About Magical Winter Escape to Northern Iceland
This small group tour explores the north of Iceland during winter time. An unforgettable experience during a clear winter night is when the magnificent Northern Lights illuminate the dark sky creating a truly spectacular phenomenon.
Duration: 6 days / 5 nights
Head away from the main tourist trail in Iceland to visit a less explored area - the north. This small group tour (minimum 2 persons, maximum 14 persons) will take you to Akureyri, capital of the north, Lake Mývatn and the Nature Baths. You'll see magnificent waterfalls, birdlife, fabulous scenery - this area was used also as one of the locations for Game of Thrones. You'll try snowshoeing as well as hunting for the Northern Lights!
Arrive into Keflavik and transfer from the airport to your hotel in Reykjavík by Airport Shuttle Bus (included).
Overnight in Reykjavík.
Driving distance approx. 50 km
Your guide will pick you up in the morning for a transfer to Reykjavík Domestic Airport to fly to the beautiful capital of northern Iceland: Akureyri. Akureyri is the second largest town in Iceland, full of charm and vitality. The city tour will explore the most interesting sights of the town, such as the botanical garden and the church, before continuing to the Lake Mývatn area where you spend two nights. On the way there'll be a stop at the majestic Godafoss waterfall.
Tonight, your guide will take you for a walking excursion in search for the Northern Lights. When conditions are right you can observe the spectacular "Aurora Borealis" that appear on a dark winter sky (sightings are weather dependent and cannot be guaranteed).
Overnight in Mývatn area.
Driving distance approx. 100 km/62 mi.
The whole day is dedicated to exploring the attractions around Lake Mývatn, one of Iceland's most interesting regions. This area is famous for its fantastic volcanic formations, geothermal activity and the lake itself is teeming with bird life.
You'll visit the pseudo-craters at Skútustadir and take a walk in the labyrinth of peculiar lava formations at Dimmuborgir. Next you'll visit the fantastic solfataras of Námaskard and continue to the Krafla area where Víti Crater is located. You'll finish off with a visit to the Mývatn Nature Baths (entrance included). It will allow everyone to relax in the alkaline bathing lagoon and enjoy the beautiful surroundings!
Second overnight in Mývatn area.
Driving distance approx. 80 km / 50 mi.
A new adventure awaits this morning: snowshoeing! Your one hour tour will take you to Grjótagjá, a small lava cave with a geothermal spring inside. Grjótagjá used to be popular for bathing but the water temperature rose to more than 50°C during eruptions from 1975 and 1984. The water has been slowly decreasing since 1984 and the temperature is now below 50°C. The site was used as a location for filming the fifth episode of the third season of Game of Thrones. From Grjótagjá, the bus will take you to the “underground Bakery" to taste some delicious new Geyser bread
Make your way via Akureyri to the beautiful region of Skagafjörður, which is famous for horse breeding. Here you'll visit the Glaumbær Museum (entrance included). The museum is in fact a traditional Icelandic turf farm, one of few of its kind that has been preserved in Iceland. The focus of the museum is to show a snapshot of the life of rural farmers in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Next on a short stop will be made at the beautiful turf church of Vídimýri (just outside of Varmahlíð) and the journey will continue along the North coast towards Hvammstangi area for your overnight stay.
Overnight in Hvammstangi area.
Driving distance approx. 350 km / 217 mi.
Today follow the road to the south from Hvammstangi area towards Borgarnes. On the way you will pass the village of Reykholt and the beautiful waterfalls of Hraunfossar, where the water tumbles out of the lava into a passing river and the nearby Barnafoss Waterfall.
Via Borgarnes you'll continue back to Reykjavík where your guide will take you on a short panoramic city tour to discover the city's highlights before dropping you off at your hotel.
Overnight in Reykjavik.
Driving distance approx. 300 km / 186 mi.
Transfer to Keflavik airport with the Fly Bus (not included in the price). Depending on departure time you have the possibility to visit the Blue Lagoon on your way to Keflavik airport (optional). Driving distance approx. 50 km.
Guests have the option to extend their stay and go on additional tours/excursions, for example: