Hunt the northern lights in Iceland and explore natural ice caves at its bluest!

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Highlights

Join this tour to see the highlights of Iceland’s south coast and west coast in one of the best moments, when winter meets its end, but is still spectacular. Embrace the unpredictable, as we’ll chase two of the most ever-changing natural wonders of this Atlantic island – the elusive northern lights and the shapes and colors of the Ice, which gave the country its name. Here are some main questions you might have, of which the answers are provided below.


Why should we travel to Iceland in March?
The winter in Iceland can be really challenging. March lies on the climatic crossroads there, when we can expect a combination of still really snowy landscapes and already long bright spring days. Statistically March offers the most sunny weather in winter and the best chance for clear skies to watch Northern Lights at night. The second most important reason to travel in March is to see Icelandic glaciers in their full blue color, which is highly dependent on sunlight and temperature and can only be observed in winter. At the same time the weather becomes more predictable than in the middle of the winter and, although not totally impossible, it’s less likely that we’ll encounter a storm that will alter our plans. Yes, it is one of the popular months to travel there and some places can get crowded, but we’ll always try to go a bit off the beaten track, using the most of Icelandic local knowledge.

How cold does it get in Iceland in winter?
Surprisingly not as cold as you would expect almost on the arctic circle! The average daytime temperature in March is around 0 degrees Celsius. The wind can make it feel much colder though, even when it’s sunny. Since most of the time we’ll be close to the sea level, the snow is not guaranteed, but we’ll see it all around on the mountaintops. Please make sure to bring warm winter jackets and boots, but don’t forget a swimsuit as well, because Iceland is also a land of hot springs!

What will we see on the tour?
First, we’ll visit the whole south coast of Iceland, with its magnificent waterfalls, black sand beaches, views of some of the biggest volcanoes on the island and of course the main attraction of this region – immense glaciers and glacier lagoons. We will walk on the glacial ice together and visit one of the most spectacular natural ice caves the country has to offer. The second part of the tour will cover the west shores known as Snæfellsnes peninsula, where the Viking past of Iceland is still visible and alive and where dramatic ocean cliffs meet sandy beaches with small fishing villages hidden between them. That region, known as Iceland in miniature, because it offers a little of every landscape found in the whole country, is where we should beat the crowds and enjoy real solitude, while continuing our hunt for always unpredictable northern lights. Of course we’ll not skip the famous Icelandic Golden Circle, because every visitor to Iceland should see Geysir – the geyser that gave the name to all the others in the world. On the way back to the airport you can optionally take a bath in the Blue Lagoon.

Will we see northern lights?
While March offers statistically the best chance for the clear skies in winter – the most crucial requirement for spotting Auroras, this natural phenomenon cannot be predicted well ahead. Some visitors never see them, while others get lucky already on the first night. However, we can maximize our chances by spending every night in small guesthouses or hotels outside the city and staying alert to the weather forecast. The northern lights depend on the solar activity which gives a good prediction up to 36 hours. Travelling in a small group will allow for more flexibility with the hunt and if only the forecast is good, we’ll give it a try every night!

Are the pictures from Icelandic ice caves real?
The natural ice caves became one of the main reasons that draw visitors to Iceland in the recent years. These formations are ever changing and you can be sure that the pictures from the last years you see on the Internet don’t reflect their current appearance. Some of those ice caves don’t even exist anymore and others become periodically or permanently inaccessible! Before the winter really starts we can’t be sure which caves will be accessible and how will they look like, but in the last years one of the most spectacular was known as Crystal Ice Cave in the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, this year also called Sapphire Ice Cave. The trip will include a half day excursion to that cave with a professional glacier guide or to another best cave should the conditions change till March. PLEASE NOTE – even though the cave is located on the edge of the glacier, it requires a short hike and a basic level of fitness from participants.

Will we see Reykjavík at all?
The northernmost capital in the world is surprisingly vibrant and full of history, which makes it worth visiting. Its location in the Faxaflói bay makes it the only capital in Europe in direct vicinity of the mountains and the Atlantic ocean. Many tourists skip Reykjavik completely though, avoiding its usually high prices and trying to maximize the time spent in the nature, where the biggest Icelandic attraction are. That’s why we will not focus on the city – there’s just too much to see outside it! However for those willing to arrive a day earlier and explore it, I can offer full assistance with booking accommodation and a free walking tour in the city. This brings us to the next point

Optional early arrival
Since the tour will start on Sunday, there is a possibility of arriving a day earlier. The convenient flight leaves at 23.45 on Friday night from SIN. I strongly recommend considering it, as it allows you to explore the city of Reykjavík, beat the jetlag and even visit the Blue Lagoon on the way from the airport. All these things are optional at extra cost, but I will do all the bookings if you decide for it and find the best deals.

