Ultimate 10 Day Adventure | Highlands in Winter & Ice Caves

Ultimate 10 Day Adventure | Highlands in Winter & Ice Caves
Ultimate 10 Day Adventure | Highlands in Winter & Ice Caves
Northern lights can fill Iceland's starry skies on clear winter nights.
On of the highlights of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in west Iceland, Mount Kirkjufell, is a spectacular feature when clad in winter ice.
Hot spring bathing is possible all over Iceland, and is a great way to warm up in winter.
Seljalandsfoss can be fully encircled if conditions allow; while in winter, it is often too icy, there are opportunities to do so.
Strokkur the geyser spouts in the steaming geothermal area of Haukadalur Valley in winter.
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Experience Iceland at its wintery best with this 10-day trip. This package offers you the chance to visit Iceland's most popular attractions such as the South Coast, Golden Circle and Snæfellsnes Peninsula, and pairs the excursions with adventures in the Highlands, a glacier walk, and visits to two ice caves. Those looking to visit Iceland during the Northern Lights season should grab this chance now.

Along with famous locations such as the Golden Circle, Kirkjufell on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon at Vatnajökull National Park, you'll be taken to the remote and wild Landmannalaugar highlands. There, you can admire the area's colourful rhyolite mountains in pristine winter beauty when they are ringed with frost and snow, and unwind in a natural hot spring. 

You will explore not one, but two ice caves on the South Coast. One a natural blue ice cave underneath the 1000-year-old Vatnajökull glacier, the other is darker and streaked with ash as the glacier, Mýrdalsjökull, sits on top of Katla volcano. You will also strap on crampons and a harness, and take a walk on top of one of Mýrdalsjökull's outlet glaciers

With this package, you will be able to experience Icelandic nature as the locals do. Get on a super jeep with mammoth tires and head to the heart of this country with otherworldly landscapes. All accommodations are included, and you'll experience all of this in small groups, with highly professional tour guides that will help you search for the elusive Northern Lights in the evening.

If all this wasn't enough, you can also add more excitement during the booking process, such as a 2-hour horseback riding tour in the countryside around Reykjavík on the smooth-gaited Icelandic horse, a choice of helicopter tours for unforgettable views, or a day trip to Mývatn in the north (including flights). 

Don't miss this ultimate, mind-blowing wintertime adventure! Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Nov. - Mar.
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Caving, Super Jeep, Horse Riding, Sightseeing, Boat Trip, Northern lights hunting, Hot Spring Bathing, Cultural Activity, Helicopter, Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, Reykjavík, Jökulsárlón, Vatnajökull, Mývatn, Dimmuborgir, Landmannalaugar, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Hekla, Geysir, Gullfoss, Eyjafjallajökull, Þingvellir, Hraunfossar, Deildartunguhver, Strokkur, Snæfellsnes, Reykjanes, Sólheimajökull, Mýrdalsjökull, Skaftafell, Sólheimasandur, Borgarfjörður, Hjálparfoss, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Hellnar, Barnafoss, Langjökull, Vík í Mýrdal, Ólafsvík, Keflavik International Airport, Kirkjufell, Reynisdrangar, Frostastaðavatn, Haukadalur, Námaskarð, Vatnshellir Cave, Djúpalónssandur, Ytri Tunga Beach, Breiðamerkurjökull, South Coast, Diamond Beach
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : Flexible.

You will have a voucher to take the airport shuttle to a hotel in Reykjavík or we can pick you up from anywhere within the city limits
  • Airport transfer on arrival/departure

  • 5 nights of accommodation in Reykjavik (Different levels available; breakfast included for Comfort and Quality levels; more detailed information below)

  • 3-day small group super jeep adventure to Landmannalaugar & Golden Circle

  • 2 nights of accommodation in a country hotel during the 3-day Landmannalaugar trip (breakfast included, private bathroom depending on availability)

  • 2-day small group winter adventure to Jökulsárlón with Ice Caving

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

  • 2-day small group adventure to Snaefellsnes Peninsula

  • 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

  • Blue Lagoon comfort entrance (upgrade to premium level available) with transfer

  • 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

  • Lunch

  • Dinner

What to bring:
  • Camera

  • Swimsuit

  • 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 warm waters of the Blue Lagoon make it a perfect place to warm up in winter.

