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The Best of South & West Iceland

(7 days / 6 nights)

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Experience Iceland's wonders and adventures like a local

Spend a week in Iceland and let its natural beauty charm you. Go on a relaxed journey along the south and west coast, passing by some of the country’s most famous highlights. Picture yourself sailing between icebergs, exploring small fishing villages and taking photos of tall waterfalls. You’ll see the best spots, including the Golden Circle, Kirkjufell mountain and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, while taking in the local knowledge of your guide.

7 days / 6 nights

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Approx 359711 ISK

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  • Groups limited to 16 travellers
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  • Trusted local experts in Iceland
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Tour Highlights

  • Cruise between the massive floating icebergs at the glacier lagoon
  • Take in the impressive height of Kirkjufell mountain
  • Walk along the Diamond Beach, seeing the scattered, glistening ice
  • Feel the power of the thundering Gullfoss waterfall
  • Marvel at eruptions at the Geysir geothermal region
  • See Iceland’s dramatic national parks – Vatnajökull, Þingvellir and Snæfellsnes
  • Photograph the jagged basalt columns and sweeping black sand beaches
  • Admire the cascading waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss
  • Visit popular attractions such as the Lava Museum and Skógar Museum
  • Taste Icelandic cuisine with fresh, local ingredients from restaurants, farms and greenhouses

Travel style

Guided Small Groups i

Pace level

Level 2/3 (Classic) i

Activity level

Level 1/4 (Easy) i

Season

May - Aug

Max group size

16

Driving distance

1431/887 km/mi

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: ARRIVAL & EXPLORE REYKJAVÍK

    On arrival at Keflavík International Airport, you will be greeted by a driver who will transfer you to your hotel in the city centre of Reykjavík. After settling in, the rest of the day is free for you to explore the vibrant capital city. The main street, Laugavegur, has an abundance of museums, restaurants and bars, all within a short distance. Spend this evening at your leisure, making sure to try one of Reykjavík’s many gourmet restaurants for dinner.

    Spend the night at Centerhotel Miðgarður or similar.

    For those arriving early in the day, you have the option to upgrade your transfer from the airport with a visit to the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa before heading to Reykjavík. It‘s the perfect way to start your Iceland adventure.

    Included:
    • Private meet & greet airport transfer on arrival

    Average Driving Distance: 49 km/ 30 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 50 Minutes

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  • Day 2: WONDERS OF SNÆFELLSNES

    This morning, your group’s guide will meet you at the hotel to begin your journey through the idyllic Icelandic countryside. We’ll start our adventure with the bountiful Snæfellsnes peninsula, renowned for its natural beauty and diverse landscape. The highlight of the day will undoubtedly be the Snæfellsjökull glacier, believed by many to be one of Earth’s 7 major energy centres.

    Travelling along the peninsula, we’ll get to admire the coastal scenery with stunning sights such as Dritvík Cove, the Lóndrangar and Arnarstapi cliffs, the hamlet of Hellnar and various other small fishing villages. The drive will continue past the region‘s most famous sight, Kirkjufell mountain, and the town of Stykkishólmur. We’ll end the day with dinner at the hotel.  

    Spend the night at the Hótel Hamar or similar.

    Average Driving Distance: 399 km / 248 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 9-10 hours

    Included:
    • Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel
    • Dinner at Hotel Hamar

    Average Driving Distance: 196 km/ 121 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8-9 Hours

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  • Day 3: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE & FRIÐHEIMAR FARM VISIT

    We have a full day to visit the Golden Circle region, a popular route dotted with some of the best-known natural sites in Iceland. First, get ready for a visit to Þingvellir National Park. It is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites for being historically significant in the founding of Icelandic democracy and a place of immense natural beauty.

    Next up is the picture-perfect, two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall, followed by the great Geysir area to explore the bubbling mud pots and spouting Strokkur geyser.

    After a scenic drive, we’ll make a special stop at Friðheimar farm. Here you’ll get to taste geothermally grown tomatoes from one of the greenhouses as well as their delicious tomato soup. We will also meet Icelandic horses, famous for their strength, good spirit and many gaits.

    Spend the night at the Hótel Selfoss or similar.

    Included:
    • Visit to Friðheimar Guesthouse including food tasting
    • Continental Breakfast Buffet at the hotel

    Average Driving Distance: 223 km/ 138 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8 Hours

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  • Day 4: VOLCANOES, WATERFALLS & BLACK SAND BEACHES

    This morning we’ll head to some of the best-known attractions in South Iceland. The first leg of our journey is along the south coast, with a stop at the interactive exhibition of the LAVA Centre.

