Fire & Ice Winter Small Group Tour
- Return Flights
- 4 Nights Bed & Breakfast Stay in Reykjavik
- Return Airport Transfers
- Northern Lights Small Group Tour with Hotel Pick Up and Drop Off plus Complimentary Hot Chocolate
- Golden Circle Small Group Tour and Blue Lagoon Entrance with Hotel Pick Up and Drop Off
- South Coast Small Group Tour with Hotel Pick Up and Drop Off
- Snaefellsnes Peninsula Small Group Tour with Hotel Pick Up and Drop Off
- ATOL Protection
On arrival at Keflavik International airport, you will meet our representatives and they will transfer you to your hotel in the Capital Reykjavik. Your 3* Hotel will be within easy reach of the cities attractions and have facilities like Satellite TV. All rooms have a private en-suite bathroom and breakfast is served each morning. After check-in the rest of the day is free for you to start discover beautiful Reykjavik.
After breakfast the next morning you’ll be picked up from your hotel and once everyone is on board our comfortable minibus we will then depart from the capital, and begin our exciting road trip with an experienced, knowledgeable driver tour guide.
About 45 minutes drive from Reykjavik you will find Thingvellir National Park, a location that holds both geological and cultural significance, which became a UNESCO heritage site in 2004. Thingvellir is home to the exposed section of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, the divergent rift between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, which means you will be standing in between two continents, right here, in Iceland. The Öxarárfoss waterfall cuts through the ridge with a beautiful drop from 13 meters (42.65 ft) high up, which you will visit as you walk down the path.
The world’s first parliament was established in Iceland, right here in Thingvellir, in 930 A.D. While you are at the viewpoint of Hakið, enjoy the breathtaking, panoramic view of the entire area. The Þingvellir Church was consecrated in 1859, with a simple, elegant appearance, which adds a historic, cultural atmosphere to the natural landscapes.
We then head to the Geysir Geothermal Area, an active geothermal region, the Geysir area is an hour-drive away with many features to see. Steam vents, bubbling pits, warm ponds, with varied colours, and the greatest highlight of the area, the Strokkur geyser erupting every 5-10 minutes up to 20 meters (65.62 ft) high in the sky, a natural spectacle indeed. In addition, the Great Geysir is a quiet, blue depth of water nearby. A visitor centre is right next to the area with shops and several lunch options.
The next highlight of the Golden Circle Route is the astonishing Gullfoss Waterfall, also known as the “Golden Waterfalls,” a magnificent, wide drop that first runs down 11 meters (36 ft), then 21 meters (68 ft), roaring to the depth of the canyon, with cliffs rising to 70 meters (230 ft). You will feel its forceful presence when you approach the waterfall and admire the stunning visuals and intriguing history. Gullfoss’s river is fed by the Hvítá river, or white river, originating from the Langjökull glacier.
Then we travel to the Kerið Volcanic Crater Lake, the remarkable crater lake, Kerið, is yet another popular attraction on Iceland’s Golden Circle Route, famous for its greenish lake water and colourful crater appearances on the slopes. Kerid crater was formed around 3000 years ago during a volcanic eruption during which the volcanic chamber collapsed onto itself, after the burning magma depleted. Its shape is a perfect inverted cone, and a pathway was built for visitors to see the site.
After our visit to all the major points of interest in the Golden Circle of Iceland is complete, we head to the Blue Lagoon. This wonder is famous for its milky blue water that is rich in silica, algae, salt, and other minerals with great healing benefits to the skin such as preventing premature aging.
A fulfilling adventure to explore the beautifully designed surroundings, sometimes you can even see the Northern Lights in winter’s sky at the Blue Lagoon. Your admission ticket is included, all you need to do is to pack your swimsuit for the relaxing soak. After approximately 2 hours in the geothermal spa, we will head back to Reykjavik.
After a brief break in Reykjavík, you will be picked up again for a Northern Lights expedition with one of our experienced aurora hunters. Our small group version of the Northern Lights Hunt offers a more personalised experience as there are fewer passengers per expert guide.
The Aurora Borealis, known commonly as the Northern Lights, is a naturally occurring light display, commonly seen in high latitude locations. These ethereal lights are formed when solar winds agitate the magnetic field of the earth, ionizing the particles and causing them to give off light, which we see in the form of the wispy bands of colour across the night sky. The aurora can form in a variety of colours depending on the altitude of the particles where they become ionised.
The Northern Lights are wild and unpredictable, so hunting the lights requires a lot of patience and warm weather-appropriate clothing. We provide warming hot chocolate to complement your evening tour.
Although Iceland offers ideal conditions to view the northern lights, they can never be guaranteed. If you are unfortunate not to get a sighting on our tour, we offer a free rescheduling to another evening. Details of how to rebook in case of no lights will be supplied by the guide.
On your second day we will pick you up from your hotel after breakfast and head out of Reykjavik towards the wonders of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Our first stop of the day is at Berserkjahraun. This moss covered lava field is the remnant of an eruption from the nearby Bjarnarhafnafjall mountain over 4000 years ago. The scale of the lava fields really attests to the power and influence of volcanoes on the Icelandic landscape.
