TOUR OVERVIEW / HIGHLIGHT
Iceland in winter is an amazing time to visit as the landscape transforms itself into a mind-blowing winter adventure ground. This adventure-packed holiday takes in a range of exciting excursions combined with the opportunity to witness some of the world's most impressive natural wonders, from the geysers of the Golden Circle and Europe’s largest glacier to the icebergs of the Jokulsarlon Lagoon and the dramatic waterfalls of Gullfoss and Skogafoss... In addition, there are extensive opportunities to seek out the Aurora and hopefully catch a glimpse of this natural phenomenon as it dances in the dark skies.
WHAT TO EXPECT?
DAY 01: ARRIVAL - REYKJAVIK / BLUE LAGOON / SOUTHWEST
Welcome to Iceland!
Your Iceland adventure gets off to a great start, heading straight from the airport to the Blue Lagoon which offers visitors a chance to rekindle their relationship with nature whilst soaking up scenic beauty and breathing in pure fresh Icelandic air. This unique spa features a huge outdoor lagoon filled with geothermal hot water whose active ingredients (namely: natural mineral salts, white silica and blue-green algae) have become internationally known for providing visitors with an unforgettable bathing experience.
You will be privately transferred to your countryside accommodation after this wonderful rejuvenation. The drive (up to 2 hrs) traverses through a great lava field, making it not only a transfer, but also a sightseeing adventure.
From this evening onwards, witness the magical Aurora Borealis come to life from the comfort of your accommodation. Activities are weather-dependent. Make sure to wear warm clothes and sturdy shoes! This is also an excellent photo opportunity, so a camera with a tripod will come in handy.
DAY 02: SOUTHWEST & THORSMORK
Grab your yummy local breakfast, lace up your hiking boots, and board a Super Jeep for a trip through Thórsmörk — the Valley of the Thunder God, Thor. The gateway to Thórsmörk and the interior highlands is Eyjafjallajökull glacier, whose meltwater tumbles 60 m down the mountainside forming thundering Seljalandsfoss waterfall. From here, you head inland to Iceland’s highland wilderness, crossing meandering rivers and craggy riverbeds before arriving in the heart of Thórsmörk valley. Depending on your interests, you can either continue exploring in your super jeep, or head off on foot with your private guide to explore the plethora of paths in this hiker's paradise. Whatever you choose, you'll have an incredible time in the stunning Valley of Thór!
DAY 03: SOUTHWEST / SOUTH COAST
The south coast of Iceland is a magical area filled with adventures. Over 3 days, in addition to the daily highlights, you can also expect to see the iconic black sand beach of Reynisfjara; the charming coastal village of Vík í Mýrdal, whose picturesque church enjoys glorious ocean views; Dyrhólaey; a 120m high natural rock arch, which serves as a bird sanctuary in summertime; and some of Iceland’s most impressive waterfalls, including Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, where you'll find a winding staircase leading to the top of the falls, offering a birds’ eye view of this natural marvel. Don't forget your camera — every one of these stops is a photogenic wonder!
Icelandic Lava Show is a new and exciting entertainment choice, completely different from everything you have ever experienced. It is the only show in the world where you can feel the heat from actual flowing lava in a safe environment.
The show recreates a volcano eruption, similar to what Eyjafjallajökull and Katla volcano are famous for, by pouring molten lava into a room full of people. It is a unique opportunity to safely experience red-hot lava in close proximity, see it flowing, hear it sizzling, and feel the heat that radiates from it.
DAY 04: SOUTH COAST
Full day tour to explore the biggest glacier in Iceland, Vatnajökull and see a blue ice cave!
The Ice Cave Discovery is designed for the adventurous hiker looking to spend more time on the glacier in its winter outfit. Be prepared for a full day (6 hours) of adventure in a small group! On this tour we visit an ice cave and go on a glacier hike. From the meeting point at Jökulsárlón, we begin our journey in a modified super jeep to reach the base of the glacier. During the hike we will make our way through glacial moraines, gravel, glacial ice and we will see beautiful glacial features. Inside the cave you will have time to take in the unrealness of the blue ice and take photos. You can expect to hike about 2 hours in total. This is our favoUrite winter journey and we recommend it wholeheartedly!
DAY 05: SOUTH COAST
While the south is certainly spectacular from "below” nothing beats experiencing it from "above”! Snowmobiling on top of Eyjafjallajökull glacier is an extraordinary experience.
This snowmobile tour (2 hours) is the perfect length of time for first-time riders and individuals looking for a scenic, fun ride, exploring and experiencing the wilderness, the glacier and the breathtaking views over South Iceland in good weather. The tour starts from the base. After a short briefing we dress up in the snow suit and step into a Super Jeep. We then drive up the mountain, onto the glacier where we pick up the snowmobiles and ride to the glacier Eyjafjallajökull. The glacier adventure will provide stunning photo opportunities in good weather. We provide you with everything you need for a safe and comfortable ride – bring only yourself. Our guides will take you through safety procedures and equip you in special clothing and helmets.
DAY 06: SOUTH COAST / GOLDEN CIRCLE / REYKJAVIK
This morning, we’ll head out on a Golden Circle tour.
At Gullfoss (“Golden Falls”) you can walk along a few different paths to see the tremendous falls from different angles and perspectives. You’ll want to spend some time here admiring the incredible amount of water that flows over the edge every second.
Next, continue to the Geysir Geothermal area where Strokkur geyser shoots into the sky like clockwork every 5-10 minutes. In between eruptions walk around the hot pools, steam vents, or climb the small hill above it all for a great view.
End your tour of the Golden Circle Route at Thingvellir National Park, a filming location for Game of Thrones. The impressive Almannagja gorge, is the stomping ground of the "White Walkers" and the trail of the "Wildlings" from “North of the Wall.” You’ll be able to soak up the raw and dramatic atmosphere provided by the magnificent nature and learn from the guide, the symbolic significance of the setting in context to the plot of Game of Thrones.
On your private tour, you have the flexibility of choosing how much time you spend at each place and our guides will show you some hidden treasures as well.
DAY 07: REYKJAVIK - DEPARTURE
The morning is yours to relax or explore more of the capital on your own before transferring through the moon-like landscapes of Reykjanes peninsula to the airport for your flight home. Safe travels!
ACCOMMODATION WE LOVE:
7D6N - 2N Hvolsvöllur, 2N Hnappavellir, 1N Hella, 1N Reykjavik