Perfect winter weekend in Iceland

Hey there traveler!

Are you planning a winter weekend getaway in Iceland but don't know what to do during your days here? No worries, I got you covered!

With this weekend itinerary you'll experience the must-see sights and the breathtaking beauty of Iceland, all while enjoying some delicious Icelandic food and even chasing down those magical Northern Lights!

Heidi
Heidi
Last updated: July 27, 2023

We have crafted a perfect weekend itinerary which makes sure you will experience the best that Icelandic nature and culture has to offer in the winter time:

Day 1: Arrival day

Welcome to Iceland! After your flight lands in Keflavík there are three ways to get into the city:

Option 1: Take a taxi into the city. There is no need to reserve a taxi beforehand as they always wait in a line outside the airport. The taxis also have a fixed rate for driving to any hotel in Reykjavík,

Option 2: Take the Flybus, it is by far the cheapest option to travel to Reykjavík. The Flybus leaves every hour and you can purchase tickets at the airport!

Option 3: Rent a car and drive into the city! You can pick you car up by the airport and once you head back home you can leave it there before flying off.

Once you have reached your accommodation and settled in it's time to kick off your Icelandic adventure in the tastiest way possible! The Reykjavík Food Walk.

Get ready to explore some of the best food Iceland has to offer! This tour will take you to 4-5 different restaurants where you get to taste everything from traditional Icelandic cuisine to modern day fusion dishes!

After the food tour brace yourself for a magical expirience of the Northern Lights!

We highly recommend booking your Northern Lights tour on your first evening in Iceland. This way, if there is a bad forecast for the lights in the evening and the tour is cancelled you have the remainder of your stay to reschedule! Cross your fingers and hope for a clear sky!


Day 2: Golden Circle and natural hot spring

Now that you have settled in it’s time to go out and explore the best of what Iceland has to offer!

The first full day tour is going to be a Golden Circle tour where you will experience erupting Geysers, walking between the continental plates, magnificent waterfalls and lunch at a geothermal tomato farm!


Finally you can unwind at the Secret Lagoon, one of the oldest geothermal hot spring in Iceland which even has small erupting geysers in the water!

In the evening you will also have the option to reschedule your northern lights tour in case luck wasn't with you the first time around!

Day 3: South Coast Adventure

On day three it's time to go out exploring again, this time you head off to the south of the Iceland!

There you will experience some of Iceland's most beautiful landscapes. The iconic Reynisfjara black sand beach, Seljalandsfoss-, Gljúfrabúi- and Skógarfoss waterfalls, and lastly the iconic glaciers that make this region so unforgettable!

Perhaps a reservation at a nice restaurant in Reykjavík in the evening would be the cherry on top!

Day 4: Farewell!

Sadly this will be your last day in Iceland, if you have an afternoon flight it’s the perfect opportunity to go hunt for some souvenirs, walk around the downtown area and perhaps grab one last lamb hot dog for the road!

And there you have it!
The perfect weekend itinerary for Iceland in the winter time.

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I really hope that this blog will come in handy when planning out your itinerary in Iceland!