You'll soon be in the northernmost capital in the world, where you have the remainder of the day to explore and experience the unique Nordic vibe. Check out the sculptures by the seaside, wander past colorful corrugated iron houses and eat in style in one of the many wonderful and creative restaurants in the city.
As night falls, take advantage of a complimentary Northern Lights tour. You may choose what kind of Northern Lights experience you prefer: By boat or by bus. Go for the boat tour in the Old Harbour to see the dancing lights over the ocean while the wind plays with your hair, or choose a bus tour to head out into the countryside under cover of darkness and watch for glimmers of color against a backdrop of the Icelandic wilderness.
Your accommodation will be in the city center of Reykjavik for tonight and the next two nights.
Day 2 - The Famous Golden Circle
Your day will start early, so put on good shoes and grab your camera; you're going out to see some of Iceland's finest attractions. The Golden Circle is a set of three locations in the southwest part of the island. The first one is Þingvellir National Parliament Park, where the first Icelandic parliament gathered in 930 AD. The deep rifts in the landscape, created by earthquakes and volcanic eruptions, have given Iceland its unique look and now offer a great chance to stride down the great cleft Almannagjá, by Öxará river.
If you choose to go horseback riding, then that activity will take place before heading to Þingvellir National Park, or if you opt for snorkeling, then the snorkeling tour happens at the clear waters of Silfra by Þingvellir Lake.
Your second stop is the valley Haukadalur, where the one and only Great Geysir holds court with the numerous other smaller geysers that will bubble and burst for your entertainment. The largest one, called Strokkur ('The Churner'), has a blast that reaches a good 40 m (131 ft) into the air! Just make sure to stand upwind, or you might get awfully wet!
The last stop of the day will be the magnificent canyon of Hvítá glacial river, where the monstrous Gullfoss, the Golden Waterfall, crashes down from high above into the screaming white of the rushing water below.
If snowmobiling is your chosen option for today, then you'll head to Langjökull glacier from Gullfoss waterfall.
On the way back to the city after a spin around the Golden Circle, you'll make a stop at the Blue Lagoon for a sensory experience unique to Iceland. Release all your tension, letting the azure water soothe tired muscles and joints.
Please note that if you have arranged additional activities with your Golden Circle tour, such as snorkeling, horseback riding, or snowmobiling, your visit to the Blue Lagoon will be scheduled on your arrival or departure day instead, so you will have time to take full advantage of its restorative powers. The Lagoon is world-famous for its healing, mineral-rich waters - This is not a place you want to rush.
Your accommodation will be in Reykjavík for the evening.
Day 3 - The Wild South Coast
This day is for those who adore nature and all that it has to offer, from high mountains to low beaches, white glaciers, and black cliffs.
You'll head out along the south coast, traveling under the magnificent Eyjafjallajökull glacier that gained notoriety for clearing the skies of airplanes a while back and the great white cap of its bigger brother, Mýrdalsjökull glacier. Two of Iceland's loveliest waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, are tucked under the glacier.
You will be exploring Seljalandsfoss behind the cascading water for a unique view. After that, you can see the Sólheimajökull glacier tongue, where it reaches out toward the black sands of Sólheimar below.
If you want to try your hand (and foot) at the most popular outdoor activity in Iceland, opt for an upgrade with glacier hiking at Sólheimajökull, and you will step on top of the vast expanse that together covers 11% of Iceland's surface.
After this visit to some of the most stunning landscapes Iceland has to offer, you will return to Reykjavík for one last night in the coolest capital in the world.
Day 4 - Farewell to Iceland
All good things come to an end, and on this day, it is time to say goodbye. For those who have a later flight, there are plenty of things to do in Reykjavik. If you have an early flight back home, we wish you a pleasant journey.
You'll be at the airport in time for your flight to check-in and enjoy the last look at the dark, desolate fields around the airport before heading home.
We hope to see you again in Iceland!
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.
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. 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 centre or in close vicinity. Breakfast is included.
Rooms at four-star design hotels in the city centre with a private bathroom at the absolute best locations downtown such as Hotel Alda. Breakfast is included.