Iceland in Winter – An Extra Long Weekend

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Hidden Iceland

 
A whirlwind 5 days in Iceland in winter. Glacier hikes, Iceberg Lagoons, Waterfalls, Northern Lights, Geothermal Hot Pools and Delicious Food!
An example of our perfect 5 day trip.

Day 1 - Explore Downtown Reykjavik

Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavík, Iceland

After landing head into Reykjavik. Explore the highlights of this amazing little city. Make sure to go to the top of Hallgrimskirkja Church for the ultimate view and admire the architecture of Harpa Concert Hall down by the water. Stay along the water to visit the Sun Voyager Sculpture, and walk the streets of Reykjavik with it's cute, colourful houses and amazing street art. If looking for a lunch stop then head to Hlemmur Food Hall for a great selection of pop up style food stalls by some of Reykjavik's best restaurants. It's new and everyone is loving it.

If in the later afternoon and early evening then take advantage of the happy hour pricing in all the downtown pubs. Often between 3-7pm. Then head to some of our favourite places for dinner. Our favourites include Messinn for local dishes and seafood, Public House Gastro Pub for amazing share dishes and drinks, Borðið is always amazing, as is Mat Bar.

If its a weekend and you want to kick on then head to Pablo Discobar for amazing cocktails and dancing, Skulli or Kaldi Bar for Craft Beers or Hurra for who often have DJ's or live music.

Some of our recommended hotels to stay at in downtown Reykjavik are Skuggi Hotel, Sand Hotel, Eyja Guldsmeden and Icelandair Marina.

If you have even more time in Reykjavik then we always recommend some of our favourite museums or exhibitions, - the National Musem, Culture House, Marshall House (Free) and Perlan.

Day 2 & 3 - Join a 2 Day South Coast Tour for Glacier Hiking and Incredible Scenery.

Jökulsárlón, Iceland

Join Hidden Iceland's two day tour which heads all the way to the absolutely amazing Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. Amazing icebergs float around this incredible lagoon and wash up on the black sand of the nearby beach. On the way out to this unmissable feature you will stop at numerous powerful waterfalls, black sand beaches, lava fields and stunning gorges.
On this tour you will also get to hike up to the ice fall on one of the amazing glaciers coming off the Vatnajokull Icecap. You'll explore the glacier and see incredible blue ice, crevasses and towers of ice.
You'll stay in the new and comfortable Lilja Guesthouse which has incredible views over the mountains and glaciers in the area. In winter you'll also get to hunt for the northern lights dancing across the dark skies. Accomodation and breakfast is included in the tour price.
Their fun and friendly guides will ensure you learn all about the history and wonderful natural features you are seeing over these two days.

If you cant join the two day tour, then Hidden Iceland offers a one day south coast tour that includes a glacier hike. This doesn't make it our far enough to the glacier lagoon though. It goes as far as the black sand beach, visits waterfalls and of course the glacier.

Day 4 - Deluxe Golden Circle Tour : Platinum Circle

Gullfoss, Iceland

Theres one last area you must explore whilst in Iceland, the Golden Circle. Some of Iceland's most popular sights, all within a day trip from Reykjavik. Joining the Platinum Circle tour by Hidden Iceland is the best way explore this area. You will get to the most famous sights of Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir, but you will also get to swim in the natural hot pool at the Secret Lagoon and have lunch inside the greenhouse of Fridheimar Tomato Farm. Experiences that definitely shouldn't be missed.
This full winters day of exploring geysers, waterfalls and incredible scenery is topped off with swimming in a geothermal pool and trying out delicious local produce for lunch.

You will be back in Reykjavik in time for dinner and to try out some of our other favourite restaurants from Day 1. Have another go at hunting the northern lights or hit the bars in Reykjavik. So many options! Check the Hidden Iceland website for blogs and tips for viewing the northern lights.

Day 5 - Leave Iceland :(

Blue Lagoon Iceland, Grindavik, Iceland

Last day in Iceland :(
Hopefully you are lucky enough to have an afternoon flight. That way you can make one last stop before heading out to Keflavik. You can relax before your flight by visiting the Blue Lagoon! It is only ten minutes from Keflavik airport and the perfect way to finish your Iceland adventure. The drive out to Keflavik is also your last chance to stare out over the otherworldly Icelandic landscapes, with lava fields, volcanoes and mountains dotting the landscape.