Your winter adventure begins as soon as you land. The international airport is in Keflavík, on the Reykjanes peninsula, and the drive to the capital city of Reykjavík will take you through an otherworldly, lunar landscape. You'll pass by a black lava field covered with moss and possibly snow.

Your accommodation will be a cosy hotel in Reykjavík's city centre, so you can start exploring this quirky city straight away.

If your flight arrives early, you can even choose to soak in the Blue Lagoon before you reach Reykjavík. This milky-blue hot spring stays warm all year round and its natural silica mud does wonders for your skin! A perfect way to relax after your flight. If your flight arrives late, the Blue Lagoon trip will be arranged on a different day and instead, you can spend your evening in one of Reykjavík's top restaurants, admire its colourful houses and soak in the Nordic atmosphere.

If you like, take a complimentary Northern Lights tour in the evening. You may choose what kind of Northern Lights experience you prefer: by boat or by bus. Go for the boat tour in the Old Harbour, to see the dancing lights over the ocean while the wind plays with your hair, or choose a bus tour to head out into the countryside under cover of darkness and watch for glimmers of colour against a backdrop of the Icelandic wilderness.

Day 2 - The South Coast

In the midnight sun, the skies above Jökulsárlón become dyed magical colours, that reflect on the ice.

The nature extravaganza officially kicks off today. In the next 8 days, you will travel down the South Coast along the Ring Road, explore the Golden Circle and Landmannalaugar highlands route, head west to see the Snæfellsnes peninsula, and spend a free day in the capital of Reykjavík.

Please note that the sequence of those trips will depend on which day of the week you land, so you might spend your second day in Iceland exploring Reykjavík, followed by the national park days, or have the free day in Reykjavík on day 9, before your departure day.

On your first day along the South Coast, you'll see some beautiful waterfalls, notably Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. Seljalandsfoss can be seen from the Ring Road, as this high and narrow waterfall plunges into a small pond underneath. You'll be able to walk the path behind the waterfall and get great views of the waterfall, just remember to take care as the path might be icy and slippery.

Nearby is Skógafoss, another stunning waterfall measuring 60 m (197 ft) high and 25 m (82 ft) wide. The infamous volcano Eyjafjallajökull looms high above the waterfall.

An impressive stop is then the black sand beach of Reynisfjara with the dark Reynisdrangar rock stacks keeping guard over the hexagonal cliffs as the ocean rushes upon the shore with tremendous power. 

There will be a lunch break before heading further east towards Vatnajökull glacier, Europe's largest glacier. You'll make a stop inside Vatnajökull National Park, at Skaftafell Nature Reserve where you'll get magnificent views of the glacier itself.

Finally, you'll go to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, filled with floating icebergs that have broken off Breiðamerkurjökull glacier. Right next to the lagoon is a black sand beach covered in icebergs. The ice lying on the sands glistens when the sun's rays hit it, giving this area the name Diamond Beach.

Accommodation is arranged in a country hotel either near Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon or Skaftafell Nature Reserve, and you'll search for the Northern Lights in the evening if conditions are favourable.

Day 3 - The Ice Cave in Vatnajokull

The ice caves in the south-east of Iceland are like something from another planet, or a mystical realm.

The second day of the 2-day tour of the South Coast includes a blue ice cave exploration.

Today’s activity will be one of the rarest experiences in Iceland, a real wintertime treat. To get to the ice caves, jump into a modified SUV able to handle the icy winter driving, which will take you to Vatnajökull glacier. There is a short hike from the parking area to the cave itself, so be prepared to walk and wear sturdy hiking boots. It’s best if they come up over the ankle so that your feet stay dry all day.

No two ice caves are the same, and there is no telling where or when one might appear. The same is true for when they melt in the spring. Once a cave is gone, it is gone forever, creating a one-of-a-kind experience for each cave.

Every year, specialists scour the area around the glacier, looking for ice caves which are safe to enter. These experts know when the caves are forming and when they are likely to disappear, as weather changes cause the ice cave to melt, refreeze, contract and expand each day.

