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Natural Wonders of Iceland

(10 days / 9 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 Icelandic road trip around the island, with an emphasis on 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!

10 days / 9 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 395600 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, including hot springs and cascading waterfalls
  • Sail among the massive floating icebergs at the Glacier Lagoon
  • Walk the Diamond Beach, seeing the scattered, glistening ice
  • 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
  • Survey the splendid Snæfellsnes peninsula
  • 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 from restaurants, farms & greenhouses
 

Travel style

Guided Small Groups i

Interest

Best Seller i, Classic i

Pace level

Level 2 (Classic) i

Activity level

Level 1 (Easy) i

Season

Apr - Sep

Max group size

16

Driving distance

2328/1447 km/mi

Guaranteed departures

Group size: Maximum group size is 16 participants.

  • Arrival
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  • Thursday 11 April 2019
    443740 ISK
    Available
  • Thursday 18 April 2019
    443740 ISK 377179 ISK
    Available
  • Thursday 25 April 2019
    443740 ISK 377179 ISK
    Available
  • Thursday 2 May 2019
    465412 ISK 395600 ISK
    Available
  • Thursday 9 May 2019
    465412 ISK
    Available
  • Thursday 16 May 2019
    465412 ISK
    Available
  • Thursday 23 May 2019
    465412 ISK
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  • Thursday 30 May 2019
    465412 ISK
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  • Thursday 6 June 2019
    498658 ISK
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  • Thursday 13 June 2019
    498658 ISK
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  • Sunday 16 June 2019
    498658 ISK
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  • Thursday 20 June 2019
    498658 ISK
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  • Thursday 27 June 2019
    498658 ISK
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  • Thursday 4 July 2019
    498658 ISK
    Available
  • Thursday 11 July 2019
    498658 ISK
    Available
  • Thursday 18 July 2019
    498658 ISK
    Available
  • Thursday 25 July 2019
    498658 ISK
    Available
  • Thursday 1 August 2019
    498658 ISK
    Available
  • Sunday 4 August 2019
    498658 ISK
    Available
  • Thursday 8 August 2019
    498658 ISK
    Available
  • Thursday 15 August 2019
    498658 ISK
    Available
  • Thursday 22 August 2019
    498658 ISK
    Available
  • Thursday 29 August 2019
    498658 ISK
    Available
  • Thursday 5 September 2019
    487966 ISK
    Available
  • Thursday 12 September 2019
    487966 ISK
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  • Thursday 19 September 2019
    487966 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 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 with its abundance of museums, restaurants and bars to suit all tastes. If you're interested in checking out Icelandic design or experiencing the city's thriving coffee culture, head to the main street, Laugavegur, and enjoy its various shops and cosy cafes.

    Spend the night at Skuggi Hotel or similar.

    Included:
    • Private meet & greet airport transfer on arrival
    • Welcome drink and group information meeting with your guide

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

    Attractions Accommodation details Optional Activity
  • Day 2: The famous Golden Circle & Friðheimar Farm 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. 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 two-tiers, falling metres below.

    After a scenic drive, the tour will make a special stop at Friðheimar farm, where we’ll get to taste geothermally-grown tomatoes from one of their greenhouses and their delicous tomato soup. We will also meet Icelandic horses, famous for their diversity of gaits, strength and good spirit. End the day with dinner at the hotel, with an amazing view over the Ölfusá river.

    Spend the night at Hótel Selfoss or similar.

    Included:
    • Visit to the Friðheimar Greenhouse
    • Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel
    • Dinner at Hotel Selfoss

    Average Driving Distance: 195km / 121 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 7-8 Hours

    Attractions Attractions Attractions Attractions Accommodation details
  • Day 3: Volcanoes, Waterfalls And Black Sand Beaches

    This morning you and your fellow travellers will learn about Iceland‘s unique geology. You will visit the Lava Centre, an 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, below the majestic volcano Eyjafjallajökull. You will stop at the fairytale-like Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk right behind the misty cascade, and the gorgeous 60-metre high Skógafoss waterfall. At Skógar, we will stop at the charming Skógar Open Air Museum, a cultural heritage collection including turf houses.

    Further ahead at the village of Vík, we will visit the black volcanic beach south of the village, from where you can view the rock formations Dyrhólaey and Reynisdrangar. Next, our journey continues to our charming accommodation in Kirkjubæjarklaustur where you will enjoy dinner with the group.

    Spend the night at Hótel Klaustur or similar.

    Included:
    • Entrance to the Lava Center
    • Entrance to Skógar Museum
    • Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel
    • Dinner at Hótel Klaustur

    Driving distance approx. 225 km / 140 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8-9 Hours

    Attractions Attractions Attractions Attractions Accommodation details
  • 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. Next, the journey continues to the well-known Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where we will sail among the floating icebergs on a guided amphibian boat tour*. Next to the glacier lagoon we will stop at the Diamond Beach where you will see big chunks of ice that have washed up on shore after being polished in the surf of the glacier lagoon.

    After our ice experience at the glacier lagoon, we will stop for some homemade ice cream before driving along the majestic East Fjords on our way to our next accommodation. There you will enjoy dinner at the hotel.

    Spend the night in at Hótel Bláfell or similar.

    *Please note that the Glacier Lagoon boat tour is not available in April. Instead the group will enjoy lunch together in the area, included in price.

