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Highlights of the Ring Road - Private

(7 days / 6 nights)

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See the best of the ring road with a private guide

This 7-day private tour around the Ring Road has been carefully designed to include Iceland’s top sights, including hot springs, glaciers, waterfalls, charming fishing villages, icebergs and more. Your dedicated private guide does the driving while you set back and enjoy the sights and activities on this fast-paced tour. The days are long, with lots of daylight, so get ready to explore the very best of Iceland.

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

7 days / 6 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 677529 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

  • Circle Iceland on the Ring Road, with a knowledgeable, local private guide
  • Explore the famous Golden Circle route
  • 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
  • Walk the quaint streets of Akureyri, the unofficial capital of north Iceland
  • Visit the lava landscapes of the Borgarfjörður region
  • Marvel at the mighty waterfalls Goðafoss and Gullfoss

Travel style

Privately Guided i

Interest

Classic i

Season

May - Sep

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

1648/1024 km/mi

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: Arrival & Sightseeing in Reykjavík

    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 Reykjavik.

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

    Attractions Optional Extras
  • Day 2: The Golden Circle and South Coast

    Start your morning early and get ready for a full day of highlights. Your private guide will meet you this morning 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 the waterfall Gullfoss, where you will see white water thrash and tumble down the two-tiers, falling metres below.

    Then you will continue with a stop at the fairytale-like Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk right behind the misty cascade. Your guide will then drive you to the gorgeous 60-metre high Skógafoss waterfall just a short drive down the road, before reaching the black sand beach of Reynisfjara. You will continue to Kirkjubæjarklaustur.

    Spend the night in Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

    Average Driving Distance: 369 km / 229 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 9-10 Hours

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  • Day 3: Glaciers and Icebergs

    Today’s drive takes you 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‘ll have some time to explore the area before the tour heads to the small Fjallsárlón glacier lagoon, followed by the larger Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Adjacent to Jökulsárlón, you will visit the Diamond Beach, where you will see chunks of sparkling ice dotting the shore like diamonds. Then, your guide will take you to your accommodation, where you will spend the evening at leisure.

    Spend the night in south east area.

    Average Driving Distance: 202 km / 125 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 7-8 hours

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  • Day 4: East Fjords & Lake Mývatn

    Today, your guide will drive along the east which is characterised by spectacular fjords, tranquil fishing villages and sweeping landscapes. This is an especially beautiful stretch of Iceland so you can relax and soak in all the scenery. 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, definitely worth the trip.

    The guide then makes their way to the moon-like landscape of Lake Mývatn, where you will be spending the night.

    Spend the night in Lake Mývatn area.

    Average Driving Distance: 430 km / 267 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 9-10 hours

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  • Day 5: The Capital of the North

    Today you will explore the volcanic landscape of Lake Mývatn where you will spend the first half of the day visiting sights such as Dimmuborgir, a magnificent lava landscape with extraordinary formations, columns, caves, followed by Námaskarð, which resembles Martian-like terrain.

    On the way to Skagafjörður, you will visit the mighty Goðafoss, “The Waterfall of the Gods”, before making your way to the charming town of Akureyri, where you will take a stroll through the town centre that is always full of life during the summer months. Then your guide will head to the next destination in the tranquil farmlands of Skagafjörður.

    Spend the night in Skagafjörður area.

    Average Driving Distance: 286 km / 177 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 9-10 Hours

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  • Day 6: History and Hot Springs

    After some spectacular days in the countryside, today you will head back to Reykjavik. Notable sights along the way include the Grábrók volcanic crater, Deildartunguhver—the largest hot spring in Europe—and the beautiful twin waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. You will end the day by closing the circle around Iceland and heading back to Reykjavík, where you will have the late afternoon at your leisure.

    If you want to see as much a possible then today you have to option of extending your day to include the Into the Glacier tour on Langjökull glacier. If you choose to visit the ice tunnel, please be advised that there is an extra cost and arrival in Reykjavik will be at around 20:00.  Please contact your travel consultant for more information.

    Spend the night in Reykjavík.

    Average Driving Distance: 263 km / 163 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 7-8 Hours

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  • Day 7: Departure from Reykjavík

    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 Extras

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

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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.

Suburban/Land Cruiser Jeep
or similar

  • x3
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Suburban/Land Cruiser Jeep
or similar

  • Type: L
  • Description: Full-Size SUV, four wheel drive.
  • Passengers: 1-3

Mercedes Benz Sprinter
or similar

  • x9
  • x4
  • x9
  • A

Mercedes Benz Sprinter
or similar

  • Type: P
  • Description: Comfortable, passenger van
  • Passengers: 1-9

Price per person from

Approx 677529 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

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

2020

Optional extras

Customise your adventure with these Optional Extras.

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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