You'll spend at least 45 minutes within the ice cave so make sure that you dress warmly. This leaves you plenty of time to admire the blue crystalline walls of the cave and take pictures of the most impressive ice sculptures you find. You'll be provided with all the necessary safety equipment, including a helmet, so wear a winter hat that can fit under the helmet.

After your exploration of the cave, you'll return to Reykjavík. On the way, you'll make a second stop at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon to view it in the changing light of mid-afternoon. You might also see seals playing on the ice in the sunshine.

In the evening, your guide will make every effort to anticipate the Northern Lights forecast and give you a good experience as you head back to Reykjavík city where you will spend the night.

Day 4 - Golden Circle

Whether coming in summer, winter, spring or autumn, Gullfoss waterfall is always worth a visit.

Today, you'll be picked up at your hotel in Reykjavík and driven towards the first stop on the Golden Circle route, Þingvellir. The area was declared a National Park in 1930 and was later designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is sometimes called "the heart of Iceland," because of its immense beauty and importance in Icelandic history. Wander here at your leisure.

Next, there is the geothermal field of Geysir with hundreds of hot springs of all types, most with boiling water. The geyser Strokkur erupts every 10-15 minutes.

Geysir, one of the most famous hot springs in the world, sometimes called the Great Geysir, was the first geyser described in a printed source and the first known to modern Europeans. The English word geyser (a spouting hot spring) therefore derives from the Icelandic word “geysir,” which is derived from the verb "geysa", meaning "to gush."

You'll then head to to the majestic Gullfoss Falls (the "Golden Falls"). This is considered by many to be Iceland's most beautiful waterfall, and it's especially impressive during winter time as the water plunges through ice and snow.

You'll make your way to a country hotel in the Fljótshlíð area. Make sure you check the sky for sightings of the Northern Lights before you go to bed. 

Day 5 - Landmannalaugar

Bathing in a hot spring in Landmannalaugar in winter is a great way to stave off the chill.

Today, you'll be driven towards the valley of Þjórsárdalur. From there, you'll have a view of Hekla, one of Iceland's most famous volcanoes, known as 'the Gateway to Hell.' It is still active and last erupted in the year 2000.

The drive takes you through vast lava fields covered by snow to a stop at Lake Ljótipollur. Although the name of this lake translates to ‘Ugly Puddle’ it is quite beautiful with high, red edges and aquamarine water.

Finally, you'll reach Landmannalaugar. The area will probably be covered in snow, but the steep rhyolite mountains and rough lava fields will still be visible. You'll also be able to see the geothermal activity of the hot springs and naturally heated rivers crisscrossing the land at every turn.

After the drive, you can relax in the geothermal pool. Don't forget to watch for the Northern Lights in the evening, if the sky is clear. Even if the auroras don't show up, it is still spectacular to view the stars shining so brightly, far from man-made light pollution.

You’ll then head back to your accommodations in the rural Fljótshlíð area.

Day 6 - Katla Ice Cave

The Northern Lights moving like dancers in the sky above Seljalandsfoss waterfall on the South Coast.

Now it is time to explore another glacier, Mýrdalsjökull. This is Iceland’s fourth largest glacier, and it sits on the infamous volcano Katla. You don’t have to worry about Katla, though, all volcanoes are highly monitored. 

From Vík, you will head out to the secret ice cave in Mýrdalsjökull glacier. This cave is unlike the blue ice cave you saw at Vatnajökull, as it is much darker due to the amount of ash embedded in the ice from past volcanic eruptions. Marvel at its swirling patterns and take in the silence of area, broken only by the crampons of your fellow travellers.

As well as your caving adventure, you will also have the opportunity to revisit the beautiful black sand beach of Reynisfjara, with its strange hexagonal cliffs and daunting Reynisdrangar sea stacks.

After a day of adventures, you’ll be transported back to Reykjavík, stopping for one last look at the waterfalls Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss on the way.

Day 7 - Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Snæfellsnes is a peninsula that stretches 90 kilometres from the west of Iceland.

Today, you'll begin an exciting tour of the Snæfellsnes peninsula, an area with many of the terrain features which make Iceland a favourite with visitors to our shores: snowy lava fields, wind-swept cliffs, white-tipped waves crashing on the shores of black sand beaches, and icy blue pools.

