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Icelandic Winter Highlights

(6 days / 5 nights)

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Let Iceland introduce itself this winter

Make the most of your winter break with this guided small group tour along the south coast of Iceland. Enjoy the knowledge of a local guide while visiting renowned natural attractions in the tranquillity of the off-peak travel season. You’ll experience black sand beaches, hot springs, ice-coated waterfalls, volcanic areas, a glacier lagoon and maybe even the northern lights if conditions are right! 100% Guaranteed Departures.

Type

Guided Small Groups

Interest

Northern Lights

Season

Oct - Mar

Details

Small group sizes mean these tours fill quickly, booking early also gives you the best chance of securing your desired departure date. 100% Guaranteed Departures.

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  • Keep in mind that the northern lights are a natural phenomenon and sightings cannot be guaranteed.
  • The flashlights provided at the northern lights hunt are for navigating in the dark. Blankets will also be offered to help you keep warm.
  • Included in your package are 2 evening dinners when staying outside Reykjavik. Menus are set menus or buffets. Your guide will inform you about the menus and dinner time each day. Lunches are not included but you will be stopping at locations where you can buy your own lunches.
  • You should bring windproof/waterproof outerwear and plenty of warm layers for the outdoor activities. The winter climate in Iceland is generally mild compared to other northern European countries, but the temperatures drop below freezing at times.
  • The professional local guides are very experienced with Iceland's climate and natural environment. In rare cases, due to bad weather or other unforeseeable events, our guides reserve the right to alter routes, departure times or other parts of the itinerary to ensure the best and safest experience for our travellers.
  • This tour is not recommended for families with young children.
Note: Triple rooms are not available in this tour, only single and double rooms. Please contact us for booking assistance if your travelling party contains three or more people.
 
Group size: Maximum group size is 16 participants.
 

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Departures Mark your calendar for an unforgettable adventure!

  • 04.10.2017
  • 18.10.2017
  • 01.11.2017
  • 15.11.2017
  • 29.11.2017
  • 14.02.2018
  • 28.02.2018
  • 14.03.2018
  • 28.03.2018
  • 03.10.2018
  • 17.10.2018
  • 31.10.2018
  • 14.11.2018
  • 28.11.2018
  • 05.12.2018

Itinerary

A day-by-day plan to guide your journey.

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  • Day 1: Arrival & Sightseeing in Reykjavík

    On arrival at Keflavik Airport, you will be welcomed by a driver and transferred to your accommodation in Reykjavík. After settling in, take the opportunity to explore the vibrant city centre at you own pace. The main downtown street, Laugavegur, offers a variety of shops, galleries, restaurants, coffee houses and bars to suit all tastes—all within an easy walk.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

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  • Day 2: Waterfalls & Volcanoes of the South Coast

    This morning you and your fellow travellers will be picked up by your guide. The first leg of our journey is along the south coast, with a stop at the fairy tale-like Seljalandsfoss waterfall—the only of its kind in Iceland where you can walk behind the cascade on a footpath.

    Then our focus shifts to geology, first with a visit to the Volcano Visitor Centre at the Þorvaldseyri farm, where you can learn about the infamous 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption and its impact on the local residents.

    Spend the night in the Vík area. 

    Note: the walk behind the cascade at Seljalandsfoss is weather dependant.

    Driving distance: 190 km (118 miles) / Duration: approx. 8 hours 

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  • Day 3: Skaftafell & the Glacier Lagoon

    This is a day to have your camera ready! Today’s drive takes us to some of Iceland’s most photogenic attractions, starting with a visit to the beautiful Skaftafell area of Vatnajökull National Park, named for Iceland’s largest glacier.

    After lunch, our journey continues to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, famous for its floating icebergs in shades of milky white and bright blue. On a clear day, you may even get a good view to Breiðamerkurjökull glacier behind the lake.

    Enjoy a group dinner (either buffet or set menu) with your fellow travellers.

    Spend the night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

    Driving distance: 313 km (194 miles) / Duration: approx. 8 hour

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  • Day 4: Black Sand Beaches & Mountain Views

    Today we will focus our attention on the volcanic black sand beaches near the village of Vík í Mýrdal. One of the highlights here is the 120 metre-high promontory of Dyrhólaey with its spectacular rock arch, bird cliffs and amazing views. You can also get some great photos with the unique Reynisdrangar basalt columns rising out of the ocean.

