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The South Coast & West Iceland - Winter Private Tour

(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 guide to navigate the roads on this private tour, all you have to do is sit back and enjoy those stunning views. You will have a chance to tour regions like the classic Golden Circle and scenic south coast, bathe in the soothing waters of the Blue Lagoon, and enjoy exciting activities like exploring the inside of an ice tunnel and hunting for the otherworldly northern lights.

All of our privately-guided travel packages are fully customisable to fit your individual 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.

Looking for the summer version of this tour?

5 days / 4 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 457052 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

  • Delve deep Into the Glacier on an ice tunnel tour
  • Explore the famous Golden Circle route
  • Feel the power of the thundering waterfall Gullfoss
  • Marvel at eruptions at the Geysir geothermal region
  • Hunt for the majestic northern lights with a guide
  • Bathe in the healing waters of the Blue Lagoon
  • Enjoy the cascading waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss & Skógafoss
  • Photograph the jagged basalt columns & sweeping black sand beaches
  • View the twin waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss
  • Learn about the sights from a trusted, knowledgeable private guide

Travel style

Privately Guided i

Interest

Classic i, Honeymoon & Romance i, Luxury Travel i, Northern Lights i

Season

Oct – Mar

Departure

Daily

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.

    Attractions Optional Activity
  • Day 2: INTO THE GLACIER - ICE TUNNEL & SCENIC WEST

    Today’s journey begins when your private driver picks you up at your accommodation in Reykjavik. He will drive west to Borgarfjörður with a visit to the picturesque twin waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss, where glacial water trickles over jagged lava. After a stop to the largest hot spring in Europe, Deildartunguhver, your guide will then drive along a rugged highland road leading to Langjökull, the second largest glacier in Iceland. At Langjökull, you’ll have the opportunity to venture “Into the Glacier” where you will learn about the geology of glaciers, explore the man made ice cave and see amazing blue, white and clear ice formations, an experience that very few in the world have had.

    Spend the night in Borgarfjörður area.

    Included Activity: Into the Glacier – Ice Cave Tour

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  • Day 3: THE CLASSIC GOLDEN CIRCLE

    Today, you guide will take a scenic drive heading to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its natural beauty, unique geology and historical significance. Here, you can see the location of Iceland‘s first parliament, which was established in the year 930. Also at the national park, you can see the north Atlantic rift that splits Iceland between the North American and Eurasian continents. Next, you will be taken to see the thundering Gullfoss waterfall, a huge, two-tiered cascade that is picture perfect, before continuing to Geysir. As part of the Golden Circle, you’ll get to explore the Geysir geothermal area, where you can watch Strokkur geyser blast water and steam up to 30 metres in the air every few minutes. Just outside the Golden Circle route, you will visit Kerið, a 55-metre deep crater with a bright blue lake at the base.

    If weather conditions are good in the evening, your driver will take you on hunt for the northern light. If conditions are right, you could see the green and white lights dance and flicker in the sky.

    Spend the night in the Selfoss area.

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  • Day 4: THE SOUTH COAST & BLACK SAND BEACHES

    The south coast is known for its lush landscapes, in particular the plentiful waterfalls that seem to pop up around every corner. Among the famous waterfalls you’ll chase today are Seljalandsfoss, where you can walk right behind the misty cascade, and the gorgeous 60-metre high Skógafoss just a short drive down the Ring Road.

    Further ahead the focus shifts from tumbling water to landscapes shaped by water. At the Reynisfjara beach near Vík, walk on the black volcanic sands and smoothed pebbles, enjoy a photo opportunity at the beach’s pipe organ-like columnar basalt cliffs and take in the stunning views of the Dyrhólaey cape and Reynisdrangar sea stacks.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

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  • Day 5: BLUE LAGOON RELAXATION & DEPARTURE

    What better way to end a tour in Iceland than a visit to the Blue Lagoon, a world-famous geothermal spa where you will have time to bathe in the mineral-rich, soothing waters surrounded by black lava fields. This is a wonderful last taste of Iceland, and it ensures that you are fully relaxed before your afternoon check-in, via private transfer, at Keflavik International Airport.

    Included Activity: Experience Comfort Entrance at the Blue Lagoon

    *Please note that the service of the tour concludes in the afternoon. We can modify the itinerary accordingly for morning or evening departure flights.

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Map

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Reviews

We don’t like to brag, so we’ll let our happy customers do it for us.

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.

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

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Comfort

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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
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  • x3
  • x5
  • x4
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Land Cruiser Super Jeep
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  • Type: M
  • Description: Modified Super Jeep
  • Passengers: 1-3

Ford Excursion Super Jeep
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  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Ford Excursion Super Jeep
or similar

  • Type: N
  • Description: Modified Luxury Super Jeep
  • Passengers: 1-5

Ford Excursion XL Super Jeep
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  • x9
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Ford Excursion XL Super Jeep
or similar

  • Type: O
  • Description: Modified Luxury Super Jeep
  • Passengers: 1-9

Price per person from

Approx 457052 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

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

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2019

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 unique 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.

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.

THE BLUE LAGOON
Travellers can enjoy bathing in the milky blue waters of the Blue Lagoon that is renowned for its healing powers. Bathing in this surreal environment is a unique experience that no one should miss! The minimum age requirement for children at the Blue Lagoon is 2-years old. It is mandatory for children aged 2 to 8 to wear inflatable armbands while 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.

INTO THE GLACIER
Visitors get the rare opportunity to explore a manmade ice tunnel in one of Iceland’s massive glaciers, Langjökull. Travellers are driven onto the glacier by a customised truck, fitted with crampons and led into the ice, where one can see crevices, touch the tunnel walls and learn facts about glaciers on informational signs.

THE NORTHERN LIGHTS, DAYLIGHT HOURS & WEATHER CONDITIONS
The best months to experience the northern lights are from September to March, with peak visibility from December through February. Please note that as the northern lights are a natural phenomenon, we cannot guarantee sightings, even if the tour is operated.

Please be advised that daylight is limited in Iceland during the winter months, with about 4-5 hours of daylight from December to January.

Although the winter climate in Iceland is generally mild compared to other northern European countries, the temperature can drop below freezing at times. Please bring windproof and waterproof outerwear and plenty of warm layers. Please note that the programme is dependent upon weather and road conditions, and may be altered if conditions are not favourable. For 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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