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Iceland Ring Road in Luxury - Winter

(10 days / 9 nights)

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SEE THE HIGHLIGHTS OF ICELAND IN LUXURY

Expect and enjoy the very best of Iceland during this 10-day luxury getaway. With your private driver-guide, you’ll head off around the island to see the highlights and hidden gems of the famous Route 1, also called the Ring Road. Marvel at thundering waterfalls, photograph shining icebergs and explore the rugged countryside. You’ll stay at the best hotels available around the country and even enjoy an exclusive Blue Lagoon Retreat stay. Treat yourself with this luxury tour!

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10 days / 9 nights

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Approx 1597440 ISK

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Tour Highlights

  • Enjoy the full Ritual Retreat spa experience and stay at the Blue Lagoon Retreat
  • Delving Into the Glacier, an ice tunnel on Langjökull glacier
  • Explore the classic Golden Circle – Geysir, Gullfoss, and Þingvellir
  • Travel along the magical winter wonderland of the south coast with its stunning waterfalls and vast glaciers
  • See the glistening ice of the Diamond Beach and Glacier Lagoon
  • Discover the volcanic Lake Mývatn and its beautiful surroundings
  • Walk the quaint streets of Akureyri, the unofficial capital of North Iceland
  • Travel with your local expert private driver-guide along the famous Ring road
  • Stay at our hand-picked luxury accommodations in Reykjavik & the countryside
  • All our luxury tours can be customised to your interests and requirements

Travel style

Privately Guided i

Interest

Active i, Honeymoon & Romance i, Luxury Travel i, Relaxation and Spa i

Season

Oct - Apr

Departure

Daily

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: ARRIVAL IN ICELAND

    Upon arrival at Keflavík International Airport, you will be greeted by a private chauffeur in the arrivals hall who will drive you to your well-appointed hotel in downtown Reykjavík. If you are arriving early, you will have the option of an early check-in (this needs to be arranged with your travel consultant in advance).  After settling in, take the opportunity to explore the vibrant city centre at you own pace. The high 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 at the Canopy by Hilton Reykjavík City Centre (King Junior Suite).

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

    Included:
    Private VIP Airport Transfer

    Attractions Accommodation details Optional Extras
  • Day 2: WONDROUS WATERFALLS & GLACIER ADVENTURES

    Start the day by meeting your private driver-guide after breakfast at your hotel before beginning your journey to the idyllic Icelandic countryside. First, you’ll pass by the bountiful Borgarfjörður area on the west coast of Iceland. Sights along the way include the twin waterfalls Hraunfossar and Barnafoss along with the Deildartunguhver hot spring.

    Next you’ll head to Langjökull glacier where you will experience a truly icy adventure, venturing inside a glacier! During this unique tour, you will have the chance to experience the actual ice in Iceland, with a guided group tour inside the island's second largest glacier. An enormous, modified truck, outfitted for the glacier, will transport you to the manmade tunnel, which exposes the beautiful blue ice and allows you to see crevasses and the glacier's unique characteristics.

    After the tour enjoy a relaxing time at the charming Hotel Húsafell, located in scenic surroundings, before visiting the heavenly Húsafell Canyon Baths. At night, now that you’re in the countryside, be sure to step outside your hotels each night and see if the northern lights decided to make an appearance. The remote location of most of your hotels is ideal!

    If you would like to add more adventure to the day, you can opt for a snowmobiling tour on Langjökull combined with Into the Glacier, or a private helicopter ride from Reykjavík to the glacier on Langjökull.

    Spend the night at Hótel Húsafell (Deluxe).

    Average Driving Distance: 180 km / 111 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8-9 hours

    Included:
    Into The Glacier Adventure on Langjökull (2-4 hours est).
    Húsafell Canyon Baths

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

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  • Day 3: THE WINTER WONDERS OF THE GOLDEN CIRCLE

    Today's journey brings you up close and personal with some of Iceland’s most popular south Iceland attractions along the classic Golden Circle route.

    Start with a visit to the fascinating Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. If it‘s snowy you will see its charming winter look! Here, you can walk on a path in the rift valley between the North American and Eurasion tectonic plates and learn about the first site of Iceland's democracy.

    Next on the route is the Haukadalur geothermal area, where you can see Geysir – the original “geyser” – and its more active neighbour Strokkur, which spouts water and steam metres into the air every few minutes.

    End the day’s adventure with a visit to the two-tiered, roaring Gullfoss waterfall, one of Iceland’s most memorable sights, before journeying on to your premium hotel for the night.

    Spend the night at Hotel Geysir (Suite).

    Average Driving Distance: 150 km / 94 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8-9 hours

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  • Day 4: SOUTH COAST, WATERFALLS & BLACK SAND BEACHES

    This morning your guide will take the scenic route to two beautiful waterfalls along the south coast, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss.

    Seljalandsfoss is situated along the Seljalandsá river where the waterway plummets 40 metres over a cliff face. It is unique among waterfalls, as the shape of the cliff allows visitors to walk behind the chute via a footpath at the base of the falls. Be careful as it can be slippery in winter!