    We’ll then continue to the fairytale-like Seljalandsfoss waterfall. It’s the only one of its kind in Iceland – where you can walk behind the cascade on a footpath! Further along we’ll visit the magnificent 60-metre, free-falling Skógafoss waterfall in Skógar. From there, we will continue past the beautiful Eyjafjöll mountain range.

    Later, check out the volcanic black sand beaches near the village of Vík í Mýrdal and the 120-metre-high promontory of Dyrhólaey. We’ll take some time to admire its spectacular rock arch, the jagged bird cliffs and sweeping views over the Reynisdrangar sea stacks jutting out of the ocean. A local dinner will await us at our charming hotel this evening.

    Spend the night at Magma Hotel or similar.

    Included:
    • Entrance to LAVA Centre
    • Continental breakfast buffet at the hotel
    • Dinner at Magma Hotel

    Average Driving Distance: 203 km/ 126 mi
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8 Hours

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  • Day 5: GLACIER LAGOON & VATNAJÖKULL

    Today’s drive will take us to some of Iceland’s most photogenic attractions, starting with a visit to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Here we’ll enjoy a guided amphibian boat tour among the floating icebergs. Next to the glacier lagoon, we will visit the famous Diamond Beach. Walk between chunks of sparkling ice dotted along the shore like diamonds.

    Next, we will head to the smaller Fjallsárlón glacier lagoon, where we will take a lunch stop. Later, we continue to the beautiful Skaftafell area of the Vatnajökull National Park, named for Iceland’s largest glacier.

    Spend the night at Magma Hotel or similar.

    Included:
    • Guided boat tour on Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
    • Continental breakfast buffet at the hotel
    • Dinner at Hotel Magma

    Average Driving Distance: 249 km/ 154 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8-9 Hours

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  • Day 6: SKOGAR MUSEUM & THE SOUTH SHORE

    Travelling back to Reykjavík via the south shore, we will follow the beautiful coastline, spotting magnificent glaciers along the way. We’ll start the day at the breathtaking Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon, a picturesque site close to Kirkjubæjarklaustur.

    Then, we’ll drive along the glacier Eyjafjallajökull on our way to the well-known Skógar Museum where we will learn about Iceland’s cultural heritage. We’ll continue on to Reykjavík, passing through the charming village of Hveragerði and Hellisheiði mountain plateau with its amazing moss formations.

    Spend the night at Center Hotel Miðgarður or similar.

    Included:
    • Entrance to Skógar Museum
    • Continental breakfast buffet at the hotel

    Average Driving Distance: 259 km/ 161 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8 Hours

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  • Day 7: DEPARTURE DAY

    As your getaway to Iceland comes to an end, you will depart to Keflavík International Airport via a semi-private transfer, shared with fellow Nordic Visitor travellers. If you’re flying in the afternoon, you have the option to visit the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa to relax in the warm mineral waters before continuing to the airport (optional: not included).

    Included:
    • Continental breakfast buffet at the hotel
    • Semi-private transfer to Keflavík International Airport on departurel

    Average Driving Distance: 49 km / 30 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 50 Minutes

     

Map

Here’s a map of your travel route, to help put things in perspective.

Essential information

Everything you need to know about this tour before you book

We recommend that you read carefully through the following information before booking this small guided group tour in Iceland. We’ve answered the most frequently asked questions here so you know what to expect. You’ll also find more practical advice and attraction recommendations in our online Iceland Travel Guide.

On a guided group tour, a local guide will lead you and fellow travellers on an adventure in Iceland. You’ll follow a set itinerary, going on walks, excursions and dining together as a group.

Your guide will act as a driver and you’ll benefit from their in-depth knowledge of Iceland along the way. We carefully select local guides with years of experience that come highly recommended. They’ll share with you their love of their country, stories and historical knowledge as well as recommendations.

Our guides always have a trick up their sleeves to surprise you and make your experience in Iceland extra special.

You’ll travel by minibus, which is equipped with Wi-Fi. The groups are capped at 16 people so you can enjoy a more personal experience. 

The driver-guide will also be there for you if you need anything during the tour. Plus, you’ll have access to our 24/7 helpline during your trip should you need to contact us. 

All your services will be pre-booked by your personal travel consultant at Nordic Visitor. This includes your airport transfers, accommodation in Iceland, minibus and activities, as specified in the itinerary.

Due to the nature of this tour and activities included, it’s not recommended for families with young children. That said, it is suitable for well-travelled, active children of 12 years or older. If in doubt, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

To make sure you and your fellow travellers have a comfortable journey, we need to limit the size and amount of luggage in the bus. 

Each guest can bring one suitcase or large bag that can be stored in the back of the minibus and one smaller item (e.g., a 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 in the van’s overhead racks. 

If you have any questions about luggage your Nordic Visitor travel consultant will be able to assist you.

On your guided group tour, you’ll stay in accommodation that’s been hand-picked by our local Iceland travel experts. We’ve partnered with local businesses and selected hotels and guesthouses based on excellent ratings, comfort and our personal experience. 

You can view the detailed list of hotels for this trip under the accommodation tab.

During the booking steps, you can choose a single or double room. Please note that in Iceland room types are based on European standard sizes, which means they are smaller than in North America. 

For example, a double bed often consists of 2 single beds pushed together. Twin rooms are 2 separate single beds. Triple rooms are not available for this tour. If your group contains 3 or more people, please contact us for booking assistance.

This itinerary includes a few walks in nature. This means you must be prepared and able to walk between 3–5 kilometres (1.8–3 miles) daily. You also need to be able to carry your own luggage when boarding the minibus and at each hotel.

By booking with Nordic Visitor, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that there’s always someone there for you throughout your trip.

For support and advice during the day, you can ask your guide or call our office. And if anything unexpected happens outside working hours, you can reach us on our 24/7 helpline. 

The Reykjavík-based travel expert on call will handle any unforeseen situations for you, such as unusual weather or events.

If you’re arriving from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand, you won’t need a visa to visit Iceland. 

Visiting from another country? You can find the complete list of countries whose nationals require a visa to enter Iceland on the website of Iceland’s Directorate of Immigration. If you do require a visa, they maintain a list of local embassies that can assist you with the process. 

Your passport must also be valid for at least 3 months from your departure from Iceland. It’s good to check your passport expiry date early in case you need to renew it. 

Read more about visas, airports and airlines in the getting to Iceland section of our travel guide.

Only you can pick the best time to visit Iceland for your trip. It’ll depend on how much time you have to explore, what you want to see in Iceland and any events you might like to attend.

In summer, June to August, you’ll have milder temperatures and longer daylight hours, compared to the winter. This is ideal for outdoor excursions and sightseeing. 

If you’d like to experience the top attractions with fewer visitors around then you could book your summer trip in May or September. These shoulder season months have more tour and attraction availability.

The winter months are also popular, but generally quieter, apart from the Christmas holiday season. This is the ideal time to try to spot the northern lights.

Find out what annual Icelandic events and festivals are on in our travel guide. Or read more about the best time to visit Iceland on our blog.

Because of its northerly location close to the Arctic Circle, Iceland enjoys long days throughout the summer. 

Around the summer solstice, from early June until mid-July, you’ll experience almost 24 hours of daylight. This phenomenon, known as the midnight sun, occurs within the Arctic Circle and is when the sun doesn’t fully set below the horizon. 

These long daylight hours give you plenty of time to drive around and explore. That said, you may want to pack a sleeping mask if you are a light sleeper or tend to wake up at dawn. 

Find out what the daylight hours will be during the month of your visit in this guide to time and daylight in Iceland.

Summer in Iceland is mild and boasts the best weather and longest days of the year. You can expect temperatures of around 10–15°C (50–59°F), with potential lows of 5°C (41°F) and highs of 25°C (77°F). 

It’s good to know that weather conditions are changeable in Iceland, so you should come ready for sun, rain and wind. For more information on the local climate, read the page Iceland weather conditions

Please note that sightseeing is dependent on weather and road conditions. This means that your itinerary might need to be altered if these conditions are not favourable during your visit.

Even in summertime Iceland’s climate can feel cool. As you’ll probably spend a lot of time outdoors, you should be ready for a variety of weather conditions.

Here is a recommended summer packing list for your trip to Iceland:

  • Durable insulated jacket
  • Rain gear, including sturdy wind and waterproof layers, like a jacket and trousers
  • Robust walking shoes with a good grip
  • Mid-layers such as a fleece or woollen jumper
  • A few pairs of warm hiking socks
  • Hat, gloves and scarf
  • Swimwear for visiting geothermal pools or spas
  • Electronic equipment such as smartphone, external powerpack, and travel adapters
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen and eye mask for the summer sun
  • And don’t forget your camera!
     

As you won’t be able to access your suitcase while sitting on the bus, we recommend packing a backpack for your daily essentials. For more information, check out this Iceland packing list.

With Nordic Visitor, breakfast is always included at your accommodations in Iceland. You’ll also have some dinners included throughout the guided portion of this tour, as stated in your itinerary. 

These will either be a set dinner menu or a buffet with a variety of fresh, local ingredients. You’ll be able to choose from meat, fish or vegetarian options by notifying your travel consultant in advance of any dietary restrictions.

Please note that drinks are not included with your dinners.

As for the other meals, your guide will stop along the way for you to pick up snacks, drinks and lunch.

The amount of spending money you’ll need will depend on the standard of restaurants you decide to go to. 

