Discover the true magic of Iceland in the off
season when everything seems just a little more special... Not only is
it when the dancing Northern Lights are at their brightest, Mývatns jet black lava formations are even more impressive when
they are covered by a blanket of snow and Goðafoss falls 'the waterfall of
Gods' truly lives up to its name when its tumbling cascades are frozen and
paused in time!
How would you like to observe the vivid winter Northern
Lights from the comforts of a warm bubbling hot tub and cruise among playful
whales in a beauitful fjord surrounded by snow covered peaks? Join us on a snowshoeing and hiking adventure to uncover the true magic of
Welcome to Iceland! We will greet you at the airport and escort you to your accommodation in the capital city. Enjoy an evening to explore Reykjavik at leisure - why not join a walking tour of the capital city? Or perhaps you’d like to visit a museum or eat at a local restaurant? We have lots of recommendations for your first evening in Iceland.
Accommodation: Guesthouse or youth hostel
Transport: Bus, 35 miles
Activities: free walking tour of the captital city, traditional meal in local restaurant & museum visit
Jour 2Whale watching, Dalvik
This morning we will fly from Reykjavik to Akureyri and drive to Dalvik. It is a scenic route to the small northern fishing village which will be our home for the next two days. Today we can strap on our snowshoes and explore the heights around this traditional town and go on a whale watching boat trip in the beautiful Eyjafjörður fjord where humpback whales play. This evening will can visit Dalvik Pool for an evening swim or relaxation session - perhaps you will even be able to observe the Northern Lights from the comfort of a warm bubbling hot tub...
Activities: Whale watching, short snowshoe hike & Dalvik Pool visit
Transport: Flight from Reykjavik to Akureyri
Accommodation: Local inn
Jour 3Exploring 'Troll Peninsula'
Tröllaskagi peninsula or 'troll peninsula' is a beautiful mountainous peninsula found between Eyjafjörður and Skagafjörður fjords. There are infinite snowshoeing and hiking possibilities here and depending on the conditions we will explore glacial valleys or climb summits overlooking the Arctic Ocean. Once again, this evening will can visit Dalvik Pool to swim or relax and maybe we will spot the Northern Lights!
5-6 hours of snowshoeing or hiking & Dalvik Pool visit
Accommodation: Local inn
Jour 4Traditional fishing villages and ocean views
Today we head to the peaceful village of Siglufjörður, Island northernmost city. Found only 25 miles from the Polar Circle this traditional fishing village at the end of the world will transport us back to the 1950s. We will fully explore Siglufjörður with walking tour of the town, a visit to the famous Herring Era Museum and a short hike/snowshoeing adventure with views of the fjord surrounded by snowy mountains.
2-4 hours of hiking/snowshoeing, a free walking tour of Siglufjörður & visit the Herring Musuem
Accommodation: Gueshouse or hostel
Jour 5Goðafoss & Mývatn
Today we will visit Goðafoss 'the waterfall of Gods', a truly impressive place which certainly lives up to its name particularly in the winter and spring when parts of the falls are frozen. Then we will head to Mývatn to explore this beautiful region by foot or snowshoe and we will visit the strange lava formations of Dimmuborgir. This evening you can bath in the warm waters of Mývatn Nature Baths.
2-4 hours of walking/snowshoeing & optional visit to Mývatn Nature Baths
Jour 6Volcanoes, geothermals & northern lights
Depending on the conditions, today we are in for a full day of hiking or snowshoeing exploring the impressive lava formations left behind by Kraflas 1975 and 1984 eruptions and the geothermal features of Namafjall. Mývatn is known as the Northern Lights capital of Iceland and hopefully a magnificant display of dancing lights will accompany our final evening in Mývatn...
5-6 hours of snowshoeing or hiking
Jour 7Hiking Hverfell & exploring Akureyri
This morning we will hike around Hverfell, the imposing volcanic crater with a diameter of over 1200 metres which is the star of many Icelandic postcards. In winter white it is a truly spectacular! Then we will visit the second largest city in Iceland, Akureyri with its colourful houses, interesting history and lively centre. Tonight we head to Rekjavik for a final evening in Iceland at leisure, We have lots of recommendations for your last night in Iceland - why not enjoy some local food in an authentic Icelandic restaurant?
