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The Natural Wonders of Iceland

(9 days / 8 nights)

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See Iceland’s treasures through the eyes of a local

This guided small group tour takes you on a classic route around the island, with an emphasis on Icelandic nature. Each day of this journey offers unique insights into the culture, new adventures and a fascinating diversity of landscapes. Starting from Reykjavik, an experienced local guide will take you to Iceland’s most talked about attractions along with some hidden gems you may not find in the guidebooks!

9 days / 8 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 439900 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

Why book with Nordic Visitor

  • Groups limited to 16 travellers
  • Hassle-free travel experience
  • Quality & value for your money
  • Trusted local experts in Iceland
  • 100% guaranteed departures

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Tour Highlights

  • Circle Iceland on the Ring Road, one of the best road trips in the world
  • Explore the famous Golden Circle route
  • Sail among the massive floating icebergs at the Glacier Lagoon on an included boat tour
  • Tour the south coast, including the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss
  • Discover the volcanic Lake Mývatn and its beautiful surroundings 
  • Photograph the jagged basalt columns & sweeping black sand beaches
  • Walk the quaint streets of Akureyri, the unofficial capital of north Iceland
  • Enjoy an optional whale watching tour from Húsavík  
  • Taste Icelandic cuisine with local, fresh ingredients 
 

Travel style

Guided Small Groups i

Interest

Best Seller i, Classic i, Midnight sun i, Soft Activities i

Pace level

Level 2 (Classic) i

Activity level

Level 1 (Easy) i

Season

14 Apr - 22 Sep

Max group size

16

Guaranteed departures

Group size: Maximum group size is 16 participants.

  • Arrival
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  • Thursday 10 May 2018
    439900 ISK
    2 spaces left
  • Thursday 17 May 2018
    439900 ISK
    2 spaces left
  • Thursday 24 May 2018
    Sold out
  • Thursday 7 June 2018
    439900 ISK
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  • Thursday 14 June 2018
    439900 ISK
    1 space left
  • Thursday 21 June 2018
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  • Saturday 23 June 2018
    439900 ISK
    4 spaces left
  • Thursday 28 June 2018
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  • Saturday 30 June 2018
    439900 ISK
    10+ spaces left
  • Thursday 5 July 2018
    Sold out
  • Saturday 7 July 2018
    439900 ISK
    9 spaces left
  • Thursday 12 July 2018
    Sold out
  • Thursday 19 July 2018
    439900 ISK
    1 space left
  • Saturday 21 July 2018
    439900 ISK
    10+ spaces left
  • Thursday 26 July 2018
    439900 ISK
    3 spaces left
  • Thursday 2 August 2018
    439900 ISK
    6 spaces left
  • Saturday 11 August 2018
    439900 ISK
    6 spaces left
  • Thursday 16 August 2018
    439900 ISK
    5 spaces left
  • Thursday 23 August 2018
    439900 ISK
    2 spaces left
  • Thursday 30 August 2018
    439900 ISK
    10+ spaces left
  • Thursday 6 September 2018
    439900 ISK
    10+ spaces left
  • Thursday 13 September 2018
    439900 ISK
    10+ spaces left
  • Thursday 20 September 2018
    439900 ISK
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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.

    Attractions Optional Activity
  • Day 2: The famous Golden Circle and greenhouse visit

    This morning your guide will meet you at the hotel and you will head to Þingvellir, a national park which has been nominated as a UNESCO world heritage site. It is an ancient assembly site of the Vikings, set in the picturesque area of vast lava fields, a tranquil lake and deep gorges. Next, you will visit the great Geysir area with its spouting geysers and colourful hot springs. The tour will continue to Gullfoss, “The Golden Waterfall”, where you can see white water thrash and tumble down the two-tiers, falling metres below.

    Finally, we will make a special stop at Friðheimar farm, where we’ll get to taste geothermally-grown tomatoes from their greenhouse. This unique experience allows you to sample the tasty tomatoes and visit with the farmers that have such a great passion for their work.  

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

    Spend the night in Selfoss.

    Average Driving Distance: 180km / 112 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 7-8 Hours

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  • Day 3: Volcanic Wonders of the South Coast

    This morning you and your fellow travellers will learn about Iceland‘s unique geology. You will 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.

    The next leg of the tour is along the south coast, with a stop at the fairytale-like Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can experience walking right behind the misty cascade, and the gorgeous 60-metre high Skógafoss waterfall just a short drive down the road. Further ahead at Vík, you can make a stop at the black volcanic beach south of the village, from where you can view the rock formations Dyrhólaey* and Reynisdrangar.

    Ending the day in Kirkjuibæjarklaustur with dinner included.

    Driving distance approx. 200 km / 124 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 7-8 Hours

    *Please note that Dyrhólaey is closed from mid-May to the end of June due to nesting birds.

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  • Day 4: 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. Afterwards we will begin driving along the majestic East Fjords on our way to our next accommodation.

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

    Spend the night in the Breiðdalsvík area.

    Driving distance approx. 357 km / 221 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8-9 Hours

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  • Day 5: Rugged East Fjords to Moon-like North Iceland

    This is a long day with a lot of diverse sights! Today’s scenery in East Iceland includes tranquil fishing villages, narrow fjords, rugged tundra and sweeping landscapes. After reaching North Iceland, prepare to be amazed by the roaring Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall. Next we will explore the natural beauty of Lake Mývatn and its lunar landscapes with visits to the Námaskarð pass and the Skútustaðagígar pseudo craters. This is a great day for geology enthusiasts! 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. Our journey ends in the seaside village of Húsavík, known locally as “Europe’s Whale Watching Capital."

