January Tours

January Tours

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

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What is the best January day tour in Iceland?

One of the best day tours in January in Iceland is a small-group exploration of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, a stunning land nicknamed Iceland in Miniature due to its diverse landscapes and wildlife. This excursion has a rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 427 travelers and lasts for 11 action-packed hours and costs around 140 USD.

Another top January day tour in Iceland is a three-hour glacier hiking adventure up one of the spectacular glacier tongues that lead into the Skaftafell Nature Reserve, led by an expertly trained guide. The small group trip costs about 82 USD per traveler and has a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 371 reviews.

An easy and spectacular ice-caving adventure under the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajokull, is another top-rated January day tour in Iceland, made even more special by the rareness of these features and it only takes about 3 hours. The excursion lasts around 155 USD and has a rating of 4.5 from 1,106 travelers.

What is the cheapest January day tour in Iceland?

One of the cheapest January day tours in Iceland will have you explore the longest lava cave in Iceland for 90 minutes, where you can marvel over striking ice formations and lava sculptures from safe walkways and platforms. The affordable experience starts from about 54 USD and has a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 81 reviews.

Another cheap day tour in January in Iceland is a glacier hike on the South Coast, which will see you ascend the slopes of the Solheimajokull glacier with an entertaining expert guide and includes all safety equipment. This tour has an excellent rating of 4.9 out of 5 stars from 163 happy travelers. The small-group excursion costs about 84 USD and lasts for up to three hours.

An eight-hour exploration of the three major sites of the famous Golden Circle is another example of an affordable January tour in Iceland. The trip includes a visit to a dairy farm for locally-sourced ice cream. This immersive trip only costs approximately 82 USD and has a rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars out of 347 reviews.

What is the best January vacation package in Iceland?

One of the best January vacation packages in Iceland is a highly-rated three-day small-group adventure that escorts you around the best attractions of the South Coast and Golden Circle in winter and includes glacier hiking and ice caving. The adventure costs around 671 USD and has a great rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 845 people.

The second example of a top-rated package tour in January in Iceland is a two-day ice caving tour that provides travelers with limited time a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the tunnels beneath Europe’s largest glacier and sites such as the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. This tour has a rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 342 travelers. You can book this package for approximately 500 USD.

Another best January vacation package in Iceland covers five days and takes you around the best South Coast and Golden Circle attractions, with a visit to the famous Blue Lagoon, the other-wordly Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon and the highly active Geysir geothermal area. The small-group experience costs around 1022 USD.

What is the cheapest January tour package in Iceland?

One of the cheapest January tour packages in Iceland lets you experience the breathtaking Golden Circle route, South Coast, and Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, providing plenty of opportunities to see the northern lights. The adventure costs around 633 USD, covers five days and is highly rated among travelers with a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 84 reviews.

Another cheap January tour package in Iceland is a 6-day winter self-drive covering the attractions of the 5-day vacation at a slower pace, providing extra time on the breathtaking South Coast. The journey costs approximately 769 USD, travelers can rest assured knowing that all their trip details are covered. This excursion has a rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from 95 travelers.

Another cheapest January tour package in Iceland is a two-day trip along the south, with glacier hiking, ice caving adventures, and northern lights hunting included in the price. The cost is 459 USD and the tour has a rating of 4.8.

Is January a good time to travel to Iceland?

Yes, January is an excellent time to travel to Iceland. Long periods of darkness each night make January is a beautiful month for hunting the northern lights, and it is one of the few periods that the crystal blue ice caves under Vatnajokull are open. Skiing is popular during January, as is dog sledding, which can be enjoyed on tours such as this 2-hour trip in the landscape of Lake Myvatn and on packages such as this 11-day circumnavigation of Iceland’s Ring Road. Due to the festive season being over, January is one of Iceland’s quieter months, allowing you to enjoy your holiday without the crowds.

Can you see the northern lights in January in Iceland?

Yes, January is a perfect time of year to view the northern lights in Iceland due to the long nights. The most reliable way to ensure a good aurora viewing in January is to book a tour away from the city lights of Reykjavik. This 4-hour super jeep tour that takes you out into the rugged wilderness and includes professional photos is a prime example. Vacation packages and self-drive tours will take you out into the countryside for several consecutive nights, maximizing your opportunities. This 10-day January package around the whole country will provide you with nine chances to marvel over the aurora borealis in locations such as the rugged Eastfjords, the other-worldly Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, the unique Snaefellsnes Peninsula, and the beautiful Lake Myvatn.

What is there to do in Iceland in January?

Despite the colder weather and short days, there is a lot to do in January. Tours such as Northern Lights hunting, ice caving, glacier hiking, snorkeling, whale watching, and horseback riding are all available. The Ring Road and Snaefellsnes Peninsula’s roads are also accessible throughout the month, allowing you to enjoy spectacular self-drive or vacation packages around the whole country.

Can I go whale watching in January in Iceland?

Yes, you can go whale watching in January in Iceland. From Reykjavik, you can set out on a 3-hour boat trip from the easily accessible harbor to witness Minke Whales, white-beaked dolphins, and harbor porpoises in their natural habitat. From Akureyri, this 3-hour tour with local transfer allows you to marvel over these creatures in the Eyjafjordur, a bay famous for its incredible passing visitors that include orcas and belugas.