Kingdom of Glaciers and Northern Lights test
Tour Code: ILR33W
Winter is a magical time in Iceland, it becomes a wonderland of ice and snow and this small group guided tour makes the most it. Come explore and experience Iceland's amazing landscapes, famous attractions, museums, history, culture and much more on this comfortable and adventurous and all inclusive winter break. Travel is via comfortable 4x4 van. Enjoy sightseeing, short hikes, a glacier walk, black sand beaches, waterfalls, geysers,ice-filled lagoons and, just maybe, the amazing Northern lights! Stay in comfortable country hotels each night and enjoy tasty Icelandic dinners while winding down from the days' adventures. See full description below.
Winter break with sightseeing and light walking and hiking
Driver- guide, accommodation, breakfast and dinner, entrance fee to museums
5 days, 4 nights
Pickup from hotel or guesthouse in Reykjavik from 08:30 in the morning.
Minimum 6, maximum 16
Walking per day
2-6 hours total (often divided into multiple shorter hikes)
For this tour to be confirmed, the minimum number of passengers has to be met. If the tour is not confirmed you will get a full refund.
Highlights of the tour
- The famous Gullfoss and Geysir
- Glacier Lagoon and its icebergs
- Chance to see the Aurora Borealis
Magnificent landscapes and northern lights in South and South-East Iceland
This is the winter variant of the outstanding adventure tour (ILR33) that takes you to one of Iceland’s most attractive areas in the south and the south east. As we head east to the Vatnajökull N.P – Skaftafell, our route takes us first to the famous Geysir hot spring and the Gullfoss waterfall. Continuing along the south coast of Iceland with its black beaches, waterfalls and museums we will visit the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano visitor centre where you will learn everything about the notorious 2010 eruption, and the Skógar folk museum where we will learn about how the Icelanders lived and survived in the past. Once in the Skaftafell/Vatnajökull area our days are a mixture of nature and culture with hikes where we enjoy breathtaking panoramic views over glaciers, stop at the glacier lagoon with its amazing icebergs and visit local farms modern and old for a glimpse of the local culture. At night we do our best to find and enjoy the dramatic Aurora Borealis and on a chosen evening we will venture out hunting for these mysterious lights of the winter sky. Accommodation is at quaint and comfortable country hotels. Transport in comfortable 4 wheel drive mini bus.
Please note that for the December departure the price for accommodation in Reykjavík is higher.
Minimum age: 14 years
- Guide for 5 days
- Mini-bus transportation for 5 days
- Breakfast and dinner for 4 days (lunch is not included, but can be added)
- Entrance to Eyjafjallajökull visitor Centre
- Entrance to Skógar folk museum
- Visit to a sheep farm
- (price based on double or twin room with en suite facilities - single room available for an extra fee).
- Warm clothes
- Hiking boots (can be rented)
- Rain gear (can be rented)
- Lunch (can be added)
- A 2-3 hours walk on the Svínafellsjökull glacier (all glacier and safety gear provided)
Glacier walk can be added for 8.900 ISK pr. person
Day 1: Reykjavík – Þingvellir – Geysir – Gullfoss – Hotel Hekla
First on our program for the day is a visit to the historical site of Þingvellir. The park is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. The location is wonderful, a beautiful lake skirted by a small canyon that in fact is a part of the Mid-Atlantic riftthe. Next we will head to the Great Geyris geothermal. There we will take a look at the areas namesake and its neighbor, Strokkur, a feisty geyser which spouts every 5-10 minutes. Close by we find Gullfoss, one of Iceland’s most beautiful waterfalls; in two giant steps the water falls 32 meters into a deep gorge. We continue southeast through one of the country’s largest agriculture areas.
At the end of the day we come to our hotel sitting in the Icelandic country side with view over to the volcano Hekla.
Driving: 3-4 hrs total Walking: 2-3 hrs total
Day 2: Hotel Hekla – The Waterfalls of the South – Þorvaldseyri – Skógasafn – Kirkjubæjarklaustur
Continuing east we set course to the Eyjafjallajökull massive. The waterfall of Seljalandsfoss is worthy of a short stop as well as the Skógarfoss waterfall, said to be the hidden place of a chest of gold. In between we will stop at the Eyjafjallajökull visitor centre, at the family farm at Þorvaldseyri, where you will learn all about the 2010 eruption and its effect on lives of people. At the hamet of Skógar we will visit the folk museum Skógarsafn where you can see how the Icelanders lived in the past. Further east we will visit the black beaches of Vík pass one of Iceland’s biggest lava fields until we reach our hotel where we stay for the next 3 nights.
Driving: 2-3 hrs total Walking: 1-2 hrs total
Day 3: Vatnajökull National Park-Skaftafell
Vatnajökull National Park is Europe’s biggest National Park. The south-east part of the park is the area of Skaftafell which is composed of natural forest growing between glacial tongues, reaching down almost to sea level - a unique place to visit. We walk through a birch forest up to the Svartifoss waterfall, which is famous for its black basalt columns. On the way we will get fantastic views of Europe’s largest glacier Vatnajökull and Hvannadalshnúkur (2110m), its highest peak. In the afternoon an inspiring 2-3 hour walk on the glacier is optional (not included). You will be provided with all the necessary gear (crampons and ice axes) to discover the amazing blue world of ice and explore its ridges and crevasses! Return to the hotel.
