7-Day Northern Lights Winter Vacation Package with Ice Caving
Join this 7-day winter vacation package to visit the best spots in Iceland. This package will take you to explore Iceland's famous Golden Circle, beautiful South Coast, and richly diverse Snaefellsnes peninsula, with a few hidden gems along the way. This tour package is perfect for those who want a stress-free week exploring the very best of Iceland's natural beauty.
You will visit all three national parks in Iceland, filled with natural wonders: Thingvellir National Park on the Golden Circle, Snaefellsjokull National Park in the West, and Vatnajokull National Park in South Iceland.
Your first tour will take you to the Snaefellsnes peninsula. Here, you will explore a rugged and diverse terrain of mountains, glaciers, and lava fields.
You'll get to stop off in the picturesque coastal locations of Hellnar and Arnarstapi, as well as spotting a seal colony at the Ytri-Tunga beach. Alongside this, you'll also get to visit the famous arrowhead mountain, Kirkjufell, from the hit HBO show Game of Thrones.
Next, you'll explore the wondrous Golden Circle. Here, you'll witness a towering spouting Geyser, Iceland's most famous waterfall, Gullfoss, and the beautiful scenic location of Thingvellir National Park.
Finally, you'll get to journey through the vibrant terrains of Iceland's magical South Coast. You'll venture past powerful waterfalls, quaint towns, the famous Reynisfjara black sand beach, and end up at Iceland's crown jewel, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon.
But this is no mere sightseeing trip. You'll be out adventuring with plenty of outdoor activities, including ice caving, where you will see a thousand shades of crystal blue. The ice 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. You'll especially need these as you look to spot the world's most spectacular light show in the evenings, the northern lights.
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, dive between two continental plates on a snorkeling tour in Silfra fissure, or take the wheel of a snowmobile and speed across a glacier.
All your accommodation is included in this package. But you also have the option to spend many nights hunting the northern lights at various stunning locations.
With this package, planning your perfect Iceland itinerary is a breeze. Receive a detailed itinerary upon booking, guiding you through each day of your adventure. Enjoy the best attractions and wonders of Iceland without the hassle.
Professional drivers and guides will ensure your safety and provide valuable information. Sit back, relax, and take in the stunning landscapes. A personal travel agent is available 24/7 to assist you, providing recommendations and support throughout your trip.
Customers rave about the convenience, value, and exceptional service provided by knowledgeable guides and staff.
Enjoy flexibility with free cancellation and a full refund up to 24 hours before departure, allowing you to adjust your plans as needed.
Join this trip to experience the magic of Iceland in winter!
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Day 1 - Arrival - Blue Lagoon and Reykjavik
Welcome to Iceland! Your amazing winter Iceland adventure starts as soon as you land at Keflavik Airport.
Aboard the bus, take a surreal ride through moon-like lava landscapes to reach the northernmost capital of the world, Reykjavik. You'll be staying in a hotel in the city center, making it easy to go out and explore.
On your way to Iceland's capital city, you could choose to 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 add the Blue Lagoon, it will be arranged according to your flights.
If there is no time to visit the lagoon today, it can be added to another day. Your travel consultant will be able to arrange this for you. There is still plenty to see and do in Reykjavik if you have extra free time.
Once you arrive in Reykjavik, you'll be captivated by its charming streets, colorful buildings, and vibrant atmosphere. Take a stroll through the city center and discover the unique architecture, including the iconic Hallgrimskirkja church. If you're interested in history and culture, don't miss the opportunity to visit the National Museum of Iceland or the Harpa Concert Hall.
Reykjavik is also known for its thriving culinary scene. Indulge in delicious Icelandic cuisine, from fresh seafood to traditional lamb dishes. Don't forget to try the famous Icelandic hot dogs, known for their unique flavor.
In the evening, immerse yourself in Reykjavik's lively nightlife. Explore the city's bars and pubs, where you can enjoy live music, local craft beers, and a friendly atmosphere. Keep an eye out for the chance to witness some traditional Icelandic music and dance performances.
With its combination of natural beauty, cultural attractions, and vibrant atmosphere, Reykjavik is the perfect starting point for your Icelandic winter adventure.
Take your time to explore the city and soak up its unique charm before embarking on the rest of your unforgettable journey through Iceland's breathtaking landscapes.
Day 2 - Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Today, get ready for an unforgettable exploration of the beautiful Snaefellsnes peninsula in Northwest Iceland.
Your adventure begins with a convenient pickup from your accommodation, and your first stop is the beautiful beach of Ytri-Tunga, known for its playful seal colony.
Although it might be too cold for the seals today, take a moment to soak in the serene atmosphere as you gaze at the endless waves crashing against the rocky shores.
