Winter Adventure in Northern Iceland

Overview

Experience the winter wonderland of northern Iceland on this captivating one-week journey. Along the way, you will soak in geothermal baths, ride Icelandic horses, marvel at Viking history, follow expert guides through the eerie darkness of the 3,000-year-old Lofthellir Cave, and snowshoe across snow-covered lava fields! Visit Goðafoss, the "Waterfall of the Gods," where locals tossed their Nordic gods away in exchange for Christianity. On the way home, bid farewell to the colorful capital, Reykjavik, and take a soothing dip in the sulfur-rich waters of the Blue Lagoon.

  • Discover the spectacular ice formations of the 3,000-year-old Lofthellir Cave near Lake Myvatn

  • Soak your cares away in the steamy Myvatn Nature Baths, where temperature hovers around 122°F

  • Take an amazing ride on an Icelandic horse and snowshoe across snow-covered lava fields

  • Arrive: Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Depart: Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Duration: 7 Days
  • Group Size: 6-16 Guests
  • Minimum Age: 18 Years Old

Itinerary

  • Day01

    Arrive in Reykjavik & Visit the Viking World Museum

    Your MT Sobek guide will greet you at Reykjavik-Keflavik Airport this morning. Next you will hop on a bus bound for the Viking World museum, where breakfast awaits. Immerse yourself in the ancient history and lore of this legendary land, and climb aboard the magnificent Icelander - a Viking ship built in 1996 modeled after a 9th-century Viking vessel. Then transfer to the hotel in Reykjavik, take a guided walking tour around the city center and enjoy a welcome lunch together. The afternoon and evening are free to spend at your own leisure.

  • Day02

    Fly to Akureyri & Soak in Myvatn Nature Baths

    After breakfast, take a morning flight to the town of Akureyri, the capital of northern Iceland which sits at the head of Iceland's longest fjord. After landing, board a minibus and head further north to the Lake Myvatn area, renowned for its diverse geology and stunning scenery. Try your skills at snowshoeing here and then take a relaxing soak in the Myvatn Nature Baths, Iceland's northern Blue Lagoon. Take a few turns in the steam baths, with a water temperature hovering around 122°F.

    • Accommodation: Fosshotel Myvatn
    • Activity: 2-4 hours/1-3 miles snowshoeing
    • Transportation: 45-minute flight transfer & 1.5-hour minibus transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day03

    Experience Lofthellir Cave

    Today explore the magnificent Lofthellir, a 3,000-year-old lava cave near Lake Myvatn, with astonishing ice sculptures formed by thousands of years of dripping water. During the winter season, the route to the cave can get rough due to snow and ice so it's great to use snowshoes. Hike across a rugged lava field and then head down for an underground exploration. Spend at least one hour inside the cave, taking in the ice formations, darkness and strange atmosphere inside this subterranean world.

    • Accommodation: Fosshotel Myvatn
    • Transportation: 1.5-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day04

    Explore the Lake Myvatn Area

    Go deep into the Lake Myvatn region today. Visit Dimmuborgir, an area reminiscent of an ancient collapsed citadel with its volcanic caves and rock formations. Snap on snowshoes and take a hike to the Hverfjall explosion crater, walking up the steep slopes and around the rim for otherworldly views. Take in the Grjotagja cave, with a warm river running through it, the Namaskarð geothermal wonder of steaming sulfuric mud springs, and the Skutustaðagigar pseudo craters at the southern shore, formed by steam explosions when boiling lava flowed over the wetlands.

    • Accommodation: Fosshotel Myvatn
    • Activity: 2-4 hours/3-4 miles hiking with 200-400' elevation gain & loss
    • Transportation: 1.5-hour private van transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day05

    Visit Goðafoss Waterfall, Explore Akureyri & Fly Back to Reykjavik

    Head back to Akureyri today, stopping to marvel at the Goðafoss waterfall. At over 39 feet high and 98 feet wide, it cascades down from a lava field that's over 7000 years old. This is where a local chieftain declared that Iceland should no longer worship Nordic gods but instead convert to Christianity, throwing their idols into the falls - hence the name "Waterfall of the Gods." Back at Akureyri, take a guided tour of the northern capital, have lunch, and catch an afternoon flight back to Reykjavik, to explore on your own.

