5 Day Winter Package | The Golden Circle, Ice Cave, Northern Lights & Blue Lagoon

This 5-day winter package takes you to all the best sights in Iceland. Though you only have 5 days to spend with us, your tour guides will make sure it is brimming with Icelandic culture, history and the unforgettable, snowy landscapes that make Iceland a 'hot' destination in winter. 

You'll begin in Reykjavik and journey down the south coast, as far as Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and Vatnajökull National Park in east Iceland. Along the way, you'll see waterfalls, an erupting geyser, glaciers and black sand beaches. You'll also spend an afternoon relaxing at the world-famous Blue Lagoon at the beginning or the end of your tour.

The jewel of the tour is found in Vatnajökull National Park, where you will visit a rare, natural, blue ice cave.

Each winter season, when the weather cools, cave experts take to the hills around the glacier in search of that telltale gleam of ice in the snow. They search the areas where glacial water has flowed over the land, creating walls of ice, curving overhead in shades of deep blue. In the spring, the weather warms and the ice melts, its frozen beauty lost forever, so each ice cave can only be visited for only a few months each year.

Your nights will be filled with hunting for the Northern Lights, travelling into the darkened countryside in search of those stunning, dancing lights in the sky. Full details on activities for each day can be found below.

This trip includes all accommodation with private bathrooms, all transportation, and visits to all these incredible sights with a knowledgeable guide. You only need to show up and get ready to have the time of your life in Iceland.

We highly recommend you reserve this best value package as soon as possible. There is extremely limited availability for the ice caving. Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 00:00, 15:10, Flexible

Included:
  • Airport transfer on arrival/departure

  • 3 nights of accommodation in Reykjavik (different levels available; breakfast not included for Super Budget level; breakfast included for Comfort and Quality levels; more detailed info below)

  • Blue Lagoon standard entrance (upgrades available) and return transfer

  • Golden Circle sightseeing tour in a minibus (upgrades available with other activities)

  • South Coast 2-day minibus tour with ice caving

  • 1 night of accommodation in a country hotel in Vatnajokull National Park during the 2-day south coast tour (breakfast included, private bathroom depending on availability)

  • Northern Lights hunting

  • Detailed Itinerary with fun and practical information on the nature, history and culture of Iceland

  • Hands-on travel agent to oversee your itinerary

  • Taxes

  • Lunch

  • Dinner


What to bring:
  • Camera

  • Swimsuit

  • Warm clothes

  • Good hiking shoes

  • Good waterproof outer layers


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 - Arrival in Iceland & Blue Lagoon


5 Day Winter Package | The Golden Circle, Ice Cave, Northern Lights & Blue Lagoon


As soon as you arrive in Iceland, your otherworldly journey begins. From Keflavík International Airport, you're transported through moon-like lava landscape to your hotel in downtown Reykjavik.

We've handpicked a cosy hotel in the quirky city centre area for you to explore the most northern capital of the world.

If your flight arrives early, you can even choose to soak in the Blue Lagoon before you reach Reykjavík. This milky-blue hot spring stays warm all year round, and its natural silica mud does wonders for your skin! A perfect way to relax after your flight.

If your flight arrives late, the Blue Lagoon trip will be arranged on a different day, and instead, you can spend your evening in one of Reykjavík's top restaurants, admire its colourful houses and soak in the Nordic atmosphere.

On a clear night, remember to look up in the sky as the Northern Lights might greet you as well!


Preferred accommodation in Reykjavík

Reykjavík Comfort

The Fosshótel chain has four 3-4 star Hotels located in and around the city center of Reykjavík. There is a short walk from all of the hotels to attractions, cafés, restaurants, museums and the nightlife. All offer private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.

Reykjavík Quality

Alda Hotel is a 4 star hotel situated on Laugavegur, Reykjavík's main shopping street in the city centre. Private bedrooms with private bathrooms. Free access to a fitness room with a sauna and a hot tub. Free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is included.


Day 2 - The Golden Circle


5 Day Winter Package | The Golden Circle, Ice Cave, Northern Lights & Blue Lagoon


Spend your day admiring Iceland's most visited natural attractions, aptly named the Golden Circle. The Golden Circle takes its name from the Golden Waterfall - Gullfoss, one of Iceland's most stunning waterfalls. In wintertime, it looks even more breathtaking as the white water thunders through blocks of ice and snow.

Its location is conveniently close to Geysir geothermal area, where the geyser Strokkur spouts water as high as 40 m (131 ft) every few minutes!

In addition to these two incredible natural attractions, you'll also visit the magnificent Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that's rich in both beauty and history.

Your experienced and knowledgeable guide will tell you everything you need to know about the attractions to make the trip more fun and memorable. At each location, you will have ample time to take in those natural beauties and explore the area.

Your transport will be small and comfortable, so you will have an intimate experience instead of going with a big bus group.

After this amazing trip, you'll return to Reykjavík to unwind and spend another night in the same hotel in the city centre.


Day 3 - South Iceland & Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon


5 Day Winter Package | The Golden Circle, Ice Cave, Northern Lights & Blue Lagoon


The south coast of Iceland is filled with breathtaking wonders, and from today, you'll start your two day trip along it.

First up, you will see Seljalandsfoss waterfall, a stunning high and narrow waterfall that falls from a cliff with a large cave behind it. You can actually walk behind the waterfall and enjoy the view from behind it if the path isn't too slippery with ice to walk on. Be careful!

Next up is another stunning waterfall: Skógafoss. This one is bigger than the previous one and is the last one in a long row of impressive waterfalls that cascade down from the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano that looms above. Eyjafjallajökull is a glacier with a volcano underneath its ice that disrupted European air travel during its 2010 eruption.