Your first destination after being picked up at your accommodation is the beach at Ytri-Tunga, which is home to a large seal colony in the summer months. Though the seals may be absent, depending on the weather, the beach is a place of solitary contemplation, as many Vikings have done in the past, standing on the stones and gazing out at the cold sea.

The next stop is Rauðafellsgjá, a fissure on the eastern side of Mt. Botnsfjall. A nearby stream feeds the fissure, nourishing the plants there. As a result, the walls inside are covered with moss during the warmer months. For now, the imposing cliff walls are traced with ice and snow.

After passing two small fishing villages called Arnarstapi and Hellnar, you'll spend an hour wandering the cliffs at Hellnar, overlooking the sea. Spectacular rock formations decorate the shore, spreading across the sand and reaching out to the water.

Then, you'll go to Snæfellsjökull National Park where for a small additional fee you have the option of venturing into one of Iceland's most famous lava caves, Vatnshellir. This cave formed when the lava from an eruption began to run down the hillside. The lava on the outside of the flow cooled faster in the Icelandic winds, while inside, the lava continued to pour out, leaving behind the distinctive tube shape of Vatnshellir.

After this, you’ll go on to Djúpalónssandur and Dritvík, two beachfront areas. Finally, you'll hike to Lóndrangar, a black basalt formation in a u-shape, with two pinnacles, more than 70 m (230 ft) high.

At night, you’ll bed down in the seaside village of Ólafsvik.

Day 8 - Journey to Hraunfossar

Kirkjufell, on the north of Snæfellsnes, has an adjacent waterfall called Kirkjufellsfoss.

You’ll spend one more day in Snæfellsnes to make sure you can take in all its beauty.

But first, see the peninsula the way the fish do by heading out to the open waves. Watch for birds in the sky and tail fins in the water as you breathe the salty ocean air and relax.

You will make a stop at the uniquely shaped Mt. Kirkjufell which is incredibly popular among photographers for its fascinating angles. Any way you look at this stunning natural feature, it is guaranteed to be breathtaking as it changes as your perspective does. There is also a tiered waterfall close by, providing the perfect foreground to feature in your photos.

Your exploration of wonderful rock formations isn't over as you will now make your way to Gerðuberg basalt columns. These hexagonal natural features are a feat of mother nature so be sure to take it all in. The best views are from the bottom so don't be in a hurry to follow others on the path to the top as there really isn't much to see atop the columns.

Next, you’re off to the Borgarfjörður area to see two waterfalls, Hraunfossar and Barnafoss.

The day will finish with a visit to Deildartunguhver, the highest-flow hot spring in Europe. If you are a gardening or botany enthusiast, you may want to look for the deer fern, which grows in only this one location in Iceland. Finally, you’ll drive through Borgarnes on your way back to Reykjavik for the night.

If you're not too tired, you may feel the urge to go hunting once more for the Northern Lights.

Day 9 - Relax in Reykjavik

It is possible to walk across the ice on Tjörnin Pond, but only in the very depths of winter.

You'll have a day of discovering Reykjavík's hidden gems within your itinerary. This day may fall in between your other planned tours.

As you will always be staying in the heart of Reykjavík, you should make the most of your proximity to the exciting city centre. There are plenty of museums, galleries, cafés, bars, theatres, designer shops and street art to admire and explore. And don't forget the restaurants! The seafood and lamb are local delicacies.

This day also offers great possibilities if you just can't get enough of adventure. If you feel like exploring you could join a tour to Lake Mývatn in the north and visit some of the most impressive lava fields and geothermal sites in Iceland. If you'd rather stay in the city you could go on a helicopter tour for a final view from sky high. Another amazing option is to visit the ice tunnels in Langjökull glacier in the western highlands.

Whale watching is also available as well as horse riding, for those who like to keep close to the ground, and Reykjavík also has a number of public outdoor pools that are warm all year round, so you can relax in a sauna, soak in a hot tub and meet the locals. Treat yourself to an Icelandic hot dog afterwards. You can also choose to visit the Blue Lagoon today, instead of doing it on your arrival or departure day.

Day 10 - Reykjavik and Departure

The skyline of Reykjavík when clad in its winter coat.

