4 Day Northern Lights Winter Adventure in Iceland with the Golden Circle & Blue Lagoon
Book this package and enjoy the nature that brought Iceland its fame, together with some winter adventure!
This itinerary packs in the world-famous Blue Lagoon Spa, the Golden Circle, with an exhilarating snowmobile ride, as well as a tour to hunt the ethereal Northern Lights, all in the company of local guides. You have a full day to roam the capital, with options to add more activities.
We arrange all 3 nights of accommodation in the city center for you and provide you with a detailed itinerary to enjoy the trip with ease. More information on each day's activities can be found below.
Even on a short stay, you can still create the vacation of your dreams. On Day 3, choose which activities would make you most happy. Stay in the city for a day of walking the shopping streets or taking in a show at Harpa.
Try an art gallery or museum in Reykjavik, such as the National Museum, if you're looking for authentic culture. There are also horse riding tours, ATV excursions, and whale watching tours in the area regularly.
Otherwise, escape to the south coast. Take it easy on a sightseeing bus while the driver handles the roads or trek across the glacier for some exercise. This vacation is what you make it.
Take home special memories of icy glaciers and steamy hot springs! Check availability by choosing a date.
Day 1 - Arrival
Take the shuttle bus from the Keflavik International Airport to your hotel in downtown Reykjavik. You'll stay at a cozy hotel in the city center so that you can easily explore the northernmost capital of the world.
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.
If you like, take a complimentary Northern Lights tour in the evening. 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.
You'll spend the night in Reykjavik.
Day 2 - Golden Circle and Snowmobiling
On your second day, experience the Big Three of Iceland's natural attractions; Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Iceland's most famous waterfall, Gullfoss, and the fascinating Geysir geothermal area, home to the hot springs Geysir and its more energetic cousin, Strokkur. Also, the area is filled with bubbling mud pots, steamy fumaroles, and vents in the earth's very crust, which gives Iceland its distinctive primeval landscape.
To top it off, you will be joining a snowmobiling tour to take a ride across Langjökull glacier, the second largest ice cap in Iceland, after Vatnajökull.
Day 3 - Optional Activities in Reykjavik & Northern Lights
On your third day, you have the freedom to explore the city's museums, galleries, and cafés or take part in one of several optional activities. If you would like to stay near the city, take a whale watching tour from the Old Harbour. Zip across the waves in a RIB boat as you watch for tailfins in the water or look for dolphins playing from the comfortable viewing deck of a larger ship.
You can also take a sightseeing tour of the rolling farmland, fast-moving waterfalls, and craggy lava fields that characterize the south coast. If you would like a more active day, take a glacier hike on the ice of Sólheimajökull. The choice is yours!
Day 4 - Farewell to Iceland
Your last day in Iceland! We're sad to see you leave!
For a hassle-free farewell, you will be picked up at your hotel to ensure that you get to the airport safely before your flight. If you have an afternoon departure, you can use the morning to visit the breakfast eateries, gourmet coffee shops, museums, and shops the city has to offer.
For those who have a later flight, there are plenty of things to do in Reykjavik.
You could take a short excursion in the countryside on the back of an Icelandic horse or see the whales on a last-minute boat trip. If you have an early flight back home, we wish you a pleasant journey.
Though your time in Iceland has finished, we hope you will return soon. As we say in Icelandic, "Sjáumst seinna!" ("See you later!")
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.