Aurora over IcelandWintry ice caveHikers on huge expanse of iceBusy Icelandic street during snowstormDistant glacier behind grassy plainDistant hiker on glacierIcelandic waterfall over rocky cliffsGorgeous Icelandic glacier near water

Iceland Winter Wonders Tour

Reykjavík, Iceland

Trip Highlights

  • Dramatic Winter Landscapes
  • Technical Glacier Hiking
  • Breathtaking Waterfalls
  • Cozy & Modern Accommodations
  • Stunning Northern Lights
  • Black Sand Beaches
  • Glacial Lagoons
  • Charming Iceland Villages

Description

This 6-Day winter tour of Iceland is perfect for first time winter visitors looking to have a fantastic hiking experience; explore an amazing diversity of scenery, sites and highlights and do it in style with a high level of comfort! This tour provides a unique opportunity to experience the frozen beauty of Icelandic glaciers, ice caves and iceberg-filled glacial lagoons through stunning day hikes away from the crowds. We’ll take you to some of the most outstanding winter landscapes the country has to offer, and experience along the way vast moss-covered lava fields, powerful waterfalls, turbulent glacial rivers, black-sand beaches, mountains with phenomenal views and more!

We also visit several small Icelandic villages that our guests love! Each evening we will spend some time hoping to catch one of Earth’s most amazing natural shows, the Northern Lights. Every night of this trip we’ll enjoy the luxury of hot showers and warm beds in cozy lodges and hotels. This tour is the ultimate Icelandic winter wonderland package!!!

6 Days
$4300 PER PERSON
$377 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

$377 SINGLE SUPPLEMENT

Return Guests get a 10% discount on all Trips!
Trip Type: Inn-Based Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 4-12 Guests
Trip Length: 6 Days
Distance: 16+MI / 26+KM

DIFFICULTY LEVEL 2

Our difficulty ratings are based on a scale of 1-5, tours with a rating of 1 being least difficult, tours with a rating of 5 being most difficult

Backpack Weight:
10-15 pounds
Daily Hiking Distances:
2-8 miles
Most Elevation Loss:
1150 feet
Most Elevation Gain:
1150 feet
Quality of Trails:
Rock and dirt trails often covered in snow and ice
Additional:
Much of this tour’s hiking is on snowy and icy terrain, for which we provide microspike crampons, technical crampons and snowshoes.

Participants should:

  1. be active and healthy
  2. exercise several times per week
  3. be comfortable hiking 6-8 miles per day in hilly or mountainous terrain with a 15-pound backpack

SOLITUDE LEVEL 3

1 least solitude, 5 most solitude

We rate this Iceland hike a solitude 3. You can expect to have a couple hours of solitude at a time on some days of the tour.

BOOKING FLIGHTS

For our Iceland treks you will need to fly into Keflavik International Airport on Day 1, no later than 3 P.M. Your guide will rendezvous with you at our hotel (we provide a shuttle voucher for transport from the airport to the hotel). An orientation meeting and accommodations are included on Day 1. Your return flight can be scheduled anytime for the final day of the tour or later.

Flights to and from Keflavik Airport are the guest’s responsibility. Multiple airlines operate flights into Keflavik from many U.S. and European international airports. Some of the primary U.S. departure cities include Denver, Portland, Boston, Washington DC, San Francisco, New York and Minneapolis. The duration of nonstop flights is 6-9 hours.

Your flight on the final day of the trip can depart at any time.

Minimum of 4 Guests

We require a minimum of 4 guests to confirm this trip. If a trip date is not confirmed yet, you can register and will be notified when the trip is officially confirmed. We recommend not making final travel arrangements until your trip meets the minimum number of guests and is confirmed.

In most cases, if a trip does not reach the minimum number of guests, you may choose to transfer to another trip date or another trip, be refunded your payments in full, or you may have the choice to pay a supplemental fee to run the trip with fewer guests. We make the final determination for these trips 45 days before the departure date.

