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Highland Explorer - Private 4x4 Tour

(9 days / 8 nights)

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EXPERIENCE THE BACKCOUNTRY OTHERS ONLY SEE IN PHOTOS

Experience the best of the “land of fire and ice” with this exclusive 4x4 journey that we can tailor to your preferences. For the ultimate adventure and comfort, You‘ll be driven by your own private local guide in a super-jeep to many of the country’s top attractions along with some hidden gems often overlooked by guidebooks. You’ll also have opportunities to take part in optional activities like glacier hikes, horse riding and more.

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.

Type

Privately Guided

Interest

Honeymoon & Romance, Luxury & Lifestyle, Off the Beaten Path, Relaxation and Spa, Soft Activities

Season

1 Jul - 15 Sep

Departure

Daily

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Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: Arrival & free time in Reykjavik

    At Keflavík Airport you will be met by a driver who will take you to your accommodation in Reykjavík. The rest of the day is free for you to go out and explore the city centre, full of shops, cafes, art galleries, museums and great walking paths to suit all tastes. Likewise, there are numerous downtown restaurants with a variety of cuisines to satisfy any taste buds, including Iceland’s specialties — locally-sourced grilled lamb and fresh seafood. And of course there are some good Icelandic micro-beers to taste if you wish to sample the Reykjavik nightlife. 

    Spend the night in Reykjavik. 

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  • Day 2: Hidden hot springs in the highlands

    This is the day you've been waiting for – the first of many adventures to some of Iceland's most untamed expanses with your own expert guide at the wheel. After pickup from your accommodation you'll head along the south coast and turn off the main road into the Þjórsárdalur Valley, once a prosperous farmland until it was devastated by an eruption from Mt. Hekla in 1104.  

    Further inland at the secluded Landmannalaugar area you can stop to bathe in a natural hot spring surrounded by nature before driving onwards to the Fjallabak nature reserve. This drive takes you through an area sculpted by volcanoes and geothermal activity, covered by sands, lava fields, lakes and rivers. Continuing back towards civilised land, you'll pass such otherworldly sites as Lake Langisjór near Vatnajökull glacier, the Ófærufoss waterfall and Elgjá, one of the largest volcanic canyons in the world.

    Spend the night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

    Note: Today's journey can take up to 12 - 14 hours depending on road conditions and optional stops. 

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  • Day 3: Europe's largest glacier & icebergs

    Spend the day exploring around the southern edge of Vatnajökull National Park, the huge swath of protected land surrounding Europe's largest glacier. Here's where you'll get to experience some of Iceland's most famous scenery – the blue ice and stark rock formations that often adorn postcards.

    The Skaftafell area of the park in particular offers a great cross-section of Iceland's natural contrasts, and here you can hike (4 km total) to the Svartifoss (“black falls”) waterfall, so-named for its cliffs of dark, hexagonal basalt columns. If the refreshing walk has you thinking about ice, you'll be delighted by the next stop on your journey, the famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Take your time to watch the blue icebergs floating in the mirror-like water, and if you’re lucky you might spot some curious seals.

    Spend the night in the Djúpivogur area. 

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  • Day 4: East fjords & fishing villages

    Today the scenery completely changes, and instead of glaciers and icebergs your views will be dramatic coastlines, steep mountainsides and secluded fishing villages as you weave around the East Fjords. Notable sights on the way include the majestic Mt. Búlandstindur, the charming village of Seyðisfjörður and the Lagarfljót River, said to be inhabited by a monster worm. And of course, the photo opportunities from the roadside viewpoints are a major highlight here.

    Further into your drive, the scenery changes again – to an almost unearthly atmosphere – as you approach your destination in the fascinating Lake Mývatn area. Here we recommend an evening soak in the soothing geothermal waters of Mývatn Nature Baths, out in the fresh air with expansive views of the volcanic landscapes. (Optional; entrance not included).

    Spend the night in the Lake Mývatn area. 

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  • Day 5: Volcanic highlands & otherworldly askja

    This is a long travel day, but you won’t regret getting up early for all the incredible sites. After stopping to see Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe, your guide will take you into the highlands. You’ll visit Askja, a deep (200 m) caldera-lake formed in the powerful eruption of 1875, and Víti, a smaller crater-lake formed the same year. Driving through this barren, unforgiving landscape -- where NASA once trained astronauts and where Icelandic outlaws hid in the Middle Ages -- is something you won’t soon forget.

    Spend another night in the Lake Mývatn area. 

    Note: Today's journey can take up to 14 hours, and some of the drive is over rough terrain.

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  • Day 6: Natural wonders of the north

    Start the day by exploring around Lake Mývatn, an area rich in birdlife and fascinating geological formations. 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 on the way to the charming village of Siglufjörður.

    Spend the night in the Siglufjörður area. 

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  • Day 7: Journey between two glaciers

    Today's journey is a true wilderness adventure, as you travel back from north to south through the rugged interior. Following the old Kjölur highland route — once notorious as a refuge for outlaws — you’ll come across some unique, primitive-looking landscapes, such as the smoking fumaroles and sky-blue boiling pools of Hveravellir, and travel between the Langjökull and Hofsjökull glaciers before reaching your accommodation for the night.

    Spend the night in the Golden Circle area. 

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  • Day 8: The golden circle & back to reykjavik

    Today you’ll travel around the famous Golden Circle route. If you aren’t already astounded by the natural diversity in Iceland, this trip will make you appreciate just how many different natural wonders can be seen within a small area here. The first attraction on this route is the UNESCO-listed Þingvellir National Park, a geological marvel and location of the country’s first 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 familiar English 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 Reykjavik. 

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  • Day 9: Departure

    So that the start of your journey home is just as enjoyable as the rest of your time in Iceland, a driver will pick you up from your hotel for a comfortable, private transfer to Keflavík International Airport. 

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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.

Jo Ann, United States

Iceland Grand Tour, August 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed our travels

...Although we had to cut our trip short, we thoroughly enjoyed our travels and we immersed ourselves in the many natural beauties of Iceland. We have already praised your company and the services you provide and we will continue to promote Nordic Visitor as we share photos and travel stories with friends. THANK YOU ALL!

Steve and Debbie, South Africa

, August 2014

Most professional and efficient service ever

From when we first made inquiries about visiting Iceland, we got the most professional and efficient service that we've EVER received before. We couldn't fault any aspect of the 3 weeks we spent in Iceland.

Accommodation

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

Budget

Rooms with shared WC and shower (or bath) in farmhouses, guesthouses or well-appointed hostels. All provide breakfast (i..

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Comfort

Rooms with private WC and shower (or bath) in a three-star hotel or well-appointed guesthouse. All provide breakfast (in..

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Quality

Rooms with private WC and shower (or bath) in a three- or four-star hotel or the best accommodation available in the are..

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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 Re..

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Vehicle

Be comfortable and enjoy the journey as a passenger in the vehicle of your choosing.

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"

Optional activities

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Everything about this tour

Booking
  • 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.
  • This tour is not recommended for children under 12 years of age.
Other details
In Iceland the weather is a big part of the adventure. Please note that the daily itinerary may need to be adjusted by the guide according to weather or road conditions, especially in the highlands.
 
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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