Winter escapes don’t have to involve tropical beaches and sunshine or swishing down ski slopes. Check out this new for 2014 Iceland Winter Adventure from REI Adventures

Why go:

The people of Iceland make the most of all seasons, and winter is no exception. REI Adventures’ new Iceland Winter Adventure explores stunning countryside while the country is embraced by winter’s icy—and beautiful—grip. Hike the rugged coast, snowshoe across ice-covered lava fields, and walk on crystal-blue glaciers. Along the way be mesmerized by frozen waterfalls, burbling hot springs, and ethereal Northern Lights before retiring to a cozy hotel each night.

A multicolored display of Iceland’s Northern Lights. Photo courtesy of REI Adventures.

What to expect:

When Icelanders hear “winter is coming,” hibernation is the furthest thing from their minds. The inhabitants of this dramatically-beautiful North Atlantic island have learned how to fill all seasons with outdoor activity. This tour makes the most of a wintertime getaway with a week of unexpectedly abundant activities fit for the season.

Winter exploration. Glacier hiking in Iceland. Photo courtesy REI Adventures.

  • Hike, snowshoe and walk on a glacier
  • Discover the island country’s beautiful landscapes filled with frozen waterfalls, and night skies gently glowing with the Northern Lights
  • Take a soothing plunge in the waters of the geothermally-heated Blue Lagoon
  • Search for majestic Orca on a whale watching cruise
  • Discover the exciting things Reykjavik has to offer year-round 


What’s included:

Priced from $3,199 USD, this 7-day/6-night tour includes local expert guides; authentic cultural and adventure experiences; hotel/guesthouse accommodations (6 nights); all meals as noted on the daily itinerary; guides; group transfer from/to Keflavik Airport; transportation within Iceland; whale-watch cruise; snowshoes; crampons and ice ax (for glacier walk); entrance to all national parks and Blue Lagoon thermal pool.

Gulfos, one of Iceland’s most iconic waterfalls. Photo courtesy REI Adventures.

Learn more:

For additional information and bookings, visit

To learn more about travel to Iceland, visit the Icelandic Tourism Board at


About REI Adventures:

Award-winning REI Adventures has been a global leader in worldwide guided active adventure programs since 1987. The company offers unique itineraries focused on sustainable, human-powered outdoor adventure including: hiking, biking, kayaking, climbing and more. Guests will experience iconic destinations as guides take them off the “beaten path,” and provide opportunities to explore a destination, get to know the local people, their culture, the flora and fauna and discover things they would not be able to duplicate on their own or with another travel company. REI members receive a special discount price on most trips. For more information, full itineraries and trip reviews provided by guests, visit

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