This Iceland Must See 6+ Day Private Tour Winter Itinerary is designed for people who want to see the absolute best things in Iceland in one incredible week. This itinerary is a combination of popular sights, nature and adventure. From the mighty glaciers in the south east to the Valley of Thor in the forgotten highlands to the dormant volcano in the south west.
This trip covers an ice cave visit, two of Iceland’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the ever popular Golden Circle region, the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon situated within the Vatnajökull National Park, geothermal hot springs, rural villages, dormant volcanoes and even a day trip into the remote Highlands of Iceland at Þórsmörk (Valley of Thor). In essence, everything that is an absolute must see in Iceland. To experience this trip is to experience Iceland in all its raw natural beauty.
The itinerary below lasts for 6 days and 6 nights, not including arrival and departure day so these need to be added to the total duration of your stay. When putting together your custom itinerary, we will add arrival and departure days in for ease. If you prefer to plan this section yourself just let us know. We also recommend having at least one full day in Reykjavík before the tour starts to give you time to explore the city. Therefore, with arrival day, departure day, Reykjavík free day and this Hidden Iceland 6 day, 6 night tour your total holiday will last for 9 days.
Of course, if you want to add in some extra activities and locations, we can easily extend this trip by as many days as you have available. Just let us know in the comments section on the form. Conversely, if you prefer the trip to be a little shorter let us know which day you want to take out and we’ll see if it’s possible.
Please note that at certain times of year we may need to swap some activities to cater for the changing seasons. We will notify you of any changes when your first query is made.
Must See Iceland | Tour Highlights
• Blue ice cave tour on the Breiðamerkurjökull (from October – March) or a glacier hike on the Falljökull glacier (year round). These glaciers are part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in the Vatnajökull National Park.
• Staying in wonderful countryside accommodation. Perfect for Northern Lights from right outside your room door. The Northern Lights are potentially visible (fingers crossed) from September to early April.
• Taking a stroll on the Reynisfjara black sand beaches
• Being driven in an off road 4×4 vehicle into the highlands of Iceland at Þórsmörk.
• Walking behind Seljalandsfoss waterfall and getting to the edge of the roaring Skógafoss waterfall
• Seeing the glacier icebergs up close at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach
• Bathing in the Secret Lagoon geothermal hot pool & Blue Lagoon
• Tasting locally sourced food at the Friðheimar tomato farm
• Revealing the Golden Circle sights with the ever erupting Strokkur geyser, the powerful Gullfoss waterfall and UNESCO World Heritage Site at Þingvellir National Park
Arrival & Reykjavík time
A private driver will wait for you by the arrival gates at KEF Airport upon arrival and take you to Reykjavík where you check into your accommodation. Although Reykjavík is a small city, there are a lot of interesting things to see and do. Not to mention the numerous restaurants to test out! Have a read through our Reykjavík City Guide where we’ve outlined some of our favorite places, covering everything from transportation in the city, to sights, activities and restaurants.
Where do we stay?
Reykjavík boasts of an impressive amount of high quality accommodation for such a small capital. There are many amazing options to choose from with our favourites being Reykjavik Residence Apartments and Alda Hotel. For an upgrade in accommodation then Konsúlat Hótel, Tower Suites or The Reykjavík EDITION Hotel are all amazing options.
Private Must See Iceland 6+ Day Tour | Winter Itinerary
Day 1 / 6 | South Coast Sights & Northern Lights
On our first day we travel the entire south coast of Iceland. This is the longest day of driving but don’t worry, there’s plenty of incredible stops along the way. We start at the impressive Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls. Then onwards to the Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach with its unique hexagonal basalt columns and turbulent crashing waves. We continue our drive further east where we’ll soon start to see the spectacular glaciers and Iceland’s highest mountains as we come to our accommodation for the night at Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon where we stay in their deluxe rooms. The dinner at the hotel showcases traditional Icelandic meals using local produce. The hotel is in a great location for seeing the northern lights on a clear winter’s night, with a wake up call list offered by the hotel, if you haven’t spotted them before bed.
Where do we stay?
