Ultimate 10 Day Adventure | Highlands in Winter & Ice Cave

Ultimate 10 Day Adventure | Highlands in Winter & Ice Cave
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.
Based on 12 traveller reviews

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 get the chance to feel like an arctic explorer. You will strap on crampons and a helmet to hike along a glacier to an ice cave. This along with discovering some of the incredible untouched areas of Iceland will give you the ultimate sense of adventure in nature.

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
  • Attractions: 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 Golden Circle

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

Today you will visit one of the most sought after routes for travellers to Iceland, The Golden Circle. This group of attractions combines natural wonder with the rich history of Iceland.

You will be picked up at your accommodation by your friendly guide. You will then leave the city behind and head towards a place of enchanting beauty, Thingvellir National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage site is the birthplace of the world’s oldest parliament.

The views from inside Thingvellir are stunning with dramatic rock faces and vast vistas. You will have plenty of time to explore while learning a bit about the first Icelanders.

Thingvellir also sits at the meeting point between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. It is here that the Silfra Fissure lies. Silfra is an underwater canyon; you can choose to snorkel in its crystal clear waters. The visibility in Silfra can be up to 100 metres, which will show you a completely different view of the rich geology and natural beauty of Iceland.

You will then travel to Gullfoss, one of the most visited waterfalls in Iceland. The waters from Iceland’s second-largest glacier, Langjökull feed this rushing beauty. Gullfoss falls over two levels from a height of 21 metres. It’s rushing waters, and picturesque view demonstrates precisely why this great natural wonder’s name means ‘The Golden Waterfall.’

After Gullfoss, you will make a stop at the Geysir geothermal area. This area, situated in the Haukadalur valley, perfectly shows Iceland’s volcanic nature. Bubbling hot water flows from the ground here, and the star attraction is the area’s most active geyser ‘Strokkur.’ Strokkur bursts hot water 20 metres into the air almost every 5 minutes.

Next, you will take a country detour and make a stop at a farm in the Efstidalur valley. In recent years this place has been affectionately known as the ‘Ice Cream Farm.’ The owners use the milk from their cows to produce fantastic ice cream. Although Iceland isn’t known for its warm summer days, Icelanders have a great love for ice cream so sampling the assorted flavours is one of the most local things you can do.

You will then make your final stop at the Kerið crater lake. Three thousand years ago a volcanic eruption left a cone-shaped crater here when it collapsed into its own magma chamber. In the many years that passed, the cone filled with water and today Kerið is both beautiful and daunting. Looking into Kerið, you will see red volcanic rock walls, contrasted with the azure blue waters filling its interior.

You will then return to your accommodation in Reykjavík where you can see more of the city in the evening, or rest up for another incredible day.

Day 3 - The South Coast Day 1

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

Today you will leave the city behind you and travel through the countryside towards the famous Eyjafjallajökull glacier. This place made headlines in 2010 when the volcano underneath the glacier erupted, halting a lot of air traffic in Europe. Near here is Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which sits at the foot of Eyjafjallajökull. This magnificent waterfall cascades down 60 metres.

You will then move onto Skógafoss, another waterfall that’s 18 stories high. During the last ice age, this waterfall sat on the coastline of Iceland, but the expanding island has moved it further inland.

You will then travel further south along the coast. As you travel, you will witness the mighty waves of the Atlantic Ocean as they smash into the black volcanic sands of Reynisfjara Beach. You will stop here for some further sightseeing, where you can take a look at the strange basalt rock columns and the odd sea stacks just offshore.

After a break you will continue along the road, passing through barren lava fields, rolling hills and magnificent plains. You will eventually arrive at Jökulsárlon glacier lagoon. This incredibly deep lake is the birthplace of many icebergs. The massive pieces of ice float in this lagoon as they shift and change on their journey out to sea.

Next to this lagoon is the Diamond Beach, so-called because of the smaller pieces of ice that rest here on the black sand, giving it a jewelled appearance.

You will then retire to your accommodation not far from the glacier lagoon area, just in time to grab some local cuisine for dinner. Remember to make sure you look towards the sky in the evening for a chance to catch the northern lights if the conditions are right.

Day 4 - The South Coast Day 2

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

Today will be filled with adventure and excitement. You will have the once in a lifetime experience of exploring an ice cave. Before you set off, it’s important to make sure you have good hiking shoes. You should aim to wear shoes that cover your ankles to prevent your feet from getting wet in meltwater.

Ice caves are a naturally forming phenomenon. They are caused by the regular melting and freezing cycles of glaciers. One incredible aspect of ice caves is that no two are ever the same; they are as unique as fingerprints.

You will begin your day by meeting your guide who will equip you with all the necessary gear to tackle this exploration. You will then set off to find this hidden wonder. Once you enter the ice cave, you will experience a completely different world. You will be greeted with ice walls that almost form a winter cathedral. The colours can vary depending on the day, and this is a once in a lifetime experience.

You will have plenty of time to explore before heading back to the base. You will then make your way back to Reykjavík. You will have a chance again to witness the incredible coastline of Iceland’s south.

You will then arrive at your accommodation in Reykjavík. Don’t forget to look towards the skies if the conditions are suitable for another chance to see the northern lights.

Day 5 - Landmannalaugar Super Jeep Day Tour

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

Today will be all about discovery in luxury. You will take a trip to visit another natural jewel of Iceland, the Landmannalaugar geothermal area. Your day will begin with you being picked up at your accommodation in Reykjavík by a super jeep. This large vehicle is built with luxury and is perfectly capable of handling the rugged terrain of the day.

