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

Based on 9 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 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 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, splashing waterfalls and forest trails 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: Hiking, Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting, Hot Spring Bathing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 2 years old
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, Reykjavík, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Strokkur, Sólheimajokull, Black Sand Beach - Reynisfjara, Vík i Mýrdal, Keflavík International Airport, Thingvellir, South Coast
Pickup information:
  • Starting time : Flexible

Included:
  • Airport transfer on arrival/departure

  • 3 nights of accommodation in Reykjavik (different levels available; breakfast included for Comfort and Quality levels; more detailed info below)

  • Blue Lagoon standard entrance (upgrades available) and return transfer

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

  • South Coast 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




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 as you 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 Harbor, 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 2 nights.


Preferred accommodation in Reykjavík

Reykjavík budget

Capital Inn is a 2 star hotel 3 km out of the city centre, with a short walk to Kringlan shopping mall and Nauthólsvík geothermal beach. Private bedrooms with a washbasin but shared bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is not included.

Reykjavík Comfort

The Centerhotel chain has six 3-4 star centrally located hotels in Reykjavík, with a short walk to attractions, cafés, restaurants, museums and the nightlife. All offer private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Reykjavík Quality

Alda Hotel is a 4 star hotel situated on Laugavegur, Reykjavík's main shopping street in the city centre. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free access to a fitness room with a sauna and a hot tub. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


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 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.

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.

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 Reykjavik for the evening.


Preferred accommodation in Reykjavík

Reykjavík budget

Capital Inn is a 2 star hotel 3 km out of the city centre, with a short walk to Kringlan shopping mall and Nauthólsvík geothermal beach. Private bedrooms with a washbasin but shared bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is not included.

Reykjavík Comfort

The Centerhotel chain has six 3-4 star centrally located hotels in Reykjavík, with a short walk to attractions, cafés, restaurants, museums and the nightlife. All offer private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Reykjavík Quality

Alda Hotel is a 4 star hotel situated on Laugavegur, Reykjavík's main shopping street in the city centre. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free access to a fitness room with a sauna and a hot tub. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


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, who 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.

You'll then head to the east along the coast, reaching the village Vík. Nearby lies the great black beach of Reynisfjara, guarded by the massive rock stacks Reynisdrangar. Some say those two pillars are night trolls turned to stone by the first rays of the morning sun ages ago. The black beach is walled in by great hexagonal basalt column cliffs, presenting nature's beauty in an out-of-this-world way.

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 the country has to offer, you will return to Reykjavik, for one last night in the coolest capital in the world.


Preferred accommodation in Reykjavík

Reykjavík budget

Capital Inn is a 2 star hotel 3 km out of the city centre, with a short walk to Kringlan shopping mall and Nauthólsvík geothermal beach. Private bedrooms with a washbasin but shared bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is not included.

Reykjavík Comfort

The Centerhotel chain has six 3-4 star centrally located hotels in Reykjavík, with a short walk to attractions, cafés, restaurants, museums and the nightlife. All offer private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Reykjavík Quality

Alda Hotel is a 4 star hotel situated on Laugavegur, Reykjavík's main shopping street in the city centre. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free access to a fitness room with a sauna and a hot tub. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 4 - Farewell to Iceland




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 on your arrival day. 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. Single person bookings will be arranged in a single room, while bookings of 2 or more people will share twin/double room(s) or triple room(s). If you are traveling in a group, but prefer a single room, please make separate bookings. We always do our best to accommodate special requests, which may incur additional costs.

Comfort

Rooms with a private bathroom at three star hotels such as CenterHotel Skjaldbreið, 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 centre with a private bathroom at the absolute best locations downtown or seaside locations such as the Fosshótel Reykjavík. Breakfast is included.

Luxury

If you prefer to travel in high style and stay at high end luxury accommodation, please contact us after booking, and we will offer a customized upgrade. Please note that special requests will incur additional cost.


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Reviews

Average rating 4.2 / Number of reviews 9

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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