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The Natural Wonders of Iceland - Private

(10 days / 9 nights)

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Enjoy a Scenic Tour of Iceland With Your Own Guide

Take a journey along Iceland’s ring road on this 10-day privately-guided tour. Starting and ending in Reykjavík, your drive brings you to many of Iceland’s best known natural attractions, including beautiful waterfalls, bubbling hot springs, the famous “Golden Circle” route, the splendid south coast. You will also have a lot of opportunities to explore sights like the glorious glacier lagoon, marvelous Lake Mývatn and the northern towns of Akureyri and Húsavik.

10 days / 9 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 957252 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, including hot springs and cascading waterfalls
  • Sail among the massive floating icebergs at the Glacier Lagoon
  • Walk the Diamond Beach, seeing the scattered, glistening ice
  • Marvel at the powerful Dettifoss & Goðafoss waterfalls
  • Tour the south coast, including the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss
  • Discover the volcanic Lake Mývatn and its beautiful surroundings
  • Photograph the jagged basalt columns & sweeping black sand beaches
  • Survey the splendid Snæfellsnes peninsula
  • Walk the quaint streets of Akureyri, the unofficial capital of north Iceland

Travel style

Privately Guided i

Interest

Classic i

Season

May - Sep

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

2192/1362 km/mi

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: Arrival To Iceland

    On arrival at Keflavik International Airport, you will be welcomed by a driver and transferred to your accommodation in Reykjavík. After settling in, take the opportunity to explore the vibrant city centre at you own pace. The main downtown street, Laugavegur, offers a variety of shops, galleries, restaurants, coffee houses and bars to suit all tastes—all within an easy walk.  Spend the rest of the evening at your leisure.

    Spend the night in Reykjavík.

    Average Driving Distance: 49km / 30 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 50 Minutes

    Attractions Optional Activity
  • Day 2: The Famous Golden Circle

    This morning, your guide will meet you at the hotel and you will head to Þingvellir, a national park which has been nominated as a UNESCO world heritage site. Next, you will visit the great Geysir area with its spouting geysers and colourful hot springs. The tour will continue to Gullfoss, the golden waterfall, where you can see white water thrash and tumble down two-tiers, falling metres below. You can then stop by Friðheimar farm for a visit before continuing to your accommodation for the night.

    Spend the night in Selfoss area.

    Average Driving Distance: 190 km / 118 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 7-8 Hours

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  • Day 3: Volcanoes, Waterfalls and Black Sand Beaches

    Start with either an optional visit to the Lava Centre to learn about Iceland’s unique geology or begin your south coast journey with a visit to the fairytale-like Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Here, you can have the unique experience of walking behind the misty cascade. Just a short drive brings you to yet another gorgeous waterfall, the 60-meter tall Skógafoss, which is beautiful to photograph and roam the surroundings. Further ahead at the village of Vík, you will visit the black volcanic beach south of the village, from where you can view the rock formations Dyrhólaey and Reynisdrangar.

    Your guide will then take you to the Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon, which has been hollowed out over millions of years by the Fjaðrá River. The walking path along the eastern edge of the canyon offer stunning views over the plains and glacial brooks below. You will end the day in the village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur.

    Spend the night in Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

    Driving distance approx. 203 km / 126 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8-9 Hours

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  • Day 4: Skaftafell and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

    Today’s drive takes you to some of Iceland’s most photogenic attractions, including a visit to the beautiful Skaftafell area of Vatnajökull National Park, named for Iceland’s largest glacier. Your guide will take you to the smaller lagoon, Fjallsárlón, followed by the well-known Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Next to the glacier lagoon you will stop at the Diamond Beach where you will see big chunks of ice that have washed up on shore after being polished in the surf of the glacier lagoon.

    After your day of icy sights, you will be taken to your accommodation in Höfn where you can relax for the evening and perhaps enjoy the local langoustines at dinner.

    Spend the night in Höfn area.

    Driving distance approx. 203 km / 126 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 7-8 Hours

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  • Day 5: Rugged East Fjords to Moon-Like North Iceland

    This is a long day with a lot of diverse sights! Today’s scenery in East Iceland includes tranquil fishing villages, narrow fjords, rugged tundra and sweeping landscapes. After reaching North Iceland, prepare to be amazed by the roaring Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall. There is a 1 km walk from the parking lot to the waterfall on a gravel road, which is definitely worth the trip.

    Next you will explore the natural beauty of Lake Mývatn and its lunar landscapes with visits to the Námaskarð pass, the lava formations at Dimmuborgir and Skútustaðagígar pseudo craters. This is a great day for geology enthusiasts!

    Spend the night in Lake Mývatn area.

    Average Driving Distance: 429 km / 266 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 9-10 Hours

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  • Day 6: Ásbyrgi, Hljóðaklettar & Jökulsárgljúfur

    You will start the day by driving to Jökulsárgljúfur National Park where you will visit the horseshoe-shaped Ásbyrgi canyon, which according to legend was formed by a footprint from the Norse god Odin's eight-legged horse. The next natural wonder on the list is Hljóðaklettar, the „echo rocks“, which are a collection of great basalt columns lying in every direction to create unique formations and arched caves that are known to create eerie echoes and reverberations. There you can do a short hike to explore the area.

    Spend another night in Lake Mývatn.

    Driving distance approx. 253 km / 157 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 7-8 Hours

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  • Day 7: Highlights of the Great North

    The first highlight of the journey today is Goðafoss, (the waterfall of the Gods), one of the most picturesque waterfalls in Iceland. You will then make your way to the charming town of Akureyri, where you will take a stroll in the heart of the city centre. You will have some leisure time to explore the town with your guide and grab some lunch before heading to the next stop.

    Next, the tour will drive around Tröllaskagi, where you can enjoy fantastic views of beautiful mountains, cliffs and fjords. You will make a stop in the scenic town of Siglufjörður, which was once the centre of Iceland’s herring fleet. The journey continues to the tranquil farmlands of Skagafjörður, where you will spend the night.

    Spend the night in Skagafjörður area.

    Driving distance approx. 256 km / 159 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8-9 Hours

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  • Day 8: Natural Wonders of Snæfellsnes Peninsula

    Today you travel through Skagafjörður, towards the Snæfellsnes peninsula. This is a scenic drive on a beautiful stretch of Iceland. Your guide will pass sweeping farmlands of the northwest that are dotted with Icelandic horses. You will also get to see spectacular views of the islands of Breiðafjörður before reaching Snæfellsnes.  

    A highlight of the day will undoubtedly be the Snæfellsjökull glacier, believed by many to be one of Earth’s seven major energy centers. It was also used as the backdrop to Jules Verne’s famous novel “Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Your guide can also take you to see the Dritvík Cove and the Lóndrangar cliffs.

    Spend the night in Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

    Driving distance approx. 365 km / 226 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8-9 Hours

    Attractions Attractions Attractions Optional Activity
  • Day 9: Hidden Gems of the West Coast

    Today you will explore the beautiful Snæfellsnes peninsula with your private guide. First you will head toward the tip of the peninsula where you can measure your strength at Djúpalónssandur by the lifting the large stones on the beach. Who will be the strongest? Nearby, you will find Hellnar and Arnarstapi, with its unique rock formations, before heading back to the capital and completing our circle around Iceland. After you have been dropped off at your hotel for the night, you will have the rest of the evening in the city to enjoy at your leisure.

    Spend the night in Reykjavík

    Driving distance approx. 195 km / 121 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 7-8 Hours

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  • Day 10: Departure Day

    When it’s time for your Iceland adventure to end, you will be picked up from the hotel for your airport transfer about three hours before your flight. If you’re flying in the afternoon, you have the option to visit the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa to relax in the warm mineral waters before continuing to the airport (optional: not included).

    Average Driving Distance: 49 km / 30 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 50 Minutes

    Optional Activity

Map

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

Accommodation

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

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Vehicle

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

Suburban/Land Cruiser Jeep
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  • x5
  • x4
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Suburban/Land Cruiser Jeep
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  • Type: L
  • Description: Full-Size SUV, four wheel drive.
  • Passengers: 1-3

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

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

Price per person from

Approx 957252 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

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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 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.

ACCOMMODATION AND ROOM TYPE
Our team of local travel experts at Nordic Visitor have compiled a list of wonderful hotels for your stay in Iceland. We carefully select hotels/guesthouses in Reykjavik and the countryside based on excellent ratings, personal experience and comfort. Single, double and triple rooms are available for our packages. Please note, that in Iceland our room types are based on European standard sizes. For instance, a double bed often consists of two single beds pushed together. Triple rooms include a double bed along with an extra bed, a rollaway or a sofa bed, and a single room is often smaller than the standard double.

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.

SAFETY, DAYLIGHT HOURS & WEATHER CONDITIONS
Please note that sightseeing is dependent on weather and road conditions and might need to be altered if conditions are not favourable. Please be advised that days are long in Iceland during the summer, with almost 24 hours of daylight at the summer solstice. It is advisable to bring a sleep mask as some find it difficult falling asleep at night.  For more information on weather conditions and daylight hours, we recommend visiting Nordic Visitor’s Online Travel Guide.

WHAT TO PACK
  • Sturdy walking shoes with a good tread/grip
  • Mid-layers such as a fleece jacket/wool sweater
  • Wind and waterproof jacket and pants
  • Hat, gloves and scarf
  • Bathing suit for visiting geothermal pools
  • Electronic gear such as smartphone, external powerpack, travel adapters
  • Reusable water bottle
  • For more information on what to pack, please visit our 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 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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