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.
NL-08 – Iceland Winter Package – Guided Tour for 8 Days
Day 1: Arrival in Reykjavik
Welcome to your winter holiday in Iceland! Your private chauffeur will be waiting for you in the arrival hall of KEF airport. He will transfer you to your accommodation in Reykjavik. 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 to start 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.
Highlights of the day: Reykjavík City, Hallgímskirkja church, Laugavegur shopping street, Harpa concert and conference centre, and more
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 country side, and if the weather allows, don’t forget to look for the Northern Lights in the evening sky.
Highlights of the day: Reykholt, Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls, Eldborg crater, Gerðuberg basalt columns, and more
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 sea birds. 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 favorite 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.
Highlights of the day: Hellnar, Lava cave tour, Djúpalónssandur beach, mount Kirkjufell, and more
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.
Highlights of the day: Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir, and more
Day 5: Waterfalls & Glacial Lagoon
The next two days you will be spending in the beautiful South coast of Iceland. You get picked up in the morning via minibus which seats a maximum of 18 persons, making the tour more personal than the average coach tour. Seljalandsfoss waterfall will be the first highlight for today. This stunning waterfall falls from a cliff with a large cave behind it. If conditions are not too icy, you can actually walk behind the waterfall and enjoy a 360° view. Your next stop will be Skógafoss, another majestic waterfall, often partly frozen during winter time. On a good day with clear skies, the two surrounding glaciers, Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull will also be visible from the area.
Later today you will reach Reynisfjara, the black sand beach close to Vík. There you will find fantastic sights such as the impressive basalt column formations and the famous Reynisdrangar stacks. Before reaching other highlights of the day you will travel across a giant lava field, formed during huge volcanic eruptions in historic times. In the afternoon you will arrive in the National Park of Vatnajökull where you will stop at Skaftafell Nature Reserve.
For many, the main highlight for today is the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon. Before reaching your accommodation you will spend some time at this picturesque place with massive floating icebergs. This is the very location where parts of several blockbuster movies have been shot, e.g. Batman Begins and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, to name a couple. After a nice dinner in your accommodation (not included), your group will go out and search for the amazing Northern Lights.
Highlights of the day: Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, Reynisfjara black beach, Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, and more
Day 6: Magical Ice Cave Tour and Northern Lights
You start the day with a special highlight Iceland has to offer only in winter by visiting a spectacular ice cave. The ice caves are truly mesmerizing wonders of nature. They form from flowing water entering the glacier through cracks or crevasses which are then enlarged over time. Therefore, the caves are always on the move and constantly, but slowly, changing. They are not only truly spectacular, but can be also very dangerous. An expert local glacier guide will select the best possible cave from day to day. It depends on the time of year and the weather, where exactly you will go.
Each cave is unique, with various different colors and ice sculptures in fascinating shapes. Your guide will park the super jeep as close to the cave as possible, and then you will continue on foot. Please wear good hiking shoes since there is always some hiking included. Inside the cave itself you will stay for at least 45 minutes. For this reason, we highly recommend wearing warm winter-clothing.
After the surreal experience of the ice cave it is time to head back to Reykjavik. This is a quite long drive but if the weather conditions are good, you will do a few short stops along the way. In the evening you will search for the Northern Lights in the country side. You will be back in Reykjavik close to midnight, and you stay for the night in a cozy accommodation in the city center. Please keep in mind that the program of these two-day tours can slightly change, based on the weather and different months of winter.
Highlights of the day: Ice cave tour, and more
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.
Highlights of the day: Reykjavik
Day 8: Departure
Your winter adventure is about to come to its end. Take the shuttle bus to Keflavik International Airport. 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!
Highlights of the day: Reykjavik, Blue Lagoon (optional)
Detailed Information about our Iceland Winter Package for 8 Days
We offer three different accommodation categories for this Iceland Winter Package:
Budget Budget accommodation includes shared facilities in guesthouses, country hotels, farmhouses, etc. In some you might find a TV and a washbasin in your room. All offer breakfast that’s included in the price.
Comfort In Comfort accommodation you will have access to private facilities (shower and WC). These would be 3 star hotels and better guest houses many of whom have their own restaurant. All offer breakfast that is included in the price.
Quality Rooms with private shower/bath and WC. These are the best available rooms in 4 star hotels or the best hotels in each region. Suites and Jr. Suites are available upon request within the Quality category in Reykjavik only. Breakfast si always included.
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)
- 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
- Use of an Icelandic mobile phone with 1,500 ISK worth of calls
- Taxes & service fee
- Flights to/from Iceland
- Meals & drinks at restaurants apart from what’s stated in the itinerary
- Personal travel insurance
Please contact us and get a price quote for this Iceland winter package. Note that this tour is fully customizable and days and activities can be added upon request. This tour is also offered as a fully guided private tour.
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