Iceland Winter Adventure

No Reviews No Booking FeesDedicated Travel Advisor

Iceland Winter Adventure

No Reviews No Booking FeesDedicated Travel Advisor
Fully Guided Adventure Small Group
Our Price From 5,998 Per Person
Exclusive Savings 135 Per Person
 Trip Length
9 Days
 Trip Starts
Reykjavik
 Trip Finishes
Reykjavik
9 Day Iceland Winter Adventure Itinerary (Explore)
Countries Explored: Iceland
Our Price From 5,998 Per Person
Exclusive Savings 135 Per Person
 Trip Length
9 Days
 Trip Starts
Reykjavik
 Trip Finishes
Reykjavik
9 Day Iceland Winter Adventure Itinerary (Explore)
Countries Explored: Iceland
Trip Style
Discovery
Departures
Accommodation
Comfortable
Max. Group Size
16
Pace
Moderate
Guide Level
Fully Guided
Trip Code
ICE
Trip Style
Discovery
Departures
Accommodation
Comfortable
Max. Group Size
16
Pace
Moderate
Guide Level
Fully Guided
Trip Code
ICE

Overview

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Explore's 9 Day Iceland Winter Adventure. Follow Iceland's famous Ring Road and discover the volcanoes, waterfalls and glaciers that make up the countries dramatic landscape. Walk between two continents at Thingvellir National Park, see the mighty Gullfoss Waterfall and watch Strokkur Geysir erupt.
Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on Explore's 9 Day Iceland Winter Adventure. Follow Iceland's famous Ring Road and discover the volcanoes, waterfalls and glaciers that make up the countries dramatic landscape. Walk between two continents at Thingvellir National Park, see the mighty Gullfoss Waterfall and watch Strokkur Geysir erupt.

Itinerary

Today the adventure begins with a transfer from Keflavik Airport (KEF) to our hotel on the public FlyBus shuttle bus service. On arrival at Keflavik Airport please proceed to the FlyBus desk which is located in the arrivals hall. A FlyBus representative will give you a voucher and direct you to the buses which leave every 35-40 minutes. The drive to the hotel will take approximately 45 minutes, via the main bus terminal where you may be asked to board a smaller bus for the final part of the journey to your hotel. On the drive from the airport to the hotel you'll get your first glimpse of the blackened and rocky volcanic scenery found on this part of the island.

There are no activities planned today so you are free to arrive at a time that suits you. After checking-in to the hotel, you may have time to explore a little of the world's most northerly capital. Bustling with cosmopolitan energy and surrounded by pure, unpolluted nature, Reykjavik is a city of striking contrasts. Small colourful corrugated iron houses nestle next to futuristic glass buildings; state-of-the-art facilities lie beside rugged volcanic terrain and international influences mingle with Icelandic national traditions. All this creates a unique culture where old embraces new.

On this holiday you'll be accompanied by a local Leader from days 2 to 8, so this evening you are free to settle in and enjoy this charming city. Stay: Hotel Klettur (Comfortable)

Your leader will meet you in the hotel reception at 08:30am this morning and we'll drive to Iceland's second city, Akureyri where we will spend the next two nights. The journey will take between five to eight hours, depending on road conditions. However, there will be plenty of opportunities to stop along the way to stretch our legs and take photos of the stunning winter scenery.

One of the scenic stops along the way will be in the small fishing town of Akranes, just north-west of Reykjavik. This traditional town is home to two of Iceland's 104 lighthouses and from where they stand on the edge of the peninsula we will be afforded panoramic views over the fjord. If we're lucky enough to have a clear sky we will be able to see across the fjord to Reykjavik. We'll stop at a local farm in Hraunsnef for a relaxed lunch before continuing north.

Standing on the shores of the country's longest fjord, Akureyri is a pretty town, with a thriving arts community. It is seen as the cultural heart of the north of the island and its galleries and Lutheran cathedral are worth a visit. Stay: Icehotel Akureyri (Comfortable) (B/L)

After yesterday's long drive we have a relaxed start to the morning. After breakfast we'll make our way to the harbour, stopping at a viewpoint and an old fish factory along the way. The factory is no longer in use but is a great insight to the regions main industry.

