5 Day Winter Minibus Tour: Blue Ice Cave, Snæfellsnes, Golden Circle, South Coast & Northern Lights Tour
This tour is a unique combination of Iceland's most sought after destinations to visit: the Golden Circle, South Coast, Snaefellsnes and see all the major attractions along with a few hidden gems in Iceland like a Blue Ice cave.
✓ West Iceland ✓ Snaefellsnes ✓ Golden Circle ✓ South Coast ✓ Waterfalls ✓ Jokulsarlon ✓ Glacier Hike ✓ Blue Ice Cave
✓ English speaking guide ✓ Small group ✓ Wi-Fi and Icelandic music on board ✓ Glacier equipment ✓ Accommodation for 4 nights in a comfortable hotel with breakfast and private bathroom
Are you ready for the adventure?
In this multiday tour package we combine some of our best tour options. You will see all the major attractions and spares you the hassle of planning, researching and finding accommodation. Hop on this 5 day expedition with us and let Iceland take the charge with its spectacular nature of fire and ice. Let us do the planning and sit back and enjoy!
Your trip will start off with a visit to Viking heritage location in Borgarfjörður, see the amazing waterfalls Barnafoss and Hraunfossar. Next you will be headed to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in the West of Iceland, the home of Snæfellsjökull glacier and the world famous mountain Kirkjufell, which was featured in the popular series Game of thrones. On the Peninsula you will also visit an exhilarating lava cave and hopefully catch a glimpse at the amazing Northern Lights in the night sky. The Golden Circle awaits you next with all its pillars of popular and unique tourist attractions, such as Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir geothermal area, Thingvellir National Park.
Iceland has many breathtaking waterfalls in every part of the country, each one different from the last and equally beautiful. You will get a chance to visit many waterfalls in this tour, Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls will welcome you on your way along the South Coast. You will enjoy a glacier hike in Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park with guidance from our highly trained guides. In Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon you can see enormous icebergs float in the lagoon, an outlet from Europe’s largest glacier, they float down to the Atlantic ocean and turn up on the Diamond beach.
You will visit an indescribable blue ice cave where your experienced guide will share his expertise about the ice caves and make sure you don’t miss a thing. The clear walls of ice in the cave appear in all colors of blue when the sunlight travels through and hits the crystal-like ice.
Day 1 – Borgarfjörður Valley, Waterfalls, and Viking Heritage
During the drive to Borgarfjörður, we’ll pass along side Hvalfjörður fjord, translating to “whale fjord”. You will enjoy the features of the area, towering snow capped mountains and open fields.
We’ll arrive to Borgarfjörður, a region filled with historical heritage, where Viking sailors reached land and settled there after leaving their homeland.
Reykholtsdalur valley is your next location, there you can learn all about the forces of Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring. From there you will journey to the village of Reykholt, where Snorri Sturluson, the poet, lawmaker and historian used to live during the Middle ages. Snorri wrote many codices that are invaluable records of mythology and the Old Norse language.
Not far from there are you will find two very different but equally beautiful waterfalls: Hraunfossar, a series of streams rushing through dark lava fields and Barnafoss, a bright blue stream speeding through a narrow ravine.
You will then head to your accommodation where you can keep an eye out for the magical Auroras at night, especially if the sky is clear.
To make the best of your stay in Iceland, you can decide for an additional night of hunting Northern Lights at the end of your multiday trip. The extra Northern Lights & Hot Chocolate Minibus Tour starts the night you are back in Reykjavik.
Day 2 – Snaefellsnes Peninsula and The Journey to the Centre of the Earth
The glacier of the West, Snæfellsjökull towers over the Peninsula in all its glory. The glacier played an important role in the novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth, by Jules Verne, where it was the opening point to a great underground journey.
Once you have reached the Snæfellsnes Peninsula you will visit Gerðuberg Cliff, a large basalt column wall. Next you will be able to explore a white sand beach at Ytri Tunga, which is unusual for Icelandic beaches, most of them have black sand. The sand in Ytri Tunga is golden and the location is great for spotting resting seals.
The village of Arnarstapi is your next destination, a small fishing village surrounded by basalt ravines and lava pillars. You can see old fisherman landing spots and you can follow a path leading you along the coast with the Atlantic Ocean waves crushing against Gatklettur arch rock.
Djúpalónssandur, a beach of black volcanic sand and stones where for centuries Icelandic fishermen rowed out to the fertile fishing grounds of the Atlantic ocean. Still today we find the so-called “lifting stones” which fishermen of yore used to test out their strength and prove themselves worthy of the physically straining life of Atlantic rowboat fishing. You can try to lift them yourself! In 1948 a British fishing trawler stranded on the sand reefs of Djúpalónssandur. Five men perished while 14 were rescued by local rescue squads. The remains of the ship are still there, strewn across the beach as an eerie reminder of the awesome power of nature.
As the Professor Otto Lidenbrock from Jules Verne’s novel, you will venture into the volcanic tube towards earth’s core into Víðgelmir lava cave. Do not worry, you won’t reach the center of the Earth but you will follow a path of lava that was created thousands years ago.
