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8 Days | Hunt aurora and discover Iceland’s natural wonders

4.9 out of 5 based on 36 reviews submitted.
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Search the sky for dancing lights by night and discover natural wonders by day on this eight-day Premium adventure. Travel with a local leader who brings the landscape to life as you view the mighty Gullfoss waterfall, drive through hardened lava fields in Skaftafell National Park, see the eerily calm waters of the Glacier Lagoon and wander among Reynisdrangar’s imposing basalt sea stacks. Take in dramatic views from your feature stay hotel and journey from Hvolsvollur to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula in pursuit of mother nature’s most spectacular show.

Trip overview

Map of Premium Iceland In Winter including Iceland
Start
Reykjavik, Iceland
Finish
Reykjavik, Iceland
Theme
Explorer
Destinations
Iceland
Physical rating
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Style
Premium
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 13
Trip code
BIPI
This trip generates 14 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Experience the breadth of Iceland's incredible natural phenomena - ancient volcanic rock formations, black pebble beaches, glacial lakes and geothermal lagoons.
  • Travel with an experienced local leader who will explain geographic features, share stories of Iceland’s history and folklore and narrate your nightly sky watching with the science behind aurora borealis.
  • Stay in the stylish Fosshotel for your Feature Stay, offering up priceless views of the surrounding landscape, modern comforts and an excellent restaurant that uses the freshest Icelandic produce.
  • Embrace two incredible Exclusive Experiences; a home cooked dinner on a local farm, and a relaxing dip in the wonderfully scenic Krauma thermal pools.
  • This trip is designed to give you the best chance at seeing the spectacular dancing lights of the aurora borealis in the northern sky.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Eden Reforestation Projects. Donations help them provide local employment opportunities and tackle climate change one tree at a time as they restore forests across 10 different countries.

Is this trip right for you?
  • The northern lights are most visible during the colder months, when temperatures can reach -15C or below and snow is very likely. It's important to bring appropriate clothing such as a down jacket, thermals layers, gloves and suitable footwear.
  • Many locations on this itinerary are remote, which means a few long drives. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the scenery and spend some time getting to know your fellow travellers.
  • While there is a strong chance of seeing the northern lights in all their colourful glory (thanks to the high latitude, time of year and itinerary), nature makes no guarantees. On the rare occasion that your leader must alter the itinerary due to adverse weather, alternative activities will be offered.

Itinerary

Map of Premium Iceland In Winter including Iceland

Inclusions

Meals

7 breakfasts, 4 dinners

Transport

Private Vehicle (Ford Transit van or similar)

Accommodation

Comfortable hotel (6 nights), Feature stay (1 night)

Premium Inclusions
  • Arrival airport transfer
  • Tipping for accommodation, activities and transport
  • Luggage transfer
  • Daily breakfast and signature local meal experiences
  • 24/7 on-ground support
Activities
  • Reykjavik - Welcome Dinner
  • Complimentary Arrival Transfer
  • Golden Circle - Thingvellir National Park, Strokkur Geysir & Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Aurora Spotting (weather dependent)
  • Skaftafell - National Park
  • South Coast - Laki Lava Fields
  • South Coast - Reynisdrangar & Solheimajokull Glacier
  • South Coast - Seljalandsfoss & Skogafoss Waterfalls
  • Jokulsarlon - Glacier Lagoon
  • Krauma - Geothermal Baths Visit
  • Borgarfjordur - Hraunfossar & Barnafoss Waterfalls
  • Borgarfjordur - Deildartunguhver Hot Spring
  • Reykjavik - Leader-led walking tour
  • Snaefellsnes Peninsula - Snaefellsjokull, Arnarstapi & Stykkisholmur
  • Snaefellsnes Peninsula - Liston's Stone Carving Workshop
  • Snaefellsnes Peninsula – Homemade Farmhouse Dinner
Add on activities
  • Fludir - Secret Lagoon - ISK3000
  • Reykjavik - Settlement Exhibition - ISK2740
  • Reykjavik - Saga Museum - ISK3600
  • Reykjavik - Whales of Iceland Museum - ISK3900
  • Reykjavik - Maritime Museum - ISK2220
  • Reykjavik - Harpa Concert Hall - Free
  • Reykjavik - Perlan Museum - ISK4990
  • Reykjanes Peninsula - Blue Lagoon inc return transfer - ISK18980
  • Nauthólsvík - Thermal Beach - Free
  • Reykjavik - Lava Tunnel Tour - ISK11400

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Important notes

1. A complimentary airport arrival transfer is included; valid if you are arriving on Day 1 or if you have booked pre-tour accommodation through us. You must provide your flight details to your booking agent at least 14 days prior to travel.
2. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. There are a limited number of single supplements available per trip departure. Please speak to your booking agent for further information. 

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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 36 reviews submitted.
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Andrew · Traveled January 2024
We recently participated in a Premiem trip of Iceland. Fascinating country and Intrepid do a great job of organizing every detail of the trip, building and excellent itinerary and our guide was knowledgeable, helpful and very professional. Transportation and accommodations were very good and we really enjoyed our experience.
Review submitted 07 Feb 2024

Courtney · Traveled January 2024
Overall the trip was great and the things we saw were magnificent. However, we missed out on four of the included activities due to poor weather. Understandably Intrepid cannot predict the weather however on one occasion the bad weather meant we arrived early to one of the hotels around 11am and didn’t have anything to do until an included dinner at the hotel at 7pm. Due to the secluded area of the hotel we sat around for hours on end with nothing to do. I feel as if there needs to be a plan B for these situations to avoid this. The itinerary also suggests there will be occasions for aurora spotting in the evenings/nights. We returned to Reykjavík on day 4 and had a free evening with good weather - it would have been nice to be able to drive a little out of town to try and spot them however this was not offered.
Review submitted 07 Feb 2024

Meghan · Traveled January 2024
I was unsure how Iceland in winter was going to be but holy cow, 10/10 trip! Crazy beautiful and unique scenery and not too cold. Awesome guide who helped make the trip a lot of fun!
Review submitted 31 Jan 2024

Lillian · Traveled January 2024
An outstanding trip with an excellent leader. Iceland is an incredible place to visit
Review submitted 17 Jan 2024

Kelly · Traveled December 2023
Iceland is spectacular and this trip was a fantastic way to travel and visit a range of sites in winter conditions. Our guide - Kris - was extremely knowledgable and educated us about local geography, history, beliefs and customs. Weather conditions meant we missed out on seeing the northern lights, but the trip was still amazing - there is so much to see and marvel at. Time in the hot springs to soak and reflect on the travel was a highlight.
Review submitted 22 Jan 2024
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