Kingdom of Glaciers and Northern Lights - ILR33W

Winter is a magical time in Iceland, it becomes a wonderland of ice and snow and this small group guided tour makes the most it. Come explore and experience Iceland's amazing landscapes, famous attractions, museums, history, culture and much more on this comfortable and adventurous and all inclusive winter break. Travel is via comfortable 4x4 van. Enjoy sightseeing, short hikes, a glacier walk, black sand beaches, waterfalls, geysers,ice-filled lagoons and, just maybe, the amazing Northern lights! Stay in comfortable country hotels each night and enjoy tasty Icelandic dinners while winding down from the days' adventures. See full description below.

Northern Lights
Photo: Ellert Grétarsson

Northern Lights

Reynisfjara - Black Sand Beach
Photo: Gréta S. Guðjónsdóttir

Reynisfjara - Black Sand Beach

Svínafellsjökull Glacier
Photo: Gréta S. Guðjónsdóttir

Svínafellsjökull Glacier

Gullfoss in Winter
Photo: Einar Torfi Finnsson

Gullfoss in Winter

Northern Lights

Northern Lights

Jökulsárlón Lagoon
Photo: Jan Zelina

Jökulsárlón Lagoon

Glacier Walk Adventure
Photo: Arnar Már Ólafsson

Glacier Walk Adventure

Iceland winter
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Iceland winter

The Black sand Beach of Vík
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

The Black sand Beach of Vík

Seljalandsfoss from behind
Photo: Gréta S. Guðjónsdóttir

Seljalandsfoss from behind

The Diamond Beach
Photo: Gréta S. Guðjónsdóttir

The Diamond Beach

Skógafoss Waterfall
Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson

Skógafoss Waterfall

Geysir Geothermal Area
Photo: Gréta S. Guðjónsdóttir

Geysir Geothermal Area

Tour type: Winter break with sightseeing and light walking and hiking




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Adult: 215500

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What's included: Guide, accommodation, breakfast and dinner, entrance fee to museums

Duration: 5 days, 4 nights

Accommodation: Country hotel

Pick up: Pick up and drop off at your Reykjavík accommodation

Group size: Minimum 6, maximum 16

Language: English and French

Walking per day: 2-6 hours total (often divided into multiple shorter hikes)

  • Tour Description

    Highlights of the Tour

    • The famous Gullfoss and Geysir
    • Glacier Lagoon and the Diamond Beach
    • Chance to see the Aurora Borealis

    Magnificent landscapes and northern lights in South and South-East Iceland

    This is the winter variant of the outstanding adventure tour (ILR33) that takes you to one of Iceland’s most attractive areas in the south and the south east. As we head east to the Vatnajökull N.P – Skaftafell, our route takes us first to the famous Geysir hot spring and the Gullfoss waterfall. Continuing along the south coast of Iceland with its black beaches, waterfalls and museums we will visit the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano visitor centre where you will learn everything about the notorious 2010 eruption, and the Skógar folk museum where we will learn about how the Icelanders lived and survived in the past. Once in the Skaftafell/Vatnajökull area our days are a mixture of nature and culture with hikes where we enjoy breathtaking panoramic views over glaciers, stop at the glacier lagoon with its amazing icebergs and visit local farms modern and old for a glimpse of the local culture. At night we do our best to find and enjoy the dramatic Aurora Borealis and on a chosen evening we will venture out hunting for these mysterious lights of the winter sky. Accommodation is at quaint and comfortable country hotels. Transport in comfortable 4 wheel drive mini bus.

    For more information and specifics of this illustrious, five-day winter tour, read our FAQ Page, and the Equipment List.

    Included: Guide for 5 days, vehicle transportation for 5 days, breakfast and dinner for 4 days (lunch is not included, but can be added), entrance to LAVA center, entrance to Skógar folk museum, visit to a sheep farm, accommodation in a country hotel (price based on double or twin room with en suite facilities - single room available for an extra fee).

    Not included: A 2-3 hours walk on the Svínafellsjökull glacier (all glacier and safety gear provided), and lunch.Glacier walk can be added for 8.720 ISK pr. person.

    Minimum age: 14 years

    Note: For this tour to be confirmed, the minimum number of passengers has to be met. If the tour is not confirmed you will get a full refund.

    Please note that for the December departure the price for accommodation in Reykjavík is higher.

