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BEST WAYS TO SEE ICELAND

No matter the time of year, there are many ways to experience Iceland's incredible attractions. From short breaks in Reykjavik with guided day tours, to longer journeys around Iceland's scenic Ring Road, an adventure awaits you with a custom tour designed by the local travel experts at Nordic Visitor.

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WAYS TO TRAVEL IN ICELAND

There's no singular "best way" to visit this amazing country. Depending on the season and how many days you can stay, there are many options for seeing Iceland's top attractions.

5 days or less
You can visit some of Iceland's most famous sights, including the Blue Lagoon and Golden Circle route, with as little as 3 days in Reykjavik. Guided excursions from the capital city are available year-round, even at Christmastime. Within Reykjavik itself there are numerous attractions, including thermal pools, whale watching cruises, northern lights tours in wintertime, museums, art galleries and more.

5 – 7 days
With up to a week in Iceland, you can branch out from Reykjavik and explore more of West or South Iceland on a short road trip, an activity-packed Reykjavik city break or a guided small group tour. This allows more time to engage in outdoor activities and take in sights such as waterfalls, glaciers, hot springs, geothermal pools and more.

7 days or more in Iceland
With a minimum of one week, you can take a journey around the Ring Road (Route 1) and experience each region's dramatically shifting landscapes, from mossy lava fields and rocky sea cliffs to volcanic black sand beaches and moonlike geothermal areas. However, to experience this scenery at a relaxed pace, as well as discover some hidden gems along the way, we recommend a self-drive tour or guided small group tour of at least 10 days or more. With 14 days or more in the summertime, you can even experience the remote, beautiful West Fjords region.

When to visit
Most of Iceland's popular attractions are accessible year- round. If you want long daylight hours for driving and sightseeing—and the mildest weather, then May to September is a good time to visit. For a chance to see the northern lights, plan your visit between October and mid-April when the nights are dark. 

Need some help finding your perfect trip to Iceland? The local travel experts at Nordic Visitor can suggest a tour package or even custom-build an itinerary from scratch. Visit this page to get started on planning your one-of-a-kind travel experience in Iceland.

 

— WHY US?

Why book with Nordic Visitor

  • Hassle-free & seamless travel experience
  • Flexible & customisable tour options
  • Value for your money
  • Professional service from local experts

 

Explore at your own pace with a car 

Enjoy the freedom of a road trip, but with a helping hand. Here are some self-drive tours in Iceland you might like.

Iceland
Best seller
Self-drive

10 days / 9 nights

1 May - 30 Sep

Iceland Full Circle Classic

190506ISK

Eur

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Iceland
Best seller
Self-drive

14 days / 13 nights

1 May - 15 Sep

Iceland Complete Classic

270506ISK

Eur

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Iceland
Best seller
Self-drive

7 days / 6 nights

1 May - 30 Sep

Iceland Ring Road Express

139658ISK

Eur

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Iceland
Best seller
Self-drive

8 days / 7 nights

1 May - 30 Sep

South & West Iceland Classic

159650ISK

Eur

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Join a guided small group

Explore Iceland with like-minded travellers and an experienced local guide with one of these small group tours.

Iceland
Guided Groups

5 days / 4 nights

Sep - Oct

The Scenic South & Northern Lights

184034ISK

Eur

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Iceland
Best seller
Guided Groups

9 days / 8 nights

14 Apr - 22 Sep

The Natural Wonders of Iceland

448724ISK

Eur

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Iceland
Guided Groups

8 days / 7 nights

Oct - Mar

Northern Lights Circle Tour

330665ISK

Eur

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Iceland
Guided Groups

6 days / 5 nights

May - Sep

Geysers, Volcanoes & Icebergs

291879ISK

Eur

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Enjoy a city break with day tours

Stay in Reykjavik and see the countryside on planned excursions. Here are some of our favourite multi-day tours.

Iceland
Best seller

4 days / 3 nights

16 Sep - 31 Mar

Golden Circle Classic - Winter

Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon & Northern Lights

118569ISK

Eur

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Iceland
Best seller

6 days / 5 nights

16 Sep - 31 Mar

Best of South Iceland Winter

Golden Circle, South Coast & Blue Lagoon

152763ISK

Eur

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Iceland
Best seller

6 days / 5 nights

1 Apr - 15 Sep

Best of South Iceland

Golden Circle, South Coast & Blue Lagoon

150860ISK

Eur

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Iceland
Best seller

5 days / 4 nights

New Year

A New Year's to Remember in Iceland

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Travel with your own local guide

Experience Iceland’s famous sights and hidden gems on your terms with one of these privately guided tours.

Iceland
Best seller
Privately Guided

5 days / 4 nights

1 May - 30 Sep

The South Coast & Western Peninsulas - Private Tour

479807ISK

Eur

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Iceland
Best seller
Privately Guided

4 days / 3 nights

1 May - 30 Sep

Land of the Midnight Sun - Private 4x4 Tour

388346ISK

Eur

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Iceland
Privately Guided

7 days / 6 nights

1 May - 30 Sep

Ring Road Express - Private Tour

551577ISK

Eur

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Iceland
Privately Guided

5 days / 4 nights

1 Oct – 30 Apr

South Coast & Western Peninsulas - Winter

501250ISK

Eur

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EXPAND YOUR NORDIC ADVENTURE

Why not visit more than one Nordic country in one trip? Check out these popular combination tours below.

