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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 tailor an itinerary depending on your interests. Visit this page to get started on planning your once-in-a-lifetime 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
  • 24/7 emergency helpline during tour

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
10% OFF IN 2021/2022
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Self-drive
10 days / 9 nights
May - Sep

Iceland Full Circle Classic

184300ISK

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10 days / 9 nights
May - Sep

Iceland Full Circle Classic

184300ISK

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Iceland
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Self-drive
7 days / 6 nights
May - Sep

Iceland Ring Road Express

136600ISK

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7 days / 6 nights
May - Sep

Iceland Ring Road Express

136600ISK

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Iceland
10% OFF IN 2021/2022
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Self-drive
7 days / 6 nights
Apr - Sep

South Iceland at Leisure

136600ISK

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10% OFF IN 2021/2022
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7 days / 6 nights
Apr - Sep

South Iceland at Leisure

136600ISK

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Iceland
10% OFF IN 2021/2022
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Self-drive
14 days / 13 nights
May - Sep

Iceland Complete Classic

262588ISK

Eur

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14 days / 13 nights
May - Sep

Iceland Complete Classic

262588ISK

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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
10% OFF
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Guided Groups
5 days / 4 nights
Apr - Sep

Scenic South Iceland

Geysers, Volcanoes & Glacier Lagoon

Pace Level Level 2 (Classic)
Activity Level Level 1 (Easy)

220082ISK

198074ISK

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5 days / 4 nights
Apr - Sep

Scenic South Iceland

220082ISK

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10% OFF
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Guided Groups
7 days / 6 nights
May - Sep

Highlights of the Ring Road

Pace Level Level 3 (Express)
Activity Level Level 1 (Easy)

304977ISK

274479ISK

Eur

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7 days / 6 nights
May - Sep

Highlights of the Ring Road

304977ISK

274479ISK

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Iceland
10% OFF
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Guided Groups
10 days / 9 nights
Apr - Sep

Natural Wonders of Iceland

Pace Level Level 2 (Classic)
Activity Level Level 1 (Easy)

484744ISK

436270ISK

Eur

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10% OFF
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10 days / 9 nights
Apr - Sep

Natural Wonders of Iceland

484744ISK

436270ISK

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Iceland
10% OFF
Guided Groups
14 days / 13 nights
Jun - Aug

Complete Iceland

Iceland Full Circle & The Westfjords

Pace Level Level 2 (Classic)
Activity Level Level 1 (Easy)

759001ISK

683101ISK

Eur

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14 days / 13 nights
Jun - Aug

Complete Iceland

759001ISK

683101ISK

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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
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Multi-Day Tours
6 days / 5 nights
Sep - Mar

Best of South Iceland - Winter

Golden Circle, South Coast & Blue Lagoon

168342ISK

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6 days / 5 nights
Sep - Mar

Best of South Iceland - Winter

168342ISK

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Iceland
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Multi-Day Tours
4 days / 3 nights
Sep - Mar

Golden Circle Classic - Winter

Golden Circle, Blue Lagoon & Northern Lights

123127ISK

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4 days / 3 nights
Sep - Mar

Golden Circle Classic - Winter

123127ISK

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Iceland
Best seller
Multi-Day Tours
6 days / 5 nights
Apr - Sep

Best of South Iceland

Golden Circle, South Coast & Blue Lagoon

155661ISK

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6 days / 5 nights
Apr - Sep

Best of South Iceland

155661ISK

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Iceland
Multi-Day Tours
5 days / 4 nights
Sep - Mar

Classic South Coast - Winter

Golden Circle, South Coast & Blue Lagoon

154042ISK

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5 days / 4 nights
Sep - Mar

Classic South Coast - Winter

154042ISK

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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
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Privately Guided
5 days / 4 nights
May - Sep

Scenic South Iceland - Private

425870ISK

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5 days / 4 nights
May - Sep

Scenic South Iceland - Private

425870ISK

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Iceland
15% OFF IN 2021/2022
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Privately Guided
5 days / 4 nights
Oct - Apr

Winter Highlights - Private

411770ISK

350004ISK

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5 days / 4 nights
Oct - Apr

Winter Highlights - Private

411770ISK

350004ISK

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Privately Guided
10 days / 9 nights
May - Sep

The Natural Wonders of Iceland - Private

1107765ISK

996988ISK

Eur

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10% OFF IN 2021/2022
10 days / 9 nights
May - Sep

The Natural Wonders of Iceland - Private

1107765ISK

996988ISK

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Privately Guided
8 days / 7 nights
Oct - Apr

Northern Lights Circle Tour - Private

795954ISK

636763ISK

Eur

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20% OFF IN 2021/2022
8 days / 7 nights
Oct - Apr

Northern Lights Circle Tour - Private

795954ISK

636763ISK

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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 …
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Guided Groups
10 days / 9 nights
May - Aug

Highlights of Scandinavia

Sweden, Denmark & Norway

3957EUR

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10 days / 9 nights
May - Aug

Highlights of Scandinavia

3957EUR

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Iceland, Norway, 2 more …
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Independent Tours
14 days / 13 nights
May - Aug