  • Tour Itinerary

    Day 1: Reykjavík – Þingvellir – Geysir – Gullfoss – Hotel Hekla
    First on our program for the day is a visit to the historical site of Þingvellir. The park is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. The location is wonderful, a beautiful lake skirted by a small canyon that in fact is a part of the Mid-Atlantic riftthe. Next we will head to the Great Geysir geothermal. There we will take a look at the areas namesake and its neighbor, Strokkur, a feisty geyser which spouts every 5-10 minutes. Close by we find Gullfoss, one of Iceland’s most beautiful waterfalls; in two giant steps the water falls 32 meters into a deep gorge. We continue southeast through one of the country’s largest agriculture areas.
    At the end of the day we come to our hotel sitting in the Icelandic country side with view over to the volcano Hekla.
    Driving: 3-4 hrs total Walking: 2-3 hrs total

    Day 2: Hotel Hekla – The Waterfalls of the South – Skógasafn – Kirkjubæjarklaustur
    Continuing east we set course to the Eyjafjallajökull massive. The waterfall of Seljalandsfoss is worthy of a short stop as well as the Skógarfoss waterfall, said to be the hidden place of a chest of gold. At the hamet of Skógar we will visit the folk museum Skógarsafn where you can see how the Icelanders lived in the past. Further east we will visit the black beaches of Vík pass one of Iceland’s biggest lava fields until we reach our hotel where we stay for the next 3 nights. 

    Day 3: Vatnajökull National Park-Skaftafell
    Vatnajökull National Park is Europe’s biggest National Park. The south-east part of the park is the area of Skaftafell which is composed of natural forest growing between glacial tongues, reaching down almost to sea level - a unique place to visit. We walk through a birch forest up to the Svartifoss waterfall, which is famous for its black basalt columns. On the way we will get fantastic views of Europe’s largest glacier Vatnajökull and Hvannadalshnúkur (2110m), its highest peak. In the afternoon an inspiring 2-3 hour walk on the glacier is optional (not included). You will be provided with all the necessary gear (crampons and ice axes) to discover the amazing blue world of ice and explore its ridges and crevasses! Return to the hotel.
    Driving: 2 hrs total Walking: 4-5 hrs total

    Day 4: Jökulsárlón – Sheep farm
    Today we head east along the Öræfajökull glacier which covers one of the country’s greatest volcanoes and its highest summit. We then cross great flatlands in front of the huge Breiðamerkurjökull glacier before arriving at Jökulsárlón lagoon with its picturesque floating icebergs. The area of the Southern Vatnajökull National Park has provided the backdrop for many Hollywood films and TV shows, for example “Batman Begins” and lately HBO‘s “Game of Thrones”. At the lagoon we discover a great variety of icebergs of different forms and shapes and the wide range of blue and white colors in the ice. In the afternoon on our way back, we stop by a modern Icelandic sheep farm to see how the locals live today.
    Driving: 3-4 hrs total Walking: 2-3 hrs total

    Day 5: Vík – Hot springs of Ölkelduháls – Reykjavik
    On our return to Reykjavik we pass by the village of Vík (Vík í Mýrdal) where we can enjoy a walk on the black beach. The pinnacles of Reynisdrangar are to be seen just off shore. According to the legend, the pinnacles were left standing there after two trolls tried to pull a three master ship past the headland, but were caught and petrified by the first rays of sunshine. North of the village Hveragerði, famous for its greenhouses, we enjoy our last walk over to the geothermal area of Reykjadalur Valley (or in Grændalur over the coldest winter months)  where we can enjoy a relaxing bath in a warm stream (not possible in Grændalur) before returning to the hectic life of Iceland’s capital. 
    Driving: 4 hrs total Walking: 3-4 hrs total

  • Equipment List

    Equipment list - Discovery Adventure

    Equipment list for Discovery Adventures

    For your own wellbeing and safety we strongly suggest following the advice of our equipment list, this includes having good quality rain-gear, tops and bottoms! Also respect that cotton clothing is not appropriate for any strenuous outdoor activity – this includes jeans and t-shirts. Modern outdoor clothing is by far more comfortable and will greatly improve your experience. 

    Boots and Clothing:

    • Hiking boots – light hiking boots with waterproofing and ankle support are preferred. 
    • Long and short sleeve thermal underwear – Wool or synthetic. 
    • Rain Jacket with a good hood– Preferably waterproof and breathable material. 
    • Hiking pants.
    • Rain trousers – Waterproof and breathable material. 
    • Gloves – Wool or synthetic.
    • Socks – two to three pairs of hiking socks - Wool or synthetic.
    • Warm hat – Wool or synthetic. 