One more WEATHER NOTICE
Travelling in Iceland in winter always requires a bit of flexibility and a plan B (as well as C and D). We’ll use the best local knowledge to ensure that we give it our most to see everything as planned, but if the weather goes really bad, of course our plans might change. Since the accommodation and ice cave excursion have to be booked in advance, the cost will not decrease, even if we can’t visit some places.

Duration of Land Tour: 7 days

Period of Land Tour: 8 - 14 March 2020

Flight Recommended:
Finnair
Depart SIN 7Mar (Fri) approx. 11pm / Arrive SIN 15Mar (Sun) approx. 6pm
Cost: about $1,100 - 1,350


Cost of Tour:
SGD 1,987 - based on 10pax group

9pax group: SGD 2,047
8pax group: SGD 2,135
7pax group: SGD 2,150
6pax group: SGD 2,286

Strokkur

You will see this amazing geyser, named Strokkur, that shoots out of the ground every 8 - 9 minutes on your very first day of your arrival in Iceland. One of the biggest crowd pullers in the Golden Circle tour - this geothermal area also has another geyser named Geysir, and you are free to walk around the area amongst several bubbling hot pools and also hike up to a viewing point if you have the time.

Gullfoss

Translated to mean Golden Waterfall, this monstrousity of a waterfall looks more rugged and wild in the late defrosting winter of March. Another awesome wonder on your first day touring the Golden Circle of Iceland.

Seljalandsfoss

One of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland, Seljalandsfoss is an astonishing sight with its powerful, yet tall and elegant appeal, surrounding it. Catch this on your second day in the South of Iceland.

Reynisfjara - Black Sand Beach

Reynisfjara - the beach that is totally black with sand! Learn how this came about as you scour the beach for that perfect shot of the basalt sea stacks, the rock formations jutting out of the sea in the distance, or the incredible columns of rocks on the mountain side.

Crystal Ice Cave

Take a walk into a crystal ice cave, a rare experience you will get on a March tour in Iceland. The bluest ice caves emerge and could be found this time of the year. If all goes well with weather conditions, your experienced guide who is qualified to lead you into this cave, will certainly fill you with awe as you look at jaw-dropping formations in the bluest of blues!

Glacier Hike

Be thrilled on a glacier hike! If the weather permits and conditions are perfect, your experienced guide will lead you on a spellbinding hike on top of a glacier.

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

One of the main highlights of any tour in Iceland, this glacier lagoon is indeed a marvel of nature's work. Be truly awed in the presence of this incredible landscape!

Svartifoss

Truly a hidden gem of a waterfall, you get to Svartifoss on a hike in Skaftafell National Park. Only if time and weather permits, this is a wonderful hike with great views.

The Northern Lights!

One of the essential reasons for your visit in March is to catch this amazing phenomenon of nature. Your guide will bring you on a hunt in the night for this dazzling display of lights during your 7-day tour in Iceland!

Snaefellsnes - basaltic sea cliffs

As you travel out of the south of Iceland and head to the west to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula where it is famous for its dramatic landscapes, visit the basaltic sea cliffs, one of the main attractions in this region.

Kirkjufell Mountain

One of the icons of Iceland, Kirkjufell is dramatically different in every season. On a March tour, Kirkjufell Mountain stands as a stark beauty in the surrounding splendour of white. You won't want to miss this on the last day of your tour!