Best of Scandinavia & Iceland

Train, Cruise & Minibus

3750EUR

3375EUR

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14 days / 13 nights
May - Aug

Best of Scandinavia & Iceland

3750EUR

3375EUR

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Norway, Sweden, 1 more …
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Independent Tours
10 days / 9 nights
May - Sep

Best of Scandinavia Classic

Train & Cruise

1975EUR

1778EUR

Eur

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10 days / 9 nights
May - Sep

Best of Scandinavia Classic

1975EUR

1778EUR

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Norway, Sweden, 1 more …
10% OFF IN 2021/2022
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Self-drive
17 days / 16 nights
May - Sep

Complete Road Trip of Norway, Sweden & Denmark

2830EUR

2547EUR

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17 days / 16 nights
May - Sep

Complete Road Trip of Norway, Sweden & Denmark

2830EUR

2547EUR

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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.

What do our customers say?

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

Mike, United Kingdom

Iceland Full Circle Classic, August 2020

A fantastic experience

We loved our trip to Iceland and found it a beautiful and dramatic landscape full of unique places to visit. Nordic Visitor provided us with all the information we needed on our tour, and suggested highlights particularly suited to what we wanted to see and do. Overall it was a fantastic experience which has left us keen to revisit Iceland again one day. 

Suzanne, United States

South & West Iceland Classic - Winter, January 2020

Loved everything about Nordic Visitor!

Everything was top notch! The tours were great and I loved that they were never overbooked, or crowded. Only one comment....we LOVED hotel Magma! Loved everything about Nordic Visitor! Everything was done perfectly. Never once was there an error with any of the reservations! Check-ins were seamless - never once was there a question or fumbling for papers. Each destination was ready for us and exactly what we requested! 

William, Germany

Iceland Ultimate Adventure, August 2020

Excellent service!

Due to the SARS-CoVid-19 conditions, the trip was more than expected. Unfortunately for Iceland itself, not many tourist were there to help with the economy. The service and communications with Silja and the others of Nordic Visitor was excellent and could tell they were trying their best to keep us informed of the consistently changing conditions due to SArS-CoVid-19. It was a shame that we did not have time at the end of the trip to stop by the office again and discuss the trip.

Karen, United Kingdom

Iceland Full Circle Classic - Winter, March 2020

Fantastic from start to finish

Would highly recommend Nordic Visitor to anyone wishing to visit Iceland. The itinerary, and information provided before the start of our tour was excellent and took care of all our concerns. Despite travelling in some of the worst weather conditions Iceland could throw at us we were only a phone call away from Nordic Visitor and the in car WiFi was a real bonus. All our concerns-snowed in, in the south, at Saeluhus I Landbroti with breakfast 4 km away and again snowbound at Gauksmýri in the north and unable to travel on- were dealt with rapidly and became part of the adventure rather than a worry.  Thank you Nordic Visitor for a memorable visit to your stunning country. Thank you for keeping us updated with the Coronavirus news and how it may have impacted on our travels. A big thank you to all the accommodation owners who went out of their way to make sure we were kept as safe as possible given the exceptional circumstances.  

Jane, United Kingdom

Iceland Full Circle Classic, August 2020

Very well planned trip!

We would definitely recommend Nordic visitor. It was very well planned and easy for us to simply enjoy ourselves and take in what Iceland has to offer! Thanks for organising our trip! During Covid times it was touch and go about whether we could actually go, but we did get there and it was amazing! 

Michelea, United States

Northern Lights Adventure in the Westfjords, February 2020

Flawless experience

Nordic Visitor made our entire experience flawless. From the planning and booking to the holiday itself. I cannot speak highly enough of our experience

Brenda, South Africa

Norway in a Nutshell® Classic - Winter, January 2020

Wonderful experience!

It's intimidating visiting a foreign country where you don't speak the language. Our fears were put to rest the moment we started our tour, the whole experience was just wonderful. Everything was wonderful, our tour was carefully planned and made the maximum use of our time.

Cindy, Switzerland

Iceland Ultimate Adventure, July 2020

Everything went super good!

Nordic Visitor is a great company and I definitely recommend booking with them. You may pay a bit more than if you would plan your trip yourself, but in my case, booking last minute and having no time to do my researches, I was really happy with this solution. Iceland is a very big country and you need to have some information before you get there. Nordic Visitor gave me all the important information and everything went super good! 

Travel Guide

Be prepared for just about anything on your Icelandic adventure.

Our services

Whether you choose a guided tour or a self-drive vacation, all customers receive personalised 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

  • Protect your money & plans with our flexible booking terms  .
  • Get peace of mind with a 24/7 helpline during your stay.
  • Enjoy personal service from Iceland-based travel experts.
  • We’re here for you in case of unforeseen circumstances.
  • 97% of customers say they’d recommend us to friends.
  • As a local agency, we work closely with trusted suppliers.
  • We’re a fully licensed and insured company in Iceland.

Contact us

Whether you have queries about our tours or want to add activities to existing bookings, we’re here to help. Get in touch with our friendly team for any of your travel questions.

 

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