    Other gear:

    • Backpack for clothes and items used during the day. Size: 20-30 litres. 
    • Duffel bag for your overnight gear, preferably not a suit-case.  
    • Towel – light weight and packable. 
    • Sunglasses and sun protection. 
    • Water bottle. 
    • Casual clothes / change of clothes.
    • Prescription medication and other personal health items.
    • Toiletries; Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap etc. 
    • Swim suit (depends on tour). 

    Tours in huts

    • Sleeping bag – A basic sleeping bag with no specific temperature rating is sufficient for summer tours. Good summer sleeping bag will do for winter tours in huts (depending on tour). 
    • Earplugs 
    • Headlamp for reading and getting around the hut. 

    Optional gear:

    • Walking pole(s). 
    • Pen knife. 
    • Sun/rain Hat or a Cap.  
    • Camera, spare batteries and a memory card or films. 
    • Puffy jacket to throw on during stops (e.g. Primaloft or down) 
    • Slippers for indoor use. 
    • Aperitif or other heart-warming spirits (huts). 

    Should you have any questions regarding this equipment list or the equipment on our tours feel free to contact

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  • FAQ

    FAQ for IMG33 Kingdom of Glaciers and Northern Lights

    What is included and what is not included in the price?

    • Included: Guide for 5 days, vehicle transportation for 5 days, breakfast and dinner for 4 days, accommodation in a comfortable country hotel in double/twin rooms. Single supplement is 23.500 ISK per person
    • Not included: Lunch – can be added for 12.500 ISK, optional 2-3 hour glacier walk on the Svínafellsjökull glacier – price is 9.520 ISK pr. person. Both can be booked and paid for on the tour.

    What are my options if I do not book the lunch package through you?

    • You can buy food for the tour before it starts or buy food at small shops/gas stations that are along the way on the tour. You can also buy lunch from the hotel for 2.000 ISK pr. day.

    What is included in the lunch package?

    • On day 1 of the tour, we stop at Café Gullfoss and have an authentic Icelandic meat soup.
    • The usual lunch from the hotel includes a sandwich, yoghurt/Icelandic Skyr, piece of cake or biscuits, tea/coffee and a piece of fruit.

    Is pick-up and drop off included? What time is the pick up?

    • Yes, pick up and drop off is included.
    • Passengers are picked up between 8:30 and 9:00 am from their accommodation in Reykjavík.

    Do I need a sleeping bag for this tour?

    • No, a sleeping bag is not required for this trip since hotel accommodation is included.

    Is this a Super Jeep tour?

    • No, this is not a Super Jeep tour. A 4x4 vehicle is needed but it will not be a Super Jeep.

    I am a single traveler. Will I have to share a room if I don‘t book the single supplement?

    • If you do not book the single supplement, you will have to share a room with another single traveler of the same sex. If there is no other single traveler on the tour, you will stay in a single room for no extra charge.

    Is there free WIFI at the hotels?

    • Yes, free WIFI is included at the hotels.

    Can Icelandic Mountain Guides accommodate dietary requirements due to allergy or religious reasons?

    • The hotels provide both breakfast and dinner and can accommodate such requirements.
    • Please let us know beforehand about such requirements.

    Is it possible to leave extra luggage somewhere back in Reykjavík while I’m on the trip?

    • If you are staying at the same hotel / guesthouse before and after the tour then you can leave your extra luggage there for no extra charge.
    • You can also store luggage at the Icelandic Travel Market downtown. Remember to label your bags carefully with your name and when you will pick it up.

    What is the accommodation like on the tour?

    • Accommodation is in two comfortoble country hotels. One hotel on day 1 and another for the remaining days.

    What will we have to carry on the daily hikes?

    • Only a day backpack with some extra clothes, food for the day and water.

    Cancellation policy

    • You can read all about our cancellation policy on our website here.

    If you have any other questions about this tour, you can contact us at

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  • Departure Dates
    Tour Dates Availability Language  
    16.04 - 20.04 2018 Available English/French Select
    07.05 - 11.05 2018 Available English/French Select
    15.10 - 19.10 2018 Available English/French Select
    12.11 - 16.11 2018 Available English/French Select
    27.12 - 31.12 2018 Available English/French Select

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