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Iceland Winter Escape

Iceland Winter Escape

6 days, 1 city250
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From $1979 without flightsPayments as low as $85

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Why go?

Iceland is many things—it’s beautiful, it’s unique, and it’s breathtaking. But perhaps most importantly, it’s an escape from the everyday. Leave your worries behind and immerse yourself in a world of volcanoes, glaciers, waterfalls, and yes, even trolls.

Picture yourself

  • Oohing and aahing your way around the Golden Circle

  • Indulging in the ultimate spa day at the Blue Lagoon

  • Searching for rainbows and gold behind Skogafoss waterfall

  • Tasting Icelandic food like fermented shark or sheep’s head (or not)

  • Scanning the night skies for the elusive and breathtaking northern lights

What you'll get

  • Round-trip flights & airport transfers (or book 'em yourself)

  • 4 nights in handpicked accommodations

  • 5 breakfasts

  • 1 lunch

  • 2 dinners

  • Expert Tour Director

  • 24/7 support

  • Immersive Golden Circle tour

  • Entrance to the Blue Lagoon

  • Stunning Northern Lights tour

Map for the Iceland Winter Escape tour
Full trip itinerary

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Overnight Flight

    Sit back, relax, and pass the time on your overnight flight to Iceland by attempting to pronounce ‘vaðlaheiðarvegavinnuverkfærageymsluskúraútidyralyklakippuhringur,’ AKA the longest word in Icelandic.

  • Day 2: Explore Reykjavík + Welcome Dinner

    Welcome to Iceland, the "Land of Fire and Ice,” and the home of active volcanoes, striking glaciers, really tall people descended from Vikings, and really tiny horses.

    In the evening, enjoy a Welcome Dinner of local cuisine and drinks with fellow travelers at an authentic local spot. Afterwards, you’re free to take the party elsewhere!

    Today's highlights:

    • Land at the airport and meet a waiting EF representative.
    • Transfer to your hotel to check in and check out your room.
    • Get familiar with Reykjavik with an introductory walk with your Tour Director through the Old Town Center.

    Free time suggestions

    Hallgrímskirkja Church Tower: Visit the Hallgrímskirkja church observation tower for an unbelievable aerial view of Reykjavík and the surrounding mountains.
    Micro Bar: For the best craft beer in the city, look no further than Micro Bar, with 5-10 Icelandic beers always on draft.
    The Hot Dog Stand: Icelanders love hot dogs. Hit either Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur, or the simply named Hot Dog Stand, and get a lamb hot dog with everything: raw onions, fried onions, ketchup, sweet mustard, and a mayo remoulade sauce.

  • Day 3: Experience the Golden Circle + Northern Lights Hunt

    Travel the Golden Circle, a route that hits Iceland’s most magnificent natural wonders. Is there a waterfall? Yep. Geysers? Multiple. The meeting point of continental plates? Of course. Also, enjoy a delicious lunch buffet following this special adventure!

    Today's highlights:

    • Walk between two continents at Thingvellir National Park, the boundary between the North American and the Eurasian tectonic plates.
    • Explore the Great Geysir Geothermal Area, and watch the Great Strokkur geyser erupt like Diet Coke and Mentos.
    • Discover Gullfoss, better known as the "Golden Waterfall,” a natural wonder and one of the most powerful waterfalls in Europe.
    • Board a bus to search for the elusive Northern Lights.
  • Day 4: Explore the South Coast

    Set your sights to the south coast, a lowland region of striking waterfalls, glaciers, and volcanoes. To anyone attempting to pronounce them, we salute you.

    Today's highlights:

    • Find out what's really on the other side of a waterfall by actually standing behind the powerful Seljalandsfoss waterfall.
    • Explore Skogafoss waterfall—where, according to legend, a Viking settler left some treasure here around the year 900.
    • View the Eyjafjallajökull volcano, which erupts once every few hundred years—don’t worry, you’ll be seeing it from a distance
    • Stick your feet in the rich black sand, gawk at the giant basalt columns, and generally peak at Reynisfjara beach.
  • Day 5: Blue Lagoon + Farewell Dinner

    Get ready to feel relaxed, refreshed, and rejuvenated at the famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa. Plus, it’s your last day to cross off any remaining bucket list items. Time to get lagoon-ing!

    Today's highlights:

    • Float weightlessly in the warm, light-blue waters.
    • Remember to bring cucumbers for when you lather on a silica mud mask.
    • Sweat it out with friends in the sauna or steam rooms.
    • Kick back and take in the view from the relaxation area.

    Free time suggestions

    National Museum of Iceland: Visit the National Museum of Iceland and trace the history of the Icelandic nation from the Viking settlements to the present day.
    Fermented shark: Feeling brave? Fermented shark is one of Iceland’s national dishes, and is a must-try for the adventurous foodies out there. Be warned, it’s an all out assault on your nostrils, but apparently doesn’t taste as bad as it smells. Good luck!

    Farewell Dinner
    Share some last laughs and revisit the best moments of the trip at this included farewell dinner with the group.

  • Day 6: Fly Home

    Bless, vinir!
    Translation: Goodbye, friends. Before you head to the airport, make sure to take one more group photo and grab that final drink. But this isn’t goodbye because you can always get the gang back together for another trip soon. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, we have a couple ways to keep your vacation going.

    EXTEND YOUR TRIP 2 WAYS

    1. Double the fun
    A lot of our trips line up back to back! Give us a call—we can help you add another and save big while you're at it.

    2. Go ahead or stay behind
    Extending your trip is easy! During checkout, you'll have the option to fly to (or from) the gateway of your choice for an additional fee. We'll adjust your flights accordingly, but you'll be responsible to take care of your transportation, hotels, and other logistics outside of tour.

    Note: Depending on your desired gateways, additional fees may apply.

Reviews


Overall rating: 4.9 out of 5
Based on 250 authentic traveler reviews
  • Winter Escape Magic

      Robert, traveled Feb. 2020

    I have been to some incredible places in my life and had some really cool tour guides as well but this whole experience was no less than magical. I even saw the Northern Lights on the flight to Iceland! This is a must for anyone who enjoys the outdoors and nature as a whole!

  • EF’s Icelandic Beauty

      Arianna, traveled Apr. 2024

    An absolutely amazing trip. A good balance of activity and free time - and saw all the right parts of Iceland. Makes you fall in love with the crazy beautiful nature of the untouched land. Our EF Tour Director Greta was FABULOUS - she was so fun, knowledgeable, and really immersed us in the culture in such fun ways from trying native Icelandic food and drink... See more

  • Amazing trip!

      Carina, traveled Mar. 2024

    This trip was great but not enough time. I booked different activities outside of the itinerary EF made for this trip, which made it even more fun! Our tour director Greta was amazing! She made things fun and was very understanding with everyone. If you want to book this trip to see the Aurora Borealis, just keep in mind that it is not guaranteed that you wi... See more

  • AMAZING

      Anonymous, traveled Mar. 2024

    Awesome trip! My tour guide, Greta, was awesome. This trip was an amazing experience and I would recommend to everyone:)

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