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Iceland Escape Winter

6 days, 1 city86
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From $2829 with flightsPayments as low as $169

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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.

Planning a trip with a group? Rally a crew of friends and you could travel for free. Find out more

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

  • 4 nights in handpicked accommodations

  • 5 breakfasts

  • 3 dinners

  • Expert Tour Director

  • 24/7 support

  • Immersive Golden Circle tour

  • Entrance to the Blue Lagoon

  • Stunning Northern Lights 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 Cruise

    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.
    • Set sail with a drink in hand in search of the elusive Northern Lights—oh, and feel free to chill out in the on-deck hot tub while you search the sky for its famous glow. (Note: The Northern Lights Cruise is weather-dependent and available on trips departing on or after Jan. 1, 2020. Trips departing prior to that date will feature a land-based Northern Lights excursion.)
  • 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.

Traveling with us helps the EF community plant trees, at no extra cost to you.

Reviews


Overall rating: 4.8 out of 5
Based on 86 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!

  • Trip of a lifetime!

      Anonymous, traveled Mar.. 2022

    This was my third EF tour and it did not disappoint! Everything was top tier including the accommodations, itinerary, fellow travelers, and let's not forget our amazing tour director, David . While it was a short trip, we managed to pack in a full itinerary, full of breathtaking places, delicious meals, and fun adventures along the way. David helped make thi... See more

  • Absolutely worth it!

      Anonymous, traveled Mar.. 2022

    This was my first trip with EF and I couldn't be happier. David was a fantastic tour guide and was super knowledgeable. I think this was the perfect introductory trip to Iceland and I can't wait to go back. We were able to see some of the things Iceland is known for and were on my must see list. I liked having down time so we could see other things that aren... See more

  • Icy Beauty

      Anne-Marie, traveled Mar.. 2022

    Going on this trip changed my life. This was my first trip overseas and it was worth every icy minute. Our guide, David, was hilarious and knowledgeable and even gave advice on extra excursions. We saw the northern lights randomly behind a gas station and it was unforgettable. Book this trip; see incredible feats of nature and then relax in Iceland’s beautif... See more

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