Iceland Winter Story

02.01.19 - 09.01.19

About the tour

We advisedly planned this trip in January, because in winter Iceland is especially cozy. There is already no influx of tourists, the New Year bustle has passed, and the beauty of nature is still majestic and unique. We want to say that Iceland is beautiful at any time of the year. By the way, island  is habitually called the "Ice Country" but  it is not Arctic at all! And noisy waterfalls, boiling valleys of geysers, hot lagoons, majestic mountains and Northern Lights in the night starry sky are worth choosing this country for winter holiday. We meet the first month of the new year at the edge of the world.

Let’s go!

+ ITINERARY

Day 1 - Arrive in Reykjavik

We all meet in the hotel and go for a walk around the city. The northernmost capital of the world knows how to surprise you: a cozy old town with houses of the 17th century gradually surrounds the "new" city with its stylish modern complexes, shops and hotels. A unique combination that can be traced in everything: from national food to art. By the way, Reykjavik has enough museums and galleries, which will certainly leave you under the impression! In the meantime, we will pass through the main streets; Walk on the old city ; Visit the city park with its magnificent lake and sculptures; go to the roof of the tallest building in the city and capture the panorama of the capital; we will see the famous concert hall of glass and the famous Hofdi house, where the leaders of world states and movie stars once stopped. Evening time can be devoted to the night life of the city, having dinner in one of the best restaurants of the capital.

Day 2 - Via the Golden Ring to the South of Iceland

Today we are waiting for an exciting route to the main attractions of the island: we will visit Thingvellir national park, gathering place for all the Vikings and the ancient Icelandic parliament. Once there were all the great holidays and in here, in 1944, Iceland's independence was proclaimed. In addition to the historical value, there we can see the largest lake of the island and an amazing phenomenon: the breakdown of the Eurasian and North Atlantic lithospheric plates. Along the way, we will be able to observe the colorful Silfra fissure, filled with clearest water. Already in the middle of the day, we will continue our way to the smoking geyser valley, where we will see the famous Strokkur geyser and the Gullfoss waterfall. Also we’ll stop at the three-thousand-year Kerid crater, in which the lake was whimsically formed. Evening time we will spend in the hotel for a hearty dinner, sharing memories from the past day.

Day 3 - Hidden routes

Today we are moving on south to the place of the first Viking settlements and to one of the most famous waterfalls of this part of the island. The first one is the Hjalparfoss waterfall. It is a unique double waterfall in the lava valley, very noisy and beautiful. Further along the route - the Haifoss waterfall, falling from a height of 122 meters, it’s very large and spectacular. We will return home in the evening, where we will wait for a traditional dinner in a cozy hotel.

Day 4 - Heading South

Today on the route we have some majestic waterfalls again: Seljalandsfoss waterfall is a visiting card of the island and a symbol of the country. And Skogafoss is a picturesque waterfall, 60 meters high. In sunny weather it always shines with a rainbow. These are the two most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland and do not visit them means not to be in Iceland. What a delight! At the end of the day we will get to our hotel with the most interesting routes of the island.

Day 5 - The black beaches of Iceland

We specially have a whole day for walks along the Atlantic coast. Here you can stay for very long time, listening to the sound of the waves and enjoying the view of the endless beach and the majestic ocean from the height of Dyrholaey Cape. The Reynisfjara beach stretches for a five kilometers and it’s the most unusual and popular place in Iceland. Here we will see the famous "fingers of the troll" - the basalt columns of Reynisdrangar, standing among the waters of the North Atlantic. According to legend, trolls lived in this place, and once they tried to steal a three-masted vessel. They were already dragging him to the shore, but then the sun came up, and before they could hide, the hand of one of them petrified from the sunlight and remained here forever to rise above the water. Reynisfjara constantly occupies high places among the best beaches in the world, and its atmosphere is not compared to anything you know before.

Day 6 - Vatnajokull National Park

Today we will explore the secrets of the largest national park in Iceland and will be able to come close to the glacier of the same name. A magnificent glacier with a length of several kilometers! Its name means "giving water", and all because it feeds on water a lot of Icelandic rivers and lakes. This place boasts unique landscapes with snow-capped valleys and gorges. The glacial cover rises to 1400-1800 meters above sea level. The place is incredible! A worthy completion of the day program will be stunning views of the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon. It’s a glacial lake, in which huge blocks of ice fall from the glacier. They cross the lagoon and fall into the ocean. A terrific place that can’t be missed.

Day 7 - Inspired by the atmosphere of the capital

Today we’ll take a walk around the city: we will buy souvenirs, visit local museums and galleries. After lunch, there is an opportunity to organize optional excursions. For example, a visit to the famous Blue Lagoon, the whale watching or see the Northern Lights. Reykjavik always has something to surprise so we can relax and celebrate the end of the expedition!

Day 8 – The end of the program

Say goodbye to Iceland is always a little bit sad. We know that those who once set on this earth are impressed for forever. But there is so much more of the unknown, therefore, we are sure, you will return to the Land of Ice and Fire.

And now we're going home!

+ WHAT TO BRING
  • Hiking boots, good sturdy boots with sufficient ankle support for walking on rough trails. They should have a robust sole and preferably waterproof.
  • Long sleeve top and long johns, thermal underwear made of wool or synthetics, not cotton.
  • Warm jacket, fleece, primaloft or similar.
  • Rain jacket with a hood, preferable breathable fabric such as Gore tex or similar.
  • Rain trousers, preferable breathable fabric such as Gore tex or similar.
  • Gloves and mittens, one pair each. Wool or synthetic, waterproof.
  • Warm hat and/or balaclava.
  • Backpack, 20-30 litres.
  • Travel sack for your baggage that is transported between huts. Suitcases are not recommended.
  • Towel.
  • Tooth brush and personal toiletries.
  • Water bottle.
  • Small personal first aid kit (compeed and tape for blisters).
  • Camera, batteries, memory card.
  • Swimming suit.
+ pickup
Transfer is not included. Meeting at the hotel.
+ included
  • Entrance fees to national parks.
  • Transportation.
  • Accommodation.
  • Breakfasts.
  • Lunches (lunch packages).
  • Guided support by Ice Vikings team.
+ accommodation
Hotels and private guesthouses.

Price 188120 ISK

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For all bookings of day tours operated by Ice Vikings, there is just 48 hours for cancellation (90% refund). If cancellation is made after these time limits no refund is given. 10% of the price is non-refundable, this percentage reflects our cost of booking and preparing your trip.

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