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Ring Road Express - Private Tour

(7 days / 6 nights)

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MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR TIME IN ICELAND

Yes, Iceland's 1,332 km (828 mile) Ring Road can be driven in under a week, and it's even easier when someone else does the driving! Sit back and relax with a professional guide behind the wheel on this privately-guided tour. On this fast-paced loop around Iceland, you'll be able to visit many famous waterfalls, geothermal sites, dramatic coastlines and glacial marvels as well as a few hidden gems thanks to your personal driver-guide.

All of our privately-guided travel packages are fully customisable 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.

7 days / 6 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 611337 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

  • Circle Iceland on the Ring Road, one of the best road trips in the world!
  • Explore the famous Golden Circle route
  • Feel the power of the thundering waterfall Gullfoss
  • Marvel at eruptions at the Geysir geothermal region
  • Discover the volcanic Lake Mývatn and its beautiful surroundings
  • Tour the south coast, including the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss
  • Photograph the jagged basalt columns & sweeping black sand beaches
  • Walk the quaint streets of Akureyri, the unofficial capital of north Iceland
  • Learn about the sights from a trusted, knowledgeable private guide

Travel style

Privately Guided i

Interest

Active i, Classic i, Midnight sun i

Season

15 Apr - 30 Sep

Departure

Daily

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: REYKJAVÍK AT YOUR LEISURE

    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. 

    Attractions Optional Activity
  • Day 2: The Golden Circle & Majestic Waterfalls

    Your private driver-guide will pick you up at your hotel in the morning and begin your road trip around Iceland. Today, you will visit the Golden Circle, an attraction-filled route that gives you a wonderful first impression of Iceland. First stop 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 powerful geothermal forces at work at the Haukadalur geothermal area, home of the great Geysir. But here it’s the Strokkur geyser that steals the show, spouting a column of boiling water several metres into the air every few minutes. End the route with visit to the two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall, perhaps the most well-known waterfall in Iceland. Marvel at its power and where follow a trail to get closer to the roaring, misty cascade. 

    Get back on the road with your guide and take the scenic journey 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. Seljalandsfoss is unique among waterfalls, as the shape of the cliff over which it falls allows visitors to walk behind the chute via a footpath at the base of the falls. Meanwhile, Skógafoss is a magnificent 60-metre high waterfall and one of Iceland‘s most photogenic landmarks; since the waterfall produces a lot of mist, rainbows are a common sight on sunny days.

    If time allows your guide will be visiting one of the black sand beaches in the area.

    Spend the night in the Vík area.

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  • Day 3: The South Coast & Glacier Lagoon

    From Vík, you will visit the beautiful Skaftafell area of Vatnajökull National Park, named for Iceland’s largest glacier. The variety of landscapes is astounding in Skaftafell. Here you can expect to see lush vegetation, icebergs, canyons, hanging valleys, ice tunnels and arches, glacial rivers, and much more.

    Next, your guide will take you to Fjallsárlón, a small glacier lake at the south end of the Icelandic glacier Vatnajökull, followed by a stop at Jökulsárlón. This extremely picturesque glacial lagoon at the southern edge of the Vatnajökull glacier is regarded as one of Iceland’s greatest natural wonders. Huge chunks of ice regularly calve off the glacier and make their way to the sea via the glacier lagoon.

    Visit the Diamond Beach with chunks of ice glistening on the black sands before heading to the Höfn area.

    Spend the night in the Höfn area.

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  • Day 4: The South Coast & Glacier Lagoon

    From Höfn, you will embark on a journey to the charming fishing villages of the East Fjords along with narrow fjords, rugged tundra and sweeping landscapes. Next, you will explore the natural beauty of Lake Mývatn and its lunar landscapes with visits to the Námaskarð pass and the Krafla region. This is a great day for geology enthusiasts! After our sightseeing you will relax in the warm geothermal pools and saunas at the Mývatn Nature Baths, with a view to mountains and lava fields.

    Spend the night in Lake Mývatn area.

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  • Day 5: Natural wonders of Lake Mývatn

    Continue exploring the Lake Mývatn region this morning with stops at the Skútustaðagígar pseudo-craters and the Dimmuborgir lava formations. Dimmuborgir is a magnificent lava landscape with extraordinary formations, columns, caves, and arches created by the flow of a lava lake over a marshy area some 2300 years ago.

    Next, your guide will take you to Goðafoss (waterfall of the gods) before arriving to Akureyri, a charming town with a variety of interesting shops and museums as well as one of the world's northernmost botanical gardens. Continuing towards Skagafjörður, a valley known for its abundance of Icelandic horses, you will also pass through the beautiful, mountainous area of Tröllaskagi (peninsula of the trolls).

    Spend the night in Skagafjörður area.

