Winter Tours in Iceland
Imagine marvelling at frozen landscapes during the day and hunting the northern lights at night. Your personal travel consultant will book all your accommodation, activities and transportation for your winter tour of Iceland, which is now open to fully vaccinated visitors.
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About Your Iceland Winter Tour
Visit Iceland in winter to witness ethereal scenery and chase the aurora borealis. You could explore Iceland on a guided or self-guided tour, with a personalised itinerary designed by local travel experts. When you book Iceland winter vacation packages with Nordic Visitor, you get:
• An authentic winter travel experience arranged by an established and trusted agency
• A dedicated travel consultant who will organise your tour
• All relevant bookings for your chosen package
• A detailed online personal itinerary and travel guide
• Hand-picked accommodation for a relaxing stay
• 24/7 emergency phone support for peace of mind
Nordic Visitor has made it easy to start planning your winter tour. Simply follow these steps:
1. Pick your favourite Nordic Visitor tour
2. Confirm your package
3. Check your confirmation email
4. Book your flights
5. Get ready for your trip
WHY CHOOSE NORDIC VISITOR
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Unexpected weather or event? No problem. Nordic Visitor will handle any unforeseen situations during your trip. Your travel consultant will rework your itinerary, re-booking your accommodation and activities while keeping you safe and informed. Our emergency 24/7 helpline means we’re only a call away.
Trusted local travel experts
Since 2002, Nordic Visitor has been helping visitors experience the best of Iceland. Our local travel consultants all know Iceland inside out and will use their unrivalled expertise to plan your dream trip.
Nordic Visitor is dedicated to the best service quality, and this is reflected year after year when TripAdvisor awards us with their Certificate of Excellence. We also take great pride in our customer feedback: 97% of our travellers say they would recommend us to friends and family.
Relax and look forward to your tour while Nordic Visitor arranges everything on your behalf. Your dedicated travel expert will provide you with a complete itinerary, having made all the bookings before you arrive in Iceland. We’ll also be on hand throughout your trip should you need us at any point.
Customisable tour options
These winter packages include recommended tours and routes for your time in Iceland. However, we will happily tailor your itinerary according to your preferences. We can add extra nights, activities, upgrades and destinations to your liking, so that you experience Iceland in a way that suits you perfectly.
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With Nordic Visitor, you have peace of mind knowing your holiday arrangements with us are 100% financially protected. Your payments are safeguarded with an insurance protection that guarantees you a refund in the unlikely event of insolvency.
WINTER TOUR REVIEWS
Find out what our wonderful clients thought of their winter trip around Iceland.
Nordic Visitor made travel around Iceland super easy and comfortable! Each destination was different which kept our... read more
Nordic Visitor made travel around Iceland super easy and comfortable! Each destination was different which kept our journey educational and interesting! I'm sure we will take a summer trip in Iceland where we can do a couple of weeks and see the north and east areas as well. Thank you for a very different kind of vacation for us!
Brian and ColeenCanada
Our trip around Iceland was one of the best "adventures" we have ever undertaken and we owe this fantastic... read more
Our trip around Iceland was one of the best "adventures" we have ever undertaken and we owe this fantastic experience to Nordic Visitor and specifically our travel agent Hilmar. Iceland proved to be a hidden jewel that we hope to be able to visit again one day!!!
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YOUR WINTER TRAVEL HIGHLIGHTS
With its snow and ice-draped landscapes, glowing northern lights and inviting hot springs, the Land of Fire and Ice is dazzling in wintertime. On your winter tour of Iceland, you could:
- Discover the famous Golden Circle route to see Gullfoss waterfall, Strokkur geyser and Þingvellir National Park
- Head out on a northern lights tour from Reykjavík to see the aurora borealis dancing in the night sky
- Soak up the sight of floating icebergs at the magical Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
- Visit Iceland's largest national park to step inside naturally formed ice caves in Vatnajökull
- Embark on a guided glacier hike in the beautiful Skaftafell Nature Reserve
- Stroll along Reynisfjara and other frosted black sand beaches on the South Coast
- Bathe in natural hot springs and geothermal spas such as the Blue Lagoon
- Gaze at icy waterfalls like Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss and Goðafoss
- Explore the Snæfellsnes peninsula to see the volcano and lava fields of Snæfellsjökull National Park
ADVICE ABOUT ICELAND IN WINTER
Prepare for your winter tour with these Iceland travel guides.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT ICELAND WINTER TRAVEL
To learn more about what it’s like to visit Iceland in winter and the sort of tours you can do, read on. We’ve answered the most frequently asked questions about Iceland winter vacation packages here.
