Discount Winter Tour Combo | 3 National Parks & Ice Caving

Join this fantastic winter tour combo where you'll be hunting down the Northern Lights across Iceland’s most spectacular regions; the national parks of Þingvellir, Vatnajökull and Snæfellsnes. Not only that, you will also get to hike one of the country's magnificent glaciers and explore inside another one on a dazzling ice cave trip.

This discount tour combo is the perfect option for those travellers looking to see as many of the country’s winter highlights as possible, as well as for those who wish to partake in a number of exciting activities, all without the hassle of driving or organising each tour.

On this tour combo, you will take in two separate tours over five days, thus ensuring that you maximise your precious time in the country. After first checking out the world famous Golden Circle route, you will explore the many wonderful attractions along the South Coast, over a span of 3 days.

These include the waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, black sand beach Reynisfjara and the crown jewel of Iceland, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. You will also get to hike up Sólheimajökull glacier for a fantastic panoramic view of the surrounding landscape, as well as visit a natural ice cave inside Vatnajökull glacier.

The second part of this tour combo takes you by minibus to the sublime Snæfellsnes Peninsula, a region forever overlooked by the mighty glacier volcano Snæfellsjökull. During your excursion, you will see a multitude of waterfalls, volcanoes, glaciers and geothermal springs, as well as gorgeous stretches of coastline. 

The natural splendour of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula is untouched and lacking in light pollution, meaning that if the night sky is clear, you should be able to see the celestial display of the Aurora Borealis. You will finish your tour with a return journey to Reykjavík.

Make the most out of your winter days in Iceland and save a buck while doing so. Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Nov. - Mar.
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Activities: Glacier Hiking, Hiking, Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting, Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Golden Circle, Jökulsárlón, Vatnajökull, Snæfellsjökull, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Þingvellir, Deildartunguhver, Snæfellsnes, Hvalfjörður, Sólheimajökull, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Hellnar, Reykholt, Arnarstapi, Kirkjufell, Lóndrangar, South Coast, Diamond Beach
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:00

Included:
  • South Coast 3 day sightseeing minibus tour

  • Snæfellsnes 2 day sightseeing minibus tour

  • Glacier Hiking on Sólheimajökull Glacier

  • Visit to the Ice Cave of Vatnajökull Glacier

  • Visit to a lava cave & a canyon on Snæfellsnes Peninsula

  • 2 night of accommodation in country hotel (breakfast included, private bathroom depending on availability) during the 3-day South Coast tour

  • 1 night of accommodation in country hotel (breakfast included, private bathroom depending on availability) during the 2-day Snæfellsnes tour

  • Northern Lights hunting

  • English speaking guide

  • Accommodation in Reykjavík

  • Lunch

  • Dinner


What to bring:
  • Warm clothes

  • Good hiking shoes

  • Camera


Good to know:

The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon, and therefore cannot be guaranteed, but this itinerary is designed to maximise your chances to see them if weather allows. Please be aware that your itinerary may have to be rearranged to fit your arrival date and time better.

It can happen, in the case of extreme weather, that an activity is cancelled. If your chosen activity is cancelled, we will assist you with rearranging or booking other activities when possible, and any potential price difference will be refunded to you.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Golden Circle and Northern Lights


Discount Winter Tour Combo | 3 National Parks & Ice Caving


Your first day will begin by exploring the world famous Golden Circle route, a tour that includes the mighty waterfall, Gullfoss, Haukadalur geothermal area and the UNESCO World Heritage site, Þingvellir National Park. You will be picked up from Reykjavík in the morning and driven to your first destination; Þingvellir.

The park is famous for a multitude of reasons, most importantly, that it is where the first democratically elected parliament, the Alþingi, was formed in 930 AD. The site is also an important spot for geologists and nature enthusiasts; the park is set atop the Mid-Atlantic Rift, in between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. It is the only place on the planet where one can see both plates exposed from the earth. 

Your second stop along the Golden Circle will be at Haukadalur geothermal area, a region best known for the geyser, Strokkur. Strokkur is a hot spring that erupts on cue every five to ten minutes, presenting fantastic opportunities for photographers and a deeper understanding of the country’s geological makeup. The neighbouring hot spring, Geysir, lent its name to geysers worldwide, though it now lays dormant.

Your final stop will be at one of Iceland’s most popular waterfalls, Gullfoss (“Golden Falls”). Water cascades from the glacial river, Hvítá, pouring 32 metres over two tiers into the dramatic gorge below. It is truly one of the most mesmerising spots in Iceland. 

You will spend your first night of this tour in the Hvolsvöllur area, the perfect location to sit back and keep your eyes fixed on the skies for any sight of the Northern Lights.


Preferred accommodation by Hvolsvöllur

Below you can see our preferred partners for this night. In the case of these hotels not being an option, an alternative of the same standard will be arranged.

Hótel Hvolsvöllur

Standard bedrooms with private bathroom in 3 star hotel in Hvolsvöllur. Breakfast is included.

Hótel Eyjafjallajökull

Standard bedrooms with private bathroom in a country hotel on the south coast of Iceland. Breakfast is included.


Day 2 - Highlights of the South Coast


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Your first stop along the South Coast is Seljalandsfoss waterfall, a 60-metre high feature which, if conditions allow, can be walked all the way around, presenting an excellent opportunity to see the water and surrounding landscape up close.

You will next head a short distance to the second waterfall of the day, Skógafoss. Skógafoss is much wider than Seljalandsfoss, with a 65-metre drop. Whilst driving between these two waterfalls, you will also likely spot the subglacial volcano, Eyjafjallajökull.

Next up, a spot of adventure! You will pull up to the Sólheimajökull glacier tongue where your experienced guide will provide you with all of the necessary equipment for some ice hiking.

