During this tour you will discover the true magic of Iceland, visiting the three main national parks of the country; Vatnajokull National Park, Þingvellir National Park and Snaefellsnes National Park.
For the first two days you drive along Iceland’s south coast to discover its stunning glaciers, lava fields, volcanoes, strong rivers and waterfalls. You will also see an amazing black beach scattered with icebergs, next to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. The stunning Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon is where huge icebergs float in ice cold water and seals swim around them. The highlights in this part of your tour is a visit to the unique Blue Ice cave in Vatnajokull.
On the third day your journey heads for the famous Golden circle. You will visit the classic destinations Thingvellir, the site of the old Icelandic parliament and a UNESCO World Heritage site, the legendary Geysir and Gullfoss also known as the Golden Waterfall. To add even more to your experience on this fun filled day you will also visit the volcanic crater called Kerid.
The last part is a fairy-tale adventure around the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Less than 3 hours from Reykjavik, this area combines all the wonders of Iceland in one place: the sea crashing upon the sandy shores, jagged lava fields, waterfalls, imposing cliffs for hiking and photography, and small fishing villages for those who are curious about the culture Iceland. A visit to the Vidgelmir Lave cave is included in the tour. Last but not least on the agenda for you is a visit to Krauma, the new natural geothermal baths & spa next to Deildartunguhver with admission fee included. There you can enjoy great facilities including five relaxing geothermal baths, a cold tub, and two saunas. A perfect way to end a great tour.
Join this 5 day adventure for an unforgettable experience. Included is accommodation for 4 nights with breakfast, entrance to Blue Ice Cave and Vidgelmir Lave Cave with all safety gear provided and entrance to the Kerid Volcanic Crater.
Please note: it is only possible to bring small carry on luggage such as backpacks for the tour. See further details under Quick facts.
Available: Nov. – Mar.
Duration: 5 days – 4 nights
Activities: Blue Ice Caving, Golden Circle, Sightseeing, Hiking, Lava Caving
Minimum age: 8 years old
Highlights: Jökulsárlón, Vatnajökull, Skógafoss, Black Sand Beach – Reynisfjara, Vík i Mýrdal, Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Svínafellsjökull, Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, South Coast, Geysir, Gullfoss, Thingvellir, Kerid Volcanic Crater, Stykkishólmur, Snæfellsnes, Vidgelmir Cave Tour, Hellnar, Arnarstapi, Djúpalónssandur, Bjarnarhöfn, Kirkjufell, Hraunfossar, Barnafossar, Deildartunguhver, Waterfalls
Tour starting time : 09:00
Pickup takes place between 08:30 – 09:00 – so please be ready from 8:30 at your pick up location.
Pick up and drop off within Reykjavik
Accommodation for 4 night in a double or a twin room with private bathroom (you can upgrade to a single room for 7.500 ISK)
Blue Ice Cave visit with all safety gear provided
Entry to Kerid Volcanic Crater
Entry to Vidgelmir Lava Cave with all safety gear provided
Free Wi-Fi on bus
Lunch and Dinner – we make scheduled stops so that guests can buy lunch and dinner during the tour
What to bring:
Good hiking shoes are recommended
Good to know:
This tour typically returns to Reykjavik on Day 5 around 07:30pm
If you are a single traveler then a Single Room Supplement of 7.500 ISK is mandatory.
Only small carry on luggage such as backpacks are possible.
Please check with your hotel if they can store your luggage during the tour if you are staying again at the same hotel after the tour. Otherwise you can use luggage lockers that are located in the center Reykjavík.
Here is a link to their website where you can find all details. http://www.luggagelockers.is/
We can also offer you to store your luggage for free at NiceTravel office, located in Fiskislóð 45, Space M.
To avoid any delays on departure luggage must be in storage before pick up time.
IMPORTANT: It can happen that the ice caving tour is cancelled because of weather and/or safety reasons. Then we will find other activities when possible, and refund the price difference.
We reserve the right to change the order of the activities and sightseeing of the itinerary.
Setting out from Reykjavík, you will drive along route 1 passing through small towns and enjoying the beauty of the Icelandic countryside. Your first stop will be at the famous Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which is located beneath the Eyjafjallajokull volcano. Remember to ask your tour guide all about the colossal eruption back in 2010. Close by is the beautiful but less known waterfall Gljufrabui.
Next up is the stunning Skogafoss, a drop of 60 m (200ft) of natural raw power that must be seen to be believed. You will then have the additional pleasure of visiting the secret waterfalls of Kvernufoss and Írafoss.
Then it is on to Reynisfjara, a black sand beach nestling under Mt. Reynisfjall – seasonal home to numerous puffins that dive from its cliffs out to sea. Black basalt has been shaped into amazing different formations, most notably the famous Reynisdrangar. Beware the might of the Atlantic Ocean which looms with its powerful waves.