After you resurface from the lava cave you will continue to explore Snæfellsnes and head to the northern part of the Peninsula. The iconic Kirkjufell mountain will welcome you with all of its unique features. As you may know, the mountain was featured in the popular series, Game of Thrones and has become one of Iceland’s most popular sites.
Day 3 – The Golden Circle
Thingvellir National Park is the first stop of the day, volcanic fields and mountains surrounded by snow will blow your mind, as it is one of the most beautiful locations in Iceland. Thingvellir has an amazing cultural heritage as Iceland’s first parliament was founded there in the year 930 AD. Only to add even more uniqueness to the location its geological features are truly amazing and exceptional because of the exposed North American and Eurasian tectonic plates on the surface. The location is a UNESCO designated World Heritage site for these reasons.
Haukadalur geothermal area will be your next stop on the Golden Circle route, where you will find hot springs Strokkur, which erupts every five to ten minutes creating amazing photo opportunities and the famous Geysir, the geyser that has named all geysers in the world.
Ending the Golden Circle part of the tour is the most famous must see waterfall, Gullfoss, where water from the glacial river Hvítá rushes down two tiers of a 32 meters fall. The Golden Circle has gotten its name from Gullfoss, which translates to the Golden waterfall.
Day 4 – The South Coast and Glacier Hike
The adventure begins with the powerful theatrics of Seljalandsfoss. Bring a raincoat and you’ll be able to make the short hike behind the falls. The scene behind the fall and the trembling ground from the power of the falling water makes for an automatic photo blockbuster!
Further east along the coast is Skógafoss waterfall. Skógafoss is an incredibly picturesque sight: tucked in a little gorge, the river Skógá tumbles down a 60 meters cliff before continuing down the landscape towards the Atlantic Ocean. Alongside the gorge, a staircase can take you to the shelf above the waterfall for stunning views.
We will hike an outlet glacier spawning from the largest glacier in the country, Vatnajökull. A spectacular experience and opportunity to learn more about this breathtaking natural phenomenon. Skaftafell area has been used as a filming location for many famous TV shows and films, such as Game of Thrones.
Arriving at our hotel in the Southeast, you will then meet your guide after dinner for further information about the Northern Lights, weather and Aurora forecast and a good spot to look at them. If the sky is clear and the forecast is good, we can hope for the magic to begin.
Day 5 – The Jökulsárlón and Blue Ice Cave
This day begins with Jökulsárlón, a 200m deep glacier water lagoon fed by the melting of Breiðamerkurjökull, an outlet glacier of Europe’s largest glacier Vatnajökull. Enormous icebergs also fall from Breiðamerkurjökull all year round so the lagoon is usually filled with ice blocks that floats South.
On the other side of the road, the icebergs from Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon float into the Atlantic Ocean where they are quickly thrown back to shore by the tide and winds. This black sand beach is full of smaller ice blocks in all shapes and sizes, sparkling like diamonds in the daylight. The ice itself comes in all shades of white and blue forming beautiful contrasts.
The journey continues with a Super Jeep ride to explore the ice cave. Your guide will share with you his expertise about the ice caves, allowing you to truly appreciate this amazing natural phenomenon – spoiler alert… it will be blue.
Further West, we visit the Black Sand Beach of Reynisfjara where the Atlantic coastline presents massive waves hitting the unique basalt pillars in the cliffs above the sand. The cliffs of Dýrhólaey are seen in the distance. This area of the south is also a paradise for bird lovers, as puffins, razorbills and dozens of other species nest on top of these cliffs in the summertime.
October to March
Easy to moderate
Minimum age is 8 years old for glacier hike and ice caving. If children under those ages are on the tour, then an adult needs to stay with them while others do these activities.
✓ West Iceland
✓ Snaefellsnes Peninsula
✓ Víðgelmir Cave tour
✓ Ytri Tunga Beach
✓ Thingvellir National Park
✓ Gullfoss waterfall
✓ Geysir geothermal area
✓ Skógafoss waterfall
✓ Seljalandsfoss waterfall
✓ Glacier Hike Tour in Vatnajökull National Park
✓ Super Jeep tour to a Blue Ice Cave
✓ Jökulsárlón, the Glacier Lagoon
✓ Diamond Beach
✓ Reynisfjara – The Black Sand Beach
✓ 2 Day Snæfellsnes Peninsula & West Iceland: Lava Cave & Northern Lights tour
✓ 3 Day Winter Minibus Tour: South Coast, Blue Ice Cave, Golden Circle & Northern Lights
✓ Four nights of accommodation in comfortable hotels with breakfast and private bathroom
✓ Ice cave & Super Jeep tour
✓ English speaking guide
✓ Certified glacier guide
✓ Glacier equipment
✓ Small group
✓ Wi-Fi and Icelandic music on board
• Warm clothes (first layer)
• Waterproof outdoor clothing (second layer)
• Hiking boots (available for rent when booking)
• Swimsuit and a towel
• Joy and happiness!
• Order or availability of attractions may change due to road or weather conditions and we may have to adjust timings to the short daylight of winter days.
