7 Day Winter Vacation|A Northern Lights & Ice Cave Treat

Based on 18 traveller reviews

Join this winter trip full of stunning sights and activities! This package offers you both the very best highlights of Iceland as well as the lesser known beauties our incredible island has to offer.

You will visit all three national parks in Iceland, filled with natural wonders - Thingvellir National Park on the Golden Circle, Snæfellsjökull National Park in the west, and Vatnajokull National Park down south.

But this is no mere sightseeing trip - get moving with plenty of outdoor activities, including ice caving, where you will see a thousand shades of crystal blue. These caves are specially chosen each year for their beauty and safety so that you can enjoy the scenery and capture the moment in the most beautiful photographs possible. 

Find full details of your daily activities below and don't forget to pack your warm layers of clothing!  

You can add a little extra fun to your tour of the Golden Circle, by booking an additional horse riding tour around the geothermal landscape, get your feet wet on a snorkeling tour of Silfra gorge or take the wheel of a snowmobile and whoosh across a glacier! 

All your accommodation is included in this package. But you also have the option to spend many nights hunting the Aurora Borealis at various stunning locations.

Join this trip to experience the magic of Iceland in winter! Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Nov. - Mar.
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Activities: Snorkelling, Caving, Hiking, Snowmobile, Horse Riding, Sightseeing, Boat Trip, Northern lights hunting, Hot Spring Bathing, Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 years old
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, Reykjavík, Jökulsárlón, Vatnajokull, Skógafoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Þingvellir, Hraunfossar, Snæfellsnes, Black Sand Beach - Reynisfjara, Hellnar, Arnarstapi, Vík i Mýrdal, Kirkjufell, Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Pickup information:
  • Starting time : Flexible

Included:
  • Airport transfer on arrival/departure

  • 4 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 standard entrance (upgrades available) and return transfer

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

  • South Coast 2-day minibus tour with ice caving

  • 1 night of accommodation in a country hotel in Vatnajokull National Park during the 2-day south coast tour (breakfast included, private bathroom depending on availability)

  • Snaefellsnes 2-day minibus tour with lava caving

  • 1 night of accommodation in a country hotel in Snaefellsnes during the 2-day Snaefellsnes tour (breakfast included, private bathroom depending on availability)

  • 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

  • Entrance fee to the Vatnshellir lava cave

  • Dinner

  • Lunch


What to bring:
  • Swimsuit

  • Camera

  • 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 - Blue Lagoon and Reykjavik


7 Day Winter Vacation|A Northern Lights & Ice Cave Treat


Your amazing winter Iceland adventure starts with a surreal drive through moon-like lava landscapes to reach the northernmost capital of the world, Reykjavík. You'll be staying in a hotel in the city centre, making it easy to go out and explore.

If your flight arrives earlier than 4 PM, you can also choose to go to the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa on your way to Reykjavik. The Blue Lagoon is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland.

The milky blue waters are surrounded by black volcanic formations, making the experience even more unique. A great way to relax after your flight. You may also have an opportunity to take in the Northern Lights as you relax!

If you prefer, you can arrange to visit the Blue Lagoon visit on a different day, so you can settle down and enjoy the capital first, with its quirky cafés, shops, and cosmopolitan cuisine.


Day 2 - Snaefellsnes Peninsula


7 Day Winter Vacation|A Northern Lights & Ice Cave Treat


Today, you’ll spend the day exploring the beautiful Snæfellsnes peninsula in north-west Iceland. You’ll be picked up at your accommodation and make your first stop at Ytri-Tunga, a beach with a well-known seal colony where they like to sun themselves on the rocks during the warmer months.

Although today might be too cold for their liking, the beach is a thoughtful place where you can stand on rocky shores and contemplate the endless waves.

You’ll visit Rauðafellsgjá, which is a large fissure reaching deep into the roots of the mountain Botnsfjall.

After that, you’ll view two fishing villages, Arnarstapi and Hellnar. At Hellnar, you’ll have an hour or so to walk the cliffs along the sea and take as many charming photos of the coast as you like.

You’ll then visit Snæfellsjökull National Park, the first established national park in Iceland, where, for a small additional fee, you have the option of exploring another cave. This time, you can venture into the Vatnshellir lava cave. It was only opened to the public in 2011 but offers 200 m (656 ft) of darkness and interesting rock formations.

Next, you can breathe in the fresh sea air on Djúpalónssandur and Dritvík, two beachy areas which were important hubs in the fishing trade, once upon a time. Here, there are incredible rock formations, and the beach is known for its strangely shaped pebbles.

Finally, you will hike along the coast to Lóndrangar, a basalt formation which rises to a height of 70 m (230 ft).

You’ll spend the night in a seaside village on the northern side of the peninsula.


