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Iceland In Winter – Guided Tour for 6 Days

Iceland in winter is simply a wonderful time but we understand that not everybody is interested in a self-drive tour in snowy and icy conditions. Therefore we created this special Iceland winter tour only with guided tours included. Enjoy Iceland in its winter colours and visit the highlights of Iceland such as geyser, waterfalls, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and glacier. See the magic northern lights in the winter sky and enjoy Reykjavik the world’s northernmost capital.

If you are interested in receiving more information about this tour, please click on the “Request a quote” widget on the left side of the page. A quick form will open up where you will provide us with more information about your travel expectations. You will then be connected with your specialized travel agent who will assist you throughout the planning a provide a fully detailed quote.

Please note that this itinerary can be adjusted and customized to meet your travel needs and preferences. The package can also be offered as a privately guided tour if a self-drive option is not what you had in mind for your Iceland experience.

Please note that this tour is not suitable for wheelchair users.

Tour Code

NL-09

Season

Oct - Apr

Travel Style

Guided Group Tours

Duration

6 Days / 5 Nights

Location

Reykjavík & South Iceland

Age Limit

8 Years Old

Included

  • 5 nights accommodation (Budget or Comfort) with breakfast
  • Transfer from Keflavik International Airport to your accommodation in Reykjavík
  • Optional private information meeting with our travel consultant in Reykjavik before your tour starts
  • Guided Northern Lights Tour by minibus
  • Guided Golden Circle Tour by bus with entrance to the Fontana Spa
  • Guided 2 days tour to the South of Iceland with 1 hour glacier hike included
  • Guided lava cave tour
  • Transfer from Reykjavik to Keflavík Airport with pick-up at your accommodation
  • 24-hour emergency service
  • Taxes & service fee

Not Included

  • Flights to/from Iceland
  • Meals & drinks at restaurants apart from what’s stated in the itinerary
  • Personal travel insurance
Day 1 | Arrival and Northern Lights

Welcome to Iceland in winter! After landing at Keflavík International airport, you will be transferred to your hotel or guesthouse in Reykjavik. In the afternoon we recommend exploring the city center of Reykjavik. You should visit Harpa Music Hall, the Hallgrímskirkja Church, the Laugavegur shopping street, and the small lake Tjörnin often frequented by many water birds. In the evening you will join a Northern Lights tour by minibus. You will leave the city with its disturbing lights and you will search for the magic lights also called Aurora in the countryside. You stay for the night in a comfortable accommodation in the city center.

Duration of Northern Lights tour

~ 4 hours

Day 2 | Golden Circle and Fontana Spa Wellness

Today you go on a guided bus tour around the Golden Circle to see three of Iceland´s most stunning sights – Þingvellir National Park, Geyser geothermal area and Gullfoss waterfall. After these natural wonders, you will visit Fontana´s natural steam baths. Relax in various hot tubs and steam baths naturally heated by Icelandic hot springs. Before returning back to Reykjavik, you can taste some typical Icelandic rye bread which is slow-baked in the natural hot springs. In the evening you can go on another (optional) Northern Lights tour or you visit one of the gourmet restaurants in Reykjavik. Reykjavik is also famous for its nightlife and the bars are open during weekends until 04:00 a.m.

Duration

~ 9 hours

Day 3 | Waterfalls and Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon

For the next two days, you will be joining on an exciting 2-day tour to the magnificent south coast of Iceland. The south is often said to have it all! You will start your journey by being picked up by your guide for the next two days, and then you will head out to the countryside. Your first sight will be at the mesmerizing Seljalandsfoss, where if the conditions are good and you have the right attire, you have an option to walk behind the waterfall to get a 360°view of it. Next up is another well-known waterfall, the great Skógafoss waterfall. On a good day, you might be able to see the peak of Eyjafjallajökull volcano, that erupted famously in 2010.

Continuing will be the Reynisfjara black sand beach and the picturesque Reynisdrangar rock pinnacles rising from the sea. Afterwards, you will continue your travels to Skaftafell, where you will stay the night in the area. On your way, you will travel through the great lava field and witness the spectacular glacier Vatnajökull. The countryside is perfect for catching the dancing lights in the sky.

Day starts in

Reykjavík

Day ends in

Skaftafell area

Day 4 | Ice cave and South Coast

After breakfast, you will be starting your day by exploring the magical world of Vatnajökull. The first sight of the day will be the out of this world glacier lagoon, Jökulsárlón. This lagoon is full of great, dazzling icebergs in various fascinating shapes and forms, constantly breaking from Breiðamerkurjökull glacier. These icebergs float in the lagoon and slowly end up in the Atlantic ocean. Many of these natural icebergs cast ashore to the nearby beach, where they shimmer like diamonds on the beautiful black sand beach, given the name, the Diamond beach.

Now you will be venturing up and in the magnificent glacier with a qualified glacier guide. Entering an ice cave is surely an out of this world experience. Ice caves are formed during the summertime when the glacier is slowly melting the flowing water runs through cracks and crevasses, slowly enlarging over time. Every autumn expert guides search for new ice caves for the new season, allowing you to enter the newest ice cave in the glacier. Glaciers are constantly on the move and the same applies to the caves, but slowly.

Your guide will choose the best suitable ice cave, depending on the time of travel, and surely the weather.

The amazing colour of the ice inside the cave makes you feel like you are in a wonderland. The variant shades of blue and the structure of the ice can truly mesmerize you! You will ride up the glacier in a large super-jeep, before parking as close as possible to the mouth of the cave. Please remember to bring good hiking shoes with you as you will now hike to the opening of the cave, where you will have plenty of time to enjoy the cave and capture the moment on film.

After this dreamlike experience of the cave, you sadly have to say goodbye to the glaciers and head back to the city. Depending on the weather conditions, you might make some stops along the way to stretch your legs during the long drive. If promising conditions show Northern Lights activity, be sure to keep an eye out for the magical dancing lights in the sky.

Please keep in mind that the program of this two-day tours can slightly change, based on the weather and different months of winter.

Day starts in

Skaftafell area

Day ends in

Reykjavík

Day 5 | Caving Tour and Museums in Reykjavik

Today you go on a guided tour inside a lava cave. You will see natural stalactites, different lava rock formations and unexpected colours. The cave is only a short drive away from Reykjavik and is located near a volcanic crater. It is about 900 meters long and was first mapped in 1992. Most of the floor in the cave is even and the cave becomes wide and high. However, in a few places you need to crawl and therefore you should wear good walking or hiking shoes. The afternoon you can spend in the city of Reykjavik and we recommend to visit the old harbour area where many interesting museums are located such as the Northern Lights Center, the Saga Museum or the Marine Museum.

Tour duration

~ 3 hours

Day 6 | Departure Iceland winter tour

Your winter adventure is about to come to its end. You will be transferred to Keflavik International Airport. If your flight is in the afternoon, you still have time to stop at Blue Lagoon and enjoy a soak in the milky blue earth sea, a perfect end to your stay and a nice way to relax and unwind before your flight home.

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Budget

Budget accommodations include shared facilities in guest houses, country hotels, farmhouses, etc. In some cases, the rooms might be equipped with a TV and a washbasin. The in-room amenities are limited and basic but they all adhere to a high standard of cleanliness.
Breakfast is included.

Comfort

Comfort accommodations offer access to private facilities (shower and toilet). This type of lodges belongs to the 3-star hotel category. Most of these properties have an in-house restaurant. This section offers an upgrade in comfort and service compared to the budget category. Breakfast is included.

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