A final short hike/snowshoeing adventure & walking tour of Akureyri
Optional activities: traditional meal 1/or museum visit in Reykjavik
Transport: Flight from Akureyri to Reykjavik
Accommodation: Guesthouse or Youth Hostel
Jour 8Flight Home
Morning transfer to the airport and flight home
note that this itinerary, including walking distances and times, is indicative.
Our guides aim to provide the adventure that is best suited to the weather,
your interests and the demands of the group. Please be aware that in order to
achieve this, changes to the programme may be made.
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Winter Panoramas of Iceland: From waterfalls of ice to snow covered lava formations; from floating icebergs to warm hot springs... This invigorating trip comes with 4x4 vehicle hire so that you can discover everything Iceland has to offer at your own pace...
Dates & prix
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Le prix comprend
flights Reykjavik to Akureyri
hold luggage and all air taxes
(except first and last meals
by a qualified expert guide
Northern Lights hunting every night
A whale watching
boat trip in Eyjafjörður fjord
Two visits to
Dalvik Pool, chance to observe the Northern Lights from hot tubs
hikes in some of Icelands most magical destinations
tours of Reykjavik, Akureyri & Siglufjörður
Entrance to the
Herring Era Musuem
Le prix ne comprend pas
Registration fee: €18 (free for under 12s)
Meals in Reykjavik (2 evening meals and one breakfast)
Please let us know if you would like to reserve any of the following
Icelandic meal in traditional restaurant: From €20
Mývatn Nature Baths: From €20
Museums in Reykjavik
There are lots of museums in Reykjavik, our personal favourites are:
Museum of Iceland: €16 (free for under 18s)
Northern Lights Centre: from €10
Museum and Settlement Exhibition: from €15 (free for under 17s)
Please let us know if you would like to plan museum visits to these museums
or any others in Reykjavik ahead of time. Reservation in advance is not necessary.
Comfort - 4/5 Comfortable
accommodation options like basic hotels or charming guesthouses are rated 4/5
for comfort. Please note that depending on the destination this does not
necessarily guarantee private bathroom and kitchen facilities. Any ‘special’
accommodation options like our especially
built wooden sailing boat in Greenland are rated 4/5 for comfort.
Difficulty - 2/5 Moderate
In general no previous
experience in the specific activity is required but you should be in good
physical shape and prepared to participate in 4-6 hours of activity per day.
You should have a sense of
adventure and a positive attitude.
Please note that our difficulty ratings may vary depending on the weather.
You will be welcomed at the airport by a representative from our friendly team and accompanied for the duration of your holiday. Armed with an abundance of experience and a wealth of knowledge our professional Icelandic team know the country inside out. All activities are lead by our qualified guides who are all English speaking outdoor practitioners with a passion for everything Icelandic.
This trip includes
full board - we are proud of the varied, fresh and frankly delicious food we
provide. Meals are based on a selection of local products
and you will have the opportunity to try Icelandic delicacies such as skyr,
smoked salmon and leg of lamb.
Each day will
start with a hearty breakfast accompanied by plenty of tea and coffee. Then
you will prepare your own picnic lunch for the day from a buffet style array of
options - everyday there will definitely be sandwiches, fruit and cakes among
the other options. Each evening meal will include meat, fish and vegetables -
we offer fresh fruit and vegetables everyday.
Your help in the
kitchen is expected and much appreciated, particularly in the
evenings. We like when the whole group work as a team to cook dinner, it
creates a pleasant atmosphere as we reflect on the days adventures together.
Please let us
know about any dietary requirements when you book the trip and we will work
with you to cater for your needs.
During this trip you will get to stay in a variety of Icelands traditional sleeping bag accommodation options. Your first and last nights will be spent in a guesthouse / hostel close to Reykjavik city centre, all houses have shared bathroom and kitchen facilities, hot showers and heating. Please bring a warm sleeping bag.
Déplacement et portage
For this trip we will travel in style in our privatised classic 4x4 vehicles. Some of Icelands 'roads' are more like 'tracks' and fjord crossings are not uncommon - these vehicles are perfectly adapted to Icelands terrain!
Budget et change
The currency in Iceland is Icelandic Krona (ISK). Please budget for:
Meals in Reykjavik (2500-5600ISK)
Drinks & personal expenses
Alcohol is very
expensive in Iceland and you can only buy beer which is stronger than 2.25%
alcohol in state run liquor stores. If you want to enjoy an evening
drink after your days adventures, we recommend buying Duty Free alcohol in the airport.
