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Christmas Among the Glaciers

(6 days / 5 nights)

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Experience the Joyous Holiday Season in Iceland

Want to escape the Christmas rush at home? Iceland awaits! This special package allows you to experience Iceland´s most spectacular gems in the southern part of the island. Travellers will enjoy a self-drive tour chock full of breathtaking sites, charming town visits and a cosy Christmas Eve feast. Destinations include the wondrous waterfalls Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss, and Skógafoss; as well as stops at Geysir, Þingvellir National Park and the floating icebergs at the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. You may even spot the northern lights, if the conditions are right.

6 days / 5 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 153842 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

Type

Self-Drive

Interest

Christmas

Season

Christmas

Departure

22 DEC

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: Arrival & Exploring Reykjavik

    Welcome to Iceland! From the arrivals hall in Keflavik International Airport, a driver will meet you and take you to your accommodation in Reykjavík. After setting aside your luggage, you will have time to explore Reykjavik, with its lively, colourful city centre. There are quirky shops, small art galleries, cosy cafes with free Wi-Fi and restaurants to suit all taste buds. If you bundle up well, a stroll along the old harbour at twilight is a fantastic option.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik.

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  • Day 2: Classic Golden Circle & Majestic Northern Lights

    Collect your rental car in the morning and begin your journey on the classic “Golden Circle” route, starting with the fascinating Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, you can walk on a path in the rift valley between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Next, is the Haukadalur geothermal area, home of Geysir—the original “geyser”—and the more active Strokkur, which spouts water every few minutes. End the circle with visits to the majestic Gullfoss waterfall, the massive implosion crater of Kerið and the historical seat of Iceland’s early bishops at Skálholt. Also, being out in the countryside gives you a better opportunity to search for northern lights during the next few nights, if the skies are clear.*

    Spend the night in the Golden Circle area.

    Driving distance approx. 220 km / 137 mi

    *Northern lights are a natural phenomenon, so sightings cannot be guaranteed.

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  • Day 3: Mountains, Waterfalls & Christmas Dinner With Locals

    Drive towards the picture-perfect south coast, and see some of Iceland’s most famous attractions as well as the towering Eyjafjöll mountain range. At Seljalandsfoss waterfall, you can follow a footpath behind its frosty cascade, a unique experience despite Iceland´s more than 10,000 waterfalls. But, be careful as it can be slippery. The next waterfall on the agenda is the mighty Skógafoss, which is just as impressive in its icy winter coat. Head to the village Kirkjubæjarklaustur where you will celebrate Christmas Eve with fellow travellers and locals in a cosy gathering. At 18:00, there will be a complimentary aperitif following a delicious three course Icelandic dinner.

    Spend the night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

    Driving distance: 200 km/124 mi

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  • Day 4: Christmas Day in the Great Outdoors

    Enjoy the day in the countryside where you can visit sites such as the Kirkjugolf basalt stones, which have eroded over time and now create an interesting tile floor, and the mightier Dverghamrar cliffs. Or, if you‘re feeling more adventurous, get an early start to explore Skaftafell, part of Vatnajökull National Park, and the floating icebergs at the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. End your day of exploration at your accommodation in the village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur.

    Spend the night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area

    Driving distance: 210 km/130 mi

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  • Day 5: Jewels of the South Coast & Reykjavik

    After a few days of taking in the frozen landscapes and glaciers of the South Coast you will now be heading back to the capital, Reykjavik. Worthwhile stops along the way include the stunning black volcanic sand beach south of Vík, Dyrhólaey Island and the surroundings of the village Hveragerði. End the day back in Reykjavik, where you‘ll have many fantastic dining options.

    Spend the night in Reykjavik

    Driving distance: 252 km / 156 mi

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  • Day 6: Departure From Iceland

    When it’s time to depart, you will be picked up from your Reykjavík accommodation for your airport transfer. If you’re flying in the afternoon, you will have the option of visiting the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa before continuing to Keflavík International Airport. Soaking in the warm, milky-blue water surrounded by snow-covered, black lava rocks is a wonderful final memory of your Iceland adventure.

    Note: If you are interested in extending your stay, we’re happy to arrange extra nights and activities in the Reykjavík area or even combine this tour with a visit to Greenland or one of our many other destinations.

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

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Map

Here’s a map of Iceland, 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.

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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Rental car

Enjoy the journey, with authorization for two drivers and free GPS in the rental car of your choice.

Ford Kuga AWD
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Ford Kuga AWD
or similar

  • Type: E
  • Description: Compact SUV, all-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Luggage: 4
  • Doors: 5
  • Transmission: Automatic

Ford Edge AWD
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x4
  • A

Ford Edge AWD
or similar

  • Type: F
  • Description: Mid-size SUV, all-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Suitcases: 5
  • Doors: 5
  • Operation: Automatic

Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4
or similar

  • x5
  • x5
  • x5
  • A

Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4
or similar

  • Type: G
  • Description: Full-size SUV, four-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Suitcases: 5
  • Doors: 5
  • Operation: Automatic

Volvo XC90 AWD
limited availability

  • x6
  • x5
  • x6
  • A

Volvo XC90 AWD
limited availability

  • Type: H
  • Description: Full-size Premium SUV, all-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5/6
  • Suitcases: 6/3
  • Doors: 5
  • Operation: Automatic

Land Rover Defender 4x4
limited availability

  • x6
  • x5
  • x2
  • M

Land Rover Defender 4x4
limited availability

  • Type: J
  • Description: Highland SUV, four-wheel drive
  • Passengers: 5/6
  • Luggage: 4/2
  • Doors: 2/4 to 6
  • Transmission: Manual

Price per person from

Approx 153842 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

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

2017

Optional activities

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Everything about this tour

Booking:
  • We recommend booking at least three weeks prior to departure.
  • This package can be customized to meet your needs, and extra nights can be added on request. Contact us for details.
  • For added safety and comfort, we highly recommend selecting a 4x4 vehicle type for winter.
Other:
  • Although the winter climate in Iceland is generally mild compared to other northern European countries, the temperatures can drop below freezing at times. You should bring some windproof/waterproof outerwear and plenty of warm layers.
  • 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.
Please be advised that daylight is limited in Iceland during the winter months, with about 4-5 hours of daylight during the holidays, from December to January. Winter in Iceland is considered to be from October to April. 
 
Please note:
A reservation is required for entrance to the Blue Lagoon and for spa treatments while there. Please ask your travel consultant for further information.
 
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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