Included
Departure
December 22
Accommodations
Quality for 4 nights with Continental breakfast
Emergency
24 hour emergency service
Tax & Fee
Taxes and service fee
Northern Lights Tour
Northern Lights Guided Bus Tour
Airport Transfers
Airport transfers to and from hotel in Reykjavík
Blue Lagoon entrance
Comfort admission and transfer from/to Reykjavík
Tour ID
CB16
Golden Circle Tour
Golden Circle, Super Jeep and Snowmobiling Tour
Dinner
Christmas Eve Buffet (starters, main courses, sides & desserts) at Grand Hotel
Ice Cave Tour
Katla Ice Cave - Under the Volcano Tour
Not included
Travel
Flights to Iceland
Meals & Drinks
at restaurants (unless otherwise stated)
Insurance
Personal travel insurance
Museums & Activities
Entrance to museums and optional activities
Transport
Duration
5 days / 4 nights

Tour Map and Itinerary

Day 1 - Reykjavík & chasing the Northern Lights

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22 December

Transfer from Keflavík Airport to Reykjavík with the Flybus (included).

Arrive in Reykjavík, and you’ll see twinkling Christmas lights and perhaps even snow-dusted streets. This afternoon you’ll have time to explore the city for yourself. 

Strolling around the capital’s charming Christmas markets is one of the best ways to soak up Reykjavík’s festive atmosphere. This is also a good time to scope out the shops, bars, and restaurants along Laugavegur, the main street.

In the evening

Come evening, it’s time to chase the mesmerizing Northern Lights. You’ll be whisked off to an ideal spot in the countryside, away from the city lights. Also known as the aurora borealis, the Northern Lights are an mind-blowing natural phenomenon. So it’s worth keeping in mind that sightings can’t be guaranteed and are weather-dependent. 

If you don’t see them tonight, you’ll have the chance to join another excursion to see the aurora for free later on in your trip!

Tour: Northern Lights Tour (included)
Duration: Around 3 hours 30 minutes
Departure: 21:00
Complimentary pick-up: 20:30
Included: Bus with guidance in English, free Wi-Fi
Not included: Meals and refreshments

Please ask your hotel to confirm the pick-up time.
This tour is operated by a partner of Iceland Tours.

Upgrade options

Option 1: Northern Lights Small Group Tour

Enjoy the experience of spotting the Northern Lights in a more intimate setting on a small group bus tour. The maximum group size on this excursion is 25 people, so the vibe and the pace is more relaxed.

Tour: Northern Lights – Small Group Tour (optional upgrade)
Duration: Around 3 hours
Departure: 21:30
Complimentary pick-up: 21:00
Included: Bus with guidance in English, free Wi-Fi, use of blankets, free second trip if you don’t see the aurora
Not included: Meals and refreshments
Minimum age: 6 years

Please ask your hotel to confirm the pick-up time.
This tour is operated by a partner of Iceland Tours.

 

Option 2: Northern Lights Super Jeep Tour

A ride in a super jeep is an unforgettably Icelandic experience! Venture where buses can’t on this adventure-packed Northern Lights hunt. You’ll be able to fully escape the darkness of the towns and cities by going off the beaten track with your super jeep driver-guide.

Tour: Northern Lights Super Jeep Tour (optional upgrade)
Duration: Around 4 hours
Departure: 21:30
Complimentary pick-up: 21:00
Included: Guided super jeep tour in English, free Wi-Fi, hot chocolate & biscuits, Northern Lights photos, free minibus trip if you don’t see the aurora
Not included: Meals and refreshments other than those stated
Minimum age: 6 years

Please ask your hotel to confirm the pick-up time.
This tour is operated by a partner of Iceland Tours.

 

Option 3: Northern Lights by Boat

Set sail from Reykjavík’s old harbor and in 15–20 minutes you’ll be blanketed in darkness: the perfect conditions for chasing down the Northern Lights. Keep warm in your overalls and focus on scouring the skies as the crew take photos for you to look back on after your trip. The boat also has a café/bar and toilets for your comfort on board.

Tour: Northern Lights by Boat (optional upgrade)
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Departure:
21:00 (15 March – 15 April & September)
22:00 (1 October – 14 March)
Included: Guided boat tour in English, free Wi-Fi, use of warm overalls, Northern Lights video, free second trip if you don’t see the aurora
Facilities on board: Café/bar, toilets
Not included: Meals and refreshments other than those stated

Please ask your hotel to confirm the pick-up time.
This tour is operated by a partner of Iceland Tours.

Reykjavík

Day 2 - Glacier ice cave tour & super jeep ride

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23 December

Get ready to discover dazzling ice caves with an expert guide. Today’s small group excursion will take you to the Mýrdalsjökull glacier, which covers Katla volcano. 

This morning, your guide will collect you from Reykjavík for the drive to Vik. And if daylight allows, you’ll have the chance to stop off at Seljalandsfoss, one of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls. Once you arrive in Vik, you’ll ride in a super jeep to the base of the glacier. 