Itinerary

8 March (Sun)
Arrival in Keflavik airtport at 9:30 AM
Golden Circle:
Þingvellir National Park
Geysir geothermal area
Gullfoss Waterfall
Faxi Waterfall
Secret Lagoon hot pools (optional, not included, if time permits)
Night near Hella

9 March (Mon)
Seljalandsfoss waterfall
Skógafoss Waterfall
Dyrhólaey sea cliffs
Reynisfjara – black sand beach
Town of Vík
Visit to Fjállsarlón Glacier Lagoon (optional, if time permits)
2 nights near Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

10 March (Tue)
Ice cave excursion
Visit to Fjállsarlón Glacier Lagoon (optional, if time permits)
Evening visit to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Diamond Beach

11 March (Wed)
Morning visit to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach
Skaftafell national park – views of the Svínafellsjökull glacier
Skaftafell national park – Svartifoss Waterfall hike (if the time and weather permit)
Sólheimasandur Plane Wreck (optional, extra cost) OR Kvernifoss waterfall
Night in a guesthouse close to Reykjavík

12 March (Thu)
Scenic drive through Hvalfjördur – a Whale Fjord
Barnafoss and Hraunfossar waterfalls
Reykholt historical site
Stykkishólmur fishing town
Night in Snæfellsnes peninsula

13 March (Fri)
Kirkjufell mountain
Snæfellsjökull national park
Arnarstapi fishing village
Búðir black church
Ytri Tunga seal beach
Night in Reykjavík or Keflavík

14 March (Sat)
Transfer to the airport for the flight at 10.20 AM
Blue Lagoon (optional, not included, only if booking later flight)

Reviews

  • Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil. 21 days 5 countries 17 flights. 6 adventurers and one & only one Daniel Goh Of course, my wife and I were attracted by Machu Picchu, Igauzu falls, Christ the Redeemer.. these are the key places that attracted us to South America. At the... Read more Brazil, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Argentina, Brazil. 21 days 5 countries 17 flights. 6 adventurers and one & only one Daniel Goh Of course, my wife and I were attracted by Machu Picchu, Igauzu falls, Christ the Redeemer.. these are the key places that attracted us to South America. At the end of the tour,. I think we got more than what we bargained for.. perhaps that is the beauty of small private tour group. We can have options. The amazing Bolivia salt flat Uyuni with so many untold secrets.. Felt truly blessed to have visited this place. Oh.. we missed out the Inca hiking activity when we booked the tour and realised it only at subsequent tour briefing. It was tough, but feel great overcoming the challenge with 8 hours hike. We have fun together as a group tackling this task. We squeezed a lot more much waking time. During the tour. Evident in total of more than 17 flights just to shorten travelling time. We have food (both good & bad), interesting experience, and great fun as a group of six adventurers and one Daniel Goh. Especially with our exchange rate. I think most of us will find it very hard to have a similar holiday trip for a long time to come. It is really one of its kind with good memories to last for a pretty long time. As least for me, I feel very blessed to have my bucket list with South America fulfilled in 2019 in such fun, such fashion and such great companions started off as total strangers and we can be crazy as children in play. Jimmy Yip & Cecily Sum Read less

  • Definitely a worthwhile experience doing this walk and glad was done at night though was quite hard trying to keep awake at certain times. Pace was good and Daniel was very helpful and encouraging. Highly recommend for anyone who wants to do the trail with this group!

  • The camaraderie and mood was unbelievable and softened the toughness of the hike. Enjoyed it so much that I am looking to do it again, albeit only by night.

  • Felt like a Natgeo hiking trip. Get to see plenty of wildlife, northern light, beautiful lakes & breath-taking hikes (crypt lake trail is a big bonus). Just bask in mother's nature arms. To be honest, felt more like a road trip with great friends, and the itinerary is pretty flexible. Thanks Daniel ... Read more Felt like a Natgeo hiking trip. Get to see plenty of wildlife, northern light, beautiful lakes & breath-taking hikes (crypt lake trail is a big bonus). Just bask in mother's nature arms. To be honest, felt more like a road trip with great friends, and the itinerary is pretty flexible. Thanks Daniel for organizing this trip, overall a memorable experience. Looking forward to the next adventure... Read less

  • Loved this trip. Excellent planning by Daniel. The flexibility of the itinerary throughout almost felt like a road trip on your own minus the hassles of doing tedious homework! Daniel made sure everyone was taken care of. Not easy considering that there were members who had slightly different itiner... Read more Loved this trip. Excellent planning by Daniel. The flexibility of the itinerary throughout almost felt like a road trip on your own minus the hassles of doing tedious homework! Daniel made sure everyone was taken care of. Not easy considering that there were members who had slightly different itineraries from each other. Thumbs up to Daniel. Read less