Private Trips

Traveling in perfect company is a wonderful thing! With our private trip offerings you can book a trip exclusively for your group. Whether it’s with family, friends or colleagues, private trips are a fun and enriching way to explore the outdoors.

Private trip pricing is based on a sliding scale, depending on the number of people in your party. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax and national park fees (where applicable) or guide gratuity. Give us a call at 800-715-HIKE to get the ball rolling!

Private Rates FOr This Trip

  • 2 People: Rate x 2
  • 3 People: Rate x 1.5
  • 4-5 People: Rate x 1.3
  • 6-7 People: Rate x 1.2
  • 8-10 People: Rate x 1.1
  • 11-12 People: Rate x 1

*all rates are per person and single supplements apply

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Itinerary

Itinerary

DAY 1

On this Iceland hiking tour we provide you with a shuttle voucher to get from Keflavik International airport, Iceland to tonight’s hotel in Reykjavik City. After checking into your hotel room (included), you are free to explore the capital on your own. Reykjavik’s city center is small and you can travel everywhere on foot. Your guide will designate a time to conduct the pre-trip orientation meeting. The orientation meeting is time to ask questions, meet other participant, check over gear, and review the itinerary. Icelandic weather can be extreme in the winter months, so be sure to follow the gear list closely! After the orientation meeting, your guide will make suggestions for a fantastic dining spot in Reykjavik, as dinner is on your own this evening

NOTE: If your flight lands in the morning, your hotel room will not be ready for you to check in. However, you will be able to store your luggage and start your city exploration.

DAY 2

  • Driving Duration: 6+ hours
  • Hiking Mileage: 1-2 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: minimal
  • Trekking Duration: 1-2 hours

This morning, your guide and driver will pick you up early at your hotel and begin driving to the stunning Icelandic countryside along the South Coast. After passing a few villages, we will reach the wonderful Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. We will then head to the Dyrholaey Promontory and/or the Reynisfjara black sand beach and iconic columnar basalts. Further East, we reach the Kirkjubaejarklaustur village after spending time exploring vast, moss-covered lava fields. Soon, the landscape changes dramatically, as Vatnajokull ice cap becomes closer and its numerous outlet glaciers, lagoons, and outwash plains dominate the views. After a long day of driving, photographing, exploring and hiking, we will check into our country hotel, which will become our base for the next three nights.

DAY 3

  • Driving Duration: 2 hours
  • Hiking Mileage: 6+ miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 330 feet
  • Trekking Duration: 4-5 hours

After a hearty breakfast, we will head into the amazing world of Iceland in the winter. Today is a highly unique experience exploring multiple ice themed natural environments, while being surrounded by snow covered peaks, amazing glacial lagoons full of icebergs. Our hike is on an outlet glacier and allows us to experience its amazing ice surfaces, stunning colors, beautiful gullies, deep crevasses, and impressive moulins. The purpose of our hike is to explore some of the ice caves, ephemeral glacial formations sculpted by meltwater. After our hike we’ll head back to our warm hotel in the countryside for hot drinks and a hearty dinner. This evening we can head back out in the hope to witness the spectacular dance of the aurora borealis!

DAY 4

  • Driving Duration: 2 hours
  • Hiking Mileage: 6 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss:1150 feet
  • Trekking Duration: 3-4 hours

Today we’ll head toward the small village of Hofn, which is surrounded by majestic mountains, sand banks and outlet glaciers. Here we will start our hike towards one of these highly crevassed glacier and reach a spectacular viewpoint on the glacier and its lagoon. After we explore yet another amazing frozen environment, it’s now time to relax with a soak in a hot tub under the open winter sky. We then make one final stop by an Icelandic micro-brewery for a well-deserved craft beer tasting. Back at our hotel we will again take our chances for seeing some colorful northern lights after another meal of Icelandic cuisine.

