Iceland Winter Idea
Here is an example of a customized winter adventure we did in January for a party of four who didn’t feel like driving themselves in the darkness and snowy winter conditions in Iceland – and wanted to include places and adventures that are not accessible by normal cars so they opted for a privately guided super-jeep. The wanted as many nights as possible in the countryside to maximize their chances of seeing the Northern Lights – but still wanted the best possible hotels in the best locations.
Iceland Winter Idea
Day 1: Arrival – Horse-riding – Blue Lagoon
Our driver will wait for you as you clear customs – just look for a sign with your name on it – and drive you to a nice place where you can have a breakfast. After enjoying your breakfast your driver-guide will drive you to a place where you go to horseback ride around 09:30. Your next destination is the Blue Lagoon at 14:00, where you will get unforgettable emotions and pleasure from the natural geothermal water in the lava formations. It is an ideal place for you to relax after your flight. After a relaxing soak your driver-guide drives you straight to your hotel. In the evening, if the skies are clear, you can see the Northern Lights from your hotel.
Activity included: Horseback riding tour, Blue Lagoon (2 x Exclusive Lounge)
Accommodation: Hotel Ion
Day 2: The Golden Circle & Glacier – Snowmobiling Tour
In the morning your private guide will pick you up at 09:00 and you start by driving to Tingvellir national park, where the Icelandic parliament was founded in 930 AD. This is where the Eurasian and North-American tectonic plates meet, having formed a crevice while slowly drifting apart. After crossing Lyngdalsheidi you get to Gullfoss waterfalls. The name translates to “Golden Waterfall”, and the “gold” is the rainbow that forms on sunny days over the waterfall as it cascades down the Hvita River. After enjoying a lunch we drive a mountain track to Langjokull glacier, where you go on snowmobiling tour. After the glacier experience we head to Geysir hot spring area. There you find Geysir, from where the English word “geyser” gets its meaning, and the geyser Strokkur which spouts boiling water 25-30 meters into the air every 5-10 minutes. After fun adventure we drive in the countryside to your hotel where you stay tonight. In the evening, if the skies are clear, you can see the Northern Lights from your hotel.
Activity included: Snowmobiling tour
Accommodation: Hotel Ion
Day 3: Fridheimar – Fludir – Fakasel Horse Show
Your guide will pick you up in the morning at 09:00 in the Super Jeep and you start your adventure. This day is full of interesting places that you visit and things that you will try perhaps first time. We start to drive north-east towards Fridheimar greenhouse farm, which is run by Icelandic family. There you can see how vegetables grow up all year around, try some dishes that are cooked directly from a garden bed and buy vegetable souvenirs. After that we go to the Golden Circle area to the Secret Lagoon natural hot springs which is located in the small village called Fludir. Do not forget to take your swimming clothing to bath in these secret natural pools. The water is 38-40 C° all year. In the evening we go to Fakasel Horse Park, where you will be introduced to the unique story of Icelandic horse, old North mythology and Icelandic history. At Fakasel you will see Legends of Sleipnir – Horse Theater Performance. After fun day we go to the countryside to take a rest at your hotel. The hotel offers wake up calls if and when they Northern Lights appear.
Accommodation: Hotel Ranga
Day 4: Skaftafell National Park & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
In the morning around 09:00 your driver-guide will pick you start your adventure heading to Skaftafell, a beautiful national park of unspoilt nature with plenty of hiking paths and great photo-opportunities. We then head to Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon where seals are often seen swimming in the water or sun bathing on an iceberg. We then head back west where you go to the Crystal Ice cave in the Vatnajökull National park. After exciting day we drive to your hotel in Kirkjubæjarklaustur town. In the evening, if the skies are clear, you can see the Northern Lights from your hotel.
