Iceland – Winter Escape

Often referred to as the “Land of Fire and Ice”, Iceland’s landscape is characterized by waterfalls, geysers, glaciers, volcanoes, beaches, thermal hot springs, and otherworldly steaming lava fields. Even though most travelers visit in summer, winter presents a buffet of dramatic landscapes, lights, and colors. Escape the crowds and head north for an unforgettable winter escape to Iceland.

Northern Lights Iceland

Itinerary


DAY 1: Arrival/ Hekla Volcano and Landmannalaugar Highlands

Upon arrival to Keflavik Airport, you’ll be met and transferred to Arctic Trucks’ office in Reykjavik where you’ll have a presentation on the overnight Super Jeep adventure to come while enjoying snacks. You will be travelling to a special highlands area few people travel to in winter, over a wide variety of tracks and through breathtaking mountain ranges (2-3 people + guide in each Arctic Truck Jeep). Visit the Hekla Volcano area and Landmannalaugar Highlands. Mount Hekla stands 1450 m high and is one of Iceland’s most active volcanoes. Hekla’s most recent eruption was in 2000. During the Middle Ages, Europeans called the volcano the “Gateway to Hell.” End the day at Landmannalaugar at your comfy mountain hut at the borders of a warm river. The extraordinary colors that surround the hut in Landmannalaugar will leave nobody untouched. After relaxing and enjoying a bath in the natural hot river, head to the hut and enjoy a BBQ dinner complete with Icelandic craft beers and spirits.  Overnight at Landmannalaugar Mountain Hut in dorm-style accommodations. (L,D)

Landmannalaugar hut Iceland

DAY 2: Landmannalaugar Highlands/ Reykjavík

This morning, pack all your gear and slowly head back to civilization. Drive through Hrauneyjar and all the way down to Þjórsárdalur Valley. There will be time for photo stops along the way, including at Háifoss, Iceland’s second highest waterfall, stunning Gjáin Canyon, and Hjálparfoss waterfall. Early evening arrival to Reykjavik. Overnight at Radisson BLU Saga Hotel or similar. (B,L)

Arctic Trucks Iceland in winter

DAY 3Reykjavík/ Langjökull Glacier and Ice Cave

Today,  travel to Langjökull for a once in a lifetime adventure deep inside the glacier to some of the world’s largest man-made ice caverns. The caverns are composed of an extensive system of tunnels and chambers that stretch close to 300 m into the solid ice cap towards. At the heart of the glacier, you’ll find a breathtaking natural Ice Cave. Explore various nooks and chambers as you walk over a huge ice crevasse on a specially constructed bridge. As you make your way deeper into the glacier, the ice’s color changes from white to deep blue with the colder temperatures. Overnight at Radisson Blu Saga Hotel or similar. (B)

Iceland ice cave

DAY 4: Reykjavík/ Golden Circle Classic

Travel to Þingvellir National Park, arguably the most important site in Iceland in terms of history, culture, and geology today. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Þingvellir National Park is home to Iceland‘s largest natural lake and the place where the tectonic plates of North America and Eurasia split and drift apart. Other highlights today include Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir hot spring, Laugarvatn and Apavatn Lakes, Skálholt Church and Fákasel Horse Park. Overnight at Radisson Blu Saga Hotel or similar. (B)

DAY 5: Reykjavík/ Winter Whale Watching/ Northern Lights Cruise

You have until this evening to explore on your own. The winter season has proven to provide an exciting ad adventurous whale watching experience in Iceland. The most common whales in winter are white-beaked dolphins, harbor porpoises, humpback whales, and orcas. After an early dinner in town, embark on a Northern Lights Cruise. Head out to Faxaflói Bay in search of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights), leaving behind the bright city lights of Reykjavík. Watching the lights constantly change in intensity, color and movement in the vast starry night sky with the gentle lull of the ocean beneath is a thrilling experience. Overnight at Radisson Blu Saga Hotel or similar. (B,D)

Wild dolphin Iceland.

DAY 6: Reykjavík/ Blue Lagoon/ Departure

The morning is yours to explore Reykjavík on your own or via an optional hop on/ hop off city tour. End your Iceland Winter Escape with a relaxing stop at the Blue Lagoon en route to the airport. Early evening departure from Keflavik International Airport. (B)

Reykjavik, Iceland in winter


 

DETAILS

MEALS: B=Breakfast; L=Lunch; D=Dinner

Price from $2665 per person (double occupancy).  Single supplement available upon request.

Package includes accommodations, airport transfers, meals as listed, guided excursions with transportation, and entrance fees.

Exclusions: international airfare, passport/visa fees, fuel costs for Arctic Trucks vehicle(s), travel insurance, meals not listed, alcohol, taxis, treatments at Blue Lagoon, optional activities, and items of personal nature. It is not customary to tip in Iceland so gratuities are not expected.