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Ring Road Express - Private Tour

(7 days / 6 nights)

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BIG ADVENTURE IN A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME

Yes, Iceland's 1,332 km (828 mile) Ring Road can be done 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 private version of our best-selling Express Iceland tour. On this faster-paced loop around Iceland you'll still be able to visit many famous waterfalls, geothermal sites, dramatic coastlines and glacial marvels as well as a few hidden gems your driver-guide will know to find.

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.

7 days / 6 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 521220 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

Type

Privately Guided

Interest

Active, Classic, Midnight sun

Season

1 May - 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. 

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  • Day 2: DAY 2: THE SOUTH COAST & MAJESTIC WATERFALLS

    Your guide will pick you up today and begin your private tour with a drive along the South Coast of Iceland. Start at the Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk behind its misty cascade, before venturing to the equally picture-perfect Skógafoss waterfall.

    Further along at Mýrdalsjökull glacier, you have the opportunity to try a guided glacier hike or snowmobiling tour (optional). Then head to the stunning black sand beach south of Vík and check out the interesting rock formations of Reynisdrangar and Dyrhólaey before continuing on to our accommodation.

    Spend the night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

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  • Day 3: EUROPE’S LARGEST 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 during summer months you have the option of taking a boat tour here among the floating ice and curious seals.
     
    Spend the night in the Höfn area. 

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  • Day 4: THE EAST FJORDS & MÝVATN NATURE 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 Egilsstaðir 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, this evening you will have the opportunity to bathe in the soothing geothermal waters of the Mývatn Nature Baths out in the open air surrounded by rolling hills.

    Included Activity: Entrance to Lake Mývatn Nature Baths


    Spend the night in the Lake Mývatn area. 

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  • Day 5: MOONLIKE MÝVATN & THE TROLL PENINSULA

    Take in the lunar atmosphere of the Lake Mývatn area, considered one of the most interesting geological areas of the Northern Hemisphere. Here the earth comes alive with the geothermal and volcanic forces that lie beneath, as you’ll see first-hand at places such as the steamy Námaskarð Pass, the Skútustaðagígar pseudo-craters, the Dimmuborgir lava formations and the Mt. Krafla volcano.

    Later, on your drive westward across North Iceland, you will visit the beautiful Goðafoss waterfall and take a break to explore Akureyri, the “Capital of North Iceland”. After some time to walk around this colourful small city — the largest metro area outside of the Capital region — you will continue with a drive to the beautiful Skagafjörður.

    Spend the night in the Skagafjörður area. 

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  • Day 6: EXPERIENCE THE HIGHLAND & THE GOLDEN CIRCLE

    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 glacier.

    Next up is exploring the famous Golden Circle route. Visit to the two-tiered Gullfoss waterfall, where you can follow a trail to get closer to the roaring, misty cascade. 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 in the UNESCO-listed Þingvellir National Park, a geological marvel and location of the country’s first parliament over 1,000 years ago.

    Spend the night in Reykjavík.

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  • Day 7: DEPARTURE

    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 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.

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

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 (included in..

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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 (included in ..

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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"

Price per person from

Approx 521220 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

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

2018

Optional activities

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Day One

Tour Information

  • 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, opening of highland routes 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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