    Included:
    • Local Ice Cream Stop
    • Guided boat tour on Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
    • Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel
    • Dinner at Hotel Bláfell

    Driving distance approx. 375 km / 233 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8-9 Hours

    Attractions Attractions Attractions Accommodation details
  • 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. There is a 1 km walk from the parking lot to the waterfall on a gravel road, definietly worth the trip.

    Next we will explore the natural beauty of Lake Mývatn and its lunar landscapes with visits to the Námaskarð pass, the lava formations at Dimmuborgir and Skútustaðagígar pseudo craters. This is a great day for geology enthusiasts! Our journey ends in the seaside village of Húsavík, known as “Europe’s Whale Watching Capital." In the evening the group will dine together at the Salka Restaurant.

    Spend the night at Fosshótel Húsavík or similar.

    Included:
    • Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel
    • Dinner at Salka Restaurant

    Average Driving Distance: 425 km / 264 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 9-10 Hours

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  • Day 6: Ásbyrgi, Hljóðaklettar & Leisure Time

    We start the day by driving to Jökulsárgljúfur National Park where 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. The next natural wonder on our list is Hljóðaklettar, the „echo rocks“, which are a collection of great basalt columns lying in every direction to create unique formations arched caves that are known to create eerie echoes and reverberations. There we will do a short hike to explore the area.

    In the afternoon we will return to Húsavík, where you can enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. For those who are up for more adventure, this is the perfect spot to join a whale watching tour from Húsavík habour. Tonight, dinner will be on your own this evening in the village and there are several restaurants to choose from.

    Spend another night at Fosshótel Húsavík or similar.

    Included:
    • Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel

    Driving distance approx. 150 km / 93 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 4-5 Hours

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  • Day 7: Highlights Of The Great North

    Leaving the Húsavík area today, our first highlight of the journey is Goðafoss, (the waterfall of the Gods), one of the most picturesque waterfalls in Iceland. We will then make our way to the charming town of Akureyri, where we will take a stroll in the heart of the city centre. You will have some leisure time to explore the town on your own and grab a lunch, before we head to our next stop.

    Next, the tour will drive around Tröllaskagi, where you can enjoy fantastic views of beautiful mountains, cliffs and fjords. We will make a stop in the scenic Siglufjörður, which was once the centre of Iceland’s herring fleet. Here, we will visit the Herring Era Museum and taste some local treats. The journey continues to the tranquil farmlands of Skagafjörður, where you will enjoy dinner at the guesthouse.

    Spend the night at Hofsstaðir Guesthouse or similar.

    Included:
    • Visit to the Herring Era Museum including a local treat
    • Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel
    • Dinner at Hofsstaðir Guesthouse

    Driving distance approx. 270 km / 168 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 7-8 Hours

    Attractions Attractions Attractions Attractions Accommodation details
  • Day 8: Hidden Gems Of The West Coast

    Today we will drive through Skagafjörður, towards the Snæfellsnes peninsula. This is a scenic drive on a beautiful stretch of Iceland. Your guide will pass sweeping farmlands of the northwest that are dotted with Icelandic horses. You will also get to see spectacular views of the islands of Breiðafjörður just before reaching Stykkishólmur in the early afternoon, where you will have time to explore on your own. You also have the option to partake in Viking sushi adventure, where you will sail around the islands of Breiðafjörður and sample delicious fish straight from the sea (optional; not included)*. Tonight, you will enjoy dinner with the group.

    *The Viking Sushi adventure is only available from 29 May - 31 Aug.

    Spend the night at Hotel Fransiskus or similar.

    Included:
    • Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel
    • Dinner at Stykkishólmur village

    Driving distance approx. 275 km / 171 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8-9 Hours

    Attractions Attractions Accommodation details Optional Activity
  • Day 9: Natural Wonders Of Snæfellsnes Peninsula

    Today we will explore the beautiful Snæfellsnes peninsula, starting with a visit to Kirkjufell, one of the most photogenic mountains of the area. Next up we will head toward the tip of the peninsula where you can measure your strength at Djúpalónssandur, by the lifting the large stones on the beach. Who will be the strongest? Nearby, we will find Hellnar and Arnarstapi, with it´s unique rock formations, before heading back to the capital and completing our circle around Iceland. After beeing dropped off at your hotel for the night, you will have the rest of the evening in the city at your leisure.

    Spend the night at Skuggi Hotel or similar

    Included:
    • Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel

    Driving distance approx. 315 km / 196 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8-9 Hours

    Attractions Attractions Attractions Attractions Attractions Attractions Accommodation details
  • Day 10: Departure Day

    When it’s time for your Iceland adventure to end, you will be picked up from the hotel for your airport transfer by a shuttle bus 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
    • Shuttle Transfer to Keflavík International Airport on Departure

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

    Attractions Optional Activity

Map

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Accommodation

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

The accommodations for this tour include comfortable three-star (or similar quality) hotels or well-appointed guesthouses that have been hand-picked by our local travel experts for quality and location. The rooms all have private WC and shower or bath. 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.

Price per person from

Approx 395600 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

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

2019

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 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.

ACCOMMODATION
Our team of local travel experts at Nordic Visitor have put together a list of wonderful hotels for your stay in Iceland. We carefully select hotels in Reykjavik and the countryside based on excellent ratings, quality and comfort. To browse the detailed list of 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 six included dinners during your travel around the country. They will include either a set 2-3 course 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 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 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. 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.

*Please note that the Glacier Lagoon boat tour is not available in April. Instead the group will enjoy lunch together in the area, included in price.

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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