    • Accommodation: Fosshotel Reykjavik
    • Transportation: 45-minute flight transfer & 1.5-hour minibus transfer
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Day06

    Ride an Icelandic Horse & Enjoy Nordic Fusion Cuisine

    Horseback riding in Iceland in the winter season - on a hardy, sure-footed Icelandic horse - is an experience to remember, whether you are a beginner or an expert rider. Spend the morning with the horses and enjoy the rest of the day to explore Reykjavik on your own. Savor a farewell dinner with the group this evening at Fish Company, an elegant restaurant inside a former 19th-century store. Owner and master chef Larus Gunnar Jonasson conjures up culinary magic here, showcasing the Nordic fusion fare using the best that Iceland has to.

  • Day07

    Soak in the Famed Blue Lagoon & Depart from Reykjavik

    After breakfast, enjoy a little time for shopping or exploring before you depart Reykjavik south to the famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa. Located in a lava field, the lagoon holds six million liters of geothermal seawater, which is renewed every 40 hours. Soak in the steamy mineral waters, or get a natural massage under the powerful waterfalls, before showering up and transferring back to the Reykjavik-Keflavik Airport for departure flights home this afternoon.

    • Meals: Breakfast
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  • AvailableFeb 16 - 22, 2019
  • AvailableMar 02 - 08, 2019
  • AvailableMar 16 - 22, 2019
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Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

This MT Sobek adventure features one-of-a-kind experiences like riding Icelandic horses and snowshoeing on lava fields.

Reason #02

You get to witness the best of northern Iceland in seven days: caves, lagoons, lakes, picturesque towns, and the colorful capital city.

Reason #03

This journey ends with a soothing dip into the world-famous Blue Lagoon, a natural geothermal spa surrounded by lava fields.

Meet Our Guides

Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.

What To Expect

  • Activities

    Walking tours of charming cities, drives and hikes through pristine scenery, horseback riding, visits to waterfalls and lava caves, and soaking in natural geothermal spas.

  • Lodging

    Designed by award-winning architects, Fosshotel Reykjavik and Myvatn are both stylish, modernly equipped hotels that feature comfortable rooms, great cuisine, and breathtaking views.

  • Climate

    Winter is very unpredictable. The average temperatures range from 26-34°F. Chance of precipitation is high, but the sunshine is also a possibility.

FAQ

  • Who will meet me on arrival?

    Your trip leader will meet you outside of the customs and immigration area at the Reykjavik Keflavik International Airport (KEF) between 6:30am - 7:00am.

  • Will I be able to see the Northern Lights on this trip?

    There is the possibility of seeing the Northern Lights on this trip. Because this trip takes place during winter, the night skies are dark, and therefore the Northern Lights might be visible.

  • What type of food will we eat on this trip?

    The food in Iceland is fresh and delicious. Expect delicious fish, local lamb, a great variety of cheeses and salads.

  • Is the horseback riding on this tour suitable for beginners?

    Yes. The Icelandic Horses are perfect for beginners. The Icelandic horses are friendly, smaller than most horses and are very sure-footed.

  • Do you recommend bring trekking poles on this trip?

    Yes. The footing can be tricky at times and it always helps to have the added support and safety of trekking poles.

  • I've never snowshoed before. Is that a problem?

    Snowshoeing requires no previous experience. Snowshoes clip to the bottom of your normal hiking boots or shoes in order to make walking in soft or deep snow possible without sinking to your knees.

Dates & Pricing

Pricing Dates

Scheduled Dates

  • Available
    Feb 16 - 22, 2019
  • Available
    Mar 02 - 08, 2019
  • Available
    Mar 16 - 22, 2019

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2019
$7,195.00 Price per person

Additional Cost

  • $510.00 Internal Airfare
  • $700.00 Single Supplement

Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • All tips and gratuities for support staff with the exception of your lead adventure guide(s)
  • All necessary snowshoeing and horseback riding gear
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day group airport transfers

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Lunch on Day 6
  • Optional tips to your lead adventure guides
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving and departing outside of the group transfer
  • Optional travel protection

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