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Iceland Full Circle in Luxury-Winter

(10 days / 9 nights)

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When only the best will do…

Looking to upgrade your Icelandic experience? This is the deluxe winter version of our best-selling self drive tour in Iceland. By day, explore unique natural and cultural attractions at your own pace and by night, enjoy the comfortable amenities of Iceland’s best available accommodations. Private airport transfers, champagne and chocolates on arrival and entrance to a geothermal spa are also included for maximum enjoyment.

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10 days / 9 nights

Price p.p. from

Approx 484623 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

Type

Self-Drive

Interest

Honeymoon & Romance, Luxury & Lifestyle, Northern Lights

Season

1 Oct - 30 Apr

Departure

Daily

Driving distance

2003/1242 km/mi

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1: Warm Welcome to Reykjavík

    On arrival at Keflavík Airport you will be greeted by your private driver and driven to your hotel in Reykjavík, where you will find our welcome gift of champagne and chocolates from Iceland’s finest confectioner in your room. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city centre its narrow streets of colourful houses, cosy coffee houses, fine restaurants and other entertaining highlights.

    Spend the night at a top-rated hotel in central Reykjavík.

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  • Day 2: Wonders of the Golden Circle

    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 where 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 and the implosion crater of Kerið. 

    Spend the night in the Hvolsvöllur area.

    Driving distance approx. 250 km / 155 mi.

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  • Day 3: Waterfalls & Volcanic Beaches

    Visit the fairytale-like Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk right behind the misty cascade, then head to the equally gorgeous Skógafoss waterfall just a short drive down the road. South of the village of Vík, make a stop at the volcanic black sand beach for dramatic views of the Dyrhólaey and Reynisdrangar rock formations rising above the crashing waves. You can even take part in an optional guided excursion by foot or snowmobile on a glacier today! 

    Spend the night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

    Driving distance approx. 220 km / 137 mi.

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  • Day 4: Vatnajökull Glacier & Floating Icebergs

    Spend some time exploring Skaftafell, part of the immense Vatnajökull National Park and a place of great natural beauty. Here you’ll find many interesting hiking trails, including a short path leading to the Svartifoss waterfall and its unique basalt columns that resemble organ pipes. Then head to the famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and enjoy the view of floating icebergs under the glow of the setting sun.

    Spend the night in the Höfn area.

    Driving distance approx. 210 km / 130 mi.

     

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  • Day 5: Fishing Villages along the Fjords

    Your drive along East Iceland today is characterized by long and narrow fjords with steep mountainsides and rugged tundra. Each fjord has its own unique qualities, with small fishing villages in postcard-perfect settings and friendly locals. Other notable sights on the route today include Mt. Búlandstindur and the Lagarfljót River, which according to folklore is inhabited by a Loch Ness-like monster. Driving distance approx. 260 km / 160 mi. 

    Spend the night in Egilstaðir area.

    Driving distance approx. 260 km / 160 mi.

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  • Day 6: Lake Mývatn & Moonlike Surroundings

    Continue towards north towards today’s destination: the otherworldly Lake Mývatn area. This part of North Iceland boasts an abundance of unusual natural wonders to explore, like the Krafla volcano, the curiously-coloured Námaskarð pass, the massive crater of Hverfell and the lunar-like pseudo-craters at Skútustaðir. If you’re up for seeing more natural wonders today, make an optional detour (weather and road conditions permitting) to Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. Later in the evening, if the skies are clear, you may even see another natural wonder—the northern lights.*

    Spend the night in the Lake Mývatn area.

    Driving distance approx. 263 km / 163 mi.

    *Please note that the northern lights are a natural phenomenon, so sightings cannot be guaranteed.Spend the night in the Lake Mývatn area. Driving distance approx. 263 km / 163 mi. *Please note that the northern lights are a natural phenomenon, so sightings cannot be guaranteed.

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  • Day 7: Akureyri & the Troll Peninsula

    Spend the first half of the day exploring more of Lake Mývatn. We recommend visiting Goðafoss (“The Waterfall of the Gods”) on your way to the charming town of Akureyri, where you can take a stroll through the town centre and enjoy the variety of little shops, cafes and museums. 

    Spend the night in the Skagafjörður area.

    Driving distance (with Tröllaskagi) approx. 250 km / 155 mi.

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  • Day 8: Journey to Snæfellsnes Peninsula

    Drive to the beautiful peninsula of Snæfellsnes today. On the way you’ll see the countless mounds of Vatnsdalshólar and the beautiful Þingeyrarkirkja church. Another great place for a break is in Stykkishólmur, a picture-perfect fishing village overlooking Breiðafjörður Bay. Here we recommend taking a walk up to the small hill overlooking the harbour, Súgandisey, for a wonderful panoramic view over the town, sea and surrounding mountains.

    Driving distance approx. 260 km / 162 mi.

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  • Day 9: Snæfellsjökull Glacier & National Park

    Enjoy the natural beauty of Snæfellsjökull National Park—named after the glacier-topped volcano that stands prominently at the end of the peninsula. Highlights of your driving route today include the Dritvík Cove, the dramatic bird cliffs of Lóndrangar, Hellnar and Arnarstapi as well as idyllic seaside villages. And if you think you have what it takes to be an Icelandic fisherman, you can test your strength with the “lifting stones” on beach at Djúpalónssandur like in the old days. Return to Reykjavik for the evening.

    Spend the night in central Reykjavík.

    Driving distance approx. 290 km / 180 mi.

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  • Day 10: Departure

    When it's time for you to head home after this deluxe Icelandic experience, your private driver will pick you up from your hotel and take you to Keflavik Airport for your departure flight.

    Please be advised that daylight is limited in Iceland during the winter months, with 4-5 hours of daylight from December to January. However, fresh snowfall often gives the appearance of more light, and it is common that houses, streets and businesses are lit up with Christmas lights, so don't fear that you will be travelling in complete darkness. 

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Map

Here’s a map of Iceland, to help put things in perspective.

Reviews

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Iceland holiday

Nordic Visitor was the only travel agency that really took the time to understand what I was looking for instead of merely sending me pre-fixed packages. Jelena was my travel adviser and she was very efficient and helpful. Can really recommend their work.

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.

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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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

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 484623 ISK

The amount will be charged in ISK

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

2017
2018

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Everything about this tour

  • 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.
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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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