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Highland Explorer - Private 4x4 Tour

(9 days / 8 nights)

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Experience a part of Iceland others only see in photos

Experience the best of the “land of fire and ice” with this exclusive 4x4 journey that we can tailor to your preferences. For the ultimate adventure and comfort, you‘ll be driven by your own private local guide in a super-jeep to many of the country’s top attractions along with some hidden gems often overlooked by guidebooks. You’ll have opportunities to take part in optional activities like glacier hikes, horse riding and more. All of our privately-guided travel packages are fully customisable to fit your specific interests and needs. Let us help you design the tour of your dreams!

Are you travelling in a group of 10 – 17 people? We can arrange this tour with transportation in a roomy mini-couch. Send us a request for details.

9 days / 8 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 1022878 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

— Why book with Nordic Visitor

  • Hassle-free & seamless travel experience
  • Quality & value for your money
  • Local travel experts in Iceland & trusted private guides
  • Customisable & personal tour options

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Tour Highlights

  • See the massive floating icebergs at the Glacier Lagoon
  • Walk the Diamond Beach, seeing the scattered, glistening ice
  • Enjoy the famous Golden Circle route
  • Explore the highlands with a private guide in a rugged 4x4 vehicle
  • Tour the vast landscapes of Landmannalaugar and Þjórsárdalur
  • Photograph jagged basalt columns & sweeping black sand beaches
  • Enjoy the surrounding beauty of the Mývatn region
  • See the spectacular waterfalls Dettifoss, Goðafoss, and Gullfoss

Travel style

Privately Guided i

Interest

4x4 Highland Route i, Active i, Midnight sun i

Season

Jul - Sep

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

1732/1076 km/mi

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 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.  Spend the rest of the evening at your leisure.

    Spend the night in Reykjavík.

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

    Attractions Optional Activity
  • Day 2: Hidden Hot Springs in the Highlands

    This is the day you've been waiting for – the first of many adventures to some of Iceland's most wild landscapes with your own expert guide at the wheel. Your guide will pick you up at your accommodation and you'll head along the south coast into the Þjórsárdalur Valley, once a prosperous farmland until it was devastated by a volcanic eruption in 1104. 

    Further inland at the secluded Landmannalaugar area you can stop to bathe in a natural hot spring surrounded by nature before driving to the Fjallabak nature reserve. This drive takes you through an area sculpted by volcanoes and geothermal activity, covered by sands, lava fields, lakes and rivers. Continuing back towards inhabited land, you'll pass such otherworldly sites as Lake Langisjór near Vatnajökull glacier, the Ófærufoss waterfall and Elgjá, one of the largest volcanic canyons in the world.

    Spend the night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

    Please note: Today's journey can take up to 12 - 14 hours depending on road conditions and optional stops.

    Average Driving Distance: 295 km / 183 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 12-14 hours

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  • Day 3: Europe's Largest Glacier & Icebergs

    Spend the day exploring around the southern edge of the vast Vatnajökull National Park, the huge swath of protected land surrounding Europe's largest glacier. Here, you will get to experience some of Iceland's most famous scenery – the deep blue ice and stark, jagged rock formations that often adorn postcards.

    The Skaftafell area of the park offers a great cross-section of Iceland's natural contrasts, and you can hike (4 km total) to the Svartifoss waterfall, with its cliffs of dark, hexagonal basalt columns. If the refreshing walk has you thinking about ice, you'll be delighted by the next stop on your journey, the famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Take your time to watch the blue icebergs floating in the mirror-like water, and if you’re lucky you might spot some curious seals.

    Spend the night in the Höfn area.

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

    Attractions Attractions Attractions Attractions Attractions Optional Activity
  • Day 4: Etheral East Fjords & Fishing Villages

    Today the scenery completely changes, and instead of glaciers and icebergs your views will be of dramatic coastlines, steep mountainsides and secluded fishing villages as you weave around the East Fjords. Notable sights on the way include the majestic Búlandstindur, the delightful village of Seyðisfjörður and the Lagarfljót River, said to be inhabited by an enormous worm, a la the Loch Ness Monster. And of course, the photo opportunities from the roadside viewpoints are a major highlight here.

    Spend the night in the Egilsstaðir area.

    Average Driving Distance:256 km / 159 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8 hours

    Attractions Attractions
  • Day 5: Volcanic Highlands & Otherworldly Askja

    From Egilsstaðir it will be a long travel day, but you won’t regret getting up early for all the incredible sites. You’ll visit Askja, a deep (200 m) caldera-lake formed after the powerful volcanic eruption of 1875, and Víti, a smaller crater-lake formed the same year. Driving through this barren, unforgiving landscape -- where NASA once trained astronauts and where Icelandic outlaws hid in the Middle Ages -- is something you won’t soon forget. Before arriving at your next destination, the fascinating Lake Mývatn area where you will spend the night you will stop by Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe.

    Spend the night in the Lake Mývatn area.

    Average Driving Distance: 326 km / 202 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 10-12 hours

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  • Day 6: Natural Wonders of the North

    Start the day by exploring the surrounding area of Lake Mývatn, a region rich in birdlife and fascinating geological formations. Here the earth comes alive with the geothermal and volcanic forces that lie beneath, as you can see first-hand at places such as the steamy Námaskarð Pass, the Skútustaðagígar pseudo-craters, the Dimmuborgir lava formations and the Krafla volcano.