Norway, Sweden, 1 more …
Best seller
Self-drive

16 days / 15 nights

1 May - 30 Sep

Highlights of Scandinavia by car

2473EUR

Eur

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Norway, Sweden, 1 more …
Best seller
Cruise & Train

9 days / 8 nights

All Year

The Golden Triangle of Scandinavia

1589EUR

Eur

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Iceland, Norway, 3 more …
Best seller
Cruise & Train

14 days / 13 nights

All Year

The Nordic Countries in a Nutshell

3259EUR

Eur

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Norway, Sweden, 1 more …
Best seller
Guided Groups

10 days / 9 nights

Jun - Aug

Scandinavian Highlights

3673EUR

Eur

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Local travel agency

As a local travel agency, Nordic Visitor knows how to make the most of your time in Iceland. We offer a variety of tours—both independent and guided—that include the must-see attractions as well as lesser-known highlights that are hand-picked by our own Icelandic travel experts. To ensure a stress-free trip, we handle all the local details for you—accommodations, activities, rental car (for self-drive tours) and other services.
 
Oh, and all of our itineraries can be customised! So if you decide you want to spend more than the number of days specified in the packages or add some activities, for example, your personal Nordic Visitor travel consultant will be happy to make suggestions and modify your itinerary.

Different ways you can experience Iceland

We have tours for all varieties of travel styles and interests. See our options for exploring Iceland below.

Our services

Whether you choose a guided tour or a self-drive vacation, all customers receive personalized service with a designated travel consultant, tailor-made quality travel documents, and our self-drive clients receive a hand-marked map that outlines their route, overnight stays and highlights along the way. Furthermore, Nordic Visitor has long-standing professional relationships with local tour operators, which are carefully selected by our staff and are recognized for consistent, quality service.

Book with confidence

  • 97% of customers say they’d recommend us to friends.
  • Unexpected change of plans? You won’t lose your deposit.
  • As a local agency, we work closely with trusted suppliers.
  • We’re a fully licensed and insured company in Iceland.
  • Enjoy personal service from Iceland-based travel experts.
  • Get peace of mind with a 24/7 helpline during your stay.
  • We’re here for you in case of unforeseen circumstances.

Contact us

Whatever your travel needs, we are here to help. If you have any questions about our Iceland travel packages or services, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Our main phone number is
+354 578 20 80
Lines are open Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 5 PM (GMT)

Or, you can reach us by e-mail.

What do our customers say?

The reviews speak for themselves. See what Nordic Visitor travellers said about their experience with us.

Sarah, Canada

South Iceland Classic, September 2017

We really enjoyed our trip

Just wonderful! We really enjoyed our trip and credit Nordic Visitor for such an amazing stay! Thank you again!

Richard

The South Coast & Western Peninsulas - Private Tour, July 2017

Everything was perfect

Everything was perfect.  We had no problems.  We would definitely recommend them to any one going and wouldn't use another company ourselves to book a vacation with.

 

Elizabeth, United States

South Iceland Classic, September 2017

Trip of a lifetime

This was the trip of a lifetime. It surpassed our expectations. We love Iceland - Mother Nature at her best. Every turn had a new adventure and we just didn't want it to end. Your company did a fabulous job in giving us travel options and lining everything up for our arrival.  I have used other travel agencies and I only wish they were as professional as you. Thank you for such a great time in your country.

Louanne, Canada

South Iceland Classic, May 2017

Superb

The trip was superb and the redoing of our itinerary because of the weather was seamless which we appreciated greatly.  

Brenda, United States

South Iceland Classic, August 2017

Such a stress-reliever

Ævar was very prompt in all of our correspondence, and came up with the perfect plan on our arrival day to accommodate our early (and different) flights, excursions, and baggage. Having all of the lodging and airport transport/rental car/transportation to excursions set up for us was such a stress-reliever. When we had a question on arrival, I was able to be put through to speak to Ævar right away, and he fixed the issue. I had a million questions throughout the planning stage, and he patiently and graciously answered them all, sometimes more than once! Thank you so much for such a wonderful experience. We were sad to leave such a wonderful place (and we really love our homes!).

Mary, United States

A New Year's to Remember in Iceland, December 2016

We adored Iceland, and we both agreed this was the BEST trip we have ever taken.

I cannot express enough how much we loved every aspect of this trip. We are older adults, and have both traveled extensively. We adored Iceland, and we both agreed this was the BEST trip we have ever taken.

George, United States

South Iceland Classic, July 2017

Very helpful

Special thanks to Audur. She was very helpful and generally prompt in responding to email inquires. I was amazed at how extensive, comprehensive and helpful all of the written materials were to a successful trip.  All of the accommodations were very good.  

Christina, United States

Winter Highlights, October 2016

Extraordinarily beautiful country

The tour exceeded my expectations. It was an unforgettable experience to an extraordinarily beautiful country. The tour guide was sincere, knowledgeable and kind. He being a native to Iceland made the experience even more authentic. The group size was perfect, enabling the guide to personalize the tour even more. It was good to have some personal time in Reykjavik to explore on my own. I felt it a very walkable city, and I felt completely safe exploring on my own. The locals were always friendly, and willing to help me find my way when I got a little turned around. I've wanted to visit Iceland four about 12 years, and realizing a dream through this tour was more than I could have asked for. Thank you - I'll be returning to Iceland!

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