The iconic vista of Kirkjufell is taken from this location and features the falls in the foreground which really sells the scale of the looming mountain in the background. The waterfall is a three pronged waterfall fed by glacial meltwaters from the nearby Snæfellsjökull glacier. A small path takes you around the area for a great view of the falls and Mt Kirkjufell from all angles.
We then head to the Snæfellsnesjökull National Park, a protected wilderness area encircling Snæfellsjökull glacier. You will see a 700,000 year old subglacial volcano, it has thankfully lain dormant for almost 2000 years, which is just as well as it is the same type of volcano as Ejyafjalljökull. That subglacial volcano erupted and famously created chaos and grounded airplanes worldwide back in 2010.
Snæfellsjökull also famously features in Jules Verne´s seminal 1864 adventure novel “Journey to the Center of the Earth”. The entrance to the underworld was imagined by Verne to lie here. Then it is on to Djúpalónssandur, a black sand beach and one of the most famous in Iceland. Cliffs and rock formations encircle the beach, and visitors can walk along these cliffs to view the beach from all angles. Two of the stranger rock formations here are said to be frozen trolls.
Lóndrangur are two enormous basalt rock formations reaching 75m and 61m respectively. These pinnacles are all that remains of an ancient crater, which has long since been eroded by the sea. They serve as both a stunning view from all angles as well as home to various nesting bird species
The beautiful village of Arnarstapi serves as our final stop of the day. This picturesque location is shadowed by mountains to the north and wave battered cliffs to its south. Once a very important fishing and trade hub for the region, the area's economy now is now reliant upon tourism and guest services, but you definitely gets a sense of its illustrious past from the harbour. After Arnarstapi, we begin the journey back to Reykjavík enjoying the scenery along the way.
On day four you will get to see how in Iceland, the landscape can change drastically within a few short kilometres. Its reputation as the “land of fire and ice” is well earned. After breakfast you will join this quintessential day trip from Reykjavík as we head east from the city and begin our exploration of the highlights of the south coast.
The first stop of the day is the Skógafoss waterfall. This waterfall is 60m in height and drops from old sea cliffs with views of Eyjafjallajökull volcano in the background. This enormous drop makes the power of the Skógafoss something else to behold. Visitors can experience the falls from two levels. From the ground, one can approach the water as close as you feel like and really feel its power. If you are feeling adventurous as well as energetic, there is a moderately challenging climb of 370 steps to a viewing platform at the top of the falls. This platform offers a bird´s eye view of those below as well as a peak to the northern highlands of Fimmvörduhals and Thorsmork.
The then head to the picture-postcard village of Vík, which lies to the east of Skógarfoss. This tiny enclave is famous for its church and vistas of Reynisdrangur sea rock formations. It´s a tiny community but offers a place for weary travellers to refuel and recharge. It´s also a great chance to pick up some locally made mementos of your time in Iceland. Just a few minutes walk away from the village along a nice path is the Vík black sand beach, which gives you the closest views of Reynisdrangar Sea-Stacks, believed by the more mystically minded of locals to the remains of petrified trolls.
Reynisfjara black sand beach is one of Iceland´s most iconic natural attractions. Named by National Geographic as one of the top 10 non-tropical beaches in the world, this shoreline features black sands, formed from sea-worn black volcanic rocks. Also at the stop, one can see the bizarre and otherworldly basalt column wall and it is a classic Icelandic holiday moment to climb the columns and pose for a snap. The cave on the beach is wondrous and a popular wedding photograph location for a good reason. From here, you can also get another perspective of Reynisfjara as well as Dýrholæy.
Our next stop is the Sólheimajökull Glacier. Sólheimajökull is an outlet glacier of the much larger icecap of Mýrdalsjökull to the north. This so-called glacier tongue descends 8km from its parent and offers both beautiful views and stark evidence of the effects of climate change. The whole area is fascinating and otherworldly with ancient ice exposed anew each with each year that passes.
Due to the melting and retreat of the glacier, what was once a short stroll to the glacier is now a 20-minute walk. The glacier retreated almost 1km between 2000 and 2015. This rapid melting has left behind interesting features such as moraines and steep mountains, big boulders of rock, and a small glacier lagoon. The beautiful colour of the ice is ever-changing after rainfall one can see a distinctive blue hue to the ice. The vast grandeur of the area gives visitors a glimpse of the landscape-changing power these mighty glaciers have wielded over the years.
Then it on to our final stop and an Instagram favourite, the Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. Famous for the walking path leading around and behind the waterfall. Seljalandsfoss is fascinating and one of the most visited falls in Iceland. The water that feeds this 60m tall waterfall originates from the infamous Eyjafjallajökull glacier-capped volcano. Just a few hundred meters from Seljalandsfoss one comes across one of Iceland´s hidden gems, Gljúfrabuí waterfall. We then begin the meandering drive back to the city.
The following day we will transfer you back to the airport and your flight home.
Prices are based on 2 sharing and are based on London departures but we can offer this tour from the regional airports that serve Iceland. We can also offer this deal staying in your hotel of choice and upgrade to a 4* or we can offer apartments if you prefer. Please enquire.