    From here you will head to Skagafjörður, stopping on the way to admire the Goðafoss waterfall before reaching Akureyri, the “capital of the north”. You will have some time to walk around this small city -- the second largest in Iceland -- before arriving at your accommodation for the night.

    Spend the night in Skagafjörður.

    Average Driving Distance: 202 km / 125 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 9-10 hours

    Attractions Attractions Attractions Attractions Attractions Optional Activity
  • Day 7: Highland Discovery - A Journey between two Glaciers

    Today's journey is a true wilderness adventure, as you travel from north to south through the rugged interior. Following the old Kjölur highland route — once notorious as a refuge for outlaws — you’ll come across some unique, primitive-looking landscapes, such as the smoking fumaroles and sky-blue boiling pools of Hveravellir, and travel between the Langjökull and Hofsjökull glaciers before reaching your accommodation for the night.

    Spend the night in the highland area - Kerlingarfjöll.

    Please Note: The Kerlingarfjöll lodge is a highland hotel and guesthouse and is only available in the comfort and budget categories. If Kerlingarfjöll happens to be sold out upon booking, we will book an alternative accommodation along the Golden Circle region.

    Average Driving Distance: 167 km / 103 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8 hours

    Attractions Attractions Attractions Optional Activity
  • Day 8: The Golden Circle & Return to Reykjavik

    Today you’ll travel the famous Golden Circle route, one of the most popular areas in Iceland. If you aren’t already astounded by the natural diversity in Iceland, this trip will make you appreciate just how many different natural wonders can be seen within a small area. The first attraction on this route is the UNESCO-listed Þingvellir National Park, a geological marvel and location of the country’s first parliament over 1,000 years ago.

    Next you will see Iceland’s famous geothermal forces in action at the Haukadalur geothermal area, home of the great Geysir — from where we get the familiar English word geyser. But here it’s the Strokkur geyser that steals the show, spouting a column of boiling water several meters into the air roughly every 8 minutes. End the route with visit to the two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall, where you can follow a trail to get closer to the roaring, misty cascade.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

    Average Driving Distance: 185 km / 114 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8 hours

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  • Day 9: Departure Day

    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).

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

    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.

Comfort

Rooms with private WC and shower (or bath) in a three-star hotel or well-appointed guesthouse. All provide breakfast (included in ..

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Quality

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Vehicle

Be comfortable and enjoy the journey as a passenger in the vehicle of your choosing.

Land Cruiser Super Jeep
or similar

  • x3
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Land Cruiser Super Jeep
or similar

  • Type: M
  • Description: Modified Super Jeep
  • Passengers: 1-3

Ford Excursion Super Jeep
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Ford Excursion Super Jeep
or similar

  • Type: N
  • Description: Modified Luxury Super Jeep
  • Passengers: 1-5

Ford Excursion XL Super Jeep
or similar

  • x9
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Ford Excursion XL Super Jeep
or similar

  • Type: O
  • Description: Modified Luxury Super Jeep
  • Passengers: 1-9

Price per person from

Approx 1022878 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

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

2019
2020

Optional activities

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Tour Information

We recommend that all our travellers read through the following information about what the tour includes and useful information about the activities included on the tour.

ABOUT OUR PRIVATE TOURS
Let us help you make this the tour of your dreams, according to your specific needs and interests. This package can be customised with extra nights, optional activities and other changes to the itinerary. Please contact us for details. All accommodation and planned activities (as specified in the itinerary) will be pre-booked by Nordic Visitor.

ACCOMMODATION AND ROOM TYPE
Our team of local travel experts at Nordic Visitor have compiled a list of wonderful hotels for your stay in Iceland. We carefully select hotels/guesthouses in Reykjavik and the countryside based on excellent ratings, personal experience and comfort. Single, double and triple rooms are available for our packages. Please note, that in Iceland our room types are based on European standard sizes. For instance, a double bed often consists of two single beds pushed together. Triple rooms include a double bed along with an extra bed, a rollaway or a sofa bed, and a single room is often smaller than the standard double.

ADD-ON OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES
Travellers can choose to add-on selected optional activities when booking online. It is also possible to add-on extra nights to packages along with customising the tours to client needs.

SAFETY, DAYLIGHT HOURS & WEATHER CONDITIONS
Please note that sightseeing is dependent on weather and road conditions and might need to be altered if conditions are not favourable. Please be advised that days are long in Iceland during the summer, with almost 24 hours of daylight at the summer solstice. It is advisable to bring a sleep mask as some find it difficult falling asleep at night.  For more information on weather conditions and daylight hours, we recommend visiting Nordic Visitor’s Online Travel Guide.

WHAT TO PACK

  • Sturdy walking shoes with a good tread/grip
  • Mid-layers such as a fleece jacket/wool sweater
  • Wind and waterproof jacket and pants
  • Hat, gloves and scarf
  • Bathing suit for visiting geothermal pools
  • Electronic gear such as smartphone, external powerpack, travel adapters
  • Reusable water bottle
  • For more information on what to pack, please visit our 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 business days by one of our travel consultants, who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all 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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