4 Day Winter Vacation | Northern Lights, Golden Circle, South Coast & Blue Lagoon

Reykjavík is know for its many beautiful public spaces.
Seljalandsfoss waterfall cascades over a concave cliff in South Iceland.
Visit the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa and soak away any muscle tension you might have accumulated during your travels.
A lonely lighthouse illuminates the Grótta outdoor area on the Seltjarnarnes peninsula.
Reykjavík's parks and public spaces are as mesmerising in winter as they are in summer.
Gullfoss waterfall is stunning to behold when cloaked in winter's attire.
4.7
Based on 24 traveller reviews

Book this city break package and have a wonderful vacation in Iceland! The moment you arrive, you'll be able to enjoy the magnificent environment as well as the quirky and cool city of Reykjavík.

This package lets you sample the best parts of Iceland without fuss or stress. Come on over and enjoy! We'll handle the rest.

The itinerary strikes an excellent balance between nature and culture. You'll visit the Blue Lagoon, the Golden Circle, see tall, beautiful waterfalls and geysers blowing sky high in a wondrous display of power, and behold volcanic glaciers and the grim-yet-enchanting black sand beaches.

A Northern Lights tour is also included for you so you can hunt for their otherworldly beauty in the night sky.

There are plenty of ways to add more excitement to your vacation, despite its short length. Good things come in small packages, after all. You may choose extra activities to add on to certain days during booking. 

On your way around the Golden Circle, you could opt for snowmobiling on the great Langjökull glacier, whizzing over the white expanse without a care, or go snorkelling 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 south Icelandic countryside. The Icelandic horse has one of the smoothest gaits known to man, and their small size means that they are not intimidating, even for beginners. 

As you admire the black sand beaches and splashing waterfalls of the south coast, you can take a few hours to hike across the glacier and experience what it feels like to be isolated from the world. 

Reserve a date now and welcome to the land of Northern Lights! Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Sep. - Apr.
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Snorkelling, Hiking, Snowmobile, Horse Riding, Sightseeing, Boat Trip, Northern lights hunting, Hot Spring Bathing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 2 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, Reykjavík, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Þingvellir, Strokkur, Sólheimajökull, Keflavik International Airport, South Coast
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : Flexible

Included:
  • Airport transfer on arrival/departure

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

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

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

  • South Coast sightseeing tour in a minibus (upgrades available with other activities)

  • 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

  • Dinner


What to bring:
  • Camera

  • Swimsuit

  • Warm clothes

  • Good hiking shoes

  • Good waterproof outer layers


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.

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


The Blue Lagoon's natural heat and skin-smoothing algae will comfort you and ease the tension from tired muscles.


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. 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 colourful 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 colour against a backdrop of the Icelandic wilderness.

Your accommodation will be in the city centre of Reykjavik for tonight and the next 2 nights.


Day 2 - The Famous Golden Circle


Snorkelling in the clear waters of Silfra fissure is described by many as the highlight of their Iceland adventure.


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 the year 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 snorkelling then the snorkelling 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 of 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 snorkelling, 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


Be sure not to venture behind Seljalandsfoss waterfall during winter as the icy conditions are extremely slippery and dangerous.


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


Reykjavík is the northernmost capital of the world, known for its great selection of parks and scenic public spaces.


All good things come to an end, and on this day it is time to say goodbye. Depending on your flights, you may have the morning at peace in the city, or, if you prefer, you could visit the Blue Lagoon, if you didn't have a chance to do so before.

You'll be at the airport in time for your flight to check in and enjoy the last look of the dark, desolate fields around the airport before heading home.

We hope to see you again in Iceland!


Accommodation

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 with others, but prefer a single room, please make separate bookings. 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 Hostel. 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 guest houses. 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

Average rating 4.7 / Number of reviews 24

Out of experience with Guide to Iceland (GTI) was extremely smooth, straightforward and everything was taken care of for us. We have never booked a tour like this before (other than singe day or afternoon tours) however, in the context of Iceland it does make a lot of sense, especially during the winter season. Essentially everything that was promised to us we received, all of the tour companies that we were booked in to by GTI were all good. The best ones were Thule travel and Your Day Tours as they were small group tours and much more personalised with great guides that really cared about our experience, overall they exceeded our expectations. Reykjavik Excursion tours were too large for us (whilst the sites were still amazing, of course) the amount of people and regimented manor in which they are conducted didn’t appeal to us as much, however Reykjavík excursions were really good (timely, efficient) at transporting you to and from the airport, hotel and other non-guided sites. Our hotel, Hotel Klettur was the comfort level package and was adequate enough, however in the very cold winter time we would have rathered to stay a bit closer to the centre of town where the nice restaurants etc are located. Overall, our entire time in Iceland was wonderful, the country exceeded our expectations and it was fantastic having GTI take care of everything for us, including answering any questions that we had. The only note that I would make when booking if you do choose add ons such as horse riding (which I highly recommend) be aware that this will mean that some if the default activities will be missed or condensed into a shorter time. I would definitely recommend GTI and the 4 day iceland tour.

