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wildlife & nature • 8 days, 7 nights

Iceland in Winter: Natural Wonders & Ancient Legends

wildlife & nature • 8 days, 7 nights

Iceland in Winter: Natural Wonders & Ancient Legends

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  • Group Size 12 People Maximum
  • Activity Level
  • Travel Style
    Overland Adventure
from $2,760 USD per person
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Trip Overview

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.


  • Volcanic landscapes and geological wonders
  • Spectacular waterfalls
  • Elves, dwarves, and giants of Icelandic folklore
  • Glaciers and black sand beaches
  • Northern Lights


Itineraries and daily schedules are subject to change. We expect to do everything listed in the itinerary, though the order may be rearranged based on weather or other local conditions.

Additional Info


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. 

Traveling Solo?

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.  

Arrival & Departure

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.

Activity Level

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. 

  • Accommodation throughout the trip at comfortable 3* and 4* hotels and guesthouses*.  Dates from November 2022 onwards will stay in upgraded accommodations. 
  • All meals described in the itinerary.
  • Transportation throughout the trip, excluding airport transfers.
  • Experienced local guides to accompany you for the duration of the trip, as well as special guests throughout.
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events.
  • A great group of fellow Atlas Obscura travelers, excited to explore all that Iceland has to offer!
  • Global Rescue medical evacuation insurance.
  • Special access to unique places and extraordinary experiences.
  • Transportation to and from Reykjavik, including airport transfers.
  • Pre- and post-trip accommodations in Reykjavik or any other location in Iceland.
  • Airport departure tax.
  • Travel insurance (recommended).
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages.
  • Any visas required.
  • Customary gratuities for the trip leader, local guides, and drivers.
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Trip FAQ

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. 

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  • Dec 30, 2022–Jan 6, 2023
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