5-Day Iceland Guided Tour | Winter Magic

Duration: 5 Days

Winter (Oct. - Apr.)

Expert Guide

Bonus Secret Stops

Are you looking for the ultimate, magical winter getaway? Have you longed to gaze towards the inky black night sky and catch a glimpse of the dancing Aurora Borealis? Then this relaxed and easy-going 5-day trip is simply perfect for you.

 

Experience the special winter atmosphere in Reykjavík, and head on out into the countryside to the colossal, blue glaciers that await you. You can choose to gear up, grab your ice ax and explore their surface, or step into another world and visit the dreamy ice caves and caverns below. Iceland’s already beautiful waterfalls become even more stunning as they partially freeze over, and each night has a slight chance of magic happening in the skies above you. Join like-minded travelers on this spectacular winter escape.

 

We will take care of all your bookings, and everything will be arranged ahead of time. You will be in the very capable hands of expert, professional guides and spend your evenings getting to know your fellow Aurora hunters in the hope of sharing many, magical experiences. You can also easily add additional experiences as part of your trip.

 

Does this sound like your perfect winter trip? Great, then let’s have a closer look!

 

5-Day Iceland Guided Tour | Winter Magic - nordical travel

Included:

  • Airport transfer on arrival and departure day 
  • Accommodation for 4 nights (private bathroom, more info below)  
  • Professional guide
  • Transfer in a comfortable minibus
  • Shuttle Transfer to the DC-3 Plane Wreck
  • Ice Cave Tour in Vatnajökull glacier
  • Farewell dinner
  • Detailed travel information
  • Personal travel advisor
  • Icelandic taxes 
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Itinerary

Day 1

Highlights:

Capital Reykjavík

Summary:

Accommodation: Reykjavík
Optional Activities: Blue Lagoon, Northern Lights Tour, Guided City Tour, Food Tour, FlyOver Iceland

bird view of reykjavik in winter

Upon arrival, you will easily find your way to your airport transfer shuttle, which will be waiting outside the airport. From here, it is just a 40-minute journey to the most northerly capital city in the world, Reykjavík.

 

This lively and vibrant city always has something going on, and there is a particular kind of magic in the winter months. Walk the streets to find its charming colorful buildings, pay a visit to its exciting boutiques or one of its many museums, and take your pick from its many outstanding restaurants and bars. Foodies can look forward to a mix of international and Nordic cuisine, from fine dining to some of the best burger joints you will find this close to the Arctic Circle. In the evening, you will enjoy a casual get-together event with your group.

Double room in Kex Hostel
Bar area in Kex Hostel
Kex Hostel (or similar)

Double room with private bathroom, breakfast included. Single room available for a surcharge.

Bonus: Nice communal lounge, restaurant & bar

Day 2

Highlights:

Seljalandsfoss & Skógafoss Waterfalls
Shuttle Transfer to the DC-3 Plane Wreck
Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
Vík Village

Summary:

Accommodation: Vík
Optional Activities: Glacier Hiking

The magical Northern Lights in Iceland

After breakfast, you will board the bus and get comfortable with your fellow travelers, and from here on out, your adventure truly begins. Your expert guide will take you along Iceland’s stunning and very popular South Coast, visiting two of the country's most famous waterfalls – Sejalandsfoss and Skógafoss. In winter, these two incredible locations are especially breathtaking as they partially freeze over and the water cascades down these magical ice sculptures.

 

Next, you will take a short and fun bus ride along the black sand beach to reach the famous and very Insta-worthy DC-3 plane wreck site. Your journey then continues south to another well-known black sand beach, Reynisfjara, and the dramatic South Iceland coastline. In the evening, it is time to check-in and chill out at your cozy, country hotel. Have a drink or two and keep your eyes up in case the Northern Lights decide to appear, making your day even more perfect.

 

Your guide will give you plenty of tips on what to look out for, and often you only need to simply step outside your hotel to see the lights. The hotel even offers a wake-up call should the lights appear during the night. 

Double room in Hotel Katla
Hot Tub in Hotel Katla
Hotel Katla (or similar)

Double room with private bathroom, breakfast included. Single room available for a surcharge.

Bonus: Cozy restaurant & hot tub

Day 3

Highlights:

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Diamond Beach
Ice Caving

Summary:

Accommodation: Vík

crystal blue ice cave in iceland

Today, it’s all about ice. After breakfast, you will head towards Skaftafell National Reserve, part of Vatnajökull National Park, one of the largest national parks in Europe. It is here that you will experience what promises to be one of the highlights of your trip – a completely naturally formed ice cave. These incredible structures only form in this way in winter and offer a rare opportunity to go underneath these colossal glaciers to get a glimpse of what goes on beneath the surface. These deep blue, crystalline formations are truly spectacular and completely out-of-this-world.

 

Your next destination is the beautiful Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. This is where you will find the icebergs that calve off from Vatnajökull glacier, the biggest glacier in Europe. As these icebergs make their way out to sea, they are broken up by its currents and scattered along the black sand beach, giving it its name Diamond Beach.

 

Then it is back to your cozy hotel to kick back, go through your many photos and videos, before turning in for the night and until another adventure begins. Unless, of course, the Northern Lights keep you awake!

Double room in Hotel Katla
Hot Tub in Hotel Katla
Hotel Katla (or similar)

Double room with private bathroom, breakfast included. Single room available for a surcharge.

Bonus: Cozy restaurant & hot tub

Day 4

Highlights:

Gullfoss Waterfall
Geysir & Strokkur
Þingvellir National Park

Summary:

Accommodation: Reykjavík

Optional Activities: Laugarvatn Fontana

gullfoss waterfall in the golden circle in winter

After breakfast, we turn north and head towards Iceland’s most famous sightseeing route – The Golden Circle. The first location is, arguably, Iceland’s most renowned waterfall, the powerful and beautiful Gullfoss. Ferocious currents tumble over two platforms into the canyon below, but during the colder months, it has that special winter magic.

 

From here, we heat things up for you and take you a little further to visit Geysir. This area is home to Strokkur, Iceland’s most active geyser, that erupts boiling, geothermal water into the air every 5-8 minutes. We can’t promise you will enjoy the smell, though! The third and last destination in the Golden Circle is Þingvellir National Park, a place of particularly significant political and geological importance and the best place to witness the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates being pulled apart.

 

Finally, you will arrive back in Reykjavík. Whilst your journey might be over, there is still plenty of time to soak in the winter nightlife, and of course, enjoy a final dinner with your fellow travelers.

Double room in Kex Hostel
Bar area in Kex Hostel
Kex Hostel (or similar)

Double room with private bathroom, breakfast included. Single room available for a surcharge.

Bonus: Nice communal lounge, restaurant & bar

Day 5

Highlights:

Capital Reykjavík

Summary:

Optional Activities: Blue Lagoon

people bathe in blue lagoon iceland

Depending on your flight time, you might have a few more hours to get some last-minute shopping done, take one last stroll around the town, or leave early and use your final moments to visit the Blue Lagoon before your flight home. What a way to end it! Either way, your airport transfer will be arranged with no fuss whatsoever.

 

We know that you will leave with many, cherished memories, and stories, and looking forward to visiting again in the Summer, when everything completely changes.