West Iceland Winter Break
Tour Code: ILR35
Discover wildlife, secluded nature and rich history on this 3-day winter short break in the west.
Driver- guide in a minibus, accommodation, full board, entrance fee, caving equipment and snowshoes if needed
3 days, 2 nights
Participants will be picked up at their accommodation between 8:30 and 9:00 AM
Walking per day
1-3 hours total
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
- Secluded Wilderness of Fellsströnd
- Snæfellsnes Whale Watching
- Langjökull Ice Tunnel
Nature, history, whales and Northern lights
Over the course of three days on this winter break, we venture inside of a glacier, explore the geological wonders inside of a lava cave, visit historical sites, go on a whale watching tour and hunt for the Northern Lights*. From Húsafell to Snæfellsnes peninsula, this winter getaway perfectly combines adventure, comfort and culture in a remote setting.
Single supplement: 10.000 ISK
*The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and there is no guarantee that they will appear.
Minimum age: 14 years
- Full board
- Entrance to the Into the Glacier experience
- Whale watching tour on day 3
- Visit to shark museum
- Accommodation in a Country Hotel in made up beds (2 nights)
- Snowshoes when needed.
- Warm clothes
- Rain gear (can be rented)
- Hiking boots (can be rented)
Day 1: Reykjavík - Húsafell - Into the Glacier - Lava Caving (if condition allow) - Vogur Country Hotel
Your adventure begins with an early morning pick up, between 08:30 and 09:00am, by your guide from your accommodation in Reykjavík. We whisk you out of the city and head towards Húsafell, which is located on the doorstep of Iceland’s second largest glacier, Langjökull. There, we’ll stop and marvel at two magnificent waterfalls, Hraunfossar & Barnafossar, and visit the steamy Deildartunguhver hot spring. At Húsafell, we’ll enjoy a nice lunch before we head up onto the glacier for the Into the Glacier experience. This adventure takes us into a man-made tunnel that leads deep into the Langjökull Ice Cap (2-3 hours tour from Húsafell). After exploring this amazing hidden wonderland filled with ice sculptures, domes and deep crevasses, we descend the glacier. If conditions and time allow, we’ll journey inside of a cave in the nearby Hallmundarhraun lava field to learn about the geological wonders that have formed there over centuries. After an action packed day in the backyard of Langjökull, we set our course for the Snaefellsnes peninsula, where we´ll be spending the remainder of adventure. On this famous peninsula, we'll head to Vogur, a once busy farm that was converted into a comfortable country lodge. It is revered for its excellent food made from fresh, local ingredients. This secluded, countryside setting surrounded by untamed nature is an ideal place to see the Northern Lights.*
Arrival at our accommodation in the late afternoon.
Driving: 4-6 hrs total Walking: 1-3 hrs total
*The Northern Lights are a nature phenomenon and there is no guarantee that they will appear
Day 2: Day tour to Fellsströnd area
Today, we set our sights on the amazing regions of Fellsströnd and Skarðsströnd, some of the most isolated areas in the country. The few people that venture to these places are richly rewarded with unique nature and history about the Icelandic sagas. On our first stop, we visit the historic church at Skarð. This has been a church site since the 13th century and the current church was built in the early 20th century. Next, we visit local farmers to hear about the history of the region and life in Iceland throughout the ages. One of the important resources of this area is the down collected from seabirds, and we will learn about how the farmers collect and manufacture the down. After a wonderful day in these remote areas, we return to our hotel for great 3-course dinner and hopefully some Northern Lights.
Driving: 4-5hrs total Walking: 1-3 hrs total
Day 3: Snæfellsnes peninsula - Bjarnarhöfn - Whale watching (not available in October) - Reykjavík
The Snæfellsnes peninsula is known for its beaches and it is divided by a mountain ridge that stretches from east to west, with the Snæfellsjökull glacier at the western most point. We’ll make our way to the north side of Snæfellsnes for a visit to the shark museum at Bjarnarhöfn, run by a local family that has been fishing and producing shark since the eighteen hundreds. From there, we continue over to Grundafjörður, a small town on the northern part of the peninsula, where we go on a 2-hour whale watching tour around the Breiðafjörður bay (not available in October, visit tho the cave Vatnshellir instead). In winter, herring migrate into the fjord followed by a vast number of Orcas, creating the perfect opportunity for a unique whale watching tour. After our adventure at sea, we head back towards the capital of Reykjavik for a late afternoon arrival.
Driving: 5 -6 hrs total Walking: 1-3 hrs total
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 – A light weight and packable one.
- Sunglasses and sun protection.
- Water bottle.
- Casual clothes / change of clothes.
- Prescription medication and other personal health items.
- Toiletries; Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap etc.
- Walking pole(s).
- Pen knife.
- Sun/rain Hat or a Cap.
- Thermal mat (for lunch breaks).
- Camera, spare batteries and a memory card or films.
- Puffy jacket to through on during stops (e.g. Primaloft or down)
- Slippers for indoor use.
- Aperitif or other heart-warming spirits.
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