Driving: 2 hrs total Walking: 4-5 hrs total
Day 4: Jökulsárlón – Sheep farm
Today we head east along the Öræfajökull glacier which covers one of the country’s greatest volcanoes and its highest summit. We then cross great flatlands in front of the huge Breiðamerkurjökull glacier before arriving at Jökulsárlón lagoon with its picturesque floating icebergs. The area of the Southern Vatnajökull National Park has provided the backdrop for many Hollywood films and TV shows, for example “Batman Begins” and lately HBO‘s “Game of Thrones”. At the lagoon we discover a great variety of icebergs of different forms and shapes and the wide range of blue and white colors in the ice. In the afternoon on our way back, we stop by a modern Icelandic sheep farm to see how the locals live today.
Driving: 3-4 hrs total Walking: 2-3 hrs total
Day 5: Vík – Hot springs of Ölkelduháls – Reykjavik
On our return to Reykjavik we pass by the village of Vík (Vík í Mýrdal) where we can enjoy a walk on the black beach. The pinnacles of Reynisdrangar are to be seen just off shore. According to the legend, the pinnacles were left standing there after two trolls tried to pull a three master ship past the headland, but were caught and petrified by the first rays of sunshine. North of the village Hveragerði, famous for its greenhouses, we enjoy our last walk over to the geothermal area of Reykjadalur Valley (or in Grændalur over the coldest winter months) where we can enjoy a relaxing bath in a warm stream (not possible in Grændalur) before returning to the hectic life of Iceland’s capital.
Driving: 4 hrs total Walking: 3-4 hrs total
For your own wellbeing and safety we strongly suggest following the advice of our equipment list, this includes having good quality rain-gear, tops and bottoms! Also respect that cotton clothing is not appropriate for any strenuous outdoor activity – this includes jeans and t-shirts. Modern outdoor clothing is by far more comfortable and will greatly improve your experience.
Boots and Clothing:
- Hiking boots – light hiking boots with waterproofing and ankle support are preferred.
- Long and short sleeve thermal underwear – Wool or synthetic.
- Rain Jacket with a good hood– Preferably waterproof and breathable material.
- Hiking pants.
- Rain trousers – Waterproof and breathable material.
- Gloves – Wool or synthetic.
- Socks – two to three pairs of hiking socks - Wool or synthetic.
- Warm hat – Wool or synthetic.
- Backpack for clothes and items used during the day. Size: 20-30 litres.
- Duffel bag for your overnight gear, preferably not a suit-case.
- Towel – light weight and packable.
- Sunglasses and sun protection.
- Water bottle.
- Casual clothes / change of clothes.
- Prescription medication and other personal health items.
- Toiletries; Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap etc.
- Swim suit (depends on tour).
- Walking pole(s).
- Pen knife.
- Sun/rain Hat or a Cap.
- Camera, spare batteries and a memory card or films.
- Puffy jacket to throw on during stops (e.g. Primaloft or down)
- Slippers for indoor use.
- Aperitif or other heart-warming spirits (huts).
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What is included and what is not included in the price?
- Included: Guide for 5 days, vehicle transportation for 5 days, breakfast and dinner for 5 days, accommodation in a comfortable country hotel in double/twin rooms. Single room during the tour (supplement) is 32.800 ISK per person
- Not included: Lunch – can be added, optional 2-3 hour glacier walk on the Svínafellsjökull glacier can be added as well. Both can be booked and paid for on the tour.
What are my options if I do not book the lunch package through you?
- You can buy food for the tour before it starts or buy food at small shops/gas stations that are along the way on the tour.
What is included in the lunch package?
- On day 1 of the tour, we stop at Café Gullfoss and have an authentic Icelandic meat soup.
- The usual lunch from the hotel includes a sandwich, yoghurt/Icelandic Skyr, piece of cake or biscuits, tea/coffee and a piece of fruit.
Is pick-up and drop off included? What time is the pick up?
- Yes, pick-up and drop off is included. Passengers are picked up between 8:30 and 9:00 am
- from their accommodation in Reykjavík.
Do I need a sleeping bag for this tour?
- No, a sleeping bag is not required for this trip since hotel accommodation is included.
Is this a Super Jeep tour?
- No, this is not a Super Jeep tour. A 4x4 vehicle is needed but it will not be a Super Jeep.
I am a single traveler. Will I have to share a room if I don‘t book the single supplement?
- If you do not book the single supplement, you will have to share a room with another single traveler of the same sex. If there is no other single traveler on the tour, you will stay in a single room for no extra charge.
Is there free WIFI at the hotel?
- Yes, free WIFI is included at the hotel.
Can Icelandic Mountain Guides accommodate dietary requirements due to allergy or religious reasons?
- The hotel provides both breakfast and dinner and can accommodate such requirements.
- Please let us know beforehand about such requirements.
Is it possible to leave extra luggage somewhere back in Reykjavík while on the trip?
- If you are staying at the same hotel / guesthouse before and after the trek then you can leave your extra luggage there for no extra charge.
- The BSI Bus terminal can also store your bags for around 500 ISK pr. bag pr. day.
What is the accommodation like on the tour?
- Accommodation is in a comfortoble country hotel
What will we have to carry on the daily hikes?
- Only a day backpack with some extra clothes, food for the day and water.