If you are lucky enough to have even more time in Iceland, you may do your last-minute shopping and soaking in the clean Nordic air before going to the airport for your departure.

With a late departure, you may also have time to visit to the Blue Lagoon before your flight, if you haven't done so already. It may be just the thing before a stressful day of travel.

We hope you had a wonderful stay in Iceland and will see you again. Perhaps next time you will visit in the summer, and compare the beauty of the country in each season!

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.

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 info@guidetoiceland.is 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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This was an awesome tour. However, the weather doesn't always cooperate and the Landmannalauger tour was cancelled due to storm conditions. Also, we couldn't reach parts of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula due to the weather and we were on Plan X as our guide made sure that we still got to see some pretty awesome things on the tour in place of the things we were missing. We hiked to the top of a crater - it was so windy we thought we would blow off but that was the highlight of the trip for my son. Embla, our travel agent, was great at getting us alternate tours and finding us a hotel room in Reykjavik when the Landmannalauger tour was canceled. Even though we were so bummed it was canceled we knew that that is to be expected with winter weather in Iceland and you just have to go with the flow. I know that Guide to Iceland is just arranging tours for us with other tour companies, which we could have done on our own, but I was sooooo glad we went through Guide to Iceland. We were notified by email that our Landmannalauger tour (scheduled for the following day) was canceled due to weather when we stopped for lunch and had access to wifi. I then forwarded the email to Embla right away. After that we had cell reception and wifi maybe only 10 minutes for the rest of the day until we got back to our hotel at 8pm. If we had booked our tours ourselves, we would have gotten back to our hotel and would have had to find hotel rooms for the following two nights on our own. It was a good feeling knowing I didn't have to worry about it because Embla was taking care of it while we didn't have cell/wifi service. We were still able to do a one day Golden Circle/Snowmobile tour and a one day South Iceland ATV tour of black beach (that was my favorite part of the trip). The ice cave and the snowmobile tours were extremely crowded. I actually enjoyed Snæfellsnes Peninsula a lot because it was very quiet and not crowded. We didn't see one other tour bus while we were up there. All in all a fabulous vacation and I will definitely be back to Iceland. I highly recommend Guide to Iceland.
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Bonjour à tous, Nous avons réservé ce voyage très à l'avance, environ 8 à 9 mois. Le jour J est arrivé et nous avons à fond profité de ce voyage juste extraordinaire. Durant ces quelques jours en Islande, nous avons eu pas mal de malchance. Beaucoup de séjours annulés à cause du temps. Cependant, GuideToIceland a été au TOP ! Notre agent a su tout de suite rebondir sur ces événements et nous trouver des alternatives plus que satisfaisantes. Et oui, on a goûté aux météos Nordique :D Enfin voilà, un très grand merci à cette agence de voyage que l'on recommande fortement ! Professionnel et honnête sont les deux mots qui qualifierait selon nous le mieux GuideToIceland!!
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We had a great time on our 10 day adventure in Iceland. It is hard to describe every little thing we did because it was so packed so instead I’ll talk about the overall experience. Did we see the Northern Lights? Yes! Check out the video we took: https://youtu.be/oVmlSKL4VMM Our travel agent, Melkorka, was great the whole process. Our 10 day trip went off without a hitch. All of the travel companies picked us up on time, at the right location, and provided an experience as a small group. Our tour groups were never more than 15 people with the smallest group being just 5 of us! The tour guides spoke flawless English and were very safe drivers. We scheduled our trip the first week of November. However, I would recommend not scheduling your trip until later in the season as I think we would have had an even better experience if it were colder and the nights were longer. The Northern Lights cruise was very cold! Although heated indoor seating is available, you’re probably going to want to sit outside and look for the northern lights. The Blue Lagoon was amazing. The premium entrance is worth EVERY SINGLE PENNY. We got to walk past a huge long line to get in and were provided with robes and slippers. They have a swim-up bar that serves fantastic drinks. My favorite part was visiting Landmannalaugar. Our guide, Geistly, was knowledgeable, friendly, and was able to answer questions not only about the scenery, but also about Icelandic culture. It snowed while we were in the highlands but literally the night before. We were unable to go snowmobiling