We stay at the Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon on our first night of the tour (or equivalent)
Day 2 / 6 | Glacier Adventures within Vatnajökull National Park, Northern Lights
Today is all about glacier adventures! This is a true must see Iceland sight. After breakfast this morning we make our way to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon where we’ll be spending most of the day. It’s here that we meet with our partners in the are for the true highlight of our trip, the Ice Cave & Super Jeep Adventure. Together in their specialised super jeeps we travel over the rugged terrain to the more remote parts of the glacier. From here it’s only a short walk until we get to witness the blues and textures of the inner workings of the glacier in one of the ice caves of the area located on the vast Breiðdalsjökull Glacier. Depending on you and your group, we can look to spend a full day exploring the glacier as we can hike across Breiðdalsjökull glacier where we can see where the glacier feeds into the glacier lagoon and have a little private diamond beach.
Between mid October – March we will visit a distant blue ice cave on the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier. For the rest of the year we hike on the Falljökull glacier which is designed for first timers with good mobility. Make sure to check out our Iceland Must See Summer Version if you are traveling to Iceland outside of the ice cave season.
Once we come back from the ice cave, we spend the rest of the daylight hours by the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and watch the giant icebergs float around and wash up on the black sand shores of Diamond Beach. Today is the most adventurous day but is also the most rewarding. Especially with the views of the surrounding area from the the glaciers.
Where do we stay?
We stay at the Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon on our second night of the tour (or equivalent)
Looking to customise this day?
Alternatively to the ice cave options above, we join our helicopter partners who are based in the south east who will fly us to more of the more remote ice caves in the area, more specifically to Blue Dragon Ice Cave. From the helicopter landing spot there is just a short walk to the cave entrance to the massive opening of the enormous Blue Dragon Ice Cave.
Day 3 / 6 | South Coast Half Day with Optional activities, Northern Lights
Let’s take this day a little easier after such an epic day yesterday. We’ll start by an easy hike along the feather like ridges of the canyon with the impossible to pronounce name; Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon. We stop by a few more south coast sights as daylight hours allow until we come to the picturesque town of Vík. For those choosing to take it easy today, we will have ample time to get some souvenirs, try the ‘best coffee in the south of Iceland’ at the Skool Beans converted school bus café. Our hotel for the night is just a short drive from here where you can spend the afternoon relaxing and revisiting all the pictures taken for the past couple of days. For those wanting to squeeze in even more into your trip you can choose between 3 optional extras, all as exciting as the last.
The Icelandic Lava Show in the town of Vík where the locals will share tales of past eruptions before pouring re-melted lava over ice just metres from your face. A great family friendly experience on a cold day.
Take a horse ride on the famous Icelandic horse with its smooth 5th gait. These docile animals are as friendly as they are fast. This is a great way to see Iceland’s hidden landscape off the beaten path.
Snowmobile on top of one of Iceland’s ice caps. To get there you will jump in the back of a super jeep before swapping over to a snowmobile where you will zoom across this snowy landscape with incredible views on clear days.
Where do we stay?
We have plenty to choose from in this area from the quaint Hotel VOS guesthouse to the Skálakot Luxury Manor or the pristine Hotel UMI (or equivalent). All great options based on your budget and preference.
Day 4 / 6 | Þórsmörk (Valley of Thor) Highland tour, Northern Lights
Today we truly go off the beaten track going into Þórsmörk, a lushly vegetated mountain valley in an off road 4×4 vehicle that enable us to cross deep glacial rivers and handle nearly any terrain. On the way, we head all the way up to Gígjökull, one of the outlet glaciers of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano. Here, you will get an idea of the forces that were at play during the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull. Next stop, we will explore Stakkholtsgjá canyon, a beautiful natural wonder. Walking to the end of the canyon is one of the most rewarding short hikes in Iceland. After our walk in the canyon, we will make our way deep into Þórsmörk, a nature reserve in the southern Icelandic Highlands, nestled between the Myrdalsjökull, Eyjafjallajökull and Tindfjallajökull glaciers. You have the opportunity to enjoy the amazing landscape and take nice short hikes around the area, and really take in the beautiful unspoiled nature of Iceland.
Where do we stay?
We return to the same hotel tonight.