    Nearby, Skógafoss is a magnificent 60-metre-high waterfall and one of Iceland’s most photogenic landmarks. The fall produces a lot of mist and so rainbows are a common sight on sunny days.

    Before arriving at the village of Vík, you will visit the black volcanic beach south of the village, from where you can view the unique rock formations Dyrhólaey and Reynisdrangar.

    Spend the night at Hotel Magma (Deluxe).

    Average Driving Distance: 250 km / 155 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8-9 hours

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  • Day 5: THE GLACIER LAGOON & DIAMOND BEACH

    Today your guide will drive to the magnificent Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, located in the far south-east corner of Iceland. This is one of Iceland’s best known and most photographed locations where you will see towering icebergs bob and glide in the water. Don’t miss the view of the snowy towering mountains!

    Afterwards you will stop by the Diamond Beach, where you will see chunks of ice glistening on the black sands.

    Spend the night at Fosshótel Vatnajökull (Suite).

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

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  • Day 6: TRANQUIL EAST FJORDS

    Your guide will take you along East Iceland today, an area is characterized by spectacular fjords, tranquil fishing villages, rugged tundra and sweeping landscapes. We recommend a stop by the Vök Baths, a relaxing, geothermal destination.

    End the day in the area of Egilsstaðir, where you will find the monster habitat Lagafljót and Hallormsstaðarskógur forest, the largest wooded area in Iceland.

    Spend the night at Lake Hotel Egilsstaðir – Superior room.

    Average Driving Distance: 256 km / 159 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 7-8 hours

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  • Day 7: THUNDEROUS WATERFALL & LUMINOUS NORTHERN LIGHTS

    Continue north towards today’s destination: the otherworldly Lake Mývatn area. On the way, you’ll stop by the mighty Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in all of Europe. This part of North Iceland boasts an abundance of unusual natural wonders to explore, like the Krafla volcano and the curiously-coloured Námaskarð pass.

    Finally, end the day by relaxing in the geothermal waters of the Mývatn Nature Baths. If the sky is clear, you may even see the majestic northern lights light up above you.*

    Spend the night at Fosshótel Mývatn (Suite).

    Average Driving Distance: 216 km / 134 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8-9 hours

    Included:
    Entrance to Mývatn Nature Baths

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  • Day 8: AKUREYRI, THE CAPITAL OF THE NORTH

    Spend the first half of the day around Lake Mývatn before your guide takes you to Akureyri. On the way, you’ll stop by the majestic Goðafoss (“The Waterfall of the Gods”). In Akureyri, the capital of the north Iceland, we recommend taking a stroll in the city centre and soaking in the culture. For a great photo opportunity, follow the steps to the charming main church. In Akureyri you will also find restaurants and shops for something a little extra.

    Spend the night at Hótel KEA (Suite).

    Average Driving Distance: 80 km / 50 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 5-6 hours

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  • Day 9: INDULGENCE AT THE LUXURIOUS BLUE LAGOON RETREAT

    Today you will fly back from Akureyri to Reykjavík onboard a domestic, commercial flight with Air Iceland Connect. From the airport, you will enjoy a private VIP transfer to the Blue Lagoon Retreat. After the last few days of adventure on the road, it’s time to relax, unwind and enjoy the natural surroundings in the lava fields dotting the Reykjanes peninsula. At the Retreat Spa you will be able to visit both the exclusive Retreat Lagoon, the world-renowned Blue Lagoon and enjoy the Blue Lagoon skin care amenities. For more information about the Retreat, please see Tour Information.

    Spend the night at The Retreat Hotel at Blue Lagoon (Moss Junior Suite).

    Average Driving Distance: 49 km / 30 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 3-4 hours

    Included:
    Domestic flight from Akureyri to Reykjavík
    VIP transfer from Reykjavík Airport to the Blue Lagoon
    Entrance to the Blue Lagoon Retreat Spa
    Enterance to the Blue Lagoon

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  • Day 10: DEPARTURE FROM ICELAND

    After this action-packed luxury tour in Iceland, enjoy a comfortable, private transfer to Keflavik International Airport in time for your flight back home. For those who are boarding an afternoon flight, we offer a late check-out at the Blue Lagoon Retreat including a reservation for a private room at the Retreat Hotel for an additional fee. There are also hiking trails in the area and yoga classes offered at the Retreat that you can enjoy before your flight home.

    Average Driving Distance: 25 km / 15 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 30 Minutes

    Included:
    Private VIP transfer from the Blue Lagoon Retreat Hotel to Keflavik International Airport

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Map

Here’s a map of your travel route, to help put things in perspective.

Accommodation

Relax in top-quality hotels and guesthouses that are highly rated by visitors and handpicked by local travel experts.

Look forward to peaceful stays on your private tour. Each hotel or guesthouse featured on your bespoke itinerary will be conveniently located and have high service standards. Rest assured that you’ll stay in the best possible properties, which have all received excellent reviews from previous customers.

