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South Coast & Western Peninsulas - Winter

(5 days / 4 nights)

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A FRONT ROW SEAT TO ICELAND'S WINTER WONDERS

Winter is rarely more beautiful than in South and West Iceland. And with your own local driver-guide to navigate the roads on this private tour, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy those stunning views. Travelling in a rugged 4x4 jeep, you’ll take in both famous and lesser-known attractions, such as ice-coated waterfalls, seething hot springs, national parks and lava fields surrounding glaciers. To top it off, enjoy geothermal bathing at the Blue Lagoon and possible northern lights sightings.

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.<

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Privately Guided

Interest

Culinary Experience, Honeymoon & Romance, Luxury & Lifestyle, Northern Lights

Season

1 Oct – 30 Ap

Departure

Daily

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Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: Arrival in Iceland

    At Keflavík Airport you will be met by a driver who will take you onwards to Reykjavík. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city centre on your own, perhaps with a stroll along the Harpa concert hall and Old Harbour area in the soft pastel winter light.

    For a tasty snack and hot beverage to fuel your sightseeing, head to the main street, Laugavegur, to enjoy its variety of cosy cafes and little shops. Into Nordic history or design? 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: SNOWY PEAKS OF SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA

    Today your guide will pick you up for your private 4x4 super-jeep journey into the countryside, starting with a drive to the majestic Snæfellsjökull National Park in West Iceland. Based around the 1446 metre-high glacier-capped Snæfellsjökull stratovolcano, this area at the westernmost part of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula is a favourite among nature lovers with its dramatic shoreline, rugged peaks and stark lava terrain.

    This tranquil area – with its small fishing villages and minimal light pollution – is also ideal for northern lights viewing, so if the skies are clear we recommend going outside in the evening to try to spot some swirling auroras.*

    Spend the night in west Iceland.

    * The northern lights, also known as aurora borealis, are a natural phenomenon dependent on a number of factors beyond human control, so sightings cannot be guaranteed.

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  • Day 3: WEST COAST & ÞINGVELLIR NATIONAL PARK

    Today’s journey starts with visits to the picturesque lava-waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss and the largest hot spring in Europe, Deildartunguhver. Then, if weather and road conditions allow, your guide will take you on a detour to the southwestern region via a rugged highland road leading to the desolate and hauntingly beautiful Kaldidalur valley nearby the Langjökull glacier. This is a great way to witness the super-jeep's power and experience a part of Iceland few others see.

    Later you will explore Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its natural beauty, unique geology and historical significance. Here you can walk on a pathway in a tectonic rift near the site where Iceland’s early settlers established the first parliament over a thousand years ago. This park, along with the Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot springs (visited on Day 4), make up what’s known as the popular “Golden Circle” route.

    Spend the night in the Golden Circle area.

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  • Day 4: “FIRE & ICE” WATERSCAPES OF THE SOUTH COAST

    There's nothing quite as fascinating as Iceland's contrasting natural wonders, and today you’ll understand why Iceland is sometimes called the “Land of Fire and Ice”. Your guide will take you to visit three uniquely different waterfalls – Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss – which are even more spectacular with winter ice crystals adorning the cliff sides. You’ll also get to explore the Geysir geothermal area, where you can watch the Strokkur (“The Churn”) geyser blast boiling water up to 30 metres in the air every 8 – 10 minutes.

    Although winter isn’t known as beach holiday season, no trip to South Iceland is complete without a visit to the black volcanic beach near the town of Vík, a fabulous photo spot with views of the Dyrhólaey cape and the Reynisdrangar pillars.

    Spend the night in South Iceland.

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  • Day 5: Hot springs & Blue lagoon bathing

    What better way to end a tour in Iceland than with a day of geothermal wonders? On your way towards the airport, your guide will take you to Lake Kleifarvatn and the moon-like Krýsuvík area, where you can walk among the hot springs and bubbling mud pots.

    The grand finale is the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa where you will have a couple hours to bathe in the mineral-rich, soothing waters surrounded by black lava formations. This is a wonderful last taste of Iceland, and it ensures that you are fully relaxed before your afternoon check-in Keflavik International Airport.

    Due to renovations the Blue Lagoon is closed from the 24th through the 27th of April 2017 (both days included).

    *Please note that the service of the tour guide concludes in the afternoon. We can modify the activities of this day accordingly for evening departure flights.

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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.

jk4265

, April 2015

Designed an incredible vacation

When we decided to visit Iceland, we wanted help designing our itinerary and found Guðrún with Nordic Visitor. Via email, Guðrún asked a series of questions which let her get to know us and get an understanding of what we wanted to do, see and travel. Guðrún came back with a great itinerary and with a little back and forth to fine tuning we were ready to go. 
 
Never actually speaking with Guðrún and knowing very little about Iceland, we were not sure how the trip and accommodations would work out. But work out it did and in spades! We've been thrilled with our vacation and sad to leave today. Guðrún planned a spectacular itinerary to Icelands highlights yet left us plenty of time to explore on our own and to go off the beaten path which we did by the hour.
 
Can't give Guðrún and Nordic Visitors a high enough rating and positive review. 
 
Details: Visit April 2015. South coast of Iceland from Reykjavik through the Golden Circle to the Glacier lagoon. Rented 4x4 Nissan Pathfinder which was worth its weight in gold and it allowed us to go off onto the gravel and mud roads to see the hard to get to sights plus huge advantage when driving in the snow. Booked comfort accommodations.
 
Gear: You will get soaking wet every day. Bring rain AND windproof pants. Gortex jacket with hood. Wool cap or buy as a souvenir on day one which is what we did. Lots of layers including long johns and under armour. Good, water proof hiking boots with wool socks. Spare pair of shoes to change into. Also glad we had both light gloves and ski gloves. We travelled light and did laundry every 3 days at our assorted hotels.

mockx3, United States

, January 2014

Very Helpful

I booked my trip to Iceland with this company. They were extremely pleasant to work with. Lars was my main guy, and he was very helpful throughout my trip, from preplanning to bumps along the way. One unique feature here that I did not have in all my world travels is the company gives you a local cell phone to use during your trip! This really came in handy when winter weather delayed a transfer out of the capitol, and Lars rebooked me at the Hotel Fron.
 
Really nice professional people!

Accommodation

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

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Luxury

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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"

Optional activities

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Everything about this tour

  • 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. 
Children
Please contact us for children's prices.
 
For the Blue Lagoon:
The minimum age requirement for children at the Blue Lagoon is 2-years-old. It is mandatory for children ages 2- to 8-years-old to wear inflatable armbands in the lagoon. These are provided free of charge. Please note that only two (2) children under the age of 10 can be admitted into the lagoon per guardian. 
 
Other
You should bring some windproof/waterproof outerwear and plenty of warm layers. Although the winter climate in Iceland is generally mild compared to other northern European countries, the temperatures can drop below freezing at times.
The best months to experience the northern lights are October through April, with peak visibility from December through February. Please note that the northern lights are a natural phenomenon, so we cannot guarantee sightings.
 
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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