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The Best of South & West Iceland

(8 days / 7 nights)

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Experience the natural wonders of the south and west

Visit the most fascinating and scenic highlights of south and west Iceland on this guided small group premium tour, while staying at premium and boutique hotels and enjoying exclusive activities. Appreciate the knowledge of a professional local guide as you visit unique natural attractions including black sand beaches, hot springs, waterfalls, and vast volcanic areas. You will also a get a chance to sail among icebergs with a guided boat tour on the spectacular Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, delve deep Into the Glacier of a manmade ice tunnel, and learn about our volcanoes during a visit to the Westmann Islands. You will also enjoy the local cuisine on this tour, sampling delicacies with local ingredients ranging from fresh fish and tender Icelandic lamb to hearty veggie dishes and decadent desserts. The food is part of the journey on this tour!

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Why book with Nordic Visitor

  • Groups limited to 14 travellers
  • Hassle-free travel experience
  • Quality & value for your money
  • Trusted local experts in Iceland
  • 100% guaranteed departures

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Tour Highlights

  • Visit the massive floating icebergs at the Glacier Lagoon
  • Enjoy the amenities of this tour with premium hotels and activities
  • Walk the Diamond Beach, seeing the scattered, glistening ice
  • Feel the power of the thundering waterfall Gullfoss
  • Marvel at eruptions at the Geysir geothermal region
  • Take a ferry to Vestmannaeyjar and explore the island
  • Explore the national parks Þingvellir & Vatnajökull
  • Touch the intense blue ice inside the manmade ice tunnel, Into the Glacier
  • Photograph the jagged basalt columns & sweeping black sand beaches
  • See the cascading waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss & Skógafoss

Interest

Luxury Travel i

Pace level

Level 1 (At Leisure) i

Activity level

Level 1 (Easy) i

Season

June-August

Max group size

14

Driving distance

1406/873 km/mi

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: ARRIVAL TO ICELAND

    On arrival at Keflavik International Airport, you will be welcomed and driven 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. 

    Then at 17:00, join your guide and fellow group members for an exclusive 1-hour city walk, where you will become better acquainted with Reykjavik. You will explore the major highlights and learn about the city's history while making your way to a gourmet restaurant where you and the group will enjoy a welcome dinner.

    Spend the night in Reykjavík at Konsúlat Hotel or similar.

    Included:
    • Private meet & greet airport transfer on arrival
    • 1 - 1,5 hour walk around Reykjavík with Guide
    • Welcome Dinner with group

    Average Driving Distance: 49 km/ 30 mi.

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  • Day 2: BORGARFJÖRÐUR & INTO THE GLACIER

    This morning, your guide will meet you at the hotel and you will begin your journey to the idyllic Icelandic countryside, starting with the bountiful Borgarfjörður area. Sights along the way include a visit to a strawberry farm, the twin waterfalls Hraunfossar and Barnafoss along with the Deildartunguhver hot spring.

    After sightseeing, you will join a tour to take you Into the Glacier, where you will explore a large, man-made ice tunnel. Here, you will get to learn about glaciers while exploring one from the inside. Quite a unique experience!

    Spend the night in Borgarfjörður at B59 Hotel or similar.

    Included:
    • Strawberries from an Icelandic Farm
    • Into the Glacier tour & transfer to glacier
    • Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel
    • Dinner at hotel

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

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  • Day 3: THE CLASSIC GOLDEN CIRCLE

    You have a full day to visit the Golden Circle region, a popular route for viewing some of the best-known natural sites in Iceland. First, get ready for a visit to Þingvellir National Park, which appears on UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list for being historically significant to 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 before. Your guide will then take you to Friðheimar, a lovely farm that has horse stables and greenhouses that grow fresh tomatoes.

    Spend the night in the Golden Circle area at Grímsborgir or similar.

    Included:
    • Visit to Friðheimar and a bloody Mary drink
    • Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel
    • Dinner at Grímsborgir

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

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  • Day 4: WESTMAN ISLANDS

    Today you will get to visit the volcanic region of Vestmannaeyjar, the Westman Islands. You will board a ferry in the morning with your guide and sail to the small island chain, disembarking on Heimaey. You will have lunch at the restaurant Slippurinn, where you will enjoy the fresh fish before driving around the island and learning about its rich history. You will then visit Eldheimar Museum, which takes a close look at the devasting volcanic eruption of just a few decades ago. The group will take the ferry back in the late afternoon and you will be transported to your accommodation in the Golden Circle area.
     