DAY 5

  • Driving Duration: 6+ hours
  • Hiking Mileage: 1-2 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: minimal
  • Trekking Duration: 1-2 hours

After breakfast at our hotel, we’ll check out and head back for another look at the surreal iceberg filled glacier lagoon, Jokulsarlon. You can never get quite enough of these outstanding floating natural sculptures. We are on our way back along the South Coast towards Reykjavik, but our adventure is not over. Along the way we will stop at Fjadrargjufur, an amazing ravine created during the end of the last ice age, full of ridges and strange rock formations. After a short walk, we’ll continue West to our comfortable lodging for the night and a final celebratory dinner together in one of our favorite restaurant in town.

DAY 6

Today is the final day of the Wildland Trekking 6-Day Iceland Winter Tour. We will ensure you get on the proper Flybus Shuttle for departure to Keflavik International Airport. If you are remaining in Iceland, please let us know. We can help you arrange extra activities in Iceland. Thanks for choosing Wildland Trekking!

Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however occasionally trips are subject to itinerary changes based on a variety of circumstances, including but not limited to: extreme weather, political or bureaucratic obstacles, earthquakes, fires, flooding and more.

Concerning Ice Caves: ice caves are temporary structures that melt and reform differently every year. We select the best ice cave in terms of safety, accessibility and solitude but can’t guarantee to be the only visitors in the cave. Weather and safety reason can affect our ability to visit ice caves.

Concerning Northern Lights: chances to see the Northern Lights rely on elements beyond human control, such as solar activity and cloud cover. Based on the forecast and conditions, our guides will select the best locations for the aurora hunt and nocturnal photography.

Trip Dates & Booking

TRIP DATES & BOOKING

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Available to Book

AVAILABLE TO BOOK

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Request a Reservation

REQUEST A RESERVATION

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Trip Details

Trip Details

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • A detailed trip packet that takes the guesswork out of your travel, training, packing, and preparing for the trip
  • Access to our Adventure Consultant team 7 days a week
  • Transportation for the duration of the tour starting on Day 1 and ending on the day you depart
  • Lodging for the duration of the tour (double accommodations or single supplement)
  • Use of a day pack and trekking poles
  • Microspike crampons and snowshoes
  • Glacier hiking equipment including technical crampons, ice axe, harness and helmet
  • All meals from breakfast on day 2 to breakfast on the last day.
  • Professional, certified Wildland Iceland hiking and tour guides
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights to/from Iceland
  • Trip insurance that includes medical coverage and at least $200,000 in evacuation and repatriation coverage (strongly encouraged)
  • Dinner in Reykjavik Day 1
  • Bar bills, drink bills, extra snacks, telephone bills , wifi bills and other personal expenses (shopping/ laundry)
  • All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. flight cancellation, personal illness, strikes, etc. (we recommend trip insurance coverage for these variables)
  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear (Oboz hiking shoes and boots recommended)
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Gratuity for guide(s) and crew (industry recommendation is 10-20% of total trip cost; please tip your lead guide and they will distribute responsibly to the crew. USD or local currency is acceptable.)

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about what to pack.

MEALS: WHAT TO EXPECT

This Iceland hiking tour features a combination of in-town meals and meals prepared by your guide. For the most part we’ll be enjoying in-town meals for dinner and some breakfasts and carefully-selected restaurants and lodges, and lunches are prepared on the trail by your guides.

For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables. In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.

We can often accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee, and in some countries may be more difficult to accommodate than others. Please inquire with us for more information about the specific trip you’re interested in.

GEAR WE PROVIDE

We provide all group gear which includes the following:

  • Backpacks
  • Trekking poles
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Satellite phone

WHAT GEAR TO BRING

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter water bottles per person and basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

WHAT CLOTHES TO BRING

When you register for this tour you’ll receive access to a printable, downloadable trip information packet with detailed guidance about what clothes to pack (click here to see it now.) All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, and our recommended clothing system. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics

HOW DO I REGISTER?

Reserve your spot today! In the Trip Dates & Booking section of this page, the green and red dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you’re ready to register we’ll email you a link to a registration profile. You’ll have 72 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit.