Day 3 - Kirkjufell


7 Day Winter Vacation|A Northern Lights & Ice Cave Treat


On your second day at Snæfellsnes, you’ll return for a tour of other photographic opportunities like the unusual Kirkjufell mountain. Kirkjufell is 463 m (1519 ft) high and is one of the most photographed mountains in Iceland due to the nearby lake which reflects it, waterfalls which enhance its beauty and nearby farmlands which provide a contrast to its stark facade. You’ll also visit Gerðuberg basalt column.

The Shark Museum at Bjarnarhöfn is a treat for the eyes (and tastebuds) as you can learn more about Iceland’s dependence on fishing in generations gone by. The museum is filled with historical artifacts and boat parts, and Bjarni, who runs the project, is happy to share his wealth of experience from a lifetime as a fisherman.

You may also get a taste of hákarl (fermented shark) and a drink of a traditional Icelandic drink, Brennivín! (The trick is not to breathe through your nose until you have swallowed.) No matter what you think of the taste, you’ll feel like a real Viking after you try it!

Next, you’ll visit the Borgarfjordur area to see two waterfalls, Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. Hraunfossar is a series of waterfalls formed by rivulets streaming over a lava field, created by an eruption of a volcano lying under the glacier Langjökull.

Barnafoss is the site of a sad folk tale about two children who crossed a crumbling land bridge over the river and fell to their deaths. Their distraught mother destroyed the bridge so that no one else would risk the same fate.

The final attraction for the day is Deildartunguhver, the highest-flow hot spring in Europe, and the only location in the country where you can find the deer fern - botany enthusiasts keep your eyes open for it!

Then, you’ll drive through the town of Borgarnes on your way back to your hotel in Reykjavík.


Day 4 - The Golden Circle


7 Day Winter Vacation|A Northern Lights & Ice Cave Treat


The Golden Circle is Iceland's most popular attraction and for a good reason!

The Golden Circle takes its name from Gullfoss, which means Golden Waterfall. Many consider this Iceland's most beautiful waterfall. In wintertime, it's even more stunning as the thundering white water is flows over icicles and breaks through blocks of ice and snow!

Its location is conveniently close to Geysir geothermal area. The English word 'geyser' comes from Geysir, which unfortunately no longer erupts. Luckily, the geyser Strokkur is right next to Geysir, and it spouts water as high as 40 m (131 ft) every 5-10 minutes.

In addition to seeing these two incredible natural attractions, you'll also visit Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO heritage site that's rich both in beauty and history.

Your knowledgeable guide can tell you everything you'll need to know about the attractions, making the trip more fun and memorable. You will have ample time at each location to take in the beauty of the landscape and explore its fascinating features.

Your transport will be small and comfortable, so you will have an intimate experience instead of going with a big bus group.

After this extraordinary trip, you'll return to Reykjavík to unwind and spend another night in town before your next adventure.


Day 5 - South Coast Exploration


7 Day Winter Vacation|A Northern Lights & Ice Cave Treat


The south coast of Iceland is filled with breathtaking wonders and today begins your two-day trip along it. You will be picked up early at your hotel, so be ready and wear clothing according to weather.

First, you will see Seljalandsfoss waterfall, a stunning high and narrow waterfall that tumbles from a cliff with a large cave behind it. You can actually walk behind the waterfall and enjoy the view, but mind your steps: the rocks can be slippery with ice in the winter! Next, another stunning waterfall: Skógafoss. This one is even bigger than Seljalandsfoss and is the last in a long row of impressive waterfalls that cascade down from the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano that looms over the south coast.

Eyjafjallajökull is a glacier with a volcano underneath the ice cap. In 2010, European air travel was shut down for several days because of its eruption. After you've had your waterfall fix, you'll head to Reynisfjara, a gorgeous black sand beach with stunning vistas of the rock formations and ocean waves. The rocks at Reynisdrangar, beyond the coast, stand strong against volatile Atlantic Ocean waves.

Finally, you'll arrive at the stunning Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. The lagoon is particularly beautiful in low light, the floating ice sparkling in shades of gold. When an iceberg has just tumbled into the lagoon, you'll be able to see the gorgeous deep blue colour of the underside, caused by oxygen bubbles compressed into the ice for thousands of years. You'll then spend the night in the shadow of the great Vatnajökull glacier.


Day 6 - Ice Caving in Vatnajökull Glacier


7 Day Winter Vacation|A Northern Lights & Ice Cave Treat


You will start the day with a natural glacier ice cave exploration!

You'll be driven to the cave on a modified super truck along with an expert local glacier guide, enjoying an adventurous trip over the harsh terrain. From where you'll park there's a short hike to the cave, so bring good hiking boots! You'll need to wear waterproof hiking boots that cover your ankles.

Glaciers are indeed spectacular, but they are also dangerous. They are full of cracks and crevasses and always changing as temperatures warm and cool throughout the season! It is not possible to visit glacier caves without the necessary equipment and a specialist guide that knows the area well.

