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

The majestic Seljalandsfoss waterfall on Iceland's South Coast blanketed in snow.
Make sure you dress warmly so you can enjoy the magical Northern Lights in the winter.
The ice caves in Vatnajökull National Park vary in size and shape and are ever-changing.
A perfect way to begin your Iceland adventure is with a soak in the geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon.
The elusive Northern Lights over Öxarárfoss in Þingvellir National Park.
Pink and green Northern lights dancing over icebergs at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.

Come along on a 5-day journey and visit the Golden Circle, the South Coast, the Blue Lagoon and an authentic Ice Cave with this all-encompassing winter package. Your five days will be brimming with Icelandic culture, history, and the unforgettable, snowy landscapes that make Iceland a 'hot' destination in winter. 

Those wanting to travel with ease and comfort to Iceland's best sights, should not miss this winter package as this trip includes all accommodation, transportation, and visits to incredible natural attractions with a knowledgeable guide. You only need to show up and get ready to have the time of your life in Iceland.

With this winter package, you'll not only get to relax in the Blue Lagoon Spa and visit the famous Golden Circle, but you'll also journey down to the South Coast, as far as Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and Vatnajökull National Park where you'll visit a rare, natural blue ice cave.

You'll also get to hunt for the beautiful Aurora Borealis with a complimentary Northern Lights tour where you'll be either driven to the Icelandic countryside or sail out to the ocean in search for these dancing lights.

And if you'd like to add more adventures to this action-packed winter journey, you can opt for tours where you'll snowmobile on a glacier, snorkel between continents or ride around the wild nature on an Icelandic horse.

Don't hesitate and reserve this all-in-one winter package now! Discover the stunning Icelandic landscape while the elusive Northern Lights dance in the sky above you.  Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Nov. - Mar.
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Activities: Snorkelling, Caving, Hiking, Snowmobile, Horse Riding, Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting, Hot Spring Bathing, Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 8 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Blue Lagoon, Golden Circle, South Iceland, Reykjavík, Jökulsárlón, Vatnajökull, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Eyjafjallajökull, Þingvellir, Strokkur, Reykjanes, Hvannadalshnúkur, Mýrdalsjökull, Skaftafell, Silfra, Þingvallavatn, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Langjökull, Hallgrímskirkja, Vík í Mýrdal, Keflavik International Airport, Reynisdrangar, Öxarárfoss, Haukadalur, Skaftafellsjökull, Capital Region, South Coast, Diamond Beach
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : Flexible

You will have a voucher to take the airport shuttle to your hotel in Reykjavík. And the fun starts right away!
Included:
  • Airport transfer on arrival/departure

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

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

  • Blue Lagoon comfort entrance (upgrade to premium level available)

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

  • South Coast 2-day minibus tour with ice caving

  • 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 and dinner

  • Optional excursions

  • Flights


What to bring:
  • Warm and waterproof clothing

  • Winter hiking shoes

  • Swimsuit and Towel

  • 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.

Some optional activities might need either a valid driver's license, or you might need to send additional information to your travel planner. Please note that you might need to present medical documents should you choose to go snorkelling or diving.

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.

Note that Icelandic roads and pavements can be slippery in the wintertime. We recommend you bring shoes with slip-resistant soles or ice-grip shoe covers. The covers can be purchased in most supermarkets and gas stations around the country.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Iceland & Blue Lagoon


A visit to the Blue Lagoon is both invigorating and relaxing


As soon as you arrive in Iceland, your otherworldly journey begins. From Keflavík International Airport, you'll be transported through moon-like lava landscape of the Reykjanes peninsula to your accommodation in downtown Reykjavík.

If your flight arrives early, you can stop in Reykjanes' barren lava field to soak in the Blue Lagoon before you reach the city. This azure geothermal spa stays warm all year round, and its natural silica mud does wonders for your skin! It is the 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 soaking in the Nordic atmosphere in the northern-most capital in the world.

In the evening you will go on a complimentary Northern Lights tour. You can choose to board a bus heading to the wild Icelandic nature to spot the dancing auroras or jump aboard a boat and set sails from Reykjavík's Old Harbour in search of these green, pink and white lights.

You will then spend your first night in Iceland at accommodations in Reykjavík.


Day 2 - The Golden Circle


Strokkur geyser in Geysir geothermal area erupting in the winter sun


Today, you'll spend your day admiring Iceland's most visited natural attractions, aptly named the Golden Circle. From Reykjavík, you'll be whisked away on a minibus to the first site of the day; the historic Þingvellir National Park where Iceland's parliament was founded over a thousand years ago.

