December Tours

December Tours

Discover the best December tours and vacation packages in Iceland. Find the most popular activities and experiences in Iceland during the popular winter month of December.

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What is the best December day tour in Iceland?

One of the best December day tours in Iceland is a three-hour ice cave tour in the Vatnajokull glacier, with an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars by 1,106 travelers. This excursion costs approximately 153 USD. An area of outstanding natural beauty awaits, so travelers should get in fast to book this easy-level ice caving experience.

Another best-rated December day tour in Iceland is a small group tour of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, a spectacular part of Iceland known for its wildlife and diverse natural beauty, rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 427 reviewers. This tour costs around 138 USD for the 11-hour day trip.

A third example of a popular December day tour in Iceland is this three-hour Skaftafell glacier hiking excursion. This tour is perfect for adventure-lovers and covers awe-inspiring landscapes, rated 4.7 out of 5 stars from 371 travelers. It costs approximately 81 USD.

What is the cheapest December day tour in Iceland?

One of the cheapest December day tours in Iceland is a one-hour guided tour of Vidgelmir lava cave, the longest lava tube in Iceland. It has a wooden walkway throughout, making it suitable for all ages. This tour costs around 54 USD and is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 81 travelers.

Another cheap December day tour in Iceland is a three-hour hiking tour on the Solheimajokull glacier, a South Coast ice cap. This excursion costs approximately 84 USD and is rated an excellent 4.9 out of 5 stars by 163 travelers. Get ready for adventure in this easy-level trip full of stunning ice formations and deep blue crevasses.

A third choice of the most affordable December day tour is a small-group Golden Circle trip that includes a visit to a dairy farm for locally sourced ice cream. This tour costs about 82 USD and is rated 4.8 out of five stars by 347 reviewers.

What is the best December vacation package in Iceland?

One of the best December vacation packages in Iceland is a three-day northern lights holiday highlighting the Golden Circle and the South Coast is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 845 travelers. The excursion costs around 674 USD.

Another popular December vacation package in Iceland is this five-day northern lights winter trip, with an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 385 travelers. This package costs around 1,017 USD.

Alternatively, this top-rated December tour package in Iceland is an 8-day complete ring road trip, rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 271 travelers. You’ll traverse the whole country and get seven chances to see the aurora borealis. This package costs around 1,832 USD.

What is the cheapest December vacation package in Iceland?

One of the cheapest December vacation packages in Iceland is a five-day self-drive tour that covers the Golden Circle and Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. Your accommodation and itinerary will be planned for you, making this tour perfect for those who like to drive at their own pace. This package costs around 313 USD and is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by 84 travelers.

Another cheap December vacation package in Iceland is a six-day South Coast road trip. It costs approximately 389 USD and is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 95 travelers.

Another example of an affordable December vacation package in Iceland is an immersive two-day northern lights tour where you’ll witness the incredible blue ice cave and Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. This package costs about 436 USD and is rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by 142 travelers.

Is December a good time to travel to Iceland?

Yes, December is a great month to visit Iceland. The mid-winter months, including December, usually offer the best chance to see the northern lights in their full glory. Travelers can also enjoy a magical Christmas wonderland experience and be impressed by fireworks displays on New Year’s Eve. There are also many incredible December tours in Iceland. From day trips to multi-day packages, this is one of the best times of the year to experience activities such as ice caving, which is only available in winter. Try out a top-rated ice cave and super jeep tour of the Vatnajokull glacier, costing around 230 USD. Other December activities in Iceland include snowmobiling, dog sledding tours, and glacier hiking.

Can you see the northern lights in December in Iceland?

Yes, you can definitely see the northern lights in December in Iceland. The nights of the winter period provide the only time you can experience the aurora borealis phenomenon here. Although viewings are never guaranteed, December has the longest, darkest nights and often good visibility in the skies, making your chances more likely. Many December tours in Iceland focus on finding the northern lights, and when traveling as part of a vacation package, they could appear on any evening. This 2-hour northern lights boat trip from Reykjavik may allow you to watch an aurora display from the seas, while on this 15-day winter self-drive package around the whole country in-depth, you’ll have 14 opportunities to hunt for them.

Is Iceland worth visiting in winter?

Yes, Iceland is a great place to visit in the wintertime. You might be worried that it is too cold but the average temperatures are only marginally colder than in Western Europe. With fewer visitors over the cooler months, a winter vacation in Iceland offers a superb opportunity to escape the crowds. There are plenty of attractions in Iceland that are arguably at their best over the winter months. Winter is an excellent time to observe the beauty of the northern lights and explore the ice caves. Other exciting winter activities include exhilarating snowmobile tours and unique dog sledding tours. It is also a great time to soak in natural thermal baths all over the country.

Can I go whale watching in December in Iceland?

Yes, you can go whale watching in December in Iceland. This three-hour boat trip from Reykjavik into the bountiful waters of Faxafloi Bay, for example, runs throughout the year. There are fewer sightings of humpback whales in winter as they migrate, but there are still plenty of minke whales, dolphins, porpoises and even the great blue whale if you're lucky. Most whale watching tours are less crowded in December. Just make sure to pack some warm clothes when sailing in the chilly Atlantic ocean!

What time does it get dark in Iceland in December?

December is the darkest month of the year in Iceland with an average of about 5 hours of daylight. The sun starts rising around 11 am and sets around 3 or 4 pm. This makes December a prime time to see the northern lights as the viewing conditions are dark, making the aurora borealis light up the sky.

Can you go to the Blue Lagoon in December?

Yes, the Blue Lagoon is open year-round and the dark and snowy December make it a must-see activity. If you're lucky and conditions are right, there's even the possibility to see the northern lights while soaking in the natural geothermal water at the Blue Lagoon.

Can I drive in Iceland in December?

Yes, you can certainly drive in Iceland in December as long you take the necessary precautions. During December in Iceland you can expect some snow, sleet and possibly ice on the road. Also keep in mind that the days are short so you can expect to drive in some dark conditions. Car rentals provide all cars with winter tires during the winter In cities and towns of Iceland, the local authorities are usually quick to salt or sand the roads if they become icy. However, out in the countryside, drivers are expected to take full precautions and drive safely. Remember to check road conditions before heading out on your journey and stay safe!

What clothes should I wear in Iceland in December?

As December is one of the coldest months of the year in Iceland, we recommend packing plenty of warm clothes or buying them locally on arrival. A must-have is a good waterproof winter jacket if you're planning to go on an excursion outside the city. It's also a good idea to bring warm headgear, scarf, wool socks and waterproof gloves. Good and sturdy winter boots are also necessary if hiking is on the agenda. Before heading out for a long and adventurous day, it's also always good to check the weather, to know what to expect.