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Iceland Winter Package – Guided Tour For 8 Days

Explore the beautiful Icelandic winter in this 8-day Iceland winter package. Included in this itinerary are exciting guided tours, both to the very best highlights as well as the lesser-known beauties of Iceland. During your stay in Iceland, you will not only visit the three national parks in Iceland but also venture on some exciting outdoor activities. At various stunning locations, you will also have the chance to see the magic northern lights.

Season: Beginning of November until end of March

(During this time of the year the ice caves are accessible. If you want to come to Iceland in September, October or beginning of April we can prepare a slightly different tour with a guided glacier walk instead of the ice caving)

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-08

Season

Nov - Mar

Travel Style

Guided Group Tours

Duration

8 Days / 7 Nights

Location

Reykjavík, South & West Iceland

Age Limit

8 Years old

Included

  • 5 nights’ accommodation (Budget, Comfort or Quality) with breakfast in Reykjavík
  • 2 nights‘ accommodation (Comfort) with breakfast in the country side (part of the overnight tours)
  • Transfer from Keflavik Airport to your accommodation in Reykjavik
  • Guided 2 days tour to Snæfellsnes Peninsula with visit of a lava cave
  • Guided 2 days tour to the South of Iceland with visit of an ice cave
  • Guided Golden Circle Tour by minibus
  • Transfer to Keflavik Airport upon departure
  • 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 in Reykjavik

Welcome to your winter holiday in Iceland! After landing in Iceland, you will be transferred to your accommodation in Reykjavík city center. You’ll be staying in a guesthouse or hotel in the city center, making it easy to go out and explore the highlights of Iceland’s capital city.

If you arrive in the morning or around noon, we highly recommend starting your holidays with a guided walk in Reykjavik. On the tour, you will not only get a first overview of the city itself but also receive useful tips about the best places to eat and where to spend your free time. You should also visit the Northern Lights Center where you can learn more about the magic lights in the sky. Other interesting museums we recommend visiting are the National Museum of Iceland and the Whales of Iceland Exhibition.

Day 2 | Waterfalls, Lava Fields and Northern Lights

Today you will go on a two-day guided tour around the Snæfellsnes peninsula in the west of Iceland (minibus tour, maximum 18 people). Snæfellsnes has been given the nickname “Iceland in Miniature” because many of the sights Iceland is famous for can be found in this area. Start the tour by visiting the Reykholt area to see the Hraunfossar waterfalls. They are actually a collection of small waterfalls coming out of a huge lava field. Close by you will then find another waterfall named Barnafoss.

Hraunfossar simply translates to “lava waterfalls” but Barnafoss supposedly takes its name from two children who fell into the waterfall centuries ago (Icelandic folk mythology), and translates to “the waterfall of the children”. You will then continue to Snæfellsnes, passing the magnificent crater of Eldborg. Before reaching your accommodation, you will see Gerðuberg, an impressive wall of beautiful basalt columns forming geometric patterns in the cliffs. Stay for the night in a cozy accommodation in the countryside, and if the weather allows, don’t forget to look for the Northern Lights in the evening sky.

Day starts in

Reykjavík

Day ends in

Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Day 3 | Cliffs, Beaches and Lava Cave

After breakfast, your journey around the peninsula will continue. Your guide will make a stop at Hellnar, a little fishing village in the South coast of Snæfellsnes. There you will go on a short hike to explore the cliffs in the area. Because of the rich birdlife there, chances are that you will lay eyes on some seabirds. From Hellnar, you can also see the Snæfellsjökull glacier.

One of the trip’s highlights will definitely be the exploration of a lava cave in the area. You will go on a journey 35 meters below the surface. During the tour, you will reach two different sections of the cave by staircases. The lower section of the lava cave was hidden from the outside world for thousands of years. There you will experience total quietness and complete darkness when your guide and group switch off the headlights.

Your next stop will be the black sand beaches of Djúpalónssandur and Dritvík. These beaches are stunning and extremely interesting places to see with unusual cliff formations and black pebbles stones. In the afternoon you will drive to the North side of the peninsula, stopping at the famous Mt. Kirkjufell, close to Grundarfjörður. The mountain is very photogenic and therefore a favourite among many photographers. A picturesque waterfall can also be found nearby. From Grundarfjörður you will pass the Berserkjahraun lava field and then start making your way back to the capital. Stay for the night in heart of Reykjavik.

