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

4 Day Winter Vacation | Northern Lights, Golden Circle, South Coast & Blue Lagoon
Take a winter holiday in Iceland and see the Northern Lights, the Golden Circle, the South Coast and the world-famous Blue Lagoon spa.
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.
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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, Snowmobile, Horse Riding, Sightseeing, Boat Trip, Northern lights hunting, Hot Spring Bathing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, South Iceland, Reykjavík, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Eyjafjallajökull, Þingvellir, Strokkur, Reykjanes, Sólheimajökull, Mýrdalsjökull, Silfra, Þingvallavatn, Langjökull, Keflavik International Airport, Öxarárfoss, Haukadalur, Capital Region, South Coast
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : Flexible.

You will have a voucher to take the airport shuttle to your hotel in Reykjavík. And the fun starts right away!
Included:
  • Airport transfer on arrival/departure

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

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

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

  • South Coast small group 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

  • Winter 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.

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.

If you book the extra activities alongside this tour, you will get them at a lower price.



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 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.

Super Budget

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

Budget

Private rooms with shared bathroom in guesthouses or hostels such as Capital Inn Guesthouse. Located in the capital region. Breakfast is not included.

Comfort

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.

Quality

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.


Cancellation Insurance

This insurance guarantees that you can cancel tour and package bookings and receive a full refund, minus the insurance cost of 5,000 ISK per person.

The cancellation must be made more than 48 hours before the listed starting time on your voucher. To cancel your booking and claim your refund, simply contact info@guidetoiceland.is and declare full cancellation.

Please note that this insurance covers the cancellation of the whole tour or package. Individual services cannot be cancelled and refunded separately, but are all covered and refunded in case of a full cancellation.


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We had a fabulous time on our quick trip to Iceland. Our Golden Circle tour guide, Sif, was knowledgeable and very friendly. She took the time to answer any questions that came her way. We even got a free upgrade to visit the Secret Lagoon (which was less crowded and we enjoyed more than the Blue Lagoon)! My teenage son was thrilled since visiting hot springs was on his “must do” list. Although our Northern Lights tour was canceled due to weather, we completely understand the natural phenomenon it is and how unpredictable weather can be. That just means we will have to go back again! Our second day was our longest one with the Southern Coast tour. Oscar was a fabulous guide that kept us entertained and informed about all things Iceland. He was kind, courteous, and oh so accommodating to the group. The airport transfers were seamless and we arrived at the airport with plenty of time to spare. It was a memorable trip that I would definitely recommend to many.
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Honestly, i would rate the trip lower, but the problems I had with the tour was not at the fault of Guide to Iceland. I flew in from Anchorage Ak, and while en route, i had tight layover at Seattle WA. Due to this, my main luggage with all my cold weather gear wasn't there when I arrived. Luckily, I had all the clothing I needed for the blue lagoon, and the next fews days in Iceland, they had some, but not all the gear i needed that was in my luggage, in some places I went. Otherwise, the trip overall was perfect! Loved the hotel I was at, the bus stop system was useful, and the busdrivers will go out of their ways to help their customers if they are lost, or can't find them. As I said before, I would recommend anyone try to fit as much needed luggage in the carry on bag in case of tight layover and the baggage doesn't make it.
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Thanks, Guide to Iceland! Excelent trip thanks to your service. Highly recommended!
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Amazing trip! Everything is well-organized, and the tour guides from Yourdaytours were excellent.
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That was amazing ! We got unlucky with the weather but even with that its impossible to not love this trip
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The tours were great and really well organized. The guides from each company gave plenty of time at each spot for us to wander and take photos and explore the sites. We really enjoyed the northern lights tour and the glacier hiking in particular, they were both amazing experiences. The days were very full and tiring but they were worth it and it was necessary for us to squeeze everything we wanted in. We would definitely recommend the trip
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Overall my friend and I had an amazing experience. The first day we arrived KEF airport and was taken by bus to the Blue Lagoon. It was nice that we were there when it opened. It was pretty dark at first but loved that we could watch the sunrise. That's quite a site to see! We left right before noon and missed the huge crowd that was making their way in. We arrived to the Alda Hotel and booked the Quality suite. Overall it was very nice and clean. The hotel is beautiful and the complementary breakfast was superb; better than we imagined. Our Northern Lights tour got cancelled due to the weather, but we were able to enjoy Reykjavik. The second day, we were on the Golden Circle Tour; overall the sites were beautiful but had the most fun at the end because we chose the snowmobiling activity. The third day was the South Coast tour. We had an amazing tour guide and she was able to guide and squeeze ever detail she could to keep us informed about all the sites we were at. We felt very safe and enjoyed every moment of our time there. The only con is that we were always chasing daylight due to it being winter. We would love to revisit Iceland during the summer months to compare.
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Excellent experience! Guide to Iceland planned everything for us. We had an amazing time. Everything was well organized. We got so lucky with the weather in December.It was so warm on Christmas Day. Even though the day light was only 4hours and 15 mins, we were able to see everything. The only thing was that we did not see the northern lights. We can’t wait go back to Iceland.
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amazing experience !
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