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Best Winter Tours in Iceland

We made a list of the top winter tours in Iceland, the ones we loved the most. A crystal blue ice cave? A glacier hike? Or a Northern Lights tour? What about snowmobiling? Pick your favorite one too!

This post is part of our Winter Iceland articles series:

1. Ice caves

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Crystal Blue Ice Cave near Jökulsárlón

The best Ice caves are located around Jökulsárlón and the pick up point is usually at Jökulsárlón or in Hali, the nearby village. If you have a combined tour with something else, for example south coast, the tour may start in Reykjavik too, but usually does not. The best ice caves are accessible mostly from November to April, as we write in our Iceland in Winter primer. Katla Ice Cave is accessible all-year-round, though it is not considered the most beautiful.

1.1. Crystal Blue Ice cave

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Crystal Blue (sapphire) ice cave

In our opinion the most beautiful ice cave in Iceland.

1.1.1. from Jökulsárlón

1.1.2. from Jökulsárlón as a combo with Glacier hike

The tour no.1 we enjoyed the most in winter in Iceland was undoubtedly visit of an ice cave combined with a glacier hike. We can highly recommend the ice cave and/or glacier hike tour by Glacier Adventure, a 5* reviews company with amazing guides.

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Why Glacier Adventure? They try to stay as much away as possible from other tourist groups, have great and knowledgeable local guides, and will take you to all the best spots available in a particular season!

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Combo Ice Cave + Glacier hike tour by GlacierAdventure.is

Not sure if to visit just an ice cave or do a combo tour with a glacier hike? Our recommendation – definitely go for the combo tour. Not only will it be much more private experience away from the crowds, you will also see much more and soak up the atmosphere of a winter Iceland to the fullest. If you are in at least a slightly good shape, you should be totally able to complete this easy all-day hike, including many stops at out-of-this-world places.

1.1.3. from Reykjavik as a combo with Snowmobiles

There’s no tour visiting Crystal Blue ice cave from Reykjavik, it’s simply too far from Reykjavik. The only option is to drive to Jökulsárlón yourself or hire a private driver. There’s however an option to go to a different, still pretty beautiful ice cave next to Langjökull glacier, from Reykjavik. This tour, combined with snowmobiling will take you there from Reykjavik.

1.2. Katla Ice cave

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Katla Ice cave tour from Vik by Troll.is

This is a popular ice cave to visit also from Reykjavik, because it’s much closer. There’s however no tour taking you JUST to Katla ice cave from Reykjavik. You either have to take a combo tour (see below) or drive to Vik yourself, or hire a private driver.

1.2.1. from Vik

The best and cheapest Katla Ice cave tour from Vik is operated by Troll Expeditions.

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1.2.2. from Reykjavik as a combo with South coast

A semi-private combo tour is run by amazing Glaciers and Waterfalls.

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1.3. Skaftafell Ice Cave

Skaftafell blue ice cave

Skaftafell blue ice cave

There’s also a nice smaller ice cave located in Skaftafell park. Here are the two best tour operators:

2. Glacier hikes

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The best glacier hikes are run by three companies:

All these companies are top-notch tour providers and they run many different types of glacier hikes from different locations. Please check them via links above. Glacier walks can usually be done all-year-round.

3. Super jeep tours

winter super jeep tour

Winter super jeep tour by www.glaciersandwaterfalls.is

Highlands in winter are closed for all cars except super jeeps with local drivers. Does that mean you should not go into highlands? Not at all! Go, and choose a great winter super jeep tour!

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Some places look more magnificent and some less in winter, so it’s good to know where to go. For example, Landmannalaugar in winter usually looks like “white hills everywhere”. I.e., Landmannalaugar is definitely more colorful in summer, which many visitors prefer. On the other hand, e.g. Thórsmörk is very versatile and picturesque with many amazing spots also in winter.

3.1. Thórsmörk

thorsmork winter super jeep tour

Thórsmörk winter super jeep tour by www.glaciersandwaterfalls.is

That being said, we can highly recommend a super jeep tour to Thorsmork by Glaciers and Waterfalls, for us no.1 family company running super jeep tours from Reykjavik and the south. Great reviews, great guides, great tours to spots not all tours go to. And for our readers a 10% discount code: EPICICELAND

3.2. Landmannalaugar

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Winter super jeep tour by www.glaciersandwaterfalls.is

And here, is the private Winter Landmannalaugar super jeep tour.