Continue your journey to Raudafellsgja, a remarkable fissure that extends deep into the roots of the Botnsfjall mountain. Marvel at the grandeur of this geological wonder, a testament to the incredible forces of nature.
Next on the itinerary are the charming fishing villages of Arnarstapi and Hellnar. Take your time to stroll along the cliffs overlooking the sea, capturing the enchanting coastal scenery with your camera. These idyllic villages offer a glimpse into Iceland's rich maritime heritage and provide a tranquil escape from the bustling city life.
Continue your adventure into Snaefellsjokull National Park, the first established national park in Iceland. For a small additional fee, you have the option to explore the Vatnshellir lava cave, a captivating underground world filled with fascinating rock formations, offering a 656-foot (200-meter) journey into darkness.
Next, you can breathe in the fresh sea air as you visit Djupalonssandur and Dritvik, two picturesque beach areas that were once bustling fishing hubs. Marvel at the incredible rock formations scattered along the coastline and appreciate the uniquely shaped pebbles that adorn the beach.
Conclude your day's adventures with a coastal hike to Londrangar, a magnificent basalt formation standing tall at an impressive height of 230 feet (70 meters).
As the day comes to a close, find serenity in a charming seaside village in West Iceland. Let the tranquility of the ocean and the soothing sounds of nature surround you as you rest and rejuvenate.
Day 3 - Kirkjufell
On your third day at Snaefellsnes, get ready for another day filled with photographic opportunities and captivating sights. You'll revisit some of the most stunning locations, including the iconic Kirkjufell mountain.
Standing at a height of 1,519 feet (463 meters), Kirkjufell is renowned as one of Iceland's most photographed mountains. Its allure stems from the nearby lake that reflects its majestic presence, the cascading waterfalls that enhance its beauty, and the contrasting farmlands that surround it. Capture the perfect shot of this remarkable landmark, immersing yourself in its awe-inspiring atmosphere.
Continuing your journey, you'll venture to the Borgarfjordur area to witness the splendor of two magnificent waterfalls: Hraunfossar and Barnafoss.
Hraunfossar is a series of waterfalls created by streams of water flowing over a lava field, formed by an eruption from the volcano beneath the Langjokull glacier. Witness the mesmerizing sight as water gracefully cascades over the rugged landscape, offering a unique display of natural beauty. Barnafoss holds a somber tale within its name.
It is the site of a tragic folk legend that tells the story of two children who ventured across a crumbling land bridge over the river only to meet a tragic end. In grief, their mother destroyed the bridge to prevent anyone else from suffering the same fate. As you stand in awe of the waterfall, let the haunting tale remind you of the power and mystery of Icelandic folklore.
As the day continues, you'll have the opportunity to visit Deildartunguhver, Europe's highest-flow hot spring. Witness the raw power of nature as scalding hot water gushes from the earth, creating an impressive spectacle.
Keep your eyes open for the deer fern, a unique botanical treasure that can only be found in this particular location. Botany enthusiasts will delight in the chance to spot this rare plant.
Finally, as you make your way back to Reykjavik, you'll drive through the charming town of Borgarnes. Take in the sights of this cozy community, known for its rich history and scenic surroundings. Absorb the essence of Icelandic coastal life as you pass through, appreciating the harmonious blend of nature and human habitation.
At the end of the day, you'll return to your hotel in Reykjavik, reflecting on the incredible experiences and breathtaking landscapes that have filled your journey.
Day 4 - The Golden Circle
The Golden Circle is Iceland's most popular attraction, and for good reason! Embark on an extraordinary journey as you discover the wonders of this renowned route.
The Golden Circle derives its name from Gullfoss, the mesmerizing Golden Waterfall. Considered one of Iceland's most beautiful waterfalls, Gullfoss becomes even more awe-inspiring in the winter months. Watch in wonder as the thundering white water cascades over icicles, carving its way through blocks of ice and snow.
Located conveniently close to Gullfoss is the Geysir geothermal area.
It is from Geysir that the English word 'geyser' originates, although Geysir itself no longer erupts. Fear not, as the neighboring geyser, Strokkur, comes to life every 5-10 minutes, spouting water as high as 40 meters (131 feet) into the air. Witness this impressive display of natural geothermal activity, capturing the perfect photo of the towering plume.
In addition to these incredible natural attractions, your journey will also lead you to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of this historic location, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet.
Learn about the park's rich historical significance, as it served as the site of Iceland's first parliamentary assembly, the Althingi, founded in 930 AD.
Throughout the tour, your knowledgeable guide will provide fascinating insights and stories, enhancing your experience and making the trip even more enjoyable and memorable. You'll have ample time at each location to fully immerse yourself in the beauty of the landscapes and explore the unique features that make these sites so remarkable.