Activity included: Crystal Ice Cave
Accommodation: Hotel Laki
Day 5: South Shore – Glacier Hike
In the morning we start to drive west along the South shore. We visit all the classic sights on the south shore: black sand beaches, Dyrholaey, Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjökull glaciers. At the town of Vík you see Reynisdrangar lava pillars from the east side and bit further, at Reynisfjara, you see them from the west side. There is a beautiful black sand beach at both places and also at Dyrholaey which is the next stop, known for its arches and ocean cliffs against the black sand beach. After that we drive to the edge of Solheimajokull glacier where you go on a glacier hike tour at 14:00. After exciting adventure we continue to drive west and stop by Skogafoss, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland which offers a spectacular view as you stand on the grassy fields and gaze upon the waterfall and the mountains around it. Next stop is Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can take a short walk behind the waterfall and to feel the refreshing spray and drizzle from this picturesque waterfall. Auroras if the skies are clear.
Activity included: Glacier Hike
Accommodation: Hotel Ranga
Day 6: Magnificent West – Ice Tunnel
In the morning we start to drive through Hvalfjörður fjord passing majestic view. We visit Hraunfossar (Lava Waterfalls) where the river flows from underneath the lava field and cascades down into river. Just a few meters away there´s another great waterfall, Barnafoss. After a short cruise on the white plains of the glacier on the Super-Jeep we go to a man-made Ice Tunnel, where you will be able to see the beautiful blue ice at the heart of an Ice Cap Glacier. It feels like an exciting and magical journey, deep within the glacier, and it is deep enough to reach another world, a world of magnificent, stunning blue ice. We continue to one of Iceland´s largest and most magnificent lava tube caves, Vidgelmir which was inhabited by outlaws. Then we pass through the historical site of Reykholt before visiting Iceland´s most powerful geothermal spring, Deildartunguhver. In the evening we drive west to Snæfellsnes peninsula where you stay tonight. Again, it‘s a good hotel to see the auroras if they appear in the evening sky.
Activity included: Ice tunnel
Accommodation: Hotel Budir
Day 7: Snæfellsnes Peninsula
We start our day by driving on the north of the peninsula to the shark museum in Bjarnarhofn. After that we start driving circle around the peninsula moving from the east to the west. At the westernmost part of Snaefellsnes is Snaefellsjokull glacier, which is considered by many to be the most beautiful glacier in Iceland as it’s situated on a mountain on the edge of the peninsula. The glacier is said to have mystic powers and is the setting of Nobel-winner Halldor Laxnes’s Christianity under the Glacier and the entrance to Earth’s core in Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth. We will circle the glacier and do many different stops and a few short walks. We continue to drive east and there is a 2,5 km lovely walk along the sea cliffs from Arnarstapi to Hellnar we recommend doing. You’ll enjoy the view of Snaefellsjokull on one side and the lava sea cliffs by the Atlantic Ocean on the other. On the route you will find Gatklettur cliff and other strange lava formations. There is a beautiful natural harbor in Arnarstapi and around the village are several cliffs that form an interesting shape to the ocean. We will also stop at Djupalon which is famous for its black pebbles, called Djupalons-pearls.
Activity included: Shark Museum
Accommodation: Hotel Budir
Day 8: Buggy Tour – Departure
As your departure is no earlier than 5 pm you have time to have some fun before your flights. Your driver-guide will pick you up the hotel around 08:30 and will drive you to the buggy base where you go on a buggy private 2-hour tour. After that you have time to stop at some nice place for a lunch and go to the airport. As an idea our driver-guide can take you to the central swimming pool in Reykjavik, so you can fresh up after the buggy tour. Please note you have to be at Keflavik no later than at least two hours prior your departure.
Activity included: Buggy tour at 11:00 (2 h – Reykjavik area)
NOTE: This is just an example. We can make something completely different for you. Just drop us an email and let us know your ideas and wishes: info@NatureExplorer.is
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– Iceland Winter Vacation
– Customized Tour
– Private Super-Jeep & driver-guide
FAQ for Iceland Winter Vacations
Q: How cold is Iceland?
A: Iceland is not as cold as the name suggests. The average temperature in January is around 0°C (32°F) but it is often windy so we advise to bring rain and windproof clothing.
Q: What is the best time to see the Northern Lights?
A: The season to see auroras is from mid September through March.
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