Winter Packages

Winter Packages

Winter tour packages in Iceland tailored to those seeking travel during the magical Northern Lights season. Explore Iceland’s snowy landscapes and dramatic nature without worrying about driving on icy roads. All transfers, tours and accommodation will be organised for you before your arrival.

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Winter Travel in Iceland

During winter, Iceland is almost always blanketed in glimmering layer of snow, and tempered by unpredictable weather; be it a frozen starlit stillness, blizzards of dazzling white, or a magnificent display of the Northern Lights, there’s no exact telling what the skies will be up to.

The height of winter only provides a few hours of sunlight each day, meaning you’ll need to be acutely aware of your scheduling, but the majority of Iceland’s attraction, including an abundance of crystal blue ice caves, are accessible.

This also goes for a great number of activities. It is, for instance, a popular choice to go on a snorkelling tour in Silfra fissure during the winter months (many, in fact, believe the cold weather makes the glacial water feel warmer), as well as such activities as dog sledging, whale watching and hot spring hunting. 

By opting for a package, travellers rest easy knowing all accommodation, transfers and tours are prepared and confirmed by Guide to Iceland prior to their arrival. This removes the pressure of logistical planning and dealing with third parties, leaving you free to enjoy Iceland’s frostbitten landscapes to your heart’s content.

Naturally, wintertime means cold temperatures, so you will need to pack the proper clothing for your trip to Iceland. Be sure to include a waterproof jacket and pants, a woolly hat, scarf, gloves, thick socks and sturdy hiking boots.

Frequently asked questions

During which months can I see the northern lights in Iceland?

You can see the northern lights from mid-August to the end of April when the night is dark. They can not be seen in May, June, July and early August because the nights are too bright.

Can I book winter packages for Christmas or New Year's Eve?

Yes, winter packages are available during both Christmas and New Year's. Please note that Christmas and New Year's are extremely popular travel seasons in Iceland so we recommend that you book as early as possible to secure the best prices and spots.

What kind of shoes should I wear on an ice cave excursion?

Thick-soled hiking boots with ankle support are essential when going on an ice cave tour.

Can I rent winter clothes?

Yes, you can. Most glacier hiking operators rent out hiking boots, but you can also rent shoes and clothes from equipment rentals in Reykjavík, such as Gangleri and Outfitters.

Are there any luggage restrictions on the 2-3 day minibus tours?

Yes, you are allowed to bring a single bag that fits in the overhead compartment of the minibus. Your bag may not be larger than standard aeroplane cabin baggage. Standard Cabin baggage has a maximum length of 56 cm (22 in), a maximum width of 45 cm (18 in) and a maximum depth of 25 cm (10 in). You can leave your extra luggage in your hotel in Reykjavík or store it in town for a small fee, in places such as the BSÍ bus terminal.

Which languages does the tour guide speak?

All the tour guides speak excellent English, and most speak Icelandic as well. Some guides also speak other European languages such as Danish, French, German and Spanish, but this varies between tours.

How much time do we spend at each location?

It depends on the tour, the location, the weather and the group, but your guides will always allow ample time at each location, taking the tour itinerary and group morale into account.

How many people are usually on these tours?

Day tours and tours that go out of Reykjavík for 2-3 days are operated in mini-buses that can accommodate 12-19 people.

What happens if I arrive late to a tour or cannot make it to a meeting point because of bad weather or road closures?

If a road is closed, we will try our very best to assist you with all the necessary arrangements. Our capabilities, however, depend on the availability of hotels and tours. If new hotels or tours have to be booked, there might be extra charges, but we always try to provide assistance and rearrangements without any extra cost to the customer.

Should my accommodation be in Keflavik before or after the trip, could I be dropped off or picked up from there?

We only offer direct Keflavík International Airport transfers to and from Reykjavík accommodations. You would, therefore, do well to book accommodation in Keflavík that offers an airport shuttle since you will be dropped off and picked up from there. Another option would be to make use of a taxi transfer, which is not included in any of these packages. Please note that the operating hours of Keflavík International Airport transfers are more limited in winter time than in summer time.