Day 5 / 6 | Golden Circle, Friðheimar Tomato Greenhouse and Secret Lagoon
After breakfast we head straight to relax in the warmth of the natural hot springs of the Secret Lagoon, the perfect way to start the day. This is Iceland’s oldest natural swimming pool, opening its doors back in 1891.
Afterwards, lunch will be served nearby inside the tomato greenhouse farm of Friðheimar Tomato Greenhouse. Surrounded by busy bees and tomato plants. We will be able to try their famous tomato soup, ravioli pasta, grilled tortilla pizza and homemade bread. Maybe must eat is a better description than must see for this experience. Make sure to pop outside to say hi to the Icelandic horses before leaving.
Next, we get to witness the force of Gullfoss, one of Iceland’s most powerful waterfalls. From there, we drive to the must see geothermal area of Geysir. The geyser Strokkur erupts every 5 to 10 minutes. After all this, we drive to the famous Þingvellir National Park. Þingvellir is the site of the first known parliament in the world, where many of Iceland’s most important decisions were made. It also sits in the rift valley of the separating North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. We return to Reykjavík in the evening to give you the chance to have dinner in the city one final time.
Where do we stay?
Tonight we give you the chance to explore Reykjavík and try some of the best restaurants in town. We will pick from one of many of our favourite hotels.
Day 6 / 6 | Lava Tunnel, Volcano viewpoint & Blue Lagoon
The Reykjanes peninsula and LAVA Tunnel tour is all about the tectonic effects on the island. We spend the day visiting the UNESCO Global Geopark of Reykjanes Peninsula which is home to some incredible sights.
We start with a visit to Raufarhólshellir, or the Lava Tunnel. This is one of the longest lava tubes in Iceland and a must see Iceland spot. Here we will explore the depths of this colourful lava tunnel. You will witness the inner workings of a volcanic eruption from 5200 years ago.
Afterwards, we will take part in a moderate hike to the newest lava field on the planet at the dormant volcano, Geldingadalur. We will walk around the lava field learning all about the eruption that started on the 19th of March 2021. There is no hot lava on the surface these days but you’re likely to see some steam coming from the rocks. On a clear day it’s possible to hike to the top of the nearby hill for a view of the volcanic crater. Please note, although the volcano has stopped erupting it is not always possible or safe to visit the site. On these days we would add in other great spots on the Reykjanes Peninsula before finishing the day at the Blue Lagoon.
Where do we stay?
Your guide will drop you off either at the luxurious Silica by Blue Lagoon or the 5 star Retreat by Blue Lagoon for a unique treat to wrap up your stay in Iceland. Both these hotels give you access to their own secluded pools as well as access to the Blue Lagoon itself.
They say all good things must come to an end, but hopefully it’s been a week to remember for a long time. A private driver will pick you up from your accommodation and take you to KEF Airport for your outbound flight.
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY
Accommodation, activities requested & private transportation in our luxurious vehicle (type of vehicle is dependant on group size) and our wonderful English speaking driver guide for the duration of the trip. Reykjavík accommodation, airport pickup and/or drop off can be included if requested.
Flights to and from Iceland, meals unless otherwise specified.
Customise Your Must See Iceland Trip?
A private tour allows you to customise this trip to ensure your Iceland experience is perfect. We can arrange pick up or drop off at the airport for those on a tight schedule. Don’t think you are up for a glacier hike? We can take that out and add in more sights as there is so much to see in the south of Iceland. Want to make this trip even more adventurous? We can work with our partners to add in snorkelling between the tectonic plates at Silfrá or snowmobile on top of one of Iceland’s glacier covered volcanoes.
Want to make this trip even more luxurious? Let us know that you wish for 4 star and above type of accommodation. These hotels are some of the best located in Iceland, with the highest class rooms to take in the surrounding view. The options are not endless in this little country so utilise our expertise to help you come up with the perfect experience.
If your budget doesn’t quite allow you to do all these wonderful places with us you can look to combine a number of our scheduled, small group tours that travel to some of the same areas. For our scheduled, small group tours our maximum group size is 12 guests and for our semi private tours the maximum group size is 8 guests.
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