Want to spend your holidays in a winter wonderland, see the northern lights, take a dogsled or snowmobile tour, hike on a glacier, or climb through ice caves? Iceland is the perfect place to spend some time this winter. While the days are limited and the nights are long, you can experience some truly unique adventures without the big crowds of the high season.
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Iceland, known as "the Land of Fire and Ice", should be on every adventure traveler’s bucket list. Learn why
To maximize daylight and explore Iceland’s nature go from May to September, although it gets crowded in the middle of summer. To see the Northern lights go from September to March. Read more
Where to go in Iceland?
Iceland has much more to offer than the popular (and crowded) Golden Circle and South Coast areas. We highly recommend exploring Iceland’s remote regions such as Snaefellsnes Peninsula, the Westfjords, Lake Myvatn, and the East Fjords. See our recommended tours & itineraries to get ideas on how to plan your trip to Iceland.
With 2 weeks in Iceland, you can see a lot. This grand tour will take you to all the best places giving you plenty of time to hike, explore, and soak it all in. This 14-day itinerary covers all the major regions except the highlands, which you can see with a couple more days or by spending less time in some of the areas below.
The Northern Lights are breathtaking…and elusive. Follow these tips to increase the chances you will see Mother Nature’s glorious display.
If you’re looking for a great one-day hike that combines the best of Iceland into a single trek, look no further. The Fimmvörðuháls trail takes you through some of the most dramatic scenery Iceland has to offer, from a series of canyon waterfalls to a volcanic moonscape. Keep in mind: this day-hike is as long as it is rewarding.
Given the rapidly increasing popularity of Iceland as travel destination, the question "When is the best time of year to go to Iceland?" has become as much about taking into account the right weather conditions as it is about avoiding the crowds and finding available accommodation at reasonable rates. Depending on how you weigh these factors, and what you would like to do in Iceland, we'll help you decide which season is right for you.
Have only 5 days to explore Iceland? Most people stay in and around Reykjavik and do day trips, While there are plenty of great things to see and do in that area, staying near Reykjavik will have you experience Iceland along with all the crowds and tour buses.
Don’t just stick to the Golden Circle and South Coast. You may see some great sights, but you’ll spend a lot of time in lines and waiting for people to get out of your pictures. To see a side of Iceland fewer travelers see, spend some time in Snaefellsnes, the Westfjords, or the North of the country. You’ll appreciate more of Iceland’s beauty and culture than you can by sticking to the most-visited areas.
Iceland is home to many incredible waterfalls, with several just off the main tourist roads. While this makes for easy access, it also means lots of people crowding around all trying to take the same photo. With a little extra time, you can leave the crowds behind and hit the trail to explore some of Iceland’s hidden wonders on your own.
Explore the best of the west and south with this 7-9 day itinerary. Hike through lava fields, along cliffs, and up volcanoes in Snaefellsnes. Walk behind waterfalls, on black sand beaches, and on glaciers in the south, and finish with a tour of the famous Golden Circle with tips to avoid the big crowds.
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Aurora and more, Iceland - Jan 13 - Jan 16, 2017
Chris was incredibly responsive and helpful. Great trip, great planning, and great follow-through.
We asked a lot of questions and he patiently got responses to all, and he helped us resolve a dispute that was not of his making.
Get lost in nature, Iceland - Dec 17 - Dec 21, 2016
I admire your professionalism and the attention, was amazing in trusting you guys our trip.
40th birthday shortbreak, Iceland - Dec 16 - Dec 18, 2016
So we are on our return now from our wonderful yet short trip. Nothing but praise and recommendation for the service and itinerary drawn together here. Thank you so much for the clear communication, ease of service, thoughtfulness and assistance. Everything went so well and with ease. My husband has really enjoyed his birthday surprise.
We were very pleased with the Northern Lights Tour by Amazing Tours. So much better than the mini-bus Tours on offer everywhere else. The guys we had... read more
Hi, I'm Late 20s Traveling solo. On a budget. I'm okay with shared rooms, guest houses, no fuss. No hotels booked yet. Flexible to move around. Looking for a simple, yet authentic experience of winter Iceland. 12/18/2016 7:30AM- 12/25/2016 7:00AM....
— Traveler looking to visit Iceland in December 2016
We are an adventurous family, 2 adults, children ages 20, 17 and 13. We definitely would like photo opportunies for the northern lights with dSLR. We definitely would like to experience the blue lagoon or a similar bathing hot spring. Very interested in...
— Traveler looking to visit Iceland in March 2017
We are planning a trip to Scotland with a stop over in Iceland for 4 or 5 days. We don't know if we will see Iceland on the way to Scotland or on the way home. We are a group of 8 retired Canadians. 4 ladies and 4 gentlemen. We would like to try the hot...
— Traveler looking to visit Iceland in September 2017
“Prefer small group or private exclusive guided tour packed with activities, maximizing every minu...”
I am travelling with my friend; leaving husband and kids behind to see Iceland and get out there. Both very fit (marathon runners and skiers), adventorous and not scared of long walks, kayaking, ice climbing...whatever to experience what a local fan would...
— Traveler looking to visit Iceland in November 2016
I have limited mobility with my left knee. I cannot do any hiking, ice climbing, or traversing glaciers (unfortunately). I am an adventurer though. I want to see: Northern Lights, Snowmobiling, Bars, No hiking, Swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving Bunji...
— Traveler looking to visit Iceland in December 2016