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George Bradley

George Bradley

19/02/2024, 22:22
Review of Unforgettable 8-Day Northern Lights Winter Package of Iceland with Ice Caving & National Parks

This was a long-overdue bonding trip I took with my eldest son (in his 50s). He had on his bucket list seeing the Northern Lights, and I signed us up for this package. On our return, my son told me as we parted at Logan Airport in Boston that the trip had been so much more than he expected, and he was very glad that we had done it. So was I. We had three guides who led various portions of the trip, and they were all excellent. Franklin, a very large, musical, happy man in his twenties had us first, taking us up into some of the national parks and scenic areas inland east of Reykjavik, where we saw various waterfalls and geysers. After that, we went off on a two-day excursion along the south coast led by Maria, a very personable woman in her forties, who knew the area very, very well, and who coached everyone in the group to stay up long enough to catch a great Northern Lights show during our overnight in Hofr i Hornafiror, which she accurately referred to as "the middle of nowhere." Our final excursion went up the east coast and out around the peninsula with another of those Icelandic names too long to spell or remember, except for the spectacular scenery. Our tour leader for this outing was Eythor, a wonderful man in his early sixties, who has lived a fascinating and successful life dealing in music and real estate, who now leads groups like ours not out of any need for the money, but out of a genuine love of his country and all it has to offer. We were blessed throughout the week with unusually sunny weather and clear air, which allowed us to see much more than our guides thought was usual for this time of year (February), and with more opportunities to catch the Northern Lights. But the real highlights of the trip were not the lights, but were rather the people we got to know and the landmarks we got to see. It was a great time. My only caveat is about "Guide to Iceland." What it does is package tours for visitors, which are actually provided by other companies. Both Maria and Eythor work for Nice Tours, and I assume based on our experience, that their other guides and trip leaders are just about as good as they are, which was A+. My problem with "Guide to Iceland" was that the itinerary they provided us with was lacking numerous key details- name of company that would be picking us up for our excursions, time of pickup, exactly where to be. And it was mistaken about where we were to be staying on two of the nights. Regular phone calls to their office, manned 24-7, allowed those details to be quickly straightened out- but I would have much preferred to start with a detailed and accurate itinerary. The hotels were excellent, the food was great. It was time and money well spent.

Visiting Iceland in March

March in Iceland offers a blend of late-winter beauty and the early whispers of spring. This month captures the essence of a transitioning season, with lingering snowfalls painting landscapes in pristine white while hints of green begin to emerge, signaling the warmer months to come. Days stretch longer, giving travelers ample time to explore the iconic sights, from waterfalls to geysers, in a softer, muted light.

Travelers are drawn to Iceland in March for various reasons, one of the most notable being the chance to witness the mesmerizing northern lights. While it's still considered off-peak, popular attractions are less crowded, making it an ideal time for those seeking a quieter, more intimate experience with nature. The coastal waters, though chilly at 39 F (4 C), play host to various marine species, promising thrilling encounters for wildlife enthusiasts.

Planning a trip in March requires preparation. The weather, though milder, can be unpredictable, with possible snow and rain showers. Visitors should prioritize warm and waterproof clothing and consider opting for guided tours, especially when exploring the more remote parts of the country. Four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended for those keen on self-driven adventures.

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What are the best day tours in March in Iceland?

One of the best March day tours in Iceland consists of a trip to Snaefellsnes National Park in a small group, rated an average of 4.8 out of 5 stars by over 460 travelers. This tour costs around 136 USD.

Another of the top day tours in Iceland in March is a three-hour hike on a glacier in Vatnajokull National Park near Skaftafell, with an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from 487 travelers. This glacier tour costs approximately 105 USD per person.

This highly-rated day tour in Iceland in March is a 3-hour tour of an ice cave in Vatnajokull National Park with an average of 4.5 out of 5 stars from over 1,300 travelers. This excursion costs about 151 USD. The tour is suitable for children aged eight and up and doesn’t require previous ice-caving experience.

What is the cheapest day tour in March in Iceland?

An excellent cheap March day tour in Iceland is a family-friendly tour of a lava cave in Vidgelmir. The excursion costs around 58 USD per person. Visitors will be guided through the lava cave, one of Iceland's biggest and most impressive. There are no minimum age requirements for this tour, so the whole family can enjoy it. It has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from over 100 reviews.

Another option for an affordable March day tour in Iceland is a small-group northern lights hunting tour, which includes a photographer, making sure you get some great photos. This tour costs about 107 USD.

A third cheap day tour in March in Iceland is a hike on top of the Vatnajokull glacier. The excursion costs approximately 105 USD. This three-hour tour is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by over 480 travelers.

What are the best March vacation packages in Iceland?

One of the top-rated vacation packages in Iceland for March is a tour of the Golden Circle and the South Coast, with a trip to the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon and an ice cave. This 3-day tour has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from over 900 travelers and costs around 969 USD.