 

Day 1 - Explore Downtown Reykjavik

Eat Sleep Drink Explore
Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavík
After landing head into Reykjavik. Explore the highlights of this amazing little city. Make sure to go to the top of Hallgrimskirkja Church for the ultimate view and admire the architecture of Harpa Concert Hall down by the water. Stay along the water to visit the Sun Voyager Sculpture, and walk the streets of Reykjavik with it's cute, colourful houses and amazing street art. If looking for a lunch stop then head to Hlemmur Food Hall for a great selection of pop up style food stalls by some of Reykjavik's best restaurants. It's new and everyone is loving it.

If in the later afternoon and early evening then take advantage of the happy hour pricing in all the downtown pubs. Often between 3-7pm. Then head to some of our favourite places for dinner. Our favourites include Messinn for local dishes and seafood, Public House Gastro Pub for amazing share dishes and drinks, Borðið is always amazing, as is Mat Bar.

If its a weekend and you want to kick on then head to Pablo Discobar for amazing cocktails and dancing, Skulli or Kaldi Bar for Craft Beers or Hurra for who often have DJ's or live music.

Some of our recommended hotels to stay at in downtown Reykjavik are Skuggi Hotel, Sand Hotel, Eyja Guldsmeden and Icelandair Marina.

If you have even more time in Reykjavik then we always recommend some of our favourite museums or exhibitions, - the National Musem, Culture House, Marshall House (Free) and Perlan.
 

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Day 2 & 3 - Join a 2 Day South Coast Tour for Glacier Hiking and Incredible Scenery.

Sleep Explore Get Around
Jökulsárlón, Iceland
Join Hidden Iceland's two day tour which heads all the way to the absolutely amazing Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. Amazing icebergs float around this incredible lagoon and wash up on the black sand of the nearby beach. On the way out to this unmissable feature you will stop at numerous powerful waterfalls, black sand beaches, lava fields and stunning gorges.
On this tour you will also get to hike up to the ice fall on one of the amazing glaciers coming off the Vatnajokull Icecap. You'll explore the glacier and see incredible blue ice, crevasses and towers of ice.
You'll stay in the new and comfortable Lilja Guesthouse which has incredible views over the mountains and glaciers in the area. In winter you'll also get to hunt for the northern lights dancing across the dark skies. Accomodation and breakfast is included in the tour price.
Their fun and friendly guides will ensure you learn all about the history and wonderful natural features you are seeing over these two days.

If you cant join the two day tour, then Hidden Iceland offers a one day south coast tour that includes a glacier hike. This doesn't make it our far enough to the glacier lagoon though. It goes as far as the black sand beach, visits waterfalls and of course the glacier.
 

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Day 4 - Deluxe Golden Circle Tour : Platinum Circle

Eat Explore Get Around
Gullfoss, Iceland
Theres one last area you must explore whilst in Iceland, the Golden Circle. Some of Iceland's most popular sights, all within a day trip from Reykjavik. Joining the Platinum Circle tour by Hidden Iceland is the best way explore this area. You will get to the most famous sights of Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir, but you will also get to swim in the natural hot pool at the Secret Lagoon and have lunch inside the greenhouse of Fridheimar Tomato Farm. Experiences that definitely shouldn't be missed.
This full winters day of exploring geysers, waterfalls and incredible scenery is topped off with swimming in a geothermal pool and trying out delicious local produce for lunch.

You will be back in Reykjavik in time for dinner and to try out some of our other favourite restaurants from Day 1. Have another go at hunting the northern lights or hit the bars in Reykjavik. So many options! Check the Hidden Iceland website for blogs and tips for viewing the northern lights.
 

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Day 5 - Leave Iceland :(

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Blue Lagoon Iceland, Grindavik
Last day in Iceland :(
Hopefully you are lucky enough to have an afternoon flight. That way you can make one last stop before heading out to Keflavik. You can relax before your flight by visiting the Blue Lagoon! It is only ten minutes from Keflavik airport and the perfect way to finish your Iceland adventure. The drive out to Keflavik is also your last chance to stare out over the otherworldly Icelandic landscapes, with lava fields, volcanoes and mountains dotting the landscape.
 

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