After that, you will visit the black beach of Reynisfjara, where the imposing black rock stacks of Reynisdrangar stand out in the North Atlantic Surf, watching as the heavy waves crash upon the beach.

You'll have a lunch break and then continue further east, past a large extension of black lava sand plains, the results of a single volcanic eruption. This area also holds one of the largest pseudo-crater areas in the world.

Right next to these enormous sand plains, you'll see the impressive Vatnajökull glacier.

You will stop at Skaftafell Nature Reserve, in the National Park of Vatnajökull, an area of unexpected vegetation between the white sheets of ice and the black sands. You'll be right next to the glacier here, and from here you can see Iceland’s highest peak, Hvannadalshnúkur (2110 m).

Finally, it is time to head to the stunning Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. It's a deep lagoon, accommodating enormous blocks of ice floating in it. The lagoon is particularly beautiful when light glints on the floating ice. When an iceberg has just broken away, you'll be able to see the gorgeous crystal blue colour of the ice.

To finish off the day with even more spectacular nature, you'll go hunting for Northern Lights in the evening if the sky is clear. Seeing these elusive but bright colourful lights dancing in the heavens is an experience you won't forget!

You'll spend the night either near Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon or Skaftafell Nature Reserve.


Day 4 - Blue Ice Cave by Vatnajökull National Park


5 Day Winter Package | The Golden Circle, Ice Cave, Northern Lights & Blue Lagoon


Today starts with a natural glacier ice cave exploration! You'll hop on a modified super jeep along with an expert local glacier guide and enjoy an adventurous trip over the harsh terrain leading to the cave.

Glaciers are truly spectacular but equally dangerous as they are full of cracks and crevasses and constantly changing! It is not possible to visit glacier caves without the necessary equipment and a specialised guide that knows the area like the back of their hand.

Your local guide has listened to the 'breathing' of ice all their life. Your guide determines which cave is best to visit each time, taking in all factors, such as weather conditions. Ice caves vary in size and shape and change daily. In the right light and conditions, they are exquisitely beautiful, with stunning blue ice revealing itself. And the ice is really this blue - without any Photoshopping!

In springtime, the ice caves break and melt, so in autumn the local guides set out in search of new ones to explore. Every cave is special; you'll never see the same one twice, making the experience all the more magical.

There's a short hike to the cave so for this day good hiking boots are essential. You'll need to wear waterproof hiking shoes that cover your ankles.

You'll spend at least 45 minutes within the ice cave so make sure that you dress warmly! You'll get a helmet, so bring a winter hat that is not too bulky, as it needs to fit under the helmet.

After the breathtaking experience of the ice cave, it is time to head back to Reykjavik. On the way, there will be another stop at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon as it looks different in the midday light and you might also be able to see seals sunbathing on the icebergs.

On your way back to Reykjavík, you'll also be on the lookout for the Northern Lights and your guide will make a stop if they make an appearance.

After an eventful trip, spend your last night in a hotel in the city centre of Reykjavík. If you still have energy left, why not check out Reykjavík's nightlife? Especially if it's a weekend.


Day 5 - Reykjavik City and Departure


5 Day Winter Package | The Golden Circle, Ice Cave, Northern Lights & Blue Lagoon


Explore the wonders of Reykjavík city! Make the most of your proximity to the vibrant city centre, and discover the multitude of museums, cafés, galleries, restaurants, designer shops and bars.

Reykjavík also has many public outdoor pools that are warm all year round, so you can relax in a sauna, soak in a hot tub and meet the locals. Treat yourself to an Icelandic hot dog afterward.

You can also admire the architecture of Hallgrímskirkja church and take in the incredible view of the city and its nearby mountains from its tower. Go ahead and explore the quirky shops and take a look at Reykjavík's street art or sit down for a nice cup of coffee or hot chocolate in Harpa, Reykjavík's concert hall, with a view over the Old Harbour.

If you did not have the chance to go to the Blue Lagoon on your arrival day, you could visit today before you head to the airport for your departure.


Accommodation in Reykjavik

See our accommodation levels below. Super Budget booking will be arranged in hostel dormitory bed accommodation. For Comfort and Quality bookings, single person bookings will be arranged in a single room, while bookings of 2 or more people will share twin/double room(s) or triple room(s). If you are travelling in a group, but prefer a single room, please make separate bookings. For multi-day guided tours, accommodation cannot be upgraded and the levels below do not apply. We always do our best to accommodate special requests, which may incur additional costs.

Super Budget

Rooms or dormitory beds with shared bathrooms in guesthouses or hostels, such as HI Hostels. Located in the capital region. Breakfast is not included.

Comfort

Rooms with a private bathroom at three-star hotels such as Fosshótel Barón, or quality guesthouses. Located in the city center or in close vicinity. Breakfast is included.

Quality

Rooms at four-star design hotels in the city center with a private bathroom at the absolute best locations downtown such as Hotel Alda. Breakfast is included.


Cancellation Insurance

This insurance guarantees that you can cancel the booking of this package and receive a full refund, minus the insurance cost of 5,000 ISK per person. The cancellation must be made within a minimum of 48-hours before the listed starting time. To cancel your booking and claim your refund, simply contact our service desk by writing to info@guidetoiceland.is no later than 48-hours before departure and declare the cancellation. Please note that this insurance only covers the full cancellation of this entire package. It does not cover cancellations of individual activities and services within the package. The cost of the Cancellation Insurance is neither refundable nor transferable.


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