Recently returned from 4 day tour with my fiancee and it was absolutely amazing. The tour ran like clockwork and it was such a stress reliever that everything is organised for you. I can highly recommend this tour for price, convenience, value for money and experience. All the staff were polite, professional and friendly.

My travel buddy found this tour company and, after we diligently compared the cost to how much we'd pay doing everything on our own, we decided to go for it! This was the PERFECT way to arrange our first trip to Iceland. We didn't have to worry about a lot of things that would have caused us anxiety: renting a car, finding lodging that was central, booking individual tours, etc. We did everything through Guide to Iceland: Silfra snorkeling, glacier hike, waterfall/geyser viewing, and blue lagoon tours. They booked us on Arctic Adventure tours for the day and then arranged our bus transfers for EVERYTHING. We got picked up right from our hotel and didn't have to worry about too many arrangements. In terms of communication beforehand, they were great. During the trip, we were told that our Northern Lights tour was canceled a few days in a row, so we didn't end up going on that one. It was disappointing, but we had such a great time with other things and we were laid back travelers. Since that was complimentary, we didn't get a refund, which was slightly disappointing. I did, however, get a refund for a tour I wasn't able to do because of a medical clearance I wasn't aware of ahead of time (be sure your doctor signs off on anything you may be dealing with if you're doing Silfra snorkeling). The hotel (Foss Hotel Lind) was definitely good! The bed was comfy and the breakfast was SO worth it. Since food is expensive in Iceland, we saved a lot of money by staying there. The cable channels and bathrooms leave a lot to be desired, but we didn't spend enough time in the room to care much about it. They have great customer service and it's well worth the slight upgrade in lodging cost. Like most reviews on here, I say go for it! If you're heading to Iceland and you want someone else to do most of the work with planning so you can really enjoy your time there, go with Guide to Iceland!

I recently returned from my trip wit Guide to Iceland. I booked the trip back in the summer of 2017, to bring my girlfriend on a surprise proposal trip. She and I landed in Reykjavik and from there experienced the warm welcoming culture that is endeared in the Icelandic people. We ate lovely traditional foods, saw awe inspiring sights, and I proposed to my girlfriend while standing under a frozen waterfall. In short, it was fairytale-esque. We genuinely enjoyed our tour through Guide to Iceland and plan on returning to the country at some point in the near future. And if the fiancé has her wishes, we might just move there. For those considering booking through Guide to Iceland, I'll say this. Once you get on the ground, it takes a little bit a leg work to figure everything out (at in, where to go, etc.) but so long as you have an open mind, everything will work out as it should. And the tour agents are there to help you if you need it. It's well worth the money and you'll never regret going to Iceland.

Fantastic experience from start to finish!! Guide to Iceland, arranged us a fabulous tour that enabled us to experience the best bits of Iceland within our short stay. The hotel was amazing and very clean. All the tour guides were friendly and very helpful. We throughly enjoyed ourselves and would definitely recommend guide to Iceland to arrange Iceland tour packages. Looking forward to our return trip in the future!!

The staff who can speak Japanese supported my tour. I did not expect that I could communicate with the supporting staff in Japanese! That was very convenient for me, and I could ask her about the time schedule of airport bus and other questions several times. The support by the staff was perfect. The bus tours were also perfect, as the guides were well-trained and had a great experience of welcoming tourists. This 3-days tour is suitable to the people who visit to Iceland for the first time, since it includes most famous places in Iceland. I really want to come back again to Iceland, so I will try the other tour next time!

My mom and I had only one complaint with this trip - it was way too short! So much to see in Iceland that three days wasn't enough! Guide to Iceland did an excellent job with all the arrangements and adjusting them to our schedule. They also answered all the questions we sent before the trip-very responsive We had one small glitch with hotel accommodations and our guide was very helpful in sorting things out. We were able to enjoy a trip to an unfamiliar place without stress because Guide to Iceland organized things so well.