as a result. However, we were able to go hiking, swim in the geothermal pool surrounded by snow, and we were the only 5 people at the mountain lodge that night. Our tour of the South Coast was beautiful. I loved seeing all the glaciers and the black sand beaches, however this tour was both the most crowded and had the least personable tour guide. Our tour of the ice cave was almost cancelled because it wasn’t cold enough, but we were able to go and the pictures are amazing! My husband’s favorite part of the tour was the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Our tour guide, David, was AMAZING in how kind, friendly, and knowledgeable he was. The lava caving and seals were truly unforgettable. With binoculars we were able to see two full colonies of seals sun bathing on the beaches. The horseback riding was very fun and didn’t leave me sore the next day due to the horses’ soft gait. It was touching how well they take care of the horses here. Becca mentioned that horses are able to go on vacation and they are even able to retire after a certain amount of time. Horses are also rotated every couple of months. For the duration of our tour we stayed with premium accommodations at the Fosshotel Baron. The rooms were lovely, warm, and within walking distance of everything you’d want to do in Reykjavik. My reflections on Iceland in general: People from Iceland love lamb, paprika, bananas, and their country. The food there is amazing but insanely expensive. It was over $100 a day for two people to eat lunch and dinner. You can buy snacks and pre-made sandwiches at grocery stores but make sure you go to a Bonus or Kronan. Take a day to visit the Icelandic Phallological Museum! Also, Iceland makes legit pizza. Enjoy yourself if you choose this package! It was expensive, but we will always cherish every memory we got from this tour! I can’t wait to visit again.
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My trip to Iceland was literally one of the best experiences of my life. The accommodations are all very nice and comfortable. I traveled alone and had a great time meeting fellow travelers, and I met several other solo travelers so don't let going alone worry you, you will make friends. My trip started with going immediately to Blue Lagoon directly from the airport and I highly recommend that as a start to your trip. When I got there the sun was rising and it was epic! (Do make sure you carry on your jackets and warm clothing, my bags were delayed and I was very happy to have my important warm clothes.) The second day we headed to the West Coast with Nice Travel and the guide was great and very knowledgable. It was too windy for our whale tour so he took us to a great volcano museum, and he also made a special effort to help us see the Northern Lights for the first time even though that wasn't included in the tour. Also, the Greenland Shark museum and experience was definitely unique and I am glad I saw it even if the taste isn't something I will miss! I then had a break day and was able to go clubbing in Reykjavik where I saw GusGus, which was suggested by my previous guide and was awesome. The next part of the trip was to the Highlands in a super jeep vehicle. The trucks were all very warm and comfy. This was by far the highlight of the trip and we stayed in a lodge near a geothermal pool. I loved snowmobiling and the view of the Norther Lights from this area was incredible due to the remoteness. The guides from Extreme Iceland were excellent. Olly is the bomb and you can tell he loves his job and Iceland. Also, on a side note the guides brought soup made by one of their mothers on the first night and it was superb. The second night they made lamb on a grill which was the best thing I had on the trip even counting the city. These guys know how to cook! I would suggest buying wine, beer or spirits at the Airport duty free before your trip starts or you won't have it for this part of the trip and you may want that stuff. Also, bring earplugs and a pillow for the group sleeping area. The last part of the trip to the Glacier Lagoon & Hohn to see the lights was incredible. The night we saw the lights it was a 6 out of 9 level and they were extremely strong for us. I am a pro-photographer and I was able to get great photos of them. Bring a tripod and experiment with your camera at 800ISO-3200ISO, shutter speed of 15-30seconds and F1.4-2.8 and focus on infinity in manual and you should be able to shoot the lights. Our guid on this trip Christian was extremely knowledgeable and made extra stops the whole way to and from Hohn. He also played Icelandic music the whole way back and did a full rundown on the history of Bjork, the Sugar Cubes along with the political history of Iceland and how that intersects with music as many of the artists are now politicians. He was also the manager of one of the bands he spoke about and knew Bjork from working with her on a charity. Christian was also a photographer so he knew the best spots to shoot and made efforts to help everyone not just me get great photos. This dude is legit! The black beach was great too! I decided to rent a car after my tour was over and return there so I had more time. I would recommend to everyone if you want to do photos of special stuff stay an extra couple of days and rent a car to go back to any highlights or things you might think you missed once you get to know the country. Take this trip you won't be disappointed!
