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Iceland Full Circle Classic Winter - Private

(10 days / 9 nights)

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Enjoy the ring road in winter with a private guide

The winter is a wonderful time to visit Iceland as the country is bathed in soft light and snowfall, and this is the time to see the otherworldly northern lights. This 10-day tour will circle Iceland with a private guide, allowing you to relax, soak in the scenery and enjoy unrivaled nature like geysers, waterfalls, black sand beaches and icebergs in the glacier lagoon. This private tour is set for a leisurely pace, allowing you more time to roam the sights and explore, and to sign up for optional activities.

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.

10 days / 9 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 995895 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
  • Explore the famous Golden Circle route
  • Hunt for the majestic northern lights
  • Photograph jagged basalt columns & sweeping black sand beaches
  • Discover the volcanic Lake Mývatn and its beautiful surroundings
  • Walk the quaint streets of Akureyri, the unofficial capital of north Iceland
  • Get a glimpse of reindeer in the east of Iceland
  • Enjoy the cascading waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss & Skógafoss
  • Tour the tranquil fishing villages of the east fjords

Travel style

Privately Guided i

Interest

Classic i, Northern Lights i

Season

Oct - Apr

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

1748/1086 km/mi

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: Arrival & Sightseeing in Reykjavik

    On arrival at Keflavik International 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 rest of the evening at your leisure.

    Spend the night in Reykjavík.

    For those arriving early today you have the option to upgrade your journey from the airport with a visit to the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa before heading to the city. It´s the perfect way to start your Iceland adventure!

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

    Attractions Optional Extras
  • Day 2: Wonders of the Golden Circle

    Your guide will pick you up in the morning and you will begin your journey on the classic “Golden Circle” route, starting with Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here, you can walk on a path in the rift valley between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates and learn about the site of Iceland’s first parliament. Next is the Haukadalur geothermal area, the home of Geysir—the original “geyser”—and the more active Strokkur, which spouts water and steam every few minutes. End the circle with visits to the majestic Gullfoss waterfall and the implosion crater of Kerið. There is also the option to visit the geothermally-heated greenhouses at the Friðheimar tomato farm, where we will get to taste the fresh tomato products.

    Spend the night in the Selfoss area.

    Average Driving Distance: 189 km / 117 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8-9 hours

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  • Day 3: Waterfalls and Black Sand Beach

    Your guide will get an early start and you will enjoy a scenic drive along the south coast. Visit Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk right behind the misty cascade, then head to the equally impressive Skógafoss waterfall just a short drive down the road. South of the village of Vík, you will make a stop at the volcanic black sand beach for dramatic views of the Dyrhólaey island and Reynisdrangar rock formations rising above the crashing waves.

    Spend the night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area

    Average Driving Distance: 203 km / 126 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 9-10 hours

    Attractions Attractions Attractions Optional Extras
  • Day 4: Glaciers and floating icebergs

    Spend some time exploring Skaftafell, part of the immense Vatnajökull National Park and a place of great natural beauty. Then head to the smaller Ice lagoon, Fjallsárlón before heading to the famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and enjoy the surreal scene of icebergs floating by. Afterwards you will stop by the Diamond Beach, where you will see chunks of ice glistening on the black sands. Spend the night in the Höfn area, which has been nicknamed the “Lobster Capital of Iceland”, and enjoy a delicious seafood dinner.

    Spend the night in the Höfn area.

    Average Driving Distance: 203 km / 126 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 9-10 hours

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  • Day 5: Roam the East Fjords & Spot Reindeer

    Your journey along east Iceland today is characterised by long and narrow fjords with steep mountainsides and rugged tundra. Each fjord has its own unique qualities, with small fishing villages in postcard-perfect settings and friendly locals. If you’re lucky, you may get to see a reindeer or two as this is the only part of the island they inhabit. The east is also great for northern lights viewing, if the conditions are right, since there are vast stretches just outside your accommodation with no light pollution*.

    Spend the night in the Egilsstaðir area.

    *Please note that the northern lights are a natural phenomenon, so sightings cannot be guaranteed.

    Average Driving Distance: 256 km / 159 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8-9 hours

    Attractions Attractions Attractions Optional Extras
  • Day 6: The Impressive North: Dettifoss & Lake Mývatn

    Your guide will start by taking a detour (weather and road conditions permitting) to Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe, before heading to the otherworldly Lake Mývatn area. This part of North Iceland boasts an abundance of unusual natural wonders to explore, like the Krafla volcano, the mud pools and curiously-coloured terrain of the Námaskarð pass and the massive crater of Hverfell. Other highlights of the region include Dimmuborgir, a magnificent lava landscape of caves, columns, and arches, as well as the option of bathing at the Mývatn Nature Baths.

    Spend the night in the Lake Mývatn area.

    Average Driving Distance: 184 km / 114 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 9-10 hours

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  • Day 7: Natural Charms of the North

    Today, you will visit Goðafoss waterfall on your way to the charming town of Akureyri, where you can take a stroll through the town centre and enjoy a variety of little shops, cafes and museums. You can next make your way toward Skagafjörður, an area known for its abundance of adorably stocky Icelandic horses. If time and weather conditions allow, you may choose to take a detour around Tröllaskagi Peninsula known for beautiful scenes of mountains, cliffs and fjords. Please speak with your guide to see if this is an option.

    Spend the night in the Skagafjörður area

    Driving distance (including Tröllaskagi) approx. 247 km / 153 mi.

    Average Driving Distance: 184 km / 114 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 9-10 hours

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  • Day 8: Adventures of the West Coast

    Today you will head to the historical Borgarfjörður region of west Iceland today. This is an especially scenic drive and you will be glad someone else is at the wheel while you enjoy the view. Your guide will pass sweeping farmlands of the northwest that are dotted with Icelandic horses. Making your way south, you can stop at Grábrók volcanic crater for a short hike.  After some time at the crater, you can head to the town of Borgarnes and visit the Icelandic Settlement Centre.

    Spend the night in the Borgarnes area

    Average Driving Distance: 236 km / 146 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 7-8 hours

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  • Day 9: Beautiful Borgarfjörður or optional activities

    This morning you will continue your journey along the idyllic Icelandic countryside, starting with the bountiful Borgarfjörður area. Sights along the way include the twin waterfalls Hraunfossar and Barnafoss along with the Deildartunguhver hot spring, and the Háafell Goat Farm. You also have the choice to join optional activities such as visiting the Krauma geothermal baths, exploring the lava tunnel Víðgelmir, venturing inside of a glacier or experiencing a thrilling snowmobile tour on top of a glacier.

    Spend the night in Reykjavík.

    Average Driving Distance: 195 km / 121 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8-9 hours

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  • Day 10: Departure From Reykjavik

    When it’s time for your Iceland adventure to end, you will be picked up from your hotel 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).

    If you are interested in extending your stay, we can book extra nights and activities in the Reykjavík area or even combine this tour with a visit to one of our other Nordic destinations.

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

    Attractions 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 995895 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

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

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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 self-drive 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 short in Iceland during the winter, with about 5 hours of daylight at the winter solstice. 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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