Our local guide knows the glacier and its movements. The guide determines which cave is best to visit each time, taking in all factors, such as weather conditions. Glacier caves vary in size and shape and change daily. In the right light and conditions, they are exquisitely beautiful, with stunning blue ice revealing itself.

In springtime, the ice caves break, melt and fill with water, so in autumn our local guides set out in search of new ones to explore. This means that every cave is unique, you'll never see the same one twice, making the experience all the more magical.

You'll spend at least 45 minutes within the ice cave so make sure that you dress warmly! You'll get a helmet, so you should bring a winter hat that is not too bulky, as it needs to fit under the helmet.

After the breathtaking experience of the ice cave, it will be time to head back to Reykjavík. We'll make another stop at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon as it looks different in the midday light and you might also be able to see seals sunbathing on the icebergs.

On our way back to Reykjavík, your guide will again be on the lookout for the Northern Lights, and we'll make a stop if we see them.

After an eventful trip, spend your last night in a hotel in the city centre of Reykjavík. If you still have energy left, why not check out Reykjavík's nightlife?


Day 7 - Departure from Reykjavík


7 Day Winter Vacation|A Northern Lights & Ice Cave Treat


Make the most of your final hours in Iceland. 

Use any extra time by exploring the multitude of street art, museums, cafés, designer shops and restaurants serving delicious Icelandic fare scattered around the city center. 

If you are lucky enough to have a late flight, you may have time to visit the Blue Lagoon one last time, for a relaxing soak before your departure.

No matter how much time you spend in Iceland, there is always more to see. Enjoy your flight, and come back soon!


Accommodation in Reykjavik

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 in a group, but prefer a single room, please make separate bookings. For multi-day guided tours, accommodation cannot be upgraded and the levels below do not apply. 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 Hostels. 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 guesthouses. 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.


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Reviews

The tour was really awesome! We really had an amazing time. I would highly recommend Guide to Iceland. Everything was properly taken care of .

Because of the weather, some project was cancelled. We already lost all hope, then very pleasantly surprised saw the Northen Lights in the last two days of the trip (East of Iceland) , and took some amazing pictures, tour guide for the day was Thorsteinn, a very handsome man who was born in Northern Europe, with the accompanying when we hunting Aurora even attend the dinner, we were very, very happy. GUIDE TO ICELAND every journey will arrange different guides, Thorsteinn is our favorite tour guide in this journey! He can ignite the emotions of all vehicles, we had a great time because of him. Finally, I sum it up: firstly, all removed items are basically about 1-3 days received a GUIDE TO ICELAND refund, which is a fast refund credit company! Secondly, all message/email basically got a response within 24 hours, and super helpful. Thirdly, the accommodations are arranged very well. ——Anastasia Wong

The sights on this trip were amazing! The planning was well taken care of by Unnur and her team who ensured that our doubts were cleared. We were on the 2 day tours with Nice Travel and the Golden Circle tour with Adventure Vikings, both tours were professional. Kudos to the drivers who drove through the wind and ensured we were able to reach each sights before sunset. Unfortunately for us, on the first three days it was constantly raining and dark, hence we were unable to catch a few sights clearly. Nonetheless, the guides ensured that we were taken care of and were always insightful.

The whole trip was absolutely amazing, we had some different companies with different guides, but the most amazing guide we have ever had was Antonio from Nice travel company, he was so knowledgeable and so friendly, he helped us to take some great pictures with the northern lights and made our trip to the south cost unforgettable. Ice caving and in general south coat tour was great. The only problem we had was that our tours were not really punctual and it was a little bit annoying.

Iceland is the most mind blowingly beautiful place on earth- including the warmth of its people ! Such a wonderful experience:) A couple of tips regarding this package tour: - you will be travelling on different days with different companies, and staying at multiple locations even in Reyakvik ( potentially) . I had to double check a couple of times that my pick ups each day were booked from the correct hotels etc - the tour drivers / guides are generally great , but they do vary in experience ( I had one trainee for part of the trip who needs some coaching in managing a group - lovely person though!) , and another who had no experience as a guide but was brilliant as she is a born and bred local so shared loads of local information on culture and politics - you don't get a scheduled itinerary for each day which can be confusing and a bit inconvenient for planning meals and loo stops - sometimes lunch was at 3/4pm in the afternoon by which then you are starving! Some driving legs are 3-4 hours with no planned loo stops. Be prepared:) - driving culture is a bit different safety wise. Some drivers were texting/ googling/ taking calls while driving , which I personally found terrifying at times . Iceland clearly has different rules around this compared to rest of the world !! - hot tip - don't stay in a hotel near the nightclubbing strip in Reykavik on fri / sat night if you want to sleep - some of the tour days are late drop off (9pm) then early pickup (8am ). The tour booked me in above a club and I changed hotels in the middle of the night as was too exhausted to join the party downstairs;) Having said all that, the landscapes are breathtaking and the experience overall incredible. I will be back, but will probably 'self drive ' next time ! Kindest regards Michelle ( Australia)

Iceland has many spectacular natural sources which is unforgettable to see. My husband and I went on a trip on Saturday12th November 2016.The tour guide and driver were extremely knowledgeable and kept out spirits high throughout the cold weather. We are really enjoyed this trip. Thank you so much for an amazing experience. I will never forget.