Traveling in a small and comfortable transport, you'll enjoy an intimate experience, connecting more deeply with the stunning surroundings and the natural wonders of Iceland.
While on the road, you'll have the opportunity to embark on one of the optional tours.
Choose to horseback ride through the picturesque landscapes, discovering the beauty of Iceland from a unique perspective.
For those seeking an underwater adventure, snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters of Silfra fissure offers an unforgettable experience.
Alternatively, you can embrace the thrill of snowmobiling on Langjokull glacier, zipping across the icy expanse.
Select the tour that best aligns with your interests and embark on an additional adventure during your Golden Circle journey.
After this extraordinary day trip, you'll return to Reykjavik, where you can unwind and spend another night in town, preparing for the exciting adventures that lie ahead. Reflect on the unforgettable sights and experiences of the Golden Circle, knowing that your Icelandic adventure is far from over.
Day 5 - South Coast Exploration
Today marks the beginning of your two-day journey along the South Coast of Iceland. Get ready for a day filled with breathtaking wonders as you embark on this unforgettable adventure. An early morning pickup from your hotel awaits, so make sure to be prepared and dressed appropriately for the weather conditions.
Your first stop is Seljalandsfoss waterfall, an impressive sight characterized by its tall and slender form, cascading down a cliff with a large cave nestled behind it. Take a walk behind the waterfall and relish the magnificent view, but exercise caution, as the rocks can be slippery, especially in the winter season.
Next on the itinerary is the magnificent Skogafoss waterfall. This towering cascade surpasses even the grandeur of Seljalandsfoss and marks the final jewel in a succession of remarkable waterfalls that descend from the renowned Eyjafjallajokull volcano. This glacier-capped volcano gained global attention in 2010 when its eruption led to the disruption of European air travel for several days.
Your journey continues to Reynisfjara, an imposing black sand beach located near the village of Vik. Here, the mighty Atlantic Ocean stretches uninterrupted from the Antarctic, producing colossal gray waves that crash upon the volcanic sands beneath the striking hexagonal cliffs.
Finally, you'll reach the remarkable Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, a sight of unparalleled beauty. The lagoon takes on an ethereal glow during low light conditions, with the floating ice glistening in golden hues. Witness the mesmerizing deep blue color of the icebergs' undersides, a result of thousands of years of oxygen bubbles being compressed within the ice.
As the day draws to a close, you'll find yourself in the shadow of the magnificent Vatnajokull glacier. This colossal ice cap adds an extra touch of majesty to the surrounding landscape, creating an atmosphere of awe and wonder.
Prepare to spend the night in this remarkable setting in Southeast Iceland, surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of nature and the imposing presence of the Vatnajokull glacier.
Day 6 - Ice Caving in Vatnajökull Glacier
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. There's a short hike to the cave from where you'll park, 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 constantly change as temperatures warm and cool throughout the season! It is not possible to visit glacier caves without the necessary equipment and a specialist guide who 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 Reykjavik. We'll make another stop at Jokulsarlon 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 Reykjavik, 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 center of Reykjavik. If you still have energy left, why not check out Reykjavik's nightlife?
Day 7 - Departure from Reykjavík
Make the most of your final hours in Iceland, cherishing the memories of your remarkable journey.
If you have a later flight and choose to visit the Blue Lagoon today, you'll have the perfect opportunity to unwind before heading to the airport. Immerse yourself in the warm, mineral-rich waters, allowing relaxation to wash over you as you reflect on the incredible adventure you have just experienced in the captivating land of fire and ice.
For those with a later flight, Reykjavik offers many activities to enjoy. Take advantage of the extra time and explore the charming city further. There may be hidden gems you haven't discovered yet, delightful cafes and restaurants where you can indulge in delicious cuisine, or fascinating museums and galleries waiting to be explored.
Take a leisurely stroll through the vibrant streets, absorbing the unique atmosphere and embracing the spirit of Reykjavik. There is always more to uncover, and if time allows, seize the opportunity to immerse yourself in this captivating city's many wonders.
If your flight is scheduled for an early departure, we bid you farewell and wish you a pleasant journey back home. Rest assured, Iceland will always welcome you with open arms, ready to share even more of its wonders whenever you choose to return.
No matter how much time you've spent in Iceland, there is always more to discover. As you embark on your flight, carry the memories of this extraordinary land with you, and may they inspire you to return soon for another unforgettable adventure. Farewell for now, and until we meet again!
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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.
Accommodation in Reykjavik
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.
For multi-day guided tours, accommodation cannot be upgraded and the levels below do not apply. 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 center or in close vicinity. Breakfast is included.
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.