Winter Holiday Packages
Hunt for the northern lights, explore an ice cave or hike up a glacier on one of these fantastic Winter Tours. Winter holidays in Iceland are perfect for those looking for the dramatic, icy landscapes while the Aurora Borealis dances in the sky above. Check out our selection of fully customisable Winter Tours below.
About Winter Holiday Packages in Iceland
Winter Holiday Packages provide you with the opportunity to experience the beauty of the Icelandic nature in the winter. You can see stark contrasts of white snow on a black volcanic beach, steam from hot springs rising in the cold, brisk air, and ribbons of green northern lights in a dark sky.
Our Winter Holiday Packages are available as both guided tours and self-drive tours. Both options are designed to showcase the best Iceland has to offer during this magical season.
Winter Self-Drive Tours provide you with the freedom to explore at your own pace. You are behind the wheel and in charge of where you go and how long you stay at each location. Self-Drive tours in the winter also provide you with the option of spending a couple of extra hours at the end of the day finding the best spot to view the elusive northern lights.
If you are not comfortable with driving in winter conditions, then a Guided Tour is the option for you. Our tours are led by local professional guides, dedicated to showing you the best Iceland has to offer in the winter.
Our guided tours can be either Small Group Tours — where you’ll travel around the country with no more than 17 other people — or Privately Guided Tours with only the people with whom you’ve booked the tour.
What’s Included in Your Winter Holiday Package
Included in a Winter Holiday Package are all transport and accommodation, both of which will be taken care of before your arrival. Upon booking, you will also receive a personal itinerary which is fully customisable should you wish to add an adventure or two to your holiday.
Your first and last nights in Iceland are usually spent at a comfortable hotel in Reykjavík. While travelling around the country, you’ll stay in charming country hotels and guesthouses. All accommodations include a complimentary breakfast and come equipped with a private bathroom.
Your car on a Winter Self-Drive Tour comes fitted with a GPS System and if you are visiting between November and March, winter tyres. CDW and SCDW insurance, as well as gravel protection, are also included.
Winter Holiday Package Activity Options
Winter holiday packages allow you to travel around Iceland, admiring the frozen landscapes in the daytime and hunting the Auroras in the evening.
Those wanting to spice their sightseeing with an adventure or two can add an optional activity to their package. These include:
- A visit to the Blue Lagoon
- Snorkelling in Silfra Fissure
- Snowmobiling on either Langjökull or Mýrdalsjökull Glaciers
- Riding the Icelandic horse
- Glacier hiking on either Sólheimajökull Glacier or at Skaftafell Nature Reserve
- Whale watching
- A helicopter tour
- Caving in Víðgelmir Lava Tube or Vatnshellir Cave
- Relaxing at Krauma Spa, Mývatn Nature Baths or the Beer Baths
- Going inside a volcano for those visiting in September and October
- Stepping inside an Ice cave in Vatnajökull for those visiting Nov-March or Katla Ice Cave for those visiting in September and October
Frequently asked questions
The northern lights can be seen all around Iceland when the conditions are right; the sky has to be clear, and you will need little to no light pollution. Our Winter Packages have accommodations outside the capital area, far away from bright city lights, providing ample opportunities to hunt for the Auroras.
Yes, our Winter Packages are available during both Christmas and New Year’s. Remember that this is a very popular travel season in Iceland, so make sure you book as early as possible to secure a seat.
You should bring warm and waterproof clothes. Wear layers and make sure that the base layers are made from warm material such as wool or fleece. Hats, scarf, and gloves or mittens are also recommended. The roads and pavements in Iceland can be very slippery in the winter, so make sure you bring good winter shoes with soles that provide a good grip, or crampons. Crampons can also be purchased in supermarkets around the country.
We recommend a 4WD car when travelling around Iceland in the winter, especially if you are circling the country on the Ring Road or visiting North Iceland. For shorter trips around the capital or to the Golden Circle, a 2WD can suffice.
Professional travel experts with decades of experience created the itinerary for all of our packages. They have taken the daylight hours into account to make sure that you can see and experience the best Iceland has to offer in the winter.