From Arskogstrond we take a 15-minute ferry ride to Hrisey Island. Here, together with a local guide, we will have the chance to experience the slow pace of life on the island, discover some of the rich Viking history and try a traditional fish lunch. After exploring the island we return to the mainland, where we will visit a small brewery for the chance to taste the locally produced beers before heading back to Akureyri for the evening. Stay: Icehotel Akureyri (Comfortable) (B/L)

Today we will ride into the mountains on a snow cat vehicle. The journey to the summit of Kaldbakur Mountain takes around 45 minutes and we will be rewarded with spectacular views of the snow covered peaks. .

After fulfilling the tradition of signing the Kaldbakur guest book that is kept in a cairn on the top of the mountain, we begin our descent back down the mountain. This is a true snowy adventure, so make sure you wrap up warm and get ready for a thrilling ride!

If you are travelling in October-December or there hasn't been enough snow to operate the snow cat, will we visit an alternative mountain and enjoy an exciting super-jeep excursion instead. These 10 feet high monsters can cross glacial moraine, lava flows and fast-flowing rivers with relative ease. In fact, you won't believe what the drivers can make them do, but fear not - they do this for a living!

We leave the mountains behind and spend the afternoon discovering Iceland's waterfalls. Starting with Godafoss, known as 'the waterfall of the gods', it is particularly spectacular in winter when the clear blue waters partially freeze.

In the afternoon we explore Lake Myvatn. This active volcanic area was formed 3800 years ago when a lava flow blocked the valley. Here we will be treated to the surreal sight of steam rising from ground vents through the snow-covered ground. We will also see a variety of fascinating rock formations caused by past lava eruptions.

After a day exploring, we take a soothing dip in the Nature Baths, where we will find a man-made lagoon to swim in and natural steam baths to relax in. Your leader will endeavour to time this visit with sunset so you can relax below the red and pink skies and watch the sun go down over a beautifully frozen Lake Myvatn. The Nature Baths here are a great quieter alternative to the busier Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik - they offer the same wonderful experience but with fewer people around you. Stay: Sel Hotel (Comfortable) (B)

Today we have a longer drive to the small village of Egilsstadir. Depending on the road conditions the drive will take approximately 7-8 hours, there will be plenty of stops along the way to break the journey, including a lunch stop at Mordudalur, a mountain based farm, weather permitting. Then, as long as the weather and road conditions are favourable, we'll visit the thundering giant that is Dettifoss Waterfall, Europe's most powerful waterfall known as Iceland's 'Beast' due to sheer cliffs and clouds of mist that can be seen from several miles away. If the road to Detifoss isn't passable, your tour leader will adapt the itinerary accordingly, possibly with a visit to Rjukandi Waterfall.

Our accommodation is well positioned for viewing the Northern Lights so if the conditions are right it's worth staying up late! Stay: Hotel Eyvindara (Comfortable) (B)

Today, we drive along the eastern coastal road to the fishing town of Hofn, admiring the wind-swept sea views along the way. We also hope to catch our first glimpses of Vatnajokull - the largest ice cap in Europe.

On the way we will stop in small villages and walk along the deserted beaches of the east coast. We arrive in Hofn in the late afternoon and the evening is free to relax. Stay: Hotel Smyrlabjorg (Comfortable) (B)

Continuing our circumnavigation of the island, we'll see more of the Vatnajokull Glacier before stopping at the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon. Here, we can marvel at newly formed icebergs as they make their way out to sea. The ice is breaking off from the Breidamerkurjokull Glacier and the icebergs then slowly float through the lagoon and out to sea under a road bridge. On one of the bridge's pillars there is a painting, supposedly by Banksy, of a headless polar bear pushing a shopping trolley.

You can see the icebergs drifting out into the ocean whilst others sit lazily on the black sand beaches waiting for the current to sweep them away. The sparkling ice gives the beach its name - Diamond Beach.

Tonight's hotel is in the remote countryside, providing us with another chance to look out for the Northern Lights. Stay: Hotel Vik (Comfortable) (B)

Today, we take a tour of Iceland's 'Golden Circle', which includes many of the natural wonders which make the country so famous. Thingvellir is a rare site of both historical and geological importance. Meaning 'Parliament Plains', this was the location of Iceland's first National Assembly from 930AD until 1798 and, as such, is hugely significant in the country's cultural heritage. What's more, the impressive landscape sits on a unique spot where the Mid-Atlantic Ridge can be seen on dry land before disappearing to the ocean floor. This provides the quirky opportunity to place one foot on the North American tectonic plate and one foot on the Eurasian plate.

We move on to the Gullfoss, known as the 'Golden Waterfall', due to the way it cascades into a deep gorge with tremendous force. Regarded by many as one of the most beautiful falls in the world, it often remains partially frozen during the winter months. Geysir is our next stop, with the claim to fame that, as the first spouting spring known to Europeans, it gave all such springs their name. However, it is the Strokkur, meaning 'The Butter Churn', which is the main attraction these days, due to its impressive 100 feet eruptions every few minutes.

We return to Reykjavik this afternoon, where we will have a short sightseeing tour by bus to help us orientate ourselves before checking in to our hotel. The food scene in Reykjavik is impressive and this evening is free for a final dinner in one of the capitals many restaurants. Stay: Hotel Klettur (Comfortable) (B)

Our trip ends after breakfast this morning. The transfer back to Keflavik airport (KEF) will be on the public FlyBus shuttle bus service and your leader will provide you with the details of your pick up time and with your voucher for this service.

Please note: The itinerary for this tour is subject to amendment due to weather or road conditions. Winter is a beautiful time to visit Iceland, but the weather can be unpredictable and snow can have a big impact on travel times. Consequently, it may be necessary to alter the order of the itinerary or to change inclusions whilst on tour. (B)

Today the adventure begins with a transfer from Keflavik Airport (KEF) to our hotel on the public FlyBus shuttle bus service. On arrival at Keflavik Airport please proceed to the FlyBus desk which is located in the arrivals hall. A FlyBus representative will give you a voucher and direct you to the buses which leave every 35-40 minutes. The drive to the hotel will take approximately 45 minutes, via the main bus terminal where you may be asked to board a smaller bus for the final part of the journey to your hotel. On the drive from the airport to the hotel you'll get your first glimpse of the blackened and rocky volcanic scenery found on this part of the island.

There are no activities planned today so you are free to arrive at a time that suits you. After checking-in to the hotel, you may have time to explore a little of the world's most northerly capital. Bustling with cosmopolitan energy and surrounded by pure, unpolluted nature, Reykjavik is a city of striking contrasts. Small colourful corrugated iron houses nestle next to futuristic glass buildings; state-of-the-art facilities lie beside rugged volcanic terrain and international influences mingle with Icelandic national traditions. All this creates a unique culture where old embraces new.

On this holiday you'll be accompanied by a local Leader from days 2 to 8, so this evening you are free to settle in and enjoy this charming city. Stay: Hotel Klettur (Comfortable)

Your leader will meet you in the hotel reception at 08:30am this morning and we'll drive to Iceland's second city, Akureyri where we will spend the next two nights. The journey will take between five to eight hours, depending on road conditions. However, there will be plenty of opportunities to stop along the way to stretch our legs and take photos of the stunning winter scenery.

One of the scenic stops along the way will be in the small fishing town of Akranes, just north-west of Reykjavik. This traditional town is home to two of Iceland's 104 lighthouses and from where they stand on the edge of the peninsula we will be afforded panoramic views over the fjord. If we're lucky enough to have a clear sky we will be able to see across the fjord to Reykjavik. We'll stop at a local farm in Hraunsnef for a relaxed lunch before continuing north.

Standing on the shores of the country's longest fjord, Akureyri is a pretty town, with a thriving arts community. It is seen as the cultural heart of the north of the island and its galleries and Lutheran cathedral are worth a visit. Stay: Icehotel Akureyri (Comfortable) (B/L)

After yesterday's long drive we have a relaxed start to the morning. After breakfast we'll make our way to the harbour, stopping at a viewpoint and an old fish factory along the way. The factory is no longer in use but is a great insight to the regions main industry.

From Arskogstrond we take a 15-minute ferry ride to Hrisey Island. Here, together with a local guide, we will have the chance to experience the slow pace of life on the island, discover some of the rich Viking history and try a traditional fish lunch. After exploring the island we return to the mainland, where we will visit a small brewery for the chance to taste the locally produced beers before heading back to Akureyri for the evening. Stay: Icehotel Akureyri (Comfortable) (B/L)

Today we will ride into the mountains on a snow cat vehicle. The journey to the summit of Kaldbakur Mountain takes around 45 minutes and we will be rewarded with spectacular views of the snow covered peaks. .

After fulfilling the tradition of signing the Kaldbakur guest book that is kept in a cairn on the top of the mountain, we begin our descent back down the mountain. This is a true snowy adventure, so make sure you wrap up warm and get ready for a thrilling ride!

If you are travelling in October-December or there hasn't been enough snow to operate the snow cat, will we visit an alternative mountain and enjoy an exciting super-jeep excursion instead. These 10 feet high monsters can cross glacial moraine, lava flows and fast-flowing rivers with relative ease. In fact, you won't believe what the drivers can make them do, but fear not - they do this for a living!

We leave the mountains behind and spend the afternoon discovering Iceland's waterfalls. Starting with Godafoss, known as 'the waterfall of the gods', it is particularly spectacular in winter when the clear blue waters partially freeze.

In the afternoon we explore Lake Myvatn. This active volcanic area was formed 3800 years ago when a lava flow blocked the valley. Here we will be treated to the surreal sight of steam rising from ground vents through the snow-covered ground. We will also see a variety of fascinating rock formations caused by past lava eruptions.

After a day exploring, we take a soothing dip in the Nature Baths, where we will find a man-made lagoon to swim in and natural steam baths to relax in. Your leader will endeavour to time this visit with sunset so you can relax below the red and pink skies and watch the sun go down over a beautifully frozen Lake Myvatn. The Nature Baths here are a great quieter alternative to the busier Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik - they offer the same wonderful experience but with fewer people around you. Stay: Sel Hotel (Comfortable) (B)

Today we have a longer drive to the small village of Egilsstadir. Depending on the road conditions the drive will take approximately 7-8 hours, there will be plenty of stops along the way to break the journey, including a lunch stop at Mordudalur, a mountain based farm, weather permitting. Then, as long as the weather and road conditions are favourable, we'll visit the thundering giant that is Dettifoss Waterfall, Europe's most powerful waterfall known as Iceland's 'Beast' due to sheer cliffs and clouds of mist that can be seen from several miles away. If the road to Detifoss isn't passable, your tour leader will adapt the itinerary accordingly, possibly with a visit to Rjukandi Waterfall.

Our accommodation is well positioned for viewing the Northern Lights so if the conditions are right it's worth staying up late! Stay: Hotel Eyvindara (Comfortable) (B)

Today, we drive along the eastern coastal road to the fishing town of Hofn, admiring the wind-swept sea views along the way. We also hope to catch our first glimpses of Vatnajokull - the largest ice cap in Europe.

On the way we will stop in small villages and walk along the deserted beaches of the east coast. We arrive in Hofn in the late afternoon and the evening is free to relax. Stay: Hotel Smyrlabjorg (Comfortable) (B)

Continuing our circumnavigation of the island, we'll see more of the Vatnajokull Glacier before stopping at the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon. Here, we can marvel at newly formed icebergs as they make their way out to sea. The ice is breaking off from the Breidamerkurjokull Glacier and the icebergs then slowly float through the lagoon and out to sea under a road bridge. On one of the bridge's pillars there is a painting, supposedly by Banksy, of a headless polar bear pushing a shopping trolley.

You can see the icebergs drifting out into the ocean whilst others sit lazily on the black sand beaches waiting for the current to sweep them away. The sparkling ice gives the beach its name - Diamond Beach.

Tonight's hotel is in the remote countryside, providing us with another chance to look out for the Northern Lights. Stay: Hotel Vik (Comfortable) (B)

Today, we take a tour of Iceland's 'Golden Circle', which includes many of the natural wonders which make the country so famous. Thingvellir is a rare site of both historical and geological importance. Meaning 'Parliament Plains', this was the location of Iceland's first National Assembly from 930AD until 1798 and, as such, is hugely significant in the country's cultural heritage. What's more, the impressive landscape sits on a unique spot where the Mid-Atlantic Ridge can be seen on dry land before disappearing to the ocean floor. This provides the quirky opportunity to place one foot on the North American tectonic plate and one foot on the Eurasian plate.

We move on to the Gullfoss, known as the 'Golden Waterfall', due to the way it cascades into a deep gorge with tremendous force. Regarded by many as one of the most beautiful falls in the world, it often remains partially frozen during the winter months. Geysir is our next stop, with the claim to fame that, as the first spouting spring known to Europeans, it gave all such springs their name. However, it is the Strokkur, meaning 'The Butter Churn', which is the main attraction these days, due to its impressive 100 feet eruptions every few minutes.

We return to Reykjavik this afternoon, where we will have a short sightseeing tour by bus to help us orientate ourselves before checking in to our hotel. The food scene in Reykjavik is impressive and this evening is free for a final dinner in one of the capitals many restaurants. Stay: Hotel Klettur (Comfortable) (B)

Our trip ends after breakfast this morning. The transfer back to Keflavik airport (KEF) will be on the public FlyBus shuttle bus service and your leader will provide you with the details of your pick up time and with your voucher for this service.

Please note: The itinerary for this tour is subject to amendment due to weather or road conditions. Winter is a beautiful time to visit Iceland, but the weather can be unpredictable and snow can have a big impact on travel times. Consequently, it may be necessary to alter the order of the itinerary or to change inclusions whilst on tour. (B)

Trip Inclusions

  • Explore this spectacular volcanic isle in winter
  • Discover Iceland's famous highlights, hidden gems and unique culture
  • Several night stops offer the chance to see the captivating Northern Lights

  • Moderate pace tours are ideal if you want a holiday which combines exciting activities and experiences with plenty of time to relax and unwind. Typically you'll be active and busy for part of the day but then also have time to rest and recharge your batteries.

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Price is for land, cruise and internal flights as specified. Flights not specified are not included

  • Explore this spectacular volcanic isle in winter
  • Discover Iceland's famous highlights, hidden gems and unique culture
  • Several night stops offer the chance to see the captivating Northern Lights

  • Moderate pace tours are ideal if you want a holiday which combines exciting activities and experiences with plenty of time to relax and unwind. Typically you'll be active and busy for part of the day but then also have time to rest and recharge your batteries.

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Price is for land, cruise and internal flights as specified. Flights not specified are not included
About Explore!
About Explore!

Launching in 1981, Explore offer trips from over 130 countries - from classic small group tours. Read more

Explore Leaders
Explore Leaders

Explore's leaders are more than just your typical guide. They're your local expert are are passionate about sharing their expertise with you. Read more

Where do we Stay?
Where do we Stay?

The places Explore stay are every bit as important as the sights they visit and the things you do. Read more

About Explore!
About Explore!

Launching in 1981, Explore offer trips from over 130 countries - from classic small group tours. Read more

Explore Leaders
Explore Leaders

Explore's leaders are more than just your typical guide. They're your local expert are are passionate about sharing their expertise with you. Read more

Where do we Stay?
Where do we Stay?

The places Explore stay are every bit as important as the sights they visit and the things you do. Read more

Play Youtube Video

Brochure

Small Group Adventures

Explore Small Group Adventures (2024-25)

Take a small group tour with us and you'll be joined by like-minded travel companions as well as a skilled Tour Leader with in-depth knowledge of your destination. Choose from over 350 expertly-designed itineraries in more than 100 countries worldwide. You’ll visit the must-see highlights as well as places not on the typical tourist trail, and leave...more feeling that you've really explored.

Brochure

Small Group Adventures

Explore Small Group Adventures (2024-25)

Take a small group tour with us and you'll be joined by like-minded travel companions as well as a skilled Tour Leader with in-depth knowledge of your destination. Choose from over 350 expertly-designed itineraries in more than 100 countries worldwide. You’ll visit the must-see highlights as well as places not on the typical tourist trail, and leave...more feeling that you've really explored.