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

    Spend the night in Húsavík.

    Average Driving Distance: 345km / 215 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8-9 Hours

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  • Day 6: Ásbyrgi Canyon and the Whale Village

    We start the day by driving to Jökulsárgljúfur National Park. Here we will visit the horseshoe-shaped Ásbyrgi canyon, which according to legend was formed by a footprint from the Norse god Odin's eight-legged horse.

    In the afternoon we will return to Húsavík, where you can enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. You can relax and stroll around the harbour or perhaps join one of the excellent whale watching tours (optional). Dinner will also be on your own this evening in the village.

    Spend another night in Húsavík.

    Driving distance approx. 125 km / 78 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 4 Hours

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  • Day 7: Capital of North Iceland - Akureyri

    Leaving the Húsavík area today, our first highlight of the journey is Goðafoss, “The Waterfall of the Gods”. We will then make our way to the charming town of Akureyri, where we will take a stroll through the town centre that is always full of life during summer.

    After lunch you will have some free time to explore on your own for a while, and then we will continue onwards through the tranquil farmlands of Skagafjörður on our way to our next accommodation.

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

    Spend the night in the Skagafjörður area.

    Driving distance approx. 210 km / 130 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 7-8 Hours

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  • Day 8: Borgarfjörður & West Coast

    Before heading back to Reykjavík, you will get a chance to explore the incredible western part of Iceland along beautiful Borgarfjörður. Your guide will stop at Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe, as well as the spectacular twin waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss.  After being dropped off at your accommodation, you can spend the evening at your leisure in the city centre of Reykjavik.

    Average Driving Distance: 370km / 230 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8-9 Hours

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  • Day 9: Departure Day

    When it’s time to depart, you will transfer from the hotel to Keflavik Airport by bus about three hours before your flight. If your departure is in the afternoon, you have the option of visiting the Blue Lagoon* geothermal spa to relax in the warm mineral waters before continuing to the airport.

    Optional Activity

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.

Breath-taking natural wonders!

Our guide/driver was friendly, knowledgable, and a delight, sharing sagas and stories, which added to our knowlege and enjoyment tremendously...sites were all wonderful...Iceland is such a hidden treasure we'd never known about and are happy to share our experiences with others and encourage them to visit your wonderful country of breath-taking natural wonders!

Thanks for everything

Our tour guides we awesome. The lady that did our city tour was well informed and kept the kids entertained. After that tour, I was looking for street art whenever we walked somewhere. Our tour guide that we had for the golden city tour was well versed and loved her job. Throughout the whole experience, I never had a bad customer service experience and welcomed by all. We were a bit bummed that it snowed the second day, but that only last a little bit. Since moving to the UK the kids haven't seen snow, so it was fun to have a snowball fight. Thanks for everything, the trip was grand.

We saw the Northern lights

Amelia and myself really enjoyed the tour. I was very surprised that the tour was happening although there were only five of us. We really appreciate it very much that you made the tour happened as Amelia could not travel on other timings. Hotels were comfortable and meals were good. The tour itinerary met our expectation as we were introduced to what Iceland could offer as a whole. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and told us interesting stories. I have never heard of Iceland sagas before this trip. He was so enthusiastic about the Northern Lights! I am so glad I saw it and he took a photo of us for our remembrance. After seeing it on 15 April he still continued to go out on subsequent evenings to see if we could view it further as he said that might a chance to see it. That was commendable although we did not see it again.

Sorry to leave

Anita was great. She set up our itinerary and had things lined up and answered all my questions promptly and efficiently. Tour guide was awesome. I cannot praise her highly enough. She was highly professional, and still warm, personable, friendly, incredibly knowledgeable and handled a diverse group beautifully. The greenhouse was fascinating. And, I thought the addition of a few hours at a local farmer's home was the icing on the cake. We got to meet a farmer and his family and get a sense of what life is like for them. Super! I was sorry to leave and want to come back!

Special trip

Iceland was a very special trip for me. I had been wanting to go to Iceland since 1970. Our Nordic tour was excellent and highlighted the natural wonders that I wanted to see, but I did not want to do all the driving. The tour and our guide gave us a sense of place and a knowledge that further enhanced our extended journey that included a self drive week in western Iceland and a further 8 days in Reykjavik. Appreciated the smaller tour group of 16 people rather than a large bus tour. I felt sorry for the rest of the nice group of people who participated in the 9 days of the Nordic tour because they all left Iceland after the tour, and we stayed on for another 2 1/2 weeks +. I love Iceland and I hope I can return sometime. Thank you Nordic Visitor and Iceland and Icelanders.

Truly amazing

Arnar was my Nordic Representative. very good. Our guide Christine provided an excellent tour for us. I am so glad we chose to go with the guided tour. The history, geography, culture and stories of Iceland told to us by Christine made our trip so rich. The Natural Wonders are truly amazing!

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 guesthouses that hav..

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Approx 439900 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

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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 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.

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

ACCOMMODATION
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.

To view the detailed list of hotels available for this tour, please click “VIEW” in the accommodation overview section for “Comfort”.

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 during your travel around the country. 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 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 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 GLACIER LAGOON BOAT TOUR
We include an amphibian boat tour in your package, where you will sail among the massive icebergs in the picturesque scenery of Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. While on the boat, you will get to taste the 1,000-year old ice and if you are lucky, you might even see some seals. 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.

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.
     

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.

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