Canopy by Hilton is a chic, modern hotel situated in the heart of downtown Reykjavík. The hotel features elegant rooms and suites with numerous amenities for your comfort. There is...

Hotel Húsafell is situated in an unbeatable location, nestled in a scenic spot with stunning views of the mountain landscape, close to lava caves and glaciers. The rooms and suites...

Located in the heart of the Golden Circle, steps away from Geyser, Hotel Geysir offers rooms and suites that are bright, impeccably designed, and have views of the stunning scenery. There...

Magma Hotel is a small, intimate hotel with spacious and comfortable rooms, excellent amenities and a modern Nordic design aesthetic. The property has views of lava fields, a black sand ri...

This hotel is located in the south-east of Iceland. Although it is not a luxury hotel, it is the best accommodation of the region and you’ll be greeted by magnificent views over the...

The Lake Hotel is located near Egilsstadir in East Iceland and offers the chance of a charming stay. As it is the best hotel in the region, you’re sure to enjoy its many modern ameni...

Set a stone’s throw from Route 1, also called the Ring Road, Fosshotel Mývatn promises an incredible getaway or short break. Not only is it easily accessible, but it is locate...

Hótel Kea is the best accommodation and only four-star hotel in Akureyri. It wins even more points with its great location next to the iconic Akureyri Church, in the heart of the to...

The Retreat offers exquisite suites with large windows overlooking vast lava fields or the Blue Lagoon. The Retreat experience includes access to the Blue Lagoon and Blue Lagoon Ritual, gr...

The hotels mentioned are our first priority for this tour. Please note that although we have included specific accommodations in the tour, these are subject to change in rare cases. We reserve the right to substitute a named property in the same locality for one of a similar standard. We will send you the final list of hotels before you arrive for your tour.

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

The amount will be charged in ISK

Approx 1597440 ISK

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

2021
2022

Tour Information

We recommend that all our travellers read through the following information about what our luxury tours include, how we can customise them to your wishes, what to expect for your visit, types of hotels and rooms along with useful information about the activities that are included.

ABOUT OUR LUXURY TOURS
Let us help you make this the tour of your dreams, according to your specific needs and interests. This itinerary is an example of what we offer luxury clients, but packages 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.

KEFLAVIK VIP AIRPORT TRANSFERS
You will be picked up at Keflavik International Airport for a private VIP transfer, by a driver other than the guide you will be travelling with on the tour. A driver will greet you at the airport, holding a sign with your name. You will be transported directly to your hotel.

ACCOMMODATION
This itinerary is based on specific accommodations. Please note that if they are not available upon booking, we will inform you what options are available and book a similar hotel. We would be happy to upgrade your stay to larger rooms or suites and if you have specific hotels in mind, feel free to contact us about it and we would be happy to reserve that for you (prices can change due to that).

PRIVATE TOURS
Your driver-guide will start the day usually early, around 9:00, or later if you prefer and the duration of each day’s agenda is between 8-9 hours with many stops and sights along the way. If you have a preference for the agenda, kindly let your guide know and he or she will see if the itinerary can be adjusted. The time spent at each spot will be based on your interests, but the guide will of course go by the original itinerary and have the local expertise on what they recommend doing each day.

KALDIDALUR
The Kaldidalur is a highland route that is typically open from the first week of June, depending on weather and road conditions. Travellers arriving earlier, will most likely have to take another road with their guide. The driver, will of course, make stops at scenic sites, regardless of the road taken.

THE RETREAT AT THE BLUE LAGOON
The Retreat at the Blue Lagoon offers entry to the Retreat Spa and the Blue Lagoon. Guests will have access to the Blue Lagoon Ritual, as well as skin care amenities and the original Blue Lagoon. The hallmark of the luxury experience, The Ritual, is based on the healing powers of the Blue Lagoon’s three natural wonders: silica, algae, and minerals. In a spacious sanctuary of three interconnected chambers, you cover your body with Icelandic geothermal seawater.

Please note that we cannot guarantee the accommodation at the Blue Lagoon Retreat to be available when you book so we might need to adjust your itinerary due to limited availability at the Retreat or offer you a different option if it is fully booked for your travel dates.

NORTHERN LIGHTS AND WINTER TRAVEL
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 daylight is limited in Iceland during the winter months. Winter in Iceland is considered to be from October to April. For more information on weather conditions and daylight hours and daylight hours, we recommend visiting Nordic Visitor’s Online Travel Guide.

In Iceland, northern lights activity is strongest between mid-October to March. Auroras can only be seen at night if the sky is clear and there is solar activity. Please note that sightings cannot be guaranteed. For more information about northern lights, please refer to the travel guide.

WHAT TO PACK
  • Sturdy walking shoes with a good tread/grip
  • Mid-layers such as a fleece jacket/wool sweater
  • Insulated and waterproof winter jacket
  • Wind and waterproof or snow 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 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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