You will then journey to the Þórsádalur valley, here you will see Hjálparfoss waterfall. This twin cascade is the result of two streams from the Fossá river merging in the basin of the waterfall. Hjálparfoss sits in a lava field north of the Hekla stratovolcano.

You will then travel to two beautiful lakes; the first is Ljótipullur. This is a crater lake made of rock that is a vibrant red colour, contrasted perfectly with the azure blue of its water. The second lake is Frostaðavatn. This lake is large and provides the opportunity for some incredible pictures. It is a popular subject for photographers from around the world.

As you continue to travel in comfort and style, you will be greeted by the magnificent and unique beauty of the Landmannalaugar area. This part of Iceland’s southern Highlands is nestled in the black Laugahraun lava field. Landmannalaugar is filled with rhyolite mountains. This type of volcanic rock creates a full spectrum of dazzling colour. You will see shades of green, pink, red and even golden yellow.

You will have the chance to hike up one of the area’s many trails before you take a relaxing dip in a natural hot pool.

Before you head back to Reykjavík, you will stop at Þjóafoss waterfall in the Dómadalur valley. The comfortable super jeep you travel in is one of the only vehicles with the capability of reaching this destination. You will also visit one of Iceland’s most active volcanoes, Hekla.

You will then travel back to Reykjavík in both comfort and style.

Day 6 - Thorsmork Super Jeep Day Tour

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

This part of your trip might see you getting used to luxury as you will be picked up again in a comfortable super jeep. Today you will get to explore a hidden valley between 3 glaciers called Þórsmörk. This part of the country is named after the Norse god of thunder and fertility, Þór (Thor) and boasts some of the most incredible and untouched views you can imagine.

You will start by once again heading south along the gorgeous Icelandic coastline. You will make a stop again at the spectacular Seljalandsfoss; this is a great chance to get some more pictures of this natural beauty if you didn’t get enough earlier. You will also visit a lesser-known waterfall, Glúfrabúi. Visitors often miss this cascade because it’s partially hidden by towering cliffs, so a stop here means you will be taking advantage of a well-kept secret.

You will then make your way through incredible untouched landscapes and river crossings into the valley of Þórsmök. Mountains and glaciers will dominate your view. You will take a hike up the Valahnúkur mountain to be greeted by even more breathtaking views.

After your full day, you will once again travel back to your accommodation in Reykjavík ready for rest, or even some time to enjoy the city’s vibrant nightlife.

Day 7 - Enter the West

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

Today you will begin an adventure in Iceland’s west, an area known for vast lava fields, mysterious caves, flowing waterfalls, white and black sand beaches, historical sites and a spectacular glacier.

You will be picked up in a minibus from your accommodation in Reykjavík; then you will go west. As you head towards your destination, you will have the chance to get a closer look that the mountain that overlooks the world’s most northern capital, mt Esja. On your journey, you will also see the remnants of an abandoned naval base from WWII that was once occupied by the British.

Your next landmark will be Borgafjörður, the site where over a thousand years ago Vikings settled after leaving Norway. You will stop in the Reykholtsdalur valley, which is a geothermal hot spot. Europe’s most powerful hot spring, Deildartunguhver is situated here. Next, you will experience a bit of history as you head to the village of Reykholt where, in the middle ages, Icelandic poet, lawspeaker and historian Snorri Sturluson lived.

Not far from Reykholt are two waterfalls, Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. Each of these falls is entirely different, Hraunfossar trickles down a broad cliff face, and Barnafoss is a rapid waterfall creating gushing torrents of water.

You will then head to your accommodation where you can get some rest and prepare for another full day.

Day 8 - Snaefellsnes Peninsula - Iceland in Miniature

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

Today you will continue your journey into the west as you experience the magical Snæfellsnes peninsula. This part of the country has affectionately been referred to as ‘Iceland in miniature’ because it has most of the landscapes and natural formations available in a very small space.

From your accommodation, you will head towards this peninsula. The first point of interest will be Geruðberg Cliff. This large wall of basalt columns is a fascinating sight to see. Each column has a hexagonal shape that formed naturally as lava cooled thousands of years ago.

The next stop is the Ytri Tunga beach. This area is unusual for Iceland because it has white sand instead of black volcanic sand. This is because the western part of Iceland is the oldest part of the country. This is also one of the best places to see seals sunning themselves.

You will then travel to the village of Arnarstapi. This place is surrounded by massive basalt cliffs, ravines and caves; many of them rich in folklore. You will be able to take some time to journey along the coastline to watch the Atlantic Ocean waves crash against dramatic rock formations, in particular, the rock arch Gatklettur.

You will then journey to the black pebble beach of Djúpalónssandur. You will trek through a maze of natural lava pillars that look like they could be the setting of a fantasy epic. You will then reach the beach with its millions of smooth black pebbles. As the ocean washes on the shore, you might even hear the music the water and pebbles make together. Keep an eye out for the Flotsam and Jetsam fishing trawler, a shipwreck that made this its final resting place half a century ago.

Next, it’s time to head to the inspiration of the famous Jules Verne novel ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth.’ You will follow in the footsteps of this acclaimed novel’s main characters as you enter the lava cave called Vatnshellir. This cave was created by the path of flowing lava 8,000 years ago.

Once you have reached the surface, you will head towards the north side of the peninsula where you will see one of the stars of HBOs’ Game of Thrones,’ Kirkjufell mountain. In the series this was ‘the mountain the looks like an arrow’s head’, and it’s even more astonishing to see in person.

You will then travel through Hraunsfjörður, a beautiful fjord surrounded by snow-capped mountains.

You will spend the night back in the capital of Reykjavík.

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.


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 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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