    Spend the night in Golden Circle area at Grímsborgir or similar

    Included:
    • Ferry to Vestmannaeyjar
    • Bus tour around Vestmannaeyjar islands
    • Entrance to Eldheimar Museum
    • Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel
    • Lunch at Slippurinn

    Average Driving Distance: 188 km/ 116 mi (to and from the ferry and hotel)
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 9-10 Hours

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  • Day 5: THE SCENIC SOUTH COAST

    This morning your guide will head to some of the best-known attractions in the south of Iceland. The first leg of your journey is along the south coast, with a stop the interactive exhibition at the LAVA Centre, before continuing to the fairy tale-like Seljalandsfoss waterfall—the only one of its kind in Iceland where you can walk behind the cascade on a footpath! Further along you can visit the magnificent 60 metre free-falling Skógafoss waterfall in Skógar. From there, the journey takes you past the beautiful Eyjafjöll mountain range.
     

    Then, check out the volcanic black sand beaches near the village of Vík í Mýrdal and the 120 metre-high promontory of Dyrhólaey with its spectacular rock arch, jagged bird cliffs and awe-inspiring views along with the Reynisdrangar basalt columns jutting out of the ocean. Your private guide will next take you to the Fjaðrarárgljúfur canyon, before continuing to your accommodation for the evening.

    Spend the night in Kirkjubæjarklaustur area at Magma Hotel or similar.

    Included:
    • Entrance to Lava Center
    • Tasting and Welcome drinks at Hotel Magma
    • Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel
    • Dinner at Hotel Magma

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

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  • Day 6: GLACIER LAGOON & VATNAJÖKULL

    Today’s drive takes you 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. Next, you will head to the smaller Fjallsárlón Glacier Lagoon, before continuing to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, where you will take a guided zodiac boat tour among the floating icebergs. Adjacent to the glacier lagoon, you will visit the Diamond Beach, where you will see chunks of sparkling ice dotting the shore like diamonds.

    Spend the night in Kirkjubæjarklaustur area at Magma Hotel or similar.

    Included:
    • Zodiac 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 7: GEOTHERMAL ENERGY & LANGOUSTINES

    Your guide will drive along the south coast this morning before arriving for a delicious langoustine lunch at Fjöruborðið, in the charming village of Stokkseyri. Your day continues with a drive to Hveragerði, the capital of hot springs in Iceland. You will get to see Iceland’s geothermal activity at work with a demonstration of cooking bread in the hot earth and boiling eggs in an active hot spring. You will end the day in Reykjavik, where you can spend the evening at leisure.

    Spend the night in Reykjavík at Konsúlat Hotel or similar.

    Included:
    • Entrance to the Geothermal Park in Hveragerði
    • Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel
    • Lunch at Fjöruborðið

    Average Driving Distance: 249 km/ 182 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8 Hours

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  • Day 8: DEPARTURE FROM ICELAND

    When it's time for your Iceland adventure to end, 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 to visit the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa to relax in the warm mineral waters before continuing to the airport (optional: not included).

    Included:
    • Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel
    • Private Transfer to Keflavík International Airport on Departure

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

    Attractions Optional Activity

Map

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

Accommodation

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

Rooms with private WC and shower (or bath) in a three- or four-star hotel or the best accommodation available in the area at the time of booking. All provide breakfast (included in the price).

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.

Tour Information

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. 

Please note that this tour is not recommended for families with young children.

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 travellers, on their own, would not hear about or visit. They always have some tricks 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.

ACCOMMODATION
Our team of local travel experts at Nordic Visitor have put together a list of wonderful premium hotels for your stay in Iceland. We carefully select hotels in Reykjavik and the countryside based on excellent ratings, top service, quality and comfort. To browse the detailed list of premium hotels available for this tour, please view the accommodation tab for this tour online.  

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.

FOOD & DRINK 
A daily breakfast buffet is included at your booked hotels for the duration of your stay. You will also enjoy five included dinners and one included lunch during your travel around the country. Dinner will include either a set 2-3 course 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 dietary 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.

The average cost of meals depends on the type of restaurant, but for lunch we’d say that the average cost is from 2.500 ISK to 3.500 ISK per person. The average cost of dinner can range from 3.000 ISK up to 6.500 ISK per person for the main entree. Three course dinners at restaurants are priced around 7.000 ISK to 11.000 ISK per person.

ABOUT THE INCLUDED ACTIVITIES
We include a zodiac boat tour in your package*, where you will sail among the massive icebergs in the picturesque scenery of Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. The excursion takes roughly 40 minutes and includes an English-speaking guide who will explain to you the geology of the region and interesting facts about the lagoon. Everyone on board will receive a life vest which they must wear during the cruise.

Also included is the excursion, Into the Glacier. You will board a modified truck that can traverse the glacier and will be driven to the ice tunnel. An English-speaking driver and guide will accompany you and will be provided crampons before entering the tunnel.

For your day trip to Vestmanneyjar, a round-trip ferry journey is included in your tour package.

WHAT TO PACK

  • A small backpack to store your items on the bus
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Sturdy hiking boots
  • Camera
  • Lip balm and moisturiser
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Swimsuit and towel are recommended
  • Water bottle to enjoy the clean Icelandic water
  • For more information on what to pack, please visit our Online Travel Guide.
     

LUGGAGE INFORMATION 
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 might 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.

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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