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9 Days | Northern Lights Winter Vacation Package

Experience all the beautiful places Iceland has to offer and enjoy breathtaking landscapes during adventourus activities.

Reykjanesbær
1 week and 2 days
Moderate

Tour description

Day 1: Airport Transfer and Blue Lagoon 

Your guide will pick you up at the Airport. There is no better way to start your journey in Iceland with a relaxing swim at the Blue Lagoon. After that, we head straight to our hotel to check-in. The rest of the day is free and you can explore the city. 

Day 2: Golden Circle

It's time to head on the road. Today we explore the Golden Circle. Our first stop is at Þingvellir, the place of the first Icelandic parliament. The first parliament was established there in 930 AD and it is, therefore, the oldest one in Europe. Besides all the history you can also see the Mid-Atlantic ridge. This is the split of the tectonic plates that divides Europe from North America. We also use the opportunity to go snorkeling between the tectonic plates. After that, we stop at Geysir. This "water puddle" gives its name to all the other Geysers in the world. It erupts every 5-8min and it is truly a big spectacle. After a short ride, we arrive at Gullfoss, the golden waterfall. In the summertime, up to 130.000 l/s are running down this powerful waterfall. In good weather conditions, we are also able to see Langjökull glacier as well. Last but not least is Kerið. Kerið is a volcanic crater that is located in the Grímsnes area. It is part of the Western Volcanic Zone, which includes the Reykjanes peninsula and the Langjökull Glacier. The caldera of the crater is well intact and about 55m deep and 270m wide. Another remarkable feature is the aquamarine blue water of the lake that can be found in the crater.

Day 3: Waterfalls, black sand beaches, and Viking Sagas

We have breakfast at the hotel and afterward, we go back on the road. Our first stop is Seljalandsfoss waterfall. If conditions allow we talk a walk behind the waterfall curtains. After a short ride, we arrive at Skogafoss waterfall. Skogafoss was featured in "Game of Thrones" and it is said that one of the first settlers has buried a treasure chest behind it. Now it is time for some action. The guide drives you to Sólheimajökull glacier. We put on our safety gear and step on the glacier. Our glacier is around 2,5h long with 1,5h spent on the glacier. Next up is Reynisfjara black sand beach. The beach was once rated as one of the 10 most beautiful places worldwide. In the summertime, hundreds of Puffins are nesting here and the rock stacks called Reynisdrangar are standing picturesque in the ocean next to the beach. Reynisfjara is also the perfect place to grab something to eat. On our way to our overnight accommodation, we pass the Skaftafell national park and Iceland's biggest glacier called Vatnajökull.

Day 4: Glacier Lagoon and Ice Cave Tour

After breakfast, it is time for some action. We hop onto a 4x4 Super Jeep and drive up the glacier. We put on our safety gear and off we go to explore one of the beautiful ice caves on the glacier. The caves are naturally formed during the summer and they can change very quickly. It is truly an experience of a lifetime since the cave could be gone after the next summer. After our ice cave tour, we head to one of the most popular locations in Iceland, the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Big icebergs are breaking apart the man glacier and they are then floating around in the lagoon that is situated in front of the glacier. After some time, the icebergs melted enough to float out to the ocean. Waves bring back the crystal clear ice to the black beach next to the lagoon, creating a special place called the Diamond Beach. This will also be the night for our Northern Lights Hunt. If we can see that the forecast is better for any other day, we will move the tour. This is to maximize your chances of seeing the Lights.

Day 5: Eastfjords

Today we will explore one of the most remote parts of Iceland. The mythical sense of isolation one feels when traveling through here is sure to entice any visitor looking to experience authentic and stark Icelandic terrain. The first stop will be Vestrahorn mountain, probably one of the best spots to take a great landscape photo. We also stop at Lagarfljot Lake. According to Icelandic folklore, the lake is inhabited by the Icelandic version of the Loch Ness monster. The drive continues on narrow roads along the fjords and our next stop will be Djúpivogur, a small fishing village with a long history. Next to the city is Búlandstindur mountain, and it is said that this mountain can make wishes come true during the summer solstice.

Day 6: The power of the North

Today we had to a region that is known for its beauty. Thanks to its remote location, places are less crowded and we can enjoy the magic of mother nature. The first stop of the day will be lake Myvatn and its surrounding area. The area was created during a volcanic eruption 2.300 years ago. Many beautiful places can be found here, such as Hverir, where we can see many smoking fumaroles and boiling pots, Grjótagjá, a small lava cave with a geothermal hot spring in its depths, and Dimmuborgir, a lava rock formation known as the "Black Fortress" and a place full of Icelandic folklore. You will have the opportunity to grasp the geothermal power of the area and unwind in the mineral-rich waters of the Mývatn Nature Baths. Lay back in the soothing waters and admire the views of the surrounding plateau. Thanks to the geothermal activity in this area, a big power plant called Krafla can be found here. After learning all about green energy in Iceland, we head to our last stop Goðafoss, the waterfall of the Gods. It is fed by the fourth-biggest river called Skjálfandafljót and is definitely one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the country.

