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Iceland Full Circle with a Private guide

(10 days / 9 nights)

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See what others don't with your own guide

Make this travel hotspot feel like undiscovered territory, with your own local expert at the wheel of this private tour around Iceland’s illustrious Ring Road. Based on our best-selling self-drive journey, Iceland Full Circle, you’ll see the famous waterfalls, black sand beaches, fjords, glacier-capped peaks, lava fields and geothermal features, along with some places you never even knew existed thanks to your resourceful driver-guide.

All of our Privately Guided travel packages are fully customizable to fit your unique interests and needs. Let us help you design the tour of your dreams, with extra nights, itinerary changes and optional activities added to this package when and how you'd like.

10 days / 9 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 799472 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

Type

Privately Guided

Interest

Honeymoon & Romance, Luxury & Lifestyle

Season

1 May - 30 Sep

Departure

Daily

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: Arrival to Reykjavík & free time

    At Keflavík Airport you will be met by a driver who will drive you to Reykjavík. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city centre on your own, or ask us about guided tours if you have a specific interest in mind.

    If you're keen on checking out Icelandic design or experiencing the city's thriving coffee culture, head to the main street, Laugavegur, to enjoy its various shops and cosy cafes. Into Nordic history or art? Stop into one of the many small museums or art galleries scattered around the city. And in the evening, there are numerous restaurants in the city centre with a variety of cuisines to satisfy any taste buds, including Iceland’s specialties - locally-sourced grilled lamb and fresh seafood.

    Spend the night in Reykjavík. 

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  • Day 2: Meet your guide & explore the Golden Circle

    Your driver-guide will pick you up in the morning and begin your private tour with a journey around the “Golden Circle”, an attraction-filled route that makes a wonderful first impression of Icelandic nature. First on the route is the UNESCO-listed Þingvellir National Park, located on the plains of the North Atlantic Rift. Take some time to explore the unique geology here and walk in the footsteps of Vikings, as this beautiful area is where early settlers founded the country’s 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 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 the Golden Circle area. 

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  • Day 3: South Coast Waterfalls & Volcanic beaches

    The south coast is known for its lush, Tolkienesque landscapes, in particular the plentiful waterfalls that seem to pop up around every corner. Among the famous waterfalls you’ll chase today are Seljalandsfoss, where you can walk right behind the misty cascade, and the gorgeous 60-metre high Skógafoss just a short drive down the Ring Road. Your guide will also lead you on an easy hike into a canyon to the Gljúfrabúi “hidden waterfall”. Get your camera ready for that experience!

    Further ahead the focus shifts from tumbling water to landscapes shaped by water. At the Reynisfjara beach near Vík, walk on the black volcanic sands and smoothed pebbles, enjoy a photo opportunity at the beach’s pipe organ-like columnar basalt cliffs and take in the stunning views of the Dyrhólaey cape and Reynisdrangar sea stacks. End the day with a stop at the deep, narrow Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon. 

    Spend the night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur / Skaftafell area. 

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  • Day 4: Vatnajökull glacier & floating icebergs

    Today you’ll experience some of the icy wonders that truly give Iceland its name. Start the day by exploring the beautiful Skaftafell area of Vatnajökull National Park, Iceland’s largest protected landmass named for Europe’s largest glacier. Besides views of glacial tongues and ice-capped peaks, this area contains many interesting hiking trails, including an easy path (approx. 2-hour walk) leading to Svartifoss (“black falls”), a waterfall that tumbles over dark cliffs of columnar basalt resembling giant organ pipes.

    The day’s ultimate highlight is the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, where icebergs slowly drift out to sea on a mirror-like lake. This is one of Iceland’s best known and most photographed locations, and you will have the option of taking a boat tour here among the floating ice and curious seals.

    Spend the night in the Höfn or Djúpivogur area. 

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  • Day 5: East fjords & geothermal baths

    Each day spent on Iceland’s Ring Road results in completely different scenery, and today is no exception. Today the barren black sand plains of the south-eastern coast give way to rugged fjord scenery around every twist and turn in the road. Driving through the East Fjords region you’ll encounter charming fishing villages such as Seyðisfjörður as well as other notable sights including the majestic Mt. Búlandstindur and the Lagarfljót River, said to be inhabited by a Nessie-like monster worm.

    The scenery makes a striking transformation again as you head into the Lake Mývatn area of North Iceland, where the landscapes look more alien-like than earthly. For a fitting end to this long travel day, you will have the opportunity to bathe in the soothing geothermal waters of the Mývatn Nature Baths (optional; entrance not included).

    Spend the night in the Lake Mývatn area. 

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  • Day 6: Whales & national park exploration

    This is a whole day to explore North Iceland as you wish. One option is to take a trip up to the coastal village of Húsavík, “The Whale Watching Capital of Europe”, and partake in a boat tour to see whales and other marine life. 

    This is also an ideal day for your expert guide to show you the geological wonders of Jökulsárgljúfur — part of the massive Vatnajökull National Park — with visits to such sights as the hoof-shaped Ásbyrgi canyon, the echoing rocks at Hljóðaklettar and the most powerful waterfall in Europe, Dettifoss. 

    Spend another night in the Lake Mývatn area. 

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  • Day 7: Lunar landscapes & fishing villages

    Take in more of the lunar atmospheres around Lake Mývatn in the early part of the day. 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 Mt. Krafla volcano.

    From here you will head to the "Troll Peninsula", 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 continuing around the peninsula, taking in many majestic fjords and charming fishing villages like Siglufjörður. 