Feel free to call us for more info – we’re here 7 days a week!

WHERE DO WE MEET?

Wildland Trekking will provide a Flybus voucher for you to exchange for a ticket to the hotel when you arrive at the International Airport in Reykjavik, Iceland. After checking in the hotel rooms, you are free to explore the capital city on your own. Reykjavik’s city center is small and very walkable. Your guide will contact you approximately 45 days before your trip begins to answer any questions you have and coordinate a time to conduct the pre-trip orientation meeting.

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about flights, shuttles, recommended lodging and more.

SAFETY CONSIDERATIONS

Your safety is our top priority. This trek is led by professional hiking guides along with additional support staff. All of our guides are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT’s, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We’ve developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and all tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) for more information.

In the interest of your safety, it’s important to refer to the Center for Disease Control website for up-to-date recommendations on immunizations before your trip.

GUIDES

This trip is led by expert, local Wildland guides. Our approach to international travel is to combine the best of two worlds: the dialed-in details, professionalism and consistency Wildland trips are known for; and the cultural immersion and intimate regional knowledge that only locals can provide. To excel with this approach, we vet and hire the best local guides, welcome them into the Wildland family and train them to meet our standard of excellence with every aspect of a trip. But along with managing logistics and safety, your guides will teach you about the area’s history and culture, and provide a level of familiarity and intimate detail only locals can.

Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.

GUIDE WORKING PARAMETERS

Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time…etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides’ off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.

GROUP SIZE AND AGE RESTRICTIONS

The standard group size on this hiking tour is 12 guests and 2 guides. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) and we’ll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:

  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis

TRIP INSURANCE

For your protection, we strongly recommend the purchase of field evacuation, repatriation, and medical trip insurance. International travel is expensive, and the modest cost of trip insurance is a sound investment in an uncertain world.

If you wish to purchase trip insurance, we recommend IMG/iTravelinsured. They are one of the world’s leading providers of travel insurance.

For information on recommended IMG/iTravelinsured policies please click here.

For even greater information, or if you simply prefer communicating with a real, live person, feel free to contact our exclusive agent Michael Bennett. Michael will help you identify the best product for your needs, and there is no cost associated with his assistance. You may contact him at:

Email: WildLandTrekking@EasyToInsureME.com
US by Phone: 877-305-9083
Direct/International by Phone: 702-448-3664

If you already have insurance or wish to purchase from anyone other than IMG/iTravelinsured, we recommend careful consultation with the provider to ensure appropriate coverage. This is because many providers have a number of policy exclusions.

If you secure an insurance policy please bring a copy of it to provide to your guides at the orientation meeting.

WEATHER IN ICELAND

The weather in Iceland is generally cool, and the country has what is considered a temperate climate. The relatively warm North Atlantic Current makes Iceland’s temperatures more temperate than many places of similar latitude. Wind can make it feel much colder, so being prepared with the proper rain gear and warm layers is critical.

The average temperatures and precipitation in Iceland are:

Average Iceland Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Month Low Hi Wet Days
October 36° F 45° F 15 days
November 32° F 39° F 13 days
December 28° F 37° F 14 days
January 28° F 36° F 13 days
February 28° F 37° F 13 days
March 28° F 37° F 14 days
April 34° F 43° F 12 days

Accommodations

Accommodations

Hotel Reykjavík Centrum

2 Nights

This idyllic hotel is located on one of Reykjavík’s oldest streets in a newly renovated building, the oldest part of which was built in 1764. stands in the bustling city center within walking distance of some of Iceland’s the best museums, restaurants and bars.

Hali Country Hotel

3 Nights

This hotel offers comfortable year round accommodation in a perfect location for our winter tour. It is near Glacier Lagoon and in the realm of Vatnajökull glacier.  With modern, spacious rooms and private bathrooms, it offers us a wonderful lodging experience that puts us right in the action.

* These exact accommodations are not guaranteed. In some instances alternative accommodations of similar quality and location may be used.

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