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Icelandic Winter Splendours ICE

Visiting: Iceland
Trip Duration 10 Days

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Icelandic Winter SplendoursScores 9.6 out of 10 based on 18 reviews
(9 out of 10)


Exceeded my expectations. Tour leader Gusti, accommodated group's interests - mainly photography, making additional photo stops en route. Tailored trip to avoid unexpected
adverse weather conditions. Both leader and driver were excellent. Days filled and passed all too quickly.
Good hospitality, friendly group, beautiful scenery, food and even managed to see Northern Lights.
Highlights - the whole trip, the most leisurely Explore trip to date.
Confirmed traveller: 14 March 2016
Published on: 22 March 2016
(9 out of 10)


The scenery was totally spectacular. I wouldn't single one thing out but everything looked better when the sun came out (like the waterfall at Godafoss) and when it didn't you at least felt adventurous and got a feeling for how life is in winter. Unfortunately there were no real northern lights on our trip but I wasn't heartbroken as there was so much else to see. Including the ferry you see in Trapped and 3 films being shot or being location scouted.

Gusti our tour leader was an absolute star and hoot at the same time. No wonder I discovered (on my return) that he had been shortlisted for the tour leader of the year awards for 2015. I'm not convinced he was Icelandic as he seemed suspiciously in tune with the British sense of humour and our carefully honed cynicism. He seemed to know a remarkable number of people and was pretty good on his history/geography/geology. He is one of those people who comes across as a bit laid back but is beavering away behind the scenes (well as least a bit). He also threw in some extra stops and went a bit off piste (safely so!). Top man.

The people of Iceland were all very welcoming and interesting to talk to.

If you're going in the winter it may be colder than you think with windchill. I found thermal leggings, fleece under trousers and water proof fleece lined trousers kept me nice and warm when it got down below -12 with a little windchill on top. It can be very icy underfoot. If you've got crampons bring them if not hope that your bus driver has some on board. The lovely Piersy fortunately did.

Food and booze are expensive but portions tend to be big so you'll be fine on just a main course which will be about £20. Anything with lamb seemed to be particularly good. Breakfasts once you get out Reykjavik are varied and plentiful so have a good breakfast.

Beware the Cabin Hotel in Reykjavik which you stay in for the first night and last two nights. The rooms Explore seem to be given are very small (but clean) and if there are two of you impossibly cramped. The first single room I was given had just one window which used safety glass and opened onto an internal corridor and was probably worse than a prison cell. Needless to say I got that changed pretty sharpish even if the room I moved to was no bigger. You also get put on the lower floors which seem to be populated by school trips and lads on the razz on a Saturday night who return (noisily) in the early hours of the morning. Take ear plugs or pay for an upgrade if you want a bigger more peaceful room. All the other hotels were pretty good and many had little kettles so take a small thermos and some hot chocolate for when your'e on the bus.

Confirmed traveller: 29 February 2016
Published on: 10 March 2016
(10 out of 10)


Fabulous winter scenery, lake myvatn nature baths, northern lights
Confirmed traveller: 25 January 2016
Published on: 04 February 2016
(10 out of 10)


Ottawa, Canada
The itinerary was varied and offered many unexpected experiences, all positive.
Our tour leader, Gusti, was informative, flexible, humorous, well informed and very patient.
I would recommend to anyone taking the trip to bring clothes for cold and for rain
I think a winter excursion really allows to see Iceland as it really is (if one chooses to do the whole circle which, for me, is the only way to really experience the whole country)
Confirmed traveller: 25 January 2016
Published on: 03 February 2016
(10 out of 10)


Welwyn Garden City
This has been quite possibly the best trip I have ever been on, the itinerary, the places we visited, what we did there, the tour guide, the driver were all excellent! Sad the trip is over. A memorable holiday thank you Explore.
Confirmed traveller: 25 January 2016
Published on: 03 February 2016
(10 out of 10)


Good comprehensive tour of the island. Winter was an excellent time to visit- stunning scenery. tour leader and driver both excellent, offering insights into life in Iceland
Confirmed traveller: 21 December 2015
Published on: 23 December 2015
(10 out of 10)


Wotton under Edge
Expect the itinerary to change. Everything I did was brilliant but couldn't do the snow tractor because there wasn't enough snow.
Highlight must be the ice, glaciers and mud pools but it was all good.
Confirmed traveller: 09 November 2015
Published on: 18 November 2015
(10 out of 10)

Confirmed traveller

Don't miss it; it’s an amazing country with so much natural beauty and diversity. Be open-minded and prepared for plans to change with the weather. Definitely bring clothes for all seasons but be sure you can layer on and off as necessary. If you visit in winter the snow adds another element of fun and beauty; hat, scarf, gloves (glove liners for when taking photos) are all necessary. I found my snow boots & ski trousers to be invaluable for comfort and warmth.
Confirmed traveller: 03 February 2015
Published on: 07 November 2015
(10 out of 10)

Confirmed traveller

Don't bother wasting luggage allowance with smart or light clothing but take lots of layers for various degrees of coldness from +4 to -13C. Good quality warm jacket or coat, hat, gloves, scarf, good walking boots and a pair of water proof over/trousers.
Confirmed traveller: 07 February 2015
Published on: 07 November 2015
(10 out of 10)

Confirmed traveller

Little could be done to improve this tour, giving a real taste of what Iceland has to offer. It was brilliant. We were the lucky ones and completed the full itinerary. Highlights: snow cat up the mountain; brewery visit; Northern Lights; Glacier Lagoon; and an adventure every day. Plus the people. Improvements: Include the buffet at the Hofn hotel, as it's the only option; Replacement hotel in Reykjavik, Hotel Cabin, was poor compared to Reykjavik Lights.Gusti was very knowledgeable, always available, fun and one of the best tour leaders we have experienced on our numerous tours. Omar, the bus driver, completed a fantastic team: with many tails; setting up the Facebook group; and tips on photography.
Confirmed traveller: 03 March 2015
Published on: 07 November 2015