Iceland experiences its winter season from October to April. At this time of year, the weather is colder and the nights are longer, but Iceland becomes a winter wonderland that is beautiful to explore. You’ll also get the chance to see the northern lights between October and April.
Iceland does get cold in winter, but considering its latitude, the temperatures are milder than you would think. Its temperate maritime climate is owed to the Gulf Stream, and means that temperatures generally don’t get too far below 0°C (32°F).
Over the winter period, average temperatures in Reykjavík range from -1°C (30°F) to 6°C (42°F). The coldest months are December, January and February, when there is a higher chance of snow.
It’s important to bear in mind that Iceland’s weather is changeable, so you could experience sun, snow, wind and rain in a day! Find out more about Iceland’s weather and climate on our online travel guide.
In Iceland the days are shorter in winter than in summer. However, since winter lasts from October to April, there is a big difference in daylight hours across this period. You could experience anything from 3-17 hours of daylight in winter!
The days are shortest in December as this is when the winter solstice takes place, so expect between 3-5 hours of daylight. After the solstice has passed, the sunrise takes place earlier and earlier each day. This means that by April you get between 13-17 daylight hours.
The best thing about Iceland’s short days is that you have more chance of catching the northern lights. The dark winter nights make it possible to see the colours of the aurora borealis dancing in the sky. During summer, though, it is too light at night to spot them.
Iceland experiences snow at higher altitudes in winter, although the snow sometimes settles at lower levels too. Snowfall is more common in the colder months of December, January and February. Although given Iceland’s unpredictable weather, it could happen almost anytime!
You’re also likely to get more snow in North Iceland and East Iceland, as well as in the Westfjords. The countryside looks incredibly beautiful when dusted in snow and frost, making for a real winter wonderland.
There are plenty of exciting things to do in Iceland in winter, from exploring natural sites to soaking up the local culture. Here is a list of the best winter activities in Iceland:
- Visit icy waterfalls and glacier lagoons
- Hunt for the northern lights
- Embark on an ice caving adventure
- Relax in hot tubs and geothermal pools
- Snowmobile or hike over glaciers
- Discover Iceland’s Christmas traditions
- Ride an Icelandic horse in the snow
- Explore Route 1 on a road trip
- Try snowshoeing or skiing
- Celebrate New Year’s Eve with the locals
There are various ways you can travel around Iceland in winter. You could rent a car for a self-drive tour, or have someone else do the driving instead.
A road trip in Iceland in winter gives you the freedom to explore as you please. You could visit South Iceland or West Iceland in a few days, or discover more of the land by driving the Ring Road that circles the country.
If you’d prefer not to drive, you have a few other options instead. You could enjoy the exclusivity of a private tour, with a personal guide who will take you around Iceland and share their insider knowledge with you.
Alternatively, join a small group tour to discover Iceland with a guide and other like-minded travellers. Or opt for a multi-day tour to base yourself in Reykjavík or Akureyri and go on day trips when it suits you. That way you get a mix of independent travel and guided excursions, without needing to drive.
Discover more travel tips on how to explore Iceland on the Nordic Visitor blog.
To drive in Iceland between October and April, you should be aware of certain road rules. Here are some tips to help you prepare for winter driving in Iceland.
You must keep your headlights on, even in daylight. Drive slowly in case of ice and open your car doors with care when it’s windy. You should also bear in mind that some mountain passes and roads may close due to adverse weather conditions.
We recommend that you check the latest weather updates before setting off each day. The Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration and SafeTravel websites are two trusted resources. The latter also has an app that locates your vehicle should you need any assistance on the road.
With the appropriate 4x4 rental car and awareness of weather conditions, winter driving in Iceland can be a great way to tour the country.
Plus, when you book a self-drive tour with Nordic Visitor, you get the advice and support of a personal travel consultant to ensure your trip runs smoothly. They will rearrange your itinerary should anything unexpected arise.
Winter tyres are not compulsory but are highly recommended if you’re driving between the months of November and April. They provide extra traction on icy roads and so are ideal for driving outside of urban areas like Reykjavík.
It is much safer to drive a 4x4 vehicle in winter in Iceland. That’s why our winter self-drive packages include 4x4 car rentals which come with winter tyres.
