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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 $3,995 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, trolls, and ghosts 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 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. 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.  

2023 Single Supplement Cost (Jan-Mar):

$750 per person

2023/24 Single Supplement Cost (Nov-Dec/2024 departures):

$775 per person

2023 Single Supplement Cost (NYE departure: Dec 30, 2023 - Jan 6, 2024):

$850 per person

Arrival & Departure

Our trip arrives and departs from Reykjavik, which is served by Keflavík International Airport (KEF). A shared shuttle airport service is included and will transport you from the airport to your Reykjavik hotel. We recommend arriving by 1pm on Day 1.

You may depart at any time on the last day of the tour. A shared shuttle service is included and will transport you from your hotel to Keflavík Airport.

*Shared shuttle airport transfers are only provided if arriving & departing on the trip dates, or if pre/post arrangements have been made through Atlas Obscura.

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 
  • All meals as described in the itinerary
  • Transportation throughout the trip
  • Airport arrival and departure transfers on a shared shuttle basis * (see note under Arrival and Departure)
  • An experienced Trip Leader(s)/driver to accompany you for the duration of the trip as well as special guests throughout
  • Admission to all proposed activities, locations, and events
  • Special access to unique places and extraordinary experiences
  • 24/7 emergency assistance during your trip, provided by Global Rescue (terms apply)
  • A curious group of fellow Atlas Obscura travelers!
  • Transportation to and from Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Pre- and post-trip accommodations
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Additional meals and drinks outside of Atlas Obscura offerings, including most alcoholic beverages
  • Passport and visa fees, if applicable
  • COVID-19 testing requirements (if applicable)
  • Customary gratuities for Trip Leader
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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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