Iceland in Winter

Iceland in Winter

Iceland in the autumn and winter months is arguably even more spectacular than the summer. With fewer visitors, you can experience these incredible landscapes and breathtaking views in peace. Be thrilled by frozen waterfalls, rugged volcanic wilderness, and dark blue seas contrasting with snow-capped mountains.

By selecting just a few places to visit on this short trip, and staying in some places for two nights to fully appreciate your holiday, the journey can be relaxing and fun as well as packed with options for each day. Glacier hikes, ice cavern tours, whale and seal cruises are all on offer – as well as soaking in hot springs of course! All with the exciting chance of the Northern Lights as a backdrop.


  Blue Lagoon hot springs
  Golden Circle highlights
  Volcanoes, glaciers & lava fields
  Seas and icebergs cruise
  Geothermal bakery tour
  Glacial hike & ice cave tour

8 days from £2,125 pp

Plus international flights from £250.

An 8-day holiday in Iceland for a family of four usually costs from £8,500 plus flights, depending on the style of accommodation.

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 Iceland in Winter day-to-day itinerary

Day 1 Reykjavik
On arrival at Keflavik airport, you will collect your rental car and make your way to Reykjavík for the night. You might have time to explore the Reykjanes peninsula along the way, including the Reykjanestá bird cliff, the Gunnuhver hot spring, Brimketill rock pool, and the Krýsuvík thermal area – kids will be fascinated by the multi-coloured bubbling mud pools.

Or jump straight in with a soak in the famous Blue Lagoon – Welcome to Iceland!

Day 2 Reykjavik
A free day to enjoy the delights of the city (or if you have not already done so, you can also enjoy the Blue Lagoon). Must-sees are the old harbour area, Harpa concert hall and the city centre with its colourful buildings.

You may also choose to take a whale-watching cruise today. Or how about a foodie tour where you can experience Iceland through your taste buds – go on, you know you have always wanted to try the infamous fermented shark…

Day 3 The Golden Circle
Leave the city this morning and head to the UNESCO World Heritage Site and National Park of Þingvellir (Thingvellir). Take a walk through the Almannagjá gorge to the former parliament site, from where you can see the tectonic plates and actually stand between two continents – fascinating for budding geologists. From here continue to the picturesque waterfall of Öxaráfoss.

Next, stop is to check out the well-known geysers at Haukadalur. While the old Geysir is rather quiet, the most active hot spring Strokkur (the butter churn) is reliably erupting every 5-7 minutes. You will have plenty of opportunities to get the perfect photo and it becomes no less exciting each time. We highly recommend you also visit the hugely impressive waterfall of Gullfoss which is only a short drive away.

This afternoon you will take part in a Geothermal Bakery Tour. It is amazing to taste such delicious freshly baked bread (with a slice of smoked trout) after it emerges from the hot, black sand. Head to your accommodation for the next two nights.

Day 4 Þjórsárdalur
Follow the glacial river Þjórsá to Þjórsárdalur valley, where you can see the beautiful Hjálparfoss waterfall. You might also want to stop at Stöng, an excavated farm that was buried under ash in the Hekla volcanic eruption in 1104, and visit the reconstruction of the farm, Þjóðveldisbær.

A must visit is Gjáin gorge which is like stepping into a fairy tale. The landscape here is straight out of Game of Thrones and looks magical. If you’ve heard that over half of Icelanders believe in “the hidden people” then you’ll see why when you’ve been here! Finally, drive through the foothills of the Hekla volcano through a desert-like landscape of pumice. Round your day off with a soak in a hot tub – fingers crossed with the Northern Lights as a backdrop…

Day 5, Sólheimajökull Glacier and Skógafoss Waterfall
Waterfalls are the theme of the day today. Start the day with an unforgettable walk behind the waterfall Seljalandsfoss (weather dependent) and Gjlufrabúi, another waterfall, hiding inside the gorge. On the way, you will pass Hvolsvollur, where there is a fascinating interactive Lava Centre. A short drive brings you to the majestic Skógafoss waterfall.

We will include the Sólheimajökull Glacier tour where you will be led by an expert guide on a safe path through the glacier tongue, seeing deep crevasses, water cauldrons and immersing yourself in blue and white ice (minimum age 8yrs).

Heading on to the south coast, the landscape evolves and you can spot the bird cliffs of Dyrhólaey, and Reynisfjara with its basalt columns and black sand beach. Drive through the quaint village of Vík, before moving on to the desert-like black sands of Mýrdalssandur, the lava landscapes of Eldhraun and onwards past the village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur and beyond to your hotel in a superb location between Skaftafell and the Jökulsárlón Glacier and beneath the highest peak of Iceland, Hvannadalshnúkur (2,110m).

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Day 6, Skaftafell & Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

Start the day by visiting the Skaftafell information centre in the Vatnajökulsþjóðgarður National Park. We recommend the easy hike to the Svartifoss waterfall in Skaftafell, which is surrounded by monumental basalt columns and boasts phenomenal views of the surrounding area.

You will then be booked on the Vatnajokull crystal ice cave tour which spends 3-4hrs in a mesmerising subterranean world.

From Skaftafell, drive along the foot of the massive Vatnajökull ice cap to the famous Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon. Take a walk along the shore of the lagoon and to the beach, where often smaller icebergs are washed ashore. Here you will join a group boat trip cruising amidst the drifting icebergs, where you have a good chance of spotting seals.

Afterwards, return to your hotel for a second night and another chance to try and see the northern lights.

Day 7, South Coast – Reykjavik
Today you will drive back to Reykjavík for a final overnight. There are many potential stops along the way, so you can decide where to break the journey. A good stop is at the powerful Urridarfoss waterfall, just off the main road. Heading towards the coast, we also recommend a stop at the charming Stokkeseyri village, boasting several workshops, galleries, a Ghost Centre and the Elves and Northern Lights Museum. The town also showcases how the fishermen lived in the past, battling nature for survival. For a superb lunch stop, this is also the home of one of the most famous seafood restaurants in Iceland.

Enjoy one last evening in the Icelandic capital.

Day 8 Reykjavik – Departure
Drive back to the airport and return your rental car before catching your flight home.

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