Your guide will present you with a safety briefing, as well as eagerly share their knowledge of the glacier and surrounding area. Following that, you will begin your hike, passing fantastic and intricate ice sculptures and the pale-blue crevasses of the ice cap. The higher you summit, the more beautiful the surrounding panoramas.

Next, you will visit the black sand beach Reynisfjara, famous for its fascinating basalt column cliffs, and strangely shaped rock formations that rise out of the ocean. You will make a passing visit to the small fishing village of Vík before continuing on to Skaftafell Nature Reserve, which is only a small section of the aesthetically gorgeous Vatnajökull National Park.

Your final stop of the day will be the crown jewel of Iceland, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Here, visitors can watch as enormous icebergs drift peacefully on the lagoon’s surface, slowly making their way out toward the Atlantic Ocean. You can follow this journey yourself by strolling a short distance down from the lagoon to the Diamond Beach where the icebergs wash up on the black sand, creating fabulous photo opportunities.

 You will spend your second night in the Jökulsárlón area.


Preferred accommodation by Jökulsárlón and Höfn

Below you can see our preferred partners for this night. In the case of these hotels not being an option, an alternative of the same standard will be arranged.

Hótel Höfn

Standard bedrooms with private bathroom in 3 star hotel in the largest town in southeast Iceland. Breakfast is included.

Hótel Vatnajökull

Standard bedrooms with private bathroom in 3 star hotel close to Höfn. Breakfast is included.


Day 3 - Ice Cave and Reykjavik


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Your third day will see you exploring the inner depths of Vatnajökull glacier; today is your chance to visit one of Iceland’s famous ice caves.

Your guide for the day will provide you with all of the necessary equipment, including helmets and crampons, before leading you into the bejewelled and subterranean world of the Vatnajökull ice cap. Prepare to be amazed by the dazzling blues of the ice, as well as the naturally formed ice sculptures that decorate the glacier’s interior.

After visiting the ice cave, you will return to the minibus for your return journey back to Reykjavík. Your tour guide will eagerly point out any of the sights and attractions missed on the first day.

When you arrive back in Reykjavík, the evening is free to spend as you please; you could discover the city’s exciting nightlife, check out the cultural landmarks such as the church, Hallgrímskirkja, or Harpa Concert Hall, or even t visit to one of Reykjavik’s pools.

You will spend your night in accommodation in the city. Please note that accommodation is not included for this night.


Day 4 - Snaefellsnes Peninsula I


Discount Winter Tour Combo | 3 National Parks & Ice Caving


Day 4 is the beginning of your the second part of your journey. You'll visit the sublime Snæfellsnes Peninsula, one of the country’s most untouched and beloved regions. After being picked up from your accommodation in Reykjavík, you will be driven by a minibus around the beautiful Hvalfjörður, a fjord known for its tall mountain peaks and dazzling waterfalls.

Your first stop of the day will be at the Valley of Skorradalur where you can visit Europe’s highest flowing hot spring, Deildartunguhver. The spring pumps out over 180 gallons of boiling water per second, so make sure not to get too close!

You will make a short stop at the historical village of Reykholt, once home to the Medieval writer, Snorri Sturluson, famous for his early writing, ‘Prose Edda’. ‘Prose Edda’ is often considered to be the Bible of Old Norse mythology.

Close to Reykholt, you will make a visit to two starkly different waterfalls. Barnafoss is violent and narrow, cascading dramatically into a rocky gorge below whilst Hraunfossar is far more peaceful, a series of smaller falls trickling gently over the rocks.

One of the most exciting stops of the day will be Gerðuberg, found just by Hnappadalur valley. The site is known for its large wall of peculiarly shaped basalt columns that form exquisite geometric patterns along the cliff face. After enjoying this area, you will be driven to the mineral spring of Rauðamelsölkelda. You will be spending your evening at the accommodation on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.


Preferred accommodation by Snæfellsnes

Fosshotel Stykkishólmur

Fosshotel Stykkishólmur is a 3 star hotel centrally located within the town Stykkishólmur. Spacious hotel with a view towards the bay. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Hotel Fransiskus

Fransiskus hotel in Stykkisholmur has beautifully designed rooms with soft colours and a cosy atmosphere. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 5 - Snaefellsnes Peninsula II and Reykjavik


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Your final day of this tour will be spent further exploring the many highlights of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Travelling up and down both sides of the peninsula, the Snæfellsjökull sub-glacial volcano will be omnipresent throughout your trip, towering over the surrounding lava plateaus and volcanic hills.

Your first stop of the day will be at the ravine, Rauðfeldsgjá, a dramatic cleft inside of a cliff face with a small stream trickling through. It is possible to walk right inside of the ravine, getting a unique perspective of Icelandic nature.

Following Rauðfeldsgjá, you will take a short stroll along the peninsula’s coastline where you’ll discover the many caves, basalt columns and geological formations that make the area so special. You will be exploring the coastlines around the picturesque villages of Arnarstapi and Hellnar.

You will also have a chance to admire the black sand beach Djúpalónssandur where you can try your hand at ‘the lifting stones’, a centuries old test of strength and suitability for a life at sea for the local fishermen.

After your time at Djúpalónssandur, you will next head to 7000-year-old Vatnshellir, one of the most accessible caves in Iceland. Once you have descended into this subterranean world, you will be dazzled by the strange rock formations and colourful lava features.

At the northern point of the peninsula, you will stop at the most photogenic mountain in Iceland, Kirkjufell mountain. The mountain's nearby waterfall makes the entire surrounding area a truly scenic place to visit, and will likely be one of the highlights of your trip along the peninsula. After Kirkjufell, you will begin to make your return journey to Reykjavík, but not without first passing two more beautiful fjords, Hraunsfjörður and Kolgrafafjörður.


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