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It is a really amazing trip in Iceland.The hotels are good and comfortable,the guide all are really awesome. Espacially the trip operated by the golden travel which make feel very happy. The guide Sveinbjorn Sigurdsson not only do the job well but also like a good friend to everyone. He took us to many different unbelievable beautiful place like the black beach in Vik and also a lot of other good-view place. He just like a good friend to me and really miss him. If i got another chance to iceland,the iceland golden travel and the guide Sveinbjorn Sigurdsson will always be my first choice. If there are other people is watching this rate,please trust me!!! THE OPERATOR:ICELAND GOLDEN TRAVEL AND THE GUIDE:Sveinbjorn Sigurdsson IT WILL BE THE BEST CHOICE YOU'VE EVER MADE! REALLY APPRECIATE FOR THIS AMAZING TRIP!
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Wonderful experiences with 3 well-scheduled tours to a lot of amazing places in Iceland. Our guides were all terrific. This package is highly recommandable.
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This is indeed a well package winter tour as we visited a lot of places in Iceland. We visited a number of awesome waterfalls for the 2 days South Coast tour. The tour guide, Ivar, was very helpful and looked after our safety especially when we walked on icy footpaths. We were also amazed by the Blue Ice Cave and marveled at how nature formation can take place in such a manner. Though the seals did not come on shore for the 2 days Snaefellsnes Peninsula tour, we still managed to catch a glimpse of their heads popping out of the sea from afar. We also visited the lava cave and experience what it is like to be in total darkness deep beneath the ground (about 6 storeys deep) in the lava cave. Due to bad weather condition, we did not manage to do the whale watching tour at Snaefellsnes Peninsula. The main highlight of this package is the 3 days Landmannalaugar tour. Not only we enjoyed the long road journey to Landmannalaugar in the very comfortable modified super jeep, we also admired the magnificent snow mountains with clear and beautiful reflection in the lake. The scenery was one of the breathtaking beauty. Just as the saying goes...there are no shortcuts to any place worth going. Though the snow fall was not thick enough for us to go for the snowmobile tour, we still managed to do some hiking in the surrounding area and enjoyed the beautiful winter wonderland. Hiking makes one appreciative of the natural rhythms and makes you feel closer to Nature. We also got to relax in the open air geothermal hot pool with falling snow. Time comes to a stand still as we immerse ourselves in the open air hot pool and we felt we "lost" ourselves in paradise (snow fall and winter wonderland scenery). We also enjoyed the delicious barbecue dinner. The lamb meat is very tender and tasty and the mushroom sauce is a perfect match for the lamb meat. We enjoyed the cosy stay at the mountain lodge. We truly embrace the solitude that the environment provides. It is indeed a good getaway temporarily from the usual city life. We also managed to catch the Northern Lights just outside the lodge in the night and viewed the stars shining so brightly in the sky. The tour guide, Atli, is very experienced and knowledgeable. He is also always so ready to answer all our questions and never get frustrated with our never ending queries. He makes very good judgement on the changes needed for the accommodation and travel itinerary arrangement. We braved through snow storm and hail falling during the journey. However, we felt no fear as we know we are in safe hands with Atli as the driver. We reached our destination safely. All in all, we highly recommend this tour as it covers the most beautiful attractions and very interesting activities in Iceland. Definitely worth the money!!!
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This tour basically give you the chance to experience what Iceland has to offer in winter. The core of the trip show you the snaefellnes peninsula, landmannalagur, and jokulsarlon with a lot of waterfalls in between. The weather can be quite windy sometimes especially in the peninsula area. We were lucky enough to have a few days of clear sky for us to capture the northern light in the highland. Highly recommending the highland trip, the geothermal pool was perfect. We have picked the comfort level hotel, which is more comfortable than we have expected. The reception was extra helpful. In general, Icelandic people are quite friendly and willing to help. A great country to visit in both summer and winter season. P.s For the complimentary northern light tour, we have picked the boat tour, but it got cancelled twice due to bad weather. I supposed there is a better chance for bus tour as in winter Reykjavik can get strong gale and make boat trip dangerous.
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