We’ve got your back. When you join one of our trips, we want you to have peace of mind. In response to COVID-19, we’ve:
To learn more:Traveling with Atlas Obscura amid COVID-19 How We’re Adapting Our Trips Destination Requirements (via Embassy Pages)
Between strange encounters with peculiar elves and supernatural creatures, Icelanders have their fair share of mythical tales. In a land renowned worldwide for its sensational scenery and extraordinary natural wonders, beneath the surface lies a unique history waiting to be discovered. On this tour, we’ll traverse the paths of ancient legends and discover the natural secrets of this astonishing land. Our expert guides will guide us safely through the snow-covered landscapes of Iceland in winter with a focus on storytelling as they reveal the geologic, human, and mystical history of this land, a journey made even more magical with the appearance of the otherworldly glow of the Aurora Borealis (the Northern Lights). This is a truly unforgettable experience for the intrepid traveler who is looking for a tour that combines ancient history with breathtaking natural beauty.
We also offer a trip to Iceland in Summer.
The listed price of the trip is per person based on double occupancy. Please note that all departures from November 2022 onwards including our New Year's departure will have adjusted pricing. Please refer to the dates below for pricing details.
You’re in good company. Solo travelers typically make up about half of our small groups. With curiosity at the center of our experiences, there’s a natural camaraderie that develops over the course of a trip. We have two options for you:
Shared Room (subject to the latest Covid-19 guidelines): You'll be matched with another solo traveler of the same gender.
Private Room: Have your own room, subject to availability, for a supplemental cost of $450 (For departures from November 2022 onwards, the single supplemental cost will be $525. For our 2022 New Year's departure the single supplemental cost will be $725). After booking your trip, please request a private room when you fill out your traveler information form and we’ll add the option to your booking and final balance.
This tour begins in Reykjavik in the late afternoon on Day 1. Your international flight will arrive at Iceland’s Keflavík International Airport and you’ll make your own way to the group hotel in Reykjavik. The tour ends on Day 8 where you can book your outbound flight to depart any time. It is up to you to arrange your own transportation to the international airport to catch your departing flight.
Travelers should feel comfortable walking two to four miles over the course of each day, remaining on their feet for long periods of time, and sometimes walking on uneven terrain. Winter in Iceland comes with its own rigors of snowy conditions, cold temperatures, and short daylight hours. This overland journey requires some long driving days up to 6 hours, which will be broken up with sites and activities.
Your participation in this trip provides significant financial contributions to the communities we visit, directly supporting small businesses and the local people who run their own small museums, collections, and activities.
The Icelandic winter is relatively mild due to the influence of the warm water currents of the North Atlantic Gyre. The southerly lowlands of the island where this tour is focused see average temperatures ranging from 28°F to 32°F in winter and 7-8 hours of daylight per day. Pack warm layers, including sweaters or fleece jackets, multiple base layers, a heavy coat or jacket, and sturdy, warm footwear.
Most dietary restrictions can be accommodated, though in most cases ingredients can't be substituted or omitted from particular dishes. If you have a severe allergy, please contact us to find out if this is the right trip for you.
U.S. passport holders do not require a visa for travel to Iceland, but this may vary depending on traveler citizenship. Please check requirements for travel to Iceland and any countries passed through in transit. A passport is required for international travel. We recommend your passport expire at least six months after your return home.