Guide to Iceland took care of everything and were very quick to respond to anything I needed. It was perfect for travelling to Iceland for the first time!

Great! First time solo to Iceland, not knowing much about the country, hence, decided to give Guide to Iceland a try since it provides full package. All was taken good care off from pickup from the airport to Hotel (to and fro) including the daily tours Golden Circle and South Coast - it was nicely arranged with some of the local smaller groups tour. Great one! Will definitely engage Guide To Iceland, if I ever visit different parts of Iceland again. Kudos! Thank you.

We had an unusual rocky start to our vacation to Iceland. Our flight was supposed to arrive Saturday morning to start our 4-day Guide to Iceland store. However, our flight was overbooked due to a huge mistake on the part of the airline we were taking (beware of WOW Air). The Guide to Iceland representative was amazing about helping us find a solution. We ended up not getting to Iceland until Monday morning. However, our tour guides made sure we were able to hop on the last day of our tour and make the most of it. The explained they would be more than happy to refund with a claim from the airline claiming responsibility (still in the process of that now). However, among all the chaos and disappointment Guide to Iceland was a shining light in the process! We were paired with Nice Travel for the one day we were there and I can't say enough good things about the tour in general. Even though it was pouring rain our tour guide had a smile on her face and made our one day the best ever. I can't recommend this tour enough. I will be sure to book with a different airline next time to make sure I get to experience the full tour!

We had a great experience in Iceland and would love to return again. The itinerary planned by Guide to Iceland packed just about as much as one could do in 4 days. Tour pick ups and transfers went off without a hitch and it was nice not to have to think about these details. Our tour guides were friendly and knowledgeable, happily answering our many questions. Everyone speaks excellent English. We added the optional glacier hike which I can highly recommend. Our Northern Lights boat tour was cancelled the first 2 nights but this was very easy to reschedule and we did finally see them on the 3rd night. I would definitely recommend this tour if you are short on time. (We would have loved to stay longer.) It gives you great highlights and is also an excellent value. My one 'complaint' is that I would choose luxury accommodations the next time. We chose comfort level and our room was long overdue for a makeover. Also, the lady at the front desk was probably the only unfriendly person we met in Iceland. However the location was good and we spent very little time there anyway. The only thing you do have to think about is dressing warmly and planning your meals. Wind and overcast skies make it feel much colder than the temperature and if you need to fortify your wardrobe there are several branches of Ice Wear in Reykjavik. They have a large selection and prices are comparable to what you would pay in the US for high quality clothing. As for meals, for higher end restaurants you should make reservations ahead of time. Do your research, the food in Reykjavik is top notch. The prices are high but the quality and service was fantastic everywhere we ate. Overall this is a great getaway at a reasonable price. Thank you Guide to Iceland!

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Iceland. I wish we would have booked the trip with more number of days. Iceland is a very beautiful country and we were enthralled with the different sights. Each day tour was great with knowledgeable guides providing the history and details of each location we visited. Our northern lights van tour was cancelled on the first night due to weather. They booked us on a bus tour the next day, wish we had gotten the minivan northern lights tour as was part of the itinerary instead of the bus tour. The only other thing was that we did not get a voucher for each trip. Each trip operator was asking for an individual voucher and we showed them the email we received with the 4 day itinerary but we did not get individual vouchers for each day except the Blue Lagoon. Overall I would highly recommend this tour operator.

It was really nice how they had everything planned out for us and we got to see pretty much all the highlights of Iceland. The only trouble we had was that they didn't tell us that the buses from the blue lagoon back to Reykjavik only ran every 2 hours after the 7:15 bus and not every hour. Nonetheless, it was great!

The trip was well planned and they modified items to fit our schedule. The food in the city was amazing. Only wished that it wasn't raining or cold.

It was an amazing experience. Although it was my first time travelling alone and making me worried about transportation and guiding, everything was just perfect. This summer I would love to visit again with friends. Also, would be better if the company send the notification of arrival (or the bus number) of a bus. Thank you!

This trip was amazing. Everything from the transportation being taken care of and not having to worry about it to the great tour guides made this trip unforgettable. Definitely a place I have to come back too only this time during a time with more sun.

It was an amazing experience!! And having everything all planned out and arranged for you made it so much more enjoyable and relaxing not having to worry about how to get from one place to the other. Everyone was really helpful and the tours were absolutely amazing.

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