Day 7: Whales and wildlife

Starting in Akureyri, the capital of the North, we head to a small fishing village called Dalvik. The city is located on the Tröllaskagi Peninsula and with some luck we can spot some whales in the distance while walking along the harbor. The day continues with a stop at Hvítserkur, also known as the Troll of Northwest Iceland. The basalt rock is 15m high, standing beautiful in the Húnaflói Bay. We now drive in the direction of Reykjavik and the next stop will be Grábrók volcano. It is the largest of three craters and after a short walk to the top, you will have an amazing view over the surrounding lava fields.

Day 8: Customize Your Day

Today you got the chance to plan your day how you like it. You can spend the day in Reykjavik exploring the City center and do some shopping. You can also add a great day trip to the Snaefellsnes Penninsula or a snorkeling tour at Silfra.

Silfra Snorkeling

Snorkeling in Silfra Fissure has been rated one of the Top 5 activities in the world by Trip Advisor!

Located in the heart of Thingvellir National Park, this narrow volcanic canyon of crystal clear glacier and vibrantly blue water meandering through a giant lava field does not look like much on the surface. Put on a mask and look below and you find supernatural shades of blue, perfect visibility, and incredible rock formations make up a magical sub-aquatic paradise.

As if this wasn't alluring enough, Silfra Fissure is also the only place in the universe where you can go snorkeling in between the continental plates, slowly drifting apart splitting Iceland in two. Make your next big adventure a rare one!

Read our Snorkeling in Silfra Handbook for how to prepare for your adventure.

Snæfellsnes Penninsula

The Snæfellsnes Peninsula is often called "Iceland in Miniature". It is the perfect combination of waterfalls, rough lava fields, black sand beaches, and Icelandic folklore. We head west and our first stop is Berserkjahraun Lava Field. It was created around 4.000 years ago after the three surrounding volcanos erupted shortly after each other. The name also comes from an exciting story back from the Viking age. Your guide will tell you all about it and he'll show you the way to a secret and hidden waterfall. Kirkjufell, the most photographed mountain in Iceland is next on our list. You probably noticed it on the TV show "Game of Thrones". It is surrounded by a beautiful waterfall you'll get enough time to stroll around the walking paths to explore the area. Countless volcanic craters can be seen during the drive. Now it's time to put a foot on one of the dormant craters on the peninsula. Saxhóll volcanic crater was created around 3.000 years ago and it is 100m high. A staircase makes the walk to the top very easy and the reward is a brilliant view over the surrounding lava fields. Iceland is known for its black sand beaches. Djúpalónssandur is one of them and this place will definitely amaze you. Back in the day, a harbor for fishing boats could be found here and all the fishermen had to prove their strength beforehand. To do that, they had to lift stones of different weights. Only the strongest were able to secure a spot on one of the boats. The stones still can be found on the beach and you will have a chance to test your own strength. The next stop will be in Arnastapi, a beautiful and charming fishing village. During the time, powerful waves eroded the cliffs and left the stunning rock formations behind that can be seen today. Also, a sculpture of Bárður Snæfellsás, the guardian of the Penninsula, can be found here. Of course, you can't miss Budakirkja Black Church when you are around the peninsula. The church was build in 1703. After the Danish king decided to dismiss the church in 1819, several residents fought for the reclamation and in 1849 they gt the allowance to build a new chapel. A woman named Steinunn saved some of the old artifacts and thanks to her, we can still see them today. We will have one last stop at a beautiful golden-colored beach called Ytri-Tunga. Huge seal colonies can be found at this beach during the whole year and your guide will lead you to the place where you can find them.

Day 9: Airport Transfer

Your journey comes to an end and we will transfer you to the Airport in time to catch your flight home. 

Please note

  • The duration of the tour is 9 days and 8 nights
  • Tour is operated under all weather conditions: Please bring warm, wind & waterproof clothes
  • Accommodation is Hotels/Guesthouses with private Bathroom
  • Your safety is of the utmost importance. Ice Cave tours are weather dependent. Sometimes tours have to be cancelled with short notice due to weather conditions or other safety concerns. After periods of adverse weather, the caves can become flooded or unsafe to enter. If this happens we will always do our best to offer an alternative such as a glacier hike if weather conditions allow. However if this is not suitable to you we will always offer a full refund for the activity.
  • When it comes to the glacier hike, safety is our priority number one. Even though the hike is created for first-timers, some of the terrains lead us through icy and steep terrain. If you don't like to be on your feet, the glacier hike may not be for you. We will provide you with all the necessary gear but full mobility is required in order to have a safe trip on the glacier. All our guides have a lot of experience with glacier hikes and they will make a final decision whether you are able to participate or not when we arrive at the glacier. Please remember that if a guide refuses to let you go on the glacier, the decision is made with your safety in mind.

What's included?

  • Accommodation with breakfast
  • Pick-up and drop-off at Keflavik Airport
  • Ice cave Tour
  • Glacier Hike
  • Horseback riding
  • Whale watching
  • Blue Lagoon
  • Myvatn Nature Bath
  • Northern Lights Hunt

Exclusions

  • Lunch and Dinner

What do I need to bring?

  • Please dress according to the weather
  • Bring your camera
  • We will have stops during the tour where you can purchase food and snacks

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