    Spend the night in North-West Iceland.  

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  • Day 8: Off the beaten path in the Northwest

    As you head towards Snæfellsnes Peninsula today you’ll experience some of Iceland’s better kept secrets, like the countless mounds of Vatnsdalshólar, the beautiful Þingeyrarkirkja church and the uniquely shaped rock formations of Hvítserkur and Borgarvirki. You might also have a chance to step back into the Viking Age with visits to the Guðrúnarlaug geothermal pool, mentioned in the Icelandic Sagas, and the living museum at Eiríksstaðir, the homestead of Erik the Red. 

    Then spend some time exploring Stykkishólmur, a picture-perfect fishing village overlooking Breiðafjörður Bay on the northern edge of Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Here, you can take a walk up to Súgandisey, the small hill overlooking the harbour, for panoramic views over the town, ocean and surrounding mountains. 

    Spend the night on Snæfellsnes Peninsula. 

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  • Day 9: Snæfellsjökull glacier & national park

    Snæfellsnes is a bit like “Iceland in Miniature”, because here on this 100 km-long peninsula you’ll find many things the island is known for: towering peaks, lush valleys, stark lava fields, bird cliffs, pristine beaches and-of course-a volcano topped with a glacier. And most of these marvels are all clustered within Snæfellsjökull National Park, surrounding the area’s prominent landmark - the ice-capped Snæfellsjökull stratovolcano.

    Take in the secluded beauty of the coastline around the national park, at places like Dritvík Cove, the cliffs of Lóndrangar and Arnarstapi, the hamlet of Hellnar and other quaint fishing villages. You might also wish to test your strength with the “lifting stones” like fishermen of the past at the black volcanic beach of Djúpalónssandur. 

    Head back to Reykjavik in the afternoon, and spend the night in the city.

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  • Day 10: Departure

    When it’s time to say goodbye to Iceland, enjoy a comfortable, private transfer back to Keflavik International Airport for your flight back home. If you depart in the afternoon or evening, you might wish to enjoy a refreshing soak in the Blue Lagoon or a guided tour around the Reykjavik area. 

    Of course you can also extend your stay in Iceland. Just ask your Nordic Visitor travel consultant to add extra nights or activities to your custom tour.

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Map

Here’s a map of Iceland, to help put things in perspective.

Reviews

We don’t like to brag, so we’ll let our happy customers do it for us.

We can't wait to come back

We enjoyed our holiday more than we can describe, and I know that the photos we posted on Facebook, and the comments we made, have directly led to others arranging holidays there...Thank you for sharing your amazing country with us. We can't wait to come back.

We felt we were in very good hands

Everything was absolutely amazing - we feel so fortunate to have had Solveig arrange everything so beautifully for our honeymoon. All the places we stayed were great (especially Frost and Fire in Hvergerdi, Hotel Helnar in Helnar, and Hofstaddir Guesthouse).  All aspects of the trip, from start to finish, were very smooth and we felt we were in very good hands.
Thank you for such an amazing trip! We will definitely book with you again - it was a seamless, easy, relaxing way to enjoy lovely Iceland. You made everything so smooth that we could just enjoy the trip. Thanks a million, Solveig!
 

Personal touch is a real strength

Our experience with Nordic Visitor was great. From the very first initial enquiry via your website, right through to the time we got out of the taxi at the airport to fly on to the next part of our trip, everything went smoothly and exactly to plan. Hilmar was a delight to work with and it was really nice to have the same person from my first email all the way through to final documents and beyond. Our only regret was that he was in a meeting when we dropped into the office on our last day - so we didn't end up seeing him. Having that personal touch is a real strength for Nordic Visitor and it made the process of being able to customise our itinerary so much easier. We have already recommend your company to people who have asked about how we did our Iceland trip. We absolutely loved Iceland (as you can probably tell from our comments!) :)

Impressed by the quality

Hotels and guest houses an interesting mixture of styles. All good in their own way. We liked best the ones "in the middle of no-where". We were delighted to have found your company on the web and were very impressed by the quality of your service.

Accommodation

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

Budget

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Comfort

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Quality

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Luxury

Deluxe rooms or junior suites in the very best hotels at the time of booking: in junior suites at four-star hotels in Reykjavik, a..

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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

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
  • Tire Size: 38-44"

Ford Excursion Super Jeep
or similar

  • x6
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Ford Excursion Super Jeep
or similar

  • Type: N
  • Description: Modified Luxury Super Jeep
  • Passengers: 1-6
  • Tire Size: 46"

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
  • Tire Size: 46"

Ford Transit
or similar

  • x9
  • x4
  • x5
  • M

Ford Transit
or similar

  • Type: P
  • Description: Passenger van
  • Passengers: 9

Mercedes Bens Viano
or similar

  • x5
  • x4
  • x4
  • M

Mercedes Bens Viano
or similar

  • Type: Q
  • Description: Passenger van
  • Passengers: 5

Price per person from

Approx 799472 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

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Optional activities

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Day One

Everything about this tour

  • Please note that the best hotels can fill up quickly, so we recommend booking well in advance.
  • We are happy to assist with restaurant recommendations in Reykjavik and reservations of optional activities and spa treatments.
  • Let us help you make this the tour of your dreams, according to your unique needs and interests. This package can be customized with extra nights, optional activities and other changes to the itinerary. Contact us for details.
Other details
  • In Iceland the weather is a big part of the adventure. With that in mind, please note that the daily itinerary may need to be adjusted by the guide according to weather or road conditions.
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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