Availability

Exclusive Savings
Saturday 12 Oct 2024
Sunday 20 Oct 2024
Status
From: $6,330 $6,203
Save $127 Enquire
Exclusive Savings
Saturday 26 Oct 2024
Sunday 03 Nov 2024
Status
From: $6,330 $6,203
Save $127 Enquire
Exclusive Savings
Saturday 09 Nov 2024
Sunday 17 Nov 2024
Status
From: $6,120 $5,998
Save $122 Enquire
Exclusive Savings
Saturday 23 Nov 2024
Sunday 01 Dec 2024
Status
From: $6,120 $5,998
Save $122 Enquire
Exclusive Savings
Saturday 12 Oct 2024
Sunday 20 Oct 2024
Status
From: $7,940 $7,813
Save $127 Enquire
Exclusive Savings
Saturday 26 Oct 2024
Sunday 03 Nov 2024
Status
From: $7,940 $7,813
Save $127 Enquire
Exclusive Savings
Saturday 09 Nov 2024
Sunday 17 Nov 2024
Status
From: $7,330 $7,208
Save $122 Enquire
Exclusive Savings
Saturday 23 Nov 2024
Sunday 01 Dec 2024
Status
From: $7,330 $7,208
Save $122 Enquire
Exclusive Savings
Saturday 25 Jan 2025
Sunday 02 Feb 2025
Status
From: $6,730 $6,595
Save $135 Enquire
Exclusive Savings
Saturday 15 Feb 2025
Sunday 23 Feb 2025
Status
From: $6,730 $6,595
Save $135 Enquire
Exclusive Savings
Saturday 01 Mar 2025
Sunday 09 Mar 2025
Status
From: $6,730 $6,595
Save $135 Enquire
Exclusive Savings
Saturday 25 Oct 2025
Sunday 02 Nov 2025
Status
From: $6,730 $6,595
Save $135 Enquire
Exclusive Savings
Saturday 08 Nov 2025
Sunday 16 Nov 2025
Status
From: $6,730 $6,595
Save $135 Enquire
Exclusive Savings
Saturday 22 Nov 2025
Sunday 30 Nov 2025
Status
From: $6,730 $6,595
Save $135 Enquire
Exclusive Savings
Saturday 25 Jan 2025
Sunday 02 Feb 2025
Status
From: $7,960 $7,825
Save $135 Enquire
Exclusive Savings
Saturday 15 Feb 2025
Sunday 23 Feb 2025
Status
From: $7,960 $7,825
Save $135 Enquire
Exclusive Savings
Saturday 01 Mar 2025
Sunday 09 Mar 2025
Status
From: $7,960 $7,825
Save $135 Enquire
Exclusive Savings
Saturday 25 Oct 2025
Sunday 02 Nov 2025
Status
From: $8,360 $8,225
Save $135 Enquire
Exclusive Savings
Saturday 08 Nov 2025
Sunday 16 Nov 2025
Status
From: $7,960 $7,825
Save $135 Enquire
Exclusive Savings
Saturday 22 Nov 2025
Sunday 30 Nov 2025
Status
From: $7,960 $7,825
Save $135 Enquire
Note
A definite departure means minimum numbers have been reached for this departure to operate. Your Global Journeys Travel Advisor will check the availability of your departure date when you enquire. Additional savings may apply. We guarantee the lowest price in Australia. T&C’s apply.
Note
Tour & cruises prices are per person. Prices shown have savings applied, are subject to availability and may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Prices and trip information are correct at the time at this point in time, however are subject to confirmation at the time of booking and are subject to change by Explore. For cruise itineraries, cabin images are sourced from Explore. These should be treated as indicative only. Cabin inclusions, upholsteries and room layout may differ to the image(s) shown depending on the ship selected and your sailing dates.

Similar Tours

9 Day Iceland - Land of the Midnight Sun (Explore)

9 Days Reykjavik Reykjavik

Operated By: Explore

From 6,460
Save 655
10 Day A Taste of Turkey - Istanbul to Cappadocia (Explore)

10 Days Istanbul Goreme

Operated By: Explore

From 3,097
Save 63
10 Day Moorish Andalucia (Explore)

10 Days Malaga Malaga

Operated By: Explore

From 3,303
Save 76
15 Day Turkey in Depth (Explore)

15 Days Istanbul Istanbul

Operated By: Explore

From 3,195
Save 69