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The South Coast & Western Peninsulas - Private Tour

(5 days / 4 nights)

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DISCOVER MORE WITH YOUR OWN EXPERT GUIDE

There’s more to South and West Iceland than meets the eye. Beyond the famous “fire and ice” sites lie hidden gems that you’ll have the joy of discovering, thanks to your own professional guide at the wheel. Sit back and enjoy your private tour of the rugged, lava-covered peninsulas of Snæfellsnes and Reykjanes as well as the geysers, waterfalls and black beaches of South Iceland. You’ll also enjoy a geothermal spa experience at the Blue Lagoon.

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.

Looking for the winter version of this tour?

5 days / 4 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 444123 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

Type

Privately Guided

Interest

Classic, Honeymoon & Romance, Luxury & Lifestyle

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. Have any particular foods you wish to try? We are happy to make recommendations.

    Spend the night in Reykjavík. 

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  • Day 2: SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA – “ICELAND IN MINIATURE”

    Today your personal guide will pick you up for your journey into the Icelandic countryside, starting with a drive north and west to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Often nicknamed “Iceland in Miniature”, this area contains a stunning array of geological features formed over millennia by the forces of wind, waves, ice and volcanoes. It feels a bit more off the beaten path, characterized by its diverse birdlife, dramatic cliffs, rocky beaches, rugged peaks, crunchy lava formations and charming fishing villages. 

    Covering the western tip is the Snæfellsjökull National Park, so named for the peninsula’s most prominent landmark: the glacier-capped 1446 m high Snæfellsjökull volcano. Visible from the capital area on a clear day, this mountain was the fictional setting for Jules Verne’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth and is considered by some to be one of the earth’s major ‘energy centres’. 

    Spend the night in West Iceland.

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  • Day 3: INTO THE GLACIER – ICE CAVE & ÞINGVELLIR NATIONAL PARK

    Today’s journey starts at Borgarfjörður with a visit to the picturesque waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss, where glacial water trickles over lava. After a stop to the largest hot spring in Europe, Deildartunguhver, your guide will then drive along a rugged highland road leading to the desolate and hauntingly beautiful Kaldidalur valley and Langjökull glacier, the second largest in Iceland. At Langjökull, you’ll have the opportunity to venture “Into the Glacier” where you will learn about the glacier, the man made ice cave and witness amazing blue ice formations, an experience that very few in the world have had

    Later, your guide will take you to southwestern Iceland to 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.

    Included Activity: Into the Glacier – Ice Cave Tour

    Spend the night in the Golden Circle area.  

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  • Day 4: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE & VOLCANIC BEACHES

    You will need to get an early start this morning to take in all the amazing sights! On today’s drive are some of the best-known natural wonders in southwest Iceland, including the three spectacular waterfalls of Gullfoss, Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss – each with a pathway leading you alongside (or even behind!) the misty, roaring cascade. Your guide will also take you to see Geysir—the original geyser—and its more active neighbour Strokkur. 

    And no trip to South Iceland is complete without a visit to the black volcanic beach near the town of Vík, where you will have a great view of the stunning Dyrhólaey cape and the Reynisdrangar basalt sea stacks.

    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.

    *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.

Nordic Visitor will help you plan a trip of a lifetime

Nordic Visitor put together the exact trip I hoped to take. I explained what I was looking for, what I wanted to see and do, and the general area I wanted to explore, and they came up with an itinerary that exceeded my expectations. They made everything seamless too. Once we were in Iceland, we didn't have to worry about a thing - it was all taken care of by Nordic Visitor. We stayed in excellent hotels and visited attractions we may have otherwise missed had they not suggested them. All of my correspondence with them was timely, professional and friendly. We made a few last minute changes (we upgraded our rental car, etc.), and they handled it without issue. I would definitely use them again - for Iceland or any other of the destinations they cover. 
 
I had been to Iceland before and used a different company, and everything with that other company was much more difficult.

It was the best holiday I ever had

The service provided and information received before the tour was excellent. The standard of accommodation was excellent, for me the best experience was sleeping in the national park, however every single hotel was wonderful. We had the best guide-driver we could dream of. For us he was more than a guide. I have a deep respect and admiration for Asgeir who helped us to discover, understand and fall in love with this beautiful country. He adapted himself so kindly to our needs and tantrums! My daughter keeps talking about him. I do not exaggerate when I say he is her hero. Now everyone knows him in France and in England. I was not expecting such high quality standard of meals. My favorite was a meal at the last restaurant where every single dish was a delight (Hotel Ranga). It was definitively the best restaurant along with the sea food bar in Reykjavik. Ask Thora for the name. It was also very nice to meet her in Reykjavik. The weather has been with us as well. Every landscape and natural feature have been a festival of emotions for us. Icelandic people are welcoming, and friendly. They love and respect the countryside and people. I am very happy that my daughter (9) had the chance to visit and enjoy such a magical country where elves, nature and modernity live together in harmony. I did enjoy this tour deeply. It was the best holiday I never had.

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

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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 444123 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 or road conditions.
  • The Blue Lagoon has an age limit of 2 years old for children, and all children aged 2 - 8 must wear inflatable armbands (provided free of charge). All children and teens aged 2 – 16 must be escorted by guardians, and only two children under age 10 can be admitted per guardian.
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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