The park is neither located on the Eurasian tectonic plate, nor the North-American one, but in a rift valley between. As the continents drift apart, they tear up the landscape around, causing cracks and fissures in the region.

Those with a sense of adventure can choose to go on a snorkelling tour in Silfra, a fissure located on the boundaries of the two continents. The crystal clear waters of Silfra provides an unparalleled experience as the visibility in the water can reach up to 100 metres.

Next up is Geysir geothermal area, home of the erupting hot spring Strokkur. Strokkur spews geothermal water every few minutes, creating a high water column that reaches 15-20 metres in the air. Be sure to bring a camera because a selfie in front of the great Strokkur is a must.

The Golden Circle takes its name from the Golden Waterfall - Gullfoss, one of Iceland's most stunning waterfalls and your next destination today. In wintertime, it looks even more breathtaking as the white water thunders through blocks of ice and snow.

During the booking process, you can add on a tour to Langjökull glacier, which feeds the waterfall Gullfoss. There, you'll hop on a snowmobile and race across the white expanse of the glacier. 

Animal-lovers can also rejoice as today you can book a horse riding tour through the Icelandic countryside. Icelandic horses are renowned for being both friendly and gentle, and so this excursion is suitable for both beginners and expert riders.

After this amazing trip, you'll return to the city to unwind and spend another night at your Reykjavík accommodation.


Day 3 - South Iceland & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon


The beautiful Northern Lights dancing in the sky above Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon


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

First up, you will see Seljalandsfoss waterfall, a stunning high and narrow cascade that falls over a 62-metre cliff face. Behind the curtain of falling water, a large cave is visible, and in the winter, this majestic waterfall is illuminated by strong lights.

From there, you'll visit Skógafoss, a wholly different but equally beautiful waterfall. Skógafoss is bigger than Seljalandsfoss and has a more classic shape.  The land underneath the cascade is very flat, which allows visitors to walk right up to the wall of water.

You'll then continue your journey, making your way to the black sand beach of Reynisfjara near the village of Vík. Out in the North-Atlantic surf stand the imposing dark rock stacks of Reynisdrangar, watching as the heavy waves crash upon the shore.

You'll then continue further east, past a vast extension of black lava sand plains, the results of a single volcanic eruption. As you continue your journey, the impressive Vatnajökull glacier will start to appear.

You will stop at Skaftafell Nature Reserve, an oasis situated between white sheets of ice and black sands. The area is located under the mighty Vatnajökull glacier, and from here you can see Iceland’s highest peak, the 2110 metre hight Hvannadalshnúkur.

Finally, it is time to head to the stunning Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Icebergs from a nearby glacier break off and fall into the lagoon where they float on the serene water before drifting off to the ocean. Close by is the Diamond Beach, where ice blocks from the lagoon have washed up on shore and glisten in the sunlight.

To finish off the day with even more spectacular nature, be sure to look up into the night sky for a chance to spot the elusive Northern Lights. You'll then spend the night either near Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon or Skaftafell Nature Reserve.


Day 4 - Blue Ice Cave in Vatnajokull National Park


Fantastic shades of blue at an authentic ice cave in Vatnajökull National Park


Today, you'll have the rare opportunity to visit a natural ice cave. You'll start the day by hopping on a large custom SUV known as a 'super jeep' and enjoy an adventurous trip over the harsh terrain leading to the cave.

Ice caves are only accessible from November until March each year, so a trip to one is truly a unique experience.  The caves vary in size and shape and change daily. In the right light and conditions, they are exquisitely beautiful, shrouded in stunning electric blue colours. 

After the breathtaking experience of the ice cave, it is time to head back to Reykjavík. On the way, you'll make another stop at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon as it looks different in the midday light. Keep an eye out for seals lazing about on the icebergs!

On your way back to the city, be also on the lookout for the Northern Lights. You'll never know when they are going to make an appearance. 

After an eventful trip, spend your last night in accommodations in the city centre. If you still have energy left, you can check out Reykjavík's vibrant nightlife. 


Day 5 - Reykjavik City and Departure


A winter-view of the city of Reykjavík cloaked in snow


Now it is time to bid farewell to Iceland. If your flight leaves late, you can use the time to explore the wonders of Reykjavík. 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 afterwards.

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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