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  • Day 6: Hidden Gems of the West

    Spend the early part of the day exploring Borgarfjörður and the western part of the island. Your guide will drive along beautiful Borgarfjörður where you will find the most powerful hot spring in Europe, Deildartunughver, the twin waterfalls Hraunfossar and Barnafoss, as well as the newly opened Krauma baths, Háafell goat farm, and the large lava tunnel of Víðgelmir (if time allows). 

    Another option today is crossing the highlands on the way back to Reykjavik taking the famous Kjölur route. This option must be requested in advance and is dependent on timing, weather, and road conditions. Please read the tour information for further information about the highland route.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik

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  • Day 7: DEPARTURE From Iceland

    After this action-packed week in Iceland, enjoy a comfortable, private transfer back to Keflavik International Airport for your flight back home.

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Map

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

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Will definitely book other trips through Nordic Visitor again

Everything was perfect. Our tour guide, Gunner Birgisson, was awsom. He anticipated all our needs and had a wonderful sense of humor. The information and stories he provided all the way were amazing and most of the time hilarious. Will definitely book other trips through Nordic Visitor again.

Iceland Trip through Nordic Visitor

I just got back from Nordic Visitor's Express Iceland Tour, which I took with a friend. The trip was fantastic, and Nordic Visitor was terrific. Virtually everything came off exactly as promised. They made no fuss about customizing the tour for our wishes and timing, adding two extra days of accommodations and car rental at a reasonable cost. There were two tiny glitches that they corrected immediately, and they were extremely helpful when we decided at the last minute that we wanted two separate rooms for our last two days in Reykjavik. The tour package had great extra touches like a local cell phone and a map marked with our route, overnight stops, and suggested attractions. It would be hard to be any happier with a tour company. Hats off to Larus and Solveig and the rest of the great people at Nordic Visitor.

Fantastic, straightforward family trip

Everyone we met was friendly and helpful…Express Iceland is not for those who want to relax their time away on holiday. It is a jam packed, whistle stop adventure which enables you to see a taster of all the very best that Iceland has to offer. We loved it! There is so much to see in Iceland that a trip can seem a little daunting. The tours that Nordic Visitor offered made it easy to decide what we wanted to see and Larus, our travel consultant, was always happy to answer any questions we had. Our trip was fantastic and Nordic Visitor made it so straightforward. When you travel as a family, it is extremely reassuring to know that all the details have been taken care of.

Took out all the time and confusion with planning

Hafdis really understood what we were looking for, and booked our accommodations perfectly! Booking through Nordic Visitor made our trip so much more enjoyable! It took out all the time and confusion with planning an adventure in another country, and allowed us to enjoy it all so much more! It was recommended to us from a co-worker, and we were so thankful. The cost was so reasonable for how beneficial it was. Thank you!! And yes it was coming up to a year ago, but the memories are still strong as I am currently making a photo book of our trip.

Accommodation

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Comfort

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Luxury

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Vehicle

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Suburban/Land Cruiser Jeep
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Suburban/Land Cruiser Jeep
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  • Type: L
  • Description: Full-Size SUV, four wheel drive.
  • Passengers: 1-3

Land Cruiser Super Jeep
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Land Cruiser Super Jeep
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  • Type: M
  • Description: Modified Super Jeep
  • Passengers: 1-3
  • Tire Size: 38-44"

Ford Excursion Super Jeep
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  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
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Ford Excursion Super Jeep
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  • Type: N
  • Description: Modified Luxury Super Jeep
  • Passengers: 1-5
  • Tire Size: 46"

Ford Excursion XL Super Jeep
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  • x9
  • x5
  • x4
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Ford Excursion XL Super Jeep
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  • Type: O
  • Description: Modified Luxury Super Jeep
  • Passengers: 1-9
  • Tire Size: 46"

Price per person from

Approx 611337 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

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

2018
2019

Tour Information

We recommend that all of our travellers read through the following information about what the tour includes, what to pack for your holiday 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. Contact us for details. All accommodation and planned activities (as specified in the itinerary) will be pre-booked by Nordic Visitor.

A CHOICE OF VISITING THE HIGHLANDS ON DAY 6
For the drive from Skagafjörður to Reykjavik on your last day, you have the option to cross the highland road Kjölur*. The highlights along the route include tall mountains, vast glaciers and the hot spring area Hveravellir. The drive takes you south, to Gullfoss waterfall, driving the route past Þingvellir National Park and back to Reykjavik, a very similar drive as you had on day 2 of the itinerary. Please note if you do opt for this change in the itinerary, you will not visit the west of Iceland or have a change to do the optional activities available on day 6.

*Please contact your travel consultant if you would rather opt for the highland route back to Reykjavik. The highland routes open depending on weather and road conditions.

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.

MIDNIGHT SUN, DAYLIGHT HOURS & WEATHER CONDITIONS
Please be advised that while long, bright nights last for around 3 months of the summer season, the midnight sun occurs in Reykjavik between 16-29 of June when the sun sets after midnight. For more information on weather conditions and daylight hours, we recommend visiting our extensive 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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