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7 Day Winter Vacation|A Northern Lights & Ice Caving Adventure

7 Day Winter Vacation|A Northern Lights & Ice Caving Adventure

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Tour starts
Keflavík Airport, Flexible
Duration
7 days
Languages
English
Difficulty
Easy
Available
Oct. - Mar.
Minimum age:
8 years old

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 Snæfellsnes 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: Þingvellir National Park on the Golden Circle, Snæfellsjökull National Park in the West, and Vatnajökull National Park in South Iceland.

Your first tour will take you to the Snæfellsnes 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 mountain) 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 Þingvellir 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, Jökulsárlón 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 snorkelling 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.

Join this trip to experience the magic of Iceland in winter! Check availability by choosing a date and book your Iceland adventure today.

Included

Airport transfer on arrival/departure
4 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 2-day small group 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 small group 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
Personal travel agent
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Activities

Snorkelling
Caving
Snowmobile
Horse Riding
Sightseeing
Boat Trip
Northern lights hunting
Hot Spring Bathing
Ice Caving

Attractions

Blue Lagoon
Golden Circle
Reykjavík
Jökulsárlón
Vatnajökull
Skógafoss
Seljalandsfoss
Geysir
Gullfoss
Eyjafjallajökull
Þingvellir
Hraunfossar
Deildartunguhver
Strokkur
Snæfellsnes
Reykjanes
Mýrdalsjökull
Skaftafell
Silfra
Borgarfjörður
Þingvallavatn
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Hellnar
Borgarnes
Barnafoss
Langjökull
Arnarstapi
Vík í Mýrdal
Keflavik International Airport
Kirkjufell
Reynisdrangar
Öxarárfoss
Haukadalur
Skaftafellsjökull
Lóndrangar
Djúpalónssandur
Breiðamerkurjökull
Diamond Beach
Rauðfeldsgjá Gorge

Daily itinerary

Day 1
The Blue Lagoon company was founded in 1992; the doors opened for business officially that year.

Arrival - Blue Lagoon and Reykjavik

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.

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 colours 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.

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
The beautiful Snæfellsnes peninsula is referred to as 'Iceland in Miniature' thanks to the sheer variety of its natural features.

Snaefellsnes Peninsula

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 peninsula.

Day 3
Kirkjufell, in English, is 'Church Mountain' and is 463 meters high.

Kirkjufell

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.

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
Haukadalur Geothermal Area is the perfect place in the winter months to understand why Iceland is known as the land of 'Ice and Fire'.

The Golden Circle

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
Jökulsárlón has doubled in size over a fifteen year, but is still no match for the sheer expansiveness of the Aurora above.

South Coast Exploration

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.

Your next stop is the imposing black sand beach of Reynisfjara near the village of Vík. The Atlantic ocean travels uninterrupted from the Antarctic to the shore, creating massive grey waves that crash on the black sands under the hexagonal cliffs.

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 Caves come in all shapes and sizes. A little crawling, climbing and sidling might be required to navigate inside.

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. 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
Hallgrímskirkja is named after the Icelandic poet Hallgrímur Pétursson.

Departure from Reykjavík

Make the most of your final hours in Iceland. 

For those who have a later flight and choose to visit the Blue Lagoon today, you will finish off your stay unwinding before you head to the airport. This is the perfect place to relax as you bathe in the warm, mineral-rich waters as you look back on the incredible adventure you have just taken in the land of fire and ice. If your flight is later there are plenty of things to do in Reykjavik. If you have an early flight back home, we wish you a pleasant journey.

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

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What to bring

Swimsuit
Camera
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.

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.

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 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.

Meals

You can now add meals to your booking. Select to include dinner on every night as an optional extra, and we will provide you with vouchers as part of your booking confirmation. We will choose from top-rated restaurants that fit with your vacation itinerary and make your reservations for you. At the restaurant, you will be offered a set menu, from which you can choose from meat, fish or vegetarian options. If you would prefer something else, the voucher will act as a credit that you can redeem at the restaurant against menu items that are not part of the set menu. Please notify the restaurant on arrival about any dietary requirements. Vouchers are non-refundable.

Cancellation Insurance

This insurance guarantees that you can cancel tour and package bookings and receive a full refund, minus the insurance cost. The cost of your cancellation insurance depends on the duration of your tour or package. A base cost of 5,000 ISK per person is applied to all tours and packages with a duration of 5 days or less. An additional 1,000 ISK per person will be added to the insurance cost for each day after. 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. COVID-19 Related Cancellations If you need to cancel your booking due to COVID-19 related reasons, the cancellation insurance provides further protection for your booking. If you purchase a self-drive tour or guided tour package along with the cancellation insurance, you will also get a full refund. If you test positive on arrival, to get the full refund after arrival, please email us at info@guidetoiceland.is with your booking details and your test result within 4 hours after you receive the test result. If your flight gets cancelled due to COVID, to get the full refund, please email us at info@guidetoiceland.is with your booking details and your flight cancellation confirmation prior to your scheduled flight departure time. 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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