4. Helicopter tours

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Winter helicopter tours by www.helicopter.is

Can any viewpoint be better than a bird’s eye viewpoint? Hardly! If you have some extra money, definitely go for a helicopter tour! We can highly recommend a helicopter company being 20+ years in business already, called Nordurflug, or Helicopter.is.

We are very proud to offer to our readers a 5% discount on best Icelandic helicopter tours run by Nordurflug, with the discount code: EPICICELAND

5. Horse riding

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Tvistur horse rental in Dalvik

If you love Icelandic horses at least half as much as we do, you will love also riding an Icelandic horse in winter! Horse riding is one of the cheapest tours you can experience in Iceland and often also one of the best.

Horse riding in Iceland is also quite weather-proof, because you usually don’t need a sunny and clear day for that. Yes, such a day may be much nicer and more comfortable, but it’s not a necessity. That being said, rather avoid stronger rain or too windy days.

The horse-riding tour we enjoyed the most and operates also in winter is without doubt www.tvistur.is operating from Dalvik, near Akureyri. Tvistur is a small family company taking care of horses for their entire life. No discount codes this time, let’s leave all the money to a family which deserves it.

6. Northern Lights tours

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Pictures from a guided Northern Lights tour from Reykjavik by Glaciers and Waterfalls

Of course, it’s perfectly possible to see Northern Lights yourself and you don’t need to take any guided tour for that. However, it requires time, knowledge and skill. If you don’t want to bother with studying how, when and where to see Aurora, you can rather book a guided Northern Lights tour. There are many different northern lights tours in Iceland and we picked the three we consider to be among the best ones – two from Reykjavik and one from Mývatn/Akureyri:

6.1. From Reykjavik

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A picture from a guided Northern Lights tour from Reykjavik by Glaciers and Waterfalls

6.2. From Mývatn and Akureyri

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A picture from a guided aurora tour from Mývatn by Star Travel

7. Snowmobiling

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Snowmobiling in Iceland

If you are looking for an excitement in winter, snowmobiling should satisfy your needs.

Snowmobile tours operate from their bases usually either at Mýrdalsjökull or at Gullfoss. If you want to take a snowmobile tour from Reykjavik, you have to take a combo tour with something else, e.g. Golden Circle, or you have to hire a private driver or private tour.

7.1. Snowmobiling from Mýrdalsjökull

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Snowmobiling from Mýrdalsjökull

Where to go for snowmobiling? We can highly recommend a great snowmobiling tour by Icelandic Mountain Guides, which is one of the best and most reputable Icelandic companies. 5* reviews, professional guides and amazing tours are all the certainty with Icelandic Mountain Guides.

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Snowmobile tour by Icelandic Mountain Guides is operated from Mýrdalsjökull and is totally worth a drive there. Mýrdalsjökull is one of the best possible places to go for snowmobiling in Iceland.

7.2. Snowmobiling from Gullfoss

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Snowmobiling from Gullfoss

This is an amazing Troll Expeditions tour from Gullfoss, 5% discount with the discount code: EPIC2022

7.3. Snowmobiling + Golden circle from Reykjavik

7.4. Snowmobiling + South Coast from Reykjavik

This is an amazing Icelandic Mountain Guides tour from Reykjavik, 5% discount with the discount code: EPICICELAND23

8. Whale Watching

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Whale watching by North Sailing

Whale watching in winter? No problem! Some companies operate also in winter and there’s always something to see when sailing the ocean. Warm overalls provided by tour companies will keep you warm.

8.1. from Reykjavik

Here is the best rated whale watching tour from Reykjavik.

8.2. from Húsavik

The best traditional whale watching company operating 20+ years is called North Sailing. Be sure to check out their tours! We can also offer our readers a 10% discount on all their tours with the discount code: EPICICELAND

9. Snorkeling between two continents

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Troll Expeditions Silfra snorkeling classic

Although a bit colder in winter, still nice and totally worth it! The most popular and also best rated Silfra snorkeling tour is run by Troll Expeditions. Our readers can enjoy a 5% discount for the tour with the discount code: EPIC2022

10. Glacier and Ice Cave Monster Truck

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Ice Cave and Langjökull Glacier by Monster Truck from Gullfoss

Wanna try something different? Something where typical tour companies won’t take you? Well, what about the biggest Glacier Truck in the world? Moreover, here is a 15% discount for the tour with the promo code: EPICICELAND

Sleipnir tours depart from Gullfoss and include:

  • Langjökull glacier drive by monster truck
  • Langjökull glacier walk
  • Ice Cave visit

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