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The Best of Iceland

(12 days / 11 nights)

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See the best of what Iceland has to offer

Experience the very best of Iceland’s scenic Ring Road and Snæfellsnes Peninsula, with attractions including national parks, icebergs, volcanic eruption sites, lava fields, waterfalls, hot springs and much more. The small group gives you a great sense of camaraderie and closer interactions with your guide, and the well-appointed accommodations will leave you well rested for each leg of this amazing journey.

12 days / 11 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 679900 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

Type

Guided Small Groups

Interest

Classic, Slow Paced

Season

June - Aug

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.

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.
• 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.

Meals in this tour
Not all dinners are included for each night of this tour. We do include group dinners in the more remote rural areas in Iceland, but for towns that have a variety of dining options we allow you to choose your own restaurant. Your tour guide will be able to tell you about the local availability and offer recommendations.

Group size: Maximum group size is 16 participants.

Departures Mark your calendar for an unforgettable adventure!

  • 16.05.2018
  • 13.06.2018
  • 27.06.2018
  • 11.07.2018
  • 08.08.2018
  • 05.09.2018

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: Arrival to Iceland and Reykjavik

    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: Golden Circle and Geothermal Farm Visit

    This morning you and your fellow travellers will be picked up by your guide. Then the first leg of our journey takes us around the Golden Circle, a popular route containing some of the best-known natural phenomena in Iceland.

    Starting at the UNESCO-listed Þingvellir National Park, we will see the site of the ancient assembly grounds as well as the visible rift where two tectonic plates are slowly separating. We will also visit the Gullfoss waterfall and the Geysir geothermal area, where the Strokkur geyser spouts hot water every few minutes. The last stop in this area will be at the Friðheimar farm, where we’ll get to taste geothermally-grown tomatoes from their greenhouse.

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

    Spend the night in the Hella Area.

    Driving distance approx. 250 km / 155 mi.

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  • Day 3: Westman Islands, the “Pompeii of the North”

    We start the day with a drive along the south coast to the Landeyjahofn harbour, where we will take a 30-minute ferry ride to the Westman Islands (Vestmanneyjar). This archipelago is well known for its volcanic activity, such as the sudden 1973 volcanic eruption in the middle of the town of Heimaey and the incredible creation of its newest island, Surtsey, from 1963 to 1967.

    At Heimaey we will be greeted by a local guide and join a bus tour around the main island. We will visit the Storhöfði headlands—a popular puffin nesting spot, the volcanic crater and the new museum about the eruption. Then in the afternoon we will sail along the coastline to see unique ocean caves, various seabirds and, occasionally during the summer, groups of whales. Afterwards we will enjoy some instrumental music in the Klettshellir ocean cave, a natural echo chamber.

    Spend another night in the Hella area.

    Driving distance approx. 72 km / 45 mi.
    Ferry to Westman Islands approx. 30 min. each way

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  • Day 4: Volcanic Wonders of the South Coast

    This is another day of volcanic discovery! First we will start the day at the fairy talelike Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where we can walk behind the misty cascade on a footpath. After spending some time at the majestic waterfall, you will go to nearby Hvolsvöllur, to visit the Lava Centre, a newly opened interactive exhibition about Iceland’s volcanic activity, its frequent earthquakes and how Iceland evolved over millions of years.

    Next is a stop to the magnificent Skógafoss waterfall and the Skógar folk museum that displays interesting artifacts from Iceland’s old farming and fishing days. The last stop today is at the black sand volcanic beach near the village of Vík í Mýrdal. Here, you will be able to see the spectacular rock arch and bird nesting cliffs of Dyrhólaey and the Reynisdrangar basalt columns rising out of the ocean.

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

    Spend the night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

    Note: The cliffs at Dyrhólaey are closed from mid-May until late June due to puffin nesting season.

    Driving distance approx. 160 km / 99 mi.

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  • Day 5: Skaftafell and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

    Today’s drive takes us to some of Iceland’s most photogenic attractions, including a visit to the beautiful Skaftafell area of Vatnajökull National Park, named for Iceland’s largest glacier. Here you have the option of hiking to the beautiful Svartifoss waterfall, which drops over a wide cliff of basalt columns that resemble organ pipes.

    After lunch, the journey continues to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where we will sail among the floating icebergs on a guided boat tour. In the late afternoon you will have free time to walk around the small seaside village of Höfn and enjoy dinner at your leisure.

    Spend the night in the Höfn í Hornarfjörður area.

    Driving distance approx. 200 km / 124 mi.

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  • Day 6: Fishing Villages & Rugged Fjords in East Iceland

    Today we will driving along majestic East Iceland, with scenery that includes tranquil fishing villages, narrow fjords, rugged tundra and sweeping landscapes. Along the way we will stop in two small villages: Stöðvarfjörður, where we will visit Petra’s Mineral Collection, a small museum with a geological focus; and Fáskrúðsfjörður, known for its French heritage.

    Later in the evening, after a stop at our accommodation in Egilsstaðir, we will travel to Seyðisfjörður for a leisurely walk around town and dinner. Seyðisfjörður is one of the most enchanting villages in Iceland with its well-preserved wooden houses and steep mountains in the fjord.

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

    Spend the night in Egilsstaðir.

    Driving distance Höfn to Egilsstaðir approx. 261 km / 162mi.
    Driving distance Egilsstaðir to Seyðisfjörður and back 52km / 32 mi.