• The limit is one suitcase of 24 inches per person, but you can store your extra luggage in our office for 1,000 ISK. It can be added as an extra fee at the time of booking, and is non-refundable upon payment in all cases.
• Customers travelling on their own will receive a single room. Reservations for 2 people will be allocated a double room. For bookings of 3 or more, triple rooms will automatically be allocated. If these arrangements do not meet your requirements, please contact the provider.
• Pick up is from designated locations in Reykjavík on a drop-down menu at the time of booking. Pick up is not available from Keflavik airport or outside of the greater capital area.
• The Northern Lights are a natural random phenomenon and cannot be guaranteed by the operator. The hotels are in prime locations to maximize the chances of seeing them.
• Ice caves are a dynamic ever-changing natural phenomenon only accessible during winter time when temperatures drop below zero. Each year new unique caves are formed in different areas of the glacier. We visit a naturally formed ice cave during this tour. The photos on our website and social medias are from this winter season, but the ice cave we visit might have changed of appearance due to the dynamic nature of these formations.
• All multiday tours can be cancelled up to 48 hours from the departure time with 85% of the total price refunded by sending an email to [email protected] All cancellations requested less than 48 hours from the departure time are non refundable.
• In the case of cancellation of the tour by the operator because of extreme weather, road conditions or other factors, we will assist you with rebooking to another date or booking other activities when possible, or provide a full refund.
How does pick up work?
We offer pick-up only from Reykjavik city greater area from designated locations found on a drop-down menu at the time of booking. We ask all our customers to send their pick up location at least 24 hours prior to the departure of their tour. We cannot be responsible if you do not provide your pick up location or miss the departure of your tour. Pick up starts at the scheduled departure time of your voucher and can take up to 30 minutes. We ask our passenger to be ready at their listed location so they can be easily found.
What are designated pick up locations?
Due to the regulations of the city of Reykjavik, tour companies are only allowed to stop at certain designated bus stop locations in the city center to pick up passengers. It is stated on your voucher if we will pick you up directly from your hotel or from the designated bus stop locations. Find the closest designated pick up location using the map on www.busstop.is.
What is a multiday tour?
A multiday tour is a tour that includes guided sightseeing and activities for more than one day and accommodation.
Why should I book a multiday tour?
All our multiday tours are in a minibus and offer small group experience. You don’t have to worry about accommodation during the time of the tour. These tours also drive further into in the countryside and give you the opportunity to explore Iceland in-depth and experience places that you would normally not be able to on a one day tour from Reykjavik.
Will I have a private bathroom?
All our partner hotels have private bathrooms.
Is breakfast included?
Yes, breakfast is included after each night of accommodation spent during the multiday tour.
I’m a solo traveler, is there a single supplement?
Yes, single fee supplement is mandatory for solo travelers on all multiday tours to ensure your private room in our accommodation. There is no way to opt out of single fee supplement if you are a solo traveler.
Is it guaranteed that we will see the Northern Lights during the tour?
Most of our partner hotels are located in prime areas to spot the northern lights. If the forecast is favorable, chances are that you will be able to see the magical show of Aurora Borealis outside the hotel. However, the Northern Lights are a natural random phenomenon and cannot be guaranteed by the operator.
How much luggage can I bring?
The limit is one suitcase of 24 inches per person, but you can store your extra luggage in our office for 1,000 ISK. It can be added as an extra fee at the time of booking, and is non-refundable upon payment in all cases.
What should I wear for glacier tours?
Weather in Iceland is very unpredictable. For tours during winter: warm clothing as first layer, waterproof outdoor jacket and pants, hiking boots with high ankle protection, a hat and gloves are ideal. For tours during summer, bringing a light rain jacket and pants is in most cases enough protection. Icelanders often say, “If you don’t like the weather, just wait 5 minutes”. Jeans are not recommended for outdoor trips as they become very heavy and cold when they get wet.
Do I need hiking boots?
We encourage bringing hiking boots for glacier tours. They have to have hard on the sole and be tight around the ankle. If you don’t have them, we have them available for rent in all sizes while booking or at the glacier hike location for ISK 1,500 per pair with cash or card.
How difficult are glacier hikes?
Our tours are considered to be safe for anyone in good physical condition. You have to be able to walk for about an hour up and down on slopes and uneven surface. Longer tours will be more challenging in endurance for some areas of the glacier. We also recommend you remember that we offer all the safety equipment necessary and you will be hiking with a professional and certified glacier guide. If you have specific questions regarding one of our glacier tours, feel free to email us.
If I am pregnant, can I join a glacier hike?
This is a personal choice. We have had pregnant women on our glacier hikes and we always recommend you read the description of the activity to get a better idea. In any case, feel free to contact our Service Team for further questions and concerns.
How does weather affect my tour?
Wind and rain are common in Iceland, in addition to snow in the winter, but we do not let challenging weather stop us from going out and enjoy nature. All we need to do is choose our clothing wisely, which is why we recommend wearing waterproof jacket and pants as the second layer. Of course, safety is our #1 priority, in case of extreme weather or road conditions, we will cancel our tours and do our best to reschedule your booking at a further date or provide a full refund.