The tap water in Iceland is of
very high quality and it is delicious.
Equipement fourni sur place
We will provide you with snowshoes and any technical equipment needed for this adventure. We will also transport your luggage for you, all you need to carry each day is a small day bag so you can relax and enjoy your surroundings.
A warm sleeping bag
Waterproof jacket (with a hood)
A warm jumper or two
underwear, t-shirts and walking trousers
Thermals - top & long johns
Warm gloves and
Sunhat and sun cream (water based suncream may freeze in low temperatures)
Sunglasses (UV 400)
Any personal medication
Towel & toiletries
A water bottle
A small rucksack
to use as a day bag
We prefer that you do not wear cotton clothing, including underwear,
when participating in activities. When cotton gets wet from water or sweat it
ceases to insulate and it does not dry fast. The best materials for
outdoor activities are fast drying materials like polyester or materials which
are warm when wet like wool.
The most powerful materials against the wind and rain are 'breathable' materials like Gore-Tex or Nikwax.
You may also consider packing
A notepad and pencil
A thermos flask
Plastic bags for
A comfortable evening outfit
An iInflatable pillow
You may bring a hold bag (up to 23kg) as well as a cabin bag
For you hold luggage please bring a soft bag like a ruckack rather than a hard
cased suitcase because it is more practical when loading local buses and trailers. We also recommend that you pack your clothes in plastic bags inside your rucksack so that they stay dry in the event of bad weather.
Don't forget to bring a small rucksack to use as a day bag. You can bring this as hand luggage on the plane. You will carry your lunch, water, spare layers and any personal medication with you each day in this bag.
Your guide is a trained first-aider and will carry a full first aid kit at all times during the trip. We recommend that you bring any medication you may need with you such as inhalers, plasters and painkillers.
A vaild European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will insure that you can access state-provided healthcare in Iceland for free or at a reduced cost.
You will need a passport that is valid for at least three
months after your return date
You do not need a VISA to travel to Iceland which is part of the Schengen cooperation.
USA, Canadian and Australian citizens need to buy a return ticket or provide proof of onwards travel - we will help you to do this.
There are no specific health risks
Contrary to the name 'Ice-land' the weather in Iceland is relatively mild considering its location. This trip runs from March to June, the weather is unpredictable but average temperatures in Reykjavik during this time vary from -2°C (28°F) to+11°C (52°F). Temperatures are of course colder in the less sheltered area, the north and the highlands. The Northern Lights can be seen from September to April if the conditions are right.
Iceland uses Northern European electrical standards (50Hz/220 volts) and the standard Europlug socket with two round prongs.
Please be aware that some of our more remote campsites and refuges charge for electricity use.
Iceland uses Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) like the United Kingdom but does not observe daylight-saving time in the summer
Area: 39,768.5 m²
Population: 334,252 inhabitants (2016)
Regime: Parliamentary Republic
Iceland is 20 million years old and is a volcanic island with around one eruption every 5 years.
11% of the island is covered with ice, 1% of the land is cultivated, 20% is grassland, 2% is lake, 40% is sand and the rest is desert.
As adventure and
wilderness travel experts who run trips to some of the most remote parts of the
world, we take responsible tourism very seriously. We respect the
‘Leave No Trace’ outdoor ethical code and try to explore this beautiful
location whilst causing minimal environmental damage.
The Leave No
Trace policy can be summarized in 7 simple steps which we hope you will follow
Stick to trails
and camp overnight right
Stash your trash
and pick up waste
Leave it as you
Be careful with fire
Be considerate of other visitors
Over the years we
have built up good relations with our local suppliers and we are keen to support local businesses as much as
possible. We are a small company and we pay our local partners and suppliers
directly insuring fair rates.
Our small group
sizes not only provide a more intimate adventure but also cause less impact on
the environment and local communities.
We expect all
who travel with us to support and uphold our Sustainable Tourism philosophies.
This trip involves walking or snowshoeing for around 2-6 hours a day, no
previous snowshoeing experience is necessary but you should be in fair health, have a sense of adventure and a positive attitude. Our hikes are not
technically difficult but may venture off-trail and there may be steps on and
off vehicles. Please be aware that the dificulty and duration of our activities
may vary according to the weather and snow conditions.