Another of the top three March vacation packages in Iceland has an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 stars from over 380 travelers. This package is a two-day ice cave tour with visits to some of the South Coast’s best waterfalls and the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. This vacation package costs about 596 USD.

This highly-rated Icelandic vacation package in March is a northern lights tour that includes ice caving and a trip to the Blue Lagoon and the Golden Circle. This five-day package has an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars from over 480 travelers and costs approximately 1,026 USD.

What are the cheapest vacation packages in March in Iceland?

A fantastic cheap vacation package in Iceland in March is a five-day self-drive tour of the Golden Circle and the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. This package costs about 526 USD per person and has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from over 120 travelers.

Another budget-friendly March vacation package in Iceland is an incredible self-drive tour of Iceland’s South Coast. This six-day package costs around 735 USD per person and is rated an average of 4.7 out of 5 stars by over 130 travelers. The package includes five nights of accommodation and six days of a rental car.

Alternatively, another cheap Icelandic vacation package in March is a two-day northern lights and ice cave tour that includes a trip to the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. The vacation package costs approximately 646 USD and has a rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars from over 40 reviews.

Is it worth it to visit Iceland in March?

Yes, it's worth it to visit Iceland in March! March is an excellent time to travel to Iceland. The worst of the winter weather will have passed, which means it's slightly easier to get around. The snow covering the country in the winter months will usually start melting by March.

March is also a fantastic time to visit Iceland because there are more daylight hours than in the depths of winter, but you'll still have a good chance of seeing the northern lights. In addition to the benefits of the early signs of spring, visitors to Iceland in March will still be able to enjoy wintery activities that depend on ice and snow. Tours of the ice caves near Langjokull and visits to the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon are available in March.

Can you see the northern lights in March in Iceland?

Yes! It's possible to see the northern lights in Iceland in March. The chance of seeing the aurora borealis is one of the things that makes a trip to Iceland at this time of year so appealing. It's worth remembering that there are fewer hours of darkness in March than in mid-winter, so you will have to stay up a little later to see the northern lights, but it's well worth it!

What type of clothing should I wear on a March tour in Iceland?

In March, Iceland's weather can still be quite chilly. It's best to wear layered clothing, including a warm and waterproof outer layer, thermal inner layers, and sturdy waterproof shoes, preferably with good grip for icy conditions.

What kind of weather can I expect in Iceland in March?

March in Iceland is still wintery, with average temperatures hovering around 32°F (0°C). You can expect a mix of snow, rain, and occasional sunny days. Always check the local forecast before heading out.

Are there any special events or festivals in Iceland in March?

March often sees the celebration of the Food and Fun festival in Reykjavik, where chefs collaborate with local restaurants. Additionally, there are various winter festivals and events in towns nationwide.

How long is daylight in Iceland during March?

Daylight in March gradually increases, starting with about 10 hours at the beginning of the month and extending to nearly 13 hours by the end. The increase in daylight marks the transition from winter to spring.

Can I visit the ice caves in March?

March is a favorable month to visit ice caves, though conditions can vary. Always opt for professional tours, as they'll ensure safety and accessibility based on current conditions.

Is it safe to drive in Iceland during March?

Driving in March can be challenging due to snow and icy conditions. It's essential to have a suitable vehicle, preferably a four-wheel drive, and to check road conditions and forecasts before venturing out.

Are the Golden Circle tours available in March?

Yes, Golden Circle tours are available year-round, including March. However, weather conditions can affect the accessibility of specific sites, so always check with your tour provider.

How crowded are popular attractions in Iceland in March?

March is still considered the tail-end of the winter season, so many attractions are less crowded than in peak summer months. However, popular destinations may still see a fair number of visitors, especially during clear days or during northern lights activity.

Do I need to book tours in advance for March travel in Iceland?

While March isn't the peak season, it's still advisable to book popular tours in advance, especially if you have specific dates in mind, to ensure availability.

Are there any wildlife tours available in March?

March can be a good time for wildlife enthusiasts, especially for spotting seals. However, puffin sightings are rarer as they usually return to Iceland in late April.

What's the ocean temperature around Iceland in March? Is it suitable for any water-based tours?

The ocean temperature in March is typically around 39 F (4 C). While it's cold, you can still take boat tours, especially for whale-watching. However, always dress warmly and follow safety guidelines.

Are hot spring tours available in March?

Absolutely! Hot springs, such as the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa and various natural springs, are available for tours and visits throughout the year, including March.

Which waterfalls are accessible and most impressive during March in Iceland?

Many of Iceland's iconic waterfalls, like Gullfoss, Skogafoss, and Seljalandsfoss, are accessible in March. However, the surroundings might be icy, so it's essential to tread carefully and wear appropriate footwear.
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