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.
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 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.
For winter tours, our guide will provide you with blankets and crampons to borrow at any time.
Please be advised that this tour is not recommended for families with young children.
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. As one of our main aims for our winter tours is to increase your chance of seeing the northern lights, we have selected a hotel located in rural areas, far from city lights.
Note: Triple rooms are not available for this tour, only single and double rooms.
FITNESS & ACTIVITY LEVEL
Please note that this tour includes quite a lot of walking during tours. This means you need to be prepared and able to walk between 3-5 kilometres during days where sightseeing tours are included. You also need to be able to carry your own luggage when boarding the mini-bus and at each hotel.
FOOD & DRINK
A daily breakfast buffet is included at the hotels during your stay. You will also enjoy two included dinners at Magma Hotel. 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 dietery 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 centre.
The average cost of meals depend 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 THE NORTHERN LIGHTS & GLACIER WALK
Please note that the northern lights are a natural phenomenon and sightings cannot be guaranteed. You will stay in a rural hotel to maximise your chances of seeing the northern lights.
The glacier walk starts from the base at Skaftafell. After safety briefing and a lesson in ice walking we start our walk. We will walk in amazing terrain, over crevasses, sink holes and ice ridges, experiencing the unique glacier environment.
The glacier walk is weather dependent. Sometimes the tour has to be cancelled with short notice due to weather conditions or other safety concerns. The glacier walk is suited for people in generally good health.
WHAT TO PACK
A small backpack to store your items on the bus
Warm outdoor clothing. including a thermal base layer
Waterproof jacket and pants
Hats and gloves
Sturdy hiking boots
Lip balm & moisturiser
Swimsuit & towel are recommended
Water bottle to enjoy the clean Icelandic water
For more information on what to pack, please visit our Online Travel Guide.
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 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.
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.