Day starts in

Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Day ends in

Reykjavík

Day 4 | The Golden Circle

Today, you’ll be going on a minibus day tour, visiting all the popular locations of the Golden Circle. First off is the fascinating Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There you can walk in between tectonic plates. Later you will also see the fountain geyser Strokkur, which erupts every 4 to 8 minutes. Last but not least you will also visit Gullfoss, the so-called “golden waterfall”. The waterfall is often partly covered in ice during winter time.

After exploring these amazing places amongst other scenic attractions, you will head back to Reykjavik. In the evening we recommend a nice dinner in one of several recommended restaurants in Reykjavik. If you are interested, you can also join an optional Northern Lights tour by boat.

Duration

~ 9 hours

Day 5 | Waterfalls & Lava Beaches

Today you will be joining a two-day adventure to the south coast of Iceland. You will be picked up from a meeting point close to your hotel, and soon enough – once all the guests are on board, you will leave the city of Reykjavík. The first stop of the tour is Seljalandsfoss waterfall. This unusual waterfall has a path leading behind and around the beautiful falling cascade. Although you might get a little wet, it is well worth the astonishing experience. Next up, another waterfall awaits; the picturesque Skógafoss, which is located at the foot of the famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano.

Moving on, your next stop will be at the black beaches of Reynisfjara, with majestic views of the Reynisdrangar basalt sea stacks rising from the ocean. You will then drive through the village of Vík and onwards to the Skaftafell area, where you will be staying for the night. On your way there, you will witness diverse Icelandic landscape, such as great lava fields, glacier tongues and various smaller waterfalls. You can then expect a relaxed evening in the cosy countryside. However, if conditions are promising, you will be closing off the day with a hunt for the northern lights in the surrounding areas.

Day starts in

Reykjavík

Day ends in

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon area

Day 6 | Magical Ice Cave Tour and Glaciers

Once you have finished breakfast, you will drive to Jökulsárlón, the monumental glacier lagoon which may be the crown jewel of Icelandic nature. The lagoon has been made famous by several Hollywood movies and simply is a must-see for the majority of all of Iceland‘s visitors. Icebergs of all shapes and sizes, which continually calve off Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, float around in the fascinating lagoon. Before eventually making their way into the Atlantic ocean, a good number of these natural chunks of ice are washed onto, what we call, the Diamond Beach. As the name implies, here you can see parts of the glacier shimmer and shine like diamonds, laying around in the black sands.

Later on, you will be visiting another phenomenon; a natural ice cave somewhere inside the great Vatnajökull glacier. A qualified glacier guide will be joining you on this part of the tour. Each winter, new ice caves are formed by the melt/freeze cycle of the glacier. They even change within each winter, so in fact, the cave you will be visiting might not even be there a month later. Photographers will love this part of the tour as you will not come across photo opportunities such as these very often in a lifetime. Afterwards, you and your travel companions will head back towards Reykjavík, with a stop at the Skaftafell Nature Reserve. On your way, in the late afternoon and evening, you will keep an eye out for the magical aurora in the sky, making short stops along the way if conditions allow.

Do keep in mind that the program of this overnight tour can slightly change, with factors such as weather forecast and time of year often having a say.

Day starts in

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon area

Day ends in

Reykjavík

Day 7 | Free Day in Reykjavík

Today you can enjoy a full free day in Reykjavík, the northernmost capital of the world. There are several different ways to spend your day. Go swimming in one of many thermal swimming pools within the city limits, visit museums and/or exhibitions, or go for a long walk in town. In the city center, you will find plenty of coffee shops, Icelandic designer stores and several versatile restaurants.

Don´t miss out on Reykjavík´s top sightseeing spots and landmarks, such as the Hallgrímskirkja church tower, the viewing deck of Perlan (The Pearl) and the Sun Voyager sculpture by the sea. Don´t leave Iceland without trying one of our famous hot dogs by the tiny hot dog stand „Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur“ near the harbor. Close by you´ll also find Kolaportið, Reykjavík´s one and only fleamarket, open on weekends from 11:00 – 17:00. Today you can also join various guided tours, such as whale watching, a helicopter flight or a snorkeling tour in crystal-clear water.

Day 8 | Departure

Your winter adventure is about to come to its end. You will be transferred to Keflavík International airport in time for your departing flight. If your flight is in the afternoon, you still have time to stop at the Blue Lagoon. There you can 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. We wish you a safe and pleasant flight back home and hope to see you again in Iceland!

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.

Quality

Quality accommodations offer private rooms with en-suite shower/bath and toilet. These rooms are the best available accommodations in 4-star hotels or the highest quality lodges in each region. Luxury accommodations - the highest class of lodges, suites, and penthouses - are available upon request. Breakfast is included.

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