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  • Day 7:  Moon-like North Iceland & Geothermal Baths

    Today our destination is North Iceland, where you will be amazed by the raw power of Icelandic nature. The first place to illustrate this is the roaring Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall. Standing next to the thundering water here is an experience you won’t soon forget! Next we will explore the renowned lunar landscapes of the Lake Mývatn area with visits to the Námaskarð pass and the Skútustaðagígar pseudo craters.

    After our sightseeing you will have the option of relaxing in the warm geothermal pools and saunas at the Mývatn Nature Baths, with a view to mountains and lava fields. From there, we will head to the town of Akureyri, our next overnight destination.

    Spend the night in Akureyri.

    Driving distance approx. 267 km / 166 mi.

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  • Day 8: Capital of North Iceland & Whale Watching

    In the morning you will have the option to join a whale watching tour from Akureyri or enjoy free time to explore the town on your own. As the largest town outside Greater Reykjavik, Akureyri offers a variety of cosy cafés, small shops and interesting places for a walk such as the historical town centre. One suggestion here is to walk along the streets of Hafnarstræti and Aðalstræti to view the old houses and visit the Nonni Museum.

    In the afternoon your guide will take you on a short sightseeing tour around Eyjafjörður, the beautiful fjord where Akureyri is located. In the evening you are free to choose your own dinner from among the good quality restaurants in the Akureyri city centre.

    Spend another night in Akureyri.

    Driving distance approx. 0 - 120 km / 0 - 75 mi. depending on your chosen activities

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  • Day 9: Peninsula of the Trolls & Valley of the Horses

    Today we continue towards Skagafjörður, a tranquil rural area known not only for its natural beauty but also for its abundance of purebred Icelandic horses. On our way there, our drive takes us through the beautiful, mountainous area of Tröllaskagi (“peninsula of the trolls”). We will also stop in the old fishing village of Siglufjörður to visit the Herring Era Museum and pass through the town of Hofsós, one of the oldest trading ports in North Iceland.

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

    Spend the night in the Skagafjörður area.

    Driving distance approx. 160 km / 100 miles

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  • Day 10: Hidden Gems of the Northwest & Snæfellsnes

    Today’s drive takes us through Northwest Iceland to Snæfellsnes Peninsula, with a few stops at some lesser-known attractions. On the way we will visit Eiriksstadir, homestead of the famous Vikings Erik the Red and his son Leif “The Lucky” Eiríksson. Here you can explore inside the replica turf-house and meet guides in Viking Age costume who demonstrate the way of life from over 1,000 years ago.

    We will also make stops in the charming village Stykkishólmur and at the Bjarnahöfn Shark Museum, where you can taste traditional fermented shark if you are feeling brave. Finally, we will stop to admire the church-shaped mountain of Kirkjufell in Grundarfjörður before ending our day at the location of our overnight accommodation.

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

    Spend the night on Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

    Driving distance approx. 333 km / 207 mi.

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  • Day 11: The Magic of Snæfellsjökull National Park

    For the last day of our guided tour, we will spend the day exploring the rest of Snæfellsnes Peninsula before heading back to the capital city. Our biggest highlight is Snæfellsnesjökll National Park, named for the mystical Snæfellsjökull glacier-volcano located here, is renowned for its beautiful coastline and lava field surroundings. Some of the sights we will take in here include Arnarstapi, Dritvík Cove and the Vatnshellir lava cave.

    On return to Reykjavik, you will be dropped off at your hotel and you can enjoy dinner and the rest of the evening at your leisure.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

    Driving distance approx. 265 km / 165 miles

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  • Day 12: Departure from Reykjavik

    When it’s time to depart, you will be picked up from the hotel for your airport transfer 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.

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

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.

Experience was excellent

Our tour guide, "Steen" was excellent. He was knowledgeable, entertaining and managed our group very well. The van was very comfortable and the handling of our luggage was excellent. The hotels we stayed in were all very comfortable. Bjorg was very helpful in answering our questions, before we made our reservations online, which we were a bit nervous to do without talking with her. Our experience was excellent. The tour pace was good. While Iceland is terribly interesting, the tour took us to places that confirmed that.

Very pleasant and complete tour

I feel we had the best tour guide there could have been. Steinthor was a native Icelandic man with extensive knowledge of the history and tales of the land and shared it freely with us. He made us all feel safe and comfortable. We were able to ask any questions we wanted knowing he would answer to the best of his ability. The food in the hotels was always top quality and quantity. The whole tour was a very pleasant and complete experience. I went home feeling like I experienced the country of Iceland as much as one could in nine days.

Thanks ever so much

Dear Ms Eiriksdottir 
 
First and foremost, allow me to congratulate you and your team on the fantastic itinerary and well put together welcome pack. I've travelled quite extensively and often tend to do bookings directly with the attractions and hotels as experiences with travel agents/tour operators has proved mediocre or sometimes downright disappointing. However, the Nordic Visitor is a lovely exception. Right from the itinerary to the welcome back and the thoroughly professional and considerate driver pick up (Harold I believe was the gentleman's name), it has been a pleasure to start my solo trip to what seems to be an amazing country.
 
Thanks ever so much
 

Accommodation

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Quality

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Price per person from

Approx 679900 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

Monthly price comparison Our best price per person when booking for two.

2018

Tour Information

If you are interested in extending your stay, we can book extra night and activities in the Reykjavík area or even combine this tour with a visit to Greenland or our other Nordic destinations.
 
Meals during the tour
Included in this package are 5 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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