Come to Iceland during winter time; explore the most popular sights while chasing the spectacular Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis. Iceland has so much to offer and is such an easy place to travel to that the destination makes for a perfect short-break winter weekend, particularly if you are a family.
To make the most of the time available plan your days to travel with one guide, for continuity and flexibility throughout the weekend. Travel in a Land Rover Discovery to visit the Golden Circle and South Coast - waterfalls, geyser, hot springs, glaciers, volcano craters and lava fields; experiment with some geothermal cooking in the Reykjanes Peninsula, and also include some fabulous Northern Lights hunting as you travel through the countryside, as on a clear night, you may be lucky enough to see them swirling and dancing across the sky in dramatic shapes and colours. No trip to Iceland would be complete with a visit to the Blue Lagoon or Secret Lagoon, whale watching, Viking restaurant meal, chocolate tour and a selfie with an Icelandic horse.
‘At-a-Glance’ Illustrative Itinerary
Day 1: Arrive in Iceland today, and transfer on arrival from Keflavik airport to your hotel in Reykjavik to check in for an overnight stay. Your arrival day is a time for settling in and exploring the city.
DAY 2: Take a whale watching trip where minke whales, white beaked dolphins and harbour porpoises are the species most likely to be spotted. Occasionally humpbacks, orcas and fin whales are seen. At the end of the afternoon you leave Reykjavik for the countryside, taking a stop for a swim in a local geothermal swimming pool and look forward to spotting the Northern Lights.
DAY 3: Visit Iceland’s south coast is home to a wonderful collection of geological features! The Seljalandsfoss waterfall cascades over a high cliff and into a dramatic plunge pool, the Eyjafjallajokull glacier towers over the farmland beneath, once again hiding the volcano that erupted in 2010. You can choose to take a hike on the glacier if you wish.
DAY 4: Enjoy the wonderful warm waters of the Secret Lagoon, together with a chance to meet the beautiful Icelandic horses. It’s a good place for a selfie! Head north, to Gulfoss waterfall, and geyser, “Strokkur” which erupts every 5-10 minutes. The day finishes with a visit to the Thingvellir National Park, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates divide. Arriving back in Reykjavik for the last night.
DAY 5: BLUE LAGOON
This morning is free for you to relax, take a visit to Reykjavik’s famous hot dog stand before for the Blue Lagoon, one of Iceland’s most must-do experiences. Relax in the beautiful milky blue water of the Blue Lagoon before taking your flight home or moving onto a fish feast for dinner, on the Reykjanes peninsula, followed by a final hunt for the Northern Lights. Departure day, and the airport shuttle bus will pick you up for the transfer back to Keflavik airport.