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Northern Lights Circle Tour - Private

(8 days / 7 nights)

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Discover Idyllic Iceland With Your Own Private Guide

Enjoy Iceland with your own local expert at the wheel of this private winter tour around Iceland’s illustrious Ring Road. On this 8-day tour, you’ll see the famous waterfalls, black sand beaches, glacier lagoons, lava fields and geothermal features, along with some places you never even knew existed thanks to your resourceful private guide.

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.

8 days / 7 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 783685 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

  • Watch the northern lights dance and flicker in the sky
  • Visit the massive floating icebergs at the glacier lagoon
  • Walk the Diamond Beach with chunks of ice glistening on the black sands
  • Marvel at the moon-like landscapes of the Lake Mývatn area
  • Walk the quaint streets of Akureyri, the unofficial capital of north Iceland
  • Photograph the jagged basalt columns & sweeping black sand beaches
  • Tour the famous Golden Circle attractions
  • Roam beautiful Borgarfjörður, a scenic slice of West Iceland
  • Enjoy the cascading waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss & Skógafoss
  • Traverse Iceland‘s beautiful national parks – Vatnajökull and Þingvellir

Travel style

Privately Guided i

Interest

Classic i, Northern Lights i

Season

Oct - Apr

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

1705/1059 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 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

    This morning your guide will pick you up at your hotel and start the first leg of the journey. You will be driven to the famous Golden Circle, a popular route that’s home to some of the best-known natural sites in south Iceland. Highlights include Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO heritage site; the Geysir geothermal hot spring area and the powerful Gullfoss waterfall. After a day of sightseeing, you will be driven to your accommodation, where you can relax for the evening and possibly see the northern lights* dance and flicker above.

    Spend the night in Selfoss area.

    Average Driving Distance: 189 km / 117 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 9 - 10 Hours

    *Please note that the northern lights are a natural phenomenon. If weather conditions and visability are not favourable, the guide will inform you about the matter.

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  • Day 3: Waterfalls, Volcanic Beaches & Northern Lights

    Today you will explore majestic waterfalls, black sand beaches and learn about the unique geology of Iceland. You can start with a visit to the Lava Centre, a one of a kind interactive exhibition about Iceland’s volcanic activity, its frequent earthquakes and how Iceland evolved over millions of years (not included). Next up is Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk behind the icy cascade on a footpath. Your guide will continue to the nearby Skógarfoss, an impressive 60-metre high waterfall located at the foot of a mountain range.

    The last stop before continuing to your accommodation is at the black sand volcanic beach just outside the village of Vík í Mýrdal. Here, you will be able to see the spectacular rock arch and steep cliffs of along with the Reynisdrangar basalt columns just off the shore. Next, you will travel to your accommodation for the night.

    Spend the night in Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

    Average Driving Distance: 203 km / 126 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8 - 9 Hours

    Attractions Attractions Attractions Optional Extras
  • Day 4: The Glacier Lagoon & Diamond Beach

    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. You will see the spectacular Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, famous for its floating icebergs in shades of milky white and bright blue, and the nearby smaller lagoon, Fjallsárlón. Next to the glacier lagoon, you will stop at the Diamond Beach where you will see large chunks of ice that have washed up on shore after being shaped and polished in the surf of the glacier lagoon. It´s truly a beautiful sight and a great photo opportunity! After some time at the Diamond Beach, you will head to your accommodation for the night.

    Spend the night in South East area.

    Average Driving Distance: 203 km / 126 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8-9 Hours

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  • Day 5: The Mystical East Fjords & Mývatn Nature Baths

    Today you will get to experience a slice of Iceland that few travellers get to explore. Start the day with a scenic drive, courtesy of your guide, who will take you along majestic East Iceland, with gorgeous scenery that includes tranquil fishing villages, narrow fjords, rugged tundra and sweeping landscapes. If you are lucky, you might spot a reindeer or two as they come down from the mountains to stay close to the sea during the winter months.

    The final destination of the day is the otherworldly Lake Mývatn area. The Lake Mývatn area is known for being one of the best places in Iceland to view the northern lights due to the altitude and the lay of the land. We therefore highly recommend that you be on the lookout for the Aurora Borealis tonight!

    Spend the night near Lake Mývatn area.

    Average Driving Distance: 429 km / 266 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 9-10 Hours

    Attractions Attractions Attractions Attractions Optional Extras
  • Day 6: Lake Mývatn & Charming Akureyri

    Start the day by exploring the unusual, moon-like landscapes of the Lake Mývatn area, including the Námaskarð pass and the Skútustaðagígar pseudo craters—sights that are even more surreal in the winter months. You will also have a chance to see Goðafoss, the Waterfall of the Gods, which is among the most beautiful falls in the country. You will then have some free time in Akureyri to explore with your guide. Akureyri is a charming town with museums, shops, cafes and a picturesque harbour area, before heading to Skagafjörður, where you will spend the night.

    Spend the night in Skagafjörður area.

    Average Driving Distance: 202 km / 125 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8-9 Hours

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  • Day 7: West Iceland & Return to Reykjavík

    Before heading back to Reykjavík, you will get the chance to explore the incredible western part of Iceland along beautiful Borgarfjörður. Your guide will stop at Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe, the beautiful and the spectacular twin waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. Next, you will be driven to the historical sites at Reykholt, which is rich with Saga history as Reykholt is the home of 13th century writer, poet and scholar Snorri Sturluson.

    After being dropped off at your accommodation, you can spend the evening at your leisure in the city centre of Reykjavik.

    Spend the night in Reykjavík.

    Average Driving Distance: 381 km / 236 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8 - 9 Hours

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  • Day 8: Departure From Reykjavík

    When it’s time for your Iceland adventure to end, you will be picked up from your hotel by a shuttle bus 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 783685 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. 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. 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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