    Further along we will visit the magnificent 60 metre free-falling Skógafoss waterfall. Nearby at the Skógar folk museum, you have some time to browse the replica turf farm and the many interesting fishing and farming artefacts on display inside. From there, the journey takes us past the beautiful Eyjafjöll mountain range towards our evening destination.

    Enjoy a group dinner (either buffet or set menu) with your fellow travellers.

    Spend the night in Selfoss area.

    Driving distance: 196 km (122 miles) / Duration: approx. 7.5 hours

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  • Day 5: The Golden Circle & Return to Reykjavik

    On the way back to the capital city today, our journey takes us around the “Golden Circle”, a popular route containing some of the best-known natural phenomena in Iceland. Highlights include the UNESCO-listed Þingvellir National Park, the hot springs at the Geysir geothermal area and the powerful Gullfoss waterfall. We will also pay a short visit to a geothermally-heated greenhouse at the Friðheimar tomato farm.

    Back in Reykjavik, enjoy the rest of the evening as you wish after being dropped off at your hotel.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

    Driving distance: 200 km (125 miles) / Duration: approx. 7.5 hours

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  • Day 6: Departure

    When it’s time to depart, you will be picked up from the hotel for your airport transfer by coach bus about three hours before your flight. If you’re flying in the afternoon, you have the option of visiting the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa to relax in the warm mineral waters before continuing onwards to the airport.

    If you are interested in extending your stay, we can book extra nights and activities in the Reykjavík area or even combine this tour with a visit to Greenland or other Nordic destinations.

    Note: The professional guide for this tour is experienced with Iceland‘s weather conditions. In rare cases, due to bad weather or other unpredictable events, the guide reserves the right to alter routes, departure times or other parts of the itinerary to ensure the best experience for the group

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Map

Here’s a map of Iceland, to help put things in perspective.

Reviews

We don’t like to brag, so we’ll let our happy customers do it for us.

Lindsay, United States

Icelandic Winter Highlights, October 2016

Easy from start to finish

Nordic Visitor made everything easy from start to finish, but better than that, the tour was stunningly beautiful and our guide took us to off-the-itinerary and off-the-beaten path waterfalls and canyons that really highlighted the beauty of Iceland and made us feel like we were getting a special, secret treat we'd never have found on our own.

Joseph and Donna, United States

Icelandic Winter Highlights, March 2016

Very hard to beat

My wife and I are fairly well travelled and this is the first vacation that we have taken where absolutely every aspect exceeded our expectations. From my first contact with Anita at Nordic Visitor (via email) to arrange the trip, and because of our amazing guide Trausti - this will be a vacation that will be very, very hard to beat! We will recommend Nordic to everyone we know and will only use your company when travelling to this region next! Again, thank you all for a most memorable vacation!

Enrique, Spain

Icelandic Winter Highlights, March 2016

Well beyond expectations

Our experience was well beyond our already high expectations. The coordination of the whole trip was flawless, with a friendly and reliable support from our tour agent Dagný, followed by an incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide Simone who took close care of us along our trip. And of course, a whole professional organization backing this up and making it happen.

Christina, United States

Icelandic 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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Accommodation

Sleep soundly, in the accommodation type of your choice, and wake up ready to enjoy another day of exploration.

Comfort

The accommodations for this tour include comfortable three-star (or similar quality) hotels or well-appointed guesthouse..

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Everything about this tour

  • Extra nights in Reykjavik can be added on request.
  • This tour can be extended with visits to Akureyri or Westman Islands in Iceland or even with a stay in Greenland. Contact us for details.
Meals during the tour
Included in this package are 2 evening dinners with the group, as listed on the detailed itinerary. Menus are set menus or buffets. Your guide will inform you about the menus and dinner time each day. The dates of the dinners included are subject to change, but the number of dinners included is set. 
 
Lunches are not included in this tour but the group will be stopping at locations where lunch and snacks can be purchased.
 
Currency rate
All bookings are charged in Icelandic Króna (ISK), the official currency of Iceland. Prices displayed in other currencies are indicative only and based on the daily exchange rate as issued by the Central bank of Iceland. Therefore, conversions from ISK to other currencies will fluctuate from day to day. 
 
After booking with Nordic Visitor
After booking your package with Nordic Visitor, you will be contacted within two working days by one of our travel consultants, who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all of your travel needs before, during and even after your holiday. Your travel consultant will provide you with details about your booking and your remaining payment (if not paid in full). You will also receive more information about what to expect during your holiday.

 

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