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

7 Day Winter Vacation|A Northern Lights & Ice Cave Treat
Join this week long winter adventure and discover the West of Iceland and the South Coast of Iceland all the way to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and an ice cave.
The pale blue shades of an ice cave's interior resemble that of a fantastical frozen castle.
Kirkjufell was most recently used as a location in the HBO Fantasy series 'Game of Thrones', based on the book series by George R. R. Martin.
The only thing that can make Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon more beautiful is the inclusion of the Northern Lights dancing overhead.
Diamond Beach is approximately 4 hours and forty minutes from Iceland's capital city, Reykavík.
Time lapse photography at Diamond Beach is a particularly popular style for visiting documentarians.
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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: Þingvellir National Park on the Golden Circle, Snæfellsjökull National Park in the west, and Vatnajökull National Park in South Iceland.

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. 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 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 whoosh 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.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Oct. - Mar.
  • Duration: 7 days
  • Activities: Snorkelling, Caving, Snowmobile, Horse Riding, Sightseeing, Boat Trip, Northern lights hunting, Hot Spring Bathing, Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: 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
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : Flexible.

You will have a voucher to take the airport shuttle bus, which will send you directly to your hotel
  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival - Blue Lagoon and Reykjavik

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

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

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

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

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

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 - The Golden Circle

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 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

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

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 Caving in Vatnajökull Glacier

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

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

Hallgrímskirkja is named after the Icelandic poet Hallgrímur Pétursson.

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 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.


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.


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.

Private Transfer

The transfer takes around 45 minutes between the airport and your drop-off location in Reykjavik.

An agent will pick you up at the airport arrival hall with a sign to welcome you. There is no additional waiting time. You will board your private transfer and head to either the city or the Blue Lagoon immediately.

If you choose to go to the Blue Lagoon and it is fit into the arrival day, your driver will take you there first. The drive takes 15 to 20 minutes. You will have 2 hours at the Blue Lagoon for a relaxing soak.

The driver will be waiting in the lobby to collect you and drive you straight to your accommodation in Reykjavik afterwards, which takes around 30 to 35 minutes.

For your return journey, your private transfer driver will pick you up from outside your accommodation and drop you off at the airport directly. The total time would be around 45 minutes.

Please note that if your Blue Lagoon cannot be fit into your arrival/departure day, you will take the shuttle between the Blue Lagoon and the city.

Cancellation Insurance

This insurance guarantees that you can cancel tour and package bookings and receive a full refund, minus the insurance cost of 5,000 ISK per person.

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 and declare full cancellation.

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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It was truly an amazing experience and the tour guides were awesome. They were friendly and very knowledgeable. Can't wait to go back again
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We had amazing travel during 7 days in Iceland! Fantastic!
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We had an amazing week in Iceland! It was very well organized! Thank you Guide To Iceland!
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My friend and I did this tour after reading about the driving conditions in the winter. I'm so glad we did! Everything was booked and scheduled for us - no worries on our end! All the arrangements went smoothly and without delay! The mini-bus all had wifi enabled which was great! The hotels were excellent! I'd highly recommend!
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Extremely nice experiences, especially the tours hosted by Aurora Hunters. Just want to make a special thanks to our tour guide on the first 3 days ( William aka Good John), he was extrememly knowledgeble and was very professional, he told us local tales as wells as his own personal stories to make our trip more engaging. Very nice vacation overall, the accomodations were nice and luckily the weather was extremely clear for us through out the week. Thanks again for the amazing tour!
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A very nice vocation. Embla made everything well arranged. Bjarni Karl, our guide to Snaefellsnes Peninsula, was the best! He was professional and informative. Snowmobiling was exciting. Also, we were lucky enough to see the amazing northern lights! Already recommended Guide to Iceland to my friends.
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It is a great experience. The full trip was well managed from beginning to the end. The only pity is that we didn't make it to the ice cave and boat tour due to severe weather conditions.
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Amazingly beautiful and serene-from the lava fields to the glaciers---just gorgeous!!! I just want to thank you for all of your help while we traveled in Iceland. We had a fantastic time and that would not have been possible without your generous help! We spent nine days traveling around Iceland and got to experience the fireworks and bonfires on New Year's Eve, glaciers, ice caves, lava tubes, troll stories, museums, black sand beaches, horseback riding, and so much more than I can list!! Our travel agent was responsive to questions and the entire trip was planned out to ensure that we enjoyed every moment. Our guides were wonderful, kind, knowledgeable, and helpful--a big thanks to Omar, Oleg, and our guide on the South Coast!! Everyone we came in contact with was just fabulous! The amenities were great and the food was absolutely AMAZING! Your country is beautiful and we will always treasure our time spent there. We will recommend this destination and this travel agency to others. Again, thank you so very much for your help!
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Summarized a trip to Iceland organized by Guide to Iceland is all around absolutely recommendable. We enjoyed our time, collected incredible memories, have seen Northern Lights on 3 different occasions and had lots of fun during our stay. Thank you for this experience! Iris, from Guide to Iceland, who booked the modules at local companies, created a very detailed itinerary with lot's of extra information. The vouchers were carefully inserted, nothing missing! Amazing! Reply on e-mails was moderate fast. Selection of Hotels in comfort class was mainly very good with exception of Hotel Leifur Eiriksson, due to the fact that the bathroom was missing, only a toilet was available. Changing the Hotel 3 times during our stay in Reykjavik created problems/inconvenience regarding luggage transfer including debates with driver/tour guide in particular Aurora Hunters who created a drama standing in heavy rain outside about acceptance although the trunk was nearly empty and nearly all clients on board. Snorkeling at Silfra fissure and Golden Circle with Troll - outstanding experience and a definitive must do! The guides are highly motivated! West Coast and Snaefellsnes Peninsula with Aurura Hunters - Magnus was great and gave everything to make the trip exceptional and pleasant! As well advisable. The ice cave tour at South Coast Waterfalls and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon tour was incredible exciting and the guides fantastic. The drive with Aurora Hunters on this tour less enjoyable. The Blue Lagoon was totally crowded - to queue up 45 minutes although comfort entrance booked (which has everybody!), not having enough space/lockers in the changing room....
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Love the iceland trip that guide to iceland prepared for us! They helped us book everything including hotel, transit, day trips, so I dont need to worry about anything. Response is quick and helpful from the web portal. Price is very reasonable. The tours are great fun with very knowledgable guides. I really recommend you to try this, it is one of my best trips so far!
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