You can spend as much time as you like in Iceland in winter! There is so much to see and do that it really depends on how many days or weeks you have to spare.
For a short break in Iceland, your best bet is to explore Reykjavík and the surroundings. Within 4 days you could visit the capital’s many fantastic museums, shops, galleries and restaurants. There are thermal pools to swim in and festive markets at Christmastime.
You could also see top sights like Gullfoss waterfall, Þingvellir National Park, and the Geysir geothermal area, which includes the hot spring Strokkur. These are all part of the Golden Circle route in the south. You can experience the Golden Circle on a day trip from the capital, or over the course of a few days.
Or extend your route and see more of South Iceland. In 7 days you’d get to visit black sand beaches, glaciers, and other breathtaking natural attractions that the South Coast is known for. Don’t miss the chance to bathe in the mineral-rich waters of the Blue Lagoon, an inviting geothermal pool.
Another great option is to visit West Iceland. Enjoy a northern lights adventure in the remote Westfjords, or head to the Snæfellsnes peninsula.
Called “Iceland in miniature”, the Snæfellsnes peninsula is just 90 kilometres (56 miles) long and has a bit of everything. Discover volcanoes, lava fields, waterfalls, hot springs and fishing villages here.
If you have between 10 days and 2 weeks to spare, then you’ll get to see the many beautiful corners of Iceland. As well as the southern and western regions, you can explore East Iceland and North Iceland too by travelling the country’s Ring Road.
Venture east to admire fjords and gaze upon the mighty Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where icebergs float on the blue waters. Continue north to Akureyri and the Lake Mývatn area to marvel at the Krafla volcano, mud pools and craters. You can warm up with a dip in the Mývatn Nature Baths.
Essentially, the more days you have to spend in Iceland in winter then the more you will get to experience. You’ll also increase your chances of spotting the northern lights!
Yes, you can select and book Nordic Visitor arrival dates online. After picking the right tour package for you, choose your dates online or speak to one of our Iceland travel consultants.
Please note that if you are joining a small group tour, these packages have fixed start dates because this allows us to organise the most cost-effective services for you. However, you can always add extra nights before or after the group tour dates.
Nordic Visitor packages are flexible, so you can always customise your Iceland tour to suit you. If you’d like to spend more time in a particular destination, you can request this when booking your tour online. Your dedicated travel consultant will get in touch to confirm the extra days with you.
Simply choose the package you like and then ask us about tailoring your tour. You will have your own personal travel consultant who can offer destination suggestions and modify your package according to your needs and preferences.
Bear in mind that if you want to book a small group tour, the duration and route will be fixed as you are travelling with other visitors. But we can of course customise your tour by adding extra nights to the beginning or end of your trip.
We recommend that you book your flights after your Nordic Visitor tour has been confirmed. You can always check flights for dates and prices, but only purchase them once your travel consultant has secured your package bookings. This is no more than 2 working days after you receive your email confirmation of payment.
Once your Nordic Visitor consultant has confirmed your tour, you will have all of the details you need to buy suitable flights. We can book your airport transfer in Iceland once you let us know the flight details.
Icelanders have a saying: “There is no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing!”
In winter you should prepare for cold temperatures, wind, rain and snow. That way you can enjoy the natural beauty of the country regardless of the weather.
If you’re visiting Iceland in winter, we recommend wearing:
- Warm layers
- An insulated jacket
- Protective outerwear
- Good sturdy boots
- A hat, scarf and gloves
Read more about what to wear in Iceland on our blog.
Iceland is known for its ever-changing weather, so we advise that you be as prepared as possible. In winter you should bring warm layers with you to be comfortable with the cooler temperatures.
Here is a list of packing essentials for your Iceland trip in winter:
- An insulated and waterproof jacket
- Walking boots
- Fleece jumpers
- Lightweight wool underlayers
- Waterproof or winter trousers
- Warm hat
- Thermal underwear and socks
- Swimwear and sandals
The reason we recommend packing swimwear is so you can visit Iceland’s hot springs and geothermal pools. The locals love their hot spring bathing and it’s a great way to relax after exploring the great outdoors!
For more in-depth tips on what to bring, check out our packing guide for Iceland.
If you’re keen to put your holiday plans into motion or need more advice on visiting Iceland in winter, get in touch. Our local travel experts will be happy to help.
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