That said, we recommend budgeting between 2,000–3,000 ISK for lunch per person, each day. Dinners at casual restaurants might cost between 3,000–6,000 ISK. Meanwhile at upscale restaurants, you can expect to pay 7,000 ISK or more. This does not include the cost of alcoholic beverages.

Yes, you can customise this tour online. During the booking process, you can add extra nights to your itinerary as well as optional day trips, excursions and upgrades. 

If you have something specific in mind, get in touch with your travel consultant and they’ll create your dream trip.

It’s best to book as soon as you can to secure your preferred travel dates. Once you have picked your tour, check the availability calendar to see which months are open for booking. Then, select the date you want and complete your booking. 

Nordic Visitor offers 10–20% deposits so you can reserve your trip as early as it’s convenient for you. The remaining balance is due 30 days before you travel. 

Many tours are also open for the following year if you like to plan well ahead. And if you have any questions or need advice, you can always contact us

After booking your tour package online, you will be contacted within 2 business days by your own dedicated travel consultant. They will be your point of contact for all your travel needs before, during and even after your trip. 

At that time, they’ll confirm the availability of your tour. Then the booking process starts, which may take a few weeks. Once this is done, your travel consultant will provide you with all the details of your trip. You will also receive more information about what to expect during your trip.

You can get in touch with our Iceland travel experts ahead of your trip if you have any questions. The live chat option is useful for getting a quick reply as someone answers live every day during office opening hours.

Once you’ve booked, we’ll provide you with a travel guide packed full of local tips and top attractions for your visit. You can also check out our online Iceland Travel Guide where we’ve compiled useful information about topics, including:

After you have booked your tour, it will only take a few days to confirm its availability. But it may take a few weeks to create your itinerary and book everything. Once your trip details are finalised, we’ll email you copies of your travel documents.

When you arrive in Iceland, you’ll receive a welcome bag with hard copies of your itinerary, attraction and tour vouchers, the Nordic Visitor Iceland Travel Guide and more.

So when do you check in? And what can you expect upon landing in Keflavík?

After picking up your luggage, you will be greeted by a driver holding a sign with your name in the arrivals hall. The driver will hand over your welcome package with hard copies of your travel documents. You’ll then be driven to your hotel in Reykjavík.

Check-in times vary between hotels and guesthouses, but it normally starts between 2 PM and 4 PM. 

You are welcome to request an early check-in for an additional fee. Although this isn’t always available, you’ll be able to store your luggage at the hotel so you can start exploring before check-in. Please contact your travel consultant well in advance of your arrival if you’d like an early check-in.

When you depart may depend on the time of your return flight. Check out early if you’re heading to the airport for a morning flight. On the other hand, if you’re flying home later in the day, you might like to enjoy a leisurely day or visit one more attraction.

You will need to check out from your room, but will be able to store your luggage at the hotel reception. Simply return later to collect your bags before catching your transfer to the airport.

All bookings are billed 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. This means conversions from ISK to other currencies will fluctuate from day to day.

Accommodation

Relax in spacious, characterful hotels that are highly rated by visitors and handpicked by local travel experts.

Look forward to staying in accommodation with plenty of charm. All the hotels on your tour are ideally located and feature high-quality amenities and restaurants. Rest assured that you’ll stay in the best possible properties, which have all received excellent reviews from previous customers.

Miðgarður by Center Hotels is a modern accommodation located in the heart of Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík. You’ll find it at the end of the city’s main sho...

Hotel Hamar is located just outside the charming town of Borgarnes in West Iceland. This is the ideal location to spend the night as you explore this region of Iceland or tour the Ring Roa...

Hotel Selfoss is a quality four star hotel overlooking the Ölfus River, offering tranquility with a modern touch. With 99 well-appointed rooms and suites with satellite TV and interne...

Magma Hotel is 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 ri...

Magma Hotel is 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 ri...

Miðgarður by Center Hotels is a modern accommodation located in the heart of Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík. You’ll find it at the end of the city’s main sho...

The hotels mentioned are our first priority for this tour. Please note that although we have included specific accommodations in the tour, these are subject to change in rare cases. We reserve the right to substitute a named property in the same locality for one of a similar standard. We will send you the final list of hotels before you arrive for your tour.

Guaranteed departures

Maximum group size is 16 participants.

Price p.p. from

Approx 359711 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

  • Arrival
    Price
    Availability
  • Saturday 27 May 2023
    359711 ISK
    Available
  • Friday 2 June 2023
    435179 ISK
    Available
  • Friday 16 June 2023
    435179 ISK
    Available
  • Saturday 8 July 2023
    435179 ISK
    Available
  • Saturday 15 July 2023
    435179 ISK
    Available
  • Saturday 22 July 2023
    435179 ISK
    Available
  • Saturday 12 August 2023
    435179 ISK
    Available
  • Saturday 26 August 2023
    435179 ISK
    Available

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