IMPORTANT & USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT THIS TOUR
We recommend that all of our travellers read through the following information about what the tour includes, what to pack for your holiday and useful information about the activities included on the tour.
OUR NORDIC VISITOR GUIDES
Our team of local expert guides at Nordic Visitor are highly recommended by our travellers and staff with years of experience. What they offer is local knowledge, love for their country, their stories, favourite places and sites where travelers, on their own, would not hear about or visit. They always have some trick up their sleeves and hidden gems to surprise our clients and therefore we recommend that you join our guided small group tours to get a personal experience for your Icelandic adventure. There will be one guide per tour, who will drive and lead the tour.
For winter tours, our guide will provide you with blankets and crampons to borrow at any time. The guide will also have a tripod for guests to use if needed.
Please be advised that this tour is not recommended for families with young children.
Our team of local travel experts at Nordic Visitor have put together a list of wonderful hotels for your stay in Iceland. The hotels that we use are based on our top favourites in Reykjavik and in the countryside, with an emphasis on quality, excellent ratings and comfort. As one of our main aims for our winter tours is to increase your chance of seeing the northern lights, we have selected a hotel located in rural areas, far from city lights.
Note: Triple rooms are not available for this tour, only single and double rooms. Please contact us for booking assistance if your group contains three or more people.
ICELANDAIR HOTEL REYKJAVIK MARINA OR SIMILAR IN REYKJAVIK
Icelandair Hotel Marina is situated in the middle of Reykjavik´s city centre in the up and coming art district at Reykjavik Old Harbour. This highly-rated hotel offers a charming restaurant and bar, along with other amenities such as a small gym and a cinema. The rooms at Icelandair Hotel Marina are decorated with contemporary Icelandic designs and pay homage to the island’s maritime culture.
MAGMA HOTEL IN KIRKJUBÆJARKLAUSTUR
Magma Hotel is a a small, intimate hotel with spacious and comfortable rooms, excellent amenities and a modern Nordic design aesthetic. The property has views of lava fields, a black sand river and Vatnajökull glacier can be seen from the hotel. Rooms feature a patio that looks out towards the impressive South Iceland nature. Magma is one of the best-rated hotels in Iceland.
FOOD & DRINK
A daily breakfast buffet is included at the hotels during your stay. You will also enjoy two included dinners at Magma Hotel. They will include either a set dinner menu or a dinner buffet with a good variety of local fresh ingredients. You can choose meat, fish or vegetarian dishes by notifying your travel consultant in advance of any dietery restrictions.
Other meals are not included, but the guide will make sure to stop along the way for you to pick up snacks, drinks and lunch. Drinks are also not included during the trip. You will find a great selection of restaurants in Reykjavik during your stay for the first and last night in the city centre.
The average cost of meals depend on the type of restaurant, but for lunch we’d say that the average cost is from 2500 ISK to 3500 ISK. The average cost of dinner can range from 3000 ISK up to 6500 ISK for the main entree. Three course dinners at restaurants are priced around 7000 ISK to 11000 ISK.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE ICE CAVE, GLACIER WALK & NORTHERN LIGHTS
Please be advised that the ice cave & glacier walk tour is very weather dependent. Sometimes the tour has to be cancelled with short notice due to weather conditions or other safety concerns. After periods of adverse weather, the caves can become flooded, unstable or unsafe to enter. If this happens, a full refund will be provided for the tour. Also, please keep in mind that your group might not be the only group visiting the ice cave during the tour.
Please note that the northern lights are a natural phenomenon and sightings cannot be guaranteed. You will stay in a rural hotel to maximise your chances of seeing the northern lights.
WHAT TO PACK
A small backpack to store your items on the bus
Warm outdoor clothing. including a thermal base layer
Waterproof jacket and pants
Hats and gloves
Sturdy hiking boots
Lip balm & moisturiser
Swimsuit & towel are recommended
Water bottle to enjoy the clean Icelandic water
For more information on what to pack, please visit our Online Travel Guide.
To ensure comfortable seating for everyone on our tour, we need to limit the size and amount of luggage on the van. Each guest is allowed one suitcase or large bag that can be stored in the back of the van and one smaller item (e.g., a small backpack or daypack) to keep inside the van for daily essentials like camera, wallet, medications and so forth. Unfortunately carry-on suitcases (cabin bags) are too large to store inside the van in the overhead racks. If you have any questions about luggage your Nordic Visitor travel consultant will be able to assist you.
SAFETY, DAYLIGHT HOURS & WEATHER CONDITIONS
Please note that the programme is dependent upon weather and road conditions, and may be altered if conditions are not favourable. In the case of major changes to the programme, you will be notified and we will do our best to make sure that your experience will not be affected.
For information on weather conditions and daylight hours we recommend visiting our extensive Online Travel Guide.
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.
Note: Nordic Visitor’s Forever Yours Deposit policy does not apply to Guided Small Group Tours cancelled less than 4 weeks before departure date