My friends and I had a great time on this trip to Iceland! I have not stopped recommending it to my other friends and family back home. The ice cave was incredible and we saw the northern lights 4 times while we were in Iceland. You can book this tour without hesitation.

Great trip. The only problem we experienced was bad internet on the bus on the way to the glacier lagoon but that was fixed on the way back. The accommodation was good and all the pickups were on time and without hassle. Can highly recommend this tour package.

Everything about this package was perfect. The hotels were great, the tours were awesome and the people who helped us were the best. I highly recommend this trip and the services offered on this site. They really helped make our trip to Iceland perfect. Thank you Guide to Iceland!

My mom and I had the BEST time ever! Unnur was incredibly helpful and really went above and beyond to make sure our trip was perfect. I think the schedule for this trip is ideal, and really, we got to see so much I can't even believe it. I think it's also great that we got to experience a few different tour companies, and also that they were all small group experience, none of the big bus stuff. I couldn't recommend Guide to Iceland more. We are sooooo happy we found them! Thank you for everything!!!!

It‘s unforgettable holiday in Iceland, The scenery is beautiful. Everyone is nice. It's impressive. Especially our last day guide Matthias Bjarnason. Thanks to his drive, we finally returned Reykjavik in time against storm. In general, we all are satisfied for this trip and thanks to your hard work behind. We will recommend to our friend, It's a worthy trip.

one of my best experience ever! lucky me! I have seen northern light at the first two days nights, which the northernlights were the big ones according to our tour guard. Tour guards of the trip are the best. They are very professional and hard working. Thanks to them,I have very good impression for the iceland people,not only just the tour guards, many of others are very kind and helpful to the tourists.I would like to come back in summer time in future!

The booking was all done by Unnur and I can't say enough how expertly that was done! The tour itself I found a few issues with. My tour was mid December and I don't think this an ideal time for this trip. Winter was late coming and the weather was so wet it was very unpleasant and taking photographs was not possible in many places. I went straight to Blue Lagoon on my arrival day from the airport. If you are doing this also, they will store your bags for you. It is a very cold walk to the lagoon from the luggage storage so make sure you have access to enough clothes from your luggage before and after the water. Make sure you have a loose fitting, completely waterproof jacket and pants even though the tour info only stressed waterproof gear on one day. On my tour it rained and sleeted almost every day. Getting out of the minivans all day to sightsee things like waterfalls with huge sprays In rain or snow will make you very wet. I found days 2 and 3 the least interesting of this tour. It seemed to be a lot of stopping at fishing villages and little else. As the weather was so blustery you couldn't explore too much. The Golden Circle tour was more interesting but make sure you are wearing seat belts in the minivans. My tour ran into a bad snowstorm late in the afternoon, a gust of wind blew our minibus off the road and it tipped over. The driver was very professional and the accident was not his fault. We had no serious injuries because everyone but one was wearing seat belts. If you are unfortunate enough to be in an accident here in Iceland, rest assured their rescue teams are extremely capable and thorough. Day 4 and 5 was fun, especially Francois the tour driver was so helpful and caring. I became sick early on the tour and he was constantly checking on me. The black sand beaches were fantastic but beware of the water! They all warn you about the currents but I can't stress enough not to turn your back on the water. The ice caving tour was a little disappointing. I had expected to be able to take photos inside the cave, carrying a tripod for the purpose. We were only inside a tiny section of the cave due to the amount of water from the warm conditions. We were there a max of 10 mins and there was hardly anything to photograph and nowhere to set up a tripod. I have seen beautiful images of brilliant blue ice caves but this is not what we saw. A lot of the walls were exposed rock with only a couple of small blue ice sections and water flowing fast below the steps we were standing on. The hike up to the cave and back from the cave were so much more interesting than the 5-10 mins in the cave. My trip had so much cloud cover there were no Northern lights visible till the last two nights. Luckily Francois could stop on the way back to Reykjavik for us to take some photos. I think the drivers could have explained what would be happening a bit more before arriving at venues. When getting out at stops we usually had no idea exactly what was going on. eg. The lava cave, the specifics of the ice caving etc. The drivers were all very knowledgeable and happy to share there experiences and love of Iceland.

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