Breathtaking 7 Day Northern Lights Winter Vacation Package in Iceland 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 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 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.
Join this trip to experience the magic of Iceland in winter! Check availability by choosing a date and book your Iceland adventure today.
Day 1 - 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 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.
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
Today, you’ll spend the day exploring the beautiful Snæfellsnes peninsula in northwest 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, 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, opened to the public since 2011. The cave 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 that rises to a height of 70 m (230 ft).
You’ll spend the night in a seaside village on the peninsula.
Day 3 - 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 that enhance its beauty, and nearby farmlands, which provide a contrast to its stark facade. You’ll also visit the 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 - 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 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 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, providing you with an intimate experience.
While traveling, you can embark on one of four tours. You can horseback ride through the beautiful landscapes, snorkel in the crystal-clear waters of Silfra fissure, or snowmobile on Langjokull glacier.
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
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 the 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 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 color 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
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 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 center of Reykjavík. If you still have energy left, why not check out Reykjavík's nightlife?
Day 7 - 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!
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.
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.