Short Breaks and Getaways

Winter Adventure & Northern Lights

A winter highland experience in a Super Jeep that combines comfort and adventure. Private departures only

Tour code: ILR41

Winter Adventure & Northern Lights
Price from: 138.000  ISK

Traverse the Icelandic Highlands in a Super Jeep During Winter

On this winter highland adventure tour, you will experience the best of the south coast in just 3 days. Your expert driver guide will traverse an incredibly diverse landscape at a comfortable pace in a modified 4x4 vehicle. The adventure starts off with a visit to the famous Golden Circle. See Þingvellir, a UNESCO World Heritage site, Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot spring. You will have a thrilling ride into the valley of the Landmannalaugar, the world third largest geothermal zone. Add in a Glacier Walk on Sólheimajökull glacier and a visit to the DC-3 plane wreck on the black beach, and you have the ultimate south coast adventure. If we are lucky, the Northern lights may come out and grace us with a spectacular show.

Departures with a french speaking guide upon request.

Note that the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and therefore sightings can not be guaranteed.

Tour Overview

  • Pickup

    Included

  • Group size

    2 - 12 participants

  • Language

    English

  • Accommodation

    Country Hotel

  • Difficulty

    Easy

    Difficulty

    Easy

  • Availability

    Oct - March

  • Duration

    3 days

  • 10

    Minimum age:

    10 yrs

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Tour Highlights

Included

  • Experienced and qualified Super - Jeep guide
  • Accommodationat Hotel Fljótshlíð in double/twin rooms
  • Transportation in 4x4 Super - Jeep
  • Glacier walk
  • Dinner *2

Not Included

  • Lunch

Optional Extras

  • Single room (single traveler and groups with odd numbers must choose the single supplement option during the booking process)
  • Accommodation in Reykjavík before an after the tour

Tour Map and Itinerary

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Winter Adventure & Northern Lights

MAP & ITINERARY

Day 1

Reykjavík - Þingvellir - Gullfoss - Geysir

Your knowledgeable and friendly driver guide will pick you up from your accommodation in Reykjavík at 08.30 am.  Your first stop is at Þingvellir National Park, site of the ancient Viking Parliament and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here, we get a good view of the Mid-Atlantic ridge, an area where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates are slowly drifting apart. Next up, you go on a short drive to the Geysir geothermal area, home to countless hot springs. There, you will witness the mighty Strokkur geyser spew boiling hot water up to 20 meters in the air every 5-10 minutes. After another short ride, you arrive at the famous Gullfoss waterfall, one of Iceland's most beautiful waterfalls. The thunderous gush of water cascades down about 32 meters in two giant steps and drops into a deep gorge.  Afterwards, you are driven through the farmlands of the south to a country hotel that sits in the rural Fljótshlíð, which is away from any light source – a perfect spot for viewing the Northern Lights. You will spend the night in a cozy country hotel

Driving: 4-5 hrs

 

Day 2

Hekla - Landmannalaugar

Some of the most beautiful scenery of Iceland is found in the Torfajökull (Landmannalaugar) Massif in the South Icelandic Highlands.
As we drive through Þjórsárdalur historical valley, you will learn about Stöng, an archaeological site with a farm that was covered in volcanic ashes from the Hekla volcano in 1104. Later, we stop at the Ljótipollur Lake or “Ugly Pond”, a crater created during an enormous eruption in 1470. Once in Landmannalaugar, the third largest geothermal area in the world, you will have the opportunity to soak in a natural hot bath before driving back through snow covered lava fields. Don’t forget to keep a look out for the Northern Lights. You will stay in the same hotel as the night before.

Driving: 4- 8 hrs (depending on conditions)

Day 3

South coast - Ice walk on Sólheimajökull glacier - Ice Cave - Reykjavík

In the morning, you will head east to Sólheimajökull glacier, a glacier tongue extending from Mýrdalsjökull glacier, the fourth largest in Iceland. There, a glacier guide will equip you with crampons, a harness and an ice axe for a fun walk on the glacier. This is a safe and easy glacier walk on crampons up on to the ice field. You will discover a wonderland of ice sculptures, ridges and deep crevasses.  From Sólheimajökull, we drive to Vík to enjoy its black sand beaches and visit the DC-3 plane wreck. We will learn about the infamous volcano Katla and the flashflood of 1918, before heading in the direction of Reykjavík. On the way back, we visit the marvelous waterfalls Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss.

Driving: 4 hrs

Our expert guides may adjust the program depending on weather and conditions. The aim will always be to give the best and safest possible experience!

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
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Practical Information

To see the Northern Lights you need solar activity, clear skies and darkness. The first two we cannot control but our darkest months are September to March and therefore your best change too see them is during that period.

It is no problem to check if a triple room is available for you during your tour. Please send us an email to [email protected] to check availability

We recommend that you bring one piece of luggage per person. We recommend that you bring a soft duffel bag, since they are easier to stack in the vehicle.

Boots and Clothing

  • Light hiking boots.
  • Thermal underwear – Wool or synthetic. 
  • Wind and waterproof jacket and pants.
  • Hiking pants.
  • Gloves.
  • Warm socks.
  • Warm hat.
  • Extra warm jacket / parka for cold days (winter).

Other Gear

  • Small backpack for clothes and items used during the day – 20L (1200 cu in).
  • Sunglasses and sun protection (summer & spring). 
  • Water bottle. 
  • Casual clothes / change of clothes.
  • Prescription medication and other personal health items.
  • Toiletries; Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap etc.
  • Swim suit (depends on tour).

Optional Gear

  • Walking pole(s). 
  • Sun/rain Hat or a Cap. 
  • Camera, spare batteries and a memory card or films.

 

Should you have any questions regarding this equipment list or the equipment on our tours feel free to contact [email protected].