Now the real adventure begins! Strap on a pair of crampons and follow your guide as you hike across the glacier to reach the ice caves. The caves here are particularly striking thanks to the layers of black volcanic ash you can see in the blue ice.  

After spending time exploring the caves and learning from your knowledgeable guide, you’ll head back to the vehicle for the return trip to Reykjavík. On the drive back, you can watch the winter sunset. 

Tour: Ice Cave Tour (included)
Duration: Around 11 hours
Departure: 10:00
Complimentary pick-up: 09:30
Included: Return transport from Reykjavík to Vik, English-speaking guide, and ice cave tour (includes super jeep ride, crampons, safety equipment)
Not included: Meals and refreshments
Minimum age: 6 years

Please ask your hotel to confirm the pick-up time.
This tour is operated by a partner of Iceland Tours.

Day 3 - Blue Lagoon & Christmas Eve dinner

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24 December

Today is Christmas Eve, the main day of celebration for Icelanders over the festive season. Now’s the time to relax after yesterday’s adventure and get into the Christmas mood!

In the morning

Visit the Blue Lagoon, where you can unwind in silica-rich, turquoise waters. Enjoy a drink as you luxuriate in the geothermal pool. And gaze out at the surrounding lava field that stretches as far as the eye can see.

Tour: Blue Lagoon Comfort Admission and Transfer (included)
Duration: 4 hours
Departure: 11:00
Complimentary pick-up: 10:00
Included: Bus transfer, Comfort admission to Blue Lagoon (includes towel, silica mud mask, 1 drink of your choice)
Not included: Meals and refreshments
Minimum age: 2 years

Please ask your hotel to confirm the pick-up time.
This tour is operated by a partner of Iceland Tours.

In the evening

Return to Grand Hótel for an indulgent Christmas Eve dinner (included). Choose from a wide range of starters, main courses, side dishes and desserts at the buffet (open 18:00–21:00).

Vegan options available.

After dinner, why not continue the celebrations with a drink at the hotel bar (not included)?

Reykjavík

Day 4 - Christmas Day with Golden Circle tour & snowmobiling

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25 December

Venture beyond Reykjavík today to see 3 of Iceland’s best-loved natural treasures and ride a snowmobile. 

Begin the day by embarking on a super jeep tour of the Golden Circle. This renowned route will take you to Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park, Geysir hot springs, and Gullfoss waterfall. 

Þingvellir is where the North American and European continents meet. Here you can walk between the tectonic plates, soaking up stunning views as you go. This also happens to be where Viking-era Icelanders would gather for parliament.

Next up is the Geysir area – home to a group of hot springs, including the active Strokkur geyser. It erupts every few minutes sending a spout of water up to 20 meters (65 feet) into the air. You’ll also get to see the mighty Gullfoss waterfall, or ‘Golden Falls’, a striking multi-tiered cascade named after its yellow-tinged waters.

Then round off the day with a thrilling, hour-long snowmobile ride across Iceland’s second largest glacier, Langjökull. Don a cozy jumpsuit and mittens, before you hop aboard a snowmobile. An experienced guide will lead you on a safe route over the glacier, with plenty of opportunities to stop for photos. 

Tour: Golden Circle & Snowmobile Ride (included)
Duration: 8–10 hours
Departure: 09:00
Complimentary pick-up: 08:30
Included: Bus with guided Golden Circle tour in English and free Wi-Fi, snowmobile tour (includes warm, protective gear)
Not included: Meals and refreshments
Minimum age: 8 years

Please ask your hotel to confirm the pick-up time.
This tour is operated by a partner of Iceland Tours.

Reykjavík

Day 5 - Goodbye Iceland

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26 December

Transfer to Keflavík Airport with the Flybus for your return flight (included).

After an unforgettable festive vacation in Iceland, it’s time to bid the country farewell and return home.

Please ask your hotel to confirm the pick-up time.
This tour is operated by a partner of Iceland Tours.

Accommodation on this tour

When we design our tours we book the best accommodation available, in order to make the trip as comfortable and enjoyable for you as possible.
We offer a great selection of hotels, farmhouses and guesthouses for our clients. You can be assured of a warm welcome and an enjoyable stay at all the options offered by us.
Below you’ll find examples of the type of accommodation you could be staying in.

Please note

The accommodation options are shown as examples of the types of accommodation we book. Due to high demand during the summer time and limited accommodation capacity in some regions we cannot always guarantee availability. In these circumstances, we will supply an accommodation of an equal standard in the same region before your travel dates. We highly recommend you book as well in advance as possible.

Quality accommodation:

Grand Hotel Reykjavík is a four star superior hotel. The hotel is 1.2 mi from Reykjavík city center. Leisure options at Grand Hotel include a spa and fitness center. Free WiFi is available throughout.

Svartifoss waterfall in Skaftafell National Park, Iceland

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