At the end of the day, your accommodation awaits in hotel Geirland, a lovely country hotel located next to the village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur. On the way there and during the night, we will look out for the Northern Lights if conditions are favourable to see them.
Today, you set off in the morning for a totally unique experience. A visit to a natural stunning Blue Ice cave will be the highlight of the day.
You start by driving to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. This famous lagoon is filled with huge chunks of ice that have cracked off Breiðamerkurjökull glacier and float slowly out to sea. Some icebergs wash on shore, lying on the vivid black sand like diamonds on satin and from there, your Ice cave adventure will begin.
The ice caves only form in the winter when glacial water freezes to create this unique natural phenomenon. Each season, the local glacier experts find the best caves to visit in an enjoyable and safe way. From the glacier lagoon, they drive you through the best of Icelandic highlands in a special Super Jeep to the ice cave. There you will have about an hour to explore and enjoy the magical blue caves. Please do not forget to bring your camera!
After this unforgettable adventure, you drive back to the Jokulsarlon where you join the bus again. From there, you drive to the Skaftafell national park where the amazing views will take your breath away!
On the way back to Reykjavik, you will of course be able to enjoy the beautiful nature of the South Coast and to make a quick stop in Vik village for some refreshments, while keeping an eye out for the Northern lights if conditions are right.
After spending the night in an accommodation in the Reykjavik area, your next day takes you to the world famous Golden Circle.
Today you will visit Geysers, Gullfoss and Thingvellir. We want to add something unique to your experience and that’s why we will also visit the Volcanic Crater Kerid.
First on the agenda is a visit to Thingvellir National park. It lies within the belt of volcanic activity and fissures which pass across Iceland, a part of the mid-Atlantic ridge, the junction of the american and Eurasian tectonic plates. It is a nice feeling to stand with your right foot in Europe and the left one in America. This amazing place is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is shrouded in the history of Iceland and the Vikings of the past.
Next stop is the Geysir – the biggest geysers of Haukadalur are Strokkur and Geysir itself, which gives the others their name. Strokkur erups every 5 to 10 minutes, throwing a column of water into the air to a height of 20 to 30 meters. Here you can also buy some refreshments or lunch.
From Geysir we drive to Gullfoss. Known as the Golden Waterfall, this is one of the most amazing waterfalls in Iceland, powerful and beautiful as it rushes down from two tiers into an ancient valley.
Last on the agenda is a visit to the Volcanic Crater Kerid. The crater is 270 m wide and more than 55 m deep. There is a lake in the bottom of the crater which gives it a magical and colourful appearance. After enjoying this fantastic creation of nature, you return to your accommodation in the Reykjavik area.
The day begins with a drive along the west coast through the town of Borgarnes all the way to the beach in Ytri Tunga which is a well-known seal colony. The seals are friendly and curious and will climb up on the rocks near the sandy beach.
The next stop is the fishing hamlet Arnarstapi and then Hellnar where you will have time to walk along the cliffs for half an hour; the view to the sea from this hike is breathtaking.
In Djúpalónssandur you will discover incredible rock formations. The beaches are covered with small black stones which are unique. You will hike to one of the most impressive formations called Lóndrangar, which are a pair of rock pinnacles made of basalt approximately 70 m high.
By the end of this day you will also stop next to the majestic Kirkjufell mountain, which is one of the most popular photo stops in Iceland. If you have not used your camera before on the tour then this one is a must!
At the end of the day, you will finish with a drive through three small fishing villages on the way to your accommodation in Western part of Iceland. The rooms are cozy and comfortable with private bathrooms.
After a refreshing rest and having breakfast at the hotel, you will drive towards the historic Borgarfjordur area where you will see the great Hraunfossar, a series of waterfalls formed by rivulets streaming over a distance of about 900 m (almost 300 ft!) across the Hallmundarhraun lava field, which flow from an eruption of one of the volcanoes lying under the glacier Langjökull. The waterfalls pour into the Hvítá River from ledges created by less porous rock in the lava.
Literally a stone’s throw upstream from Hraunfossar, you will visit another waterfall called Barnafoss. Its name, “the waterfall of the children,” comes from an accident which is said to have taken place here in a previous century. There was a natural stone bridge over the waterfall, and two children from a nearby farm fell to their deaths crossing the river on the bridge. Afterwards, the grief-stricken mother had the bridge destroyed.
After enjoying the many amazing sites above ground level it is now time to journey towards the Center of the Earth! You will go caving in the Vidgelmir lave cave where you can see the tumult of the volcanic landscape up close. During this 1,5 hour long expedition you will have a chance to see one of the largest lava caves in Iceland with its stunning lava stalactites and stalagmites. The area surrounding the entrance to the cave will allow you to realize how powerful eruptions of volcano can be.
Finally, take in the sights at Deildartunguhver, the highest-flow hot spring in Europe, providing 180 liters pr second of 100 C hot water! Thread the path carefully while watching and hearing the powerful energy of the hot spring at work.
Last but not least on the agenda for you is a visit to Krauma, the new natural geothermal baths & spa next to Deildartunguhver with admission fee included. There you can enjoy great facilities including five relaxing geothermal baths, a cold tub, and two saunas. A perfect way to end a great tour.
After this adventure exploring the Wild West of Iceland for two unforgettable days, you set off back to Reykjavik arriving there in time to enjoy the rest of your night while reflecting on the beauty of the Icelandic nature.
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- Black Sand Beach – Reynisfjara
- Vík i Mýrdal
- Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
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- Kerid Volcanic Crater
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We booked this 5 day winter tour package as it looked like a very versatile option, with several different activities. The Nice Travel package lived up to expectations and proved a very good way of knowing most of south (western and eastern) Iceland and enjoying unique and superb breathtaking attractions Iceland offers! We in deed had an awesome, amazing and wonderful time. Every day the pickup was reliably at the door of our hotel, which by the way is great comfort and made for us nice stay. Nice Travels booked very good and comfortable hotels for us in Reykjavik as well as in countryside. The tour was covered by a small comfortable bus of about 20 seats capacity with wifi and USB charging plug at every seat. The bus was almost full on all 5 days, which made for a different and interesting phenomenal experience with others in the bus. The tour was well organized on all days and no language barriers as the various guides on all days spoke fluent English. The guides were very friendly during the whole long tour and provided us a lot of historic and geological details along the way. All in all, very recommendable Nice Travel. I looked at numerous packages and tour companies and am very glad that we selected Nice Travel. We will definitely visit again Iceland.
Ordinarily, I am not a big fan of guided tours. However, as a first-time visitor to Iceland, I was concerned about safely driving the roads in winter, as well as being able to see as much as possible with the limited amount of light in January. This tour was the perfect solution for me!! The tour groups are small, so I never felt like I was being herded through the various sites. The guides were great - very informative and safety-conscious. A special shout-out to Skuli, who showed us some very special places that we certainly would not have seen on our own!The one slightly negative thing about the tour turned out to be the best part of the tour - the itinerary for the last 2 days of the tour was changed after we signed up and we were not informed until we actually got on the bus the morning of the 4th day (I would simply have liked to have been informed prior to that so my expectations could have been consistent with the plan). As it turned out, we were the only 2 on the 5th day of the tour, and we had the BEST DAY EVER with our guide, Skuli!!! He generally worked around the planned itinerary, but took into account our interests (photography) and made some modifications to take us to places that we would not have seen otherwise, and made stops along the way for special photo-ops.I am very happy that we took the tour with Nicetravel and would not hesitate to book with them again in the future!
This is an amazing way to visit the "must" places around Iceland.The guides were great, I would like to make a special mention to our guide Wolfie who was out of this league.Everyone we talked to was extremely helpful.5/5 would recommend.
First I want to thank Nicetravel for there kindness and care they take with everyone in there tour. This tour was exceptional. Its great if you are going with kids or a solo traveler like myself. All the tour guides are knowledgeable and willing to answer any questions or be helpful in anyway. The hotels that I stayed were awesome, clean and great breakfast.I wasn't able to go to the Blue Cave on my tour due to weather conditions, the weather was pretty bad but Nicetracel gave us an option to go hiking on a glacier, WOW what an experience. I enjoyed it very much and thank Nicetravel for looking out for everyone's safety.I cannot tell you how great the employee's are at Nicetravel. I cannot praise them enough. I will recommend this tour or any of there tours to any of my family and friend's. When and if I go back to Iceland I will use Nicetravel.Oh and I did call other tours guides but Nicetravel always responded quickly and it was a person emailing me with my concerns it wasn't generic or cold. It was always a wonderful person on the other side of the world. Thank you Nicetravel for making my stay in Iceland enjoyable and exciting.Tampa, Florida
I am from Canada and the tour operator was EXTREMELY helpful even after i got to iceland. The first 2days, the tour guide Christian was superb and informative. The Golden Circle had the added attraction of the Crater Kerid. The last 2 days, was a lot of hiking and stupendous landacapes. Our tour guide was fabulous. I would book with this tour operator again. The hotels were comfortable and the breakfasts good and filling. Great tour which covers a lot of iceland for the price.
Hat alles hervorragend geklappt super nette und interessante Tourleitee. Kleine Gruppe und atemberaubende Natur!